Lifestyle articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

Panamera S E-Hybrid – Plug Into Porsche’s Big Green Machine By Gareth Herincx

Meet the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid – one of the fastest, most eco-friendly ways to ferry four adults around in style for £100,000….

The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid raises many an eyebrow. We’ll come back to its looks, but let’s start with its green credentials. You see, this 167mph two-ton Teutonic beast with a basic price of just under £90,000 is VED Band A, which means it’s car tax free, exempt from the London Congestion Charge and qualifies for company car tax breaks. Why? Because this Panamera is a plug-in Porsche. So, alongside its 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, capable

The First Word On Kitty O’Grady By Lily Agius

French architect Kitty O’Grady worked in Paris at The Atelier Jean Nouvel after graduating from The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She returned home to the South of France, where she now lives in Montelimar with her husband and two young sons, working for the architectural firm Atelier 3a….

My favourite space in my house has to be the ‘‘studio’’ in our family home in Alba, where I grew up. This is the room in which my grandmother originally spent many hours painting in the light from a very large window. At one stage it became my

Horses, Heritage And A Fleet of Defenders By Fiona Sanderson

When Land Rover asked me to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in celebration of the Defender and drive a selection of their classic vintage cars through Windsor Park, I jumped at the chance. Memories of learning to drive in one of these sturdy classics meant that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drive such an iconic British car down the famous Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

The concept for the Land Rover Defender was initially developed in 1947, but it has been re-modelled and modernised throughout the years. To celebrate this iconic vehicle, Land Rover has

The Cure At VivaMayr Altaussee By Caroline Phillips

The talk en route to the resort is scary. ‘They’ll put us on a diet of 600 calories a day.’ ‘You’ll be given so much Epsom salts you’ll need Pampers.’ Such is the speculation among journalists on the way to the VivaMayr Resort Altaussee, the spanking new wellness and health clinic on the shores of Lake Altaussee in Liezen, Austria.

Ah yes, but is VivaMayr Altaussee going to be like her ‘mother,’ the VivaMayr clinic at Worth – also owned by the Androsch (industrialist) family? Mrs. Putin almost lives at the Worth one. Isabelle Adjani is a fan.

Meet The Life Coach: Anna Percy-Davis By Antonia Peck

From executives to teens, Anna Percy-Davis provides advice and insight to improve people’s lives, helping people be confident, find their motivation and to communicate effectively – in other words, to be the very best versions of themselves. With a background working in investment banking and fund management, followed by a decade spent in executive recruitment, Anna Percy-Davis became an Executive and Careers Coach working with executives across the globe in the UK, Norway, Spain, France and the US. The Luxury Channel met with her to discuss brand versus individual power, and the qualities that contribute to professional success….

Capstar Chauffeurs By Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

How one luxury chauffeur service is helping ex-forces personnel on the road to recovery….

I meet Charlie Bowmont on a freezing cold day in Hyde Park, where he’d kindly agreed to meet me for this interview. However, the black lab had done what black labs do best, and rolled in vulpine perfume that was sending tourists running. I had to screech a warning as he bent down to pat her, but thankfully he seemed unperturbed by both the smell and then being forced to sit outside in the biting wind.

We meet to talk about Capstar, his luxury chauffeur

Meet Maggie And Rose By Antonia Peck

Antonia Peck meets the founders of Maggie & Rose, a private family members club, and discovers why parents need it just as much as their children!

Maggie & Rose is a private members club with a difference – it’s specifically aimed at the little lords and ladies, the children of the intelligentsia who for too long have been subjected to being dragged by their parents to uninspiring crèches and typically child un-friendly coffee shops. More often than not, the experience is unfulfilling for both parent and child so the prospect of a members club dedicated to soft play, inspiring

Les Ambassedeurs – A Review of London’s Most Exclusive Casino In Mayfair By Antonia Peck

Dynamic CEOs and successful entrepreneurs find a fitting playground for their capital at the exclusive Les Ambassedeurs Club, at 5 Hamilton Place in London’s Mayfair. Sir Philip Green notoriously won big, betting against the house at the roulette table, winning £2 million in a single night back in 2004. However, I am compelled to remind readers that statistically, the odds favour the casino and when it comes to ‘‘Les A’’ (as it is affectionately referred to by its members), thank goodness that this historic Grade II* residence of Sir Leopold Rothschild, built in 1810 with a superior library and

Riding Shotgun By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

When Land Rover announced a collaborative partnership with gun-makers Holland & Holland, they invited The Luxury Channel along to the reveal. Welcome to the most luxurious and expensive SUV ever….

Catering to the ultimate aspirational elements of luxury and British-ness, this new collaborative venture between Range Rover and Holland & Holland has brought two brands together to bring HNW clients the ultimate SUV, brimming with personality and creativity. Years of synergy between these two masters of performance means the fit with their respective customers is a naturally organic one, and the offering is a studied piece of excellence. This

Roja Dove – By Appointment By The Luxury Channel

Fully bespoke and ready-to-wear – Roja Dove introduces the new age of bespoke perfumery….

Master Perfumer Roja Dove has further fortified his position as Creative Ambassador for the GREAT Britain Campaign by introducing the world to a new chapter of bespoke perfumery. Born out of a vexation toward the way in which some approach bespoke perfumery, Roja has been inspired to restore integrity to the art by rewriting the rules altogether.

Created for those who desire the luxury of an individual scent but haven’t the luxury of time, his By Appointment perfume introduces a new direction by bringing

Feel On Top Form With FX Mayr By Isabel Donnelly

I felt in need of a little tender loving care and wanted to lose weight and feel on top form, so I booked into the FX Mayr Health Center which sits on the shores of Lake Worthersee in Carinthia, Austria. The building, decorated in a contemporary Austrian style, is situated with the oldest golf course in Austria on one side and the lake on the other – so you have pretty spectacular views.

I am welcomed by a charming man on reception, and he does everything to make me comfortable. My deluxe bedroom has solid wood floorboards and

Bespoke Home Living By The Luxury Channel

As the winter months loom in the northern hemisphere, our thoughts turn to hibernating in the comfort and luxury of our homes to avoid stepping out in the cold. With this in mind, The Luxury Channel brings you our pick of the perfect pieces of furniture with which to decorate your home. From chic chandeliers to stunning sofas, we’ve got it covered….

Tom Dixon

The conventional Gentleman’s club is reworked into a contemporary version of the historic British members club, creating a modern day home-away-from-home where pleasure and work collide. The Club collection features a palette of metallic colours, extraordinary

Buying In London By The Luxury Channel

Karen Goodin from Heaton & Partners shares London’s latest property buying trends….

