A promotional event known as "Buy Creative Goods from Taiwan” was launched on Oct. 1 prior to the opening of the 2013 Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo (TICCIE) as a runner-up event for the biggest creative industry fair in Taiwan.
To introduce the general public to the participating shops, Hsu Yi-chun, director-general of the Ministry of Culture's Department of Cultural & Creative Development, arranged a tour for the local media to visit three of the featured shops - CDPiazza, Bonho and AU.DOT - on Oct. 29.
The previous winners of the TICCIE's Cultural and Creative Award have all successfully opened their own stores in recent years, said Hsu. Among them is the brand CDPiazza, which stands for creative designers' piazza. CDPiazza opened its flagship store at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park to sell a variety of Taiwan-designed fashion products and office accessories, and now operates several branches around Taiwan.
Bonho, whose ceramic mugs inspired by traditional Chinese paper-cutting designs for window décor won 14 awards at home and abroad, launched its own storefront in Taipei's Da-an District earlier this year. In addition to the company's own design products and tailormade gift products, the store is also a hub for designers, creative industry professionals and gourmet food lovers.
Other unique boutiques such as AU.DOT, Booday Shop and A Zhi Bao have also created their own product lines that combine creative design with the Taiwanese lifestyle.
"Buy Creative Goods from Taiwan” features 114 brands and their retail outlets around Taiwan; visitors can receive discounts by using coupons provided by the event brochure at select stores prior to the end of November.
Please note that the 2013 TICCIE is admission-free and will take place at the Taipei World Trade Center's Nangang Exhibition Hall from Nov. 21 to 24. For more information, please visit http://www.iccie.tw/.