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UR Shanghai
by LUXE City Guides

  • 10 Corso Como
    Fashion

    Carla Sozzani brings her high-styley, Euro-centric Milan playground to China, and it's a gleaming vision of steel, glass and plenty of flash. There's fashion for guys, gals, plus accessories, cosmetics, books and mags, plus caff in this massive lifestyle concept wonderland.

  • Art Labor
    Art

    Global and Chinese boundary-pushing pieces in one of the former French Concession's largest gallery spaces, with high ceilings, moveable walls and lighting, plus a compact outdoor space.

  • 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.

  • 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
    Fashion

    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
    +862162792677
  • 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
    http://cityshop.com.cn/
    info@cityshop.com.cn
    +862162150418
  • Comme Moi
    Fashion

    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
    +862154664689
  • Dong Liang
    Fashion

    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!

  • Fabric Market
    Fashion

    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
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  • Feine Cashmere
    Fashion

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

    392 Wukang Lu, by Tai'an Lu
    +862164373835
  • Garden Books
    Books, Stationery & Music

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

  • Han Feng
    Fashion

    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.

  • 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
    http://jackpeng.com/
    +862163331610
  • Judy Hua
    Fashion

    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.

  • Leo Xu
    Art

    Fresh, dynamic cross-media shows and exhibits by young local talent plus established international names. The gallery also brings together artists from other disciplines, such as architecture and music, to foster creative dialogue.

  • 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.

    1051 1D, Maosheng Mansion, Xinzha Lu
    mainshowroom@lillishanghai.com
    +862162531469
  • 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
  • M50
    Art

    Warehouse-sized studios abound in this old industrial park surrounded by graffiti and crammed with contempo art plus cafes and bars. Check out OV / 6217 2881 / ovgallery.com / for thematic exhibitions and workshops, and experimental and tad controversial pieces at stageBACK / 6276 9932 / stage-back.org.

  • M97
    Art

    This contempo and fine art photo gallery is first stop for leading local snappers including Chi Peng and Huang Xiaoliang, with occasional special exhibits held by international shutterbugs too.

    363 1/F, Changping Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu
    http://m97gallery.com/
    info@m97gallery.com
    +862162661597
  • Magda Danysz Gallery
    Art

    Shanghai sister to the Parisian original, this contemporary gallery is housed in a hangar-sized Yangpu space, exhibiting new media works by emerging Chinese artists and hosting discussions, screenings and events.

  • 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.

  • Matthew Liu Fine Arts
    Art

    Ex-financier Matt has set up shop amid the restored neo-classical facades of the Rockbund Development, repping German photog Candida Höfer, Arranz-Bravo from Spain and Brazil's Vik Muniz, and a show schedule rotating six times yearly.

    115 Yuanmingyuan Lu, Suite 201-203
    http://www.mlfinearts.com/
    +862163151582
  • Ming Qing Fushi Dian
    Fashion

    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.

    201 Changle Lu
    +862154049576
  • Pearl Lam
    Art

    The eponymous, HK-based designer's creamy white Shanghai outpost displays contemporary, multidisciplinary works from the likes of Lei Hong and Zhu Jinshi. If bigger is better, visit the downstairs gallery for large-scale installations.

  • Philippe Le Bac Cashmere
    Fashion

    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.

  • RedTown
    Art

    Up n' coming mammoth quadrangle encompassed by converted factories, with open air exhibits and Shanghai Sculpture Space / 6280 5629 / sss570.com / as the focus, plus fab garden. Futuristic Minsheng Art Museum / 6282 8729 / minshengart.com / has emerging Sino names and screenings – entry is half price after 6pm.

  • 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 Gallery of Art
    Art

    Vaulted, world-class showcase space with a focus on Asian contempo, boasting river views and a chic Bund location (with prices to match), and prominent Chinese artists like Zhang Xiaogang and Gu Dexin along with international heavyweights like Anish Kapoor and Richard Wilson.

    3 3/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
    http://shanghaigalleryofart.com/
    gr@on-the-bund.com
    +862163215757
  • Shanghai Tang
    Fashion

    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.

  • ShanghART / H-Space
    Art

    Shanghai's most reliable gallery is an omni-media installation space showing mod Chinese and int'l artists in a revamped warehouse with well-informed staff. The library and archives can be viewed by appointment, and nearby H-Space homes larger-than-life exhibits from contempo creatives.

  • Shiliupu Material Market
    Fashion

    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.

    Dongmen Lu, at Zhonghua Lu, nr Yu Gardens
    +862163301043
  • Song Fang Maison de Thé
    Food & Drink

    Step into this atmospheric 1930s lane house, sink into a wicker chair and sip fine teas from Yunnan, Assam and beyond. Later, take your favourite teas to go in signature kitsch azure tins.

  • 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.

  • Studio Rouge
    Art

    Peek into director and curator George Michell's white-hot Bund-side gallery for an introduction to Beijing's avant-garde art world, where a stable of about 20 established and upcoming artists find a home for their paintings, collages, and richly-imagined, whimsically-executed objets d'art.

  • Suzhou Cobblers
    Fashion

    Granny's silk slippers get a C.21st update c/o graphic designer turned sole sister Denise Huang. Much coveted by Shanghai's stylistas, her flamboyant, embroidered silk footwear are stiched and sewn by master artisans. Denise also runs craft workshops (origami, brooch-making and the like) from her lovely lil' shop just off the Bund.

    17 Rm 101, Fuzhou Lu, by Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
    http://www.suzhou-cobblers.com/
    +862163217087
  • Tony The Tailor
    Fashion

    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!