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Welcome to ICYMI*, In case you missed it, our weekly debrief of the trends we spotted first making it to the mainstream and the thought-provoking insights you need to know, curated by our in-house experts. 

TikTok is abound with users discussing their newfound BoySobriety and the challenges of dating in today’s digital realms.

Dating horror stories aside, The Atlantic’s Lorna Kelley reveals how dating apps’ introduction of subscriptions and paid features are making them less enjoyable to use.

This is especially true for younger audiences who got used to swiping for free and the more playful side of digital attraction.

Become an LS:N Global member now to access the best insights from our Video Dating Futures report and learn more about what’s next for Tinder, Hinge and the galaxy of services helping people find love.

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22 April 2024

Author: LS:N Global

Image: Photography by Shingi Rice


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(by foresight analyst Simar Deol)

#WeSawItComing: Luxury States: Tastemaker Brands

From Bottega Veneta, Bugatti and Gucci to Loro Piana, Moncler and Saint Laurent, luxury brands have taken over Milan Design Week 2024, not only as trendsetters but also as patrons of the arts and design.

Miu Miu is embracing this culture-first approach by launching a Literary Club called Writing Life, and honouring Italian authors Sibilla Aleramo and Alba de Céspedes with talks, readings and music performances at Circolo Filologico Milanese – a venue known for historical literary gatherings.

In our Luxury States: New Codes of Luxury 2024–2025 macrotrend, we analyse how brands must think of themselves as multifaceted personas and engines of culture and taste.

‘Interiors are the new handbags,’ said Bryony Sheridan, buying director of luxury homewares retailer Abask. ‘What’s interesting is the level of discernment – from product to aesthetics and origin story.’ Soon, luxury brands will form entire ecosystems encompassing culture, lifestyle, hospitality and more.

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