Dealing in the top end of the prime central London property market, buying agents represent some of the wealthiest buyers in the capital. There has been an increase in the number of buyers from emerging markets such as South America, India and China; however, Americans and Europeans still make up a huge tranche of foreign investment in London. American clients tend to be drawn to the older, period properties, in traditional prime areas such as Kensington and Chelsea. Americans love the historical and cultural nature of London

Aston Martin – Putting Women In The Driving Seat By Fiona Sanderson

The car industry is (finally) waking up to the fact that nearly half of all drivers are women. RAC’s Technical Director, David Bizley, said that the UK has seen a boom in women drivers over the last 25 years, and recent research reveals that women play a major part in the purchase of seven out of ten cars. One of the world’s most influential men in the car industry, former Executive Vice President of Nissan Dr. Andy Palmer, has just taken over the driving seat at Aston Martin as CEO, which is not only great news for this iconic

QMS Medicosmetics – Serious Beauty Treatment By Bella Chalmer

After burning the candle at both ends with various mini-breaks around Europe and summer parties, I noticed my skin looked dull, dehydrated and tired. I went in search of a serious beauty treatment that would re-energise my skin – not a candles burning, listening-to-whale-music in a dark room facial. And so, I booked a treatment at QMS Medicosmetics in Chelsea, London.

An impressive place, perfectly white with bright lighting and friendly staff. It has an almost clinical feel about it that must stem from its German founder, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Med. Erich Schulte. His vision was to create a

Barbour And Land Rover – Driving Forward Innovation By Fiona Sanderson

As a guest of Land Rover and Barbour, I was invited to see the new collaboration between these two iconic British brands. The backdrop was Eastnor Castle, which has 50 acres of mud, hilly climbs and an assault cause that only the Land Rover collection of vehicles would revel in.

Used to driving my Land Rover between Waitrose and home, I was pleased to have an instructor who could put a Range Rover Sport through its paces. Taking your foot off the pedals to allow the car to roll down an almost 95 degree descent takes some nerves!

Access All Areas By Scott Manson

Sick of cramped planes, delays and scuppered travel plans? Scott Manson discovers that flying privately might be just the ticket….

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s definition of hell was, famously, “having to turn right when entering an aircraft.” Right, as anyone who’s ever flown knows, leads to cramped seats, DVT and terrible food, while what lies left is a comfort level several stratospheres above the so-called ‘cattle class.’

Yet despite the massive premium paid by first and business class passengers, the fundamental problem with flying on all commercial airlines is that, wherever you sit, the journey time remains the same. Sure, you

Salone del Mobile – Easter Rabbits And Magic Mirrors By The Luxury Channel

We bring you our favourites from Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the world’s largest home design exhibition.

Marni’s Animal House

Giraffes, ducks, donkeys, flamingos – and one or two Easter rabbits – were the centerpieces of Marni’s collaboration with Colombian women. The brightly coloured sculptures are part of a new, limited edition charity project, featuring unique, handmade pieces tailored in different colours. Traditional chairs and chaise longues complete this fun collection, with part of the proceeds going to Associazione Sogni On Lus, a charity that helps terminally ill children.

Knoll International

Knoll revealed that, for the first time ever,

La Vendemia In Umbria By Lucie Shelbourne

Our correspondent Lucie Shelbourne describes the Autumn months in the Umbrian hills….

As Autumn unfolds her skirts over the Umbrian hills, I try to hinder her by pulling off the yellowing leaves from my pot plants, pushing away the reminder that summer’s lease is breathing its last. Memories of July and August and their devouring element, which instills a fervour that banishes rationality, leaving one victim to all sorts of ensuing emotions, begin to fade like dreams at the break of day. At dawn, gentle rain pitter-patters on the terracotta roof tiles, nudging me out of my slumber. A

Rula Lenska’s Colourful Life By The Luxury Channel

By anyone’s standards, actress Rula Lenska has led an extraordinary life. Born to Polish aristocrats, refugees from the Nazis and then the Soviets, her father was heavily involved with the Polish government in exile. Renowned as a vivacious flame-haired beauty, she found fame in the 1970s as ‘Q’ in the TV series Rock Follies, before accidently conquering America with an Alberto VO5 hair products commercial, famously prompting Johnny Carson to ask on his show, “Who the hell is Rula Lenska?!”

Her long and varied theatrical career has included roles in classic British television series such as Minder, To the

Christening Gifts For The Prince Who Has Everything By Hannah Norman

With his Christening soon upon us, baby Prince George of Cambridge’s nearest and dearest will be focusing their efforts on trying to find the perfect gift for the young Royal. But let’s be honest – despite his parents’ solid grounding, he really does want for nothing, so what do you buy the baby who has everything? Time to think outside the traditional gift box….

Jack And The Beanstalk Bubble Blower

For a bit of fun and a gift with a difference, opt for a Jack And The Beanstalk Bubble Blower. Whilst this may well end up amusing big kids more

Jaguar’s First Ever Sports Crossover Concept Car Revealed! By The Luxury Channel

Sports crossovers have always stretched the possibilities of design, but Jaguar’s latest creation, the C-X17, is a combination of everything a petrolhead could look for in a car – the character of a sports car meets the sleek, seductive style and latest technological influences that Jaguar have become so well known for. Created to introduce the company’s all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, Jaguar hopes to use the C-X17 as the starting point for a future range of high-performance Jags. “The C-X17 sports crossover represents an exciting new direction for Jaguar,” said Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark.

The company’s

Unique Special Ones Car Concours Comes To St. Petersburg By Fiona Sanderson

Unique Special Ones Russia is more than a just classic car enthusiast’s prestigious event. It is, as the organisers promised, a really unique and luxurious lifestyle event set against a backdrop of magnificent St. Petersburg. The organiser and Chairman Sandro Binelli of the Mac-Group had dreamed of bringing this event to Russia, having organised the famous Mille Miglia race for five highly successful years. “This concours is a first of its kind in Russia and what better place to hold it than in St. Petersburg, home of the Czars,” he told me.

I was a guest of

The Business of Classic Cars By Fiona Sanderson

Interest in the classic car has never been stronger. Car concourses such as Unique Special Ones recently held in St. Petersburg, and Salon Prive and Concours of Elegance in London, have brought together some of the finest classic cars in the world. Ferraris, Bugattis and Bentleys have soared by 28% in value (correct as of June 2014), outstripping gold (which has slumped by 23% in recent years), art (down by 6%) and luxury London property, and some sources say this is thanks to rising demand from wealthy Asians. “Classic cars are proving to be one of the most lucrative and

Egg Lodges – One Is Never Un Oef! By The Luxury Channel

BMT Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the development of a new series of houseboats, floating lodges and beach houses – luxurious living concepts crafted from a unique egg-shaped form reclaimed from a previous project. BMT Asia Pacific Managing Director Richard Colwill revealed “in the same way that an egg provides a flexible base for many recipes, we see countless opportunities in the development of this design for private or commercial use. The familiar, yet innovate form could be readily deployed along river and coastal sites, and a beach house variant has even been developed.”

