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The Global Man

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e d i t o r 's l e t t e r In conceptualising this issue, we used the phrase 'Global Man' as a sort of working touchstone; a central reference point to keep returning to. We asked ourselves, what makes a global man, global? As we began to interview our subjects, we came to realise that a global outlook actually comes very much from within. Steve Jobs, for instance, was a global man, even when he was working from his parents' garage. Tom Ford was a global man, even when he read fashion magazines, late at night, hiding under the bedsheets. Their vision was global, even if most people around them thought they were straight-up crazy.

What we wanted to know was, how does this global outlook turn into success?

A wise man

once told me that the key to success is listening to your inner voice and not the people around you. If you take a lion born in captivity that has spent his entire life in an enclosed cage, why do his keepers continue to lock the cage door? Because the lion (instinctively) knows that there is something else out there for him. Is there something else out there for you? If so, I hope you find our interviews and features inspiring.

As my favourite quote by the great Henry David Thoreau states: ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have always imagined.’

I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who participated in making the issue happen.

Enjoy it.

Lee Joseph leejoseph@misterhagan.com

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IntroducIng MonsIeur de chanel

Palazzo ParIgI MIlan



the Man of the house - hakan rosenIus

caPrI Palace hotel & sPa



PIsa rocks wIth helIdon XhIXhIa

the gloBal Man shoot



Man on the MountaIn - kenton cool

VIenna style chIc



lanserhof tegernesse

on the Verge: Van gogh



the Man on the Moon - Buzz aldrIn





the Man who PhotograPhed heroes



the Men wIth the really good shoes - galet




noMos glashutte

outsIde of london



the leadIng Man

les sources de caudalIe



coffee taBle essentIal: ferrarI

royal Mansour

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i n t r o d u C i n g

Monsieur de Chanel.


hanel has enjoyed a long stretching relationship




industry, having released the largely






Jacques Helleu in 1987. The well considered watch was designed to resemble the shape of the Place Vendôme, a prestigious square located in the first arrondissement and was created to honour the glory of King Louis XIV. This well thought out and respectful first step in to haute horology would earn the brand respect and trust with consumers. Jump forward to the year 2000, which marks the release of what has become an icon of sorts with the Chanel J12 sports watch. This unisex piece was available in black ceramic and would later be available in a vast variety of materials, due to how well the initial piece was received. Just to contextualise the brand’s attention to detail, Chanel acquired the movements for a later iteration of the J12 from Audemars Piguet; a brand considered to be a market leader of quality and design in the watch industry.

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' ' T h e M o n s i e u r e n c a p s u l aT e s M a s c u l i n e e l e g a n c e ’ '

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The latest release from Chanel comes in


double was


the form of the Monsieur; a watch designed


specifically for men. This effort has been


considered and designed from the ground


up, developing a case, dial and movement


from scratch over a period of five years.

brands enter this market with off-the-

The development of a movement is no easy

shelf movements provided by wholesale

feat, requiring hundreds, if not thousands

movement manufacturers, seen by many

of hours to complete, working along side

as the lazy route. It’s somewhat refreshing

experts with multiple decades of experience.

to see the seriousness with which Chanel





making view



when back.

scratch, a

looking A





through fashion

The aptly titled Calibre 1 features a ‘jumping

approaches watchmaking and we are quite

hour’ display with retrograde minutes hand

sure that this piece will be received with the

and is comprised of 170 individual components.

respect it deserves. The Chanel Monsieur

Put simply, the hour marker at the bottom of

will be released in a limited edition of 300

the display is on a circular disc, which once


an hour will instantaneously advance to the

which 150 will be in Beige gold while the

following hour. Retrograde minutes




remaining 150 will be produced

refers to a display which, in this

in white gold. The Monsieur

case, is spread over 240 degrees



masculine elegance, blending




will advance from 0 minutes, on


the left hand side, all the way







aspects of the watch with

over to 60 minutes, on the

beautiful Chanel design.

right, and will snap back

Words: Jacob Tomkins &

to 0 during the time the

Jonnie Craig on behalf of

hour indicator takes to

Twelve Journal.

advance. This process then repeats.


