Arnault (left) and Baptiste (right) are photographed in Wan Chai, where they run the store Kapok. Arnault wears a J.Crew Ludlow spread-collar shirt in chambray
, a camo jacket by Maison Kitsuné and AMI pants. Baptiste wears a J.Crew cashmere sweatshirt
, a 484 selvedge jean in resin crinkle wash
, a cap by Kapok and shoes by VOR.
Where did the name Kapok come from?
ARNAULT: I opened the first Kapok
store on Dragon Road, a nice back alley in Tin Hau. There was a huge banyan tree in the middle of the road, giving it a very magical atmosphere. I love wood and organic material, so I wanted to find a tree name for the store. You find a lot of kapok trees in Hong Kong, and the name sounds funny and looks good graphically. Also, it’s nice that it’s a name not everyone is familiar with, so people don’t know exactly what to expect.Which brands are you excited to be carrying at Kapok?
BAPTISTE: Some of my favorites are Sunspel, a classic UK brand that I’m a big fan of, and Margaret Howell, a U.S. brand that has incredible quality, fabric and fit. Also, Eytys shoes, Barbour jackets
and Orlebar Brown beachwear. We’ve also just received a Miki Breton, a reinterpretation of the classic sailor hat that I really like as an alternative to a baseball cap, from Béton Ciré.
Tell us more about Wan Chai, where you guys have your shop.
ARNAULT: Since we moved here in 2008, so many new stores and restaurants have opened. The vibe is still good though, and we’re surrounded by many cool independent stores and different types of food. What strikes me most about the neighborhood is that sometimes it feels very Chinese and sometimes it feels very European. So, it’s the perfect fit for a Hong Kong store started by a French guy!Any neighborhood spots where you like to grab a bite?
BAPTISTE: TED’s Lookout
for its burgers! They’re TED’s specialty—they’re juicy and served on a wooden plancha with crispy fries. Photography by Bryan Derballa.
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On May 22, we’ll be opening our first women’s Collection store at ifc mall and our first men’s store at On
Lan Street, both in Hong Kong. For more details, click here