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FT Business of Luxury Summit 2018

Luxury Disruption: The Industry Innovators Changing The Narrative

Venice, Italy |  - 
Speakers include:
Domenico Dolce and  Stefano Gabbana

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Cédric Charbit

Cédric Charbit



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.

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/20/2018 18:30:0005/22/2018 14:00:00trueFT Business of Luxury Summit 2018It 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.FT-Business-of-Luxury-Summit-20181947467a1ffd355c79953887b55b47c5MM/DD/YYYY

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Agenda - 20th May

  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Reception

    Venue: Palazzo Grassi

    Hosted by John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times

Agenda - 21st May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Refreshments

    Venue: Venetian Ballroom, Hilton Molino Stucky
    Co-Chairs: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times and Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

    Deloitte Breakfast (By invitation only)
    Venue: Casanova Room, Hilton Molino Stucky

  • 9:00am
    Welcome Address

    Lionel Barber​, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Mrs Tee: Activism, disruption and politics

    Fashion’s most fearless disruptor - and resurgent fashion superstar, Katharine Hamnett, CBE, Fashion Designer, Katharine Hamnett London, looks back at her controversial career, with Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:35am
    The economic outlook

    Mario Monti, President, Bocconi University; former Italian Prime Minister and former European Commissioner talks with Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Smart luxury: Innovation, communication and differentiation

    How are luxury brands developing to make themselves relevant in the 21st century? What different strategies are brands adopting and what are the success stories so far?

    Gabriela Hearst, Founder and Creative Director, Gabriela Hearst, Edgar Huber, Global President, Coty Luxury, Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs, Kering and Sébastien Badault, International Director Luxury and Fashion, Alibaba Group talk with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
    Venice and the luxury renaissance

    The creatives reinvigorating and recharging Venice as a centre of craft. Edoardo Caovilla, Chief Operating Officer and Creative Director, René Caovilla, Marcantonio Brandolini D’Adda, Owner and Creative Director, LagunaB;Michael Riad, Creative Director and Co-Owner, Fortuny  and Alberto Galassi, Chief Executive Officer, Ferretti Group in discussion with Rachel Sanderson, Milan Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:15pm
    Keynote address and conversation

    Diego Della Valle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tod’s S.p.A. in conversation with Rachel Sanderson, Milan Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:45pm
  • 2:00pm
    Dolce & Gabbana: Unfiltered

    The renowned designers Domenico Dolce  and Stefano Gabbana  have been at the forefront of disrupting the industry norms. From putting bloggers on front rows, to their millennial shows and their Alta Moda couture spectacles, everything they do is done in their own unique style. The designers discuss their lives in fashion with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor of the Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Case study: Luxury in transit

    Alexandre Arnault​, Chief Executive Officer, Rimowa talks with Jo Ellison​, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    What’s next? How to harness the Gen Z economy

    Millennial spending is driving luxury growth. Wellness, health, travel and experience are the new buzz words.  Who has cracked the market and how can we adapt to the new consumer spending habits.

    Nick Brown, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Imaginary Ventures and Harvey Spevak, Executive Chairman and Managing Partner, Equinox Holdings and Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer and Luxury Portfolio Leader, Marriott International talk with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:35pm
  • 3:55pm
    The evolution of luxury spending

    As a leader in the premium card industry and with a global base of affluent Card Members, American Express will leverage its unique data and insights to share the top emerging trends around how, where and why consumers are spending in the luxury space today and beyond. Janey Whiteside​, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Global Premium Products and Benefits, American Express with Angela Mackay,​ Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Global Publisher of FT Live, Financial Times

  • 4:15pm
    How we shop now

    What does the luxury consumer want from their retail experience, what’s changing and what will the store of the future look like?

    Ulric Jerome, Chief Executive Officer, MATCHESFASHION.COM, Rachel Reavley, Vice President of Brand Strategy, Threads Styling, Alexandra Van Houtte, Founder, Tagwalk and Xia Ding, President of International Fashion, talks with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    The changing landscape of luxury retail

    Philipp Gajzer Managing Director, MoveNow reveals the latest trends in the luxury retail industry with Angela Mackay, Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Global Publisher of FT Live, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Erdem: Staying independent - Looking forward

    Over a decade into launching his own business Erdem Moralioglu, Owner and Creative Director of Erdem is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to elegant feminine styles, he talks with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times on his visions for the future.

  • 5:40pm
    Closing remarks
  • 7:30pm
    Summit Reception & Dinner

    Hosted by John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times

    Venue: Belmond Hotel Cipriani

  • 11:00pm

    Venue: Skyline Bar  – Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Agenda - 22nd May

  • 8:30am

    Venue: Venetian Ballroom, Hilton Molino Stucky

    Humans of Fashion Breakfast (By invitation only)
    Venue: Casanova Room, Hilton Molino Stucky

  • 9:30am
    It’s all about G

    The stylist, fashion icon and creative consultant on modern branding and why luxury has got personal. Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert, Italian Fashion Editor, Creative Director and Consultant in conversation with Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    New creatives, new narrative, new luxury: The revolution within

    Paul Andrew, Women’s Creative Director, Salvatore Ferragamo and Paul Surridge, Creative Director, Roberto Cavalli discuss taking on creative leaderships at major Italian houses at a point of transition with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Luxury’s next big deals

    Carrie Barber, ​Managing Director - Head of Global Luxury, Apparel and Beauty, ​Credit SuisseMarco De Benedetti​, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group and Co-Head of Carlyle Europe Partners, Luigi de Vecchi, ​Chairman of Continental Europe for Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup and Elio Milantoni​, Partner, Head of M&A Advisory, Deloitte will discuss with Rachel Sanderson​, Milan Correspondent, Financial Times where the next industry big deals will come from and the outlook for the future.

  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
    Fast cars, fast trains, fast fashion – but why evergreen luxury will win the race

    Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, President, NTV; former Chairman, FIAT and Ferrari in conversation with Gillian de Bono, Editor, How To Spend It


  • 12:35pm
    The hottest brand in fashion

    Cédric Charbit, Chief Executive Officer, Balenciaga in conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:15pm
    Close of Summit & Lunch

Speakers (33)

Domenico Dolce and  Stefano Gabbana

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Owners and Designers
Dolce & Gabbana
Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

Italian Fashion Editor, Creative Director and Consultant

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert is an Italian-born Creative Director and Consultant to luxury brands on their products and imagery, based in New York City and Stockholm. She is currently the Senior Fashion Editor at Vogue Japan and was previously Contributing Editor at W Magazine where she styled fashion editorials and also previously wrote a monthly column Gio’s Journal, which chronicled her latest fashion and art discoveries. 

