Born and raised in France, Arnault Castel founded kapok in 2006 as an antidote to the perceived blandness of Hong Kong retail scene. kapok focuses on designers and brands whose work reflects quality craftsmanship and creativity in design. kapok has grown to a network of seven stores across two countries.
Castel has developed extensive experience working in the Asian consumer goods and retail markets since he moved to Hong Kong in 1996. In 2001, he joined the team in charge of the development of the Lomography brand in Asia and was also the co-owner and director of Working Unit Limited which distributed the Moleskine brand in gggSoutheast Asia. He also launched the first retail stores for brands Maison Kitsuné and gggl’Officine Universelle Buly in Hong Kong.