Must-Have Summer Fashion

By 2018-12-20 23:26:08

Stock up on some summer essentials!

By Holly Ho

All hail summer! Who doesn’t love a good sea breeze, a lie-down on soft sand and a sensational sun-bronzed glow? Ok, so we might have to travel a little further outside of Shanghai for that, but until then there’s good reason to stock up on some tempting summer goodies to keep you fresh, fashionable and ready to face that forty-degree heat. 


No summer outfit is truly complete without a pair of sunglasses. And XSPLUSLAB ensures that kids and adults will be comfortable and fully protected in their lightweight, original and quirky designs with polarized lenses (take that, UV rays). Founders Ning and Vic both come from a strong design background and it certainly shows in everything they do, from the product to the packaging. Their best-selling Clicky collection – featuring bold-colored frames with detachable “ears” thanks to the magnetized edges – are our absolute favorite. You’re also going to have a hard time resisting the Winglets collection, as well as the limited edition Never Grow Up collection for “kidults.” This season they’ve also developed new packaging with an exclusive “XSPLUSLAB x Of Shanghai” print in collaboration with designer Matteo Lenzotti, just in time for you to unleash your playful summer spirit.

Find it:

New Buyer Design Select Shop: No. 1289 Yuyuan Lu

Takashimaya Department Store: No. 1438 Hongqiao Lu

Incomplete. Co: No. 144 Fumin Lu

Kaffiend: No. 288 Fengxian Lu

WeChat Store: xspluslab


You’ll want to look good while strolling along the streets of Shanghai and sport-inspired designer footwear from HAMS will do just that (and more). HAMS shoes have both personality and panache and are designed for urban walking. Founder and CEO Eric established the brand in 2015, after he noticed a niche in the Chinese market for “storytelling through shoes.” Every season incorporates a particular indigenous culture and legend, resulting in footwear that is as stylish as it is soulful. Their designs are engineered for comfort, breathability and support, and are available for men and women. While we’re fans of the knitted designs “Flamingo” and “Crow,” the boldly patterned styles of “The God of Lightning,” “The Witch Doctor” and “The Forest of Dreams” are the eye-catching ones you’ll want for summer. You’ll also want to stay tuned for next season, which will feature designs inspired by Yunnan folklore.

Find it:

WeChat and WeChat Store: Hams-shoes

Taobao Store: (HAMS中国)

Isa Castelli

Where would one be without a good pair of leather sandals for summer? Isa Castelli offers a collection of leather shoes, handbags and accessories made by the finest Italian artisans and shoemakers. Founder Isabella Castelli takes special care to ensure that Italian craftsmanship and flair are evident in all of the brand’s products. Each pair of sandals is handmade and they are comfortable and fashionable all at once. The spring/summer 2017 collection mainly comprises of leather sandals for women and children, as well as handbags made with genuine Italian leather. The solid color styles are ultra versatile, while the designs with flower motifs or tassels are bound to be a hit with your little ones. For the evening, the glitter pair will ensure that moms and daughters will sparkle throughout those summer nights.

Find it: You can also find Isa Castelli at market events around Shanghai

WeChat for direct orders: Isabella; 13917186024


In less than two years, ZURITA has already established itself as the go-to eco-friendly fashion brand in Shanghai. Their collections are all made from natural fabrics, can be altered accordingly in different cuts and colors and are only available in limited quantities since they are made by a small group of local tailors. Founder and designer Monica established the brand soon after having her daughter, and launched a special maternity collection last year while still carrying her second child, Max. Their most recent promotion includes an adorable “Mommy and Me” campaign, featuring matching dresses in cotton or bamboo for mothers and daughters. For summer, be on the lookout for their floaty silk tops, embroidered cotton shirts, belted shirtdresses, linen skirts and pussybow blouses – pieces that will take you from work to weekend.

Find it: 

No. 247 Middle Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, Bldg 7, near Wuyuan Road

L203 Pudong Kerry Parkside, 1378 Huamu Lu

WeChat ID: zurita_design

WeChat Store: zurita-design