Jessica Rapp

Jessica is a Beijing-based writer who focuses on luxury and beauty for the Post.
Jessica Rapp
Jessica is a Beijing-based writer who focuses on luxury and beauty for the Post.

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Five Chinese high street fashion brands to watch as they go global, and displace the likes of Zara, H&M in China

Bosideng, Urban Revivo, Peacebird, Ochirly, Me & City – labels that cut their teeth as suppliers or in price-conscious lower-tier cities in China could soon be familiar sights on high streets in the West.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:23AM

Bosideng, Urban Revivo, Peacebird, Ochirly, Me & City – labels that cut their teeth as suppliers or in price-conscious lower-tier cities in China could soon be familiar sights on high streets in the West.

Five Chinese high street fashion brands to watch as they go global, and displace the likes of Zara, H&M in China
How China’s Feiyue sneakers, shoes of Shaolin monks, are making a comeback

Traditionally the go-to footwear of Shaolin monks thanks to being lightweight, supportive and cheap, Chinese Feiyue sneakers are seeing a resurgence thanks to Gen Z’s love of retro heritage brands.

24 Jun 2019 - 7:35PM

Traditionally the go-to footwear of Shaolin monks thanks to being lightweight, supportive and cheap, Chinese Feiyue sneakers are seeing a resurgence thanks to Gen Z’s love of retro heritage brands.

How China’s Feiyue sneakers, shoes of Shaolin monks, are making a comeback
C Beauty: online beauty disrupters use influencers to reach Gen Z Chinese proud of made-in-China products

Online retailers whose good-quality, low-priced, made-in-China products, fun marketing and use of social media influencers appeal to young Chinese consumers, have disrupted the beauty market. Western chains haven’t caught on – yet.

13 May 2019 - 7:39PM

Online retailers whose good-quality, low-priced, made-in-China products, fun marketing and use of social media influencers appeal to young Chinese consumers, have disrupted the beauty market. Western chains haven’t caught on – yet.

C Beauty: online beauty disrupters use influencers to reach Gen Z Chinese proud of made-in-China products
How UK streetwear brand Boy London beat China’s copycats and is finally booming in the country

Boy London saw its rise in the days of UK punk and counted among its fans people like Andy Warhol and Boy George. It is finally having its China moment, but its journey highlights the IP issues many streetwear brands face.

28 Apr 2019 - 7:14PM

Boy London saw its rise in the days of UK punk and counted among its fans people like Andy Warhol and Boy George. It is finally having its China moment, but its journey highlights the IP issues many streetwear brands face.

How UK streetwear brand Boy London beat China’s copycats and is finally booming in the country
Plus-size New York Chinese fashion influencer Scarlett Hao: ‘I have good style, it just happens to be plus-size’

Chinese-born, New York-based Scarlett Hao never shies away from a bold colour or a statement piece and gets even more creative around Fashion Week. Her 170,000 Instagram followers are inspired by her attitude.

19 Feb 2019 - 1:30PM

Chinese-born, New York-based Scarlett Hao never shies away from a bold colour or a statement piece and gets even more creative around Fashion Week. Her 170,000 Instagram followers are inspired by her attitude.

Plus-size New York Chinese fashion influencer Scarlett Hao: ‘I have good style, it just happens to be plus-size’
The modern Chinese woman: what she’s like, what she wears, her role models, and why Western brands don’t get her

Western brands often get Chinese women wrong; a panel of fashion and lifestyle experts explain that they are independent, confident, practical – much like their Western counterparts – but also more reserved.

10 Feb 2019 - 12:25PM

Western brands often get Chinese women wrong; a panel of fashion and lifestyle experts explain that they are independent, confident, practical – much like their Western counterparts – but also more reserved.

The modern Chinese woman: what she’s like, what she wears, her role models, and why Western brands don’t get her
Will China embrace plus-size fashion? Only if women stop wanting ‘to look good in a size 2, not a size 20’

International fashion influencers hope to give plus-sized women a voice in China, where the pressure to be slim is relentless; co-founder of a US plus-size brand says positive trends there will be seen in Asia eventually.

8 Jan 2019 - 6:45PM

International fashion influencers hope to give plus-sized women a voice in China, where the pressure to be slim is relentless; co-founder of a US plus-size brand says positive trends there will be seen in Asia eventually.

