From couture to coffee, retailers are tailoring shops to big spenders

Hong Kong's luxury retail sector has rebounded on the back of mainland shoppers. Photo: Bloomberg

Stroll around Tsim Sha Tsui, especially Canton Road, and you will see hordes of designer devotees. The shopping district is a good spot to look at the state of Hong Kong's luxury retail business.

Wednesday, 2 April, 2014, 2:56am

Boutique owner Gary Wong is tailor-made for tough fashion market

Gary Wong styles himself as a practical and fashion-forward middleman, bringing unique foreign brands to China's closets. Photo: Simon Song

Hong Kong fashion buyer Gary Wong opened his first boutique, Shine, in Beijing eight years ago, selling high-end foreign designer brands like Y's, Undercover, Comme des Garcons and Neil Barrett. The 35-year-old has since expanded to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenyang and Guangzhou as mainland consumers' thirst for fashion grows. 

31 Mar 2013 - 7:12am

Louis Vuitton holds reopening party at Pacific Place

Carmen Kass and Jean-Baptiste Debains

Louis Vuitton's boutique in Pacific Place was abuzz with celebrities and socialites, some flying in from overseas, to celebrate the French brand's store reopening last Wednesday after renovations.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:05am 1 comment

Itsie-bitsie swimwear boutique opens in Repulse Bay

Janana Suleymanli, Anastassia Katafygiotis, Sigrid Villamil, Anna Treier and Joanna Hotung

As the autumn chill creeps into the air, opening a resort wear and bikini boutique might not seem the best timed thing to do. However, Maria Ines Delgado-Prieto thought otherwise.

The owner of Manila fashion boutique Itsie-bitsie opened her first overseas store in Hong Kong's Repulse Bay on October 26.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:45am

Cults - fashion and religious - collide as hipster boutique opens pop-up store

Kapok brings us Spanish design on a plate, with a touch of Amish

It was hipster central on Wan Chai's Sun Street when eclectic boutique Kapok hosted a party to celebrate the launch of its collaboration with Spanish fashion label D-Due.

21 Aug 2012 - 4:14am

Chic boutique hits right note of inspiration with affordable vintage and fair-trade goods

Although it's less than six months old, accessories and homewares treasure trove The 9th Muse has quickly become a favourite among the city's fashionable folk. On Friday, shoppers were invited to the Lyndhurst Terrace boutique for a special sale and live music.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm

Gianvito Rossi

Watch out ladies, there's a new shoe man in town. The latest name to hit On Lan Street, alongside cobblers Rupert Sanderson and Christian Louboutin, is Gianvito Rossi. Son of legendary Italian shoemaker Sergio Rossi, Gianvito founded his label in 2007 and boasts boutiques in Milan and Paris.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

It's all about purse-onality: Fala Chen steals the show at launch of new Tory Burch boutique

The celebrity guest of honour, TVB actress Fala Chen, was very much the centre of attention at the opening of Tory Burch's accessories boutique in Times Square.

The US fashion brand, famous for its ballerina flats adorned with gold metal logos, celebrated the opening of its third shop in Hong Kong with a ribbon-cutting event at the Causeway Bay mall on Friday afternoon.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Time to live life in a world of fantasy

Like film stars, watches can project fantasies people want to live out. Roger Dubuis' four collections at the SIHH 2012 evoke characters that inspire collectors to live their lives the way they want to.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Time for another watch boutique opening

Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer celebrated the grand opening of its boutique in the IFC Mall with a ceremony officiated by Giorgio Sarne, general manager of LVMH Watch & Jewellery Hong Kong, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen and girl-about-town Lynn Xiong Dailin.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Brands, designers put on best face

HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter and HKTDC World Boutique, Hong Kong

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bespoken Word

IN THE BLUFFER'S guide to fashion, the shortcut to sartorial elegance is the custom-tailored suit. Saville Row, the bastion of bespoke, has been helping to clothe the wealthy but style-challenged for hundreds of years. Today bespoke has moved beyond tailoring.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Briefs encounter

Asia has some catching up to do when it comes to stylish lingerie. Apart from the ubiquitous Calvin Klein Underwear shops and the usual pricey selection of French labels at department stores such as Lane Crawford, there are few boutiques that offer a discreet service for our most intimate of fashions.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Joined at the hip

It's a Saturday afternoon and Gough Street is buzzing. A mix of expats and artsy locals are enjoying cups of coffee at Sidewalk cafe, while a line has started to form outside the sweet-smelling Ms B's Cakery. Further down the street, young Chinese girls are window shopping for the latest accessories while married couples are eyeing the chic design stores that overrun the tiny street.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Parisians go down a peg or two

Paris gives me a bit of a fashion hangover. Overindulgence around the opera area, boutique fatigue around Le Marais and plenty of window shopping down Rue de Rivoli. But as it's still the style capital of the world, it's understandable that people get excited about shopping there.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am