Having given a run down on shopping in Kowloon, I thought I would now broaden the discussion to include HK Island.
A must visit is the Western Market on Des Veux Road Central. Take the MTR to Sheung Wan station and leave via exit B. Turn right and wander along the street until you see this building on the corner of Morrison Street. Hold your breath – it’s very exciting!
Apart from the fact that this is a beautiful, iconic building, the entire second floor is full of fabric! It is impossible to get a good shot of the fabric stores, but you can see that they line the perimeter of the second floor.
They are all little booths, owned by different people (some people seem to own two or three booths), and the fabric is packed in. If you say what you are interested in, fabric will materialise.
I was still looking for good quality flannelette for shirts and it was in this market that I found Viyella, which is a British version and very high quality (and can be seen on the left – the red tartan – yep, bought some of this!)
It was at this market that the photos of my second Bronte were taken. I’m not going to own up to all the fabric that I bought (instead I will do a slow reveal via this blog), but here is a small sample
I think my favourite piece is this silk by Prada. How could I resist it? I can already guarantee that I am going to be too scared to cut into it! I had a shirt in my head for this fabric.
This market is a must for everyone interested in buying fabric. You won’t get anything else in the way of sewing notions, etc, but boy, you will find yourself in fabric heaven!
Next on the agenda was a shop rather uninspiringly called “Tailor and Alteration” and here is their website. This shop sells everything – fabric, yarn, notions and they even offer classes. Here is Bea having a browse. You’ll be pleased to know that I didn’t add to my stash!
This shop is at 467-473 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay Commercial Building, 19th Floor, Tak Fung. I think we hopped back on the MTR and went one stop to save a bit of walking. Get the MTR to Causeway Bay Station, exit at D2 and then you are on Hennessy Road, turn right and walk 300metres. It’s in what appears to be a small office building, so don’t be put off by this. They also have a store in Kowloon – 12th Floor, Room 77, Yip Fat Industrial Building, Yuen Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon – but we didn’t get there (thank goodness!).
Hong Kong Island has very charming trams – double decker, which I’ve only ever seen in Hong Kong.
Normal service will now resume – until my next trip which thankfully is probably not for a little while!