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Lifestyle articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

Dining For Royalty By The Luxury Channel

Just imagine it – you’re sitting at home when you receive a call from the Palace to say that the Queen is popping round. Oh, and she may stay for dinner. You’ve now got to whip together an entire table setting fit for the Queen – but who on earth can you call on to…

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Head-To-Toe Bridal Beauty By Fiona Sanderson

The latest statistics released reveal that there were 239,020 marriages between opposite-sex couples held in 2015. That’s over a quarter of a million couples who made plans for their wedding. We were interested, however, in all the preparations that take place when people prepare their looks for the big day. We talked to two leading…

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Le Parc du Cap – Le Nec Plus Ultra By Harriet O'Grady

There’s no doubt about it, the Cote d’Azur still remains one of the most beautiful and exciting stretches of coastline in the world. Its soft Mediterranean light, its Alpine backdrop, its clear waters, its corniches, creeks and beaches still dazzle. There are many lovely places but the Cote d’Azur has the edge and always will…

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Esthechoc – The Revolutionary Vegan Chocolate Beauty Supplement By The Luxury Channel

It is “the secret weapon used by celebrities and fashion insiders alike to keep themselves looking fresh-faced and glowing.” So says Harrods, but as The Luxury Channel gets swept up in the hype around Esthechoc, we wanted to try it for ourselves to see whether this luxury chocolate brand really can hit the sweet spot…

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Luxury And Lalique Through The Prism of Glass By Ramy Salameh

On the 130-year anniversary of Lalique, Ramy Salameh visited Wingen-Sur-Moder in Alsace, to luxuriate in the enduring Lalique legacy and discover the ultimate luxury weekend break…. The light softly and elegantly illuminated bunches of sculpted grapes that wrapped themselves around a Lalique ‘‘Saint-Vincent’’ plaffonier. The ceiling light-shade adorned my grandmother’s North London apartment and was…

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Spinning The Bottle – Ornellaia’s 10th Edition For Vendemmia d’Artista By The Luxury Channel

At a special benefit auction held at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ornellaia presented the 10th edition of its Vendemmia d’Artista project on the 30th anniversary of its first vintage, 1985. The project celebrates the unique character of each new Ornellaia vintage. Every year since the release of Ornellaia 2006 in May…

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Dr. Amanda Wong-Powell: Royal Beauty Doctor By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel spoke to Dr. Amanda Wong-Powell of W One Knightsbridge in London, who boasts a long list of A-list celebrity clients. She has just opened her new W One Penthouse Suite in the heart of Knightsbridge, where her specialist team of renowned physicians prides itself on innovative treatments ranging from but not limited…

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LA’s Ultimate Airport Luxury Touchdown By Ramy Salameh

Forget the crowded airport thoroughfares and lounges, the queues for immigration to boarding and waiting for baggage. In fact, imagine what it must feel like to be delivered for departure directly to the aircraft steps and to be met on the tarmac on arrival by a chauffeur-driven limousine….does royalty and heads-of-state spring to mind?! The…

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Moser – The Royal Connection And The Bridal Collection By The Luxury Channel

For those wanting to follow in royal wedding traditions, Moser – world-leading producers of luxury handmade crystal – have shared insights as to their most popular glassware sets, gifted and used by royal families worldwide, and they reveal which pieces have been selected for the Moser 2018 Bridal Collection. Moser’s luxury beverage sets, decorative objects…

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Best In London – The People Who Really Matter By Caroline Phillips

Caroline Phillips unearths the people who really matter to the people who really matter. The doctors, practitioners, therapists and service providers who celebrities and folk with their finger truly on the pulse have on speed dial. An alphabetical guide to the country’s leaders in everything from psychotherapy to gut health. From who you should visit…

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Jonathan Mizzi – This Is Awkward By The Luxury Channel

A new yoga-inspired furniture collection – called the Awkward Series – was launched during Decorex; the first line to be designed by rising star Jonathan Mizzi. A Maltese British designer, Mizzi founded his company Mizzi Studio in 2011 to fuse design, architecture and art into one holistic workspace. Mizzi is known for projects spanning high-end…

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Vaishaly Clinic – The Ultimate Glow-Getter By Caroline Phillips

