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The rugged luxury trend reaches dizzying heights
as the beauty of imperfection takes hold of consumers' desire.
BY KEITH LORIA

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y definition, rugged luxury
implies a discerning level of
sophistication, taste and class.
Often, brands in this marketspace are embraced by consumers and their wallets for a sense of
authenticity and craftsmanship, both in the U.S.
and abroad, and spans many categories.
"Rugged luxury caters to those who live well
and can afford fabulous goods but don't necessarily seek the expected polished perfection that
goes along with it," Lisa Landers, director of client
services and strategic development for Smith
Design, says. "Rugged luxury enthusiasts breathe

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a rarefied air, and the brands they covet often signify the best of the best and unlock portals to
aspirational lifestyles. Rugged luxury appeals to a
psychographic of consumers more so than a consumer demographic, although the more affluent
consumers can indulge in it a bit more."
BETTER WITH WEAR
Gareth Everard, co-founder of Rockwell Razors,
home of the Rockwell 6S stainless steel razor,
says when designing packaging for the product,
he envisioned packaging that would match the
rugged feeling without compromising the highend feeling of shaving with a classic razor.

"In World War II, American soldiers were
equipped with shaving kits in tin cases. We saw a
picture and thought it looked extremely badass
and different than any razor packaging around
today," he says. "Our product is made in America,
so this throwback was important to us. Keeping
a high-end appearance thrown in with some
classic America-centric nostalgia in our design
resulted in packaging we're big fans of."
The final case for the Rockwell 6S can get
dropped, scratched and dented, and only looks
better for the wear and tear.
"Talking with our backers and customers
has shown us that our users are interested in a



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Package Design - May 2015
Contents
Editor’s Letter
Front Panel
Snapshots
Design Matters Series: Ximena O’Reilly
Brand Characters
Dialogue by Design
Hba Preshow Planner
Product Focus: Special Effects
Accessing Premium Style
Robust Meets Sophistication
Debate & Discuss: Design Agency Selection and Compensation
Index of Advertisers
Field Notes
Package Design - May 2015 - Intro
Package Design - May 2015 - BB1
Package Design - May 2015 - BB2
Package Design - May 2015 - Package Design - May 2015
Package Design - May 2015 - Cover2
Package Design - May 2015 - 1
Package Design - May 2015 - Contents
Package Design - May 2015 - 3
Package Design - May 2015 - Editor’s Letter
Package Design - May 2015 - 5
Package Design - May 2015 - Front Panel
Package Design - May 2015 - 7
Package Design - May 2015 - 8
Package Design - May 2015 - BI1
Package Design - May 2015 - BI2
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Package Design - May 2015 - Snapshots
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Package Design - May 2015 - Design Matters Series: Ximena O’Reilly
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Package Design - May 2015 - Dialogue by Design
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Package Design - May 2015 - Hba Preshow Planner
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Package Design - May 2015 - Product Focus: Special Effects
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Package Design - May 2015 - Accessing Premium Style
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Package Design - May 2015 - Robust Meets Sophistication
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Package Design - May 2015 - Field Notes
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