Seen&Scene: Hong Kong Fashion Now! A/W13 Menswear Report Ft. Pye x MAP Office, THYVANE, Moustache x The Hub

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While at this stage Hong Kong DOES NOT have a destination fashion week worth going to, (God knows more than a few people are trying and asking for it), this past month as I’ve reported, Hong Kong has just enjoyed it’s first international B2B Brands to Buyers event with launch of the The Hub. From what i’ve heard (I didn’t go because I’m neither brand nor buyer… plus it was at the Asia World Expo… plus i’m a full time architect) it went pretty successful. However I WAS able to attend some of the parties that were hosted off-Hub that week and as it so happened, all of them were Menswear-related events with brands all originally and independently Hong Kong born and bred.

+ PYE x MAP Office / The Space on Hollywood Road

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Men’s shirt makers, PYE, celebrated their bespoke services and finely tailored collection of branded buttoned down shirts via a collaborative exhibition of graphic works by architects and researchers, MAP Office. The show, black and white prints displayed proudly in and around the walls of The Space on Hollywood Road, reflect the story of the PYE Shirt, and how every element of the shirt, including the source of the cotton itself, is proudly farmed in China within PYE’s own cotton fields. This proudly-made-in-China, from field to fabric approach to retailing, is something PYE is happy to sell, especially at an age when everyone is too busy labeling everything “made in Italy”, when we all know, resources and production are made here in China.

The quality of the shirts, its pattern, its dyes, and its fit are superb. And this is guaranteed in every PYE shirt, especially because they own the whole vertical supply chain, and not many shirtmakers in the world can say that is truly the case. 

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Friends and family of the shirtmakers were treated to drinks, and were welcomed to try on PYE Shirts. Additionally some were brave enough to model the shirts for personal portraits in front of these beautiful panoramic black and white drawings by MAP Office.

I love how the brand is really integrating and relating with Hong Kong’s artists and creatives. Plus, it was great to catch up with brand founder, Dee Poon over drinks at the event as well. Can’t wait to see more from this brand.

WEAR Pye . Shop 111 Pacific Place, Admiralty Hong Kong

+ THYVANE / Time & Space in Sai Ying Pun

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After making buzz with their debut at The Gift Shop by Tangram during Art Basel Hong Kong week, THYVANE, a premium menswear accessories label by ex-lawyer Roger Ouk, has finally made a grand debut via a one night pop up at Time & Space in the edgy Sai Ying Pun district. Friends, family, and supporters of the new label were out that night at full force. Guests were served unlimited amounts of special inventive cocktails created by the team at Time & Space and with sponsor Belvedere Vodka. By the end of the night, slippery fingers (including mine) went straight for the credit cards to purchase one (or a few) of the new neon-color blocked snakeskin ties from the “Promise and Power” collection. A video shot by Roger (with the aid of contemporary artist, Joao Vasco Paiva featuring his muse, Xue Tan) was projected on the walls to commemorate this new line which aims to explore the role of China in a position of political and economic power.

Friends spotted at the event include Roger’s partner and wife, Jade, plus e-commerce entrepreneur from A Boy Named Sue, Tania, and gallerist, Zoe.

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Hong Kong muse, Lingzhi.

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Net-A-Porter’s super lovely Lupe.

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And of course the Man of the Hour. Roger.

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Business that night went pretty well apparently… I think all the free Vodka helped out! Cartoon Network’s Edward, also an Instagram star, was a prime example of slippery fingers.

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WEAR Thyvane . Kapok GF 5 St. Francis Yard, Wanchai, Hong Kong

+ Moustache x The Hub / House of Siren 

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Not really a “Menswear” report per se, but just wanted to add a footnote, that the gents, Alex and Ellis of Moustache Tailors, have really been everywhere around the city lately. In collaboration with The Hub (they had an amazing set up at the fair itself) they were able to host a great party at the very theatric House of Siren space for VIPs and a few fair goers. The House of Siren is a multi-use space underpinned by an amazing fancy dress shop. It’s really a different world and perfectly fits the Moustache brand to a T. After The Hub, Moustache had another pop-up bar at last weekend at the FNO-Vogue-Lane Crawford event. I’m very happy for them. It’s great to see they’re doing so well.

