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I’ve always said that change is inevitable. It is a constant we can count on, and an influence that will not be ignored. One can either embrace forward motion, and lean in to the wind, or get left behind. The digitization of marketing has resulted in a great deal of change over a relatively short timeframe. There are those who will say they saw it coming, who knew the shape the transformation would take, but the longer-term horizon is difficult to predict with any degree of certainty. The last couple of months have proven a decidedly tumultuous time in the world of print media — well-known titles have been retired, presses darkened, numbers scaled back — and yet, I find myself excited by the prospect of the next phase in the H&L evolution. The truth is, there has never been a more challenging time for traditional media, especially given the overwhelming amount of competing online content. But to my way of thinking, digital media is lacking in the ability to inspire an emotional connection with its audience — especially in showcasing the luxury lifestyle segment. And so, I believe the future will likely not be strictly one way or the other, but a complementary composition of the two: a new media. To that end, I am pleased to present a multi-faceted and, indeed, multisensory approach that I hope will broaden and enrich the H&L experience for our audience — the aim is to make our content delivery more relevant, accessible, and interactive. In this edition we bridge the gap between the printed page and cyberspace by creating a whole new dimension in magazine content delivery. Simply put, we at H&L want to bring your luxury lifestyle experience to life. I encourage you to try it out. The nice thing about it is that you set the course — you can engage as much, or as little, as you like. We’re excited to expand the H&L story beyond the printed page, to bring elements of our world to your eyes, ears and fingertips. Simply scan the code on the left and place your phone within the dotted line. If you do not yet have a QR scanner, you’ll find “QR Reader” in the app store of your choice. In business, as in life, change will invariably present some element of adversity, but it can also offer opportunity. And oftentimes, that opportunity comes by way of innovation.

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It’s Thanksgiving as we put the finishing touches on the November - December edition of H&L, and noting the season, I feel gratitude as I review and admire the fruits of the efforts of our talented team. With every new issue we evolve, and every season presents fresh opportunities to reach new heights. I always love learning the stories behind the people we feature, as their ideas and innovations create a bounty of aspiration and inspiration on our pages. We are pleased to feature top talents and leaders in business, technology and design; true creative visionaries and artists whose personalities shine bright. Beyond our print platform, and appealing to the discerning interests of our ever-expanding readership, our newly redesigned website is live at HLmagazine.com, and I’d like to invite you to explore this new world of digital storytelling and dazzling design. I’d also like to wish you a happy, healthy holiday season, surrounded by family and friends, who represent the best rewards and reasons to celebrate. Sincerely,

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Tony Whitney has covered the automobile industry for more than 25 years, handling assignments for TV, radio, consumer magazines, auto publications and newspapers. He hosted the network TV show Driver’s Seat for over two decades and regularly handles Canada-wide talk shows for CBC Radio.

Tracey Ayton has been photographing Vancouver for over 25 years. She graduated from Langara College with her photography degree, shot weddings and portraits for 15 years and went on to be an interior and lifestyle photographer. Ayton’s work has been published in numerous national and international magazines.

Laura Goldstein has written features for Globe and Mail Design, Canadian House & Home, Chatelaine, Gray Magazine and others. Laura was a performing arts publicist for 22 years. She continues to combine her love for the arts, design, retail, (eating) food, travel and the fascinating people who create it all as a never-ending source for articles.

Gail Johnson is a Vancouver-based award-winning journalist who has been writing and editing for 20 years. She has a passion for covering the lifestyle, design, health, finance and technology sectors. Gail is the food columnist for CBC Radio One Vancouver’s On the Coast program. She is also a mother and a certified group-fitness instructor.

Claire Newell is the official travel consultant for Global BC and the best-selling author of Travel Best Bets. She has written articles for Success, Professional Woman, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, and is H&L Magazine’s exclusive Escapes writer. Claire is also co-host of the new travel series Operation: Vacation.

Nora O'Malley resides on the edge of Vancouver Island where she reports for the Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News. Nora’s freelance writing has been published in: WHERE Canadian Rockies Magazine, Surfer's Path and Gripped The Climbing Magazine. She's also worked as a staff copywriter for Quiksilver Australia and Mountain Equipment Co-op. In her free time, Nora loves to surf, read the newspaper, and do yoga.

Barbara Balfour is a television host and producer, award-winning public speaker, and international print journalist. In addition to hosting a live talk show in Ottawa, she writes regularly for BBC World News, The Globe and Mail and ELLE. Barbara has published two children’s books, contributed to tourism guidebooks on Iceland and Chile, and co-edited an anthology of essays on CanadaEuropean Union relations.

Seema Dhawan is a reporter and editor who loves finding destinations and personalities she can’t stop raving about. Her passion for writing and storytelling has taken her around the world, and she has written about her finds for publications that include USA TODAY, The Huffington Post and WestJet Magazine.


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DALE CHIHULY: Maestro of Modern Glass Design KRISTEN BALTER’S Seamless Balance ART & ARCHITECTURE AMPLIFIED: Calgary’s New Studio Bell

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57CULINARY FIZZ THE SEASON: The best champagnes to toast the holidays

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surreal, fecund garden of vibrant orange, red, blue and green flora appears to propagate overhead; a spectacular, almost sentient canopy that seems all the more improbable because it’s entirely composed of sculpted blown glass.

Persian Ceiling and Persian Trellis are designed by glass alchemist Dale Chihuly. Like portals into his imagination, they are installed in a new Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto running until January 2, 2017. “I want people to be overwhelmed with light and colour in a way they’ve never experienced before,” says Chihuly, 75. “I’m obsessed with colour — never saw one I didn’t like,” he admits.

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Shy in public, dramatic when working and always attired in flamboyant colours, (he wore a lime green shirt, black suit and paint-spattered shoes to his Exhibition opening,) the Tacoma, Washington-born Chihuly is considered one of the foremost glass artists in the world, responsible for taking glassblowing into the avant-garde. His eye-patch may add to his persona, but it’s not a deliberate affectation: a car accident in which he lost the sight in his left eye then later suffered a dislocated shoulder from a surfing accident, forced him to relinquish the blowpipe in 1979. But that didn’t deter him. Like a maestro conducting his symphony from his Seattle Boathouse hotshop, Chihuly becomes a performance artist choreographing the glassblower’s ‘dance’: wildly gesticulating, shouting directions like a sports coach — even encircling his arms around a glassblower from behind to coax the emerging glass, Chihuly is passionate about his craft. He was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. In 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the U.S., at the University of Wisconsin. He then continued at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program, teaching there for a decade.


After receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he worked at the Venini glass factory in Venice observing the “team approach” to glassblowing, and it is that method he practices for all his projects. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School, which is located fifty miles north of Seattle and attracts students from around the globe. “I see myself as the equivalent of a film director,” he explains. “You can make a film by yourself, but it’s a lot easier if you have a cameraman, lighting person, scriptwriter, etc. (The team) enables me to work in a much larger scale and really push the material to the limit...Glassblowing is a very spontaneous, fast medium, and you have to respond very quickly.”

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Some of Chihuly’s childhood memories of living in the Pacific Northwest recall his collection of glass marbles, gathering beach glass on the shore and his mother’s vibrant flower garden. “I’m always drawn to water,” he confides. His symbiotic relationship with nature is at its most powerful and prolific when he is designing like a painter en plein air. It is astounding to see him throwing torpedoes of his trademark herringbone-patterned glass from a bridge into a river in Finland; gigantic striped glass “onions” into the Venice Canal or hanging a shimmering glass icicle chandelier, designed to endure 100-mile-per-hour winds, on a granite outcropping in the Cascade Mountains. “It survived the winter without one of its 1,000 pieces breaking!” he says proudly in a video of the installation. Living in Israel on Kibbutz Lahav in the Negev Desert for a year (Chihuly is not Jewish,) had a profound affect on him.

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“I arrived as a boy of 21 and left as a man,” he confides. In 2000, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem was created for the Citadel Tower of David Museum near the ancient Jaffa Gate. He transported 40 enormous blocks of transparent ice from Alaska to form a wall. Chihuly said the illuminated melting wall represented the “dissolution of barriers between people.” Soaring sculptures and cylindrical forms fused with radiant glass crystals, echoed from the ancient stones laid by King Herod. For his 2016 ROM Exhibition, Chihuly’s personal collection of woven baskets and blankets by Pacific Northwest Coast indigenous people have been re-interpreted into intricately patterned glass. “I work from my gut. I don’t know what it is until it’s finished. Call it chance, call it fate, I want to make something that has never been made before—something no one has ever seen. Something with power that inspires everyone who sees it.”

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If strolling though the streets of Valencia in Spain and gazing at centuries-old architecture in adoration, while also marveling at the birth of some of strikingly futuristic buildings like local architect Santiago Calatrava’s Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias inspires your muse, it’s more than likely that Vancouver designer Kristin Balter will conjure similar musings. Balter got started by way of jewelry design, and then gravitated toward luxury home rentals and renovations. Balter has a portfolio of projects and celebrity clients and a life full of creative work and play that are fuelled by world travels and a fondness for character. Her flare for juxtaposing old world eclectic charm and modern grace can always be found in her own home, wardrobe, work, and in her authentic personality.

