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31 March 2017: The Financial Times will host the 13th annual Business of Luxury Summit on 14-16 May 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz in Lisbon, Portugal. Chaired by FT editor Lionel Barber and co-chaired by fashion editor Jo Ellison, the summit will bring together leading industry executives, creatives and financiers to discuss how changes in manufacturing and trade have affected the global luxury market.
The 2017 summit will return to Europe at a time of extraordinary political, social and economic change. Lisbon in particular has emerged as one of Europe’s most dynamic and innovative cities. The summit will discuss craftsmanship, manufacture and the markets of the future, as well as the opportunities and challenges these bring to traditional brands and newer industry disruptors alike.
FT editor Lionel Barber said: “The manufacturing and trade of luxury goods has seen a sea-change in recent years. Craftsmanship is staging a comeback. This year’s Business of Luxury Summit will turn again to Europe, exploring how both new and established high-end brands are adapting to shifting consumer trends.’
Jo Ellison said: “There is tremendous excitement in the industry, with this year’s Summit taking a broad look at not only traditional skill sets within the industry, but at market changes, eastern-European disruptors, the evolution of manufacturing and much more”.
John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times
Souheil Badran, President, Alipay North America
José Manuel Barroso, Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, Former President of the European Commission and Former Prime Minister of Portugal
Gillian de Bono, Editor, How to Spend It, Financial Times
Floriane de Saint Pierre, President and Founder, Floriane de Saint Pierre & Associates
Robin Derrick, Executive Creative Director, Spring Studios
Miroslava Duma, Founder, Buro 24/7
Axel Dumas, Chief Executive Officer, Hermès International
Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director, Women’s Collections, Louis Vuitton
Guram Gvasalia, Chief Executive Officer, Vetements
Alex Illing, Chief Executive Officer, GES Export
Marcia Kilgore, Founder, Beauty Pie
Federico Marchetti, Chief Executive Officer, YOOX NET-A-PORTER
Nuno Mendes, Executive Chef, Chiltern Firehouse
José Neves, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Farfetch
Angela Palmer, Artist
Jean-François Palus, Group Managing Director, Kering
Francesco Trapani, CEO, Bulgari
Cyrille Vigneron, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cartier
Martin Wolf CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
Previous summits have been in San Francisco, Cannes, Vienna, Marrakech, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Venice, Tokyo, Monte Carlo, and Mexico City.
See the full 2017 FT Business of Luxury Summit agenda and list of speakers. Follow news about the summit via @FTLive and #FTLuxury.
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