Meanwhile check out these goodies they displayed at The Hub with leather makers, Stiibu. It’s truly POP. (photo via OMLBLOG)

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WEAR Moustache . 31 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

JJ.

theW+ HK Winter 2012 Shops Guide for Gentlemen

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For those who spotted my Top 5 Holiday Gifts Guide for Guys for the chic Sassy Hong Kong Blog earlier this month, and want more gift ideas for the Holidays, this here is my epic post not necessarily on which gifts to buy, but the top places in the city to shop for yourself or the Gentlemen your life. That way you can head over to these Top 6 places around the city and take a look at what’s on offer. Trust me if you follow my trusty guide, there’s bound to be something for you off the beaten and obvious track from Hong Kong’s crazy malls. 

It also helps that this past Saturday, I got a trusty shopping sidekick in Trey who was visiting Hong Kong for the first time from New York City via the W Hotels Hong Kong.

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He was lucky that I gave him a rare and personal theWanderlister+ Shop Tour of the city. But worry not, it’s not a secret, and i’ll gladly share the list below. Let’s start with the obvious…

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Salon No.10

Wonderboys, bespoke fashion gurus of Moustache, Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger (in collaboration with Italian Fashion House, STIIBU), will be taking their charms beyond the clothing shop after hours and on to their new venture, hosting late nights from Tuesday to Fridays at Salon No. 10, a fabulously cool new bar tucked in Central with that “David Lynch-esque” allure.

Yes. This is ET on the Mural.

The interiors are quirky, classic, stuffed to the brim with eclectic furniture, and very sci-fi, a perfect backdrop which suited the gents with their more private invite-only Bearded Lady monthly cabaret nights. (Bearded Lady refers to well… a Bearded Man dressed in a dress singing songs live. Oh Yes.)

20,000 Leagues… and counting…

"Expect great music from us and our musically inclined friends," says Daye, "With the occasional live performance, a splash of magic, an esoteric cocktail menu, and plenty of glamorous surprises." And no, it will not be Bearded Lady every night, but you may get lucky. "Don’t be surprised when the floor gets cleared for some late night dancing!" They say. And yes, pole dancing is not out of the question. 

A well stocked kitchen with ingredients, condiments, items, goods, and spirits is available for private parties and dinners from Saturday through Monday night.

Impressive.

The last time I was here… guess who I saw? (via @thewanderlister Instagram)

Creative City’s Louise Wong! You too can be Queen of The Night. If The Bearded Lady doesn’t get there first. 

Alex and Ellis Portrait by Carmen Chan, of HOW I MET YOUR STYLE for theWanderlister+.

PARTY Salon No. 10 with Moustache & STIIBU, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Hong Kong, Tue-Fri 7pm-2am  / HOST Salon No. 10 Private Evening, Email / SHOP Moustache

JJ.

The W+ Cool List: Hong Kong’s New Top 8 in 2011

Now that the festivities have wound down, and the fireworks have popped, I would just like to say, how proud I am of Hong Kong giving Taipei a run for its buck by stepping up the plate as the “Go-To” destination for all things New Years (both Western and Chinese.)

I remember 5 or 6 years ago, when I celebrated my first New Years Eve on top of the IFC, at midnight, us revelers hardly even saw a squirt of anything coming out of the HK Cultural Centre across the Harbour… well these days look… ALL TOWERS ON.

(IMG VIA NEWSCOMAU)

Hong Kong is really stepping up to the plate to remain Asia’s World City.

That said, others kept it low key in their own neighborhoods and/or at home, and we kept our end quite chilled and relaxed. A great friend of mine, Jade, offered a meal at home, then rafter the whole gang joined the #HKSocial Crew dressed to the nines for a night of “Hollywood Glamour” at my first party at the Hullet House, HK’s ONLY premier Boutique Hotel that’s so exclusive, they only offer 13 bedrooms!

#HKSocial @ the Hullet House. (L-R, Elle the Starlet of Impact Asia, Casey the Crooner of the Popcorn Media Network, Connie the Serious Actress of CONNVOYAGE Travel Blog, Josie the Ingenue of Regus, and Me the Producer!)

My glorious dates for the night; Jade, Sam, and Genevieve. Glam, Dashing, and Fiery.

And Casey the Crooner with the Producer! :) (I managed to fit in my new “Flat Top” glasses I just got from the Henry Holland for Le Specs collection available at I.T and my NEVIL Triwa Watch available at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong.)

