"Wonderful program! Well-structured with clarity of objectives, and awesome culture with direct retail feedback. We have learned so much and made so many meaningful connections throughout the journey."
– QueueHop, 2017 Winner

"The overall experience was absolutely incredible and exceeded all our expectations. We learned so much, and the mentors, LC team, and environment was perfect."
– SeenIt.in, 2017 Winner

"This program is like a mini-MBA for fashion tech startups. I’m so impressed by the people I met, sessions I attended, and network I tapped into."
– Whatsquare, 2016 Winner

"It was a life changing experience…and this is just the beginning!"
– Whoolala, 2016 Winner

The Lane Crawford Joyce Group, headquartered in Hong Kong, is Asia’s pre-eminent luxury lifestyle group and an international industry benchmark in fashion retail and omni-channel experiences, brand management and distribution.

The Group consists of four companies:
Iconic luxury department store Lane Crawford
Cutting edge fashion boutique Joyce
Fashion footwear, bags and accessories specialist Pedder Group
Retail, brand management and distribution company ImagineX Group

The Lane Crawford Joyce Group works with more than 1,650 international fashion and lifestyle brands. The Group operates luxury department stores and boutiques, free-standing branded stores, e-commerce and omni-channel operations.

The four companies form a collaborative partnership to provide international brands with a market entry and growth strategy for Greater China, leveraging various distribution models, while maintaining separate identities, areas of specialty, individual but complementary business models, and individual growth plans.

With near 170 years of trading experience in Hong Kong and China, the Group offers an unparalleled scale of operation with a network of 9 strategically located distribution centres throughout China and South East Asia and 5 international buying offices.

As the sheer size and diversity of China presents many challenges to international brand entry and growth, The Lane Crawford Joyce Group is uniquely positioned to be brands’ exclusive partner for the whole of China.

The Group currently operates more than 600 points of sale across 40 cities in Greater China and South East Asia, with a total retail space of more than 2,000,000 square foot. A new global capacity e-commerce platform customized for the unique China market provides presence, scale and reach. As the sheer size and diversity of China presents many challenges to international brand entry and growth, The Lane Crawford Joyce Group is uniquely positioned to be brands’ exclusive partner for the whole of China.

The Group has one of the largest premium customer bases in the region, with more than 1.5 million active luxury customers on its database.

The Lane Crawford Joyce Group and its companies are recognized as international benchmarks for retail innovation and creativity, and a reference for the Greater China luxury market. The Group has won a number of international awards for store design, retail concept, visual merchandising and creative marketing campaigns, including the prestigious International Retailer of the Year Award awarded to Lane Crawford by the National Retail Federation headquartered in the US. The Group employs about 5,000 people and is deeply invested in the training and personal development of its talent through its own retail academy.

Throughout our history, creativity and innovation has been central to who we are. This comes not only from within, but also from looking out, inviting ideas and collaborating with smart people in specialist areas who bring different perspectives and help us create new experiences. The Cage holds to this tradition, while defining a new approach for technology collaborations in an age of ecosystems.

Our address: The Cage, 30/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

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Founded in 1850, Lane Crawford is China’s first luxury omni-channel fashion retailer focused on creating a seamless shopping experience across its physical stores in Greater China and its global online store.

Lane Crawford has 10 points of sale in Hong Kong and China. With a digital flagship store, purpose built for China while also shipping globally, Lane Crawford is China’s first luxury omni-channel fashion retailer.

Featuring the largest designer portfolio across Womenswear, Menswear, Cosmetics, Home and Lifestyle, and Fine Jewellery in the region, Lane Crawford showcases more than 800 international brands. The company’s buying teams and creative and marketing teams work directly with their brand partners to create innovative and exclusive programmes unique and relevant for the Greater China market. The Company has opened its largest store to date in Shanghai in October 2013 and another in Chengdu in January 2014.

As one of the world’s oldest department stores, Lane Crawford is an iconic brand in Greater China, with the recognition, awareness and trust that comes with such heritage. Having served more than six generations of Chinese customers, Lane Crawford has more than 600,000 active VIP card members.

 

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Founded in 1971, Joyce is Asia’s cutting-edge fashion boutique, supporting creative expression, and nurturing and showcasing extraordinary talent with a cross-cultural perspective.

First to introduce international designers to Hong Kong, Joyce operates more than 5 multi-brand boutiques in Hong Kong, one in Shanghai and Beijing; Joyce Beauty concepts, a niche beauty retail offer that has 10 points of sales in Hong Kong and two in China, and mono-brand stores for brands including Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Marni, Rick Owens, Sacai, Thom Browne and Victoria Beckham.

Partnering with some of the world’s most creative forces, Joyce boutiques deliver a highly personalized, curatorial fashion edit of the very best international designer collections across womenswear and menswear.

The Joyce portfolio also includes Joyce Gallery in Paris, Beijing and Shanghai, which presents the work of pioneering individuals from the worlds of art and design, underlining the value the business puts on supporting creative talent and collaborating with artists.

 

 

 

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Founded in 2003, Pedder Group is a fashion footwear, bags and accessories specialist with leadership positioning and unparalleled expertise in Greater China and South East Asia. Pedder Group operates more than 70 points of sale across Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Taipei, Singapore and Jakarta.

