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Cole Haan Unveils New Tokyo Flagship

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Cole Haan Opens new retail location in the Ginza District

TOKYO/PRNewswire/ — Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer, today announces the opening of Cole Haan Ginza, a new retail location in the heart of Ginza, Tokyo’s premier shopping district. The 2,000-square-foot store marks the first for the brand and its global lifestyle concept, a new Cole Haan retail prototype.

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“This store marks the new face of Cole Haan in its retail stores and will be the basis for our expansion intoChina, Korea and the rest of the Asia Pacific region,” said Jack Boys, CEO of Cole Haan. “It represents an outstanding blend of tradition and modernity, with distinct presentations to both our female and male consumers.”

The acclaimed architecture firm, Anderson Architects in New York led the design of the ground-floor store, in partnership with local architects, Garde Co., Ltd. Working together, under the direction of Cole Haan VP Creative Director Andy Gray, the team created a space to showcase the Cole Haan brand and its products.

Ross Anderson commented on his firm’s work, saying, “The Cole Haan brand is taking on new meaning and relevance as the company creates new products and expands to new territories. We wanted to help celebrate this with an indigo tile ‘shell’ that is distinctive, striking and memorable. Inside, each room is a chapter in the story, with materials telegraphing aspects of a domestic world that contains useful well-made goods designed for useful, well-purposed lives of substance.”

In addition to the full Cole Haan lifestyle collection — footwear, small leather goods, outerwear, sunglasses, jewelry, and other items — the Ginza flagship will carry the debut Fall 2014 Women’s Handbag Collection as well as exclusive men’s and women’s footwear.

Greg Dinges, President of Cole Haan Japan, said, “We are very excited that Ginza in Tokyo will be the site of our first global flagship store for the modern Cole Haan. Our brand has a great 20 year heritage in Japan and we’re elated to open this new chapter in our history. We are confident that the Japanese consumer will love the new store, the casually elegant environment and our expanded and updated product offering for men and women.”

Located at 3-4-12, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan. Hours of operation will be open from Monday-Sunday 11:00-20:00, and the phone number is +81 (3) 6228-7417. Visit ColeHaan.co.jp to learn more about Cole Haan Ginza.

About Cole Haan:

Cole Haan LLC, with its Global Creative Center in New York City, is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear and bags, outerwear, eyewear and accessories with a commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation. For more information, visit ColeHaan.com and follow @ColeHaan.

For more information, US PR contact:

Japan PR contact:

Kimry Blackwelder, Cole Haan

Shie Sato, Cole Haan Japan

Phone: +1 (212) 763-3060

Phone: +81 (3) 3470-7704

Email: kimry.blackwelder@colehaan.com 

Email: shie.sato@colehaan.com

 

Source: Cole Haan

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June 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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Globally Revolutionary New Retail Concept Unveiled at Bangkok’s Siam Center

