As the world ground to a halt in 2020 under the grip of Covid-19, the pandemic proved the fragility of a luxury sector that’s reliant on physical spaces and the specific individuals who seek out these places, whether they be tourists heading for heritage stores, souvenir-seekers or experience-chasing itinerant luxurians. Discover how luxury consumers and brands are navigating our collective new normal.
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For those of you wondering what luxury and hospitality trends are going to have the biggest impact on your business over the coming years, our Strategy team are here to help.
At The Future Laboratory, our strategic solution is a simple one: to equip you with the tools, techniques and cultural insights that allow you to navigate change, unlock opportunity and thrive in a world of continuous uncertainty.
Our strategists do this by harnessing the combined power of LS:N Global and our Foresight Research System to better understand future consumer behaviour and how you can implement these insights in ways that drive short-, medium- and long-term growth.
Find out how you can use our Strategic Services to future-proof your luxury and hospitality strategy.
Looking for ways to engage and motivate your team from the comfort of your own home? Book one of our world-class speakers to deliver a virtual presentation or workshop for your business. Discover our luxury and hospitality presentations below or get in touch to book something bespoke.
Understanding the fluctuating and sometimes fickle attitudes and expectations of their audiences has been a pursuit of luxury organisations over several decades. To help chart these shifts, The Future Laboratory’s proprietary Five States of Luxury framework gives businesses a unique tool to understand the behaviours and action responses to meet luxurians’ future needs now.
Our new Luxury & Hospitality Futures in-house presentation explores The Future Laboratory's refreshed and updated proprietary framework examining people’s emotional and psychological journeys through the luxury sector.
The luxury experience of the future will no longer rely on tactile human-to-human moments, but anytime attainment, anywhere in the world. In this digitally bolstered second existence, luxury is an omnipresent service.
In this presentation, we examine how the pandemic has proven the fragility of a luxury sector that’s reliant on physical spaces and the individuals who seek out these places, whether Chinese tourists heading for heritage stores, souvenir seekers or experience-chasing itinerant luxurians.
It features key trends, hard data, best-in-class case studies, consumer insight and an exclusive sector macrotrend, Omnilux Lifestyles.
The experience economy is pivoting towards personal transformation as the public imagination looks inwards.
As consumers tire of photogenic pop-ups, immersive events and mass tourism as a form of social currency, Enlightened States explores how the experience economy is set to become more introspective and personal in the next decade.
This presentation will help your brand to reconsider its role in the life of consumers by moving beyond transactional relationships, exploring new ways to help individuals simplify their lives, and looking at how to position your products and services as holistic tools that support wellbeing.
The writers, researchers, analysts – and brains behind our research. Get in touch with our specialists if you are interested in discussing the research in more detail or if you have a press enquiry.
Christopher Sanderson is co-founder of The Future Laboratory, where he is responsible for delivering the company’s extensive global roster of conferences, media events and LS:N Global Trend Briefings, which he co-presents with the team in London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Stockholm and Helsinki. Clients who have booked one of his inspirational keynotes include Gucci Group, the European Travel Commission, Retail Week, Selfridges, M&S, Chanel, Harrods, Aldo and H&M.
Martin is editor-in-chief of LS:N Global, the online lifestyle news and consumer insight portal. Having written several books on trend forecasting, including The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook and The Tomorrow People, Martin contributes regularly as an expert on trends and business for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.
Kathryn joined The Future Laboratory in 2016, and is foresight editor of LS:N Global. Specialising in luxury, she also works on its fashion content and leads commissioning internal and external articles. She has previously written for publications including Adorn Insight, VO+, Retail Jeweller, Professional Jeweller and CityAM.
Holly joined LS:N Global in late 2016 and writes across the website, including the daily Need to Know. As well as working with brands such as Vans, Spotify and Lacoste, she’s the go-to expert on emerging consumer trends in Youth and Travel & Hospitality, and is always looking for what’s next in the entertainment industry.
Abi joined The Future Laboratory in late 2019 and writes across LS:N Global, including the daily Need to Know section. She has a background in fashion and continues to track industry shifts relating to sustainability and digital innovation. As well as leading the Fashion sector, she also contributes regularly to the Youth and Media & Technology verticals.
Rachele plays a pivotal role in nurturing the Strategy team and developing the quality of our strategic thinking. With nearly 15 years of experience, she combines her creative background and strong commercial acumen to define and realise future strategies for brands such as Shiseido, lululemon, Jameson and The Chalhoub Group.
Victoria specialises in future thinking and consumer research. She uses her creativity and strategic thinking to develop bespoke foresight projects for leading brands, such as L’Oréal, Spotify and Google, so that they can prepare their businesses for the future. She also regularly contributes to industry panel discussions and publications in the futures field.
Louise is one of the lead strategists at The Future Laboratory. With over 12 years’ experience in brand and innovation strategy, she works closely with clients such as Dell, Sony, Selfridges and Gulfstream to identify inspiring and revolutionary opportunities for change, and to develop practical strategic frameworks that provide the blueprints for putting the future first.
Adam leads the team that creates bespoke reports and thought-leadership content for brands including Adidas, Volvo, Nespresso and IHG. Working across sectors, from retail and travel to finance, media and sport, Adam creates inspiring content that enables brands to develop leading strategies and disruptive innovations.
Darian creates tailored reports and thought-leading content across diverse industries. Unlocking future-facing strategies and new brand directions, Darian has written bespoke foresight reports for Jägermeister, Samsung and UBS. Before joining The Future Laboratory, she forecast fashion and youth lifestyle trends for Stylus.
Rachael is responsible for leading research to identify and visually communicate global cultural trends across the lifestyle sectors, inspiring our clients to prepare for the future. As our fashion and retail expert, she speaks regularly at our events, and has worked on projects for clients such as Adidas and the British Fashion Council.
As part of the Strategy team, Tamara researches and analyses consumer trends to help clients understand their future landscape. Her background in MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins makes her naturally question what our future looks like from a social and design thinking perspective. Since joining The Future Laboratory, she has worked for a variety of clients, including Wilko, QIC, Sony, Knight Dragon, URW and Turner.
Sophie’s work is focused on cultural trends research and developing insights to inspire strategies for the future. Her background in design management at the University of the Arts London and her numerous experiences within the start-up landscape have equipped her with an agile problem-solving mindset. She is our go-to expert for wellness, design and retail foresight thinking.
Gursharan is responsible for generating research that shapes our foresight pieces. Her support in identifying and building trends provides clients with a comprehensive understanding of their futures. Since joining The Future Laboratory, Gursharan has worked on projects for a variety of clients, including Colgate, eBay, Microsoft and Spotify.