Photos have been shared online showing masked shoppers, mostly Chinese, lining up to get into the stores of the two luxury fashion powerhouses, shrugging off concerns over rising cases of coronavirus in the country.
Chinese shoppers, flush with cash, have been driving the growth of the luxury market, accounting for a third of global luxury spending.
While these high-end brands welcome the return of customers back to their shops, some netizens couldn’t help but feel frustrated and annoyed over non-essential spending during these turbulent times.
“These are the lines in front of Greenbelt Louis Vuitton and Gucci as of June 27, 1:30 pm. Nakakahiya. Nakakagalit. At a time when millions are having trouble paying bills, ganito ang pill sa harp ng Louis Vuitton and Gucci,” netizen Gretchen Makee Wilwayco said in her Facebook account.
She likewise called out the Ayala Malls management for its failure to enforce social distancing guidelines as dozens of shoppers appeared not to be keeping two meters away from each other.
“Greenbelt, explain why your guards feel powerless to remind your customers to keep their distance. Also, I would love to know why luxury retail is a priority during this crisis.
These are the lines in front of Greenbelt LOUIS VUITTON…