Past, Present and Future of Chinese Independent Fashion Designers (1)

(This article was posted on”China Garments”2015.7. Unless otherwise specified, all of the pictures used in the article are provided by designer) With the rapidly growing “China craze”, Chinese fashion designers have been given much attention by media around the world. Establishing a personal brand is many fashion designers’ dream. Because of the high threshold forContinue reading “Past, Present and Future of Chinese Independent Fashion Designers (1)”

Fashion and Politics: Promoting ‘Designed in China’ through Political Power

Image Credit: CC by Hao Luo/Flickr. In 2012, the Chinese president Xi Jinping initiated an anti-corruption campaign. Although there is no explicit evidence that this was an intentional outcome at which Xi aimed, the fact is that the campaign eventually led to a big decrease in the sale of luxury brands. Because in the past luxury brands wereContinue reading “Fashion and Politics: Promoting ‘Designed in China’ through Political Power”

Visit to Triple Major, Shanghai

In order to add new case studies for the Second Edition of my book Workbook for Fashion Buyers, I went to interview the emerging specialty store – Triple Major. The owner of the shop Triple Major was born in 1990 and he has 3 shops in China. Its Shanghai store is located in a typicalContinue reading “Visit to Triple Major, Shanghai”

MET’s Gala vs. Chinese Fashion Designers

Met’s China: through the Looking Glass aims to show how Chinese culture has influenced Western fashion. Obviously MET deserves a big applause– at least from the Chinese audience, for their promoting the Chinese culture. In the fashion discourse most people think Chinese fashion (not only Chinese) have received lots of influences from the West, MET’sContinue reading “MET’s Gala vs. Chinese Fashion Designers”

Visit to Cirbaf, Hong Kong

My visit to Cirbaf, a sustainable fashion brand in Hong Kong. Cirbaf is the inverse of the word ‘fabric’. They focus on reusing fabrics left over by factories to make baby shoes and accessories. They use organic materials since baby shoes need to be healthy and soft. Baby shoes designed and manufactured by Cirbaf. TheirContinue reading “Visit to Cirbaf, Hong Kong”

The 3rd (Non) Western Fashion Conference at HKU

The 3rd (Non) Western Fashion Conference held at the University of Hong Kong from November 22 to 23 has come to an end. Here are some highlights. With the keynote speakers of the 3rd (Non) Western Fashion Conference at HKU. From the right is, Dr Toby Slade from University of Tokyo, an Australian scholar who has made oneContinue reading “The 3rd (Non) Western Fashion Conference at HKU”

SANKUANZ: The New ‘Chinese’ Fashion

The original article has been in published in CODIGO Magazine. No unauthorized use is permitted. By: Christine Tsui Tibetan religious symbols,deformed animals, and extraterrestrial beings in spring-bud green are depicted running in tandem with transformed Chinese characters like “diyu (hell)”, “hun (muddy)”, “pei (an onomatopoetic word of spitting)”, “‘lihai (fierce)”. These images are depicted on longContinue reading “SANKUANZ: The New ‘Chinese’ Fashion”

EXCLUSIVE! FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL ‘NIGHT OF STARS’ GALA, OCT 23, 2014, NYC

I went to ‘NIGHT OF STARS’ Gala dinner hosted by the Fashion Group International. Here below is the information, if you want to check it out. Affair:  Fashion Group International Night of Stars: Protagonists When:  Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 6:15 PM Hot Spot:  Cipriani Wall Street, NYC I ran into Simon, dean of Parsons FashionContinue reading “EXCLUSIVE! FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL ‘NIGHT OF STARS’ GALA, OCT 23, 2014, NYC”

Emerging Designers from 5 Countries – Codigo selection

My fashion critic for the Mexican high fashion magazine Codigo is published. A pioneering publication, Codigo is a Spanish equivalent of I-D magazine in Europe. For this issue, they asked writers from 5 countries to write about emerging designers in their own country. I wrote for the Chinese part. I eventually decided to write aboutContinue reading “Emerging Designers from 5 Countries – Codigo selection”

Always look at the bright side – Some Thoughts on China and Chinese Fashion Industry

The organizer of the Brazilian conference says they would like to know why Chinese fashion industry develops so fast. No one expected China would have her own fashion 20 years ago. A friend asked me a similar question – why China made such dramatic change in the past 30 years? What a big question! WhatContinue reading “Always look at the bright side – Some Thoughts on China and Chinese Fashion Industry”