After months of city-wide protests and the pandemic affecting sales and tourism worldwide, it comes as no surprise that Hong Kong small businesses have been struggling to stay afloat these past few years. Social distancing measures continue to change (although thankfully are better!), and the staples of Hong Kong’s community and culture are feeling the effects of less frequent shopping sprees and lack of tourism.
As we begin to enter gifting season, we want to show our support and highlight a couple of our favourite Hong Kong small businesses that continue to need our help this year and beyond. This list is by no means exhaustive, there are countless amazing options out there to stumble upon; however, to get you started, here’s where you can start to shop local:
Hong Kong small busineses: Lifestyle
Founded by Krystal Tolani, 852prints focuses on the cultural nuances that embody Hong Kong. Using local manufacturers as well as natural and recycled fibers where possible, 852prints serves up quirky apparel, accessories and Hong Kong slogan greeting cards. Popular choices include: ‘I Hope Your Day is Ferry Special’ and ‘I Think You’re Eggcellent’.
Located in Sai Kung, BeCandle is a unique ‘fragrance factory’ that uses sustainable local production. Hong Kong born founder, Xavier Tsang, has appeared at international events for his innovative approach to products design such as sprays, candles and oils. Check out the special candles resembling local dim sum delicacies such as ‘Har Gau’, ‘Siu Mai’, ‘Siu Long Bao’, ‘Fan Guo’ and Char Siu Bao’.
Centered around ethical alternatives, WOMB is a shopping outlet that represents several brands across clothing, cosmetics, homeware among others; each of which are conflict-free and sustainable production. A favourite? Kamena Jewellery. This jewellery label only uses local craftsmen to produce its line of intricately shaped Polish stones.
A quintessential part of Hong Kong’s culture, Peerie Tea creates tea blends that are ethically sourced and all-natural. Completely transparent in the process, the brand shares where its teas are from and educates consumers about the process. Special teas include ‘Work From Home’, made with a mix of nettle leaves, red raspberry leaves and lemon balm to boost your positivity and calm you.
Family-oriented small business, The Lion Rock Press differentiates itself by merging two different cultures, Chinese and British, to produce printed stationery and unique lifestyle finds. Recently producing a puzzle that features 190 rescue dogs from all walks of life, the brand has pledged to donate a minimum of HK$50,000 to HK animal shelters from the proceeds of this project.
Other products include wrapping paper, lai see packets and journals for all kinds of occasions. It also has a completely eco-friendly line, featuring products such as towels, lunch boxes and bottles.
Founded by two life-long friends, Chris Lee and Ryan Black, Buddy Bites is a door-to-door subscription food service made for Hong Kong dogs. Catered to both puppies and adult breeds, for every 2kg of food sold by the brand, they will deliver 1kg of food to dog shelters in Hong Kong. Already covering all food costs for Catherine’s Puppies, Buddy Bites has recently announced its new partnership with Hong Kong Dog Rescue – just in time to coincide with the launch of its new lamb flavoured kibble.
Armed with an obvious love for hot sauce, founders Tim Sedo, Ben Lee and Steve Carr’s passion for spice led to an online platform that ships some of the best bottles around. Inspired by ‘Hot Ones’, FIYAH! saw a need to deliver easily accessible, affordable hot sauces from across the globe in order to bring a little flame into the Hong kong market. Alongside a huge range of hot sauces available to buy online, FIYAH! also collaborate with our favourite eateries like Alvy’s and Honky Tonk’s Tavern for fun events each month.
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Hong Kong small businesses: Beauty & wellness
Made for men by men, the brand offers up a range of clean wellness and grooming products. While their grooming line focuses on eyebrow and beard products, the CBD line varies from sleep aids and gummies to muscle rubs. The company also promotes patches that deliver nutrients directly to your body, such as a boost of energy, immunity, mobility among others.
This sustainable, all-natural brand creates products that are gentle on the skin and free from toxins. These clean and green products range from deodorants and moisturisers to body scrubs and face masks. Committed to sustainability, its deodorants are totally recyclable and reusable.
For those hustling and bustling in the city, Bubbles and Spells deliver a spa-like curated experience to your doorstep, with a selection of bath bombs, soaps, scrubs, body oils and natural deodorants. Handmade and chemical-free, the brand also commits to sustainability by using recyclable packaging and eco-friendly ingredients.
All-natural products made using the freshest of ingredients, Swedish’s Handmade Bodycare is entirely chemical and preservative-free! Despite the name, the brand does also sell lip balms, scrubs and home products, keeping your skin smooth and nourished throughout any season.
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Hong Kong small businesses: Fashion
Son of bespoke tailor, Raja Fashions, Newbury provides comfortable yet stylish leather sneakers. Using hand-painted leather and suede cup sole sneakers, the brand fashions itself as elegant, traditional dress sneakers. With its cushioned arch support, Newbury’s shoes pride itself in being catered to all with its leather midsoles, allowing each shoe to mould to all foot shapes.
Based out of Hong Kong, this ethical fashion brand supplies basic essentials such as T-shirts and tank tops. Using organic cotton, the Basics for Basics prides itself in using ethically mandated factories. Its ‘Graphic’ line features the artwork of niche artists, changing each month.
Hong Kong’s first ever multi-brand retailer committed to sustainable fashion, Caelum Greene offers up products that are green and more sustainable, such as Varley’s Walsh Bra and Girlfriend collective’s Lite range – made with Econyl. Part of the brand’s mission towards sustainability, its packaging is 100 percent eco and upcycle-friendly!
A revival of the iconic Diane Freis brand that took the Hong Kong fashion market by storm in the 80s and 90s, FREIS SPIRIT has been re-born out of a passion for vintage and timeless dresses. All original Diane Freis designs, the collections are limited, with no more than 10 of each dress available to buy. A favourite fashion brand of Nicole Richie, Princess Diana and Kate Moss, FREIS SPIRIT’s sustainable, new-vintage collections have been hand-sewn, hand-beaded and are the perfect bohemian addition to any wardrobe.
From Brisbane to Hong Kong, designer Monique Welsh’s designs are lovingly handmade in-house in her small Hong Kong studio. Built on sustainable and ethical values, Stella Moon is a slow fashion, small-batch brand that “celebrates the diverse bodies of women” and strives “to empower them to feel comfortable in their ever-changing, normal bodies.”
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Hong Kong small businesses: Homeware & accessories
This boutique paint shop aims to offer environmentally safe paints and home decor accessories to homeware lovers across the city. Sourcing environmentally friendly products from around the world, 513 Paint Shop also provides assistance to those who are embarking on artistic journeys with an array of crafty workshops and classes.
Designed to inspire women to embrace their natural beauty, Anthea Cooper’s brand focuses on the timelessness of each piece and its unique design. Handcrafted in India, the founder uses her Indian heritage to design a selection of natural gemstones and precious metal jewellery pieces.
Transforming everyday essentials into eco-friendly products, feat.FASHION currently has two collections – its feat.MASK and feat.HAIR Lotus Silk. feat.MASK offers a selection of 3D-Knitted reusable face masks that are both anti-bacterial and made from sustainable and recyclable materials. Its feat.HAIR Lotus Silk delivers silk scrunchies and hairbands that are made from organic silk.
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Hero and featured image credited to 852 Prints, all other images credit to respective businesses.