List of “Approved” Hanfu Makers
As one searches on Baidu or Taobao with the word “hanfu”, it is easy to see that often results come mixed with poor-quality specimens, or even Qipao and Magua instead. It is also common to see many phony stores and online retailers using the images of other retailers and sending out poorly made “pirated” simulacra. In turn, this also extends to the English online retailers, with choice for quality Hanfu ending up quite limited.
In response to the difficulty of finding where to buy, Baidu Hanfu Bar (and its commercial branch dedicated for shops to list their goods, the Baidu Hanfu-Shangjia Bar) have compiled a list of “approved” makers, directing newcomers to purchase from these stores, or at least use their products as a standard guideline to benchmark authenticity and quality.
This practice of listing “approved” makers can be traced back to Hanwang (hanminzu.com) in 2006, when the call for quality shops began to make itself apparent. A charter of business conduct was devised the following year, which has these seven requirements:
- 我们商家当坚持以民族利益为重 (Our businesses shall insist on prioritizing the welfare of our ethnicity)
This means that as the business recognizes the mandates of Hanism and should promote Chinese tradition from the perspective of a Han culture – as a concrete example, Mongol and Manchu culture (esp. during Yuan/Qing period) should be kept separate and distinct identities.
- 我们商家坚决不经营旗装，马褂，伪唐装和一切具有满清历史特色和当代满族特色的服装 (Our businesses will definitely not operate in the sales of Qipao, Magua, fake-Tangzhuang and all other fashion containing Qing or contemporary Manchu traits)
As an extension from mandate number 1, this is to ensure Hanfu retailers are promoting Hanfu as exclusively the traditional dress of the Han Chinese.
- 我们商家的产品，要在正确汉服形制的基础上进行设计 (Our businesses’ products will be designed based on correct Hanfu shapes and standards)
This mandate was added in response to the ubiquitous existance of “fantasy” costumes based on traditional dress or otherwise take ad hoc measures which detract from its authenticity. Quote: “regardless whether formal or casual dress, they must be designed with the basic elements of Hanfu design. Perhaps some makers will think it’s cool to add their own innovative flair, but if it strays from the basic requirements of Hanfu, that would no longer be Hanfu.”
- 我们的商家，要有一定的宣传责任 (Our businesses will have a certain responsibility to promote)
Marketing Hanfu the object will undoubtedly raise questions as to why people should/will wear the clothes, and the businesses have similar responsibilities as other proponents of Hanfu to educate their customers with proper background knowledge regarding the subject.
- 我们的商家，经营上要力争专业 (Our businesses will strive to operate professionally)
This is essentially a mandate for guaranteeing product quality, and ensuring customer satisfaction. The mandate also calls for businesses to be honest and ethical in their practices.
- 我们的商家，要相互扶持，而不是相互倾轧 (Our businesses will help each other, and not denigrate each other)
Furthering upon ethical business practices (and based on past experiences with customer/business interaction), competition among businesses should strive to help mutually grow this market, rather than defaming a competitor for the sake of personal profit.
- 华夏信仰和华夏原生态文明，希望我们的商家掌握一二 (We hope that our businesses understand a thing or two about the Huaxia sense of faith and the original image of Huaxia civilization)
Quote: “The first mandate ensures our basis of thought and belief on Hanism, while this last mandate ensures our belief and culture…we hope that our business owners will not only spend all their energy in the business world, but also spend time to enrich themselves with understanding or grasping the original Huaxia civilization [in Confucianism/Daoism/Legalism/Mohism etc.]
While there is no charter or similar statement on Baidu, the requirements of approval are roughly the same.
As of 2011, the list as provided on Hanwang is different from the list from Baidu (although many reputed businesses can be found on both), with the main distinctions of the list being Hanwang as primarily a physical business location registry, while the Baidu list focuses on the location of storefronts, online or physical. For those who are searching for online catalogues of Hanfu shops to buy from, the latter list is undoubtedly more useful.
