Min You, Vendeuse and Shop Manager

Views of SHANGRI-LA in Ithaca, NY

Shangri-La Ithaca, Window

Shangri-La Ithaca, From Front After five year in our first Shangri-La, Ithaca location, we have outgrown our space! Min You, the Ithaca Vendeuse, will be able to attend your couture needs at our new location, in Center Ithaca, 171 E State St. Where we also have room for our 6'4" Grand Piano.

Here are photos of our old Downtown Ithaca location.

To the left is a general view from the shop entrance. To the right is a detail of one of our window displays.


“There are moments in every man’s life when he glimpses the eternal.” – Robert Conway in Lost Horizon.


We believe that you will glimpse eternity at our eclectic Downtown Ithaca shop. Our shop design has been described as peripatetic, which means "wandering". The Peripatetics were a school of philosophy in ancient Greece. Their teachings derived from that of their founder, Aristotle.
Shangri-La Ithaca, From Center
Shangri-La Ithaca, Closeup

Shangri-La Ithaca, From Rear

Our downtown Ithaca and downtown Cortland shops regularly hosts art exhibits by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Click HERE to learn about coming attractions or contact us by Email: shangri_la_publications@hotmail.com for more details.

LEGAL NOTICE

Shangri-La occasionally takes items on consignment. Insurance for any items on consignment are the sole responsibility of the owner of those items, and not the responsibility of Shangri-La Group Corporation, its agents, or its representatives. Consignors are responsible for arranging their own insurance coverage for any potential loss on consigned artwork or items of any other nature.




Thank you for visiting our shop in the heart of Downtown Ithaca, for an art event, to see our fine merchandise, or just for a friendly chat.

Please come back any time!



Shangri-La on The Commons

171 E State St (Center Ithaca)

Ithaca, New York 14850


Telephone 607-272-5955
Min You, Shangri-La Ithaca Manager
Meet SHANGRI-LA's Sales Rep, Maria Elaine Ortiz!


Maria Elaine Ortiz, Shangri-La Sales Rep


Maria Elaine Ortiz, Shangri-La Sales Rep

Please contact us at 866-966-6288 to arrange a visit from Shangri-La's Sales Rep, Maria Elaine Ortiz.



Maria is a fashion and design consultant who works closely with Shangri-La and represents our line of unique silk velvet devore burnout shawls, ruanas, bolaros, capes, kaftans, skirts and haute couture evening wear apparel.



We look forward to meeting with you soon!







We have a lot of fun designing our eye-catching window displays at Shangri-La in Downtown Ithaca.

Here are some views of our Mardi Gras display!



In Hilton's novel, adapted for the silver screen by Frank Capra in 1937, a group of Britons led by idealist adventurer Robert Conway crash-land in a fertile mountain pass brooded over by a mountain called Karakal, or Blue Moon. In utopian Shangri-La, where the aging process is dramatically slow, Conway is hosted by Buddhist High Lama and falls for the Manchu royal Lo-Tsen, a 68-year-old who looks 18.



Hilton himself never went to China. Some claim that he plucked the setting for his tale from an article in National Geographic magazine about Austrian-American Joseph Rock, who explored the region for 27 years, but we at Shangri-La know the TRUTH! Click HERE to learn the real origin of Hilton's novel, Christian Zeeman, father of the mathematician, Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman!

Learning about Joseph Rock's trek is still interesting. He was based 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Zhongdian in Lijiang, a centuries old hamlet and backpacker haven, which also made a bid for the mythical title. Quaint, misty Lijiang has grown exponentially in recent years from a windfall of tourism.

But the dusty town of Zhongdian remains underdeveloped, despite having built an airport to facilitate visits to placid sites such as the White Water Terrace, a limestone plateau carved from a hillside by trickling azure pools.

The Zhongdian government also has held talks with Hong Kong's Shangri-La hotel group and agreed both sides could use the name. But only one county would officially take the name of the land which, in Hilton's words, was "touched with the mystery that lies at the core of all loveliness".

Click HERE for views of CORTLAND Shop
Click HERE to View our Cortland Store!


