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NIO's inaugural production car for the Chinese market, an all-electric SUV codenamed ES8. Image courtesy of NIOSocial Facebook Page

New car launches, Asia: Shanghai Auto Show 2017 to feature the first all-electric SUV codenamed ES8 by NextEV’s NIO

NIO's inaugural production car for the Chinese market, an all-electric SUV codenamed ES8. Image courtesy of NIOSocial Facebook Page

NIO’s inaugural production car for the Chinese market, an all-electric SUV codenamed ES8. Image courtesy of NIOSocial Facebook Page

NIO is the international name (Weilai in Chinese) for the Chinese start-up NextEV’s new automobile brand. On the occasion of the Shanghai Auto Show, which will be open to the public from April 21 to 28, 2017, NIO is set to unveil its first ever mass market vehicle, an all-electric SUV, along the lines of models already produced by US manufacturers Tesla (with the Model X) and Faraday Future (with the FF91).

The carmaker already created a sensation in the autumn of 2016 when it unveiled the EP9, 1342 brake horsepower all-electric supercar. As for the other specifications of the NIO EP9, the figures speak for themselves: the supercar can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 2.7 seconds and from 0 to 200 kilometres per hour in just 7.1 seconds. It can also reach a top speed of 313 kilometres per hour, and travel more than 420 kilometres without a recharge, which lasts just 45 minutes. Only a small number of EP9s will be produced, which is not surprising in view of the vehicles price tag of around one million euros. More recently, NIO presented EVE, a sedan concept that will be launched as a mass market vehicle by 2020.

In Shanghai, NIO plans to move ahead with the global premiere of its first SUV, codenamed ES8. According to specialist websites, the all-electric vehicle will have a range of more than 300 kilometres. It will also feature a spacious interior that can accommodate seven passengers. More interestingly, it will be equipped with autonomous driving technologies, however precise details on this capability have yet to be announced. It should be noted that the new SUV is not due to be launched in Asia before 2018, and not before 2020 on the US market.

NIO’s strategy is reminiscent of the one adopted by US manufacturer Faraday Future, which followed up the unveiling of its spectacular FFZERO1 concept, a 1000 horsepower single-seater with a top speed of 320 kilometres per hour, with the Las Vegas CES presentation of its first connected and customisable electric crossover.

The brand is also involved in the FIA Formula E Championship (all-electric single-seaters) through its NextEV NIO stable.

The 17th Shanghai Auto Show will run April 21 to 28, 2017 at the city’s National Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair

Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair Begins

The fourth edition of Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair (part of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival) kicks off today and promises to be more exciting than ever. From November 10 to 13, no less than 84 galleries, institutions and individuals from 18 different countries will display their work in the hopes of seducing art enthusiasts and collectors.

Directed by Thomas Wuestenhagen, the 2016 edition promises to be a breath of fresh air in the art world: among the participants, 28 are here for the first time. AFP Relaxnews selected eight new comers that deserve the hype.

Greene Naftali (New York, USA)

One of the oldest galleries in the Chelsea district, Greene Naftali became famous for shows including artists such as 1999’s Free Coke” which brought together artists such as Tracy Emin, Jack Pierson and Chris Ofili. The painter Alex Katz was also an early coup for the gallery owner, Carol Greene.

Gallery Hyundai (Seoul, Korea)

The first specialized gallery in Korea (1970), the Hyundai Gallery presents the country’s most prominent contemporary artists as well as up-and-coming names. The two-location gallery has also exhibited international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Bernar Venet, Billy Childish, François Morellet, Michael Craig-Martin, Natee Utarit, Robert Indiana, Thomas Struth and Zeng Fanzhi.Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair

10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong, China)

Over 15 years, the 10 Chancery Lane gallery has become one of the leading galleries on the Hong Kong art scene, supporting emerging and historically important art forms across Asia-Pacific such as Dinh Q. Lê, The Propeller Group, Huang Rui, Wang Keping, and Manit Sriwanichpoom.

Esther Schipper/Johnen (Berlin, Germany)

Two of Germany’s leading art galleries made the announcement that they would be merging in 2015, marking the birth of a Berlin-based art powerhouse. The completion of the five-year merger will see the opening of a new exhibition space in the city’s creative Potsdamer Strasse neighborhood.

