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China will become the world's biggest luxury goods market by 2025, with Chinese consumers set to account for nearly half of the global spending in the sector in the same period, a new report said.
In addition, the Chinese mainland will be the only region in the world to see a growth in luxury goods sales this year, said the report released by consultancy firm Bain & Co on Wednesday.
Chinese consumers continued to buy high-end luxury bags, clothes, jewelry and wines in China due to international travel curbs. Total sales of luxury goods are set to rise by 45 percent on a yearly basis to 44 billion euros ($52 billion) this year.
Globally, sales of luxury goods are set to fall by 23 percent to 217 billion euros ($258 billion) this year, recording the largest drop and first since 2009, as the pandemic has dampened the spending.
Learn more at China Daily!
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Charles Woodson "Intercepts" His Celebrity Competitors in Virtual "War of the Celebrity Red Wines"
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- He may be one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, but Charles Woodson's wine was playing offense in wine expert Mark Oldman's latest celebrity wine competition, the "Celebrity War of the Red Wines".
Woodson's Intercept Pinot Noir had all the right moves with 32% of the total votes, while a Washington State red blend from actor Kyle MacLachlan, best known for his roles in Twin Peaks and Sex in the City, scored a strong 21% of the votes. Snoop Dogg's 19 Crimes "Cal Red" avoided the doghouse by retaining a place in the middle of the pack (16%).
With 296 households logged in via Zoom, Oldman instructed the group on how to evaluate red wine and then presented the six contenders. Participants voted through Zoom's online polling system, with the following results:
1] Intercept Pinot Noir 2017 (Charles Woodson) (32%) winner
2] Pursued by Bear "Bear Cub" Red Blend 2016 (Kyle MacLachlan) (21%)
3] 19 Crimes Snoop Cali Red 2019 (Snoop Dogg) (16%)
4] 7 Cellars "The Farm" Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2018 (John Elway) (11%)
6] tie) Wade Cellars Three By Wade Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Dwayne Wade) (10%)
6] tie) Vanderpump Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Lisa Vanderpump) (10%)
Says Oldman: "The quality and likability of this particular cohort of celebrity wines were impressive. Even the lower ranked wines would make for an excellent holiday gift".
For the full results, including the winner of best wine label, please visit: https://www.markoldman.com/nfl-woodson-snoop-wine/
The next celebrity wine competition, "Celebrity War of the Luxury Red Wines," happens December 9th, with luxury-level bottles from Ayesha Curry, Kurt Russell, Josh Groban, Sting, John Legend, and Yao Ming.
Oldman is also hosting two other free virtual wine experiences:
Registration for these tastings is free but virtual seats are limited and fill fast:
Oldman also works with discerning corporate event planners and human resources professionals to create the world's best wine tastings for virtual holiday events and team building experiences. His clients include Estée Lauder, Amazon, Lexus, Goldman Sachs, and dozens of other blue-chip investment banks, law firms, and institions.
ABOUT MARK OLDMAN VIRTUAL WINE TASTINGS / WETAKEM LLC
One of the country's leading wine personalities, Mark Oldman brings an unrivaled blend of knowledge and entertainment to the stuffy world of wine. He is author of several acclaimed wine books, and his standing invitations to the country's top food festivals and consistently sold-out events attest to his position as one of gastronomy's most captivating speakers. Visit Oldman at: MarkOldman.com
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NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation announced The Weeknd, one of today's most compelling and significant artists of a generation, will perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show on CBS at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.
In less than a decade, The Weeknd has amassed a global fanbase, become a multi-award winning artist, and recently, was named one of the most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine. Regarded for his creative vision, The Weeknd is known for his genre-bending music and redefining storytelling, both sonically and visually.
Marking the second year of this collaboration, Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation are excited to bring The Weeknd to the world's biggest stage for what is sure to be a transcendent performance.
The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show telecast will be produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins serving as executive producers, and Hamish Hamilton serving as director. Roc Nation is also serving as the strategic entertainment advisors of the live performance.
"We all grow up watching the world's biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I'm humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year," The Weeknd said.
