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When you tire of haggling at Shanghai’s many fake markets but still want to take something home, check out some of Shanghai’s best clothing boutiques.
Slip into super soft graphic T’s, shawl collar sweaters, and zebra-embroidered shorts, all designed by Parsons graduated Shawn William Salim. Form doesn’t trump function here, but the clothes feel just as good as they look.
Retro Feiyue brand sneakers sell in Paris for 50€ , but you can get your pair, proudly made in Shanghai, for just 10 bucks. The white are the most classic, but the shoes come in a rainbow of colors. Although we’ve listed them here under men’s goods, they’re most definitely unisex.
German expat Philip Fust’s military vintage store is stocked with Swiss military gear from World Wars I and II, with a handful of pieces from Germany, Sweden, and Belgium. Goods range from hand-carved tobacco pipes to a navy peacoat.
Men in need of dapper duds while in Shanghai needn’t look further than Aegis, which is one of the only shops in the city to stock pieces from Steven Alan, Band of Outsiders, and Rag & Bone.
Women have countless clothing boutique options in Shanghai. We recommend starting on the corner of South Shaanxi Road and Nanching Road and walking west on Nanchang. There are a handful of boutiques right around that intersection, and several more as you work your way down the street. It’s a pleasant walk regardless of shopping intentions, as the street is heavily lined with leafy French plane trees and plenty of local color.
Debbie Harry would be pretty happy with this colorful shop, opened by a Chinese runway model. Look for goods from Karen Walker as well as an array of neon dresses and tops.
This pint-sized cashmere shop stocks men’s goods as well, but we love the oh-so-warm women’s dresses, which you’ll need if you’re braving Shanghai’s bitter cold winter. Colds hands will do well to slip into a pair of cashmere gloves, available in 21 colors.