BALTER USES LARGE AMOUNTS OF BLUE TO INCORPORATE THE FEEL OF THE OCEAN AND TO BLEND WITH THE OUTDOORS. SHE ALSO INTRODUCES ONE SHOW-STOPPING PIECE IN THIS DESIGN, A ‘STONE RUG’, WHICH COMPETES IN WOW FACTOR BUT DOESN’T STEAL THE VIEW.

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“It’s the architecture, the intricate details…I love more unrefined areas where I feel the culture is more vibrant. I add as much of this into my own life as possible, colourful handcrafted tiling in one area transitioning into something unexpected and vibrant into another,” says Balter as she describes her love of Valencia. Some of Balter’s work focuses on keeping her clients’ outdoor spaces and views as the focal point in her designs, and she achieves this seamless balance without overbearing outdoor elements in the home. Her client’s Coal Harbour penthouse has stunning 360-degree views of Vancouver. To maintain the grandeur and placidity of the view, Balter uses large amounts of blue to incorporate the feel of the ocean and to blend with the outdoors. She also introduces one show-stopping piece in this design, a ‘stone rug’, which competes in wow factor but doesn’t steal the view. Another one of Balter’s projects aims to bring the feel of the outdoors indoors, creating a seamless balance. This project presented a different design tactic with the same overall goal. Throughout this space Balter uses mostly neutrals and a neutral palette to be able to highlight the juxtaposing city and forest views when walking into the space. Her goal is to keep the space as less of a distraction to be able to best appreciate the art beholding the viewer. All of Balter’s design work carries a strong recognizable consistency, which she achieves by layering textured furnishings, textiles and art in a space. She errs to the side of caution and avoids anything overtly flashy. It’s no surprise Balter can blend designs so seamlessly, her own career transitioned as gracefully. After a lengthy career promoting luxury goods with labels as glamorous as Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessey, she later founded Faint Jewelry, which went on to become one of Canada’s top selling jewelry lines. The prevalence of world fashions, design and architecture in her life eventually gave way to Balter's development of her property design and renovation companies, where she can be found either donning a pair of Louis Vuittons or tucking her hair into a hardhat on job sites where she effortlessly maintains the role of general contractor in addition to designer.

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Architectural brilliance, music legends and a nation’s desire to own and preserve its art are at the core of the newest addition to Calgary’s East Village. Commissioned by the National Music Centre (NMC), Studio Bell is a fivestorey, two-tower structure that houses an institution that is the first of its kind in Canada. The curved shape of the building is caused by the nine vessels in the structure

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that are connected together with two helical staircases, compelling interstitial spaces, and finished with 220,000 terra cotta tiles. The state-of-the-art centre has a performance hall, recording facility, broadcast studio, live music venue and museum. It’s also the home of recently restored historic pub King Eddy, where Blues music played — and a hustling crowd gathered in the eighties.

The grand ceiling at the entrance of the studio emulates organ pipes and the interstitial spaces across the five floors are metaphors for the landscape around them: hoodoos, peaks and glaciers. In the performance hall, artists can face their audience, or the open space behind them to essentially play the building, says Julijana Capone, publicity coordinator at NMC.


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The design of Studio Bell was inspired by the idea of a music festival, where someone in another part of the building can hear faint music from different corners and be lured into different spaces. Allied Works Architecture entered an international design competition to win the bid to build Studio Bell. Nine different vessels of the building came together to form its unique shape. “The main concept of the facility was to create these vessels,” says Dan Koch, Associate Principal at Allied Works Architecture. The terra cotta titles that are a charcoal shade on the exterior and a golden brown in the interior were manufactured in Germany and custom glazed in Holland. “Terra cotta tiles catch the natural light inside and outside,” says Koch.

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The prestigious collection at the studio includes TONTO, one of the largest analog synthesizers in the world, used to record albums by Stevie Wonder and The Isley Brothers, Randy Bachman’s “American Woman,” guitar. Also showcased are performance outfits worn by Deadmau5, Michael Bublé, Avril Lavigne, k.d. lang and Corey Hart’s famous RayBan sunglasses from the hit song “Sunglasses at Night.” Artists in residence at the NMC can also find inspiration using the piano Elton John used for his first five albums. “That’s what the living musical instruments do,” says Jesse Moffatt, director of collections at NMC. “That story can be continued.” The studio also houses the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, used by the Stones and rock legends including Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.


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VERS A study in tailoring, with jackets that purposefully fall off the shoulder, while draped evening gowns are worn with slender tailored pants. Embellishments appear spontaneously as if starbursts, like the Swarovski crystals on a cashmere evening coat with an elegantly draped back. Graceful dresses are the result of engineered pattern cutting, their drapes and constructed volumes demonstrating the skills of the Atelier. Alluring gowns skim the body, their contouring seams opened up, with flashes of embellishment revealed beneath. Pleats are given a new freedom tracing across the body in waves before loosening to form an alluring net before fringing to the floor. Extravagant gowns reveal the beauty of control and flow, with pleats creating expressive shapes across the body, and folds revealing a perfect silhouette. High heels add to the sense of modern sophistication, with twisted knots of leather that fall nonchalantly over the foot.

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R esort 2017 is inspired by David Hockney’s style, and his series of California pool paintings. Hockney portrays a harmonious and clean colour palette. Colours such as melrose pink and pool blues are evident in accordion pleated tropical wools and duchess satins. Prints derive from Hockney’s painterly style, as a watercolour floral print opens up the season. White is also characteristic in contrasting buttons and accessories, giving a wink to his quirky, nautical and sporty style. Painter’s sleeves on billowing blouses add volume, and soft ruffles throughout create a bigger splash for the Resort 2017 collection.

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t’s written in the stars—the Universe of Versace. Astronomy, astrology and man in space: a wardrobe from the heavens for the Versace man today. Fibre optic tracksuits are like the future now, while light-up sweatshirts have piping as if from astronaut suits. Sleek tailoring and space-age metallic trenches are worn over white rollnecks, while Prince of Wales suits are embellished with eyelets and grommets. An iconic Versace astrological print is reworked and revitalised, while a star map Medusa print has been newly developed and looks perfect on jeans. MA1 flying jackets have astronaut attitude, while outerwear is embellished as if with space debris, and shearling collar denim jackets are like a space uniform. Colours and fabrics refer to the galaxies, whether its metallic leather zip-ups in Neptune blue, doublebreasted coats the beige of moonstone, and tweeds like the Milky Way. Cropped leather jackets are embroidered with patches like an astronaut’s mementos, while lapel badges on coats and suits are like the emblem of a spaceship. Crystals decorate denim jackets and jeans like a constellation of stars. Lace-ups have chunky soles but no instep, as if cut away, while trainers are like tech cycling boots.

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hen fashion designer Anne Fontaine was a child in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she remembers her mother bought a dress for her to wear to a wedding. The 10 year- old Fontaine didn’t like it, so she took it to her bedroom and re-cut and sewed it, much to her mother’s astonishment. Fontaine also skipped her school classes at every opportunity to immerse herself in nature in the nearby Tijuca Rain Forest, now a national park and home to hundreds of near extinct species of plants and animals.

“I’m afraid my family considered me a bit of a black sheep,” Fontaine laughs in her charming French accent from her Manhattan office. “When I was 17-years-old I went to live with an Indian tribe, the Canela, in the Amazon rainforest. They sort of adopted me and gave me a name that translated to warrior, but not in the physical fighting sense. They were the most beautiful people, who needed nothing, and that changed my life,” Fontaine says. Educated as a biologist, Fontaine

moved to Paris to further her studies, and it was there she met her future husband and business partner, Ari Zlotkin. His family had an established men’s couturier shirt business based in Honfleur, Normandy. Like uncovering Aladdin’s cave, Fontaine remembers opening an old trunk in Zlotkin’s grandmother’s attic. “I discovered all these beautiful white shirts and I thought, ‘I want these pieces that belong to a masculine wardrobe, to become an essential in a woman’s

wardrobe. A white shirt is a timeless classic. There’s nothing sexier than a woman in a white shirt! ” Fontaine says emphatically. In 1993, the intrepid Fontaine immediately set to work designing white shirts in silk, organza and Pima cotton from Peru, tailored by French and Italian artisans, and the luxury brand Anne Fontaine was born. In 1994 she opened her first stand-alone boutique in the St. Germain area of Paris, then began an almost annual expansion of her ready-to-wear

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aesthetic globally from Boston to Tokyo; then a Madison Avenue New York flagship store; Europe to Tel Aviv, Australia, China, Korea and Singapore with 72 boutiques world-wide. Just as Coco Chanel is credited for introducing the ‘little black dress’ as a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, Fontaine’s white shirt has become the definitive go-to piece for every occasion. She began adding pants, skirts and sweaters in black because “ I think of black and white as yin and yang — always so elegant,” she explains.

