Rixo – An Award-Winning Fashion Success Story By Karen Kay

Britain is consistently in the global style spotlight, providing a vibrant platform for emerging talent and every season, a new designer or label is hailed as the next big thing at London Fashion Week, feted by the cognoscenti and hailed across the industry for their clever concepts. Over the last few days, the collections for…

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A Portrait of The Tree By Scott Manson

Global influencers including Sir Richard Branson, Jasper Conran and Raymond Blanc share the secrets behind their favourite tree as The New Unit London hosts a new photographic exhibition, A Portrait of the Tree…. The majestic glory of the longest living organism on the planet is showcased at an extraordinary collection of works, collectively entitled A…

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Café Wolseley At Bicester Village By Fiona Sanderson

It’s a quiet Tuesday in the middle of August, but Bicester Village – a designer outlet shopping centre in the heart of Oxfordshire – is positively bustling. Clearly a preferential place to shop away from the hustle and hurry of Harrods and Bond Street, Bicester has become a successful go-to shopping destination in its own…

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Esthechoc – The Revolutionary Vegan Chocolate Beauty Supplement By The Luxury Channel

It is “the secret weapon used by celebrities and fashion insiders alike to keep themselves looking fresh-faced and glowing.” So says Harrods, but as The Luxury Channel gets swept up in the hype around Esthechoc, we wanted to try it for ourselves to see whether this luxury chocolate brand really can hit the sweet spot…

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Highlights From Henley Festival 2018 By The Luxury Channel

A real highlight of the British Summer Season, Henley Festival kicked off on Wednesday 11th July. The festival screening of the World Cup Semi-Final match between England and Sweden was watched by hundreds of black-tie festival goers sipping champagne. Rita Ora even delayed her opening headline set by an hour to ensure festival goers could…

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The American Bar At The Stafford London – A Journey Through Secret St James’s By Hannah Norman

It’s one of only a handful of original American Bars left in London that retains that name, designed to cater for the first mass influx of travellers from the US in the 1930s. But The American Bar at The Stafford London Hotel is consistently re-inventing itself, and a recent re-imagining of the entire bar area…

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The Luxury Channel Meets Cecil By Fiona Sanderson

Cecil is an alternate indie pop artist from Berkshire. She released her debut EP in April 2017 which subsequently received support from BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, BBC Berkshire, BBC Oxford and many other regional radio stations. The resulting success saw Cecil take to stages all over the UK and led to her opening the…

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The Luxury Channel Meets Flo & Joan By Fiona Sanderson

They may not be household names – yet – but anyone who frequently watches UK TV will be familiar with the work of musical comedy sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey (better known as Flo & Joan) from the Nationwide adverts. Following a sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and two sell-out stints at London’s…

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Luxury And Lalique Through The Prism of Glass By Ramy Salameh

On the 130-year anniversary of Lalique, Ramy Salameh visited Wingen-Sur-Moder in Alsace, to luxuriate in the enduring Lalique legacy and discover the ultimate luxury weekend break…. The light softly and elegantly illuminated bunches of sculpted grapes that wrapped themselves around a Lalique ‘‘Saint-Vincent’’ plaffonier. The ceiling light-shade adorned my grandmother’s North London apartment and was…

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Royal Ascot In Numbers By The Luxury Channel

The countdown to Royal Ascot – one of the most iconic summer events of the British sporting and social calendar – has begun. On Tuesday 19th June, Ascot Racecourse will open its gates for five days of world-class racing, pageantry, high fashion and fine dining. The Racecourse was established at the behest of Queen Anne…

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Henley Festival 2018 – What To Look Forward To By The Luxury Channel

Now in its 36th year, Henley Festival – the UK’s most glamorous boutique festival – is returning to its spectacular setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames from 11th – 15th July 2018. As the UK’s only black tie boutique festival, Henley Festival is glamour personified, offering Michelin-starred food, award-winning comedians, Turner Prize nominated artists and…

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Escape To Gleneagles By Caroline Phillips

If there’s a smart place to take a hound, Gleneagles is it. It hit the headlines in 2005 when it hosted the G8 summit, despite the leaders being minus their pooches. But recently, it has been becoming famous for its excellent hospitality for the four-legged. There’s a rigorous vetting (excuse the pun) procedure prior to…

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Dr. Amanda Wong-Powell: Royal Beauty Doctor By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel spoke to Dr. Amanda Wong-Powell of W One Knightsbridge in London, who boasts a long list of A-list celebrity clients. She has just opened her new W One Penthouse Suite in the heart of Knightsbridge, where her specialist team of renowned physicians prides itself on innovative treatments ranging from but not limited…

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Curtain Up At Garsington Opera’s World Premiere By Fiona Sanderson

Garsington Opera’s box office is now open for what is anticipated to be a very exciting season of four new productions (Die Zauberflote – Mozart’s last opera, Capriccio by Strauss and Falstaff by Verdi) and its first ever Festival World Premiere, The Skating Rink by leading British composer David Sawer and award-winning librettist Rory Mullarkey….

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Moser – The Royal Connection And The Bridal Collection By The Luxury Channel

For those wanting to follow in royal wedding traditions, Moser – world-leading producers of luxury handmade crystal – have shared insights as to their most popular glassware sets, gifted and used by royal families worldwide, and they reveal which pieces have been selected for the Moser 2018 Bridal Collection. Moser’s luxury beverage sets, decorative objects…

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Fashion For Conservation – The Campaign To Save The Amazon Rainforest By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel was in conversation with Ava Holmes, one of the Founders of Fashion For Conservation…. Fashion For Conservation was founded by three women determined to make a positive impact on the world through conservation-inspired couture: Nazanine Afshar (Art Director at British Vogue), Dr. Samantha Zwicker (Wildlife Conservationist at Hoja Nueva) and Ava Holmes…

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Best In London – The People Who Really Matter By Caroline Phillips

Caroline Phillips unearths the people who really matter to the people who really matter. The doctors, practitioners, therapists and service providers who celebrities and folk with their finger truly on the pulse have on speed dial. An alphabetical guide to the country’s leaders in everything from psychotherapy to gut health. From who you should visit…

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How Rui Xu’s Design And Innovation Took The V&A By Storm By Victoria Macmillan Bell

Wildlife, animals and endangered species are garnering more column inches than ever before thanks to the many charities and millions of supporters highlighting their plight and plugging away at reversing the declining numbers across the planet. Fashion houses have long courted furriers, whether it’s the trim of a cuff, the lining of a handbag or…

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The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series – Carine Roitfeld’s Seven Deadly Sins By Fiona Sanderson

World-renowned fashion editor Carine Roitfeld talks exclusively to The Luxury Channel on the eve of her ‘‘SEVEN’’ Widow Series exhibition for Veuve Clicquot…. It was with a sense of true excitement that The Luxury Channel joined guests including Yasmin Le Bon, Leomie Anderson and Eva Herzigova for the launch event to open ‘‘SEVEN,’’ the third…

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At Home With Artist Eileen Cooper OBE By Fiona Sanderson

On the eve of her first solo exhibition at the Fine Art Society, The Luxury Channel talked to Eileen Cooper, one of the UK’s foremost and most collectable female artists, about her life and works and her forthcoming exhibition, “Till The Morning Comes.” This exhibition will feature new paintings and a series of drawings inspired…

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It’s All About The Family For Steinway & Sons By Ramy Salameh

“The word ‘family’ has a special significance for Steinway & Sons,” announced Mr. Guido Zimmermann, the company’s Managing Director for Europe, during a very special anniversary dinner to celebrate 25 years of the Boston Piano designed by Steinway & Sons. With production briefly halted and machinery pushed to one side, a small part of the…

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Jonathan Mizzi – This Is Awkward By The Luxury Channel

A new yoga-inspired furniture collection – called the Awkward Series – was launched during Decorex; the first line to be designed by rising star Jonathan Mizzi. A Maltese British designer, Mizzi founded his company Mizzi Studio in 2011 to fuse design, architecture and art into one holistic workspace. Mizzi is known for projects spanning high-end…

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Yasmin Le Bon Designs Second Collection For Winser London By The Luxury Channel

Get wrapped up for winter, as Yasmin Le Bon has designed a second, limited edition capsule collection exclusively for Winser London. As the face of the brand since its launch in 2013, Yasmin has designed a collection of knitwear, tailored and tweed separates that “make a woman feel comfortable and confident.” Amongst the hero pieces…

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Travels To My Elephant – Take Two By The Luxury Channel

This year sees another iconic adventure with Travels To My Elephant II, a 6-day, 500km journey that sees over 90 racers travel across Rajasthan from Jodphur to Jaipur in a fleet of extraordinary and eccentric vehicles that include Royal Enfield Motorbikes, Major Jeeps and vintage cars selected from the Maharaja of Jaipur’s personal collection, all…

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Positive Luxury – Positive Week By The Luxury Channel

Positive Week is a celebration of a mission created by Positive Luxury to inspire people to buy better, and to influence brands to do better. Now into its fifth year, Positive Week runs from 2nd to 8th October, and each day of the week will focus on a particular pillar of positive business – environmental,…

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Henry Holland – Designing A Lifestyle By The Luxury Channel

Following the launch of his Umbro collection and ahead of London Fashion Week, Henry Holland speaks about the history behind House of Holland, plans to launch a lifestyle brand, and sources of inspiration moving forwards…. What made you decide to create your own brand? I was working in magazines and I absolutely loved it. I…

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Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week By The Luxury Channel

In anticipation of Afternoon Tea Week, which runs from Monday 14th – Friday 18th August, we thought we’d bring you our round-up of the finest afternoon teas in London. But first, for the history – so grab a cup of tea and have a read! Afternoon Tea Week was established to help secure a tradition…

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The Gold Standard – Goldie At Henley By Fiona Sanderson

Goldie was the headlining Saturday night act on the famous Floating Stage at Henley Festival this year, where he performed an orchestral version of his seminal 1995 album Timeless with The Heritage Orchestra. The classical reworking of one of the most influential albums of the last 20 years was performed against Henley’s stunning riverbank setting….

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British Polo Day Celebrates Its 60th Event By The Luxury Channel

On Saturday 24th June, British Polo Day Great Britain celebrated its 60th event, in Henley-on-Thames. Having held 59 invitation-only events in 16 countries since 2009, the annual series of events always returns to home turf for the English Summer before completing the year in the Far East with events in China, the Indonesian island of…

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Henley Festival – Music, Comedy And Creativity By The Luxury Channel

Henley Festival, the UK’s most glamorous boutique festival and winner of Headline Performance of The Year at the 2016 Festival Awards, is returning to its spectacular setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames from 5th – 9th July 2017. The Floating Stage Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter Jess Glynne will open the 2017 Festival, performing her string of number…

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Mayfair Art Weekend By The Luxury Channel

The creative and cultural community of Mayfair will be joining together to celebrate one of the world’s most dynamic cultural districts with a weekend of public events, running from Friday 30th June until Sunday 2nd July. Over 60 Mayfair galleries, auction houses, fashion houses and restaurants are staging a rich array of exhibitions, talks, tours,…

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Rolls-Royce And The Greatest Phantoms In History By The Luxury Channel

This July, Rolls-Royce will gather together the greatest eight Phantoms from the last 92 years in Mayfair, London. These ‘‘Great Eight Phantoms’’ will welcome the next generation of this most celebrated luxury item. Over the next few weeks, Rolls-Royce will announce which great Phantoms will journey to London from around the world, telling the stories…

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Prestigious Medals Announced At The RHS Chelsea Flower Show By The Luxury Channel

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) awarded 73 Gold Medals at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A total of 117 medals were awarded to the gardens and floral exhibitors in the Great Pavilion, which also included 30 Silver-Gilt Medals, 13 Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s sponsors, The M&G Garden,…

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Kick Off The Summer Season In Style At Polo In The Park By The Luxury Channel

Kick-off the London summer social season in style at Chestertons Polo In The Park! Combining world-class sport, a host of London’s most exciting restaurants and Europe’s longest outdoor bar, Polo In The Park is the perfect setting for polo fans and social enthusiasts alike to celebrate the summer season in style. This year’s layout of…

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A New Way To Invest In Fine Art By Miguel Neumann

In uncertain times, the fine art market offers a reassuring investment opportunity. Largely immune to political change, it is less volatile than currencies or capital markets. The global market was worth more than $45billion last year – a 1.7% annual increase, according to the European Fine Art Foundation Report 2017. Prices have fallen back a…

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Cool Britannia By Hannah Norman

Britain may be firmly on course for Brexit from Europe, and so it seems that now more than ever is the time for this nation to be focussing on its own industries and talents. It’s the perfect time to reinstate the British luxury craftsmen who have been seemingly disappearing. Andrew Guest, Commercial Director in charge…

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Hästens – Crafting Sleep For A Restless World By Fiona Sanderson

Providing the planet with the best bed in the world requires precision and allows for no shortcuts, and no compromises. Fortunately for the sleep-deprived denizens of the 21st century, Hästens has been hand-making beds since 1852 (which, for those who know their history, is well before the invention of the light bulb), so it’s no…

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London Craft Week By The Luxury Channel

Running until 7th May 2017, the third edition of London Craft Week took up residence in the capital. This annual event showcased the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship through a “beyond luxury” journey-of-discovery. The curated programme brought together over 230 events from all corners of the globe fusing food, fashion, design, art,…

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Koo Stark Unveils Kintsugi By The Luxury Channel

Koo Stark has unveiled her first solo exhibition in London for 23 years, called Kintsugi, being held at Leica Mayfair in London until 26th May 2017. Kintsugi is a chronological, visual representation of Koo’s powerful and personal photographs, capturing fleeting moments during the last three decades of her fascinating and eventful life. The exhibition showcases…

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Anderson & Low’s Voyages By The Luxury Channel

Set sail with Anderson & Low’s latest project, Voyages, which continues the photographers’ exploration of themes that are recurrent in their work – the relationship between fantasy, artifice and perceived reality, pushing the boundaries of what a photograph is “supposed to do,” exploring how imagination and reality interact, and relating these concepts to art history….

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Jaguar I-PACE – The Future of Electric Motoring Hits The Streets By The Luxury Channel

Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle – the Jaguar I-PACE – onto the streets for the first time. Driving on the streets of London’s famous Olympic Park, the electric performance SUV concept will be on the road in the second half of 2018. The I-PACE Concept is the smartest five-seater sports car – a…

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Gielly Green One-Stop Boutique Salon And Spa By Caroline Phillips

It’s like a studio that houses some of the capital’s greatest artists. Think of it as a curated exhibition or art gallery — but instead of artworks for sale, it has some of the world’s best hair maestros and therapists offering their services. These are the sorts of things that are said about Gielly Green,…

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Elephant Ignite Expedition – A Journey of Courage, Love And Hope By Carla Geyser

Twenty-three months ago, I started planning an expedition that I wanted to do from South Africa to Kenya. I had heard about the current elephant poaching crisis and I knew in my heart that I couldn’t just sit back and do nothing about it. Fast forward to December 2016 and this dream has been accomplished….and…

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Prince William Honours Africa’s Heroes At The Tusk Awards By The Luxury Channel

At a ceremony attended by many of Tusk Trust’s high profile supporters – including Ronnie Wood, Deborah Meaden, Katherine Jenkins and Bear Grylls – the great and the good came together for an awards ceremony headed by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the charity’s CEO Charlie Mayhew. The Duke honoured the extraordinary lives of…

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The Animal Ball By The Luxury Channel

The Animal Ball, hosted by Elephant Family and supported by Selfridges, saw the world’s greatest fashion houses collaborate to dress beautiful creatures from all corners of British and international society. Dinners were held around the capital in advance of the ball, where animal masks (made by designers including Alice Temperley, Amanda Wakeley, Burberry, Charlotte Tilbury,…

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A Chance For Cheetahs By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund…. How endangered are cheetahs in the wild? It is not widely known, but the cheetah is Africa’s most endangered big cat. Since 1900, numbers have fallen by a dramatic 90% and there are now sadly fewer than 7,000 cheetahs left in the wild….

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The Race To Save The Cheetah By The Luxury Channel

The fastest animals on earth are quickly going to become the fastest animals to disappear, unless we can act now to save them, says Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Famous for their speed and agility, cheetahs are now one of Africa’s most endangered big cats. Their numbers have declined by…

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Champions Tennis Marks 20th Anniversary At The Royal Albert Hall By The Luxury Channel

Former British Number 1 Greg Rusedski, former Doubles Grand Slam Champion Xavier Malisse, and former World No.4 Guy Forget will be competing at this year’s Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The tournament, which takes place between 30th November and 4th December 2016, celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. The players join…

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The Sky In The Eyes By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel speaks to couture fashion designer Rui Xu, who designed masks for Elephant Family’s Animal Ball…. Why have you chosen to support the Elephant Family charity and the Asian elephant with your work? We still have Asian elephants in China in the very south of the Yunnan province, bordering Burma and Laos, and…

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Rui Xu – Making A Stand For Wildlife At The Animal Ball By The Luxury Channel

Following on from her successful exhibition Beauty On Fire – For Zaha at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (in memory of her friend and muse – the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid), Chinese fashion designer Rui Xu is firmly cementing her position as a leading designer in the UK. Rui’s most recent project was creating…

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Rupert Sanderson’s Perrier-Jouët Champagne Slipper By The Luxury Channel

British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson has collaborated with modern grill restaurant 34 Mayfair in London to create The Rupert Sanderson Champagne Slipper. Drawing on the Art Deco contours of the restaurant and inspired by the terraced crown of Van Alen’s Art Deco Chrysler Building in Midtown Manhattan, Sanderson has created the ultimate in champagne glassware…

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FKA Twigs And Veuve Clicquot’s Widow Series By The Luxury Channel

Performance art, set design, theatre and dance collide for “Rooms,” an original new performance and installation work written, directed and curated by FKA Twigs for the second instalment of Veuve Clicquot’s Widow Series. Told by a cast of 30 and set in a 12 room installation, Twigs’ story follows the journey of Diamas, in search…

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Louis XIII – The Journey of A King By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel talks exclusively to Ludovic du Plessis, the young and handsome Global Executive Director of Louis XIII, about his vision for the brand, films and the future. We find out more about the brand’s l’Odyssée d’un Roi project, stars of the silver screen including Charlie Chaplin and John Malkovich, and why 100 years…

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The Reveal of The New Discovery SUV By Fiona Sanderson

Land Rover invited The Luxury Channel to their big live reveal of the new Discovery seven-seat SUV. We spoke to Design Director Gerry McGovern about their latest offering, and why he thought this new Discovery is unchallenged in the SUV market. We also spoke to Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie and Zara Phillips (watch our…

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London Restaurant Galvin At Windows Says Hallyu By Ramy Salameh

Galvin at Windows, one of London’s premier dining establishments sitting atop the London Hilton on Park Lane, is offering a Korean-inspired menu during the month of October. For the second consecutive year, head Chef Joo Won has created a masterpiece Korean fusion menu for London’s food savvy diners. However, this time around there will be…

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Isabella Liu’s Sea Rhymes By Rory Howard

A rising star is grabbing the attention of jewellery lovers as London-based Chinese artist, Isabella Liu, reveals her new “Sea Rhymes” collection, which will debut at this year’s International Jewellery London in September. Wuhan-born and London-based Liu is an award-winning jewellery designer. In the few years since leaving Birmingham School of Jewellery, she has won…

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Top Luxury Travel Destinations In A Hunton Yacht By The Luxury Channel

Think of James Bond’s gadgets and it does not come much bigger than a yacht. A luxury yacht is the ultimate style icon, be it from sailing a 54-foot yacht up Venice’s Grand Canal as in the movie remake of Casino Royale, to navigating through the British Virgin Islands or coasting around the Cote d’Azur….

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Nadja Swarovski – Power And Positive Luxury By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel interviews Nadja Swarovski about the launch of the new Homeware Collection, the work undertaken by the Swarovski Foundation and her message for young people going into business…. You recently launched a new Swarovski homeware collection at Salone del Mobile – what is unique about it? The unique thing about our Atelier Swarovski…

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The Luxury Channel Shines The Light Between Oceans By Jayjay Epega

Acting favourite Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander and Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender are the main featured talent in DreamWorks Pictures’ new film, The Light Between Oceans. It is a sumptuous, heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realised. The movie also stars…

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The Luxury Channel Meets Jean-Eric Vergne By Natalie Sauer

Jean-Eric Vergne, the former Formula One driver now turned darling of the Formula E Virgin DS team and Mumm Champagne’s Formula E Ambassador, talks to the Luxury Channel about the future of battery powered cars, and what he misses most about Formula One…. Hope you’ve recovered from your crash earlier? [Our interview takes place a…

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The Champagne Lifestyle of Formula E By Natalie Sauer

I went to a motor race on Saturday 2nd July, and it may not be the one you’re thinking of. The weather was impeccable, with the sky a perky blue and the pits occasionally glistening from a passing summer shower. There were all of the usual models, including car aficionado Jodie Kidd, and if one…

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Arbikie’s Award-Winning Spirit By Camilla Hellman

Arbikie may not yet be available in the USA but in Britain, the Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery is quickly establishing their range of gins and vodkas on the shelves of retailers nationwide – and winning accolades from throughout the industry in the process. Launched in October 2014, Arbikie has roared onto the market, having been…

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The Luxury Channel Meets The Band Blake At Henley Festival By Fiona Sanderson

The 34th black tie event at Henley Festival, billed as “The UK’s Most Magical Summer Party,” returned to Henley-On-Thames last week and brought music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, comedy and fine dining to an audience of over 5000 people. Amongst the line-up were notable musicians including Sir Elton John, and Elvis Costello & The…

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Henley Festival – Fun, Food And Fizz By The Luxury Channel

The all-star line-up for this year’s Henley Festival has been announced! As one of the most decorated and recognisable names in British music, Sir Elton John and his band will open the Festival on Wednesday 6th July to a sold-out audience whilst one of Britain’s greatest-ever entertainers, Dame Shirley Bassey, will be teaming up with…

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Christie’s 250th Anniversary Summer Sales By Rani Singh

Bright, natural light illuminated the room at one of the world’s mighty auction houses. We barely noticed the rare appearance of sunshine over London though, because our gaze was captured by the great art on display. Gazing back at us, it seemed, was Amedeo Modigliani’s Madame Hanka Zborowska, hanging centre-wall in front of us. This…

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Obone Design – The Craft of Bespoke Luxury Furniture By The Luxury Channel

Looking to spruce up your office space, disguise an awkward chimney flue, or perhaps introduce a modern twist to a classic English home? Obone Design specialises in bespoke furniture for both homes and businesses alike, delivering truly unique and luxurious pieces for any environment. Able to design everything from individual statement pieces to entire rooms,…

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Bentley Mulsanne – A Mobile Working Sanctuary By Charlotte Metcalf

We are eating orange-infused quail breasts in the banqueting hall of Schloss Elmau, an historic hotel lying in the shadow of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. A wall of windows yields a theatrical panorama over the snow-capped Bavarian Alps that rise jagged and majestic above the forested hillsides sloping up from Schloss Elmau’s groomed lawns. All…

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Sir Michael Caine Is Special Guest At Lincoln Townley’s Somerset House ICONS Presentation By Jayjay Epega

Sir Michael Caine and his beautiful wife, Lady Shakira Caine, made a rare and exciting appearance at Lincoln Townley’s Celebrity Private View of the ICONS Presentation which took place at the sumptuous Somerset House on the Strand in Central London. The legendary actor wanted to personally participate in the celebrations and take a look at…

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Rui Xu – Beauty On Fire By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Rui Xu, one of China’s foremost couture fashion designers, whose exhibition Beauty On Fire – For Zaha was recently held in London to showcase her unique and remarkable designs. The exhibition was set against the backdrop of the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid’s innovative and inspiring furniture installations…. How would you…

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The Future of Luxury And The Future of Anya Hindmarch By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson interviews designer Anya Hindmarch at the Conde Nast International Future Luxury Conference in South Korea, about the future of the luxury industry and about how technology, sustainability and creativity will play a big part of business in the coming years…. How do you manage to design for both your traditional customers as well…

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The William Vintage Advantage – Decades of Style By Jayjay Epega

On a balmy Spring evening in London at The Marylebone Hotel, The Luxury Channel celebrated the launch of the new William Vintage website with an exclusive chat with the charismatic and wonderfully charming founder, William Banks-Blaney, known in the fashion industry as “The Vintage King,” a title bestowed on him by the likes of Vogue…

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The Launch of The Jaguar F-PACE By Charlotte Metcalf

‘I’m actually the reason for the F-PACE,’ laughs David Gandy. ‘I’m a sports car enthusiast but when I saw the F-PACE in clay form, I said, “Build it!”’ It’s not every day that I hang out with male supermodels in one of the world’s most prestigious hotels, but this is no ordinary car launch. Jaguar…

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On Top of A Mountain With Kenton Cool And The Range Rover Evoque Convertible By Fiona Sanderson

With a reputation for being the world’s best ski resort, Courchevel 1850 has a lot to live up to….and it does! So, I was delighted to be invited to be part of the “in crowd” and test what has been dubbed the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible – the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible….

