Gallery: Jewels Gone Missing
Filed under: Jewelry
Luxury brands are struggling to find footing in today's rough economic climate but there was no sign of that during Cartier's official opening of its biggest boutique in the Middle East. The over 7,500-square-foot showroom in the Dubai Mall is the brand's third in store in Dubai. The opening event was attended by actress Monica Bellucci and Bollywood stars including Anil Kapoor.
The store had its soft open three months ago but Cartier President and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Fornas tells the Khaleej Times that even with the economic slowdown business has been good and that the store is an investment in the future. When the economy recovers, Cartier will be waiting with a huge store in one of the world's biggest malls. Dubai remains a key spot for luxury brands because it is visited not just by rich Emiratis but by the emerging wealthy from China and India.
Filed under: Holiday Guides
Legendary French luxury goods house Louis Vuitton is re-launching its stylish City Guides for the travel book series' tenth anniversary, with a vintage-inspired look. The Guides, originally launched in 1999, contain the essential addresses of the most stylish locales in world cities. The current saffron yellow color scheme and minimal design is being changed to the brown of its signature monogram canvas, with colorful accents and patterns inspired by vintage Vuitton luggage labels.
The new 2009 Guides, which will feature editions for New York, Paris, Tokyo, Miami, Mumbai, and a boxed set of 32 European Cities, will go on sale starting October 15, Vogue UK reports. In addition, the revamped Guides will feature personal tips from the likes of Italian actress Monica Belluci on Rome and Barneys creative director Simon Doonan on New York. See the gallery for more.
Gallery: Vuitton '09 City Guides