Hedi Slimane named Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline

Hedi Slimane named Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline

It is confirmed. The rumors were true: Hedi Slimane becomes the new Artistic Director of Celine. As always with Hedi Slimane: this is big news! Two years after leaving Yves Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane arrives at the head of creation of the luxury brand Celine. His mission will be to launch the masculine fashion and fragrances.  He will officially arrive in February and we can imagine that there will be a lot of changes. He is 49 years old and last time he worked for LVMH, he revolutionized masculine fashion at Dior Homme (2000 to 2007). His last job was Artistic Director for Yves Saint Laurent from 2012 and 2016. Hedi Slimane, The Ultimate Creative Director Hedi Slimane was never such a rebel that he would dare going to a more alternative parcours. He always dreamed to work for well known-brands and his versatility as an artist, fashion designer and…

SIHH 2018: The Renaissance of the Parmigiani Kalpa Line

SIHH 2018: The Renaissance of the Parmigiani Kalpa Line

The SIHH is also the moment in the year that Geneva sees what we could call successful comebacks. This year, it is with great pleasure we see the return of the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa line. Launched in 1998 by Michel Parmigini himself, the Kalpa line remains a very contemporary watch. Celebrating the 20th anniversary, Parmigiani brings back the Kalpa line with a very interesting model and variations. This watch is, as any watch manufactured by Parmigiani, a true wonder in terms of watchmaking. Every single detail is taken good care and the more you look to this watch, the more you think it is a great watch. The first striking element is the watch case and its distinctive tonneau shape. It became a true classic in watchmaking. With the Kalpa line, Parmigiani has shaped the movement in ways that fit the watch case perfectly. A very interesting detail of design…

SIHH 2018: Inside The New Hermès Exhibition Booth

SIHH 2018: Inside The New Hermès Exhibition Booth

One of the novelties this year at the SIHH is the arrival of Hermès as new exhibitor in the luxury tradeshow. LuxuryActivist took the time to give you a snapshot of how the new Hermès Booth looks like. Get into this insider experience and discover the world of La Montre Hermès, now in Geneva. The principle at the SIHH is that every stand is similar in the outside, which provides a contemporary and modern ambiance. What brands can do is to create its own universe inside each stand. Hermès mandated Denis Montel, from the RDAI interior architecture agency, to design a warm, sophisticated, contemporary setting. The furniture offers a unique journey on which sound, colour and light promotes serenity. Everything is done to welcome visitors in a great hospitality. There is a vast atrium with maplewood screens as well as steles serving as showcases. For Hermès, each detail is important and…

SIHH 2018: Cartier Is A Master Of Mystery

SIHH 2018: Cartier Is A Master Of Mystery

With the opening of SIHH this year, Cartier is revealing 2 great timepieces: the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon and the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night. These two watches represent a deep understanding of watchmaking with a over-the-top sense of aesthetics. For sure these are quite exceptional watches. The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon This watch is built on the base of the one presented back in 2013. Here we have a very striking watch made in a 45mm platinum watch case and a good 12.4mm thick. We have the traditional blue hands and the blue sapphire in the winding crown. Cartier became a true expert in hiding secrets of manufacturing. Here is the video from the one back in 2013:  The principle remains intact. At six o’clock we can see a double axis tourbillon rotating in an aperture without any visible support. All the magic comes…

Made In Pigalle Reveals the Paris of Parisians – Fragrance Review.

Made In Pigalle Reveals the Paris of Parisians – Fragrance Review.

While many fragrance brands are playing safe and keeping its footsteps into the conservative path of safe choices, some people try to dare something different, something with a soul. Meet MADE IN PIGALLE, a new Fragrance brand freshly launched with the aim of revealing the Paris of Parisians. It is our Fragrance brand of the month. MADE IN PIGALLE, Simple Ideas Are Often The Best. The founding soul of MADE IN PIGALLE is Paul Petit. A Parisian of course but above all, a passionate professional from the Fragrance and luxury industry. Paul is Parisian but he is also a citizen of the world. He lived in New York, Tokyo, London and Barcelona. He embraced the intensity and richness of living in great capitals and after so many years, Paris was calling him back. As we often say, when you learn how to market a product or a brand for others,…

