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FT Business of Luxury

Material World: Craftsmanship, Manufacture & the New Markets

Lisbon, Portugal |  - 
Speakers include:
Axel Dumas

Axel Dumas

Hermès International

José Manuel  Barroso

José Manuel Barroso

Former President of the European Commission and Former Prime Minister of Portugal

Cyrille 	 Vigneron

Cyrille Vigneron

Cartier

Overview

The FT Business of Luxury Summit is the benchmark event for the industry, attended by senior luxury executives and financial professionals from around the world. This year, we will return to Europe, at a time of extraordinary political, economic and social change. The 2017 Summit will take place in Lisbon, one of Europe’s most dynamic and evolving cities, where we will be discussing craftsmanship, manufacture and the markets of the future. How are manufacturing skills being protected and nurtured by the big brands? What initiatives are they taking to train new generations of artisans? How do you run a global business and retain an authentic heritage? Does luxury require new narratives or creative leadership? 

We will also be discussing many of the political and economic disruptions currently changing the industry and their impact on trade. How well are brands adapting to the shifting economies? How agile can brands be and which are exciting us today? We will also discuss the explosion in new luxury industries, like food and travel, and the impact of the new sharing culture on traditional luxury items. What should brands be investing in now? And what’s becoming obsolete? 

Chaired by the FT’s editor, Lionel Barber and co-chaired by the fashion editor, Jo Ellison, the programme will bring together leading industry executives, creatives and financiers and look at where the luxury revolution is going and how to reposition your brand.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 05/14/2017 18:30:0011/16/2017 14:30:00trueFT Business of LuxuryThe FT Business of Luxury Summit is the benchmark event for the industry, attended by senior luxury executives and financial professionals from around the world. This year, we will return to Europe, at a time of extraordinary political, economic and social change. The 2017 Summit will take place in Lisbon, one of Europe’s most dynamic and evolving cities, where we will be discussing craftsmanship, manufacture and the markets of the future. How are manufacturing skills being protected and nurtured by the big brands? What initiatives are they taking to train new generations of artisans? How do you run a global business and retain an authentic heritage? Does luxury require new narratives or creative leadership? We will also be discussing many of the political and economic disruptions currently changing the industry and their impact on trade. How well are brands adapting to the shifting economies? How agile can brands be and which are exciting us today? We will also discuss the explosion in new luxury industries, like food and travel, and the impact of the new sharing culture on traditional luxury items. What should brands be investing in now? And what’s becoming obsolete? Chaired by the FT’s editor, Lionel Barber and co-chaired by the fashion editor, Jo Ellison, the programme will bring together leading industry executives, creatives and financiers and look at where the luxury revolution is going and how to reposition your brand.FT-Business-of-Luxurya03d2e48cd355b3215ad6e16f064329bMM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 14th May

  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Reception

Agenda - 15th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration
  • 9:00am
    Summit
  • 7:00pm
    Summit Reception and Dinner
  • 10:30pm
    After Party

Agenda - 16th May

  • 9:00am
    Summit
  • 1:30pm
    Close and Lunch

Venues

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88
Lisbon 1099-039

Portugal

Tel: 351 (21) 381-1400

Welcome Reception: Carmo Convent
Largo do Carmo
Lisbon 1200-092

Portugal

Summit Reception and Dinner: Pátio da Galé
Praça do Comércio
Lisbon 1100

Portugal

After Party: Pátio da Galé
Praça do Comércio
Lisbon 1100

Portugal

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Speakers (13)

Axel Dumas

Axel Dumas

Chief Executive Officer
Hermès International

The great grandson of Émile Hermès, Axel Dumas represents the sixth generation of the Hermès family. Holding a Master’s in Law and Bachelor of Philosophy, Mr Dumas attended Sciences-Po Paris and is a graduate of Harvard Business School (AMP).

After eight years at Paribas, based in Beijing and New York, he joined Hermès in 2003 as Auditor with the Financial Department of Hermès International and went on to become Retail Director for France.