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t h e G LO B A L M A n

1. The man of the house

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house of

asprey Hakan Rosenius is a man Renowned in tHe industRy foR H i s s t y l e , H i s pa s s i o n a n d H i s lov e a f fa i R w i t H lu x u Ry


ith an illustrious pedigree built on more

the company prides itself on continuing to offer an

than two decades with Paul Smith, he

unrivalled bespoke service.

celebrates 10 years at the very British

As creativity and perfection are always at the

institution of Asprey with a new role as artistic director.

forefront of his mind, Rosenius confesses his demand

The title brings with it new challenges, amongst

for detail often crosses the divide between his

them the task of creating new product ranges for the

professional and his personal life.

iconic 235-year-old brand.

“I find that the attention to detail does certainly

I wonder if he’s able to reveal more about what he

affect all areas of my life,” he reflects. Although

is working on?

that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It has given him a

“We are developing men’s accessories, including

fine eye and he has a cherished personal collection of

a collection of ties, belts, cufflinks – an extensive

books, glass and china.

collection of new designs all to be launched this fall,”

Which, I ask, are his favourite pieces amongst

he confirms. “There are also additional projects that


are in the very early stages, such as developing an

“I really am a collector of all things that catch

eyeware and fragrance collection.”

my eye,” he tells me. “One of my personal favourites

After the successful launch of the GMT travel

is a book, Rowdy, commemorating Bruce Weber’s

collection, he has plans for Asprey’s men’s leather

much-loved dog, that was actually gifted to his close



friends. There were a very limited number produced

developing as we enhance the men’s category,” he

and I was able to get a copy during a personal

explains. “It’s certainly an area we wish to extend.”

appearance at an event we hosted at Paul Smith





While progress is clearly desirable, essential,

when I worked there.”

a brand as long-established as Asprey also has

His quest for additions goes on, though, and

its bedrock values to consider. Both Rosenius and

precious leisure time is devoted to the search. Time

chairman of the board and owner, John Rigas, with

off in London, he reveals, is often spent visiting

whom he works closely, are focused on driving the

antique shops in Chelsea, Fulham and Kensington.

house forward while maintaining core values of

But even for a man of his status, there can’t be

quality, refinement and innovation.

a schedule without some time away from the style

He believes it is those which have been key to

agenda. Every man deserves a vacation, so I am

establishing a lasting global success.

curious to know where someone with a world of

“We have kept to the core fundamentals of the

luxury travel at his disposal might choose.

house, retaining the high quality and craftsmanship of

“Harbour Island,” he replies, instantly pinpointing

our products, never compromising on the main factors.”

the Barbadian paradise island, before adding by way

Asprey’s silver, jewellery and leather workshops

of explanation: “because there is absolutely nothing

are still housed above the flagship Mayfair store and

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PISA ROCKS Shining Rock iS the peRSonal exhibition of a c c l a i m e d a R t i S t h e l i d o n x h i x h a c u R R e n t ly b R i n g i n g p i e t R a S a n ta a l i v e .

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ntil this point in the artist’s career,

explored. The alchemists were considered

Xhixha has focused primarily on the

dreamers, they were locked in an eternal

use of steel. The sublime nature of

search for the impossible in the attempt to

his arworks appearance has been concerned

make the world a better place.

with a mirror-polished surface that allows

Xhixha’s practice is now developing in the

for light to dance across their exterior,

same manner, rigorous experimentation is

creating a fascinating situation between the

causing him to make new discoveries in both

realms of physical and the nonphysical.

the approach to his work and the materials

Faced with the challenge of exhibiting in the

that he can utilise. Alchemy was considered

marble capital of the world, Xhixha has chosen

a meeting point between philosophy and

to showcase new approaches to his practice

science, and it is exactly these two schools of

that will pay homage to their location whilst

thought that are enabling the artist to grow

remaining true to his work to date.

his practice, pushing it further and further

In relation to the ancient practice of Alchemy,





into unknown and exciting territory.


outwards from a singular starting point,

Shining Rock will run until 31.09.16 in

into new areas that have not been previously

Pietrasanta, Italy.

