When traveling for business, we made a conscious decision right at the very beginning of our sassind journey, that we would always try to make our trips balanced between business and experience the best of the place we are visiting.
The first place we visited for sourcing product for our launch range was Hong Kong. We were fortunate to have had an introduction to a reputable knitwear house through our professional network, so this is where the journey began. We've since had four visits to Hong Kong to secure our first signature range, and here are our favorite places to hang out...
to get there
Fly with Cathay Pacific. Hands down the best Business Class around. Efficient, discreet service. Good food. Comfortable seating. Sensational Lounges in Hong Kong - complete with fresh to order a noodle soup and Dim Sum Kitchen, Illy Espresso Coffee Cart, Chinese Teahouse, thoughtfully curated wine beer and cocktail list, excellent wifi and recharge facilities, Aesop Clad bathrooms and showers, and several 'relaxation' areas.
where to stay
The Pottinger Hotel, Stanley Rd, Central. We are still Hoteliers at heart, so finding the right place to stay in any city is always at the top of our list. Great location close to transport, restaurants, bars, decent coffee, shopping, and perhaps most importantly close to an excellent massage joint. Their staff is very competent and helpful. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is served a la carte style in their Gardenia restaurant. I'm designing a pair of pajamas based on in so I took from the wallpaper in this place. It's beautiful.
where to eat & drink
Chom Chom - A quick 10-minute walk from the hotel. It's a perfect for cocktails, or a cold beer and light Vietnamese snacks. The ideal place to chill out after a big day of meetings or crossing into China for factory visits.
Ho Lee Fook - Meaning "good fortune for your mouth" is a funky Chinese kitchen in the spirit of late-night Chinatown hangouts in 1960's New York. Asian fusion at it's best with a focus on using locally sourced seasonal produce. Great wine list, and attentive (if not slightly arrogant) staff. Fantastic range of salads. Only a five-minute walk from the hotel.
La Cabanne - Cool little natural wine bar run by a French guy. There is always something new to try on the natural wine front, with a great selection by the glass or carafe, including an assortment of beers and ciders. They have a neat little menu of share plates, simple cheese plates, and charcuterie.
where we love to shop
17 Staunton, 17 Staunton st, Soho
This store features Chinese porcelain and ceramics in all shapes and sizes. You’ll see a great selection of white and blue porcelain jars. Think Chinese scenic designs such as flying cranes, dragon and lotus flowers on these pieces.
Petit Bazaar 9 Gough St, Central District
Petit Bazaar is a whimsical wonderland of inspirational goods, fashion, and furniture for kids. The store mostly stocks chic, high-end French and European designer brands such as Emile Et Ida and Nobodinoz. A full selection of toys and other objects like bunny night lamps and Little Prince musical boxes. If you’re welcoming a new child into the family, Petit Bazaar has plenty of magical options for doing up the nursery.
Fang Fang Projects 9 Gough St, Central District
Fang Fong is a vintage/modern concept store that uses vintage fabrics and prints to create diverse designs. Fang Fong brings a vintage style to modern day women. Along with their stock apparel, they also produce bags, shoes, and offer consultations for tailoring.
Time to travel xx
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