The FT Business of Luxury Summit is the benchmark event for the industry, attended by senior luxury executives and financial professionals from around the world. This year, we will return to Europe, at a time of extraordinary political, economic and social change. The 2017 Summit will take place in Lisbon, one of Europe’s most dynamic and evolving cities, where we will be discussing craftsmanship, manufacture and the markets of the future. How are manufacturing skills being protected and nurtured by the big brands? What initiatives are they taking to train new generations of artisans? How do you run a global business and retain an authentic heritage? Does luxury require new narratives or creative leadership?
We will also be discussing many of the political and economic disruptions currently changing the industry and their impact on trade. How well are brands adapting to the shifting economies? How agile can brands be and which are exciting us today? We will also discuss the explosion in new luxury industries, like food and travel, and the impact of the new sharing culture on traditional luxury items. What should brands be investing in now? And what’s becoming obsolete?
Chaired by the FT’s editor, Lionel Barber and co-chaired by the fashion editor, Jo Ellison, the programme will bring together leading industry executives, creatives and financiers and look at where the luxury revolution is going and how to reposition your brand.