My latest favourite hand painted order

My latest favourite hand painted order

I have loved watching my side business, Edward Kwan, grow organically over the years. The most rewarding part of it has been the growing popularity of my hand painted orders. One of my friends from law school recently contacted me to order a bow tie and pocket square to attend a wedding on the weekend. While I'm completely happy to design something specific to my customers' requirements, I also love it when my customer says they are happy to be guided by me and for me to use my creative freedom to come up with a design!

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All about the paint!

All about the paint!

It has been way too long since I wrote a blog post! It has been a busy couple of months which have involved starting a new job as an associate to a Supreme Court Judge, signing Edward Kwan up to a new online fashion platform connecting independent Australian designers to customers worldwide (watch this space!) and painting bowies. Sometimes when you get an idea, you just know it's going to work. Giving my blog a stalk, I realised the first time I thought of painting a bow tie was exactly 2 years ago. 

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My first commissioned art work

My first commissioned art work

After experimenting with acrylic ink paintings last year, I was excited to receive my first commissioned art work request! Here are some photos documenting the progress of my painting, as well as an insight into my inspiration for the painting slash trial and error experimenting.

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My Cheongsam Creation

My Cheongsam Creation

I recently visited Singapore and Hong Kong over the Christmas/New Years break. While I visit my grandparents and extended family in Singapore fairly regularly, it has been 10 years since I set foot in the Fragrant Harbour that is Hong Kong. Inspired by the Orient, I arrived home in Melbourne, and as you do, decided to make myself a modern version of the traditional Chinese dress, 旗袍: 'cheongsam' or 'qipao'.

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Ink experiment

Ink experiment

I was chatting to a lady the other day in a fabric store about dyeing my own fabrics to make my ties and bow ties. I have had a couple of bottles of ink sitting in my drawer for some time, so decided to have an experiment.

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Hand painted bowies

Hand painted bowies

I always love doing custom hand painted bow tie orders and this one was no exception. My customer, Liz, sent me a photo of her husband-to-be's feather bow tie that he would be wearing at their wedding and asked me to come up with a bow tie design for her two nephews.

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Featured in Hello May!

Featured in Hello May!

This week I was super excited when I received an email from Hello May Magazine pointing out that Edward Kwan had been mentioned on their website! I clicked on the link and found a wonderful feature on Matt + Dan's beautiful wedding, with Dan and his groomsman sporting their custom order Edward Kwan bowies and pocket squares.

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