Lux­ury

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

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.

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