SIHH 2018: Audemars Piguet Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of The Royal Oak Offshore

SIHH 2018: Audemars Piguet Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of The Royal Oak Offshore

This year, Audemars Piguet has a strong inspiration to be revealed during the Geneva SIHH. It is the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore. The Royal Oak became one of the icons of modern watchmaking. Distinctive and highly qualitative, it signs with golden letters the reputation and the style of the brand. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak range, timeless and iconic For over a century, Audemars Piguet has devised endlessly inventive horological masterpieces. Throughout the years, Audemars Piguet watchmakers have surpassed technical and theoretical boundaries to craft ever more demanding mechanisms. Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Since 1875, the company has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie, including a number of world firsts. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, numerous masterpieces are created in…

What Buyers Are Looking for in High End Luxury Real Estate

What Buyers Are Looking for in High End Luxury Real Estate

When it comes to high end luxury real estate, home buyers are precise as to what exactly they are looking for. According to the CEO and President of Better Homes and Gardens, Sherry Chris, prospective high-end luxury home buyers aren’t as concerned with size as one might imagine, but rather, they are looking for all those exotic amenities which are lacking in the average home. As a realtor or homeowner looking to sell your property, here is some of what prospective home buyers are looking for in a luxury property. Top on the List – Outdoor Rooms What the real estate section of bhg.com found when conducting a survey is that outdoor rooms are hot at the moment. These rooms are open to air typically on three sides and come complete with fireplaces, exotic plants and even stone pizza ovens. Luxury homes tend to do the most entertaining outdoors most…

4 ways to break into luxury entrepreneurship

4 ways to break into luxury entrepreneurship

Carving yourself a career in the luxury goods and services sector is no mean feat — especially when you’re up against established brands with hard-earned reputations. But if you like the finer things in life, have excellent taste and the confidence to mix and mingle with anyone, life as a luxury businessperson probably fits you perfectly. So here are four ways to break into luxury entrepreneurship. Leather A number of young entrepreneurs have made their mark in the niche Indian leather market in recent years. Gautam Sinha identified a demand for finely crafted travelling cases and lifestyle products made from leather and similar materials. And his Nappa Dori boutique leather brand now has a loyal following and looks set for further success. The Indian leather industry was worth $17.85 billion in 2015-16 and rival firms The Sole Sisters and The Trunks Company are now competing to grab their share. If you can spot a gap…

Top 6 UK Fashion Brands to watch for in 2018

Top 6 UK Fashion Brands to watch for in 2018

The United Kingdom is a gold mine in terms of fashion talents. From the prestigious Saint Martin School to the street pop creativity, the UK reveals each year several new fashion talents, some of them will definitely shape the future of the fashion business. Here is our top 6 UK fashion brands to watch in 2018. Martine Rose, from experimental to men’s elegance Founded in 2007, Martine Rose background comes from Men’s shirts. Her artistic exploration drives us towards exploration of individualism and yet belonging to a cultural group (for the reference). Martine Rose will choose amazing icons from the past in order to provide them with a contemporary context. Obviously the work of the fashion artist is to take those icons and offer them a new context that might be a quite subversive approach, questioning the former functionality or past popularity of certain aesthetics through their re-appropriation today. Have a…

The Most Futuristic Luxury Cars on the Road Today

The Most Futuristic Luxury Cars on the Road Today

Luxury cars of the future were once the stuff of science fiction and museum-worthy displays. And the history of futuristic cars stretches back for decades. According to the Smithsonian, the Tucker was acclaimed as the 1940s car of the future. The Tucker Torpedo was unveiled in 1946 as a sedan featuring swooping lines, third centered headlights that swiveled to light the corners and fenders that pivoted. There were also disc brakes and a pop-out windshield to eject during a crash and protect its passengers. But the business model lagged and the Great Depression created a lag in the industry. But what the Tucker was missing was that element of high-end luxury. Today’s futuristic cars are transforming the concept of luxury and are already on the roads making a splash. If you’re ready to catch a glimpse of sci-fi worthy vehicles that are on the road today, here are three of the…

