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Financial Times brings 2016 Business of Luxury Summit to San Francisco

Keynote addresses from James Curleigh, Frederic Cumenal, and Brunello Cucinelli

The Financial Times will host its 12th annual Business of Luxury Summit 22-24 May 2016 at the Ritz Carlton, San Francisco. Co-chaired by FT editor Lionel Barber and fashion editor Jo Ellison, the event will gather the world’s leading artists, economists and executives to discuss how technology has changed the global luxury market.

The US west coast has led the technological revolution and is an ideal setting to explore the impact of automation on creativity. As manufacturing methods evolve, speakers and delegates will explore how luxury brands are redefining themselves in an era of ‘see now, buy now.’

Lionel Barber said: “Technology has changed what luxury means to the modern consumer, forcing brands to rethink how they engage with their customers. At the FT Business of Luxury Summit, industry leaders will debate the role of creativity and craftsmanship in an increasingly automated world, particularly in US and Asian markets.”

Speakers include:

  • Rodrigo Bazan, President, Alexander Wang

  • Francesca Bellettini, Chief Executive Officer, Saint Laurent

  • Thomas Chauvet, Head of European Luxury Goods Equity Research, Citi

  • Adrian Cheng, Founder of K11 and Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook

  • Peter Copping, Creative Director, Oscar de la Renta

  • Brunello Cucinelli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brunello Cucinelli

  • Frederic Cumenal, Chief Executive Officer, Tiffany & Co.

  • James Curleigh, President, Levi’s

  • Michael Evans, President, Alibaba Group

  • Lisa Green, Head of Industry, Fashion and Luxury Brands, Google

  • Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer, Coach, Inc.

  • Hiroshi Ohnishi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.

  • James Quarles, Global Head of Business & Brand Development, Instagram

  • Paolo Riva, Chief Executive Officer, Diane von Furstenberg Studio LLC

  • Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

  • Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-founder, Moda Operandi

  • Daniella Vitale, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Barneys New York

  • Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor & Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Previous Summits have been in Vienna, Marrakech, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Venice, Tokyo, Monte Carlo, and Mexico City.

See the full 2016 FT Business of Luxury Summit agenda and list of speakers. Follow news about the summit via @FTLive and #FTLuxury.

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For further information contact:

Anne Loizeaux
T: +1 917-551-5203
E: anne.loizeaux@ft.com

About the Financial Times:

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