Celerie Kemble, Jamie Drake, Suzanne Kasler and Justin Shaulis are a few of the top designers involved in the newly premiering Elevate Luxury Design Tour. The program, which will be launched by High Point Market Authority at this month’s market, is designed specifically for top-earning interior designers, with a three-day tour and a new gala and awards program.
The three-day tour is dedicated to designers earning revenue of over seven figures annually. It will connect the designers directly to luxury brands as well as to each other. Among the highlights are a breakfast with Celerie Kemble; tours of their favorite showrooms led by Justin Shaulis, Jamie Drake and Suzanne Kasler; a program of parties and events and panel discussions; an invite-only awards gala at Universal Furniture; and a lecture series with the Antique & Design Center. Notable attendees will include Eric Cohler, Michelle Nussbaumer, Michael Tavano, Joy Moyler, Greg Natale, Kevin Isbell, Lonni Paul and William T. Baker, among others. Sara Ledterman, editor in chief of Adorno magazine, a co-sponsor of the Elevate Luxury Design Tour, shares, “It is important to build direct relationships at market between the luxury designers and the executive team at the brands where they spend a large percentage of their revenue.”
In tandem with Universal to the Trade, Crypton and Adorno, High Point Market Authority will also host the first-ever Elevate Luxury Design Gala & Awards on April 16, including a formal dinner (with settings designed by designer Kelli Ellis), luxury showroom hunt through the new Universal Furniture building, a raffle and an awards ceremony. The invite-only gala is limited to 150 attendees; shares Kate Werner, director of the Elevate Luxury Design Tour, “There was a flood of requests for gala tickets and there seems to be an exciting amount of buzz about the event already.”