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A structural model of the antecedents and consequences of Generation Y luxury fashion goods purchase decisions

Catherine Qian Ying Soh (Department of Marketing, Taylor’s Business School, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)
Sajad Rezaei (School of Business, Economic and Social Science, University of Hamburg, Germany and Taylor’s Business School, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)
Man-Li Gu (Taylor’s Business School, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)

Young Consumers

ISSN: 1747-3616

Article publication date: 19 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the structural relationships between brand consciousness, perceived quality, social influences, traits of vanity, the need for uniqueness (i.e. antecedents), Generation Y purchase intentions and behaviour (consequences) towards luxury fashion goods.

Design/methodology/approach

An integrative theoretical model is proposed based on social comparison theory, social impact theory, the perceived quality model and theory of uniqueness to predict the antecedents and consequences of Generation Y luxury fashion goods purchase decisions. Using cross-sectional data, a total of 384 sets of valid questionnaires were collected to perform the statistical analysis for the measurement and structural model using the partial least squares path modelling, a variance-based structural equation modelling technique.

Findings

Overall, the structural results imply that the proposed model explains 73.1 and 64 per cent of variances to predict the Generation Y luxury fashion goods purchase decisions. As the several indices for evaluation of goodness of model fit, standardised Root Mean Square Residual, geodesic discrepancy, and unweighted least squares discrepancy show a satisfactory result. The results of two-tailed hypotheses reveal that brand consciousness, perceived quality, social influences, traits of vanity and the need for uniqueness influence Generation Y purchase intention. Moreover, perceived quality and social influences impact purchase behaviour but brand consciousness, traits of vanity and the need for uniqueness do not seem to be significant in explaining the variance in Generation Y purchase behaviour. Furthermore, Generation Y purchase intention is statistically related to purchase behaviour.

Originality/value

There is a lack of empirical evidence and understanding on the influences of consumer purchase intention and behaviour towards luxury fashion goods among the Generation Y. Generation Y is likely to purchase and consume luxury fashion products, and it is important to have a deeper understanding of this market segment.

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Citation

Soh, C.Q.Y., Rezaei, S. and Gu, M.-L. (2017), "A structural model of the antecedents and consequences of Generation Y luxury fashion goods purchase decisions", Young Consumers, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 180-204. https://doi.org/10.1108/YC-12-2016-00654

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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