Square Street, the little street just by Man Mo Temple, was historically known as the street full of coffins. Funeral shops still remain but now creative businesses such as design studios and stores have set up shop there. Check out the pioneers that are changing the vibe of Square Street.
The Pioneers — 15 Square Street
Design duo David Ericsson and Alexis Holm set up their office space on the ground floor of 15 Square Street and were immediately considered a novelty amongst their neighbours. However, the duo liked the quirky feel of the Square Street environment and grew their brands (VOID watches, Gram Footwear etc) there. The office quickly became a store and they now offer all their own brands and other designer collaborations. This is definitely a place to go for gift shopping for the hipster dudes. The store stocks jewellery and shoes by Scandinavian brands and the house brand by David Ericsson and Alexis Holm called squarestreet. Ladies can also find a more affordable version of Swedish Hasbeens in the Swede brand Moheda for half the price at HK$800. Most items are relatively affordable at around the HK$500–2,000 range, though there are more pricy items such as the higher end of the VOID watch range.
- G/F, 15 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2362 1086. www.squarestreet.se
The Interior Designers’ Dream Store — Organic Modernism
Organic Modernism is a relative new kid on the block on Square Street, as the store only opened earlier this year. The brand itself was established in the US and there are a range of stores spread out across the States. The Square Street store boasts an eclectic collection of styles but all are beautifully made, and there is a strong focus on brass work which is what the brand is famous for. All the furniture is designed and made in-house. Furniture pieces are around the HK$3,000+ range and all items are handcrafted and not mass-produced. The store also has a great selection of quirky soft furnishings and little gifts which are very affordable at HK$300. Worth checking out also are the quirky paintings of the brand’s “mascot” the deer!
- G/F, 5 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2559 0001. www.organicmodernism.com
The Venue — Little Square
Similar to The Space just on Hollywood Road, Little Square is a venue for hosting events as well as pop-up shops. Smaller and more intimate than The Space, founders Karen and Samantha Wong build on their extensive contacts to create innovative events. They hold regular events such as “Swap & Shop”, where ladies can donate unwanted yet fashionable clothing and swap them with something else. It is a great chance to refresh your wardrobe and grab some great vintage pieces. One of the founders used to work for Bally, so there is a good opportunity to grab some great Bally pieces. Another regular event “Christmas Gift Shop” is a great one-stop shop for Christmas shopping. The Little Square team focus on promoting local talents so it is common to see pop-ups featuring such local brands as Tangram, A Boy Named Sue, and local artists like Kitty N. Wong and Zlism. Currently, Little Square is hosting (in celebration of Le French May and Art Basel) “Quartorze Juilet Antique Pop Up” which ends on 31st May.
- G/F, 21 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2291 0488. www.littlesquarehk.com