The Last of The Lucciole By Lucie Shelbourne

Our correspondant Lucie Shelbourne describes the summer months in the Umbrian hills….

Il lucciole (fireflies) in summer are mesmerising. They resemble an elfin diamond mine at midnight with the flashes and sparkles coming off their silver hammers as they toil away. Watching from my upstairs window, I feel like I am peeping into a secret world. The whole garden below is alive with a mute existence of minuscule fulgurations owned by these infamous insects. The lucciole herald the end of the scholastic year. Younger children come to school during this period with jam jars that hold the lucciola that they

The All-New Range Rover Sport By Victoria Macmillan Bell

I’m perched atop a bank, deep in the Herefordshire countryside, being guided through the next series of challenges by a man head to toe in khaki from the Land Rover Experience team at Eastnor Castle.

Placed around the new Range Rover Sport are tiny cameras that feed images back to the screen to show you what’s what. All I can see from the front cameras is a long drop and then water – no land, just water. You see, the drop is so steep, the bonnet is facing the sky and there’s absolutely no opportunity for you to

Ruben Tabares – Star Trainer By Scott Manson

Ruben Tabares is the go-to guy for top athletes and high net worth types who want to take their training to the next level. David Haye, Amir Khan, P Diddy, Tinie Tempah, Danny Cipriani and John Terry are just some of the stars who have benefited from his radical programmes. We get the lowdown from one of the world’s most in-demand personal trainers.

How does a personal trainer end up on the speed dial of so many notable people?

It’s been a long route to where I am now. My fitness career began when I attended ballet school when

The East India Company – Reborn And Renewed Interview by Fiona Sanderson and words by Hannah Norman

The Luxury Channel meets the man behind the East India Company, Sanjiv Mehta.

For many new business owners, a key challenge is to turn your brand into a household name. But if you were taking on a 400 year old brand, you’d think that part of your job had already been done for you. Not so easy, however, when your brand was synonymous with the British Empire and all that it stood for.

London-based businessman Sanjiv Mehta is under no illusions when it comes to being an Indian at the helm of the East India Company, which he took

The Jaguar F-TYPE: For The Sweet Life! By Fiona Sanderson

For some, La Dolce Vita has connotations of the swinging 50s in Italy, sports cars, girls and boys in dark shades and smoky bars. For me, this certainly couldn’t have been more fitting for my trip to Italy on a sunny spring weekend around the Umbrian hills, with one of my favorite girlfriends and the new Jaguar F-TYPE – open top sports cars, truffles, glorious earthy wines and a massage in the monasterial ruins of one of the oldest villages in Italy. Jaguar had certainly laid out the ideal backdrop for a weekend away and a test drive of

Aston Martin – Stirred But Not Shaken By Philip Cayford

As I watched an array of supercars strutting their stuff, some heavily disguised, at the Milbrook Testing centre in Bedfordshire, the question was inevitably raised – if you had to choose just one supercar to the exclusion of all others, which one would it be? The fabulous Ferrari 458, crackling sex on wheels at 200 mph? The mind-blowing Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, faster still at 254 mph, described by one (biased) reviewer as “the most pointless exercise on the planet” and by another as the best car ever made? One of the insane Pagani collection? The awesome Maclaren

Luxury Seating At Its Finest By Leo Parker

When it comes to lavishly decorating your home, we all like to centre our attention on the furniture which we choose to adorn the rooms of our property. So far as luxury is concerned, it really doesn’t get much more luxurious than the frankly stunning Charles Eames lounge chair and ottoman (pictured above in breath-taking black leather).

Charles Eames was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and respected furniture designers and the lounge chair and ottoman were unquestionably one of the American designer’s most iconic pieces of furniture and came to typify his body of furniture design. Eames

The Bespoke Impact Roadster – The Ultimate Luxury Toy Car By Hannah Norman

Quite often, we measure wealth in terms of material goods, and if there’s one way of proving you’re a serious step ahead in the luxury game, it’s by the four wheels you roll around in. But what happens when you’re barely old enough to see over the steering wheel, never mind not being old enough to hold a license? For those of the (much) younger generation intent on not having their street cred dented by such seeming trivialities, help is at hand in the form of the two seat electric Bespoke Impact Roadster.

Designed and built in Britain, this

Our Italian Garden Is A Sanctuary By Lucie Shelbourne

Our correspondent Lucie Shelbourne reports from her garden in the Umbrian hills in Italy….

Just as May turns into June in central Italy, all the immaculately raked fields along the road to the town have stacks of white boxes skirting them, and tractors galore. It’s a hive of industry. In the boxes are tiny tobacco plants, which are systematically being planted in long lines. The sight of the maize plants in late summer before they are harvested, standing resplendent in their florentine gold attire, is a feast for the eyes. The other common sight is, of course, the sunflowers

Couture Developments – Swiss Through And Through By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Buy into spaces of tranquility and peace of mind, true to standards of Swiss excellence, with Kempinski’s new apartments.

A sunny terrace opens out onto the most extensive mountain range, still snow-capped in mid April, and Lake Geneva lies below, absolutely tranquil blue and secure in its world-renowned beauty, and now we are in the reality of it – we have arrived to the swooshing Swiss efficiency of Le Mirador Kempinski, the service-hotel, no less, to the nearby Du Parc Kempinski residential development. Having had its scaffolding and tarpaulins removed the day before our arrival, handover dates are

The Porsche Cayman – In A Class of Its Own By Victoria Macmillan Bell

This mid-engined model launched for the first time in 2005. Now in its 3rd guise, it’s still the car that took my breath away when I first experienced it. It’s still astounding in every way and of course, now it’s faster, lighter thanks to being almost all aluminium, and bestowed with even better dexterity, no other car out there comes close.

Available with a choice of two flat six engines, firstly with 275bhp is the 2.7litre followed by the 325bhp 3.4litre S version. Pair this with either the optional 7-speed PDK twin-clutch paddle-shift or the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.

The Launch of The Mini Paceman In Bilbao By Victoria Macmillan Bell

Dear Mini, surely it’s not possible to bend the common parts of the original hatchback into yet another derivative? Are there not enough versions for every activity? Apparently not. Enter the Paceman – think 3-door Coupe version of the hefty SAV Countryman.

