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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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LUXURY brands today are under increasing pressure from shareholders to deliver extraordinary returns. While the rest of the world suffers from the fallout of the economic crisis, the luxury sector, we are told, is largely immune. It might seem strange that when most of the population doesn’t have enough money, a lucky few can keep […]

Date: 18th Apr 12 Category: Blogs Author: Blogs, Future Lab

REGULAR readers of this column will know that every year we travel to Australia for a month. February is a great time to leave the UK: we missed the snow by almost minutes and landed to the balmy 35? heat of a Melbourne summer’s day. We flew Qantas and decided to try out its new […]


J Crew

Date: March 2012 (155) Category: Fashion & Accessories, Reports Brand: J Crew

US retailer J Crew has launched a new concept in the US. The Ludlow Shop in TriBeCa is inspired by the success of its Ludlow men’s suit and offers a full range of suits, shirts, shoes and neckwear as well as suit experts and a tailor who will offer advice to customers. A monogramming service […]


Rex Restaurants

Date: December/ January 2012 (153) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Rex Restaurants

The team behind the Wolseley, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, are expanding their network of restaurants. Their company Rex Restaurant Associates has recently opened a 150-seat all-day café on London’s Drury Lane called the Delaunay, which is similar to the Wolseley, but with the addition of a take-away service. The pair are also due to […]


J Crew

Date: May 2011 (147) Category: Fashion & Accessories, Reports Brand: J Crew

High-end preppy US retailer J Crew has announced plans to launch an online store in the UK this summer. Up until now, the brand has remained focused on the US market, but CEO Mickey Drexler said that the group was looking to expand overseas with an online strategy, before opening up more stores. Some J […]


Weave come a long way

Date: March 2011 (145) Category: Features, Limited Editions Brand: Veedon Fleece

Adam Gilchrist is one of life’s natural entrepreneurs who has followed his instincts – often against others’ advice – and the courage of his convictions to create a business that looks good, feels great and works commercially. What an achievement for our muddled-up times!
The simple fact of what the business does is to produce the […]


Act of Resoration

Date: December 2010/ January 2011A (143) Category: Features, Limited Editions Brand: Hatfields

AS a heartwarming counterpoint to the march of technology documented elsewhere in this issue, comes news of a business that focuses on restoring things, and not just fragile pieces of furniture from the 15th century or creaking, cracking paintings. Hatfields is so confident about the skills of its master craftsmen that it claims to be […]



Date: July/ August 2010 (139) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Mulberry

Leather goods and accessories brand Mulberry has signed a lease for a new flagship store at 50 New Bond Street, kicking off a new phase of expansion. With a view to opening in December this year, the store will have 5,400 sq ft of retail space covering the ground floor, which chief executive Godfrey Davies […]


Comings and Goings

Date: February 2010 (134) Category: Reports Brand:

While the economy may still be shaky, there are still some interesting new names on the London restaurant scene:
In Mayfair, Michelin-starred restaurant Benares in Berkeley Square has just opened following refurbishment caused by fire. New features include a chef’s table, wine theatre and cellar and private dining areas.
On Endell Street in Covent Garden Tom Dixon […]



Date: February 2010 (134) Category: Luxury Goods & Services, Reports Brand: Smythson

British leathergoods company Smythson has now been sold by owners Kelso Place Asset Management and Venrex Group for a reported £18m. The buyer is Greenwill SA, a holding company which also controls Italian leathergoods company Tivoli Group which supplies leathergoods to a number of luxury brands. The company’s management team and Creative Director Samantha Cameron […]

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