The best-selling Diana bag
If Chanel’s recent show in Seoul is anything to go by, the fashion world’s obsession with Korean fashion shows no signs of slowing down. Hong Kongers of course were early adopters and as such the city has become one of the best places to seek out emerging Korean brands and designers outside of Seoul.
While clothing tends to be the focus, there are some accessory brands worth checking out (shoe label SueCommaBonnie is probably the best known internationally). Another label that is making waves is Helianthus, which was founded by Kelly Nam.
The Tahiti Bag
Helianthus is the perfect antidote to “it” bag fatigue and focuses on practical handbags made using unique materials. The brand dubs itself a “leather specialist,” so expect lots of gorgeous leathers and exotic skins sourced in Italy but available at an affordable price point. The styles are simple but are given an edge through creative textures and fabrications including the H print embroidery and the 3D dot bubble print, which is inspired by the 1960s and 70s. They can be found on signature styles including the Diana backpack, Leslie bucket bag and the unisex Shaman, a foldable backpack.
K-Fashion Zone at i.t Moko
If it’s clothing you are after then visit the newly opened K-fashion zone at local retailer i.t’s new store in Mong Kok. You will find countless of Korean labels including high profile names like Stylenanda and Low Classic to up and coming designers such as KKXX and Chris Christy for men. The looks from unisex to girly and feminine covering all price points.
Who needs K-Pop when you have K-Fashion?
Helianthus is at Shop 2503, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.helianthusseoul.com; i.t Moko is at Shop 173 &175, Moko, 193 Prince Edward Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.ithk.com.