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Marcelo Rivero After a successful career in the international trade business, started in his early twenties, Marcelo decided to make a dramatic shift in his professional life and in 2003 ventures in the hospitality and luxury lifestyle industry by joining one of the premier residential communities in Miami
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Michael Capponi Michael Capponi is a real estate developer and nightlife impresario. He has been recognized nationally for his humanitarian work in Haiti. In 2008 the Developers and Builders Alliance honored Capponi Building Company at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago with the Renovation Firm of the Year Award. In 2010, he formed a new partnership with Kenneth J Gross and Bob Wrieden of WCI along with John Gallina and opened Capponi Construction Group, LLC
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iami was voted one of the top destinations in the world to visit and live. Some of the 80 million yearly visitors to the Sunshine State decide to move to Miami and take advantage of the lifestyle, events, restaurants, nightlife, beautiful beaches and 3,200 hours of sunshine per year. Most visitors and part-time residents choose this time of year to come to the “American Riviera”. Others arrive to partake in major events during this season including Miami International Boat Show, Wine and Food Festival, Sony Ericsson Open andthe Miami International Film Festival. Based on the city’s geographical location and booming economy, new business ventures are expanding and the increase of job opportunities demands more housing. Also, because of the cultural Renaissance, Miami is going through, the desire for luxury properties is rising. Featured in this issue are some of the amazing new developments including The Edition, Faena, Regalia, 400 Sunny Isles, Brickell City Centre, Resorts World Miami and 1000 Museum. I hope you enjoy reading this issue and are inspired to take advantage of what this great city has to offer. Wishing you the Best!
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Vision of The Future The Rise of Miami's Luxury Developments Text by Marius Koller & Garrett Booker
eet some incredible new developments that will soon grace Miami’s skyline. Ian Schrager presents 26 One-of-a-Kind Residence -the The Miami Beach EDITION. He is back in Miami Beach for the first time in 17 years since the launch of his game-changing Delano hotel.Delano ushered in a new modern era and rebooted Miami Beach as a top resort destination. It was the first new hotel to come along since the 60’s, and it was truly groundbreaking. It attracted those who had previously abandoned Miami Beach for more exciting vacation locales. Miami Beach is no longer simply a resort destination, but is fast becoming a bonified, world-class, international city with its vibrant art scene,first-rate architecture and cultural institutions attracting global citizens from all around the world. This time Schrager introduces residential Miami living— homes fit perfectly global citizens. These 26 limited edition residences set themselves apart from anything else in Miami Beach and are the most unique and distinct spaces in all of South Florida. ”There is simply nothing else like them currently in the marketplace. We tried to capture the details of life in the details of the architecture,” says Schrager. All with commanding panoramic views, each of these sophisticated and stylish “Homes in the Sky”is a one-of-a-kind, custom one-off and different from the other. Designed by world-renown
architect John Pawson, the residences will sit on the top floors of the existing, landmarked 1950s building that will be the Miami Beach EDITION hotel, as well as in an adjacent, newly constructed 18-story tower.
"It’s the art of living not the job of living" Dedicated to the “Good Life”, The Residences offer the best of all worlds: the privacy and individuality of a custom, one-of-a-kind home; the benefit of ownership; and exclusive access to all the services, privileges and amenities of a unique world-class urban resort, including a myriad of exciting and dynamic food, beverage and entertainment options. Although part of The Miami Beach EDITION, The Residences will have their own dedicated private entrance as well as an anonymous “celebrity”entrance, for ultimate privacy. Taking into consideration that people come to Miami to be outside, the outdoor spaces at The Residences are finally done correctly and are not merely an afterthought. Expansive “Outdoor Rooms” invite effortless continuity between indoor and outdoor living. Gardens literally in the sky are akin to those found in private residential
homes. These extraordinary outdoor spaces feature private lap pools and plunge pools, outdoor kitchens, dining areas, fireplaces and pergolas designed by John Pawson. There is enough space for a private outdoor gym or to enjoy yoga, along with soaring panoramic views of both the ocean and the bay—you feel as if you are standing on the deck of a ship. Pawson uses an unparalleled level of finishes and details to create interiors of maximum comfort, functionality and aesthetic pleasure. Generous living areas are light filled with floor-to-ceiling windows and bleached teak wood flooring throughout, including the balconies and terraces. Each residence has Pawson’s magic touch with custom designed, open Bulthaup kitchens with islands as well as master bathrooms with Italian white onyx translucent screens and custom-cast integral concrete bathtubs and sinks. “It’s the art of living not the job of living.“ These unique homes, dedicated to the “Good Life”, offer all the benefits of ownership, the services and amenities of a world-class urban resort,and a completely managed household without the bother of managing it or the full expense of maintaining it. Schrager continues to exceed expectations by recognizing what residents want and need before they even know it themselves— a home with the work taken out of it, ideal for resort living
Faena House Miami Beach It’s the tower that could change a whole strip of Miami Beach. Underway on the waterfront at 3201 Collins Avenue, Faena House is designed by architects Foster + Partners to resemble “a towering ship at sea”. With balconies functioning like hallways to connect the rooms from the outside. Glass is everywhere and all but uninterrupted, with plans calling for sliding glass doors -- built to hurricane code, mind you -- as astonishingly wide as 12.5 feet. One to five bedrooms, each featuring panoramic oceanfront views will be included within the
Faena House. Three penthouses are now being offered, each comprised of an entire floor with encompassing outdoor space, private interior elevator, outdoor pool, over 8,000 square feet of interior living space and more than 7,000 square feet of outdoors. The interior and exterior views of this Miami high rise are enhanced by the amenities Faena has to offer. From the five-star concierge to the beachfront cabana service, Faena’s staff enriches luxurious living
Regalia An innovative development on a prime oceanfront acreage will afford immediate ocean access, while on the second level an infinity-edge pool, a cool dipping pool, and a Jacuzzi are complemented by intimate cabanas nestled in dune-like screens surrounded by Native Florida plantings. This architectural masterpiece epitomizes gracious and luxurious living on the ocean’s edge. The unique flowing “organic”shape of this 47-story condominium tower appears to have been shaped by the oceans waves and wind. The Regalia Miami is a work of art, in its own right. -Northern Edge of Sunny Isles Beach -80% Reserved as of December 2013 -Price Range: $7.5 million to 9.5 million
400 Sunny Isles
Key International-developer of The Ivy and Mint – has envisioned 400 Sunny Isles condominiums as a full-service luxury development that surpasses expectations. Two 20-story glass towers designed by Chad Oppenheim, has developed signature facades reminiscent of ever-fascinating mandalas. The Sandbox, provides 400 Sunny Isles with its own yacht and beach-club lounge. A T-shaped infinity pool with a cascading edge submerged aqua beds and swim-up bar services. Two clay tennis courts, saunas, steam rooms, and waterfall Jacuzzis along side a Rejuvenation Center
Brickell City Centre The Brickell City Centre is a $1.05 billion shopping and mixed-use project that will span four block t the west of Brickell Avenue and to the South of the Miami River. The project is being developed by Swire Properties Inc. and will include a department store, luxury shops, restaurants, hotel, office spaces, and condominiums. On July 15, 2013, it was announced that Swire Properties had purchased for just over $64 million an adjacent site at 700 Brickell Avenue in Miami, formerly the headquarters of Northern Trust Bank. In September 2013, a proposal was announced for an 80-story tower, called One Brickell City Centre
Resorts World Miami Malaysian resort conglomerate Genting Group presents Resorts World Miami, which is a major development, proposed for the Omni District of Downtown Miami scaling at 10 million square foot and at an estimated cost of $4 billion. This construction will be considered one of the largest developments in the history of Florida. The structure will include a large eight-story podium and stylized skyscrapers that are inspired by Miami’s own natural beauty of the Coral Reefs. It will include the site of the Miami Herald & El Nuevo headquarters buildings, bars and nightclubs, a luxury galleria consisting of vast amounts of retail, entertainment, and convention space. It will also consist of condominium towers and one of the largest lagoon swimming pools in the world. The Malaysian resort Genting Group might be willing to scale back its plan to build the world’s largest casino within the resort if they can at least have a resort with slot machines. They Genting Group would form a four-way partnership that would allow them to use a permit owned by Gulfstream Park racetrack to open a casino. The development will allow Miami to compete with the big boys, which includes the likes of New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It will turn Miami into a first-rate city almost overnight and have a profound effect on property values as a result FEB-MAR 2014
Jay Philip Parker
Is South Florida Blowing up a Real Estate Bubble or are we in for a Smooth Ride?
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simply by making application and signing on the dotted line. The "no doc" loan and a variety of other predatory loan products allowed funding for buyers who otherwise could not afford the real estate. Similarly, those borrowers who could afford the loan secured such high leverage, that when the bubble burst, there was simply little justification to close on the property - or in many cases to continue to pay the mortgages once values sank to their lows. The power punch of low deposits and high leverage loans to anyone who wanted resulted in the real estate market crash.
"New construction projects like Faena, Edition, and Park Grove have raised the bar for luxury" Today, a mere six years after the crash, the excess inventory has been sold, values have regained their pre-recession values and in many cases have exceeded those values. New construction projects like Faena, Edition, and Park Grove have raised the bar for luxury, and in line with the new luxury, prices have exceeded $3000 per foot and yet amazingly still appear as a significant discount from other major metropolitan cities like NY, London, Shaghi, and others. Some international markets followed the United States economic downturn and unfortunately have seen a slower recovery. The weakness in the international markets,depressed currencies in Bra-
zil, Europe, and Asia, have led many investors to look to the U.S. and in many cases South Florida, as a healthy and safe market for investment and a hedge against their markets¹ currency crisis. Taxes in some states are making South Florida more and more compelling. In fact, South Florida is benefitting from a significant transfer of wealth from the NY metropolitan area. The savings of no state income tax, lower sales tax, the cost of real estate, private schools and rental costs for commercial space, combined with the exciting explosion of the art, culture, restaurants and community, not to mention the weather, have created a significant flow of wealthy New Yorkers calling south Florida Home. Today’s market is very different than the market the led us to the bust. Today’s developers are seeking significant deposits, which in many cases are 50% of the purchase price. The developers are seasoned professionals who build well, build fast and know that they are being held to a higher standard when designing and finishing their product. Lenders are back, but today¹s lending environment is appropriately guided by underwriting guidelines that protect consumers while at the same time ensuring that loans are granted based upon both assets and income. Buyers are increasingly recognizing South Florida as a great second home location, a good investment market and a great place to live. From Art Basel, to the Perez Art Museum, the New World Symphony to the Frost Museum of Science, South Florida offers it all, and our skylines will ultimately reflect the same character, sophistication and elegance that its residents posses. Today, South Florida is "the place to be", and so I say "build it and they will come." As the CEO of Douglas Elliman Florida, we have been ramping up our team to continue to grow with the South Florida Real Estate Market and we see sunny skies in our future
see a smooth ride and a long road ahead of us before we enter into a traditional downward cycle. The Great Recession was the culmination of the Perfect Economic Storm. Never before in U.S. History have we seen the simultaneous collapse of the banking, automotive and real estate industries coupled with the complete meltdown of our country’s largest financial institutions. When people talk about a real estate market, we typically hear the concept of cycles. In fact, while over the long term real estate has continued to appreciate in value, there have been many cycles throughout our history where real estate values dropped, in some cases more rapidly and aggressively than others. Eventually, at different paces, values recover and the long term growth trajectory resumes. Cyclic activity is normal and in part serves for a correction of the market, creating opportunities for investors, lowering the bar for new home buyers, and serves as a mechanism to halt seemingly unreasonable appreciation. When the South Florida Real Estate Market imploded in 2007/08, we saw the values of new construction and the single family home market plummet by almost 75% in extremely hard hit segments of the market. South Florida experienced a new development boom where developers sought extremely low deposits with the expectation that the lending environment would stand behind the buyers to make up the balance of the purchase price. Lenders were haphazard in virtually every aspect of the borrower qualification process. It's hard to imagine the concept of “no doc” loans (loans granted without a borrower having to provide documentation to evidence their ability to actually pay the loan back), but in fact "no doc" loans were a common instrument during the South Florida Real Estate Boom. Anyone with a reasonably good credit score could secure a loan of 95% of the purchase price,
Artefacto $25 Million Masterpiece
"Our customers want great design, the finest materials, and impeccable craftsmanship"
making their client’s vision top priority. Brodson’s reputation in luxury residential construction is second to none in South Florida. Miami’s most sought-after residential neighborhoods are decorated with Brodson Construction homes. The company focuses on building spectacular, unique projects specific to their client’s specifications, achieving accolades from well known local residents like Cher and Robert Zarco. Brodsky's company, Brodson Construction, is co-developing with Sergio Rok, who's acclaimed for high-profile business dealings in Miami's real estate and banking sectors. Brodsky has executed the interiors of luxury retailers at Bal Harbour Shops and Village of Merrick Park, including Harry Winston, Louis Vuitton, Piaget, and Tory Burch. The contemporary designs, understated elegance, and superb quality of Artefacto have made it a badge of taste among affluent Brazilians, many of whom have homes in Miami, and for buyers from around the world. Broker Nelson Gonzalez of EWM is marketing the furnished property for $25 million. “Buyers are delighted when they walk into a home that totally reflects the way they envision themselves living,” Gonzalez says. “This branded residence represents turnkey perfection, from location and concept, through every element of design and craftsmanship.”
