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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.

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 […]

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 […]

Viceroy CEO Bill Walshe on Consistent Hotel Individuality

By Lauren Hill

Following the May opening of Viceroy Los Cabos, a launch that’s been the cause for great excitement owing to its bold architectural design and sublime setting, we speak to the CEO Bill Walshe about his role in leading the brand’s evolution. Since joining Viceroy in 2012, Walshe has brought his global perspective to the hotel group, drawing on his years […]

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Champagne Pairing

By Arun Kakar

Champagne might be the drink for celebration, but there’s no need to restrict the pleasures of the devil’s wine to special occasion, the UK’s ambassador for the drink tells Elite Traveler. “Champagne is a fine wine with so many different styles,” Françoise Peretti, the Director of the Champagne Bureau UK tells Elite Traveler in an exclusive conversation on our favorite […]

Brand Leader Lisa Holladay on Creating Hotel Identities

By Lauren Hill

Vice president and global brand leader of the Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Lisa Holladay is an indisputable expert on creating hotel identities that give guests a sense of place. What would you say is the greatest impact you’ve had on these brands? From the start, one of the most important goals I had in leading […]

CORE: Club Founder Jennie Enterprise on Curating Ideas

By Lauren Hill

Having become one of New York’s most prominent members’ clubs, CORE: now attracts attention from across the globe, but there’s more to this exclusive hub than first meets the eye. The club curates more than 200 events a year based on the latest trends in art, travel, cuisine, commerce and more, promoting conversation between members who prove influential in both […]

Maximilian Büsser on Surrounding Himself with Good People

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. An engineer by trade,Maximilian Büsser, known as Max, is the founder of one of the most futuristic and highly technical independent watch brands in the world: MB&F. The acronym stands for Max Büsser and Friends, because, as he tells Roberta Naas, he could not have developed his loyal following […]

Wolfgang Puck Talks 35 Years Of Chinois on Main

By Arun Kakar

Wolfgang Puck talks to Elite Traveler about staying on the top of the fine dining game and what it’s like to cook for the stars Despite owning over 25 fine dining establishments worldwide, an elite “à la minute” catering division and a product line bearing his name, Wolfgang Puck is not yet content to rest on the laurels of his […]

Elite Traveler Celebrates The Launch Of Our Top 50 Adventures

To celebrate the launch of our March/April issue, Elite Traveler held an exclusive party with a few of our favorite brands. Jewelry and watch collectors, influencers, industry leaders and our readers joined Elite Traveler in celebrating the launch of our Top 50 Adventures at CORE: club. With drinks supplied by Nolet’s Gin, Clase Azul Tequila and Villa Sandi, guests were given the chance […]

Martin Kemp on Interiors, Luxury, and Designing Private Jets

By Sophie Killip

If there’s something that the world’s finest interiors, yachts and private jets have in common, it could be that Martin Kemp designed them. His company, Martin Kemp Design (MKD), is known as a “luxury service brand attracting individuals accustomed to luxury service, or seeking an aspirational lifestyle,” and prides itself on not having a fixed ‘style.’ Instead, MKD embraces the […]