Vivienne Tam limited edition “Double Happiness” Square credit card reader


For those of you who are not in the know, we are still in the midst of celebrating Chinese New Year, where this festival lasts a good 15 days. Of course, there will be plenty of firecrackers, feasting and giving out of red packets among relatives and friends, with red being a very significant color during this period simply because it is meant to usher in prosperity for the year ahead.

Designer Vivienne Tam is not ignorant of the situation, and has even decided to jump headlong into the festivities as well with her limited edition “Double Happiness” Square credit card reader. Shop keepers and store owners who celebrate Chinese New Year might want to take a look at this limited edition device, as it basically allows anyone to accept credit cards by plugging a card reader into your phone or iPad.

This ia a collaboration between Tam and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, CEO and co-founder of Square, in order to end up with this one-of-a-kind reader, where it merges technological simplicity with elegance.

The branded Square reader will come in a black lacquer-like color, where it features the Chinese symbol for double happiness in red. Obviously inspired by Tam’s ‘China Chic’ style which is also representative of her personal mantra, the two characters for happiness (xi) are joined to express the joy of wedded union. Chinese culture tends to favor equilibrium; yin is balanced by yang, and symmetry is an underlying principle in all realms of design.

The ‘Double Happiness’ Square intends to merge both worlds of technology and fashion together, and according to Tam, “I believe this will resonate with customers — it’s cutting edge, and easy to use. It will inspire women to start or grow their businesses.”

Would you fork out $10 for this? Look at it this way, making a purchase will also have you do a good deed since all proceeds will be donated to Happy Hearts Fund, which improves children’s lives through educational and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.

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