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“Life is about the Ingredients” at PHÉNIX eatery & bar
One of RTG’s favorite client partners, The PuLi Hotel and Spa, recently launched their latest epicurean delight - PHÉNIX eatery & bar. Located on Level 2 of the hotel, with a breathtaking view of Shanghai’s Jing An Park, the PHÉNIX features unique French cuisine and classic cocktails. Led by Executive Chef Michael Wilson, PHÉNIX believes that the ingredients are not only what make a meal, but also the company we keep.
The new restaurant concept has been a hit among media and customers alike, and is a welcomed addition to Shanghai’s vibrant restaurant scene. Don’t just take our word for it, you can read more about PHÉNIX eatery & bar in a review by Shanghai Daily’s IDEAL (click here).   
PHÉNIX eatery & bar is located on the 2nd floor of The PuLi Hotel and Spa. 1 Changde Rd, near Yan’An Xi Rd (常德路1号璞麗酒店二楼, 近延安西路). For reservations: +86-21-22166988
International Luxury Conferences throughout April

RTG recently attended both the International New York Times Luxury Conference (Versailles, France) and the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference (Seoul, Korea). With a fantastic lineup of inspirational speakers, the conferences discussed a host of issues pertinent to today’s luxury brands.
The INYT conference in Versailles covered themes such as the aesthetic environment, strategic sustainability, government and industry, culture gap, digital culture and power of sports, and featured industry leaders such as Maureen Chiquet (former global CEO, Chanel), Marco Bizzarri (President and CEO, Gucci), Vanessa Friedman (Fashion Director, The New York Times), Brunello Cucinelli (Chairman and CEO, Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.) and Michael Kowalski (Chairman of the board, Tiffany & Co.).

The Condé Nast conference, only in its 2nd year, was held in Seoul, an indication of the potential for this Asian city on the world luxury stage. With more of a focus on Asia and new technology, the Condé Nast conference was hosted by the well respected Suzy Menkes (International Editor, Vogue), and featured speakers such as Jason Wu (Artistic Director, Womenswear, BOSS), Olivier Rousteing (Creative Director, Balmain), Eva Chen (Head of Fashion Partnerships) and Angelica Cheung (Editor in Chief, Vogue China). 
Click here to watch the key session videos from the NYT Luxury Conference or see photos from the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference here
Ballon Rouge Presents a “Rock’Mantic" Attitude at AW16 SFW

The hip kids’ label, Ballon Rouge, featured their AW16 “Parisian Chic” Collection at Shanghai Fashion Week. True to their unique “Rock’Mantic” attitude, the show featured a live rock music performance by Winston Chase & A-Ming, debuting an original soundtrack dubbed “Young Summer". The show also featured collaborations with Shanghai based artists such as illustrator Guan Chun, photographer Xiang Sun, and London make-up artist Nikki Whelan. 

Click here for a recap of the show on ElleChina, and watch exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews here
Travel in Zegna

Given the inspiration of Ermenegildo Zegna's SS16 Collection “The Elegance of Ease”, there was a follow on series of exclusive retail events in Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai last month. Surrounding the theme “Style of live in, live in Zegna”, the series provided unique travel experiences, suggestions on travel style and personal one-on-one style consultations for VIP participants. Speakers included key media influencers such as Johnny Pan (Condé Nast Traveler), Dong Jiangwei (Elle Men), Kang Le (Bazaar Men) and Cui Dan (GQ).

See photos from the series by clicking here.
In Luxury, Success Requires More Than Just Product
“Today it is not good enough to simply churn out product,” says Marco Bizzarri, the President and CEO of Gucci. In this digital and ever more competitive era, brands producing more products will not be the way to achieve growth any more. Yet, brands that develop a reason for consumers to buy their products through creating great narratives and overall experiences and invest in building relationships with the customers, are conceivable on thriving.
Read more about the story via here
When It Comes to Luxury, China Still Leads

Currently, Chinese shoppers account for nearly half of the global luxury market. As a younger and more sophisticated generation of shoppers with markedly different tastes, aspirations and consumption habits is reshaping the landscape of luxury in China (contact us for information about a recent trend report on China’s Generation-Z), the world’s largest market still looks likely to continue to provide invaluable demand to brands in every segment and make up for weaker demand elsewhere in a slow economy.

Read an opinion piece by Christopher Horton here through The New York Times