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The Lilian Raji Agency was inspired by the founder’s personal experiences working as one of the leading
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When we decided to make an entrance into the US market,
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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009
By Gregory Mottola
S.T. Dupont, the Parisian
maker of luxury cigar
accessories, has opened up a
small retail outlet in The Big
Apple. A shop within a shop,
the new boutique is located
inside the upscale Davidoff of
Geneva cigar store on
Madison Avenue, making the
entire portfolio of S.T.
Dupont's high-end products
available to all who walk
through Davidoff's doors.
The grand opening gala took place Tuesday night at Davidoff, where
Alain Crevet, chief executive officer of S.T. Dupont, told the crowd of
cigar smokers "S.T. Dupont has been very successful in Asia, and very
successful in Europe, but I have always been frustrated with its progress
in the United States. This will hopefully be a stepping stone to success."
The opening comes after a recent closing of the S.T. Dupont shop in Las
Vegas, which was a kiosk-type operation relying on business generated
from the foot traffic of The Palazzo hotel and casino. The New York
business model takes a more focused approach, homing in on Davidoff's
Advertising well-established clientele of high-end cigar and accoutrement consumers.
"This new collaboration with S.T. Dupont with a true 'shop in shop' allows
us to offer our customers an even greater range of unique merchandise,
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and is in keeping with what they've come to expect from Davidoff of
Geneva in New York City," said Michael Herklots, general manager of
New York's Davidoff shops.
S.T. Dupont accessories can range in price from $150 up to $20,000 for
Check out our cigar toy gallery for some S.T. Dupont cigar accessories.
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S.T. Dupont's strong suit
On September 15, 2009 at 5:11 PM
At a dinner last night hosted by S.T. Dupont CEO Alain Crevet to celebrate the legendary French accessory brand's
reentry into the U.S. market, attendees were given the chance to ogle several intriguing new releases, from a line of
leather goods treated with diamond dust (for both durability and, one assumes, because, dude, it's diamond dust) to
a new lightweight ballpoint pen made with technology from the Airbus A380 (luckily, it's not a double-decker wide
body). Just as impressive—though, sadly, not available in America—was the classically detailed, assertively tailored
S.T. Dupont suit on the exec next to me. Men's suiting is a pretty crowded market on these shores, so you can
understand the company's decision to stick with its core pens-bags-and-lighters business, but I'll say this to the folks
at Dupont: If you ever change your mind, you've got one potential customer all lined up.
S.T. Dupont's in-store boutique at Davidoff of Geneva opens tomorrow, 535 Madison Ave., NYC, (212) 751-9060,
— Tyler Thoreson photo: Courtesy of S.T. Dumont
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Davidoff Welcomes S.T. Dupont
by Tom Johansmeyer (RSS feed) Sep 21st 2009 at 11:03AM
Last week, Davidoff Madison Avenue celebrated the launch of its new S.T. Dupont "shop-in-shop" concept.
Guests were hosted by general manager Michael Herklots to wine and hors d'oeuvres as they walked through
Manhattan's upscale tobacconist and perused the latest accessories from the Parisian luxury goods company. In
attendance, and offering a few words, was Alain Crevet, CEO of S.T. Dupont Paris, who celebrated the
"There's been a wonderful synergy and working relationship for a number of years between the Davidoff stores
in New York and S.T. Dupont," said Herklots. "We're excited to take this next step with our two brands. Our
beautiful Madison Avenue flagship store has always maintained a selection of the finest cigars and good life
accessories including those by S.T. Dupont. This new collaboration with S.T. Dupont allows us to offer our
customers an even greater range of unique merchandise, in keeping with what they've come to expect from
Davidoff of Geneva in New York City."
The shop-in-shop corner within the store is packed with an extensive selection of S.T. Dupont merchandise. Though the company's products are not new
to Davidoff Madison Avenue, the build-out offers a unique venue in which to enjoy the Dupont experience. In a tough market for cigars and cigar
accessories, the expansion of the Davidoff/S.T. Dupont gives cigar smokers a reason to be excited.
Watch an interview with the Herklots after the jump.