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US$60 million investment in Siam Center by Siam Piwat and 200 brand owners is biggest collaborative initiative in retail development ever undertaken in Thailand that aims to lift the stature of Bangkok as top global shopping destination
“We are pioneering a revolutionary new retail development concept where the developer works with retailers and brand owners to give the entire venue a consistent visual identity as well as a consistent promise to the visitor” – Mrs. Chadatip Chutrakul – CEO, Siam Piwat Ltd.
BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — Siam Piwat, the owner and operator of Siam Paragon and Siam Center recently unveiled sweeping plans, as part of its total rejuvenation of Siam Center, for the introduction of a revolutionary new retail concept that promises to put Bangkok among the ranks of the world’s most innovative shopping destinations when it opens on January 11th, 2013.
Mrs. Chadatip Chutrakul, CEO of Siam Piwat Co., Ltd., the owner and operator of Siam Center, said, “We’re pioneering a revolutionary new retail development concept where the developer works collaboratively with retailers and brand owners to give the entire venue a consistent visual identity. Brand owners and retailers have agreed to conceive their store designs to reflect an overall theme that is clearly and distinctly Siam Center, even for the stores of the biggest of big-name international and local brands in fashion as well as in food and beverages.”
“Brand owners and retailers are also collaborating with us to ensure the delivery of a consistent promise to the visitor: that, no matter which store one visits, or whichever restaurant one patronizes, one will meet with unexpected products and services, and which will be unlike anything available at any other venue,” she said.
In addition, most stores will carry special product selections that are only available at Siam Center, even including exclusive offerings in the food and beverage outlets.
“Big, fast-forward international brands have also agreed to present their latest new-arrival collections in Siam Center before they are presented at other branch,” Mrs. Chutrakul said.
“Siam Piwat is investing more US$ 60 million, while retailers and brand owners are investing US$ 33 million to create the new Siam Center. It is the biggest collaboration ever undertaken by retailers and brand owners in Thailand,” she said.
The SoHo district of New York is one of the inspirations behind what Siam Center is about to offer. It is, perhaps, the only place in the world where stores have designed their shops to suit the distinct style of the district, adapting themselves to fit the unique character of their environment while still preserving all that makes their brands special. For the first time, at Siam Center, all of these are now being done under one roof.
Siam Center has a gross floor area of 40,000 sqm and is located at the crossover station between the city’s two major overhead mass transit rail system routes. It is also at the heart of Bangkok’s retail zone with visitor traffic of around 150,000 people per day, of which approximately 60% are local residents and 40% tourists.
For further information, please contact:
Siam Piwat Co., Ltd.:
Sireetorn Niyomsen
Tel: +662-658-1000 ext 234
Bangkok Public Relations Ltd.:
Pairoj Pachanapreeda
Tel: +662-664-9500 ext 115
Source: Siam Piwat Co., Ltd.

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December 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

2012 Cosmoprof Asia Closed with Double-digit Growth in Number of Visitors

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Cosmoprof Asia, the largest and most definitive beauty trade event in the Asia Pacific region has closed with record numbers.

Cosmoprof Asia 2012 attracted 55,386 visitors (a growth of 14% over 2011)

All industrial seminars were fully attended.

Schwarzkopf Professional at AHMA hair show

Hong Kong Professional Nailist Union Competition 2012 enlivened the main stage of Grand Hall Avenue.

