Kwun Tong shopping tour

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Easily one of the hippest up-and-coming districts in Hong Kong, Kwun Tong is populated with passionate self-starters whose businesses reflect the diverse tastes and cultures of our city’s consumers. Arthur Tam picks out five shops worth visiting in the industrial area

Red Cloud

Red CLoud
America has Levi’s, Japan has Evisu, the Netherlands has G Star Raw, but what does China have in terms of a recognisable denim brand? Red Cloud seeks to answer that question by making top quality Chinese denim ($700-$1,000) crafted from premium long-staple Turpan cotton from Xinjiang. The company dyes and produces handmade jeans out of their small factory operation in Shenyang with the goal of paying homage to 1950s and 60s workwear and they’ve recently branched out to open their first standalone store outside of the Mainland, in Hong Kong. The space has a comfortable American Western feel, accented by vintage fixtures that date back to old Shanghai. Expect friendly staff that are passionate about workwear fashion, promoting what could be the first Chinese heritage denim brand.

Mon-Fri, 7pm-10pm. Sat-Sun, 11am-9pm. Flat 1C, Block 1, Kwun Tong Industrial Ctr, 472 Kwun Tong Rd, 2377 0423; facebook.com/redcloud.hk.

Growth Ring & Supply

Growth Ring

If you’re looking for unique, industrial-styled furniture, this is your one-stop shop. Growth Ring & Supply’s incredible raw space makes you feel like you’ve been transported back to 1930s America when gumption, grease and oil dictated the fashions. The spacious area has a cool speakeasy aesthetic thanks to its collection of reclaimed and reworked furniture ($4,000-$7,000) originally from the States and the UK. All their reclaimed pieces are vintage, worn pieces that have a beautiful old world charm while the reworked furniture combines modern components with vintage cast iron parts to create chairs, desks, tables and couches. Besides furniture, Growth Ring & Supply sells tasteful Japanese interpretations of American workwear that range from dungarees, chambrays, jeans and tough looking shirts. This is quite possibly one of the coolest and best curated stores in Kwun Tong. They also occasionally lend their space out for events and have a room specifically for photo shoots. Mon-Sat, 11.30am-8.30pm.

5/F, Block AB, How Ming Factory Bldg, 99 How Ming St, Kwun Tong, 3462 3288; facebook.com/growthringsupply.

Rodafixa Cycling Boutique + Workshop

Rodafixa
Every decent hipster needs a fixie and Rodafixa is happy to fulfill that demand, selling cool bicycle brands like 8bar, BreakBrake17 and Bosberg exclusively at the shop. Rodafixa started when the godfather of Hong Kong’s fixed-gear scene, Brian Fu, teamed up with avid cyclist Eric Lee with the goal of popularising cycling in Hong Kong. The shop sells bikes, helmets, backpacks, parts, apparel – basically everything you need to hit the road – and also offers services and repairs your bike. It costs anything $300 to $500 depending on the work to be done.

Mon-Fri, 12.30pm-8.30pm. Sat, 3pm-6pm. Rm A806, 8/F, 20 Hing Yip St, Block A, Union Hing Yip Factory Bldg, Kwun Tong, 9273 3799; rdfx.cc.

333 Wide Closet

333 WIde CLoset
This family-run business is all about selling new vintage items collected over the decades from various places. The establishment boasts a part-swap meet and part-open mic concept, with a boho chic aesthetic. Every month or so, Wide Closet throws together a jam session/musical performance, which makes sense as one of the individuals who runs the shop is the drummer from local band Murmur. Check out their website or Facebook page to see when they host their next event.

Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm. Sat-Sun, 1pm-9pm. Flat D, 13/F, 119-121 How Ming St, Kwun Tong, 9772 3707; wide-closet.com.

HK2Stroke

HK2Stroke
If you’ve ever fancied yourself taking a Roman Holiday, zipping around the city à la Hepburn and Peck on a vintage restored Vespa from the 1960s, then HK2Stroke should be your first port of call if you want to ride in style. This shop carries a wide selection of restored classy Italian rides that range from $20,000 to $40,000. Depending on the make and model, owner Chris Keith is more than happy to help you customise your scooter just the way you like it. Your Hong Kong holiday begins now.

By appointment only, Flat C2, 8/F, 472 Kwun Tong Rd, Block 1, Kwun Tong Industrial Ctr, Kwun Tong, 6019 1039; facebook.com/hk2stroke.

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