5 Hong Kong Stores on Hillary Clinton's Shopping List
It’s impossible to read the news without encountering headlines about the 2016 U.S. presidential election these days. The latest saga to unfold? A series of correspondences within the Clinton campaign released by Wikileaks. While the ground-breaking revelations have sent news outlets abuzz, what caught our eye was something else entirely: a Hong Kong shopping guide tailor-made for Hillary Clinton.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that the leaked roundup was curated by Nancy Hernreich Bowen, a former director of Oval Office operations who’s lived in Asia for more than a decade. The email was prepared for Clinton, then the Secretary of State, ahead of her work trip to Hong Kong in 2011. While it remains unclear whether the presidential candidate actually paid these stores a visit, the list serves as an interesting reference for high-powered women looking for local shopping recommendations.
Click on for some of our top picks from the document.
The luxury label — known for its lush mandarin-collared shirts and silk qipaos — is synonymous with chinoiserie elegance. Bowen noted the brand as “a must for everyone visiting Hong Kong, beautiful updated version of Chinese style” — and we completely agree.
Shanghai Tang, 1 Duddell Street, Central; +852 2525-7333
Chow Tai Fook
Hong Kong’s leading jewellery house, which recently launched the Le Labyrinthe Artistique collection, earns a much-deserved spot on Bowen’s list of jeweller recommendations.
Chow Tai Fook, B233-235, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay; +852 3102-9880
A 500 Lister, the jewellery designer made an impression on Bowen with her East-meets-West aesthetics, enriched by motifs inspired by Chinese history and folklore. The tastemaker also has a hand in designing ceramics and textiles.
K.S. Sze & Sons
Jewellery seems to place high on Clinton’s list of interests. This family-owned jeweller has been around since 1923, and is one the few brands with the exclusive honour of operating a boutique at the Mandarin Oriental.
K.S. Sze & Sons, Shop M8, Mezz Floor, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road, Central; +852 2524-2803
LIII LIII Couture Shoes
As far as prospective shopping destinations go, this small storefront is a bit of a wild card. The Admiralty store is run by three brothers, passing on the legacy of their father, a cobbler. The owners are lauded for their ability to interpret the hottest footwear styles into comfortable designs customised to the customers’ preferences.
LIII LIII, 1/F, Tower 2, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty; +852 2865-3989