Swan by Kwan was founded by Sundance award-winning Chinese-Canadian filmmaker, Julia Kwan. In 2007, Julia was diagnosed with cancer and this lead to her interest in homesteading and a healthy lifestyle.
In an effort to get back to products with simple and natural ingredients, Julia began to make her own beauty products. She remembered how her grandmother used to make these lumpy slabs of soap. Even years after her death, her Mother treasured those rustic soaps, down to their last nubby bits. In 2012, Julia discovered the emollient properties of camellia tea oil while shooting a film in Vancouver Chinatown’s first premium tea shop, Treasure Green Tea Shop. With Swan by Kwan, Julia’s goal is to provide a natural and lovingly crafted balm.
Check out the film, Everything Will Be, a National Film Board documentary, about the transitioning Chinatown in Vancouver.
The labels are designed by award winning designer/sculptor Mary Ann Liu. The design was inspired by the Shanghai ad posters in the 1930’s. Check out Mary Ann Liu’s website.
Photography credit: Athena Wong
Model credit: Valerie Tian
SwanbyKwan is part of Fire Horse Productions Limited group of companies.