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FT Business of Luxury Summit 2019

Rethinking Luxury

Madrid |
Speakers include:
Sidney  Toledano

Sidney Toledano

LVMH Fashion Group

Ana Botín

Ana Botín

Banco Santander

Emmanuel  Gintzburger

Emmanuel Gintzburger

Alexander McQueen


Celebrating its 15th year, the 2019 Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit will be held for the first time in Madrid, a city with a strong and vibrant cultural heritage.

This Summit will take place during a period of continuing political disruption and economic uncertainty and the agenda will focus on the opportunities that can arise for the industry from this fluctuating environment. How can businesses adopt agile and start-up strategies that will deliver growth and exceed customer and shareholder expectations? Will the industry be able to protect itself from the might of the e-commerce giants? What needs to change? Where are the new developing markets and with trade wars a high risk, how will the industry retain the lucrative Chinese market? The programme will also look at the latest investment opportunities in the sector with panels of leading investors from the banking and private equity.

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

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/19/2019 19:30:0005/21/2019 15:00:00trueFT Business of Luxury Summit 2019Celebrating its 15th year, the 2019 Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit will be held for the first time in Madrid, a city with a strong and vibrant cultural heritage.This Summit will take place during a period of continuing political disruption and economic uncertainty and the agenda will focus on the opportunities that can arise for the industry from this fluctuating environment. How can businesses adopt agile and start-up strategies that will deliver growth and exceed customer and shareholder expectations? Will the industry be able to protect itself from the might of the e-commerce giants? What needs to change? Where are the new developing markets and with trade wars a high risk, how will the industry retain the lucrative Chinese market? The programme will also look at the latest investment opportunities in the sector with panels of leading investors from the banking and private equity.Co-chaired by the FT's Editor, Lionel Barber and Fashion Editor, Jo Ellison, you will be joined by leading executives from the industry as well as innovators and financiers to debate the latest changes in the luxury narrative and what lies ahead.FT-Business-of-Luxury-Summit-2019a59b977a77ab28b0d2c3212a432b120dMM/DD/YYYY


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“Still one of the best conferences on luxury with most impressive gathering of delegates and strong analysis of the sector. A must attend.” - Director, Rolex


Speakers (40)

Sidney  Toledano

Sidney Toledano

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
LVMH Fashion Group

In February 2018, Sidney Toledano was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH Fashion Group, which includes numerous prestigious brands (Celine, Givenchy, Loewe, Emilio Pucci, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rossimoda, Jean Patou). He also became a member of the LVMH Executive Committee.

He is Vice President and member of the board of the Institut Français de la Mode and the Comité Colbert. He is a member of the Management Committee of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and member of the Fédération française de la Couture Executive Committee. He is President of the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine.

Sidney Toledano has been awarded the honorary titles of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite. He was decorated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco as Officer of Wissam Al-Arch distinction in 2007.

In 1994, he joined Christian Dior Couture as Director of the Leather Goods Division before becoming Managing Director in charge of the international development in 1996. In 1998, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Christian Dior Couture to pursue the development of the brand and put Christian Dior at the forefront of the most famous brands in the luxury sector. He was appointed Vice President, Managing Director and Board member of Christian Dior S.E.

He spent his early career as marketing consultant at Nielsen International, then he joined Kickers as General Secretary in 1982. In 1984, he was appointed Managing Director of Lancel.

Ana Botín

Ana Botín

Executive Chairman
Banco Santander

Ana Botín was appointed Executive Chairman of Banco Santander in September 2014. Since then, she has led a cultural and commercial transformation of the bank, helping Santander become one of the most profitable and efficient banks in the world, serving over 140 million customers across Europe and the Americas.

Under her leadership, Santander has embedded a clear purpose across the bank: to help people and businesses prosper. This, combined with the bank’s leadership in digital innovation and strong commitment to responsible banking, helped Santander meet the three-year targets it set in 2015 - growing revenues; becoming one of the most profitable and efficient banks among its global peers; and achieving a top-3 ranking for customer satisfaction in the majority of its markets. At the same time, Santander was ranked third in the world among banks – and number one in Europe – in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Ms Botín began her career at JPMorgan in New York, before joining Santander in 1988. She led the Group’s expansion in Latin America, before becoming Chief Executive of Banesto in Spain in 2002. In 2010 she was appointed CEO of Santander UK, where she led the transformation of three former building societies into one of Britain’s most innovative banks.

She is the founder and Chair of Fundacion CyD, which supports the contribution made by universities to economic and social development in Spain, and Empieza por Educar, the Spanish affiliate of Teach for All, which trains talented graduates to become teachers.

Ms Botín earned her BA in economics from Bryn Mawr College. She is a Board member of the Coca-Cola Company and a member of the MIT CEO Advisory Board. She is married and has three sons.

Emmanuel  Gintzburger

Emmanuel Gintzburger

Chief Executive Officer
Alexander McQueen

Emmanuel Gintzburger was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kering-owned Alexander McQueen in May 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise in retail, marketing and business development. A French national and graduate of the reputable EM Lyon Business School, Gintzburger has spent 17 years in the luxury and cosmetics industries. Prior to McQueen, he was Worldwide Retail and Wholesale Director at Yves Saint Laurent, with an illustrious career that also includes Jeanne Lanvin, Sephora, Louis Vuitton Pacfiic and Danone.

José Manuel  Albesa

José Manuel Albesa

Brands, Markets & Operations President

José Manuel Albesa holds degrees in Economics and in Business Management and Administration and an MBA from the University of Houston. He has also completed the Program for Executive Development at the IMD. He joined L’Oréal in 1992 and held various positions in the international marketing area before leaving for Puig in 1998 where he served as General Manager of Carolina Herrera, Prada and Comme des Garçons Parfums. In 2004 he moved to Paris as Vice President International Brands of the Puig Prestige division, and in March 2008 was appointed Chief Brand Officer with responsibility for all Puig fragrance brands. In 2011 he also assumed responsibility for the fashion business at Paco Rabanne and in 2015 the responsibility for the fashion business at Carolina Herrera. In 2016 he also assumed the responsibility for all Puig Fashion brands. In 2018 José Manuel is appointed President Brands, Markets & Operations, in the aim of ensuring alignment of Brands and Markets and driving the agenda of Transformation of the Group.

Jonathan  Anderson

Jonathan Anderson

Creative Director and Designer
JW Anderson and LOEWE

Jonathan Anderson is one of the leading fashion designers of his generation, earning both critical acclaim and commercial success with the collections he designs for his eponymous label, JW Anderson, and as creative director of the LVMH-owned Spanish luxury house LOEWE. 

Anderson attended the London College of Fashion and launched his own menswear collection in 2008, under the JW Anderson label. In 2010, he expanded into womenswear and in 2013 was named the creative director of LOEWE, beginning a bold new chapter for the house. Two years later, in 2015, he became the first fashion designer to be awarded both Men’s and Womenswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Over the course of his career, Anderson has also collaborated on collections and products for brands including Converse, Coca-Cola, Topshop and Uniqlo, among others. 

Outside the world of fashion, Anderson is a dedicated supporter of art and craft. In 2016, he founded the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, the world´s first international award for contemporary craft and, in 2017, he curated Disobedient Bodies, an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Wakefield, UK.

 Born in Northern Ireland in 1984 Jonathan is the son of Irish rugby player, Willie Anderson, and Heather Buckley, who worked as a secondary school teacher.

