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 regional flagship stores in the 10 – 20 most promising second... 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 Burke for the official opening ceremony. Other attendees included VIP... Read More

The Rise of Chic Brands in China

IT Store Display: Which Direction Will Niche Brands Grow in China?   This article was fist published on the Novomania Website and October Newsletter Chinese are rapidly catching onto the idea of fashion, brands and shopping as a part of their lifestyle and over recent years consumers have been drawn to the big international brands operating in either the luxury or lower-end (including fast fashion and sportswear) segment of the market. As the mid-end... 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 – The Alibaba Group has risen to become the undisputed leader of e-commerce... 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 out. I never expected Taiyuan to have the fashion diversity or range... Read More

Re-positioning Ralph Lauren in China

Ralph Lauren China Chengdu Store Branding is a relatively new concept in China and the rapidly evolving market place gives many brands the opportunity and desire to reset their brand image and position. With almost no exception, all fashion and luxury brands in China try to upgrade their brand position, even if this is out of line with their home or other markets. Of all the luxury brands in China, Polo Ralph Lauren (RL) has one of the biggest challenges... 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