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Monthly Archives: May 2012
The Luxury Review Showcase And Private Shopping Experience Revealed The Season’s Sexiest 2012 Luxury Offerings Last Thursday. Over 750 affluent guests attended the Invitation-Only Event
Ultra affluent shoppers and dozens of lifestyle press and media were wowed by the latest offerings by today’s most revered luxury brands at the highly anticipated New York Luxury Review. It took place last Thursday, May 10th, at Manhattan’s elite Metropolitan Pavilion. The dapper crowd, which also included Chris Canty (NY Giants 2012 Superbowl Champion), Cliff Robinson (Phoenix Suns), Jim Leyritz (New York Yankees), Ross Bennett (NBC’s Fashion Star), Albie Manzo and Chris Laurita (Real Housewives of New Jersey), was invited to the first-ever tasting of Billionaires Row’s Brut Rose Champagne and witnessed unveilings by Bentley, Ducati and Leica Camera.
The event was created by Bradford Rand of Rand Luxury, a premier international event-production company, The Luxury Review has become the number one luxury event for today’s discerning consumers and the platform of choice for the world’s most respected luxury brands to showcase their newest products and services. Highly coveted creations in jewelry, timepieces, beauty and skincare, private aviation, yachting, fine wine and champagne, spirits and more were represented at this one-night only affair.
A portion of silent auction proceeds held by Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia from the evening benefited The American Red Cross. “An unprecedented number of ultra-high-net-worth shoppers attended The New York Luxury Review last Thursday,” said Bradford Rand, CEO of RAND Luxury. “The event offered guests a true lifestyle experience, providing them with the unique opportunity to taste the finest champagne, try the most delicate chocolates and touch the leather of the newest luxury automobile.” A connoisseur’s dream come true,
The Luxury Review featured the unveiling of Bentley’s new Continental GTC convertible by Christophe Georges, President of Bentley Motors, Inc., the introduction of the limited edition Superbike 1199 Panigale by Ducati’s own Steven Radt, and the North American unveiling of the Leica V-LUX 40 and Leica X2. Brands that featured their latest products and services included: Aston Martin, Classic Car Club Manhattan, Davidoff Cigars, Edmiston & Company Yachting, Hacker-Craft, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, Tiro Design Jewelry, Mina D Jewelry, Jet Aviation, Keith Lloyd Couture, La Maison du Chocolat, Lili Diamonds, Maker’s Mark, Manhattan Woods Golf Club, The Ross Bennett Collection by Ross Bennett, Tracie Martyn Skincare, WinesbyWives.com and Uber Transportation. In the fall in time for the holiday season, The Luxury Review will return to Beverly Hills on October 3rd and New York City on October 17th.
Still Flaunting the Luxe Life
Robert Caplin for The New York Times
WHAT RECESSION? A model near a boat at the Luxury Review.
Published: May 11, 2012
Last year, Joseph C. Nunes, a professor of marketing at the University of Southern California, published a paper with two colleagues in the Journal of Consumer Psychology titled“Conspicuous Consumption in a Recession: Toning It Down or Turning It Up?” Examining product lines from Louis Vuitton and Gucci developed right before the financial crisis of 2008 and during the recession, the researchers concluded that despite the predictable musings of the popular press forecasting diminished ostentation, showiness was thriving. Logos were far more prominently displayed on products introduced during the recession than they were on products that went out of circulation, they determined. Prices were raised, and the profits of the companies hardly suffered as a result.
Big City Book Club
In the afterword to his latest novel, “11/22/63,” about John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Stephen King calls Jack Finney “one of America’s great fantasists,” and his book, “Time and Again,” “the great time travel story.” Thus, we would seem to have sufficient reason to make “Time and Again” our next book.
Written in 1970, the novel revolves around the advertising artist Si Morley, who is recruited by the government to join a secretive operation committed to exploring the possibility of time travel. The project lands him in the New York of 1882, where, as a sidebar to his adventures, he has reason to trace the mystery of a half-destroyed letter for a friend. Join us for the live online conversation on May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m.
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Read more articles in this week’s Metropolitan section.
Robert Caplin for The New York Times
IN YOUR FACE William Benson, center, chairman of Billionaires Row Champagne, at the Luxury Review, which included high-end jewelers and auto dealers.
Robert Caplin for The New York Times
An attendee is pampered.
While those living in TriBeCa lofts furnished with reclaimed wood, folk art and flax bed linens might find this paradoxical, marketing theorists do not. Citing previous research on luxury shopping that divides affluent consumers into two groups — “patricians” and “parvenus” — Dr. Nunes and his partners argued that the latter group, ever intent on deriving status through what it buys, remained resistant to the pressures others felt during difficult times to appear restrained in their habits.
While patricians (by which we mean both third-generation occupants of Park Avenue apartments and those who might shop at ABC Carpet) seek an even more quiet tastefulness, parvenus angle to dissociate themselves more obviously from the less-well-off. Some luxury companies, realizing this, begin to focus more aggressively on those unburdened by sensitivities to distress.
Few experiences in New York could have lent this theory greater credence than the peculiar event known as theLuxury Review, which took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, an event space in Chelsea, on Thursday night. Created by Bradford Rand, who is in the business of putting on job fairs, particularly for the intelligence community, the Luxury Review is a trade show for high-end jewelers, watchmakers, boat builders, automotive dealers and so on who come to market themselves to people who buy expensive things and also to market themselves to one another in the hope of forging various alliances.