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S.T. Dupont & Davidoff of Geneva
Store-in-Store Debuts boutique opened at the Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas in January 2008 by the father and
son business partners Frank and Matt Arcela, owners of several Davidoff cigar shops in Las Vegas.
By E. Edward Hoyt III That boutique - a stand-alone “kiosk” in a high traffic retail area inside the Palazzo which was located
just across from one of their Davidoff shops - recently closed. The New York “store-in-store” takes a
different approach, featuring the company’s entire product line and tapping Davidoff of Geneva’s
Davidoff of Geneva’s Madison Avenue store in New York is now host to a new S.T. Dupont luxury-orient consumers already familiar with Davidoff’s “Good Life” philosophy of
existing base of boutique
that carries the full product line of luxury French accessory maker. merchandise.
S.T. Dupont, the Paris-based luxury accessory and pen producer, has launched a new New York
retail boutique, marking what the 135-year-old French manufacturer hopes will be the start of
continued growth in the U.S. market. The new shop is actually a collaboration with Davidoff of
Geneva’s flagship Madison Avenue shop, which is hosting the S.T. Dupont boutique as a “shop-within-
a-shop” - a dedicated area of the existing Davidoff shop that now carries the French manufacturer’s
entire product line.
“We’ve always carried a full line of the S.T. Dupont smoking accessories,” explains Michael Herklots,
general manager both of the Davidoff of Geneva stores in New York, noting Davidoff’s full assortment
of S.T. Dupont lighters, cutters, ashtrays, cigar cases, and humidors. But the new partnership now
opens up access for U.S. customers to S.T. Dupont’s complete product portfolio,For Crevet, the move to raise S.T. Dupont’s domestic profile and bolster its U.S. sales was inspired by
including pens and
writing accessories, leather goods, and men’s accessories. the brand’s strong success in Asia and Europe but what he feels is its under-tapped potential
stateside. Last summer, the company appointed Lotus MJYX, LLC as its wholesale distributor for the
United States. A Florida corporation with facilities and offices in Rhode Island, Lotus brought an
The new S.T. Dupont Shop-in-Shop Corner premiered during a private opening night reception on team already well known in the industry with over 75 years experience in
S.T. Dupont’s core product categories, led by Lotus president and c.e.o. Michael Reynolds. According
September 15, 2009. Alain Crevet, c.e.o. of S.T. Dupont Paris, and Michael Reynolds, c.e.o. of appointment was made with the intent of fully establishing the brand in the U.S.
to Crevet, the Lotus Lotus
MJYX - the U.S. distributor for S.T. Dupont - were in attendance to inaugurate the boutique. totally committed to S.T. Dupont’s brand strategy” added Reynolds at the time.
market. “We are
Lotus quickly created a new after-sales service center crucial in bolstering consumer confidence in the
“There’s been a wonderful synergy and working relationship for a number of years between a backlog of service requests inherited from the previous U.S. distributor.
brand following the
Davidoff stores in New York and S.T. Dupont,” says Herklots. “We’re excited to take this next step from a Januaryplating fire at S.T. Dupont’s Faverges plant of writing - which
Unfortunately, the fallout with
completely destroyed the polishing and
workshops and brought production
our two brands. Our Madison Avenue store has always maintained a selection ofinstruments and lighters andhalt - slowed growth efforts even before the global economic recession
the finest cigars to a
good life accessories, including those by S.T. Dupont. This new collaboration with S.T. Dupont allows
fully tightened its grip on consumer spending. But with the facilities now completely rebuilt and
us to offer our customers an even greater range of unique merchandise, in keeping with what they’ve illustrating the brand’s strong resistance to economic crisisWestern
production back to full capacity, S.T. Dupont has posted strong sales increases in France,
Europe, and Hong Kong/China, in these
come to expect from Davidoff of Geneva in New York City.” areas. Another bright spot has been an increase in income from licensing of the S.T. Dupont brand
due to the overall performance of the company’s licensees and the impact of new eye wear launched
by the Aoyama group, further reinforcing the S.T. Dupont brand worldwide.
Indeed, the Davidoff - S.T. Dupont relationship has more than a little history - the first S.T. Dupont
The opening of the New York boutique also served as an ideal opportunity to debut S.T. Dupont’s new
Defi product line to the U.S. market, a series of high performance accessories utilizing innovative new
materials that combine a luxury image with a competitive price. Included are writing instruments,
leather business bags, and a lighter. As part of the overall S.T. Dupont line, these new items expand
the potential market for the company’s luxury goods.
