by LUXE City Guides
10 Corso Como
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.
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 +862162792677
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
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 None
Scarves, shawls n' sweaters, pastels to muted neutrals, tots to adults.
392 Wukang Lu, by Tai'an Lu +862164373835
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Magda Danysz Gallery
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.
Matthew Liu Fine Arts
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.
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.
201 Changle Lu +862154049576
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!