Former flight attendant establishes sewing start up in Central

The Sewing Lounge's visual merchandiser Carmen Giraldo (front) and founder Melanie Bell (rear) get down to work. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Sewing Lounge, based on Lyttleton Road in Central, is a haven for those who want to enjoy a few hours in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with fellow sewers.

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 6:41am

Crafty customers create new trend for D.I.Y. style

Handmade homewares are increasingly fashionable and can take many forms, such as these simple cushions from Louise Harris.

Handmade - a "trend from the heart" - was widely identified as one of the hot interiors trends for this year. According to the tipsters, we will eschew mass-produced, cookie-cutter homewares in favour of edgy indie. Or better yet, make it ourselves.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Imperfect world

Jewellery designer Pieter Louis Erasmus always knew he was unsuited to a nine-to-five life. 'I don't like working for other people. I studied fine arts so I think from the beginning I've always been pretty unemployable,' he says.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Feeding creative streak

Despite the range of digital forms in entertainment available today, children continue to be drawn to traditional handicraft activities.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Looking stylishly good

Furnishing a home can be a daunting task, but if you stick to a few interior design rules, it can be a simple and even an enjoyable project. Horizon Plaza is a convenient place to start because it has the largest selection of furniture in Hong Kong. From contemporary to antique, there is something for every style and budget.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

An egg-citing surprise!

The rules:

Finish the picture above and show us what this egg has cracked open to reveal. You can use pencil, crayons, paint, glitter - anything you like. The more imaginative your creation, the better.

The competition will be judged in two categories: 11 years and under; and 12-18 years old.

SCMP staff members and their families cannot enter.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


What: Cane-Line On The Move side table Why: Made from 100 per cent aluminium, the table is weatherproof and easy to move, and comes with a removable tray How much: HK$3,680 Where: Everything Under The Sun, 9/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2554 9088

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


What: Japhy table Why: Simple is best. This table, available in lengths from 1.8 metres to 2.7 metres, is made from sustainable hardwood and comes in a variety of finishes. How much: From HK$39,200 Where: Nook, 11/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2518 3884

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Celebrity knitters cast on and get clicking to bring some winter warmth to underprivileged families

For the posh 'it' girls in town, knitting does not seem to be a likely hobby, but a group of local ladies were willing to join the knitting club for a good cause.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

All wrapped up in knots of love for charity's winter warmer

As the weather cools, thoughts turn towards those who might need help keeping warm in the approaching winter nights. To that end, Lane Crawford has pledged to donate a minimum of 3,000 blankets to the Crossroads Foundation, to be distributed locally and internationally to families in need.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Preserving crafts requires creativity

Traditional handicrafts like embroidery, shadow play and brick carving are dying out because young people are not interested in preserving these ancient art forms.

But some people are doing their best to reverse this trend by injecting creativity into their products.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Get hip with 'granny chic'

The trend for vintage pieces in interiors has also coincided with a move towards handmade objects that bring character and charm to the home.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

La Mer's customers all awash with beauty care from the sea

A luncheon has never been so radiant. Cosmetics brand La Mer invited a group of tai-tais to try out its latest skin-boosting radiant serum earlier this month over lunch at Central's Watermark restaurant.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Dandy & Dapper

I saw a guy at the Sevens wearing an awesome T-shirt that looked like one of those big logo Polos but it had a sexy girl on it instead. Any chance you guys know where I could find one?

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Who started it? Emma Hales and Adam Entwisle are the design team behind edgy street label Horace. They both worked for British brand Buddhist Punk and have extensive experience in fashion design, from bespoke bridal to high-end and streetwear. Entwisle graduated from London's Central St Martins College of Art and Design with a master's in womenswear.

30 Jan 2011 - 12:00am