10 Jan 2010
Hong Kong Babywear Design Winners Announced
Competition Previews Inaugural Baby Products Fair
10 January 2010 – Cheung Ching Man and Chan Yan Lam were named Open Group and Student Group Champions respectively in the first Hong Kong Babywear Design Competition at an award presentation show held today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
Ms Cheung won for her jungle-inspired “Baby Tiger” design, while Ms Chan, a Hong Kong Design Institute student, was honoured for her “Love & Protect” series. Choy Wing Hang of Hong Kong Polytechnic University was First Runner-Up in the Student Group and also picked up the Green Thumb Award for her “Matryoshka Dolly Doll” entry. The Green Thumb Award pays tribute to the entry that incorporates the most eco-friendly elements in areas such as design, use of materials and the production process. At the award ceremony, children modelled the winning designs during the final round of the Yellow Bus Catwalkbaby Competition.
The Babywear Design Competition was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in advance of the inaugural HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair, which opens tomorrow and continues through 14 January at the HKCEC.
Blessings of Life
Participating designers created ready-to-wear clothing for babies ranging in age from six months to 24 months under the theme “The Blessings of Life.” Entries were judged on originality, creativity, marketability, use of fabric and workmanship. The competition, designed to nurture local talent and promote Hong Kong design, also includes a Parents' Pick Award and Media Choice honours.
Judging the entries of the design competition were Felix Chung, Chairman of the Hong Kong Apparel Society; Helena Hui, Editor-in-Chief of Yellow Bus Magazine; Dorothy Lam, Product Design Manager of Green Cosmo Co Ltd; Pacino Wan, renowned fashion designer and lecturer of Department of Fashion & Textiles, Hong Kong Design Institute; Olivia Yan, Artistic Director of PIP Cultural Industries Ltd; and artist Gloria Yip.
First Baby Products Fair
The inaugural HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair responds to growing worldwide demand for quality baby wear, baby-care products and accessories. The new fair is a spin-off of the HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair. The stand-alone event has attracted more than 300 international exhibitors from 16 countries and regions, including such major brand names as Deryan BV from the Netherlands, Goodbaby from the Chinese mainland, Hauck GmbH & Co KG from Germany, Royal King Infant Products Co Ltd from Thailand and Team-Tex from France.
The fair includes eight product zones, covering Baby Wear and Footwear, Baby Toys & Activities, Bedding and Furniture, Feeding and Nursery, Gift Sets, Maternity, Skincare and Bath Products, and Strollers and Gear. The event will feature seminars on topics ranging from safety requirements to environmental concerns and strategies for reaching the mainland retail market.
Four Fairs: 2,500 exhibitors
The debut Baby Products Fair runs concurrently with the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, Asia’s largest, as well as the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show and the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair. Combined, the four events feature more than 2,500 exhibitors and offer multiple sourcing opportunities and increased traffic. They are also among the first to bring trade visitors innovative new ways to pre-register for admission badges. Free registration can now be conducted through mobile information site hktdc.com/wap and via applications on iPhone and Blackberry handsets.
Hong Kong’s exports of baby products in the first 11 months of 2009 reached approximately HK$6 billion (US$726 million). Its top five export markets were the United States, the United Kingdom, Macau, Italy and France. The US was the largest market, accounting for almost 40 per cent of Hong Kong’s total exports.
HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair: http://hkbabyfair.hktdc.com/
HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair: http://www.hktoyfair.com/
Hong Kong International Stationery Fair: http://www.hkstationeryfair.com/
HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show: http://hklicensingshow.hktdc.com/
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, www.hktdc.com