arry Brodsky is known for building the elegant interiors of top-tier luxury retailers, as well as lavish custom homes for the patrons of those same boutiques. Leveraging the power of top-tier branding,Brodsky and Artefacto's Paulo Bacchi have collaborated on a spectacular waterfront residence at 2068 North Bay Road in Miami Beach. "Villa Artefacto," the just completed 12,000-square-foot, two-story home on 100 feet of waterfront, is a logical step for Bacchi, who knows the value that an integrated concept adds to a branded home.His Brazilian-designed model residences have helped fuel the sales of many of Miami’s most impressive and pricey condominium projects. “We know our market and we know our customers,” says Bacchi. “They want great design, the finest materials, and impeccable craftsmanship. That is why Barry and I believe they will respond positively to this extraordinary property.” Barry Brodsky founded Brodson Construction in 1989 in Miami Florida, naming the company after his grandfather’s New York based general construction firm decades earlier. Currently enjoying its 20th year in the construction industry, Brodson has earned an incredible reputation both locally and nationally for the ability to execute extraordinary precision and detail on projects while
One Thousand Museum
by Zaha Hadid Architects Come To Miami
iami’s One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects marks the Pritzker Prize winning architect’s first skyscraper design in the Western Hemisphere. Zaha Mohammad Hadid is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Her buildings are distinctively futuristic, characterized by the powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life.With her name on the project and iconic design in the center of downtown Miami’s skyline, the tower will be the catalyst that shifts the center of gravity for high design and luxury residences to Downtown Miami. Overlooking Museum Park and Biscayne Bay, One Thousand Museum offers an unmatched standard of luxury living within Miami’s cultural nucleus, located directly across the street from the new Pérez Art Museum Miami,
which opened in December of last year, and the new Frost Museum of Science following, as well as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts one block north and American Airlines Arena a block to the south. Develo-
"The tower will be the catalyst that shifts the center of gravity for high design and luxury" ped by Louis Birdman and Gregg Covin with sales & marketing headed by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, One Thousand Museum’s unprecedented fusion of art, architecture, design, location and luxury will make it Miami’s most coveted address
Passion & Exclusivity Interview with Engel and Völkers
Jose Luis Bueno
Interview by Claudia Trimde
ngel & Völkers is one of the world’s leading service companies in the provision of high quality residential and commercial real estate and yachts in the premium segment. With its licensing system and the 4,200 employees in 38 countries Engel & Völkers is the only German company among the top 100 franchise companies in the world. Le CITY deluxe sat down for an interview with Engel & Völkers Miami’s Managing Partner Jose Luis Bueno to speak about Miami’s booming real estate market and luxury real estate of South Florida. You are a Latino, and you decided to take on a German franchise. How does that work? Why did you decide to open Engel and Völkers in 2010? I started in the real estate industry as an investor in 2001. I was involved in developing single-family homes in the Southern part of Miami. Particularly in Homestead and Palmetto Bay. Then we went to the Gulf Coast as well and built single family homes there. During that time, we did very well financially
we have about a million and a half of active clients within the network. What is an active client? Active client is an individual that is currently seeking to buy or sell properties within the last six months. So that’s a huge database. And Mi-
“A lot of people find comfort in dealing with an internationally acclaimed firm” ami in the last ten years became so connected internationally. Miami is a top 3 destinations to own the properties in. How many residential listings do you have right now?
In terms of number of listing we probably have 100. And Commercial? We haven’t done too much commercial work in the U.S. We are still making more changes to add more value to that section of the real estate industry here. Last year we did about $80 million dollars in commercial transaction volumes, a very good year overall hitting the $300 million mark-and that was just in my offices. Engel and Völkers wouldn't just take any listing. What are your guidelines? Our guidelines are that we don’t take anything below a million. But to be honest, it is hard to abide by those rules in the beginning. There are clients that have houses and condos for $600,000 that are very reputable. So who is to say that a property under a million is not good. So we try to work it out. There’s not a policy written in Engel and Völkers that we can’t take it. We want to be perceived as a highend brand. It’s more about who our client is and not just the target price
because of the real estate boom, and everything that we built was sold even prior to construction. So I became very intrigued by the real estate, although my background is in marketing. Once the real estate market crashed, I went on a tour to different parts of the country, and that’s where I learned about Engel and Völkers. Their office in the Hamptons caught my eye and then I remembered the brand from Europe. I realized that it’s not just a local brand so I set up and interview. They were looking for partners in South Florida. We put an offer on the table, and we convinced them, made the commitment and acquired the license for the whole territory from Bal Harbour to Deering Bay. Being in Miami and doing the business in this industry was an automatic choice for me. Such internationally well-known brand like Engel and Völkers must bring some comfort to your clients. We have a lot of people who find comfort in dealing with an internationally acclaimed firm. There is a lot of brand recognition. We have about 5,000 agents in our company and
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From Nightlife to Haute Life Interview with the President of Capponi Group
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are of equal importance and are all intertwined. Some of the businesses may obviously generate different levels of income but all exist because of each other. It is nightlife and events that allow me to not only entertain the town but also to get to know everyone. It is development that lets me be creative and also involves me in revitalizing our beautiful Miami homes. These two main careers
"It is development that lets me be creative and also involves me in revitalizing our beautiful Miami” are also the reason why I am able to go to for example Haiti 70 times since the earthquake and help others. If it weren't for the ability to have city wide support and financial support too it would be very difficult to continually give aide and help to others. Our basic business model is similar to Virgin’s: ‘Create amazing companies and do the best you can in making the world better each day at a time by sharing and not only receiving.’
Are you working on any development projects in Haiti? I am only focused on my humanitarian efforts in Haiti now and not building anything there other than schools for now. I am also very involved with our community charities such as Miami Rescue Mission, Make-a-Wish Foundation and many others. What is your vision for Miami and Miami Beach? I have great faith and hope for Miami long term. I believe we will be the New York of the South East and every day we become closer to becoming one of the greatest cities in America. What do you think is an up-and-coming area of Miami that we should have a close watch on? I think that the area south of the Fontainebleau to the W hotel will all get filled in and that will be the new hot zone.This area will have Ian Schrager’s Edition, Beach House 8, Faena. Moreover, there will be so many great new restaurants in the area that it will be like the new south of 5th street area. It will also give new importance to residential neighborhoods like Flamingo and Pine Tree, similarly to how the Purdy avenue developments gave new life to Sunset Islands 3, 4 and the Venetians
n the early 90s Michael Capponi was the most celebrated party promoter on the beach. Even to this day, invitation to his parties are considered the hot-ticket item among the local trend-setters. However, Michael Capponi’s notoriety in Miami goes beyond haute functions. He is also a successful real estate developer and a noted philanthropist. Recently, Le CITY deluxe sat down for an interview with the famed CEO of Capponi group to find out about his vision for Miami and learn more about his charity work. In your early years you started working in Miami’s nightlife scene, how did your interest shift towards real estate development? Since I was a young promoter I was always intrigued by architecture and design. I remember Sylvester Stallone coming to my apartment when I was 20 years old at South Pointe towers and saying: “Wow, I've never seen a 20 year old with a place like this before.” I guess we’re all embedded with certain qualities and attributes. Mine were organizing events for large masses of people and creating beautiful homes and destinations for people to enjoy. What is Capponi Group’s main focus? I believe all the interests of Capponi Group
EVENTS & SOCIETY Dave Lipschutz, Steven Marco, Billy Zane, Dax Levitan & Mikaela Schipani
Photography by Ricardo Reyes
Billy Zane's VIP Soiree
A Marius Koller, Claudia Trimde & Billy Zane
James Lee, Jessica Kill, Michelle Czernin Von Chudenitz, & Mitch Kadlet
ctor Billy Zane hosted NOWNESS VIP Art Basel Soiree in Hotel Victor in Miami Beach. Guests were treated to a special exhibition featuring the work of Mr. Zane. Personally curated by Zane with assistance from the Rosenbaum Gallery, NOWNESS features a collection of colorful signature paintings that draw from the abstract expressionist and action painting movement. Billy Zane attended the American School in Switzerland and graduated from Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. He began painting in 1997 and has previously had three solo exhibitions in the U.S. as well as his first solo exhibition in London in November
Stephany Salgado & Carmenza Ortiz
E Mia Tyler's "Kink Celebration" at Seasalt and Pepper
helsea Tyler, Steven Tyler's youngest daughter, performed at new Miami River restaurant SeaSalt and Pepper in celebration of Chelsea’s sister Mia Tyler’s art exhibition “Kink” which debuted at Deja Vu Gallery earlier that night. Steven Tyler also was there to kvell over his talented daughters
Susan Trevisa, Javier lluch, Maria Crespo & Carlos Grimaldi
Photography by Ricardo Reyes
Steve Tyler & Fan
Vanessa Cribeiro & Svetlana Jacobson
Opening of Luxury Rolex Boutique
E Seymour Holtzman
uxury Swiss LLC celebrated the opening of Miami’s first Rolex boutique, with President Stewart Wicht and store owner Seymour Holtzman. Located in the internationally acclaimed Design District at 135 NE 39th Street, the Rolex Boutique Luxury Swiss marks a new era in fashion and culture for the exclusive shopping district comprised of luxury retailers. The space features an exceptional collection of watches, offering a unique and personalized experience for its customers. Almost entirely encased in glass, the 1,250 square foot Rolex Boutique Luxury Swiss carries the latest interior design elements and materials, giving it a unique approach to the unmistakable Rolex style. Claudia Trimde & MARIUS KOLLER
Photography by Stephane Chiche
Mr. Stewart Wicht & friends
Nick Betancourt, Stephan Morris, Malinka Max
E Odubers Brand Launch
dubers made their grand debut in the USA. The luxury Italian accessories brand presented their collection of handbags for the first time in Miami at N’Namdi Contemperary Gallery. Designers Marvin and Monika Odubèr discovered a gap between what is being sold as luxury and what they believe it to be. They are driven to produce the finest handbags and show the world what true luxury is. “Nowadays luxury has become more of a reference to the price points at which they are sold than the actual value of the materials used”. Odubèrs aims to bring back luxury as they see it by using rare materials that are challenging to craft, while remaining environmentally conscious. In a world encompassed by branding, the Odubèrs strive to be more than just a brand, but a quality product. Each bag has been manufactured by the best artisans of Italy and made of the most exclusive Italian leathers
Photography by Stephane ChicHe
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Around Town with Flash Life Miami
he Little Lighthouse Foundation held its annual Toy drive at the Icon South Beach. Later on the same hot Miami Beach night, Miro Viglianesi held the birthday extravaganza at his famous Palm Island home. Odubers presented its collection of handbags and accessories at N’Namdi Contemporary Miami Gallery. Socialite extraordinaire Daniela Sonnerfeld hosted the successful opening of the new “Chops” at the Marlin Hotel
Kim Pham, Eileen Riveras, Wendy Justo, Nancy Lala, Melinda Chairez & Brittany Reyes at Icon
Theresa Dimond and Jason Dimond at the Icon
Helena Bonnet, Nick Betancourt, Rebecca Brock at Icon
Photography by Stephane Chiche
Megan Rosetti at the opening of Chops at The Marlin Hotel
Giulia Ozyeslipinar, Ana Maria Vatau & Dana Renee Stillman at The Marlin Hotel
Jennifer DeRuzza, Steve Rosenthal, Melinda Chairez, Nancy Lala & Wendy Justo at Miroâ€™s Birthday
Kevin Gleizes, Joseph Benjamin Tinsley, Brent Tinsley at Odubers launch party DJ Fly rocking the house for Odubers launch party
Hilda Cox at the Marlin Hotel
E Jade Ocean Lifestyle Showcase Event
