Luxury, a new journal from Bloomsbury Journals, is the first truly interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to luxury. It comes to explore the history and present state of luxury, as both a story of production and a consumer experience. The production of an expanding range of consumer goods and luxuries is generally seen as one of the main engines driving the global economy. Contemporary consumer culture and media advertising reveal an endless fascination with the luxurious lifestyles of celebrities and the super-rich. If luxury is central to social life today, it is stated, we should be aware that for much of Western history up to the eighteenth century, luxury has been depicted as a dangerous thing, corrosive of morality and social order.