After many years in the men’s formal wear business, Mikka Moon, owner of both Las Vegas locations of Tuxedo Junction for over three decades, expected few surprises from her occupation. 

Recent events proved otherwise when she received an email notifying her that His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco had appointed a new Honorary Consul to represent his famous Principality in Las Vegas, and that the new appointee had asked that she accept the position of Personal Haberdasher to the Consul.
 
“I had no idea what would be required,” Ms. Moon says with her trademark smile, “but it sure sounded unusual, and exciting!” 
 

Mikka Moon at Tuxedo Junction
Mikka Moon at Tuxedo Junction in Las Vegas

Mikka was not completely in the dark.  The Consul chosen by the Prince was Jonathan Warren, a life-long local to Las Vegas who first did business with Tuxedo Junction in 1980.  Mr. Warren had been back for various purchases over the years, but his new appointment would mean hosting many formal events.  This has caused something of an inventory check at Tuxedo Junction. 

“Jonathan’s events have always been good for our business.  I’m told that now there will also be special collections, out-of-state events and official dress codes involved – not to mention the larger guest lists,”  Ms. Moon explains.

The Prince’s Palace, Monaco

Ms. Moon’s first task is outfitting Consul Warren for Monaco’s National Day ceremonies November 18th to the 20th, to which the Consul has been invited by the Prince’s Palace.  The two-day affair includes parties at the Palace in Monaco, and “more costume changes than Phantom of the Opera,” as described by the new official Haberdasher.  

Almost immediately following the National Day celebrations in Monaco, the Consulate is hosting consuls of several other countries at a private box at the Las Vegas concert of renowned violinist Andre Rieu.  Tuxedo Junction is already ordering the items of attire expected to be in demand for and after the event.
 
Mikka expects lengthy instructions to outfit Consul Warren and members of his guest list for the inauguration ceremony of the new Consulate in Las Vegas.  His Excellency Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco in Washington, DC is expected to perform the official ceremony, at an as-yet undisclosed location.
 
As for why Tuxedo Junction was chosen, Mr. Warren replies “Mikka has been my formal wear expert for thirty years.  I immediately thought of her when asked who could best outfit a few of us who enjoy the occasional white tie classic, and a touch of panache.” 
 
Asked what to expect from the one person in the world who officially represents Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, the new consul smiles, “Get dressed. We’re going out.”

The Consular Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, through the work of member Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan, hosted the visit of His Excellency Ilhom Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States.

Uzbekistan InformationFrom Alexander the Great, to Genghis Khan, to the Soviet Union, to independence, Uzbekistan’s challenges and opportunities are legendary.

A former Ambassador to both Russia and to India, His Excellency is now Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States.

Much of the Mojave Desert environment resembles a great deal of Uzbekistan, aConsular Chamber Presents Ambassador Nematov country the size and population of California.  While in Las Vegas, the Consular Chamber arranged for the Ambassador to speak at the World Affairs Council October luncheon on October 26, as well as tours of cutting edge power and water facilities, and a meeting with Consular Chamber organizers of the Global PURE Water Expo.  Meetings with Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Patricia Mulroy and Mayor Oscar Goodman have also been arranged.

Aral Sea reduction in UzbekistanOn the evening of October 26th, the Ambassador and Mrs. Nematova will be the Guests of Honor at Dine with Dignitaries, a Consular Chamber tradition.  Twenty-two participants will join the Ambassador and his wife for a spectacular dinner prepared by renowned Las Vegas chef Andre Roché, at Alizé, at the top of the Palms hotel in Las Vegas.  Dine with Dignitaries allows for candid, off-the-record conversation with no speeches, no agenda, no press and no podium.  Business discussion is encouraged.  Reservations may be made online.

Pak Denim receiving FPCCI Export AwardPak Denim Receives Prestigious Export Award

  

Dr. Mirza Baig, Honorary Consul General of Yemen in Pakistan and Director of Pak Denim, a major manufacturer and exporter of textiles, has received the FPCCI Export Award in Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi.  

Consul Baig’s firm has been Pakistan’s largest exporter of denim fabric for twelve consecutive years.  

FICAC Monte Carlo Conference

Consuls Biggs Sparkuhl, Baig, Warren and Dimata at FICAC Monte Carlo conference, 2009

 

 In addition to running Pak Denim and several other companies in various countries, Dr. Baig sits on the prestigious Board of Directors of the World Federation of Consuls, a UN-recognized, Brussels-based NGO working to further the effectiveness of the honorary consul.  The 25 member board also includes  Consular Chamber of Commerce co-founder Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl.

Consul of Monaco Jonathan WarrenJonathan Warren has been tapped by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to become Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas.  The post serves Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.  Consul Warren has been accredited by the US Department of State.

Mr. Warren co-founded the Consular Chamber in 2006, and developed or co-developed several of its brands, including Identify.nu, Cocktails with the Consuls, Dine with Dignitaries, the Royal African Ball and the Global PURE Water Expo.  He has resided in Las Vegas for over 40 years.