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Goût De France – Alain Ducasse At The Dorchester By Fiona Sanderson

Bon appétit! We were invited to celebrate Goût de France at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at The Dorchester in Mayfair, London, and sample an exquisite seven course menu and wine pairing. As part of Goût de France, this is an initiative that unites more than 1,800 chefs from across 5 continents to mark the creativity of…

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Kim Winser’s Top 5 Packing Tips By Kim Winser OBE

Packing is a subject that makes most women panic. After years of travel, however, Winser London’s founder Kim Winser OBE shares her top 5 tips to make packing for business or pleasure quick, easy and stress-free…. Tip No. 1 Pack with versatility in mind. What is the climate? Is the trip formal, casual or a…

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The Story of Harris Tweed By The Luxury Channel

The story of world-renowned Harris Tweed has been captured in a new exhibition inspired by the brand’s Hebridean home. A decade in the making, ‘‘Harris Tweed: From The Land’’ is the result of a collaboration between renowned British photographer Ian Lawson and the Harris Tweed Authority – guardians of the iconic Harris Tweed Orb Mark….

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Part of The Furniture – Interior Design Ideas By The Luxury Channel

The Paris furniture fairs, such as Maison & Objet and Paris Déco Off, have long been a staple in the homeowner’s calendar for their spotlight on home and interior design, and the new and innovative products we’ll all be coveting as a consequence! The Luxury Channel rounds up our pick of what was on offer…….

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Music Moguls – The Music Industry Legend Alan Edwards Talks Talent And PR By Jayjay Epega

Alan Edwards, CEO of Outside Organisation, has represented some of the biggest and best known names in entertainment. These include The Who, the Rolling Stones, the Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams, Naomi Campbell and the Beckhams and David Bowie. In April 2015, Alan hosted Always Print The Myth, a series of discussions…

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Walpole Brands Of Tomorrow: The Tastemakers Of The Future Paving The Way In Luxury By The Luxury Channel

Walpole has revealed the 2016 selections for its esteemed Brands of Tomorrow programme. The line-up comprises trailblazing innovators who have caught the attention of the world of luxury. Via carefully tailored learning, including one-to-one tutelage from industry leaders and a year-long workshop schedule, the winning brands will also be given access to Walpole’s established membership,…

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Chester Barrie – Making Men Look Good At LCM By The Luxury Channel

In the presence of male model David Gandy, Savile Row tailors Chester Barrie took to the red carpet in a celebration of all that is glamorous in the world of menswear – creating a contemporary collection for men who like to look their best. Whilst the style of the suits was all about refinement, the…

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As You Reap, So Shall You Sew By K magazine

A climate-change report raises the alarm for luxury. K magazine investigates…. As heads of state gathered in Paris to tackle global warming at the COP21 conference, a new report pointed out the luxury industry is particularly sensitive to climate change at the beginning of its supply chains – and that’s in addition to transport and…

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Tim Gosling On The Art of The Christmas Tree By The Luxury Channel

Tim Gosling, bespoke furniture maker and interior designer to the rich and famous, as well as creator of superyacht interiors, libraries, dining rooms, apartments and stately homes, is known for his meticulous attention to detail. He has an international client list which includes eminent figures from the arts and industry as well as Royalty. With…

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May The Force Be With You – Star Buys For Christmas By The Luxury Channel

We bring a little fun for Christmas with our round-up of the best Star Wars stocking fillers…. The Write Way In celebration of the timeless and iconic Star Wars saga, Cross Pens has unveiled a new series of writing instruments and journals that capture the mythical and modern elements of the original Star Wars film…

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The Battle For The Final Frontier By The Luxury Channel

For the very few of our planet’s billionaires who can afford to tackle space travel, their journeys are not always that easy. We see who is battling it out for their place in the galaxy and how successful they have been…. Jeff Bezos Perhaps the most successful of the “space billionaires” so far, the Amazon…

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Movie Starring John Malkovich To Be Released 100 Years In The Future By Hannah Norman

Louis XIII Cognac, one of the most luxurious spirits in the world, is the brand behind 100 Years, an original and innovative film written by and starring Hollywood legend John Malkovich. Except there’s a catch – the film will not be released until 2115. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, 100 Years – The Movie You Will…

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Stars Rise To The Occasion At The Moët British Independent Film Awards By Jayjay Epega

BIFA (the British Independent Film Awards) has long been an industry insider. Now sponsored by Moët Chandon champagne, it is known as the platform for rising British and Irish film talent, from auteurs like Andrea Arnold to globally recognised actors like Michael Fassbender. The BIFAs are comparable to such globally-known ceremonies like the Cesars in…

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Winser London – Fuss-Free Styling For The Travelling Woman Words and images by Melanie Sarah Brewer

Kim Winser OBE is one of the most successful women in British fashion retail. A head girl at school, Kim has never been shy of leading roles and she has many “firsts” under her belt too. In the 90s, she was appointed by Marks & Spencer as the youngest divisional director and first female in…

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Fairytale Interrupted – A Life With John Kennedy Jr. By Jayjay Epega

A man admired from near, a man admired from far, John Kennnedy Jr. was the dashing Prince of Camelot, a true heir to the fabled Kennedy throne, who lost his life all too early in 1999, leaving an unfulfilled destiny, an unfulfilled promise. In his life time, anyone who was anyone in powerful circles wanted…

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The Royal Academy Welcomes Artist Lincoln Townley By Jayjay Epega

On a surprisingly balmy late autumn evening, The Luxury Channel honoured an invitation to attend one of the world’s most prestigious galleries, The Royal Academy based at Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly, to view the exclusive celebrity launch of globally-renowned contemporary artist Lincoln Townley’s unique and superlative W1 Collection. Lincoln’s visceral relationship with his canvases…

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Anderson & Low On The Set of James Bond’s Spectre By Hannah Norman

Just off from the Notting Hill Carnival parade route is an unassuming studio which, from the outside, utterly belies what is within. I’m sat at a desk where incredibly, almost unbelievably, what I’m staring at are photos of the set of latest Bond instalment Spectre, as shot by photographer duo Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low…

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Black Chili Driving Experience By Gareth Herincx

Six amazing cars and two days of thrilling driving staged against the spectacular backdrop of Andalucia, Spain. Yes, this can only mean Continental Tyres’ Black Chili Driving Experience. The event allows the tyre giant to showcase its ultra high performance tyres, all made using a special “Black Chili” compound, fitted to an intriguing blend of…

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Be Like Bond – Dressed To Kill By Holly Soame

With the release of Spectre, in cinemas nationwide from October 26th, it is now easier than ever to dress yourself in the same style as our favorite Secret Agent. Spy style is not exclusive to Bond, however. Kingsman, which was released in January of this year, inspired its own Bremont watch collection. With a price…

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Jeremy Houghton – Speed, Horsepower And Flight By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel met award-winning, contemporary visual artist Jeremy Houghton at the world-famous Goodwood Revival in September. This year, Goodwood welcomes Houghton as the first-ever Artist in Residence on the Estate. Telling us that he is “incredibly excited” about the appointment, being at Goodwood allows Houghton to draw inspiration from both the international events and…

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Saintly Imagination By K magazine

The first comprehensive display in Britain of Yves Saint Laurent’s work and life highlights the essentials of his vision and the influence it has had on the modern women’s wardrobe, from the trouser suit to the ‘‘smoking’’ to the jumpsuit. K magazine donned a ready-to-wear trench coat to take a look…. A mini biopic opens…

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Olivia Bentley To Hold Debut Exhibition In London By The Luxury Channel

Emerging young photographer, Olivia Bentley, is holding a London exhibition, to showcase her photography to a wider audience. Self-taught and inspired by current photographers such as Brooke Shaden and Alex Stoddard, Olivia has been working as a photographer for two years. Olivia’s evocative, darkly beautiful images explore the synergy between the female form and elements…

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A Question of Luxury By K magazine

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s “What is luxury?” exhibition challenges our modern interpretation of this elusive but enthralling notion, as K magazine reports…. The 21st century definition of luxury is a subjective thing. Luxury noun lux·u·ry \ • a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth • something that is expensive and not…

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Travels To My Elephant By The Luxury Channel

This November, David Alexander, CEO of Alexander Associates Group will be racing prominent figures including Owen Wilson, Stephen Fry and TRH Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York across India, in support of Elephant Family. Travels To My Elephant is a colourful rally raising funds to help save Asia’s forgotten elephants from extinction. The event…

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The Business of Luxury By Tim Jackson

This year’s FT Business of Luxury Summit shed new light on the Chinese market and the digital directions influencing the industry… ECONOMIC DISRUPTION A key theme emerging across the conference was disruption, which has occurred in luxury markets in part due to a weak euro and its associated impact on global pricing and demand. Global Outlook Martin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator of The Financial Times, offered insights into the global macro-economic outlook, based on the latest forecasts from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): “Yet again, the US is very disappointing, with [forecast] growth of only 2% this year, which is well below what people had been expecting. The Eurozone is in recovery at 1.4%, Japan at 0.7% and global growth at 2.1%. It’s…

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Lincoln Townley Meets The Godfather By Jayjay Epega

Artist Lincoln Townley was lucky enough to meet The Godfather himself, Mr. Al Pacino, on his recent short trip to the UK and was able to present to him in person an exclusive finished portrait. Jayjay Epega finds out more…. Lincoln Townley, who paints in a dedicated studio at home in Cheshire, is fast becoming…

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Fabergé: A Life of Its Own By The Luxury Channel

Not sure what to watch next at the cinema? We recommend Fabergé: A Life of Its Own, which charts the rich history behind the iconic luxury brand Fabergé, from the monumental rise of “artist jeweller” Peter Carl Fabergé in the 19th Century, to the enduring legacy of Fabergé today. The film’s director, Patrick Mark, reveals…

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The Winds of Change – Henley Festival’s CEO Is A Breath of Fresh Air By Fiona Sanderson

Every year, the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts is held on the banks of the River Thames. It is held on the same spot as the Henley Royal Regatta, which takes place the week before. The Henley Festival has established itself as a unique experience, bringing together world-class musicians, performers and artists over…

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The First Word On Kitty O’Grady By Lily Agius

French architect Kitty O’Grady worked in Paris at The Atelier Jean Nouvel after graduating from The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She returned home to the South of France, where she now lives in Montelimar with her husband and two young sons, working for the architectural firm Atelier 3a…. My favourite space in…

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Horses, Heritage And A Fleet of Defenders By Fiona Sanderson

When Land Rover asked me to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in celebration of the Defender and drive a selection of their classic vintage cars through Windsor Park, I jumped at the chance. Memories of learning to drive in one of these sturdy classics meant that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drive…

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Contemporary Art In The City By Camilla Hellman

In the days running up to the Contemporary Art Auction at Sothebys New York, a wonderful, large and athletic sculpture sat at the side of the Sothebys building with a guard stood posted by her. This, I learnt, was Fortuna by British artist Marc Quinn, sitting on the pavement on York Avenue and 72nd Street…

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Goran Ivanisevic Gives The Summer Tennis Season A Kick-Start By The Luxury Channel

Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has confirmed he will play at the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club in London this June – the perfect appetiser to Wimbledon. Best known for being the first wildcard entry to win Wimbledon, Ivanisevic revealed the Tennis Classic is “always such a great way to kick-start the…

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Galvin At Windows – Finding Culinary Inspiration In Korea By Ramy Salameh

En-vogue, trendy, and the ‘‘big new cuisine’’ on the culinary circuit….everyone is talking about Korean food. This delicate Asian cuisine is making waves around the world as a healthy, tasty and social dining option. Food is spearheading Hallyu– the Korean wave of popular culture that has spent a decade slowly spreading to distant shores. The…

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The Incredible Artistic Journey of Lincoln Townley By Jayjay Epega

“He has captured the essence of what it is to live with addiction and he is able to do this because he has his own story of addiction and recovery” – Charlie Sheen on the work of Lincoln Townley. Charlie Sheen perfectly sums up the life and incredible artistic journey of Lincoln Townley, a prolific…

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Investing In Photography By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel speaks to Dr. Jan Seewald, Executive Curator of LUMAS, about investing in photography…. What do you think is important to consider when investing in photography? Even though it is tempting to consider art as an investment, I would not recommend collecting with a financial motivation when starting out. Art should always trigger…

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3D Printing – The Impact On The Luxury Fashion Industry By The Lex Chapter

Florence is home to storied fashion houses who pride themselves on using traditional craftsmanship to create exquisite products, so it’s no surprise that they are averse to the idea of 3D printing. That said, it would be foolish to ignore what is being touted as the next big thing in manufacturing. At the Condé Nast…

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Top Technology Trends By The Lex Chapter

With hard luxury and technology continuing to merge, it’s hard to know which ‘‘new thing’’ to pay attention to. With the help of the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, here is The Luxury Channel’s guide to growing luxury technology trends…. The Polo Tech Shirt by Ralph Lauren As a keen sportsman, it was a natural…

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The Apple iWatch – Fashion Translating Into Technology By The Lex Chapter

The release of Apple’s most customisable piece to date has sent a ripple of excitement throughout the luxury fashion industry, especially since Chanel visionary Karl Lagerfeld has been spotted wearing the exclusive gold version. Wearing the watch at the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence today, he said “look how digital I am –…

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Creativity At Work By K magazine

As the epic Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty show began in London, there is another retrospective, at Tate Britain, which examines his creative process through photographs. K magazine looks through the lens…. It’s an exhibition of the intimate, behind-the-scenes pictures from the The Horn of Plenty show, taken by Nick Waplington. There are models being tied…

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Meet The Life Coach: Anna Percy-Davis By Antonia Peck

From executives to teens, Anna Percy-Davis provides advice and insight to improve people’s lives, helping people be confident, find their motivation and to communicate effectively – in other words, to be the very best versions of themselves. With a background working in investment banking and fund management, followed by a decade spent in executive recruitment,…

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Quality, Innovation And A Cabinet of Curiosity At Salone Del Mobile By The Luxury Channel

The 54th edition of Salone Del Mobile will open its doors at the Rho Fiera Milano Fairgrounds. Quality and innovation, along with a wide range of goods, are the ingredients that make Salone such an unmissable event. With over 2,000 exhibitors, more than 200,000 m2 of exhibition space and thousands of products making their market…

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AnthropoScene By The Luxury Channel

London-based artist Gayle Chong Kwan‘s “Anthropo-scene” is a multi-layered installation at Bloomberg SPACE that explores the built environment – and the resultant waste – in relation to the City of London. Fantastical, large, wall-based photographic panoramas are created from London’s lost buildings – as well as contemporary waste. Chong Kwan’s installation concentrates on this small…

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Kevin Spacey Steals The Show At The Oliviers By Jayjay Epega

It was a dazzling night for The Luxury Channel, when we made our way to the stunning surroundings of London’s Royal Opera House, where Kevin Spacey stole our hearts and the show at the Oliviers (known as the theatre Oscars). He surprised all the audience present by launching into an unannounced performance of Bridge Over…

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Wool Is Cool For All Seasons By The Luxury Channel

Contrary to popular belief, wool is not just a winter fibre nor should it just be classed as a woolly jumper. Merino wool offers much more and can be spun, woven and knitted into different weights and carefully finished in numerous ways for a range of effects and handles that are often surprising. Merino wool…

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Crawford’s Stingrays By The Luxury Channel

Stingray, or “shagreen” as it used to be called, is not exactly the latest fashion. It has been around for centuries. Originally introduced into the Royal French Court around 1740 by Monsieur Galuchat, the Court’s Master Leatherworker, it became quickly popular amongst all the highest of European social circles. Stingray skin certainly has an unmistakable…

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Capstar Chauffeurs By Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

How one luxury chauffeur service is helping ex-forces personnel on the road to recovery…. I meet Charlie Bowmont on a freezing cold day in Hyde Park, where he’d kindly agreed to meet me for this interview. However, the black lab had done what black labs do best, and rolled in vulpine perfume that was sending…

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Meet Maggie And Rose By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck meets the founders of Maggie & Rose, a private family members club, and discovers why parents need it just as much as their children! Maggie & Rose is a private members club with a difference – it’s specifically aimed at the little lords and ladies, the children of the intelligentsia who for too…

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A Gourmet Journey Around London’s Square Mile By Fiona Sanderson

Chris Galvin, Private Dining by Galvin – “London has such a thrilling restaurant scene, one that really rivals New York with outstanding cuisine, somewhere I took much inspiration from when I worked there back in the 1980s. I used to think that we would never come close to that food mecca. But I now feel…

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Courchevel’s L’Apogee Hotel By Roz Kempner

L’Apogee Hotel in Courchevel certainly has the “wow factor” written all over it! Excellently positioned overlooking the village, with “ski in / ski out” facilities, it has been designed with great taste. It is contemporary, slick and luxurious, and attentive staff do everything with a smile. Our suite had terrific views, fur throws, ample cupboard…

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Salt And Silver – The Luxury Channel Meets Carol Jacobi By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Carol Jacobi, the curator of Salt & Silver – Early Photography at Tate Britain…. How did you select the pictures for this particular collection? The photographs in the exhibition are from all around the world, but all are salted paper prints that have survived from the brief period when they flourished…

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Bellweather Basel By Alex Doak

The Chinese are gifting less, Russia’s slowing down, and the uncapped Swiss franc is driving up costs, but early signs are, says Alex Doak of Tempus Magazine, that Baselworld will be as exuberant as ever…. One of my favourite credit crunch anecdotes (admittedly there aren’t very many) comes from that stalwart of taste and understatement,…

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Savage Beauty By Caroline Phillips

Savage Beauty, a major retrospective of the work of visionary fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen, is a cut above the rest. The exhibition – which originated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – has been edited and expanded, with 244 items on display. Clothes will always look dull after these. There are…

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A Picture Says A Thousand Words By The Luxury Channel

Whether you take photographs for commercial reasons or just as a hobby to savour a moment in time or place, photographs are an important – and in many cases, precious – means of communication. We bring you our round-up of the photography exhibitions to point your camera at…. Salt & Silver – Early Photography (25th…

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Shouting Itself Horst – A Stylish Catalogue By K magazine

The V&A museum’s exhibition Horst: Photographer of Style recently presented a ‘‘definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers.’’ Renowned for his glamourous fashion and Hollywood images, he was also a portayer of the male body and exponent of photographic art. K magazine reveals if the…

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The Geneva Motor Show 2015 By Rob Scorah

The Geneva Salon has always been the show of the art house exotic, the technologically sensual. Yet it is usually able to offer a real-world manifestation of those qualities. Jaguar’s E-type was unveiled there in 1961 and Lamborghini’s Miura in ’66. This year’s show certainly has its share of ultra, ultra hi-tech speed, power and…

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Why Korean Cuisine Is One of The Healthiest On The Planet By Ramy Salameh

When anyone mentions Korean cuisine, invariably they talk about Kimchi. This food, like no other, underpins the health-giving properties of Korean food and is the most important accompaniment to every meal in every household and restaurant across the peninsula. The nation is quite literally crazy about Kimchi and even the country’s first astronaut could not…

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Chai Wu In Harrods By Roz Kempner

Chai Wu is a newly-opened, sophisticated Chinese restaurant on the 5th floor of Harrods, with a contemporary layout, an open kitchen and a cool dining space. There is the option of sushi and sashimi, the seafood displayed on ice. Staff are more than attentive, and speedily took our drinks order whilst proffering spicy edamame beans…

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Why Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend By The Luxury Channel

We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend – but it seems they are also an investor’s best friend too. With the 87th Academy Awards around the corner, all eyes will not only be on the hopeful winners but also on the fashion and jewellery worn on the red carpet. We look at…

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Les Ambassedeurs – A Review of London’s Most Exclusive Casino In Mayfair By Antonia Peck

Dynamic CEOs and successful entrepreneurs find a fitting playground for their capital at the exclusive Les Ambassedeurs Club, at 5 Hamilton Place in London’s Mayfair. Sir Philip Green notoriously won big, betting against the house at the roulette table, winning £2 million in a single night back in 2004. However, I am compelled to remind…

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Chinese New Year – A Global Affair For Luxury By K magazine

One of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world, Chinese New Year has established itself as more than just a day – it’s become a booming season. As Chinese customers have become crucial to global luxury consumption, what will the Year of the Goat mean to them and to local and international brands? K…

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Weaving In And Up By K magazine

Hong Kong-based NGO Redress highlights the fashion industry’s ‘‘catastrophic contribution to today’s environmental crisis,’’ but is hoping to inspire designers and students to make sustainable fashion part of the industry’s mainstream. Are the hopes justified? K magazine investigates…. The world is enjoying a booming fashion industry. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and…

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Fifty Shades of Pink And Grey By The Luxury Channel

From top to bottom (and in-keeping with this season’s latest colour trends), we select our own Top Ten key pieces for the season. 1) Gucci Elegant, polished and effortlessly chic, Gucci’s grey pipeline travel shirt brings sophistication to every ensemble (£215). www.gucci.com 2) Ralph & Russo The traditional thread embroidery used for Ralph & Russo’s…

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Fashion At The BAFTAs By Hannah Norman

The BAFTA red carpet has been rolled up for another year, and the last bottles of champagne have been thrown away. Congratulations to our own Eddie Redmayne for winning Best Actor, and to the makers of The Grand Budapest Hotel for all their awards, but now our attention has turned to something a little more…

