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Luxury news: Taj Mahal Palace completes 120 years & more

By: Anushka Manik
As the curtain sets to fall on 2023, get ready for a glamorous whirlwind of the week as we unwrap the latest and greatest in the world of luxury. From dazzling announcements to opulent trends, our luxury news wrap promises to be your one-stop destination for all things chic and extravagant.
The Swinton House launches in Jaipur
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Situated in the lively city of Jaipur, The Swinton House, a luxurious haven, opened its door on December 15th, 2023 to welcome enthusiasts of refined taste and sophisticated leisure. Drawing inspiration from the grandeur of Victorian-era estates, this splendid restaurant and bar seamlessly blend European elegance with the vibrant cultural mosaic of Rajasthan. This grand opening signified the introduction of a distinguished establishment that harmoniously amalgamates heritage, contemporary cuisine, and unmatched luxury for the discerning traveler in the Pink City. The ground-zero restaurant, The Albion, serves as the meeting point for international modern cuisine and the diverse flavors of India, skillfully curated by Chef Prince Beniwal. Meanwhile, The Swinton House Bar, under the guidance of Mixologist Ankur, crafts a bar menu that takes patrons on a journey through varied flavors and spirits, reflecting the vibrant culture of Jaipur.
Taj Mahal Palace completes 120 years
Image Courtesy: Taj Hotels
This December marks a spectacular milestone as Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, commemorates 120 years of unparalleled hospitality, timeless elegance, and cultural legacy. Since its inception in 1903, this iconic landmark has stood as a testament to visionary brilliance, welcoming dignitaries, celebrities, and guests from around the world. As this momentous occasion, people celebrated the hotel’s rich history, from being the first sight for ships entering the Bombay Port to becoming an integral part of Mumbai’s skyline. The Taj Mahal Palace has not only witnessed the city’s evolution but has also played a pivotal role in shaping its narrative. The 120th-anniversary celebration was a tribute to the enduring spirit that has made Taj Mahal Palace a symbol of luxury and refinement. At a meticulously planned event held at the Mumbai hotel, a captivating Light and Sound presentation unfolded by the poolside, marking this significant milestone. This immersive spectacle delved into the narrative of the historic structure, a venerable witness to the ebb and flow of time, predating the Gateway of India by two decades.
Louis Vuitton announces partnership with Australia Open
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In an interesting turn of events, the esteemed fashion house, Louis Vuitton, has recently unveiled an exciting partnership with the prestigious Australian Open. As the Grand Slam tournament season kicks off in mid to late January with the Australian Open in Melbourne, this collaboration brings together the worlds of high fashion and tennis. In a display of meticulous craftsmanship, Louis Vuitton has created two exclusive Official Trophy Trunks designed for the coveted Australian Open trophies: the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup for women and the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for men. These trunks are a testament to artisanal mastery, handcrafted by skilled Louis Vuitton artisans in the Maison’s historic workshops in Asnières, located just outside Paris. The trunks feature a wooden frame adorned with the iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas, enhanced by a classic lozine leather trim. Paying homage to the brand’s heritage, brass corner protectors, locks, and clasps are reminiscent of the timeless elegance associated with Louis Vuitton trunks dating back to the 1860s.
Range Rover teases its first electric car!
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Excitement reverberates in the automotive world as Range Rover, the iconic luxury SUV brand, tantalizes enthusiasts with a glimpse into its electrifying future. Teasing the launch of its inaugural electric car, Range Rover is set to make a significant foray into the realm of sustainable mobility. The initial electric offering from the renowned British brand will utilize the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA Flex) platform, a platform it shares with the more traditional Range Rover model. Despite featuring a high-voltage battery, the electric variant will maintain the off-road capabilities synonymous with models powered by internal combustion engines.
Chandon India launches ‘Under The Stars’: A Limited-Edition Pack
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Renowned for its exceptional sparkling wines cultivated across six Chandon estates spanning four continents, Chandon India has introduced its latest offering, the ‘Under the Stars,’ a limited-edition pack designed for the festive year-end season. Capturing the essence of celebration, the limited-edition “Under the Stars” pack features the acclaimed Chandon Sparkling wine in a classic flute gift set adorned with a captivating celestial design. The packaging pays homage to the enchanting moments that unfold under the night sky during the festive season. Ipsita Das, Managing Director at Moët Hennessy India, remarked on the launch, stating, “As we revel in the festive cheer, a lot of our celebrations move outdoors, with the season getting cooler. Our all-new limited-edition pack, ‘Under The Stars,’ is an offering to elevate those transient magical moments shared together with family & friends at home.”
Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Limited announces joint venture with Christian Louboutin
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In a revolutionary move, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Limited has unveiled a collaborative venture with the iconic luxury label, Christian Louboutin. This joint venture is set to introduce the globally acclaimed craftsmanship and iconic red soles of Christian Louboutin into the core of Indian fashion. Christian Louboutin, a name synonymous with refinement and allure, has been a pioneer in the global luxury footwear and accessories sector. Now, with this strategic alliance, the brand is positioned to make an enduring impact on the Indian fashion scene. As per the agreement, the ongoing business operations of the brand in India will be transferred to a recently established subsidiary of ABFRL, where both collaborators will share an equal ownership stake.
Tira unveils its inaugural advent calendar
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In the festive season, Tira from Reliance Retail is set to enchant beauty enthusiasts with the introduction of its premier Advent Calendar. This Advent Calendar, spanning 24 days, is a delightful journey of surprises that encompasses a carefully curated selection of skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair products, culminating in the joyful ambiance of Christmas. Tira’s Advent Calendar, featuring products from various renowned brands, is a treasure trove of beauty delights. Among the standout offerings are the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum, the indulgent Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, YSL’s captivating Libre Eau De Parfum, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, and the refreshing Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, among others. This eagerly awaited calendar will be accessible both online and in stores starting December 1, at the exclusive price of ₹15,000, offering exceptional value as its contents are estimated to be worth approximately ₹45,000.
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Anushka Manik


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