Hauser & Wirth (Zurich, Switzerland)

Established in Switzerland, the international gallery now also operates from London, New York, Somerset and Los Angeles. It has garnered a reputation for representing some of the world’s most exciting emerging and established contemporary artists such as Mark Bradford, Christoph Büchel, Roni Horn, Paul McCarthy and Pipilotti Rist.

Shanghai International Contemporary Art FairGalerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder (Vienna, Austria)

Rosemarie Schwarzwälder has owned the internationally-renowned Austrian gallery — which was first founded by Monseigneur Otto Mauer in 1954 — for almost 30 years. Over its history, the gallery has developed a reputation for exceptional exhibitions featuring abstract, conceptual and Minimal art.

1335 MABINI (Manila, Philippines)

Considered one of the top must-see contemporary art galleries in the region, 1335 MABINI is a gallery and multi-disciplinary space set in an historic colonial building. The gallery represents the emerging Filipino art scene.

SODA Gallery (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Closely tied to the SODA architectural agency, SODA is a young contemporary art gallery that has quickly made its way onto the list of Bratislava’s top art spaces.

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Audemars Piguet Hosts Ambitious Exhibit In Shanghai

“To break the rules, you must first master them” – the name set the tone. The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer is currently hosting its most ambitious exhibition which brings guests on a journey through its history — in Yuz Museum, Shanghai.

Audemars Piguet appointed French designer Mathieu Lehanneur to conceive a special installation: a large ring, made of 12 rooms – an allusion to a watch dial  – where 200 historical and contemprary timepieces are exposed. “This exhibition is a reflection on time… a dreamy vision of time where each instant differs from the previous one. Here every door opens onto a new story,” Lehanneur said.

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the “ring” installation, designed by Mathieu Lehanneur

In the middle of the circle stands a huge rock, created from cast replicas of those found in Audemars Piguet’s home in the Vallée de Joux. It is meant to remind the visitors of the brands origins and how far it has come from there. Key artists, as Cheng Ran, Dan Holdsworth and Alexandre Joly, also contributed to the exhibit, showing the brands commitment with the world of contemporary art.

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Since 1875, the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families, has proven its expertise in Haute Horlogerie crafting and its capacity to adapt and prosper through the ages. This exhibition, presents the largest collection ever brought outside of its own Museum also explores a selection of horological arts and crafts that the brand has mastered over the centuries.

After Shanghai, the “ring” exhibit will be displayed in severl other art capitals throughout 2017.

“To Break the rules, you must first Master Them” by Audemars Piguet, Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Until November 13th

Shanghai Diner Closes After Getting Michelin Star

Shanghai Diner Closes After Getting Michelin Star

A Shanghai restaurant has closed down just a day after being awarded a coveted star in the Michelin guide’s first mainland Chinese edition.

Taian Table – one of 26 restaurants in the city to receive Michelin stars – “suspended” business on Thursday “due to internal reorganization”, a notice on its front door said.

The starred establishment, on the ground floor of a five-story residential building in downtown Shanghai, serves Western dishes ranging from grilled endives to smoked beets by chef Stefan Stiller, according to the restaurant’s web site.

The “graceful restaurant” has a menu that “changes monthly and makes good use of excellent ingredients and clever recipes,” according to the Michelin description. It opened for business in April.

The diner was previously ordered to shut down by local officials due to lack of proper licenses, the Xinmin Evening News reported Friday, adding authorities stepped in after neighbors complained.

Residents who live above the restaurant told AFP the kitchen smoke and noise interrupted their normal life, and they petitioned local regulators to have the diner shut down.

“The noise is always there, with the stereo subwoofer vibrating. It’s so hot where we live, but we can’t open our windows,” said Zhang Fuzhen, who lives on the second floor of the building. Michelin launched its inaugural China guide Wednesday to great fanfare.

The guides, first published in France more than a century ago to promote automobile travel, now cover 28 countries and spotlight diverse cuisines including Brazilian, Burmese, Cajun, Peruvian, and Tibetan.

