The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Melbourne Fashion Takes on China

Models Show Off Australian Fashion Designs at the Beijing Jockey Club. Image: LMFF Last week as part of Australia’s largest ever trade mission to China, five fashion brands from Melbourne including Cylk, Leonard Street, Limedrop, Kuwaii and Lui Hon were showcased at a gala dinner in Beijing. Supported by the Victorian State Government and in collaboration with the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) the Australian designer showcase was the... 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

BEIJING VS SHANGHAI FOR THE FASHION INDUSTRY

Iconic Architecture: Beijing's CCTV Building and Shanghai's Fluorescent Freeways There is a bitter rivalry between China’s two primary cities Beijing and Shanghai. Ask any Chinese about the difference and you’ll likely get the answer that Beijing is the cultural center of China, while Shanghai is the business hub. Beijing is more laid back and Shanghai is fast paced.  Beijing means ‘government’ and ‘controlled’, Shanghai means... Read More

Interview with Iconix China President Veronica Chou

Iconix China Ltd. President Veronica Chou Based in Hong Kong yet perpetually traveling, Veronica Chou represents the new young breed of executives running fashion companies in China. As President of Iconix China Ltd. she is responsible for bringing over 20 international brands such as Badgley Mischka, London Fog, Ed Hardy and Rocawear into Mainland China. She is also involved with her family’s textiles and fashion related companies which  have... 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

Hong Kong Ranked World’s Best City for Luxury Shopping

Chanel and Dior Flagship Stores on Canton Road in Hong Kong Global real estate advisory firm CBRE recently published their 2011 edition of  How Global is the Business of Retail report, and for the second year running Hong Kong has topped the list of retail destinations for luxury brands, attracting 84% of luxury companies surveyed. In the overall rankings Hong Kong placed 6th, with 41% of international retailers having a presence there. The report... Read More

LVMH Create Luxury Shopping Paradise in Shanghai

"Fashion Lookin West" Billboard at L'Avenue Shanghai The Maosuit recently reported on the land grab underway by fashion and luxury brands in shopping malls throughout China.  Yet its not just individual brands competing for hot property in China. The luxury conglomerates led by LVMH are also getting into the real estate development game. In an unremarkable area in Western Shanghai’s Hongqiao district, at the intersection of Xianxia... Read More

ENK International Interview

ENK USA Pavilion at CHIC 2011 As detailed in our last post, the American contingent of brands that chose to attend this week’s China International Clothing and Accessories Fair (CHIC) did so through ENK International, one of America’s largest fashion trade shows.  Branded as ENK USA, the pavilion housed 11 brands such as: Hudson, J Brand, Paige Denim, Robert Rodriguez, Robin’s Jean and Tart Collections. According to Elyse Kroll, the founder... Read More

China International Clothing and Accessories Fair 2011

China International Clothing and Accessories Fair 2011 Timed to coincide with China Fashion Week, The China International Clothing and Accessories Fair (CHIC) was held this past week at the massive New China International Exhibition Center on the outskirts of Beijing.  Established in 1993 and sponsored by the China National Garment Association and The China World Trade Center Company (who also own malls in Beijing) CHIC is the biggest clothing trade... 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