n January, residents of one of the most prestigious residential communities in South Florida gathered to enjoy an evening of champagne and luxury at a private social event in Jade Ocean, in Sunny Isles Beach. This unique event format is part of the Luxury Concierge Network’s platform that connects luxury brands with their consumers, exclusively targeting a niche market found in luxury condominiums through their concierges and residents.The event featured vignettes of luxury brands by Ferretti Yachts, Markowicz Fine Art, Lou La Vie Members Club, Bang & Olufsen, Odubers Italy, and Barone Antica Sartoria, all of which were welcomed at the event co-hosted by Jade Ocean’s Concierge, John Lenis and Le City deluxe. Residents descended from their fabulous Jade Ocean’s residences to gather at its oceanfront Fendi Room, where they were offered champagne, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while they mingled and browsed through the visually stimulating set ups from the invited companies
Photography by Stephane Chiche
Cristian Giaculli & Veronica MoraN
E Robert Lama, & Jessica Cortada
MARIUS KOLLER, CLAUDIA TRIMDE & MARCELO RIVERO
E 5 STAR EVENTS HOSTS VIP NEW YEARS EVE BASH
Promoter Manu & Models
Star Events, Miami’s premier luxury events group hosted an extravagant New Year’s Eve celebration on a private estate with a direct view of the breathtaking Miami Skyline. 5 Star Events owners Tatiana Gontijo, Luis Fluery, Wictor Arraes, Ricardo de Queiroz and Rafael Leal gathered their international and elite local clientele for an unforgettable evening of glamour underneath the Miami stars. The fete comprised of 800 guests and supporters of Brazilian Foundation including , TV personalities Roberto Justos, Daniel Zuckerman & Marcos Chiesa, Socialites Henrique Pinto, Fernanda Barbosa & Carolina Magalhaes, Soccer Star Paulo Andre, TAM VP Marcos Bologna, Enzo Cellurari, Actress Marina Rui Barbosa and Top Model Mariana Weickert. World class DJs Marcos Noel, DJ Paulo Bogosian and DJ Denian Costa kept guests partying till dawn as local influencers Gui Popp, Alexandre Piquet, Alan Araujo and Sonia Meneghetti and others enjoyed an explosion of visual highlights that included amazing fireworks and fire shows by Live Creators Entertainment
Alan Araujo & Genilde Guerra
Luca Salvia & Diana Villa Boas
The Little Lighthouse Foundation
Presents the Fifth Annual “Hearts and Stars Gala”
he Little Lighthouse Foundation presents the Fifth Annual Hearts and Stars Gala on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Benefiting South Florida children and families, the Little Lighthouse Foundation supports children and their families who struggle with educational, financial and medical hardships. Celebrating five years of making a difference, the Little Lighthouse Foundation has grown exponentially from 20 to 200 benevolent, devoted volunteers assisting children and families South Florida. This year’s Hearts & Stars Gala will be held at Terra Veritatis, the recently completed $40 million waterfront compound of Bill Dean, which will be transformed into the famously lavish city of Macau, including guest arrival by boat. The night will include a unique raffle format, where guests can wins additional entries by succeeding in the win casino games. Leading up to Saturday’s Gala, Little Lighthouse will host exclusive invite-only events Thursday and Friday evening. For the fifth year in a row, Buster Cox will host this prestigious event bringing over 1,000 of South Florida’s movers and shakers together. Gathering for an excellent cause, guests will enjoy unlimited premium open bars and tastes from Miami restaurants and caterers. Sponsors include Credit Suisse, Warren Henry Automotive Group, featuring the 2015 Range Rover, who will be providing transportation in Jaguar vehicles to VIPs. Other current sponsors include the Eden Roc, Equinox & Nespresso. Three prize baskets each valued at over $25,000 will be raffled off with all proceeds to benefit the Little Lighthouse Foundation’s Learn & Earn program
info When Saturday, March 15, 2014 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Who Host: Buster Cox Co-Founders and Board of Directors: Charlie Venturi, Robert Sena, Aaron Resnick
Where Bill Dean’s Terra Veritatis 4949 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach, FL
Parking Instructions Valet parking is reserved for guests of the Gala at the Eden Roc Hotel.
The Little Lighthouse Foundation The Little Lighthouse Foundation supports children and their families who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. This support comes through the deployment of LLF’s volunteers and/or select financial contributions. Beneficiaries include children, families, and select child orientated charities throughout South Florida. For more information visit www.thelittlelighthouse.org. Media Partner
Season of Love Celebrities Divulge Their Romancing Mastery
BY JAN JANSSEN / JACK ROSS
hen it comes to romance, your average celebrity is just as anxious to make some sort of amorous gesture as the rest of us. And just as clueless sometimes as to how to do the right thing. Even though they may have private jets at their disposal or a limitless bank account, most celebs prefer a simple show of affection as opposed to any lavish display. Some, however, mark the occasion with some interesting and even poignant preparations to surprise their partner. Many celebrities, however, confess that the season where love is in the air, can leave them very cold indeed, particularly when they're single and somber. Le City Deluxe interviewed some of Hollywood’s most known celebrities to find out how the movie stars commemorate the season of love. DAVID BECKHAM Becks has the dreamy admiration of women the world over. The soccer star who is planning
to purchase a soccer stadium in Miami, pulled off a particularly romantic surprise for Victoria in 2011, when he flew out to America after training in England to take her to New York restaurant, Minetta Tavern for a candlelit dinner. It was rumored he then took her for a stroll down to the Brooklyn Bridge, back to the area that inspired the name for their first son. The couple’s three sons weren’t traveling with David, who had come over to spend the day with Victoria on their own, and enjoy their first time together on the holiday for seven years. With the two celebrities now having such monumental careers, it was a romantic move from them both who said in a BBC interview, “we knew as soon as we met that we knew we were perfect for each other.” MARK WAHLBERG Several years ago, Mark Wahlberg decided to surprise his wife Rhea with an elaborately planned surprise. “A couple of years ago on Valentine’s day, I just pretended the whole day that I didn't even
know it was Valentine's Day," Wahlberg recalls. "We didn't speak the whole day. I left around lunch to meet some producers, but I had one of Rhea's friends take her out shopping late in the afternoon." "But when she got back, I had the house filled with flowers and little presents all over the place. I also had this trail of rose petals, which created a path up the stairs and directly into the bedroom. She loved it, although maybe it was too much, because she started crying and then I started to get kind of emotional, too. But it was a really beautiful day." BLAKE LIVELY One of the hottest women in Hollywood and an avid chef who one day intends to open her own restaurant, Gossip Girl's Blake Lively loves to show appreciation for her husband Ryan Reynolds by cooking a romantic dinner for two. “Ryan is wonderful when it comes to surprising me on special occasions," Lively reveals. “I love to cook something special for Ryan. Something that he loves. "
ends meet as an unemployed young actor in Los Angeles. "There was this girl I was seeing and she got me a dog for Valentine's Day. But I was so poor and living in a room in someone else's apartment that it was impossible for me to keep a dog. I didn't even have enough money to buy a decent meal for myself much less take care of a pet. I thought it was the most inappropriate gift ever. It just depressed the hell out of me and I wound up breaking off with the girl and giving the dog to a friend." Ouch! HUGH JACKMAN Oscar-nominated star Hugh Jackman says his new company, Laughing Man, which produces a line of fair-trade coffee, tea and chocolate products could help you it easier for you to give the perfect gift for your partner, although he's not sure whether his wife Deborrah-Lee will be appreciative. "Well, my wife is on a diet, so chocolate can be thorny to give," Jackman admits. "But if I have any advice to give, I'd say the key to
romantic gestures is all about the element of surprise. If you've given something in the past, do something new. If you've never given chocolates, then I say go for it." Jackman's company was created in the style of Paul Newman's food company which over the years has raised over $100 million for charity. Hugh has the same high hopes for his venture and hopes that this season of love will inspire people to be in a giving mood. "I had been looking for an opportunity to start a business like that and when I travelled to Ethiopia to work with a coffee farmer out there, the ideas came together. If you buy our chocolates and coffee, all the money goes back to the farmers and investors who are giving all their profits back to charity." REESE WITHERSPOON Reese Witherspoon likes to use the occasion to be open about her feelings. Now married to Hollywood agent Jim Toth, Reese loves to buy chocolates and tell her man how much she appreciates having him in her life.
JENNIFER GARNER While her husband Ben Affleck is one of the most decorated and celebrated modern actors and producers in Hollywood, Jennifer Garner is grateful that Ben is one of the most romantic men on earth. "Ben is just so sweet and caring and very emotional," Garner explains. "He loves to give little gifts and be very romantic. We don't do anything special, but we do kind of acknowledge how much we love and care for each other. Romance is romance, but in addition romance can just be breakfast and just getting through the day looking after your kids. You just have to make that be romantic. But in the end it all comes down to being healthy and happy" CHANNING TATUM One of the hunkiest men in Hollywood, Channing Tatum has found himself feeling rather melancholy and unloved when it comes to a particular Valentine's Day moment several years ago when he was just struggling to make
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"I think it's important to be open about your feelings whenever you can, and it's really important to listen to what (your partner) likes. It's important to know your guy and what he enjoys." SIR ELTON JOHN Elton John and husband David Furnish are often seen in public displaying their affection and closeness to one another. They treat every single weekend like an anniversary, and always have done. “We have this wonderful tradition in relationship. We met on a Saturday, and we celebrate our relationship every Saturday. Wherever we are in the world we send each other an anniversary card. We talk about what we’ve been doing in the week. It’s something we’ve been doing every single Saturday since we got together – Seventeen years of cards! But you know what? it keeps our love in focus, and I so look forward to getting my Saturday card.” The couple, who wedded on the first day that the law permitted same-sex marriages in the UK, certainly know the meaning of romantic significance. “We’re very romantic with each other anyway. After seventeen years, I didn’t think you could
“She was a great motivation and inspiration,” he says. “The title track is about her. It’s about finding new love.” DAME HELEN MIRREN Helen Mirren has previously confessed that she only married for ‘economic’ reasons and that her and her husband don’t send each other Valentine cards and regularly forget to mark birthdays with a present. However, the 68-year-old actress seems to think that not being overly affectionate in a relationship, might indeed be the key to keeping things special. “Taylor and I aren’t remotely romantic with each other. And actually we appreciate the lack of romance in the other person. I’d be completely horrified if Taylor gave me a Valentine’s card! That’s not our sort of relationship at all – we would pour cold water on that sort of thing.” “We even forget to get each other birthday presents – I’m always thinking the day before, “Oh, I must get Taylor something for his birthday. Without being corny, we try simply to be considerate to each other every day rather than lavishing each other with gifts.” She has confessed, rather romantically, that “being with Taylor is exciting and I feel as if
I’m on a permanent date with him.” Sometimes in a relationship, perhaps a quiet and understated love can be more romantic than a huge token or gesture. “The one thing that Taylor does always do for me, though, is to send me a bouquet of yellow roses on a first night for luck. When they arrive, I know they’re from him and I love that. And they are all the more special because he’s not constantly giving me things.” ONE DIRECTION The One Direction boys could probably bring most cities to a standstill if they were too public about their romancing techniques. In previous interviews the band have said that they enjoyed going to Paris for the romantic holiday, and that “even though it sounded like we were going on a romantic trip for five, we really went to meet the French fans. It was so nice to spend the day in the city of love” There is also speculation as to whether this season of love will be marked with member Louis Tomlinson proposing to his long-term girlfriend Eleanor Calder
feel closer to someone, but now that we share a child together, I feel incredibly close to Elton.” SIR PAUL McCARTNEY Despite a widely public and turbulent recent love life, Paul McCartney remains a loving romantic. The songwriter behind Beatles ballads: ‘Yesterday’,‘The Long and Winding Road’, and ‘My Love’, showed his affection for his wife Nancy Shevell by playing his new songs to her down the phone before he went into the studio to record his new album. “I got in the habit of writing a song in the morning and then ringing her up and saying, ‘Do you fancy hearing it?’ He also recorded the song, ‘My Valentine’ for Nancy in 2011, the year that they married. “I wrote the song on Valentine’s Day in Morocco where we were on holiday and it had been raining, and she’d said to me "it doesn’t matter, we’ll have a good time" – and I really liked that because I know there’s nothing you can do about weather.” Asked what his last romantic gesture was, he laughs: “We’ve done millions. There are too many.” He wrote some of songs on his new album – it’s actually called New – in honor of Nancy.
