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The Greater Bay Area: A Potential Goldmine of ‘Hero’ Brands

8 Jan 2020

Since being set up in Hong Kong five years ago by its Italian founders, Branding Records has garnered a client base of nearly 200, from start-ups to SMEs and multi-national companies. Now, its team of...Read More


Italy: Market Profile

8 Jan 2020

Despite its challenges, Italy remains the world's top 10 largest economies, with a comparative advantage in a number of areas, including industrial design and innovation, fashion, and clothing. The ec...Read More


The Greater Bay Area: Choc-Full of Opportunities

1 Jan 2020

Established in 1878 in Turin, Italy, the gourmet chocolate manufacturer Venchi is now a well-known brand in Hong Kong, noted for its jewel-like designs, attention to detail and its insistence on using...Read More


Italy: Visa on Demand

11 April 2019

This page provides general information about visa requirements for Hong Kong residents travelling to Italy. For residents outside Hong Kong, please contact the nearest embassy or consulate. As the app...Read More


A Crafty Look at Vinitaly's Lesser-Known Beer-bearing Expo Stands

26 Sept 2017

Although rightly famed as an unparalleled showcase for the world's leading wines, this year's Vinitaly also gave a nook or two over to craft beers, with this bespoke-brewing sector proving to be one o...Read More


The EU: Surviving Populism, Tackling Income Inequality

17 Aug 2017

While populist calls for protectionist policies, largely inspired by perceived income inequality and a misunderstanding of the potential benefits of globalisation, have become an issue across the worl...Read More


Europe’s Elections: Indications of a Positive Trade Outcome

15 Aug 2017

Euroscepticism has been concerning the EU even before the UK voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. However, the failure of anti-EU nationalist movements to win power in the Netherlands and France, and...Read More


Brand Tie-ups and Outré Frame Materials Prove Eye-openers at MIDO

25 May 2017

Although the pressure is still on to provide higher-spec spectacles at lower prices, eyewear manufacturers are confident enough to experiment with innovative new materials, while continuing to seek lu...Read More


Italy Braces Itself for Impending Post-Brexit Economic Aftershocks

19 July 2016

With the UK one of Italy's major trading partners, negatives effects are now anticipated for both countries....Read More


EU Woes and Russian Sanctions Sees Euro Fashion Look to the US

17 March 2016

With the European market still reluctant to spend and trade with Russia currently off the agenda, many Italian and French designers are now increasingly looking to North American buyers to make up the...Read More


Black economy figures set to redraw EU economic landscape

7 July 2014

From this year, official GDP figure for EU countries will include estimated figures from the shadow sector. Will this effectively rewrite the economic map of Europe or merely allow ailing states to ar...Read More


Taxi app backlash hits disillusioned European and American markets

3 June 2014

Protests in London, Milan and Brussels focus on unfair advantage of Uber platform, with legislation already banning its use in Germany and Canada. Asian taxi app operators advised to learn from the le...Read More


Strong rebound in German, French and US optical markets, but definite slump in overall sunglasses exports to Asia, Africa and Australia

2 April 2014

Following on from this year's Mido Optical Show in Milan, the event's organizers have issued a major update on the current state of the Italian eyewear industry. As the world's leading player, Italy's...Read More


Colours back in style, as optical industry targets children's market

18 March 2014

It's all cyclical, say exhibitors and buyers at this year's Milan Mido event, with 1970's style again wooing consumers, while style-conscious kids are offering new opportunities and 3D printers threat...Read More


There's place like HOMI, as exhibitors welcome rebranded Milan show

12 Feb 2014

After 50 years as Macef, Milan's leading home and lifestyle show has taken on a dramatic new lease of life as HOMI, but is the re-boot more than just a re-badging? Buyers and sellers have their say on...Read More

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