Category: Leaders

5 Questions With: Luca Lam, CEO of Visual Merchandising Leaders, Blue Mount

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”

5 Questions With: Guillaume Rué de Bernadac, Founder of Luxury Etiquette Brand Academie de Bernadac

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”

5 Questions with: Claire Chung, GM of YOOX-NET-A-PORTER Group, China

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.

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5 Questions With: Queennie Yang, Editor of VOGUE International

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”

5 Questions with OOAK’s Alice Xu; Succeeding in China with omni-channel boutique fashion

Having begun in 2012 and now with over 230,000 followers on Taobao, a new Tmall store and the OOAK Concept Boutique, OOAK (One Of A Kind shopping experience) has realised the retailer’s ideal of a multi-faceted brand which features both Western and Chinese designers, even creating their own branded jewellery in the process.

We spoke to the Founder of OOAK, Alice Xu, about the journey. Continue reading “5 Questions with OOAK’s Alice Xu; Succeeding in China with omni-channel boutique fashion”

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”

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”

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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5 Questions with Thibault Villet, Co-Founder & Chairman of Mei.com

With a career in China’s luxury world, Thibault Villet co-founded Mei.com in 2010, was the CEO and remains as the Chairman. Mei.com is now one of the largest luxury e-commerce platforms in China, having been acquired by the Alibaba group in 2015. It has partnered with thousands of top brands and with looks and products curated by stylists from luxury designer backgrounds.

Mei.com, in collaboration with KPMG, recently released the results of their survey of over 3,000 mainland China consumers (with a focus on the Millennial / non-Millennial divide), which aimed to improve understanding of their current and future shopping habits.

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