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Showroom closed until further notice … COVID-19 🦠

Dear all,

With the global virus crisis still going strong, I’ve decided to close the Showroom for the time being.⁠

I’m still around though (not going anywhere really as I’m social distancing) so if you see anything you like, please get in touch. Shipping is available for most items or else I can keep your purchases for you until things get better out there.⁠

Stay safe, look after yourself and out for each other 💙⁠
Alex x ⁠

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2020 goals

We are one month into 2020 and I’m well into achieving some of the goals I have set for myself and Turquoise Port at the beginning of the year. The emphasis is on SOME of the goals; not all of them are ticking along nicely.
But hey – that’s the nature of goals, isn’t it?

My absolute #1 goal for Turquoise Port is to finally get my online shop up and running! It has been on my to-do list FOREVER, but that’s the issue with working for yourself: deadlines are very fluid and there is no boss to hurry you along! 😇
A lot of work has already been done, but a quite a few more hours are needed before I can flick the switch. 

Another goal is to share some of my travel tips and stories with you. I travel a lot and love talking about it, so why not write some of it down and share it with you in the hope that you’ll get inspired to visit new places and maybe even revisit some places you have already been to? 

Talking about travelling: We (Mr. M & I) have come up with a whole long list of places we want to visit in Japan before we leave. While we don’t have a departure date yet, we are well aware that our Japanese adventure can end at any time. 
We have already started to chisel away at the list by visiting Kanazawa and the gassho-style (thatched roof) Unesco World Heritage villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama in January and we purchased Shinkansen tickets to Kobe for the long weekend in February. 

I’ve never been sporty, but I started to be quite active in the last few months of 2019. My goal is to keep the current level of exercise up – I work out 4-5 times a week with a combination of going to the gym, bootcamp classes, reformer pilates workouts and some Krav Maga thrown in.

One goal I am still struggling with is making mediation part of my day. I gave it a go not so long ago and enjoyed it, but it is not yet part of my routine. Got any tips for me that might help? I use the Calm app and currently work my way through the beginner levels.

My reading challenge is going well and I am on track with reading 12 books in 2020. “City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert is the book I’m reading right now.

What are your goals? I’d love to know! 

Alex x

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Getting closer

Remember the Bikudesigns x Turquoise Port creative collaboration we keep talking about? Well today you can see some of the limited edition items in close-up that will be launched VERY soon.

The Meera clutch is made by hand in India from a combination of gold rattan, hand-embroidery and hand-beading. Inside there is a nifty little detachable antique bronze chain making this a perfect little bag for a brunch or evening cocktails. It’s so easy to dress up or down depending on the event.

The Musubime cuff is so light and easy to wear that you won’t even know it’s there. Made from a turquoise vintage iro-muji kimono, the bracelet gives you a little hint of the matchy-matchy with the Meera clutch, without overdoing it.

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Creative collaboration update

A couple of days ago Victoria from Bikudesigns and I launched our creative collaboration project and cheekily didn’t show you the items we have been working on. So here they are on an actual person, on a street in Tokyo. All of the jewellery pieces are made from a single turquoise iro-muji vintage kimono.

Our collection comprises of:
Meera clutch-hand embroidered and beaded with a chain strap
Harisashi stud earrings
Saya dangle earring
Saya fabric pendant on a chain (long or short)
Musubime neckpiece
Musibime bracelet

Launch day is fast approaching so make sure you are firmly in the loop to hear about when and how you can get your hands on these limited edition pieces.

Thank you to our amazing models:

https://www.instagram.com/qintokyo/
https://www.instagram.com/sayamatcha/
https://www.instagram.com/lia__kim/

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Collaboration unveiled!

Victoria Close from Bikudesigns and I have been working furiously behind the scenes since 2018 to design a creative collaboration of bags and jewellery.

This was the first time either of us had worked with another business, planned and creatively directed a photo shoot with a professional photographer or launched a joint campaign. To say it was a steep learning curve is somewhat of an understatement.

Thanks so much to our fantastic models and photographer who worked all day to create the look and feel we wanted.  They were all so patient with us newbies.

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Hanami Pop-Up – Friday, 29th March 2019

Save the Date! 

