Let’s face it. There’s no shortage of high-end jewelry out there. High jewelry kingpins like Cartier, Bvlgari and Tiffany & Co. are just a few of the big names whose ample catalogs offer a near-endless supply. That said, they can’t match the appeal of a piece of jewelry entirely designed with you in mind rather than an off-the-shelf item. If you have the right balance of budget and patience, commissioning a piece of custom jewelry provides one of the most rewarding shopping experiences you can have.
On the off chance you’ve been bitten by the custom bug but watches are more your thing, Jaeger LeCoultre launched a near-perfect solution. Earlier this year the brand kicked off an all-new online “configurator” that allows buyers to customize a Reverso with alternate strap colors and bold secondary dial offerings using a range of materials including meteorite; mother-of-pearl; and bright, colorful enamels. If we are lucky, the days of handing off your prized watch to a jeweler to modify it after production may finally be over once and for all.
As an alternative to choosing a household name like Fabergé, a number of amazing custom jewelers out there are more than capable of bringing your vision to life. Vancouver-based Andrew Costen and Mary Ann Buis of Costen Catbalue are two of the industry’s greats, both recognized by the American Gemstone Trade Association for their incredible custom work. They point out an important detail about the custom process: Because the retail marketing component is cut out of the equation, buying custom often works out to be more cost-effective than buying an equivalent stock item of high jewelry.
Fabergé’s jewelry atelier produced some absolutely jaw-dropping hardware over the years, and that depth and breadth of experience make the company’s bespoke services second to none. Over the course of a series of consultations, one of its boutique specialists will walk you through the design and commissioning process to ensure you get that perfect, unique piece of Fabergé you’ve been itching to own. Depending on stone selection and how elaborate the design, the average Fabergé commission can take months from start to finish.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.