July 16, 2012 |
At this year's Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. set up a VIP-only tent so packed with luxury that some of those allowed in said it reminded them more of the Cannes Film Festival than the annual gathering of geek fans. There was little indication outside that there was anything special about the white tent that sprouted up for the first time this year. Located in between the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H, where the most popular panels for movies and TV shows are held, and the "Extra" stage where Warner touted many of its TV shows in an outdoor setting, it was surrounded by shrubbery.
December 13, 2012 |
The Angels are in the process of converting their press box to a luxury seating area that will feature upgraded dining opportunities and amenities for about 80 fans, a move that will push writers covering the team to a new press box down the right-field line in Angel Stadium. There will be no changes to the radio and television broadcast booths, which will remain on the club level behind home plate, or in the Diamond Club restaurant and seating areas on the lower level behind home plate.
November 18, 2009 |
Luxury retail chain Saks Inc. reported an unexpected fiscal third-quarter profit, its first in more than a year, after it reduced inventories and expenses to counter a sales drop. Net income was $1.93 million, or 1 cent a share, in the quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with a loss of $43.7 million, or 32 cents, a year earlier, New York-based Saks said. Revenue declined 8.5% to $631.4 million. Sales at stores open at least a year fell 10%. Revenue has dropped as consumers crimped luxury spending amid job losses and lower home values.
September 29, 1985
Luxury is fun! I do hope you will feature more and more homes of elegant opulence, of drop-dead decor. I much prefer to peek through the windows of a simply marvelous mansion than a boring, bourgeois bungalow. (Actually, the former provides many more decorating tips I can endeavor to emulate. I know for a fact that real people abide therein and thoroughly enjoy them.) Not all of us dine in our BVDs. Eunice Blauk Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1992
I would like to respond to the article Aug. 21 ("Gallegly Tries to Save Oil Museum") regarding the closing of the Unocal Museum in Santa Paula. It is unbelievable that Rep. Gallegly regards a mere building to be more important than the loss of jobs. Unocal for the last year has been terminating employees by the hundreds under the guise of having to pay down the debt that they incurred beginning with the proxy fight with T. Boone Pickens in the mid-1980s. As stated in the article, Unocal spent at least $2.5 million on refurbishing the building for its 1990 centennial celebration.
November 14, 2012 |
In the next six months, half of American consumers said they'll buy luxury goods - just nothing too extravagant, according to a new report. Restrained purchases are key, according to a survey from consulting company Accenture. Out of more than 2,000 adult consumers, 53% said they'll likely pick up specialty food or drinks while 48% indicated future splurging on fancy clothing and 48% predicted spending on high-end personal care items. “Consumers want a taste of luxury in their everyday lives and are willing to spend a little extra for the experience, but the emphasis is on small items,” said Tom Jacobson, an Accenture managing director, in a statement. “They may think twice about purchasing a new handbag, but shop for a wallet as an alternative.” Quality is the most important element in a luxury acquisition, followed by price and trailed by brand name, according to the report.
October 19, 2013 |
Acura made its name on upscale sedans and coupes, but its MDX crossover has quietly become the meal ticket for Honda's luxury division. Last year, the MDX made up about a third of Acura's sales in the U.S., and it has been the brand's biggest seller since 2010. So the automaker took the task of redesigning the upscale mid-size hauler quite seriously. It shows. The 2014 version is a ground-up reboot that balances luxury, utility, safety and value better than most of its peers.
July 19, 2013 |
Here's a trip that lets you tool around the Emerald Isle in style and sleep in luxury digs without mortgaging your castle. With the “ Ultimate Luxury Chauffeur Ireland ” vacation, you get the use of a private chauffeur-driven vehicle for touring the countryside and transporting you from one destination to the next. You'll stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, the G Hotel in Galway, the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney and the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow. Trip highlights include Dublin's Temple Bar area and cultural sites; the imposing Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast; the 15 th century Bunratty Castle and 19 th century Bunratty Folk Park; and Blarney Castle and its renowned stone.
October 20, 2012 |
THR Design Hollywood at the Century is the somewhat cryptic name for a simple concept: a rare look inside an exclusive, multimillion-dollar property. The design show house, opening Friday, will be staged in the same building where two years ago Candy Spelling paid $35 million for the top two floors. Plunk down $40 for a ticket and you can pass through the security gates of the 42-story, 4-acre luxury tower built by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, toss the valet your keys and ride a private elevator to the 20th floor.
September 2, 2013 |
Here's a luxury trip that comes with bragging rights: The SeaDream Yacht Club has put remote Papua New Guinea on the itinerary of a two-week Australia-to-Bali cruise next year. Passengers on this trip will board Zodiac boats with an expedition team to explore the rarely visited South Pacific island nation, known for its biodiversity and unspoiled local cultures. After hiking, visiting villages and other activities, they will “return to their comforts of Champagne and caviar” aboard the 112-passenger SeaDream II, said Pamela Conover, chief executive of the two-ship line.