Nick Withycombe

Nick Withycombe

Nick writes about business and life in China, having lived in the country for over 15 years.

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Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Mercedes: How young women in China are driving growth in the super-luxury car market

Cultural factors, VIP clubs, customisations and long-term value influence Chinese customers who are younger and more likely to be female than in traditional markets

Cultural factors, VIP clubs, customisations and long-term value influence Chinese customers who are younger and more likely to be female than in traditional markets

23 Jun 2020 - 11:00AM
How China’s billionaires are investing in their children’s futures – by packing them off to the best schools, colleges and universities in the world

Mario Ho Yau-kwan, son of the late tycoon Stanley Ho, and Annabel Yao, daughter of Huawei’s CEO, are among those who have been given an A+ start in life

Mario Ho Yau-kwan, son of the late tycoon Stanley Ho, and Annabel Yao, daughter of Huawei’s CEO, are among those who have been given an A+ start in life

17 Jun 2020 - 6:00AM
London is still the biggest draw – but where else in the UK are rich Chinese investors buying property?

It’s not just in the usual ‘golden postcodes’ where rich Chinese are buying up.

It’s not just in the usual ‘golden postcodes’ where rich Chinese are buying up.

1 Apr 2020 - 5:26AM
How vlogging, live-streaming and gestures of support could help fashion names like Lanvin, Gucci, Kering and LVMH recover after the coronavirus

International luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Chanel have been quick to react to coronavirus by cancelling shows, but many have been taking steps to stay in touch with their loyal Chinese customers

International luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Chanel have been quick to react to coronavirus by cancelling shows, but many have been taking steps to stay in touch with their loyal Chinese customers

17 Mar 2020 - 4:40PM
Coronavirus in China: luxury brands turn to WeChat, AI and influencers amid home quarantines and rising national pride

As consumers feel China was unfairly for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, homegrown brands are being embraced while technology and sustainability concerns disrupt Western brand biases

As consumers feel China was unfairly for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, homegrown brands are being embraced while technology and sustainability concerns disrupt Western brand biases

13 Mar 2020 - 9:22AM
Is fine dining dead? China’s Gen Z eaters think so – it’s all about ‘casual upscale’ sharing plates and Instagramable food now

Wealthy Chinese diners are no longer sold on foie gras, truffles and celebrity chefs – as ‘casual upscale’ becomes the new vogue for millennials and Gen Z

Wealthy Chinese diners are no longer sold on foie gras, truffles and celebrity chefs – as ‘casual upscale’ becomes the new vogue for millennials and Gen Z

20 Nov 2019 - 10:30AM
How British brands are beating the Brexit blues by luring discerning Chinese buyers – with Weibo and WeChat

Why distinctly British brands like Burberry, Rolls-Royce and Whittard are beloved in China for their bold, barmy heritage

Why distinctly British brands like Burberry, Rolls-Royce and Whittard are beloved in China for their bold, barmy heritage

8 Oct 2019 - 3:43PM
Why China’s millennials and Gen Z are saying ‘I do’ to Instagram and WeChat weddings

From WeChat gaming to horror-movie themes, moneyed Chinese millennials and Gen Z are getting married in unforgettable, bespoke ways – and sharing it all in glorious detail on social media

From WeChat gaming to horror-movie themes, moneyed Chinese millennials and Gen Z are getting married in unforgettable, bespoke ways – and sharing it all in glorious detail on social media

6 Aug 2019 - 10:05AM
Opinion | Sorry, Jack Ma, the ‘996’ working week does not reflect reality in modern China

Life in China is competitive and fast-paced, but rather than working staff 9am to 9pm, six days a week, firms realise staff hold the upper hand in terms of supply and demand

Life in China is competitive and fast-paced, but rather than working staff 9am to 9pm, six days a week, firms realise staff hold the upper hand in terms of supply and demand

2 Jul 2019 - 11:30AM