Hong Kong’s textile industry dates back to early 60s, though by 80s the garment manufacturing had moved across the border into mainland China. There are only handful of factories in Hong Kong that still manufacture garments, and the textile industry as a whole has moved to the mainland.
Even though garment and accessories factories are a quick train ride away, Hong Kong is not known for fashion designers. There is a new wave of designers in the fashion arena that will surely put Hong Kong on the map. Here is a list of up-and-coming labels to look out for.
Cynthia & Xiao consists of design duo, Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao, who met at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, both studying fashion. The pair works together to construct a collection that fuses Cynthia’s background in graphic design and fashion design, alongside Xiao’s expertise in knitwear design. The garments combine a striking and bold character with minimalistic and easy shapes.
Yat Pit means ‘one stroke’ in Chinese. The name derives from the Chinese idiom: ’10 strokes without a slash’, which means people talk about starting something but actually they never start. Yat Pit refers to their first stroke, their first step. Founded by designers Jason Mui and On-Ying Lai, the fashion label intends on reviving lost Chinese culture. They have imagined contemporary fashion in China, if the Cultural Revolution didn’t happen. Head over to i-D and DAZED to find out more about Yat Pit.
Contrasting the youthful energy of Cynthia & Xiao and Yat Pit, are veterans in the fashion industry pushing sustainability as a key element of their brand story. Knotti is a knitwear label that was founded by Denise Ho, which uses only biodegradable yarn exclusively from the most environmentally and ecologically-responsible farms in Gostwyck, Australia. Each piece is crafted using traditional hand-knit techniques by talented home knitters in Hong Kong.
The team behind Hong Kong’s environmental NGO Redress, Christina Dean and Michelle Bang, is taking on a new challenge that materialises their up-cycled fashion concept. BYT aims to cultivate consumers by offering luxury up-cycled fashion and accessories using inspirational social enterprises and Asia’s leading and largest sustainable manufacturers. Stay tuned as they will officially launch in September 2017.