I can see this on the school run, just as I see it parked next to a Range Rover on a London drive. The styling department has been very busy – hold that chrome-ringed overtime cheque though. No question, it has the BMW finish, the car feels high-end and very chunky and solid; certainly it should stand

From Range Rover With Love – Daniel Craig Reveals The All-New Range Rover Sport By Hannah Norman

A daring car ride through deserted city streets and flooded tunnels in a race against time sounds like the sort of thing James Bond is best known for. But when Daniel Craig stepped behind the wheel of the All-New Range Rover Sport, this was surely life imitating art, as he put the vehicle through its sporty paces.

Manhattan came to a standstill as Craig – and the flashy dark red model he was driving – turned heads as he speeded through the shut-off streets. Handling the car with all the panache that you would expect from a man whose

Jet Set Pets By Hannah Norman

They say a dog is man’s best friend, and when it comes to splashing money on our four-legged chums, we’re happy to do so without a second thought. When it comes to our pets, we’re pretty potty about them, and like them to travel with us wherever we are in the world – which is fine, albeit for the shocking statistic released recently. International animal travel is traditionally undertaken via live cargo cages in the hold of a plane, and whilst animal fatalities are rare, they do happen, and the figure is much higher than you might suppose –

John Tsagaris – The Skin Specialist Every Bride Needs On Speed Dial By Hannah Norman

Quite frankly, I’ve never thought my skin is very good. Perhaps a bit of a bold opening assertion, but I don’t mind admitting that I’m slightly envious of people with perfect, flawless skin. So I was slightly surprised when skin specialist John Tsagaris tells me that my skin is in fact quite good. I’m not even sure that he’s just trying to placate me.

I’m at John’s Knightsbridge clinic to experience LED light therapy, a rapidly growing revolution in creating youthful, radiant skin. We start off with a one-to-one about my skin. Whilst I’m feeling pretty pleased after having

The Grayshott Programme – For The Luxury of Feeling On Top of The World By Fiona Sanderson

Regular readers of The Luxury Channel’s online magazine will remember Fiona Sanderson’s article about Grayshott Spa, from December. She promised she’d be returning in January to try out their strict, 7 day rejuvenation programme….

Have you ever felt bloated and lethargic, with absolutely no zest for the day ahead? Well, I have and didn’t realise this feeling had become normal for me until I tried The Grayshott Programme. But this was more than just an improvement to my sluggish feeling – it really was life-changing. After 7 days of adjustments to my diet and routine, not only did I

How Niche Fragrances Are Gaining A Firm Following By Simon Brooke

At this time of year, many men will be opening their bathroom cabinets and looking at the aftershave that a loved one so kindly gave them for Christmas. They’ll then be wondering whether to splash a little bit on their freshly shaved face – or discreetly throw it in the bin.

Buying the right aftershave for a man might not be quite as tricky as choosing perfume for a woman but it requires a certain skill. Whether this makes it easier or harder, it’s too early to judge, but the choice of fragrances for men is getting wider. More

Grant Macdonald And Aston Martin – A Match Made In 00 Heaven By Hannah Norman

Celebrating any birthday is usually done with some degree of recognition, but when celebrating one’s centenary, it seems especially fitting to pull out all the stops. Aston Martin has done just that, teaming up with renowned London silversmith Grant Macdonald to create Silver By Aston Martin, a bespoke range of limited edition extras that every DB owner should want to collect. From picnic baskets to elegant cocktail shakers (we are talking about James Bond’s favourite make of car, after all), Grant Macdonald has all bases covered when it comes to providing luxury through beautiful, bespoke pieces.

Hidden behind

Paradisi Furniture – One To Watch By Hannah Norman

When Hannah Norman of The Luxury Channel meets Simon Firullo, the designer behind Paradisi bespoke furniture, what comes across most vividly is his abundant passion for his work. “I’ve always loved furniture. It is inspiring, certainly older furniture” he says. An interest in his product notwithstanding, Simon’s strong design background has ensured the furniture he is producing has a strong engineering quality to it. This is Simon’s first foray into furniture production, and he’s currently produced two of his many designs – one is a tub chair, and the other, a much bigger, curved chair – but plans to roll

Retreating To Grayshott Spa By Fiona Sanderson

Imagine two hard-working girls who never have time to take a moment to pamper themselves, never mind try to reduce their stress levels. Deciding enough was enough, my girlfriend and I took ourselves off for a couple of days to the award-winning Grayshott Spa Hotel in Surrey, less than an hour’s drive from London.

I’d always had the feeling that health spas such as these cater purely for celebrity types, and aren’t interested in meeting the wellbeing needs of us mere mortals. Not so at Grayshott, however!

On entering, you feel like you’re walking into Nirvana. Almost

The Launch of The Audi A3 Sportback In Monte Carlo By Fiona Sanderson

Where better to test-drive the new Audi A3 Sportback than around the Grand Prix circuit and streets of Monte Carlo?

Arriving in Monaco to beautiful sunshine, I had a very open mind about Audi’s latest baby, the A3 Sportback. Whilst familiar with the A3’s cousin, the A4, this was driving into altogether new territory.

Despite how Audi may wish to market the Sportback, this really is a girl’s car. So, with that established, let’s get past the techno-babble to talk girl specifics.

First off, there are lights in the make-up mirrors, foot areas and cup holders as standard. There

A Vintage Year By Hannah Norman

Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst that should be a time of year to be indulging in goodwill to all men, when it comes to the inevitable headache of Christmas shopping, most people’s goodwill evaporates faster than the token glass of sherry left out for Father Christmas. Even amongst those who sensibly decide that rather than struggle with heavy bags, the most strenuous thing they will do is click the button of a mouse, the question at the back of everyone’s collective mind remains the same – what do I buy that they won’t already have?

Step forward

The All-New Range Rover – The Sine-Qua-Non of Any All-Terrain Experience Words and images by Rosalind Milani Gallieni

London to Marrakech and back in Range Rover’s own branded private charter. Well, my mother used to say, “firstly, get all the help you can in life, and secondly, when you travel, always do things you don’t get to do at home”…Well, this Marrakech weekend sure made these mere thoughts that cross your mind stick.

A smooth flight over Europe, fully-fuelled by the care and attentions of the hostesses, brought us into Marrakech Airport in perfect time for an evening reception planned at the newly opened Boutique Hotel, the Delano. The landing strip, still warm from the 38° day

Vespa – An Unhealthy Obsession By Rosalind Milani Gallieni

Where would we be without the style and romance of this simple two-wheeled vehicle, which gives us freedom, fun and friends? Once on its saddle, it’s the Vespa we can’t do without. This cool accessory, which takes its meaning from literally a wasp as it resembles its shape from above, was the result of Enrico Piaggio’s determination to create a low cost vehicle to zip people about – but keeping it fun and functional, without huge petrol costs.

As the war drew to a close, Enrico studied every possible solution to get people back in to work and crank

Ferrari’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo By Fiona Sanderson

Fiona Sanderson interviews Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari.

