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Old October 30th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #41
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Old October 30th, 2008, 08:24 AM   #42
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That one is great too. Is the facade all glass, or is that pattern metal?
I believe it is a metal pattern. I took a picture of the same store. It's a great design.

Hong Kong (next 3 pix taken by me). I'm quite surprised as well at Causeway Bay being one of the expensive districts. If this is the case, Central must be more expensive.


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Hong Kong is great, however in terms of these high end boutique stores, IMO, no one has neater stores than Tokyo.

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Old October 30th, 2008, 09:21 AM   #43
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Causeway Bay is certainly not a high-end shopping district. It is much more mass market and geared towards the younger generation. That has always been the case historically and even today despite redevelopments (ie. Times Square). Historically, Causeway Bay used to be home to many Japanese department stores, and these certainly weren't high-end, but more middle class (or upper middle class). After the Japanese bubble bursted, many of these disappeared, and Sogo is the last one that remains (I believe Sogo HK is locally-owned and separate from the Japanese entity).

The transformation saw more smaller boutiques take hold, many selling products geared for the younger generation. Although young people have huge spending power, they are certainly not going for high-end stuff. Their incomes are simply not big enough to sustain a whole array of thousand-dollar handbags and accessories. Hence, it is incorrect to associate Causeway Bay with high-end shopping. It is blatantly false.
True that Causeway Bay is not a high-end shopping district. But there are areas/streets within Causeway Bay that have luxury brand boutiques. Russel St. on the other was among the most expensive retail space.

CWB whether its high end or not is still the prime shopping area of HK Island.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 10:53 AM   #44
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True that Causeway Bay is not a high-end shopping district. But there are areas/streets within Causeway Bay that have luxury brand boutiques. Russel St. on the other was among the most expensive retail space.

CWB whether its high end or not is still the prime shopping area of HK Island.
That is a world different from claiming CWB is a high-end shopping area.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 08:16 PM   #45
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I'm quite surprised as well at Causeway Bay being one of the expensive districts. If this is the case, Central must be more expensive.
I think the idea is that Lee Gardens has a fair share of the boutiques found in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, but also at a streetside level - something which can't be said of Pacific Place and Festival Walk, to name but two.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 08:28 PM   #46
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I don't tend to agree with the first statement, as Canton Road and plenty of luxury stores in Central front the street independently. The purpose is exclusivity.
Pacific Place and IFC Mall are the only two true high end (some exceptions of course) shopping malls in Hong Kong, so you're right and I'm wrong.

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Looking at the array of shops at Lee Gardens, I am quite skeptical that a mall with a Fruits and Passion and Pacific Coffee would be truly high-end.
IFC-mall has Pacific Coffee.

I don't see how Lee Gardens ISN'T high end:
Cartier
Gucci
Chanel
Louis Vuitton
Hermes
Loewe
Bottega Veneta
Hugo Boss
Christian Dior

It isn't excusively high-end, and I don't think anyone's claiming that. It does have its fair share of high-end stores though, and the point I was making was that it's the only other alternative to Canton Road and Central in offering streetside luxury boutiques in Hong Kong, hence the warranted mention.

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At the same time, Mercedes cars are quite affordable to the middle class these days, and not particularly high-end. I recall the Jaguar dealership is in Wan Chai and Maybach is on the south side.
The Ferrari is by Lee Gardens as well isn't it? It used to be.

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University students can certainly buy luxury goods. They can spend their whole part-time salary on it. Nothing is stopping them, but is it likely to find a whole assortment of them in their closet compared to the closet of a white collar worker in Central? I don't see Gucci or Ferragamo setting up shop near HK's universities.
Of course not. I was merely pointing out that university students do spend a fair amount on luxury items, certainly I was surprised.

However, many university students (whether by their own disposable incomes or through pocket money) shop 'well above their station' - "should" university students really be "able" to afford several Louis Vuitton and Burberry bags?

If its through their own disposable incomes, then you can see where Hong Kong's rabid 'luxury/brand name' culture comes from and how it forms a vicious circle.

If its through their pocket money, I say carry on the good work lads and lasses.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 08:32 PM   #47
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Anyway, back to photos.

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Hong Kong Central Louis Vuitton
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 12:55 AM   #49
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Old November 4th, 2008, 12:36 PM   #50
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Hanoi 36 street:

This is Hang Dao Street - Shopping Street in Hanoi

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Beside Hoan Kiem Lake.
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Old November 5th, 2008, 08:55 AM   #51
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Perth's high-end Shopping street is King Street, complimented by its intersections with Murray and Hay Streets.


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I believe Australia's most expensive shopping area is Pitt Street in Sydney.
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Old November 5th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #52
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Old November 6th, 2008, 12:23 PM   #53
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Collins Street in Melbourne.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 04:41 AM   #54
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Here's another I liked.

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Old November 17th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #55
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believe it or not i've seen this Ferrari in Oxford Street when i was there!
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Bukit Bintang (Starhill) - Kuala Lumpur's ultimate shopping district

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Bukit Bintang Shopping Belt

Shopping District of KL
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Starhill Gallery - one of Southeast Asia's most exclusive mall
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Old November 18th, 2008, 01:27 AM   #57
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Ferraris on Oak Street, Chicago

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Old November 9th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #58
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wow...this is really cool
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Old November 9th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #59
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What is the most expensive shopping street in your city? Or in your country?

Here in the Netherlands we have the P.C. Hooftstreet in Amsterdam. It has many expensive and popular shops, and other shops like Versáce are waiting to open a store here. If you walk here you can see all kinds of exotic cars and famous and well known people (mostly of the Netherlands). Here are some shots to show you what I'm talking about!
Actually, the most expensive street is not the P.C. Hooftstraat but the Kalverstraat -2200€/m2/year, though the P.C. Hooftstraat is the most upscale.

Kalverstraat, Amsterdam
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Old November 10th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #60
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Pavilion in KL is awesome
In fact I love KL

Sydney's 'expensive shopping streets' are a bit...different

Castlereagh Street is the place to go if you are looking for designer labels...think Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Diesel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, Faberge, Georg Jensen, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Longchamp, Omega, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co. It is also home to Australia's two most upmarket department stores, David Jones Women's Store (9 floors with in store boutiques such as Bulgari, Burberry, Dior, Fendi, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo) and David Jones Men's Store (9 floors with in store boutiques such as Apple, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss and a food hall). Castlereagh Street has some of Australia's most exclusive jewellers including the likes of Canturi, Hardy Brothers, Levendi and Makers Mark.

With the completion of the $860 million Westfield Sydney Shopping Centre by 2012, Castlereagh Street will have a further nine shop fronts for designer labels. The luxury brands don't find anything particularly appealing about Castlereagh Street, it is just an area where they congregate. Hopefully with the completion of Westfield Sydney, the Sydney City Council will see the need to improve the streetscape. Despite housing the majority of the luxury brands in Sydney, Castlereagh Street rents aren't that high.









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