Meet some of our Luxury Expert Contributing Editors, individual and Corporate, who contribute their knowledge and insights to our online magazine, and luxury print editions. Print editions are their own unique issues, and carry content not found in the online magazine.
Angela Tunner, Founder, Editor in Chief, Creative Director, Publisher, Luxury curator, Director, Tunner Media.
Accomplished in business and creative arts, her list of skills and accomplishments are wide and varied – a few that speak to her character are: She’s a published and award winning book author and publisher; was nominated RBC Women’s Entrepreneurs award and Women of Excellence Award, named Top 5 Luxury Magazines for 2012 (Notable Consideration); Top 10 Best Sites for Luxury, was interviewed 60+ times for her cookbook and an eclectic background in clerical and business administration in the fields of advertising, marketing, fine art, fashion merchandising, radio and television, was ISO9000 certified in quality control management for a manufacturer of atmospheric diving systems, and served as as sous chef and co-operator of a Toronto based, Wine Spectator award-winning French bistro. She also has over 25 years experience with computers ranging from office through design software, held a position in fashion display for retail, and worked in various position in marketing and communications in radio and advertising, and held an executive board term with a lobby group for status of the artist. Over twenty five years ago Angela began an independent and passionate study of communications and luxury and all that encompasses it including branding and aesthetics, becoming familiar with brands, players, immersing herself to gain a better understanding and formulating her own views on the industry, the definition of luxury and its evolution as the world continued to evolve.
Susan Kime, Senior Affluence Editor
Susan Kime’s career combines travel/adventure writing, blogging, and editing, both print and virtual. She was the Destination Club/Fractional Update for Elite Traveler, and senior club news correspondent for Robb Report’s Vacation Homes. She has published in Stratos, Luxury Living, European CEO, The London Telegraph, and ARDA Developments. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Travel Connoisseur, and the senior Luxury journalist for Luxist/AOL.com. She also wrote 95% of architecture/design articles for Urban Arches, a high-end arch/design website. She has written for JustLuxe.com, Pursuitist, JamesEdition, Joe’s Daily, About.com, Caviar Affair, and DestinationLuxury. She has a B.A. in English/Humanities and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with two additional psychology certifications. She has taught Program Evaluation and Research Design at Chapman University, and has written extensively on affluence research. When not traveling, she resides with her Canadian husband and peaceful Beagle in northern Utah.
RICHARD CRAWFORD, Editor at Large and Luxury Lifestyle Presenter
A native Scotsman, Richard Crawford grew up with an innate respect for heritage and appreciation for tradition. As a child, he became increasingly interested in culture and history and could often be found at the local airport where he would sit for hours, fascinated by the travelers, captivated by their sophistication and curious about their backgrounds. As an adult, Crawford relishes the opportunity to travel and experience the world firsthand, and never misses an opportunity to share his stories of adventures with others. In 2005, Crawford became the United States Ambassador to The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and his dream became a career. http://www.richardcrawfordluxury.com
LUXURY EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:
CLAUDIA CARLETTI, Fine Jewelry
A lifelong love affair with jewellery and gemstones. This is what can describe Claudia Carletti and her deep passion for high jewellery. From collecting glamourous pictures of Queens and Princesses to studying the visual codes of High Jewellery Maisons campaigns, all contributes to the deepening of her understanding of beauty, of visual balance, of daring designs and of colour combinations. The launch in September 2014 of her high jewellery blog Jewellery Through Time comes natural to Claudia, who exploits the digital world’s platforms to introduce the excellency of high jewellery craftsmanship to her audience by showing exquisite collections and very important creations from the most recognized and respected Maisons and Auction Houses worldwide. Claudia holds a university degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the Università Cattolica, Milan. She is also a GIA Accredited Jewellery Professional, and lives in Milan, Italy. Twitter: @jewellerythrou
CharterWorld is a yacht charter specialist, providing crewed luxury superyacht for charter, including motor yachts, sailing yachts, catamarans as well as ultra-luxurious mega yachts. Offering the best charter boats worldwide, at the most competitive prices and a first-class service, CharterWorld creates the finest private charter vacations around the world. Our aim is to find the best super yacht in the charter location of your preference, that best suits your taste and requirements. CharterWorld is the only contact you will require to plan your dream holiday anywhere in the world – from the historically rich Mediterranean, spectacular South Pacific, right through to the popular Caribbean.
