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SOLE FERRAGAMO THE JEWELLERY DESIGNER BLAZING HER OWN CREATIVE PATH AND SPARKING JOY WITH HER JEWELS by Juliet Herd MilliOnAir Magazine
When you first meet jewellery designer Mariasole Ferragamo, you instinctively want to reach out and touch her striking three-dimensional earrings. What look to be rigid creations are, in fact, hoops that have been crafted with upcycled high quality Italian leather offcuts and given a sophisticated silver metallic finish. Despite appearances, they are paper-light and so pliable, you can squeeze them between your fingers and they bounce back into shape.
“That’s why I always encourage people to touch the pieces. At the beginning, I used to be quite disappointed when people weren’t touching my jewellery; I was like, ‘No, you have to because it makes the difference.’”
The sense of surprise provoked by the difference between how the earrings look and how they feel is exactly the reaction the talented Sole (as she is known) seeks. “When you look at my pieces you might think they are made of metal, so you would expect them to be heavy, cold and perhaps uncomfortable, but then when you touch them, you discover their true nature – which is soft, warm, extra light and comfortable,” she smiles delightedly. “Despite the provocative aspect, there is the element of surprise, which is a good feeling to have, and then there is another aspect, which is going beyond the surface of what you see and asking questions.
The granddaughter of Italian footwear legend Salvatore Ferragamo, Sole, 32, clearly possesses the family’s artistic gene but is very much carving her own creative path. As the founder of SO-LE Studio, she is on a mission to turn discarded materials such as leather offcuts and brass shavings into beautifully constructed pieces of jewellery, ranging from chunky cuffs and sculptural necklaces to glow-in-the-dark earrings and delicate brass rings. The pieces are unique in that they vary in terms of shape and colour, and even size – as Sole demonstrates when she shows me a pair of colourful Trucioli ‘Doodle Lollipop’ earrings, made from brass shavings (the word trucioli means “shavings” in Italian), coated in gold and daubed with bright enamel pigments – hence the ‘glow’ effect. As well as being hand-painted, the squiggle-like earrings differ slightly in size, which curiously adds to their appeal. What also appeals is the surprisingly affordable pricing for such luxurious looking designs with prices starting at around 150 euros. The Milan-based designer is in London for the exclusive launch of her collection at Browns Fashion and is as charming as she is modest; her enthusiasm infectious as she relates her circuitous journey to fulfilling her passion for jewellery design. It all began on her ninth birthday when her mother gave her a small red box containing copper wire, tweezers and beads and taught her a simple technique of making bracelets.
“Basically, I fell in love with the whole process,” recalls Sole, who grew up in Florence, where the Ferragamo factory is based, with her parents and three younger siblings. “It was something that made me so happy. I could choose whether to start or stop - and they said [her family] that I started and I never stopped! Since I was ten, I was making jewellery all winter long and then selling it at the seaside to friends or people on the beach or street. I was making little bee or angel necklaces and earrings using glass beads and wire. The elements of playfulness and joy were already there.” However, it wasn’t a straight-forward trajectory by any means. “My family would tell me, ‘Yes, jewellery is your hobby’, [but] it wasn’t considered a profession, so I had to pass through the more institutional path of architecture,” she says equably. “That happened, I think, because I wasn’t brave enough to go into something so specific [as jewellery] from the beginning.” Even though architecture was more of a diversion, this self-confessed perfectionist threw herself into her three-year degree course at the Instituto Politecnico di Milano and is now grateful for the experience. “I am extremely grateful because it set a very important foundation for the work I am doing now,” she says. “It gave me a process; it gave me a mindset and it influenced my aesthetic for sure, as well. Although when I was studying architecture I knew it wasn’t my thing.
I even tried - I interned in different architecture firms. I went to Madrid during my Erasmus and worked in a studio. But two things: the scale of the buildings felt too distant for me - I am a craftsperson, I work with my hands all the time, so I needed to hold in my hands what I was making - and the other thing, what I loved the most was making models. I would use the technique I use in jewellery to make the building model. It was quite evident.”
Presumably, she could have gone into the family business (her father Leonardo is non-executive president) after finishing her internship? “You need to deserve everything in our family so it wouldn’t have been like a straight forward option in any case,” she insists. “Having said so, my family has informed my passion and my sensitivities towards products, craftsmanship, quality and materials in an incredible way because I grew up in an environment where all of these aspects were super important, as well as the value of hard work.”
So, trusting her instincts, Sole took a year off to intern at both the Ferragamo factory in Florence and at another jewellery and accessories factory to “deep dive” into the manufacturing processes and techniques for leather and jewellery. “They had to come and call me for lunch because I would forget about eating because I was loving it so much,” she laughs. “The first day I remember I had to cut maybe a thousand chains of all different lengths for a Chanel necklace and then assemble it, but I was the happiest person ever. I learnt how to make wax models and do enamelling. I also saw brass shavings there [at the jewellery factory] for the first time – maybe I wasn’t aware, but it triggered something.”
Instead, Sole applied to the prestigious Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London to do a two-year MA in jewellery design in 2014. “I’d known about it [St Martins] for years and it was a dream place to be,” she says. “But the real reason was that it was the only university with a Master’s programme with jewellery by project. It really set the foundation for what is now SO-LE Studio.” The course reinforced her determination to work sustainably with leftovers. On winning her first award, ‘Craft of Leather’, at the fourth International Design Competition in Italy in 2015, she said rather prophetically: “As a designer, I am aware that we just don’t need any more stuff. We need good stuff, which has a meaning behind [it], that respects the environment, the people that have been working to make it.” Sole first discovered the potential for crafting jewellery from offcuts while working at the family factory during the summer holidays around the age of 11. “It’s a family tradition,” she explains of her early immersion into Ferragamo craftsmanship. “I was in the material department at the time, and I had these small pieces of leather samples, so I would start cutting them and making earrings. I felt that I wanted to protect it and give life back to this material that came from an animal and had been through the process of tanning. Also, I find it very stimulating from a creative point of view; the fact that there is a limit to the quantity.
