The rise of wellness brands
The rise of the wellness brand
If there is an antidote to the lockdown then perhaps it is Pretend It's A City.
The documentary series features humourist and raconteur Fran Lebowitz as she shares her finely tuned observations and gripes with Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin.
But the true star of the show is New York City - a place Lebowitz has called home since the late 1960s.
With Lebowitz as our endlessly witty guide we see through her eyes how the city has shape-shifted through the decades - and not always in ways Lebowitz appreciates.
During one particularly biting segment she takes a shot at the burgeoning wellness industry.
"About one third of people in the street in New York City have a yoga mat," she jokes. "That alone would keep me from yoga."
Jokes aside, the wellness industry really has exploded in recent years.
Ranging from Gwytheth Paltrow's Goop empire at one end of the spectrum through to obscure hashtags on Instagram by wannabe influencers at the other, the wellness industry encompasses everything from spin classes and spa retreats to clean foods and meditation apps.
According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) this all adds up to an industry that is worth an estimated $4.2 trillion globally.
And in many ways this is not a surprise. Who does not want to feel healthier or fitter - whether physically or mentally.
Brands not traditionally associated with concepts of wellness are waking up to the opportunity.
The travel industry, before it was put on hiatus by covid, has increasingly offered wellness inspired packages, such as jungle retreats with regular meditation sessions and cycling holidays with an acupuncturist on hand.
Startups seeking to take market share from more established competitors are using wellness to set themselves apart. Rather than simply selling a product or service they are offering an invitation to adopt a lifestyle which, they promise, is obtainable and, importantly, can be shared with others.
“All around the world, more people are incorporating elements of health, prevention, self-actualisation, experience and mindfulness into their daily lives,” says the GWI.
Once we emerge from lockdown this trend seems certain to continue.