The University of Southampton
Winchester Luxury Research Group

Exploring the aesthetic, economic  and socio-cultural impact of Luxury

Established in 2014, the Winchester Luxury Research Group (WLRG) undertakes leading edge investigations into the social, cultural and economic impact of luxury. Embedded in the prestigious Winchester School of Art, the members of WLRG engage in research that recognises the artistic and cultural aspects of luxury in the contemporary globalised world.




Our mission

The Winchester Luxury Research Group is dedicated to advancing our knowledge and furthering the appreciation of luxury, its innumerable histories and contemporary manifestations through its expertise, dynamic academic curriculums and public speaker programmes, institutional and business partners, exhibitions, conference participation, academic publications, and MA and PhD programmes.

The Group's academic research is concerned with questions of necessity and needs, abundance, sumptuous environments, pleasure, indulgence, and the satisfaction of desire. This research is published in the form of monographs and edited collections, journals, book chapters, and articles and is disseminated to a global community of scholars, practitioners and the interested public.

The Winchester Luxury Research Group's activities and academic outputs influence and support each other and jointly furnish an innovative milieu for critically inquiring into luxury in addition to scholarly exchange in Winchester and beyond.


19 September 2017

Luxury at the Shard

Both Winchester School of Art and Southampton Business School prese...

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17 July 2017

Business South Luxury Brand Round Table

On 13th July 2017, John Armitage, Jonathan Faiers, Joanne Roberts, ...

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4 July 2017

Children and Luxury Consumption

Dr Yasmin K. Sekhon and Professor Joanne Roberts have received fund...

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Key facts

"Of the $1.8 trillion in annual luxury spending BCG has identified, sales of luxury cars account for more than $400 billion worldwide, and the business of luxury experiences—from private airline services to five-star restaurants—is already worth almost $1 trillion of the total."

Olivier Abtan, Antonio Achille, Jean-Marc Bellaïche, Youllee Kim, Vincent Lui, Amitabh Mall, Antonella Mei-Pochtler, and Sarah Willersdorf , Boston Consulting Group, January 30th 2014

Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette

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