Luxury and fashion—Hong Kong—Q&A guide

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  • Luxury and fashion—Hong Kong—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the current state of the luxury fashion market in your jurisdiction?
  • 2. What legal framework governs the development, manufacture and supply chain for fashion goods? What are the usual contractual arrangements for these relationships?
  • 3. What legal framework governs distribution and agency agreements for fashion goods?
  • 4. What are the most commonly used distribution and agency structures for fashion goods, and what contractual terms and provisions usually apply?
  • 5. Do any special import and export rules and restrictions apply to fashion goods?
  • 6. What are the requirements and disclosure obligations in relation to corporate social responsibility and sustainability for fashion and luxury brands in your jurisdiction? What due diligence in this regard is advised or required?
  • 7. What occupational health and safety laws should fashion companies be aware of across their supply chains?
  • 8. What legal framework governs the launch of an online fashion marketplace or store?
  • 9. How does e-commerce implicate retailers’ sourcing and distribution arrangements (or other contractual arrangements) in your jurisdiction?
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Luxury and fashion—Hong Kong—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to luxury and fashion in Hong Kong published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: February 2021).

Authors: Hogan Lovells—Eugene Low; Laurence Davidson; Catharine Lau; Katherine Tsang; Arthur Ng

1. What is the current state of the luxury fashion market in your jurisdiction?

In 2020, the luxury fashion sector in Hong Kong took a major hit due to the pandemic. The sharp fall in the number of tourists and the lockdown measures hurt the luxury fashion sector. The Hong Kong Tourism Board reported a nearly 100 per cent drop of visitor arrivals in 2020 as compared to 2019. While the Hong Kong government offered some financial support via its employment support scheme to provide financial subsidy to employers to retain employees, a number of luxury fashion brands were reported to have terminated the lease of their flagship stores in Hong Kong early or have completely quit the Hong Kong market.

2. What legal framework governs the development, manufacture and supply chain for fashion goods? What are the usual contractual arrangements for these relationships?

The supply chain for fashion goods encompasses a wide range of business activities, from development and manufacturing to distribution and sale of goods. Hong Kong does not have legislation specific to fashion goods. Instead, the applicable

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