Just in time for Christmas shopping, SmartShanghai has launched SMÄSH, a retail shop specializing in well-curated, beautifully designed, unique, and wonderful gifts that stem from our experience of life, architecture, and culture in Shanghai.
We're talking t-shirts, hats, assorted fashion apparel, home products, random curios, interesting mementos, and creative keepsakes — but with an eye to items that are actually aesthetically pleasing, amusing, attractive, arty, and/or worthwhile as souvenirs for people who live here and gifts for people that don't.
(Stuff that doesn't suck, basically. That's the dream.)
We're hoping to offer great gifts and that's pretty much it — for friends, for family back home, and for ourselves, to commemorate and celebrate the time spent in this dynamic city.
Scroll down for a list of partners and products that are available through Smash. Happy Christmas shopping.
The Shanghairen is a collaborative project gathering dozens of emerging and confirmed talents from Shanghai and the rest of the world. It's a tribute to the famous covers of "The New Yorker", "The Parisianer", "The Tokyoiter" and "Le Montrealer". All artists were given full freedom of style and topics to express their vision of the city.
Smash is a local design agency specializing in cool and creative gifts, souvenirs, and mementos inspired by life, architecture, and culture in Shanghai. Smash stocks t-shirts, hats, mugs, and other lovely things with our own in-house pattern designs, as well as our popular line of custom Shanghai Street Signage. Great for gifts, friends, and family back home, and/or to commemorate your time in the dynamic city we call home.
The Great Book
The Great Book is where retro meets minimalism. They digitally recreate and enhance images and illustrations collected over the years of living in China. They also do branding and illustration work. Bring back the 80s! We could settle for the 90s!
[too hao] creates unique, conversation-piece accessories with playful patterns and sometimes kinky elements, featuring strong and beautiful female personalities. Inspired by traditional Chinese art, their line includes exclusively designed silk scarves and other haberdashery, summer fans, flasks, and more. Expect silky fabrics and lush colors, roaring tigers, and tamed dragons
Ben is a designer in team DEFPRO based in Beijing, a sports design team that mainly serves the sports industry. He is a fan of sports products and has been collecting some sports products for many years. At the same time, he also devoted himself to the design of sports peripheral products, providing design services for some sports events and brands.
My Shanghai is an award-winning children's picture book. Join them in a wanderlust-fueled adventure through the city.
PLUSMINUS is an indie publishing and design agency based in Shanghai. They also run "Union Press", which is an indie publishing label that curates an annual zine showcasing emerging illustration talent from all over China. In addition to that main project, they also do one-offs, like the alternative guidebook "Sightseeing China", a bunch of illustration series', and other random artsy screen-printed things that will stay on your coffee table and / or the back of your toilet for the rest of your life.
Created in the garden of an old lane house on Julu Road in Shanghai, Julu Gin was born out of a desire for a good solid flavorful gin made from China's vast array of botanicals without taking away from gin's traditional flavor, juniper.
Shanghai Love was among the first locally produced suppliers of craft beers to bars and restaurants around town back in the mid ‘10s. After growing the business from humble homebrew beginnings, expanding with an emerging market, and weathering COVID shutdowns, Shanghai Love opened their first brick-and-mortar taproom on the Maoming Lu side at Fengsheng Lu.