hong kong-based luxury retailer lane crawford has returned to shanghai with a big bang. we're talking its new flagship store, seven years after the previous one closed down. this second effort totally outshines the first, as the flagship is the company's biggest in size to date. it's set over four floors with a total of 150,000 sq.ft. [13,936 sqm.] at shanghai times square, a new mall in the city's xintiandi area. it features a luxurious interior design by architecture practice yabu pushelberg that seamlessly blends with lane crawford's aim to provide an unrivalled shopping experience. located on the ground floor a special community space has been created. called the hub, it's where a monthly program of activities take place, ranging from art installations, exhibitions, curated pop ups, lectures and workshops with different partners including brands, artists and designers.
also presented here is an expansive beauty department which offers more than 30 cosmetics brands. some of these brands offer private cabines with specialised beauty services and treatments. one floor up is the domain of the elaborate range of women's accessories are presented. more than 250 high-end brands from across the planet are spread over five dedicated areas, featuring the current season's hottest designer shoes and handbags du jour, including brands such as azzedine alaïa, alexander wang, lanvin, balenciaga and pierre hardy. a unique accessories department offers a wide array of fashion jewellery, sunglasses and scarves, and the so-called blitz section hosts monthly collabs with partners from the world of international arts, fashion and lifestyle. the second floor is home to the women's apparel collections which are the most elaborate in the country with a similar number of exclusive top brands.
on the top floor the men's collections are showcased with separate sections dedicated to suiting, leisurewear, shoes and accessories. the range of brands is equally stellar, including coveted brands such as comme des garçons, paul smith, denham, band of outsiders, bottega veneta and engineered garments. and with a bold retail statement such as this one, a matching range of services are provided. there's an exclusive private suite for lane crawford's platinum card holders, a personal styling service and a handy concierge service if you're simply too busy shopping for new trophies and can't be bothered with tedious yet urgent little errands. location: shanghai times square, 99 huaihai zhong lu [xintiandi].