Comfort & Style

I, for one, have always had a kimono robe in my closet. I loved trying on my japanese roommate’s traditional kimonos when i was at school. It always felt like a dressing up party.  The robe is both feminine and flamboyant at the same time. You would have to stand teller and walk in little steps with the tight bodice. And you would draw all the attention to you with the vivid colors and bold pattern. You think traditional costumes are demure? you’d better think again.

The modern versions of kimono coats minus the restrictive waist belt have earned an everlasting place in the fashion world. We love how the simple structure of the coat and the exquisite silky suede material compliment each other. The wide sleeves and and open front give you maximum comfort. Let your imagination go wild with layering ideas and showing off you bangles and jewellery.

Silky Suede Kimono is now available

Also featuring our beloved Origami Leather Bag

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Look up at the stars

In the summer between my 2nd and 3rd year in college,  I decided to sign up for an introduction to astronomy, designated for non-science based students. To me, astronomy is sci-fiction – movies, tv, novels. I day dreamed about the galaxy far, far away.

At the very first lecture, I sat alone in the middle of a big class pretending that I wasn’t intimidated by the foreign terms and long words. The professor invited us into his world of planets, galaxy, and black hole.  He frantically pushed his hands thru his fussy hair when he looked for simple words to explain the concepts. His small eyes were shining when he showed us how to find the northern star and his hands were waving wildly to illustrate the big bang theory. For 2 hours I sat there mesmerized by his enthusiasm, feeling lost with a sinking heart, knowing that I was totally out of my league.

After class, I stood quietly at the bus-stop with a few fellow students. My mind was racing. “I am going to fail this course. My GPA will go down and my life is over.”  Somebody gasped and pointed a finger up above. I looked up blinking back my tears of dismay and saw the dark velvety blue sky covered with shinny stars. The big dipper and the Polaris stood out in front just like the picture we saw in class. The stars were brilliant. They were daunting me and daring me to feel sorry for my receding GPA. Who am I in this endless universe. What am I but a frog at the bottom of a well. Suddenly my head cleared, my heart soared. What a beautiful world and I am lucky to be part of it.

To this day, I could always find peace and courage when I look up at the starry night sky.  I am tiny and insignificant but I am part of this beautiful universe. There is no edge to the universe and I vow never set any limit to myself.

  • “look up at the stars and not down at your feet” In memory of Dr. S.H., the household name that bridge the gap between us, the universe and infinite possibilities.STARRYNIGHT

What’s your MODE?

Happy New Year, everyone! How was your holidays? Hope you are recovering from the overloaded festivities (or lack thereof)!

Yes, it is the time of the year to made new resolutions! Have you made a list? and are they very well forgotten already after 2 weeks? Well, it’s ok, don’t be discouraged, you are not alone. Making a change in life is a long hard struggle. It is not meant to happen overnight. Every little move is probably insignificant but some where down the road, when you look back, you will see the progress you made.

To keep us on the right track though, we have to know our mode. What’s your mode?Mode is a way of living. Mode is how you express yourself. You can have many modes, work mode, play mode, family mode, running mode, bumming mode.

Search for it, get to know it, stick to it. And then you are ready for the future.

Wishing you good health, good spirit and good fortune in the coming year!

#whatsyourmode #modesearching #knowyourmode

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Glamour All Girl Biker

If you think biker is down and dirty and a tough guy must-have, then think again. Let’s see how a nicely tailored biker jacket can transform your wardrobe and open new doors for you.

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From boardroom to ballroom, your biker jacket will draw everyone’s attention. Throw in some bright color accessories to balance the tough look. How about giving it a contrast with a bit of lace or tutu?

Let’s be whimsical, let’s be free. Reveal the many hidden layers in you! ^^

Behind the Scene at Mode & Pelle (2)

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Sewing at Mode & Pelle

Precision

It takes at least 3 years for a beginner to master the skills of sewing leather.
• Year 1 – straight lines, hidden lines, top stitches
• Year 2 – intricate parts such as pocket openings.
• Year 3 – Joining curves, such as sleeves and collars and putting on ribbing and zippers

Why does it take so long to master the skill? Because no mistake is allowed! Imagine! There is no eraser, there is no correction pen. If stitches are undone (snip, snip), there will be needle holes left behind and the panel has to be thrown away.

It’s like any live performance. Precision and Precision. Kudos to our master sewers who delivered the best workmanship piece after piece! ^^

Behind the Scene – know thou jacket! (1)

Do you ever wonder how your leather jacket is made? Let me tell you some awesome facts about Mode & Pelle!

Unique and individual

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Behind the scene at Mode & Pelle

Our experienced cutters are master artisans. Leather hides are their canvas. They cut and trace every panel by hand knowing exactly how they want the jacket to look once it is assembled. No machine can replace the masters’ artistry and no two jackets are the same!

2015 HK100 Ultra Marathon

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2015 HK 100 Ultra Marathon

“Janet is coming! Let’s give her a high-five” people in front of me broke into an easy jog. Sure enough, a van was slowly approaching with an open door. Janet was greeting some by names and every one with a big smile and a cheer.  That was less than 2 hours into the race and just before reaching the East Dam. It lifted my spirit and it felt like FUN first time rather than just another grueling race that somehow I got myself into.

My story began last year when I first heard about the little man. “I wanna go for the little man!” –my running buddy declared. Mediocre amateur runner, i.e. yours truly, rarely gets to bring home any prize other than a finisher medal. A-ha, but HK100 is different. Trophies are awarded based on finish time, gold for sub 16, silver for sub 20 and bronze for sub 24. Now I am interested. But how? I am new to the sports and I have only just finished my first 50k race. I have to double the distance within a year and not to mention the added time pressure. Well, if there is a goal, there is a plan.

