The top 50 most powerful women in luxury list was celebrated by Imperial Edge during an evening of champagne and art hosted at the Imperial Towers, Mumbai. The selected women, chosen by BlackBook, the luxury industry insider magazine, includes entrepreneurs, top executives, artists and trendsetters who represent female power in Indian luxury.
Blackbook’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Luxury is a yearly tribute to the women who are challenging our notions of luxury with their creativity, conviction, power and persuasion. The list includes names such as, Anamika Khanna (designer), Priya Paul (Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels), Ritu Kumar (Head Textile and Fashion Designer, Ritu Kumar) and Rajshree Pathy (Co-founder, KAMA Ayurveda and founder, India Design Forum), Renu Oberoi (Founder and Creative Head, Renu Oberoi Luxury Jewellery), and Simran Lal (CEO, Good Earth / Co-founder, Nicobar) amongst others. The full list is shared below.
“The Imperial Brand is the pinnacle of Sophistication, Luxury and Aesthetics. We take great pride in how we have managed to create an exclusive community which complements the vision for the best in world developments. Over the years we have engaged with our audience through series of curated events that resonate with the choicest taste of the Imperial community. It’s only fitting that we are associating with the BlackBook event that is recognising and felicitating the 50 most powerful women in Indian Luxury. We congratulate these amazing women for their incredible achievements and wish them greater success in the future” Mr.Rajendra Joshi, CEO SD CORP
The evening, co-sponsored by Poltrona Frau, saw a lively panel discussion on the use of influencer marketing and social media in the luxury industry. This was followed by the awards ceremony presented by Ms Stefania Costanza, the chief guest and Consul General of Italy in Mumbai.
In addition to the award ceremony, guests were treated to a display of several sculptures from the ongoing Elephant Parade India initiative which runs the world’s largest exhibition of decorated elephant statues, raising proceeds for elephant conservation. This included works by Amitabh Bachchan, Abha NarainLambah, Krsna Mehta, Design Temple (shown left) and Anita Dongre.
“In recent times, luxury sales have been spurred by the ultra-affluent working women of India but the efforts of the businesswomen who contribute to sector’s growth often go unrecognized. Our annual BlackBook Top 50 list of Indian Luxury’s Most Powerful Women is a tribute to these women who make significant contributions to the growth of luxury businesses in India.“ Indu Joshi, Director Mediascope Content (BlackBook).
In a bid to strengthen ties with overseas clients,Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) haslaunched its new office in India at the strategically important BandraKurla Complex in Mumbai. The opening of the office, whichwas witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, RAKEZ Chairman, VIP government representatives and senior industry leaders, reflects RAKEZ’s extremely important and growing role as a leading investment destination for Indian companies. Nearly 3,000 Indian firmshave already chosen RAKEZ because of its cost-effective environment, simplified processes,superior logistics and global connectivity.
This will provide a huge competitive edge they believe, to the Indian companies to compete with international markets as the cost of operations on set up as Ras Al Khaimah Economic would be reduced anywhere from 25 to 50 percent.
Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) is fast emerging as the world’s fastest growing free and non-free economic zones providing a metropolitan culture for living and working in addition to all the facilities required to set up the industry. They give clearances with all licenses and other documentation required within 24 hours.
Industries from India such as Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Manufacturing, Auto, IT, Technology, Biotech, Financial Services etc. have shown keen interest to operate also from Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) during an investment summit held here at a Press Conference here in Mumbai.
Comprising of two striking glass facade towers of 23 stories each, with 46 spectacular single-floor 5 BHK residences starting at INR 15 crores, Trump Towers Pune is truly international, having been crafted in accordance with the design and development standards of the global real estate brand – Trump. Located at the upscale Kalyani Nagar area, the interiors have been styled by world-renowned architect and interior designer Matteo Nunziati from Italy. The residences at India’s first Trump high-rise are surrounded by a breathtaking 360-degree view of Pune city.
Tower B of Trump Towers Pune was launched on 21st February, 2018 in the presence of Donald Trump Jr. and Mr. Atul Chordia, Chairman - Panchshil Realty and Mr. Sagar Chordia, Director - Panchshil Realty. Tower B is ready for occupation with all the necessary certificates in place. Tower A is fully occupied and home to persons from large corporations, celebrities as well as industry leaders from various walks of life.
