In 1521 Haut Brion started luxury brands in the world of jewelry, porcelain andfashion. While it is true that in the 1500s, in Japan, brands including Kaguraya started manufacturing luxury bags. We also have Royal Delft (Netherlands) that was founded in 1653, a little later Jean Richard manufactured watches (Switzerland) in 1681, while Meissen luxury porcelain in the early 1700s, while luxury textiles in the 1730s by Piacenza (Italy). Around the 1730s Blancpain (watches) and Vacheron Constantin in 1755. Aquascutum was founded in 1851, and much to everyones surprise Louis Vuitton was founded in 1854, Burberry in 1856. And a little later in 1837 came Hermes.
While in India, whichhas traditionally been a rich country and the love affair with luxury started a long time ago. We’re talking AD 23-79, a period when Maharajas, Nizams and Nawabs had the wealth, lived luxurious lives and opulence was not limited to high-quality textiles, irons and gems were in high demand.
1926 Cartier created jewellery for Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala
The period from 1903 - 45 saw India flooded by European fashion and luxury houses for Indian royalties
In our view Luxury is respect, investing time and understanding the history behind a brand but it is essentially about relations. The Global Luxury Group (GLG) will revive the history and bring out the heritage of brands that go beyond labels. Come see Luxury through our eyes.
Luxury must remain invisible, but it must be felt. Luxury is simple; it is the opposite of complication. Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends. Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury is the opposite of status. It is the ability to make a living by being oneself. It is the freedom to refuse to live by habit. Luxury is liberty. Luxury is eleganceKaren Karbo
* In India