Flower Power: Top 4 Florists in Hong Kong
Here’s a typical conversation between couples
Wife: Mary got a bouquet of roses from her boyfriend for her birthday.
Husband: Actually, I don’t know why girls love flowers that much.
Wife: All girls love flowers. Each kind has a specific meaning. Roses represent romance, baby’s-breath represents purity, lilies mean eternity…
Husband: But they wither so easily…
Men will always use the short life cycle of flowers as an excuse. But in this day and age, there are so many ways to preserve these beautiful blooms and transform them into different lovely products. Here are four of our picks:
An Gao Fa Chi (A.G.F.C.)
Colleagues and graphic designers Dingding (玎玎), Fishball (魚旦) and Jen turned their love of DIY workshops into a business when they got together to establish AGFC in May 2014. “An Gao” is Chinese for how the flowers are preserved, while “Fa Chi” means “flower addict.” You’ll find dainty accessories here, such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and more, but what sets AGFC apart is that they use a resin adhesive as a preservative, which is very rare in Hong Kong. This captures the freshness and shape of the blooms more accurately and naturally. You can custom-make your own products by providing your own flowers, and AGFC can also teach you to DIY your own keepsakes. www.facebook.com/an.gao.fa.chi
Former food journalist Becky Ho turned her hobby of floral design into a full-time job after getting married, and soon gained a huge following online for her designs. At Hahahaflorist she mainly provides floral arrangement services for weddings and events, but she also aims to merge flowers into different lifestyle products, from phone cases to cushions to eco-friendly bags. Now she’s gone a step further and combined her love of food and flowers, by stocking floral jam, chocolates and cookies—which come in delicious flavors such as lavender, rose, green tea and Earl Grey tea, all beautifully decorated with edible flowers flown straight from Japan. Shop D02A, Lab Concept, Queensway Plaza, 93 Queensway, hahahaflorist.wix.com/hahahaflorist
MF by Miss Fleurs
Owner “Miss Fleurs” opened up MF by Miss Fleurs on January 1 last year. She specializes in products that incorporate dehydrated and preserved fresh flowers, such as clutch bags, phone cases and more. We love the “Story of Forever” collections, a set of products that combines delicate preserved flowers with flowers crafted from leather. Available at CARFT Store, Shop B, G/F, 13 Cleveland St., Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay; and Shop 302, 3/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, mfbymissfleurs.com
Model and actor Leanne Ho was bowled over when she discovered dried floral arrangements on a trip to Taiwan a few years ago—so she started learning how to make them herself. Reception was good online, and so she opened her own business in 2013. At Oneshandmadethings, Ho sells dried flower arrangements that can stay in pristine condition for at least five years, as well as pressed flower accessories such as mobile phone cases and necklace pendants. Looking for something unique for your loved one? You can bring in your own chosen blooms to be dried, and you can press them into any item of your choice. It’s a fantastic way to preserve flowers—and your precious memories. Shop 239, 2/F, Causeway Place, 2-10 Great George St., Causeway Bay, www.oneshandmadethings.com