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How China’s Wealthy Online Shoppers Buy Depends on Where They Live

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Wealthy Chinese luxury consumers have demonstrated huge regional differences when it comes to what they buy online, according to a recent report.

Over the last decade, collaborations between luxury brands and contemporary artists have gone beyond mere artistic partnerships towards a new kind of luxury branding.

PARIS – Art and fashion have always developed side by side, for fashion, like art, often gives visual expression to the cultural zeitgeist. During the 1920s, Salvador Dalí created dresses for Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiapparelli. In the 1930s, Ferragamo’s shoes commissioned designs for advertisements from Futurist painter Lucio Venna, while Gianni Versace commissioned works from artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Roy Lichtenstein for the launch of his collections. Yves Saint Laurent’s vast art collection, recently auctioned at Christie’s in Paris, testified to his great love of art and revealed the influence of a variety of artists on his own designs.

In the 1980s, relationships between luxury brands and artists were advanced when Alain Dominique Perrin created the Fondation Cartier. In the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, a book marking the foundation’s 20th anniversary, Perrin says he makes “a connection between all the different sorts of arts, and luxury goods are a kind of art. Luxury goods are handicrafts of art, applied art.”

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemparain building in Paris

Wealthy Chinese luxury consumers have demonstrated huge regional differences when it comes to what they buy online, according to a recent report.

Affluent Chinese consumers have demonstrated highly varied luxury brand preferences depending on the cities and regions they live in, according to a new report published jointly by Alibaba’s Tmall and CBN Data Center.

The August 21 report, which is titled “2017 New Retail Luxury Consumption Trends,” was based on information gathered from 454 million Chinese online shoppers and over one million merchants on Alibaba’s Tmall platform from the period between January 2013 to June 2017.

The findings show that Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand Bulgari is the favorite label among people in the Northeast region when buying online, followed by Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermes, Versace and Anna Sui. People’s strong preferences for hard luxury goods such as Bulgari and ultra-expensive handbags like those by Hermes is slightly counterintuitive as provinces in Northeast China have had negative economic growth in recent years. The findings, however, remind luxury brands that there are still super-wealthy consumers in this region with untapped potential.

Residents from the country’s first-tier metropolitan cities, who hold relatively higher economic power, prefer beauty brands when shopping online. Skinceuticals tops the list for Beijing residents, followed by LVMH-owned Fresh, Bulgari, La Mer and Dr. Sebagh, whereas people from Shanghai choose Jill Stuart, Dr. Sebagh, CPB and Make Up For Ever.

Consumers’ responses from areas including Zhejiang and Jiangsu, Hubei, and Fujian reflected a desire for a mix of beauty brands and hard luxury. For instance, La Mer tops the list in Zhejiang and Jiangsu, followed by Christian Louboutin and CPB. Shoppers from Fujian like to purchase Tissot and Longines watches online but also buy La Mer and Clarins.

Photo: CBN Data Center and Alibaba’s Tmall report

Aside from regional disparity in consumer preferences that sheds light on the China strategy of luxury brands, the report also reveals a common trend among Chinese online buyers, namely, that they’re now much more prone to impulse shopping than they were years ago.

The above chart shows that for the category of luxury watches, 45 percent of Chinese consumers can make the “buy” decision within 24 hours, while only 19 and 11 percent of them could do the same back in 2012 and 2010, respectively. 64 percent of respondents can purchase within one day with regard to the apparel category, and 52 percent of them can decide the same on handbags.

The report also presents findings on the Post-95s generation, an emerging group with regard to purchasing power that refers to Chinese consumers who were born after the year of 1995. Givenchy tops the list of the favorite luxury brands among the Post-95s generation, followed by Chanel, Anna Sui, Dior and Christian Louboutin.

Moreover, they like to purchase beauty products when shopping online regardless of gender. That is mostly because it has been a common practice for male consumers of this age to send cosmetics and skincare products as gifts to their girlfriends and female friends, the report noted. Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and Armani’s beauty products are their favorites.

The report further notes two demographics that are still largely unnoticed by most luxury brands: consumers from small Chinese cities and those who are price sensitive. They, along with younger generations, will become the major consumption forces in China in the near future.

Cover image: Tung Cheung / Shutterstock

Article originally published on Jing Daily. Republished with permission.

Yiling Pan
Yiling Pan

Associate Editor, Jing Daily

Yiling (Sienna) Pan is Associate Editor for Jing Daily. She started her journalism career at Reuters’ Shanghai Bureau in 2014, where she reported on China’s financial markets and economy. She is passionate about telling stories about China’s current social, cultural, and economic transformation.

