Tang’ Roulou is a store that designs high quality children’s clothing and accessories influenced by both traditional and contemporary China. Store owners Amelie Peraud and Pierre-Yves Babin both moved to Beijing over ten years ago, from their native France. Their brand has been registered since 2008, although Peraud has been designing since 2005. “I wanted to offer my pregnant friends some newborn baby gifts, but couldn’t find anything nice and good quality,” she explains, “I had no better option than to design something myself.”
Tang’ Roulou is influenced by Peraud and Babin’s life and experiences in China. In particular, Peraud says, the people, colors, patterns, and architecture around them are integral in their process. Their designs take a unique look at different aspects of Chinese culture, retelling them through stories in the designs and patterns. These designs have proved popular with customers from all over the world, including some celebrities. Actor Jessica Alba, the designer Paul Smith, and Chinese stars Wong Faye and Liu Ye are fans of the store, Pierre tells us.
The name Tang’ Roulou is the French spelling of the Beijing candies tanghulu 糖葫芦. Due to the sweet taste of the candy, their red color traditionally associated with happiness, and their longstanding tradition within China, Peraud and Babin felt that this name was perfect for what their store offers.
Prices depend on the level of handmade work and detail in each product’s design. Items range from RMB 390 for a baby’s kimono shirt to RMB 780 for a warm child’s jacket. Accessories are between RMB 140 for a Gingko leaf-shaped towel and RMB 560 for a newborn baby’s sleeping bag.
Daily 10.30am to 8.30pm. 30 Sanlitun Lu, (inside Phoenix Design), Chaoyang District (6416 9761, email@example.com) www.tangroulou.com , http://tangroulou.taobao.com
This article originally appeared on page 14-15 of the beijingkids February 2016 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Courtesy of Tang’ Roulou