Lane Crawford is Hong Kong’s most exclusive department store. Famed for its high end fashion and jaw dropping prices, the name has a long association with the city’s rich and famous.
History of Lane Crawford
Established in 1850 by two Scots by the name of Lane and Crawford, the store had humble beginnings in a bamboo hut on the waterfront. Like many of Hong Kong's great business names Lane Crawford started by supplying odds and ends to the city's booming ship trade. You were more likely to buy an anchor here in the early days than a Gucci handbag.
Over time Lane Crawford expanded to keep the city's colonial elite in all the latest trends and fashions. Had a debutant ball to attend and needed a fancy dress or wanted to impress the governor with the latest candlesticks from London? Lane Crawford was the place to call. The brand established itself as the leading department store in Hong Kong - where the finest fashions, jewellery and home goods could be found. Hong Kong has left its colonial past behind, but Lane Crawford retains a reputation for having its hands on the best of everything money can buy.
Shoppers Review of Lane Crawford
Today, as department stores have slowly been muscled out the marketplace, Lane Crawford has moved into focusing on fashion from the international catwalk, although it retains high end home, cosmetics and jewellery departments.
Picking and choosing from a reported 160 designers, Lane Crawford is gaining an increasing reputation as an Asian trendsetter in fashion. Alongside established names such as Yves Saint Lauren and Hugo Boss, the store has added a wide range of lesser known, more adventurous designers, such as Haider Ackermann and Alexander Wang. Many people in Hong Kong and China consider its catalog release a party event. It’s fair to say that Lane Crawford has a designer fashion and jewellery range that would stand up to any shop in London or LA.
Unfortunately, so do the prices. This is not the place to find a bargain, with the exception of the summer sales season. It’s also worth noting that Lane Crawford is mainly aimed at a Chinese audience looking to buy international fashion and as a result it doesn’t really promote Asian fashion or fashion designers. For tourists in town looking for some local flavor fashion and Asian inspires designs, try Shanghai Tang instead.
Some of the Special Extras
There are a couple of benefits of shopping at Lane Crawford. The store offers personal shoppers who can help you pick out the best colours and shapes for you. There is also free worldwide shipping - meaning you don't have to worry about trying to stuff your favourite buys into your luggage.
Like most department stores, the loyalty scheme here is not especially kind. But, if you are planning on spending a large amount of money, it's worth signing up to the Lane Crawford Privilege programme. Each HK dollar you spend earns you a bonus point. Once you reach 8000 points you'll receive a gift card of HK$240 to spend in store.
Where to Find Lane Crawford
You can find the city’s flagship store inside the IFC Mall. There are also branches in Pacific Place and Times Square in Hong Kong and Seasons Place in Beijing. Lane Crawford will also ship worldwide.