Photo credit: Scott Trindle

Ross Bailey

Ross Bailey

Founder and Chief Executive
Appear Here

Ross Bailey is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Appear Here, the leading online marketplace for short-term retail space. Appear Here’s mission is to create a world where anyone with an idea can find space to make it happen. Named one of ‘the most disruptive companies in property, by The Financial Times, Appear Here has become the go-to destination to make innovative and creative retail ideas happen. The company has launched stores for big international brands such as Google, Apple and Nike, leading designers from Chanel to Kanye West and Supreme, plus 1000's of new independents. Since it launched in 2013, Appear Here has over 200,000 brands using the service and lists over 7,000 prime retail spaces across the UK, US and France. Since starting the company aged just 20, Mr Bailey has been chosen as one of Fast Company's 100 most creative people in business and Commercial Observer's top power disruptors in real estate.

Rachna  Bhasin

Rachna Bhasin

Strategic Adviser

Until January 2019, Rachna Bhasin was the chief business officer of Magic Leap, where she oversaw strategic business and corporate development. Magic Leap is one of the highest funded start-ups in history, raising approximately USD2.4 billion in the field of spatial computing. Rachna’s varied Magic Leap responsibilities included general business development, mergers and acquisitions and strategic partnerships (working with world class brands and creators such as LucasFilms (Starwars), H&M/Warpin Media and AT&T/WB. Rachna remains engaged with Magic Leap in the role of Senior Advisor to the CEO.
Prior to Magic Leap, Rachna has held positions at the intersection of technology and media in companies such as SiriusXM Radio in New York, Dell, Inc. and IAC.
Rachna received her Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a BCA with Honors from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and has lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and the US.

Sujata  Bhatia

Sujata Bhatia

Senior Vice President & GM for Global Merchant Services Europe
American Express

Sujata Bhatia is the Senior Vice President & GM for Global Merchant Services Europe. In this role, Ms Bhatia manages the European merchant business and focuses on expanding our merchant acceptance network and strengthening our merchant relationships across Europe. Prior to this role, Ms Bhatia was Senior Vice President of of Global Strategy & Payments in Global Merchant and Network Services, leading a global team focused on delivering new payment forms and a premium merchant member experience to support the growth of the network.

Ms Bhatia has been with American Express for 14 years. She joined American Express as Director in the Strategic Planning Group. She has held a variety of roles including Director of International Partnerships for the International Consumer Card Business, Vice President of Business Development, and Vice President of International Business Insights. She has held a number of Marketing roles including Vice President of International Marketing, leading a team across 21 markets driving marketing strategies and providing business insights analytics for Merchants, and Vice President of Acquisition, Loyalty & Engagement for Europe.

Prior to joining American Express, Ms Bhatia was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in London and worked at Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young. Sujata holds her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Kristina Blahnik

Kristina Blahnik

Chief Executive Officer
Manolo Blahnik

Kristina Blahnik, Chief Executive Officer of Manolo Blahnik Limited, is both a businesswoman and a creative, a rare fusion who has steered the family run business forward, keeping the soul and the integrity of the brand at the forefront. “To optimise, not maximise” is Ms Blahnik’s key ethos, believing in making decisions driven by heritage and creativity, rather than fashion and trends. Manolo Blahnik is a brand with genuine soul and sincerity; a legacy which Ms Blahnik has dedicated herself to protect. Unlike many CEO’s, she plays a pivotal role in the creative process and development of each collection. Alongside her uncle Manolo Blahnik, she visits the factories in Milan and with an inherent understanding of proportion, structure and detailing – she helps make the vision become a reality. Ms Blahnik’s journey began in 2003, when under her architecture practice DNA, designed the space for the brands first exhibition at the Design Museum, as a chartered architect Ms Blahnik has an exceptional eye for detail and why the leap from architecture to fashion has been such a natural transition. Since joining her mother and uncle full time at the business in 2009, Ms Blahnik has been an integral part of the company’s many successes and furthermore stepped up to the role of CEO in 2013. Understanding the core foundations of the brand and with a long-term goal in mind, Ms Blahnik can nurture the values and the philosophy; ultimately cementing the future. 

Andrea Bonomi

Andrea Bonomi



Andrea Bonomi established Investindustrial in 1990 and Invest for Children in 2000 and Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board. Previously, he was responsible for the Saffa Group (a diversified industrial holding company) and investments in Europe and the USA. He has been chairman or director of a number of industrial and financial companies including Banca Popolare di Milano, RCS MediaGroup, Permasteelisa, and 21 Investimenti, 21 Centrale Partners and Inversiones Ibersuizas. Prior to that, he was at Kleinwort Benson in London, where he was responsible for Spain and Italy, and at Lazard Frères & Co. in New York. He is a member of NYU’s President’s Global Council, and a Private Equity Awards “Hall of Fame” (2018) inductee.

Mr Bonomi holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from New York University (1986) and he is a member of its President’s Global Council. He speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Ingrid  Brochard

Ingrid Brochard


Ingrid Brochard is the Co-Founder of Panoply, a rental service giving access to designer apparel. She launched the company in 2015.

Prior to that, she created MUMO in 2010, the first mobile contemporary art museum which was honored by the French government and Ashoka. She founded her first company importing cosmetics from Asia at the age of 19. Several years later, she created the fashion and contemporary art magazine Be Contemporary and also produced a number of programmes about contemporary art for French television.

She graduated from SciencesPo Paris, and is Officier des Arts et Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.

Willem Buiter

Willem Buiter

Special Economic Adviser

Before joining Citi as Chief Economist in 2010, a position he held until 2018, Mr Buiter was Professor of Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Adviser to Goldman Sachs from 2005 to 2010.  He was Chief Economist for the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development from 2000 to 2005 and a founder External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England from 1997 to 2000. He has been a Consultant to the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Commission, and has been an Adviser to many central banks and finance ministries.

Mr Buiter has published on economic affairs in books, professional journals and the press, and has held academic positions at Princeton University (1975-76 and 1977-79), Bristol University (1980-82), the London School of Economics and Political Science (1976-77, 1982-85 and 2005-2010), Yale University (1985-1994) and Cambridge University (1994-2000).  Willem holds a BA in economics from Cambridge University and a PhD in economics from Yale University. He has been a member of the British Academy since 1998 and was awarded the CBE for services to economics in 2000. He is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Columbia University and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is married to Professor Anne Sibert.

Sinéad Burke

Sinéad Burke

Teacher and Advocate

Sinéad Burke is an academic, teacher, writer and advocate. Ms Burke works towards accelerating systemic change within the domains of diversity, education, inclusion, design and disability. She consults within the fashion, architecture, technology and design industries to ensure that spaces and products are accessible to all. She is responsible for the introduction of the term for little person, ‘duine beag’, into the Irish language. She is a TED speaker, her talk ‘Why Design Should Include Everyone’ has amassed over one million views and speaking on the topics of design, education and inclusion, she most recently addressed the Business of Fashion’s VOICES conference and was the only Irish female delegate at World Economic Forum’s 2018 annual meeting in Davos and returned as a Cultural Leader of Davos’ programme in 2019. Sinéad was presented with The Leadership Award at Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards by Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri. She is a Contributing Editor for British Vogue, she writes for the Financial Times, Teen Vogue and the New York Times. She has been a guest on The Moth and DeRay’s Pod Save the People. She is the coverstar of the Business of Fashion’s Age of Influence print issue, a member of the BoF500 and according to British Vogue, she is one of the 25 most influential women working in Britain in 2018.

Julia Calabrese

Julia Calabrese


Julia Calabrese is McArthurGlen Group’s Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the operation of McArthurGlen’s portfolio of 24 designer outlets across nine countries in Europe and Canada.

