Friday, June 25, 2010


What is luxury?
Relationships of substance and value with all the people in your world. The man who cuts your meat, grows your vegetables, fits your shoes, pulls your coffee.
Luxury is not being a slave to fashion, nor trend. Not shopping on sale, only to have more of what is not right. Luxury is having only in your life what is correct and right, and when the time is right.
Luxury is having an extra hour every day to read the paper, eat toast with your love before you leave the house, sit in a park at lunch and watch the grass grow. Even if it means you'll never drive an S-Class Mercedes or send your children to Knox.

What is value?
Value is paying 20 or 30 percent extra not to shop on sale. Value is the extra 50c it might cost to have a coffee that is truly superb, or the extra $30 a year you might tip your barista to remember that you like a single sugar and the milk extra hot.
Value isn't cheap. Value costs money, but it also costs time and consideration. Because if you value yourself, you don't skimp on what's important - time, quality, integrity.


  1. Ethan, a well-written and well-considered post. One question, though - shouldn't the final sentence read "Because if you value yourself, you DON'T skimp on what's important - time, quality, integrity."?

  2. Well spotted. I knew I needed an editor, thanks James.


  3. Well said..

    Too many nickel & dimers & hence now appreciation..

    Also, retailers & luxury brands to realign the concept of seasonal sales & remember what core BRAND value is..