LONDON, April 20th 2012 – Vertu, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of luxury mobile phones will tonight host a private debate and cocktail party at the inaugural Vogue Festival taking place at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

The private talk chaired by British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, will discuss whether technology shapes desire or desire shapes technology. Perry Oosting, President of Vertu will be joined for the debate by fashion illustrator David Downton; Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet; and designer Erdem Moralioglu. Highlights of the event can be seen exclusively on and also on each Vertu handset via Vertu Select, a digest of original articles selected to inspire, inform and entertain based on a user’s region, preferences and passions.

“Vertu is immensely excited about its involvement with the first ever Vogue Festival, a unique event which will allow the public to see and hear some of the biggest names in fashion today, as well as engaging with interesting issues and topics around the fashion and luxury industries” said Perry Oosting, president of Vertu.