The Magical City of Hong Kong, Part 2 (of 3)
Monday, October 02, 2006
Now, Joyce and Lane Crawford are where you go in Hong Kong if you are a dreamer (or if you are independently wealthy). But, if you are a serious die-hard bargain shopper, you take a taxi over to the island of Ap Lei Chau (about 20 minutes, $10), where the South Horizons building has outlet stores for both of those stores. (That's a covert snapshot of the Lane Crawford outlet above.) Here you'll find past seasons of fantastic clothes, like Dries van Noten sweaters and Pucci dresses and Phi tops and Yohji Yamamoto coats. (The best part, at least for me, is that because all the stylish women in Hong Kong are teensy tiny, the clothing in stock tends to be larger sizes.)
You have to be very careful because there is no better example of the fact that even top designers aren't perfect—these are the pieces that couldn't even get sold in the clearance sales, so the really great finds are few. One side of your brain is going, "This coat is nice, but it's not worth the $500 [or $200, or $900] dollars." And the other side of your brain is going, "But you will finally own a piece designed by Yohji Yamamato! There, in your very own closet! Whee!"
(That's not to say there aren't awesome finds; I once scored a DVF wrap dress at the Joyce outlet and it is one of the best, most versatile items I own.)
This time, I very nearly bought a fantastic pair of Habitual skinny jeans and a Trovata skirt, but decided against it. I am glad I waited: After you have finished going a little crazy in South Horizons, you must always make a stop off at the nearby Marina Square East center, home of Space, an outlet for Prada, Miu Miu and Helmut Lang. And that is where the weekend went from great to amazing.