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Editor’s Letter There will be pain. There will inevitably be sorrow. But there is also joy. And love. And peace. And power. The challenges of life. The things we experience. Sometimes in silence. Or out loud in spaces where others may see. Can be rich in celebration and also in grief. We know not what the future holds. So we must embrace and impact the present. It’s a mindset. It’s a wow. It’s a choice. Thank you @virgilabloh for bringing, living, creating and being an example. — Philippe Combres
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Juliette Longuet is a curator and specialist in brand awareness within the fashion, beauty, lifestyle and luxury industry. She builds bespoke experiences for luxury brands keeping her journalist hat with her digital show Rendez-Vous. She did one of her first shows at Eden Rock St Barths showcasing the beauty and fairytale of St Barth Island and the behind the scene of the hotel. She collaborates with L’Officiel St Barth because she believes in the power of digital authentic and fun content to develop talents and talk about what’s new and what’s next. She embraces the role of a brand ambassador & ‘insider on her social media platforms. @JulietteLonguet
Katie Lister is a global luxury and lifestyle brand consultant and marketer. She also steers L’Officiel St Barth brand partnerships for special projects. Katie has always integrated editorial and journalism into her marketing strategy: she writes and provides insights into brands, the luxury market, and sustainability within the sector. Her clients over the years include Ferrari, Maserati, PerrierJouët, Cartier, Mercedes-Benz, UBS, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Thierry Mugler, Elie Saab, Gucci, Hermès; international events include Art Basel, St. Barth Photo Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, the Monaco Yacht Show, the Monaco Grand Prix, and Monaco’s new international film festival. @Miss.Lister
Jenny Mannerheim is an art director, curator and journalist. Swedish-born, Jenny Mannerheim studied at St Martin’s School of Design and at Parsons School of Design. She is the art director of L’Officiel St Barth and L’Officiel Riviera. She has curated many art exhibitions on the island at Eden Rock - St Barths, The Wallhouse Museum and this winter at the new pop-up Le Carre. Through her association Art Saint Barth she has brought to St Barth many international artists such as Kaws, JeanCharles de Castelbajac, Robert Montgomery, Lola Schnabel, Blair Chivers and soon to come Doug Aitken. In this issue, she has interviewed the artist Daniel Arsham. @JennyMannerheim
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FASHION J’adior! Dior Cruise pop-up is finally coming to the Caribbean. After landing in destinations as varied as Mykonos, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills for the summer, the collection is now available at its new pop-up at the Cheval Blanc. Dior is pleased to announce the opening of its new Cruise popup at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the only resort to have the Palace Label in the Caribbean. Located within the beautiful beachfront resort on Flamands beach in the French West Indies, Dior has taken over Cheval Blanc St-Barth’s La Cabane’s pool and Ocean Suite in celebration of the Dior Cruise 2022 collection along with Dioriviera pieces, by Maria Grazia Chiuri. Immersed in luxuriant vegetation, unexpected animals – such as, tigers, giraffes, monkeys, and birds – transform the space into a magical realm. Upon entering the Ocean Suite, guests are welcomed into a warm Dior oasis on the terrace with a private pool wrapped in blue toile de Jouy accompanied by sun umbrellas, lounge chairs and an outdoor pergola in ivory and beige toile de Jouy motif. The terrace leads into the suite featuring the ultimate Dior experience, where guests are encouraged to discover the many Dior universes including women’s ready-towear, footwear, leather goods, and accessories, all available for purchase on location. Dior.com @dior
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One stop shop EVENTS: Live Music: Thursday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. Watercolor lessons for Children: Wednesday afternoon Watercolor lessons for Adult: Monday and Wednesday late afternoon La HORA FELIZ afterwork Monday 6pm TRIBAL TOUCH afterwork Friday 7 p.m. Detox I Love My Body juice cure (occasionally). ADDRESS, CONTACT AND OPENING HOURS: Restaurant Arawak Café Le Carre D’Or rue de la République, Gustavia 97133 St Barthelemy Open from 9 am to 9pm, Non-stop Monday to Saturday. @arawak_stbarth
The Arawak café is a lively place in the heart of Gustavia, the trendiest district on the island. The Arawak offers a breakfast service, lunch, an all day long menu, a special Saturday brunch and tapas in the evenings. As for drinks, throughout the day our customers can sip smoothies and fresh fruit juices, classic or signature cocktails, as well as our hot drinks. You may also want to discover some magic in our selection of mezcal. The food is healthy, homemade and colorful. Our favored products: avocado toast, acai bowl, smoothies, cocktails... Alongside a drink, why not join the rest of the music lovers in St Barth for one of our evenings of live music, or stop by one afternoon to take part in Arawak’s drawing program? Perhaps you are St Barth’s next top talent! 31
Electric Surfing! Esurf R is innovating watersports. 100% fun, 100% electric!
Surf the four corners of the map, on any body of water on the planet, powered by a revolutionary electric motor. This is the promise of Esurf R, the first achievement of the Monegasque company Cobalt, founded in 2019 by the enthusiast Flavien Neyertz. Fun, eco-responsible, innovative, Esurf is an electric board, 100% made in Monaco, recently launched by the Cobalt company and already available on St Barth. As its designer, entrepreneur Flavien Neyertz, explains, this technological achievement contains “the most powerful and lightest motor available today in the low voltage segment. Our electric board is therefore the most efficient on the market.” Designed to meet the expectations of all users, Esurf R is a versatile novelty. Weekend athletes can therefore rest assured that this water toy can be adapted and transformed according to everyone’s needs. “We came up with the Esurf Tube, an accessory that can be added to all of our models and increases their buoyancy. When stopped, an adult weighing up to 90kg can stand up without any difficulty. It also allows children to discover these new sensations, in complete safety, ”explains Flavien. Another plus, resolutely fun: the Ekart. “We have created the first kart for the seas. This is a piece of kit specially designed to attach on the Esurf R and transform it. Sitting on his board, the user can enjoy a new activity. This transformation takes just 3 minutes!”
