Antique Imari Porcelain Exhibition • March 4th - 18th

                                                                                             Koimari Iroe Jinbutsu Rokkaku Sukashi Plate                                                                                          Edo Period (18th Century), 10.4 x 8.5 x 1.8 Inches

                                                                                             Koimari Iroe Jinbutsu Rokkaku Sukashi Plate
                                                                                         Edo Period (18th Century), 10.4 x 8.5 x 1.8 Inches

Antique Imari
Porcelain Exhibition
March 4th - 18th

H.P.F, Christopher announces a special exhibition of 17th and 18th-century antique Imari porcelain from March 4th to 18th, 2016 coinciding with Asia Week New York. Please just us Friday, March 4th from 5pm to 8pm for a reception party showcasing the exquisite collection of porcelain.

Imari porcelain is a style of Japanese porcelain wares named after the port city where it was shipped to the West. During the 17th-century, Imari porcelain overtook the foreign market with its auspicious motifs and distinctive colors. Although production continues today, antique Imari porcelain from the 17th and 18th-centuries is prized among collectors for its unique style and skilled production technique. 

Reception Party
Friday, March 4th
5pm - 8pm

Historical Background

Before the 16th century, China succeeded in firing Porcelain and dominated the export market. However from the early 17th century, craftsmen from Korea (who were seasoned porcelain-makers due to techniques that arrived from their geographically-close neighbor China) came to Arita in Saga prefecture, where porcelain was fired for the first time in Japan. With the end of the Ming Dynasty and political chaos that followed, China was no longer able to export This led to the proliferation of Japanese porcelain throughout the world, including Europe, where having early Imari ware to display in the home held a certain status among the wealthy.


As Chinese porcelain were used as models to first create Imari ware, they often have auspicious omen motifs (patterns of plants, animals or objects that are considered lucky) that originated in China. Shochikubai is a celebratory symbol; budo risumon is thought to bring fertility (or prosperity in descendants); and sansui (mountain water), although not a lucky omen, is often used to symbolize an ideal world. When closely observed, one can often find special meanings behind the interesting patterns of Imari ware. 

Usage of the Craft

In the past when ceremonial functions took place in the home, it was normal for families to have around 20 sets of dinnerware for guests. During the Edo period, porcelain was a luxury but also a necessary household item. 

The shape of early Imari ware was formed by skilled craftsmen on a potter’s wheel and afterwards painted on with a brush.

Imban Porcelain

Porcelain, which first arrived to Japan in the early Edo period, has been around for 300 years and become a necessity of everyday life. To cover the increasing demand, imban porcelain was developed in the Meiji period which was the first properly finished printed dinnerware in Japan. The technique can be categorized into two methods, which are called ‘zuri-e’ and ‘tensha.’ ‘Zuri-e’ is a method that uses a brush to paint over a specially-made stencil to create the pattern. It is known to be difficult to create patterns with fine lines as the curves of the porcelain make it necessary to use multiple stencils, which causes inevitable seams in the pattern. To resolve this, ‘tensha,' a copperplate printing method became popular. This method uses a technique that engraves the design onto copperplates, which are then used to print on special paper. This is then transferred to the material to create the final print. This method allows for more precision when recreating fine lines. Over the years, patterns gradually diversified and we see unique designs that reflect life in that time, such as images of dancers wearing straw-hats, the Japanese flag, as well as interesting, bold prints of an elephant or tengu.

CHRISHABANA • January 29th – February 7th

 January 29th – February 7th



H.P.F, Christopher announces an event with iconic New York jewelry designer CHRISHABANA. The event presents the original brand collection, exclusive items for H.P.F, Christopher, and the diffusion line, My Enemy. Plunge into the world of CHRISHABANA at H.P.F, Christopher from January 29th to February 7th.

The CHRISHABANA collection transforms sterling silver into jewelry that is altogether intriguing yet classic. For H.P.F, Christopher exclusive items, freshwater pearls accent the silver, adding a touch of elegance that softens the brand’s signature bite. The diffusion line, My Enemy, showcases brass plated jewelry in 18-karat gold and gunmetal finishes.

