The Financial Times’ annual Business of Luxury Summit is the kind of conference where Prince Albert II of Monaco mixes with LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, or the CEOs of Burberry and Gucci swap trade secrets. And the venues, which change every year, tend to match the glitziness of the attendees: last year it was Monte Carlo, and in 2007 the confab was held in Venice.

That particular quandary may not be solved over the three days of the conference, but judging from the list of speakers attendees should have plenty to mull over: Tamara Mellon will expound on the risks and rewards of working with celebrities; Diane von Furstenberg and Google’s Marissa Mayer will focus on reaching consumers via different media. Happily, there will be ample time to schmooze along with the panels and keynote speeches: a gala dinner at Paramount Studios is planned for the second night, and Monocle magazine editor Tyler Brule – known for hosting a good bash – is throwing the after-party at the Chateau Marmont.

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