Beijing’s traditional old town area, with the regeneration plans carried out by urban planners and designers in recent years, has grown into a juxtaposition of old Beijing folk culture and new creative hub. Most independent fashion boutiques too found their home in hutongs. Here are the seven best in town.
Triple Major – Chinese Herb Pharmacy
Located in Yangmeizhu Xiejie, one of the most stylish hutong alleys in Beijing, Triple Major is a concept store that aims to introduce independent and avant-garde fashion designers from China and abroad to Beijingers. The shop is also used as an exhibition venue featuring fashion designs. Believing that good design is like “an effective medicine”, the boutique’s founder Ritchie Chan named the Beijing Triple Major store as “药 (Medicine)” in Chinese, and you’ll be surprised to find plenty of Chinese medicine-themed accessories in the store.
26 Yangmeizhu Xiejie, Xicheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 84020763
The fashion boutique Dong Liang that sells clothing and accessories designed by over 20 Chinese designers, started out as a small store on Beijing’s Wudaoying Hutong, and has now grown into a larger boutique located in the Guomao CBD area. Named “Dong Liang (Ridge pole and beam)” in Chinese, the shop tries to convey an idea that promoting local designs requires no less persistence and solidity than building a house.
White Is Good Shop
You can tell from its name that the boutique is heaven for people who are addicted to the white color, and OCD patients. From shirts and tees, Oxford shoes, to stationary and household products, to even the flowers used to decorate the shop, everything in the shop is white, white and more white.
67 Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 64061837
The handmade furniture shop on Beijing’s Guozijian Street is the dream home of anyone who likes nature and minimalism. It only uses natural timber as materials, with its furniture featuring two major styles: industrial/minimalist style and neo-Chinese style. Other than the furniture, Fnji’s Guozijian shop also sells zakka with consistent style, coffee and desserts – it will really make its customers feel at home.
41 Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 84166399
Lost & Found
The furniture boutique is devoted to making household products and clothes inspired by plain vintage objects in China, either a deserted sofa lying in a corner in a hutong or the stool that seats an old Beijing man who plays chess on the street. Lost & Found tries to awaken the long lost cherished feelings towards daily objects in the new generation of China. The shop also regularly holds tea ceremony and ikebana workshops, as well as exhibitions on ware designed by Japanese designers.
42 Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 64001174
A hidden treasure in Jianchang Hutong, Mizu is a boutique of herbs and plants, including the succulent plants that everyone loves. You can also buy organic and natural aromatherapy soaps and skin products here.
The handcrafted clothing boutique and studio belongs to Ms Kathrin von Rechenberg, a German-born fashion designer who was trained at Paris College of Couture, and began to live in Beijing due to her passion for the traditional Chinese tea-silk. She insists on using the finest fabrics for her clothes, targeted at female customers who are independent, elegant, and have passion for life. Visits to the boutique require appointment in advance.