CONSUMERS

How China’s Wealthy Online Shoppers Buy Depends on Where They Live

by

Yiling Pan

|

This is the featured image caption
Credit : This is the featured image credit

Wealthy Chinese luxury consumers have demonstrated huge regional differences when it comes to what they buy online, according to a recent report.

Over the last decade, collaborations between luxury brands and contemporary artists have gone beyond mere artistic partnerships towards a new kind of luxury branding.

PARIS – Art and fashion have always developed side by side, for fashion, like art, often gives visual expression to the cultural zeitgeist. During the 1920s, Salvador Dalí created dresses for Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiapparelli. In the 1930s, Ferragamo’s shoes commissioned designs for advertisements from Futurist painter Lucio Venna, while Gianni Versace commissioned works from artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Roy Lichtenstein for the launch of his collections. Yves Saint Laurent’s vast art collection, recently auctioned at Christie’s in Paris, testified to his great love of art and revealed the influence of a variety of artists on his own designs.

In the 1980s, relationships between luxury brands and artists were advanced when Alain Dominique Perrin created the Fondation Cartier. In the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, a book marking the foundation’s 20th anniversary, Perrin says he makes “a connection between all the different sorts of arts, and luxury goods are a kind of art. Luxury goods are handicrafts of art, applied art.”

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemparain building in Paris

Wealthy Chinese luxury consumers have demonstrated huge regional differences when it comes to what they buy online, according to a recent report.

Affluent Chinese consumers have demonstrated highly varied luxury brand preferences depending on the cities and regions they live in, according to a new report published jointly by Alibaba’s Tmall and CBN Data Center.

The August 21 report, which is titled “2017 New Retail Luxury Consumption Trends,” was based on information gathered from 454 million Chinese online shoppers and over one million merchants on Alibaba’s Tmall platform from the period between January 2013 to June 2017.

The findings show that Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand Bulgari is the favorite label among people in the Northeast region when buying online, followed by Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermes, Versace and Anna Sui. People’s strong preferences for hard luxury goods such as Bulgari and ultra-expensive handbags like those by Hermes is slightly counterintuitive as provinces in Northeast China have had negative economic growth in recent years. The findings, however, remind luxury brands that there are still super-wealthy consumers in this region with untapped potential.

Residents from the country’s first-tier metropolitan cities, who hold relatively higher economic power, prefer beauty brands when shopping online. Skinceuticals tops the list for Beijing residents, followed by LVMH-owned Fresh, Bulgari, La Mer and Dr. Sebagh, whereas people from Shanghai choose Jill Stuart, Dr. Sebagh, CPB and Make Up For Ever.

Consumers’ responses from areas including Zhejiang and Jiangsu, Hubei, and Fujian reflected a desire for a mix of beauty brands and hard luxury. For instance, La Mer tops the list in Zhejiang and Jiangsu, followed by Christian Louboutin and CPB. Shoppers from Fujian like to purchase Tissot and Longines watches online but also buy La Mer and Clarins.

Photo: CBN Data Center and Alibaba’s Tmall report

Aside from regional disparity in consumer preferences that sheds light on the China strategy of luxury brands, the report also reveals a common trend among Chinese online buyers, namely, that they’re now much more prone to impulse shopping than they were years ago.

The above chart shows that for the category of luxury watches, 45 percent of Chinese consumers can make the “buy” decision within 24 hours, while only 19 and 11 percent of them could do the same back in 2012 and 2010, respectively. 64 percent of respondents can purchase within one day with regard to the apparel category, and 52 percent of them can decide the same on handbags.

The report also presents findings on the Post-95s generation, an emerging group with regard to purchasing power that refers to Chinese consumers who were born after the year of 1995. Givenchy tops the list of the favorite luxury brands among the Post-95s generation, followed by Chanel, Anna Sui, Dior and Christian Louboutin.

Moreover, they like to purchase beauty products when shopping online regardless of gender. That is mostly because it has been a common practice for male consumers of this age to send cosmetics and skincare products as gifts to their girlfriends and female friends, the report noted. Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and Armani’s beauty products are their favorites.

The report further notes two demographics that are still largely unnoticed by most luxury brands: consumers from small Chinese cities and those who are price sensitive. They, along with younger generations, will become the major consumption forces in China in the near future.

Cover image: Tung Cheung / Shutterstock

Article originally published on Jing Daily. Republished with permission.

Yiling Pan
Yiling Pan

Associate Editor, Jing Daily

Yiling (Sienna) Pan is Associate Editor for Jing Daily. She started her journalism career at Reuters’ Shanghai Bureau in 2014, where she reported on China’s financial markets and economy. She is passionate about telling stories about China’s current social, cultural, and economic transformation.

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