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FALL 2016 • VOLUME 20 • ISSUE 3 Publisher/Editor-in-Chief MICHELLE ZERILLO-SOSA michelle@dolce.ca Director of Editorial SIMONA PANETTA-KERR simona@dolce.ca Director of Operations ANGELA PALMIERI-ZERILLO angela@dolce.ca

ART DEPARTMENT Co-Founder/Creative Director FERNANDO ZERILLO fernando@dolce.ca Web Project Manager STEVE BRUNO Senior Graphic Designer CHRISTINA BAN Web Designer YENA YOO Web Developer Intern JORDAN CARTER

EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT Copy Editor SIMONA PANETTA-KERR Fashion & Home Décor Editor MICHELLE ZERILLO-SOSA Beauty & Travel Editor ANGELA PALMIERI-ZERILLO Proofreaders NINA HOESCHELE, SIMONA PANETTA-KERR Writers ERICA GIANCOLA, AMANDA STOREY Contributing Writers LORI COHEN, AMANDALINA LETTERIO, ALESSANDRA MICIELI Contributing Photographers ERNESTO DISTEFANO, SARJOUN FAOUR, DAVID LEE, WARREN HEATH, CLAUDIUS HOLZMANN, FARZAM HOSSEINDOUST, JESSE MILNS, PATI NÚÑEZ AGENCY, GEORGE PIMENTEL, CARLOS ARTURO PINTO, BELA RABA, TOM SANDLER, BEVERLEY SISKIND, GIL TAMIN, XAVI_TORRENT, NICK WONS Social Media Manager SARAH KANBAR

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Dolce Magazine is published quarterly by Dolce Media Group, 111 Zenway Blvd., Suite 30, Vaughan, Ont., L4H 3H9 T: 905-264-6789, Toll-Free: 1-888-68-DOLCE, F: 905-264-3787, info@dolce.ca, www.dolcemedia.ca Publication Mail Agreement No. 40026675. All rights reserved. Any reproduction is strictly prohibited without written consent from the publisher. Dolce Magazine reaches over 900,000 affluent readers annually through household distribution across Canada. Dolce Magazine is also available to over 100 million digital consumers of Magzter Inc. and Issuu. Inquiries about where else Dolce Magazine is available for sale may be directed to Dolce Media Group: info@dolcemedia.ca or 905-264-6789. The yearly subscription fee is CDN $34 and US $48. Send cheque or money order to Dolce Media Group, 111 Zenway Blvd., Suite 30, Vaughan, Ont., L4H 3H9, Canada The opinions expressed in Dolce Magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or advertisers. Dolce Media Group does not assume liability for content. The material in this magazine is intended for information purposes only and is in no way intended to supersede professional advice. We are proud to be a Canadian company that has successfully published magazines for the past 20 years without any government funding or financial assistance of programs to cover editorial costs. It has all been possible thanks to the wonderful support of our readers and advertisers. ISSN 1206-17780 Next Issue: Winter 2016 ©2016 Dolce Media Group. Printed in Canada. Follow us at:

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Michelle Zerillo-Sosa Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

“The older you get, the more you realize that it isn’t about the material things, or pride or ego. It’s about our hearts and who they beat for”

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he uber-cool lifestyle of Manny Khoshbin and Leyla Milani is the epitome of the American Dream. Khoshbin is like the protagonist of a Hollywood movie script that reads one part millionaire, one part collector of one-of-a-kind supercars, complete with a stunning, former model wife whose entrepreneurial mind matches his. Underneath it all he’s also the underdog, losing it all and then winning it all back plus more. But if this is all you can gather from glancing at this man’s social media handle then you are missing the point, along with some valuable lessons in business and life he has shared in an exclusive Canadian interview with Dolce Magazine. From the initial conversation with Fernando Zerillo, our creative director and publisher, to the moment he received our team at his home in Newport Beach, Calif., Khoshbin exuded fine business acumen and an infectious positive attitude that’s been a guiding

— J. Sterling light of our publication. Without a doubt we know our cover man is one to watch. After discovering what really drives Khoshbin to achieve the level of success he has attained in business and life, I knew our readers would appreciate our efforts in sharing our interview with him. We continue to stay true to our 20-year mantra of bringing you unique stories of individuals who have discovered la dolce vita — stories that empower, delight and enrich people’s lives. And this exclusive Canadian interview promises to do just that. Dolce Magazine has always thrived on sourcing off-the-beaten-path individuals. Khoshbin’s relevancy to our Canadian readers as a style-setting entrepreneur is further supported by recent coverage by Forbes magazine, which placed him on its list of “Instagram Influencers.” We have always been of the opinion that we hold no geographical boundaries when it comes to writing about individuals who are passionate about

life and sharing their good fortune with others. So whether we are bringing you a story on Gérard Faivre from Paris or Ehud Laniado from Monte Carlo, Monaco, or Javier Barba from Barcelona, or leading local gemologists and jewellers, these individuals all share the power of perseverance; they are change agents obsessed with living life to the fullest. On the surface, living la dolce vita may appear to be about collecting materialistic things, but deep down inside, it’s about collecting moments that make our hearts beat a little faster. We hope you enjoy this edition of Dolce Magazine.

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CONTENTS FALL 2016 / VOLUME 20 / ISSUE 3

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OBJECTS OF DESIRE These are more than a few of our favourite things

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GANSEVOORT PARK AVENUE Get acquainted with the acclaimed hotel’s trendier little sister

MAKING HIS MARK What goes down must come up. Real estate mogul Manny Khoshbin's rise to success

HEAD SPIN!

Flip the book for home design and luxury

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

NATURE’S BOUNTY

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Gorgeous local gems to slide on this fall

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Hit the road with grace, pace and space

This Paris designer is making the City of Lights shine even brighter

ON THE COVER Photographed by Jesse Milns, California entrepreneurs Manny Khoshbin and Leyla Milani 4 BIG HITTER JOSE BAUTISTA How the Toronto Blue Jays right fielder lands a home run in fashion 5 BRAINS MATTER The Brain Project takes cognitive decline head-on through the power of art More stories inside ... 14 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

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1.It Itwas wasa abeautiful beautifulday dayforfora aparty partyatat Windfields Estate in Toronto 2. Ella Cooper and Jalani Morgan 3. Holts Café added to the elegance with fresh culinary delights 4.Windfi Lola elds Tash,Estate Jessica in Shannon Toronto and Gina Tash 5. Slawko Klymkiw and Gary Slaight 6. Kayla Diamond, Gary Slaight and Casey Manierka-Quaile 7. Don Carmody, Jack Blum and Dianne Schwalm 8. Lynne St. David-Jewison, Christina Jennings, Eleanor McMahon and Norman Jewison

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The Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) Annual Garden Party unfolded at its heritage campus on Windfields Estate. The event featured prominent members of Canada’s screen-based entertainment industry and Canadian acting talent. CFC’s founder and chair emeritus Norman Jewison and his wife, Lynne St. David-Jewison, were in attendance to welcome guests. cfccreates.com

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1. HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2. A Maserati momentarily steals the show 3. James Cowan, Luke Tomlinson, Charley Law, George Meyrick, HHR The Duke of Cambridge and Peter Denton

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge played on team Maserati in its International Polo Tour, with a match at the Gloucestershire-based Beaufort Polo Club. The charity tournament marks the third year Maserati and its partner, La Martina, have hosted a world polo tour. maserati.com

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4. Prince Harry also played on Team Maserati this year 5. Two guests dressed to the nines for the high-style event

Canadian Hadassah-WIZO’S (CHW) Tzedakah Chapter held its 13th annual “At Our Table” event June 6 to raise money to support rapid response initiatives at the Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, as well as other causes. Over 200 guests raised over $194,000 and were treated to a performance by Toronto singer Amy Sky. chw.ca

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The fifth annual McMichael Moonlight Gala was its most successful to date, raising over $350,000 net for educational programming and exhibitions at Kleinburg, Ont.’s beloved art gallery. Ringing in its 50th anniversary this year, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection drew in notable community members and supporters, who danced under the stars alongside headliner Divine Brown and emcee Ken Shaw of CTV. moonlightgala.mcmichael.com

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1. Izzy Sulejmani, Hani Roustom, Michelle Zerillo-Sosa and Sergio Sosa 2. Julian Fantino, Liviana Fantino, Lilla Fonyodi Pastorelli and Giuseppe Pastorelli 3. Sam Ciccolini and Tina Tehranchian 4. Tina Tehranchian, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Nathalie Mercure 5. Shantelle Bisson and Yannick Bisson 6. Jeanne Beker, Iain MacInnes and Joey O’Neil 7. Austin Delaney, Nancy Shaw, Ken Shaw and guests

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Weizmann Canada’s Wonderful Women event, held at Casa Loma, featured a panel of five notable achievers that included musicianauthor Jann Arden and Weizmann Institute of Science’s Dr. Yifat Merbl. Funds raised went toward the Israel National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science. wonderfulwomen.weizmann.ca

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1. Dr. Daniel C. Andrae and Francie Klein 2. Michelle Atlin and Michelle Levy

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Woodbine Racetr Racetrack’s luxurious trackside pavilion came alive w with well-dressed supporters th for Best Buddies’ 10 annual Thrill of Ascot. Best Buddies seeks to create leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its 2016 Thrill of Ascot edition is its most successful event y yet, raising $400,000 for Canad the Canadian charity. bestbud bestbuddies.ca 6

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This year’s Imperial Ball, held eld on May 14 and themed “Ode to Qipao,”” enlivened the n Toronto with Fairmont Royal York Hotel in ed live auctions about 500 patrons who enjoyed ual ball raised and a qipao show. The annual hinese Cultural $400,000 in support of the Chinese oronto. Centre of Greater Toronto. imperialball.ca


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MANNY KHOSHBIN:

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Perseverance has always been a guiding principle in the life of Manny Khoshbin. The real estate mogul from California invites Dolce Magazine to his home to talk about the cars he loves and the family he cherishes, and how taking risks got him to where he is today WRITTEN BY SIMONA PANETTA-KERR PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSE MILNS

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ehind all remarkable success stories stands a brave and determined lone star, one that has scaled mountains of struggle and gut-wrenching failures — all in the pursuit of a dream stowed precariously away in the future. One such story belongs to commercial real estate entrepreneur and foreign car collector Manny Khoshbin, who went from zero to a hundred million by following the No. 1 rule in his playbook: never give up. On a bright, sunny day, the skies an azure blue, Khoshbin invites members of the Dolce Magazine team to the pristine headquarters of the Khoshbin Company before personally driving them to his sun-drenched mansion in one of America’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. The seaside community of Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif., sways with towering palm trees and soft, salty breezes as Khoshbin glides his milk-white Rolls-Royce Drophead onto the driveway, the home’s Spanish archways, topiary gardens and Pacific Ocean vista coming into view. The no-holds-barred entrepreneur has undoubtedly secured a prosperous future for himself and his young family, which includes his wife, Toronto native Leyla Milani, a former model/actress and hair care company founder; their two children, Priscilla, 4, www.dolcemag.com

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and Enzo Pasha, their newborn boy; and two dogs, Coco and Lupe. But it’s Khoshbin and Milani’s hard work, strong values and positive outlook that have earned them their keep, all while remaining humble and grounded. Married for five years after a whirlwind courtship, the couple still looks at one another in a way that proves true love is more powerful than money or fame. “One of the things that first attracted me to Manny was his devotion to his family,” says Milani, 34, who finds balance in life and work with a positive attitude and strong support system. “Besides the cars and all the glitz and glam, I saw right away that Manny has 28 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

a great heart. What you see is what you get with him, there’s no facade.” With his welcoming smile and her envy-inducing mane, the power couple is a shining example of the American Dream cranked at full blast: there are the private-jet escapes and the galleryworthy gadgets, the couture clothes and the $25-million cache of foreign supercars to match. It’s a California dreamin’ lifestyle — one achieved after clearing the clouds to allow the sun to shine through. “You have to get out there and work hard because failing is part of the process that gets you to success. I myself have failed over and over until I found my niche

in real estate,” says Khoshbin, 45, who currently steers a commercial real estate portfolio of about 40 buildings and one million square feet of property in the U.S. With the market reaching a peak, last year he sold all his properties in Texas, his biggest holding. An early riser, Khoshbin starts his day at 4:30 a.m., clicking through emails from his property managers, assessing the stock market and uploading photos of his whereabouts and prized possessions to his followers — close to 600,000 and counting — on social media. Recently dubbed an “Instagram Influencer” by Forbes, Khoshbin’s prolific posts are most FALL 2016


