Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

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Macau Fashion Association take an educational trip to Beijing

Posted by Kimberly on November 7, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 7, 2007, page 5 (427 words)

The Macau Fashion Association invited two members of the media, including The Macau Daily Times, along for three days in Beijing last Saturday to witness the vents of China Fashion Week.
A group of seven Fashion Association members comprising of designers and fashion industry workers also came along, to learn how the fashion events were organised, get a sense of the excitement surrounding the shows and allow for their inspiration to take hold.
The trip also provided a valuable opportunity for the Association members to witness how a large scale fashion event was organised, what and who is involved in the process, and to make valuable industry contacts.
The idea for the trip came from the Association’s Chairman, Paulo senna Fernandes, who had applied for monetary assistance in August and received it from the Cultural Institute of Macau, as well as the Henry Fok Foundation, who paid for the media to attend. Read the rest of this entry »


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Damiani jewellery brings sexy Italian style to Macau

Posted by Kimberly on October 28, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 28, 2007, page 4 (640 words)

Giorgio Damiani arrived in Macau to celebrate the opening of one of his world-famous jewellery stores at the Venetian Macao yesterday.
Despite his brief time here, he chose to speak with The Macau Daily Times about the passion, creativity and celebrities behind those diamonds.
It’s easy to get carried away with the fact that celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt, Isabella Rosselini and Jennifer Aniston, who have been known to wear and model some of the collections. Even Mark Brown, Venetian Macao’s president, admitted yesterday to eyeing a couple of pieces.
“It’s not my eye that’s on it, it’s someone else’s eye. I just have the chequebook.”
Yet, with the family business currently seeing its third generation, through Giorgio, his brother and sister, making international inroads, it’s usually the jewellery that ends up taking centre stage.
“The most important thing about jewellery is that its a very emotional thing, something that really makes a lot of people’s dreams,’ said Giorgio Damiani, the company’s vice president. Read the rest of this entry »

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Coming to a casino near you, something to slip into

Posted by Kimberly on September 29, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 29, 2007, page 2 (1,192 words)

Richard Atkins is one of those people with a business idea that makes one wonder, “why didn’t I think of that?” When you add the fact that he’s also a partner in a sourcing company for manufacturing garments as well as being a designer for premium denim company The Proportion of Blu, you’ve got someone who probably never sleeps.
Baffies International, that company with the brilliant idea, manufactures slippers for hotel and casino chains. Not the sort of slippers that either never make it out of their packaging or get worn once and left behind.
These are designed to be taken home, with the sort of quality that ensures they won’t fall apart after one wear.
Speaking from Hong Kong, the 29-year-old said, “while I was living in Shanghai I came across several factories where they were manufacturing Las Vegas slippers.”
“We moved our view onto Macau for the hotel chains over there which is basically the same as Las Vegas chains,” adding that “it’s made it a lot easier with less quotas so we can get  a better price for our clients.”
The company currently has a joint venture with three factories at present, designing the slippers according to each hotel’s budget and class, “so it doesn’t break the bank.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding the hidden potential in Macau

Posted by Kimberly on August 18, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 18, 2007, page 18 (1,090 words)


You can put several labels on a man like Paulo senna Fernandes: Civil servant. Part time award-winning designer for the past eight years. The person who came up with the concept for the recent Macau Apparel Week. Yet despite this, the event’s name was changed from his original title of Macau Fashion Week with no recognition of his idea, according to the designer. Still, Paulo seems to have taken the bad news quite well.
“In 2005, I made a recommendation to do a Macau Fashion Week but to this moment I haven’t received a reply.
“They changed the name to Macau Apparel Week. I’m happy that they have used my ideas but it’s unfortunate that they didn’t contact me,” he says.
As the founder of the Macau Fashion Association, operating since 2003, Paulo has seen a lot of changes in Macau with culture and tourism. And he’s positive he can contribute, given the chance.
“I’m expecting that in the coming years there will be a lot of upcoming events other than the events organised by the tourism department in Macau.
“My association is also able to organise lots of events, fashion and cultural,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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The wow factor ignites Macau’s world heritage fashion show

Posted by Kimberly on July 2, 2007

Fusing fashion with history...Macau's designers show their heritage to the world

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 2, 2007, page 7 (956 pages)

No one was more excited about the turnout at the ‘’Historic Centre of Macau’ World Heritage Products Fashion Show on Saturday, than the show’s designers and organisers.
The number of empty seats could be counted on one hand and that was simply because several members of the audience chose to stand.
Several of the designers spoke with the Macau Daily Times about their first experience at fashion week and their hopes for the future.
“It’s been great to have all these great people come out and help for such a meaningful show,” said Derek Lao, one of the show’s designers and directors.
Asked whether he had envisaged the level of success attained, he said, “No, not at all! In the past few weeks, we’ve been working on the schedule, working on the models, the collections. Read the rest of this entry »

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