FASHION - 11 July 2016 - by BlogLux
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Burberry hires new CEO from French luxury brand

  Burberry has announced new leadership roles for its senior team, which includes the appointment of a new chief executive. The company, which employs 800 workers in Castleford and Keighley and is moving to a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and weaving facility in Leeds, said the moves...

BUSINESS - 29 June 2016 - by Zara Hoffman
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Brexit means more Chinese tourists to the UK

More Chinese tourists have been booking trips to London as a result of the plunging pound thanks to the Brexit vote. (Shutterstock)   A volatile stock market, downgraded credit rating, and plunging pound may be some of the economic woes plaguing the UK after the Brexit vote, but the...

HORECA - 22 June 2016 - by BlogLux
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How Disruptive Innovation Can Benefit the Luxury Market

If you look up the word 'disruptive' in the Oxford Dictionary, you may be in for a surprise: rubbing shoulders with such classic definitions as unruly, disorderly and unmanageable, you'll also find inventive, ingenious and groundbreaking. And that just about puts it in a nutshell....

ARTS - 14 June 2016 - by Zara Hoffman
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Art and Luxury in China

The Miss Dior exhibition at UCCA in Beijing, which ran in April and May 2015. (Courtesy Photo)   The line between luxury and art is blurring across the world, but it’s doing so especially quickly in China. With extremely high net worth and a taste for the finer things in life...

BUSINESS - 03 June 2016 - by BlogLux
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Are luxury brands struggling to attract the internet generation?

The huge pool of millennial consumers grew up with the internet, smartphones and a sharing economy in which owning things like cars is seen as almost unhip   Seducing hyper-connected millennials poses an increasing challenge for luxury brands, which find their markets slowing as young, ...
MISCELLANEOUS - 23 May 2016 - by Zara Hoffman
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Chinese Consumers and Logos: an Endless Love Story?

Are logos really coming back? The issue may be more complex than we think. (Shutterstock)   Over the past few years, market research has agreed that Chinese luxury consumers were getting more informed and savvier than ever regarding luxury goods. Showing off one’s wealth with...

BUSINESS - 21 May 2016 - by Abhay Gupta
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Luxury Connect Opens The Gates To Indian Luxury

Sensing a gap in the market, Luxury Connect Business School has designed a program offering attendees two weeks of experiential & immersive learning in the luxury heartland of India. Here, Luxury Connect Founder & CEO Abhay Gupta provides an insight. The grandeur of Udaivilas Pala...
BUSINESS - 16 May 2016 - by Zara Hoffman
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Luxury brands aren't convinced Alibaba can crack down on counterfeits

Fake Saint Laurent bags for sale on Taobao.   As Alibaba continues to make efforts to convey the image that it’s doing its best to fight the scourge of counterfeit goods on its platforms, a recent controversy over its admission to the world’s largest anti-counterfeiting or...

BUSINESS - 11 May 2016 - by Zara Hoffman
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Chinese consumers’ demand for Korean products

With a K-pop obsession and love for traveling to South Korea, Chinese consumers’ demand for Korean products is creating big competition for Western brands in the areas of beauty and fashion. Korean cosmetics exports to China surged 250 percent last year, and accounted for almo...

FASHION - 11 May 2016 - by Abhay Gupta
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Luxury in India: Top 10 trends for 2016

The Indian luxury landscape is experiencing strong evolutionary undercurrents that are redefining the consumer profile and how luxury players will need to operate in this domain during 2016. In the last few years, luxury in India has been growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about...
BUSINESS - 02 May 2016 - by Zara Hoffman
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China gets tough with customs control

  A photo that went viral on Chinese social media last week purportedly showing items dumped by Chinese tourists to avoid tariff hikes when going through customs at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport. (Weibo)   As the massive price gap between imported luxury goods in China a...

INTERVIEWS - 25 April 2016 - by Abhay Gupta
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Sustainable Luxury Marketing – An Imperative Approach

  Sustainable Luxury Marketing – An Imperative Approach Authors : Mr Abhay Gupta, CEO & Founder, Luxury Connect & Luxury Connect Business School,Gurgaon.  Dr Tanushri Purohit, Academic Director, Luxury Connect & Luxury Connect Business ...

INTERVIEWS - 20 April 2016 - by Zara Hoffman
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Gucci CEO: China's luxury consumers aren't "ashamed" to wear logos

Reports of the logo’s death in China are greatly exaggerated. The man with the authority to comment is Marco Bizzarri, chief executive of Gucci, a brand where intertwined GG’s have been a cornerstone of its offerings for 95 years. Bizzarri, a keynote speaker at the recent New Y...

