The US Open is held annually in late August and early September over a two-week period. The main tournament consists of five event championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.
Afropunk Brookyln returns to Commodore Barry Park August 27th & 28th for another weekend of live music and good vibes.
Described by The New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” it promises an eclectic line-up and an audience as diverse as the acts they come to see. More than just a weekend, as the Afropunk movement expands into international terrain, experiencing it on its home turf makes Afropunk Brookyln that much more special.
The MTV Video Music Award (commonly abbreviated as a VMA) is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in the music video medium. The annual MTV Video Music Awards ceremony has often been called the “Super Bowl for youth”, an acknowledgment of the VMA ceremony’s ability to draw millions of youth from teens to 20-somethings each year.
The modern Olympic Games are the leading international sporting event featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating.
British department store chain Selfridges is embracing literal retail theater with a celebration of the work of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.
In honor of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, the retailer is launching a multichannel campaign, “Shakespeare Refashioned,” updating some of his most popular plays through a fashion-forward filter. Through this celebration, beginning July 4, Selfridges is able to showcase its affection for the arts while highlighting its British heritage.
Italian footwear label Salvatore Ferragamo is giving back to its hometown of Florence with a project that will restore the Fountain of Neptune to its original splendor.
The Fountain of Neptune, located right outside the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria, is near Ferragamo’s headquarters, giving the brand additional reason to protect the culture of Florence. In Italy, fashion houses such as Tod’s, Bulgari and others have stepped up to help restore their country’s landmarks, as the government has fallen on tough economic times leaving it unable to finance such large-scale restorations.
British department store Harrods has refurbished its Fine Jewelry Room to create a more private environment and highly personalized experience for its consumers.
Located on the department store’s ground floor, Harrods’ Fine Jewelry Room has been redesigned to include a screened seating area for each counter selling iconic, exclusive, rare and limited-edition pieces. Given the high price and sentimentality of jewelry purchases, Harrods’ commitment to a private shopping experience will likely resonate with its discerning consumers.
Italian fashion house Gucci’s brand museum in Florence has dedicated two of its rooms to former creative director Tom Ford, looking back on the way in which the designer brought the label into the 21st century.
Mr. Ford is credited with imbuing Gucci with a provocative look, and these spaces celebrate that, with sensual décor surrounding the designer’s ready-to-wear and accessories. These museum additions are something of a personal tribute, as Gucci’s current creative director Alessandro Michele was hired by Mr. Ford to join the brand in 2002.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is spurring bookings from local clientele through an exclusive partnership with Porsche.
Those who book the Porsche x Landmark Staycation package will be treated to the property’s on-site amenities, including the spa and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks from the minibar, as well as a three-hour driving experience in a Porsche sports car.
U.S. apparel label Michael Kors has become the official lifestyle partner for the McLaren-Honda Formula One team, enabling the brand to communicate its jet-set positioning to a new audience.
Putting the Michael Kors brand in front of European sports fans’ faces, its logo will feature on the champion Formula One team’s driver overalls and the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 car. While the Formula One audience is new for Michael Kors, the label shares values of design and speed with the competition.
Marriott International has received authorization from a number of markets where Starwood Hotels & Resorts operates properties following its acquisition of the hospitality chain.
After a prolonged back-and-forth complicated by competing offers, Starwood Hotels & Resorts signed an amended definitive merger agreement with Marriott International. The merger, a defining gauge of the luxury market’s health, saw Marriott purchase Starwood for $12.2 billion.
French fashion label Chloé is partnering with Apple Music to delve into creative director Claire Waight Keller’s free-spirited music tastes.
For the music streaming platform’s fashion curator series, the designer is hosting a month-long takeover during July, sharing her ideal summer playlists. Through this placement, Chloé is able to showcase its perspective to Apple Music’s 13 million subscribers.
Footwear label Aquazzura is bringing its Italian aesthetic to vacationers on Long Island’s East End with a pop-up shop in East Hampton.
The pop-up opened its doors just shortly before the affluent head to summer homes and rentals for the Fourth of July holiday. With much of New York’s discerning consumers heading east for the summer months to escape the city’s crowds and heat, foot traffic from passersby relocating for the season or for the weekend is a sure bet.
Italian fashion label Fendi is taking its accessories to the streets with a road trip through the end of the year.
Kicking off in the Hamptons Fourth of July weekend, Fendi’s cherry red truck will travel across North America, creating a mobile pop-up store in each city it visits. For Fendi, these pop-ups give it the opportunity to diversify the retail experience for consumers, giving them a new way to explore its latest wares.
Italian apparel and accessories house Gucci is continuing its campaign world tour for the fall/winter 2016 season, shooting its fashions on the busy streets of Tokyo.
Following the format of Gucci’s recent ads, a Gucci-clad tribe descends on the city, enjoying their visit in a playful manner. In a convergence of film and still imagery, Gucci’s campaign employs subtitles for both, allowing consumers to more easily place themselves within the scene.
