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Layered Look Remains Popular in Becalmed US Jewellery Sector

24 March 2017

Sluggish trade made for a subdued mood among exhibitors at Chicago's JF&A jewellery show. There were some bright spots, though, with many buyers favouring simple pieces worn several at a time, creatin...Read More


Healthy Eyewear Sector Girds Itself to Ride Out Any Future Slump

23 March 2017

Although confident as to current demand, many buyers and exhibitors at the HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair were keeping an eye on their future prospects, with several seeing the Asia-Pacific region as th...Read More


Malaysian Jewellers See Off Global Brands with Bespoke, Online Sales

15 Feb 2017

Despite feeling the pinch from the on-going global downturn, many exhibitors at the Malaysia International Jewellery Festival remained buoyed by high-end sales, social-media success and the failure of...Read More


Retailers Look for Windfall in Resurgent Russian Luxury Goods Sector

13 Feb 2017

Currency stabilisation, VAT rebates and stay-at-home spenders all contribute to rise in high-end purchases....Read More


Smartwatches Outsell Smartphones as Russia's Must-have Accessories

1 Dec 2016

Fashion, functionality and fitness have seen Russians turn to smartwatches as this season's essential accessory....Read More


Massive Growth of Mainland Optical Market Proves Real Eye-opener

28 Nov 2016

The Guangzhou International Optics Fair highlighted the huge potential of the mainland eyewear market, with the existing number of online and offline retailers unlikely to be able to meet growing dema...Read More


Watch and Clock Market: Cautiously Optimistic Outlook for 2017

10 Nov 2016

During the 2016 HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 502 buyers and 332 exhibitors. The survey results show that industry players were slightly optimistic wi...Read More


Silver Market and Traditional Products Hold Sway at Tokyo Gift Show

31 Oct 2016

With older Japanese consumers now having far greater levels of disposable income than many of their younger counterparts, this year's Tokyo International Gift Show was notably skewed towards the needs...Read More


Innovation Meets Retro Styling at Europe's Largest Optical Expo

25 Oct 2016

With Asia emerging as the optical industry's new focus, this year's Silmo event was characterised by the use of innovative new technology, increasing concerns over piracy, 3D-printed frames and the re...Read More


Election Uncertainty Sees US Accessories Sector a Little Becalmed

17 Oct 2016

With economic uncertainties fostered by the looming November election, the US accessories market is just one of many sectors to suffer a continuing slowdown as consumers postpone purchasing decisions ...Read More


China’s Watch Shoppers: Brand Awareness and Price Premiums

4 Oct 2016

Middle-class consumers in China have an acute awareness about the value of watches and acceptable price levels for timepieces of different grades and they have a positive impression of Hong Kong brand...Read More


China’s Watch Shoppers: Shopping Channels and Market Awareness podcast

27 Sept 2016

According to the latest HKTDC survey, traditional “shopping centres/malls/name-brand stores in department stores” are the most common channels through which mainland middle-class consumers obtain info...Read More


China’s Watch Shoppers: Consumer Behaviour podcast

20 Sept 2016

According to the latest HKTDC survey, mainland middle-class consumers have three watches on average. They would “wear different types of watches for different occasions”. Both casual/fashion watches a...Read More


China’s Watch Shoppers: Consumer Attitudes and Beliefs

14 Sept 2016

According to the findings of a consumer survey conducted by HKTDC Research, middle-class consumers in China wear watches mainly to show off their personal style. The majority of respondents indicate t...Read More


China’s Watch Shoppers (Summary)

13 Sept 2016

China’s middle-class consumers’ considerations for buying a watch have already shifted from durability and price in the past to fashionable design and style. HKTDC Research conducted a survey of watch...Read More


E-Commerce: The Digital Route to Mainland Watch Sales

9 Sept 2016

Following the rapid expansion of the internet in China, the e-commerce platform will see great potential as a new channel for the marketing of watches. According to Wanbiao CEO Xiao, for imported watc...Read More


How a Hong Kong Manufacturer Ventures into Online Business (Interview with Wilson Ngan)

7 Sept 2016

In an interview with the HKTDC, Wilson Ngan, a local manufacturer involved in the watch-packaging business for the past three decades, talks about building the online watches and jewellery platform ww...Read More


O2O in the Mainland Watch Market: A Hong Kong Success Story

6 Sept 2016

The Renley Group was established in 1983 as an OEM producing 4,000 watches a month. Today, the group has production facilities in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and Switzerland and is involved in var...Read More


DIY Jewellery Workshops Woo Mainlanders into Creative Expression

31 Aug 2016

Rewriting the traditional business model of the jewellery industry, DIY workshops are allowing mainland consumers to fashion their own precious metal accessories, winning over a generation of customer...Read More


Changing How the World Shops (Interview with Popmap)

18 Aug 2016

Founded by Idris Sersoub, a French expatriate in Hong Kong, Popmap is an international e-commerce platform with more than 1,000 merchants in 40 countries. Global shoppers can buy from myriad boutiques...Read More

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