Training plan was quickly drawn up. Gears were bought and tested. Getting expert advice really helped. And of course the home turf advantage was a big plus, stomping up and down numerous stairs, twisting ankles here and there, skidding on and off loosen stones and slate, skipping across sandy beaches and oh yes, battling against a few of the monkey kings at the monkeyland.  So there, everything that could have been and should have been done were done. Could I or couldn’t I?

The Start

It all happened too soon, the start, the bottleneck, the first trail and the long service road to East Dam. My heart was pumping. Was I too fast? Too slow? steps too heavy? There were so many thoughts in my mind. 30 minutes into the race and it felt like a life time already. That was until Janet, the race director, give me a high-five. Suddenly, my mind settled. OK, there are still 90km to go, please just let me get to the first water station!

Strangers become friends

Perhaps I did outpace myself. After the first 20km, I was getting in all sorts of “conditions”, pain, cramps, and numbness, etc. While my body suffered, I tried to distract myself by observing others. Complete strangers began to look familiar. I could recognise certain people’s outfit and gears. Or just by the running style. I overtook some and got overtaken by some others. But sooner or later, I would run into the same people again and again. Funny enough, in the middle of a race, we began to strike up conversations. “Where are you from?” “What’s your target time?” “How far are we from the next check point?” “How many bananas you ate so far?” And we began to gossip about people we saw earlier in the race “did you see the girl in singlet?” or “the guy in flip flops?” Who says running is a lonely sport?

The battle

When I got to the halfway point at Kei Ling Ha (CP 5), the sun had set. The check point was packed with runners, volunteers and supporters. I quickly got my drop bag, replenished my energy food, fill the bladder, turned on my headlamp. I left the party behind knowing that for every step I took from then on, I would be breaking my own record. Nothing was going to stand between me and the little man! I felt surprisingly fresh and ready!

Oops… but that self-confidence is quite short lived. The next 13km almost broke my spirit.

The course of HK100 is heavily back loaded. Even at the race briefing, we were reminded again that we would be doing most of climbing in the last 50km and we should conserved our energy appropriately. Wow, wasn’t that true. Climbing up Ma On Shan had never been so difficult. My legs were heavy like lead and I felt like I was constantly on the brink of cramping. And the long way to Gilwell Camp (CP 6) seemed like never-ending. Everything seem longer and steeper and more rugged? Wait, let me consult my race plan. I was already over an hour behind schedule. I did some calculation in my head, I had 8 hours left to finish the race but I had yet to do the big 3 (i.e. Needle hill, grass hill and Tai Mo Shan). If I pushed it now, I might not have enough stamina to complete the race. But if I didn’t push it now, would I regret later for not even trying? Such was the dilemma.

Salvation

The city lights were sparkling like diamonds along the route. Many people stopped and took pictures. It was stunning. But I was not in the mood.  I had given up on sub 24 by the time I arrived Beacon Hill (CP7). The volunteers were particularly cheerful at the checkpoint but I couldn’t say the same about all the arrivees. I took a look at the big camp fire, so warm and cosy, and the folded chairs. Scary thought, if I stayed, I could stay the whole night!

When my spirit was most deflated, I ran into a guy I met earlier in the race. He told me he was still going to go for sub 24. I said we didn’t have enough time. He laughed and replied “nonsense, of course we can still make it!” He wished me good luck and took off.

This little talk worked like magic. It was now or never. I stretched my legs, adjusted my headlamp and pick up my speed again. The Eagle Nest Trail was soon behind. There were lights in the distance and no monkeys around me. I was happy and feeling strong. Somehow, the next 20km came and gone in a flash. I didn’t even know how I conquered Needle Hills and Grass Hill and I certainly never looked back. I arrived at Lead Mine Pass (CP 9) in high spirit. I looked at my watch and I realised I might, I just very well might made it sub 24!

Grand Finale

And there I was, climbing Tai Mo Shan, the last hill. Reaching the highest point in Hong Kong! When I reached the pagoda at the top of Tai Mo Shan, I jumped up and down like a little kid. All the pain and cramps were forgotten. I knew I had only 4-5 km to go and even if I had to crawl to the finish, I would still make it sub 24. My eye were fill with tears but it wasn’t time to cry or celebrate yet. Let the final stretch of downhill begin.

The heavy fog at Tai Mo Shan was dispersing and I could see the moon just behind. I could hear in the distance the race’s MC was making announcement. The closer I got, the clear the words became. It was then I realised the MC was calling out the name and nationality of everyone crossing the finish line. Tears welled up again. It would soon be my turn.

“Don’t forget to strike a pose and smile. There is a camera waiting for you at the finish” – some passer-by giving me an advice. That got me in a panic. I never knew how to pose at the finish! And before I could say cheese, I heard “and now we have Hong Kong Representative, Elana Chow!” applause! I didn’t even know where to look! This was the moment I have been waiting for and all I could think of … “please don’t let me trip at the finish line”! d’oh.

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My Little Man in Bronze

P.S. Janet, Steve and everyone who worked and volunteered, thank you for a most memorable experience. The organisation has been impeccable. The atmosphere you have created will stay with me always. You have made me feel proud to be a finisher of HK100.

P.P.S. oh and one month later, with the little man proudly displayed on top of my cupboard, I am still cyber searching for that infamous finish line photo.

Elana Chow

2015 HK100 Finisher (22h50m)