Following China’s cultural revolution, Shanghainese tailors moved to Hong Kong where they revolutionised the Chinese wardrobe by evolving the qipao into the formfitting garment we know today, often called by its Cantonese name- the cheongsam. Traditional techniques were passed down from fathers to sons & Shanghai Tang still employs traditional tailors, whose fathers were an integral part of the Chinese cultural clothing revolution, in their Imperial Tailoring service.
Having spent many happy hours browsing & buying, breathing in the signature scent of Ginger Lily, caressing the opulent fabrics of the Imperial Tailors, listening to the songbirds trilling & ogling the beautiful interiors, I was a little bit heartbroken when I heard Shanghai Tang was leaving its Pedder Street flagship location in Hong Kong‘s Central. However I’m delighted to announce it has relocated to another period building, just around the corner in Duddell Street. The move was a well-kept secret but now you can enjoy the promo videos for the new store: