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Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 18, 2009 10:14 AM
The big branding story of the past year's recession has been the threat to the luxury category. Luxury, once thought recession-proof, seemed in danger this time around because of the broadening appeal of discount brands.
As Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2009 report, released today, observes:
In Western markets, the rise of the hi-lo consumers -- people who save on what is less relevant to them so they can indulge in what they find to be truly meaningful -- has made discount shopping not a sad compromise, but a joyful form of smart allocation.
Despite this pressure, the brand value of the luxury category in the Interbrand study actually grew in 2009. Individual brands were happy to stay flat in this environment, with Hermes up one percent, Gucci down one, and Prada and Louis Vuitton down two percent. (In the automotive sector, Ferrari was the only brand that didn't lose value.) Companies that had diluted their brand equity with moves toward the mainstream, like Armani and Tiffany, lost more ground. Continue reading...