New to the Hampton Classic riding competition and A-list scene this year was Lugano Diamonds, the Newport Beach CA jeweler. We didn't spot longtime Classic presence London Jeweler, but Lugano took a prominent corner at the front of the VIP tent, offering such million-dollar plus baubles as this necklace, designed by founder Moti Ferder. Lugano, which eschews retail in favor of private, by-appointment sales, has been active on the equestrian circuit this year, greeting clients and their friends at shows at Wellington, FL and Washington D.C. "We're here because our clients are here," says Stuart Winston, vice president of marketing and sales. "Equestrian events are important to them, so they are important to us." Such well-established luxury brands as Longines, Land Rover, Jaguar and Louis Roederer Champagne are long-time sponsors, and FTI Consulting returned as title sponsor of the Hampton Classic Grand Prix. The Classic is one of America's most prestigious equestrian competitions, held Labor Day weekend in Bridgehampton, New York.
September 2, 2013