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Get The BAFTA Look! By Jayjay Epega

The EE BAFTA Film Awards take place on Sunday 8th February 2015. The Luxury Channel had a very special invite ahead of the event to take a look into the style preparations by some of the official sponsors, where we were given top tips from leading experts on how to prepare for one of the…

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Duchamp London And The Sophisticated Return of Soft Tailoring By Troy Alexander

Duchamp London hosted their AW15 presentation in the refined Scarfes bar lounge in the spectacular Rosewood London Hotel, offering fine whiskies and cocktails with sensational sexiness. The smashing venue has become the place to be seen and to dine with London’s fashionable elite. Colour and fabric innovation were at the forefront of this collection while…

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Winston And Waterloo Throws Celebrate British History By The Luxury Channel

One of Britain’s oldest companies, Hainsworth, has created two new throws to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – and the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. The company has been producing woollen textiles since 1783 in a Yorkshire mill that has been in the family for seven generations. They…

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Ralph Heimans On His Crowning Achievement By The Luxury Channel

For an artist, all commissions between the subject and artist are very personal but when your work demands you paint a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, this surely must take on a whole new dimension of a client relationship. Portrait artist Ralph Heimans is, however, no stranger to painting royalty, having previously been commissioned…

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From Damien Hirst To Roberto Cavalli – Trend Report From Maison&Objet By Camilla Hellman

Think Paris, think design, think innovation….Maison&Objet Spring Fair remains one of the most influential and important markets for stores and designers worldwide to attend. The fair celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and The Luxury Channel was there to report on what we think is new, inspiring and trending. In the lead up to this…

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Chasing Ice By Camilla Hellman

Chasing Ice – winner of the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming in partnership with National Geographic – is a stunning documentary directed by Jeff Orlowski. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of our changing planet. During his…

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Chinese Whispers By Nicholas Gormanston

Chinese Whispers, the new exhibition at the Fine Art Society Gallery in Bond Street by artists Rob and Nick Carter, is a series of playful takes on a number of familiar works by Andy Warhol. At the show’s opening night, Nick Carter told me they had selected the Warhol images and then sent them off…

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Get Your Gut In Gear For New Year At Grayshott By Fiona Sanderson

What better place to be away from the high calories and hangover-inducing booze of the post-festive period than at award-winning health facility, Grayshott Spa? Keen to start 2015 with good intentions, I checked myself in for a restorative New Year break. My blissful detox consisted of a series of treatments to help me relax, and…

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Red Alert By K magazine

For half a century, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List has been tracking creatures and their risk of extinction. After attending an event in Paris to mark the anniversary, K magazine reports on the latest efforts to protect endangered species…. The black musselcracker, a large, solitary fish with a bulbous nose and…

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Angela Palmer’s Adrenalin By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets sculptor Angela Palmer to talk about a unique collaboration for her solo exhibition, Adrenalin. Palmer was given unprecedented access to the highly secretive world of Formula One engineering to realise an extraordinary collection of sculptures for her show…. Firstly, what inspired you to work with the V8? Have you always been…

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Fortnum & Mason At Somerset House By Caroline Phillips

If ‘Skate at Somerset House’ doesn’t get you in the mood for Christmas, then nothing will. For over a decade now, the 900-metre-square outdoor rink, set in the grand 18th century neoclassical courtyard, has provided London’s most picturesque setting for ice-skating (“London’s favourite ice-rink,” according to one paper. And “the coolest rink of all,” in…

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Tennis Tweed At Andy Murray’s Hotel By The Luxury Channel

Tennis coach and Strictly Come Dancing star Judy Murray has worked with Harris Tweed Hebrides to produce a bespoke Harris Tweed for her son Andy’s Perthshire hotel, Cromlix. The new Harris Tweed (inspired by the famous Wimbledon colours purple and green) has been used by three renowned Scottish-based designers – Catherine Aitken, Gráinne Broderick and…

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Maddalena Ischiale – How Angelina Jolie Found Her Mama By Hannah Norman

A dreary London evening is surely a world away from sunshine of the Hollywood hills, but if the light is going to shine anywhere, then along the red carpet is usually a pretty safe bet. In London, the carpet was awash with stars for the premiere of Angelina Jolie’s latest role as director of the…

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Riding Shotgun By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

When Land Rover announced a collaborative partnership with gun-makers Holland & Holland, they invited The Luxury Channel along to the reveal. Welcome to the most luxurious and expensive SUV ever…. Catering to the ultimate aspirational elements of luxury and British-ness, this new collaborative venture between Range Rover and Holland & Holland has brought two brands…

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The Last Days of Ivory By The Luxury Channel

She cemented her place in Hollywood history with hard-hitting films such as The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, but director Kathryn Bigelow is now fighting a new war, having produced a short and harrowing film called The Last Days, to highlight the plight of elephants. Released to show the monetary as well as the…

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Benedict Cumberbatch Honoured At The British Independent Film Awards By Jayjay Epega

The Luxury Channel had access all areas to the 2014 British Independent Film Awards, sponsored by Moët & Chandon, which took place at London’s Old Billingsgate. Benedict Cumberbatch was honoured with the Variety Award, which was given for his great part in helping to “focus the international spotlight on the UK.” Accepting the Award, Cumberbatch…

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Born Free By Fiona Sanderson

Meru National Park, in addition to being one of Kenya’s key conservation areas, is also, significantly, the spiritual home of Born Free. It is where Joy and George Adamson lived, raised Elsa the lion cub and successfully, against all the odds, returned her to the wild. It is also where actors Virginia McKenna and Bill…

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Fashion Statement: Born Free Africa And Liya Kebede By Britt Collins

Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede feels a deep connection to the cause of Born Free Africa, which is seeking to save African children from contracting HIV from their mothers. Billionaire‘s Britt Collins explains…. When the fashion world gets behind a cause, you can be sure it will be attention-grabbing and glamourous. American Vogue editor Anna Wintour,…

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The British Fashion Awards By The Luxury Channel

The British Fashion Awards have been celebrating the contributions of British designers, creatives and models on the international fashion scene since 1989. The 2014 Awards, held at The London Coliseum, were hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall and saw the best of the British and international fashion industries joined by a glamorous line-up of guests, including…

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Fashion’s New Continent By K magazine

Is ‘‘humble luxe’’ just another buzz word or is it making a difference, particularly in Africa? K magazine explores…. A scarlet red cuff made from the fur of a springbok, a finely quilled olive green cardholder fashioned from ostrich skin, and a pale gold evening bag stitched out of leather and suede made from the…

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Annoushka Ducas – A Portrait of Ethiopia By The Luxury Channel

In 2007, when jewellery designer and mother-of-four Annoushka Ducas MBE first travelled to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, she was touched by stories of families who could no longer support their children. Through no fault of their own, these children would more often than not end up in orphanages, estranged from their families and lost to…

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HRH The Duke of Cambridge At The Tusk Conservation Awards By The Luxury Channel

HRH The Duke of Cambridge attended the 2014 Tusk Conservation Awards at Claridges in London, even lending his name to one of the awards presented that evening. As Royal Patron of Tusk, Prince William presented awards to two leading conservationists for their outstanding work in Africa, and announced his plan to introduce a new award…

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Photography Through The Ages By The Luxury Channel

Osborne Samuel has announced a collaborative exhibition with Beetles+Huxley to present the variety and influence of photography through the ages. Running until 23rd December, this major photography exhibition crosses both of these leading London galleries to showcase over 150 important photographs from the 19th century to the present day. The exhibition displays a range of…

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Here Today By The Luxury Channel

A unique and important art exhibition has opened at The Old Sorting Office in the heart of London to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened and Endangered Species, entitled “Here Today….” Curated by international curatorial collective Artwise, the exhibition includes specially commissioned interactive installations and artist’s rooms, and features the…

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Westernising Japanese Food At Kurobuta By Caroline Phillips

‘You’re going to hate Kurobuta,’ my teen children announce cheerily. ‘It’s uncomfortable and noisy.’ Well, naturally, I wanted to prove them wrong – what self-righteous mother wouldn’t? But given the fact that I’m now sitting on something like a park bench, only less comfortable – a wooden, plank-like seat – in a restaurant that is…

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Roja Dove – By Appointment By The Luxury Channel

Fully bespoke and ready-to-wear – Roja Dove introduces the new age of bespoke perfumery…. Master Perfumer Roja Dove has further fortified his position as Creative Ambassador for the GREAT Britain Campaign by introducing the world to a new chapter of bespoke perfumery. Born out of a vexation toward the way in which some approach bespoke…

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Michel Roux Jr – How The World of Dining Is Changing By The Luxury Channel

World-renowned chef Michel Roux Jr. reveals to The Luxury Channel the secret ingredient for the perfect restaurant…. Was it inevitable that you would end up in the kitchen, or did you entertain the idea of a different profession? No, I’ve always wanted to be a chef. For as long as I can remember! How big…

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The Most Interesting Food Ever At AOC By Caroline Phillips

Forget Noma – Caroline Phillips heads for AOC, where you can get a reservation with an ease that belies the wonders you’ll find therein…. If you’re keen on gastronomy, there’s a hot contender for your attention in Copenhagen. A restaurant that is not globally renowned, not regularly reviewed and doesn’t have a big waiting list….

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Feel On Top Form With FX Mayr By Isabel Donnelly

I felt in need of a little tender loving care and wanted to lose weight and feel on top form, so I booked into the FX Mayr Health Center which sits on the shores of Lake Worthersee in Carinthia, Austria. The building, decorated in a contemporary Austrian style, is situated with the oldest golf course…

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Kokkeriet – A Small Restaurant With Big Ambitions By Caroline Phillips

A small restaurant with big ambitions – that’s Kokkeriet according to its website. It claims also to be ‘modern and old-fashioned, innovative and traditional, decadent and minimalist, pretentious as well as humble.’ Well, that’s all bases covered then. The executive chef, David Johansen, focuses on seasonal, natural foods, using produce the Danes find in their…

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Dining At UNI By Caroline Phillips

Outside it has the look of a Belgravia hair salon or a candle and scent shop – with its black awning and white façade with lots of glass, and window with a big image of a Japanese face. From the pavement, passers-by don’t really see diners. But inside is UNI – a restaurant serving Japanese…

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Eva Green – The Mythology of A Bond Girl By Hannah Norman

Vesper Lynd is the only Bond girl to date to have made 007 fall in love with her, and actress Eva Green played the role with a bewitching sultriness that seems impossible to imagine anyone else accomplishing. So it’s not hard to see why she was picked as the face of Campari’s 2015 calendar, entitled…

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Luxury Wins Out – Why Luxury Goods Are Bucking Global Trends By Dr. Rebecca Harding

Why are luxury goods bucking current global trends? Dr. Rebecca Harding, CEO of Delta Economics, explains…. Economic news does not make happy reading at the moment. China is slowing down, the Eurozone, as always, is teetering on the brink of a new crisis, and geopolitical risks (such as the crisis in Ukraine and in Iraq)…

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Bespoke Home Living By The Luxury Channel

As the winter months loom in the northern hemisphere, our thoughts turn to hibernating in the comfort and luxury of our homes to avoid stepping out in the cold. With this in mind, The Luxury Channel brings you our pick of the perfect pieces of furniture with which to decorate your home. From chic chandeliers…

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Clare Smyth MBE At Restaurant Gordon Ramsay By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews Clare Smyth MBE, chef and proprietor of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay…. Where did your love for cooking come from, and what inspired you to become a chef? I grew up in Northern Ireland in the countryside on a farm. As I got a little bit older, I got into working in restaurants…

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Champagne Jacquart’s 50th Anniversary By Hannah Norman

How do you celebrate a 50th Anniversary in style? For Champagne Jacquart, the Heron Tower’s 39th floor (otherwise known as Sushi Samba), was the perfect location for showcasing the brand’s new Mosaïc collection, as well as the limited edition Champagne Jacquart Rosé Magnum. The stunning panama of London at night, looking so small from our…

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Modica’s La Gazza Ladra By Caroline Phillips

If there were a handful of Michelin restaurants in the Sicilian town of Modica and its immediate environs, that would be impressive. But there are actually two handfuls. Several eateries that are Michelin-rated, plus a couple with two stars, and a duo with one star. That’s just plain greedy when there are entire cities starving…

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Tom Kerridge – How Pub Grub Is Earning Its Stars By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, proprietor of The Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow…. Where did your love of cooking come from? When I started in the kitchen at 18, I learnt more and more about produce and absolutely loved it, so it became a kind of ongoing process – and it…

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George Club By Roz Kempner

George is a private member’s club, part of the Birley group. It is smart rather than glitzy, and its members are similar. The bar downstairs is buzzy, as is the restaurant on the ground level. Pavement-side tables are immediately snapped up in good weather. It really is a case of “how the other half live,”…

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Here Comes The Bridal Room! By The Luxury Channel

London’s leading wedding and party planner, the internationally acclaimed Bruce Russell, has launched an innovative new concept, called The Bridal Room. The first British luxury bridal destination online, The Bridal Room is set to transform the wedding market, marrying discerning grooms and style-savvy brides to uniquely sourced products, destinations and experiences. Designed to simplify the…

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Chantilly Arts And Elegance By Rob Scorah

With the classic and prestige car gathering at the Chantilly Arts And Elegance concours d’elegance, France reclaimed a cultural institution it evolved almost single-handedly over the first half of the 20th Century. The chateau hosted almost 10,000 spectators at this first edition of the event, with the visitors strolling amongst some 100 hand-picked cars displayed…

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Buying In London By The Luxury Channel

Karen Goodin from Heaton & Partners shares London’s latest property buying trends…. Dealing in the top end of the prime central London property market, buying agents represent some of the wealthiest buyers in the capital. There has been an increase in the number of buyers from emerging markets such as South America, India and China;…

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Be Inspired By The Luxury Channel

An exciting and irresistible selection of contemporary art from artists such as Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Idris Khan and Salvador Dali will be auctioned online, culminating in a live auction on Wednesday 1st October at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The BE INSPIRED Contemporary Art Auction is being hosted to raise vital funds…

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Five By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day Five…. Click to see highlights from Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four.

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Four By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day Four…. Click to see highlights from Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Five.

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Three By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day Three…. Click to see highlights from Day One, Day Two, Day Four and Day Five.

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London Fashion Week Photo Diary – Highlights From Day Two By The Luxury Channel

We bring you the photo highlights from London Fashion Week, Day Two…. Click to see highlights from Day One, Day Three, Day Four and Day Five.

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Patrick Grant Gives Knight’s Uniform A Modern Makeover By The Luxury Channel

In the lead up to this year’s London Fashion Week, premium beer brand Affligem has delved into its rich heritage by collaborating with renowned Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant, to reinterpret the traditional attire worn by the knights who founded Affligem back in 1074. The bespoke “Knight’s Coat and Tails” suit aims to combine the…

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Aston Martin – Putting Women In The Driving Seat By Fiona Sanderson

The car industry is (finally) waking up to the fact that nearly half of all drivers are women. RAC’s Technical Director, David Bizley, said that the UK has seen a boom in women drivers over the last 25 years, and recent research reveals that women play a major part in the purchase of seven out…

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QMS Medicosmetics – Serious Beauty Treatment By Bella Chalmer

After burning the candle at both ends with various mini-breaks around Europe and summer parties, I noticed my skin looked dull, dehydrated and tired. I went in search of a serious beauty treatment that would re-energise my skin – not a candles burning, listening-to-whale-music in a dark room facial. And so, I booked a treatment…

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Salute To Style By The Luxury Channel

As the first Salute To Style hosted by The Hurlingham Club has drawn to a close, visitors, exhibitors, artists and classic car collectors alike have hailed the event as a successful and elegant nod to summer in London: even the sun was a permanent feature throughout the celebrations! As Michael Scott revealed, (who organised Salute…

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Taking Hollywood – Seductive, Dangerous And Utterly Compelling By Jayjay Epega

The Luxury Channel was delighted to accept an invitation to London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge to meet Mr. L.A. himself, Ross King, best known as the top showbiz correspondent on Good Morning Britain, a man we are accustomed to seeing grilling A-list celebrities on the red carpet, from the Academy Awards to The Grammys…

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The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – Sunshine, Show Gardens And Seven Deadly Sins By The Luxury Channel

Across the four days of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, Sodexo Prestige catered for over 160,000 people, and just over a month later, Sodexo staff were once again preparing floral-inspired catering for the largest flower show in the world, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Prestige’s events and operations manager, Julie Bromage,…

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When French Met British – A Day At The Seaside With Nicolas Feuillatte By Hannah Norman

At last the warm weather actually shows signs of becoming a proper British summer (!), and when I was invited to spend a day at the seaside to sample exquisite gourmet and chilled champagne (courtesy of France’s third biggest producer, Nicolas Feuillatte), I naturally jumped at the chance. We were due for lunch at Riddle…

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The Story of Affligem By Gordon Radley

A warm summer evening in London’s hip Tower Bridge area, an exotic menu at an up-and-coming Michelin star restaurant, and an upmarket beer with an ancient history…. The Luxury Channel asked me to report back after my to visit to Restaurant Story. The eating house in London’s Tooley Street is minimalistic, functional and chic, and…

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Celebrity Line-Up Announced For Glorious Goodwood By The Luxury Channel

For the fourth consecutive year, Glorious Goodwood’s exciting celebrity charity race, the Magnolia Cup, will welcome a star-studded line-up of ladies, including top fashion model and Ladies Day Ambassador Edie Campbell, and renowned fashion designers Sarah Burton and Vivienne Westwood. The ladies will take on the roles of jockeys, silk designers and team supporters in…

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Matt Dillon’s Musical Journey By Jayjay Epega

The Luxury Channel caught up with Hollywood actor Matt Dillon, who was recently in Europe attending the Taormina Film Festival in Italy, where he talked about his love of Cuban music and his forthcoming documentary. Dillon has had a prolific career and can count amongst his filmography The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, There’s Something About Mary,…

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Roberto Cavalli Opens Restaurant In Ibiza By The Luxury Channel

Roberto Cavalli has announced the opening of the Cavalli Ibiza Restaurant & Lounge. Situated in the most exclusive area of the Mediterranean island, the new Cavalli experience presents the designer’s entertainment and nightlife concept in the heart of the promenade, and will surely be the go-to destination for celebrities and socialites. Complete with an astounding…

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Henley Royal Regatta By Fiona Sanderson

Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season. Attracting thousands of visitors over a five day period, spectators watch over two hundred races of an international standard, including Olympians…

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Fashion Is All Ablaze – How The Rowing Blazer Has Made Its Mark By Hannah Norman

“The blazer is both ineffably cool and deeply traditional, equally at ease on a boat or in the boardroom, in the classroom or the club….” As far as the British Summer Social Season goes, one of the places ‘‘to be seen’’ is at Henley Royal Regatta, known not only for the very high standards of…

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Fashion In The Rain By Hannah Norman

The British Summer Social Season is now well underway, and whilst we’re happy to sip champagne and watch some of the finest feats of sporting achievement the calendar can produce, there’s one problem we never really prepare for – the weather! We bring you our guide to keeping both dry and warm when the sun…

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Rainer Becker 6 minutes 30 seconds

The Luxury Channel interviews chef Rainer Becker, founder of Zuma and Oblix restaurants.

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The National Restaurant Awards By The Luxury Channel

Indian restaurant Gymkhana has been named National Restaurant of the Year at Restaurant Magazine’s annual National Restaurant Awards. The first ever Indian restaurant to pick up the coveted National Restaurant of the Year award, Gymkhana’s blend of authentic Indian food and modern British styling helped it become an immediate hit when it opened in September…

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The Keeper’s House Restaurant At The Royal Academy By Roz Kempner

This is open to Friends of The Academy only for lunch, but to the public from 4pm. A somewhat bizarre warren of rooms located on the lower ground floor comprises a bar, a garden, and two dining rooms. The bar is red, fairly lively, and serves good cocktails, whereas the restaurant rooms are green with…

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The Ritz – The Best Sunday Lunch In London By Roz Kempner

On my mission to find the Best Sunday Lunch in London (not an easy task as brunch has become so popular), we embarked upon The Ritz. May we all bless tradition and elegance, as this is what The Ritz is about. The very smart Rivoli Bar shakes great Bloody Marys and the Champagne Cocktail list…

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Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Hybris Artistica At Masterpiece London By The Luxury Channel

Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen Masterpiece London as the venue for the international exhibition and premiere of its Hybris Artistica collection, which comprises twelve fascinating timepieces that represent a combination of watchmaking art and exquisite craftsmanship. The twelve pieces also underline the fine arts of enamelling, gem-setting, and engraving. Jaeger-LeCoultre was also announced as the official partner…

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British Polo Day – Championing Luxury And Breaking Records By The Luxury Channel

The British Polo Day Charity Cup, presented by Land Rover, saw over 800 VIP guests and picnickers descend on the prestigious Black Bears private estate and polo ground in Henley-on-Thames. Marking the beginning of the English summer, the second British Polo Day Charity Cup was the home leg of its Global Series, and this year’s…

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Cartier Queen’s Cup Final By The Luxury Channel

The biggest names in polo were in action on the Queen’s Ground at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park in a bid to win the Cartier Queen’s Cup 2014…. One of the most prestigious events of the British sporting calendar, the final was watched by Her Majesty The Queen, Arnaud M. Bamberger (Executive Chairman of…

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Royal Ascot – The Highlight of The Flat Racing Calendar By Hannah Norman

Upon this striking Heath a joyful throng shall once again with eagerness descend…. One of the highlights of the British Summer Social Season is undoubtedly Royal Ascot, arguably the most prestigious meeting of the flat racing calendar. Ensconced within this iconic building, recently refurbished (and used as a substitute for Shanghai Airport in Skyfall), our…

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Why Your Next Sweater Should Be Alpaca, Not Cashmere By Jenni Avins

Of all the party animals at February’s New York Fashion Week, the alpacas may have been the best-behaved. The lovable, long-lashed camelids mixed with the media at a party where the Peruvian Trade Commission promoted the use of their fibre. Those alpacas arrived right on time. The widespread ubiquity of cashmere, the wool spun from…

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The Goring Hotel By Roz Kempner

Where could be more appropriate for lunch before attending The Royal Garden Party than the Goring Hotel? Situated quietly in Belgravia, everything here is done with class – this is a “proper” British institution. The bar is traditional, and there is a lovely veranda overlooking the garden. A great spot for a sophisticated Afternoon Tea….

