Luxury’s other heritage challenge

"You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely take care of it for the next generation.” This well-known Patek Philippe tag line tells its customers that the brand's heritage could be part of their own as they bequeath their Patek timepieces to their future generations. (Patek Philippe's famous next-generation ad (c) Patek Philippe) One … Continue reading Luxury’s other heritage challenge

Wearable tech’s luxury and fashion challenge

"Here's the only thing you need to know about wearable punditry: No one knows anything. Zip. This is a market that barely exists.", said technology columnist Christopher Mims recently. Google Glass, a high profile early avatar of wearable tech, had made an appearance in New York Fashion Week in 2012's showing of Diane von Furstenberg's … Continue reading Wearable tech’s luxury and fashion challenge

The raison d’être of a business/ Google and political reform

What is the raison d'être of a business*? To serve a societal or consumer need? To make profits for the shareholders? To keep the stakeholders happy? To create jobs? To realise the vision of the entrepreneur? Any combination of these? What about social and political reform? Can that be the raison d'être of a commercial … Continue reading The raison d’être of a business/ Google and political reform