As Shanghai Fashion Week returns to business as usual, organisers and retailers in Tokyo and Seoul are turning their focus to homegrown talent.
Amorepacific rode the K-beauty wave to become one of Asia’s most powerful cosmetics empires, surpassing beauty sales of Chanel and LVMH. But as it grapples with a patent battle and a turbulent China market, some wonder whether its heyday might be over.
Global players from Givenchy Beauty to Sephora are targeting the growing opportunity in South Korea, but a phalanx of homegrown brands stands in their way.
While the explosive popularity of puffer jackets is a boon for outerwear brands like The North Face and Moncler, the trend highlights some uncomfortable truths about South Korean society.
It was easy to get distracted by the catwalk spectacle at last month’s Seoul Fashion Week, but the city’s real stars are its retailers who keep young international designers afloat.
South Korea's retail sector has long been dominated by major conglomerates, but the country’s new president seems prepared to take a harder stance against the country's so-called 'chaebols.'
Seoul Fashion Week kicked off on Monday but the city’s retail market is suffering because of a showdown with China, domestic instability and a new anti-graft law.
They may work behind the scenes, but these talent spotters, agents and educators are essential to making the fashion machine tick. Meet the 15 catalysts who are new to the #BoF500 this year.
With a strong manufacturing base, government funding and a globe-conquering pop culture, Seoul Fashion Week wants to become a destination for international buyers. But it won’t be easy.
Featuring celebrity endorsements, accessible price points and a mega-watt K-pop soundtrack, South Korea’s designer showcase wrapped up this weekend in a heady mix of fanfare meets fan culture.