Dong Liang Studio in Central Park

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Back in 2009, Charles Wang (see my interview from 2011 with him here) and his partner Nam Lang opened a tiny 20-square-meter shop to promote their friends’ designs. At the time, stocking exclusively Chinese designers was a revolutionary concept. There was little to no respect for domestic talent; most assumed a market for them didn’t exist. Dong Liang Studio was instrumental in shifting this attitude, and paving the way for other likeminded platforms. (Brand New China and other Chinese designer boutiques followed approximately two years later. Lane Crawford, too, only started carrying local labels – for a much higher price, might I add – after seeing how well they did at Dong Liang Studio.)

Dong Liang Studio has since expanded to Shanghai, and moved its Beijing branch from the hipster Wudaoying Hutong to the ritzier Central Park. Its new location is bigger, though not necessarily as unique (I loved the gray stone interior at their last shop). But Charles tells me that sales are better in the CBD, and they now have more room to stock even more deserving designers. Can’t argue with that.

TBA (To Be Adored), also sold by ShopBop and Urban Outfitters, on the right

TBA (To Be Adored), also sold by ShopBop and Urban Outfitters, on the right

Detachable collars galore

Detachable collars galore

Polka dots by Chictopia

Polka dots by Chictopia

Ricostru's S/S13 collection: beautiful in its simplicity, with dark outerwear and light and breezy dresses

Ricostru's S/S13 collection: beautiful in its simplicity, with dark outerwear and light and breezy dresses

Creepy-cool decor touches

Creepy-cool decor touches

The latest from Uma Wang, slated to be China's first internationally renowned designer

The latest from Uma Wang, slated to be China's first internationally renowned designer

Eyewear by CHairEYES (see my interview with the head designer here)

Eyewear by CHairEYES (see my interview with the head designer here)

Jewelry by Gao Yuan

Jewelry by Gao Yuan

Ricostru's menswear

Ricostru's menswear

Daily 11am-9pm. Unit 102, Building 2, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8404 7648)