Frette mixes gifting and home improvement in winter catalog

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Italian linen maker Frette is balancing gifting with personal purchases in its latest catalog mailer.

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Waldorf spices up Michelin-starred restaurants with James Beard partnerships

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Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts is teaming up with the culinary institute James Beard Foundation for a variety of events across its portfolio.

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Selfridges, Gemfields, French brands and Rolls-Royce – Live news

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Luxury Daily’s live news from Oct. 29 – Selfridges boosts foot traffic via seasonal dining option; Gemfields celebrates motherhood with emerald ring collaboration; French brands begin countdown for long awaited Rêver2074 explanation; Rolls-Royce enters Azerbaijan, notes country’s growth potential.

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Ralph Lauren, Bulgari, Nicolas Ghesquière and Ferrari – News briefs

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Today in luxury marketing – Ralph Lauren posts better than expected Q2; Bulgari’s Italian-made watches are on par with those from Switzerland; Ghesquière: How to make a classic; Fiat Chrysler shares soar on Ferrari, capital boost news.

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6 mobile holiday must-haves to eliminate friction

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We will never get to engagement if we do not eliminate friction. Friction in mobile experiences is deadly.

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Vanity Fair broadens global reach with Mexico expansion

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Condé Nast-owned Vanity Fair is planning to increase its print circulation in Mexico starting April 2015.

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Rolls-Royce enters Azerbaijan, notes country’s growth potential

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Britain’s Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced the opening of its first dealership showroom in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Krug shares musings of its Champagne lovers in book

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French Champagne maker Krug has tapped its most well-known advocates for a new coffee table book that celebrates the experience surrounding the brand’s spirit.

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French brands begin countdown for long awaited Rêver2074 explanation

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After weeks of mystery surrounding the Rêver2074 initiative put forth by French luxury houses and cultural institutions, the full effort will finally be explained in five days.

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Gemfields celebrates motherhood with emerald ring collaboration

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Colored-gemstone miner Gemfields is extending its relationship with actress Mila Kunis from campaign face to jewelry collaborator.

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Selfridges boosts foot traffic via seasonal dining option

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British department store Selfridges has opened a rooftop ski chalet for the holiday season.

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Brands recalibrate focus in Japan to appeal to younger consumers

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The Japanese luxury market is witnessing a resurgence of interest by brands as the Chinese and Russian markets face uncertainty.

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Neiman Marcus simplifies purchase process with mobile photo feature

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Department store chain Neiman Marcus has updated its mobile application to provide a quick and easy shopping option for consumers through a new “Snap. Find. Shop.” feature.

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Fortnum & Mason ups Halloween intiatives as holiday gains traction in the UK

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British department store Fortnum & Mason is preparing to “delight and fright” consumers of all ages this Halloween with themed events and seasonal gift items.

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Dior conceptualizes fragrance origin with interactive video

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French fashion house Christian Dior is building awareness for its men’s fragrance Dior Homme through an interactive video journey.

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Rolls-Royce brings top fans on multi-sensory tour

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is responding to the enthusiasm following a behind-the-scenes documentary earlier in the year with an interactive, free exhibition that will travel to key cities throughout the world.

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Nordstrom creates Reddit community for consumer conversations

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Department store chain Nordstrom is among the first luxury brands to create its own Reddit username and community.

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Hennessy examines DNA for V.S.O.P Privilège Collector’s bottle

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LVMH-owned cognac maker Hennessy is exploring the “genome of a grape” through its latest artist collaboration.

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Baglioni Hotels highlights Milan’s charm using Instagram contest

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Baglioni Hotels is looking to attract global travelers to Milan with an Instagram contest that draws on the city’s top places.

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Kering, Burberry, Starwood and Bloomingdale’s – Live news

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Luxury Daily’s live news from Oct. 28 – Kering pushes sustainability through London College of Fashion partnership; Burberry shows dedication to young talent through BAFTA initiative; Starwood’s North American properties reach record occupancy for sixth consecutive quarter; Bloomingdale’s plans second international store in Abu Dhabi.

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Gucci, Paul Poiret, Miami and luxury retail – News briefs

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Today in luxury marketing – Di Marco’s Gucci a work in progress; Fashionistas and investors start salivating: Paul Poiret is for sale; A bet on Miami signals luxury retail’s urban shift; One percenters drop six figures at Long Island mall.

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Why the banner is dead on mobile

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What we often forget is that the reason banner ads still work for marketers and publishers alike on desktop is the immense amount of ad tech infrastructure behind the scenes that makes everything work. Not so in mobile.

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Audi brings racecar technology to consumers with limited-edition vehicle

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German automaker Audi will unveil its limited-edition R8 Competition model at the Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 21-30.

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