The Khoshbin Company president takes a break at home with his wife, hair care entrepreneur Leyla Milani, and their two children, Priscilla and Enzo Pasha

often accompanied by inspiring and motivation-filled messages and success tips that have resulted in a legion of fans regularly reaching out to him for advice in the areas of business, life and fast-moving cars. Having made most of his money in the recession, Khoshbin knows a thing or two about coming out on top in tough times. Several years ago he shared his knowledge by penning the book Manny Khoshbin’s Contrarian Playbook: How to Build Your $100 Million Real Estate Portfolio from the Ground Up, which outlines strategies on how to enter the real estate industry and build a solid portfolio. Bursting with infectious optimism, an eye for beauty and a genuine love for his wife and children, Khoshbin

proves he’s the real deal in and outside the boardroom. “Attitude is everything,” explains Khoshbin, who spends time playing with his son in the early morning hours before dropping his daughter off at school. “You can wake up in a bad mood and just not do anything and nag and moan, or you can get up, do 10 push-ups and jump in the shower, put good music on and smile. There are two choices, and the choice is yours on how you begin the day.” By 9 a.m., when he rolls up to his privately held commercial real estate company, he’s energized and ready to take on anything. But waking up to an enriched life wasn’t always the gold standard for Khoshbin, whose first experience after moving to California at the age of 14

“ THEY TELL ME ALL THE TIME TO SLOW DOWN, TO STOP BUYING BUILDINGS BECAUSE I HAVE ENOUGH TO LAST ME A LIFETIME. BUT IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY — I LIKE TO CHALLENGE MYSELF AND SEE HOW FAR I CAN PUSH MYSELF — IT’S IN MY DNA”

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meant sleeping in a station wagon with his parents and three siblings. Originally from Iran, the family came to the U.S. to avoid Khoshbin’s impending draft to the army — something his father was strongly against after seeing his own brothers return with horrible injuries. After an arrangement for the family to stay with a friend of his father’s went south, the Khoshbin family endured months of getting by in their makeshift home on wheels — a situation Khoshbin still remembers in vivid detail: his dad having to move the car every night to evade patrolling police; the bananas they ate, because they were the cheapest source of food. “To be honest with you, it was tough; I’ll never forget those times, especially because my youngest sister was only a year old and I remember her crying all the time and being cold. That time didn’t last too long but even one week is too much — and we spent a couple of months in that car.” Throughout it all, Khoshbin observed his father’s unrelenting drive to triumph over adversity in order to provide for his family. His father showed him how to aim high with just $2,000 in his pocket and an unlimited grasp on the idea that we cannot become what we want if we remain what we are. “It’s just mindboggling to think about the decision he made; I don’t know if I’d have the courage to do that today. What I took from my father was to be gutsy and not to be afraid to take risks. He also taught me to not take any shortcuts, and that’s always been my guiding principle: to walk a clear, straight line.” This core value has always proved invaluable to Khoshbin, who kept his integrity intact during the Great Recession of 2008. Reflecting back, those months of living without a secure roof over his head are most likely the incentive behind Khoshbin’s desire to succeed in real estate. In a way, he’s subconsciously worked his whole life to achieve a level of greatness that would lighten the load of responsibility he felt from being the reason his family moved to a new country. Today, Khoshbin’s parents are beyond proud of his efforts, and even tell him to take it easy. “They tell me all the time to slow down, to stop buying buildings because I have enough to last me a lifetime,” laughs Khoshbin, who has since purchased a four-acre ranch for his parents to enjoy. “But it’s not about the money — I like to challenge myself and see how far I can push myself — it’s in my DNA. ” Every year, Khoshbin makes 30 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

it a point to write down his daily, weekly and monthly goals because, he says, the key to changing your life is having a solid plan. As a teenager, Khoshbin busied his mind with thoughts of the future while most of his peers monkeyed around in class. At 18, he opened up his own business after just two weeks of college and a previous job collecting shopping carts at Kmart. He called his first business UWP — Unlimited Wholesale Products — and the concept involved buying peanuts and cashews, candy and trail mix from Price Club, packaging them in eight-inch polyester bags and selling them to hungry salespeople. The endeavour was going well until he sold a packet of nuts to a health inspector, who later slapped him with a big fat rulebook and a notice to comply with health and safety regulations. Khoshbin then moved on to what he thought was the next chapter of his budding entrepreneurial journey: buying a gas station after a friend of his dad’s mentioned how he could get a loan with just 10 per cent down. His entire life savings — just a little over $20,000 — soon vanished after the loan company turned out to be fraudulent. “At that point it was 1991, and I was back to zero,” recalls Khoshbin, who, despite the setback, kept his eye on the prize. Then one day he saw a man get out of a convertible Porsche and decided to ask him what he did for a living. That question would go on to be the impetus of a thriving career for Khoshbin, as the man responded, “I do loans and real estate, and I like your personality, your energy. Come work with me.” After nine months of learning the ropes of a loan office at the mortgage firm, Khoshbin parted ways and opened his own mortgage company, investing in distressed and bank-owned properties. The taste of success soon danced on his tongue after he raked in close to $300,000 in just one year. He bought a home and his first commercial property, a supermarket, in 1996, two years after skyrocketing rates forced him to close his mortgage company. Luck, however, was still hesitant to cross over to his side. A supermarket chain that opened up next to his sealed his misfortune as a loss of sales and foot traffic put him in the red. By 1998, he was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and facing $180,000 in credit card debt. He sold his house, his cars, and rented wheels from Budget.

“The hardest part is when you make it, when you go up and fall from that high,” admits Khoshbin, who had been pulling in about $20,000 a month from the supermarket. Three months later, his floundering supermarket finally sold for $185,000, but before paying off his debt he invested the cash into the stock market. Within six months his selection of stocks proved fruitful when they ballooned to $700,000. “I always tell people: take risks, but educate yourself so that they are calculated risks. That way, if it turns out to be the worst-case scenario at least you’re prepared.” Khoshbin was FALL 2016


“WHAT I TOOK FROM MY FATHER WAS TO BE GUTSY AND NOT TO BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS. HE ALSO TAUGHT ME TO NOT TAKE ANY SHORTCUTS, AND THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN MY GUIDING PRINCIPLE: TO WALK A CLEAR, STRAIGHT LINE”

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back in the game, and he bought two homes and a shopping centre to keep the money ball rolling. By 2000, he made his first million after remodelling the shopping centre and putting it on the market. “I had to pinch myself,” says Khoshbin, who remembers going to the ATM and seeing a sevenfigure balance for the first time. “I’ve had lots of ups and downs, I’ve gone twice to zero — actually, minus zero — and now I was 29 and a millionaire — just one — but I’ve been able to multiply that by buying more properties.” Today, Khoshbin’s penchant for discovering distressed properties that FALL 2016

have the potential of adding value, and his forte of buying and selling at the top of the market, has propelled him to an approximate net worth of $130 million. His latest investments include purchasing a $29-million, multi-level office building with two restaurants on the main floor and an expansive marina with 24 boat slips. Naming it Khoshbin’s Landing, the property, says Khoshbin, has significantly increased in market value since he purchased it last December. He also recently debuted a members-only cigar lounge for those looking to unwind in a private environment after or in between a long

day at work. With hostesses on hand to retrieve cigars from cedar lockers, teak wood accents and comfortable lounge chairs, the climate-controlled lounge is reminiscent of a day spent sprawled on the deck of a yacht. The idea came to Khoshbin after realizing how much he loves to relax with Cuban Montecristo cigars to help melt the tension and stress that comes with living and breathing the life of a real estate mogul. “As great of a successful businessman that he is, he’s always supported me and made me feel like I can be that good and great as well. He’s always made me feel equal to him,” says Milani, who www.dolcemag.com

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“I BELIEVE IN STICKING TOGETHER AND SUPPORTING EACH OTHER; MY FAMILY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PRIORITY TO ME”

“BESIDES THE CARS AND ALL THE GLITZ AND GLAM, I SAW RIGHT AWAY THAT MANNY HAS A GREAT HEART”

“MY OFFICE IS MY GALLERY AND MY DESK IS IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THESE ART PIECES”

“TO BUILD AN EMPIRE, YOU HAVE TO HUSTLE AND GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. IT’S ABOUT BREAKING THE ROUTINE”

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graduated from the Fashion A hit on social media, Khoshbin’s Instagram Institute of Design and posts reveal an enchanted Merchandising in California life guided by motivation before planning the roots of and optimism. He often her own success in 2010. accompanies his photos with inspiring messages She founded her and success tips in the company, Leyla Milani areas of business, life and Hair, after several modelling fast-moving cars and acting stints and landing the role as briefcase model “number 13” on the popular game show Deal or No Deal. Even after the show ended, “Lucky Leyla” continued to receive fan mail about her real and lustrous, dark and full hair, which cascades over her shoulders. That’s when she decided to bring beautiful hair to the masses with non-damaging clip-in hair extensions before adding tools, products and hair care to the Leyla Milani Hair collection. Available at over 100 salons and beauty supply stores worldwide, her No. 1 selling product is the Miracle Brush for women and kids, which has sold over 500,000 units worldwide Hospital of Orange County). Milani, just through the power of social media. who sits on the board of the hospital, Earlier this year, Milani embarked on successfully chaired its annual gala with her second venture, #HAIRtamin, a guest John Legend two years ago. “We nourishing hair supplement company in were six million dollars up that year partnership with Lilly Ghalichi. alone,” says Milani proudly. Khoshbin Like Khoshbin, Milani has had her also recently arranged a visit to his office own fair share of obstacles in life. After for a child with cancer whose dream is leaving Iran, her mother brought Milani to sit in a Bugatti. and her six-month-old sister to Toronto, As the proud owner of a superwhere she spoke little English and limited-production automobile fleet, worked two jobs to support her girls and Khoshbin’s collectibles boast customized give them the best life she could. All on modifications that secure their her own, Milani’s mother moved them exclusivity and high resale value. Some to Beverly Hills after she was offered a of the vehicles that can be found in his job as a registered nurse in California. gallery-like office include four McLarens, That same resilience and work ethic a Bugatti Veyron and a Bugatti Veyron worked its way into her first-born. “I fell Mansory, three Rolls-Royces, a twinin love with her entrepreneurial mind,” turbo Saleen S7, a Porsche 918 Spyder gushes Khoshbin. “She started her own and a rare Lamborghini Aventador. denim line at 18, and even though that Within the next six months he’ll be the fell through, she got back up. Apart proud owner of 11 new cars alongside from her gorgeous looks she’s crazy his current exotic arsenal of 13. smart and motivated, she likes to dream The latest hypercar to join Khoshbin’s big and work hard — and she’s a great collection is a never-been-done-before mother too.” Pagani Huayra in collaboration with Together, the couple gives back by Hermès. A devotee to the French supporting a variety of charities, which luxury brand’s craftsmanship in include TACA (Talk About Curing clothing and leather goods, Khoshbin Autism); Water.org, which delivers clean flew Hermès designers out to Italy to drinking water to millions in developing meet founder Horacio Pagani in his countries; and CHOC (Children’s atelier so they could band together in FALL 2016

the making of his dream car. When Khoshbin’s Huayra Hermès Edition reaches him by the end of this October, he’ll light up the streets in his specially made, chocolate carbon fibre masterpiece featuring full Hermès interiors and, to commemorate the two brands that came together for the first time to bring Khoshbin’s vision to life, the flags of Italy and France displayed on the car’s rearview mirrors. “Maybe it’s a symbol of achievement but it’s not to prove myself,” says Khoshbin, who describes his car compendium as no different than works by Picasso. “I like to collect cars because they give me a sense of [financial] security, but more than anything, I love them because they’re beautiful to look at.” Underneath Khoshbin’s David August tailored clothes and shiny cars is a man who’s never forgotten how the secret to success is the power to attract it. On his rise to the top he’s always lived big, renting beautiful cars and extravagant homes at premium prices. He had a knack for working it backwards because it pushed him to aim higher than his budget and get motivated to make more money. His mentality has always been one of confidence, a quiet self-assuredness that has always released him from what could hold him back. With sheer determination and drive, Khoshbin has achieved a status most of us can only dream of. “To build an empire, you have to hustle and get out of your comfort zone. It’s about breaking the routine,” says Khoshbin. “There’s no difference between ordinary people and the likes of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg — they just stuck their necks out and challenged themselves instead of settling with whatever they had going on. I’m not a billionaire — hopefully someday — but I’ve been able to reach a level of financial freedom from sheer hard work and reinvesting, and taking risks when others were fearful to do it.” @mannykhoshbin @leylamilani www.dolcemag.com

