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CULTURE CLASH


Loud-and-proud tackiest of tack to too-cool-for-school VIP of VIPs – a clash of culturesmeant to be. One in-yo-face ballpoint pen pencil, one notebook worthy of a Korean drama, and one smooooth felt tip pen – it’s STMT X KOREA!

 

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Korean culture be all about the contrast. In Seoul, we’ll go from buyin’ the gaudiest of shirts (cream with phat cobalt stripes and an owl photo transfer and big pearls glued on it… ooooh yeah!) – to checkin’ the fanciest T-shirt you’ll ever see in a high-end concept shop. It’s the dueling contrasts that make us love Korea so much.

 

So for our 3rd Korea Kit, we said “Hellz yes!” to that contrast. From notebooks with over-the-top amaze-balls graphics, to one of the finest felt tip pens we’ve ever spied – the Korea Kit has got it ALL goin’ on!

 

Shop the Korea Kit, and read the Low Down to hear about the culture clash that happens when a Korean American heads to Seoul.

The Low Down – STMT X Korea
 
I f’in love being in Korea, even if Koreans don’t love me. They see me as Japanese, maybe Chinese, but rarely Korean. After a second look, they see the Korean in me – and then I’m just an American to them. The kind that left to chase the American dream, only to return to Korea to flaunt it. 
 

But that’s not me. I cling to the Korean in me. I’m afraid that soon I’ll wake up forgetting how to keunjeol (formal bow) to my elders on Seollal (Lunar New Year) and the Chuseok (Harvest Festival). Or that I’ll forget how to set up the memorial table for jesa. 

 
Proof of my Korean blood? My love of over-the-top fashion. Visit Korea and you’ll quickly grasp that there are two forms of fashion – cheap, gaudy style with too much lace, floral, glitter, and sequins – or head-to-toe in the biggest, most expensive high-end designers, securing VIP VIP customer status (one VIP ain’t nothin’). 
 
When I’m in Korea, I binge on the tackiest shit I can find. I buy the gaudiest shirts for dollars apiece (this time around, it’s a cream shirt with phat cobalt stripes and an owl photo transfer and big pearls glued on it). And then I’m in a concept shop, spending so much for a T-shirt that I’m too embarrassed to admit the price. It’s the dueling contrasts that make me love Korea so much. It’s a clash of cultures in a country with a collective identity to the core.

 
And this culture clash got me twisted when picking out stationery! We could do a full year of Korea Kits and still have endless options. The first two STMT X Korea Kits I purposely skipped the cutesy style, heavy on characters and random quotes. It felt like cheating – it was too easy. I also wondered if it was too much, too loud. But this time around… I full on embraced it. 

 
The first shop I stopped in almost gave me a heart attack. I had to step back and take a deep breath – too much rad. I spied notebooks that totally embody the Korean graphic style that I love. I walked away planning to take a day and think about it… but as I was headed for the door, I spotted the two-color ballpoint pens. The colors? In yo face, like the rad graphics on the notebooks! My people do not disappoint! I ran back to the notebooks and scooped up the entire selection. STMT X Korea was taking form and it was on… 

 
And you know what? I had to go with the notebooks that rep my people. The pens made the decision easy, but the decision was already made for us… One of the covers has a girl straight up bootyclappin’!

 
I walked the floor looking for Mystery Item options, and despite me not wanting to double up on a writing instrument, I couldn’t pass up the felt tip pens. The turquoise color, the slick body, the perfect tip – dreamy. The only thing not going for it? It’s almost too cool to be paired with the notebook and ballpoint pens. But then it hit me – this group of rad lo-fi office supplies perfectly represents Korea. It’s a culture clash meant to be. 

 
oxxo, Hen
(STMT X Korea Sourcing Trip - photo RAD AND HUNGRY)

The Low Down – STMT X Korea

 

I f’in love being in Korea, even if Koreans don’t love me. They see me as Japanese, maybe Chinese, but rarely Korean. After a second look, they see the Korean in meand then I’m just an American to them. The kind that left to chase the American dream, only to return to Korea to flaunt it.

 

But that’s not me. I cling to the Korean in me. I’m afraid that soon I’ll wake up forgetting how to keunjeol (formal bow) to my elders on Seollal (Lunar New Year) and the Chuseok (Harvest Festival). Or that I’ll forget how to set up the memorial table for jesa.

 

Proof of my Korean blood? My love of over-the-top fashion. Visit Korea and you’ll quickly grasp that there are two forms of fashion – cheap, gaudy style with too much lace, floral, glitter, and sequins – or head-to-toe in the biggest, most expensive high-end designers, securing VIP VIP customer status (one VIP ain’t nothin’).

 

When I’m in Korea, I binge on the tackiest shit I can find. I buy the gaudiest shirts for dollars apiece (this time around, it’s a cream shirt with phat cobalt stripes and an owl photo transfer and big pearls glued on it). And then I’m in a concept shop, spending so much for a T-shirt that I’m too embarrassed to admit the price. It’s the dueling contrasts that make me love Korea so much. It’s a clash of cultures in a country with a collective identity to the core.

 

And this culture clash got me twisted when picking out stationery! We could do a full year of Korea Kits and still have endless options. The first two STMT X Korea Kits I purposely skipped the cutesy style, heavy on characters and random quotes. It felt like cheating – it was too easy. I also wondered if it was too much, too loud. But this time around… I full on embraced it.

