Few people are better placed to suggest how fashion, luxury and beauty brands can reach Chinese consumers than Christina Fontana, director of fashion & luxury Europe for Alibaba, the world's biggest e-commerce company.
Net-A-Porter is continuing to add to its special treatment of its VIP customers with the launch this week of a private online jewellery e-salon that’s an ultra-exclusive invitation-only shopping platform.
Luxury goods stocks have been hammered in recent weeks by concerns about weakening demand in China and a looming trade war with the US. But the real picture is much more mixed, the chairman of Alibaba said on Monday.
Richemont and China’s Alibaba Group have unveiled a global strategic partnership that will see the two star retail brands under the Yoox Net-A-Porter banner being taken directly to the all-important Chinese consumer.
The Zenith Manufacture has teamed up with the online luxury menswear retailer, Mr Porter, and the watch customization specialist, Bamford, on a limited-edition model based on its "Zenith Heritage 146" model.
One of the abiding mysteries in luxury is the far greater ability of Paris brands to outperform their venerable, respected and often very classy London rivals. Dunhill may be about to become a significant exception.