"The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry," said Shawn JAY-Z Carter. "This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer."
"We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage," said Brian Rolapp, NFL Chief Media and Business Officer, "Halftime Show performances have a history of excellence and creativity and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to Super Bowl LV."
About The Weeknd:
Filtering R&B and pop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd took over popular music and culture on his own terms. The multi-platinum three-time GRAMMY Award winner is one of the most listened to artists in the world on Spotify (over 51 billion streams) and is a top 10 artist of all time for RIAA singles. His 2020 album After Hours is the #1 most streamed R&B album of all time (followed by his 2016 album Starboy at #2), and his 80's nostalgic track "Blinding Lights" went 5X RIAA-certified platinum and broke the record for Billboard's longest-running #1 on its US radio chart at 46 weeks and counting. Alongside his gilded musical career, he's graced the covers of TIME, Forbes, Variety, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, and GQ along with the late night stages with heralded performances on SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and the VMA's where he accepted the awards for Video of the Year and Best R&B. In recent times he has made acting appearances in TV and film with 2019's film Uncut Gems as well as starring in and co-writing an episode of the hit show American Dad. He generously shares, with over $2M in donations made in 2020 to various charities. The continuous record breaking of charts, sales and streams, headlining the biggest festivals and stadiums in the world, and his ever mysterious public persona combined solidifies The Weeknd as one of the most compelling and significant artists of the 21st century.
About the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show:
The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical performance of the year, with more than 104 million viewers tuning in to last year's show. Super Bowl LV marks Pepsi's tenth year as title sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and 19th year as an NFL partner. Past halftime performances include Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Prince, Madonna, and more.
Viewers can expect unprecedented access to the making of pop culture's biggest event and should stay tuned for more details. For ongoing updates on the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, follow @Pepsi on Instagram and Twitter.
For more information about Super Bowl LV, visit SuperBowl.com.
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(Crewe, 5 November, 2020) Bentley Motors has outlined plans to become a global leader in sustainable luxury mobility with further details of its Beyond100 strategy revealed today. With the promise to offer truly sustainable luxury, Bentley will reinvent every aspect of its business to become an end-to-end carbon neutral organization as it embarks on its second century. The target is driven by a transformation program across Bentley’s entire operations and products. This includes switching its model range to offer exclusively plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles by 2026, and full electric vehicles only by 2030.
The announcement highlights Bentley’s plans to provide extraordinary mobility for the next century, evolving from the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder petrol engines to having no internal combustion engines within a decade, reinventing itself as a leader in sustainable luxury mobility.
The Beyond100 strategic plan is an extension of two decades of forward thinking, innovation and achievement. Acutely aware of the responsibility to consider its environmental, social and economic impact, Bentley has transformed its 80-year-old headquarters into the UK’s single carbon neutral luxury car factory.
In parallel, the luxury marque has grown to operate in more markets than ever before, 68, while creating a long-term, consistent, sustainable business model, a truly solid basis to build for a second century.
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors, said: “Since 1919, Bentley has defined luxury grand touring. Being at the forefront of progress is part of our DNA - the original Bentley boys were pioneers and leaders. Now, as we look Beyond100, we will continue to lead by reinventing the company and becoming the world’s benchmark luxury car business.
“Driving this change includes, and also goes beyond our products, delivering a paradigm shift throughout our business, with credibility, authenticity, and integrity. Within a decade, Bentley will transform from a 100 year old luxury car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury.”
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Queen Bey has graced the 2020 cover of British Vogue - Thrice!
With incredible looks from Alexander McQueen, Beyonce's Ivy Park collection, and photography by Kennedi Carter, the December 2020 spread is major eye candy.
See photos below and head to Vogue to learn more.
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DELAWARE TWP, N.J., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- This Saturday, October 31, a 50-acre estate in Delaware Township, NJ that was previously asking $7.25 million will be sold at a luxury auction®.
The auction will be held without reserve, signifying that the highest bidder will be declared the successful purchaser regardless of the high bid price. The property, named Stone Creek Farm by its owners, is located in the borough of Stockton, and is within a one-hour drive of both New York City and Philadelphia.
