I enjoyed the opportunity of talking to so many capable and professional people. It was very motivating and inspiring. 
Peter Kriemler, Global President, Akris

The Financial Times would like to thank the attendees of the seventh annual Business of Luxury Summit which took place from 5 - 7 June 2011 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Summit brought together 400 senior luxury executives, business leaders and financiers from around the world, to debate the key issues facing the luxury industry in the current global economic climate.

The theme for the 2011 Summit was What Price Luxury?  In a globalised world, how can luxury brands balance currency movements with consistent pricing while maintaining cost efficiency? How far can brands stretch their pricing to maximise market share without affecting their positioning? How aggressively, and publicly, should brands pursue an anti-counterfeiting policy and what are the implications? How significant is the revival of M&A and what kind of entities are the likely targets and most aggressive purchasers?

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[Photos from the 2011 Summit]


CHAIR: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times
Thierry Andretta, CEO, Lanvin
Bernd Beetz, CEO, Coty Inc
Jean-Claude Biver, CEO, Hublot SA
Lionel Breton, Chairman & CEO, Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët
Gian Giacomo Ferraris, Chief Executive, Gianni Versace SpA
Isabelle Guichot, President & CEO, Balenciaga
Margareth Henriquez, President & CEO, Krug
Frederick Lukoff, President & CEO, Stella McCartney
Marigay McKee, Fashion & Beauty Director, Harrods Ltd
Marc Newson, Designer
Jim O'Neill, Chairman, Asset Management & former Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs
Marc Puig, Chairman & CEO, Puig
Martin Wolf, CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

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WGSN have produced 2 reports covering this year's FT Business of Luxury Summit.  PDF versions of these can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Part 1 - Economic Review
Part 2 - What Price Luxury?
Part 1
Economic Review
Part 2
What Price Luxury

The 2012 Summit will take place in Marrakech, Morocco.  For more information, please contact:

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