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The Christmas and New Year fêtes may be over but another festive occasion that is just about to make a crackling appearance is the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year goodies, decorations, reunion dinners and red packets aside, strutting in our brand new CNY outfits is one of the many highlights we look forward to each year.
To help with your Chinese New Year shopping, we’ve compiled a list of brands that boast a mix of modern and traditional qipao (or cheongsam) collections for women and kids, as well as smart casual to formal wear for men – all in our guide to Oriental Fashion in Hong Kong.
Fills the gap between traditional and modern qipaos
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A new player in the luxury Kids market, Chinadoll Kids also fills the gap between modern and traditional qipaos for kids. Playful, modern, chic dresses are made with luxurious brocade silks, the traditional touch of hand-sewn techniques as well as a beaded mandarin collar to complete the look. Custom-made dresses are also available upon request.
Adorable designs for infants
This innovative kid’s label believes that kid’s fashion should be not only stylish but functional and affordable as well. The result is a range of playful, modern and adorable designs that incorporate rich colours and fun prints. Select from a collection of long sleeve tees, bodysuits, two-piece kimono sets and rompers. Sizes range from 0-24 months.
Classic and modern qipao dresses with a cause
This ethical childrenswear label constantly creates thoughtful designs made with artisanal hand-woven Filipino textiles. Whilst the fabric is sourced from the Philippines, dresses are sewn in Hong Kong by a talented group of craftswomen. Their qipao collection includes classic and modern qipao dresses clad in a myriad of vibrant colours.
For Ladies and Gents
Avant-garde designs with a Mexican flair and Asian touch
Founded in 2014 by Mexican siblings Rafael and Tamara Raya Cano, RCANO brings authenticity and uniqueness to men’s fashion. The Avant-garde designs give a twist to the classic menswear label, adding a vibrant, colourful Mexican flair – and an Asian touch. Though the pieces don’t necessary scream “Oriental Fashion”, we think some of these designs are going to be instant hits at your reunion dinner parties.
Sensuous silhouettes, edgy cuts, elegant and sheer lace details
Inspired by the bold, eclectic women of Hong Kong, SAU is the answer to modern working women all around the world who have a love for fashion and who aren’t afraid to stand out. Founder and designer, Cheryl Sau manages to create a collection that is classic and timeless, yet modern and devious at the same time. Sensuous silhouettes, edgy cuts, elegant and sheer lace details are some staples you’ll find in the collection.
Sleek, sexy and sophisticated pieces
Since its inception in 1994, Shanghai Tang has been the pioneering international luxury lifestyle brand from China. Shanghai Tang’s iconic qipao dresses are known for exemplifying modern Chinese chic. Sleek, sexy and sophisticated, this season they are coming in a thrilling variety of new fabrics to update classic shapes. Men can select from a collection of formal evening wear including perfectly cut suits, jackets and shirts using specially sourced luxurious materials.
Modern touches on the traditional cheongsam
With an appreciation for the arts and an eye for quality, Yi-ming creates contemporary East-meets-West style garments, combining oriental Chinese detail with western craftsmanship. This fusion of East and West is reflected in their qipao/cheongsam collection where modern touches like ruffles, off-shoulder style trends and snake skin patterned fabrics are incorporated in the traditional cheongsam.
Oriental Fashion in Hong Kong
With the surge of activewear and there’s no doubt that the Athleisure trend is here to stay. But why do we only see a surge of homebred activewear for women?
We’ve sieved through the crop and a bring to you a select mix of Men’s Athleisure brands in Hong Kong. Though these shops aren’t labelled as “Athleisure”, we think they would fit the bill anyway – with a varied collection of activewear and streetwear labels.
Uber sleek active wear
Made for active and mindful living, AUMNIE is a health and wellness inspired lifestyle brand that carries yoga and fitness wear as well as ready-to-wear fashion for both men and women. The men’s collection includes uber sleek tank tops, pullovers, lightweight jackets, and bottoms in various styles. Though originally founded in Canada, AUMNIE has since expanded to the Asia-Pacific market.
