Author: José Amorim

Moving to Portugal? Here is where you should live. 

Moving to Portugal? Here is where you should live. 

Portugal became the new El Dorado for luxury travelers but not only. The Lusitania country is now a perfect destination for holidays as well as for living. We hear a lot about international celebrities moving to Portugal and some cities are better than others if you wish to find thr best place to settle. Here is our top places in Portugal if you think moving permanently. They represent hidden gems and you better hurry up if you wish to enjoy the great life there. Why Portugal is a great destination? Probably before telling you where to go in Portugal we should start by answering a very good question: Why Portugal? There are definitely very good reasons, from climate, to cost of living. Let’s start by saying that Portugal is located on the western edge of Europe. This makes Lisbon being in the perfect location for weather. The Portuguese capital is…

Friday Chronicle #29: A Titanic named Lanvin. Guess who is the iceberg? 

Friday Chronicle #29: A Titanic named Lanvin. Guess who is the iceberg? 

This summer when Lanvin announced the arrival of Olivier Lapidus as Artistic Director, first we thought it was a joke, like “happy Halloween”. Then, we realized it was true which suddenly made us feel dizzy and even worried. Unfortunately we could not call Fashion Police as Paris is out of their jurisdiction. As expected, the first collection was a disaster. At least the good news is that it cannot be worst (well, we never know). Flashback! Jeanne Lanvin, inventor of the idea of modern luxury house It all started in 1889 when Jeanne Lanvin founded her Fashion house. In 1909 she officially joins the Syndicat de la couture which marks her official career as Couturière. She started by doing dresses for her daughter and little by little she extended her know-how and her customer list to the most influencial and beautiful people in Europe and beyond. In 1895, Lanvin married…

iGen, forget about millennials, here is the new Eldorado

iGen, forget about millennials, here is the new Eldorado

Millenials were responsible for the disrruption in economy and especially in the luxury industry. This is actually old news, discover the iGen generation: fully connected, less rebellious, more tolerant and clearly unprepared for Adulthood. Yes it is a mess and it is coming for you, luxury brand! Why Millennials were the gold pot? Millennials are below 25 years old and some of them have money. They have more than $US200 billion to spend and they contribute to $US500 billion indirectly through influencing their parents (source: US Chamber of Commerce). By 2017, this generation is supposed to outspend the BabyBoomers. They are “hyperly” connected and engage with luxury brands in ways we would not imagine. They are also very demanding and traditional luxury is not enough. They seek very exclusive experiences and products, more than previous generations. Also called generation Y, they are young adults born between 1980 and 2000. so…

La Prairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler – Celebrating 30 years of luxury and beauty

La Prairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler – Celebrating 30 years of luxury and beauty

It was more than 30 years ago: La Prairie created and launched the Skin Caviar collection. It has set the rules for the entire luxury skincare industry. For the 30th anniversary of the legendary Caviar collection, La Prairie has developed a new anti-aging treatment based on revolutionary technology: Caviar Absolu, the most renewable and volumizing caviar cell concentrate to date. The Caviar Absolu fills, repulps and helps to restore the density of the skin. The Skin Caviar collection, 30 years of master pieces in terms  of skincare The Skin Caviar Collection has evolved since its inception 30 years ago to continue to offer exceptional lifting and firming action combined with cutting-edge performance. With the launch of the collection, La Prairie made the audacious choice of using Caviar Extract. With continued research and new technological advancements, La Prairie then created Caviar Water, which is produced using a state-of-the-art steam distillation process…

Top 6 UK Fashion Brands to watch for in 2017

Top 6 UK Fashion Brands to watch for in 2017

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 2017. 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…

Why Aura Mugler is a great Mugler?

Why Aura Mugler is a great Mugler?

