Thursday, 23 November 2017

In a bold and surprising move CHANEL debuts capsule of €1000 sneakers (500 pairs)

The world’s most exclusive sneaker is here courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld, Pharrell Williams and Adidas Originals. The 1000 euros sneaker made its debut last night at Colette at a party celebrating Chanel‘s takeover of Colette. The sneakers are part of Pharrell’s ongoing collaboraiton with Adidas.

The sneaker has arguably taken exclusivity to an entirely new level. There are only 500 pairs available, and 120,000 pre-registered to buy them. The resale value shot up to 32,000 dollars after the pre-registration period.

500 people will be selected by a bailiff, and they will receive confirmation e-mails on how to purchase on Thursday. Williams has said he expects the resale value of the sneakers to go up to 40,000 dollars. Any merchandise affiliated with him is known to resell for multiple times its value. For example, his recent Adidas collaboration with N.E.R.D. is now going for up to 10,000 dollars.

This collaboration also has a philanthropic twist to it. Williams and Chanel plan on donating the profits to the Chanel Foundation, which aims to support women’s empowerment throughout the world.

The collaboration is historic in that it is one of the last Colette will ever see. The famed department store is scheduled to close on December 20.

CHANEL sneakers Pharell x Adidas NMD

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Shangri-La Colombo brings a new level of luxury in Sri Lanka

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts recently celebrated the grand opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, the second hotel of the chain after, last year it opened the spectacular seaside resort of Shangri-La Hambantota on the south coast of the country, thus consolidating the attractiveness of Sri Lanka as a premium destination.

The festivities signaled the city’s most highly anticipated hotel launch in nearly 30 years, and presented the best of Sri Lankan and Chinese culture through entertainment, gastronomy and a gala dinner at the hotel’s Shangri-La Ballroom – the largest pillarless ballroom in the region.

The opening was attended by more than 500 esteemed guests including His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and The Honourable Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, and saw Jacqueline Fernandez – an internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan actress, check-in as the hotel’s first guest.

Located at the exclusive One Galle Face address, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo marks the group’s second foray into Sri Lanka – a year-round destination where beaches, heritage and cultural sites, nature and wildlife viewing are part of the unique island experiences. Offering a new perspective of the city are the hotel’s 500 guestrooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, Beira Lake and the city skyline.

The modern guestrooms’ colour combination of teal and brown reflect their coastal surroundings. Rooms range in size from 42 square metres to 210 square metres and are luxuriously styled in marble, silk and Sri Lankan touches to complement the magnificent vistas.

Positioned on the top three floors of the hotel are Horizon Club rooms, which include benefits such as in-room check-in and check-out, breakfast, cocktails, dedicated Club Concierge service and access to the Horizon Club Lounge on the 32ndfloor – the city’s only exclusive lounge with views of the ocean.

The modern guestrooms’ colour combination of teal and brown reflect their coastal surroundings. Rooms range in size from 42 square metres to 210 square metres and are luxuriously styled in marble, silk and Sri Lankan touches to complement the magnificent vistas.

Positioned on the top three floors of the hotel are Horizon Club rooms, which include benefits such as in-room check-in and check-out, breakfast, cocktails, dedicated Club Concierge service and access to the Horizon Club Lounge on the 32ndfloor – the city’s only exclusive lounge with views of the ocean.

Created to convey a sophisticated residence in the city, the hotel’s 34 suites each come with a personal butler and access to the Horizon Club Lounge. The three, one-bedroom Specialty Suites overlook the Indian Ocean, while the Shangri-La Suite is the largest, at 210 square metres, with three bedrooms and unparalleled sea views.

Long-stay residents can take advantage of 41 one or two-bedroom serviced apartments featuring a fully equipped kitchen and living room.

Set to enhance Colombo’s dining scene and offer guests a multi‐faceted lifestyle hotspot are the hotel’s six restaurants and bars. Table One, named after the hotel’s prestigious address at One Galle Face, showcases interactive cooking stations uniquely themed around cooking techniques. Appointed with distinctive cinnamon stick detailing on the ceiling and tree inspired features, the dining space is open daily from morning to midnight.

The hotel is also home to Shangri-La’s renowned Shang Palace Chinese restaurant, which is decoratively inspired by China’s traditional Siheyuan houses and features old wooden beams that were once part of these historical residences. Taking centre stage in the restaurant is a custom-made duck oven where all duck orders are wood-fired then carved table-side. In addition to a curated menu of traditional cuisine from Sichuan, Dongbei and Canton, Shang Palace also boasts an open dim sum kitchen, a market style crab kitchen and private dining room.

