With fanatical fans and aspirational brands wanting to know about their everyday lives, what does it now mean to be a KOL? How did they become one, what are the challenges and where do they see the future going for KOLs? Continue reading “Confessions of a KOL: M Talk x The Luxury Conversation, May 30, Shanghai”
By Tamsin Smith
It seems not a day goes by without another of China’s e-commerce platforms announcing a luxury initiative, attempting to lure the top brands to their sites with exclusivity, the fight against fakes and seamless logistics services. Many foreign luxury brands, however, are still unclear over the reality of the various apps and platforms in regards to luxury retail; and it’s easy to see why.
You will have seen the work of Blue Mount, without even realising it — the designs of top luxury brands’ retail stores, such as Shanghai Tang, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Ted Baker, Lane Crawford, Value Retail, K11 and much more is down to them. The simple term to sum up these projects is ‘Visual Merchandising’, while the reality is that their pioneering development of the field in China has led to the more apt label of Integrated Experience Curator.
Combining original artwork from established artists, cultural relevancy which inspires, cutting-edge technology that engages and meeting the varying requirements of brands, malls and department stores has led Blue Mount to become the leader in the field, with a presence all over China, as well as in the UK.
We met with Blue Mount CEO, Luca Lam, for a chat about his experience. Continue reading “5 Questions With: Luca Lam, CEO of Visual Merchandising Leaders, Blue Mount”
By Francesca Fearon
Living in Shanghai, you’ll overhear or have conversations about ‘an idea’ to start a new business and attract China’s wealthy demographic. There are so many of them that you just need a small portion to be successful, right? While for many, these ideas are as immobile as the traffic on the Yan’an road tunnel, a few shine through.
Guillaume Rué de Bernadac started with an idea to teach etiquette in China. Years later, just some of the luxury brands his Academie works with are Cartier, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La, St. Regis, The Temple House, Christofle, Baccarat, L’Oréal, Roger & Gallet, and Maserati. Continue reading “5 Questions With: Guillaume Rué de Bernadac, Founder of Luxury Etiquette Brand Academie de Bernadac”
This week, The Luxury Conversation held a breakfast briefing in Dubai to explore what Middle East & North African (MENA) businesses can do to connect with Chinese travellers. In the last few years the region has seen a huge rise in travellers from China. Dubai’s visa on arrival for Chinese nationals and the 2020 Expo have helped to increase awareness. Held at Armani Hotel Dubai, the event offered insight and presentations from China luxury experts: Zan Wu, Founder and CEO of Zanadu.cn, China’s premium travel platform and Chloé Reuter, Founder and CEO of Reuter Communications, a leading luxury communications agency.
China’s ‘whole new world’ for its luxury consumers see them eager to discover new places that provide exotic experiences such as the Middle East and North Africa; China is now Abu Dhabi’s largest overseas source market, Chinese tourists are the biggest buyers at Dubai International Airport and Chinese visitors to Morocco in 2017 were up 300% on the previous year. Continue reading “How Can Businesses in The Middle East Connect with Chinese Travellers? The Luxury Conversation in Dubai, April 2018”
With a career not only spanning, but creating global fashion e-commerce, Claire Chung is a renowned expert on Chinese and international retail, digital, fashion and culture.
Speaking 5 languages and having lived across continents, Claire was a pioneer in leading Chinese cross-border commerce, launching China’s first luxury multi-brand online fashion retailer. As VP of ShangPin.com, Claire forged epic deals, bringing global brands and western government entities into China with strategic partnerships.
In 2015, Claire moved into a newly created executive role at Net-A-Porter Group level, to expand all businesses in the China market. After the historic merger between Net-A-Porter Group and YOOX Group which created the world’s number one retailer in luxury, Claire was promoted to lead all of the YOOX-Net-A-Porter Group‘s businesses in China.
We met with Claire to hear her insights on the China luxury market.
By Lauren Hallanan
While there is no one-size-fits-all China market strategy, there appear to be five common approaches for U.S. brands to reach Chinese consumers. Several U.S. brands including Tiffany & Co, Estée Lauder and Michael Kors, have made a name for themselves in China’s growing luxury market. The Luxury Conversation Survey on U.S. brands revealed clear adoration for various brands and travel destinations. How have they each achieved this? Continue reading “5 Ways U.S. Luxury Brands Have Won in China”
It’s safe to say that Queennie Yang is an authority on luxury in China. Currently Editor (Asia) of VOGUE International, Queennie’s previous roles include Managing Editor (China) of The Business of Fashion, as well as contributing writer for VOGUE, NUMERO, GQ, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan, Madame Figaro, Grazia and STYLETV.
Queennie’s own blog has many thousands of visitors each day, and her Weibo has more than 140,000 followers.
We spoke with Queennie to get her views on current trends and the state of play in China at present. Continue reading “5 Questions With: Queennie Yang, Editor of VOGUE International”
We’ve all seen the carefully curated gym pics going out on social media. But more than just a chance to flash the flesh, fitness and exercise have a whole new meaning in China. Fitness is the new status symbol of luxury and wealth.
Bling is tuhao (nouveau-riche and lacking in class), Gucci is ‘something my Mum wears’, and a YSL lipstick is fine for entry-level luxury. But if you want something that says ‘I have plenty of free time, I am as up-to-date as can be with international trends, and I am a class above’ – you want a toned bod with a booty to boot.
A fine physique takes much more money, know-how, and time to build. Shapes and muscles speak of privilege, and are fast becoming a badge of social status itself. A growing segment of China’s young, wealthy class is shifting attention from obvious brand purchase to fitness and bodybuilding. Continue reading “How a Curvy Butt is the New Luxury Status Symbol in China”