Tang looks West

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 February, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 February, 1995, 12:00am

DAVID Tang's expanded Chinoiserie boutique, Shanghai Tang, formally opens this Saturday. The shop has spread downstairs into the basement of the Pedder Building emporium.

Yet even before the paint had dried in Central, Tang was setting his sights on Europe. Despite glances at Paris and Rome, the cigar-smoking businessman's first target will be London, practically his second home anyway. Tang is seeking finance for the multi-million-dollar project, which is likely to team a boutique with a restaurant on another floor.

Back Bites overheard Tang expansively outlining the above plan to a Western businessman in Shanghai Tang. But our interest in his financial machinations was overshadowed by the surprise of seeing him eschewing his Chinese clothes for a sober grey business suit.