CONDÉ NAST INTERNATIONAL LUXURY CONFERENCE HAS
DEBUTED IN FLORENCE
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FLORENCE, ITALY - The first Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in partnership with Swarovski and Place Vendôme Qatar, has debuted in Florence. The inaugural seminar entitled “Hard Luxury” took place on the 22nd and 23rd April in the renowned Palazzo Vecchio.
Curated and hosted by Suzy Menkes, International Vogue Editor, the Conference has brought together a diverse mix of world-class speakers from the creative and business sides of the luxury industry. Held under the patronage of Mayor Dario Nardella, delegates gathered in the Salone dei Cinquecento, part of the Palazzo Vecchio, to hear from industry visionaries including Antoine Arnault, David Lauren, Jonathan Ive, Marc Newson, Karl Lagerfeld, Alber Elbaz, Axel Dumas, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, Jeremy Scott and Jonathan Anderson.
The event was held in partnership with Swarovski and Place Vendome Qatar, with the collaboration of the Comune di Firenze. Additional sponsors included: Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Qatar Airways, Denton’s, IMG, the International Fur Federation, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Intesa Sanpaolo, Luisa Via Roma, Newby Teas, McArthur Glen, Lineappela, Thor Equities presents 680 Madison, Getty Images, Opium Effect and White Communications.
Karl Lagerfeld (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Designs on display at the Conde' Nast International Luxury Conference Closing Cocktail Reception hosted by Emilio Pucci at Palazzo Pucci on April 23, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Conde' Nast International Luxury Conference)
Condé Nast is a global media company producing the highest quality magazines, websites and digital content. Reaching more than 300 million consumers in 30 markets, the company’s portfolio includes many of the world’s most respected and influential media properties including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller/Traveler, Allure, Architectural Digest, Wired, W and Style among others. In addition to publishing 143 magazines and over 130 websites, the company operates a restaurant division and several ventures in education. Condé Nast Entertainment develops film, television and premium video programming. Please visit condenast.com and condenastinternational.com.
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity that goes beyond the manufacturing of crystal. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures, and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones, and finished products such as jewelry, accessories, and lighting. In addition, Swarovski Crystal Worlds was established as a unique venue dedicated to showcasing artistic interpretations of crystal. Swarovski Entertainment collaborates with established industry partners and exceptional talent to produce international feature films, while the Swarovski Foundation supports creativity and culture, promotes wellbeing, and conserves natural resources. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,480 stores in around 170 countries, more than 24,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2013. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2013, the Group generated revenue of about 3.02 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people.
Suzy Menkes and Clare Waight Keller, Creative Director of Chloe attend the Conde' Nast International Luxury Conference at Palazzo Vecchio on April 23, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Conde' Nast International Luxury Conference)
With a total construction area of close to 800,000 sqm, Place Vendôme, under development in Qatar's emerging Lusail City, will feature retail, leisure, entertainment and luxury spaces, packaged into a onestop family destination by the sea. The project is being realized by United Developers, led by local investors with expertise in retail, real estate, construction and contracting. Situated 11 km from the center of Doha, the mixed-use development will host two five-star hotels, serviced apartments, up to 400 different retail outlets, a central entertainment component showcasing permanent attractions, technologically advanced installations and special events. Place Vendôme is set to become a new destination for the region, slated for opening in the third quarter of 2017.
Suzy Menkes invented the luxury conference concept in Paris in 2000, and has a proven track record in this arena, and over the past 14 years, has interviewed on stage a host of business and creative figures from the luxury industry. Suzy Menkes has established herself as the pre-eminent fashion critic in the world in the past 25 years while covering fashion for the Paris-based International Herald Tribune, which last October rebranded itself as The International New York Times. She has a permanent presence on Voguewebsites in the international markets, including Britain, France, Italy, China, Russia, Japan, Germany and Spain. Follow @SuzyMenkesVogue.
The Salone dei Cinquecento, part of the Palazzo Vecchio, was built in 1495, and the imposing space houses sculptures by Michaelangelo and paintings by Vasari. Located within the Town Hall of Florence, private access has graciously been granted to Condé Nast International for this event. http://museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it/palazzovecchio
Suzy Menkes, Iris van Herpen and Sophie Hackford attend the Conde' Nast International Luxury Conference at Palazzo Vecchio on April 23, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Conde' Nast International Luxury Conference)
Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive of Conde' Nast International and Designer Jeremy Scott attend the Conde' Nast International Luxury Conference at Palazzo Vecchio on April 23, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Conde' Nast International Luxury Conference)