Hip Street style
Did you know that this brand was established by Asian actor Edison Chen together with fashion designer Kevin Poon? This under-the-radar streetwear label carries some amazing pieces perfect for a post-workout outfit. Clot has even worked with some frontrunners in the industry – including collaborations with Nike, Disney, Coca-Cola and Scion. Their lifestyle store JUICE can be found in major cities across Asia. We hear that JUICE has hosted numerous event and collection launches. Visit JUICE for a taste of hip street style gear.
Experimental streetwear with a modern edge
This streetwear brand immediately catches the eye with its interesting use of texture and fabrics on their pieces. Offering contemporary basics with a modern edge, Mass incorporates quality mesh in a classy way. The result is a range of edgy, and borderline-experimental meshed shorts and sweatshirts; asymmetric zip tanks and bomber jackets. Due to steady sales, founder Mass Luciano is in the talks of releasing a capsule collection every four to six months.
Fun and adorable designs for the family
A little on the light-hearted side, Pumped is the brainchild Petra Schweiger, Denis Giglioli and Betsy Haynes. The creative trio wished there was a line of apparel that was fun, unique, colourful and readily available in Hong Kong. Now, Pumped offers an exciting collection of basic activewear for men, women and kids. The men’s collection boasts cheeky and adorable animated characters printed on vest tops and short sleeve crew neck T-shirts. All items are made of 100% organic cotton and high quality combed yarn.
An emporium for the coolest men’s fashion
The mother – or in this case, the father of all streetwear labels in Hong Kong, Hypebeast impresses with a wide-ranging selection of over 300 international and indie brands. Apart from streetwear and activewear, you will also find everything from footwear, accessories and prints and tech goods. The brands featured at Hypebeast are sourced from all around the globe including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney and more.
MEN’S ATHLEISURE BRANDS IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong has been dubbed the “New York of Asia” time and time again – with good reason. Whether you prefer the swanky air conditional malls or quaint fashion boutiques, Hong Kong shopping is endless. So no surprises that our guide to women’s fashion in Hong Kong brings you a mix of the most cutting edge and coolest brands at the moment.
Join us as we take you through luxurious knitwear, understated staples for work, timeless basics and more.
Decidedly sleek, contemporary pieces
This eponymous label is now one of the hottest brands in Hong Kong and has received much love from both the international fashion world as well as through local celebrity endorsements – and with good reason. Decidedly sleek, with a contemporary feel, Chailie Ho’s pieces exude elegance and sophistication, with soft motifs like hand-painted floral designs across all her scarves and dresses. We particularly love her hand-drawn watercolour scarves as well as her new collection of 100% premium cashmere French lace scarves and – we think you would too.
Luxury chic knitwear
The Antwerp-based fashion designer finally hit shores with a sleek popup at Pacific Place. His creative eye for rich, layered graphics and fresh colours is seamlessly translated into eloquent knitwear and outerwear – a piece of luxury chic to accompany you through the chilly weather. The label’s spring/summer 2016 collection integrates classic Swarovski crystals into layered fringed skirts and spaghetti strap sundresses made out of roughly shaped silk organza and georgette – goes hand in hand with your new knitwear. If this doesn’t entice you to pay a visit, nothing would.
Luxurious fabrics with distinct prints
If there’s a virtual list of the most desirable new generation fashion designers of 2016, Kevin Ho will fit right in. Known for his degree of finesse and edge, his womenswear is like all your favourite high fashion brands rolled into one – with an Asian twist. Luxurious fabrics like velvet and silks adorned with distinct prints and patterns and intricate fringe details are a common sight in his work.
