• - 18 Sep 2014

    Agenda: Understanding the Luxury Market in France, Paris 2014

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    Based on the success of our Keynote series in London and New York City, Luxury Society is thrilled to confirm an upcoming event for Paris, France

    In partnership with Lagardère Publicité, we will explore the French luxury market and its increasingly international consumers, through a mix of keynotes, panel discussions and break-out workshops.

    Aimed at C-Suite executives, key topics to be covered include: the economic impact of luxury in France, the evolution of the female luxury consumer, the importance of the traveling luxury consumer and an investigation of local wealth and consumption.

  • - 17 Sep 2014

    Global Billionaire Population Reaches 2,325 Individuals

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    Europe overtook North America to claim the biggest billionaire population, but Asia is leading the increase in wealth, according to The Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014.

    The Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, released today, shows that 155 new billionaires were minted this year, pushing the global population to a record 2,325 – a 7% rise from 2013.

    The combined wealth of the world’s billionaires increased by 12% to US$7.3 trillion, which is higher than the combined market capitalisation of all the companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

    The research shows that Europe, with 775 billionaires, is the region with the most billionaires and billionaire wealth (US$2.37 trillion). North America – the region with the most billionaire wealth in 2013 – was overtaken by Europe in terms of billionaire wealth in this year’s census.

  • - 15 Sep 2014

    What Yves Carcelle Taught Us About Luxury

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    Rachna Joshi Nair, author of Real Luxury, remembers Yves Carcelle, the Louis Vuitton executive who recalibrated our understanding of modern luxury.

    The passing of Yves Carcelle marks the passing of an era in more ways than one. This is the man who has been called “Mr. Louis Vuitton”, in a way that none of the descendants of the original Mr. Vuitton ever were.

    Just as the celebrated trunk maker redefined the branding of luxury for generations to come, Yves Carcelle recalibrated our understanding of modern luxury.

    Not only did he pioneer the remaking of a venerated, old name in luxury, shaking its very foundations and transforming it into a powerful juggernaut that would sweep all from its path, but he also remade an entire generation’s vision of what it means to be a luxury house in the 20th century.

  • - 11 Sep 2014
    - by Liz Flora

    Does Alibaba's IPO Mean No More Fake Luxury Goods?

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    Liz Flora of Jing Daily believes that Alibaba’s IPO is unlikely to decrease the prominence of counterfeit luxury goods on its platform

    In order to gear up for the major new milestone in the company’s history, it has been fervently trying to do away with the reputation that its e-tail sites Tmall and Taobao are hotbeds for fake and gray-market luxury goods. The company faces an uphill battle, however—meaning that luxury brands shouldn’t expect a quick revolution when it comes to taming China’s behemoth fake goods market.

    On Friday, Alibaba set a price range that values the company at around $155 billion, and is embarking on a two-week campaign to pitch the stock to potential investors. The stock is expected to be priced on the night of September 18 and start trading the next day with the symbol “BABA,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • - 10 Sep 2014

    Preview: Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris 2014


    Maria Doulton, The Jewellery Editor, shares a sneak preview of the fine jewellery to be shown at the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris

    Today I will be venturing inside the Grand Palais to see what delights await at the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires. But I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the most beautiful and daring pieces during Haute Couture week in Paris, back in July.

    Traditionally, it’s the time that the maisons give a first glimpse of their Biennale wares, and this year they have left no stone unturned when it came to creating an astonishing array of high jewels.

  • - 9 Sep 2014

    In Conversation With Christophe Georges, President & CEO, Bentley Motors Inc.

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    Bentley is not a marketing concept that was created because of communication, explains Christophe Georges, President & CEO of Bentley Motors Inc.

    2013 was a record sales year for Bentley. The Crewe, England-based manufacturer of €150,000+ cars posted a 19% rise in world-wide sales, reaching 10,120 units. New retail concepts were tested, a new dealership identity was conceived and an SUV for 2016 was confirmed, as the brand expanded into homewares for the very first time.

    Christophe Georges is leading the charge for the brand in the Americas, which remains Bentley’s largest market. The automotive veteran was appointed President & COO of Bentley Motors Inc. in 2007, after serving as the Regional Director Europe for Bentley Motors Limited, where he was responsible for a twenty-fold increase in sales.

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