Redefining “masstige” luxury consumption in the post-COVID era

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The concept of “new luxury” has challenged the conventional marketing of luxury goods as prestigious, leading to greater expansion of mass luxury meaning. This has become more evident since the outbreak of COVID-19, which has been a catalyst for consumption in the luxury market. This paper investigates the mass marketing of luxury goods and explores the essence of masstige luxury consumption since the outbreak of COVID-19. An interpretive approach was conducted based on semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 31 participants. It analyzes four themes of mass luxury: self as content, self as process, self as context, and self–other. We further argue that the mass consumption of luxury reduces cognitive dissonance, with the pandemic resolving the dark side of conventional luxury consumption. Our findings provide important insights for both scholars and practitioners in the development of a more holistic understanding of masstige in the post-COVID era.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-254
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date1 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • Masstige
  • Luxury consumption
  • Post-COVID era
  • Dissonance coping
  • Interpretive approach


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