I thought that was really a stimulus, and I felt a responsibility because if you have a creative mind, you can look at things from a different perspective, which allows ideas to blossom.” What also propelled her was her own stubborn streak: “When I started working with leather everybody was telling me, ‘No, you must use metal. If you only use leather you will never be commercial enough.’ So, I responded to these comments in a provocative way, using leather as the protagonist of the piece but making it look at first sight as if it is metal.” She draws inspiration from architecture, kinetic and optical art, and fashion. Geometric shapes of all kinds intrigue her – from window grids and drain covers to spiderwebs and plants. She is particularly fascinated by costumes of the Elizabethan era, and the sense of beauty, strength and protection they afforded the women who wore them. Her leather cuffs, for instance, are reminiscent of protective shields or armour, but instead of being cold and hard, are soft and extremely comfortable to wear. “Actually, I get confirmation from many clients that tell me, ‘You know when I don’t wear your cuff, I feel naked, I feel more vulnerable. It makes me feel protected’, which is one of the most beautiful comments I’ve had.”
Her pieces are also designed to spark joy in the wearer. “I believe with jewellery you establish an intimate relationship and there are objects you often buy with your heart or someone gifts to you and you wear them with a sort of consciousness of the role they have in your life,” she muses. “Especially nowadays I feel we are lacking joy, and giving joy through a piece of jewellery, it’s easy to access. On my side, it gives an extra purpose to what I am doing: there is the element of surprise; of engagement because most pieces can be worn in different ways.” Since launching SO-LE Studio in 2017, Sole’s creations have been exhibited through the Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery at Art Basel, MiArt and PAD London, and included in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence. The brand’s creative HQ is in Milan, while production remains in Florence. As creative director, Sole is careful to limit the number of pieces she produces. “It’s not based on trends – I don’t really call it a new collection, it is always an evolution,” she explains. “We are always trying to evolve in a very organic way. Each piece is not meant to last for a season, it is meant to potentially last forever.”
The designer’s visit to London is her first in three years and her first time away from her baby daughter Anna with her lawyer husband Davide, which she admits has been “tough”. She has fond memories of living in London: “I always say when I came to London I felt as if I was made in a million pieces and I had to reconfigure them in a way that was true to the real Sole,” says this deep soul. “At the beginning I wanted to try everything and meet everybody and see everything but then I realised it wasn’t possible, so I started asking myself, what is true to me? That is what I take most of the experience in London as well as the incredible creative energy. I never felt judged here, whereas in Italy, especially in Florence, it was different.” Growing up, did she feel the burden - as well as the benefits - of being part of a famous family? “Yes, for sure, the proudness and the whole benefits are super of having this name, but sometimes the burden is that some things are taken for granted by people,” she reflects. “Often I get told, ‘Ah yes, of course, easy for you.’ [But] you have to work harder. Because of my personality and way of being, I thought I had to work even harder to prove that I would deserve anything I would achieve.” Could she see herself collaborating with the Ferragamo brand? “Maybe one day, yes. In general, my idea is to collaborate with brands that I want to create capsule collections with, using their own leftovers, so why not doing it also for Ferragamo. It would be beautiful but let’s see.” And do her parents still consider her passion for jewellery-making a hobby? “Not anymore, but it took a while,” she laughs. www.so-le-studio.com www.brownsfashion.com
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Brain fog has you operating well below par. It is also exhausting to function through a fog. Many LASER FOCUS customers have experienced the relief of the fog finally lifting and being able to think clearly and effectively again. A sharp brain makes everything so much more effortless. You retain all the information you need, you remember and apply that information appropriately, you see ways to get things done more easily, you have the focus to concentrate on a task and get something done in no time that usually takes you forever, you have great ideas and you experience serene clarity as opposed to that jumbled feeling of chasing your tail. LASER FOCUS acts as a balm and a regulator, upgrading critical nutrient levels to sustain optimum brain function and brain health. It acts on many levels to ensure stronger mental performance. It improves: Energy Production and Oxidative Stress To prevent degeneration and maintain efficiency, the brain requires sufficient energy to function optimally and to clear out debris. It also requires protection from oxidative stress. Acetyl-l-carnitine and Coenzyme Q10 help brain cells produce energy more efficiently, allowing for sharper function and the swift elimination of debris. Meanwhile, N-Acetyl-Cysteine upgrades levels of Glutathione in the brain, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects against cellular damage.
Attention Span Researchers tell us that our attention span is at an all-time low. We apparently now have a shorter attention span than goldfish. However, our brain physiology has not changed and so, while we may not concentrate on anything for very long anymore because of the increased number of distractions available to us, we are still capable of laser focus. The right nutritional support is vital for facilitating optimum focus. Vitamin D3, Pine Bark, L-Tyrosine, Matcha Green Tea and Green Coffee Bean all help to improve our attention span. Data Processing Our ability to acquire knowledge, assess new information and integrate it into previous knowledge depends upon certain cognitive functions that are supported by specific nutrients, such as Coenzyme Q10, Ginseng, Brahmi and Vitamins B6 and B12. Problem-solving Problem solving depends upon the ability to reason, perceive an issue from many different angles and make decisions. These are all aspects of cognitive function that are supported by Zinc, Coenzyme Q10, Ginkgo Biloba, Olive Leaf and Lion’s Mane Mushroom. Memory Our ability to recall information that we have absorbed depends upon our capacity to encode it, associate it with other information, store it and retrieve it when needed. Language is a function of memory and when our memory is under par, we frequently forget a word or someone’s name. Phosphatidylcholine, Vitamin B6 and Zinc are actively involved in memory function, as is N-AcetylCysteine, thanks to its ability to regulate levels of glutamate — one of the most important neurotransmitter in your brain. Psychological Balance The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. It processes sensory information and coordinates bodily functions. All the individual nerves placed end to end could reach around the world two and a half times. Neurotransmitters are special chemicals that are key to the balanced functioning of the nervous system. The production of these neurotransmitters requires vital nutrients such as Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6. Optimal psychological function is a result of balance and is aided by nutrients such as Gotu Kola, Xeaxanthin, Lutein, Vitamin C, Vitamin B9 (folate) and Vitamin B12.
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This Is Silk. the wonder of the ancient the discovery of the modern the evolution of beauty This Is You. This Is Silk.
'Radiance Renewed' Silk Overnight Oil with Silk, Bakuchiol & Rosehip Silk Cream Cleanser - With 1 x Silk Cleansing Cloth
Unearth The Essence Harnessing the infinite power of nature, Apex connects us to Earth and it's spiritual energies, unleashing instincts and abilities that lay dormant within each of us. Only when we embrace our innermost instincts can we reach the Apex of our potential, becoming the best version of ourselves.
