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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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Nick Foulkes: The keys to true luxury

Date: April 2012 (156) Category: Features

Then again, it could be to do with the fact that they bring with them a sapping soullessness that is drab and dispiriting. Twenty or so years ago they would not have given the world of luxury trinkets and timepieces a second glance, preferring to head straight for the salt mines of management consultancy, fmcg […]

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Mightier than the sword

Date: May 2009 (127) Category: Features, Limited Editions Brand: Onoto

OF the many reasons why an entrepreneur might choose to invest in or resurrect a dormant business, the love affair between Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton would seem an airily romantic one, not particularly driven by hard-headed financial considerations. Especially when you consider that the business in question is a pen company that certainly had […]

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