If there’s one person who knows about luxury, it’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the Chairman of one of the world’s most eponymous luxury brands; Ferrari. No surprise then that he was recently commandeered as a key speaker at The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in the auspicious surroundings of Churchill’s favourite Moroccan city, Marrakesh. So what observations did I glean from half an hour with the man who has invested over twenty years of his life in one of the world’s most revered brand of supercars?

Well, for

Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee By The Luxury Channel

With so many Jubilee celebrations going on this year, you need a suitably stylish way to get around town. Well, black cabs are so last (sorry, Phillip!) – we love the new Bentley Mulsanne Diamond Jubilee Limited edition which was unveiled in China.

Just 60 of the limited edition, top of the range, Bentley cars have been produced by Bentley’s in-house Mulliner department, representing the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Her Majesty is no stranger to the Mulliner department – they also built the state limousine which was presented to her in 2002. As you would expect from

W10 Performance By The Luxury Channel

Enhance your body and mind with W10 Performance….

Let me begin by saying, I am no gym bunny. I do not like the gym. In fact, I would rather get my exercise being late for work every morning (and endure the ensuing panic that follows) than pound on a treadmill for forty minutes.

This is not to say that I am against exercise; far from it – I live for sport, but most gyms or “health clubs” (as they have been popularly re-branded), do not exercise the mind as well as the body. Put simply, if I am going

Five Element Acupunture By The Luxury Channel

Meet Kim Steer – Harrods’ acupunturist in residence at their Urban Retreat….

What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Five Element Acupuncture can help you maintain your health, enhance wellbeing and combat high stress levels. It was developed thousands of years ago in China. It is a treatment that treats the individual, not just the symptoms. According to the ancient Chinese, vital energy (chi) travels through your body along pathways called meridians. When you are in good health the flow of chi is smooth and uninterrupted but when illness strikes, this flow is disturbed. Needles on precise points along the meridian

Ki Fit Multi-Sensor Armband By The Luxury Channel

The multi-sensor armband that helps you understand and therefore change your body….

Try the latest fitness craze and diet fad as hard as you might but don’t underestimate the importance of your metabolism. Only when you regulate and understand how to increase your metabolism will you see a significant transformation in your physique and energy levels. However, what exactly is your metabolism and how can you monitor it? The official definition is the “chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life/the processing of a specific substance within the body.” Not

The QMS Facial By The Luxury Channel

QMS bespoke facials are a lesson in routine and results….

Establishing a skin-care routine is something that we all know that we should do. Our mother’s reiterate it, as do the top beauty journalists and experts – but it is often an impossible thing to commit to.

We are all so easily distracted by a pretty product, its smell, or the product’s proclaimed ability to transform skin in an instant. It is no wonder that our skin gets confused and requires a re-build every so often! Mine was no different.

Step into Chelsea’s QMS Medicosmetics Spa….

Having interviewed their

Four Seasons Spa In London By The Luxury Channel

Nutritional delights and pampering perfection in the centre of London….

What better way to spend your birthday than relaxing 10 floors high in the newly opened luxurious spa at the Four Seasons Hotel London on Park Lane? When my friend suggested a spa treat, little did I expect the warm welcome, luscious organic products, and delicious and nutritional lunch experience that lay ahead!

Declining to make use of the fitness centre, we were whisked away by our therapists into our treatment rooms. Waving goodbye to my friend for 80 minutes, I enjoyed the ‘‘Hyde Park Awakening’’ signature treatment. Lucia,

Robert Van Helden – The Art of Floristry By Antonia Peck

The florist Rob Van Helden is a man with an eye for beauty. A world traveller with a 25 year reputation for impeccable floral displays, he is the one to go to for jaw-dropping flowers and creative props that will transform your event from the everyday to the extraordinary. International clients range from heads of state to Hollywood stars. Elton John declared Van Helden’s work to be ‘‘magnificent, incredible, beautiful….genius.’’

How many weddings do you work on a year?

It varies and depends on the season. April up to September gets busy and we can do one or two

Honeymoon Accessories By The Luxury Channel

Ten gadgets and attire to keep you entertained and gorgeous on your honeymoon….

Packing is a nightmare at the best of times – and no more so than when you’re also trying to plan a wedding! Let The Luxury Channel take out the stress with our quick honeymoon accessory guide….

  • 100% fairly traded and organic cotton wrap and beanie from Liv to protect you from chills on the plane
  • Refresh yourself after sitting in the stale plane air with Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist. Orange blossom and rose water purify and tone, while apple pectin give long-lasting

The Intuitive And The Bride By Antonia Pearce

Antonia Pearce meets Katie Winterbourne for some pre-marital guidance….

Katie Winterbourne offers insight, clarity and positive guidance for people in search of their true purpose and has helped them fulfill their full potential. But what can she tell me about my forthcoming marriage?

Katie’s skills fall into three categories: clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient. She uses all simultaneously. They help her to ‘‘unravel the self and find any blocks in the client’s system. It opens the individual to heal and take on new information.’’

I am encouraged to relax and take a series of deep cleansing breaths. Relaxation is easy

Bridal Beauty Tips & Tricks By Reena Patel

Beauty tops for confidence and radiance on your wedding day!

The Make-up Artist

If ever the moment was right to call upon a make-up artist, then your wedding day is one of them! The Luxury Channel loves Daniel Sandler’s style and trusts his tips. In fact, he introduced us to the lovely Lara Rorich. Lara is a model but also a make-up artist. Lara loves working with brides and with ten years of experience in the modeling industry, she certainly knows the tricks of the trade. She studied at The Academy of Freelance Make-up, where she also studied hair,

The Body Shaper By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meet Ten Pilates’ master and soon-to-be groom, David Higgins….

Ten Pilates is the coolest place to work out in London. Think super-friendly and engaging staff, good music and urban-fresh studios. You get the benefits of a personal trainer and the buzz of a class. Once hooked (and people from Claudia Schiffer to Mario Testino are said to be fans), you will quit your gym membership immediately!

What is the Ten Pilates mission?

Our mission is to educate people about Pilates and teach them how to use their body. We like to help people get the results

Groom Him By The Luxury Channel

Husbands-to-be need to look their best too! Here are The Luxury Channel’s top tips on macho pampering – Premier Preening Parlours for Princely Perfection.

Jason Shankey Indulgence Package

Any man’s man will relish the fact that this cool den offers up Sky Sports HD, a putting green and a stash of games consoles – and he’ll beam at the complimentary chilled beer or single malt whisky he receives upon arrival. Then it’s down to business. First, a haircut followed by a hot towel wet shave using the high performance range of grooming products by Irish founder, Jason Shankey. This

The Greenwich Hotel By The Luxury Channel

We experience a little elemental wellbeing at the Shibui Spa….