Stylish and elegant, the 204-seat Capital Bar & Grill serves steaks, grilled seafood and the city’s most extensive whisky selection. Guests can expect four ambiences – a buzzing and energetic bar with live jazz performances; “The White Room” for private dining; the vibrant “Blue Room” with a show kitchen; and alfresco dining on the breezy terrace.

Kaema Sutra, a Sri Lankan themed restaurant and bar led by Colombo’s celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa, highlights the evolution of Sri Lankan cuisine using the island’s aromatic spices, rich ingredients, traditional cooking techniques and influences from various regions. The space, dressed with intricately carved elephants and vibrant masks depicting folktales also offers an airy outdoor area framed by tiki torches to create a tropical island feel

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo’s facilities continue with the largest event portfolio in Sri Lanka. Over 3,500 square metres of space including two ballrooms, an outdoor lawn and several function rooms can host up to 3,000 guests.

With a focus on wellbeing, CHI, The Spa offers seven treatment rooms and a selection of traditional Sri Lankan and East Asian therapies. For those seeking serenity and the opportunity to unwind, the warm temperatures on the hotel’s spectacular sun terrace or the large swimming pool overlooking the Indian

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Daily Dream Home: Shaughnessy

Located on a quiet street in the prestigious Shaughnessy neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada this luxury 6,000 square foot mansion is situated across from Vancouver’s historic VanDusen Botanical Garden.

The beautifully marbled entry is the perfect first impression that leads you into the formal main living spaces featuring expertly crafted hardwood floors.

The open floor plan includes high ceilings, state of the art chef’s kitchen that boasts Wolfe and SubZero stainless steel appliances.

The downstairs is a mix of formal and informal living spaces with family, living and dining room areas that can accommodate large parties.

The home features an indoor pool in the basement.

The onyx stone full wet bar in the basement is perfect for entertaining guests as they enjoy the amazing home theater.

With five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, complete with a nanny suite in the basement, this custom home is sure to impress the most discerning buyer.

This luxurious estate is listed for $10.8 million Canadian ($8.45 million) with Macdonald Realty and is showcased by Luxury Portfolio.

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Gwen Stefani partners with Marriott International as part of its strategic targeting of millennials

Gwen Stefani recently partnered with Marriott International to play an exclusive gig at the newly opened Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Dubai. The night came about as a direct result of the company’s partnership with Universal Music Group, which homed in on Marriott’s dedication to all things rewards. That collaboration means Marriott rewards members can now use points to get passes to concerts.

Marriott wanted the rewards program to appeal to a younger, more millennial focus. An on-site concert series was rolled out, which included James Bay during Art Basel at the Ritz Miami, Imagine Dragons in Bangkok, Ellie Goulding in St Pancras Renaissance London, Demi Lovato at LA Live and Juanes in a premier Santiago property. “We put A-list artists on Marriott and Starwood properties,” in a statement by ad agency UMG .

Another initiative by UMG involved SPG members are able to attend after parties at the Grammy Awards and American Music Awards.

Gwen Stefani

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Bedat & CO Geneve, the new official timekeeper for Cathay Pacific – the first appointment of a timekeeper by an airline

Bedat & CO Geneve proudly announce its appointment as the official timekeeper for Cathay Pacific – the first appointment in history of a timekeeper by an airline.

The celebrated Swiss watchmaker is no stranger to the award-winning airline, having begun a partnership several years back as a time sponsor and the brand of its choice in all Cathay Pacific’s international in-flight airshow time displays.

Partnerships between horological maisons and sporting events on land and at sea are par for the course but this unique partnership between timekeeping brand and airline marks the first of its kind.

“We have been working with Cathay Pacific since 2011,” says Charmaine Low, Marketing Director for Bedat & CO. “Passengers flying with Cathay would observe time is brought to them by Bedat & CO at the base of their personal television screens, across all classes.

Now, we are bringing the partnership one step further with our appointment as official timekeeper for the airline – the first of its kind in the world and a step we at Bedat & CO are very proud and happy to announce.”

With its founding philosophy of a watch brand created ‘by a woman for women’, Bedat & CO’s appointment by the airline is a powerful way to celebrate the spirit of the modern woman – brave, independent and unfettered by borders. The world is hers for the taking and she does it with elegance and style.

