Lane Crawford is a global luxury fashion, beauty and lifestyle department store that offers the largest designer portfolio, carefully selected by Lane Crawford’s team of experts who travel the world selecting the very best items for its customers.
Based in Hong Kong SAR, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, yet with a truly global perspective, Lane Crawford has a unique take on luxury that draws from over 160 years success. It is globally renowned for its carefully curated collections across international womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories, jewellery, beauty and home & lifestyle.
Welcoming its customers to environments that are designed to liberate and inspire: Lane Crawford is a place where fashion, art and design combine in award-winning, visually captivating spaces.
With the launch of its digital flagship in 2011, Lane Crawford became the first omni-channel fashion retailer in China and continues to enhance its range of specialised services that echo the considered approach that it takes to the retail experience.
Lane Crawford forms part of The Lane Crawford Joyce Group, Asia's premier fashion retail, brand management and distribution group. The Group is operating luxury department stores and boutiques, free-standing branded stores, e-commerce and omni-channel operations. It also presents the largest and most dynamic portfolio of brands across women’s and men’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle to one of the most significant, high-value luxury customer bases in the region. Visit www.thelanecrawfordjoycegroup.com for more information.
Lane Crawford — A Social History
Within a year, the Praya store expands to what would later become 6 Des Voeux Road, where the Bank of America now sits. The store expands further to Queen’s Road, where an impressive new entrance is added. The premises become the first Lane Crawford House and is referred to as the “Queen’s Road” store, the Colony’s first department store.
Lane Crawford starts large-scale bakery operation. This follows an incident when a Chinese-owned bakery laced its breakfast rolls with arsenic during a tense period between the British and Chinese.
“The departments embrace ship chandlery, groceries, outfitting, tailoring, millinery, furnishing, upholstery, hardware … and the purchaser may go from room to room and find everything that he or she may require with the minimum amount of trouble and loss of time.”
Lane Crawford's slogan, “Anything from a collar stud to an anchor, and the very best quality too!” is introduced and it remains the company’s hallmark for many years.
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“To maintain a lead for almost three quarters of a century is a feat to be proud of. In the early 1850s, the well-known phrase ‘Get it at Lane Crawford’ was frequently uttered. Then as now, the firm could supply its customers with anything from a collar stud to an anchor … Like other pioneer firms the company has played an important part in the Colony’s history by making the lot of the earlier settlers easy, and during the period of 71 years, the firm has become an indispensable institution to the residents of the Colony. Lane Crawford and Company’s connections with the world have been marked by a consistent adherence to honesty and probity and strict conformity with the tenets of fair dealing. . . . that has gained the universal respect that is felt for the firm and the vast popular connection it enjoys.”
Meanwhile, Lane Crawford begins operating a restaurant and bar in the basement at 14 Des Voeux Road. However, it is not until 50 years that Lane Crawford’s managing director Robert S. Huthart applies to obtain a “victualler & tavern keeper” license.
“We shall be in a position to present to customers and the public at large what we believe will be the most up-to-date department store in the Far East “.
The new store has a “private entrance for men who don’t like too much publicity when shopping” .
“Our one desire is to make this store a place where you will come with a sense of goodwill, where you will feel our goodwill towards you, where our knowledge of merchandise and ability to buy to advantage and our facilities for distribution are cheerfully placed at your service. We shall try to do our part of every transaction in such a way that your part shall be a pleasure as well as a profit to you … if at any time you feel you have cause for complaint, do not hesitate to let us know and we will then do our best to adjust matters to your satisfaction.”
Many Lane Crawford employees are interned at Stanley, including general manager A.W. Brown. While interned, Brown risks his life several times to aid fellow POWs. For his heroics, Brown is made a member of the OBE (Order of the British Empire).
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Leading brands at Lane Crawford: Berkertex (dresses), Buccellati (jewelry), Bueche Girod (watches), Christian Dior (fashion), Daks (men’s suits), Jacques (furs), Parker Knoll (furniture), and Van Laack (shirts)
Sales break the $1 billion mark.
Lane Crawford opens a 60,000 square foot department store in Times Square, Causeway Bay.