Constantly in search of innovation, Flavien recently joined forces with the street artist Jisbar to create a unique board that looks like a work of art. Known for having achieved the feat of sending his canvas of the Mona Lisa into orbit, this time the Parisian artist imposes his imprint on the water. Another exclusive collaboration is the Karl Lagerfeld X Esurf project, the direct result of Sébastien Jondeau — designer of the Parisian fashion house — for extreme sports, and in particular water activities. This unique product bears the Karl Lagerfeld brand, the 21 Rue Saint Guillaume logo, an iconic red frame, as well as Sébastien’s signature. Available on the Esurf e-shop, we note that this special edition, like the initial board, can be delivered anywhere across the globe. While Cobalt is currently concentrating its efforts on applications dedicated to yachting, they are already hard at work on developments in other areas. “We want to encourage eco-responsible behavior and we want to bring something new, by incorporating the technology used for Esurf into other propulsion kits that will be launched very soon, in 2022 and 2023.” In partnership with various foundations committed to the preservation of the planet, the Monegasque company wishes to contribute in its own way and to develop good practices. Finally, it is through its prestigious ambassadors that Esurf wishes to promote the use of electricity. The GP motorcycle world champion Fabio Quartararo and rider Andreas Mikkelsen, recently crowned world rally champion, are ardent followers of Esurf R, sharing the sustainable values of the brand. Exclusive reseller: Mackeene St Barth - 8 rue du roi Oscar 2, Gustavia Phone. +590 590 29 21 71 - www.esurf.com - @esurf
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OCEANS Vilebrequin embarks on a journey to clean up the past and build the future By KATIE LISTER
One drop of water creates a ripple effect. It may be tiny in size, but its impact can spread across the surface of the ocean. Can a pair of shorts make a big splash in helping to change the world for the better? It certainly can. Vilebrequin and non-profit organization Plastic Odyssey have teamed up to make a difference, one pair of swim trunks at a time. Their new special edition collaboration features a premium swim trunk made from upcycled marine plastics where proceeds from every pair goes toward cleaning up the past and building the future. We will get to the specific details short(ly) — pun intended. But first, let’s provide some backstory. Born in Saint-Tropez and renowned for bringing the elegant, fun, and seductive charm of the French Riviera to the world, Vilebrequin has been shaping the art of living at the beach since 1971. In 2021 it is popping the champagne to celebrate 50 years of swimsuit expertise. A milestone for CEO Roland Herlory — a proud optimist with a big love of sea turtles (the company’s iconic symbol) — who has served as captain since 2012. Continuing its growth in the Caribbean, the brand has launched a boutique in Saint Martin in LVMH Group’s Belmond La Samanna resort. Over the years the house has stood the test of time as beachgoers’ go-to luxury swimwear staple, through its timeless, high-quality tailoring, its playful colours and prints, and its sense of “joie de 34
vivre.” Like a fine wine, your love of Vilebrequin only gets better with age. With its rich history, this brand is looking to the future and taking action today to help to tackle challenges that our ecosystem faces. The people behind Vilebrequin have big hearts, a lot of soul and carry a strong sense of responsibility for the generations to come. Their sense of purpose and constant questioning lies deeply within the very fabric of the brand — literally and figuratively: While time has served the company well over the past five decades, since its debut it has proven to be unkind to the oceans. The global community has witnessed — and played an active role in — the increasingly devastating ocean plastic and pollution crisis. We have reached a breaking point: our precious sea life is gasping for air, decaying, drowning in plastic, and things are spiralling out of control. With Vilbrequin being so intimately intertwined with and indebted to the Mediterranean sea, where its odyssey began (the label would not exist today without the surf and sand as a source of inspiration), the team has felt a deep, growing sense of urgency to protect the oceans and the marine life that all life depends on. For some years now, Vilebrequin has been working to turn the tide on plastic pollution and to move in the right direction. Having a desire to continue spreading optimism and positive influence across the globe, this year the company proudly launched Fondation Vilebrequin, the house’s namesake non-
PUTTING A STOP TO OCEAN PLASTICS TOGETHER PLASTIC ODYSSEY IS EMBARKING ON A THREE-YEAR EXPEDITION ACROSS THE WORLD’S OCEANS USING A LABORATORY VESSEL TO PROMOTE RECYCLING PLASTIC WASTE AND COMBAT MARINE POLLUTION. THIS SHARED ADVENTURE BRINGS TOGETHER RESEARCHERS, ENGINEERS, SCIENTISTS, CITIZENS, WOMEN AND MEN FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE DETERMINED TO MAKE A REAL CHANGE. EVERY MINUTE, 20 TONS OF PLASTICS ARE DUMPED INTO OUR OCEANS. TO HELP TURN THE TIDE ON MARINE WASTE, PLASTIC ODYSSEY IS EMBARKING ON A THREE-YEAR EXPEDITION ACROSS THE WORLD’S OCEANS USING A LABORATORY VESSEL TO PROMOTE RECYCLING PLASTIC WASTE AND COMBAT MARINE POLLUTION. THIS SHARED ADVENTURE BRINGS TOGETHER RESEARCHERS, ENGINEERS, SCIENTISTS, CITIZENS, WOMEN AND MEN FROM ALL OVER THE
ECO profit organization. Its mission is to continue to provide funding for associations, organizations and projects that help to protect marine diversity, to educate current and future generations on their environmental legacy, and to advocate more sustainable practices within the fashion industry. In-house, Vilebrequin has been continuously working on finding solutions in its own processes to optimize sustainability and minimize the carbon footprint, from fabric development and manufacturing through to the supply side. A few seasons ago Vilbrequin introduced their signature “MAN” sustainable swim trunk. It uses 200g of Seaqual® — a luxe-feel 100% recycled yarn made from upcycled sustainably sourced plastic waste recovered from the Mediterranean Sea in partnership with local fishermen. As of this year, 50% of Vilebrequin’s collections are made from recycled or recyclable materials, aiming to have increased this to 80% by 2023. Combining these efforts with Vilebrequin’s lifelong reputation for making high-quality, durable, timeless products that last through the years, customers can sleep easy knowing that their investment in a pair of shorts or swimwear is both good for both the wallet and for the planet. Now diving into its sixth decade and kickstarting the foundation’s first year with a strong initiative, Vilebrequin has stepped in to support the non-profit organization Plastic Odyssey in its quest to reduce plastic pollution. Earlier this year Plastic Odyssey set sail on a three-year, 30-stopover, 40,000 nautical mile journey on its 128-foot vessel with stops in the Mediterranean, South America, Africa and Asia, to regions with little or no waste management or recycling infrastructure and resources in place. Plastic Odyssey wants to turn the tap off on ocean plastic at the source: ashore.
They are stopping at each destination for approximately three weeks “to demonstrate all of the solutions that we feature on board in order to convince people in local communities to replicate these. All of the different engineering and technology are in open source. There are no patents. We give for free all the knowledge, all the solutions so that it can be copied as much as possible.” They provide the equipment and business models to empower these communities with the tools and techniques to improve their recycling practices, and to reduce the chances of pollution finding its way into the surrounding waterways. Vilbrequin’s Roland Herlory emphasizes: “What is interesting with Plastic Odyssey is that their approach is to give local solutions, easy solutions which can be used by the communities living by the sea, in order to give value to the plastic waste. It is to seduce them with solutions which will transform the waste into value.” Borne out of their shared mission of finding new and innovative solutions to a cleaner ocean, starting upstream of the problem, Vilebrequin and Plastic Odyssey have collaborated to bring a new swim trunk to life. Together they have launched an exclusive co-branded “MANOLO” swim trunk with ocean blue tones and a pattern intertwining Vilebrequin’s signature sea turtle symbol with Plastic Odyssey’s logo as an expression of solidarity. 30 euros of the proceeds from every pair of sustainable shorts will go straight to Plastic Odyssey’s future projects. This initiative will not only help to raise funds and drive their shared goals, it will also inspire others to make more conscious purchases, to improve their everyday sustainability practices, and motivate other brands across the industry to think more sustainably.
This year alone approximately eight million tonnes of plastic will find its way into the ocean. 200,000 tons of this — equivalent to 500 shipping containers — is leaked into the Mediterranean ocean, according to a recent IUCN report, and it is set to double by 2040 unless action is taken now. All over the news we see shocking photographs and videos of ocean plastic in our waters. Believe it or not, what we see in those images represents only 1% of the ocean plastic in the ocean: the plastic that floats along the surface. The other 99% of the plastic disappears somewhere into the abyss: some plastic finds its way onto the floor of the ocean, some disintegrates into micro particles that find their way into our food chain (on average we eat 5g of plastic every week), while the location of the rest of the plastic remains a mystery that needs to be solved.
The team behind Vilebrequin feels that this initiative is the least that it can do for the oceans after everything that the oceans have done for Vilebrequin. We have just one planet. We are all its caretakers. If we are going to turn off the tap on ocean plastics, we all need to get on board. When it comes to our oceans there are no small changes or small contributions when we come together to achieve a common goal. It’s time for everyone to pitch in by rolling up our sleeves and putting on a new pair of (super cool) swim trunks. Hopefully the next time that you hit the beach you will feel like maybe, just maybe, things are changing for the better. Let’s get our shorts on together.
If the right practices and infrastructure had been in place, much of the plastic in the oceans could have been avoided. “We want to clean up the past by recycling the waste that has been produced already, and to build a future without single use plastic,” explains Plastic Odyssey’s founder and CEO Simon Bernard. “We want to push people to reduce their consumption.”
