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By Elizabeth Solaru & Simba Wakatama
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EP05 - Did Supreme kill Tiffany&Co?

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S02E12 - Why Blackpinks's Rosé Has Tiffany & Co Hooked!
Luxury News Weekly Instagram: @luxurynewsweekly TikTok: @luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Fashion Nova CEO buys Bel Air Mansion 'The One' Tiffany & Co collaborates with Blackpink's Rose a second time ASAP Rocky and Mercedes collaboration Maximilian Davis is Salvatore Ferragamo's new creative director Porsche and Pixar to make real life Sally Carrera from Cars
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April 04, 2022
S02E11 - Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts
Luxury News Weekly Instagram: @luxurynewsweekly TikTok: @luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Gifts: Diptyque Roses Candle Chanel no 5 perfume Fortnum and Mason Hamper VEUVE CLICQUOT LA GRANDE DAME 2008 Dom Perignon Lady Gaga Pyjamas set from Net a Porter Compartes Chocolate Gift Tower Volo Bespoke Earring Stand Van Cleef and Arpels chain TWENTY~4 Patek Phillipe Hermes Himalaya Birkin Bag
24:06
March 22, 2022
S02E10 - Worlds Worst Rapper Launders $4.5Billion
Luxury News Weekly Instagram: @luxurynewsweekly TikTok: @luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Crocodile of Wall Street Launders Billions. Michael Caine's Rolex Breaks World Record. Dolce and Gabbana launch NFT community. Fire on a ship carrying millions of dollars worth of luxury cars. Britney's Malibu home on the market.
41:44
March 15, 2022
S02E09 - The Meme That Canceled Estée Lauder
Luxury News Weekly Instagram: @luxurynewsweekly TikTok: @luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Estée Lauder exec posts insensitive meme Germans seize Russian Superyacht First-Ever Openworked AP Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Assouline publishes book on Louis Vuitton Manufactures Gucci x Adidas at Milan Fashion Week
42:33
March 10, 2022
S02E08 - Space Diamonds & Strange Gold Cubes
Luxury News Weekly Instagram: @luxurynewsweekly TikTok: @luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Rare black diamond from 'outer space' goes on sale Richemont appoints Chief Sustainability Officer Kim Kardashian's skims doubles its valuation Picasso's descendants selling never-before-seen ceramic pieces as NFTs An Artist Placed a Cube Made From $11.7 Million Worth of Gold in Central Park
39:56
March 02, 2022
S0207 - LNW x Hustle Over Everything Collab Episode
Luxury News Weekly Instagram: @luxurynewsweekly TikTok: @luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Hustle Over Everything Instagram: @247hustler Website: https://eztree.me/HustleOverEverything
01:12:55
February 22, 2022
S02E06 - Bezos' Bridge Breaking Yacht
Luxury News Weekly Instagram: @luxurynewsweekly TikTok: @luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Jeff Bezos new superyacht to cause dismantling of Dutch bridge Bentley Residences Miami to Offer Luxury Condos With Garage and Car Elevator New Selfridges owners plan luxury hotel BLACKPINK’s Rosé breaks Tiffany & Co. record Luxury watchmaker Jacob and Co collaborates with UNXD on another NFT
36:32
February 15, 2022
S02E05 - How To Lose $500Million
Luxury News Weekly Instagram: @luxurynewsweekly TikTok: @luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: 1. How America’s most expensive mansion went to zero: $500 Million Gone! 2. Why Gunna's album art belongs in an art gallery 3. The World’s First Space Hotel: Coming 2027 4. Your NFTs Aren't Safe! Heres why 5. A Vintage Collectors Dream: Michael Caine sells rare memorabilia
43:59
February 08, 2022
S02E04 - Why Hermès Hates NFTs!
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Bottega Veneta Takes Over Great Wall of China Why Hermès hates NFTs Thierry Mugler, French Fashion Designer, Dies at 73 The $1.7Million Porche Daniel Mac wishes he spotted The $125Million Mushroom Leather Company Used By Hermes
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January 31, 2022
S02E03 - Logan Paul's $3.5Million Pokemon Collection is Fake!
LUXURY NEWS WEEKLY Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Logan Paul Confirms $3.5 Million Box of Pokemon Cards are Fake BMW Debuts Color-Changing Paint on the iX THE NORTH FACE X GUCCI Grand Seiko Celebrates First Frosts of Winter With Pair of US Exclusives Balmain collaborates with Mattel on Barbie NFTs André Leon Talley, Editor and Fashion Industry Force, Dies at 73
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January 25, 2022
S02E02 - How Balenciaga, Kanye West, and GAP will break the internet!
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com
37:58
January 10, 2022
S02E01 - Chanel's New CEO... Diversity or Disaster?
