I call him “The father of Dolls” as Kev Yiu is the creator of beautiful custom Anime Dolls! They are so amazing that his Doll Label “Mini Couture” has spread all around the social Networks. But this is only one Passion of the very popular and successful Fashion Designer. Let me first give you an summary of how everything has started:
Kev Yiu is a Hong Kong designer who studied in England and graduated with triple distinctions in Fashion and Clothing. In 2006, he began his career in bags and garments and launched his own brand “Sovereign romance” in England as a foreign designer.
Having studied in England for years, Kev was very much inspired by the European fashion culture and firmly believes that fashion is much more than a business, but it’s also an art form which can be translated into a visible language to express his point of views. His aim is to bring Love and Romance into the fashion industry as well as peoples’ daily lives.
His designs have been strongly appreciated and worn by celebrities in Hong Kong such as Sammi Cheng, Twins, Myolie Wu, Ivana Wong, Fiona- Sit & Kary Ng Etc. And recently he was selected as one of the “Rise & Shine” Fashion influences by Hong Kong well known magazine “Jessica Code”.
Geeks Life Luxembourg: Mr Yiu, thank you so much for giving us the time to talk about your beautiful handcrafted dolls. They are really amazing and have become quite popular, that’s why we have become curious about their origin.
1. But actually this is just a small part of your passion and talent as in fact you are a fashion designer and creator of the brand Kevolie?
Mr Yiu: Yes indeed, I am a fashion designer in real life but I was grown as an animation lover, making dolls is like a hobby for me to escape from my intensive work 🙂
2. You started making use of your dollmaker talent and sharing it with others? How did that happen? What was the main inspiration?
Mr Yiu: I learnt how to make puppets when I was studying in England and I have always been very keen on dolls since I was little and I am a Sailor Moon doll collector as well.
3. I’ve heard about your huge Sailor Moon vintage doll collection. How many official Sailor Moon dolls do you own now and how long did it take to collect them?
Mr Yiu: As I mentioned I am a Sailor Moon doll collector, I have collected over 200+ vintage dolls from different countries, mostly japan, for the Japan edition I am still missing the non-taking Jupiter from season SS and the deluxe Moon set B from season S, I would be willing to exchange them with my work if anyone is willing to hahaha! It took me around 7 years.
Every Doll is handcrafted with so much passion and Love. This is what makes them so special and gives every one a heart and soul.
As far as I can recall, about two years ago I accidentally encountered a clip showing how custom dolls are made and I was like why not giving it a try?
So I purchased some second handed dolls and started practicing on hair rooting and face painting , sewing dolly dresses has never been a problem for me as I have been making dresses for human for over 10 years .
4. By that occasion, what is your favourite Sailor Moon character and why?
Mr Yiu: I like the villians most as they have wonderful and complicated designs.
5. Let’s get back to your dolls now. How long have you been making them?
Mr Yiu: I have just picked up this hobby for 2 years but my ultimate goal is to launch my own fashion doll line, but I still need more practice to achieve that.
6. With your experience being a designer you got many abilities for making the dolls clothes. But how about hair and face? Did you visit a workshop?
Mr Yiu: I basically learn from trial and failure and YouTube (thanks for all youtuber!)
7. Imagining your full time job as fashion designer at Kevolie, how do you even manage to find any time for this passion? Must be very hard?
Mr Yiu: I only have time to get the dolls done when I have a day off, or any sleepless night will do lol!
8. And how long does it take you to finish a doll?
Mr Yiu: For simple ones it takes around 12 hours but for complicated ones I can spend up to 45 hours.
9. How can your fans order a doll handcrafted by you? Do you have an online shop?
Mr Yiu: I am planning to launch an online platform selling fan made and originals, stay tuned. For now they can direct message me via Facebook 😊
Thank you Mr Kev Yiu for giving us the chance to take a look at your beautiful work and we hope that we will see more of your beautiful dolls in the future!
The last but beautiful stop during my Japan trip is Kyoto! It was the most beautiful city I have visited so far, very traditional, with so much nature and many temples and shrines that give you so much peace in your heart.
First of all, I’d like to show you pictures of Kyoto’s beautiful temples and shrines. Of course there are many others but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to visit them all …
So this was my last entry in my Nippon blog and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did ^^ if you ever get the chance to travel to Japan, I highly recommend it to you!
During my journey through Japan, I also visited the famous Universal Studios in Osaka, which I must say are really awesome! Let me give you a small Tour through the most famous movies in the world!Harry Potter
The amazing Spiderman
Well that’s it! I really recommend to visit the Universal Studios if you ever travel to Osaka, it is worth it!
Every one knows that Tokyo Tower is a City Highlight for Sightseeing in Tokyo. But for Otakus, there is much more than just a wonderful sight above the City. Let me show you that part of the tower where you can go on adventure with Captain Luffy
and his Crew of the famous anime ONE PIECE!
I hope you enjoyed the tour through the One Piece Tower and I really recommend to visit it when you ever get near by ^^
I am sure you already heard about Theme Cafés in Japan? These are Cafés about a special topic where they serve food and drinks related to this design.
I will introduce two different types of theme cafés to you today, although there are much more. In Japan, there are no limits to fantasy and fancy ideas of cafés 🙂
Let’s start with the typical maid Café!
When your kawai food is served, the Maids often play games with you or give you small gadgets to entertain the customers and give you an all-round “Kawai” Feeling. It is always a pleasant experience and is highly recommended by me 😀 (Photos taken at MaiDreamin Akihabara)
Check out the Theme Song and Dance of MaiDreamin! It is really cool and you hear that song all around Akihabara 😀
The next Theme Café I experienced myself was a Cat Café! In this café you don’t pay your drinks and food, you pay for the time you spend. It is all you can drink and counted per hour or every 20 minutes you spend in the café. The main topic is cats, so there are cats running around free and you can pet them. If they need their free space, the café has many possibilities to climb onto a higher point of view where the visitors can’t reach them.
Have you ever heard of the famous dog Hachiko? Surely you have, as he has been very popular since the 1920s. He actually became so famous that his story has been adapted unto the screen several times already.
For the ones who don’t know, let me tell you the story of this unbelievable faithful dog…
Once upon a time, in 1924, a Japanese professor in agriculture science at Tokyo University named Ueno Eizaburo adopted a small Akita puppy. He called him Hachiko or Hachi and soon the two of them became best friends.
As Hachiko grew older, he started to memorise the times when his best friend Eizaburo went to work and when his train from work returned at Shibuya station in Tokyo. So he began to bring him to the train station and waited for him to return in the evening every single day.
It’s a very sad story that gained a lot of attention, inspiring many people to visit Hachiko and give him treats. They called him “Chuken-Hachiko” which means faithful dog.
On the left: Shibuya station in the 1920s, on the right: Shibuya station today
But one fateful day, when Hachiko was only two years old, he was sitting as usual at the exit of Shibuya station but his best friend didn’t come home. Eizaburo had died unexpectedly by a cerebral haemorrhage at work.
Hachiko was adopted by a member of the Ueno family but he still didn’t give up hope for his buddy to return. Throughout the rest of his ten-year-old life and until his death in 1935, he waited at the exit of Shibuya station every single day grieving for his best friend, who would never return to him…
Hachiko died alone in the streets near Shibuya station. Many people were grieving for him as he was loved by the citizens of Shibuya.
In honour of him several memorials were built such as the one in front of Shibuya Station Exit and the one next to Eizaburos tomb at Aoyama Graveyard in Tokyo.
So in the end the two inseparable friends were finally reunited and can rest in peace forever.
+ In Memory of Ueno Eizaburo and Hachiko, best friends forever … +