As CEO, Julia leads an award-winning company that pioneered the concept of outlet retailing in Europe, opening its first centre – Cheshire Oaks - in 1995. Today, McArthurGlen has centres in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.

As part of its on-going expansion, McArthurGlen is under way or in planning with four new designer outlets in Málaga (southern Spain), the West Midlands (the UK), Remscheid (near the German cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf) and Normandie (45 minutes from Paris.)

McArthurGlen is renowned for its brand-led business model. Julia leads the relationships with many of the Group’s top brand partners, which include the world’s most famous names in luxury fashion, retail and hospitality.

Julia joined McArthurGlen in 1998 as Chief Operating Officer, becoming CEO in 2002. Prior to joining McArthurGlen, Julia was Senior Managing Director at global real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield.  Before this, Julia worked with Joey Kaempfer, McArthurGlen’s Founder and Chairman, at Kaempfer Management Services, specialising in high-rise office development in Washington DC.

Laura Chavez

Laura Chavez

Lark & Berry

Laura Chavez is the founder of Lark & Berry, a fine jewellery brand exclusively featuring cultured diamonds and stones. 

After receiving her undergraduate degrees from Rice University in Houston, Texas and an MBA from London Business School, Ms Chavez aspired to start her own jewellery business, but was frustrated at the market’s lack of fairly-priced, high-quality and ethically sourced diamonds. While taking a course at the London Jewellery School, she discovered cultured diamonds, also known as lab-grown diamonds. Learning these were identical diamonds, yet no mining was necessary, and their origin could be traced while always being guaranteed conflict-free, Ms Chavez immediately recognised this opportunity in the market.

Ms Chavez set out to introduce a fresh view on luxury during a time when people demand unique experiences in every sector they encounter. In fine jewellery this meant a choice that did not sacrifice quality with stunning design still at the forefront. 

Shortly after a successful launch, Ms Chavez incorporated the environmental goodwill program where five trees are planted for every purchase made. She believes luxury now is not only meant to be more sustainable but should also enable us to give back to our planet.

Shirley  Chen

Shirley Chen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Shirley Chen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Narrativ, a technology company building an alternative web for shopping.

In a world where two giants defined e-commerce as we know it — Google made it easy for consumers to search for the cheapest price while Amazon connected fulfillment to keyword search — Narrativ believes the Internet is ready to evolve beyond price comparison and order fulfillment.

Consumers are now asking for more from shopping. The keyword search popularized by traditional industry leaders is being replaced by content based search. Shoppers are iterating on keywords in search to find information on more personal and more specific shopping questions — “what IS the sound system that will fit best in a 1000 sq foot apartment?” — to dig up advice from voices they trust.

Empirically, this approach drives double the conversion rates of traditional product search. Narrativ’s technology maps consumer questions and keywords to content and product catalogues at scale. This database is not only valuable to consumers for honing product selection, but also critical for retailers, logistics providers, and all other participants in the value chain who need data to maximize sales.

In recent years, consumer trust has been broken by the market search leaders who push unwanted products and monopolize channels. Narrativ provides the core infrastructure to democratize search, traffic and content to provide invaluable data for the world of retailers, publishers, and start-ups outside of the two giants.

In just three years, Narrativ has already assembled a library of millions of product nodes matched to expert reviews from top commerce publishers like Buzzfeed, NYT Wirecutter, and Hearst. This database enables retailers such as Macy's, Ulta Beauty and Nordstrom to tap into $25B of annual consumer spend. E-commerce represents only 10% of total US shopping today, and Narrativ believes its enormous growth potential will only be unlocked by improving the online shopping experience.

Ms Chen has been named Forbes 30 under 30, honored as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and as a Fashion Disruptor by the Financial Times.

Prior to founding Narrativ, Chen led double-digit growth as Head of Marketing & Business Development at Moda Operandi (an online retailer with $165mm in 2018 revenue) and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and loves cyberpunk.

Adrian  Cheng

Adrian Cheng

Founder, K11;
Co-Founder, C Ventures

Adrian Cheng is Founder of K11, a concept brand of unique cultural and retail destinations and Co-Founder of C Ventures. He is also the Executive Vice-Chairman of New World Development and Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery.

Adrian Cheng, renowned entrepreneur and change-maker, is one of Asia’s most forward-thinking business leaders. Mr Cheng co-founded C Ventures with Clive Ng in 2017 as the first investment fund to build an ecosystem for fashion, creative media and entertainment companies. With a focus on disruptive technology, lifestyle and media, C Ventures’ mission is to connect China’s millennials and generation Z with the world. Today there are over a dozen companies in the portfolio, including Moda Operandi, Not Just A Label, Beautycon, YOHO! and Threads.  

This vision is the driving force behind the US$2.5 billion SKYCITY, a new edutainment and wellness destination and financial hub in Hong Kong, as well as his creation of the art and design district Victoria Dockside, the latest US$2.6 billion, 3 million-square-foot project that redefines Hong Kong’s harbourfront. Set to fully open in Q3 2019, Victoria Dockside comprises a number of flagships including K11 MUSEA museum-retail destination, K11 ATELIER office building, K11 ARTUS luxury residences and the ultra-luxury Rosewood Hong Kong.

Mr Cheng’s expertise and ambition make him a visionary entrepreneur, not only in China but internationally. He is the pioneer of The Artisanal Movement for New World’s property development undertakings, an initiative which weaves the narrative of craft, bespoke design, heritage and quality into many of its developments.

This narrative is further expanded in the K11 brand he established, which looks to give Chinese culture a global voice, through a collection of museum-retail spaces (K11 Art Malls), offices (K11 ATELIER), hospitality (K11 ARTUS) and cultural platforms (K11 Art Foundation and K11 Kulture Academy). Mr Cheng’s work extends to projects in healthcare, child education and providing early-stage funding to disruptive start-ups, technology-driven brands and platforms that appeal to next generation consumers.

Mr Cheng has been acknowledged by Fortune as one of its “40 Under 40” global business stars, a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and was made an Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, the youngest person in Hong Kong to receive this honour.  Mr Cheng has invested significant time and energy into promoting art and cultural exchange internationally and holds a number of board roles within organisations such as the TATE, the Centre Pompidou and the National Museum of China.

Frederic  Court

Frederic Court

Founder and Managing Partner
Felix Capital

Frederic Court is the Founder of Felix Capital, a London-based Venture firm with c. $300m under management. He was previously General Partner with Advent Venture Partners, and has been working in the tech industry as an entrepreneur and investor for 20 years. At Felix, Frederic focuses on investment in digital lifestyle opportunities, including brands, platforms and enabling technologies. He sits on the board of Farfetch (NYSE:FTCH), which went public in 2018 with a $7bn market cap, where he was the first investor in 2010 (Series A). Other illustrative investments include Zong (sold to ebay), Vitrue (sold to Oracle), Dailymotion (sold to Orange), Goop, The business of fashion, Highsnobiety, Mirakl, Deliveroo, Peloton. Frederic has been shortlisted in the Midas List Europe in 2017 and 2018, and was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by its peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event.

