Category: Pawnstar

Jing Zhang Styles Pawnstar Shoot!

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Pawnstar was lucky to  have Jing Zhang, one of Asia’s most influential figures in fashion, style a fashion shoot at The Clement Apartments over the weekend. Jing is the Fashion Editor for the South China Morning Post. Beautiful and glamorous, her regular schedule consists of bouncing between Milan, Paris, London, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai, hobnobbing with legendary fashion designers and researching the inside scoop on what is happening in China. So it was fortunate that we caught her in one her Shanghai stints.

Here is a link to some of her articles at the SCMP and here is a profile of her, as well as her instagram and twitter.

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Pawnstar on Radio

Neville from Entrepreneurs Asia Magazine conducted this extensive interview with Jane Jia that provides overviews of her background, how she got into recycling fashion and plans for the future development of Pawnstar. This is about a half-hour interview. Jane explains how her irritation with waste of plastic bags when she was little and working on energy savings while in her former automation jobs were the first seeds that led to her start a business involving giving secondhand goods a second life.

Jane explains that many people in China really are ready for secondhand clothes but that the big challenge is finding an appropriate platform and how in the end, a small business like this really has to be on every platform, which is something of a drag and a risk. Wechat works best for attracting loyal users and for interacting with them in a direct way via the personal accounts. It’s also quite possible to sell items through wechat moments. However, the wechat store system has simply not become a preferred way for customers to shop. Thus, Taobao is still important but on taobao one is at the mercy of taobao’s rules The trick of trying to sell one-off secondhand items in a marketplace that is customized to fit the demands of manufacturers with thousands of products available.

I will follow-up in the next post about the perennial question of the website.


Sebastian, at the Clement

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Here are some pics from a recent photo shoot that we did right outside of the new Pawnstar space at the Clement Apartments, one of the French Concession’s loveliest residential complexes.  Pawnstar is an online platform and physical shop for fashion resale.  We are working to introduce Chinese consumers to the concepts of secondhand fashion and designer consignment.

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Pawnstar at the Clement Apartments

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Not as famous as the Normandie, Astrid, Washington, Liberty or some of the other famous pre-Liberation apartment blocks in the French Concession – sometimes referred to as the Hengshan Road-Fuxing Road Historic Area – the Clement Apartments, at Fuxing Middle Road 1363, is one of the more eccentric unexpected complexes in an area of Shanghai known globally for its art deco.

The first Pawnstar showroom/experience center will be opening on the first floor of the building to the left of the main entrance on the first floor.  You just have to walk in the main entrance and walk left, passing through the small garden.  We are in the process of the renovations and decorating, so we will save the in-depth introduction to our own space for later.  I would like to introduce the Clement first.

Please click below to read more about the Clement.

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Pawnstar Booth @ The HUB

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The Pawnstar booth at The HUB had a few rather fun highlights.

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I think the one to start with is the facade of the former Lafayette Theater, designed by Shanghai’s most famous architect, Hungarian László Hudec.  From my perspective, it’s unfortunate that the interior of the building did not preserve any sort of period detailing.  It was a gut renovation.

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Pawnstar Party at The HUB

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In addition to quite an impressive assortment of sponsors, the Pawnstar first year anniversary party had a great body-painting artist who wrote in very stylized versions of the worlds “Pawnstar”, “Re-love” and “Re-use”.

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Above is Shen Tian, one of the leading designers focused on upcycling in China and a key Pawnstar collaborator.

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Imagination Takes Wingtip

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Dutch shoemaker O’Quirey is no stranger to striking brogues. Red, light blue, the orange from the national flag and tartan are just some of the unexpected colors and patterns of their most popular styles. But it’s only in Beijing that there footwear has truly become a canvas. Country Manager Koen Naber asked well-known interior decorator and owner of design store Dara, Patrick Jiang, to take his brush to a pair of pale blue wingtip brogues. Jiang is something of a local celebrity and his taste and style are well-respected by local elites and the fashion set, so there couldn’t have been a better choice. This most traditional style of Western shoe gains from the spirit and energy of China’s artistic capital with this one-of-a-kind piece that can be customized in other unique styles on request.

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Get your man a  pocket square for this Valentine’s Day.  We have fun min-animal prints in silk at Senli and Frye.  Even for men that don’t normally wear suit and tie, this can be that last detail that really makes an outfit come to life.

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Of course you can never go wrong with a tie.  Come by to see our selection.

Hot Pink Cremant de Loire Rosé

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Popping open a bottle of Cremant always suggests some level of assurance with oneself. Outside of France, it’s almost exclusively for insiders, those who know one méthode from another. The point of the bubbles is pure pleasure rather than displaying the brandname of a member of some global luxury corporation. That said, a magnum of Hot Pink Cremant de Loire Rosé from Domaine de Salvert will garner admiring glances. This flowery wine rests on the base of classics Chenin and Grolleau Gris, but also relies on the Cabernet Franc grape, which is extracted after a short maceration of the skins to produce a delicate rosy shade.  I think we will be ordering a few cases for our baby shower and this is a no-brainer for Valentine’s Day.