The World Awaits You – Take in the Sites in Tuscany, Explore Paris Fashion

Have you ever dreamed of taking off in a hot air balloon high above Tuscany as you sip Prosecco and take in the pastoral landscape of vineyards, gardens and orchards that line the Arno River? Perhaps your pilot will set you down along a scenic spot for an exquisite picnic brunch with local delights.

If that doesn’t sound tempting enough, might we suggest a private party in Bolgheri, Italy’s medieval village. You’ll travel back to this magical time and celebrate Tuscan 15th century history, culture, art, and traditions. The village will be closed to you and your guests while you enjoy open air entertainment, wandering through the delightful shops and restaurants, sampling the traditional Tuscan cuisine, and savoring the internationally acclaimed wines of this region.

Then, you can head over to Provence and board a private helicopter for a 30-minute flight from Monaco to the cliff-side inn and restaurant of acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse. Stroll the grounds filled with lavender and olive trees, and enjoy a sublime feast for the senses.

Do you love fashion? This past June, a client contacted me because her daughter was going to intern in Paris for part of the summer. Her major is fashion and her mother wanted to really give her a gift to remember. Your Travel Consultant can jump into action and create an itinerary that can include a behind-the-scenes fashion view in the three fashion capitals – New York, Milan and Paris. Besides experiencing unique venues that are not open to the public, this mom and daughter team met with some trendy fashion designers, designed their own personal fragrance at a perfume workshop with experts, took in musicals and operas, set on a helicopter experience to see the sights of New York and Paris, and had a private dinner at a property belonging to a couple of designers. We didn’t quit there and managed a bubbles and diamonds top exclusive VIP visit to two amazing designer showrooms and to Vuitton on the Champs Elysées.

Mom’s trip would not have been complete without bringing home the Birkin Bag. For those of you familiar with Hermes, you know that this is an impossible feat. There is a waiting list of more than two years unless of course you are a client of an educated, experienced Concierge Services. With global connections, both mom and daughter experienced the trip of a lifetime.These are just some of the examples of VIP experiences that we have brought to our clients over the years.

A Fashion City For Variety and Style

If you are looking for the latest in women’s clothing, Bangkok offers a glimpse into the latest fashion trends. The capital city of Thailand has the common a fashion Mecca for many people around the world. It is home to many of the best designers of Southeast Asia. Every season and fashion shows pop up all over the city. You see the latest in both Western and Eastern fashion. For those looking for items for the retail market, this city is the place to go to pick up quality wholesale merchandise at great prices. It is also a great place to find wholesale fashion online.

Bangkok started centuries ago as a colonial outpost. Today it is the capital city of one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. The city plays a growing part in international politics as well as international fashion. With the emerging global marketplace, fashion trends are not just a thing of New York and Paris anymore. Influences from around the world are beginning to shine. Southeast Asia is a growing influence in the world of fashion. You can especially see that when it comes to women’s fashion. For the latest in women’s clothing, Bangkok offers a wide variety of prices as well as styles.

Despite its growing reputation as a high fashion capital, Bangkok also offers clothing at great prices for retail markets as well. There are many companies located in and around the capital city that offer the latest fashion styles at prices for the retail market. Companies from around the world send buyers to look at these products. Smaller companies use the web portals offered by these companies to take advantage of the same prices. If you are interested in wholesale women’s clothing, Bangkok provides great shopping opportunities. The best part about it is that you do not need to leave your home in order to take advantage of getting these great prices.

The wholesale market offers a great way to get the latest styles at fantastic prices. It is a way for even the smallest clothing retailer to offer designs inspired by the latest high-end fashion shows. With the increasing influence of the Internet, retailers from around the world can take advantage of the great prices offered in Thailand. When it comes to women’s clothing, Bangkok offers many things to many retailers around the world. If you need some styles for your clothing line, take a virtual trip to Bangkok.

Singapore – Emerging Fashion Capital

Each summer, the Global Language Monitor ranks the Top Fashion Capitals of the World. Singapore and Berlin broke into the Top Ten for the first time this year. Singapore is ranked eighth in the World, coming in behind only Hong Kong in the Asia list.

