This week Nicely Made in China (NMiC) is happy to feature its first shoe designer. Londoner, Alison Mary Ching Yeung, half-Chinese, half-British, created the brand Mary Ching in 2009 in Shanghai . On her way to becoming the « Louboutin of Shanghai » (according to French fashion magazine ELLE) Mary Ching has become in a short time a much sought after brand by fashionistas in China and beyond. It has already caught the eye of stars such as Beyonce, Cameron Diaz and Zhang Ziyi. In a fast-paced phone interview, Alison tells NMiC what drove her to design shoes.
Alison how did you become a shoe designer?
I’ve always had a passion for fashion and always knew I’d be a designer. My father kept saying I had a sickness for shoes, so I decided to make it a disease. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion from Kings College, and I also studied business management at university. I came to China in 2005 – for the first few years I sourced factories and learned Mandarin. I created Mary Ching in February 2009.
How would you describe your style?
I focus on the tension and balance between the ying and the yang. I’d say Mary Ching style is sexy but fragile as well as fashionable and vulnerable with a touch of East meets West flair. A typical Mary Ching client is a young professional woman. Chinese women take pride in how they look whatever they earn. They now have the guts to show they have their own style and taste.
You seem to have a very sensual approach when it comes to the type of material you use – can you tell us more?
I like to mix different types of materials: lace and mink, snake skin, leather, crystal. Our signature is a mixture of all these products. At Mary Ching we only work with local artisans and local products.
How many collections do you create each year?
There’s an autumn-winter and a spring-summer collection. We add new colors as we go along.
Where can NMiC readers buy your products?
In different locations: we have our own shop in Shanghai on Ferguson Lane and on our website. Prices for our shoes begin at 2400 Rmb.
Our cashmere slippers with crystal balls and mink pompons are for sale on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair flights for 990 Rmb.
MARY CHING – Eminent Luxury
OTHER SHOPS IN CHINA
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
4 Jiuxianqiao Road, 798,
100015 Beijing, China
T: +(86) 10 6810 8844
China World Hotel
No 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue
100004 Beijing, China
T: +(86) 10 6505 2266
18 Zhongshang Dong Road
T: +(86) 21 63237066
Hyatt on the Bund
199 Huangpu Road
T: +(86) 21 6369 1234
33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong
T: +(86) 21 6882 8888
Shangri-la Hotel, Kowloon
64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
T: +(852) 2721 2111
5 Connaught Road, Central
T: +(852) 2522 0111
39 Staunton Street, Soho,
T: +(852) 2810 1166
SHOPS IN EUROPE
7 New Cavendish Street, London W1
T: +(44) 0 20 7487 5510
45 Clarges Street, London, W1
T: +(44) 0845 003 8945
Amela Beauty Salon
23a Smith Street, Chelsea SW3
T: +(44) 020 7259 9560
T: +(43) 1 214 99 99