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FT Business of Luxury Summit

Luxury Disruption: The Industry Innovators Changing The Narrative

Venice, Italy |  - 
Speakers include:
Erdem Moralioglu

Erdem Moralioglu


Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Diego Della Valle

Diego Della Valle



It is 11 years since the FT's Business of Luxury Summit was held in Venice. Since that time the industry has undergone seismic change. In a country renowned for its luxury goods heritage, the Summit will discuss where next for the industry. How can the traditional houses innovate in order to keep ahead of the industry disruptors and remain competitive in the market? What does the millennial luxury consumer want and how is the way they are shopping changing the face of retail? How is Gen Z impacting the market and media landscape? And what can we learn from them?  

Co-chaired by the FT's Editor, Lionel Barber and Fashion Editor, Jo Ellison the Summit will bring together leading executives from the industry, innovators and financiers to debate the latest changes in the luxury narrative and what lies ahead.

For more information on sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities contact or 44 (0) 20 7873 4110

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Erdem Moralioglu

Erdem Moralioglu

Owner and Creative Director

Erdem Moralioglu is the Owner and Creative Director of Erdem. Established in London in 2005 the designer ready-to-wear brand, has come to be synonymous with versatile yet powerful femininity. Founder Mr Moralioglu trained at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London where he remained to launch the brand following his graduation. Known for his use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints, and detailed craftsmanship, Erdem has created a beautiful world of the delicate mixed with the bold.

Mr Moralioglu has received numerous accolades over the years, including the 2008 British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward Award, the 2010 inaugural Vogue / British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award, the 2012 British Fashion Council’s New Establishment Award, the 2013 British Fashion Council’s Red Carpet Award, the 2014 British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, the 2015 British Fashion Council’s Establishment Designer award and most recently the 2016 Fashion Group International Fashion Star Award.

Erdem is sold in over 170 of the most exclusive retailers, including Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Joyce, Dover Street Market, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. After launching an e-commerce store in 2014, the brand opened its debut flagship store in London’s Mayfair in August 2015.

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Italian Fashion Editor, Stylist, Creative Director and Consultant

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert is an Italian fashion editor, stylist, creative director and consultant to luxury brands on their products and imagery, based in New York City and Stockholm.

Born and raised in Milan, Engelbert began her fashion career at the age of 17. Since then, she has worked as a fashion editor at L’Uomo Vogue under then editor in chief Anna Dello Russo; contributed to the stable of Conde Nast’s international publications such as Vogue Paris, Vogue Germany and Vogue China, and ran Vogue Gioiello and Vogue Pelle with Franca Sozzani, a position she held from 2009-2011. She is currently the senior fashion editor at Vogue Japan and a contributing editor at W Magazine, for whom she styles fashion editorials regularly and also has a monthly column “Gio’s Journal,” chronicling her latest fashion and art discoveries. 

As a stylist, she imbues her work with a deep knowledge and love of historical and modern art, music, dance and film. Paired with her unerring contemporary eye, it is an aesthetic that has drawn commercial clients including Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, Fendi, Bulgari, Bottega Veneta, Nancy Gonzalez and Saks Fifth Avenue, who request Engelbert for everything from advertising campaigns and artistic design of their collections to runway show consultations, communications strategy and creative direction. 

Recognised for her uncanny ability to meld sophistication and playfulness, Engelbert has collaborated on a stunning array of editorials with noted photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi, Tom Munro, Roe Ethridge, Boo George, Richard Burbridge, Karl Lagerfeld and Terry Richardson. 

In December 2017 Giovanna launched her own e-commerce platform;

November 2017 will see the release of Gio_graphy: Fun in Wild World of Fashion, an elegant and colorful autobiography cum style guide published by Rizzoli. A humorous and chic take on travel, fashion and living your most glamorous life, the book pre-launched in September in collaboration with New York luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. The launch saw Giovanna design special window displays for the iconic Fifth Ave store, as well as designing a collection of exclusive t-shirts and curating her own pop-up store which hosted her book signing.

In 2013, Engelbert became the creative director of the lavish cabaret show Queen of the Night, which ran from 2013-2016 in the revamped Diamond Horseshoe nightclub at the Paramount Hotel. She has also been recognized by Vanity Fair, in 2015, as a member of its annual International Best Dressed list, in the category of “Professionals” and has been interviewed by and featured in such publications as the Financial Times, WSJ and Vogue. Most recently, Engelbert was commissioned by the American brand Tory Burch to create and direct a series of films pegged to the label’s collections. The first such endeavor resulted in over ten million views.  

