Artisanal designs, special editions, and local flavour are some of the top picks for summer shopping in Hong Kong.
1. G.O.D. (Goods of Desire)
A lifestyle brand that is quintessentially Hong Kong, offering everyday goods like flip flops, umbrellas, and stackable bowls that are injected with signature Asian prints and vintage patterns, it was founded by architects Douglas Young and Benjamin Lau, who came up with the brand whilst working on many of Hong Kong’s retail and residential interiors. Past collaborations include tie-ups with SPCA, Hello Kitty, Starbucks, Swarovski, Greenpeace, and Microsoft.
Location: G.O.D. has outlets in Central, Stanley, Sai Kung, Causeway Bay, and Hong Kong International Airport
One of the first shops to transform Sheung Wan into a creative district, Squarestreet is now on its sixth year. To celebrate its anniversary, the store recently refurbished its store front, presenting a more minimalist approach to highlight their locally-designed products, including leather goods, shoes, and watches.
Location: 15 Square St, Tai Ping Shan, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Yoga pants for work? How do you even pull it off? This is where INNRSTYL comes in, withsignature products including the stylish and snug UT Lab Shoes Svelte, which comes in a variety of colours, as well as their Comfort Dress Pants that emphasises on lightweight and comfortable design as the key feature.
Location: 1-9, On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
At this retail store-slash-local bureau of the world-renowned London-based magazine, you can expect cool and limited edition stuff like clothing, posters, bags, and CDs. The brand recently collaborated with Japanese stationery specialist Delfonics to come up with sleek travel organisers. There is also the classic favourite Porter x Monocle Collection, a selection of dapper bags made from premium cordura fabric.
Location: 1-4, St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
With ten years of history, Kapok was founded by Frenchman Arnault Castel who was looking to evolve the Hong Kong retail landscape away from formulaic brands and focusing more on artisanal design with substance. It would be tempting to buy everything cool that you see here, so take your sweet time browsing through their wide variety of clothing, stationeries, as well as interior products from local and international designers.
Location: Kapok has outlets in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Wan Chai, Mongkok, and Causeway Bay
A visit to this store is worth it for a picture in front of its striking asymmetrical façade alone, but inside there is so much more! Think kitschy stationeries, indie lifestyle publications, as well as quirky titbits for home. Amongst the labels featured here include HK Honey, Wood Wood, Soludos Shoes, Libertine-Libertine, and Skinny Vinny.
Location: 50 Tung Street, Lower Ground Floor, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
The best place to get that perfect accessory for your summer holiday. Premium materials and playful designs make HACHill’s sunglasses truly fashion-forward. From bright blue rims to cats eyes, and even heart-shaped geometric lenses. The brand name comes from the Cantonese word for sunglasses.
Location: 5/F, 526 Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
8. THE DOT
Solid prints, abstract patterns, and vibrant colours adorn high-quality bags, wallets, luggage, silk pocket squares, and cashmere scarves. Founded by local lingerie and pattern designer Suki Tsui, THE DOT takes pleasure in transforming one-of-a-kind artworks that were normally only looked at and admired into wearable art. They have also collaborated with artists including Nicholas Darby, Sjoerd Piepenbrink, and Bethan Janine.
Location: 2 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong