The Disillusionment of a Prestige Brand Believer.
Eugene Rabkin is “Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations” in a popular Op-Ed on the Business of Fashion (BoF) blog. He is joined in his criticism of the “democratization of fashion” and the “irresponsible consumer behavior” by many commentators. Why? Isn’t democracy a good thing? It gives market participants the freedom to choose. What really bugs Eugene in his sympathizers are the marketing choices of certain fashion brands. He is upset that houses which previously had a positioning centered on exclusivity, prestige and/or sophistication are now choosing to dip into the mass market to potentially reap incremental profits and/or notoriety. Eugene – Don’t be upset, just vote with your feet. Move on to a brand that corresponds better to your aspirations and definition of sophistication. The interesting question being raised from a brand strategy perspective is if many of these fashion houses have become so greedy for growth that they jeopardize their long-term viability as premium image purveyors. We call it the challenge of “Longing and Belonging”. If you are too close to what people know, expect and do, you ‘burst the bubble,’ undo the mystique around your brand and lower its aspiration value. If you are too removed, you don’t sell a lot.
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- B – UEBER-BRANDS
- 1 – Mission Incomparable – The first rule is to make your own
- 2 – Longing vs Belonging – The challenge is both
- 3 – From Myth to Meaning – The best way up is to go deep
- 4 – Behold! – The product as manifestation
- 5 – Living the Dream – The bubble shall never burst
- 6 – Un-Sell – The superiority of seduction
- 7 – Moving with Gravitas – The king never hurries
- C – BRAND ELEVATION
- D – 'Masstige' Moves
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- B – UEBER-BRANDS