But while the Fireworks showed exactly how “First Class” Hong Kong wanted to be, it’s amazing system of barricades and police barriers was exactly a case of 2 steps forward, 1 step back. To get from where we were at Minden Road around K-11, we needed to convince not 1, but 5 police officers to give us way to A) Get through the Subway Tunnel, B) Get through barriers to get to Canton Road, and C) Get pass 2 more barriers to get to the Hullet House. Police would not let anyone to the Hullet House hotel, if we didn’t have physical invitations for each of us to their party. It was worse than Volar or Dragon-i with Snoop Dog or DIPLO headlining the night.

Okay… maybe SOME Police Order WAS needed. But seriously, i’m sure 50% of the crowd didn’t expect waiting behind a police barricade was a way to start of 2012.

THAT SAID. Once we actually got to Hullet House, all was well and good and it was fun times all around. It wasn’t as packed as we anticipated, which is understandable because the party had all of the Hong Kong Police to be their bouncer (Josie Tao was only let in AFTER the countdown), but being in the open air in relaxed/historic environment full of friends and champers sure did beat other options… like being shoulder to shoulder and neck to neck in the midst of all the chaos Harbour side.

In any rate 2012 entered with class, and I couldn’t have asked for better company OR a better venue!

The lovely Hullet House and surrounding Gardens.

1 of 3 Marilyn’s performing that night. (Note to impersonators… Marilyn had a large body of work. And if you you plan to bring three Marilyn’s to a party, please AT THE VERY LEAST come as three different Marilyn’s from different era’s and movies. Seven Year Itch was NOT her only movie. Thanks Connie for complaining.)

+ THE W+ COOL LIST: Hong Kong’s Top 8 in 2011

That said, before we move on to the glorious 2012, THE Year of the Dragon, let’s just take this time to look at some cool stuff that came out of and popped up from Hong Kong in the past year. Since this is indeed a blog, let’s do a blog thing, and make what readers like most… LISTS! And why not? Everyone loves lists, and so this is theWanderLISTer+ blog and listing is what I generally do, so let me LIST for you what I thought were THE Best creatively and within the lifestyle sector that came out of Hong Kong this year. Some had made it as posts on this blog, and some have yet to make it as posts, and if it hadn’t made it as posts, then it was probably because I loved it so much that I didn’t even know how write about it. Ie. I was overwhelmed. And on that note, here is my list of the coolest thing from this city, this year.

1) COOLEST NEW HK HOTEL 2011 // The Hotel ICON

By far, the coolest new hotel in the city this year is one of the first of it’s kind that I know of, a private enterprise within the realm of an educational institution and with the support of Hong Kong’s best and brightest creatives… The Hotel ICON. With an amazing list of contributors such as the likes of Architect Rocco Yim, Interior Designer William Lim, Fashion doyenne Vivienne Tam, Fashion Designer Barney Cheng, Graphic Designer Tommy Li, Curator Freeman Lau, as well as international talents Patrick Blanc (the green wall expert) and Terrence Conran and Partners, The Hotel ICON is Asia’s first Business Boutique hotel that is benchmarked as an “Art Hotel”. Staying here doesn’t break the bank and I must say, I’ve had a blast hanging out here, meeting the designers from Terrence Conran, and seeing all of them talk at the hotel’s official “opening” in the fall.

Offerings include a magnificent Cantonese Restaurant and Library Bar at the top floor (where no kids are allowed), called Above & Beyond, The Market… a buffet haven designed by Terrence Conran, and the Cafe in the Lobby called Green with a greenwall by Patrick Blanc. Additionally, the Hotel Icon has a revolving art exhibit curated by Freeman Lau with works by HK’s top artists and graphic designers, and students from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

IMAGE: My Instagram photos of Hotel Icon’s The Market Buffet Brunch above with Denise of SUPERWOWOMG, Christina of HKFashionGeek, and Mandy from Hotel Icon.

Hotel ICON / 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong / +852-3400-1000 / http://www.hotel-icon.com

2) COOLEST NEW HK RESTAURANT 2011 // Linguini Fini

You know what. I’ve never written about Linguini Fini on this blog but there were many chances to, because I’m practically here all the time (well not the last month and a half because i’ve been out of town most of the time), but this is where I first met the #HKSocial gang, celebrated Andy’s Birthday (of StandardVintage), AND amongst other things, come to chase what I think is the best cup of latte in Hong Kong (I kid you not give it a try.) Additionally I actually LOVE their NO RESERVATIONS policy, no matter how VIP YOU ARE, and the staff is quite stylish and very friendly, and interiors AS stylish and by my #HKFashionBlogger friend, Geneva’s boyfriend, Ben McCarthy, who is the principal of Charlie & Rose, the design boutique in Hong Kong.