Be that drop. Vilebrequin, Rue de la République, Gustavia Fondation Vilebrequin @vilebrequinfondation Plastic Odyssey - Plasticodyssey.org @plasticodyssey Belmond @belmond_lasamanna
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Vicennial NIKKI BEACH Nikki Beach Saint Barth celebrates its twentieth anniversary with decor upgrades and an elevated guest experience. 40
Nestled on the beach of Saint-Jean, Nikki Beach Saint Barth is a haven for the world’s jet-set clientele. Launched in 2002, the location is situated amongst the crystal blue sea and white sand beaches. As the first and original luxury beach club concept that combines the elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art into one, the location is known for endless lunches and the spot’s life celebrating ambiance. The calming water and serene atmosphere of St Barth are the perfect compliments to the Nikki Beach experience. In honor of Nikki Beach St Barth’s twentieth anniversary, the location has implemented new upgrades to the property and guest experience. A new layout featuring refreshed décor showcases an improved luxury bohemian vibe, replete with white and natural tones, greenery accent pieces and white wood paneling. Guests can unwind on the new bench-style seating in the dining area, the dedicated library providing the perfect beach read. A new lounge section and elevated entrance with ocean views have also been introduced along with the unveiling of a dedicated wine cellar with one-of-a-kind bottles. Nikki Beach’s signature hospitality is in full effect with plush, all-white daybeds. Guests are invited to indulge in refreshing cocktails and an extensive menu filled with delectable dishes representative of all
the countries in which Nikki Beach is located, featuring healthy salads, creative sushi rolls, innovative seafood entrees and sharing platters. As with all Nikki Beach locations, the menu offers a variety of stunning dishes including the Sexy Salad and Nikki Beach’s famous Chicken Satay. The location’s life celebrating ambiance is created from signature music and entertainment. Resident DJs curate and orchestrate musical odyssies, starting with chill-out tracks and peaking with dance sets. The high-energy sounds are complemented by live sax players, who are intertwined with Nikki Beach’s musical legacy. In addition to the talented team of resident DJs and performers, Nikki Beach has hosted some of the biggest names on the turntables including Kygo, David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, and Kungs. Nikki Beach is also known for its legendary exclusive performances by artists including Mariah Carey, John Legend, and Andrea Boccelli. Now with twelve permanent Nikki Beach locations and four hotel properties across the world, the brand has grown into a worldrenowned lifestyle concept featuring both standalone beach clubs and full-scale resorts. www.nikkibeach.com @nikkibeachworld
REN DE Z - V OUS AT S PACE THIS WIN TER Many of you will be familiar with Space Gallery St Barth, so make a point to visit and pick something up when on the island. And this year should be no different as the gallery celebrates an important milestone… ten years since it first opened the shutters of its beautiful boutique gallery nestled in the heart of the Carré D’Or, Gustavia. This beautiful little space packs a punch. Over the last decade it has brought a whole host of fascinating artists through its painting and photography programs for islanders and visitors to enjoy alike. Having just completed a full renovation of the gallery, this season it is ready to welcome you back, looking better than ever before with a new lounge area and expanded space spreading into the real estate office behind it. Considered the primary and longest established gallery on island, it also has a second location in Soho, New York, and has been synonymous for presenting new emerging international talent as well as bringing in many art world heavy weights too – with names such as Patrick Demarchelier, Marco Glaviano, Hunt Slonem and Giuseppe Veneziano on its line-up. Many know the gallery’s co-founder and director Natalie Clifford who can often be found at the gallery with her sidekick – George the King Charles cavalier – but did you know some of these facts about the gallery? In the last ten years Space has curated over 79 exhibitions in over 10 countries, spread over 4 continents.They have also been invited to curate museum shows as well as participate in the prestigious Venice Biennale.
Not only has the gallery worked hard on its artistic mission, but few people know how many charitable causes the gallery supports on island and internationally raising hundreds of thousands in the last decade. Coming up in this year’s program are a host of new names to add to your list of hot new artists to follow and collect. As always, there’s a celebration of some gallery favorites, and you can be sure there’ll be a host of sleek events and beautifully curated exhibitions and artworks to get your hands on. A visit to the gallery is a must when on island and with a line up that’s always ahead of the curve, you may end up leaving with something beautiful for your wall back home. Check out the insta feed @spacegallerystbarth for all the new releases and upcoming events or just generally to drool over something elegant you didn’t know you couldn’t live without.
SPACE GALLERY ST BARTH Showing a selection of leading international artists since 2011. Photography. Painting. Sculpture. Follow us @spacegallerystbarth St Barth | New York spacegallerystbarth.com
This winter a new retail experience arrives in St Barth, featuring a treasure trove of curated fashion and luxury brands from abroad. 44
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CURATED It can be quite the mission trying to discover and access cool brands while vacationing or living on a remote island. Knowing this, we have done the legwork to bring the brands to you here in St Barth this high season by scouring the world for L’Officiel-approved brands and products, and setting up a curated concept boutique in the heart of Le Carré d’Or, Gustavia luxury shopping district to showcase them. Going beyond the pages of our magazine, we have taken over Le Carré. We have redesigned it top-to-bottom, and filled it with luxury fashion apparel and accessories from a few handfuls of carefully selected brands, home accents and contemporary art. We are taking our ability to curate lifestyle to an entirely new level. The curated boutique is set to be the most sought-after shopping destination for luxury shoppers. Facing the world famous yacht spot and harbourfront and surrounded by the most prestigious luxury brand flagships including Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Cartier, Dior, and Hermès, the boutique sits within a square, facing Awawak, the new juice and cocktail bar
Marcell von Berlin bags, Stampd bandana, Stampd t-shirts
Open from November through the end of March, you can expect far more than just a shopping experience. Working with many interesting personalities from the fashion, modeling and
entertainment worlds, you can expect plenty of designer meetand-greets, brand collection previews and trunk shows, VIP receptions, celebrity and fashion influencer activations and photo shoots, and other exciting experiences up our sleeves. Intersecting media with commerce, readers and customers will have the opportunity to experience and engage with the pop-up in the flesh, online via our Instagram, via lofficielstbarth.com and through our e-boutique where you can shop everything found in-store at the physical boutique. A few of many brands and artists participating include fashion brands Marcell von Berlin, Fleur du Mal, and Stampd; jewelry brands Sara Shala and Sons of the Sea, a sustainable collection of locally made gold bracelets and chains; Utöpia x Daniel Arsham collaboration flags, beach bags and towels; an XXXL tote bag by Impératrices Fine Art, as well as art editions in collaboration with artists collaborating include: a collaborative surfboard by Katharina Grosse X Parley for the Oceans, Julio Le Parc, Jeppe Hein, and Doug Aitken. Design accents of the boutique include an Atmosphere mirror installation by Evalesco 11, and a Casper the Friendly Ghost art installation at the entrance by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The L’Officiel St Barth team looks forward to meeting you at the store this season, pop in to say hi! Le Carré, Carré d’Or, Gustavia www.lecarrestbarth.com @lecarrestbarth
DARE to dream
Inspired by the colourful boldness of the 80s, Marcell von Berlin’s collection creates forward-thinking momentum in an era of pandemic-paralysis. By KATIE LISTER When a global financial crisis hits, you have one of two choices: to give in or to lean in. To give in would mean to surrender, accept defeat, let the external forces surrounding you dictate your fate. Whereas to lean in signifies embracing the circumstances, being optimistic, grabbing hold of the steering wheel, and being resourceful — thinking quickly to thrive in the face of adversity. It’s not how hard you work, it’s how smart you work. Innovation is born during times of duress. Diamonds can only form under pressure after all. Designer label Marcell von Berlin’s very DNA is made from all of the main ingredients that would prepare it well to flourish and blossom when the crisis hit: the brand is infused with fun and fearless optimism, forward-thinking vision, confidence, strength, and boldness. This empowering philosophy and vision has attracted mega-stars as brand muses, including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Kris Jenner and Maluma. Over the years since its 2012 debut, the luxury house has championed an exuberant “dare to dream and be daring” celebration of fashion, with cutting-edge, avant-garde designs that challenge the status quo, test boundaries, and then step over them. There is no fun in being overly conservative. Rather, joy is found in pushing the envelope of self-expression. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, the world shifted into minimalist sensibility: yoga pants, t-shirts, and sweatpants immediately became the all-day, everyday go-to pieces worldwide. But Marcell Pustul, the founder and creative director of Marcell von Berlin had other plans in mind for this lockdown with seemingly no end in sight. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the designer led the way in lifting everyone’s spirits out of their dark and dullened cavernous lives into a fun, brightly coloured 46
world. His Fall/Winter 2021 collection titled ‘Fashion Remains’ oozes confidence, strength and futuristic fashion fantasies come to life. “Fashion is yearning to be enjoyed and revealed again,” quotes Pustul in his opening remarks about the collection. His optimistic stance of hope and enthusiasm in the face of the pandemic’s challenges were a breath of fresh air: when everything seemed paralyzed in time forever, he saw this as a catalyst for opportunity: “The passion for creativity, artistry, and beauty relentlessly thrive to renaissance a new age. We are heading into a new direction as the world faces the unknown, but what we do know is that art and fashion will and always remain.” It is hard not to feel happy, liberated and empowered when seeing and wearing the collection featuring themes of rock’n’roll chic, colour blocking, with a touch of disco. The sequin, leather, and cotton suits have made an electrifying comeback as key statement pieces. The collection of western boots are drool-worthy and add punch to any look. There was no grander way to present the collection during lockdown than in collaboration with Lady Gaga’s creative director and stylist Nicola Formichetti, through a fashion film and lookbook shoot produced at the Eric Lloyd Wright residence in Malibu. This new boldness was followed up in September when Marcell von Berlin unveiled the Spring/Summer 2022 collection in an energized presentation bursting with color at the architecturally iconic Sheats-Goldstein residence in the Hollywood Hills, with a star-studded lucky few in attendance. A brand such as Marcell von Berlin is just what everyone needs in their wardrobe as the world emerges out of the lockdown cocoon. The latest collection is a nod to the 1980s, one of fashion’s most
“FASHION IS THE ARMOR TO SURVIVE THE REALITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE” — Bill Cunningham eclectic and bold decades. It’s “a resurgence in fashion ignited by the post-lockdown desire for fashion that is fun, powerful, and full of energy,” says Pustul. “From shoulder pads, power suits, to puffy sleeves and high-waisted jeans – my old favorites are back again.” There is a contemporary revival of the decade’s loud expressiveness with oversized silhouettes, with emphasis on the shoulders and cloud-like sleeves – bursting with bright colors and zany prints. Infused with references to pop and punk culture, the era of creative individuality and the current times have set the stage for a fashion reset. Everything arrives bigger and bolder, from sharp-shouldered, highlighter print dresses, oversized silhouettes, power suits, sequin skirts, to leather jackets, trench coats, and high-waisted denim pieces. The accessories collection welcomes never before seen python-embossed boots and sandals, satin pumps, summery logo buckle slides and dazzling strass mules; and refreshing new bags in breathtaking color palettes and unique prints.
