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Leaders in Luxury

Leaders in Luxury will introduce some of the visionaries with a knack for anticipating the needs and wants of today’s elite travelers.

Mod Sélection’s Brent Hocking on Launching Mod Sélection Champagne

By Emma Reynolds

Wine and spirits aficionado, Brent Hocking, got his name in the industry when he left the financial world in pursuit of a career in spirits. In 2006, he founded DeLeón Tequila (later selling the brand to Diageo and Sean “Diddy” Combs) and Virginia Black Whiskey with rapper Drake in 2016. This year, he launched his first-ever champagne: Mod Sélection Réserve […]

Henry Cookson on Creating Lasting Memories

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Henry Cookson, founder of Cookson Adventures, is a dedicated adventurer and holder of a Guinness World Record for the first expedition on foot to the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility. Here, he tells us his remarkable story. I guess it all began with my own inquisitive nature. After leaving school, […]

Celebrating Women in Luxury for International Women’s Day

By Lauren Hill

As International Women’s Day comes around this month, we take a look at some of the most inspiring women in luxury we’ve interviewed for Elite Traveler and the impact they’ve had on their sphere of the luxury world. Margareth Henriquez of Krug After becoming CEO and president of Krug Champagne, Margareth Henriquez set about differentiating the legendary brand through the […]

Paola Diana of Sigillus on Successfully Managing Lifestyles

By Lauren Hill

As the founder of the Diana Group, Paola Diana has made her mark on the world of luxury lifestyle with services including Nanny & Butler and Sigillus. Testament to her success, Diana was named one of London’s most influential service providers for high-net-worth individuals in The Spear’s 500 2019. We speak to the entrepreneur to find out what makes her lifestyle […]

Ed Ng of AB Concept on Narrative-Driven Design

By Lauren Hill

In the past two decades, Ed Ng and Terence Ngan have elevated their Hong Kong-born design firm, AB Concept, to lofty status on the international stage. The design duo is now known for narrative-driven design concepts with meticulous detail and diverse cultural influence, fusing architectural precision with bespoke craftsmanship and fluidity between aesthetics of the east and west. Terence draws […]

Philanthropy Expert Page Snow on Choosing Private Foundations

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Page Snow, chief philanthropic officer at Foundation Source, explains why many are choosing to start a private foundation over a donor-advised fund. The ability to make a difference in people’s lives through your own private foundation is considered a defining mark of achievement. Beyond the tax advantages, a private […]

Stay One Degree Puts Trust Back into Homestays

By Alex Martin

Stay One Degree founder Thomas Bennett thought his venture into vacation home rentals was over before it began. He and his wife had just finished a complete renovation of a villa in the south of Spain to a very high spec and, as it sat empty, they attempted to regain some of their considerable investment by offering it out to […]

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Nigel Haworth on life after Northcote and the future of Obsession

By Alex Martin

For 15 consecutive days, Nigel Haworth arrived at Northcote at 10am sharp and did not step out until well after midnight. In the intervening hours, the renowned British chef and his team would be briefed on a brand new five-course menu of Michelin-star quality and produce it for 130 guests. If that does not sound grueling enough, add in to […]

In memory of master distiller Dave Pickerell

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Late last year, the spirits industry lost one of its legends. Dave Pickerell, master distiller for three whiskey producers in the US and a full-time craft distilling consultant, passed away in November. A month before his death, the longtime spirits specialist sat down with Shaun Tolson to talk about […]

Roberta Naas on Mother-of-Pearl Watch Dials

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Shimmering mother-of-pearl watch dials are among the most beautiful on the market. Now, top brands elevate the precious material by carving, etching, painting and gem setting these delicate dials. Mother-of-pearl’s incredible luster and sheen have made it a feminine choice for watch dials since the early 1900s. Then, designers […]