In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of Jing Daily’s top posts for the week of September 8-12, 2014.
It’s official: after months of anticipation, Alibaba is set to hit the market with its U.S. IPO after a two-week global tour to pitch the stock. In order to gear up for the major new milestone in the company’s history, it has been fervently trying to do away with the reputation that its e-tail sites Tmall and Taobao are hotbeds for fake and gray-market luxury goods. The company faces an uphill battle, however—meaning that luxury brands shouldn’t expect a quick revolution when it comes to taming China’s behemoth fake goods market.
Present in over 42 countries, Spektre glasses have become one of the favorite choices for many worldwide KOLs and street style globetrotters from Anna Dello Russo and Garance Doré to The Lifestyle Hunters, along with many other top models and fashion editors. The Italian brand has created the “it eyewear” buzz during fashion week trend spotting due to its edgy, eye-catching frames and “made-in-Italy” identity. Today, the brand is entering its first step in China through The HUB. In the interview below with Pocchini, he explains his personal insights on China and what he believes it will take to grow his business in the country.
China’s approximately 320 million working mothers represent an enormous consumer base that companies are working hard to understand—and differences between regions, generations, and backgrounds mean that their responses to marketing messages can be dramatically different. This week’s episode of Thoughtful China takes a look at the changing culture of motherhood in China, including an assessment of the high-pressure “Tiger Mom” stereotype and how China’s young new moms are different from the previous generation.
The chronic congestion of China’s biannual Golden Week vacation period means that many Chinese travelers will be opting to avoid the crowds and head abroad for their upcoming time off at the start of October. For those who still want to celebrate China’s National Day with traditional Chinese fare, Michelin star restaurant group Hakkasan is offering its first ever special Golden Week menu at its locations across the globe.
Greater China’s hipster quotient is about to go up: Urban Outfitters’ first ever Asia location is ready to open its doors on September 30, bringing its alternative, vintage-style aesthetic to Hong Kong.
The new 2,000-square-foot location will be located at Queensway Plaza, and is opening in collaboration with Lane Crawford’s contemporary retail management arm Lab Concept. The structure will feature the retailer’s signature exposed industrial-style look with artwork commissioned by Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo, as well as hand-painted images by London-based artist Camille Walala and German-born artist Kef.