CHRISHABANA and My Enemy have been featured in publications such as Vogue, W, and Dazed & Confused― and have been worn by pop icons like Madonna, FKA Twigs, and Rihanna. Always on the cutting-edge of fashion, the designer has collaborated with brands such Prabal Gurung and Hood By Air, and has created custom jewelry collections with Opening Ceremony and 2016 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund winner, Gypsy Sport.

H.P.F, Christopher holds a CHRISHABANA reception party Friday, January 29th between 5pm to 8pm. Please join us for an opulent evening over complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine with creative director, Chris Habana, in presence.

Friday, January 29th, 2015 • 5pm – 8pm

January 29th –  February 7th



A Fragrant World • Bellocq Tea Atelier


H.P.F, Christopher annonces A FRAGRANT WORLD event with Bellocq Tea Atelier. The holiday event captures Bellocq fragrances redolent of tradition and history.  Through fine teas and perfumed candles, enrich your holidays with Bellocq Tea Atelier at H.P.F, Christopher on December 10th to December 24th, 2015.

A FRANGRANT WORLD event shares the essence of Bellocq with botanic-blended fine teas and aromatic candles. Through Bellocq's fragrant world, you are vaulted across space and timeー from the verdant marketplaces of Goa to the dew-studded gardens of England. Back home in time to cozy up by the fireplace, H.P.F, Christopher invites you to enjoy and share Bellocq during the holidays.

H.P.F, Christopher holds a tea tasting party Saturday, December 12th, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm. Please join us for a fragrant evening of tea and complimentary hors d'oeuvres with Bellocq founders, Heidi Johannsen Steward and Michael Shannon, in presence.

Saturday, December 12th, 2015 • 5pm - 7pm


December 10th - December 24th, 2015

Designer Interview: Jonathan Meizler, Title of Work

The designer Jonathan Meizler of Tile of Work invited H.P.F, Christopher to his design studio in New York City for more insight on the 5 Senses collection at exhibiting at the boutique November 19th - December 5th. Please join us at 98 Christopher Street in the West Village from 5pm - 7pm this Saturday, November 21st for an exhibition party with the designer, Jonathan Meizler, in presence.

Title of Work collections often engage with the senses. For example, your Spring 2012 collection included sterling silver tie accents with your own fingerprint stamp. What led you to delve deeper into the five senses?

As a tactile and visceral individual, the idea of creating a collection focusing on the senses intrigued me. The explorative process of dissecting and reconstructing each sense was a challenging exercise. I feel like I have scratched the surface. I look forward to continuing this journey in my following collections.

I now use my fingerprint amulet as a sign-off, and you will find it on the back of each tie.

How do you encourage the Title of Work man or woman to think differently about sensory perception through the 5 Senses collection?

It’s not so much as to think differently, but rather to explore my take on the five senses and how they relate to art and fashion.

I explore both technique and treatment—from hand embroidery to the use of ostrich feathers. I offer my own interpretation. It’s left to the individual to take the journey with me.

The philosophical discourse of perception has a long history from the allegory of Platos Cave to Nietzsche. How do you interpret the idea of perception?

It’s completely individualized, and the beauty lies in the fact that my idea of perception differs greatly from others. The space between the two is what holds my interest.

How did your collaboration with the Florentine artist Stefano Galli for the Title of Work pocket squares come about for the 5 Senses collection? What specifically drew you to his work?

I was captivated by Stefano’s work while walking by the Academie of Art in Florence. I came upon his charcoal portrait in half shadow. There was a mystery of darkness and humor that immediately drew me in. I gave the docent my card, and Stefano contacted me the following day. We discussed a potential collaboration. I love the moodiness in his work, and the playfulness. It’s a pristine balance of light, depth, ambiguity, and sensuality.

Title of Work often blurs the line between couture product and artwork. How do you reconcile the roles of a fashion designer versus an artist? Is there a difference to you?

There is truthfully little difference for me as I draw upon the same faculties for design and creation. Though, as an artist, I am not confined to the body. The product stands on its own rather than having to regulate fit and structure.

As Title of Work expands from neckties to jewelry, what do you envision the brand for the future?