In December 2017, Ms Engelbert launched her own e-commerce platform; a play on her infamous slogan, My favourite Colour Is from her best-selling first book Gio_graphy: Fun in Wild World of Fashion which was released in October 2017. Published by Rizzoli, Gio_Graphy is an elegant and colourful autobiography and style guide, a humorous and chic take on travel, fashion and living your most glamorous life, which pre-launched in the New York luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. The launch saw Ms Engelbert 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.

Recognised for her uncanny ability to meld sophistication and playfulness, Ms Engelbert has collaborated on a stunning array of editorials and commercial work with noted photographers. 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 who request her as a consultant for everything from advertising campaigns and artistic design of their collections to runway show consultations, communications strategy and creative direction

Ms Engelbert has also used her artful styling and unique aesthetic in the role of creative director of the lavish cabaret show Queen of the Night, which ran from 2013 to 2016 in the revamped Diamond Horseshoe nightclub at the Paramount Hotel.

Since entering the world of fashion at the age of 17, Ms Engelbert 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 to 2011.

Photo Credit: Chris Colls

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 Printemps, where he held various positions until he was appointed Sales Associate Director. 

He is a graduate of the ESC Toulouse Business School.

Gabriela  Hearst

Gabriela Hearst

Founder and Creative Director
Gabriela Hearst

Gabriela Heart is the Founder and Creative Director of Gabriela Hearst. Born in Uruguay, Gabriela Hearst grew up on her family’s ranch surrounded by horses, cattle and sheep. After more than a decade spent in design in New York, Ms Hearst honoured her family’s heritage through the launch of her eponymous label in Fall 2015, as well as taking over the operations of her father’s ranch in Uruguay.

Ms Hearst wanted to create a brand that reflects a slower pace and process: where things are made with care and detail, where tradition is more important than trend, where there is a purpose to every piece. Her commitment is to make a strong and modern collection without compromising her ethics and key values, taking into consideration where materials come from and who is making them: luxury with a conscience or in other words, “honest luxury”.

Each garment is an item into which Ms Hearst can pour her desire — made with impeccable construction and uncompromising, noble materials. Together, they tell a story of the places she loves that made her who she is; Uruguay and New York.

In 2016 Ms Hearst launched her Nina Bag which started as a limited-edition series bag and now has an extensive waiting list. She is the winner of the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize for Womenswear and the 2018 recipient of the Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award.

She was nominated in 2017 for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent and in March 2018 received a nomination for the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year.

Ms Hearst attended the British School in Montevideo and studied Communications at the O.R.T. University of Uruguay.

Alexandre  Arnault

Alexandre Arnault

Chief Executive Officer

Alexandre Arnault is the Chief Executive Officer of Rimowa, the leading German high-end luggage manufacturer.

The brand was founded in 1898 and has been part of the LVMH Group since January 2017 where Mr Arnault sourced the acquisition and worked on its completion. Prior to this role, he was involved with the LVMH Group through investment activities at Groupe Arnault focussing mostly in technology companies. Outside the LVMH Group, he has worked at McKinsey & Co and KKR in New York. Mr Arnault studied computer science at Telecom ParisTech and Ecole Polytechnique.

Photograph Credit: Karl Largerfield

Katharine Hamnett

Katharine Hamnett

Fashion Designer
Katharine Hamnett London

Katharine Hamnett is the Fashion Designer of Katharine Hamnett London which was founded in 1979. Once established the company’s turnover grew rapidly and she was soon selling into the best shops in over 40 countries and was one of the first British designers to show in foreign capitals and license her brand in Japan.

Ms Hamnett has held fashion shows in London, Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. She was the first person to give their first commercial jobs to many of the world’s top fashion photographers including Ellen von Unwerth, Juergen Teller, and Terry Richardson. She also launched the careers of many supermodels including Claudia Schiffer, Nadja Auermann, Naomi Campbell, both in advertising campaigns and on the catwalk to name but a few.

According to market research she is viewed by the British Public as a ‘Bad girl with Integrity'.

She is known equally for her menswear as her womenswear, launching many fashion trends, inventing the slogan T, charitable contributions on product, distressed denim, and making clothes that are fashionable but never go out of date.

In 1989, she commissioned research into the social and environmental impact of the clothing and textile industry. Expecting to find nothing bad she instead found herself in a living nightmare: thousands of farmers and their families dying of accidental pesticide poisoning in cotton agriculture, and millions of people in the garmenting industry living in conditions worse than slavery. Desertification, contamination of ground water and sea, hideous problems to do with processing synthetics, wool and leather, and millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions etc. This combined with a trip to Mali in West Africa in 2003 with Oxfam where she saw the plight of the farmers was her epiphany, and she committed from then on to only work with product that is produced ethically and as environmentally friendly as possible.

During the period from 1989 to 2016 she attempted to change the fashion industry from within, got involved in many campaigns and lectured on sustainability all over the world.

Ms Hamnett was appointed a CBE in the New Year Honours List in 2010 for services to the fashion industry.

In September 2017 Ms Hamnett brought her brand back to market. Everything is sustainably produced in Europe in compliance with EU labour law, and sold by some of the world’s leading boutiques and department stores internationally as well as direct to consumer from

Ms Hamnett studied fashion at Saint Martin’s School of Art and on graduating went into business with her college friend Anne Buck under the Tuttabankem label. The partnership lasted 5 years.

Harvey  Spevak

Harvey Spevak

Executive Chairman and Managing Partner
Equinox Holdings

Since 1999, Harvey Spevak has driven the creative vision and led the strategic growth of Equinox Fitness Clubs and its portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, first as CEO and President, and now as Executive Chairman and Managing Partner.