Hanami Pop-Up Event
Date: Friday, 29th March
Time: 12-9pm, wine tasting 5pm onwards
Location: Mejiro, Tokyo
This event takes place in a private residence – please get in touch for the address.

I am delighted to be part of this market-style event along with some very talented Tokyo-based makers and creators, wine & food. Hope to see you there! 

Further information: click here

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New products arrived!

I love traveling to far-flung places to source new products, meet with existing suppliers to look at their new creations and place orders. It is an exhilarating part of running Turquoise Port. Sometimes is takes ages before my new orders arrive in Tokyo. This is partly due to all of Turquoise Port’s products being handmade by skilled artisans and creators as well the long journey from their countries of origin to the Showroom. 

In some cases months pass before I can lay eyes on the items I selected. Once my orders finally arrive on my doorstep, I open the crates and boxes with nervous excitement.
Are the items as I remembered them? Has the whole order made it in one piece (a huge box of hand-painted ceramics once arrived shattered into bits and pieces…)? Are the colours and shapes of the products the way I ordered them?

Some orders have recently arrived and are ready to be released into the Showroom – home decoration and accessories with quite a few one-off items! 

Subscribers to my mailing list will be the first to find out and will have first dibs too! The release email will go out to my mailing list on Friday, 22nd February. All items that are not snapped up by my subscribers will be released via Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday, 26th February.

Not on my mailing list? Sign-up here.

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What is the Tokyo Instamingle?

The Tokyo Instamingle is a community of Tokyo Instagrammers of all walks of life. 
People new to Instagram, total pros and everyone in between!
Owners of small businesses, creatives, private user, bloggers, you name it!

We meet on a regular basis, chat about all things Instagram, network and have fun along the way! Events take place at different times of the day and in a range of venues. Some events feature a speaker, others are purely networking / fun events.
The community is organised and co-hosted by Victoria from Bikudesigns and yours truly 🙂

What to join our group? Hop over to Facebook, our current “home”:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1882660371811746/

Hope to see you at one of our events!
Alex x

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Tokyo Instamingle – 28th January 2019

Tokyo Instamingle is back with its first 2019 session on Monday, 28th January!

We are keeping our fingers crossed for some fab weather that day so we can mingle on the outdoor terrace of the Jingumae 6-chome Starbucks. Wrap up warm and bring your sunnies!

What is the Tokyo Instamingle?

It is a community of Tokyo Instagrammer of all walks of life. People new to Instagram, total pros and everyone in between! Owners of small businesses, creatives, private user, bloggers, you name it! We meet on a regular basis, chat about all things Instagram, network and have fun along the way! We should as some stage count the number of nationalities in our group – there are just so many!

Want to join our group and stay in the loop of what’s going on? Pop over to our Facebook group

Instamingle January 2019
When: Monday, 28th January … 10am – 12pm
Where: Starbucks, Jingumae 6-chome
Map: 
https://goo.gl/maps/qbreiieYVvw
Cost: Free

Hope to see you!
Alex x

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Sip & Shop for Refugees International Japan (RIJ) … Thursday, 29th November 2018

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Although there might not be as many refugees in Japan as in other countries, we should not close our eyes to the worldwide refugee crisis that has been going on for quite a while with no end in sight.

With that in mind Victoria of Bikudesigns and I have teamed up with Refugees International Japan (RIJ) and curated an evening of shopping and socialising over a glass of wine (or two) at the Shibuya Campus of the British School in Tokyo (BST). All table fees and proceeds from the tombola go to RIJ – read all about their work here.

The event is open to The British School in Tokyo community and all friends and families.

Check out the great line-up of vendors, come along for a sip of wine and tick those items off your Christmas shopping list!

Art & Decor
Turquoise Port
Anne-Marie Peters Ceramics
Ciaolink
Erica Ward Illustration
From Juju With Love
Kintsugi
Paradiddle Designs

Accessories & Fashion
Bikudesigns
Kamihoseki
Mamam Leatherwork
Ring and Wraps
Vintage Kimonos

Lifestyle, Kids & Food
A Joy to Behold
Eco Hachi Living
Jikuu
Kodomo Paradis
Noox
Swan and Lion

Event details
Thursday 29th November
5-6pm Faculty shopping
6-8.30pm BST Community and friends -> that is you!!!

The British School in Tokyo
Shibuya Campus Gym
1 Chome-21-18 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002