launched in 2012 in paris as a leather goods and accessories line by elsa lepeu and johanna el iman – two sisters with a background in the luxury industry – zoobeetle's operations were later on reinforced by a third member, junior parado, and eventually relocated to hong kong. their joint effort continues to blossom, resulting not only in a growing collection of contemporary bags, small leather goods and accessories, but also a growing number of collaborative items with other brands, and now also a new store of their own. called château zoobeetle, it's situated in hong kong's sheung wan area, and set up as a one-stop shop for design aficionados and anyone appreciative of well-made products alike.
the store occupies two floors of a non-descript building, yet stands out through a chic façade of moulded black panels and gold lettering. measuring 1,400 sq.ft. [130 sqm.] spread over two floors, the interior by design agency substance is an extrapolation of the façade's clean style, and features a similar mouldings that adds a light classic touch. upon entering château zoobeetle, the first thing shoppers come across a well-stocked bar with detailing in shiny brass. giving away the proprietors' french roots is the fact that it's filled with fine wines, poured during special wining tastings, one of the store's activities.
the clean aesthetic extends upstairs, featuring the same wooden shelving, but supplemented by modular displays and a cutesy seating arrangement with vintage sofas by the window. château zoobeetle obviously stocks the full range of zoobeetle's products, but also a curated assortment of men's and women's apparel, shoes and accessories, in addition to eyewear, luggage pieces and cosmetics. obviously, the store's brand list is a diverse one, and lists coveted, predominantly french brands, such as cuisse de grenouille, mr. boho, amish boyish, apologie and pétronie et boniface. location: 38 sai street [sheung wan].