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Luxury Special 2016

Luxury Special 2016

VARUN BERRY, MD, Britannia Industries (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah)

Enlarging the Pie

Jan 10, 2018

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)

Luxury cars in India are getting a golden touch

Sep 16, 2016

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)

The rich men of India's small towns

Sep 16, 2016

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)

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

Sep 15, 2016

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)

Biggest makers of superbikes are making a beeline to India

Sep 15, 2016

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)

Luxury circuit flooded by Made-in-India brands

Sep 11, 2016

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

The economics of luxury malls in India are not very encouraging

Sep 11, 2016

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)

The rich and their uncommon desires...

Sep 11, 2016

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

Nashik-based Sarda Farms does not aggregate milk from milkmen

Sep 10, 2016

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)

Why Indians prefer South Asian over Western art

Sep 10, 2016

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)

Luxe homes in India are evolving to a different level

Sep 08, 2016

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.