Creative 3-in-1 Collective
Take a stroll down Shanghai’s Shaoxing Lu, and you may notice an unsuspecting calligraphy store attracting quite the crowd of fashionable passersby – but a step closer will reveal that you’re not like to find any brushes or scrolls here. Instead, this is the just-opened Shanghai home of Beijing-based independent fashion, design and publishing concept store Triple-Major, which brings south for the first time its signature stock of eclectic international clothing, books, and lifestyle goods.
The shop façade, painted with the Chinese character for ‘ink’, is a creative homage to the street’s literary history by founder and director Ritchie Chan (similarly, the Beijing branch masquerades as a traditional Chinese pharmacy with the character for ‘medicine’ hanging outside the door). Inside, white walls contrast bright printed tees from Berlin brand Bless, knit baseball jackets from New York’s Patrik Ervell, and geometric dresses from Montreal’s Complexgeometrics, all hanging alongside shelves of quirky footwear like patterned lace-ups and leather sneakers from the in-house label (itself featured in indie boutiques from Tokyo to Milan). In the way of design and publishing, Triple-Major stocks limited edition and hard-to-find art prints and magazines on the shelves, while Chan plans to begin hosting regular art installations in the space too. And if you can’t get to the shop in person, you’ll be glad to know that much of the inventory is available in the online store, which now ships internationally as well. Major, indeed!