Perhaps the most intriguing snippet that emerged from Sandton City owner Liberty Two Degrees’ (L2D) latest results was this little anecdote from CEO Amelia Beattie: "As bizarre as it may sound, people have been queuing outside the Louis Vuitton and Gucci stores."

Beattie, perhaps hopefully, went on to ascribe the phenomenon to the feel-good retail therapy factor: shoppers looking to counter the negative impacts of lockdown by spoiling themselves.

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