The purpose of a hotel, at its primal core, is to provide a place to rest one’s head. Yet, under the cover of night, a time of relaxation for most is not a time of relaxation for others. At Claridge’s hotel in central London’s Mayfair neighbourhood, this holds especially true.
Whether retracing moments of glory in product development or divulging the traits and strategies that allow their companies, products, and personas to shine, these business and media personalities have been candid about their approaches to success.
Gazing out over the soaring Manhattan skyline with the warm afternoon sunlight streaming into the office, Prosper and Martine Assouline are like a tale of two cities. Prosper is a bundle of restless energy, chatting avidly, while Martine has a poised Parisienne elegance. Together, the co-founders of Assouline Publishing exude warmth and wit, with a joie de vivre that is all-encompassing.
At the end of the Roaring Twenties, René Lacoste was the best tennis player in the world. The sports legend later became a fashion icon when he put his favourite white polo shirt into production, launching his eponymous brand.