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Parker&Morgan Launches Online Retail Site For Virgin Hotels

December 17, 2015

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Parker&Morgan, purveyors of luxury sleep and wellness products, has partnered with Virgin Hotels to create an online retail shop where buyers can create their own Virgin Hotels-like environment, including the patented and award-winning Lounge Bed. Guests who experience the reimagined hospitality experience are now able to bring elements of their stay into their own homes.

“The Virgin brand has a tremendous history in driving innovation and change,” says Parker&Morgan CEO Peter Whitford. “Bringing that expertise to the hotel industry is nothing short of a game-changer. We are thrilled to be able to extend the room experience beyond the property to further support brand loyalty.”

Parker&Morgan partners with marquee hotels and small luxury hotel groups to create exclusive online retail shops, reflective of the distinctive experience of each hotel. The company works closely with hotel designers and brand partners to expand the retail offering to gifts and decor reminiscent of their stay as well as products from prominent local artisans.

“Travelers want to make a connection to the places they visit,” adds Whitford. “There is nothing more intimate than bringing products into your own home.”

Virgin Hotels at Home Store features iconic room items like the SMEG mini-bar fridge and the Vespa Italian scooter desk chair. The showcase item is the Lounge Bed, which features an ergonomic, padded headboard and a unique corner seat at the foot. The Lounge Bed is offered exclusively through the Virgin Hotels At Home site.

Parker&Morgan manages all aspects of the online site as a seamless extension of the hotel’s own website. Parker&Morgan are retail and luxury experts who curate and manage the shopping experience including an on-call Sleep Concierge who can walk guests through the personal details of creating the most restful night or identifying elements from their hotel stay.


Parker&Morgan is headquartered in Pasadena, CA and operates in the U.S., Southeast Asia and Australia as purveyors of luxury sleep and wellness products. Their businesses include consumer-direct sleep and wellness stores, luxury hotel lines and the P&M Studio lifestyle brand. CEO Peter Whitford is the former Worldwide President at The Walt Disney Company overseeing Disney Store, Catalogue and Internet businesses. Prior to that role, he served as President and CEO of Structure, part of The Limited (Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath and Body Works. (

Virgin Hotels is a lifestyle hospitality brand “that combines heartfelt service, straightforward value and a seamless, personalized hotel experience with the track record of innovation and smart disruption that Sir Richard Branson’s global Virgin Group has pioneered for over 40 years.” Each property intermixes a passion for food and beverage with music and culture, fusing with the local landscape and providing a vibrant and inclusive environment for travelers and locals alike. Chicago opened in 2015, with New York, Nashville, Dallas and others to follow (
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Kuala Lumpur ranked among top 10 cities for shopping by CNN; Malaysia Year-End Sale goes to Jan 1

November 29, 2012

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) ranked fourth in CNN’s survey on the top 10 best shopping cities in the world, ahead of well-established shopping hubs such as Paris, Hong Kong and Dubai. The top three best shopping cities in the world were New York, London and Tokyo, respectively.

The judging was based on four categories comprised of ease of getting around, value, variety, and experience. Kuala Lumpur scored a total of 30 out of a maximum 40 points: 6 points for getting around, 10 points for value, 8 points for variety, and 6 points for experience. According to CNN International’s travel website, CNNgo, Kuala Lumpur’s impressive score came from its winning combination of high quality shopping, affordable prices and reliable sales, which can stretch for several months, citing 1Malaysia Year-End Sale as an example.

The Malaysia Year-End Sale held this year from November 10, 2012 to January 1, 2013, aims to encourage shoppers from all over the world to come to Malaysia to celebrate the last two months of the year with a fabulous shopping experience. Shoppers have 55 days to take advantage of great discounts and special offers put together by various shopping malls nationwide.

Shopping is a lucrative sector of Malaysia’s tourism industry. It holds the second biggest share of tourist expenditure after accommodation. Last year, tourists spent RM17.5 billion on shopping which constituted 30% of the total receipts of RM58.3 billion. Its important contribution to the economy has led the Government to focus on developing the shopping sector as one of the main tourism drivers. Efforts include positioning the country as a duty-free shopping destination for tourist goods, designating KLCC-Bukit Bintang as a vibrant shopping precinct and establishing three new premium outlets in Malaysia.

The country has more than 320 shopping malls and the top 10 largest shopping malls are bigger in size than the top 10 shopping malls in the UK.

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Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez offers guests opportunity to purchase Christoph Pillet designs

October 10, 2011

The Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, an intimate and glamorous resort on the Côte d’Azur, offers its guests the unique opportunity to take home a piece of their holiday travel – Christophe Pillet’s furniture custom-made for the Sezz Saint-Tropez. Guests can order exclusive pieces directly from the hotel, not available available for retail sale elsewhere. The collection includes a variety of outdoor furnishings, including the Summer Set Chair, a single shell chair made from woven metal cables that is certain to add glamour to any home.

The hotel celebrated its completion in July 2011. Christophe Pillet, who trained under Philippe Starck, is a French designer with worldwide recognition in the fashion and luxury worlds. He is responsible for a range of products and furniture and regularly showcases his work at Salone del Mobile in Milan and at Imm cologne. Pillet has also designed buildings and interiors, from clothing stores such as Lacoste Club in Paris to bars and restaurants such as Maison Blanche in Morocco and Bar du Port in Saint Tropez.

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is the brainchild of hotelier Shahé Kalaidjian and designer Christophe Pillet who had already worked together in 2005 to create Hotel Sezz in Paris. Pillet designed every object, from the light fixtures to the faucets in the bathrooms.

“This project was a dream for me as I was able to get really involved in every aspect of the design,” Pillet says. “It is a very rare opportunity for a designer.”

Pillet and Kalaidjian had in mind a holiday story for Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez that would be different to their urban property in Paris. “We did not reproduce Sezz Paris in Saint-Tropez; we went one step further in the adventure,” Pillet explains. “It’s a property full of light and air where guests can smell, hear and taste “vacation” from their beds and baths. The furniture at Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is like in a summer house – a composition of individual pieces, each with plenty of character.”

The furniture and objects in the hotel were produced by Italian and American furniture brands. For example, the lighting fittings were created by Mazzega and Oluce; the bathroom fixtures crafted by Fantini, the sinks are manufactured by Boffi and the chairs by Emeco. For the rooms, Pillet was inspired by the color code of the fifties. Chairs in light blue, carpets in saffron, red lamps and grey duvets contrast with light curtains, white stone floors and panelled walls in dark walnut wood. His signature piece is the Jade Lounge Chair which he designed for Porro. The chair has a black-ash wood frame, a jade blue leather seat and is characterized by soft and wavy lines.

The public spaces also feature custom-made furniture. Large sunbeds surround the central pool area. The focal point of the lobby is an artful composition of Pillet’s designs. A striking semi-circular sofa cocoons guests with its extra high backrest. Its sides curve in showing off a slatted ash wood backing. Adding visual interest is a grouping of silver and white ceramic coffee tables, round and of differing sizes. Restaurant Colette is furnished with Pillet’s Summer Set Chairs made from woven metal cables and softened with white linen cushions.

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez offers a new hospitality experience on the French Riviera. Surrounded by a lush wooden park and within walking distance to the beach, guests can truly sink into their holidays. The resort’s layout resembles a small Provencal village with 35 bungalows, cocoons and two villas, all grouped around an azure pool.


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