First published in ELEQT on 12 July 2012.
Hong Kongers are super keen on Korean trends and styles, with Korean dresses and shoes dominating our little upstairs boutiques scattered all around town. Recently, I found a more direct way to satisfy my Korean fashion cravings: Mootta.com. Literally meaning ask in Korean, Mootta.com is the up-and-coming one-stop shop for trend-setting Korean design. Directly ordering from the source means you will get your hands on unique quality designs at a super competitive price.
Based in Korea, they have covered every single area from clothing to shoes to bags to accessories , all manufactured in limited quantities within Korea to guarantee its quality and authenticity. So why are they called ask? It is because Mootta.com keeps on pushing themselves out of their comfort zone, constantly questioning what is in, who is setting trends, and what is versatile enough for every individual to style in their own way. They get their leading Korean designers in house to ponder on these thoughts, and resulting in the remarkable collection you see on their website.
I got this amazingly soft black shirt dress from the Loom, which is styled in a relaxing manner, yet still manage to show a flattering silhouette. The Loom is a casual city wear brand by an award winning Korean designer, who incorporates delicate details while experimenting with a variety of materials every season. The dress can be pulled tighter on the waist to show your curves, but equally I can imagine if let it were to be let loose, it will work well as maternity wear. This brand is terrific for those who, like me, longs for pieces that are comfortable but with a feminine touch. If you are not sure which size you fit into, you can always refer to their size guide, or even exchange it for the more suitable size after trying it on, via their user friendly return form.
And the subtle dress goes really well with this gorgeous bright yellow shoulder bag from Violetta Grigio, a designer brand specialising in creating bags for both men and women. Their streamline designs mixed with vivid colours make their pieces uber modern. Their products are suitable for daily use, since they strive to fabricate their bags using light-weighted materials, and making it versatile by giving the option of being worn as a shoulder bag or a mail bag. Look how I manage to squeeze in my magazines, my thermos bottle, and my yoga gear on top of my normal must-bring, all in this huge bag! It can also play up for you to go to a formal meeting with, allowing you to fit in your laptop, documents, and stationery, all in a stylish bag. Already exciting about your order? They only take a mere one to two days to process an order and another one to two days for the shipping, so you will definitely receive your shopping within a week. At the mean time, you can track your orders throughout the process!
I also added a dab of glam to my look with the pearl crystal ball necklace from Vintage Hollywood, a renowned jewelry brand in Korea, who is made famous by celebrity followers including Girls Generation. Their starlet fan base wears their locally manufactured pieces to a huge range of occasions, from picking up groceries at the local supermarket to international red carpet events. Their necklace, handmade in limited quantities, creates a striking fusion between sparkling crystals and customised gemstones. Surprisingly, it goes really well with my sterling silver earrings from Thomas Sabo, matching what I already have in my closet with ease. Their shipping fees are fixed regardless of weight, so make sure you pop in a few pieces of their accessories to make the delivery cost more worthwhile!
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