Hands-on or second-hand, five fashion events in Hong Kong for your diary this autumn
From sustainable shopping to fashion-themed teas to making your own wooden bracelet, we have your style needs covered from head to toe for the next month
Sustainability … and style
Consumers with a conscience can get excited about Made in Love, a sustainability-focused fashion pop-up in Wan Chai that launches on Friday and runs until December 2. Organised by Luxarity, a social venture on a mission to build a community focused on fashion sustainability and innovation, this pop-up features a curated collection of pre-loved luxury items donated by the community and for sale at a fraction of the original price.
There will be a designer capsule collection of 100 limited-edition items crafted using upcycled textiles, and produced exclusively for Made in Love. The collections have been created by four young Hong Kong labels: Loom Loop, Cynthia & Xiao, Ffixxed Studios and Yeung Chin.
Proceeds from Made in Love will provide grants for designers to learn about sustainability and innovation.
Made in Love, 15 St Made in Love, 15 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai
Taschen brings double happiness to Hong Kong
Those pining for a tactile bookshop experience can jump for joy. Taschen, the undisputed king of classy coffee table books, is opening two retail pop-up spaces in the city just in time for festive shopping.
From November 20 to December 15, Taschen will open pop-ups at The Chamber, a private room in Duddell’s (Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central), and at Potato Head Hong Kong’s Canaan boutique and gallery (100 Third St, Sai Ying Pun). Bookworms can find a range of titles spanning fashion (we’re loving photographer Mario Testino’s latest book, Sir) architecture, design, photography, pop culture and travel.
Get a taste for Ferragamo
Who doesn’t love an indulgent afternoon tea? Italian restaurant Tosca has teamed up with Italian style master Salvatore Ferragamo to dish up some beautifully crafted treats. Chef Pino Lavarra of Tosca has created fashion-inspired afternoon tea delights – five savoury and six desserts. Try passion fruit biscuits with cream and fruit, strawberry panna cotta and raspberry jelly, and jasmine cake, blackberry jelly and vanilla cream coated with dark chocolate … OK, we’ll stop there.
Tosca, Level 102, The Ritz-Carlton. tel: 2263 2270. Afternoon tea time: 3.30pm-5.30pm. November 18, 25, December 2, 9. Price: HK$698 plus 10 per cent per person.
Hula hops offline to host pop-up in SoHo
Online marketplace Hula will hold a pop-up at The Living Room, Kong Art Space in SoHo, from November 28 to December 3. Hula offers curated pre-owned designer womenswear for up to 95 per cent off the retail price. Sellers are by invitation only.
Upstairs (in The Living Room) will initially host private appointments (don’t stress, it opens to the public on the last two days), while the ground floor stages a photography exhibition by art director and sustainable-fashion advocate Gloria Yu titled “Choose Well”. The works pay homage to the phrase “Buy less, choose well, make it last”, coined by designer Vivienne Westwood.
Three Hong Kong ethical-fashion start-ups selling clothes with a message and funding needy communities around the world
Kong Art Space, G/F 3 Staunton St, Central. Tel: 2147 9838. By appointment only: Nov 28-Dec 1, 9am-9pm. Open to the public: Dec 2-3, 11am-8pm. Choose Well Exhibition, Nov 28-Dec 1, 11am -7pm.
Wooden it be lovely
Wooden jewellery rocks. But to make your own piece, well that rocks even more. And you can do just that at a workshop on December 8 hosted by the awesome guys at MakerBay (yes, that place where you can make almost anything!). Made with thin wooden sheets of wood (you get to choose your own grain), the bracelets are polished and smoothed by hand (your hands to be precise).
They are light, durable and comfortable, but what we love most is that each piece is unique. We also love the fact that no woodwork experience is needed; the instructor will guide you from start to finish. The only thing you have to bring along is a big dose of creativity. Sign me up!
Wooden Bracelet Design Workshop, MakerBay, 35 Aberdeen Street, PMQ, Central. December 8, 2pm-6pm. HK$250.