Louis Vuitton tops ranking of global luxury brands
The latest global brands ranking by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown show
luxury companies have increased their value by 28 percent, with Louis
Vuitton, Hermès and Gucci in the top three rankings. Louis Vuitton and
Hermès are valued at 41.1 billion and 28 billion dollars respectively.
Gucci leads the luxury brands in value rise
“Gucci led the Brandz luxury Top 10 in value with tremendous one-year gain
of 66 percent. Over 12 years, the Gucci brand increased 414 percent in
value. Its recent bold designs and colours capture the mood of the time,
and Guggi increase its scores in Meaning Difference and Trust, “ says
Susannah Outfin, Managing Partner Mindshare.
2018 marks the 13th annual BrandZ ranking, where value is measured by
financial performance and consumer perception. Eight out of the Top 10
global brands are technology or tech-related brands. This category
continues to dominate the rankings with Google and Apple retaining the
number 1 and 2 spots, growing +23 percent to 302.1 bn dollars and +28
percent to 300.6 bn dollars respectively. Amazon moved into the no.3
position ahead of Microsoft, growing +49 percent to 207.6 bn dollars, while
Tencent ranked 5 ahead of Facebook (6) growing +65 percent in brand value
to 179 bn dollars, up three places from last year’s ranking.
One of the key factors driving brand growth today is digital engagement
with consumers. From leveraging social media to embracing influencers,
brands that are seeing success are finding ways to turn digital marketing
“Consumer expect more from the luxury brands than the products themselves.
They are demanding experiences. Look at Louis Vuitton’s storefront, for
example. It’s always spectacular,” said Rubi Pabani Managing Partner at
Brand building action points for luxury
Be bold, take risks, be willing to communicate a unique point of view both
in design and communication. Heritage is important but even a royal family
needs to refresh sandpit on a modern face.
More than in most categories, luxury is about brand and originality of
design, not analysis of data. Luxury brands should be neither data-driven
nor data-adverse Artistic intuition, rather than data, connects fashion
with the zeitgeist. But data can inform artistic intuition without
As the market for luxury expands with new, younger consumers, it is
important to be present in diverse media, which means both social media and
the traditional fashion press. Print is resuming among young people as more
tactile and tangible than digital.
Be exclusive, with good manners
For luxury exclusivity is essential. Being snobby, however, is poor
manners. Don’t alienate the younger customer whose buying power you may
need in the future.
Photo credit: Louis Vuitton Cruise collection, source Louis Vuitton