30 Jun Meet Master Lee: clothes fixer at Sai Ying Pun Lee Zam Kee 李先生：織補師傅
MADE IN SYP
This story is part of a series of stories dedicated to the Spirit of Craftsmanship in Sai Ying Pun. We discovered SYP through the lens of locals. We visited 16 local craftsmen, to learn about their trade, their tools, their stories. See what they create; learn what they love and feel their passion. All right, let’s dive into some Sai Ying Pun Lee Zam Kee.
“The busiest times were 1950s & 60s, stockings were the most popular item in the shop!”
If you walk fast you might just miss this tiny shop tucked away in a small lane off Eastern Street 一不留神，你便會錯過東邊街五福里的李湛記織補！
If you walk fast you might just miss this tiny shop tucked away in a small lane off Eastern Street. A typical Hong Kong neighbourhood tailor shop, Mr. Lee likes things the traditional way. He still operates a vintage Singer sewing machine and his magnifier, glasses, scissors are all originals. “I use a bronze ring to hold the fabric, so that the needle and thread pass through easily, just like an embroidery frame.” Mr. Lee has never thought of leaving the shop “Except when I got cataract, but I felt better after the operation and will continue knitting and fixing as long as I can.’
Mr. Lee likes things the traditional way. He still operates a vintage Singer sewing machine 李先生的工具件件都是古董
The bronze ring to hold the fabric, so that the needle and thread pass through easily 銅圈是用來承托布料，就像刺繡的繡框一樣
Mr. Lee followed his father’s footsteps who started the shop in 1940 on Eastern Street. He remembers the golden days: “The busiest times were 1950s & 60s, stockings were the most popular item in the shop! They were super expensive back then so people couldn’t afford to buy brand new ones and they would bring them here to get the holes fixed.” He says. “Sometimes pawn shops would bring clothes that no one claimed so I could repair and sell them”.
Mr. Lee followed his father’s footsteps who started the shop in 1940, the busiest times were 1950s & 60s 李先生爸爸李湛於1940年開了李湛記
Mr. Lee will fix your worn clothes, whether it’s a hole, a zip or a button. The price varies depending on the fabrics, texture, patterns and size. No job is too big or too small.
A typical Hong Kong neighbourhood tailor shop, where Mr. Lee is happy to fix your worn clothes 無論衣服破了個洞，還是鈕扣拉鏈破了，李先生都會幫你修補
Mr. Lee sharing the story of his favourite tool 師傅跟我們分享他的故事
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HOW TO GET THERE?
Sai Ying Pun Lee Zam Kee is at Ng Fuk Lane just off Eastern Street. For directions download the free iDiscover app or download a printable map. Get your own copy of the iDiscover Hong Kong Neighbourhood Guide.