Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

January 15, 2013

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Eyes on Vietnam

Foreign & domestic investment is heating up in 2013.

2013 may be a landslide year for Vietnam’s retail market growth. With a population of 90 million people and growing, Vietnam shows clear signs that doors are open to multinational and domestic companies for investment and expansion opportunities.

Vietnam has seen 10 years of average annual growth of about 7 percent. This number is projected to grow in the coming years as infrastructure is strengthened and market entry becomes easier.

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Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

December 26, 2012

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If The Shoe Fits

US's largest shoe retailer has expansion plans for Asia.

Central Marketing Group (CMG) will spend 3 billion baht to open outlets of Payless ShoeSource, the largest U.S. shoe store chain, in Thailand and Vietnam over the next five years.

Thailand’s biggest fashion distributor has received a five-year license from Payless ShoeSource Inc., a business unit of Collective Brands Inc., the leading U.S. shoe company, to operate its multi-brand stores in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

July 25, 2012

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Brand Owners Find New Opportunities

During a down turn economy, some brand owners find new opportunities in Asia.

Making its first foray into Asia, Hennes & Mauritz AB’s upscale brand COS opened a 6,000-square-foot store in Hong Kong late June. COS is joining other international retailers such as Coach and The Gap in the prime Central area.

Next up, Beijing. Plans are underway for a 4,300 square-foot store at the Parkview Green, a mall and hotel in Beijing’s central business district. The store will carry the entire COS collections.COS, which is short for Collection of Style, is a unisex brand with a design aesthetic that is modern, clean, and classic. The brand philosophy favors style over fashion trends.

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George Massey

Account Manager

June 19, 2012

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Burberry in China

What's next for the luxury brand in China?

In 2010, Burberry Group said it would buy out its Chinese franchises in a £70m deal that will see it take direct control of its 50 stores on the mainland. Angela Ahrendts, chief executive of Burberry said the Burberry brand had more global momentum than ever in its history. It had the product innovation and supply chain to handle the fastest-growing luxury market. “Regardless of the market dynamics going on, other dynamics are in place to make this the optimum time to do [this deal],” she said.

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