1.618 Sustainable Luxury 2012

Luxury and sustainable development may sound like polar opposites, but green pioneers gathered at a Paris show at the weekend were betting on a cleaner, fairer future for the industry. Created in 2010, the four-day Paris event, dubbed “1.618 Sustainable Luxury”, brought together some 40 firms, inventors and foundations, that aim to reconcile luxury with … Continued

Fire destroys luxury cars in Place Vendome

The wealthiest square in Paris was evacuated last Thursday after a huge fire broke out underneath the French capital’s Ritz hotel. Dozens of people were treated for smoke inhalation and at least 15 luxury cars were destroyed in the blaze in a five-storey underground car park in Place Vendome. France’s Ministry of Justice was among … Continued

W Paris Opéra Hotel opening

The latest outpost of W Hotels, the long-awaited W Paris, has thrown open its doors in the French capital as Paris Fashion Week gets underway. The W Paris offers 91 guest rooms going from €340 per night and overlooking the grandiose Opéra Garnier — Paris’s distinctly more traditional landmark opera house.

Cointreau Privé by Alexis Mabille

After a first edition hosted by Dita Von Teese at l’Hotel Particulier Montmartre and a stop in London, le Cointreau Privé is coming back to Paris. Hosted by Fashion designer Alexis Mabille, for 2 months beginning Feb 28 the place will be a revival of the 1920s Parisian craziness and lavishness.

Hotel Plaza Athénée to host pop-up restaurant

Dubbed “Bancs d’Hiver,” the temporary winter menu at the Hotel Plaza Athénée will serve a multi-course meal themed around seasonal winter ingredients. The menu includes dishes like cream of chestnut soup, roasted pears, with cream and Savoie biscuits, and raclette, a traditional, hearty French dish that involves melting cheese over boiled potatoes, ham and pickles. … Continued

W Paris unveils interior details

Hotel chain Starwood has released new details of its soon-to-open luxury property in Paris, set to open on February 14. The W Paris revealed December 14 that the structure has been conceptualized by the Rockwell Group, the designers behind the W New York. The hotel has been designed along the theme of light, playing on … Continued

Traveller blows $66,000 on wine at Paris duty free

A shopper has broken the record for duty-free purchases at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport by splurging nearly 50,000 euros on six bottles of exclusive wine. The shopper, who was identified only as “an Asian”, bought a bottle of Romanee Conti 1995, a Chateau Margaux 2003, two bottles of Chateau Lafitte 1982 and two bottles … Continued

Luxury watch superstore to target Chinese in Paris

Luxury Swiss retail giant Richemont, owner of such brands as Cartier, Piaget and Jaeger-LeCoultre, is to open the world’s largest shop for luxury watches in Paris. Business Montres quoted an internal memo saying a three-storey 2,200 square metre (24,000 square foot) shop would open early 2013. The shop would take over the premises of the … Continued

Tokyo tops out Paris again as world food capital

Tokyo has now more Michelin three star restaurants than Paris, according to the latest edition of the gastronomical guide. Japan as a whole also beats France, with 32 establishments granted the maximum grade, against 25 in the guide’s home country. Paris has just 10 three star eateries. Of Tokyo’s 160,000 restaurants, 16 were awarded top … Continued

Paris International Boat Show 2011

Yachtmakers from around the world are gearing up to launch new products at the Nautic boat show, which gets underway next weekend in Paris. Nautic traditionally focuses on the newest craft from luxury French names — although there is plenty on offer for those of varying budgets and interests. Chief among the stars will be … Continued

Van Cleef & Arpels launching Paris jewelry school

Accessory aficionadoes can now master the art of jewelry-making thanks to an innovative move by iconic French brand Van Cleef & Arpels. The Paris-based company will make history in February 2012 by opening its first jewelry school, where students from across the globe can gain unique insight into the world of creating world-class adornments. Van … Continued

“Bubble in Paris” by Taittinger Champagne

Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris has partnered with Taittinger Champagne to create the “Bubble in Paris” bar that resembles a life-size snow globe. The translucent bar was conceived by artist Jean-Hugues de Chatillon, who drew inspiration from the mythical realm of Narnia to bottle a miniature winter wonderland. The 16-foot tall dome will house an all-white, central, … Continued