The British Grand Prix is a race in the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It is currently held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire in England. The British and Italian Grands Prix are the oldest continuously staged Formula One World Championship Grands Prix.
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.
Glastonbury Festival (originally Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival; formerly Glastonbury Fair; Glastonbury CND Festival; current formal title Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts) is a five-day music festival that takes place near Pilton, Somerset, England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts.
The Championships, Wimbledon; The Wimbledon Championships or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877.
France’s Christian Louboutin is pointing to its autumn/winter 2016 collection with the help of a cast of dancers.
The brand’s lookbook film “La Répétition” is inspired by the 1975 Broadway musical “A Chorus Line,” as a handful of dancers vie for the attention of demanding choreographer Blanca Li. As the troupe turns, leaps and kicks their hearts out, the Christian Louboutin heels and sneakers adorning their feet are front and center, providing an entertaining first look at the collection for consumers.
Swatch Group’s Glashütte Original is looking back on 130 years of watchmaking through a marine-themed exhibit at the Glashütte German Watch Museum.
“Glashütte on Board – 130 Years of Marine Chronometers from Saxony,” opening June 17, focuses on innovation in timepieces that allowed sailors to more easily and more precisely chart their course, distance and speed. This exhibit traces the connection between the house’s hometown and the Germany Navy, allowing Glashütte to celebrate its heritage through a specific lens.
French home furnishings maker Roche Bobois is demonstrating how street art and interior design can work together in a Brussels exhibition.
Roche Bobois’ “Inex Brussels” follows the success of 2015’s “Inexterieur Paris” and will be in the Uccle district of Brussels. Luxury brands often collaborate with street artists to show edge and inject their heritage with cultural modernity.
French fashion house Hermès is journeying into the tropical rainforest to stalk out accessories in the wild.
To promote its Tutti Frutti collection of leather goods, the brand has created a whimsical short film referencing nature documentaries, inviting consumers to explore alongside an unseen narrator. Making a comparison between the accessories and rare plants helps to highlight the exclusivity of the line, perhaps making them all the more covetable.
Women may drive the luxury industry, but men are more frequent purchasers in numerous sectors, according to new research from The Shullman Research Center.
While identifying the consumer is the first step for brands, everything from income to concerns and worries is to some degree correlated with gender. Better understanding the differing behaviors of men and women and the nuances of their thought processes and goals can help marketers tailor a message for maximum effectiveness.
On May 18, President Obama announced the Department of Labor’s final rule updating federal overtime regulations and significantly increasing the number of employees eligible for overtime pay.
The final rule, effective Dec. 1, doubles the minimum salary employees must make before they can be classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act from receiving overtime pay for working more than 40 hours in a week from $23,660 to $47,476 a year.
Luxury fashion labels are breaking with tradition, bending the rules of gendered dressing through their designs and marketing.
From co-ed fashion shows and unisex collections to cross dressing in campaigns, brands are incorporating themselves into the larger conversation around gender identity. While androgyny has infiltrated the fashion industry as a whole, is this unisex approach an effective strategy for heritage luxury labels?
Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing is injecting his “golden touch” to athletic wear for his second high-profile collaboration.
Mr. Rousteing announced an upcoming collaboration with NikeLab on his personal Instagram account May 22, with Balmain lending its support in the days following. After the success of Mr. Rousteing’s collection designed for mass market retailer H&M, it is highly likely that the designer’s work with NikeLab will receive as much attention.
British fashion house Burberry has unveiled its first advertising campaign since announcing its new direct-to-consumer approach.
The campaign, simply titled Burberry 2016 rather than the fall season, marks the brand’s transition from seasonal collections to a broader strategy that acknowledges its global consumer base and the rising expectation of “see now, buy now” commerce. Fashions featured in the campaign are from Burberry’s fall/winter 2016 collection, presented on Feb. 22, which is its first line to be available for pre-order immediately following the show.
An Hermès Birkin bag has broken yet another record on the auction block.
Auctioneer Christie’s auctioned the “two most valuable handbags in the world” on May 30 and June 1 in Hong Kong. The Hermès matte white Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 30 was part of the May 30 lot, and was expected to sell for between $190,000 and $260,000.
British footwear label Jimmy Choo is showing consumers how to properly “speak Choo” for pre-fall 2016.
The film is described as creating a “new vernacular” for the brand, with the founding designer’s surname being repurposed as “you” in a series of catchphrases. The minute-long film features three segments where its brand values are explored through playful mottos alongside Jimmy Choo’s 24:7 Icons, a pre-fall 2016 edit of its most popular styles.
Italian fashion house Gucci is putting creative control in the hands of consumers with the launch of a DIY program, launching first at its Milan boutique.