The show, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 14 to 16 November, is a confirmation of the strength and identity of the Cosmoprof brand and its ability to attract the who’s who of the global beauty industry.
The event, celebrating its 17th year, posted impressive numbers:
74,000 sqm of exhibition area (+9% over last year )
1,964 exhibitors (an increase of 10% compared to 2011) from 44 countries and regions
531 first-time exhibitors
19% increase in participation from Europe (with France ranking first in terms of exhibitor number)
23 national and group pavilions from Australia, Belgium, mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and USA, joined by the inaugural Canadian and Brazilian groups.
55,386 visitors (a growth of 14% over 2011) over the three show days with significant presence of buyers from countries such as Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Russia and US.
More than 250 members of the media and journalists covered the event.
Exhibitors reported excellent results and high satisfaction. Their expectation of meeting new prospective customers was widely met thanks to the participation of buyers of very high standing from across the world including procurers representing Chanel, Coty, Estee Lauder, Johnson & Johnson, LVMH, P&G, Unilever as well as Li & Fung, Mannings, SaSa, Sephora and Watsons.
“Amika is the leader in hair care and hair appliances and Cosmoprof Asia is vital to help us expand our professional distribution in Asia. We are looking to expand our business as a heavy player in Asia’s professional beauty market and have received a lot of interest in our brand and met several good distributors at the show,” said Heather Coughlin, National Education Manager, Amika (USA).
“Cosmoprof Asia is the meeting point with the major international actors of the industry. An important rendezvous for us on a fast growing platform,” said spokesperson of Albea (France).
“This is the most important beauty event in Asia, the show in which international brands should participate. This is the place for finding high quality business opportunities as well as enhancing brand awareness. Congratulations to the Cosmoprof team,” commented Tommaso Corradini, General Manager, Bioline S.r.l. (Italy).
“For 15 years we have been the leader in the Asian market but we are maintaining high investments in order to keep the leadership in this market. Being at Cosmoprof Asia is just one of these important strategic investments,” said Nelson Philippe, Owner, LPG Systems (France).
For the 6th consecutive year, Cosmoprof Asia organised the International Buyer Programme to facilitate direct contact between exhibitors and international buyers. Prominent buyers from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and Russia were invited to meet one-on-one with exhibitors of their choice. During the 3-day event, more than 140 one-on-one business meetings took place at the International Buyers Lounge with unanimous endorsement from all participants for the benefits of this formula.
Cosmoprof Asia Special Events
All seminars and concurrently-held events were fully attended.
Cosmoprof Asia collaborated with the Asia Hair Masters Association (AHMA) to host a series of activities including the AHMA Hairstyling Awards Final to give talented young stylists a shot at the international stage. The notable hair maestro Mark Leeson and Schwarzkopf Professional celebrated the hair event through hair shows and seminars.
Seminars on China and Japan offered the audience a better understanding of the evolution in the two leading Asian cosmetic markets.
Preview on 2013/2014 fashion and beauty trends as well as sessions on sustainable packaging, and on natural and organic cosmetic products, also attracted large audience.
The 5th Cosmoprof Asia Spa Conference brought together a high-caliber panel of speakers and professionals from the Spa industry.
“Cosmoprof Asia this year was an outstanding success,” declared Duccio Campagnoli, President of BolognaFiere and SoGeCos Spa. We are particularly proud of having been able to produce under the Cosmoprof brand yet another successful event for international cosmetics industry.
“It’s very encouraging to see yet another record-breaking edition of Cosmoprof Asia. Participants originating from 121 countries and regions testify to the truly international profile of the show and the increasing importance of the Asia region to the global beauty trade.” said Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia Ltd and Director of Cosmoprof Asia Ltd.
The 18th edition of Cosmoprof Asia will be held from 13 to 15 November 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Notes to the editors:
Cosmoprof Asia is organised by Cosmoprof Asia Ltd, a joint venture company between UBM Asia Ltd and BolognaFiere Group.
About UBM Asia Ltd
(http://www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 240 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia, we stage the leading events of their kind across the region. Our 200 events, 24 publications and 16 vertical portals serve over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant market news and industry trends, and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have over 1,100 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.
About BolognaFiere Group
(http://www.bolognafiere.it)
BolognaFiere Group, the world’s leading trade show organizer in the cosmetics, fashion, architecture and building, art and culture sectors, features in its portoflio more than 80 exhibitions, both domestic and international events. SoGeCos S.p.A., as organizer of Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna (established 1967), the most important beauty meeting point in the world that will take place in Bologna next March 8-11, 2013 (Cosmopack: March 7 – 10, 2013), has the privilege to work with the beauty industry in the five continents and to monitor new emerging markets where there is a demand for cosmetics products. The international platform offered by Cosmoprof, with its events in Hong Kong (established 1996) and Las Vegas (established 2002), provides a truly global marketplace for the beauty industry where brands can find success.
MEDIA CONTACT
ASIA WORLDWIDE
UBM Asia Ltd SoGeCos s.p.a – BolognaFiere Group
Ms Amy Ng Ms Paola Formenti
Tel. +852-2516-1659 Tel. +39-02-45-47-08-252
amy.ng@ubm.com paola.formenti@cosmoprof.it

Ms Janice Poon
Tel. +852-2516-2117
janice.poon@ubm.com

http://www.cosmoprof-asia.com
Source: UBM Asia

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November 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Cashmere World Makes Strong Debut in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Cashmere World had a successful debut in Hong Kong, benefitting from the presence of important international buying offices in the city and enjoying the synergy with collocated fair, Fashion Access (25 – 27 September 2012). Close to 2,000 buyers from 50 countries were on hand to view the fibres, yarns and finished cashmere products on offer.

