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Elite Luxury Experiences: Customer and Managerial Perspectives

Mrad, Mona; Karimi, Sahar; Tóth, Zsófia; Christodoulides, George


Mona Mrad

Sahar Karimi

George Christodoulides


This study contributes to the nascent literature on luxury experiences by focusing on a significant yet understudied segment of consumers responsible for a large share of luxury purchases. Seven in-depth interviews with ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs), who represent the world’s economic elite, and ten in-depth interviews with managers of top luxury brands reveal important features of the elite luxury experience. Not only do UHNWIs seek extraordinary, exclusive, and bespoke luxury experiences, but they are also driven by status affirmation, feelings of entitlement, and the need for distinction. They also experience a privacy paradox, with a preference for ‘selective publicity’. Our findings demonstrate UHNWIs’ strong disengagement from others—even other UHNWIs—facilitated by elite luxury experiences. This study is the first to shed light on the idiosyncrasies of the elite luxury experience by combining data from UHNWIs and managers who facilitate luxury experiences. The study offers implications for managing luxury experiences directed at UHNWIs.


Mrad, M., Karimi, S., Tóth, Z., & Christodoulides, G. (2022). Elite Luxury Experiences: Customer and Managerial Perspectives. Journal of Marketing Management, 38(13-14), 1339-1368.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 23, 2022
Online Publication Date May 25, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Mar 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 26, 2023
Journal Journal of Marketing Management
Print ISSN 0267-257X
Electronic ISSN 1472-1376
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 13-14
Pages 1339-1368
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