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February 18 2015
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Buck up for Chinese New Year of the Goat

It turns out that 2015 is the year of the goat (sometimes also called ram or sheep) and in Chinese astrology, goat sign people (those born in: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 & 2015) are generally advised to “take special care about what they do.” Besides this ominous prediction, Chinese superstition has it that nine out of ten sheep/goats/rams will be unhappy in life. Consequently, according to some media reports, a few cautious Chinese expectant mothers are booking Caesarean sections to give birth before the 19th of February when the current year of the horse ends.

That said, people born in the year of the goat are also described as having a calm and gentle personality and are creative by nature… They win people over with their frankness and honesty… and persevere till they succeed.

So with the Chinese New Year fast approaching, here are seven goat-themed objects and designs to honour the occasion.


The Goat Story coffee mug. Image credit The Goat Story

One for lovers of goats and coffee, the Goat Story Coffee mug is probably the most practical, portable, polypropylene option available. Funded via Kickstarter, the Goat Story mug is shaped like a goat’s horn to make drinking from the mug easier. The leather-touch holder cleverly doubles up to become a coffee mug stand and comes with a cross-body strap, which lets you go hands-free in between sips.

 


Vans 2015 ‘Year of the Sheep’ collection launched in countries across Asia-Pacific. Image credit: Hypebeast

Sneaker heads are spoilt for choice when it comes to 2015 Year of the Goat collections, with limited edition launches from big name brands including: Adidas’ Pure Boost, Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star Black & Gold, Nike’s customized Lunar Air Force 1 Low and Air Jordan 669; and Vans’ fleecy ‘Year of the Sheep’ range.


Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Ram. Image credit: Lifestyle Asia

Inspired by a famous Chinese painting called the ‘Three Rams’ the Johnnie Walker Blue Label collection is a limited release spirit. The artwork featured on the royal blue bottles combines calligraphy and images – each of the four sides of the bottle depicting the Chinese written characters for Ram. Placing the four bottles side by side reveals an image of a Chinese scroll painting.

 


The Redecker® Goat Hair Hand Brush. Image credit: Crate & Barrel

Brushes don’t get any softer than this. Handcrafted in Germany by the Redecker family of artisan brush makers, the hand brush is made from Chinese long-haired goat hair.

 

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Sheep Chair by textile designer Jennifer Robertson. Image credit: Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson’s Sheep Chair qualifies for a spot here given that both goats and sheep appear in Chinese New Year festival decorations. As reporter Fran Wang explains “Folklorists say it does not matter which one is used since the zodiac sign was chosen for the Chinese character’s auspicious connotation rather than the specific animal.”

 


Year of the Goat decorative plate by Rosenthal. Image credit: Blouinartinfo.com

Berlin based Japanese designer Shinpei Naito’s stunning colourful plates for the new Rosenthal Collection.


Diane von Furstenberg’s red Lucky Sheep envelope clutch. Image credit: DVF

In Chinese culture, red is believed to be an auspicious colour – standing for prosperity, loyalty, success, and happiness. It is also the colour for driving away bad luck and evil spirits. In a nod to the custom of giving red envelopes with money in to children and (retired) seniors, Diane Von Furstenberg’s Lucky Sheep clutch bag is red and shaped like an envelope.

Happy Chinese New Year to you all!

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