In Memory Of Iconic Ho Hei Kee Landmark Umbrella Repair Shop At Peel Street In Hong Kong 香港传奇遮王: 何希记造遮
A simple everyday item like an umbrella may seem like a trifle to most people. An umbrella was considered a luxury item in the 1950s. Nowadays, people can easily afford to buy one the moment it starts raining and probably never use it again. Although the umbrella industry is now dominated by big manufacturers and there is little room for such a rare profession to survive, many Hong Kongers used to bring their beloved umbrellas to Mr Ho Hung-hei for repair, instead of buying new ones.
Mr Ho had repaired and made umbrellas since 1947 at the Peel Street located in the bustling Central business district in Hong Kong. Despite the rarity of his profession, Mr Ho also commanded a loyal customer base around the world. He was literally the king of the umbrella. In 1994, Mr Ho broke a Guinness World Record for creating the most expensive umbrella — it was made of cow leather and sold for £167 in England. Now that’s vintage. That umbrella has been donated to the Hong Kong Museum of History.
Mr Ho had passed away in July 2015. He was 87. It was a big pity that i did not have a chance to do a close-up interview with him when i travelled to Hong Kong for the past two years. His stall was always closed each time when i dropped by. I was told by the neighbouring shop owners that he retired in late 2014 due to poor health.
This photo documentary (taken in 2014) is a tribute to his small humble umbrella repair store Ho Hei Kee 何希记造遮 where he had spent more than 55 years there in serving the Hong Kong community.
在日常生活中，尤其将要来临的雨季，雨伞虽看来普通不过，但却有人为之特别找专人订造，更有 人珍而重之地为爱伞不断修补。在香港，市民们总会想起中环卑利街的何洪希所提供的体贴造伞及维修雨伞服务，正好迎合这些人的执着。 何洪希以至全世界唯一一位被列为制作出全球最贵的牛皮雨伞，以167磅打入1994年的 Guinness World Record 健力士世界纪录大全。这把伞已捐赠给香港历史博物馆。
Standing strong at the top of the slope is Ho Hei Kei which has attracted so much media attention over the past decades.
Mr Ho's green tin stall on Peel Street in Hong Kong since 1947.
Mr Ho had spent his entire life in the centre of Hong Kong repairing umbrellas. Pilgrimage site for famous people and celebrities working in various fields, Ho Wei Kee has become a landmark memory.