Modern Luxury

Wow—I can’t believe it’s early April, and the Baselworld fair in Switzerland and the SMART Jewelry Show in Chicago are already history. Both shows left me feeling optimistic and confident that manufacturers who are nimble, creative, social media–savvy, and dedicated to presenting fresh products are doing well.The Basel fair is unique. It’s amusing to see friends casually adapt to the unusual housing options the city provides (demands, actually): “Are you staying on a boat?” “Do you have an apartment?” “Do you actually have a hotel room?” And suddenly, everyone speaks “tram,” referring to the public transport options they rely on to get to the convention center: “I’m on the 6.” “Are you on the 15?”Each evening, hundreds of attendees gather in front of the main hall for a classic Swiss-German beer hall happy hour with live music, beer served in steins, a

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