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The British Establishment of Men’s Shirts Is Set To Be Rocked By Princess Diana’s Dress Designer By Hannah Norman

Elizabeth Emanuel, co-designer of one of the most iconic dresses in the world – Princess Diana’s wedding dress – is set to rock the British establishment of men’s shirts with a new and contemporary range of women’s business shirts designed exclusively for the Queen’s shirtmakers, Thresher & Glenny. The official launch and unveiling of the…

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The Millbrook Summer Diary By Camilla Hellman

The Millbrook Summer Season is under way with the Mashomack International Polo Challenge and upcoming Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials…. The 17th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge took place on Saturday 21st June, presented by Nespresso. Located just 90 minutes from New York City, The Mashomack Polo Club is located on a 1,900 acre private reserve…

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Anguilla – The Caribbean’s Little Darling By Saira Malhotra

Anguilla is without a doubt the Caribbean’s little darling. This modest, 17 mile island is home to 33 sandy beaches, indulgence that is understated and a quiet culinary movement spearheaded by Cuisinart’s Golf Resort and Spa. Yes, our very own kitchen best friend, Cuisinart, shows us her sultry side with her sleepy white-washed resort, her…

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Dido Belle And The Scone Palace Exhibit By Camilla Hellman

Belle is a poignant and powerful film produced by Damian Jones (whose past triumphs include The History Boys and The Iron Lady), telling the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed race daughter of a slave and a British admiral, who brought Dido to Britain to live with his uncle at Kenwood. Dido Belle…

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The House of Britannia’s Royal Venture With Elizabeth Emanuel By The Luxury Channel

The House of Britannia, the British luxury goods investment and management company, has today announced a joint venture with Thresher & Glenny, shirtmakers to Her Majesty The Queen, to produce a new range of business shirts for women designed exclusively for the company by Elizabeth Emanuel, who became a household name all over the world…

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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon By Roz Kempner

We were greeted by “Welcome to the Robuchon Experience” ….and it was! The red and black decor on the ground floor is striking, but the atmosphere is casual with seating at the bar or on high tables. Upstairs has a more formal ambiance with regular tables – very chic. On the top floor is the…

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Berry Bros And Rudd – An Exciting And Enlightening Experience By Roz Kempner

For a fabulous feast of fine wines and gastronomy, book yourself an indulgent evening at Berry Bros and Rudd. This historic wine shop in London’s St. James, now 312 years old, has not much changed over the years, with creaky old wooden floors at the shop level, and a warren of cellars below. There is…

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Barbour And Land Rover – Driving Forward Innovation By Fiona Sanderson

As a guest of Land Rover and Barbour, I was invited to see the new collaboration between these two iconic British brands. The backdrop was Eastnor Castle, which has 50 acres of mud, hilly climbs and an assault cause that only the Land Rover collection of vehicles would revel in. Used to driving my Land…

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The Summer Social Season’s Big Hitters At Hurlingham By Hannah Norman

With Wimbledon just around the corner, the greats of the tennis world descend on the Hurlingham Club for a few days of frenzy, frivolity and just a hint of the serious competitiveness that will ensure victory in SW19. Luckily for us, The Luxury Channel has a chance to mingle with the ‘‘great and the good’’…

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Turning Up The Glamour – One For The Boys By Jayjay Epega

The Luxury Channel attended one of the most glamorous events to hit the London Men’s Collections calendar this season. Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Simon Pegg, David Walliams, Jeremy Piven, Jesse Metcalfe, Pixie Lott, Amanda Holden, Margot Robbie, Luke Evans, David Gandy, Lewis Hamilton and British GQ editor Dylan Jones were among the guests at…

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Christopher Shannon’s Award-Winning Style By The Luxury Channel

Vertu celebrates the announcement of the British Fashion Council and GQ Designer Menswear Fund…. The British Fashion Council (BFC) and British GQ this week announced Christopher Shannon as the winner of the inaugural BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund, supported by Vertu, the world’s leading provider of luxury mobile phones. BFC, GQ and Vertu launched the fund…

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City Social By Roz Kempner

Jason Atherton is just the loveliest man – no airs and graces, a truly down-to-earth guy – and boy, does he know how to establish restaurants! City Social is yet another winner. Boasting 360 degree views over London, it is breathtaking! This is an enormous, but seriously cool place. A great spot for a sunset…

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Chestertons Polo In The Park By The Luxury Channel

Chestertons Polo In The Park, one of the most hotly-anticipated fixtures on London’s sporting and social calendar, blends ferociously competitive on-field action, a variety of off-field entertainment and world-class, pitch-side hospitality. Now in its eighth consecutive year, Chestertons Polo will return to the beautiful surroundings of historic Hurlingham Park, from 3rd – 5th June. Chestertons…

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Cannes Jewellery By The Luxury Channel

Many celebrities chose Avakian and Chopard as their jewellers of choice at Cannes…. For the launch of the Puerto Azul Experience Night Welcome Party, Andrea Bocelli’s wife Veronica Berti opted for a stunning Avakian floral necklace set with pink gold and white diamonds. Kelly Preston, meanwhile, chose an intricate pink sapphire necklace and matching earrings….

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David Gandy – Jennifer Lopez’s New Love Interest By The Luxury Channel

British supermodel David Gandy will star alongside Jennifer Lopez in the video for her new single First Love, the second release from her new album A.K.A. The video features Gandy getting up close and personal with Lopez, playing the part of her love interest. Gandy is the only person to feature in the video alongside…

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 – Robots, Rabbits And A Splash of Red Wine By Hannah Norman

Last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show centenary saw creative colours, mythical creatures, gnomes and fabulous planting. A difficult act to follow! This year, however, certainly didn’t disappoint. Imagination and flair were everywhere. The trend this year included tiered gardens and the Best Fresh Garden winner, the RNIB’s Mind’s Eye Garden, and also Bord Na Mona…

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Julian Fellowes At Lady Foley’s Grand Tour Launch By The Luxury Channel

Julian Fellowes was the special guest of the Hon. Alexandra Foley, founder of Lady Foley Grand Tour™, at the Lady Foley Grand Tour™ launch party at the Sloane Club. Guests included Foley’s friends who have inherited Britain’s historic houses, such as the Duke of Rutland (Belvoir Castle), Lady Ashcombe (Sudeley Castle), Viscountess Stormont (Scone Palace),…

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The Art of Investing By Hannah Norman

If there is one thing the global recession and fluctuating bank rates have shown us, it is that money is becoming increasingly less valuable left in the bank. With this in mind, more people are turning their attention to collecting and investing in art. This, we are told, is not only a pleasure but also…

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Talking Vintage – Craftsmanship, Patina And Discoveries At Bentley’s By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, talks to Tim Bent, vintage collector and owner of Bentley’s London to define what vintage means to him…. Examples of formal definitions of ‘vintage’ include, “Denoting something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind,” and “The time that something of…

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The House of Britannia – Investing In The Success of British Luxury Brands By The Luxury Channel

The House of Britannia, the new British luxury goods investment and management company, has announced that it is agreeing to acquire a majority stake in Cornelia James Limited, Royal Warrant holders to Her Majesty the Queen for Gloves. Managing Director Simon Petherick said that he has “been an admirer of Cornelia James for many years….

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Fortnum & Mason Celebrates Its Jewellery Room’s First Birthday By The Luxury Channel

To celebrate their first birthday, Fortnum & Mason have a number of special events and promotions planned, running from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th May, and drawing in some of the Jewellery Room’s most famed craftsmen. Situated on the second floor at Fortnum & Mason, the Jewellery Room offers a beautifully curated range of classic…

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Roland Iten Commemorates The Mille Miglia Race With Special Belt Buckle By The Luxury Channel

Roland Iten, creator of purposely playful, mechanically sophisticated and aesthetically elegant accessories for gentlemen, is a main sponsor of this year’s Mille Miglia. Roland Iten himself is racing in the 2014 edition of the Mille Miglia, which takes place from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th May. During the 1000 mile, 4 day rally, he is…

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The Latest From Land Rover By Hannah Norman

When it comes to driving forward new ideas, Land Rover has always been at the forefront of innovation, and the last few months have clearly been busier than ever for the brand, with several big announcements which are keeping them firmly in the automotive headlines. Firstly, the launch of Land Rover’s invisible bonnet. Not literally,…

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Costa Brava’s Reputation Reaffirmed As A Food Lover’s Paradise By The Luxury Channel

The Costa Brava region of Spain, home to the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants, is celebrating its gastronomy heritage once again with the announcement of Jordi Roca (the youngest of the three brothers that oversee seminal three-starred Catalan restaurant El Celler de Can Roca), as the first ever World’s Best Pastry Chef, the newest category…

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The Waterside Inn By Roz Kempner

This is a riverside culinary institution, the most idyllic setting and a class act. The epitome of charm, Diego greets you ….”welcome,” and you really feel you are. Sadly, we had not booked a summerhouse for aperitifs and the weather did not permit us to sit on the terrace which is literally on the water’s…

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Silvia Campbell And The Great British Shoe Revival By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Personal stylist Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, meets Silvia Campbell, West Berkshire-based shoe designer and maker, to find out what makes a pair of bespoke shoes truly bespoke…. It’s official – the Great British Shoe Revival is making confident strides when it comes to ladies bespoke shoes. With her design studio/showroom nestled…

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Noma Takes The Top Spot By Hannah Norman

Yet another year, and yet another round of judging for the gourmet world’s most highly sought after accolade, the title of Best Restaurant in the World. Having seen his crown slip last year with second spot, previous three time winner René Redzepi of Danish outfit Noma was determined to come out on top once again….

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Lulu Guinness Celebrates 25 Years With Hilary Alexander By The Luxury Channel

Despite tube strikes and traffic jams, a slew of editors, stylists, photographers and designers turned up en masse at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design to celebrate Lulu Guinness’s 25th anniversary with Hilary Alexander, to find out exactly how one of Britain’s most cherished accessory designers parlayed one little handbag into a global…

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The Artichoke By Roz Kempner

It is certainly worth an hour’s trip out of London to The Artichoke in Old Amersham. An unassuming restaurant in the centre of town with a bright, modern interior and an open plan kitchen, calmly producing serious food. The clientele is local and staff are friendly and relaxed. There are Set Menus, Tasting Menus and…

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Access All Areas By Scott Manson

Sick of cramped planes, delays and scuppered travel plans? Scott Manson discovers that flying privately might be just the ticket…. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s definition of hell was, famously, “having to turn right when entering an aircraft.” Right, as anyone who’s ever flown knows, leads to cramped seats, DVT and terrible food, while what lies left is…

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It’s All In The Eyes By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Personal stylist Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, meets Tom Davies, founder of British bespoke luxury eyewear brand TD Tom Davies…. Our eyes are totally extraordinary, recognising some 10 million colours and making, on average, some 200,000 movements a day. The global market for optics and eye wear is expected to expand at…

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Salone del Mobile – Easter Rabbits And Magic Mirrors By The Luxury Channel

We bring you our favourites from Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the world’s largest home design exhibition. Marni’s Animal House Giraffes, ducks, donkeys, flamingos – and one or two Easter rabbits – were the centerpieces of Marni’s collaboration with Colombian women. The brightly coloured sculptures are part of a new, limited edition charity project, featuring…

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The Fat Duck Show By Roz Kempner

Having had to go through God to get a table, we were finally at The Fat Duck. You could feel a sense of excitement and anticipation as soon as you were seated. Every table was taken, the clientele being a mixture of overseas visitors and “special occasion” parties. A very casually dressed lot. The Show…

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Andy Murray Returns To Hurlingham By Hannah Norman

What does it take to make a champion? Practice, practice, and er, a luxurious few days spent on the grass courts of the Hurlingham Club, apparently. Current Wimbledon Men’s Champion Andy Murray will be back in SW6 for the annual BNP Paribas Tennis Classic, regarded by those in the know as the warm-up to Wimbledon….

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Afternoon Tea With A Master Chocolatier By Fiona Sanderson

With Easter just around the corner, chocoholics and those with a particularly sweet tooth look forward to their chocolate eggs! Now they can have real reason to rejoice, as master chocolatier Paul A. Young has created an exclusive chocolate-inspired afternoon tea at one of London’s top hotels, the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. Young’s passion…

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Luxury Gourmet At Royal Ascot By Roz Kempner

Dating back to 1711, Royal Ascot is one of Europe’s most famous race meetings and one of the highlights of the British social calendar. Every year, Royal Ascot is attended by HM Queen Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking…

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Walpole Crafted By Hannah Norman

The concepts of craftsmanship and luxury have for years gone hand-in-hand. High-end companies attest their credentials by the sheer skill involved in making and producing their goods (as well as justify their price tags). Today, there appears to be an increasing number of students looking to learn the skills of a craft – Bremont’s recent…

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A Kind of Magic From Shawish Genève By The Luxury Channel

Renowned for its dazzling World’s First All-Diamond Ring, Shawish Genève jewellery is the allegory of a world full of surprises and fairy-tale creatures. During this year’s BaselWorld Fair, Shawish Genève will unveil jewels representing a unique look at the Haute Joaillerie, combining old tradition and magical technology. Featuring spectacular designs, and combining precious stones and…

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Yacht Much By The Luxury Channel

With the weather warming up in the Mediterranean and preparations for the spring and summer events well underway, we take a look at the latest yachting news briefs…. Loro Piana The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, a truly spectacular event epitomising “the Loro Piana lifestyle,” is a unique sailing competition that saw a…

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International Day At The Asia Cup Polo By The Luxury Channel

The Asia Cup Polo International Day, launched in London in 2007, is a high profile luxury lifestyle event attended by royalty, high net worth individuals and senior corporates. Maharaj Narendra Singh of Jaipur plays in the international matches giving Royal Patronage, and the event has subsequently become a key date in the summer social calendar….

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Turning Heads With Rosie Olivia Millinery By The Luxury Channel

Turn heads this Summer with bespoke headwear from Rosie Olivia Millinery…. If, like us, the Grand National and Royal Ascot feel less about the betting odds and more about what you might possibly wear, then you’ll know that the perfect hat is key to looking the part at the racecourse. The Spring/Summer ’14 bespoke haute…

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Richard Corrigan’s First Class Menu By The Luxury Channel

Malaysia Airlines has partnered with Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan, one of the UK and Ireland’s most esteemed chefs and restaurateurs, to create a limited edition in-flight menu launching this month. Drawing inspiration from his two flagship London restaurants, Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, Richard Corrigan’s signature menu will be available to First…

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Snow, Sweat And Tears – The Battle of The Great Explorers By The Luxury Channel

Land Rover Discovery celebrated 25 years with a first-of-its-kind adventure challenge on Sunday 2nd March. Four of the world’s greatest explorers were brought together for an epic mountain adventure, competing against each other as they took part in the search for Land Rover’s Next Generation Explorer in the Discovery Adventure Challenge, mentoring four promising, young…

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Q By Aston Martin – For Your Eyes Only By The Luxury Channel

Aston Martin arrives at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show with its most compelling bespoke sports car creations to date, courtesy of its increasingly popular tailor-made personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin. The great British sports car brand is showcasing the capabilities of its bespoke service in Switzerland, as more and more of its customers…

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Power Dressing At The Oscars By Melanie Sarah Brewer

When the stars get dressed for specific roles, their clothes and style are of paramount importance in projecting the personality and feeling of each character.  Indeed, when the stars arrived at The 86th Academy Awards, it was their most important projection moment of the year! The guest list of the Hollywood calendar is unrivalled by…

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Award-Winning Fashion At The BAFTAs And The Oscars By Hannah Norman

Let’s face it, last year’s Oscars were as much about the dresses as they were about the winners. J-Law’s pearly pink Dior gown earned her a million girl crushes overnight, and her now infamous fall up the steps on the way to receiving her award for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook earned her equally…

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The Legacy of Oscar By Jayjay Epega

“I will use the hope of getting an Academy Award a) to honour the people who work so hard and also b) it’s the greatest Good Housekeeping seal in the world. It’s the greatest brand. It’s as good as Louis Vuitton and Dior in the world of movie-making. It’s the Super Bowl.” – Harvey Weinstein…

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Jewellery At The BAFTAs – Get The Look By Vashi Dominguez

The BAFTAs have defined the jewellery trend for 2014. Gone are flashy statement pieces, which scream ‘‘look at me!’’ and threaten to outshine even the most extravagant ballgowns. Opulent elegance has arrived. Fine jewellery still pervaded the red carpet, of course, but pieces were dainty and sophisticated, complementing the wearer’s ensemble rather than outshining them…

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What Is A Moon Phase Watch? By Sally Ashley-Cound

Patek Philippe was not satisfied with the ingenious creation of the Annual Calendar movement, so the brand decided to add a moon phase dial to a select number of its watches, taking the total number of parts in the movement over 330. We take you through everything you need to know about moon phase watches…….

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Ben Saunders Completes Captain Scott’s Iconic Polar Journey By The Luxury Channel

On Friday 7th February at 01.15am British polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere re-wrote history as they completed, for the first time ever, the ill-fated journey of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s iconic Terra Nova expedition. Having trekked 1,795 miles across the inhospitable landscape of Antarctica on a journey to the South Pole and back,…

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Dare To Be Red By Hannah Norman

The colour this year is bright, bold and very distinctly red. As just a hint of red can make an impact, we bring you the pick of our best red alerts…. Ralph & Russo www.ralphandrusso.com Couturists Ralph & Russo, fresh from the catwalk at Paris Couture Fashion Week, are the perfect choice for updating a…

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The Kelpies And The Maquettes – Majesty On A Magnificant Scale By Hannah Norman

Sometimes, a sculpture becomes so large – both metaphorically as well as actually – that it becomes seemingly synonymous with its surroundings. London’s Fourth Plinth is one example; Newcastle’s Angel of the North is another. North of the border, Glasgow boasts the Heavy Horse. But Scotland is now home to a new work by the…

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Luxury Channel Picks For The Year of The Horse By Hannah Norman

Happy New Year to all our Chinese readers! As the year of the horse commences, we couldn’t help but feel a slightly equine touch to our lives was called for. Get ready to canter away with 2014’s latest trend…. Lilogi www.lilogi.com/ronnie-wood Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is more traditionally seen with a guitar rather than a…

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Time For A Ferrari (And A Meccaniche Veloci Watch) By Scott Manson

Is there a watch aficionado out there who doesn’t also harbor a passion for fast cars? The link between the two has been extensively documented, with scores of top brands – from Hublot to IWC to Breitling – linking up with luxury motoring marques to produce limited edition timepieces. Italy is arguably the European nation…

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Ten Ways To Celebrate The Year Of The Horse In The Royal Borough By The Luxury Channel

The Queen’s lifelong passion for horses is shared by many members of the Royal family through racing, polo, three-day eventing and carriage driving. In 2014, The Royal Borough offers visitors ten memorable ways to celebrate the Year of the Horse, whether as spectators or participants….  Racing At Ascot Synonymous with quality, style and excellence,…

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Understated Style At The Peacock And The Shakespeare By Camilla Hellman

Manhattan has a new midtown destination – The Peacock and The Shakespeare, opened in a wonderfully restored townhouse on East 39th Street – and Manhattanites could not be more delighted. Jason Hicks of Jones Wood Foundry and Yves Jadot of Raines Law Room have taken over the former Williams Club and created two distinctly different…

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The Scott Expedition Receives Royal Honour By The Luxury Channel

Prince Harry – not long returned from an Antarctic expedition of his own – honours Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpinere as they step into the final stage of the Scott Expedition with a personal message…. As Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere step into the final stage of their 1800 mile journey on foot from the…

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Pro Hunter – Fit For A President By The Luxury Channel

The likes of former American president Bill Clinton, actor Orlando Bloom, luxury brand owner of Kering Francois-Henri Pinault, as well as financier Arpad Busson, are owners of the uniquely designed Pro Hunter Watch. Pro Hunter is a personalised range of limited edition steel Rolex sports watches, which create a collection of stunning and desirable timepieces….

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It’s A Wrap! By Hannah Norman

Feeling the cold? Well, think of the designers working in sub zero degrees, battling with tons of ice….all in the name of art. Now in its 30th year, China hosts the Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival, which runs until February (or at least, until the spectacular display melts away). Ablaze with lights, the seemingly…

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Which Postcode Is London’s Most Fashionable? By The Luxury Channel

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is launching a new campaign to promote the booming British menswear industry, which brings £10 billion to the UK’s economy and is growing at such a rate that it is predicted to overtake womenswear sales by 2016. The capital’s pioneering and creative menswear designers are once again being showcased…

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The Best Restaurant In The World By Hannah Norman

Whilst Denmark is not known for its cuisine in the same way as say, France or Italy are, it has certainly made its mark, not least due to Noma restaurant-owner René Redzepi’s reliance on entirely locally sourced produce, and his unabashed exuberance for doing things a little differently. But, in a manner of speaking, that…

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The Luxury Channel Meets Interior Designer Catherine Milner By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Catherine Milner, interior designer to London’s ultra-high net worths, to talk about prime investments and design inspiration in the Capital…. Catherine Milner offers property acquisition, renovation and interior design services in London’s most exclusive residential locations, sourcing prestigious, and often off market properties in Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Holland Park. Catherine…

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What Is True Luxury? By Hannah Norman

The Luxury Channel attends a talk by Shelley Von Strunckel…. It was very appropriate that we should be sitting in Amanda Wakeley’s Chelsea store – one of London’s top designers – to hear astrologer Shelley Von Strunkel’s predictions for the Future of Luxury. “The word ‘luxury’ evokes the caress of cashmere, the pop of a…

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Statoil Masters Tennis – Where Champions Become Legends By Hannah Norman

It’s not every day that you are lucky enough to see six of the greatest tennis stars battle it out for victory, particularly in one of London’s greatest venues – The Royal Albert Hall. As a guest of the organisers, The Luxury Channel was kindly invited to join them. British sports stars from all competitions…

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Uma Thurman’s Worldwide Celebrations With Campari By Hannah Norman

She’s one of Hollywood’s greatest leading ladies, so perhaps not so much of a surprise that Campari asked Uma Thurman to be the face of its 2014 calendar, shot by fashion photographer Koto Bolofo. Naturally, The Luxury Channel was invited along to Milan to speak to the lovely lady herself, as well as enjoying a…

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Innovative Luxury From The House of Dormeuil By Melanie Sarah Brewer

The cutting-edge spirit for discovery and innovation is relentless at the House of Dormeuil. The roots of this family story wind back to 1842 when at the age of 22, Jules Dormeuil began to import English fabrics to France. He was joined by his brothers, Alfred and Auguste Dormeuil some sixteen years later, setting up…

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Strictly Fashion For The Brave – Julien MacDonald Designs Dress For Abbey Clancy By The Luxury Channel

At the annual Fashion For The Brave Gala, the highlight on the catwalk is always the stunning finale dress. Every year, a celebrated designer creates a spectacular one-off piece for a model personality to make a star turn on the catwalk for this noble cause. In previous years, Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran have produced…

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Ben Saunders Models Fedeli By The Luxury Channel

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere prepared to depart to Antarctica, to make history by completing Captain Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition. We caught up with Ben before he left, and he modelled a rather fetching Fedeli hat. Get yours from Fedeli’s online shop.