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''Exhibiting in a place with such artIhistorical importance is a great honor and achievement and therefore I want to show my respect for the town by referencing their significant past whilst at the same time displaying a transition in my own practice.‘’ Helidon Xhixha

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at His Feet T h e s TaT i s T i c s r o l l o f f T h e To n g u e – 1 2 T i m e s u p e v e r e s T, o n o n e occasion making The summiT Twice in one week, The man who goT r a n u l p h f i e n n e s ( n o T o r i o u s ly s c a r e d o f h e i g h T s a n d 6 5 y e a r s o l d ) T o T h e T o p, a n d a l l T h i s d e s p i T e b r e a k i n g h i s h e e l s T e n y e a r s a g o . k e n T o n c o o l i s u n d o u b T e d ly T h e m o s T a c c o m p l i s h e d , a n d a s To n i s h i n g , c l i m b e r o f h i s g e n e r aT i o n . b u T aT w h aT c o s T ? w h o i s T h e m a n b e h i n d T h e m o u n Ta i n ?

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words Emma Johnson


On cOntrOl:

enton Cool says amazing, a lot. In the first five minutes

We’ve recently bought a pig

of our interview he has proclaimed explorer Chris

shed outside Bibury (near his home in the Cotswolds),

Bonnington, the whole of the climbing industry, the

it’s a complete wreck. That scares me. There’s so

mountain (there is only one), and the entire Nepalese nation

many things out of my control - builders, lawyers,

all to be ‘amazing.’ One could wonder about whether this is a

estate agents, finances. My destiny and my fate

case of limited vocabulary - too much time on the mountain,

are in other people’s hands. And what scares me

too little in school - but Cool is a bright, intelligent man, who

is that they might not have the same vision or

speaks with passion and considerable intellect. His recent

ideology or moral values as me. In many ways I

book is accomplished, well-written and well-researched. No.

would much prefer one of my Sherpa friends to

All these things are ‘amazing’ because, to Cool, they really

be looking after that sort of thing. People who

are amazing. He is constantly amazed by life, his amazement

have the same values as me, who understand

and wonder at the world is part of what draws him back again

humility and community, which we have lost

and again to the highest point on earth; and also to danger,

much of in the West.

to hardship, to considerable endurance, to uncertainty. And he does all this, with two children and his wife at

On clients: I’m different to a lot

home in the Cotswolds. How? With difficulty, he says. And,

of Everest companies and leaders in that I

as we talk, it becomes clear that the balance between family

only work one-on-one with a client. I very

life and life on the mountain is a perilous one at best. Cool’s

carefully build a relationship with that

desire to escape, to be away from the minutiae of life is a

person over months or even years. I insist

constant, all-consuming desire. He is almost junkie-like

I get to know the family – sons, daughters,

in his quest for his next mountain ‘fix’. Undoubtedly, this

husbands and wives - and get everybody

pull away from his family at times has taken its toll, and the

on board, so that when we make the really

constant presence of danger and possible death cannot be

critical decisions on the mountain, we’re in

ignored. And yet, he remains in so many ways a thoughtful,

it together. We have such strong relationship

considered man - hungry for new adventures, yes, but

and understanding that we don’t have to make

equally happy to sit in contemplative stillness, soaking up

open decisions because we already know what the

the beauty of the world around him.

decision has to be.

On fear: Everest doesn’t scare me. I’ve always been

On Danger:

This is arguably the most

very respectful of the mountain. I first went there in 2004

dangerous working environment in the world. There’s

and, while I was wary of going to 8000 metres and the effect

no form of rescue, helicopters can’t pluck you from 8000

that has on your body, your mind, your brain, I wasn’t scared

metres up, your body is being ravaged by high altitude. We

of the mountain. I went there bristling with confidence, I’d

call it the ‘Death Zone’, because we are literally dying as

just done a great ascent in the Himalayas, and some might

we’re trying to climb to the summit. It’s a race against time.

say I was brash. But when you get to know something, your

It’s got to be absolutely perfect. Otherwise we’ll die.

confidence levels rise – and I’ve never become complacent

On nOrmal life:

or let my guard down, but I do have an understanding of the mountain now.