Founded by Madame Simone Bedat, a woman renowned for her vision and belief that the modern woman needs a timekeeping machine that is all her own, each Bedat & CO timepiece is an extension of the modern woman’s way of life as well, where travel forms an important component. Bedat & CO’s promise of flawless timekeeping is, of course, a given while its master craftsmanship embodies, serves, respects and celebrates the needs, aspirations and desires of women at its very core.

Bedat & Co official timekeeper of Cathay Pacific

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The Standard Hotel Hollywood to introduce cannabis-infused edibles and body care products

Minibar sales will go through the roof at The Standard Hollywood in Q1 2018 if its new partner, Lord Jones, earns approval from regulatory authorities in California to lease a retail shop in the hotel’s lobby and sell cannabis-infused edibles and body care products.

“Who would have thought?” Amar Lalvani, CEO and managing partner of Standard International told HOTELS. “We like what they do. We love their aesthetic. It’s another experience for our guests, which is what we are in the business of doing… The nice thing about what we do and being our size is we are not trying to be all things to all people. We like to bring to guests things we think are interesting and we enjoy, and we hope they enjoy them, too.

“We are not forcing them into anything nor are we trying to please everybody. It’s a continuation on what our brand is built on,“ Lalvani added.

Lalvani added. “If you look at the partner we selected and their attention to detail and quality, and from what I have watched and seen it is not a fly-by-night operation, it is not connected to a negative element. It is about people who want to celebrate the beauty of what can be created through this natural product. Their brand is complimentary and an elevated experience relative to what one would imagine with cannabis-based tourism.”

When asked to weigh the positive versus the potential negatives of this decision, Lalvani said, “The negatives are not negatives we worry about. There maybe some people who look at this negatively and that’s ok. Again, we are not trying to be all things to all people. We see Lord Jones as a high-quality partner and we see the landscape as it relates to cannabis evolving, and we think it is positive to be ahead of that and bring something new.”

Lord & Jones cannabis infused products minibar at Standard Holywood

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Luxury business digest – hospitality by Andrea Luri and Miriana Verga (November 2017)

Luxury veteran hotelier Andrea Luri and Miriana Verga provide CPP-LUXURY.COM with his expert insights on the selection of the most important hospitality news of the month.

The luxury hotel guest has very much evolved in a very brief period of time. Clients are not the same people, technologically speaking, that they were only 5 years ago. The pace of this evolution is trying to be kept by the hotel and travel industry; technology is becoming a discriminating factor in the choice of your hotel: an evidence of this is Marriott having announced the hotel room of the future through a partnership with Samsung (news) giving Guests a choice of a state of the art room experience, other hotel companies are going to extremes by integrating robots in their service team (news)

All this is certainly a sign of our times, but when does technology go too far? We feel that despite the trend is going towards a highly technological environment, guests of the luxury world are still, and even more, looking for the human touch, where service is provided by a person who can channel warmth and establish an emotional connection. Certainly technology can be an aid, or even provide a momentary amusement, but it will never be able to substitute the real sense of hospitality and experience provided by a human being. Four Seasons has created the perfect blend of technology and humanity by launching their new chat (news) which reflects the attitude of the company and in the words of Christian Clerc “Human connection may be the single most important element of the Four Seasons guest experience”

The perception of hotel restaurants has dramatically changed in the recent past. In Europe and in Italy, especially, the food and beverage outlets of a hotel used be a necessary item but never profitable and were often in loss. Today we have finally realized that a wonderful culinary experience is not only more profitable, but has become very attractive, this is why we see more famous chefs who open in hotels and more luxury hotels investing in famous chefs.

Food has become an actual and concrete marketing tool, an example is Castadiva Resort and Spa on Lake Como which for the past 6 years has been opening pop up restaurants for a limited time period around the world in locations which are disclosed at the very last moment,  another example of luxury pop up restaurant is  Nobu who has decided to associate his  name to 5 star hotel baur au lac in Zurich for one month only (news).

The trend of luxury alliances goes across the board and is seen in apparently unusual partnerships between the food industry and luxury jewelry  for example Tiffany opening the Blue Box CafĂ© in New York, so guests will finally be able to have breakfast at Tiffany’s. (news)

Matsuhisa pop-up at Baur au Lac – Omakase-Menu: Salmon Karashi Su Miso

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