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Rula Lenska’s Colourful Life By The Luxury Channel

By anyone’s standards, actress Rula Lenska has led an extraordinary life. Born to Polish aristocrats, refugees from the Nazis and then the Soviets, her father was heavily involved with the Polish government in exile. Renowned as a vivacious flame-haired beauty, she found fame in the 1970s as ‘Q’ in the TV series Rock Follies, before…

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Christening Gifts For The Prince Who Has Everything By Hannah Norman

With his Christening soon upon us, baby Prince George of Cambridge’s nearest and dearest will be focusing their efforts on trying to find the perfect gift for the young Royal. But let’s be honest – despite his parents’ solid grounding, he really does want for nothing, so what do you buy the baby who has…

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Making History In Antarctica By The Luxury Channel

More than 100 years after it was first attempted, two Britons will be honoring the legacy of iconic British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott by setting out to complete his ill-fated Terra Nova expedition, described as one of the most challenging journeys in human history. It will be the first time in more than 100…

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Bremont – History, Horology And A Whole Heap of Awards By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Following their relocation from Switzerland, The Bremont Watch Company has now not only settled into its new custom-built watch making facility in Henley-on-Thames but gone on to open its second luxury boutique. Loyal Bremont collectors and those who seek a new direction in mechanical wrist watches can now enjoy the full collection in Mayfair, London…

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What Makes An ‘It’ Bag? By Camilla Harrison

Some may say it all began with the Chanel 2.55. Others would argue that it was the Hermes Kelly. Either way, since the latter half of the 20th century, ‘It’ bags are the accessory that everyone from the Hollywood actress to the teenage girl on the high street lusts after. But what really does make…

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Grace Kelly – A Timeless Style Icon By Camilla Harrison

Regarded as one of the most stylish women of the 20th century, Grace Kelly was an icon in her own right even before she became Princess of Monaco in 1956. An established Hollywood actress, she was and still is synonymous with sartorial elegance. Despite being only active in the industry for around six years, Kelly…

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Jaguar’s First Ever Sports Crossover Concept Car Revealed! By The Luxury Channel

Sports crossovers have always stretched the possibilities of design, but Jaguar’s latest creation, the C-X17, is a combination of everything a petrolhead could look for in a car – the character of a sports car meets the sleek, seductive style and latest technological influences that Jaguar have become so well known for. Created to introduce…

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Unique Special Ones Car Concours Comes To St. Petersburg By Fiona Sanderson

Unique Special Ones Russia is more than a just classic car enthusiast’s prestigious event. It is, as the organisers promised, a really unique and luxurious lifestyle event set against a backdrop of magnificent St. Petersburg. The organiser and Chairman Sandro Binelli of the Mac-Group had dreamed of bringing this event to Russia, having organised the…

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London Fashion Week Begins! By Hannah Norman

According to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the city “bestrides the world of fashion like a dapper titan and I’m proud to support London Fashion Week, which showcases the brightest and best designers working today. This week promises to be the most exciting yet, offering opportunities for even more people to feel a part of…

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The Business of Classic Cars By Fiona Sanderson

Interest in the classic car has never been stronger. Car concourses such as Unique Special Ones recently held in St. Petersburg, and Salon Prive and Concours of Elegance in London, have brought together some of the finest classic cars in the world. Ferraris, Bugattis and Bentleys have soared by 28% in value (correct as of…

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Lauren Johnson-Bell: The Wine Lady By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets wine critic and author Lauren Johnson-Bell…. Tell us about your first steps into the wine industry…. It all happened by accident, as all the best things in life do! I had been visiting wineries and reading wine books whenever I could, but I did not ever contemplate it as a career…

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Womanity – Equality And Women’s Empowerment By The Luxury Channel

The Charity 70% of the poor in the world are women and at least one in every three women, or up to one billion women, have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes. This is the shocking statistic released by Womanity, a charity founded by Swiss entrepreneur Yann Borgstedt, which reveals…

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Why Invest In A Racehorse? By Héloise Agelou

Héloise Agelou is one of the youngest horse-racing experts in the world, and her first acquisition, at the tender age of 21, was a champion two year old, Milanais. Thereafter, she decided to create Agelou Horse Racing Ltd to help a new breed of horse owners enjoy ownership without ceremony, pompousness and hassle whilst retaining…

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Diamonds – The Best Friends of Ultra Wealthy Investors By Tara Loader Wilkinson

The diamond industry is notoriously secretive. Some of the world’s leading diamond dealers are largely unknown, including Indian companies Rosey Blue and EuroStar, Israel’s Leo Schacter and Lev Leviev, and Russian-government-backed miner Alrosa. Their clients, who are among the wealthiest and most secretive individuals in the world, prefer to keep low profiles. “The market is…

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Investing In Wine By IG Wines

Market Trends Cyclical buying analysis suggests that volumes of Bordeaux First Growth increases in late August and early September in anticipation of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and particularly in January, before the Chinese New Year. Outside Bordeaux, purchasing of Champagne, Rhone and Italian wines continue to rise, while Burgundy buying endures gaining market share despite…

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The John Walker & Sons Voyager – An Epic Odyssey By The Luxury Channel

The stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge against a setting sun was the perfect spot for the John Walker & Sons Voyager, a glamorous 1920s-style sailing yacht and the perfect vessel for re-imagining the epic ocean voyages that took Johnnie Walker from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. The Luxury…

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Sotheby’s Wines – Investing In Futures By Suzanne Aaronson, Founder of Whatsworthit.com

Suzanne Aaronson, founder of Whatsworthit.com, recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sotheby’s Wine President and CEO Jamie Ritchie, to learn about wine futures as well as Jamie’s recent trip to Bordeaux…. Jamie, thanks for filling me and our readers in on the topic of Bordeaux Futures. Let’s start basic: what are they? Buying…

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Egg Lodges – One Is Never Un Oef! By The Luxury Channel

BMT Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the development of a new series of houseboats, floating lodges and beach houses – luxurious living concepts crafted from a unique egg-shaped form reclaimed from a previous project. BMT Asia Pacific Managing Director Richard Colwill revealed “in the same way that an egg provides a…

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Style Your Home With Dorya’s Green Furniture By Hannah Norman

Furniture-makers Dorya, recognised for their fine wood craftsmanship, is giving the green light to styling your home with green furniture. We’re not just talking colours, you understand, but credentials. Since 1996, Dorya has had a partnership with environmental charity Mother Earth and in the process, created a scheme whereby a tree seedling is planted for…

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Fit For A King By Melanie Sarah Brewer

Personal stylist Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, gives us an insight into Prince George of Cambridge’s first photo shoot and talks to Cocobaci, a new online luxury store for newborn babies. On 23rd July, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge proudly showed the world their baby son, a future king, before taking…

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The Last of The Lucciole By Lucie Shelbourne

Our correspondant Lucie Shelbourne describes the summer months in the Umbrian hills…. Il lucciole (fireflies) in summer are mesmerising. They resemble an elfin diamond mine at midnight with the flashes and sparkles coming off their silver hammers as they toil away. Watching from my upstairs window, I feel like I am peeping into a secret…

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David Gandy – The Original Catwalk King By Hannah Norman

Being the world’s only male supermodel with film star looks must surely make one just a little self-assured! However, when The Luxury Channel meets David Gandy, aboard the John Walker & Sons Voyager, he couldn’t have been more down to earth. He even laughs at my unfunny jokes (and trust me, that’s going way beyond…

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The All-New Range Rover Sport By Victoria Macmillan Bell

I’m perched atop a bank, deep in the Herefordshire countryside, being guided through the next series of challenges by a man head to toe in khaki from the Land Rover Experience team at Eastnor Castle. Placed around the new Range Rover Sport are tiny cameras that feed images back to the screen to show you…

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Winning The Westchester Cup At The Audi International Polo By Hannah Norman

It may have threatened to rain for much of the day, but this is polo country and nothing can truly dampen the spirits here. The Audi International Polo, held at Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, saw the USA take on England for the prestigious Westchester Cup. The closely fought battle had ended in…

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Ruben Tabares – Star Trainer By Scott Manson

Ruben Tabares is the go-to guy for top athletes and high net worth types who want to take their training to the next level. David Haye, Amir Khan, P Diddy, Tinie Tempah, Danny Cipriani and John Terry are just some of the stars who have benefited from his radical programmes. We get the lowdown from…

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Audi International Polo – The Highlight of The Polo Season By The Luxury Channel

England will take on the USA for the prestigious Westchester Cup

, the highlight of the polo season, at Windsor Great Park, followed by an exclusive Boujis after-party – we bring you all the details below. The Hurlingham Polo Association (polo’s official governing body) is delighted to confirm that a new International Pavilion, providing first class…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream At La Maison Du Chocolat By Hannah Norman

“Chocolate – the very word excites the taste buds,” proclaimed Waitrose Food Illustrated editor, William Sitwell, and whilst accepting an invite to preview La Maison du Chocolat’s Christmas collection, I couldn’t have agreed more. On a sunny summer’s evening, nestled in the heart of London’s Piccadilly, the company’s flagship UK store had displayed all sorts…

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The East India Company – Reborn And Renewed Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

The Luxury Channel meets the man behind the East India Company, Sanjiv Mehta. For many new business owners, a key challenge is to turn your brand into a household name. But if you were taking on a 400 year old brand, you’d think that part of your job had already been done for you. Not…

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The Masterpieces of Masterpiece By Hannah Norman

It isn’t every day you go to an art fair, only to wander past exotic tanks of oysters, perhaps better suited to an aquarium. But then, Masterpiece London isn’t any old art fair. Ask style doyenne Sarah Jessica Parker, who joined the throngs of invited press and guests for the preview day. After all, if…

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The Jaguar F-TYPE: For The Sweet Life! By Fiona Sanderson

For some, La Dolce Vita has connotations of the swinging 50s in Italy, sports cars, girls and boys in dark shades and smoky bars. For me, this certainly couldn’t have been more fitting for my trip to Italy on a sunny spring weekend around the Umbrian hills, with one of my favorite girlfriends and the…

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Aston Martin – Stirred But Not Shaken By Philip Cayford

As I watched an array of supercars strutting their stuff, some heavily disguised, at the Milbrook Testing centre in Bedfordshire, the question was inevitably raised – if you had to choose just one supercar to the exclusion of all others, which one would it be? The fabulous Ferrari 458, crackling sex on wheels at 200…

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The BNP Paribas Tennis Classic – A Legendary Secret By Hannah Norman

With Wimbledon having started this week, the players on the current ATP tour were practicing hard, and where better to do that than at the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic, held in the lush grounds of The Hurlingham Club? Now in its twentieth year, the best-kept secret in tennis is only just starting to gain awareness…

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The Magic of Tea By The Luxury Channel

For tea lovers everywhere! Alice Parsons’ book The Magic of Tea is a beautiful homage to the enchanting world of tea…. Starting with the essential cup to greet each day, The Magic of Tea explores the history, rituals, folklore and flavours of the world of tea through the arc of the day. It discovers the…

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Luxury Seating At Its Finest By Leo Parker

When it comes to lavishly decorating your home, we all like to centre our attention on the furniture which we choose to adorn the rooms of our property. So far as luxury is concerned, it really doesn’t get much more luxurious than the frankly stunning Charles Eames lounge chair and ottoman (pictured above in breath-taking…

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Every Dog Has Its Day By Hannah Norman

Here at The Luxury Channel, we’re rather fond of our four-legged friends, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to let you in on the latest canine-centred event. Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre in London will be hosting a special dog show on July 3rd in aid of Battersea Dogs And Cats Home and Canine Partners, with an…

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The Business of Luxury – Power, Politics And Profits By Hannah Norman

The luxury industry means big business. Addressing the issues faced by luxury businesses has become ever-more important in a rapidly changing world, and the ninth annual Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit was held to help explore the ideas of power, politics and profits, with discussions by leading luxury luminaries. The Summit was attended by…

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Chime For Change By Hannah Norman

At the recent Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Vienna, Gucci CEO Patrizio di Marco took to the stage to discuss the concept of the power of philanthropy. It’s something that Gucci is no stranger to, and whilst di Marco was happy to admit that philanthropy “is a marketing goal ultimately,” he was also…

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Not On Our Watch By The Luxury Channel

Humanitarian charity Not On Our Watch is to host their first ever UK charity fundraiser on Saturday. The Not On Our Watch Charity Race Day is an event of both high prestige and humbling generosity, which aims to raise funds for an incredibly worthy cause. Not On Our Watch was founded by Jerry Weintraub, Brad…

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The Bespoke Impact Roadster – The Ultimate Luxury Toy Car By Hannah Norman

Quite often, we measure wealth in terms of material goods, and if there’s one way of proving you’re a serious step ahead in the luxury game, it’s by the four wheels you roll around in. But what happens when you’re barely old enough to see over the steering wheel, never mind not being old enough…

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The BNP Paribas Tennis Classic: The Warm-Up To Wimbledon! By The Luxury Channel

The BNP Paribas Tennis Classic takes place at the height of the summer tennis season, and gives spectators the opportunity to watch unforgettable, world-class tennis. Set in the tranquil 42 acre grounds of one of the most renowned members’ clubs in the country – the Hurlingham Club – the event showcases some of the stars…

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Our Italian Garden Is A Sanctuary By Lucie Shelbourne

Our correspondent Lucie Shelbourne reports from her garden in the Umbrian hills in Italy…. Just as May turns into June in central Italy, all the immaculately raked fields along the road to the town have stacks of white boxes skirting them, and tractors galore. It’s a hive of industry. In the boxes are tiny tobacco…

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Loro Piana’s Vicuñas – Gold And Honey In The Andes By Fiona Sanderson and Hannah Norman

Worth its weight in gold, vicuña fleece has long been labeled the gold of the Andes. Close cousins of the humble camel, vicuñas have been brought back from the brink of extinction by luxury fashion brand Loro Piana. The Luxury Channel has previously journeyed to Peru to film the work of the company first hand…

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Human Nature In New York By Camilla G. Hellman

For seven weeks, New York’s Rockerfeller Center will be dominated by nine 20 foot high, human-shaped stone figures by Swiss-born, New York-based artist, Ugo Rondinone. The work, Human Nature, is free for the public to view from April 23rd to June 7th on the Plaza between 49th and 50th Street, and is striking in contrast…

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Lions, Gnomes And A Whole Heap of Colour At The RHS Chelsea Flower Show By Hannah Norman

Defiance against the threat of rain, mixed with cheery, summer-bright hues – and that was just TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp in a striking orange coat! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show officially opens today, but The Luxury Channel was especially invited along yesterday to have a sneak peek around the Centenary show. Organised by the Royal…

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Couture Developments – Swiss Through And Through By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Buy into spaces of tranquility and peace of mind, true to standards of Swiss excellence, with Kempinski’s new apartments. A sunny terrace opens out onto the most extensive mountain range, still snow-capped in mid April, and Lake Geneva lies below, absolutely tranquil blue and secure in its world-renowned beauty, and now we are in the…

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MINT Polo In The Park – The Start of The Summer! By The Luxury Channel

MINT Polo In The Park was launched in 2008 as an exciting and innovative new polo event that hit the streets of London with gusto and glamour. Year-on-year, it has stood as the leading outdoor polo and lifestyle event in central London. The MINT Polo In The Park launch has now become a yearly tradition,…

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Nicky Spence – In His Own Words By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel caught up with renowned Scottish tenor and Opera Ambassador Nicky Spence before the inaugural International Opera Awards. I think this is one of the first opera awards which has not left a stone unturned; it’s looking at opera as the giant machine it is, because so many people are involved with putting…

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The Inaugural Opera Awards By Hannah Norman

For fans of one of the most expressive forms of music known to man, it would appear strange that there has never been an awards ceremony to celebrate all that is great and good about opera. Businessman Harry Hyman, a prolific opera fan who attends some 30 different operas a year, has thus taken matters…

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The Best Way To Drink Champagne With Nicolas Feuillatte By Hannah Norman

For most of us, with the exception of the most distinguished connoisseurs, drinking champagne is simply part of a party lifestyle, but how much thought do we really give to what goes into our glasses? To get more of an idea, The Luxury Channel was invited by Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte on an exclusive trip to…

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Hey There Georgia Girl! By Ben Mirza

Ben Mirza introduces British fashion designer Georgia Hardinge…. Fuse together Fritz Lang’s futurist masterpiece Metropolis, colourful exoticism, playful fantasy and an abundance of femininity and what you get are the eye-catching designs of Georgia Hardinge. Fast becoming the enchantress of British fashion, Georgia’s creations are structured with a perfectly balanced amount of eccentricity, eclectic beauty…

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Les Bains – The Art of Re-Invention By Hannah Norman

Paris, known for such iconic buildings (the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, for instance) also prides itself on a number of other less well-known buildings, such as Les Bains. Built in 1885, Les Bains was originally one of the most famous bath houses in Paris for almost a century, frequented by the likes of Marcel…

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The Top Marques Monaco Supercar Show By Françoise Almasa Alunni

Françoise Almasa Alunni reports from Top Marques Monaco…. Looking for the 007 Skyfall top of the range helicopter or the latest crème de la crème automotive model? Then you should have been at the Top Marques Monaco Supercar Show. Despite the global recession, demand for the ‘Top Toys’ has never been stronger. Gold is definitely…

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Karen Laurence-Rowe – Artistic Conservation By Hannah Norman

For Uganda-born artist Karen Laurence-Rowe, there is nothing better than escaping into the fields and plains surrounding her home in Kenya. Her stunning paintings of the local wildlife, landscapes and people have adorned the walls of many an art lover, and in 2012, Karen’s work culminated with the recognition she deserved, by winning the David…

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Scotland Takes New York As Tartan Week Arrives By Iona Crawford

“It’s been Tartan Fortnight in New York, from music to fashion, film, energy and business forums – but let’s not forget pipers, kilts and tartan! Tartan Day Celebrations take place all over the States, and indeed the world, on April 6th. New York is an epicenter for Scotland Tartan Week celebrations and the corner stone…

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The Porsche Cayman – In A Class of Its Own By Victoria Macmillan Bell

This mid-engined model launched for the first time in 2005. Now in its 3rd guise, it’s still the car that took my breath away when I first experienced it. It’s still astounding in every way and of course, now it’s faster, lighter thanks to being almost all aluminium, and bestowed with even better dexterity, no…

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The Launch of The Mini Paceman In Bilbao By Victoria Macmillan Bell

Dear Mini, surely it’s not possible to bend the common parts of the original hatchback into yet another derivative? Are there not enough versions for every activity? Apparently not. Enter the Paceman – think 3-door Coupe version of the hefty SAV Countryman. I can see this on the school run, just as I see it…

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From Range Rover With Love – Daniel Craig Reveals The All-New Range Rover Sport By Hannah Norman

A daring car ride through deserted city streets and flooded tunnels in a race against time sounds like the sort of thing James Bond is best known for. But when Daniel Craig stepped behind the wheel of the All-New Range Rover Sport, this was surely life imitating art, as he put the vehicle through its…

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Loro Piana “Discovers” The Lotus Flower Fibre By The Luxury Channel

As one of the world’s top fashion labels, Loro Piana – one of the largest cashmere manufacturers and biggest single purchaser of the world’s finest wools – has always strived for uncompromising quality in the materials and goods that they sell, whilst supporting local communities and encouraging long-term sustainability. Prepared to go to the ends…

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A Most Eggs-Cellent Campaign: Are You Eating Up The Rainforest? By Hannah Norman

Following the repercussions of several food scandals to hit the airwaves, it has become increasingly apparent that no-one really has a clue what goes into their food. The latest product to join the fray is palm oil. Under European law, manufacturers are not actually obliged to list this as an ingredient on product labeling until…

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A 5 Star Dog’s Dinner By Hannah Norman

If you’re a regular visitor to The Luxury Channel, you will remember our recent article and film about Jet Set Pets – but it turns out that aviation isn’t the only industry to welcome our four-legged friends with open arms. In association with The Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, The George Club…

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New Art Jewellery Exhibition In New York By Maria Doulton, Founder of The Jewellery Editor

While many pieces of jewellery are described as works of art because of the craftsmanship involved, some are literal works of art, like those on show at the Museum of Arts And Design in New York (MAD). Until 2 June, you can view a 130-strong collection of exceptional art jewellery, acquired by MAD over the…

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Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

Nicky Haslam is never too far away from the gossip-columns due to his numerous social engagements, but it’s his day job as one of Britain’s top interior designers for which he has earned his well-deserved reputation. In addition to his interior design and packed social calendar, Haslam is also a journalist, author, photographer, gardener and…

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Spirited Away By Hannah Norman

As the rise of Internet shopping continues ever upwards in terms of popularity, retailers are increasingly aware of the need to diversify trade onto an online platform. Sales of luxury spirits have followed suit, with Alexander & James one of the newest kids to have moved on to the virtual block. The ultimate shopping platform…

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Bach By Candlelight By Hannah Norman

On 5th March, The Luxury Channel attended a memorable evening celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach by candlelight, in the unique and ancient Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield, London. Invited by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, we were there to soak up the peace and music, whilst supporting a…

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Where To Curl Up This Winter In The Big Apple By Saira Malhotra

Winter in New York has been a frosty metropolis of jaw-clenching citizens all desperately trying to avoid the sub-zero temperatures whenever possible. But this is NYC and somehow the show still goes on! The combination of apartment living and ancient heating systems can be relied upon to serve up an attack of ‘cabin fever’ to…

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The Very First ‘VeryFirstTo’ Awards By Hannah Norman

Awards ceremonies, despite the celebration and recognition of the talents of the winners, are understandably geared towards the achievements of those who are already established. There are very few that focus solely on awarding the up-and-coming – but from whiskey to wine, handbags to hotels, if it’s new or undiscovered, (and in the luxury arena),…

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Jet Set Pets By Hannah Norman

They say a dog is man’s best friend, and when it comes to splashing money on our four-legged chums, we’re happy to do so without a second thought. When it comes to our pets, we’re pretty potty about them, and like them to travel with us wherever we are in the world – which is…

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London Fashion Week – A Stylist’s Perspective By Tamara Cincik

Before London Fashion Week, there is a tipping point where anticipation meets anxiety: the fear that I will have no tickets to any of the shows, despite working hard all season on some killer shoots for some great magazines; and then the universal fashion editor’s fear that I have nothing to wear, despite having numerous…

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John Tsagaris – The Skin Specialist Every Bride Needs On Speed Dial By Hannah Norman

Quite frankly, I’ve never thought my skin is very good. Perhaps a bit of a bold opening assertion, but I don’t mind admitting that I’m slightly envious of people with perfect, flawless skin. So I was slightly surprised when skin specialist John Tsagaris tells me that my skin is in fact quite good. I’m not…

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Less Is More In Jewellery As The Price of Gold Soars By Simon Brooke

The weather might have been cold and grey, and the economic climate even more hostile and depressing, but the atmosphere at the recent VicenzaOro Jewellery Fair in northern Italy was warm and inviting. In fact, the event has been busier than ever in the last few years with a vast expansion in the purpose-built facility…

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Aruna Seth – Shoe Designer To The Stars By Hannah Norman

Quite often, people will talk about a passion for a craft being in the genes. In Aruna Seth’s case, it stands to reason that it is actually true. The internationally renowned shoe designer takes her inspiration from father Geoff, whose multi-million pound footwear empire was partly responsible for inspiring Aruna to start her own brand….

