If you’ve got a bad case of wanderlust then you’ll fall in love with their latest September collection, which is inspired by the chic city of Shanghai. Known as the ‘Paris of the East’, Shanghai oozes sophistication and is a convenient two-hour flight away from our own fragrant harbour. So in honor of this fab launch, we have chosen our favourite Shanghai staples from kate spade new york’s new collection! The experts at Flight Centre have also given us some handy Shanghai travel tips to help us make the most of this vibrant city while wearing each item we selected. Yep, not only are they great at finding flights, but they also know all the best off-the-beaten track city secrets!
Oh, and we suggest you keep reading until the very end because we have an amazing giveaway where you can win a piece from the collection and a trip to Shanghai… passports at the ready!
Hello Shanghai Cruz Crossbody: A dim sum takeaway box that doubles as a bag? Only kate spade new york would be able to mix food and fashion in such a fun way! I am a huge fan of sling bags, which allow my hands to be free (to hold drinks!), making this the perfect bag for all my holiday night outs. I’ll be able to take a little piece of Asian culture with me everywhere I go!
Check out El Coctel, a dark and intimate cocktail lounge serving some of the best drinks in town. Afterwards, head next door to The Apartment, a stylish and relaxed lounge modelled on a New York-style loft, complete with a roof top patio and house DJ!
Address for a taxi driver: 永福路47号, 近复兴西路
Metro stop: Shanghai Library Line 10
Song Bird Hinged Charm Bangle: I love the subtle Shanghai influence in this pretty Song Bird Hinged Charm Bangle. The charm is so detailed and intricate, hanging delicately off the simple gold bracelet. Sometimes keeping it simple and sophisticated is just what you need when wearing jewellery from day to night, and you know that you could rock this arm candy at all times – another kate spade new york staple to add to the wardrobe!
Head over to Tianzifang, a pedestrian-only art area with narrow streets and an endless choice of cafés, bars and arts and crafts shops.
Address for a taxi driver: 田子坊泰康路
Metro stop: Dapu Bridge Line 9
Hello Shanghai Milan clutch: When I saw this clutch at the fall preview event, I couldn’t take my eyes off it! It was so elegant and versatile, and it made a change from a regular, boring rectangular-shaped evening bag. I’d carry this on a casual Friday night out or even at a formal event such as a wedding. A timeless classic that will surely last!
If you’re looking to treat yourself, why not stay at the luxurious The Westin Bund Center? It’s conveniently located in downtown Shanghai, giving you quick access to the beautiful Bund and all the fab shopping and dining destinations. Every aspect of the Westin is carefully selected; from their Heavenly Bed and Bath to their SuperFoods breakfast… you know that you’ll be treated to only the best.
Shanghai Wool Capelette: Oh, the jacket. It is my absolute favourite part about fall/winter dressing. Statement pieces like this red cape make it so easy for a girl on-the-go to instantly look chic come chilly weather time. I would rock this piece with black leggings, a long sleeve tee, boots, a top knot and a cup of hot cocoa while leisurely window-shopping around town. Bring on the chill, Hong Kong – or should I say Shanghai?!
Make sure you visit Yu Garden, a famous classical garden laden with shaded alcoves, pavilions, rockeries and decorative ponds. And don’t forget to visit the Húxīntíng Teahouse next to the entrance to the garden, one of the most famous tea houses in China, as well as the adjacent bazaar.
Address for a taxi driver: 豫园, 安仁街137号, 近福佑路
Metro stop: Yuyuan Garden Line 10
Shanghai Deco Rose Mohair Sweater: I’m so looking forward to the weather cooling down so I can finally start layering again! This gorgeous (and super cozy-looking) sweater is a contemporary, feminine and versatile piece that I can imagine pairing with everything from skinny black jeans and ballet flats, to a voluminous midi skirt and heels à la Olivia Palermo. Who says style can’t be comfy and covetable?!
Don’t miss out on dinner at Lost Heaven, one of Shanghai’s most beloved and popular restaurants that serves up exotic regional cuisine set against the stunning backdrop of the Bund. Afterwards, wander down to Unico, a cocktail and tapas lounge for one of their delicious yet lethal concoctions.
Address for a taxi driver: Lost Heaven 延安东路17号, 近四川南; Unico 3 on the Bund, 2/F 中山东一路3号外滩三号2楼, 近广东路
Metro stop: East Nanjing Road Line 10 & 2
Hello Shanghai Polli Handbag: If there’s ever a time to carry a birdcage around as a handbag, it’s while you’re on holiday! While I typically go for something a little more traditional during the week, I love the idea of carrying an accessory that’s quirkier and fun while out in a new city – plus, it’s a conversation starter when you’re looking to meet new people! The two doves are simply too cute and the gold birdcage adds a bit of bling that can complement all your banging jewellery and arm candy.
Love food? Then you’ve got to hit up Din Tai Fung at Yu Garden! They have arguably the best Xiaolongbao dumplings in Shanghai, perfect for a late lunch (as it’s less crowded then).
Address for a taxi driver: 方浜中路168号, 近昼锦路
Metro stop: Yuyuan Garden Line 10
Is all this travel talk giving you itchy feet? Or are you still swooning over kate spade new york ’s Shanghai collection? Well, you’re in luck as one very lucky winner is going to walk away with a truly covetable prize…
Simply enter your name and email address below for the chance to win your favourite kate spade new york item from our Sassy picks above. And that’s not all! Along with your Shanghai-chic item, you’ll also win a trip to Shanghai for two people from Flight Centre with a stay at The Westin Bund Center! How we wish we could keep this giveaway for ourselves! Enter now before the giveaway closes on 14 September. The winner will be announced on 15 September.