“When it comes to luxury smoking accessories, S.T. Dupont is undoubtedly the industry leader,” says
Herklots. “They’ve really got something for everyone. Although Davidoff and S.T. Dupont have very
different stories and histories, the philosophies of both are quite similar in their unwavering dedication
to quality. Both companies embrace the ‘Good Life,’ and encourage us to celebrate life.”
SMOKESHOP - October, 2009
Ooh la la: French high jewelry takes to Big Apple Page 1 of 2
Ooh la la: French high jewelry takes to Big Apple
October 30, 2009
New York--Aaron Faber Gallery will host 13 of
France's celebrated jewelry houses and designers in
the second annual Jewels of France Exhibition and
The event, starring smaller less recognized French
jewelry houses under the "Label Joiaillerie de
France," will kick off the afternoon of Nov. 16 and
run through Nov. 20 at the gallery's midtown
Manhattan headquarters at 666 Fifth Avenue on West
Among the pieces that will be featured in the According to the exhibition's hosts, UBIFRANCE and
Jewels of France Exhibition and Trunk Show the French Trade Commission, each of the featured
is this Joia ring in white gold with green designers produce quality and craftsmanship that is
tourmalines and diamonds. guaranteed by the Union Francaise de la BJOP (the
French Union of Jewelry Makers, Gems, Pearls and
Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to
learn abut the art of French jewelry manufacture, and also meet with the creative directors behind the
participating houses, which include: Antoine Camus, Bijoux Commelin, BRM, Garnazelle, Joia, La
Joaillerie Recreative, Marchak, Sophie Reyre, Sylvain Nosjean, Tess and Tasha, Umane Creations,
Veronique Bailly and Ximena Alarcon Cavrois.
"It takes a minimum 10 years of study to become a master artisan of French high jewelry," Camille
Wiart, director of business development, fashion and jewelry at the French Trade Commission, said in a
media release. "We are pleased to present to the American audience through the Jewels of France
Exhibition and Trunk Show 13 of France's most celebrated jewelry houses and designers, each
consummate masters of their trade. We are also very happy to be working again with Aaron Faber
Gallery, whose reputation and commitment to showcasing the best in contemporary studio jewelry,
classic and vintage jewelry made it the obvious venue."
For a sneak peak of designs in the Jewels of France Exhibition and Trunk Show, jump to our 10X blog.
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Mention French high jewelry and most Americans will immediately think of Richemont Group or LVMH and their
stable of well branded companies. Mention the Label Joaillerie de France, and those in the know will also think of
smaller, less recognized French jewelry houses, whose quality and craftsmanship is guaranteed by the French
Union BJOP as being manufactured, mounted, set and polished in France, following strict ethical, legal and
These smaller houses are oftentimes manufacturer of some of the more recognized French jewelry houses. Aaron Faber
Gallery, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10103, in partnership with UBIFRANCE and the French Trade Commission, will
host thirteen of these great wonders during the week of November 16, 2009 for the Second Annual Jewels of France
Exhibition and Trunk Show.
The Jewels of France Exhibition and Trunk Show is an annual week long gathering of some of France’s most acclaimed
jewelry houses and their designers. Aligned again in its second year with Aaron Faber Gallery, the Jewels of France
exhibition offers both trade and consumers an opportunity to meet the Creative Directors behind these houses and learn
more about the exquisite and complicated art of French jewelry manufacture.
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This year’s participants include Marchak, the 131 year old jewelry house founded by Joseph Marchak, the “Cartier” of Kiev
and Peter Fabergé’s greatest rival; Bijoux Commelin, the 129 year-old manufacture of charms and specialist in translucent
enamel; and BRM, the only watch company in the world that designs and manufacturers all of their watches and watch
components in France. Also participating are Umane Créations, Joïa, La Joaillerie Récréative, Sylvain Nosjean, Tess &
Tasha, Veronique Bailly, Ximena Alarcon Cavrois, Sophie Reyre, Antoine Camus, and Garnazelle.