What links Rachel Weisz, Kirsten Dunst and Sophie Dahl? Oh, and Elle Macpherson, Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow too. They’re all clients of Vaishaly, the super facialist. She’s also brow sculptor (threader) to the superstars. As if that isn’t enough, she and one of her team of whizzo therapists have just started offering microblading —a…

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Rolls-Royce And The Greatest Phantoms In History By The Luxury Channel

This July, Rolls-Royce will gather together the greatest eight Phantoms from the last 92 years in Mayfair, London. These ‘‘Great Eight Phantoms’’ will welcome the next generation of this most celebrated luxury item. Over the next few weeks, Rolls-Royce will announce which great Phantoms will journey to London from around the world, telling the stories…

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Moser Celebrates 160 Years of Crystal Craft By The Luxury Channel

Celebrating 160 years since its founding, Moser has created a unique anniversary collection of masterpieces inspired by its rich history, entitled MOSER 2017, which is being exhibited at London’s luxury tableware retailer, Thomas Goode, until September. For the occasion, the most important and timeless examples of Moser’s historical archives have been lovingly revived by contemporary…

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Cool Britannia By Hannah Norman

Britain may be firmly on course for Brexit from Europe, and so it seems that now more than ever is the time for this nation to be focussing on its own industries and talents. It’s the perfect time to reinstate the British luxury craftsmen who have been seemingly disappearing. Andrew Guest, Commercial Director in charge…

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Hästens – Crafting Sleep For A Restless World By Fiona Sanderson

Providing the planet with the best bed in the world requires precision and allows for no shortcuts, and no compromises. Fortunately for the sleep-deprived denizens of the 21st century, Hästens has been hand-making beds since 1852 (which, for those who know their history, is well before the invention of the light bulb), so it’s no…

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Jaguar I-PACE – The Future of Electric Motoring Hits The Streets By The Luxury Channel

Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle – the Jaguar I-PACE – onto the streets for the first time. Driving on the streets of London’s famous Olympic Park, the electric performance SUV concept will be on the road in the second half of 2018. The I-PACE Concept is the smartest five-seater sports car – a…

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Gielly Green One-Stop Boutique Salon And Spa By Caroline Phillips

It’s like a studio that houses some of the capital’s greatest artists. Think of it as a curated exhibition or art gallery — but instead of artworks for sale, it has some of the world’s best hair maestros and therapists offering their services. These are the sorts of things that are said about Gielly Green,…

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Putting The Luxury Back Into Cyprus By The Luxury Channel

A new era of modern beachfront living begins as Ayia Napa Marina begins construction in Cyprus. The £190 million mixed-use residential and commercial project offers luxurious residences, world-class yachting facilities (with a 600 berth marina that can accommodate yachts of up to 60 metres in length), a variety of retail boutiques, waterfront fine dining options,…

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Skytime Jets – How The World’s Wealthiest Fly For Their Ski Breaks By James Shotton

The ski season is one of the busiest times of the year. Most people who are looking for private jet hire during the winter months are wanting to travel in luxury to popular resorts and elite ski destinations across the Alps – and they want to be able to travel where they want, when they…

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Ethiopian Airlines – Flying On Cloud 9 By Caroline Phillips

Cloud 9. That’s the business class cabin of Ethiopian Airlines. The one in the A350. This is where you want to be when you leave the tarmac to head for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s the first Airbus A350 to fly long-haul out of Heathrow. And the first to fly in African skies. Let’s start at…

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Louis XIII – The Journey of A King By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel talks exclusively to Ludovic du Plessis, the young and handsome Global Executive Director of Louis XIII, about his vision for the brand, films and the future. We find out more about the brand’s l’Odyssée d’un Roi project, stars of the silver screen including Charlie Chaplin and John Malkovich, and why 100 years…

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The Reveal of The New Discovery SUV By Fiona Sanderson

Land Rover invited The Luxury Channel to their big live reveal of the new Discovery seven-seat SUV. We spoke to Design Director Gerry McGovern about their latest offering, and why he thought this new Discovery is unchallenged in the SUV market. We also spoke to Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie and Zara Phillips (watch our…

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Obone Design – The Craft of Bespoke Luxury Furniture By The Luxury Channel