2017 is a great year for the fragrance industry. Among great launches of this year, Aura Mugler is definitely one to highlight. We have already written a full review that you can read here about Aura Mugler. Now we have taken a closer look into the Fragrance and the Flacon during the Swiss launch in Lausanne. These are two important topics that will explain why we think Aura Mugler is a great Mugler. Aura Mugler, the Fragrance What makes a Mugler fragrance a Mugler fragrance? Not an easy question to answer. There are Fragrance Brands who are known for their distinctive olfactory signature. And Mugler is one of them. Year after year, launch after launch Mugler has shaped its olfactory footprint and all Mugler fragrances have a high common denominator, a powerful sharpness with a lot of generosity. From Angel, to Alien, now Aura but also the masculine fragrances like A*Men, they…

Jean-Paul Gaultier Scandal? Not really. 

Jean-Paul Gaultier Scandal? Not really. 

Jean-Paul Gaultier brought an idea of impertinence to the fragrance industry. With the 2 pillar creations as Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Male and Le Classique, it opened a new route for fragrance creation that would not follow the standards. From an olfactory point of view as well as from a flacon and outer-packaging perspective, Jean-Paul Gaultier changed the traditional codes of luxury by creating new icons. With the launch of Scandal Eau de Parfum, the French brand tried to create a third pillar, which they have been falling to do since the mid-90’s. Jean-Paul Gaultier Scandal? Not really. And this is why. The life of Madame la Ministre: sex and politics… pfff! The new fragrance tells the story of a woman who has a double life. During the day she works in the French government and in the evening she has an intense life, openly sexual. She is a woman with…

Breaking news: Chanel reveals the new visual for the Gabrielle Chanel fragrance

Breaking news: Chanel reveals the new visual for the Gabrielle Chanel fragrance

After the announcement of the launch of Gabrielle Chanel fragrance, now the French luxury house just revealed the new campaign visual shot by Karim Sadli. The visual features Kristen Stewart, friend of the house and one of the leading faces in Chanel communications this year. The new CHANEL fragrance named Gabrielle celebrates the extraordinary personality of its founder and conveys a very modern message inviting all young women today to live freely, by and for themselves. Talented actress Kristen Stewart immediately came to mind as the obvious choice to incarnate this courageous, valiant, bold and impassioned femininity. Here is the print campaign visual: Everything on this new fragrance is to remind the amazing work Chanel does in the Fragrance industry. It has set trends, written down in gold letters the history of fragrances. It is always surprising the fans with amazing stories and uncompromising state of the art creations. Gabrielle Chanel…

Top 5 Best Luxury Hotels in Geneva.

Top 5 Best Luxury Hotels in Geneva.

Geneva is one of the world luxury capitals. From Rue du Rhone to Quai des Bergues, the city of Calvin is one of the best destinations for a luxury traveler. In order to help you organize your trip to Geneva, here are our top 5 best luxury hotels of the city. Geneva, an important city Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. The municipality (ville de Genève) has a population (as of December 2015) of 198,072, and the canton (which is essentially the city and its inner-ring suburbs) has 484,736 residents. In 2014, the compact agglomération du Grand Genève had 946,000 inhabitants in 212 communities in both Switzerland and France. Within Swiss territory, the commuter area named “Métropole lémanique” contains a population of 1.25 million.[citation needed] This area is essentially spread east from Geneva towards…

Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé on Ice – mixology is luxury.

Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé on Ice – mixology is luxury.

Veuve Clicquot is by far the most festive champagne, always on the edge of trends and fashion. A name that does not require introductions.Created expressly for mixology, Veuve Clicquot Rich is one of the most versatile Veuve Clicquot Champagne designed to allow anyone to create their own playful drinking experience. Bringing a cocktail spirit to a House already known for audacity & innovation, Veuve Clicquot Rich is an invitation to enrich the tasting experience with The Clicquot twist. Veuve Clicquot, more than just a Champagne house, a cultural reference for daring and celebration. Veuve Clicquot is one of the most prestigious French Champagne houses with a worldwide reputation. More than 8 million bottles are sold every year with an extreme attachment to quality and regularity. The widow Clicquot gave an international stature to this house of champagne. It bears her name, was created in 1772 and bought in 1987 by the…

The Montreux Jazz Festival, key numbers.

The Montreux Jazz Festival, key numbers.