Consumers who visit the Milanese flagship on via Montenapoleone will be able to customize the Dionysus handbag through the DIY service. As the program rolls out globally, Gucci will begin including other products that can get the DIY treatments including the Ace sneaker, Princetown shoes, ready-to-wear pieces and men’s made-to-order.
Auction house Bonhams is prompting consumers to find the true value of their jewelry in a month-long valuation initiative.
Held throughout June, “What’s in the box?” will offer complimentary appraisals, with a promise of confidential results and no obligations to sell. This offers consumers an opportunity to become better informed about the worth of any pieces that have been hiding in their jewelry boxes, perhaps spurring jewelry sales from those looking to cash in on unworn baubles.
Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant has been acquired by Japan’s Citizen Watch Co. for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition was announced May 26 under Citizen’s mid-term business plan titled “Citizen Global Plan 2018.” The purchase of Frederique Constant is part of Citizen’s multi-brand strategy to complete its portfolio through the acquisition of Swiss watch manufacturers.
French atelier Christian Dior is evolving its relationship with singer Rihanna from campaign ambassador to creative collaborator.
In 2015, Rihanna fronted Dior’s Secret Garden IV campaign, helping to modernize its brand image and tap into the singer’s high-profile celebrity. Rihanna has continued to extend her creative roles with a number of fashion houses, including, most recently, footwear label Manolo Blahnik, proving that celebrity-fronted collections have a place in the greater luxury arena.
Swiss jeweler de Grisogono is highlighting the potential of its latest acquisition, one of the 30 largest rough-cut diamonds ever found.
The 404-carat stone holds with it a rare opportunity, since de Grisogono will be able to be a part of the decision process for the cutting of the precious gem, whereas traditional jewelry making relies on precut, already polished stones. While this diamond will be fashioned into only one piece, the brand is taking the stone out of the vault for its entire audience, allowing its message of craftsmanship to extend beyond the diamond’s eventual owner.
German automaker BMW is turning back the clock with a commemorative limited-edition vehicle.
The BMW M3 30 Jahre Limited-Edition has been launched to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the automaker’s M3 model, first launched in 1986. Limited-edition vehicles generate demand among an automaker’s most loyal clientele, helping to strengthen ties in a sector where purchases are relatively few and far between.
German automaker Porsche is ensuring its development as the leading provider of digital mobility solutions with a new hire and subsidiary company.
Porsche’s supervisory board has approved the founding of Porsche Digital GmnH to further enhance the automaker’s digital mobility solutions in its sector.
British automaker Jaguar is unleashing the cats to promote its latest vehicles.
The Jaguar XE and F-Pace, the brand’s first-ever compact SUV, have now arrived at dealerships across North America, and May 23-31 will feature events to welcome the vehicles and consumers alike. The events are oriented toward younger consumers, in line with the vehicles’ more accessible pricing, and help promote a more experiential side of the brand.
British automaker Aston Martin is revealing a new concept car developed in collaboration with Italian coachbuilder and design house Zagato at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
The fifth edition in a partnership that spans 50 years, the Vanquish Zagato Concept will make its world premier at the show being held at Lake Como in Italy from May 21-22. This longstanding pairing has led to Aston Martin vehicles that combine its sporting capabilities with Zagato’s design sensibilities, leading to some of the automaker’s most creative designs.
It is now officially summer and everyone is thinking “where do I need to go for vacation?” This month, I thought I would talk about not only vacation spots, but cool and interesting places for people to explore during the summer. Vacations are great because they leave you feeling recharged and full of unforgettable memories. The thing to do this summer is explore, experience and be inspired.
One of the things that interests me is how people use Airbnb so frequently. For some reason I am not a good candidate for them even though I have tried to book rentals several times, but never actually executed because I felt weird in doing so. I like doing my own thing, but I also want all of the services that come along with staying elsewhere such as in 5 star locations. My thing has always been to rent a villa or vacation home through a company I trust. That company has always been Luxury Retreats. If you are going to do something for the summer , you should do the research, due-diligence, and really figure out what it is you like to do.
This summer I am going to feature various places I like to explore and things I like to do. One of the things I love to do is explore New York and one of the cool things I like to do is read the blog Guest Of A Guest. They always have the perfect places to go for drinks, late night meals or just romantic dinners in New York. They always have something that is over the top and cool for a group of friends. The other experience I like is Material Good. This cool luxury store is located in a loft space in Soho. The whole luxury feel and exclusivity is exactly what you get when you walk through the door. The owner Rob Ronen and his staff are there to help you with whatever you may need from watches, artwork, jewelry, to other cool, luxurious stuff. If you ever want to impress someone for a meeting or just go somewhere for a fabulous time, go no further than the Baccarat Hotel Grand Salon. It is a true beautiful French setting in the middle of New York and if you are really feeling special then you should have drinks out on the terrace.
