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  • #Burberry targets younger market using Brooklyn Beckham, #Snapchat

    [29 January 2016]- British fashion house Burberry is putting model Brooklyn Beckham at the helm of its Snapchat account to promote the Burberry Brit fragrance.

    Burberry reposted an Instagram image of Mr. Beckham, the son of David and Victoria Beckham, obscured by the lense of a Leica camera as his photo was taken. In the original posting, Mr. Beckham expressed his excitement to photograph the Burberry campaign on Saturday, Jan. 30, being shared via Snapchat.

    Snap snap
    While Mr. Beckham did not share the details of the campaign or what he would be photographing for Snapchat, he did use the hashtag #ThisIsBrit, used for Burberry’s Brit fragrance.

    Likewise, Burberry did not share any details regarding the campaign opting to repost Mr. Beckham’s image. The brand also followed up with a teaser video posted to its account featuring the Snapchat ghost and gritty images of a city, a skatepark and references to the Brit fragrance.

    What has been previewed in the Snapchat teaser and the brand’s selection of Mr. Beckham, who turns 17 in March, offers consumers a much younger aesthetic than Burberry traditionally expresses. By hosting the campaign on Snapchat, and likely Instagram afterwards, it is clear that Burberry is working toward establishing a connection with a young demographic of consumers.


  • Acqua di Parma has teamed with fellow Italian heritage #brand #Aurora on a collection of #luxury pens [#acquadiparma]

    As it celebrates its centennial, LVMH perfumery Acqua di Parma is reflecting on an Italian tradition—the art of handwriting.

    The fragrance house has teamed with fellow Italian heritage brand Aurora on a collection of pens that reflect the Acqua di Parma codes in their manufacturing, materials and design. As handwriting is on the brink of going out of style, luxury houses have sought to revive the traditional communication form, saving and promoting their own heritage at the same time.

    Writing history
    Acqua di Parma was founded in 1916, just three years before Aurora’s establishment. According to the perfumer, Aurora was the first Italian fountain pen manufacturer, with a following today that consists largely of collectors and enthusiasts.

    Aurora’s pens for Acqua di Parma come in fountain and ballpoint styles. The fountain pen has a 14-karat gold calligraphy nib and water-based ink, while the ball pen features oil-based ink.


  • Exclusivity gives the kick for luxury brands in online arena [#luxury #online #e-commerce]

    Manisha Rao, 05 MArch 2016, Yourstory.com

    Luxury as a concept is defined within the scope of socio-psychology as a result of its connection to a culture, state of being, and lifestyle, whether personal or collective. In the context of brands, it relates to a signature style, identity, and strong emotional and symbolic associations that are interpreted in terms of products of high aesthetic quality, controlled distribution, and premium pricing. And this is what we refer to as exclusivity.

    Even as luxury brands are taking to the digital space a little later than the other industries, they are bringing in their own energies to it. So, the product perception in case of premium goods is not incidental, but a cultivated outcome of a carefully crafted positioning strategy that largely hinges on ‘exclusivity’ in its appeal and aura.

    Exclusivity in tech
    We take up the case of very prominent Apple smartwatch and its marketing as not just a piece of tech innovation but also a luxe accessory. The launch campaign was a mix with exclusive editorial spreads in various editions of Vogue (which is fashion-specific and not a tech magazine) and also tactics like limited retail distribution, tie-ups with upscale retailers (Colette in Paris and Opening Ceremony in London), individual sales appointments in stores, and celebrity endorsements. The result of all these strategies was the phenomenal buzz around the smartwatch that came to figure on the coveted lists of many jetsetters.

    Exclusivity in E-commerce
    Now there are luxury brands innovating to reinforce their unique brand USPs even as they creatively attempt to carve a distinct online echo for them to cut through the competition. By coming up with visually tempting and experiential digital platforms via short films, apps, microsites, and online events, luxury brands are revamping their digital personas and also influencing the Millennial consumer to look out for that special, singular brand experience like Flipkart’s exclusive Xiaomi phone launch in India.

    Exclusivity in luxury clothing
    Brands like Jimmy Choo, Tod’s, Louboutin, Gucci, Zegna and Burberry offer product customisation in terms of size, fit, personalisation such as monogramming and matching. These brands make up that section of luxury brands that have their fingers on the consumer’s pulse and study the fast-evolving consumer profile in terms of desires, buying behaviours. Such reflections then lead to creation of unique apps that enhance consumer’s interaction with the brand and also impart an exclusive experience, such as Hermès Tie Break and Burberry’s Art of the Trench15. Some luxury brands are also offering certain services availed only through their online portals and some are launching exclusive collections online first, for example, Ralph Lauren has launched its luxury pet essentials with Darveys.com, luxury brand Swiss military with Firefox bikes and designers like Manish Arora, Sabyasachi are tying up exclusively with portals like Jabong, Myntra, and Amazon.