The Shibui Spa is in the basement of the Greenwich Hotel, which emphasises the dark and sexy feel of the interior design. It has a city vibe enhanced by the elegant girls on reception and the utilitarian-cool gym filled with people in motion (although you hear nothing of their sweating and panting). The spa has a trendiness that could only come from a Robert DeNiro-owned New York hotel.

However, there is also a holistic and natural element due to the staff’s gentle manner and their immediate offering of an

New York Spas By Reena Patel

Feel a million dollars by booking into these spas….

Phyto Universe: The Secret Beauty Garden

When in New York, there’s hardly a bad hair day in sight and we may have discovered why. Escaping the Manhattan buzz, immerse yourself in a tranquil world of natural and botanical beauty by Parisian hair care aficionados, Phyto. This scenic sanctuary features a breathtaking 3,000 square foot vertical garden, which houses 9,000 tropical plants to remind us of the brand’s philosophy. Spa guests enter a private cabana for a complimentary analysis using Phyto’s special ‘‘hair scope.’’ Once prescribed, professional hands begin their reparative

The Blonde In Winter By Antonia Pearce

Like clipped peacock feathers, the Winter blonde loses some of her sparkle. Antonia Pearce books an emergency appointment at Aldo Coppola….

As if tarred with a dull splash of talcum powder, the Winter blonde is a sad creature. Loss of lustre and woeful glances at her holiday snaps – the blonde in Winter is best described as ash, dull, dry and brassy at best. There is something shameful about this moment in the cycle of the blonde’s year. Exposed, the blonde runs cloak and dagger into a trusted salon.

But where to go? The Luxury Channel’s (naturally) blonde editor

Futuristic Beauty By Reena Patel

Our pick of the best futuristic beauty products….

O2 Beauty

Oxygen facials continue to remain the buzz words in anti-ageing and when skin cries for help in January. This new at-home, two-step treatment by top dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt cleverly pumps skin with radiance you thought was long lost following festive over-indulgence. A thin layer of the foaming facial masque gets skin glowing as the delicate oxygen spheres mercifully sinks in. Rinse off and pat dry before you apply the protective detoxifying cream to purify and protect.

Dr. Brandt Detoxygen Experience, £63. Available at Space NK and Selfridges stores.

Luxury Gift Directory For Women By Antonia Pearce and Reena Patel

The Luxury Channel previews the top womens’ luxury gifts for Christmas….

The Play of Light

This winter, Kensington Gardens plays host to Anish Kapoor’s mirrored installations. Wear the essence of Kapoor’s work by investing in a Water Ring (Louise Guinness Gallery) this festive season. Set in 22kt yellow gold with a diamond cut exterior.

Bespoke for £4,405.00 at

Instant Retreat

Alla S has launched an audio retreat for all those wishing to find inner peace and joy this Christmas and beyond. It is an extraordinarily effective meditation CD that calms and soothes. An added bonus is its

The Luxury Gift Directory For Men By The Luxury Channel

Our pick of the best luxury gifts for men this Christmas….

Infiniti And Beyond

Infiniti, the Japanese luxury automotive manufacturer, has created a limited edition Infiniti Essence Sculpture. Inspired by their concept car, it is made of solid resin with only 300 units worldwide. Meanwhile, in a special collaboration with Louis Vuitton, a carrying case has been crafted for the transport and presentation of the Essence Sculpture. Unique and sexy – this is the ultimate in boy-toy gifting.

Sculpture: 220 Euros and made to order with Louis Vuitton case: $7000

A Delicious Dram

Glenfiddich 50 Year Old

Top Ten Perfumes By The Luxury Channel

Rich and potent fragrances for the ultimate in Autumnal grandeur….

Sisley Eau De Soir, £140, 50ml

Encased with an 18-carat gold-plated cap, this iconic feminine fragrance celebrates 20 years this year. This distinctive limited edition bottle encases a fine balance of fresh citrus notes of mandarin and grapefruit with a floral bouquet and deeper notes of amber and musk.

Lalique Encre Noir Pour Elle, £56.50, 50ml

Addictive and sensual, this exquisite woody number for women is enveloped in voluptuous florals. Includes Sicilian bergamot, Turkish rose and Haitian Vetyver to create a scent that is full of intrigue

Top Five Facials By Reena Patel and Antonia Pearce

In the pursuit of fragrant and aromatic experience, The Luxury Channel brings you five exceptional facials for the senses.

Ama Releasing Abhyanga, Sequoia at The Grove, Hertfordshire

This Ayurveda treatment has been developed to balance elements and chakras in body and spirit. Using Espa products, a salt and oil scrub is applied to stimulate whilst the face is cooled by a gentle facial cleanse. Following a warm shower, you experience the Ayurvedic Marma point massage as a warm infusion of oils and herbs are applied. True to these words, I felt thoroughly relaxed and sleepy, and so took a

Amanda Lacey – Scent And Glow By Emma Reeve

Emma Reeve meets skin expert and facialist to the stars, Amanda Lacey, and seeks advice for her best beauty secrets for the bride-to-be….

In one of London’s best-kept secrets, Cecconi’s, a restaurant on the fashionable corner of Mayfair’s Burlington Gardens, I was about to discover, after several delightful peach bellinis, another of London’s secrets, Amanda Lacey. For your skin, nothing gets much better than a facial with Amanda. Vogue paid honour to her expertise by quoting her as ‘‘a darling of Vogue’’ and with a beauty Oscar equivalent as the ‘‘Rolls Royce of Facialists.’’ She, without a doubt –

Frédéric Malle – Scents-sational By The Luxury Channel

One of the greatest perfumers in the world, Frédéric Malle, talks to The Luxury Channel about what scent means to him and how he interprets this in his Editions Parfums.

When did you first become interested in scent?

It depends what you mean by interested! As a child of just a few years old, I remember loving the fragrances that my mother (who worked in the business) was spraying on me. As a teenager, I fell in love with good-smelling girls. I toyed with the idea of becoming a perfumer, but I only really got truly interested in the

Ormonde Jayne By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon explores the Eastern allure of the Ormonde Jayne perfumery….

A tiny shop decorated with gold shagreen walls, black chandeliers, stone floors and black lacquered surfaces….It sounds like a decadent corner hidden in an Eastern souk. However, this perfumery is in fact tucked away in a little arcade, just off Old Bond Street in London, and its treasures are the hand-made perfumes of Ormonde Jayne.

Set up by scent-lover Linda Pilkington, Ormonde Jayne is a perfumer’s perfumery. Forget naffly-named, sickly-packaged and samey-samey scents, these are proper grown-up smells, using rare and exotic elements from around the world. Pilkington

Jaguar – Unleashed By James Peck

If I were James Bond, I’d own a Jaguar XKR for pure unadulterated joy – it’s a driving sensation!