The owners retained luxury real estate auction house Platinum Luxury Auctions to manage the non-distressed auction sale, in cooperation with New Jersey listing brokerage Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty.
The owners selected the name Stone Creek Farm due to the property's history as the site of an 18th-century stone farmhouse.
While carefully preserved and restored portions of the original, historic structures remain, extensive renovations and additions have transformed the property into a luxurious countryside estate and hobby farm with plenty of modern creature comforts.
It's 50-acre parcel (40 acres of which are placed in conservancy, substantially reducing property taxes) is surrounded by 100 acres of state-conserved land, ensuring added privacy.
While custom millwork, beaded pine paneling, exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings all evoke a bygone era, the home is thoroughly modern, with amenities that include a fitness center, sauna, gourmet kitchen, 1,000-bottle wine cellar with climate controls, executive office and luxurious marble baths.
A guest wing, light-filled sunroom, grand salon with wood-burning fireplace, and additional office and two lofts are also part of the main residence.
In addition to the improvements to the farm's structures, the owners took great care to manage and preserve its grounds. A private pond with stone lining serves as an important part of the property's rainwater management and recirculation system, while meticulously groomed landscaping and herb and floral gardens add beauty and charm.
A gently winding walking path has been carved through the forested areas of the farm, allowing for peaceful nature walks.
Buyers can visit the property by appointment between the hours of 12 and 5pm ET daily, through the close of Friday, October 30. More information on the property and the auction sale is hosted at NewJerseyLuxuryAuction.com. Interested parties may also contact Platinum's project manager for the sale, Leslie Rose, at 800.853.2101.
The owners invested considerable thought (and money) into preserving the Farm’s grounds. A stocked pond with stone lining is part of the property’s extensive water management system, which was carefully planned to manage rainwater runoff and recirculation. Approx. 40 acres are in conservation, substantially reducing property taxes. The parcel is also surrounded by 100 acres of additional, preserved lands, assuring protection from the encroachment of future development. NewJerseyLuxuryAuction.com
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Cupertino, California — Apple today announced iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, introducing a powerful 5G experience and advanced technologies that push the boundaries of innovation for users who want the most out of iPhone.
iPhone 12 Pro models feature a new design and edge-to-edge Super Retina XDR displays, the largest ever on iPhone, protected by the all-new Ceramic Shield front cover, which provides the biggest jump in durability ever on iPhone.
The Apple-designed A14 Bionic chip, the fastest chip in a smartphone, powers impressive computational photography features including the all-new Apple ProRAW for more creative control in photos, and enables the first end-to-end Dolby Vision video experience, up to 60 fps.
The reimagined pro camera systems include an expansive Ultra Wide camera, a Telephoto camera with an even longer focal length on iPhone 12 Pro Max, and new Wide cameras to capture beautiful professional-quality images and video in bright and low-light environments.
iPhone 12 Pro models also introduce a new LiDAR Scanner for immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences and MagSafe, which offers high-powered wireless charging and an all-new ecosystem of accessories that easily attach to iPhone.
A Superior 5G Experience
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max deliver an advanced 5G experience on a global scale, engineered with a seamless integration of world-class hardware and world-class software.
5G on iPhone boasts improved speeds for faster downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming, real-time interactivity in apps, FaceTime in high definition, and much more.
Customers will also be able to enjoy a secure, fast connection, reducing the need to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Learn more at Apple.com!
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NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Misahara Jewelry, a New York City-based fine jewelry house led by designer Lepa Galeb-Roskopp, has officially announced the launch of the Misahara Minis Collection. The 14ct gold, diamond, and gemstone mix and match stud earring Collection will honor the unprecedented nature of the year 2020. The set will be available for purchase on Oct. 14.
"This year has brought about challenges both within our industry and in the lives of our loyal customers," said Galeb-Roskopp.
"This Collection will represent the perseverance that has allowed us to forge ahead throughout this pandemic, despite all of the obstacles that we have faced along the way."
