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Luxury branding: the industry, trends, and future conceptualisations

Yuri Seo (School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)
Margo Buchanan-Oliver (Department of Marketing, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the emergence of a global luxury brand industry and discusses previous conceptualisations of luxury brands. In this endeavour, the study illustrates the unique context of luxury consumption, to highlight several developments in extant literature, and to advocate for the advancement of the consumer-centric paradigm of luxury branding.

Design/methodology/approach

The study reviews the emergence of a global luxury brand industry, discusses macro-environmental trends that have influenced luxury brand consumption, critically evaluates the existing literature on luxury brands, and offers directions for future research.

Findings

The study highlights that luxury brands have emerged as a special form of branding that conveys the unique sociocultural and individual meanings to their adherents. Moreover, it was found that these meanings have been shaped by a number of important cultural, social, and external trends, which call researchers and practitioners to consider the consumer-centric paradigm of luxury branding.

Originality/value

The study calls for a shift in the focus from the characteristics of luxury brands per se, and towards phenomenological experiences and socio-cultural influences, in the pursuits to understand what brand luxury conveys in the broader context of post-modern consumer culture. The study offers two distinct areas for future research to address these developments.

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Citation

Seo, Y. and Buchanan-Oliver, M. (2015), "Luxury branding: the industry, trends, and future conceptualisations", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 82-98. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-10-2014-0148

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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