LS Recommends: Events in Barcelona, New York & London


Sophie Doran | April 15, 2011

An essential round-up of must know events for luxury professionals, including the Walpole Luxury Summit, London and Luxe Pack, New York

This month we recommend the 13th IESE Annual Prestige Brands Meeting in Barcelona, for those wishing to further discuss the impact and future of China as a key luxury player. Similarly at the Walpole Luxury Summit 2011 in London, the focus is fixed on the main markets for luxury in Greater China, covering the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau.

Luxury packaging trade event, Luxe Pack New York, gives executives from the beauty, wine & sprits and fine food industries an opportunity to view the latest in packaging technology and design. And as an official partner of the 2011 FT Business of Luxury Summit, we invite you to join us in Lausanne, to explore the economic issues facing the luxury industry today.

13th IESE Annual Prestige Brands Meeting

May 10 | Barcelona

The prestige brands sector is growing globally, but its geography has changed since China has overtaken traditional markets. European companies, regardless of size, have to conquer consumers from distant markets by operating in those countries directly, and or along tourist and hubs routes. Employing the latest communication technologies and establishing suitable distribution of investments are fundamental. The industry is gaining attractiveness for investors and the race for growth can require bigger efforts, as a consequence consolidation and concentration seem unavoidable. We are therefore pleased to announce the 13th Annual Prestige Brands Meeting hosted by IESE Business School, one of Europe’s top business schools, co-organised by CEIBS, Fondazione Italia Cina and Luxury Society.

The conference will address topics of strategic importance for the European luxury industry, including prestige strategies for the wine sector, the global economic outlook and future perspectives for the prestige industry, how to attract Chinese consumers, managing an independent Italian fashion house, prestige consumption along tourist routes and perspectives for future M&A; activity. Speakers include Michele Norsa, CEO and Group Managing Director, Salvatore Ferragamo; Xavier Ybargüengoitia, President Estates & Wines, LVMH Group; Jean-Christophe Jourde, Vice President General Manager, Estée Lauder Companies Europe; Sophie Jiang, CEO, E&A; Communications, Beijing-Shanghai, Taipei and Pierre Mallevays, Founder and Managing Partner, Savigny Partners.

LS Event Page: 13th IESE Annual Prestige Brands Meeting

Walpole Luxury Summit 2011

May 17 | London

The 2011 Walpole British Luxury Summit will concentrate on the main markets for luxury in Greater China, covering the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau. The Summit will look at the main developments of the last twelve months and investigate prospects for 2011/12. By assembling CEOs and business professionals – many from the region – the Summit will aim to enlighten, provoke, inspire and, above all, provide actionable insights.

The forum incorporates keynote speakers and open panel discussions, exploring affluent Chinese buying habits, the economic outlook for Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese Luxury brands, the burgeoning world of Chinese social networks and the importance of local knowledge and Guanxi, just to name a few. Speakers include Marco Bizzari, CEO, Bottega Veneta; Lionel Barber, editor, Financial Times; Michael Ward, MD, Harrods; Paul James, Global Brand Leader, Starwood/St Regis; Yu Wang, Founder, P1.CN and Joseph Wan, CEO, Harvey Nichols.

LS Event Page: Walpole Luxury Summit 2011

Luxe Pack New York

May 18-19 | New York

Now in it’s ninth year, the 2011 edition of Luxe Pack New York will be the largest to date, with an additional ten exhibitors scheduled to participate. The luxury packaging trade event, which sold-out five months before it’s opening, will be held May 18-19 at the Altman Building and Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. To assist visitors in locating the suppliers that specialise in their market, Luxe Pack is launching three specific areas of exhibition space – Beauty, Wine & Sprits and Fine Foods.

The event follows a trade fair format, but also incorporates seminars and discussion panels by industry experts such as Nick Gavrelis, VP Global Product Development, MAC Cosmetics; Scott Widro, Executive Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain, Gurwitch Products and Allan Hafkin, Vice President, Global Package Development, Estee Lauder. The show will also incorporate three specific exhibition spaces, one of which is the Luxe Pack Innovation Forum, a space showcasing the newest creations and innovations from exhibitors including sustainable products.

LS Event Page: Luxe Pack New York

FT Business of Luxury Summit

June 5-7 | Lausanne

In partnership with Luxury Society, the Financial Times presents the third annual Business of Luxury Summit in Lausanne. The event brings together senior luxury executives, business leaders and financiers from around the world, to discuss the theme “What Price Luxury?” and explore the economic issues facing the luxury industry today. Specifically the event will examine the effects of globalisation and currency fluctuations, pricing and positioning, the revival of mergers and acquisitions and the on-going issue of counterfeiting.

Speakers include: Thierry Andretta, CEO, Lanvin; Jean-Claude Biver, CEO, Hublot SA; Frederick Lukoff, President & CEO, Stella McCartney and Isabelle Guichot, President & CEO, Balenciaga.

LS Event Page: FT Business of Luxury Summit