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ISSUE 202 16 NOVEMBER 2013




Made n Hong Kong Go all-out artisan with The List

Are these flowers grown sustainably?




05 Editor’s Letter 08 Guestlist

Make a Date

Unleash your inner mad hatter at one of Awon Golding’s milliner workshops.

10 Wishlist


We’re all for Movember, but why the moronic hair styles, guys?

Wellness & Living

Pedicure virtuoso Bastien Gonzalez helps The List get back on its feet.

16 Feature

Handmade Heritage

Wynna Wong explores Hong Kong’s original artisan crafts.

46 Mr. kia

Web Noob

Feel like you’re missing out on Chinese websites? Mr. KIA offers some pointers.





This idyllic farm is home to 40 types of tea and lots of organic cookies.


Indie Designers p.22

Handicrafts p.28

Island East Market p.32 Artisan Food p.36

DIY Workshops p.40 3

Th e M aga z i n e That K n ow s

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editor’s letter Made with Love

Whether you’re looking for crafty Christmas gifts for your hipster sister or scrumptious baked goods for those foodie friends, this issue of The List will introduce you to some of Hong Kong’s artisanal offerings.

We’re talking everything from bespoke leather products from indie designers (p.22) to quirky terrariums made by crafty Hongkongers (p.28). And if you’d prefer to have your guilt-free shopping spree all in one go: we’ve pointed out a few cool tents at the Island East Markets (p.32). Of course, one homegrown Sunday is hardly going to fill your craving for local eats, so we’ve also put together a hefty list of artisanal food for you to keep coming back to on p.36. With all this inspiration, you may want to test-drive your own ingenuity. From ceramics to knitting classes, our list of DIY workshops on p.40 will give the right side of your brain a workout. Have fun!

Kate Springer Editor

Get in Touch I’d love to hear from you! E-mail me: kate.springer@hkmagmedia.com Find me on Twitter: @KateSpringer



Make a Date Our Picks for the month

Nov 23

Sumo Sushi Sake HK

It’s all eating, drinking and wrestling at Sumo Sushi Sake HK, an all-day Japanese festival. The event is pretty self-explanatory: expect lots of sushi-swigging and sake-pounding, while watching pairs of sumo heavies battle it out. Japanese restaurants from all over town will be setting up stalls, plus there will be 100 different types of sakes. Bring an appetite! Noon. Outdoor area (opposite Hong Kong Stadium), 63 Caroline Hill Rd., Causeway Bay. $280-500 from www.sumosushisakehk.com; $330-550 at the door.

Nov 23-24, 29-30

The Legend of Mulan

While the Disney adaptation is what brought this story worldwide fame, the ancient Chinese legend of Mulan is also a tale not to be missed. When Mulan’s aged father finds himself on a conscription list and without an elder brother to take his place, our heroine joins the army disguised as a man. Her valor in battle earns her ascendancy in the ranks, and eventually a generalship. The Hong Kong Dance Company’s inspiring retelling of the classic tale comes complete with live accompaniment from a children’s choir. Nov 23-24 & 30, 3pm; Nov 23 & 29, 7:45pm. Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $100-300 from www.urbtix.hk.


Through Nov

DIY Hats

London-based milliner maestro Awon Golding will be back in her native Hong Kong to host a number of workshops, namely on hat-making. Known for her elaborate and whimsical designs, Golding’s award-winning creations continue to attract a dedicated fan following, so act quickly to snag a spot at one of her upcoming workshops, which cover fabric, feathered and flowered headpieces. Several classes will be held throughout November and December, and Golding herself will be there to teach participants the tricks of the trade with step-by-step demonstrations. Nov 16, 19, 23, 26, 27 and Dec 3. The Culture Club, 15 Elgin St., Central. $980 per class from www.awongolding.com.

Nov 23-24

LKF Carnival

Lan Kwai Fong will play host to the biggest annual street party in town, with carnival parades, dancers in sexy costumes and other live shows and performances. While the adults enjoy a drink or, ahem, three, there’s something for the kids too: the amphitheater will be transformed into a play area complete with game booths and cartoon characters.


Endless Summer Concert Oct 4

1pm. Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Free.

Nov 29-Dec 1


The city’s biggest music and arts festival is once again upon us. As per last year, Clockenflap will take place on the promenade at the West Kowloon Cultural District. While there is a stellar lineup of international and local bands taking to the stages, including the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Two Door Cinema Club, don’t forget there will also be film tents and art installations, as well as a huge kids’ area and plenty of gourmet foods to sample over the weekend. Noon. West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon. $480-980 from www.ticketflap.com.

Sooo Much Shopping The Sooo French Christmas Sales boasts clothing and jewelry, home accessories, wine, art and much more. Nov 20-22. Visit tiny.cc/list-french for more info.

Marc By Marc Jacobs held a concert last month because, well, because they can. Taking place at posh resto Lupa, the fashion brand flew in rapper Theophilus as well as The Misshapes, a New York-based DJ trio. Guests enjoyed the first days of autumn, while a sprinkle of Hong Kong celebs also made appearances— including Cantopop diva Kelly Chen.

Want to see your event featured here? Send invitations to thelist@hkmagmedia.com



Trendwatch still in style There’s a new vintage store in town, but don’t expect walls full of knickknacks. Posh OnceStyle boutique looks more like a designer studio—and is full of throwback couture finds. From Chanel to Christian Lacroix, owner Tony Wong has stocked the place with 80s and 90s jewelry, shoes, bags and outfits still in pristine condition. Some, if not most, still have the original tags. Expect to spend anywhere between $280 and $28,000 on any single piece here, which run the gamut from timeless staples to all-out glam. 1/F, 8 On Wo Lane, Sheung Wan, 2889-3660, www.oncestyle.com

Fashion Forecast This fortnight’s style digest

Red Lipstick A sultry rouge pout is totally in this holiday season. Now all you need is mistletoe!


New Store

Lipstick, $240 from Nars

Suede Shoes These laid-back kicks are both cool and classic at the same time. Pair them with a skater skirt for an extra dose of cool. Billie Shoes, $2,300 from Sambag

Jumpsuits Love ‘em or hate ‘em, jumpsuits look hot on the long and lean. Cue envy. Maisha Concept Jumpsuit, $1,300 from www. ShopdesCreateurs.com

Harem Pants

Indie Pop The Pop-Up Shop is back again this year and will once again be chock-full of indie Hong Kong brands. To support the city’s growing design community, you can head to a one-day only event at The Space, where there will be shopping (duh), funky tunes, a hat-making class with Awon Golding and a cocktailmixing session with Belvedere’s John O’Toole. Look for the likes of Mischa (voted Best Local Designer in The List Readers’ Choice Awards), Niin, Ox and Butcher and Daydream Nation. Nov 27, 11am-9pm. The Space, 210 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 9180-7716, www.thespace.hk


Shaved Head, Shaggy Beard Ok, gents. We totally support Movember, but the bald heads and never-ending beards look grossly unnatural.


Local Shopping

These droopy pants may be comfy, but it’s best to leave those baggy bums at home.