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Margot Ritchie, executive committee member at Jarislowsky Fraser, one of Canada’s leading independent investment companies that’s known for its commitment to ethics in business

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As an executive committee member at Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd. in Toronto, Margot Ritchie has earned her authority in the private wealth management sector. She opens up to Dolce Magazine about the firm’s collaborative approach to global investment and its admired legacy for generating growth in clients’ bank accounts as well as in the community INTERVIEW BY AMANDA STOREY

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ursing the wealth of the elite is an art form, one in which Margot Ritchie has superior talent. She shares this quality with the rest of her team at Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., one of the country’s leading independent investment firms managing assets for institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals and families. The 61-year-old firm is distinct in its industry. It was established in Montreal and founded by Stephen Jarislowsky, an investing titan and fierce advocate for ethics in business. With that legacy at its roots, the company, which now has five locations across North America, has honed a unique process centred on one ingredient that’s not often seen in firms of its stature: teamwork. 34 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

Today, Ritchie and her team don’t look at charts — instead, they prioritize gaining an intimate knowledge of the companies they invest in, and do it as a team. This grassroots, entrepreneurial and collaborative approach gives the international company a boutique-like feel, which is complemented by the fact that their team of over 100 employees is spread out across its offices in Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, New York and Toronto, where Ritchie is based. Also taking after their founder, the entire Jarislowsky Fraser team is known for its enthusiasm for fighting the good fight — in giving back. Ritchie herself has devoted her time and financial savvy to a rainbow of worthy causes. She’s served as a board member and treasurer for the National Ballet of Canada. She

“AS PARTNERS AT JARISLOWSKY, WE WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND GET INVOLVED IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS” sustainable development through causes across Canada. “We all have different skill sets to offer these boards, and I think that people look to us to do that type of thing, and deservedly so.” Jarislowsky Fraser truly is the humble giant of its industry, with a team of professionals like Ritchie further ingraining its status as one of Canada’s leading independent investment companies. Investors near and far are drawn to Jarislowsky’s legacy because it instils a sense of humanity into a field that’s all numbers — and it knows how to grow those numbers as well as it knows how to grow its community. “The Jarislowsky Fraser philosophy is a straightforward one that makes good sense with people,” says Ritchie, who joined the Jarislowsky Fraser team in 1992 and became a partner in 1994. “It’s one that they can relate to, and it hasn’t changed since we opened the doors, and it plays out in terms of our performance.” www.jflglobal.com FALL 2016

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was also board member of the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, a $2.5-billion initiative set up by Jean Chrétien’s government. And today she’s a member of the board and chair of the finance committee at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. “As partners at Jarislowsky, we want to give back to the community and get involved in different types of organizations, which engages you with people that you might not otherwise run across,” says Ritchie, who is also a board member of the firm’s in-house charity, the JFL Partners Foundation, which promotes human rights and


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Escape Without Equal Dolce Magazine heads to Cali for a sun-drenched stay at the Resort at Pelican Hill WRITTEN BY ERICA GIANCOLA

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emember, for a moment, those fairy tales and nursery rhymes from childhood: the ones told in a sing-song way of a great king and queen, sitting atop their throne in a palace perched on a hill. Those rhymes, for most, seemed to be promises of great things to come — as if it were actually a reality that you could one day be a royal overlooking a kingdom. But the truth is, even if stories like that might not be entirely true, the dream of enjoying a palace on top of a hill may not be entirely false. You have the Resort at Pelican Hill to thank for that. The aspiration of a kingdom is just replaced with a sprawling seaside view (a change that is most welcomed)

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and the palace on the hill, well — it was traded up for sets of bungalows and villas instead. Pelican Hill Resort is a place where Mediterranean luxury meets California coastline. Situated in Newport Beach, the resort is a 15-minute drive from the closest airport, Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, and a 45-minute drive to Los Angeles. If the breathtaking ocean views from the resort aren’t enough, its countless amenities are sure to capture your attention. The resort offers endless dining options, from casual to fine dining, and picnic baskets prepacked for days on the beach or nearby explorations. Duffy Boats can be rented to explore the nearby Newport Harbor, or, if

staying at the resort is more your style, the beach is a short and complimentary coach ride away, and comes equipped with fully stocked beach bags, chairs and umbrellas. The resort also houses a five-star spa and a golf course. The course boasts ocean views from every hole, and a state-of-the-art water conservation, reduction and recycling system. Pelican Hill also hosts many fall events, which turn the resort into an Italian paradise. Named Festa dell’Autunno, this Italian-inspired festival is held the first week of October. Festa is their signature annual epicurean event, this year marking the sixth year they’ve hosted the staged Italian festival. Both local guests and resort guests are able to attend and FALL 2016


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Just 45 minutes from Los Angeles, Pelican Hill Resort is the picture of paradise. Its sprawling seaside view, countless amenities and yearlong roster of events make it the destination of choice for elite jetsetters across the globe

Who needs rose-tinted glasses? Blue truly sweetens that view out your airplane window www.bergdorfgoodman.com

There’s endless excitement for the tastebuds too as the resort offers the best in both casual and fine dining

enjoy food, wine, art, music, bocce and a marketplace, all situated on the resort’s main “street.” This year, the resort has also invited a guest chef from the Armani Hotel in Milan to cook alongside one of their in-house resort chefs. Additionally, they have expanded their children’s carnival, Carnevale di Bambini, due to popularity of the event. The best thing about this festival might just be the weather, though. FALL 2016

As Ontario braces itself for cold winter months, a representative from Pelican Hill confirms that Newport Beach boasts “nice, sunny, almost endless summer weather during the autumn season.” One thing is clear — no “happily ever after” paradise is ever complete without the promise of an endless summer, and Pelican Hill is no exception to that. www.pelicanhill.com

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All that Glitt ers

Who said sparkles are strictly for New Year’s kisses? This autumn, the bubbly trend is taking over our closets, and we couldn’t be happier. Take the glitzy dare and get ready to catch the light

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Donning all-over sequins is an easy way to dress boldly. With its breezy pastel hues, this blazer shows off a more serene side of the usually loud trend / Outfit: Blumarine; ring: Swarovski

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You don’t need to rock headto-toe glitter to embrace the trend. Pick up a bejewelled clutch to make a statement that’s more malleable with your wardrobe / Dress, Etro; sunglasses, Marc Jacobs; earrings, Swarovski; bag, Giancarlo Petriglia

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Two fall favourites come together in the sweetest romance: an off-the-shoulder top and a hint of sparkle make this ensemble as dreamy as the golden hour / Outfit, Escada; bracelet, Swarovski; shoes, Sergio Rossi

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Waltz through dropping temperatures in a one-piece that’s one part comfortable, one part eye candy. This darker number will dance from the office to the cocktail lounge / Jumpsuit and necklace, Elie Saab; ring, Swarovski; shoes, Sergio Rossi

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Photographer: Bela Raba / www.belaraba.com Stylist: Stephan Kallaus / www.stephankallaus.com Hair & Make-up: Sheila Serrano / www.sheilaserrano.com Model: Masha / www.trendmodels.es Photographer’s assistant: Lisa Staudacher

Outshine the party in a rich green rendition of the trend — it’ll go perfectly with that glass of bubbly in your hand / Dress and shoes, Dolce & Gabbana

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POP A SQUAT This four-foot-tall fibreglass sculpture by London artist Whatshisname tickles the funny bone of any dog lover www.whatshisname.co.uk

WY SO CURIOUS Curated by Viktor Wynd, the Museum of Curiosities at London’s The Last Tuesday Society is a sight to behold www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org

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TREASURE CHEST Give your loo the “Marie Antoinette” touch with the sparkling Crochet Washbasin www.maisonvalentina.net

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WHAT A DISH Exhibit those fall apples in style with this gold-leaf bowl, a colour that’s congruent with the changing landscape outside www.louisebradley.co.uk

WHITE NOISE These Totem Element Metal Speakers bring the boom and amplify the style of any room www.baybloorradio.com

GROOVY BABY Circu is known for making magical furniture, and this VW bus bed will have your little one yearning for bedtime www.circu.net

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ou may know him as the home-run-hitting, stadium-rousing Toronto Blue Jays star that filled every Canadian’s television during last year’s MLB playoffs. What you may not know about Jose Bautista, however, is that he might just be Toronto’s most fashionable right fielder. With his latest foray into fashion — an exclusive jacket collaboration with the iconic Canada Goose label — Jose Bautista shows up to his launch party wearing a Givenchy shirt with an abstract, orange-and-black rooster print on it, and a black baseball cap with his signature “JB” logo. He sits opposite me in a boardroom at Harry Rosen’s Bloor Street West location to promote the signature, limited-edition jacket, which he describes as versatile and travel- and city-friendly. It would later sell out its 190-piece run in less than 24 hours — yet another success for Bautista to add to his growing list of accomplishments on and off the diamond. Bautista describes this collaboration, dubbed the Canada Goose x Jose Bautista, as a reflection of his personal style and a means to connect to his fans. With his busy life, he says he needs his style to be versatile and appropriate for different situations. “Versatility is the key for me. I go from a lot of situations where I might be hanging out with friends and then I go to a dinner meeting, or I have to go to something more formal. I want to look well put together with a little bit of flavour, a little bit of edge,” he says, adding that accessories such as watches and hats are a staple for him. “I just like presenting myself well. I like to show off my personality when I dress up,” he says. Marcus Stroman, pitcher for the Blue Jays and a friend of Bautista’s, is a clear fan of the sleek, water-repellent performance jacket that pairs function with fashion in a black-and-grey herringbone pattern. As Bautista and I chat, Stroman playfully models the jacket behind us for nearby cameras. With success in both the worlds

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BIG HITTER JOSE BAUTISTA

Dolce Magazine goes to bat with Jose Bautista as he takes a swing at the fashion industry. We talk fashion essentials, family and accomplishments with the beloved right fielder WRITTEN BY ERICA GIANCOLA

Bautista models his Canada Goose x Jose Bautista limited-edition jacket. The jacket was available for a limited run of 190 pieces at Harry Rosen, paying homage to Bautista’s jersey number 19

of fashion and professional baseball, what does Bautista hold as his most memorable achievement? He says that within his professional life, making the playoffs for the first time in 2015 was a defining moment for him. “After twelve years of doing this to never have a taste, and finally having that experience, that was definitely a great moment,” he says.

