Artisans

Artists inspired by old-world charm of Yau Ma Tei

Fruit wholesalers packing up stock on Reclamation Street at Yau Ma Tei fruit market at 6:20am. Photo: Nora Tam

In the early 1900s, Yau Ma Tei was a port and major food distribution point for all of Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 12:05pm

From drug needles ... to a needle and thread

Kenny Shum spent years honing his skills as a tailor, specialising in the intricate detailing of women's suits.

At the same time, he fed an 18-year heroin habit that robbed him of his life savings.

He eventually had to stop working as a tailor and found himself doing menial labouring jobs.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Measure for Measure

There are 221 stages in making a bespoke men's suit jacket, and it can take 22 hours to make a complete the entire suit. It is this devotion to craftsmanship that separates the quality of a made-to-measure suit created by a Savile Row or luxury Italian tailor, from an off-the-peg tailoring factory in Eastern Europe or Asia.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Expansion suits firm's progress

Garment manufacturer Trands has been at the forefront of relationship building with the Western fashion industry since its establishment in 1979. Then a small-scale garment component manufacturing operation, supplying domestic fashion companies, it was approached by an American company dissatisfied with a competitor's workmanship.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Cutting edges

India was once known as the 'land of the unstitched cloth', highly regarded for its drapers rather than pattern-cutters and designers. But all that has changed in recent years as the country absorbed Western influences and reinvented its fashion industry with an eye to the modern woman.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Bespoke menswear suits celebrity fashion plate Simon Yam to a T

For an enthusiastically metrosexual celebrity such as Simon Yam Tat-wah, 320-thread count Egyptian cotton and a template drawn from more than 20 measurements are musts for any shirt worthy of wear.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Handmade magic

Tired of being a name-brand clone? Feel like throwing some individuality into the mix?

To satisfy a growing enthusiasm for unique, home-grown goods, Handmade Hong Kong (HHK) is taking over the Discovery Bay Plaza next Sunday, from 10am to 5pm, to host the city's biggest independent arts-and-craft market to date.

23 May 2010 - 12:00am

Phi

Who started it? Phi was established by Susan Dell (wife of computer magnate Michael Dell) in 2003, with Andreas Melbostad as the creative director of womenswear. Born and raised in Norway, Melbostad was interested in fashion from a young age.

7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

As you like it

Finding a tailor in Hong Kong is not difficult, but custom tailors who can think past pinstripes to design fashion-forward creations and push your style boundaries are rare.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Scissor sisters

Not content with having captured both the 'tween' and high-end clothing markets, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have produced a less expensive but still trendy line, Elizabeth and James. Named after their two siblings, this collection for women mixes uptown and downtown elements as well as tailoring techniques from women's and men's apparel.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Moving with the times to ensure the perfect fit

In the early part of the 20th century, tailors in Shanghai gained a reputation for excellent workmanship. But there was no place for such an elitist skill after communism arrived in 1949, and many tailors fled to Hong Kong to set up shop.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Help swell ranks of custom tailors, if you think you are cut out for the job

Tailoring can offer craftsmen a chance to learn a traditional skill with close ties to a national culture, but there is a shortage of such experts in the industry.

'It's getting difficult to find good tailors,' said Nick Daswani, co-owner of Bobby's Fashions.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

by Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck

Arrow, HK$105

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Bakery closure leaves workers HK$1m short

The last four stores of once prosperous bakery chain Lucky House closed yesterday, leaving nearly 40 people jobless and owing an estimated HK$1 million-plus in wages a month before the Lunar New Year.

Their woes added to those of more than 100 staff who have complained to the Labour Department about the job losses and unpaid wages since October.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Short cuts to measure up

Spend your time wisely It's never too soon to start looking for The Dress.

Buy local magazines Fashion transcends language (essential information such as prices and telephone numbers don't need translating). Plus, local magazines are cheaper than foreign glossies, and you don't have to worry about vendors who may not accept overseas orders.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

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