Tatler Insiders On The Best Of Fashion And Style In Hong Kong
Looking fly year-round is easy when you have fantastic tailors, storage facilities and clothing consignment services saved in your contacts. Trust Ingrid Chen, Arne Eggers and Denise Ho to have the lowdown on fashion in Hong Kong.
Il Sarto is my go-to tailor in Hong Kong. The team is extremely knowledgeable about all things sartorial and can offer great advice and guidance in the process, along with a superb assortment of more than 3,000 high-quality fabrics. This is no 24-hour turnaround kind of tailor, so a suit will take a while to make, but with several fittings and corrections on the way, the team will make sure that you end up with something that you actually like.
—Arne Eggers, senior vice president at Karla Otto
Discover more at theilsarto.com
RS Fashions is a pioneer in custom tailoring in Hong Kong. Founded in 1990, the company has made bespoke creations for more than 250,000 clients worldwide. Its team of 40 Shanghainese tailors create natural fits and shapes using only the finest seasonal fabrics, with their speciality being bespoke suit jackets for rugby teams.
Discover more at rsfashions.com
I have my winter wardrobe stored with PAKT and only request clothes back when I actually need them. We all know Hong Kong winters are very short, so it’s nice to keep bulky coats out of sight for the rest of the year. Thankfully the service is super responsive and they cater to last-minute requests. One time I was flying to Kazakhstan and only realised on the day of the flight that it was in fact minus 15C there. Within a couple of hours my thickest coats arrived so I didn’t have to freeze during my trip.
Discover more at getpakt.com
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell luxury goods, Vestiaire Collective is the site to know. Launched in 2009, the online platform is the perfect place for those who want to offload or acquire pre-loved designer goods.
Discover more at vestiairecollective.com
Hula is always my go-to when it comes to second-hand fashion: it is just crowded with good finds. Shopping there is always a treat as the space feels upscale, not like the usual hole-in-the-wall vintage shop. Plus I get to drop by [second-hand children’s clothing shop] Retykle and pick up some second-hand clothes for my three year old.
Discover more at thehula.com
The first time I went to Midwest Vintage, I was looking for vintage roller skates for a styling job. Then I just fell in love with the shop’s variety of vintage denim, novelty shirts and bandanas.
Discover more at midwest-vintage.com
Ching Kuok Watch Service
My favourite vintage watch shop in Hong Kong is Ching Kuok Watch Service. If you are looking for a cool vintage Rolex, Audemars Piguet or IWC Schaffhausen watch at an entry price level, this little shop will interest you.
—Denise Ho, founder of sustainable fashion label Knotti and former fashion director of The R Collective
Discover more at antiquewatch.com.hk
See also: Collector Zoe Abelson Is Proof That Vintage Watches Will Never Go Out Of Style
The aptly named Sincere Alteration is my go-to for alterations because of Elaine, the owner, who has a fierce respect for every garment and strict discipline to altering with restraint. She is someone who sees clothing as sculpture, not a flat piece of cloth measured by inches. Despite being squeezed for space in a crammed workshop (rightly so because of how good she is), every garment has its rightful place in her organised chaos.
—Ingrid Chen, general manager of marketing and communications at Joyce
Sincere Alteration, 113 Melbourne Plaza, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2868 4133; facebook.com/Sincerehk113
More gems in Hong Kong
One thing I love about Hong Kong is the quirky streets named after plants and trees (think Fir Street or Pine Street in Tai Kok Tsui) and food (Sai Yeung Choi Street). If you dig a little deeper, you can find out more about the history of naming conventions. Of course, the most confusing of all is Rednaxela Terrace in Mid-Levels, named after its first owner [thought to be a man named Alexander], but spelled backwards.
—Edwin Pun, director of business development for Keyestone Group
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