Pawnstar’s at the Fenyang/Fuxing Intersection

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Please note that Pawnstar has moved to a new location, basically write next to Union Trading Company, the well-known cocktail bar.  Our address is Fenyang Road 64, No. 4, but we are actually on Fuxing Middle Road, just a few doors West of the intersection with Fenyang.

Number: 15618331415
中文地址:上海市徐汇区汾阳路64弄4号

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Renovations Happening

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Renovations are taking longer than expected on Pawnstar’s beautiful new space at Fuxing and Fenyang roads, but hopefully we will be able to at least say that we are in soft opening by Sept. 1 or so.

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The New Row House

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Opening Soon! Pawnstar’s new space in a row house on Fuxing Middle Road right near with Fenyang Road, next to artisanal cocktail bar Union Trading Co. and near the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Music Conservatory.

Pawnstar’s Shanghai Flagship Store

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Pawnstar‘s Shanghai flagship store will be at the intersection of Fenyang and Fuxing Middle Roads in the heart of the French Concession. We are right next to Union Trading Company, the rather popular bar. This is right down the street from our current location in the Clement Apartments, but this is a much larger store and it is street-side rather than being inside of a compound.  Above and below are photos of the spiral staircase that leads from the first floor up to the fourth. The total size is going to be about 250 square meters. We will have all four floors of this 1930s row house that has been rather thoroughly modernized.

Right now I’m too busy planning the move-in process to write more about this.  I will keep you updated here though.

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The address of the new store is 64 Fenyang Road, number 4, but the doorway is actually on Fuxing Road.  In Chinese, it is 徐汇区汾阳路644号.

The Xiamen Gang, Elle and the new “Made in China”

The Xiamen Gang sounds a little like the Antwerp Six. Xiamen is becoming the third major city in China for fashion – at least for more independent designers, like Vega Wang, who moved their to escape the horrendous lifestyle of Beijing. More about this and other members of the “Xiamen gang” in this New York Times article.

The Elle Editor-in-Chief, now CEO, of Elle Xiao Xue explains that brand value still matters most even in the age of digital in this Jing Daily piece.

Fast Company discusses how fashion is becoming more ethical and sustainable here in China with looks at the businesses of Anna Lecat of Les Lunes and nods to the efforts of  Grana, Ellie Kai, Everlane, and Caraa to produce more sustainably here.  Benjamin Cavender, a principal at the China Market Research Group, explains that, unsurprisingly, automation plays a part.

 

Zhang Zilin in Earrings from Pawnstar

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Above Zhang Zilin wears upcycled earrings from Pawnstar while at a photo shoot. Zilin (age 33) has become one of the most famous actresses in China from a start on the runways of major fashion capitals like Paris and Berlin, followed by winning Miss China World and Miss World in 2007. She has starred in Underdog Knight 2 and The Monkey King.

You can see some examples of upcycling from Pawnstar here.

A rather comprehensive interview of Zhang in the Luxury Insider shows her to be sweet, humble, and well-bred. She comes from quite a good Beijing background with a father in the military and a mother who was a professor. This is her instagram.

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Ametora! At Pawnstar

The Ametora event with David Marx that we mentioned before has now been rescheduled and will now be occurring on May 21 at Pawnstar on 1363 Fuxing Middle Road.

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Here are some of my thoughts about this event:

China and Japan have had different encounters with Western fashion. That’s not to say that there are more differences than similarities but, when we consider how related these two cultures are, the vastly contrasting experiences with modernity and the West seem poignant. Without delving too much into this, let us just say that the Japanese experience of things Western commenced rather suddenly and with great intensity when in 1870 the Meiji emperor cut his hair short and adopted European-inspired military attire. The next period of great Western influence came with the American occupation. China has interacted with Western styles in its own ways but none matches the sometimes tumultuous but usually rather dedicated love affair the Japanese have had with American style, especially since the 1950s.

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Ametora: David Marx at Pawnstar

Ametora means “American traditional” and started in the ’80s in Japan. It refers to collegiate American East Coast or what we usually call Preppy. “Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style” is also the title of a book by Tokyo-based W. David Marx that delves into the cultural history of Japanese menswear.

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David will be at our shop, Pawnstar, tomorrow (Saturday 4/22) at 5:00pm to sign copies of his book and talk about Japanese dandy style and how it preserved and shaped American preppy.

The address of Pawnstar is Room 104, Bldg. 1, The Clement Apartments 1363 Fuxing Zhong Lu,Xuhui district 徐汇区复兴中路1363弄克莱门公寓1号楼104室

 

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Here are reviews from GQ and Japan Times and get a copy on Amazon! Click more for additional pics.

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