Butchoff Antiques was established in 1964, and is now a third-generation family-run business. We specialise in exceptional, exhibition-quality English and Continental furniture, objects d’art, clocks, mirrors, and paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, and we have one of the largest inventories in England, consisting of over a thousand pieces. Our continual quest for the highest quality items on the antique market has led us to a number of rare and important pieces, and many collaborations with world-leading furniture museums and historians. Based in London at our showroom in Kensington Church Street (the city’s ‘Antiques Row’), we are proud of our global reputation. We work directly with clients and interior decorators from across the world, including the provision of sourcing services, and arranging delivery and shipping. Butchoff Antiques regularly exhibits at art and antiques fairs in the United Kingdom and the United States. Fairs at which we have exhibited in the past include Masterpiece London, LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair Berkeley Square, the New York Art, Antique and Jewelry Shows, and the Palm Beach Art, Antique and Jewelry Show. Our gallery at the Palm Beach Design Center, in Palm Beach, Florida, is open from November 2016 through 2017. Articles written by Butchoff Antiques for EAT LOVE SAVOR are shared experiences written by the team at Butchoff Antiques. Butchoff Antiques consists of a team of four professionals with a combined experience of over 80 years in the international antiques and art industries. www.butchoff.com
JAMES CLUER, MW
James started off working in the cellars of a Bordeaux chateau at age 23, and got bitten by the wine bug. Several years later he was still working in Bordeaux, now in charge of global exports. Although his career path was in sales and marketing, his true passion was for winemaking and he worked vintages alongside some of the most respected winemakers in Napa Valley, Australia and Bordeaux. After 11 years studying wine he passed the rigorous Master of Wine exams in 2008. There are 300 Masters in the world and 29 in North America James, 43, owns and operates Fine Vintage Ltd. He lives between Napa Valley and Vancouver. As a Consultant he is the wine buyer for Qatar Airways, major retailers, and is also the General Manager of two wineries. He has won major awards for his wine selections for airlines and wine lists for 5 star hotels. He also operates 14 professional WSET wine schools in Canada and the USA, awarded as the leading wine school organization worldwide by the WSET in January 2012. Of most interest, he runs a wine club so that wine lovers in the USA and Canada can enjoy his personal favorite selections. To learn more about him please visit http://www.FineVintageLtd.com
MEEHNA GOLDSMITH, Haute Timepieces
Meehna Goldsmith has become internationally known and respected as a leading expert in luxury timepieces with a keen understanding of the market and emerging trends. Both luxury timepiece buyers and sellers regularly seek her advice and opinions. Since then, Meehna has authored dozens of timepiece stories for leading publications such as the Financial Times, Robb Report, Watch Journal, Cronos, and as the U.S. correspondent for HH Magazine. She has also conducted in-depth interviews and developed personal relationships with the CEO’s of major brands such as Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani, Lange & Söhne, Vacheron Constantin, Richard Mille, Girard-Perregaux and Nubeo, as well as up and coming independents. She is the current editor of LONGITUDE, Christie’s watch blog. Twitter: TheWatchLady
Natalia Langsdale, Editor at Large, Monaco
Natalia Langsdale is a consummate luxury professional, and the owner of Bright Creativity Marketing and PR consultancy based in the south of France/Monaco. Natalia has gained a successful international track record in working with distinguished brands in yachting, private aviation, technology, bespoke interiors, haute couture fashion, realty and fine wines to name a few. Natalia is also an experienced freelance writer covering lifestyle topics in select luxury publications, and an Editor at Large for EAT LOVE SAVOR, adding her distinct flair to stories, bringing even the most challenging topic alive with her fresh tone of voice. Handpicked as ambassador to key eclectic brands worldwide, Natalia is also an honorary member for Young Professionals in Yachting Monaco and a VIP partner at the 2017 Luxury Lifestyle Gala for the HSH Prince Albert II Foundation in Monaco.
