A base for design and fashion will be created in Sham Shui Po by 2023 at the earliest, commerce chief Edward Yau Tang-wah announced yesterday.
The project received a mention in Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s policy address. She pledged the government “will actively look into ways for young designers to make full use of the traditional base for apparel and fabrics in Sham Shui Po district to create new synergy.”
Yau, secretary for commerce and economic development, said the project will have 4,300 square meters of gross floor area in a five-story commercial building on Tung Chau Street and will be run by the Hong Kong Design Center.
“We believe Hong Kong has a very good ecosystem for design as well as fashion, and particularly in Sham Shui Po,” Yau said.
“Sham Shui Po is a district with a long history of trading in apparel, fabrics and garment-related accessories. To date, it remains an active wholesale and retail hub for those trades.”
Yau said with hundreds of small and medium-sized wholesale trading enterprises and retail outlets for fabrics and related accessories, Sham Shui Po has become one of the most favored places for fashion and design enthusiasts.
Facilities in the building will include a design gallery and fashion showcase, fashion production workshops, working as well as co-working areas, stage and seminar spaces, an incubation center, a design library as well as a material library.
“There will also be an open space where the public can go to look for fashion, look for items, as well as international visitors to use this as a tourist attraction,” he said.
Yau said the proposal was approved by the URA board in December.
Yau said the government was working with the Tourism Board to promote the district.
Designers welcomed the proposal as it will provide a place for them to interact with other people in the industry.
Polly Ho Sin-hang, who has worked in the industry for more than 10 years, said the meeting space and fabric lab can allow small entrepreneurs like her to meet clients and find sourcing.