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The French expression savoir-faire implies certain style, refinement and accomplishment. Over the years Fontaine, who designs by hand in her Honfleur atelier, added handbags, belts, sunglasses and last year, shoes to her repertoire. Her newest 2016-2017 iteration is a black and white Casual Collection at a lower price point while still using French organic fabrics. What remains a constant is the meticulous hand-sewn craftsmanship of embroidery, beading and leatherwork, usually only attributed to couturier houses, in all her collections. Not surprisingly, her early influence of living in nature as a child and young woman continues to inspire Fontaine in many of her designs today. The tropical orchid and cherry blossom are consistent motifs that are worked into her pieces, especially her accessories. She confides: “Although I live in Honfleur, Normandy, and New York, the sap of the Brazilian forest still runs thick in my veins.”


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Her deep concern for the environment is a long-term commitment she made through the formation of the Anne Fontaine Foundation. “The Mata Atlântica forest is one of the richest forests in Brazil in terms of biodiversity, but also one of the most threatened. It used to cover an area of more than 1,360,000 kilometres but today, in Brazil, only seven per cent of this area remains intact,” says Fontaine. Her team works with Brazilian children in classroom workshops to educate them through art projects and in tree-planting initiatives implemented by local NGOs that also improve water sources. “Over 40,000 endangered species of trees have been re-planted and every year we do a “Forest Day” in each of our stores worldwide in which 50 per cent of all sales are donated to the Anne Fontaine Foundation,” she adds. “You know, I have three daughters and I would like them to be able to get to know this forest and explore its roots with their own hands, feeling that it is actually something real and not something of mere legend."

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ALTHOUGH I LIVE IN HONFLEUR, NORMANDY, AND NEW YORK, THE SAP OF THE BRAZILIAN FOREST STILL RUNS THICK IN MY VEINS.

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“COCK YOUR HAT. ANGLES ARE ATTITUDES”. efore beginning their custom designs, high-end hat maker Lynda Marie likes to meet with her clients to gauge their personalities and confidence.

I always thought it was just going to be the very traditional pieces like fedoras, bowlers, top hats, the wide brim race hats,” she said.

“I had a bride last year that had a custom copper dress. It was beautiful and her personality was just so vibrant,” recalls Marie. “I made her a birdcage type veil. There was a lot of feathers and some drape of material. I used bamboo silks for that one.”

“But when I went to New York it definitely pushed my mind.”

That luxe bridal creation went on to win an award at the Vancouver Island wedding awards in the accessories category.

One hat in particular, ‘Scarlet Feather’, was designed with crimson reds and blonde-brown tones. Her mentor was unsupportive of the idea.

Based out of Victoria, Marie first studied traditional hat making in London, England with Rose Cory, who has designed hats for the Queen mother, and who Vogue has referred to as ‘the milliner’s milliner’. After learning the basic stitch work and secret techniques, Marie also ventured to New York City in 2012 to study with famed millinery artist Anya Caliendo. “When I first got into making millinery,

While studying with Caliendo, Marie infused her experience as a florist – she also owns floral styling company called Fleurtacious – into each new project.

“She (Caliendo) told me I wasn’t allowed to put those two colours together because they did not work,” said Marie.

“We made a deal that I was allowed to finish the hat and if once I finished it she still hated it, I would take it apart and recreate it.” In the end, Marie remembers Caliendo telling her that she would never again challenge her choice of colours.

She recently sold the Scarlet Feather hat to a well-suited buyer. “It’s hard to let them go,” she said. “You always put your emotions into every hat because it’s something that you’re creating with your hands.” The young women’s milliner was invited to assist Caliendo at New York Fashion Week 2014, and she continually contributes editorial pieces to couture designers in the Greater Victoria region. Her hat making ambitions include designing for Sophie Trudeau, Kate Middleton and maybe even diving into the movie costume industry. Lynda Marie Couture Millinery comes complete with keepsake packaging and a little note that describes the backstory of each piece. “Putting on a hat changes a person's character quite dramatically. If you cock it a little bit, you almost see this sass that comes over people and they just stand a little bit taller,” said Marie.

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THE HOLIDAYS ARE ALMOST HERE — THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY AND TOAST TO FRIENDS, FAMILY AND THE APPROACHING NEW YEAR. WE ROUNDED UP A SELECTION OF THE VERY FINEST VINTAGE (AND NON-VINTAGE) CHAMPAGNES — WHICH ONES TOP YOUR WISH LIST? 57


LOUIS ROEDERER CHAMPAGNE’S CRISTAL 2009 In 1876, Tsar Alexander II asked that his personal champagne be presented in crystal bottles. 140 years later, Cristal bottles exemplify the quest for perfection. This 2009 vintage stems from a continental, sunny year that started very cold and dry, followed by a sun-drenched summer. The result was solid vine growth and health that produced remarkable grape ripeness. Cristal is a blend of Grands Crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte Des Blancs. Tasting notes include a subtle bouquet, simultaneously discreet and concentrated; it releases notes of citrus compote and candied apricots and evokes the sweetness of honeysuckle.

CHAMPAGNE BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVÉE Champagne Bollinger is known to be the preferred Champagne of Bond. That’s James Bond. The relationship between Bollinger and Bond goes back to the time when the British secret agent was a literary icon. Champagne produced by Bollinger appeared in 1956 in Ian Fleming’s fourth Bond novel, Diamonds are Forever and it has been featured in all Bond movies since Live and Let Die. The Special Cuvée is aromatically complex with brioche, ripe fruit and spice aromas. Very fine and persistent bubbles lead to a supple, creamy texture. The brioche from the nose is mirrored on the palate along flavours of pear and fresh walnuts. Structured, vivacious and long, the wine is as elegant as the spy with whom it is so often associated.

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PIPER- HEIDSIECK Piper- Heidsieck Cuvée Brut is a classic, structured, fullbodied and bursting with fruit Champagne. The blend is composed of a majority of Pinots Noirs, incorporating more than 100 crus from around the Champagne region and Pinots Meuniers from the Grande et Petite Montagne de Reims region.

DE ROVAL We love De Roval’s striking brand packaging almost as much as we love its champagnes. A prestigious champagne raised by a traditional winemaker in a unique and sublime bottle is almost like a piece of jewelry on your bar! Black and full of mystery, from which a tender gold fleur de lys seems to emerge set off with five diamonds, crowned with a muselet formed of two carved fleur de lis. The sheen of the gold again matches these jewels on a sumptuous and finely worked label created by artisan jewelers. De Roval champagnes are found in a range of Special Vintages of elegant maturity. The Brut, a Blanc de Blancs created from Chardonnay grapes from a single year. The Millésime 2003, an exceptional Blanc de Blancs and the Rosé, a delicate mixture of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are all worth a try! DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE 2006

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The weather in the region in 2006 was mixed, but warm and dry overall. While July was scorching hot, August was unusually cool and wet. The mild weather in September made the vintage possible by drying out the few patches of botrytis and maturing the grapes more than usual. On the nose, the immediate impression is of the mildness of the pure, airy, bright bouquet. A floral, fruity pastel tone then unfolds and quickly darkens into candied fruit, ripe hay and toasted notes, along with hints of liquorice.

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VANCOUVER’S LUXURY & SUPERCAR WEEKEND AT VAN DUSEN GARDENS WRITTEN BY TONY WHITNEY IMAGES PROVIDED BY LUXURY & SUPERCAR WEEKEND

he organizers call it “Canada’s premier luxury lifestyle and automotive event of the year” and few who attended would deny that the organizers delivered on their promise. Since it began just eight years ago, Vancouver’s Luxury & Supercar Weekend has developed into what many are calling the most stylish social occasion hosted in the city each year. It’s a regrettable fact that although Vancouver might be famed internationally for its superb location and outstanding global cuisine, it’s rarely cited for fashionable social gatherings. The Luxury & Supercar Weekend has changed all that, and there are more high fashion and jewelry spotted there than anywhere short of a star-studded international film festival.

The catalyst for this exciting occasion is, of course, the lineup of exotic and priceless classics from all over the world. It stylishly flies in the face of the City’s anti-car stance and it is possibly a gesture by fine car lovers in the area to battle these attitudes. Attendance at beautiful Van Dusen Gardens climbs every year, even with a justifiably hefty ticket price. The event has two basic elements — ­ displays of current and future supercars and a splendid Concours d’ Elegance featuring coveted collectibles, many of them near-priceless. Add to this some fascinating supplier displays, including specialists in vehicle wrapping finish schemes, and opulent arrays of gourmet foods, wines and spirits and you have a weekend to remember, even if your interest in the cars is secondary to the dazzling social scene. Buy the right ticket and there’s no fumbling for credit cards. You have full access at Van Dusen and most attendees can take in the Oakridge fashion shows and various other professionally-run events.