The impact of Princess Kate and Alexander McQueen propel London over New York as the Top Global Fashion Capital for 2011. That may come as a bit of a surprise. However, to many, the bigger surprise must be the entry of Singapore into the Top Ten, jumping seven spots from last year and overtaking Tokyo.

Singapore is a young city known for its order and conformity. It was not too long ago that Singapore was described by quite a few as a boring, sterile place. It is fair to say that Singapore’s fashion scene has been undergoing some dramatic transformation. For those who know how Singapore works, it would not come as a surprise to see government agencies playing a big part in creating a buzz in the fashion scene. When the Singapore government sets its mind on developing a certain sector or industry – whether it is aviation, pharmaceutical or the creative arts – spectacular success stories usually follow. Thus, when it is declared that International Enterprise Singapore, SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board would jointly support the development of Singapore as Asia’s fashion gateway, the foundation was laid for a fast track development of the fashion industry. The government agencies, in collaboration with the private sector, adopted a three-pronged approach to develop the fashion industry in Singapore by cultivating design talent, stimulating demand locally and internationally and positioning Singapore as a fashion centre on the international stage.

In 2010, Asia Fashion Exchange (AFX) was launched as an event which would comprise both business-to-business and business-to-consumer components, as well as talent development programmes to identify promising local and regional talent. Some 50 exhibitors and 1,000 buyers and visitors from regional markets, as well as from Europe and the United States, attended the AFX’s Blueprint – the business-to-business fashion tradeshow targeting fashion professionals. The AFX also incorporates the Audi Fashion Festival which features top international designers and supermodels.

Globetrotting fashionistas now has reasons to add Singapore to their list of not-to-be-missed destinations. The fashion calendar in Singapore boasts AAMA-TEX (for buyers, textile and apparel producers and exporters), the Blueprint, the Asian Fashion Summit, the Fashionably Sustainable Competition, the Star Creation (design competition for new Asian talents) and hosts of other trade fairs and exhibitions. In 2011, Singapore hosted the first Men’s Fashion Week in Asia. Singapore is only the third city in the world to host that event, besides international fashion cities Milan and Paris.

A wealth of fashion education programmes offered by good quality institutions, like LaSalle College of the Arts, Raffles Design Institute and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts ensure a steady flow of fresh faces and new ideas. Its position as a regional education hub also helps to attract creative talents to Singapore.

A design incubator programme was set up where selected designers would have the privilege to be mentored by established professionals. Under the programme, the designers undergo an 18-month incubation which includes operating an actual retail business and attending group workshops and seminars and participating in overseas mission trip. The programme has helped to launch a number of exciting local labels such as Chalk, UNCVRD, Mae Pang, OwnMuse and Ready.Made.

A common characteristic of the major fashion capitals of the world is the strong support for local labels. This is something Singapore may still lack but things are also changing. Ashley Isham, having made his name in London, now has a loyal local following. He retails his own label at the flagship store at The Fullerton Hotel. Jonathan Seow’s Woods & Woods, Keith Png’s KOOPS, Al&Alicia and Nicholas and the likes are becoming recognised names among the fashion conscious. The increasing number of boutiques offering trendy labels of local designers is further evidence of growing support for the local fashion industry. Blackmarket at Jalan Pisang (Kampong Glam), [A-mod] at TripleOne Somerset (Orchard – Somerset Belt), Antipodean at Lorong Mambong (Holland Village), Egg3 at Erskine Road (Chinatown) and a string of similar boutiques stocking local labels have sprung up in different shopping precincts across the island.

Singapore is now a place that welcomes and promotes fashion innovation – a stimulating environment with buzz and creative energy. There is a vibrant fashion scene and an established platform for designers and creative talents to showcase and retail their works. There is a belief that designers can flourish, fashion business is viable and the whole industry is moving up in the world of style and glamour. The stage is set for Singapore to take its place among the top global fashion capitals. Eighth in the World is a great achievement – but don’t expect Singapore to be content to stay there.

August 2011