MANDARIN + Evocative of the sun, a Mandarin is the symbol of abundance and happiness. Radiating positivity, Mandarins remind us of the power of the sun, heightening our sense of perspective and place in the universe. The sun rises every morning with endless possibilities, giving endless opportunities to begin again and embrace a new life. PINEAPPLE + Throughout history the Pineapple has been a symbol of status, bringing luck and good fortune. The Pineapple's link to wealth gives us the tenacity to go after our goals - to create the life we deserve. By being upfront and authentic with what we want to achieve, we stand in a place of strength and integrity, and our goals will seem more reachable than ever before. FRANKINCENSE + One of the oldest spiritual gifts to humanity, burning Frankincense as part of a sacred ritual has been used for centuries to connect people to a higher power. This ethereal quality is believed to purify our energy - to unite our body with our mind - and centre our focus on achieving feats that can at first seem out-of-this-world. FIR BALSAM + Fir Balsam is the symbol of honesty, truth and forthrightness, evoked in the way the tree grows straight and direct. A tree reminiscent of permanence and a tall pillar of strength, this ingredient reminds us of the importance of resilience and longevity - encouraging us to rise to the occasion during times of rapid changes embracing opportunities that are in front of us. LEATHER + Leather grounds us to the earth. Its scent has the ability to make us feel powerful and self-assured with an addictive quality that keeps bringing us back to our primal instincts. When worn, leather can act as a suit of armour, preparing us for battle and bestowing us with the confidence we need to reach our goals.
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My personal luxuries Marcella Martinell, co-owner and luxury editor of MilliOnAir Magazine shares her ultimate indulgences.
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The original Rose Gold/Gold framed Bikini has at last been put back into production after 55 years and will ship in early February 2021. The reborn Bikini model is equipped with optically perfect and glare-proof UV400 performance lenses made by Divel Italia. For 2021, across all colorways, a total of only 200 Bikini numbered frames have been handcrafted in Italy.
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The dramatic and enduring design of the OMEGA Constellation is characterised by its famous halfmoons, “claws” on the case and mono-rang bracelet. OMEGA has highlighted the engraved Roman numerals in the same pastel shade. At the heart of this timepiece is the OMEGA Calibre 4061.
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Angela Blundell, created Concrete - London clothing in 2020 to meet a requirement for timeless and enduring sustainable products, designed to last forever. The collection is inspired by the desire to ‘slow down’ our lives. Concrete - London is a keen supporter of manufacturing in the UK, an ambassador for sustainability and dedicated to combatting fast fashion.
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Centenary Vanity Case (Grey & Caramel)
Gucci stripy top and cushion cover www.gucci.com available at psykhe.com
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Inspired by the beloved camera style bag, the Gigi has been A bestseller for a number of years. available in a variety of colours
LAnD Hats Panama hat in organic straw from Ecuador, made respecting Fair trade practices, personalised with initials.
Mary Ching KATY Scarf Golden Beige Tiger Scarf. CHING Cashmere will not leave you cold at any time of the year. A cable knitted scarf with Tiger patch in 100% Cashmere.
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Wanting to enjoy the wild ride of life in all of its colour? Even when it feels more white-knuckle than plainsailing? Because life is messy, but that’s what makes it beautiful. This is the moto of Tuuli Tea, a story that began in 2019 when friends Tuuli Shipster and Sophie Ricard started blending bespoke herbal infusions for friends and family for everything from hangovers to heartbreak. They saw the need for a thoroughly modern herbal tea brand that addresses the ups and downs of everyday life. Packaged in a different packaging than any tea company , this is for sure a pick me up for the senses.
Sorel The lightweight fit of a sneaker meets unparalleled weather protection. This boot is as wearable as it is capable, thanks to a waterproof suede upper, superior EVA cushioning underfoot, and 100g of insulation for fending off snowstorms.
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The entourage of Caterina De’ Medici: the amazon, the lover, the scholar, the companion, the favourite, the friar, the lady, the fire-master. These are the characters who bring to life the first home fragrance collection by Ginori 1735. These creations designed by Luca Nichetto are timeless, scented works of art.
ginori.com A dream, a return to childhood for Ginori 1735 that, with the Arcadia collections shows a fantastic place where everything is possible. A surreal touch that inspires longing to follow the joyful, optimistic and free characters, to find one’s own happiness: the pursuit of happiness. 24 items with hand-applied decoration decal in 18 different colours, the external border are finished with the threading technique. The Ginori inscription that runs across nearly all the pieces of the collection, created in a raised decal that gives a tactile perception of movement, are innovative and stylish elements.
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The J'Adior slingback pump is a prime example of Dior's savoirfaire. Crafted in the Christian Dior Italian ateliers, the silhouette is distinguished by black technical fabric. The two-tone embroidered 'J'ADIOR' ribbon is embellished with a flat bow and the 10 cm comma heel offers the final elegant touch for an evening look.
SCR Gold Intensive Serum - Skin Cell Regenerator with Hyaluronic Acid
SCR Gold Intensive Serum - Skin Cell Regenerator with Hyaluronic Acid This is an Anti Ageing, Anti Oxidant Serum and is the must have product for both men and women of all ages and colour. It is your very own one bottle solution to beautiful skin.
We are a family owned business with a heritage of excellence in the Hair, Beauty and Nail Industry. We have a passion for perfection and manufacture products to the highest of quality. We have developed extensive ranges from our SCR Gold Skin Care Range to our Award Winning Body Shaping Treatment. We are a British company and we manufacture all our products within the UK and strongly believe that by keeping everything close to home ensures the highest of quality is delivered. Our ingredients however are sourced from all over the world, using fresh, exotic and the finest extracts to ensure maximum results.
SCR Gold Skin Emulsion The SCR Gold Skin Emulsion is a light moisturiser face cream enriched with plant marine extracts, aloe vera and vitamins to help improve the skin naturally and give a matt appearance.
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Casadei Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Casadei is gearing up to tribute the iconic BLADE heel by collaborating with Ellen von Unwerth for a unique collection of campaign imagery. As the name suggests, the heel is sharp with a steel design. BLADE has become a trademark for Casadei over the last decade.
