This store is a perfect alternative to the more glossy design shops in Sanlitun. Situated just north of Taikoo Li, Sanlipop was founded by a group of university friends who lived together in London. Following their return to Beijing, they decided to open up a retail space, promoting a range of goods from little-known designers.
They are a part of a new wave of multi-brand stores, focused on providing upscale shoppers access to threads and decor from the world’s most eccentric designers. The styles here are minimal, vibrant, and absurd with dandy swag from brands like Maison Kitsuné and Parra. Our favorite item was the sleek but pricey VK-1 headphones from Aëdle (RMB 3,980). We were drooling when we saw those fashionable cans that likely look better than they sound. They also have delicious hamburger and vintage camera-themed iPad cases from Spanish brand Woouf (RMB 400) if you require some attention-grabbing protection for your precious tablet.
The group behind Sanlipop recruited whimsical architectural practice Ninkipen! from Osaka to create their sleek showroom. The space features polished concrete and white walls accented with neon lights and knitted pipe covers. Although a bit sterile, it’s comfortable and colorful enough for customers to peruse the eclectic inventory without feeling like you are in a stifling gallery of elitist garbage.
Sanlipop is the kind of place you go if you have some money to burn and you would like to embody the form of a creative freak, but need a keen eye to guide you. Even if much of what they offer is beyond the ideal price range for many, it’s still worth checking out to inspire your own fashion decisions.
Daily 10.30am-10pm. 1-103, 29 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (8405 9225)
600m northwest of Tuanjiehu (Line 10)
Photo: Kipp Whittaker
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