Every year summer is pulsing around Lake Geneva in Switzerland thanks to the Montreux Jazz Festival. This very special Festival was founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs, Géo Voumard and René Langel with considerable help from Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün of Atlantic Records. The festival was first held at Montreux Casino. It lasted for three days and featured almost exclusively jazz artists. The highlights of this era were Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Evans, Soft Machine, Weather Report, The Fourth Way, Nina Simone, Jan Garbarek, and Ella Fitzgerald. Originally a pure jazz festival, it opened up in the 1970s and today presents artists of nearly every imaginable music style. Jazz remains an important part of the festival. Part of the festival’s expansion was due to coproduction by Quincy Jones who brought many international artists in the early 1990s. Here is a great video with Mr Quincy Jones talking about the early…

Gaby Machado, the next super model – exclusive interview. 

Gaby Machado, the next super model – exclusive interview. 

She is Brazilian, beautiful and young. Gabriela “Gaby” Machado is definitely the next it-girl in fashion modelling. With only 15 years old she has already 7 years of experience in modelling. She started at the age of 8. If you think she was discovered in the street, in a party or on the beach, you are wrong. She was discovered in… social media. At the age of 8 she was discovered by a Brazilian modelling agency in ORKUT, the brazilian Google social network at that time. This is an interesting fact as more and more models are discovered via their social media presence. Gaby Machado has already a very solid experience and all Brazilian fashion press already know her. She is definitely the next super model. She knows what is required to become a model without compromising who she is. She is photogenic, she “grabs light” like no one at her…

Gaby Machado, entrevista exclusiva para LuxuryActivist.com

Gaby Machado, entrevista exclusiva para LuxuryActivist.com

Para ler o articulo completo (en inglés), clique aquí. LuxuryActivist (LA): Vocé começou sua carreira em 2009. Verdade? O qué vocé acha da aventura até agora? Gaby Machado (GM): Sim comecei em 2009,acho que até agora está sendo uma boa experiencia, pois conheço pessoas e lugares diferentes. LA: O que motivou vocé para ser modelo? GM: Começou sendo querer, uma agencia viu meu perfil numa rede social em 2009 e convidou para fazer um agenciamento sem custos e meus pais aceitaram. Com 8 anos eu nem me ligava nesse mundo da moda. LA: Que typo de trabalho você prefere? Desfilar ou fotografia ? Porquê ?  GM: Gosto dos dois não tenho um preferido. LA: Qual foi o trabalho que você mais gostou até hoje ?  GM: Foi de uma marca de moda praia que viajamos para Pernambuco ficamos 4 dias foi maravilhoso , Porto de Galinhas é lindo. Os meus trabalhos preferidos são…

Wireless internet in airplanes: the end of an el dorado of peace. 

Wireless internet in airplanes: the end of an el dorado of peace. 

We are always connected. Is there any place in this world where we cannot receive any SMS, email or even a phone call? Even in a desert or in the middle of a sub-tropical jungle things are possible. But there was one place in which we were forced to be off-line. There was one magical place that phones, smartphones, tablets and other laptops were out of the grid. One place in which for once you could just relax and enjoy some hours only for yourself. This place is called a plane. While traveling in a plane you could not take any calls, responde to any SMS or browse the internet and answer emails. It was forbidden as this could short-cut the aircraft technology. If you were traveling for business or for lesure this was a moment in your life that you could use to sleep, relax, have creative thoughts or…

Inside Claude Nobs’ chalet in Montreux, a beautiful place for passionate people.

Inside Claude Nobs’ chalet in Montreux, a beautiful place for passionate people.

Montreux Jazz festival is pulsing and LuxuryActivist got to visit one of the most VIP places of all: the Claude Nobs chalet called Le Picotin. This is a very special place in the highs of Montreux, where Claude Nobs used to live and share his passion for music. 2 years after his death, his spirit has never been so strong and his home became a place for people sharing the same intense passion for music. Only some happy few have the chance to visit the place and enjoy the amazing hospitality. It is a place for memories and a place for hope in terms of the future of music. The review here. The Montreux Jazz Festival, the entire world of music meets in Montreux The Montreux Jazz festival is probably one of the most incredible music festivals in the world. From the edgy program, to the location, period of the…