The blade-sharp heel continues to be reinvented through the inspiration of Cesare Casadei. Each season the heel is reimagined through studying new variants, cementing it as the inevitable core piece in every collection. Today, These spectacular creations, as well as the Spring-Summer 2022 collection, have been captured through the unmistakable lens of Ellen von Unwerth. www.casadei.com
Everything Is Golden PHOTOGRAPHER ELISABETH HOFF STYLIST ANNABEL KERMAN
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ROSANTICA Earrings PEBBLE LONDON Ring TALLER MARMO Dress
BEGUM KHAN Earrings NADINE MERABI Jumpsuit
POPPY NORTON Earrings DE MELLIER Bag MORI at WOLF AND BADGER Top
PEBBLE LONDON Necklace AMLUL Dress
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BEGUM KHAN Brooch CARLOTA BARRERA Blazer MODEL HAKIMA at M&P Models HAIR SHERMAN HAWTHORNE using Equi Botanics Vegan Haircare MAKEUP HELEN BANNON using Irene Forte Skincare and Georgio Armani Beauty LIGHTING ASSISTANT NATHANIAL RANIS DIGITAL OPERATOR CHLOE YATES
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explorations of pleasure In conversation with Lucy Litwack, Owner & CEO of Coco de Mer By Ross Pollard
Fashion is an interesting business, sometimes creatively interesting, sometimes it’s the people in it, and Lucy Litwack, the CEO of Coco de Mer certainly falls into both, so when I got the chance to talk with her, I leapt at the opportunity to explore not only her thoughts around the label, but also her attachment to social justice, taking on the furthering of human rights issues and of course the burgeoning openness around sex and its place in modern society.
Coco de Mer has turned 21, how do you feel that female empowerment has changed in the period since the launch of the label? Has part of the empowerment involved the exploration of pleasure and sexual exploration moving from the shadows to a conversation that is increasingly open and engaged with? I feel like things have changed so much but then again there is still so far to go… For over 20 years, at Coco de Mer we have been committed to celebrating and championing pleasure for all, chipping away at the longstanding taboos around sexuality. From art to culture, education to pornography, the female perspective on pleasure in all its forms is little discussed or truly understood. And yet, from general happiness and confidence, to deepening and nurturing our relationships - and a fundamental appreciation of ourselves knowing and owning female pleasure and sensuality really can be life-changing. And it is only now starting to get the attention it deserves. It’s one of the true gifts of being a woman. Our capacity to experience it is innate, universal and human - and it’s never too late to start exploring its extraordinary possibilities. It’s why, through Coco de Mer, I wanted to create a Home of Pleasure - a safe place to discover its potential; with a brand built by and run by women, for women.
I believe that pleasure done well fires all the senses; that sight, sound, taste, touch and smell are a system greater than the sum of their parts - and as women, we need the opportunities to fully explore the fun, joy and endless possibilities of our sexuality. In conversations around pleasure, men are seemingly always confident in their voices. They have been taught about pleasure through formal education, the media, and society as a whole for their entire lives, while female pleasure is rarely acknowledged. Instead, the expression of female pleasure is often criticised, or scandalised, while the male counterpart is regarded, simply, as a fact of life. That’s why it feels like the conversation around female pleasure is one of the last taboos in our society. 10 years ago, Fifty Shades of Grey provided a step change in the world of erotica. It opened up people’s attitudes to BDSM and brought hidden desires to the surface. Since then, the world has continued to evolve and sex is discussed much more openly, but female pleasure is only now starting to get the attention it deserves. However, I think a new revolution is on the way. Women are starting to discuss the topic more openly; culture is beginning to catch up and I believe this sexual revolution will be much more pleasurable for women than the one in 1960s.
At Coco de Mer, we hope to create a space for conversation and education through frank contributions to wider conversations, evenings of education and selection of products centered on female pleasure. It is this self-acceptance, the sense of fulfilment, and the confidence, joy, and improved health that comes with education and uninhibited explorations of pleasure that I want to deliver to women. Pleasure and sexual fulfilment shouldn’t be regarded as luxuries; more women need to regard their own sexual satisfaction as a necessity. For many years Coco De Mer has actively engaged in the campaign to end FGM, do you find there is an increasing sense of what it means for people and its impact? The fight against FGM is very close to my heart. As Coco de Mer exists to shine a light on the power, potential and importance of female pleasure, so FGM is a direct disabler of that pleasure. I was inspired by reading books written by Waris Dirie (a former model and FGM survivor) and worked with her Desert Flower Foundation a few years ago to help support, empower and educate women. As a trustee of Nimco Ali’s The Five Foundation, I hope to continue to use my platform to raise a greater awareness of this inhumane practice and push towards change.
FGM is about power and control. Control over women, over their bodies, over their sexuality. I absolutely believe that a woman must have the right to choose what happens to her own body. This is a fundamental human right, for all women, no matter where they are from or where they live. Until all women have access to education and independence, they will not be in a position to stand up to these harmful traditions. We need education to empower girls and educate boys to help change the culture. I do believe that corporate partnerships are a really useful way of speaking to new audiences - because education is key to making a change - and we can use our combined platforms for a wider reach. People are starting to understand more about the practice - and to realise how this horrific form of child abuse is happening the world over - not just in Africa. For example, 21 out of every 1000 women in London have undergone FGM. FGM will only be abolished if women’s socio-political situation as a whole is taken into account and amazing foundations like The Five Foundation founded by Nimco Ali are doing incredible work with grass roots activists to empower women economically, culturally and socially. A shared purpose unites us, the basic fundamental human right a woman has over her own body.
