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.

Chinese Jewelry Designer Feng J on Her Contemporary Haute Joaillerie

By Emma Reynolds

Chinese jewelry designer Feng J is one of the latest high-jewelry designers whose whimsical, avant-garde pieces are making waves across the globe. She established her haute joiallerie brand between Paris and Shanghai (and splits her time evenly between the cities), taking inspiration from traditional French jewelry techniques paired with endless creative inspiration from the vibrant city of Shanghai. Her atelier is at […]

Ask Laura Founder Laura Szleper On Being a Proactive Concierge

By Alex Martin

Ask Laura is a new private members club that promises to bring a new level of personalization to concierge services. Elite Traveler sits down with its founder Laura Szleper to discuss how she intends to fill what she believes is a big gap in the market. Ask Laura has been in operation for two years, but Laura Szleper, the founder, […]

Axiom Space President Michael Suffredini on the Next Frontier

By Elite Traveler

Why should we look to the stars when there are so many problems on Earth? Michael Suffredini, NASA’s former International Space Station manager, firmly believes that exploring space will develop the technology we need to save our planet. “Why go to space when we have all these problems to solve on Earth?” Rarely does a mention of our inherent drive […]

BehneMar CEO Tim Trenker on the Future of Yachting

By Elite Traveler

Bigger, faster and somehow even more expensive seemed to be the yachting industry’s sole direction in recent years. But Tim Trenker, the recently appointed CEO of boutique superyacht consultancy BehneMar, sees a new demand from clients: the ability to go anywhere at any time. The desire and attraction of owning a superyacht has never really changed: It’s the ultimate symbol […]

Dr Sylvia Earle on Protecting The Ocean

By Kristen Shirley

The most well-known — certainly the most fun — marine scientist, conservationist, aquanaut and oceanographer alive, Dr Sylvia Earle has tirelessly advocated for the ocean for over half a century. She speaks with Kristen Shirley about her incomparable career and why she still has hope for the oceans. The list of prestigious honors and world firsts is long for the […]

Francois Graff on Diamonds and Legacy

By Roberta Naas

Leading a multifaceted, global, family-run business is no easy task. Francois Graff, CEO of Graff, one of the world’s most important jewelry houses, shares his insights and stories of rare stones with Roberta Naas. It is a very rare moment. I am sitting in a well-appointed office across from Francois Graff, the 50-something CEO of one of the most revered […]

The Last Drop Distiller’s Managing Directors Talk Whisky’s Legacy

By Emma Reynolds

Scotch whisky company, The Last Drop Distillers, isn’t your average whisky company. The UK-based brand specializes in finding rare casks in Scotland and around the world to tell the story of a spirit from another time. Not only are the casks they procure extremely old and rare, they’re also extremely delicious and infused with The Last Drop’s special touch. We […]

Getting to Know Skincare Expert Teresa Tarmey

By Elite Traveler

With over two decades in the industry, Teresa Tarmey is one of the world’s leading skincare experts. She includes supermodels and A-list actresses amongst her clientele who pay upwards of $360 per hour for a signature facial from her London atelier. In a quickfire Q&A with Elite Traveler, Teresa reveals why she got into skincare, her biggest achievements to date […]

Casa Noble’s Jose Pepe Hermosillo on the Evolution of Tequila

By Emma Reynolds

Those who love tequila know Casa Noble, an ultra-premium tequila whose founding family has been in the tequila business for more than 250 years. Founded with a dedication to producing the finest tequila in its class, Casa Noble is a complex tequila that encourages you to savor its complex flavors. There are six expressions in the brand’s portfolio: Blanco, Reposado, […]

IWC Schaffhausen Creative Director, Christian Knoop, on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Chronograph

By Emma Reynolds

Since IWC Schaffhausen was founded in 1868, the Swiss watch brand has been synonymous with aviation, creating the world’s most exceptional pilot’s watches and aviation watches in history. The brand once created watches for the British Army during World War II and has since been a reliable timepiece for pilots through the decades. With that, IWC celebrates important pilots who […]