Another really cool company I like is Perfect Picnic. They literally bring the picnic to you in Central Park with a lot of really nice things and when it is time to go, they come and take it all away. No hassle for you since they clean everything up. What better way to have a stay-cation in New York than to stay at the Trump Central Park and have them arrange for you a picnic in Central Park and follow it up with drinks on the terrace at Jean Georges.
I believe this summer people will be exploring more experiences more than ever. Whether it’s going to Wimbledon or to the US Open Tennis in New York or if you really want to take a trip, then the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
I’m going to start this summer by featuring an experience each month and a place I’d like to stay. My first feature is going to be in Miami,FL and I am using Luxury Retreats to book an amazing villa for the weekend called Casa Caya. A spectacular waterfront home with everything you could possibly ask for. The next spot will be The Reserve at the Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach. A very exclusive, luxury resort right on the beach in Puerto Rico.
I am looking forward to another great experience at the Glastonbury Festival. It is always very cool to be able to go to the largest music festival in the world and this year listen to Adele perform.
I hope everyone has a really great summer and if anyone finds any really cool spots they want me to check out or amazing resorts people should know about, then shoot me an email.
Scotch whisky-maker Johnnie Walker has opened the first European location of Johnnie Walker House, a network of airport and standalone lounges.
Johnnie Walker House’s newest outpost has opened in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in collaboration with the Diageo Global Travel, Johnnie Walker’s distributor, and Schiphol Airport Retail. The space was designed to inspire travelers by bringing to life the history and pioneering spirit of the Johnnie Walker brand.
Cruise line Cunard is pairing the new culinary experiences on-board the remodeled Queen Mary 2 with expanded wine offerings.
The ship is launching the Cunard Wine Academy, during which participants will explore food and wine pairings, tastings and master classes. A wine cellar on Cunard’s ship will boast 450 different wines, rivaling restaurants on shore and adding to the culinary experience as guests sail.
Cognac-maker Louis XIII is paying tribute to its history of luxurious travel with help from fellow French craftsmen.
Louis XIII’s “L’Odyssée d’un Roi,” or “An Ode to Adventure” in English, brings together leather goods maker Hermès, silversmith Puiforcat and crystal brand Saint Louis to create the “ultimate masterpiece,” a travel cognac case.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is paying tribute to the agave plant with the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind tequila vault.
As part of the effort to highlight local Tex-Mex cuisine available at the hotel, the tequila vault will become part of the hotel’s nightly Guacamologist Experience, where its chef prepares a nightly batch of handcrafted guacamole using local produce and paired with a signature margarita.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is promising no neighbors, no paparazzi and endless possibilities at the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll.
The property is the hotelier’s first private island offering and is the world’s only exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway location in a World Biosphere Reserve. The secluded five-acre property is scheduled to open later this year and will offer Four Seasons’ discerning guests a true private island experience.
Italian jeweler Bulgari is bringing its hospitality brand to Moscow.
Bulgari is working with Russian real estate investor Alexei Bogachev to develop its first hotel in the Russian capital. The announcement came a day after Bulgari opened its second storefront in Moscow, despite the Russian market’s poor performance in recent months.
Italian fashion house Missoni is adding its colorful aesthetic to the Miami skyline.
The Missoni Baia, a 57-story luxury condominium tower, is located at 777 N.E. 26th Terrace, directly on the shore of Biscayne Bay. Missoni has had a successful home interior line since 1981 and briefly outfitted a hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland until 2012, but the Missoni Baia tower is the brand’s first residential project.
A MasterCard executive at Mobile Moments NYC May 25 discussed the company’s continued innovation in payment authentication methods as well as biometrics, naming its selfie pay option as particularly effective for consumers making in-application purchases.
The time for adoption of item-level RFID (radio-frequency identification) is finally here.
Item-level RFID differentiates itself from container- or case-level RFID in that the RFID tag identifies each unit of an item uniquely, as opposed to identifying a case or pallet of a number of packed units.
LVMH-owned Sephora is driving customers to mobile messaging platform Kik in a new contest asking users to answer three questions and enabling the retailer to build its audience on the platform while gaining shopper insights.
Department store chain Neiman Marcus is enhancing the in-store experience with a nationwide rollout of mobile phone charging stations.
Neiman Marcus Group has expanded its partnership with ChargeItSpot to install 37 charging stations across 30 of its department store locations. The retailer first worked with ChargeItSpot in 2014, when charging stations were tested at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman, before placing them in additional Neiman Marcus locations.