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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.

Breitling CEO Georges Kern on Revolutionize a Historic Watch Brand

By Kristen Shirley

How do you revolutionize a historic watch brand without abandoning its heritage? Breitling CEO Georges Kern, tells Kristen Shirley how he is shaking up the brand — and upending the watch industry — in his quest to make Breitling one of today’s most coveted brands. “When a train passes by, you have to jump on it.” Anyone who has met […]

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Lexus’ VP of Marketing, Lisa Materazzo, on the Future of Luxury

By Emma Reynolds

Founded in 1986, Lexus has pushed the boundaries of luxury and innovation in the motoring world. As we begin a new decade, the brand surveyed 3,200 Americans in what they call ‘The Future of Luxury’ report, asking consumers from Gen Z to Baby Boomers on what luxury means to them. Some of the key findings including that ‘digital detoxing’ is […]

Girard-Perregaux CEO Patrick Pruniaux on the Brand’s Latest Timepieces

By Emma Reynolds

Swiss watch brand Girard-Perregaux has been producing watches for more than 225 years, evolving into one of the most recognizable names in the industry. In 2018, Patrick Pruniaux was appointed as Girard-Perregaux’s CEO; in his role, he wants to keep up with innovation while still honoring the brand’s heritage. “[This year’s focus] is to continue to express how different we […]

Tiina Smith on Curating the Perfect Jewelry Collection

By Emma Reynolds

Tiina Smith is Boston-based jewelry collector, curator and retailer of exquisite vintage jewelry, who collects some of the finest pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co, Cartier, Bulgari, Boucheron, David Webb, Moussaieff, Buccellati, David Morris and more. The Harvard Business School alum spent her career on Wall Street world before dedicating her time to curating vintage jewelry. She […]

Zero Halliburton CEO Tom Nelson on Innovation

By Emma Reynolds

American travel brand Zero Halliburton first introduced the world to aluminum suitcases in 1938. Chances are, you’ve seen one of these suitcases in more than 200 Hollywood movies and TV shows (most notably James Bond movies). Even the president’s ‘nuclear football’ (a briefcase whose contents include launch codes for nuclear weapons) is said to be housed in a Zero Halliburton […]

Getting to Know Antima Homes Founder John Brendmoe

By Elite Traveler

John Brendmoe is the chairman and founder of Antima Homes, a luxury brand that develops and designs exclusive and bespoke homes around the world. The 57-year-old is a globe trotter in the truest sense of the word and has visited 136 countries. He speaks exclusively to Elite Traveler about his work with Antima Homes and the inspiration that keeps driving him […]

Explorer Justin Packshaw on the Power of Human Endeavor

By Elite Traveler

Today’s intrepid travelers seek out remote destinations and adrenaline-fueled experiences, each more extreme than the last. Justin Packshaw, explorer, philanthropist and chairman of Joro Experiences, knows a thing or two about this, having summited Mt Everest and reached both Poles. Here, he speaks to the importance of exploration for the soul. by Justin Packshaw I have always been fascinated by […]

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös on ‘Inspiring Greatness’

By Alexandra Cheney

Tasked with upholding the company tagline — “Inspiring Greatness” — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös perpetually pushes the envelope of luxury. Commemorating 10 years on the job, he speaks with Alexandra Cheney on how to maintain lasting global relationships, the power of saying yes and the future of coachbuilding. “There is always room for fantasy,” Torsten Müller-Ötvös declared, his […]

Celebrating Women in Luxury for International Women’s Day

By Elite Traveler

As International Women’s Day comes around this month, we take a look at some of the most inspiring women in luxury we’ve interviewed for Elite Traveler and the impact they’ve had on their sphere of the luxury world. Victoria Houghton, CEO of Hamilton & Inches Victoria Houghton was appointed as CEO of Hamilton & Inches in April 2019, taking over […]

Leaders in Luxury: Jacob Arabo of Jacob & Co

By Kristen Shirley

Very few jewelers are recognizable by just their first name, but Jacob the Jeweler is no ordinary man. At Jacob & Co, he creates mega-watt jewelry for hip hop stars and socialites, as well as multi-million-dollar timepieces for watch collectors. He speaks exclusively to us about his inimitable career, his inspiration and what is next. How did you become interested […]