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

Jean-Marc Loubier | Source: Courtesy

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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Female Fashion Addicts Change China’s $19 Billion Market

Louis Vuitton in Shanghai | Source: Flickr

BEIJING, China — Lisa Yan is the new face of the Chinese luxury consumer: female and fashion-forward. The 26-year-old finance saleswoman checks social media daily to see what celebrities or friends are wearing. She wears Burberry coats, alternates between a light blue Valentino bag and a black Dolce & Gabbana one for work, and reads magazines such as Vogue.

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Luxury in China Loses Lustre as Wealthy Flee

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HONG KONG, China — Wealthy Chinese are likely to buy fewer luxury goods again this year after the steepest cut-back on spending in at least five years, changing the game for high-end retailers like Louis Vuitton which have staked their growth on China.

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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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Goldman to Provide $120 Million Pre-IPO Loan to China Warehouse Firm

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HONG KONG, China — Goldman Sachs has agreed to provide a $120 million pre-IPO loan to Shanghai-based warehouse developer e-Shang, co-founded by U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus, e-Shang said on Thursday. Warburg has also raised its total investment to $200 million in the company it helped establish in 2011 with two local entrepreneurs.

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Cut From the Same Cloth: Esprit Tries on Zara for Fashion Makeover

Esprit Autumn/Winter 2013 Campaign | Source: Esprit

HONG KONG, China — Esprit Holdings' chief is doubling down on a bet to fix the struggling clothing retailer he took charge of a year ago by revamping its existing business model and recreating it in the image of his former employer-now-rival, Zara.

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