Exhbitors’ products display with colourful cashmere

Opening Ceremony of Cashmere World 2012

Visitors’ feel the sense of luxury of cashmeres products
Hong Kong registered the biggest number of visitors with 942, followed by Mainland China, 500, and Japan, 114. The other countries/regions with the most buyers registered were Australia, India, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia and the USA.
Informative seminars held during the fair, “Peclers Paris’ FW13-14 Key Accessories Trends for Women/Men/Youth/Kids” and “Buying Accessories for the European Market” provided the latest trends for cashmere industry. Besides, proving to be an important element of the fair was the conferences on “Solutions to Exporting Cashmere Products to Western Countries” & “Development & Trends in the Cashmere Trade”, offering different perspectives from different sectors of the cashmere industry.
Mr Hao Xukuan, chairman of Viction Cashmere Group, took a supplier’s point of view, highlighting the superior position of China’s cashmere. Hao noted that China produces 200,000 tons of cashmere fibre a year, 70% of which comes from Inner Mongolia. In fact, 50% of the world’s cashmere comes from this region. The quality is excellent, being shiny white and of 14 microns in fineness. With a good supply of quality raw material, together with state of the art machinery and techniques plus professional management, China has an advantage over other cashmere supplying regions of the world.
However after the 2008 financial crisis, China was faced with a number of challenges: a strong currency, raw material price increases and rising labour and energy costs that chipped away at China’s cashmere advantage. The strict ecological production requirements of Western countries also created a barrier that kept many Chinese cashmere brands from entering the international market.
Mr Hao believes that China must develop a good platform for its cashmere industry, developing it as a strong and reliable manufacturing base. His own company Viction has been a successful supplier of cashmere fibre, yarn, and finished items to the world’s leading cashmere brands.
Another problem that China now faces is the lower sale price of cashmere which is killing the luxury image of cashmere and hence its profits. Mr Hao believes that Chinese cashmere companies also must strive to develop a luxury brand image. Viction, for example, is now venturing into brand development with the end in view of marketing its own cashmere labels to domestic customers which he sees as a huge potentially profitable market.
In fact, the World Luxury Association (WLA) has forecasted a sharp rise in the purchase of luxury goods until at least 2014/2015, with China leading the way. Already, Chinese purchases of luxury goods in France, Italy and the UK account for 48% of all sales. With China reducing its customs duties on imported luxury goods, starting October 2011, it is expected that luxury sales within China will increase considerably. Prestige cashmere labels from Italy and Scotland are already present in China but reduced import tariffs will make China even more attractive to international and Chinese brands.
From the other end of the spectrum, Ms Alessandra Cocchi, managing director of EastMax Fashion Ltd spoke from the perspective of a buyer. She has nervously been watching the ongoing fierce price war, with China buying up a quarter of greasy cashmere and creating a monopoly, she said. Available quantities of greasy cashmere have been drastically reduced — China is down to 5-6000 tons from 11-12000 tons and Mongolia is now below 3000 tons down from 5-6000 tons 2-3 years ago. As an extension of the supply situation in China and Mongolia, China has been actively buying in Afghanistan and prices there have also surged up to Mongolian levels with most supplies depleted.
Cocchi is also concerned about the increasing number of cashmere goats, resulting in less grazing grassland per goat, therefore the fibre has become coarser. Breeding in quantity and not quality is not good for the future of cashmere industry, she warned. Concurring with Mr Hao, she stressed that cashmere should remain a luxury item and need to eliminate low and mass market products to uphold the fine image of cashmere.