Fabio d’Angelantonio

Fabio d’Angelantonio

Chief Executive Officer
Loro Piana

Fabio d’Angelantonio has been the Chief Executive Officer of Loro Piana (LVMH Group) since 2016. Fabio d’Angelantonio gained an Economics and Business degree from LUISS University, Rome, and an MBA in International Management from Brussels United Business Institutes. He started his career in Spain and Belgium, respectively in the Olivetti marketing department and at the European Commission. From 1995 to 2000 he covered the role of International Sales and Marketing Director for Editions Hemma, a Belgian publishing house specialized in children books. In 2000 he came back to Milan as Product Manager for two thematic channels in Ciaoweb, internet portal founded by Fiat Group. In 2001 he joined Merloni Elettrodomestici (which became Indesit Company, and then merged with Whirlpool), as Brand and Advertising Manager, overseeing the entire brand portfolio from the group. In 2005 he joined Luxottica as Chief Marketing Officer, developing the marketing and communication strategy for the entire portfolio of brands and licenses, with a focus on owned brands such as Ray-Ban, Persol and Oakley. At the beginning of 2009, while maintaining the role of CMO, he was appointed President of the sunglasses specialty retail chain of Sunglass Hut (3500 retail doors worldwide), with the mission of leading its development, growth and global expansion. In September 2016 was nominated by LVMH Group as CEO of Loro Piana, the Italian company known for the production of the finest fabrics and yarns, luxury ready to wear and accessories. During his career, he gained significant academic experiences as Business Testimonial, Keynote Speaker and Lecturer. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Rome LUISS University.

Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero

Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero

International Adviser
Goldman Sachs and Santander

Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero is a Spanish lawyer, economist, politician and businessman.

Mr de la Dehesa played a notable role in the reform and opening up of the Spanish economy, after the death of Francisco Franco. He served in the ministries of commerce, energy, industry and economics and the Bank of Spain. He was Secretary of State of Economy and Finance between 1986 and 1988, under the government of Felipe González.

Mr de la Dehesa then joined the private sector, serving as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Pastor and President of Gas Madrid. He was Chairman of the High Council of the Chambers of Commerce of Spain between 1991 and 1998. He was an international advisor to Goldman Sachs for 29 years, retiring in 2017, and a board member of Union Fenosa, Campofrio and Telepizza. He was also Chairman of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Currently, Mr de la Dehesa is non-executive Chairman of Aviva Corporation, non-executive Vice Chairman of Amadeus IT Group, a member of the European Advisory Board of Eli Llly and non-executive Vice-Chairman of Banco Santander. He is an advisor to Centene Corporation in the US, Alpine Partners in London and Taconic Capital in London. He is Chairman of the IE Business School, Honorary Chairman of CEPR, a member of Foro Iberoamerica, a member of the Group of Thirty and a board member of the Global Development Network.

Agatha  Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Founder and Designer
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada studied in the Escuela de Artes y Técnicas de la Moda of Barcelona. At 20, she began working as an intern in the studio of designer Pepe Rubio in Madrid. A year later, she presented her first collection in Madrid at the design centre LOCAL and ever since her designs have been shown in the international capitals of fashion: Paris, Milan, Nueva York, Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona.

Agatha has been a guest of honour and a representative of Spanish fashion on the main catwalks of Albania, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Slovakia, The United States, France, Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan...

Agatha’s designs have become a true medium of artistic expression. During her first years as a designer she began displaying some of her master pieces in galleries and museums in different cities of Spain, France, Italy, US, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Sweden, Colombia, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong... In 2014 and 2015, Agatha presented a new retrospective exhibition in different countries of Latin America. In 2017 is selected by Google Arts & Culture to participate in their initiative #WeWearCulture with two exclusive digital exhibitions.

Agatha has collaborated with numerous artists like Enrique Vega, Gloria García Lorca, Eduardo Chillida, Pep Guerrero, Luis Galliussi, Philippe Andrieux, Bárbara Juan, Ciuco Gutiérrez, Christopher Makos, Miguel Ángel Molina, Michel Bresson, Ramiro E., Orlan, Nicole Herzog, Karim Rashid…

Since 1986, the company has counted on the collaboration of more than 100 fashion accessory licences. Ceramics coatings, bed and house linen, books, accessories for pets, perfumes and stationery are examples of the many products distributed through Agatha’s flagship stores and her online store, as well as a number of multi-brand stores present all over the world.

Due to her collaborations with different companies and official organisms, Agatha has designed uniforms, wardrobes, set designs for theatre, opera and dance performances, Christmas lights, children’s parks, urban furniture, theme parks, murals, gardens, restaurants, posters for events, cars etc...

In 2011, the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Foundation was constituted, conserving an important representation of Agatha's progression during her past thirty years of history in the world of fashion and creativity, with the purpose of classifying and diffusing her impressive documentary legacy.

In 2017, Agatha was awarded the National Prize for Fashion Design 2017 by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in recognition of her more than 30 thirty years of experience and the ability to link her work in fashion to other manifestations of the arts.

Miroslava  Duma

Miroslava Duma

Strategy, Pangaia
Chief Executive Officer, Future Tech Lab (FTL)

Miroslava Duma is the founder of several innovative ventures, digital entrepreneur, philanthropist and active investor across a range of promising businesses including digital media, technology, responsible fashion. Miroslava is The World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (YGL), Class of 2018, recognised for professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through leadership. Over the past 15 years, YGL’s have included French President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio and human rights barrister Amal Clooney. Miroslava is Founder and CEO of Future Tech Lab (FTL) - a hybrid investment company, multinational accelerator, experimental laboratory and philanthropic organisation with the mission to transform and empower the $2.4T fashion and apparel industry to evolve and improve its social and environmental footprints.

Heba  El Habashy

Heba El Habashy

Research and Development

Heba El Habashy has 7 years of entrepreneurial and start-up experience. In 2013, she was among the first employees of Uber in the Middle East, where she worked closely with the founding team on launching and growing the company’s presence across the region. Previously, Heba worked at Flat6Labs, a seed stage VC and tech startup accelerator based in Cairo, handled Business Development for The Dubai Design District, growing and developing the first design focused business hub in MENA and the GCC. Currently, she sits on a number of advisory boards of tech enabled startups all over the world. Heba graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Government and Economics, Cum Laude.

Richard Found

Richard Found

Chief Executive Officer
FoundPop and Found Associates

Richard Found established Found Associates in 1997, an award winning international Architectural and Interior Design Practice, specialising in Retail, Commercial and Residential projects. Clients include luxury brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Donna Karan and Givenchy. The practice is widely recognised for its innovative approach to contemporary architecture, winning a RIBA medal in 2012 and in the same year being shortlisted for the most prestigious UK Residential award, The Manser Medal along with The Stirling Prize long list for a contemporary residential project in the Cotswolds UK.

Due to shifting retail trends, brands now require a versatile, flexible and convenient solution for their temporary shopfits. In mid 2018, Richard therefore created FoundPop, and designed a collection of design-led rental furniture that is delivered, assembled and collected for Popups, Department Stores, Fashion Shows, Showrooms, Trade Fairs and Exhibitions. Currently operational in London, Paris and New York. The company plans to transform the retail furniture market globally by providing a service that meets five key principles: high quality of design; speed and ease of assembly; customisable finishes; scalable for different sized spaces and affordable.

FoundPop has already established a number of key strategic client relationships and is the Official Supplier to the British Fashion Council, providing rental furniture for London Fashion Week and London Men’s Fashion Week.

Luisa Krogmann

Luisa Krogmann


Business and culture studies graduate Luisa Krogmann started her business development career at Mulberry Marketing and Communications and Ernst & Young. After climbing the ranks in the commercial strategy department of Europe’s largest e-commerce fashion retailer, Zalando AG, Krogmann co-founded aeyde—a direct-to-consumer brand for women’s shoes based in Berlin. Since its launch in 2015, aeyde has grown to work with over 50 top retail platforms, including Net-A-Porter, Moda Operandi, and Lane Crawford. With unique, handcrafted styles featured by the likes of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, the brand has gained cult status among global fashion and style influencers.

