Ancient and modern

This is a hat factory founded in 1917. Sheng means ‘prosperity’, and Xi and Fu derived from the name of its creator Liu Xisan (Laifu by pet name). A branch was started at Wangfujing in Beijing in 1937. Its products, with high-quality material and fine workmanship, were acclaimed as a credit to Chinese goods. After 1949, it started to serve national leaders and foreign visitors, having made hats for Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, North Korea leader Kim Il Sung, and Indonesian president Sukarno. (by Zhu Kai)