The Green Room
Founded by Astra Holmes, Jess Meider, and Victoria Man, the all-natural skin care company offers products that are “100 percent organic and highly effective.” Meider says the products are safe for all ages, appropriate for both women and men (except for the beard oil!), and can even be used during pregnancy.” Face Serums geared towards specific skin types like (sensitive, oily, dry, extra dry) help to soothe skin. Some other luxury items include their Hair Glow Elixir (RMB 188), Beard Oil (RMB 188), Around the Eye Oil (RMB 88), Body Slip Body Oil (RMB 280) and the best-selling Miracle 7 Face Serum (RMB 318). Scan their QR code for more organic options, and to hear about their Valentine’s Day Special with Deershop chocolate and Spanish wine available from Feb 7-14.
Straight Up Razors
“Our company creates quality, handcrafted razor and brush sets,” says founder Michael Gora. He believes that with his razors “shaving can be a pleasure instead of a daily duty.” A full standard kit includes a T-style razor, Badger brush, brush and razor stand, bowl and special soap (RMB 1,200). These items can also be purchased outside of the full package set. A Badger brush runs for about RMB 350 while a regular T-style razor is around RMB 680. For some extra Valentine’s Day luxury, try a tailor made set (RMB 2,500) made especially with your likings in mind. Customers can also personalize their sets by adding engravings such as initials, dates, and even Chinese characters. Coming soon from Straight Up Razors, are a line of “Lady Shavers” as well as a travel size version of the traditional T-style razor. A brand new razor paired with some of The Green Room’s moisturizing beard oil can be quite a combo. (WeChat: straightup-razors)
For a zany and unique Valentine’s Day why not have your loved ones hanging on you, literally? Body Memory is based on the hypothesis that the body itself is capable of storing memories, as opposed to only the brain. Based on this idea, Dr. Yi Zhou made a series of duplicated cast models of body parts which can be transformed into accessories. Book a thirty-minute workshop to have your loved one’s finger, nose, lips, or other body part, casted into a piece of jewelry. The gift will be delivered within seven days. If you’re not keen
on real body parts being casted, you can inquire about BodyMemory’s “Mini Series based on original BodyMemory models in silver and gold plated options,” which was featured at Beijing’s Design Week. The customized service price ranges from RMB 540 (made by white resin) up to a few thousands (www.bodymemory.co)
The Wine Republic
The international wine catalog features seven different nations and six different kinds of wines. It delivers within the Sixth Ring Road and Shunyi area. Orders RMB 800 and above are free, while those under RMB 800 are subject to certain delivery fees. Order your favorites and find new favorites, in English, either online at www.thewinerepublic.com or over the phone (110 5869 7050), with next day delivery.
HOME by Vanessa Gauthier
An alternative to the fallback of jewelry for Valentine’s Day, HOME by Vanessa Gauthier offers products like its best-seller, the micro-plush blanket (RMB 300), which sends a strong signal to immediately snuggle upon receipt. The 120cm by 180cm double-sided blanket has a very luxe weight and feel. This plush wonder only comes in cream, however Gautheir is able to create custom orders and source according to client needs. Call or connect with Gautheir on WeChat for more information (185 1567 1272).
We couldn’t help but notice how classy and flashy the jewelry is from this brand. It has been featured at Beijing Design Week and several Chinese celebrities and models consider the jewelry to be a favorite. RMB 1,200 and up, but some specials on jewelry available for Valentine’s Day. Find their jewelry, shoes, and clothing on delatifah.com.
Niko De La Faye Jewelry
The brainchild of French artist Niko De La Faye, who partners with Yunnanese craftsmen, the matchless silver jewelry was featured in Beijing’s Fashion Week, and the designs are perfect for the hipster, artist, or 80’s fashion lover. Niko De La Faye now offers custom made gold pieces according to buyer’s styles and tastes, so we suggest making a date out of planning the design. Prices range from RMB 900 – 21,000 (nikodelafaye-jewelry.com)
Brand New China
This is a relatively new shop in the Tai Koo Li, Sanlitun Village (格욈쟁，힛쟁袴), selling everything from jewelry, shoes, clothing, to accessories, for both women and men. Not only does the shop feature some big name Chinese brands, but it has also established its own store identity. Its brand items for sale are both unique in style, pattern, and color.
For men with a confident style, we suggest a black and grey hip length, camouflage trench coat (RMB 1,390). This camo makes us think “city soldier” rather than “hunting trip.”
For women, this burnt orange cross body satchel with a satin leather finish (RMB 3,980) . Items from the BNC site are a bit on the pricier side with prices ranging from about RMB 200- RMB 3,000 and up. To check out some more of its goodies visit http://brandnewchina.cn/.
This article originally appeared on page 17-19 of beijingkids 2017 February Issue. Download the digital version here.
Photo: Courtesy of The Green Room, Straight Up Razors