Will China embrace plus-size fashion? Only if women stop wanting ‘to look good in a size 2, not a size 20’
Why founder of the Chinese Hypebeast thinks next global streetwear wave will begin in China

China’s answer to Hypebeast, Yoho!, has been a major influence on streetwear since 2005 when it began importing the culture. Now its founder suggests nation’s affluent, style-savvy millennials could shape streetwear’s next global wave.

15 Dec 2018 - 8:19PM

China’s answer to Hypebeast, Yoho!, has been a major influence on streetwear since 2005 when it began importing the culture. Now its founder suggests nation’s affluent, style-savvy millennials could shape streetwear’s next global wave.

Why founder of the Chinese Hypebeast thinks next global streetwear wave will begin in China
Two Chinese copycat fashion brands lose trademark battles but war is far from over

Recent court victories for Ermenegildo Zegna and Dunhill against China copycats have sparked hope for intellectual property rights in the country, but doubts persist as to how significant these wins will prove to be.

27 Nov 2018 - 10:52AM

Recent court victories for Ermenegildo Zegna and Dunhill against China copycats have sparked hope for intellectual property rights in the country, but doubts persist as to how significant these wins will prove to be.

Two Chinese copycat fashion brands lose trademark battles but war is far from over
The woman leading JD.com’s rise from online appliance seller to luxury fashion e-commerce giant

Xia Ding, president of international fashion for China’s No. 2 e-commerce player, is looking to sign up more high-end brands; to convince them she can point to the platform’s vision of ‘boundaryless retail’.

19 Nov 2018 - 6:22PM

Xia Ding, president of international fashion for China’s No. 2 e-commerce player, is looking to sign up more high-end brands; to convince them she can point to the platform’s vision of ‘boundaryless retail’.

The woman leading JD.com’s rise from online appliance seller to luxury fashion e-commerce giant
China e-commerce contender Vip.com takes on JD.com and Tmall for slice of fashion pie

China’s third largest e-commerce platform is strengthening its international portfolio and expanding in major markets, but can it compete with China’s online giants?

17 Oct 2018 - 5:51PM

China’s third largest e-commerce platform is strengthening its international portfolio and expanding in major markets, but can it compete with China’s online giants?

China e-commerce contender Vip.com takes on JD.com and Tmall for slice of fashion pie
China moves towards ending testing of cosmetics on animals – good news for cruelty-free brands

Having relaxed testing rules for domestic cosmetic brands, regulator emphasises its commitment to exploring alternative safety tests for foreign-made cosmetics, in the clearest statement yet of its intentions.

3 Oct 2018 - 7:20AM

Having relaxed testing rules for domestic cosmetic brands, regulator emphasises its commitment to exploring alternative safety tests for foreign-made cosmetics, in the clearest statement yet of its intentions.

China moves towards ending testing of cosmetics on animals – good news for cruelty-free brands
Online-to-offline trend a sign of omnichannel fashion retailing’s growth in China and US

Online-to-offline trend reflects embrace of ‘new retail’ strategy to enhance the customer experience, as seen in store openings by Xiaohongshu and Tmall Global in China and Everlane in the United States.

23 Sep 2018 - 11:01PM

Online-to-offline trend reflects embrace of ‘new retail’ strategy to enhance the customer experience, as seen in store openings by Xiaohongshu and Tmall Global in China and Everlane in the United States.

Online-to-offline trend a sign of omnichannel fashion retailing’s growth in China and US
Where Burberry waste goes now British fashion brand isn’t burning clothes any more

Elvis and Kresse, a UK-based sustainable luxury fashion brand, is helping Burberry reach its environmental responsibility goals by creating accessories and homewares from its leather offcuts.

10 Jul 2019 - 12:58PM

Elvis and Kresse, a UK-based sustainable luxury fashion brand, is helping Burberry reach its environmental responsibility goals by creating accessories and homewares from its leather offcuts.

Where Burberry waste goes now British fashion brand isn’t burning clothes any more
Jade rollers: how the West fell for TCM-inspired facial beauty tool that’s old hat to many in China

Jade rollers, lauded for their supposed ability to tone, de-puff and brighten facial skin, are a hit with Western beauty bloggers and celebrities like Meghan Markle and Rachael Ray – but not with their Chinese counterparts.

18 Sep 2018 - 6:30PM

Jade rollers, lauded for their supposed ability to tone, de-puff and brighten facial skin, are a hit with Western beauty bloggers and celebrities like Meghan Markle and Rachael Ray – but not with their Chinese counterparts.

