The best high-end apps for luxury shopping, eating and living
Need a massage but don’t have time to plan ahead? Priv is the app for you, catering for busy people who like beauty treatments but can’t commit too far in advance. It allows you to order everything from a blow-dry to a manicure at the last minute, and the service comes to you. Launching in London on 25th November.
There’s no point in buying a beautiful scarf if you don’t know how to tie it stylishly – hence this brilliant little app from Hermes. Silk Knots (free) includes 24 tutorials on different knots, all as well-presented as you’d expect from this luxury brand.
There are recipe apps, and then there’s the ultimate Michelin-starred recipe app. OK, so technically apps aren’t eligible for Michelin stars, but the 12 chefs who contributed to the Great British Chefs app have all been awarded the honour – they’re some of the UK’s most respected chefs, from Marcus Wareing to Tom Aikens. Each has provided three menus of five courses each, which can be mixed and matched as you please. The app even includes a clever shopping list that categorises your grocery list by supermarket aisle.
Fancy buying a property in France? Don’t we all. The Proprietes de France app helps you filter through over 6000 luxury properties, from villas to Paris apartments. Whether we can afford one or not, at least we can window-shop.
Know someone who’s thinking of popping the question? Tiffany & Co’s Engagement Ring Finder could make it very easy. The app allows you to browse diamond rings, find the right ring size (by sneakily holding up one of your partner’s existing rings against the screen), and even take the perfect photo of her wearing the ring, once you’ve done the deed.
You know that spare £699.99 you have lying around? Well why not spend it on the ‘millionaire’s app’, also known as travel app iVIP Black? For your money you’ll get access to private jets, an on-demand concierge, chauffeurs and more.
If it sounds a bit steep, try before you buy with VIP Red (free) – it allows you to preview some of the perks you’d get with the deluxe version.
Shop from your phone or iPad with the excellent app for luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. It’s cleanly designed and easy to use, and you can either shop by category (lingerie, gowns etc), by designer, or by editorial theme. Current curated collections include skiwear and jewels to love.
You’ll have to become a member to use Gilt, but if you’re a fan of discounted designer clothes then this free app is well worth the effort. Look out for flash sales every day, with luxury labels at up to 70% off. Sales start at noon Eastern Time, so make sure you log on at 5pm GMT.
For affluent travellers, BlackJet allows you to book seats on a private jet or charter your own. They can supply itineraries, catering and ground transportation, all booked via your phone. The app is free – but the jets may be a little more expensive.
Fuel your fantasies of being rich and famous: scroll through photographs of the homes of Richard Gere, Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt and more with Mansion House (free). If you want to snap up a mansion for yourself, you can also use the app to find luxury properties all over the world.