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Hautel Check-In: Luxury Labels Extend Brands to Hotels

Posted by Barry Silverstein on June 21, 2012 12:09 PM

Maybe we haven't seen the return of the roaring global recovery everyone has hoped for. The U.S. economy is sputtering, and the European continent isn't looking very bullish at the moment. But none of this seems to be terribly concerning to the luxury hotel market. There has been a spate of recent openings — hotel extensions of luxury brands — to prove it.

Bulgari, which operates a luxury hotel in Milan, a luxury resort in Bali, and restaurants in Tokyo, has just opened the doors of its fourth Bulgari Hotel, with its latest five-star property opening in a chi-chi pocket of London.

Located in the city's prestigious Knightsbridge section, its well appointed rooms (such as the one above) are opening just in time to take bookings for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Bulgari gushes about the property: "It is a perfect expression of the Bulgari aesthetic of timeless glamour. Innovative artistry and a lavish use of precious marble and silver blend harmoniously, exuding an understated elegance. The quality of the service, magnificent elements such as the spa, pool and private screening room, and the distinguished location beside Harrods and Hyde Park all contribute to an uncompromising sense of excellence."Continue reading...

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In the News: Microsoft Tablet, Kirin, Dr Martens and more.

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 18, 2012 08:50 AM

In the News

Microsoft will announce Monday a plan to sell tablets under its own brand, in a challenge to Apple's iPad, while Amazon reportedly plans to launch cloud music service in July to rival iTunes.

Kirin Holdings agreed to pay $200.9 million Australian dollars (US$203.4 million) for the shares it doesn't already own in Australian boutique brewer Little World Beverages, as Japanese companies expand offshore to combat flagging domestic demand.

Dr Martens owners seeks up to £200m from potential buyers.

AirAsia plans to follow Virgin model with brand extensions.

Android relaunches user interface.Continue reading...

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In the News: NASDAQ, Facebook, BP and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 1, 2012 08:59 AM

In the News

Apple strikes pre-paid iPhone deal with Cricket as Foxconn woes continue.

BMW creates department-store feel at concept showroom in Paris.

BP reveals internal discord over oil spill estimates, and plans to sell stake in Russian venture.

Chrysler misses May sales target despite U.S. sales bump.

Corona invests in major outdoor and digital campaign for summer.

Disney names new film studio chairman.

Exxon Mobil plans major U.S. chemical plant.

Facebook sells "likes" in promoted posts move, and adds admin functions and post scheduling.

Formula One IPO may be delayed.Continue reading...

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Brand Bites: Bar, Barbie, Beyonce, Benetton, and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on April 6, 2012 11:44 AM

Kicking off this week's Brand Bites, model Bar Refaeli's new under.me lingerie line campaign channels an iconic cheeky tennis poster.

PETA take note: the Sierra Club's new "Coal Will Say Anything" campaign shows how it's done.Continue reading...

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Take a Virtual Tour of the Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs Exhibition in Paris

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 16, 2012 01:55 PM

Above, watch a guided tour through the "Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs" exhibition that opened during Paris Fashion Week and runs through September 16th.

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Marc Jacobs Steamrolls Into Paris Fashion Week for Louis Vuitton

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 7, 2012 11:08 AM

Designer Marc Jacobs rolled in his models aboard a Louis Vuitton train in a showstopping runway show today at Paris Fashion Week, in a romantic collection of womenswear for Fall/Winter 2012/13 that was streamed live on the Louis Vuitton Facebook page today with additional play on Twitter via the #LVlive hashtag.

Inspired by brand's roots creating luggage to elevate the art of travel, the collection celebrated the golden age of rail travel and "the romance of another time, the silhouette of another time" as Jacobs told The Telegraph, above.

Jacobs and Vuitton are also the focus of an exhibition that opens to the public on March 9th at Les Arts Décoratifs as part of a bigger celebration in France (and on digital) of the brand this week. More details below.Continue reading...

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Cartier Unleashes Panther for 165th Anniversary

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 5, 2012 12:26 PM

Cartier is celebrating its 165th anniversary with a cinematic ad that features the jewelry-maker's classic diamond panther comes to life, prowling its iconic designs in a visually stunning series of outdoor settings that span the globe. As the brand puts it, "L'Odyssée de Cartier" commercial is "a journey between dream and reality. For the very first time, Cartier has decided to create a cinema epic focusing on its history, its values and inspiration, its artistic and universal scope." Watch it below.Continue reading...

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Randy Branding: Skincare Porn, Louis Vuitton Condoms & the Week in Sexy Sex

Posted by Abe Sauer on February 10, 2012 05:06 PM

It's sexy sex time!

Not to be outdone by all the sexing sex talk between Catholic leaders concerned with religious freedom and the Obama administration's mandate on providing birth control, brands got into the prophylactastic fun.

Are you ready for an almost-entirely NSFW post? Okay! First, there's the Louis Vuitton condom that wasn't.Continue reading...

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