Note: I worked at HK Magazine from December 2015 to April 2016 as an editorial writer. This article was published in the February 2016 issue of The List.
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Take Four: Local Designers
Bring together a Scandinavian supermodel and an experienced fashion designer and you’ll find the chic Norwegian brand Chicameo. Pernille Holmboe and Tale Hagelsteen create pieces that are youthful and are guaranteed to knock a few years off your age when you wear them. If you’re the type of lady who’s in summer mode all year round, you’re in luck—Chicameo is all about playful dresses, pants, jackets and blouses, and the duo behind the brand chooses to use mixed prints and popping colors. The best part is, you won’t need to worry about clashing outfits with anyone else because all garments sold are limited editions. Free shipping for delivery across Hong Kong.
Jo’s Ready to Wear
Armed with international experience in the US and Japan, local designer Joanna Chu Liao embraces her multicultural background and brings it into her own fashion brand, Jo’s Ready to Wear. The muse for her works is the independent woman with a contemporary lifestyle. Special attention to details and tailoring is given to every clothing item where the cutting of each is shapely and feminine. If you’re on the lookout for clothes that are a balance between seasonal trends and timeless styles, Jo’s Ready to Wear is a brand that is perfect for you.
5/F, 17 Lan Fong Rd., Causeway Bay, 6146-0861, josreadytowear.com
We understand the difficulties of finding a good travelling bag: Mischa is definitely the go-to local brand for sturdy yet stylish handbags and accessories. Designer Michelle Lai debuted with a collection of Japanese obi clutches with its iconic hexagonal print and kimono fabric more than a decade ago and subsequently gained a following with her unique purses.
Retails in various locations including Lane Crawford, Times Square, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2118-2288
Living like a celebrity is now possible with self-named fashion brand Johanna Ho. Known for her iconic knitwear, the Hong Kong designer’s pieces have grown so popular that it now has an international celebrity following, with Gwyneth Paltrow being one of the first to buy her designs, followed by Emilia Fox, Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike. Transform yourself into one of these power women with Johanna Ho’s clothing cuts, all of each are soft and feminine but with a subtle inclusion of avant-garde details. The result is a perfect twist on classical styles.