Luxury Chinese Travel to the Middle East Hots Up; Chinese Travellers Seek New Silk Road Adventure

What are the opportunities for Middle-Eastern and North African brands trying to attract the luxury Chinese traveller?

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region had previously lagged in popularity, but is now witnessing a boom in Chinese visitors. Growth is being driven by local travel incentives introduced into the region, including visas on arrival for Chinese nationals visiting the UAE, and the rising sophistication of Chinese travellers who are seeking new destinations off the beaten path. In addition, China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, which cuts through the region, has the potential to put MENA on the map for travel savvy Chinese. Continue reading “Luxury Chinese Travel to the Middle East Hots Up; Chinese Travellers Seek New Silk Road Adventure”

Exclusive: How Wendy Yu is Shaping Luxury Business & Cultural Exchange between East & West

Wendy Yu has been near and dear to the luxury world for some time now — as a patron, an investor, a business partner and a cultural tie between the East and the West. Yet her ambition didn’t end there, as demonstrated by the announcement of Yu Holdings’ establishment, investment in Mary Katrantzou, and an eye to expansive growth in 2018, somewhat commemorated with a glamorous Chinese New Year Dinner that was the talk of the luxury society.

The Luxury Conversation met with Wendy on a recent visit to Shanghai, to talk about Yu Holdings, how she had arrived at this point and what was in store for the future of Wendy Yu. Continue reading “Exclusive: How Wendy Yu is Shaping Luxury Business & Cultural Exchange between East & West”

China the Digital Pioneer; How Luxury Brands Should Capitalise on China’s Blazing Online Trail

China is where any luxury brand needs to be.

McKinsey’s recent report, What can we expect in China in 2018, gives some details and data on the ongoing rise of digital China.

Investment in global infrastructure and start-ups, investment in culture, better regulations and more is all made possible with a pioneering level of leading tech. Cash is already (as good as) obsolete, with facial recognition for payments and next-gen AI being led by China.

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5 Questions With: Ms. MIN, Rising Star of China’s Boutique Designer Scene

The story of Ms MIN began in Fuzhou, a city far from the catwalks of New York. It began during her secondary school life, when a teenage Liu Min used to accompany her mother to shop for fabrics that were then tailor-made into unique garments. This mutual interest led her towards a future path to the design world.

After a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design of Women’s wear from London College of Fashion, Liu Min’s own brand was launched in 2010 — Ms MIN. Continue reading “5 Questions With: Ms. MIN, Rising Star of China’s Boutique Designer Scene”

The Luxury Conversation Briefing: New York, Feb 2018

Chinese Millennials are the key driver for luxury consumption worldwide. Global brands simply cannot afford to miss this crucial demographic. With the China marketplace’s unique requirements, a totally individual social media eco-system and e-commerce network, it can seem daunting.

The Luxury Conversation explains, discusses and debates what brands need to know and what they can do to capture the enormous potential that China offers. Continue reading “The Luxury Conversation Briefing: New York, Feb 2018”

It’s China Leading Luxury: Bain & Co’s Worldwide Market Study

Bain & Company’s report, Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study, Fall–Winter 2017, was recently published, with more clear evidence that China is where luxury brands need to be. Their title ‘responding to the Millennial will be key’ is in line with the Luxury Conversation’s briefing of capturing the Luxury Chinese Millennial.

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5 Questions With: Lu Yan, Founder and Owner of Comme Moi. “You can’t establish a brand just by being able to design”

Comme Moi, meaning “Like Me” in French, is a contemporary designer label founded in 2013 by one of China’s most famous super models – Lu Yan. Lu Yan has her reasons to name the brand “Like Me”.

As a young Chinese girl from a small remote village of Jiang Xi, Lu Yan ventured out of the country at the tender age of eighteen and made her way to the international fashion metropolis Paris, after being scouted by two modeling agents in Beijing.

Now thirty-six, married and with one young son, Lu Yan truly represents the modern generation of Chinese youth – hard-working, determined and willing to learn.

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How to Capture the Attention of the Chinese Millennial – London Breakfast Briefing

The Luxury Conversation went offline to create an invitation-only event in London: How to Capture the Attention of the Chinese Millennial?

Industry experts, luxury brands, agencies and the media attended the talk, in order to learn about the China luxury market and its key consumer in the luxury demographic – the Millennial.

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