I am working on a bag collection, which will hopefully come to fruition sometime next year. I am also working on a fragrance collection.

November 17th, 2015
H.P.F, Christopher

Title of Work • 5SENSES Exhibition

5 SENSES Exhibition

H.P.F, Christopher announces the 5 SENSES exhibition by men's neckwear, jewelry, and accessories brand Title of Work. This exhibition is an express of designer Jonathan Meizler's 5 SENSES Autumn/Winter collection, which interprets scientific and figural realms of sensory perception. The art world and luxury couture converge with Title of Work at H.P.F, Christopher.

In presenting artworks by Florentine artist Stefano Gallli and the Autumn/Winter collection of luxury, which interprets scientific and figural realms of sensory perception. The art world and luxury couture converge with Title of Work at H.P.F, Christopher.

Please join us for an exhibition party on Saturday, November 21st between 5pm to 7pm to celebrate the 5 SENSES exhibition, with designer Jonathan Meizler in presence. To RSVP, please contact by e-mail with guest list.

5 SENSES Exhibition Party
Saturday, November 21st
5pm - 7pm

Title of Work
5 SENSES Exhibition
November 19th - December 4th

Mary MacGill at H.P.F, Christopher

Mary MacGill, Photo Diary Exhibition • Sept 24 - 27

Mary MacGill is the New York designer handcrafting jewelry from gold, baroque pearls, and seafaring stones like aquamarine and turquoise. After designing unique pieces under David Yurman, Mary MacGill established her own label in Tribeca. The designer collection creates classic fine jewelry grounded in the beauty of nature.

Each summer Mary MacGill moves her workspace to Block Island east of Montauk Point. On the island she draws inspiration from the maritime environment to create her exquisite collections. The photo diary exhibition provides an intimate glimpse into her process.

H.P.F, Christopher invites you to a photo diary exhibition by New York fine jewelry designer Mary MacGill. Join us on Thursday, September 24th from 6pm to 8pm for the opening reception of the event.

Mary MacGill • Exhibition Opening
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 6pm – 8pm


Momogusa & The Aesthetics of Wabi-Sabi

Momogusa Earthenware

Momogusa embodies the tradition of Japanese earthenware potter in Zen Buddhist philosophy and aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Momogusa takes its name from the Japanese word meaning pine tree, a symbol of longevity in Japan. The nomenclature references a rustic world of long-lasting bond through its objects.

Established in a hundred-year-old farm house in the Gifu Prefecture north of Kyoto, Momogusa aims to unearth traditional Japanese pottery and reconnect it to contemporary life and society. The earthenware revitalizes the aesthetics of wabi-sabi in its natural simplicity and understated elegance.

Momogusa retains sensitivity to ephemera. The vessels and objects are intentionally imperfect in their shape and glaze— transforming overtime with use. Crafted within the concept of “daily life,” Momogusa critiques of consumption. Instead, Momogusa argues for a recognition of beauty in the most basic and natural, everyday objects.

Wabi Sabi

Wabi-sabi is best defined by its in ineffability. While wabi connotes rusticity and simplicity, sabi conveys patina and impermanence. Together wabi-sabi characterizes the tradition of Japanese beauty and aestheticism.  

The materiality of wabi-sabi is epitomized in Japanese traditional pottery. Humbly crafted in hand-shaped forms, the pottery incorporates irregularities and imperfections. Its value is borne of asymmetry, simplicity, modesty, and utility. The lead-glazed earthenware is most noticeably used in Japanese traditional tea ceremonies, called chadō, or way of tea.

Junchiro Tanizaki

Junchiro Tanizaki (1886-1965) is one of the leading novelists in Japanese literature, renowned for his book Naomi. Set in modernizing Tokyo during the Taisho era (1912-1926), Naomi juxtaposes concepts of Japanese tradition and the West, which has come to define the author's style. Naomi is iconic in Japanese literature for its archetype of the femme fatale character, analogous to Westernization

In 1933 Tanizaki wrote the essay In Praise of Shadows on Japanese aesthetics. Similar to the author’s prose, the essay contrasts conventions of beauty in Japan to the West. Bestowing value to shadow’s subtlety, Tanizaki subsumes the qualities of sabi in the work. He admires the quality of patina, reflecting the natural order of impermanence. In Praise of Shadows prevails in its relevance to understanding the nature of beauty in modernity. 