Italian fashion label Giorgio Armani and French automaker Bugatti are teaming up to dress the man who seeks luxury in all areas of his life.
The first collaboration between the two brands features small leather goods and apparel in colorways and designs that reflect the automaker’s aesthetic. Launching for fall/winter 2016, this collection enables both partners to draw on their shared passion for quality and craftsmanship.
British department store Harrods is proving itself as a leading horological destination with a storewide fine-watch takeover that touts its dedication to the category.
Harrods’ “Made with Love and Precision” in-store campaign begins on July 1 and will extend into the first two weeks of August. The campaign, marked by displays and in-store exclusives, is Harrods’ way of paying tribute to the high-end timepiece portfolio available in its Fine Watch Room.
French perfumer Fragrance Du Bois has created 10 oil-based perfumes to better achieve scent longevity.
The Lite Attars collection includes 10 oil-based perfumes derived from Fragrance Du Bois’ Shades Du Bois and Prive ranges. The resulting collection is alcohol free, highly concentrated and sustainable produced from the finest ingredients.
On June 26, 215 years ago, famed watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet patented the first tourbillon watch complication. Recognizing the precision-sapping effect of gravity on watches, Breguet designed a rotating cage in which he placed the watch’s entire escapement—the mechanism most sensitive to gravity.
This allowed gravity to affect the escapement from all angles as the cage completes its one-minute rotation, effectively equalizing the inaccuracies it introduces, making the watch more precise.
These top 10 superyacht concepts all have three things in common: They’re sleek, ultra-fast, and radical in design. So, whether you fancy a midnight dip in an outdoor Jacuzzi while cruising the Mediterranean or a buzz of adrenaline while soaring down an enormous waterslide, these wildly imaginative superyachts take fun in the sun to a whole new level.
U.S. electric automaker Tesla Motors has issued a statement following a fatal crash in which the driver had activated autopilot.
The crash, which saw a Tesla Model S collide with the back end of a large truck in Florida, is now the subject of an investigation by U.S. authorities. The fatality is being called the first to occur on the road where self-driving technology was in use, thus raising skepticism that the general driving public is prepared to embrace autonomous automobiles fully.
German automaker Porsche is showcasing the nighttime advantage of its headlights through an athletic feat.
In a short film, one of the brand’s cars equipped with its Porsche Dynamic Lighting System trails two skateboarders out for a nighttime ride. As the boarders glide along a winding, dark road, their path is never a mystery, allowing Porsche to highlight the safety and efficacy of its lights.
Car rental company Europcar made adults feel like kids again with help from Mercedes-Benz.
To launch its new advertising campaign, centered on the customizable features of its rentals and its selection of luxury and fun cars, Europcar worked with Mercedes to construct a working carousel in London where adults could hop in and coast in one of the automaker’s newest models.
German automaker Porsche is consolidating its image with the redesigned and reengineered 2017 Porsche Panamera.
The new Panamera is meant to unite the sports cars that the brand is known for on one hand with comfortable luxury sedans on the other, bridging the gap between the worlds. Porsche’s new Panamera joins a recent line of reinventions by the automaker intended to broaden its appeal to new consumer segments.
We are now in the middle of summer. It is hot, sticky and everyone is getting irritable. The only time this should change is if you are in an amazing spot with a drink in your hand and your cellphone has been turned off. Let’s talk about what M has been doing for the last few weeks.
The planning of the Glastonbury Music Festival. While we may have some very cool clients that attended the festival, which was absolutely phenomenal this year, what I want to know is why Glastonbury pays to have it rain every year. It seems like Glastonbury doesn’t really work unless it’s pouring rain. So hats off to everyone that made it through the muddy weekend. Adele was amazing and the highlight of the whole festival.
Let’s talk about concierge services. Concierge services don’t get any higher than when traveling to Las Vegas. There are VIP hosts everywhere. I spent the last six nights in Las Vegas, which was absolutely horrible. What client spends a full week in Las Vegas? Either a client that has a great deal of money and wants to hang out or a client that has no idea what they want to do. While I had a great time with the people I work with, it gave me the opportunity to see how luxury companies work in Las Vegas.
Staying at the Encore was a real treat. I loved the Salon Suite, the intimacy of the small lobby and the fact that everyone is there to help you. It’s like your own built in concierge staff. The Tao Group was also amazing. Everyone should have the opportunity to spend $10,000 on a cabana at Marquee Day Club. You won’t regret it until the next day when you are up looking for food and realize you spent all your money on drinking.
I want to give a big thank you to Jordan Davis from Tao for making everything happen that week!
One of the hottest things in Las Vegas was Beauty & Essex. The hot new restaurant at the Cosmopolitan. What a really cool concept on having a pawn shop for the front part of the restaurant and an unbelievable sexy, high-end restaurant behind a discreet door that no one would ever know existed. The food was amazing and the service was spectacular. Once again the Tao Group has hit a gold mine.
