Nature Republic comes to London

We’ve had temporary pop-up beauty stores before, and since earlier this year the independent SOKOLLAB has been in Soho selling K-beauty and K-pop products. But now the big Korean beauty brand Nature Republic is opening up in London as part of an international expansion plan across Asia, America and the Middle East. The store, at […]

Foyles Korean Culture Month 2019

As last year, Foyles is running a Korean Culture Month to launch the Autumn, in collaboration with the KCC. Four events, of which the first has sold out. K-Pop Dance Workshop with LoKo Friday 4th October 2019 6:30pm – 7:30pm Level 6 | Foyles | 107 Charing Cross Road | London WC2H 0DT | Free […]

Korean designers at Goldsmiths Fair 2019

Three Korean jewellers / silversmiths / designers appear in this year’s Goldsmiths Fair; Yeena Yoon in week 1 and Misun Won and Kyosun Jung in week 2: Goldsmiths Fair Week 1: 24 – 29 September 2019 Week 2: 1 – 6 October 2019 Goldsmiths Hall | Foster Lane | London EC2V 6BN | www.goldsmithsfair.co.uk Yeena […]

KOJA Beauty pop-up store at Boxpark Shoreditch

Cruelty-Free K-Beauty Pop-Up Store: KOJA Beauty 18 – 23 June 2019 Unit 26 | Boxpark Shoreditch | 2-10 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6GY Visit the event’s Facebook page for updates KOJA Beauty is opening the first Cruelty-Free K-Beauty Pop-Up Shop. Come and discover our favourite K-Beauty brands and get the chance to try […]

Paul Smith retrospective opens in DDP

A retrospective of designer Paul Smith’s work opened at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza yesterday. A good friend of LKL went along to the opening and took a few pictures. The exhibition is hosted by the Seoul Design Foundation and the Design Museum in London. The Korea Times describes it as “like walking into the renowned […]

Kim Chi spices up BBC make-up reality TV show

One of the more fun programmes on UK terrestrial TV right now is the reality show Glow Up, in which would-be professional make-up artists compete against each other. Every week a different guest celebrity make-up artist joins the show to critique the work of the contestants. This week, Episode 5, the show was graced by […]

VIDAK 2019 Korean Visual Design Exhibition

Late notice of an exhibition of work by Korean designers at the University of Westminster’s Harrow campus: VIDAK 2019 Korean Visual Design Exhibition London Gallery West University of Westminster Harrow Campus | Watford Road | Northwick Park Roundabout | Harrow HA1 3TP Tuesday 2 April – Sunday 14 April | 9am – 5pm | Admission […]

Kingston School of Art and Royal School of Needlework collaborate with Hanbok Advancement Centre

The first stage of an innovative collaboration between the Hanbok Advancement Centre, Kingston School of Art and the Royal School of Needlework had its first public exhibition last week at Kingston University’s Stanley Picker Gallery. The collaboration was the brainchild of Justina Jang, who through Korean British Cultural Exchange shares Korean culture with London and […]

Hanbok-inspired fashion on show in Kingston University

An international project in which the Royal School of Needlework collaborated with the Korean Hanbok Advancement Centre, KBCE and Kingston University, has offered a unique opportunity for students to create exhibitable works which creatively reinterpreted elements of the traditional Korean dress (Hanbok) using both traditional and contemporary hand embroidery techniques. The finished pieces by Kingston […]

Nick Bonner’s Made in North Korea arrives in Seoul

The Korea JoongAng Daily has a nice feature on Nick Bonner’s collection of North Korean everyday graphic design. His collection was on show in London’s House of Illustration last year, and arrived at the Hongik Daehangno Art Center (Hyehwa subway) in December, where it will remain until early April. It is well worth a visit. […]

K-Beauty event featuring Q2HAN

Korean beauty products seem to be getting more of a foothold in the UK. Last year, the pop-up in Westfield and the meet & greet with youtuber Joan Kim; and this year starts with another session with a beauty youtube channel, hosted by UK online supplier of K-beauty products. Q2HAN x Skin Library K-Beauty Talk […]

Meet + Greet w/ beauty YouTuber Joan Kim

Inspire Me Korea is hosting Korean-American Youtuber Joan Kim’s first official London Meet & Greet for customers of Inspire Me Korea. Joan will be sharing all her beauty secrets with you during a Beauty Talk and Q&A, plus a meet & greet – where you’ll get the chance to chat to Joan and of course, […]

Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

A wide-ranging exhibition and events programme as part of Asian Art in London: Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Design Centre Chelsea Harbour | Lots Road | London SW10 0XE | www.dcch.co.uk 5 – 9 November, 9:30am to 5:30pm Full programme of events can be downloaded here A resurgence in the popularity of Asian […]