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Russian luxury market, so what?

Russian luxury market, so what?

Since the ex-URSS disappeared, many brands, especially the luxury ones have been trying hard to make good money in Russia. Luxury shopping malls in Moscow were built and many companies installed subsidiaries there. But are they really making money? What is the luxury industry status today? Until the global financial crisis of 2009, the luxury market in Russia was at the level of 8 billion dollars. Since the crisis stroke hardly many of the industrial countries, this figure was basically cut by half. Since the Perestroika, luxury brands developed and built local owned-flagship stores in Moscow and St. Petersbourg. With the crisis many shops closed down and most of the brands regrouped in one or 2 big department stores. 2 main luxury import distributors have shared the internal market since the 90’s: Mercury and Bosco di Ciliegi. They also control TSUM and GUM department stores respectively. But the real problem…

Celebrity fragrances, how much?

Celebrity fragrances, how much?

While in Europe we tend to think that Celebrity fragrances are not really a good business, you can ask the american industry. They have made millions of dollars with this new segment. Here some figures. The first ever celebrity fragrance to be a big hit was White Diamonds by Elisabeth Taylor with Elisabeth Arden group since 1991. Lately we got Glow by Jennifer Lopez in 2002. Only the first year it generated 60 million dollars of sales and still today it is on the top 10 most sold celebrity fragrances. And since then, many others tried some of them being a success for a long time. So here is the 2011 ranking of celebrity fragrances made by Forbes magazine: #1 White Diamonds by Elisabeth Taylor – 1991 54 million $ #2  Driven by Derek Jeter – 2010 27 million $ #3 Heat by Beyonce – 2010 21 million $ #4…

The New Burma by Ed Giles

The New Burma by Ed Giles

Getty photographer Ed Giles decided to highlight and reveal what he called the “New Burma”. It is a serie of amazing photographs that captures the essence of this exotic place… the way it is really today. Ed Giles is an award-winning Australian photojournalist based in Cairo, Egypt. Ed works with photography, video and multimedia production methods to explore in depth, human stories. Ed’s photographic and multimedia work has been widely recognised as aesthetically compelling and groundbreaking in format. In 2011, Ed was awarded a Walkley Award for Online Journalism, Australian’s highest honour in the trade, for work with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Online Investigations Unit. Ed has also received the Australian Council of Deans of Education Award for Emerging Journalists in 2011, and a United Nations Media Peace Prize for Online Reporting in 2010. Ed has worked in Iran, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Greenland, Burma, Nepal, the Caribbean Islands…

Waging Heavy Peace, by Neil Young.

Waging Heavy Peace, by Neil Young.

This fall, one of the most awaited biographies is called “Waging Heavy Peace”. It is the memoirs of Rock star Neil Young. Born in 1945 in Canada, Neil Young is considered as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. In his biography, Neil Young describes a beautiful kaleidoscope of his life, from private, towards his status of rock star. We can read also many details from his start with groups like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and recently the Crazy Horse. Moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Candid, witty and revealing, this book takes its place beside the classic memoirs of Bob Dylan and Keith Richards. The picture was taken from the january 26th 2006 photo shooting for Rolling Stone magazine. Waging Heavy Peace will be available in October 2nd 2012 in all…

Claire Milner, Swarovski crystals for a diamond jubilee.

Claire Milner, Swarovski crystals for a diamond jubilee.

Claire Milner is what we could call a virtuose of light and color. After an amazing Marylin Monroe’s portrait made of 65,000 Swarovski crystals, now she will reveal beginning of September a brilliant portrait of Queen Elisabeth. The “Swarovski Queen” will be exhibited in Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire, UK, as a feature of the Great North Art Show from 1st – 23rd September. It is a prestigious annual exhibition in a magnificent venue – the cathedral has a history dating back over 1300 years. The exhibition will feature artwork by some of the UK’s finest contemporary painters and photographers. The exhibition shows “tomorrow’s art today”. Basically they try to capture the “Air du temps” in a precise and qualitative snapshot of the best artists of today and tomorrow. For more information, please check the official website: http://www.greatnorthartshow.co.uk Here is what the artist says about this outstanding portrait: “I created the…

Alessi, Master of Design.

Alessi, Master of Design.

In the Design world, Italians are for ever masters. Many italian brands just brought to the world brilliant creations. One of these brands is Alessi, master of design since 1921. In the right heritage of Italian industrial design, Alessi put on stage several designers creations until today. Famous designers and architects such as Philippe Starck, Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass have collaborated with Alessi, leaving their marks on the brand. Some examples of internationally recognized Alessi design objects include kettles by Michael Graves (1985) and Richard Sapper (1983) and the Phillipe Starck Juicy lemon squeezer (1990). Since 2006, the Alessi product range has been divided into 3 sub-brands: “Officina Alessi”, “Alessi” and “A di Alessi”. The brand “OFFICINA ALESSI” features products that are more refined, expensive, experimental and innovative, with small production runs and limited editions. The brand “A di ALESSI” presents what we call “democratic” design; the best in design…