Robb Report

Robb Report September 2019

Luxury Without Compromise. Every issue of Robb Report transports you into the world of luxury as never before! Delve beneath the surface to explore the thoughts and inspirations of the engineers, artisans and entrepreneurs behind the most sought after products, luxury escapes and services the world over. With in-depth looks at the next generation luxury automobiles…to world-class travel adventures..wines, spirits, collectibles and some much more.

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Alex Badia Alex Badia is the men’s and women’s fashion director at WWD and a contributor to Rolling Stone, Variety and Muse, as well as Robb Report. Constantly on the hunt for fashion’s latest trends and talent, he headed to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s idyllic Villa Passalacqua this month for our fall fashion photo shoot, “The Cultured Man” (p. 116). Originally from Barcelona, Badia lived in several European capitals before moving to New York more than 20 years ago—a place he now considers his home away from home. Roberto Patella Roberto Patella has photographed celebrities, models and artists of all stripes—from Armie Hammer to Chuck Close—for publications such as Vanity Fair and Esquire. For Robb Report’s fall fashion shoot, Patella went to Lake Como to capture the cashmeres and flannels of the season,…

editor’s letter

I was talking to a menswear designer recently about how he would describe his customer. His response was revealing: There was no mention of age, profession or location, which is often how these conversations go. His response was simply, “A guy who appreciates well-designed things, whether that’s a hotel, car, restaurant menu or what’s in his wardrobe.” I was reminded of that while we were putting the finishing touches to this, our fall/winter style issue, since it resonated with much of the contents of the magazine. It’s central to what we consider style for the Robb Report man—not just clothing, though that’s obviously its primary tenant, but beautifully made things of every shape and scale, too. And this issue is packed full of all of the above. As far as clothing goes,…


Marine Mammal It’s time to grab 21 of your closest friends to embark on Flying Fox, the world’s largest charter superyacht. Construction was finished earlier this year by Lürssen, with the 466-foot boat’s exterior—complete with an undulating hull—designed by one of the world’s great superyacht designers, Espen Øino. The boat, offered exclusively for charter through Imperial, boasts interiors by Mark Berryman that feature a two-floor spa, two helipads, chefs running a teppanyaki grill, a movie theater and a dining table big enough to sit all 22 of you. (Price upon request, imperial-yachts.com) Under the Sea As you venture down into the depths of the ocean, light recedes from view. But the full spectrum doesn’t disappear at ¯ once—red light is the first to be filtered. Many deep-sea animals are red, a means of…

the duel

Archrivals François Pinault and Bernard Arnault have competed for dominance on the global luxury-goods stage for decades. After numerous battles, the LVMH and Kering head honchos continue to fight for market share and status. Still, for all their quarreling, France’s richest men have more in common than perhaps they’d like to admit. Then again, that might be part of the problem. Bernard Arnault VS. François Pinault STARTED FROM... The middle. After graduating from a prestigious university, Arnault took the helm of his father’s construction company. The bottom. Born into a peasant family, Pinault dropped out of high school. AGE 70 83 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES 156,000 30,595 LOFTY SUSTAINABILITY GOALS Reduce LVMH’s CO emissions by 25 percent by 2020. 2 Reduce Kering’s CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2025. SUPERPOWER BRAND LOUIS VUITTON GUCCI CLAIM TO MUSEUM FAME The $166 million La Maison LVMH/Arts-Talents-Patrimoine in Paris, designed by Frank…

home base

FOR THOSE WHO struggle with whether to stay at a hotel or rent a home when traveling—will it be five-star service and amenities, or privacy and the feeling you actually live in a place, temporarily?—the best of both worlds is here. Enter the home-tel: Around the world, posh properties are offering travelers a home-away-from-home feeling plus the deluxe services of a hotel. Chains like Domio, Stay Alfred and Locale are getting in on the idea in multiple cities. The well-designed, cozy spaces are combined with quality service to remind guests that they’re still on vacation—and don’t have to make the bed. Home-tels are usually made up of multiple units inside a large villa or mansion and have homey amenities like kitchens, laundry units and ample common spaces. But there are also personalized…

blu waters ahead

TO FEED TRAVELERS’ latest appetite for adventure, one company is thinking small—very small, in fact. The Aqua Expeditions–owned Aqua Blu, a long-range luxury yacht, will have just 15 suites, all facing the sea, when it launches around the Indonesian archipelago in November. It will provide an intimate experience for those seeking outings in lush jungles or snorkeling and diving in pristine coral reefs, but who wouldn’t mind some spa time when they get back on board, thanks very much. Previously, if you wanted to visit the archipelago by water, you’d charter a phinisi, a traditional two- or three-masted sailboat, that had been modified for leisure. But the Aqua Blu will add a different option: Aqua Expeditions, the company that runs the excellent river-touring Aria Amazon and Aqua Mekong, will apply its…