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Fifty years ago this week Robert Miller and Charles ‘Chuck’ Feeney opened an office and showroom to service their fledgling duty free business in Hong Kong. Tonight, the company they founded – DFS – is set to mark its 50th anniversary with a very special event in Hong Kong.
As our photo shows, this afternoon the finishing touches were being put to DFS Galleria Sun Plaza on Hong Kong’s Canton Road, where the party kicks off later. Either side of the entrance were rows and rows of flowers, sent by companies wishing the group well: among those we spotted were bouquets from EverRich Duty Free Shop in Taiwan, and from Breitling, JTI, Hunting World and Le Sportsac among other brand owners.
In a remarkable move, DFS is also donating 5% of today’s sales (6 November) from every one of its stores worldwide to charity. In each case, it will be a charity chosen by the company’s local staff.
In this, as in so many other ways, DFS has proved itself a class act. Here’s to the next 50 years.