The Collection truly has something for everyone, whether it be a romantic butterfly, a geometric triangle, the signature snake head, a delicate petal, celestial elements, or another one of Misahara's handcrafted creations. Every motif is reminiscent of an existing Misahara Collection and tells the story of the brand's journey over the years. The Minis Collection includes 20 meaningful designs; customers can now choose any four single earrings for under $500.
As always, the Misahara Minis Collection was made in NYC with love. Choose four, because that is always better than one.
About Misahara Jewelry
Misahara is a fine jewelry house that pays tribute to the warm, shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea, the golden sand of the Sahara Desert as well as other mesmerizing destinations in the world that its designer, Lepa Galeb-Roskopp is inspired by. All Misahara creations are handcrafted in New York by experienced ateliers who have worked with some of the world's most prestigious jewelry houses. The collections evoke the feeling of exquisite luxury, offering a modern flare of fine jewelry marked by unique handcraftsmanship and the finest quality gemstones.
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Built under the supervision of the Moran yacht construction team, the 95m KISMET yacht was delivered by luxury yacht builders Lurssen in 2014.
This award-winning superyacht features a gorgeous exterior design by Espen Espen Oeino and a decadent interior by the world-renowned Reymond Langton Design.
KISMET yacht, for sale with Moran Yacht and Ship, can accommodate 16 guests in 8 opulent staterooms, with the master stateroom featuring a private deck complete with a Jacuzzi and access to the yacht’s helipad.
Other features included a spacious sundeck complete with a swimming pool, full-service spa, and a one-of-a-kind retractable outdoor fireplace.
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SEATTLE, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ackley Beverage Group announced today it has launched a new luxury wine brand called Landlines Estates.
The winery's inaugural release will include three Pinot Noirs and one Chardonnay crafted from Tidalstar Vineyard located in Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Planted in 1999, the 30-acre vineyard boasts nutrient-rich maritime soils and is farmed using strict organic and biodynamic practices. Its elevation and east facing slope provide the first sunlight in the morning and cool winds at night, allowing for slow, deliberate grape growth.
"When we discovered Tidalstar Vineyard in 2016, we knew that its ideal terroir combined with the highest standards in sustainable farming would produce exceptional and unique Willamette Valley wines," said Rudy Marchesi, Head Viticulturist for Landlines Estates and Chairman of Demeter USA. "This first release of Landlines is a superb expression of what this very special vineyard can provide."
Ackley Beverage Group brought together a team of expert viticulturists, growers, and winemakers to show the full range of what this unique micro-site can produce. The thoughtful collaboration of wine producers offers decades of experience in biodynamic and organic viticulture and artful winemaking.
The inaugural Landlines Estates release is from the 2017 vintage and will be made available for the first time in December of this year. Each of the four wines reflect various expressions of the vineyard and are produced in extremely limited quantities. With the purchase of 12 bottles, three of each wine, individuals will join Landlines Estates' Founders Club and be guaranteed allocation of future vintages, along with other benefits. Due to the limited quantities produced, this initial allocation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
The launch of Landlines Estates adds to Ackley Beverage Group's growing portfolio of wine brands. With professional and financial capital, they have helped Montinore Estate build upon their national notoriety and last year purchased 177 acres in Yamhill-Carlton to build a new state-of-the-art production facility, 100-acre vineyard, and multiple tasting rooms. The investment group is actively seeking acquisition opportunities to expand their winery partners in Washington and Oregon.
About Ackley Beverage Group
Ackley Beverage Group, a Seattle-based family investment company dedicated to supporting premium wine brands throughout the Northwest, brings financial and professional resources to partners in the wine industry. They are committed to the continuity and stewardship of a winery's unique legacy, while providing the necessary resources for partners to reach their greatest potential. In addition to capital, the company provides professional support in management, operations, sales, and marketing. To learn more, visit www.ackleybeverage.com.
About Landlines Estates
Landlines Estates crafts small, distinct lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from Tidalstar Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton. A select team of grape growers, viticulturists, and winemakers were brought together to show the full range of expression from this very special vineyard. To learn more, visit www.landlinesestates.com.
Ackley Beverage Group