Abhay Gupta announces Launch of new initiative Luxury Connect in collaboration with Bocconi and Sacha Orloff Consulting Group

New Delhi 29 February 2012 – Mr Abhay Gupta, Founder and CEO of Luxury Connect held a Press Conference for the launch of his new Company Luxury Connect, as well as for an educational program in collaboration with the prestigious SDA Bocconi.

Luxury Connect and Sacha Orloff Consulting Group are proud to announce their collaboration. The partnership between Luxury Connect and Sacha Orloff Consulting Group has been initiated to bring continuous added-value to the current and future activities of Luxury Connect, from partnership development and the creation of a high-value talent-pool, through to the organization of specialist summits and publications that will raise the profile of this highly valuable industry sector and enable India to sustain its position as a major force in the market.

Ms. Alexandra de Kerros Boudkov Orloff is also part of the Advisory Board of Luxury Connect with other prestigious members

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Presentation – LUXURY CONNECT media launch 29 02 12

Retail Icon Abhay Gupta’s years of experience in luxury, carves a new model ‘Luxury Connect’

Abhay Gupta, recent recipient of the Retail Icon title by Asia Retail Congress, announced the launch of his new initiative ‘LUXURY CONNECT’ (LC).

Mr. Abhay Gupta, Founder, promoter and CEO of Luxury Connect, is the former Executive Director of Blues Clothing Company Ltd. A pioneer and veteran of luxury in India, he helped not only bring in but establish  luxury brands like Versace, Versace Home, Versace Collection, Corneliani, John Smedley, Tween Damat ADV, Arredo Classic etc in  India. Having helped Blues grow from single location to over 30 locations on a pan India basis, he announced his exit from BCC and the formation of Luxury Connect.

Luxury Connect is a service based organization with a clear focus on luxury, aiming at 4 verticals:

1.    Luxury  Training and Education
2.   Consulting
3.   Luxury e-Commerce
4.   Sourcing

Mr. Gupta is supported in this endeavor by Mr. Rajat Bhattacharya, Co-founder & Chief Sourcing Officer and Mr. Love Ranga, Co founder & Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Bhattacharya comes with a experience of over 35 years  in the sourcing and education business with  a vast international exposure of joint ventures tie up’s. He was instrumental in setting-up and operating for 5 yrs of Pearl Academy of Fashion’s Bangladesh Campus. Mr. Love Ranga, a NIFT graduate, brings in the required youthful incisive mind and energy, as a specialist in the fields of Planning, Luxury Buying & Merchandising, E-Commerce and Sourcing.

TRAINING & EDUCATION:With the growth of the Indian luxury industry, a common problem faced by all sub sectors is lack of skilled and trained man power. Identifying this, LC has linked up with globally reputed educational institutes to provide luxury specific education & training at both executive and student level. The programs will further be rotated to major cities and destinations of luxury such that a vast majority can take advantage of this opportunity.

LC is proud to announce the following programs commencing from April 2012.

Luxury Business Management Program  Realizing at the very advent of  their journey for an  existing gap  in the Luxury  market for  trained  manpower, Luxury Connect  is  collaborating  with SDA Bocconi, School of Management ,Italy to launch its first Luxury Business Management Program in India by April, 2012. Founded in 1971 by Universita‘ Bocconi, SDA Bocconi School of Management is a pioneer in Italy and today enjoys international recognition as a leading management School.

Luxury Connect has therefore become the catalyst in helping adapt Luxury Management Programs with the indian luxury perspective and fulfilling this crying need.

Luxury Connect is also in talks with EIML, Paris (International School of Luxury Brand Management) to introduce various Luxury Courses in the fields of Cosmetics, Fragrances, Jewellery, Watches and Hospitality to Luxury Education Aspirants of India. EIML is a part of 30 year old GES ( Reseau des Grandes Ecoles Specialisees) Network. With over 2800 students, the GES Network is now one of the largest networks of higher education in France, comprising of 6 renowned Institutes. Together with EIML, Luxury Connect plans to initiate these Education & Training courses by late Q2 of 2012.

Luxury Customer Experience Management Program: Envisaging the huge shortage of trained and qualified Sales personnel in Indian luxury segment, Luxury Connect has teamed up with Jean Claude Roustant to launch “Luxury Customer Experience Management Program” in India.

Retail Training Director at Louis Vuitton for 13 years, Jean Claude Roustant was instrumental in the development of LV culture across the Globe. Besides LV, he has also served as GM at AIHH (Association of 11 finest watch making brands) and at FHH (Foundation of Haute Horlogerie, Geneva). This Program focuses on Customer Experience, Luxury Service Quality and Retail Sales & Management.

Talks are ongoing with various renowned schools with regards to Luxury Automobiles; Spa & Wellness, Travel and Tourism, Hospitality etc and will be announced soon.

SOURCING & CONSULTANCY: Luxury Connect Consultancy specializes in providing consultation services to Brands keen on entering highly lucrative Indian Retail Shores.  LCC is  specializing in 360° Brand Management covering areas of  Partner Search, Market Segment Analysis, Marketing & Advertising Strategy Formulation, Buying & Merchandising Management, Retail Planning, Retail Operations Management, Location Proposition & Study, how to achieve projected Sale Figures, Mystery Shopping, Stock Liquidation and various  other segments.

Sacha Orloff Consulting Group is proud to announce its collaboration with Luxury Connect, founded and managed by Mr Abhay Gupta.

The collaboration between Luxury Connect and Sacha Orloff Consulting Group has been initiated to bring continuous added-value to the current and future activities of Luxury Connect, from partnership development and the creation of a high-value talent-pool, through to the organization of specialist summits and publications that will raise the profile of this highly valuable industry sector and enable India to sustain its position as a major force in the market.

Sacha Orloff Consulting Group is one of the sole consulting companies whose core expertise operates in the service and retail industry, specializing in serving the high-growth potential of GCC and Middle Eastern markets. Sacha Orloff Groups capabilities reside in providing tailor-made services to businesses, corporations, holdings, start-ups as well as the public sector.

Alexandra de Kerros Boudkov Orloff is the CEO and Founder of Sacha Orloff Consulting Group. Prior to founding Sacha Orloff Consulting Group in 2005, she was Managing Director of de Grisogono and part of Senior Management at Groupe Horloger Breguet. With over twenty years in the luxury and retail industry, Alexandra de Kerros Boudkov Orloff brings to Luxury Connect a wealth of expertise to brand development strategy; restructuration; investments and acquisitions, and operational performance.

India has been a major Sourcing hub since decades. The country has all the resources to be the back bone of Global Luxury Industry, be it Apparel, Accessories, Bed & Bath, Furniture or Home Furnishings. With the recent opening up of 100% FDI in Mono Brand Retail in India, the 30% local sourcing clause is bound to play a decisive role in shaping up the future of Luxury Brands in India. This is where Luxury Connect comes in, offering a unique collaboration between Consultancy & Sourcing.

E-COMMERCE: Indian e-Commerce Market is projected to be worth 10 Billion USD by 2013. This is evident already by the surge in the number of new e-commerce players emerging in India. Luxury Connect realizes this potential and is working on a unique “to be watched out for” model which will eventually change the face of the Luxury e-Retail Sector of India.

Luxury Connect website: http://www.luxuryconnect.in 

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