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The Grayshott Programme – For The Luxury of Feeling On Top of The World By Fiona Sanderson

Regular readers of The Luxury Channel’s online magazine will remember Fiona Sanderson’s article about Grayshott Spa, from December. She promised she’d be returning in January to try out their strict, 7 day rejuvenation programme…. Have you ever felt bloated and lethargic, with absolutely no zest for the day ahead? Well, I have and didn’t realise…

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Henrietta Spencer-Churchill And English Country Houses By The Luxury Channel

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, celebrated interior designer, spoke to Fiona Sanderson about her family seat, Blenheim Palace, and the true essence of English style and interiors. What defines your own personal style? In the home, I like comfort and practicality. My homes are not show houses as I don’t want them – or me – to…

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Bennison Fabrics – Decorating The Future With The Prints of The Past Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

Ever since the eponymous antiques dealer Geoffrey Bennison realised that there was nothing in the contemporary fabric houses of the late 70s that would complement the style and antiques of grand European homes, Bennison Fabrics has specialized in producing – by hand – some of the finest designs ever transferred onto linen. These aren’t just…

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Carmen Busquets – A Style Queen To Rule Us All Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

As a pioneering luxury and fashion entrepreneur behind two of the biggest Internet fashion phenomenons (namely Net-a-Porter and CoutureLab), Carmen Busquets can claim to be an authority when it comes to high-end fashion and e-commerce. Having started her first business venture at the tender age of just 22, this forward-thinking Venezuelan businesswoman has risen to…

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Theo Fennell – A Master of Miniatures By Antonia Peck and Hannah Norman

In the wake of Theo Fennell’s win at the Walpole Awards for Best Luxury Craftsmanship, The Luxury Channel meets the designer to discuss the British jewellery industry past and present… It should come as no surprise to learn that the winner of an award recognizing craftsmanship is a passionate advocate of originality. “Fashion jewellery has…

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How Niche Fragrances Are Gaining A Firm Following By Simon Brooke

At this time of year, many men will be opening their bathroom cabinets and looking at the aftershave that a loved one so kindly gave them for Christmas. They’ll then be wondering whether to splash a little bit on their freshly shaved face – or discreetly throw it in the bin. Buying the right aftershave…

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Grant Macdonald And Aston Martin – A Match Made In 00 Heaven By Hannah Norman

Celebrating any birthday is usually done with some degree of recognition, but when celebrating one’s centenary, it seems especially fitting to pull out all the stops. Aston Martin did just that, by teaming up with renowned London silversmith Grant Macdonald to create Silver By Aston Martin, a bespoke range of limited edition extras that every…

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Fireworks And Music With Serena Foyle By Antonia Peck

The Foyle name is celebrated globally for its association with literature through the eponymous London book shop. However, it would seem that future generations following in William Foyle’s footsteps have inherited a zeal for showcasing and sharing their passion for the experiential. Serena Foyle is William’s great grand-daughter. She studied music at Edinburgh University and…

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Paradisi Furniture – One To Watch By Hannah Norman

When Hannah Norman of The Luxury Channel meets Simon Firullo, the designer behind Paradisi bespoke furniture, what comes across most vividly is his abundant passion for his work. “I’ve always loved furniture. It is inspiring, certainly older furniture” he says. An interest in his product notwithstanding, Simon’s strong design background has ensured the furniture he…

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London Collections: Menswear By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Highlights Monday 7th January London is indeed the home of menswear; think Savile Row and classic tailoring. GQ editor Dylan Jones explains: “(London)…invented youth culture, and it continues to produce the best young designers in the world. Why would a menswear designer choose to show anywhere else?” On the first full day of shows for…

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The Luxury Channel Meets The Founders of British Ethical Fashion Label Beulah By Antonia Peck

Beulah London was founded in 2011 by Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan – friends in their twenties who met as congregants at the same church in London’s South Kensington. The Beulah London brand has already won a loyal following of high profile devotees, from the Duchess of Cambridge to Sienna Miller and Sarah…

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Retreating To Grayshott Spa By Fiona Sanderson

Imagine two hard-working girls who never have time to take a moment to pamper themselves, never mind try to reduce their stress levels. Deciding enough was enough, my girlfriend and I took ourselves off for a couple of days to the award-winning Grayshott Spa Hotel in Surrey, less than an hour’s drive from London. I’d…

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Silvia Gallini’s Presences By Hannah Norman

They say a picture tells a thousand tales, and that’s certainly true of Italy-born artist Silvia Gallini. Her latest collection, Presences, is a series of portraits capturing each muse at its most pensive. Using both paint and pencil to subtly bring each emotion to the fore, Gallini plays a clever game with viewers of her…

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Matt Goss – Good Things Come To Those Who Wait Interview by Sara Malocco and words by Hannah Norman

At one point in his life, Matt Goss was one of the most famous men on the planet, with a string of hit singles and playing some of the biggest venues in the world. Alongside twin brother Luke, Matt’s trademark blonde quiff made him instantly recognisable as one third of boy band Bros, and as…

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The Launch of The Audi A3 Sportback In Monte Carlo By Fiona Sanderson

Where better to test-drive the new Audi A3 Sportback than around the Grand Prix circuit and streets of Monte Carlo? Arriving in Monaco to beautiful sunshine, I had a very open mind about Audi’s latest baby, the A3 Sportback. Whilst familiar with the A3’s cousin, the A4, this was driving into altogether new territory. Despite…

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Crystal Gazing By Charlotte Abrahams

Charlotte Abrahams pays a visit to glass-maker Cumbria Crystal…. An unprepossessing warehouse in a Cumbrian market town may sound an unlikely location for a crystal factory – after all, Stourbridge in the West Midlands is the traditional English home of its manufacture – but this outsized shed on the edge of Ulverston is in fact…

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A Vintage Year By Hannah Norman

Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst that should be a time of year to be indulging in goodwill to all men, when it comes to the inevitable headache of Christmas shopping, most people’s goodwill evaporates faster than the token glass of sherry left out for Father Christmas. Even amongst those who sensibly decide that rather…

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The All-New Range Rover – The Sine-Qua-Non of Any All-Terrain Experience Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni

London to Marrakech and back in Range Rover’s own branded private charter. Well, my mother used to say, “firstly, get all the help you can in life, and secondly, when you travel, always do things you don’t get to do at home”…Well, this Marrakech weekend sure made these mere thoughts that cross your mind stick….

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Aethic Sôvée – The world’s first marine-positive sunscreen By Allard Marx

As you slip languorously into the pristine clear tropical waters, spare a thought for sea life and making sure things stay this way. Most sunscreens damage coral and clams. They release molecules that trigger dormant viruses that can decimate coral reefs. It is estimated that 10% of coral reef destruction is attributable to the sunscreens…

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Vespa – An Unhealthy Obsession By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Where would we be without the style and romance of this simple two-wheeled vehicle, which gives us freedom, fun and friends? Once on its saddle, it’s the Vespa we can’t do without. This cool accessory, which takes its meaning from literally a wasp as it resembles its shape from above, was the result of Enrico…

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Toasting The Queen By The Luxury Channel

A celebration isn’t a celebration without a toast…. Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tipple is reportedly Dubonnet, but if you’re not a fan of the spiced fortified wine, why not toast the summer with a different commemorative beverage? Whisky John Walker & Sons, Scotch Whisky Distillers By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, have created a special…

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Ferrari’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson interviews Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari. If there’s one person who knows about luxury, it’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the Chairman of one of the world’s most eponymous luxury brands; Ferrari. No surprise then that he was recently commandeered as a key speaker at The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit…

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Brilliant – A Collection Curated By Carol Woolton By The Luxury Channel

Masterpiece London is the ultimate destination for the world’s most extraordinary items. “Brilliant” showcases the finest diamond jewellery considered to be innovative one-off pieces. It is structured into four artistic disciplines – art, architecture, fashion and sculpture. The exhibition is geared toward selling, and private inquiries about the collection can be made via info@bochic.com in…

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Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee By The Luxury Channel

With so many Jubilee celebrations going on this year, you need a suitably stylish way to get around town. Well, black cabs are so last (sorry, Phillip!) – we love the new Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Limited edition which was unveiled in China. Just 60 of the limited edition, top of the range, Bentley cars…

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Crowning Glory: Harrods Crown Exhibition By The Luxury Channel

There would have been no Jubilee without a coronation and Harrods is celebrating the Queen’s sixty year reign by looking back at its beginning. On 2 June 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey, London, almost a year after the death of her father. The spectacular crown was the St Edward’s crown, the…

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Rule Britannia: Selfridges Britannica 1951-1953 Exhibition By The Luxury Channel

2012 is Britain’s year and Selfridges wants to celebrate it with a bang… 2012 is Britain’s year and Selfridges wants to celebrate it with a bang – a Big British Bang to be exact, the title of store’s all encompassing creative homage to the Jubilee and the Olympics. Spend sunny days sipping tea on the…

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Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration By The Luxury Channel

The Queen’s jewellery is the focus of the summer opening of Buckingham Palace. An unprecedented display of the royal family’s personal jewels will form the centrepiece. Last summer, the display of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress drew a record 600,000 visitors to the palace. This year, jewels including the “South Africa” diamond necklace presented…

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The Super-Naturals By The Luxury Channel

Abigail James, the ‘Super glow-getter’ and Denise Leicester, the ‘Natural healer’ and founder of Ila Spa. The Super glow-getter, Abigail James Abigail James is one of London’s top facial practitioners, renowned for the delicacy of her touch and her ability to make tired skin glow. Abigail works at the amazing new Lomax bespoke fitness, nutrition…

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Guide to Switzerland By Denise Howell

Denise Howell stayed with Swiss Deluxe Hotels and sampled some of the best restaurants in town. If you thought that Switzerland was all about skiing, winter sports and cuckoo clocks then think again! A flight to Geneva and a mere hour’s train journey will transport you through a countryside of wonderful autumn colours interspersed with…

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Barcelona’s Hidden Restaurants By Scott Manson

Secrecy and second-guessing is arguably the hottest trend in dining right now. From pop-up restaurants and food stalls which tweet loyal followers with their ever-changing locations, to supper clubs set up by foodies in their own homes, these are interesting times for eating out. Little wonder, then, that in Barcelona, a city renowned worldwide as…

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W10 Performance By The Luxury Channel

Enhance your body and mind with W10 Performance…. Let me begin by saying, I am no gym bunny. I do not like the gym. In fact, I would rather get my exercise being late for work every morning (and endure the ensuing panic that follows) than pound on a treadmill for forty minutes. This is…

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Five Element Acupunture By The Luxury Channel

Meet Kim Steer – Harrods’ acupunturist in residence at their Urban Retreat…. What is Five Element Acupuncture? Five Element Acupuncture can help you maintain your health, enhance wellbeing and combat high stress levels. It was developed thousands of years ago in China. It is a treatment that treats the individual, not just the symptoms. According…

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Ki Fit Multi-Sensor Armband By The Luxury Channel

The multi-sensor armband that helps you understand and therefore change your body…. Try the latest fitness craze and diet fad as hard as you might but don’t underestimate the importance of your metabolism. Only when you regulate and understand how to increase your metabolism will you see a significant transformation in your physique and energy…

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The QMS Facial By The Luxury Channel

QMS bespoke facials are a lesson in routine and results…. Establishing a skin-care routine is something that we all know that we should do. Our mother’s reiterate it, as do the top beauty journalists and experts – but it is often an impossible thing to commit to. We are all so easily distracted by a…

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How to cope with the Winter Blues By The Luxury Channel

Top tips to stay healthy throughout the long, dark winter months from Nosh Detox. Geeta Sidhu Robb is the impressive CEO and founder of Nosh Detox. She is pragmatic, practical and overflowing with really strong positive advice. She has a knack for identifying result-worthy and proven coping mechanisms and nutritional tips to keep people healthy…

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The Luxury Channel’s Guide to Marrakech By The Luxury Channel

Where to stay, eat and shop in Marrakech. Nothing prepares you for your first experience of Marrakech. As soon as you step out of the airport you are hit by the heat, the sights, the colours, the smells – and the characters. The roads into the city are a carefully choreographed traffic nightmare of cars,…

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An Epicurean Feast with Quintessentially By The Luxury Channel

A two-day luxurious gastronomic event in London with Quintessentially. 20% off the ticket price for The Luxury Channel readers. Quintessentially Epicure, a two-day luxurious gastronomic event sponsored by Coutts, will be taking place at one of London’s most exquisite venues, The Hurlingham Club on the 9th and 10th of September. Luxury Channel readers are invited…

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A Masterpiece of Malt By The Luxury Channel

Glenmorangie Pride. Visiting Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, is always a real pleasure. But when it’s combined with the opportunity to taste a new and sublime single malt whisky that will only be available to a few people around the world, it is doubly so. On a chilly late winter evening I was invited…

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I left my heart in Venice By Lauren Steventon

Explore the romance hidden along the tiny streets and secret canals of the Serene Republic. For some, the most romantic city in the world is Paris. For others it is the baroque masterpieces of the Eastern European greats. But for me, it has to be Venice. Around every corner is a scene stolen from a…

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Indian Bridal Culture By Reena Patel

Reena Patel explores the créme de la créme of Indian wedding suppliers…. The Make-Up Artist Asian beauties need to carefully balance their make-up with the heavy designs and colours on their bridal dresses. Gini Bhogal is the popular make-up maestro of choice, who ensures the eastern look is neither extreme, nor overshadowed. During an initial…

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Flying Art By The Luxury Channel

What happens when street art meets a luxury airline? The pairing of a L.A. based street artist and the world of corporate jets may not seem an obvious one, but it’s certainly colourful. Luxury aviation company Vista Jet, bored of the traditional and sometimes staid approach to air travel, is radically making over its fleet…

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Four Seasons Spa In London By The Luxury Channel

Nutritional delights and pampering perfection in the centre of London…. What better way to spend your birthday than relaxing 10 floors high in the newly opened luxurious spa at the Four Seasons Hotel London on Park Lane? When my friend suggested a spa treat, little did I expect the warm welcome, luscious organic products, and…

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Fawlsey Hall By The Luxury Channel

A look at one of the most popular wedding venues in England – a luxurious architectural escape to enchant brides-to-be the world over. When one aims to retreat from the harsh sprawling conurbation, a picture of idyllic England is what springs to mind. Historic, romantic and gloriously idyllic, Fawsley Hall has presence. Situated in the…

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The Grape Question By Lauren Steventon

The Luxury Channel meets Eminent Wines’ Hans Vandeputte. Hans Vandeputte, Viticulturist and consultant at Eminent Wines, shares his secrets for selecting the perfect wines for your wedding. If you want to have the perfect wedding, the secret is to find a wine professional that will help and guide you. I have done events where I…

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Sugar And Spice By The Luxury Channel

The freshest and most desirable, delectable morsels in town. The Luxury Channel meets Clemmie Innes to talk wedding breakfasts and fresh produce…. How do menus for a wedding breakfast differ from a 21st birthday party, say, or corporate event? The menu is bespoke to the couple getting married. Every menu we do for weddings are…

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Booth Nation By Antonia Peck

Renowned photographer and founder of Boothnation, Seamus Ryan tells us what makes a powerful photograph and how you can look good in your wedding day photos. How did the Boothnation concept come about? My Sunday Shoots projects, an ongoing public portrait project held each week in my Columbia Road Flower Market studio, led to an…

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Robert Van Helden – The Art of Floristry By Antonia Peck

The florist Rob Van Helden is a man with an eye for beauty. A world traveller with a 25 year reputation for impeccable floral displays, he is the one to go to for jaw-dropping flowers and creative props that will transform your event from the everyday to the extraordinary. International clients range from heads of…

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Best Laid Plans By Lauren Steventon

Creative Director Caroline Hurley from Quintessentially Events takes the stress out of planning a wedding…. Why do people tend to bring in a wedding planner? To take the stress out of the planning process and to make sure that each element is addressed in plenty of time. Also, very much for guidance and suggestions on…

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Honeymoon Accessories By The Luxury Channel

Ten gadgets and attire to keep you entertained and gorgeous on your honeymoon…. Packing is a nightmare at the best of times – and no more so than when you’re also trying to plan a wedding! Let The Luxury Channel take out the stress with our quick honeymoon accessory guide…. 100% fairly traded and organic…

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She Walked in Beauty By The Luxury Channel

Brides in the know use the Alexander Technique to walk down the aisle with poise – how the Alexander Technique can help Kate Middleton look poised and elegant on her big day. Kate Middleton may have the dress, the venue, and the wedding of the year, but even Royal brides-to-be need help to make sure…

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An-Tea Establishment By Lauren Steventon

Think Punk Rock playlists, inspired cocktails such as ‘God Save The Queen’ and a retro menu of Great British classics. Ok, I’ll admit it. Come Friday I’ll be celebrating with the best of them. I love bunting. I love bank holidays. I love weddings. However I, and the Metropolitan Hotel apparently, know that some of…

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The Ultimate Honeymoon Competition By The Luxury Channel

Tell us why we should send you and your love on 2011’s ultimate honeymoon… Quintessentially Travel and The Luxury Channel launch 2011’s Ultimate Honeymoon Competition Brides and grooms need not despair – the masters of travel couture are here to take care of you; Quintessentially Travel has teamed up with The Luxury Channel’s Wedding Diary…

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Daniel Sandler By The Luxury Channel

The Make-up artist to the stars creates three perfect bridal looks. Over the years, Daniel has worked on both sides of the Atlantic and all over Europe on a number of shoots with high profile fashion photographers for top glossies and with designers backstage at a number of major fashion shows and a regular on…

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The Bride vs. The Groom By Antonia and James Peck

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus – and no more so than on their wedding day. Our Editor Antonia and her fiancé James share their opinions on their bridal preparations. On the Engagement The Bride I had my blackberry strapped to my ear for most of our holiday in South Africa and…

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Nigel Milne By Antonia Pearce

The British jeweller Nigel Milne talks to Antonia Pearce about the four ‘C’s and a mutual love of a Roman aesthetic. Who is the Nigel Milne client? The very name is oh so English and the variety of pronunciations by foreign nationals is witty in the extreme! Whilst we have a wide international clientele, the…

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Indian Bridal Beauty By Reena Patel

Our beauty contributor and very own Indian bride-to-be, Reena Patel, shares insights into the world of Asian bridal beauty couture. Make-Up Some Asian beauties mask their warm natural tones with a dull, ashy, pale base. This would be a mistake on your wedding day. Go to Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier to steal the limelight…

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The Intuitive And The Bride By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce meets Katie Winterbourne for some pre-marital guidance…. Katie Winterbourne offers insight, clarity and positive guidance for people in search of their true purpose and has helped them fulfill their full potential. But what can she tell me about my forthcoming marriage? Katie’s skills fall into three categories: clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient. She uses…

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Wedding Dress Hunt By Lauren Steventon

Daunting and exciting in equal measure – how to find the prefect wedding dress for you…. Few items of clothing are invested with such a special significance as your wedding dress. Rarely does an outfit inspire so much thought and devotion – and pressure. Even if you think you know what you want, the amount…

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Bridal Beauty – Tips & Tricks By Reena Patel

Beauty tips and tricks for confidence and radiance on your wedding day…. The Make-Up Artist If ever the moment was right to call upon a make-up artist, then your wedding day is one of them! The Luxury Channel loves Daniel Sandler’s style and trusts his tips. In fact, he introduced us to the lovely Lara…

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Wishing And Hoping By Antonia Pearce

The Luxury Channel’s pick on Net-a-Porter’s Bridal Boutique…. The Dresses Alexander McQueen’s Silk Satin-Organza Bridal Gown This creation displays McQueen’s signature structure and tailoring whilst managing to be both ethereal and modern at the same time. As creative director Sarah Burton designed Kate Middleton’s dress, McQueen is surely the brides’ label of choice. £7,395.00 www.net-a-porter.com/product/104778…

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The Body Shaper By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meet Ten Pilates’ master and soon-to-be groom, David Higgins…. Ten Pilates is the coolest place to work out in London. Think super-friendly and engaging staff, good music and urban-fresh studios. You get the benefits of a personal trainer and the buzz of a class. Once hooked (and people from Claudia Schiffer to…

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Groom Him By The Luxury Channel

Husbands-to-be need to look their best too! Here are The Luxury Channel’s top tips on macho pampering – Premier Preening Parlours for Princely Perfection. Jason Shankey Indulgence Package Any man’s man will relish the fact that this cool den offers up Sky Sports HD, a putting green and a stash of games consoles – and…

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The Organic Stylist By Antonia Pearce

Daniel Galvin Junior shows us how he’s made green hair cool…. Daniel Galvin Junior has been passionate about living an organic lifestyle since his late twenties. He has been instrumental in not only the designer haircare market, but in changing the world of beauty for the better and uses organic ingredients in his own label…

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Party Like a Prince By The Luxury Channel

You don’t have to be born into royalty to party in princely style. Rent your very own castle and raise hell like a Royal! England Nestled in the Malvern Hills, Eastnor Castle is the castle you dreamt of as a child, with turrets, lakes and suits of armour to boot. Every year, their Deer Park…

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New York Cultural Guide By Alanna Lynott

The Luxury Channel delves into the glamorous underbelly of New York to bring you some of its secret cultural offerings. KGB Bar Once a social club for Ukrainian socialists, the KGB Bar is now something of a New York literary institution. The cold-war chic, strong whiskey and impromptu readings all serve to attract the glittering…

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Movers And Shakers By The Luxury Channel

Meet the men and women creating sparks in all areas of the New York luxury scene…. Art Glenn D. Lowry As the director of the largest (and many say the best) collection of modern art in the world, Glenn D. Lowry is one of the most influential men in art today. He oversees a collection…

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Art In The City By Jonathan Velardi

New York City is for all seasons and its culture clock never stops ticking. With the letters A, R, T as synonymous with the city as it’s very own N, Y, C acronym, the best of the world’s art and design can be found on every block. Here is artist Jonathan Velardi’s pick of the…

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The Greenwich Hotel By The Luxury Channel

We experience a little elemental wellbeing at the Shibui Spa…. The Shibui Spa is in the basement of the Greenwich Hotel, which emphasises the dark and sexy feel of the interior design. It has a city vibe enhanced by the elegant girls on reception and the utilitarian-cool gym filled with people in motion (although you…

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New York Spas By Reena Patel

Feel a million dollars by booking into these spas…. Phyto Universe: The Secret Beauty Garden When in New York, there’s hardly a bad hair day in sight and we may have discovered why. Escaping the Manhattan buzz, immerse yourself in a tranquil world of natural and botanical beauty by Parisian hair care aficionados, Phyto. This…

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The Food of Love By The Luxury Channel

Valentine lovebirds in search of a gastronomic treat and burst of Scottish Highland air should look no further than Ackergill Tower this February. Two Michelin star chef, Andrew Fairlie, and the Tower’s Head Chef, Kevin Dalgleish, have developed a fabulous foodie demonstration (made from the finest, locally sourced beef, lamb and fresh seafood) and selected…

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The Blonde In Winter By Antonia Pearce

Like clipped peacock feathers, the Winter blonde loses some of her sparkle. Antonia Pearce books an emergency appointment at Aldo Coppola…. As if tarred with a dull splash of talcum powder, the Winter blonde is a sad creature. Loss of lustre and woeful glances at her holiday snaps – the blonde in Winter is best…

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Jessica McCormack By The Luxury Channel

Start the new year in some serious jewels and rock on with Jessica McCormack’s Sins And Virtues collection! We interview the eponymous lady herself…. Tell us about your latest collection? The new collection is called XIV, which represents the seven sins, seven virtues. Each piece has its own story. For example, the Generosity earrings are…

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Futuristic Beauty By Reena Patel

