China’s luxury pricing problem is about to get worse

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By Marco Passoni I read with interest this week the news that inbound international tourism in China has risen 305% according to the government in the first quarter of 2024. Outbound traffic from China has always been a talking point for both the travel retail and luxury sectors, but this influx of arrivals in China […]

A change is coming as Alessandro Michele joins Valentino

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By Marco Passoni Although it was in the air, the news broke just before the weekend that Alessandro Michele has found his new home after leaving Gucci late last in 2022. Despite rumours linking him to Fendi and Bulgari, he begins his new role as Creative Director at Valentino today. It is a decision which […]

The keys to unlocking a desirable and engaging brand experience in 2024

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By Marco Passoni There is no doubt that brands are working hard in both the luxury and travel retail sectors in 2024, but I increasingly find myself asking if, in travel retail certainly, they are working in the right way. Or even, are some working as hard as they claim? Think back to your last […]

Louis Vuitton The Place and why in-store experience needs some real innovation

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By Marco Passoni Is there a better example of a brilliant physical retail experience than LV The Place from Louis Vuitton, which opened its doors in Bangkok last week? Not merely a restaurant, bar, or a run-of-the-mill luxury store, this stunning space breaks down and disregards traditional boundaries to embody elements of each in what […]

Why these 6 brands are doing Chinese New Year right in 2024

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By Marco Passoni Chinese New Year has become one of the biggest retail opportunities of the year. It is a time when the Chinese travel and shop in great quantities – and before the pandemic it was a vital period for travel retail and luxury alike. This year, with almost 12 months gone since the […]

What sets truly great brand experiences apart in 2024?

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The latest edition of the Lyst Index has recently been released and, as always, I found it made for interesting reading. The list, which is a ranking of fashion’s “hottest” brands and products is a measuring stick of which brands are doing well – and what it is that sets them apart in the market. […]

Dolce & Gabbana expands travel retail presence with new store openings in Rome and Shanghai

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Dolce & Gabbana has created two new exciting retail experiences for travelling shoppers as the iconic luxury brand opened new stores at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Rome Fiumicino International Airport. Both stores are standalone and directly operated, in line with the brand’s development model in the travel retail market. This allows Dolce & Gabbana […]

An honest look at China’s future for luxury and travel retail

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By Marco Passoni The luxury market in China is set to grow between 4 and 6% this year, from a starting point of $63 billion, which appears to be good news for both the luxury market and the travel retail sector. I have been accused in the past of being a doubter on China, but […]