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Halt Couture

Kristen M. Jamski
Thursday, September 11, 2008

Luxury retailers are finally feeling the pinch. So, how is Prada responding? Under pressure, the company has decided to go public.

Exclusivity: New Models Are In Order

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

With all the talk about an impending recession, much has been written about the end of luxury brands as we know them and the need for new models to retain current and attract new consumers.

Luxe in Flux

Kristen M. Jamski
Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The notion of luxury is evolving, but into what?  This answer becomes a little clearer when examining two fashion houses:  Ralph Lauren and Versace.

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Luxury Brands Are Targeting Global Yummies: Young Urban Males

Kyle Stock
Mar 25, 2014

Luxury fashion may be switching gender and age roles. In much of the world now, the most attractive demographic for such companies as Burberry (BRBY) and Coach (COH) isn’t middle-aged women with sky-high credit limits; it’s twentysomething men with smartphones and self-esteem issues.

Mercedes’ Steve Cannon On Repositioning A Luxury Brand During The Recession

Avi Dan
Jul 20, 2011

“The recession has been good for us,” says Steve Cannon, Mercedes-Benz’s vice president of marketing, only half kidding. While this quintessential luxury brand faced a more challenging environment, Mercedes still managed to emerge from the recession with renewed momentum, launching five new models and building share of market, as it is looking to its 14th consecutive year of sales growth in 2011.

At Polo Store, the Feel of a Mansion to Bolster a Brand

Stephanie Clifford
Oct 14, 2010

“Big cities have international people,” Ralph Lauren said. “Tourists come wanting to buy souvenirs.” So the biggest one-man brand in fashion is getting bigger on Friday, when Polo Ralph Lauren opens a 22,000-square-foot store at Madison Avenue and 72nd Street in Manhattan. The store, built to resemble a mansion, will be the brand’s largest women’s store and will also feature home collections and new lines of lingerie and fine jewelry.

Why Elite Shoppers Eschew Logos

Teddy Wayne
Aug 10, 2010

K-Mart and Marc Jacobs have something in common: low- and high-end fashion products tend to have less conspicuous brand markers than midprice goods, according to a paper soon to be published in The Journal of Consumer Research. Rather than rely on obvious logos, expensive products use more discreet markers, such as distinctive design or detailing. High-end consumers prefer markers of status that are not decipherable by the mainstream. These signal group identity only to others with the connoisseurship to recognize their insider standing.

Chinese Luxury Wannabes Try to Shake Off "Made in China" Image

Aug 4, 2010

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, often dubbed the Oracle of Omaha, has seen the future of fashion in the most unlikely of places, bearing a "Made in China" label better known for its cheap than chic. "I threw away the rest of my suits," beams Buffett in the 2007 video, adding that he and Microsoft founder and Bill Gates are fans of Chinese suit maker Trands and would be great salesmen for the company based in the northeast Chinese city of Dalian. Trands is one of a handful of emerging Chinese brands that someday hope to take on the likes of Gucci, Armani and Prada in the lucrative luxury goods market. Sales of luxury goods in China grew 12 percent in 2009 to $9.6 billion, accounting for 27.5 percent of the global market, according to Bain & Co. In the next five years, China's luxury spending will increase to $14.6 billion, making it the world's No. 1 market.

Burberry’s Digital Moves Pay Off

Jun 25, 2010

Burberry has launched what is being billed as the first interactive extension of a luxury brand. By launching the Autumn-Winter 2010 collection as a fully interactive, motion-responsive experience, users are able to click, drag and control how they view each item of merchandise featured on the ad and seasonal collection – including merchandise, products and models.

Meet Me Exclusively @Target

Laurent Bourscheidt
Jun 17, 2010

Although luxury brands remained surprisingly isolated from the downturn in 2007 and 2008, 2009 was tough on all sectors, including haute couture. Even the acclaimed Christian Lacroix was driven out of business. Naturally, when circumstances call for bold actions, it's tempting to expand your market to enhance your bottom line. But is it possible without compromising the luxury nature of your brand?

Beyond the Balance Sheet: Platinum Brands

Christina Settimi and Kurt Badenhausen
May 5, 2010

Last year was the worst year ever for global luxury goods, with worldwide sales falling 8%. But in a look at the world's most valuable luxury brands, Forbes identifies 10 that are poised to thrive in better economic times. These brands, including BMW and Louis Vuitton, share some qualities that help keep them strong even when wealthy consumers are curtailing spending.

