Since its release in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has become a Great British innovation success story, selling over million units in its first 12 months, and even sitting alongside the likes of Sir Ranulph Fiennes and will.i.am as a cover star on Wired magazine.
It has been two years since the final film was released, yet the magic of Harry Potter is still very much present. The lightening bolt scar and the round glasses are as ubiquitous now as they ever were, compared to such antiquated icons as Poirot’s moustache or Holmes’ deerstalker hat.
I raised a knowing eyebrow last week at the news according to HSBC that Louis Vuitton had quietly raised prices across all markets for its non-leather handbags – the “bread and butter” of their business. LV prices have gone up by at least 10 percent in the UK and USA, and by 5 percent to 10 percent in Asian markets including China.
Once upon a time, shopping was as much about making a statement about your place in society as it was buying essential items. Even if only once a month, those ostentatious displays of wealth were an integral part of 'retail therapy' and the idea of a luxury purchase was all about pure, self-indulgence: "I luxury shop, therefore I am better".
Last week at Imagination we asked the big question of whether luxury is history. Now while the concept of luxury is certainly not history, some of its historical attendant attitude may well be, and thank goodness for that!