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Corporate displays featured such luminaries of autodom as Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Lamborghini, Audi, Pagani, Aston Martin and Ferrari. Highlights of the weekend included the magnificent $3.5-million 2017 Bugatti Chiron and the Canadian debut of the all-new Audi A5.

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The Concours d’ Elegance was a competitive aspect of the event and featured a very wide variety of makes and models with special attention paid to this year’s “focus” categories. For 2016, these included BMW’s 100th anniversary, Mercedes-Benz sports cars, Morgan, Corvette Stingray, Studebaker, US muscle cars, post-war Italian cars, the VW Beetle and Ford/Mercury convertibles.

A knowledgeable team of experts, nattily turned out in blazers and straw hats, judged the Concours. Voted “Best of Show” was a highly desirable Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet S-II owned by Garry Peters. The buzz around the judging all added to the prestige ambiance the Luxury & Supercar Weekend has become famous for.

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BEAUTY MARQUE WRITTEN BY TONY WHITNEY IMAGES PROVIDED BY BENTLEY

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n the exclusive world of automobiles bearing legendary nameplates, there are marques that have been transporting the rich and famous — and often the infamous — for well over 100 years. There is one prestige manufacturer that may not be able to claim the lengthy history of its rivals, but it’s achieved something the others have never quite matched. It has managed to create an image that is distinguished and aristocratic without sacrificing cool. Bentley cars may still attract crowned heads, highlevel diplomats and CEOs, but the more stylish models in the range have become “wheels of choice” for numerous hypersalaried A-listers from the entertainment and pro sports fields. Bentley Motors Limited was founded in North London just after the end of WW1 by one of automotive history’s most intriguing characters – Walter Owen Bentley, always known to workforce, customers and race teams alike as “WO” (he strongly disliked the name Walter). He was the inspiration for the brand and it is he who pioneered the company’s remarkable racing exploits. In Bentley’s younger days, he successfully raced cars and motorcycles himself. During the Great War, he had operated a car dealership — Bentley & Bentley in London with one of his five brothers, Horace, selling French vehicles. WO was the engineer and Horace handled accounting. The Bentley brothers, like most in the industry at the time, got involved in aircraft engine work during the conflict and WO pioneered the use of aluminum pistons for aviation applications. He later developed a rotary aircraft engine, the Bentley BR.1, which found a home in the storied Sopwith Camel WW1 biplane and several other aircraft. With the world at war, any notion of building cars would have to wait. 65


Bentley’s first car was displayed in 1921 and like so many other automakers back in the 1920s, racing was used to prove performance and reliability. Just about every auto manufacturer competed, even lordly Rolls-

Royce, and it made for one of the most exciting periods in racing history. Rather surprisingly, Bentley’s first major event was no less than the 1922 Indy 500 and the company posted 13th place after starting 19th. The 1920s was certainly Bentley’s racing heyday, characterized by huge and powerful cars, sarcastically described by racing rival Ettore Bugatti as “racing trucks.” The big cars won the iconic 24 Hours

of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. It was the era of “The Bentley Boys,” a fascinating group of wealthy British racing drivers led by diamond billionaire Woolf Barnato. The drivers included an eclectic assemblage of nobility, surgeons, business tycoons and even a racer who was an automotive journalist. When Bentley hit challenging financial times in 1925, Barnato bought the company and spent part of his fortune keeping it afloat. The depression years of the 1930s were tough on the luxury car business, and Barnato sold Bentley to Rolls-Royce in 1931. WO left Rolls-Royce in 1935 and became a senior executive with the responsibility for designing engines for Lagonda and

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Armstrong Siddeley. During WW2 Bentley worked on armaments design, following a pattern taken by most auto manufacturers during that period. He died in his 83rd year and looking back, his involvement with Bentley cars was relatively brief, but to this day when members of the worldwide Bentley Drivers Club get together for dinner, the toast is always “to WO.” Throughout the racing glory days, Bentley continued to sell road cars, many of them inspired by the racers. Those years ensured that Bentley cemented a performance image among well-heeled enthusiast buyers, which still holds true today. Bentley went back to Le Mans in 2003 and won yet again, naturally with a stateof-the-art car, though still resplendent in traditional British racing green. A Bentley was also driven to second place that year.

Over many years, Bentley has produced numerous standout road cars, some quite sporty, others very restrained and elegant. The period when the company was allied with Rolls-Royce was not especially productive, as most of the cars were simply Rolls-Royce with a Bentley radiator grille. The big turnaround came in 1998 when Volkswagen Audi AG acquired Bentley.

Bentley’s recent introduction of the superb new Bentayga SUV is a complete departure for the company, and is expected to make a major contribution to the corporate bottom line, even though it may not be the kind of vehicle WO had in mind when he founded the company all those years ago.

The German automaker spent over $2-billion upgrading Bentley’s Crewe factory and developing new models. The Continental GT was a pivotal car for the “new” Bentley and is still hugely successful today. Inspired by the Continentals of decades ago, the latest version of this coupe comes in several variants, some of which are among the fastest automobiles in the world for their class. Other Bentley models, from large sedans to convertibles, are also among the very finest in their class.

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b ublé WRITTEN BY: LAURA GOLDSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY: EVAAN KHERAJ

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n the line from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Burnaby-born crooner Michael Bublé is ecstatic. Not about his new perfume, 'By Invitation', launched last month in New York or the recent release of his new album, Nobody But Me, or even his behind-the-scenes performance documentary, Tour Stop 148 that screened world-wide for one night only on September 27.

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“My son Noah just made me pancakes with maple syrup for my 41st birthday!” he announces proudly. This is followed by “papi” speaking in mile-a-minute fluent Spanish to his 3-year-old, and then Bublé is back on the line. “My wife, (Argentinian actress and model, Luisana Lopilato) is making a movie so I’m looking after the boys here with my mother-inlaw,” he confides. Injecting his rapid repartee with wisecracks, Bublé is selfdeprecating, down-to-earth and at times disarmingly candid — an unexpected trait coming from a 20-year-plus veteran of the entertainment business.

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“Having kids gives you a different perspective on life,” he says of the joyful birth of his second son Elias this year. “But there was something else I felt deeply about — the trajectory of where I was going in my career. I remember being on an airplane and picked up a copy of Time Magazine with an article on Dr. Brené Brown who talked about leaving our comfort zones and taking risks and that really affected me,” Bublé admits. “I felt very strongly that I needed to challenge myself.” And that challenge came in two forms: taking creative control of the development of “By Invitation” from bottle design, fragrance and even naming the scent, as well as co-producing his ninth studio album. “I’ve been approached many times over the years by perfume companies that license a celebrity name and all I’d have to do is smile and then they sell the perfume. I don’t need the money and frankly I always felt it was a bit cheesy. But then I thought, it’s getting harder and harder to reach audiences — maybe this is an opportunity to be invited into the homes and lives of people who don’t know about me and might be inclined to give my music a chance.” Bublé was as enthusiastic about learning the fascinating science of perfume creation as lead perfumer, Grasse-born Karine Dubreui-Sereni was to work with him in the New York lab of Elizabeth Arden.

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“Creating Michael’s fragrance was a unique and very exciting experience for me,” Dubreui-Sereni says. “I rarely get the freedom to use the noblest ingredients in perfumery to create a prestige fragrance for women, but with Michael I didn’t have any restrictions. It allowed my imagination to soar. I thought about him, his music and his passions and imagined myself as the woman who would wear his fragrance,” relates Dubreui-Sereni, who also happens to be a soprano and is passionate about opera and classical music. “I’ve always been a fan of scents that are not too strong or too floral,” adds Bublé. “I wear the unisex Tam Dao by Diptyque, so I guess I’m drawn to vanilla, rose, patchouli, and sandalwood. By Invitation evokes a few of those scents, with top notes of red fruits and bergamot; heart notes of lily of the valley, wild jasmine and spicy inflections of peony, then wraps with a warm base of sandalwood-musk and addictive vanillas.” Did Bublé go home and spritz Luisana with every olfactory test fragrance to get it right? “Absolutely not,” he says, laughing. “My wife has a little bedside table with all her different perfumes on it. Of course I wanted her to love it and she does. And my Grandma, God bless her, has always worn White Musk. We really did a lot of testing research with 3,000 women of all ages to get their feedback. The point is, I don’t want to say to women ‘drop what you’re wearing and just use By Invitation.’ I’m saying, add it to what you love, try something a little different.” Women have clearly listened, because when Bublé launched By Invitation on the Home Shopping Network last month, over 21,000 units were sold in 24 hours. And “trying something a little different” was also the impetus behind Nobody But Me, co-produced by Bublé, his first studio album in three years. That voice, as smooth and buttery as the finest Scotch, is back in top form he assures his fans, (Bublé underwent vocal node surgery in June that forced him to cancel some concerts.) “For the first time ever, I’ve recorded an original song that I didn’t write,” Bublé reveals. “The album’s title track is written by the incredibly talented Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles. And having the opportunity to co-produce the album was a joy for me personally,” Bublé adds. “You know, I’ll never forget where I’ve come from but I’m even more excited about where I’m going,” says the multi Juno and four-time Grammy-Award winner.

