On the 30th May was the opening celebrations of the global flagship store within Hong Kong’s most prestigious Central shopping district. Arriving at the brand new store, it revealed the epitome of style and class, a delightfully bright and fresh four stories of glass and stainless steel.  With Coach’s horse and carriage logo emblazoned throughout, in a shopping haven for the accessible luxury that Coach is renowned for.  Coach has become a shopping destination for fashion-minded women and men around the globe, but more excitingly now to us lucky folk in Hong Kong.

Men in black opening doors, and ladies in black assigning fluorescent stamps to the worthy for the celebratory opening night of Coach.  Unfortunately it was anything but a coach that transported those from the store to the party location in Kowloon.  From arriving at the store and receiving such a welcome, I had expected at the very least some big luxurious buses with a man wearing a top hat escorting those into the bus with an extended hand and a gentle bow, and of course another top hat clad man behind the steering wheel.  Perhaps a chandelier hanging from the centre of the Isle while promo adverts for Coach Luxury items silently beckoning on the overhead plasma screens…. Instead it literally was a mini bus, but hey it was the thought that counts.

Arriving at the venue in Kowloon, a huge white tent covered with Coaches silvery logo from floor to ceiling.  Inside the who’s who of Hong Kong dressed in their designer ware and proudly displaying their Coach handbags, mingled about sipping on champagne and nibbling on fairy floss and jelly beans. 

Then Mr. John Mayer took the stage and with no pomp or prestige.  Just walked onto the stage with his accompanying guitarist and started playing.  It was all acoustic, simple and oh so effective.  

He covered Alicia Keys No One wonderfully and sang No Such Thing, My Body is a Wonderland, (which Mayer stated that he is still so proud of even after all the slack he has received about it), and Waiting on the World o Change.  He is such a talented musician, and that was evident by the way that he held the crowd in the palm of his hand while sitting down and singing with only guitar accompaniment.

Set List  
1. No One – (cover by Alicia Keys)
2. No Such Thing
3. Belief
4. Good Love is on the Way
5. Waiting on the World to Change
6. Your Body is a Wonderland
7. Bigger than my Body
8. Why Georgia     

Review by Megan N.


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