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INTO THE BLACK Sphere - luxury travel, business, culture, fashion, food and technology.

Men’s needs have never been better met in terms of watches, whether the look is practical, formal, sporting or more modern

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FAIREST OF THEM ALL Jeweller and Fairtrade ambassador Stephen Webster visiting a Peruvian mine

Raising awareness of the jewellery industry’s efforts to source gemstones ethically is adding lustre to the leading brands, finds Jo Foley

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48 HOURS OF LUXURY The Bosphorus Bridge and the Ortaköy Mosque gleaming in the moonlight.

Istanbul is where Europe and Asia meet—both geographically and culturally. Casey Gillespie reveals its highlights from former Ottoman palaces, now five-star hotels, to the delights of modern Turkish cuisine and the glories of the Grand Bazaar

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CUBAN COOL Havana, an evocative mix of past and present, has a thriving contemporary art scene

There is more to Havana than communism, old Chevrolets and cigars. Lydia Bell gains a different perspective during a unique tour of the artists and galleries that give Cuba’s dynamic capital its soul

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Shopping Guide Sphere - luxury travel, business, culture, fashion, food and technology.

Your definitive luxury shopping guide to Hong Kong,  Shanghai and Beijing

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issue 7.1 | Spring 2014 The Upper House in Hong Kong, interior designed by André Fu, was previously a block of uninspiring serviced apartments

BETTER BY DESIGN

Gone is the emphasis on high threadcounts and personal butlers—the new breed of hotels in Asia has been conceived with specific groups of travellers in mind and designed with real artistry to take guests on a voyage of discovery, reveals Ed Peters

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At ILN our aim is to connect brands with customers and we do that through engagement strategies and brand storytelling. So we decided to speak to leading luxury brands about how they recruit customers and drive engagement.


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