lululemon Lunar New Year Capsule 2020 (Limited Edition)

For this capsule design, I was inspired by door couplets and “Fu” diamond-shaped door signs. These couplets, or chunlian (春聯) pasted up alongside the exteriors of doorways have always fascinated me. I love their bold appearances and how they all look a little different. The red vertical strips of Chinese characters are iconic and omnipresent in Hong Kong and China, and are put up during the Lunar New Year to welcome good luck and happiness, and remain there until the next New Year. They are often ornately decorated with patterns and symbols like flowers and animals representing spring and new beginnings, in gold or bright colors. Diamond-shaped Fu characters, or fúzi (福字) are also pasted in the center of doors. Fu means happiness and wealth, and is pasted upside down to let luck “arrive,” which is a belief based on a wordplay.

The sun and other symbols of new beginnings relate to both yoga, which is at the core of Lululemon’s philosophy – regenerating the body and mind every day; body and mind becoming one and connected with the flow of the universe – as well as the New Year, the welcoming of a fresh start.

Plates: Riya C x Faux Home, Hong Kong

Box set of 4 fine bone china 12-inch dinner plates.

 

These designs are based on the four elements: Earth and Fire in gold and Water and Air in platinum.

Temporary Tattoos: Riya C x Bodinker

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