IPOL Conference 2023: Luxury Endangered

London Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June 2023
In Collaboration with Politecnico di Milano

The 6th international In Pursuit of Luxury Conference in 2023 will be presented by The School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire in partnership with the Politecnico di Milano. We will bring together a diverse and dynamic group of academic and industry experts whose opinions help to shape our understanding of how we consider the constantly changing luxury landscape.

What makes an object a luxury product? We believe that the work of an artisan or craftsperson is essential to the creation of luxury. Luxury by definition cannot be produced in an industrial process, it must take into account the expertise and knowledge of the maker. Many large scale luxury brands have designers who create an item, whether it is a garment, architectural fixture or interior product. Once these items are designed they are made not by artisans but often by factory workers each responsible for a different aspect of the manufacture. 

What features exemplify and extraordinary experience? Within the world of experiential luxury in flagship stores, restaurants, hotels, in the air, on the road on the sea the standards of service are continually enhanced. What does this mean to the luxury consumer in the real world, and in relation to defying the parameters of a luxury experience?

Luxury endangered will question the notion of luxury as it is currently constituted within a globalised consumer market where luxury brand narratives dominate. Within this configuration the specific skills of a craftsperson are commodified as are the services.

What informs our decision making around criteria used to classify luxury goods and services? Working in collaboration we will expand our understanding to articulate parameters that constitute luxury. These conversations will be engaging, challenging and undoubtably contentious. Our interest is to bring about change through these conversation.

Organisers: Dr Shaun Borstrock and Dr Veronica Manlow

Past Keynote Speakers:

Chris Berry – Author of ‘The Idea of Luxury’

Maria Grachvogel, – Designer

Jessica Helfand – Artist and author of ‘Design, the Invention of Desire’ and ‘Face A Visual Odyssey’

Eugenia Paulicelli – Author

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