There are few places we can

go on the planet these days when we’re away from the hustle

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"We call it the ‘Death Zone’, because we are literally dying as we’re trying to climb to the summit. It’s a race against time. It’s got to be absolutely perfect. Otherwise we’ll die."

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and bustle of life. I’m in New York right now, looking out of the window, everyone is stressed, anxious, there are cabs rushing around everywhere. Being in the moutains is a cleansing experience. All the fluff and the periphery of life is stripped bare and you’re focused on the necessities of life, the next meal, the next water stop, sleep – all these things we take for

On death:

I’ve been to more funerals

granted. These become a true focus and you come

than I have weddings. My best friend, Jules

back with a real sense of what is really important for

Cartwright, passed away very sadly in 2005

us as individuals and as a race. Looking around New

working as a mountain guide. That gave

York I think, is this real life? Really? When I come

me a really hard reality check. What

back from an expedition I’m very much at one with

we do is dangerous and it offers very

myself and my surroundings for a few weeks, and

little reward for the risk we take.

then tax returns and VAT build up with me again. One

But – it sounds awful to say this

of the big draws of going to the mountains – aside

– losing Jules was the best thing

from the friendships, beauty, and the climbing – is

that happened to me. It’s makes

that escapism from everyday life.

you look at what you’re doing, and it reels you back a little

On Family liFe:

It’s desperate. I don’t

bit, keeps you in check.. Jules

know how to juggle it. When I’m home I’m longing

was the best of the best, and I

to be in the mountains, when I’m in the mountains

thought if someone that good

I’m longing to be at home with the children. Go

and that talented can die on

figure that one out. When I’m away I desperately

a mountain, well, then it can

miss the family, especially now the children are

happen to any of us.

older and they have more of an idea how long Daddy’s away for, I do struggle with that. But at

On nepal:

The recent

the same time you can’t take the mountains and the

disaster in Nepal was absolutely

climber out of me, every now and again I get this

terrible. This is the poorest nation

pent up frustration and Jazz, my wife, sits me down

in South-East Asia with some of the

and says, ‘just book a flight, just go’. Sometimes all

nicest, most humble, hard-working

it takes is one flight. I put my skies on, I do one ski

people on the planet. And they just

turn and I’m alright again.

get kicked repeatedly in the balls. God, it’s so unfair. But the Nepalese are very

On Fate:

On the mountain we have objective

resilient, they will bounce back. People

danger which you can’t control, but there’s nothing

are already re-building, they’re getting on

you can do about it. It’s there. You can’t prepare for

with their lives. I do think 'if that was England,

avalanches – I’m aware of them, but it doesn’t worry

would we cope in the same way' I don’t think

me. You can’t fight nature, you can’t control it (we

we would. I think we would roll over and give up.

think we can but we can’t), so that doesn’t concern

We can learn so much from the mountain people, they

me. I don’t believe in fate, I’m not religious, but if

struggle to exist and yet they’re smiling, they’re happy,

the worst happens, it happens. There’s nothing we

their stress levels are very different to ours. For me it’s

can do to control it.

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On the past:

The past is hugely

important to me. I became interested in Everest history a number of years ago; the expeditions in the twenties are totally fascinating – those trips encapsulated everything climbing stands for, the romantic image of mountaineering, the huge treks from Darjeeling just to get there.

On the future: There are so many peaks I’d still like to climb. But it’s also about who I climb with. I climbed Pen y Fan (the highest peak in south Wales) with my daughter last week. My son, who’s three, got half way up, then me and my daughter made it to the top. That must rank as one of the best mountain experiences I’d ever had. I’ve climbed Everest 11 times, why should I get a kick out of Pen y Fan? Well it was because of who I’m with. That’s what’s important to me. The journey represents success, not the destination. Yes we all like to stand on summits, but the people that you meet on that journey are the people that make it what it is. The destination is almost irrelevant.

