If you live in Hong Kong, you know you can find just about any big name brand known to man (or woman). So why shop at these places when you travel to other parts of Asia? Personally, I always prefer going to small independent shops where you often stumble upon hidden treasures. I just spent a few days in Hangzhou and Shanghai over the break in what turned out to be a very successful shopping trip! I found an amazing shop on No. 119 Changle Road（长乐路）in Shanghai. The shop does not have a name but according to the shop owner, they have been in business for 8 years and even have a sister shop down the street.
This shop is owned by a couple, and the wife who is the shopkeeper, is quite a character. Although she may not look the part, she knows what she is talking about when it comes to fashion. Where most sales would tell you look great no matter how you look, she would tell it like it is, hurt feelings be damned. Although I was lucky enough to be spared from her wrath, I felt bad for this somewhat chubby girl (yes, I’m trying to be polite here). When she walked in and wanted to try on a dress, the owner was so reluctant to let her try it on because she didn’t think the girl would look good in it, that she bluntly told her point blank, “you are too fat for the dress”. Although this didn’t sound very nice, I did appreciate her honesty. Will have to give her props for that! I wouldn’t want to walk around in a dress thinking I look great when I’m not. That being said, I may feel differently had the comment been directed my way.
Before I walked into the store, I wasn’t expecting much. Lo and behold, an hour and a half later I walked out with several bags in hand and a huge grin on my face. I managed to dig out a few blazers, jackets and dresses. The cut and the fit were amazing, it does a very good job in highlighting the curve of your body. I mean, see it for yourself. Can’t really ask for more for a RMB300-400 jacket right?