In his role as Executive Chairman and Managing Partner, Mr. Spevak is responsible for fueling continued success, building long-term strategy and identifying growth opportunities for Equinox Fitness Clubs, which currently operates 92 global locations in the United States, London, Toronto and Vancouver, and for the Company's portfolio of brands, which include SoulCycle, Blink Fitness, Pure Yoga, Equinox Hotels, PROJECT by Equinox and E by Equinox.

Mr Spevak has been the driving force behind the recent announcement of Equinox Hotels, which will open its first location in New York City in 2019.  Conceived to offer an entirely new hotel experience to meet the needs of the high performance traveler, Equinox Hotels is poised for international growth.

Mr Spevak is also the Executive Chairman of SoulCycle, a rapidly growing lifestyle brand that empowers its riders in a community driven fitness experience. Equinox acquired SoulCycle in May of 2011 and currently has 86 studios around the U.S.   He also launched Blink Fitness in 2011, a brand of innovative, value oriented gyms, which now has 90 locations open or in development throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California. Mr Spevak also launched the first American outpost of Pure Yoga, Asia’s premiere yoga studio, which now has two locations in New York City.

Mr Spevak is a member of the Ross School Advisory Board (RSAB) at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The RSAB plays an important role in helping craft the vision for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and serves to redefine business education at the world’s best business school. He is also on the board at The Shed, New York City’s newest center for artistic invention located in Hudson Yards.

Mr Spevak contributes to several charitable organizations including Cycle for Survival, of which Equinox is a founding partner.  He has been featured in numerous business, lifestyle and trade publications including the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNBC and CNN. Mr Spevak is a principal and board member of Motivate Bikeshare Holdings LLC, a global bike share operator, including Citi Bike in New York City.

Diego Della Valle

Diego Della Valle

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Tod's S.p.A

Diego Della Valle has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tod’s S.p.A., the new Group he founded, since October 2000. Tod’s S.p.A. is now quoted on the Milan stock exchange and is a world leader in the luxury accessories sector. Its brands include Tod’s, Hogan, Fay and Roger Vivier.

In 1996 Mr Della Valle was nominated Cavaliere del Lavoro and in 2000 he received a Honoris Causa Degree in Economics from the University of Ancona.

Mr Della Valle has been on the board of several companies including Ferrari, RCS and Assicurazioni Generali. He is also on the board of LVMH, the international group of luxury goods. Mr Della Valle is a shareholder of RCS, Piaggio, Cinecittà, Fondo Charme, NTV Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, Fondazione Umberto Veronesi and also of the football club ACF Fiorentina.

Mr Della Valle is a member of the fundraising committee of the Umberto Veronesi Cancer Research Foundation and President of the Board of Directors of the Della Valle Foundation, a charity engaged in funding schooling for children. Together with Tod’s Group, Mr Della Valle has financed the important project of the restoration of the Colosseum.

Paul  Surridge

Paul Surridge

Creative Director
Roberto Cavalli

Paul Surridge has been the Creative Director of Roberto Cavalli since May 2017. The Spring/Summer 2018 women’s runway showed his official debut at the helm of the Roberto Cavalli brand. The British born designer is navigating the group through its next chapter which is facing the challenges of the radically transformed international markets with a clear determined vision.

Prior to this role, Mr Surridge worked as a Creative Consultant for Acne Studio’s menswear collection. From 2011 to 2014 he was the Creative Director for Z Zegna. After working for Calvin Klein in the 1990s, he joined Christopher Bailey at Burberry, and later worked under Raf Simons at Jil Sander as the head of menswear. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, he has gained experience at luxury brands in New York, London, and Milan.

Alexandra Van Houtte

Alexandra Van Houtte


Alexandra Van Houtte founded Tagwalk in 2016 after working as a stylist for publications including ELLE France, Grazia, Glamour, Numero and VOGUE Italia. Often spending hours researching designer looks, she created Tagwalk to give fashion professionals an efficient method of searching collections and provide key decision makers with live intel and data on current fashion weeks. Prior to working as a stylist, Ms Van Houtte studied Chinese at Nottingham University and Fashion Styling at the London College of Fashion and now divides her time between London and Paris, where her 11-strong team of analysts are based. At the age of just 28, Ms Van Houtte consults for world-renowned fashion groups and designers and has firmly cemented her position at the forefront of innovation and technology in the fashion industry.

Nick  Brown

Nick Brown

Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner
Imaginary Ventures

Nick Brown is co-Founder and co-Managing Partner at Imaginary Ventures, a venture fund investing in early-stage opportunities at the intersection of retail and technology. Mr Brown is co-Founder alongside Natalie Massenet, previously founder of Net-A-Porter.

Prior to co-founding Imaginary Ventures, Mr Brown was a Partner at 14W Venture Partners from 2011 to 2017. 14W Venture Partners is a New York-based venture capital fund, focused on consumer technology in the e-commerce and fashion sectors.

Mr Brown has built a career around backing direct-to-consumer brands that are challenging the modus operandi of retail incumbents. Whilst at 14W he led the firm’s investments in the initial financing rounds for some of today’s most exciting direct-to-consumer brands including Glossier, Goop, Everlane, Reformation, Outdoor Voices, Moda Operandi, Business of Fashion, The Real Real.

He has a BA from Harvard University.

Ulric Jerome

Ulric Jerome


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

Ulric 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, a €1 billion pan-European online retailer, spanning more than 30 product categories with operations across 26 European countries. The business was sold to Dixons Retail in 2006.

Carrie  Barber

Carrie Barber

Managing Director and Global Head of Luxury, Apparel and Beauty
Credit Suisse

Carrie Barber is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. She is the Global Head of Luxury, Apparel and Beauty. As part of the Retail and Consumer Products group, she has coverage responsibility for a cross section of the group's verticals with a focus on the apparel and multi-branded retail sub-sectors. 

Since joining Credit Suisse a decade ago, Ms. Barber has played key roles in debt and equity capital raises and strategic M&A transactions with notable companies, including Tommy Hilfiger, PVH, Sally Beauty, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Tumi, Urban Outfitters, SMCP, Canada Goose, Roots, Warby Parker, Lulus among others. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ms. Barber spent four years in consulting with Andersen Consulting. Ms. Barber received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Washington and her M.B.A. from Cornell's Johnson School, where she graduated with distinction.