Photograph credit: Bastian Archard

Jean-Marc Liebeherr

Jean-Marc Liebeherr

Chief Executive Officer
Diamond Producers Association

A French and Swiss citizen, Jean-Marc Lieberherr studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, has a degree in Econometrics from the University Panthéon-Sorbonne and a MBA from INSEAD.   He started his marketing career with Moët-Hennessy (LVMH Group) in Asia before joining Unilever’s Foodsolution division where he held various sales and marketing leadership roles in Europe.

In 2005, Mr Lieberherr joined Rio Tinto’s diamond sorting, sales & marketing operation in Antwerp which he helped transform into one of the leading diamond marketing organisations in the industry, handling 15% of world production.  In particular, he introduced advanced automatized diamond sorting technology, structured customer portfolio management and contracts, and built Argyle Pink Diamonds into one of the world’s most successful luxury diamond brands. In 2012, Mr Lieberherr became Managing Director of the entire diamond division of Rio Tinto, with responsibility for mining, processing and marketing the company’s

Australian, Canadian and African productions.

In 2015, Jean-Marc Lieberherr created the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) with seven of the world’s leading diamond mining companies representing 75% of world production to promote long term consumer demand for diamonds at category level, sustain confidence in the diamond industry and promote best practices in the sector.  In 2016, he left Rio Tinto and his position as chairman of the DPA to become its first Chief Executive Officer. Since then, he has been busy building the DPA’s marketing platform “Real is Rare, Real is a Diamond” and its organization capabilities across key markets of the US, China, India and Europe. 2018 was the first full year of investment for the DPA.  The organisation’s annual budget is about $70 million.

As a marketer turned diamond miner, he has built over the past 14 years a deep understanding of all aspects of the diamond industry, from mine to market, including of course sustainability.

Stephen  Lussier

Stephen Lussier

Executive Vice President, De Beers Group;
Chief Executive Officer, Forevermark

Stephen Lussier is the Chief Executive Officer of Forevermark, he is also Executive Vice President of Marketing of the De Beers Group of Companies and a member of The Group Executive Committee. After working for the De Beers advertising agency in the US, N.W. Ayer, in New York, Stephen joined the De Beers Consumer Marketing Division in London in 1985 as the Market Controller for the US and Canada. He then served as Market Controller for Japan from 1989 to 1991 and Regional Director for Asia Pacific from 1991 to 1993, before being appointed Director of the De Beers Consumer Marketing Division in 1993, where he oversaw the launch of diamond marketing into the China & India markets. Stephen was appointed as a DTC (Diamond Trading Company) Director in 1995, and joined the DTC Executive Committee in 2002. In 2005 he was appointed to the De Beers Executive Committee with responsibility for External and Corporate Affairs. Stephen took up the role of Chief Executive Officer, Forevermark and Executive Vice President – Marketing, De Beers Group, in 2009. He has also been appointed Chairman of the Diamond Producers Association in 2015. Since taking on the role of CEO at Forevermark, Stephen Lussier has seen Forevermark grow into a truly global brand. Forevermark is present in 26 markets, with more than 2,331 retail stores across five continents.

Antonio Menéndez

Antonio Menéndez

Managing Director - Sales & Marketing
Vega Sicilia

Antonio Menéndez joined Vega Sicilia in March 2015 to lead the business development of the group both nationally and internationally, to manage the corporate sales & marketing area and that of each one of its wineries and to create the medium and long-term strategy for the company. With over 21 years of a professional career behind him and a generalist and retail business profile in sectors such as drink, luxury, entertainment and cosmetics, Antonio Menéndez holds a degree in Company Management and Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and has done postgraduate studies at Berkeley (California) and the Management Development Programme (PDD) at the IESE de Navarra.

Andrea Morante

Andrea Morante

Quattro R

Since 2016, Andrea Morante has been Chairman of QuattroR SGR – Milan, a private equity fund sponsored by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and exclusively geared towards the acquisition of Italian companies in financial distress, and Sergio Rossi – Milan, an Italian company leader in the design, production and distribution of women’s shoes (owned by Investindustrial). 

As of February 2019, Mr Morante is also Vice Chairman of Trussardi – Milan, an Italian fashion company now owned by QuattroR SGR. During the period 2008-2015, Mr Morante has been engaged as CEO in the restructuring and relaunch of Pomellato, which was sold to the Kering Group in 2013.

Before his involvement with Pomellato, Mr Morante had a long stint in the City of London, initially as the founder of corporate banking activities in Italy for Morgan Stanley and, subsequently, as a Managing Director of corporate banking at Credit Suisse First Boston for Southern Europe. Both at Morgan Stanley and at Credit Suisse, Mr Morante was involved in and managed first hand, as a financial advisor, some of the most important company restructuring in Italy such as the privatisation of ENI, the financial diversifications of the Benetton family, the defence of Telecom Italia from the Olivetti takeover bid and the merger between Sanpaolo di Torino and IMI banks.

In between these two assignments and after having masterminded and executed the Gucci acquisition on behalf of Investcorp in 1990, Mr Morante was engaged in the global restructuring of Gucci as a Board Member representing Investcorp and, subsequently, as the Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Mr Morante graduated in Business and Economics at the University of Rome. He completed an MBA at the University of Kansas as a Fulbright scholar in 1974.

Clive Ng

Clive Ng

C Ventures

Clive Ng emanates from an old-established family based in Penang, Malaysia. He operates as a Media Sector financier. He was instrumental in securing joint venture partnerships between Pacific Media and United Artists Theatres (renamed Regal Entertainment Group) and Television Broadcasts of Hong Kong. He was Co-CEO of United International Asia Holdings, a partnership between United International Holdings (since renamed Liberty Global) and his family, a US cable company, to enter the Asian market.

He co-founded and became Vice Chairman of TVB Superchannel Europe in 1992, which has grown to become Europe’s leading Chinese language broadcaster. He also was the CEO of Pacific Media a home shopping company and initiated the purchase of TV Media from H&Q Asia Pacific and built the company to over US$450 mm in market capitalisation. He subsequently sold control of the company to the Koo family from Taiwan. He also owned a 50% stake in HongKong SuperNet, the first Hong Kong based ISP which was then sold to Pacific Internet.

Mr Ng has many years of experience with internet start-ups and e-commerce companies in Asia. He was Chairman and founder of Asiacontent, one of the first Asian internet companies to list in the US that was the joint venture partner of NBCi, MTVi, C-NET, CBS Sportsline and DoubleClick in Asia. Mr Ng was also one of the initial investors and founder of E*TRADE Asia, a partnership with E*TRADE Financial Corp. He is also a founding shareholder of MTV Japan, with H&Q Asia Pacific and MTV Networks (a division of Viacom Inc.). He was Chairman of China Broadband Limited (since renamed to You On Demand) from 2007 – 2010 and Chairman of China Cablecom Limited from 2008 to 2012.

He is currently Chairman of Yaddo , a documentary OTT channel and Vice Chairman of Dazed Media. He served as a Senior Advisor to Warner Music Group Inc. Mr Ng is presently Founding Partner of C Ventures, a global investment fund focusing on media, tech, fashion and lifestyle companies and brands focused on connection and community.

Amanda J.  Parkes

Amanda J. Parkes


Dr. Amanda Parkes is a fashion scientist with over 15 years of experience in wearable technology, interaction design, robotics, smart materials and fashion innovation spanning research, development, and product commercialization for start ups and major tech and fashion companies. As an academic, she serves as a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab and an Adjunct Professor in the Columbia University Department of Architecture. She received a PhD & M.S. in Tangible Media from the MIT Media Lab and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University.

