Our guide to the most sophisticated presents for fashionistas.
Yves Saint Laurent said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” And who are we to argue? For chic gifts guaranteed to make even the most voguish swoon, we’ve rounded up some stylish pieces to suit every taste and budget. From personalised jewellery to gorgeous apparel, there’s plenty to put on your Christmas wish list. Happy shopping!
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With over 10 years’ experience in the jewellery industry, Hong Kong-based fine jewellery house, Sevun delivers when it comes to creating extraordinary and timeless pieces that suit any occasion. Whether you’re looking for an eye-catching necklace, the perfect pair of earrings or a ring that really has the “wow-factor”, Sevun offers all of this and more, even allowing its clients to create their own bespoke pieces that would make for a beautiful gift this Christmas. There’s plenty to choose from but we’ve got our eye on the Eternal Bliss earrings, made from Australian semi-black crystal opals.
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Sevun, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2824 8579, www.sevundesign.com
Double-up on the festive spirit as the watch and jewellery brand, CLUSE reveals two special edition gift boxes for the holiday season! Perfect for the special lady in your life – best friend, mum, or even yourself (go on…you deserve it!), CLUSE has launched its beautiful gift box for women, which includes its bestselling La Garçonne watch with an additional strap. And for Dad, your son or best friend, there is the company’s first-ever masculine gift box – featuring the classic La Bohème design, which comes with an additional leather nato strap. Both of these festive-season sets are packaged in new, specially designed gift boxes which hint to the festive style of the gorgeous watches & straps inside – the ultimate gift!
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If you’re looking for a present for someone special, it’s well worth checking out HN Jewelry. Terence Lee’s Hong Kong-based company has decades of experience in the business and crafts really beautiful handmade pieces. You can rest assured you’re getting top quality conflict-free diamonds. They use rare stones that are graded D to F in colour (the most desirable and valuable among colourless diamonds) and VS in clarity. Best of all most items are made to order, which means the company can keep costs down because it doesn’t get stuck with unnecessary inventory. Gentlemen take note – if you’re on the hunt for a push present for your other half, you can’t go wrong with the company’s popular marquise diamond ring (which costs $13,100 for the rose gold version or you can upgrade to platinum for $16,200). Make sure you take advantage of the personalised engraving service too to add your little one’s birth date.
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HN Jewelry, Flat A, 9/F, Kimley Commercial Building, 142-146 Queen’s Road Central, 5191 1267, 2545 5009, [email protected], www.hnjewelry.com, www.facebook.com/honngaijewelry, www.instagram.com/hnjewelry, www.etsy.com/shop/honngaijewelry
The answer to every woman’s dilemma: does my watch go with this outfit? Created by former L’Oréal colleagues Alexandra Peltre Marque and Karine Lemire, the clean, jewel-like vintage face of a SILA watch, with its Japanese quartz movements, comes with the ability to quickly and easily change straps with a simple click. Choose between beautiful gold, silver or rose gold jewellery links, or colourful waxed, re-enforced cotton bracelet styles in a huge variety of on-trend colours. The best thing about this ultra-smart watch cum piece of jewellery (other than the fact that SILA stands for Sorry I’m Late Again, which we LOVE) is the bonus of being able to buy all 23+ of the alternative strap options for presents for all those Christmases to come.
Colour blocking – check. Fabulous, bang-on-trend russet-red hue – check. Suits-all cocoon shape, in a rich wool mix – check. Forget buying this for someone else, you are going to have to fight this one out of our hands. We NEED this coat as the weather turns chilly. Emma Wallace, a Brit who has settled in Hong Kong, manages to seamlessly combine Western heritage with Eastern influence. Her kimono-style jackets are her signature pieces, and this one is no exception. A perfect example of style for, “the sophisticated woman who wants to stand out.” Team with chunky heeled boots, a leather and chain strap bag, and bare legs.
Baylie Coat, available at Emma Wallace, Shop A, G/F Po Hing Mansion, 2 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong or online for $6,880
Founded by two childhood best friends, Nina and Lara, WEAT stands for We Eat Avocado Toast (could we love/agree with that more). At the heart of their collection is the Toast bag. Designed with the millennial generation in mind (people so busy they need both hands free), all Toast bags come with a unique triangle carabiner clip and adjustable leather strap, meaning the bag can be worn as a clutch, belt, cross-body or bag-on-bag. This version in soft, plush blush pink velvet, has two interior compartments with three credit card cases, is lined in pink and closes with a snap button. We’re ordering this one for our hard-to-please friends. And the larger version in rainbow leather for ourselves for next spring!