Atul Chordia added, “Our experience working with the Trump Organization has been one of great satisfaction. We are happy to have Donald Trump Jr. here to launch Tower B of Trump Towers Pune. It’s been a fantastic relationship and this further cements our mutual friendship and respect.”
Trump Towers Pune is amongst the first projects in India to utilize Dry Construction Technique (DCT), a global technology that has saved nearly a million liters of water by offering benefits like shorter construction timelines, minimum construction waste, better building mechanics, superior sound insulation and fire-protection compared to regular brickwork and masonry, as well as ease of repairs, renovation and maintenance. Trump Towers Pune is a platinum LEED certified building.
Atomberg Technologies, a multi-award winning startup launched by IIT-Bombay alumni, has created an innovative distribution channel to distribute their flagship fans in Mumbai. These fans, which go by the name “Gorilla Fans” are based on the state-of-the-art Brushless DC technology that is more energy efficient than even the five-star ceiling fans available in the market. The Gorilla Fans consume just 28 watts of energy, even when operated at their highest speed.
Atomberg (https://atomberg.com/) started manufacturing these fans back in November 2015, and within six months, their sales reached 1,000 fans per month and currently, the company is selling 12,000 fans per month, with a capacity to produce 30,000 fans per month. The Gorilla Fans are one of the highest rated and reviewed products on e-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart with online sales of around 2,000 fans per month. The total sales of these Gorilla Fans through e-commerce has been around 20,000 fans.
Recently, Atomberg innovated a new distribution channel wherein they tied-up with Tata Power to provide the Gorilla Fans to the customers in Mumbai at a subsidized price under the Demand-Side Management (DSM) scheme. Tata Power has initiated many programmes to promote energy efficiency at consumer premises and this scheme is approved by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). The main objective of this programme is to reduce energy consumption by providing energy-efficient products to people at subsidized rates.
“Under Tata Power Demand-Side Management [DSM] programme, we motivate customers to give up energy-guzzling appliances. Gorilla fans provide huge energy savings,” says Shekhar Khadilkar, head DSM & power management, Tata Power, Mumbai distribution.
Sportina Exim Pvt. Ltd. has for over two decades benchmarked itself as a one-stop-shop for complete sports infrastructure requirement complying with the highest international quality standards that puts the company as a key leader in the industry. Sportina has now introduced ProMAXima, a Houston based company to India, who are the gym equipment manufacturers, having an experience of more than 45 years in CARDIO, STRENGTHENING & CROSS-TRAINING. Sportina will be representing as a sole distributor having exclusivity for Asian market.’
Announcing the launch, Henry Sheth, Director, Sportina Exim Pvt. Ltd. said, “For over four decades ProMAXima has been the most preferred name in the commercial fitness industry worldwide and we are proud to partner them for the Asian market. ProMAXima products are designed to meet rigorous quality standards, endless pursuit of innovation and commitment to customer satisfaction. SPORITNA will be presently targeting leading condos, hotels, gyms, health clubs, colleges, residential complexes and sports arenas nationally”.
For years Pro Maxima has been providing quality fitness equipment to the U.S. Army, US Navy, US Air-force, US Marines, US Coast Guard, FBI and CIA. ProMAXima’s professional design team help optimize the layout of the facility to ensure they get the equipment and results they desire in order to remain happy and healthy. Sportina’s mission is to increase sports awareness by developing sports infrastructure in schools, colleges, universities, clubs, private houses & sports stadiums for indoor - outdoor areas which would create deep fitness awareness in public & private sector pan India.
The commercial fitness market in India has seen exponential growth over the years due to various factors like introduction of new age gyms, fitness services, rising chronic health disorders and healthcare awareness programs. With rapid urbanization, rise in disposable income, technological advancement and changing lifestyle the gen next is dedicating more time on fitness with a firm penchant towards healthy living.
World Architecture Travel (WAT) a global network for guided architectural tours brings to you a unique travel experience to Mexico and Cuba. Themed ‘Time among the Maya’, the tour coordinated by a team of experienced architects, historians and academicians presents a comprehensively planned experience of the ancient and contemporary architecture of MEXICO and CUBA through guided city walks, culture trails and academic discussions. The team providing new perspectives about themes and issues that shape global architecture today - from the design of homes, to infrastructure and even further to urban landscapes.
