THE LUXURY EXPERIENCE

    

TOM FORD – SEXY MEETS CLASSY

Strong, masculine, connoisseur, perfectionist; no surprise his brand has grown into an interplanetary success. He built an empire without ever having studied finance, but always admiring art, which led him to study at the Parson School of Design in New York and become part of the scene gravitating around Andy Warhol. After studying fashion...

JAMES FERRAGAMO – A DREAM MADE IN ITALY

Florentine heritage, fine craftsmanship, discipline and planning: James Ferragamo explains how to become a star in the history of a brand worthy of a novel. Multilingual. At all the international fashion gatherings you can recognise him instantly: he’s the good-looking guy talking to customers and buyers from all over the world in their native languages. Giacomo “James”...

IVAN ARTOLLI – HOTEL DE PARIS

Deep-reaching renewal, to keep the legend alive. It’s a need everyone has: whether they be great actors craving to stay on the crest of the wave, or champions of sport discharged, perhaps, too early from the teams they helped to win the most important trophies … The hardest thing in a process like this...

CHANEL, CELEBRATING A PERPETUAL CREATIVE EVOLUTION

If there can be no doubt that the fashion world in recent years has been beset by a stylistic cliché rich in ruffles, frills and embroidery, overlapping intertwinings, multicolour sequins and feathers, patterns and quotations, there are still those who pursue the ideal of a timeless harmonic and balanced elegance. More considered, more personal....

ROLLS ROYCE BEST SEASON

The famous British brand, an eternal symbol of luxury and elegance, enjoyed one of its best seasons and confirmed itself as a queen of sales: last year it achieved a new record as never before in its 110 year history have so many units been delivered. Credit goes to the Munich marque BMW that,...

ALSHAIR FIYAZ – POLO CLUB SAINT TROPEZ

The discreet Mr. Alshair Fiyaz. A man who runs on passion. Having gained notoriety through his vastly successful investment firm, as well as being the owner of innovative super yacht M/Y Ecstasea, he has yet again turned his skill for business towards building a dream: a world-class Polo club.   F.1.M. : As a...

BOCCIONI, A ROMANTIC FUTURIST?

The apparent contradictions of Umberto Boccioni: extremely personal – and somewhat irreverent – considerations  on the life and work of one of the giants of Italian Futurism.   The municipality of Milan marks the centenary of the death of Umberto Boccioni with an exhibition at Palazzo Reale. Over recent years much has been written about...

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NAOMI CAMPBELL

Finalemente! The biggest coming out in book history; only Italian can describe the breathtaking announcement that the book is finally on the market! When mega model Naomi Campbell and mega art book publisher TASCHEN signed the deal to collaborate on the model’s story of her epic rise to the stars, the only conclusion that...

DUANE HANSON – LIVING IN AMERICANA

Posters of an oversized cleaning lady shout out to passers-by that Queenie is here as she bashfully invites you to check her out at the Villa Paloma. Superlatives are going through your mind, questioning her right to even show her face in the beautiful Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. Indeed, the Villa Paloma had...

SERGE ETHUIN – HOTEL METROPOLE

I met the General Manager of the Metropole Monte Carlo on the top floor of the hotel, in the Suite Carré d’Or. The setting is amazing.  The suite is decorated with furniture in the style of Louis XVI and gives access to a beautiful terrace with the most stunning view of the Casino Square, and...

TINA ZEGG – ROLEX

When you think about Rolex and Monte-Carlo, the first letter that comes to mind is “T”. You may think “T for Tennis”, but it could be also “T for Tina Zegg”. Tina Zegg, Swiss, has been, since 1998, representing Rolex in Monaco. In 2012 Tina and her partner Carlo Cerlati opened an exclusive Rolex...

STEVE GEORGALA, MAITLAND

Steve Georgala, CEO of Maitland, tells us more about the firm with the famously discreet profile (and clients).   F.1.M. : What does Maitland do? S.G. : Maitland has a unique spread of services, developed organically over the years, which we offer to private, corporate and institutional clients.  While some may know us as...

MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV – DANCING AWAY

My heart is in my stomach… I will soon be meeting a man who has been performing before the public since he was 9 years old. You think of all the things that you think you know about him and what you have heard that others know about him. Clive Barnes, NY dance critic,...

THE LEGENDARY TIFFANY & CO.

New York (NY), April 2, 2015 – Tiffany & Co. launches a new collection of watches in perfect harmony with the times, Tiffany CT60, inspired by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, inventor of the New York Minute, and the city that was the cradle of its unique contribution to style and elegance.   The legacy...

THIERRY NAIDU, PHOENIX HOTELS – INTERVIEW

Imagine this : a Young lad of 10 from Mauritius, his mother was chef in a Relais & Châteaux.  There, he had first-hand experience of the hard work and also got the passion of  luxurious hotel life ! After a worldwide career, he now provides his passion and experience through his company “Phoenix hotels...

THIERRY BOUTSEN – FROM F1 TO THE BOARD ROOM

In the lobby of Boutsen Aviation, the monoplace stands out proudly on the wall; the Williams-Renault that led Thierry Boutsen to his first victory in Formula 1. It was on the wet asphalt of the Canadian Grand Prix in June 1989. Nostalgia? Not an ounce;  “just a wink,” he says.  Since many years, the...

PLANET EARTH… AU NATUREL

  In GENESIS, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen. Sebastião Salgado   In 1970, a 26-year-old  Brazilian Sebastião Salgado took hold of a camera for the first time, and looking through the viewfinder, suddenly life made sense to him. From that day onward, the camera...

BONHAMS, THE STORY FACTORY

The international fine art auction house, Bonhams (1793), is one of the last surviving British auction houses from the Georgian period. Today it is one of the three largest auction houses in the world.   This meteoric rise in the company’s fortunes started in 2000 when the current management led by chairman, Robert Brooks,...

CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON, MAGNIFICO!

If I had to choose one word to describe my experience in this hotel it would have to be “Magic”!   Rated among London’s finest 5-star luxury hotels, Corinthia Hotel is clearly an establishment that pushes the existing standards of luxury hotels in the English capital, if not the world, today.  It perfectly reflects...