By: Brooke Chenoweth
As I recounted the tale of traipsing about Shambala, heavily pregnant and searching for light fittings a few years ago, then reluctantly leaving them behind after selling our house, founder Andy Robbins grinned and said, “everyone has a Shambala story.” After 20 years on the second floor of Horizon Plaza self-professed ‘treasure hunter’ Andy is moving on to his next adventure, and I took the chance to do a tour with him around his beloved emporium before it closes. Known for unique and often quirky pieces, much of it handcrafted or antique, Shambala is an icon in Hong Kong.
Before they hand over the space to a new retailer they are offering customers, and their loyal fan base, a chance to pick up a piece of Shambala at heavily discounted prices with a massive clearance sale. The team are clearing out their warehouses around the world, and containers are arriving every week filled with pieces that Andy has collected over the last 30 years. Those with a fondness for the one-of-a-kind homewares that Shambala is famous for can take an audio tour – one last chance to hear the captivating stories behind items like ornate Tibetan Wedding chests, poufs from Jaipur or (my personal favourite) the hand-filigreed Moroccan lamps. They also have a huge selection of rugs and carpets, so if you’re looking for something to warm those cold floors this month, head to Shambala!
The new store will launch in May, and Andy promises that along with the exceptional staff, a little bit of Shambala will remain. Watch this space.
2/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St, Ap Lei Chau