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The entrepreneur and business innovator, Adrian Cheng has made a significant investment in Moda Operandi – the only online luxury fashion retailer to provide consumers access to collections straight from the runway. The injection of capital is led by Cheng through his two investment vehicles, K11 Investment and C Ventures. The latter is a new investment fund launched in October 2017 to build a global ecosystem of Millennial and Generation Z-focused brands and platforms. The investment in Moda Operandi plays into Cheng’s wider vision to unite culture-orientated brands into a powerful portfolio that connects the worlds of fashion, art, and creative media, to service the demands of next-generation consumers. Cheng’s investment comes at a time when the Chinese consumer market is transforming. The emergence of the BAT Generation (the millennial and Gen Z generations shaped by the three Chinese Internet and E-commerce giants, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) has created a…

With the Antigua Charter Yacht Show just around the corner, the international yachting community – and fans of fine gastronomy, in particular – are counting down to another yacht chef competition. Yacht chefs will be handed the chance to showcase their skills in a spectacular Caribbean setting. We took the opportunity to learn more about such competitions by speaking to the organisers of the MYBA chefs’ competition. Coordinated by Sarah Sebastian, an organiser of the Antigua Yacht Charter Show and a MYBA member, the MYBA Superyacht Chefs’ Competition is held annually.  It celebrates the best charter yacht chefs in the industry and cuisine from across the world. Sponsored by SuperYachtWorld, the event is an eagerly anticipated highlight of the yearly MYBA Charter Show – the premier trade-only charter yacht show in the Mediterranean. Chefs from vessels of all sizes share their expertise and best culinary treats with a panel of discerning judges,…

A collection of Rolls-Royce motor cars conveyed London’s glitterati to the inaugural ‘Leopards Awards’ at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, in aid of The Prince’s Trust. The event, held in celebration of the power and glory of the British jewellery industry, is set to become the Oscars of the jewellery world. To mark the occasion, Rolls-Royce discussed true luxury with four of the founding ‘Leopards’, British jewellery designers Stephen Webster, Shaun Leane, Theo Fennell and Solange Azagury-Partridge, ahead of the event, in the recently launched Rolls-Royce Phantom. While gliding around London in the serene comfort of New Phantom, the ‘Leopards’ discussed the importance of craftsmanship and skill in fine jewellery, attributes at the very core of the House of Rolls-Royce. Theo Fennell commented, “What we’re trying to produce is utter perfection on a very small scale, that gives untold pleasure, again and again, for as long as it exists, which one hopes…

Bentley’s Director of Design, Munich-born, self-professed Anglophile, Stefan Sielaff, has spent more than 30 years in automotive design. In this interview Stefan explains why his lifetime dream was to work for a British brand, and how he got here. What came first for you, was it design or cars? When I was a young boy I was not the classic car designer, I wasn’t sketching cars at four years old. I was more interested in doing fine arts, sculpture.  I was driving my parents crazy by working with huge marble blocks in their garage when I was 14 or 15. I was always very interested in cars but I never was able to combine these two passions, so it only started when I was doing my high school diploma – I had to ask myself what I was going to do for a living. At this time I was getting…

On November 1, 2017, The Luxury Education Foundation (LEF) will host its 13th Annual Luxury Round Table event at Spring Studios in New York City. The LEF Luxury Round Table (LRT) is an annual panel discussion in which industry leaders share their views on current trends and challenges facing the industry with an enthusiastic group of business and design students, alumni and friends of LEF. The event targets an audience of approximately 150 and is designed to inspire the future business and creative leaders in luxury. Participating Panelists This year’s participating panelists will be LEF Advisory Board members Fabio Leoncini, Chairman of Mr. & Mrs. Italy and Jean-Marc Bellaiche, SVP of Strategy & Business Development at Tiffany & Co. Joining them will be Riccardo Pozzoli, Co-founder and CEO of The Blonde Salad. Ketty Maisonrouge, Adjunct Faculty at Columbia Business School and President of LEF will be the moderator. Reception Sponsors…