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Generations of Excellence Interview with CEO Guido Grassi Damiani
Interview by Claudia Trimde / Photo David Matthiessen
Yes hopefully. My brother also has two children one boy and one girl and my sister has one boy. So there is five of them. We believe to have all of them involved, but we are not going to push anybody. We ourselves grew up in this business, surrounded by a lot of passion and now we are just as passionate, and I believe that some of our children will be involved.
"Damiani is the only international jewelry brand that is still owned by its original creators" What part of the business are you mostly involved in? I am more involved in the business side. I oversee all of the operations so I’m also involved in the creative side. My brother is in charge of developing new collections, but the final approval for every collection goes through me. We touched base on Damiani’s past and present. What does your focus lie in the future. Presently and in the future, the most important for me are my two children. In terms of business we are working on increasing our international presence, but in the meantime we want to keep the tradition of superb quality because we are building something for longterm, something that the next generation of Damiani will have to look forward to FEB-MAR 2014
ver since its establishment 90 years ago, Damiani has been a leading company in the sector of jewelry and luxury watches. Founded in 1924 in Italy, the Damiani brand reigned over the international market of jewelry making. Damiani became an ambassador of Italian style and a synonym of excellence, coupled with the best Italian jewelry tradition. Creativity, design and entrepreneurship are the key elements that have driven the Damiani family for nearly a century. A deep passion for the art was passed on from father to son, thus transmitting the love of high quality jewelry to the third generation which now spearheads the company. Strengthened by an almost centennial tradition, the Damiani Group has always been renowned for the quality of products, and the exclusive design of its collections. In the interview with Le CITY deluxe, the CEO Guido Grassi Damiani revealed what it is like to run a long standing family business. Mr. Damiani, you are now representing the third generation of your great family tradition. How have things changed since then? Firstly, it should be noted that Damiani is the only international jewelry brand that is still owned by its original creators. No other international brand is run by the family of the founder. When my grandfather started the company, it was more about designing and producing exceptional quality jewelry. This is another point that sets us apart from the rest. We are not just into retail, but also making and designing the pieces. The difference between now and then is that presently Damiani is a bigger brand than it was before. We are a world-wide company looking to expand. You are a family man with two children, are we going to see the fourth generation of Damiani running the business?
Damianiâ€™s Belle Epoque Collection
he luxury jewelry collection Belle Epoque, features an unmistakable elegance and femininity, bringing back the colorful atmosphere, creativity and innovation of a time when everything was possible. Belle Epoque, inspired by the Golden Era of 18th century Paris, brings a sense of nostalgia for the times where sophistication and innovation were celebrated. The gleaming white gold and diamonds contrast with intense stones such as sapphires, rubies, and, emeralds. The sparkling contours emphasize the preciousness and chromatic effect of the central gemstones, combined with the slightly vintage look, make this jewelry collection even more unique.
Invest in Diamonds, Diversify Your Money Interview with CEO of Lolo Diamonds
Interview Claudia Trimde
racing Miami from the scenic Bogota, Colombia, Lolo Sudarsky is South Florida’s most ebullient diamond dealer and the CEO of LoLo Diamonds. Located in Miami’s iconic Seybold Building, Lolo Diamonds is hidden away and only the true insiders will make it past their heavy security doors. Le CITY deluxe sat down with Lolo Sudarsky discussing the intricacies of running a diamond business in Miami. Tell us about your business Lolo, what do you specialize in? I am in the diamond wholesale business, selling to jewelry stores and dealers, and to private collectors. We have an office here in Miami for 15 years and we have another office in Colombia. I never wanted to become a jewelry store. It’s a different business and a different headache. We specialize in diamonds 3 karats and up and we can see good value and make good deals. Talking about value, you can invest your money into anything. Many people like to invest into gold, or real estate. Why would one invest their money into diamonds? Diamonds are good for diversifying your money. There are two kinds of diamonds: One are commercial diamonds where you’ll always have your money there because it doesn’t go down as much and the other kind of diamonds which are really for investment which are big, top quality that go up quite high in value.
our diamonds for half the price that they are selling. We can even put it in the same setting as any other jewelry store. A customer can bring us a photo and we replicate.
When you want to buy a diamond, what should you look out for? There is of course the clarity and the cut. But in my opinion, you just have to see the stone and fall in love. At the end, each stone is unique, it has its own life and its own energy. You see the stone and you can immediately see its life.
What I like about you is that I can buy a diamond and upgrade it a year later… That is correct. You can come back in one year or six months or five years and you can always give it back to me and just pay the difference for an upgrade getting the same value for your diamonds, which means that the money is always there. That’s the guarantee you have with us.
“Each stone is unique, it has its own life and its own energy” What about the different certificates in the diamonds? There are three different diamond certificates: GIA, AGS, EGL. Without a certificate, issued by a reputable agency, such as GIA, AGS, or EGL, or HRD, a buyer relies on a jeweler’s integrity that the diamond’s 4C are accurate and not overstated. GIA is very strict and EGL is also a very good certificate and they are more flexible. There are so many big brand jewelry stores, why would a customer come to you and not them? Because they are saving a lot of money for the same thing. Our diamonds are identical to those of big store brands, but of course we don’t have the expenses that they have so we can sell
So, I can come to you as an end costumer and still buy stones for wholesale prices? Precisely! I’ve been building a lot of relationships with customers like that, people come to me because they know me, and that leads to referrals. That is the way I built a huge clientele. Do you think that Miami is a good place for a diamond business or would you rather do business some place else? Miami is a big hub for Latin America. All the people from Latin America, jewelers in particular come to Miami to buy. Miami is your home, a place of business. What makes Miami so special for you? Miami is a beautiful city. It’s like a living vacation. But what I love the most about this city is the ocean. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is look at the ocean. I love it. It’s inspiring. But besides the scenery, I love the people and the Latin flavor of Miami. Miami is becoming a big city, but everyone in it is still like family- for instance I work with my brother- it’s a family business
So what are the trends in diamond investing? If you really want to invest, you’d have to go for top quality. Miami a city where you sell big stonesanywhere between 3 to 7 karats. Commercial
quality that looks very good, but you don’t have to pay big money. We mostly sell in the range between $20,000-$40,000.The demand is high with steady, strong prices.
Superstars of Style VS Luxury’s Flagship Jewelry Collection Proves Itself a Global Hit
ot many designers can count international superstars like Britney Spears, Fergie, Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga as clients. But Victoria Shorten, an Irish designer, living in the US is an exception. Taking the business world by storm as top designers line up to buy her stunning jewelry. VSL Jewlery is making a name for itself to women around the world. And Victoria says she owes this to her success in public relations, which allowed her to set up VSL 18 months ago. She commented, “I have always had a passion for style and fashion and over the past 10 years I have been promoting luxury brands through Power PR and designing in the background. I sent some of my design samples to international stylists and the reaction was overwhelming so I decided to set up VSL Jewelry properly.” Since then VSL has grown to be in 6 countries with celebrities and rock stars buying and ordering bespoke pieces. In April of 2013 Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas commissioned Victoria to create a special piece for her for her World Tour. These Gold Tila Jewelry Gloves had over 200 crystals encased in them. Fergie wore them as part of her costume for the last three songs of her concert. Victoria comments; “It was a special feeling when I saw her first concert in Paris on youtube. ‘The crowd were going wild. The exclusive pieces are available online & in stores now. Fergie’s is not the only fan if VSL, in October 2011 Vikki made a special piece for Lady Gaga and delivered it to her in The Four Seasons in Dublin and event Paris Hilton was seen buying and wearing her VSL jewelry glove in Los Angeles. 2013 has been an exceptional year for VSL where it garnered international attention as the ‘must have brand’. VSL stood centre stage in Berlin Fashion Week, Valencia Fashion Week
and of course New York Fashion Week. Victoria comments on the reasons for success: “The key reasons for success are excellent quality, great PR and of course the celebrity endorsements automatically get a reaction from buyers and they stand and take notice. I am very grateful that I have had the years experience before I started this as I have seen how hard it is for designers to get a break. But thankfully the brand is growing all the time and it is forming a fan base in the US. VSL was also recently on Natalie Cole and was in a global ad campaign photographed by David La Chapelle, but I am not allowed to release this picture yet!”
"The key reasons for success are excellent quality, great PR and of course the celebrity endorsements" VSL has also added a Lava Rock Collection for the 2014. These are rare stones are produced by natural lava from the Hekla volcano of Iceland. The lava is heated up to 1700 degrees celcious for 5 hours and cooled down for 24 hours. No chemical additives are added to the lava. The lava drops are hand-made and that’s why each piece of jewelry is unique The collection is available in all leading boutiques and online at www.vsljewelry.com
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Paolo Agresti Artisans of Luxury
necessary companion for luxury lifestyle aficionados, an Agresti armoire is a testament to style,elegant design and innovation. This company stayed to true to its roots, having drawn its inspiration from the tradition of Florentine craftsmanship for more than six decades, yet keeping up with the times. Mr Agresti, tell our readers a bit about your company. The company was founded in 1949, so we have been manufacturing interiors and lines for jewellers and watches for ladies and men for 64 years. In the past 10 years, we introduced what I would call a revolutionary idea – a wooden armoire with a real built-in face where you can store all of your jewellery. Some of our pieces also have watch winders that are made in Switzerland, by the same company that produces them for Rolex. This armoire can be opened with a single movement. A very interesting feature is the biometric opening device which enables the owner to register himself as the master user and to allow up to 100 other entries. Just as easily, the owner of the master account may cancel all other entries. What are the features of an Agresti armoire? Most of our items now have a safe that can be anchored to the wall in order to secure all the valuables that one may need to store. There are other elements as well: jewellery boxes, a secret compartment for documents, the new bar set, glasses, a refrigerator for wine, chips and cards.
"We introduced what I would call a revolutionary idea – a wooden armoire with a real built-in face where you can store all of your jewellery."
