"The upcoming Art Basel Hong Kong, more than ever before, reveals that the line between art and luxury is blurring. As the ultimate luxury item, art has long been a way for labels that produce handbags, jewellery, and clothes to transcend their commercialism through sponsorship and collaborations, reaching prospective customers on a higher level than can be achieved in a retail setting."
Business Of Fashion
"How can the jewellery industry engage with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals? BoF hosted a panel discussion in partnership with Chopard to investigate, featuring Cherie Blair, the UN’s Lene Wendland and Phillipe Fornier, general secretary of the Swiss Better Gold Association, among other esteemed peers."
South China Morning Post
"An online mass marketplace known for cheap goods and knock-offs might not seem the obvious place to launch an independent fashion business, but Taobao lets designers reach China’s youth market and get rapid feedback"
"At the upcoming Shanghai Fashion Week, which takes place this season from March 28 to April 3, Secoo is collaborating with organizers the Shanghai Textile Group to create a channel on its platform for the show’s top 100 designers. Over the course of the week, they’ll introduce products from a handful of Chinese fashion labels at a time, alongside a collaboration with the Shanghai Fashion Week tradeshow Ontime, which will bring a selection of designers from all over the world to its app."
New York Times
"Last Friday, just three days before an opening-night gala was to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s first fashion week, the event was abruptly postponed."
Business Of Fashion
"Seoul’s awe-inspiring Dongdaemun garment district makes it hard for the likes of H&M to compete in one of Asia’s most influential fashion markets. BoF investigates the hyper-local, hyper-connected competition."
"During last month’s Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan, London, and Paris, livestreaming was ubiquitous. It has become an effective channel for luxury fashion brands, press, influencers, and others to take runway shows and showroom hype to an eager global audience."
"Alipay, the mammoth payments firm spun out of Hangzhou-headquartered Alibaba, has dropped any pretense of a small-time operation and is now ready to conquer Europe in earnest. A survey by Nielsen and Alipay (pdf) suggests that Chinese tourists are bothered by unfamiliar payment methods while abroad. After all, in mainland China today, almost no one pays for a meal, taxi, or new clothes with cash, or even a bank card. It’s all done through the camera lens of a smartphone, through Alipay or the rival payment service from Tencent."