If you follow me on Instagram or read about myself you must be aware that I’m a budding shoe and accessory maker, therefore I never leave a chance to visit markets providing unique materials and tools related to my work. India is a hub for exporting leather still it lacks quality material and innovative tools that’s why I always try to visit such markets abroad. This time while on my HongKong trip I happened to visit such a market and found a variety of shops providing amazing materials and tools.
I visited Sham Shui Po, an area situated in the northwestern part of the Kowloon Peninsula. Traveling through the subway was the best choice to reach Sham Shui Po because a. It’s time-saving, b. It’s affordable, hence we board The MTR at Tsim Sha Tsui station to Sham Shui Po. HongKong offers an Octopus Card (a similar version of the oyster card in London). We bought the octopus card directly at the Tsim Sha Tsui station and I guess it’s available at all the stations so no worries, but if you are doubtful, you are always welcome to visit their customer service desks for help.
There were so many shops at Tai Nan Street but It wasn’t possible to visit each shop in a single day so I decided to visit only those who caught my interest. These shops provide leather material, tools, dye color, and things that are required in shoe and accessory making. You can also find materials for crafts and other DIY projects. To make it easier I have mentioned the name and addresses of these shops below. They all respond through Instagram and WhatsApp so feel free to contact them through social media.
Note: These shops don’t accept credit or debit cards so please make sure to carry cash if you wish to purchase here.
I bought some UNITERS PRO, Leather Master edge colors, 0.6 mm wax threads, Zippers, Punching Tool, Dyes, etc. you can read about these tools here in my post called beginners guide to shoemaking tools and materials.
Tat Shing Metal Mfy provides quality Metal buckle for shoes, belts bags, etc. They are the biggest supplier and can fulfill the orders with minimum or maximum quantity. They take orders on Whatsapp or email – whichever is convenient to you. After my conversation with Sarah and Tiki (the sales manager), I got to know that Hidesign is one of their clients from India.
These retail shops are enough to provide the materials and tools for small companies or individual projects. To order in bulk, of course, you need to visit the suppliers. So that was a bit of help from my side if your searching in the same domain. I would love to search and update such markets in the future as well. For any queries, you can connect me through Instagram.
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