International luxury conference in Versailles

One of the most exciting and informative conferences on luxury, the International Luxury Conference will be held next week at Versailles in France. Let Baroque Access arrange all your travel details and book you into this exciting conference


Make sure you book your place at this innovative conference, which is hosted and moderated by New York Times fashion director, Vanessa Friedman, as well as a group of award-winning journalists from the publication. The 2016 International Luxury Conference will address some of the most critical challenges facing the world of luxury goods in the current economic situation as well as discuss numerous unexpected opportunities.

The conference will be a platform for rigorous analysis and lively debate amongst CEOs of top luxury companies as well as prestigious economists, technology mavericks, entertainment and sports icons, and artists. These luminaries will provide crucial insights, fresh ideas and new strategies to win the hearts and minds of luxury consumers.

Here is an opportunity for you to participate in this unprecedented event — to join interactive sessions led by global experts, dine in the spectacular Chateau de Versailles and connect with luxury influencers from around the world. Notable speakers include the likes of Chanel’s former global CEO, Maureen Chiquet, Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, Catherine Tsekensis, Director of Fondation d’enterprise Hermes, Mikael Schiller, Acne Studios’ Chairman and co-owner, Benjamin Millepied, Director of Dance at the Paris Opera, John Demsey, Executive Group President of Estee Lauder Companies Inc, Michael Kowalski, Chairman of the Board of Tiffany & Co and many more.


Take a look at the program, below:

Monday, 4 April

6.30pm: Welcome Cocktail at Hotel Trianon Palace Versailles


Tuesday, 5 April

8am: Registration, Lobby at Hotel Trianon Palace Versailles

9.15am: Welcome

9.30am: Welcome and opening addresses by Chanel CEO Maureen Chiquet with Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman as moderator

10.05am: The Global Context - A discussion about the geopolitical, economic and cultural forces shaping the luxury industry

10.35am: Break

11.05am: Is the logo really over? With keynote address by Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri

11.45am: Reimagining the aesthetic environment – a discussion about the increasingly abstract brand universe

12.20pm: Lunch including discussions on critical issues

2pm: Strategic Sustainability – Deciding on the right level of green sustainability

2.50pm: Can you Qualify Goodness? A cost-benefit investment analysis

3.10pm: Break

4pm: Stepping into the Culture Gap – luxury brands are underwriting the preservation of historic sights and other causes. How to do this without being exploitative and opportunistic

4.40pm: Keynote address on Culture and Consumption by artist Jean-Michel Othoniel

5.10pm: Closing remarks by New York Times Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman

7.10pm: Transport to Chateau de Versailles

7.30pm: Private visit of Chateau de Versailles

9pm: Gala dinner Galerie des Batailles


Wednesday, 6 April

9am: Keynote address by Ariel Emanuel, co-CEO of WME|IMG

9.30am: Connecting to the Edge – the risks of allying with radical culture

10.10am: The Power of Sports – how an athlete and a luxury brand can team up with integrity

10.40am: Break

11.10am: Spotlight: Digital IQ Index: Fashion – Iconic fashion and beauty brands’ digital performance

11.20am: Underwriting the Future – Supporting the next generation of talent

12pm: The Future of Digital Culture – How to balance tradition with technology

12.30pm: Closing remarks by New York Times Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman

12.45pm: Networking Buffet lunch

2pm: Conference closes


Accommodation details

You will be staying at the Trianon Palace Versailles, the venue for the New York Times International Luxury Conference and just 1km from the Chateau de Versailles where you will enjoy the gala dinner. This magnificent hotel manages to perfectly blend tradition and contemporary style, making it the ideal setting for an international luxury conference of this nature. It was recently refurbished and now offers guests an atmosphere of tasteful, modern elegance combined with every possible luxury.


Let Baroque Access book your travel arrangements plus accommodation for the conference. Contact us right now before it’s too late, and we will arrange your tickets to the conference and all your travel details.