Quintessentially’s Top 10 Boutiques in Beijing. The nation’s cultural and political capital boasts a treasure trove of exciting shops, small boutiques and independent designers who infuse the city’s fashion scene with an edgy, alternative vibe. So, if you’re looking for your fashion fix up north, check out these recommendations by the concierge experts at Quintessentially.
Lost & Found
Despite its massive growth, if you know where to look it’s still possible to glimpse into Beijing’s traditional past. Lost & Found – which lives up to its name – is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of vintage treasures: a nostalgic peek in the fashion time capsule of yore. This is the perfect place to pick up unique souvenirs, cool items for your home and retro-styled goodies at reasonable prices.
Where? 42 Guozijian, Beijing. http://www.lost-and-found.cn
D-SATA by CuR
Ethical and environmentally-conscious fashionistas seek out D-SATA’s hand-crafted pieces, made using natural and upcycled materials from around Asia. Each item is handmade by a group of women who earn a fair wage with the range including covetable clutches, unusual accessories and stylish seasonal collections. This is one of the best places to stock up on unique accessories in Beijing, while doing something good for the community too.
Where? Unit A116, Nali Patio (1st Floor), 81 Sanlitun North Road, Beijing. http://www.d-sata.com
Fashion designer Liu Lu trained in the USA and her international, sexy and modern designs are now highly sought after among the capital’s fashion-forward career women. Featured in the likes of Vogue China, come here for contemporary designs with a Lu edge.
Where? Room D-305, 3rd Floor, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun, Beijing. http://www.lu1228.com
Showcasing Western brands and styles, JAVECE is a glam multi-brand retailer which stocks some of the biggest names in fashion and caters to the capital’s trendiest denizens – think along the lines of Elie Saab, J. Mendel, Azzaro and Jay Ahr.
Where? No.L209, China Central Place, 81 Jianguo Road, Beijing. http://www.javece.com
Plastered’s t-shirts take iconic images from China’s streets and turn them into cool prints. Branded t-shirts aren’t new, but Plastered takes it to the next level with a commitment to using environmentally-friendly inks and cottons. The flagship store is located in Nanluoguxiang, a cute street with plenty of independent shops worth checking out.
Where? 61 Nanluogu Xiang, Beijing. http://www.plasteredtshirts.com
Preserving the past while being fashion forward, NLGX creates original designs inspired by the graphics, materials, and colours of Beijing. Original apparel includes graphic t-shirts, Asian-inspired casuals and bags made from recycled materials, which support the local design community.
Where? 33 Nanluogu Xiang, Beijing. http://www.nlgx.org
Wuhao Curated Shop
One of the capital’s best kept secrets, Wuhao is worth visiting for its unusual showroom-cum-gallery concept and great selection of limited-edition items, which provide young Chinese designers with an opportunity to showcase their talents to the world.
Where? 35 Mao’er Hutong Dongcheng district, Beijing. http://www.wuhaoonline.com
Ling Designs Jewelry
From exquisite to showy, it’s easy to find stunning and extravagant earrings, necklaces and rings of all kinds at Ling Designs, the second jewellery shop opened by Beijing-based jewellery designer Wang Lingyan and the only one which carries her own products.
Where? Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Beijing
Good Goods Commune
This shop is an insider gem. In addition to carrying its own branded items, Good Goods Commune carries a plethora of clothes, accessories and giftable goodies created by young local designers. With a rich mix of clothing and accessories which range from eclectic to just plain chic and at “I can afford to buy more” prices, it’s well worth a visit.
Where? 141 Gulou Dong Dajie, Beijing
With every piece carefully hand-picked by rockstar-styled owner Liu Ke, this is one of the best vintage shops in Beijing. From classic labels to unique gear, Mega Mega Vintage boasts a devoted following among the city’s hipsters.
Where? 241 Gulou Dong Dajie, Beijing
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