In 2006 he was named Managing Director of Hermès Bijouterie and, in 2008, was appointed Managing Director Métier Hermès Leather and Saddlery.

From May 2011 to June 2013 he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. Since June 2013 Mr Dumas has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hermès International.    

José Manuel  Barroso

José Manuel Barroso

Chairman, Goldman Sachs Int'l
Former President of the European Commission and Former Prime Minister of Portugal

José Manuel Barroso has been President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004). Having first been elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1985, Mr Barroso served as state secretary for home affairs, state secretary for foreign affairs and cooperation, and minister for foreign affairs in successive governments. In 1999, he was elected president of the Social Democratic Party and became the leader of the opposition. In 2002, he was elected Prime Minister of Portugal and in 2004 he was nominated as President of the European Commission. He remained in the Presidency for two five-year terms where he played an influential role in the passing of the Treaty of Lisbon, responding to the financial crisis and incorporating new members in the European Union, as the EU went from 15 to 28 countries between 2004 and 2014. On behalf of the EU, Mr Barroso received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.

Mr Barroso’s academic positions included visiting professor at Georgetown University. Most recently, he was visiting professor of International Economic Policy and a policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University. He is also a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Portugal and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Mr Barroso has been awarded numerous honorary degrees and has received more than 60 decorations, prizes and honors, including Portugal’s Grã-Cruz da Ordem Militar de Cristo and Grande Colar da Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique. He graduated in Law from the University of Lisbon and completed a master’s degree in Political Science and a diploma in European studies at the University of Geneva. Mr Barroso is currently chairman and nonexecutive director of Goldman Sachs International and an advisor to the firm.

Cyrille 	 Vigneron

Cyrille Vigneron

President and Chief Executive Officer
Cartier

Cyrille Vigneron has been the President & CEO of Cartier since January 1, 2016. Prior to this he was President of LVMH Japan and has worked at Richemont since 1988, mainly at Cartier. He was successively CEO of Cartier Japan, Chairman of Richemont Japan and then CEO of Cartier Europe.

Miroslava  Duma

Miroslava Duma

Founder
Buro 24/7

Cited as a "force of the fashion industry"​ by the Financial Times and the "most connected digital entrepreneur in fashion" by Vogue, Miroslava Duma is the founder of digital company, Buro 24/7 and its fashion and lifestyle platform Buro247.com.

In just five years, Buro 24/7 has launched local versions in 11 countries including Russia, Middle East, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Central Europe, Ukraine, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan with an additional 11 countries in the pipeline. 

In 2016, Ms Duma co-founded The Tot, an e-commerce site that curates healthy, safe, non-toxic and innovative products for moms, moms-to-be and their babies. She is also an active investor across a range of businesses including revFluence- a social media marketing company, Reformation- a greenfashion brand and RewardStyle- a monetization service for publishers and content creators. 

Ms Duma is a regular speaker and commentator on business, digital and media and has featured as a keynote speaker at Pioneers Asia in Japan, panelist at The Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the DLD conference in Munich, Vogue Fashion Festival in London, fashiontech in New York, Web Summit in Lisbon and for two years running at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Guram Gvasalia

Guram Gvasalia

Chief Executive Officer
Vetements

Known for being the business mastermind behind one of today's most talked about brands, Vetements, Guram Gvasalia is the chief executive of the Paris-based label alongside his older brother Demna, who leads the brand's creative team. 

The pair have disrupted fashion's show schedule by showing their collections off-season and introducing a business strategy focused on creating luxury through scarcity, boasting a sell through rate of 70 to 80 percent.

Growing up in a small town in the former USSR state of Georgia during the country’s civil war, his family fled their hometown in the 1990s, settling in Düsseldorf in Germany.

Mr Gvasalia gained sales experience at Burberry and received degrees in International Business and European Management and Law at university, whilst his brother gained experience at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton after studying Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

In 2014, the brothers launched Vetements, whose exaggerated silhouettes and streetwear-inspired clothing commands asking prices near those of couture level, creating a buzz throughout the fashion industry. In less than three years, the duo has secured more than 200 stockists worldwide, including Dover Street Market , Net-a-Porter and Selfridges.