BUSINESS - 14 April 2016 - by Abhay Gupta
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Opulence Goes Digital

Digital innovation and the emphasis on consumers have led to merging of fashion, technology and luxury to provide a seamless experience. Luxury as a segment has been a reluctant acceptor of the digital medium in general. Its touch-me -not and dominant, almost dictatorial attitude, which bor...

BUSINESS - 11 April 2016 - by BlogLux
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China's Grey Luxury Market Threatened by New Tax Regime

  China wants its shoppers to buy luxury goods at home, not abroad. China is raising fees on packages ordered from abroad and cracking down on smugglers who carry in suitcases full of luxury goods, in a concerted effort to encourage shopping at home and squeeze a grey market that shoppe...

MISCELLANEOUS - 31 March 2016 - by Victoria Macdonald
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Luxury: An Intimate Affair

I’ve frequently written about the importance of the customer relationship when selling luxury. I’ve focused on the need to use the right language and gestures to create an environment of elegance and grace. But, until now, I hadn't thought about intimacy and how it relates to luxur...
BUSINESS - 24 March 2016 - by BlogLux
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The luxury industry’s double standards

  I am in a hotel elevator listening to an odd conversation. Two gorgeously put together young ladies—both Indian, on a visit to Dubai—are animatedly discussing what steps they are taking to curtail their shopping addiction. I silently wish them luck because Dubai for a shopaholi...

FASHION - 17 March 2016 - by BlogLux
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Alpaca fiber from Peru for luxury stores

In this March 8, 2016 photo, an Andean shepherd carries a young alpaca back to the herd after it strayed away within the Mallkini Hacienda alpaca farm, which breeds alpacas for their fiber, in the highlands of the Puno department of Peru. The shepherd leads the alpacas outside the farm every day...

HORECA - 09 March 2016 - by BlogLux
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Fendi Opens Designer Boutique Hotel

Fendi's new flagship store is located in their atelier-cum-entertaining space Palazzo Fendi, an 18th century edifice in the heart of Rome   Fendi’s sweeping moves in its hometown of Rome show no sign of slowing. After becoming the generous benefactor of the Trevi ...

FASHION - 03 March 2016 - by BlogLux
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Coach aims to stitch up market with creative Stuart Vevers

Coach’s shearling leather jacket is part of Stuart Vevers’ new look for the brand Leathergoods sit far atop the tree of luxury labels, with Hermes and Louis Vuitton occupying particularly high branches. It's a position that US company Coach is determined to reach,...

HORECA - 25 February 2016 - by BlogLux
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Paris Sweeps Forbes Travel Star Awards

Forbes Travel Guide is making strides in its quest to become the global standard in star ratings. In releasing its 58th annual list of star awards for hotels, spas and restaurants, the travel guide this week said that its 2016 list is the biggest ever. For luxury hotels, it added ...

BUSINESS - 11 February 2016 - by Eoin Cooney
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License to kill?

  Licensing is either the poison apple or the golden goose depending on who you speak to. Why are people so divided on this topic? Obviously it is based on personal experience but why do these experiences vary so much? It seems to be that some licensing product categories add value to a bran...

FASHION - 11 February 2016 - by Eoin Cooney
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Fashion and technology industries are closer than ever

  There is no doubt that the fashion and technology industries are closer than ever. Technology companies are experimenting with fashion product and fashion companies are experimenting with technology product. We have already seen key people in luxury retail move to Apple (Angela Ahrendts,...

MISCELLANEOUS - 10 February 2016 - by BlogLux
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Luxury Brands Can No Longer Ignore Sustainability

  If I asked you to picture the consumer luxury market, you might imagine jewels, sports cars, watches, premium drinks, high-end shoes and apparel, and so on. A combination of high quality, glamour, celebrity, and attitude. With a few exceptions, it’s been an industry not traditionally...

FASHION - 06 February 2016 - by BlogLux
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Haute Couture Inside Chanel

BUSINESS - 31 January 2016 - by BlogLux
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The Rich Don't Drive the Luxury Sector

Despite popular belief, demand for personal luxury goods is driven primarily by upwardly mobile 'new money' — not by the 'old money' rich. LONDON, United Kingdom — If luxury spending was indeed driven by the rich, the luxury industry would be a niche sector se...

FASHION - 31 January 2016 - by BlogLux
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Inside the booming Muslim fashion industry

Anas Silwood moved to Jordan from Britain to study Arabic back in 2000. The 20-something was supposed to stay for only a few months, but he soon decided Amman was the place he wanted to be. He learned Arabic, converted to Islam and settled. "Every time I went back to the UK I had the s...