Pedder Group works with over 345 international brands and operates three main businesses:

• Its multi-brand business composed of the shoes and accessories department for Lane Crawford – on and offline; the women’s shoes and accessories department in LAB Concept, Hong Kong; On Pedder, a designer retail concept with freestanding stores and branded boutiques in Joyce; Pedder on Scotts, the largest multi-brand shoes and accessories destination for women, men and kids in Singapore.

• Mono-brand stores through partnerships with Christian Louboutin, Stuart Weitzman and Gianvito Rossi.

• Pedder Red, a contemporary fashion shoe and accessories brand, the majority of which is its own development, distributing through its freestanding stores, Lane Crawford and Pedder on Scotts.

The Group’s international team combines expertise from design, product development and retail, creating a value chain for its brands, from development through to experiential retail.

Through its innovative retail concepts, Pedder Group presents a highly edited collection with a fashion point of view, seeking and showcasing talent, and inspiring desire through extraordinary environments, creative collaborations and unique marketing programmes.

 

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Founded in 1992, ImagineX Group is Asia’s leading retail, brand management and distribution company with unrivalled market coverage in Greater China. A pioneer of the region’s luxury market, ImagineX Group was the first to introduce luxury brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada and Cartier to China more than 20 years ago.

Building luxury, designer and premium contemporary fashion and lifestyle businesses with an entrepreneurial approach and the passion of a brand owner, ImagineX Group’s portfolio currently includes 20 brands: alice+olivia by Stacey Bendet, Apivita, Aveda, ba&ah, Brooks Brothers, Canada Goose, Club Monaco, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, Isabel Marant, ISAIA, Jo Malone London, Juicy Couture, kate spade new york, Marc Jacobs, Natura Bisse, Paul Smith, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Salvatore Ferragamo, Scotch & Soda and Tory Burch.

ImagineX Group creatively positions its brands, staying true to their DNA while ensuring local relevance, and leverages the company’s market intelligence, robust infrastructure and partnership network to build critical mass. It offers multiple partnership formats for long-term growth in Greater China and South East Asia including joint ventures, franchise and wholesale distribution as well as management services. Its brand portfolio speaks to the luxury and designer customer while also appealing to the booming aspirational middle market.

ImagineX Group currently operates more than 500 points of sale across 44 cities in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and South East Asia and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Macau, Taiwan and Singapore.

 

OVERVIEW

The Cage is a full-time, 12-week ignition programme powered by The Lane Crawford Joyce Group that offers intensive mentorship and in-house commercial opportunities to two start-ups developing technologies that apply to fashion and lifestyle retail, as it relates to our core businesses.


We called out for early stage start-ups with fresh, frontier technologies that enhance the Customer Experience to join us.


This could include, though is not limited to: IoT, personalisation, image recognition/matching, AI/machine learning, AR, gaming and blockchain.

 

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SELECTION


After completing the online application form, shortlisted applicants will be invited for interviews. Six start-ups will then be selected to participate and present at a pitch event. From the pitch event, two winning start-ups will be offered the opportunity to take up residence in The Cage – a co-working space in the Group’s One Island South headquarters in Hong Kong, known as such for its unique design.

 

  • Are you an early stage start-up with a technology that enhances the Customer Experience and could be applied to fashion and lifestyle retail, as it relates to our core businesses?
  • Are you a start-up that has a consumer-tested prototype?
  • Are you part of a start-up with two or more founders?
  • Are you eligible to stay in Hong Kong for the duration of the programme?


If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above, we want to hear from you!


Please submit your applications by March 18, 2018, and refer to the Terms & Conditions for further details.

 

 

 

BENEFITS

 
 

  • Opportunity to secure commercial agreements with one/more group companies under The Lane Crawford Joyce Group
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  • Market testing opportunities across the five companies
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  • Structured learning & tailored business guidance from an exclusive network of 150+ advisors
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  • Dedicated mentors & direct access to key decision makers within The Lane Crawford Joyce Group ecosystem
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  • Exclusive community of global industry experts, investors, and entrepreneurs
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  • 12 weeks of co-working space and supporting infrastructure at no charge
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  • HK$50,000 prize money for each start-up

 

 

 

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RESIDENCY

Through a three-phase programme, start-ups will receive expert mentorship, access to the Group’s most senior leaders and specialists as well as seasoned experts and entrepreneurs from our international network.

 

LEARN

The two winning start-ups will attend speaker sessions and panel discussions to enhance their knowledge of retail and customer experience, among others, while developing their technology.
 

Expert focus:

Fashion & Retail

Digital & Technology Innovation

Business Strategy

Investments & VC Funding

Entrepreneurship

Digital Marketing & Communications

 

VALIDATE

Each team will validate its technology with test users and be equipped with new insights to further refine their businesses.

 

PITCH

The start-ups will each present to one or more of the Group’s companies to pitch for a commercial agreement upon completion of the programme. The relevant Group companies will reach an independent, commercial decision on whether to implement the proposed commercial agreement.

 

 

 

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The Cage is a high profile, physical showcase space in the Group’s One Island South headquarters in Hong Kong, known as such for its unique design which features retro concertina gates.

 

 

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