Cooking from scratch: Upward Home interviews Eric Deng, Hestan

Editor’s Note: We are excited to launch a new series of interviews with some of the leading voices in the high-end home industry. Today we visit with Eric Deng, Co-Founder and President of Hestan Commercial Corporation, who is shaking up the culinary world with the launch of Hestan Commercial, Hestan Outdoor, and Hestan Indoor. »  Read More

Leveraging the Luxury Experience Economy

This post was written by the Upward Home team.

The Experience Economy

For luxury brands, business as usual is just not enough in today’s economy. Consumers expect premium quality, but now they want more. Some economists say that we are moving from selling goods and services to selling consumer experiences. »  Read More

How to Humanize Your High-End Brand

Connecting with consumers is key to success

For a luxury brand to succeed in the market, it used to be enough to just be… luxurious. True luxe consumers would naturally trust the premium brand while aspirational consumers would save up to purchase coveted items. »  Read More

How to Navigate the Slowdown for High-End Brands

 

 A downturn can sometimes represent an opportunity

 

“The world’s wealthy are shutting their wallets.”

I am by nature a glass-half-full kind of person, ever the optimist. In fact, if you’ve read many of these columns in Upward Home, you’ll know that I have a fundamental bullish view on the long-term potential of high-end brands. »  Read More

Are We (Finally) on the Edge of the Smart-Home Revolution?

 

High-end homeowners are adopting technologies that connect their smart devices with energy-conserving home devices. Is the tipping point near?

 

Affluents, especially the young and middle-aged, are showing strong favor for smart-home devices that marry their desire for maximum convenience with environmental zen. »  Read More

Why You Should Ban the L-Word Now

 

The times are changing—and reaching new affluents requires creative marketing for high-end home brands

 

Do you like luxury?” Affluent and aspiring-affluent Millennials may be saying no, but their lifestyle habits suggest otherwise.

Millennials view the “luxury” label with suspicion, as an elitist holdover from a bygone era with little meaning other than a high price tag. »  Read More