But Bautista — who’s known to keep his personal life away from the spotlight — puts his family first, saying that he credits his home squad for marking the most defining moments of his life. “With personal stuff, it’s always just my family,” he says. “I have three kids, I love them to death and dedicate my life to them.” Go to CanadaGoose.com or visit Harry Rosen in-store FALL 2016


HEALTH The Brain Project’s 100 sculptures were designed by a diverse group of individuals, including designer Karim Rashid, celebrity Michael Bublé and mixed media artist Rob Ubels

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MATTER According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 25,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed each year. The Brain Project takes the cognitive decline of aging head-on INTERVIEWS BY SIMONA PANETTA-KERR

The Brain Project’s sculptures will relocate to Yorkdale Shopping Centre in October, where select artworks will be auctioned with proceeds supporting Baycrest Health Sciences

Q. Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s? How has this person changed your perspective? Sarah Rafferty: When I had children, I shared their joy in discovering language, and yet was always reminded of my grandmother’s heartbreaking loss of it. Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the top 10 killers that doesn’t have a cure or a way to slow its progress. But there is so much optimism in the scientific community that a breakthrough is near. I have been inspired to support this cause because of my daughters. I pray that they inherit a world where Alzheimer’s is a distant memory. Jessica Mulroney: My dad’s mother had early-onset Alzheimer’s; she was affected in her early 50s, which was very difficult. I was very young at the time, but my family remembers seeing her — a woman so full of life and amazing energy — deteriorate rapidly. My grandfather, her husband, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s later in life. Seeing the people you love go through a disease like this — for which there is no cure — is incredibly difficult. Ben and I are driven each day by their memory. Q. What is your hope for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s now or in the future? Ben Mulroney: We think everyone’s hope is that one day we’ll find a cure for this awful disease. The brain is so complicated, and so many things can affect cognition and memory. We really hope that everyone in Toronto and beyond continues to support organizations like Baycrest who are not only working hard to care for those affected by brain disease, but also working toward finding treatments and hopefully, one day, a cure. www.brainproject.ca www.baycrest.org www.dolcemag.com

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ANDREWS: WHAT’S IN STORE?

SHOPKEEPERS

Toronto’s cherished closet, Andrews, has some intoxicating trends up its sleeve for fall

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Clockwise from left: This fall at Andrews, local brand Sentaler wows with gorgeous wrap jackets, Mackage brings back femme fatale with dark and rich accents and Greta Constantine oozes femininity

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arren Mason is excited. I can hear it in his voice as we chat on the phone. He’s listing some of his favourite fall designs he’s about to launch in his shop, Andrews, which has been Toronto’s hub of femme style since 1992. Mason gets excited about every new collection he brings in, but he’s particularly jazzed about what’s in store for fall this year. Why? Because they all obey his No. 1 rule of fashion: they are as stylish as they are fashionable. “The two have to work hand-inhand — you can’t have necessarily one without the other,” he says. “Allowing people to express their own sense of style with fashion is

really what we try to help people with.” Andrews is certainly doing that this season with some very femme fatale pieces from Mackage, like a fringe cape and a camel, three-quarter-length coat. Then there are the statement jackets from Smythe, another made-in-Canada design house. Hearing Mason animatedly describe all this outerwear somehow gets me excited for cold weather. And by the time he’s listed the cool-weather fashions coming in from Max Mara, Missoni, J Brand and Greta Constantine, I’m lusting after sub-zero temperatures. “All of these collections incorporate both fashion and style,” says Mason. “We’re excited to make them work for our clients’ vocabulary this fall, and to express the parts of their personality they want to be seen.” www.andrewsco.com

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FINE DINING

POETIC SYMMETRY Trafalgar Square just got a bit more poetic with the launch of Tom Dixon’s Bronte restaurant — a scrumptious sonnet composed of fine cuisine and innovative design WRITTEN BY AMANDA STOREY

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hile the freshly unveiled Bronte restaurant in London isn’t technically inspired by the famous writer-sisters of the same name, it pens a love story using a language all its own with a design that’s as riveting as its menu. This isn’t much of a surprise, seeing as iconic Brit designer Tom Dixon and his Design Research Studio (DRS) are responsible for the space’s rosy ambience. Located in the Strand and overlooking Trafalgar Square, Bronte breathes an almost tropical playfulness in its FALL 2016

peachy-keen pastel hues, notes of dark wood and wealth of natural light. But Dixon, creative director of the project, didn’t stray too far from his signature contemporary sophistication for the vintage-getaway vibe; he balanced out the cheekiness of the space with crisp lines, metallic accents and other art deco elements that have become synonymous with his coveted creations. Since founding the DRS in 2002, the self-taught, London-based designer has proved he’s not all shimmering chandeliers and stylish swivel-back

Clockwise, from top left: In recent years, renowned Brit furniture designer Tom Dixon has brought his self-taught talent to the hospitality industry; Overlooking the historysteeped Trafalgar Square, Bronte restaurant exudes funky elegance, crafting innovative spaces around the world; a quirky yet elegant colour palette and metallic accents give Bronte restaurant an art deco feel; every corner of the restaurant bursts with eye candy, whether it’s a colourful assortment of liquors or a cabinet of curiosities

chairs, but also the imaginative force that the hospitality industry was in dire need of. His furniture finesse has translated into an ability to compose beautiful spaces, from eateries Tom Dixon Sandwich at Harrods, Craft London and Restaurant Eclectic in Paris to the Mondrian London at Sea Containers, a luxury hotel unveiled in 2014. Inspired by the history of the Strand, Victorian explorers, collectors and cabinets of curiosities, Bronte is pieced together in a stylish way, coaxing an interest-piquing match of kitsch and luxury into existence. Visually, atmospherically, there’s not a more fitting place to sip a Lust and Liquor (that’s four roses, Cocchi rosso, Mozart dark chocolate liqueur and aphrodisiac bitters) or savour hot-smoked, soyglazed salmon. www.bronte.co.uk www.dolcemag.com

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He may be one-third of the ’80s rock-pop sensation Platinum Blonde and an inductee of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame, but guitarist Sergio Galli has a knack for designing more than just music. He’s set his signature sunglasses-clad eyes on architecture — and his work is bringing serious star power to Toronto’s landscape

Sergio Galli sports his signature shades in the lavish new showroom for Sergio Galli Design | Build

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Cuban cigar dangles from Sergio Galli’s mouth as he waltzes into his work-in-progress, right past a sign tacked to the unfinished door that reads, “Absolutely No Smoking.” (Someone — my guess is Galli — has scrawled “Except Cuban Cigars” at the bottom.) Galli opens up his arms in presentation of what’s soon to be a grandiose foyer. Around him, the summer air sparkles with whirling bits of sunlit sawdust that billow up, up, up to an incomprehensibly high ceiling like concert confetti. “The stairs will curve up here, and there’ll be a huge door right there, all glass,” Galli tells me, his hands doing even more of the talking as he gestures

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wildly, trying to effectively translate his vision. “Isn’t it beautiful?” While it’s not set to be completed until the spring of 2017, this soon-to-be mansion is already poetry in structural form, and the look in Galli’s eyes as they gobble up his progress is that of a composer inking his next masterpiece: heart-thumping, mind-burstingly excited. Nestled in the rolling hills of King City, Ont., the 10,000-square-foot abode is glorious but gracefully so with its 11-car garage, indoor terrace and I don’t know how many turrets. It’s still in the skeleton stage, but it shimmers with the kind of opulence that renders you paralyzed for a moment, mouth gaping and gaze starry. Galli tours me around like it’s his own home, and for now, it is — his

signature can be seen, felt, in every room, every detail. Out on the sun-drenched lawn, Galli pulls up two chairs and we settle in under a tree, with me fighting the urge to say in my best British accent, “Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.” And he does begin, telling me the story of how he first cracked into music, and suddenly I’m reminded that I’m in the presence of a full-blown rock star. The role of home designer suits him so well, I almost forgot about his legendary status as an award-winning songwriter, onethird of a triple-platinum-selling rock band and a teenage heartthrob. Galli was a 17-year-old with a guitar and plans to study architecture when Platinum Blonde came together in FALL 2016

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Toronto. As serendipity would have it, it only took a few months for the band to launch into superstardom, and the young Galli suddenly found himself strutting red carpets, jet-setting to perform around the world and then coming home to find young women camping out on his parents’ lawn hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Needless to say, he decided to put off the whole design thing until he’d had his rock star fun. And boy, did he. “It was an intense ride,” he says. So in 1989, after releasing four hit albums (one of which went quintuple platinum), they decided to take a little breather. “We didn’t break up. We weren’t fighting — we were, like, loving each other. It’s just that we were burnt out.” That break ended up lasting 20 years, and in those two decades, Galli finally picked up the passion of his youth: designing and building. He had gathered bits and pieces of inspiration during

his musical travels, driving the rest of the band nuts whenever he pleaded to stop the limousine so he could examine foreign architecture. He has been designing and building ever since, preferring to do most of his work in and around Toronto, his home base. And it’s a good thing, too, because the design scene was starting to get a bit boring. Galli tossed some fireworks into its midst, erecting mansions fit for the mind of a multi-billionaire and, at the same time, the imagination of a child — homes with star power. “I approach my work in a very fun way,” says Galli. “I’m not a serious guy. Life’s too short. Let’s have some fun, you know?” Despite the grandeur of his designs, there is an inherent air of humility about Galli that takes the industry by surprise. He’s in it because he loves it. He even picks up tiny projects — remodelling a FALL 2016

“I APPROACH MY WORK IN A VERY FUN WAY. I’M NOT A SERIOUS GUY. LIFE’S TOO SHORT. LET’S HAVE SOME FUN, YOU KNOW?” room or boosting a bungalow’s curb appeal — simply because it’ll be a good time. It’s not what the luxury design-build industry is used to hearing, but Galli’s approach is warmly welcomed. His self-proclaimed craziness complements

his self-taught genius at the drawing table, allowing him to concoct a style that’s completely his own. He’s a rule breaker, never following trends — just going with his gut. This much is clear in the success he’s found in two career paths that the rest of the world deemed near impossible, and in the fact that at 55, he still pulls off the band’s iconic hairstyle: erratically sculpted and, of course, platinum blond. Heck, Galli even breaks his own rules (read: the “No Smoking” sign). How very rock star of him. The construction floor may be his new stage, but Galli still performs with the band, which got back together in 2010. They’re even planning to release a new album in 2017. So today, he gets to do what he couldn’t in his famed youth: balance both of his passions, music and design. And according to him, the two harmonize beautifully. www.sergiogalli.ca

A rendering for one of the ornate estates designed and built by Galli, who uses a fusion of inherent skill, hard-earned accuracy and creative fearlessness to create his homes

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INTERIOR DESIGN

AT HOME WITH STÉPHANIE COUTAS

Parisian design darling Stéphanie Coutas welcomed Dolce into her freshly unveiled apartment, which doubles as her own pers personal art gallery WRITTEN BY AMANDA STOREY

Based in Paris,, interior designer Stéphanie Coutas is known for bringing her romantic-chic style to homes around the world

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“I wanted to create a relaxing atmosphere,” says Coutas, who’s particularly affectionate about the solid oak floors and the bespoke rug by Tai Ping, plus the sofas she designed with B&B Italia and the statement chandelier she worked on with Baccarat. “I aimed for an elegant yet dressy interior, which would furthermore be cosy and warm for my family.” Every designer must be a master of the senses, and Coutas is known for her fluency in that talent — which was especially important when building a space for her own clan. So Coutas implemented her signature mishmash of patterns and textures, a bright yet classic display that dances rather than clashes, that sings without making too much noise. The new home also became a long-

Coutas co-designed a few of the home’s statement pieces, including the B&B Italia sofa and Baccarat chandelier

overdue chance for Coutas to showcase her personal art collection. Every room is a gallery, with the pièce de résistance — two large-scale portraits by French prodigy The Kid — sitting pretty in the den. The installation, which the artist made for Coutas, became an inspiration for the designer in the beginning phase of the project, and the captivating depth of the portraits can be felt throughout the home. Accented by Coutas’ own collection, the suite comes together as a homey yet FALL 2016

