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WILL.I.AM JOINS SPEAKER LINE UP FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES INTERNATIONAL LUXURY CONFERENCE Chopard is confirmed as principal sponsor LONDON, JULY 9, 2015 – After joining last year’s event in Miami, global music artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will.i.am, will return to the New York Times International Luxury Conference on November 17– 18 at the Trianon Palace Versailles where he will be in conversation with Victoria Beckham. The New York Times International Luxury Conference, now in its fifteenth year, brings together the most influential figures of the luxury and fashion worlds to discuss the concept of ‘Luxury Beyond Product’ and explore the evolution of the luxury experience for both brands and consumers. Global luxury watch, jewelry and accessories company, Chopard, is also announced as principal sponsor of the event. Conference host, New York Times Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman, will also welcome other new speakers who include Gianluca Flore, (C.E.O., Brioni), Liam Casey, (C.E.O., PCH), Andrew Keith (President, Lane Crawford & Joyce) and Hans Ulrich Obrist, (Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director, International Projects, Serpentine Galleries). Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director, The New York Times, said, “It's often from unexpected directions that the best new ideas come, and I am incredibly excited about the potential for strategic inspiration represented by our new speakers. All innovators and rule-breakers in their respective fields, be it luxury, entertainment and sports, or art, they will meet for the first time under the big tent of The New York Times in Versailles. That kind of cross-border conversation is really what paves the path of the future." The full speaker line-up, with more still to be announced, is:
will.i.am, global music artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Gianluca Flore, C.E.O., Brioni Liam Casey, C.E.O., PCH Andrew Keith, President Lane Crawford & Joyce at The Lane Crawford Joyce Group Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Galleries Steve Bock, President, Bedrock Manufacturing Maureen Chiquet, Global C.E.O., Chanel Grayson Perry, Artist Ariel Emanuel, Co-C.E.O. of WME | IMG
Cyrill Gutsch, Founder Parley for the Oceans Richard Mille, C.E.O., Richard Mille Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member Global Brands, adidas Group Marco Bizzarri, President and C.E.O., Gucci Adrian Joffe, C.E.O., Comme des Garçons International Victoria Beckham, Founder, Victoria Beckham Brunello Cucinelli, President and C.E.O., Brunello Cucinelli SpA Maurice Levy, Chairman & CEO, Publicis Groupe Oscar Farinetti, Chairman & founder, Eataly Miranda July, filmmaker, artist, writer John Demsey, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Scott Galloway, Founder and Chairman, L2 Michael Kowalski, Chairman, Tiffany & Co. Humberto Leon, Co-Owner and Creative Director, Opening Ceremony; Co-Creative Director, Kenzo Carol Lim, Co-Owner and C.E.O., Opening Ceremony; Co-Creative Director, Kenzo Claudia D'Arpizio, Partner, Bain's Luxury Goods Vertical
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International, The New York Times Company, commented: “We are delighted that Chopard will become principal sponsor of this year's conference. I couldn’t have hoped for a more appropriate principal sponsor given the conference theme is “Luxury Beyond Product” and Chopard’s Journey to Sustainable Luxury campaign is setting very high standards for the luxury industry to follow. “Over the past 15 years, the International Luxury Conference has established itself as an unmissable event and we look forward to offering business leaders, designers and artists the chance to meet and address the crucial questions affecting the luxury industry today.” Keep up to date with further speaker announcements and the fashion stories making the headlines on Twitter by following @INYTLuxury and @VVFriedman. The hashtag for the conference is #NYTLuxury. Ends Notes to editors Now in its 15th year, the International Luxury Conference is one of the world’s most prestigious annual forums for the global luxury business, bringing together annually over 400 of the most senior business and creative leaders from the top echelons of the industry to gain insights, share ideas and expand their international networks. The 2014 conference took place in Miami and explored how fashion, art and technology have become increasingly intertwined, creating new business opportunities. Speakers included: Francois-Henri Pinault, Tom Sachs, Diane von Furstenberg and will.i.am. The 2013 conference took place in Singapore and examined the growing influence of South East Asia in the luxury market - as both creator and consumer. Speakers included: Ermenegildo Zegna, Domenico de Sole and Angelica Cheung.
The award-winning 2012 conference took place in Rome and analyzed the potential of Africa and the power of the Mediterranean with contributions from major names such as Bono, Donatella Versace, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood. The luxury conference has been convened in many cities including Paris, Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Moscow, New Delhi and Rome. The event’s past speakers have included Angela Ahrendts, Giorgio Armani, Bernard Arnault, Sarah Burton, Alber Elbaz, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Rosita Missoni, Sir Paul Smith and Mario Testino, among many others. The New York Times Company The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The company includes The New York Times, International New York Times, NYTimes.com, INYT.com and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model. Follow news about the company at @NYTimesComm.