Gabrielle Chanel, the famous French fashion designer, known as Coco CHANEL, was a woman way ahead of her time. She was a dressmaker, a designer and a business woman managing her own stores. She was always extravagant, be it while driving her blue Rolls Royce, spying for the Germans during World War II or living in the luxurious Ritz Hotel in Paris. Chanel was a lady in French high-society and a lover of powerful men.
Tribute to a visionary woman
In 1921, she created a perfume that – 100 years later – is still considered the World’s most iconic fragrance. Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe used to say that she slept with a drop of CHANEL No.5 and … please read more
The Global Events industry generated a turnover of $1,135 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $1,553 billion in worldwide sales by 2028, according to a study by Allied Market Research.
The industry has been severely affected by the Covid pandemic, but is now set for rebound and growth because the business of wedding parties, social events and business conferences produce unforgettable magic for their clients and guests.
So, if you are in this business and you wish to surf the forecasted wave of growth, you have to think strategically and plan to delight your affluent target audience.
Treat them like royalty! Make them dream!
Five Steps for a Magical Customer Experience
Society evolves, consumer needs and desires change and as a consequence the market is becoming increasingly polarized in almost every product or service category. More and more you find either … please read more
While luxury consumption is traditionally associated with ostentation and extravagance, the rise of eco-consciousness is reshaping the expectations of today’s luxury consumer, and indeed redefining the luxury market as a whole. According to the Sustainable Fashion Blueprint 2018report, about 57 per cent of consumers cited sustainability—along with ﬁt, price and style—as one of their key considerations when buying fashion items. Similarly, while “luxury” is typically understood to mean “something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary”, the same customer with access to life’s greater refinements is also mindful of environmental impact, and in favour of a more evolved and sustainable brand of luxury.
Sustainable luxury—which also goes by honest luxury, smart luxury, new luxury, or green luxury—embodies the eco-friendly and socially responsible business behaviours that the … please read more
In 1983, I’ve read ‘A Passion for Excellence’, by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin, and gained a totally new way of understanding excellence.
Then, over a 30-year career in business, I got used to hearing that excellence is synonymous with extreme quality, perfection, or something that goes beyond normality. Dictionaries define it as something exceptional or extremely good.
But having studied Luxury Brand Management and read a lot about this world of fascination, I began to understand excellence differently. I read many experts, investigate the … please read more
The word ‘luxury’ stems from the Latin concept of light and – since the very beginning – it also was strongly related to excess, abundance, exaggeration, opulence, eccentricity, squandering, absence of measure. It is something above and beyond the ordinary and clearly not for everyone.
With this in mind, it may be said that luxury, as a sociological phenomenon of consumption, probably originated in the Roman Empire, around the year 27 BC. There is documented evidence of the Emperors’ abnormal behaviours of ostentation and wastefulness.
Luxury is about exclusivity and that is probably due to the phenomenon of the … please read more
Consumers showing abundant purchasing power do always have very high expectations, enjoy surprises that make life a lot more vibrant and when taken by pleasant surprise, seldom argue about price. Hence, permanent creativity is one of the essential ingredients in any luxury product or service. Quo vadis, Luxus?
The creative ability is fascinating. I admire talented minds that create, inspire, provoke and surprise, whether in arts or business.
“Memoirs of an Amnesiac”, the book by French pianist and composer Erik Satie is an example of fascinating
In recent years, luxury has been too democratized, very much due to globalization, hypermodernity and trade up phenomena. Consequently, brands increase sales, but slowly and over time luxury products and services become more similar to one another and lose value. The new antidote against the democratization of luxury brands seems to be a clear investment in employees that convey genuine warmth and charm as a way of providing pleasure and happiness to customers. Quo vadis, Luxus?
Thomas L. Friedman in his book The World is Flat, analyzes the phenomenon of globalization and the increasing leveling of the different regions of the world, regarding the development of societies and their access to goods and services in general.
Gilles Lipovetsky, contemporary French philosopher, who was my teacher and with whom I have talked a lot about the sociological evolution of luxury and the ideas in his book The Eternal Luxury, was the first to realize that the hyper-modern society of … please read more
According to the December 2010 edition of LuxuryDaily.com, consumers of luxury and premium goods and services, worldwide, are increasingly using mobile web devices – smartphones and tablets – to search for information about everything they want to buy. Quo vadis, Luxus?
The use of mobile Web is experiencing impressive growth. It is estimated that there are about 5 billion mobile phones in the world and about 30% of users have regular Web access in this way. And although this percentage is not the same in all regions of the world – in Europe it is still relatively low – it surely is an indicator of the predictable evolution in the near future. And this evolution will be particularly fast in the premium market, because nowadays the luxury consumer belongs to the best educated generation ever, achieves wealth at younger age than previous generations, is very technology-savyy and knowledgeable of new ways of communication, using them both … please read more
The global recession has also affected the financial situation of those who consume luxury regularly. It has somewhat led them to reassess their lifestyles and rethink the values upon which they live their lives. Among others, they feel growing concern for the environment and favour brands that also feel that way. Quo vadis, Luxus?
Pamela Danzinger is one of the most respected researchers in consumer behaviour in the luxury universe. Her market research The Luxury Market Is Going Green and Luxury Brands Can Not Afford to Ignore It, confirms that … please read more