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Luxury Market Faces a Drought in the USA as Affluents Choose Conscious Consumption, rather than Conspicuous Brands, a new study from Unity Marketing finds

The United States may be in a post-recession period, but many of the consumer values established during the time have become a way of life for affluent consumers, creating headwinds for luxury brands hoping that the market will return to its pre-recession norm. A new style of luxury has taken hold reflected in consumers’ preference […]

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Tiffany Knows the Power of Gifting to Build a Brand

Deloitte, the international management consulting firm, just issued a research report about the changing tastes and behavior of affluent luxury consumers. Among the key take aways from the report is one about the power of targeting the gift market. The report states: “ They must have read Unity Marketing’s new Gifting Report, which details the enormous […]

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You Can’t Afford to Wait Till Christmas, Get Your Gifting Strategies On Now!

While the annual year-end holiday gifting season receives the lion’s share of marketer and retailer attention when it comes to the gifting market, the reality is that gifting represents a significant marketing opportunity throughout the whole year. Out of the typical gifters’ annual gifting budget, Christmas accounts for slightly less than half of the total.  […]

Why Online-Linens Brands Parachute and Boll & Branch Are in the Sweet Spot for Today’s Affluent Market, while Department- Store Brands Like Ralph Lauren Home Are at Risk

Luxury Linens Customers Prefer to Shop Online With so many brands on offer, selling luxury linens is a challenging game, even more so now that internet-only brands are emerging intended on disrupting the traditional business of high-end bed linens, online brands like Parachute and Boll & Branch. In any given quarter, about 15 percent of […]

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J. Crew Lost Focus on Its Affluent Customer and Learned a Painful Lesson

CEO Mickey Drexler learns “Customer is always right” after “lousy year” You have to feel a bit sorry for J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler. After all, fashion is all about change and keeping on the cutting edge. But when J. Crew tried to do that, changing its cuts and styles to appear more trendy and […]