The Aston Martin has been the secret agent workhorse for fifty years, so are we really to believe that Monsieur Bond doesn’t have an alternative runabout for the weekends when global catastrophe isn’t on the agenda?

If he did, it would surely be a Jaguar. The new range of XKs, XKRs, XJs and XFs is what gentleman driving is all about. The maestros at Jaguar have fuel-injected a classy fun back into its premier range.

I wouldn’t be the first

The Cosmeceutical Wizard By The Luxury Channel

Dr. Erich Schulte is our first ever Luxury Leader from within the beauty industry. Here we ask him some in-depth questions in order to find out more about his pioneering brand, QMS Medicosmetics.

How has your career as a cosmetic surgeon influenced your understanding and approach to the world of medi-cosmetics?

I am fortunate, as my career as a trauma surgeon and as an aesthetic surgeon has enabled me to research and lecture all over the world on skin ageing and skin regeneration. I have been able to work extensively on researching new technologies, skincare delivery systems and formulations,

Detox Makes The Difference By Lauren Steventon and Antonia Pearce

The Luxury Channel reviews four of the best detox treatments, giving you a first hand glimpse of the highs and lows of a healthy lifestyle….

Nosh Detox

I have a relatively healthy diet: there’s cake involved, but there’s also a lot of vegetables. So I was surprised at how hard I found Nosh’s weekend detox – the harmless chocolate cravings that I normally experience took over my thoughts, and it was all I could do to convince myself that yes, just one small bite of a toasted teacake would be cheating.

I restrained – I forced down the ayurvedic

The Chelsea-Based Facialist By The Luxury Channel

Sarah Chapman gives The Luxury Channel the perfect antidote for guilt-ridden sun exposure this Summer….

Sarah Chapman, the Chelsea-based facialist, is well established in London with innovative techniques earning her a top celebrity clientele and many appearances on TV makeover programmes. Inspired as a teen by living in extreme climates and their effect on their skin, Chapman has always been aware of the importance of good skincare in beauty regimes. “I always had to use plenty of moisturiser to counteract the effects of hot sun or cold wind,” she explains.

Chapman belongs to a new generation of skincare specialists

Brave New Beauty By Alanna Lynott

From being rubbed with hot shells to having electricity passed into her via needles, Alanna Lynott discovers what’s rocking the beauty world this Summer….

Lava Shells Therma Facial & Lava Shells Massage

To be honest, the idea of having my face massaged with hot shells sounded a little faddy and more than faintly amusing. However, after just a few minutes, I was converted. Firstly, the Spa Find products used contain Dead Sea minerals and left my skin feeling refreshed and incredibly soft. Secondly, the self-heating shells, created from a blend of porcelain and real seashells, with their smooth surface

TJF Personal Training By Antonia Pearce

Tim and Ariane Jones offer individual coaching fit for an athlete – and Hollywood starlets love them too! The Luxury Channel meets Tim Jones….

What are the fundamental principles behind TJF’s training methods?

The TJF training style is multidisciplinary, emphasising the integration of mind-body fitness with traditional exercise prescription. We specialise in the movement and function of the client’s body and create our exercise programmes specifically for the individual’s needs. Whatever their goal, we will assist and empower them to achieve it in the shortest amount of time possible by creating an efficient and effective programme for their body.

Alla Svirinskaya Reveals Her Energy Secrets By Antonia Peck

The Luxury Channel talks to Dr. Alla Svirinskaya who indulges us on how to indulge in “intelligent luxury” by shifting our focus from material goods to personal wellbeing….

With reams of celebrity clients and an eight-month waiting list, it’s just as well for us that wellness consultant Alla Svirinskaya has opted to share her knowledge in a new book Energy Secrets: The Ultimate Well-being Plan. In it, she reveals the wisdom of healing practises from around the world, including traditional methods from her Russian heritage, and as Harpers & Queen have noted, ‘‘her famous and famously sceptical patients are

Total Wellbeing with Terrence John – The Teacher By Antonia Pearce

With so many people putting their bodies and mind in Terrence’s hands, The Luxury Channel went to meet the man himself and find out why….

Terence John walks into the room with a great sense of energy and purpose. However, this strength is underscored by a certain vulnerability and heart that makes him one of the most appealing and engaging characters you could hope to meet and seems to evoke a love-hate relationship with some of his clients.

I can see why clients trust Terence with both their bodies (Pure Pilates) and their minds (through hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

Leaving on a Jet Plane By Max Skjönsberg

Chris Moody, CEO of Fractional Jet Europe, has created a unique niche in the private jet market by reselling existing shares from major fractional operators such as NetJets and VistaJet.

The logic of buying a share rather than a whole aircraft is that most people don’t fly enough to warrant the expense of owning a plane outright….

No one got rich by giving it away; the people who are flying privately tend to be as cost conscious as anybody,” says Moody. “You buy a fraction equivalent to the number of hours you want to fly. For example a 1/8th

Are You On The List? By The Luxury Channel

Members-only clubs give celebrities a respite from prying lenses. We bring you Soho House’s latest venture in West Hollywood and explore the top ten members clubs world-wide….

Soho House has often held an Oscars party to be remembered – it is the place for any aspiring starlet to be and be seen. Soho House West Hollywood is sure to set the scene all year round. Go for its beautiful interiors (a good mix of Shoreditch-style glamour and art-deco chandeliers) and an impressive sweeping marble staircase (perfect for floating red-carpet dresses and those planning an dazzling entrance). You can always

Attracta Courtney – The Chameleon By The Luxury Channel

Attracta Courtney is one of the most celebrated make-up artists in the fashion and beauty industry. Her secret insider tips and tricks will ensure you are camera-ready in no time!

How do you advise and tend to your clients in preparation for red carpet events?

I recommend Carita’s pro-lift/pro-radiance treatment. It is a salon-based, French brand that is absolutely brilliant for toning and lifting the skin. Follow up with their Carita Diamond of Beauty moisturiser.

What products do you recommend for youthful glows and starlet-perfect smiles?

I am a firm believer in the importance of touch; assessing, feeling

Cult Beauty – Hollywood Tips And Tricks By The Luxury Channel

Some of the world’s most renowned make-up experts share their insider secrets with The Luxury Channel….

Stars may have a crack team of hair stylists and make-up artists to prepare their red-carpet look, but our panel of world-renowned experts give us the inside track on the at-home techniques the A-list don’t tell you about!


Priti NYC founder Kim D’Amato creates the non-toxic, organic nail polishes so popular with health-conscious celebs (her Blue-Eyed Brunette polish was created for the latest Scorsese film at his request). She shares her organic tips for handsome hands below.


