Dive into art & culture

Dive into art & culture

From being the centre of Hong Kong’s textiles industry to now one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the city, Sham Shui Po has undergone huge transformations over the past century. Today, in the midst of its historical buildings and traditional restaurants, an ever-expanding community of contemporary shops, art studios, and coffee spots have begun to flourish, instilling new life into the district. Whether you’re in search of hip concept stores and secret art hubs, or just dropping by for a cup of coffee, Sham Shui Po will always impress you with its variety, heritage, and creative energy.

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Pursuing 'The Good Life' through art

Pursuing 'The Good Life' through art

WOMANBOSS started as an online content and e-commerce site in New York City, before opening their first concept store in Hong Kong — which combines a shop, cafe, and exhibition space — in the latter part of 2020 in the hipster neighbourhood, Sham Shui Po. Seeing the area’s charm and its unique blend of old and new, Joseph Luk, who manages the store, thinks Sham Shui Po is perfect for the brand due to its “genuine, diverse, and creative community”. Making up that community, are numerous small shops and creative spaces.

Having undergone a transformation in recent years with the help of a booming art and culture scene, Sham Shui Po is home to places like Mudheytong Gallery, which provides regular ceramic workshops that encourage the public to get crafty and let their creativity run free. The neighbourhood has also welcomed a string of hybrid cafes that blend together an exhibition space with a coffee shop, supporting local talents and also offering a great cup of coffee. These include venues like Bonding Coffee, a space dedicated to connecting with the community through coffee and art, and, of course, WOMANBOSS, a multi-sensory shop that promotes slow living by infusing a touch of art and creativity into daily lives.

For Luk, art is an integral part of constructing the ’Good Life’, the brand’s motto since the very beginning. Despite common misconceptions that art is often inaccessible and out of reach, Luk thinks that art can represent one’s personal style and characteristics, and hopes that more Hongkongers can be connected to art through WOMANBOSS and the Sham Shui Po neighbourhood. This is also the motivation behind the curated works displayed in the shop. Whether it’s the price, style, or the artists themselves, everything is designed to cater to a younger generation aiming to make art accessible for all.

As Luk shared, everyone can pursue the ’Good Life’ through different facets, from products to artworks to dining experiences, making Sham Shui Po the perfect place for culture vultures to freely explore and immerse themselves in creativity.

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Written by Time Out Hong Kong
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