Returning in August 2016 as the only forum dedicated to the business of luxury in Australia, deLux16 invites you to explore this year’s theme through the eyes of selected and significant global brand custodians and industry visionaries.Register your interest
Neil Perry AM is Australia’s leading and most influential chef.
He has managed several quality restaurants in Australia and today concentrates on his flagship brand, the Rockpool Group, which includes Rockpool est. 1989, Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, Spice Temple Sydney and Melbourne, and Rosetta Ristorante in Melbourne. His Burger Project restaurants are located in Sydney and Melbourne, expanding across Australia in the next 12 months.
Perry also heads a team of eight consultants to Qantas, developing quarterly menus for First and Business travellers, overseeing the implementation and introduction to catering centres at key ports. Since 1997, Perry’s Rockpool Consulting team has played a pro-active role in the entire menu development process, from designing the dishes, to writing and testing the recipes, training chefs in ports all over the world and communicating to and training the cabin crew who cook and deliver the food on board. In 2010, Rockpool Consulting’s work with Qantas expanded to include the set up and implementation of domestic Business Class menus and a stronger focus on the Qantas First and Chairman’s Lounges.
Perry is also author of nine cookbooks - Good Food, The Food I Love, Rockpool, Simply Asian, Balance & Harmony, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Easy Weekends, Simply Good Food and Spice Temple - a television presenter with regular appearances as a judge/mentor on Restaurant Revolution and MasterChef Australia and his own show on The Lifestyle Channel, and has his own range of Omega kitchen appliances. He also has a weekly food column in Good Weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and contributes a monthly food column to Qantas: The Australian Way magazine and Good Food.
Perry’s career in hospitality began at Sails restaurant at McMahons Point and in Rose Bay. He then became head chef at Barrenjoey Restaurant, Palm Beach and was also given creative control over Perry’s in Paddington. In October 1986, he opened the Blue Water Grill at Bondi Beach and took the site from a 20-year failure to an overnight success. He then opened Rockpool in February 1989 with his business partner Trish Richards, which has just celebrated its 25th birthday and is still regarded as a world-class restaurant and one of Sydney’s best.
This year, Perry’s seven restaurants have been awarded a combined total of 15 Hats in the Good Food Guide titles in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and all are featured in Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100 List, with Rockpool est. 1989 awarded ‘Restaurant of the Year’. Influential Wine Spectator Magazine has also acknowledged the Rockpool Group’s restaurants for their extraordinary wine programs, awarding Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney a “Grand Award” for the fifth consecutive year, while Rockpool on George, Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne and Perth and Rosetta all received a “Best of Award of Excellence”, and Spice Temple Sydney and Melbourne received an “Award of Excellence”.
Through Perry’s involvement in the Starlight Children’s Foundation and various other charities, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for ‘significant service to the community as a benefactor of and a fundraiser for charities, and as a chef and restaurateur’. He has also established the Rockpool Foundation, a charitable arm of his business ventures, which strives to support initiatives that strengthen communities and promote real social change.
Perry’s passion and the importance he places on quality are evident in all his dishes, the business projects he undertakes, the charities he supports and the success his restaurants enjoy.
Luca Solca has been voted #1 luxury goods analyst in the Institutional Investor surveys in four of the past six years (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016) whenever he was covering the sector. Luca has a 25+ years’ experience in luxury goods. He was 12 years in consulting and a partner of the Boston Consulting Group - serving luxury goods, consumer goods and retail clients all over Europe. He moved on to lead a publicly traded luxury conglomerate – that he restructured and refinanced between 2002 and 2005. He has worked on the sellside in the past 11 years, covering both luxury goods and general retail – as well as trying his hand as Director of Research in 2012 and 2013.
Luca is a magna cum laude SDA Bocconi MBA (1990).
With ten years of experience in the Australian fashion industry, Deborah Symond has specialised in womenswear buying and e-commerce roles for industry leaders such as Robby Ingham and Gail Elliot. In 2013, Deborah made a considered decision to follow her entrepreneurial instinct and launch her own online boutique, MODESPORTIF.COM.
Identifying a gap in the market, Deborah undertook two years of research and development into the emerging fashion movement ‘Athleisure', which saw her travelling around the globe in search of new activewear and casual wear labels. In September 2014, Deborah officially launched Mode Sportif. With a hugely positive response from both Australian and international media and industry peers, the business has continued to grow into a highly-acknowledged global online retailer.
Mode Sportif has now entered its 18th month of operation. With 40 international brands under its umbrella alongside championed customer service, Mode Sportif is the online destination for Valentino, Pierre Hardy, 3.1 Phillip Lim, James Perse, adidas x Stella McCartney, Nike, Calvin Klein Performance, Olympia Activewear and The Upside, and ships to more than 70 countries worldwide.
Born from a personal desire to combine comfort and function with a fashion-forward edge, Mode Sportif is the ultimate luxury activewear and leisurewear destination. It is the first and continues to remain the only online e-commerce destination of its kind.
Gregoire Blanche graduated from Euromed in France in 1998 and obtained an MBA from Newcastle University Business School in 1999. He began his professional career in 1996 with Cartier in Switzerland, and was Project Manager in charge of drafting, implementing and running an international aftersales policy geared at optimizing the management of Cartier leather straps.
In 1999, he moved to Miami as Marketing Manager for the Latin America and Caribbean region, starting with fragrances, followed by watches.He was appointed Marketing Director in 2004, supervising Cartier’s marketing activities in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and managing a team of product managers covering all Cartier creations including jewellery, watches, accessories and fragrances.
In 2006 he was appointed Marketing Vice President and oversaw the entire Marketing, Communication and PR departments as well as Supply Chain and Store Design teams, whilst seated at the Cartier Latin America and Caribbean region Executive Committee. In 2008 he was appointed as Retail Development Director and moved back to Cartier International in Paris. He was then appointed in 2009 as Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Bernard Fornas.
Since April 2013, Mr Blanche has served as Regional Managing Director, South East Asia and Australia, and strengthened the retail presence in the region with the opening of flagships in Emporium in Bangkok, Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur, and Castlereagh in Sydney. The latter is the largest Cartier boutique in the southern hemisphere. In 2015, he spearheaded Etourdissant Cartier in Singapore, the largest international high jewellery event in the region.He has also served as a board member of the Cartier Charitable Foundation since its inception in 2012.
Mr Blanche currently lives in Singapore with his wife and 3 children.
Over one day and held in one of Sydney’s most iconic locations, deLux16 invites you to immerse yourself into topical industry discussions and absorb revealing insights through the eyes of selected and significant brand experts and industry visionaries. deLux16 is recommended for Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operation Officers, Managing Directors, General Managers, Marketing/Communication /Brand Directors/Managers, Consultants, Analysts, Creatives, Account Directors, Publishers…in essence decision makers, innovators
and entrepreneurs who wish to augment their operational knowledge in this specialised sector.
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