BLLA’s Investment Conference Returns June 6

NEW YORK—More than 40 speakers representing the boutique, lifestyle, wellness and fashion spaces will be on hand as the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) will again be hosting its Boutique Hotel Investment Conference on June 6 at The Times Center here.

This year’s conference brings together industry’s most notable hoteliers, C-level executives, entrepreneurs and investors as well as the most creative minds in the general boutique space, according to organizers. BLLA’s mission is to globally connect independent, upscale hoteliers and businesses with fellow industry innovators, discerning consumers and global educators.

Guest speakers will discuss industry successes and challenges, while also exploring the next generation of boutique money. Speakers include: CMO Lindsay Nelson of Vox Media; Founder Jayma Cardoso of The Surf Lodge; Managing Director Javier Egipciaco of Arlo Hotels; Managing Director Jeff Carvalho of Highsnobiety; COO Annika Meller of Anine Bing; and Rob Cartwright, co-working hospitality executive.

“The industry is ever-changing and BLLA is at the forefront of that movement as we continue to elevate, connect and educate the community on the space,” said BLLA Founder/CEO Frances Kiradjian. “Our annual Investment conference sets industry trends for the year ahead while connecting true hospitality visionaries.”

BLLA COO Ariela Kiradjian added, “We’ve created an experience to gather the money in boutique and move hospitality forward. BLLA isn’t afraid to do what’s different, we thrive because of that.”

Javier Egipciaco of Arlo Hotels, a new micro-lifestyle concept in New York, will explore how boutique hotels are maintaining cultural relevancy by creating immersive experiences. As the fashion industry continues to merge into the world of boutique, Annika Meller of Anine Bing will speak to powering an international lifestyle brand centered around boutique, while Jeff Carvehlo of Highsnobiety will delve into how he transformed a blog into a media empire and authority on urban luxury.

Following the panels and several power networking sessions with the financiers and hotel luminaries, will be The Stay Boutique After-Party hosted by BLLA.