Paris and Luxury

Should brands take a stand is the question I try to analyze in this piece. Normally, no.  But now?  Thanks to Elisabeth Cadoche-Guez for setting me up with luxury brand executives in Paris.  Elisabeth is the author of a wonderful book on Arthur Rimbaud. 27 November 2015 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good…

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Culture and Globalization

The Question of our Time. How can we stay rooted in our own culture in a globalised world? In a globalised world, it’s hard to define our respective culture by what we eat or how we dress up. Mike Young / The National How can we stay rooted in our own culture in a globalised…

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Ted, me and Moynat

I have known Ted Moncreiff for 15 years. He first assigned a bargaining story to me when he was an editor at Condenast Traveler way back in 1996. He continued assigning longer and longer pieces as Executive editor of Traveler. And sent me to places far and near: Laos (Vientiane and Luang Prabang), Cambodia (Siem…

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Sensual India

This is one of my favorite pieces and it took a while to write. It appears in a magazine called Eat Stay Love that is the in house magazine of Aman, Four Seasons, and other luxury hotels in India. Some time ago, a lady from a custom publishing group contacted me. They do the magazines…

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Moynat for FT

I love niche products that nobody has heard of.  Moynat fits the bill.  It retails only in Paris for now, and very few people have heard of this brand.  Below is a piece I wrote about Moynat for Financial Times which ran during Paris Fashion Week. Moynat for FT: this is the edited version on the…

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Saris from Paris

About the Hermes Sari.  Appearing here in the Financial Times Weekend fashion pages and pasted below. January 13, 2012 10:05 pm Saris from Paris? By Shoba Narayan French label Hermès has launched a take on the traditional garment and sparked controversy among local designers in India Saris by Hermès   At his flagship Calcutta store,…

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee

I spent two days hanging around Sabysachi.  He’s an interesting man.  Here is a story about him that appeared in The National.  Also pasted below. The sari warrior Shoba Narayan Nov 26, 2011 The fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee is sitting on the floor of his sprawling workshop in Kolkata, surrounded by 10 people. All around…

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Secret Luxury for Mint

Mint’s luxury issue to coincide with the luxury conference had a bunch of interesting takes. I liked the one about knowledge and bespoke catering. Would have been nice to see more stuff on luxury travel, music, cigars, etc. Here is the link to Mint’s page. And here it is below. Discretion is the better part…

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