Clothes, Hong Kong
This tailor came recommended by other frequent travelers. I am very happy to have met him and also with the suit and shirts I had made.
What to buy: I had a fine wool suit made along with 6 shirts. I get much more use of the shirts of course but I must say I am happy with it all.
OK. many people asked about the ESPRIT factory outlet. This 2-storey factory outlet is located in Hankow Road at Tsim Sha Tsui. They offer up to 90% off retail price for outseason clothings and accessories.
With its large selection of women and men’s clothing, this store is a must for any real shopper. Their prices are very reasonable and their clothing is fantastic. I have found this store in almost every large city in Europe and was very happy to come across it here in Hong Kong.
I was searching for a pair of casual slacks and top to go out that evening and found exactly what I was looking for.
This particular store is located inside the Pacific Place Shopping Complex.
What to buy: Women's and men's trendy clothing and accessories.
What to pay: About average.
As part of our trip to Hong Kong, Chris wanted to get fitted for a custom tailored suit and some dress shirts. This place was recommended by some friends. Located in a shopping complex, Andy the owner/tailor greats you, measures you, shows you the different types of fabrics and guarantees that you’ll have your suit in a day or two. The quality in which Andy tailors these suits are first rate.
For the ladies he custom tailors suits as well. I would highly recommend this shop if you are looking for that custom tailored suit. Andy will keep your measurements on file and will accept orders via phone, fax, or email.
You can contact Andy by sending him an eamil at firstname.lastname@example.org
What to buy: Custom made suits, shirts, ties.
What to pay: Way below market value.
Marks & Spencer is a British clothes department store with 8 operating stores in Hong Kong. They sell usually sell the same clothes and food back in the UK.
Below are the three stores in the touristy areas.
Central Tower, 28 Queens Road, Central
Causeway Bay store
Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Tsim Sha Tsui store
Harbour City, 5 Canton Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon.
What to pay: M&S in Hong Kong tend to be a bit more expensive then the UK as everything has to be exported over.
I am quite a shopper myself. Well, not anymore. Turn off, HK shooping was the ultimate turn off. How many Gucci stores would you expect within an acre? Crazy........I am literally sick of it even thinking about it today. When I look back I realised that I had missed the biggest sign that was before us, as we left the plane. The biggest LV suitcase in the middle of the airport alleys.
You want to shop, well throw your heart out in HK. Yuck.........they even have second hand stores where they sell brand name bags (almost abused nevertheless logoed everywhere bags). Seriously what happened to joy of finding something rare, something that you wanted for so long, and suddenly it comes across you. Well in HK, you don't come across with the sought, they shove it down your throat. My vision was blurred with the logo bags everywhere, everywhere..........
What to buy: Anything with initials printed everywhere. SS
CheungShaWan is an unofficial "fashion street" in ShamShuiPo where you can pick up trendy fashion at wholesale prices.
The clothes are usually factory over-runs from garment factories in and around ShamShuiPo, with a few rejects thrown in here and there. Most of the shops are found between Yen Chow Street and Wong Shuk Street, and the factories.
Dickson Warehouse is a designer outlet shopping mall selling well-known branded name products at off-season and wholesale prices.
Up to 70% off retail price.
Monday to Friday : 11:00 - 20:00
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays : 11:00 - 21:00
Unofficial designer outlet stores with racks of cheap designer goods are dotted around Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and Granville Rd in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Some are printed below:
Joyce Warehouse, 21/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St, Ap Lei Chau, T 2814 8313. Huge discounts on designer names like Galliano, Issey Miyake and D&G, usually on items over a year old.
Labels For Less, 3008-3011 International Finance Centre, Harbour View Rd, Central, T 2295 3881. Discounts on Givenchy, Christian Lacroix and Roberto Cavali.
I.T. Sale Shop, 72-119, 3/F Silvercord, Tsim Sha Tsui, T 2377 9466. Up to 80% discounts on less widespread labels such as Alexander McQueen, Camper and Christophe Lemaire.
Pedder Building,12 Pedder St, Central. Most stores 1000-1900. Eight floors of small clothes shops, many of which carry good discount on designer names.
Sample King, 16 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai. Casual clothing by Ralph Lauren, Nicole Farhi and Guess.
Super Sample, 35-45 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai. Try your luck and scour the racks and you may find Cacharel evening wear or Calvin Klein undies for next to nothing.
