Want fine living at your fingertips? Time to smarten up your iPhone with some luxury Apps. We spoke to girl-in-the-know Lucie Hague
, founder of Beyond Bespoke
, the online platform dedicated to British luxury that won the Luxury category in the Good Web Guide of the Year Awards 2016.
Lucie has over 28 years’ experience in high-end retail, service industries and brand development. ‘Whether you are looking for a couturier to create that special dress, a connoisseur who’ll be able to inform your thirst for wines or specialist art advice to expand your private collection, Beyond Bespoke can help. No stone has been left unturned to bring you the very best products and services from some of the most well-known, and occasionally less well-known, companies.’ We set Lucie the task of selecting five luxury apps to bring a little glamour to our iPhones.
THE NET SET
‘The Net Set is to mobile, what Net-a-Porter.com was to desktop in 2000,’ says Natalie Massenet who last year launched this App to make luxury shopping a social activity. The app allows its community users to share and shop with the world’s most stylish people including Liberty Ross and Poppy Delevigne. You create a profile, fill it with Net-a-Porter goods, and follow friends, trendsetters and ‘style tribes’. The best part? Upload a photo of your own to provoke a smattering of ‘style matches’ that sync with your image.
ROBB REPORT MAGAZINE
The Robb Report Magazine App is the digital version of the luxury lifestyle magazine targeting boys who like their toys. From the classic to the curious, the curated publication featuring cars, whiskies and cigars and the most wonderful destinations around the globe. It calls itself ‘Your global resource to a life well lived.’
Described by the Financial Times as ‘the must-have VIP lifestyle App’, Urbanologie is a new virtual private members luxury club and community. The app acts as a destination guide sharing insider news of hip hangouts, pop-ups, and anticipated restaurant, bar, club and hotel openings. Urbanologie has daily updated insider guides to London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Dubai, Ibiza and Mallorca. For free trial founder membership, enter the invitation code wewantu when registering.
REWARDS BY HARVEY NICHOLS
The Rewards by Harvey Nichols scheme rewards customers every time they shop by giving them one point for every pound spent in the UK, in store or online, and in any UK Harvey Nichols bar or restaurant. Rewards range from a simple smoothie to Botox or a Champagne dinner for four at the OXO Tower. They will also include vouchers to spend in store four times a year.
Anyone who knows me well knows my love of fine food and wine. Vivino is the world’s most popular wine community and most downloaded mobile wine app. It aims to help you pick, remember and share your wines. Vivino's 20 million users contribute ratings for millions of wines from around the globe. Collectively, this database makes up the largest wine library in the world. Vivino is changing the way people think about wine.