If it looks like licensing, tastes like licensing, smells like licensing and feels like licensing, is it licensing? Not necessarily for a range of luxury brand collaborations and partnerships, says Unity Marketing’s luxury marketing guru Pam Danziger in The Robin Report.

In the article, Pam and I explore the question in the context of examples including Kathy Ireland’s furniture line with Raymour & Flanigan and Sarah Jessica Parker’s partnership with Manolo Blahnik to develop a shoe collection exclusively for Nordstrom—cases where the celebrity often has an active role in product design and development.

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-5-44-05-pm“Some [other] collaborations are short term,” notes Pam. “Capsule collections that many fashion designers do with off-price brands like Target and H&M—while others are more substantial, like Apple and Gucci, or Tag Heuer, Google, and Intel for smart watches. Other examples are Valentino and Havaianas flip flops; Tory Burch and Fitbit wearables; Beats headphones by Dre and Fendi; and Cynthia Rowley and J.Crew wetsuits.”

Click here for the complete article, including many more examples of unique luxury market collaborations and partnerships.

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