Peter Cheung's Hot List: 9 Home-Grown Style Destinations To Visit In Hong Kong
Tatler’s man-about-town reports back from influential yet underrated corners of culture and style in Hong Kong
This month, on the hunt for new style inspiration, I decided to spread my wings a bit and get out of my usual comfort zones and shopping malls to search for some home-grown style destinations. Here are my favourite under-the-radar places to pick up a stylish new look, an objet d’art for your home or just to hang out for great people watching.
Photo: Courtesy of Maison Huit
Photo: Courtesy of Maison Huit
Founded by my friend Jane Chao-Lee in 2014, Maison Huit is a design gallery presenting the world’s finest artisans and designers to Hong Kong. An accomplished painter herself, Chao-Lee prizes individuality, craftsmanship and heritage when sourcing collections. Through carefully curated exhibitions, Maison Huit introduces eclectic and sophisticated collections of art objects that range from sculptural ceramics and porcelain to antique silvers and glassware.
“I used to travel extensively with my husband before Covid-19 and came across many exquisite objets d’art and brands unknown in Hong Kong. I wanted to provide a platform for these artists and artisans to showcase their works through Maison Huit,” says Chao-Lee.
Maison Huit, No. 8 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; maisonhuit.com.hk
#HAPi is a 4,000 sq ft lifestyle store comprising a mini supermarket, a florist, displays of homewares, a fashion boutique and a restaurant all behind a rustic red brick façade. This spot was recommended to me by my friend Thierry Chow, the stylish feng shui master, who loves to hang out here.
#HAPi’s goal is to bring in everything from around the world that sparks happiness. Upon entering, you find the market stocked with organic produce, seasonal fruits and vegetables from all around the region, lots of bottled cocktails and local craft beers. The restaurant serves modern European cuisine by chef Ashvin Chow (formerly at Rech by Alain Ducasse at the InterContinental Hong Kong). With Chow’s Mauritian roots, the menu incorporates fresh produce for the health-conscious. Then there is hip fashion and brands from Korea and Japan, and aromatic candles, handicrafts and furniture from around the world, perfectly accompanied by an in-house florist.
#HAPi, G/F, Tower 125, Shop 2-4, 11 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; hapi-fish.com
Obellery is a contemporary jewellery studio in Hong Kong founded by Hugo Yeung and Belinda Chang in 2014. They offer a range of hand-crafted pieces by independent local jewellery designers, featuring the makers’ design ingenuity and craftsmanship, carefully arranged to cultivate Obellery’s own sophisticated aesthetic. The studio promotes contemporary and innovative wearable objects in the local community and fosters a passion and appreciation for metalcraft by offering jewellery and metalsmithing workshops.
Obellery, Unit H403, Block B, PMQ, Hong Kong; obellery.com
Golden Scene Cinema
Hong Kong film distribution company Golden Scene’s first cinema in Western District has four houses with different screen sizes and 283 seats. Located in Kennedy Town, now on the top of the must-visit list for Hong Kong hipsters, Golden Scene Cinema was a highly anticipated opening in the film industry as well as the city as a whole, and has injected a theatrical vibe to this part of the neighbourhood. A rare street-level cinema, Golden Scene is one of Hong Kong’s most stylish picture houses and has the support of many famous celebrities, directors and film industry veterans. It’s also great for celeb-spotting: on my last visit, I spotted Chow Yun-fat!
2 Catchick St, Kennedy Town, goldenscene.com
Sin Sin Fine Art
My friend Sin Sin Man is the founder, owner and director of Sin Sin Fine Art, three distinctive brands she developed over the years: a studio and a gallery in Hong Kong, as well as resort villas in Bali. She places high value on art, history, traditional training and hard work. During her frequent visits to Indonesia, she came to know and champion the work of Indonesian and Southeast Asian contemporary artists, which inspired her to establish Sin Sin Fine Art in 2003. From her current location in Wong Chuk Hang, Sin Sin offers an array of art, home decor, fashion and accessories.
Sin Sin Fine Art, Unit 4A, Kin Teck Industrial Building, 26 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong; sinsinefineart.com
Photo: Courtesy of Khromis
Photo: Courtesy of Khromis
Offering bespoke eyewear, handcrafted sunglasses and optical frames that combine the sensibility of Italian design with Japanese refinement in craftsmanship, Khromis is the ultimate destination for a customised pair of frames, where comfort is not compromised for style. A favourite of local celebrities, Khromis offers a wide range of ready-to-wear frames and also an in-house customisation service that includes four steps of measuring, designing, assembly and polishing. This results in unrivalled individual technical innovation for each face shape’s special features, resulting in a perfectly symmetrical pair of frames for the wearer.
Khromis, 1 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; khromis.com
Formerly a fabric warehouse in Sham Shui Po, a 6,600 sq ft, three-storey Seventies tong lau is a fabulous new coffee shop and creative collective Phvlo Hatch, a sustainable fashion brand founded by Johanna Ho, who gives back to the community through educational programmes, skill development and the creation of job opportunities in fashion, film, music, art and design. The ground floor shop is a collaboration with Colour Brown Coffee, a café that actively promotes sustainability in the coffee industry and shares Ho’s vision to rejuvenate the Sham Shui Po community.
Rather than knocking down the original building, Phvlo Hatch appointed Hong Kong design team the Good Studio to renovate it. It is beautifully restored and retains architectural features, including a beautiful (and highly Instagrammable) spiral staircase, high ceilings, original structural beams and heritage flooring.
Phvlo Hatch, G/F, 13 Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, phvlohatch.com
Kaos is an intimately designed space, offering luxury salon treatments, from massages, nails and lashes to even tattoos. The lifestyle shop collaborates with a diverse community of Hong Kong retailers, artists and entrepreneurs to sell exclusive products, including art, jewellery, fine wines and spirits, speciality foods, skincare and scented candles.
Recommended to me by my designer friend June Lau, who always has her finger on the pulse of happening places and events, Kaos can also be rented for parties, pairing themed food and drinks, and carefully selected artists and entertainment for a truly special gathering.
Kaos, 6B, 6/F, 178 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong Jewellery Building, Central, Hong Kong; facebook.com/kaoshk.852
A Hong Kong first, 8FIVE2 is a long-standing, authentic street fashion and skateboard shop selling everything from unknown and underground labels to internationally popular brands. It was founded in 1999 by my friend Julius Brian Siswojo, a modern renaissance man himself who also co-founded the Handsome Factory Barber Shop, and is “SIR JBS”, a member of the hip-hop group 24 Herbs. to build a skate community. “When there weren’t any legit skateboard shops owned by a skater back in 1999, I wanted to bring the best skateboard products to Hong Kong and put Hong Kong skateboarding on the map.” Collaborations have included brands like Vans, Nike, New Balance and G-Shock and even photographer Wing Shya.
8FIVE2, 1/F, 522 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; shop.8five2.com