Upon stepping into Yan Shang Kee, we’re immediately greeted by staff who politely ask us to remove our shoes. They also suggest that, before trying on the qipaos, we wipe the layer of sweat that invariably comes with walking the streets of Hong Kong in the heat of summer. It’s clear, though, that this shop prioritizes cleanliness and preserving the pristine condition of their garments. Given their painstaking commitment to creating their pieces, this extra care makes perfect sense. Thankfully, their changing rooms are fully stocked with tissues, wet wipes and even deodorant, so you can do what you gotta do.
Yan Shang Kee’s owner travelled to Japan to purchase the fabrics. These fabrics were then brought to a qipao-making master in Shanghai to be hand-crafted. Traditional cuts and silhouettes are given a modern twist with stretchy fabric, animated patterns, sheer lace detailing and more, subtly reinventing the classic qipao to suit contemporary tastes. $380 and up for the day (includes hairstyling).
Available sizes: S-3XL
Look for: Cute patterns, vintage handbags
Photoshoot locations: Tai Kwun, Pottinger Street