Where to Buy: Stationery in Hong Kong
With September on the horizon and summer coming to a close, it’s time to bust out those planners, pens, and papers. We’ve found a few shops around Hong Kong to meet your school or workplace stationery needs. Let’s get productive!
Classic & Formal: Smythson and Monocle
Ever since its founding in 1887, Smythson has been crafting timeless and classic British luxury leather goods and stationery. Whether you’re congratulating someone on their engagement, writing a thank you card, or just trying to plan your busy month ahead, Smythson promises unrivalled craftsmanship in their goods. Their stationary line also includes refills for diaries, pens, and pencils: a sign that you’ll keep coming back for more. Don’t get stuck in that awkward period where you have to start writing in your planner in the middle of the year and pick up your 2017 diary before the new year hits. Fun fact: Smythson is the proud holder of three Royal Warrants, marks of distinction given to companies that have supplied goods for at least five years to the households of the British Royal Family.
Address: Unit 243, 2/F 88 Queensway
From London-based international affairs, business, culture and design magazine Monocle, the Monocle shop sells lifestyle products including books, music, clothing, travel accessories, stationery, and more. With their line of notebooks made in Germany and their handwriting tools from Swiss company Caran d’Ache, the Monocle shop holds up their dedication to a global outlook. Compared to Smythson, Monocle stationery is simple and practical, perfect for those who don’t want to fuss over choosing among frills and thrills.
Address: 1 St. Francis Yard
Crafty & Artistic: Artland and Chan Sheung Kee
4000 square feet in size, this spacious upstairs shop is a craftsman’s heaven. Here you can find both the mundane and the extraordinary: pencils, paper clips, markers, tape…but also rainbow scratchboard, screen printing fluid, and Crayola air dry clay. Even if you’re not a professional artist not to worry, Artland carries all the beginner tools for dabbling artists, students, teachers, and professionals. Check out their in-house art gallery for current and future exhibitions.
Address: 3/F Lockhard Centre, Lockhart Road
Conveniently located just off of Wan Chai Street, this cluttered but eclectic mom-and-pop shop carries all your basic back-to-school and office essentials for a bargain price. Aside from your sticky notes, post cards, and folders, you can even pick up knickknacks like toys and swimming accessories from the assortment hanging outside the shopfront.
Chan Sheung Kee Book Store
Address: 16-18 Heard Street
Scandinavian Inspired: Prints and Kikki.K
As suggested by the name, this Swedish designed brand has prints from florals, to solids, to glittery solids, and to swirls all over their products. Vibrant and youthful, this stationary will definitely add a splash of colour to your desk. Extra extra: Prints offers personal and corporate customisation services. Stamp your name on it to make it extra personal.
Address: 11/F Sogo Department Store
555 Hennessy Road
With its cute, feminine, and inspirational designs, Kikki.K takes stationery to a whole new level. Covered with light pastel colours and motivational words and phrases, its abundant collection inspires you to dream big and reach your goals. Some innovative creations include bucket list notebooks, meal planner pads, and habit trackers. If you’re a person who responds to visual triggers and you like to make lists, Kikki.K will have you head over heels with its gentle reminders to stay moving, happy, and productive.
Address: Shop 411, Level 4, Ocean Centre
Tsim Sha Tsui