The China Edit | Whistles to Launch with Lane Crawford, Fast Retailing, Chinese Tourists Embrace Lower-Cost Luxury, Chanel Ousts Vuitton

Whistles Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: Whistles

The China Edit is a weekly curation of the most important fashion business news and analysis from and about the world’s largest luxury market.

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The Shifting Winds of New York Retail — Part 2: Soho’s Renaissance

The northern section of New York's Soho | Illustration: Rick Richards

In a three-part report, BoF examines New York City’s ever-shifting retail landscape. Yesterday, we considered the rise and recasting of the Meatpacking District. Today, we examine the renaissance of Soho.

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Will a Wave of Megastores Turn Bond Street into the World’s Premier Luxury Showcase?

Bond Street's Coming Luxury Megastores | Source: BoF

Following the arrival of Louis Vuitton’s super-sized “Maison” on London’s Bond Street in 2010, the thoroughfare will soon be home to a slew of high fashion megastores, transforming the once-quaint street into a larger-than-life global luxury showcase.

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Photo Diary | PFW, Days 7-8: Chanel, Sacai, Paco Rabanne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino, Stella McCartney

PARIS, France —  Today, our trusty contributing lensman Sonny Vandevelde brings us photo dispatches from the backstage of the Chanel, Sacai, Paco Rabanne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino and Stella McCartney shows.

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Year of the Snake, Swatch upbeat, Denim corsets, Non-stop Carine, Chanel at Grand Palais

Beyonce Knowles, Solange and Kim Kardashian at NYFW | Source: Fan Pop

Luxury Labels Are Scaling Up for China’s Year of the Snake (WSJ) “Luxury brands are rolling out a menagerie of merchandise to capitalize on the holiday, which marks Asia’s biggest shopping season. And more Western brands are getting in on the Year of the Snake, pushing snake- and red-themed goods, from Vacheron Constantin’s $150,000 watch with an engraved snake etched onto its face to the serpentine,

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Berlin’s luxe address, Hong Kong retail, Sell outs, Fendi fountain restoration, Vogue Thailand

Kaufhaus des Westens, Berlin | Source: Bloomberg

Berlin’s Ku’Damm in Style as West Draws Hip Shops (Business Week) “The decision by fashion brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton to focus on west Berlin has shifted attention away from Friedrichstrasse, the eastern strip that attracted most retail investment after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.” Hong Kong retail: as the rich go to Paris, the rest go mid-market (FT) “The very wealthy Chinese appear to be

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Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week, Continued

PARIS, France — The weather was vile, the taxi shortage extreme. The gutters ran with filthy water from melting snow. We slid and slithered in ankle deep slush. In short, Paris was not at its best. But this was Couture Week (well, three days, which is symptomatic of how fashion ‘weeks’ have shrunk, but old habits — and titles — die hard in fashion circles) and we felt privileged to be there. But is everything shown in Paris during

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