In a world of mass marketing, “influencers” and e-commerce, excellent in-the-flesh customer service is fast becoming a commodity; yet it has always been essential to haberdasheries — independent’s men’s outfitters specialising in a total lifestyle package that goes beyond clothing and accessories. Here are five such stores in Hong Kong — defined by their affable service and sartorialism — for the men in your life who love the retail journey as much as the destination.
Any discussion regarding purveyors of the finest classic menswear in Hong Kong must invariably begin with The Armoury. Beyond their thoughtfully curated roster of “international classic” brands — encompassing everything from Florentine tailors to German watchmakers — co-founders Mark Cho and Alan See have helped to resolidify Hong Kong’s reputation for seriously high quality tailoring. All of this in two Central locations reminiscent of libraries you can (and should) drink in? Bottoms up.
The Armoury, 307 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2804 6991
If the mantra “you are the company you keep” applied then Bryceland’s would be the strong and silent type transplanted from a bygone era. Located above Stanley Street’s picturesque Luk Yu Teahouse, Bryceland’s Hong Kong offers a mixture of custom and vintage menswear; with a particularly strong emphasis on mid-century Americana. Much of what is sold here is deadstock, extremely limited in quantity and hand sourced on arduous buying trips by the store’s founders.
Bryceland, 7/F, Luk Yu Building, 24-26 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3970 1651
Anglophiles looking for a dose of authentic British tailoring need look no further than Attire House. Originally located in lofty premises atop 8 Wyndham Street, the store will be moving to Duke Wellington House later this month. Though Bar De Luxe — its excellent yoshoku style drinking den — will not be relocating, the revitalised Attire House will maintain the Hong Kong outpost of HERR Barber along with an exciting new addition in the form of a cigar divan. One stop shop indeed.
Attire House, 4/F, Duke Wellington House, 14-24 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2619 9007
The enfant terrible of Hong Kong’s classic menswear scene, what Antiqlockwise lacks in square footage it more than makes up for with buckets of style. This newest addition to the community of independent retailers in St. Francis Yard exclusively offers “new old stock”, evoking the funky thrift stores one tends to find in Tokyo’s Daikanyama district. Covetable statement pieces — like vintage Tart Optical sunglasses and hand sourced Navajo silverware — all under one roof. Be sure to call ahead if you’re thinking of dropping in!
By appointment only at firstname.lastname@example.org. Antiqlockwise, G/F, 3 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The team at The Prologue — located smack dab in the middle of Soho’s Shin Hing street — have forged partnerships with some of Japan’s most underrated artisanal clothiers, offering gentlemen in Hong Kong the opportunity to sample everything from a Nagoya shoemaker to Osakan tailor. Aside from Japanese partners whom they host multiple times a year, The Prologue also offers an in-house tailoring programme that represents a deftly balanced intersection between quality and price point. Come for the clothing but stay for a whisky (from the store’s industry worthy backbar).
The Prologue, 3 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2572 2488