FIONA KOTUR’S HONG KONG
The accessories designer explores the upbeat city. MY FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT HONG KONG
It’s a city with extraordinary variety – an urban metropolis that also has hiking trails and beaches. Shops range from tiny, family-owned antique spots on Hollywood Road that have been there for years to larger new megamalls.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
In May, for the annual art fair, which is now Art Basel Hong Kong. It’s an amazing week with a huge opening night, fascinating talks, and fabulous parties.
Looking for silks in the Western Market, beads in Hung Hom, leather in Sham Shui Po, and meeting family-owned hardware companies in Mong Kok.
Sheung Wan, a place that’s changing by the minute. It has Chinese antique shops, brilliant restaurants, and the Cat Street Gallery, a great contemporary art space.
FOOD & DRINK
Lunch at the Kee Club is a dim-sum heaven. Heirloom does delicious coffee, and feels like a slice of New York in central Hong Kong.
You can’t beat the views from Cafe Gray at the top of the Upper House hotel or Sevva in the Prince’s Building for a glass of rosé on a warm evening.
The best way to go is bespoke. Tailoring in Hong Kong is second to none – and so quick! Soong’s Salon de Mode, in Kowloon, cuts the best clothing. Head to Elsa at K.S. Sze & Sons in the Mandarin Oriental to make your jewellery dreams come true, or Mayer next door for custom-made leather shoes and bags.
Hong Kong is full of lovely reflexology places. For the ultimate lazy afternoon, a foot massage, and a movie at Ten Feet Tall, on Queen’s Road in Central, is a great weekend combination.
I love going out to Shek O beach. Somehow those big waves and beaches feel unexpected here, and the views are breathtaking.
For a slice of old-school Hong Kong, the Mandarin Oriental is a must. Excellent restaurants, bars, and the best service in the world.
IDEAL WEEKEND OUTFIT
A crisp cotton dress from Bottega Veneta, some Balenciaga sandals, one of our own necklaces, and an oversize raffia clutch.
An SK-II mask once a week and an Estée Lauder moisturiser are real skin savers.
Sevva Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone Night Age Reversing Line/ Wrinkle Creme Necklace, Kotur
Bottega Veneta Autumn/ Winter ’13
Hong Kong by night
Clutch, Kotur at Net-a-Porter.com