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

Interview with Plastered T-Shirts’ Dominic Johnson-Hill

Dominic Johnson-Hill, Creative Dictator of Plastered T-Shirts Infront of His Beijing Store Dominic Johnson-Hill is not your everyday entrepreneur, but as Creative Dictator of Plastered T-shirts, a company he founded in Beijing in 2006 and with stores in Beijing and Shanghai his is an intriguing success story. With annual revenues around USD one million per year and a regular face on Chinese TV Dominic is the kind of guy who will send pizzas to magazine... Read More

Shanghai Tang’s Metamorphosis Fashion Show in Beijing

Shanghai Tang's Metamophosis Fashion Show in Beijing Women's Wear   Last Thursday night Shanghai Tang launched their Spring/Summer 2011 collection titled Metamorphosis at Beijing’s JE Mansion. The JE Mansion, a remodeled hotel that mixes Chinese and Western elements such a woodwork, stone carvings and antique Chinese décor acted as the perfect backdrop for the event.  The collection took inspiration from the Miao people, one of China’s... Read More

The History of The Mao Suit

Maosuit artwork by Sui Jianguo The Chinese tunic suit known as the Mao Suit in the West and as Zhongshan Zhuang in Mandarin first graced the catwalks of China in 1911 when Sun Zhongshan (called SunYat Sen in Cantonese) overthrew the imperial Qing dynasty and founded the Republic of China. Sun just wasn’t getting the attention he wanted as he strutted around town 100 years ago. Sadly, the imperial garb and other royal attire of the Court was... 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