Edrian Pamintuan

Luxury Meets Metaverse

What to Expect from the Upscale Virtual Spaces of Tomorrow

The metaverse is no longer regarded as a far-off concept meant for head-in-the-cloud tech types. Many of us don't understand it, but we can certainly sense the shift to new ways of interacting both digitally and in person. Business leaders are certainly eager to embrace this new reality, as reflected in the results of the PwC Metaverse Survey: an astounding 82 percent of executives anticipate that metaverse plans will be part of their business activities within three years.

This new normal is certainly making waves in the luxury market, where strategies once taken for granted are giving way to a more inclusive and dynamic model. Keep reading to learn how the metaverse has already transformed this sector — and where we might go in the future.

What Is the Metaverse?

The metaverse has become a nearly ubiquitous term, and yet, most people still struggle to describe it. What's more, few recognize how it already impacts their everyday lives.

While this may seem like a concept straight from science fiction, it's not as complex as most people assume. Essentially, the term 'metaverse' refers to all things virtual reality. This goes beyond the familiar concepts of VR and AR, however, to also include virtual worlds primarily accessed via smartphones or even PCs.

Experts at Wired recommend thinking of this idea much like you would the concept of 'cyberspace,' which sounded just as foreign in the 90s and early 2000s as the metaverse feels today. Simply put, this term is a vague descriptor that refers to a broad (and often speculative) shift in how we interact with technology.

In the future, the idea of the metaverse may also come to feel antiquated, rather than revolutionary. For now, however, this concept promises to usher in a new era of technology, in which we're more willing than ever to move beyond the primarily physical to a new realm of virtual interaction.

The Metaverse Goes Luxury

The concept of the metaverse has long felt elevated, but today's luxury brands are embracing this realm in new and exciting ways. While luxury once gravitated towards the strictly tangible, that is beginning to change. Many prestigious brands now recognize that the luxury experience can also be enjoyed in a primarily digital form. With this approach, exceptional quality remains essential — but luxury concepts are often more accessible to the public.

Examples of the current transition to the luxury metaverse abound, but the following are a few of the most exciting:


Several luxury designers have begun to explore the metaverse as a means of crafting exclusive experiences, but Gucci has recently emerged as a clear leader in this forward-thinking endeavor. This was clearly evident in late 2022, when Gucci hosted a unique metaverse experience in the decentralized gaming-oriented NFT platform known as The Sandbox.

Known as Gucci Vault Land, this experimental space harnessed the power of ramification, encouraging users to think of luxury fashion in new ways. Gucci shared its intention to provide a unique meeting place, in which curiosity awaits in every corner.

A play-to-know narrative was utilized to great effect, with participants able to experience this revolutionary space at 360 degrees. The ultimate aim was to bring greater awareness and understanding to the Web3 community. As such, NFTs or tickets were not needed for the initial encounters with Gucci's Vault.


High-end jewelry provides one of the most exciting opportunities to make the transition to a luxury-filled metaverse. Bulgari has certainly contributed to this shift as of late, having presented its very first NFT jewel in 2022. Known as Beyond Wonder, this intangible piece is meant to bring traditional mechanical ingenuity [to] a whole new dimension.

Bulgari has also experimented with matching NFTs, which are a great option for making the transition from strictly tangible to a hybrid approach. For example: the designer's Magnifica Ruby Metamorphosis and Emerald Glory necklaces may have been sold in physical form, but they were accompanied by NFT editions.


While fashion designers have led the way for the luxury metaverse takeover, automakers aren't far behind. Porsche, for example, announced plans to make metaverse waves in early 2023, with a highly-anticipated NFT drop involving thousands of digital collectibles.

This release centered around an exciting collaboration with the acclaimed 3D artist Patrick Vogel, Three core themes were available, with each user limited to just three purchases. These cars could then be viewed via a photorealistic environment powered by Unreal Engine 5.

Unfortunately, this quickly became something of a cautionary tale, as pre-launch worries contributed to a huge pileup of NFTs. Porsche responded to the controversy by explaining, The NFT is meant to be a long-term investment. We see a lot of interest in the mint from art lovers and Porsche enthusiasts...What is crucial is that we can offer the community the most exclusive and individual events and utilities possible. As far as Web3 advocates are concerned, however, brands such as Porsche need to focus on boosting value while making NFTS more accessible — regardless of their luxury status.


Another esteemed automotive name rapidly entering the metaverse fray, Lamborghini has made its intentions to modernize known with its newfound focus on the NFT. The fun began in late 2022 with Drop 2, as limited-edition collectibles were offered for a short time. These were accompanied by a remarkably rare edition, in which just 63 Lamborghini NFTs were minted.

Lamborghini has cleverly built mystery and a spirit of competition into this endeavor, with enthusiasts encouraged to acquire four new NFTs each month. From there, they can complete exclusive puzzles, which then reveal silver or gold pieces. Following an exciting eight-month campaign, Lamborghini will reveal a hidden model to those who have successfully acquired the necessary silver or gold puzzle pieces. While the exact model remains unknown, Lamborghini promises that it will be incredibly rare and unique.

Luxury Spirits

Most people can wrap their heads around jewelry, cars, and even real estate as part of the luxury metaverse — but high-end spirits as primarily digital remain difficult to comprehend. Top brands are quickly making moves into the virtual realm, however, with familiar names such as Patrón, Hennessy, and Karuizawa leading the charge.

Speaking to this sudden shift, The Bacardi Group's Layal Baaklini explains, NFTs have become a way to build strong communities around brands through experiences, which includes access to rare spirits, making this a compelling channel for brands to connect with their audiences.

In the past year, many NFT drops have granted enthusiasts greater autonomy over both their physical and online interactions with luxury brands. If they desire, consumers can hang on to NFTs or eventually offer them as gifts. Some may later exchange their NFTs for physical bottles. Advocates hope that this will help to address the rampant issue of counterfeiting. NFTs can also act as proof of membership, cementing enthusiasts' status as part of an exclusive community centered around luxury spirits.

Reflection Manor & Alpha City

It's becoming abundantly clear that real estate is the new metaverse frontier. The Reflection Manor demonstrates as much — although, at first glance, it may seem like a mostly typical (albeit, vast) chateau. Yes, this estate is gorgeous in its physical form, but what really sets it apart is the existence of a corresponding NFT home. This digital replica is situated not in Miami as we know it, but rather, in a new metaverse environment known as Alpha City.

Jorge Guinovart — the developer and crypto expert behind this particular project — tells Forbes that this revolutionary metaverse isn't focused primarily on gaming, but rather, on social opportunities such as event planning. This could help future owners monetize digital spaces, which will take a step up with help from gorgeous color palettes and realistic graphics.

The Future of the Luxury Metaverse

Moving forward, we can expect our concept of the metaverse to change dramatically. We will no longer think of it as inaccessible or exclusive. Rather, top brands will help recognize the many opportunities that this virtual space presents. Meanwhile, tech innovators will address the barriers that have previously kept so many unwilling to explore the metaverse.

Increased interoperability is expected in future editions of the metaverse, so virtual items will more easily transition from one platform to the next. This will be an important shift for the luxury elements of the metaverse, as it will be far easier to personalize and display upscale designs across multiple virtual spaces. This, in turn, will make consumers more willing to invest in these items, even when they lack physical components.

The future of the luxury metaverse is bright — and change is definitely underfoot. Get ready for a whole new world of luxury experiences, presented in ways we previously could not have imagined.

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