Lane Crawford, the Hong Kong design, fashion and lifestyle store has just opened the doors to an ambitious new venture: the largest shoes and accessories showcase on the continent. Conceived by Asia’s design golden boy, Andre Fu, the new Shoe Library covers 25,000 sq ft, with over 200 brands lining six distinct zones.
Step through the Canton Road entrance of the store and you find yourself in the ‘Great Room’, the mainstay of the entire space, featuring a soaring 5m-high ceiling, library armoires in bronze and abstract French panels. The mood changes from zone to zone, with the contemporary space delineated by a striking panelled backdrop. ‘The overall experience is designed to evoke the concept of a journey,’ says Fu. In contrast to his past hospitality experience where all elements are created in totality, ‘the main challenge was creating a number of visual enclaves that can adapt to seasonal product changes’.
At the end of the journey is the Library Café, where well-heeled shoppers can replenish themselves with fashion-inspired pastries by Bonnie Gokson’s Ms B Cakery. There are also reviving dishes from around the globe, as well as from Hong Kong restaurant, Yardbird.