Leaf Greener was born in Beijing and has been based in Shanghai for the last eleven years, but her name is known in the fashion community the world over. She collaborates with the likes of Chanel and Loewe, publishes her own mobile magazine, LEAF, on WeChat, and can be spotted wearing up and coming Chinese designers alongside pieces from JW Anderson and Rosie Assoulin on every street style blog out there.
Her home is a source of inspiration—Shanghai is a city known for it’s compelling mix of the ancient with the (very) new. Here, Greener reveals the metropolis’s can’t-miss spots and diversions, from the soothing white tea scrub at the seductive PuLi Hotel to the French Concession’s Leo Xu Projects, a gallery known for it’s socially challenging, urban culture-related contemporary art installations.
Where are your favorite places to eat in a day?
The restaurant Spicy Moment—it's a Chinese restaurant providing Hunan province food from China. I love the shrimp there!
Olivia Von Halle pajamas, part of Leaf's daily uniform. Photo by @leaf_greener
What's your daily uniform in Shanghai? Where do you go to shop for your key pieces?
My uniform in Shanghai is my PJs. I love to wear cashmere PJs during wintertime and silk PJs during summertime. My favorite brand is Olivia von Halle. I don't shop for fashion anymore. Ha!
Inside Arcade Bar. Photo by @rigeldavis
What’s your drink of choice in Shanghai and where do you get it?
I really like the espresso martini at a bar called Arcade.
Best beauty treatment right now?
Don't drink any alcohol—just drink water to detox your skin. I believe in natural beauty!
The spa at the Puli Hotel. Photo by @na_bonbon_
Do you have a favorite spa, and must-have treatment?
The spa at PuLi hotel is really nice. Try the tea program there—they have four different kinds.
The garden at the Yongfoo Elite. Photo by @formmaker
What's your ideal date spot?
The Yongfoo Elite. They have a beautiful ancient Chinese style garden.
The view from the Shanghai Library. Photo by @richard1234liu
Where do you go to relax and clear your head?
The Shanghai Library.
The interior of Henkes, a trendy spot for brunch in Shanghai. Photo by @aka_anna
Where do you take someone for a business meeting?
Books on display at Closing Ceremony. Photo by @samepaper
Do you have a favorite bookstore?
Closing Ceremony, The Mix Place, and Dayin Bookmall.
Rockbund Art Museum. Photo by @rockbundartmuseum
What’s your favorite gallery or museum?
Leo Xu Projects gallery and Rockbund Art Museum.
DJ @fvder plays at Le Baron Shanghai. Photo by @lebaronshanghai
Where do you go for a night out with friends?
Le Baron Shanghai.
The view from the top floor of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. Photo by @imirkovic
Do you have a favorite architectural site?
Go to the top floor at Grand Hyatt Hotel—there, you have a great architectural view of the Bund area in Shanghai.
The French Concession neighborhood of Shanghai. Photo by @lacrimavitae
What’s your favorite neighborhood to walk around in?
The French Concession.
The library of the PuLi Hotel and Spa. Photo by @thepulihotelandspa
Where would you stay for a staycation?
The PuLi hotel.
The Naked Stables boutique hotel in Moganshan. Photo by @ryan_chan6
Favorite nearby getaway for a weekend?
Moganshan, and stay at Naked Stables Retreat boutique hotel.
Zen Life Store. Photo by @zenlifestore_sh
What’s your latest discovery in the city?
I just found this really nice lifestyle store featuring Chinese designs, it called Zen Life store. They have beautiful Chinese ceramic tea sets.