[Weekender] Luxury refashioned

Graphic by Nam Kyung-don In the 1990s, the nation’s surging middle class wanted to show off its wealth and started indulging in foreign luxury brands. These were the years when Louis Vuitton’s Spe...

Updated : 2014.02.14 20:56

[Weekender] Classic designer brands make room for ‘swag-fake’

Graphic by Nam Kyung-don The fashion industry has long been dominated by a black-and-white theory that only genuine articles from classic designer brands have value. Anything that’s a knockoff ― a...

Updated : 2014.02.14 20:50

[Weekender] Woo Young-mi seeks homegrown fashion in Paris

What makes luxury goods stand out among fashionable items? What makes a luxury a luxury? Chinese fashion columnist Wang Er Song says in his book “Luxury Attitude” that it is the buyers’ respect f...

Updated : 2014.02.14 20:46

[Weekender] Conglomerates foster own luxury brands

O’2nd collection (SK Networks) Korean conglomerates are gearing up to nurture the future Louis Vuitton or Chanel, which will not only secure them with profits but also a luxurious corporate image a...

Updated : 2014.02.14 20:44

[Weekender] Rise of sharing economy

In the wake of the financial crisis in 1997, a frugality campaign swept the country under the motto of “anabana,” or “save, share, swap and reuse goods.” The movement spread through flea markets,...

Updated : 2014.02.07 20:49

[Weekender] Seoul eyes shareable metropolis

More and more Seoul citizens are engaging in a new lifestyle by sharing everything from their talent to parking lots to houses. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon introduced the “Share Seoul” project in Se...

Updated : 2014.02.07 20:43

[Weekender] Social media network boosts knowledge exchange

On Wisdome, a social networking site, people can open offline classes to provide their knowledge, experience and skills for a small fee. Lectures on a range of topics like overseas travel, calligraph...

Updated : 2014.02.07 20:38

[Weekender] Sharing economy drives sustainable development

The sharing economy can contribute to sustainable development and has plenty of room to develop further in diverse fields of business, society and life, says Harald Heinrichs, a leading sharing econo...

Updated : 2014.02.07 20:36

[Weekender] Shared housing takes root

Sohaengju, a family shared housing unit (Kim Myung-sub/The Korea Herald) An upscale apartment overlooking the Hangang River in Mapo, Seoul, is home to eight women who have a special interest in film...

Updated : 2014.02.07 20:34

[Weekender] Redefining meaning of Seollal

Family reunions are the most important part of Lunar New Year traditions. A family, donned in hanbok gowns, heads for their hometown in Chungju, North Chungcheong Province, to spend the holidays with...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:42

[Weekender] Rice-cake soup remains Seollal staple

A family gathers around a traditional breakfast table laden with special dishes to celebrate the Lunar New Year, including tteokguk. (Korea Tourism Organization) Tteokguk, that steaming bowl of hot ...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:39

[Weekender] Korea strives to revive fading interest in traditional clothes

A customer shops for hanbok for her children at Lotte Mart Seoul Station ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. While fewer adults wear the traditional Korean clothes, the demand for children’s hanbok...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:34

[Weekender] Asia rings in colorful Lunar New Year

Seollal, which falls on Jan. 31 this year, involves a lot of hectic food preparations and family gatherings, but Koreans are not the only people observing it. Though practices differ, a version of S...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:31

[Weekender] Celebrating Seollal in old Korean fashion

Visitors tie together their talisman fortunes at Namsangol Hanok Village as part of Lunar New Year actitvities. (Korea Herald file photo) Seollal, the Lunar New Year, is one of the most celebrated ...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:30

[Weekender] Dokdo: Perpetual flashpoint in Korea-Japan relations

Dokdo (Korea Coast Guard) In A.D. 512, Gen. Kim Isabu was on a mission to conquer an island country off the east coast of the peninsula. To defeat the tribesmen, who were notoriously ferocious and a...

Updated : 2014.01.17 21:20