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Melting pot of luxuries in life

THE most opulent niceties of life come together in the RHB Premier International Luxury Collections Week 2017 at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang, this weekend.

From exquisite jewellery to luxury automobiles, fine artworks, genuine antiques, expensive watches, properties and fashion, there is much to excite discerning visitors.

The exhibition — themed ‘Endless Adventure, Unrivalled Luxury’ and billed as the first-of-its-kind in the state — is on until tomorrow at the mall’s Atrium.

Ch’ng Huck Theng, founder of organisers CHTNetwork, said it was conceived to give Penang an event that matches the luxury trade fairs held in other major cities around the globe.

“We wanted to create a haven where all the luxuries in life meet, allowing for the cross-pollination of dealers and collectors.

Models parading exquisite jewellery pieces from Amee Philips in a glamourous show during the opening of the RHB Premier International Luxury Collections Week 2017 at Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star/ 27 October 2017

Models parading exquisite jewellery pieces from Amee Philips in a glamourous show during the opening of the RHB Premier International Luxury Collections Week 2017 at Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

“This can also be a new tourism draw for the state. It is time to let the world know that Penang has a luxury market,” Ch’ng said at the opening ceremony yesterday.

Echoing those sentiments, state Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang hopes it will attract more affluent visitors to the Pearl of the Orient.

“Penang has received many accolades and featured on numerous travel lists, mainly for its heritage, street food, and arts and culture.

“If this continues to grow, the state has the potential to become a luxury lifestyle destination as well,” he said in his speech.

Acting group retail banking head for RHB Premier Nazri Othman urged discerning folk to come and discover the endless array of luxury lifestyle items.

Exhibitors at the show are Amee Philips, Asia Gemological Laboratory (AGL), CORUM Watches, George Town Heritage & Hotels, Hunza Properties Bhd, Island Gallery, Kraak Creations PLT, Lexus Penang, Mei Tatt Antique, Moto Guzzi, One East Museum, RHB Premier, and Sunsuria Bhd.

Ch’ng, Law and Nazri were later joined by representatives of event partners on stage for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The highlight of the launch was a glamorous jewellery show by Amee Philips, a homegrown brand that has since made waves on the international scene.

It featured 18 sets of jewellery, including their latest Forget Me Not Collection inspired by the flower of the same name.

Company founder and CEO Amee Philips said its design motif — with five heart petals surrounding a star in the middle — symbolises never ending love.

“Whether it is a husband’s gift to the wife, boyfriend to girlfriend, or mother to child, the wearer of the jewellery is one who is always remembered,” she noted.

Also gracing the catwalk were pieces from the Red Carpet Collection, including the Ruby Sensation featuring vivid red unheated rubies with diamonds.

Visitors viewing some of the Nyonya wares and Chinese porcelains offered at the event.

Visitors viewing some of the Nyonya wares and Chinese porcelains offered at the event.

There was also the Emerald Ecstasy designed liked a cascading waterfall, and the Brazilian Beauty with red rubelites.

“Unheated gemstones have better investment value, and can be passed down through the generations as family statement pieces.

“My mission is to give life to gemstones by transforming them into exceptional pieces, each with a story to tell, that one can be proud of owning.

“Because without you they shine, but with you they come to life,” opines the award-winning designer who was named among Malaysia’s Top 100 Women earlier this year.

On the three-day event, Philips said, “While most people visit Penang for its heritage, events like this also show that it has a level of luxury and sophistication on par with other destinations.

“Many of its inhabitants have a lot of disposable income, and rather than letting them shop in places like Singapore or Hong Kong, this gives them a platform to get luxury items locally.”

She said they will also be having a Pearl Exhibition at the Mandarin Grill in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 3 and 4, followed by their Kelawei Gallery in Penang on Nov 6 and 7.

The RHB Premier International Luxury Collections Week 2017 will also have sharing sessions on ‘The Beauty of Sapphire’ by the AGL at 2pm, and ‘Investing in Antiques and Art’ by prominent collectors and traders at 3.30pm today. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

From 11.30am to 1pm tomorrow, there will be a Grand Auction conducted by MNP Auctioneers for items such as Nyonya wares, Chinese porcelains, figurines, art pieces and jewellery.

The exhibition, which ends tomorrow, is open from 10am to 10pm. For more details, visit www.chtnetwork.com/international-luxury-week-penang, look up the official hashtag #ILCW2017 or find it on Facebook.