Tag: Luxury Goods and Services

Houses That Come With Horses Are the New Luxury in Mexico

Plenty of luxury housing developments are built around glamorous perks: a manicured 18-hole golf course, a private beach club, even an exclusive on-site restaurant crowned with Michelin stars. Tucked in the coastal jungle of Western Mexico comes yet another hyper-luxurious real estate offering, this one banking on a novel perk: a pony named Karen. Karen […]

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Dallas Attracts a Flock of Luxury Restaurants

The crowds streaming into Highland Park Village are hungry for luxury. At this open-air shopping center in suburban Dallas, they valet-park their Porsches, sport Yves Saint Laurent handbags, flit in and out of Audemars Piguet and pause for brunch at Sadelle’s, the fancy new deli from Major Food Group in New York. Sadelle’s has been […]

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Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Hotel, Galactic Starcruiser, to Close

After spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build an immersive “Star Wars”-themed hotel at Walt Disney World, Disney said on Thursday that, amid sweeping corporate cost-cutting, it would close the underperforming attraction in September, only about 18 months after it opened. The attraction, called Galactic Starcruiser, was marketed as part luxury hotel, part theme […]

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An American Express Airport Lounge in the Sky? Not Quite.

Another members-only club has opened in New York. But unlike its predecessors, which include Soho House, Aman, Casa Cipriani, and others, the Centurion New York was designed not by an architect or hotelier — but by a credit card company. American Express opened its first Centurion members club, an 11,500-square-foot space with wraparound views of […]

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Lavish Indian Weddings Are Back and Bigger Than Ever

Indian weddings can be elaborate occasions, often lasting several days. But a break from tradition because of the Covid-19 pandemic meant that intimate or at-home nuptials became the norm for many. Now, the grand Indian wedding is not just back, it’s bigger than ever for the couples with the means to host extravagant affairs. In […]

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Luxury Imports to Russia Take a Detour Around Sanctions — Through Dubai

On a dusty roadside on the outskirts of Dubai, Sohrab Fani is profiting from the West’s response to the war in Ukraine: his shop installs seat heaters into cars being re-exported to Russia. Twelve thousand heating pads languished in his warehouse for years, he said, until Russia’s invasion and the resulting Western sanctions drove American, […]

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Inside the Delirious Rise of ‘Superfake’ Handbags

Untangling the problem of duplication in the fashion industry is like trying to rewrap skeins of yarn. Designer houses spend billions fighting dupes, but even real Prada Cleos and Dior Book Totes are made with machines and templates — raising the question of what, exactly, is unique to an authentic bag. Is it simply a […]

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In China, It’s Time to Splurge Again, and the Luxury Industry Is Relieved

This time last year, Shanghai — China’s capital of fashion and luxury — was in the throes of a ruthlessly enforced Covid lockdown. The city’s glittering high-end malls and avenues lined with flagship stores stood practically empty. Today it is a different story. Huge crowds on a recent weekend flocked to top retail destinations on […]

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Bryant Park Studios: Luxuny Has Brought the Arts Back to 80 West 40th Street

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, as the sun turned the stained-glass skylight of a Midtown penthouse into a dazzling display of jewel tones, Prosecco was poured into flutes. A saxophonist and a violinist who had met moments earlier decided to play a Charlie Parker tune together. When they finished, a small, international and impeccably dressed […]

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Chief Justice Roberts Declines to Testify Before Congress Over Ethics Concerns

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter released Tuesday evening that he was declining its invitation to testify about ethics rules for the Supreme Court. In an accompanying statement on ethics practices, all nine justices, under mounting pressure for more stringent reporting requirements at the court, […]

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How Diamond District Jewelers Are Modernizing With Social Media

Zev Weitman’s lanky frame was hunched over his sooty workbench in a cramped diamond-cutting shop several floors above the buzz of Manhattan’s diamond district. But his mind was roaming a crystalline chamber, tweaking facets to coax a brilliant symphony of light from the diamond he was working against a cutting wheel. “I’m always improvising, always […]

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The Cold Truth at the Heart of ‘Succession,’ Lying on an Airplane Floor

But their final words to their dad were also impromptu epitaphs to a misspent life. “You’re going to be OK. Because you’re a monster, and you’re going to win,” said Roman, who managed only stumbling banalities when he tried to speak more personally, later realizing he forgot to say, “I love you.” Kendall did tell […]

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French Business Titans Top Forbes’s Richest List

PARIS — France, which has been riven lately by angry protests over income inequality, can now claim to have the world’s richest man and woman: Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton luxury empire, and Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, the heiress of the global cosmetics giant L’Oréal. Their combined net worth is […]

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Dior’s Gateway to India

Ah, the symbolism. On Thursday evening, about 850 local and international celebrities, artists, editors and influencers (and editor-influencers, since they are increasingly becoming one and the same) gathered in Mumbai in front of the historic Gateway of India as multicolored lights played on the nearby Taj Mahal Palace hotel and cool breezes blew in off […]

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Is Tom Sachs the Bad Art Boss?

