'For The Love Of Gucci' Shot At NYC's Whitby Hotel For HauteLiving.com March 2019

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'For The Love Of Gucci' Shot At NYC's Whitby Hotel For HauteLiving.com March 2019

Photographer Nathan Kraxberger captures ‘For The Love Of Gucci’, styled by Celine Griscom with fashion direction by Deyvanshi Masrani for HauteLiving.com March 2019.

The editorial was shot in Manhattan’s Whitby Hotel’s Whitby Suite, designed by Firmdale Hotels’ Kit Kemp. The Whitby is a sibling to Firmdale’s hugely-popular, Crosby Street Hotel in the heart of SoHo.

George Clooney Calls For Dorchester Hotels Boycott Over Brunei's Sharia Law Stoning Of Gays + Adulterers

George Clooney Calls For Dorchester Hotels Boycott Over Brunei's Sharia Law Stoning Of Gays + Adulterers

George Clooney Calls For Dorchester Hotels Boycott Over Brunei's Sharia Law Stoning Of Gays + Adulterers

Clooney reminds us that the 5th richest nation in the world hasn’t had an election since 1962. The rollout of Brunei’s Sharia death penalty for homosexuality and adultery will be implemented on April 3, prompting George Clooney to call for a boycott of these Dorchester Hotels:

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LVMH Acquires Luxury Travel's Belmond Hotels | Will Bernard Arnault Help Save The Elephants

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LVMH Acquires Luxury Travel's Belmond Hotels | Will Bernard Arnault Help Save The Elephants

AOC awoke Saturday morning to news that LVMH has set in motion the acquisition of Belmond Hotels. “Belmond, a fast-growing company based in London, offers its wealthy customers some of the most opulent travel experiences money can buy in settings like the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Orient Express trains connecting major European cities,” wrote The New York Times.

LVMH, the world’s largest luxury company based on revenues from brands like Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Fendi, offered to pay $25 a share for Belmond, a premium of more than 40 percent on the company’s closing price, in a deal valued at $2.6 billion.

The deal emphasized the limitless financial resources available to the world’s very rich customers. as well as the ongoing move away from buying ‘things’ and the growing appetite for ‘experiences’. This transition to the value of ‘experiences’ is pronounced among the entire younger generation, regardless of income, and dovetails well with their environmental concerns over accumulating more stuff.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that Friday’s Porter Edit had a sponsored post from Belmond Africa, based in South Africa and Botswana. The luxury hotel jumping off point gave us an opportunity to update the hot topic of the well-being of Botswana’s elephants, the largest elephant population in Africa and one that has been relatively stable until disputed reports of almost 90 dead elephants hit headlines in September.