Shang Xia Designs
Growing up surrounded by the Chinese classics, Jiang Qiong Er believes that authentic Chinese design shouldn’t require such ostentation. The 35 year old grew up with a grandfather who was a noted painter and a father who helped design the Shanghai Museum. Shang Xia means “Up-Down” in Mandarin, a phrase that is meant to convey a concept of yin-yang harmony. Shang Xia is known as the Hermès’s Chinese line. The line has some clothes but mostly focus’ on artisanal housewares, such as Indian sandalwood tables and porcelain teacups. The products are being sold at it’s Shanghai boutique and later this year they will also be sold in Paris. In on of Ms. Jiang’s interview she stated that “A lot of Chinese tradition and craft is being lost, and if we don’t find a contemporary way to preserve it, it will disappear” and is one of the reasons as to why she created this brand. Hermès investing about 75% in the Shang Xia brand. It is positioned as a Chinese brand, and its products incorporate traditional Chinese craftsmanship. For more information on this brand, click here.