Inside Shanghai Tang’s New Boutique in Lalaport Bukit Bintang Centre

Inside Shanghai Tang's New Boutique in Lalaport Bukit Bintang Centre

Founded by Hong Kong entrepreneur Sir David Tang back in 1995, Shanghai Tang became synonymous with chinoiserie chic, combining traditional Chinese design elements with modern silhouettes, innovative fabrication and bold colours.

Over the years, it has engaged in various collaborations, including ones with contemporary Chinese artists such as Liu Ye and Xu Bing. Another of its claims to fame is it had a Chinese-style tailor in the first Shanghai Tang store located in the atmospheric Pedder Building in Central Hong Kong, which specialised in making made-to-measure Chinese garments like the qipao for ladies and the Tang suit for men.

A photograph showing the minimalist interior of the boutique

Fast forward to today, and Shanghai Tang is undergoing a renaissance of sorts with the unveiling of a new boutique in Kuala Lumpur located at the Lalaport Bukit Bintang Centre.

Featuring a new concept which showcases all their clothes, accessories and home products in a 1,256 square feet space, the new boutique is inspired by the quaint lanes of Shanghai with silver walls and terrazzo floors which bring out the best of the luxurious fabrics of the outfits, the glean of fine China and sleek lacquerware.

Tong Bing Yu and Debbie Goh, two of the personalities attending the opening

To celebrate this official launch, Shanghai Tang invited a group of stylish tastemakers consisting of celebrities, fashion glitterati and media personalities, some of whom were outfitted in the latest collections.

[From L to R] Chef, Danielle Peita Graham, Actress, Debbie Goh, & Content Creator, Trisha Kuck

Combining traditional aesthetics with modern elegance, the new boutique features Shanghai Tang’s Autumn/Winter 2023 women’s collection inspired by Yang Liping’s Moonlight Dance in Lijiang, China, capturing the spirited movement of the performance.

Models wearing items from the Shanghai Tang womens Autumn Winter 2023 collection

Fusing Chinese hand-drawn floral prints and Western fabrics, the collection highlights a contemporary silhouette reminiscent of the freedom of dance, showcasing traditional dyeing techniques with floral prints in moonlight yellow and midnight blue on mulberry silk, resulting in lustrous flowing ensembles.

Mannequins displaying items from the company's latest fashion collection

For the Men’s Autumn/Winter 2023 collection, the brand legacy is reinforced with the history of contemporary Chinese fashion echoed in the outfits. With a ‘Reunion’ theme, the men’s collection captures the joy in family gatherings in the colours while intricate embroidery adds interesting details to the clothes.

A standout piece in the collection is a double-stitched wool jacket which artfully mimics denim and thus infuses a typically Western fashion staple into a traditional garment.

Another range of items which Shanghai Tang is known for is their home collection. This season, the theme is ‘Crane Garden’, which has rich, intricate designs on their bone China, lacquered wood and enamel.

A photograph of the Crane Garden home collection

With motifs like cranes, ginkgo and willow lattices, this home collection infuses the best of Oriental design with Western style. From dining accountments to tea ware and home fragrances and artwork, Shanghai Tang completes its repertoire for stylish living.

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Ong Chin Huat

Luxurious Magazine Reporter

Having been the social editor of the Hong Kong edition of Tatler and as well as writing a twice-weekly column in Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, Chin has met and interviewed a variety of people including business tycoons, supermodels, movie stars, royalty and world-class athletes. He also considers himself privileged to have attended some of the most talked about events and parties around the world. Chin counts art, fashion, food, interior design, literature, painting and travel among his passions.

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