The Garment District Pop-up at Pawnstar brings some very unique items from the legendary Cambridge Massachusetts “alternative department store” to the middle of Shanghai’s French Concession. With the curation of items for this pop-up, Pawnstar sought both to present styles previously unavailable in Shanghai and to capture or express a bit of the current zeitgeist. Designers have been reinterpreting the ’80s for quite a few seasons and this spirit can be observed on many of the hipper dressers on the streets of Shanghai. We are hoping that this pop-up will give our customers a chance to reflect on the origins of some of the trends that one sees popping up on runways.
The Garment District has a special for me because I grew up around Cambridge and, more importantly, a dear friend, Prof. Christopher Leighton (now in contemporary Chinese history at MIT), introduced me to the shop when I was 15, on a colorful, rambunctious, expedition into the city.
Here’s more from on the pop-up from our favorite Time Out editor, Sebastian Morgan.
Click below to read more about the history of the Garment District.
Hip Beijing-based actress and singer Tian Yuan wears a tiara made using upcycled materials from Pawnstar.
“Gigi Hadid for President” will, with luck, be plastered across the land not long after the larger-than-life model and super influencer turns 35. Sadly the arabesque beauty (22) is too young run in 2020 against Trump, a figure not altogether dissimilar to herself. Not showing up to her own party at the Victoria’s Event in Shanghai is sexy. I’m with her. There’s more here, but she was denied a visa, seemingly due to some good old-fashioned squinty eyes stuff. A singer named Kate Perry also wasn’t allowed in due to some unfortunate antics in Taiwan.
The photo below is delightful. What an inclusive message! Zoroastrians are left out as usual and are Mormons really Christians? They should have been mentioned, but I like the joy-filled, instagram-worthy smile.
I’ve enjoyed all the controversy around the Victoria’s Secret thing here in Shanghai (Bloomberg has more). It could have been just a slightly tacky commercial event for mass consumption from a tired brand hawking unmemorable lingerie in a market where the size of need is obviously questionable. Princess Gigi made it something I care about. One has to appreciate her blend of hypocrisy and unearned status, though I’m not sure this is the type of hereditary elite I was hoping would define our new era of yawning inequality.
She’s not just another pretty face who made it through boring old good looks and hard work, but rather this icon of our times is famous for being related to people who are famous for being famous. We should be yelling “Gigi Hadid for President!” at the next rally. As for Victoria’s Secret, serious minds will finally notice it – this wasn’t just another party with free champagne and an unmemorable fashion show. It’s appropriate that a brand bringing decadent, overly sexualized, products within reach for the varletry would be helping Western civilization go out with a splash. It’s almost as if they have the same PR Director in Asia as Trump and it’s a coordinated strategy.
I wasn’t invited to the party, but at least I can claim to have been in the same city at this seminal moment. I was probably having a slightly botched cocktail at the time and maybe even thinking vacuous thoughts to match the tenor of the botched event itself. Actually turning up tends to cloud objectivity and, from my laptop, I can see the real takeaway is “Gigi Hadid for President”!
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Photos by Brandon McGhee
Pawnstar is very happy to have received a decent amount of coverage for our new shop on Fuxing and Fenyang roads. The photos here were taken by photographer Brandon McGhee and featured on SmartShanghai, one of the leading sites that caters to expats here.
Sarah Boorboor wrote the piece in SmartShanghai and included this delightful quote by me:
“…a rising middle class, who not only have disposable income, but have traveled and want to try new things. There’s also a growing desire for unique product, stuff that other people can’t get. In addition to changes in Shanghai, Pawnstar’s online platforms are able to reach 3rd and 4th tier cities, where access to brand clothes at consignment prices is a rarity. And there’s always the desire for designer goods at a discounted price.”
Legendary rocker and classical musician Feng Mantian stopped by Pawnstar and bought a “Made in Scotland” hat. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
Here is the full selection available at Pawnstar today. Click “more” below.
Pawnstar vintage crabs are one of our popular items.