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Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry × JuneShine

By: Kai Yeo

Outstanding quality, unique designs, and an affordable price tag – our shoe choice for this season has got to be Chinese Laundry. With groundbreaking styles season after season, it is no surprise that this brand is also celebrity approvedBlake Lively and Miley Cyrus among the list – featuring trendy designs as well as refined classics perfect to transition from day to night. On Wednesday, we got to preview the new Chinese Laundry summer and fall collections at JuneShine, paired with hard kombucha and a floral arrangement session.

With the cutest balloon arch entrance set up, we were welcomed with hard kombucha and charcuterie boards along with the prettiest decorations. As I arrived ahead of time (in my Summer Rayva Sandals), I got the opportunity to mingle with the team and talk more about the current summer launch and upcoming fall collection, a mix of styles and trends ideal for today’s fashion-forward landscape.

If you’re new to Chinese Laundry, they have been in the shoes business since 1971. Growing to become a globally recognized fashion footwear distributor, the brand has now expanded into a family of four unique brands:

  • Chinese Laundry – Styles range from dress heels to casual flats, all designed to meet the season’s most desired trends
  • Dirty Laundry – Designed with edge in Los Angeles. Dirty Laundry is casual and vintage-inspired, with a twist of California rocker-cool. Iconic designs and bold silhouettes embody the brand’s timeless collection.
  • CL By Laundry – Responds to trends in the market and translates designs into affordable, easy-to-wear styles. The collection transitions seamlessly from work, weekend, and everything in between.
  • 42 Gold – Destined to elevate any look for the busy on-the-go woman. Indulge in luxury inspired designs without breaking the budget. Quality craftsmanship and versatile silhouettes are designed to meet the needs of a modern lifestyle. Jamie Chung collaborated with them in 2019 for a 12-piece shoe collection launch.

In the mini preview we saw, Chinese Laundry has proven to us yet again that their style is on point. Their new collection of shoes ranges from classic formal to trendy, offering a great array of styles. With so many options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something you love for the next season! As more guests started to trickle in, we decided to look around the space and found the entire backroom filled with a gorgeous array of flowers – aided by florist Tess, we even got to make our own special denim bouquet.

With so many conversations and activities going on, it was time for some food and a second glass of kombucha. JuneShine is an all-natural, organic, gluten-free hard kombucha made from green tea and honey. The primary fermentation is done by pitching yeast and honey to create a probiotic kombucha, and more yeast and cane sugar is added during the secondary fermentation (which brings the kombucha to 6% alcohol). If the alcohol percentage is a little overwhelming for anyone, JuneShine also offers flights of three which allows you to get a little sampler of everything. They also serve good empanadas (chicken, beef, and caprese) and a really mean vegan pizza haute pocket. While there are no meal options, eating a couple of those empanadas will have you fuller than you expect!

By the end of the Summer Launch Party with Chinese Laundry, we had our bellies filled and hands busy with flowers, kombucha, shoes, and even a little gift bag filled with local and sustainable goodies such as stainless steel drinking straws and my personal favorite – Lotus and Luna bracelets. Discovering that Lotus and Luna takes pride in making accessories and committed to helping their Thai artisans escape the cycle of poverty by providing them a proper wage and housing made the gift bag from Chinese Laundry very special.

Knowing that Chinese Laundry is not just a one-stop shop for vegan and fashionable footwear but that they also support small socially responsible brands has just increased our love for this brand, and we can’t wait to style our new shoes!

Highlights: Grapefruit Paloma Kombucha, Chicken Empanadas, flower bouquets wrapped with sustainable denim, and of course, shoes!

About the Author:

Kai Yeo is from Singapore and has traveled on various occasions to Thailand since she grew up in the area.

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Chinese Laundry Event photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha is the perfect beverage for the summer. Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha not only keeps you hydrated but it is rich in probiotics and antioxidants. Jun Kombucha has been growing in popularity over the last few years, but many are unfamiliar with Jun, which is a cousin of traditional Kombucha, and classified as champagne of kombucha.

What sets Wild Tonic apart from other kombucha on the market is it is crafted primarily with honey instead of cane sugar; this produces a refreshing result, absent of a ‘vinegar’ bite common in traditional kombucha. The initial brew of sustainably sourced tea and honey along with a SCOBY, symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, is infused with organic fruits, herbs and botanicals to create the signature smooth taste. Wild Tonic is also a more nutritious alcoholic beverage; each sip contains prebiotics, probiotics, amino acids and antioxidants, without any artificial flavorings or sulfites.

Wild Tonic offers many delicious flavors including Raspberry Goji Rosse, Blueberry Basil, Blackberry Mint, and Rosemary Lemon in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. Their new slim can packaging varieties will be available for direct purchase at http://www.wildtonic.com/.

About Wild Tonic:

The Wild Tonic story begins with an artist and her passion for innovation and creativity. Painter, Holly Lyman, worked with beeswax, an ancient medium known as encaustic, for many years until she discovered the art of fermentation. One day, her love of painting with beeswax transformed into working with honey, another labor of love created by the bees. As with many creative endeavors that sometimes spill into other forms of expression, Holly unexpectedly found herself fascinated with a rare ferment known as Jun. She brewed with this living culture day after day until several years and brew experiments later, Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha was born! For more information about Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha please visit www.wildtonic.com and follow them on Instagram.

2019 EAT DRINK VEGAN

Written by Krishan Narsinghani × Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine had the opportunity to cover the 2019 Eat Drink Vegan Fest in Pasadena, CA. With ample amounts of curated vendors, it was a food and drink galore that left guests feeling energized and healthy. Thirst on a ‘Saturday Funday’ was overkill.

Foodies (rather drink connoisseurs) could sample over 250 beverages including kombucha (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), smoothies, beers, wines, blended spicy margaritas, and organic spirits. Talk about quenching your pallet.

Delectable bites from buffalo chicken sandwiches made from soy beans, kimchi fries and chocolate cakes stole the show. Kids enjoyed a playground area while families sprawled across the lush yards within the Rose Bowl Stadium.

For real, an experience that conformed meat-lover tastebuds to a plant-based wonderland.