In the period around the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, from early 2010 to mid 2011, Lu Schaper (top left in the picture) worked as a freelance artist with the famous high-end fashion chain Shanghai Story. She was invited to bring in her artist's point of view and local Shanghai experience, which resulted in about a dozen of scarf designs, based on paintings she created for this purpose. The themes for the scarves were varied, and included for instance a Puxi/Pudong (Old and New Shanghai) comparison, a motive inspired by the expo buildings from twenty different countries, and a classical Chinese Buddhist theme with seven lotus flowers. These silk and pashmina scarves have been selling very well in the various stores of this chain, including their shops at the Huahei Road (former Avenue Joffre), the main fashion shopping street of Shanghai. They have contributed considerably to the continued rise of this brand's reputation and success. Her work has also been used for interior and exterior decoration of shops and offices of Shanghai Story. She was interviewed in the popular blog Shanghaiist based on this work (link). It was an intensive and challenging, but satisfactory period for her as an artist, having to deal with market requirements and deadlines. She has said about it: "Painting is like playing a solo instrument, designing scarves is more like playing in an orchestra.".
In 2010, Shanghai Story launched a first line of silk scarves based on a painting by famous Shanghai artist Yang Lu(ShanghaiLus) on the occasion of World Expo Shanghai. This line, called "Falling in love with Shanghai"(上海之恋), shows off the Shanghai Bund in a unique mixture of Oil and Chinese ink. The Bund is one of the best known sites in Shanghai, a well known tourist attraction, and has been the political and business center of the European interests in the Far East for a long time. The charming image matches perfectly with the silk of the scarves,reminding us of the glamour beauty of Hollywood, truly an evergreen accessory. They serve as a beautiful name card of our city, combining the artistry of the painting with the craftsmanship of the transfer to silk. The 2016 line shows another image of the Bund, once again painted by 海上鹭鸶LuS, reflecting its rise as the modern financial capitol of China. A new line of silk material has been used, and further improved printing techniques. This latest addition to our catalog celebrates the opening of Shanghai Disneyland in 2016. The full range of about a dozen scarves based on the paintings of Yang Lu is shown at the high-speed train to Hongqiao airport, the Shanghai Story shop at Pudong International Airport.