The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

New Marni, Margiela & McQueen Flasghips Make Beijing a Fashion Mecca

Marni CEO Mr Gianni Castiglioni, Marni Designer Ms Consuelo Castiglioni ans Chinese Models and Celebrities at the Marni Store Opening in Beijing Last week was very exciting time in Beijing. China Fashion Week saw the domestic designers and media in a frenzy with fashion shows and events going on all over the city. Whether coincidence or deliberate planning, multiple international brands including Maison Martin Margiela, Marni, and Alexander McQueen all choose last week to open... Read More

Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week S/S 2012 Starts in Beijing

Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week Starts in Beijing China Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 officially kicked off Monday night in Beijing with a Press Conference and fashion show by Aimer at the Beijing Hotel.  With Mercedes Benz now the official naming sponsor, Mercedes Benz China Fashion Week held biannually in Beijing is the country’s official Fashion Week and is heavily focused on domestic designers and industry. Running concurrently in Shanghai are also two separate ‘Shanghai... Read More

Luxury Cars Taking Over Chinese Cities

New Bicolor Lamborghini Outside Beijing's 3.3 Shopping Arcade Today is the start of China Fashion Week and I thought I would mark this auspicious occasion with my first real post on luxury cars, and a little pondering on the pitfalls of China’s current consumption trajectory. I prefer, and so tend to focus on the fashion side of the luxury business in China, yet the luxury auto brands are in many respect leading the charge in China. Luxury auto brands have been succeeding... Read More

Why do Fashion & Luxury Brands Suck at Digital in China?

Burberry - The Only Fashion Brand 'Digital Genius' in China. Source: L2 Just over a month ago L2, a think tank based in New York released their second annual study into prestige brands and their digital competencies in China. The methodology for the study breaks down digital competencies of each brand’s websites, social media, digital marketing, E-commerce and mobile efforts. Brands ranked at the highest ‘Genius’ level will perform well over all categories while... Read More

Peter Marino Interview for the Business of Fashion

Chanel Designer Karl Lagerfeld and Peter Marino. Source: Associated Press While in New York two weeks ago I had the fortunate opportunity to interview Peter Marino for the Business of Fashion. Peter Marino is an amazing retail architect and has designed stores for the world’s leading fashion and luxury brands. Over the last several years he has been particularly active in China and Hong Kong, designing the biggest and best flagship stores for Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Loewe,... Read More

China at New York Fashion Week

Chinese Model He Sui in the Ralph Lauren fashion Show at New York Fashion Week (REPOST, originally posted on September 27) Its been a rather hectic September for the Maosuit, with two visits to the United States and lots of running around China in between. From September 8 through 16 I was in New York for Fashion Week and the associated industry events, meetings and shindigs that make up the biggest week in American fashion every year. On the first day in New York my excitement... Read More

American Vogue Disappoints on China

American Vogue September Issue Cover and Contributor's Page (REPOST. Originally posted on September 22) I’m an hour outside New York and have been on the road, in the air or in transit lounges for the last 18 hours. Its 11pm Thursday night NY time, but my body thinks its 11am on Friday morning. The transit, time zone changes and a spot of food poisoning on a flight has left me at my wits end. I can’t wait to get to the hotel and hope for three or four hours sleep... 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