On Monday, Hennessy (link) hosted a private dinner at Neuehouse Hollywood to present “The Originals,” a program that shed a light on the creativity and ingenuity of true original brands that have shaped the trajectory of luxury as we know it.

In collaboration with like-minded partners Rolls-Royce & The Stronghold, Hennessy provided a rare glimpse at how these brands have managed to successfully transcend time, while continuing to pioneer and define what luxury means to today’s consumer.  


In 1870, Maurice Hennessy and 3rd generation Cellar Master Emile Filloux created an exceptional aged or “Extra Old” Cognac, the original X.O. Maurice-Richard Hennessy, 8th generation family member and global brand ambassador was there to share stories of his great-great grandfather’s contribution to Cognac – a blend that was intended for family & friends.



Rolls-Royce, founded in 1906, is the original luxury automobile brand. From the early pioneering experiments of founder Sir Henry Royce, to the brand’s visionary EX models which imagine what a Rolls-Royce could be in 2040 and beyond, Rolls-Royce is constantly creating motorcars that are instantly recognizable and an icon all over the world.

Maurice  in Front of Rolls-Royce Dawn

Rolls-Royce’s Head of Communications, Gerry Spahn, discussed how the auto brand continues to successfully combine tradition with technology.

The Stronghold

The Stronghold is the original Los Angeles denim brand dating back to 1895. The Stronghold was made famous by Charlie Chaplin and continues to move beyond denim to offer a variety of specialty and luxury goods. A Venice beach staple, owner Michael Paradise delved into the brand’s storied history and modern approach to high end denim.


Michael Paradise, Maurice Hennessy, Jordan Bushell, Gerry Spahn




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