It is now time for the Euro Final and everyone is starting to descend on Paris. Once again, clients wait until the last minute to book 5 Star hotel properties which is the normal routine for us. Thank you to Le Bristol Hotel In Paris, one of my favorites, who made sure all of our clients were accommodated at the hotel the way I like to stay. I think when you are dealing with 5 Star hotel properties around the world you should always give them the opportunity with time to get everything together for you. I think it is going to be a great weekend and I am looking forward to dinner at Le Jules Verne.
I think this is enough for now and I look forward to telling you what else goes on this summer. If anyone has any suggestions on where to go or what to do feel free to send them over!
Magazine publisher Condé Nast has opened a Vogue Café at the Westfield shopping center in London as the title continues to celebrate its centennial in the market.
The pop-up Vogue Café is the first of its kind to be staged in London and marks the first venture to include the involvement of Condé Nast International restaurants based in Western Europe. By extending the lounge concept to London, British Vogue has another outlet to celebrate its 100th year anniversary with its audience in person.
LVMH-owned cognac maker Hennessy has launched its first United States marketing push for its V.S.O.P Privilège in more than a decade.
The effort explores V.S.O.P Privilège’s creation process through interactive video content that harnesses the notion of “Harmony. Mastered from Chaos.” The craftsmanship campaign, produced by creative agency Droga5, brings cognac drinkers to Hennessy’s historic estate in Cognac, France to see how unpredictable events are married with distilling mastery to craft the V.S.O.P Privilège blend.
Scotch whisky maker Glenfiddich is looking to clear up some of the misunderstandings around bourbon through a digital campaign.
“Rethink Whisky,” the first campaign created by the brand’s digital agency of record Rokkan, challenges preconceived notions of the spirit by placing it in scenes that may be unexpected, such as an aunt’s living room or a barbecue. Reaching out to the next generation, the campaign uses humor and emotion to entice a new audience for its spirits.
Summer is a time for exploration and adventure, and the experiences will be all the sweeter with the perfect wine on hand to suit the moment. The best summer wines enhance the season’s ambience, perfecting a romantic evening, adding an effervescent note to a celebration, or simply synergizing with seasonal flavors.
The wines must be vibrant and refreshing, playful or even frivolous—meant for carefree sipping as much as earnest contemplation. But above all, summer wines must express the joy of life lived to the fullest.
Italian automaker Maserati is taking over two suites at Monaco’s Hôtel de Paris, Place du Casino de Monte-Carlo for a literal in-room experience.
Between the dates of July 1 and Sept. 30, guests can book suite 321 or 322 at the Hôtel de Paris to immerse themselves in the elegance of Maserati while in one of the world’s most luxurious cities. The suites were conceptualized by up-and-coming Italian interior designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba as the hotel undergoes renovations.
A terrorist attack at Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk airport has left 41 dead and more than 230 injured.
The attack occurred Tuesday evening near the international terminal entrance. While it appears that the Islamic State was behind the attack, the militant group has not officially taken responsibility for the strike that saw three suicide bombers detonate explosives near the crowded security checkpoint leading into the airport.
Anbang Insurance Group will close the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel for up to three years, enabling the property to undergo extensive renovations.
Earlier this month, Anbang began to move forward with its plans to rezone the property to allow the building to become mixed-use, but heavily reliant on private residences.
U.S. fashion label Michael Kors is allowing consumers to try on its Kendall II sunglasses via a one-day-only Snapchat filter lens.
Using Snapchat as a virtual mirror, consumers are able to try on three colors of the Kendall II style. Luxury has incorporated Snapchat into its marketing efforts to show candid behind-the-scenes footage of brand happenings, but promoted interactions on the social channel may resonate better with its millennial and Generation Z user base.
LVMH flagship brand Louis Vuitton is celebrating the success of its second hackathon held last weekend in France.
Louis Vuitton’s “Unlock Supply Chain” hackathon was in partnership with smart business platform Anaplan and BeMyApp at Ecole 42. The 48-hour hackathon invited student teams to work on developing a future supply chain model for Louis Vuitton using the Anaplan platform.
Private aviation company JetSmarter is speeding up transatlantic travel with the launch of a JetShuttle making trips between New York and London.
Claiming to be the first of its kind operating on this route, the JetShuttle allows passengers to book a single seat on a private plane for a direct flight that is said to arrive faster than the Concorde. Private jet companies are finding a happy medium between private jet charter prices and commercial flights, offering affluent travelers more luxurious ways to travel that are more accessible.
M Level Special Feature On Le Bristol Penthouse Suite
On the Palace’s seventh floor, the Penthouse Suite overlooks the magnificent French garden, the dome of the Church of Saint-Augustin and the Hotel’s quiet interior courtyard. The suite’s private terrace is an irresistible invitation to enjoy lunch or dinner outdoors while appreciating superb views over the rooftops of Paris. Entirely redecorated in 2014, the 2,155-square-foot Empire-style suite is adorned with the dazzling luxury of precious silks and velvets from the most illustrious designers.