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In 2011 the Bulgari family, majority shareholder of the renowned Italian jewellery house established in 1884 by Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari, joined forces with the LVMH Group and transferred its majority shareholding in Bulgari SpA. The L3.7bn, all-share deal made the Bulgaris the second largest family shareholder of the LVMH Group. After the acquisition FRANCESCO TRAPANI, great-grandson of the founder, CEO of Bulgari SpA and the driving force behind its success over the past 20 years, was made a member of the LVMH board of directors and appointed President of the LVMH Watch & Jewellery Division. From his position now supervising Bulgari, Chaumet, De Beers, Fred, Dior Watches, Tag Heuer, Zenith and Hublot, he gives LUCY REITER the view from the top of the luxury pyramid.

Nick Foulkes - The luck of the drawer

Today heritage is a term that is used with a sort of wilful abandon. In fact I would guess that ‘heritage of the brand’ fights it out with ‘DNA of the brand’ for the title of most abused marketing cliché...

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November 2008

Date: 10th Nov 08 Category: Blogs Author: Blogs, Future Lab

This month, as many of us start to re-think our budgets and spends for the next year, we thought we’d...

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Date: 10th Nov 08 Category: Blogs Author: Blogs, Stephen Bayley

As far as I can smell, Lyn Harris has the best nose in Britain. Certainly Miller Harris’s Feuilles de Tabac...

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Fashion made to last

Date: Nov 2008 (122) Category: Features Brand: Roger Vivier

One-time muse to Karl Lagerfeld,model, occasional designer, quintessential Parisian and recipient of the Légion d’Honneur, Ines de la Fressange has now added ambassadorship of the Roger Vivier shoe and accessories brand to her colourful life’s portfolio. Vivier himself, first discovered by Elsa Schiaparelli in 1937, died in 1998 aged 90. The brand was acquired in 2001 by Tod’s owner Diego Della Valle, who appointed Bruno Frisoni as Creative Director and put de la Fressange in charge of image, decoration, shop development, communication – and general je ne sais quoi...

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Message in a bottle

Date: Oct 2008 (121) Category: Features Brand: Le Labo

Mass-market fragrance is all very well (and profitable) but it didn’t satisfy the rebellious, creative natures of Fabrice Penot and Edouard Roschi. They quit their jobs to found Le Labo, an ‘alternative perfumery’ based on freedom of creation and purity of product. Almost unbelievably, they launched having put no financial resources whatsoever behind design, advertising, marketing or PR. They simply did it all themselves, with passion and belief. KATE PATRICK takes up the story

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Join the club

Date: Oct 2008 (121) Category: Features Brand: Richard Caring

RICHARD CARING appeared on the luxury radar in 2005 when he acquired the Caprice Group, which included the Caprice and Ivy restaurants in London. His background, however, was in apparel: he worked on the production side supplying, amongst others, the Topshop empire. Success gave him a taste for luxury dining and clubbing – in places he liked so much that he decided to buy the proverbial companies. He has since added the Birley Group and Soho House to create an enviable stable of restaurants and clubs with style, soul, heritage, a membership to die for – and enormous global brand potential

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Design Hotels

Date: Nov 2008 (122) Category: Features, Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Design Hotels
Date: Nov 2008 (122) Category: Features, Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Design Hotels

True to its reputation for innovation, Design Hotels has recently launched the Design Hotels Club. The loyalty scheme works through...

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Indie hit

Date: July/August 08 (117) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Belstaff

Belstaff sales have recently received a boost due to the popularity of the Indiana Jones film which featured Harrison Ford...

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City State

Date: July/August 08 (117) Category: Features, Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: L'anima
Date: July/August 08 (117) Category: Features, Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: L'anima

Former St Alban, Franco’s and Santini chef Francesco Mazzei has now opened his first restaurant. L’Anima is on Snowdon Street...

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Iconicchic.com

Date: Oct 2008 (121) Category: Features, Media & Publishing, Reports Brand: Iconicchic.com
Date: Oct 2008 (121) Category: Features, Media & Publishing, Reports Brand: Iconicchic.com

Iconicchic.com is a new UK-based weekly online magazine aimed at luxury consumers. The site has been launched by Kathia Gotsman,...

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Style.com

Date: Oct 2008 (121) Category: Features, Media & Publishing, Reports Brand: Style.com
Date: Oct 2008 (121) Category: Features, Media & Publishing, Reports Brand: Style.com

Condénet is to launch an online shopping channel in the US on its Style.com website. Shop Now is a vehicle...

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