Restaurants recognized by the culinary bible have used the prestigious award to build big businesses, with Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan and Taiwan’s Din Tai Fung turning into international franchises.

The original idea for the restaurant was “to build a small place to entertain our friends and to have some foodies and chef friends around to create new and creative dishes,” Taian Table said in a statement, adding “we certainly never intentionally planned to violate any rules.”

The company, it said, plans to reopen the after relocating to a new address, adding “I apologize to all the guests who have booked seats already for the coming weeks.”

Michelin in China did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Michelin Guide Launches in China

The iconic food guide was launched in China to much fanfare Wednesday and served up an array of winners from both luxury establishments and humble haunts that offer traditional dishes. Following the Singapore edition and the upcoming Seoul edition, this Michelin guide  is the first of its kind in the country, which is why it has garnered so much attention.

Covering the commercial hub of Shanghai, the guide awarded some 26 restaurants including a humble two-star establishment that is popular with local families, Canton 8. “Canton 8 is a reflection of what can be found in Shanghai – masterful, delicious and very good quality cooking,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides.

The highest accolade by the guide, a three-star rating, was awarded to T’ang Court – a six table joint in the Langham hotel. The Cantonese restaurant is famous for dishes such as braised sea cucumber and Wagyu beef. “The talented and creative chef Justin Tan offers cuisine in which traditional Cantonese dishes rub shoulders with some very modern dishes,” Ellis said.

To award the restaurants, inspectors visited the restaurants several times and paid for each dish they consumed before making a joint decision. If Singapore has been any indication, the restaurants in Shanghai can look forward to a surge in business. Canton 8 can likely expect to see a similar surge in customers, although on Tuesday night, before the release of the guide, the inexpensive two-storey restaurant was filled with only around 20 diners feasting on crystal prawn dumplings and lobster porridge.

“What makes Shanghai particularly exciting is it’s been an economic and cultural crossroads for decades and the gastronomy of Shanghai really reflects that rich history,” Ellis told AFP. First published in France, more than 100 years ago, with the aim of promoting automobile travel, it now covers 28 countries and helps to highlight various cuisines such as Brazilian, Burmese, Cajun, Peruvian and Tibetan.

18 New Michelin Guides Release Dates Revealed

18 New Michelin Guides Release Dates Revealed from Shanghai to Brazil

The Michelin Guide will kick off an updated series of star-showered editions from September 21, with its first guide to the finest dining options in the Chinese city of Shanghai. The famous French firm has given AFP Relaxnews the full release schedule for its upcoming guides.

Great Britain & Ireland will be the first European nations to have their Michelin-starred establishments for 2017 revealed. The Switzerland edition, landing October 3, will also decide the fate of the Restaurant de Hôtel de Ville de Crissier, following the death of its triple-starred chef Benoît Violier.

Fall takes Michelin to the USA too, where French chef Dominique Crenn, based in San Francisco, will no doubt be in the spotlight after being named World’s Best Female Chef 2016.

The Seoul edition is without a doubt one of the most eagerly awaited Michelin Guides this season, due out November 7, as the firm’s first foray into the South Korean restaurant scene. This first guide focuses on the country’s capital and will be available in English and Korean.

The Brazil edition concludes the star-filled line-up, scheduled for release April 26, 2017.

Note that the release date for the updated Michelin Guide France has not yet been announced.

Micheline Guide release dates 2016-2017
  • Shanghai – Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • Great Britain & Ireland – Monday, October 3, 2016
  • Switzerland – Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  • Washington – Thursday, October 13, 2016
  • San Francisco – Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • Chicago – Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • Seoul – Monday, November 7, 2016
  • Hong Kong – Wednesday, November 9, 2016
  • Italy – Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • New York – Thursday, November 17, 2016
  • Belgium & Luxembourg – Monday, November 21, 2016
  • Spain – Wednesday, November 23, 2016
  • Tokyo – Monday, November 28, 2016
  • Germany – Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Netherlands – Monday, December 12, 2016
  • Nordic Cities – Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Europe – Monday, March 7, 2016
  • Brazil – Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shanghai Seven-Star Waterfront Hotel Opens

Shanghai remains a favorite for new luxury outposts, be they stores or hotels, the latest of which is The Wanda Reign on the Bund. The over-the-top luxury hotel has opened on Shanghai’s waterfront, billing itself as the city’s first “7-star” hotel.

