Aiming to restore the legacy of the local bespoke tailoring industry - whose skilled master tailors were being undervalued, and the industry as a whole is being replaced by cheaper alternatives from the Mainland - Bonham Strand produces bespoke suits made in Hong Kong by experienced tailors and seamstresses (who are paid a decent wage and given a decent working environment). With most master tailors now in their 50’s, Bonham Strand also sends the tailors to teach the craft to recovering drug addicts in rehabilitation centres. The future plan is to create an apprenticeship programme.
Aiming to preserve Hong Kong’s expertise in crafting shoes, Shoe Artistry plans to set up a vocational apprenticeship programme for those interested in learning from master shoemakers. The organisation is currently working to sustain the work of four local shoemakers with new customer orders.
Ten women who lost their jobs in Hong Kong’s once thriving garment factories - which have been replaced with production in the Mainland - were forced to either go into early retirement or take on more labour intensive jobs. Now aged between late 50s to early 70s, these women are employed by Neighbor Plus Workshop, which aims to give the women purpose and a sense of self-respect by providing them with work that they were trained to do. So far, Neighbor Plus Workshop have contributed to local labels like Tangram, Jaycow Milinery and G2000 with leather goods, clothing and accessories.
(Via TimeOut Hong Kong)