The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Laozi on Luxury and Leadership for China

Promoting 'Shai' (Showing Off) at a High-End Mall in China The Daoist Book of Virtue – known as The Dao De Jing in Mandarin is a seminal work in the philosophy, religion and culture of China. Written by the Daoist sage Laozi in the 6th century BC, the book contains wisdom and guidance on how mankind should exist, be spiritual, and find a ‘path/way’ to live in harmony with society and the universe. In Chapter 3 of the Dao De Jing, Laozi comments on greed and eludes... Read More

Logistics of Luxury and E-Commerce in China

Chinese Customs Officer Inspects Proucts Entering China. Image: Huangpu Customs The topic of logistics is definitely not the sexiest side of the fashion and luxury  industry. Yet understanding logistics in China is vital for retailers, as even a big brand name and network of fancy stores wont do you any good if  you cant get products into the country to sell. The  operational challenges of  logistics in China include importing regulations, labelling, warehousing and on-the-ground... Read More

China’s Street Vendors and Fashion Markets

Makeshift Markets in Beijing's CBD Despite many high-end retailers in China reporting a slower growth rate this year compared with 2011, there is still a clamor of brands wanting to get into China and open new stores in the hundreds of new malls opening across China. These malls are doing a great job of attracting the biggest international retailers and giving people the option of dressing head-to-toe in foreign brands. Meanwhile, many Chinese are still happy to mix and match... Read More

Logistics Impeding E-Commerce Growth in China

Amazon China Delivery Man on the Streets of Beijing Thanks to the hyper-growth of e-commerce in China, bicycles, scooters, pedicabs, and pedestrians increasingly have to compete with a new breed of guided human missile – the e-commerce delivery man. Led by Taobao the surge in e-commerce in China has also caused exponential growth to the country’s domestic logistics sector. In their Blue Book study into e-commerce in China, CSLA reports that private logistics companies... Read More

Shang Xia Opens New Store and Exhibition in Beijing

Mongolian Cashmere Collections at Shang Xia's New Beijing Boutique Two years after opening its first store in Shanghai, Chinese contemporary craftsmanship brand Shang Xia opened its second global boutique in Beijing yesterday. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the Beijing store pays homage to the ancient aesthetic of Beijing’s serried city walls. The ‘bricks’ theme was consistent through the space with brick walls built out of real pu’er tea... Read More

Taobao – China’s all Dominating C2C E-Commerce Site

Taobao's Fashion Category Page   For young Chinese consumers it must be hard to imagine a life without Taobao – China’s biggest C2C e-commerce portal. Taobao completely changed the way Chinese shop and it has become so dominant that it now accounts for an estimated 80% of online transactions in China. Launched by Alibaba Group in 2003 to combat EBay’s entry into China, Taobao has come to define e-commerce in China. According to Alibaba, as of June 2012, Taobao boasts... Read More

Eve Fashion Group Interview Part II

Eve Group's Notting Hill Public Fashion Show at Beijing's Shin Kong Place Mall Continuing on from Part I of my interview with Eve Fashion Group’s CEO Xie Hua, in Part II, she discusses the relevance of China Fashion Week and the importance of holding fashion shows for company unity. How does China Fashion Week influence the Chinese fashion industry? With 16 years history, China Fashion Week (CFW) has supported the industry, nurtured Chinese brands, and educated the... 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