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The shopper: Rupert Sanderson

Divia Harilela

 

Shoe lovers in Kowloon, take note: beloved British shoemaker Rupert Sanderson has finally opened his second Hong Kong boutique, at Elements mall.

The new store is quite different from the brand's flagship in Central - it's much more spacious (around 820 sq ft) and features handy facilities like a hidden VIP room where shoppers can try on shoes.

The interior looks more luxe, with decorations that match the brand's best collections. The pebble motif on the ceilings and door is a reference to Sanderson's best-selling flats.

The vintage floral wallpaper (Sanderson loves flowers) is also a nod to his shoes, which are all named after types of daffodils.

It's a lush stage for Sanderson's latest shoe lines, the first of which is called Shanghai, which, like the Hong Kong collection launched last year, is tailor-fit for the Asian customer.

But Shanghai shoes are much sexier, thanks to the inclusion of 1cm platforms and extra curves in its designs. They come in a range of leathers and materials, including a patterned silver reminiscent of a disco ball.

Also making its debut is Sanderson's first handbag collection - from shoulder bags to clutches - with four functional yet chic shapes. Each style sports an eye-catching metal bar. The leather is buttery soft and the colours are lively, spanning shades of blue and daffodil yellow to the classic black.

If you are after some limited edition offerings, check out the edgy Harting shoes, with its cool combination of neon yellow mesh and black patent leather and the Lamira, round-toe court shoes decorated with a gold pebble buckle on the front. Both are exclusive to Elements.

divia.harilela@scmp.com

 

Rupert Sanderson is at shop 1064, Elements mall, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2406 2338; rupertsanderson.com

 

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