It’s no secret, I go crazy for good textiles. On our travels I’ve gone out of my way to find unique fabrics and patterns that I’ve stockpiled for a rainy day. Luxe handwoven silks from Myanmar, Ikat throws from India, and bright loom woven patterns from Indonesia are all stored waiting to be put to good use.
Here in Shanghai it’s no surprise one of my favorite stores is a linen shop called Rouge Baiser who custom makes the most gorgeous 600 thread count sheets and duvets. They also make amazing baby clothes with such detail and embroidery they are too cute for words.
I’ve been shopping with them since arriving in Shanghai and use any excuse I can to visit and purchase more. They also make great PJ sets perfect for gifts. But this month marks my last purchase; the store is closing its doors after over a decade in business. I’m so sad to see them go. The owner, Elise, (top picture, her on the far left) lives in Paris and after 5 years of managing the shop from afar she has decided it’s become too much. I’ll miss this shop and the helpful, cheerful salespeople who are willing to spend tons of time to get my order perfect.
I’ve ordered a custom bunting and crib bumper for Bonk Baby as well as some sheet and duvet sets for the textile collection so I can enjoy them for years to come.
Poor Beijing! The air quality is so bad it’s “beyond the index.” Normal air quality is around 20-30 - yikes!
One of the first things I learned in China is that all legal documents, such as housing contracts, work documents, visa applications etc., need to have a “chop.” Think of it as a magical rubber stamp (always in red ink) that automatically makes documents official. It doesn’t matter what the document is entirely as long as it carries a chop it’s somehow legal and cannot be negotiated.
Come to find out basically anyone can get a chop. In the market a woman can make your very own chop for $10 - including the red ink. Sure, its not as legally binding as a government chop or company chop, and I cannot verify its effectiveness, but it would come in handy. I didn’t purchase one and now I wish I had. I think it would be funny to randomly start chopping documents. You need that PPT reviewed? Oh wait, lemme chop it! Did I approve that budget already? Not sure, does it carry my chop? Hours of fun.
One of my favorite stores in Shanghai hands down is Madame Mao’s Dowry. It’s like a treasure chest full of the most unique gifts, clothing and antiques. Most items are made by local China designers and prices range from $15 for a Lucite necklace or bangle from Shi Chen Yi or up to $10,000 USD for an authentic Mao oil propaganda painting (bottom corner). It’s also one of the only shops stocking traditional Cloisonne ceramics; an ancient Asian technique of using gold, copper or filigree filled with enamel. A famous company they stock is Pilingpalang, a Shanghai brand. The company also partners with local China designers for a few cool crossover collaborations.
Madame Mao’s also has a small collection of high end antiques such as tables, chairs and Mao artifact pieces that are an interesting addition to any home decor. My husband Jake is worried we will gain too many of these items and our house will become decidedly “Chinese-focused” but I can assure you we are in no danger of that happening yet. Before we move from China I have three items on my wish list: an original Mao propaganda painting or print poster, large Chinese doors (they would look great as a headboard or as a divider screen in a room) and two traditional wooden chairs. I’m still hunting….
207 Fumin Rd, Jing’an, Shanghai, China +86 21 5403 3551
My Ketchum Shanghai office celebrating CNY #lategram from end of January … but one of the only pictures I have of the whole office.
A bit of antique shopping in the Heartland…
Baby Bump & Purdue Basketball! We won in triple overtime :)
Spending a great week in Isla Mujeres, Mexico :)
Great baby shower weekend in Chicago with friends and family! Weather is -4. Off to Mexico today!