Here is the list for the clothing ateliers. For a list of accessories makers, please scroll down past this list.
List of Approved Hanfu ateliers:
- Chonghui Hantang (重回汉唐), Chengdu, Sichuan Prov. (Actual shop)
Note: The first brick-and-mortar authentic Hanfu shop in China.
Address: Jinma Xiang, Wenshu Fang Street, Chengdu, Sichuan Prov.
- Tongguan Hanfu Atelier (瞳莞汉服工作室), Meishan District, Chengdu, Sichuan Prov.
Note: Shapes are relatively more authentic and well-researched.
Address: Unit 2-1, Shui’an Yaju Ward, 1 Yangzishan Road, Jinniu District, Chengdu, Sichuan.
- Xianni Xiaozhu (衔泥小筑)，Mianyang, Sichuan Prov.
Note: No actual location. Relatively good handiwork, more choices for men’s designs, and not bad “modernized” styles too.
- Canye (read Tsanye) Ge Hanfu Atelier (残夜阁汉服工作室), Wuhan, Hubei.
Note: Most items listed on Taobao are out of stock. It is best to ask the owner in person what fabrics are available. Most prices will be near or above 1000 RMB, but the handiwork is fine and shapes are authentic. (http://shop33904341.taobao.com/)
- Rumeng Nishan (如梦霓裳), Beijing.
Note: Does not have any brick-and-mortar locations.
- Yayun Huazhang (雅韵华章), Beijing.
Note: Primarily deals in real silk material clothing. Also features in supplying high-toed shoes worn with long skirts, as well as guqins.
- (NEW!) Xianming Yijian (鮮明一間), Beijing
Note: NEW shop (Feb 2012), specializes in men’s robes (Daopao, Tieli, Yesa)
- Cunxiang Caoshe Hanfu Atelier (《寸香草舍》汉服工作室), Beijing.
Notes: Relatively low pricing, also features modified “Han elements fashion”.
- Shiyangjin Hanfu Atelier (十样锦汉服工作室), Shenyang, Liaoning Prov.
Notes: Sales by individual commissions, takes custom fabric orders from the Northeastern provinces.
- Mingyue Chu (明月初), Zuzhuang, Shandong Prov.
Notes: Simple designs, accepts custom orders from customers’ fabric. Focuses on lower-priced range.
- Zhaoci Guan (朝辞馆), Tanfang, Shandong Prov.
Notes: Unique design tastes suited for young ladies, fairly priced. Also does Japanese Yukata and Western dresses.
- Minghua Tang (明华堂), Hong Kong.
Note: Dedicated to Ming-era Hanfu research and restoration, meticulous in material selection, handiwork and research. This is reflected in their higher pricing.
(Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/minghuatang, has no storefront, direct email/messenger contact necessary)
- Shuang Yu’ou (双玉瓯), Guangzhou, Guangdong Prov.
Note: Brick-and-mortar shop (first in Guangzhou). Higher-end pricing. Has a sub-brand called Qingni (青霓) targeted towards a younger market at a lower price, located http://shop57522753.taobao.com/.
Address: 101 Back, 126 Tianhe Nan Yi Lu, Tianhe District, Guangzhou. (See shop directions)
- Qianyun Guan (纤云馆), Guangzhou, Guandong Prov.
Note: No physical location.
- Hanshang Hualian (汉尚华莲), Guangzhou, Guangdong Prov.
Notes: Brick-and-mortar shop. Has agent selling in Hong Kong.
Address: Shop 217, Guangming Mall, Beijing Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Prov.
(Across from KFC)
- Cai Huashang (采華裳). Hong Kong.
Notes: Sandy Soon’s brick-and-mortar boutique and atelier in the middle of Hong Kong’s gentrified art community.
Address: 5K128 (5/F), Apple Centre (Dragon Mall), Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. 西九龍中心5樓蘋果商場5K128舖
- Guyue Jinren (古月今人), Shenzhen, Guangdong Prov.
