New York Times International Luxury Conference to Explore the Businesses of Fashion, Art and Technology

First speakers announced for Miami event

NEW YORK — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 30, 2014The New York Times International Luxury Conference will bring together some of the biggest names in fashion, art and technology to explore how these industries have become increasingly intertwined in recent years, creating new business opportunities. The event, now in its fourteenth year, will take place in Miami from December 1st to December 3rd 2014. This is the first time the conference has been held in the United States.

Hosted by Deborah Needleman, Editor in Chief, T Magazine, and Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director, The New York Times, the two-day program will bring together more than 500 business and creative leaders from the luxury sector to examine how the fields of fashion, art and technology can be maximized to enhance the unique value of luxury companies and products.

Speakers will include:

  • Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO and Chairman, Kering
  • Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Co-Chairman, DvF Studio LLC
  • Steven Murphy, CEO, Christie’s International
  • J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Stefano Pilati, Head of Design, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Creative Director, AGNONA
  • Tom Sachs, Artist
  • Amanda Parkes, PhD, Chief of Technology and Research, Manufacture N.Y.
  • Carlos Jereissati, CEO, Iguatemi
  • Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, Designers and Co-Founders, Proenza Schouler
  • Dr. Babak Parviz, Vice President, Amazon
  • Claudia D’Arpizio, Partner and Head of Global Luxury Goods and Fashion Practice, Bain & Company
  • Francesco Bonami, Curator
  • Livia Firth, Creative Director, Eco-Age Ltd.
  • Federico Marchetti, Founder and CEO, YOOX Group
  • Brendan Lynch, Artist, The Still House Group
  • Dr. Fiorella Terenzi, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Florida International University

Deborah Needleman said: “The conference will be an incredible forum for top business leaders, designers, artists, technologists and thinkers to discuss both the innovations at the forefront of their own industries, as well as the intersections and opportunities between their various fields.”

Vanessa Friedman said: “In the same way that The New York Times connects the world for readers, and to readers, this conference will look at how luxury connects to the rest of the world -- be it art, technology, invention or the environment. Through a vibrant mix of speakers from different sectors, we will trace the lines between the external forces redrawing the industry.”

The conference will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Miami hotel on the eve of Art Basel Miami Beach, the annual winter gathering place for the creative industries. Art will be a focus both on the conference program but also in the event space itself, with renowned curator Francesco Bonami inviting artists to present their performing work as pop-up performances which will function as surprising and entertaining intermissions at key points during the conference.

Keep up to date with further speaker announcements and the fashion stories making the headlines on Twitter by following @INYTLuxury, @debbieneedles and @VVFriedman.

Notes to editors

Now in its fourteenth year the Luxury Conference is one of the world’s most prestigious annual forums for the global luxury business, bringing together over 500 of the most senior business and creative leaders from the top echelons of the industry to gain insights, share ideas and expand their international networks.

The 2013 conference took place in Singapore and examined the growing influence of Southeast Asia in the luxury market - as both creator and consumer. Speakers included: Ermenegildo Zegna; Domenico De Sole, President, Tom Ford International; Angelica Cheung, Editor in Chief, Vogue China;

The award-winning 2012 conference took place in Rome and analyzed the potential of Africa and the power of the Mediterranean with contributions from major names such as Bono, Donatella Versace, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood.

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