“The decade gave us Madonna, Sade, Tina Turner, and Cher, plus numerous other superstars whose sense of style influences many now. And isn’t that exactly what we need right now? Clothes that make you a little powerful? We’re on the brink of reemerging into the world and showing off a little; taking up some extra space feels irresistible,” exclaims Marcell. In the darkest days these past two years, the brand’s collections have given us a well-needed dose of Vitamin D enriched sunlight. As the pandemic fades, we see a bright future ahead, with Marcell von Berlin leading the way. St Barth’s residents and visitors are in luck: Marcell von Berlin’s collections are available here on the island at L’Officiel’s newlyopened Le Carré pop-up concept boutique in the heart of Gustavia’s shopping district. MARCELL VON BERLIN, marcellvonberlin.com @marcellvonberlin
Les Fleurs du MAL
With its provocative blending of fierce femininity with high quality fashion pieces, the lingerie brand is ready to take St Barth by storm. By KATIE LISTER St Barth is about to get a lot hotter this high season, but it’s nothing to do with the weather. Fleur du Mal, the NYC-based ultra chic luxury lingerie, ready-to-wear, and swimwear brand is jetting south for the winter. Having just set up shop within L’Officiel St Barth’s newly-opened Le Carré pop-up concept boutique, Fleur du Mal will be in the heart of Gustavia’s shopping district from November through March, gracing the island with its fashionable yet mischevious presence. The laundry list of Hollywood’s leading ladies wearing Fleur du Mal include Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, Irina Shayk, Sienna Miller, Heidi Klum, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Bella and Gigi Hadid (just to name a few). Already amassing a cult following around the world, it comes as no surprise that Fleur du Mal has already caused a buzz in the streets — quickly infusing its signature style among local residents and vacationers alike. The name of the brand says it all. Translated from French to English it reads as “Flower of Evil”: it tempts your eyes with a sultry naughtiness. Its source of inspiration is found in the infamous collection of poems of the same name, by 19th century French poet Charles Beaudelaire, a decadent artist known for spending all his money on opium, women and clothing. Inspiring women everywhere since 2012, Fleur du Mal’s mission is “to embody the power of a woman’s strength, confidence, and sexuality with fiercely feminine lingerie and fashion.” 48
Jennifer Zuccarini, the superpower behind the company, is also the mastermind behind the highly successful, high end lingerie brand Kiki de Montparnasse, launched in 2006. In 2008, she was enlisted as design director at Victoria’s Secret before launching Fleur du Mal four years later. She has built her empire by designing beautiful boudoir-inspired, body-sculpting silhouettes in combination with sumptuous details that elevate the everyday. At the heart of the House’s DNA is embracing lingerie as ready-towear. The underwear as outerwear trend has remained a constant throughout the decades, yet before Fleur du Mal, the philosophy had never sat at the centre of a brand’s ethos and identity. “If a woman feels powerful and seductive in her undergarments, it can transform the way she moves through the world, giving her more confidence from the office to a first date.” And if lingerie can have this effect on a woman’s sense of power in her day, why limit it to just her knickers? You would be hard pressed to find another brand that has the ability to take you from day to night, from the bedroom to the boardroom, from the city to the beach, all the while making you feel at your highest level of confidence at every moment. Karl Lagerfeld once said “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat,” and the pandemic left us all a little defeated. But what should have caused a crisis for the brand wound up being a silver lining: online sales at Fleur du Mal’s shop skyrocketed as the virtues of dressing to lift one’s mood became clear.
“LINGERIE IS NOT ABOUT SEDUCING MEN, IT’S ABOUT EMBRACING WOMANHOOD,” — Dita Von Teese Now, everyone is saying goodbye to sweatpants. At Le Carré’s pop up boutique there’s a treasure trove of sultry, head-turning pieces from the Fleur du Mal collection to slip into, with an item for every occasion, whether it be lunches at Eden Rock, dinners at Tamarin, or a little late night boogey at Le Ti Saint Barth. What else is in store? The Grommet Bikini set blurs the lines between swimwear and lingerie, and a jewel-rich cowl neck slip dress in aquamarine hue is a sexy little number. One of the
cheekiest items is the Banana Trio: an embroidered balconette bra, with tanga and garter in ice and yellow. Just make sure you leave enough time to get lost in a whole slew of gorgeous kimonos, lingerie sets, cheeky thongs, one-piece swimsuits, silky dresses and slips. When you pick up a piece, your newfound comfort in your skin and twinkle in your eye will intrigue passers by. FLEUR DU MAL, Fleurdumal.com @fleurdumalnyc
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The luxuries of time, space, privacy, security, turn-key services — and ultimately the sense of freedom they provide — are priceless. These are all the must have core values that Sibarth Real Estate — the leading luxury brokerage firm on St. Barth — has emphasized as it pivots into this new world. Although St Barth was not spared in the pandemic, having weathered many storms, the island, its residents and businesses are resilient and quick to adapt. St Barth always comes roaring back, stronger and better than ever, and this includes the real estate market. In fact, our darkest days provided a silver lining: known over the decades as the most sought-after barefoot luxury destination, during the crisis St Barth became more in-demand than ever. As a warm-weathered sanctuary for city dwellers wanting to escape the confines and stresses of city life, the interest in the island soared, and so has the demand for real estate. Many are referring to this period as “the great exodus from urban centers,” and “the golden age of relocation” as urbanites have taken 50
stock of the important things in life, seeking a more balanced lifestyle that promotes well-being and personal comfort. Sibarth Real Estate holds the keys to many of the most spectacular luxury properties dotted around this perfect little paradise that a lucky number of residents call home and visitors consider a temporary home away from home. In the current climate, clients depend on an agency and a team of experts with a strong reputation and local knowledge to help them through their property buying, selling, or rental process. Offering an unparalleled premium service, Sibarth Real Estate provides personalized guidance throughout the entire journey. With an office located in the heart of Gustavia on Rue de la Republique, the team at Sibarth is looking forward to making new and current clients feel welcome and helping them to achieve their luxury property goals.