Chopin on the RocksHonorary Consul of Poland John Petkus selects Springs Preserve as venue for first-ever consular concert event in Las Vegas: “Chopin on the Rocks”

 

One of the newest confirmed honorary consuls in Las Vegas has stepped up to the occasion in a big way.  John Petkus annakijanowska.comwas confirmed as Honorary Consul of Poland in Las Vegas just last year, and on October 2nd will host “Chopin on the Rocks” at the Springs Preserve outdoor amphitheater in Las Vegas.

A unique concert event featuring popular, jazz and classical stylings of polish stars of the music scene, Chopin on the Rocks marks the first time any consulate has produced a musical event in Las Vegas. 

“This will not be a typical or ‘boring’ classical concert.”  Consul Petkus says.  “We have three fantastic acts, and we will be doing a contemporary ‘twist’.”

The bulk of the proceeds will go toward the Las Vegas Polish School and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra, which, along with Pianist David Kowaleski, will provide pre-concert entertainment.

General Admission is $40.  Members of the Consular Chamber are invited to join us at VIP seating by booking your seats with the Consulate directly by telephone at 702-368-7974.   VIP seats are $50. each.  Doors open at 5:30.  The Concert begins at 7:00.

Certified International Notary PublicNotaries public demonstrating proficiency in international notarization and document authentication to be designated. 

The Consular Chamber of Commerce has developed study materials and a unique combination of test questions and tasks designed for notaries public in the USA to learn and demonstrate their knowledge in international document authentication.

Each Certified International Notary Public (CINP) will be referred the notary clientele anticipated by the Idnetify.nu identity verification platform, soon to be launched in beta test by the Consular Chamber. 

In order to pass the CINP Exam, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of international notarization techniques and methods, as well as knowledge of consular function with regard to notarization across borders.  

A complete list of requirements is listed at the Legal Attaché enrollment at http://cinp.motiongranted.us.

Dr. Aldo Aguirre, photo by Las Vegas SunThe Las Vegas Clark County Library District Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Aldo Aguirre as its Chairman on June 9th, 2010.  His 12-month term begins July 1. 

Dr. Aguirre will serve concurrently as President of the Consular Chamber of Commerce, in addition to his duties as a consultant and Honorary Vice-consul of Guatemala in Las Vegas.

“I am honored to serve as chair during these very challenging times for the Library District, as we are charged with providing more services with a significantly reduced operating budget,” stated Dr. Aguirre.

The Board of Directors and officers of the Consular Chamber of Commerce congratulate the LVCCLD Board of Trustees on making an outstanding appointment, and we congratulate Dr. Aguirre for his continued success.

Institute for Cultureal DiplomacyInstitute for Cultural Diplomacy

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Advisory Board

Board of Advisors of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin

The Consular Chamber of Commerce has become one of the first institutional members of the ICD in the Western United States.

The ICD is a Berlin-based not-for-profit, non-governmental organization which was formed to promote global peace and stability through strenghening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels.  The progams and products of the ICD will be included in the activities of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  The Consular Chamber also intends to invite the leadership of the ICD to speak at functions at various locations around the world.

 Member: Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

 

International Business Association 17th World Trade Conference

Consular Chamber of Commerce co-founder and President Emeritus  Jonathan Warren will be the keynote speaker opening the 17th World Trade Conference  & U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Awards, May 4th, 2010 in Ontario, California.

Mr. Warren is a past-President of the Nevada Committee on Foreign Relations, which later merged into the Las Vegas World Affairs Council.  He co-founded the Consular Chamber of Commerce a not-for-profit, independent, global chamber of commerce; the Order of Consular Emissaries, a group of volunteers supporting Honorary Consulates; Dine With Dignitaries, hosting dignitaries at intimate dinners in many countries; Identify.nu, the Chamber’s proprietary global identity verification service, and;  countries.consul.cc, the Chamber’s proprietary global directory of local area information and mapping.  

Jonathan went on to conceive and create the Office of the Legal Attaché of the Consular Chamber, and the Consultancy of the Consular Chamber.  He then gained acceptance of the Chamber as a institutional member of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, the first such member in the western United States.

Mr. Warren will be speaking on the catalysts and motives in forming the Consular Chamber, and the capabilities it brings to its membership.  He will also provide his opinions as to where the group will go under its present leadership.  The following afternoon, he will be moderating a panel of experts on Global Opportunity Zones.

 

Hakan Tekin, Consul General of Turkey visits Las Vegas
Honorary Consul Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Gayle Anderson, Consul General Hakan Tekin, Jonathan Warren, Honorary Consul Lena Walther

Consul General Hakan Tekin spoke to a large lunch audience brought together by the Las Vegas World Affairs Council, on the subject of “Turkey’s Role in a Dynamic and Troubled Region”.

Consul General Tekin took unfiltered questions from the diverse audience, before meeting and greeting the many attendees. 
Consular Chamber of Commerce accompanies Las Vegas World Affairs Council