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High Net Worth Individuals Err on the Side of Caution

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James Lawson

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James Lawson, director of Ledbury Research, believes that macroeconomic uncertainty may act to shift the profile of luxury spending by High Net Worth individuals

Over the last decade, collaborations between luxury brands and contemporary artists have gone beyond mere artistic partnerships towards a new kind of luxury branding.

PARIS – Art and fashion have always developed side by side, for fashion, like art, often gives visual expression to the cultural zeitgeist. During the 1920s, Salvador Dalí created dresses for Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiapparelli. In the 1930s, Ferragamo’s shoes commissioned designs for advertisements from Futurist painter Lucio Venna, while Gianni Versace commissioned works from artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Roy Lichtenstein for the launch of his collections. Yves Saint Laurent’s vast art collection, recently auctioned at Christie’s in Paris, testified to his great love of art and revealed the influence of a variety of artists on his own designs.

In the 1980s, relationships between luxury brands and artists were advanced when Alain Dominique Perrin created the Fondation Cartier. In the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, a book marking the foundation’s 20th anniversary, Perrin says he makes “a connection between all the different sorts of arts, and luxury goods are a kind of art. Luxury goods are handicrafts of art, applied art.”

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemparain building in Paris

James Lawson, director of Ledbury Research, believes that macroeconomic uncertainty may act to shift the profile of luxury spending by High Net Worth individuals

Uncertainty among High Net Worth (HNW) individuals is growing amidst concerns over the global macroeconomic environment, with important consequences for luxury spending and investor preferences.

HNW sentiment is turning more cautious; the Schroders European Wealth Index recently found that 91% of Italians expect financial issues to cause them concern over the coming year, while UK and Spanish investors followed closely behind at 88%.

Such findings are substantiated by reports of demand for Swiss safety deposit boxes increasing as investors rush to hoard gold bars, bank notes and other valuables as a hedge against loose monetary policy in Europe (Reuters).

“ Investors are rushing to hoard gold bars, bank notes and other valuables as a hedge against loose monetary policy in Europe ”

This uncertainty may act to shift the profile of luxury spending, with the wealthy preferring to spend on items with lasting intrinsic value such as property or art, rather than consumables which, by their very nature, must be consumed to be enjoyed.

Signs are already manifest in the Affluent Luxury Living Index, which assesses the changing cost of a luxury lifestyle (Stonehage). While the consumables category, which includes the prices of Beluga Caviar and Cohiba Siglo V Cigars, was down 14.5%, the housing category was up 4.4% in the year to April.

This is corroborated by numerous reports of increasing demand for luxury property. International sales in the US are up 24% to $82.4 billion this year, while prices of prime property in Germany and London have surged 60% and 51% respectively in the past 3 years.

“ Around 50% of Savills buyers in the year to date have been driven by Eurozone fears, seeking sanctuary for their money ”

Savills are clear on the primary reason for this, stating that “around 50% of our buyers in the year to date have been driven by Eurozone fears, seeking sanctuary for their money.”

Investor behaviour is also likely to become increasingly prudent. Spectrem recently found that Ultra High Net Worth investors ranked diversification (91%) as a top investment criterion, second only to risk (95%) (see page 5).

Ledbury’s Client Landscape report further endorses this evidence, finding that HNW individuals invested 37% of their wealth in property, 18% in cash, and only 17% in stocks in 2012. It is therefore crucial for those selling to the wealthy to recognise and accommodate this uncertainty.

For wealth managers, this may require discussing alternative investments or capital preservation strategies, such as principal-protected structured products, with clients. For luxury brands, it may be particularly effective to focus on providing products which can simultaneously be enjoyed whilst holding a long-term intrinsic value.