Lookbook my favorite things

J. Crew Men’s shirt I always wear men’s shirts, because they’re comfortable and subtley sexy. It actually has some history in my family—we used to manufacture men’s shirts, so my house was always full of them.

Jennifer Mak Python Clutch I love these bags, because they’re so unique and sophisticated. It’s not just a bag; it’s really like a piece of art. Every single one of these is handcrafted and the interesting style always gets a second look.

Carmen Chan Jewelry designer Carmen Chan launched her own jewelry company last year, and has been busy building her brand ever since. She sits down with Kate Springer to share some style insight. www.carmenchanjewelry.com

Jaeger-LeCoultre x Hermes Watch This is a really special accent piece with its own story. I picked it up at Vintage Concept and immediately loved it without even realizing it is really, really rare. One of these actually sold for $5 million in an auction. I had no idea!

Chanel Pirate Lipstick I wear bright red lipstick every single day, because it adds a boost to the whole outfit. I instantly feel sophisticated and modern—even if I’m just wearing a T-shirt!

Polka.com OPI Polish I like to add a little bit of pop to my nails and use them as an accessory. This one reminds me of a disco ball and adds something a little extreme to offset a more basic outfit.

Ficouture x Haoming coin case I love twisted designs that have something surprising about them. This “Tirolian Mask” coin purse is from Japan, but I bought it online from Mother Outdoor Lifestyle store.

Salvatore Ferragamo Ankle Pumps These aren’t just regular high heels—they have a lot of character. Every piece I pick, I want something that’s not just pretty but that also makes a statement.



Beauty & Wellness For the Guys Man Up for Movember Already growing out that burly beard this Movember? Instead of going with the wild and wooly look, try to keep up the grooming with a little help from Gentlemen’s Tonic. This manly salon is raising money for testicular and prostate cancer research, and it’s not too late to register (hk.movember. com/team/1019889). “Mo Bros” who help out will enjoy free moustache trimmings throughout the rest of the month. And when the fun’s all over? Head in from Dec 1-7 for a complimentary Traditional Wet Shave to give you a fresh start. Shop B47-B48, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2525-2455, www.gentlemenstonic.com

Spa Deals


Save Face

Perfect Pedicure?

With the changing seasons, it’s expected that skin will be a bit drier than usual. But as The List learned the other day, Sense of Touch’s recently opened MediSpa on Wyndham has a solution: the HydraFacial ($1,200 for 45 minutes). This treatment is awesome for getting rid of dead skin and clogged pores, as it uses a vacuum contraption to suck up all of the impurities in your skin. Plus it leaves skin feeling super supple thanks to collagen- and moisture-boosting serums. Why is it called a “medi” spa? There’s a greater emphasis on reults-driven procedures, which can include high-tech slimming treatments, such as the Vaser Shape slimming treatment which is actually being offered at a discounted price ($2,880; originally $3,880) till November 31. Sense of Touch Medi-Spa, Suite 206-207, 2/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham St., Central, 2861-1800, www.sotmedi.com


The Landmark Mandarin Oriental invited The List over the other day to meet the one, the only: Bastien Gonzalez, who was in town for a few days. For almost 20 years, this podiatrist has been performing the same techsavvy pedicure, which aims to cure feet of corns and calluses, clean cuticles and dead skin, buff natural nails to their gleaming potential and remobilize feet with a tension-relieving massage. Is your birthday coming up? Take note: During your b-day month, you can upgrade from a Bastien Pedicure ($990) to a manipedi Bastien Duo ($1,500) for free. The Oriental Spa, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 5/F, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2132-0188, www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark


What’s In Eclectic Cool

1. Normann Copenhagen Krenit Bowls


$390 2. Ikat Cushions

$850 3. NC Watch Me Wall Clock

$390 2

4. Henry Dean Cylinder Vases

$360 5. Hay Ru Chair









6. Gubi Bestlife Pendant Lamp

$6,000 7. Hay Kaleido Tray

$150-720 8. Hay Plisse Folder

$350 9. Normann Copenhagen Agnes Vase


$550 10. Hay Chair



G/F, 58 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2549-6682, www.eclectic-cool.com 15

Mei Wah Tailor

Kowloon Soy


Tak Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steamer Company


Heritage Wynna Wong takes a look at 10 quintessentially Hong Kong crafts that date back decades. Photos by Chris Luk.



These sophisticated, body-hugging dresses were all the rage during the 1920s. Nowadays, cheongsams still make for an elegant fashion statement and are typically worn at Chinese celebrations.

Check Out: Mei Wah Tailor After spending decades in the business, Kan Hon-wing of Mei Wah Tailor is still as enthusiastic about making clothes as he was on his first day. Taking a look at his jam-packed little book of records—which reveals customers who flock from France, Australia, China and the US just to own a piece of Kan’s handiwork—it’s not hard to see why he’s been able to stay in


Kwong Sang Hong (Two Girls)

business through the years. His cheongsams are all custommade with attention to every detail—a testament to Kan’s pride in producing top-quality cheongsams. A dress here typically costs around $4,800, and Kan’s happy to mail your garment to you once it’s done. 6 Queen’s Rd. West, Sheung Wan, 2543-6889

2Chinese Calligraphy

Before pens and pencils, brushes and black ink were used for writing in many Asian countries, including China, Japan and Korea. Today, Chinese calligraphy is still taught in school as an art form, but high-quality animal-hair brushes and ink stones have become increasingly harder to find.

Check Out: Yau Sang Cheong

Check out: Kwong Sang Hong (Two Girls)

Yau Sang Cheong was founded during the 1800s, when the Qing dynasty still held the reins. The three-story shop in Yau Ma Tei is most often frequented by loyal customers, as it sells everything one might need for Chinese calligraphy. Head here for inks of all colors, handmade brushes, prints, papers and even instruction manuals that are perfect for beginners.

A true Hong Kong oldie, Two Girls cosmetic brand was established in 1898 and still sells some of its most classic products. The company’s best-selling Florida Water is a lightly fragranced water that doubles as mosquito repellent, while the Living Rose Face Cream is a multi-tasking concoction that soothes and heals the skin. Products are available at multiple vendors across town but for the complete experience, visit the store in Causeway Bay.

3-5/F, Cheung Wah Commercial Building, 3-5 Saigon St., Yau Ma Tei, 2332-8881


Bamboo Steamers

Bamboo steamers may not be as hi-tech as your modern kitchen gadgets, but they’re well worth the investment. If you’re looking to make Chinese dim sum— mmm... har gow—bamboo steamers are the best way to keep your food from getting all soggy.

Check Out: Tak Chong Sum Kee Tak Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steamer Company got its start in Guangzhou around 1950, but as many people flocked to Hong Kong, so did the family business. The store has moved around the city several times over the years, but finally settled in its Sai Ying Pun location 20 years ago. Tak Chong Sum Kee’s first clients were mainly dim sum restaurants, but nowadays the owners say housewives and casual cooks are the most common customers. 12 Western St., Sai Ying Pun, 2548-8201

4Soy Sauce

One of the most important condiments in Cantonese cooking, soy sauce is a staple in every Hong Kong kitchen. Made with fermented, pressed soy paste, the dark liquid has a unique flavor that nicely complements meats and vegetables.