 

The first shop I stopped in almost gave me a heart attack. I had to step back and take a deep breath – too much rad. I spied notebooks that totally embody the Korean graphic style that I love. I walked away planning to take a day and think about it… but as I was headed for the door, I spotted the two-color ballpoint pens. The colors? In yo face, like the rad graphics on the notebooks! My people do not disappoint! I ran back to the notebooks and scooped up the entire selection. STMT X Korea was taking form and it was on…

 

And you know what? I had to go with the notebooks that rep my people. The pens made the decision easy, but the decision was already made for us… One of the covers has a girl straight up bootyclappin’!

 

I walked the floor looking for Mystery Item options, and despite me not wanting to double up on a writing instrument, I couldn’t pass up the felt tip pens. The turquoise color, the slick body, the perfect tip – dreamy. The only thing not going for it? It’s almost too cool to be paired with the notebook and ballpoint pens. But then it hit me – this group of rad lo-fi office supplies perfectly represents Korea. It’s a culture clash meant to be.

 

oxxo, Hen


(STMT X Korea Sourcing Trip - photo RAD AND HUNGRY)

A favorite ritual of every sourcing trip? Hunting for a mailbox to send off a postcard.

The Korea Post and Correios (Brazil) logos are different but still have a similar feel, huh?

 

(STMT X Korea, STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trips – photos RAH)

THE “THIS KIT’S THE SHIT” SALE

A monthly 4-day event, our “This Kit’s the Shit” Sale features one of our FAVORITE kits for just $16 (plus shipping and handling). And yup, newsletter subscribers get the scoop a full day earlier than everyone else!

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Korea


STMT X Korea is the shit this month. If you still need a 2013 planner, now’s the time to get an ah-maz-ing one with this kit (plus, the perfect fine-tip pen to go with it). And the Korea notebook has gotten the HIGHEST honor from 70percentpure ::

“sundays are for wedding planning in my favorite @radandhungry notebook.”

Sale ends Friday, February 22. Go snag one of these rad kits now!

SHOP SALE - STMT X KOREA

"sundays are for wedding planning in my favorite @radandhungry notebook."Lovely photo of the STMT X Korea Kit notebook from70percentpure. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photo, Stephanie! We’re honored that the notebook is being used for such a special occasion!
 
(Psst… RAHstrs who share photos of their STMT Kits receive a bonus good in their next kit. Snap to it and score a bonus – post a photo of your STMT Kit on Facebook or Tweet it with #radandhungry.)

"sundays are for wedding planning in my favorite @radandhungry notebook."

Lovely photo of the STMT X Korea Kit notebook from70percentpure. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photo, Stephanie! We’re honored that the notebook is being used for such a special occasion!

 

(Psst… RAHstrs who share photos of their STMT Kits receive a bonus good in their next kit. Snap to it and score a bonus – post a photo of your STMT Kit on Facebook or Tweet it with #radandhungry.)

Who cracked open their weekly planner from this month’s STMT X Korea Kit?
 
Thanks for sharing your photo, Nathalie!
 
(Psst… RAHstrs who share photos of their STMT Kits receive a bonus good in their next kit. Snap to it and score a bonus – post a photo of your STMT Kit on Facebook or Tweet it with #radandhungry.)

Who cracked open their weekly planner from this month’s STMT X Korea Kit?

 

Thanks for sharing your photo, Nathalie!

 

(Psst… RAHstrs who share photos of their STMT Kits receive a bonus good in their next kit. Snap to it and score a bonus – post a photo of your STMT Kit on Facebook or Tweet it with #radandhungry.)

"My bro had me for secret Santa this year and bought me @radandhungry goods. So stoked!"
 
We’re stoked, too! Thanks for sharing a photo of your STMT X Korea Kit, Peety Draws!

"My bro had me for secret Santa this year and bought me @radandhungry goods. So stoked!"

 

We’re stoked, too! Thanks for sharing a photo of your STMT X Korea Kit, Peety Draws!

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
 
(STMT X Korea Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

 

STMT x Korea Kits landing now! Stoked to see photos of your Korea goods.
 
And if you haven’t heard… our STMT X Korea Kit fave color combo is the A5 calendar with the mint notebook!
 
(STMT X Korea – photo RAH)

STMT x Korea Kits landing now! Stoked to see photos of your Korea goods.

 

And if you haven’t heard… our STMT X Korea Kit fave color combo is the A5 calendar with the mint notebook!

 

(STMT X Korea – photo RAH)

GO FOR BRONZE!

Take your 1st and 2nd  we’re all about the 3rd. Scored a motherload in the motherland to kick off our 3rd World Tour. A super fine felt-tip pen, pastel notebooks and an A5 weekly calendar – oh yes, it’s our 25th STMT Kit –  it’s STMT X  KOREA!


RAD AND HUNGRY, STMT X Korea Kit

SHOP STMT X KOREA


RAD AND HUNGRY notebookRAD AND HUNGRY permanent marker
Pie Diagram Sticky NotesRAD AND HUNGRY notebook

In addition to the kit, we picked up a few 
individual items to stock the shop. And seriously  we can’t even get over the awesomeness of these goods. Personal fave? The permanent markers. Wanted SO BADLY to include them in the kits, couldn’t get the right quantity, but couldn’t leave ‘em behind. Make sure you snatch some up!
 

Check out the Korea Kit and the individual items, and read the Low Down to learn about Korean coffee shops and rad office supplies.