— November 28, 2011 —

north korea's first taste of luxury

It's baby's first taste of luxury! North Korea's dictatorial communist regime has recently loosened its restraints on certain categories of foreign imports: namely, luxury goods. North Korea has just opened its first 'luxury store' in the capital city of Pyongyang last week, carrying brands such as Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, giving North Koreans their first taste of access to the rapidly expanding luxury consumer market. Despite the widely poverty-stricken population, elite members of the Communist Party and close friends of leader Kim Jong-il are reportedly big-spenders at luxury stores and hotels in nearby China. With the luxury sector in China booming at a rate far faster than the rest of the world, companies such as LVMH and the Gucci Group will surely see this new luxury store in North Korea as an interesting new emerging market. Can't wait to see what happens next!