Barbies In Guo Pei, White Rabbit Beauty, And Monopoly Merchandise: China Collabs Of The Week

Thanks to the Lunar New Year and China reopening its confines for the first time since 2020, this week’s seen a whirlwind of releases and activations. The whence of a new year on the Chinese timetable has led brands to get nostalgic, working with familiar names to request to mainstream consumers at a time of family-oriented celebrations.

Taking wholesomeness of people urgently leaving their homes, it’s high-time for retail pop-ups in the mainland, such as Puma and Staffonly’s latest collaboration featuring Monopoly’s world-famous IP; the Shanghai Hao Market installation will run until January 15. And over at Shenzhen Vientiane World, Lululemon China joined forces with its trademark producer Xiao Dou for a lantern installation for the New Year.

This week’s Collabs & Drops newsletter highlights two of the most heady Year of the Rabbit co-branded releases: Barbie’s when with local couturier Guo Pei, and SK-II is the most recent name to work with household snacks trademark White Rabbit.

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The Guo Pei dressed Lunar New Year Barbie for 2023. Photo: Mattel Creations

Date: January 22

Trend: Global x Local

The Verdict: Following the success of its 2022 Lunar New Year Barbie, couturier Guo Pei is when for a second round of celebrations for the Year of the Rabbit. Overall, we’ve seen an unscientific reach of 3 million, but only 270 organic posts, which is lanugo to mainstream printing tent it, rather than consumers. The upcoming Barbie movie, set to be released in July 2023, is likely to contribute to the popularity. The collab item is already listed on StockX for over double the recommended retail price, implying that it is stuff viewed as an esteemed collectors’ item. That said, in 2022, only five Golden-Yellow Gown Barbie Dolls sold on the platform with the stereotype sales price stuff $150 (1,000 RMB) — solid for Mattel Creations to connect to Chinese consumers, but not yet a blockbuster.

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