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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
47 Chang Le Lu http://www.chinafeiyue.cn/
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.
899 Pudong Nan Lu http://galerieslafayette.cn/
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.
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.
155 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu https://www.instagram.com/isacastelli.madeinitaly/ +86 139 1718 6024
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.
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.
Juice The Box, #102 Xintiandi, 119 Madang Rd https://juicestore.com/blogs/editorial/juice-shanghai-juice-the-box-xintiandi firstname.lastname@example.org +86 21 5386 2918
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.
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 +862164339987
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 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 https://maisonkitsune.com/fr_en/
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.
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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.
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.
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 +862163301043
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.
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.
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!