The impact of the garment industry has been in the spotlight as discussions increasingly look at ethics and sustainability. How has that conversation impacted the label? As a luxury brand, ethics and sustainability have always been a part of the business. We manufacture all of our lingerie in Europe ensuring fair wages and proper working conditions. We only produce high quality garments to order so that not only do our products last, but we don’t get left with excess products at the end of the season. But we could do so much more - and it is part of our strategy for this year to work with experts to understand what we can do in an authentic, meaningful and relevant way. We need to be talking about circular products that shift customer perceptions. Fashion’s approach to sourcing, manufacturing and designing needs to maximise the benefits to the industry and to society at large, whilst minimising its impact on the environment. If we gave you a magic wand that allowed you to make one change to the world, what would it be? Please don’t give me just one! I have so many… - End FGM. - Free contraception for all women everywhere. Contraceptives are the greatest lifesaving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation ever created - and no country in the last 50 years has emerged from poverty without expanding access to contraceptives. - Gender equity: empowering women is the most comprehensive, pervasive, highleverage investment you can make in human beings. - Give all girls the absolutely critical skill of confidence: with confidence, girls are curious and resourceful, they are fearless and encouraged to take risks, and most importantly they have their own voice to speak up and speak out in their careers and everyday lives. - Give all women the power of pleasure - And finally, end animal cruelty which makes me cry every single time I see the horrific things that humans can do to living, breathing, sentient animals
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Staying tangentially with evenings of entertainment, you've recently collaborated with TV show Killing Eve again, how did the collaboration come about? We are a business built 20 years ago on the belief that female pleasure and sensuality is part of our birthright. We want to be at the forefront of building a new narrative. To bring together new voices, from different walks of life, to demystify, celebrate and champion our right to experience pleasure. In short, we exist to shine a light on the extraordinary power, potential and importance of female pleasure and sensuality. We are experiencing an unprecedented, inter-generational increase in female stories in culture. Across all forms of traditional and new media, female storytellers are tackling female-centric stories. But very rarely this one. We are on a mission to address that. And that’s how the relationship with Killing Eve began. Killing Eve is a cultural phenomenon that I have admired from the outset. As a show with two female protagonists, a central character who lives life on her own terms and represents an unapologetic view of what women are capable of, we identify very deeply with their core values. If there was a perfect partnership where women and their desires are central to the concept, this is it.
It’s the first time a luxury lingerie brand has collaborated with an entertainment entity, and for me, this colliding of worlds between entertainment and lingerie also embodies the power of female collaboration - with myself as CEO of Coco de Mer and the female CEO of Sid Gentle Films (and Executive Producer of Killing Eve) Sally Woodward Gentle. Collaborations have always been a core pillar of our strategy and we are continually looking to develop partnerships that are greater than the sum of their parts, driving creative evolution as well as business growth. I’ve always believed that many things are better and more powerful when done together. The way entertainment and retail connect is changing, do you think partnerships like the one between Coco De Mer and Killing Eve are the future, one where show fans are able to connect in much deeper ways with shows outside of the traditional avenues of a boxset and perhaps a poster and a t-shirt? Yes I really do. Killing Eve is a show that captured the fashion world whenever a new series aired, and our collaboration is a continuation of this natural crossover that takes the style of the show off the screen and into our wardrobes. I believe that this crossing over of the worlds of fashion and entertainment will continue to grow and develop as it highlights how women’s lives are made up of so many different facets and allows us to embrace the characters in our favourite shows in our own way.
This collection brings the essence of the Killing Eve world and protagonists to life in a very wearable way and allows women who may not have explored their sensual side before to embrace the power it can bring. We can sometimes relate better to the fictional world and characters that are created in a TV series than to social media influencers; or we may just feel that the world of social media can be quite judgemental. It’s almost as if the world is going full circle - from the time when Sex and the City felt like the first show to focus on stories about women and female relationships and gave us the permission to live life on our own terms as women no matter what anyone thought. In the way that fashion was a form of self-expression for those women, in Killing Eve it blasts the myth that fashion is frivolous and should not be important to intelligent women. Killing Eve is a cultural phenomenon that is unapologetic about the power and potential of women - continuing to break down the stereotypes of women that still exist today.
What I love about Killing Eve, and what I believe appeals to other women, is the unapologetic empowerment that is engrained in the female protagonists and the essence of the show. It portrays women in a modern way - as good and bad; in control but vulnerable; there is emotion but also strength. The female leads are strong, intelligent and witty. Women can be so many things - but most importantly they have to be able to be themselves - without judgement. The female gaze is crucial to our work at Coco de Mer and this is also clearly defined in Killing Eve. Both brands were created by, and are run by women and there is a trust and confidence in how women perceive themselves. The Killing Eve by Coco de Mer collection allows women to take a piece of the confidence or power that appeals to them on screen for themselves. We are able to deliver this principle to the world of luxury lingerie and give our customers a piece of their favourite character’s strength, sense of adventure and confidence. We couldn't go a whole interview without mentioning a certain virus, during the various lockdowns did you see a change in the business and the customer base? It was, of course, a challenging time for us as a retail brand. Our boutique in Covent Garden had been the heart and soul of the brand for 20 years; so its closure was devastating. We had to learn quickly to become a digital-first brand. However, it also highlighted for me something that I had always believed - the importance of self-love and pleasure to a happy life.
The uninhibited exploration of pleasure that we have strived to deliver to women leads to self acceptance and a sense of fulfilment, together with confidence, joy and improved health. Pleasure isn't a luxury, it's a necessity - and it can be life changing. There was definitely an uplift in sales during the first lockdown, particularly in the purchase of sex toys. This made me happy to think that so many people were finding the time to explore their desires, alone or with a partner. There is no doubt that the sense of touch, companionship, and intimacy are crucial in developing a happy life, so technology and eroticism have the potential and the promise to tie much more closely together - particularly at times like this when we are kept away from our loved ones. As Covid killed empty brand hype, consumers became collaborators. We’ve seen retail empowering and cultivating communities. As for Coco de Mer, we refreshed our brand positioning to bring our core purpose of championing female pleasure to the fore under the new banner of The Home of Pleasure. Going forward, we will be taking a more editorialised approach to content and brand storytelling as we build a community of interest around the subject. We will continue to pivot towards a digital-first strategy and work on ways to bring our passion for, and dedication to female pleasure to life.
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All shades of Spring Pink
By Melanie Burnett
KG KURT GEIGER Vegan Leighton Sneakers
SKIMS Fits Everybody SquareNeck Bodysuit
VALENTINO Valentino Garavani Patent So Noir Pumps 65
LA BOUCHE ROUGE Matte Lipstick Refill
MYLA Silk-Blend Floral Bra
FABERGÉ Rose Gold, Pink Sapphire and Ruby Colours of Love Cosmic Curve Eternity Ring
HERNO Quilted Down Jacket
DOLCE & GABBANA Cat Eye Sunglasses
JIL SANDER Striped Midi Dress
ethical fashion interview
One Humanity. One Planet.
