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Tokyo Community: InstaBasics is back!

A LOT has changed in the world of Instagram since Victoria from Bikudesigns and I facilitated a number of ‘Instabasics – Instagram for small business’ classes back in 2019.

We revamped to course content to reflect those changes, new features and strategy approaches – if you are a small business owner based in and around Tokyo and would like to level up your Instagram game in 2022, this class might be for you!

Dates:
Tuesday, 8 March 2022 – SOLD OUT
Friday, 11 March 2022 – SOLD OUT
Saturday, 12 March 2022 – SOLD OUT
Tuesday, 19 April 2022 – 1 SPOT AVAILABLE
** NEW ** Wednesday, 1 June 2022  – 6 SPOTS LEFT

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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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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

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Tokyo Community: Tokyo Instamingle

Calling all Tokyo Instagrammers!

I am totally excited to be co-hosting the Tokyo Instamingle together with Victoria from Bikudesigns going forward!

The regular Instamingle event has been around for a little while and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a guest and participant until now.

I am thrilled to be working with Victoria on yet another project – I stock a small selection of her beautiful handcrafted vintage kimono jewellery in my showroom, we are part of the same awesome Mastermind Group and we launched The Collective Market earlier in the year together.

Given that Instagram doesn’t have group and event functions (yet), we have decided to home the (closed) group on Facebook for the time being.

Instagrammers with all levels of experience are welcome – join the group!

Hope to see on Facebook and in person at the next event!

Alex x