Hong Kong made embroidered slippers
Popular embroidered slippers
When King’s Slippers company, opened in 1960, the delicately embroidered shoes were a big hit among the upper-class Shanghainese in North Point. “Shanghai people focused greatly on their appearance; they would come often to buy new shoes” says owner Mrs Li. In those days, wearing embroidered slippers indoors was a luxury that only some could afford to avoid the dirty kitchen floors of the housing estates. This tiny shop has had many celebrity clients including the late Li Lihua, a Golden Horse Award winner for Best Leading Actress.
Best gift for Chinese New Year
Still, every Chinese New Year, this small shop gets really busy. Mrs. Li needs to call extra staff to help the many customers who come to the shoes as gifts. Other days it may be quiet. “In the old days, there were many local masters making these shoes, often with their wives”.
A family business
A typical family business, King’s Slippers entire production line is Hong Kong based. Mr Li, 2nd generation, buys the fabric in Sham Shui Po, he brings it to a workshop in Tsuen Wan for production and Mrs Li takes care of the sales. Delicate and beautiful, these classic shoes are never out of style.