The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Mao Suit Weekly News – July 15

Diaosi Image. Source: tea Leaf Nation Posting is still a bit haphazard at the moment as efforts goes into the long awaited Mao Suit redesign. It should be complete very soon. The Great Fire Wall also provides incessant frustrations in uploading photos and internet speeds that make blogging almost intolerable. Plane or train? That’s the dilemma facing travelers these days plying China’s busiest transport artery between Beijing and Shanghai. ... 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


  One Side of Shenzhen's Mix C Luxury Mall with Dolce & Gabbana's Flagship Last weekend KPMG (who do great luxury reports) invited me to Shenzhen to speak on China market entry at the Shenzhen International Clothing and Accessories Fair. I have a strong case of OCD for checking out malls in every city I go, so I stole some time to check out Shenzhen’s Mix City luxury brand shopping mall. The second I stepped out of the taxi my expectations... Read More

Galeries Lafayette defies luxury in China

Galaries Lafayette Paris Flagship Store on Boulevard Haussmann On my recent trip to Paris, one of the few retail destinations I insisted on seeing was Galeries Lafayette (GL). With very few visits to Europe under my belt, I really had no concept of what GL was except that they were coming to China. GL sounded very big, French and important and if they were coming to China then it was a big deal for fashion and retail. GL is somewhat of a fashion institution... 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’ I guess I really mean the retailing of fashion and luxury.... Read More

Buy or Die, The future of Chinese Department Stores

Xidan Department Store, One of Beijing's Oldest Destinations for Fashion Shopping Over the last three decades of reform, China’s fashion economy has undergone a dramatic albeit uneven transformation. While the industrial fashion sector was quick to mature under competition that forced innovation amongst manufacturers, other sectors such as department stores have seen little change in the last 20 years. Chinese department stores still account... 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