STAR STREET PRECINCT ESSENTIALS
TAI PING SHAN AGUIDE
BROADENING THE KNOWLEDGE OF ART AND DESIGN CULTURE. / CURATED IN HONG KONG
CONTENTS EDITORâ€™S NOTE
STAR STREET PRECINCT
TAI PING SHAN
LETTER We proudly present: Fractal Magazine. This publication is dedicated to our love for Hong Kong, as well as our passion for art,design and fashion. Fractal is a mathematical term describing a shape that, when analyzed at any scale, will resemble the form of the shape as a whole. The purpose of this magazine is to paint our readers a better picture of Hong Kong through analyzing the various subcultures housed by this beautiful city. Please take a moment and enjoy what Hong Kong, our home, has to offer. Benson & Marshall Editors-in-Chief
S TA R S T R E E T P R E C I N C T
STAR STREET PRECINCT / Head south-west of the neon signs, noise, and beer varnished pavements that make up Hong Kongâ€™s notorious red-light district, Wan Chai, and you will find yourself in the serene neighborhood that is the Star Street Precinct. The small community that was once home to Hong Kongâ€™s first power station is now a hot bed of both local and international retailers, workshops, and galleries.
KAPOK 3 Sun Street, Wan Chai
BRASS SPOON 1 Moon Street, Wan Chai
In 1889, the Hong Kong executive council commissioned for the city’s first power station to be built on the western edge of the low-rise barrack riddled community of Wan Chai. During it’s first few months of operation the station had the capacity to light just 50 street lamps down Queen’s Road Central, Battery Path and Upper Albert Road. Over the next 30 years the station slowly started to grow and expand it’s service, and by it’s demolition in 1922 it served all four regions of Hong Kong island. At it’s opening in 1890 the station had given way to a new network of roads, including Electric Street, upon which the station was built, and the surrounding Star, Moon, and Sun Streets, appropriately named after the three major elements that generate electricity.
45R 7 Star Street, Wan Chai
LE GARÃ‡ON SAIGON 12 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai 17
After itâ€™s demolition in 1922, the now quiet community became an inexpensive residential district of tong lauâ€™s - traditional Chinese tenements. This gave birth to an influx of young artists and entrepreneurs, who could have both their homes and businessâ€™s in the same few adjacent streets. Since then, the neighborhood has slowly evolved into what it is today - an undisturbed oasis in this bustling metropolis.
JOUER 20 1 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai
CAU S E WAY BAY
CAUSEWAY BAY / Arguably one of the most known shopping districts in Hong Kong, Causeway Bay is notorious for its busy pedestrian streets and large population of international shoppers. Due to heavy commercialisation, Causeway Bayâ€™s unique atmosphere and exquisite ambience is often overlooked and shadowed by uninventive brands and businesses. Behind the heavy tourist traffic, Causeway Bay surprisingly hosts a large array of innovative retail spaces.
NIKELAB PS7 7 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay 25
COMME DES GARÃ‡ON 51 Patterson Street, Causeway Bay
OFF-WHITE 51 Patterson Street, Causeway Bay
NIKELAB PS7 7 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay
More specifically, the recently revamped Fashion Walk houses many premier fashion brands, ranging from streetwear to high fashion. For instance, Virgil Abloh’s personally designed Off White retail store situates next to Rei Kawakubo’s Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçon. French contemporary labels APC and Maison Kitsuné, along with Hong Kong’s very own retailers I.T and JUICE, all help highlight Causeway Bay’s relevant retail presence. Hong Kong’s NikeLab: PS7 is located within ten minute walking distance from Fashion Walk (crossing Hennessy Road). Joining a global lineup of pioneering retail spaces created by Nike, the NikeLab on 7 Pak Sha Road will surely showcase the newest technologies created by the Oregon sports conglomerate.
APPLE STORE 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
APPLE STORE 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay 34
Discovering Causeway Bay from a different, more interesting perspective requires patience and exploration. The reward is a place where different styles of fashion and design intersect; and for that, it is well worth it.
TA I P I N G S H A N
TAI PING SHAN / Located above Hollywood Road and translated as “Peace Mountain”, Tai Ping Shan is an area rich with colonial history and modern artistry. Tai Ping Shan is a popular area for many galleries and ateliers; as a result, the district’s creative presence cannot be ignored. Graffitis dominate the walls within Tai Ping Shan; walking through any alley or street, and you will find yourself surrounded by masterfully done art pieces. These graffitis are created under the jurisdiction of HKwalls, an organisation aiming to provide a legal platform for street artists to showcase their works.