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com
43:38
January 03, 2022
EP10 - Best of Luxury News 2021
LNW link & Shownotes https://anchor.fm/luxurynewsweekly Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com
19:42
December 26, 2021
EP09 - Holiday Gift Guide 2021
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Gift Links: Hermes Nail Polish Passport Cover from Aspinal of London Diptyque car diffuser with 34 Boulevard Saint Germain Insert Christmas Gift Fortnum and Mason Christmas Hamper James Bond Inspired Advent Calendar Penhaligon's Advent Calendar Coravin Sparkling Anderson & Sheppard  Towelling Double Breasted Dressing Gown Delvaux Miniature Handbag Volo Bespoke Earring Stand A pair of red satin Manolo Blanhniks Rémy Martin LOUIS XIII Cognac Royal Caribbean 274 Day Cruise Vacheron Constantin traditionnelle tourbillon Jaeger-LeCoultre reverso hybris mechanica Cake NFT
24:46
December 20, 2021
EP08 - Worst of the Worst 2021
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Beyonce and JayZ Tiffany Campaign A while back Tiffany solicited the help of Beyoncé and Jay-Z to in an ad campaign to help draw younger buyers but it looks like this may have backfired for many reasons. The campaign was a first of its kind: It was the first time Beyonce and Jay-Z appeared in an ad together, the first public appearance of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting Equals Pi, and the first time the Tiffany Diamond—considered among the most important gemstone discoveries of the 19th century—was worn in a campaign. Balenciaga in backlash over 'racist' $1,190 sweatpants We have affection for Balenciaga but we have to admit that as a brand, they are often problematic. Their creation of The Trompe L'Oeil sweat pants (sagging pants) featuring a built-in pair of boxer shorts peeking out from the waistband, mimicking a style popularised by hip hop musicians was right up there. Drake's Custom Chrome Hearts Rolls Royce This we felt was a collaboration not made in car heaven. We know that Drake loves his cars and this could have made an excellent addition to his $8m dollar car collection. On one hand you have Rolls Royce, the epitome of style and class and on the other you have Chrome Hearts. On initial inspection, as you might expect, the vehicle comes with some pretty extra customizations, including quilted leather seats in a cross pattern and rims engraved with the words “Fuck You.” Chrome Hearts Gifted Cardi B and Offset a 1-of-1 Custom Stroller Chrome Hearts gifted both Cardi B and Offset a 1-of-1 custom stroller in celebration of their second child. The stroller is a newborn carrycot style where the complete exterior and canopy have been reworked with multicolor Cemetery crosses. The larger rear wheels also feature silver crosses at the center hub, and the handle has been wrapped in black leather. Audemars Piguet's New Black Panther Watch Of all the collaborations we've seen in 2021, this was the one we had the highest hopes for but sadly we were bitterly disappointed. Audemars Piguet in partnership with Marvel created the Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon, the first in a continuing partnership with Marvel. At a cost of $5.2m a lot of time, resources and skill went into creating this watch.
30:10
December 13, 2021
EP07 - Sold Out Crystal Pokemon
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Pokemon celebrates 25th anniversary with Baccarat Pikachu The Pokemon Company has teamed up to turn fan-favourite Pikachu into an 11.8 inch crystal collectible. Gucci Spring 2022 collection launch To celebrate 100 years, Gucci headed to Los Angeles and blocked out all of Hollywood Boulevard to put on its anticipated Love Parade show. Steven Spielberg sells his superyacht World-famous director, Steven Spielberg sold his epic 282-footer last week to an unknown buyer, according to Merle Wood & Associates. Although the brokerage firm did not specificity the amount paid, the vessel, now known as Man of Steel, was listed earlier this year for $160 million. Activist investor Third Point buys stake in Cartier owner Richemont Activist hedge fund Third Point has built a stake in Swiss luxury brands group Richemont, it was reported on Monday, in a bid to pressure the Zurich and Johannesburg-traded company into turning around its performance. Most expensive Omega watch sold for $3.4million A Speedmaster Ref. 2915-1 sold for $3.4 million at Phillips’s Geneva Watch Auction XIV, setting a new record for the most expensive Omega watch ever sold. The gavel price not only smashed the previous high mark for an Omega timepiece, it was also over 25 times the watch’s high estimate.
35:52
December 06, 2021
EP06 - In Memory of Virgil Abloh
A short ode to Virgil Abloh. You will forever be missed.
08:52
November 29, 2021
EP05 - Did Supreme kill Tiffany&Co?
