The China Edit | Upside to Slowing Growth, Lululemon’s Challenge in China, Qeelin Expands, Faster UK Tourist Visas

A look from Chinese brand Evening | Source: Brand New China

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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Made-in-Asia Luxury Sheds Fake Image, Challenging Louis Vuitton

SHANGHAI, China — For decades, made-in-Asia luxury has been shorthand for “fake.” Now, companies from South Korean bag maker Couronne to Malaysian dressmaker Farah Khan are making a case for homegrown chic. Couronne, Khan and brands such as Woo, a Shanghai-based producer of silk scarves, are winning clients with products that can rival goods made in Europe. Their growing popularity, amid slowing sales at Louis Vuitton and other European brands, shows how demand is changing in Asia, with consumers favoring fresh designs over ubiquitous logos. The trend may lead to more acquisitions in the region as companies such as LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA and PPR SA seek to boost growth. “Luxury brands of the 21st Century can come out…

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Market Pulse | On Holidays

Savigny Luxury Index December 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — Neither the Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) nor the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) saw much activity during the month of December, finishing up 0.5 and 1 percent, respectively. Big news US shoppers were rather subdued in their purchases over the holiday season, causing all the US components of our SLI to fall immediately after Christmas, and then gradually catching up. PPR unveiled its first China-focused

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Week in Review | Fashion Tomes of the Times, Planning Your Time, PPR buys Qeelin stake

Week in Review December 10-14

Finding Your M.O. | Part 13: Planning Your Time (Education) “In 2000, I graduated from business school and joined McKinsey & Company as a generalist consultant. My very first project was an organisational design project for a multinational corporation and I was tasked with conducting an analysis of how the company’s CEO was allocating his time.” Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times (Opinion) “The making

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PPR buys Qeelin stake, Dover Street Market in NYC, Gilt in 2013, Faith in Brazil, Ostwald Helgason

Tavi Gevinson | Source: Stylelikeu

PPR Aims to Buy More Chinese Brands After Adding Qeelin (BusinessWeek) “PPR bought a majority stake in Chinese jeweler Qeelin for an undisclosed price and said it is looking to make more acquisitions in the Asian nation to bolster growth in its largest market for high-end goods.” Dover Street Market heads to New York (Telegraph) “The store, which was masterminded by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, opened

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