5 Contacts That Every Luxury Brand Should Have

5 Contacts That Every Luxury Brand Should Have

Life as an entrepreneur is never straight forward. You may feel as though you are constantly moving from one challenge to the next. This is especially likely if you are in the early stages of establishing your luxury brand. In a competitive market, it can be difficult to stand out from your competitors and to attract a loyal following. However, even when you have finally achieved success, the challenge is not over. There are still plenty of hurdles that you will have to face and important decisions that you will need to make. That is why you should plan ahead and find services that will help you to stay on top. Below are five contacts that every luxury brand should have. An accountant Once your business begins to bring in an impressive profit, it is even more important that you are effectively managing your finances. That is why you should…

Cryptobanks Are The Next El Dorado, Meet Crypterium.

Cryptobanks Are The Next El Dorado, Meet Crypterium.

In less than ten years, the Crypto-Economy will represent more than USD 10 Trillion. While people talk about BitCoins, this crypto-currency is just one piece of the puzzle. The number of cryptocurrencies available over the internet as of 27 November 2017 is over 1’324 and growing. A new cryptocurrency can be created at any time. By market capitalization, Bitcoin is currently the largest blockchain network, followed by Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple and Litecoin. This new crypto-economy is growing so fast that more and more people wish to use crypto-currency to manage theirs transactions. With such potential, a visionary team created Crypterium, the first true Cryptobank in the world. It is a truly global project, completely decentralized and taking its foundations in the heart of the crypto-economy.  Here is how. Crypto-currency: the evolution of money Traditional banks go bankrupt, money devaluates from one day to another, bank transferts contains taxes, rates and sometimes…

The New Victorinox Midnite Manager@Work: High-Tech for Professionals

The New Victorinox Midnite Manager@Work: High-Tech for Professionals

This year Victorinox has relaunched its collection around USB keys blended into practical pocket tools. They have always represented the perfect companion for your daily business life, as well as for your special moments when you needed to share documents, images and videos. With the new Victorinox Midnite Manager@work, the Swiss company provides a very clever USB solution with a two ways stick, traditional USB and USB-3. Here is our review about the new Victorinox Midnite Manager@Work. The versatile USB drive on this Midnite Manager pivots, allowing a USB Type-A connection on one end, and a USB Type-C connection on the other. This is a clever construction as currently you might be facing both connectors, depending on which computer you will use. One interesting detail is that you can detach the USB key part from the pocket tool, which allows a easier usage. The storage provided is 16GB which is…

Björk New Album UTOPIA: Here is Why Nobody is Talking About it Since it Was Released.

Björk New Album UTOPIA: Here is Why Nobody is Talking About it Since it Was Released.

The music industry has been waiting eagerly for the new Björk album. So, when the news came and the press release was available, all media started talking about it. Nevertheless, once the album was released into market and people could actually listen to it… nobody shared their experience, no positive or negative critics… pure silence. Why? Well we are big Björk fans and we listened to the album. Very quickly we understood why nobody is talking about it anymore. Here is why. Björk announced a new album: it is always big news. End of October, Björk announced the release of a new album at the end of this year. The release date was November 24th. So there was almost a full month to make the buzz, prepare the music stores, get the promos ready to go. Basically we had a month to prepare to the Icelandic tsunami. All the news…

Luxury Traveler: Three Good Reasons Why You Should Visit Turks And Caicos

Luxury Traveler: Three Good Reasons Why You Should Visit Turks And Caicos

Some destinations are dream places for holidays and if there is one hot destination for luxury travelers is Turks and Caicos islands. It is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a British Overseas Territory southeast of the Bahamas.The tropical islands are simply a small paradise on Earth. Some celebrities like Lindsey Vonn or Cara Delevingne have already experienced the farniente of these islands. No matter if you book a hotel or if you wish to experience Turks and Caicos home rentals, any luxury traveler around the world should have at least one holiday booked to this place. So here are three main reasons to convince you to book your next trip to this tropical archipelago. Turks and Caicos geographical location: easy to access The two islands groups are in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas, northwest of Puerto Rico, north of Hispaniola, and about…

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