Where the rich are investing 2016

Refined Elegance

Tikka Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala on his affinity for made-in-France luxury and his efforts to give back to the state 

Photographs by Olya Milentis

Tikka Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala needs no introduction to the world of luxury. This March, he received France’s highest civilian distinction, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), which was created by Napoléon Bonaparte in the early 1800s for service rendered to that nation. It’s not surprising, given that as chief representative of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy in Asia since 1995 (today he is advisor to the chairman), he’s advised other LVMH brands such as Dom Pérignon, Dior, Fendi, Berluti, and Givenchy among others for their foray into India. “I’m deeply honoured by the French government,” he tells us from the plush living room of his south Delhi home. “My great-grandfather Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, and my grandfather are both recipients of the Légion d’Honneur. This makes me the third generation to receive it – the French Ambassador didn’t know of any other family where this has happened. I hope my son will continue this tradition.”

If you’re Tikka Shatrujit (known as ‘Tikka’ to his friends), luxury and great taste are literally in your genes. Clad in a blue custom-made shirt from Jermyn Street in London, and Berluti shoes, he sits with a collage of ancestral portraits behind him, the largest being that of his larger-than-life great-grandfather. A great Francophile, he was also a highly cultured h

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