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Changing Chi

August 11, 2014
Chi Garden

There are few cities in the world developing faster than the Chinese capital with its ever-evolving skyline and rapidly expanding art presence. And Beijing’s fashion scene is no exception with new Sino-centric online ventures (like Yetang) and avant-garde stores (namely BLAKK) sprouting up across the city faster than a supermodel can turn down a box of chocolates. But savvy stylista Wang Hua is taking the Chinese knack for constant progression to a whole new level by remodelling her bijou vintage clothing boutique, Chi Garden, just a few months after the Beilou Guxiang shop opened its doors.

The new space is in the same spot but everything else has changed. Gone is the thrift shop vibe, curvy clothes racks and mismatched wall frames, and here to stay is a clean-lined aesthetic of crisp white walls, mirrored ceilings and marble display cubes that keeps the focus firmly on the chic clothes and accessories. Thankfully, many of the high-fashion finds that filled the first store are back, including choice label pieces from seasons past, classic cashmere shawls and his-n-her’s shoes, but now modern jewellery and accessories by independent, Beijing-based designers are also in the mix. And, for those who can’t make it out to the store’s hutong locale, it’s now possible to browse the Chi Garden collection online and have items delivered to your door. Style with smart service, very Chi-c.

93 Beilou Guxiang / Dongcheng / noon-9pm Tue-Sun /