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Supreme and Tiffany collaboration Tiffany & Co jewellery and boarders' brand Supreme, have teamed up to create a collection of accessories. The already sold out collection launched on 11 November, blended Tiffany's most iconic jewellery pieces with Supreme's famous box logo, with prices ranging from £50 to £1,100. 2 NYC Men Behind $6M Heists of Luxury Goods at JFK Airport Get Prison Time Two men involved in a briefly successful pair of heists that netted $6 million worth of luxury designer goods from a New York City airport have been sentenced to prison following guilty pleas in Queens Supreme Court. Led by Philippe Dufour, Phillips’s $74.5 Million Watch Auction Shattered Multiple World Records Phillips in Association With Bacs & Russo hit the $74.5 million mark in its Geneva Watch Auction XIV, the highest-ever total in watch auction history, nearly doubling the previous record ($41,496,000 for the Phillips Geneva Auction XII). Selfridges Held Talks to Spin Out its Online Luxury Websites Selfridges & Co. held discussions with potential investors about splitting off its e-commerce business while also considering a potential sale of the department store group, according to people familiar with the matter. Kim K and Fendi Skims collaboration drops Kim Jones, Fendi’s artistic director has joined forces with fashion’s other Kim, shapewear queen Ms. Kardashian, on a new power collab. According to the two Kims, the project “unites the luxury of Fendi with the innovation of Skims,” and as is now customary with her Skims drops, Kardashian has modeled the pieces herself. In one campaign shot, captured by Steven Meisel, Kim is joined by Precious Lee, Tianna St Louis, Jessie Li, and Grace Valentine, all of whom are dressed in zingy purple dresses, separates, leggings and gloves.
35:45
November 22, 2021
EP04 - Chanel Hikes Prices...Again!
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Valentino Unveils Vintage Project Valentino wants to enter the booming resale and vintage market. The Italian luxury house and its creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli forged partnerships with a number of vintage stores around the world. Owners of Valentino vintage pieces will be encouraged to submit them to the boutiques in exchange for store credit to use on new Valentino collections. Harrods £68m in red and faces strike by dozens of restaurant workers Harrods plunged £68m into the red last year after pandemic lockdowns halved its revenues, according to recently published accounts, and the luxury department store is now facing a strike by dozens of restaurant workers. Chanel Hikes Handbag Prices in Run-up to Christmas French luxury group Chanel has hiked prices of some of its most sought after handbags at a time when strong consumer demand and low stock in the run-up to the holiday shopping season are boosting their exclusivity. Michael Jordan is the highest paid athlete of all time The retired NBA great is the highest-paid athlete of all time, with an estimated $2.62 billion in inflation-adjusted career earnings, according to an analysis by Sportico. His Airness tops a list of 12 billionaire athletes, which includes long-retired greats like Arnold Palmer and present-day stars such as Lionel Messi. Aston Martin starts Valkyrie production Aston Martin has completed its first hypercar, a huge milestone in the company's history. Indeed, the hybrid ride—the brainchild of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing—packs the power and tech of a formidable Formula One racer. Crafted entirely from carbon fiber, the featherlight body has been honed for performance. In fact, the underfloor aerodynamics will reportedly generate 4,000 pounds of downforce. At a cost of $3.25million, only 150 models will be produced as it has taken 5 years of painstaking work to get to this stage.
30:48
November 15, 2021
EP03 - Why a pair of Air Jordans just sold for $1.5 million
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Nike Air Jordan 1 1985 sneakers listed for sale for $250,000 A prototype pair of 1985 Nikes made specifically for the Michael Jordan just hit the resale market. The pre-owned sneakers are a player sample and come with the NBA legend’s signature on the right shoe. Now up for auction on eBay for $250,000, the Nike Air 1 OG Chicago Player Sample—with a left shoe in size 13 and a right in 13.5—was kept in multiple safe deposit boxes to keep the kicks in pristine condition. California sports company, Upper Deck also authenticated the GOAT’s signature on the shoes in 1998. Michael Jordan 1984 Nike Air Jordans become the most expensive sneakers sold at Auction The 1984 Nike Air Ships are now the most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction and the first to reach more than $1 million under the gavel. The slam-dunk kicks—which hammered for $1.472 million, to be exact—were acquired by avid cards collectors Nick Fiorella, according to our friends in the auction house Sotheby's. LVMH Swaps in Dior’s Damien Bertrand to Lead Loro Piana LVMH has named a new chief executive for the Italian luxury brand Loro Piana, tapping Damien Bertrand, a managing director at the group’s fast-growing Christian Dior label for the position. Fabio d’Angelantonio, a former marketing executive at Luxottica who became Loro Piana’s chief executive in 2016, will leave the brand, the French luxury group said in an internal announcement seen by BoF. Drake's exclusive see-through Richard Mille watch Drake is no stranger to Luxury News Weekly as he is rumoured to probably have the world's most impressive watch collection. His collection might not be to everyone's taste but his passion for exclusive watches cannot be denied. His latest acquisition is a Richard Mille watch with a case made from sapphire crystal, making it basically see-through. There is a bit of a debate as to whether it's a RM 5602 (one of 10) or an RM056, which was the world’s first production watch with a sapphire crystal case when it was introduced in 2012. The dial of this watch is however more colourful and could have cost Drake at least $2m. Christian Dior Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum The Brooklyn Museum unveiled a major Dior extravaganza, “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams,” on the 10th of September.  Set in an epic 22,000-square-foot space it is a very glamorous ode to a brand often considered the epitome of French fashion. Dior has passed through the hands of seven different designers. Featuring tons of fairy tale dresses, the exhibition is the intersection of couture, art and technology.
