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Designer Boutiques

Time OutBy Time Out Hong Kong (6 June 2012)
Designer Boutiques

Finding that special piece that sets you apart from everyone else is essential. Time Out picks the best spots for fashion forward individuals.

Kniq

This off-the-street boutique is frequented by stylists for Cantopop stars Kelly Chen, Miriam Yeung, Joey Yung and Sammi Cheng. So you shouldn’t be surprised to find stage-worthy, kaleidoscopic-coloured and eye-wateringly loud costumes here – just think faux fur bathing suits (HK$1,140), studded neon socks (HK$420) and heavily draped jumpsuits (HK$6,680). Local and international independent designers are found on the shelves, including KTZ, Chili by M4E, Jean Pierre Braganza and Sophie Hulme. The shop is spacious – and since it doesn’t have a heavy footfall, shoppers who value privacy enjoy browsing here. And best of all? There’s no over-zealous sales assistants tailing you from rail A to rail B.

Address: Shop 4B, Vienna Mansion, 55 Paterson St, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2881 7903
Website: www.kniq.com.hk
Russell Street

First opened only a year ago in a tenement building opposite Times Square, Russell Street has grown into two separate boutiques with one in Central – catering for customers with bolder tastes and more cash – and one in Wan Chai, which serves patterned and colourful, work-friendly clothes for the office ladies working at the nearby Pacific Place 3. On the racks are Victoria Beckham denim, original silk prints from Tucker, mid-heel Atalanta Weller wedges and Raquel Allegra’s tie-dye maxi-dresses. And all the rails are colour-coded for easy browsing. The threads retail for an average of HK$2,000 and some artistic pieces such as the laser-cut leather dress from Fyodor Golan sells for more than HK$20,000.

Address: 6 St Francis Yd
Tel: 2866 0800
Website: www.russell-street.com
The Collectives

This fashion distributor’s showroom is staffed by experienced industry people who have previously worked for the likes of Opening Ceremony and Hugo Boss. It doubles up as a boutique during the daytime, selling mostly Southeast Asian up-and-coming designs. Nuj Novakhett, a Parsons School of Arts graduate who specialises in youthful creations in colourful and light fabrics, offers styles which are suitable for Hong Kong’s sticky weather. Time Out also loves the Thai label Vickteerut – designed by Central Saint Martins graduate Terrut – for the threads’ highly-tailored forms with elaborate drapes and simple cuts. On sale are also Christophe Coppens and Sereni & Shentel millinery. Seen something you like? Step down to their basement walk-in wardrobe for a fitting.

Address: 45 Gough St, Central
Tel: 2543 2808
Liger

LigerLiger’s co-founder Hilary Tsui is one of Hong Kong’s fashion vanguards. Her boutique (co-owned with Dorothy Hui) has proliferated the MBT trainers and padded shoulder T-shirt trends which have infected the streets of TST and Mong Kok. Liger’s original Pak Sha Road boutique is located on the first floor of an old tenement building and the spacious dance studio-like setting is surrounded with rails of clothes from the likes of Belle Sauvage, Jeremy Scott for Adidas, Cheap Monday, Plotz, Johanna Ho, Richard Nicoll and Holly Fulton. Taking centre-stage is a shoe and accessories stand which displays S&M style KTZ sandals, Fakui tattoo tights and Karen Walker sunglasses. Liger’s second boutique, Oh My God (eponymous to Liger’s in-house label) in TST is moving out from its Silvercord location to the basement of Chungking Mansions this month.

Address: 2/F, 11 Pak Sha Rd, Causeway Bay
Tel: 3483 3948
Magenta

MagentaMagenta’s stature as a veteran and vanguard of indie boutiques is unquestionable. Owner and buyer Doreen Ma was featured in Time Out’s spring/summer style issue earlier this year, credited for her contribution to influencing fashion spirits in Hong Kong. Magenta is fond of frilly, colourful and iconoclastic styles. The clothes are generally loosely fitted or carefully constructed to conceal ‘unsightly’ bits on the body using overflowing fabrics. Ma stocks her shelves with Asia and Hong Kong designers such as Triple-Major, Plotz, Chewthecud as well as Créature de Keis. Other labels include Injury, Say My Name, RHLS leggings and Wear and Tear accessories.

Address: Shop F-10, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 19 Great George St, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2972 2029

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