Interestingly, Mr Murray Ko Sek-yan, MD of Meridian Industries Ltd took on a buyer as well as a supplier perspective. His company is involved in cashmere production from the fibre stage to the end product. It includes overseeing the healthy growth of the goats, the harvesting of the fibres, processing it into yarns and the knitting of the final garments — the total production line.
He noted that Western customers place great emphasis on cashmere composition tests to show proof of quality. However, test results are far from accurate, with the same batch of cashmere tested at different test laboratories, or even in the same laboratory but with different technicians, yielding different results. China uses the mostly optic microscopy approach while Europe does scanning electron microscopy.
Hence he recommends in house and third party testing every step of the process; doing counter testing to verify; avoiding contamination of the tested cashmere fibre with other fibres; and using a reputable testing company. Keeping good records of testing on the same lot of cashmere fibres at different stages of the process would be beneficial when challenged to show proof by the buyer. “If you have done due diligence, the buyers are more inclined to work it out with you,” he said.
No doubt, Asian manufacturers have learned hard and fast about the cashmere business in the recent past, said Mr Ronnie Lamb, an international cashmere consultant. Some of them are now ready to test their skills in the international market by launching their own brands. “Brand is about reputation and branding is reputation building. Brand strategy and business strategy are related and works hand in hand. Good brands involve clarity, personality, reliability, trust, the promise of an experience, and the consistent delivery of that experience.”
Cashmere World is a vertically integrated business platform for the international cashmere trade. Started in 2010, it has since become the annual meeting place for cashmere producers and buyers, a catalyst for innovations in cashmere production technology, and an important venue for the promotion of the unique qualities that make cashmere one of the world’s best-loved luxury materials.
It returns next year, from 25 to 27 September.
Notes to Editors
About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 240 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia, we stage the leading events of their kind across the region. Our 200 events, 24 publications and 16 vertical portals serve over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant market news and industry trends, and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have over 1,100 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.
About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)
UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,500 staff in 40 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
About China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products (CFNA, http://www.cccfna.org.cn)
The China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products was established in September 1988. It has industry development as well as regulatory responsibilities, helps to implement policies and serves as a bridge between the industry and the government. At present, the chamber has 5,000 corporate members across the country, with 43 national-level sub-chambers covering all agricultural products. The Cashmere Sub-Chamber is one of these and has a history of more than ten years. Major members include the top 15 organisations which form the core of China’s cashmere industry and whose export accounts for half of the national total.
For fair details, please contact:
Ms Perrine Ardouin, Event Director
Email: Perrine.Ardouin@ubm.com
For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Gay Amistoso, Marketing Communications Manager
Email: gamistoso@gmail.com
Ms Sally Wong, Marketing Communications Executive
Email: Sally.Wong@ubm.com
APLF Limited
17/F China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2827-6211
Fax: +852-2827-7831
Website: http://www.aplf.com
Website: http://www.cashmereworldfair.com
Source: UBM Asia

