Luxury Special 2016

Luxury Special 2016

VARUN BERRY, MD, Britannia Industries (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah)
Updated : Jan 10, 2018

Enlarging the Pie

Varun Berry aims to make Britannia Industries a total foods company in another three years.

THE BENTLEY SHOWROOM IN DELHI A buyer asked for a clock that was as expensive as the car he had bought (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Sep 16, 2016

Luxury cars in India are getting a golden touch

Indians, say remodelling experts, are the most conscious about their vehicle's interiors. Also, almost every buyer wants a height-adjustable suspension so that he can have a smooth ride while off-roading.

SANJAY GHODAWAT with his Eurocopter chopper and three of the 100-plus luxury cars that he owns (Photo: Outlook Business)
Updated : Sep 16, 2016

The rich men of India's small towns

The future of luxury in India depends on how fast it can penetrate the hinterland. The good news is that small-town consumers are no longer afraid to flaunt their dough

PRIYA SACHDEV Director, TSG International, and CEO, RockNShop, at her store, Kitsch, which sells 20 luxury brands to "millennials who want something edgy" (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Sep 15, 2016

Only a few influence what you wear, carry, or drive

The business of luxury retailing is being shaped by a handful of first and second generation entrepreneurs. They are influencing the shoes that members of India's glitterati wear, the bags they carry, the watches that strategically pop out of their cuffs and the cars they drive.

IN THE FAST LANE Around 10,000 superbikes have been sold in India so far, with the market growing at 25 per cent (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Sep 15, 2016

Biggest makers of superbikes are making a beeline to India

Almost all the leading global superbike makers sell in India as well: Ducati, Triumph, Indian, BMW, Moto Guzzi and Harley-Davidson. Indeed there are more brands of luxury bikes available in the country than the run-of-the-mill commuter ones.

Nirav Modi, Jewellery Designer First Indian luxury brand to have a store at Madison Avenue in New York (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Updated : Sep 11, 2016

Luxury circuit flooded by Made-in-India brands

While PM Modi's attempt to build a global luxury brand so far has been bang on, and he is confident of being profitable by the end of year three, the big question, however, is, whether the global connoisseurs of luxury take him as seriously. Will they prefer a Nirav Modi jewel to a Cartier or a Tiffany?

DLF EMPORIO MALL: High-end luxury malls may not be a viable proposition in India
Updated : Sep 11, 2016

The economics of luxury malls in India are not very encouraging

How long will it take for India to create a luxury high-street like Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue in New York? It is definitely a distant dream at the moment. The country has just two luxury malls - DLF Emporio in Delhi and The Collection (UB City) in Bangalore.

THE LONDON TOUCH: I am going to miss the London weather and my rose garden. I would like to have a garden in my bedroom. Is that possible? (Illustration: Ajay Thakuri)
Updated : Sep 11, 2016

The rich and their uncommon desires...

Luxury hotels capture the minutest of details about guests. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, for instance, records each detail of guests, including food/beverage preferences, allergies, housekeeping needs and preferred room temperature. Still, there are demands that leave them stumped.

Photo: Bandeep Singh
Updated : Sep 10, 2016

Nashik-based Sarda Farms does not aggregate milk from milkmen

Sarda has used design to convey a sense of tradition and heritage, rendering a premium look. The milk is packaged in glass bottles much like it used to be in the good old days, before the poly-pack milk trend began.

The Khosrovani-Diba collection, London, October 19, 2016 Radha consoled by Krishna in a forest at night, an illustration from the Lambagraon Gita Govinda series, attributed to Purkhu, Kangra, circa 1820 (Estimate: £50,000-80,000)
Updated : Sep 10, 2016

Why Indians prefer South Asian over Western art

In the world of auctions, prices for works are dependent on what a collector is willing to pay for them and how far they are driven to bid when competing against other bidders, with new world records broken as a result and benchmark prices established.

Lodha's World One Tower at Parel in Mumbai (Courtesy: Lodha's World One)
Updated : Sep 08, 2016

Luxe homes in India are evolving to a different level

The high-ceilinged baroque mansions surrounded by acres of manicured lawns shaded by leafy oak trees, which spelt luxury in the colonial era, have given way to a more modern, urban culture of smaller functional spaces defined by gadgets and speed.

Updated : Sep 07, 2016

That's rich

Indians are growing their wealth faster than the world average.

Updated : Sep 07, 2016

The New World of Luxury

Consumers' desire is spurring huge growth in luxury travel - globally as well as in India.

Updated : Sep 07, 2016

iDesire Luxe

There's a lot to wear, drink, hear, and keep. Here's a curated list from new launches this year.

DEEPIKA GOVIND Neel Sutra (Bangalore). Into luxury apparel and fabric, Neel Sutra is completely handwoven, which is then treated with essential oils. (Photo: Vivan Mehra)
Updated : Sep 03, 2016

Draped in Wellness

From aloe vera-treated apparel to anti-microbial bedsheets, wellness moves beyond food and beauty.

Prosenjit Datta, Editor, Business Today
Updated : Sep 03, 2016

Luxury and Wealth

Over the past couple of decades, the continuing liberalisation of the Indian economy has ensured that the population of rich Indians keeps growing, despite the fluctuations in the global and domestic economic growth rates.

MODEKURTI NAMEET, co-founder, First Agro, a zero-pesticide farm near Mysore in Karnataka, is betting big on Peruvian and Japanese produce (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah)
Updated : Sep 03, 2016

New gen farms are shaping food served at exotic restaurants

A new generation of farms promises to shape the food that top-end restaurants dish out

Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard
Updated : Sep 03, 2016

"Luxury is experiences money cannot buy"

Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard, talks to Anilesh S. Mahajan about the art of wooing consumers with high expectations.

In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir By Patricia Gucci PAGES: 320 PRICE: Rs 599 Crown Archetype
Updated : Sep 03, 2016

The Life and Times of a Fashionista

The book is a fascinating account of how Aldo Gucci built a solid fashion empire, even as his life was mired in controversies.

Updated : Sep 03, 2016

From Utility to Art: the journey of the chandelier

Chandeliers are an interesting example of luxury in the original sense of the term. They went through a phase of becoming common and even old fashioned, but which, in the past 10 years, have regained their artistic and timeless features.

EVAN LUTHRA One of the well-known Indian contributors to the Rich Kids of Instagram blog
Updated : Sep 03, 2016

Rich kids of Instagram: Got it, Flaunt it

The Rich Kids of Instagram have a lavish and ostentatious lifestyle