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.

Jean-Christophe Babin on Leading a Diverse Company

By Roberta Naas This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Heading up one of the world’s foremost luxury brands is no easy task, especially when that brand’s portfolio spans five different product categories, including hotels. However, Roberta Naas finds that Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari, has risen to the challenge, and is steering the company on […]

Silvio Denz on The Art of Living

By Katherine Houston From an early age, Swiss entrepreneur Silvio Denz has been exposed to fine art and craftsmanship through the family fragrance and cosmetics business. His father was also well known for his extensive art collection and love of fine wines. Studies in finance and marketing in Switzerland and the US aided his knowledge of entrepreneurship and a natural […]

Philippe Brown of Brown+Hudson on Traveling Differently

By Lauren Jade Hill When you leave your travel plans in a tour operator’s hands, it’s not often you get the chance to meet Desmond Tutu or set out on a private tour of Iceland with a James Bond producer. But this is exactly the kind of experience Brown + Hudson provides, having meticulously created each person’s bespoke itinerary based […]

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Elite Traveler Celebrates Top 50 Watches at Wempe

On Thursday, September 28, Elite Traveler hosted an evening of cocktails with renowned New York watch retailer Wempe to celebrate the Elite Collection Top 50 Watches. Watch collectors, influencers, industry leaders and our readers joined Elite Traveler in toasting the September/October issue at the Fifth Avenue flagship.  The party was hosted by Ruediger Albers, President of Wempe USA, and Kristen Shirley, Luxury Editorial Director of Elite Traveler. […]

Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop on Royal Salute’s Whisky Legacy

By Lauren Jade Hill The director of blending for Royal Salute, Sandy Hyslop, talks to Elite Traveler about his role in creating new blends for the prestigious Scotch whisky brand, the responsibility he holds in continuing the distillery’s legacy and the latest product to look out for in time for the festive season. What led to you becoming director of […]

Chris Burch on Making a Difference

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Lauren Holmes speaks to Chris Burch, CEO of Burch Creative Capital, about his new venture in Indonesia, making a connection with his workforce and giving something back to the communities in which his businesses thrive. It’s Saturday night at Nihi Sumba Island, the world-class lodge set on the remote […]

Casa Noble Tequila Founder Jose Pepe Hermosillo on the Noble Pursuit

By Lauren Jade Hill Following the recent launch of Casa Noble Tequila’s limited edition $1,200 tequila expression, Alta Belleza, we speak to the luxury tequila distillery’s founder Jose Pepe Hermosillo to find out about the long-held traditions behind this family brand, the fascinating process that went into their latest tequila expression and the company’s philosophy of staying true to the […]

Olivier Krug on Protecting his Family’s Legacy

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. For six generations, the Krug family has delivered some of the world’s finest champagnes, following the philosophy of founder Joseph Krug. As they uncork another year of excellence, Olivier Krug delves into his family’s incredible history. Growing up, it was never a given that I would follow in the […]

Olivier Jolivet on Leading COMO Holdings to the Next Generation

By Lauren Jade Hill Following a three-year journey as the Aman Group CEO in which he was instrumental in diversifying the group from resorts to urban concepts, Olivier Jolivet recently joined COMO Holdings. Hailing from the French Alps and based in Singapore, Jolivet is now embarking on his new role with the celebrated brand. Up until recently you were the CEO […]

An interview with Propriétés & Co Founder Miguel Espada

By Lauren Jade Hill It was out of the idea to transform France’s heritage-rich chateaux, abbeys and monasteries into luxury coastal and vineyard estates that Miguel Espada founded Propriétés & Co. Now considered a leading luxury real estate and resort developer, Propriétés & Co have an impressive portfolio encompassing the canal-side vineyard resort and spa Château de la Redorte, the […]