Knitwear in asymmetrical silhouettes
You’d think that a motto like “exploring the possibility of finding harmony between two extremes” would result in a hot mess. Knotz & Linkz proves otherwise. Led by fashion designer Effie Hung – who has worked with the likes of Guy Laroche and Anteprima – the label offers a muster of contemporary knitwear that is relaxed but stylish. Form fitting dresses in asymmetrical silhouettes and structured coats are some staples you’ll find at this fashion house.
An alluring mix of understated workwear
Seeking a work wear wardrobe revamp? Lapee Wee removes all your fashion woes with an elevated version of everyday work wear essentials. Founded in 2013, this fashion label believes in selling a lifestyle rather than just a product. You’ll find an alluring mix of casual to formal wear finished with understated hues, edgy cuts and meticulous details – as shown on the runways of Hong Kong Fashion Week 2016.
Modernity with classicism
Combining modernity with classicism, founder and designer Min draws inspiration from her love of culture and the arts, defining ‘simplicity with depth, romanticism with edge and classicism with a twist’ as the driving spirit behind her diverse collections. The result is a varied collection of lush chinoiserie to crisp mid-century couture for the fashionably savvy woman. There is not one dull piece in her vast collection – timeless basics, outerwear, jumpsuits, knitwear and accessories clad in bold colours and patterns and voluptuous cuts. The choices are endless.
A fun boutique showcasing emerging and independent designers
Finally, a label that puts the fun in fashion. Located at a prime spot in SoHo, the boutique’s colourful storefront immediately reels you in. It’s no different inside, where you’ll encounter pockets of up-to-the-minute women’s fashion pieces that will take you through your day-to-day errands. Polkadot Boutique brings in a fresh collection every other week and month from emerging and independent designers local to Hong Kong as well as from international markets. So rest assured you won’t see the same designs twice. Oh, and be sure to check out their commendable range of jewellery and accessories.
Women’s Fashion in Hong Kong
We’ve discussed the plethora of fashion labels and vast shopping opportunities in Hong Kong but we were elated to come across a commendable amalgam of shops dedicated to homewares as well. That’s right, the eclectic mix of European and classic Scandinavian homewares to Asian-inspired antiques was a pleasant surprise! Travel with us and pick your favourites in this definitive guide to homewares in Hong Kong.
EUROPEAN HOME DÉCOR AND ACCESSORIES
Bowerbird understands the importance of accessories and scours the globe to provide you with the best selection of homeware. Enter the throve filled with European furnishings like gingers jars, artificial flowers, bird cages and a huge selection of lighting, cushions, textiles and charming trinkets to beautify your homes.
NUMBER 1 FURNITURE RENTAL STORE IN HONG KONG
Labeled as Hong Kong’s “Number 1 Home Furnishings Store” in Central, Home Essentials offers some cutting-edge, contemporary furniture to over six continents, including Hong Kong. Apart from furniture, they also feature an elaborate collection of home décor including patterned New Zealand wool rugs, ceramic stools, table and floor lamps. If that is not enough, they also offer an eclectic mix of artwork, trays, vases, ceramic wall art and cushions. Not surprising if you hold the title for the best home furnishings store in Hong Kong.
EXTENSIVE VARIETY OF FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS FOR EVERY HOME
Homeless is a lifestyle store that offers all you need to create a beautiful home. They pride in curating rare treasures from many designers. A diverse range; from the basics like lighting, kitchenware and tableware, down to accessories like magazine racks, clocks, cushions and umbrella stands are available at this homeware haven. On top of the vast range of products, each of them has different styles that would suit any theme or style.
CLASSIC FURNITURE MADE WITH NATURAL MATERIALS
Fancy some classic touches to your modern homes? Look no further as Infurniti Home brings you a mixture of Asian-inspired ceramics, mirrors with vintage designs, photos frames with quirky prints and wall décor with simplistic drawings. It’s not surprising to know their focus on quality and timeless value in their home furnishings has earned them recognition in the market.
