The best fashion DIY stores in Sham Shui Po
A visit to Tao Yuan is like walking into a sweet store. An assortment of colourful jars of rainbow beads and gemstones line the walls to create a vivid wonderland. Pick up a basket and start choosing your desired combination of beads, with the cost measured by the weight of your basket.
When Halloween rolls around, drop by Shun Cheongs to find costume beading, feathers, fabrics, tulle and a bunch of outlandish, bright and festive materials to help with a costume. The choices are colourful and are sure to bring some fun to your look.
CYH has walls of different buttons ranging from metal, vintage, knots and horns at slightly lower prices than competitors in the area. Depending on the type of button, one gross (bag of 144) of buttons can go from $20 to $100. The staff here are extremely friendly and helpful, and if you’re lucky, they might even break a bun and share their lunch with you.
Trim, tape, string and ribbon
It’s all in the details, which means you’re going to need the proper trim to add those finishing touches to your garment. Here, you find everything from piping and twist string to satin binding and reels of ribbon.
This is one of the newest additions to the block and they carry a range of solid and print wool fabrics, suitable for outwear and overcoats for that cold three month stint.
Besides boasting a selection of leathers costing $547 to $650 per piece, or $100 to $120 per metre, Alri also carries all the tools you need to start cutting and pounding away. Blades, chisels, hammers, gouges – you name it, they have it. On top of that, Alri also offers workshops off site, so beginners can learn how to put all these wonderful tools to good use.
At Toho Shoji, you’ll find reels of different silver and gold chains in various widths and formations to help you make your ideal accessory. You have to buy at least 5m, and the chains – depending on the quality – range anywhere from $20 to $50 per metre. Go further into the two-store establishment and you find an assortment of metal ornaments.
If you are looking to bedazzle a clutch, shoes or a pair of sunglasses, this is a one-stop-shop for Swarovski crystals and semi-precious jewels. Prices generally range anywhere from $30 to $80 for a bag of crystals. There are a variety of sizes and shapes of crystals and jewels to select from, so you can find your perfect fit.
For a variety of lamb and cow hide, come to this charming and nostalgic establishment. The store is stacked and littered with a broad range of leathers coming in a variety of different colours and types.
This shop carries everything – a variety of higher quality fabrications and well-designed prints. If you’re looking for this seasons in-trend patterns, Wingtex has got what you need, unlike the tacky alternatives.
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Despite, or perhaps because of, its longstanding reputation as a working class neighbourhood, Sham Shui Po is one of the most colourful neighbourhoods in Hong Kong.