A Statement from Suzy Menkes

After six years at Condé Nast, I will be leaving in October, after attending and reporting on the next season of shows, whether physical or virtual. 

I have often said that change is the essence of fashion. How true that is!  

After a career at the Herald Tribune and New York Times, I joined Condé Nast in 2014, leaping into the digital world. During my time at Vogue, I have enjoyed seeing the evolution and development of the fashion and creative industry – from reporting on shows and posting on Instagram, to organising and running some of the greatest conferences and events. 

I have enjoyed every moment of my time as Editor, Vogue International, and I am proud of everything I have achieved at the company. I am grateful to all the industry insiders I have worked with, and of course my entire team at Condé Nast, especially Adrian Ting and Natasha Cowan, who have worked with me for ten years. And I am grateful to those who follow my Instagram, and those who listen to my new podcast series

The current global situation has given me – and all of us – pause for reflection. And so it is time for a new adventure, which I look forward to with excitement. I will continue to write, post, record, and bring together the industry – watch this space for the next stage of my career! And there may be a book or two with my 30 years of photos and diaries… 

Please see SuzyMenkes.com. My podcast is available to listen to here.

Condé Nast Luxury Conference Cancellation

After five successful editions of the annual Condé Nast Luxury Conference, Suzy Menkes, curator and host of the event, will step down as Editor, Vogue International, from October. As a result of Suzy’s departure, combined with the ongoing uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Condé Nast has regrettably taken the decision to cancel the Condé Nast Luxury Conference which was scheduled to take place in Vienna on 9th-10th December.

Suzy Menkes brought the luxury conference concept to Condé Nast in 2015, which has since travelled the world, with editions taking place in diverse locations. Each year, Suzy, a globally respected authority in fashion, with her expert insight and unique access, has brought together leading luxury, fashion and business figures to discuss the luxury industry’s most pertinent topics.

To everyone who has enjoyed the Condé Nast Luxury Conference with us over the past six years, we would like to thank you for all of your support. Should you want to look back at our learnings and the legendary one-liners that have come out of the conferences, please view the ​Condé Nast Luxury Conference Industry Insights Report​.

If you have any questions, please contact ​communications@condenast.com

James Ferragamo joins speaker line up

7 January 2020

James Ferragamo, Vice Chairman and Brand & Product Director for the Salvatore Ferragamo Group, will join the speaker line up for the sixth annual Condé Nast Luxury Conference in Vienna on 29-30 April 2020.

Suzy Menkes says:

Salvatore Ferragamo is a brand with deep roots, big ambitions, and a global customer keen for a taste of Florentine luxury. I am delighted to welcome the dynamic and talented James Ferragamo on to the stage in Vienna later this year. He will discuss how Ferragamo blends heritage and modernity, as well as the company’s reach into new and developing markets. I look forward to speaking with him, and hope you will join us.

Puig joins speaker line up

José Manuel Albesa
José Manuel Albesa, Brands, Markets & Operations President, Puig

16 December 2019

José Manuel Albesa, Brands, Markets & Operations President of Puig, will join the speaker line up for the sixth annual Condé Nast Luxury Conference in Vienna on 29-30 April 2020.

Based in Barcelona, Puig is redefining the future of luxury fashion and fragrance, with brands including Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, and licenses for brands including Comme des Garçons and Christian Louboutin Beauté.

In 2018, Puig named José Manuel Albesa President of Brands, Markets & Operations, with responsibility for ensuring the efficient alignment of Puig brands and markets, and driving the company’s ambitious transformation agenda.

Suzy Menkes says:

“I am delighted to welcome Puig’s José Manuel Albesa on to the stage in Vienna. Fragrance and beauty is one of the main gateways to luxury for today’s consumer, and I look forward to learning more from Mr. Albesa about Puig’s innovations in this area, as well as his insights into the luxury consumer.”

Condé Nast and Suzy Menkes announce first speakers for 2020 conference

29 October 2019
OPENED BY HUMANITARIAN NATALIA VODIANOVA, SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE CREATIVE DIRECTORS OF CHANEL’S LESAGE, CHLOÉ, HERMÈS, JIL SANDER, AS WELL AS DESIGNERS MANFRED THIERRY MUGLER, ANDREAS KRONTHALER OF VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, AND VETEMENTS CEO GURAM GVASALIA 

“The year 2020 marks 30 years of extraordinary social and economic change, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I am proud to bring the 2020 Condé Nast Luxury Conference to Vienna, the heartland of Central and Eastern Europe where eight countries surround Austria’s borders. The area is rich in creativity and artistry, as well as being a dynamic fashion and luxury hub, and represents powerful opportunities for the global luxury industry.”
Suzy Menkes, Editor, Vogue International

Natalia Vodianova

Condé Nast today announced the first roster of speakers to appear at the sixth annual Condé Nast Luxury Conference taking place on 29 and 30 April 2020 in Austria’s capital, Vienna, and in partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank. The event will bring together a range of luxury and business leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs from around the world to discuss and debate the power of luxury with curator and host Suzy Menkes, Editor, Vogue International. 

Taking place 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with the theme “Gateways to Luxury,” the on-stage discussion will explore how economic development in the Central and Eastern European region is creating opportunities for the global luxury and fashion industry, and the CEE area’s role as a source of creativity and a dynamic consumer hub. Themes will also include the crucial global topics of sustainability, inclusivity, the emergence of new sources of creativity and the power of data.

