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
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.
Allison joined Helen Kaminski in 2001 after relocating to Australia, leaving behind a successful fashion career in New York. Allison is an executive member of the Helen Kaminski board and, as General Manager, oversees the Design and Marketing divisions as well as Global Sales and Business Development.
Allison has over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry. She began her career as a designer, after which she pursued retail buying and merchandising.
As a key global leader in the company, Alison regularly visits markets to spearhead business initiatives and seasonal collection launches.
In her role as Executive Board member for Helen Kaminski Pty Ltd Allison is responsible for driving business strategies that have contributed to the brand’s international success.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (Hons) from UCLA and has completed studies at the ESMOD fashion design school in Paris, France. She earned an MBA in Marketing and International Business from New York University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014 Allison was appointed to the board of Helen Kaminski Japan.
An accomplished fashion executive, Raju Vuppalapati brings to R.M.Williams a wealth of experience in strategic development for global brands. Initially working within the world of fast moving consumer goods, Raju honed his career with iconic international brand Levi Strauss Co.
Known for an innate ability to build high performing teams, Raju held several management positions in the Asia Pacific region, culminating in his role as Vice President and Managing Director for Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Middle East.
Since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of R.M.Williams in December 2014, Raju has sought to grow the brand’s potential, remaining focused on the core values that define R.M.Williams and driving its emergence within the global market.
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).
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.
This year, the event will be complimented by a post forum dinner of which you can choose to add onto the experience of the day. Not to be missed – early registration currently available. Forum ticket price includes: Food & beverage throughout the day and post forum drinks hosted by Charles Heidsieck.