The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

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 Yet, a recent visit to Shanghai has rendered the 2011 post out of date, as a plethora of new store openings and façade renovations in the last few months necessitate and updated list.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

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

China’s Copycat Culture and Creativity

Counterfeit Luxury Brand Bags at Beijing's Silk Market While strolling around Taiyuan, an up-and-coming and coal-rich second-tier city, I was amused to find an entire street of identical looking sportswear stores. Each brands’ logo bore resemblance to Nike’s Swoosh, differentiated themselves by either being upside down, back to front or having an extra kink etc. sticking... Read More

Omni-Channel Retail 101

Online Commerce Site. Image: Branding. Inc. Today I gave a presentation on Omni-channel Retail to the China Chain Store and Franchise Association. The fact that there isn’t even a term in Chinese for Omni-Channel retail shows how new the concept is to China. Truth be told, the concept is relatively new worldwide. So what exactly is omni-channel retail anyway? Essentially, omni-channel... 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

Best Luxury Stores in Central Hong Kong

Coach Flagship Store on Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong Following up from the Top Luxury Store Facades in Beijing and the Top Luxury Store Facades in Shanghai, below are Maosuit’s top façade/store design picks for Hong Kong’s Central District. The store facades are of supreme importance to luxury brands as much of their business is built purely on the ‘image’ and ‘beauty’... Read More

The Best Fashion and Luxury Retail in Las Vegas

Chairman Mao Poses for a Photo in Las Vegas Last week Maosuit posted an article on What China should learn from Hong Kong’s luxury malls. In that post one of the points I made was that the Hong Kong developers are skilled at making their real estate projects into ‘destinations’ that will entice potential consumers to the mall and keep them there. While attending the Magic... Read More

The Best of Fashion Retailing in Europe

London: Luxury Jewelry Stores Along Old Bond Street It’s been a while since my last post, the reason being that I’ve been traveling in Europe the last two weeks. Although I wasn’t posting regularly during the trip I made constant observations on the fashion and luxury industries at least in the main cities in London, Paris and Barcelona. When I say fashion and luxury ‘industries’... Read More

Top Luxury Brand Store Facades in Shanghai

Zegna and Louis Vuitton Stores in Lippo Plaza Shanghai Following on from our previous Top Luxury Store Facades in Beijing post, today The Maosuit takes a look at the top luxury store facades in Shanghai. Traditionally high-end retail in Shanghai has been clustered around Nanjing West Road, and Huaihai Middle Road in Puxi District. With the opening of IFC Mall Shanghai in 2010, the... Read More

Luxury Brands Continue Their Land Grab in China

Alexander McQueen Beijing Flaship Store Coming Soon The only real impediment to luxury brands from expanding rapidly in China is the lack of prime retail space. Many luxury brands are now seeking to set up their flagship stores in Shanghai and Beijing, although their location and size requirements have thus far prevented many from doing so. In March, Versace opened their new Beijing... 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