Travel Blog #13 – Faith Co. Ltd, Taipei, Taiwan.
Jan 21, 2014

I’m very pleased to introduce to you my cousin from down under, Andrew Yeo. A budding denim enthusiast who very recently made a lengthy trip north to Tokyo, Taipei and Ho Chi Minh. His tales of adventure involved plenty of drinking, injury and a thirst for some extraordinary blue denim. Below is his review of Faith Co. Ltd on his second stop of the trip, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Upon reaching the Windy City of Taipei, my first order of business was to look into any denim stores of note since I completely missed out on some great stores in Tokyo. I contacted my cousin for information and he pointed me to a couple. To get to them, I needed wheels.

I rented a bicycle, as it seems to be the accepted mode of local transport. However, I didn’t have a local cellular card so GPS directions were out of the question. I tried getting there by asking friendly locals for directions but it was pointless as night was soon to fall. The quest had to wait for day break.

The next day, I pushed on without much trouble. Winding through the small, narrow and congested streets. I eventually negotiated my way to the very street Faith Co. Ltd was on. The street features a hosts of trendy “indie-style” stores, with hand-crafted being the definitive word.

Walking down the street, counting the numbers I found a door that led down into a basement, and upon opening and stepping in, I felt instantly transported into a vintage, hand-crafted dimension. I instantly felt at ease and at home. Denim Nirvana.

Faith & Co. Ltd has only been in this new location for 1 year. There were also hand made satchels (by Kurt) and in the centre of the room, his pride and joy, his very own designed and hand made bicycle (available for custom order). He is also planning on releasing his own line of clothes soon.

I was surprised to find Kurt Chen, the owner of Faith Co Ltd, waiting patiently to greet me. The store felt cozy yet upscale with the multitude of high end workwear brands decking the shelves.  Kurt was a wealth of information. He instantly knew which brands/cuts would suit my shape, and gave them to me to try accordingly. Being extremely patient, he advised on each pair and every profile.

When I say high end, I mean Mister Freedom, Buco, Real McCoy, Joe McCoy, Buck Rickson’s, Sugar Cane, UES Clothing, W & Anchor Bros, Cheswick and Cats Paw. I knew instantly my wallet was going to leave significantly lighter.

After taking in all there was to see in the store, I started my hunt on a decent slim fitting pair of denim. Kurt was very helpful and patient with me as I investigated into his offerings. Soon a decision was made and I picked out a pair of UES 400S. The pre-soak fit was spot on and Kurt did a great job of hemming them on his Union Special.

It’s a great purchase and I am without buyer’s remorse! Looking forward to many happy adventures with this pair. If you enjoyed this review, you should check out the store and speak to Kurt himself. His products are available online and he ships worldwide.

 

Faith Co. Ltd

B1,No. 39, Lane 205, Sec 4, Zhong Xiao E. Rd., Daan District,

Taipei, Taipei 106, Taiwan 

Tel: +886 287718861

Email: faithsfk@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FAITH.co.Ltd

 

- Saintkeat

 

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