The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Happy Year of the Horse!

Year of the Horse Decorations Outside Wangfujing Department Store Beijing With white collar China back to normal work operations this week and the official Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations having concluded on the 15th, its also time for Mao Suit to celebrate the Year of the Horse and get back in the saddle for a bit of blogging. In Chinese culture the Horse is a deeply respected... Read More

Mao Suit is Back!

  Old School Chinese Hipsters. Photo: Li Heung Shing After a six month hiatus Mao Suit is back and celebrating its 100th post. I used the break to broaden my perspective on China well beyond the fashion arena and what stands out is that China’s sphere of influence on the world’s economic, political and social affairs continues to spread unabated. It’s a privilege... Read More

Maosuit is Taking a Rest

  Taking a Rest in Front of Dolce & Gabbana Flagship in Beijing “The domain is about to exceed its bandwidth limit”. That’s the message I keep getting towards the end of the last few months, and this month it has come on the 20th day – even earlier. It’s an encouraging sign and shows that traffic to Maosuit and (presumably) interest in fashion... Read More


China Traffic Images: 7am Congestion in Chengdu. Proud Trike Owner and MCM Backpack Hipster Hitching a Ride in Beijing. In October last year I wrote about luxury cars taking over the streets of China. Since that post the trend has continued and not only are the cars taking over the streets, but also airports, malls, fashion shows and hearts and minds of Chinese consumers as well. Chinese... Read More

Maosuit is Getting Married

Maosuit and his better half being evicted by the Beijing Fashion Police To my regular readers, please excuse the recent lack of posts.  Although plenty has been happening in the fashion and luxury world and my head is full of things to write about, I’m a little preoccupied with planning and hosting my wedding this month. Rest assured Maosuit will be back with regular updates... Read More

Flagship Paradise: Hong Kong’s Canton Road

Images from Canton Road in Hong Kong There is a rare breed of streets and avenues around the world that can boast line-ups of the biggest and best flagships the luxury brand fraternity has to offer. Tokyo has Ginza and Omotesando. Paris has Champs Elysees.  New York has Madison and 5th Avenues while Los Angeles represents with Rodeo Drive. Then there Canton Road in Hong Kong. Canton... Read More

The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAOSUIT.COM This week marks the one-year anniversary of starting this blog. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAOSUIT! The notion of using a blog as an outlet for my thoughts an ideas had long circulated in my head until Beijing based Digital Creative design studio made the interface come alive. The blog design was so good in fact that that many people believe Maosuit is a fully-fledged... Read More

Happy New Year Of The Dragon

Ralph Lauren Chinoiserie Campaign. Image: Ralph Lauren Happy Chinese New Year from The Maosuit! The lunar year started at midnight Sunday with millions of tons of fireworks being let off across the entire country. Timed according to the new moon, and also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is the biggest event of the calendar, with most people returning home to their... Read More

Luxury Brands, Football and China

AC Milan Fans Pose With Autographs in Dolce & Gabbana's Flagship Store Beijing Last Saturday night in Beijing’s Birds Nest Olympic Stadium, AC Milan Football Club defeated FC Internazionale Milano (Inter) 2-1 to win the Italian Super Cup. The Italian Super Cup is an Italian soccer league preseason football match closely followed by Italian fans and often played in... Read More

Galeries Lafayette defies luxury in China

Galaries Lafayette Paris Flagship Store on Boulevard Haussmann On my recent trip to Paris, one of the few retail destinations I insisted on seeing was Galeries Lafayette (GL). With very few visits to Europe under my belt, I really had no concept of what GL was except that they were coming to China. GL sounded very big, French and important and if they were coming to China then it... 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