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Luxury Special 2015

Luxury Special 2015

New collectors must see the motivation behind collecting: Kiran Nadar

Aug 26, 2015

Kiran Nadar, chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art & Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation, explains how to go about collecting art, emphasising that the collector must personally appreciate the art before purchasing it.

Ethical luxury movement has been the foundation of Obeetee: Chairman

Aug 26, 2015

Rudra Chatterjee, chairman, Obeetee & Gaurav Sharma, managing director, Obeetee explain how besides making carpets, the company also focuses equally on sustainable practices that empower its employees.

Mercedes has been a favourite brand of my family: Gautam Punj

Aug 26, 2015

Gautam Punj, director, Lloyd Institutions, explains what luxury means to him and how their love affair with Mercedes continues to this day.

Delhi is amongst the finest eating capitals in Asia: ITC Hotels' Gautam Anand

Aug 26, 2015

Gautam Anand, vice-President, Pre-opening Operations, ITC Hotels, talks to Business Today about how the culinary culture of Delhi came into shape and how ITC plans to celebrate this culture.

Responsibility and luxury is a combination made in heaven: ITC Hotels' Gautam Anand

Aug 26, 2015

Gautam Anand, vice-president, Pre-opening Operations, ITC Hotels talks to Business Today about how one can be responsible without compromising on luxury, citing the example of its resort in the Mewat region where food and meat is locally sourced.

Looking to establish a solar power plant in one year: GM of ITC Grand Bharat

Aug 26, 2015

Anand Rao, general manager, ITC Grand Bharat, explains to Business Today about how the 300-acre property is using innovative methods in the field of electricity and water consumption to strike a balance between sustainability and luxury.

Indians have got more comfortable with their Indianness: Hotel Oberoi's executive chef

Aug 26, 2015

Ravitej Nath, executive chef, Oberoi, Gurgaon, talks to Business Today about how Indians are looking at rediscovering Indian culture and food, and why Oberoi has taken the initiative to document traditional and lost Indian recipes.

Luxury has become very brand-oriented: Archana Kumari of Frazer & Haws India

Aug 25, 2015

Archana Kumari, President, Frazer & Haws India, talks to Business Today about the evolution of luxury in India and explains the concept of Bridge Luxury.

Africa has been top destination for us: Ratti Dhodapkar of Abercrombie & Kent

Aug 25, 2015

Ratti Dhodapkar, Managing Director, Abercrombie & Kent Vacations India explains to Business Today about how luxury in travel is now no longer limited to just a great hotel, but about a dream that can be fulfilled.

Company upbeat on country operations: Vivek Ramabhadran of Swarovski India

Aug 25, 2015

Vivek Ramabhadran, Managing Director, Swarovski India explains why the company is upbeat on its India operations after being stagnant over the past two years.

Hotel industry going through longest cyclical downturn: Arjun Sharma of Select Group

Aug 25, 2015

Arjun Sharma, Chairman, Select Group, tells Business Today that the luxury industry in India is trading at a discount and that the Nirbhaya incident has dented India's image, which has hurt the sector.  

Select Group Chairman Arjun Sharma on the latest trends in luxury industry

Aug 25, 2015

Arjun Sharma, Chairman, Select Group, discusses the latest trends in luxury with Business Today, from the hotel and hospitality perspective and why he believes that going forward, a lot of hotels will seek specialist chefs and restaurants for F&B partnerships.

Luxury retail has not yet come of age in India, says Arjun Sharma of Select Group

Aug 25, 2015

Arjun Sharma, Chairman, Select Group, explains the mistakes that the luxury companies made in India and why DLF Emporio has ticked all the right boxes in the field of luxury retail.

People do not want over intrusiveness when they step into a luxury resort: Ankur Bhatia

Aug 25, 2015

Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group, talks to Business Today, explaining how Indian market is still at a nascent stage when it comes to luxury, and how customers prefer a minimalistic approach in terms of hospitality.

The plush cabin of the Gulfstream G650 jet

Why Indian industrialists don't opt for private jets

Sep 06, 2015

Most people still view private jets as business utility tools and typically go for Gulfstream or Embraer aircraft. Only the rare industrialist such as liquor baron Vijay Mallya would go in for a Boeing 727.

The Riverboat gamblers

What is inside Asia's largest floating casino

Sep 06, 2015

A boat from Noah's Ark jetty takes you to Deltin Royale,  the ship which is 87 metres long and 22 metres wide. A 'premium stay and play' package, that offers a two-night stay at Deltin Suites Hotel in Goa for two, costs Rs 33,000.

A shot from the Monaco Grand Prix: The glamour brigade watches the action

Vignettes from world's most glamorous sport- F1

Sep 06, 2015

Despite the struggle, Formula One is all about recreating magic - it's risky, charming, glamorous, sharp and, often, is the manifestation of the unreal in a real world.

Ravitej Nath, executive Chef at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, at the Jama Masjid. He often visits Old Delhi to pick up Indian herbs and spices, which are key to recreating lost recipes of the Mughal era. (Photo:Shekhar Ghosh)

Luxury hotels are bringing back lost Indian recipes

Sep 06, 2015

ITC, Oberoi Hotels and The Taj Group are digging into the pages of Indian history books. They pick up clues, chase the descendants of royal chefs, and conjure up dishes that are mostly forgotten. The past, it turns out, makes great future sense.

Industrialist Gautam Punj with his fleet of Mercs. (Photo: Shekhar Ghosh)

Why S-Class S 500 denotes luxury to Gautam

Sep 04, 2015

Industrialist Gautam Punj has a fundamental, deep-seated love for Mercedes-Benz cars. In fact, he is almost always among the first to book a new car at launch.

Clockwise: Actor Kangana Ranaut endorsing Ciroc, a luxury Vodka from Diageo; a print ad for Lodha Belmondo, luxury residences in Mumbai; an ad for Taj Hotels & Spa, Maldives; an ad for Lodha Park luxury residences in Mumbai.

Luxe ads are not about over-the-top messaging

Sep 03, 2015

While a high-decibel television and print campaign, followed up by some quirky communication on digital platforms, can do wonders for mass brands, a similar course of action for a luxury brand can not only be limiting but also detrimental, say experts.

Amrita Sher-Gil's "Self Portrait" from Sotheby's March 2015 auction. The work was estimated to fetch $1.2-1.8 million, but was finally sold for $2.92 million. It was bought by a bidder from the US; an Indian collector was among the top three bidders

Appetite for global art rising among HNIs

Sep 03, 2015

It is thought-provoking to analyse how the collecting and spending patterns of Indians are developing diversely based on their conditioning, writes Priyanka Mathew of Sotheby's.