The Wanda Reign on the Bund opened to much fanfare recently, not only for being one of the most luxurious and opulent landmarks in Shanghai, but for the reputation of its owner Wang Sicong, the 28-year-old scion of a Chinese real estate baron who makes headlines for his spendthrift ways on nights out.

In keeping with his lavish tastes, the property was built to raise the bar in luxury hotel experiences. Set along the Huangpu River, the hotel is a museum of art and antique pieces by contemporary Chinese artists.

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The hotel tapped designer Laurence Xu – the first Chinese designer to join Paris Haute Couture Week – to create staff uniforms. Artistic motifs include magnolias and traditional Suzhou embroidery.

All of the 193 guestrooms are controlled via iPads, and are styled in Art Deco-themed esthetics that are available in two different styles: modern glamour in a beige color scheme, and darker, mahogany burl wood with magnolia details. Guest rooms and suites are outfitted with amenities by L’Occitane and Hermès.

The luxury is also in the details, with bedtime amenities that include a sleep fragrance, music and bedtime reading material.

For guests for whom money is no object, there’s also the Chairman Suite which spans 288 sq m (3,100 sq ft) and features a living room, dining area, adjoining pantry, bar, study, master bedroom sauna and massage bathtub. Guests also have access to butler service.

Dining options include the rooftop restaurant Marc, by Michelin-starred French chef Marc Meneau, and restaurants The River Drunk for classic Southern Chinese cuisine and The Japanese Restaurant.

A promotion has guest room rates at CNY3,000 ($453) a night.

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Michelin Guide Announces Shanghai Edition

Having conquered the culinary world of Europe, Singapore and Seoul, the Michelin Guide has now set its sights on Mainland China. With a focus on Shanghai, the book is slated to be unveiled later this year.

Lauded as the ultimate restaurant guide – a handbook for foodies on the road if you will – its international director Michael Ellis said “The richness and quality of Shanghai’s culinary scene completely won us over.” He added that “The city is an economic and cultural crossroad, and its gastronomy is the result of a strong culinary heritage which makes the dining scene very exciting. Shanghai’s culinary scene range from popular to fine dining restaurants, and we are eager to discover the high quality of Shanghai’s gastronomy and starting the selection.”

Some say Michelin has been expanding into Asia to match rival Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, a spinoff of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Being based in Asia as we always have been, we wonder what took Michelin so long to get out here. Better late than never we suppose. Here is our earlier story on Seoul and Singapore.

The Michelin Guide Shanghai 2017, will be released later this year and will represent he 28th edition of the international collection.

 

 

Aston Martin Vanquish vs Aston Martin DB5

Shanghai, where old meets new every day, is the perfect foil for an encounter between the Aston Martin Vanquish and the Aston Martin DB5; nose to nose in elegant harmony, composed by photographer Andy Wee for our friends at Yacht Style. Also, the latest Bond film, Spectre, is out now so that gives us another reason to revisit the DB5… Aston Martin’s silver DB5, the iconic bond car,  made its first appearance in Goldfinger in 1964, and began a relationship that has lasted 50 years. With a six-liter V12 engine, the Aston Martin Vanquish has the acceleration of a Grand Prix racing car. The Aston Martin DB5 is super light, and is paired with a state-of-the-art engine that still impresses five decades later.

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Photography by Andy Wee

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Gucci Restaurant Opens in Shanghai

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Gucci recently opened its first full-service restaurant in Shanghai, China.

With this new culinary destination, called the “1921 Gucci Café,” Gucci is paying tribute to its history, referencing the year of the label’s foundation.

Gucci has chosen one of Shanghai’s most popular commercial avenues for its first restaurant. Located on the fourth floor of the IAPM luxury shopping mall on Huaihai Lu, the 1921 Gucci Café took two years to complete and is accessible by means of an elevator from the Gucci store in the mall.

Epicureans will step into a décor that perfectly reflects the iconic brand’s style. With elegantly done-up interiors in gold shades and full of velvet, every inch of the place radiates Gucci style; the 1921 Gucci logo is stamped on everything from menus to cutlery to napkins.