In a rare speaking appearance, designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose dynamic and body-enhancing silhouettes defined an era of “power women,” will share insights into how he is riding a new wave of pop culture, while renowned curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot will speak on the power of art and fashion. 

Creatives from some of luxury’s leading fashion houses will hone in on the unique qualities of artistry, craftsmanship and hand-made luxury – Lesage’s Hubert Barrère, Artistic Director of the jewel in Chanel’s Paraffection crown, will show that fashion is in the details and Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, Creative Director, Hermès, will discuss her stealth take on uber-luxury dressing.

Size inclusivity will be explored by Lynne Webber, CEO of Marina Rinaldi, celebrating 40 years in business, and visionary online retailer Patrick Herning of 11 Honoré.

Across two days, speakers will take to the stage for  discussions, keynote speeches and in-depth interviews.

Luke Meier and Lucie Meier, Creative Directors, Jil Sander

Austria’s own Andreas Kronthaler, Creative Director of Vivienne Westwood, will talk about his personal ties to Vienna. Linked to Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, Luke and Lucie Meier, the dynamic design couple reinvigorating the Jil Sander brand, will discuss their light-handed approach to Germanic Luxury. Vienna-born, Milan-based Arthur Arbesser will talk about his eponymous brand as well as his work for the Tod’s Group

Additionally, Guram Gvasalia, CEO, VETEMENTS GROUP will deliver business insights from the rapid success of his cult streetwear brand. Chloé’s President, Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye and Creative Director Natacha Ramsay-Levi will be in conversation about how they are working together for today’s Chloé girl.

Noonoouri, created by Joerg Zuber

Joerg Zuber, creator of digital character and activist @Noonoouri, will give an insight into the brave new world of virtual influencers. 

Further speakers will include: Riccardo Sciutto, CEO, Sergio Rossi; Hélène Poulit-Duquesne, CEO, Boucheron; Simon Sebag Montefiore, Author; Lord Snowdon, Honorary Chairman, Christie’s; Thierry Dreyfus, Founder, Eyesight; Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China; Christiane Arp, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Germany; Greg Williams, Editor, WIRED Britain, Karina Dobrotvorskaya, Executive Director, Editorial Development, Condé Nast and Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies. 

Condé Nast’s ‘Gateway to Luxury’ Conference will take place at the Hofburg Palace Vienna on 29 and 30 April 2020. Further speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Lead sponsor: Guaranty Trust Bank

City Partner: Vienna Tourist Board 

Event Sponsors include: Backhausen, Belvedere, Joerg Zuber Studio, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, McArthurGlen and Rêve de Rive

2020 Condé Nast International Luxury Conference travels to Vienna

The sixth annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference will take place in Vienna, Austria, on 28-30 April 2020, in partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank.

With the theme “Gateways To Luxury,” the conference will explore commercial and creative opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the topics impacting the global luxury industry, including technology, sustainability, and inclusivity.

500 of the luxury and fashion world’s most influential, creative and impactful figures will gather in Vienna for two days of learning, networking, and discovery in one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Connecting East and West, filled with culture, art, and design, Vienna has inspired the creative community for many years, and has long been a financial and business hub for the CEE region.

Hofburg Vienna

Suzy Menkes, Host and Curator of the conference, says:

2020 marks 30 years of extraordinary social and economic change in Central and Eastern Europe.

Together with speakers from around the world, and my Condé Nast colleagues, I plan to explore how economic development in the CEE region is creating opportunities for the global luxury and fashion industry. We will also explore the crucial global topics of inclusivity, sustainability, and the emergence of new sources of creativity.

Vienna is the perfect setting for our discussions, with its history as a meeting point, and – of course – its famed coffeehouse culture! As ever, Condé Nast looks beyond the familiar hot spots of luxury to discover new and intriguing areas of influence. 

I hope you will join me to discover ‘Gateways to Luxury.’”

2019 Condé Nast International Luxury Conference concludes in Cape Town

The 2019 edition of the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 10-11 April 2019, in partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank.

The event brought together delegates from 30 countries, to discuss the power of the African market as a consumer and producer of luxury and design. With the theme “The Nature of Luxury,” the conference also examined the critical issue of sustainability.

Speakers included the CEOs of Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Salvatore Ferragamo, De Beers, Graff, and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as Naomi Campbell, designers Laduma Ngxokolo, Christopher Raeburn, and Abrima Erwiah, among many others.

Suzy Menkes says:
“Joyous! That is the word most keenly associated with the energetic Condé Nast International conference in Cape Town. It was held earlier this year in April – the first event of its kind on the African continent.

There was laughter, and there were tears of emotion as CNI delivered its promise: to hold a conference that redefined the nature of luxury. This included contemporary African culture – like the wildly colourful knitwear from designer Laduma Ngxokolo – and the Afrocentric vision that is turning local handwork into global trade.”

The conference focused on nature – and nurture. Africa’s artistic and cultural landscape needs to be preserved, yet also challenged by the new. Hence Jochen Zeitz speaking about his support for Cape Town’s Silo, a disused granary transformed into a museum for African contemporary art. Zeitz also shared his ecological views with Sylvie Bénard, LVMH’s Corporate Environment Director, and with designer Christopher Raeburn, as they all discussed how luxury can be thoughtful regarding sustainability and growth.”