A week or so later, more allegations surfaced in a piece in Artnet News, among them, from a former assistant who said she had to pick up clothes from Chanel for Mr. Sachs’s wife, Sarah Hoover — whose Instagram page is a showcase of her life in Chanel — and prepare meals for her French […]

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What’s Fueling Mushroom Mania in Décor?

Jayna Roy wanted her newborn daughter to dream of mushrooms. Since she couldn’t take her baby on foraging trips, she decided to do the next best thing: turn her nursery into a mushroom-themed, cottagecore haven. Ms. Roy designed the space to include over a dozen fungi-related items, among them crib sheets colored with mushroom dye, […]

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4 People Accused of $13 Million in Pro Athlete Fraud Schemes

Four people were arrested Thursday and charged with collectively defrauding four professional men’s basketball players out of more than $13 million, according to Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In one scheme, three players were allegedly persuaded to purchase more than $5 million worth of life insurance policies […]

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$20,000 Pants … and Other Adventures in Men’s Luxury Resale!

Arun Gupta, the co-founder and chief executive of Grailed — which last year was acquired by the GOAT Group, which also owns the sneaker reseller Flight Club — said that sales of luxury clothing had grown year over year, thanks to increased customer education. “The level of knowledge has gone crazy,” Mr. Gupta said. “The […]

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George Santos’s Role in Sale of $19 Million Yacht Attracts F.B.I. Interest

During his first bid for Congress in 2020, he reported an income of $55,000; two years later, he reported a $750,000 salary and over $1 million in dividends from his company, the Florida-based Devolder Organization, which Mr. Santos described as a “capital introduction” business. Mr. Santos, a Republican, has said publicly that his company brokered […]

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Michelle Obama’s Secret Style Weapon

“Not many people knew that I worked for her,” Ms. Rilling said. Relatively few know even now that she confected the delicately pleated gown, its colors intensifying from dusty pink to flame, that Mrs. Obama wore for the unveiling of her White House portrait. Joining forces with Meredith Koop, Mrs. Obama’s longtime stylist, Ms. Rilling […]

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Credit Card Points Are Being Paid For by the Poor

According to the San Francisco Fed, Americans with annual incomes at the national median (a bit less than $70,000) use credit cards for 23 percent of purchases. The numbers drop off precipitously as income decreases. Roughly half of all households use cash or debit cards for most purchases. Households with annual incomes over $150,000 use […]

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Why Companies Are Pushing Premium Products With Higher Prices

Six Flags, the theme park operator, recently shifted to a more premium model by raising prices and limiting discounts, which Selim Bassoul, the chief executive, described as “bold changes to our business model in order to elevate the guest experience.” It has had mixed results so far. In the nine months through September, attendance at […]

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Where’s the Snow? Snowboarding Brands Are Trying to Find Out for Themselves.

The company is now fighting to keep its cherished (and most profitable) season alive, but is also forced to hedge for the heat. Though it wants to save snowboarding, it also knows it needs to transcend it. Burton is attempting this tricky balance through a combination of environmental practices, promoting policies to protect winter, and […]

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Wine, Wine and More Wine: The Latest Amenity for Luxury Condo Owners

When Cat Stephani receives a text, there’s a good chance it’s from a wine-enthused resident at 180 East 88th Street who’s in need of a unique buttery French Burgundy, or who has an uncorking question before the guests arrive. Ms. Stephani, a fine wine sales associate at Sotheby’s Wine, an arm of the well-known auction […]

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Pharrell Williams Is Louis Vuitton’s Next Men’s Designer

The fashion and entertainment industries, which have long been intertwined, converged even further on Tuesday when Louis Vuitton named Pharrell Williams, the American rapper and producer, as its new creative director for men’s wear. The French luxury brand announced on Instagram that it had hired Mr. Williams about 16 months after the sudden death of […]

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