Our pick of the best futuristic beauty products…. O2 Beauty Oxygen facials continue to remain the buzz words in anti-ageing and when skin cries for help in January. This new at-home, two-step treatment by top dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt cleverly pumps skin with radiance you thought was long lost following festive over-indulgence. A thin layer…

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Bowmore – A Taste of History By The Luxury Channel

Islay is a magical Scottish island, nestling off the coast of the mainland, a land of legend and rugged landscapes. Often called the Queen of the Hebrides, it’s also known as the home of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. The island is about as far away geographically and visually from Regent Street in London as…

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Toast To Champagne By Marinel Fitzsimons

A glass of champagne brings sparkle to any event, but what is it about these lovely bubbles that makes it such an emblem of festivities? This question was addressed in depth at the first ever Champagne Assembly run by Pernod Ricard’s top champagne brands, Perrier Jouët and Mumm. The head of marketing for Pernod Ricard,…

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Luxury Gift Directory For Women By Antonia Pearce and Reena Patel

The Luxury Channel previews the top womens’ luxury gifts for Christmas…. The Play of Light This winter, Kensington Gardens plays host to Anish Kapoor’s mirrored installations. Wear the essence of Kapoor’s work by investing in a Water Ring (Louise Guinness Gallery) this festive season. Set in 22kt yellow gold with a diamond cut exterior. Bespoke…

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The Luxury Gift Directory For Men By The Luxury Channel

Our pick of the best luxury gifts for men this Christmas…. Infiniti And Beyond Infiniti, the Japanese luxury automotive manufacturer, has created a limited edition Infiniti Essence Sculpture. Inspired by their concept car, it is made of solid resin with only 300 units worldwide. Meanwhile, in a special collaboration with Louis Vuitton, a carrying case…

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A Sense of Olfaction Interviews by Antonia Peck

The Luxury Channel and its ‘Scent Panel’ discuss celebrity-led perfumes, the market today, natural perfume and scent as nourishment. Azzi Glasser Azzi Glasser is the current creator of the award winning Agent Provocateur Parfum and perfumed beauty collection, Azzi has also created and collaborated for Alexander McQueen, Jean Patou, Kylie Minogue’s Private Collection for the…

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Bruce Oldfield – Bruce And The Bride By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce, bride-to-be and editor of The Luxury Channel Magazine, meets bridal couturier and fashion designer Bruce Oldfield…. What is your design philosophy? My design philosophy (as I am sitting looking at some very ornate dresses!) is to keep things simple. The whole idea of a dress is to enhance and to follow – to…

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Top Ten Perfumes By The Luxury Channel

Rich and potent fragrances for the ultimate in Autumnal grandeur…. Sisley Eau De Soir, £140, 50ml Encased with an 18-carat gold-plated cap, this iconic feminine fragrance celebrates 20 years this year. This distinctive limited edition bottle encases a fine balance of fresh citrus notes of mandarin and grapefruit with a floral bouquet and deeper notes…

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Top Five Facials By Reena Patel and Antonia Pearce

In the pursuit of fragrant and aromatic experience, The Luxury Channel brings you five exceptional facials for the senses. Ama Releasing Abhyanga, Sequoia at The Grove, Hertfordshire This Ayurveda treatment has been developed to balance elements and chakras in body and spirit. Using Espa products, a salt and oil scrub is applied to stimulate whilst…

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The Lancasters By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel gets an exclusive preview of The Lancaster property development at a pop-up exhibition of contemporary art and jewellery. The Lancasters Hyde Park was built in the mid-nineteenth century, so it has seen its fair share of glitzy gatherings and social whirls. However, if the walls could talk, their tales would most likely…

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Roja Dove By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce meets Roja Dove to discuss jasmine from Grasse, Diaghilev, the Suffragettes, perfume personalities and the art of taste without ego…. I am welcomed into Roja Dove’s elegant London town house and am immediately struck by the absence of scent. Instead, the man himself (wearing a black suit with diamond buttons on the cuff)…

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Amanda Lacey – Scent And Glow By Emma Reeve

Emma Reeve meets skin expert and facialist to the stars, Amanda Lacey, and seeks advice for her best beauty secrets for the bride-to-be…. In one of London’s best-kept secrets, Cecconi’s, a restaurant on the fashionable corner of Mayfair’s Burlington Gardens, I was about to discover, after several delightful peach bellinis, another of London’s secrets, Amanda…

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The Most Expensive Perfume In The World By The Luxury Channel

What it feels like to purchase and wear the most luxurious scent on earth…. Enter any of the 200 speciality stores or luxury boutiques around the world (including Bergdorf Goodman New York, the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in Harrods, Paris Gallery and Neiman Marcus) that carry the Clive Christian Perfume collection and your journey begins!…

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Frédéric Malle – Scents-sational By The Luxury Channel

One of the greatest perfumers in the world, Frédéric Malle, talks to The Luxury Channel about what scent means to him and how he interprets this in his Editions Parfums. When did you first become interested in scent? It depends what you mean by interested! As a child of just a few years old, I…

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Ormonde Jayne By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon explores the Eastern allure of the Ormonde Jayne perfumery…. A tiny shop decorated with gold shagreen walls, black chandeliers, stone floors and black lacquered surfaces….It sounds like a decadent corner hidden in an Eastern souk. However, this perfumery is in fact tucked away in a little arcade, just off Old Bond Street in…

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Jaguar – Unleashed By James Peck

If I were James Bond, I’d own a Jaguar XKR for pure unadulterated joy – it’s a driving sensation! The Aston Martin has been the secret agent workhorse for fifty years, so are we really to believe that Monsieur Bond doesn’t have an alternative runabout for the weekends when global catastrophe isn’t on the agenda?…

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A Model’s Perspective By Antonia Peck

Lisa Butcher – the model, TV presenter and mother of two – gives us the dirt on the fashion industry, why you should never work with friends and her role as a designer…. What were the best and worst aspects of being a model? I never really enjoyed doing catwalk to be honest, it was…

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Cox, Cookies & Cake By The Luxury Channel

The Soho cupcake scene is given a designer twist. Patrick Cox has a skill set to make any girl swoon… By that we mean shoes and cupcakes, of course! Not content with producing some of the sexiest footwear in fashion, the designer has recently teamed up with master baker Eric Lanlard to open sweet treat…

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Grant Thomas By The Luxury Channel

Seventeen year old Welsh photographer Grant Thomas specialises in fashion photography and is one of the rising stars of that challenging world. Born and bred in the remote countryside of Wales, miles away from civilization, Grant spent his time exploring self-portraiture and evolved rapidly, which saw him travelling throughout the United Kingdom, Paris and Europe,…

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The Cosmeceutical Wizard By The Luxury Channel

Dr. Erich Schulte is our first ever Luxury Leader from within the beauty industry. Here we ask him some in-depth questions in order to find out more about his pioneering brand, QMS Medicosmetics. How has your career as a cosmetic surgeon influenced your understanding and approach to the world of medi-cosmetics? I am fortunate, as…

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Morgan Freeman By Antonia Pearce

Morgan Freeman’s Southern charm was out in spades in Dubrovnik – just don’t call him a legend…. Morgan Freeman greeted the press on the sunlit terrace of The Excelsior Hotel, with Dubrovnik’s Old Town appearing majestic behind him. Surrounded by white roses and Croatia’s premier television crews eager to capture him – Freeman arrived very…

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Mark Fast – Influence and Inspiration By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets designer of the moment Mark Fast to talk crystals and avant-garde film…. You are using Swarovski elements in your collection for a third season. How do you keep your usage of such details fresh? The methods I use when working with the Swarovski elements changes every season. I am a very…

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How Ethical Labels Operate By Barbara Walshe

Building up an ethical fashion brand can be risky business. Barbara Walshe reveals how People Tree had become the biggest and the best known around. A surge in ethical fashion labels springing up across the UK over the last five years confirms that consumers are no longer willing to compromise their values when buying clothes….

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Zoë Zimmer – The Other Side of The Lens By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel talks to fashion photographer and former model Zoë Zimmer…. What made you make the leap from modelling to fashion photography? Modelling was something I did for the experience. I’m so happy I did it, but I’m even happier that I stopped doing it. From the start, I knew there was a sell-by…

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Nutrition Tips for London Fashion Week By Vicki Edgson

Prepared by Vicki Edgson for The Luxury Channel. Consider your handbag as your travelling kitchen – the perfect way to avoid high-salt or sugary foods whilst going from one show to the next is to select what you need for the whole day and bag them up in mini zip-lock bags to keep everything fresh….

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Animal Bravery By The Luxury Channel

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. PC Neil Sampson knows he is alive today thanks to Anya, his German Shepherd police dog. Despite that she is, as he describes her, “big, clumsy and like a bull in a china shop,” Anya saved Neil’s life when he was attacked by a man wielding a 6in…

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Fun At Goodwood By The Luxury Channel

The fabulous Goodwood Estate played host to the Vintage At Goodwood Festival over the weekend of 13th – 15th August this year…. Vintage At Goodwood, in partnership with watchmakers IWC Schaffhausen, celebrated five revolutionary decades of British design, music and culture. A wide variety of events, shows and spectacles took place throughout the festival, with…

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Animal Magnetism By The Luxury Channel

Delve into the wild as we explore why animal print is strong enough to withstand fashion’s fads…. Season upon season, we are told that animal print is in, and this season is absolutely no different from the last. Animal print, or more specifically leopard print, has never been hotter. Not only does it feature prominently…

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Nature Red In Tooth And Claw By The Luxury Channel

As I wander through the woodlands of Belsay Hall in Northumberland, I come across a strange scene. Red and grey squirrels are locked in a vicious battle, aided on each side by woodland creatures and insects. A red squirrel is disguised in the coat of a grey, another has a modified tail and all of…

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Time For A Treat By The Luxury Channel

Tinkerbell Hilton might have a $325,000 home to share with her furry pals but it’s not just celebrity pets that can be spoiled with The Luxury Channel’s top ten animal accessories. 1. Who wants stuffy old relations on the walls when you can have your grinning four-legged friend? Hot Digital Dog will convert any snap…

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The Complete History of Food By The Luxury Channel

Corvoisier presents: The Complete History of Food with Bompas and Parr. Imagine enjoying foods prepared by Michelin Star chefs served inside the stomach of an dinosaur or ricocheting off the walls of a bouncy castle room that resembles the inside of a human stomach. As bizarre as this all sounds, this is what Bompas and…

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Detox Makes The Difference By Lauren Steventon and Antonia Pearce

The Luxury Channel reviews four of the best detox treatments, giving you a first hand glimpse of the highs and lows of a healthy lifestyle…. Nosh Detox I have a relatively healthy diet: there’s cake involved, but there’s also a lot of vegetables. So I was surprised at how hard I found Nosh’s weekend detox…

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The Chelsea-Based Facialist By The Luxury Channel

Sarah Chapman gives The Luxury Channel the perfect antidote for guilt-ridden sun exposure this Summer…. Sarah Chapman, the Chelsea-based facialist, is well established in London with innovative techniques earning her a top celebrity clientele and many appearances on TV makeover programmes. Inspired as a teen by living in extreme climates and their effect on their…

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Brave New Beauty By Alanna Lynott

From being rubbed with hot shells to having electricity passed into her via needles, Alanna Lynott discovers what’s rocking the beauty world this Summer…. Lava Shells Therma Facial & Lava Shells Massage To be honest, the idea of having my face massaged with hot shells sounded a little faddy and more than faintly amusing. However,…

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Essential Literature By Cara Dattani

The Luxury Channel reviews books to change your life! Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert A book for anyone questioning what they are doing with their life. Eat Pray Love is about throwing caution to the wind and venturing on a quest for physical and mental fulfilment. Oprah Winfrey added to the book’s growing publicity…

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TJF Personal Training By Antonia Pearce

Tim and Ariane Jones offer individual coaching fit for an athlete – and Hollywood starlets love them too! The Luxury Channel meets Tim Jones…. What are the fundamental principles behind TJF’s training methods? The TJF training style is multidisciplinary, emphasising the integration of mind-body fitness with traditional exercise prescription. We specialise in the movement and…

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Alla Svirinskaya Reveals Her Energy Secrets By Antonia Peck

The Luxury Channel talks to Dr. Alla Svirinskaya who indulges us on how to indulge in “intelligent luxury” by shifting our focus from material goods to personal wellbeing…. With reams of celebrity clients and an eight-month waiting list, it’s just as well for us that wellness consultant Alla Svirinskaya has opted to share her knowledge…

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Total Wellbeing with Terrence John – The Teacher By Antonia Pearce

With so many people putting their bodies and mind in Terrence’s hands, The Luxury Channel went to meet the man himself and find out why…. Terence John walks into the room with a great sense of energy and purpose. However, this strength is underscored by a certain vulnerability and heart that makes him one of…

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Give Landmines the Boot By The Luxury Channel

MAG (Mines Advisory Group) is arranging a high-profile celebrity choe auction on eBay between Thursday 22nd July and Sunday 12st August 2010. The A-list stars taking part in “Give Landmines the Boot” includes the likes of Alan Shearer Roger Federer, Cherie Blair, Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado and Pink, as more than 60 pair of celebrity…

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Leaving On A Jet Plane By The Luxury Channel

Chris Moody, CEO of Fractional Jet Europe, has created a unique niche in the private jet market by reselling existing shares from major fractional operators such as NetJets and VistaJet. The logic of buying a share rather than a whole aircraft is that most people don’t fly enough to warrant the expense of owning a…

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A Decade of Drawings By The Luxury Channel

For many art-lovers, the beginning of July is a date in the diary as the Master Drawings London, a series of exhibitions across the capital, gets up and running. It also represents an opportunity to nourish one’s collection as the exhibition is timed to coincide with the major auction houses opening their doors to begin…

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Stay Green This Season By The Luxury Channel

Eco-friendly food and accessories to make you stand out from the crowd this English Summer. Pineberries At Wimbledon Whatever happens at Wimbledon this year, come rain or shine, victory or (fairly certain) defeat, you can cut a swathe in the most unlikely of areas: fruit. Strawberries are soooo last year darling, didn’t you know? Show…

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The Woman Behind Amber Lounge By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews Sonia Irvine; Formula One events mastermind and sister of ex-Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine…. We meet Sonia Irvine in London, just a week after she put on a spectacular three-day event over the Monaco Grand Prix race weekend. Her events company, Amber Lounge, provides a luxury nightlife experience for F1 stars, sponsors,…

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Fashion At The Races By Lauren Steventon

So now that your social calendar is all booked up for the Summer, here’s The Luxury Channel’s guide to the best accessories for keeping the season running smoothly…. Write On Trend From Smythson’s Spring/Summer Cerulean collection, these ‘‘Life Is Beautiful’’ correspondence cards are the only way to RSVP to the summer’s hottest invitations. £30.00 –…

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One to Watch By The Luxury Channel

To coincide with the FIFA Wordl Cup 2010, Corum Timepieces has announced the inception of a business partnership with the Professional Footballers’ Association. The eyes of the world this summer have been on South Africa as it plays host to the Fifa World Cup. To coincide with the occasion, Corum Timepieces has announced the inception…

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All That Glitters By Antonia Peck

Those who wish to woo their lover this summer should present their lady with one of these gorgeous jewels….she won’t say no! Fabergé’s Rings These rings are part of Fabergé’s inaugural High Jewellery collection. Artistic, original and pioneering – the spirit of Fabergé has a new raison d’être and the luxury industry is taking note….

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The Hottest Summer Events By Lauren Steventon

Hot-footing and jet-setting it from one social event to another this summer? Make sure you know the best address to lay your head and recuperate between engagements. Cartier International Day Guards Polo Club, Surrey, UK 25 July 2010 The polo event of the summer. Glamorous, beautiful and impeccably dressed – and that’s just the players….

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Safari Parks With Eco-Credentials By The Luxury Channel

As the world looks to South Africa and The World Cup, The Luxury Channel looks at some of Africa’s environmentally conscious safari parks…. Going on a safari can be a once in a lifetime opportunity to spot Africa’s Big Five. Originally, going on safari meant hunting animals for sport, but today luckily it means just…

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1Love, 1Heart, 1Goal By Laha Lali

This year marks the launch of the new 1Goal campaign to make education for all a legacy of the 2010 World Cup. Today, 72 million children in the world are denied the chance to go to school. These children could be our next generation of teachers, doctors, sports stars, lawyers, leaders. But without 1Goal and…

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More about The Luxury Channel By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel is a new and exciting multimedia platform that provides compelling, high quality TV programming and videos, trendsetting online editorial, and an outstanding range of high-end retail products. The Luxury Channel provides a full range of expertise and experiences for our television and web audience. The Luxury Channel launched its first series of…

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Dare 2 Magazine By The Luxury Channel

Living an ‘eco’ life just got a whole lot easier thanks to the launch of Dare 2 Magazine. Dare 2 magazine is an online resource for everything eco-chic, whether that’s green travel tips and ideas from Quintessentially Travel or features on the latest green fashion and dining. And to make it even easier to stay…

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The ‘Hira’ Diamond Collection By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel previews the ‘Hira’ diamond collection by Pippa Small. Pippa Small’s inspired gems are full of rich cultural references and anthropological insights. Much loved for her ethical convictions and masterful collaborations with luxury brands such as Nicole Farhi, Chloe and Astley Clarke. Pippa Small’s jewellery is combined with an ethical commitment that goes…

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Child’s Play By The Luxury Channel

Pump Parquet A novel idea from textile designer and artist Elisabeth Buecher – instead of sitting around playing video games, why not get kids active in order to provide power for those same games – it’s a win, win situation! Pump Parquet puts special, brightly coloured pumps into the floor, when kids use them, they…

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Change Your Carbon Output By Sunshine Flint

A new breed of consultants – call them carbon advisors – want to change your carbon output without changing your lifestyle. Going green is hardly a new trend, but why face a hodgepodge of remedies when there’s a one-stop solution for reducing your carbon footprint? Enter the carbon advisors. They’ll eco-renovate houses, create and care…

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Home Stylish Home – Louise Bradley By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets London-based designer Louise Bradley. If you’re stuck in an interior design rut, it’s time to call upon one of the best in the biz, Louise Bradley. She’s outfitted some of the most elegant pads around the world, one peek inside her London showrooms and you’ll see how. The showrooms in London’s…

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Belgravia’s Favourite – Catherine Milner By The Luxury Channel

Catherine Milner has been quietly acquiring, renovating and designing properties for her exclusive and international clientele for a number of years. Catherine’s most recent project was described as a triumph in which the ‘style went above and beyond that offered by most top end developers’ (Knight Frank, Belgravia division). Clients and contemporaries alike speak of…

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Are You On The List? By The Luxury Channel

Members-only clubs give celebrities a respite from prying lenses. We bring you Soho House’s latest venture in West Hollywood and explore the top ten members clubs world-wide…. Soho House has often held an Oscars party to be remembered – it is the place for any aspiring starlet to be and be seen. Soho House West…

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Bringing Home The Bacon By Alex Larman

As a major new retrospective comes to the Tate, Francis Bacon’s critical and commercial stock has never been higher. The London art world is preparing for Francis Bacon’s centenary. The Tate Britain has a grand retrospective of his work, the first major exhibition of this kind since his death in 1992, and the James Hyman…

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Saatchi Success By The Luxury Channel

Charles Saatchi, the millionaire art collector, philanthropist and advertising guru, has finally opened his much-anticipated new project in Chelsea, The Saatchi Gallery. The project was beset by many delays, most notoriously a 2004 fire that destroyed many of the works he had collected by the so-called ‘‘BritArt’’ movement, featuring artists such as Tracey Emin, Damien…

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Art On The Beach By Sunshine Flint

The art world puts on a sunny face as Art Basel Miami Beach, gets underway…. Chuck Close. Self-Portrait, 2007. Art sales may be suffering in the current economic crisis, but Art Basel Miami Beach still remains one of the most important events on the international art calendar, an event that dealers and collectors can’t miss….

