Now more than ever it is important to support local businesses. As an emerging brand and a local fashion business in Hong Kong we know all too well that the struggle is real. Wherever you are in the world, to those local businesses still standing proud and strong we salute you! It’s important to support each other and in view of this, this week, we would like to do a special shout out to other local shops here in the Central District of Hong Kong that we really love. Besides us, there are a lot of interesting local jewels waiting for you to explore - from bars to restaurants, jewellery designers to lifestyle shops. Read below for our top pick of 5 independent businesses in our local area.
Bar - Frank’s Library
If you are looking for alternative and innovative cocktails, look no further than Frank’s Library.
A ‘hidden’ speakeasy deep within Foxglove, this intimate bar-within-a-bar sure is a hidden gem. Inspired by Frank Minza’s adventures around the world to finding exotic spirits, Frank’s Library is a secret alcove library to all his prized possessions. But don’t forget to call and book a table before going, the space is always quickly packed.
Address: Inside Foxglove, 18 Ice House Street, Central, +852 2116 2449
Jewellery - Dilys’ Collection
Besides fashion brands, Hong Kong has cultivated a lot of world-class jewellery designers. The one we would like to introduce to you today is Dilys’ Collection. Founded by Dilys Young in 1991, Dilys’ exquisite designs have captured the hearts of many beautiful women, not just from Hong Kong but from all around Asia such as Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia and more. The brand has now expanded to a second collection - Young by Dilys’, which is dedicated to offering high quality, locally made jewellery that are minimalist, chic and perfect for everyday wear.
Address: Room 702, New World Tower 1, 16-18 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2877 9896
Restaurant - Lee Lo Mei
Located in the heart of Central, Lee Lo Mei offers innovative Cantonese cooking with unmistakably nostalgic flavours, with a menu that reflects Hong Kong’s playful nature. The interior is a fun take on the old Hong Kong style Dai Pai Dong (大排檔), a traditional type of Cantonese restaurant. Their menu features an array of iconic Cantonese food such as siu mai (燒賣), rice rolls, wontons and more.
Address: G/F, 1/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +852 2896 7688
Lifestyle - Goods Of Desire
G.O.D., which stands for Goods Of Desire, is a classic local lifestyle brand here in Hong Kong. The name of the brand, usually abbreviated as G.O.D. also translates to ‘to live better’ in Cantonese. As a lifestyle shop, G.O.D. offers a range of fun and quirky designs inspired by the vibrant culture of our energetic city where the east meets west, and age-old traditions meet cutting-edge technology, often complimented by wit and humour.
Pottery - Tu Tu Clay
This little pottery shop called Tu Tu Clay is very close to our hearts - we collaborated with them in December for an annual Christmas Market. Located in the stylish Po Hing Fong, this gem offers ceramic classes and private parties for those who love a hands-on project. Their aim is to facilitate the appreciation of still life and small things by making ceramics with your own hands. If you are looking for planting pots, they sell handmade ceramic pots as well.
Address: Shop 1-2, 72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
So there you have it! Our ultimate guide to some of our favourite independent local businesses in Hong Kong. Definitely check them out if you are in the area - we guarantee you won’t be disappointed! But don’t worry if you are staying home and safe, try Lee Lo Mei’s take away food and check out some of the other brands online stores for some food and retail therapy from your sofa! Self-isolation doesn’t need to be boring! Stay safe and strong everyone and share the love for your local businesses.