Notes: Run by Menwaihan (门外汉) – usually only makes Ming-style Aoqun. Commissioning clothes from him usually requires FIERCE reminding and coaxing for delivery (or is so said)
- Shenzhen Yimeiwu Hanminzu Fushi (深圳衣袂舞汉民族服饰), Shenzhen, Guangdong Prov.
Notes: Discount Hanfu store.
- Liuru Ju (六如居), Shaoqing, Guangdong Prov.
Notes: Mostly takes custom commissions and products are mostly made in real silk. Not many specimens displays in store.
- Hanyin Chuantong Fushi Guan (寒音傳統服飾館, aka Hanyin Guan 寒音館), Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov.
Note: Brick-and-mortar shop. Relatively meticulous in its shapes and standards.
Address: 3-2-201 Mingshi Jiayuan, 219 Wenyi Xi Lu, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov. (See directions)
- Caibao’er Hanfu (彩宝儿汉服), Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov.
Notes: Brick and mortar shop. Prices tend to be higher due to using real silk. Pieces are often auctioned in Taobao, but also includes commissioning and ready-to-wear lines. Primary service as wedding planners.
Address: Bldg. 14, Jiangshan Nong, Dengxin Xiang Shequ (Near Wulin Lu), Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov.
- Hange Nishang (汉格霓裳), Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov.
Notes: Well-made Han elements fashion, with many articles featuring bulk order discounts. Accepts fabric commissions.
- Zhuli Guan (竹里馆), Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov.
Notes: Simple and elegant designs, plainer colours, well-priced, accepts incoming fabric commisions.
- Qinghui Ge (清辉阁), Nanjing, Jiangsu Prov.
Note: Separated from Yuedao Fenglai Ge. Its style is suited for young ladies with its brisk grace, or with a dash of fabulous glamour. Pays more attention to authenticity of design than its counterpart below.
- Yuedao Fenglai Ge (月到风来阁), Nanjing, Jiangsu Prov.
Note: Refers to the current shop after its division (see above), somewhat similar in style as above.
- Yuzi Tongshang Hanfu Atelier (与子同裳汉服工坊), Nanjing, Jiangsu Prov.
Note: Brick-and-Mortar shop in the historical Xici Hutong district.
Address: Nanyi Houjie, Shitoucheng Lu, Nanjing, Jiangsu Prov. (Behind Shuimu Qinhuai and Amigo KTV)
- Jiuzhou Yiguan (九州衣冠), Shanghai.
Notes: Includes bulk-order priced Zhongdan (inner full-length robe). Features in ritual wear.
- Tianyifang-Huaxia Hanfu Shop (天衣坊·华夏汉服店), Shanghai (originally from Nanjing)
Notes: Daring style and constantly reinventing itself. Also sells tea and herbal packs.
- Lanyexin (兰夜心), Wuxi, Jiangsu Prov.
Notes: Well-priced and well-made. Features in hand-painted acrylics. Accepts fabric commissions.
Han-element fashion branch–Ziye Ji (子夜集) (http://shop60553524.taobao.com/)
- Qinian Huashang (绮年华裳), Fuzhou, Fujian Prov.
Notes: Formerly known as Nishang Ge (霓裳阁). Excels in hand-painted goods, lively style, and sometimes have discounts.
- Gancaoji zhi Hanyi Gui (甘草记之汉衣柜), Fuzhou, Fujian Prov.
- Xiuchun Fang (绣春坊), Fuzhou, Fujian Prov.
Notes: Well made dresses, especially the replica of the Tang Sancai doll clothing: The U-shaped collar Banbi Gaoyao Ruqun.
- Jia’nan Hanfu Atelier (伽南漢服工作室), Fuzhou, Fujian Prov.
- Qianlong Hanfu Workshop (潜龙汉服工坊), Fuzhou, Fujian Prov.
Notes: Reputed local shop for handiwork, has some discounted goods.
- Zhaolu zhi Cheng (朝露之城), Quanzhou, Fujian Prov.
