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Cunard and Crystal are among top cruise lines

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Cunard has won a clean sweep among the best large ships selected by the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise.

The annual publication is well known for selecting the best of the industry out of a total of 285 vessels selected by prolific cruise writer Douglas Ward.

This year, Cunard ships managed to place first, second and third in the large ship category (over 1,600 passengers), with the Queen Mary 2 topping the rank, followed by the new Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria.

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“That large ships such as Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria can deliver the kind of experience it [Cunard] does to a wide socio-economic passenger range is evidence that the company’s finest asset is not just the ships, but all those individual crew members who simply love what they do,” Ward said.

Crystal Cruises took the top three places in the Mid Ship category (between 600 and 1,600 passenger) with the Crystal Serenity and the Crystal Symphony and Marina, which tied in second place.

The Small Ship Category (200-600 passengers) was won by Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa, with the Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Odyssey in second and third place.

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Among the boutique ships, which carry between 50 and 200 passengers, the SeaDream II took top honours, followed by its sibling SeaDream I and Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic, in third place.

It rounds off a good week for Crystal and Seabourn, which also picked up awards in the recent Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice ceremony for best medium and small ship line respectively (Celebrity won best large-ship line).

The book will be available from October 19, priced at $24.99 and will also be released as an iOS app priced at $9.99.

Source: AFPrelaxnews

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Chanel Vintage Gripoix Tortoise Squares Cleo Necklace

Authentic Vintage Gripoix Tortoise Cleo Necklace from Chanel

Pairs of small and large multicoloured gripoix stones are set into each tortoise coloured acrylic panel, all of which are strung together in an arcing curve to conform to the neck. Brass spring clasp secures to any of the links along 2″ at the end which is capped with a double gripoix detail at the end. Appropriate stamp to back of necklace.

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Cases for iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S by Brikk for Charity

Luxury design company Brikk recently launched a collection of limited edition high-end iPhone cases with profits to be donated to benefit those in need around the world

The limited edition collection “Altruistic Precision” launches with the Trim series of pure titanium cases for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Brikk claims that for every Trim case sold one metric ton of rice will be distributed to those in need through select NGOs. Rice donations will be given to each Brikk customer as a tax deduction for the purchase of their Brikk iPhone case.
The luxury cases are available in gold, platinum, “black DLC,” and “grey stealth” finishes and cost from $3,000 to $4,500. The raw titanium, an uncoated and unfinished – or matte – iPhone case retails for $2,630.
In exclusive information provided to JustLuxe, Brikk CEO Cyrus Blacksmith said that in January 2012, Brikk will debut the World’s Most Expensive iPhone Case – the Brikk Trim Couture. It will retail for $100,000+, and will be custom-made in collaboration with each customer, and feature their choice of 600 stunning black or white diamonds, with a total weight of six carats.
Customers will work side-by-side with the Brikk team to help custom-design their Brikk case complete with diamond colour and sizing specifications, engraving details, and more. Brikk claims as much as 25 metric tons of rice will be donated for each case purchased. Additionally, as early as November 2011, Brikk will be releasing the Trim Deluxe iPhone case encrusted in laboratory-made sapphire glass. Three metric tons of rice will be donated to needy nations for each of these cases sold.
Brikk Trim iPhone cases are initially only available for purchase in-store at Roseark shops in Los Angeles but product roll-outs in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London will eventually follow. Outside of Los Angeles, you can purchase a Trim iPhone case for iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S directly from Brikk by calling 1-855-55-BRIKK or see Brikk.com for more information.
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Louis Vuitton Damier Infini – Craftsmanship

Totally new, Damier Infini showcases a beautiful and soft calf leather textured in the signature Damier check

Selected among the best calf skins and meeting the quality high standards of Louis Vuitton, Damier Infini combines for the first time, extreme softness with an iconic motif to give a timeless yet contemporary look.
The leather is embossed and features a reinforced, bonded interior to maintain its crisp, high quality shape, highlighting a long tradition of savoir-faire.
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LVMH Snaps Up Majority Share of Singapore Croc Skin Supplier

1. Crocodile skins being prepared at a Singapore factory owned by Heng Long International

2. A crocodile clutch by Ethan K, a London-based label owned by a fourth generation descendant of the Koh family

Luxury giant LVMH announced that it has bought a majority stake in Heng Long International, a family-owned, low-profile Singapore crocodile skin supplier which also happens to be one of the five largest croc skin suppliers in the world today

LVMH Moët Hennessy says it has inked an agreement that will see it owning a 51% stake in the company, valued at about US$123 million under the terms of the transaction, with the other 49% held by the Koh dynasty.
Heng Long International is a fourth generation family-run exotic skin tannery that is based and listed in Singapore, with its beginnings harkening back to the 1950s.
The luxury conglomerate says it plans to retain Heng Long’s current management. This means  Mr. Chon Tong Koh and Mr. Choon Heong Koh will remain as Managing Director and Executive Director of Heng Long respectively for at least five years.
In a statement released to the press, LVMH said the new business arrangement was an “excellent fit” for both parties involved: “The partnership with the Koh family will strategically complement LVMH in the procurement of high quality crocodilian skins.”
“It will furthermore benefit Heng Long’s suppliers and customers, through the continuous development and promotion of industry-leading finishing techniques and its increased financial means.”

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Hermès Limited-Edition Saris for Indian Luxury Market

Hermès has launched a limited-edition line of saris

The 27 designs, priced from $6,100 to $8,200, will be based on the luxury label’s famed scarves. Patrick Thomas, chief executive of Hermès International said: ‘There have been a lot of connections between Hermès and India. ‘Designing these saris for Indian customers is a way to pay light homage to India, and say, “Hermès admires India and has a lot to learn from India.”‘
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Hermès’ Bertrand Michaud, regional managing director, for India, Middle East and Southeast Asia, said that the garments would be sold with a metre of extra twill silk so that, in accordance with tradition, a top can be tailored in the same fabric. ‘It is the first time printing has been done over fabric measuring 5.5 meters [18 feet] long by our ateliers of Lyon,’ he told WWD. ‘The sari is a very sensual object, particularly in twill silk or mousseline changeante, when it reflects the light. It is very feminine and elegant.’
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The company’s decision to specifically target the Indian luxury market demonstrates how important the country’s rich have become to high-end brands. Though Hermès is the first luxury label to create a collection of saris for sale in India, many retail experts have expressed their surprise that it hasn’t happened earlier.
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Domestic sales of luxury accessories in the country have been estimated at $2.2billion, a figure that is growing by a staggering 20 per cent each year. Luxury expert Neelesh Hundekari, of consultancy AT Kearney told the FT: ‘You have to create products that Indian consumers like. Why would you not do saris in India? Companies should have done it much earlier.’ He added: ‘Many of the brands think that India is a market that will evolve to western norms but it will not. It will evolve in its own way.’
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Indeed, Hermès is taking the Indian market very seriously, having opened a brand new Mumbai flagship earlier this year. ‘We want to communicate and be in touch with Indian society, not in a ghetto where you have all the luxury brands together,’ Mr Thomas explained. And though the saris will only be available for a limited time, he has not ruled out a more permanent offering. ‘It depends on how people receive them,’ he said.