Elizabeth Hurley to Speak at IHT Luxury Conference

The International Herald Tribune (IHT) has announced that Elizabeth Hurley is the latest addition to the roster of influential speakers at its eighth annual conference on the global business of luxury which takes place at The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi on December 3-4, 2008. Keynote addresses will also be given by François-Henri Pinault, chairman & CEO, PPR; Christian Blanckaert, executive vice president, Hermès International; and Alain Dominique Perrin, executive director, Compagnie Financère Richemont S.A.

Elizabeth Hurley has worked in India to create her glamorous international luxury lifestyle brand Elizabeth Hurley Beach. In her personal and professional life she has first-hand experience of the cultural climate of India today and the sub-continent’s emerging thirst for fashion.

This year’s International Herald Tribune conference is entitled Sustainable Luxury and will focus on three key areas: How to sustain brands in an increasingly crowded market, how to sustain profitability in a challenging economic environment and how to sustain environmental performance throughout the supply chain. Conference topics include ”slow fashion,” the power of ”green,” craftsmanship in India and strategies for international companies doing business in India.

The IHT’s fashion editor and conference chair, Suzy Menkes, said: “India is a unique market place for luxury. Its heritage and culture of exceptional objects goes back in an unbroken line to the Moghul era. Yet at the same time, modern India brings a feisty, entrepreneurial spirit both to creating and selling fine goods. Although often ‘packaged’ as one of the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – the subcontinent has an individual spirit. While starting to embrace international luxury, India also relies on its own exceptional craftsmanship, which, in turn, is used by international designers as an important resource.”

The IHT’s highly regarded business of luxury conference, now in its eighth year, is the must-attend annual forum for business and creative leaders from across the global luxury goods and fashion industry. Often targeting emerging markets where international luxury businesses are growing in strength, the conference has been held in Moscow, Istanbul, Dubai and Hong Kong since its inception in Paris. Stellar speakers at past conferences include Bernard Arnault, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren. Attendees from 40+ countries range from CEOs, presidents and managing directors of luxury brands to creative directors, designers and suppliers to the industry. The events offer delegates an unparalleled opportunity to debate the latest business developments and trends and to network with peers from around the world in some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

The International Herald Tribune (IHT) is the premier international newspaper for opinion leaders and decision-makers around the globe. It combines the extensive resources of its own correspondents with those of The New York Times, is printed at 35 sites throughout the world and is for sale in more than 180 countries. Based in Paris since 1887, the IHT is part of The New York Times Company.

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