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SIBARTH REAL ESTATE, www.sibarthrealestate.com @ sibarthrealestate
SAVE OUR OCEANS The brand Fisch was launched in 2017 by Swedish born St Barth resident Agnes Fischer as one of the first eco conscious brands in the swimwear category to utilize econyl (recycled nylon from fishing nets), this sustainable material for beachwear helps reduce their carbon footprint for their production. Drawing inspiration from oceanic life, Fisch’s swim collections consist of bold colors, prints and highcut silhouettes. This season’s Art Deco inspired Sail print pays homage to the St Barth annual regatta, celebrating the reopening of society and the beginning of the roaring 20s merged with the 1970s aesthetic. For the resort collection, Fisch has launched pareos - the brand’s first expansion into cruise apparel. FISCH www.fischswim.com @fisch.swim
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Christophe Marchesseau’s spa, Excellence Des Sens, is located on the third floor of the luxurious Cour Vendôme (alongside Louis Vuitton and Bulgari) in the heart of Gustavia, and you are invited to receive a signature massage with the winner of the French award for best deep tissue massage in 2011. The holistic vision of the founder will allow your mind and body to regain a natural balance, through the art of massage, face and body care, postural treatments, acupuncture, private yoga sessions and selfdevelopment. Personalised treatments offer patients a true sense of self through the knowledge of the professionals at Christophe Marchesseau Spa. With the sole purpose of meeting your specific needs, Christophe reinvents general osteopathic treatment by adding new techniques through craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation and tissue approaches. Accompanied by the rhythm of energetic breathing techniques of Pranayama and Prana Vidya by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswatti for a holistic healing practice. Thirty years of experience and an avant-garde vision bring physical therapy and osteopathy into the world of spa and wellness treatments. Christophe’s signature massages have an international clientele that experts in the field truly appreciate. Maintain your main house and discover its secrets; through a holistic massage. Become aware of the dialogue between your biomechanical, energetic and spiritual structures. EXCELLENCE DES SENS FACIAL This exceptional facial treatment meets a global vision of the health of the skin, reflecting the well-being of our body. The face, neck, rib cage, diaphragm will be treated through massage techniques aimed at releasing the deep tensions that impede good vascular, venous, lymphatic, respiratory and energetic circulation. Through our hands we indicate to the body its natural balance. This is followed by the cleansing of the skin that finds brightness and tone, for a lasting result, looking visibly younger. The art of facial care is highlighted by our new line of pure, organic and concentrated care that is part of the new cosmetic moment. Intelligent cosmetics: reasonable, ecological. 53
On the island of St Martin, French portrait photographer François Castelain is getting close and personal with the raw beauty of the islanders through his intimate snapshots. By PHILIPPE COMBRES Photography FRANÇOIS CASTELAIN A rarity is always worth mentioning, and we have spotted one in the work of a young and amazingly talented photographer living and working on the nearby island of St Martin. For his portraits, photographer François Castelain has not chosen an easy method. A thousand miles from modelling agencies, he casts his models in the hot neighbourhoods of the island, frequenting bars and night time spots not really for tourists; the Larry Clark of the Caribbean hangs out with the wild local youths of St Martin and wanting to remain anonymous. It was really when he arrived in St Martin in 2015 that he fell under the spell of the island, mesmerised by the beauty of the inhabitants of the island that adopted him, discovering a passion for its cultural diversity. He works with instinct, the feeling that comes from each of his encounters at random from everyday life, sometimes turning around in the middle of traffic on his scooter to immortalize a face that has inspired him. An art that relies on reality, all modelled through piercing looks, Castelain can tell a story from a fixed image. Often soft and powerful at the same time, the stories result from a long intercultural process. One of the guiding ideas of his projects is the development of those young people on St Martin who have been abandoned. There are of course cultural difficulties with this work; building relationships of trust is a long journey requiring patience. It takes him several years to integrate himself and then 54
break the codes again, to build an authentic relationship in order to highlight this raw beauty, one detected at first glance. François focuses on wanting to give truth to everyone through this work of ‘face to face’, as he likes to call it. This greatly contributes to the singularity of his work. The positive impact on the young people who took the plunge does not appear instantaneously, and yet it is inevitably present. Each of their acts is accompanied by a new confidence, an artistic imprint is engraved in their spirit. Something new for them, a real saving human exchange through this opening to art: a new door, a new perspective. For François Castelain, cultural diversity is our strength, and his charismatic faces will no doubt travel the world. The first stop is this winter at La Samanna, the most luxurious resort in St Martin, now run by the Belmond group. A veritable clash of cultures, this exhibition alone makes the resort worth the stay, that and experiencing the feeling of wellbeing in this legendary place.
Clash Culture by François Castelain is at La Samanna from December 15th 2021 to January 15th 2022 www.belmond.com/lasamanna @belmond_lasamanna
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A FLAG for our FUTURE In a world where we are tied to the virtual publics and social networks of our screens, the medium of the flag invites us to raise our heads to the sky. the artist Daniel Arsham is releasing a special flag edition for St Barth. Interview by JENNY MANNERHEIM Photography GUILLAUME ZICCARELLI
DANIEL ARSHAM photographed holding his ‘Arsham Studio Sailing Team - St Barth Regatta 3021’ Limited edition 100 ex flag produced by Utöpia made from recycled ocean plastic fabric OPPOSITE PAGE—
DANIEL ARSHAM, Moonstone 5, 2019
Following Daniel Arsham’s collaboration with Utöpia and Eden Rock - St Barths, the artist is releasing a special flag edition for St Barth. The piece boasts a print design with the fictional Arsham Studio Sailing Team - St Barthélemy Regatta 3021. In a world where we are tied to the virtual publics and social networks of our screens, the medium of the flag invites us to raise our heads to the sky. The flag as a medium welcomes the artistic expression for future hopes and thoughts to be set free to float in the blue. Daniel Arsham’s flag edition is using fabrics woven from recycled ocean waste materials and is participating in the movement for ocean protection and awareness.
L’O: Your flag for St Barth reads ‘Arsham Studio Sailing Team - St Barth Regatta 3021’. Your work spins a lot around the question of time, the notions of present, and the future. Can you tell us about this very unique language you’ve created, playing with time and dates? DA: I’ve used this idea of pushing myself and my audience a thousand years into the future as a way to reframe the conversation around our experience of time. I think that time is one of the most unconsidered aspects of how we experience and interpret our lives. It governs almost everything we do: when we wake up, when we go to sleep. We are constantly searching for more of it, yet it’s not something top of our concerns, necessarily, as an element that we believe influences our experience or our happiness. Those things are often relegated to relationships or material objects. This playing with time and its uses as a medium in my work is paramount.
THE FLAG IS MADE FROM RECYCLED OCEAN PLASTIC. I think THE MATERIALITY OF A LOT OF THE OBJECTS THAT I MAKE IS QUITE IMPORTANT. I like to MAKE AN OBJECT FROM THE PRESENT APPEAR OLD in some cases, cases, TO APPEAR AS IF IT’S AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ‘Arsham Studio Sailing Team - St Barth Regatta 3021’ Limited edition flag produced by Utöpia in recycled ocean plastic.
L’OFFICIEL: You’re back on the island with a new flag edition. Why do you like flags and what do they represent? DANIEL ARSHAM: The flags are an interesting object to create for St Barth as they are seen around the island quite frequently. I’ve been playing with the design for this fictional Arsham Studios sailing team. The combination of the two is a fun way to just create some objects while I was down there. L’O: This new flag is made with recycled material. You are often working with vintage objects or iconic products to create your artworks… moulding a basketball, a car or a chair and making it into something new, pushing them into the future. Can you tell us about this cycle of renewal? DA: The flag is made from recycled ocean plastic. I think the materiality of a lot of the objects that I make is quite important. I like to make an object from the present appear old, and in some cases to appear as if it’s an archaeological relic through material transformation. The objects are made of crystal or volcanic ash, things that we associate with an alternate time period, it’s natural that the flag is made of something unexpected, something recycled, something reused.
