Beijing's best boutiques

Find uniquely 'Beijing' style and design


Spend an afternoon browsing at these uniquely Beijing boutiques - including Brand New China, Triple Major, Tang' Roulou - to get a feel for the city's fashion and design scene.


Monster


89 Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng district See full address details


Despite the name, there’s nothing monstrous about this hutong boutique. It’s petite in size (one room only) and specialises in independent brands, both domestic ones like Yucco (Xiamen) as well as those from farther afield such as Soulland (Denmark).


Many of the products have a whimsical edge. We’re particularly enchanted with the fantastical woollen animal hats (from 1,880RMB) from Shanghai-based KREUZZZ. Owners He Jin and Xiao Qiu also design playful tote bags (from 79RMB).


So where did this ghoulish name come from? A few years back, He and Qiu opened the original Monster a few doors down as a vampire-themed curio shop, but closed it down to open this boutique that’s aligned more closely with their design interests. Read more





Dong Liang Studio


102, Building 2, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Dajie See full address details


When Charles Wang and Nam Lang first opened Dong Liang Studio in 2009, their tiny shop was a trailblazer in the hutong boutique scene. Unlike other retailers at the time, the original Wudaoying space featured independent Chinese designers exclusively. Since then, Dong Liang has expanded to Shanghai and, closer to home, moved its Beijing location to Central Park. While its hutong charms have been lost at the CBD locale, there’s more space for the goods.


The boutique continues to vigorously promote Chinese brands with a catalogue of about 20 designers. We particularly love Beijing-based Sarayun and Comme Moi, founded by Chinese supermodel Lv Yan. It’s not a shop aimed at the masses, but the staff are exceedingly gracious and warmly entertained our (obviously) browsing only visit. Read more





Triple-Major


26 Yangmeizhu Xiejie, Xicheng district See full address details


It took us a bit of searching to find Triple-Major this time around. A heavy in the Beijing boutique scene, it recently left its Baochao Hutong location of four years for the greener, hipper pastures of Dashilar. The new space only opened at the beginning of the year, but already promises huge things. The aesthetic is as Beijing as it gets in this expertly renovated hutong spot. It’s worth a gander even if you won’t be buying.


While there’s a healthy spread of local and domestic designers, Triple- Major also promotes independent brands from abroad like BLESS (Berlin) and ALL Knitwear (Brooklyn). Read more





Brand New China (BNC)


NLG-09a, B1, Taikoo Li North, 11 Sanlitun Lu See full address details


This is the number one, allinclusive stop to school yourself on contemporary fashion in China. Media figure Hung Huang – ‘China’s answer to Oprah’ – started the sprawling space of over 500sqm to showcase talent from all over the country. Plopped in the midst of Sanlitun’s international luxury labels (yawn!), BNC adds a breath of fresh air and innovation to an otherwise characterless shopping scene.


The heavy focus is on ladies’ fashion, with everything from stylish leather bags from local designer R-Factory (Pollock Pony bag, 2,680RMB) to cute avantgarde intimates (from 1,350RMB) from Pillowbook, another Beijing label. You’ll also find menswear, like Shanghai streetwear brand The Thing. The one thing we can’t get over? The impossibly gorgeous ceramic and cloisonné housewares from Pilingpalang. Read more





Plastered T-Shirts


61 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng district See full address details


Long-established graphic T-shirt vendor Plastered isn’t a new find, but its constant evolution and creativity keep us coming back. If you’ve never been to the store itself, you might have seen the company’s graphics on Moka Bro’s walls or on the Great Leap Brewing staff’s uniforms.


The recent refitting of Plastered’s original Nanluoguxiang shop gives it a fresher feel these days, making it a worthwhile stop to check out new T-shirt designs, pick up some Feiyue sneakers or a stylish facemask. Read more





Tang’ Roulou


30 Sanlitun Lu (inside Phoenix Design), Chaoyang district See full address details


Tucked inside of ceramics store Phoenix Design (worth a visit in its own right), Tang’ Roulou is the brainchild of French designers Amélie Peraud and Pierre-Yves Babin. Peraud and Babin create an aesthetic that gracefully blends Chinese and Western elements of style.


Outfit your little man (or a friend’s) in an aqua blue mandarin-collared shirt with bright red, hand-crafted butterfly clasps or a Western-style shirt with Chinese button details (480RMB each). Styles are offered in limited editions of select fabrics from around China. Read more




Christopher Bu

25 Ju’er Hutong, Dongcheng district See full address details


When stylist to the starlets Christopher Bu turned his hand to fashion design and created a bespoke dress adorned with cranes for Fan Bingbing’s arrival at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, it went viral.


Fast-forward a few years and he’s just set up shop in a very hip, very hutong space, showcasing his ready to-wear label ‘Chris by Christopher Bu’. When it comes to celebrity customers, none are more coveted than Fan, who is wooed by brands left, right and centre. While they still collaborate for his über-exclusive couture line, in which he strives to infuse ancient Chinese tradition and culture into red carpet style, he wanted to create more accessible designs (and price points) for us everyday folk. Read more



Sanlipop


Building 1-103, 29 Sanlitun Bei Lu, Chaoyang district See full address details


This adorable little shop in Sanlitun, opened by five friends who studied fashion in London together, returned to Beijing to open Sanlipop -- a beautifully curated home design and fashion showcasing from European designers.

At Sanlipop, you can find musky scented candles by Tom Dixon, sneakers by French designer Julien David, jazzy stick on nails by H&H, t-shirts by Maison La Biche and much more. Read more



The Beast


s3-11,s3-21 Tai Koo Li 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district See full address details


This wanderlust lifestyle shop from Shanghai operates under an umbrella of sorts-- the upper level operates as a cafe while the ground floor offers a sprawl of goodies from a small coffee corner, selling pretty desserts and lattes, to a high-end flower shop, selling roses from South Africa and tulips from the Netherlands.

Throughout the store, you'll find candles, dishes, bags, scarves and other accessories from France, England and the USA. Read more

26 Sanlitun Bei Lu, Chaoyang district See full address details

This tiny, demure shop is situated in the small backstreets of Sanlitun.

It features beautifully crafted apparel from designers Yohji Yamamoto, Christophe Lemaire, Rick Owens and jeweller Chin Teo, to name a few. Read more

23 Beixin Hutong, Dongcheng district See full address details

Designer Irene Lu spices things up with her beautiful, silky, made-to-measure lingerie label Pillowbook.

As you may have guessed from the name - a pillow book was a manual given to young girls to prepare them for their wedding nights (see some pictures here) - the pieces are all based on classical Chinese designs.

The showroom is open by appointment only so customers can discreetly shop with comfort and privacy.
102-103 30 Sanlitun Rd See full address details

Finally, a shop just for men. Opened by Taiwanese denim fiend, Samuel Hsin, Radiance Trunk offers the best in European heritage brands from British designer Nigel Cabourn to rugged denim from LA-brand Rising Sun.

This is Hsin's second shop, his first, Radiance Blue in Shunyi, is a tribute to his first love, jeans, jeans and more jeans. Read more
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