Additionally, Mr Gvasalia combined the men's and women's runway show and made the decision to show Vetements during pre-seasons in order for the clothing to remain on the shop floors for a longer period of time than it would do showing on season.

Photo credit Narya Abhimata

Marcia  	 Kilgore

Marcia Kilgore

Founder
Beauty Pie
Nuno  Mendes

Nuno Mendes

Executive Chef
Chiltern Firehouse

Born and raised in Lisbon, Nuno Mendes has dedicated his life to exploring and perfecting his cooking.  His vast experience spans from his culinary training in San Francisco to working with some of the world’s leading chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Rocco di Spirito and Jean-Georges Vongerichten in both New York and London.

Mr Mendes is a pioneer in gastronomy, a traveller or ‘viajante’ who has explored the globe in search of unique ingredients, innovative techniques and first-hand experience on local farms. In 2006 he opened Bacchus in Hoxton, London where he received critical acclaim for his avant-garde  food. Following this, Mr Mendes set up a brand new concept called The Loft Project. It grew from an underground supper club movement to, what he calls, a ‘chef’s gallery’. It became a platform for him to create new recipes whilst hosting informal dinner parties for willing and intrigued diners. Mr Mendes then invited up-and-coming chefs from around the world take up residence and use The Loft Project as their platform to create and offer an intimate dining experience in Mendes’ own home.

In 2010 Mr Mendes opened Viajante in the Town Hall Hotel. Set in the urban landscape of Bethnal Green, the restaurant received wide-spread recognition from critics as well as a coveted Michelin star within just nine months of opening. In the 2013 San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Restaurants at number 59, and evolved from a local hotspot into an international destination. In May 2011 he opened a more informal sister restaurant to Viajante named the Corner Room.  At  the  start  of  2014,  Mr Mendes left  the  Town  Hall  Hotel  to  pursue  new endeavours and in February 2014 joined Andre Balazs as executive chef at his first UK venture, Chiltern Firehouse that opened to critical acclaim.

In 2015 Mr Mendes launched his first solo venture, Taberna do Mercado, in the heart of Old Spitafields Market, London. A small casual dining restaurant, the food focuses on his native country of Portugal, open all-day with a Portuguese only wine list. In the summer of 2015 Mr Mendes began writing a weekly recipe column for the Guardian G2 newspaper

José  Neves

José Neves

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Farfetch

In 2008 José Neves launched Farfetch, bringing together his interests in fashion and technology, as well as his experience in design, wholesale and retail, to create a business that would celebrate and support the diversity of the global fashion industry. The seasoned entrepreneur had experienced first-hand the challenges facing bricks-and-mortar retailers wanting to expand online. His vision was to create a single portal, offering independent boutiques the opportunity to compete with the leaders of fashion e-commerce. Farfetch now comprises more than 300 boutiques, offering over 125,000 pieces from 1,500 brands. With customers in over 180 countries, the site receives an average of 9 million monthly hits.
Mr Neves has been involved in the fashion start-up world since the mid-1990s when he launched footwear business SWEAR. Mr Neves later founded SIX London, a fashion licensing and wholesale company selling to 600 retailers worldwide. In 2001 Mr Neves opened the renowned bstore, which won the British Fashion Award for Retailer of the Year in 2006. Mr Neves has received numerous accolades as an entrepreneur and for his business ventures, including The Business of Fashion’s 500 People Shaping the Fashion Industry in 2013, Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year and Vogue’s DirectorsOf.COM Top Entrepreneur in 2011.

Floriane 	 de Saint Pierre

Floriane de Saint Pierre

President and Founder
Floriane de Saint Pierre & Associates

Floriane de Saint Pierre, founded Floriane De Saint Pierre & Associes in 1990 and built the company to be recognized as the leading firm for Organization Design, Human Resources, Board Strategy and Executive Search consulting for brands whose performance is based on innovation, design and usage with offices in Paris, Milan and New York.