Check Out: Kowloon Soy Established in 1917, Kowloon Soy, which now operates in Yuen Long, follows age-old brewing methods. Basically, that means the sun is doing all the hard work: soy beans are left outside to ferment naturally before being pressed and bottled in the factory. While the company’s main focus is still on soy sauce, the shop in Central also sells Cantonese foods and condiments such as bean curd, sweetened black vinegar and sesame oil.

Shop 207-8, Causeway Place, 2-10 Great George St., Causeway Bay, 2504-1811

6Traditional Candy

Chinese snacks typically offer a variety of sweets and pastries made with local ingredients such as nuts, lotus seeds and red dates. “Jellies,” which are made with herbs and dried fruits, are pretty popular too.

Check Out: Chan Yee Jai All those in the know flock to Chan Yee Jai for its delicious treats. The company has been pumping out tasty concoctions since 1927, with almond cookies and egg noodles with shrimp roe among some of its most famous products. Delivery is available for orders of greater than $300 on Hong Kong Island ($500 for Kowloon). Be warned, though: the “online” ordering method is a little old-school—you need to print a form and fax it to 2543-7277. Or… you could just visit in person. G/F, 176B Queen’s Rd. Central, 2543-8414, www.chanyeejai.com.hk

7Shoe Artistry

Embroidery has long been an important art form in China: the Imperial Palace used to have entire departments consisting of young women who would embroider flowers and dragons onto the royal family’s clothes, pillows and bags.

Tak Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steamer Company

5Chinese Cosmetics

The city’s first beauty brands sprung from locals who saw wealthy colonizers using fancy cosmetics and bath products. Resourceful artisans adapted the products to make more affordable knock-off versions. Not only was the price adjusted, but products were also tweaked to suit Hongkongers’ tastes, resulting in some pretty unique creations.

Chan Yee Jai

Chan Yee Jai

Photo from HK Magazine

9 Graham St., Central, 2544-3697, www.kowloonsoy.com

Check Out: Sindart Miru Wong recently became the third generation to inherit the Sindart legacy after her father and grandfather made a name for themselves with beautifully embroidered shoes. Wong studied at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and has helped modernize the business to keep it alive. All of Sindart’s shoes are handmade and very delicate. The family business also sells children’s shoes in case you’re keen to spoil the little ones. Shop 16-17, 1/F, Bowring Centre, 150-164 Woo Sung St., Jordan, 6623-3015

8Brass Fixtures

Photo from HK Magazine


Brass fixings and furnishings have been popular in China since ancient times. The metal is commonly used as accents on large wooden pieces, such as door handles, trunk locks, chairs and beds.

Check Out: Sum Ngai Brass Wah Ngai Canvas Shop

Mei Wah Tailor












Add a touch of ancient charm to your flat with a trip to Sum Ngai Brass. Originally from Shanghai, Sum Ngai founder Tong Shu-lun moved his family and business to Hong Kong


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after World War II. The products here include beautifully sculpted Chinese brass furnishings such as dragon-embossed ice buckets, table lamps and lion sculptures. Locals and tourists alike flock to the store, including some high-profile customers—think Chris Patten and Prince Charles (via his assistants, if that counts). 195B Kam Sheung Rd., Kam Tin, 2477-7202, www.sumngaibrass.com

9Canvas Bags

These nylon canvas totes, affectionately known to Hongkongers as “red-white-blue” bags, first appeared in Hong Kong during the 70s and have gone on to become a symbol of the city.

Check Out: Wah Ngai Canvas Shop Red, white and blue canvas bags have been a Hong Kong staple for decades. Light, durable and inexpensive, it seems as if every family has at least 10 of these bags. You can attribute the ubiquitousness, at least in part, to Lee Wah who owns Wah Ngai Canvas Shop. Known as the “Father of Red White and Blue,” Lee was the first to start manufacturing the bags in Hong Kong. Today, Lee’s store still sells the iconic

totes, which are typically used as a cheap and easy alternative to plastic bags. G/F, 212 Yee Kuk St., Sham Shui Po, 2749-7311

10Custom Printing

During the 1950s, small printing shops began gathering along Lee Tung Street, and the area quickly became famous for affordable and custom-made wedding invitations, thus earning the name “Wedding Card Street.” Sadly, the Urban Renewal Authority demolished the street in 2005, which displaced most of the wedding card shops.

Check Out: Good Day Though Wan Chai’s lively Wedding Card Street may have disappeared, there are still one or two old gems in action. In business for more than 20 years, Good Day specializes in producing wedding invitations and lai see envelopes, as well as custom-printing services. Visit the shop and the staff members will walk you through every step of the design to help you create unique invitations. G/F, 28 Swatow St., Wan Chai, 2575-2412, www.goodday111.com


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INDIE Designers

Hong Kong style

colorful bags with different styles to fit different personalities, seatbelt bags with orange threading and bronze buckles. Shop 337, 3/F, Island Beverly, 1 Great George St., Causeway Bay, 2805-6238, corkandcandy.com

Handsome Bag Co. Designers Billy Potts and Joseph Ng venture into garages around town, collect old taxi seat covers and belts, and transform them into fashionable items including tote bags, iPhone cases and the like. The designers spend a lot of time refining the taxi bags—sizing the materials, finding locations to attach straps, and determining the appropriate number of compartments inside the bags. A Boy Named Sue

A Boy Named Sue Cool, polished and eco-friendly seems to be the agenda at A Boy Named Sue. Founded and based in Hong Kong, the chic online shop features designers from all across the world with one thing in common: a goal to blend goodwill with aesthetics. You’ll also enjoy free local and international shipping when you order online. ww.aboynamedsue.co

Butcher Lab Butcher Lab has been providing Hong Kong with handmade, bespoke leather goods since 2006. The one-of-a-kind leather products are custom-made to fit your preferences. If you want to get a little more hands-on, try one of the leathermaking classes, which are a fun way to learn from the experts and make your own masterpiece. Flat B, 5/F, Easy-Pack Industrial Building, 140 Wai Yip St., Kwun Tong, 3421-0212, www.facebook.com/butcherlab

Carmen Chan Jewelry Blogger and jewelry designer Carmen Chan created her “J’aime. Moi.” collection of rings to serve as a constant


reminder to take a breather every once and while and make some time to enjoy yourself. In addition to her popular gold rings, Chan also makes collections of whimsical necklaces and bracelets that are typically decked out with feathers and bright colors. She has hosted several pop-up and blogger collaborations, including the “I Live Fashion” series of events that’s happening through December. Carmen Chan Jewelry can be found at several stockists throughout the city, including Daydream Nation, as well as online. carmenchanjewelry.com

Cork & Candy Cork & Candy focuses on eco-friendly products made through socially responsible means. Certain accessories are designed by owner Christina Teo herself—as the brand’s name suggests, these bags are made out of cork and candy wrappers. Think double-layered and

G/F, Ecols, 3 Sun St., Wan Chai, www.handsomebagco.com

Himkala Limbu Hong Kong-based fashion line Himkala Limbu makes simple and elegant dresses for the stylish lady. The pieces are timeless, using simple color-blocking and classic patterns so they are versatile and can be worn through the years. Himkala Limbu also does custom designs in case you have an extra-special occasion coming up. Call for an appointment to view her showroom. Suite 908, 9/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2545-2088, www.himkalalimbu.com

Johanna Ho Perfect for the environmentally conscious stylista, this ready-to-wear clothing company employs a zero-waste approach to designing knitwear by re-using discarded strips of fabric from previous designs. Designed by Johanna Ho, a Central Saint Martins graduate, this boutique is a great place to start on a guilt-free shopping spree. Shop online or stop by the store.

