The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Glamour Sales CEO Interview

Screen Shot of the Glamour Sales Mobile Shopping App. Sorce: Technode As mentioned in the Mao Suit’s last post on how pollution in China is likely driving consumers towards online purchases, KPMG, in conjunction with Chinese e-commerce site Glamour Sales have just released a study into China’s Connected Consumers with extensive research on e-commerce. In late 2013 prior to releasing... Read More

Pollution’s Effect on Retail

Young Couple in Matching Pollution Masks Shop Together in Beijing What a difference a bit of wind can make! Last week Beijing and a chunk of northeast China suffered through another bout of extreme pollution that made worldwide news headlines. Then almost after 10 days of still air that had allowed the pollution to build up, on Thursday afternoon a trickle of rain began followed... Read More

Mao Suit Weekly News – July 15

Diaosi Image. Source: tea Leaf Nation Posting is still a bit haphazard at the moment as efforts goes into the long awaited Mao Suit redesign. It should be complete very soon. The Great Fire Wall also provides incessant frustrations in uploading photos and internet speeds that make blogging almost intolerable. Plane or train? That’s the dilemma facing travelers these days... Read More

Mao Suit Weekly June 12

  Sir Paul Smith Poses With Guests at his Beijing Flaghsip Opening Today is the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month and so marks the celebration of the Dragon Boat festival across the Chinese world and many parts of Asia. Today is a public holiday in both the Mainland and Hong Kong and people will celebrate by eating rice dumplings. More on the festival via Wikipedia. Mainland China... Read More

Alan Fang – Novo CEO Interview

Alan Fang - CEO of Novo at Their HQ in Shanghai It seems Alan Fang – CEO of Novo Holdings has always been ahead of the game. He launched Novo Concepts – one of China’s biggest multi-brand fashion retailers back in 2003, way before China was hot and the floodgates of global fashion brands coming to China opened. Then in 2010, he launched Novomania – China’s only independent... 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... 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.... 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,... Read More

China’s E-Commerce Emperor

The Alibaba Group's Portals Dominate E-Commerce in China Two weeks ago I wrote about the massive potential of e-commerce in China that Boston Consulting Group predicts will be worth more than 300 billion dollars by 2015. As numerous e-tailors fold under highly competitive market pressures and others battle it out with nasty price wars, through all of this, one company –... Read More


Olympic Style Leader Board from Chinese Online Price Comparison Site Just as I was publishing this post on the Potential of E-Commerce in China two weeks ago, a vicious and very public price war begun among China’s main appliance e-tailers:  360Buy, Suning, Gome and Dangdang. The saga began when the CEO of 360Buy announced on his Weibo (China’s most popular microblog)... 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