Leaders in Luxury

Leaders in Luxury will introduce some of the visionaries with a knack for anticipating the needs and wants of today’s elite travelers.

Julian Washington on Legacy Planning

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. For anyone who has spent a lifetime building their wealth, leaving a legacy for the next generation and beyond is usually part of their ambition. Julian Washington discusses the findings of a recent study. RBC Wealth Management and Scorpio Partnership surveyed 3,105 high-net-worth people in Canada, the UK […]

Creator of Luxury Hotels, Architect Jean-Michel Gathy

By Lauren Jade Hill As the principle designer of leading architectural firm Denniston, Jean-Michel Gathy is one of the world’s most revered architects of luxury hotels and resorts. With Aman Resorts, Cheval Blanc and One&Only hotels within its extensive portfolio, Denniston is behind a staggering array of extraordinary properties. We speak to Jean-Michel Gathy about the secret behind successful architectural design […]

Interview: Holly Bottau of Y.CO Yacht Company

By Lauren Jade Hill Founded by Gary Wright and Charlie Birkett in 2004, Y.CO yacht management company was set up to fulfill the needs of yacht owners while making a positive difference to yacht ownership. The yacht company has since grown from being a small start-up to an industry-leading company with a team of over 100, and gone on to offer […]

Francis Sultana on Art, Inspiration and the V&A

By Lauren Jade Hill Each of the collections by furniture and interior designer Francis Sultana is easily distinguished by its unique identity, from the first – Homage to the Art Deco – to a series of collections named after the designer’s muses, which take inspiration from different eras of history and art. “We’ve had The Yana, The Celia and The Lulu collections,” says […]

Interview: Thierry Stern on His Family Legacy

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Patek Philippe has been crafting timepieces to the most exacting standards of excellence since 1839. Roberta Naas talks to Thierry Stern, the fourth generation of the family to run the business. Thierry Stern, president of Patek Philippe, has a tall order to fill. As head of one of […]

Interview: The Set Hotels CEO, Stephen Alden

By Lauren Jade Hill Encompassing Hotel Café Royal in London, Amsterdam’s Conservatorium, and the soon to be opened Lvtetia in Paris, The Set Hotels takes great pride in combining authenticity and heritage with a focus to create the ‘modern grand hotels’ of our time. The Set Hotel group’s CEO Stephen Alden gives us an insight into how he has shaped […]

Stephen Alden

Interview: Vartkess Knadjian of Backes & Strauss

By Lauren Jade Hill As both the world’s oldest diamond company and an ambassador of fine craftsmanship, Backes & Strauss is a name that’s synonymous with unadulterated luxury. And while the company set out on its diamond legacy in 1789, it is now celebrated for its opulent watches. It was the brand’s CEO Vartkess Knadjian who was behind this redefining […]

Backes & Strauss

Interview: Pioneering Chef Andre Chiang

By Lauren Jade Hill As a mainstay in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards – currently ranked at number 32 in the world, and number three in Asia – Restaurant Andre continually garners accolades and rave reviews from across the globe. Tucked into a three-story heritage shop-house of Tanjong Pagar in Singapore, this is where the revered chef Andre Chiang showcases […]

Interview with Chef Andre Chiang

Q&A with PXG Founder Bob Parsons

Bob Parsons, founder of domain name giant GoDaddy, is not your average entrepreneur. Known for turning his hobbies into wildly successful ventures, the Arizona billionaire says the formula for his success is part passion, part perspective, part luck and a whole lot of effort. One of 14 businesses, Parsons’ new golf equipment company, PXG, is the latest to become a […]

Interview: James Beard Award Winner, Nora Pouillon

By Lauren Jade Hill As a pioneer and champion of organic cuisine in the United States, Nora Pouillon has become one of the biggest names in North America’s restaurant industry. And now with the announcement that the Austrian chef, restaurateur and author will receive the James Beard 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, Pouillon has been garnering even greater attention. Before she […]

Nora Pouillon