What I Learnt From A Walk Down Orchard Road

Orchard Road Brands


When I was strolling along Orchard Road, Singapore with my friends, we noticed some of the luxury brand retailers like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Prada S.p.A. (HKG:1913) and Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF). Most tend to notice the apparels and bags on display but due to occupational habit, I was drawn towards the other factors at play in the famed shopping district.


What Are Some Of These Factors That I Noticed From All These Luxury Brand Retailers?


Brand Equity:

Different brands command different level of status – “with great power comes great responsibility”. In this case, power translates to status and responsibility refers to price. Taking for instance the Chanel Boutique Store in Takashimaya, Singapore – when you have to await your turn by standing in line just to enter the store, you have to think that Chanel has built for themselves a decent moat. What this moat does would be to enable them to price their products at a premium as their products are deemed by retailers as a cut above the rest. With their trademark earrings selling at least S$300 a pair (intricate ones might cost double or more), I think they have to be doing something right.

An extreme example of brand power would be Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE:HOG); when your consumers have a tattoo of your company on their backs I personally would think that your company has a decently loyal customer base!


Brands Under One House:

As mentioned in our earlier article, where BreadTalk Group Limited (SGX:5DA) had various brands under them operating in the same mall, the same can also be said for luxury retailers. There are various benefits and one would be that with such a sizable rental size, they might be able to enjoy more benefits when it comes to rental commitments.


Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA (VTX:CFR): The Richemont Group is one of the world’s top luxury goods company boosting brands like,

  • Alfred Dunhill Limited
  • Cartier
  • Montblanc
  • Piaget SA
  • Shanghai Tang and many more!


Kering (EPA:KER): Previously Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR) but many would know them better from their portfolio of brands comprising of,

  • Gucci
  • Saint Laurent Paris
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Puma and many others!


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So the next time when you go shopping, take a look at your surroundings and you may be able to get a feel of their operations – to see if what’s happening on the ground correlates with what’s reported by the company in question. Maybe the company might turn out to be a better investment compared to buying that bag on the shelf.

Instead of buying a ring, the guys can try to give their partners shares in Tiffany & Co instead…just kidding! That might not turn out well for most guys out there LOL!


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