Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pottery Barn Collaboration with Hello Kitty

This new collaboration has really surprised me, their harshest critic who loves their brand. The decor collection is a refreshing game changer.

Pottery Barn Teen x Hello Kitty
2018 Collection

Lately, I have been eyeing the competition, Disney, because they have seem to be coming out with better stylish Mickey and/or Minnie decor and clothing. Unless it's vintage, my Sanrio purchases have become less and less as most of Sanrio Japan's new releases are mainly cheap plastic desktop items. So, when I saw the collaboration release, I was actually amazed that the decor design was actually cool -- very cool, cool... if you know what I mean. 

This bedroom collection showcases that Hello Kitty can be stylish, too. It's what I have been saying for years that Hello Kitty has the potential to be cool for adults.

It's a great start for a cool Hello Kitty bedroom!

My Sanrio Rating:  ♥ 1/2 

Creativity of Incorporating the Character: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall Design: 3.8
Color Scheme: 5
Adult Coolness Factor: 4.5
Quality: 3.9

It really is all about the design. I always knew that someone can make Hello Kitty decor cool for adults and not be ashamed to show it off. With this collaboration, Hello Kitty has made an official entrance for the adult consumers to be able to own and decorate. This is a great start to all collaborations out there and can open new potential designs that can officially be called cool Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty is usually seen as a character for kids only because all the decor that has been released never reached the cool factor at all. Compared to rival characters, Mickey has already reached the cool factor with Disney adult collectors because most of their decor doesn't make them cringe. Also, it may have to do with quality.

Without quality, you cannot have a great design.

I always believed that plastic makes the overall decor design have a cheap appearance compared to other materials used. I will always prefer ceramics, porcelain, stoneware, stones, fabrics, etc over plastic. If you don't believe me, set up a room full of mostly plastic decor. Then, compare it to a room from those professional decor magazines that don't rely on plastic for their design. But then again, their target base are adult consumers and not kids with no sense of maturity.

The reason that I cannot give this Collection a full 5 stars is because Pottery Barn designers did not reach full potential for Hello Kitty. This collection is refreshing and a game changer because no other decor company, including SANRIO, has officially made cool Hello Kitty decor.

If you design for a bedroom, then everyone knows the eye goes to the center of the room: the bed. The selected decor items are mainly accessorized around the bed. Subtle is great, but that doesn't mean that the bedcovers needs to be overlooked. I can't give a full 5 star rating if I am not 100% impressed.

I feel that maybe the Hello Kitty bedcovers may be the hardest to achieve the cool factor for adults. Maybe with Hello Kitty, she will always have that childish image attached. Or maybe not. It's why I say Hello Kitty has big potential. After this Collection design, I am left desiring to push the envelope. Can you reach maximum creativity with Hello Kitty?

Time will tell. As for me, I will be buying most of this Collection. I have half of what I put on my Wishlist. I still need that bean bag. It's a MUST for this Hello Kitty Collector. Enjoy the collection like I will do in the future.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Gifts to Myself

Instead of recommending Sanrio gifts to you, I wanted to showcase the items that I have chosen for myself in the last couple of months.

My Christmas gifts are my cherished treasures, even better than previous years.  >.<

Arcadia Boutique Window

Gummies in a Bow Box

Hello Kitty x Sugarfina
Choice: Bow Box
Flavor: Mama's Apple Pie

I had three choices when selecting to purchase Sugarfina's Hello Kitty gummies. I chose the best fancy presentation that would commemorate the experience to the highest level. As a Sanrio collector, I instagrammed the moment when I received the gummies. It was another journey that this Sanrio addict experienced with her very first Hello Kitty shaped gummies. It was a fantastic moment to share with other fellow collectors.

Hello Kitty Snowglobe
Picnic Basket

This special snowglobe is the highlight of all my Christmas gifts to myself. The snowglobe design is what I have been asking Sanrio for years to produce. Finally, a high end product that I can proudly display in my collection. It's one of the many steps of progress that I have been seeing from Sanrio as of late. 

The snowglobe is very intricately detailed that it gives off the special feeling that the designer put some serious creativity and thought when producing this masterpiece. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind rare piece that should be cherished forever. Sanrio has impressed me -- their harshest critic that is a fan of their brand. Great job, big S.

Hello Kitty Anniversary Snowglobe 
Meet the 2 Ribbons Series

When this particular snowglobe was first revealed to the Sanrio community, I was actually astonished that the size was not tiny. I was further surprised at how creatively designed the special piece turned out. My favorite part about the snowglobe are Hello Kitty and Mimmy's outfits displayed on mannequin stands, ready to be used. Almost like a sneak peek version of their closet. The ribbon on the top is actually a very nice detailed finish for this snowglobe. The centerpiece with Hello Kitty and Mimmy standing side by side is another beautiful detail that showcases their sisterhood. This piece is in no doubt another cherished snowglobe that will be remembered for years to come. 

Little Twin Stars Snowglobe
2017 Edition

As you can guess --- introducing my very first Little Twin Stars snowglobe. Mainly, I was attracted to the size of it and then, the design.  It was another masterpeice that I couldn't pass up. It is the kind of snowglobe that explains what is sweetly adorable about Kiki and Lala. They are royalty in the heavens. They are our Angels. They are surrounded in magic and the ultra beauty of the skies. Fluffy white clouds shimmering in the mist, hiding and protecting the secret dynasty of the twins. It makes me want more of their secret world in the heavens. 

My Melody x Steiff
Steiff Collaboration

Lastly, I present my ultimate Christmas gift to myself. This high quality produced plush is another major score for this Sanrio collector. This plush represents of all Christmas gifts that are special. One important factor is that only 1,500 plushes have been produced. Secondly, it's not some random gift that can be achieved easily. Yes, price was expensive, but it meant that sacrifices were made in order for this piece to be obtained. It is another reason why Christmas gifts have special meaning and is not just an ordinary gift. It's a special time in a Collector's life that is meant to be cherished with meaning and love. If a gift does not have any meaning, then how can it be special on one of the most memorable day of the year?

I collect. It's what Collectors do. 


Lyn  :0)