HIGH QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE FURNITURE
How do we go about decorating our homes without breaking the bank? The best solution is to find a store that offers home decor and accessories that are of high-end quality yet very friendly in the pocket. Inside strives to create products that are simple, versatile and full of charm. Inside features soft furnishings like cushions and floor pads; embroidered, printed and waffle bed linen and a range of rugs.
When searching for Asian-inspired furnishings, definitely add Old Shanghai to your shopping list. Amongst the vast range of high quality classic pieces, expect pops of colour and modern takes on traditional pieces like tall bar stools, decorative ladders, and storage boxes of all sizes. They are right on the money when it comes to Asian-inspired accessories like makeshift magazine racks, plant pots and decorative items.
HANDPICKED ANTIQUE CHINESE AND CONTEMPORARY HOMEWARE
Owned by Irish expat Olive Forrest, this furniture store offers a decent mix of Chinese and Tibetan antiques. Forrest has been sourcing for Chinese furniture for over 17 years; which is why she prides in providing us with artisan home accessories inspired by both oriental and western design aesthetics. Temple jars, statues, decorative plates, ladders and buckets are just some of the many pieces the store offers.
LUXURY CHINESE-INSPIRED HOMEWARES
Owned by Hong Kong entrepreneur and big shot Sir David Tang, Tang Tang Tang Tang is a luxury furniture and homewares store that oozes elegance and sophistication. The store itself looks like the inside of a luxurious mansion as it embodies subtle Chinese aesthetics using key colours of grey and yellow, complemented by marble flooring. It offers chic colonial Hong Kong furniture and home accessories with a Western twist. This is the store to go to if you want nothing but classy and exquisite pieces of art for your homes.
BRITISH AND AMERICAN FURNITURE FROM THE 1950s
Timothy Oulton’s Gough Street Gallery in Central offers an eclectic mix of finishes and textures from the British heritage and culture. You’ll feel like you’ve entered a gentleman’s pad with its sleek furnishings and chandeliers. The store offers rustic and elegant accessories from the “Beat” generation in the 1950s, America and inspirations from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The space also welcomes art exhibitions and whisky tastings. How classy!
LAVISH AND MODERN EUROPEAN FURNITURE
ViA’s showroom features lavish and top-of-the-line European furniture, kitchenware and sanitary fittings. These pieces are carefully curated from various international brands to keep up with ViA’s commitment of giving their customers the most sophisticated and top-notch quality pieces. Their collection includes a series of rugs and vases to adorn your homes. You’ll also realize your basic homeware can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing once you view their kitchen display areas.
Elegant homewares decked in neutral hues
As its name suggests, White Contemporary Homewares, is a perfect accompaniment for modern homes with a soft contemporary theme. You will encounter an array of homewares decked in neutral hues like whites, beiges, and soft greys – together with the occasional splash of colour. A stellar range of unique home accessories to soft furnishings and even home fragrances are available at this shop. It is no wonder this furniture shop is sought after by many designers.
GUIDE TO HOMEWARES IN HONG KONG
If you’re an avid shopper like us, you’re probably well aware that Hong Kong is Asia’s answer to the Big Apple. During our recent shopping trip to Hong Kong, we were delighted to encounter a series of fashion accessories shops, offering up a slew of various styles, scattered around the city. So we’ve sieved the best accessories boutiques and e-commerce sites that carry trendy, classic and cutting-edge designs by up-and-coming and local designers, just for you.
The next time you tour this vibrant city, be sure to include accessories in your Hong Kong shopping guide. Happy shopping in Hong Kong!
LUXURY ITALIAN LEATHER HANDBAGS
Charming Pop is a boutique that offers Italian leather handbags and accessories like satchels, clutches and wallets. The unique quality about this boutique is all products are made with special tanning techniques that are less harmful to the environment compared regular tanned leather. These bags would definitely catch your eye with its bold and vibrant colours and designs. Apart from that, the bags have spacious compartments, making it the perfect choice for travelling in style!
