san sheng/三生 (three gives birth) is an excerpt from the ancient Chinese classic tao te ching 道德经, a fundamental philosophical text written in the fourth century BC.
The original quote, 一生二，二生三，三生万物, can be translated as: The Dao gives birth to the unified thing (One); the One splits into two opposites (Two); the Two gives birth to another (Three), and the newborn Three produces myriad things.
SAN SHENG/三生 is the only hybrid platform located in Markham, Ontario, featuring a rotating, curated selection of designs and independent artworks. We consider art and fashion as the bridge between culture and commerce. The site is employed as an open space displaying exceptional pieces for visitors to view and sample. On a regular basis, it also facilities art and cultural projects for local communities.
SAN SHENG/三生 believes that art and fashion are mediums for human expression, connection, and belonging. We encourage our customers and visitors to not only shop from and enjoy our selections but to step away from the rapid turnover of the dominant industry and instead explore the human values and connection inherent in creative works.
San Sheng acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples across the regions that we live and work. We express our gratitude and honour towards the Indigenous Peoples who are the keepers of these lands that have existed since time immemorial.
We are grateful to operate in Markham, Ontario, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe Peoples and of the Haudenosaunee Peoples.