Laure Fischbach x Window Display


Laure Fischbach is the imaginative Parisian turned New Yorker. She creates enchanting art installations for special events and window dresses boutiques across the city. Esteemed by her unexpected use of texture, light, and neon color, Laure's installation breathe life into objects. Her installations function almost as a stag or theater in which objects may act. 


Please drop by the West Village in the month of August to view Laure Fischbach's installation at HPF Christopher! Follow her world @lespomponsdeviolette on Instagram.

SHEROS at H.P.F, Christopher

August 6th - 24th, 2015

SHEROS is an homage to our role models, mentors and muses. SHEROS at HPF Christopher is the second incarnation of the SHEROS project; the first, last year, having taken place in Tokyo, Japan. This exhibition will consist of letters written by Japanese participants (with their English translations) to their female heroes and letters by select artists to their female heroes with accompanying portraits.

Visitors can participate in the SHEROS project by coming in to write their own letter to share during the exhibit. The intention is to create a space to contemplate and publicly acknowledge what we value and appreciate in one another, and also more subtly, in ourselves. It is an opportunity to say “thank you” to those who have shaped our lives and our work. In exhibiting the letters by Japanese visitors to the first installment of SHEROS, we hope viewers will find cross-cultural connections with their overseas counterparts.


Portrait of Harnaam Kaur by Allyson Mellberg-Taylor



Portrait of Amy Goodman by Jeremy Taylor


Below is a newest SHEROS project contribution by Bronwyn C. celebrating Valerie Solanis:

Dear Valerie Solanis,

You were the first woman I knew who expressed feminism in some way other than carrying signs or singing folk songs. Your S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) manifesto changed that way I looked at gender relations forever. I’m sorry you shot Andy Warhol, but when they put the statue of him in Union Square, I tried to make a statue of you pointing a gun at him to put next to it. I didn’t get it finished in time, though. :(

-Bronwyn C.
August 2015

Sheros is an ongoing project curated by Jennifer Armbrust and Hanna Fushihara Aron that will evolve and grow with the addition of new letters written at each exhibition.

Candle & Cloche by La Soufflerie

La Soufflerie is a Parisian tale. It is a story enflamed in fire and molten glass dating centuries back to the family-owned and operated enterprise. Building on their own history and the tradition of glasswork, La Soufflerie presents heritage collections of glassware from tableware to flower vases and unique objects.

H.P.F, Christopher exclusively carries the newest item by La Soufflerie verre palais and cloche candle. The long-burning soy candles are unassumingly exquisite housed in glass vessel. The unscented and classic design style is testament to age-old simplicity attributing value in material and method rather than artifice.

The candle and cloche rest easily on a kitchen counter-top, bedroom dresser, or living room coffee table. Once the soy candle is exhausted, the glass makes the perfect vessel, whether it be votive candle holder, small storage container, or even drinking cup. 

Please visit the online vitrine of La Soufflerie at their new website. And follow their handblown world on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



Press, The Shopkeepers

HPF Christopher is featured on the website The Shopkeepers this week! The article kindly profiles the origin of HPF and conception of our West Village boutique. We would like to thank the editor of The Shopkeepers for including us among the impressive group of boutiques featured on the website!

The result is a very comfortable, relaxing space for people to enjoy. There is a delicious aroma of Bellocq tea, which is always brewed, waiting to be sampled. Included in the mix are fine jewelry from Japanese designers, Hirondelle, Mayu and Koji Takuma, china from Tse & Tse, hand blown glass by La Soufflerie, journals, Patch NYC candles and Bellocq tea.
— The Shopkeepers

Please visit The Shopkeepers for more inspiring boutiques across New York City and international outposts. And window shop with the editor on both Facebook and Instagram!