Your instagram account is dated 3021. Do you feel like you are ahead of now? DA: I think social media has been a great vehicle and tool for artists over the last decade. It’s allowed artists like myself to reach audiences that we may not otherwise find. It erases the barriers between the artist and a museum curator or a gallery, and it’s a direct connection with the audience. I think it also allows audiences, if the artist is willing, to enter aspects of their practice and their daily lives that might inform the way people interpret their work. And I think this has been an interesting aspect of social media. L’O:
L’O: You recently released an NFT ‘Eroding and Reforming Bust of Rome (One Year)’ piece that will erode, reform, and change based on the time of year. What made you want to make this artwork into an NFT? DA: I was interested in NFTs for over a year and I really had time to sit down during lockdown in New York and think about the possibilities within them. An NFT is effectively the ability to own an object in the metaverse, a digital object, and to actually retain ownership of it. The Ethereum blockchain allows what’s called a smart contract. What else can it do? In the simplest way possible you could create an artwork that would alter itself over time. This was something that was present in the blockchain
Crystal Relic 001, Eroded Attache Rimowa photographed by Isabelle Lindbergh. Bronze Chair, 2020, 21Bronze Basketballs, 2020 photographed by Camellia Menard
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Crystal Relic 001, Eroded Attache Rimowa, Bronze Chair, 2020, 21 Bronze Basketballs, 2020
but no artist has really used it to this effect. As much of my work involves the reinterpretation and manipulation of time, the artworks that I’ve created within it are sculptures which erode and then reform over the course of years and decades. ‘Eroding and Reforming Bust of Rome’ sits within a space that has views out onto a garden. We are moving around the sculpture. And over the course of the year, the sculpture erodes and decays. The seasons change and so does the garden outside. In spring the birds are chirping and there are flowers in the garden. In summer, it’s lush and there are crickets and cicadas. In fall, the leaves change colour, and by winter the work is totally eroded and the sculpture lays collapsed on the floor while it’s snowing outside.
During one of your travels to St Barth you made a series of photographs of the sky and stars at night, apparently using the light of the moon. This series can be seen at Eden Rock Hotel, as part of their permanent collection. Can you tell us some more about this work of photography? DA: Many years ago, I was in St Barth. I was by myself and I spent a lot of time wandering around at night taking photographs of the sky. The stars in St Barth are easily seen at night. I took photos of the reflection of the water, the boats sitting in the harbour, these kinds of otherworldly landscapes that emerge in the evening, and those photographs can be seen as part of the permanent collection at the Eden Rock Hotel. L’O:
L’O: You are like the renaissance artists, you paint, you do sculpture, photography, jewelry, fashion, architecture, you have recently developed a full line of furniture and even a Porsche. What’s up next in the Arsham empire? DA: My work has often involved many different aspects of creative production, including painting, sculpture, photography, film and digital art. It’s about exploration in those areas. Many of those mediums are things that I’ve played with for years before they entered my work in a public way. There are things I’m playing around with now that we might see in 3030.
I SPENT A LOT of TIME WANDERING AROUND at NIGHT TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SKY. THE STARS in ST BARTH ARE EASILY SEEN AT NIGHT. I TOOK PHOTOS OF THE REFLECTION OF THE WATER... Over the course of your collaborations with Dior, Tiffany & Co, Kith, Rimowa or Pokémon what have you learnt about collaborations with other brands? DA: Brand collaborations have been an important aspect of my work and something that I have felt the art world didn’t really want me to do. One part of me wants to engage in those aspects just to go against what the prevailing winds and ideology say. But I also think that the collaborations with brands, like Uniqlo, allowed me to create objects, such as T-shirts, that are available to everyone. And collaborations with brands like Dior and Porsche allowed me to work with some of the most talented artisans, engineers and creators living today, to manifest projects that were dreams of mine. L’O:
L’O: You have been coming to St Barth many times and you know well the island. What’s your favorite things about St Barth? DA: I grew up in Florida, so the Caribbean and the feeling of the water there is very familiar to me. From my first visit to St Barth everything about the island spoke to me. It’s a rare landscape: it’s somewhat mountainous, hilly, rocky, the crystal-clear water, the beaches, the people. And the restaurants and food there is just excellent. And the light in that part of the world is just magical. I am sure I will be going back for many years.
DANIEL ARSHAM, www.danielarsham.com @danielarsham Daniel Arsham’s flag and artworks are exhibited and available for sale at Eden Rock - St Barths @er_stbarths Utöpia is a sustainability project supporting the international artistic community, specializing in the production of limited edition artist flags and limited editions @utopia_flags
DANIEL ARSHAM photographed holding his ‘Arsham Studio Sailing Team - St Barth Regatta 3021’ Limited edition 100 ex flag produced by Utöpia made from recycled ocean plastic fabric OPPOSITE PAGE—
DANIEL ARSHAM, Moonstone 1, 2019
The most typically French of the local architects, Lorena Gabaldon grew up in the humid tropics of Venezuela before studying in Paris. Meanwhile, she has recently finished working on Villa Valentina, the next project for Zadig & Voltaire, thrilled at the chance to work on one of the most exciting retail experiences in town. The result? A project she considers her first masterpiece. By PHILIPPE COMBRES Portrait SKYLAR WILLIAMS How did you begin your career? Almost 20 years ago, I began my studies at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in 1999, at the Central University of Venezuela, a world heritage site. Then I went to Paris to continue my studies at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette. In 2007 I came to St Barth. Initially, Guillermo de Yavorsky was looking for an architect but eventually I worked with Johannes Zingerle. After that, Nicolas Lossent became my partner in work and in life, and is now the father of our beloved son, Mateo. We created a2@sbh to work with our clients from start to finish, helping every step of the way to create unique, tropical architecture. Since then, I have worked diligently to offer my clients spaces, finishes, concepts, forms and ideas that come from the practice of a craft I have cultivated since I was 18 years old, with the same conviction, will and responsibility. L’OFFICIEL:
How did you end up creating the new Zadig and Voltaire store? The Zadig & Voltaire boutique has been an extraordinary journey for me. Thierry Gillier, the founder of the ready-to-wear house with 25 years of success, has allowed a local architect to L’O: LG:
express themself while giving them a vision to work with: to respect the context and the culture of the place. He is still very involved in the concept of the brand, committed to the intention of each element, and this has been especially true of this new shop in St Barth. What was the vision for the project? The founder had a clear message: to create a cosy, tropical boutique, one worthy of both Zadig & Voltaire and a Caribbean island. It is located in Gustavia, the city centre of the island, just a few steps from the port. A creamy shell structure, it’s like the sands of St Barth. It hosts many unique pieces, housed in rooms designed to be in dialogue with one another, creating harmony across them. Each piece is designed and constructed with all the conceptual and functional considerations to make each space both indispensable and inseparable. These pieces were meticulously designed and handcrafted, with grand and authentic materials. The dialogue between the pieces builds space with respect for the outer shell structure. Each piece is borne from a reference compatible with the vision of the house, informed by the clear message of the founder. L’O: LG:
What specific details makes you most proud? My favourite room is the cabin. I call the hut the skin that surrounds the counter. At the centre of the shell structure, this hut is a special feature to the Zadig & Voltaire boutique. As the centrepiece, it organizes all the space, and is a tribute to the kinetic arts. The play of shadow and light works across all of the spaces, in praise of the wealth and opportunity of the Caribbean countries. Everything is designed with the intention of creating zen and a warmth of atmosphere. I wanted to offer a beautiful experience and create cherished memories for visitors. I’m also happy to use the project to exhibit the work of the local artist Charles Moreau who provided a floral fresco in the space, adding the final Caribbean, local touch.