WEAT Velvet Toast Bag in Pink, available at Lostnfound811, Shop 218, 2F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong for $1449
What woman wouldn’t want a gift of shoes from Chanel, Dior, Gucci, YSL, Adidas and Alaia? You can make her dreams come true, in a travel-friendly (and more budget-friendly) package, with this fantastic scarf from CJW, courtesy of one of our favourite independent boutiques, L’Carene. Perfectly sized (36” x 36”), this square, featherweight wool scarf in festive red, pink and black, with gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations of the latest and greatest #shoegoals by CJW founder, artist and designer Christina J. Wang, is perfect for all seasons. It’s the ideal gift for those with style aspirations but limited closet space (that’s pretty much all ladies in Hong Kong then).
CJW Shoegoals Scarf, available at L’Carene, 18 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong or online for $1600 (mini) and $2400 (giant)
Sempimimi founder, Stephanie Holding-Shah, worked as a fashion writer and stylist before starting this eclectic edit of statement jewellery pieces that won’t break the bank. We love the raw rock designs, especially these Suzanne earrings. The bold geometric shaping is softened by the shimmering finish of the emeralds and glistening hints of gold. A perfect gift, these will work just as well with jeans and a blazer, as with a little black dress.
Suzanne Earrings, available online for $500
There is nothing more indulgent than unwrapping a delicate set of new lingerie, and Avec Amour is the go-to place for Hong Kong’s ladies in the know. Top of our wish list is the gorgeous Clara Whispering Contour bra (matching panties also available for $495), from Stella McCartney Lingerie. In a sumptuous silk blend, the rich, inky blue tone will suit all skin tones and the navy lace amps up the glamour factor without being too severe. It’s the kind of gift women would never buy themselves and one that will (hopefully) keep on giving. A matching robe is also available ($2050).
Stella McCartney Clara Whispering Contour Bra, available at Avec Amour, 8/F V Plus, 68-70 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong or online for $1050
Straw bags were the hit of 2018 summer and it’s a trend we predict is going nowhere in 2019. Gift one that’s both practical and stylish, like this version from Hollywood Road bohemian lifestyle emporium Ohemia. Made from premium grade, tight-weave straw, it’s big enough for a day at the beach but will also look the part on the town with the girls. Bonus points if you also fill it with goodies for the lucky recipient.
Maxi Weave Moon Handle Basket, available at Ohemia, G/F 75A Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong or online for $650
You can never go wrong with a gift of jewellery (something small, sparkly and special – yes please), and one of these zodiac necklaces from Kith & Kin is perfect; personal, beautifully made and just that little bit special. Choose the sign to match their birthday or another special date, plus whether you’d like your design in gold, silver or rose gold. Founder and mumtrepreneur Jennifer Seeto created the brand after tiring of the rat race and following her passion by completing her GIA in diamond sourcing. She set up Kith & Kin because, as she puts it, “there is nothing more important than friends and family.” The results of her dedication and enthusiasm speak for themselves – gorgeous designs, with top quality stones, set beautifully.
Kith & Kin Zodiac Necklace, available online for $700
A new pair of shoes for the holiday season is a must for many women, and ones that are both sparkly and comfortable rank highly on our wish list. Check out this fabulous pair in dual-textured gunmetal and metallic leather from BlkSheep Empire, an independent label co-founded by Hong Kong-based shoe designer Jen Webb. BlkSheep Empire says it creates, “Kick-ass shoes for kick-ass women.” If you know a woman who fits that description (and who doesn’t?) then these beauties could be the perfect fit. Check them out online or pop into the BlkSheep Empire store in PMQ and, you never know, you may well leave with a pair for yourself too.
Rocky Oxfords, available at BlkSheep Empire, Shop S310, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong or online for $1,250
Featured Image courtesy of STIL via Unsplash, Image #1 courtesy of Sevun, Image #2 courtesy of CLUSE, Image #3 courtesy of HN Jewelry, Image #4 courtesy of SILA, Image #5 courtesy of Emma Wallace, Image #6 courtesy of WEAT via Instagram, Image #7 courtesy of CJW, Image #8 courtesy of Sempimimi, Image #9 courtesy of Avec Amor, Image #10 courtesy of Ohemia, Image #11 courtesy of Kith & Kin, Image #12 courtesy of BlkSheep Empire