The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Buy or Die, The future of Chinese Department Stores

Xidan Department Store, One of Beijing's Oldest Destinations for Fashion Shopping Over the last three decades of reform, China’s fashion economy has undergone a dramatic albeit uneven transformation. While the industrial fashion sector was quick to mature under competition that forced innovation amongst manufacturers, other sectors such as department stores have seen little change in the last 20 years. Chinese department stores still account for a major share of retail sales... Read More

Interview with Plastered T-Shirts’ Dominic Johnson-Hill

Dominic Johnson-Hill, Creative Dictator of Plastered T-Shirts Infront of His Beijing Store Dominic Johnson-Hill is not your everyday entrepreneur, but as Creative Dictator of Plastered T-shirts, a company he founded in Beijing in 2006 and with stores in Beijing and Shanghai his is an intriguing success story. With annual revenues around USD one million per year and a regular face on Chinese TV Dominic is the kind of guy who will send pizzas to magazine editors and print his... Read More

Top Luxury Brand Store Facades in Shanghai

Zegna and Louis Vuitton Stores in Lippo Plaza Shanghai Following on from our previous Top Luxury Store Facades in Beijing post, today The Maosuit takes a look at the top luxury store facades in Shanghai. Traditionally high-end retail in Shanghai has been clustered around Nanjing West Road, and Huaihai Middle Road in Puxi District. With the opening of IFC Mall Shanghai in 2010, the Pudong district now also has a high end mall which many luxury brands claim has the best luxury brand... Read More

Beijing Gets Burberrized, Burberry’s Digital Fashion Show and Party in Beijing April 13, 2011

A Burberry Handbag Hovers Above the Crowd During Burberry's Digital Fashion Show in Beijing In the countdown to Burberry’s Beijing celebration the event was branded as Burberry’s  biggest ever event and last night the 155 year old company brand didn’t disappoint. Beginning with an opening reception at the Beijing Flagship Store Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts and Chief Creative Director Christopher Bailey entertained fashion industry guests including property developers,... Read More

Burberry to Celebrate China – Livestreaming British Music, Technology and Virtual Fashion Show Globally from Beijing

Countdown to Burberry Beijing Christopher Bailey Invites You To Celebrate Burberry in China Burberry executives including CEO Angela Ahrendts and Chief Creative Director Christopher Bailey landed in Beijing yesterday ahead of tonight’s Asia Flagship Store opening, music performance by Keane and virtual fashion show and party which is said to be Burberry’s biggest event ever. The night will kick of with the official opening of Burberry’s Beijing store (see related post),... Read More

The Fashion Dictionary Launches in China

The Fashion Dictionary Launches in China Last week to celebrate the final day of the Italian pavilion at the China International Clothing and Accessories Fair (see related post), the Italian Trade Commission launched the Fashion Dictionary at Beijing’s Westin Hotel. The English language edition launched on the night was originally written in Italian by Guido Vergani and titled Dizionario della Moda. A Chinese version is also currently in the works. In a speech, Italian Trade... Read More

Luxury Brands Continue Their Land Grab in China

Alexander McQueen Beijing Flaship Store Coming Soon The only real impediment to luxury brands from expanding rapidly in China is the lack of prime retail space. Many luxury brands are now seeking to set up their flagship stores in Shanghai and Beijing, although their location and size requirements have thus far prevented many from doing so. In March, Versace opened their new Beijing flagship store and other smaller brands such as Mulberry, Celine and Van Cleef & Arpel’s... Read More

Tsinghua University’s Advanced Management Program in Fashion & Luxury.

Tsinghua University's Advanced Management Program in Fashion & Luxury Tsinghua University’s Advanced Management Program in Fashion & Luxury. Recently Tsinghua University, one of the top universities in China wrapped up their  2010/11Adavanced Management Program in Fashion & Luxury. The Maosuit was invited to attend the final day and below we give a summary of final day’s lectures. Fashion Culture, Creation & Design In the first session Florence Muller,... Read More

DVF’s Journey of a Dress Exhibition Opens in Beijing

Jessica Alba, Diane Von Furstenberg and Natalia Vodianova pose infront of a portrait by Li Songsong Diane von Furstenberg’s Journey of a Dress exhibition opened on Saturday night with a cocktail reception and party at Pace Gallery in Beijing. The opening drew scores of media and celebrities including Jessica Alba and Super Model Natalia Vodianova.   The exhibition details DVF’s life in fashion spanning four decades and includes many of her dresses along side various press... Read More

ENK International Interview

ENK USA Pavilion at CHIC 2011 As detailed in our last post, the American contingent of brands that chose to attend this week’s China International Clothing and Accessories Fair (CHIC) did so through ENK International, one of America’s largest fashion trade shows.  Branded as ENK USA, the pavilion housed 11 brands such as: Hudson, J Brand, Paige Denim, Robert Rodriguez, Robin’s Jean and Tart Collections. According to Elyse Kroll, the founder and chairwoman of ENK International... Read More

About the Author

Timothy J Coghlan has been living and working in Asia for 15 years and has had a multifaceted experience in the luxury and fashion industry including fashion journalism, producing fashion shows in Tokyo and Hong Kong and product sourcing across China. He is now based in Beijing and works for a leading multinational company advising luxury and fashion companies on how to develop and execute their retail and business strategies across China. Timothy speaks fluent English, Chinese and Japanese