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ow, this is Paris when it sizzles. Design darling Stéphanie Coutas already had our hearts with the long list of rooms she’s romanced over the years, each one emanating her unique style that’s classically Parisian but just a tad cosier. When she recently welcomed Dolce into her freshly unveiled apartment, which she just completed after a year and a half of dreaming and directing it into fruition, we fell for her work all over again. The suite overlooks a prototypical French square that’s a brief jaunt from the famous Avenue Montaigne and Champs-Élysées. It’s 365 square metres of contemporary amour, with each room emanating the essence of a fivestar hotel.


interest-piquing space that flawlessly complements the stylish city it’s nestled in. And this is a milestone project for the world-renowned designer — she’s crafted an abundance of masterpieces, but this is one she can call “home.” “One is never truly ready for a change, but it is an adventure for every family and we were very excited,” says Coutas. “My concept was to keep the original framework of the property, yet make it chic, spectacular and comfortable.” www.stephaniecoutas.com FALL 2016

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Coutas achieved visual harmony in her home by balancing fresh minimalism with refined details

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Flamboyant, luxurious and elegant, Christian Lacroix’s first furniture line in collaboration with Roche Bobois celebrates a “French art de vivre”

HIGH STYLE

INTERVIEW BY SIMONA PANETTA-KERR

Sacha Walckhoff, creative director of Christian Lacroix, delivers an eclectic and bold touch to the luxury brand’s foray into furniture

Q&A WITH CHRISTIAN LACROIX’S SACHA WALCKHOFF

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Christian Lacroix’s lifestyle collections. Its furniture line debut blends multiple time periods while staying true to the brand’s DNA

Q: What type of materials can be found in the Christian Lacroix Maison furniture line? A: It’s a collection with a lot of high-end details: rosewood, 18-karatgold-pleated brass, cut velvet and silk satin — all materials that are exquisite. Q: What was the inspiration that drove you while designing this collection? A: I had this mad idea to mix and match different eras, details and topics. To give you an idea, the shapes are clean and inspired by the ’60s but the luxurious materials are inspired by the ’30s. The lacquered wood-printed panels are sometimes a bit like in the ’50s or FALL 2016

otherwise like in the ’70s, but all this on the same piece. I also added to this collection a few ideas that are part of the Lacroix DNA. The chairs are shaped like haute couture atelier mannequins, the black-and-white striped satin is the exact same fabric that was used for the “Cigale” dress, which was presented in our first haute couture collection in 1987, and the 19th-century engravings represent the monuments of Arles, the hometown of Christian Lacroix himself, and the town where painter Vincent van Gogh became famous.

Q: Who does this furniture line cater to, and why? A: It caters to people around the world who are looking for something special. I’ve always been attracted and inspired by the works of artists who invented les arts décoratifs. From Eileen Gray to Armand-Albert Rateau or more recently François-Xavier Lalanne, Élisabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, among many others — their work and vision are timeless and internationally admired. I thought it was a lovely path to follow to build this new project. christian-lacroix.com www.dolcemag.com

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ARCHITECTURE

Javier Barba with his sons Jordi Barba, landscape architect and biologist, and Gabriel Barba, architect

THE BARBA LEGACY

With four generations of architecture artistry behind him, Spanish architect Javier Barba has created a legacy all his own

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ot every architect can tell you they belong to a lengthy dynasty of industry geniuses, but Javier Barba can. The founder of BC Estudio Architects in Spain is the fourth in a famed succession of designers that began with his greatgreat-grandfather Francisco Barba Masip, who attended Barcelona’s first school of architecture. The trail of structural legacies left by Barba’s ancestors flows from Francisco’s neoclassical style to the art nouveau leanings of his grandfather Alfonso Barba Miracle, to his father’s involvement in the modern movement of Spain. “As a child I walked around the city with my father and he pointed out different buildings that had been done by my grandfather,” says Barba. “As a result architecture was second nature to me.” Barba says he doesn’t have a style of

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his own, but there’s a common thread through all his projects: clean lines and simple shapes come together to create a feel of tranquility, and despite the ultra-modern vibe that his buildings emanate, their minimalism is reflective of nature’s purity. While he doesn’t confine his work with labels, Barba does prioritize the use of organic forms, integration into the landscape, use of local materials and orientation of the building to ensure privacy and avoid harsher weather elements. BC Estudio has also become a leading name in “green” architecture. “To me, it is a natural way of practising architecture,” says Barba. “Being an admirer of nature it does not feel right to try to compete with it. That is why my designs try to bond with the surroundings instead of standing out.” As metropolises around the world become clogged with buildings that

consume and contradict nature, Barba’s wholesome approach is warmly welcomed, and has been a smash success in many countries. His studio recently worked its magic on the visitor’s centre at Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa Valley, reimagining it into an earthy sanctuary, and on the Dunmow House in Athens, Greece, a residential space where lines, shapes and textures mesh together to create an organic yet modern atmosphere. The Barba family’s fifth generation has already cracked into the industry, with Barba’s two sons, Gabriel and Jordi, joining the BC Estudio team. As for what this family will accomplish next, Barba hinted he’d love to design a project on Mars. And with the famous Barba track record going for him, that plan might just come to fruition. bcarquitectos.com FALL 2016

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BC Estudio Architects recently completed the Dunmow House in Athens, Greece Featuring a modern vibe and Barba’s signature integration with the surrounding landscape, the Dunmow House feels as organic as it does luxurious

Barba’s unique style pays homage to the trailblazing work of his ancestors, while still establishing an approach that’s completely his own

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A DV E R TO R I A L

Justin, Julie, Vivian and Michelle Risi come together to create the perfect synergy of experience and passion in their business

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BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP IN FAMILY BUSINESS From Boomers to Millennials

he generation gap in the workplace today is becoming ever more challenging for employers and businesses alike. So how is this family-run corporation not only succeeding, but setting the bar for how it’s done? The family team behind the success of Royal LePage Your Community Realty spans three generations — from Boomers to Millennials. Vivian Risi and her three children, Michelle, Julie and Justin, have a dynamic so rare that it’s catching the attention of many business communities and leaders, leaving many curious as to how they are bridging the generation gap. Vivian Risi, president/CEO, began her career in the real estate industry in 1974. At a time when real estate was a male-dominant industry, Vivian learned early on the importance of differentiating herself and persevering through adversity. “I was determined to succeed, and I never lost sight of my vision,” Vivian says. For 20 years, Vivian worked hard at building a successful career in sales. Customer service was always at the forefront of what she did and she thrived on being able to negotiate for her clients. A single mom of three children, Vivian recalls the challenges she faced but knew that the only way to create the future she wanted for herself and her family was to stay focused and work hard. She faced obstacles with perseverance and used her innate business sense to navigate her sales career. She maintained a passion for her clients while holding a bigger vision of one day creating a legacy for changing the landscape of real estate. Vivian’s vision began to unfold as her three young children approached their teenage years. “Their needs were changing and so I knew it was time to take the next step in my career,” says Vivian. In 1994 Vivian took that next big step and purchased her first real estate office, consisting of 18 agents in Richmond Hill. “It was a big step for me, but one that I knew I needed and


wanted to take,” Vivian recalls. During this time, Michelle, Julie and Justin began helping out at the office. “During their summer holidays, and on evenings and weekends, they would come into the office and help me organize files, answer the phones and distribute mail.” In fact, the children were a part of the process from the beginning, when they helped to come up with the name for the business: Your Community Realty. “The children understood my vision from the beginning, and when it came time to select a name, we all agreed that Your Community Realty was the perfect fit,” says Vivian. As the children pursued their college and university degrees, they maintained connections with the brokerage, gaining experience in every facet of the company. “I can remember us working at the front desk and making every mistake possible,” Michelle laughs. “It was the only way to learn,” Julie adds. Each of the children worked in every capacity of the brokerage business — everything from front reception to back-end administration, from sales to management. The brokerage business has certainly changed over the years. So how does this family-run business stay on top? Teamwork. “We each know our strengths and our differences are celebrated,” Justin says. Justin and Michelle both hold executive vice president positions within the company, yet each devotes their own expertise to specific areas of the business. Michelle is president of the Real Estate Academy™, a division of the company focused on providing education and training to the sales force. Julie started the New Home Division for the company and Justin is broker of record for Mortgage Loans Canada, a Dominion Lending franchise which offers mortgage services to the agents and their clients. With Vivian at the helm of the operation, they collectively focus their talents, skills and expertise on growing the brand as a team. They understand and harness their unique ability of representing and FALL 2016

With a history that spans over two decades, Your Community Realty blends the seasoned expertise of industry mogul Vivian Risi, president and CEO, with the fresh and innovative perspectives of Julie, Justin and Michelle

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communicating with their respective generational counterparts. “Their early years in the company offered them the ability to weave their skills and talents into the business,” says Vivian. “Today, we embrace the generational differences while remaining focused on our core vision and values of customer service and innovation.” Vivian and her family represent the three most relevant generations in today’s workforce: Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. Instead of the weakening gap that most businesses are facing today, they bridge the gap by using those differences to create a powerhouse brokerage. “The secret to our success is first and foremost the foundation that was built by our mom. We embrace our individual styles and know that there is always room for growth and change,” Michelle says. “Our mom enables us

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to be creative and carry out her vision,” says Julie. “We meet weekly to listen to each other’s ideas and strategize on how to bring them forward,” Justin adds. This year, Your Community Realty celebrates its 22nd year in business. It is the No. 1 franchise in Canada for Royal LePage and continues to dominate the local market share. With over 1,000 realtors and 12 locations, Your Community Realty services Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe. “We are excited to continue to innovate and expand our business and change the landscape of real estate. This is just the beginning,” Vivian says. Vivian and her family possess a unique combination of generational strengths and unsurpassed passion, bringing real estate to Millennials and beyond.

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PHILANTHROPY

GOLDEN GIRL From precious metals to mental health, prepare to be inspired by the many missions of mining executive Carol Banducci

I Carol Banducci, executive vice-president and chief financial officer at IAMGOLD, one of Canada’s most prominent mining companies, stands on the grounds of the University of Toronto where she graduated from the BComm program

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t’s the year 2010. Carol Banducci stands in the middle of a freshly built schoolhouse in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Around her there’s a celebration: mothers and their children, future students, jump for joy, their eyes glittering in disbelief as they run their fingers over the brandnew desktops, the virgin chalkboards. This is the moment Banducci describes to me when I ask why she loves her job. As executive vicepresident and CFO at IAMGOLD Corp., one of Canada’s most prominent mining companies, it was the moment she experienced the unveiling of a new community built for IAMGOLD’s miners and their families, who had to relocate to construct Essakane, the company’s largest mine yet. A schoolhouse and a medical clinic were just two of the perks that drove the new FALL 2016