Jade rollers: how the West fell for TCM-inspired facial beauty tool that’s old hat to many in China
How Savile Row measures up in an age of dressing down, in China and elsewhere

Tailors on the famous London street will never stop making bespoke menswear, but are adopting trendier styles, adding ready-to-wear lines and collaborating with sportswear brands to cater to fans of casual wear.

14 Sep 2018 - 6:44AM

Tailors on the famous London street will never stop making bespoke menswear, but are adopting trendier styles, adding ready-to-wear lines and collaborating with sportswear brands to cater to fans of casual wear.

How Savile Row measures up in an age of dressing down, in China and elsewhere
Luxury fashion and the US-China trade war: are US brands still primed for rapid growth, or will European rivals benefit?

Mass-produced luxury brands such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Calvin Klein appeal to aspirational Chinese, thanks to American culture’s pull, say an industry analyst and an e-commerce website.

4 Sep 2018 - 8:35PM

Mass-produced luxury brands such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Calvin Klein appeal to aspirational Chinese, thanks to American culture’s pull, say an industry analyst and an e-commerce website.

Luxury fashion and the US-China trade war: are US brands still primed for rapid growth, or will European rivals benefit?
How China wearables market has changed since Apple Watch launched, with rising demand for personalised products

Apple faces competition on price from domestic giants Xiaomi and Huawei, and from smaller companies who see Chinese customers for wearables as different and swayed more by emotions than specifications.

1 Sep 2018 - 8:49AM

Apple faces competition on price from domestic giants Xiaomi and Huawei, and from smaller companies who see Chinese customers for wearables as different and swayed more by emotions than specifications.

How China wearables market has changed since Apple Watch launched, with rising demand for personalised products
How fashion industry destroys unsold stock, China’s part in the problem, and the steps brands are taking to make fashion more sustainable

Leading brands regularly destroy unsold stock to foil grey market sellers and maintain pricing power; a drop in China sales has added to their waste problem. Some are trying to change their ways, but turning fashion green is a huge challenge, experts say.

27 Aug 2018 - 10:15AM

Leading brands regularly destroy unsold stock to foil grey market sellers and maintain pricing power; a drop in China sales has added to their waste problem. Some are trying to change their ways, but turning fashion green is a huge challenge, experts say.

How fashion industry destroys unsold stock, China’s part in the problem, and the steps brands are taking to make fashion more sustainable
Anti-pollution creams, cleansers, serums target Chinese millennials who want to protect their skin from harsh city environments – but do they work?

While brands are eager to serve demand from China’s urban millennials to protect their skin from harsh environments, a lack of official standards, and wide-ranging claims, make it difficult to know which products are effective.

20 Aug 2018 - 7:58PM

While brands are eager to serve demand from China’s urban millennials to protect their skin from harsh environments, a lack of official standards, and wide-ranging claims, make it difficult to know which products are effective.

Anti-pollution creams, cleansers, serums target Chinese millennials who want to protect their skin from harsh city environments – but do they work?
Two KOLs helping Chinese fashion lovers find their own style and look beyond the labels

Chengdu is the new Berlin, says fashion influencer behind Little Red Book review platform, who finds clients there much more daring than in Shanghai. For a fellow stylist, the division is not between cities but between selfie taking and self-confidence

9 Aug 2018 - 8:11PM

Chengdu is the new Berlin, says fashion influencer behind Little Red Book review platform, who finds clients there much more daring than in Shanghai. For a fellow stylist, the division is not between cities but between selfie taking and self-confidence

Two KOLs helping Chinese fashion lovers find their own style and look beyond the labels
Fan Bingbing or Mr Bags? It’s celebrities vs KOLs in China’s luxury fashion market

In China’s online world, where the influence of key opinion leaders is growing fast, luxury brands now have to carefully consider whether that big traditional celebrity ambassadorship is really going to work for them.

24 Jul 2018 - 7:51PM

In China’s online world, where the influence of key opinion leaders is growing fast, luxury brands now have to carefully consider whether that big traditional celebrity ambassadorship is really going to work for them.

