Luxury carmaker BMW just released a new model that’s got everyone talking.
The latest BMW i8 combines an electric motor and powerful petrol engine. In other words, it runs like a sports car, but has the same consumption and emission values as a compact. Who knew powerful, fast cars can be so environmentally friendly? Check out the sleek new ride after the jump.
- by Privy Editor
Condé Nast Traveler surveyed readers on their picks for the top 10 cities in Asia. Some are less high profile than others--including Luang Prabang in Laos, which also scored the highest in friendliness. Singapore took the title for greatest restaurants, with Hong Kong beating it for best shopping. Both Japan and Thailand nabbed two of the spots. But the overall top city in Asia? Drum roll please: Kyoto, for its mix of “modernity and old world Japan.”
Someone’s doing their homework. According to Valentino President and CEO Stefano Sassi, China and Hong Kong will account for 30% of the luxury brand’s global revenues in 2013. What to do? Design a collection with the Chinese shopper in mind (in lavish hues of red, of course) and open a 7,535-square-feet store in Shanghai. The result: an opulent retail experience situated in the heart of luxury destination Huaihai Road. More pictures after the jump!
- by Privy Editor
Excited for Tokyo Olympics 2020? These guys are.
Japanese dance group World Order robo-dances their way throughout the city. The “Welcome to Tokyo” video has been making the internet rounds, psyching everyone for the sure-to-be fantastic sporting event. And no, it’s not set to Styx’s Mr. Roboto—but it’s still awesome.
In 1983, Lexus began as an undercover sedan project code-named “F1” (for Flagship One). All the hard work culminated in the 1989 launch of the original Lexus LS, and the rest is luxury vehicle history.
To celebrate its latest line of high performance models, Lexus flew Privy to Las Vegas on September 21 for the “Lexus F SPORT Performance Event.” They even arranged our swanky accommodations at no other than Caesars Palace’s Nobu Hotel. Here is our report of the indulgent and adrenaline-filled weekend.
Here at Privy, we make it our mission to build a better and more connected community. Even more wonderful if we can put an incredible, fun spin on it. That’s just what we did last Friday at our “Cabaret: Pretty in Pink” party, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to celebrate Privy founder Christopher Liu’s birthday, along with fellow celebrants Emily Liu, Judy Ly and Cora Quon.
“Asian women don’t get breast cancer.”
That’s what Susan Shinagawa’s doctor assured her after finding a lump in her right breast back in 1991. A second doctor diagnosed her with lumpy breasts, but she insisted for a biopsy anyway. Results revealed that Susan did in fact have invasive breast cancer. Two mastectomies and months of chemotherapy later, she’s still in active treatment while becoming one of the nation’s leading Asian breast cancer activists.
It’s been 20 years since a very young Stephen Liu, Privy’s own CEO, founded the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX). Today, it is one of the largest, if not the largest, Asian-American organizations in Southern California. After two decades of amazing work for the community, a well-deserved evening of festivities was in order.
Pick your favorite: Lin Your Face! May the Best Man Lin. Amasian!
Back in February 2012, puns had never made bigger headlines just as Jeremy Lin, a Taiwanese-American Harvard graduate, was adored by all for his unexpected streak playing for the New York Knicks. He averaged 24.6 points and shot 49.7% from the floor--coming from a kid who wasn’t offered a single college scholarship and demoted to the D-League before the Knicks pulled him out for backup.
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Occupation: Executive Director, Foodlink Foundation and Executive Director, Hong Kong Parkview
Based in: Hong Kong
Last Education: University of Hong Kong
Robin Hwang developed a knack for the real estate business at a very young age. It was perhaps inevitable that today, she serves as the Executive Director of her family’s business, Hong Kong Parkview. But she’s also taken a very special interest in Foodlink, the non-profit organization that her mother founded back in 2001. The Williams College and University of Hong Kong graduate tells us all about her low-tech childhood, how she’s doing her part to save the world, and the best restaurants in Hong Kong.