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The rise of multi-label and lifestyle brands in China

The rise of multi-label and lifestyle brands in China

In Beijing, it seems that everyone is opening up a vintage shop. From the American, retro-cowboy, rockabilly vintage of the shops in Gulou, to the more European vintage of Sanlitun’s House of Willow, there are so many different vintage boutiques that have mushroomed around the city. Vintage is still a niche market in general. It still has a concentrated appeal—it’s not for everyone. These shops complement their brick-and-mortar shops with E-commerce platforms that serve more for marketing purposes than actual sales. These WeChat platform are more like style blogs where everything it’s about lifestyle. Mainstream luxury vs niche luxury Consumption in...
Less instant noodles and more local food: the second wave of Chinese outbound travel

Less instant noodles and more local food: the second wave of Chinese outbound travel

In late 2014 president Xi Jinping, while visiting the Maldives, advised Chinese travelers to eat less instant noodles and more local food when in other countries. Despite the economy slowing, the impact on outbound travel from high-net-worth individuals seems to have steadily grown. The length of travel is also increasing for some, and more Chinese travelers are even taking an entire “gap year” abroad. Historically speaking, the Chinese have never really been interested in exploring the world before. But according to a recent report of Business Intelligence Fung Center, the number of Chinese tourist travelling abroad is constantly growing and could...
[infographic] The issues of the seven seas?

[infographic] The issues of the seven seas?

I hope you enjoy this infographic we did for the 66m Under installation. You can click on the image to enlarge, sadly it’s mostly in Chinese. All the information and numbers included in this graphic come from the research we did [I know, I know, I forgot to write down the sources…]. Feel free to Please share it! Now, I think it’s time to tell the truth about what really happened during the 2012 BJDW to our installation. What was intended to improve people’s awareness on environmental issues, actually enlightened us on how impossible hard it is to achieve such a goal. During the whole design...
How to get a work visa in China. A guide for young designers and professionals

How to get a work visa in China. A guide for young designers and professionals

Let’s say you are a young designer looking for a twist in your career or a fresh graduate not satisfied with your country’s labor market. You’ve heard China is the land of opportunities. Whether you want to freelance or to find a full-time design job, it’s getting tougher for foreigners to obtain visas for extended stays in China. There are Chinese companies which are working hard to do global business and some of those are providing good job opportunities for foreign nationals who can make a difference to help the Chinese companies going out. Similarly for foreign companies that doing...
Chinese tourists, what are they looking for?

Chinese tourists, what are they looking for?

While in Milan more than half of the bars are owned by Chinese, and the second most common family name is not Colombo or Ferrari or Bianchi but 胡 Hu; other regions are struggling so much to attract Chinese visitors. This is the reason why on April 17 Marco Zambuto, the mayor of Agrigento, a small town in Sicily, got the brilliant idea [warning: sarcasm could have been involved] to produce the video below. He stands in front of The Valley of the Temples, and invites Chinese tourists to literally Inundate Sicily. The video is in Italian, and comes with Chinese subtitles. At the end of the video the mayor even...