Refreshing and quirky, this Beijing boutique’s speciality lies in reviving trinkets from the past to create objects inspired by the present.
Carefully selecting old Chinese objects such as small metal fans, wooden figurines, and worn leather bags, owners Paul Gelinas and Xiao Mao clean them up and sell them on to those who like their gifts to come with a healthy dollop of character.
Such semi-antiques are sold alongside new products with vaguely sustainable undertones such as "Himalayan" and "Yogi" hand-soap (10RMB, 15RMB), un-dyed t-shirts (139RMB), and watering cans (215RMB). Never mind that most people are unlikely to spend 1,680RMB on a fading Seikosha clock; the result is still charming.
Check out the bucket of qiancengbuxie ("thousand layer happy shoes") – comfortable hand-stitched shoes beloved of martial arts stars (98RMB) and not to be confused with the cheaper plastic soled look-alikes more commonly sold at markets.
If you’d like Chinese souvenirs with some history, but don’t want to resort to buying Mao lighters for all of your friends, this could be the perfect shop to visit while in Beijing.