Floriane de Saint Pierre is also the Founder of two digital platforms, Eyes On Talents and Ethics & Boards.

Eyes On Talents’ online platform empowers brands to access the best creative talent worldwide in visual disciplines, fashion, jewelry, design and graphic design, photography and architecture. The Eyes on Talents Awards are granted annually to designers with a strong commitment to innovative thinking. Angela Luna received the inaugural Eyes on Talents Innovation Award at Parsons School of Design in 2016.

Ethics & Boards is the first online governance data and rankings provider on Corporate Governance of listed companies. Ethics & Boards partners with the French Government tracking and analyzing Board diversity with a specific focus on women. Ethics & Boards affords companies and investors up-to-date governance, Board and Executive Committee information, analytics and peer company benchmarking of the major international indices.

Ms Saint Pierre graduated from ESSEC Business School and started her career in Finance at Christian Dior Couture. She is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Board Member of the French-American Foundation - France as well as of the D’Days Design Association. She is a frequent lecturer at business and design schools and institutions.

As an active participant in international contemporary art, Ms Saint Pierre is a Founding Member of the Tokyo Art Club Entreprises of the Palais de Tokyo Museum, Member of the Groupe d’Acquisition de la Photographie du Centre Pompidou and President of the Benefactors Committee of AWARE - Archives of Women Artists Research & Exhibition.

Ms Saint Pierre’s passion for contemporary culture and supporting women artists inspired her to build a collection of Contemporary Art and Photography dedicated to Women Artists of the 20th and 21st century.

Angela  Palmer

Angela Palmer

Artist

Artist Angela Palmer is an award-winning graduate of The Ruskin School of Fine Art at Oxford University and The Royal College of Art. Her sculptures are in the permanent collections of The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington and The National Portrait Gallery in Scotland. 

Ms Palmer’s most ambitious work is The Ghost Forest, an installation of 10 mighty rainforest trees which she brought from a commercially logged virgin forest in Africa to Trafalgar Square in London.

Mapping is at the core of her work and using MRI and CT she has adapted a technique to show objects floating as three-dimensional drawings in glass cubes. Subjects include an Egyptian child mummy; the head of the world’s most famous racehorse Eclipse; and an area of space using Nasa data from the Kepler mission. Ms Palmer also deconstructed the world's most successful Formula 1 engine, the V8 used by Sebastian Vettel in four consecutive F1 world championships, to create a series of dramatically upscaled components as abstract sculptures. She also collaborated with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd on a sound and light installation capturing a century of the evolution of the eight cylinder engine.

Ms Palmer's most recent project is a portrait of the UK, The Geological Spine of Great Britain in which she sourced rocks from every geological period spanning 3 billion years, tracing in a complete timeline the creation of England, Wales, Scotland and N Ireland from their position near the South Pole to the present day. Previous to her art career she was a journalist, with posts including the editorships of ELLE and The Observer Magazine.

Robin Derrick

Robin Derrick

Executive Creative Director
Spring Studios

In 1981 while still a first year student St Martins School of Art, Robin Derrick started working with Terry Jones, on fledgling style magazine i-D until his graduation when he was offered his first full-time job – as Designer at The Face magazine working alongside acclaimed typographer and art director Neville Brody. Subsequently as Art Director of The Face, Mr Derrick forged links with young photographers Nick Knight, Mario Testino and Juergen Teller.

In 1986 Mr Derrick became Contributing Editor on the launch of a brand new type of men’s magazine – Arena. He then left for Italy in 1987, when Carla Sozzani asked Mr Derrick to launch Italian Elle as Art Director. Mr Derrick brought his group of cutting-edge photographers from London and worked with established international photographic talent of the time such as Steven Meisel, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, Bruce Webber and Peter Lindberg.

