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.
The Masters Tournament, also known as The Masters or The US Masters, is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Scheduled for the first full week of April, it is the first of the majors to be played each year. Unlike the other major championships, the Masters is held each year at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in the city of Augusta, Georgia, USA.
The Cannes Festival (French: Festival de Cannes), named until 2002 the International Film Festival (Festival international du film) and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world.
The French Open, often referred to as Roland Garros (officially: Internationaux de France de Tennis, Roland Garros; also called Tournoi de Roland Garros) is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
German automaker BMW is marking its centennial not only by looking back, but also by looking forward.
On the morning of March 7, the BMW Group Classic building opened its doors to journalists for the first time and gave a press conference detailing its centenary, with a celebration and multimedia of the brand’s history and accomplishments following later that afternoon.
Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre is paying homage to film star Charlie Chaplin by supporting a soon-to-open museum dedicated to the actor’s final decades.
Chaplin’s World, which will open in April, focuses on the last 25 years of the Hollywood icon’s life, which he lived out in Switzerland. Jaeger-LeCoultre has a personal history with the star, making it a natural partner for the retrospective.
Condé Nast’s British Vogue is hosting its fifth Vogue Festival in May, using the fashion event as an opportunity to celebrate a milestone 100 years in print.
For the 2016 festival, being held May 21-22, the magazine will construct a Vogue World on the East Albert Lawn of Kensington Gardens, giving attendees the opportunity to experience its universe. Department store Harrods is returning as the sponsor for the popular event for the third year in a row.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre in the United Arab Emirates is keeping its finger on the pulse of modern culture with an art collection initiative.
The bespoke “Discover With You” experience will give artistic-minded guests a primer on how to collect art and navigate the art market, with a focus on the local scene.
Despite stock market volatility, geopolitical instability and new regulations, prime residential real estate still has a good outlook, according to panelists speaking at a presentation of Douglas Elliman and Knight Frank’s The Wealth Report 2016.
Oil prices have plummeted, governments and the IMF are tracking the flow and origin of incoming money and many assets have had negligible appreciation in the past year. Nevertheless, a look at recent history and wealth projections show that a bet on long-term growth and on real estate, as well as classic cars, is a safe one.
New York Fashion Week is still growing as a conversation starter on social media, meaning that more brands may alter production schedules in deference to the audience, according to a new report from L2.
Data from marketing agency Pixlee shows that the Feb. 11-18 New York Fashion Week reached more than 659 million people across Twitter and Instagram with #NYFW and #NYFW16, with reach almost 10 times that the previous September.
The millennial generation is too diverse and broad for marketers to avoid segmenting, according to a new report by The Shullman Research Center.
Consumers born between 1981 and 2000 are considered millennials, meaning that people as young as 15 and as old as 35 (34 at the time of the survey) comprise the group. Because that 20-year gap is particularly profound in the early stages of life, marketers need to segment millennial consumers into specific groups to take advantage of particular habits and beliefs.
In New York, price growth is slowing and homes are staying on the market for longer, according to a new report from StreetEasy.
The price growth in both New York’s Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs has been slowing since December 2012 and July 2015, respectively, with days on market also reaching recent highs. With the dollar strong against other currencies, foreigners are less likely to purchase property as an investment, thus hurting demand.
Footwear label Manolo Blahnik has tapped pop culture sensation Rihanna’s unique style sensibility for a design collaboration.
Together, the singer and the brand’s eponymous designer envisioned six limited-edition styles in denim, mixing the house style with Rihanna’s artistry.
British GQ magazine is exploring the key investment pieces contained in men’s wardrobes through a series on its newly launched video channel.
“Luxury of Less with Jim Chapman” takes viewers inside Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes, Turnbull & Asser and watchmaker Tag Heuer, uncovering the reasons why their garments or watches cost more than those that can be purchased on the high street.
As Adele embarks on her tour to promote her record-breaking album “25,” the British singer will be wearing exclusively Burberry ensembles.
Burberry chief creative and CEO Christopher Bailey designed a custom hand-embroidered gown in black silk for the artist, who wore the creation on the opening night of her tour on Feb. 29 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Italian jeweler Bulgari has named a new ambassador for its handbag and eyewear collections, an appointment that coincides with the brand’s fall/winter 2016 accessories collection presentation in Milan.
