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Welcome New Member: Luxury Interactive

We are pleased to welcome Luxury Interactive as a new member of The Luxury Marketing Council.

Founded in 2007, Luxury Interactive is an annual summit that brings together luxury brand executives from 15 business verticals to network and share their insights on challenges and opportunities in digital and online.

Through extensive research, Luxury Interactive identifies and analyzes trends in luxury business and procures a speaker faculty of senior executives who deliver inspiring case studies on how to acquire and retain customers via omni-channel touch-points.Continue reading

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The Annual Summer Garden Party Recap

The Annual Summer Garden Party Event Recap

This past Sunday, June 14 guests and friends of The British American Business Council of Orange County, The Luxury Marketing Council of Southern California and The World Affairs Council of Orange County put on their best summer attire and came out to Newport Dunes Resort for The Annual Summer Garden Party. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by vintage luxury cars and were entertained by talented pianist, Gip Noble. The Olde Ship British Pub and Restaurant catered the event and served traditional tea bites and desserts like cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, sausuage rolls, scones with fresh cream and jam and lemon bars.

While sipping on Pimm’s Cocktails, Champagne Jacquart Rosé and English tea, guests were invited to play croquet and bid on silent auction items or partake in the annual fascinator and hat competition! The two winners were Kim Shipman and Mona Tomassian who won most whimsical hat. One lucky guest even won 2 tickets to the U.K., thanks to our sponsor, Virgin Atlantic. The quintessentially British event was complemented by the always predictable, perfect weather of Newport Beach! Cheers!

Click on the link below to review the menu catered by The Olde Ship British Pub and Restaurant!

The Olde Ship Tea Menu

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Conversations with President and COO of Crystal Cruises, Edie Rodriguez

Crystal Cruises

With their 25th anniversary approaching, we visited President and COO Edie Rodriguez in Los Angeles, California at the corporate headquarters of her award-winning ultra-luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises. We covered everything from life, travel, business and all things luxury.


What inspired you to join the cruise industry years ago? Did you travel often growing up?

I developed a passion for travel at a very young age, visiting amazing destinations with my family. And then as I grew professionally as a travel consultant, I became more enamored with luxury travel and subsequently the cruise industry. So much so, that I’ve traveled to all seven continents and nearly 200 countries, and have sailed many-a-times on my birthdays.

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New Dimensions in Storytelling: Innovations in Retail Design Utilizing New Media to Radically Change the Way Luxury Brands Engage and Delight Their Customers

This evening’s program will take you on a journey to understand why connecting with the customer must now include perfectly styled and truly innovative visual and sensory engagement points that extend beyond the customers’ expectations. These customer experiences can successfully cross all media platforms and translate to the global community.
Join four distinguished creatives who are pushing the boundaries of selling products and services for a dynamic visual presentation and lively discussion that explores how to capture your customers’ attention and stimulate them to purchase at every point of impact.

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Champagne Master Class at The Riviera Country Club

On Tuesday, May 12 the Luxury Marketing Council hosted a Champagne Tasting with Floriane Eznack of Champagne Jacquart. Floriane is the winemaker at Champagne Jacquart and was in town from France and agreed to give a special presentation for Luxury Marketing Council members and guests.

The event was held at The Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades. Upon arrival, guests were treated to champagne and elegant and delicious passed appetizers such as seared ahi tuna and shiso orange glazed beet skewers with tarragon sauce, Irish cheddar and black truffle macaroni and cheese and cold pressed foie gras on brioche with bing cherries.

After the appetizer hour, guests were invited to sit in the Grand Ballroom where Floriane Eznack gave an insightful and fun presentation on the process of making champagne from choosing the grapes to the bottling process. During the presentation, guests were poured 4 different types of Champagne Jacquart wines including Brut Mosaïque, Brut Rose, Blanc De Blancs and Cuvee Alpha.


Will the Waldorf become NYC’s hot new address?

All those pining after children’s book character Eloise’s lifestyle at “the tippy-top floor” of New York’s Plaza hotel might be able to recreate a piece of it a few blocks away at the Waldorf Astoria.

The new Chinese owner of Waldorf Astoria plans to convert the top floors of the iconic hotel into luxury condominiums, according to a report in real estate news magazine The Real deal.

The report cites recent comments made by Anbang insurance Group chairman Wu Xiaohui at Harvard university. Wu suggested a pretty high ring-fence around the address, saying “a potential buyer needs to have more than money to qualify for our apartments,” according to the report.

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Conversations with The Balvenie Brand Ambassador, Lorne Cousin

The Balvenie

Lorne Cousin, West Coast Ambassador for The Balvenie single Malt Scotch Whisky, took time to drive a specially designed Balvenie-branded Morgan Plus 8 roadster to the beautiful Terranea Resort Villas in Southern California. Located in a secluded enclave on the resort’s property, with tranquil views of the Terranea Golf Course, Catalina Island and the Pacific, the setting was priceless!

Scots have been turning barley into liquor for hundreds of years, but of all the distilleries still operating in the northern United Kingdom, only a smattering still use the traditional techniques that led to the rise of the brown spirit. One of these is The Balvenie, arguably the only fully hand-crafted Scotch produced today. You cannot fail to fall for Cousin, who is an energetic, charming, handsome man who knows his whisky and his bagpipes…

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A Curated Tour of Paris Photo LA

On Friday, May 1 The Luxury Marketing Council hosted a Curated Tour of Paris Photo Los Angeles at the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios. The tour was conducted by Winston Art Group’s West Coast Director, Rob Suiter, and was attended by an eclectic group of influencers and decision makers from a variety of industries. The two-hour tour took guests to different stages where photography galleries from all over the world were featured. Following the tour guests were invited to a champagne reception sponsored by Bessemer Trust in the VIP Lounge Area.

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Taste Makers at B.Spoke Design Studio

On Tuesday, April 28 The Luxury Marketing Council hosted a Tastemakers Event at b.spoke Design Studio in Costa Mesa, California. The event brought out tastemakers, influencers and decision makers from the auto industry to the insurance industry. Tourbillon Boutique at South Coast Plaza brought a selection of OMEGA Watches and Glashütte Original watches. Champagne Jacquart provided the wine and guests were treated to an elegant spread of various cheeses, fruit and desserts while learning about B.Spoke’s custom tailoring.

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Day in the Life: Cushing Donelan

For the past 2.5 years, Cushing Donelan has been leading the marketing efforts of his family’s winery, Donelan Family Winesfollowing not just one, but three Robert Parker 100 Point ratings. In the highly competitive and complex world of award winning, notable wines – this is clearly the ideal job for Cushing’s many talents, experiences and interests.

Following a European backpacking trip to round out a collegiate background in art history and studio art, including sculpture and metalwork, Cushing made his way to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the art of production.

“Initially I was drawn out west for ‘fame and fortune’ – the modern throwback to the gold rush! Having a sense of adventure and meeting new people is what I’ve always been about. The core of my personality is wanting to explore the unknown and conquer new frontiers.”

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