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Shanghai-based Highlife Asia is a luxury concierge company working with global brands to provide clients bespoke lifestyle assistance. Services include helping affluent clients with everyday errands, purchasing luxury cars and gaining entrance to exclusive clubs. Chauffeurs and VIP shopping can be arranged in Shanghai as well as other parts of China, Southeast and East Asia, and New York and London. Staff members were once sent to fetch limited edition handbags located only in Japan. With China becoming ever more global, they also offer customized male grooming assistance such as styling, tailoring and personal fitness training. For men outside the city, staff can fly to a home for days or months in order to provide personal training services.
This world leading luxury concierge provides services in over 115 countries, specializing in individually customized membership options for execs, celebrities, royalty, and athletes. If you care to indulge in the high life, they have access to 50,000 events, and can gain access to red carpet events like the Vienna Life Ball, Playboy Mansion parties, and Fashion Weeks to name a few, and all for a price, of course. The menu for the Sundance film festival lists options for VIP parties, lounges, and films. A ticket to the Grammys goes for $8,000, while the NFL can run up to $85,000.
UK based Quintessentially is one of the largest and most well-known members-only concierge companies in the world, co-founded by Ben Elliot (nephew of Camilla Parker Bowles). With 60 offices worldwide, and 32 sister businesses comprising the Quintessentially Group, their team has access to insider knowledge invaluable for procuring tickets and reservations to exclusive restaurants, clubs, operas, and galas. Elite membership is invitation only and ranges from $10,000 to $45,000 per year. Of the many requests they fulfill regularly, some extreme examples include creating a Batman-style cave in a fan's home, locating rare pink dolphins in the Amazon for a traveling member, delivering a llama on Christmas day, arranging the services of a published novelist as a tutor for a child, and organizing an epic Indiana Jones-style adventure in Jordan involving ex-MI6 agents and secret missions.
PRIME is a Russian lifestyle management company that accommodates clients used to the very best. The weight of daily cares is shifted to a professional assistant so that clients can enjoy the pleasures of life. With a number of high-end partnerships with luxury brands like The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, and British Airways, they can fulfill concierge requests like obtaining a specific haute couture item or arranging reservations. One of their extreme requests was to obtain a rare Cartier antique watch at a Hong Kong auction, then delivering it to a spouse in Geneva. The most exclusive package includes a dedicated lifestyle manager and an additional lifestyle team consisting of interior designers, health & fitness experts, stylists, event planners, personal shoppers, and a travel booker.
Red Butler not only guides its users to all of the hottest nightlife, dining, attractions and hotels, it will also offer thousands different VIP benefits. With an online user-interface and mobile app, Red Butler streamlines their services to be on-the-go friendly, saving people time and money. Established in 2005, the company strives to give first class service while being forward-thinking. Members receive a stainless steel engraved Red Butler Card that grants access to upgrades, priority seating, a greeting from the chef, up to 30% off your bill and much more at the finest hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, lounges and entertainment venues in the world.
This boutique concierge service is based in Barcelona but also offers services in Paris, London, Kiev, Dubai, Milan, Miami, New York and others upon request. Aiming to keep their services personalized, Alberta La Grup caps their business at 100 clients which includes Forbes List CEOs, ultra-high net worth individuals, and boutique travelers. From buying groceries, gathering dry-cleaning, and arranging reservations, their services are designed so the urban inhabitant can enjoy life. Planned excursions on their La Luxury Week menu feature a Catalan coast sailing experience and flamenco dancing. In Paris, the Origins of Luxury Tour visits fashion industry workshops and Dinner in the Tower includes a dinner cooked by Alain Ducasse in the Eiffel Tower. In 2011 they hosted a Last Dinner Experience in El Bulli with acclaimed Chef Ferran Adrią and 150 clients at what has been named as the world's best restaurant.
Pure is a global bespoke event management and luxury concierge company based out of Montreal. While luxury concierge branch, Pure Conciergerie, is open to non-member clients, Pure Membership is an exclusive branch with limited annual membership open to an elite group of individuals. Despite their size, they remain a boutique agency, knowing all clients by name. Besides premium concierge services, they offer bespoke travel packages and luxury lifestyle experiences for events such as the Dubai World Cup, Grammy's, Fashion Weeks events, Sundance Film Festival, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, World class sporting events and Film Festivals, F1 Grand Prix. Some of their unique requests include locating a very rare cognac bottle and delivering it to a client in Singapore, crafting a bespoke Premiere Grand Cru Chateaux visit in Bordeaux, and a behind-the-scene visit of the Vatican.
Although a small division is dedicated to membership and provides one-to-one concierge services for celebrities, royal families, and high-ranking tech entrepreneurs for upwards of $15,000 per year, B-to B-relationships comprise the majority of LesConcierges' business. Fortune 500 companies request their services in order to reward their best customers and provide concierge benefits to employees. With employees trained to not say "no," LesConcierges helps large companies better interact with their clients at a more intimate level by facilitating unparalleled experiences and services. They are also part of the Ritz Carlton's elite, invitation-only STARS program.
Based in Shanghai, this concierge company specializes in providing customized experiences and concierge services to affluent travelers visiting Greater China. Founded in 2006 by Jonathan Hasson and Spencer Dodington, their client list includes CEOs and celebrities. The concierge team is comprised of expert guides, each accomplished in a particular field of expertise such as Chinese Art, architecture, or history. In addition to catering bespoke experiences for expatriates and travelers, luxury hotels like the Peninsula Shanghai and Waldorf Astoria look to them to provide guests with select experiences. The team once arranged a breakfast for a client with a well-known Chinese fashion designer. Another time, they rented out a museum, and set up a 5-star hotel dinner with guests having their portraits done by an established Chinese artist to take home.
A smaller company providing bespoke services to visitors to Winterpark, Colorado is Grand Concierge. Run by Kandice and Greg Gunn, it provides unique experiences for those visiting the area. Available anytime over the phone, they focus on the small details to create the perfect getaway. They can source a personal chef, holiday services, decorating, and vacation rentals, as well as do the grocery shopping before your arrival. One of their special requests was to help carry out a marriage proposal on Thanksgiving Eve. With the help of Winter Park Ski Resort, they arranged for the proposal to be accompanied by lights in the snow,