Lorena Gabaldon photographed at Villa Valentina The new Zadig & Voltaire store in Gustavia Drawing of Charles Moreau for Zadig & Voltaire
What’s next? The next year is for finishing my doctorate. And then? It’s a surprise. L’O: LG:
Zadig & Voltaire, Rue du General de Gaulle, zadig-et-voltaire.com
PRODIGY Actress, model, pianist, television presenter, Fiammetta Cicogna has gone from being a prodigal child to a serial entrepreneur. She tells us about her ethical jewelry brand, putting the spotlight on lab-grown diamonds. By HERVE DEWINTRE
L’Officiel: How was Inbilico born? Who are your partners in this new adventure? Fiammetta Cicogna: The idea of Inbilico emerged 4 years ago from a sponsored page about lab-grown diamonds. Manuela, my partner and designer for the brand, told me about it and right away we started searching for more information. We were both in a moment of great change, and the combination between my love for Africa, where I grew up knowing all the pain that mined diamonds make in the country, and her will to jump into something new to express her creativity, made us decide to give it a try. We ordered some stones and asked a fitter to assemble the lab-grown diamonds for us. At first, he refused to work with them. But when we brought them to him he said “yes they are beautiful stones,” and he was unable to find any differences between our stones and those with which he usually worked. This convinced us to go ahead and to ask Andrea Incontri for creative direction on the brand. Together in June 2021 we launched the first Inbilico collection. L’O: How did you choose the name? What does it mean? FC: Inbilico in Italian is that moment when you are undecided, suspended between making one decision rather than another. We often find that there is true human strength in choice, which in 64
this historical moment must more than ever must be ethical and sustainable. L’O: Why did you want to create a jewelry brand? Is this an area of expression that is close to your heart? FC: I have to laugh because I have always associated the jewelry brand with the bored it-girl who comes up with the brilliant idea of making jewelry to sell to her friends, and I never thought of creating one. But the emotion that caused me to see how human greatness has managed to perfectly replicate the most precious gems in a laboratory, and trying to create highly sustainable industries for the environment, made me want to create a luxury wearable item with soul. L’O: How would you describe Inbilico jewelry and who is it for? FC: Inbilico are lines of light made to illuminate the face and make it light, fresh. It is a jewel that does not decorate you like a Christmas tree, it does not steal the show, but expresses your character. Inbilico is for those who want to feel part of a change. I grew up in Kenya and have always been in love with the Masai culture and their aesthetics. The line also takes inspiration from them: elegant warriors who spend their lives celebrating natural rhythms, adorned with accessories that distinguish them, that’s
INBILICO IS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO FEEL PART OF A CHANGE. — Fiammetta Cicogna what I want, that Inbilico is for those who want to distinguish themselves. The lower price of the diamonds also means that our jewelry can be a gift that we make for ourselves, without waiting for someone to give us a diamond. L’O: How do you unite the life of an actress and an entrepreneur? You seem to have so many lives ! Any advice? FC: Dear Lord, it’s very difficult. Let’s say that I throw myself into entrepreneurial projects because the gaps between sets frighten me. The life of an actor is emotionally very stressful, not only
because of the identification with the character, but also because you always depend on someone else’s decisions, the rhythms of your life hang on a choice that’s not yours. You live “inbilico”. And then carrying out my projects gives me strength and makes me feel that it is all in my hands. One piece of advice is to create a system, a well-rounded routine that does not give space to moments of confusion, that’s where I get lost. But if my life is organized, I’m a bomb! INBILICO www.inbili.co @inbili.co
The nineties were all about minimalism, and today’s statement jewelry pieces are a testament to the decade’s lasting influence. As an example, Cartier’s lasting focus on geometry comes to life in the jewelry maker’s intricate watches, which play with light, space, and repetition; classic materials are juxtaposed with left-of-center shapes in the daily pieces offered by Van Cleef & Arpels; and layered designs sparkle on Buccellati bijoux. Taking inspiration from Elsa Peretti’s fascination with sculptural gold shapes and bold use of jade, Tiffany & Co. created a deceptively simple choker, which adds the perfect pop to a crisp white shirt. Of course, nothing completes a look quite like a show-stopping diamond ring, as best exemplified by Harry Winston, or a statement necklace à la Bulgari or Boucheron. For those looking for a hint of the unexpected, why not bring back this notorious ‘90s trend: the anklet. Thanks to Graff ’s classic diamond collections, this bohemian piece has never looked so chic.
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St Barth: State of our Oceans For the future generations: the Territorial Environment Agency (ATE), a public and commercial establishment launched in 2013, is here to look after the conservation of St Barth and the ocean. By LOÏC PINTO
Parley for the Oceans and Doug Aitken have partnered together to denounce the consequences of pollution on our coastline. With his Underwater Pavillion, the American artist is aiding the remarkable work of ATE (the Territorial Environment Agency), the environmental agency of St Barth, in order to raise awareness about environmental concerns among the island locals and communicate with the international community. Our landscape and seas is an environment that sparks hope. But it needs to be protected. The new report, developed from decades of research, may strike concern in the heart of even the most optimistic people. One thing is for certain: human activity and our relationship with the oceans around the island are affecting the ecosystem and change is needed. It appears than 67% of vertebrates have disappeared from the local ecosystem. The situation in the coral reef, a vital part of the wellbeing of submarine life, is reason for alarm. However, through ATE, voices on St Barth have criticised the 120
statement in the report that the local fish population is below the regional standards, including in the protected marine areas. It is rather the case that St Barth has a diverse and populated set of ecosystems. In 2015, more than 1069 aquatic species were inventoried, including 166 semi-aquatic species, 51 coral species (one of the richest sites in the Caribbean Sea) and 561 terrestrials (fundamental to St Barth in 2014). Our Caribbean gem suffers from some well known problems: urban sprawl, invasive species (goats, cats, striped lizards), pollution (plastic, chemicals, noise pollution), erosion, climate change, the collapse of the living environment, and the risks of overfishing. Despite the measures taken on the island to preserve the ecosystems here, the situation is of serious concern for everyone. Local participants campaiging and raising awareness on these key issues have already found positive approaches to our ecological problems. Although there are numerous local and international actors who strongly wish to derail these efforts, local government and regional organizations can play part
THE UNDER WATER PAVILIONS PROJECT With his submerged neo-futuristic structure, made of metal and mirror, American artist Doug Aitken invites us into an underwater immersion that is both surreal and committed. The Underwater Pavilion puts the spotlight on the abyss with the aim of raising public awareness of environmental issues. His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions around the world, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris. This ambitious project is part of a larger movement of the re-appropriation by art of fundamental questions of society. In this sense, the Underwater Pavillon stands in solidarity with the approach taken by the artists beyond traditional artistic means and ends, who seek to redefine the question of values, whether they are aesthetic or ecological.
in maintaining biodiversity through initaitives supporting sustainable development and the protection of the coastline.
the dunes damaged by human activity), while also taking care of the coral and its inhabitants, making sure it can grow back.
One of the most effective examples of local change is without a doubt the nature reserve (25 this year), where the goal is to protect the local fauna and flora. In this area, access is limited to protect particularly endangered areas. Two great examples of how the reserve works are that it forbids access to the saline pond during turtle’s nest building , and boats are restricted from going near the islets to limit the impact on the coral.
There are many participants working toward the preservation of our little paradise. Among them, we should first mention SaintBarth Essentiel, created in June 2009, which notably promotes the idea that our culture, traditions and environment are a precious legacy, vital for future generations. Its range of activities covers two important domains. Firstly, taking care of St Barth’s historical and cultural inheritance through conservation work, and secondly the protection of the marine and terrestrial island environment. Practically, Saint Barth Essentiel studies and defends the local environment, protecting animal and vegetal species, fighting against pollution and broader nuisances such as sanitation problems. At last, the organisation takes care of engaging in judicial actions concerning the protection of nature, law enforcement, enforcing current regulations, and adaptating to the changing needs of the island.
Geographically, this zone of protection is spread around the island, covering an extensive area across Gros Ilets, Pain de Sucre, îles Fourchues, Frégate and Toc-Vers, Colombier Bay, Marigot, Petit et Grand Cul-de-Sac and Tortue. Besides this major protection role, the reserve also has as an objective to help animals and plants to heal, to index them all, and to make a census in order to keep a record of the population. The team working at the reserve also undertake repair missions (like on
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Meeting with Sebastian Greaux, ocean floor specialist and director of ATE the environmental agency. By LOÏC PINTO L’OFFICIEL: Could you briefly introduce yourself and the Territorial Environment Agency? SÉBASTIEN GRÉAUX: My name is Sébastien Gréaux, I have been the director of ATE since 2018 and I specialize in the conservation of the seabed. The ATE tries, on its own scale, to maintain the biodiversity of St Barth, mainly weakened by human activities and threatened from all sides today.
