The K11 Art mall in Hong Kong is a must see for all of you design-loving travelers! In every corner you’ll find something creative to gawk at or to dreamily pine over. You’ll find local artists’ works in every turn and unique boutiques that carry good design and concepts in all 6 floors of the mall.
I remember rushing through this creative oasis back in October, during my last day in Hong Kong, and stumbling into some of the most interesting shops I’ve ever seen. One of those was Matter Matters.
It was probably the bold, graphical, and color-blocked look that drew me to its space. I was pretty much stuck in that area for a good 15 minutes, just eyeing each and every cute and colorful item they had for sale! From bags, to watches, to pins, to accessories, they had it all! And the best thing about all of them? They were made to be stylish pieces that would never go out of style!
For Flora Leung, designer of the said brand, Matter Matters is all about youthful, playful, creative, and timeless elegance. She understands the relationship between product and life, and banks on that. Matter Matters’ collections were designed to stay stylish from year to year. And if you’re wondering about its name, it means what it implies. With combinations of vivid colors and unconventional shape results eye-catching characteristics, the choice of forms and material are the essence of its design. So yeah, each matter matters!
For Leung, a bag is not just about practicality in being an item to carry your belongings. For her, how it is carried, how it rests against the body, and how it is opened, are all essential design elements. The retro style of her collection and her taste for classic luxury are influenced by Leung’s six years as buyer and creative director of a high-end vintage store. Aside from that, her background in graphic design plays a big part as well. While Leung was working for a celebrated vintage luxury accessory store in Hong Kong, she was also an art director at one of the biggest advertising agencies in her country. All her knowledge and experience was put to good use when Flora then attended London College of Fashion with an eye to creating her own label.
Now her brand is almost everywhere! 10 countries carry her simple and innovative designs, which are highly inspired by Postmodernism, art deco, mod art, and cubist fashion, to name a few.