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UR Shanghai
by LUXE City Guides

  • Asianera
    Home & Furny

    Fetching traditional ceramics reborn in contempo chic form, with beautiful handpainted motifs lightly touched by a western design aesthetic. There's nowhere better for fine bone china, and you can even design your own. Call ahead for an appointment at the showroom.

    9 Zhen Ning Rd, Oriental Garden, Building 3, Unit 2B
  • Banmoo
    Home & Furny

    Local designer Lv Yongzhong is wowing the global scene with his simple, directional woodworking skills, manifesting in beautiful, unusual furny, tableware and sundries. His room-changers embody modern functionality with the bonus of being conversation starters. Items can be customised and special ordered too.

  • Brocade Country

    Lovely, curated collection of vintage embroidery and textiles handmade by ethnic Miao craftswomen, hailing from the tiny tribes and villages of China's southwest. Stock up on embellished skirts, jackets and accessories plus silver bangles to bring a bit of colour to a monochrome urban wardrobe.

    616 Julu Lu, by Xiangyang Bei Lu
    +86 21 6279 2677
  • Charlotta Gandolfo

    Mix and match black/white/greys for a Shanghai-born label that’s positively in vogue. The atelier is ready-to-wear and perfect for Aman resort escapes—so get on the waitlist for a frock and a consult with Ms. Gandolfo herself. Appointments only. That's all.

  • City Shop
    Food & Drink

    Smart and delectable international pantry for your Wagyu and Burrata needs, with organic veg planted by own-brand wholesalers City Farm.

    1376 B/F, Shanghai Centre, Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Comme Moi

    Catwalk queen-turned-designer Lu Yan knows a thing or two about couture, with flirty frocks and separates modelled on her personal style. Strike a pose!

    169 Donghu Hotel Annex Bldg, Xinle Lu
    +86 21 5466 1689
  • Feine Cashmere

    Scarves, shawls n' sweaters, pastels to muted neutrals, tots to adults.

  • Feiyue

    You've spied them on the feet of globetrotting Gen Z-ers, now bag your own pair of the iconic made-in-Shanghai sneakers. Originally worn by Shaolin monks in the 1920s, the lightweight and superbly comfy white plimmies sport distinctive zig-zag slashes, and super-thin soles made from recycled tire rubber. There's a multitude of styles and colourways; purists go for the Fei Lo Classic with blue/white logo.

  • Galeries Lafayette

    This Parisian retailvana is five floors of designed and decorated shoppers’ heaven kitted out in Danse D’Ellipses installations, floor-to-floor greenery and a ‘grammable red-dyed Tour D’Eiffel at centre stage. Undoubtedly designer threads from Frenchy Marinière to Chinese designers Andrea Jiapei Li, Xuzhi, Swaying and the little black dress. Tired of the walkaround? Ask personal shoppers on the second floor to run the plastic while you park it on the plush furny—the only thing missing is a bottle of bubbly. Nanjing Road's got nothing on this department store that ticks off the gift list with ferocious efficiency.Psst… Don't get lost inside the extremely pedestrian L+ Mall—keep going to find Galeries Lafayette hidden within.

  • Garden Books
    Books, Stationery & Music

    The motherlode of English language books, plus a kids' section with play area and cute caff too.

  • Han Feng

    One of the pioneers of Chinese couture, Han Feng cut her design teeth in NYC, and easily straddles influences from east and west when she designs for international celebs and creates costumes for major theatre productions. Visit her studio for pretty frocks plus handbags and scarves featuring her signature pleated flowers.

  • Isa Castelli

    Local stylistas snap up Isa's handcrafted, fash-forward Italian sandals, boots and bags, plus a sharp fashion edit in on-point hides, prints and colours. International sizing, especially for feet, means even the largest hoofs are shod in style. By appointment only.

  • Jack Peng
    Jewellery & Accessories

    The best cobbler in the city handcrafts high quality dress shoes, brogues, boots, loafers and pumps out of imported European calfskin, cowhide, croc, ostrich and suede. The made-to-order service lets you choose from the design portfolio, selecting every detail down to coloured laces, or go totally bespoke.

    283 2/F, South Tower, Hong Kong Plaza, Huaihai Zhong Lu
    +86 21 6333 8025
  • Judy Hua

    Homegrown art collector turned fashion designer and Fashion Week regular, Judy is the go-to couturier for Shang socialites seeking ultra femme cocktail party pieces and one-offs, made with her signature edgy-meets-elegant modern aesthetic.

  • Juice The Box

    Edison Chen and Kevin Poon's Xintiandi studio seemingly has a different event, exhibition, or pop up every week. Shop the stylista-approved edit of all that is cool and conceptual, with limited-edition releases from the likes of Ryo Ishikawa, Vanquish, and United Standard.

  • Labelhood Pillar

    Three-storey, multi-brand, one-stop lane house boutique for the crème de la crème of China's homegrown fashion talent, from togs to bags to brogues, impeccably curated by Tasha Liu. Go local!

    184 Fumin Lu, by Changle Lu
  • Le Monde de SHC

    SHC = Shanghai Chic. Frequented by Chinese superstars, Fan Bingbing included, this is Eric Young's handpicked selection of clothes, shoes, accessories and stylings. A bright-windowed, three-story shop in the tree lined Xuhui hoods, replete with mod-art fixtures from Venus de Milo to a bust of Napoleon.

