The name should automatically conjure up rarefied pictures of equestrian weekend gatherings made up of the beautiful rich, all attired in honey-colored leathers, and beige suede and cashmeres. The ties and ascots will be flourishes of color, the shoes and riding boots will be immaculate and even the teacups seem out of some neo-classical English oil painting. Yes, you can certainly decorate this fantasy, and many others, from the Hermès shop in Central. Just walking into it is an almost pastoral sensation, from the chaos of Hong Kong outside. All is a hushed understatement and the prices are extreme.
The Asia Fine Art Gallery is located at the end of narrow alleyway off busy, bustling Queens Road East, the main thorough the Central and Western district, Wan Chai. The Asia Fine Art Gallery aims to promote the artworks of relatively new and up-and-coming Asian artists who hail from countries like Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Moreover, the gallery has now somewhat broadened its horizons to promote western artists, sculptors and photographers. The gallery also regularly hosts exhibitions and events to promote and popularize the works of the various artists on its roster.
Harbour City complex is one of the largest shopping complexes in Asia and boasts more than 700 shops and 50 restaurants. It is segregated into five sections including the Ocean Centre, Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel Arcade, Gateway Arcade, Star Annex and Ocean Terminal. The shops are connected to one another by covered walkways making it easy to lose all sense of direction. You will find everything here from designer labels to local fashion chains, department stores, art, lifestyle and household items, jewelry and watches, bookshops, confectionery shops and infant care merchandise. Cruise ships that are visiting the territory dock at Ocean Terminal.
The classy Elements Mall is located above the Kowloon MTR station, which is also functions as a stop on Hong Kong's Airport Express service. The mall, which offers access to two luxury hotels (the W Hotel and the Ritz Carlton) offers nearly a million square feet of dining and retail space. Elements uses the five elements of Chinese philosophy as its central theme. Hence, the mall is divided into five sections: the Metal section (which hosts luxury goods and fine dining outlets), the Water section (which hosts outlets that retail modern fashions and international eats), the Wood section (which plays host to outlets that retail health and beauty products), the Earth section (which is home to many fashion outlets), and the Fire section (which offers an Ice Rink and the Grand Cinemas).
Gucci shops are always a pleasure, if one can endure the rehearsed snobbism of the sales staff. Antiseptically cool, it makes viewing all the delicious leather and silver accessories, or some of those sleek, narrow shoes, an intensely visual experience. A few suits are also discreetly available, near the back, but you will have to ask. Gaze at the cufflinks for lessons in pure aesthetics, but do not salivate on the display cases or one of the slim, beautifully attired assistants might call the security. Additional locations: The Peninsula, Tsim Sha Tsui.
This well-known American casual shoes and clothing company is well spread out in Hong Kong, with about 10 shops scattered around, offering sturdy, very informal clothing for the sporty-minded. The shirts are cotton and plaid, the shoes last forever and the urban backpacks are sensible and strong. You may look like you just arrived from Oregon, but you will not look bad. The shop is small, but the staff are very friendly and you are sure to find something you absolutely need to own. Additional branches: World Trade Centre, Causeway Bay, The Landmark, Central.
An exquisite collection of Chinese Qing Dynasty silk robes act as this shop's focal point. These imperial robes have intricate designs indicating the wearer's level of power through symbols such as dragons, the sun or the moon. When framed, the embroidered sleeve bands and collars look exquisite. This is also the place to buy elaborately decorated fans, perhaps one of the silk fabric ones sporting ivory faces. Also not to be missed are the unbelievably blue kingfisher feather hair ornaments, gouache paintings and the silver and export ivory accessories.
Stepping into this cozy, two-level shop in The Landmark you might think you are in central Florence. Even the help is authentic, with a handful of aloof Italian gentlemen looking like photo models, fussing around with new arrivals from Italy. Zegna is best at casual, slightly traditional attire for young and middle-aged men of the world. Beautiful fabrics and colors abound, but you will pay for all this luxury.
Want some hand made shoes? This is one of the last remaining shoemaker shops in Hong Kong. There is also a fancier sister shop in the Prince's Building, but with prices there reflecting higher rates, this is the place to come if normal shoe sizes just don't fit properly, you have two different sized feet, or if you simply relish the idea of casually mentioning to the crowd that you get your shoes made personally. There are lots of styles to choose from, with a wide range of prices. Special orders are possible, but cash only please.
The name is familiar all over the world for high quality tailored shirts, and that is indeed their specialty. But, many people may not know that in Hong Kong, Ascot Chang also offers full tailoring services. A wide selection of off-the-rack Brioni suits is also on offer, but with customization available. Shirts here take about four days.
Located in a historical building that used to be a pawn shop, Tang Tang Tang Tang is a lovely home decor boutique that takes up the entire ground floor. The name of this chic boutique represents the first several notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Resembling a cozy and trendy home, the shop features items for every room. From the bedroom, bathroom, living room and dining room, Tang Tang Tang Tang offers darling pieces like hand painted lambs, candle holders, chic throws and much more.
LALA CURIO is designed to resemble an actual home, and each room is decorated with furniture, accessories and accoutrements for visitors to browse through. The store features a unique collection of home decor and furniture inspired by traditional crafts tweaked for the modern home. Find everything form beautiful light fixtures, bespoke furniture, vintage-inspired chairs, limited-edition fabrics and much more in store. Their line of cloisonné tiled boxes and accessories are especially lovely. Peruse their collection to find something one-of-a-kind for your home and amp up your style quotient. You can also pick up smaller decorative items to gift people back home. Check out the website for the most recent collections, events and themes.