Pete Fashions had a shop in the Hyatt, back in 1971 and remained there until 1989 when they needed to move to larger premises. They are incredible tailors combined with an exceptionally friendly service. I had bought shirts from them in 1976, and upon one of my later trips with my family in the 90's, thought I would call in to buy some more, as their made-to-measure shirts were about what I would pay, off the shelf in the UK. I visited the Hyatt and was told they had moved and therefore felt there was little hope of finding them, however, back on the street, we looked up to the second floor of a building opposite to find three guys waving above their new sign. I was immediately treated as a long lost friend and the whole family were sat down and asked what refreshments they would like. When I confirmed that I had been a customer previously, within seconds a small card was pulled from their filing system with all my details which they had kept for almost 15 years
What to buy: Although to date I have bought nothing more than two or three shirts at any one time from Pete, I am sure they are equally skilled at all types of tailoring. The choice of shirt material is very wide and of exceptional quality, and small things like initials or basic logo on the pocket is no problem to them. We were in their place at 11.00am, was re-measured and was told that the order would be delivered to my hotel by 18.00hrs that day. Sure enough, as we entered our room there was a package on the bed with three shirts, which even today, some 15 years later, are almost as good as they were that first day
For discounted Esprit apparels, go to the ESPRIT factory outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui.
It is located in Hankow Rd. Take MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui staion and take the exit to Peking Road, then from Peking Rd, turn into Hankow Rd. The Esprit outlet is on the same road as HMV, further down.
What to buy: ESPRIT apparels, mens, womens, children
What to pay: Up to 90% off retail price
Tang Lung Chau Market is located on the streets of Jardine's Bazaar, and Jardines Crescent, in the Wan Chai district in Hong Kong. Though i found the market to be some what boring, to some it is a very popular place for womens clothing and accessories. In my opinion, and i repeat, this is just "my opinion. I think the clothes there are pretty tacky, and out of date. Never the less, that could be your cup of tea.
If you are interested in visiting these markets. Take the MTR to Causeway Bay (Island Line) and take Exit F to Kai Chiu Road. Once out the exit, you can go right to Jardine's Crescnet, or left to Jardines Bazaar. Both roads are basicly the same, and lead to each other anyways.
Everybody loves Shanghai Tang. Chinese style with a modern twist. With multiple shops worldwide it has become a wellknown name.
But there's a shop that makes ShangHai Tang look like a tourist trap.
And it's actually situated right above it. The shop is called Blanc de Chine and it also sells chinese style garments and furnishings.
It's situated in the Pedder Building. Better known for it's outletstores. But this store is anything but an outlet store. When you step inside you will notice the opulence and class of the store. Frankly it's so beautifull even though everything is WAY over my budget and the suits are all to small for me.
What to buy: If Shanghai Tang is Hugo Boss than Blanc de Chine is Zegna or Brioni.
And I am doing this comparison for a reason. Because I feel the difference between products available at ShangHai Tang and Blanc de Chine is just as large.
The workmanship and the fabrics used are just incredible.
The clothes are all more classic cut than at Shanghai Tang where the clothing is more trendy with contrasting colors etc. But still with a modern look to it.
Sadly I am to big to fit in the off the rack suits and I just dont have the time to get a custom made one. Multiple fittings required.
Besides clothing for men and woman they also have other stuff like silk sheets and duvet covers. Cushions etc. Gorgeous stuff. The duvet covers will give you an idea how the old emperors use to sleep.
I am always astounded because it's always so quiet. I like to browse there and I hardly see and any other clientele coming in.
I am not sure what the reason is? I know the product they are selling is very very high end and also pretty specialised. But it's such an incredible beautiful and unique shop there should have been more people coming..
IMO this is a must see place. A real unique shopping experience.If you have serious cash and want to sleep in ultimate luxury. This is the place you must go too.
What to pay: I think this is the high end shop and prices are according to quality.
Ever question where local teenagers go when they want go shopping? Ah...they of course would go mega malls like Festival Walk, but it is the smaller boutiques that they love to go shopping. Or at least, window shopping.
In Mongkok, there are several tiny malls with a few stories of tiny shops with occupants selling the most fashionable outfits and Japanese gift products. Those clothes are not cheap enough, but many of them are self designed and exclusive. The japanese crafts are not cheap too, but the inspiring design and mysterious functions have made them ideal birthday gifts.
Or the products are not good enough for tourists, but it still worth a visit to such malls to see how every little shop has its own distinctive and stylish decoration. As many of the shop owners are teenagers getting start with their business, they often put in lots of personal effort in decorating these shops.
Such malls are often clean and tidy, however, very crowded.
Trendy Zone and King Wah Centre lies on Nathan Road, between Yau Ma Tei MTR station and Mongkok MTR station. Both malls are the better ones of its type. The less well maintained Allied Plaza is located right next to Prince Edward MTR station, it might wprth a look when you visit the flower market.
Pedder Building is a nondescript building in Central that you would probably just rush past without taking a second look. After all, it is easily outshone by its more glamourous, better known counterparts in this Champs Elysees of Hong Kong.
But step inside and you'll find a number of fashion outlets which sell well-known international brands, including a number of Italian labels. Most of the clothes tags are cut out, but the quality of the cut and fabric are unmistakable.
What to pay: Ladies can buy Italian-label suits for prices like HKD 1,200 (~USD 150).