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Where to Find Handmade Souvenirs in Hong Kong

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Mass-market tourist trinkets are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong. If you’re looking for something a little more special to commemorate your time in the city, consider a handmade souvenir instead. Each of the items below is a one-of-a-kind piece that exhibits the artistry of the person who made it, making for a souvenir that you can cherish for a long time to come.

Shoes and slippers from Sindart

Founded in 1958, Sindart is known for creating gorgeous, hand-embroidered footwear and accessories for men, women, and children, such as bedroom slippers, ballet flats and purses. Each item is personally designed third-generation Sindart owner Miru Wong, who learned the family craft from her grandfather, the shop’s founder. Designs range from traditional Chinese goldfish and peonies — symbols of good luck in Chinese culture — to fashionably cute pandas embellished with bright sequins.

Shop 16-17, 1/F, Bowring Centre 150-164 Woosung Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong +852 6623 3015

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Cheongsams from Linva Tailor and Mee Wah Qipao

Make a statement by donning a cheongsam, the elegant, form-fitting dress that came to symbolize Chinese femininity in the 20th century. Mee Wah Qipao, founded in the 1930s, and Linva Tailor, founded in 1965, have mastered the art of creating this iconic garment stitch by stitch. There are many beautiful designs on the racks; alternatively, you can order a completely bespoke dress made specially for you. Just keep in mind that a custom dress requires you to go in for multiple fittings over the course of several weeks.

Linva Tailor, 38 Cochrane St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2544 2456

Mee Wah Qipao, 76 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2543 6889

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Ceramics from Yuet Tung China Works

Established in 1928, Yuet Tung creates artisanal, hand-painted ceramics, including porcelain tableware, teaware, vases, cups, dinner sets, fish bowls, and more. They are known to supply tableware to luxury hotels, including the Peninsula. Unlike mass-produced ceramics, hand-painted designs feature sharper colors and clean lines. Usually, their products depict flowers, natural landscapes and scenes from Chinese folk tales. However, if you can’t find the perfect design, Yuet Tung’s craftsmen are willing to paint a custom one for you.

Unit 1-3, 3/F., Kowloon Bay Industrial Centre, 15 Wang Hoi Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2796 1125

Leather goods from Fungus Workshop

This charming little shop in the heart of Sheung Wan is full of artisanal leather goods, including satchels, purses, phone cases, coin pouches, wallets, belts, camera pouches, and more. The founders, Phillip Lau and Grace Kwok, are a married couple who are both design school graduates. On weekends, they teach multi-session workshops where customers can make and sew their own leather goods to take home, from cutting out the leather to stitching it together.  There’s a colorful range of beautiful, soft leathers to choose from. Whether you buy a finished product or create your own, these thoughtfully made goods are sure to stand the test of time.

G/F, 4 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2108 4522

Personalised seals from Chop Alley

A “chop” is a traditional Chinese seal that bears the engraved name of its owner. Traditionally, it was pressed into red ink and used as a stamped signature for official documents, or to designate one’s authorship of a piece of poetry or art. Man Wa Lane, also known as Chop Alley, is lined with the stalls of chop-makers. Seals made from jade, marble, ivory, or cheaper materials such as plastic or wood are available. Customarily, Chinese names are engraved in stylised calligraphic scripts, but the chop-makers of Chop Alley are used to tourist clients, and will happily engrave something in English, or a mixture of English and Chinese.

Man Wa Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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