French wave heads for Hong Kong

Jean-Baptiste Dabadie has grown a local business to serve clients all over the world. Photo: Felix Wong

Arnault Castel, the founder and owner of fashion and lifestyle boutique Kapok, is among the many French entrepreneurs who bet on the Asian growth story when he set up his business in the city seven years ago.

Saturday, 6 April, 2013, 4:47am

Local designers get shelf space in new Kapok outlet

It was two celebrations in one last Thursday. Arnault Castel (below) threw open the doors of his second Kapok store, selling cool knick-knacks and gifts, on Sun Street in Wan Chai. The shop also hosted a launch party for local graphic design studio Whitespace's new Greyscale line of stationery.

18 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Old-fashioned diaries prove a hit in a hi-tech, modern world

Arnault Castel is quickly becoming the don of diary books in Hong Kong.

The Frenchman quit his stressful banking career in 2005 to concentrate on his unusual paper fixation.

His company handles popular notebooks from such makers as Rhodia and especially Moleskine, which in three years has already built a following here.

20 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Long after your PDA dies an electronic death, Moleskine memories live on

Notebook maker Moleskine recently organised a competition inviting the public to send in their travel diaries: 50 of the best stationery entries are now on displayed at City'super and Log-On stores in Times Square, CityPlaza and Festival Walk.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

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City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) will stage Talk to Her, an all-women dance performance. It portrays the love, devotion, hatred and solitude experienced by modern women.

5 Sep 2006 - 12:00am