RICHMOND, Va. -- Fashion Perspective Tours, based here, is
operating a Hong Kong program delving into the Chinese city's
prolific fashion industry and giving clients the opportunity to
meet and purchase merchandise from fashion designers.
Fashion Perspective Tours owner Pam Sexton has been running
fashion-based tours -- mainly to Europe -- for about five years,
and recently branched out into wine- and food-related programs.
She said she typically offers about 12 trips per year to fashion
capitals such as Paris, Milan and London, with previous tours also
visiting Spain, Portugal and Indonesia.
"My love has always been fashion, travel and art, and I feel
very fortunate I've been able to combine all three," Sexton
Sexton said many travelers joining her July 12 Hong Kong program
will be fashion students from Virginia Commonwealth University and
Western Carolina University. "My mission statement is reasonably
priced tours with exclusive contacts in the world of fashion," she
said. "My whole focus is to be affordable. I've had students who
have never been on an airplane before, and who've never traveled
out of state. It expands their horizons, and travel is an education
you [absorb] by osmosis.
"Basically, most of my trips are offered to the public, and also
through museums, junior leagues throughout the country and the Art
Institute of Atlanta," she continued.
This year's One Week in Hong Kong tour starts at $1,850 per
person, double, with roundtrip air from the East Coast, and
includes six nights' accommodations, American breakfast daily, a
half-day city tour, transfers, visits to the city's unique markets
and meetings with local designers.
Sexton said the tour begins with a half-day orientation tour
traveling to Hong Kong sites such as Victoria Peak, Aberdeen and
Repulse Bay, followed by a trip to the Museum of History.
"I think it's important to start out a trip in a foreign country
with background," she said. "It also is a great resource because
the gift shop carries fashion books."
Sexton said other stops include the Tang department store, which
carries high-end products such as silk jackets and dresses, men's
wear, and home and fashion accessories. "Then we do the Jade, Bird
and Night markets," she said. "The last group went to the Night
market every night because they were into bargaining."
Also featured on the tour are the antique markets of Hollywood
Road, Ladder Street, Cat Street and outlets near the Man Mo
According to Sexton, a highlight of the program is a tour of the
Young Designers' Gallery. "On my first trip to Hong Kong, I just
imagined this as a museum environment highlighting the best young
designers, but it's actually a shop where you can buy accessories
and women's apparel," she said. "The [merchandise] is beautifully
made and the prices are not way out of sync."
Sexton said she also will set up appointments at the School of
Design and the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Kong
Fashion Perspective Tours
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