Texwood (德士活) and “Apple Jeans”(蘋果牌牛仔褲)

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York Lo: Texwood (德士活) and “Apple Jeans”(蘋果牌牛仔褲) In March 2020, Texwood closed its flagship Apple Jeans store on Argyle Street inMongkok after 35 years, leaving only one store in HK in Diamond Hill although the jeans giant remains a major player in the mainland. Founded in 1959, Texwood was one of the major local brands of jeans in HK along […]

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Canton Brothers Rubber Co (廣東兄弟樹膠) – China’s and HK’s First Manufacturer of Rubber Shoes

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York Lo: Canton Brothers Rubber Co (廣東兄弟樹膠) – China’s and HK’s First Manufacturer of Rubber Shoes Left: Canton Bros poster, likely from the 1930s; Right: Canton Brothers Rubber ad in HK in 1941 (A Century of Commerce) Founded in Canton in 1919, Canton Brothers Rubber Co was the first rubber shoe manufacturer in China and opened its factory in Hong […]

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Charm Hoi-sang (湛海生)and Harbour Engineering and Hoi Sing Holdings

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York Lo: Charm Hoi-sang (湛海生)and Harbour Engineering and Hoi Sing Holdings Reclamation and the other water-related construction work such as the building of piers, reservoirs, pumping stations and seawalls have been an important part of the construction business in HK. Charm Hoi-sang, whose name contained the Chinese character for sea, was a key figure in this aspect of the industry […]

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Cheong Sun Development (昌生興業) and the Trio Behind the Firm

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York Lo: Cheong Sun Development (昌生興業) and the Trio Behind the Firm Cheong Sun Development was a notable listed property developer in the 1970s which was founded in 1972 by a trio from Shanghai (K.S. Cheng, T.O. Liu and K.L. Kung) and acquired by Far East Consortium in 1981. Most of the buildings in HK starting with the character “Cheong” […]

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N. Lazarus (明晶洋行)– Leading Opticians of the Far East

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York Lo: N. Lazarus (明晶洋行)– Leading Opticians of the Far East Left: N. Lazarus store in Central; Right: ad for N. Lazarus in HK in 1900 (China Mail, 1900-4-10) Eyeglasses is a big business in Hong Kong and one of the first opticians in record in the city was N. Lazarus, started in the late 19th century by oculist-optician of […]

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Ho Chapman (何澤民): Movie Producer, Theater Owner and Developer of the Imperial Hotel

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York Lo: Ho Chapman (何澤民): Movie Producer, Theater Owner and Developer of the Imperial Hotel Article and picture of Ho Chapman and his plans to develop the Imperial Hotel in 1959 after returning to HK from Manila aboard the APL liner “President Cleveland”. (WKYP, 1959-5-18) Ho Chapman was a notable figure in the HK movie industry from the 1930s to […]

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Ching Cheong Weaving & Dyeing Works (禎昌織染布廠)

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York Lo: Ching Cheong Weaving & Dyeing Works (禎昌織染布廠) The Ho family at the 70th birthday celebration of Ho Cheuk-yau in 1956 (TKP, 1956-9-23) Ching Cheong Weaving & Dyeing Works was one of the largest and oldest weaving and dyeing mills in Hong Kong founded in 1923 by Ho Cheuk-yau (何卓猷, 1886-1960)and run by his family until the 1980s. A […]

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Crown, Fung Hang and Wing Hang – Three Leading Independent Record Companies and the Golden Age of Cantopop in the 1970s and 1980s

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York Lo: Crown, Fung Hang and Wing Hang – Three Leading Independent Record Companies and the Golden Age of Cantopop in the 1970s and 1980s Crown Record, Fung Hang Record and Wing Hang Record are three leading independent record labels in Hong Kong. The first two traced its roots to Cantonese opera in the 1960s and all three helped to […]

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Pushing Out Buttons – Beutron, Chung Wah, Hoover, Union and Wah Hing

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York Lo: Pushing Out Buttons– Beutron, Chung Wah, Hoover, Union and Wah Hing Since the 1950s, Hong Kong have been one of the leading producers of buttons in the world, made fromwide range of materials from metal, wood, leather, animal bone, ivory, porcelain, glass, genuine or synthetic jewels, ocean and freshwater pearl shells, plastics and polyester. Below are the profiles of […]

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