The Editors

Masters of Modern Luxury: Bernard Arnault

As this issue of Robb Report went to press, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton—the luxury behemoth that owns such brands as Bulgari, Thomas Pink, and Dom Pérignon—was preparing to host Les Journées Particulières in June. During the two-day affair, which was last held in 2011, LVMH would open the doors to more than 40 of its […]

Robb Report Private Aviation Sourcebook: Ready for Takeoff

Like most industries, private aviation is cyclical and susceptible to the vagaries of the economy and other worldwide forces. It plummeted during the recession and now, as the economy recovers, it appears to be ascending. As discussed in “Arrivals and Standbys“, Cessna, Bombardier, Embraer, and Gulfstream all expect to deliver new jet models in the coming […]

Ready for Takeoff

Like most industries, private aviation is cyclical and susceptible to the vagaries of the economy and other worldwide forces. It plummeted during the recession and now, as the economy recovers, it appears to be ascending. As discussed in “Arrivals and Standbys“, Cessna, Bombardier, Embraer, and Gulfstream all expect to deliver new jet models in the coming […]

International Nightlife: Mixology: Praising the Bar

The cocktail revolution, for all its swagger, has been largely dedicated to looking backward. Just think about it: legions of bartenders brewing their own bitters, scouring history books for pre-Prohibition curiosities, and opening so many old-style speakeasies and retro lounges. They hold forth on obscure liquors and the correct dilution and shaking velocity, and—please—do not […]

FrontRunners: Bronze Mettle

Part of Christie’s New York Asian Art Week, the Sze Yuan Tang Archaic Bronzes from the Anthony Hardy Collection sale (www.christies.com) will include ritualistic vessels employed by the Shang Dynasty ruling class as far back as the 13th century B.C. The auction, to be held on September 16, will feature 120 lots with an estimated […]

FrontRunners: Shoemaker’s Mark

Italian accessory designer Cesare Paciotti did the inconceivable several seasons ago when he created a collection of men’s wing tips and cap-toe lace-ups that, instead of actual stitches, had stitch marks drawn onto the shoes in the manner of chalk on a blackboard. Paciotti recently applied his creative talents to the Home Collection by Cesare […]

FrontRunners: Greek System

Atalanta Golden Yachts’ newest offering, O’Rama (www.atalantagoldenyachts.com), showcases the Athens-based company’s two specialties: building vessels larger than 70 feet, and managing those boats as charter yachts. Eleven crewmembers serve the 176-foot O’Rama, which accommodates as many as 17 passengers across four decks and seven cabins. Large indoor and outdoor living spaces incorporate computers and multiple […]

FrontRunners: Open Season

Hot on the heels of its coupe stablemate, the 202 mph 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible (www.bentleymotors.com) is the world’s fastest drophead coupe and one of the most uncompromising top-down rides available today. The $280,400 four-seater features a 621 bhp, twin-turbocharged W-12 engine that runs on both gas and ethanol. Full-time all-wheel drive confers precise […]

FrontRunners: Pen Pals

To commemorate its centennial on June 24, 2010, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo commissioned Montegrappa for Alfa Romeo (www.montegrappa.com), a collection of writing instruments crafted by the Italian pen maker. The series of 1,910 (a reference to the year 1910) red-capped items includes pens with carbon-fiber, silver, and solid 18-karat-gold bodies, the latter of which start […]

FrontRunners: Upward Mobility

In June, UK mobile-phone manufacturer Vertu opened a boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The store—the company’s third retail outlet in the United States—carries classic Vertu designs and recent releases, including the Vertu Ascent 2010 (www.vertu.com). This last iteration of the automotive-inspired Ascent Collection debuted in April and promises to be even more durable […]

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