World renowned Christmas designer Jim Marvin, well known for his fabulous decoration of the White House each year, is opening his first ‘pop-up’ Christmas outlet in Hong Kong this forthcoming Festive Season at the new lifestyle destination ‘Stanley Plaza’ in Stanley.
The trend-setting creator of themed Christmas decorations for the past 30 years is showcasing his latest festive designs at a temporary store from November 18 to December 31.
Hong Kong’s first Jim Marvin Designer Christmas Shop is opening daily from 10am-8pm at Shop 208, level 2, Stanley Plaza.
Although the festive designer has previously decorated a number of commercial and retail venues in Hong Kong, the new ‘pop-up’ is his debut showcase to local consumers.
Among his latest designs, traditional Christmas combinations of red, green and gold are revamped with a fashionable “shades of red” collection, and a contemporary pink collection for the “bold and daring”.
A crystal white theme projects a “wintery” feel – and is also good for wedding decorations, or dinner parties to enhance crystal and china tableware.
An unlikely colour collection is an “Aqua” blue theme dating back to the royal courts of Russia. Britain’s recent royal wedding also adopted a blue sapphire theme, making it a popular event colour with a distinctly royal touch!
For the young and trendy, a “limey” collection is “hippy and the colour of nature”, he said. His ‘Hollywood Tinsel’ collection evokes a “strong expression of freedom, a sense of breaking away from traditions. It’s all shiny and aluminum – stylistic, glamorous, contemporary and fun.”
He also suggests a glittering, glamorous collection of metallic, copper, silver and gold accessories to “inject an exciting new touch”.
“Christmas ornaments should not be viewed just as decorative items,” he advised. “They are symbolic as shiny and pretty to make people happy, especially during the Festive Season.”
The re-launch of Stanley Plaza is “perfect timing and the perfect location” for the retail debut, he added. “Stanley is unique - away from the busy city centres yet easily accessible, very "green", close to the sea, scenic and relaxing. It’s very open, you can really take your time to enjoy the place.”
Hilda Wong, Head of Marketing for The Link Management Limited at Stanley Plaza, said, “The Jim Marvin Designer Christmas shop is a timely complement to the re-launch of this new lifestyle destination following extensive renovation.”
A new Era for Stanley Plaza
Stanley Plaza now begins a new era following a HK$200-million redevelopment, with six-floors of semi-outdoor, high quality retail outlets and restaurants. The “new look” includes a stunning new 300-seat amphitheatre at a seafront piazza, designed for entertainment and events.
Historic landmark Murray House, with its numerous restaurants, al fresco dining and maritime museum, also forms part of the seafront complex.
Stanley Plaza re-opens with a two-day ‘World of Food and Music Festival’ from November 26-27 including live master classes by famous international and local celebrity food and wine personalities, wine tasting and an extensive programme of performances by top musicians and performers from the global World Music scene.
Other highlights include Sounds by The Sea, a pop music showcase presenting some of Hong Kong’s top homegrown music bands (November 19-20) and Paws by the Sea (December 3-4), a pet festival highlighting Stanley Plaza as the first dog-friendly shopping centre under The Link.
About Jim Marvin
Jim Marvin created the Jim Marvin Collection in 1975, with sourcing and development in Europe, India and Asia. As a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, he has conducted seminars in the United States and Japan on creative design and innovative colour presentation.
He has been a designer for the White House Christmas seasons every year since 1997, and was also named advisor to the China National Arts and Crafts in Beijing and Shenyang.