PARISIAN LUXURY LEATHER GOODS
Immerse yourselves into one of the greatest fashion capitals of the world at Sai Street! Chateau Zoobeetle mirrors the interior of a modern Parisian apartment with a selection of vintage décor pieces and furniture. Its two-storey boutique features a curated selection of ready-to-wear Parisian accessories and cosmetics. Our current favourite is their collection of exotic and elegant luggage tags made from snakeskin!
Leather accessories in vibrant colours
Lianca Central selects the finest materials that adhere to their high standards. This stylish boutique manufactures and retails leather accessories like bags, pouches, stationeries and wallets in simple designs but vibrant colours. They play a strong emphasise on colour as they believe that it has an emotional effect on users. Whether you’re looking for a perfect gift for a loved one – or gifting yourself, this is the place to look in on.
Accessories made with the best Italian leathers
A stunning leather goods labels, Made in Eden boasts gorgeous leather accessories, intricate craftsmanship and top-notch materials, using only the best Italian leathers and 100% natural full grain vegetable tanning. Made in Eden oozes sophistication with a modern take on classic designs. You’ll be spoilt for choice by a variety of satchels, totes, messenger bags, wallets, clutches and card and key holders.
LEATHER ACCESSORIES WITH A QUIRKY EDGE
Matter Matters is a leather goods label that specialises in tote bags, wallets, and iPad cases. They use combinations of materials, geometric shapes and postmodern aesthetics to produce modern and witty accessories. Designer and owner, Flora Leung feels that her creations should always be fun, practical and fresh. These designs are eccentric and look like they’ve been taken out of a comic book.
Exotic leather accessories
Specialising in ethical and sustainable exotic leathers such as crocodile, ostrich, snake and lizard, The Black Label creates beautiful handmade accessories such as wallets, cardholders, bangles and even phone covers that are as practical as they are stunning. The Black Label also takes it up a notch by including splashes of colour in its accessories. Whether your style speaks trendy or classy – they have them all.
Experimental fashion accessories
Under the ideology of ‘A Lab in a Forest’, the creators at Timbee Lo constantly explore every element by combining products of nature such as animals, plants and minerals. This experimental concept is a big hit with customers. The highlight of the store is their quirky accessories. Their headwear, shades, handbags, brooches, chunky earrings, statement necklaces, 3-D bangles and phone covers are made with unconventional items like animal figurines and 3-D items.
Korean and French inspired Accessories
Uber Tunique is a store that every girl and woman would like to visit. The blend of art, fashion, and style creates extensive options for accessories. The creator of Uber Tunique, Amandine, combines the fashion and style of both her origin (Korea) and life in France. The women’s fashion label has something for every lady, as it brings forth a dynamic sense of style to suit your unique personality.
GUIDE TO ACCESSORIES IN HONG KONG
It comes as no surprise that Hong Kong is recognised as one of the world’s best shopping destinations. As you’d expect from the “New York of Asia” Hong Kong plays home to an impressive list of furniture stores, each unique in their own. Shopping for furniture in Hong Kong can be quite an adventure with the eclectic mix of stores available in all parts of Hong Kong.
But do not despair as we’ve narrowed down the furniture stores we thought you’d set your eyes on. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the variety and contrast of modern, bespoke, vintage and antique furniture the city has to offer. Shop away Travelshopas!
CHINESE ANTIQUES FROM MING AND QING PERIODS
Andy Hei has gained much popularity and prestige in this industry due to his authentic collection of antique furniture. The company has continuously been reliable in providing antique lovers and collectors with vintage pieces from the ancient Chinese dynasty. One of its specialties includes furniture from Ming and Qing periods. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a touch of Chinese art and culture in your homes. The store also includes interior accessories, decorations, and even outdoor and garden furniture.
CLASSIC AND ELEGANT FURNITURE
This homeware oasis had us at their impressive display of blue and white ginger jars and small decorative objects at their humble store. The team at Bowerbird Home carefully curate a selection of interior furnishings that are classic and elegant with a whimsical touch. They also offer tips to select the perfect furniture for your living spaces. No wonder Bowerbird Home, Hong Kong is a favourite among many local interior enthusiasts.
