‘So it’s about mindful consumption, about buying less but buying with a greater purpose and awareness. It is also about co-creating, or engineering, what is new or what already exists into something that is vital to you, so its vitality and essence compels you to own less, and see that one garment or bag or accessory as something more, an object and a moment that is unique.’
Her understanding of what is unique is tied into why we tell stories (to be, and to make sense of our lives); how we tell stories (the narrative structures we use to convey them – a poem, a play, but equally, it could be a dress); and what we embed or seed them with (a memory, an idea, a stitch that triggers a new thought) to keep that story alive and moving forward.
Luxury, then, isn’t just about the object, it is about how you use all current and future technologies, materials or innovations to capture and accelerate emotion. ‘Luxury is emotion, and emotion luxury, and both should be used to create connections and bonds and sparks that connect across mediums, formats and generations – and the best kind of luxury always does that; revealing itself expressively, whether that sense of ‘self’ is virtual or real and NFT, or a one-off piece of couture.’
‘Luxury,’ she concludes, ‘like the future, or indeed like being a futurist, is all about co-sculpting an ideal moment or an exceptional self. And just like the future, we don’t ‘predict’ what luxury is, we sculpt and forge it, using possibility rather than heritage to make it happen.’
You can listen to Carlota’s Back to The F**kture podcast here , or find out more about her thinking or how you can work with her here.
Her latest book, Beyond Luxury: The Promise of Emotion, is now available from Amazon.