Louis Vuitton is the most desired luxury brand in China, according to a list by Bain & Company, that ranks Chanel and Gucci second and third. Despite the omnipresence of those tired names, the retail and luxury landscapes are diversifying. According to this Global Times piece, Chinese are becoming more selective, focusing on style rather than merely the perceived status of a brand, and CNN reports that many Chinese luxury consumers don’t care about brand name at all, prioritizing the shopping experience.
More and more, luxury buying will be happening beyond conventional shopping centers.
At Sanlitun Village North, this is how it should be done.
After a very nice but rushed Thailand vacation, I’m back to Beijing and regular posts tomorrow.
Small vacation from Stylites and the magazine, so apologies for less frequent posts. I will be back to Beijing next Tuesday.
If I were doing this blog in NYC, I might not take a picture of this fellow. However, it Beijing I have never seen anyone, Chinese foreign, dressed this way. He is wearing a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit and tie. Very nice, though a pocket square might not hurt.
如果在纽约做这样的博客不一定会拍他，但在北京从来没见过穿这样服装的人 － 不管是外国人还是中国人。
Lane Crawford’s Winter Soiree brought out the most happening fellows in town for Moët and pop-up shops.
This top is made by a Beijing tailor out of fabric purchased in India.
Also at Lane Crawford, fashion writer and stylist Mega Mengmeng is wearing a coat from a series that she is designing together with London-based Chinese designer Masha Ma, called MegaMengMeng by Masha Ma. Here Mengmeng is on a London street style blog.
在连卡佛，大萌萌穿的是她和Masha Ma一起合作设计的系列，叫作 MegaMengMeng by Masha Ma，之后会在洪晃的B.N.C里面销售 。萌萌也被个伦敦的街拍网站拍过。
At Lane Crawford’s Winter Soiree, Beijing Radio DJ Maimai in a sport coat by Beijing designer Zhang Chi.
There would have been a lot of people to photograph at Diesel’s giant Sanlitun Village North shop opening the other night, but unfortunately I forgot to recharge the battery in my camera. It was a busy day at the magazine and my mind wasn’t on Stylites.
I did get to meet Diesel’s founder and CEO, Renzo Rosso.
At a Lane Crawford party, Anina is one of the better-known foreign models operating in China. She also runs a major fashion website.
Her jacket is by Beijing-based designer Liu Lu.
The legendary Paris department store, already a favorite of Chinese tourists, will be arriving in Beijing by 2014. They are teaming up with HK retailer I.T. It seems they’ve been thinking about this since 2007. I wonder if the major American department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, etc. would do well here. Currently, the only department stores of their type are the Swank and Lane Crawford, both from Hong Kong.
This photo and interview was in Modern Weekly a while back. Photographer Joy Island got interested in fashion while studying in London.
It is upon us. It’s nice to see that more Beijingers are finding hats to be stylish these days. In the past, the spectacle of people in giant, grotesque, puffer coats going hatless was always amusing.
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This visual merchandiser for Prada reminded everyone at the Gap party of Björk.