Jancis Robinson OBE

Jancis Robinson OBE

Master of Wine;
Wine Correspondent, Financial Times

Described by Decanter magazine as 'the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world', Ms Robinson writes daily for (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.

An award-winning TV presenter, she travels all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

Remo Ruffini

Remo Ruffini

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Remo Ruffini is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moncler S.p.A. He lives with his family between Milan and Como, his town of origin, where he was born on 27 August 1961. In 2003 Ruffini took over the helm of Moncler, the legendary Franco-Italian brand which specialized in producing down feather products, undertaking an international relaunch on a grand scale. With his love of challenges and a talent for overall vision, Ruffini left his hallmark on the Monestier-de-Clermont brand with an integrated strategy that combined the entrepreneurial, market related aspects with a multifaceted creative sensitivity which was constantly evolving. His global down jacket strategy marked the international success of Moncler and proved to be an outstanding reinvention of a brand which was floated on the Milan stock exchange just one decade later, in December 2013.

On November 9th , 2017 Remo Ruffini has been named Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for Italy at the XXI Edition of the EY award event held in Milan.

On February 20th , 2018 Moncler presented in Milan the Moncler Genius project, resulting from Remo Ruffini's vision which initiates a new chapter for the Brand. Different creative approaches, and therefore collections, redefine the Brand's dialectics in the digital era, able to establish a constant dialogue with the consumer.

On June 2018, Remo Ruffini has been named “Cavaliere del Lavoro” or “Knight of Labour”. The “Cavaliere del Lavoro” title recognizes Italian entrepreneurs who have distinguished themselves in different sectors of the economy and contribute to social development, employment, technology and the growth of Made in Italy and represents one of the highest recognitions bestowed by the president of the Italian Republic, currently Sergio Mattarella.

Sir Paul  Smith CBE

Sir Paul Smith CBE

Paul Smith Ltd

Sir Paul Smith is one of Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and modernity. Famous for its clothing and accessories collections, Paul Smith specialises in an inventive use of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge design to create beautifully made, desirable, modern pieces. Paul Smith is loved across the world. From its origins in one small shop in Nottingham, England, in 1970, Paul Smith has grown into a global business, selling in over seventy countries. Starting with one men’s collection, the business now comprises collections for men, women and children, including, shoes, accessories, fragrance and home furnishings. Throughout its development Paul Smith’s values of curiosity, quality and authenticity have remained constant.

Ganesh Srivats

Ganesh Srivats

Chief Executive Officer
Moda Operandi

Ganesh Srivats is Chief Executive Officer of Moda Operandi, the first online luxury e-commerce marketplace to provide consumers direct access to full designer collections straight from the runway. Mr Srivats brings 17 plus years of global experience in fashion and technology across sales, marketing, operations and business development.
In his position at Moda Operandi, Mr Srivats is responsible for scaling the business globally, and establishing Moda as the pre-eminent luxury marketplace for Women's and Men's fashion, fine jewellery, and home products,
in close collaboration with Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Lauren Santo Domingo.
Prior to Moda Operandi, Mr Srivats served as Vice President at Tesla, where he was the General Manager responsible for the North America and EMEA Markets, as well as factory-to-consumer operations globally. Prior to Tesla, he spent 10 years with Burberry in various positions including Senior Vice President of Retail-Americas, Vice President of Strategy-Americas, and Business Development for Emerging Markets.

Simon Staples

Simon Staples

Sales Director – Fine Wine
Berry Bros. & Rudd

Joining Berry Bros. & Rudd from Harrods almost thirty years ago, Simon Staples works as the company’s Sales Director for Fine Wine.

Over the past three decades Simon has developed an impressive understanding of the business through various positions across the business, including roles as Sales and Marketing Director and UK Sales Director before leaving for Asia. Simon Staples spent three years in Hong Kong where he worked as Sales Director, followed by two years in Tokyo as Sales Director for Japan. He returned to the UK in June 2016 and heads up the fine wine sales team.

His love of wine was sparked back in 1989 when he first tried Mouton Rothschild 1982. Since then he hasn’t looked back and daily bids on lots on BBX – Berry Bros: & Rudd’s fine wine exchange platform.

Mr Staples says that if he was a wine he would be ‘full, rounded, robust, decadent … seemingly flamboyant, but actually with a reserved core that doesn’t take itself too seriously’.

Tomaso  Trussardi

Tomaso Trussardi

Trussardi Group

Tomaso Trussardi started working in the Real Estate business as an assistant to Manfredi Catella at Hines and collaborated with the newspaper Libero. In 2010 he joined the family business as Head of Industrial and Productive Activities.

In 2015, he became the CEO of Trussardi Group and until 2018 he has been its reference shareholder. Today, after the majority acquisition of Trussardi S.p.A by the Italian private equity fund QuattroR SGR, Mr Trussardi was appointed Chairman of the Group. Since the beginning of his mandate, Mr Trussardi has been reorganising and modernising the company, repositioning the brand in the contemporary luxury sector, and developing its retail architecture, e-commerce and the food division.

Mr Trussardi was born in Bergamo. He studied Economics and obtained a Master degree in Corporate Finance and Banking at Bocconi University.

Paul Tumpowsky

Paul Tumpowsky


Paul Tumpowsky is CEO and one of the founders of Skylark. A member of Travel+Leisure’s global “A-List”, he has been recognized as one of the leading authorities in luxury travel and a principal figure in shaping the future of the industry.

He founded and advised numerous companies before launching Skylark. For 20 years, he has been Chairman of the InSITE Fellowship for the United States’ top graduate students focused on technology and entrepreneurship, and has taught at Columbia University and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Paul received his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he concentrated on finance and entrepreneurship, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois where he was Chairman of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and has studied at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo.

Stephen  Webster

Stephen Webster

Founder and Creative Director
Stephen Webster

English eccentricity and American iconography, wildlife, the high life, literature, theatre and pop culture, the ocean and the animal kingdom; these are just some of the inspirations and influences that fuel Stephen Webster’s creative engine. Combining a love of fine craftsmanship with a passion for music, fashion and art, Webster’s keen eye for detail, flair and wild imagination have assured him unique status in the contemporary jewellery world.

With references from William Blake to Jules Verne, Webster’s enthusiasm, commitment and talent as a master jeweller of consummate skill, style and audacious verve have helped him to achieve numerous accolades. Webster was bestowed with an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Creative Arts in 2007 for his outstanding contribution to the arts and also holds the honour of being a Liveryman of the City of London. In January 2013, he was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to training and skills in the British Jewellery Industry.

Born in Gravesend, Kent, Stephen left his local grammar school at 16 years old to study jewellery design at Medway College of Design, Rochester, part of the Kent Institute of Art & Design whose alumni also includes Tracey Emin and Zandra Rhodes. By the end of his first term, Stephen had become consumed by a deep and incandescent passion for his métier. After completing his training under Tony Shepherd, a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Stephen worked as a craftsman for several established London design houses. After receiving the acclaimed De Beers honour in 1982, an accreditation that marked Stephen’s official passage into the fine jewellery trade, he relocated to Canada to design for an independent jeweller. Following a brief return to the UK in 1984, Stephen identified a potential market for his jewellery in California, where his bold style combined with a brave use of colourful and exotic gems attracted a freethinking and fashion-savvy, west coast clientele.

