The Royal Palace of Belgrade and the Belgrade Waterfront development will host the 9th edition of the finest classic car and culture of excellence event in Southeast Europe, the „24 hours of Elegance - Concours d’Elegance & Salon of Excellence”, from September 6-8, 2019 in partnership with GENERALI Insurance Serbia, Belgrade Waterfront real estate development, British Motors (exclusive importer of Jaguar and Land Rover)and in synergy with the Serbian Federation of Historic Vehicles (FIVA Member) and British Serbian Chamber Commerce(BSCC).
The event is chaired by its founder Alex Djordjevic of DeGorsi Luxury consulting and will be held under the patronage of the Royal Family of Serbia. Generali 24 hours of Elegance, is an international event dedicated to the prestigious brands, synonymous with supreme quality of manufacture & craftsmanship of details. Guests will share their passion for classic cars, elegance, style, and refinement, in a uniquely fascinating setting of the Royal Palace and the Belgrade Waterfront development. This year’s edition is dedicated to British excellence in craftsmanship with the participation of top-level artisans from the United Kingdom.
The opening gala will take place at the White Palace, on Friday, September 6, 2019, with the unveiling of MASTERS OF EXCELLENCE exhibition, presented by the renowned ARBITER magazine. This year’s edition is dedicated to the British masters of elegance championed by superlative craftsmen, renowned for their artisanship, such as EDWARD SEXTON, the iconic bespoke tailor from London, superb bespoke shoemakers GAZIANO & GIRLING and the famous shirt-makers to kings and statesmen TURNBULL & ASSER, along with renowned accessories by VIOLA MILANO, complemented by tastings of famous HENDRICK’S gin, the spirit of choice for true gentlemen. The automotive star of the evening will be a 100% electric JAGUAR I-PACE voted both the European and the Global Car of the Year.
Special salon of the Palace will be dedicated to the finest artians from Serbia, such as HOH handmad itmepieces, BLACKBIRDFIELD ladies hats and fascinators and EVICA gloves, handmade gloves, worn by Dutchess of Cornwall, to name a few.
The star of this SALON OF EXCELLENCE, conferences and exhibitions dedicated to excellence in craftsmanship, which will be held on September 7 at the Belgrade Waterfront salon in Karađorđeva street starting at 3pm, is also:
HARISSONS - the finest cloth, distributed worldwide, woven in the the UK since 1863.
Founded in 1863, the Harrisons of Edinburgh is one of world’s oldest and most iconic fabric conglomerates, started in the UK by Sir George Harrison. What initially began as a business of wool drapes, hatters and hosiers, has today, come to have evolved into being producing house of high quality,premium suiting fabric, with a series of niche cloth makers under its belt.
The city of Edinburgh has come through ages, seeing remarkable upliftment of its local population and no doubt then, the town is synonymous with the renowned mills, with the Harrison Arch being a prime landmark. The company began exporting to the US in 1900, also embracing its trademark, the ‘Thistle’, which adorns each and every yarn doled out from the factory to the present day, depicting a mark of finesse and trust.
The business is run today by Mark and James Dunsford (Pictured below right, with Mark on the right), who both joined the family business of Lear Browne & Dunsford back in 1987, and have overseen the steady expansion of it, both at home and abroad.During their tenure they have overseen many acquisitions besides Harrisons, including H.Lesser & Son and, most recently, Smith Woollens and W.Bill, which have proved to be excellent additions to their portfolio.Both Mark and James share a great passion for the trade and are dedicated to maintaining the supply of the highest quality fabrics and the service that their customers have come to expect.