Will the Metaverse Make Luxury Brands Sustainable and Relevant?

The metaverse and luxury fashion are on a collision course, but will the outcome be long lasting or help improve sustainability? The luxury fashion market is predicted to increase to $278 billion by 2031 (Statista). The metaverse’s predicted market size is reported to grow to $1.8 trillion by 2030 (Acumen Research). Let’s take a deeper look at how some brands are using the metaverse to stay relevant while positioning themselves to tap into the sustainable solutions the metaverse can provide. 

 

Staying Relevant

According to the Business of Fashion (BOF) 50% of consumers are expressing an interest in buying a digital asset and although driven by a younger audience, 72% of consumers have entered a virtual world within the last year. 

 

Luxury in the Metaverse

1. Gucci and Roblox

Visitors were able to try on and buy digital products for their avatars during a two-week virtual art exhibition. This collaboration also produced a Gucci Garden space where users could discover different brand campaigns. 

2. Fortnite

Players not only had the opportunity to buy Balenciaga items, but they also get to hang out together in a newly created hub. 

3. Louis Vuitton

Creating a clever way to celebrate a major birthday, Louis Vuitton launched a treasure hunt for players to find 200 birthday candles along with the opportunity to get free non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

As reported by BOF, in the near future, up to 15% of our wardrobe will be digital. This high adoption rate allows luxury brands access to new sustainable solutions provided by the metaverse.

 

Digital Fashion and Metaverse Benefits

  • The carbon footprint of a digital item is 97% less than its physical counterpart
  • Digital fashion twins of the garment offer on demand production options and reduce waste
  • Blockchain helps in tracing and transparency, helping retailers prove how much carbon emission is being neutralized by their activities
  • Digital items can be used to replace physical sampling while offering transparency along the supply chain
  • Brands can seek to design eco-friendly metaverse platforms with more efficient blockchains such as Polygon and Hedera
  • Energy efficient “metaverse-as-a-service” solutions help reduce high-energy virtual environments as the demand for 3D worlds increase
     

In summary, the metaverse allows for luxury brands to better measure their carbon footprint, maintain relevancy, and build new revenue streams all while tapping into a younger audience. The crash course of the metaverse and luxury fashion may very well provide a win-win for luxury brands, the environment, and finally, the consumer.

 


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The Fount Metaverse ETF (MTVR)

The Fount Metaverse ETF (MTVR) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, generally correspond to the performance of the Fount Metaverse Index.  The index was designed to measure the performance of companies that develop, manufacture, distribute, or sell products related to metaverse technology.

MTVR may be an attractive vehicle for investors looking to invest in the metaverse.

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The Fount Subscription Economy ETF (SUBS)

The Fount Subscription Economy ETF (SUBS) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, generally correspond to the total return performance of the Fount Subscription Economy Index. The Index was designed to measure the performance of companies engaged in the business of providing subscription services, i.e., companies that sell products or services for recurring subscription revenue.

SUBS may invest in companies that offer subscription-based pricing models, including those in the technology hardware industry.

For a list of SUBS holdings, please click here.

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Nova Lorraine Raine Drops NFT Art House Creative Director | Contributing Writer Born in Jamaica, author Nova Lorraine is a storyteller, an award-winning fashion designer, keynote speaker, and award nominated podcast host. Armed with a master’s in clinical psychology, Nova is an advisor and strategist for fashion, tech, and lifestyle brands in web3 and the metaverse. Nova founded Raine Drops.io, an NFT Art House as an extension of Raine Magazine. Raine Drops delivers transformational NFTs to re-imagine storytelling and support education and access for underrepresented communities in Web3 and the space industry.

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