Throughout June The Peninsula hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing are celebrating some of the prestigious brands in their exclusive shopping arcades with a Legendary Artisans programme.
Chanel opened its first international store at The Peninsula Hong Kong while Tiffany & Co, Harry Winston, Graff, Louis Vuitton and Davidoff opened their first Asian flagships there.
The programme includes showcases by Chanel and Graff as well as Ralph Lauren at the three hotels and a Tiffany & Co tea at The Peninsula hotels Hong Kong and Beijing with a Harry Winston themed tea at The Pen Shanghai.
There are also Legendary Artisans packages including airport transfers, afternoon tea and discounts, available at all three hotels. See http://www.peninsula.com for more details.
Rolls Royce transfers at The Peninsula
The Hardy by Goyard
As we’re half way through Le French May in Hong Kong it seems fitting to mention two mega handbag brands from France. While Louis Vuitton – or LV as it’s known here – is the ubiquitous designer bag label (is there anyone is this town that doesn’t have the Never Full?), it’s good to see Goyard being sported on a few discerning, crooked elbows. Created a few years before LV, Goyard is only just gaining popularity here – as one shop assistant quipped: “Whenever a Chinese star is photographed with one, we brace ourselves for the rush.”
My favourite is not the “entry level” (a snip at HK$6,000!) tote, but The Hardy, pictured above. Primarily because of the feline face perforated in the side of the bag. Not as random as it seems, this detail denotes the bag’s original purpose: “to transport a cat”. How cute is that?