One Man's Everest: The Autobiography of Kenton Cool is out now. Kentoncool.com

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outh of Munich is Tegernsee. This

corrected. Lanserhof operate under the ethos

isn’t a location I was familiar with

that there doesn’t need to be something

and therein lies the spirit behind the

wrong before you can choose to improve your

Lanserhof. This is a medical spa and five star

health. It’s an experience unlike anything

hotel, which is as stunning as it is exclusive.

I have had previously. The tailored plans

Located on the east shore of the Tegernsee

can be followed with ease and convenience,

Lake, the medical spa is tucked into the

which allows guests to fully relax.

Miesbach district of the Bavarian Alps. Award-

routines are established but there is plenty

winning architect, Christoph Ingehoven, and

of freedom to join activities such as yoga,

landscape architect, Enzo Enea, have shaped

ta’i chi, lounging by the pool or taking in ad

the Lanserhof Tergernsee into the horizon

hoc spa treatments. I was prescribed light

beautifully. It’s a state-of-the-art structure

medication, which I took early each morning.

inside and out, with sharp lines and brightness

Though, the medication I was taking was the

illuminating every corner.

only drug allowed - coffee and alcohol are


During my first day I completed a full

strictly prohibited, as are mobile phones in

health assessment with my doctor and

communal areas. Lanserhof has cultivated

discussed my daily routines, current state

an ambiance which focuses on respect for

of wellbeing and discussed my health goals.

your privacy maximising your relaxation.

I was keen to complete a full detox at the







Lanserhof and leave, following my seven-

hike to wake up the mind and take in the

day stay, at the peak of physical fitness.

sunset, which rises gently over the white

Essentially, I wanted to go in to my factory

tipped Bavarian Alps. The diet I had agreed

settings and hit reset. The outcome of my

consisted of soup broth enhanced by organic

assessment helped my doctor and I to tailor

vegetables, wheat toast and sheep’s yogurt.

a plan for the week to achieve my goals.

At the end of my stay there wasn’t a single

After we had agreed my programme, I met

chemical in my body.

with my doctor every other day in a location

In addition, I was sent home with a plan to

referred to as the 'blue sofas' to discuss

help me maintain my new-found wellbeing

progress, though I was informed he was

as part of my daily routine. Lanserhof’s

available at my convenience should I wish

bright atmosphere has a lasting effect. The

to amend my plan.

person I arrived as felt like merely a shadow

A stay at the Lanserhof is as much a

of the energised figure which departed.

relaxation as it is a re-education. Everything I





Words: Warren L Greatrex

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3. The man on the moon

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At M r H w e b e l i e v e t H At e v e ry M A n s H o u l d j o u r n e y fA r A n d w i d e , i n o r d e r to s tAy C o n n e C t e d t o H i s i n n e r s e l f.



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is the Maldives. The Gili Lankanfushi's Private

What does life on Mars look like in your mind? Do you have a mental image you can share with us? It looks the way it does now: rusty red. But it’s a habitable

Reserve is the largest overwater villa in the world, nestled

place and I envision thousands of permanent settlers there.

away in tropical gardens, built from natural materials which

I call them human Martians because that’s what they’ll be

surround every corner of the resort.

when we eventually colonize and settle there.


ur first journey takes us to the exotic Gili Lankanfushi resort, based in the paradise that

This is a place in a part of the world where nothing is

Situated south west of Sri Lanka, The Maldives offers you

Before looking into life on other planets, what can we do on earth to make life a little better for ourselves and others? I firmly believe we should invest

a sensational escape from life itself, whilst soothing your

in space. The scientific advancements we get from space-

skin with the beautiful weather.

based research create convenience but also benefits for the

too important. Where all of the world's troubles and woes simply drift away into the exotic waters of the Laccadive sea.

I was invited to the Gili Lankanfushi's Private Reserve for a very special experience, to interview the legendary Buzz

"I want to be remembered for more than kicking up dust on the moon."