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WHERE WILL YOU BE AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT ON THE BIGGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR? H&L HAS THE SCOOP ON FOUR OF THE ULTIMATE PLACES ON THE PLANET TO EAT, DRINK AND PARTY THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE… 73


HONG KONG GMT: + 8 PLACES TO BE: The unbelievable pyro-musical display at Victoria Harbour is the most elaborate and celebrated countdown party in Hong Kong on New Year's Eve. Alternatively, head to the Lan Kwai Fong district to party at Lily & Bloom, or the Central district to people watch at the Dragon i-Club. DINE: Amber at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel delivers Hong Kong- inspired French cuisine. Known for its emphasis on seafood from all over the world, they receive fish daily from the Fukuoka and Hokkaido markets and blue lobster from France. For the ultimate extravagence, try the eight-course fireworks view dinner at Yan Toh Heen at the Intercontinental Hotel. COCKTAILS: For post-dinner drinks, head to the B.A.R. Executive Bar for gorgeous harbour views, cigars, sake martinis or an incredible 150-plus single malt whiskey list. Ozone is the highest bar in the world, located on the 118th floor of the ICC building, and is known as the sky bar in Hong Kong, offering amazing blue night sky inspired interiors, specialty cocktails and Asian tapas, including oysters and raw bar. Don’t miss the Earl Gray Martini at CafÊ Gray Deluxe in Central. ACCOMMODATIONS: The Peninsula Hong Kong is the legendary 'Grand Dame of the Far East' and in addition to a variety of culinary options, Rolls-Royce transfer service is also available, as you head to your next destination. For new experiences, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, J Plus Hotel by Yoo and the Hotel Icon have also opened their doors recently.

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DUBAI GMT: + 4 PLACES TO BE: Dubai likes to ring in every New Year with explosive grandeur at iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. Enjoy the famous fireworks display, live entertainment, free-flowing champagne and views of the Dubai skyline at Atlantis The Palm Dubai. Mark the Atlantis Royal Gala as the most exclusive New Year's Eve party in Dubai. To experience the city after dark, Cirque le Soir at the Fairmont hosts a circus performance that is incomparable. The home of the city’s most sought-after New Year’s Eve party also offers its guests helicopter tours and Abra boat rides. DINE: Zuma is located in the Burj Khalifa, and is surrounded by skyline views. A stand-out on the menu is the 'Uzuki no Sashimi' — thinly sliced seabass with Yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe. Or jump aboard the world's biggest wooden dhow and dig into a luxurious five-course buffet, prepared by the talented chefs at Movenpick. COCKTAILS: Stylish to casual, indoor to outdoor, daylight to nightfall, Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar is the place to lounge at the pool, dine at dusk or party after dark. With its suspended catwalk and outdoor terrace, N'Dulge at The Palm is branded for late night cocktails, music and dancing. ACCOMMODATIONS: The tallest building in the world and the planet's lone seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab sits on its own island, redefining luxury with its amazing ameneties.

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PLACES TO BE: There is a staggering array of places to celebrate in London on New Year's Eve. For VIP treatment, make your way to 8 Northumberland Avenue for a sumptuous four-course dinner, before you stroll down to the riverfront to watch the fireworks. This year’s party is being styled with a mystical ‘enchanted forest’ theme by AlchemyLive event specialists. DINE: The Galvin at Windows has set the bar for French haute cuisine in London. A true star of the restaurant scene, it is located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, offering spectacular views. The Clove Club in East London was awarded 6th place at the 2016 National Restaurant Awards. It sets itself apart with an ambitious five course menu made with classic British ingredients. The Ledbury in Notting Hill is recogized for innovative fare, an extensive wine list, and is one of our top choices. COCKTAILS: Start the night with a perfect martini assembled tableside at The Connaught Hotel Bar, or The Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel on the Strand serves up drinks in an era-specific vintage glassware. ‘The Impressionist’ cocktail arrives at the table with a smoking rose to create an element of drama. Post countdown, head to Nightjar for live jazz, charcuterie and vintage spirits. ACCOMMODATIONS: Located in the heart of Covent G a r d e n , O n e A l d w yc h offers understated luxury and impeccable service along with a private lounge. The Savoy, a five-star Fairmont hotel, is one of the most celebrated London landmarks, and The Ritz London is still one of the ultimate establishments to enjoy a quintessential London holiday experience.

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NEW YORK GMT: - 5 PLACES TO BE: Bar 54 has the tallest rooftop lounge in New York City and tops our list of best places to watch the ball drop. Head to the outdoor terrace and you’ll find yourself high above a glittering Times Square. After midnight, change altitude and try Please Don't Tell in Soho for intimate ambiance and artisan cocktails. The front entrance doubles as a phone booth — dial one upon arrival. DINE: Eleven Madison Park was awarded 3rd best restaurant in the world (The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2016) and is known for providing some of the most extravagent culinary experienes in the City. The menu at chef Seamus Mullen’s award-winning restaurant Tertulia celebrates the exquisite flavours of Spain. While exploring northern Spain, Mullen discovered the charm of the sidreria—or local cider house. Servers, who pour cider from high above their heads, fuel the ambience. La Bernadin holds three stars from the Michelin Guide since 2005, and continues to achieve universal acclaim. COCKTAILS: Boasting 360-degree views of Manhattan from the city’s highest rooftop lounge, The Sky Room Times Square takes New York nightlife to the next level. Try the 'Mile-High', a sinful concoction of Bombay Sapphire, peach liquor and Chambord drowned in Prosecco. The Lantern's Keep at the Iroquois Hotel offers a quiet escape during Midtown celebrations. Toast 2017 with the "York Highball" — bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne topped with red wine. ACCOMMODATIONS: The self-proclaimed 'boldly lavish' The Mark in Manhattan is housed in a historic 1927 building that reimagines a redesign. The Waldorf-Astoria has always epitomized the luxurious hotel experience. Alternatively, the Mandarin Oriental New York offers elegant suites that all boast breathtaking views of bustling Manhattan.

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luxury aquatic THE BEST BUILDS ON THE HIGH SEAS WRITTEN BY: CLAIRE NEWELL IMAGES PROVIDED BY: WINDSTAR, CRYSTAL CRUISES, SILVERSEA, SEABOURN AND SEADREAM YACHT CLUB

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wind spirit OVERVIEW: The Wind Spirit is a sleek, four-masted sailing yacht, making it quite different from other cruising experiences in the industry. With 73 deluxe ocean view suites, guests feel less like they are on a cruise and more like they are on a private yacht. There are also wide-open teak decks — unusual for smaller ships. The Wind Spirit spends most of her time sailing through the gorgeous islands of Tahiti and other areas of the South Pacific. Windstar PASSENGER-TO-CREW RATIO: is especially known for its casual elegance and guests rave about the friendly staff and attentive service. The ship offers two main dining venues. AmphorA restaurant provides a ENHANCEMENTS: gourmet experience with multi-course cuisine Though small compared to other ships, guests won’t feel a lack of entertainment available in the evenings. and relaxation options. The Wind Spirit features a spa, watersports platform, For something a little more casino, lounge, library, pool, and hot tub. casual, Veranda restaurant is a full-service buffet, perfect for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating but if guests want a private and true al fresco experience, they can mak e a reservation for steaks and skewers under the stars.

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CRYSTAL SERENITY OVERVIEW: PASSENGER-TO-CREW RATIO: No other cruise line seems to match the combination of personalized service, amazing cuisine and incredible entertainment options. Crystal Serenity has won virtually every “best large ship cruise line” award in the industry. At 68,000 tons and capable of ENHANCEMENTS: serving 1,070 guests, Crystal Serenity still maintains one of Crystal Serenity offers a stellar enrichment program. This line provides lectures by the highest space-per-guest ratios at sea. Given the pricing, some of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in the world, regularly hosting inclusions and outstanding well-known authors and politicians as guest speakers. PGA golf pros are also onboard service, it’s not surprising Crystal many sailings to share their expertise. Cruises produces the industry’s highest number of repeat clients. Those who seek personalized Four Seasons-style service will appreciate the Crystal experience. 80


seabourn encore OVERVIEW: Seabourn Encore is the cruise line’s first new build in five years and is set to launch by December 2016. The 604-passenger ship will be the largest PASSENGER-TO-CREW RATIO: in Seabourn’s fleet. Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, Seabourn Encore will feature modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. Its per-guest space ratios will ENHANCEMENTS: be among the highest in the industry. It has all-suite, all- Gourmet cuisine, expertly trained European staff and a wide assortment of lux veranda accommodation and features double sinks in each product tie-ins give a true sense of comfortable excellence. Shore excursions ensuite bathroom. Much of go way beyond the norm in the industry, with highlights such as the Cordon Bleu the excitement around Seabourn cooking lessons in Tuscany. Encore centres on awardwinning gourmet dining, which will be elevated by a new partnership with world-famous Chef Thomas Keller.

