CITY LIGHTS: Louis Vuitton is hitting the highway with its males’s pre-fall assortment.
The road designed by males’s inventive director Pharrell Williams will probably be introduced on Nov. 30 in Hong Kong, marking the primary time the pre-collection will probably be showcased in a bodily runway present. Williams confirmed his debut assortment in Paris in June, with a mega-event that was attended by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Zendaya.
Vuitton’s hyperlinks to Hong Kong date again greater than 4 a long time: its first retailer there opened on the Peninsula resort in 1979 and it now has seven boutiques.
The world’s largest luxurious model has additionally staged main exhibitions, together with “Louis Vuitton: A Ardour for Creation” in 2009, for which artist Richard Prince wrapped the Hong Kong Museum of Artwork with enlarged replicas of pulp-fiction novel covers, and the “Time Capsule” exhibit in 2017.
Vuitton lauded Hong Kong as “cosmopolitan and vibrant, a metropolis that has for hundreds of years been a crossroads of individuals and commerce; a melting pot of East and West that has given rise to a thriving metropolis of artwork, tradition, and trade.” It didn’t disclose the exact location of the upcoming present, which will probably be its first within the particular administrative area of China.
Hong Kong’s August retail gross sales rose 13.7 p.c in contrast with the identical month in 2022, helped by a rise in customer arrivals, in line with the most recent figures launched by the Census and Statistics Division.
It quoted a authorities spokesman as saying that the retail sector would proceed to profit from the continuing restoration of inbound tourism within the close to time period. Gross sales must also be supported by constructive shopper sentiment amid improved labor market situations, and the “Evening Vibes Hong Kong” marketing campaign of occasions and promotions, he mentioned.
The Immigration Division recorded a complete of round 1.1 million guests from mainland China coming to Hong Kong by sea, land and air management factors through the eight-day Nationwide Day Golden Week, which ran from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6. This represented 85 p.c of the degrees recorded between 2017 and 2019, earlier than the coronavirus pandemic shut borders.