Aldrin. Mr. Aldrin, one of the first two men to walk on the moon in 1969, can also boast that he was the first guest to stay at Gili Lankanfushi’s newly upgraded Private Reserve. Being inspired and enthusiastic about the life and journeys, MR H asked a few questions to get to know more about the real Buzz Aldrin:

How has your experience being on the world’s largest villa in the Maldives, been so far? It’s always wonderful coming to the Maldives but staying in the private

world. All of the things we take for granted – TV, GPS, cell

reserve at Gili is an extra special experience. You couldn’t ask

phones – all came out of space-based research. Life support

for more privacy and the service is exceptional. I like that my

and radiation research for long duration space missions will

family can stay in one place all together but have private areas.

advance the medical science and improve life for everyone on earth.

You are now officially the 'King of the selfie'. How do you feel about the digital age? I didn’t every person in the world has a camera on their phone it

You have achieved a vast amount in your lifetime, do you feel satisfied at this point or is there more that you want to achieve? I want to be

makes it harder to go wherever I want without everyone

remembered for more than kicking up dust on the moon. This

wanting a photo. I do admit that I like my two iPhones and

lucky tow head kid who grew up in NJ was lucky enough to

iPad for the convenience of keeping in touch with what’s

walk on the moon is still here planning Mars missions! And

going on in the world but I’d be happier if I didn’t get asked

I believe it will happen. I may not be around to see the first

to pose for a photo when I’m boarding a plane or leaving

Mars landing but I want to lay the groundwork to make it

the airport.

happen. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

know I was pioneering the “selfie”! However, now that

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How quickly did the last 49 years go by? I’ve lived a very full life. So it doesn’t necessarily seem fast. I think I’ve got a good 10 – 15 years left in me. I hope those years go by slowly but I can’t complain that I haven’t lived.

What do you believe our main goal / mission should be whilst we are on earth? To truly live life to the fullest. Find what you’re good at and do the most that you can to be the best at it. Keep your arms open wide so that you can gather in all the possibilities and find out what you want to try. Keep an open mind.

If today was your last day on earth, who do you want to thank the most? My kids. They will carry on my legacy and they are a major part of me.

Tell us one thing that people might not know or suspect about you? I still remember all the fighter pilot songs I learned at beer call when I was stationed in Korea at the age of 22. People are surprised when I start singing although I can't really carry a tune.

A letter reported to have been written by Einstein recently went viral. Within it he explained the universal force of love to his daughter. It was later proven to be fake. How would you explain the universal force of love? All I know about love is that when you feel it it’s the most real thing. For me it’s the love of my kids and grandkids. I’m not the most touchy feely guy but I know I love my kids and my family and that never changes.

No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon by Buzz Aldrin is out now. www.buzzaldrin.com For enquiries and reservations, please contact Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives at tel: +960 664 0304 or email: reservations@gili-lankanfushi.com For more information, please visit www.gili-lankanfushi.com

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o navigate a culture so rich is to be a connoisseur of the streets. It’s easy to see why the original modern gentleman, Charles Baudelaire, brought the art of flânerie to such prominence at the end of the 19th century. To be the flaneur isn’t simply to be the modern

gentleman sauntering through streets in a leisurely fashion, it is to breathe in the city's moving photography; the tight streets and cobblestone boulevards that line the city and breathe modernity into the iconic City of Light. As I travelled along the river Seine I was able to indulge in the city's opulent landscape. I cast my eyes across the stone-carved chimera of the Notre Dame which sit watching the Parisian sky. I wandered through the city's arrondissements, boasting views of the Eiffel Tower. I marvelled at the Louvre Palace and its iconic pyramid, which houses works by artists such as Da Vinci, Delacroix and Michelangelo. Paris is truly at the cultural forefront. Just travel through the Louvre-Tuileries neighbourhood and you will find the Faubourg Saint-Honoré district; the home of fashion flagships such as Versace, Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent. In the 19th century, Baudelaire identified Paris as the epicentre for the modern urban spectator, and for a city that has remained at the forefront of modernity – it is now, as it was then – forever faithful to the art of flânerie.

