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

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 Yet, a recent visit to Shanghai has rendered the 2011 post out of date, as a plethora of new store openings and façade renovations in the last few months necessitate and updated list.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

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

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

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’... Read More


Window Display in Louis Vuitton's New Shanghai Maison If there were any doubts that Shanghai was the ‘Paris of the East’ they were surely dismissed last week as Louis Vuitton (LV) took over the city.  LV banners lined the streets, massive LV billboards beamed from buildings, newspaper covers were dedicated to the brand,  and entire skyscrapers lit up with LV animations... Read More

Louboutin Lands in Beijing

Christian Louboutin's Men's Collection Now Available in Beijing Hot on the heels (lame pun) of the mega brand events in Beijing over the last few months, on Thursday Christian Louboutin ventured into town for the official opening of his Beijing Flagship boutique. The store’s design mimics that of the fist ever Louboutin Paris store and is now one of the biggest in Asia.... Read More

Brand Battles in Beijing

Jude Law in V Magazine 1999. Part of the Mario Testino Exhibition now on in Beijing May and early June was not the ideal time to take a break from writing Maosuit as there were so many amazing fashion and luxury brand events that deserved covering including fashion shows by Lanvin, Hugo Boss, Jean Paul Gauliter and Giorgio Armani, Simon Gao and Chi Zhang. There were also big store... 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

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