In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of Jing Daily’s top posts for the week of October 15-19:
As Chinese consumers become more savvy and diverse in their buying power, will there be an opportunity for luxury brands to create a deeper connection through social responsibility? There’s been a question of how brands will evolve and move past the bling stage, and my question is: what happens after they move past the post-bling stage? From UNICEF to amfAR, the fashion and luxury market in the West hasn’t shied away from creating sustainable partnerships that benefit these charities, doing important work through underwriting events or selling co-branded items to benefit non-profit organizations.
For the past year, a very different kind of coffee joint has been brewing in Hong Kong, and it goes by the name of Rabbithole Coffee and Roaster, founded by highly caffeinated pioneer Mike Fung. After catching the coffee bug and leaving his job in media advertising, Fung ventured to Australia, working in cafés, only to return to Hong Kong to open his very own single-sourced, freshly roasted and slow-brewed coffee company.
Following recent entrants to China’s fast-growing — yet crowded and largely untested — e-commerce market, among them Ferragamo, Zara, J. Crew, and Yoox, American “affordable luxury” brand Coach is set to launch its long-discussed e-commerce site in China by the end of the year. First announced this past winter to be rolled out “within the next 18 months,” Coach is building the new site in-house, rather than pairing with a Chinese or international multi-brand online retailer.
Running through November 27, Beijing’s Today Art Museum — the first private, non-profit international contemporary art museum in China — celebrates its 10th anniversary with a large-scale retrospective of the work of blue-chip Chinese artist Wang Guangyi. Featuring early works from the 1980s and ’90s, previously unseen videos, photographs and documents, and an exhibition-specific installation piece, ”‘Thing-in-Itself’: Utopia, Pop and Personal Theology” was supervised by Zhang Zikang and curated by Huang Zhuan.
While news of China’s luxury and fashion markets — and their consumers — often make for attractive headlines, one story often lost in the mix is the Chinese creatives powering the country’s burgeoning design industry. Here, we present a “mini-haul” of some of the most interesting industrial designers and architects that have caught — and continue to catch — our eye.