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3 This book of interviews spans nearly 18 months and covers a wide variety of people in the sectors I love property visual arts and jewellery. It is something I have wanted to do for many years being a fan of the Financial Times Saturday magazines Lunch with the FT series. The grounding was similar to that and Industry Insights a magazine I produced whilst I was chief executive of TTA which was enjoyed by many in the property industry. Inspired by both we now have the Luxury Topping Little Book of Interviews. TRICIA TOPPING LUXURY TOPPING CARLYLE CONSULTANTS It was a pleasure interviewing such a diverse range of people all of them passionate about their sector. Most importantly I learnt a lot. Pippa Malmgren alerted me to the issues in China six months before I started reading about China issues in the Financial Times. Jodie Wainwright explained the process of finding the finest gemstones which is certainly not an easy task. Jonathon Minoli explained about running a family business and maintaining his passion for customer service and how he will move mountains to keep his customers satisfied. I owe a debt of gratitude to the interviewees who gave up their time and were willing to share their experiences and secrets with me. Luxury Topping deals with the business of luxury and how companies create marvellous experiences for their customers to enjoy and benefit from. Luxury can be anything from a morning in bed with a good book to a trip on a private jet to Honolulu. Over the next year we will be interviewing a range of people who understand that luxury is not only how much you can spend but also how you can use your time which is a luxury we dont always have. I hope you enjoy the interviews whilst we get on with the next book. Tricia Welcome