MilliOnAir has recently discovered Maemo - a new transparent, ethical fashion destination formed on the ideals that self-love and love for our Mother Earth are fundamentally intertwined. Maemo launched at the start of this year with a range of sustainable leisurewear. Keeping Mother Earth at the heart of everything that they do, Maemo intends to share their sustainable journey every step of the way. The wins, failures and learnings that it takes for a fashion brand to realistically work towards the sustainable UN Goals in 2022. We caught up with Maemo’s Head of Brand, Kate Nightingale, to hear more.
Maemo is an interesting name. What's the meaning? Our name comes from the Finnish word ‘maaemo’, which means Mother Earth. But the way we pronounce it sounds like ‘me amo’, meaning ‘I love myself’ in Spanish. Everything we do is with love and in honour of Mother Earth, yet we know everything starts with loving yourself. Striking a balance between self-love and love for our planet is what drives our actions every day. What is your definition of sustainability? How does Maemo incorporate this? For Maemo, a truly sustainable company looks at how this affects all areas of the business; we want to incorporate sustainability in all aspects of our brand. The definition of sustainability is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance and ultimately to try and save our planet earth. We have seen the destruction that fast fashion manufacturing can bring, from polluted rivers to the loss of biodiversity and families living in landfills and ill children. We truly took these issues to heart and have worked to create an ethical and sustainable brand that cares about the planet and our talented employees. Our team at Maemo are passionate about ensuring that each step in our production process is as ethical and sustainable as possible. This involves continuous research into the best ways to design, produce and sell our product. Our factories have taken the Green Clothing Sustainability Pledge, which means sourcing and producing responsibly, alongside supporting labour rights and taking care of our communities. What would you advise consumers to do who seek to create a sustainable closet and lifestyle? There are many ways to become a more sustainable shopper and lead a more sustainable life. An excellent place to start is to pause and think about your shopping/buying habits. We would encourage shoppers to categorise purchases into need and want. Then think about how often they will wear/use this item. Do you know the environmental cost of buying it? Some key questions to investigate are: was it made using eco/sustainable fabrics? Does the production company treat their workers fairly? Do the company use sustainable packaging?
We understand that it can be difficult for people to find some of this information. We want to be completely transparent with our customers and make it as easy as possible to find out information about the journey of how their clothes were made from start to finish. Our team created an icons system to inform our customers about the processes our clothes have been through and find out about the impact customers make when they buy a piece. You will see these icons on our website and on every item of clothing we produce.
What's the smallest change a consumer could make to start this journey? For many people beginning to become more eco-conscious can be a journey that takes time. But every little step helps, so even if someone starts by finding one sustainable online brand/shop that they can support, rather than opting for the many fast-fashion outlets in the market, it’s a significant first step. Another great way to become more sustainable whilst enjoying the fun of a new outfit is to embrace the rise of clothes hire sites. Rotaro or Hirestreet are great ones, or amazing apps like Whering, which allow users to upload their current wardrobe and gives you styling tips on how to re-wear your pieces.
Where do you find your inspiration? The inspiration for our launch collection was to create comfortable yet stylish pieces that could be worn for many occasions. Maemo leisurewear includes pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on your mood/occasion and can be worn again and again. For the mainline, we selected a colour palette that looked to nature, taking influence from the four natural elements of the divine world we live in, Earth, Water, Air and Fire, echoing the tones of the sea, sky and soil. Our earth shades provide a connection to the natural world around us. Letting the outside in, they are authentic and grounding colours that work naturally together. We have developed the Undyed range with pure, uncoloured pieces for our latest capsule collection. This eco-friendly range was created using 50% less water typically needed for production and dying of similar garments. We will donate 5% of the sales from the range to our water charity partner, Just A Drop. How and where are the products produced? When we make these changes it creates a knock-on effect, and we can see positivity radiate. This starts with production for us; we produce our pieces in collaboration with local communities in Pakistan. We work with carefully selected factories to achieve the most sustainable production possible. Our partners have taken the Green Clothing Sustainability Pledge, aligning with our mission to keep us in harmony with nature. From sourcing responsibly to reducing our carbon footprint, supporting labour rights, and taking care of our communities, we’re playing our part in protecting our people and Mother Earth. Our love for Mother Earth also transcends into the way we create healthier spaces with cleaner air, access to daylight and environments free from harmful chemicals. The factories we operate out of work to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification system. These include ways to save energy, reduce carbon dioxide, improve indoor environmental quality and water efficiency. We know that using less-polluting virgin fibres, such as organic cotton, does not address the growing amount of cotton waste globally.
Our current solution is to use recycled cotton made from repurposed production scraps and retired textiles. Using recycled cotton saves 20,000 litres of water per kilogram of cotton and reduces the amount of energy used. The real power of using recycled materials is in offsetting the production of new materials by restoring the utility of materials already in circulation and diverting fabric waste from landfills. Mechanically recycled yarn tends to feel less soft than virgin organic cotton due to the shortening of the fibre in the process; ours are currently woven or knitted in with the organic cotton yarn to maintain a quality feel, resulting in our ultra-soft blended fabrics. Our highest blend is currently 50% recycled and 50% organic cotton. We are constantly reworking our blends to increase the percentage of recycled materials. Plans for the future? Where to start? We have many exciting projects in the pipeline! We’re currently exploring new materials and other ways we can contribute toward the UN goals. We intend to explore a physical presence on the high street this summer, and we are looking at new technology, including digital fashion and the metaverse and how we might be able to incorporate these into our model, perhaps negating the sampling process moving forward. This is an on-going process and one in which we are committed to finding as many new ways as possible to evolve our practices to make our products as accessible and sustainable as possible.
Maemo's three-tier Collection comprises Maemo Essentials, Maemo Core and Maemo Luxe. Each capsule collection is the perfect balance of comfort and sleek design. With a mix of soft to the touch organic cotton, recycled polyester and easily removable, 100% cotton yarn care labels, their garments are soothing on the skin and deliver the ultimate snug wearing experience. Each range is designed to be mix-and-match, so their customers can create new looks whilst still utilising their original purchases, meaning more conscious purchasing and less overall consumption. Comfort without sacrificing style Maemo’s pieces are the perfect combination of comfort without sacrificing style. Their USPs are stylish design details and tailoring which is rarely seen in leisurewear; a soothing colour palette and super soft-to-touch materials. Water: saving the planet one drop at a time. Maemo has innovated its production process to use between 30-50% less water. When you buy a dyed product from Maemo, they save 24 litres of water, which would be enough for 20 days worth of water for a tomato plant in the summer sun. When you buy from the Undyed range, they save 40 litres of water per 1kg of fabric!
