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China’s Gen Z Breathing New Life Into Domestic Apparel Manufacturers

As the local market slows, China’s apparel sector is buoyed by increasing Gen Z spending, extraordinary e-commerce sales, and new technology.

The techno-chillhout house at Chic Shanghai.

SHANGHAI — Young consumers are one of the fashion industry’s biggest sales drivers in China, and at the international, biannual fashion fair Chic Shanghai, this fact was not easily forgotten.

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We Caught Up with the Syrian Refugee Who Spent Seven Months Trapped in an Airport

Hassan Al-Kontar was granted asylum in Canada, but says he still feels like the loneliest man in the world.

 

Last August I wrote a story for VICE about the multiple marriage proposals Syrian refugee Hassan Al-Kontar received while trapped in the departure lounge of Kuala Lumpur International Airport Two.

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SpinExpo Talks ‘Green’ Issues, U.S.-China Trade War

Knitters, weavers, knitwear and yarn producers met domestic and international buyers at the 33rd session of SpinExpo Shanghai.

The trend area at SpinExpo, which saw increased visitor numbers from a year ago.

SHANGHAI  Spinners and weavers turned out in force at SpinExpo Shanghai, despite recent uncertainty surrounding a U.S.–China currency agreement, and wider trade war rhetoric. Closer to home, the Chinese government revealed last week it will strengthen efforts to prevent and control pollution and boost environmental protection, with the country intensifying efforts to reduce air, water and soil pollution. These laws follow the shuttering of some polluting textile manufacturers last year.

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Beauty Brands Benefit From Consumption Upgrade in China

Heads of top beauty and FMCG brands discussed the consumption upgrade in the country and new retail opportunities at the Tmall Beauty Summit 2019.

Tmall

SHANGHAI — Leaders of some of the top beauty and FMCG brands in Alibaba’s multifaceted ecosystem of platforms, stores, innovation labs and more met here Monday for the Tmall Beauty Summit 2019. The world’s second tallest building, the Shanghai Tower, played host to the event and epitomized the dizzying heights that the innovative online beauty sector has reached in China.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dunhill Partners With Mr. Bags for White Day

Dunhill CEO Andrew Maag talks the brand’s global “trans-creation” digital strategy as the “foggy blue” Chiltern drawstring backpack is launched in China to coincide with the male-focused romantic festival.

The Chiltern backpack developed on collaboration with Mr. Bags for the romantic festival White Day.

SHANGHAI — White Day, a.k.a. the male version of Valentine’s Day, has become increasingly popular in China, a country inundated with Eastern and Western commercialized, romantic festivals. Celebrated one month after Valentine’s Day, on March 14, the holiday became popular in Japan, before spreading to other East Asian countries, including China. The concept behind the day is that men are repaid by their loved ones for the effort they put into making Valentine’s Day special.

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I Went on a Tinder Date to North Korea

It wasn’t the worst Tinder date I’ve ever been on.

 

In 2015, I found myself on Tinder in Shanghai, swiping through guys I already knew, guys I had previously dated, and the occasional pilot visiting town for “one night only.” Expat dating in Shanghai is a minefield—a transient scene with a limited pool of potential matches and much debauchery, as no one really plans to stay in the city forever.

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What to Watch: China Femme Men Fueling Beauty Sector

The rise of effeminate men in China is fueling the beauty industry in the country.

There was an immediate online backlash to China’s annual back-to-school gala in September. The show featured members of new boy band F4, who were seen by some in the country as being overly effeminate and sparked outrage that Chinese men had become “sissy.” Online, parents voiced their concerns that these effeminate men made poor male role models for their children and media platforms debated the topic at length.

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What to Watch: Gen Z Changing the Face of New Media in China

As China’s Gen Zers are getting online, they are shunning the social media platforms of their parents’ generation.

Street StyleStreet Style, Spring Summer 2019, Shanghai Fashion Week, China - 13 Oct 2018

SHANGHAI — It is projected that 40 percent of Chinese consumers will be Centennials by 2020, according to a white paper released last month by data intelligence company Kantar, and Tencent. It is therefore no surprise that brands are eager to appeal to, and resonate with, this new consumer group.

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Home Is Calling for Young Chinese Designers

Young Chinese designers, many of whom have returned home from studying overseas, are at the forefront of a monumental shift in the fashion sector as it moves from “Made in China” to “Created in China.”

SHANGHAI — As Champagne glasses clinked and heads of industry assembled at The Woolmark Co.’s gala in October to celebrate 50 years of trade with China, six of the country’s most successful designers presented their capsule collections made with Australian merino wool. During the event, the designers were periodically called for press photos, interviews and business introductions, yet between these obligations, they gravitated back to one another, sharing pats on the back, chats and inside jokes.

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