Ancient Heritage X Modern Fashion
Deep in the Huaiyu Mountains in the restorative mist of surrounding nature lies the home of Shang Xia. A small yet dedicated team of delicate talent constructs the same porcelain bowls made almost 650 years ago during the reign of the Ming dynasty at Master Lu’s workshop. The vision started with CEO Jiang Qiong Er to create a modern 21st Century brand that incorporated the fundamental Chinese heritage through design and innovation.
Master Lu is the only person who knows the exact recipe for the fine porcelain using the same processes used uring the Ming Dynasty. The proportions of water, clay, and stones must be perfect to create the millimeter thick egg-shell porcelain correctly. They are so thin they are translucent in natural light and needless to say, incredibly fragile.
Over the past 3 decades there has been significant economic development in China but the people have had a broken connection with art and beauty. It was Jiang Qiong Er who recognized this breakdown between culture, heritage, and modern flow of work. Thus, the bridge between ancient Chinese history and modern luxury was erected.
The company was founded in 2008 and is heavily invested in by luxury brand Hermes (90% stake in the venture). When Jian started she sought the best information out of top university professors to locate and learn the pinnacle of luxury couture in unique, historical locations. It was here where she branched out to learn as much as possible to create a product that both incorporated ancient design with modern exclusivity; a product that couldn’t have been made 650 years ago. The bold creator of the bridge between the old and the new, a paradox it seems.