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News Release: Luxury Institute Survey: U.S. High Net-Worth Consumers Rank the “Best of the Best” Luxury Brands in Four Fashion Categories

(NEW YORK) March 23, 2010 – The objective and independent New York City-based Luxury Institute reported today the results of the “Best of the Best” luxury brands in the U.S. based on the 2010 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey. This survey identifies the top brands that deliver true luxury based solely on the unbiased ratings of wealthy U.S. consumers. The following four luxury categories were rated: Women’s Fashion (37 brands), Women’s Shoes (38 brands), Men’s Fashion (32 brands), and Men’s Shoes (20 brands).

The LBSI asks high net-worth consumers to rate luxury brands by category across four equally weighted components: Consistently Superior Quality, Uniqueness and Exclusivity, Making the Customer Feel Special Across the Entire Experience and Being Consumed by People Who Are Admired and Respected.

Which luxury providers deliver the best combination of quality, exclusivity, customer experience and peer prestige in the U.S.?

The “Best of the Best” are: (LBSI score out of 10)

Women’s Fashion
– Roberto Cavalli-7.89
– Hermes-7.81
– Balenciaga-7.80

Women’s Shoes
– Christian Louboutin-8.54
– Manolo Blahnik-8.18
– Zac Posen-8.15

Men’s Fashion
– Ermenegildo Zegna- 7.50
– Brioni-7.44
– John Varvatos-7.29

Men’s Shoes
– Ferragamo- 7.69
– Hermes-7.46
– Louis Vuitton-7.30

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