Shanghai Tang's former flagship location in Pedder Building has always been a lasting childhood memory for me: Waiting for my mum to browse the beautiful silks and traditional clothing designs with a modern flair whilst I played hide and seek in the colonial-influenced art deco interior, old fashioned bathrooms and breathed in the ever-present scent of their signature home fragrance. It saddened me greatly to hear that Abercrombie and Fitch outbid them for the rent and the landlord threw them out without so much as a farewell. That's what Hong Kong is about - business, business, business!
(In case you're interested, Abercrombie & Fitch will be paying HK$7million per month, 2.5 times more than what Shanghai Tang was paying. That's US$900,000 per month, for the 12,500 square feet location.)
Shanghai Tang is a legendary shop set up by Hong Kong businessman David Tang in 1994 with an investment of HK$120 million that recruited 12 of Shanghai’s best tailors, successfully selling China’s handmade cheongsams and Tang suits to foreigners, they were acquired in 2000 by the world’s second-largest luxury group, the Swiss Richemont group, which owns Cartier, Dunhill, Piaget and other top brands.
In order to maintain their presence in Central whilst they search for a new flagship location, Shanghai Tang has opened temporary 2 pop-up stores: on the 5th floor of Pedder Building and atop of Central Pier 4.
I visited Shanghai Tang's unique pop-up store on Central Pier 4 (the pier for Lamma Island) which is themed "Mongolian Village". It is definitely worth a visit for a refreshing shopping experience just a stone's throw away from the bustle of Central. This pop-up location will be open until 31st December.
There are different yurts for Women's, Men's and Home and I thoroughly enjoyed browsing each one. The products are carefully presented and every tent was playing traditional Christmas music! (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, anyone?)
I walked away with a lovely Christmas gift for mum and a spring in my step.
I actually visited Inner Mongolia earlier this year with a great group of friends and made some unforgettable memories. It was amazing to see the traditional Mongolian yurts again, especially as they didn't house a pile of scratchy blankets and a variety of dead insects this time! I've included a few photos from my trip :)
What unforgettable holiday locations have you visited?