Sébastien Badault

Sébastien Badault

International Director Luxury and Fashion
Alibaba Group

Sébastien Badault has acted as Managing Director of Alibaba France since November 2015 where he focuses on supporting the development of French companies to access the thriving Chinese market. In this position, his role is to connect consumers and merchants, particularly SMEs and large French companies, and help them seize the opportunities of trading and doing business in China.

As Alibaba Group's International Director for Luxury and Fashion, he works closely with high-end and heritage brands cross-category, helping them navigate the exciting digital era of luxury in China. Within this position, he has been instrumental in the development of Alibaba's recently launched platform dedicated to luxury and fashion brands, the Luxury Pavilion.

Mr Badault has extensive experience in managing operations for leading international web brands and e-commerce companies. Prior to joining Alibaba, he spent over ten years at Google, where he acted as commercial director, responsible for development in Southern and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to this role, he worked as Director of European Development at Amazon, responsible for customer acquisition strategy and partnerships in the UK, Germany and France.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Science & Marketing from Boston College and a Master's degree in Marketing from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESC) in Toulouse.

Alberto Galassi

Alberto Galassi

Chief Executive Officer
Ferretti Group

Alberto Galassi is Chief Executive Officer of the Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction, and sale of motor yachts and ranging from 8 to 90 metres with a portfolio of seven iconic Italian brands including: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN and Custom Line. In addition to these brands, in February 2015, Ferretti Security & Defense was created as the Group’s business division dedicated to naval platforms for security and patrol missions.

In late 2013, Mr Galassi was selected by the Weichai Group to join the Board of Directors of the Ferretti Group and in 2014 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In June 2012, Mr Galassi joined the Board of Directors at Manchester City Football Club winning its first championship in the same year, 2012.

Mr Galassi became a member of the Piaggio Aero Industries’ Board of Directors, responsible for Marketing and Sales in 1998. Piaggio Aero (now Piaggio Aerospace) is the only Italian private company active both in aircraft and aero engines, design, manufacturing and MRO. In 2008 Alberto Galassi was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and in 2014 was named Chairman of Piaggio Aerospace.

Mr Galassi is an attorney at law, specialising in International Commerce and Arbitration at the UCLA University. From 1995 to 1997 Alberto Galassi held the position of Board Member delegate to Sales and Marketing at Novico, an industry leader producing medical and healthcare equipment.

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, he 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.

His clothes are 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.

Xia Ding

Xia Ding

President of JD Fashion

Xia Ding is President of the Fashion Business for e-commerce giant, China’s largest retailer. As head of JD's fast growing fashion business, Ms Ding has full P&L responsibility for all fashion categories, including apparel and shoes, sports, luxury, bags & watches, and accessories. She leads a team of over 1000 people to drive business growth through building partnerships with global and local brands, formulating merchandising strategies on category mixes and fashion selections, as well as working with designers and fashion editors to ensure is the preferred fashion destination for Chinese consumers.

Before joining JD in early 2017, Ms Ding was Vice President of Retail Solution at Nielsen, where she had responsibility for more than 700 online and offline retail accounts, including hypermarket chains, specialty stores and restaurants. In that role, she established strategic partnerships with global retailers and retail associations, and offered consulting services and solutions to improve retailers’ insights into Chinese shoppers and building their operational strengths.

Prior to joining Nielsen, she worked at HanesBrands Inc. for 20 years in both the US and China, serving as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Hanes China, where she led the launch and growth of the Hanes and Champion brands.

Paul Andrew

Paul Andrew

Women’s Creative Director
Salvatore Ferragamo

Paul Andrew has been the Women’s Creative Director of Salvatore Ferragamo since October 2017 in charge of the brand’s ready-to-wear and accessories. Prior to this position in September 2016 he was named one of the first ever design directors for women’s shoes at Salvatore Ferragamo. The positioned followed his eponymous line of women’s shoes for Spring 2013 and the line of men’s shoes for Autumn 2016. The critical and commercial response to the brand has positioned Mr Andrew as an innovative rising force within the footwear industry.

Mr Andrew has long been familiar with the rigor and discipline required to design for the world’s most discerning and fashionable consumers, he cultivated his craft alongside iconic fashion designers such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez and Alexander McQueen.

Mr Andrew has been honoured with several awards since launching his brand these include; ‘Accessories Design of the Year’ at the 2013 edition of Who is on next?, the 2013 ‘Launch of the Year’ by Fairchild Publications and Footwear News, and the Top Honours of the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fun. In 2016, Mr Andrew was awarded the ‘CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design’ and the Ace Award for ‘Launch of the Year’ for his men’s collection.

Janey  Whiteside

Janey Whiteside

Executive Vice President & General Manager, 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, she 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.

An advocate for underprivileged and underserved communities, she leads by example through her work with local organisations including Citizens Schools and God’s 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.

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

Simone  Venturini

Simone Venturini

Deputy Mayor
City of Venice

Simone Venturini is the Deputy Mayor of the City of Venice for Economic Development, Infrastructure, Work, Social Welfare, Health and Social Care, Youth, Relations with the City Council from 2015. Prior to this role he was the Former Councillor of the City Of Venice from 2010 to 2014. Whilst in this role, from 2012 to 2014 he held the position of Vice-President of the National Conference of Italian Municipal Councils. He holds law degree from the University of Padua. 

Mario Monti

Mario Monti

President, Bocconi University;
former Italian Prime Minister and former European Commissioner

Mario Monti is President of Bocconi University. He was Prime Minister of Italy from November 2011 to April 2013 and Minister of Economy and Finance from November 2011 to July 2012. In November 2011, he was appointed Senator for life by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. He served for ten years as a member of the European Commission, in charge of the Internal Market, Financial Services and Tax Policy from 1995 to 1999, then of Competition from 1999 to 2004. Born in Varese, Italy, in 1943, he graduated from Bocconi University and pursued graduate studies at Yale University.

Rachel Reavley

Rachel Reavley

President of Brand Strategy
Threads Styling

Rachel Reavley is Vice 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, where she lead the highest decade of revenue growth for the publication, launching the Vogue app and developing the successful Vogue Festival brand extension. She also was Associate Publisher of Glamour Magazine where she established 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 involved covering nine 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 Vice 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.

