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

The Hugo Boss Shanghai runway show from earlier this spring. (Women's Wear Daily)

The Hugo Boss Shanghai runway show from earlier this spring. (Women’s Wear Daily)

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. Check out today’s stories below:

— BUSINESS AND FINANCE — 

Thomas Friedman weighs in on China’s spoiled, disgruntled mistresses. Maybe someday someone will find a way to quantify just how much of China’s luxury spending is actually mistress-oriented. (NYT)

— CULTURE — 

Fleeing Chinese “qigong master”/scam artist Wang Lin compares himself to Edward Snowden. “It’s as if the whole country has turned against me,” says the down-and-out mystic. (NYT)

China’s film regulators are not being very nice to Hollywood. China Film Group is holding $143 million hostage from Hollywood “until the studios agrees to a smaller box office cut.” (Quartz)

FASHION — 

Hugo Boss sales rise 5 percent in China. The label says China sales will pick up in the second half of the year. (Reuters)

— LIFESTYLE — 

“Chinese Dream” luxury cigarettes may be meant for high-level officials. After circulating online, the company says that they aren’t meant for sale. (SCMP)

Has Chinese tourist-bashing gone too far? Weibo users are lashing back at criticisms of Chinese tourists in Western media. (SCMP)

Weibo reacts to Xinhua’s report on high luxury auto prices in China, and auto companies are saying tariffs are the sole blame for hiked up costs. (China Real Time)

— TECH — 

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook met with China Mobile in Beijing.  “China Mobile repeatedly has said it is in talks with Apple about an iPhone deal.” (China Real Time)

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