A Joy Forever: Sunset Taiwan
You see, if someone brought me a box of gift from Sunset for Christmas, I'd be Dobby with a sock.
There are three jobs I'd kill a million girls for, Alinea menu taster, magazine photographer, and the owner of a kick-ass select shop (ohhh...please excuse my language). I am, of course, non of those-although I am currently working really hard on the second one, at least the photographer part. Anyways, speaking of an amazing select shop, I would say walking into one is like walking into a version of your life. Textures, colours, designs, ideas and CHOCOLATE (yes, you can never miss that), you decide how they fit in your life. See, if someone brought me a box of gift from Sunset for Christmas, I'd be Dobby the house elf, who received Harry Potter's sock.
在台北已經居住超過二十年，但每次回來還是會發現不一樣的驚喜。在熟悉的街道到處逛逛，就算到同一家店，也是能感受到截然不同的氛圍。上一次到 Sunset 是因為實習的關係，記得當時為櫃上各種玲琅滿目的創意感到驚喜，為空間裡令人著迷的生活美學而驚呼，不曉得原來台灣已經悄悄開始出現這樣的地方。老實說，走訪一間選物店，遠比單一品牌的店面有趣的多。藉由經營者的品味和巧思，挑選出也同樣符合自己口味的物品風格，再透過自己的創意，融入自己的生活中。同樣的物品，敘述的故事卻大不同。Sunset 對我來說，就是有著這樣功能的一個地方，購物完的時候，就覺得自己像是多比得到哈利波特的襪子那般開心期待。
The reason I visited, is because the christmas tree is ready, unfortunately, the boxes underneath are still empty. So I went there in a semi-raining Sunday afternoon, serenading this shop, walking around as I figured, Sunset, is seriously the Ali Babba’s den of treasures. I ended up shopping more for myself than for my loved ones. Marble collections, stylish candles (that also smells good, of course), and not to mention the amazing collection of publications: Gentlewoman, Kinfolk, and my personal favourite, Apartamento (one of those magazines I would happily sit down to read in the morning, I enjoy it so much that sometimes I have to rush out of the house so that I won't be late, again).
想要替家人與朋友挑選聖誕禮物，時間緊迫，但我卻一點頭緒也沒有，腦筋一轉便想到當初和凡寧來到這裡的時光。因為是個人前來的關係，多了更多時間可以仔細觀察店裡的每樣商品，才發現這裏有太多寶物等著我們挖掘。這裏有著現正流行的大理石紋路系列商品，時尚的芬香蠟燭（味道當然也很不錯），美麗的餐具盤碗，甚至連雜誌刊物都令人驚豔；從 Kinfolk、Gentlewoman，到我個人非常喜愛的西班牙讀物 Apartamento 都有。半個多小時過去，看著手中的提袋，不禁莞爾，給自己購入的禮物似乎比家人還多呀（汗）
Friendly service and beautiful things, this shop is an un-missbale attraction in Taipei. I've seen a few select shop, and splurged in most, but this was by far a favourite. The shopping experience is really pleasant. I left with Apartamento, a soap, a phone case and the tea flavoured chocolate from Erich Hamman. I'm still eyeing on those beautiful marble trays, hopping they will be mine really soon.
Sunset +886-2-8780-1710 No. 157, Lane 417 Guang Fu South Road, Taipei City, Taiwan 台北市光復南路417巷157號