Looking to spruce up your office space, disguise an awkward chimney flue, or perhaps introduce a modern twist to a classic English home? Obone Design specialises in bespoke furniture for both homes and businesses alike, delivering truly unique and luxurious pieces for any environment. Able to design everything from individual statement pieces to entire rooms,…

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Bentley Mulsanne – A Mobile Working Sanctuary By Charlotte Metcalf

We are eating orange-infused quail breasts in the banqueting hall of Schloss Elmau, an historic hotel lying in the shadow of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. A wall of windows yields a theatrical panorama over the snow-capped Bavarian Alps that rise jagged and majestic above the forested hillsides sloping up from Schloss Elmau’s groomed lawns. All…

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The Launch of The Jaguar F-PACE By Charlotte Metcalf

‘I’m actually the reason for the F-PACE,’ laughs David Gandy. ‘I’m a sports car enthusiast but when I saw the F-PACE in clay form, I said, “Build it!”’ It’s not every day that I hang out with male supermodels in one of the world’s most prestigious hotels, but this is no ordinary car launch. Jaguar…

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On Top of A Mountain With Kenton Cool And The Range Rover Evoque Convertible By Fiona Sanderson

With a reputation for being the world’s best ski resort, Courchevel 1850 has a lot to live up to….and it does! So, I was delighted to be invited to be part of the “in crowd” and test what has been dubbed the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible – the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible….

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Part of The Furniture – Interior Design Ideas By The Luxury Channel

The Paris furniture fairs, such as Maison & Objet and Paris Déco Off, have long been a staple in the homeowner’s calendar for their spotlight on home and interior design, and the new and innovative products we’ll all be coveting as a consequence! The Luxury Channel rounds up our pick of what was on offer…….

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Tim Gosling On The Art of The Christmas Tree By The Luxury Channel

Tim Gosling, bespoke furniture maker and interior designer to the rich and famous, as well as creator of superyacht interiors, libraries, dining rooms, apartments and stately homes, is known for his meticulous attention to detail. He has an international client list which includes eminent figures from the arts and industry as well as Royalty. With…

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May The Force Be With You – Star Buys For Christmas By The Luxury Channel

We bring a little fun for Christmas with our round-up of the best Star Wars stocking fillers…. The Write Way In celebration of the timeless and iconic Star Wars saga, Cross Pens has unveiled a new series of writing instruments and journals that capture the mythical and modern elements of the original Star Wars film…

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Black Chili Driving Experience By Gareth Herincx

Six amazing cars and two days of thrilling driving staged against the spectacular backdrop of Andalucia, Spain. Yes, this can only mean Continental Tyres’ Black Chili Driving Experience. The event allows the tyre giant to showcase its ultra high performance tyres, all made using a special “Black Chili” compound, fitted to an intriguing blend of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 did just that, by teaming up with renowned London silversmith Grant Macdonald to create Silver By Aston Martin, a bespoke range of limited edition extras that every…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Indian Bridal Culture By Reena Patel

Reena Patel explores the créme de la créme of Indian wedding suppliers…. The Make-Up Artist Asian beauties need to carefully balance their make-up with the heavy designs and colours on their bridal dresses. Gini Bhogal is the popular make-up maestro of choice, who ensures the eastern look is neither extreme, nor overshadowed. During an initial…

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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…

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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…

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Best Laid Plans By Lauren Steventon

Creative Director Caroline Hurley from Quintessentially Events takes the stress out of planning a wedding…. Why do people tend to bring in a wedding planner? To take the stress out of the planning process and to make sure that each element is addressed in plenty of time. Also, very much for guidance and suggestions on…

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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…

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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…

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Bridal Beauty – Tips & Tricks By Reena Patel

Beauty tips and tricks 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Leaving On A Jet Plane By The Luxury Channel

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…

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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…

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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…

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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! KIM…

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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 (www.ushvani.com), they know that women love choice. Hence, there are six different…

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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 (www.gentlemanstonic.com) aims…

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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…

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Seventy Thirty – Make Me A Perfect Match By The Luxury Channel

Seventy Thirty is a dating service for the extremely wealthy and successful – and they’ve never been busier…. Call it what you will — credit crunch, credit crisis, recession — but it has been good for at least one industry: dating companies. Apparently our uncertain economy has provoked a desire for companionship and chemistry. It’s…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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