I thought I would just recap some of the highlights of The HUB, edition two. Orders surged as multi-brand channels gained traction in Greater China with initiatives like the Multi-label Alliance and the Greenhouse. This time, The HUB attracted a wider range and higher quality of buyers with budgets to buy as well as major distributors and other key figures in the fashion industry from China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and beyond. Visitor numbers were similar to The HUB of August 28-30, but these attendees were a more relevant and business-focused group, according to accounts of exhibitors. The exhibitors themselves remained a well-curated assembly from across North America, Europe, and Asia including contemporary fashion, heritage brands, cutting-edge designers, denim and street wear.
Here are some quotes from various attendees:
“The HUB brought many designer brands from around the world and Nuandao buyers got a chance to interact with a lot of brands that wanted to enter the China market. We want to thank The HUB for giving these new brands a great platform. Nuandao will be working with several brands from The HUB toward establishing a deeper level of cooperation.”
－ Peipei, Buyer, Nuandao.com
“The Hub Two was a great show for Two … Read More »
Just a quick spin looking for more spring looks lead me to this nice couple. The blond hair and styling is on trend with the must have baseball jacket for him and the oversized military boyfriend shirt for her. Dong Da Qiao is a interesting area were fashion conscious young adults are harder to find but at least you do not get the tele-lens paparazzis prowling around like in Tai koo li.
It’s a difficult fashion decision: shall I wear something warm that saw me through the harsh winter or shall I brave the sunny yet still cold Beijing weather? Eric goes for full on short and Hoodie looks unfazed by the bitter cold wind, Jeff opts for layering which gives a good compromise between too cold and too warm. Our jumper Tiger Kenzo’esque Friend goes no jacketo braving the elements in style….
The HUB last week brought fashion industry types from all across Greater China and beyond to exhibit, visit and buy.
After a long smog phase, the sun and clean air blessed Beijing for a week end, and with it a spring feeling, leaving behind the dredges of the winter. What a better occasion to show off early spring attires.
Can Hong Kong Compete with Paris, Milan and New York?
The HUB believes so. There will be a good number of rather fashion-forward designers showing there this year including S.Nine, Bracher Emdem, Haizhen Wang, Juma Studio, and my friend Zhang Chi, to name a few. The trade fair is next week from Feb. 25 to 27. Zhang Chi will also host an exclusive dinner at the Upper House; Susanna Soo’s label, S.Nine, will stage a catwalk show at The Upper House sure to feature a gaggle of Hong Kong’s “It” girls in the front row; Matthew Williamson is jetting out in early March to put on a unique retrospective of his most seminal creations at the British Consulate arranged by The HUB. Peter and Richard, the founders of The HUB, believe they are ensuring that Hong Kong will become the center of fashion for Asia.
Fashionistas, designers, buyers, retail giants, and around 100 hot fashion labels from around the world will converge on Hong Kong between February 25 and 27 for three days of buying product, attending retail seminars, making big licensing deals, seeing fashion shows, and partying. The HUB, Asia’s leading branded trade fair, happening for the second time, ups the … Read More »
Beyond using them in all of his designs, Zhang Chi sometimes wears real gas masks. He thought it would be pushing it a bit too far – too demanding of attention – if he wore one to a party, but he does sometimes when he walks around the street. Of course that’s the whole point. You need a gas mask when walking around the streets of Beijing. Zhang Chi is about as Beijing as they come, from the way he talks to his craze for automobiles. Lamborghini has sponsored his fashion shows, Land Rover gives him a free lime green vehicle to scoot around town in, and Lexus just sponsored his trip to New York Fashion Week. Love of cards aside, he knows very well that his hometown may be the most dystopian major capital. From the constant and overpowering smog to the ever-widening wealth disparity, Zhang Chi acknowledges the dark side of China’s Imperial City in his work.
The prints for most of his sweatshirts and tees center around a gas mask. It is always surrounded by a lush array of flowers, dollar signs, gold ingots, and a huge range of other ornamentation, each representing some aspect of society in … Read More »
For me, Zhang Chi is intensely interesting. He has thrown bigger fashion shows than any I have been to. These are massive, imperial-scale events with over a thousand people at major art galleries like UCCA and D-Park in Beijing. His personality is extremely outgoing and he has shown an ability to attract sponsors like no other. Martell has been supporting him for over five years and car companies like Land Rover and Lexus flock to sponsor him. He is the most outstanding example of the way corporations and the media get behind Chinese designers long before they have actually become commercially viable. I am not sure that he really is making money yet, but he is already a big name here in Beijing. It’s a very massive, awesome Beijing way of doing things.
Less on the business side, his designs really reflect the city. In an age when we move toward everything local in spirit and construction in The West, Zhang Chi is something of a pioneer in his own country. While most designers here in China tend to express their own personality, react to avant-garde trends from around the world, work in other ways toward entering the global cutting edge, or re-think versions of … Read More »
Beijing’s most famous young fashion designer, Zhang Chi, is going to be one of the star attractions at The HUB, which runs from February 25 to 27.
I’ve known Zhang Chi for years from the time of this photo here. Check some pics of his overwhelming shows.
Check out his website also.
In my effort to rev things up a bit again on stylites, I am getting on some agglomerators. I just joined bloglovin where you can follow me.
I had the pleasure of with the fashion industry’s leading creative dynamo and style influencer Nickelson Wooster having coffee at The Hotel Elysée in Midtown. Nick, who has worked as a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Neiman Marcus and other leading department stores, had solid advice useful for men everywhere. One perfectly tailored medium gray suit, a blue and white shirt, some ties, and British-made black and brown oxfords are enough to get most men through the year. Nick has done some fun collaborations with brands from United Arrows to Orlebar Brown. I am hoping we can find a Chinese brand with which he could partner. My wife, Jane, who was also at the meeting, had these reflections: