2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Moda Operandi Launches The 2015 Holiday Collection

Collection Includes Expanded Range of Extravagant and Over-the-top Gifts for All Ages

Moda Operandi Has Established A Retail Renaissance Where The Time-Honored Institution Of Luxury Meets An Innovative Point Of View On Fashion.

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The legendary Neiman Marcus Christmas Book has some competition this season. And although Moda Operandi doesn’t have the decades-old pedigree of The Christmas Book, it easily competes with it when it comes to opulent gifts and luxurious experiences. Moda Operandi, the first online luxury retailer to provide consumers access to the full collections of top designers directly from the runway, announces the launch of their 2015 Holiday Collection.

Featuring one-of-a-kind items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the assortment of extraordinary gifts is curated to appease even those with the most discerning taste. (The holiday campaign was shot by renowned British photographer Steve Hiett who regularly shoots for Vogue Italia, Numero, and Elle France. )gift_guide_ed23_011 copy

Every holiday season, I look forward to selecting gifts for my nearest and dearest,” said Lauren Santo Domingo, Moda Operandi Co-Founder. “One could argue the sentiment and sense of creativity that goes into a selecting a gift can be a chore. But between our stylists and our collection of gifts, Moda Operandi can make (almost) everyone’s wish list a reality.”gift_guide_ed24_011 copy

Moda Operandi’s gift collection is priced from $20 to $5 million and is available to shop on the site and in the London Mews, 32 Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia boutique. Items and one-of-a-kind experiences available in the collection include:

 

The 2015 Moda Operandi Holiday Collection campaign photographed by Steve Hiett. (PRNewsFoto/Moda Operandi)

The 2015 Moda Operandi Holiday Collection campaign photographed by Steve Hiett. (PRNewsFoto/Moda Operandi)

EXPERIENCES:
Buccellati Diamond Engagement Ring & Party: In addition to selecting a diamond ring from the brand’s celebrated collection of fine jewelry, the happy couple will have the opportunity to host a lavish engagement party at the exclusive Buccellati Club in New York.
Bespoke Playlist by Steve Aoki on Goldgenie iPod: This incredible, all-encompassing experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a weekend in Las Vegas including a meet-and-greet session, dinner at his VIP table at the Hakkasan nightclub, and a personally-curated playlist on a 24K gold-plated iPod by GoldGenie IPod.gift_guide_ed26_138 copy
The “One-Hit Wonder” Experience: Your chance to record a song with Grammy Award-winning hitmaker and songwriter Dallas Austin, who has collaborated with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mick Jagger and others.
Custom Children’s Super Kart: Have a custom-made children’s car built by Jason Castriota of Skylabs, who has helped shape designs for the likes of Ferrari and Maserati.
Kiki de Montparnasse Love Suite Experience: An exclusive collaboration between the five star resort in Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland and the beloved luxury fashion brand in New York. This package provides couples with a private retreat and includes a shopping spree, personalized lingerie set, spa treatment, and a seven-course dinner at hotspot Megu.gift_guide_ed25_056 copy
Private Casamigos Mixologist Package: You and eight guests enjoy a night filled with Casamigos cocktails and fine food with an expert mixologist and world-renowned chef, brought straight to your door.
2015 World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen: A collaboration between Moda Operandi and the St. Regis to provide exclusive access to the 2015 World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen and a luxurious 5-night stay at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Not only does the package provide access to the polo matches, it also includes polo lessons with international polo star and St. Regis Connoisseur, Nacho Figueras at the Aspen Valley Polo Club, two sixty minute massages at the Remede Spa, two Aspen Snowmass lift tickets, and dinner for two at the Chefs Club by Food & Wine.

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RARE & ONE-OF-A-KIND:
A made-to-order Goldgenie 24K Gold Racing Bicycle
Bayco 24 cts Emerald and Diamond Ring
Jamie Clawson made to order Resin-Coated Python Leather Surfboard
Savelli Geneve Limited Edition Mobile Phone with 3 cts Emeralds, 18K Rose Gold
Jewelry and home decor by Simon Teakle, Baccarat, and Buccellati
FINE JEWELRY: Exquisite pieces from Buccellati, Irene Neuwirth, Nam Cho, Sutra and Nina Runsdorf

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FOR THE GENTLEMAN: Playful cufflinks from Deakin & Francis, Cedes Milano Traveling Shaving Set and exclusive Python Leather Surfboard and Dartboard from Jamie Clawson

FOR THE KIDS: Personalized Christmas Wish Pillow from Julia B. Couture, Back at the Ranch cowboy boots, life-size Hansa stuffed animals, and a Bulldozer Bed by Imobili

FINE ART: A private collection of contemporary artists, including names such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Cindy Sherman.

Our client is dynamic–there is always a demand for us to curate more than clothing for her and the holiday season is no exception,” said Deborah Nicodemus, Moda Operandi CEO. “Our international stylist team offers the ultimate in bespoke luxury shopping services, ensuring each and every detail is perfect; from the selection of the item down to the perfectly-tied bow.”

For the Holiday season, Moda Operandi will be partnering with the iconic St. Regis New York hotel, placing service buttons in three suites, for the ultimate luxury experience. Guests staying in the Presidential, Royal, and Imperial suites will have 24/7, direct access to a Moda Operandi stylist to source, wrap, and deliver the perfect gift. Not in New York? The Moda Operandi stylist team is global and available for all wishlists. Contact Stylist@modaoperandi.com to discover more.

The Holiday 2015 Collection is available to shop online at https://www.modaoperandi.com/shop/holiday-gift-guide-2015.

About Moda Operandi
Moda Operandi is the only place to preorder looks straight from the unedited runway collections of the world’s top designers–months before they are available anywhere else. But for those who just can’t wait? Moda Operandi Boutique offers an expertly curated selection of in-season items from both established and emerging designers, ready to ship now. In homage to the history of couture, Moda Operandi offers a bespoke shopping experience that includes unprecedented access to your favorite designers and hand-selected recommendations from personal stylists. For more information visit www.modaoperandi.com

2013 Piaget Hamptons Cup Polo Tournament Marks Return of Polo Superstar Nacho Figueras

Benefit Raises more than $500,000 for Robin Hood Foundation

This past weekend, more than 350 people gathered at the beautiful Equuleus Polo Club in Watermill, New York to cheer the return to the field of polo legend Nacho Figueras in a tournament benefiting New York’s Robin Hood Foundation. Figueras, who had been sidelined since May with a devastating hip injury, played alongside fellow world class polo players including Juan Martin Nero, Mariano Aguerre, Mariano Gonzalez and Magoo Laprida.

Mariano Aguerre, Joe DiMenna, Mariano Gonzalez, Nacho Figueras, winning team St. Regis.  (PRNewsFoto/Robin Hood Foundation)

Mariano Aguerre, Joe DiMenna, Mariano Gonzalez, Nacho Figueras, winning team St. Regis. (PRNewsFoto/Robin Hood Foundation)

Co-chairs for the event were Figueras and his wife Delfina Blaquier, Diana & Joe DiMenna, Larry Boland, Lise & Michael Evans and Mary Kathryn & Alex Navab. Vice chairs were Alainn & Stefano Natella, Gabby Karan De Felice & Gianpaolo De Felice and Paul James.

Kelly Klein, Gabby Karan de Felice, Donna Karan.  (PRNewsFoto/Robin Hood Foundation)

Kelly Klein, Gabby Karan de Felice, Donna Karan. (PRNewsFoto/Robin Hood Foundation)

Nacho Figueras, Diana DiMenna, Stefano Natella.  (PRNewsFoto/Robin Hood Foundation)

Nacho Figueras, Diana DiMenna, Stefano Natella. (PRNewsFoto/Robin Hood Foundation)

Nacho Figueras.  (PRNewsFoto/Robin Hood Foundation)

Nacho Figueras. (PRNewsFoto/Robin Hood Foundation)

Polo is a great way for families to spend time together while helping our neighbors in need,” said Diana DiMenna, benefit co-chair and wife of Equuleus Polo‘s Joe DiMenna. “My husband Joe and I have been supporters of Robin Hood for many years, and it brings us great pleasure to introduce so many of our friends and neighbors to Robin Hood’s unparalleled poverty-fighting approach.” Continue reading

‘Sentebale – Stories Of Hope’ at Getty Images Gallery

Photo Credit: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images/2013 Getty Images

By working with the children, providing education, care and support, building knowledge and confidence, this generation can look forward with hope and live healthy and happy lives.” – Prince Harry

Britain's Prince Harry at the private view of 'Sentebale - Stories Of Hope' at Getty Images Gallery on July 25, 2013 in London, England.

