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‘Luxury Is Not Dead’ as Greubel Sells for $490,000

Samantha von Sperling realized luxury shoppers had regained some of their confidence last month when her clients began booking $16,000 weekend excursions to Manhattan that included Jean Georges dinners and shopping sprees at Barneys and Giorgio Armani.

Von Sperling’s company, Polished Social Image Consultants, charges $3,000 a day for services from personal shopping to advice on dining etiquette. While the uptick is welcome, she said, it can’t compare with pre-recession days, when clients dropped as much as $100,000 in 48 hours.