Baby, it’s cold outside – but don’t worry, LUXE has the cosiest kind of winter-warmer for you: a round-up of the most covetable cashmere kingdoms Shanghai has up its knitted sleeve...
Stock up on luxe wool garms from Feine Cashmere, whose enticing antidotes to chilly climes include cashmere scarves, shawls, blanket wraps, ponchos and ponchettes. Pick from swoony pastels and subtle neutrals; add a dash of denim and leather to punk up your snuggly side.
Philippe Le Bac’s cashmere collection starts from a wallet-friendly $85, with options including marshmallow-soft beanies, berets, cardis, jumpers and multi-wear wraps. Cosy-up in pullovers, sweater dresses and scarves in a rainbow’s array of colours; admire the silky bags and strokable shoes, too. This is clever treasure.
#MadeinChina is now covetable, thanks to chic Shang Xia: 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. The brand’s knitwear is as seductive as its beautiful space: a Kengo Kuma-styled fitout, housed inside a classical, French-influenced building. Shang Xia aims to fuse retail, culture and art, so have a peek at the current exhibition, post cashmere-blowout. Souvenir shopping? An on-site craftsman wraps the brand's delicate tea sets in woven bamboo.
Hong Kong heavyweight Shanghai Tang isn’t short on lust-worthy lures, but if you’re feeling chilly, don’t bypass its silk-lined cashmere cardis. We’d have one in every colour if we had the requisite wardrobe space. These star-buys feature Mongolian wool and look the business when worn over a silk blouse, simple tee or hide-and-peep lacy smalls. Cinematic 1930’s digs house handsome East-meets-West men's and womenswear, plus fab decor, accessories and gifts.
Chinese supermodel Lu Yan proved she was far more than just a stunningly beautiful face when she opened Comme Moi, which boasts a Neri & Hu-designed, marble-and-metal fitout and a stash of Lu’s ravishing designs – all clean lines and high-luxe detail. D-reamy. Stockpile the romantic knitwear, but to really nail the off-duty supermodel look, consider a flirty frock and some modern tailoring, too...
Feine Cashmere / 392 Wukang Lu / +86 21 6437 3835 / 10am-10pm / feinecashmere.com
Philippe Le Bac / 3719 Hongmei Lu / +86 21 5417 7339 / 9am-9pm / philippelebac.com
Shang Xia / 233 Huaihai Zhong Lu / +86 21 8017 9777 / 11am-9.30pm / shang-xia.com
Shanghai Tang / 868 Huaihai Zhong Lu / +86 21 5403 0580 / 10.30am-9.30pm / shanghaitang.com
Comme Moi / 169 Xinle Lu / +86 21 5289 5237 / commemoi.com.cn