WE THE PEOPLE
Meet the characters in the fabulous global drama of Forbidden City
Formerly an award-winning actor, John masterfully combined all of his talents, passions, and drive for perfection to bring Forbidden City to the world stage.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and a host of other languages, John is a global citizen whose life experience and education in the USA, Europe and China find their way into Forbidden City luxuries.
Creativity is at the heart of his passion, together with the philosophy that communication with other human beings represents a special act of trust.
Melany and CEO John met many blue moons ago at Amanpulo in the Philippines. Together they create innovative services that wow our clients at sea, whilst they speed through the air at 500 miles per hour on their private jets, and for when they reach their final destination. Melany, hailing from Costa Rica, has worked in numerous settings with a palladium clad list of the world’s top clientele, making her truly the icing on the cake in the world of Forbidden City Spas. Who knows, you may be greeted by Melany or one of her SKYLAB ambassadors when you embark on your next journey…
Kevin, a former film director, working joined-at-the-hip with John, has brought about what many in the industry have quipped to be the impossible: creating a multi-line luxury brand in less than five years with access to the global marketplace and the world’s top consumers.
With the energy of a teenager and a maniacal drive for perfection, Kevin brings the Forbidden City dream to life through his artful and carefully curated expression of the brand through a set of European lenses.
Before we even get started with this one, let’s just say, “WOW”! Edit is so many things in so many ways to Forbidden City. From cheerleader to mom, administrator to task master, she’s a driving force in the global drama that we are.
“There is quality and then there is Forbidden City.” That said with a frustrated look in her eye, she admits sometimes even the best won’t do for the FC creative team. “They have been the inspiration behind things I never dreamt possible or wanted to take the risk to produce.” That includes vicuña and chinchilla blends that create bespoke solutions for top clientele.
Francesca has been in the business for nearly 20 years and no piece leaves for our showroom or our client’s wardrobes without her final seal of approval.
Having learned the trade in a state school during Italy’s industrial boom, Marco never forgot his fundamental approach to perfection.
Like Francesca, Maitre d’Atelier for Fibres, he notes that even perfect is sometimes not good enough.
Because of this, he limits production on most styles to insure that his craftsmen execute each piece with maximum attention to detail.
In a world of declining quality that sees even the biggest names cutting corners when it comes to production, a family making only jewelry for a century means a good deal.
Fortunately, Roberto knows no other craft than hatue joaillerie. He oversees a workroom of master craftsmen who incorporate our jade carvings into Italian metal work traditons, a competency developed under the watchful eye of the Forbidden City creative team.
An American made wizard, this knockout Brazilian/Swiss/American blond not only keeps our US operation in perfect order but turns heads as she crosses the Las Vegas strip – windows down of course – in her German-made hot rod.
After work, you’ll find her at boot camp or riding one of her gorgeous ponies across the Nevada steppe.
Our executives fly 200 days per year. Whether it’s a same-day hot-turn between Geneva and London to visit a Middle Eastern princess or a round-the-world sojourn to personally introduce the collection to our venerable private client group, Jean-Pierre takes charge to pick the perfect mode of transport that caters to our executives’ lifestyles and busy schedules.
Having learned the complexities of global travel via our principals’ worldwide jaunts, his position in 2012 will extend to offer our bespoke travel services for our clientele as well.
Mona is another genius at keeping our most valuable clients happy and in the loop. As the lead sales executive for our fastest growing market, she is the go-to person for all of our luxuries in the Middle East.
From her swank surroundings in Dubai, Mona carefully handpicks our new clients and welcomes them to the world of Forbidden City. A true bespoke devotee, Mona masterfully communicates her expertise of the brand to the ladies and gentlemen in her little black book.
Suzanne holds the keys to our vault of private clients in the USA.
As the market lead, Suzanne, with her zipped lips, discreetly manages private clients by organizing showings and events from sea-to-shining-sea.
With a background in the traditions of Swiss Private Banking, we know Suzanne will keep our client information as close to her heart as the 76-inch Forbidden City pearl necklace she wears around the world.
Lurette assists in the fitting out of our aircraft and yacht orders. As a corporate flight attendant for over 10 years, Lurette knows the layout of jets regularly used by charter fleets and private owner/operators alike.
From the G-V to a Boeing BBJ, Lurette’s flown them all, making her exceptionally adept at recommending matching leather trims, bag sizes for easy stowage on board and the best times for product installation to minimize our client’s equipment downtime.