The Wukang Mansion, formerly called the Normandie Apartments, is probably one of the most recognizable buildings of Shanghai’s French Concession. Built to commemorate the Normandie, a World War I-era battleship, the building is supposed to look like a ship and it seems to sail triumphantly toward drivers approaching down Huaihai Road from the West. When the building was completed around 1924, this would have been near the very Western edge of the city – practically in the suburbs.
The French Concession is one of the only neighborhoods in China that blends old and new. It is the 1% of the Shanghai metropolitan region that is not part of the seemingly never-ending sea of 100 meter tall modern housing blocks. Here is more about it. This post will be the first in a series that shows photos of the neighborhood around Pawnstar’s shop in the Clement Apartments.
Above are the Astrid Apartments, by Russian architect Alexander I. Yaron, and completed in 1934. This eight story art deco materpiece is on the corner of Maoming Road & Nanchang Road (more photos on this Shanghai Art Deco Site).
Photo by Shen Tian
Pawnstar’s in-house designer for upcycling projects, Shen Tian, took this photo. It could have been on a mood board for some of the work that she creates.
Here’s our contribution to Shanghai Street Style. Pawnstar shot some items currently on sale in the shop along Fuxing Middle Rd.
This is front of the famous Blackstone Apartments. Read more about one of Shanghai’s most famous historic apartment blocks here.
Kylie Ying, formerly Kelly Ying, at the Pawnstar booth at yesterday’s Christmas Charity Flea Market that she organized. Pawnstar was able to donate over 3,000 RMB from our sales yesterday to a charity for autistic children that was selected by Kylie herself.
The Apolis x American Rag Jute Market Bag is just in at the new store at Shanghai’s Crystal Galleria.
Apolis is a LA-based brand that has collaborated with American Rag in the past. This is a special edition in a limited run of 50 to celebrate the opening of the Shanghai store.
There were a lot of funkily-dressed buyers from Guangdong on the roof of D2 Place at The HUB party. Click to see an even more interesting fellow.
Girl from Shanghai..on her way to fashion week..
Mao Xinzhi was born in Gansu, but operates the studio of her brand Frank Beat out of Shanghai.