This week Rich lands in Hong Kong, mere days after a stint in Spain and, since the Barcelona style exercise was such a richly rewarding experience for us, I’ve done a scouting mission of ten local makers and creative spaces in Hong Kong, with the hope that Rich can discover them in person.
Midwest Vintage oversized patchwork kimonos are new, but they’re upcycled from vintage pieces sourced in the United States. The very thought of patchwork would normally have me break out in hives, but there’s nothing Raggedy Anne about these bad boys. And they appear to be unisex, might I add.
Point Blank Dot Dash
Strictly speaking, this design duo is based in London, but they originally hail from Hong Kong. Point Blank Dot Dash is a design collective that creates fun projects with a multidisciplinary approach – Yanyu Chung and Adrienne Lau conduct messy explorations in art, architecture, fashion, film, (sub)culture and taste. Everything they undertake is underlined with a belief that interesting things start with making mistakes and clashing perspectives.
NAP URI LED Lights
Hong Kong Lighting Design company URI produce led bulbs that are contemporary, durable and energy saving. Visit their Kickstarter campaign here.
MilkQ Hong Kong
There is very little that I can understand about MilkQ Hong Kong but their Facebook page and photos make it a must visit destination. Sometimes the greatest style finds are made with instinct and photos, not words.
Koncept of Hong Kong
These handcrafed, personalised leather goods come in the best colours. Koncept of Hong Kong was founded by industrial designer Manchuen Hui in 2010 – their products are designed to last, merging traditional leather craft with modern functional design. Each product is designed with intricate details, meticulously handcrafted in Hong Kong using premium Italian vegetable tanned leather.
Classics Anew has a passion for Chinese costume and reimagines traditional designs with new denim washes and modern fabrics like organic cotton, linen, and silk from the West – they turn the cheongsam into a daily fashion piece.
Don’t Cry In The Morning
Don’t Cry In The Morning was founded by Two Hong Kong local artists in 2013. Mainly crafting resin toys, painting and illustrations, their works are designed and made from their fantasies, dreams and life experiences. The pair design, model, mold, polish and color each piece.
Founded in 1958 Sindart, ‘the old store in Hong Kong’, is reputed for its handmade footwear and accessories. The products are designed and made by Miru Wong, the 3rd successor of the business. Miru often hosts handmade workshops and supplies design D.I.Y tool kits to promote local craftsmanship from Hong Kong to the world.
What a gorgeous discovery is Gooey Store. There’s something innocent yet completely dark about the makers, who proclaim to be small shopkeepers, with lots of ideas and interests in their heads, trying to create different creative products like cement ornaments, temporary tattoos and stationery. See more here.
Bunny Corner has a fixation with rabbits. She makes bespoke, hand painted fabrics and turns them into the cutest ornaments and trinkets. But, as she states on her Instagram, her orders are not for the impatient. I would wait. Why as a society don’t we wait anymore for artistic endeavours? Now, that’s a question.