Luxury brands have pounced on China's booming economy. In Shanghai, there's no better place to see the results than Nanjing Road. Nearly the entire length of the street is lined with flagship stores for Rolex, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Mercedes, Porsche, Benz. If it's not visible from the street, it's inside one of the streets many upscale shopping malls like Plaza 66 or Réel. Across the river on the Pudong side there is that shining temple to conspicuous consumption, the IFC Mall.
Mid-range options tend to cluster around People's Square in malls like Raffles City, Grand Gateway Plaza in Xujiahui and along Huaihai Lu, where you can find clothing brands like H&M, The GAP, Uniqlo and American Apparel.
For something a little more unique, the Former French Concession is dotted with all manner of boutiques. Xinle Road and Nanchang Road are both good places to start.
Should all of that still prove too rich for your blood, there are always the knock-off markets. The stretch of South Sha'anxi Road between in Huaihai Road and Julu Road is crawling with touts hawking watches, bags and DVDs. Across the river, the same goes for Han City, which you'll find A.P.PLAZA underground in the Science and Technology Museum Metro Station. Out west in the Hongqiao suburbs is Shanghai Hongqiao Silk & Pearl City, where you can get deep discounts golf clubs, jerseys of your favorite sports teams, DVDs, wallets, sunglasses and watches. On the second and third floor are several shops dealing in pearls too. Those are actually real, though.
There is always the bespoke option as well. Many high-end hotels offer a tailor-made suit service, and there are several options along South Maoming Road between Middle Huaihai Road and Changle Road. But in addition to paying for your threads, you're paying for the tailor's rent. A more affordable option is the Shanghai South Bund Textile Market on Lujiabang Road. Here you'll find hundreds of stalls of independent tailors specializing in suits, overcoats, cocktail dresses, trousers and jackets in nearly imaginable material. Cashmere, cotton, silk, denim, leather, you name it. You can even get a custom-made qipao, and it's all for a fraction of the cost of what you'd pay in a retail shop.
Discover Shanghai Village, located at the heart of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland Resort. Along boulevards recreating the glamour of the jazz age with inspired interpretations of Art Deco style, almost 80 boutiques feature leading fashion and lifestyle brands, a unique edit of designers that include Armani, Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and many more offering up to 75% off the recommended retail price all year round. With luxurious services, Shanghai Village is memorable day out of fashion, food and art.