Made In The British Crown Colony

07Jul10

The British colonial imprint went as far as Hong Kong’s clothing labels.

Above is a label sewn in a 60s silk jacket bought in a London vintage store by my friend Amanda, another vintage aficionado.

Note that the brand name, Dynasty, is good reflection of Hong Kong’s semantic. Names for apartment buildings or shops in Hong Kong tend to celebrate wealth (Tycoon Court, Wealthy Heights, Rich Court), power (Dynasty Court) or luck.

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16 Responses to “Made In The British Crown Colony”

  1. I have a very unique skirt.Vintage 1960’s British Crown Colony made in HongKong. The fabric is so durable and the skirt so well made that you would never know it’s even been worn. It has a black velvet waistband with gold trim on top & bottome of waistband and a criss-cross velvet & gold design on the base of the skirt. lots of details, beading, etc. The skirt resembles royalty. I have a feeling I have myself a pretty nice item here. Any thoughts on this?

    • Kim, great to hear you hold a piece of Hong Kong textile history! Would love to see a photo of it! The skirt sounds very detailed.

  2. 3 Jacqueline Gramde

    I have a black all beaded sleeveless top made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. Perfect condition. Bought it maybe 40 years ago or before.

    • Jacqueline, Great to hear you have a vintage top made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. Where did you buy it? It would be interesting to trace the clothes. I would love to see a photo of the top!

  3. 5 sandi

    I also just bought a vintage skirt with the same label, very colorful and very well made. I thought I would use the material for another purpose, is this unwise

    • Sandi, great to hear you found a vintage skirt of the same label. Where did you find it? What style is it? It would definitely be a shame if you reused the material for another purpose!

  4. 7 Heather Baker

    I have a beautiful gold silk swing style coat with the label British Crown Colony of Hong kong that i picked up in a thrift store . It is in really great condition . Just wondering what the retail value might be .Do you have any idea ?

    • Miller, it’s very interesting to have so many readers react to the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong blogpost. Seems like the clothes last a long time as many seem to find them in thrift stores. I unfortunately don’t know the retail value. Let me know if you have any leads!

    • 9 mary

      I have also found a very similar item at a church thrift sale. did you ever find out what this type of item would be worth?

  5. 10 Vicki Ruinard

    There are a lot of vintage Barbie “clone” clothing that is labeled “Made in the British Crown Colonies of Hong Kong”. Alot of unknown designers went there for work after WW11 and to gain experience. I have a beautiful vintage Barbie sized wedding dress that is labeled ” Made in the British Crown Colonies of Hong Kong, designed by Oleg Cassini. He was discovered shortly after by Jackie Kennedy and he designed many of her outfits.

  6. 11 FKischko

    Just found your site. I too have a Made in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony sequined jacket, black and white. Wondering if there is a market for these? I sure appreciate any information anyone has. This jacket actually belonged to my husband’s aunt, I was guessing she purchased it in perhaps 60’s, but maybe from the info above it was earlier. Thank you.

  7. 12 ROSE

    HELLO I HAVE A 100% WOOL CREAM JACKET WITH BEAUTFUL PEARL TYP SEQUINS ALL OVER IT , VERY WELL MADE LINED , WITH THIS LABLE I ALLSO WAS WONDERING WHERE IT CAME FROM AND THE AGE , I BOUGHT IT IN A OPP SHOP, ITS BEAUTIFUL

  8. 13 Beverly

    my mom just showed me a set of silk pajamas with this label that my dad gave her back in the 50’s. She said they’re over 50 years old! she’s been lugging them around all these years!

    • Beverly, Great anecdote about your mother’s silk pajamas. It’s so interesting to hear all the stories people have about the brand. You should share with us a photo of the pajamas!

  9. 15 kristy

    hello i found a british crown colony of hong kong small purse. it is black with sequins on it. it is in very good shape. i believe it was made in the late 20s. i would like to get more info on it but am not having any luck googling.

  10. 16 Charise Christianson

    I have a trench coat with the label “Made expressly for Nordstrom in British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. Anyone know anything about this? It’s a beautiful trench coat.


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