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.

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

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JB Star Family Celebrate 70 Years

Over a conversation in New York, Rafael Fouzailoff, president and designer of New York-based jeweler JB Star shares his thoughts with Elite Traveler on the upcoming 70th anniversary of his family business and his unique mix of knowledge, creativity, and unparalleled passion for jewelry. Since his youth, Rafael has been surrounded by a rich history of unique stones and precious […]

Rare & Beautiful: Lika Behar

By Manon Crespi Turkish-born jewelry designer, Lika Behar, has accomplished things in her lifetime most would envy. She attended British and American schools growing up in the 60s and 70s in Istanbul, learning four languages and speaking them fluently by the time she graduated from high school. Her father had an estate and minted coin business, and her mother was […]

Frank Marrenbach on Luxury Hospitality

What does luxury mean to you? Its definition is forever changing, but as hotelier Frank Marrenbach reveals, the one constant is making life easier for guests. Today, the definition of luxury is less about material goods and more about refined experiences. But what is a luxury experience? To my mind, a luxury experience is defined by the intangibles. At the […]