20.12.18

Manchester - Helsinki - Hong Kong

The journey to Hong Kong went smoothly, landing some fourteen hours after leaving Manchester. Our Designer Zuzanna, keeping me on track for baggage claim, as I wondered loosely behind already seeking out potential food stops before our lengthy day ahead. 8.40am in Hong Kong and we have had little sleep on the plane, but in my excitement, I am raring to go. Well travelled Zuzanna, less so.

A forty-five minute journey to the hotel and we are greeted by Faye our Design Manager – in hand, much needed coffees for us both. A quick freshen up and we leave on foot to tackle the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.

As expected, the streets are rife with fashionable youths. Not so expected, but equally as stylish, were the more mature fashion lovers. Occasional middle-aged women and men in abstract trainers and bold monochrome t-shirts. The variety of fashion in this area was
liberating. Almost made me want to dye my hair blue and spend my pennies on knock-off Off-White. Almost.

First stop, K11 shopping centre in Tsim Sha Tsui district in Kowloon, for inspiration across a variety of big brands and smaller independent labels not found in the UK. Looking for new details: clips, zips, webbings, prints, cords, metalwork, the list goes on. Interesting fabrics and textures on clothing which could be translated for accessories. New and unique construction methods for bags and accessories. Three pairs of eyes peeled looking for the next best thing.

Faye kindly insistent we cram some tourist stuff in for the newbie over here. We take a photo stop on Kowloon Pier. Tourists in their abundance capture videos and selfies and I enthusiastically join in. Faye ensures to capture the ‘excited child’ look I have plastered over my face. Shortly after, we hop on the Star Ferry over to Hong Kong Island, again taking the Ferry as opposed to the MTR was mainly for my benefit.

Into the IFC mall to see what the big labels have to offer in Hong Kong. Discreetly snapping photos as we stop to discuss detailing on displays and stands. The hunger sets in as we walk under colourful paper lanterns and bamboo scaffolding towards our food and coffee stop at MANA!

We then shop hop down Queens Road Central and get on the MTR over to Causeway Bay. Areas surrounding Cleveland and Patterson street, full of both high end and affordable shops. My feet at this point beginning to falter as I take any opportunity to sit for a few
seconds. We take the MTR back over to the mainland for dinner at The Butchers Club Burger.

Later we head back out and down Canton Road for more research, seeking out the hidden niche shops amongst the high-end chains. We take a further stop at Silvercord shopping Mall to browse the six floors of fashion and accessories.

After a lengthy day, even my sensible choice of footwear couldn’t have saved me from ten hours of window shopping. Feet aching, the ladies drag me to the pier for our last stop – Hong Kong Island at night. Overall a great opportunity and well worth the pain.

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