read more about Xin Tian Di at: xintiandi.com
when real shopping may not be done at Xin Tian Di, my next stop is definitely a gem for shopping in Shanghai - Tianzhifang () / Taikang Lu (泰康路).
|the wonderful Toygu shop - d.i.y your own china baby|
my first time stepping into Tianzifang, reminds me of Le Marais of Paris. sprawling over 20,000 m², Tianzifang is a matrix of small lanes lined with little shops, art galleries, cafes...housing over 100 enterprises. it is a fun sweet spot to spend a good few hours browsing through interesting local designs, photography and lifestyle goods.
ToyGu ( à Shanghai - the shop you must not miss just a few steps through the stone arc of Tianzifang, the main entrance, so to speak. ToyGu was found a few years back by Gu Wei and friends. Gu Wei spent much time studying architecture and living in Paris and he brought back to China the nouveau lifestyle through the living experience of a tiny porcelain doll. Peas (as they are called, are white porcelain dolls without any expressions and colors. like Bearbrick, owners of the dolls will use their own creativity to design and dress them with color markers. I bought Mr. Good (好先生) and he is still waiting for me to dress him.
ToyGu is about life style. visit their website to see the many activities of blogging, world travel, music, wedding and e-commerce: toygu.com
play graffiti online: toygu.com/2010/
explore more shops at Tianzifang: Master shopper: The best of Taikang Lu's Tianzifang
fashion shopping is better done outside of Tianzifang on Taikang Lu. One to see is:
Choichangho, the korean-born designer known for simplicity and comfortable tailoring opened Shion at no. 13, Taikang Lu. Choichangho FW 09/10