Malls for boys

In Hong Kong, shopping is not just for the ladies.

by 28 February 2013

Hong Kong is a fashion capital in Asia, where men’s passion for style rivals that of the fairer sex. From a high school teacher living in the suburbs to the entrepreneur who travels abroad on a weekly basis, in few cities in the world would you find such different men sharing the same interest in knowing what the next big trend is, or completing their wardrobe in order to explore a new personal style from top to toe. We’ve put together a shopping guide for the gents. Whether you are here on business or vacation, a little shopping never hurts. 

Start the day with a cup of excellent Chinese tea over breakfast at Lock Cha Tea Shop, located above Pacific Place. Choose from a fine vegetarian dimsum menu and several dozens of prestigious teas that you can brew at your table. After breakfast take the escalator down to the mall to explore Pacific Place.

For classic, uber-sophisticated choices, you will find Alfred Dunhill, Bottega Veneta, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Hermès, Loro Piana, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace on the third floor. Here, you can look for a timepiece to match your newest suit, or something extravagant for your significant other, at the Watch & Jewellery Gallery, where Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, Chopard, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels are gathered under one roof.

Have your shopping bags sent back to your hotels, next stop is Landmark Atrium. Designed like a cube with multiple accesses, it is home to many luxury brands, but it is the basement floor is the most interesting for men. Landmark Men is a space of over 5,500 square metres dedicated to the gents. Neil Barrett menswear, British shirtmaker Thomas Pink, Parisian shoemaker Corthay, jewellery and lifestyle items John Hardy, multilabel boutique The Armoury, Joyce Grooming and spa-slash-barbershop Gentlemen’s Tonic create a sophisticated experience for the man who has everything.

Another reason for coming to Landmark Atrium is Harvey Nichols. Events are held every week at this 5-storey department store. Whether it is the Smythson gold stamping service, the launch of an exclusive Vita Fede x Sellot limited edition iPhone 5 case, or meeting British designers up close and personal, chances are that something special will be happening when you are there. Shop from its unique selections by the Korean duo Wooyoungmi, Belgian fashion label Krisvanassche, new British knitwear and jersey designer Markus Lupfer and others, and stand out from the fashion-conscious crowd.

The last stop on the island is ifc. You can visit the 88-floor ifc two tower and go up this skyscraper to get a new perspective of the city before you hit the shops. Ifc mall has a wide range of boutiques, so let’s zoom in on the best for gents. Brooks Brothers, Fratelli Rossetti, Gieves & Hawkes and Tom Ford are some of the men’s fashion here, while on the watches and jewellery front, there are Blancpain, Chaumet, Links of London, Officine Panerai, Omega, Rolex and so on.

While ifc has almost every imaginable global label, Lane Crawford is something you will not find elsewhere. Its flagship store here boasts a great lineup of fashion, from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Comme des Garçon’s Homme and Rick Owens, to Alexander Wang, Carven, Junya Watanabe and Maison Martin Margiela. Expand your style vocabulary with tailoring brands like Caruso, Drakes, Finnamore, Hancock, Isaia, Mr. Start, and Uman. Lane Crawford provides made-to-measure services in March and September when you can make an appointment and enjoy an exclusive sartorial experience with tailors from renowned brands.

Kowloon is our next stop. Outside ifc, get on the Star Ferry to go across Victoria Harbour. You can see Harbour City’s towering entrance right on the waterfront. This is one of Kowloon’s most popular shopping centres. Inside, the atmosphere is buzzing with energy and the boutiques are always busy with both shoppers and diners. Outside, Canton Road has an endless lineup of flagship stores of the world’s most beloved brands: Chanel, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and the list goes on. Here, you will find over 200 cosmetics and skincare labels, as well as Hong Kong’s largest retail area for children.

As the sun sets over Hong Kong, you can cross Canton Road to 1881 Heritage for a decidedly atmospheric shopping experience. Former Marine Police Headquarters turned lifestyle destination, the colonial-style 1881 Heritage now houses over a dozen haute horlogerie and jewellery brands. A. Lange & Söhne, Roger Dubuis and IWC Schaffhausen have their flagships here, and you will also find Breguet, Cartier, Jaeger LeCoultre, Montblanc, Piaget, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.

This is just a taste of the shopping adventures in Hong Kong, a comsumer's heaven on earth. Since almost every brand has multiple locations in Hong Kong, chances are that if you miss a shop, you will find it in another location. One last piece of advice: have your driver organize your day and take care of the shopping bags. Trust me, you will need the help.

1 Lock Cha Tea House
2 Pacific Place
3 Landmark Men
4 Harvey Nichols
5 Hong Kong ifc Mall
6 Harbour City
7 1881 Heritage