China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign is Masking the Real Causes of the Luxury Slowdown

A Gucci store in Beijing | Source: Shutterstock

Contrary to numerous reports, broad changes in Chinese consumer behaviour and sentiment — not the country’s much publicised anti-extravagance campaign — are the likely causes of China’s luxury slowdown, says Anne Zhang, a reporter for Chinese business magazine CBNweekly.

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Global Briefing | Brazil’s Changing Fashion Calendar

The scene at Alexandre Herchcovitch's Spring/Summer 2012 show at São Paulo Fashion Week | Source: Nowfashion

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Effective this month, Luminosidade, the company that organizes São Paulo Fashion Week and Fashion Rio — previously held, back-to-back, in January and May/June of each year — is preponing its events, staging Autumn/Winter in October-November and Spring/Summer in March-April, not long after the close of the four main fashion weeks. But this means that while many international buyers and journalists have just

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Global Briefing | Chinese Fashion Brands Look West

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s nearly impossible to go a week without reading about international fashion brands expanding their operations in China. But what about Chinese brands targeting the West? A number of Chinese fashion and apparel brands are now aiming to build upon their domestic success and establish themselves in Western markets. Among them are companies like Bosideng, with recorded revenues of $1.3 billion in 2012 and

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Global Briefing | Forget the Beach, Mall Culture Rises in Brazil

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — In emerging markets like India and China, luxury shopping malls have often struggled to successfully take root. Quality and execution issues have plagued many of India’s new shopping centres, while, apart from the very best developments, many of China’s large-scale malls are often worryingly empty. But despite the fact that the sun is always shining and the breeze is always blowing, Brazil’s luxury malls are

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From Pitti to Paris, Men are the New Women

White stripes at Prada Spring/Summer 2013 | Photo: Giorgio Constantine/Bontonis

PARIS, France – “Men are the new women,” or so went the refrain of the fashion pack who have travelled from London to Florence to Milan to Paris over the last three weeks, taking in the menswear collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Indeed, according to a recent report by Bain & Company, a consulting firm, the luxury menswear market is growing at almost 14 percent per year, outpacing growth in womenswear by almost double. And, as

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Are Fashion Brands Underestimating the Importance of China E-Commerce?

Gap Store on Tmall | Source: Tmall

BEIJING, China — With its burgeoning middle class and status-conscious consumer culture, China remains the primary engine driving luxury market growth, even in a rapidly weakening global economy. But recent reports from China’s National Bureau of Statistics show that even China’s economy is experiencing what one Chinese cabinet member called a “sharp slowdown.” For fashion brands operating in China, this presents a distinct

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Global Briefing | Could Africa be the Next Frontier for Fashion Retail?

Westgate Mall, Nairobi | Source: kamalkaur.net

NAIROBI, Kenya — In recent weeks, the media hype around Africa has been remarkable, with several articles in major publications proclaiming the continent “the next Asia.” In fashion, Franca Sozzani even dedicated the entire May issue of L’Uomo Vogue to “rebranding Africa,” while this year’s IHT Luxury conference will discuss “the potential of Africa, both as a producer and ultimately consumer of luxury goods.” But to what extent is

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