Shang Xia by Hermès in Shanghai
Top Hermès Group joins Chinese designer Jiang Qiong Er to create Shang Xia hoping to create a new luxury brand espousing the best of traditional Chinese and other Asian craftsmanship and design. Shang Xia first store opened its door in Shanghai this past September, with amazing collections focusing the home (for example the Da Tian Di collection is based on traditional Ming furniture, ergonomically designed; the Echo series has beautiful eggshell porcelain bowls) but also some interesting garments and jewellery.
The Bridge collection and its traditional bridge-shape handles is absolutely stunning, with a set of ceramic tea pot and tea set cosseted in bamboo weaving. The silver-plated tea set and trio of vases are plated with silver and finished with hand carved thin bamboo strips woven in mesh. There is also a stunning collection of sculpted garments made in felt, using similar techniques to those used when hand-felting fabric for Mongolian clothing. Fully inspired by the traditional Han dynasty clothing, this collection reflects the traditional elegance of Chinese style. Each garment is unique and sculpted into a seamless shape to create a 3-dimensional garments in felt from the Mongolian cashmere.