System launches Issue 17 exploring the future of shopping. Featuring cover stars, Mr Ji, founder and chairman of SKP Beijing, and José Neves, founder of Farfetch.
"In February, this year, it was reported thatSKP Beijinghad become the highest-performing luxury department store in the world. The news highlighted what is arguably the defining transition – both pre- and post-pandemic – for the global luxury fashion market: Chinese consumer appetite and purchasing power is now sustaining the profitability of many Western brands.
Systemhas spent the past six months exploring the world ofSKPfor our cover story. This is the first time its founder and chairmanMr Jihas agreed to be interviewed, so we took full advantage and invitedPatrizio Bertelli, CEO ofPrada, andJonathan Anderson, creative director ofLoeweandJW Anderson, to record conversations with him, beforeMr Jiled photographerJuergen Telleron a personal guided tour (remotely, of course) through SKP’s younger-and-edgier sister store,SKP-S.
Meanwhile, our second cover story featuresJosé Neves, founder of e-commerce giantFarfetch. In a wide-ranging interview, Neves discusses the realities of online success in lockdown, the convergence of virtual and physical fashion, and how the Farfetch-coined ‘Luxury New Retail’ is transforming the shopping experience. With portraits shot byJuergen Teller."