for British businesses.” In addition, many products that are available in Britain haven’t been shipped out internationally yet, adding style tourists to the mix of those just interested in a bargain, Couttigane said.
Burberry said this week that sales at British shops open for at least a year rose more than 30 percent in the three months to Sept. 30. Bag sales were particularly strong, especially those of the equestrian inspired Bridle Bag. Though on sale in Britain, it is not yet widely available globally, Couttigane said.
“We’re seeing that spike in interest of people who can’t buy the Bridle Bags in their home markets but they really want to get hold of it,” Couttigane said.
And it’s not just bags. Perfume, clothes and cosmetics are also big on tourist shopping lists, according to a survey by the consumer research group Mintel.
Joanne Milner, chief executive of Garrard — the jewelers that made Princess Diana’s famous engagement ring — said the number of Chinese shoppers visiting its website has grown by 75 percent since the Brexit vote. The firm’s shop at Harrods has seen a 1,000 percent increase.
“It’s not just Garrard that is seeing it, it is London as a whole,” Milner said. “The thought is that in the long-term it will be good for British business, particularly London being the destination in Europe for luxury - whereas in the past it has vied with Paris for that position.”
Luxury shoppers love that bit of cache. So if you can show off that label, or demonstrate a connection to royalty, so much the better. And better yet, they like something to put the haul into.
“Chinese people love handbags,” Chang said.