5 Questions with: Richard Li, Founder & CEO of Secoo, China’s Leading Premium E-Commerce & Lifestyle Platform

Last month, Secoo held a brand upgrade press conference, to announce their new slogan – ‘Devoted to You’ and to introduce the brand’s expansion plans. Already the leading premium lifestyle platform with over 25% market share, these bold new plans centred on customisation – unique collaborations with Chinese designers and talents, personalisation – high-end travel and personalised education packages, rental – a seven-day luxury bags and watches service, as well as partnerships and co-branding aimed at diversifying Secoo into new products and offline, social experiences. Continue reading “5 Questions with: Richard Li, Founder & CEO of Secoo, China’s Leading Premium E-Commerce & Lifestyle Platform”

8 Ways WeChat Can Work Magic for Luxury Brands in China – and Beyond

It isn’t in any doubt that China is the place to be for luxury brands. How can businesses take the first steps to tapping into this huge market? Thankfully, the opportunity is possible due to China becoming one of, if not the most digitally innovative country in the world.

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Expert Insight on the Future of Luxury E-tail in China; the China Luxury Committee in Shanghai

The China Luxury Committee event took place on the 18th of May in Shanghai. With expert speakers, the event was attended by an invitation-only guest list, including top-level executives from brands such as Chow Tai Fook, Focus Media, Tmall, Tencent, Gucci, Lane Crawford, Lululemon, Moet Hennessy Diageo, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and many more.

The event was highlighted by keynote speeches and a panel discussion, moderated by Chloé Reuter, Founder and CEO of Reuter Communications.

CEO of Secoo – the leading luxury online platform – Eric Chan gave many insights as to their success. The key aspect to Secoo’s success has been embracing the strength of offline experiences – even as an e-commerce platform, as well as not being afraid of diversification: Continue reading “Expert Insight on the Future of Luxury E-tail in China; the China Luxury Committee in Shanghai”

Confessions of a KOL: M Talk x The Luxury Conversation, May 30, Shanghai

M Talk and The Luxury Conversation bring together leading Chinese fashion and lifestyle KOLs for a frank discussion about the real life of being a KOL.

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”

Luring Luxury to China’s E-commerce World; Who Comes Out On Top?

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.

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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”

The Walpole International Marketing Seminar, London: Affluent Chinese Consumers & Millennial Mindsets

By Francesca Fearon
Today, China dominates the conversation of every luxury marketing event because of the sheer numbers involved. The allure of the Chinese consumer especially the Millennials with their taste for fashion and luxury cannot be ignored by prestige brands and was the core topic at a recent marketing seminar in London hosted by Walpole, an association of over 200 British luxury brands.
 
Invited to discuss this important group of mobile young Chinese consumers was Chloé Reuter, Founder and CEO of Reuter Communications (and co-Founder of The Luxury Conversation). She joined a panel discussion that included Michael Ward, Chairman of Walpole and managing director of Harrods and Katie Thomas, Associate Director of the Bond Street Association.

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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”

How Can Businesses in The Middle East Connect with Chinese Travellers? The Luxury Conversation in Dubai, April 2018

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”

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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