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SILVER SPIRIT OVERVIEW: PASSENGER-TO-CREW RATIO: Silver Spirit has 270 ocean view cabins so it’s small enough to make guests feel truly pampered and large enough to provide a wider range of amenities than its smaller capacity rivals. The ship shines when it comes to personalized service, ENHANCEMENTS: with a crew that is friendly and intuitive. This becomes Silver Spirit’s specially trained butlers are a cross between a cabin steward and evident in the lounges where bartenders quickly memorize a concierge. They can handle tasks from making reservations and delivering room your drink preferences and service meals to planning elaborate shore excursions. Silversea actually creates its always have your favourites own shore excursions, operates them with smaller groups and stays away from masson hand. Dining is another market sightseeing. area where this Italian cruise line excels; with some of the restaurants offering meals with wine pairings designed by Relais & Chateaux. 82


seaDREAM II OVERVIEW: SeaDream II has just 56 cabins, so it offers an intimate and luxurious yachting experience. It feels more like you’re travelling on a friend’s PASSENGER-TO-CREW RATIO: yacht instead of a cruise ship. Outstanding service and some of the best food afloat, together with a casual dress code are a winning combination. This yacht is perfectly suited for laid-back adventurers who are seeking one-on-one service. It’s ENHANCEMENTS: an excellent choice for Croatia, Greek Isles, and British Virgin Monogrammed pajamas wait for guests in their stateroom upon arrival and a Island itineraries. The ship’s size allows visits to smaller ports that popular thing to do is wear them up to Deck 6, where Balinese beds are set up for a are never included on large-ship night of sleeping under the stars. At 10 p.m. the area is roped off and staff set up itineraries. This is a cozy yacht, the beds with linens, a duvet and pillows. so you won’t find massive suites. The cabins are roomy, but none of them have a balcony. Instead, in-room amenities — like Belgian linens, down duvets, wool blankets, and Bvlgari bath products are the focus. 83


A Splash of Royal Colour KATE MIDDLETON'S STELLAR STYLE WRITTEN BY LAURA GOLDSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRACEY AYTON

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As throngs of spectators awaited the Harbour Air Seaplane carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Vancouver’s signature grey damp and drizzle was palpable. As the royal couple coasted in, the crowd anticipated a splash of royal colour. First arriving in Victoria smashingly outfitted in a strikng peacock-blue Jenny Packham dress and Lock & Co felt hat, Kate’s style picks for the Royal Tour certainly took centrestage. Voted the U.K.’s most influential style icon last month, the Duchess of Cambridge always travels with her royal ‘glam squad’— make-up and style consultant Natasha Archer and her long-time hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker. The latter is widely known for creating the Duchess’s elegant chignons worn at more formal occasions, including the reception at Government House in Victoria the evening of day one of the Royal Tour. The Royal couple finally emerged; William looked dashing in a blazer, tie and dark pants and Kate wearing a flirty, red on white Alexander McQueen print frock by Sarah Burton, with pleated tiers from the 2017 Spring /Summer Collection. As one of her favourite British fashion houses, they were also responsible for her wedding dress and the outfits she wore to Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings. Just as Diana was renowned for her fabulous taste in clothes, Kate is an ambassador for British fashion wherever she travels in the world. The Duchess also appeared in a stunning scarlet gown and an asymmetrical Preen midi-gown, and both were accented by the Queen’s sparkling Maple Leaf Diamond Brooch. The Duchess is also a brilliant diplomat, as Kate always makes a point of wearing a designer from the hosting country. Canadian retailers must have held their breaths to see whom she would make an instant winner from the ‘Lookbook’ lottery. Dubbed as ‘the Kate effect’, Canadian designers would probably have sent their fashion Lookbooks to the Palace at least a year in advance of the Royal Tour in the hopes of being one of the lucky few whose clothes might be chosen to be worn by Kate Middleton on the eight-day tour. In 2011, when The Royals embarked on their honeymoon and first tour of Canada, the Duchess of Cambridge was seen around the world wearing a jacket by Canadian brand Smythe. Smythe hit the jackpot again on the Royal Tour, when Kate wore their 'Duchess Blazer' in army green to the opening of the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Care Centre. IMAGE PROVIDED BY: CANADIAN HERITAGE

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On her last day in Whitehorse, Yukon, the Duchess switched up her look to a more casual one and was spotted in a heather grey alpaca ribbed sleeve wrap coat by Canadian designer Bojana Sentaler. "It was incredible," said the 31-year-old Sentaler from Toronto, whose eponymous brand features luxury outerwear. "The Kate effect, for my brand, was an instant brand awareness around the entire world."

"IT WAS INCREDIBLE, THE KATE EFFECT, FOR MY BRAND [BOHANA SENTALER], WAS AN INSTANT BRAND AWARENESS AROUND THE ENTIRE WORLD." Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have had some influence. She’s a big fan of the brand, having worn their luxe white coat while walking to her husband’s swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall last year. Looking regal wearing a wine-coloured, A-line dress by Canadian designer Tanya Taylor and nude suede pumps by Ron White, Grégoire Trudeau has more than just fashion in common with the Duchess. They are great advocates for women’s issues. In Vancouver, joined by the Prime Minister, the Duke of Cambridge and Premier Christy Clark, they visited and spoke compassionately with residents and staff of Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program in one of the poorest areas in Vancouver. Later, they spent time at The Immigrant Services Society’s new Welcome Centre. The later is part of the initiative of assisting Syrian immigrants in British Columbia with housing and multi-lingual trauma support. After speaking with first responders at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, the quartet boarded a waiting hovercraft. A final stylish tribute came from the Search & Rescue team: two small personalized monogrammed red and black lifejackets for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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he Tiffany & Co. 2016 Masterpieces Collection is where creativity is unconstrained by convention. This season, design director Francesca Amfitheatrof approaches the collection by creating imaginative masterworks that are crafted expressions of the brand’s spirited design heritage. A celebration of bold experimentation, Amfitheatrof designed the collection under two themes; Tiffany Prism and Tiffany Ribbons. Tiffany Prism is inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the company’s first design director, whose famed plique-à-jour work was admired for its masterful use of light and colour. Bright pops of color appear in an exuberant display of vivid gemstones including tsavorites, spessartites and sapphires.

An 18k rose gold ring features a South Sea golden pearl, offset by two spheres of meticulously set pink sapphires and diamonds. A striking platinum pendant of pink sapphires and diamonds is arranged in a gradient pattern to emphasize the circular dimension of the piece. Inspired by the timeless elegance of Audrey Hepburn, the Tiffany Ribbons collection is comprised of jewels that drape and cascade with a weightless quality that is both classic and dramatic. An example of iconic glamour is a necklace set in platinum with seven tiers of round diamonds. The versatile design converts from two necklaces layered together to a fourrow or three-row diamond necklace, creating three distinct looks. Master stonecutters and setters constructed a bracelet with tremendous fluidity, so that it wraps around the wrist like silk. The patterned design allows ribbons of diamonds to twist and curve with effortless grace. 89


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IT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS “A TINY GLITTERING COSMOS FOR YOUR WRIST” AND IT IS CERTAINLY UNLIKE ANY TIMEPIECE WE’VE EVER SEEN. IT’S THE JACOB ASTRONOMIA TOURBILLON, AND IT CAUSED QUITE A SENSATION WHEN IT WAS FIRST REVEALED EARLIER THIS YEAR. 91


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he house of Jacob is relatively new to the heady world of ultra-fine watches, where tens of thousands of dollars can be spent on an entry-level product. It’s a world that is typified by charismatic and innovative entrepreneurs, backed by craftspeople at the very pinnacle of mechanical watch creation and manufacture.

Jacob Arabo founded Jacob & Co in 1986 in the US and the company’s headquarters and boutique are located in Manhattan. Arabo began with fine jewelry and expanded into watches in 2002. Jewelry is still a key element of Jacob & Co, but watches have become ever more important to the company and many timepieces, like the Astronomia, have extensive “jewelry content.” Almost from the start, Jacob watches gained a strong following among global celebrities, and scores of big names can be counted among brand adherents. Among Jacob’s regular “brand ambassadors” are actress Milla Jovovich and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Swiss-made Astronomica Tourbillon is a large watch by any standards – 50 mm in diameter – and most of the movement can be seen through mineral glass panels. The first thing that catches the eye is a pivoted bar which rotates around the face once every minute. It’s not the superbly crafted bar that matters here, but what’s positioned at either end. It represents the earth with the moon orbiting around it. The earth is faithfully rendered in enamel and the moon is a 1-carat, 288 facets diamond. According to Jacob, it takes a 4-carat rough diamond to make a 1-carat stone cut this way — and it’s no easy task. The aim of the watch is not astronomical accuracy, but to evoke a feeling of viewing the night sky. With the rest of the hand-wound movement ticking away, the appearance of the watch constantly changes. The time of day face is not prioritized, but it is clear to see. As its name implies, the watch incorporates a complex tourbillon, a device for ensuring accurate timing regardless of hand positioning. Tourbillons are notoriously hard to produce and can take months of painstaking work. The result of this horological masterwork is one of the world’s most innovative and most intriguing timepieces. Various case materials can be chosen, including rose gold and white gold, both popular in the high-end watch field right now. Price is “on request” and estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.

