When visiting Hong Kong, a visit to the Jade Market on Kansu Street (near Tin Hau Temple) is highly recommended. You will see a bit of local color and if you are not bothered by aggressive sales tactics, it is a fun outing. Yes, there are a lot of tourists, but local Hong Kong residents also buy here (although I would wager that they get much better prices than the…Continue
When I lived in Tunisia, I frequented Monsieur Moncef Helioui's shop on many occassions. He and his brother have a dusty, yet wonderful little shop on the Rue Jamiya Zetouna in the old Medina. They are descendants of Ahmed Helioui, a well known 20th century silver smith in Tunis.
I have a number of items in my collection that were purchased from the Freres Helioui. Shortly before I left Tunisia, Monsieur Moncef told me about a book that he was writing. I was very delighted to come…Continue
Recently I learned that my favorite store in Greenwich Village has closed. Along with the death of David Bowie, this was another cultural loss to mark the passing of my youth. Back in the 1980s I sported spiked hair, purple lipstick and a pair of black shoes with silver skull buckles. I always walked around with a cassette tape in my Walkman playing the Clash, Siouxsie and…Continue