Hong Kong’s textile and garment industry was the backbone of Hong Kong’s economy in the 1970s and 1980s. But nowadays, when we talk about local garment and even local “fashion”, most people associate it with “Sunset Industries”. In fact, are these industries completely declined in Hong Kong?
In “Bespoke Hong Kong’, we will take you to visit 3 bespoke hand-made shoes and garment stores, discover the history of this industry which was the major industry of Hong Kong.
We will look at the relationship between each store and the development of Hong Kong’s garment industry, from the perspective of historical context and social & cultural changes. We hope to show you that Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry is not just a glorious past tense, but a continuing mission that has yet to be accomplished. We would like to invite you to listen to each handmade master’s story, and experience the spirit of “Made in Hong Kong” together.
Meeting Time: 2:00pm
Meeting Point: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Exit D (Inside the station)
Finish Time: 6:00pm
Finish Point: Central MTR Station Exit K
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Price: HKD 350 per person
Group Size: No more than 29 people
Please note: All walks require appropriate footwear for walking. Men and women should both dress modestly, in looser-fitting clothing that covers the arms and thighs. Participants who do not have/refuse to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app and “Vaccine Pass” will be refused entry to the relevant venue.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
Master To’s workshop – Mirador Mansion：The “last bastion” of the Hong Kong garment industry, and perhaps the last stage of Shanghai handmade garment masters.
Kam Ma Leather Jackets — Founded in the 90’s as a leather clothing brand. Tells the story of Hong Kong garment store’s business model and challenges.
*After leaving Kam Ma Leather Jackets, we will go to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station to take the MTR to Jordan. PLease note that transport costs are at the participant’s own expense.
Kow Hoo Shoe Company — The only hand-made shoe shop in Hong Kong that offers bespoke shoemaking service and preserved wooden shoe lasts to its customers. It tells the story of how Hong Kong has been able to preserve the craft of shoemaking in the past decades, and allow participants to witness the exquisite art of hand-made shoes.
COVID‐19 Insurance: A Group Personal Accident Insurance covering COVID‐19 will be provided by Zurich Insurance and the cost is included as part of this quotation. ALL participants are required to provide the following information for the coverage: Full Name, HKID number (first 4 digits), contact phone number.
Conditional Exemption for Local Group Tours: The Hong Kong SAR Government announced on 27 April 2021 the resumption of conditional exemption for licensed travel agents to organise local group tours of not more than 30 persons including working staff accompanying the local group tours, with effect from 29 April 2021. This tour is registered under the scheme.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation made at least 8 day(s) before activity date, will charge 50%. Cancellation made during 0 ~ 7 day(s) of activity, Non-refundable (0% refund)
Friendly reminder: Please wear a hat or bring an umbrella, and stay hydrated to prevent heatstroke or heat exhaustion.
Please note this tour may be cancelled due to the following conditions:
Weather: Tour may be cancelled in the case of a typhoon signal three or a black rain signal. Cancellations due to weather will be announced on the website two hours prior to the tour’s start time. If some attractions cannot be visited due to the rain, the tour guide will decide to change or cancel the tour depending on the safety conditions at the time.
Participants: Tours may be cancelled if fewer than ten participants join the tour. In this case cancellation will be announced seven days before tour starts.