To further investigate High Net Worth Individuals models on Luxury Society, we invite your to explore the related materials as follows:

The Treasure Trend and Passion Investing
How The Luxury Industry Is Leaving $1.7 Trillion On The Table
The Dangers of Homogenising the Wealthy

James Lawson

Director

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CONSUMERS

High Net Worth Individuals Err on the Side of Caution

by

James Lawson

|

This is the featured image caption
Credit : This is the featured image credit

James Lawson, director of Ledbury Research, believes that macroeconomic uncertainty may act to shift the profile of luxury spending by High Net Worth individuals

Over the last decade, collaborations between luxury brands and contemporary artists have gone beyond mere artistic partnerships towards a new kind of luxury branding.

PARIS – Art and fashion have always developed side by side, for fashion, like art, often gives visual expression to the cultural zeitgeist. During the 1920s, Salvador Dalí created dresses for Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiapparelli. In the 1930s, Ferragamo’s shoes commissioned designs for advertisements from Futurist painter Lucio Venna, while Gianni Versace commissioned works from artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Roy Lichtenstein for the launch of his collections. Yves Saint Laurent’s vast art collection, recently auctioned at Christie’s in Paris, testified to his great love of art and revealed the influence of a variety of artists on his own designs.

In the 1980s, relationships between luxury brands and artists were advanced when Alain Dominique Perrin created the Fondation Cartier. In the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, a book marking the foundation’s 20th anniversary, Perrin says he makes “a connection between all the different sorts of arts, and luxury goods are a kind of art. Luxury goods are handicrafts of art, applied art.”

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemparain building in Paris

James Lawson, director of Ledbury Research, believes that macroeconomic uncertainty may act to shift the profile of luxury spending by High Net Worth individuals

Uncertainty among High Net Worth (HNW) individuals is growing amidst concerns over the global macroeconomic environment, with important consequences for luxury spending and investor preferences.

HNW sentiment is turning more cautious; the Schroders European Wealth Index recently found that 91% of Italians expect financial issues to cause them concern over the coming year, while UK and Spanish investors followed closely behind at 88%.

Such findings are substantiated by reports of demand for Swiss safety deposit boxes increasing as investors rush to hoard gold bars, bank notes and other valuables as a hedge against loose monetary policy in Europe (Reuters).

“ Investors are rushing to hoard gold bars, bank notes and other valuables as a hedge against loose monetary policy in Europe ”

This uncertainty may act to shift the profile of luxury spending, with the wealthy preferring to spend on items with lasting intrinsic value such as property or art, rather than consumables which, by their very nature, must be consumed to be enjoyed.

Signs are already manifest in the Affluent Luxury Living Index, which assesses the changing cost of a luxury lifestyle (Stonehage). While the consumables category, which includes the prices of Beluga Caviar and Cohiba Siglo V Cigars, was down 14.5%, the housing category was up 4.4% in the year to April.

This is corroborated by numerous reports of increasing demand for luxury property. International sales in the US are up 24% to $82.4 billion this year, while prices of prime property in Germany and London have surged 60% and 51% respectively in the past 3 years.

“ Around 50% of Savills buyers in the year to date have been driven by Eurozone fears, seeking sanctuary for their money ”

Savills are clear on the primary reason for this, stating that “around 50% of our buyers in the year to date have been driven by Eurozone fears, seeking sanctuary for their money.”

Investor behaviour is also likely to become increasingly prudent. Spectrem recently found that Ultra High Net Worth investors ranked diversification (91%) as a top investment criterion, second only to risk (95%) (see page 5).

Ledbury’s Client Landscape report further endorses this evidence, finding that HNW individuals invested 37% of their wealth in property, 18% in cash, and only 17% in stocks in 2012. It is therefore crucial for those selling to the wealthy to recognise and accommodate this uncertainty.

For wealth managers, this may require discussing alternative investments or capital preservation strategies, such as principal-protected structured products, with clients. For luxury brands, it may be particularly effective to focus on providing products which can simultaneously be enjoyed whilst holding a long-term intrinsic value.

To further investigate High Net Worth Individuals models on Luxury Society, we invite your to explore the related materials as follows:

The Treasure Trend and Passion Investing
How The Luxury Industry Is Leaving $1.7 Trillion On The Table
The Dangers of Homogenising the Wealthy

James Lawson

Director

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