- Reduce the number of items they purchase each season from their favourite brand, to say one Chanel jacket this season, down from two-three previously, three pairs of Manolo's instead of several....? or;
- Shift their brand loyalty to the more inconspicuous labels so they may continue purchasing but by stealth... (read: pared down brands)? or;
- Increase their purchasing of markdown items, afterall with a lot of brands reducing 30-70% for current season, you are literally 'throwing' money away if you pay full price... or;
- Realise they really don't need it all and opt for their own retro moment, in a re visitation of their multi-marque mini boutique, aka their own wardrobe?
An article in Associated Press looks at some changed consumer behaviour taking place in the US, particularly with regards to the luxury consumer.
In Australia some core luxury brand clients, VIPs, VVIPs etc can contribute in the vicinity of 10-20% of retail sales in a year, reduce this, along with the spend of the aspirational shopper there is the potential of a 30+% shortfall. The success of these brands is still in the hands of the loyal VIPs, they are a 'known entity' to each brand and more than ever they need to be courted strongly, consistently and respectfully so they don't shift focus and purchase elsewhere. Buy for who you know and just a little for who you may know..