Combining Mexico’s mastery of artisanal tequila and  France’s crown jewel of the crystal industry, once again Patrón tequila and LALIQUE have come together for an exclusive collaboration: Patrón en LALIQUE: Serie 2. In 2015, Patrón and LALIQUE released to great acclaim the first in this landmark series, Patrón en LALIQUE: Serie 1. That limited edition crystal decanter was influenced by René Lalique’s early Art Nouveau style, which he pioneered in the late 19thth century. In the 1920s, René was one of the moving spirits and principal influencers of Art Déco. Following that progression, for Patrón en LALIQUE: Serie 2, LALIQUE’s master artisans have created a stunningly elegant crystal decanter inspired by Lalique’s signature Art Déco design and avant-garde vision. Both France and Mexico share a claim to the Art Déco movement, and this extraordinary bottle captures that collective design sensibility. Like-minded and committed to quality and craftsmanship “Both Patrón and…

Co-author Rebecca Robins, of the must-read resource book Meta-luxury: Brands and the Culture of Excellence is a champion in strengthening and making sense of the often misunderstood definition of ‘luxury’ and its fast changing dynamic as the appetite and consumption of luxury evolves like never before in history. This book released in 2012, is a must-read to get a clearer understanding and to make sense of what luxury really is — to know what are its key pillars, to understand what it is not, and it maps out something of a blueprint to what makes up the DNA of a luxury brand, a true luxury brand, and moves luxury beyond luxury. Getting beyond the marketing term and taking ‘luxury’ into the future, the authors take you inside via conversations with extraordinary talents in the business of luxury. Five years after its release we caught up with Rebecca Robins, to get…

Luxury Service Provider Profile EARLS & PEARLS: ‘Social Life on Demand’ What is ‘Earls & Pearls’? Earls & Pearls delivers a ‘Social Life on Demand’ to a global network of busy high-flyers, ranging from actors to architects. Fusing private members club, concierge service and introduction agency, Members place a Request to attend anything from West End shows to Wimbledon, then choose from a hand-picked selection of Members who have expressed an interest in attending the same event. Experts at pairing members who click, Earls & Pearls acts as an intermediary matching members without the sharing of names or photos. About the Founders: Its founders are Mary-Ann & EmmaJane Henningham; a mother & daughter team who first had the idea for the service during the 17 years spent as Directors of a financial services company.  By dedicating themselves to the growth of their former company, their social lives suffered. Success became a double-edged…

From the moment Sir Henry Royce introduced the Rolls-Royce Phantom in 1925 it was judged ‘The Best Car in the World’ by the cognoscenti. As a result it has conveyed some of the world’s most influential and powerful men and women to the most defining historical moments over the last 92 years. Nearly a Century of Luxury Innovation Every new Phantom that has subsequently appeared has successfully retained the title of ‘Best Car in the World’ as a result of Rolls-Royce’s tireless pursuit of perfection, visionary engineering, aesthetic acuity and deep understanding of what the world’s leading luxury item should be. Quite simply, Rolls-Royce has innovated for almost a century to set the benchmark and satisfy the most discerning luxury patrons. Contemporary Design Interpretation of the Rolls-Royce DNA A new benchmark is set as the New Phantom – the eighth generation of this great nameplate – arrived. Not satisfied with…

The French Riviera has long enjoyed an affinity with fine wines, whether being grown in a scenic vineyard or consumed with a sumptuous meal. The popularity of Provence’s rosés – produced in vineyards surrounding St Tropez – has been a constant fixture of popularity in the international wine industry; the pale rosés are especially sipped in wine bars and beach clubs around the world. But winetasting is changing with the times in this idyllic part of the world. Avid wine samplers are arriving at Riviera vineyards from the skies, complementing fine wine with an astounding sense of adventure. A Helicopter Tour Luxury helicopter company, Monacair, offers private helicopter transfers throughout the French Riviera and beyond. Visitors to the region have started to indulge their winetasting fantasies by flying between vineyard destinations in ultimate style and comfort. Aside from being a fantastic way to sample many different wines, helicopter travel is…

