Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship Volume II
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Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship Volume II

More Stories from the Pioneers

Luxury products are now seen by a growing number of global consumers as an important and more widely available way of expressing personal aspirations and values. Most consumers of luxury products and services use them as status symbols and symbols of success. However, the definition of success – and the way it is perceived by others – is changing. Many of these successful consumers now want the brands they use to reflect their concerns and aspirations. Such products come with a heavy social and environmental cost. Sustainable luxury is about rediscovering the old meaning of luxury – a considered purchase of a beautifully crafted object with built-in social and environmental value.

The social entrepreneurs documented in this book highlight the relationship between personal values and sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation in developing and marketing luxury products. The pioneers outline how they have developed inclusive supply chains with poor and vulnerable communities. Their stories prove that luxury need not be a destructive force. Instead, this book opens a window on a world where entrepreneurial pioneers can change the rules of the game.

Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship Volume II is an engaging and inspiring book tracing both the deeply personal and professional journeys of entrepreneurs . . . to move beyond incremental to transformational and disruptive leadership. [The book] addresses climate change, social inequality and human rights issues with tangible and practical examples of how the luxury sector can create value rather than destroy it. This book is a must-read for those in luxury leadership positions, designers, product developers and budding social entrepreneurs.

Sean Ansett, Founder At Stake Advisors

Sustainable Luxury is a must-read for any executive or creative venturing into the luxury industry: it is the biggest challenge current and future leaders will have to tackle in order to align with their evolving customers priorities.

Ketty Pucci-Sisti Maisonrouge, Luxury Entrepreneur and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School and IE Business School

An entertaining, lucid and illustrative tour of the emerging world of sustainable luxury, edited by the global experts in this field. Highly recommendable to students and managers looking for the practical side of management theories and for those attracted to the fascinating world of premium goods and services.

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, President IE University and Dean IE Business School, Madrid, Spain

Here is the much awaited book on how to develop pioneering luxury brands in practice.

JN Kapferer, Professor at HEC and INSEEC Paris, France; co-author of The Luxury Strategy and Kapferer on Luxury

Sustainable Luxury is a motivational and illustrative read that manifests the creative reconciliation of luxury and sustainability; an encouragement to any budding entrepreneur who seeks to make a lasting impact on society. 

Sublime Magazine

Highly recommendable to students and managers looking at the practical side of premium goods and services.

Professor Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, President , IE University

The themes of sustainable luxury and social entrepreneurship are explored… with inspiring case studies… from industry pioneers who show that luxury and sustainability need not be conflicting principles. This book raises the question of how the fashion industry can take advantage of the inspiration and energy of entrepreneurs in the luxury sector to create a sustainable, inclusive and fair society.

Positive Luxury

This book about sustainable luxury is the go-to blueprint for a new vision of enlightened consumption that respects both the earth’s resources and human ingenuity. A must-read for a future that celebrates beauty and fashion while gently caring for the planet.

Susan Rockefeller, designer, filmmaker and conservationist

Could past success limit our horizons? This book demonstrates how tomorrow’s luxury is being created today by people with a potent mix of concern, passion, creativity and persistence. These sustainable luxury entrepreneurs show what is possible, and by telling their stories they broaden our view. A new paradigm of luxury is emerging, where what’s best in the world is what's best for the world. This book by Gardetti and Giron is essential reading.

Prof. Jem Bendell, co-author, 'Deeper Luxury Report'

For me, sustainability is my ability to evolve and mature as a human and live in a more conscious way. Sustainability is when you see yourself beyond you as a person and appreciate that everything you do affects and impacts others, nature, and ultimately our planet. Therefore, you do things from a different perspective. But as human beings and entrepreneurs we all need to be aware of and responsible for more than just ourselves; we need always to treat others and our natural world with the same respect with which we wish to be treated. Only when we operate at this level of consciousness will we see the start of a truly "sustainable world"; and I hope this happens sooner rather than later, as the world has finite resources and cannot sustain the path we are currently pursuing.

Carmen Busquets, Luxury Investor

In times of economic turmoil and of an overwhelming number of global challenges on our horizon, the change-makers of the luxury industry will require more than ever a strong sense of passion, dedication and resilience to shape the values of sustainable luxury. With this book, Maria Eugenia Girón and Miguel Angel Gardetti have created an amazing tool of first-hand knowledge and inspiration to help reaffirm these qualities among future generations of change-makers.

Eduardo Escobedo, Project Director, The Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP)

MIGUEL ANGEL GARDETTI founded and is head of the Center for Studies of Sustainable Luxury, Argentina. MARÍA EUGENIA GIRÓN has 18 years' experience in the luxury industry as an executive, investor, professor and author.

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