Despite its small size, St Barth has a great diversity of fauna and flora, increasingly impacted by pollution directly affecting the archipelago, the seabed and the land surrounding them. The risks weighing on the environment are major, can you tell us a few words about them and tell us how you can try to anticipate and counter them? SG: St Barth being a small territory, the threats are mainly due to the human presence: destruction of habitats linked to the construction of buildings (hotels, houses, restaurants etc), invasive presence of domestic animals which proliferate or human overpopulation of the island which induces a tenfold vehicle fleet. L’O:
Our mission is divided into several fields of action. We take care of the nature reserve, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. We must ensure scientific monitoring of species and environments with high stakes. We also manage the moorings of the boats, the maritime beaconing, which involves a significant administrative part and maintenance of the material. We issue fishing licenses, with 1000 holders today and also enforce environmental policy. The ATE monitors the numbers of invasive alien species, whether animal (striped iguanas, corn snakes, goats) or plants. In this regard, the ATE centralizes the complaints of residents and works with other associations in 122
order to act in the direction of a balance of ecosystems. In 3 years, 2000 goats have been captured, which may seem like a lot, but there are still a lot of them in the hills, unfortunately. When you say they are captured, how exactly is this done? We catch them and give them to people who have a park to accommodate them. But we are not going to lie, sooner or later they will end up on a plate. We want to put everything in place so that certain plants have time to reproduce. In fact, the ATE has a nursery with native species that it then tries to replant in the wild, in places where stray goats are rare. L’O: SG:
L’O: Given the gravity of the situation, which is particularly worrying with regard to the seabed and the coral, what are your strategies to promote your actions and your values to the inhabitants of the island and to tourists? SG: Through the community, the ATE allocates aid for the installation of solar panels and water heaters to ensure that the island turns more and more to green. About this subject and all the others, we communicate to the general public through the Internet: our site of course, but also through our social networks, Facebook and Instagram. But as is often the case here, most of the communication takes place through word of mouth and day-to-day education via architects, contractors, volunteers and agents. We are fortunate to have in our ranks an environmental education officer who intervenes in schools or occasionally for the training of hotel staff. L’O: There seems to be a real awareness of environmental issues, especially among young people. How do you see mentalities evolving in relation to these subjects? DA: It’s true that mentalities have changed a lot. For example
today, in gardens, local so-called endemic species are much more represented, so there are fewer and fewer plants from around the world. Things are going in the right direction. A few years ago, poachers were still rife every Sunday in the reserve, but for a while, although not everything is perfect, we have seen an improvement in behavior. We also make it our mission to make everyone a guarantor of the local environment and also a good citizen.
that are present there already. But now, if everything is done to circumvent the risks and install the work in a strategic and favorable location, it could generate good publicity for the protection and preservation of these environments, especially among foreign tourists and our local population here on the island. What do you see as the future of ATE in the next 5, 10, 20 years? : The big upcoming project is the expansion of the reserve to land areas and not just marine areas as is the case today. At the same time, there is also talk of expanding the marine reserve areas. And finally, we would like to solve the problem of cats and goats within the next 5 years.
L’O: Yes, the important thing is to make things happen at your level. What are your strategies for attracting funding? SG: We are a public establishment so we depend on subsidies but we receive small annual donations from individuals who love their island and want to enjoy it in the best conditions. We take help wherever it comes from. L’O: In order to shed light on these ecological issues, the artist Doug Aitken offers an immersion in the seabed with his metal installation Underwater Pavillion. What do you know about the project organized by Parley with this artist? SG: Indeed, Philippe Combres communicated a draft project to me more than a year before the pandemic, but unfortunately the project fell through.
The Underwater Pavillion metal installation is up again and L’Officiel would like to know to what extent the ATE could support and accompany this project? Would you agree to initiate and validate a collaboration between the artist Doug Aitken, Parley and the Agence Territoriale? SG : At first glance, we were not necessarily in favor of this project because it was a question of submerging it in the reserve, which seemed to us to be detrimental to the natural habitats
L’O: Quite a program! We would like to let you know that we are your allies on these upcoming projects and you will have our support. To conclude on a sunny note, what would be the positive and unifying message you could send to our readers in order to interest them in the topics discussed here and encourage them to participate more at their level? SG : As I have already said, everyone has their role to play and can become a link in the protection of our environment. But for that to happen, you have to take on this role and become responsible for it.
Caribbean shark, photo ©ATE
Thanks to the ATE and its director Sébastien Gréaux, to the Collectivité of SaintBarthélemy, to all the associations of the island and their volunteers and to all those who, on a daily basis, play a role in the protection of our island. agencedelenvironnement.fr
Utöpia and Parley has developed a series of artist flags with artists Jeppe Hein, Julio LeParc and Doug Aitken. Each flag is made from Parley Ocean Plastic and proceeds go towards Parley Global Cleanup Network. Interview with Jeppe Hein. By JENNY MANNERHEIM
Your flag, titled “WE ARE ALL INTERCONNECTED”, shows an armada of colorful smiley faces, quickly painted in watercolors. Who are they and why are they smiling? JEPPE HEIN: My flag shows spontaneous self-portraits visualizing my mood, just as I felt in the moment of painting. At the same time, my intention was to portray life in its entirety, reflecting the connection between us all and to encourage exchange between us. We all breathe and even though we live different lives each breath keeps us together, connected, sharing the same air. By smiling at someone, we can show this connection and our appreciation for each other. These faces smile for you and they want you to smile too! L’OFFICIEL:
Why is happiness interesting for art? Art can be very appealing for people, creating joyful situations as well as relaxing moments and opportunities for interaction with other people. It makes people laugh and life is easier with a smile on your face − or as Charlie Chaplin said: a day without laughter is a day wasted. I believe if an artwork puts a smile on your face and gets you in high spirits, it even makes your life better – at least momentarily.
Flags with special colored designs are used as tools for signaling, conveying particular meanings. Where do you want to see your flags flying? JH: Wherever a smile is missing and people need to be reminded that we are all interconnected. L’O:
L’O: Your flags are made of Ocean Plastic® and support Parley’s Global Cleanup program. Why did you decide to get involved and support the initiative? JH: I got to know Parley for the Ocean and its Global Cleanup
program when preparing my project Breathe with Me. Breathe with Me is a global engagement art project that spreads a simple but ambitious message of interconnectivity, by inviting everyone to breathe together and paint their own individual breath next to each other. It ignites awareness, unity and positive action for a strong and sustainable future. It inspires engagement that is impactful in a multitude of ways to see how the world can breathe together for a better future. In this approach, our projects have a lot in common and I see it as meaningful addition to support Parley’s program, because we need action to safe our planet and we need the oceans to breathe. Do you have a close relationship to the oceans? What marine creature would you like to have the ability to transform into? JH: I was born and grew up in Denmark, a country that is surrounded by the ocean and so I have a very close relationship to the oceans. I would love to be a dolphin because I like surfing. L’O:
Jeppe Hein is a Danish artist based in Berlin, widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Unique in their formal simplicity and notable for their frequent use of humor, his works engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalist sculpture and Conceptual art of the 1970s. Hein’s works often feature surprising and captivating elements which place spectators at the centre of events and focus on their experience and perception of the surrounding space. Utöpia x Parley flags on sale at Le Carré, Carré d’Or, Gustavia @lecarrestbarth
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A SEA OF HEARTS “Would humans exist without heart? They roll under our feet, our eyes catch a shape coming from the sea, we grab it delicately and discover that it’s a heart shape. It is symbolic of a love achievement, of sharing smiles and love, of happy times. I am helping nature call on us, make us pay attention to the value of sharing which itself encapsulates a string of symbols” – Roger Moreau Roger Moreau is part of St Barth’s identity with his Coeur St Barth, where he sculpts hearts out of dead corals, and then molds them into bronze sculptures. Bronze is elegant, timeless and resistant to corrosion. The nobility of the material corresponds to the stone. Artist Roger Moreau at Space Gallery St Barth @coeurstbarth
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