A filtered list that focuses on Chinese designers, artisan crafts.
It’s no surprise that you won’t have problems finding beautiful places to shop in Shanghai, the city has exploded with luxury boutiques and international finds in recent decades. But our list contains local boutiques that focus on Chinese designers, artisan crafts. In essence, why would you come to Shanghai to bring home European or American products? Follow the list below to uncover unique souvenirs you can only find in this Far East cosmopolitan.
Dong Liang 棟梁 – Best Luxury Boutique
Although the very original Dong Liang is located in Beijing, the store in Shanghai is equally gorgeous. Three floors full of carefully curated pieces made by China’s most renowned designers. Despite Shanghai’s fashion scene is still emerging, Dong Liang is where you can find refined and stylish clothing for both men and women that preview what’s to come in Shanghai’s artistic tomorrow. They also hold a bunch of pop-ups around the world, so look out for them!
OOAK – Best Indie Concept Store
124 Taiyuan Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200031 (map, website)
Moving to a much smaller but equally cool scale, OOAK = One of a Kind, is making a huge name for itself in the underground jewelry industry. Stepping into the store is a cozy reminiscence of Europe upon wooden floors, but the boutique does a fab job combining Chinese accessory brands with those around the world. Ascend to the second floor and you’ll find sophisticated womenswear, then a few more steps upward and you’ll encounter a gallery, an exhibition area as well as a cafe.
Shang Xia 上下 – Best Designer Boutique
As the first Chinese luxury brand, Shang Xia (meaning: up down) is where you can discover four categories of this design house’s collections: fashion, jewelry, furniture and home accessories. Often referred to as the Chinese Hermès, Shang Xia is also known for its elegant porcelain tea sets. If you’re ready to splurge on a modern collectible, this place is made for you. Due to its abundant success in Shanghai, today you can also find Shang Xia in Beijing and Paris.
Jing Republic 共禾京品 – Best Homeware
From luxury to affordable contemporary. Head over to Jing Republic for funky and adorable homeware made by Chinese and Taiwanese designers. This modern boutique is bright, vibrant and colorful. You’ll find fun knick-knacks here to bring home, and lots of cute decor for yourself too.
Brocade Country – Best Artisan Crafts
616 Julu Rd, Jingan Qu, China, 200000 (map)
For something way more ethnic and artisanal, stop by Brocade Country. At some point during your trip in Shanghai, you’ve probably heard of the Miaos, which is an ethnic group from Southern China mountains. Two sisters started this famous shop, not only to sell textiles and accessories from Miao, but they’re also keen on educating foreigners about the Miao culture.