And the food. THE FOOD is simply divine, and what more, it doesn’t break the bank. Chef Vinny Lauria creates some of the most scrumptious dishes, mostly revolving around Pork. Not just any pork, this is Pork from Hong Kong’s farms. Yes, Linguini Fini’s is powered by Homegrown Foods Hong Kong, meaning all locally sourced pork, vegetables, and ingredients. This is Organic Food, without the heavy, obvious, hippy preaching. Ie. it’s not preached, they just practice it flat out. My favorites? I go for the Flatbread (Cherry Tomato, Mozarella, Garlic), Homemade Spicy Pork Sausage, Caprese, Spaghetti Carbonara, and the Rotisserie Porchetta (which is their crispy Pork Belly.) I finish off with their Lemon Olive Oil Cake which is divine. Obviously, if you’re Jewish, this is not a place for you… but for everyone else, go ahead! Cheap, Chic, and Scrumptious… and unpretentious, which is why I love this snazzy place.

Linguini Fini / 1F, The L Place, 139 Queen‟s Road, Central, Hong Kong / Monday - Saturday / 2857 1333 / www.linguinifini.com / Linguini Fini FACEBOOK / Linguini Fini TWITTER / Linguini Fini WEIBO

3) COOLEST NEW HK SHOP // The General Store

I don’t know what else to say about this store that hasn’t already been said. But Shelly Hayashi grabbed a burgeoning niche market for Hong Kong (Western/American Mid to Early 20th Century Designer Home Goods) and put a stage for it in NOHO’s Burgeoning “IT” streets, Gough and Gage Street, and named it simply, the General Store. Additionally they now carry my favorite bags from T.K Garment Supply and sunglasses and accessories from Standard Vintage. Prices are not easy on the pocket, BUT, these items are hard-to-find and are practically every Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser’s dream.  Shelly can source what you’re looking for. The goods are true vintage, one-of-a-kind, and completely quality.

General Store / 41 Gage Street, Shop H, G/F New Central Mansion, Central, Hong Kong / +852-28518144 / THE GENERAL STORE TWITTER / THE GENERAL STORE FACEBOOK

4) COOLEST NEW HK PRODUCT // Moustache X Stiibu Leather Travel Accessories

Yes. Yes. Yes. It arrived later in the year, but the gentlemen from Moustache and folks at HK’s Tapani/Stiibu Leather completed a very quirky, stylish, and useful collaboration of travel leather goods that completely have that Alex and Ellis sense of style. You may check out the whole collection on Alex Daye’s Wordpress Blog, but the collection includes a travel wallet and iPad Case (as seen above), a DOP Kit, a Passport Holder, a small “Going Out” wallet, and a cool Luggage Tag. The collection is inspired by the Memphis Design Group of the late 70s and early 80s, and crafted with Italian novalatta, deerskin, and napa leather, NOW available at Moustache and Lane Crawford stores.

MOUSTACHE / 31 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong / +852-2541-1955 / ONLINE

5) COOLEST NEW HK “IT”-NEIGHBORHOOD // Chai Wan


Art East Island and surrounding businesses/enclaves/galleries in Chai Wan is really where it’s at these days. Let’s see what’s the list: 10 Chancery Lane ANNEX (whch hosts several shows and parties including the EPIC Lane Crawford LAB Pink is Punk party above hosted by Marcelo Burlon), Carol Lee Mei Kuen’s Personal Studio, Ooi Botos Gallery, the Pure Art Foundation, MADHOUSE Contemporary, Latitude Ceramics, MAP Office Studios, the TANGRAM Studios, AO Photobook Store, and the new cool coffee house which is the ONLY place which serves HK’s best Bagel, Cream Cheese, and Lox sandwhich, Jehan Chu’s Chaiwanese. What’s cooler about this neighborhood is that it’s a zero-Starbucks zone and the “cool factor” is not evident to all. You basically have to know someone who knows someone that knows when event/openings/and parties. It’s really a welcome change, and I hope Hong Kong helps fostering ways in which Industrial Districts/Buildings can be utilized as artist loft-studios. But you know the zeitgeist when you jump in a cab, show the taxi driver your Google Map, the pin-drops at a Chai Wan Industrial Buildings, and the taxi driver says… “There?” I say “Yes.”, and he says “Studio?” I say “Yes”. And he says “OOOHHH Yes.” and Drives to where you need to go in Chai Wan. Maybe not SO Secret after all?