Know & Tel Shop 16, Woodhouse, 36-44 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2722-6776, www.johannaho.com

Kenny Li An award-winning Hong Kong designer, Kenny Li has his hand in many areas of design, including collaborations with lifestyle stores G.O.D. and Muji. His most famous work, however, would be the “Fave” collars. Loved by local celebs such as Joey Yung and Jason Chan, his collars are a cross between clothes and necklaces, adding a unique edge to outfits. Beeline Design, Room 2912, Shell Tower, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2882-3714, www.kennylicreation.com

Little Clouds Perfect for those with that all-powerful Hong Kong pride, Little Clouds sells quirky jewelry and lifestyle products, most of which encapsulate aspects of Hong Kong identity: the 852 phone code, majong tiles and, of course, the Star Ferry. A quintessentially local brand, the team at Little Clouds ensures that 100 percent of the products have been designed and produced in Hong Kong. www.littleclouds.com


Winner Known for her eye-catching of RCA bags, accessories and clothes, 2013 Michelle Lai of Mischa is a mastermind of beautiful things. She has several lines out now: the vintage couture collection, which fuses eastern

flair and western aesthetics by using Japanese kimono as the pattern; and the travel series, which features vibrant colors and retro patterns for a more western feel. Find card holders, weekend bags and iPad covers—plus custom creations. 2523-9777, www.mischadesigns.com

Moustache Moustache is a one-stop shop for men. Whether you are in search of your next pair of swimming trunks or searching for a custom-made suit to wear to work, Moustache has it all. The designers take pride in the quality clothes they make, but the painstaking attention means that a typical suit will take six to eight weeks to create. 31 Aberdeen St., Sheung Wan, 2541-1955, www.moustachehongkong.com

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INDIE Designers Mutt Museum

Who says you can’t turn back the fashion clock? Mutt Museum takes vintage to a whole different level by reimagining traditional qipaos. Founder Janko Lam takes the dress for a modern ride by using denim. It’s a unique way to pay homage to days gone by, and the end result is an interesting and beautiful conversation starter. Unit 202E, 2/F, InnoCentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, www.facebook.com/MuttMuseum

Shop des Createurs A Hong Kong-based online shop stocking a hefty list of local designers, Shop des Createurs stocks everything from quirky patterned Mischa bags to colorful accessories by Wear and Tear.

Shop des Createurs is a great way to buy and discover high-quality, up-andcoming designers. They also have products from Taiwan, Singapore, as well as Europe and the Americas. Free international shipping is available. www.shopdescreateurs.com

S. Nine Parsons Fashion Design alumni Susanna Soo mixed the idea of romance and the practicality of women’s wear to create her brand S. Nine. Her collections showcase long, flowy dresses that are at the same time both sophisticated and totally practical. Susanna’s clothes are sold in Shanghai, the US, Lebanon and in her own Hong Kong shop.

Squarestreet At this office-workshop-showroom, designers David Ericsson and Alexis Holm are hoping to present a new retail experience. Each product is designed and created directly on the Squarestreet premises, with an extensive range of accessories on offer, from leather goods, jewelry and watches to footwear and sunglasses. A strong Scandinavian aesthetic is present in all the designs,

17/F, C Wisdom Centre, 37 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2815-0884, www.snineonline.com

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Know & Tel where simplicity and functionality are in abundance. Free deliveries within Hong Kong are available. G/F, 15 Square St., Sheung Wan, 2362-1086, www.squarestreet.se

Susan Sng Susan Sng departs from the typical pearl strand necklaces that one might find at department store jewelers. Paired with pretty beads and flattering chains, Sng’s most beautiful necklaces embrace the irregularities in nature with imperfect, discarded pearls. Sales are by appointment only through the website. www.susansng.com

Tangram A contemporary fashion label founded in 2012 by the vibrant Paola Sinisterra

and her husband Ignacio Garcia, Tangram creates functional yet beautiful clothing and accessories that are crafted with bold colors, unique patterns and unconventional shapes. www.tngrm.net

Tayma Fine Jewellery Visit Tayma Fine Jewelry to see the beautiful designs of Tayma Page Allies. Designing European-style jewelry since 1990, Tayma specializes in custom-made, handmade pieces that are classic with a modern twist. It’s recommended that you go to the boutique for a consultation, where they’ll be able to assist you with gem selection and design. 2/F, Shop 225, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., Central, 2525-5280, www.taymajewellery.com


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Tiger King Eyemask

Wear and Tear Bracelet

Minuteman Watch

Gold Splash Skirt

$120 from G.O.D., www.god.com.hk

$800 from Shop des Createurs, www. shopdescreateurs.com

$1,250 from Squarestreet, www.squarestreet.se

$890 from Himkala Limbu, www.himkalalimbu.com

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Hop Skip and Flutter Bird Ring $965 from Glamourpods, www.glamourpods.com

Remi Satchel

Iris Evening Clutch

Bespoke Jacket

$680 from The9thMuse, www.the9thmuse.com

$875 from Emi & Eve, www.emiandeve.com

$2,500 from Bonham Strand, www.bonhamstrand.hk


Handicrafts Made from scratch

for Hongkongers. Products include everything from “eggy” candles, made from eggshells collected from St. James’ Settlement, to tie-dye tote bags that are created by using injection devices that look like IV bags full of food dyes. www.kacama.hk

Lilliput Tales

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Bez & Oho


Tucked away in an industrial building in Kwun Tong, Bez & Oho was established with the aim of using locally available materials to create handicrafts. On Bez & Oho’s website you can shop for canvas bags with old-school style painting and patterns, including a twist on Hong Kong’s classic red-white-and-blue stripes.

This Hong Kong-based online collective is a haven for all things crafty. From handmade jewelry to leather bags, you can find unique pieces that hail from all over the world. Founded by a trio of friends—Amy Malik, Liz Wombell and Ming Ng—the online boutique prides itself on showcasing independent designers who exhibit excellent craftsmanship. Glamourpods also focuses on developing a community of like-minded shoppers with informative blog posts on all-things fashion. Look for designers such as ABO London, Bejewelled Bespoke and LW Leather Works. There’s free delivery to Hong Kong, and most pieces take about a week to arrive at your door.