It must have been a great challenge to combine what is a traditional element of what one needs to keep everything, but still make it look like a contemporary furniture piece. What is your design process? Although we have an in house design studio, in the past few years we have consulted other professionals in order to broaden our offer in terms of design. Varying from a very contemporary look to art deco, classic style there is an Agresti armoire suitable for each home. What does the future hold for the company? Even in the current economic climate, rich people make more and more money and they have jewellery, watches, documents and other valuable things to secure. We offer a stylish alternative to a heavy, ugly looking safe, which I believe appeals to affluent people. Is it a special order delivery? In some places we have distributors, in some places,we have stores and,sometimes,very affluent people contact us privately. We have some booming markets at the moment,in the Arabic Countries and Russia. What does this piece cost, for example? Price is confidential. Let’s just say that it will be a fraction of the amount and value of jewellery or Louis Vuitton bags that will be placed in here. I can tell you, however, that this piece costs 80,000 euros
Agresti Vaults of Class
lorence, universal cradle of art, is the setting for a company that has been manufacturing valuable safes and fine jewelry furniture for over fifty years. Starting from the elaboration of authentic ideas and the study of original concepts, Agresti comes to the production of exclusive models that demonstrate a sublime craftsmanship. The "Imperial" collection, characterized by elegant woods and finishes, is enriched in certain products by the peculiar combination of malachite and gold leaf, originating an exclusive piece of furniture that hides an elegant safe inside. Lacquered wood and steel enhance the so-called "Design" collection which stands out for the essentiality of the lines and the contemporaneity of the models. Agresti is the creator of masterpieces which go beyond the boundaries of safety and uncover a secret space that becomes a coffer of dreams and feelings
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Armoire in polished ebony, handle in white nickel, anchorable to the wall. Inside safe in black metal polished containing 16 watch winders and watch drawers, trimmed in front with white leather.
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Bar armoire with two doors and lid that can be fully opened. In Shiny Elm briar and mahogany, maple interior.
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Second Vodka in Limited Edition pristine water series Sourced from the Remote Blue Spring Features One-of-a-kind Crystal Bottle & Ancient Kauri Wood Case
by Stolichnaya Unveils The New Zealand Edition
"The elit pristine water series from Stolichnaya is retailing for $3,000 per bottle."
ong the standard bearer in the ultrapremium spirits category, elit™ by Stolichnaya® is the highest rated white spirit in the world, underscored its pre-eminence today with the announcement of its new limited edition vodka, elit™ pristine water series: The New Zealand Edition. This is the second offering in the 'elit pristine water series', comprising only 300 bottles for global distribution. After traveling deep in to the heart of the Himalayas to source water for the first edition in this series, the master craftsmen at Stolichnaya® set their sights on the jewel of New Zealand – the Blue Spring – for the second. Revered for its exceptional clarity and exquisite blue hues, the water that flows from the Blue Spring is naturally filtered over hundreds of years through the pumice of the towering Mamakau Ranges. The formation of this natural treasure began 85 million years ago when New Zealand isolated herself geologically from earth’s other continents, a physical isolation that exists today. Radiant and untouched, The Blue Spring is hailed as one of the purest water sources in the world. This rarefied water is then combined with the
most exceptional Russian Alpha Spirit at the historic Latvijas Balzams distillery in Latvia, producers and bottlers of Stolichnaya® vodkas for more than 65 years. This spirit is yielded from grains sourced alongside the all-natural Kershinskoye water reservoir. The earth there is so fertile and pristine that no fertilizer or pesticides are necessary to produce outstanding raw ingredients, and a distillate that is the benchmark defining the category. The blend, rich in character and flavor, is then filtered in the same utterly unique way as elit™ with a freeze-filtration process at -18˚C. Stolichnaya commissioned Royale de Champagne, the 135-year-old French crystal studio renowned for its commitment to exacting standards and organic beauty, to handcraft a one-of-a-kind bottle worthy of a vodka of this caliber. The crystal masterpiece is wrapped with a leather cuff emulating the New Zealand silver fern, galvanized in jewelry-grade Palladium. It is sealed with a weighty and visually striking Palladium closure. The case in which this handsome bottle is presented has been crafted by hand from ancient Kauri wood native to New Zealand. This rare wood, which has been perfectly preserved
within New Zealand’s remote Northland, is the oldest workable wood in the world and at 45,000 years old is one of nature’s finest works of art. The wood’s natural brilliance has been complemented with a fern etching inspired by the unfurled “koru,” symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace. As part of the unveiling of the elit pristine water series: The New Zealand edition, elit by Stolichnaya has continued its partnership with Oceana, the largest international organization working solely to protect the world's oceans. Gaining access to the most impeccably fresh water sources requires a unique partner and to celebrate, elit by Stolichnaya will contribute towards the great projects that Oceana undertakes on behalf of the world's oceans, coinciding with the release of the of the second limited edition offering. The elit pristine water series from Stolichnaya is 40% ABV (80 proof ), retailing for $3,000 per limited-edition bottle (300 bottles worldwide),and is available for purchase. For more information about elit™ by Stolichnaya®, visit www.elitbystoli.com
Seafood Nirvana Seasalt and Pepper Opened Its Doors on Miami River
he highly anticipated seafood restaurant Seasalt and Pepper opened its doors last month. Located on the bank of the Miami River, Seasalt and Pepper signals the latest in redevelopment of this “up-and-coming” waterfront location. Seasalt andPepper, is a celebration of the senses that returns to core values of gastronomy. Designed and co-owned by Stephane Dupoux, one of hospitality design’s top creators, Carlos Miranda and helmed by executive chef Alfredo Alvarez, the brasserie embraces an idea of gastro dining elevated to new heights via sophisticated techniques, heartfelt commitment to quality and stunning interiors. The menu at Seasalt and Pepper is a thrilling mix of new and signature gastro- classics with an emphasis on freshly sourced produce, harmonious flavor pairings and thoughtful presentations. “This menu represents all my favorite dishes I like to prepare,” says executive chef Alfredo Alvarez, whose distinguished career included stints at Alfredo’s in Rome, Casa de Campo in Dominican Republic,Tratoria Dopo Teatro in New York and Giacosa Restaurant in Coral Gables. Aiding Alvarez, is a two Michelin star chef Giovanni Puglisi, who per-
sonalized some of the menu items. In addition to signature cocktails, Seasalt and Pepper offers an impressive list of wines, beers, champagnes and a very own, private- label rosé wine. “Next to top-notch cuisine and entertainment, the notion of seeing and being seen is paramount to the success of all the places I have done. So is the journey of patrons from the moment they enter to when they leave,” explains Dupoux, who is credited with developing such hospitality brands as Nikki Beach, Buddha Bar and NYLO Hotels. Poignantly, Seasalt and Pepper’s interior design is a study in implicit restraint that blends organic and industrial elements with homage to the area’s nautical roots that fuse harmoniously with Betancourt’s installation that explores the fascination of the artist with memory and the ephemeral, while alluding to the culture of the Miami River and its history. Boat-friendly, with 250 feet of docking privileges, the restaurantwith stunning downtown views- makes the best of its waterfront location For additional information please visit www.seasaltandpepper.com.
"The menu at Seasalt and Pepper is a thrilling mix of new and signature gastroclassics with an emphasis on freshly sourced produce"
FASHION, FOOD & DESIGN
Cavalli Miami restaurant & lounge now open
esigner, entrepreneur, vintner, restaurateur – Roberto Cavalli is an icon, recognized around the world for his passion and impeccable detail. His desire for creating the ultimate luxury experience is evident in every venture the internationally celebrated couturier has fashioned. Now, locals and tourists alike can rejoice as he unveils his latest, highly-anticipated project,Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge, which is officially open to the public. Sure to become Miami Beach’s go-to dining, entertainment and celebrity destination, Cavalli Miami celebrates the fashion mogul’s life and work, with cutting-edge design elements and authentic cuisine that pays homage to his Italian roots. Situated in a lavish villa at 150 Ocean Drive, in the heart of the city’s iconic Art Deco neighborhood, the new hotspot will be the-place-to-be. At Cavalli Miami, Executive Chef Stefano Mazzi willshare his passion for Tuscan cooking with a menu of traditional Italian cuisine with a hint of innovative ‘newstyle’ dishes. To open the South Beach location of Cavalli Miami, a worldwide brand of luxury and
distinction with locations in Milan and Dubai, the designer and his team enlisted the aid of renowned restaurant and nightlife impresarios Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo of KNR Hospitality Group.
"Perfect for a night on the town or for hosting exclusive, fashionable soirees" Collaboratively designed by Cavalli and Italian-based architect, Italo Rota, the two-story restaurant and lounge reflects Casa Cavalli’s style of luxury and innovation. The intimate, ground-floor dining room is designed to mimic Cavalli’s Tuscan villa, welcoming guests with vibrant colors and intricate textiles. Neverbefore-seen photographs of Cavalli’s private moments and celebrity encounters line the walls, while décor featuring floral patterned
tablecloths; Murano glasses imported from Venice; wallpaper and accessories from the Roberto Cavalli Home Collection complete the fashion mogul’s signature flair. Even the floors are signed with the fashion mogul’s name, made from the finest Italian marble found only in Italy’s Massa Carrare caves. The restaurant’s outdoor terrace, the largest of any Miami Beach eatery, transports guests directly to Italy where street-side cafes, sipping espresso, and of course, Cavalli fashion are part of every day. Upstairs, the sultry, sophisticated bar & ultra-lounge speak to Cavalli’s lifestyle of fashion, glamour and luxury; sleek steel fixtures; grandiose chandeliers; posh couches with silk cushions; chairs covered in signature zebra and jaguar prints; and glass pyramidal walls bring a welcome taste of haute couture to Miami Beach’s nightlife scene. Perfect for a night on the town or for hosting exclusive, fashionable soirees and incredible musical performances, the bar & lounge offers guests ‘fashion on the rocks’ featuring the designer’s self-titled vodka and an array of sexy libations
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Valentine's Day Special Make a stunning impression on your sweetheart during the season of love with the luxury selection of gifts
Vivid Tableware by Christian Lacroix Maison
One more fashion house Christian Lacroix Maison joins to the list by launching their new collection of porcelain tableware. To design this range of chinaware, Chrisitan Lacroix Maison’s creative director, Sacha Walckhoff has teamed up with Portuguese brand Vista Alegre.
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Jamaica approached full independence in 1962. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum set aside several hand-selected barrels of rum to age, and now this officialy world’s oldest barrel-aged rum is available for purchasing.
V Luxus Leica Gold matte finish The Luxus Leica is also a very rare piece of artefact and definitely a collector’s item. It is beautifully crafted in gold work and the body is crafted in exotic lizard leather. The camera also has two lenses in gold plating.
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Ulysse Nardin Jade First collection Newly-unveiled, the Jade First Collection is one staggering package of timepieces designed exclusively for women by the experienced hands at Ulysse Nardin. It boasts with 41 jewels, a mechanical self-winding movement, 413 diamonds, 18-carat rose gold or white gold case, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 30 meters water resistance and a 48-hour power reserve.
Alexander Mcqueen Pearl & Metal Block Heel Sandal Sandal that’s made of metal and decorated with pearls, is indispensable part of every stylish closet. The block heeled, black velvet sandal is blinged with gold detailing on the heel, the crown and the platform, while the pearls are also set into the platform and around the heel.
The chess pieces are carved from maple and mahogany and are stored in a mahogany box. The board is made of cashmere, printed by hand, and adorned with hunting scenes and a suede border. The detail on the board is exquisite, complemented by the simplicity and modernity of the carved wood pieces.
Bird on a Rock with a pink sapphire by Tiffany
Originally designed in 1960s, the infamous “Bird on a Rock” setting by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. continues to embody the designer’s whimsical style.
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Yasmin by Sophia Webster Sophia Webster unexpected creativity continues into the new season. “Yasmin” features open almond toe, rose-gold textured leather, leather and suede backing, black suede trim, ties at the sides.
Luichiny Yellow ‘Look Ahead’ Sandals Featuring peep toe, yellow suede material upper, fringe embellishment, ankle wrap with 6.0″ heel height with 1.50″ platform.
Giuseppe Zanotti “ Nirvana”
Giuseppe Zanotti “Nirvana” Black Python and Gold Snake Ankle Cuff Sandals. “Nirvana” boasts of open toe, black python snakeskin, gold snake anke cuff with 4.9″ heel height.