SIN SIN FINE ART 52 and 54 Sai Street, Central
Tai Ping Shan provides a great contrast for those who are overfamiliar with Hong Kongâ€™s bustling side. Instead, Tai Ping Shan provides a relaxing atmosphere for those who get the chance to explore this unique treasure of colonial Hong Kong.
ORIGINAL ACHIELLES LOW $2760, Common Projects
Clean cut and minimalistic in the best type of way. My go to for when functionality meets formality. Since the label’s fruition in 2004 they have been producing some of the most minimalistic yet recognizable shoes in the footwear market. Founders Prathan Poopat, an American art director, and Flavio Girolami, an Italian creative consultant, got inspiration for the name Common Projects when working on several ‘common’ art projects while living on differant continents. Their flagship shoe, the Achilles Low, was one of these projects, and the only project that really took off. From there, the company Common Projects has grown into a multifaceted design firm, still focusing on footwear but also producing other minimal leather accessories. The only branding on all of their footwear are 10 gold digits on the outer heel of each shoe. This minute branding has now, according to the Business of Fashion, “become every bit as emblematic as the Nike Swoosh or the Adidas Trefoil”. This is something that I believe in. These shoes look great with whatever outfit you have on for the day, whether summer or winter, day or night. I’ve been a proud owner of these for 2 years now, and can say there is not one day I regret picking them up.
Nikeâ€™s debut shoe with basketballâ€™s most well-known figure, Michael Jordan. A great head-turning and respect-garnering shoe for any occasion.
AIR JORDAN 1 / ROYAL BLUE Jordan Brand
BLEU DE CHANEL / EAU DE TOILETTE SPRAY Chanel POLO BLUE / EAU DE TOILETTE Ralph Lauren
BLEU DE CHANEL / EAU DE TOILETTE SPRAY My go to for special occasions and evenings out. An iconic scent from an iconic company.
POLO BLUE / EAU DE TOILETTE My everyday scent. Great for work, school, and everything in between.
The College Navy sweater is a wardrobe staple. The ribbed accents on the hem, neckline, and cuffs differentiate this piece from any other navy sweaters. The raglan sleeves also create an oversized illusion; this contrasts the fitted shoulder, which can be hard to wear aesthetically. Although the cotton used in this garment is not the softest out there, the quality is most definitely unparalleled. Acne Studioâ€™s College Navy sweater is able to retain its form and fit after numerous washes. A prime example of top craftsmanship. 56
COLLEGE NAVY $1500, Acne Studios
FACULTY DEPARMENT by Justin Chung
A personal photography project and visual journey by Justin Chung that focuses on the lives, spaces and stories of noteworthy individuals. A great Sunday read. Faculty Department offers a glimpse inside the lives of noteworthy individuals—while at work, inside their homes, during a particular daily routine or within the stillness of a moment. As the book’s creator, Justin Chung, prompts readers in his blurb, it is his hope that these vignettes offer a rich perspective on these individuals’ philosophies and approach to life; things we can all learn from, or simply appreciate. It has done just that for me. The book follows just over a dozen creatives in their daily lives. It gives a great view into the life of many of the people I look up to - from Ted Herrington, founder of the small, New York City based engraving company Terrapin Stationers, to J. Crew’s head menswear designer Frank Muytjens. Every page is as interesting as the last, and Chung has done an incredible job of handpicking the individuals for this book. Be sure to pick up a copy if you haven’t done so already.
Raw, indigo died denim that fit like a real pair of jeans should. Break-in time required, and very well rewarded.
NEW STANDARD JEANS A.P.C.
THE COLLEGE DROPOUT / VINYL EDITION by Kanye West The College Dropout (2004), Kanye West Kanye’s hit debut and a great throwback album. Skip to favourites “We Don’t Care” and “Family Business” for two very different yet classically Kanye tracks.
MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY / VINYL EDITION by Kanye West
Critically acclaimed, and highly awarded. Accolades include the Rolling Stones no. 1 album of 2010, the GQ no. 1 album of the 21st Century, and many, many more; and thereâ€™s a good reason why.
CHUCK TAYLOR LOW Converse x Comme Des Garçon This sneaker is the brilliant collaboration between Jun Kawakubo’s Comme Des Garçon PLAY and American shoemaker Converse. This unique take on Converse’s classic Chuck Taylor features the iconic Comme Des Garçon logo on the side of the shoe, which is crafted with cream canvas. The Converse label is removed from the tongue of the shoe, giving this sneaker a minimalistic feel. Placed at an affordable price, this sneaker is a must-have for all Comme Des Garçon fans.