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Shopping Shanghai | Alfred Dunhill

Mar 21st, 2012 | Categories: Menswear, Retail, Shanghai | by Michael Williams

Slip down a drive way off a busy shopping street in Shanghai and you’ll discover an oasis of classic menswear from England. The Alfred Dunhill store in Shanghai occupies half of the Twin Villas, a beautifully appointed set of buildings that houses both the Dunhill flagship in mainland China and its Richemont owned cousin Vacheron Constantin. The Dunhill outpost is very easily one of the more tastefully arranged shops in the world.

The Dunhill portion of the Twin Villas occupies the first two floors with various rooms representing different categories of finely made goods. Leather bags, travel accoutrements and small items on the ground floor, bespoke tailoring upstairs with the bar and the sportswear rooms. Looking around, it feels like Mayfair for the Shanghai locals (or more specifically, like Bourdon House, Dunhill’s home in London), only without the jet lag. Though, if you fly in to China from New York, Mayfair might be a slightly easier journey.

The store is relaxed with attentive staff who are always nearby, though not too close or pushy. The store also lacks the hustle of the city which is just a few steps away — it is a welcome respite from Shanghai. The city itself is an amazing place, certainly unlike anything I have ever seen. Having never been to China, the trip was an eye opening experience. Dunhill has built a tremendous following in the far east and it was interesting to experience China from a British perspective as a guest of the brand. More on my adventures in the land of China to come.

Comments: 11

11 Comments to “Shopping Shanghai | Alfred Dunhill”

  1. ebuchka
    on Mar 21st, 2012
    @ 4:05 PM

    Really appropriate review especially since I’ll be flying from NYC-Shanghai at the end of the month. Will definitely swing by Dunhill if time permits, store looks very well put together.

  2. AFU66
    on Mar 21st, 2012
    @ 4:07 PM

    great post. wonderful spot. is there an amazing humidor? a bar? Thx!

  3. Ray Hull
    on Mar 21st, 2012
    @ 4:14 PM

    Is that tux actually brown or it it the warm incandescent (remember that?) lighting?

  4. Bodah Christiansen
    on Mar 21st, 2012
    @ 4:32 PM

    A wonderfully enjoyable tour through the well appointed likes of Alfred Dunhill. I’ve always wanted to visit China and I am very envious of your trip. I am curious as to what the prices are like in comparison to the west. I know that life there is rapidly changing and to see such luxury and taste so wonderfully presented is very encouraging.

  5. Ramalhoni
    on Mar 21st, 2012
    @ 4:56 PM

    Amazing store! I love the honey feeling to it. That’s the way they’re supposed to look, and combined with impeccable service the perfect shopping experience.
    Great post

  6. Clifford
    on Mar 21st, 2012
    @ 11:32 PM

    Do they carry Dunhill pipes?

  7. 1 Last Year
    on Mar 22nd, 2012
    @ 12:53 PM

    The store definitely has a warm feeling to it. I love how it’s set up. Great pictures.

  8. kathy
    on Mar 22nd, 2012
    @ 4:29 PM

    yes, agree that it is a beautiful store. but those poor fishies crammed into that tank! cruel and unusual punishment!

    love your site and visit it often. thank you–kathy

  9. randall
    on Mar 22nd, 2012
    @ 5:53 PM

    How delightfully colonial.

  10. Joe
    on Mar 23rd, 2012
    @ 8:36 AM

    I love certain elements of this store. The layout is really nice, very warm..It is like a front room.

  11. Stephen Wood
    on Mar 28th, 2012
    @ 12:45 AM

    Man, the only thing missing from that place is a whiskey bar!