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residents “hysterical,” says Banducci. We might as well be in Burkina Faso on the hot summer afternoon when I meet Carol Banducci in downtown Toronto. It’s 40 degrees, and by the time I get to IAMGOLD’s office on the 32nd floor of a Queen-and-Bay building I’ve nearly melted. Banducci, however, appears like a breath of fresh air, all smiles and kind eyes despite having just spent an hour and a half baking in the sun for a photo shoot on the University of Toronto grounds. This is just a small example of the diligence and grace it takes to be Carol Banducci. She’s a woman in the very male-dominated mining industry, so she’s used to keeping her cool throughout whatever challenges her role throws at her. And after all, gold — that fickle metal — is her forte; the industry has conditioned her to be malleable with its climate, to ebb and flow with the ever-shifting gold market, which can be hot as fire one minute, ice-cold the next. But of all her aptitudes, it’s Banducci’s philanthropic spirit that first catches one’s eye upon meeting her. That’s why she was particularly enticed when IAMGOLD approached her in 2007, asking her to become its new CFO — she’s kindred spirits with the company known for prioritizing giving back. From the outside, the mining industry can seem as dark as its archetypal caves, but at IAMGOLD, it’s more like the sparkle found inside them. Since its foundation in 1991, the Torontobased company has always had a heart, known for treating its employees right, whether they work in the mines or in the corporate office, and for always budgeting in a slew of worthy causes. So when that fateful offer was put in front of her, Banducci’s humanitarian instinct was a perfect match for IAMGOLD’s inherent principle of using its success to leverage causes around the world. It’s simple: according to Banducci and her company, success is bred by sharing it. She calls each philanthropic project a “partnership,” implying that every dollar donated is mutually beneficial. “We believe in being socially FALL 2016

responsible, and that giving back is part of the overall equation to being a successful organization,” says Banducci. She also gives credit to the company’s CEO, Steve Letwin, who ensured that even when times were tough in the gold space, IAMGOLD continued its charitable funding. “It’s very much a part of our value system here, empowering people.” With the excitement of a child showing off her latest artistic feat, Banducci opens a folder full of the company’s current philanthropic initiatives. The first document she pulls out is a plan to bring water and sustainable economic

“IT’S VERY MUCH A PART OF OUR VALUE SYSTEM HERE, EMPOWERING PEOPLE” — Carol Banducci, executive vicepresident and CFO at IAMGOLD

growth to the Sahel region in Africa. IAMGOLD, which has mines in Africa, South America and North America, is teaming up with Global Affairs Canada, Cowater and One Drop — a nonprofit organization founded by Guy Laliberté, the father of Cirque du Soleil — to construct latrines in the region and teach the community how to sustain it. The estimated total budget for the project is $16.7 million. Next she opens up about IAMGOLD’s partnership with PearTree Financial Services, a Toronto company that approached IAMGOLD a few years ago with a proposal that piqued Banducci’s interest: PearTree suggested trying a charity flow-through structure, creating an opportunity to raise money in the marketplace to fund Canadian exploration and development activities

by issuing shares, which generous individuals would buy and donate to a charity of their choice, yet keep the tax benefit of funding the company’s mining expenses. To cap off the cycle, the charity then sells the shares to institutional investors. In the end, the charity gets the benefit of the donation, and the donor gets the benefit of the tax deduction it comes with — and, of course, the satisfaction of putting a sizable dent into their favourite cause. Through the PearTree approach, IAMGOLD has raised just over $90 million to cover qualifying mining expenses at better than market premiums, thus being less dilutive to its shareholders than what’s otherwise available in the public market. At the same time, major charitable donors give more by significantly reducing their after-tax cost of giving. It’s a winning formula. And then Banducci divulges the details of the cause she’s particularly jazzed about, the initiative she herself set into motion — her folder’s pièce de résistance — the Miner’s Lamp Award. Back in the old days of mining, the miner’s lamp was used to detect unseen poisonous gases. That’s why Banducci named this initiative after the life-saving tool: the Miner’s Lamp Award recognizes people who have taken action to shine a brighter light on mental illness, the invisible poison that affects so many of us. “The brain is like a black box that we still don’t fully understand,” says Banducci. “So we wanted to focus on figuring it out so we can treat mental illness early enough to really improve and change people’s lives.” Banducci consulted her team at IAMGOLD, who were on board at once, before approaching Dr. Benoit Mulsant, Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, to get involved. Of course, the renowned professor — who is also a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) — was ecstatic, and the two got to work, coming together as co-chairs of the project. In addition to an annual gala and www.dolcemag.com

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Paul Beeston with Ron Bernbaum, founder of PearTree Financial Services, the lead sponsor of the Miner’s Lamp Award Dinner

“SHE’S THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE NEW MARRIAGE BETWEEN PHILANTHROPY AND THE CORPORATE WORLD” — Dr. Benoit Mulsant, Chair of Psychiatry at U of T and co-chair of the Miner’s Lamp Award

The inaugural Miner’s Lamp Award Dinner took place on June 29, 2016, and honoured Paul Beeston, former president of the Toronto Blue Jays and longtime chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. From left to right: Dr. Benoit Mulsant, Paul Beeston and Carol Banducci

award ceremony (this year’s was the inaugural event, honouring Paul Beeston, former president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays and longtime chair of CAMH), the Miner’s Lamp Award is a full-blown charitable endeavour with plans to raise $2 million for mental health research. Banducci says their goal is to meet that target within five years, and having raised $400,000 at this year’s gala alone, they’re well on their way. The whopping sum will eventually be donated to worthy independent research initiatives — leading experts with promising studies from CAMH and other prominent health institutions will compete for grants. The poignancy of the Miner’s Lamp Award is its deep dive into the issue of mental illness in adolescents, vowing to aid the medical community in earlier 20 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

diagnoses and more effective prevention in young people. The stark reality that one in five Canadians will be affected by mental illness triggered her desire to smash the stigma that shrouds the issue. “Even outside of her work, Carol has a strong vision for making a positive change,” says Dr. Mulsant. “She’s the perfect example of the new marriage between philanthropy and the corporate world, which is so important today.” Which is a tough task, especially when under the pressure that’s often put on women in a field that’s dominated by men. But Banducci has certainly pulled it off, and was even named one of the top 100 most powerful women in 2015 by the Women’s Executive Network, and this year was selected for the University of Toronto’s Alumni of Influence Award. She tells me it took

her over 20 years to realize she had a voice and a head full of ideas that might just make a difference — and not just in the office building or the gold mine. When I ask her to divulge how she’s done it, a knowing smile appears on her lips. She’s been asked this question a lot, but despite having answered it dozens of times her reply still packs the punch of a mini TED Talk. “Bring your ideas and voice to the table,” she says. “It takes hard work and a focus on excellence. Importantly, be confident and always be true to yourself — as no doubt on occasion you will be challenged.” And then she adds, with her eyes twinkling like the gold she takes chances on every day: “And don’t be afraid of risks.” www.iamgold.com FALL 2016


SPEED OF LIGHT

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This season’s dark sophistication emanates the longevity of a classic car. Try it on to race ahead of the fall fashion game

Take the lead in layers of moody hues Suit, Club of Gents Turtleneck, Gant Watch, Porsche Design Socks, Falke Sneakers, Porsche Design FALL 2016

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Where will this autumn take you? It took us to the legendary Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg near Cologne, Germany

A little spontaneity goes a long way Bag, Amore Bags Ensemble, Porsche Design

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Electrify in the season’s most talked-about trends, from metallics to shades of blue On her: Blouse and skirt, Gant On him: Suit, shirt and tie, Strellson Watch, Porsche Design Shoes, Hamlet

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When paired to perfection, black is anything but boring On him: Suit and tie, Strellson Shirt, Boss Watch, Porsche Design Shoes, Hamlet On her: Dress, Escada Shoes, Steve Madden Earrings, BCBGMaxazria

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Photographer: Claudius Holzmann / www.claudius-holzmann.de Stylist: Petra Tielmann / www.petratielmann-styling.de Hair & Make-up: Martina Heihoff / www.martinaheihoff.foliodrop.com Creative Director: Carsten Dopamin Models: Andreas von Tempelhoff / www.andreasvontempelhoff.com Sara T. / www.placemodels.com Kennet / www.dopaminmodels.com Pascal / www.dopaminmodels.com

Step up in a statement jacket that keeps you warm and cool

Above: Coat, Club of Gents Jersey, Strellson Pants, Boss Below: Suit, shirt and tie, Strellson

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AUTO REVIEW

2017 JAGUAR F-PACE SUV Jaguar’s sexy feline curves join the crossover market with this sharp-clawed kitty WRITTEN BY AMANDALINA LETTERIO

The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace SUV

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he first luxury-performance brand to come out with an SUV was when BMW debuted the X5 in 1999. Since then, many highend brands have followed suit. In 2003, Porsche joined the category with the Cayenne and today it’s one of their bestselling vehicles. Any luxury brand that’s noticed the success Porsche has had with it knows they need an SUV, especially Jaguar. Last year, the brand announced the production of their first-ever SUV, well over a decade after BMW came out with the X5 and over a decade after seeing the success of the Porsche Cayenne. Tata Motors, owners of Jaguar, claimed the F-Pace was created to suit a sporty SUV buyer that would be interested in a Macan, a Cayenne or a BMW X5. I guess their thoughts were: better late than never. However, despite the tardy arrival, they happily proved critics wrong when over 10,000 F-Paces were pre-ordered before the vehicle even hit the market. The F-Pace proudly keeps Jaguar’s sexy feline curves and powerful moves. The company says it was visually inspired by the sexy F-Type although it

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GENERAL SPECS ENGINE: 3.0-L, SUPERCHARGED V-6 HORSEPOWER: 340 TORQUE: 332 LB-FT 0-100 KM/H: 5.8 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 250 KM/H PRICE: $64,900 (CAD)

does look a bit more like an XE or XF. Regardless, it is definitely a performance SUV with the DNA of a sports car. With a choice of a standard 340-horsepower or optional 380-hp supercharged V-6, it maintains its crisp Jaguar roar. It still has the ability to pick up speed rapidly, going from 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds. Obviously, Jaguar’s goal with its SUV was to ensure it still performs and handles in signature Jag fashion despite its size and weight. Inside, this Jag comes with the common technology features that most cars boast about nowadays, like GPS navigation, hands-free technology and more. One of its most unique attributes is that it comfortably seats five and offers

the option of electric reclining seats for the three adults sitting in the back. It uniquely consists of 10 different shades of mood lighting, which creates a nice ambience and complements whichever combination of leather interior best suits your personality. The trunk has a “Reversible Loadspace Floor,” which can be switched, in an instant, from durable carpet to an easy-clean, rubberized surface, perfect for damp or muddy equipment. Another asset of this vehicle is the Lane Departure Warning. Jaguar offers drivers everywhere idiotproof driving by including a system that senses unintentional lane drift and warns you by vibrating the steering wheel if you stray from a lane without signalling — an innovative safety feature that can save a lot of people in moments of distracted driving. The F-Pace appeals to the Jaguar enthusiast, as well as the luxuryperformance SUV lover. It successfully maintains the brand’s history of crafting cars with grace, pace and space – but with a modern twist. Perhaps Jaguar intentionally took its time in creating its first SUV. jaguar.ca FALL 2016


The Great American Getaway

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL AND THE FLAGLER MUSEUM

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alm Beach, Fla., is the origin story of the Great American Getaway. This sun-drenched corner of the States became the country’s first-ever warm-weather tourist destination when the Second World War forced American elites out of their European summer homes, leaving them to source their sabbaticals in their own stomping grounds. But as I spend my four-day stay strolling the sunlit streets dotted with florals and lined with brightly coloured abodes with walls tangled up in oodles of ivy, it quickly dawns on me that although it was born to be a tourist destination — and has even been dubbed “America’s Riviera” — there’s nothing phony about Palm Beach. It’s got a vibe all its own. To experience all of Palm Beach’s little (and big) luxuries in such a brief time frame seems an impossible feat, but I came pretty damn close. I began by making myself at home at the lush Brazilian Court Hotel. This sprawling, 90-year-old space complements the Palm Beach experience with a unique menu of amenities like the Frédéric Fekkai Salon and Spa, and the freshly revamped Café Boulud. And a word of caution: its boozy Pineapple Smash is delightfully dangerous. Lounging on the restaurant’s starlit patio, it’s no wonder this is the spot where Sofia Vergara chose to host her wedding rehearsal dinner in 2015, or that was, once upon a time, frequented by the Kennedys. A quintessential part of the Palm Beach experience is a jaunt through the historic Flagler Museum, which was originally the glorious winter home of one of the country’s most revered business tycoons. Henry

