luxury research hub

Luxury is one of the key words of our time, driving a multi billion dollar global industry, and used ubiquitously to describe exclusive objects and aspirational lifestyles. Pinning down the concept in concrete terms is more elusive and problematic.

This hub is dedicated to interrogating the idea of luxury through its changing definitions and manifestations from the ancient world until the present day. It is also committed to examining issues of sustainable luxury, and the concept of luxury as emotion.

This hub is driven by a view of luxury as a contingent historical product - in word, concept, and practice - which evoked and continues to evoke ambivalent and strong emotions in every period.