Workshop (by appointment): 1/F, Great Wall Factory Building, 11 Cheung Shun St., Cheung Sha Wan, 9343-2362, www.bezandoho.com

Gallery One This stalwart store stocks all kinds of crafts, including Buddhist wooden beads and sculptures, but Gallery One’s particularly well-known for its selection of reasonably priced pearls, generally of the Japanese and freshwater varieties. If you don’t see anything you love behind the polished counters, don’t worry: Gallery One can put handcraft a combination of stones and pearls to suit your fancy. 31-33 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2545-6436


Founded by Maggie Chan, Lilliput Tales creates one-of-a-kind terrariums aka “mossariums” and mini indoor gardens that are perfect for Hong Kong’s small spaces. Drawing from the classic novel “Gulliver’s Travels”, Lilliput Tales is all about respecting nature and creating little, self-sustaining worlds inside a jar, candle holder or even a cake dish. Each of Lilliput’s hand-crafted mossariums is unique and is filled its own quirky scenario, making these really memorable gifts. Available at The Crafties, 1/F Sing Kui Commercial Building, 27 Des Voeux Rd. West, Sheung Wan, 6679-0282, www.lilliputtales.com.

Love to Mart Started by husband-and-wife duo Minna Chow and Mo Chung, Love to Mart is a place where you can discover handmade goods that are full of personality from different local and international designers. Whether you’re shopping for custom-made jewelry, vintage watches, pendants and even leather goods, Love to Mart carries a little bit of everything. The store frequently rotates its stock, though, so if you see something you like, it’s best to snatch it up!


12/F, Metropole Building, 57 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 5611-6305, www.facebook. com/lovetomart

Kacama Design Lab

Mountain Folkcraft

The idea behind Kacama Design Lab came about as an initiative to reuse postconsumer waste materials. The founders of the brand seek to highlight eco-awareness while also providing fun, useful products

Mountain Folkcraft is dedicated to folksy arts and crafts from China as well as the rest of Asia. Offering a variety of handmade products, Mountain Folkcraft’s goods are all created by

Know & Tel as bamboo scaffolding, the harbor skyline and Tai O’s stilt houses. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind greeting card that’s sure to impress the receiver, Hradilkova’s designs are definitely worth checking out. The cards are available in design shops all over the city, including Kapok, Dymocks Bonham Road and The Asia Society. artisans with traditional methods. Items at the store range from lion statues to Buddhas, pottery to handmade cards— and everything in between. 12 Wo On Lane, Central, 2523-2817

Porigami Czech-born architect Tereza Hradilkova makes exquisite pop-up cards inspired by traditional Hong Kong sights such

9745-7961, www.porigami.com

RWB330 The red-white-blue bag is iconic in Hong Kong, acting as a symbol of the city’s industrious nature. Available on nearly every corner, the popular bags first came on the scene during the 70s when Hong Kong was seeing rapid economic development. In cooperation with the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation



Association, which aims to empower those battling mental disorders by imparting craft skills, the RWB330 concept store sells and showcases red, white and blue accessories that have been handmade by New Life participants. The woven fabric can come in just about any color; however, Hongkongers prefer the iconic stripes that represent luck and fortune. 192 Prince Edward Rd. West, Prince Edward, 2392-5330, rwb330.hk

Tiwwa An online store that offers handmade goods, Tiwwa sells everything from wedding decorations to leather wallets,


as well as goods for the kids, such as baby bibs. You’ll also find other twee offerings, such as these tiny cat decorations made of glass. www.tiwwa.hk

Trim Leather Simple and rustic seems to be the theme of Trim Leather designs, a Hong Kong-based Etsy shop that specializes in leather accessories such as phone cases, belts, wallets and passport holders. All pieces are hand-dyed, hand-stitched and made of eco-friendly tanned leather. If you’re looking for something that’s unique yet understated, Trim Leather is a solid option. www.etsy.com/shop/TrimLeather

VicPlayground A self-proclaimed “80s girl” with a pixie cut and punky style, Vickie Wong founded VicPlayground to showcase handmade pieces that reflect her cheerful personality. On her website, you’ll find whimsical, patterned accessories such as bags, pencil cases and phone cases that are often embroidered with cats, sloths and puppies. Send her a photo of a pet or another adorable objects and she’ll custom create a piece just for you. Free delivery is available. vicplayground.blogspot.hk

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Be prepared for a little splurge at these fancy art and antique stores.

Picture This Gallery

Established by Christopher and Pamela Bailey more than a decade ago, Picture This Gallery has grown to become one of the city’s most frequented art galleries. The duo curates posters, antique maps, prints and early photographs of Hong Kong and China. It also carries antiquarian and secondhand books about Asia, photographs for children’s rooms and sporting prints. Shop 212, 2/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., Central, 2525-2803, www.picturethiscollection.com

Chinese Arts & Crafts One of the city’s best known art retailers, Chinese Arts & Crafts is not exactly your run-of-the-mill “craft” store. Instead of glue guns, you’ll find valuable artwork and high-quality jewelry. This stalwart chain boasts an impressive client list— including the likes of Hillary Clinton and the late Margaret Thatcher—so be prepared for a real spree should you decide to pay a visit. Shop 220, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2523-3933

Love Knots An online store that aims to “blend traditional crafts with modern design concepts,” Love Knots places a particularly strong emphasis on designing custom gifts. The store offers Chinese-

inspired gold-plated creations and designs range from embossed roses and gold leaves to intricate Chinese characters emblazoned in 24-carat gold. Workshop: 6/F, Block G, Wah Hing Industrial Mansions, 36 Tai Yau St., San Po Kong, 2317-1100, www.loveknots.com.hk

Prestige Crafts Established three decades ago, Prestige Crafts is a high-end art supplier that provides antiques and paintings for hotels and homes alike—with many items also displayed at museums. The more elaborate works here include figurines of Chinese gods, intricate carved jade and sculptures of animals. Shop A, G/F, Elegance Court, 184 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2541-8840, www.orientalcraftsco.com

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Island East Markets Sunday funday

and apple wedges are available for those with sugar pangs. Whatever your gift choice, Edible Arrangements can arrange same-day delivery. Shop G05, Nathan Square, 348 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2385-0158, www.ediblearrangements.hk

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Every Sunday, the Island East Markets in Quarry Bay heaves with local artisans creating everything from baby bibs to jewelry, coffee to cakes. The List brings you a few of its favorite finds. Check website for schedule. Tong Chong Street, Tai Koo Place, hkmarkets.org

Bejewelled Bespoke For those who prefer their jewelry chunky, bright and eye-catching, Bejewelled Bespoke’s creations most certainly fit the bill. Using all kinds of interesting materials—from semiprecious stones to porcelain, sponge coral and vintage glass beads—the designs have a one-of-a-kind feel to them that you won’t find in chain stores. Bejewelled Bespoke offers a customdesign service for gifts, weddings and other special occasions. www.facebook.com/BejewelledBespoke