Max & Sophie Cognac-Expert.com, Luxury Expert Contributor, Cognac
Cognac-Expert.com is the leading Internet platform for Cognac worldwide. It was initiated by brother and sister Max and Sophie, whose family has been living in France’s Cognac region for four generations. To honor the family tradition of their great-grandfather, their grandfather, and their father, all of whom had an agricultural background, these two young Cognac-lovers came up with the idea of creating an English speaking website, to make this rich tradition accessible to fellow Cognac enthusiasts across the globe. Sophie and Max admire family-run Cognac houses for their heritage and commitment, because they know what a challenge it is to hand down such a tradition from generation to generation. The philosophy behind Cognac-Expert.com is to share knowledge about Cognac producers, big and small, in order to spread awareness about this exceptional and precious spirit across the French borders. By now, Cognac-Expert.com offers an in-depth account of more than 100 Cognac brands and 600 bottles. You can find out everything about the history of a Cognac house, its unique qualities, and its products. The site regularly delivers information about the industry, product launches, and current news from brands and Cognac houses. It also pays a lot of attention to independent journalistic blog posts, with interviews, personal opinions, and travelogues on visits to the region. Cognac-Expert.com is an independent platform, free from any kind of partnership or relationship in the Cognac business. Its international readers are able to share their thoughts and exchange their personal experiences openly, and have been doing so since the very beginning. Twitter: cognac_expert
ROBIN S.R. STARR, Luxury Expert Contributor, American and European Works of Art
As Director of American & European Works of Art, Robin Starr heads one of Skinner’s most important specialty departments. In this key role she oversees a staff of specialists who appraise and catalog prints, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for a wide variety of Skinner clients, including arts and cultural institutions, estates, major collectors, and private individuals. She is also widely regarded as one of Skinner’s most vibrant and animated auctioneers, bringing an enthusiastic spirit to the podium at Skinner’s American & European Paintings & Prints auctions, held three times annually. Starr’s area of specialization is in American paintings and prints from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Outside her role at Skinner, Starr is a major contributor to the success of Boston’s thriving arts and culture community. She conducts numerous benefit appraisal days, lectures, and benefit auctions throughout the year. Starr has lectured in art history at various colleges throughout New England, including as a Lecturer in Art History at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Starr joined Skinner in September of 1987 as a research and cataloguing assistant in the American & European Paintings & Prints Department. She received her M.A. in the History of Art, specializing in early medieval art, from Williams College. As an undergraduate, Starr combined an unusual double major in Art History and Physics through research in neutron activation autoradiography and its application in art historical research at Bates College. Twitter: SkinnerInc
MARIE KEEP, Luxury Expert Contributor, Fine Wines
Marie Keep is the founder and Director of the Fine Wines department at Skinner. In spearheading this strategic business effort, Marie was instrumental in establishing Skinner as the only major auction house in New England to offer fines wines at auction. Her personal knowledge and passionate appreciation for the finest producers and vintages have quickly made Skinner a viable venue for the consignment and purchase of fine wines. Actively involved in Boston’s growing food and wine community, and a long time wine connoisseur, Marie launched Skinner’s Fine Wines Department at the close of 2006. She also established Skinner’s collaboration with its retail partner, Lower Falls Wine Company, a third generation wine seller based just west of Boston. Marie also plays a key role operationally at Skinner as Managing Director of its two galleries. In this capacity she manages day to day operations at Skinner, oversees 60 auctions and events annually, and manages over a dozen staff members. Marie joined Skinner in 1998 as the Boston Gallery Director, a position she held until 2007. Prior to joining Skinner, Marie worked in New York at Christies auction house. She has also worked as a teacher for children at risk. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Vassar College. Twitter: SkinnerInc
VICTORIA BRATBERG, Luxury Expert Contributor, Fine Jewelry
Victoria Bratberg is the Director of Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department. A respected jewelry and gem expert, she appraises and brings to auction all categories of fine jewelry from early nineteenth century to modern designs by contemporary artists. Victoria joined Skinner after serving as a buyer of fine jewelry, watches, and luxury goods for Circa Jewelry in New York. Prior to Circa, Victoria led the Arcade Jewelry Department at Sotheby’s in New York. Promoted to head of the department after only one year, she used her sharp business acumen and deep understanding of this market to achieve record results, including the department’s first sale of more than $1 million. Passionate about classic 1940s jewelry, Victoria started designing her own pieces inspired by the timeless, feminine styles of this period. She eventually left Sotheby’s to found Victoria Bratberg Jewelry, successfully developing and marketing her own line of jewelry. Victoria holds a bachelor of arts degree in the history of art from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She is also a Graduate Gemologist, having received her training from the Gemological Institute of America in New York. She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Twitter: SkinnerInc
LAUREL PINE, Luxury Expert Contributor, Foie Gras, Truffles & Caviar
It started with a childhood dream of becoming a chef, and developed into a lifetime obsession with delicious and exquisite foods from around the world. Laurel Pine began to learn how to cook at age 8, has been attending the Fancy Food Show since she was 10, and worked as a caterer and private chef during her high school and college years. In 2004, Laurel founded Mirepoix USA, the premier website dedicated to cooking with and enjoying foie gras, truffles, caviar, and other luxury foods. She has prepared and published hundreds of luxury food recipes, many of which can be seen on Mirepoix USA’s YouTube Channel, blog, and various culinary social networks. Twitter: MirepoixUSA
PHILIP PRESS, Luxury Expert Contributor, Platinum Jewelry
Based on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Philip Press is a celebrity jewelry designer, leading diamond expert, and renowned master platinumsmith who specializes in creating extraordinary platinum and diamond engagement ring and custom jewelry designs. He is frequently featured in the media for his platinum jewelry expertise and Hollywood celebrity, socialite and mogul clientele. Press creates vintage-style platinum pieces handcrafted to evoke the look of ornate Art Deco jewelry, as well as modern collections. Press has bejeweled droves of A-list stars for a wide variety of Red Carpet events including the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes. Twitter: PhilipPressPlat