Peony Rice, one of our favourite Shanghai hat designers
, has turned its Jiashan Lu workshop into an open showroom for November.
Alongside their vibrant, statement ‘head toppings’ (from 400-1,200RMB), described by founder Pauline Cheung as ‘the icing on the cake of any outfit’, the studio now stocks the label’s evening dresses and new bridal wear collection, giving customers the opportunity to get a feel for fabrics and talk through design alterations before having them fitted or made to order.
The range currently includes structured gowns and cocktail dresses with a modern edge, all made from gorgeous hand-dyed silks sourced through the Industria Collective, a responsible-sourcing initiative with local community projects in Southeast Asia.
The beautiful wedding dresses, developed after numerous requests from Chen’s existing customers, are the stars here, though. The limited collection, which can be adapted for each customer, are simple but elegant with a vintage feel. Prices start at an extremely reasonable 8,000RMB rising to 30,000RMB for the most adventurous designs. Cheung also claims to be able to produce them in around 4-6 weeks, record time for a tailor-made wedding dress.
With the design and production workshop adjacent to the studio, it’s also fun to spy dresses being handcrafted by the seamstresses through the dividing glass wall.
You can pick up unique accessories exclusive to the studio, such as chunky jewellery from Abandon Workshop (shop.abandonworkshop.com
; 250-900RMB) and a range of handbags produced in collaboration with Hong Kong-based designer Matahari (from 650RMB)
By Claire Slobodian