Luxury Brief: The Power of Affluent Women

The Power of Affluent Women The spending power of various groups of women in Asia cannot be missed. In Indonesia, the culture of Arisan favours luxury spending. In China, South Korea and Japan, better education and more financial freedom breed a tribe of single independent women who wants to spend on herself rather than in…

Luxury Brief: Young High Earners as Growth Driver

This is the first session of Luxury Brief. In this session we will look at some of the latest changes that drive luxury growth in Asia. Young High Earners as Growth Driver The money is in the young. With the exception of the aging population in Japan, the young and upwardly-mobile High Earners are going…

Made of hair

Hair and blood are the new inspirations for creatives to put forth stories that are uniquely human. In a project titled Tangible Truths, fibre-artisan Sybille Paulse creates soulful artefacts made of hair. She collected lost hair of cancer patient during chemotherapy and turned them into personalised jewellery. Every piece of hand-braided jewellery is telling a unique story of…

SS14 Menswear Trend Report

THE LOOK: Designers are drawing lots of inspiration from sports. Although it will be a soccer year, cycling look takes the center stage as we see cycling fashion gain traction around the world. Besides, shorts are getting loose and wide, and suits getting soft and less tight. THE PATTERN: The tropical floral motif is going to…

Living With Water

Cities with water are always more blessed. They are where the civilization began and prospered. They give birth to poems and art that flow with the emotion of water. Two recent exhibitions in two water-blessed cities tell us that the importance of water never ceases. Hosted in a re-christened century-old historic building in Hong Kong,…

50,000 years later

In one of the previous articles, we talked about artist who created modern fossils of “actual archaic technology that was once cutting-edge”. This is certainly a topic that worths exploration. In Creative Week New York 2013, Audio Tour Hack created a multimedia exhibition named Mad World to twist memorable ads into archaeology discovery. They imagine that…

The Art of Desire

Art often channels our inner desire – the love, the fantasy, the hatred. When it is put into a exhibition context, the artist’s desire also becomes the visitor’s desire. This is the reason when I saw these three art pieces in the first edition Art Basel Hong Kong, I feel particularly intrigued. “Play – (201301)”…

Words Never Die: the New Poetry Scene

How do you see poetry? Do you still read any of them? Poetry may seem to be a dated form of communication, but it’s still a effective tool to convey an emotional message. Indeed it is evolving with the world but not left behind. We see a new wave of communication that are using poetry in a original…

Is it Public or Private?

Where is our private space in the city? As revealed in the previous Zentuary trend, we are all looking for a silent and peaceful retreat in our busy city. BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile laboratory that travels around the world to rethink about urban life, is currently in Mumbai exploring the topic of privacy in…

The Digital Natives

Generation Z, the group that born after 2000, is yet to be explored thoroughly in research as the major attention still goes to the Millennials. However there is one thing we are sure about, their native ability to handle digital devices. Born after the wide spread of internet, they are used to the connectedness of…