Marcantonio Brandolini D'Adda

Marcantonio Brandolini D'Adda

Owner and Creative Director

Marcantonio Brandolini D'Adda has been the Creative Director of LagunaB since 2015 and he is also the President of AUTONOMA, the new educational creative factory in Murano. He has transformed the image of LagunaB infusing it with his own personality, keeping all the previous collections and trying to attract new generations into such an old tradition and style.

He created new designs, new vessels exhibited at David Gill Gallery and at Salone del Mobile. In September 2017, he had his first solo show at Alma Zevi Gallery, where he exhibited his latest glass sculptures. His main objective is to preserve the island of Murano as a strong production asset for his beloved city Venice, helping to raise awareness on its artistic heritage.

In 2016, he partnered with the US based Pilchuck Glass School and established AUTONOMA, a creative factory that brings together the tradition and skills of the island with the creativity of the outsiders.

Mr Brandolini D’Adda was born in Paris and raised in Venice. After studying in Switzerland and England, he decided to go back to his roots and take over and expand LagunaB, the artistic glass company founded and run by his late mother Marie.

Luca di Montezemolo

Luca di Montezemolo

President, NTV;
former Chairman, FIAT and Ferrari

Mr Montezemolo is Chairman, founder and main shareholders of NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori), first European private high-speed railway company which this year transported 15 million passengers.

He is also President of Telethon, the main Italian charity that aims to fund research on genetic diseases, and Chairman of Charme Capital Partners, International Fund of Private Equity.

His career started in the seventies as Enzo Ferrari Assistant and Team Manager of the racing team. From 1992 to 2015 he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari, winning 19 World Drivers and Constructors Formula One Championship whilst leading the company to the highest levels in the design, both in the industrial production and in competitions.

Whilst in this role, Mr Montezemolo also served as Chairman of Fiat Group from 2004 to 2010 and as President of Confindustria from 2004 to 2008. He was the owner of Acqua di Parma Parfum and he has served for a long time as a member of the Board of Kering and Tod’s. He was also the General Director of the Organising Committee of the 1990 Italian World Cup Football Championship and President of FIEG (Italian Newspaper Publishers Association).

He is a Cavaliere del Lavoro and in 2008 the President of the French Republic awarded him the title of Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2002, he was elected as ‘Man of the Year’ by The Automobile, the US automobile magazine and by Autocar in the UK. He was nominated by Financial Times as one of the fifty best managers in the world in for three consecutive years from 2003 to 2005, and ‘European Manager of the Year’ for 2012 by the European Business Press Federation (EBP). In 2015, he was inducted in the Automotive Hall of Fame of Detroit, the most prestigious award of this sector, for his significant impact on the automotive industry. He was awarded with honorary degrees in Engineering and Industrial Design by many universities.

Luigi de Vecchi

Luigi de Vecchi

Chairman of Banking and Capital Markets in EMEA

Luigi de Vecchi, currently Chairman of Europe, Middle East and Africa of Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory. Prior to joining Citi, he was Co- Head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse and a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Kleinwort Benson. Professor of Finance and member of the Advisory Board of the LUISS University in Rome and Board Member of Calarts in LA. He is also a member of the Board of Director of Save the Children Italy.

Elio  Milantoni

Elio Milantoni

Partner - Head of M&A Advisory

Elio Milantoni joined Deloitte in 1998, he is Partner and Head of the M&A Advisory of Deloitte Financial Advisory. He is member of the Global Corporate Finance Advisory Executive Committee of Deloitte and he also leads the European Corporate Finance Consumer Business Team. As partner of the Corporate Finance practice, he has a wide experience in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions.

He has assisted national and international primary players, both Corporate and Private Equity, with a focus in consumer goods, manufacturing and industrial sectors.

Mr Milantoni holds a degree in Economics and a Master in Business Administration. In addition he has a Corporate Finance Qualification (CF) - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

He is also member of the Italian Institute of Chartered Accountants (Albo dei Dottori Commercialisti) of Milan and member of the Register of Technical Consultants of the Court of Milan.

Marco De Benedetti

Marco De Benedetti

Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Co-Head, Carlyle Europe Partners

Marco De Benedetti joined Carlyle in 2005 and is currently Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and Co-Head of Carlyle Europe Partners. He particularly focuses on the telecommunications and branded consumer goods sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr De Benedetti was the Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Italia. Mr De Benedetti was the Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Italia Mobile from 1999 until its merger with Telecom Italia.

Mr. De Benedetti currently also serves on the boards of directors of Moncler SpA, Twin-Set Simona Barbieri SpA, Marelli Motori SpA, Comdata SpA, Logoplaste SA, Golden Goose srl, IRCA SpA, CIR SpA, Cofide SpA and GEDI S.p.A.

Edoardo Caovilla

Edoardo Caovilla

Chief Operating Officer and Creative Director
René Caovilla

Edoardo Caovilla is the Chief Operating Officer and Creative Director of René Caovilla, representing the third generation running the company. He joined the company in 2009 as the Chief Operating Officer and in 2012 was appointed as the Creative Director of the brand. Whilst working alongside his father, Mr Caovilla has taken the company through a decisive transition to lead the René Caovilla brand towards new successes. His mission has always been rooted in the idea of taking a shoe company to the level of a worldwide luxurious accessory brand for the female market.

Staying true to roots of the brand, while also maintaining and evolving the DNA, Mr Caovilla is pushing René Caovilla forward in the worldwide development of the stores’ network through multiple franchise openings; he is enhancing the selected brand presence in the wholesale channel and capitalising through globalisation. The export activities currently account for 90% of the sales, equally divided into the US, Middle East and Asian markets.

With creativity running in his blood, like his father René Fernando who launched the brand in the 50s, Mr Caovilla creates precious styles while also adding a cool and contemporary touch. He is stretching the products range by reinforcing the importance of bags with the aim of introducing new categories such as bijoux in the near future.

Mickey Riad

Mickey Riad

Creative Director and Co-Owner

Mickey 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.

