Tuesday, December 21, 2010


People make resolutions all the time. But how many people really keep them? In essence, do people make resolutions to break them? Or do we make unrealistic resolutions , so that we unintentionally break them? Either way, I went ahead and asked everyone what their new year’s resolutions were!

To be funnier, laugh a lot more and learn better mind control. At work, I’d like to have a lot more FUN and make money along the way!

To stay more in shape, go to the gym, try and be healthier!

Make a resolution for next year!

Stop using Facebook for a month.

Play my piano more.

Buy a Motorbike.

Alex: Give up Smoking.

I've never beleived in resolutions and decided that this year I should try to make one. You know .. just to keep things interesting -- this is what I did:

Step 1
Get a Pen and Paper

Step 2
Re-assess the last 365 days of the year, which lead me to sit in front of this pen and paper

Step 3
Get Angry -- Get Sad -- Get Happy -- Go Mad, thinking of a non-generic resolution that is realistic!

Step 4
Scrunch up piece of paper and throw it away in the bin. Look at cartoon regarding New years and get distracted...

Help me make my resolution, email annie@kanchancouture.com and tell me, what is your New Year's Resolution?

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Couture Christmas with Kanch

So it’s settled, I’m terrible at taking photos. Something happens in between having fun and thinking about work, which makes me forget to pull out the camera for Kodak Moments. Kanchan Couture hosted its Christmas Party, Wednesday 15th of December and it was well deserved!

Between moving offices, running around Shanghai - Europe, Launching various e-commerce websites, amazing collaborations, battling through torrential storms, war zone office situations, champagne baths and Barbie infestations --- this year has been busy!

Some of Kanchan Couture’s nearest, dearest, newest and oldest friends came and shared a few drinks with us before we close for the holiday period. Thank you to everyone who made it, we really appreciated all the supported and absolutely loved spending time with you.

As for next year... I've decided to hire a few standing Male Model Santa's -- I'll definitely take lots of photos!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

LVMH vs. Copycats, May the Fight Begin!

When your friends come to Hong Kong for vacation, what do they like to do? 1. Party, 2. Eat, 3. Shop? No! It’s 1. SHOP, and everything else is a bonus. Famed luxury brand, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) recently filed a U.S. trade complaint looking to block imported goods from China, more particularly the handbags and accessories that copy the ‘look’ of LVMH.
"Wow" was my first reaction after reading the article by Bloomberg, and then I started thinking about the repercussions to this type of trade ban. One of the repercussions I thought of were the entities that we know such as Mongkok’s Ladies Market and other similar markets in Hong Kong. These markets would have a sudden influx and overflow of look-a-like and knock off handbags, which would then be worth a lot more. Still not as expensive, but would be more affordable for people who want the designer look handbags. Just because there is a ban, doesn’t deplete the demand for the product.

Kanch and I were discussing this article further and couldn’t figure out why LVMH would want to put this trade ban forward, because essentially they are the creators of their own black-markets. Let me explain a bit more, if you have to think about what happens to products once the factory makes them; if there is a bend, lose thread, or any sort of defect, they don't just throw them away -- we assume these are the same goods, which is sold to Japanese, Korean distributors who re-sell the goods to Hong Kong – China and other markets where look-a-like / knock off bags are high in demand.

LVMH would not be a standalone in this type of procedure, almost all luxury brands would have to practice the similar. If this was true, it would be interesting to see the reaction of other luxury brands (in regards to this trade ban), because the ripple effect of many well-known brands and companies is vast -- as almost all luxury brand owners operate as major conglomerates in the industry. For now, all we can do is sit back and watch the show to see who backs up LVMH and what the U.S. government intends to do.

For those of you who are not in the Fashion Industry, or are constantly learning about the working ways of the luxury industry here is the 411 on who owns what:

Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, TAG Heuer, De Beers, Christian Dior perfumes, Céline, Benefit, Acqua di Parma, Guerlain, Make Up For Ever, **catching a breath** PLUS they own Sephora, Le Bon Marché, recently they gained stocks in Hermes and Edun – all of this is not including all the wine, champagne and liquor companies that LVMH also owns.

PPR owns the Gucci Group whom in turn owns Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Sergio Rossi, and Boucheron. PPR also owns Puma, who consequently also owns Tretorn. – On another note, they also own FNAC and Conforama, Media and Grocery Store Franchises in France…**starting to get hungry, wish I ate a more hearty lunch**

Richemont Group
Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Lancel, Montblanc, Chloé, Shanghai Tang, Azzedine Alaia, and from their most recent and most notorious dot com business: Net A Porter, which sells many brands owned by other conglomerates, but gives Richemont Group control on what to sell and how.

Other Conglomerates include, Prada Group, Diesel, TODS, The Affe Group, Puig Group, Phillips-Van Heusen, and others. CLICK HERE to read more from a fellow blogger who wrote a great, easy to understand entry, stating valuable information regarding the who’s-who of luxury branding.

Now... Who wants to go Shopping with me?

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

160 Years of Lane Crawford

I remember going to Lane Crawford as a child and always being mesmerized by everything behind the glass. I wanted to touch everything -- fine I was a child -- but the idea was definitely instilled, this is where you come to buy "the good stuff".

Last night Kanch and I (plus another 4500 rsvp'd guests!) attended the 160th Anniversary of Lane Crawford. All stops were pulled out for a chance to party it up in the heart of Lane Crawford at IFC, Hong Kong.

Cotton Candy, Ice-cream, Barbecue, live band, FLASH MOB DANCE! This was definitely the most fun-filled, brand encompassed playground I had ever seen! Guests could play games such as snooker, ping pong, air hockey -- all for a chance to win a goody bag, which entitled you to a product from the store! True story: I witnessed a guy get a Theory Leather Jacket!

Regrets from last night:
  • There was too many people to take out the camera from my bag, so I have low-res images taken by my Blackberry.
  • I didn't elbow shove anyone and try the lamb chops at the barbecue or the pizza in the cafe
  • I didn't take a picture with the Lady GaGa models that were walking around the shop
  • I didn't know the dance the Flash Mob did and I wanted to join in badly!
Happy Anniversary Lane Crawford, thank you for the champagne, the topless male Santa's, and another wonderful party.

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