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If you’re looking for luxury, skip the flagships and head to one of Hong Kong’s carefully curated top department stores.
At Lane Crawford, Hong Kong’s oldest department store, you’ll find an au courant mix of favorite international names, including Proenza Schouler, Chloe, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kenzo, and Stella McCartney, plus a large menswear department. Lane Crawford has recently become the first J.Crew stockist in Asia.
Lane Crawford’s little sister, LAB Concept, in Admiralty, trafficks in slightly less expensive street brands like JBrand, Rag&Bone, Maje, and Markus Lupfer. You’ll also find some cool, lesser-known lines, like China’s Mo&Co.
Both stores cultivate an irreverent, funky atmosphere quite like the Barney’s of yore. You won't find anything fussy or stuffy on the racks.
Joyce is both smaller and more sophisticated than Lane Crawford. At Joyce, you’ll find a handpicked selection of the top-shelf, cutting-edge brands. Think Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garcons, and Haider Ackermann. Joyce also incorporates a mouth-watering beauty section.
Lane Crawford and Joyce both house huge outlet stores at Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau. It’s a trek, but worth it if you’re serious about bargains.
It’s a cliché, but it’s true: Shopping is one of Hong Kong’s favorite pastimes. Here are some of the best places to go for designer duds:
For the latest Lanvin or must-have McQueen, it’s hard to beat Lane Crawford, Hong Kong’s oldest department store, which offers curated collections from the most coveted labels in artful displays. The Tsim Sha Tsui location is the largest (the Shoe Library occupies an entire floor), though I prefer the IFC branch, and there’s one at Times Square as well.
With four locations around Hong Kong, Joyce has been a mainstay for high fashion fiends since 1971. It’s run by Lane Crawford, actually, as is LAB Concept in Admiralty, which caters to a younger, trendier shopper (think 3.1 Phillip Lim, Elizabeth & James).
As for Hong Kong’s many malls and shopping centers, The Landmark is particularly good for top European labels. And if you can handle the crowds, the sprawling Harbour City has...well, almost everything.