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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.

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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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Bloomsbury boutique hotel The Montague on the Gardens will be holding tutored cigar tastings this autumn. Guests will be able...

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Fine dining

Date: October 2010 (141) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Zagat

Zagat Survey’s 2011 London Restaurants is out. Gordon Ramsay’s three-Michelin-starred ?agship restaurant on Royal Hospital Road was named most popular...

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Insider Knowledge

Date: October 2010 (141) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: W London

W London, which is slated to open in London’s Leicester Square in February 2011, is on the hunt for two...

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Spin-off

Date: October 2010 (141) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Morgans Hotel Group

Morgans Hotel Group property The Mondrian in LA is serving up a new kind of entertainment with the recent launch...

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Nira

Date: October 2010 (141) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports, The Alternative View Brand: Nira

Luxury hotel group Nira has announced a series of new openings following its most recent launch in southern Mauritius –...

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Four Seasons

Date: October 2010 (141) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Four Seasons

London’s Four Seasons hotel is due to reopen after a two-year, £125m redevelopment. Slated to launch on December 15, the...

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Eton Group

Date: October 2010 (141) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Eton Group

The Eton’s Group’s portfolio of five boutique and townhouse hotels is currently on the market after the company went into...

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Taj Hotels

Date: October 2010 (141) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Taj Hotels

Indian hotel group Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces has announced expansion plans for a new brand, Vivanta by Taj. Initially...

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The former Burlington Bar in London’s Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel has had a facelift and is now known as Longitude...

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W Hotels

Date: October 2010 (141) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: W Hotels

A new W hotel has opened in New York City. W New York-Downtown Hotel & Residences has 217 rooms, including...

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