Luxury goods are back in fashion


FT – 4/16/2010

The age of austerity is over, as the well-heeled splash out on Porsches and Dom Pérignon champagne, according to retailers of luxury goods.

The wealthy are more prepared to open their wallets than at any time in the past two years, suggesting they have put the financial crisis behind them.

But they are still looking for value for money and craftsmanship, says a study published on Friday. Flashy labels and glitz have yet to make a comeback.

"Quality and timelessness trump ostentation. Customers are looking for enduring value and quality, they expect quality commensurate with the price," said Karen Walker, senior managing director at Michel Dyens & Co, an investment banking firm.

Michel Dyens