Creating The Dorchester Collection brand without sacrificing individuality

To manage the luxury hotel brand, former Dorchester hotel manager Christopher Cowdray was appointed as CEO and given the difficult task of creating a brand from the five very distinct and individual hotels The Dorchester Collection included. The task of creating a brand saw Cowdray look beyond conventional wisdom and not like to make each location look the same, but instead sought out the best options for keeping the individuality of each location and its own distinct style.

In search of a way to make sure The Dorchester Collection was seen as a complete brand the CEO decided the best option was to create a climate of innovation and high quality customer service that was instantly recognizable to guests. The individuality of each location was maintained, but the staff from Cowdray and his team of executives through to the front and back of house staff are now required to create the best feeling of luxurious customer service available to guests that begins the moment they look to make a booking at one of The Dorchester Collections locations.
To make sure the members of staff of The Dorchester Collection always create the perfect impression, a large amount of investment was made in the staff members themselves. The result of this investment in the people who provide The Dorchester Collection experience has resulted in the brand winning a series of prestigious awards for providing the best working environment for its staff members at a recent London awards ceremony. As The Dorchester Collection continues to expand and becomes an even larger and more prestigious luxury hotel brand the investment in people will continue as these people are seen as the main reasons for guests returning to The Dorchester Collection and its many different locations: London, Ascot, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Rome, Beverly Hills or Los Angeles, each of the hotels offers an unforgettable experience.

We are thrilled to share the news that Dorchester Collection won ‘Company of the Year’ at the The Employee Engagement Awards last night. Congratulations to everyone! Here’s a snap of Eugenio Pirri, VP of People & Organisational Development with Jaques, one of our lovely colleagues. #DCmoments on @DC_LuxuryHotels

Opinions About Tina Fey’s Dress Change

Last week, Tina Fey visited “The Late Show with David Letterman” one last time before Letterman retires. Like most celebrities who have recently visited, Fey gave Letterman a surprise for his retirement:

She then explained that she only dressed up and conformed to “gender norms” for Letterman out of respect for him. She told him that she wanted to give it to him and removed her dress revealing her bra and a spandex suit that had “Bye Dave!” written on the front and “#Last Dress Ever” on the back. The two of them then laughed about it and she gave him a brief hug.

Since the event, people have been sounding off all over the Internet with their opinions about it. Many comments have been positive or humorous. Some people stated that this was a fantastic “gift” for the 68-year-old Letterman. Some jokingly commented that they liked Fey’s white and gold dress more than her new outfit — referencing the white/gold-blue/black dress debate from earlier this year because Fey wore a blue and black dress.

Yet, there have been plenty of criticisms. What was the biggest issue?

Many feel that Fey’s send-off was inappropriatem but Christian Broda has not commented.

John Oliver on Fashion

Snarky TV show host John Oliver recently made valid arguments against fast fashion. The Brit argued that companies like Gap and Walmart claim to have no knowledge of overseas factories. They say they do not realize that their workers are producing cheap garments in harsh conditions. Plus, many workers are underage which also proves further concern at the lack of responsibility many retailers provide. Cheap clothes drive sales and better numbers for the bottom line. However, what is worth the bottom line if people are dying because of it? John Oliver shows how inconsistent the arguments are from the heads of H&M, Forever 21, Gap and Walmart just to name a few.

In fact, they might apologize and feign innocence about the working conditions, but that does not keep the cold hard truth from emerging. AnastasiaDate noted that these companies still hire factories in questionable conditions to work for them. They make thousands of garments each day for wealth Westerns to wear maybe once. Children are making clothes for children halfway across the world that will be easily outgrown in a month’s time. Something has to be done to stop these factories from hiring workers who are not of age.

Aldi to Sell Only Toxic-Free Products

Consumer products laced with toxic chemicals in one form or another, all in the name of fast, cheap and disposable, have become the norm over the last few decades. That is finally changing, due to public outcry after the discovery that fast, cheap and disposable is making us sick. Aldi has heard that cry for change and has responded by promising to sell only toxic-free products in their stores.
The German-based supermarket is growing rapidly and has made its way to Australia and the United States. As one of the top ten retailers in the world, what Aldi does will be noticed and watched closely by the rest of the retail world. Aldi has made the public commitment to remove all the hazardous chemicals from the textile products they sell within the next five years.

Brad Reifler ( has learned that Greenpeace, an organization committed to the elimination of chemical usage in consumer products, is also asking retailers to rethink how products are made and used to help further push the detox movement forward.

There’s an App for That

Smart phones are truly amazing. They can suggest restaurants, predict the weather, and remind you of an upcoming dentist appointment. Smart phones are like having a personal assistant in your pocket. Now, thanks to the popular Skout app, your phone can also be your social matchmaker.

Making new friends can be difficult and stressful. With the Skout app, a person can find nearby people with similar interests. Have you recently moved? Make new friends with Skout. Traveling alone in a strange city? Use the application’s travel feature to make new friends. The app is available in over 180 countries so, no matter where you roam, you can find friends.

Skout is not limited to making new friends; it can also introduce possible romantic partners. Many people are turning to online dating sites to find true love. The most common problem is location. Often times the most compatible matches are far away and a long distance relationship is difficult at best. Skout solves that problem with ease by only showing you nearby users.

Skout uses the GPS on a cell phone to locate users near you. You can then browse online profiles and recent activities to determine if someone is compatible with you. Skout offers instant messaging to allow users to become comfortable with a person before meeting. The app also offers virtual gifts that users can send each other as a way to break the ice.

