After 165 years, Lane Crawford looks forwards
To mark its 165th birthday, luxury department store Lane Crawford invited its community of leading and emerging brands and creative talents to share their vision of the future.
Their perspectives are transformed into a series of exclusive designs, capsule collections, artistic installations and uniquely curated product showcases that engage customers to imagine what the future may bring.
With more than 600,000 square feet of retail space, Lane Crawford has 11 points of sale across Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. With an online store, purpose built for China while also shipping globally, Lane Crawford is China’s first luxury omni-channel fashion retailer. Featuring the largest designer portfolio across Womenswear, Menswear, Cosmetics, Home and Lifestyle, and Fine Jewellery in the region, Lane Crawford showcases more than 1000 international brands.
Innovative Beijing-based architecture and design firm People’s Architecture Office presents its vision of the future of modern living through giant twisting metal tubular structures that customers can climb inside to explore a whole other landscape. Hong Kong-based architectural design studio Sky Yutaka has created a mesmerising kinetic installation where the future is a haunting rendition of machine-made beauty, featuring robotic rain flowers that gently furl and unfurl their petals in response to a flowing stream of water. Musical wunderkinds Mimi Xu and Rosey Chan continue to inspire the future of sound with their distinctive take on classical electronica music accompanied by a stunning multisensory visual narrative. Other creative luminaries such as Li Lihong, Angel Chen and Alan Chan have also contributed their visions of what the world will look like in 165 years.
The store has also collaborated with an array of brands to offer a selection of exclusive editions as part of the 165 celebrations. Womenswear designer and Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Diane Von Furstenberg has redesigned her signature wrap dress with a Chinese twist. There are also capsule collections from T by Alexander Wang, MSGM, Ms Min and Chictopia Fine Jewellery exclusives come from Nathalie Melville and Tasaki, and there is an exclusive watch design from Mad.
Menswear designers including Haider Ackermann, Neil Barrett, Paul Smith, Rick Owens, Uma Wang and Ziggy Chen have been invited to develop the Silk Capsule collection, incorporating the traditional Chinese fabric in refreshing styles.
In addition, there are limited editions from a number of cosmetic and lifestyle brands. Shanghai Tang presents an exclusive lacquer box set with its signature women’s fragrance collection, including a personalised engraving service. Valmont offers the Elixir Tribute to Lalique in a sublime red lacquer box topped with Lalique crystal.
On the local front, Tom Dixon brings another global exclusive to the party with the launch of his new coffee range, “Brew”, and the maverick British product designer also curates the “Living Room of the Future” installation, which offers a vision of home entertainment in years to come. Another iconic British brand, Fortnum & Mason has created the exclusive Lane Crawford 165 tea blend special edition. Other home products include a limited-edition “165” scented candle from L’Objet; a specially made game table by Chinese architect and designer Naihan Li; a digital printed rug from Dutch brand Moooi; neon light décor with Chinese characters meaning ‘prosperity’, ‘fortune’ and ‘home’ from Italy’s Seletti; and an Asia-exclusive launch of a new lamp in taupe and brass from Anglepoise.
Lane Crawford will hold its 165th Anniversary Celebrations Party at the IFC Mall store on September 9. The festivities continue with a weekend of shopping privileges and anniversary-themed prizes across all Lane Crawford stores in Hong Kong from September 11 to 13.
Who Is Nick Wooster
Having worked with highly respected fashion brands and renowned retailers around the world, street style guru Nick Wooster demonstrates his flair for fashion and eye for detail by co-curating a dedicated space for modern men’s wardrobe essentials at Lane Crawford IFC Mall, where Wooster + Lardini, his eclectic collaboration with Italian brand Lardini, is also showcased.
The dapper Wooster will also make a personal appearance at Lane Crawford ifc mall for an exclusive styling session and cocktail party on August 13.