The Bay’s hidden fashion street… Even for locals in the know Yiu Wa Street wasn’t a well known street in Causeway Bay, but with some new tenants’ invasion in the past six months it has now become one of the must-see streets for its many cute little unique boutiques and stores that have popped up here. The street is less then 100 meters long and is located right behind Time Square, in a quiet pocket away from the crowds in busy Causeway Bay.
Here are Butterboom.com’s top 10 shops to visit on Yiu Wa Street:
A place for shoe lovers. Shoes are custom-made so shoppers can visit the store and pick out a model and then size, details and materials are taken into account when you place your order. Tailor-made shoes take 2-3 weeks to deliver, including fitting when necessary. Prices for a pair of shoes cost HK$680 and up, depending on the leather and the complexities of design you chose.
Where: 35 Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2834 1023
This store is all about vintage, functional yet romantic design clothing, owned by designers Alice and Boysh whose love for lace and vintage is fuelled by a desire to offer affordable luxury. aalia has since become a favourite haunt of local celebrities like Charlene Choi, Chrissie Chau, Miriam Yeung and others working executives in town.
Where: 2F, 31 Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 9121 8491
Design Your Own Shoes (DYOS) is a made-to-order shoe store known for their wedding and bridal shoe designs made from silk and satin. It takes a month to make a pair of shoes here as they put a lot of time into the customized details, with pairs starting from HK$800.
Where: 1F, 31 Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2204 3043
A new store on this street, Hampstead opened just 4 months ago and offers up a piece of Hampstead in Hong Kong. We love the country cottage deco feel of the shop and of course what they stock! Expect to find vintage pieces and chic French labels like Manoush. Prices range from HK$500 to HK$20,000, while some vintages pieces are not for sale.
Where: 28 Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2702 0038
Despite what the name suggests, there is nothing silly about Silly Wardrobe! Owner Mavis Cheng always wanted her own walk-in wardrobe that could bring her revenue and that she could also share with others, so she started Silly Wardrobe to do just that. This 60 feet tiny shop is an extension of Mavis’ wardrobe and can only accommodate up to 3 people at any one time. Come here for modern, chic, freestyle clothes that encourage mixing and matching from styles in the UK, Japan and Korea.
Where: Shop 1, 21Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2834 1023
As one of the veteran designers in Hong Kong since 1980s, Ma is famous for his elegant evening gowns and cocktail party dresses. Celebs like Monica Chan and other Miss Hong Kongs have been wearing his gowns for years. While we were browsing through his store, we found some casual tops that were priced at HK$300, which is a bargain for a designer piece as we think you’ll agree.
Where: 16 Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2356 6095
Florinda Ho comes from a fashion background, but with only 6 years in the biz is considered the “new kid” on the block. She makes custom-made party dresses, wedding gowns and Chinese Qi Pao that feature lots of French lace. She’s usually very busy so an appointment is necessary.
Where: Shop 1, G/F Bartlock Centre 3 Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2838 6636
This store caters to the younger set who love Japanese fanciful street wear. They are known for stocking Daily Dolly which specializes in creating T-shirts that pay “tribute” to the European designer by having their names or logo re-done in a fun and cheeky way. Other labels like Dry Clean Only from Thailand have attracted local artistes’ interest like Angelababy & Janice Man. Prices range from HK$380 to over HK$10,000 for their limited edition fur products.
Where: Shop 2, 3 Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2574 1498
It carries urban street wear and office wear. We like their artistry designed jackets, drape dresses and leather boots. Karen Mok is a regular and likes to mix and match pieces she finds from Craver to create her own unique looks.
Where: Shop G3 G/F Bartlock Centre 3 Yiu Wa Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2891 8875
This Japanese-owned store carries lots of up-and-coming Japanese vintage designer brands. Top finds here include Chanel vintage jackets and pieces from Henry Holland, and even Mexican designer Alexandre Quesada. Most of the items are one-off pieces so it’s a great places to create looks that are entirely your own.
Where: Shop G5, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2836 6367
How to get there?
MTR Causeway Bay Stop, Times Square Exit A, a 2 minute walk to Yiu Wa Street or take Happy Valley tram stop in front of Crown Plaza Hotel, cross the street and turn left to Yiu Wa Street.
– By King Chan