HONG KONG, China — When Taiwanese entrepreneur Wang Shaw first bought Lanvin in 2001 she was considered a pioneer. But many Asian investors have since followed, pouring hundreds of millions into established European luxury houses in need of a makeover and a cash injection: there are the Fang Brothers (Pringle of Scotland), Singaporean magnate Christina Ong (Mulberry) and Megha Mittal (Escada)


In DiNunzio’s case, four years ago she was raising capital for her start-up, “I started Tradesy with about $12,000, from a combination of credit card debt and loans, and went on to generate an additional $28,000 to fund the company over our first 18 months of operations by renting out my spare room on Airbnb,” she explained