Chinese Valentine’s Day, also known as Qixi Festival, celebrates the legendary romance between a cowherd, Niulang, and a young goddess, Zhinü, that took place sometime during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD).
Qixi takes place every year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year, the occasion lands on 25 August, leaving you plenty of time to get a little gift for that special someone in your life.
The tradition has long been predominantly celebrated in mainland China, but it’s been gradually embraced across the Chinese-speaking diaspora — with stylish limited edition pieces released for the occasion that you can’t find anywhere else. And why wouldn’t you want to celebrate an age-old tale of romance? We all know that true love is not easy to find, which is all the more reason to take every opportunity to celebrate the bond that you have with your one and only.
To help you find that sweet little gift, we’ve rounded up a list of Chinese Valentine’s Day limited-edition collections by some of the top fashion brands that we adore, which you can find below.
This Chinese Valentine’s Day, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates the passionate sentiment of love with the launch of a new Dioramour capsule collection. The extensive capsule comprises the house’s iconic bags — including Lady D-Lite, Dior Book Tote, and 30 Montaigne — along with ready-to-wear, lingerie, small leather goods, accessories and more, all distinctively covered in polka dots and a vibrant red hue that was famously described by Monsieur Dior as “the colour of life.” The collection is now available at Dior’s Peking Road and Landmark boutiques and online.
Dior, Shop G40-G45, G/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2524 8277
Taking inspiration from the phrase “apple of my eye,” Gucci’s Alessandro Michele has reinterpreted the house’s emblematic interlocking GG logo into a playful motif featuring — you guessed it — the red apple.
This cartoon-like motif can be found adorning each piece from Gucci’s Chinese Valentine’s Day collection, which comprises an extensive array of products. These items include ready-to-wear to bags, such as a backpack, a neo-vintage camera case shoulder bag, a belt bag, a north/south top-handle tote and a rounded shoulder bag. There’s also small leather goods such as cardholders and mini bags, as well as accessories such as scarves, hats, shoes and many more.
Gucci, Shop G124-125A & G220, Harbour City, 11 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2199 7728
Love, beauty and elegance have always been inscribed in the tradition of Givenchy, so for its ‘Love’ capsule for Chinese Valentine’s Day, the designer took inspiration from the archival ‘love’ prints — specifically the ones from Hubert de Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 1979 haute couture collection.
These heart-shaped designs have then been updated with modern-day house codes, with added ideas drawn from ‘love locks’ found on Parisian bridges. The resulting design can be found adorning denim, hoodies, and t-shirts for both men and women, and also bags such as the Bond shopper and accessories including a slim ‘Love’ scarf in silk twill. There are also cleaner, tailored pieces in the collection, and our favourite is the crêpe pussy bow blouse, featuring a bright red hue and scarf insert with black trim, complemented by Givenchy lettering and ribbed knit cuffs. See these limited edition items at Givenchy’s Harbour City store and online.
Givenchy, Shop 142, 242 & 243, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2735 2361
Prada is also celebrating Qixi Festival with a dedicated collection featuring both men’s and women’s nylon pieces in new, exclusive colourways. Offering a nod to the Chinese tradition, the accompanying campaign takes inspiration from the mythical tale of separated lovers, who are finally allowed to meet as the stars align once every year. The capsule is now available online, but will also arrive at Prada’s Canton Road and Sogo Causeway Bay stores on 8 August.
Prada, Shop G116-G118, Harbour City, 11 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2368 9662
This Chinese Valentine’s Day, Boss teams up with New York-based illustrator and designer Justin Teodoro for a capsule collection dubbed ‘Boss with Love. The range features ready-to-wear pieces and accessories in a unisex fit, along with underwear and sports socks for the men.
The garments in particular are adorned with a unique heart pattern, topped off with a ‘Boss with Love’ illustration in velvet appliqués, resulting in a brilliant 3D effect. The men’s backpack and women’s mini backpack, meanwhile, are made using nylon for extra durability and sustainability. Make sure to also check out the classic white leather sneakers, which is stamped with a red logo, and comes with two sets of shoelaces — white and red — for added personality. Find the collection at Boss’ Central Building and Canton Road stores.
Boss, 1–3 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2796 6628
Roger Vivier looked to its archive for inspirations on the expression on love, and came up with a ‘Funny Love‘ capsule featuring ballerina flats and pumps embracing a grosgrain and heart-shape design, as well as RV Mini suede bags championing the matching print. Spotted in a colour palette of black, pink and red, all pieces are embroidered with scribble-like drawings in black, gold and silver, along with scattered strass embellishments for a hint of glamour. You can find the collection at all Roger Vivier stores across Hong Kong.
Roger Vivier, various locations including Causeway Bay: Shop G07 & 107, Lee Garden Two, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2673 3234