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China’s middle class stampede for luxury handbags

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It could be a queue for a pop concert, a top nightclub or even the opening night at the theatre. But the hundreds of people lined up in a Hong Kong street are actually waiting to bag a bit of luxury.

“We’re looking for new handbags,” says student Celeste Law as she queues patiently alongside her friend Karina Luh outside the supermarket-sized branch of Chanel on Hong Kong’s Canton Road.

The students, both 20, already sport impressive accessories — Celeste carries a Louis Vuitton monogrammed bag, while her friend’s is from Chanel.
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Luxury watchmakers follow the money to Asia

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A measure of any Asian businessman is the time he keeps and, far more importantly, the watch he wears to mark it.

A handshake can be soft or firm but will likely soon be followed by a glance to the wrist to see the watch wrapped around it, especially in China.

A heavy slab of gold could be a marker that the person is from an inland city. A more expensive, understated watch could be a sign that they’re from the coastal cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen or Beijing.
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China biggest luxury goods market by 2020

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China will be the world’s biggest luxury goods market by 2020 as its economy booms and an emerging middle class spends a growing chunk of their cash on high-end items.

Over the next decade, Chinese consumers — including a surging number of billionaires — will account for 44 percent of global spending on goods such as bags, vehicles, watches, shoes and clothes, the report by brokerage CLSA said.

The nation’s luxury goods sector was worth $25 billion in 2009, or about 10% of the world market, including purchases by consumers in HK, Macau and Taiwan.
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Hong Kong airport lounge tops world’s best

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The Wing airport lounge at Hong Kong International Airport has been chosen as the best in the world by guidebook publisher Frommers.

In a guide compiled for USA Today, Frommer’s picked the world’s top ten executive lounges, putting Cathay Pacific‘s 4,500 square meter facility in first place.

Reserved for Cathay’s first and business class passengers, the lounge offers individual bath and shower rooms with their own minibars.
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Louis Vuitton – Art for baby

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Louis Vuitton and Yana Peel hosted an “Art for Baby” opening reception on 18th January 2011 at Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong.

The “Art for Baby” exhibition brought together in celebration of the Asia launch of the highly-acclaimed book by the same name.

It showcases the 20th century’s most prolific painters from America, Europe and Asia, with works by Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Julian Ope and Takashi Murakami.
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La Brasserie – Best French Restaurant in Hong Kong

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This traditional, Parisian-style brasserie French restaurant has already had an established following in Hong Kong.

You can enjoy signature dishes like, Bouillabaisse, Steak Tartar, French Mussel, Crepe Suzette or the Souffle!

La Brasserie differentiates itself from other French restaurants in Hong Kong by featuring old-world dishes rarely available in the city such as pressed duck.
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China’s top design hotels honored

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The cream of China’s hotel industry has been selected by a Chinese publication, with the top gongs going to properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The China Best Design Hotel Awards were awarded last month in Shanghai, with three exclusive properties coming top of the list — The Mira Hong Kong, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Shanghai and the Four Seasons Hangzhou West Lake.

Presented by The Bund, a Chinese lifestyle magazine, the China Best Design Hotel Awards are chosen by public vote and a panel of international design experts.
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Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree in Hong Kong

Swarovski crystal Christmas tree

In celebration of the festive season, Swarovski presents the 30-metre high outdoor Crystal Christmas Tree at Statue Square in Central, Hong Kong.

Inspired by urban effervescence, and a landscape dominated by skyscrapers and buildings with a seemingly endless number of windows, the Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree towers over 30 metres high.

Rhombus-shaped mirrors in silver and gold, reminiscent of window panes, sheath the tree. They are embellished with over 20 million pieces of Swarovski crystals.
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Cartier Hong Kong Flagship Store Opening

Cartier, the number one luxury jewelry brand in China, continues to ramp up its presence in the Asian country with the opening of yet another flagship on Friday.

The new store, which spans 900 square meters (9,687 square feet), is housed inside the Prince’s Building — an upscale shopping center in Hong Kong.

The three-story boutique replaces Cartier’s old store — opened in 1970 — that was located on the ground floor of the same building.
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Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton To Be Tallest Hotel

The date has now been set for the opening of the “world’s tallest hotel”. Visitors to Hong Kong will get a view of the city no one has ever seen before.

From March next year, the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong will have its home in the 102nd to the 118th floors right at the very top of Hong Kong’s new ICC.