 The Shopkeepers ©

Afghan Spring

BellocqTea • No. 18 Afghani Chai

Although know from the modern eraas the site of the Great Game the political and militaryexpansion between Europe and Russia in Central Asia Afghanistan holds a rich cultural history reflected by its ethnic and geographic diversity. A hallmark of Afghan cuisine know world-over is the country's penchant for black tea and cardamon.

The fine folk at Bellocq Tea in Brooklyn pay the perfect homage to Afghan hospitality with their No. 18 Afghani Chai the beautiful blend of black tea and green cardamon. The maltiness of the tea is cut by ginger, star anise, and clove spices that leave a lingering excitement to the palate. 

In North America, chai tea is typically associated with milk, but Bellocq Tea's Afghani Chai is perfect brewed aloneor with a bit of fresh ginger and honey for extra taste. It is especially a go-to tea for these spring days in New York City that dance between warmth and chill. 

Visit Bellocq Tea at their atelier and shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at 104 West Streetor follow their enchanted world on Instagram and Facebook.

No. 18 Afghani Chai Brewing Notes by Bellocq Tea

Quantity:  1 Teaspoon Per 8oz
Water Temperature:  205ºF
Brewing Time: 4-6 Minutes
Infusions: 2 

Bring cold, fresh spring water to a boil. 
Remove from heat, set aside 30 seconds, and proceed. 

With milk: 

Apply the same quantity as you would with regular steeping. Bring water to boil. Add tea (and fresh ginger) and boil for 3 minutes. Add milk and boil for an additional 2 minutes. Strain and add sweetener.



PATCH NYC at HPF Christopher

We are excited to announce a month-long residency for our friends at the brand PATCH NYC here in the West Village at HPF Christopher from April 23rd to May 24th. The event at HPF Christopher marks artist-designer duo John Ross and Don Carney's homecoming to the West Village. Fifteen years ago, the two began their vintage-inspired lifestyle brand PATCH NYC on 8th Avenue in the West Village.

After moving to Boston’s urbane South End neighborhood to open their new atelier, art gallery, and boutique, PATCH NYC stayed busy conquering the world through exhibitions in Paris and Milan, as well as launching collaborations with Astier de Villatte, Miriam Haskell, West Elm, and Target.

PATCH NYC is finally back home in New York City for a month long residency at HPF Christopher in the West Village. Exhibiting their antiquarian aesthetic in strength and style, PATCH NYC presents original works of art, handmade jewelry & accessories, and home decor items from fragrant candles to pillows.

Please join us for the opening party on Thursday, April 23rd from 6pm to 8pm!


PATCH NYC Homecoming Party
        Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 • 6pm – 8pm



We would like to thank Senken Newspaper for our first bit of press since the boutique's soft opening last month! The newspaper is a resource on the latest from the fashion industry. It's a go-to outlet in Tokyo for fashionistas and professionals alike. We are pleased to be kindly included even though we are all the way here in New York City!

For non-Japanese readers, the article details HPF Christopher's concept of drawing influence from our extensive travels, and the aim to inspire new adventures abroad with jewelry collected from Tokyo, glassware from Paris, and candles right here from New York. Thank you again, Senken Newspaper!



PATCH NYC is strength and style. The New York City and Boston based design-duo casts a specter that is at once distressing and beautiful. Alongside the pair's range of original products from candles to scarves, PATCH NYC also runs an atelier, boutique, and gallery to convey their confident aesthetic. In an antiquarian fashion, PATCH NYC is new vintage for the modern age.

Handmade in New York State in collaboration with the Soap & Paper Factory, the natural soy candles are pleasantly fragrant in seven different scents rooted in the world of PATCH NYC. Long-burning, the candles make perfect home staples for the bedroom, bath, and kitchen.

PATCH NYC's artisanal soap Stag is an impressive forest-green bar. Made from shea butter and olive, the soap is kind on the skin, but tough on daily mire. The bar is fragrant of morning alpine-- a serious soap to keep in the shower or pack away with you when traveling to the great elsewhere.

All products are cruelty and chemical-free, so rest easily. 

For more sights into the world of PATCH NYC, follow the designers on Instagram



H.P.F, CHRISTOPHER is a jewelry and home goods boutique located in the West Village of New York City at 98 Christopher.