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Coty vs. Amazon luxury distribution court ruling in Europe

Luxury on Amazon? Coty Wins Battle, Amazon Will Win the War

Many in the luxury industry cheered after the recent ruling by Europe’s top court that Coty and other luxury brands could prohibit retailers and distributors from selling products on a third-party internet platform such as Amazon and eBay. The European Court of Justice ruling came as a result of case referred by a German court where Coty […]

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Tiffany-Coty Perfume License: Five Keys to Luxury Brand Licensing Success

Luxury licensing has suffered from a bad reputation after being overused back in the 20th century. Specifically, luxury brand names often were linked to substandard, poor quality products. Quality is a traditional cornerstone of the luxury brand platform and the old ways of licensing frequently violated those principles. Besides quality issues, luxury brand licensing led […]

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How Unilever’s Mass-Market Suave Brand Proves Luxury Is a Mindset

Recently Fast Company reported that Suave, Unilever’s mass-market shampoo brand, “fooled a bunch of beauty influencers into thinking it was luxury haircare.” It changed its name to Evaus (Suave spelled backwards), redesigned the package, gave it a premium price and presented it to a group of beauty bloggers and influencers to test.  The result:  The influencers […]

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Changing Complexion of Luxury Beauty Retail

Selling prestige beauty used to be a straight-forward business.  The formula was to recruit a celebrity to be the ‘face’ of the brand, put a magic formula in a pretty bottle, and sell it through department stores, with a little sampling and gift-with-purchase thrown in.  But that formula doesn’t work anymore. Today’s affluent consumers, the […]

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Luxury Beauty: Does the ‘Lipstick Effect’ Still Hold Today?

Back in 1999, former Harvard University Professor, and now Professor Boston University, Juliet Shor introduced the ‘lipstick effect’ theory in her book entitled The Over Spent American (1999).  Her thesis: Consumers will buy higher-priced, more prestigious lipsticks, specifically Chanel, that are used in public, vs. lower-priced, less prestigious brands that are used in privacy of the […]

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