Fashionistas: we’re bringing you the exclusive scoop on what’s got us excited in the Expat Living fashion department recently. Stay trendy with the latest fashion news, store openings, collection launches and deals for the best shopping in Hong Kong!
Did you know that around 75 percent of all used face masks end up either in landfill or in our oceans? Mazu Resortwear has come together with HKbased Tsunami Sport to create a reusable face mask that’s not only made from recycled plastic bottles, but is lightweight and breathable, too. It’s printed with Mazu’s signature Junk Twilight pattern, paying tribute to Hong Kong’s humble sailing vessel, and is available in three different sizes for HK$150 at mazuresortwear.com
Colour Me Hopeful
If you’re feeling optimistic about 2021 so far, you’ll love Pantone’s picks for Colour of the Year: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. According to the American palette pros, this power duo will help people “fortify themselves with energy, clarity and hope” in unnerving times. Illuminating is a bright yellow shade that evokes the “optimistic promise of a sunshinefilled day”, while Ultimate Gray carries the “composure, steadiness and resilience” we need to make it through. Hear, hear!
Shanghai Tang is embracing spring with a collection that includes ready-to-wear pieces, from cardigans to pullovers and polos, along with generously sized scarves for transitioning to warmer weather. The scarves can be fashioned as a simple wrap, a layered cowl or a cosy shawl for head and shoulders, and the lattice design blends a modern, geometric look with stylistic peonies from traditional brush paintings. Available at Shanghai Tang boutiques in Hong Kong and at shanghaitang.com.
Sweat for a Cause
A workout can make you feel better about yourself, and now it can put a smile on other people’s faces too. Sparks activewear has a timeless style and is made of comfort-driven material, so you can wear it anywhere, anytime. What’s more, with every purchase, you can choose one of the three organisations to support: Clean Yangon, an NGO that plants trees in Myanmar to help sustainable communities and the environment; Changing Stories, a small non-profit that helps local teacher and students in remote areas of Nepal; and RUN, which provides yoga and hiking-for-healing sessions for refugees in Hong Kong. Sparks leggings are around $280, and the sports bras are $246; plus, the store has just introduced new pocket leggings.
Find out more at the website or on Instgram @sparksactive.
Photographer turned jewellery designer Sagiri Dayal became obsessed with jade after moving to Hong Kong. She turned her interest in this and Chinese knotting into a business 15 years ago. Her pieces are a representation of global influences, merging the ancient art of Chinese knotting and the beauty of jade with her own roots, which are Indian. Sagiri describes her jewellery as “bold, eclectic, affordable and unique”. This year, to welcome the Ox, her Chinese New Year collection features the colour red for good luck, and jade for prosperity. Great gifts for loved ones!
Call 9179 0203 for more information, or to view and order from her collection, go to instagram.com/sagiridayaljewellery.
If it’s time you got yourself a cool new set of trainers, the brand new 57/40 silhouette is a reimaging of the iconic New Balance 574. Featuring some retro hints of 80s and 90s styles, the shoes have initially launched with rainbow-coloured details on a neutral background, with more colourways to be introduced throughout 2021. Retailing at HK$999. the 57/40 is available in New Balance stores in Hong Kong, and on the online store.
Take a closer look at the 57/40 at newbalance.com.hk.
Launched in the second half of 2020, PO House offers everything from slow fashion to skincare products and F&B concepts aimed at environmentally conscious consumers and retailers, across digital and brick-and-mortar sites. Three main brands have been unveiled so far, including Mother Pearl offering handcrafted tea-based beverages (think bubble tea made with superfoods!) from a Lyndhurst Terrace store and a kitchen in Wong Chuk Hang. Meanwhile, Something Ode is a sustainable fashion operation, and Nourish features “clean” skincare and beauty brands.
Find out more at po-house.com.
Redress, the environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry, has moved into new headquarters in Sham Shui Po. The space was formerly a textiles and fabrics shop, and has been revamped as a sustainable hub to support Redress’s projects, through exhibitions, workshops, events and pop-up shops, and to support and promote sustainable fashion and the Redress Design Award Alumni.
Find out more at redress.com.hk.
We’re loving new local jewellery brand, Lilie Sai Wan. The range is designed right here in Hong Kong by French expat Aurélie Samuel. The delicate pieces are perfect for everyday style, with fine feminine design and a pinch of sparkle. Made from silver and high-quality 18-carat gold plating, they make beautiful gifts.
See more at @liliesaiwan.
Congratulations to Hong Kong’s own Grace Lant who won the Redress Design Award 2020 Hong Kong Best Prize. Grace’s zero-waste collection, Amalgamation, is created from a wide range of unwanted textiles sourced from both Italy and Hong Kong. The Redress Design Awards is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition.
See what you think of the collection here: redressdesignaward.com/2020-grace-lant.
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