Mariniere shirts in Shanghai

Judg­ing by the facades (and names like Socks Tasty), it’s easy to write-off those non­de­script ayi pajama shops as fash­ion black holes, where ugly clothes get sucked in and never leave, until they are tossed out the back door into the dumpster.…

Shanghai’s Nankeen shop

A visit to the Nan­keen fab­ric shop on Changle Lu – whose offi­cial  name is Chi­nese Printed Blue Nan­keen Exhi­bi­tion Hall – is a week­end must-see for fashion/textiles lovers in Shang­hai. Hav­ing been writ­ten up by the New York Times (here) and fash­ion blog­ger extra­or­di­naire Susie Bub­ble (here), I am sur­prised that this serene shop isn’t more well-known or visited.…

Where I shop

Many of my friends and col­leagues con­sider my brain as Shanghai’s style ency­clo­pe­dia – full of answers to ques­tions like, “Where can I buy cute, qual­ity shoes?” “Where can I get a dress to wear to my friend’s wed­ding?” “Where do I find the per­fect jeans, that aren’t RMB3,000?” It’s very flat­ter­ing to be asked these burn­ing fash­ion inquiries.…

Absolute Showroom

A few weeks ago I found myself in Absolute Show­room, the brain­child of David, who has spent the last two years sniff­ing out the best under-the-radar design­ers around South­east Asia, mostly Thai­land. His Taiyuan Lu lane house bou­tique is a great place to find orig­i­nal fash­ion pieces, along with chotchkies galore.…

Nuomi

For years I had writ­ten off Nuomi as just another eco-friendly, expat mommy-friendly brand. I kept it at arm’s length until Nuomi’s founder Bonita recently proved me very, very wrong. Now I’m hooked, and you should be too. Here are four things you need to know about Nuomi.…

Mes Dames

After intern­ing at pres­ti­gious fash­ion houses Nina Ricci and Mai­son Margiela, Swedish designer Lisa Wikan­der launched her own line, Mes Dames, in 2008. Her mis­sion is to design clas­si­cally fem­i­nine clothes than can stand the test of time, while effort­lessly flat­ter­ing the wearer.…

Uptown Market street style

As the sun started to set on the city, I made my way to Uptown Mar­ket, where the sub­ter­ranean record store Uptown Records invites young design­ers and vin­tage retail­ers to set-up shop in their expan­sive, maze-like lair. It’s too bad that the mar­ket keeps occur­ring on the most beau­ti­fully sunny days we’ve had yet to expe­ri­ence in Shanghai.…

Mixr vixens

Meet Ciga Zhou, a star styl­ist in Shang­hai, and her col­league at Mixr, a brand new e-commerce site car­ry­ing con­tem­po­rary brands, some for the very first time in Shang­hai. For now the China-based e-tailer spe­cial­izes in Ital­ian and Span­ish brands, but has big dreams to become the Mainland’s mega-retailer like Shop Bop in the US.…

Snoozer Loser sale

Play­ful, funky, com­fort­able and cool. Snoozer Loser’s silk-screen printed linen dresses are the ulti­mate sum­mer frocks. Lucky for us, sum­mer sales kick off in July, with at least two more months of hot, hot heat which calls for rock­ing a sundress.…

theINSIDER

it’s not even lunchtime on Mon­day and my weekly cal­en­dar is filled up. Busy as hell, but very excited about this uber-chic event hap­pen­ing this Sat­ur­day July 14th – shopping/lifestyle web­site and newslet­ter ParkLu.com will host theIN­SIDER, an inau­gural pri­vate sale event and sum­mer sale pop-up shop at Crea-Infinity.…

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      On Sat­ur­day, April 13th and Sun­day, April 14th, 2013, the Eco Design Fair will bring together an antic­i­pated audi­ence of over 10,000 peo­ple from around Shang­hai to the Cool Docks look­ing to learn about green healthy liv­ing, and seek­ing earth-friendly alter­na­tives in fash­ion, food, energy, trans­porta­tion, well­ness, home, gar­den­ing, finance and more.…