Clothes, Hong Kong
Cheung Sha Wan Road in Sham Shui Po is known to locals as "Fashion Street". It's worth heading to if you are looking for womens clothes. The street is lined on either side with small boutique style shops, many of which are owned by designers who mostly wholesale but also retail their designs.
Its quite easy to pick out the retail shops as they put racks of one off styles with large signs advertising quite ludicriously low prices, close to the shop entrance or actually on the footpath. Its worthwhile having a quick look through the clothes on display because the quality is surprisingly good and if you do find something the price can be as cheap as HK$20!
Keep in mind that it may not be possible to try clothes on. I'm a bargain hunter so I do enjoy browsing. There are a good number of shops but if you are looking for something in particular it may be hard to find. You are more likely to stumble over a bargain than have one jump out at you.
It's more "what you see is what you get" shopping but a great busy local area to find yourself in.
What to buy: More for the dedicated shopper.
What to pay: Not much. The retail racks are ludicrously cheap.
The U.S brand Abercrombie & Fitch has a store in Hong Kong that expect to make a revenue with a monthly rental of US$ 902,000 (HK$ 7 million). You got to see their glamorous store and their hunky six-packed models stand in front of the store to take pictures with the public.
This shows how the desperate the local business community that have to compete with the global brand in Hong Kong.
I saw a HUGE billboard for this store in Nathan Road and thought to myself "Ive gotta go here!" I asked a westerner one day and they told me it was in Canton Road and walking distance from Hop Inn, so I think it was about day 5 and I did a solo venture to find it! Basically H&M is relatively cheap and affordable womens clothing, I would equate it to something like Katies or Suzanne Grae or JJ's in Australia. I bought a couple tops here for $99HK each and some jewellery and a scarf, and Id definitely say its worth a look, especially if you cannot afford the High End Stores and you dont just wanna buy all market stuff. I also found a H&M Store in Langham Place, Mongkok so Id say there are several throughout HK.
What to buy: Affordable ladies clothing and accessories
You can't miss them. They are omnipotent. They are everywhere. You can't turn into a road without seeing at least one of their shops. With mainland China so close for mass manufacturing, these Hong Kong made good brands had gone International. Cheap, good and durable, it may be time for you to grab some designs, especially during any of the Sales period in HK.
What to buy: They sell everything: Tops, Bottoms, Undies, Socks, Umbrellas, Winter Wear, Belts etc etc
What to pay: Very very competitive prices. A T shirt could go for like US$5.
Welcome to one the most fashonable cities in Asia! You will be spoilt for choices on this one. It really depends on your budget and time. If you wanna see the high end ones, and have a budget, then I shall opt for Ocean terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, three connecting huge shopping centre take up the whole block, that's what shopper's dream is made of!
Let's do Kowloon first:
For the middle to lower end, which there are plenty in HK, opt for Mongkok, u will see endless streams of good clothing shops dotting around, just use your instinct. Some brands are pretty good and nicely priced such as Giordano, Bossini, Baleno, Samuel and Kevin, etc....the list is endless.
For the ultimate experience is outlet clothes or factory seconds, opt for Fa Yuen Street, which can be reached via MTR (Prince Edward) This is no longer a secret that foreigners flock to here to buy some of the latest fashion at cut throat price. But beware, most shops here take cash only and no fitting, you may want to bring a tape measurer to see if the clothes will fit. Also check carefully the condition of the garment, as there will be no exchange as well.
For Hong Kong island:
The high ends are in Central (Landmark, Galleria, Prince building, etc), Admiralty (Pacific place), all can be reached by MTR easily. For middle to lower ends, go for Causeway bay, possibly is the best place to hang around for fashion on HK island, there are good department stores (Sogo!) and shops everywhere u eyes can see, let your instinct takes you....
What to buy: Best HK brands, check these out:
Men and women:
Giordano, Bossini, Baleno, Samuel and Kevin, BSX, G 2000
Good working clothes
Shop until you drop!
No really, you can shop until you pass out here.
I am a girl who really likes to shop, but here I've gotten to the point where even I can say... no more floral dresses!
This street has housewares, bags, underwear, clothes for children, ladies, men, pajamas, fruit... you name it, they have it!
Bargain a little, but the prices are low and reasonable anyway.
The best thing about this place (apart from the cheap underwear... $18 for two cute bras?) is that the shops lining the street are also cheap--little cubbies that always have discounts and sell the chicest things. It's a teen shopping paradise.
And when you get hungry? pick up some cheap sweets, breads or fruits along the way.
What to buy: Everything!
What to pay: Flats-- $80
Tshirts-- 2 for $25 or less
and more, and more...
