Tony Blair has certainly enjoyed a varied career since he stepped down from his role as Prime Minister in 2007. As a peace envoy for the Middle East, Blair has sought, in his own way, to help change the world. His new role will see him doing the same, only this time his advice will be assisting the luxury-goods industry. Blair is said to be taking up the role of an advisor to LVMH's Bernard Arnault later this year, with a view to helping the group recruit and welcome some new clients into the luxury market.
We were a little surprised by this appointment, especially given that a few years ago when offered a role linked to the fashion industry by none other than Sir Phillip Green, he declined. At the time he said: "You would have to start me right at the bottom. I am not known for my fashion sense. When I wore a particular brand of swimming trunks one year, the sales then collapsed." We think Mr Blair is being too hard on himself, but only time will tell if his appointment will be to LVMH's advantage or detriment.