Thousands of miles from its native land, Gucci is nonetheless sticking to its roots when it comes to the food. The menu is high on Italian cuisine but the restaurant offers a wide range of options to satiate foodie cravings.

Chinese gourmands will thus have the chance to experience authentic bruschetta, made with marinated tomatoes, garlic and basil.

The pasta options are an obvious highlight, especially the spaghetti with mussels, urchins and calamari. Prices start at 150 yuan for a two-course lunch, 300 yuan at dinner (just under $50).

Although 1921 Gucci Café is the brand’s first full-service restaurant, there is a Gucci-themed cafe in Florence attached to the Gucci museum, which opened in 2011 to celebrate the label’s 90th anniversary. 

Gucci Museo Caffe Restaurant

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Shanghai Tower nears completion

shanghai tower China

The Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world, is nearing completion.

Located in the Pudong financial district, the 632m tower composed of 128 floors is a striking addition to the Shanghai landscape.

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Composed of a tapering outer skin of glass and steel that wraps itself around the building’s circular core, Gensler, the American firm behind the design, claims this twisting shape reduces wind load on the building by 24%, thus saving approximately $58 million in steel and structure costs.

While still dwarfed by the 829.2m Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Shanghai Tower is now Asia’s tallest skyscraper and a bold statement about the country’s economic prosperity going forward in the 21st century.

A soft opening of Shanghai Tower has seen some tenants allowed into the building to conduct interior construction. An official public opening has yet to be announced but is expected sometime this autumn.

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New Lexus ES to go on show at Auto Shanghai

Lexus ES

The new Lexus ES luxury sedan is set to make its global debut this month at Auto Shanghai.

Over the past 25 years, the ES has become known for its elegant styling, and with its latest model Lexus promises “unprecedented elegance, comfort, and safety.”

The car will be on show April 22-29 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai.

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Fendi’s New Store at Shanghai’s Plaza 66

 released this video to celebrate the opening of their latest Shanghai store, in the booming megalopolis’s Plaza66 shopping mall.

The film also captures the glittering Fendi Christmas-themed light installation the Roman luxury label installed in the plaza outside the store.

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Toy Story hotel

Toy Story Hotel Planned For Shanghai Disney Resort

Toy Story hotel

Disney has released new details on the Shanghai Disney Resort, announcing that one of two properties at the sprawling theme park will be a hotel that recreates the world of ‘Toy Story.’

Preliminary artist renderings reveal a sprawling hotel emblazoned with white clouds on blue sky — much like the wall papering in Andy’s room.

But the signature hotel of the resort will be an Art Nouveau-inspired hotel, which appears to be a lavish property with hundreds of rooms, judging from artist renderings.

Shanghai Disney Resort's Art Deco hotel

Likewise, the park will also include a Disneytown, featuring dining and retail services, and the Walt Disney Grand Theatre which will put on the global premiere of the Mandarin version of “The Lion King.”

The Marketplace will feature al fresco Asian dining options and a central lake area with walking paths and gardens.

While the Shanghai Disney Park will enjoy a strong presence in China when it first opens, it will face a fierce rival in 2019 when Universal Parks and Resorts opens its own theme park in Beijing, featuring rides and attractions from blockbusters such as “Harry Potter” and “Transformers.”

Christie's Shanghai

Christie’s opens new Shanghai office

Christie's Shanghai

 has consolidated its presence in China with a new Shanghai location, as the nation continues to embrace the high-end art industry.

“This building gives us the opportunity not only to bring art from around the world to Shanghai, but to bring the art of China to the rest of the world,” said Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy.

“China now plays a hugely important role in the global art market. Nearly one third of all buyers are from Asia and in the last year, 20% of all new clients to Christie’s globally came from Greater China.”

The move comes a year after the auction house brand first received a license to operate independently in mainland China, holding its first auction there in fall 2013.

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Chinese artist Qin Feng created an interactive piece called “Landscape of Desire” for the Christie’s Shanghai opening — a 15 x 30 meter work, executed in black acrylic painted on canvas, which visitors were invited to walk on to add their own imprint to the work.

