Hong Kong Style: An Insider’s Guide to Hong Kong Fashion

By: Apple Mandy

September 19, 2013

The eclectic, vibrant world of Hong Kong fashion never ceases to amaze savvy travellers. From luxury retailers in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, to designer boutique stores in SoHo, Central, you’ll find endless shopping choices to suit all tastes.

But with urban trendsetters constantly searching for more creative pieces, local designers are stepping into the limelight, bridging a gap between modern techniques and traditional craftsmanship to form a new expression in style. So, if you want to declare your individuality with some homegrown Hong Kong style, check out these emerging designers for a touch of wardrobe inspiration”¦

Six Lee

Made in Hong Kong | Six Lee

Six Lee, “We’re all Chasing for the Silver Lining” AW 2013 © Six Lee

One of Hong Kong’s favourite designers, 29-year-old Six Lee (Cantonese moniker, Sek Chai) focuses on creating contemporary menswear pieces that combine clean cuts, sharp lines, soft colours and unique fabrics. Having an opportunity to work closely with Alexander McQueen’s Creative Director, he picked up essential elements from the showpieces and fell in love with the luxury and elegance of British tailoring.

Designs are sold at JOYCE in Lane Crawford

Créature de keis by Kei Hui

Made in Hong Kong | Creature de Keis

Créature de keis by Kei Hui © Matt Hui

In a city where closet space counts at every inch, Kei Hui, designer and owner of créature de keis, cleverly established a forward-thinking label that can be worn in multiple ways. Centering on his interpretation of deconstruction, his ready-to-wear collections are an experiment in innovative aesthetics: deliberate raw finishing, distinct patchworks, contrasting colour combinations, and special strings and fabrics.

Blouseripped, 20B,E-TAT Factory, 4 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang (by appointment only, +852 2861 1208)

kenaxleung by Kenax Leung

Made in Hong Kong | Kenax Leung

kenaxleung by Kenax Leung © kenaxleung

Winner of Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2012, Kenax Leung never fails to impress with his label kenaxleung. Brimming with imaginative experimentation, his designs showcase artistic prints and an innovative use of textiles and new shapes. Once you look at his men’s and womenswear collections, you’ll see how he combines lifestyle clothing with elements of sportswear. Watch out for his 2014 collection, “˜BAANG’, wherein he takes inspiration from children’s drawing books.

S.Nine by Susanna Soo

Made in Hong Kong| SNine

S.Nine by Susanna Soo © S.Nine

Modern women today want to find something sophisticated yet practical to wear. That’s the idea of Parsons Fashion Design alumni Susanna Ngao, which inspired her to create S.Nine in 2009. A fashion designer who previously worked at Diane von Furstenburg, her collection is a heavenly mix of tailoring and draping combined with elegant silhouettes, with garments that can be worn easily from day to night.

17/F, C Wisdom Centre, 37 Hollywood Road, Central

Johanna Ho

If you’re eco-conscious about fashion, you’ll most likely want to wear Johanna Ho‘s designs. Graduating from Central Saint Martins, she employs a zero-waste approach in designing knitwear by re-using discarded strips of fabric. As one of Hong Kong’s most gifted talents, her ready-to-wear collections remain eye-catching, reflecting contrasting elements: modern yet vintage, edgy yet classic and cool yet trendy.

Shop 16, Woodhouse, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Header photo: Six Lee, “We’re all Chasing for the Silver Lining” AW 2013 © Six Lee

Written by Apple Mandy

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Apple Mandy

Apple Mandy started her career as a journalist covering a wide variety of topics including fashion, music, health, arts and travel. Having worked in Shanghai as a Food Writer, she later moved to Hong Kong to manage some magazines. Gripped by a ranging passion for all things food related, she continues to eat her way around town and drink in the city's gastronomic trends. When not interviewing, researching or writing, you'll find her dragon boating or windsurfing on the shores of Stanley or Cheung Chau, respectively.

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