Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Shanghai shopping

Cha-ching So I haven't mentioned shopping yet, but it does go on here...and I didn't go in search of it, but I stumbled upon some remnant stores that had a weird mix of fake and real stuff. Who knows, except my Paul Smith polo t-shirt should've cost less than the US$9 I paid. As I wandered further I entered a chic looking boutique. "Are these real or copies?", I naively asked.

I'll share my theory on the merchandise available in (parts of) China in a later blog, but for now let me say that when a fake comes with its own box it's at least a good quality one, or may be a remnant genuine item. Comme des Garcon 'Play' deck shoes in a legit-looking box? US$30. An APC pinstripe shirt and tie...definately a fake as it says "Made in France" on it. I know there's a French Concession here but come on...!?

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