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This report covers the sportswear retailing industry in the People's Republic of China. The report includes coverage of all significant sportswear retail outlet formats, including department stores, stand-alone and branded fashion chains. Also covered are the sales of sportswear by sector.

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-- Total apparel, sportswear and department store sales and outlets to 2010;

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-- Online sportswear retailing market size and consumer trends;

-- Statistical data on leading retailer market shares by sales in China up to 2009;

-- Market data for each key provincial and urban region, in terms both of volume retail trade and the value of the local economy, up to 2009;

-- Value forecast retail market, up to 2015;

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-- Profiles of the 12 leading sportswear retail companies active in China, with financial data up to 2009 in most cases.

-- Key demographic data, including detailed age group and by habitation and province.

The total sportswear retail market is estimated to reach a value of RMB124.20bn by the end of 2010. Retail sales value increased by 254% between 2004 and 2010.

Per capita sportswear items sales grew by 233.2% between 2004 and 2010 thanks to increased spending power across a wider section of the population, in turn thanks to strong increases in average wages. However, volume sales have surpassed value sales due to retail price weakness, with average prices declining by cheap tiffany cufflinks 10% across the 2004 to 2010 period.

The weakness of retail prices, caused by intense competition (particularly in the mass market), continues to put pressure on retailers margins, forcing them to improve operational efficiency and to market more heavily in order to increase store footfall and raise purchasing rates.

The strong levels of competition in the tier-1 and -2 cities is driving retailers to up their plans for regional expansion, ranging from modest, selective targeting to some retailers forecasting very rapid outlet expansion over a short period of time. As well as new stores, there is a steady stream of new foreign and domestic brands adding to the competitive frenzy. Smaller, successful brands and chains will likely become targets for increased mergers and acquisitions activity in a market that will need to begin consolidation.

China's consumers are increasingly wealthy, but they are also very price cheap tiffany earrings. A strong sense of value for money does not automatically mean they prefer cheap, and they tend to be willing to pay more for better quality. The rapid growth of the Chinese economy means that things change fast, including fashion trends, and this means that Chinese consumers are very fickle about fashion. Already, sportswear has peaked (from a high point in 2008/09, in the wake of the Beijing Olympics) and outdoor wear is increasingly the sector where growth is accumulating.

Younger men tend to be the key consumer group for sportswear, and increasingly all consumers are using internet shopping, if not to actually make purchases, then at least to browse for competitive prices and make price comparisons between competing brands.

The future market looks set for continued steady growth, helped by continued average wage increases, as well as the emergence of significant consumption within rural communities, and the continued rapid urbanisation of the Chinese population. The latter factor is helping to increase urban population concentration, bringing more people closer to more retail outlets, raising footfall and purchasing frequency. However, retail price weakness will continue to be a problem, thanks to strong competition in all sectors.

This report forecasts that the total market value will grow to approximately RMB184bn in 2015, up from cheap tiffany key rings in 2011, in constant 2010 price terms. Outdoor wear will continue to be the strongest growth sector of the market, increasing by about 46% between 2011 and 2015, with outdoor footwear being the fastest growth sector within this, rising by about 48% over the same period.

 

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Designer Derek Lam today announced plans to introduce an original collection to be sold exclusively on eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), the world's largest online marketplace and a leading U.S. destination for fashion. Lam will leverage eBay's global community of more than 93 million by crowdsourcing prospective pieces, with the collective consumer voice determining which are produced for the final exclusive collection.

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The designer will unveil a ready-to-wear collection of original designs at a presentation during New York discount tiffany necklace Week in February 2011 and invite shoppers to vote for their favorites on eBay.com. The final collection will be available for purchase in Spring/Summer 2011 at accessible, fixed price points--delivering shoppers immediate, in season access to Lam's signature designs at excellent value, exclusively on eBay.

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Lam has received abundant recognition within the fashion industry, winning the CFDA Perry Ellis-Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear in 2005, the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Prize in 2005 and the CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year Award in 2007. He launched his label in 2003 - sold at Lam's two retail stores, online at DerekLam.com and at premium retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Barney's - and was named creative director of Tods in 2006. Lam's clientele includes Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Leighton Meester, Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth and Anne Hathaway, among others. For more.

