These dragons I found at a fleamarket in Shinjuku, Tokyo. They represent the year of the dragon in the Japanese zodiac. Every twelve years they appear, and these two must have been from 2000 or, more unlikely, 1988.
In Japan, traditionally on ‘Girls’ Day’ on March 3rd, the house is decorated with Hinamatsuri dolls. They represent the imperial couple and come in many different forms, sizes and designs. The couple alone is the most minimalist version; some even come with their entire court members such as maids, musicians and guards in full attire.
This couple comes from the seaside town of Shimoda where my family used to go every weekend while we lived in Tokyo.
One of my favourite clothing brands is the Finnish brand Marimekko, known for their bold and colourful patterns. These two bags are characteristic for them: a white cotton tote with the Marimekko name printed across it, and a blue and white patterned bag from their Converse/Marimekko spring 2012 collaboration. I got them from the Shoreditch pop-up mall made of ship containers called Boxpark.
One of the nicest Japanese interior shops I came across outside Japan can be found in Freiburg im Breisgau, in the German Black Forest. When I lived there, I loved to visit the shop, right next to the Gerberau river flowing through the town centre and felt as if I was far away in a Japanese village.
These beads I found at a fleamarket on Campo Santa Margerita in Venice, where I stopped for an after-work spritz with my friends and colleagues. The beads are vintage Murano from the 1970s. As they are handmade, each bead varies slightly, and beautifully, in shape and colour, which is what I love in particularly about them.
Brooklyn brooch with sky blue rhinestones
This lovely brooch I found at the Brooklyn Fleamarket during my travels to the US East Coast. I was invited to a wedding of a friend I had met in Venice, and I was piecing together my outfit for the occasion. This brooch fit perfectly with my Murano glass necklace and a bracelet, but in the end didn’t make it into the final outfit.