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    Chet Lo x Charles & Keith, Feng Chen Wang x Nike and more: China collabs of the week

    The hottest releases of the week to come out of China feature global names collaborating with independent designers Feng Chen Wang and Chet Lo.
    Said to be "crafted for intergenerational appeal", Nike and Feng Chen Wang have championed tech-wear that doubles as street style for their collection. Photo: Nike
      Published   in Collaborations

    The Spring 2024 fashion month is in full swing, with New York and London having wrapped up, and Milan starting imminently. The showcase in Britain’s capital served up Hong Kong-Irish designer Simone Rocha’s sparkling new Crocs collaboration, dripping in pearls, as well as Chet Lo joining Charles & Keith once more for some footwear.

    Another Chinese brand collaboration dominating the press is Fujian province-born, London-based Feng Chen Wang’s performance-first Nike collection. Finally, one of China’s first internationally recognized designers, Uma Wang is continuing her partnership with cashmere brand 1436.

    Read on for our verdict on these collaborations, and subscribe here to receive our Collabs & Drops newsletter straight to your inbox every Tuesday.

    Feng Chen Wang x Nike#

    Queen of collaboration, Feng Chen Wang adds Nike to her growing roster of global co-branded collections. Photo: Nike
    Queen of collaboration, Feng Chen Wang adds Nike to her growing roster of global co-branded collections. Photo: Nike

    Details

    Clothing and footwear, September 28

    Social context On Weibo, the official hashtag #NikexFengChenWang has generated 91,000 reads so far.

    Verdict

    • Themes of sustainability and inclusivity link each brands' ethos, while Feng Chen Wang is able to explore technical sportswear in partnership with a leader in the space.
    • This is not the first collaboration between Feng Chen Wang and Nike, yet the most notable and judging by the Chinese designer’s past partnerships, it could grow into another long-term relationship.
    • Nike has performed well in China so far post-Covid, and local collaborations will bolster the brand’s reputation.

    1436 x Uma Wang#

    Uma Wang joins cashmere brand 1436 once more in time for fashion month. Photo: Uma Wang
    Uma Wang joins cashmere brand 1436 once more in time for fashion month. Photo: Uma Wang

    Details

    Cashmere collection, released for pre-sale on September 15

    Social context

    The collab’s Weibo hashtag (1436xUMA WANG联名系列) currently has 55,000 reads.

    Verdict

    • Owned by Ordos Group, 1436 is a Chinese high-end cashmere brand, which invites new creativity into its oeuvre via this project with Wang.
    • The combination of two local names creates a fashion collection that’s dedicated to national pride, one that’s sure to leverage the appeal of China’s guochao trend.
    • Having worked together for seven years now, 1436 and Uma Wang show the power of investing in long-term partnerships to create valuable luxury for loyal consumers.

    Chet Lo x Charles & Keith#

    Chet Lo joins Charles & Keith to create an accessible product for wider consumer-bases. Photo: Chet Lo
    Chet Lo joins Charles & Keith to create an accessible product for wider consumer-bases. Photo: Chet Lo

    Details Loafers and heels, Spring 2024

    Social context

    Neither brand has posted about this collaboration yet on social media.

    Verdict

    • Joining forces for a second time, Chet Lo and Charles & Keith benefit from each other’s respective fan bases.
    • Financially, this collaboration makes sense for an independent designer like Chet Lo who would benefit from mainstream exposure and higher levels of inventory at more accessible price points.
    • For Charles & Keith, the partnership boosts the brand’s reputation as style-led as Chet Lo is a cult label among fashion-forward Gen Zers.
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