31:38
November 08, 2021
EP02 - Flea-market "stone" is $2.7 million diamond!
Elizabeth Solaru Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: House of Gucci Film with Lady Gaga drops the second trailer The second trailer for one of the most anticipated films of the year, House of Gucci, dropped this week.Her casting was somewhat surprising but not entirely shocking as her background in music and dramatic arts makes her more than equipped for the role. With a stellar cast including Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Adam Driver and Jeremy Irons and direction by Ridley Scott we are truly looking forward to this masterpiece. £295,000 bottle of wine stolen from Spanish restaurant’s cellar Two thieves stole 45 bottles of wine, including an extremely rare 215-year-old bottle valued at €350,000 (£295,000), from a collection at an upmarket hotel and restaurant complex in south-west Spain, the owner has said was carried out by an English speaking couple who managed to distract a waiter before making off with the loot. Hermès Revenues Jump 31.5% in Q3 as Asia Remains Strong Hermès International said revenues jumped 31.5 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, helped by a “remarkable” performance in Greater China. "Stone" turns out to be rare 34 carat diamond We all dream of winning the lottery but sometimes life just delivers a jackpot unexpectedly. An exceptionally rare 34-carat stone whose owner believed it was a cheap piece of costume jewelry has been valued at over $2 million. The giant gem, which is about the same size as a $1 coin, belongs to a woman in her 70s living in Northern England. WC Schaffhausen announces six week series on Clubhouse with Abraxas Luxury Swiss watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has partnered with Abraxas Higgins to release a six-week series of discussions on audio social platform Clubhouse.
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November 04, 2021
EP01 - Balenciaga, hottest Q3 brand according to Lyst Index
Hosts: Elizabeth Solaru  Linkedin: Elizabeth Solaru Instagram: @luxurybusinessemporium Website: www.luxurybusinessemporium.com Simba Wakatama Linkedin: Simba Wakatama Instagram: @simbawakatama  Website: www.volobespoke.com Stories: Jonathan Akeroyd named as new Burberry CEO Burberry's former CEO was instrumental in Burberry's turnaround and his departure mid strategy left big shoes to fill. Balenciaga Is Officially the Hottest Luxury Brand in the World Right Now According to the Lyst Index for Q3 of 2021, Balenciaga is the hottest luxury brand right now. Sotheby’s Launches Metaverse, a Dedicated Digital Art Platform With a Little Help From Pak, Paris Hilton, and Time Magazine, in an industry first, Sotheby’s launched Sotheby’s Metaverse, its very own dedicated platform aimed at digital collectors offering a curated selection of NFTs chosen by the auction house’s specialists. Royal Caribbean All Around the World Cruise This week, Royal Caribbean International announced its Ultimate World Cruise that will take passengers to all seven continents in the span of 274 days. On the world’s farthest-reaching cruise to date, passengers can expect to arrive at 150 destinations in 65 countries. A Shortage of White Truffles Is Pushing Prices Up to Around $4,500 a Pound The price of the luxury delicacy has quadrupled for distributors. Native to Italy and the Balkan Penninsula, we were warned of shortages a few years ago but this is an opportunity to grow more truffles artificially as a few farms are starting to. Emma Raducanu becomes Dior's newest ambassador Tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has been tapped by Dior into becoming their newest ambassador. An incredibly rare California license plate paired with an NFT is on sale for an astounding $24 million. A perfect example of scarcity is expensive is one rare license plate with the letters MM is set to sell for a record price of $24 million. Adjaye Associates reveals designs for upside-down New York skyscraper Concept designs for a teetering supertall upside-down skyscraper in New York’s Hudson Yards district have been unveiled. Formed of stepped cantilevered blocks, the 450-metre tower proposed for a state-owned plot dubbed ‘Plot K’, would be the British-Ghanaian architect's tallest scheme yet. Meet the Visual Artist Using Algorithms to Make Multi-Million Dollar NFTs Tyler Hobbs is partnering with Bright Moments for a unique  NFT minting experience.
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October 28, 2021