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.
February 5, 2013 |
Kelley Blue Book has announced the winners of its 2013 analysis of the cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks that have the lowest projected cost of ownership over the next five years. Kelley says its analysis includes factors that go beyond depreciation and fuel costs and include "finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees for new models. " Consumers should note that “cost to own” says nothing about whether the vehicles are reliable or drive well.
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.
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
April 15, 2010 |
The condo in the Palacio del Mar development just south of Mexico's Rosarito Beach spares no luxuries. Travertine tile. Stainless steel appliances. A customized wine rack. Then there's the view. On one side is the glittering Pacific. On another, just 30 feet away, is the half-completed shell of an adjacent condominium project. The building looks like an abandoned parking garage, with floors of concrete piled atop one another and steel spikes poking out from the floor. This luxury condo belongs to Dan McNeil, a Phoenix real estate investor who put it up for sale a year ago after the value of his properties above the border tanked.
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.
September 6, 1999 |
When a chic new restaurant recently opened here, it seemed natural that the East Hampton Star, a venerable weekly that has covered this resort town since 1885, would review it. But even the restaurant critic couldn't get into Maya's, a pricey newcomer with a branch in St. Bart's and a celebrity A-list that seemed to materialize overnight. "I wasn't able to get a table for two weeks," said food writer Sheridan Sansegundo, "and that shows you how much the Hamptons have changed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2010 |
For months after she moved into Belmont Village, Meril Graf couldn't unlock the door to her penthouse apartment without crying. When she got inside, "all I would do was nap," she said. When her children tried to talk up the place ? maid service, gourmet meals and endless social amenities ? she listened, stone-faced, "with tears running down my cheeks. " "I didn't want to be here," Graf recalled. "I didn't want this to be happening to me. " We were sitting on the sofa in her elegant, sunny living room, with a wall of windows looking out over Wilshire Boulevard six floors below.
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.