The canvas will be divided into 108 scenes and each work will be ‘adopted’ or sold for charitable purposes.

Housed in the historic Bund-side 1907 Ampire building, the 10,000-square-foot Christie’s Shanghai is aiming to become a global art hub and converging point between the East and West.

The first three auction sales in the new space will take place October 24.

Burberry fêtes new Shanghai store

On Thursday night the British brand brought a bit of Blighty to Shanghai with the “Dreams of London” event.

In honor of the opening of its Shanghai flagship store, Burberry created an enormous custom-built set on the banks of the Huangpu River, featuring a mocked-up Georgian terrace and a cobbled street for the 1,500 guests.

Burberry models walked while Paloma Faith sang in Shanghai

With the whole evening themed around the links between the two cities, it started with a short film exploring the history of the brand’s famed trench coat, followed by projected images that mixed the architecture of the two cosmopolitan centers, a giant choreographed dance spectacle, and musical performances from Paloma Faith, Ed Harcourt and George Ezra.

In fact, Harcourt’s “You Can’t Stop The Rain” was written and performed especially for the occasion.

Burberry brollies at the ready in Shanghai

The musicians were accompanied by a fashion show featuring Burberry star Suki Waterhouse; the show was also an opportunity for the brand to show off the new Burberry Bloomsbury handpainted bags.

To cap it all off, Cara Delevingne flew above the audience on wires, like a Burberry-clad Mary Poppins.

Dancers on set for Burberry in Shanghai

Model Shu Pei Qin, singer Angelababy and actress Carina Lau were just three of the Asian stars in attendance. And, in a fun digital tie-in, BURBERRY collaborated for the second time with mobile messaging platform WeChat.

The brand created a parallel event experience which allowed users to shake, swipe and tap their devices to interact with panoramas of the two cities. After the event they could then explore 360° views of the set.

Burberry Opens Flagship Store in Shanghai

Burberry Kerry Centre Flagship Shanghai

Burberry has opened a new flagship store in Shanghai, its largest in China so far and the first to feature the Burberry Beauty room concept.

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Located in the city’s Kerry Centre in Shanghai’s Jing An district, it’s the British brand’s eighth location in the city. Open from Monday, the store will get an official launch with an event on April 24 designed to bring London to Shanghai with an immersive digital Burberry experience.

Burberry Flagship Store Shanghai

Inspired by the global flagship at 121 Regent Street in London, the space was designed to incorporate the best of British craftsmanship and materials, with a design concept developed by Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey.

Burberry Flagship Store Shanghai staircase

The store is set over three floors that mix digital and physical displays, including a dynamic illuminated facade on the outside and over 40 video screens on the inside providing an immersive audiovisual experience.

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With the full Burberry lines in-store, there’s a dedicated watch area (below), and the first in-store Burberry Beauty room (above) in China.

Burberry Watch Store Shanghai

The technical magic also include RFID chips woven into pieces that trigger mirrors to turn into screens and showcase exclusive content like fashion shows and product videos.

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Shanghai-based fans can celebrate with exclusive men’s and womens ready-to-wear pieces and accessories, which will be available from April 25.

Burberry Flagship Store Shanghai interior

Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland to feature Luxury shopping outlet

Shanghai Disneyland

The first Disneyland theme park resort in mainland China is to set to get an adjacent luxury shopping compound.

The Shanghai Shendi Group announced a venture with luxury outlet chain Value Retail this week, Want China Times reports.

‘Shanghai Village’ will be located next to Shanghai Disney Resort, which is set to open its doors at the end of 2015.

Located in the city’s Pudong district, the outlet will benefit from the transport links connecting the metropolis to the resort, and will aim to attract luxury bargain hunters.

The 50,000 square meter site will stock a variety of luxury Asian and International lifestyle brands with collections selling at discounted prices.

Value Retail’s existing ‘Chic Outlet Shopping’ concept villages in Europe include boutiques from designer labels such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Dior, Gucci and Prada, among others.

The compound will be the second Chinese outlet for the chain, which is planning to open its inaugural Asian site, Suzhou Village, in May 2014.

The Shanghai Disney Resort will feature a Magic Kingdom theme park and two themed hotels when it opens next year.