A modern tailoring store is hard to find in a world of ready-made clothing, but budding millennial Tanya Wong see’s a timeless purpose in creating bespoke suits for men.
Tucked away in the centre of Hong Kong Island is The Hackney, a menswear tailor shop in Causeway Bay opened by budding Hong Kong millennial, Tanya Wong. A modern shop catered to men’s clothing is hard to find in a world of ready-made clothing, but Tanya see’s a timeless purpose in creating bespoke suits for men.
The official launch of the Hackney came about after a re-spark in Tanya’s passion for fashion design. Though she loved fashion design, with a degree from both Hong Kong and the UK, Tanya originally could not see a great future for the fashion industry in Hong Kong. Instead, she sought a Master’s degree in business management in the UK in hopes that she could find a more practical job.
After her return to Hong Kong, she landed herself in a business development job with one of Hong Kong’s biggest fashion retail groups, The Lane Crawford Joyce Group. However, she soon recognised that her future seemed restrictive and the routine work wasn’t the fit she was looking for. After some deliberation, Tanya realised that there was nothing for her to lose to try and do something where her passion lay. Armed with an education and passion in fashion design with textile knowledge, she established The Hackney.
So why focus on men’s fashion? Tanya explains that it’s because she is keen on preserving classic and timeless quality pieces.
“Suits are a heritage item that create a presentable image through its delicate details and craftsmanship, thus the value in each suit lies in it’s cutting, proportions and craftsmanship rather than fancy embellishments.”
*Interview has been transcribed from Cantonese