A BASE for design and fashion will be created in Sham Shui Po by 2023 at the earliest.
Secretary for commerce and economic development Edward Yau Tang-wah (邱騰華) announced that the project will have 4,300 square metres of gross fl oor area in a five-storey commercial building on Tung Chau Street (通州街) and will be run by the Hong Kong Design Centre (香港設計中心).
“We believe Hong Kong has a very good ecosystem for design as well as fashion, 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 Sham Shui Po has become one of the most favoured places for fashion and design enthusiasts.
Facilities in the building will include a design gallery and fashion showcase, fashion production workshops, stage and seminar spaces, and 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 and items, while international visitors can use this as a tourist attraction,” he said.
Yau said the government was also working with the Hong Kong Tourism Board (香港旅遊發展局) to promote the district.
Designers welcomed the proposal as it will provide a place for them to interact with other people and showcase their work.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 17 January 2018)
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