Top 10 Luxury Brands’ Sites Fail To Work On iPad

May 3, 2010

A review by the team at PSFK shows that most luxury brands are unprepared to leverage the changes in web use that products like Apple’s iPad and iPhone are driving. Out of the top 10 luxury brands ranked by Forbes in 2009, none of their websites worked sufficiently to match their desktop-web-experience. Only Gucci seems to have created a site that can handle the technology requirements that Apple has placed on its mobile devices.

Luxury, Left Brain, Right Brain

Apr 22, 2010

Popular psychology simplifies the different functions of our brain hemispheres by using “left brain” to indicate analytical thinking and “right brain” to mean creativity and emotion. That may be a bit of an oversimplification, but it’s a useful shorthand. In The Luxury Strategy, authors J. N. Kapferer and V. Bastien emphasize the need for a management team that has both characteristics.

Luxury Lives: Coach, Burberry Post Stronger Sales

Apr 21, 2010

Looks like affluent people are feeling safe about spending again: Coach says its fiscal third-quarter sales jumped 12%, and Burberry says that its retail sales gained 15% in the second half. Patricia Pao -- head of the Pao Principle, a New York-based consulting company -- says she isn't surprised, and that the strong pickup some luxury retailers saw over the holidays is building steam. "The Chanel boutique in Houston basically was out of merchandise four days before Christmas," she tells Marketing Daily. "During the recession, it was not considered 'cool' to shop. So right now, people with money are spending because of that pent-up demand. And interestingly, so are people with less money, not just because of pent-up demand, but also due to the new merchandising direction of prints and bright colors."

Luxury Goods are Back in Fashion as the Wealthy Return to the Shops

Apr 16, 2010

The age of austerity is over, as the well-heeled splash out on Porsches and Dom Pérignon champagne, according to retailers of luxury goods. The wealthy are more prepared to open their wallets than at any time in the past two years, suggesting they have put the financial crisis behind them. But they are still looking for value for money and craftsmanship, says a study published today. Flashy labels and glitz have yet to make a comeback.

Is Luxury Dead? Maybe Not

Tim Arnold
Apr 7, 2010

Guess who says the following attributes are most influential in making "important purchases" today: value, price, overall quality, good design and functionality? A clue: 84% of this group texts from cellphones; 78% use social networking; 66% use the mobile web and 57% use mobile apps. It's not who you think it is. In fact, it's a group whose median age is 45, not 19.

LVMH Mixes Luxury Content With Commerce On Nowness.com

Mar 30, 2010

Global luxury group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) has launched Nowness.com, a web platform that allows luxury brands to showcase high-quality branded film content against a more sophisticated design aesthetic and insider editorial voice that luxury-goods consumers have come to expect – and that the broader audience of YouTube or Vimeo might not currently call for.

Counterfeit Labels: Good For Luxury Brands?

Feb 12, 2010

Is imitation truly the sincerest form of flattery? The luxury handbag industry apparently doesn't see it that way. After a surprise dawn raid on Dec. 8, 2009 of 30 counterfeit vendors on New York City's Canal Street netted $1 million in phony handbags, the lead investigator said the campaign to neutralize the distribution of fakes was instigated by a group of luxury firms. The confiscated fakes sported nameplates that included Chanel, Gucci, Coach and Cartier. No arrests were made that morning, and counterfeiting will continue. Ever wonder why the relentless black market hasn't eviscerated the high-flying business of designing and selling the real thing? I have. I spent two years researching this question. I'm convinced that there's a symbiotic relationship at play. The designer brand makers may not understand it, but phony bags are potentially a potent sampling tool.

Once Wary Of The Web, Luxury Brands Embrace It

Nov 19, 2009

The luxury goods industry, struggling through a recession that has threatened some well-known names with extinction, is trying to use technology to its advantage. Many in the fashion business remain wary of the Internet, partly because of continuing legal battles over online sales of counterfeit goods and concerns about diluting carefully honed brand images. Many companies also have failed to execute online storefronts successfully. But executives say that attitudes are softening as brands realize that the Web provides one of the last untapped sources of potential growth.

Japanese Fall Out of Love With Luxury

Aug 19, 2009

Japan’s trend-chasing office workers and ladies who lunch are giving up Louis Vuitton handbags and Chanel jackets for Zara dresses and Gap jeans, making what was a favourite market for luxury manufacturers into one of their biggest headaches. The downturn is forcing customers in Japan to scale back purchases of luxury goods, accelerating a long-term shift in consumer attitudes, according to a report by McKinsey, the consultants.