Britain’s Prince Harry at the private view of ‘Sentebale – Stories Of Hope’ at Getty Images Gallery on July 25, 2013 in London, England.

Getty Images Gallery (in London) is place to go to see the “Sentebale – Stories of Hope” exhibition that’s showcasing images by Getty Images’  award-winning  royal photographer Chris Jackson of Sentebale’s work in helping the vulnerable children of Lesotho. The exhibition ends 10th August,

Sentebale (www.sentebale.org) was founded in 2006 by Prince Harry from the British Royal Family and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of the two princes’ late mothers, and to help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho who are affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS.  Sentebale is a Sesotho (language of Lesotho) word meaning ‘forget me not’ in English.

Royal Photographer Chris Jackson and Britain's Prince Harry at the private view of 'Sentebale - Stories Of Hope' at Getty Images Gallery on July 25, 2013 in London, England.

Royal Photographer Chris Jackson and Britain’s Prince Harry at the private view of ‘Sentebale – Stories Of Hope’ at Getty Images Gallery on July 25, 2013 in London, England.

Prince Harry and Chris Jackson at the 'Sentebale - Stories Of Hope' at Getty Images Gallery on July 25, 2013 in London, England

Prince Harry and Chris Jackson at the ‘Sentebale – Stories Of Hope’ at Getty Images Gallery on July 25, 2013 in London, England

Since its inception, the charity has improved the lives of thousands of children living in Lesotho by providing healthcare and education to those most in need. Over the years, Jackson has travelled back and forth to Lesotho with Prince Harry and has developed a portfolio of images which capture the problems these children face, and more importantly, show how Sentebale is making a big difference to many of their lives. Continue reading

SENTEBALE AND ROYAL SALUTE CELEBRATE THIRD YEAR OF POLO CUP PARTNERSHIP IN GREENWICH

Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Media Conference at Greenwich Polo Club on April 18, 2013 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Media Conference at Greenwich Polo Club on April 18, 2013 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Prince Harry (HRH Prtince Henry of Wales) at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Brazil 2012 on March 11, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.

Prince Harry (HRH Prince Henry of Wales) at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Brazil 2012 on March 11, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.

Nacho Figueras at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles at Will Rogers State Historic Park

Nacho Figueras at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles at Will Rogers State Historic Park

The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup is set to take place for the first time in Greenwich, Connecticut in the US on Wednesday 15 May. After Brazil famously played host to the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in 2012 and a successful 2011 in the UK, this year marks the third year Royal Salute proudly partners with the charity that was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in memory of their mothers in 2006. Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help some of Lesotho’s most vulnerable children get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

GREENWICH, CT - APRIL 18:  Atmosphere at Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Media Conference at the Greenwich Polo Club on April 18, 2013 in Greenwich, Connecticut.  (Photo by Michael Shauck/Getty Images for Royal Salute)

GREENWICH, CT – APRIL 18: Atmosphere at Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Media Conference at the Greenwich Polo Club on April 18, 2013 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Michael Shauck/Getty Images for Royal Salute)

GREENWICH, CT - APRIL 18:  Atmosphere at Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Media Conference at the Greenwich Polo Club on April 18, 2013 in Greenwich, Connecticut.  (Photo by Michael Shauck/Getty Images for Royal Salute)

GREENWICH, CT – APRIL 18: Atmosphere at Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup Media Conference at the Greenwich Polo Club on April 18, 2013 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Michael Shauck/Getty Images for Royal Salute)

Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of the Lesotho Royal Family in response to the plight of the neediest and most vulnerable of Lesotho’s children, many who are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs epidemic. In February, Prince Harry visited Lesotho to see the difference Sentebale’s programmes were making to the children. At the end of his visit, he attended the Sentebale Gala Dinner in Johannesburg which was to mark the launch of a major fundraising campaign to build the Mamohato Centre for children and young people infected with, or affected by HIV. Lesotho’s main operations are based in Lesotho with the fundraising and management team based in London, headed up by Chief Executive, Cathy Ferrier. Both Princes remain active patrons of Sentebale. Continue reading