I recently attended the opening of Maison Margiela – clothing designer Martin Margiela’s first shop in Hong Kong. The location is On Lan Street, Central – also home to high-end retailer D-MOP and the Deep Anger store. The shop occupies a very unique building.
Maison Margiela is housed in an old stone low-rise. There are very few old buildings of this type left in Hong Kong. Particularly rare are stone buildings from the early 1900’s. Nearly all of them are gone. Due to the scarcity of land, smaller buildings have been razed to make way for skyscrapers – a trend that happened in Central decades ago.
The interior of the shop is completely white. Everything is covered in white colored paint. The monotone environment of the interior helps the clothes on the rack to standout even more.
Click on the photo below to see a larger view of the building exterior.