A dummies guide to choosing the perfect glass for your wine, spirit or cocktail
Tall or short? Round or a goblet? Highball or lowball? What does that even mean? If the various glasses which are used to serve your favourite tipple or wine leave you flummoxed, this guide will add swag to your drinking game.
Rare watches surface at auctions as luxury spending kick-starts; Check out these 6 watches
Experts monitor the health of the luxury spending by tracking the watch industry sales and auctions. Watches are one of the most sought-after luxury accessories and as the segment picks up, rare watches are coming back at auctions. Our pickings from auctions in India and abroad.
Luxury fashion brands bet on anti-virus fabrics to revive fortunes amid COVID-19
Brands such as Armani and Diesel are collaborating with companies with proprietary anti-viral technology to create luxury fabrics. India has also thrown its hat in the ring.
Two Mumbai restaurants bring late Michelin star chef Floyd Cardoz’s legacy dishes to the city
The Indian culinary world lost a genius in Floyd Cardoz to COVID-19. The Bombay Canteen and O'Pedro celebrate his inheritance through a special menu—#FloydsFood.
A dummies guide to the world of wines
The world of wine is a deep dive—particularly for those just beginning their wine journey —with its esoteric rituals, the different grape varietals and equally interesting maturation processes, all that conversation about biodynamic wines, not to mention Old and New World wines.
India’s first COVID-response ready restaurants make debut
Restaurateur Riyaaz Amlani, known for innovating with restaurant concepts, creates a COVID-influenced design code for two new outposts of the famous SOCIAL chain.
Luxury watches for dummies: Why are Swiss luxury watches so expensive, what does guilloche mean and what is a Tourbillon?
Have you ever wondered why luxury Swiss horology scores over every other, what a diving watch exactly is or why is in-house movement so important for brands? The answers you may be looking for.
Kashmir Pashmina: Handcrafted cashmere industry struggles to stay afloat amid India-China standoff, climate change
The Changthangi goat herds, which provide the finest cashmere, will face innumerable hurdles if their movement to warmer grasslands during the winter of 2020 is restricted because of the military stand-off.
Buying art for dummies: Why you should buy, what you should buy and how you should build up your art portfolio to offer you both joy and great returns
Intrigued by the idea of buying art but flummoxed about how to begin and where to go? Here are some answers
Don’t have enough dosh to spend on a Prada gown, Gucci bag or a Rolls Royce? Just rent it!
A niche growing movement in luxury is asking people to eschew fast fashion in favour of secondhand clothing, accessories, even cars, either by renting it or buying pre-owned.
Interview: Fabergé, known for jewelled eggs it crafted for Russia’s tsars, has big plans for India
The brand — that had deep connections with several of India’s royal families — is already retailing fine in the country and, on special requests, even those decadent eggs. Its jewellery collection is completely handcrafted by highly-skilled artisans.
Udaipur’s US-born ‘Photowallah’ digs deep into statue-toppling politics for his new body of miniatures
Waswo X. Waswo, who has called India home for almost 19 years now —13 of which he has spent in Rajasthan’s lake city — blends miniature traditions, photography, documentary and painting in his art. In the process, he has helped revive miniature as an art form.
Exclusive: Rahul Mishra, Anavila Misra and Priyanka Modi on Indian fashion’s big challenges – digital retail and transformed consumer
Rahul Mishra, the first Indian winner of the global Woolmark prize and a darling of Paris Fashion Week; Anavila Misra, the designer of languid linen saris and revivalist of several weaving traditions; and Priyanka Modi, Creative Director of AMPM, a label much-coveted for fuss-free, edgy fashion, hold forth on the big transformations in Indian fashion.
Phygital-meets-retail in post-COVID world as luxury retailers struggle to redefine experience
Dealing with fragmented opening of cities and random shutdowns, retail stores and malls are struggling to draw in footfalls, motivating retailers and owners to evolve solutions such as personal shoppers and curbside pickups.
Tyeb Mehta sets new world record for South Asian art at Christie’s post-lockdown art auction in New York
His Falling Figure painting created a new benchmark in post-lockdown online auctions by realising $975,000.
Luxury concierges, at-home services soothe lockdown woes of privileged few
Journeys on a private jet to foreign shores with special permissions from the civil aviation ministry, curated chef-cooked meals, renting a private theatre and spa services — nothing is impossible for a rather tidy sum of money.
Interview: Rahul Chaudhary, head of hospitality major CG Corp Global, on effects of COVID-19, reimagining business and more
The chief of the legacy brand, CG Corp Global, Nepal’s first and only Forbes-listed company and CG Hospitality Holdings, is right in the thick of things as the hospitality and travel industries grapple with issues of how to sustain business in a tricky market that will likely take over a year to revive.
These hyper-designed, limited-edition watches may cheer you up during these dark times
The watch industry has begun launching new timepieces or pushing the ones they had launched earlier this year.
Interview: We are in for a rough ride for 12 months and maybe even longer, says Marriott's India chief Neeraj Govil
The Senior Vice President, South Asia of Marriott International Inc says that the way people will travel, stay and expect hotels to function will change forever.
Facing existential threat: COVID-19 lockdown takes heavy toll on bars, microbreweries
Bereft of approvals to home-delivery cocktails-on-the-go and facing the difficulties of socially distancing within crowded spaces, bars are facing an existential threat. Industry bodies and alcoholic beverage companies have come to the rescue of a segment that may take at least two years to revive.
Sustainable luxury brand Chamar Studio redefines the word that is often seen as a slur
Sudheer Rajbhar set up the studio as a means to confront both caste biases and offer artisans an equal universe. He recently used the Ketto platform to raise funds for his COVID-hit artisans in Dharavi and plans to set up collaborative retail stores.
Online auction of antique jewels the new playground for super-rich Indians amid lockdown
The gems and jewellery segment in India may be facing losses of Rs 75,000 crore, but affluent Indians have found a new obsession: online jewellery auction of rare and collectable pieces with pedigree and provenance.
Exclusive l Riyaaz Amlani, AD Singh, Zorawar Kalra and other big-name restaurateurs on the challenges of reopening
From cash-flow problems to changing dining-out paradigms, manpower struggles and technology innovations, Gauri Devidayal, Riyaaz Amlani, AD Singh, Zorawar Kalra and Rachel Goenka define the pull and pushes of opening up in an after-COVID world.
The Indian connection behind the world’s most expensive gins
The quintessential British spirit, infused with a fascinating range of botanicals and spices, has a deep India connection. So does the handcrafted Monkey47 gin, one of the most expensive in the world, whose origin story mentions a British Royal Airforce Officer born in Madras.
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