Outside the pavilion, a stretch of West 18th Street was given over to two Aston Martins — a 2011 DB9-Volante and a 2012 Vantage S Coupe — and a 34-foot Hacker-Craft runabout, a mahogany boat that took 2,000 production hours and costs $289,000. Midway through the evening, guests were asked to turn their attention to the debut of a Champagne (actually from Champagne) called Billionaires Row.
Inside was a new Bentley, the Silverlake 2012 Bentley Continental GTC convertible, eventually unveiled, and beside it was the president of Bentley Americas, Christophe Georges, who informed me that sales of Bentleys in the United States increased 32 percent last year over sales from 2010. The United States is now the company’s biggest market.
When I asked Mr. Georges to outline in specific terms the profile of his customer base, he explained that the Bentley owner typically has five or six luxury vehicles. These are the kind of wealthy people, he said, “who want to reward themselves for their great achievements.”
The scene at the pavilion begged for broad generalizations about what those achievements might be. One young woman in a lace minidress, orange platform stilettos and a Hermès Kelly bag — a uniform one has not come to associate with Meg Whitman — wandered about aimlessly deflecting male attention. Another woman, Natalia Darialova, 20 or so years older, described herself in quick succession as a fashion designer, a television executive and, as she said some referred to her, “the Oprah of Russia.”
She was there as the guest of Sean Koh, the scion of an entrepreneurial family whose holdings include Manhattan Woods, a golf club in West Nyack, N.Y., that had a booth in the pavilion. If you are the kind of person who might be reluctant to join a club that would have you as a member, then you would presumably ingest your 9-irons, spit them out and repeatedly stab yourself with the prongs of your golf shoes before you would affiliate yourself with one that sought to promote itself at a miniaturized convention at which Ivanka Trump’s jewelry line was also on display. Mr. Koh seemed to realize his predicament, stressing that “we are not here actively seeking membership,” and describing the club as “very exclusive.”
The difference between New York and a place like Los Angeles or Moscow or Chengdu is that we believe patrician tastes dominate here. We believe that a certain ambivalence about money still clings to some fraction of the well-to-do. The city is more virtuous in part because its excesses are less visible. We might walk down Fifth Avenue in the 80s knowing we are walking past some of the most expensive real estate in the world, but because we are not bombarded by a view of gates and fountains and garden attendants, we imagine ourselves in a more sacred place.
And yet, hasn’t this view become ever harder to maintain? On Thursday evening, I met only one person who seemed aggrieved by what surrounded her, Miriam Luan, a former investment banker who divides her time between private-equity work in Manhattan and winemaking in Argentina. “This,” she said, surveying the room, “is not luxury.”
Posted by Janelle Korcheck on May 10, 2012 19:51
The Luxury Review showcased the most exclusive, and finest luxury brands at the location The Metropolitan Pavilion on May 10, 2012.
The Luxury Review has become a connoisseur’s dream come true, and if you are a chic hipster or Wall Street mogul you most likely attended this exhibition, because of the incredible selection of fine goods presented! Major brands unveiling their latest models and collections at this event included: Bentley, Ducati, Mina D Jewelry, BLK Beverages, Aston Martin, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, Jet Aviation, Keith Lloyd Couture, Ross Bennett Collection, Tracie Martyn Skincare, WinesbyWives.com, Tiro Jewelry Design Inc, V Georgio Vodka, Davidoff Cigars, Leica Camera, Manhattan Woods Golf Club and Lili Diamonds. Additionally a silent auction (Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia gifts) took place during this event. Furthermore, a portion of the proceeds generously benefited The American Red Cross.
Fashion News Live also caught up with designer Mina Deutsch, President of Mina D. Jewelry, about her latest line. Various colors inspire her collections, and this launch was an addition to her previous Ocean Dreams Collection. She solely creates her beautiful pieces out of materials: “semi-precious stones, natural stones, natural pearls, cubic zirconia and sterling silver”. Her collections are sold exclusively online and by appointment only.
Designer Orit, from Tiro Jewelry Design Inc, spoke to Fashion News Live about her latest collection, in addition to the fact that a portion of her sales are donated to animal shelters. Bold, red carpet accessories made out of golds, rose golds and precious stones were displayed stylishly. Each look has a special name and is copyrighted by the designer. Orit hopes to one day open an animal sanctuary for homeless animals. Representatives from luxury brands The Ross Bennett Collection and Studio Petra Azar expressed to Fashion News Live major points about the lifestyle companies. The Ross Bennett Collection displayed a new menswear line, with high-quality gloves that are produced in the same factories which create the famous Hermes accessories! Studio Petra Azar which is known for their magnetic accessories, mainly are made of different shades of sapphires, sterling silver, diamonds, and various colored-stones. Both edgy girls and more flashy, sophisticated ladies could wear the jewelry pieces, and style it appropriately and accordingly.
The Real Housewives franchise had a definite presence at this launch event. For example, The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members Albie Manzo and Chris Laurita were there to represent and discuss their healthful, mineral-filled, water brand BLK Beverages. In addition, Wine By Wives, founded by Orange County Housewives Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson, also had a step-and-repeat as well as a station set up.
Above: Model Nafsica, PR specialist Amelia Meloni, Designer/ President of Mina D. Jewelry Mina Deutsch, and Model Marina Wonder, wearing Mina D. Jewelry.
Above: Beautiful jewelry looks styled on a white ballgown by designer Studio Petra Azar.
Above: The always dapper Real Housewives of New Jersey cast mates Albie Manzo (left) and Chris Laurita (right) posed for Fashion News Live with their intriguing brand BLK Beverages.
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