Today, there are a number of buildings in Hong Kong that group together famous brand outlet stores. Some of them are phenomenal, some of them are less so. Horizon Plaza, an old industrial building in Ap Lei Chau Aberdeen, falls in the first category. Over the past five years, it has become a magnet for Hong Kong’s luxury designer retail outlet stores, offering high quality fashion at a fraction of the original price.
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What to Expect at Horizon Plaza
These wonderful outlet stores follow the same principles:
- The fashion and accessories are discounted up to 90% of the original price.
- They offer fashion of the season: Anytime after February 1st, most shops offer spring and summer fashion from the previous year, up to five years before. Anytime after August 1st, you’ll find fall and winter fashion, from the previous year, up to five years before. The more dated the fashion, the better the price.
- Most fashion outlets carry shoes and boots. Lane Crawford, Max Mara, Blubell and Armani carry up to size 39-40.
- The largest sizing can be found at Max Mara, Lane Crawford, Marijuana and Club Monaco/Juicy Couture
- Fashion and accessories for men can be found in all but a few outlets.
- In multi-brand stores, each brand dictates their own rate of discount.
- Every shop is well laid out. There is little or no junk parading as designer fashion.
- You can try clothes on
- All open daily from 10am or 11:00am to 7pm.
- All prices below are in HK dollars.
- See parking and transportation information at the end.
Horizon Plaza was originally an industrial building. Because the elevators are slow and located on each of the building’s four sides, it’s better to take the lift to the 27th floor and walk down a floor at a time instead of waiting for elevators to take you there. The best shops are between the 27th and 19th floors. One is on the 10th and another is on the 5th floor.
Amazing Inspiration Workshop, Rating of 1
Lane Crawford, Rating of 5
Marijuana, Rating of 3
Armani, Rating of 3
Joyce, Rating of 4
Ugg Boots (Inside Lavital Store), Rating of 1
IT Outlet, Rating of 3
Tel: 2118 3403
Club Monaco and Juicy Couture
27th Floor, 2719
21st floor, #2102
19th Floor, 1919
This outlet carries a number of major brands, namely Costume National, Fratelli Rossetti, Galliano, GF Ferre, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Kookai and Lloyd. European sizing for men up to 2XL. Footwear up to size 39. To give you an idea of pricing, tees run between $300 and $400, jeans between $500 and $1000.
19th Floor, 1902-05
Tel: 2580 1722
The Blubell outlet carries four major brands: Moschino, Paul Smith, Blumarine and Jimmy Choo. Discounts vary between 20% and 90%. Women’s sizes range from 38 to 44. Largest shoe sizes are 41 for women and 9UK (Paul Smith) for men.
Outlets With A 3-Star Rating
22nd Floor, 2216
A small European woman’s fashion and accessories (jewellery) outlet with niche non-‘commercial’ European designers – Goti, Rare, Audigier, Collection Privee. It has larger sizes than most outlets in this mall: They carry up to European size 48. Discounts range between 50% to 80% off the original price. Prices start at $150.
27th Floor, 2701
Tel: 2518 0775
Designer jeans and tees, some footwear and accessories. European sizing. Men up to 2XL, Women up to Medium. Maximum discount is 60%. Discounted jeans average HK$1000. Tees around HK$200-300. Footwear up to size 30 for women and 45 for men.
5th floor, 5002-5004
One of this company’s three outlets in the city. This multi-designer shop carries fashion from Europe and Asia, selecting up and coming or breakthrough designers. Their discount ranges from 50% to 90%. Their largest size is about size US6 or UK10. Very large store. Prices starting at HK$200-300.
Italian designer jeans outlet with a range of casual wear for men and women. Stock is up to 5 years old. Women’s waist size up to 31” with up to XL size tee. Men’s tees up to 2XL. 50% reduction off all stock plus another 20% off that.
This designer needs no introduction. The outlet store for men and women’s fashion and accessories is elegant and the products beautifully merchandised. Sizes run from 38 to 44 (some 46) for women and from 44 to 56 for men. Shoes for women up to size 39 and for men up to size 43 ½. Discounts up to 60%. Prices start at $2000.
Italian designer brand for women’s fashion and accessories with feminine and quirky designs. Up to Italian size 42, with the occasional size 44. Reductions range from 60% for previous year’s fashions to 75% for 3 year old fashion.
How To Get There
Drive and Park in the Building
Take the Aberdeen Tunnel. At the exit, stay on Wong Chuk Hang Road (the main road) until you see a sign on your left for Ap Lei Chau. Turn left at this sign. You’ll be driving over a small bridge. Stay on this road (Ap Lei Chau Bridge Road) until you see a clear sign on your left for South Horizons. Turn left on this road (Lee Nam Road) and stay on it as it takes you by the waterfront. Once you reach the waterfront, look ahead and you’ll see a few industrial buildings. Horizon Plaza is the first and is clearly indicated.
Take a Cab
It'll cost you HK$90 to get there.
Take a Bus
There are a few buses from Central, Kowloon and the Airport that will take you directly to Horizon Plaza on the way to Ap Lei Chau Estate.
From the airport
You’ll be hungry…