Philipp  Gajzer

Philipp Gajzer

Managing Director
Move Now Luxury Brokers & Advisors

Philipp Gajzer is Managing Director of Move Now Luxury Brokers & Advisors and Managing Director of Move Now Commercial Brokers a German based company that provides transaction services for luxury retail real estate and advises some of the top players in the luxury market. After studying Medicine and Law in Frankfurt and Heidelberg Universities, Mr Gajzer co-founded the company in 2003 and led its international growth, with the company currently operating in Europe, Asia and US, procuring only in premium locations such as Avenue Montaigne in Paris, Bond Street in London, Canton Road in Hong Kong, Nanjing Xi Lu in Shanghai and Madison Avenue in New York. He works with the world’s most prestigious luxury brands, including Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Jimmy Choo, Harry Winston, Loro Piana and Prada.

Tina Edmundson

Tina Edmundson

Global Brand Officer and Luxury Portfolio Leader
Marriott International

Tina Edmundson is Global Brand Officer and Luxury Portfolio Leader at Marriott International. In this role, Ms Edmundson oversees 30 diverse and experiential hotel brands, including a prestigious luxury portfolio that encompasses eight of the world’s most desirable and coveted luxury hotel brands; The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, EDITION, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide.

Ms Edmundson plays a central role in the future development and sustainability of the company’s 30 hotel brands around the globe by re-defining and executing innovative, industry-leading and cutting-edge global brand strategies for the company’s expanded portfolio.

Working closely with the company's global development team, Ms Edmundson is setting a new industry standard for creativity and innovation in experiential luxury and lifestyle travel. She plays a crucial role in helping ensure that each brand remains culturally relevant and resonates with the diverse and evolving mindsets of affluent guests around the world.

Edgar Huber

Edgar Huber

Global President
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.

Mr Huber 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. He began his career at Mars Inc. as a brand manager.

Mr Huber 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

Editor, How To Spend It
Financial Times

Jo Ellison is the Editor of How To Spend It. Before this she was Fashion Editor of the Financial Times.

Ms 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, Ms 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

Former Editor
Financial Times

Lionel Barber is a writer and broadcaster. Between 2005 and 2020, he served as editor of the Financial Times. During his tenure, the FT transformed itself from a print-led newspaper into a global, multichannel news organisation, winning multiple awards for its journalism. These include UK Newspaper of the Year three times, as well as Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Mr Barber has co-written several books and lectured widely on foreign affairs, international economic policy and business matters. He appears regularly on TV and radio.  As FT editor, he interviewed many of the world's leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards for his contribution to journalism and to the transatlantic community. In 2009, he was awarded the St George’s Medal and in 2018 received the Media Society’s annual award for his outstanding contribution to journalism.  He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Tate and is a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation in New York.

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. 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 also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, 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 has been included in Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. He has won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, the RTZ David Watt memorial prize, the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation), Commentator of the Year at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the “Ludwig-Erhard Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”), and “Commentariat of the Year” at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recognised Mr Wolf in its Best in Business Journalism competition. He has also won the Ischia International Journalism Prize and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium”.
His most recent publications are 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). Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from Nottingham University, Kingston University, Macquarie University, the London School of Economics, Warwick University and KU Leuven.

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

Financial Times Group

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, a role he has held for the past 10 years. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operations, 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, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and most recently Longitude.

He managed the acquisition of the FT by Nikkei in 2015, a merger than has been completed smoothly to create a global news media leader. He also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.
During his tenure the FT has built its reputation for quality global news and analysis and digital transformation. The FT now attracts the largest paying readership in its 129-year history, with two-thirds of its readership now coming from digital channels and a growing presence in video and social media. It has won a series of awards for its strategy and its coverage and is recognised as an industry leader in innovation and communications.

Mr Ridding has been at the FT for 29 years, including leadership roles in editorial, business and at the FT’s former parent company, Pearson, where he was 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. He launched the Corporate Learning Alliance in partnership with IE of Spain and the FT125, a leadership forum now complemented by a forum for women in business.

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 2m users and is the leading international source of business news in China. He launched a number of training and educational initiatives in the region.

During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both 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.

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


Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
Giudecca 810
Venice 30133


Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Giudecca 10
Venice 30133


Palazzo Grassi
Campo San Samuele 3231
Venice 30124


Skyline Bar, Hilton Molino Stucky
Giudecca 810
Venice 30133




 Airport transportation

The nearest international airport to the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is:

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

Rail transportation

The nearest train station to the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is:

 Venice Santa Lucia

Private transfers

To book private boat transfers contact Ingrid at Mizar Conventions:

Phone: +39 3311741926

Rates are:

To/from Santa Lucia station and Hilton (1 way)

€80,00 (1 person boat) - €145,00 (10 person boat)  

To/from Venice Marco Polo airport and Hilton (1 way) 

€145,00 (1 person boat) - €210,00 (10 person boat)  

For those who have pre-booked their transfer, we will have a FT Business of Luxury Summit welcome desk at the airport, located on your left as you enter Arrivals.

Transfer time is approximately 40-45 minutes (to/from airport and Hilton) or 10 minutes (to/from Santa Lucia station and Hilton).

Note that for those arriving on Sunday 20 May the airport transfer will be by car to Piazzale Roma, then by boat to the Hilton. This is due to the annual Vogalonga race through the city and lagoon of Venice. This shouldn't affect the transfer time.

Public transportation

Hilton provides a shuttle service between Giudecca Hilton pier, Zattere pier and San Marco pier. 

There is also a 24-hour public waterbus.

The timetables will be published here in April. 

Summit attendee transportation

The following transportation is included for registered Summit attendees:

Sunday 20 May

Welcome Reception

18:30 - 20:30 | Palazzo Grassi, Campo San Samuele 3231, Venice 30124

Fully escorted private boats will depart from Hilton Molino Stucky from 18:00 - 19:00.

At the end of the Reception return boat transportation will be provided back to Hilton Molino Stucky.

Monday 21 May

Summit Reception and Dinner

19:00 - 22:30 | Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Giudecca 10, Venice 30133

Fully escorted private boats will depart from Hilton Molino Stucky from 18:30 - 19:30.

At the end of the Dinner we will provide return boat transportation back to Hilton Molino Stucky. 




Ticket Type


Standard Summit Ticket




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

Rooms are on hold for FT Business of Luxury Summit delegates for the nights of 20 and 21 May.

