Hong Kong's secret luxury boutiques

The city's top three best-kept-secret stores will make your stay in Hong Kong that bit more memorable.

While we do love the beautiful malls in Hong Kong, the allure of small independent boutiques is undeniable. Perhaps it’s the level of personal service, the sense of intimacy, or even the secret pleasure of having discovered a place that no one else knows about… 

Chihiro Yamaguchi, resident artist in a small boutique called Independence, brings the Japanese art of shoemaking to discerning gentlemen in Hong Kong. He actually started almost 20 years ago in Asakusa – ground zero of luxury footwear craftsmanship in Japan – hand-sewing and hand-welting boots. It wasn’t until 2006 when he finally opened a flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district, offering bespoke and semi-bespoke items crafted from the finest calfskin from Europe. Having exhibited in Paris, Mr. Yamaguchi’s sumptuous creations are for those in the know. Available only in Aoyama, Ginza, Osaka and Anshindo, Yamaguchi shoes are now sold in Hong Kong’s Independence boutique. Go get measured, have a pair created just for you, and become an instant convert.

Offering completely independent watch brands, the Lavish Attic feels as intimate and welcoming as a sybarite’s living room. Browse the glass cases, go between the two large wooden shelves and have a seat on the black leather sofa while discovering the incredible mechanisms by today’s watchmaking talents: Lange & Heyne from Dresden, Jorn Werdelin and Morten Linde of Linde Werdelin specializing in sports watches, Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps – MCT pioneering crystal-clear complications, Ressence marrying the renaissance and essence of watchmaking, and many more.

After all this shopping, how about a little pampering? Your trip is not complete until you visit a spa in Hong Kong, where exclusive treatments quench city dwellers’ thirst for eternal youth. Evidens de Beauté blends the best of French lifestyle and Japanese skincare to create the first-ever anti-aging line for sensitive skin. Founder Charles Edouard Barthes, inspired by his wife Eriko Nakamura’s specific needs for her skin, works with The Laboratoires Montaigne in Tokyo to research and develop targeted products.

Ever get tired of tired skin? Experience the Brightening Facial at Le Spa Evidens and regain radiant skin in one powerful treatment. Deep cleansing is followed by a massage that effectively promotes microcirculation and cellular regeneration. More luminous, your skin will also feel intensely moisturized and visibly firmer after the hour-long session. Why not take home the Rich Cream and the Special Mask too?

Independence
Shop 306, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel. +852 2526 0889

Lavish Attic
Shop 305 B, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel. +852 3188 0896

Le Spa EviDenS Hong Kong
1/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel. +852 8227 8228