The Cannes Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is considered the most prestigious film festival in the world and is one of the most publicized. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds with a length of one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs.
The Monaco Grand Prix is the one race of the year that every driver dreams of winning. Like the Indy 500 or Le Mans, it stands alone, almost distinct from the sport from which it was born. A combination of precision driving, technical excellence and sheer bravery is required to win in Monte Carlo, facets which highlight the differences between the great and the good in Formula One.
Tokyo is one of the world’s great cities, especially for tourists, with vibrancy, culture, amazing food and plenty of exotic flair. It also has a slew of top luxury hotels, and all the big brands are represented. Which palatial accommodations you choose here has long been driven by location in the vast city, or by frequent customer loyalty programs. But travelers today increasingly crave a “sense of place,” and few – if any – city hotels in the world can deliver that like the phenomenal new Hoshinoya Tokyo.
One month into 2017, US President Donald Trump included Iran in a list of seven countries subjected to extreme vetting regarding entry to the US, and, at the time of writing, has put Iran formally ‘on notice’ after the country had tested a ballistic missile. Such critical events demonstrate keenly how the development of Iran’s cultural scene has long been inextricably bound with its political activity.
Dubbed the father of video art, Viola has had nearly half-a-century worth of experience in creating stanzas of pictorial poems — typically in the form of moving-image and sound installations for museums, concerts, operas and sacred spaces.
Technology is redefining art with a seismic shift not seen since Renaissance times. At least, this is the belief of Royce Ng, a 31-year-old Hong Kong-based virtual artist who has just placed a Samsung Gear Oculus VR headset over my eyes.
Historically, travel was a luxury, but thanks to lower barriers to travel and falling costs, it is now within the reach of millions. These factors, combined with the growth of disposable income, the rise of the middle class in many emerging markets, and changing attitudes towards travel, have enabled the industry to flourish.
Although the notion that entrepreneurship benefits society has attained broad currency in Latin America and elsewhere, confusion reigns: Latin America’s leaders variously promote entrepreneurship as “self-employment”, and regularly talk of “start-ups”, “disruptive business”, “small businesses” and “micro-enterprises”.
Formula 1 driver Mika Häkkinen recalls looking out his hotel window on the morning of a big race, and watching sheets of rain lashing the buildings outside. Many drivers would have been discouraged and even non-enthusiasts know that rain is rarely welcome in motor sport, but Mika was adamant. “I told myself and the team, ‘I’m so happy it’s raining, this is fantastic!’”
Parisian fashion house Hermès channeled a decidedly younger, coastal California aesthetic at last night’s Downtwn Men Runway Show, where it debuted fresh, colorful designs from its 2017 spring and summer collections. The outdoor event occupied a full city block in downtown Los Angeles, and included large-scale works by graphic artist Anthony Burrill, hip Airstream food trucks, vibrant art installations, interactive fabric displays, a vinyl record library, and live music.
The world-renowned signer and fashion icon has teamed with Caroline Scheufele, Chopard co-president and creative director, to produce a collection of jewels titled, “Rihanna ♥ Chopard.” It will include high jewelry pieces and a collection of limited edition jewels made with “Fairmined” gold.
French heritage house Berluti is getting a dose of Golden State style with their latest collaboration, teaming up with cult-favorite Los Angeles–based eyewear label Oliver Peoples to produce the house’s first ever collection of sunglasses.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, has for the first time stepped up to take on the challenge to imagine and create a conceptual helicopter of the future. The new concept aircraft, the Bell FCX-001, incorporates cutting-edge technologies with the aim to make helicopters smarter, safer, more efficient, and easier to fly.
In the past few years, JetBlue has added Mint flights from New York to popular destinations in the Caribbean, but most of these are Saturday-only service. However, later in 2017, JetBlue will start adding new West Coast destinations for its Mint flights from New York, as part of a big Mint expansion announced a year ago.
Countless hours spent leaning over a workbench with an assortment of cutting tools and a small hammer, each small tap picking away at a piece of metal that will ultimately become a modestly sized masterpiece: This is the life of an artisan in the ancient trade of engraving.
Executives came west with a fleet of shiny CT6 plug-ins for an intimate, informal event held at West Los Angeles’ Smog Shoppe, giving the local driving press the world’s first look at the new machine.
BMW topped its rival in the U.S. luxury auto market for the first time this year, putting out a monthly sales gain and gaining ground on Mercedes-Benz.
Deliveries of the X3 and X5 SUVs climbed 43 percent and 35 percent last month, respectively, pacing BMW’s total sales of 31,015 vehicles. The Munich-based automaker outsold Mercedes by about 1,900 units in March.
