Haute Secret: Ivan Bekichev from Bulgari

Meet Ivan Bekichev of luxury jeweler Bulgari.  Ivan is a Senior Sales Associate at the San Francisco store and specializes in finding unique, one of a kind pieces for his personal clients. Born in Siberia, Ivan made his way to the United States in 1994 working for an American friend who was selling Russian Art (coincidently that friend is now a Utah State Senator!).  Ivan landed in San Francisco on a business trip and it was love at first sight.
He started his career in fine jewelry in 1998; not exactly what he imagined when he got his MA in linguistics back home.  But clearly Ivan has a flair for fine things, working for high-end jewelers Tiffany & Co. and Boucheron, eventually landing at Bulgari.
Now a connoisseur of high-end jewelry, Ivan is also savvy professional in his field with a loyal clientele that includes celebrities and socialites. He is a frequent guest at many San Francisco social events and knows everything luxe in the city. Take a look at Ivan Bekichev’s Haute Secrets…

Where were you born? Siberia, Russia
How long have you lived in SF? 18 years
What Neighborhood? Nob Hill
What is your occupation? Senior Sales Associate at Bulgari (San Francisco)
Favorite Restaurant: Boulevard
Best Sushi:  Sushi Zone
Best Italian: La Ciccia
Best dessert: Tartine Bakery
Best place for a romantic date: Zuni Cafe
Best Sunday brunch: The Ritz-Carlton
Best place for a power business meeting: Campton Place or Four Seasons
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Huntington Hotel
What is your favorite shopping venue/boutique: The Archive on Sutter Street and Barney’s
Best Spa: Nob Hill Spa @ Huntington Hotel
Favorite Charity Event: Zoofest
Favorite Cultural Event: Fall Antique Show
Favorite Cultural Institution: I have memberships @ deYoung and the Legion of Honor
Best Steakhouse: Harris’ Restaurant
Best Pizza: Pauline’s Pizza on Valencia
Best Lunch: Boulette’s Larder
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: I’ve been going to Club One for ages (It’s one block away from home, so I don’t have an excuse not to go)
Best Massage: I have a private massuse
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber
Best Museum/Exhibit: Asian Art Museum
What is your favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore? Fort Mason
Hottest Club/Lounge: The Cellar
All-around favorite locale in SF: Mission/Dolores area; love walking around there on a sunny day…
Best aspect of SF: I love how wonderfully diverse the city is, and it’s never boring that’s for sure!

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