If you spend even a half an hour walking around Shanghai’s French Concession, you’ll stumble upon more womenswear boutiques than you thought possible for one city to have. With so many options, it’s hard to know what’s worth it and what isn’t. Let Culture Trip guide your sartorial journey, from western imports to local vintage chic.
Entering the courtyard in front of Lolo Love Vintage is like stepping back in time. Founded by “vintage queen of Shanghai” Lolo Lou, the boutique focuses on antique women’s wear from the United States and Europe. The shop doesn’t stop at clothing though, being the purveyor of all things retro. You might also find shoes, jewelry, home wares, antique dolls, old wedding dresses, and more.
Designer Jiang Xiong Er established Shang Xia with the mission to marry the finest Chinese design traditions with a 21st century lifestyle. Backed by luxury brand Hermes, Shang Xia carries a wide range of goods from women’s fashion to furniture. You won’t get out of the shop without spending some significant cash, but the quality justifies the price tags. The boutique has expanded to Beijing and Paris.
Austrian-Taiwanese fashion label Susantseng is making waves in Shanghai and Hong Kong with its cashmere cardigans and silk and jersey dresses with a sexy edge. The brand’s mission is to offer sensual, elegant, and feminine (yet contemporary) pieces designed to let women get creative and be confident. All items are made in Italy and Spain.
Owner Sophia Moger is a Barcelona native who brings Mediterranean designs to Shanghai. Her own clothing line is currently under way, but until it is released, the shop sells trendy women’s wear pieces imported directly from Italy and France. Step into Griss BCN with business casual on your mind and be transported into a rustic boutique that will make you forget you’re not on a boardwalk by the sea.
It’s not hard to tell that Shanghai is obsessed with high fashion, but some luxury foreign brands get all the attention. Enter Alter, a womenswear boutique that aims to bring often overlooked high end brands into the Chinese market. You won’t find Louis Vuitton or Burberry here. Instead, expect brands like Robert Rodriguez, Helmut Lang, House of Harlow, Superfine and Victoria Beckham.