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October 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

COSMOPROF ASIA 2012 Turns the Spotlight on Conferences and Events

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14-16 November, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — This edition of Cosmoprof Asia turns the spotlight on conferences and events in different beauty sectors to inform and instruct industry insiders. The programme of seminars will cover a wide range of topics and markets.

The Asia Hair Masters Association (AHMA) will organise its annual Summit during Cosmoprof Asia.

The 5th Cosmoprof Asia Spa Conference will feature 11 spa gurus to discuss new spa trends and business implications, with special focus on Spa Operations.

Hong Kong Professional Nailist Union Competition 2012 will be the spotlight event at the main stage of Grand Hall Avenue.
AHMA Summit and Hairstyling Award Final 2012
This year, the Asia Hair Masters Association (AHMA) will organise its annual Summit on 14 and 15 November at Cosmoprof Asia. During the two-day Summit, the Association will be hosting a series of hairstyling-related activities, including the AHMA Hairstyling Award Final, hair shows and seminars. England’s renowned hair master Mark Leeson (nominated for the British Hairdresser of the Year in 2011 & 2012) and Schwarzkopf Professional will take part in the AHMA hair show on 14 November and host hair seminars on 15 November.
Cosmoprof Asia 2012 SPA Conference
Running since 2008, the Cosmoprof Asia Spa Conference featuring a prestigious panel of international spa gurus will discuss new spa trends and business implications, with special focus on Spa Operations — Training, Pricing & Customer Retention.
In the first session on “Spa Trends”, Georgia Lee, Founder of DrGL® will share successful strategies for running a medi-spa in Asia. Kathryn Moore, Director of Operations for MSPA International, will present the wellness trends in spas in the coming 10 years. A panel discussion on “Staff Training” will follow, anchored by Ceri Silk, Regional Area Manager Asia-Pacific of SKEYNDOR, Jeff Mathews, President & COO of Mandara Spa Asia Ltd, Lisa Mak, Managing Director of Bodywize Wellness and Pamela Adkins, Executive Educational Director of Takara International Esthetic College.
The second panel discussion will focus on the elements needed to attract and retain customers. The panel will comprise Derek Barton, Managing Director of Barr + Wray (HK) Ltd, Samantha Arnold, Regional Vice President — Asia, Aromatherapy Associates, Lynsey Hughes, Spa Director of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Sharon Codner, Regional Spa Director (Asia) of the Peninsula Hong Kong.
Both panel discussions will be moderated by Melinda Yon, Senior Academic Staff, Diploma in Wellness, Lifestyle and Spa Management, at the Republic Polytechnic in Singapore.
Focus on China seminars
“International Cosmetic Conference 2012 — Growing your business in China” will give an in-depth analysis of the Chinese cosmetic market, the evolution in sales channels and the needs of consumers. This session is designed to help foreign brands understand the opportunities and challenges of entering the cosmetics market in China, and fostering cooperation between brands and the Chinese beauty industry.
“How to enter the Chinese Cosmetic Market: Analysis of New Regulations and Introduction of Important Regulations” is a must-attend session to learn how to process cosmetic import registration. Attendees will be given an update on the newly released government policies and health/safety regulations.
Industrial and trends seminars
“Discover the Packaging World” is dedicated to cosmetic manufacturers, brand owners and packaging suppliers. Industry experts will address the latest challenges, trends and technologies for cosmetic packaging and design. Topical issues such as sustainable cosmetic development and the economic cost of cosmetic packaging will also be discussed.
Organic Monitor, first-rate provider of global research and consultation, will share its research and observation of the natural and organic products industry during the seminar “Opportunities in the Global Market for Natural & Organic Cosmetics”. The expert analysis and insight provided will assist companies to make important business decisions and plans to achieve growth in the organic beauty sector.
The leading trend forecast agency, Beautystreams, will present “A Season of Faith: Autumn-Winter 2013/14 Trend Forecast”. The seminar will take the audience through key themes of the season, presenting an original view across specific categories: colors, themes, hair, makeup and nail looks, olfactory, skin care, prints, packaging, and visual merchandising. Fueled by a team of global experts, the seminar will also explore the important sociological macrotrends behind each theme.
Grand Hall Avenue
A brand-new initiative for 2012, the “Grand Hall Avenue” is a dedicated area providing a main stage for live events including nail competition, product demonstrations by exhibitors previewing the latest trends and technique in aesthetic, nail art and professional make up etc.
Special highlight will be the Hong Kong Professional Nailist Union Competition 2012. The event will feature contestants from around the world as well as a renowned and experienced international judging panel.
For updated details of the events and enrollment, please visit http://www.cosmoprof-asia.com.
Notes to Editors:
Cosmoprof Asia is organised by Cosmoprof Asia Ltd, a joint venture company between UBM Asia Ltd and BolognaFiere Group.
About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 240 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia, we stage the leading events of their kind across the region. Our 200 events, 24 publications and 16 vertical portals serve over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant market news and industry trends, and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have over 1,100 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

About BolognaFiere Group (www.bolognafiere.it/)
BolognaFiere Group, a world’s leading trade show organizer in the cosmetics, fashion, architecture and building, art and culture sectors, features in its portfolio more than 80 exhibitions, among domestic and international events. SoGeCos S.p.A., as organizer of Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna (established 1967), the most important beauty meeting point in the world that will take place in Bologna next March 8-11 2013, has the privilege to work with the beauty industry in the 5 continents and to monitor new emerging markets where there is a demand for cosmetics products. The International platform offered by Cosmoprof, with its events in Hong Kong (established 1996) and Las Vegas (established 2002) is a real warranty of result in the beauty industry all over the world.
MEDIA CONTACT:
ASIA
UBM Asia Ltd
Ms Amy Ng Tel. +852 2516 1659 | amy.ng@ubm.com
Ms Janice Poon Tel. +852 2516 2117 | janice.poon@ubm.com
WORLDWIDE
SOGECOS
Annalisa Beretta Tel. +39 02 454708225 | annalisa.beretta@cosmoprof.it
BOLOGNAFIERE
Isabella Bonvicini Tel. +39 051 282261 | +39 335 7995370 | isabella.bonvicini@bolognafiere.it
Source: UBM Asia

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October 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

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Fashion Access Enjoys Solid Turnout, Impresses with New Features

