‘Journey’ by Juma Studio opens at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing next week.
For the last few months we have been working on a program of pop-up shops at the hotel that I believe has the potential to remake the retail landscape here in China.
With space at shopping centers in China’s top cities difficult to come by for multi-brand stores and smaller designers and traffic far too low on streets, luxury hotels are an interesting alternative for independent players. A regular flow of high-end customers, premium locations, a tendency on the Mainland toward very large lobbies and the need of these hotels for fresh content all combine to offer a very attractive environment for independent players in fashion. These types of shopping experiences have been seen at hotels in the West but they are more important in China, given the size and speed of development of the market. Niche retailers like Wuhao or a small, start-up, brand like Juma can get their foothold in this market via this kind of event.
Here’s an interesting article from the Jing Daily on the subject.
Click below to see some of the rudimentary mood boards that I created.
Lady Liaoliao is a rising fashion blogger on wechat, though she describes herself more as the head of a media company, which doubtless reflects greater ambitions. The wechat ID of her official account is liaoliaofashion.
Charles Bedue is another great documenter of China’s style. Here he is with some great details from Beijing’s fashion set.
You may recall that he once photographed the greatest party that was ever held at my hutong.
9/11 aside, it’s funny that apocalypse-type movies are always set in New York when in Beijing the Four Horsemen always seem to be around the corner. Three more days of this and evacuation plans should be activated, but before that I need to start wearing a gas mask from Zhang Chi.
Beijing is back to hazardous 400 Pm 2.5 levels after around a half year of being at merely unhealthy levels.
Blogger Chiara in the Wuhao Curio Box at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, which will be in the lobby of the hotel until October 29.
The Curio Box carries over 80 designer labels from Chinese and foreign designers like Irakli Paris, Anna Louis, Sankuanz, Christopher Raeburn, and Neemic. Patrick Wong took these lovely photos.
Here is Queenie, photographed here by her friend Phoebe Li, just arriving at Beijing Design Week 2014. The ramshackle hutongs of Dashilar are again the setting for many of the most cutting-edge exhibitions. One of the highlights is this clean air suit.
Jing Daily Publisher Philana Woo contributed this photo of terribly hip artist Tianzhuo Chen. Chen is best known in the fashion world for his collaborations with Sankuanz. Here is a video of the FW 2014 Sankuanz collection that they did together. About her photo, Philana says “Chen demonstrates the dynamism and creativity of China’s younger generation whose taste is galaxies beyond that of their label-clad parents.” Here are some recent pieces by Philana on Jingdaily.
The pop-up of Principle M and Radiance Blue at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing was captured by Frank Yu who is now one of Beijing’s major street style bloggers (here is his Instagram). Below are some of the highlight products from the week – the bike above was probably the item that got the most attention.
Here are more photos of the Principle M x Radiance Blue x Four Seasons Hotel Beijing pop-up in Opus Lounge.
This article from Richard Hobbs’ article on hypebeast is essential reading for brands looking to get into the Chinese fashion market at this particular juncture. Richard explains the way China is moving from being a luxury to a premium market and the new rise of independent, multi-brand stores.
Denim and workwear geniuses Radiance Blue join men’s made-to-measure specialists Principle M for a new pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing from September 9 through 21. Here are some of the looks one can expect to see.
The HUB has always had great exhibitors including well-known names like Naked and Famous, Chester Barrie, Evisu, Barbour, and Private V.C. White as well as countless niche and designer brands. What it lacked in previous editions was a great venue close to the center of the city and a large group of buyers and other key fashion industry figures from the Mainland. With the China Fashion Forum and other top groups from the Mainland participating this time, The HUB really did feel like it was the center of the fashion industry action here.
There were a lot of funkily-dressed buyers from Guangdong on the roof of D2 Place at The HUB party. Click to see an even more interesting fellow.
I’m going to HK next week for the third edition of The HUB, Asia’s leading premium fashion trade fair and a partner of Stylites for over a year.
Two interviews of The HUB’s co-founder Peter Caplowe appeared on Jing Daily and Chiara’s Coffee Table recently. Have a look!
I’ve been getting so many requests for photos of the Wuhao pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing that I decided to create a post about it here.