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Christian Louboutin Bruno Zip Shoes Gray Bruno Zip Mens Flat is your classic darby trimmed with zipper detail to add a Louboutin touch. This version in black and white roccia is sure to become your favorite mode of transportation to zip about town. FEB-MAR 2014
David Tamargo The Urban Hunter Interview with Miami's Prodigy Artist
avid Tamargo is a Cuban-American artist whose work serves as a visual journey into situational fantasy. Using landscapes to focus on the formation of identity, Tamargo works in various mediums such as photography, installation, sculpture, performance, jewelry and video. Le CITY Deluxe had the pleasure of interviewing the prodigy artist and speak to him about his projects and vision of Miami. What is the message behind urban hunting? Modern man, evolutionarily speaking, is still a hunter. Although he has traded spears for cash and credit cards, the hunter is still alive inside. Urban Hunting addresses the struggle of interpreting modern society. I asks the question; “how will the imagined world of our present day be interpreted by future humans?” Searching cities around the world for the imaginary beasts within them. Urban Hunting gives life to otherwise inanimate objects. These images emerge from the perspective of the primal human species, connecting the millions of years of evolution for man. The art I produce remains faithful to its social function by reflecting the decay of our way of life while expressing that our world is changeable. Where was your first urban hunting ground? Urban Hunting started and will always be connected to the South Florida landscape. My first Urban Hunting progressed out of an everexpanding landscape originating in southwest Miami-Dade. After 6 months exploring Miami it ventured from the Florida Keys to Tampa, then all the way up the East Coast and eventually out west. It outgrew its prior concept surrounding personal exploration experiences
and as I sought landscapes identifiable to a wider audience it went from being regional to international.
"I feel artists have a responsibility to create art that does not exist merely to entertain, but also guide and instruct; to improve our collective existence." Tell us about that vision of the future for the world... I feel artists have a responsibility to create art that does not exist merely to entertain, but also guide and instruct; to improve our collective existence. Since present human knowledge and history remains as fragile as the libraries of Alexandria I consider how much of it will survive if electricity were lost. My photos from New York City exemplify my point by considering what future humans excavating the lost city of Manhattan may imagine when they unearth the Wall Street Bull. As natural disasters prove that a city capable of surviving the fate of Pompeii or an Atlantis has yet to be built, I consider the message contemporary art is sending to the future and warn of the fallacy
of not acting to prevent such realities. What’s unique about Miami compared to L.A or NYC? My naïve impressions as it relates to the art communities are that LA is obsessed with inventing overnight success while New York is an extremely tight nucleus. I always assumed I was not compared to a glamorous unattainable ideal of success while in South Florida because so many of us come from parents who migrated to the United States.I balance my life spending 6 months in Miami in the comfort of being myself, and the rest of the time traveling or in Los Angeles exploring the art community. Where do you see Miami in the next 30, 50, 100 years?As long as the community demands we maintain the arts in our public schools and as electives in our universities then artists will continue to be produced and bring national attention to the city. If Miami is not underwater being reclaimed by the coral reefs, or wiped out by a major storm as the Rolling Stone Magazine prophesied, then in another 3 decades it could very likely be the center of attention in America for its vibrant artistic environment. Artists from other cities and countries are paying attention and have been for a while now. Where can our readers view your work? I exhibit internationally and am represented by Natology Project which curates artistic experiences in Los Angeles and Miami. A physical Miami gallery does not currently represent me so you can follow my developments online at www.davidtamargo.com and see my art daily on Instagram: @davidtamargo
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HadidÂ Complete Works 1979â€“2013 by Philip Jodidio Building the future now. The iconic work of a singular architect Zaha Hadid, a wildly controversial architect whose work remained largely unbuilt for years, despite awards and critical acclaim. Yet in the past decade, Hadid has risen to fame and completed numerous structures
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The travel edition of The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture presents all of the best works of architecture completed in the last five years
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Cartagena de Indias
The Perfect Long Weekend Fall under the spell of the Columbia’s finest colonial city
Text Andrew Forbes
fortress-like architecture with tightly-packed merchants’ houses with heavy studded doors, protected behind thick city walls that remain today.
"Baroque towers and elaborate arches surround tranquil squares where residents sit and play cards." Within the ancient city walls, is the genuine heart of Cartagena, a place Gabriel García Márquez, Columbia's most celebrated author, called home for a few years when he was a young journalist on a local paper. The city’s intoxicating streets left an indelible mark on
his psyche, shaping and defining the flavor and atmosphere of his fictional locations in works including ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’. Step out into the cobbled streets in the early morning and one captures an essence of the romantic city that inspired García Márquez. Baroque towers and elaborate arches surround tranquil squares where residents sit and play cards; flowering bougainvillea and geraniums spill out from the terraces of pastel-painted buildings; street vendors offer a warming cup of ‘café con leche’ from colorful flasks packed together on a small wheel barrow; whilst food vendors cut and prepare a sweet tropical fruit treat, or offer piping hot fritters. Dilapidated, vintage trucks compete for space on the narrow lanes with horse drawn carriages, whilst youngsters flirt in shaded doorways on their way to the university. The city compels you to photograph it, almost to excess. At every turn there is something fascinating, beautiful or surprising, moments worth capturing. Beyond the authentic street food, are gour-
he historic old town of Cartagena, a melting pot of myths, legends and cultures offers a luxurious Caribbean weekend escape that not only offers quintessential white sandy beaches and coral atolls but also embraces history, culture and gastronomy. The fortified, historic quarter of this coastal city maintains an exotic, romantic atmosphere, whilst also being home to stylish boutique and luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and upscale retail stores. It’s a far cry from the outdated view of a country struggling with narcotic- fueled organized crime. Now Columbia has reclaimed its position on the global tourism stage, with a culturally-rich offering for visitors, including the outstanding city of Cartagena de Indias. In colonial times it was a strategic port for the Spanish, exporting gold, silver and emerald wealth to Andalucía. Constantly under threat from competitive European navies and sponsored pirates, this wealthy trading city adopted
met restaurants and buzzing bars, perfect for relaxing meals and refreshing cocktails. Latin and creole flavors collide with those from Europe and the Americas, creating exciting dishes and memorable feasts. Many of old town’s iconic buildings have been converted into upscale hotels. Casa San Agustin, recently voted amongst the top new hotels in the world, is a trio of colonial era white-washed buildings that have been impeccably renovated, maintaining the warmth, charm and elegance of a magnificent private residence, whilst now incorporating luxury appointed guest suites. Artisan Columbian crafted furniture and fittings, hard wood colonial shutters, antiques and art combine to create a magical ambiance. This is the intimate choice for luxury breaks in Cartagena; a place to seek peace, tranquility and elegance within this tropical, Caribbean city. A few blocks across town, within a stunning, historic convent is Sofitel’s luxury Legend resort, the Hotel Santa Clara. Its arched cloisters surround a verdant patio, complete with historic trickling fountain, and is home to the resort’s mascot, a Toucan called ‘Mateo’. A stay here is to experience the city as portrayed by Gabriel García Márquez, since this extraordinary building is said to be the location inspiration for ‘Of Love and Other Demons’. Guest suites are within both the ancient convent and the adjacent modern classical wing, which also includes a spa, gym and a stunning outdoor pool. The nearby bohemian quarter of Getsemaní is now one of the city’s most authentic, vibrant neighborhoods. It is home to salsa bars that fill the streets with Caribbean and Cuban sounds, and offer the best mojitos cocktails. A night out here will be one of the many lasting memories of this tropical, spell-binding Caribbean city
Cartagena de Indias Travel Tips Suite dreams
Casa San Agustin
Impeccably restored historic mansion; fusing luxurious, Caribbean style with centuries old charm. Choose a 1,600 sq. ft. duplex Prestige suite, with colonial details and sumptuous Frette linens, robes and slippers, as well as exclusive Ortigia bath amenities. www.hotelcasasanagustin.com
Hotel Santa Clara
Stunning resort housed in an ancient Franciscan convent within the walled old town. Stay in a superior suite with city views, and enjoy Hermes toiletries, butler service and a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ luxury experience. www.sofitel-legend.com/cartagena
Café del Mar
Sip a daiquiri or mojito as the suns sets over the Caribbean, relaxing to subtle Latin beats in Cartagena’s most cosmopolitan environment. www.cafedelmarcartagena.com
Street food treats are everywhere, but for something special, experience some genuine Cartagena cuisine at the restaurant that celebrates the local gastronomy. www.restaurantecande.com
Feel the tropical heat at the best dance and music club in town, pulsating with sultry Cuban passion. www.cafehavanacartagena.com
YA C H T S
World’s Premier Boat Show Drops Anchor in Miami
iami is the boating capital of the world. With an enviable position on the Intracoastal Waterway and Biscayne Bay, Miami is just a short sail away from the marvelous beauty of the Florida Keys. Our natural affinity toward boating shows each year when we host the Miami International Boat Show. This year's show will be held February 1317, 2014 at three venues: the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miamarina at Bayside, and the Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center.
New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina See and shop adynamic selection of custom motor yachts, sport fishers, center consoles, high performance boats, trawlers and more. Serious shoppers? Take sea trials aboard vessels of all makes and sizes. On-Water Boat Training – The Discover BoatingHands-On Skills Training series puts visitors at the helm with 60-minute and three-hour skills-building workshops
aboard a variety of power boats (presented by the Recreational Powerboating Association). Due to popularity, advance registration is encouraged on MiamiBoatShow.com. Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail Miami® at Miamarina at Bayside See and shop the world's largest display of multi-hull sailboats plus nearly 150 booths featuring sailing gear, accessories, and hardware from the industries top suppliers, along with the latest charter information. On-Water Sailboat Training – Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training series puts visitors at the helm with two- and threehour sailing workshops aboard a variety of vessels, including an exclusive presentation, Introduction to Cruising Catamarans. Due to popularity, advance registration is encouraged. Dozens of complimentary sailing seminars for new sailors and experienced skippers Not ready for the water? Sail away on the Sailing Simulator, featured at the America’s
Cup, with a certified instructor. Annual Cruisers Party hosted by Cruising Outpost Magazine– all sailors are invited! Miami Beach Convention Center Board and buyboats for every activity and budget, from personal watercraft to luxury cruisers, marine engines, electronics and accessories, travel destinations, nautical gifts and apparel, services and more. Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center— a must for do-it-yourselfers and boat owners featuring entertaining workshops conducted by “The Boating Guy” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor.” Big Game Room – celebrate the world of sport fishing at the Big Game Room with daily seminars, and dozens of sport fishing accessories and apparel for sale, plus angling activities and celebrity appearances from National Geographic’s Shark Men Chris Fischer and Captains Brett McBride and Jody Whitworth
info Show Details
Thursday, Feb. 13 through Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 Miami Beach Convention Center Thursday, Feb. 13 (Premier Day): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily Miamarina at Bayside open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Miami Beach Convention Center 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center New Yacht & Power Boat Show location 1635 North Bayshore Drive, Miami Miamarina at Bayside – Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Miami location 400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Premier Day(Feb. 13): $35 Adults (16 and older): $20 Five-day adult pass (Good all five days of the show): $85 Two-day adult pass (valid Feb. 13-17): $35 Youth 15 and under get in FREE (must be accompanied by an adult) One ticket good for all sites (includes free access to shuttle bus & water taxi) Advance tickets can be purchased at MiamiBoatShow.com
FERRETTI YACHTS 750
THE FLYBRIDGE LINE EVOLVED TO A NEW SPORTY MODEL
he new yacht, a restyling of the successful Ferretti 720, stands out for its even-more slender lines, thanks to the large glazing extending from stern to bow and a restyled, lower flybridge. The innovative aft area has been further extended, to ensure the utmost relaxation when cruising. “The new 750 is the evolution of one of the latest additions to the Ferretti Yachts range, the 720, and possess the rare and precious characteristics of a wine which can be appreciated with greater intensity as time passes,” says Ferretti’s Global Brand Manager Leonardo Allasia. Conceived by the Group’s Product Strategy Committee and Marketing Department in cooperation with Ferretti Group Engineering and AYT&D, together with Studio Zuccon International Project, Ferretti Yachts 750 immediately strikes for its slender and sporty outer lines, which benefit from the installation of an elongated flybridge with recessed satellite antennas – a solution that minimizes the aesthetic impact of the domes on the boat's profile. In the standard version the craft has no hard top. An almost 5-meter-long Bimini top can be installed on the upper deck upon request. The sun deck is also available in two more versions, fitted with a roll bar and integrated Bimini
top or with a hard top and awning, respectively. These three solutions bear witness to this model’s great versatility. Moreover, the sunbathing area located beyond the pilot station has been further enlarged, allowing guests to enjoy the utmost relaxation at all times.