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Derek Lam, a native of San Francisco, began his fashion career in 1990 after graduating from Parsons School of Design. After twelve years spent at the highest levels of American fashion as a designer at Michael Kors, Lam, together with his partner Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann, launched his eponymous label in 2003. 2006 saw rapid growth at discount tiffany ring Lam as handbags were added to the collection and Derek was named creative director of Tods. 2007 continued the trend of growth with the addition of shoes and eyewear to the Derek Lam label. After a successful collaboration with SANAA on his first store at 10 Crosby Street in New York, Derek once again enlisted the talents of the esteemed architectural team made up of, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa to open his second store at 764 Madison Avenue.

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Los Angeles collectors overwhelmingly focus on contemporary art, and the city's art scene owes much of its rapid ascent to the upswing of prices for the genre, which soared during the art market's boom years. In 2000, Sotheby's sold $157.8 million worth of contemporary art world-wide. That figure rose to $1.48 billion by 2008 before falling to $442.8 million in 2009, after the art market crashed. Prices are now stabilizing, although industry experts say that they likely won't return to astronomical precrash levels.

The volatility of the contemporary art market--as well as the overall discount tiffany bangle--shook up some institutions in L.A., in particular MOCA. MOCA's 2008 federal tax returns showed that the museum had drained about $24 million of its reserves to cover operating expenses after a spate of overspending. It was saved by Mr. Broad's donation.

Still, as prices for contemporary art rose, so did the value of art created by many of the elder statesmen of L.A.'s art scene. Pop artist Ed Ruscha, a MOCA trustee known for his deadpan images of parking lots, gas stations and L.A. architecture, now sells pieces for $3 million to $6 million at auction; he didn't come close to crossing the $1 million barrier before 2002. Works by John Baldessari, a conceptual artist and former UCLA instructor whose signature style includes overlaying historical images with opaque colored dots, now fetch more than $1 discount tiffany bracelet.

The city also boasts an ascendant community of younger artists, many of whom came to Los Angeles for the city's art schools. Michigan-born Mike Kelley moved to L.A. to attend the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Mr. Baldessari, and decided to stay on. Now his pieces, from comic-book-style drawings to sculptures that incorporate found objects like plush toys, are shown in museums like MoMA and the Whitney in New York.

"You cannot talk about contemporary art today without taking into account what is happening in L.A.," says MoMA's Mr. Lowry.

L&M Arts, a blue-chip Manhattan gallery that sells work by discount tiffany cufflink from Picasso and Matisse to Warhol and Rothko, opened its first Los Angeles space last month on Venice Boulevard, a central thoroughfare in L.A.'s beach neighborhood. It was a big shift for a gallery that in New York resides in a classic-looking townhouse on the Upper East Side.

"In New York, we largely did prestigious historical shows, but we wanted to be more involved with living artists," says Robert Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker who co-owns L&M. So far, the gamble has paid off: Within a week, all the Paul McCarthy sculptures on view at its inaugural exhibition were snapped up. The sculptures cost between $2 million and $5 million apiece.

Matthew Marks, another New York dealer, plans to follow suit. Mr. Marks, who last year purchased a house in the Hollywood Hills to accompany his new gallery space, says many artists on his roster--which includes Ellsworth Kelly, Peter Fischli and David Weiss--rarely showed their work in L.A. in the past and now seek more discount tiffany earring there.

Veteran L.A. dealers Timothy Blum and Jeff Poe say they have also profited from the explosion of demand. The duo opened their 500-square-foot gallery, Blum & Poe, in 1994. "Back then, there was no market here to speak of," says Mr. Blum. "The change has been tectonic." Blum & Poe currently occupies a 22,000-square-foot building in Culver City.

While contemporary art is booming, other sectors still lag behind. That is why Lacma's Mr. Govan, after a spate of building projects and contemporary acquisitions, has branched out to areas like costumes, Oceanic arts and tribal art.

"We're done growing," Mr. Govan says. "We've done the discount tiffany key ring. Now it's about quality."

 

 

 

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In June, Jeffrey Deitch, one of New York's most powerful gallery owners, relocated to Los Angeles to become the director of the city's Museum of Contemporary Art, a rare move from the private art-dealing sphere to the museum world. The owners of the Armory Show, New York's largest art fair, are putting together a major art fair to debut in downtown L.A. next fall.