    1 Taojiang Road
  • Lilli's Shanghai
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Intricate, handmade bijoux in semi and precious gems and myriad pearls, to be purchased prêt-à-sparkle or created bespoke. You can also bring the in-house goldsmiths your old, tired jewellery and leave with a freshly polished and redesigned piece. Recycling should always be this fun! Plus bags, accessories and baby gifts.

  • Lolo Love Vintage
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Nostalgic for the Shang of yesteryear? Well, she's gone for good, but you can dress the part at Lolo Lou's vintage root n' rummage, flogging threads mainly from the '20s and '40s – shoes, bags, jewels, antique dolls, even crockery.

    2 Yongfu Lu, by Wuyuan Lu
  • Loop Swim

    Saving the beach one swimsuit at a time, eco-warriors Itee Soni and Heather Kaye spin recycled bottles into their own trademarked, fab n' flexi fabric, which is crafted into a rainbow of rash vests, bikinis, tankinis and swimmers, plus accessories for the whole glam-ily.

  • Lu Ming Tang
    Body & Beauty

    Transforming jaded complexions one tea leaf at a time, French founder Marian Amiand calls upon the antioxidant properties of tea to create her high-potency skincare line infused with the famous Longjing tea from Hangzhou, and other restorative brews. Try the Tea Dew Mist or the Hydra Perfection Tea Booster.

  • Madame Mao's Dowry

    Flying the flag for cultural revolution-themed accoutrements in an itty-bitty shop; think ink-pots from a famed Tianjin woodblock print shop, curated propaganda posters, old postcards, Mao-era wedding gifts and painted enamel-ware. Don’t get lost, ask veteran and curator Linda Johnson about the Shanghai-grown designers too.

  • Maison Dada
    Home & Furny

    Surrealist meets trad Chinese, totally unexpected homewares like ticking clock rocking chairs, voluptuous Paloma sofas, and other mod, totally of-the-moment pieces you must have for your pad.

  • Maison Kitsuné and Café Kitsuné

    The foxy Franco-Asian concept label makes its first foray into China at this two-storey pied-à-terre in Xintiandi. Slow-browse the tight edit of ready-to-wear, and refuel on java, cha, and beats in the cafe for afters. Oui oui!

    Unit 104-105/204, Bldg 5, Lane 123 XingYe Road
  • Ming Qing Fushi Dian

    For ladies seeking a qipao more timeless than trendy, this is a local go-to for meticulous, trad handiwork and embroidery. The long-serving chief tailor is not afraid to turn his hand to unique bridal wear or non-trad fabrics like wool and lace.

  • Nice to Meet You
    Books, Stationery & Music

    Situ'd across from Shanghai Symphony Hall in the century-old Blackstone Apartments is a reno'd bookstore and cafe for bibliophiles, art and design lovers, musicians and gourmands alike. Grab a read and explore the grounds of the former swimming pool turned cafe with views of the well-manicured gardens, then get lost via mosaic-tiled corridors to the vinyl room for classical tunes. Warning: You will lose hours here, so get your cha fix first.

    1331 Fuxing West Road
    +86 159 2166 3585
  • Philippe Le Bac Cashmere

    This chic French chain supplies cashmere to a number of luxury brands, but also retails super soft classics (m/w). Cosy-up in pullovers, sweater dresses and scarves in a rainbow of colours. Silky bags and strokable shoes too.

  • Shang Xia
    Home & Furny

    Made in China is now covetable with Hermès-backed designer Jiang Qiong Er's exquisite, heritage-influenced furny and fash. Expect two enchanting floors of ethereal retail therapy, plus an “experience room” on level three for VIPs. Souvenir shopping? A craftsman wraps the brand's delicate tea sets in woven bamboo on site.

  • Shanghai Tang

    Sparkly, 1930s cinematic digs house this heritage tailoring brand with international appeal, all 10,000 sq ft showcasing the line of eminently wearable east-meets-west men's and womenswear, plus fab decor, accessories and gifts.

  • Shiliupu Material Market

    Four-storey, 300-stall mecca for textile shoppers and English-speaking tailor seekers. The experienced seamstresses here will whip up simple items in a day or two and deliver to your hotel.

    168 Dongmen Lu, at Zhonghua Lu, nr Yu Gardens
  • South Bund Fabric Market

    Mod, busy and touristy home to hundreds of tailors and mountains of fabric. The options can be overwhelming so bring items to copy or photos of simple shifts. Try stall #300 for Chinese silks, #215 for comfy cashmere and #330 for light suiting, and remember to bargain like mad.

    399 Lujiabang Lu, by Nanchang Jie
  • Spin Ceramics
    Home & Furny

    A pale, delicate, luminous glaze adorns these mod table and décor ceramics produced in Jingdezhen, the long ago global porcelain capital of the world. Organic shapes and simple lines dominate the elegant, minimalist collection, while non-porcelain covetables include polished wooden trays and lacquer chopsticks. Cut-price factory seconds too.

    360 Kangding Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu
  • Tony The Tailor

    Tony offers a Savile Row-standard custom tailoring service for m/w suits, coats, and formalwear, and using high-end imported fabrics. In a hurry? It's a guaranteed a max six-day turnaround for your entire order. Get red carpet ready!

  • W.W. Chan & Sons Tailor LTD

    Need a shirt to go under that new three-piece? Saunter over to Maoming Nan Lu for chemises made to measure from luxuriantly soft English and Italian-milled cottons, with single-needle French seams and look-at-me embroidered initials. Classy!

    165D Maoming Nan Lu, by Fu Xing Zhong Lu
    +86 21 6289 8682

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