I am one of the typical men that doesn't like shopping too much. Worse than that is when your partner likes shopping a lot and you both end up in the shopping paradise called Hong Kong.
But I have to say, Initial has a lot of cool stuff for your girl, but the prices are a killer.
But really, give it a try, the designer really made some nice pieces.
What to buy: The have all kind of womens wear, some outlets also carry stuff for men.
What to pay: We bought a cool skirt for HKD 990.
There are many stalls selling a variety of things on Tai Yuen Street and the nearby street, from clothing to fresh fruits and vegetables. This is how traditional street market looks like.
Unfortunately, few traditional markets are left today as the government considered it as unsanitary and disturbing traffic flow. More and more shops are moving into malls or wet markets in government multi-purpose buildings.
There are also many cheap clothing wholesalers along Johnston Road, selling mostly women's clothing. Well worth to have a look.
As said here, Shenzhen is the place to go for the real cheap suits. I paid 300 HK Dollars for each of mine. The quality is not too bad either, but you do get what you pay for, remember that. So if you are quite active while using your suits, they might not last too long..
Bevare that they for some reason make the jackets a litle small, so make sure they make them the right size for you..
As for HK. there are loads of places to go, and i will not guarantee you that the quality is that much better. But the fabric is a litle better, no doubt. The price you end up with comes down to your bargaining skills and how close you are to the tourist areas..
But in the streets around Fat angelos there are quite a few decent tailors. Stay away from the indian guys at Nathan Road.
What to pay: From HK 300 and upwards. Depends on which side of the border you're at..
You can find bargain-priced clothing & accessories etc on Fa Yuen Street and Tung Choi Street (Ladies' Market), Mong Kok.
For fashion chain shops can go to shopping malls like Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong, Times Sqaure in Causeway Bay.
More brand-name luxury goods - can go to Pacifc Place in Admiralty.
More information for the shopping advice from the following link:
What to buy: Can find everything from fashion labels to casual wear or accessories
What to pay: From bargain-priced to luxury goods.
It is a street market similar to that you can find in Temple Street aka Ladies Market. However, there are also 2 rows of shops selling clothes and accessories alongside the market stalls. I found more things to buy there than Ladies Market.
Opens daily from 11am to 9.30pm
What to buy: Clothings, accessories for everyone, but mainly for women.
What to pay: HKD50 upwards
Hong Kong Industrial Centre is a multi-storey wholesale centre that sells mainly women clothings and accessories. There are easily 100 shops there and they are usually busy with import and export purchasers in the mornings. However, if you go there in the afternoon when they are less busy, they are willing to sell to entertain retail buyers. There are a wider range of fashionable clothes, better quality than that found in Ladies Market or Flower Market (Fa Yuen Gai).
NOTE: They are close on Sundays!!
What to buy: Women clothes and accessories
What to pay: Cheaper than retail outlets.
The Shanghai Tang shop in the airport is great - great is you are just passing through HK or if you really want to grab something for yourself at the end of your trip.
Shanghai Tang isn't cheap, but it's a popular brand and the airport prices might be a little cheaper than the Peninsula store etc (certainly cheaper than NY, London and Tokyo)
What to buy: Clothing; Men's & Women's
What to pay: As I said, it isn't cheap. A long sleeve T cost me 380 HK dollars
Made to measure suits. Absolutely fantastic, my husband had four made in cashmere & wool while we were there.
Choose the material, get measured then go back in a couple of days for a final fitting and pick up the finished suit the next day. You would have to pay a fortune for that kind of service in England.
8FIVE2SHOP is a skateboard/high end street fashion shop where you can find anything from hats to shoes with a Hong Kong influence.
A great place to buy gifts for teenage boys to men.
They carry well known brands from around the world such as Adidas, Nike, New Era, Vans, Visvim, In4mation, Lakai, etc but, they also carry a local Hong Kong brand and some unusual souvenirs of Hong kong.
You can often see local celebs shopping at this hidden treasure.
There is a wall of polaroids of all the famous skateboarders, designers, etc from around the world who have stopped by this shop.
It's a nice change from all the large luxury malls in Hong kong.
What to buy: Not your typical tourist T-shirts of Hong Kong. These represent Hong Kong with a fashion twist.
Special Hong Kong limited edition shoes (Ie: Nike SB, Lakai, DVS, Visvim, Adidas etc)
Gifts for your kids with a Hong Kong exclusive skateboard.
Boxers, Chinese printed belts, accessories, books, magazines, New Era exclusive hat of Hong Kong, and just about anything.
What to pay: They definitely carry a large range of prices.
They have shoes that are definitely more upscale but, I have seen jeans that only cost 80HKD on sale $10USD.