As holiday gift-giving season rolls around, we’ve noticed that some leading global luxury brands are joining in the secular trend toward a much broader definition of what it means to be “masculine.” Here’s how traditional and new digitally-native luxury brands are responding to and sometimes embracing new codes of masculinity in luxury jewelry, makeup and handbags for men.
Research shows that the more women succeed, the less likable they become. What is it about likability that absolutely seems to elude women leaders? And why does likability even matter? In fact, what does likability even mean? The new phrase summarizing the dilemma faced by women who already have or are seeking positions of authority is “the Likability Trap.” Name a senior woman leader in an important field of endeavor who is routinely described as likable. Anyone? Anybody? Can a strong woman ever be deemed likable?
A gallery within a larger exhibit at the Whitney Museum in New York two years ago has lingered in our minds ever since we saw it. It was entitled Portraits Without People, and we found it provocative. And profound. Because it raised an intriguing question: if someone wanted to capture your essential essence without showing any part of you, what would they paint (or photograph)? The books on your nightstand? Your running shoes? Your last Power Point presentation? What you ate this morning? Said another way: do our possessions define us? Are we what we buy? And if not, then what objects in our lives represent who we really are?
Months tend to evoke certain colors and moods, at least in the parts of the world with four distinct seasons. Some are obvious, and some perhaps more subtle, or at least open to debate. What is the color of April? Dear reader, we think there are several ways to frame that question.
The annual festival of music, film, innovation and ideas, South By Southwest (SXSW) has concluded for the year. What’s the forecast for luxury brands based on the presentations and discussions? Our correspondent Lillian Pontius-Goldblatt shares her top three takeaways from SXSW 2019 on the future of luxury.