The Hot List
By Melanie Burnett
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L-R BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Denim Cardigan £1,750 BALMAIN Denim Jacket £1,450 ALICE+OLIVIA Daren Longline Denim Jacket £495 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Hybrid Denim Jacket £2,350 REJINA PYO Cleo Denim Jacket £395 SANDRO Denim Embellished Jacket £234.50
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Thyme in the Cotswolds
William Blake famously proclaimed 'nature is imagination;' botanically led, luxury English countryside getaway, Thyme in the Cotswolds, 'a village within a village,' resembles a poetic 'Blake-ian' vista. Founded by Carolyn Hibbert and her family, Thyme started from their manor house, a traditional Cotswoldian stone brick home, in the picture-pretty village of Southrop in 2002, before she organically began to execute her vision to redevelop and restore their own and the neighbouring lodges into an idyllic country house hotel, spa and lifestyle haven.
Just over an hour by train from London, my driver en route to this epicurean retreat comments 'as soon as any buildings become available in the village, Thyme has bought them up,' although neighbours must be reassured that all renovations aim to respect the original design or use: for instance, the 19th Century, Ox Barn, the chic, open plan dining space at Thyme, was originally home to the oxen that ploughed the local fields, and still pays homage with the original beams, herringbone ceiling and soaring arches preserved, as well as the stone rubble walls, so distinct to the Cotswold area. Details are always meticulous but never fussy, including the Meadow Spa, a leaf green painted haven of calm and tranquility, which offers bespoke treatments that aim to connect mind and body through the healing power of 'thyme', scent and breath. The cluster of stone brick buildings (former lodges, barns, cottages, rectory and pub) - the adjacent St.Peter's Church (where local homeowner Kate Moss got married) isn't actually part of the compound - now houses 31 bedrooms, each botanically inspired with different designs, colourways and antique furniture. My sweeping ground floor 'English Rose' room with coated pink walls and paisley fabrics was elegant but not saccharine, punctuated with two fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and an old bathtub, where you can soak with a glass of homemade bourbon whiskey, whilst taking in the stretching views. (through french doors that lead onto the lawn.)
Curated storytelling is at the heart of Thyme with family generations focusing on different categories that all connect 'land, food and entertaining with local heritage, beauty and conservation:' so whilst Carolyn Hibbert is responsible for all the interiors (including a soon to launch Thyme collection of patterned upholstery fabrics and wallpaper), son Charlie oversees all menus and the chefs who select and grow their own organic produce in the grounds, and daughter, Millie runs the Thyme boutique, buying from a range of independent, artisan driven, luxury clothing brands. Both Millie and Carolyn together have extended into creating their own Bertioli womenswear label, luxury separates and day to evening wear, based on local floral prints from their own hand drawn illustrations that can work for women of all ages. They also have both formulated the sustainably made Bertioli beauty range: sumptuous botanical extracts of english apple blossom, thyme, water mint are picked from the local verdant fields - the range is used across all the hotel rooms, spa and available to buy. With the glorious Orchard House, another refined renovation with a roof covered in orchids, overlooking the Thyme spring water swimming pool, due to open in Spring, with its own cinema screening space, Thyme continues to give the historic buildings an elegant 21st century retelling and their 'play on words' ethos: to give visitors 'time' to slow down and reconnect with nature.
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All About Sue
Sue Dray has illustrated for over 40 years working during the 70s and 80s for groundbreaking feminist publications Spare Rib and The Women’s Press as well as for the gay community: Gay Men’s Press, Gay Pied and Gay News all archived in The British Library. Through the 80s her work was published extensively with high profile authors such as Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon and John Mortimer. MilliOnAir Magazine
Nowadays you can find Sue drawing from the front row at London & Paris Fashion Week . She was the first artist in residence for Fashion Scout painting live from the runway at her easel jostled in amongst the press photographers and VIP's. Her prestigious clients are Vivienne Westwood, Pam Hogg and Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World. She is featured drawing backstage in the film ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist which was released in 2018. Sue Dray, capture all these artistic moments with serene calm. Sat quietly and unobserved, sketching away she created some beautiful illustrations that brings the fashion collections and the mood backstage to life.
Sue draws in a signature style that combines strong lines with painterly textures and bright, contrasting colour, focusing on the haptic of creating. Sue’s teaching history is extensive she has taught in the UK, France, Australia and America. She was Course Leader, Senior Lecturer of BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration at London College of Fashion, 2009 - 2018 and continues to contribute as a guest lecturer nurturing the next generation of fashion artists.
And why cocreation is the future
With MPowder founder, Rebekah Brown.
Perhaps it is because my background is that of a researcher, but it was entirely instinctive for me to create MPowder as a cocreation community rather than adhering to a traditional business model. I’ve spent my career listening hard, and supporting other brands and businesses in better connecting with their communities.
With MPowder I wanted to go a step further and bake each and every individual that is part of this community into everything we do. To do more than reference the label of ‘community’ - but to actually let go a little, and allow each and every one of you to determine our direction of travel. Why? I believe one of the most important steps required to reframe midlife is the amplification of a myriad of voices, each with their own unique stories. And to make real change happen - to make products that fundamentally improve our health, to develop programmes that engage, reframe and educate - we have to do more than amplify… We have to act. Which means letting go of the neat roadmaps and the reins a little. And accepting that there is no neat single story either. But by shining a spotlight on the breadth of experience that is midlife in all its magnificence, we enable people to find themselves, as well as each other. I also know that, because each menopause journey is different, our role, as custodians of what you’re making with us, must always be to facilitate a space where everyone is welcome. Today you, as a community of over 11,000 women: Verify our products for efficacy Vote on the Meno-Well event topics we host Share the recipes you make with our blends Tell us where you want us stocked next Invite us into your workplace to host training programmes Invite us (digitally!) into your homes to host Hormone House Parties for your friends!