The Luxury-Brand Effect: Should BMW Sell Ketchup?

Aug 5, 2009

Things can't get much worse for many of the world's top luxury brands. This week Coach, the high-end handbag seller, announced that profits slumped 32% for the quarter. Same-store sales at Saks were down 23.2% in the first five months of this fiscal year. BMW's U.S. sales are off 28.9%. Bain & Company, the consulting firm, is forecasting a record 10% drop in the overall U.S. luxury market this year. According to Bain, luxury won't fully recover until 2012. What can these brands do to battle this malaise? Maybe BMW should try selling ketchup or mayonnaise.

Luxury Stands Its Ground

Jul 27, 2009

Some brands are cutting prices in the face of decline, but those with real style are raising the stakes. After a decade of unprecedented global demand for luxury, the storm clouds of recession now provide a fascinating backdrop to luxury brand strategy. Conservative estimates, such as that issued by global management consultant Bain & Co, forecast a drop of 7% in sales of luxury goods in 2009, but others predict much steeper declines before years end.

Luxury Marketers Get Personal

Jul 22, 2009

Companies are hosting intimate gatherings to woo high-end customers.

Luxury-Goods Makers Brandish Green Credentials

Jul 2, 2009

The bad economy and a fundamental shift in the market for luxury goods are forcing an industry that reveres names like Chanel and Versace to embrace a different icon: Mother Nature.

Marketers Struggle To Reignite Badge Brands

Apr 12, 2009

Consumers are embarrassed to flaunt luxury labels. Now what?

With Populism's Rise, Prada's Fall

Mar 17, 2009

From David Letterman to Jon Stewart to Mike Barnacle to the guy in the cube next to you, more Americans are sporting a simmering anger some have termed "vengeful populism." Consumers are angry with bankers, Wall Street and any other cultural elite that has stolen from them lately. Because our pain is not felt equally, class conflict is a near certainty. While populism comes in many flavors, it is, at its core, anti-elitist, and there are plenty of elites to dislike. Income distribution in the U.S. is approaching an L-curve, with a vanishing (and angry) middle class. Because social standing is in so many ways marked through consumption, brands that are "on the wrong side of history" had better watch out. On the other hand, just as in the Great Depression, smart brands will have an opportunity for greatness.

Keeper of Classic Brands

Raphael Minder
Mar 16, 2009

A luxury goods executive might need fortune on his side these days as the industry navigates uncertain times. Richemont, owner of Cartier and Montblanc, warned this year that it saw “no cause for optimism” after reporting a steeper than anticipated 12 per cent fall in sales over the Christmas quarter. Leading US brands such as Tiffany, the jeweller, and Coach, the leather goods company, are also being hit hard by America’s deepening economic woes.

Jaguar, Land Rover Make $1.6 Million Mobile Buy

Feb 26, 2009

Jaguar and Land Rover have committed to mobile buys worth a collective $1.6 million for 2009, according to AdMob, the ad network that has been tapped to run the automakers' mobile campaigns. The luxury auto brands will split the budget to run mobile campaigns on AdMob's U.S. network.

Luxury Brands Are Adjusting To Economic Reality

Feb 19, 2009

Given the worldwide economic decline, the once seemingly-recession-proof luxury sector is under siege. It's no longer just the aspirational customer--families with household incomes of $250,000 to $500,000--that are pulling back. It's the buyers of couture products and services: people with liquid portfolios, investible assets of $1,000,000 and more.

The End of Brands as We Know Them?

Feb 18, 2009

The store was empty, although a handful of tourists were seen milling around the entrance, looking around in awe, and taking photographs. They smiled politely but shuttled off when one of the well-groomed members of the Armani staff approached them. The 12-storey Armani House, so perfectly situated in the centre of the Ginza district in the heart of Tokyo, reflected the current state of almost every luxury brand you can think of - sleek, stylish and…silent.

Luxury Brands Go Over The Top To Connect With Wealthy Clients

Dec 4, 2008

Lavish parties and extravagant events are in vogue as the economic slowdown causes marketers to focus on their high-net-worth customers.

For Luxury Brands, Less Money to Spend on Ads

Nov 24, 2008

After getting through most of this year unscathed, luxury brands are suffering. Rich consumers who were relatively insulated from the economic downturn continued spending, but that has changed in the last few months.

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