The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

China Luxury Store Openings Continue Despite the ‘Slowdown’

New MCM Store Opening Soon in Beijing's Intime Lotte Department Store 2012 was record year for luxury brands operating in China. As written about here, here and here! During 2011 and 2012 year luxury brands were making a land grab for retail space across China, primarily for mega flagship stores in the first tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, plus building bigger... Read More

Louis Vuitton Opens in China’s No. 1 Mall

"Louis Vuitton" in lights at Shin Kong Place Beijing Last Friday night, Beijing’s Shin Kong Place – the top ranking mall in China in terms sales, welcomed its newest luxury resident Louis Vuitton. The cocktail reception saw more than a few celebrities including Fan Bing Bing, Carina Lau, Sun Li,  Li Zhiting,  Hu Bing and Wu Xiubo join Louis Vuitton CEO Michael... Read More

LVMH Opens L’Avenue Mall in Shanghai

LVMH's L'Avenue Mall in West Shanghai In addition to the new stores and upcoming malls detailed in Mao Suit’s last post on Shanghais best facades, another very significant mall has just opened up in Shanghai. As detailed during its construction phase, L’Avenue stands out amongst other luxury malls in China and is a joint venture between LVMH’s real estate arm L Real... Read More

Shanghai’s Best New Store Facades

  New Burberry and Chloe Stores in K11 Mall Shanghai In April 2001 Mao Suit published a post titled Top Luxury Brand’s Store facades in Shanghai. Yet, a recent visit to Shanghai has rendered the 2011 post out of date, as a plethora of new store openings and façade renovations in the last few months necessitate and updated list. So here is current list of the biggest, brightest... Read More

Flurry of Flagship Store Openings End 2012 in Beijing

Miu Miu's New Beijing Flagship Store - The Biggest in China To finish off 2012, Beijing has witnessed a flurry of new flagship fashion and luxury store openings over the last month. The most impressive of these stores is the new Miu Miu Beijing flagship – the brand’s biggest in China, which has just opened in the Sanlitun North Village shopping complex. Miu Miu now joins... 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... Read More

CHINA’S BEST DESIGNED LUXURY MALL

  One Side of Shenzhen's Mix C Luxury Mall with Dolce & Gabbana's Flagship Last weekend KPMG (who do great luxury reports) invited me to Shenzhen to speak on China market entry at the Shenzhen International Clothing and Accessories Fair. I have a strong case of OCD for checking out malls in every city I go, so I stole some time to check out Shenzhen’s Mix City... 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

China Luxury Market Predictions For 2012

Ermenegildo Zegna 20th Anniversary in China Exhibition in 2011 Looking back, 2011 was really the year that announced China’s arrival as a major force in the world’s fashion and luxury market. While momentum has been building steadily since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was only last year that China became the hot topic for the industry at large. Last year it seemed one only... Read More

Christmas in China

Chanel Christmas Decorations Inside Beijing's Shin Kong Place With Christmas over and while most of the Western world begrudgingly filters back into work this week, in China its been business as usual and apart from two days holiday for New Year there is no official recognition of Christmas Day as a religious festival. Of course retailers didn’t miss the extra opportunity... 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