The Luxury Conversation
The Luxury Conversation
The Luxury Conversation is a business intelligence platform created to connect and showcase the people who are shaping the luxury industry in China and Asia. Speaking with a wide variety of talents, both established and emerging in the luxury scene, they discuss the people and issues that are shaping its future, in order to bring a clear understanding of world’s most exciting luxury market: China.

Chinese giant Shandong Ruyi, which owns Bally, the SMCP group and Aquascutum, aims to stop global warming, reduce gas emissions, protect the environment and remove single-use plastics

Out of 184 self-made female billionaires in the world, 78 per cent are from China, and Chinese women are purchasing suits by Dior, Chloé and Celine for the workplace

Whether make-up, fashion or jewellery, informed consumers in China want sustainable products and practices, and companies like Swarovski, Burberry and Estée Lauder are putting in place strategies that are China-specific


Luxury yachts must be cool, culturally relevant and big: Benetti Yachts Asia’s GM outlines the current seafaring tastes of the region’s super-rich

Report says 60 per cent of Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou shoppers are ‘very curious’ about trying small, specialised brands such as Diptyque, Jo Malone, AHAVA and BABOR

Pioneering eatery on city’s historic Bund – known for its signature dishes and riverside terrace – has survived many challenges, says Australian restaurateur Michelle Garnaut

What can the D&G scandal and other events this year, in the mainland’s ever changing market, tell us about the next 12 months, asks Nick Withycombe


ILTM China travel event – held to promote nation’s luxury tourism industry – hears smartphone apps are key to travel firms connecting with holidaymakers

People born from the mid-1960s to about 1980 may not be as sexy or make the headlines, but they’re a sensible, knowledgeable driver of high-end spending

With the mainland set to become the world’s second-largest market by 2020, the East is set to be red, white and rosé, opening up a host of opportunities for vendors and importers


Porsche shows that bigger is better on WeChat, while Tesla flaunts technology and Mercedes-Benz flashes lifestyle exclusivity in China, where women are key decision makers

German carmaker to invest US$6.9 billion in electric vehicle production and also target younger drivers in nation – its biggest market for past three years


No price is too great – whether on education, experiences or clothes – as rich mainland parents strive to ensure their children achieve elite status in life

Some key opinion leaders do have loyal followings, but with so many now on the scene, luxury brands might consider more creative ways to work with those who inspire

Many businesses don’t do so well in the world’s biggest market because they don’t make efforts to localise or to understand the evolving luxury customer base

Brands including Coach, Tiffany & Co., Estée Lauder and Michael Kors have become popular in China by working on Chinese online platforms and working with Chinese influencers

Chung says the younger generation of Chinese shoppers have different values and interests, and brands need to develop strategies that are targeted at new Chinese consumers and make use of Chinese platforms

Memberships of high-end gyms – and social media posts of toned people breaking a sweat – soar as fitness is seen as an aspirational must-do activity