You make us. And we’re incredibly grateful. But we still have more to do. So, today’s Big Read is different in format. Because today’s newsletter is an ask! Over the next 7 days we’re doing two things I’d love your involvement in: We’re opening up The Powder Room, our private Facebook group, to each and every one of you in our Big Read community. A place to ask questions, access our events and meet each other, it’s been in stealth mode for some time. And now is the time to shape it more explicitly for you…To apply to join, simply click HERE. And we’ll be sure to open the door and let you in! Which brings me to my second request. The Powder Room is currently hosting a quick survey. And we’d love you to share your thoughts on where we should be going next. Simply head into the private Facebook group, have a look around…and tell us what you want next by accessing the survey link which is pinned at the top of the conversion thread. Next week, normal service resumes! But I thank you now for your continued support, input and passion for all we are looking to achieve.
A community for curious minds. This column is going to explore the best tools for self-care in midlife, with a specific focus on how we ensure our menopause journey doesn’t throw us off track. I can’t think of a better place for this adventure to happen than here at MILLIONAIR Magazine- with the ever-curious Melanie Burnett at the helm! There is so much evidence now about the value of food and lifestyle interventions, along with medical protocols, to ensure that we thrive at all life stages. We’ll look at the evidence behind different protocols and practices that can support us. We’ll talk to the experts. We’ll share the facts. We’ll unpick potential. We’ll share your stories too. Because, although every menopause journey is different, we can learn from each other. And midlife can be a superpower, if we navigate it together. To find out more about how to Meno-Well, follow MPowder on Instagram and Facebook @mpowderstore. Or sign up to The Big Read, a weekly journal packed full of insight, inspiration and community stories at mpowder.store With love, Rebekah
MPowder founder, Rebekah Brown.
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my eco and sustainable wish list
On my wish list
Beauty is a self-care activity we can all take part in. As a new Spring has arrived, there are a few products adorning my wish list. Here are some ideas for you if you are looking for that perfect gift for your beauty-loving self.
Bubble Vvee by KURE BAZAAR is not only the Pinkest Pink of all, super colorful and positive, it is also the most innovative of all nail polishes by KURE BAZAAR. The Ecological formula is based on organic sesame oil, known to be rich in essential Omega 6 fatty acids with amazing regenerative, nutritive and softening properties. . Bubble Vvee healthy care nail polish has been designed in collaboration with the fashion stylist Virginie Dhello, famous by her love to the color of Pink. Let´s go for the Pink of Pink!
BeVIVID, a young German brand is already well known and loved by their super cute, lightweight square bottles, lovely smooth to touch, and holding your water fresh without the nasty taste of marinated plastic and weird odors. With the “favourite jeans effect“– as your daily best friend, BeVIVID bottles will help improve daily hydration habits to stay healthy and luminous. Always in your bag, on your desk, at work, during workouts, next to bed – making sipping water a delightful habit of eternal beauty. @bevivid.official
It´s a revolution of how perfume is made and worn. Brûmée presents a series of rejuvenating natural, alcohol free, skin loving and nourishing perfums certified, safe in the sun, longlasting, with skincare benefits, unisex and - as working with your individual skin PH so unique for everybody. With their moisturising qualities and the patended technology, creations by Brûmée are bridging the gap between perfume and skincare. @lolasapothecary
Lola´s Apothecary At the heart of Lola’s Apothecary is a vision of beauty & grace, to curate bespoke wellness rituals cocooning the everyday life in the safe haven of a sensual moment. Their range of couture, holistic, natural beauty, spa & wellness wonders, handmade by inspired artisans on the picturesque Colleton Estate in North Devon, UK, gathers a selected proposal of sophisticated formulations – From the buttery body polishes to the plant-based candles, all products are made in small batches. Each bottle encapsulates a miracle of nature: naturally active ingredients & potent botanical extracts are ethically sourced & thoughtfully blended to promote deep healing & radiance, and to bring joy, wellness & peace to the recipient.
All of the products are effective yet gentle, inspired by nature and created with aromatherapeutic benefits in mind to combine glamour & decadence for the most luxurious of natural skin treats. The commitment to sustainability by Lola´s Apothecary has been awarded the distinguished Butterfly Mark accreditation by the non-profit Positive Luxury. With our lifestyle nowadays seeking to be enhanced by moments of sensory indulgence, Lola´s Apothecary is a treasure for the skin and for the soul. A Retreat from the vivid dance of life.
Spring is time to detox! A good detox helps your body to eliminate toxins and to energize the mind. To be able to give your body the reset it craves, your liver needs energy, which it derives from antioxidants. The new super charger comes now from the Belgian vitamin brand INSENTIALS by expert nutritionist, Amandine de Paepe, launching DETOX BOOST to empower every Superwoman! A specific DNA test has been developed to establish the individual needs on nutrients.
ZOJO Elixirs Detoxyfying Superpowders formulated with organically sourced, natural adaptogenic ingredients to meet all your beauty, body and mind needs. ZOJO elixirs calm your senses, nourish your skin and provide your body with digestive support. The range covers: The Gorgeous Formula (for a glowing healthy skin), The Young Formula (for well aging and longevity), The Supergreen Formula (Detoxing), The Beauty Pageant Formula (the most powerful superfood of our earth). The Sexy Formula (for fertility and energy), Golden Adapto Latte (Turmeric Beauty Drink), Pearl, the Pearl of Beauty,
Collagen and Magic Cocoa for the chilling hour. You will also find some accessoires and helpers as well as candles. Eco Glam and a playful approach to a hollistic wellness lifestyle.
A natural Perfume and a Body Care Ritual. Life is about wandering and waiting. In the era of productivity, denials, and rationalizations, the real challenge is to stay present and observe, to wait, and absorb. WA:IT is a symbiosis of two cultures – Japanese and Italian, an embodiment of a duality of a beauty, where the perception might differ, but the appreciation and importance are the same. From the Italian side, beauty is about life and warmth; it blooms and flourishes like all living in the summer. There is this wave of joy that conquers us when we sit by a breathtaking Italian seaside, thinking, reflecting, feeling, and gaining new force to start the creation process. While in Japan, we cherish things because they cannot last. Just as in nature, seasons change, something is wakened, and something falls asleep. There is this unexpected pleasure in sitting still in the sacred Japanese temple, waiting, smelling, feeling, and falling in love with the world and everything in it.
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