Flagler not only co-founded Standard Oil, but also developed the city of Palm Beach itself — and, in 1902, built this massive manor as a wedding gift for his third wife. An exploration of its ornately decorated and flawlessly preserved rooms is a literal step back in time, to the luxury-steeped dawn of Palm Beach at the turn of the century. We have to talk about Worth Avenue. Strutting down the cobbled streets of this Mediterranean-style shopping mecca, one can almost see the ghosts of Gilded Age millionaires poking in and out of Hermès, Chanel and Lilly Pulitzer. Its world-famous architecture and Garden of Eden vibe still somehow exude Palm Beach’s signature chilled-out essence. Another Palm Beach must-try: chartering a yacht and spending an afternoon lounging at the front of the boat, cocktails in hand (yes, “cocktails” — plural), while trying desperately to capture a non-shaky time-lapse video of the mansiondotted shoreline. This is how I spent my final full day in Palm Beach, after cramming in mornings of breakfast in bed, afternoons of sightseeing and evenings of wining and dining at Palm Beach’s plethora of five-star restaurants (among them being the very romantic Renato’s, the posh Bice and the trendy Meat Market). As the sun set over the Intracoastal Waterway and on the final stretch of my escape to Palm Beach, I experienced something of a revelation: as Canadians, all we really care about is seeking refuge in warmth during our bitter winter months. But as you’ll discover the moment you step off that plane, Palm Beach isn’t just a getaway; it’s not some tropical fling. It’s a full-on love affair. www.thebraziliancourt.com www.dolcemag.com

Clockwise from top left: A sunset snap of the interior courtyard at the Brazilian Court Hotel; a stroll through the worldrenowned Worth Avenue is a quintessential Palm Beach experience; Worth Avenue is home to a plethora of luxury boutiques; the Brazilian Court Hotel’s in-house restaurant Café Boulud serves up fresh dishes that stay true to the city’s signature tastes; the Flagler Museum is a perfectly preserved peek into the Golden Age of Palm Beach; the lush luxury of Palm Beach leaves visitors breathless long after they’ve returned home

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Ehud Laniado, chairman of New York-based jewelling firm Cora International and global diamond expert, has made it his mission to demystify his industry for investors

On building the Mercury Diamond Price List: For over 40 years, I’ve meticulously documented and analyzed my findings on the prices of rough and polished diamonds. The sophisticated data I developed led me to create two computerized proprietary diamond valuation systems — one for rough diamonds and one for polished diamonds. These have formed the basis of the Mercury Diamond [Price List] and they are used to price diamonds worth approximately $2 billion annually in terms of polished value.

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one knows diamonds like Ehud Laniado does. The Monte Carlo resident has lived and breathed sparkling rocks since he was in his 20s, and now, as chairman of New York-based jewelling firm Cora International and a household name among diamond devotees, Laniado’s mission is to bring some transparency to the industry that’s so often veiled in mystery. Hot on the heels of his recent sale of the Unique Pink — the most expensive fancy vivid pink diamond ever to be sold at auction — Laniado shares his hardearned wisdom 28 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

Earlier this year, Cora International sold the Unique Pink, the largest and most expensive fancy vivid pink coloured diamond ever sold at auction

On what sparked his passion: There is nothing quite like holding a rough diamond in your hand and knowing that it could become someone’s most precious possession. My career in diamonds began in my 20s in the Central African Republic, where I bought rough diamonds for an Israeli company. I lived with my young family in the heart of the jungle and worked with local miners who dug using an artisanal process, buying their daily yield. On transforming the world of diamonds: When most people think of the price attached to a diamond, they consider

On equipping yourself to enter the market: Knowledge is key. Understanding what makes each diamond special will help consumers have a better idea of its value. Even if today’s consumers inherit diamonds from their family, I believe they will treat them differently if they have an exact understanding of what is in their possession. With so much knowledge at everyone’s fingertips these days, consumers are settling for nothing less than full transparency. On what to look for when buying diamonds: Every diamond has its own individual story. A diamond is typically issued with its own certificate. This certificate lists a diamond’s four Cs as well as other crucial information that influences its price. Very often, consumers overlook the additional information that is listed under a section called “Comments.” But among traders it is of enormous importance. Certificates highlight characteristics FALL 2016

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what is traditionally known as the four Cs — cut, colour, clarity and carat. But this is just part of the story and I believe consumers deserve to know much more. It is why I have used my expertise to develop the Mercury Diamond Price List to standardize the way the industry values diamonds and offer more transparency to buyers.


such as fluorescence and the precise position of minute flaws. Quite often, two diamonds with the same four Cs can differ up to 20 per cent in price thanks to these other factors. Before purchasing a diamond, knowledgeable buyers would be wise to make themselves familiar with all of a diamond’s characteristics, way beyond the four Cs. Often, they might do this with the help of an expert.

Casual fine dining. As it should be.

On the Unique Pink diamond sale: We knew from the outset that this diamond was special. It took enormous skill and expertise to cut and polish the stone. The auction itself was full of suspense. The room at Geneva’s BeauRivage Hotel, the headquarters of Sotheby’s in Geneva, was packed with 500 people, including 15 international journalists and over 35 Sotheby’s staff handling live telephone bids from around the world. The Unique Pink was the highlight of the evening and the final lot in the sale, eventually fetching $31.5 million, the highest amount ever paid for a fancy pink diamond. The ultimate buyer was a private collector in Asia who bid over the phone. The Unique Pink is the largest fancy vivid pink pear-shaped diamond ever offered and sold at auction. On why diamonds are an important investment: Diamonds are beautiful and a treasure of nature, but more than this, they are increasingly rare, making them attractive to investors. Just as there is an established market for people who invest in vintage wines, classic cars and art, we are now seeing a growing global set of wealthy individuals who believe not only in strong prices for fancy coloured diamonds, but in the resale value of these stones. People buy these stones as an investment because they know that when they are ready to sell they will find willing buyers. It’s not only fancy coloured diamonds that investors are looking to as an investment for the future. In the coming years white diamonds will become increasingly appealing for this reason. Make no mistake — even a 1-carat D Flawless IS diamond is a rarity of nature. www.ehudlaniado.com www.mercurydiamond.com FALL 2016

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ATURE’S BOUNTY

N From mine to boutique, a piece of jewelry passes through many hands. Meet the artisans and curators who usher a gem to its final destination, ultimately making Toronto a more sparkling place WRITTEN BY AMANDA STOREY

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LINDA PENWARDEN PENWARDEN FINE JEWELLERY

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of how Linda Penwarden fell in love with jewelry design is something of a meet-cute. She was studying to be an illustrator at OCU (now OCAD), and in her second year she enrolled in a gemology course, just for fun. “As soon as I soldered two pieces of metal together, I was just sold,” she says. “It was a rush. It was life changing.” After transferring to George Brown’s goldsmithing program, Penwarden eventually founded her own jewelry design business in 2003 — and today, Penwarden Fine Jewellery has blossomed into one of Toronto’s most cherished treasure chests. While Penwarden pays attention to trends, her signature is a more “classic-contemporary” vibe, which she creates in-house using the best-quality metals and stones available. The designer wants her pieces to last lifetimes, to be passed down through generations and still sparkle with style decades down the road. As for what jewel lovers can look forward to finding in-store this fall? “Lots of colour — and lots of detail!” she exclaims. “I’m very inspired by the old-world look.” www.penwardenjewellery.com

HAIGO DERIAN L’ORO

While Haigo

Derian doesn’t design pieces of jewelry himself, he’s an artisan in his own right, with an unparalleled talent for curating the “next big things” in accessories. L’Oro was first founded by Derian’s father, Vahram Derian, and eventually taken over by the young jewel expert. Now partnered with Jeff Karadjian, Derian brings a sense of familiarity to the renowned Vaughan boutique, which brings in some of the world’s most prized brands, from Tag Heuer to Gucci, from Chopard to Omega, and everything in between. Now over three decades old, L’Oro is seen as an authority in the north-of-Toronto jewelry scene, but despite its vast growth its atmosphere is still homey and familiar. Derian is dedicated to preserving the honesty and integrity with which his father founded the boutique, and he welcomes every client like they’re part of the family. www.loro.ca FALL 2016


MARK LASH MARK LASH

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Lash, it all started with a block of wax. “My interest in jewelry design started while at university, [where] I discovered that I had a talent carving waxes, and realized that I had strong fine motor skills and a good eye for detail,” he says. “As a result, I started to design some pieces of jewelry and from that point on I knew that I would make jewelry design my career.” Now the name and the talent behind Toronto’s go-to jeweller for big rocks with big sentimental value, Lash gets his thrill not only from the designing process, but from the looks on the faces of his clients when he unveils their sparkling custom engagement ring or celebratory custom piece. This season, Lash looks forward to acquainting his clients with rose and white gold, baguette-shaped diamonds and the ultra-trendy choker. “Rose cut, rustic and diamond slices along with fringes are making a strong statement this season,” he says. www.marklash.com

MELISSA SPIVAK SAMUEL KLEINBERG

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Spivak inherited her love of sparkle. Her father, Samuel Kleinberg, founded his jewelling business in 1968, and having grown up surrounded by gold, diamonds and everything in between, it was only natural for Spivak to eventually join in the fun. “[My father’s] chain of retail stores figured prominently in my childhood memories,” says Spivak. “I cherished these times when I would play dress-up with rings and necklaces. I remember feeling so glamorous, as if I were ready to walk the red carpet.” Today, Spivak is the lead designer at Samuel Kleinberg, and works with an incredible team of diamond specialists, designers and jewellers who all share two common things: a love of jewelry and a passion for adding sparkle to everyone’s day. Recently, Spivak took her talent one step further by launching her own line, which is now available in Samuel Kleinberg’s Toronto showroom. www.samuelkleinberg.com

CHRIS VALENTE VALENTE JEWELLERS

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Valente is living proof that immense talent doesn’t always take long to hone. From a young age, the designer has come up with breathtaking pieces and original collections that add to the prestige of his family’s boutique, Valente Jewellers, which was founded by his father, Carmen Valente, over 40 years ago. On top of the passion for the craft that he inherited from his father, Chris Valente earned his expertise while studying in George Brown’s Jewellery Arts program. Soon after graduation, he brought his next-level ideas to the family-run shop, where today he uses CAD software and laser technology to create pieces in his in-house studio-workshop. While he has a style that’s all his own, Valente’s designs are still reminiscent of the quality and splendour that Valente Jewellers has always been known and loved for. As for what can be found in-store this season, Valente says yellow gold is making a comeback: “It’s making a strong impact, from delicate necklaces to larger-style rings.” www.valentejewellers.com

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TAMARA KRONIS STUDIO1098

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opening of Studio1098 marked a paradigm shift in Tamara Kronis’s life as she leapt from a career in law to one that was more fluent with her soul: jewelry designing. Since launching her boutique in Toronto, Kronis has become a much-loved maker known for her use of brightly coloured gemstones and a homier, less intimidating approach to the often-daunting sales process. “I think I get clients more involved in the design process than most jewellers and will spend a lot of time with my clients up front, brainstorming design directions with them to get to a place where what we ultimately make is exactly what they were looking for, but better,” says Kronis. “I love flexing my design muscles and have a natural curiosity about absolutely everything, so my clients have a huge influence on my designs.” This autumn, she’s excited to dabble with the “statement piece” trend that’s hit the runways — as a qualified gemologist in both Canada and the UK, sourcing unusual and interesting gemstones and pearls is her forte. www.studio1098customjewellery.com www.dolcemag.com

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17. Studio1098: 14-karat yellow gold and yellow sapphire 18. Samuel Kleinberg: 14-karat white gold and fancy diamonds 19. L’Oro: 18-karat rose gold, diamonds and mother of pearl 20. Mark Lash: 18-karat white gold and diamonds 21. Samuel Kleinberg: 14-karat gold and fancy diamonds 22. Mark Lash: 18-karat rose gold and diamonds 23. Penwarden Fine Jewellery: 14-karat yellow gold and garnet 24. L’Oro: Sterling silver, canary crystal and white sapphire 25. L’Oro: 18-karat gold, sterling silver and blue quartz 26. Valente Jewellers: 18-karat white gold, blue sapphires and diamonds FALL 2016

