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Van Cleef & Arpels Brings its Jewelry School Back to NYC This Fall

By Emma Reynolds

The only prerequisite for attending L’ÉCOLE School of Jewelry Arts, sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, is the desire to learn. The pop-up school, returning for the second time to New York City from October 24 through November 9, is taking over the Academy Mansion (2 East 63rd Street) to introduce a series of classes, lectures and creative workshops for […]

The Kitten Heels to Wear this Summer

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Paul Andrew Paul Andrew keeps both fashion and comfort in mind, offering a plethora of downright lovely low-heeled and flat shoes. The 2.6in-high Carpanthian slingback’s defining flourish is the metallic silver accent on its strap. $795, available online at farfetch.com Jimmy Choo At 3.3in high, the sophisticated Erin slingback […]

Harrods Welcomes New Parisian Perfume Brand Jean-Michel Duriez

By Lauren Hill

It was after 30 years in the fragrance industry that master perfumer Jean-Michel Duriez decided to embark on his own venture, founding his own eponymous brand at the end of 2016. Having always worked in Paris, this naturally became the home of this new fine fragrance house, but now Duriez is expanding his brand’s international prominence by launching a UK-exclusive […]

American Dream: The Revamped Stratocaster

By Samantha Coles

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. There are few more iconic rock-star accoutrements than the Fender Stratocaster. Eric Clapton’s weapon of choice, Buddy Holly’s preferred companion (and Kurt Cobain’s occasional punching bag), the Strat has been wielded by many megastars. First introduced in the 1950s, the Strat has been revamped, and this model, along with […]

Spa of the Week: Nescens Spa at La Réserve Geneva

By Emma Reynolds

Perched along the shores of Lake Geneva, the 10-acre La Réserve Hotel and Spa is located among lush greenery just three miles outside Geneva, ideal for those seeking a quiet and relaxing stay amongst nature. Inside, the hotel’s Nescens Spa (the brand’s first-ever holistic health spa, opened in 2016) is perfect for world travelers who seek results-driven treatments, whether that […]

Thomas Flohr on Breaking the Rules

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Rejecting private aviation’s patchwork network of fractional ownership programs and charters,Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet, didn’t initially set out to create a $2.5b global aviation company. But, as he tells Kristen Shirley, once he got started, his customers wouldn’t let him stop. Thomas Flohr wasn’t the first […]

Inside Cartier Queen’s Cup Final

The Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo Final is not only one of the most exciting dates in the sporting calendar, but is also one of the most luxurious days out on the planet. Set in the beautiful grounds of the Windsor Great Park, the Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo Final sees the biggest names in the sport of polo compete for a […]

Royal Salute Launches New Kew Palace Whisky Blend

By Lauren Hill

Each year, Royal Salute comes out with a select few never-seen-before whisky blends, many of which reflect the distillery’s royal roots having first been created to commemorate the Queen’s coronation; Just last month, the distillery unveiled a limited-edition $10,000 Royal Wedding blend (the first of 70 numbered bottles was send to Prince Harry and Meghan). And this month saw the latest […]

The Ultimate Luxury Guide to Auckland

By Ellie Brade This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Known as the City of Sails thanks to its waterside setting and sheer number of yachts, New Zealand’s biggest city is a cosmopolitan hub that boasts a busy nightlife, world-class food and drink, and a unique culture all its own. Auckland is built around more than […]

LAX Debuts Super-Luxe Suites for VIP Travelers

By Emma Reynolds

Airports all over the world are working to redefine the flying experience, focusing on everything from private transfers between terminals to personal high-end security in lounges. Los Angeles International Aiport (LAX) is meeting these demands with The Private Suite, a brand-new, one-of-a-kind private terminal with (seriously) luxurious suites and amenities matching that of a five-star hotel. Forget handling your baggage, […]