Beijing is typically closely associated with Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and probably the Great Wall. Shopping and fashion are usually secondary on a Beijing trip. Many travel guides would recommend Wangfujing as the place to go for your shopping. However, Jing strongly feels otherwise. Since it is the ‘Orchard Road’ of Beijing, you would be able to get most of the merchandise from the Orchard Road in Singapore anyway.
Instead, check out the Made-in-China labels that have gained ground in Beijing’s fashion. These labels are applauded not only for their original productions but also how they have striven to preserve and incorporate the Chinese identity in these contemporary designs. Highly commendable indeed. Following are Jing’s picks.
Jing loves the brand since she first came across it in 2010. Plastered T-shirts takes iconic imagery from China’s streets and celebrates it. It derived inspiration from everyday designs – from neon signs framing steaming karaoke halls, to delicate acrobatic twists and towers. Plastered puts these images on t-shirts in a celebration of everything beautiful about China. It makes a better China souvenir than the predictable “I Climbed the Great Wall” T-shirt.
Apart from the flagship store is located on Nanluoguxiang, and the t-shirts are available from its 798 Art Zone store and online at www.plasteredtshirts.com.
ENAMEL QUOTATION FROM PURE TIMES
You might find the steel mug familiar. Yes. It is one of those that your mum used to have, came on her wedding day. Enamel Quotation hopes to arose this nostalgic culture through their design and packaging. Pure Times also produces matchstick boxes, notebooks and mouse pads along the same theme. The products are available from the shops along Nanluoguxiang.
Another street fashion brand originated from Shanghai. The new SQY-T store is located in Wu Dao Ying Hutong, along the North Second Ring Road in the central area of Beijing. It is across the famous Lama Temple (Yong He Gong). Unlike many of the other T-shirt brands which have a certain consistent style, SQY-T is not limited to any particular style or form in terms of visual expression. What represents SQY-T is not a specific pattern or image, but is the persistence on the concept and innovation behind every single design. It can be anything from the map of Beijing, 3D drawing of 798 Art Zone, a traditional Chinese calendar or even the Ikea store.
“Navel” is a fashion brand founded in 2008 by a creative designer. It opened its first store in Beijing Nanluoguxiang 53. The brand is inspired by memories of life. Navel strives to pursue a dynamic and innovative narrative elements through the introduction humorous, concise and witty cartoon images reflected in the clothing. It currently operates its stores in Nanluoguxiang Hutong in Beijing, 798 International Art District and Wu Dao Ying Hutong.