Jing Daily’s China Luxury Brief: December 31, 2013

Welcome to Jing Daily’s China Luxury Brief: the day’s top news on the business of luxury and culture in China, all in one place. Look below for the top stories for December 31, 2013.

1. 3 Key Reasons More Chinese Luxury Shoppers Will Buy Abroad In 2014

Galeries Lafayette in Paris. (Shutterstock)

Galeries Lafayette in Paris. (Shutterstock)

“Thanks to high tariffs, China’s luxury consumers already purchase an estimated 60 percent of their luxury goods outside the mainland. According to a new Chinese-language article in iFeng, several China luxury experts predict that this trend will accelerate in the coming year due not only to the pricing issue, but to several additional factors.”

[Jing Daily]

2. Luxury Brands Eye Trends For 2014

An installation of mannequins recreates Louis Vuitton's Fall/Winter 2013 runway show. (China Daily)

“The country’s overall clout in the sector is not diminishing – Greater China now accounts for a quarter of Louis Vuitton’s revenue, 35 per cent of Cartier’s, and a whopping 45 per cent of Omega’s, according to Exane BNP Paribas.”



3. Harrods Boss Criticizes Chinese Visa Proposals

“The boss of Harrods, the prestigious London department store, has warned that proposals by the Coalition to simplify visa applications for Chinese tourists are ‘smoke and mirrors’.”


4. Multi-Brand Retailing Takes Off In China

“Previously a black hole in China’s retail space, multibrand retailers are beginning to make their mark in the Middle Kingdom.”


5. 5 Chinese Fashion Designers To Watch In 2014

Chinesedesigners“In 2013, many Chinese designers had major global retailers, influential fashion tastemakers, and prestigious award judges buzzing.”

[Jing Daily]

6. Video: A Closer Look At China’s Fake Wine Epidemic

8258027046_693f7c1887_c“As Chinese consumers become more savvy about obvious fakes, counterfeiters are employing increasingly sneaky methods to trick them.”

[Jing Daily]

7. What Puts Soul In A Masterpiece?

PAINTER-articleLarge“Mr. Pei-Shen told Bloomberg Businessweek that he thought he was being commissioned to make paintings for art lovers who could not afford the genuine works but were willing to buy imitations.”


8. Ports 1961 To Launch Accessories

Bruna Tenorio for Ports 1961 Fall Winter 2010 01“The company, which in 2011 relocated its headquarters from New York to Milan, also continues to invest in its retail business. In fall 2014, Ports 1961 will open a 19,376-square-foot flagship on Shanghai’s luxury shopping street West Nanjing Road, along with a unit in Hong Kong.”



9. Revlon Inc. To Leave China

REVLON“The beauty firm said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or Form 8-K, that the restructuring of operations will result in the loss of 1,100 jobs primarily located in China, including 940 beauty advisers retained indirectly through a third-party agency.”