The Lan Kwai Fong Story
The man behind the Lan Kwai Fong Group is Dr Allan Zeman. He grew up in Montreal, Canada and began as a lingerie salesman before setting up his own successful fashion label in his late teens. When he was 20, he made his first trip to Hong Kong and took advantage of the city’s ”can-do” attitude to set up his fashion export and supply chain management businesses. He immediately fell in love with the vitality of the city and decided to build his business empire in Hong Kong.
Unable to find quality Western establishments to entertain international buyers and designers in a relaxed atmosphere, in early 1980s he opened his own restaurants and bars in a place called Lan Kwai Fong which till then was a collection of flower shops, meat vendors and small printers, just steps away from the bustling Central business district. The over-night transformation into the hippest wining & dining neighbourhood in Hong Kong led Allan to begin buying up property and developing the area into a world-class entertainment destination. Allan sold Colby International, the fashion empire he built, to global trading company Li & Fung to concentrate on property development in in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Thailand, as well as other new avenues.
In recent years, Allan brought the famous Lan Kwai Fong brand to Mainland China. Projects in China include Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu in Sichuan province, Lan Kwai Fong Wuxi in Jiangsu Province, and Shanghai DreamCenter, his latest joint-adventure with CMC Capital Partners & DreamWorks Animation SKG.