Mexico is a kinetic, chaotic metropolis, recognized as a cultural and design capital, with its unique synthesis of Aztec and indigenous elements, modernist philosophies and daring design, not to mention architectural masterworks by practitioners such as Luis Barragan, Felix Candela and Pedro Ramirez Vasquez defining it's landscape - Mexico, the city of palaces, also has the largest number of sites declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in the Americas.
Cuba, once observed German scientist Alexander von Humboldt, is a kind of Caribbean Galápagos where contradictory curiosities exist side by side. This rich dichotomy makes for the eclectic architecture and multiethnic populace the country boasts of and is also the reason travelling in Cuba is guaranteed to be a sensational experience. The tours are interspersed with a blend of explorations, interactions, lectures, a peek into the lesser known escapades and much more that stimulates, enlightens and exhilarates.
The tour features some of the architectural marvels in the region namely Teotihuacan, Ciduad de Mexico – Zocalo, Art Scene in Ciduad de Mexico, Casa Luis Barragan, Cuernavaca, Coyoacan, Merida, Tulum, Havana, Old Havana, Trinidad, Finca Vigia, Vinales and Cayo Jutias.
Crossword Bookstores today hosted an extraordinary evening with international bestseller Rupi Kaur at Nehru Auditorium, Worli.
Rupi Kaur is a poet, artist, and performer. Author of two books, ‘Milk and Honey’, New York’s bestselling book of 2017 and ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’, Rupi speaks with spiritual calm, when she says, “ I am the product of all the ancestors getting together and deciding these stories need to be told.”
Her debut book, ‘Milk and Honey’ became an international phenomenon. It sold over 2.5 million copies, was translated into more than 30 languages, and landed as a #1 New York Times Bestseller for innumerable weeks. She explores evocative themes, ranging from love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration. Her work and her passion are spellbinding.
Maulik Desai, Head of Crossword Bookstores, the host for Rupi Kaur’s performance in Mumbai says, “Anyone who has watched Rupi Kaur perform, will vouch for her captivating expressiveness. Rupi has performed her poetry across the world. Her stature is unique because after you watch her perform, you want to read more of her writing. Crossword is excited to host Rupi and stock her wonderful books as well.”
Her books The Sun and Her Flowers & Milk and Honey published & distributed by Simon & Schuster India and available at Crossword Bookstores.
Post her cathartic performance to a houseful audience, Rupi said, “I thank Crossword Bookstores and Simon & Schuster India for this opportunity. I feel a sublime connect to India, and it has been exhilarating to interact with this marvellous, sensitive audience.”
The Imperial Edge will celebrate the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Luxury, with an evening of champagne and art hosted at the Imperial Towers, Mumbai. The selected women, chosen by Blackbook, theluxury industry insider magazine, includes entrepreneurs, top executives, artists and trendsetters who represent female power in Indian luxury.
The event will display several sculptures from the ongoing Elephant Parade initiative, a charity supported by the Royal Family of Great Britain, which runs the world’s largest exhibition of decorated elephant statues, raising proceeds for elephant conservation. As many of the women in the list are involved in some way with Elephant Parade, the display will mark a timely tribute to the vital work of this charity and the ongoing association between luxury, sustainability and philanthropy. Elephants on display include works by Amitabh Bachchan, Krsna Mehta and Abha Narain Lambah amongst others.
Blackbook’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Luxury is a yearly tribute to the women who are challenging our notions of luxury with their creativity, conviction, power and persuasion. The annual list is widely anticipated by the industry, and includes names such as Anamika Khanna, Ananya Birla, Karishma Grover, Karyna Bajaj, Tina Tahiliani-Parikh, Abha Narain Lambah, Priya Paul and Mira Kulkarni.
The full list will be announced at 10pm on Friday 9 March.
Alongside the award presentations a panel discussion will deliberate on a contentious issue in the industry today ‘Do luxury brands in India need influencer marketing? Do bloggers help reach the right target audience, or is it a wasted PR effort?’
