We found another lovely place hiding in the area of Tianhe South, across from the Grandview Mall. When wandering around Tianhe South under the banian trees, we found COSMOS, a shop and studio that tries to share a casual lifestyle and the fun of making crafts by hand.
COSMOS can be seen as having two enterprises. The front store exhibits and sells interesting products from all over the world, such as tea services and pottery created by Japanese artists, skincare products with organic essential oils, handmade soaps and homemade coffee beans. You can also enjoy the private collection that the shop’s owner gathered from different countries.
Across the front store, you will notice a studio filled with tools and raw materials. Yue, one of the owners of the shop, was sitting at a long table at the center of the craft room the day we visited. She opened the shop in 2015. Her husband, Bae, who is addicted to handmade leather crafting, has turned his hobby into a profession. The studio is the place Bae creates his leather works. They open the doors to the public, offering the chance to see the process of making leather goods. Various kinds of leather products are displayed in the studio and are offered to customers.
To share the charm of leather making and the fun of handcrafting, Yue and Bae run a workshop teaching people how to make their own leather products on the weekends. To make a passport holder takes one afternoon (4 hours) and costs 450 RMB. The leather is Minerva Box from Italy. The method of treating the leather has not changed in more than 1,000 years.
Apart from learning the leather crafting, the studio also runs classes to on photography, water coloring, embroidery and flower arrangement — all taught by guest professionals.
For readers interested in making your one-of-kind leather products, feel free to leave us a message on our WeChat platform or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We might organize a workshop with COSMOS if enough people want to participate in a workshop (offered in English).
It’s time to set aside your mobile devices. Let’s enjoy the process of handicrafts.
Address: 102, No.23, Liu Yun 2nd Street, Tianhe South 1st Road, Tianhe District
Nearby Metro Station: Tiyu Xilu, Tianhe Sports Center
Tel: +86 13246489100
(By Cassie Lin, Louis Berney, photo by Cassie Lin)