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London-based Rick-Owens-backed designer-of-outlandishly-shaped-things Gareth Pugh has opened his first-ever store in Hong Kong. Its facade is painted in black rubber paint. Vogue UK says: "'Because it was my first store, I knew I had to do something that was very me," said Pugh to WWD. "I went back to my runway shows and thought, 'what could be more me than a black box?'" The 658 square-foot premises sits on Ice House Street, alongside fellow avant-garde fashion houses Comme des Garcons and Ann Demeulemeester. "I like that there is Margiela just up the street, Gucci round the corner and Hermès across the road," he said "It creates a sense of luxury around the brand and what I do that may not be so apparent in other cities, such as London."' [Vogue UK]