For cuticles, you

A Malaysian Oasis By Sunshine Flint

Ushvani sets a new day spa standard in London. Sunshine Flint gets the full treatment.

My colleague Alex may decry new-age music and being asked a myriad of questions about his “requirements,” but at Ushvani, a day spa in Knightsbridge near Sloane Square (, they know that women love choice. Hence, there are six different soundtracks of spa music you can choose from. Or you can dock your MP3 player or iPod and listen to your very own spa playlist. There’s the extensive menu of Malaysian, Thai, and Balinese treatments, the yoga and pilates studio, plunge pool, steam shower

Male Bonding, On One’s Own By Alex Larman

At a men-only spa, Alex Larman finds out that masculine pampering has its upside….

Perhaps it’s thought that real men don’t bother with such wussy things as spa treatments, or that most men’s definition of male grooming is adding soap to water, but there are a noticeable lack of men-only spas.

Gentleman’s Tonic ( aims to fill that niche with locations in Mayfair and the City Point Club in London, as well as Houston, Texas, and an upcoming full-service spa and concession on the first floor of Selfridge’s.

Their flagship spa in the peaceful environs of Bruton Place, a

Buyers’ Agent By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel meets Alana Sorokin, an elite buyers’ agent at the top-end of the property market….

The turmoil in the property market is well documented and everywhere you turn, there is more news about major property companies, escorted by the banks, beating a track to major cutbacks and insolvency. But as every good investor knows in times of turmoil and disorder, great opportunity exists. Indeed, it was the Chinese that first recognized this paradox and the Chinese word for “chaos” can be literally translated to the word “opportunity.”

There are without doubt fantastic deals out there for

The Sparkling Chair By The Luxury Channel

The fizz and furore generated by Marcel Wanders’ latest creation at Salon del Mobile, Milan and in collaboration with Magis has left a lasting impression.

In transparent green, this highly experimental chair utilises the same blow moulding technique commonly used for bottles of water. The chair is extraordinarily light, weighing only 1kg. However, the high-pressure air trapped within the chair makes for inner strength and perfect function.

David Linley On Deck By The Luxury Channel

The custom furniture designer speaks to The Luxury Channel about his yacht interior designs and where the future of superyacht design is going….

David Linley and his team have worked on yacht interiors and custom furniture for over a decade, designing custom pieces for builders such as Feadship and Alloy Yachts and design firms such as Redman Whiteley Dixon. But now he is putting more emphasis on offering clients a full scheme by his entire interior design team, from materials to design to finished products.

What is intriguing about designing interiors for yachts today?

I consider yachts to

Giving Up the Host By The Luxury Channel

What makes a great hostess gift? We asked some frequent hosts (and guests) what they like to give and receive….

Kit Kemp, co-owner and interior designer of Firmdale Hotels

Kit Kemp and her husband Tim’s boutique hotels in London are known for their modern whimsy and vibrant décor set in the best and most desirable locations. Soon New York will get the same treatment when their eighth property, the Crosby Street Hotel, opens mid-2009 in Soho, followed by another site in mid-town Manhattan. She and her husband live in London and also have a house near the New

Testa Rossa Record By The Luxury Channel

An iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for €9,020,000 and set a new world record as the most expensive car ever sold at auction….

RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, made history in Maranello in Italy, at the third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event with the most expensive car ever to be sold at auction, a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Returning to its Maranello birthplace for its auction, the sale price represents €1,980,000 more than the previous auction record, which was set at the same sale last year.

“The historical significance of this car attracted a

Performance Luxury: Four-Door Supercars By The Luxury Channel

Porsche and Aston Martin enter the world of four-door supercars….

Pricey four-door saloons have created a whole new £100k+ automotive segment. Now it is the turn of the four-door supercar. First up (and strategically launched in Shanghai) is the Porsche Panamera, which in Turbo guise comes with 500hp, 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, 188mph and a price tag of £95k. Porsche thinks it can sell 20,000 a year of this model. A more frugal hybrid is slated for later this year. There is surprisingly generous space for four adults and a fair amount of luggage.

However, Porsche cannot afford to

Scents At Home By Sunshine Flint

Home fragrances have never been so popular or so sophisticated. From scented candles to subtle diffusers, Sunshine Flint sniffs out the top trends….

What’s in a scent? Fragrance has always been big business – just ask the fashion houses, celebrities and designers who roll out new perfumes and colognes season after season. But increasingly, we are buying scent not just to wear, but to use at home, in our bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms. We’re scenting our domestic lives, as well as our public personas. While much of this is made up of low-end air fresheners and sprays, the

Big Business For Private Jets By The Luxury Channel

New ideas for business aviation take wing!

Even in troubled economic times, private aviation continues to flourish. In 2008, Fortune 100 companies spent more on private jets than in the five previous years, and although the new VAT tax proposed by the European Commission may threaten some operators and owners, business jet and aeronautic companies continue to forge ahead with new models of planes and operation (including the new supersonic private jet from Aerion Corporation, due to start flying in 2015). The Luxury Channel was in Geneva recently at EBACE, the premiere business aviation conference.

There are three main

The Art of Foresight By Alanna Lynott

Is Astrology the businessman’s ultimate luxury?

Blame the global recession, Bernie Maddof and the continuous rise and fall of stocks and shares, but 2010 is set to be the year that businessmen have their astrologers on speed dial.

Great businessmen, politicians and the like have long since used the skills of an astrologer. J.P. Morgan employed a full-time astrologer at his bank and once famously remarked, “Millionaires don’t use astrology. Billionaires do.” Queen Elizabeth I had her very own personal astrologer, while Margaret Thatcher attributed her own level-headedness to the fact she was “born under the sign of Libra.”

Do You Judge Your Friends By Their Interiors? By Lauren Steventon

The Luxury Channel asked British designer Tara Bernerd to tell us how we are judged on our homes and what our property says about our personality….

I don’t believe we are judged per se, more that our home is ultimately an expression of ourselves. It’s where the heart of us exists and therefore, how we choose to live – our tastes and our characters are exposed. Our homes are often insights into each other. It’s human nature to be interested, perhaps stimulated, by seeing the displays of others. To be invited into someone’s home is an invitation into our

Gold – The Elixir Of Life By The Luxury Channel

A non-invasive treatment by John Tsagaris is no fool’s gold. Be prepared for wondrous results!

A woman in her mid-twenties is not necessarily the most suitable candidate for John Tsagaris’ extravagant, scientifically advanced and artful Chrysotherapy Facial Treatment.

However, I reasoned that my relative youth made my skin rather objective and reactionary. The wrinkles that have formed on my right hand brow do require obliteration and I had heard brilliant things about the beautifying powers of Tsagaris.

As such, it was with great interest that I walked into the Marylebone clinic (all scented candles and Grecian busts) to