Fan Bingbing or Mr Bags? It’s celebrities vs KOLs in China’s luxury fashion market
Reduce, reuse, upcycle – Chinese fashion retailers go the extra mile to help cut down on textile waste

From Taobao online orders to fast-fashion shops, retailing in China is booming – but what happens to those jeans and jackets once they’re no longer trendy? We look at companies pushing recycling and environmental awareness.

10 Jul 2019 - 1:01PM

From Taobao online orders to fast-fashion shops, retailing in China is booming – but what happens to those jeans and jackets once they’re no longer trendy? We look at companies pushing recycling and environmental awareness.

Reduce, reuse, upcycle – Chinese fashion retailers go the extra mile to help cut down on textile waste
China’s ‘little fresh meat’ teen male heartthrobs milk their fame to sell fashion and beauty products to young women

Known for their soft, feminine features and cute personalities, teenage Chinese male heartthrobs who make their name on TV talent shows are used by brands to reach young, mostly female consumers through their enormous fan bases.

3 Jul 2018 - 6:16PM

Known for their soft, feminine features and cute personalities, teenage Chinese male heartthrobs who make their name on TV talent shows are used by brands to reach young, mostly female consumers through their enormous fan bases.

China’s ‘little fresh meat’ teen male heartthrobs milk their fame to sell fashion and beauty products to young women
How luxury brands use four social media apps in China to reach consumers who shop mostly online

WeChat. Weibo. Little Red Book. Douyin. With more smartphone users than any other country, brands use social media to reach a generation of Chinese consumers who shop mostly online.

23 Jun 2018 - 1:54PM

WeChat. Weibo. Little Red Book. Douyin. With more smartphone users than any other country, brands use social media to reach a generation of Chinese consumers who shop mostly online.

How luxury brands use four social media apps in China to reach consumers who shop mostly online
The carefree China millennials who prefer to spend than save: profiles of the moonlight clan

They work for luxury brands, in PR or new media, and blow most of their salary on fashion, cosmetics, socialising and eating out – making them dream customers for the likes of Gucci. Youthful luxury lovers share their lifestyles.

21 Jun 2018 - 9:24AM

They work for luxury brands, in PR or new media, and blow most of their salary on fashion, cosmetics, socialising and eating out – making them dream customers for the likes of Gucci. Youthful luxury lovers share their lifestyles.

The carefree China millennials who prefer to spend than save: profiles of the moonlight clan
Why Xixi, China beauty blogger and favourite of Becky Li, recommends British pharmacy brand Boots for cheap cosmetics

With a growing fan base of hundreds of thousands, make-up and skincare expert Xixi is mixing cosmetics cultures for millennial women looking for a foundation in beauty – and loves the cheap products offered by Boots

19 Jun 2018 - 6:21PM

With a growing fan base of hundreds of thousands, make-up and skincare expert Xixi is mixing cosmetics cultures for millennial women looking for a foundation in beauty – and loves the cheap products offered by Boots

Why Xixi, China beauty blogger and favourite of Becky Li, recommends British pharmacy brand Boots for cheap cosmetics
The Chinese men who suit up at weekends but dress down at work so they don’t upstage the boss’ casual chic

Premium menswear has taken off in China, where an affluent young generation eager to learn the finer points of style are keeping Beijing’s tailors busy, even if they’re as likely to wear athleisure as a tailored suit

1 Jun 2018 - 8:02AM

Premium menswear has taken off in China, where an affluent young generation eager to learn the finer points of style are keeping Beijing’s tailors busy, even if they’re as likely to wear athleisure as a tailored suit

The Chinese men who suit up at weekends but dress down at work so they don’t upstage the boss’ casual chic
Eight Beijing fashion and lifestyle boutiques for indie labels both home-grown and foreign

Chinese consumers’ spending power is growing, and they’re looking for labels that will help them stand out from the crowd. These multi-brand boutiques in Beijing might be just what they’re looking for

23 May 2018 - 4:51PM

Chinese consumers’ spending power is growing, and they’re looking for labels that will help them stand out from the crowd. These multi-brand boutiques in Beijing might be just what they’re looking for

Eight Beijing fashion and lifestyle boutiques for indie labels both home-grown and foreign
What do Chinese fashion influencers think of the royal wedding?

When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, it had a big influence on wedding fashions in China. Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, however, has barely registered. We find out what people in China really think

7 May 2018 - 8:26PM

When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, it had a big influence on wedding fashions in China. Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, however, has barely registered. We find out what people in China really think

What do Chinese fashion influencers think of the royal wedding?