From: Retail & Luxury Goods Club
Date: August 24, 2011
Subject: Announcing the guest speaker for the R&LG kick-off meeting

To our new and returning students, alumni, faculty and staff,

Welcome to the 2011-2012 academic year for the Retail & Luxury Goods Club!

This will be an exciting year for the Club, with a roster of strong speakers and events planned on campus and off – for professional enrichment, networking and just fun.

Our kick-off meeting will be held on 10 October at 7pm in Lecture Theatre 9, reception to follow.  Register for the event at

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker: Ben Elliot, Founding Director of Quintessentially Group, Chairman of the Quintessentially Foundation, Non-Executive Director of YouGov Plc, and contributor to the Financial Times and New York Times.

Operating in 64 cities around the world, Quintessentially Group has grown from a London-based concierge to the world’s leading lifestyle management service.  Now encompassing 32 sister businesses, Quintessentially Group is an unmitigated entrepreneurial success.  For more about Quintessentially Group, see their website at

The Quintessentially story highlights several themes we intend to emphasise over the course of the year: the role of entrepreneurship in luxury, financial investment in luxury and retail businesses, and the strength of “brand Britain” in luxury.  Ben is an entertaining and insightful speaker, and we are convinced that, regardless of your professional focus, you will enjoy and learn a lot from his presentation.

Co-Presidents Peter Lewin and Tristan Vanhegan will also briefly cover the R&LG’s agenda for the year, including our efforts to increase our exposure to the general retail sector, and present the new international luxury exchange being trialled this year. 

Information on leadership positions in the club will be forthcoming, with initial applications due on 14 October.

We encourage all of you with a professional or personal interest in retail and luxury to join our 1,200+ members on CampusGroups ( and look forward to seeing you on the 10th.

The R&LG Executive Committee


Retail & Luxury Goods Kickoff Meeting

Monday, October 10, 2011
7:00pm - 10:00pm
London Business School, Sainsbury Building, Lecture Theatre 9, 26 Sussex Place, Marylebone, London, NW1 4SA, United Kingdom
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Keynote speaker: Ben Elliot, Founding Director of Quintessentially Group. This will also include an introduction to the Retail & Luxury Goods Club at London Business School. Every year LBS students participate in short-term projects, land jobs or launch their own businesses in the retail & luxury sectors. Come learn how we can help you achieve your goals and what events we have lined up for the year. Reception to follow.