Hong Kong Designers Debut At London Fashion Week

February 1, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (1-February-2019): Four leading Hong Kong fashion designer labels will present their works at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019, showcasing Hong Kong’s fashion creativity to industry elites and style influencers from around the world.

The presentation is part of the Fashion Hong Kong promotion campaign organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

The HKTDC will stage the “Fashion Hong Kong” show and host a cocktail reception at The College, Old Central Saint Martins in London at 8:30pm (UK time) on 15 Feb. Incorporating various elements such as art installations, drama and performance art, the presentation will showcase the multi-faceted creativity of Hong Kong designers. Visitors can review the four labels’ new collections and meet the designers in person. The event will give the designers a chance to network with industry players from around the world.

Each of the four Hong Kong fashion designers has a unique style. They are Doris Kath Chan (brand name: DORISKATH), Cynthia Mak (brand name: HOUSE OF V), Polly Ho (brand name: LOOM LOOP) and Yeung Chin (brand name: YEUNG CHIN).

Fashion Hong Kong comprises a series of international promotions organised by the HKTDC to raise the global profile of Hong Kong fashion designers and labels. Since 2015, Fashion Hong Kong has actively participated in international fashion weeks and renowned events to showcase the city’s unique, diverse designs.

Hong Kong Designers Debut At London Fashion Week

The campaign has covered New York, London, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Shanghai. This is the second year for Fashion Hong Kong to take the city’s brands to London Fashion Week.

This year, Fashion Hong Kong has collaborated with several lifestyle brands and artists to promote the campaign during London Fashion Week. Partners include Hong Kong online creative platform StoryTeller and fashion illustrator Andrew Yeung, who has crafted an exclusive illustration for the campaign. Featuring the theme of Hong Kong fashion in the eyes of illustrators, and incorporating the styles and cultures of London, his illustration highlights the impact Hong Kong fashion makes at London Fashion Week.

Hong Kong start-up ShirtStylist.com, an online platform for shirt custom-making, is creating an exclusive and stylish series of Fashion Hong Kong shirts with fabrics used by the four designers in their 2019 Autumn/Winter collections. In addition, Hong Kong creative unit and pin-badge brand PERKS is launching a special edition of 2019 autumn/winter pins for Fashion Hong Kong to celebrate this year’s event.

Daycraft – a Hong Kong brand that features original design with a passion for the arts, design and lifestyle – has collaborated with Fashion Hong Kong once again to produce a limited-edition diary celebrating Fashion Hong Kong’s participation at London Fashion Week. The diary features unique cover designs created by the participating designers. Other collaborating Hong Kong brand partners include CHOCOLAT-IER and Antalis HK.

Hong Kong’s New Punjab Club Awarded Michelin Star

January 31, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (31-January-2019): 33-year-old Syed Asim Hussain recently become the youngest restaurateur in the world to hold two Michelin stars.

In December, his ambitious and extremely personal Pakistani restaurant New Punjab Club was awarded a Michelin Star, just 18 months after it opened its doors in one of Hong Kong’s prime localities.

With this, the New Punjab Club is also the first Pakistani restaurant in the world with a Michelin Star. Hussain’s other Michelin honour has been awarded for his French bistro, Belon.

Hussain shared his excitement about the Michelin honour with Images in an exclusive chat over the phone from Hong Kong, “I feel very proud to have received two stars this year. I sort of expected it for the French restaurant, but to have the New Punjab Club recognised so early on is exciting.

Hong Kong's New Punjab Club Awarded Michelin Star

Hussain continues, “It’s the first Pakistani restaurant to have a Michelin Star, and I was just telling my team that we have to make sure it stays. Initially, I was convinced someone was pranking us, or we got a call by mistake. I didn’t believe it until the morning of the awards. It was a cool honour for me personally as well. In some ways, it belongs to my father also, for the work he was doing with his restaurants in the ‘80s and ‘90s in Hong Kong. Still talking about it gives me chills; it sure is hard to believe.”

The New Punjab Club and Belon are just two of the 22 restaurants under the Black Sheep Restaurants umbrella that Hussain co-founded with his business partner, Christopher Mark, in 2012.

Hussain was born in Hong Kong, but spent his formative years in Pakistan when his father, businessman and diplomat Syed Pervaiz Hussain, sent him – at age five – and his six-year-old brother off to boarding school at Lahore’s Aitchison College.

Guangdong Steps Up Work On Bay Area Initiative

January 29, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (29-January-2019): Earlier this month, Guangdong provincial government issued a notice outlining new policy initiatives and measures to further facilitate technological innovation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The notice effectively marks the beginning of a new phase of attempts for thorough and in-depth integration of various cities in the Greater Bay Area.

According to the document, the nine Guangdong cities within the Bay Area will establish at least one base for young people from Hong Kong and Macau to found tech and innovation startups.  Meanwhile, technology projects carried out in Guangdong will also be open to Hong Kong and Macau.

Under the new measures, Hong Kong and Macau tech talent as well as foreign high-level tech talent working in Guangdong can be expected to receive more subsidies in income tax, as well as a set of more favorable retirement and insurance policies.

Moreover, the province is going to provide Hong Kong and Macau tech enterprises with more subsidies to help them in relation to research and development costs.

Undoubtedly, the notice has demonstrated the resolve of the Guangdong government to work toward the establishment of an international tech innovation hub within the Greater Bay Area.  It also reflected the innovative and responsible spirit of Guangdong as a trailblazer in the country’s reform and opening up.

Guangdong Steps Up Work On Bay Area Initiative

And, it is testimony to the importance attached to the development of high-end and new technology industries by Guangdong authorities, as well as support to Hong Kong and Macau, and the efforts to leverage “one country, two systems”.

As the new policy initiatives and measures are implemented, Guangdong’s high-end and new technology industries will be geared towards the education sectors and enterprises of Hong Kong and Macau.

One can also expect that exchanges and collaboration among talents in the innovation and tech industries in the Greater Bay Area would be substantially enhanced, and that more world-class innovation and tech enterprises, talents and educational institutions would be willing to explore new opportunities in Guangdong.

In future, demand for tech talent and firms in the Greater Bay Area will be enormous.  As far as young people of Hong Kong and Macau are concerned, the Greater Bay Area will present huge career opportunities as well as an unrivaled stage for them to showcase their talents.

As such, if you are really determined to seize the gigantic career and business opportunities in innovation and tech presented by the Bay Area, the first thing you need to do right now is to go through the notice published by the Guangdong government seriously and thoroughly.

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