And another huge retailer bows down to the Chinese market…this time it’s Nike – they’re putting out a limited edition pair of Zoom Kobe VI kicks especially for China. While the American version comes in either black-and-yellow or black-and-green, the China edition is gray-and-purple and was inspired by traditional Chinese blue and white porcelain. It also includes a number of Chinese elements such as the special lace buckle featuring Kobe Bryant’s team number 24 and a Reishi mushroom to symbolize good luck and happiness. If you’re hoping to grab a pair, it goes for 1299 RMB and hits store February 2nd.
In other shop talk, Lane Crawford is going to try Shanghai again. It got off to a rough start because unlike Nike, it failed to cater enough to local tastes and had to shutter its Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Harbin stores. But it’s done well up in Beijing and is ready again for expansion via three new stores – one in Shanghai, Chengdu, and another in Beijing. The Shanghai 150,000 sq foot flagship store is set for open for late 2011.