Alice Ip came to New York in 1976 with two daughters and a son, when she was 27 years old.
She worked in several of Manhattan Chinatown’s garment factories before becoming an organizer for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) Local 23-25 six years later, representing workers from 72 garment shops.
Alice spoke at the historic 1982 Garment Workers’ Strike in Columbus Park, when over 20,000 garment workers marched through the streets of Chinatown in protest of low wages, long hours, and poor working conditions.
Alice's favorite motifs are Orchid and Cloud. Her Goji Dress celebrates her playful, generous, and resilient spirit. We love you, Alice!
Ba Bao Zhou is a capsule collection celebrating the everyday abundance of our beloved Chinatown.
Created in collaboration with Lorraine Lum and the Chinatown community during Joy Mao’s 2022 Artist Residency at The W.O.W. Project, the collection uses clothing-making as a vessel for community care.
This inaugural edition of Ba Bao Zhou features a library of motifs representing the community's symbols of abundance—hand-carved and printed in green-blue tones on ivory linen.
2022 Pilot Production
Each garment is made-to-order by Joy Mao and Lorraine Lum at The W.O.W. Project studio in Manhattan Chinatown. Orders will be ready for pick-up or shipping by the end of September.
Please review the following details carefully before placing your order -
The Goji Dress is a precious yet easy-going silhouette with a reversible hi-lo neckline (rotate to front or back), rolled drop-sleeves, box-pleated skirt, and secret pockets in the side seams. Please note: Garment is translucent and unlined
Each garment contains an individualized set of motifs, unique to each piece. Please select 1-3 of your favorites motifs from our inaugural library (last image), and include their names with your order notes during the check-out process—we will build a story around your favorites.
During our Pilot Production, we will be customizing each piece to your measurements. Please provide the following measurements in our order notes during the check-out process:
100% linen with motifs hand-printed with Jacquard textile paint
Garment is pre-washed; machine wash cold, tumble dry low, hot iron on reverse