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GÉRARD FAIVRE RUE DU CIRQUE

INTERIOR DESIGN

Gérard Faivre’s adored designs further heighten the classic elegance and ornate romance of Paris

Right when you thought Paris couldn’t get any more beautiful, in steps Gérard Faivre

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aris is known as the city of love, the city that ignites a passion, the city with romantic views of the Eiffel Tower, with boat rides on the Seine at night. Paris is the lifestyle of classic elegance, of eating croissants for breakfast, of drinking fine wines unapologetically in parks. Paris is also a city with a rich history in architecture, and filled with designers jumping at chances to bring fresh breaths of air into those spaces. Gérard Faivre is one of those designers, but unlike most, he doesn’t just design homes — he brings them to life. For 30 years of his life, however, Faivre was asked to put his dreams on 34 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

hold, dreams he loved, for the needs of his family. While studying architecture, Faivre’s father passed away, leaving him to run his family’s ready-to-wear apparel business as a manufacturer, wholesaler and dealer. For the next 30 years, he grew the brand to boutique stores offering clothes, furniture and objects from around the world. It was only after Faivre met his wife in Provence, and they purchased their first home together, that he rekindled his passion for design. After fully restoring and decorating his home, a nearby neighbour fell in love with it. This neighbour asked to purchase the house with the furniture included,

Faivre explains in French, in order to “retain the soul that he had given it.” Faivre says that this is where the idea of “selling properties and completely renovated apartments decorated and furnished was born.” “I decided to follow this path as it was something which truly inspired me and I felt it was a concept which would be appreciated by others,” he adds. Appreciated it was indeed, as this step allowed Faivre to distance himself from his family’s business in 2000 in order to fully devote himself to creating ready-to-live-in “art homes” in Provence and Paris. One of Faivre’s most recent projects is a home named “Rue du Cirque,” an FALL 2016

PHOTOS BY MATHIEU FIOL

WRITTEN BY ERICA GIANCOLA


Faivre ensures each home is ready for his clients to move right in, complete with finished interior design

apartment located in the high-luxury “Golden Triangle” area of Paris. The area attracts many international buyers accustomed to living lavish lifestyles. The apartment is filled with a neutral colour scheme, with beiges, browns and golds filling the space. It also happens to be one of the biggest Parisian spaces he FALL 2016

has transformed. Faivre says, in working with the space, he wanted to emphasize the beauty of the home, not necessarily fill it with bedrooms for value. “My wish was not to make the maximum number of bedrooms,” he says, “but instead to focus on the living rooms, which is why I created a home cinema.”

He adds that his favourite room in the house is the revived library lounge. “The original library was made of oak and enhanced by the artist Gilles Dupuis. For furniture, Poltrona Frau leather armchairs accentuate the masculine atmosphere, creating somewhere I can easily imagine shutting myself away to work or having passionate discussions with friends,” he says. Faivre sees each house he designs as a piece of art, and each is designed to be ready for his clients to move in — complete with finished interior design. He says each home he designs, from blueprints, floor plans and architecture to décor, is composed in order to fulfil his artistic vision, not for a specific client. Each home melds the worlds of esthetic luxury and artistic endeavour with practical, livable aspects, such as home automation systems. Filled with meticulous attention to detail and exquisite finishing touches, it’s easy to see Faivre’s love for the craft emanating throughout each home he creates, much like the romantic city that houses them. gerardfaivreparis.com www.dolcemag.com

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DOLCE DESTINATION

࿲ Gansevoort Park Avenue is Joel Freyberg’s second venture in NYC after opening the flagship in the Meatpacking District

࿶The hotel boasts a rooftop pool overlooking an iconic Manhattan boulevard, a 10,000-square-foot trattoria and an inhouse spa

TEXT BY ERICA GIANCOLA

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ith a rooftop pool overlooking an iconic Manhattan boulevard, a 10,000-square-foot trattoria and an in-house spa and fitness centre, walking into Gansevoort Park Avenue might just mean adding your name to the hotel chain’s long list of guests that never want to leave. The Park Avenue location, managed by esteemed hotel general manager Joel Freyberg, is Gansevoort’s second venture in New York City after its flagship Meatpacking District location. The centralized location makes the Park Avenue hotel the trendier little sister of 36 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

the latter, boasting a 20,000-sq.-ft., trilevel nightlife area. Freyberg describes Gansevoort Hotel Group’s company culture as “luxury with a sense of fun and excitement,” noticeable in every detail of the 249-room and suite hotel. Most of the guest rooms include Juliet balconies, lofty ceilings and five-fixture bathrooms. Stepping out of this hotel is no exception to the “fun and excitement” aim as the hotel is located minutes away from the Empire State Building and Madison Square Park, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square to enjoy a relaxing getaway. www.gansevoorthotelgroup.com

Q. What is your vision for Gansevoort Park Avenue? What does your team think of it? A. My goal is to deliver incredible service and experiences with a luxury element. My team supports my vision and they embrace doing the right thing for our clients.   Q. What does an average day look like for you?   A. Morning arrival meetings, some great laughs working with the team to exceed expectations, and taking the time to meet and greet my guests as they arrive. I feel you need to enjoy your time at work. My goal is to keep everyone motivated and happy and enjoying what they do each and every day.  FALL 2016

PHOTOS COURTESY OF GANSEVOORT PARK AVENUE

GANSEVOORT PARK AVENUE

Q & A with JOEL FREYBERG


ENJOY YOUR MEAL

A delicious risotto made in the comfort of your home in only 30 minutes? Yes, please! Pusateri’s Fine Foods delivers exactly that with this dish — perfect for cosying up to while making lasting memories with your loved ones

RECIPE

RISOTTO WITH SQUASH, PANCETTA AND SWISS CHARD Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 500 g arborio rice 8 cups chicken broth ¼ cooking onion, chopped 1 head of garlic, chopped 1 cup white wine 5 g saffron 1 small squash

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DIRECTIONS

1. Clean and cut small squash into 1-cm cubes. 2. Remove and steam Swiss chard stems. Squeeze out water, then chop. Chiffonade Swiss chard leaves. 3. Add saffron to 8½ cups of boiling chicken broth and strain. 4. Keep 4-8 additional cups of boiling, salted water on hand.

1. Have all ingredients processed and ready. 2. In a pot, bring strained broth up to boil 3. In sauté pan, add olive oil, onions, squash and pancetta. Sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 15 seconds. 4. Add rice to squash and pancetta mixture and stir for an additional 25-35 seconds on medium heat. 5. Add wine to the rice and deglaze. Add boiling saffron chicken broth up to rice level only and stir. 6. Cook out rice on medium heat while stirring continuously and adding in stock 1-2 ladles at a time. 7. Once chicken broth is used up, start adding salted water (if needed). 8. At the 10-minute mark, add Swiss chard and cook for another 3-5 minutes. 9. At the 13-15-minute mark, cook off excess stock, then turn off burner. 10. At this point the risotto is ready. Turn off heat and fold in cheese and butter. Season and serve.

4 oz. pancetta, sliced 450 g Swiss chard 2 tbsp. unsalted butter 3 tbsp. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil RECIPE CRAFTED BY PUSATERI’S CORPORATE CHEF TONY CAMMALLERI

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PHOTO BY CARLOS ARTURO PINTO

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DESIGN

Button’s partner Richard Hebblethwaite

A LIFE ALOFT

A hand-built, studio-like space, tucked into a tree-filled mountain, proved to be the perfect home for South African fashion designer Jenni Button to rediscover her passion for painting

My ultimate dream was to have a New York loft in a wild forest setting and I never thought it would be possible. It’s like a big art studio,” says Jenni Button, her petite frame dwarfed by the incredible loft-like space she discovered, and made her home, on a mountain slope in Hout Bay, Cape Town. When house hunting the well-known South African fashion and interior designer was looking for a refuge where she could paint — Button studied fine art and has recently rekindled her romance with oil paint. She found her refuge in this unique house with its immense proportions 38 DOLCE MAGAZINE | www.dolcemag.com

— hand-built by the previous owner a decade ago. “As I walked up that driveway I knew this is where I wanted to live,” says Button. The gate, incidentally, sports a sign that warns visitors “4x4s only” — and reaching the house requires you to hike up 40 coarsely cut stone steps. With its dominating reclaimed factory windows and simple silhouette, the home doesn’t reveal much of what you can expect inside when you arrive. It’s hard to capture the sheer volume of the space, but the word “cavernous” comes to mind — partly because of the fact that it is secreted into the side of a mountain,

and partly because the building is enriched with stone features, exposed brick walls and rough wooden floors. Button laughs that the house had many “Fred Flintstone” features when she purchased it, and her initial focus has been on bringing the various elements of the two-level building together with a consistent stone-grey palette — and of course taming the vast garden, which has taken up most of her time and energy. Clearly the project has unlocked her creative juices: the large wall in the lounge area is freckled with portraits that she has painted. While Button admits to an affinity for masculine design, her treasure FALL 2016

PHOTOS BY WARREN HEATH

WRITTEN BY LORI COHEN


The reclaimed factory windows that front the home accentuate the volume of the space inside and infuse the home with beautiful natural light

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1. The feature wall of the living room is dominated by portraits Button has painted since picking up painting again a couple of years ago 2. “A friend of mine bought these iron and rope chandeliers and then realized her ceilings were too low for them. She gave them to me and I think they work wonderfully here,” says Button 3. With a home surrounded by trees, every window offers up a different glimpse of nature 4. Steps from the living space take you into a mezzanine that is home to Button’s ensuite bedroom

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Button’s home features reclaimed factory windows, stone accents, brick walls and rough wooden floors

trove of furniture suggests otherwise. A self-confessed magpie, Button’s portrait wall is flanked by an ornate, hand-carved antique door from India and surrounded by a compendium of Eames and Le Corbusier originals (design investments she made in her early twenties), Chinese cabinets, and traditional country French furniture. “I can’t stick to just one style. I enjoy the juxtaposition of different influences and textures. And I think the items I have collected over the years work here because it is such an eclectic space itself,” says Button. Amid the stark grey shades, and “taupes and neutrals that I love,” is a persistent thread of bronze, copper and brass — a gleaming bowl, a striking chandelier. “I love the warmth and richness of these shades. But I change my house around every couple of months. So you could come back and discover this wall is covered with acid yellow paintings,” she laughs. “It’s the beauty of having a house like this which is such a canvas.” While Button wishes she could spend her days painting with the Klimt-like view of vast trees overlooking the valley at the back of Table Mountain, her FALL 2016

fashion business and growing interior design client base take her into the city every day. But weekends are spent painting, or entertaining friends. Bar stools hug the distressed wood kitchen island and the dining room table has tipto-toe additions to make space for more guests. The half-moon tables, bought from a bric-a-brac shop in downtown Cape Town, “make the table longer, but also add interest,” explains Button. Always the tinkerer, Button has plans to enclose the mezzanine floor, which is currently home to her ensuite bedroom, with glass. She is also currently excavating a space to build a wine cellar and dreams of building a studio behind the existing structure. This will provide her with further solitude and a canopy view of her “mad garden of trees.” The view from Button’s bedroom is also perfectly positioned to capture this leafy view, and Button says no two days are the same. “When I wake up in the morning, the light starts pink and then turns orange and then fades into blue,” she says. In spite of its stony form, it seems this home is always destined to be infused with colour — either by Button’s hand, or that of nature. www.dolcemag.com

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Dolce Fall 2016  

Featuring Manny Khoshbin & Leyla Milani, Gorgeous Local Gems, 2016 Jaguar F-PACE SUV, Gérard Faivre, Fall Fashion and Gansevoort Park Avenue...

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