Today’s interview is with someone that I’m sure quite a few of you are familiar with – Dana Thomas, author of the book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster. Dana is a New York Times bestselling author, WSJ. contributing editor, and a former cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. Needless to say she is incredibly accomplished and I was thrilled to be able to interview her, as Deluxe has long been one of my favorite fashion reads and has greatly influenced my purchasing decisions. Enjoy meeting Dana!
Who are you? What do you do, and where do you live?
I’m a foreign correspondent living in Paris. I mainly write about fashion, culture and the arts, but I can and have written about almost everything, except war.
You wrote Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster – a fascinating look at the declining quality of many luxury goods (in a period of rising prices, no less). What prompted you to write this piece? Was luxury always an industry that you were interested in?
I wrote it because I found that prices of luxury goods were going up as quality was obviously and quickly diminishing, while I was writing stories about the companies, who were reporting record-breaking sales and profits. I thought: something is up here. So I decided to find out. Continue Reading