Lois was recently given the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to represent Australia at the Business of Design Week.
A very special trip, as she grew up there.
The trip was a mix of business meetings and fabric sourcing, with a good dose of design inspiration.
Here, she shares her travel diary via 6 favourite things about the magical city.
#1 - Fabric Market
Sham Shui Po is situated in the northwestern part of the Kowloon Peninsula and is known for it's amazing street markets, one being full of fabrics! I spent a day wandering in and out of the many suppliers in the area, and could have easily spent a lot more time.
It's both inspiring and overwhelming, as you see all the possibilities, but also the mass of options. This experience really helped solidify my desire to use more dead stock in our ranges, instead of getting even more fabric made, why not use what has already been created and give it a new life.
#2 - Asia Society building
I came across the Asia Society building via a recommendation from a friend back in Melbourne, and it was such a treat! An incredible view of the Hong Kong harbour, a beautiful art gallery which you can slowly wander through, along with a public rooftop garden where you can escape the hectic city.
#3 - Exploring Kowloon Side
Being lucky enough to have grown up in Hong Kong I know that there is much more to this amazing place than it's bustling city. I had the opportunity to catch up with a friend from Primary School who lives out of the city amongst the beautiful nature that HK has to offer. We drove up to the top of Fei Ngo Shan also known at Kowloon Peak, and was met with quite a breathtaking view. Definitely worth leaving the city and exploring what else Hong Kong has to offer!
#4 - Exploring the city
Wandering through the stress of Hong Kong, there is so much to see, do and explore. From the high end malls, to the small back streets, bars filled with ex-pats to a tiny local eatery tucked away. You really see it all in Hong Kong, and it definitely worth getting lost as you will never know what you'll find.
#5 - HK at night
There is always something to do in HK when the sun sets, and one of the many things that I enjoy is heading to one of the many rooftop bars to admire the amazing view.
I didn't quite make it up to the top of the Peak this time, but grabbing a drink at Wooloomooloo in Wan Chai right near where I was staying definitely made up for it.
#6 - New Family Members
Meet Mr. Lee, we stumbled across his small studio tucked amongst the many numbers of fabric suppliers in Shamshuipo. He sells the most beautiful dead stock fabrics that he sources in Japan; it is a true dream come true and I cannot wait to go back! Watch this space, as some dreamy textiles will be coming your way at end of the year!
We consider all of our suppliers and makers part of the family, as they form such an integral part of why we do what we do every day.