Before diverting into style transfer, I posted
some pictures of this flower-decorated kimono top. Here's another with a rather different design. Like the
first, I bought it from Unicorn. It was longer, but to my non-Chinese eyes, that made it look like a dressing gown. So Unicorn shortened it for me by folding up the excess material into a hem, and sewed on a popper to close it at the waist. The result is a decorative summer top, with colouring nicely matching the Linaria growing on the wall.
Unlike with some of the clothes I've shown, I'm pretty sure that the manufacturers of this one are still going. Searching for the Chinese characters in the name, aided by Purple Culture's mouse-written Chinese input program, I found this site: https://tbg1688.1688.com/. The page mentions the Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery Factory, and that 天宝工 or TianBaoGong is its brand. Judging by the photographs, Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery make a lot of designs. This is one, and shows a kimono very similar to mine as it was before being shortened.
This light linen blazer
from Unicorn is one that I've worn
a lot this summer, when I've needed to take the chill off mornings and evenings.
I like its cheerful colours.
Wallis still exist,
but they don't make such colourful clothes any more. I know this, and I know the blazer is 24 years old, because yesterday, someone told me how nostalgic it made her feel. She'd bought such a jacket, exactly the same style and size, when her now 25-year-old daughter was one year old. She'd loved it — but somewhere along the line between multiple house moves,
it got lost. And Wallis discontinued the line.
Which is a shame, because I'm sure people would buy it. A few weeks ago, the owner of a stall in the local market told me that a lady saw me shopping there the previous week. A few minutes after I'd
left, she asked him, should he see me again, to ask me whether I'd sell her the blazer.