Amanda Kaiser

Hong Kong, China

Business Features

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo: Year of the Rooster Sees China Luxury Rebound

Repatriation of luxury spending and improving consumer sentiment are seen as a boost.

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Jewelry

Cartier Makes Major Retail Push on WeChat

While many a fashion and luxury brand is experimenting with activities on WeChat, Cartier has fully embraced the channel, launching a full-fledged permanent shop on the platform in May of last year.

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Financial

Japan Q4 GDP Growth Slows, Consumption Flatlines

The data, signaling a loss of momentum for the world’s third-largest economy, comes just a day after Japanese Shinzo Abe spent the weekend with President Donald Trump.

clock February 13, 2017Amanda Kaiser

Retail

Chow Tai Fook Reports Lukewarm Chinese New Year Sales

The Chinese jewelry giant said its same-store sales between Jan. 14 and Feb. 3 were basically in line with last year’s holiday period. Meanwhile, the jeweler said sales in Hong Kong and Macau slid seven percent.

clock February 7, 2017Amanda Kaiser

Financial

AmorePacific Q4 Result Suffer on Toothpaste Recall

The Korean company, whose brand portfolio includes Etude and Innisfree, said its net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 fell 4.3 percent.

clock February 2, 2017Amanda Kaiser

Sabrina Fung

Retail

WWD’s 10 of Tomorrow: Retail Executive Sabrina Fung

The Fung Retailing exec melds eastern and western cultures to push business to the next level.

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Fashion Scoops

Shang Xia Prepares to Launch Store on Alibaba’s Tmall

The Hermes-backed Chinese lifestyle brand is gearing up to launch a store on Tmall in March, the latest sign that the luxury goods industry’s contentious relationship with Alibaba is starting to improve.

clock January 19, 2017Amanda Kaiser

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Sportswear

Hong Kong Fashion Week Chatter Focuses on Currency, Brexit

The fall-winter edition of the show saw around 1,500 exhibitors- up from the roughly 1,200 that turned up for the previous edition in July.

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Retail

Alibaba Forms Anticounterfeiting Alliance With Louis Vuitton, Swarovski and Others

Alibaba, which has been criticized for the prevalence of fake products on its platforms, said the new group will “foster industry collaboration and promote the use of big data and technology in the global fight against counterfeits.”

clock January 16, 2017Amanda Kaiser

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Fashion Scoops

Chanel Hosts Tokyo Show of Peter Marino’s Mapplethorpe Photos

Meanwhile, Bottega Veneta is sponsoring a sequence of exhibitions at The Shanghai Centre of Photography.

clock January 13, 2017Amanda Kaiser

Retail

Robust Demand for Shopping Malls in Thailand Seen Continuing

A new report from Nomura taps into a broader trend with the rise of Southeast Asia as a hot destination for fashion brands and retailers.

clock January 11, 2017Amanda Kaiser

Johnstons of Elgin

Mens Designer Luxury

Ones to Watch: Brands to Check Out at Pitti Uomo Include Johnstons of Elgin, Reebok x Cottweiler, Sulvam

These new and noteworthy brands and collaborations will be featured at the Florence trade show.

clock January 10, 2017Alessandra Turra and Lorelei Marfil and Amanda Kaiser and Samantha Conti

An Intime store in China promoting Singles’ Day.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Alibaba, Intime Founder Offer to Delist Dept. Store Chain

The deal would cost as much as 19.8 Hong Kong dollars, or $2.6 billion. Intime operates 29 department stores and 17 shopping malls, mainly in first- and second-tier cities in China.

clock January 9, 2017Amanda Kaiser and Casey Hall

Financial

Fast Retailing Shares Tank on Weak Uniqlo Comps

Shares in Asia’s largest apparel retailer are slumping one day after the company reported disappointing December comps at its Uniqlo chain in Japan. Uniqlo’s sales fell 5 percent.

clock January 6, 2017Amanda Kaiser

Alibaba

Retail

Questions Surround Alibaba’s Landmark Legal Foray Against Counterfeiters

Legal experts question how effective the lawsuit filed by Alibaba will be, given the sheer amount of counterfeits sold on the Taobao platform.

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