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Attracta Courtney – The Chameleon By The Luxury Channel

Attracta Courtney is one of the most celebrated make-up artists in the fashion and beauty industry. Her secret insider tips and tricks will ensure you are camera-ready in no time! How do you advise and tend to your clients in preparation for red carpet events? I recommend Carita’s pro-lift/pro-radiance treatment. It is a salon-based, French…

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The Allure of Denim By Alanna Lynott

Jeans are the ultimate Hollywood staple – simple, classic and a symbol of the American Dream. Alanna Lynott talks to Chloe Lonsdale, founder of MiH Jeans to find out more. Denim has remained a fashionable material for decades and a practical one for centuries. There’s something magical about slipping on that perfect pair of jeans…

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Cult Beauty – Hollywood Tips And Tricks By The Luxury Channel

Some of the world’s most renowned make-up experts share their insider secrets with The Luxury Channel…. Stars may have a crack team of hair stylists and make-up artists to prepare their red-carpet look, but our panel of world-renowned experts give us the inside track on the at-home techniques the A-list don’t tell you about! KIM…

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Get ‘Sex And The City’ Style By Alanna Lynott

Celebrate and recreate the adventures of Carrie and the girls in honour of Sex And The City hitting the big screens once more…. As the girls head to Abu Dhabi to escape the pressures of work, motherhood and relationships, we find them a couple of years older, definitely no wiser, and their wardrobes still right…

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A Malaysian Oasis By Sunshine Flint

Ushvani sets a new day spa standard in London. Sunshine Flint gets the full treatment. My colleague Alex may decry new-age music and being asked a myriad of questions about his “requirements,” but at Ushvani, a day spa in Knightsbridge near Sloane Square (www.ushvani.com), they know that women love choice. Hence, there are six different…

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Male Bonding, On One’s Own By Alex Larman

At a men-only spa, Alex Larman finds out that masculine pampering has its upside…. Perhaps it’s thought that real men don’t bother with such wussy things as spa treatments, or that most men’s definition of male grooming is adding soap to water, but there are a noticeable lack of men-only spas. Gentleman’s Tonic (www.gentlemanstonic.com) aims…

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A Life of Style By The Luxury Channel

Grace Kelly, style icon, at the V&A. Grace Kelly’s life was a fairytale of the truest sort: the Hollywood career, the royal husband – and then the tragic death. Like every fantasy, it was costumed with exceptional pieces from the eras highest fashion houses, complementing Kelly’s natural elegance and sense of chic. The V&A and…

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Luxury Goes Digital By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson, joint MD of The Luxury Channel, discusses how the global luxury industry has not only embraced the Web but sees it as a major player in global brand extension. Just two clicks into the Chanel web site and you’re aboard a luxurious night train departing Paris in the newest Chanel No. 5 movie…

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Making a Good Investment And The State of Luxury Retail By Lucia van der Post

Making A Good Investment We’re in the middle of exceedingly interesting times and how to deal with them is furrowing the brows of every provider of bags and shoes, frocks and furbelows. Since few of us are actually short of clothes or in dire need of another gew-gaw, what, they ponder, is going to prise…

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Building for the Future? By Alanna Lynott

Do eco-friendly buildings really make a difference, or are they just a nod to fashion? A sparkling prism of light, Hearst Tower stands like an artistic instillation on Manhattan’s West 57th Street. It was heralded on completion in 2006 as New York’s first ‘green’ high rise office building and was the first to be awarded…

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Yachts Go Eco By Alanna Lynott

Alanna Lynott introduces two of the very latest and most luxurious eco-friendly designs of motor yacht that are set to grace the seas. Sabdes Axebow With the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show finishing at the end of February and Dubai’s show coming up this month, all hearts are yearning for yachts. Let The Luxury Channel introduce…

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Road Runner By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon reports on the launch of the right-hand drive version of the world’s first electric sports car – the Tesla…. The thing about electric cars is that they may very well be better for the environment, but they don’t look very pretty – until now! Tesla has done for electric cars what brands like…

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Yacht Trends 2010 By Alanna Lynott

Still the ultimate status symbol, yachts today are more luxurious than ever before. Alana Lynott takes a look at some of the latest trends making a splash on the high seas. Swimming pools and cinema screens are now the norm on your average billionaire’s yacht. And it’s no longer a question of whether you have…

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Beyond Green By The Luxury Channel

An excerpt from an overview of a recent report by the Future Laboratory in the July 2010 issue of Luxury Briefing. Trends reflect the changing nature of consumers themselves. Values, along with value for money, are becoming increasingly important for a new generation of conscience-driven travellers. ‘Ecotourism’ is the fastest growing sector of the tourism…

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David Helps Goliath Get Green By Lucia van der Post

Big, established brands are strengthening their ethical credentials by buying up smaller, eco-aware companies. Lucia can der Post examines why these acquisitions are on the rise. When it comes to innovation it is readily observed that it’s easier to be nippy and creative, if you’re small. It’s also easier to be green and organic. Big…

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A Fair To Remember By The Luxury Channel

The 1.618 sustainable luxury fair wowed an eco-luxe crown in Paris last month. For three days in May, the world’s first sustainable luxury fair showcased the latest innovations in ethical luxury, from gold jewellery to a solar-powered speedboat to the latest eco-resorts. It was declared a success, with over 5000 visitors and partners as diverse…

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Tribal Influences By Lucia van der Post

Lucia van der Post tells us how the best-looking ethnic jewellery pieces today are made by the very people who inspired them…. Every fashionista, and indeed any woman who is interested in clothes, knows that at least as important as the dress you wear is the jewellery you put with it. The good news is…

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Global Responsibility By Pooja Agarwal

‘Global responsibility’ and ‘The affluent Indian consumer’ where on the agenda at the International Herald Tribune’s Sustainable Luxury Conference 2010. On 24th March 2010, international guests mingled at a party on the lawns of Delhi’s luxurious Imperial Hotel as a preview to a two-day conference helmed by IHT’s fashion editor Suzy Menkes and filled with…

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Eco Fashion Moves Forward By Lucia van der Post

The days of questionable hemp jumpers are over! Lucia van der Post examines the super stylish trends in ethical fashion and textiles…. A marketing director of a major technology brand that I was talking to recently had an interesting story to tell. He’d gone to see the Selfridges’ buyers to see if they would stock…

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Sustaining Luxury By The Luxury Channel

Pier Luigi Loro Piana talks about Vicuña – The Golden Fleece. Fashion house Loro Piana uses the vicuña’s rare and fine wool in their clothes and have created a programme to safeguard the species (as seen in our recent programme The Golden Fleece). Here Pier Luigi Loro Piana talks about sustainability and why it’s best…

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Eco Rich Lists By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel looks at ‘the colour of money’ in 2010. As Forbes released its Billionaire Rich List last month it appears even the world’s wealthiest are experiencing a shift in financial fortune. According to the list it is the first time since 2003 that the world has had a net loss in the number…

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Shopping for Green Design By Sunshine Flint

High style meets high demand with green design stores selling chic, eco-only products. The latest high status question is “how green is your house”? The latest toy is not a Bose iPod dock, but a little device called The Owl that shows in real time how much energy your house is using. Demand has created…

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Architecture in Action By Tara Bernerd

The Boat House in Windsor, designed by End Studio, and Tara Bernerd on adding value to your property. The Boat House in Windsor The brief: To create a boathouse for receptions and events in Windsor. The boathouse and its sister swimming pool pavilion will be located on the river front with almost 360 views of…

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Privately Owned Hotel-Run Villas By Alanna Lynott

Investing abroad can have its pitfalls, but as Alanna Lynott discovers – if a hotel is prepared to take the edge off then it might be a dream worth pursuing. Nestled in 8,000 acres of pristine nature reserve, with panoramic views over a sparkling blue lagoon, the Villas Valriche lie on the wild south coast…

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Buyers’ Agent By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Alana Sorokin, an elite buyers’ agent at the top-end of the property market…. The turmoil in the property market is well documented and everywhere you turn, there is more news about major property companies, escorted by the banks, beating a track to major cutbacks and insolvency. But as every good investor…

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Titanium Too By Martina O'Boyle

The Guggenheim Bilbao is a modern architectural icon and the most famous titanium structure in the world. The Guggenheim Bilbao was the first building in Europe to be outfitted in titanium. Frank Gehry’s structure is instantly recognisable: its explosive facades, twisting lines and interconnected sections, most of which boast a reflective titanium skin, less than…

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Seventy Thirty – Make Me A Perfect Match By The Luxury Channel

Seventy Thirty is a dating service for the extremely wealthy and successful – and they’ve never been busier…. Call it what you will — credit crunch, credit crisis, recession — but it has been good for at least one industry: dating companies. Apparently our uncertain economy has provoked a desire for companionship and chemistry. It’s…

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Plug In to Being Unplugged By The Luxury Channel

Embrace the future with clutter-free wireless technology – help is here for that unslightly mess at the back of your console or desk. Wireless alternatives for all your favourite gadgets are at hand. The Sonos bundle 150 Fill your home with music. The Sonos bundle enables you to stream music from your Mac or PC…

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Spy Watches By The Luxury Channel

You may not have your own personal Q or all the nifty gadgets that Daniel Craig has in the James Bond films, but you can indulge in your own bit of high-end espionage with an extremely stylish range of voice recorder and walkie talkie watches. We promise you’ll keep time better than anyone else on…

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Uncle Boonmee Wins Palme d’Or At Cannes By T.M. Lali

The film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul was presented with the esteemed Palme d’Or on Sunday night, as the 63rd edition of the festival drew to a close. The screenings are done, the verdict is in and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was the title of the big winner at this year’s prestigious Cannes…

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It’s An Art Life By Lauren Steventon

Outset Contemporary Art Fund is a philanthropic organisation that aims to help national visual art institutions increase their contemporary collections. It’s a hard world for young artists. Dedicated to their ideas yet struggling to survive, waiting for the break that will provide them with funding, recognition and the liberty to dedicate themselves to their art….

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Design Italia By The Luxury Channel

What makes Italian design so special? The Design Museum and Peroni Nastro Azzuro host a season of Italian-inspired talks, ‘‘Made In Italy’’ – the influence of Italian design. The Luxury Channel interviewed architect Claudio Silvestrin and Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum to find out more…. What are the talks about? Deyan Sudjic: The…

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The Sparkling Chair By The Luxury Channel

The fizz and furore generated by Marcel Wanders’ latest creation at Salon del Mobile, Milan and in collaboration with Magis has left a lasting impression. In transparent green, this highly experimental chair utilises the same blow moulding technique commonly used for bottles of water. The chair is extraordinarily light, weighing only 1kg. However, the high-pressure…

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Statement Pieces By The Luxury Channel

Bejewel your coffee table with our pick of the best books on the subject…. Van Cleef & Arpels By Anne-Marie Clais The mere mention of the name Van Cleef & Arpels signifies beauty, excellence and mystique. It is one of the few brands that has an immediate and undeniable power to fascinate, a quality earned…

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Everything To Declare By The Luxury Channel

Diamonds, pearls, rubies and silver – The Luxury Channel explores the world’s most sparkling exports…. Diamonds Marilyn Monroe cooed and swayed to the words, ‘‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,’’ and men and women buy them to mark their engagement or to decorate a décolletage. However, most think that if it’s diamonds you want, South…

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The Symbiotic Relationship of Architecture And Art By Antonia Pearce

Architecture and Art in modern urban landscapes – can a building be a work of art? A building is functional. It provides shelter, control and instruction (press here for lift, move this way…). A building is a home, a haven and retreat. A building can demonstrate dominion over a lesser-sized architectural structure. It can house…

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Valentino Monticello By The Luxury Channel

To do something successfully, and to be recognised as doing so, is the mark of someone who has mastered the art of living…. Opera and wine have long been inseparable bedfellows. It is hard to imagine a night at the Covent Garden Opera House without imbibing a tregnum of the finest Saint-Emillion Grand Cru. There…

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Passion, Energy And A Talent To Be Reckoned With By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce meets the Chilean artist Maria Luisa Hernandez…. “Maria Luisa’s painting is, in essence, an atmospheric play of colour and light: the two anchors of her work. Her hallmark is insinuation and evocation rather than description.” – Pedro Labowitz, Art Critic Maria Luisa Hernandez has carved out an internationally acclaimed career spanning a variety…

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Stateside Buzz For Berlin Artists By Sophia Celeste

New York’s 12th Armory Show pays homage to German Contemporary Art – Sophia Celeste investigates for The Luxury Channel…. The Armory Show, International Fair of New Art, was started by four New York art dealers at The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair in 1994. It takes its name from the 1913 Armory Show, which served…

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Quest For The Best Opera Festivals By The Luxury Channel

We list some of the highlights of the Opera Season so that you can beat the ticket gold rush…. Opera is the thinking man’s music festival of choice. Unlike its pop counterparts, attendees will not be expected to assemble ramshackle tents, douse themselves in cheap lager, and succumb to an inevitable bout of mud wrestling….

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Arik Levy: A Natural Embellishment By Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips explores Arik Levy’s latest aesthetic as part of the HSBC Bank’s Connection Collection…. International banks are not usually renowned for their liberalism but, at HSBC, Arik Levy has been given ‘‘carte blanche’’ during the creation of The Connection Collection. The principle creations, Rocksplit and Rockshelves, offer insights not only into how the modern…

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Swept Away By Swan Lake By Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips reviews Matthew Bourne’s long-running, dramatic and modern rendering of a Russian classic…. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has returned to the London stage following a tour that has wowed audiences around the world. As the longest running ballet both on Broadway and the West End, it has collected enough awards to overfill most mantelpieces….

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An Interview With Katherine Jenkins By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel caught up with the internationally renowned Welsh soprano, Katherine Jenkins, as she prepared to headline on the final night of A Journey Through Time 111 – the watch and jewellery showcase presented by Tourism Malaysia and Starhill Gallery. How did you get involved with A Journey Through Time? I got an invitation…

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Life In Miniature By The Luxury Channel

Florida-based model-maker Smartt Inc. tops the list when it comes to the world’s most endearing, traditional family pastimes…. While computers and video games remain the predominant entertainment for today’s children, teenagers and adults alike, there’s something magical about traditional games. Toy stores and retailers across the globe testify to the resurgence of traditional games, with…

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Lift Off By The Luxury Channel

The new books commemorating the 40th anniversary of the moon landings…. Monday 20th July 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of when man first set moon boot on our closest cosmic neighbour. The amazing success of the mission was nearly a devastating failure – Lance Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin missed their planned landing spot and managed…

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Artisans of London By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel highlights some of London’s best craftspeople who create unique products that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world…. Henry Poole & Co The company still provides classic, elegant, well-cut bespoke garments, and the work is carried out on their premises at 15 Savile Row in the traditional way. A flexible attitude…

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Bernard Magrez – A Baron of Bordeaux By The Luxury Channel

Bernard Magrez owns 35 vineyards around the world and is promoting wine tourism at his estates in Bordeaux. He talks to The Luxury Channel about his love for wine and his new venture…. Where will visitors on the wine tours go? We have five properties in Bordeaux for people to visit. We are in Saint…

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Richard Long – Heaven And Earth By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel reveiws the Richard Long retrospective at Tate Britain…. Inspired by his solitary walks all over the globe from remote areas in Britain to Canada, Mongolia and Bolivia, Richard Long’s Heaven And Earth exhibition at Tate Britain in London, reflects on his meanderings. Heaven And Earth features over 80 ‘‘walks of art;’’ including…

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Heavy Metals By The Luxury Channel

The new titanium jewellery collection designed by Solange Azagury-Partridge for American Express is revealed…. American Express sought out acclaimed jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge when they commissioned a special collection to celebrate their new Titanium card. Azagury-Partridge’s pieces adorn the necks of celebrities and fashion icons worldwide, but she has always wanted to work with the…

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David Linley On Deck By The Luxury Channel

The custom furniture designer speaks to The Luxury Channel about his yacht interior designs and where the future of superyacht design is going…. David Linley and his team have worked on yacht interiors and custom furniture for over a decade, designing custom pieces for builders such as Feadship and Alloy Yachts and design firms such…

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Frieze Up By Alex Larman

Alex Larman discovers that contemporary art is still a cool draw in today’s market…. This year’s Frieze Art Fair defied rumours of a meltdown in the global art market with a wider range of exhibitors, artists and visitors than ever. The house champagne was Laurent-Perrier (£12.50 a glass) and the temporary restaurant was an offshoot…

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Giving Up the Host By The Luxury Channel

What makes a great hostess gift? We asked some frequent hosts (and guests) what they like to give and receive…. Kit Kemp, co-owner and interior designer of Firmdale Hotels Kit Kemp and her husband Tim’s boutique hotels in London are known for their modern whimsy and vibrant décor set in the best and most desirable…

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Shine On You Coloured Diamond By Sunshine Flint

Move over white – diamonds in rainbow hues are now on everyone’s wish list! The Hope Diamond is probably the most famous coloured diamond in the world. The gray-blue stone (and its infamous curse) is sequestered inside the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. But there are many other coloured diamonds on the open market, and…

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Italian Style, To Go By Sunshine Flint

Fashion designer Antonio Berardi teams up with Peroni to create a new line of luggage…. Fashion designer Antonio Berardi, long a favourite of the stylishly body-conscious set (see Victoria Beckham striding around in his well-cut dresses and heel-less PVC boots), has a new fan in Peroni Nastro Azzurro. The Italian beer-maker and the Anglo-Italian designer…

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Shaken Not Stirred By The Luxury Channel

We asked William Sitwell, the editor-in-chief of Waitrose Food Illustrated, to explore the art of the cocktail…. Where did you go to learn about cocktails? I went to Quo Vadis, recently rehabbed by those most exciting restaurateurs Sam and Eddy Hart. I had a lesson from Paul Mant, their top mixologist, in making the perfect…

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Unusual Sports On Snow By The Luxury Channel

Cricket in the Alps? Golf in Greenland? Metres of snow can’t stop these sports fans! There are enough winter sports out there to fill up anyone’s calendar, from skiing and snowboarding to ice-skating and the luge. But some people just have to go off piste when it comes to games. You may have thought you…

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After Dark With William Sitwell By The Luxury Channel

We asked William Sitwell, editor-in-chief of Waitrose Food Illustrated, to explore the art of fine chocolate-making…. What should people know about chocolate? There are as many types of chocolate as there are types of wines and coffee. If you have chocolate from a good plantation with a high cocoa ration, you can get the most…

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Testa Rossa Record By The Luxury Channel

An iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for €9,020,000 and set a new world record as the most expensive car ever sold at auction…. RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, made history in Maranello in Italy, at the third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event with the most expensive car ever to be sold…

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Performance Luxury: Four-Door Supercars By The Luxury Channel

Porsche and Aston Martin enter the world of four-door supercars…. Pricey four-door saloons have created a whole new £100k+ automotive segment. Now it is the turn of the four-door supercar. First up (and strategically launched in Shanghai) is the Porsche Panamera, which in Turbo guise comes with 500hp, 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, 188mph and a…

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Flair’s Fleur By The Luxury Channel

Fleur Cowles artist, editor, author and co-founder of Flair magazine died this week at the age of 101. Renowned for founding the avant-garde magazine Flair in 1949 Cowles pioneered new approaches to magazine design. With cut out front covers and on one occasion a scented issue, the magazine was a unique blend of art, literature,…

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Design Direction By Lucia van der Post

Lucia van der Post says that the furniture and furnishings at the Salon di Mobile in Milan prove that the troubled economy has created a boom in designers’ creativity and innovation…. For designers who earn their livings by creating new “stuff” (which reminds me of Karl Lagerfeld’s definition of the job of the designer which…

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Image Makers By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel talks to two of London’s top personal stylists about what they do for their clients. Noni Ware has been a personal stylist for two years. Previously, she was the retail editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Before becoming a personal stylist, Camilla Yonge worked in fashion marketing. Do you work with men and women?…

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Scents At Home By Sunshine Flint

Home fragrances have never been so popular or so sophisticated. From scented candles to subtle diffusers, Sunshine Flint sniffs out the top trends…. What’s in a scent? Fragrance has always been big business – just ask the fashion houses, celebrities and designers who roll out new perfumes and colognes season after season. But increasingly, we…

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Big Business For Private Jets By The Luxury Channel

New ideas for business aviation take wing! Even in troubled economic times, private aviation continues to flourish. In 2008, Fortune 100 companies spent more on private jets than in the five previous years, and although the new VAT tax proposed by the European Commission may threaten some operators and owners, business jet and aeronautic companies…

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A Good Time For A Good Cause By James Gurney

This year’s Only Watch charity auction is a must-see for watch lovers and collectors. James Gurney, the editor of QP Magazine, finds out why…. The London preview of the bi-annual Only Watch auction was held last week at Asprey, and showcased 34 truly unique watches from some of the world’s best makers, from Audemars Piguet…

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Private Dining At The Dorchester By The Luxury Channel

Following a complete redesign and lush remodelling, The Krug Room at The Dorchester – London’s original chef’s table – has reopened. The intimate room pays homage to the heritage, elegance and subtlety of both Krug and The Dorchester, and provides guests with an intimate and glamorous setting that takes private or celebratory dining to a…

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London’s Watch Retailing Gets A Gallic Boost By James Gurney

The imminent arrival of Parisian store Kronometry 1999 in Bond Street is cause for celebration for watch collectors, says QP editor James Gurney. Until the arrival of Marcus a decade ago, buying a good watch in London used to mean going to Watches of Switzerland, the then somewhat tatty Harrods watch department, Selfridges or Asprey….

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Billionaire Boys Club – Dashing In Tweed By The Luxury Channel

Pharrel Williams – superstar music producer, singer and co-founder of fasion label Billionaire Boys Club – has given timelessley stylish tweed a new, relevant spin. In collaboration with Dashing Tweed and their resident textile designer Kirsty McDougall, Pharrell’s vision for trendier tweed was quick to become a reality. Hooded jackets, skater shorts and tailored blazers…

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Pure Purchases: The Eternal Allure of The Bespoke By The Luxury Channel

The desire for bespoke products continues to gain momentum in spite of boom and bust. In times of surplus, the energy to consume and spend went unabated. In the guise of a latter day Catherine The Great, men and women of means took every opportunity to act out their whimsical fantasies through patronage. As a…

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Child’s Play By Lauren Steventon

Apparently Suri Cruise’s wardrobe is worth $3 million. These days a simple T-shirt just won’t cut it with style-savvy youngsters. Lauren Steventon picks the best ranges for children who like to keep it chic…. Whether your child is a mini fashionista like Tom Cruise’s Suri, an indie kid like Angelina Jolie’s Shiloh or a rocker…

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The Art of Foresight By Alanna Lynott

Is Astrology the businessman’s ultimate luxury? Blame the global recession, Bernie Maddof and the continuous rise and fall of stocks and shares, but 2010 is set to be the year that businessmen have their astrologers on speed dial. Great businessmen, politicians and the like have long since used the skills of an astrologer. J.P. Morgan…

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The Perfect Drinks Cabinet By Alanna Lynott

The Luxury Channel interviews Daniel Crebesse, head of the UK Bartenders Guild and head barman at The Milestone Hotel in Kensington. Daniel shares his hot tips on how to create the ultimate “at home” bar experience…. After years of working in hotel restaurants, at a time when chefs had very little to do (as almost…

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Do You Judge Your Friends By Their Interiors? By Lauren Steventon

The Luxury Channel asked British designer Tara Bernerd to tell us how we are judged on our homes and what our property says about our personality…. I don’t believe we are judged per se, more that our home is ultimately an expression of ourselves. It’s where the heart of us exists and therefore, how we…

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Zena Khan’s Sensational Sculptural Jewellery By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce caught up with the jewellery designer Zena Khan on the island of Bali, to talk mosques, Maharajas and beauty…. What impact has living and working in Bali had on your design aesthetic? Bali is a very spiritual and creative island. It has profoundly changed the way I work. I’ve become much calmer and…

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Getting Into Costume By Lauren Steventon

Costume jewellery designers who inspire, transform and enhance the way we wear jewellery…. Butler & Wilson Camp, gothic, girly or bling, Butler & Wilson do it all. Famous for retro-styling and statement pieces, the latest collection includes some Alexander McQueen-esqe skulls sparkling with Swarovski crystals. www.butlerandwilson.co.uk Kenneth Jay Lane The king of Costume Jewellery, Kenneth…

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Real Vs Fake: The Costume Jewellery Debate By Lauren Steventon

Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend? Or could costume jewellery actually be her closest companion? Long before Lorelei Lee sang those immortal words in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, diamonds – indeed all precious stones – had exerted their sway over feminine fashion. In the past few centuries in the West, gems have dominated the jewellery…

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Gold – The Elixir Of Life By The Luxury Channel

A non-invasive treatment by John Tsagaris is no fool’s gold. Be prepared for wondrous results! A woman in her mid-twenties is not necessarily the most suitable candidate for John Tsagaris’ extravagant, scientifically advanced and artful Chrysotherapy Facial Treatment. However, I reasoned that my relative youth made my skin rather objective and reactionary. The wrinkles that…

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Cinderella Will Go To The Ball By The Luxury Channel

The House of Borgezie’s Eternal Diamond Stiletto – the world’s first shoe to be made entirely from gold and diamonds. Retailing from £100,000 the Eternal Diamond Stiletto comes with a 1,000 year guarantee, representing a genuine fashion investment that lasts a lifetime. Made from the earth’s most beautiful natural resources, each pair is as individual…

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A Night in the Fast Lane By The Luxury Channel

Your ticket to the world’s most glittering events! Parties at the exclusive Amber Lounge have gone down in history as being some of the most exciting and decadent of recent times. Stars of the stage and screen rub shoulders with racing drivers and models, while the world’s top musicians serenade you as the champagne flows….

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Desirable Design By Alanna Lynott

Alanna Lynott celebrates five beautiful, “must have” objects of desire from across the globe…. Lighting The beautiful Yakuza Lou Chandelier by designer Eddy Sykes is a hand-made light sculpture that gracefully transforms its shape as it sheds a soft, patterned light onto surfaces below. Its brass contours bring to mind church incense burners, origami fortune-tellers…

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Sleep Like A Duchess At Duke’s By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon checks in to check out the newly redesigned rooms at Duke’s that are aimed at the solo female traveller. St James’ is London at its most traditional: suited gents heading to their clubs whilst bespoke dealerships line the streets. However, the new female General Manager at Duke’s wants to make it more welcoming…

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