Shibuya109 opens in Hong Kong

The Japanese department store Shibuya109 has opened its first outlet outside its home market – in Market City in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Owned by Tokyu Hands, Shibuya109’s first Hong Kong store is described as a ‘mini-mall’ offering just a curated collection of brands from Japan to test the broader Asian market.

The store opened quietly during the Christmas season lead-up taking up an 800sqm space on the third floor of Gateway Arcade at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is home to 13 retail brands from the Tokyo stores: Ank Rouge, Duras, Esperanza, Ki La Ra Girl, Liz Lisa, MLR, Rady, Redyazel, Regalect, Samantha Vega, Secret Honey, SLY and Wego Tokyo. For six of these brands, it will be their first launch on an overseas market.

There is also a space tagged Shibuya109 Stage, dedicated to incubator brands.

Shibuya109 takes its name from the popular shopping district in Tokyo.

The concept of the mini mall is to highlight Japan’s fashion culture.

Tokyu Malls Development Corporation says it chose Hong Kong because of its popularity with tourists – some 50 million people a year visit the territory.

If the Hong Kong store proves a success, Tokyu will consider similar such outlets in Singapore and other Asian cities.

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