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.

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 […]

Watches of Switzerland CEO Brian Duffy on Trends Driving the US Market

By Emma Reynolds

The UK’s largest luxury watch retailer, Watches of Switzerland, made its first move to the US in November 2018 with its flagship store in SoHo, New York. The 8,000-sq-ft retail space gave US consumers access to one of the most successful, multi-brand stores for Swiss watches in the world. Since then, Watches of Switzerland has opened its second New York […]

H Moser & Cie CEO Edouard Meylan on Modernizing Tradition

By Kristen Shirley

Since acquiring independent watchmaker H Moser & Cie in 2012, CEO Edouard Meylan has shaken up the sometimes staid watch world. He speaks to Kristen Shirley about changing the status quo. A watch covered in live plants, a perpetual calendar without a way to identify it as a perpetual calendar and the infamous Swiss Mad watch, with a case made […]

Directional Aviation Founder Kenn Ricci on His Successful Career

By Emma Reynolds

Kenn Ricci grew up with a love for flying. After learning to fly in the military, flying privately for Sir Richard Branson and former president Bill Clinton, he then got involved in the business side of aviation, when he founded Directional Aviation. (Today he is founder and principal of Directional Aviation.) Ricci stepped onto the private aviation scene in the […]

Superyacht Designer Espen Oeino on Building with Purpose

By Samantha Coles

One of the most revered superyacht designers in the industry, Espen Oeino, speaks to Samantha Coles about how the yachting landscape is evolving and celebrating his eponymous firm’s 50th delivery. Speaking from his office in Monaco, Espen Oeino is remarkably charming and affable despite having just arrived back from a whistle-stop trip to New York — he was there for […]

Getting to Know Jetcraft Chairman Jahid Fazal-Karim

By Alex Martin

Jetcraft has experienced exponential growth over the past 10 years. The company holds a unique position between the traditional broker and the manufacturer. A large portion of the company’s success is down to its focus on preowned jets, where demand has grown far quicker than forecast. Chairman of the Board Jahid Fazal-Karim speaks exclusively to Elite Traveler about his passion […]

JetSuite President Stephanie Chung on Evolving Leadership

By Elite Traveler

JetSuite is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. As president of the charter company, Stephanie Chung is using this milestone to re-evaluate every aspect of the business and ensure longevity with future generations. Let’s face it: There’s no shortage of negative stereotypes about millennials in the workplace. They’re viewed as wanting to advance at light speed to the corner office and to […]

Jamie Ritchie on Trends in the Wine World

By Elite Traveler

Jamie Ritchie has been buying wines by the case since he was 18 years old. Now, as worldwide head of Sotheby’s Wine, he oversees wine auctions that reach record-breaking numbers. The last five years have been a prosperous time for the fine wine and spirits business, as demand from Asia and the Americas has driven prices to record levels. In […]

Christian Louboutin on Why Time is the Ultimate Luxury

By Kristen Shirley

Since his first encounter as a teenager with the magical kingdom of Bhutan, French designer Christian Louboutin has been entranced with its architecture, art and people. He speaks to Kristen Shirley about culture, tradition and craftsmanship. Is it possible to conquer the world with stilettos? If you’re looking at the meteoric rise and enduring popularity of Christian Louboutin’s ubiquitous red-soled […]