LONDON, United Kingdom — Across the globe, our network of contributors filed stories from countries like India, where we examined the $38 billion wedding industry, and Nigeria, Africa’s fast-rising, oil-rich economic giant. In China — where this year’s headlines were dominated by a luxury slowdown, driven by decelerating economic growth, a government anti-corruption drive and increasingly discerning shoppers — we spoke to prominent business leaders like Sham Kar Wai and Andrew Keith about how the country’s fashion and luxury market has matured. In total, BoF touched down in a record number of cities, countries and regions this year, from the fashion capitals of New York, London, Milan and Paris to the Gulf States, Chile, Kazakhstan, Australia, Indonesia and many more.
The Gatekeepers Who Hold the Keys to Japanese Fashion
BoF examines Japan’s ‘madoguchi,’ the bicultural point people who play the critical role of scout, market researcher, mediator, cultural ambassador, interpreter and deal broker for Western businesses seeking out the most exciting niche labels in Tokyo’s often impenetrable fashion landscape.
Sham Kar Wai on China’s Changing Fashion Landscape
On the occasion of the launch of Galeries Lafayette in Beijing, BoF sat down with Sham Kar Wai, one of Asia’s most powerful fashion moguls and the founder of Hong Kong-based fashion group I.T Limited, to talk about China’s changing fashion retail landscape.
Inside India’s Big Fat $38 Billion Wedding Market, Part 1
On a recent trip to India to explore the country’s sizable wedding market, BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amed spoke to top designers, show organisers, media executives and former brides to learn why weddings are such big business in this fast-rising country of 1.2 billion people.
Nigeria: Taking Africa’s Giant Seriously
In a new series, Market GPS, BoF looks beyond the BRICs to the next tier of emerging market opportunities. First up, we examine Africa’s giant, Nigeria.
Fashion E-Commerce Flowers in the Middle East
E-commerce is set to grow dramatically in the Gulf States over the next few years. Which fashion retailers are poised to seize the opportunity and how they are adapting their models to suit the specifics of the market?
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