A fun and contemporary take on antique furniture
LALA CURIO is a furniture emporium offering a varied mix of all you’ll need to redecorate your abode. The brand gives a fun spin on antiques – celebrating traditional artisanship with contemporary humour. What started as a humble rosewood furniture shop in the 50s is now a leading ceramics enterprise. Do not be surprised to encounter a range of cloisonné tiles, wallpaper designs, lighting and even a humble collection of gifts for him and her. A trip to LALA CURIO and your home will be looking like a contemporary haven in no time.
TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY PIECES FOR SMALL SPACES
When searching for Asian-inspired furniture and furnishings, definitely put Old Shanghai on your shopping list. Amongst the vast range of high quality and classic pieces, expect pops of colour and modern takes on traditional pieces like tall bar stools, decorative ladders, and storage boxes of all sizes. We also spotted a few items perfect for small spaces, like beds with in-built drawers.
HIPPY VINTAGE FURNITURE
The designs at Organic Modernism are classy with a modern touch. Browse through their designs for tables, cabinets, shelves, and sofas that match your taste. Home and office accessories such as paintings and sculptures are also available at this store. Quality is not compromised in the values of Organic Modernism as you can certainly see it if you observe the finishing of each piece. Their products include hand-forged bronze with Japanese patina finishes, American walnut bases and pine wood frames.
DESIGN YOUR OWN FURNITURE
Rimba Rhyme has been designing and producing top-quality bespoke furniture since 1999. Its distinct Danish design and architecture is a popular favourite among residents. You can finally put your Pinterest boards to good use as the people at Rimba Rhyme encourage their customers to contribute designs for pieces that depict their own taste and style. So you can proudly exhibit your customized furniture to your guests. Each piece of wooden furniture is made from the finest quality of wood and metal.
AFFORDABLE SOLID WOOD FURNITURE
Take a trip down Tibet, Burma, Sri Lanka, India and even Thailand at Shambala Furniture’s showroom at Horizon Plaza. It is known to be Hong Kong’s favourite emporium of afforable solid wood furniture. Pieces are made from rosewood & teak, brass, copper, marble and even hand blown glass. Their showroom is also filled with accessories, rugs and lamps. Your homes will be looking like one of those earthy luxury resorts in no time.
RETRO AND MID-CENTURY FURNITURE WITH A POP OF COLOUR
Style50s brings you vintage to modern mid-century furniture and home accessories. What we like is their use of vibrant colours like hot pink and teal, which complements their retro theme and adds a pop of colour to your homes. The PU vintage fabric used on their sofas is easy to maintain and wears well. They also offer over 100 different fabrics to choose from to suit your preference if you’re particular about your fabric.
LUXURY CHINESE-INSPIRED FURNITURE
Owned by Hong Kong entrepreneur and tycoon Sir David Tang, Tang Tang Tang Tang (get where the name’s from?) is a luxury furniture store that oozes elegance and sophistication. The store itself evokes elegance as it embodies subtle Chinese aesthetics using key colours of grey and yellow, complemented by sleek marble flooring. It offers chic Chinese furniture and furnishings with a Western twist. This is the store to go to if you want nothing but classy and exquisite pieces of furniture in your homes.
BRITISH AND AMERICAN FURNITURE FROM THE 1950s
Timothy Oulton has been regarded as one of the leading stores in providing luxurious and high-end pieces of furniture. The gallery offers an eclectic mix of finishes and textures from the British heritage and culture. You’ll feel like you’ve entered a gentleman’s pad with its sleek furnishings and chandeliers. The store also offers rustic and elegant furniture from the “Beat” generation in the 1950s, America and inspirations from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London – and also welcomes art exhibitions and whisky tastings. How classy!
GUIDE TO FURNITURE IN HONG KONG