Shangri-La stops taking bookings in Tokyo

The Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyosaid Monday it would not accept any new bookings “until further notice”, citing the city’s uncertain power supply following Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami. The hotel said it hoped to resume normal operations as soon as possible but the decision highlighted problems the tourism industry will be forced to confront as … Continued

Gucci and Chanel win at Italian fragrance awards

On the occasion of the Cosmoprof fair running in Bologna, Italy, which wraps up March 21, the Italian fragrance foundation Accademia del Profumo has announced the winners of its annual awards. Its two main prizes, best women’s and men’s perfume, are yearly chosen by consumers and were won by Gucci Guilty and Bleu de Chanel … Continued

Beijing targets luxury ads amid wealth gap

Beijing has banned outdoor advertising that promotes high-end lifestyles as the government seeks to ease public concerns about the country’s widening wealth gap. Businesses Have been given an April 15 deadline to rectify such ads, along with any that excessively promote “foreign” things. It gave no details on which “foreign” things were deemed objectionable. Such … Continued

Karl Lagerfeld directs Magnum ice cream campaign

Karl Lagerfeld is directing Magnum ice cream’s latest advertising campaign, which features American actress Rachel Bilson. The three-piece film series will be revealed on April 21st during the Tribeca Film Festivalfor the debut of an original film series. Simultaneous to the exclusive premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the lead film will be released to … Continued

Range Rover Evoque Concept road bike

Luxury SUV maker Land Rover will be making headway into the cycling market this year with the Range Rover Evoque Concept Road Bike. Built in cooperation with Karbona, the bicycle uses Formula One-derived technology, featuring a carbon fiber frame with an integrated seat tube, alloy handlebars, black chrome trim, a leather saddle, and a 20-gear … Continued

Luxury goods lead rise in duty-free spending

The amount we spent on duty-free increased 13 percent last year with much of the growth coming from increased consumption of luxury products. The global duty-free and travel retail market was up by $4.5 billion, reaching a whopping $39 billion in 2010. The increase was particularly marked in luxury goods, suggested Generation Research, which saw … Continued

Steven Spielberg Buys $200 Million Superyacht

Steven Spielberg was recently spotted in St. Barth’s and St. Maarten aboard his new toy, the 86-metre Oceanco superyacht Seven Seas. Featuring naval architecture by Azure and an interior design scheme by Nuvolari & Lenard, the ship was launched by the Dutch shipbuilder a few months back. Said to have cost about $200 million, the … Continued

Luxury hotel market continues to boom in London

This week has seen the opening of two London luxury properties, proving that the high-end hotel boom in Britain’s capital is still well underway. On March 14 Marriott opened the St Pancras Renaissance hotel, which has been completely restored to its 19th century glory thanks to a five-year, £200m renovation. The five-star hotel is situated … Continued

Baccarat for Guerlain

Guerlain teamed again with Baccarat to manufacture a massive flacon for the ultra-exclusive flacon of their new perfume called L’Abeille de Guerlain. It is meant to look like a gigantic bee with its wings faceted like precious diamonds. The bee has been a symbol of Guerlain since founder Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain came to fame crafting perfumes … Continued

Hermes Mahogany and Leather Valet Stand

Hermès has come out with the ultimate well-dressed gentleman’s accessory – a valet stand in solid mahogany, fine leather and brass with ebony detailing. The luxe piece is a limited edition re-issue of a classic item created for Hermès in 1930 by famed French decorator and designer Paul Dupré-Lafon. It features a calfskin hangar for … Continued

Christophe Claret’s 21 BlackJack Watch

One of the highlights of Baselworld 2011 will be the 21 Blackjack by Christophe Claret, a watch that is specially created to allure casino lovers. Massively complicated, the 21 Blackjack has a brand new Christophe Claret movement in it called the BLJ08. But what really matters is that in addition to the time it lets … Continued

Odyssey unveil £100K diamond-encrusted putter

Odyssey Golf have unveiled a stunning one-off 2-Ball putter encrusted with rubies and diamonds to be sold in world-renowned department store Harrods. The putter comes complete with an 18-carat white gold head, 240 rubies and 378 diamonds – as well as a price tag of £100k.

Belvedere VIP Flight Case

To mark the launch of the Intense Unfiltered 80, and the creation of the Intense family, Belvedere Vodka asked Brand Opus to design a luxurious gift pack. “The core brand equities of the frosted trees create a frame for the Intense family, whilst paralleling the window device of the bottle design. The trees are supported … Continued uncovers the world’s strangest hotel jobs

It is hard to imagine when staying at a hotel that it’s actually someone’s job to warm the bed for guests or read them a good night story. However,, the global hotel booking website, has found that in some hotels around the world, these jobs do in fact exist.

The World’s Most Expensive Dog

An 11-month-old Red Tibetan Mastiff has become the priciest dog in the world after being sold for 10 million Chinese yuan, or $1.5 million. The dog, named Big Splash, or Hong Dong in Chinese, was bought by a coal baron from the north of China. Reputedly owned by Genghis Khan and Lord Buddha, the Red … Continued

LVMH to Acquire Jimmy Choo?

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, the world’s largest maker of luxury goods, seems to be having an inspirational spring shopping time. Just one week after sealing the deal to acquire Italian jewelry house Bulgari, LVMH joins the race for the celebrities’ shoemaker, Jimmy Choo. As Sunday Times reported this weekend, the shoe brand, founded … Continued

YSL Manifesto: street styles from around the world

Yves Saint Laurent has released pictures from its Manifesto day on March 5, when the brand’s well-known yearly publication and limited-edition bag got distributed in the streets of fashion capitals. See some of the most stylish fans snatching up theirs in Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Milan, and London.

Blake Lively’s Chanel Mademoiselle Ads Revealed

We brought you Blake Lively’s debut Chanel ad earlier in the week and now we’ve got our fingers on the full campaign for the Mademoiselle handbag line. Karl Lagerfeld personally chose Lively for the campaign, calling her “an American dream girl,” and shot the photographs himself at Chanel’s Parisian headquarters. The New York Times reports … Continued

The BMW New 6 Series Coupe Unveiled

BMW has unveiled the production version of the 6 Series coupe ahead of the car’s debut at Auto Shanghai 2011. To be released in 2012, this car has a 4.4 litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine. It goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Designed to be the ultimate “dream car,” the coupe features a “shark … Continued