Rupert Sanderson on Launching a Niche Brand in China

Rupert Sanderson store in IFC mall, Shanghai | Source: Courtesy

Divia Harilela speaks to Rupert Sanderson and Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Bertrand Mak, who owns 100 percent of the brand’s China business, about the challenges of launching a niche label in the world’s largest luxury market.

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Jean-Marc Loubier of First Heritage Brands on Bridging East and West

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Divia Harilela sits down with Jean-Marc Loubier, chief executive of First Heritage Brands, an investment arm of the Fung Group which owns Robert Clergerie, Delvaux and Sonia Rykiel, to talk about his global investment strategy.

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Philippe Schaus of DFS on Tapping the Growing Travel Retail Market

Philippe Schaus, chairman and CEO of DFS Group | Source: DFS Group

Divia Harilela sits down with Philippe Schaus, chairman and CEO of DFS Group, to discuss the growing travel retail market, the spending patterns of Chinese travellers, and the evolution of DFS.

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Sham Kar Wai on China’s Changing Fashion Landscape

Sham Kar Wai | Source: Courtesy

On the occasion of the launch of Galeries Lafayette in Beijing, Divia Harilela sat down with Sham Kar Wai, one of Asia’s most powerful fashion moguls and the founder of Hong Kong-based fashion group I.T Limited, to talk about China’s changing fashion retail landscape.

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The Long View | As Luxury Growth Slows in China, Attention Turns to Mass Contemporary

Veronica Chou | Photo: Courtesy Iconix China

HONG KONG, China — According to a closely watched report recently published by Bain & Company, a consultancy, and Italian luxury goods trade organization Altagamma, luxury sales growth in China has started to slow. Consumer spending on luxury apparel, accessories and other personal items is expected to climb by a relatively modest 8 percent in 2012, compared with 30 percent last year, leaving many wondering where future growth

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The Creative Class | Sarah Rutson-Pang, Fashion Director

Sarah Rutson-Pang | Photo: Laurent Segretier

HONG KONG, China — With her striking looks and impeccable taste, it’s no surprise that Sarah Rutson-Pang is a permanent fixture in the front rows of Paris and Milan. There are countless YouTube tributes dedicated to her inimitable style. And she has become something of a celebrity on street style blogs like Jak & Jil and The Sartorialist. But her influence goes far beyond the front row appearances and glamorous photos. As the

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The Top 20 Movers, Shakers and Decision-Makers in China Fashion

Adrian Cheng | Source: Getty

BEIJING, China — For the past few years, all eyes have been on China. Captivated by the country’s rapidly expanding economy, large population and seemingly insatiable appetite for luxury goods, global fashion brands have focused their efforts on the Middle Kingdom, opening glittering stores in megacities like Beijing and Shanghai, as well as fast growing middleweight cities like Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Tianjin, and

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Global Briefing | Cracking E-Commerce in China

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We continue this week’s focus on e-commerce by turning our attention on how to succeed in the rapidly expanding e-commerce market in China.  BEIJING, China — According to a recent report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), China is set to become the world’s next e-commerce superpower, surpassing the United States to become the largest online commerce market in the world, with an estimated market size of $300 billion. In

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Global Briefing | How to Seize the China Opportunity, Beyond Store Openings

BEIJING, China — According to Bain & Company, a consulting firm, China is currently the world’s second largest consumer of luxury goods, ahead of Japan and second only to the United States. McKinsey forecasts that by 2015, China will account for around 20 per cent, or 180 billion renminbi (US$27 billion) of global luxury sales. With numbers like these, it’s no surprise that a major land grab is underway amongst fashion brands

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