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Fashion Access, the leading international fashion fair for bags, footwear, small leathergoods, fashion accessories, travelware and lifestyle products, enjoyed a strong turnout of buyers, impressing them with numerous new features during its 3-day run from September 27 to 29 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Discover Quality Bags & Accessories in Fashion Access

Visitors’ Registration with Buyers from Around the World
The fair marked an 9.13% increase in visitor numbers over September 2011 figures. Fifty-four countries were represented, with Hong Kong-based stores and buying offices leading the pack, resulting in a 30.95% increase in Hong Kong buyer attendance over 2011’s figure of 1,328. China came in second with 798 buyers, up by 11.45%. Japan buyers made up the third largest contingent with 243. Rounding out the top 10 countries list were Australia, Italy, South Korea, Russia Federation, Taiwan, the Philippines and the USA.
“The increase in buyers is perhaps reflective of the fact that the fashion and leathergoods sectors – particularly leathergoods – have consistently outpaced the overall luxury goods market, and weathered the 2008/09 storm with much more resilience than the watches and jewellery category,” says Mintel, a leading global supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence. Nonetheless, growth in the fashion and leathergoods market slowed from 20.6% in 2010 to 17.6% in 2011. Mintel expects growth rates for 2012 to be a little below those seen in 2011 but does not expect any major slowdown in growth.
In her Fashion Access seminar on “Buying Accessories for the European Market”, Sandrine Williamson of Galeries Lafayette Group in Paris said: “despite the slowing down of the economy in Europe, sales of bags and fashion accessories would continue growing at the rate of at least 5-10% in the next few years.” Perrine Ardouin, events director of APLF which organises the fair, noted that “the importance of fashion accessories and leathergoods to the global fashion business is unquestionable. There will always be a strong demand especially for leather bags and shoes, particularly those in the luxury market.”
Visitors were also treated to a new look in the Fashion Avenue hall, a section of the fair dedicated to brands. Perhaps the most welcome addition to Fashion Avenue was the 43-exhibitor strong “Shoes from Italy” show brought in by the Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association, ANCI. This was complemented by the 10 exhibitors of bags and leathergoods under the Italian Leathergoods Manufacturers Association, AIMPES.
Jaclyn Wood of Metro Group Buying in Hong Kong said: “It is nice to see some good European products in Fashion Access, in terms of both design and quality, especially the Italian Shoes, which are out of my expectation. I am satisfied with my visit as a whole and looking forward to coming back another time.”
The excellent presentations of the 300+ exhibitors particularly in the various country pavilions including those of mainland China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia as well as those of the Design Zone exhibitors from Thailand and Malaysia afforded buyers with a wide selection to choose from.
“I feel satisfied with the wide range of products in Fashion Access. The number of suppliers is more than our expectation and we can find all the things we need right here with really good prices and quality,” said Tom De Poortere of Essentiel, Belgium. His view was echoed by Jessica Low, Lianbee-Jeco, Singapore: “Fashion Access is the right place to look for new styles. Here it offers lots of suppliers and latest fashion trends that one could not find in the other fairs.”
“Changes in stand design were also well received by buyers. The Fashion Avenue section was awash in white carpet and white, elegantly designed stands, creating a distinctly light feel and convivial ambience. “The lighting and the atmosphere here is awesome, offering a good environment to see new exhibitors and their products,” noted Dennis Fung of Wing On Department Stores, Hong Kong.
Michael Picard of Marc Picard, Germany also showed his appreciation for the excellent physical arrangements of the fair, including its well-appointed Fashion Lounges set up for all visitors to enjoy. “I enjoy the relaxing environment in the fair. The country pavilions are very nice as we can find what we are looking for easily.” So with Annie Wong of El Corte Ingles HK Ltd.: “The layout of the fair is nice and concentrated, allowing visitors to locate what they want in a more effective way.” Sharing the same sentiment was Hikei Wu of Maud Frizon Paris: “Compared with other fairs, the layout of Fashion Access is more welcoming and products are well-displayed as well.”
Fashion Access will hold its Fall-Winter 2013-2014 edition from 25-27 March 2013.
ABOUT APLF LTD (www.aplf.com)
APLF Ltd. is a joint venture between UBM Asia and SIC Group. APLF organises leading trade exhibitions in Hong Kong, China and India. It launched the Hong Kong Leather Fair 26 years ago – which is still the largest and most international sector event for all of Asia, and has expanded into the related fields of fashion and lifestyle products.
ABOUT UBM ASIA (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 17 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in the two fastest growing markets in Asia: China and India, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia. Our 150 events, 34 publications and 14 vertical portals serve a 1,000,000 plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have 1,000 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.
ABOUT UBM PLC (www.ubm.com)
UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
For fair details, please contact:
Ms Perrine Ardouin
Event Director
Email: perrine.ardouin@ubm.com
For media inquiries, please contact:
Ms Gay Amistoso
Marketing Communications Manager
Email: gay.amistoso@ubm.com
Ms Sally Wong
Marketing Communications Executive
Email: sally.wong@ubm.com
APLF Limited
17/F China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2827-6211
Fax: +852-2827-7831
Source: APLF Limited

