From covetable couture to vintage ethnic textiles, these knockout boutiques offer superb, original shopportunity in Shanghai.
Part boutique, part design studio, sleek Dong Liang is a one-stop for the crème de la crème of China's homegrown fashion talent. Younger sibling to the original Beijing outpost, visit the three-storey vault of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories, all carefully curated by Tasha Liu.
Annabel Lee’s beautiful, crisply-furnished Bund-side boutique us almost as endearing as the collections of silk accessories it houses. Taking its name from an Edgar Allan Poe poem, the silk specialist racks a range of delicately embroidered, handcrafted scarves, bags and soft furnishings.
Looking for that covetable, contemporary, one-off? Nip over to Judy Hua. Previously an art collector, Judy is the go-to courtier of edgy-meets-elegant cocktail pieces for Shanghai’s fashion and socialista sets. A firm Fashion Week fixture, you’ll need to book an appointment well in advance.
Add a bit of colour to your monochrome urban wardrobe at Brocade Country, which shelves an alluring collection of vintage embroidery and textiles handmade by ethnic Miao craftswomen. The dinky interior is a veritable trove of embellished skirts, jackets and accessories plus silver bangles, all hailing from the tiny tribes and villages of China's southwest. Shop til you drop!
Dong Liang / 184 Fumin Rd / Jingan Qu / +86 21 3469 6926 / 10am-9pm daily / www.dongliangchina.com
Annabel Lee / No 1 / Lane 8 / Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu / +86 21 6445 8218 / 10am-8pm / www.annabel-lee.com
Judy Hua / 1/F / Bldg 7 / Moganshan Lu / +86 21 6266 3449 / by appointment only / www.judyhua.com
Brocade Country / 16 Julu Rd / Jingan Qu / +86 21 6279 2677 / 10.30am-7pm daily