Photo Credit: Chris Colls

Diego Della Valle

Diego Della Valle

President and Chief Executive Officer
Katharine Hamnett

Katharine Hamnett

Fashion Designer
Katharine Hamnett London
Cédric Charbit

Cédric Charbit

Chief Executive Officer

Cédric Charbit has been the Chief Executive Officer of Balenciaga since November 2016. Prior to this appointment, he worked at Yves Saint Laurent from 2012 to 2016 having joined as their product strategy director and later their merchandising director. In May 2016, he was named their executive VP of product and marketing.

In 2009, Mr Charbit joined Yves Saint Laurent from Pucci in Italy, where he had held the position of associate purchasing director. He started his career in 2001 as a buyer with the luxury department of Primtemps, where he held various positions until he was appointed sales associate director.

He is a graduate of the ESC Toulouse Business School.

Paul  Surridge

Paul Surridge

Creative Director
Roberto Cavalli
Ulric Jerome

Ulric Jerome

Chief Executive Officer

Ulric Jerome is the Chief Executive Officer of MATCHESFASHION.COM, the leading global luxury fashion retailer for men and women. Mr Jerome also sits on the Board of Zooplus AG, a European online leader of pet supplies with close to €1 billion in sales.

Mr Jerome has also served on the Board of Paddy Power plc from 2012 to 2016, where he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and additionally sat on the Nomination and Audit Committees.

He was a founding partner of, €1 billion pan-European online retailer, spanning more than 30 products categories with operations across 26 European countries; the business was sold to Dixons Retail in 2006.

Born in Paris, he studied in France before completing his degree in Economics in Montréal.

Paul Andrew

Paul Andrew

Creative Director
Salvatore Ferragamo
Marie-Claire Daveu

Marie-Claire Daveu

Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs

Marie-Claire Daveu was appointed Kering’s chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs in 2012, and is a member of the company’s executive committee. She is responsible for the continued development of Kering’s sustainability strategy and the direction of the Group’s institutional affairs. 

Ms Daveu joined the company from the public sector where she served as chief of staff to French politician Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, within the Ministry of Ecology and other areas from 2007 to 2012. Prior to this, Ms Daveu was senior director of sustainable development at Sanofi-Aventis Group in 2005. She was previously technical adviser to the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Principal Private Secretary to Serge Lepeltier, Minister of Ecology and Sustainability.

A French national, she is a graduate of the French National Institute of Agronomy Paris-Grignon, the École Nationale du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts (National School of Rural Water and Forestry Engineering). She also earned a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (diploma of specialised higher studies) in public administration from Dauphine University, Paris.

Photo credit: Christopher Sturman

Mario Monti

Mario Monti

President, Bocconi University;
former Italian Prime Minister; former EU Commisioner
Marcoantonio Brandolini

Marcoantonio Brandolini

Owner and Creative Director
Janey  Whiteside

Janey Whiteside

Executive Vice President & General Manger, Global Premium Products & Benefits
American Express

Janey Whiteside is the Executive Vice President & General Manager, Global Premium Products & Benefits at American Express.  She began her career at Amex 20 years ago, and her experience spans global markets, diverse customer segments, and marketing disciplines.  During her tenure, she has held marketing, product development/management, business development, sales and general management roles across international consumer, small business, network services, merchant services, travel & commercial payments. 

Ms Whiteside is widely regarded as a first-class marketer, product innovator, and incredible leader who inspires and empowers her teams to drive results. Known for her decisive, forward-looking and customer-first approach, Janey has established a strong followership and acts as a mentor and champion for people inside Amex as well as across the global marketing community.  She was recently named one of Luxury Daily’s “Luxury Women to Watch” in 2018, as well as one of Ad Age’s “Women to Watch” and Brand Innovators’ “Top 100 Women in Brand Marketing” in 2017.

As a mother of two small boys, she is committed to teaching her children the importance of giving back.  An advocate for underprivileged and underserved communities, she leads by example through her work with local organisations including Citizens Schools and Gods Love We Deliver, and serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross Greater New York chapter.

