Here at Tove & Libra, we believe sustainability starts with shopping local. Fortunately, style is in Hong Kong’s DNA, so one of the very best things about running a fashion business in this city is discovering and connecting with other boutique brands. Here are four of our favorite local emerging labels:
KHROMIS, www.khromis.com, @khromis.co
Khromis is our go-to brand for stylish optical frames and sunglasses. Like us, the brand is quality-oriented, investing in Italian design and production in Japan. An obsessive eye for detail shines through in sophisticated touches like the adjustable silicone nose pads that come with each and every pair. Many of the styles on offer here are unisex, and if you’re struggling to find your perfect pair then Khromis can even provide a bespoke eyewear-making service. We love the many unique materials and colours on offer, ensuring your face is always framed to perfection.
UNFOLD ATTIRE, www.unfoldattire.com, @unfoldattire
Unfold Attire are true experts when it comes to creating the ultimate shirt – founder Stella Sieh’s mother worked for many years for a shirt manufacturer before starting her own production house. Stella takes painstaking care over her designs, and will even hand-embroider your new shirt with your initials for a truly personalized piece. We love the playful detailing that puts an edgy twist on their collection – think sheer paneling, asymmetric hems and tuxedo pleating – but we also love the crisp, cool lines of their classic cotton styles. Just roll up your sleeves and you’re ready for anything.
CANDICE LUK FINE JEWELLERY, www.candiceluk.com, @candicelukfinejewellery
Specializing in designs she describes as “…feminine yet strong, sentimental yet practical”, Candice Luk creates solid gold jewelry that can subtly elevate an everyday outfit, but can also stand alone as statement pieces. Her thoughtful designs have won her a legion of fans, including Gillian Anderson, who collaborated with Luk on a “Kind Heart” charity bracelet, which raises money for an anti-child-trafficking fund. Also a fan: Tove & Libra’s co-founder Christine, who commissioned Luk to create her and her husband’s wedding bands. Endorsements don’t come any more heartfelt than that!
BLK SHEEP EMPIRE, www.blksheepempire.com, @blksheepempire
We think we’ve found the coolest – and most comfortable - shoes in Hong Kong! BlkSheep Empire offers Oxfords, sneakers and flats with a fashion twist, up to a generous size EU 41 which can be hard to find in HK. The shoes come in a range of bold holographic, metallic and tie-dye leathers, for a strong style statement to complement our understated aesthetic. We'll soon be their neighbours in PMQ this fall, so mark your calendars to check out some top-to-toe #hkfashion!