Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom,
Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajjah Raghad Kurdi Taib,
Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Arif Temenggong Pahang Tengku Fahad Muadzam Shah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Mustain Billah,
Distinguished guests and friends, ladies and gentlemen,
Let me begin by wishing everyone here, Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Chinese New Year! May you always be surrounded by unconditional love and may the Year of the Earth Pig bring good fortune and luck to all Chinese zodiac signs.
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a privilege and an honour for the Kabinet Privé team today to be amongst our most loyal clients and biggest supporters. This afternoon, we would like to celebrate all of you for your continuous support for me, personally, and for Kabinet Privé.
I started the business as a personal passion project because I saw the investment value of luxury handbags and high jewellery. According to research, over the last 35 years, Hermès Birkin bags have appreciated at an impressive return of over 14 percent a year, as compared to S&P 500 stocks at about 12 percent, and gold at just under 2 percent per year.
Of course, knowing how to build your luxury-as-investment portfolio is key. I believe everyone in this room today are really smart. There are a few things that you should know. Which brands, models, and materials to invest in? When to buy, sell or hold? This is where my team and I at Kabinet Privé can help you. It is always such a lovely feeling to see your portfolio grow in your closet, especially when the value keeps growing as you wear or carry them.
Alhamdulillah. We could see a rising demand for luxury goods and lifestyle in Malaysia and the region over the years. Our retail business has grown so much since we started from our humble beginnings at The Elegance Club Bangsar, to The St Regis Boutique that we have now, here in this beautiful hotel. In order to better serve our international clients, we have further expanded our presence in the region with Kabinet Privé offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Today, we are proud to be recognised as one of the most reputable private luxury concierge services in the industry, serving discerning clients across five continents, in more than a dozen countries. Our concierge team has flown all over the world to deliver luxury bags and high jewellery. We have served clients in some of the most exotics countries like Russia and Nigeria; and some of our bags are now carried by A-list celebrities in the US and in the UK.
We simply could not have done this without all of you.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Earlier this year, we unveiled a new look and website for Kabinet Privé. To meet the growing demand from our global clientele, we are revamping kabinetprive.com to deliver a seamless, exciting, and comfortable luxury shopping experience to those in search for the impossible, from anywhere and at any time.
Let me just paraphrase Coco Chanel before I end, “The best things in life are free.” Like family, health, and happiness. “The second best are very, very expensive.” But then again, ladies and gentlemen, I think you all know this already.
I hope you will enjoy the yee sang, the meal and the performances this afternoon.
And I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my team at Kabinet Privé: Denyse, Khairil, Raihani, Rafizah, Ana and Jason. They have really gone all out to for today’s event.