After much success and careful expansion, Webster returned to London in 1989 to establish Stephen Webster Ltd.  Some 30 years on, the brand philosophy remains the same: thrilling, beguiling, beautiful and remarkable jewellery as a bonafide lifestyle experience, founded upon the finest craftsmanship and distinctive creativity.

Throughout a four decade-spanning career, Webster has been an advocate of ethically sourced materials, travelling to mines in Tanzania and Peru to meet the mining communities and trace the origins of the precious materials he uses in his work. He is now an ambassador for Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold and in 2016 was awarded the prestigious Butterfly Mark, powered by Positive Luxury which recognises Webster's long tradition of producing the finest possible jewellery with sustainability at the heart of every step.

With a workshop and design studio in Mayfair and salon on London’s super chic Mount Street, Stephen Webster is widely considered to be one of the international scene’s most accomplished and exciting designers.

In recent years the brand has expanded globally with 150 points of sale worldwide including the United Kingdom, United States, Russia, Dubai, Japan and Hong Kong.

Recasting the role of the contemporary, luxury jeweller as an artist and forward-thinking designer rather than simply an artisanal technician, Stephen Webster’s approach has always been one of glistering synergy.  With fashion and jewellery as dazzling and devastatingly glamorous co-conspirators, each luxurious aesthetic in Webster’s collections celebrates traditional skills and great British craftsmanship.

Fabrizio Viti

Fabrizio Viti

Creative Director & Co-founder, Fabrizio Viti;
Style Director of Shoes, Louis Vuitton

Fabrizio Viti is among the leading footwear and accessories designers in the global luxury fashion industry where he has held key leadership roles for almost three decades. He is the creative director and co-founder of his eponymous brand, Fabrizio Viti, and the Style Director of Women’s Shoes at Louis Vuitton, a position he has held for fifteen years.

Mr Viti attended Istituto Marangoni in Milan, where he completed his studies in Fashion Design in 1991. Upon graduating, he joined Simonetta Ciampi where he was first introduced to the design, creation and development of luxury accessories. After several years he left to join Patrick Cox in 1995, where worked as a key designer within the studio until 1998. Viti was next appointed Head Designer of Men’s and Women’s Shoes at Gucci, where he worked under Creative Director Tom Ford and CEO Domenico de Sole. Following his work at Gucci, Viti joined Prada in 1999 as Director of Women’s Shoes, where he oversaw the development and creation of the runway and commercial collections for Prada, Fendi and Helmut Lang for the next five years.

In 2004, Mr Viti was appointed Style Director of Women’s Shoes at Louis Vuitton by Creative Director Marc Jacobs and continues his work under current Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière. He is credited for establishing an identity for the footwear category within the house, which today makes up one the fastest-growing categories within the largest brand in the luxury sector.

Mr Viti launched his eponymous women’s shoe and accessories brand, Fabrizio Viti, in late 2016 debuting his Resort 2017 collection “Please don’t eat the daisies” which was met with strong commercial success and critical praise. Today, Fabrizio Viti, the brand, is distributed in key retailers across the globe and is on track to become a leading presence in the global luxury footwear market.


FT Contributors (8)

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: former US President Barack Obama, sitting US president Donald Trump, 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 and in February 2018, the Media Society’s annual award for his outstanding contribution to journalism. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is Chairman of the Tate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harriet Agnew

Harriet Agnew

Paris Correspondent
Financial Times

Harriet Agnew is a correspondent at the FT in Paris, covering the retail, luxury, telecoms, tech, consumer and media sectors. Before that she was City Correspondent at the FT. She previously wrote about hedge funds at Euromoney Institutional Investor and Financial News.  


Agenda - 19th May

  • 7:30pm
    Summit Welcome Drinks & Private Tours

    Venue: Museo Nacional del Prado

  • 8:45pm
    Welcome Address

    Welcome from John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times

Agenda - 20th May

  • 8:30am

    Venue: The Westin Palace Madrid

  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening Keynote

    Sidney Toledano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LVMH Fashion Group

    With Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Buying wine for pleasure and investment

    Jancis Robinson, OBE, Master of Wine; Wine Correspondent, Financial Times
    Antonio Menéndez, Managing Director - Sales & Marketing, Vega Sicilia
    Simon Staples, Fine Wine Director, Berry Bros. & Rudd

    In conversation with Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

  • 10:30am

    José Manuel Albesa, Brands, Markets & Operations President, Puig

    In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    A’s list

    Can CVentures build the next global luxury conglomerate?

    Clive Ng, Founding Partner, C Ventures
    Adrian Cheng, Founding Partner, C Ventures; Founder, K11

    In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:35am
  • 12:00pm
    The best foot forward

    The rise and rise of luxury accessories

    Kristina Blahnik, Chief Executive Officer, Manolo Blahnik
    Fabrizio Viti, Creative Director & Co-founder, Fabrizio Viti; Style Director of Shoes, Louis Vuitton
    Luisa Krogmann, Co-Founder, aeyde

    In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Brands, Bicycles and Brexit

    Sir Paul Smith, CBE, Chairman, Paul Smith Ltd

    In conversation with Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Global economic prospects

    Willem Buiter, Special Economic Adviser, Citi
    Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero, International Adviser, Goldman Sachs and Santander

    In conversation with Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

  • 1:45pm
  • 3:00pm

    Jonathan Anderson,  Creative Director & Designer, JW Anderson & LOEWE

    In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Lessons in Leadership

    Ana Botín, Executive Chairman, Banco Santander

    In conversation with Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Luxury spending: An International Perspective

    New technologies, changing tastes and evolving demographics are driving a constant cycle of transformation across the luxury sector. This session will explore the latest trends shaping purchasing decisions among today’s luxury consumers.

    Sujata Bhatia, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Merchant Services, American Express

  • 4:20pm
  • 4:45pm
    Why diversity can not be a trend in luxury anymore

    Sinéad Burke, Teacher and Advocate

    In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:05pm
    Diamonds Disrupted

    Lab-grown diamonds are identical in composition and structure to natural diamonds. Even experts can have trouble telling them apart. How are consumers responding to these cultured gems, and where does this leave the traditional diamond industry?

    Laura Chavez, Founder, Lark & Berry
    Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Producers Association
    Stephen Lussier, Executive Vice President, DeBeers Group; Chief Executive Officer, Forevermark 
    Stephen Webster, Founder and Creative Director, Stephen Webster

    In conversation with Gillian de Bono, Editor, How To Spend It & Assistant Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:45pm

    Remo Ruffini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moncler

    With Rachel Sanderson, Milan Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 6:15pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 7:45pm
    Summit Drinks & Dinner

    Venue: Casino de Madrid

Agenda - 21st May

  • 8:00am

    Venue: The Westin Palace Madrid

  • 9:00am
    Alexander McQueen: Creative freedom for meaningful growth

    Emmanuel Gintzburger, Chief Executive Officer, Alexander McQueen

    In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:35am
    Deals and dynasties

    Andrea Bonomi, Chairman, InvestIndustrial
    Andrea Morante, Chairman, Quattro R
    Tomaso Trussardi, President, Trussardi Group

    In conversation with Rachel Sanderson, Milan Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Resisting fast fashion

    How is sustainable fashion responding to environmental, ethical and social concerns with new forms of consumption? Does this have to come at the expense of profits?

    Ingrid Brochard, Co-Founder, Panoply
    Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Founder and Designer, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
    Carlo Capasa, President, Italian Chamber of Fashion

    In conversation with Harriet Agnew, Paris Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:50am
    Culture shot! How to reinvent tourism for the 21st Century

    What makes a city a major destination? As cities increasingly depend on visitor spending, what is the modern tourist looking for? Is culture enough?