The finishing touches are currently being applied to the ICC, which at 484 metres high is Hong Kong’s tallest building.
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Most Expensive Bottle of Wine Ever Sold at Auction

Three bottles of Chateau Lafite’s 1869 vintage each sold for a record price of HK$1.8 million ($230,000) at a sale in Hong Kong last saturday.

All three were bought by the same Asian telephone bidder, said Sotheby’s, which offered almost 2,000 bottles of Lafite shipped directly from the cellars of the chateau in Pauillac, near Bordeaux.

The 1869s – the oldest bottles in a range of vintages that spanned 139 years – were each estimated to sell for between HK$40,000 and HK$60,000.
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The Miele Guide Ranks Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants

Singapore and Hong Kong dominated a list of Asia’s best restaurants, but Malaysia made it into the elite ranks for the first time, an annual survey showed.

Singapore restaurant Iggy’s moved to the top spot from being #2 last year, according to this year’s ranking of Asia’s top 20 restaurants by The Miele Guide.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong Kong slid to second place from being number one last year.
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Airline lounges – who has the best?

Last week, Hong Kong-flag carrier Cathay Pacific unveiled its new lounge at Hong Kong International airport, promising a “new level of comfort and convenience.”

“The Cabin” is spread across 1,339 square meters and designed by Foster and Partners to be “contemporary, refreshing and dynamic.”

Passengers can choose between 5 zones designed for different purposes, including The Reception, The IT Zone, The Deli, The Health Bar, and The Relaxing Zone.
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No stop to rise of Asian millionaires

The ranks of Asia-Pacific millionaires are likely to continue growing faster than those from developed countries as regional economies led by China and India power ahead, a report said on Tuesday.

The study on high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) — defined as anyone with investable assets of at least one million US dollars — was issued by Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and consultancy firm Capgemini.

“Moving forward, China and India will lead the way in the region with economic expansion and HNWI growth likely to keep outpacing more developed economies,” the Asia-Pacific Wealth Report said.
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Veuve Clicquot launches QR Code campaign

Veuve Clicquot is giving champagne lovers something new to do with their phones with the launch of the Veuve Clicquot QR Code in Hong Kong.

A quick refresher on QR codes for the uninitiated. QR codes are a very useful tool for pointing people to more information about your product.

You take a photo of the two-dimensional bar code with your phone and you are automatically taken to the web site that is embedded in the code.
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The Mira Hong Kong x Lindt Chocolate Mooncake

Coco, the cafe-patisserie at The Mira Hong Kong, is collaborating with Lindt Chocolate to create this year’s mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn festival.

These chocolate mooncake come in four sophisticated flavours (sour, sweet, bitter and spicy) boxed in designer packaging to reflect Coco’s couture roots.
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Site in Hong Kong’s Peak Sells for $1.33 Billion

A rare residential site on Hong Kong’s prestigious Victoria Peak fetched 1.33 billion US dollars at auction Wednesday, boosting one of the world’s most dizzying luxury property markets.

The plot of land at 103 Mount Nicholson Road, which offers a panoramic view of Hong Kong’s world-famous Victoria Harbour, was snapped up by Nan Fung Group after attracting nearly 50 bids at this year’s fourth government land sale.

The 10.4 billion Hong Kong dollar price was 30% higher than the opening bid and at the higher end of the 8.1-11.5 billion dollars forecast by a market-watchers.

With the floor area of the planned property projected at 324,862 square feet (30,181 square metres), the price works out at 32,014 US dollars a square foot.
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Mercedes-Benz Launches SLS AMG in Hong Kong

Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong have launched their flagship sports car SLS AMG in the city, making Hong Kong one of the first Asian markets to get the Gullwing super sports car within the first few weeks of its production.

The car is the first Mercedes automobile designed in-house by AMG and is described by Mercedes as a spiritual successor to the 300SL Gullwing.

In celebration of the launch of their new car, Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong held a ceremony on July 16th at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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Hong Kong prepares for rare Chinese stamp auction

International stamp collectors are all aflutter this week as Hong Kong prepares to host an auction of rare Chinese stamps including a copy of the fabled “1897 Red Revenue” — known as the most valuable Chinese stamp there is.

Hosted by Interasia Auctions, the sale will feature 2,200 lots representing the stamp and postal history of China, Hong Kong and Asia and will be held on July 31-August 1 at the Park Lane Hotel in Hong Kong.

International collectors will be able to bid online for such items as the 1897 Red Revenue Small 2c Green Surcharge which is known as the “The Red Lady in the Green Dress” and could sell for as much as HK$10 million ($1,300,000).
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