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Africa in Vogue

May 29, 2019 | Luxury

We catch up with Suzy Menkes, editor of Vogue International, who recently presented the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference 2019 in Cape Town

YOU FOUNDED THE LUXURY CONFERENCE CONCEPT IN 2001, AND IT IS THE FIRST TIME YOU PRESENTED IT IN AFRICA. WHY NOW? The CNI Luxury Conference has travelled the world – from Europe to the Middle East to Asia. The event changes city and theme each year, and we at Condé Nast International thought it was high time we took the event to the African continent. We recognise that is has become a new and exciting frontier to the ever-changing concept of luxury.

WHAT DID YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS CONFERENCE? The focus of the conference, with the theme “The Nature of Luxury”, was to explore the creative talent on the continent and the role and increasing importance of sustainability, while examining the broader landscape of the global luxury market. We brought together leaders and decision makers from both the international and African luxury and creative communities to foster new conversations and collaborations. With its majestic mountain towering above the city and beautiful coastline, Cape Town was an extremely attractive location in which to discuss the topics that really matter to the global luxury industry.

YOU’VE PRESENTED MANY CONFERENCES WITH MANY THEMES OVER THE YEARS. IS THERE A SPECIFIC ONE THAT STANDS OUT? It’s a difficult question to answer, as the conferences differ vastly – each has a different focus as the luxury  industry moves on. Every year, we find a location that is not only intriguing but is also, we believe, on the cusp of emerging in the luxury and fashion space.

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