Bulgari selected model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to be the face of its accessories collection.
British fashion label Alexander McQueen is traveling the world for flowers that #BloomAtNight with the launch of its first fragrance with Procter & Gamble Prestige Beauty.
The brand teased the fragrance extensively on social media channels, especially Facebook and Instagram, through images and a minute-long video on its fragrance microsite.
Scotch whisky distiller Glenmorangie is going beyond the cask for its latest craftsmanship effort.
The distiller has teamed with handmade sunglass brand Finlay & Co. to create shades made from repurposed oak cask barrels Glenmorangie has used for its scotches. Since each oak cask has a unique wood grain pattern, each pair of Finlay & Co. sunglasses will be distinct, a bespoke quality likely of interest for discerning scotch drinkers.
The Fairmont-managed Plaza Hotel in New York is offering guests an opportunity to wear a piece of the property’s history.
Hotels often commemorate a guest’s stay through keepsakes such as ornaments for the holidays, stuffed animals for children and other personalized tokens of gratitude expressed by the property. For The Plaza, this notion is reflected in taking items set to be discarded and repurposing them to be consumer facing.
Italy’s Maserati is the latest automaker to create an upscale SUV, but is such a vehicle viable for brands in the luxury tier?
The Maserati Levante, premiering at the ongoing 2016 Geneva Motor Show, is the brand’s first SUV and follows the release of Bentley’s Bentayga. Consumer desire for SUVs is growing and other brands have models in production, but the segment can present problems with positioning and image.
Toyota Corp.’s Lexus is granting fans of ABC’s “Quantico” the opportunity to experience the world of the television drama firsthand through a scripted virtual reality experience.
Tied to the midseason premiere of the show March 6, the short video lets the viewer tag along on a mission, assuming the point of view of a new FBI recruit through footage accessible for desktop, virtual reality headset, Apple TV or mobile device.
British automaker Jaguar is taking its aerodynamic expertise onto the slopes with the help of Olympic skier Graham Bell.
The Olympian and automotive brand have announced a technical partnership with the goal of setting a Guinness World Record for fastest downhill ski speed, currently held by Italian speed skier Simone Origone.
British automaker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is showing its dark side to attract risk takers and self-empowered, self-confident youth.
“Black Badge,” a darker, more confident and more powerful Rolls-Royce, will take shape in a permanent Bespoke series targeting goal-oriented and self-made young affluents. The new series is a significant makeover for Rolls-Royce, but is being implemented in response to a changing consumer base and habits.
Welcome to March! Once again it is that time where we start to think about spring and a chance to start to go away after a very cold winter. I love the Caribbean so it’s always my first choice when I go somewhere that is not too far from home. Some of my favorite places in the Caribbean are: The Viceroy in Anguilla, their beachfront villas are some of the best in the Caribbean; The Eden Roc in St. Barths, best place for relaxation, but it also has a celebrity VIP mix and off course La Samanna in St. Martin. If I don’t want to be around anybody, I use Luxury Retreats to rent an amazing villa.
Now that we are in the middle of planning a lot of trips for families, I have noticed that people forget about service. It is not only about where you are going, but also how you get there. So whether it is flying in a private jet booked by Apollo Jets or taking a commercial flight, you should always think about how flawless the execution is in getting to your destination. If you are flying business or first-class, for a few dollars more why not book the VIP greeter service? It makes zero sense not to when we all know there are unseen troubles that can come up when flying. Whether your flight is delayed, tickets get changed or you just don’t want to deal with the lines, most of the airlines have amazing greeter services which are a must. The services I recommend are: Delta VIP Select, British Airways, Virgin, Singapore Air or Etihad. If you are really a player and are traveling to London, then the only way to go is VIP Heathrow. Make sure you are carrying all of your Louis Vuitton or Goyard luggage so you do not seem out of place.
Also, in regards to service we have to mention dealing with Fashion Week. What happened to taking care of the people who actually put the money in the designer’s pockets? Fashion Week in New York is always very interesting because we never know what designers will actually get the client into. I would like to give a big thumbs up to Monique Lhuillier who understands this service and taking care of your customer. Monique Lhuillier is an amazing designer that took care of one of our top VIP clients and showed them what happens behind the scenes at fashion week along with some of her sexy and glamorous dresses.