"The art world is a very fluid place, but there is no question that L.A. is tiffany money clip on sale hot at the moment," says Glenn Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

To be sure, L.A.'s transformation into a world-class contemporary art city is an overnight sensation several decades in the making. It has long been bolstered by rich cultural institutions like the museums of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and by its leading art schools. The city still doesn't possess the extensive collections of older art found in New York, Paris and London, but it does boast a cadre of notable contemporary artists and powerful collectors.

One of the most active figures in the art scene is Mr. Broad, the 77-year-old billionaire who revived MOCA in 2008 with a $30 million infusion after it teetered on the edge of a financial crisis. In August, Mr. Broad announced that he would build a museum in downtown Los Angeles to display works from his art collection, which includes a 22-foot-tall Richard Serra torqued ellipse and a nearly 12-foot-high Jeff Koons balloon sculpture. Designed by architects Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, the museum, called the Broad Collection, will boast 36,000 square feet of gallery space--more than the entire Whitney Museum in New York. A spokeswoman for Mr. Broad said that the new museum will help make his works accessible to the largest possible audience.

Building a museum of one's own is also in keeping with local tradition. In the past few decades, private tiffany necklace on sale like industrialist Norton Simon and petroleum magnate Armand Hammer have opened some of the area's most prominent museums--long after families like Whitney, Frick and Morgan launched a golden museum era in New York.

The directors of L.A.'s museums have been moving aggressively to tap into the wealth of collectors in the entertainment and tech industries. These days their boards look quite different from those of their New York counterparts, which are largely composed of traditional philanthropists and established financiers.

Since Michael Govan moved from New York's Dia Art Foundation in 2006 to take over Lacma, he has added 30 trustees to the now-49-voting-member board, transforming its makeup with new additions like Dasha Zhukova, the girlfriend of Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich; fashion designer and restaurateur Eva Chow, and David Bohnett, the Internet entrepreneur who created GeoCities.com. He has also added Willow Bay, the newscaster wife of Mr. Iger, and Terry Semel, former head of Warner Bros. and Yahoo.

Maria Bell, the head writer of the daytime soap opera "The tiffany pendant on sale and the Restless," became co-chair of MOCA's board of trustees last summer and immediately began working with Mr. Broad to recruit new members. MOCA has added 19 new trustees since December 2008, including London diamond dealer and art collector Laurence Graff and newsprint mogul Peter Brant, who lives in Greenwich, Conn. Last year, MOCA raised more than $4 million from a gala where Lady Gaga performed. Next month, it will host another gala, curated--down to the food--by video artist Doug Aitken with contributions from musicians Beck, Caetano Veloso and Devendra Banhart.

Ann Philbin, who moved to the city a little over a decade ago to run UCLA's Hammer Museum, took in just over $100,000 at the museum's 2002 fund-raiser. Now, the event raises more than $1 million each year. Her board of overseers numbers five executives from major talent agencies, including Bob Gersh of the Gersh Agency and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment's George Freeman, who represents Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe.

In the auction world, Christie's says consignments from the Los Angeles region have tripled in the past year. Next month, Christie's plans to auction three major L.A. estates, including those of actor Dennis Hopper and art dealer Robert Shapazian, a collector of Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol who helped Mr. Gagosian tiffany ring on sale the L.A. outpost of his gallery. This past spring, the auction house sold the estate of "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton for $93.3 million, including a flag painting by Jasper Johns that sold for more than $28 million. Some in L.A.'s art world have complained that collectors here are more likely to have their estates auctioned off than to bequeath them to museums.

Marc Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas, says he used to travel L.A. three or four times a year to pay visits to clients. In the past year, he flew here twice as often. "After Manhattan, L.A. is my top priority," Mr. Porter says.

Still, Los Angeles has yet to develop its own auction scene. After opening a salesroom in Beverly Hills in 1997, Christie's closed the outpost two years ago, finding that its auctions there weren't generating significant revenue. Now, it focuses on consigning works from L.A. collectors to sell at its other tiffany sale.

"Rather than putting together a $5 million sale twice a year, it made more business sense to nurture collectors and go after $50 million worth of art to sell elsewhere in the world," says Andrea Fiuczynski, president of Christie's, Los Angeles.