The role of provenance in luxury textile brands

Marnie Collins, Marcia Weiss*

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse the role that provenance holds within the luxury textiles market. It defines similarities and differences in the perception and acceptance of provenance as a key strategy for luxury textile brands in the USA and the UK. Its purpose is to establish a framework of identifiable communication strategies for future growth of the luxury brand sector. Design/methodology/approach – The study consisted of adopting an ethnographic approach to define the role of provenance within luxury brands in the USA and the UK. Attention was focused on textile heritage labels in the USA and in Scotland, to gain insight into how historic artisanship impacts the perception of luxury and authenticity by the consumer. Interviews with key strategists were conducted, and a comparison of the discussions disseminated. Findings – The narrative behind a product, its authenticity and provenance, are key drivers in luxury textile brands, with the perception of quality of utmost importance. Long-standing companies have interwoven provenances with their spiritual birthplaces, people and environment which can be leveraged in product introductions and branding. Practical implications – The paper provides a framework of key features of provenance to inform practitioners on dilemmas such as de-localization, re-localization and transcendence within the luxury brand sector. Originality/value – The paper furthers academic research by investigating contemporary issues in luxury consumer behaviour; specifically in relation to the perception of provenance. While research focuses on Western luxury textile brands and consumers, it provides reference criteria and recommendations to luxury brand strategists that can be adopted and adapted for different fields and geographic locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1050
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Retail and Distribution Management
Issue number10-11
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2015


  • Country-of-origin
  • Cultural ties
  • Heritage
  • Legitimacy
  • Provenance
  • Spiritual birthplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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