Bread Elements For fluffy focaccia, crispy sourdough and stacks of golden Danish pastries, be sure to stop by Bread Elements, an artisanal bakery that definitely knows what it’s doing. The


different breads are freshly stone-baked every day. You can pick up everything from airy baguettes to malted honey rye loaves—it’s pretty much carb heaven. Bread Elements is carried by several restaurants and hotels in Hong Kong, including Chez Patrick Deli and Shelter Lounge. www.breadelements.com.hk

Cheats After tasting her first lemon polenta cake at a rustic local produce stand on a road trip to London, Michelle Kwok fell in love with the idea of uncomplicated countryside desserts. Now she bakes furiously after work and over the weekends to bring market-goers chocolate ganache, fruit tarts and cookies. She’s taking a hiatus till January to focus on a master’s degree, but her stall will be back in the new year. 9889-6145, www.cheats.hk

Edible Arrangements If you’re looking for a healthy option, then check out Edible Arrangements, which hand-sculpts fresh fruit into intricate bouquets of all shapes and sizes. In addition to the vast array of arrangements, boxes of chocolate-dipped strawberries

Hailing from San Francisco, Isaac and Lacy Goldstein started Happy Cow in 2012 to bring handmade, dairy-free ice cream to Hong Kong. The duo has created an assortment of fun flavors, including the likes of cherry almond fudge, banana caramel and “lime in the coconut.” All of the ice creams are churned from scratch and made with coconut cream and coconut-tree flower sugar, which are chock-full of that good kind of cholesterol. Not only are these treats dairy-free, but they are also soy- and gluten-free as well. Workshop 6, 10/F, Wing Lee Building, 54 Tong Mi Rd., Mong Kok, 6641-9206, www.facebook.com/happycowhk

Lavandoola Whether you’re in the market for some pampering products or simply want to stock up on jam, Lavandoola has a handful of treats that make great gifts. Everything here is made with fresh lavender that’s been sourced from farms around the globe. Ask about the lavender marmalade, or check out the handmade soaps, which are infused with—you guessed it—the relaxing scent of lavender. www.lavandoola.com

PlusSixFive After setting up a highly praised Singaporean supper club in London, Goz Lee came back to Asia, where he quickly made a name for his brand by selling delicious Singaporean street food and launching a cookbook. At this popular market stand, you can enjoy a big bowl of laksa or some spicy and savory pork buns that are stuffed with surprising flavor combinations. www.plusixfive.com

Know & Tel Sour Times

There are also some hip leather eyeglass cases that look totally necessary.

For freshly made yogurt that comes in flavors such as hibiscus and vanilla, warm red ginger and hot citrus, check out Sour Times, a local company started by Winy Cheung and Eileen Leung. The handmade yogurts come in 100-500ml pots and are made without preservatives or thickeners. www.sourtimes.hk

Spark Studios Founded by Yoshiko Hariu, Spark Studios serves up some very creative dishes. Try the crab cake sliders or the decorated cake pops, and be sure to wash it all down with some tangy lemonade. If the talented Spark Studios team has won you over, ask about the cooking classes that are available at the nearby studio, which also doubles as a great party venue.

Unit 625, 6/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd., Aberdeen, 3468-6998, www.vintageeyewear4you.com

Wagtrade Designs Room 308, 3/F, Westlands Centre, 20 Westland Rd., Quarry Bay, 2682-3411, www.sparkstudioshk.com

Vintage Eyewear 4 You As its name suggests, Vintage Eyewear 4 You specializes in all things specs. Look for the perfect pair of retro sunnies or try on some cinematic 60s frames, and if the booth at Island East doesn’t hit the spot, you can also check out the website, which is full of mint-condition vintage glasses.

Have a pup you love to spoil? Wagtrade Designs specializes in stylish dog accessories for your fashion-savvy furry friends. You’ll find everything from sterling silver necklaces to Swarovski crystal charms. Yes, that’s right; little Spot is sure to be the poshest pooch in the doggie park. It’s not all glitz and glam, though, Wagtrade Designs also sells comfy dog blankets and Italian leather collars. Just be sure to keep the fancy little pup on a short leash! Suite B, 1/F, Mannie Building, 8 Tsun Yuen St., Happy Valley, www.wagtrade.com


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Bathe to Basics Using all-natural ingredients, Bathe to Basics produces handmade bath and shower products. Created from a mix of natural oils, butter and organic plants, their pre-soap mixture undergoes a cold process to result in soap with a high concentration of glycerin—the good stuff that moisturizes skin. Made in Tai Po, Bathe to Basic’s products are all eco-friendly. The online shop is easy to access and free delivery is available for purchases exceeding $250. www.bathetobasics.com

Bella Sapone Bella Sapone means “beautiful soap” in Italian, and the brand’s concept is indeed very appealing. Using organic ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, lye and natural plant extracts, all Bella Sapone products decompose within 24 hours—meaning they’re good for your skin as well as the environment. Visit the website for a complete list of Bella Sapone’s stockists. 6082-0664, www.bellasapone.hk

Gladys Handmade Soap Gladys’ soap-making journey began when she took a trip to Aleppo, Syria in 2008. There, she learned of how


Know & Tel people kept their skin soft and supple in the dry, desert heat—with olive oil soap. Since then, she’s worked on bringing organic and good-for-theskin soaps to Hong Kong by using moisture-packed plant and fruit extracts. Her soap varieties include Chamomile Marseille, Milk Honey Oat and Green Tea Jasmine Shea Butter. Order online to stock up on some of that goodness. www.gladyshandmadesoap.com

Global Essence This local boutique imports natural, organic skin, body and haircare products. Global Essence formulas are certified organic and free from harsh chemicals and sulphates, which makes your beauty routine a little bit healthier. You’ll find brands from around the globe, including Dr. Alkaitis, Louise Galvin, RMS Beauty, Kide and Mschic. The private collection “Just Rose” is sourced from the UK and can also be bought at the Four Seasons Spa. Order online or head up to the store to check out the full range. G/F, Unit A, 25 Caine Rd., Mid-Levels, 2868-6767, www.globalessence.com.hk

So... Soap! Everything about So…Soap! promotes its ethical ideals: all of the company’s products are made from 100 percent natural, plant-derived oils such as olive, coconut and sunflower oils. Plus, the products are all produced locally by a community of women who work together to nurture economic stability amongst themselves. So…Soap! can be found in outlets all across Hong Kong. Visit the website for a complete list of vendors. 2621-3060, www.sosoap.com


Artisan Food Hipster nosh

totally Hong Kong “custard bun.” 6 Brown St., Tai Hang, 2670-0071, www.labmade.com.hk

Mana! Vegetarians and health zealots can indulge in a whole range of organic flatbreads baked fresh from a handmade brick oven at this cozy, eco-savvy “fast slow food” shop. The flatbreads here are made of organic, gluten-free flour, then topped with a Middle Eastern spice blend called zaatar (which consists of sesame seeds, sumac, thyme and salt). The restaurant also offers salads, soups, burgers and even vegan ice cream. 92 Wellington St., Central, 2851-1611, www.mana.hk The Tea Room By Antique Patisserie

Coffee Assembly

HK Honey

This cozy upstairs café started out as a wholesale coffee bean and accessories retailer—now, you can stop by to sip on some quality roasts as well. Coffee Assembly’s espresso and coffee beans are selected and roasted using the café’s own facilities, using both wet and dry processing techniques. Try a mild and fruity coffee from Guatemala, or perhaps a more earthy, chocolate-y coffee from Brazil.

