Stretching from sunglasses to handbags via clothing and shoes, the fashion & accessories category is travel retail’s most diverse. Research shows Chinese travellers as its biggest followers, accounting for 45% of total category spend in duty free, but Americans, Indians, Koreans and Italians all over-index in fashion and accessory purchases. This makes the category a good indicator of overall passenger confidence, not only while the industry gears up for the return of international travel but also further into the future.
Looking at fashion from the luxury and affordable viewpoints, two webinars organised by TFWA and sponsored by Dubai Duty Free for 22 and 23 February brought together a panel of authoritative industry figures with direct category experience on- and off-airport. Moderated by TFWA Conference Manager Michele Miranda and TR Business Editorial Director Charlotte Turner, both sessions were open to all travel retail professionals and livestreamed via TFWA 365.
The first webinar on 22 February from 12pm to 1:30pm CET was titled “The future for luxury in travel retail” and contributors included Sharon Beecham (Dubai Duty Free Vice-President Purchasing), Fraser Brown (Heathrow Airport Retail & Property Director), Lisa Baldzicki (Starboard Cruise Services Chief Merchandising Officer) and Casey Hall (Journalist and Asia Correspondent of the Business and Fashion). On 23 February from 11am to 12:30pm, “The right mix for the restart” was discussed by Pi Insight Managing Director Stephen Hillam, Gebr. Heinemann Head of Buying Fashion, Accessories, Watches & Jewellery Madline Herr alongside MSC Cruises Head of Retail Adrian Pittaway.
The Fashion in Travel Retail webinars are the first in a series of themed online events on TFWA 365 over the next 12 months.
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