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FT Business of Luxury Summit 2019

Rethinking Luxury

Madrid |
Speakers include:
Jo Ellison

Jo Ellison

Financial Times

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Financial Times

Overview

Celebrating it’s 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.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 05/20/2019 00:00:0005/22/2019 00:00:00trueFT Business of Luxury Summit 2019Celebrating it’s 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

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Who attends

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

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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
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Why sponsor

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

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

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

For more information, please contact:

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

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FT Contributors (7)

Jo Ellison

Jo Ellison

Fashion Editor
Financial Times

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

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

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

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Editor
Financial Times

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

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

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Chief Economics Commentator and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. His book The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Have Still to Learn—from the Financial Crisis was published by Penguin in 2014.

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

Mr Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994 and the “Commentator of the Year” award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009 and the “Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary” for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012 and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013.

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

Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.

Gillian de Bono

Gillian de Bono

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

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

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

She has received three British Society of Magazine Editors awards – as Launch Editor of the Year in 1986 for Essentials magazine and as Newspaper Magazine Editor of the Year in 1999 and 2004 for How To Spend It. How To Spend It was voted Colour Supplement of the Year at The 2017 Newsawards, the fifteenth time the magazine has won this award. How To Spend It is also the only colour supplement to have won all three major industry awards in a single year: The British Press Awards 2004, the British Society of Magazine Editors 2004 and The 2004 Newspaper Awards.

Ms de Bono is also editor of howtospendit.com 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 FTChinese.com, 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.  

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Venue

The Westin Palace Madrid
Plaza de las Cortes, 7,
28014
Madrid

Spain


Museo Nacional Del Prado
Paseo del Prado, s/n,
28014
Madrid

Spain


Casino de Madrid
Calle de Alcalá,
15, 28014
Madrid

Spain


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Accommodation

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

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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 marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 940,000, 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.

In association with (1)

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

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

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

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 americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpressfoursquare.com/americanexpresslinkedin.com/company/american-expresstwitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

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).

For more information, please visit, www.mcarthurglen.com.

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)

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 www.wearefur.com.

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