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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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…