this is the first in a series of new posts - my own version of Cintra Wilson's 'critical shopper' in Shanghai. i had posted about Urban Tribe on my blog two years ago when i first discovered it, and when i dropped by this time, i was happy to find that they have expanded their collection of mens and womenswear, accessories, and housewares.
the aesthetic is urban nomad, with a little bit of Rick Owens-esque details thrown in for dramatic flair. the owner/designer is Shanghainese, so all the clothes are produced locally, some handcrafted, and in small batches. does it all work, you ask? quite well, especially if you're like me and prefer to be comfortably chic no matter the day or season. colors are mostly muted, and many of the pieces manage to be slightly avant-garde while still remaining versatile enough to be incorporated into your existing wardrobe. i especially love UT's dedication to using natural fabrics - as many of you know, i am a bit of a stickler for natural materials. there are gauzy linen blouses with slim mandarin collars that would go well with a skinny black pant and ballet flats. i tried on a billowy indigo linen patchwork skirt that was reminiscent of the all-american denim skirt, except that its artful draping made me feel like a carefree runaway from a Junya Watanabe show - a good thing!
images via urban tribe
Urban Tribe 城市山民
133号 Fuxing West Road
Xuhui district (French Concession), Shanghai, China