Logoless Fatigue

The last year or more has seen an avalanche of articles predicting the demise of the logo and the growth of less flashy but more individualized style in China.  See CNBC “Logo fatigue? Chinese now want understated luxury”, “Chinese Luxury Shopping Trends 2014: No Logos And Less Money Driven By Anti-Corruption Measures” from International Business Times, and “How Fashion Brands Adjust to China’s New Niche Style” at the Jing Daily.


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The Beijing Vintage Ride


This is four months old, but I still want to put up these photos. I have a few extremely good excuses for the delay and the relative lack of activity on Stylites. Those who know me, know what I mean.


Anyway, in the next few posts will be some of my photos from the second Beijing Vintage Ride, which occurred back in late March. I have been thinking about bicycling a lot recently, because it is one of my ambitions to make hotels in Beijing more bike friendly by convincing them to put racks in prominent locations out front. I am hoping to start with the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing.

Here’s more from the China Daily.

Men in Shorts


SHORTS ALERT! Principle M Talk Nights Hosted Jirah for a lecture on good posture (nothing worst than a dapper man with a slouchy back, right?). Yet this event consolidated the fact that wearing bermuda shorts ( well above the knee) with either sandals, loafers or classic lace ups and socks is perfectly fine. Beijing has been brutally hot these past days and giving one’s legs a bit of a breeze does make a difference. Justin, Co-founder of Principle M is taking  the heat head on with an ultra loose woven wool summer Capri Blazer jacket. I also noted and very much liked, 宋涛‘s white look, he managed a very clever heat beating way to wear an ultra light chiffon blazed jacket and white jersey low neck T-shirt.

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On Wudaoying


Starry (left), Chef of Chi restaurant on 五道营胡同 trained as a fashion designer at Trent University in the UK, which probably goes a long way to explain his hipster looks ( Ben Sherman Tee Shirt and NB trainers) Yet it is his floppy black straw hat which caught my eye; I put a few kuais on this trends becoming big this summer. OuyiHui (right) is a photographer who happens to use the same cultish street camera Ricoh GR as your humble servant writing these words just acquired yesterday to give you better images to browse over. ENJOY

Jinway Soho Locals



Like many Jinway Soho locals, 吕新 was rushing to work from his lunch break but was kind enough to stop and show us his look. Paisley pants with a colourway akin to toile de jouy and clashing pattern on the shirts sleeves and collar gives the look a distinctive Chinese feel.

Why a Wuhao Pop-up?


I have so many memories of Wuhao, from the first time Isabelle Pascal told me about her dream for a concept shop, to taking my mother there every time she visited Beijing, to the party I threw for The HUB just days before the end on Oct. 31 2013. On Banchang hutong, Wuhao was the premier concept shop in the city, once Wallpaper described as one of the top twenty reasons to visit China. It might have been the world’s most beautiful retail setting. In a garden owned by the family of the last Qing emperor’s wife, Wan Rong, this curated shop was tucked behind a barely marked door. Installations changed by the season with themes based on the traditional Chinese elements and drawing heavily on the Book of Changes. The focus was young Chinese and local fashion and furniture designers, many of whom produce special lines or items for Wuhao.
I ran into a young man, Nick, who I knew had been working with Wuhao at the Etro party in Beijing and, while chatting with over Franciacorta, hatched the idea of bringing Wuhao to the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing. General Manager Sanjiv Hulugalle was all for the idea and, unbelievably, a Wuhao pop-up store will open at the hotel on May 23 and stay for five days.  Keep checking back here for more information. – Nels Frye

Vicki and Edge in Sanlitun



Another day, another look… bumped into Vicki and Edge again in San Li Tun. Both newly grads were sporting a more summery look with a touch of African vibe on the print side. High waisted shorts for her, low crotch cheesecloth pants for him. Slip on sandals seems to be back with a vengeance this late spring, dust out those Visvim circa 2007