Edward Gant is currently the CEO of HADID Caviar and HADID Wine. He owns these celebrity brands with his trusted friend, the prominent American visionary, Mohamed Anwar Hadid. Edward is a well-educated, innovative entrepreneur with an optimistic approach to life. He is a successful business industrialist who pours his whole heart into each project he works on. He is passionate and has contributed various efforts which helped numerous sectors advance forward immensely.
HADID Caviar launched in 2020. Within the first few months of its launching, it has become very successful, being purchased in the iconic London-based Harrods Luxury Department Store and in hotels and restaurants like Atelier Robuchon, Jumeirah Hotels, La Cantine Group, La Petite Maison, La Guerité, Medusa, and GAIA. The affluent brand has been promoted by Hollywood celebrities such as Dua Lipa, Martha Stewart, Kris Jenner, and John Stamos. HADID Caviar expanded persistently, and in order to pay it forward, the company donates 5% of its net profits to amfAR, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy of AIDS-related public policy.
Recently, Edward and Mohamed have been busy perfecting HADID Wine. Through this unique wine, Hadid designed and blended this luxury wine from the most prestigious and notable wine region production in the world. HADID Wine is available in vintages 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2016 and is sold in the most exclusive restaurants and hotels all around the world such as L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris and Relais & Chateaux hotels. What to look out for? An alternative caviar lounge conceptualised by the two moguls and some exciting collaboration plans with The Luxury Network are both on the list for 2022.
Edward is based in Los Angeles, USA, and the UK, handling several businesses as a CEO. The love and support that he shares and receives from his family have been the instrument in the success that shaped his life.
In an exclusive interview with The Luxury Network Magazine, Edward discussed with the publication’s Managing Editor, Garz Bumanlag, his intuitive mastery of diligence, partnership, and leadership skills in each industry he participates in.
What do you love about luxury sales?
The people I get to meet, together with the places and events I attend to make every sale an unforgettable experience. It’s not about the sale anymore, it’s about creating partnerships and being introduced to a whole different world.
What greatest success have you ever had in the luxury industry?
Making HADID Caviar brand worldwide known, approved and stocked by places like Harrods within months of launching while been praised from the greatest Michelin-Star-approved chefs and all of these during the pandemic is definitely something unique that I am proud of.
What are the top 3 factors you consider before opening up a new business?
Building the right team around the project, offering something unique while perfecting it before launching it and timing it right.
What do you think is the best way to promote your businesses?
Apart from our collaboration with the The Luxury Network, I would say social media is a key factor, together with the sponsorship of grand events like the amfAR Gala.
What do you think is the secret of excellent client service?
Getting in your clients position at every step of the way, offering them personalised service and support within a very short timeframe.
Where do you see the luxury sector in the next five years?
Luxury sales will only grow, there is more demand for luxury products and services than ever before and even after this global crisis, luxury sales are thriving.
How does it feel to partner with such an iconic person as Mohamed Hadid?
To be fair, it never felt like a business partnership, as Mohamed has always been like a big brother to me so it really feels more like a family affair, while at the same time, I am honoured to have him as a mentor and (for him) always having my back.
How do you measure success?
True and longterm success can only be measured in happiness when the lights are out and you can switch off from your obligations. Only then, each of us can understand how successful he is.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I have a unique style of approaching my team. When problems arise, we try to solve them and learn from them – it’s a part of the process. On a daily basis, I am trying to make everyone involved in this and make them see it as their own luxury brand. I have pointed out to (my) partners and colleagues that there are no employees in this business and that everyone is an important part of a well-tuned machine.
How do you manage adversity and doubt?
As I started from nothing, I had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get to where I am, it wasn’t always easy, it never is. If no unpleasant situation can break us personally or damage our bonds with one another, it’s not worth it to be worried about the negatives and problems that tomorrow brings. There will always be problems, we learn to live and learn to solve them. It all starts with a deep breath and a positive mindset.
What advice would you like to share with emerging entrepreneurs?
Never give up, focus on what you love the most and try to traffic all your energy through it to accomplish it. Give credit to yourself for what you have achieved as it’s all part of the journey.
Written by: Garz Bumanlag