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July 28, 2014

If black never goes out of fashion then new Dongcheng concept store-cum-gallery BLAKK is a surefire winner in the Chinese style stakes. The brainchild of art and music critic Jian Cui, BLAKK is a showcase space that stocks avant-garde apparel and art by the up-and-comers of Beijing’s creative scene, and, as the name implies, the store has a penchant for the darkest and chicest of shades, with black-on-black everything, from the obsidian-tiled façade to the matt black walls and sparse shelving.

The only spots of colour come from the curated and ever-changing selection of products which range from wearable (hand-printed tees, silkscreen scarves and felt caps) to readable (graphic novels, niche mags and photography books), plus some rare vinyl and a small selection of perfumes. All are made by independent artists and local designers, and hand-selected by Cui for their distinctive style, plus at the front of the store a small section of wall also serves as a mini gallery space for rotating exhibitions. Recent displays have included a collection of punk bling gems by German artist Souzihaas and photography by Chinese indie rocker and Carsick Cars frontman Zhang Shouwang. Always changing but ever stylish, it seems BLAKK really is the new black.

34 Jiaodaokou Beisantiao / Dongcheng / +86 139 1100 6765 / 3-10pm Tue-Sun