HK Honey is just what is says on the label: honey farmed from bees here in Hong Kong. The brand thrives on collaborations with local beekeepers, artists and designers, who harvest local honey and design products and services related to beekeeping. Browse the website online to see the large collection of products, from local honey to candles.

1/F, 6 Elgin St., Central, 2858-8153, www.coffeeassembly.com

Espresso Alchemy The coffee-crazed experts at Espresso Alchemy are serious about their java: each batch is sourced from carefully selected origins. Check out the talented baristas at the quirky café that’s tucked away in Quarry Bay for one of Hong Kong’s best cups of coffee. Though a small space, the café has an artsy feel and is full of coffee aficionados who get to choose a brewing method: Japanese slow-drip, syphon, hand-drip, espresso—the list goes on. Shop 8, 4-6 Hoi Wan St., Quarry Bay, 2613-2638, www.alchemycoffee.net


Papabubble Ammy Ho opened the first Papabubble store in Hong Kong after training in Barcelona. The artisanal candies sold here are made by first boiling sugar and water. After adding coloring and flavoring, the sugar paste is then rolled into thick pillars. The roll is then shrunk and cut into its minuscule form. Customized sweets would make a perfect gift for birthdays, holidays or Valentine’s Day. 34 Tung Lo Wan Rd., Tai Hang, 2367-4807


Petite Amanda

Lab Made

Founded by French-Taiwanese former model Amanda Strang, Petite Amanda has been whipping up delicious handmade desserts since 2011. After some on-the-job training at Caprice at the Four Seasons Hong Kong and Laduree in Paris, Strang opened her own little shop that is full of mouth-watering pastries, such as chocolates, macarons, breads and mango tarts.

For a sugary fix, head straight to Lab Made in Tai Hang. Opened in 2012, this ice cream of the future uses liquid nitrogen—at -196 degrees Celsius—to freeze your dessert before your eyes. The creators say this method uses less cream and provides a fresher taste. The flavors rotate regularly, but will likely include some funky combinations such as sea-salt caramel with chocolate crisps, white chocolate passion fruit or the

2/F, Shop 2096, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2234-7222, www.petiteamanda.com

Tai Tai Pie Pies Started in October 2010, Tai Tai Pie Pies delivers delicious pies all around

Know & Tel goods such as cakes and cookies are also offered. Available at Great in Pacific Place. Workshop: Unit 11-12, 13/F, Block B, Veristrong Industrial Centre, 34-36 Au Pui Wan St., Fo Tan, 2413-8877, www.taitaipiepies.com

The Tea Room By Antique Patisserie town. Raised in Illinois, US, Chef RJ reinvented his mother’s recipes with some subtle tweaks to add more richness and surprising flavors to the pies. While traditional American pies come in sweet flavors, Tai Tai Pie Pies offers a variety of both sweet and savory pies, such as pecan, cherry, apple and so much more. Other baked

The exterior of Antique Patisserie brings to mind childhood fairy tales, and the sweets are equally out of this world. Relax in the dainty English-style tearoom and enjoy an array of goodies. The patisserie is known for its rich Belgian chocolate, truffles, delicate pastries and, of

course, delicious macarons. G/F, Shop C, 2 Mee Lun St., Central, 2542-2816, www.antiquepatisserie.com

Vero Chocolates Vero Chocolates was founded in 2004 after two food-loving, quality-obsessed Hongkongers pledged to bring the world’s finest chocolate to town. The result is a unique chocolatier with artisanal flair and freshly produced handmade goodies. Now one of Hong Kong’s most renowned homegrown chocolatiers, Vero is famed for its stunning chocolate sculptures. In addition to divine treats and innovative flavors, Vero also offers one-of-a-kind creations using high-quality chocolate. How’s that for cocoa cachet? Shop 236, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2559-5810, www.verochocolates.com


Paint Party Color outside the lines at one of these artsy workshops.

The Studio

Located in Stanley, The Studio is a relaxing and friendly location run by Hong Kong-bred Hughie Doherty and Andrew Bridle. The duo’s studio is extremely popular with children, who are encouraged to let their creative juices flow with some gentle guidance along the way. Recently, The Studio has started focusing on adult art as well, including group art events, painting parties and corporate team-building events. Shop E-F, Realfound Mansion, 30A Stanley Main St., Stanley, www.thestudio.hk


Oscary Wine & Art Get creative with your artsy family and friends by spending the afternoon painting in the open air at Oscary Wine & Art. Located on Tai Ping Shan Street, Oscary Wine will provide everything you need to slave over that masterpiece you were born to paint: a choice of canvas sizes, brushes, paints, a great ambience and lots of wine (well, you have to bring that yourself). Be sure to book ahead of time to reserve a spot, as the workshops at Oscary are quite popular. 8A Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan, 2964-9111, www.facebook.com/ Oscary.wine.and.art

Random Art Workshop Random Art Workshop, aka RAW, is a great place to go to get inspired

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Know & Tel and create some original artwork for your home. With staff who are only too happy to help people uncover their passion for painting, you can head here for a range of workshops and classes, including drawing and digital photography. RAW also aims to support local artists and designers by showcasing the works of up-andcoming creatives at its studio. In general, the team aims to promote art appreciation on several fronts, including a series of interactive sessions called RAW Living Room, which is based around four themes: photo, film, music and artist dialogues. 12/F, Unit 1203, Island Beverley, 1 Great George St., Causeway Bay, 2811-1845, www.randomartworkshop.com

Bonart Bonart is popular with children and adults alike, as it encourages the idea that anyone can be an artist as long as they are willing to get creative. Held at varying locations, Bonart offers painting parties and provides all the materials you need, including canvases, acrylic paints, easels, aprons, music and the perfect mood. Bonart also has fun art classes such as one called “Terrarium,” where groups can work together to create—you guessed it—a lush terrarium that can be used as a quirky gift or a funky home accent. 2789-2782, www.bonart-hk.com

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Art-Tastic Hobbies Centre Art-Tastic runs a range of cooking classes, covering everything from quick meals to Southeast Asian cuisine—think Indonesian, Malaysian and Indian—with three-hour classes starting from $280. It also runs specialty classes for teens, vegan sessions, as well as plenty of crafty offerings—think courses in flower arranging, mural and textile designing, jewelry making, soap making, wood working and even a few for kids. 3/F, Room A-2, Block A, Friend’s House, 4-6 Carnarvon Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2739-8681, www.art-tastichobbiescentre.com