BUSINESS - 27 January 2016 - by BlogLux
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Bloomingdale’s continues Middle East expansion

Department store chain Bloomingdale’s has announced that it will increase its Middle Eastern presence with the opening of a store in Kuwait. Scheduled for spring 2017, Bloomingdale’s Kuwait location will be the retailer’s second international location, with the first ope...

MISCELLANEOUS - 20 January 2016 - by BlogLux
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12 luxury British Brands of Tomorrow

       ​Walpole has revealed the 12 up-and-coming luxury brands selected for the 2015 Brands of Tomorrow programme, in association with Mishcon de Reya, at a launch event at The Savoy, London. Now in its eighth year, the programme provides a year-long series of workshops and...
BUSINESS - 13 January 2016 - by BlogLux
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Angela Ahrendts: the woman aiming to make Apple a luxury brand

  In Danny Boyle’s gripping Steve Jobs film, the talkie action is set before a series of product launches. The issue that’s repeatedly revisited by the Jobs character is the prime importance of technical development. In a tech company such as Apple, that’s hardly a s...

BUSINESS - 11 January 2016 - by Eoin Cooney
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The future of retail

  Once upon a time the wholesale model was very straightforward. Retailers purchased stock from brands which they then sold on to customers in their stores. The contract between the retailer and brand was binding and if the stock didn’t sell at full price it went into sale. This rel...

FASHION - 11 January 2016 - by BlogLux
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Dolce & Gabbana launches luxury hijab collection

Dolce & Gabbana Launches Hijabs And Abayas As Middle Eastern Luxury Market Hits $8.7 Billion.   This week, Dolce & Gabbana made its smartest move in years when the Italian fashion house launched its first collection of abayas and hijabs. While growth in luxury&n...

BUSINESS - 04 January 2016 - by BlogLux
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Apple Takes A Bite Out Of Luxury Retail

  Is Apple looking to recreate its in-store retail experience? Recent moves by the electronics giant would suggest yes — and the makeover has a decidedly lux feel. In light of the company’s addition of new high ticket price products in the physical retail environment and the i...

BUSINESS - 29 December 2015 - by BlogLux
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5 Predictions for China's luxury industry in 2016

As 2015 comes to a close, we’re not only looking back at the year in review for our year-end coverage, but also analyzing what lies ahead for China’s luxury industry in 2016. Based on the developments in the industry we’ve been seeing over the past year, here are our ...

BUSINESS - 28 December 2015 - by BlogLux
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Yoox & Net-a-porter Merge

  Media hype and heightened market scrutiny swirled for months over the merger between the Yoox and Net-a-porter groups, ever since the combination was revealed in March. Asked why all the buzz, Federico Marchetti, chief executive officer of the newly formed Yoox&...

INTERVIEWS - 22 December 2015 - by BlogLux
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Theo Fennell's Concerns for the Luxury Industry

Theo Fennell, creative director at Theo Fennell, talks with Francine Lacqua about changes to the luxury industry over the last 20 years and what he sees as his biggest challenges over the next year. He speaks on "The Pulse."   ​

MISCELLANEOUS - 18 December 2015 - by Alex Mason
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The rise of niche networking

From niche job board to leading luxury talents social network Back in 2007 Founded by a team of recruitment consultants, JOBLUX was, when it started in 2007, embracing the rise of online recruitment and recruitment website trend. Especially the highly thriving niche recruitment w...

ARTS - 12 December 2015 - by BlogLux
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Louis Vuitton takes bespoke heritage to Miami’s Design District

French leather goods maker Louis Vuitton is giving enthusiasts a glimpse into the heart of its brand through a new atelier-based museum. The second Louis Vuitton retrospective space developed by the brand within a year’s time offers consumers a more intimate and personal look into the h...

LIFESTYLE - 10 December 2015 - by BlogLux
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Designing Christmas luxury

For many of us, Christmas has become a season of consumerism, a period associated with excess and indulgence - a time of both thoughtful selection and last minute panic purchases. For those of us working with premium and luxury brands it’s an interesting time, as both gift-giving and recei...

BUSINESS - 03 December 2015 - by Alex Mason
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Paris attacks: What it means for luxury retail

  Retail and luxury consumer goods have been in focus following the terror attacks in Paris last week, with analysts predicting a dent in demand due to declining tourism in the French capital. France is one of the leading luxury markets in world, with people traveling from all over th...