Hong Kong is widely known as a shopper’s paradise. Fashion is literally everywhere in this city, but independent design isn’t nurtured on a similarly accelerated level. Fortunately, there’s a new home for design-preneurs! If you’re searching for a unique place to shop, look no further than heritage-listed PMQ – a former police quarters turned into an exciting new shopping hub.
At PMQ, there are several retail spaces-cum-studios that showcase creations by Hong Kong-based designers from the fields of art and fashion. It’s also home to several restaurants, pop-up stores, galleries, and a cool event space.
Below are some of the stores worth checking out:
Bag and wallet purveyor Pomch draws inspiration from industrial elements. A tool is placed into a vacuum machine where the leather is moulded to the shape of the object. This is then transformed into a statement bag or accessory. Who would have thought that a hammer or a saw could look so stylish?
Whosthat is all about wearable art. Each season, they collaborate with renowned artists to interpret their philosophy into clothing. Their aim is to make buyers appreciate craftsmanship rather than giving into the allure of fast fashion. Their in-house line is equally innovative – they use unusual materials and weaving techniques!
3) HANDMADE BY DEBBIE LEUNG
Multi-talented fibre artist Debbie Leung produces chic handmade clothes and accessories with the help of her team from underprivileged communities. Combining ancient traditions, culture and contemporary lifestyle, each item is an expression of her passion. She also offers felting and hand-dyeing workshops.
Hak is the brainchild of local designer and London College of Fashion graduate Ling Wong. The brand features a monochromatic palette enlivened by delicate yet sport fabrics, fascinating digital prints and revamped silhouettes, made by local seamstresses and craftsmen. In addition to her clothing line, she produces amazing custom items too.
Founded by Hugo Yeung and Belinda Chang, Obellery offers jewellery workshops by appointment, along with handmade jewellery designed by its founders. They aim to promote original and modern objects as well as one-of-a-kind metal craft to the public. It’s definitely a home-grown label to watch.
PMQ is located at 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong. Original article published in Tongue in Chic.
Where I stayed in Hong Kong: Mini Hotel Causeway Bay