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Nine exhibitors at Fashion Access fair held from September 27 to 29 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre were lauded for excellence in design and quality at awarding ceremonies for the Best of APLF Awards.
The fair’s footwear sector came out strong, winning four of the awards. Big winner was PT Mario Minardi of Indonesia which won the Best Quality Men’s Footwear Collection for its high-quality, casual men’s shoe collection that ranged from comfortable loafers with espadrille soles, lace-up booties and sport shoes all made of the finest leather and shoe materials.
Winning the Best Trendy Men’s Footwear Collection was Art Star of Hong Kong for its highly trendy line of men’s shoes that showed innovative reinterpretations of classic footwear forms such as oxfords, derbies and loafers through the use of fun decorative accents and unexpected colours.
For Best Ladies’ Footwear Collection, the award went to Calzaturificio Mercury di Mazzarella of Italy for their cutout leather collections that featured various patterns and styles, and made unique use of mocassin style stitching to give accent to the soles.
It was also the first time that an award for Best Children’s Footwear Collection was given out. First recipient of the prize is McNelly of Korea for their adorable line of children’s shoes, particularly their little girl maryjanes and boys’ oxfords with uppers made of colorful printed fabrics and PU.
Named Best Bag was the beautifully textured exotic leather tote of Covet Bag of Indonesia. Made from real python skin, It had a very contemporary urban feel and wonderful volume.
Bon Ace of the Philippines garnered the award for Best Fashion Accessories Collection for its creative use and wonderful inlaying of natural materials such as shells, mother-of-pearl, stones, corals and metal to create bold and ultra fashionable accessories.
Chosen as Best Leather Garment at the fair was the elegant spring coat of Suprema Srl of Italy that featured fine leather strips sewn into stretchable mesh fabric, creating a comfortable, light and very wearable garment.
The Best Travel Product award was given to Travel Products Corp. Ltd. of Hong Kong for its youthful and practical line of lightweight, all-weather travels bags done in bright, eye-catching hues.
The final award for Best Lifestyle Product went to Miramoda of Shanghai for its colorful line iPad and iPhone cases made of cork and synthetic materials that come in bright fluorescent colours.
ABOUT APLF LTD (www.aplf.com)
APLF Ltd. is a joint venture between UBM Asia and SIC Group. APLF organises leading trade exhibitions in Hong Kong, China and India. It launched the Hong Kong Leather Fair 26 years ago – which is still the largest and most international sector event for all of Asia, and has expanded into the related fields of fashion and lifestyle products.
ABOUT UBM ASIA (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 17 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in the two fastest growing markets in Asia: China and India, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia. Our 150 events, 34 publications and 14 vertical portals serve a 1,000,000 plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have 1,000 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.
ABOUT UBM PLC (www.ubm.com)
UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
For fair details, please contact:
Ms Perrine Ardouin, Event Director
Email: perrine.ardouin@ubm.com
For media inquiries, please contact:
Ms Gay Amistoso, Marketing Communications Manager
Email: gay.amistoso@ubm.com
Ms Sally Wong, Marketing Communications Executive
Email: sally.wong@ubm.com
APLF Limited
17/F China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2827-6211
Fax: +852-2827-7831
Source: APLF Limited

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