HONG KONG — Asian accessories makers are moving upmarket in response to the triple pressures of shrinking European and North American orders, rising labor and materials costs and local currency appreciation.
Asian exhibitors at the Fashion Access fair, which took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Wednesday to Friday, showed an increasing interest in offering branded goods. Anecdotally, it appeared that every other manufacturer was touting not only its goods but also its own brand name.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
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