Ms Whiteside is extremely passionate about helping entrepreneurs and actively mentors several small businesses.  She recently joined the Advisory Board for Hella Company (Brooklyn, NY) and is actively involved in helping with the business’s marketing strategy & development.  

Luca di Montzemolo

Luca di Montzemolo

President, NTV;
former Chairman, FIAT and Ferrari
Rachel Reavley

Rachel Reavley

President of Brand Strategy
Threads Styling

Rachel Reavley is President of Brand Strategy at Threads Styling. She is a highly experienced operator in the luxury fashion sector, consistently trailblazing the industry in publishing, content and commerce, brand and business building.

Across 17 years at Conde Nast, she became the Associate Publisher of British Vogue (leading the highest decade of revenue growth for the publication, launching the Vogue app and developing the successful Vogue Festival brand extension), as well as the award winning launch Associate Publisher of Glamour Magazine (establishing it as Europe’s largest selling women’s monthly magazine and developing the highly acclaimed inaugural Glamour Women of the Year Awards).

Ms Reavley then joined in 2013 to become the company’s first Group Publisher, launching and building a successful new media and publishing business globally (this covered 9 multimedia platforms including the launch of the world’s first, highly awarded, global and entirely shoppable luxury fashion magazine, Porter). She was nominated globally from across the industry as Publisher of the Year in 2015.
 She is now President Brand Strategy of Threads Styling, an innovative luxury social commerce business, the first of its kind to market. Rapidly developing this pioneering and bespoke luxury service that leverages technology, creativity and social media (their work has seen the business become a government nominated Future Fifty business and is ranked no 32 in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2017).

She has a love for the creativity of the fashion industry as a whole, as well as of interior design, art and photography.

Edoardo Caovilla

Edoardo Caovilla

Creative Director and Owner
René Caovilla
Michael Riad

Michael Riad

Co-Owner and Creative Director

Michael Riad is the Co-Owner of Fortuny Fabrics. Along with his brother Maury Riad, the family has been dedicated to protecting and nurturing the Fortuny legacy they were entrusted with. The brothers have served at the helm of this heritage brand for over 20 years, with Mickey as creative director and Maury as business and financial director after taking over operations of the Venetian textile company from their father in the mid-1990s. Together, they brought the 100-year-old firm online and into modernity, expanding design, sales and distribution. Against all odds, they grew and reshaped the business while keeping Fortuny’s soul intact. Fortuny textiles continue to be produced in the original factory on the island of Giudecca in Venice, on the original machines and using the same secret process and techniques as developed by Mariano Fortuny over a century ago.

Edgar Huber

Edgar Huber

COTY Luxury

Edgar Huber is President of Coty Luxury and a member of the Executive Committee. He oversees the division globally, which comprises the most powerful and contemporary-relevant portfolio in the luxury fragrance market (Calvin Klein, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Chloé, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Tiffany, Davidoff, Joop, Jil Sander, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Lacoste, Stella McCartney, Cerruti, Roberto Cavalli and Escada), as well as the holistic skincare brand philosophy and the anti-aging and suncare premium expert, Lancaster. He is responsible for brand performance across all regions and distribution channels, including travel retail.
Edgar is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in building global brands across the beauty and fashion industry. He spent 15 years at L'Oréal, the majority of which was in the L'Oréal Luxury Products Division, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as President of the Division in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lands’ End, where he was responsible for driving growth and profit opportunities across all aspects of the business, and which was successfully introduced to the stock exchange in April 2014. Edgar began his career at Mars Inc. as a brand manager.
Edgar holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Austria. In addition, he completed the International Management Program at HEC (Haute Etudes Commerciales) in Jouy-en-Josas, France and the CEDEP (General Management Program) at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.


FT Contributors (7)

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.

Lionel  Barber

Lionel Barber

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 and the Legion d’Honneur 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.

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Chief Economics Commentator and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times. 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. His book The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Have Still to Learn—from the Financial Crisis was published by Penguin in 2014.


Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. 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 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 and 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 and the “Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary” for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012 and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013.


Mr Wolf is also the author of Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004) and Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its “Financial Book of the Year” for 2009.

Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.

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 2017 Newsawards, the fifteenth 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 which was voted Best Lifestyle Website in the 2014 Lovie Awards and Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site, The 2015 Drum Online Media Awards.

Angela Mackay

Angela Mackay

Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia investment editor for two years.