It takes at minimum ten years of study to become a master artisan of French high jewelry”, said Camille Wiart, Director of
Business Development, Fashion & Jewelry at the French Trade Commission. PORTFOLIO to present to the American
GUMUCHIAN “We are pleased
audience through the Jewels of France Exhibition and Trunk Show thirteen of France’s most celebrated jewelry houses and
designers, each consummate masters of their trade. We are also very happy to be working again with Aaron Faber Gallery,
whose reputation and commitment to showcasing the best in contemporary studio jewelry, classic and vintage jewelry made
it the obvious venue.”
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Garnazelle, Ximena Alarcon Cavrois, Tess & Tasha, Joïa
The exhibition opens late afternoon Monday, November 16th and continues through Friday, November 20th. A private
reception hosted by the Creative Directors of each jewelry house will be held at Aaron Faber Gallery the evening of
Thursday, November 19th. The general public will be able to view and purchase from the featured collections daily, with
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uncle in 1971, eschews white diamonds for colored gems
including sapphires, green beryls, tsavorites, paraíba
tourmalines, and opals. “No two opals are ever the same,” he
says. “Even the same opal looks different during the day or
night.” The striking opal ring, shown, is in a gold and diamond
setting. The vibrant collection, priced from $5,000 to as much as
$140,000, draws heavily on natural themes, including whimsical
animal motifs that include beetles, dragonflies, frogs, and turtles,
Click image to enlarge.
as well as more abstract themes all rendered in an array of
colorful gems. (www.mathon-paris.com)
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Though diamonds may be a girl's best friend, they're not
necessarily the go-to designs for women buying for
Retailers over the holiday season reported that lower price-
point colored-gemstone jewelry was among the pieces that
gift-shopping women were picking up for their own jewelry
boxes. And National Jeweler's annual post-holiday survey
found that 21 percent of retail respondents saw increased
margins for their colored-gemstone jewelry for the 2008
holiday season, compared with 2007.
Mathon Paris "Manhattan" collection ring in The Spring 2009 Fashion Week runways were ripe with
white gold with aquamarine, tourmaline and color--and we're not just talking about lushly hued apparel.
peridot; suggested retail price is $8,508. From earthy stones such as turquoise and coral to sleek,
Mathon-Paris.com faceted gemstones, vibrant, attention-grabbing jewelry was
abundant too. (See colored-gemstone designs here.)
Design Trends: The overarching theme for jewelry in 2009
is that big and bold is in. That's good news for colored
gemstones--especially for the flamboyant hot pinks and cerulean blues that appear to have caught many a
designer's fancy as of late. Another important color story is green, which one designer described as a flattering
hue that summons thoughts of well-being, health and nature. In terms of styles, oversized cocktail rings remain
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Price Points: The slowing of the economy has led to some volatility in the gemstone market over the last year,
Sautoir LiBELLuLE in
oro grigio (66.43 gr.)
con BriLLanti (1.81 ca-
rati), BEriLLi vErdi (8.49
carati), acquE marinE
(49.42 carati) E opaLi ca-
BochonS (5.67 carati).
Gioielli trasversali alle mode quelli di Ma-
thon Paris. Superano la barriera del tem-
po, grazie alla complicità di uno stile clas-
sico riletto in chiave contemporanea. Ne
è un chiaro esempio la collezione “Lucky
Animals”, composta da monili a forma di
animaletti portafortuna come la libellula
in oro bianco, acque marine, berilli verdi
e opali cabochons che decora il sautoir
fotografato. Dal 1931, la storia di Mathon
Paris é strettamente legata a quella del
mitico quartiere del Palais Royal, intor-
no al quale sono sorte le botteghe dove
veniva realizzata la più bella gioielleria
francese. É in quest’atmosfera lussuosa e
al contempo tradizionale che Mathon Pa-
ris dà vita alle sue creazioni. Dagli anni
novanta la Maison occupa una posizione
di prestigio nel panorama internazionale
e, garante di un savoir faire unico, oltre
ad essere labellizzata Joaillerie de France
é stata riconosciuta nel 2007 “Impresa del
Patrimonio Vivente” dallo Stato Francese.
