Dene-Hern Chen

Men and women shop at Khan Shatyr Mall in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Retail

Optimism in Kazakhstan as Luxury Retail Rebounds

Almaty’s luxury mall, Esentai, has reached pre-crisis digits just two years after the local currency dipped to its lowest value.

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Street style on the streets of Kazakhstan.

Fashion Trends

They Are Wearing: Almaty, Kazakhstan

As temperatures rise in Kazakhstan’s biggest city, residents ditch their all-black attire for color.

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Government and Trade

Buyers Concerned Over ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in Myanmar, Cambodia’s ‘Political Unrest’

With more than half-a-million Rohingya fleeing Myanmar, the humanitarian crisis also affects Bangladesh.

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Thai mourners queue up to attend the Royal Cremation ceremony of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 25.

Business Features

Cremation of Late Thai King Ushers in New Uncertain Era

Politics are a trouble spot for the country, but retail opportunities remain.

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The Cambodian government has increased the monthly wage in the textile and apparel industry to $170 monthly.

Government and Trade

Cambodia to Increase Minimum Wage by 11 Percent

Garment workers will begin receiving $170 a month in 2018, a boost from the current $153 a month.

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Fashion Features

Vocational Training Institute Opens for Cambodian Garment Workers

Marks & Spencer, H&M applaud institute as a solution to address the Southeast Asian country’s competitiveness.

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Government and Trade

Cambodia Authorities Net 70 Tons of Counterfeit Beauty Products

Fake products were labeled as Pantene, Head & Shoulders and Schwarzkopf.

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A relative of a Rana Plaza victim cries at a 2016 memorial created for the garment factory workers.

Government and Trade

Ahead of Rana Plaza Anniversary, Human Rights Watch Asks for Transparency Pledge

Companies that have not signed on include Wal-Mart and The Children’s Place — two brands linked to the Bangladesh tragedy.

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A young Mongolian woman plays a game sliding pieces of ice at the Lake Khovsgol Ice Festival in Khatgal, Mongolia, on March 4, 2017.

Street Style

They Are Wearing: Mongolia’s Ice Festival

Mongolia’s annual Ice Festival gives locals a chance to take part in ice activities – and break out their new clothing.

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Rachel Lim, CEO of Love, Bonito

Retail

Love, Bonito Helps Shape Southeast Asia’s Online Retail Scene

The brand has become the go-to online store for young Asian women.

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Government and Trade

Myanmar’s Garment Sector Headed for ‘Crisis’

A Netherlands-based SOMO report says that human rights and labor abuses in factories need to be urgently addressed.

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Government and Trade

Southeast Asian Manufacturers Ponder Life After TPP

The region’s economies are contemplating other trade deals such as the European Union-Vietnam free trade agreement and the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

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Markets

Report Shows Negative Impacts to Myanmar’s Minimum Wage

A report published by Progressive Voices ranged from concerns about working conditions and hours to trade union disputes and settlements.

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Designer and Luxury

Phnom Penh Designers Week Showcases Emerging Talents — and Fashion Potential

Featuring 10 designers over three nights last week, PPDW showcased the emerging talents of Cambodia.

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Retail

Thais Flock to Markets for Black Clothing to Mourn King

Sales of black clothing peaked over the weekend in Thailand as people rushed out to purchase mourning attire for the death of their beloved king.

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