Monday, November 22, 2010

Shanghai - Huaihai Road & Huangpu nightview

strolling along one of the biggest shopping strips in Shanghai's Huaihai Road (淮海中路), I planned a visit and surprised myself with another.

Swarovski Crystallized on no. 522 Huaihai Road

Philippe Ferrandis' special collection

my purple earrings by Ferrandis

Swarovski Crystallized is located at no. 522 on the busy and fashionable Huaihai Road, among the many towering shopping malls. I planned the visit because the Crystallized collection is not available anywhere in asia except here, i.e. currently the only Swarovski Crystallized concept store in asia. I am no big fan for crystal jewelry for they are sometimes way to flashy but the Crystallized designer collections are ones you won't want to miss. leading designers, and most of the time, some of the most inspirational fashion designers would be creating their first jewelry collection for Swarovski. past collaborations include Azzaro, Catherine Malandrino, Christopher Kane, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jonathan Saunders, Kenneth Jay Lane, Shououk and Stephen Webster, just to name a few. can't find anything that captures your heart? you can D.I.Y your own piece of jewelry by buying the Swarovski Elements instore.

check out the full list of designer collections at:

what was unexpected was i got to visit the Hermès Leather Forever Exhibition held at Shanghai. I heard about the exhibition when I was still in Beijing but was not sure if I'll have time to go during my short stay in Shanghai. it's a pleasant surprise to see the pop-up exhibition inside a building right on Huaihai Road. The Leather Forever exhibition - a legendary tale of the brand's heritage, excellent craftsmanship and its longstanding relationship with its famous leatherware, was premiered in Shanghai and was curated by Olivier Saillard, director of the Musee Galliera, the Paris municipal museum of fashion. 

a brilliant show to experience and appreciate the history and craftsmanship of Hermès leather bags. one gets to touch and feel the different leathers used for Hermès leatherwares and review all the legendary vintage Hermès bags. to reflect that China is now one of the most important markets for Hermès, the limited edition Mini Birkin will be sold in Shanghai Hermès Specialty stores.

seriously all the most expensive exotic skins are free for feeling

vintage bags are my favorite

giant kelly at entrance

the much sought-after mini birkin

 a lot of walking was done for a day. I ended it with a good view of the Huangpu river. charming Shanghai : )

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