Away from Milan, the Ferragamo family opts not to put its name on the collection known as
, which operates such style-centric properties as the Continental in Florence and Portrait Suites in Rome. In addition to operating hotels, the
manages a series of high-end apartments that offer voguish abodes for those looking for something bigger than just a hotel room. Less known, however, is the group's recent sea explorations, including the Scarlino Yacht Club and Residences, which brings the Ferragamo lifestyle to a permanent residential community and marina, as well as its Swan Sailing Yacht available for Aeolian and Balearic charters with breathtaking interiors by Florentine architect Michele Bonan.
Other designer names in the hotel milieu these days include
, with a location in Edinburgh opened in 2009 and Kuwait the next year. The hotels are a collaboration between the Italian fashion label and
The Rezidor Hotel Group
, which also operates the brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson. In Paris, designer
is the inspiration behind boutique properties
Hotel du Petit Moulin
and Hotel le Bellechasse, while
Maison Martin Margiela
designed the interiors at nearby
La Maison Champs Elysees
Other designers opt to design singular specialty suites, including Vera Wang at Honolulu's
, Tomas Maier at the
St. Regis Hotel Rome
and Diane von Furstenberg, who debuted her own glamour pad inside London's
As for what's next in the fashion hotel arena,
is rehabilitating Paris' former Samaritaine department store in what is reported to become the second installment of its
brand born in wintery Courchevel. And although there's no plans to date, don't be surprised if
pops onto the hotel map, given his comprehensive home lifestyle brand and real estate savvy.
is also one to watch, with fashion collections inspired by the designer's global travels and customers more than willing to follow in pursuit of the next fashion designer hotel.