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.

Paola Diana of Sigillus on Successfully Managing Lifestyles

By Lauren Hill

As the founder of the Diana Group, Paola Diana has made her mark on the world of luxury lifestyle with services including Nanny & Butler and Sigillus. Testament to her success, Diana was named one of London’s most influential service providers for high-net-worth individuals in The Spear’s 500 2019. We speak to the entrepreneur to find out what makes her lifestyle […]

Ed Ng of AB Concept on Narrative-Driven Design

By Lauren Hill

In the past two decades, Ed Ng and Terence Ngan have elevated their Hong Kong-born design firm, AB Concept, to lofty status on the international stage. The design duo is now known for narrative-driven design concepts with meticulous detail and diverse cultural influence, fusing architectural precision with bespoke craftsmanship and fluidity between aesthetics of the east and west. Terence draws […]

Philanthropy Expert Page Snow on Choosing Private Foundations

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Page Snow, chief philanthropic officer at Foundation Source, explains why many are choosing to start a private foundation over a donor-advised fund. The ability to make a difference in people’s lives through your own private foundation is considered a defining mark of achievement. Beyond the tax advantages, a private […]

Stay One Degree Puts Trust Back into Homestays

By Alex Martin

Stay One Degree founder Thomas Bennett thought his venture into vacation home rentals was over before it began. He and his wife had just finished a complete renovation of a villa in the south of Spain to a very high spec and, as it sat empty, they attempted to regain some of their considerable investment by offering it out to […]

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Nigel Haworth on life after Northcote and the future of Obsession

By Alex Martin

For 15 consecutive days, Nigel Haworth arrived at Northcote at 10am sharp and did not step out until well after midnight. In the intervening hours, the renowned British chef and his team would be briefed on a brand new five-course menu of Michelin-star quality and produce it for 130 guests. If that does not sound grueling enough, add in to […]

In memory of master distiller Dave Pickerell

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Late last year, the spirits industry lost one of its legends. Dave Pickerell, master distiller for three whiskey producers in the US and a full-time craft distilling consultant, passed away in November. A month before his death, the longtime spirits specialist sat down with Shaun Tolson to talk about […]

Roberta Naas on Mother-of-Pearl Watch Dials

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Shimmering mother-of-pearl watch dials are among the most beautiful on the market. Now, top brands elevate the precious material by carving, etching, painting and gem setting these delicate dials. Mother-of-pearl’s incredible luster and sheen have made it a feminine choice for watch dials since the early 1900s. Then, designers […]

Kim-Eva Wempe on leading a family-owned business

By Elite Traveler

What does it take to run one of the world’s largest watch retailers? As Kim-Eva Wempe tells Kristen Shirley, it’s a combination of unwavering conviction, honoring  her family’s legacy and taking the long view. It may be surprising to learn that one of the watch world’s most successful retailers doesn’t have its roots in Switzerland, but in a family-owned business […]

Richard Geoffroy & Vincent Chaperon on Taking Risks

By Elite Traveler

As Richard Geoffroy retires and Vincent Chaperon becomes the new chef de cave, they speak to Kristen Shirley about legacy, waiting for the right moment and how there is no more radical champagne than Dom Pérignon. Sitting in a suite in New York City’s NoMad Hotel pouring a glass of 2008 Dom Pérignon, Richard Geoffroy seems too relaxed to be […]

Christoph Grainger-Herr on Preserving the Future

By Elite Traveler

Architect, CEO and dreamer Christoph Grainger-Herr is fearlessly paving the path for the next 150 years at historic watch brand IWC. As Kristen Shirley finds out, it’s not just numbers and sales driving his plan; it’s passion. As we kick off the celebrations for the official opening of IWC’s new watchmaking facility, the Manufakturzentrum, CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr thanks me for […]