HERALDING HERON–It was a pinch-me moment for Heron Preston.
The streetwear designer was standing outside 55 Paterson Street in Causeway Bay with a crowd which had gathered to christen his new shopfront, the first ever physical store for his young brand.
“I think it was Supreme’s James Jebbia who said, ‘the brand isn’t real until you have a store,’”Preston mused. While the truth of that could be debatable in this digital era, there was no doubting the emotion it held for the designer. “It feels real now. Real-er than real,” he said.
New York might’ve been an obvious choice for a first foray into brick-and-mortar for the American, but Preston pointed out how his new shop sits kitty corner to spaces for his friends: Virgil Abloh’s Off-White and Marcelo Burlon of Palm Angels.
“It’s become a good luck city to launch in amongst my partners. Off-White, Virgil launched his first store here. Marcelo from Palm Angels, we’re part of the same group,” Preston said.
Heron Preston’s first shop is located at 55 Paterson Street in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay.
Before Thursday, the eponymous label had only been available online and through pop-ups. Preston let on that he was also searching for more real estate.
“Shanghai is a