Isabel Agnes RAPLEY (née ALLEN) [c.1900-c.1935]
Isabel Agnes Allen was my father's mother. She also owned a women's fashion shop in Central in the early 1930s called Elite Styles. I think it may have been in Icehouse Street. She used to travel from Hong Kong to Paris and back again each year to bring back dresses etc for her clients.
My father was William Lewis Rapley, born on 26 Oct 1918 in Hong Kong. His father was Lewis Stephens Rapley (1885-1936) who was a manager at J. T. Shaw at the time. The address Isabel Agnes Rapley gave on my father's birth certificate was "Sea View", Wanchai Gap Road.
I have some photos of her as a young woman.
I have so far found one newspaper mention of Elite Styles. There's a tiny piece of editorial with Christmas gift suggestions from the shop in a section called 'Looking Round the Stores' on p 7 of the Hong Kong Telegraph for 10 Dec 1934.