The following year, along with two partners, Mr Derrick set up Studio Box, a fashion-oriented design and art direction studio with offices in Paris and Milan. Studio Box clients included Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Max Mara, Ferre, Anna Molinari, Krizia, Ferretti, Armand Basi and Romeo Gigli among others.

After five years based in Paris, Mr Derrick returned to London in 1993 where he became the Creative Director of British Vogue for the next 19 years. January 2000’s Millennium issue was the highest selling issue in the magazine’s history. Whilst at Vogue Mr Derrick created the world’s first fashion magazine iPad app and made, what was then, the most watched YouTube film, featuring Megan Fox for Armani Underwear.

In 2009, Mr Derrick joined Spring Studios, a global leader in luxury brand communications that innovates and elevates some of the biggest brands in luxury, fashion, beauty and retail including Tom Ford, Diesel, Kiko, Calvin Klein, Versus Versace, Nexxus and Canali. As global Executive Creative Director, Mr Derrick oversees the agency’s output across Spring’s London and New York offices. Mr Derrick has kept faith with his editorial roots at Spring redesigning Harper’s Bazaar US and creating its digital platform and launching Porter magazine in 2014.

Mr Derrick has had four solo exhibitions of his photographic work entitled Big Head, Galerie Gordon Pym et Fils, Paris in 2004; Life Class, Galerie Gordon Pym et Fils, Paris in 2006; Robin Derrick gallery 275, London in 2007 and Cut Flowers, Flora Fairbairn gallery, London in 2008. He has also written several books, including The Impossible Image, Phaidon Press, 2000; Unseen Vogue, Time Warner, 2002; People in Vogue, Time Warner, 2003 and Vogue Covers, Time Warner, 2007.

Nicolas Ghesquière

Nicolas Ghesquière

Artistic Director, Women’s Collections
Louis Vuitton
Francesco Trapani

Francesco Trapani

Francesco Trapani is the former CEO of Bulgari and former Chairman of the LVMH Watches and Jewellery Division. Mr Trapani began his career as the Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of Bulgari. He then went on to become Chief Executive Officer of Bulgari in 1984.

In 1995 Francesco Trapani oversaw the listing of Bulgari on the Italian Stock Exchange, with the Bulgari family as the controlling shareholder. During this time Mr Trapani also began building the Bulgari brand at a global level.

Under Francesco Trapani’s leadership, Bulgari went from a small jewellery company with a turnover of approximately EUR25 million, with 5 shops and 80 employees, to the Bulgari Group, one of the leading global players in the luxury market.  

In 2011, Bulgari, which in the previous 20 years had paid dividends for EUR600 million, joined forces with the LVMH Group; at the time of the transaction the company was valued EUR4.3 billion.

Born in Rome, Francesco Trapani is 57 years old, married, and has 3 children.

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FT CONTRIBUTORS (7)

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Editor
Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Jo Ellison

Jo Ellison

Fashion Editor
Financial Times

Jo Ellison is fashion editor of the Financial Times and editorial coordinator of the FT’s annual Business of Luxury conference.

Ellison is the author of Vogue: The Gown, an overview of evening dresses in British Vogue over the last century. In 2013 she was named Features Writer of the Year by the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards.

As features director at British Vogue between 2008 and 2014, Ellison wrote and commissioned the title’s main features and interviews for both the magazine and website, across topics including food, beauty, politics and health. She is a former features editor at the Independent and started her career at the Irish Examiner. She holds an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh.

John Ridding

John Ridding

Chief Executive Officer
Financial Times Group

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, a role he has held since 2006. Under his stewardship, the FT has expanded its global operation, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments and Assanka (renamed FT Labs). It has also gained a reputation for innovation and digital transformation, and now attracts the largest paying readership in its 128-year history, with two-thirds of its readership coming from digital channels. Mr Ridding also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei, the Japanese media group that acquired the FT in 2015. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.