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eep in the middle of the Amazonian jungle, accessible only by private plane, Paloma Sanchez peered into a diamond mine and saw her future flash in front of her.

Then only 19, Sanchez was visiting her great uncle in Venezuela, and did not yet know she wanted to become a gemologist. At the time, mining was controlled by the military, with whom her uncle had a relationship — and so the visit was a rare, and revelatory treat for the Spanish teenager.

“At that age I never saw two diamonds together in my life,“ says Sanchez, now a renowned jewelry designer based in Beijing. “I thought it was all luxury and glamour but when I went there, it was a completely different story. The way the machines were used to create the final product blew my mind. ‘This is what the diamond industry is like?’ I said. ‘I want to become part of this world. I want to do that.’ ” It would be several more years before Sanchez would attend the California-based Gemological Institute of America (GIA), considered the Harvard of the jewelry industry. First, she had

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to strike a deal with her lawyer father, who refused to pay her tuition unless she studied for a ‘real’ career first. So, along with her father, brother and her grandfather who was a judge, Sanchez joined their ranks to graduate from law school in Madrid, where she grew up. “I knew I didn’t want to be a lawyer," she says. "I wanted to go to Africa to buy stones — but I could not do that until 25 years later.” At GIA, Sanchez was among very few whose families were not already in the business of gems. Upon her return to Spain after completing the two-and-a-half-year program, she had to start from zero as a salesperson in a jewelry shop and work her way up. Sanchez started working for Carerra y Carrera, the biggest jewelry brand in Spain. She was eventually promoted to the role of commercial director for the European market; from there she went to work in the watch business with Patek Philippe, who eventually brought her to China, which she has called home since 2006. IMAGE ABOVE: STAR ROSE QUARTZ CABUCHON FROM MADAGASCAR WITH EMERALDS AND TSAVORITE


"I was always signing contracts and opening new markets, but never in contact with the real gemstones and jewels," says Sanchez. So she quit to finally start her own business, which has been going strong for eight years, and includes clients such as local actors, ambassadors and the first lady of the Czech Republic. Sanchez sees herself as a gemologist first — and a designer second. "For every one of my stones, I can tell you the name of the miner who dug it up from the earth. I buy from the source, not the dealer," she says. “When I understand where it’s born, I love it more, and get to know unusual specimens that never come to market.” From Namibia and Madagascar to France and Thailand, Sanchez has scoured the world for gemstones, tapping into her base of connections from GIA and collaborating with local women’s miners associations where possible. Her 17-year-old son spent last summer learning to cut and polish sapphires in the Colombo factory of her former roommate, a fifth-generation industry titan of gemstones in Sri Lanka.

LEFT: AQUAMARINE SET IN 18 KARAT WHITE GOLD WITH DIAMONDS ABOVE: NATURAL TANZANITE CRYSTAL WITH 23 KARATS IN BRILLIANT CUT PEAR SHAPED DIAMONDS RIGHT: COBLTO CALCITE SPECIMEN FROM BRAZIL SET IN 18 KARAT GOLD

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Three years ago she opened an opal-cutting factory in Ethiopia with one of the few local women in the industry to employ abandoned wives. “Their husbands go to the mines every day while their wives cook and take care of the kids. When the men find something valuable, they leave for the city, leaving behind their wives who can never get married again,” says Sanchez. “We are teaching these women to make money to support themselves,” she emphasizes. Sanchez attributes her success to humility from having to start from scratch. “Lots of big brands who have been immensely successful in western countries arrived here with money and marketing professionals, and shut down their first year. They come here wanting to do things their way but it doesn’t work that way in China,” she says. “It’s been tough and I love what I do even though I worked 14-hour days, seven days a week, for many years.” This fall, Sanchez, who has a shop in Beijing and a showroom in Paris, launched a men’s line and a brand called Marina by Paloma Sanchez, available for purchase online. Sanchez also recently returned from Sri Lanka, where she visited rare Ceylon Sapphire mines to select stones for a new jewelry line, Natural Blue Sapphires. In partnership with Sri Lankan businessman Aly Farook, owner of several mines and the biggest sapphire cutting factory in Colombo, the line will be sold exclusively onboard Sri Lankan Airlines and in the Bandaranaike International airport. Sanchez will design Natural Blue Sapphires, and was most struck by the opportunity to meet the artisans who craft and cut raw conundrum into Ceylon sapphires. She also visited the mines and factories, where her son went to learn the art of gem-cutting this past summer. “If my son wants to take over one day, he will have a solid brand,” Sanchez says.

ABOVE: AQUAMARINE FROM MADAGASCAR SET IN 18 KARAT GOLD WITH DIAMONDS

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opping many holiday wish lists these days are quadcopter drones — remote-controlled helicopters that can take off and land vertically, travel in any direction, and hover. Inspired by those flying machines, a German company is building life-size versions that humans can travel in — and that could change the face of public urban transportation as we know it. Alexander Sosel, cofounder and managing director of e-volo, the company behind the revolutionary flying machine, says that the idea essentially grew out of a dad’s daydream.

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“Stefan [Wolf ], my business partner, wanted to buy a toy helicopter for his son,” Sosel says on the line from Karlsruhe, Germany. “He just thought, ‘why can’t we scale it up to an aircraft?’” The two did just that, pooling their talents to devise what’s today known as the Volocopter — an electric multicopter. Sosel is a civil engineer, paraglider, and entrepreneur who came up with the chopper’s design; Wolf is a software developer with experience in industrial automation who developed its technical workings.


The electric vehicles operate on batteries, microprocessors and sensors. Pitch adjustment, gliding angle, stalling and other challenging aeronautic manoeuvres are all handled through the use of a simple joystick. Its makers say the Volocopter is even safer than existing airplanes: multiple safety-relevant components mutually monitor each other and compensate for the malfunction of individual components. Even if several motors cease functioning, the pilot can continue flying and land, Sosel says. The machine stabilizes itself during turbulence due to its automatic altitude control. However, it still comes complete with a full parachute for “incorrigible pessimists”, as the company’s website puts it. The company successfully completed Volocopter’s first manned flight in 2011. Since then, it has been developing various models and sizes. While prices are still being determined, the company is looking at a range between 250,000 and 350,000 Euros for a twoseated personal chopper. Aside from making the skies more accessible to people who have neither the patience nor time for helicopter lessons, e-volo has high hopes for its product. Currently certified to fly to and from all airports throughout Germany, the Volocopter could transform the way people worldwide get around. Think real-life Jetsons. With limited land available to build more and more roadways, and the toll that oil-powered cars and traffic take on the environment, Sosel says the only sustainable way to move the masses is by looking up. “We believe that in the future, mobility will change a lot,” he says. “Public transportation is going to be in the air. We want to be one of the solutions. We don’t want to sell one or two to hobbyists; we want to sell a fleet to cities for public transport.”

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The story of Bear Mountain Resort begins in 2002, as a land assembly and re-zoning proposal supported by the City of Langford in the hopes that it would become an economic driver for local communities, and attract domestic and international visitors.

“Communities that are distressed are a result of bad planning, bad management, bad capital structures, and sometimes bad markets,” Matthews says. “Every now and again all of those things happen at once.”

The development was spearheaded by Len Barrie, a retired NHL forward and former co-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It saw initial success, attracting high profile investors. But when the crushing recession of 2008 hit, investors lost money as the bear market bore down. Barrie was removed as CEO of Bear Mountain Holdings amidst media scrutiny, and $250 million in debt.

Declining to disclose the total purchase price, Matthews and partner Tom Kusumoto immediately saw the investment potential in revitalizing the resort development, and began to set the stage for its comeback.

Ecoasis Developments LLP bought the asset from HSBC Canada in 2013, and CEO Dan Matthews dealt with public relations swiftly.

“We did maybe one of the best deals in Canadian history as it relates to a real estate project.” Matthews says. “We are going to be very careful with our planning. We made that clear right from the onset.”

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Bear Mountain isn’t Matthews and Kusumoto’s first deal together. Whistler’s Kadenwood development was Matthews and Kusumoto’s first joint venture, followed by the successful Hualalai development on Hawaii’s Big Island. Ecoasis acquired the Kadenwood development from Intrawest in 2010, as the company restructured in order to pay down debt. The development plan was not complete — and neither was the infrastructure, so Ecoasis focussed on garnering trust in the community by delivering the amenities that had been originally promised. “We went at it in a slightly different way than a lot of developers would,” Matthews explains of the

By fulfilling promises and delivering planned amenities, Matthews says a sales force within the community was created.

