|By Time Out Hong Kong (6 June 2012)|
For the savvy shopper who doesn't want to leave a big dent in their wallet, Time Out introduces a range of boutiques that offer an array of affordable items for the budget-conscious spender.
As one of the first budget independent streetwear labels to proudly fly the ‘designed in Hong Kong’ flag, Double Dog was established in 1999 by Jim and Chris Cheung. Its current collection includes the purse-friendly workman’s waistcoat (HK$450), slanting zip windbreaker (HK$790) and functional cargo-pants (HK$550). The flagship boutique in Tsim Sha Tsui is decorated in a New York loft-style using retro wooden cabinets and stands.
|Address: 1/F, 71 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui|
|Tel: 2311 6790|
All of the clothes here are hand-finished in the firm’s factory in China under the watchful eye of the passionate Grafter gang. Every available style is designed in-house and is only produced in small quantities. The brand was created to fill the gap between high-end label and fast fashion – for want of a better word – trash, and if you treasure craftsmanship and HK design then make the store a priority visit. The cotton T-shirts (HK$300) featuring the signature cow or shell motifs are screen printed. There are also cow chinos (what did we tell you about their signature?) from HK$659 and shirts from around HK$500. The shop may be small and minimalistic but the team’s honesty is bursting through at the seams.
|Address: G/F, 222 Reclamation St, Yau Ma Tei|
This is Hong Kong’s answer to H&M and Zara, and it uses leftover fabrics from high-end fashion manufacturing processes to make its own clothes. The styles are urban and relaxed – and the fashions are displayed in a spacious shop where the boutique décor changes every season. Shirts and T-shirts can be snapped up for under HK$100. And items are retailed for an average of HK$500. Bargain!
|Address: 1/F, Ramada Hotel, 73- 75 Chatham Rd South, Tsim Sha Tsui|
|Tel: 2660 0052|
|L Plus H Fashion|
This off-the-street knitwear boutique sells cashmere and other high-quality knitted items made from its factory in Tuen Mun, which is staffed by veteran textiles workers from the 60s. L Plus H’s own design team has pioneered a few of the world’s first knitting technology techniques such as the reversible knit – and the company also supplies knitwear to some Paris’ top fashion houses. The boutique is run as a social enterprise and their cardigans, scarves and vests are typically 30 percent cheaper than market equivalents.
|Address: 17/F, 11 Stanley St, Central|
|Tel: 2923 2288|
The original Voodooist Eye boutique was on Hollywood Road, near the Mid-Levels escalator, and it captured funky customers’ hearts with its old tenement building décor and pastel-green walls – not to mention the barbers’ chairs and wooden pirate ship treasure trunk. But, with the rent hikes in Central, it was forced to move out to a much smaller venue in an uncharacteristic shopping mall in Chai Wan. But it’s still popular and still cool. Stocking ‘Vogue Me’ T-shirts with Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles caricatures on them (from HK$300), and neon plastic belts which resemble hip-bones (HK$320), this is an unmissable boutique for irreverent dressers.
|Address: Shop 1141, 1/F, Smiling Plaza, Shau Kei Wan Rd, Shau Kei Wan|
|Tel: 2541 8822|
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