Before joining the FT, she was Asia editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include editor at The Economist Group, supervising producer at CNBC, deputy news editor at The Times in London, and UK correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a non-executive director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a board member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

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.

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.


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

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 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.

For more information, please contact:

Craig Bethell
Tel: +44 (0) 207 873 4110



Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Giudecca 810
Venice 30133




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Financial Times has arranged very special rates for Summit attendees at the host hotel, Hilton Molino Stucky Venice:

€ 317 King deluxe room - single

€ 350 King deluxe room - double

Rates are inclusive of Hilton buffet breakfast, wifi and taxes (10%).

Rates are exclusive of Venice City Tax @ € 5 per person per night.

Special rates for other room categories are available. Rates are available for the nights of 20 and 21 May, and the shoulder nights of 17, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 May (subject to availability).

Please book via our dedicated link

Note that rates are only guaranteed for reservations made before Sunday 13 May and rooms are subject to availability.


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In association with (1)

Michel Dyens & Co. is a leading independent investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions in luxury, beauty, spirits and premium branded consumer goods. With headquarters in New York and Paris, Michel Dyens & Co. has closed numerous landmark deals in luxury and premium brands. Michel Dyens & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor in such luxury goods deals as the ultra-premium Grey Goose vodka brand in the sale to Bacardi, the iconic American high jewelry brand Harry Winston in the sale to Aber Diamond Corporation, Boucheron to Kering and the haute horlogerie watch brand Hublot to LVMH.

Among other transactions, Michel Dyens & Co. has recently closed the deal in whichthe ultra-luxury fragrance brand By Kilian was sold to Estée Lauder; an interest in the Korean skincare brand Dr. Jart+ was bought by Estée Lauder; the largest independent hair color and hair care company in Brazil, Niely Cosmeticos, sold to L’Oréal; and the luxury furniture and interior architecture brand Liaigre was sold to Symphony International, a London-listed, investment company.

Other transactions include the sale of John Frieda Professional Hair Care and Molton Brown, the luxury bath and body products maker, when each was acquired by Kao Corporation of Japan, and the ultra-premium luxury liqueur St. Germain in the sale of the brand to Bacardi.

Diamond sponsor (1)

Move now commercial brokers deliver custom made transaction services for luxury retail real estate on three continents.
Wir realisieren selbst für komplexeste Anforderungen bei Transaktionen von Miet- und Kaufverträgen in Retail-Luxuslagen passgenaue Ergebnisse auf drei Kontinenten.
Nous proposons un service personnalisé pour les transactions immobilières commerciales de luxe sur trois continents.
Forniamo servizi personalizzati per transazioni immobiliari per il luxury retail in tre continenti. 
Мы предоставляем персональные услуги по сделкам с элитной недвижимостью на трех континентах. 

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Gold sponsor (2)

Deloitte is one of the world’s leading professional services organisations with approximately 245,000 professionals in more than 150 countries and territories. Deloitte’s deep understanding of the issues and trends affecting retail businesses enable us to provide fully integrated and sector-focused teams working across audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services. Deloitte is at the forefront of providing solutions that maximise value for our clients to ensure competitive advantage enabling them to make informed and effective decisions.

INTISARS is a fine jewellery brand founded by Sheikha Intisar AlSabah, a princess of the royal AlSabah family of Kuwait. INTISARS brings together Sheikha Intisar’s proud love for her Arabian heritage and Italian Craftsmanship to create jewellery that serves as Meaningful Reminders of Love. With collections crafted in Valenza, Italy using 18 karat gold and ethically sourced diamonds, all of INTISARS designs are created in a limited series of 50 pieces only. Available for purchase at exclusive trunk shows, and with a limited collection online, INTISARS is the perfect memento for women looking to connect with their jewellery on a more intrinsic level.

Silver sponsor (1)

Natural Fur – the responsible Choice.

Natural fur is a contemporary material with rich heritage that appeals to designers and consumers of all ages. It is a clean, sustainable fashion material with less impact on landfills and oceans than plastic fur. 

The fur sector is responsible and highly regulated with welfare and sustainability at the core of its operations. The industry generates millions of jobs; from farming in rural communities to design and skilled craftsmen in fashion cities across the globe. 

To find out more about this natural material and the responsible fur industry, visit

2017 FT Business of Luxury Video Summary