    Exclusivity in online departmental stores
    In addition to the brand owned online offshoots, there are online departmental stores that are the other major outposts for the luxury shoppers. NET-A-PORTER is one of the most preferred leading online shopping sites in the UK and USA. Along with its high service ethic and unique content and exhaustive range of luxury brands, the site also marks out a preferred treatment strategy for its most valuable customers, the EIPS (extremely important people). Hence, they enjoy exclusive services like having their orders picked, packed, and dispatched, while also availing services like personalised look-books, personal shoppers, etc.

    Consumer perspective
    Customers need to feel special as they indulge their time and energy into a brand. According to a McKinsey report from February 2015, 60 per cent of US luxury consumers say they would be more likely to buy at an online shop if it offered luxury brands that no one else sold online, a sentiment echoed by their German counterparts. Forty-one per cent say they would be more likely to buy online if there were better prices offered.

    Branching out further in the luxury domain are private shopping clubs that are members-only, where members are given special offers on big brands. Luxury flash-sale site Gilt Groupe has been offering exclusive sales to its Facebook fans – more reason for them to go online and buy and feel special.


  • La marque de montres de luxe Tag Heuer va se lancer dans le commerce en ligne [#tagheuer #luxury #watch]

    (AFP) - Tag Heuer, la marque phare du groupe de luxe français LVMH sur le segment de l'horlogerie, veut se lancer dans le commerce en ligne, a indiqué jeudi son patron, Jean-Claude Biver, lors d'un entretien avec l'AFP.

    "Les ventes en ligne sont en train d'entrer dans les habitudes de consommation et si le consommateur change, il faut le suivre et aller là où il va", a-t-il expliqué.

    En prenant ce tournant, la marque, dont les montres se vendent généralement entre 1.000 et 7.000 francs suisses (922 à 6.470 euros), entend notamment séduire la prochaine génération d'acheteurs.

    "Si les gens qui ont actuellement 15 à 20 ans achètent aujourd'hui leurs livres, leurs vêtements, leurs baskets en ligne, ils trouveront normal d'acheter une montre de luxe sur internet quand ils auront 25 ou 30 ans", a-t-il ajouté.

    Il entend également répondre aux attentes des consommateurs dans des grands pays où les achats de produits de luxe par internet sont désormais considérés comme naturels.

    "Je reçois régulièrement des courriels de clients aux États-Unis qui me disent que leur magasin le plus proche se trouve à 400 kilomètres et qui ne comprennent pas pourquoi ils ne peuvent pas l'acheter en ligne", a-t-il poursuivi.

    "A Monaco ou au Luxembourg, on peut toujours trouver un magasin à proximité, mais dans un grand pays comme les États-Unis ou le Canada, cela a beaucoup plus de sens", a-t-il argumenté.

    Aux États-Unis, Tag Heuer a déjà fait un premier pas sur internet où il distribue sa nouvelle montre connectée conçue avec Google et Intel.

    "La montre connectée est le produit idéal à vendre sur internet", a-t-il fait valoir.

    Si les sites de ventes en ligne  se sont multipliés pour la mode haut de gamme ou la maroquinerie, les horlogers suisses se sont jusqu'à présent montrés très réservés sur la distribution par internet, les clients aimant généralement voir le produit en boutique avant d'acheter un produit onéreux.

    De plus, la distribution s'appuie sur des contrats sélectifs ou d'exclusivité avec les magasins qui devront arriver à échéance avant de pouvoir envisager de basculer pleinement dans la distribution en ligne, a nuancé Jean-Claude Biver.

    Il faudra aussi trouver un modus operandi avec les conseillers en boutique "afin que chacun y trouve son compte", a précisé ce vétéran de l'industrie horlogère.

    Dans l'immédiat, il n'envisage pas encore de mettre en ligne toute la gamme, mais de commencer progressivement, "plutôt aux alentours de 2018-2019".


  • World's super rich keep buying up luxury goods in face of wealth decline [#rich #luxury #wealth]

    Sales of super-yachts rose 40% last year despite number of millionaires and ultra rich falling, according to wealth report

    The global super rich continued to splash out on super-yachts and luxury goods last year, despite a decline in their overall wealth in the wake of financial market turmoil.