Mathon Paris are transversal fashionable
jewels. They are beyond time, thanks to
the complicity of a classical style re-read
in a contemporary key. A clear example
of this is the “Lucky Animals” collection,
made up of jewels in the shape of good
luck charm animals, like the dragonfly in
white gold, aquamarine, green beryls, and
opals cabochon that decorates the photo-
graphed sautoir. From 1931, the story of
Mathon Paris is strictly linked to that of
the mythical district of the Palais Royal,
around which workshops have sprung
up where the most beautiful jewellery
in France is produced. It is in this luxu-
rious, yet traditional atmosphere, that
Mathon Paris brings his creations to life.
From the Nineties the Maison occupies
a prestigious position in the international
panorama and, guaranteed a unique sa-
voir faire, is labelled Joaillerie de France.
In 2007 has also been daubed a “Living
Heritage Companies” of the French State.
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[ Cinette Robert ]
Dubey & Schaldenbrand
Like many Swiss watchmakers, Dubey &
Schaldenbrand has an interesting history. For the
past 13 years the company has been helmed by
one of the few female watch company owners—
Cinette Robert (whose watchmaking ancestors
include both the Meylan and Lecoultre families).
Working in the industry since the tender age of 15
(starting at the now defunct Martel brand factory
in her home town of Les Ponts-de-Martel), she
has brought Dubey & Schaldenbrand to over 40
countries while still calling her birthplace home.
Recently Elite Traveler traveled to Les Ponts-de-
Martel to talk with Cinette Robert at her home and
ET: Tell us a bit about your career?
Cinette Robert: I started at 15 working in the Martel factory (which was eventually bought by Zenith),
and I ended up managing the factory. I was already interested in split-second chronographs! Then I
moved to Zurich and worked for UBS; but banking was not for me. I then joined Mathey Tissot and
managed the factory for 15 years, and in January 1985 I started Horlogerie Cinette Robert, a vintage
ET: How did you come to own Dubey & Schaldenbrand?
CR: I knew Mr. Dubey since 1965. We both had a passion for complicated watches, and I had given
him a watch to repair. We knew each other and had a good relationship. In 1995 Mr. Dubey called
me and told me he wanted to sell Dubey & Schaldenbrand to me, but he only gave me 24 hours to
make a decision.
ET: How long did it take you to decide?
CR: Between one and two hours.
ET: Did you have any second thoughts?
CR: If he asked three years before I would have said no. But my business was good, and I could
afford to buy the company. I was sure if I did not say yes, somebody else would have said yes, so I
stopped my antique watch business and put all my efforts into Dubey & Schaldenbrand.
PK Time Group to distribute Volna watches
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November 29, 2007
PK Time Group LLC, the North American distributor of Swiss watch brands Aquanautic, Clerc and Dubey
and Schaldenbrand, has announced it is the new North American distributor for Volna, a Swiss-made
watch brand of Russian heritage.
Volna timepieces have a rich history with the Soviet submarine fleet, and in recent years, the brand has
incorporated Swiss watchmaking know-how. All pieces meet the quality requirements and criteria to bear
the "Swiss Made" label, using only 100 percent Swiss-made parts.
Volna's "Typhoon" watch features a 46 mm case, water-resistance to 300 meters and a double security
In a nod to the brand's nautical heritage, each collection incorporates design inspiration culled from
marine elements. All of Volna's collections are named after a submarine class of the Soviet era, with
"Typhoon," the brand's lead collection, paying respect to the largest submarine ever built.
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The latest watch brand comes from Russia. The Volna timepieces take their inspiration
from the mysterious world of the Soviet submarine fleet. Each collection is named after
a submarine class of the Soviet era. The Typhoon, Volna's lead collection,is inspired by
the largest submarine ever built of the same name. The watch's case is 46 ½ mm
diameter. It is water resistant to 300 meters and has a prominent case protecting the
winding crown. The Typhoon's double security crown uses a crown actuator to engage
the crown from its place within the caseband and unscrewed for time setting. A
security indicator within the dial lets you know if the crown has been properly closed
by displaying either the "OPEN" position or the "300 M" position. VOLNA will produce
500 watches worldwide, with only 150 pieces available in the US. Retail prices begin at
[via Time Zone]
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