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strategy employed at Kadenwood. “When you have an existing community, you’ve got residents in there that were promised certain things that just weren’t delivered. You have a community that is full of angst and concern.” Ecoasis approached the Kadendale project by completing the build on the planned Gondola that would connect the community with the Village. It was the primary amenity that had been promised and not delivered. Ecoasis had the Gondola completed 90 days after the purchase, and it was opened and operating by Christmas 2010. By the end of summer 2011, Kadendale’s infrastructure was completed: water, pump stations and all the roads and civil work.

Ecoasis is now applying those same principles to its Bear Mountain development.

And remarkably, for $60 million in real estate sales at Kadendale, Ecoasis spent less than $100,000 on marketing.

“Before you start selling real estate and bringing in new residents, make those that are already in community happy, as your primary support team,” he says.

“That ratio of spend versus sale doesn’t exist in our market, but we achieved it with the approach we took. You create a community of sales people, and marketing budgets go way down.”

“We found out, from the pulse of the individuals, what are the most important things to them? What can we do as investors [and] developers do to improve their lifestyle attributes and get back


to some of the original reasons they made their purchase in the first place?” asks Matthews. At 1,251 acres of land, of which 836 are controlled by Ecoasis, and 306 acres slated for development purposes and with approximately 3,000 residents, Bear Mountain is too large to have the entire infrastructure completed up front. “The plan that was being assembled was essentially — let’s finish off what the other folks started, and not go to market with the real estate until we’re done. If we go in there and spend the capital on infrastructure that’s been idle for 10 years, on amenities that were planned and not delivered, if we do that first, we’re going to create a sales force within the community.” The resort element is still active, and the hotel component, a Westin franchise owned by Ecoasis, services the MICE market, and specializes in corporate retreats and weddings. “It’s a great pipeline for homeowners for us, and a marketing channel,” Matthews says. Bear Mountain’s biggest claim to fame is its 18-hole, Niklaus Design golf course, which, in September, hosted one of the most significant sporting events in Western Canada — the 2016 Pacific Links PGA Champions tour. “[We have] champion golfers, the likes that Canada has never seen before." Also in September, Bear Mountain’s Golf for Kids tournament raised over $700,000 for charity in one day. While the golf course sets the stage for high-profile international sporting events, the majority of its greenscape lifestyle is reserved for present and future homeowners. To be a golf member at Bear Mountain, with initiation rates at $40,000 and annual dues of $6,000, it is a prerequisite to purchase real estate. “We tried to raise the bar, and we recognize that we are eventually going to have 10,000 residents here. As of September, Bear Mountain had 450 members, up from 88 in less than two years,” Matthews explains. He adds that Bear Mountain can only accommodate approximately 1,000 members, so Ecoasis is retaining the remaining memberships for future homeowners. “We’re not doing it to be elitist in any way; we’re doing it to protect the lifestyle opportunity for future residents. The objective at the end of the day was to get to a master plan where we were in 100 per cent alignment with every single homeowner.”

DAN MATTHEWS, FOUNDER & CEO, ECOASIS DEVELOPMENTS LLP

As of September 2016, 30 months after the acquisition and after injecting financial stability into the community, Ecoasis began launching its real estate initiative.

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"WE DID MAYBE ONE OF THE BEST DEALS IN CANADIAN HISTORY AS IT RELATES TO A REAL ESTATE PROJECT"

Young estimates that 1,000 local jobs have been created by the revitalization of the resort, and anticipates further opportunities with the planned addition of a major retail centre and tennis facility. This summer saw a foreign investor’s tax imposed on the Metro Vancouver real estate market, and Matthews is aware of the potential effects on both the Whistler and Vancouver Island markets. “We’re already seeing evidence, in Whistler and Vancouver Island — a trend of international interest, more so on the Island.”

DAN MATTHEWS, FOUNDER & CEO, ECOASIS DEVELOPMENTS LLP

“I feel like we’re in a really unique position because we can make decisions quickly. We don’t have a board with shareholders we have to get approval from to make good decisions. We take a lot of our instructions from the community itself.” Stewart Young, Mayor of the city of Langford since 1992, has long been supportive of the development agenda. Young says Bear Mountain is an integral part of Langford, and is providing fuel for economic growth. “I think [Ecoasis] has done a great job of engaging the public up there and the people that are living there, they’ve looked at opportunities to bring our community together — to link Bear Mountain with the City of Langford, and we’ve done some great partnerships — we’re actually working with them on a regular basis…it actually is a real cooperation,” says Young. “Now, after the recession, it’s climbing out, it’s better, it’s well designed.” “In 1992, commercial and business then represented three per cent of our tax base — all we had was residential housing out here with no economic opportunity. Now Langford [is] at 20 per cent commercial and business, so now we’ve got a good balance — now the people living here can actually get a job here,” Young adds.

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“Parties that were planning on buying in Vancouver and just leaving their homes dark, whether they are in Vancouver or Whistler or Vancouver Island it doesn’t really matter, so if they don’t have to deal with the tax, they are willing to look in other places. We’re seeing the Victoria market had already started to garner an international buyer segment before the tax, and I think it has probably helped fuel it additionally since the tax,” says Matthews. Matthews emphasizes that the Bear Mountain community could accommodate 10 to15 per cent foreign ownership without impacting an overall sense of community. Ecoasis will not impose limits on foreign investors who buy homes with plans to live in the community, and the community embraces diversity. On the short drive, all the master planning and infrastructure work is complete, and Bear Mountain is now in the construction, sales and marketing phases. In September, Bear Mountain launched approximately $120 million in real estate, with another $130 - 140 million in real estate planned to be on the market in 2017. Matthews says the retail centre and tennis facility will also launch in 2017. A Gondola, a vital part of the infrastructure, planned to link the resort and Mt. Finlayson, is also projected to be operative by 2017. On the long drive, Matthews expects the community to be built out and substantially completed within 10 years, eventually coming to fruition “as a thriving, bustling community in Western Canada.”


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COACH

Expert craftsmanship meets the whimsicality of hand placed leather blooms on a silhouette that reimagines a popular Coach design from the 1970s. The bag is crafted in modern glovetanned cowhide with a turnlock and chain strap woven through with a slender ribbon of leather.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

We love the emerald and rasberry tones and plush fur that set this hobo Fancio Cocktail bag apart. Featuring gold Gancio bracelet detail with top zip closure and detachable leather shoulder strap. Lined in satin.

VALENTINO

From Valentino's signature 'Rockstud' collection, classic clutch and handbag styles in bold sky blue snakeskin in Enchanted Wonderland. Fall's must have strech boots complement the collection. Available at Boboli.

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LA JOLIE MADAME

Slide into a selection of fine European lingerie made to fit every woman's curves. Lingerie that fits just right makes every woman feel more confident, and these pieces not only look good on the hanger ­— they feel great on the skin. We love the deep, dark blue of this nightgown, reminiscent of a midnight sky.

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SNOWFLAKE NECKLACE

Necklace: From Birks 2016 Snowflake Collection, this stunning snowflake design includes jewels bringing together unique diamond-adorned snowflake silhouettes with new pave diamond and snow angel designs.

FROM THE MUSE COLLECTION Bracelet and Ring: From Birks Muse collection, featuring sparkling Blue Topaz, Citrine, Amethyst and Crystal Quartz. These bolds designs and exquisite ornaments are sure showstoppers.

FOREVERMARK DIAMOND ETERNITY BAND Make this holiday season unforgettable by celebrating the woman who holds your world together. The Lugaro Eternity diamond band, featuring 21 Forevermark Ideal Hearts & Arrows cushion cut diamonds, is a winning choice, designed to optimize each diamond's beauty. Less than 1 per cent of the world’s diamonds are worthy of the Forevermark inscription, which represents the promise that each diamond is rare and responsibly sourced. Forevermark diamonds meet a standard of beauty that goes beyond the traditional 4Cs. Available in 18K white, yellow and rose gold at Lugaro. 110


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The Zenith El Primo Chronomaster 1969 is the first El Primero chronograph associated with the emblematic dial opening, revealing the beating heart of the movement.

ROLEX

The Pearlmaster 39 is equipped with calibre 3235, a new generation movement developed and manufactured by Rolex. It incorporates the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combinnes energy efficiency and dependability.

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FERRAGAMO

Shopping for the perfect shoe for the discerning gentleman on your list? Salvatore Ferragamo Trameza models are sure to endure. Top quality hand-finished leather is a mark of excellence.

RIMOWA

Planning travel this season? Topas, the first RIMOWA suitcase started a sensation with iconic grooves in 1950. The design endures, and its aluminum shell and interior organization protects contents and ensures arrival in the same condition they were packed. Available at Artino

TONINO LAMBORGHINI FURNITURE This black leather couch with signature red piping from the Tonino Lamborghini Casa Furniture Collection is the perfect spot to park for the evening. Available at Inspiration Furniture.

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