    According to the latest wealth report from estate agents Knight Frank, published on Wednesday, sales of super-yachts – boats longer than 24 metres – soared 40% in 2015, with the rich roaring off to ever more far-flung destinations, such as the Antarctic and outposts in Asia, rather than their traditional ports of call in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

    The number of ultra rich – people with $30m (£22m) or more in assets – fell 3% last year. There are now 187,500 with assets in excess of that benchmark, down from from 193,100 in 2014. This was the first decline since the financial crisis. Between them, they controlled $19.3tn in assets, down from $22tn the year before. This reflected the rollercoaster global stock markets, the slump in commodity prices and slowing economic growth in China and other countries.

    The number of dollar millionaires around the globe also fell from 13.6 million in 2014 to 13.3 million last year. Together, they hold assets worth $66tn – more than the value of all global shares added together.

    But the report believes that the decline in the number of millionaires is just a blip, and predicts that by 2025, there will be more than 18 million of them.

    So-called investments of passion such as art, cars, stamps and jewellery remain popular among the super rich. Knight Frank’s art index rose by a muted 4% last year, but a number of records were set in the world’s auction houses.

    Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger notched up a new record for a painting sold at auction after fetching more than $179m, while Reclining Nude by Amedeo Modigliani went under the hammer for $170m to a buyer from Shanghai.

    Classic cars increased by 17% in value last year, while coins went up 13%. Knight Frank’s overall luxury investment index rose 7% in 2015. This compares with a 5% drop in the value of London’s leading share index, the FTSE 100, and a rise of just 1% forprime London residential property.

    Andrew Shirley, the editor of the wealth report, said: “Although no classic car managed to beat the record set by Bonhams in 2014 when it auctioned a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta for $38m, eight of the 25 cars ever to have sold for over $10m at auction went under the hammer in 2015.”

    Wine and luxury watches both posted 5% increases. A Hong Kong-based billionaire set a record for a gem or piece of jewellery when he paid $48.4m for the Blue Moon, a rare fancy vivid blue diamond auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva in November. The day before, he paid $28.5m for a vivid pink diamond sold by Christie’s.

    The value of investment-grade Bordeaux wines slumped as a result of a sharp fall in demand from China, but they have now started to recover, said Nick Martin of Wine Owners.

    Even furniture values, which generally had a poor year, set a new auction record for a living maker when the Lockheed Lounge sofa by the Australian designer Marc Newson sold for £2.4m in April 2015.


  • The Best Luxury Services Are Customized, Not Standardized [#luxury #service #customozation #HBR]

    Legend : It’s a sweet ride around Hong Kong in one of The Peninsula’s fleet of Rolls-Royces


    From #HBR, Ana Brant, March 2016.

    You check into your $1,000-a-night luxury suite. Your bathroom is lovely, stocked with shampoo, body wash, lotions, soaps. Your towels are plush, plentiful, neatly folded. This is great. But where’s the hair spray? You have a meeting in an hour. You need hair spray.

    You call the front desk. The front desk says, “We sell that in the gift shop, madame.”

    That’s not good enough.

    Why isn’t there hair spray in your bathroom?

    It’s not there because a) it most likely wasn’t on the mystery shopper checklist from a ratings agency — such as AAA or Forbes Travel Guide – engaged by the hotel company to help it guarantee the consistency of its service, and b) the hotel has neither developed nor leveraged customer data at a level of granularity required to know that you are 1) a woman and 2) in town on business.

    To do that, the hotel needs to know you on a much deeper level by leveraging data and turning that data into information it can use to deliver a customized experience. It can’t rely on a checklist.

    Mystery shopper checklists are used not only in the hospitality industry, but also in automobile, restaurant, and retail businesses, among others. Businesses design standard processes to make sure they get good ratings by checking all the boxes on the agencies’ lists. These ratings are then used by company marketing departments to impress customers, thereby driving volume and revenue. These ratings cannot be ignored. Get a bad one, and your competition will use it to sell against you.

    However, trying to provide luxury service by implementing standardized processes that will ensure compliance, with checklists designed by third parties that do not know your business as you do, will inevitably fail to address individual customer needs. These kinds of checklists address the fundamentals of good service — but meeting the requirements of the ratings agencies with standardized processes will inevitably disappoint the individual that you, as a luxury business, most need.

    Catering to the individual is what defines luxury; in the luxury segment, it is the critical competitive differentiator. The challenge for any business seeking to deliver a luxury experience is to be knowledgeable enough to go beyond the standard, to have hair spray for the person who needs it whether or not it’s on a checklist.


    Ana Brant serves as director of global guest experience and innovation for the London-based Dorchester Collection, having previously served as the quality manager for The New York Palace and the area director of quality for The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air. Brant started her career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Brant’s public speaking engagements have included the Harvard University Graduate School, the Malcolm Baldrige Awards Recipient Conference, and the 2014 Cornell Hospitality Research Summit. She’s on twitter at @AnaMaritaBrant.