The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Huishan Zhang Interview

Huishan Zhang and One of his AW 2013 Designs. Source: Huishan Zhang Unassuming, intelligent, well spoken and driven to change the world’s perception of China – Huishan Zhang is the perfect example of what a young upcoming Chinese designer looks like today. Last month, Mao Suit had the pleasure of interviewing Huishan Zhang while overlooking the most iconic symbols of modern China – The Olympic Birds next stadium and Water Cube. Huishan spoke... 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’ theme was consistent through the space with brick walls... Read More

Eve Fashion Group Interview Part II

Eve Group's Notting Hill Public Fashion Show at Beijing's Shin Kong Place Mall Continuing on from Part I of my interview with Eve Fashion Group’s CEO Xie Hua, in Part II, she discusses the relevance of China Fashion Week and the importance of holding fashion shows for company unity. How does China Fashion Week influence the Chinese fashion industry? With 16 years history, China Fashion Week (CFW) has supported the industry, nurtured Chinese... Read More

Eve Fashion Group Interview Part I

Eve Fashion Group Founder & Chairman Xia Hua As Founder and Chairman of Eve Fashion Group and also acting in other prominent roles for the China Fashion Association and China Entrepreneur Club etc. Ms. Xie Hua is an influential figure in the Chinese fashion industry. She is a regular speaker at domestic and international fashion events and never shy to speak her mind on what is (and should be ) taking place in China’s fashion industry. The... Read More


Front Row Hipsters at Chinese Designer Simon Gao's Fashion Show China’s luxury market is expected to grow at 18% annually to become the biggest in the world by 2015 reports McKinsey. Similarly, Strangeloop predicts that in three years there will be 520 million online shoppers in China. Hardly a week goes by without a brand announcing that its planning to open X number of stores a year in China. Its always the numbers and data telling the stories. In... Read More

Ultimate Luxury: 7000 Hours for One Dress!

The First Piece of Guo Pei's Legend of the Dragon Show Last night I had the privilege of attending Chinese Haute Couture Designer Guo Pei’s Legend of The Dragon Fashion Show and Chinese Bride Couture Exhibition. In fact, describing the event as a ‘fashion show’ is almost an insult as the dresses on display were so painstakingly hand sewn and crafted over (quite literally) thousands and thousands of work hours that they were some of the most... Read More

China’s Biggest Fashion Trade Show

Attendees at CHIC 2012 Show Off Their Goodie Bags CHIC is the abbreviation bestowed upon the China International Clothing and Accessories Fair. CHIC is the biggest fashion trade fair in China, held annually in Beijing to coincide with China Fashion Week. Last year I reported on CHIC 2011 and I ventured back there again last week for the 20th anniversary fair. Over four days more than100,000 people stream through the massive exhibition center that... Read More

China Fashion Association Interview (Part 2)

Chinese Brands are Fighting for Recognition and Media Attention Following Part I of my interview with Su Baoyan – President of the China Fashion Association (CFA) that focused on China Fashion Week, in this Part II of the interview, I talk with her about the CFA’s efforts to help develop the fashion industry in China. Why are Chinese so interested in fashion now? Its not just not just now, China has been interested in fashion for a long time,... Read More

Shanghai Tang Making Moves in China

Shanghai Tang Autumn Winter 2011 Collection I’ve been a fan of Shanghai Tang since first visiting Hong Kong well over a decade ago. For someone such as myself with a strong interest in Asian culture and design Shanghai Tang’s mix of Chinese design sensibilities and high quality products really got me excited.  Yet herein lies the conundrum for Shanghai Tang. Their products are appealing to non-Chinese who are captured by the orientalism of the... Read More

25 Influential Chinese in Global Fashion

Recent Subway Advertisement For Vancl This week Forbes released a list of what they call the 25 Influential Chinese in Global Fashion. It’s the second year they have published the list with this year’s mandate being to “call attention to individuals born in Greater China that have made a mark in the past year”. The list and its associated articles is an informative read and I recommend anyone interested in the business of fashion in... Read More

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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