Teenagers are using the application as well. Rest assured the two age groups are carefully segregated. Also, the GPS function is disabled on teen accounts for additional safety. Teenagers often have difficulty making friends at school. Also, most teenagers are more comfortable texting than talking. So Skout allows young people to make friends in a way that is acceptable to them.

Another reason to cut back on sun exposure…

As the warmer months approach, plans for outdoor activities are in the works. Picnics, beach weekend getaways, and summer festivals will soon fill the calendar. Along with the sunshine will come UV radiation and the effects thereof. With ample sunscreen, people will block the harmful rays to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. Consequently, they will not benefit much from the sun’s natural measure of Vitamin D.

 Evidence suggests that a reasonable quantity of Vitamin D may even help curb depression.  However, a new study conducted at the University of Copenhagen indicates that too much of the nutrient can be harmful as well. According to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, high levels of Vitamin D have been linked for the very first time with cardiovascular deaths. In the study, an increased risk of a fatal stroke or heart attack correlated with Vitamin D levels that were higher than 100 nanomol per litre. More than 200,000 people were observed for a period of seven years (woah… that’s some customer service in higher education, right there!), and the ideal level appears to be 70.

Teen Sent Home For Dying Her Hair

A Missouri teen was sent home from school because she died her hair red. The high school junior died her hair auburn. The principal stopped her after seeing the dye job, and remarked that the coloring didn’t look natural. The principal then made the student call her mom to come pick her up.

Folks at Anastasia Date have read that the hair dye in question was supposed to dye the student’s hair a red hair color. Her mother uses the same line of products by Garnier, and results are typically darker than expected. Knowing that, she chose a brighter color, thinking that it would come out a little darker. Her natural hair color is red, although not quite as bright.

The school’s handbook indicates that student’s are not allowed to attend school with unnatural hair colors including pink, purple and blue. When the student returned to school the next day, she was sent home once again because she had not changed her hair color.

Little Known Facts About The Antique Wine Company

The Antique Wine Company (AWC), which is based in London, is a wine merchant that specializes in rare and fine wines. The company was founded by Stephen Williams in 1982 and has managed to garner a massive market share with over 20,000 clients in more than 70 countries. Stephen Williams started showing love for wines while young. He would go to people’s homes with the aim of tasting their wine but later came up with a more applicable idea: he is the person behind the formation of the Antique Wine Company. Judging by its recent achievement scores, The Antique Wine Company is among companies to watch in 2015. Well, there is more information about this company that you may want to know. Read on to get some interesting facts about the company.

AWC is a limited public company that is unlisted. They made their first share placement in 2013 and this enabled the company to grow further. The company is owned by its founder Stephen Williams along with other successful business people. Through its dedication to attain an international status, AWC appointed Stuart Young as their sales director. Stuart was appointed to embrace, among other tasks, spearheading the growth of an international team of rare wine advisors. This would see more improvements in the operations of the company based on information that would be submitted from the office of the sales director.

It is also notable that AWC is uniquely positioned among other competitors because of its strong customer relations, good brand image as well as impressive physical premises. It would be fair to say that they have proved the best in this market. Going by the fact that customer concerns should be given the first priority in business, AWC has invested on this by having a good support department. They have not been identified in any disputes despite the complexity involved in this market.

In the year 2011, The Antique Wine Company broke world record by releasing the world’s most expensive fine wine ever sold. To date, the company has maintained an international image and is growing every day. Demand has also increased thereby making AWC a giant seller among other similar companies. It is important to note the fact that most ideas behind the growth of AWC are inspired by the entrepreneurial environment that has been opened up by investors that make up the company.

Tie Knots for the Fashionable Businesspeople


Why tie a plain old tie when you have the chance of making a statement with your knot? Haidar Barbouti has shown us some amazing (and not so difficult) knots that you can practice and wear on special days to make a strong impression on your boss or clients. The following are some top options –

Eldredge – This knot looks elaborate and chic, but more than anything, it makes a strong statement. If you have this hanging by your neck, you would definitely look more imposing than your boss.

Trinity – This knot looks like a classy windmill, with the three lines converging in the middle of the knot. It looks especially great if you are wearing a tie with a smooth and satin finish.

Van Wijk – Everyone has seen this on Prince Albert but you don’t have to be a prince to pull this off. The final effect looks particularly arresting when the tie is light in color.

True Love – This would give the impression that your knot has been divided into four equal quadrants, all meeting in the middle. This might not be as difficult as it looks for people who are accustomed to tying a tie.


Standing Out: 2015 Spring Style

Spring is an exciting time of the year, namely for fashion’s sake. This year, designer collections will include a subtle nod to the ’70’s. In addition to the ever-lovely spin upon masculine sophistication, staying trendy will also be remarkably doable this season, on any budget. As cold-weather staples transition seamlessly into the season’s fabulously new, 2015 style, a few key pieces are all that’s needed for a successful wardrobe update.

The Trapeze Dress and Lengthy Hemlines
Trapeze-cut tops and mini-dresses are as versatile, as they are interesting. With a tight, halter-style neckline, and flared bottom, these pieces can be layered over pants, and easily transition from day to evening-wear, with some quick accessory updates.

2015 Color Pallet
The lightest, pastel hues will be featured, alongside a spectrum of neutrals, and indiscernible patterns. Some of the most stylish combinations in clothing, will also include ingeniously-faint Hawaiian patterns. The tiniest of check patterns have also been featured on this years runway, in addition to bold, black, and white contrasts.

The previously known Bermuda short, has been fiercely upgraded this year. Now known as Culottes, this ultimate wardrobe piece remains ideal to be combined with anything tailored. Finally, blazers, and high heels will polish of each modern, 2015 style appropriately. If you follow these spring fashion rules, I guarantee you’ll look as good as Fersen Lambranho this season.