"The interior décor is characterized by a series of fine design solutions resulting in a very modern style" Another important innovation can be found in the aft outdoor area, where a wide electrically-hydraulically operated swimming platform can be lowered by almost half a meter below the water surface, resulting in very easy tender haulage. This platform can lift up to 450 kg and can host an almost four-meter-long tender (upon request the boatyard can supply a Williams
385 Turbojet). This area has also been conceived as a pleasant play-area where the Owner and his guests can relax directly on the sea. A large compartment with tilting door has been installed on the platform, to store sea / diving equipment and other items. A series of steps integrated in the hull can also be found aft, to starboard, granting easy access to the cockpit, while on the left-hand side a seat allows to get ready to dive into the water. From the cockpit - which is a true outdoor living & dining room with teak flooring, furnished with a large wooden table, a sofa and chairs seating up to 8 people - access can be gained to both the flybridge, via a staircase to port side, and the crew cabins, via another staircase leading aft, left of the sofa.The interior décor is characterized by a series of fine design solutions resulting in a very modern style: oak wood, for example, has been combined with grey lacquered inserts in the ceiling panels, in the anti-rolling compartments around the furniture, and in the curtain storage compartments. Stepping into the salon, a large L-shaped sofa in leather & custom-made fabric, including a series of storage peaks under the cushions, can be found on the left-hand side of the room. A leather coffee table, also built by the boatyard
cabin width to the fullest and is divided into three different areas, among which the wide glass-wall shower box is worth mentioning in particular. The colour shades chosen for this cabin make it really stylish and yet modern and with a strong personality. The bed band and headboard, for instance, are in the same grey shade as the lacquered furniture and furnishings on the main deck. Upon request the port guest cabin can be fitted with two sliding beds or a queen-size double bed. The VIP cabin is located at the extreme bow and benefits from plenty of natural light let in by two windows with portholes. Differently from the previous model, the column in front of the double bed now includes a practical mirror, just under the TV screen, that completes the vanity area. In line with the latest medium-to-long Ferretti Yachts models, the Ferretti Yachts 750 offers various possible interior layouts, designed by the Italian brandâ€™s team to meet the specific needs of different Owners on the various international markets where the brand is currently present. Three different options are available for the main deck.The first two mainly regard different galley configurations. Indeed, the galley â€“ to-
gether with the pilot station and the dinette - can be separated from the salon and the dining area, and accessed via a sliding glazed door. Alternatively, it can be opened towards the bow and the stern, thereby turning the main deck into a large open space - a solution that is particularly appreciated in the United States. The third layout - specifically conceived for the new eastern markets â€“ features a large aft living area with two L-shaped sofas along both bulwarks, while the dining area is furnished with a large round table and a bar unit with a sink to portside. In this latter solution the galley is located on the lower deck. Indeed, on the lower deck, a second configuration is possible besides the standard configuration with four cabins, with all areas entirely devoted to business and entertainment activities. In this second layout the master cabin is replaced by a large play-room with karaoke, furnished with a C-shaped sofa and featuring a dedicated head. The galley, a service room for onboard guests, replaces the guest cabin to starboard. Compared with the traditional layout, the left guest cabin and the VIP cabin at the extreme bow remain unchanged
and featuring a glass top by Omnidecor, completes the living area furniture. Continuing towards the bow, a sliding glass door leads to a passage room with dinette and two small couches that can also be used for chartering; from it access is gained, on the left, to the galley and, at the extreme bow, the pilot station. The large white lacquered galley with Corian top is directly connected to the pilot station by a second sliding door, towards the bow. Excellent visibility in the pilot station is ensured by the front and side glazing. Left of the helm station, a door opening on the outdoor walkway allows the crew to reach the wheelhouse, the cockpit, and the crew quarters directly, without crossing the salon, thereby ensuring the utmost privacy to onboard guests. Right of the pilot area is the staircase leading to the lower deck. In the standard below-deck configuration Ferretti Yachts 750 features four cabins, all en-suite. Besides the full-beam master cabin, located amidships, there are two twin cabins at the extreme bow and a VIP cabin lit by large open-view windows. In the master cabin, the bed is located in the centre and is oriented along the cruising direction. On the left, a sliding door leads to the wide bathroom, which exploits the
A new line of luxury vehicles and usher in a new era in luxury mobility TEXT BY Hari Govind Nair
n our tryst to bring you the very best, we decided to find a machine that pushes the boundaries of mobility to a totally new level. With a very radical design theme, extreme spaciousness, and an envious driving experience, the Elemment is an ultra-luxurious recreational vehicle created by Austrian company Marchi Mobile. It is available in several versions and can be customized to suit your needs. The Elemment also comes with mobile Internet, a working fireplace, streaming video surveillance, satellite TV, and a glow-in-thedark paint job to improve night safety. You could have this stunning vehicle encrusted with diamonds, but that would hike up the price considerably. The Elemment’s 510hp engine will deliver top speeds of 150kmph, and has a mileage of 5.50kmpl. This RV is strictly limited edition, and Marchi Mobile is expected to produce about five a year. Sporty concept, luxe reality Marchi’s goal during the development of the Elemment was not only to introduce a new line of luxury vehicles ‒ but usher in a new era in luxury mobility. This has been accomplished by the creation of a perfect masterpiece that sets itself apart at first sight. The Elemment incorporates biomorphic shapes inspired by nature in a symbiotic relationship with design and function. Partially based on a design by Berlin-born industrial designer Luigi Colani, the Elemment offers reduced fuel consumption of up to 20 per cent, thanks to its trendsetting aerodynamics, thus creating economic and ecological harmony. Despite its eco-friendly values, the Elemment is truly sporty with a 510hp turbo-charged diesel engine, a unique carbon-fibre rear diffuser, and double-tube sport exhaust.
Tailored to fit The different series of the Elemment offer mobility tailored to your needs: Elemment
Palazzo as a mobile home, Elemment Viva as a VIP shuttle, and Elemment Visione as a promotional vehicle. Special editions such as extended versions for overseas clients, or customized packages with a choice of different materials and colors are also available. Even though it encompasses individuality without limits, what all the Elemments have in common are precise manufacturing from superlative materials, a passion for detail, and a multitude of functions. A home away from home Relax in the company of friends with a chilled drink from one of the bars in the fully automatic, lift-able fly bridge lounge, or on the welcoming couch inside- a push of a button transforms the couch area into a stylish bar. A number of inventions ensure you experience the greatest level of comfort and security. A programmed central control provides access to vital information at a glance. Set-up and dismantling are executed by a graphic interface via touch screen. Park in front of your favorite restaurant, and monitor your vehicle via an additional control unit. Remote video access allows you to show your friends the RV’s exterior and interior and also allows you to pre-set lighting and temperature for your return to the vehicle. A VIP jet on wheels The six business lounge armchairs provide the right amount of comfort during trips to luxury shopping destinations, gala events, or simply your next business meeting. The swivel armchairs are equipped with massage function and climate control. Enjoy mobility at an interior height of more than 6.5 feet and get informed about all route-relevant information via the integrated information system. The adequate conference room setting offers all the amenities and communication means that you could wish for
Miami Beach Polo World Cup X Photograpy by The Polo Life
ow in its tenth year, the Miami Beach Polo World Cup is the first event of its kind in the U.S. and one of the most prestigious sporting events on the social calendar, taking place April 24-27, 2014, on the sands of South Beach behind The Setai hotel. The four-day, globally renowned sporting event, considered the most coveted of its kind, features top polo players from around the world competing in two tournaments for both men and women. The South Beach Women’s Polo Cup takes place on Thursday, April 24th featuring eight women teams in a one-day series of round-robin championship matches. Last years winning team of Cecelia Cochran and Alicia Harden will defend their title as 2003 champions, while competing against the highly touted Pamela Flanagan, Cristina Hosmer, Tiffany Busch, Stephanie Kraml-Suttle and Lynn O’Connor, among others, who are all expected to play in this years tournament. The Miami Beach Polo World Cup X a three-day men´s tournament, now in its tenth year, starts on Friday, April 25th through Sunday, April 27th. Six teams will include some of the world´s top-ranked players, including England´s Jamie Morrison, Holland´s Vincent Mesker, past Miami Beach and Chicago Beach Polo winner, Guille Usandizaga from Argentina, Costa Rica´s Luis Escobar, 2009 MVP
John Gobin and last year´s MVP, 9-goaler Kris Kampsen. “This year´s Miami Beach Polo World Cup is our 10-year anniversary and we are very proud to reach this exciting milestone”, said Bruce Orosz, president and co-founder of The Polo Life, LLC.
"More than 10,000 people attend the Miami Beach Polo World Cup over four days each year" “All eyes are on this year´s tournament as we continue to expand our Beach Polo concept internationally. We thank all o four patrons, sponsors and supporters with helping to take our vision for The Polo Life to new heights. “ More than 10,000 people attend the Miami Beach Polo World Cup over four days. The tournament attracts professional polo players from as far as Russia, Switzerland and Malaysia, as well as the very best from South America
info General admission to both competitions and adjacent retail village is free, and concessions will be available to purchase. A limited number of VIP tickets are available that allows entrance to the shaded Grandstand, where complimentary food and beverages are served. Ticket prices are $100 for Thursday, April 24th and $130 for Friday, April 25th through Sunday, April 27th. Children 12 to 18 yearsold pay half the adult ticket price and children younger than 12 years-old receive free admission. A percentage of all ticket sales will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, the tournament¹s official charity partner. A three-day VIP pass can be purchased for $375. A four-day VIP pass can be purchased for $450. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.miamipolo.com or call 305-538-3809.
