deLux13, Glamour Forum Garnering Global Business Confidence

The opportunities and challenges of operating in the domestic and global markets will be discussed and dissected in the Domain Theatre at The Art Gallery of NSW on March 18, 2013 at deLux 13 by an impressive list of guest speakers, including Karin Upton Baker Australian Managing Director of the glamour brand Hermés, the now globally recognized purveyor of bespoke luxury goods founded in 1837 by a saddlemaker Thierry Hermés.

Karin and her colleagues are all gathering to speak at this very special forum at which only limited places are still available.

Two companies, MO Luxury and the INFORUM group, have collaborated to present a challenging program, which commences with morning coffee and ends with cocktails hosted by Champagne Charles Heidsieck in the early evening.

In between is a myriad of key note addresses, plus moderated panel discussions and Q&A sessions for audience participation, which should prove invaluable to all delegates.

The forum is all about providing a platform for people within the premium and luxury industries to gain important insights from todays most influential and successful corporate and business leaders.

They will share both their knowledge and expertise of their Australian operations and the macroeconomic issues affecting the world, such as the European Debt Crisis, weak demand in the U.S. as well as the pros and cons of China’s economy and Australia’s position in the Asia-Pacific region.

An outstanding feature of figures revealed in 2011 is the indication of continuing global confidence in Australia’s luxury market and its growth potential, which is clearly demonstrated by the entry into, and/or expansion of leading international luxury brands in our major cities.

The luxury industry in Australia is an important growth sector that has proved resilient during the GFC with personal luxury goods growth estimated at 11.2% during 2011, while many other sectors contracted. Now the challenge for all these companies is to continue to build on that momentum in an increasingly complex market, and one where innovative strategies are often required to stimulate or maintain growth.

Guest speakers also include such luminaries as

Tory Frame – a Partner at Bain & Company UK & Ireland Consumer Goods Practice.

Bain & Company is one of the world’s leading business consulting firms in operation for over forty years.

They work with top executives to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions, and deliver the sustainable success they desire. They make what they do for their clients the number one priority.

Philip Corne - CEO, Louis Vuitton Oceania.

Louis Vuitton, the largest global luxury brand, is internationally renowned for creating elegant luggage, bags and accessories to die for.

Andrew McEvoy – Managing Director Tourism Australia. 

Tourism Australia is the Australian Government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to Australia and encouraging Australians to travel domestically, both for leisure and business events. His daily schedule is a daunting, as he actively engages in PR and media programs, trade shows and industry programs, consumer promotions, online communications and consumer research so that he can help grow our economy.

Renaud Tinel – General Manager, Nespresso Oceania.

The beverage Coffee is at the heart of what we do, but consumer pleasure is why we do it.

The Nespresso story began with a simple but revolutionary idea: enable anyone to make the perfect cup of coffee at home, just like a skilled barista and it worked.

Actor George Clooney certainly helped its success along, featuring in a brilliant television advertising campaign.

Nespresso pioneered the premium portioned coffee category 26 years ago and since then it has grown into one of the most well-recognised brands in the world of coffee, trusted by millions of consumers as a mark of quality, innovation and service the world over.

Gary Burnand – Managing Director, Penfolds Brand Business Unit, Treasury Wine Estates.

Penfolds is a company whose products have long been cherished by wine-lovers the world over.

An innovator who since its humble beginnings in the 1950’s, their Grange Hermitage has maintained its place as Australia’s most prestigious red wine for over four decades. It is today an Australian icon, and Penfold’s as a company represents a tradition in wine making that is totally uncompromising in terms of quality and style.

Ralf Haase – Head of Commonwealth Private Office. Commonwealth Private (CP) is part of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. 

Providing outstanding personalized service and trusted advice to high net worth individuals, who have the intention to invest or borrow at least AU$2.5 million, for four years running CP has been recognised by the Australian Private Banking Council as the most “Outstanding Institution” in the AU$1m to AU$10 million category.

Suzanne Santos – Country Manager Australia & New Zealand of Aesop, established in Melbourne in 1987 and is now an international brand with a range of superlative products for the skin, hair and body.

They are but a selection of a very impressive group, and those going along will be sure to pick up many pearls of wisdom.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle 2013

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