Luxury can get a bad rap. Sometimes deservedly so. In the wrong hands it can represent exclusion, inaccessibility, greed, frivolity, waste, gaudiness, rigidity, even fossilization.
On its best day, though, luxury can provide beauty, inspiration, illumination, pleasure, wit, tranquility, excellence, meaning and joy. It can represent grace, intelligence, elegance and élan.
At Dandelion Chandelier, we think that modern luxury is fascinating and complex: it’s transparent and mysterious; it’s elegant and edgy; it’s London, Paris, Manhattan and Monaco – but it’s also Brooklyn, Berlin, Iceland, and Ibiza. It’s on the street and online, and it’s definitely in the eye of the beholder. It’s soaring and grounded. It’s dandelion and chandelier.
With roots in fashion, consulting, wealth management, media and investing, our team of far-flung correspondents provide a unique insider’s perspective on this sparkling ever-changing milieu in order to both enlighten and inspire. We love excavating the past to help foresee the future. Highlighting everyday micro-luxuries as well as grand adventures. Not just focusing on getting and spending, but also on celebrating the luxury of having the resources and the desire to be philanthropic — the luxury of spreading light in the world.
We’re a global community with many voices. We’re curious and appreciative and as bad-ass as we need to be. Come join us.
Dandelion Chandelier is a fresh, smart take on modern luxury. Choose to Shine.
Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder and CEO of Dandelion Chandelier and the Lead Independent Director of the board of The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX). A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Pamela is a senior executive with global expertise in multiple consumer-facing industries.
The first black woman to be elected Partner at global consultancy McKinsey & Co, she worked for 10 years as a leader in the firm’s Consumer, Retail and Media practices. Pamela served as global Chair and CEO of CNBC Television and CNBC.com for six years. She was a Group President at Liz Claiborne, Inc., and was an operating partner in private equity. Most recently, she served as Chief Marketing and Talent Officer, head of Private Banking Wealth Management New Markets, and as a member of the Executive Board at the global financial services firm Credit Suisse.
Originally from Detroit, Pamela serves on the boards of the New York Philharmonic and the Parsons School of Design.
Pamela is also the author of three mystery novels published by Simon & Schuster. She is married with three children, and loves running, skiing, the New England Patriots and the Golden State Warriors.