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Brand context and control: the role of the flagship store in B&B Italia

Brand context and control: the role of the flagship store in B&B Italia Purpose – The paper seeks to explore the phenomenon of the flagship store from the perspective of brand management and brand context within the luxury furniture sector. Design/methodology/approach – Adopts a case‐study approach, focusing upon Milan‐based furniture manufacturer and retailer B&B Italia and comprises interview derived data and archive material. Findings – Recognises the difficulty associated with manufacturing/product‐orientated organisations to establish a brand context. It identifies that the forward integration of luxury manufacturing companies into retailing, through the establishment of flagship stores provides such companies with an opportunity to provide a context for their brand and exercise a level of control over its manifestation that is difficult to achieve through other distribution channels. Research limitations/implications – Highlights the value of forward integration as a means of establishing brand context and experience. Originality/value – Demonstrates the wider value of the flagship store as a brand management device and the potential contribution to brand communication for non‐retail based organisations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management Emerald Publishing

Brand context and control: the role of the flagship store in B&B Italia

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0959-0552
DOI
10.1108/09590550810880589
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper seeks to explore the phenomenon of the flagship store from the perspective of brand management and brand context within the luxury furniture sector. Design/methodology/approach – Adopts a case‐study approach, focusing upon Milan‐based furniture manufacturer and retailer B&B Italia and comprises interview derived data and archive material. Findings – Recognises the difficulty associated with manufacturing/product‐orientated organisations to establish a brand context. It identifies that the forward integration of luxury manufacturing companies into retailing, through the establishment of flagship stores provides such companies with an opportunity to provide a context for their brand and exercise a level of control over its manifestation that is difficult to achieve through other distribution channels. Research limitations/implications – Highlights the value of forward integration as a means of establishing brand context and experience. Originality/value – Demonstrates the wider value of the flagship store as a brand management device and the potential contribution to brand communication for non‐retail based organisations.

Journal

International Journal of Retail & Distribution ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 6, 2008

Keywords: Brand management; Stores and supermarkets

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