Notes: Refreshing use of colours.
- Fuxiu Chang’an (黼秀长安), Xi’an, Shaanxi Prov.
Note: No actual location. Reputed for its Tang-era style designs. Relatively slow in production but famed for its quality.
- Hanfu Zhenyun Atelier (【汉服滇韵】工作室), Kunming, Yunnan Prov.
Note: The first Hanfu society and atelier for Hanfu in Yunnan Province.
(Baidu Bar address: http://tieba.baidu.com/f?kz=603358893)
(Also contains a division for accessories, see below)
- Hanfu Fengliu Dian (汉服风流店)
Notes: New shop. Mostly caters to student-pricing pieces.
- Xing Ziqing (星子青)
Notes: Owner’s QQ name: Gongsun Rongzhi (公孙容止). Also deals Hanfu related accessories.
List of Hanfu Accessories Makers, sorted by region
- Jingchen Xian (静尘轩) , Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov.
Notes: Uses A-grade jade, agate, pearls and other natural materials. Provides discounts for fellow Hanfu supporter customers.
- Zhijin Ruyi (织锦如意)
- Yuchuan (予川), Hangzhou, Zhejiang Prov.
Notes: Accepts custom orders and commissions.
- Yunxian Ju (云仙居), Suzhou, Jiangsu Prov.
- Yuerong Gui: Pearl and Jade-studded Hairpins (悦容闺*明珠彩玉缀簪钗), Wujiang (Suzhou), Jiangsu Prov.
Notes: Great jade pendents and accessories too.
- Huanmong Chenyuan (幻梦尘缘), Nanjing, Jiangsu Prov.
Notes: Headdresses of both the simple and flamboyant. Well-priced.
- Shengshi Fanghua Hanfu Accessories (盛世芳华汉服配饰), Shanghai.
Notes: simple and pretty designs.（
- Shuimo Jianghu (水墨江湖), Shenzhen, Guangdong Prov.
Notes: Popular store. Check often for updates.
- Yunjian Fengyue (云笺封月), Shenzhen, Guangdong Prov.
- Dianzhi Huakai (点指花开), Shaoqing, Guangdong Prov.
Notes: There are only 3 pieces of each design in store.
- Weishe (微舍), Foshan, Guangdong Prov.
- Huayu Gongfang (花语工房), Huizhou, Guangdong Prov.
Notes: Includes waist cords.
- Lanmao de DIY Tiandi (懒猫的DIY天地), Liuzhou, Guangxi Prov.
Notes: “Lazy-cat’s DIY World”, contains many DIY items by the owner, ranging from accessories to Banbi.
- Wen yihu Yueguang Xiajiu(温一壶月光下酒), Hengyang, Hunan Prov.
- Shuiyue Shougong (水月手工), Changsha, Hunan Prov.
Notes: Well-reputed accessories maker.
- Tiangong Fang Handicrafts and Accessories (天工坊手工配饰), Nanchang, Jiangxi Prov.
- Yvse Chang’an (玉色长安), Xianning, Hubei Prov.
- Qianyun Xian (纤云轩), Chengdu, Sichuan Prov.
Notes: Reasonably priced. Not to be confused with Qianyun Guan of Guangzhou.
- Jinlin Fang (锦琳坊), Chengdu, Sichuan Prov.
Notes: Innovative designs.
- Yige Hongzhuang (忆阁红妆), Yibin, Sichuan Prov.
- Baicao Shougongfang (百草手工坊), Kunming, Yunnan Prov.
Notes: Broad range of selections.
- Lanting.Xu (蘭亭.叙), Kunming, Yunnan Prov.
- Bagua Lou (八卦楼), Xi’an, Shaanxi Prov.
Notes: Most articles here are one-of-a-kind.
- Luoyi Ge (洛依阁), Zhengzhou, Henan Prov.
- Miujia Puzi (【喵家铺子】), Shangqiu, Henan Prov.
Notes: Bargain prices.