Barista Academy It doesn’t take a whiz to brew a good cuppa, but you can take your caffeine skills above and beyond with a few lessons at Barista Academy. Owners E.L. Au and Felix Wong share their secrets of brewing and roasting the perfect coffee, as well as teaching you how to whip up some cool patterns in their latte art workshops. Group classes are limited to six students ($800 per person), but you can also ask about private tuition ($500 per hour,


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Butchers Club Executive Chef Michael Erlik and Master Butcher Aarik Persaud may have brought western-style, dry-aged beef to Hong Kong—but that’s not all. The Butchers Club offers sausage-making classes on Tuesday evenings. In these meat mastery workshops, you get to learn how to de-bone a leg of pork or lamb, grind meat and even stuff sausages with whatever you fancy. Classes cost $1,300 per person, and include drinks and dinner (maximum 16 people per session), as well as 1 kilogram of sausage to take

Chocolate Rain “I Heart DIY” is the slogan of this unmissable shop in SoHo. The outdoor display of decorative toy trucks, rubber mats, Barbies, McDonald’s happy meal toys and Frisbees should give you the gist of the place—it’s all about the quirk factor. In addition to offering workshops on making anything from recycled ornaments to lampshades, Chocolate Rain also sells funky handmade jewelry and accessories. Each piece is unique and handcrafted using a range of techniques and special artistic elements. Visit the website to check to see when the next workshop is on offer. G/F, Chung Hing Court, 67A Peel St., Central, www.chocolaterain.com

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Know & Tel you can learn how to build a teddy bear, make your own necklaces or even stitch up some kids’ clothes. The team is constantly adding classes to its repertoire, and Crafts HK also holds weekend crafts markets where you can buy works by some of the teachers. 1/F, 9 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2719-2429, www.craftshk.com

Fungus Workshop Want to dress up your style with some unique leather accessories? Head to Fungus Workshop, a creative studio that specializes in leatherwork. It offers a range of workshops where students get to design and create their own leather products by hand. Courses range from $420 to $1,680, depending on the number of sessions and the complexity

of the item you are trying to craft. How’s that for a personal touch? G/F, 4 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2779-9003

Hong Kong Clay Craft Academy With professionally qualified instructors from Japan, Clay Craft Academy aims to provide high-quality pottery courses that are suitable for all different levels. The academy also takes orders and can custom-create clay crafts for weddings, gifts or simply to add something special to your home. If you’re more into accessories, ask about the jewelry classes that teach participants how to make bracelets, rings or beaded necklaces. Shop 101, 1/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2838-0086, www.hkclaycraft.com

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Established by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong Art School offers full- and parttime programs in fine arts, media arts, drama, Chinese arts, music and dance. While the school confers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, there are also short courses available for hobbyists, including ceramics, Chinese painting and jewelrymaking. Expect most classes to be kept to a maximum of 15 students to ensure plenty of personal attention. 10/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2922-2822, www.hkas.edu.hk

Sealing Stone DIY Studio Kady Fung is a local artist who wants to share her passion for arts and crafts with like-minded souls. She specializes

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have completed three different glass products, which could include anything from pendants to key-chain holders. G/F, 118 Yung Shue Wan Main St., Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, 2982-4050, www.sellingpoint.com.hk

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Know & Tel flower jamming with Tallensia Floral Art. For less than $400 per person, you’ll get to choose a ceramic vase and fill it with unlimited blooms from inside the shop. Best of all, you can bring bottles of bubbly and play games and music to set the mood of this interactive outing. You’ll need to book well ahead of time, and will be expected to arrange bank transfer in advance in order to secure a spot. Find a gallery of photos and more information on Tallensia Floral Art’s Facebook page. G/F, 6C Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan, 2239-4300, www.facebook.com/ tallensiafloralart

The Crafties Offering up a comfy space for crafters, The Crafties teaches workshop goers

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Bao Quan Ornament Company Bao Quan is one of many bead and jewelry accessory shops in Sham Shui Po. Like many of its neighbors, Bao Quan is overflowing with supplies, but one thing that sets it apart? The store has a surprisingly functional website that allows you to browse through the offerings before making the trip. G/F, 241 Ki Lung St., Sham Shui Po, 2361-7200, www.baoquan.com.hk


Know & Tel Fliegen Scrapbook And Craft Store It’s been called a scrap booker’s heaven, and Fliegen Scrapbook and Craft Store seems to live up to its reputation. Not only does the shop offer an extensive collection of professional and DIY scrapbooking materials, but it also hosts a variety of scrapbook and card-making workshops for all the keen crafters out there. 2/F, Unit 207-8, Solo Building, 41-43 Carnarvon Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 6405-5405

Hong Kong Paper Art If you are obsessed with crafts, this is the perfect place for you. Founded in 1994, Paper Art’s mission is to introduce more eco-friendly paper to Hong Kong. You can find rubber stamps, cotton papers, stamping accessories and even stencils—all of which speak to your green conscience. You can also become a member of Hobby Hub through Hong Kong Paper Art and share your passion of crafting with others during regular meet-ups.

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WHY WE LIKE IT This idyllic herb farm was set up by two urban professionals who sacked their careers in favor of a simpler life in a community untouched by globalization. The first organic herb farm in Hong Kong, Herboland holds regular workshops that aim to educate adults and kids alike all about DIY organic farming, how to make your own compost box and how to use Chinese farming tools. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re no so much into the hands-on classes, you can simply enjoy a cup of one of more than 40 varieties of herbal tea in the alfresco tea 58

house, sample some herb-infused (no, not that kind!) cookies or purchase some of the many types of dried and fresh herbs.

GETTING THERE Hop on the Lamma Island ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan. Stroll along Yung Shue Wan Main Street through the village, following signs towards Hung Shung Ye Beach. After a leisurely 20-minute walk, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll spot Herboland on the road beside the beach.

Open Day - 23rd November 2013

Woodland Happy Valley Annexe (Classes available for under 3’s) OPEN DAY – Saturday, 23rd November 2013 (10.00 am to 2.00 pm) Please come to our Open Day on Saturday, 23rd November 2013, from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at 1/F, Happy Court, 39E Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. (entrance from Yuen Yuen Street) Tel: 2572 0042

Email: happyvalley@woodlandschools.com

Happy Valley

For 35 years Woodland has set the standard in Hong Kong for quality early years education. With ten schools, Woodland offers the only accredited early years education in Hong Kong. • Woodland Tai Tam Montessori Pre-School • Woodland Repulse Bay Montessori Pre-School • The Woodland Academy • Woodland Peak Pre-School • Woodland Tree House • Woodland Beachside Pre-School • Woodland Happy Valley Pre-School • Woodland Pokfulam Pre-School • Woodland Harbourside Pre-School • Woodland Waterfall Pre-School • Woodland Sai Kung Pre-School

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The List #202 - Nov 16, 2013  

This issue of The List will introduce you to some of Hong Kong’s artisanal offerings.

The List #202 - Nov 16, 2013  

This issue of The List will introduce you to some of Hong Kong’s artisanal offerings.


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