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Lost Luxuries: The Bygone Thrill of the Old Four Seasons
It’s been six months, and we still miss the Four Seasons restaurant that reigned supreme for so long at Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s landmark Seagram Building on Park Avenue in New York City. We know, time marches on, especially in Manhattan. But when we here at Dandelion Chandelier think about wonderfully luxurious products and experiences that are well and truly lost, this one is high on our list.
How to Prepare Now for a Luxurious Doomsday
Many people worry about the future, oftentimes to their own detriment. When you’re extremely wealthy, your ability to fund your darkest fears can lead you to some odd places. Like a reinforced bunker with 12-inch thick walls, a rifle range, a gym, an archery field and one of the world’s largest fountains that you share with 2,000 other like-minded people. Let us explain.
Luxury Fitness: The Best Spinning Studios in the World
So many options for getting and staying in shape! In our ongoing quest to suss out how the world’s wealthiest people stay fit, our next stop is spinning. It’s a favored pastime of elites in major cities the world over, especially wealthy millennials – efficient cardio, inspiring trainers, cute clothes and excellent networking opportunities. What’s not to like? Even former First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan.
Luxury Fitness: The Gyms to Join When Money is No Object
It’s the second week of January – how’s that weight loss and fitness program going so far? Ready to start throwing money at the problem? Unfortunately, you cannot pay someone to work out for you (our friends in the tech world have not figured that one out, yet). But with enough cash, you can upgrade the quality of your gym.
Can Luxury Indoor Exercise Equipment Actually Look Elegant?
Many of us have had this moment: our beloved partner or family member bounds into the room, excitedly proclaiming “I’m going to buy a treadmill!” Or an elliptical, or a stationary bike. “If it’s at home, I’ll use it all the time; this is going to really help me get in shape.” Their enthusiasm is touching, and we try to be supportive, mustering a weak “That’s great, honey.” All the while thinking: “Ugh! I don’t want a massive ugly exercise machine in my bedroom/basement/life!” A couple of romantic relationships we know of have broken up over this exact conundrum. Probably not the only reason, but still. So what’s an aesthete to do?
Is Smart Luxury Technology Making Us All Really Stupid?
Nike launched the HyperAdapt, its first self-tying shoe, at the beginning of December – some in the press heralded the long-awaited moment as “Back to the Future 2” finally coming to life. And it’s hard not to smile at the thought of magical shoe laces: animating prosaic objects into self-determined, chatty and charming companions has made Disney a fortune (NB: FrozenBeauty and the Beast). So it’s hard to imagine how Nike could go wrong with this idea, even at the rather ambitious price point of $720 per pair. Surely version 2.0 will be able to chat with you as you prepare to head out for a run, and perhaps even coach you as you exercise.
How to Find the Right Bicycle for a Luxurious Escape
Here at Dandelion Chandelier, we’ve noticed that a lot of wealthy people are avid cyclists, either outdoors or on a stationary bike or both. It’s a strong pattern in finance and tech, in particular. Golf used to be the sport of the business elite, but cycling seems to be poised to surpass it. In fact, if you’re an entrepreneur pitching your business to investors in Silicon Valley, you’ll find it a distinct advantage to be able to do so while on a bike.
How to celebrate a luxury Thanksgiving this year in a way that is meaningful, warm, unfussy and enjoyable for you and your guests.
How to Celebrate a Luxurious Thanksgiving This Year
Don't you just love Thanksgiving? The holiday is, for many people, one of the most-anticipated of the year. Special family foods and gatherings, a kitchen full of laughing amateur chefs (some not tall enough to see over the counters), the scent of a roasting turkey and stuffing, multi-faith church services, football, pumpkin pie with whipped…
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Five Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Luxury
Halloween is, for many people, the best of all possible holidays: dressing up (and releasing your inner id in the process), eating sweets all day guilt-free, no gifts, great parties, fun decorations, and unbridled mischief. What’s not to like? Apparently, a lot of people feel this way. Spending on Halloween is expected to reach a record…
What are the Best Luxury Restaurants in Oakland?
One thing you can count on in terms of the luxury class: elites love to be the first to discover the next new thing. There’s rarely a dinner party when someone is not describing his/her foray into some gritty place, replete with the requisite whiff of the unknown the air, in pursuit of the best meal, the rarest scotch, that jazz ensemble that you just have to hear live, the nightclub of your dreams. The luxury of exploration and discovery, and the attendant bragging rights, are one of the joys of being wealthy.
Why Total Self-Sufficiency is the New Luxury Lifestyle
Talk to them long enough, and you’ll hear an interesting undercurrent running through the conversations of many highly wealthy people: despite the bravado that many project externally, internally they feel quite vulnerable. They are deeply concerned with security, and with minimizing their dependence on outsiders or on the government for anything related to the health and safety of themselves and their families. With all due respect to John Donne, some people want to be an island unto themselves, and they have the means to make it happen.
So What’s it Like to Be a Rich Dog?
In our multi-part exploration of the secret lives of well-off dogs, it’s time to talk fashion. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the great European luxury houses have responded to the desire to treat our dogs as we do our children by launching designer apparel and accessories for the canine contingent. Pucci has $350 dog carrier, and Louis Vuitton goes them one better with a monogrammed one for $965. Pet bling is a thing, too, and there are reports of an owner spending $250,000 on a diamond dog collar.
Wealthy People are More Likely to be Dog Owners
Well, I’ll be doggone. It turns out that dogs are a luxury good. Who knew? The wealthier you are, the more likely you are to own a canine. While 51% of American households own a dog, a recent survey by the consultancy Spectrem Group reported that of Americans with more than $5 million in net worth, 74% own at least one dog.  Need further proof? Beyoncé and Jay-Z just bought their first dog.
Why are Private Clubs so Endlessly Appealing to the Elite?
Do words like exclusive, private, dues, waiting list and members-only excite you? If so, you’re not alone. Do they make you anxious or even angry? Ditto. This is a tension I frequently hear about from friends, acquaintances and family. And it’s also an interesting driver of a poorly understood, yet enduring luxury business: the private club. Why, despite economic downturns and cultural changes, do elite private clubs still exist? What's the source of their appeal? Here's our take on why private clubs have such enduring appeal for the elite.
A Look Under the Hood: Inside the World of Luxury Automotive
One of the most important luxury events of the year is the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance vintage automotive show (the name means “a competition of elegance” in French). It’s held on the California coastline the third week of August each year, on the 18th hole of the Pebble Beach golf course, and it attracts car owners, restoration experts and car buffs. Imagine your local annual auto show, at your city’s convention center. On massive amounts of steroids. That’s what this is like.
Can True Luxury Actually Involve Sharing?
I will never forget the first time someone asked me the question (it was circa 1990). My husband and I had just arrived on Martha’s Vineyard, and we ran into a fellow Harvard Law School grad. After the usual air kisses and humble brags about work, she asked when we had arrived on the island. And where we were staying. Then came “The Question”: Do you rent or own?

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