Step away from the waving cat! Hong Kong’s markets may be stuffed with more gimmicky tatt than you can shake a selfie-stick at, but if you’re looking for a stylish souvenir of your stay, sashay this way for the city’s top-notch artisans...
Okay, so you’ve snapped every angle of HK’s dynamic skyline, but nothing beats Yellow Korner for original photography. These high-res shots have been captured by an array of savvy shutterbugs, and depict some of Hong Kong’s most iconic and stunning street scenes, including the jaw-dropping view from Victoria Peak, TST’s heaving Nathan Rd and the pastel-pretty Choi Hung Estate.
Arteflo’s limited edition streetscapes also make marvy, made-in-Hong-Kong mementos. These colourful painted prints capture Hong Kong’s hustle n’ bustle through intricate animation, including Sheung Wan’s neighbourhood atmos and curio-crammed shophouses in Think Pink in Sheung Wan, as well as the city’s vibrant after-dark festivities and rituals in Deep Night.
Nest-featherers will squeal with glee for Lala Curio’s stash of one-off Sino-style knick-knacks. On her trip to The Fragrant Harbour, even Iris Apfel made a visit to this splendid interiors trove which is stacked full of whimsical bobble, from chinoiserie-printed pillows and ornate jewellery to coral chandeliers and classically styled furny, sourced from across the globe.
Or, for something a little different, shop simple, handmade, contempo ceramics at Latitude. Julie Progin and Jesse McLin’s one-of-a-kind treasures include everything from delicately printed bowls, mugs and pods to contempo bronze glaze plates, hanging pendant lamps and quirksome candle holders. Bespoke designs available upon request, too.
This city sports more rip-off Fendi than it does dai pai dongs. But for a unique style buy (that you won’t see on the arm of every Tina, Vic and Sally), pick up one of Michelle Lai’s covetable Mischa sacs. Whether you’re in the market for a sophisty structured shoulder bag, cute carryall, nifty pouch or wallet, these homegrown designs are fashioned in an array of trademark prints, cotton canvas and quality calf-leather finishes. Shop to it!
Yellow Korner / 58 Hollywood Rd / Central / +852 2578 5888 / 10am-9pm daily / yellowkorner.com
Arteflo / Kai Fung Mansion / 189-205 Queen's Rd C / Sheung Wan / arteflodesign.com
Lala Curio / 32-33 Sau Wa Fong / Wan Chai / +852 2528 5007 / 11am-7pm Mon-Fri / lalacurio.com
Latitude / Man Foong Industrial Bldg / 7 Cheung Lee St / Chai Wan / +852 2480 1182 / by appt only / latitude22n.com
Mischa / available at Kapok and PMQ / mischadesigns.com