Travel through the lens of Paul Smith: Legendary ways to capture the authenticity of Hong Kong

 - Media OutReach - 7th March 2019 - Paul Smith, one of the
world's most celebrated British designers, travels across the globe and has
been visiting Asia since the 1980s. The enormous influence of Asian culture can
be seen in a wide range of Paul Smith collections, such as ethnic dress, oriental
dress and the amazing colours. On a recent whirlwind trip to Hong Kong, Sir
Paul soaked up the local culture and captured moments of inspiration with his
camera. The uniqueness and authenticity of the city are lavishly illustrated
through the lens of the legendary designer.


As a
passionate believer in taking influence from the past, Sir Paul specially
focused on the local neighbourhood of Old Town Central, which has been
rejuvenated by the Hong Kong Tourism Board as a cultural hotspot. This charming
district is a melting pot of old Hong Kong culture and a new cradle of
creativity, offering Sir Paul endless photo-taking opportunities and


Paul visited to two historical sites on the iconic Hollywood Road: Man Mo
Temple, a declared national monument, built in the mid-19th century,
and the latest cultural landmark, Tai Kwun, the revitalized Central Police
Station compound, with over 170 years of history. He also stopped to do a bit
of treasure hunting in the antique stalls along Upper Lascar Road.


art spills out of every corner in Old Town Central. Sir Paul took a stroll down
the old streets to explore some of the art scenes of the city. He was surprised
to discover wall art with similar design elements to his signature art strip
various skyscrapers and colours in the district, and the fascinating contrasts
between old and new can be sources of inspiration and creativity


Old Town Central, there's a lot more to explore in the city. Simply follow Sir
Paul's steps to enjoy authentic Hong Kong-style milk tea in a local dai pai
dong, take the Star Ferry across the world-famous Victoria Harbour, or visit
one of the city's premier shopping destinations, Harbour City, where visitors
can enjoy a 270-degree panorama of Victoria Harbour from the Observation Deck.


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Paul Smith exploring Old Town Central in Hong Kong

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