    Ross Bailey, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Appear Here
    Richard Found, Chief Executive Officer, FoundPop and Found Associates
    Paul Trumpowsky, Chief Executive Officer, Skylark

    In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:25am
  • 11:50am

    Fabio D'Angelantonio, Chief Executive Officer, Loro Piana

    With Rachel Sanderson, Milan Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    Changing the narrative

    How to revolutionise the traditional media model 

    Frederic Court, Founder and Managing Director, Felix Capital
    Shirley Chen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Narrativ
    Alexia Niedzielski, Founding Member, System Magazine

    In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:55pm
    Defying the retail apocalypse

    Online shopping is killing brick-and-mortar retail, right? Wrong! How brands are rewriting traditional retail to combine the best of physical and digital worlds - and tapping into new customers in the process.

    Chris de Lapuente, Chief Executive Officer, Sephora
    Julia Calabrese, Chief Executive Officer, McArthurGlen
    Ganesh Srivats, Chief Executive Officer, Moda Operandi

    In conversation with Harriet Agnew, Paris Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 1:25pm
    New language, new leadership, new luxury

    Female driven, tech focused, eco obsessed, the team at Pangaia are out to start a revolution. In their first public interview since its launch the women behind the brand set out their vision for the future.

    Nathalie Longuet, Finance and Investment, Pangaia
    Heba El Habashy, Research and Development, Pangaia
    Amanda J. Parkes, PhD, Innovation, Pangaia
    Miroslava Duma, Strategy, Pangaia
    Rachna Bhasin, Business Development, Pangaia

    Moderated by Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:10pm
    Close of Summit & Lunch

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 across the luxury industry including:

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

Previous notable attendees included:

Akris - Alexander McQueen - Alibaba - Anya Hindmarch - Aquascutum - Balenciaga - Bally - Belmond - Bentley - Bottega Veneta - Boucheron - Burberry - Calvin Klein - Cartier - Chloé - Chopard - Comme des Garçons - De Beers - Diane von Furstenberg - Diesel - Emilio Pucci - Ermenegildo Zegna - Estée Lauder - Farfetch - Ferrari - Giorgio Armani - Girard-Perregaux - Goldman Sachs - Google - Gucci - Harrods - Harvey Nichols - Hermes - Hublot - Hugo Boss - Jaeger - Jimmy Choo - Juicy Couture - Kering - Lanvin - L’oreal - Loewe - Longchamp - LVMH - Marni - Morgan Stanley - Mulberry - Oscar de la Renta - Philippe Starck - Polo Ralph Lauren - Prada - Richemont - Rolex - Stella McCartney - Tiffany & Co. - Timex - Tod’s - Topshop - Valentino - Yoox Net-a-Porter

Senior representatives from the following companies will be attending this years event:

Amrapali - Ara Vartanian - Armand de Brignac Champagne - Asociación Española del Lujo - Ateliers deMonaco - Audemars Piguet - Azzedine Alaïa - Baccarat - Backes & Strauss - Bally - Boghossian - Burberry - CA&LOU - California Baby - Cartier - Champagnes Grande Charte - CHANEL PLUS - Chatila Ltd - Crewe Motor, S.A. - De Beers Group - Delclaux &Partners - Deloitte LLP - Dolce e Gabbana Srl - ESSEC Business school - Farfetch - Fendi - Gemfields - Harrods - House Of Garrard - IESE Business School - Illycaffè S.p.A. - Ingrid Hotels Spa - Justin Deakin - KERING - Lilou et Loic Ltd - London Morgan - MESSIKA GROUP - Moussaieff Jewellers - Mulberry - Parfums Henry Jacques - Ralph & Russo - Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. - Selfridges Group - Seraphine - Smythson - Stefano Ricci Spa - Thom Browne - TOUS - ZEUS+DIONE - Zino Davidoff Trading AG… and many more.


Why Attend

  • 400+ attendee’s from the luxury industry for you to connect with
  • 10+ hours of networking with peers
  • 33 countries represented to give global insight

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



The Westin Palace Madrid
Plaza de las Cortes, 7,


Museo Nacional Del Prado
Paseo del Prado, s/n,


Casino de Madrid
Calle de Alcalá,
15, 28014




Financial Times has arranged very special rates for Summit attendees at the host hotel, The Westin Palace Madrid

The system is live now and reservations can be made until 31st May 2019.

Available dates are 19th -21st May 2019.

Rate: EUR 279.00 including a buffet breakfast + Taxes for single occupancy

Double occupancy is charged at a supplement of EUR 65.00


Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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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.

Platinum Sponsor (1)

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at and connect with us on, and

Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information: charge and credit cardsbusiness credit cardsPlenti rewards programtravel servicesgift cardsprepaid cardsmerchant servicesAccertifycorporate cardbusiness travel and corporate responsibility.

Gold Sponsor (2)

McArthurGlen Group, Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets, was founded in Europe by the Kaempfer Partners in 1993. The pioneer of designer outlet retailing in Europe, McArthurGlen has since developed 6.8 million sq ft of outlet space. The company manages 24 McArthurGlen designer outlets across nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK delivering total portfolio revenues of over 4.5 billion euros a year.

The centres are home to the most sought-after luxury and premium brands, and offer over 90 million fashion-loving customers year-round savings in vibrant, high-quality shopping environments.

In 2013, McArthurGlen became a joint venture between the Kaempfer Partners and Simon Property Group Co. (NYSE SPG), the world’s largest retail property owner.

As part of its on-going expansion, McArthurGlen is also under way or in planning with new designer outlets in: Cannock (near Birmingham in the UK), Remscheid (near the German cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf), Málaga (southern Spain) and one near Paris (Normandie).

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El Corte Inglés Department Stores in Spain & Portugal 

The Ultimate Destination for Shopping Lovers

Located everywhere in Spain, renowned department store El Corte Inglés is one of the largest and most unique department store group in Europe and has placed itself among the 10 largest worldwide. Founded in 1940, El Corte Inglés Group is famous for its world-class offerings of luxury and gourmet products, VIP client services and tourist benefits. A name synonymous with quality, prestige and best-in-class customer service, El Corte Inglés is committed to providing shoppers with an exclusive and luxurious shopping experience. 

The Group takes its name from a small tailor shop in the heart of Madrid purchased by El Corte Inglés founders, Ramón Areces Rodríguez and César Rodríguez. Over the past 78 years, the company has grown, with successive expansions and modifications taking place, in order to offer the modern, yet landmark of Spanish history that is the El Corte Inglés of today.

Silver Sponsor (2)

General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. Established in 1980, General Atlantic combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to build exceptional businesses worldwide. General Atlantic has more than 150 investment professionals based in New York, Amsterdam, Beijing, Greenwich, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Singapore. 

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

Supporting Sponsor (2)

Sybarite was founded in 2002 by Simon Mitchell and Torquil McIntosh who met at Future Systems with a vision to create a ‘one-stop-shop’ for retailers worldwide. Now in its 16th year, Sybarite has worked with some of the world’s leading luxury brands including Joseph, Marni and Alberta Ferretti as well as retail operators such as SKP in Asia. Sybarite was honoured to received the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2016.
Sybarite's work with SKP Beijing has been transformational to their business with sales increasing significantly in all refurbished categories of the luxury department store resulting in an expansion to second tier city Xi’an designed by Sybarite and opening in 2018.
Sybarite store concepts are timeless, providing solutions for the current season, whilst forecasting ahead with innovative and future proof designs.

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.

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Host Supporting Partner (1)

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.

Supporting Partner (2)

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.

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.

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