Mr Ridding’s previous roles include President of Pearson Professional, a division of the global education business. He was a member of Pearson’s executive board, and also served as President of Pearson in Asia, over-seeing the group’s regional education strategy. Prior to his Pearson role, Mr Ridding was the Editor and Publisher of the Financial Times in Asia. He led the launch of the FT’s Asia edition in 2003, steering it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. He also led the development of the FT’s Chinese-language website, which now has more than 2 million users and is the leading international source of business news in China.

During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both the editorial and business departments, including Deputy Editor, Managing Editor, Asia editor, Paris Correspondent and Korea Correspondent. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks. Mr Ridding currently sits on the board of Bonnier Business Press, part of the international media conglomerate Bonnier AB. He is also a member of the Global Board and Chairman of the UK Advisory Board of Room to Read, a US-based charity that supports education and literacy in developing countries. He graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Gillian de Bono

Gillian de Bono

Editor, How To Spend It and Assistant Editor,
Financial Times

Gillian de Bono joined the Financial Times in 1994 to set up a magazine department following the success of a trial issue of How To Spend It for FT Weekend. Previously, she spent 13 years launching, relaunching and editing women’s glossy magazines.

Ms de Bono spent her formative journalist years at Consumers Association, publishers of Which? magazine where, as a writer, she won the first Rosemary Goodchild Award in 1986 for the year’s best article on women’s health.

She has received three British Society of Magazine Editors awards – as Launch Editor of the Year in 1986 for Essentials magazine and as Newspaper Magazine Editor of the Year in 1999 and 2004 for How To Spend It. How To Spend It was voted Colour Supplement of the Year at The 2015 Newspaper Awards, the fourteenth time the magazine has won this award. How To Spend It is also the only colour supplement to have won all three major industry awards in a single year: The British Press Awards 2004, the British Society of Magazine Editors 2004 and The 2004 Newspaper Awards.

Ms de Bono is also editor of howtospendit.com which was voted Best Lifestyle Website in the 2014 Lovie Awards and Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site in The 2015 Drum Online Media Awards.

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon

Business Editor
Financial Times

Sarah Gordon is the Financial Times’ Business Editor and an Associate Editor, with overall responsibility for covering business developments in Europe. She took up the role in 2014. Prior to this she was the FT’s Companies Editor and an Assistant Editor, and before that she was the International Company News Editor, overseeing the coverage of international company news in the daily newspaper and on FT.com.

Ms Gordon previously spent three years as a writer and Assistant Editor on the Lex column, and before that she was Deputy Personal Finance Editor. She joined the Financial Times in 2001 on the UK companies desk.  Before joining the Financial Times Ms Gordon worked in emerging markets fund management for Citigroup's asset management business, and before that she worked as an economist in London, reviewing political and economic events and producing analysis of the global economy. She started her career working for the UN Conference for Trade and Development debt management programme in Geneva. Ms Gordon holds a BA Honours in English Literature from Clare College, Cambridge, and a Master’s degree in Latin American Politics and Economics from Oxford. Follow Sarah Gordon on Twitter at @sarahgor 

Rachel Sanderson

Rachel Sanderson

Milan Correspondent
Financial Times

Rachel Sanderson has written about Italian business, finance, fashion, politics and culture for the Financial Times since September 2010. She has broken some of the biggest corporate stories in Italy from LVMH’s buyout of Bulgari to Italy’s multibillion bank bail out plan. She was the first foreign newspaper reporter to interview Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Rachel is an alumna of Reuters and Breakingviews and graduate of Cambridge University.

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011.

Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. He is an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, New York, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Wolf was made a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Nottingham University in July 2006, a Doctor of Science (Economics) of London University, honoris causa, by the London School of Economics, in December 2006, a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by Warwick University, in July 2009, a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Kingston University, in January 2010 and a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Macquarie University, in Australia, in 2012.

Mr Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994. In 2006, he became the sixth winner of the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation). He won the “Commentator of the Year” award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009, 37th in the same list for 2010 and 55th for 2011. Mr Wolf won the “Ludwig-Erhard-Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”) for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, sponsored by Editorial Intelligence. He was joint winner of the 2009 award for columns in “giant newspapers” at the 15th annual Best in Business Journalism competition of The Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He won the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012. He won the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013.

