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.
PORTLAND, United States — Not long ago, Nike Inc. could simply open stores in China and wait for newly minted middle-class shoppers to show up. No longer. Though it has been in China for 30 years, the world’s largest sporting-goods maker is losing customers to Adidas AG’s more fashionable street wear and Hennes & Mauritz AB’s H&M cheap, hip clothing.
PORTLAND, United States — Nike Inc. promoted Eric Sprunk to chief operating officer and said Charlie Denson, president of the company’s flagship brand, will retire next year.
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, United States — Speaking yesterday at the All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would release “several more game changers” like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, hinting that wearable devices could be among them.
Sportswear giant Nike, known for the cultural fluency of its niche marketing and communcations efforts, is running a visually arresting four-page spread in the latest issue of under-the-radar architecture and design magazine PIN-UP.
HONG KONG, China — Armed with empty suitcases and same-day return tickets, an army of mainland Chinese is descending on suburban outlet shopping malls and international fashion chains in Hong Kong, turning cheap into the new chic as luxury falls out of favour.
BoF distills recent fashion stories from the French media.
Credit Suisse has issued a report on the rise of the wearable technology market, which, it says, has hit “an inflection point” and will have “a significant and pervasive impact on the economy,” reaching $30-$50 billion over the next 3-5 years.
SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said the online service for 140-character messages is increasingly being used to track personal health with wearable computing gadgets such as Nike Inc.’s fitness devices.