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What Luxury Brands Seek in Sales Professionals 



One of my favourite movies is "The Devil Wears Prada”. I use it in Luxury Training sessions to demonstrate the high standards and expectations of the luxury industry. While the scenes may be exaggerated for dramatic effect, they do offer a glimpse into the meticulous attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection that define luxury brands.

 

Many professionals dream of a career in luxury sales, but what exactly are luxury brands looking for in sales professionals beyond mere sales experience? Let's delve into the key qualities that set apart top-notch candidates in the world of luxury retail:

 

1. Impeccable Appearance: In the world of luxury, first impressions matter. Sales professionals are often considered ambassadors of the brand, and as such, they are expected to present themselves with poise, sophistication, and impeccable grooming. A polished appearance exudes confidence and reinforces the brand's image.

 

2. Elegance in Conduct: Luxury sales professionals must possess grace under pressure. Whether they're assisting a VIP client or navigating a bustling showroom, they are expected to conduct themselves with elegance, professionalism, and impeccable manners at all times. This includes maintaining composure in challenging situations and providing exceptional service with a smile.

 

3. Keen Eye for Detail:  I still remember on my first day at work in Luxury, being impressed by my manager walking into a Lancôme store, checking if all the testers faced the same direction. Every detail matters in the Luxury customer experience, and sales professionals must have a keen eye for spotting them. Whether it's identifying the finest craftsmanship in a handcrafted leather bag or ensuring that every display is impeccably arranged, attention to detail is non-negotiable.

 

4. Exceptional Communication Skills: Beyond fluency in multiple languages, effective communication in luxury sales goes beyond mere words. It encompasses the art of conversation, active listening, and the ability to anticipate and exceed customer expectations. Sales professionals must possess the charisma and charm to forge genuine connections with clients, fostering trust and loyalty in the process.

 

5. Genuine Passion: Last but certainly not least, luxury brands seek sales professionals who are genuinely passionate about their products and the lifestyle they represent. Authentic enthusiasm is contagious and can inspire customers to make emotionally-driven purchasing decisions. Whether it's a love for fine craftsmanship, a deep appreciation for artistry, or a fascination with the brand's heritage, genuine passion sets exceptional sales professionals apart from the rest.

 

In conclusion, breaking into the world of luxury sales requires more than just a knack for selling. It demands a unique blend of elegance, attention to detail, exceptional communication skills, and above all, a genuine passion for the brand and its values.

So, if you aspire to work in luxury sales, channel your inner Miranda Priestly, and strive for nothing less than excellence in everything you do. After all, in the world of luxury, perfection is not just a goal—it's an expectation. Luxury Selling Skills: Episode 3

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