These magazines are very useful at cutting out the middle-man. There are groupies (art advisers, car advisers, property advisers, designers, Oxfam resellers) hanging around the ultra-rich looking for ways to spend their clients' money. Sometimes these hangers-on resort to faux
-bigtimer threads in which they ask for advice e.g. how to spend min. $100 000 on a gift?The Times
has a similar publication, now hidden behind a paywall. A couple of months ago they had an issue focussing on the Italian High Life, with an article of Italian men's clothing style, mentions of Rubinacci et al. I hadn't realised this Italy-focussed motorcycle place wasn't too far from me http://www.madeinitalymotorcycles.com/
They kept these publications going through the worst of the financial meltdown a couple of years ago - really tacky.