Well-Dressed Men Are Rediscovering HK as a Shopping Mecca
Not too long ago, Hong Kong was hailed as one of the world's sartorial capitals, besting even London's legendary Savile Row when it came to men's tailoring. Today, the well-dressed man on a shopping trip has a wealth of choices before him: classic tailors who have been around for generations, along with luxury brands, up-and-coming new shops, and everything in between. Here are some of the top shopping stops, courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board:
Tailors are everywhere in Hong Kong, but finding one that meets your niche desires isn’t easy. Enter The Armoury, a store that truly understands what you’re after, and is willing to advise on what you need. Their traditional store is similar to what you might find in Milan or Paris, with classic and contemporary looks given equal ground. They also stock casualwear and accessories, from jeans and hats to umbrellas.
Various locations, including B47, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong Island, 2810 4990 (MTR Central Station, Exit G)
If I Heart HK t-shirts and fridge magnets aren’t your sort of souvenir, drop into this chain of locally founded stores. Short for ‘Goods of Desire’, they put quirky spins on vintage Hong Kong aesthetics: old posters turned into cushion covers, letterbox-prit boxer shorts, strings of red lantern fairy lights, and contemporary takes on classic Chinese fashion.
Various locations, including 48 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Island, 2805 1876 (MTR Central Station, Exit D2)
Grana is putting quality back into fast fashion by utilizing digital methods to cut out the middle man and deliver high-quality pieces at bargain prices. The local brand focuses on basics—T-shirts, polos, jeans—using the finest fabrics from Italy, Japan, Peru and Mongolia. Try items in the store, then order online and have them delivered within two days to your address, including hotels.
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong ISLAND, 6013 2118 (MTR Sheung Wan Station, Exit A2)
I.T is the little Hong Kong brand that could. What started as a small store in the late ‘80s has blossomed into one of the city’s biggest fashion successes, with the publicly listed company managing over 600 I.T shops worldwide. Their Hong Kong-based stored are a mix of in-house brands and hip names from abroad, with a focus mostly on chic casualwear. Major names on their racks include A Bathing Ape, French Connection, Kurt Geiger, and Izzue.
Various locations, including 1 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, 2890 7012 (MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit F2)
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Joyce is a Hong Kong-born chain where the focus is constantly shifting. Department stores, couture boutiques, beauty outlets, men’s grooming salons, even art galleries, JOYCE’s many diverse outlets target every interest within the fashion world. Their flagship boutiques, on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, are worth extended wanders, stocking both local and international high-end brands.
Various locations, including 16-18 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island, 2810 1120 (MTR Central Station, Exit G)
Thomas Lane and Ninian Crawford were colonial men of refined tastes. Starting out as a makeshift bamboo setup in 1850, the store was met with immediate success, blossoming into the outlets that now bear its name across the city. The focus is mostly on high-end, with couture brands taking up the majority of space, while personal stylists and concierge services are provided to satisfy your every whim.
Various locations, including Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, 2118 2288 (MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit A)
Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel, David Bowie, Elton John—the list goes on. They’ve all been patrons of Sam’s, arguably the most popular tailor in Hong Kong. Drop by and experience suit-making of the highest order, all for surprisingly affordable prices, and backed by Sam’s 24-hour delivery guarantee. If Sam’s doesn’t suit, there are hundreds of others within Tsim Sha Tsui: Simpson Sin, William Chen & Son and Raja Fashions are all favorites.
Sam’s Tailor, K1, Burlington Arcade, 90-94C Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2367 9423; Simpson Sin, Block B, 1/F, Lip Seng Mansion, 15-19 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 22723 9228; William Cheng & Son, 8/F, Han Hing Mansion, 38-40 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2739 7888; Raja Fashions, 34 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2366 7624 (MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit C)
Website: samstailor.com; simpsonsintailor.com.hk; www.williamchen-son.com; raja-fashions.com
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Classic Chinese fashion with a chic contemporary edge—that’s the charm of Shanghai Tang, an international brand that had its beginnings in Hong Kong. Low-cut cheongsams and changshans that look like modern suits, the brand is an innovator in taking China’s traditional tailoring and giving it a modern spin. Prices are at the higher end—but if you’re after a local look to be used at any occasion, there’s no better place.
Various locations, including 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong Island, 2525 7333 (MTR Central Station, Exit G)