A major milestone has been reached for Haute joaillerie designer Alexandra Mor who will celebrate her brand’s 7th anniversary with the debut of the exotic Tagua Seeds Collection, the first collection of Haute couture jewelry to feature the Tagua seed. With this collection, It is Mor’s intention to bring attention to Tagua seeds as a luxury material, presenting them as an effective alternative for elephant ivory. Mor will present her newest body of work, during New York fashion week, at Vogue Italia’s annual US Protagonist event held at Springs Studios in Tribeca, New York City on September 6th, 2017, along with 11 other selected international fine jewelry designers. 20 percent of the proceeds of Alexandra’s Tagua Seed Collection will go to an elephant organization. Said Alexandra Mor, “There is so much about my Balinese experience that connects with my spiritual and personal story as a woman and a designer; so…

At the end of July, ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’, a Rolls-Royce Exhibition, will gather together the greatest Phantoms from the last 92 years in Mayfair, London. The Exhibition will welcome the next generation of this most celebrated luxury item. Over the next eight weeks, Rolls-Royce will announce which great Phantoms will journey to London from around the world, telling the stories of these motor cars and the historical events they witnessed. The first story will chronicle ‘The Fred Astaire Phantom I’. ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ From its debut in 1925, a Rolls-Royce Phantom has stood as witness to history’s most defining moments, from treaty signings to occasions of state and the events that have defined the world we live in today. The conveyance of choice for the world’s most influential and powerful men and women for 92 years, Phantom has stood as a sentinel, silently witnessing moments as significant as…

To be held at the brand new Punta del Este Convention & Exhibition Center, Luxury Expo Punta del Este is keying up to be “The Event of the Year” for this 2018 in the key tourist city of Latin America. This is a unique event  designed to bring together all sectors of the global luxury industry, together paired with a select audience from around the globe, attracted each year to the famous city during its summer season. Being presented at the event, of the highest level, you can see and enjoy, Super Cars and Super Yachts, Art, Jewelry, Fine Clothing, Real Estate, Helicopters, Technology, Fine Liquors,  and Sports spanning Golf, Polo, Ski, Water Sports, Horseback riding. There will also be fashion shows, tastings of Habanos, Fine Watch showcases, Wine tastings, Automobile Test Drives, Helicopter tours to name some of what awaits you. Renowned Luxury Presenter and Gala Dinner Among other…

As a country with a global reputation for cheaply manufactured goods, China is now making moves to shake off its ‘Made in China’ label and show the world its capacity for innovation, creativity and ingenuity. That said, China’s fashion industry is caught in a contradiction. China is one of the largest producers of fake luxury goods, while at the same time boasts the single largest market for luxury retail in the world. This contrast has become the perfect breeding ground for a multi-faceted and diverse shopping culture to arise. Repression of Expression | Understanding the Roots of Modern Chinese Fashion To understand where China’ s fashion industry is headed, it is crucial to first understand more about China’s past ‘fashion’ standards. Up until the early ‘90s, China had virtually no brands or self-expression to speak of. Due to high inflation and a weak economy, Chinese people were relatively poor, only spending money…

Land ownership is one of the most ancient proofs of wealth. However owning contemporary luxury real estate is not only an attribute of good living, but also a great investment tool and market indicator, which hints at global property trends and reveals economic and political outlooks. The UHNWIs (Ultra High Net Worth Individuals) wouldn’t spend dozens of millions of US dollars for property they don’t find promising, would they? Last year the top segment of growing luxury property markets was dominated by cities in China, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, while oil-dependent markets such as Moscow and Lagos were down at the bottom, according to Knight Frank’s fresh Prime International Residential Index (PIRI). The index ranks luxury property prices in 100 key locations worldwide. In 2016, the value of urban luxury property increased on average by 2.4% year-on-year, while beach or coastal property slipped marginally by 0.5%. Average prices on…