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Developed by the SD Corporation Private Limited, a joint venture of Shapoorji Pallonji and the Dilip Thacker Group, SD Corp is one of the pioneers of world-class architecture in the city of Mumbai. SD Corp is responsible for having created landmark living spaces, and with a combined strength of a team of over 6000 employees, it aims to build a vibrant future through the means of successful enterprise by leveraging existing platforms and creating new ones. It has laid the foundation for a wide range of vibrant living and commercial spaces and is looking towards a promising future with booming real estate projects planned across the country.
BlackBook is India’s only luxury industry insider magazine. A specialised monthly publication with a fast-growing digital presence, BlackBook is published for an exclusive invite-only subscriber base—movers and shakers of India’s luxury sector. BlackBook tracks the evolution and rise of the idea of indulgence in India, and the country’s attempt at becoming a serious playground for the world’s biggest brands.
Reaffirming its commitment towards supporting the Dubai Plan 2021 which reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to boost Dubai's urban environment by enhancing living experience of residents and visitors through improving the quality of economic and social services provided, Falconcity of Wonders LLC - the developer of the Falconcity of Wonders (FCW) multipurpose mega project being built in Dubai - announced the launch of its new customer service mobile application. The announcement of the new smart application is also in alignment with the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021 that aims to transform UAE into the happiest nation. FCW, a company under the umbrella of Salem Ahmad Almoosa Enterprises, has launched this new smart mobile application to enhance customer relations. The new Falconcity Customer Service mobile application is designed to provide a complete hassle-free customer service experience to all users, including owners and tenants of Falconcity. By providing a range of services including bill payments, requests for temporary gate passes; access to promotional material; NOC interim registration; party requests; and maintenance support, the mobile application helps simplify transactions by digitizing them and ensuring safe storage of data. It also helps in reducing the usage of paper, thereby contributing to the achievement of the emirate’s sustainability targets. The Falconcity Customer Service mobile application is developed for two major platforms natively - Android and iOS, along with a desktop version. The key features of the app include updates and notifications on status of requests and payments; location and navigation services using Google maps; an option to upload and update customers’ documents and profile pictures; news and updates on Falconcity of Wonders; access to Falconcity of Wonders’ social media channels and direct calls to customer care centres.
H.E. Salem Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders LLC, said: “The launch of the new smart application to provide cutting-edge smart services to our customers reaffirms our commitment towards driving digital innovation in the emirate by enhancing customer satisfaction and happiness through technology innovation. In addition, the elimination of paper work through the adoption of latest digital trends complements the emirate’s journey towards becoming one of the most sustainable cities in the world.”
Embassy Office Parks hosted an inspirational event to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Hilton, Embassy Golf Links on 6th March 2018. Embassy Office Parks has been a leader in the Commercial office space, providing a truly International work experience for both corporate occupiers and park users. In line with Embassy’s philosophy of ‘Enhancing Lives’ the International Women’s Day event was introduced by Embassy Office Parks in 2016, to provide an engaging platform for women at their place of work.
According to Research reports by McKinsey Global Institute and E&Y and Peterson Institute of for International Economics, it is interesting to note that India can increase 2025’s estimated GDP of $4.83 trillion by 16 – 60% by enabling women to participate with men. Additionally, when companies have over 30% women in Leadership, 6% increase in profit can be expected. This is an indication and a strong message to foster diversity, attract, retain and build women leadership talent across sectors.
The 3rd edition of the Women’s Day Event organised by Embassy Office Parks invited leading women in diverse fields, to share their success stories and insights with women from across corporate organisations. Taking inspiration from the theme of International Women’s Day 2018 - #PressforProgress, Padma Shri and National Award-winning actor, Shabana Azmi delivered an inspiring talk on ‘Women competing and rising on their own terms’. Her insights and powerful clarity on the subject had the audience in awe and wanting more. Shabana Azmi said “Men and Women are different but deserve equal opportunity. We have come a long way in India, where things are changing for the better, however the gender disparity needs to continue narrowing down. Every woman can be a catalyst for this change, by just empowering one woman in their circle of influence.
On being asked on the contradictory views of celebrating Women’s Day, Shabana Azmi stressed on the event’s importance and said “Women’s Day is to be celebrated as it is a symbol of remembering the struggles that resulted in the Women’s movement, taking actions and clearing the path for women to demand and ask for equal rights. Today, there is more opinion than information in the society and feminism needs to be looked at as asking for equal opportunity”