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April 24, 2013

Camp Luxury !

3 Luxury Summits To Book This Spring

By Nancy Staab

Move over TEDx: Affluence peddlers & global moguls are congregating in Monarch Beach, CA;  New York City, and Vienna, Austria, for luxe-focused boot camps sponsored by American Express Publishing, Luxury Daily, and The Financial Times

Domenico De Sole of Tom Ford, Gucci, Sir Richard Branson, Mercedes-Benz SLR, Palais Leichtenstein Domenico De Sole of Tom Ford, Gucci, Sir Richard Branson, Mercedes-Benz SLR, Palais Leichtenstein

Sure, the visionary TED conference attracts its share of techo-geeks and celebs, but the real powerbrokers are congregating for a series of 3 spring Luxe confabs. And these well-heeled moguls get to keep their shoes and ties on for these conferences. Think: less Havaianas and organic power bars and more Cartier watches, private helicopters and Hermès-encased iPad 4s.


St. Regis Monarch Beach St. Regis Monarch Beach

American Express Publishing’s Luxury Summit, “Luxury: The Re-Mix 2013”: Monarch Beach, CA, April 21-23



The summit will concentrate in four key areas: globalism, travel, lifestyle and technology. This year’s summit hopes to provide a road map for the future that involves innovation. New features of this year’s summit are a real estate panel moderated by Pamela Liebman, President/CEO of Corcoran Group and a wine panel lead by Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor at Food & Wine magazine with participation by Ravenswood Winery founding winemaker Joel Peterson and panelist/actor Kyle MacLachlan, who will discuss his wine venture Pursued by Bear.



Sir Richard Branson Sir Richard Branson

Speakers and panelists include Chris Anderson former Editor of Wiredand CEO of 3DRobotics; Alexis Babeau, Managing Director of Kering Luxury Division (formerly PPR); Bob Chavez, President and CEO of Hermés; Domenico De Sole, Chairman of Tom Ford International; Sam Nazarian, Chairman and CEO of SBE and founder of SLS Hotels Brand; Nancy Novogrod, SVP/Editorial Director of American Express Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure magazine; Frits van Passachen, President and CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.


Our Favorite Seminar:

“Building a Consumer Experience, From Social Good to Outer Space”by Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group.



Guests will enjoy the posh amenities of St. Regis Monarch Beach, including special side activities such as surfing lessons, sailing, a special golf tournament, or cooking lessons with chef Adam Fleischman of L.A.’s Umami Burger.


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Michael Kors Spring 2013 Michael Kors Spring 2013

Luxury Daily’s “Luxury Roundtable 2013”: New York, May 1



A day-long summit, limited to 200 delegates, to meet the key executives moving the needle for luxury marketing, retail and media.



Mercedes-Benz SLR Mercedes-Benz SLR

This year’s conference includes featured speakers from the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Mercedes-Benz, Donna Karan, Graff Diamonds, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Michael Kors, Tods, Belstaff, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Consulting Group, the Lure of Luxe and more.



The conference will take place at the National Museum of the American Indian, across from Manhattan’s Battery Park, downtown.


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Kering's Gucci Group, Spring 2013 Kering's Gucci Group, Spring 2013

Financial Times “Business of Luxury” Summit 2013: Vienna, Austria, June 2-4



The renowned The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit, now in its ninth year, takes place June 2-4, 2013 in Vienna, Austria. The theme of this year’s annual summit is “Power, Politics and Profits” and will tackle key issues facing the industry from manufacturing  to cross-border trade agreements to effective ownership structures. The summit bills itself as “the premier thought-leadership event evaluating the key issues facing luxury businesses.”This year’s conference will examine everything from the macroeconomic outlook to philanthropic power.



Haut-Brion Haut-Brion

This year’s 350-plus attendees will mingle with the likes of Alexis Babeau, the Managing Director of Luxury at the French luxury conglomerate Kering (formerly known as PPR), as well as other influential speakers, including Patrizio Di Marco, Chairman and CEO of Gucci Group; Markus Langes Swarovski, Chairman of Swarovski; Andrew Rosen the CEO of Helmut Lang and Theory and Christophe Navarre, CEO of Moët Hennessy-- not to mention sundry members from Hugo Boss, Fung Brands, European Trade Commission, Chateau Haut-Brion, Vertu, The Blackstone Group, Gieves & Hawkes, etc.



Only the best for this glossy posse, who will make the Palais Liechtenstein, their official club house for the Summit. The Palais will provide an august setting for this global summit with it’s impressively restored palace rooms, Baroque Hercules hall and magnificent gardens. A Gala Reception, Dinner and After-Party will be held at nearby Schönbrunn Palace.


Stream It Live:

Can’t attend this year’s conference? You can stream a selection of key sessions live, via Financial Times Live at


For more info visit

Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna