Posts tagged H&M
Shopping in Beijing: CBD’s Best Boutiques

At long last, here is the final list of my “Shopping in Beijing” series. This time, the spotlight is on Beijing’s Commercial Business District, which naturally is awash in luxury brand stores and glittering malls (all the better to serve its high-spending businesspeople clientele).

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Peek at Parkview Green

I remember first taking a tour around Parkview Green in September 2011 (see the article I co-wrote with my colleague Iain Shaw here). Their PR guy had lamented the delayed opening then. Little did we know it would be another year (making it four years in total) before “China’s greenest building” finally soft launched to the public. During that time, several brands that had planned to debut their flagship stores at this eco-friendly retail and commercial space opted for other places, like Swire’s Indigo Mall, instead.

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Shopping in Beijing: Lido/798’s Best Boutiques

Few of us anticipated the sartorial growth seen in Lido this past year. 798 Art District, meanwhile, has been up-and-coming for awhile, but it wasn't until the opening of Indigo Mall and East Beijing Hotel that the whole surrounding area has taken off. Based on my last visit, I am already confident that Indigo will eventually rival Sanlitun Village, currently Beijing's most popular shopping center (also owned by Swire Properties). The boutiques below have already warranted the neighborhood a list of its own in my "Shopping in Beijing" series (for my first list on Sanlitun, click here), though considering the current pace of development, there may be many new shops to add in coming months.

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Maison Martin Margiela: Too Edgy for H&M?

Maison Martin Margiela’s capsule line for H&M has set off quite the uproar in the fashion world. While the vast majority are thrilled about the collaboration, a handful have been snobbishly disapproving, decrying the move as "selling out." In their mind, Maison Martin Margiela is a brand so niche, so edgy and so insider that to team up with a fast-fashion behemoth with over 2,500 shops to its name is an unacceptable affront to its enigmatic roots. Business of Fashion posted a fairly provocative op-ed arguing that very point here.

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