The Chinatown Collection
In celebration of Lunar New Year, Care of Chan introduced a collection of original and curated goods inspired by New York City’s Chinatown. We collaborated with community-defining restaurants, shops and Asian-American artists, to create a collection that highlights Chinatown as a timeless destination for food, conviviality and play.
The collection is a blend of classic and contemporary styles found throughout Chinatown. Apparel included a long sleeve shirt from Mission Chinese Food designed by Chef Danny Bowien and Artist Justin Hager, and a t-shirt from Jing Fong restaurant designed by Artist Andrew Kuo. We featured artworks from Ceramicist Stephanie Shih's Asian grocery collection, as well as a series of one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the iconic dishes from our two restaurant collaborators: the Chongqing Chicken Wings from Mission Chinese Food, and Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings) in a Bamboo Steamer from Jing Fong. Select pieces from Wing on Wo & Co., Chinatown’s oldest store, were also featured alongside some of our favorite cookbooks from those who set the standard for Chinese cooking in America.
A portion of proceeds were donated to The Immigrant Defense Project, an organization that works to better the lives of immigrants across the country, many of whom reside in New York City’s Chinatown.
The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) was founded in the 1990's to combat an emerging human rights crisis: the criminalization and mass deportation of immigrants in America. Located here in New York, IDP using strategies including advocacy, litigation, legal advice and training, community defense, grassroots alliances, and strategic communications, to defend those stuck at the intersection of our racially biased U.S. criminal and immigration systems.
"It was important to me to highlight not just the new voices who are evolving the conversation but also to tell the stories of the people that have been there since day one"
In wake of the fires at the Museum of Chinese in America in January, we decided to donate the entirety of the sales from our custom ceramics pieces by Stephanie Shih to their fire relief fund.
Through these objects, we strived to pay homage to the residents who have built this neighborhood, making it into one of New York’s cultural points of pride.
Pei Mei's Chinese Cookbook
Photo Credit Matt Glueckert