For all of you that are big foodies, M Level will now be sending out a feature called “M Level Gourmet.” This will give you the inside scoop on where to go to eat, what’s great, what’s trendy and what to stay away from. Of course we have to mix this in with a wine sommelier and a spirits specialist. So all the foodies get ready to take a journey with us around the world.
We will also be introducing “M Level Genius.” This is our opportunity to showcase creative artists in different fields that we feel should be recognized for their talent and the exploration of how they do master their craft. This can be a painter, sculptor, musician, writer, watch maker, architect or interior designer. We want to showcase these artists so you can see, creatively, what is out in the world that complements the world of luxury and the level in which we do things. I am looking forward to launching “M Level Genius” next month.
If anyone has someone they would like to feature then please get in touch with us as our door is always open to our clients and friends.
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and French silversmith Christofle are giving their upscale clientele a chance to elevate even further in class – to the level of Napoleon.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s habit of opening Champagne with his saber helped birth the bottle-opening technique, which St. Regis practices across its line and which consumers can now learn with the purchase of a bespoke saber.
LVMH-owned Champagne brand Veuve Clicquot is capturing the spirit and excitement of Carnaval for revelers in Miami.
Held on Feb. 20 at Museum Park in Miami’s downtown, the ticketed afternoon event will include traditional Carnaval performances such as Samba dancers and live music, games, Champagne bars and on-site food trucks. Champagne brands are often pigeonholed into traditional celebrations, but Veuve Clicquot has made a consistent effort to show that bubbly can be enjoyed for myriad occasions.
LVMH-owned Moët & Chandon is helping consumers differentiate between Champagne and sparkling wine at an educational pop-up in the heart of London.
The Champagne house is taking consumers “from grape to glass” in a virtual and immersive experience hosted at Conde Nast College in London’s Soho neighborhood. Hosted by “wine gurus,” the Moët Academy includes virtual reality touchpoints to transport visitors to Moët & Chandon’s vineyards for a well-rounded and education experience.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, HI, is elevating guests’ vacation pictures with the addition of its first official photo ambassador.
Self-taught photographer Scott Miles will be on-hand to capture guests using their own cameras, taking shots requested and also guiding them to ideal locations to shoot key moments, such as the Hawaiian sunset.
Falling real estate prices in the United Arab Emirates’ city of Dubai may continue through 2016 and into 2017, according to a new report by Core Savills.
“Market In Minutes: Dubai Residential Market” notes that lower oil prices and a large supply have organically lowered prices, but expectations of falling rates have served as a self-fulfilling prophecy and compounded the drops.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is furthering its loyalty program perks via a partnership with Major League Baseball, giving Starwood Preferred Guest members the ability to play a responsively designed game for a chance to win World Series tickets.
Consumers belonging to the SPG program can partake in the interactive game online or on mobile through March 18. Starwood, which has long been a purveyor of mobile loyalty in the hospitality industry, believes the partnership will help the brand offer another fun way for customers to connect to their passion points, especially prior to the start of baseball season.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, AZ is helping expectant couples relax while enjoying their final days as a party of two.
Fittingly called a Babymoon, the getaway concept gives soon-to-be parents an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company before the birth of their first child.
Italian automaker Lamborghini’s new Centario super sports car will hit the virtual road before the real-world owners can take their cars for a spin.
Lamborghini’s Centario will be the cover car for the next edition of Microsoft Turn 10 Studios’ racing franchise Forza. The model has been developed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lamborghini’s founder’s birth, making this video game partnership a means to share its milestone year with a broad audience.
Snapchat’s CEO reportedly revealed key usage data to investors this week, underscoring its success at reaching and engaging a younger audience, with users spending about 25 to 30 minutes on the platform each day.
MasterCard is supporting stronger innovation in mobile payments technology, with an emphasis on the fashion industry, through a student competition at The New School’s Parsons School of Design hoping to uncover new commerce solutions in wearable designs.
The payments service is hoping to bring in a new generation of payments systems from the minds of the new generation, by prompting students to develop new ways of payment through connect fashion devices.
Swedish bedding manufacturer Hästens is singing consumers to sleep with a curated playlist on music streaming service Spotify.
Intended to help consumers relax and get to sleep, Hästens “Sleep Sound” is part of an ongoing project with Spotify and Soundtrack Your Brand.