The Chinese love London. The city is a popular stop-off on their luxury shopping tours of Europe because the English roll out the red carpet for them. Even after the shops have shut for the day they can find someone to serve them. Could this mean greater liberalization of working hours legislation in Europe? International Trade News talked to Prof. Florian Becker and Prof. Xiaojuan Ma about this and about the typical Chinese luxury customer.
Less digital is more. At least that seems to be the case for the future of the luxury watch market, says Aldo Magada, CEO and President of Swiss luxury watch maker Zenith: “We will never compete with digital or connected watches because it’s not our segment.” As a luxury watch maker, Magada is putting his faith in disconnected watches. He also hopes they will be his biggest asset in attracting a younger generation of customers.
Italian jewellery shines throughout the world. High-quality craftsmanship, inventiveness, design originality and creativity are the elements behind the elegant products enticing people around the globe. Italian jewellery is an international status symbol. Now the Italian jewellery sky has a new shining star: Cenci Roma Srl in Roma, Oro Italia Investimenti’s new brand. The company has long been active in the gold market and now shifts its focus towards the most precious jewellery.
The young Italian luxury designer Andrea Bonini defines luxury as being a combination of simplicity and straightforward, unfussy structures. This is exactly the language spoken by his furniture collections and accessories. They embody the most luxurious form of elegance. The Verona native is currently pulling out all the stops – while maintaining James Bond levels of secrecy – on his new collections for the Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milan.
Fashion designer and former juror on the TV show “Germany’s Next Top Model” Thomas Rath has a new mission as Germany’s official design ambassador. He talked to International Trade News about his new role and the 2015 collection of luxury trousers created for his label Thomas Rath Trousers. His message for the international fashion world may come as a surprise. Unlike fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld, he has declared jogging pants to be the next must-have luxury look.
The European motorcycle market is decreasing: With a minus of 10% in the past year, many producers have to rethink their sales strategies. However, a company from Mattighofen in Austria is growing against the general industry trend. At KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG, increasing market share can be recognised, which originate from a distinct positioning towards motorsports. Currently, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer attracts many customers with its slogan ‘Ready to Race.’
SAS Julien Carbonnell
Perpignan is a town with historical values and modern infrastructure. Moreover, it is blessed with a pleasant climate. The number of people looking for homes in and around Perpignan is growing. For more than 40 years, Sarl Carbonnell J.f supported homebuilders in the local real estate market. Now the company has become SAS Julien Carbonnell, offering plots tailored to customers’ needs, complete with all relevant services. At present the French enterprise is involved in the realization of four projects with 30 individual plots, which are expected to be completed within six months.
Watchmaking is an art. At the same time, it is a balancing act between craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technologies. Switzerland draws on a strong heritage in watchmaking, and Swiss watches are acknowledged as technological and precision masterpieces. As the name might indicate, CompliTime SA from La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland specialises in the development of highly complicated movements for the watchmaking industry. Offering aesthetic and technical qualities far above average, the company is a household name in its market niche, and a guardian and pioneer of watchmaking know-how.
Trade & Consumer Goods
Mateus Stock AB
The tableware and decoration can influence the atmosphere at dinners, parties or even during regular meals. Different designs and combinations can reflect a certain mood and evoke various feelings, for instance, warmth, comfort or joy. Mateus Stock AB based in Stockholm designs and produces ceramic tableware, which is intended to create warmth at home and wonderful table designs. The unique combination of authentic Portuguese craftsmanship and contemporary Swedish design results in unique table products, which are renowned worldwide.
Trade & Consumer Goods
VON ZENGEN Kunstauktionen GmbH & Co. KG
Once, Twice, Sold! Auctioneering has a very long tradition and an auction itself is a perfect opportunity to buy and sell high-value art and antiques. The VON ZENGEN Kunstauktionen GmbH & CO. KG in Bonn has more than 40 years of experience in the auction of objects from high-level estates, the liquidation of private collections and high-quality single pieces. The auction house is renowned for its absolute discretion, honesty and confidentiality, selling 15,000 subjects a year in its four grand Art and Antiques sales.
Trade & Consumer Goods
Stadlbauer Marketing + Vertrieb GmbH
The future of mobility is electric. There are vehicles, though, which have always been fuelled by electric power. They are offered by Stadlbauer Marketing + Vertrieb GmbH. The Austrian company markets Carrera, the world’s number-one slot car racing track which lets people of all ages experience the world of motor sports in their homes.
Trade & Consumer Goods
Seiko Deutschland Branch of Seiko UK Ltd.
Only few companies manage to make themselves known as a synonym of the product they make. Exactly this is the case with the Japanese watchmaking enterprise Seiko. Founded back in the 19th century, the company is still one of the globally leading watch brands in the medium price segment. Frank Deckert, managing director of Seiko Deutschland in Willich, has every reason to look to the future with confidence.
Information & Communication Technology
h & m gutberlet gmbh
In the face of tough global competition, it is not only speed, but also cleverness and system knowledge that count. Founded as an industrial representation in 1960, h & m gutberlet gmbh from Nuremberg, Germany, has proven its command of these qualities in the course of its history time and again. Industrial representations for the writing implements industry were the company’s core business, yet other branches and markets have complemented the offer in the meantime. As a competent partner for the development and realisation of new ideas and processes, gutberlet supports its clients in obtaining larger market shares and business success.
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