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Chinese consumers buy a full third of all luxury goods sold across the globe. But they’re getting sick of celebrity endorsements.

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Mr Bags, whose real name is Tao Liang, started out as a college student studying finance. But his real passion was women’s handbags, and so he started up a blog about it.

The content was simple: reviews of women’s handbags, advice on new trends — stuff you’d normally see in a fashion magazine. But Mr Bags struck a nerve among young Chinese who were getting bored with pushy editorials and cheesy advertising, and 4 years and 4 million followers later, he’s gone from a tiny blog to being the singular most influential voice in the Chinese handbags industry.

And he’s not just writing about bags nowadays — he’s making them. Prestigious design houses like Givenchy and Tod’s have signed him up to design limited-run bags for them.

To see how one 26 year old has flipped the Chinese luxury market on its head, watch the video above.

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