ART EAST ISLAND ONLINE / CHAIWANESE  ONLINE / MADHOUSE Contemporary FACEBOOK / 10 Chancery Lane ANNEX ONLINE

6) COOLEST NEW HK “IT”-STREET / Tung Street


This next entry is a bit more accessible to our readers, but definitely the coolest new street in Hong Kong that cannot be missed for all the “coolhunters” out there is definitely Sheung Wan’s Tung Street which is anchored by two newly minted design shops, Konzepp (photo above) and Signed-by (photo below from their opening). Julie Shah and Carlo Aquino run and curate goods to be sold in Konzepp by Asian designers and creatives while Nicola Borg-Pisani curates very high end design goods, journals, and fashion at Signed-by that generally are a bit more high concept items that fall towards the spectrum of art. There are plenty of other shops on Tung Street worth checking out, but make sure to stop by Loveramics which basically carries ceramics for home dining that makes you want to toss everything out of your kitchen and replace it with their amazing collection of wares. AND finally amongst other cool shops, galleries, and boutiques on this street, check out this website from Helen Lindman Design offering to sell some modern and retrofitted spaces there. Let’s buy property to put all our new design wares in?

Konzepp, 50 Tung Street in Sheung Wan / KONZEPP ONLINE / Signed-by, G/F 43 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong / Signed-by ONLINE / Loveramics, 37 Tung St, Hollywood Road, Central, HK / LOVERAMICS ONLINE

7) COOLEST NEW HK ART GALLERY // Saamlung

When I first walked into this gallery for the opening of João Vasco Paiva’s show, the inaugural exhibit from Robin Peckham’s newest venture, Saamlung, the first thing I said to myself was “YES. YES. YES.”, Hong Kong is finally “getting it”. By “Getting It” I mean quality spaces to show art, with quality art TO show. Paiva’s exhibition delved in the realm between art and architecture and so does the other shows that followed, such as Charles LaBelle’s exhibition. The Saamlung opening brought in the right crowd, all the supporters and followers of Hong Kong’s creative community and generally the night was quite cheery with good vibes all around, which goes to show that Peckham’s dream about turning a commercial stage in Central for HK’s best independent artist may just turn out to be a success. I CANNOT wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for this gallery.

Saamlung, 26/F Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd. C (135-137 Des Voeux Rd. C.), Central, Hong Kong / Tues.-Fri. 11:00-19:00, Sat. 12:00-18:00 / gallery@saamlung.com / www.saamlung.com 

8) COOLEST NEW HK ARCHITECTURE // The Opus

OPUS HONG KONG - English from Swire on Vimeo.

There was quite a few collection of new buildings this year in Hong Kong, some of which are Iconic and were designed by some of the world’s best “Starchitects”. In this blog I’ve written about the new Run Run Shaw Media Centre at City University of Hong Kong by Daniel Libeskind, and have briefly written about the HK Design Institute by Codelfy Architects, as well as the Hotel ICON and LEGCO Building by Rocco Yim, but the reason why I named The Opus on Stubbs Road by California-based Frank Gehry, the “Coolest” new building in Hong Kong because breaking out of this “Hong Kong” Style residential design that you see sprouted everywhere in the City-State is INDEED Cool in it’s own right. Yes after looking at the exhibit and seeing all of Gehry’s models, indeed what he has essentially done is take an HK-Style Building and put it in a blender, and pulled it out like taffy, but what we’re seeing is essentially a push by a local developer, SWIRE, to attempt to break out of the box of residential design which has defined the way HK Developers and Architects like to design their buildings, and with the aid of HK’s strict residential rules and regulations. But if you think about it, you don’t see HK Style buildings anywhere else in the world, except maybe cities in China and Southeast Asia, where HK Developers and Architects like to make their mark.

Back to the OPUS, it’s not a lot of units (12), and 1 per floor, each unit about 6,000 sq.m. per floor. But its 360-degree views, and a nice and pleasant site on the slopes of Mount Cameron where you can see all of Hong Kong and Kowloon, and perhaps parts of China. So where does HK Residential Design go from here? With 12 Units it’s definitely not a mass appeal prototype, BUT, we hope there will be changes in the way HK people live, are brought up to live, and expect from the developers that build residences for them. The people here work hard, and deserve something better than a floor plan defined by numbers and cost-efficiency.

http://www.opushongkong.com

Thank you 2011. Now 2012… bring it on!

JJ.

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