This year, we’re updating our annual Hong Kong’s designers to watch list early in the year. Theses are designers we haven’t appeared on our list over the last 3 years, (2014, 2015, 2016) since we’ve started curating this list. Basic criterias are that these fashion designers have a commitment to a high standard of quality and business savviness (making clothes that people want to wear!) We are excited to shortlist the next generation of Designers to Watch in Hong Kong . From milliners to fashion to jewellery, here are the 10 names you haven’t heard of, but need to know in the coming year.
Hats off to Hong Kong-based Cordelia Bradley, a millinery set on giving millinery a modern makeover. She picked up the trade when she worked at Louis Mariette and J Smith Esquire, where she produced pieces worn at the famous British racecourse event, Ascot. Each collection is hand-crafted by Cordelia. Our favourite pieces are the theatrical hats and high fashion pieces adorned with feminine elements like jewels and feathers.
Available at cordeliabradleymillinery.hk
Cynthia and Xiao
Probably a name you’re already familiar with, Cynthia and Xiao are emerging as one of fashion’s brighter new star in town. Founded by 2 Central Saint Martin’s graduates, Cynthia learnt the ropes working for all the big names like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. The design duo has won over the fashion industry with their modern bold designs and we can’t wait to see what they will come up with next.
Available at www.cynthiaandxiao.com
One of the rising stars within the fashion industry, Mak Chuen Chi founded fashion label Hang. Her big break came when she was won Hong Kong’s Young Designers’ Contest in 2012 and two years later in 2014, she took part in New York Fashion Week. The designer has an eye for detail and we love her signature style which can be described as elegant and playful in a delicately chic way.
Available at www.hanggggggg.com
Jonathan Riss, the brains behind Jay Ahr, is giving embellishment a makeover with a sports-luxe twist. The Parisian designer is known for his exquisitely crafted dresses with a focus on contrasting fabrics for the edgy city women who live the glamorous lifestyle. Think chiffon dresses with cutting-edge patterns and structured pieces with an overlay of fabrics.
Available at www.jayahr.com
If anyone can make ready to wear edgy as hell, it’s Kay Li. After working in I.T for over 10 years, she quit her corporate job to become a fashion designer. Her eponymous brand launched in Dubai in 2012 but she’s currently based in Hong Kong. Her designs are known for their well-tailored pieces with a contemporary twist. We’ll soon be turning to Kay Li to add some va va voom to our work outfits.
Available at www.kay-li.com
Melissa Lo makes jewellery that is fashionable and wearable everyday. Already selling in the States, UK and Hong Kong. Hong Kong born Melissa Lo turned her love for hunting down beautiful semi-precious gemstones from exotic places and turning them into pretty pieces of jewellery. Her pieces are featured in major publications like Grazia, The Telegraph, The Times and Style Magazine. Her collection consists of simple-yet-classy necklaces to bracelets made from silver 925 or silver 925 with 18K gold plating with semi-precious stones. Prices start at a modest HKD$1200 for a necklace and HKD$800 for a bracelet.
Available at www.melissalo.com
Maya Yuen ventured into the realm of design after working in the Marketing department at Lane Crawford. She went back to school to study Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins and shortly after graduation; launched her eponymous label. Each piece focuses on sharp clean lines, and we’re drooling over the triangle rings made from Gold plated 925 Sterling Silver.
Available at www.mayayuen.com
Making the world a better place one creation at a time is Narrative Made modus operandi. This a womenswear label teams up with local artisans in the developing countries in a bid to preserve skills of local artisan and promote their work to the fashion public. The label is founded by Sharon de Lyster, who spent her years at WGSN learning how culture and identity impact the fashion industry. Each design, each hand stitch and each weave explains the story of an artisan and their community.
Available at www.narrativemade.com
Brigitte Mitchell Da Silva needs no introduction to the industry. A jazz singer turned fashion designer; Bridgette designs flirty dresses that are both functional and sexy for everyday wear. Dresses are the priority for Brigitte, with a range of classic and contemporary cuts in black and white fabrics. We love the chiffon dresses with tucked in waists and the lust-worthy romantic gowns perfect for a chic dinner.
Available at www.viniga.com
Since its inception in 2015, the Vanessa Bel business has been a family affair. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, the brand succeeds with Vanessa designing and her dad producing the jewellery pieces. Vanessa Bells’ jewellery designs are delicate and simple with a vintage touch. All her jewelleries are made of 18K 750 gold in either white, yellow or rose and either features diamonds or fine gemstones. Don’t worry if your size is not displayed on the website, all items are custom made and can be ordered to any size.
Available at www.vanessabell.co.uk
By Rebecca Lau