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Luxos takes you to three unique places to do a little shopping and understand Hong Kong's history
by 06 April 2010

Shopping is a lifestyle in Hong Kong for as long as I can remember. Department stores and shopping malls are much more than just places to buy something. It’s really where both the locals and tourists come to meet, dine, shop, relax, and be entertained. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, spend a day shopping in Hong Kong, and you will see a slice of life of this metropolis. Perhaps it’s not so difficult to understand why people love their shopping so much here. Besides offering the world’s best brands, malls and specialty stores have beautiful design, excellent restaurants and everything you can imagine under one roof. In this issue, I chose three very different shopping destinations in Hong Kong, but they all have something in common – a touch of local colour. There’s no better way to know Hong Kong through shopping. Get ready for a 360° experience, and I hope you have a great time.

1881 Heritage - Heritage Becomes Luxury
What’s Special: The 120-year-old site was once the former Marine Police Headquarters.

In a fast-changing city like Hong Kong, old buildings are constantly fighting for space with new developments. With just a few historical sites remaining in the former British era, they are a precious reminder of Hong Kong’s past. Officially declared as a monument in 1994, the former Marine Police Headquarters have been transformed into a shopping landmark called 1881 Heritage.

With some of the biggest brands in jewellery, watch and fashion, it is conveniently located on Canton Road, just behind Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Museum of Art, Space Museum and other attractions in Tsim Sha Tsui. The transformation took six years to complete. In order to preserve the historical value of the site, the 1881 Heritage project involved an international team of architects, historical building preservationists, designers, engineers, tree and landscape experts. Wherever possible, heritage features were restored according to world conservation standards.

Now, 1881 Heritage houses Alfred Dunhill, Breguet, Cartier, Lancel, Montblanc, Paspaley, Piaget, Rolex, Tiffany & Co, Tudor, Van Cleef & Arpels and Vivienne Tam etc. The flagship stores of IWC, Vacheron Constantin and Shanghai Tang are right here too. As always, shoppers can expect much more than just boutiques, as eight bars and restaurants and Hullett House hotel complete your shopping experience. 1881 Heritage is a unique shopping destination with a touch of local colour.

1881 Heritage

Pacific Place Mall - A Local Hangout Gets Even Better
What’s Special:
A local favourite for over 20 years, the mall now has a whole new look.

Besides a great location in Admiralty, spaciousness, a wide variety of boutiques and dining options make Pacific Place an ideal place to spend a day shopping indoors. This local favourite hangout has gone through a face lift lately. Thomas Heatherwick, one of the UK’s leading design talents, approached the contemporisation of Pacific Place in a fundamental way. Garden Court, its lobby, now has a contemporary bronze chandelier, natural stone flooring and clear bubble lifts. On the 4th level, the Avenue of Light allows natural light to filter into the mall. Natural materials such as Italian Bedonia stone, Rocheret stone flooring, wooden balustrades, American cherry wood cubicles give the mall a warm and sophisticated look.

Here are some of the best boutiques in town, with brands such as Bally, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Bulgari, Canali, Cartier, Celine, Chanel, Chopard, Dior, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Hermès, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Links of London, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Piaget, Prada, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Shanghai Tang, Tiffany & Co and much more. Specialty stores such as Joyce, Lane Crawford, and Swank are all here.

Pacific Place is also connected to these luxury hotels: JW Marriott, Conrad, Island Shangri-la, and The Upper House. And no shopping experience is complete without great restaurants, bars and lounges. Whether you prefer a quick bite, worldclass cuisine, or even do a little grocery shopping, Pacific Place has it all. If you have a little time, why not extend your visit to Hong Kong Park, which is accessible from the sky level of the complex.

Pacific Place

Lane Crawford - Household Name Makes History
What’s Special:
Hong Kong’s oldest department store is a leader in specialty shopping.

Lane Crawford has had such a long history in Hong Kong that few locals actually remember how it all got started. It was in 1850 that two Scottish businessmen, Thomas Ash Lane and Ninian Crawford, who started their enterprise on the island’s waterfront. All these years, Lane Crawford has become an integral part of Hong Kong’s shopping culture, and it has successfully transformed itself from a department store to a cutting-edge specialty store.

Lane Crawford is unique not only for its history, but also for its shopping concept. For example, at its ifc mall location, gallery-like rooms, showcasing Asia’s most complete selection of designer fashion and lifestyle goods, are decorated with commissioned art pieces. At Lane Crawford Seasons Place in Beijing, you can watch the latest fashion shows on the media wall, or sample world music at iPod sound stations in the CD bar. Interior design company Yabu Pushelberg successfully combines classic materials with high-tech features. The result is a thoroughly choreographed interior that emanates an ethereal sense of luxury.

Today, with a location in Beijing and five in Hong Kong, Lane Crawford provides a complete shopping experience, with the most sought-after brands. From Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Stella McCartney for womenswear, from Lanvin, Ralph Lauren Polo and Raf Simons for menswear; to Fendi, Christian Louboutin and Brian Atwood for ladies’ shoes and accessories. This specialty shopping destination also offers prestigious cosmetics brands for La Mer, La Prairie and Jo Malone, and home and lifestyle products from Knoll, Piet Hein Eeek and Vitra.

Lane Crawford