Rates are also available for the shoulder nights of 17, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 May.

Note that availability for all nights is now very limited.

To book please use the link below:

Accommodation enquiries:

Phone: +39 041 2723526

We have also arranged special rates at the following hotel which is a pleasant 15 minute walk to Hilton Molino Stucky, and is located next door to the Summit Dinner venue, Belmond Hotel Cipriani:

Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa

Giudecca 33 

Venice 30133 

To book, please complete and return this form 

Alternatively, we have set up a Hotelmap which shows rates and availability at hotels nearby to Hilton:


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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 (3)

Ferretti Group is a world leader in the design, construction, and sale of motor yachts and vessels, with a unique portfolio of prestigious and exclusive brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, and Custom Line.

The Ferretti Group can boast 5 modern shipyards located across Italy, which combine the efficiency of industrial production with world-class craftsmanship and the heritage of Italy's centuries-old yachting tradition.

Established in 1968, the Group is also present in the USA – through its subsidiary Ferretti Group America and in Asia, through its subsidiary Ferretti Group Asia Pacific Ltd. Moreover, a network of more than 60 selected dealers guarantees the Group’s presence in over 80 countries.

The Ferretti Group has always been a leader in the pleasure boating industry, thanks to steady product and process innovation and the constant search for cutting-edge technological solutions. The wide range of available boats – flybridge, runabout, open, coupé, lobster boats, maxi and mega-yachts – is conceived by the Group's Product Strategy Committee fully committed to developing aesthetic and functionally innovative solutions, working in close cooperation with internationally renowned consulting boat designers.

This is why the Ferretti Group's boats have always been known for their high levels of quality, safety, and outstanding performance at sea, as well as for the exclusivity of their design and the timeless appeal which make them so recognizable around the world.

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

Bronze sponsor (1)

DFS Group is the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, offering its customers a carefully curated selection of exceptional products from over 700 of the most desired brands, through duty free stores located in 11 major global airports and 20 downtown T Galleria locations. DFS is privately held and majority owned by the world’s largest luxury conglomerate LVMH, alongside DFS co-founder and shareholder Robert Miller. 

Welcome Reception Sponsor (1)

Secoo Holding Limited (“Secoo”) is Asia’s largest integrated online and offline shopping platform for premium products and services. Since our inception in 2008, we have attracted a large and loyal client base of more than 18M registered customers with high purchasing power and an increasing propensity to purchase luxury products and services. Secoo had gross sales of more than $800m in 2017, up 51% from 2016.

We provide a wide selection of fully authenticated upscale products, offering more than 300,000 SKUs, covering over 3,000 global and domestic brands and, since 2014, high-end lifestyle services. Our online platform is complemented with 10 offline experience centres or theme experience stores in China and overseas.

Summit Dinner Sponsor (1)

Tmall, China’s largest third-party platform by GMV with over 500 million active consumers, is a business of Alibaba Group addressing the increasing demand from Chinese shoppers for international products and brands. Launched in 2008, Tmall is the premier platform for overseas brands and retailers to engage with Chinese users, build brand awareness and gain valuable insights in forming their overall China strategy. In 2017, Tmall launched Luxury Pavilion, an invitation-only, exclusive luxury platform that has become the go-to destination for China’s high-end consumers looking for the same kind of brand exclusivity and tailored shopping experience online that they would expect at a brick-and-mortar store.​​

After party sponsor (1)

For over 41 years Sonraj has been dedicated to providing the finest selection of luxury timepieces in Pakistan. Today, as the country stands at the inflection point of positive growth and economic prosperity, Sonraj has become the visionary and entrepreneurial leader, operating with a strong framework of ethics and sustainability for all luxury and prestige brands.

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The Seminar

Humans of Fashion Foundation is a NGO to address and prevent sexual harassment, abuse, misconduct and assault in the fashion industry. The Humans of Fashion Foundation aims to achieve this by providing a platform, the HOFF App, to guide those who have experienced this type of abuse and connect them to pro-bono and subsidized legal professionals, counselors and support networks. The NGO was co-founded by fashion model Kristina Romanova and Juris Doctor, Antoniette Costa.

Sewing New Patterns: The Fashion Leaders role in eliminating abuse and harassment. Can tech thread brand involvement and education to create an enhanced company culture?

Hailed as the Times Up of the Fashion industry by Cosmopolitan Magazine, the NGO Humans of Fashion Foundation co-founders discuss anti-harassment policies, corporate code reform and education and how technology and artificial intelligence will change the industry.

    The Speakers

Costa, Antoniette

Antoniette Costa, Co-Founder, Humans of Fashion Foundation


Antoniette Costa is Co-Founder of the Humans of Fashion Foundation. She is also a singer-songwriter, topping the Billboard Classical Crossover Charts in 2016 with her album “The Triptyq Sessions”, which featured Grammy Award winning cellist-beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola of Pentatonix as well as pianist and violinist, Tara Kamangar. Ms Costa also wrote the song “Void of a Legend”, which debuted #2 on the iTunes Classical Chart. She later produced the music video for this single, which went viral upon release. This song has since been covered internationally by bands such as the French trio L.E.J., and has garnered over 3 million views.  In March 2018, Antoniette released the single “Find Another Girl” with rapper/model TK Wonder; part of the proceeds go towards the Humans of Fashion Foundation.Ms Costa graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Pennsylvania as an English major with a minor in Italian Studies. During her undergraduate degree, she studied Italian film, fashion, and art as part of her curriculum, developing a passion for the industry. In 2016, she earned a J.D. from Fordham Law School, selecting to concentrate her studies in Fashion Law. Here, she studied under Professor Susan Scafidi, the first Professor to offer a course in Fashion Law at an American law school, where she gained valuable insight into the legal frameworks surrounding the industry. Since graduating, Antoniette has worked in the legal departments of Louis Vuitton and the Yankees.

