Drapers visits Hong Kong to take a look at some of the best retailers and shopping centres in the territory.
Hong Kong’s retail scene has been dominated by international luxury conglomerates for many years. However, the Asian shopping capital is also densely packed with inspiring shopfits and locations. Drapers takes a look at some of its most colourful retail destinations.
90-92 Hollywood Road, Central
Founded by former retail manager and buyer Charlotte Tsuei in 2016, independent retailer Caelum Greene claims to be Hong Kong’s first athleisure boutique. The airy 1,700 sq ft space stocks around 50 clothing and footwear brands, all of which are ethically sourced.
Top-performing activewear labels include French brand Daquini and New York’s Michi, while bohemian womenswear label The Jetset Diaries is also particularly popular.
Its fashion brands are housed in a high-ceilinged “greenhouse” frame positioned alongside a living wall, which reflects its eco-friendly ethos. It is now reported to be considering expansion into menswear.
2 Minden Row, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Juice started out in 2004 as a high-end streetwear store and quickly expanded with outlets across China – including branches in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Changsha.
Founded by entrepreneur Kevin Poon, the retailer is widely regarded as a market leader for urban men’s and women’s wear. The brightly lit 1,600 sq ft store in Tsim Sha Tsui, which is considered to be its Hong Kong flagship, spans two floors and is eclectically laid out with Japanese collectible Bearbrick toys.
Its brands include Poon’s own-label clothing line, CLOT, as well as footwear from Vans, Reebok and Converse, bag label Hershel Supply Co and New York clothing brand Chinatown Market. It often teams up with them for exclusive collaborations.
18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Shopping centre K11 claims to be the world’s first “art mall”. It combines retail and gallery experiences across seven floors, totalling 340,000 sq ft. The complex opened in 2009 and offers direct access to the underground train system and features local artwork on each floor, including giant sculptures, photography and art suspended from the ceiling. Its retailers include Asics, Furla and Miss Sixty.
The centre’s exhibitions change every three months. Until 21 September it displayed works by finalists for the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association’s Young Talent Award 2017 in themed installations such as a “psychedelic” zone with mirrors and inverted furniture.
Central, Hong Kong
Located on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s Central district, the 800,000 sq ft International Finance Centre (IFC) Mall is a mainstay of the region and arguably its most famous shopping mall. The four-storey complex houses more than 200 luxury and mid-priced retailers including Gucci, Zara, Accessorize and Givenchy, along with department store Lane Crawford.
The centre is uniquely positioned to maximise accessibility for high-income shoppers. Several elevated walkways are strategically positioned to connect with the IFC’s two office skyscrapers, which host several financial institutions, and the region’s prestigious Four Seasons Hotel. It also sits directly on top of a transport interchange that includes the Airport Express Link.
Island Beverley, 1 Great George Street, Causeway Bay
Laforet, 24-26 East Point Road, Causeway Bay
Rise, 5-11 Granville Circuit, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong has cultivated a thriving culture of “mini-malls” that host scores of contemporary menswear and womenswear boutiques across several floors, hidden away up escalators and packed together in cubicles. Most of these spaces can only fit around two people at a time, and do not contain fitting rooms – their compact nature enables boutique owners to sell product without the overheads associated with larger stores.
Mainly specialising in South Korean and local young fashion brands, these mini-malls feature a broad mix of casualwear, workwear, accessories, footwear and occasionwear. These tend to open later than mainstream retailers, roughly between the hours of noon and midnight.
One of the region’s most prominent examples is Island Beverley in Causeway Bay, which spans four floors and offers a wide range of garments that includes embellished bomber jackets, platform shoes and mixed-print dresses.
Nearby mini-mall Laforet, which is geared towards young female shoppers, also offers a diverse mix of casualwear and workwear, along with various product categories such as wigs, kidswear and lingerie.
Meanwhile the lesser-known Rise, situated near the design college at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Tsim Sha Tsui, features several boutiques that belie its worn-down exterior. Statement pieces include heavy full-length velvet puffa gilets, gowns inspired by curved lily petals, handmade shoes and retro accessories.