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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Luxury Spending in Europe Hit By Drop in Tourist Demand

Tourist shopper at Louis Vuitton boutique | Source: Reuters

PARIS, France — Most luxury goods groups will not publish first-quarter figures until at least later this month, but anecdotal evidence is growing of at least a temporary slowdown in spending by travelers, which analysts say could be linked to worries about the global economy and tax increases in Europe, as well as the tough stance taken by China's new president Xi Jinping on illegitimate gift-giving.

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Photo Diary | MFW, Days 1-2: Gucci, Max Mara, Fendi, Just Cavalli, Prada

MILAN, Italy — Today, BoF's trusty contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Gucci, N21 by Alessandro Dell' Acqua, Max Mara, Fendi, Just Cavalli and Prada shows, held on the opening two days of Milan Fashion Week.

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Milan Fashion Week Opens with Hopes of Economic Comeback

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: Reuters

Designers kicked off Milan fashion week on Wednesday with bold collections to persuade Italian shoppers that the worst of the economic crisis is over and it is time to hit the stores again. Fashion houses including PPR’s Gucci, Giorgio Armani and Prada are among the top names showing their womenswear 2013-14 autumn-winter collections, taking up the baton from catwalk shows in London. “I have great hopes for this country

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Following the Thread of India’s Artisans

Left: Alberta Ferretti for Kanchipuram silk; Right: Burberry for Maheshwari silk | Photo: Matthew Shave

Today, BoF columnist Bandana Tewari reports on Project Renaissance, a unique collaboration between Indian artisans and international fashion brands organised by Vogue India in celebration of the magazine’s fifth anniversary. MUMBAI, India — Living in India, it’s not difficult to see the magic that lies in the country’s artisanal crafts and textiles. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the tip of Kanyakumari, there is tremendous

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for Menswear A/W 2013

Prada A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — Sonny Vandevelde was backstage in Milan again this season to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the Milan menswear collections for Autumn/Winter 2013. Accessories were strong, with bold shoes and standout leathergoods from Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Prada. Mrs Prada also advocated a relaxed, but considered geek chic vibe amongst some of the more put together looks in shades of grey, black and beige seen

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