Performance sedans have pretty much been a German staple for years, providing good power and handling with enough comfort for daily use. Lately, more manufacturers have been making luxury sport sedans with either more luxury or all-out sport without luxury. But what’s missing is passion and performance — where looks are as important as the go-fast parts — all in one car. Until now.
Last month we talked about the level of luxury and what that really means. This month I have a better understanding about luxury after taking a very short personal trip. The last 2 and half years have been very hard for me because of a dark and personal family situation. I haven’t really worked during this time and have just maintained what we need to do with the company and our clients. That’s a very hard thing for me to do when I love to create, explore, and look into what the world has to offer for everyone around us. Sometimes you get to the position where you need to move on and I feel at this point, it is a good time to move on and start fresh.
I’m finally ready to really start working again. In order to do that, you have to take a break. With a recommendation from a very good friend and client, Kim Jingoli, I decided to follow her lead and stay at the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. What an absolute amazing place to stay. It couldn’t have gotten any better, even if I picked the spot myself. My 3 bedroom, beach front villa was too die for. The staff was unbelievable in terms of service and accommodating any requests that I had. The Ocean Club is my new favorite place.
Luxury is not necessarily what’s in the package, but how the package is executed and given to someone else. While the One & Only Ocean Club is truly 5 star and a showcase property, what makes this resort at the highest level are the people that work there, the service, and their attention to detail. My hosts for the vacation, Viktoria Riley (Director of Sales & Marketing) & John Conway (General Manager), made me feel at home in terms of everything they did. If I were to recommend any family vacation, romantic getaway, or just a place to relax and be free, this resort would be at the top of my list.
Finally I understand why Louis Vuitton is always concerned about presentation and how they package their pieces. While these are added value, the actual luxury comes with servicing clients and going above and beyond. This is what Louis Vuitton always does. My recommendation for the Four Seasons Orlando is to stay at the One & Only; experience the service and most importantly is to see how they treat their guests.
Thanks to this amazing new family I have, I hope I can not only start fresh, but start exploring, learning, and creating what luxury is all about. Everything happens for a reason and during my time at the resort, I met an artist named Jane Waterous who lives for inspiration and creativity. This is a reflection in all of the beautiful artwork that she has created. The One & Only brand has tapped into that lifeline by having her showcase her artwork throughout their property. This is a very smart move. I loved talking to Jane because it gave me the opportunity to see that creativity and inspiration are right outside my door.
I look forward to working with all of our new clients, vendors, and the people who made this happen. Thank you Kim for always believing in me.
If anyone needs anywhere to go this summer, the One & Only Ocean Club is at the top of my list.
Billionaire gets to grips with some of the best club sandwiches at the best hotels* in the world’s major cities, ranked by price converted into US dollars, in ascending order. All prices are inclusive of tax.
We see the mutation of our aesthetic senses by changes in gastronomy. The correlation between art and cooking has led to an evolution of presentation: in days gone by our plates were inspired by painters and translated in 2D with compositions in colour and texture; we are now in a sculptural arena.
It is admittedly obsessive. Chef Kyle Connaughton—who formerly headed the research and development kitchen for Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in the United Kingdom and has cooked at restaurants from Spago in Beverly Hills to Michel Bras in Japan—rethought every detail of the dining experience at Single Thread (singlethreadfarms.com), the highly anticipated new restaurant he opened in Healdsburg, Calif., with his wife, Katina.
With the opening of Time + Tide’s new King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia is quickly emerging as a premier safari destination that offers a worthy alternative to the crowded and tightly controlled game drives of the more popular Serengeti.
This island is home to the last-remaining Christian Animist tribes, an ancient indigenous people who believe in the spirits of animals and plants. Sumba is at once one of the culturally richest and financially poorest islands in the Indonesian archipelago, and when Burch visited two years ago, the place tugged at his heartstrings.
An insider’s guide to the best luxury hotels in Bordeaux, including the best for Michelin-starred restaurants, vinotherapy spas, beautiful vineyards, picturesque gardens, impressive wine cellars and luxurious rooms, near the river Garonne, Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux Cathedral and Pont de Pierre as well as Bouliac and various leading vineyards in the surrounds.
Ajay Piramal is leveraging technology to transform life for India’s poorest, by bringing clean water through ATM-style dispensers in remote villages.
The explosion of social video has brought unprecedented opportunities for brands to reach their target audience, and raise awareness for their products or services. Many brands have fully embraced this opportunity, and are seeing extraordinary engagement from a multi-platform video strategy, but there are some verticals that have been a little more cautious when it comes to being social.
The live-streaming industry’s explosion in China has shown the world just how keen Chinese consumers are about broadcasting their daily life on social media. Official statistics from the China Internet Information Center indicate that the number of live-streaming viewers had reached 325 million by the end of June 2016 and the majority of them are young—facts that have significant implications for luxury brands in China targeting the country’s emerging wealthy, millennial consumers.