The 9th Muse (above)
There is nothing more exciting that discovering a fantastic fashion boutique, let alone one that is dedicated to all sorts of fun and stylish accessories. There’s something about accessories that make me happy, whether it’s a show stopping pair of earrings or statement scarf that everyone fawns over.
I found all of the above and more at The 9th Muse. This fashionista’s treasure trove was officially opened in March and is the brainchild of two high school roommates and Hong Kong residents, Charlotte Hwang and Jing Zhang. It would be fair to say that the merchandise in store probably reflects the contents of their own wardrobes with must-have items ranging from printed scarves, handcrafted bags and artisinal jewellery, to kooky homewares, cult beauty products and unique vintage pieces sourced from cities such as Tokyo and Korea.
Cosy corner (above)
Everything is displayed in sleek glass cabinets but don’t let this fool you – the boutique is equally cosy thanks to a fully-equipped bar and comfy couches in a corner. The latest copies of magazines such as Vogue line the shelves, so you can take a break from your well-earned spending.
Currently The 9th Muse stocks around 27 brands with a strong focus on up and coming designers like A Peace Treaty which features handcrafted ethnic-inspired accessories (including a pair of geometric earrings that I ended up buying). Also expect cult favourites including House of Harlow’s sunglasses and handbags, chunky beaded necklaces by Florian and Bliss Lau’s edgy body jewellery.
Bags from Heirloom (left) and Biker Starlet (right)
While I recognized a few names, there were many that I have never seen in Hong Kong, including some Asian-based brands like Shanghai-based Heirloom and Biker Starlet from Korea which is known for their retro chic bags. I was happy to see that they stock exotic skin wallets and the such from PP4E by Piecco Pang.
For those who like to shop with a conscience, be sure to check out the numbered bags by Wayuu Taya, which are handmade by communities of women in a region between Venezula and Colombia.
More bags and scarves (above)
Best bit is that it’s not just for the girls either – brands like British-based Halo Inspirations offers some very cool distressed leather bags and briefcases that have a distinctly retro vibe about them. There are also other fun gifts like watches, wallets, candles, beauty products and quirky cushions by Brooklyn-based Aviva Stanoff that would make great gifts.
If it’s vintage treasures you are after, then make sure you ask to see their complete selection as not everything is out on display.
My top picks (top left clockwise): Florian necklace, A Peace Treaty earrings and ring (above)
Prices range anywhere from HK$75 to HK$4,000 for a unique piece.
For those of you who don’t live in Hong Kong, you can find the majority of the boutique’s selection available online.
The 9th Muse is at, 12/F, One Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, tel: +852 2537 7598, http://www.the9thmuse.com