His most recent publications are Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004), Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its “Financial Book of the Year” for 2009.

Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.

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Who Attends?

The FT Business of Luxury Summit attracts senior luxury sector executives, corporate decision-makers and financiers from around the world including Chairmen, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, CTOs, Presidents and Managing Directors from the following industries:

  • Fashion
  • Retail
  • Jewellery
  • Motor
  • Yacht Manufacturing
  • Watches
  • Technology Companies
  • Private Equity
  • Investment Banking
  • Private Banking
  • Investment / Asset Management
  • Architecture / Construction
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Luxury Residential Property
  • Auctioneering
  • Yacht Broking
  • Arts
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Film
  • Shopping Malls
  • Advertising / Marketing
  • Design Consultancies
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Luxury Daily is the world's leading luxury business publication covering the marketing, retail, media and digital efforts of luxury brands and retailers, as well as geopolitical issues that shape demand and supply. The title is supported by several industry-leading summits including Luxury FirstLook in January and Luxury Roundtable: Engaging Gens X, Y & Z in May. Based in New York, Luxury Daily is read worldwide by decision makers from luxury brands, luxury retailers, ad agencies, publishers, analyst firms and service providers.

Why Sponsor?

Affiliate with the Financial Times and the premier business event in the calendar for senior executives in the global luxury sector, positioning your brand alongside it. The FT runs many ads (on average we tend to run 40+ ads each year), promoting the summit, all carrying sponsor branding, which also appears on all direct-mail campaigns and other marketing material. Advertisements for the event also appear on FT.com and in media partner publications which have included FT Deutschland, Nikkei, Women’s Wear Daily, Les Echos, Monocle and Vogue as well as many regional newspapers and business magazines.

A rare opportunity to meet, influence and network with an exclusive audience of 400+ C-level and other senior executives in the global luxury goods and services market, who, with access to millions of their own high net worth customers could be future marketing partners or collaborators for any company also targeting this elusive affluent group. For suppliers of products and services to the luxury sector, we offer you a highly targeted audience of business decision-makers.

All delegates are high net worth individuals themselves, who travel in luxury and buy luxury goods and services. They are also important opinion leaders on what’s new in luxury and are highly influential.

Have your own advertisement in the Business of Luxury special report, published worldwide on the first day of the summit, and influence the 1.5 million high net worth readers of the FT, including many of the luxury sector decision-makers who are not able to attend the summit*

* Silver – Diamond packages only

For more information, please contact:

Craig Bethell
Tel: +44 (0) 207 873 4110
Email: craig.bethell@ft.com

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Financial Times has arranged very special rates for Summit attendees at the host hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon:

EUR375 Run of house (Deluxe or Superior room) - single

EUR405 Run of house (Deluxe or Superior room) - double

Other room categories are available upon request. Rates are available for the nights of 14 and 15 May, and the shoulder nights of 12, 13 and 16 May (subject to availability).

Rates are inclusive of American buffet breakfast, internet and taxes (6%).

Rates are exclusive of a tourist city tax @ EUR 1 per guest per night.

Please book via our dedicated link

http://www.fourseasons.com/lisbon/financial-times-business-luxury-summit.html

If you prefer to make your reservation via phone, please ring our dedicated Conference Manager on Tel. +351 21 381 1494. Phone lines are open from 09:00 - 18:00 (UTC) Monday - Friday.

Please reference the group name Financial Times when making reservations.

Note that rates are only guaranteed for reservations made before Friday 5 May and rooms are subject to availability.

Accommodation queries

For any accommodation queries, please contact:

Carla Fernandes

Conference Manager Tel. +351 21 381 1494 

carla.fernandes@fourseasons.com 

Carla's hours are Monday - Friday from 09:00 - 18:00 (UTC).

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Photos 2016

Click here to view the photos from FT Business of Luxury 2016.

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