Click HERE to VIEW A TRAILER CLIP of the 1937 film Lost Horizon, directed by Frank Capra.

"Gentlemen, I give you a toast. Here's my hope that Robert Conway will find his Shangri-La.

... Here's my hope that we all find our Shangri-La."


Visit Shangri-La's exciting line of exclusive workout gear - ART IN ACTION!

Also visit our page of LINKS for the downtown ITHACA COMMONS shops! In Ithaca, NY, Shangri-La is located at 171 E. State St., Center Ithaca "The Commons," TEL 607 272 5955. ITHACA LOCATION HOURS for Summer of 2005: MON 5 PM to 9 PM, TUE 11:30 AM to 7 PM, WED & THU 11:30 AM to 8 PM, FRI & SAT 11:30 AM to 10 PM, SUN 1 PM to 4 PM. In Cortland, NY, Shangri-La is located at 55 Main St., at the corner of Court St. CORTLAND LOCATION IS CLOSED


What is Shangri-La?
Shangri-La
es el prototipo del paraíso mítico, pero esta vez en Asia, en un lugar remoto y perdido del Tibet, en pleno Himalaya. En este país de extraordinaria belleza, la gente era centenaria por los siglos que podía vivir. No obstante, cuando abandonaba el tranquilo lugar, envejecía rápidamente.

Shangri-La es una réplica del Shambhala tibetano, un lugar legendario y alegórico, donde todas las referencias simbolizan la mente humana, su ignorancia, sus deseos, sus caprichos, sus conflictos y también su grandeza.


James Hilton's Shangri-La
James Hilton
publicó en 1933 su famosa novela "Horizontes Perdidos" dando forma a la leyenda que corría por toda Asia acerca de este lugar utópico de ensueño: Shangri-La. La idea original parece pues que no fue suya, y hay quien la atribuye a Mike Brown, pero de todas formas Hilton tuvo el mérito de popularizar y hacer llegar esta historia a los lectores occidentales.

La novela de Hilton es una de las más representativas de todas aquellas que, por aquel tiempo, hacían apología del pensamiento y el modo de vida oriental. Otras obras, en cambio, se prestaban a enfoques aún más soñadores.

En Horizontes Perdidos, Hilton parece tener una visión del futuro que espera al Tibet, cuando uno de sus personajes, el padre Perrault dice "presagio un tiempo en el que el hombre, exultante en la técnica del homicidio, montará con tanta cólera contra el mundo, que todas las cosas preciosas estarán en peligro, cada libro y pintura, todos los tesoros acumulados durante dos milenios ..."

Estas atrevidas predicciones tuvieron su resonancia en las advertencias del 13 Dalai Lama, el predecesor del actual cabeza espiritual y político del pueblo tibetano. En efecto, su sucesor, el 14 Dalai Lama, tuvo que huir de su país en 1959 y establecer un gobierno provisional en el exilio en Dharamsala, la India.

Frank Capra's Lost Horizons
El director de cine Frank Capra
, que ganaría un Oscar en 1934 por "Sucedió una noche", realizaría una adaptación a la gran pantalla en 1937, siguiendo el texto original con bastante respeto (teniendo en cuenta las numerosas licencias que siempre se ha tomado Hollywood con las adaptaciones literarias).

El argumento base es bien conocido: el avión que trasporta a un grupo de norteamericanos se ve obligado a realizar un aterrizaje forzoso en las cumbres del Himalaya, dejando a sus ocupantes indefensos ante la nieve y el hambre. Atónitos, descubrirán una ciudad perdida en las nevadas cumbres: Shangri-La, donde la gente vive en paz y armonía, en un aparente paraíso que parece durar eternamente. Pero algunos de ellos no se adaptarán a la forma de vida utópica de Shangri-La, y desearán regresar al mundo exterior. En 1973 se realizó una nueva versión, pero está vez a modo de película musical, protagonizada por Peter Finch y con canciones de Burt Bacharach y Hal David.

La idea todavía resuena y pervive, incluso en ámbitos tan dispares como los del turismo, ya que en Asia, una gran cadena de hoteles lleva este mismo nombre.

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