Classical Music February 21- February 22
Knight Concert Hall at The Adrienne Arsht Center www.arshtcenter.org 305 949 6722
Knight Concert Hall at The Adrienne Arsht Center www.arshtcenter.org 305 949 6722
Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Miami
Double Brahms Miami
Symphonic Indulgence Miami Beach New World Symphony www.nws.edu 305 673 331
March 1- March 2 Mozart and Vivaldi: An Antiphonal Journey Miami Beach New World Symphony www.nws.edu 305 673 331
March 22 - March 23
Shostakovich: The Monumental Tenth Miami Beach
New World Symphony www.nws.edu 305 673 331
From the Top Miami Beach New World Symphony www.nws.edu 305 673 331
Contemporary Music February 22
American Airlines Arena www.aaarena.com 786 777 1000
BB&T Center www.thebbtcenter.com 954 835 7000
BB&T Center www.thebbtcenter.com 954 835 7000
Julio Iglesias Miami
Justin Timberlake Ft.Lauderdale
Paul Simon and Sting Ft.Lauderdale
February 25 Demi Lovato Ft.Lauderdale
BB&T Center www.thebbtcenter.com 954 835 7000
The Fillmore www.fillmoremb.com 305 673 7300
American Airlines Arena www.aaarena.com 786 777 1000
2 Chainz Miami Beach
Bangerz Tour Miley Cyrus Miami
Theatre & Dance February 2-23
Carnival Studio Theater at The Adrienne Arsht Center www.arshtcenter.org 305 949 6722
Knight Concert Hall at The Adrienne Arsht Center www.arshtcenter.org 305 949 6722
Whoopi Goldberg Miami
March 4- March 9
War Horse Miami
Ziff Ballet Opera House at The Adrienne Arsht Center www.arshtcenter.org 305 949 6722
Alvin Ailey Miami
Ziff Ballet Opera House at The Adrienne Arsht Center www.arshtcenter.org 305 949 6722
March 20- April 6 Clark Gable Slept Here Miami
Carnival Studio Theater at The Adrienne Arsht Center www.arshtcenter.org 305 949 6722
March 30 Jay Leno Miami
Knight Concert Hall at The Adrienne Arsht Center www.arshtcenter.org 305 949 6722 22 33 44
Trade Fairs & Events February 13-17
Miami Beach International Boat Show Miami Beach Convention Center 305 673 7311
Publix Health and Fitness Expo Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center www.ftlauderdalecc.com 954 763 9551
February 20- 23
South Beach Wine & Food festival Miami Beach www.sobewineandfoodfest.com
February 27- March 2 Unleash the Power within Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center www.ftlauderdalecc.com 954 763 9551
March 29- March 31
Jewelry International Show Miami Beach Convention Center www.jisshow.com
March 25- March 28
Winter Music Conference Miami Beach wintermusicconference.com 954 563 4444
CITY GUIDE SHOPPING Bal Harbour Shops 9700 Collins Avenue, MIami 305 866 0311 www.balharbourshops.com “Known for its collection of luxury retail”
BoConcept 800 Brickell Avenue - Suite 107 305 350 1941 / 305 350 1942 www.boconcept.com “Denmark’s most chic furniture store”
Fredric Snitzer Gallery 2247 NW 1st Place, Miami 305 448 8976 www.snitzer.com “A major force on the contemporary art scene”
Juvia 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 305 763 8272 www.juviamiami.com “Unparalleled views of South Beach”
206 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach 561 336 1266 www.herveleger.com “Captures the allure of the modern, powerful woman”
2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 695 1695 www.mrchow.com “An exquisite dining experience”
Hervé Léger By Max Azria
Lamborghini Palm Beach 2345 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach 561 370 7953 www.lamborghinipalmbeach.com
Louis Vuitton Maison 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura 305 932 3533 www.louisvuitton.com “One of the largest Louis Vuitton shops in the U.S”
Louis Vuitton Maison Design District
2223 N. West Shore Boulevard, Tampa 813 876 0800 www.burberry.com “Global brand with a distinctly British attitude”
170 NE 40th Street, Miami 305 573 1366 www.louisvuitton.com “One of the newest of Louis Vuitton’s flagship stores”
Prime One Twelve
112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach 305 532 8112 www.mylesrestaurantgroup.com “Takes the steak-house concept to another level”
190 NE 46th Street, Miami 305 573 4199 www.thedistrictmiami.com “Miami’s most talked about new restaurant”
Cavalli Club Miami 150 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach 305 695 4191 miami.cavalliclub.com “Glamorous and fashion atmosphere in full Cavalli style”
Oliver Wright, Bespoke Tailor
3250 Mary Street, Coconut Grove 305 443 9754 “Custom suits, shirts, tuxes for men”
Catwalk Couture 16111 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami 305 466 7774 www.catwalkcouture.net “The place to be for Women’s fashion”
656 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 763 8551 www.pull-in.com “Must-have brand for underwear &swimwear”
Seasalt & Pepper 422 NW North River Dr, Miami 305 440 4200 www.seasaltandpepper.com “High taste on the riviera”
135 NE 39th Street Miami 305 576 5391 www.rolex.com “Offers a unique and personalized experience for its customers “
Fendi Casa 90 NE 39th Street, Miami 305 438 1660 www.fendicasa.com “An incredible collection of home furnishings”
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach 305 673 0044 www.bltsteack.com “Apart from the traditional steakhouse fare”
432 41st Street, Miami Beach 305 538 8533 www.theforge.com “Home of the #1 steak in America”
4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 786 507 7902 www.cecconismiamibeach.com “A modern day classic Italian restaurant”
1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach 305 576 8003 www.thevillagebybartong.com “Located inside the beautiful Versace Mansion”
The Villa by Barton G
C Villa Azur
LIV Night Club
309 23rd Street, Miami Beach 305 763 8688 www.villaazurmiami.com “A new experience to the South Beach dining scene”
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 674 4680 www.livnightclub.com “VIP nightclub experience in the historical Fountainbleau”
“Oceanfront 5-star hotel with full-service spa and onsite dining”
The James Royal Palms
1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 786 276 0100 www.jameshotels.com/miami “One of the top new luxury hotels in Miami”
1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 305 695 8411 www.mansionmiami.com “One of Miami’s hottest and most famous nightclubs”
320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 305 531 2800 www.setmiami.com “Nightclub experience of a lifetime”
270 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 305 577 0277 www.zumarestaurant.com “Offers a sophisticated cuisine of modern Japanese dishes”
1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 674 1701 www.slshotels.com/southbeach “New luxury Philippe Starck hotel with great pool”
NIGHTLIFE Bamboo 550 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 305 695 4771 www.bamboomiamibeach.com “Sophistication & innovation seamlessly combined in a gorgeous nightclub”
Mondrian South Beach
136 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 538 2424 www.storymiami.com “Mega club with top-notch DJs”
1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach 305 672 2662 www.mondrian-miami.com “Breathtaking views of the bay”
Leopard Lounge Bar
363 Coconut Row, Palm Beach 561 659 5800 www.chesterfieldpb.com “A favorite with the locals”
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 538 2000 www.fontainebleau.com “One of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach”
1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami 305 358 3535 www.fourseasons.com/miami “One of the finest luxury hotels in Miami”
The Breakers Palm Beach
1 South County Road, Palm Beach 561 655 6611 www.thebreakers.com “Once you stay, you will understand”
2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 520 6000 www.thesetaihotel.com “Oceanfront spa resort with stunning views”
40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach 305 673 1717 www.standardhotels “Heaven on the bay”
The Waldorf Astoria
475 Seagate Drive, Naples 888 722 1267 www.waldorfastorianaples.com “Experience the pure ease of Waldorf Astoria”
1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 786 276 4000 www.ritzcarlton.com
C WELLNESS Acqualina Resort & Spa 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach 305 918 8000 www.acqualinaresort.com “Spa Finder Reader’s Choice Awards top 10”
Viceroy Spa & Resort
1 Fisher Island Drive, Fisher Island 800 537 3708 www.fisherislandclub.com “The ultimate luxury spa in Miami”
485 Brickell Avenue, Miami 305 503 4400 www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com “Balance, breath, and beauty at this luxury spa”
The Beach Club
755 North County Road, Palm Beach 561 843 4874 www.tbcp.com “The perfect setting for a carefree day”
The Miami Institute for Age Management & Intervention 1441 Brickell Avenue, Miami 305 624 0009 www.miami-institue.com “A superior facility offering the very best medical care”
Aqua Spa at The Delano
1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 673 2900 www.delano-hotel.com “Overlook the Atlantic ocean during your retreat”
CULTURE Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 305 949 6722 www.arshtcenter.org “Florida’s largest performing arts centers”
415 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne 305 648 5900 www.ritzcarlton.com “Discover a world of relaxation and escape”
Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa
6801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 514 7000 www.canyonranch.com “The spa will enchant you with its exquisite views”
Mandarin Oriental Spa
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami 305 913 8332 www.mandarinoriental.com “Miami’s only 5-star spa”
The Sports Club LA 1441 Brickell Avenue, Miami 305 533 1199 www.thesportclubla.com “The ultimate place to get in shape”
309 23rd St, Miami Beach 305 573 8873 www.avantgallery.com “An evolving collection of extraordinary object d’art”
The Setai Spa 2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 520 6500 www.setai.com “Realignment of the body and the spirit”
Turnberry Isle Resort and Club
Opera Tower 1750 N Bayshore Dr #108, Miami 786 871 7334 www.merixy.com “Full beauty treatment”
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura 305 932 6200 www.turnnerryislemiami.com “Highly coveted on the World’s best spa list”
Tuka’s Salon 1439 Alton RD UNIT #C, Miami Beach FL 33139 305 532 6660 www.tukasalon.com
Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305 673 7530 www.bassmuseum.org “Specializes in art from around the world”
C Broward Center for Performing Arts 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 954 522 5334 www.browardcenter.org “Offers state-of-the-art facilities for all types of events”
1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 305 673 7300 www.fillmoremb.com “Frank Sinatra was a regular visitor”
Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street, Miami 305 375 3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org “Modern and contemporary art”
TRANSPORTATION Elite Luxury Services
Newport Jets 50 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 646 205 8222 www.newportjets.com “Your premiere Miami charter jet company”
1101 Brickell Avenue, Miami 305 285 2411 www.eliteluxuryservices.com “Provides you the most exiting time imaginable”
Gotham Dream Car
14800 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 305 222 7900 www.gothamdreamcars.com “Rent you absolute dream car”
Prestige Luxury Rentals 4019 NW 25th Street, Miami 888 513 9711 www.prestigeluxuryrentals.com “The leading nationwide provider of luxury rentals”
Miami Science Museum
3280 S Miami Avenue, Miami 305 646 4200 www.miamisci.org
Museum of Art
1 E Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale 954 525 5500 www.moafl.org
Norton Museum of Art
1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach 561 832 5196 www.norton.org “Collection of 7,000 works of art”
Miami Luxury Auto Rent
43 North West Street, Miami 888 514 8930 www.miamiluxryautorent.com “Where fantastic deals are always available”
Private Jet Charter Flights Miami 247 SW 8th Street, Miami 786 270 1744 www.privatejetcharterflightsmiami.com “One of the fastest growing private jet charter brokers in the USA”
Sky Limo Air Charter
Wolfsonian Museum 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 305 531 1001 www.wolfsonian.org “Art and design museum”
Monarch Air Group 610 SW 34th Street, Fort Lauderdale 954 958 0445 www.monarchaigroup.com “A leading provider of private jet solutions”
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport 2900 NW 59th Street, Fort Lauderdale 954 776 9004 www.skylimoaircharter.com “The highest level of private aviation services available”
3495 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 954 359 9900 www.nationaljets.com “National Jets is here to meet your private jet charter needs”
5700 NW 36th Street, Miami 305 874 1477 www.stratosjets.com “Specializing in arranging private jet charter flights”
Marcelo A. Rivero
/CEO of Star Services Events & Public Relations /Founder of The Luxury Concierge Network
Luxury Condo Concierges: Gatekeepers of Opportunities
s a former concierge of one of the premier residential communities in Miami, I had the opportunity to cater to a very discerning and affluent clientele by handling lifestyle and sometimes personal matters to make their lives easier. Such experience gave me a unique perspective of the relationship between the consumers of luxury products and services, and those who cater to them. A few years passed and I founded Star Services, a boutique events and public relations agency, and eventually resigned from my position as a concierge to work full time in my company. One of the many things I learned those years is that many (if not most) of luxury brands do not see the concierge professionals as the gatekeepers to entire communities of potential clients. Since most of those companies didn’t have an established strategy or effective program in place targeting concierges of luxury condominiums, I decided to create one.
Thus, The Luxury Concierge Network was born. After spending 2 years building relationships with concierges from some of the most exclusive condominiums in Miami, while approaching and pitching new concept to poten-
"Concierges of upscale residential communities represent a wealth of opportunities" tial clients, I learned that most luxury brands focus on that personal touch, the one-on-one connection with their consumers. While I had a solid platform of effective marketing and branding tools in place, I was missing that
special component. Soon enough, with the support of some of my concierge friends I was launching the “Luxury Lifestyle Showcase”, a series of events exclusive for residents of luxury condominiums where brands have direct visibility to their audience –an opportunity to meet, mingle and socialize with potential clients, in the comfort of their home. Concierges of upscale residential communities represent a wealth of opportunities for those who learn how to work with them, appreciate them, and respect them as the professionals that they are. The trust that they build from their clients is a very valuable asset, and becoming a preferred brand or vendor of any of these concierges should be part of every marketing and branding strategy. As new luxury condominiums open up, and we expand our network, we will continue catering to these elite concierges, and connecting them with some of the best brands and services in town