Romanova, Kristina

Kristina Romanova Co-Founder, Humans of Fashion Foundation



Kristina Romanova is Co-Founder of the Humans of Fashion Foundation. Since 2010, Ms Romanova has been working internationally in high fashion, including contracts in Italy, France, and the United States. She is represented by Women Management (New York, Milan, Paris), Traffic (Spain), Elite (London) and has worked with high profile designers including Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen amongst others. In addition to modelling, Kristina was the female cameo in Avicii’s music video “Wake Me Up”, which gained over 1 billion views since its release in 2013.Her passion for the fashion industry started when she was sixteen, during a visit to New York City. She was inspired by the vibrant nature of the city, and began learning about the fashion industry and the creative input behind it.

Susan Scafidi, Academic Director, Fashion Law Institute



Susan Scafidi is the first professor ever to offer a course in Fashion Law, and she is internationally recognized for her leadership in establishing the field. She has testified regarding the proposed extension of legal protection to fashion designs and continues to work actively with members of Congress and the fashion industry on this and other issues. Her additional areas of expertise encompass property, intellectual property, cultural property, international law, trusts & estates, and legal history. Professor Scafidi founded and directs the nonprofit Fashion Law Institute, which was established with the generous support and advice of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its president, Diane von Furstenberg, and is located at Fordham Law School. Prior to teaching at Fordham, Professor Scafidi was a tenured member of both the law and history faculties at SMU, and she has taught at a number of other schools, including Yale, Georgetown, and Cardozo.

Professor Scafidi is the author of Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law (2005), as well as articles in the areas of intellectual property, cultural property, and of course fashion law. In addition, she has spoken to legal, design, and academic audiences around the globe and has contributed commentary to hundreds of media reports on issues related to law and the fashion industry. Professor Scafidi also created and maintains the first website on fashion law, Counterfeit Chic, which has been recognized as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 blogs.

After graduating from Duke University and the Yale Law School, she pursued graduate study in legal history at Berkeley and the University of Chicago and clerked for a distinguished legal historian, Judge Morris S. Arnold of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Toni Garrn, Entrepreneur, Model and Actress

Toni Garrn is an Entrepreneur, Model and Actress. Her first career break came after signing an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein and has been a supermodel ever since working with most of the biggest fashion and beauty brands. She is currently based in New York City, focusing on acting in Los Angeles as well as Berlin. Her credits include several larger parts in German and international cinema, e.g. her role of Reeva Steenkamp in the feature film “Oscar Pistorius - Blade Runner Killer.”

Ms Garrn is also involved in several entrepreneurial endeavors as an investor, such as the German and Jetlag startup “Jelite.” Parallel to all this, Ms Garrn has always had a strong interest in child protection and education, taking on an active role within Plan International’s efforts in Africa and even launching her own foundation in 2016. The Toni Garrn Foundation focuses on raising funds globally to ensure sustainable and safe education for girls all over Africa.  The foundation’s largest fundraising example to date is the Supermodel Flea Market that Toni organizes herself worldwide, never losing track of her main philanthropic goal: Empowering girls globally to reach their dreams and know their rights.

Supporting Sponsor (3)

Martens & Heads! is a boutique executive search firm designed to fulfill the domestic and international needs of image-driven brands in the fashion, luxury, retail, and beauty industries. Using our Search With Imagination approach we partner with clients to find brand-transforming leaders in all functions that influence their customers’ experience.

McArthurGlen Group is Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets, with a portfolio of 24 centres across Europe and Canada that includes the spectacular Noventa di Piave designer outlet near Venice. The group is currently developing its 25th centre – McArthurGlen Málaga – which will be the first designer outlet in southern Spain.

At White, we have been successfully devoting our expertise to our clients from the premium and luxury segment for more than 25 years.  Thanks to this in-depth experience in:


Market Analysis

Strategic Media Planning and Buying

Classical and Digital Campaign Management

Influencer Marketing

Public Relations and 

Creative Production Services


We are able to provide first-rate consulting services.  White understands the needs of brands that are synonymous with excellence, elegance and luxury.  We are based in Munich and New York.  


White Communications – Engaging Today’s Luxury Consumer

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


Supporting Partners (5)

Since 1992, Altagamma Foundation gathers the best High-End Italian Cultural and Creative Companies that promote Italian Excellence, Uniqueness and Lifestyle. Altagamma is unique for its cross-sectorial approach, as its members operate in multiple fields among which fashion, design, jewellery, food & beverages, hospitality, automotive, yachts and wellness.

The mission is to contribute to the growth and the competitiveness of the  Italian High-End industry.

Círculo Fortuny is a non-profit organization with the aim of bringing together the Spanish cultural and creative brands in a common forum to collectively promote and defend their shared values.

In addition, the association enhances the image of Spanish luxury brands beyond their borders, and represents and defends the particularity of this sector as a powerful engine of the Spanish economy.

Círculo Fortuny members are a balanced representation of different sectors that make up the Spanish high-end industry based on the highest standards of excellence in their productive processes and in the services offered.

Current sectors represented in Círculo Fortuny are: Design & Furniture, Fashion, Food, Health & Wellness, Hotels & Resorts, Jewels & Watches, Leather, Wines & Spirits, Craftsmanship Gunmakers.

Círculo Fortuny is part of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA) which in turn encompasses Europe’s other four most prominent luxury goods associations: Comité Colbert in France, Fondazione Altagamma in Italy, Walpole in the UK and Meisterkreis in Germany.

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, Women in Luxury in May, and Luxury Roundtable and the Luxury Retail Summit in the second half of the year. 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.

Spanning all corners of the world, Marriott International Luxury Brands’ portfolio of luxury brands offers more than 385 luxury hotels and resorts in nearly 65 countries through The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, EDITION, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott and W Hotels Worldwide. Through these eight distinct brands, Marriott International presents a boundless network of unique travel experiences for today’s rapidly evolving luxury traveller.

A unique membership association of 200 of Britain’s finest luxury brands, Walpole promotes, protects and develops the qualities of UK luxury: the long tradition, rich heritage, superior craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service at the heart of the industry – currently worth over £32 billion to the UK economy and a leading creator of jobs. Dedicated to nurturing the next generation of luxury brands, craftspeople and leaders, Walpole connects Britain’s best up-and-coming talent with a network of senior mentors from within the established membership. Its programme of events, thought leadership activities and political and media engagement furthers the collective interests of Walpole’s members, ensuring the continued and future success of British luxury on an international stage.

2017 FT Business of Luxury Video Summary



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