Words: Warren L Greatrex

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Peninsul a Pa ri s Y o u w i l l f i n d T h e P e n i n s u l a P a r i s , P e r f e c T lY s i T u aT e d o n av e n u e K l é b e r , i n T h e h e a r T o f Pa r i s w i T h i n wa l K i n g d i s Ta n c e o f T h e c i T Y ’ s m os T fa m o u s m o n u m e n T s , m u s e u m s a n d luxurY shoPPing disTricTs.

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ocated in a late 19th century Haussmanian building,

or not, this former grand dining room has been meticulously

the hotel has been meticulously restored and discreetly

restored to reflect the glory of the Belle Epoque era. It is

modernised enabling guests to experience the ultimate

the perfect setting to experience The Peninsula’s famed

in 21st century style and convenience. A definite accent on

Afternoon Tea, accompanied by the soothing notes of a jazz

classic modernity, which adheres to the design tenets of

trio. Le Lobby offers an all-day international menu and on a

simplicity and chic elegance, the new rooms showcase the

good day you can sit outside via the terrace, watch the world

finest materials and craftsmanship.

go by and feel the sun on your face. In total, the hotel has six

The Peninsula Suite, at 318 square meters, is the largest

venues showcasing the very best of France, Le Lobby, LiLi

one-bedroom suite in Paris. Guests can settle in this spacious

Cantonese restaurant, La Terrasse Kléber, Le Bar Kléber, Le

suite and enjoy its sumptuous furnishings, including separate

Lounge Kléber and L’Oiseau Blanc rooftop restaurant, bar and

bathrooms and dressing rooms. Working, dining and relaxing

terrace, offering stunning views over Paris.

also have their dedicated spaces, with a separate office, a dining

Diva fever was in the air when we visited with Mariah

area as well as a spacious living room. Parisian lifestyle at its

Carey making entrances and exits and we hear from a source

finest. Two connecting rooms can form a three-bedroom suite

outside of the hotel that she stayed in The Peninsula Suite for

if required, while discreet security features make The Peninsula

over a week. But, of course.

Suite the ideal choice for high-level delegations and visits. Lunch at Le Lobby is a must whether staying at the hotel


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year S of di ni n g . . . S i n c e 1 9 4 2 , r e S ta u r a n t L a S S e r r e h a S w e Lc o m e d t h o S e w h o Savo u r f i n e d i n i n g , e L eg a n t S u r ro u n d i n g S , a n d L i f e ' S e p h e m e r a L j oyS . S o u p o n a r r i va L i n to pa r i S w e o f c o u r S e , m a d e a r e S e r vat i o n .


asserre has managed to remain vibrant, traditional and

As my dinner guest and I discussed, it is somewhat

innovative with much of the credit being attributed to

remarkable that since the opening in 1942 (the year my

Executive Chef, Adrien Trouilloud.

Grandmother was born) Restaurant Lasserre is still one of the

More than a restaurant? Yes. Lasserre is an institution,

most renowned gastronomic institutions in Paris today. You

a chance to step back in time to a world of tradition, luxury

will find this icon in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, near

and excitement. The service is excellent and almost rivals

les Champs-ElysĂŠes and Montaigne Avenue. Upon arrival, I

the taste and aesthetics of the masterpieces placed before

was instantly drawn to the classic, refined style and ushered

us by three or four waiters at a time, all wearing white

to a tiny lift. When the doors opened the first sound heard was

gloves. It is clear that the team at Lasserre are not playing

the piano, the dining room was a treasure of theatrical design

around, these are seasoned professionals who live, eat and

whilst remaining both intimate and elegant.

breathe hospitality. An army of impeccably dressed waiters

The star of the show is the spectacular roof opening,

were on hand all evening to cater to our every need. Leaving

designed by Louis Touchagues, permitting dining under a

us pampered and enchanted. The evening was overseen by

canopy of sky and stars. After all, Restaurant Lasserre is a place

the charming, Gaetan Molette, who joined the staff as an

for stars or at least, to be a star for the night.

Assistant Head Waiter, quickly progressing through the ranks of Head Waiter, First Butler and, deservedly, Restaurant

Words: Lee Joseph

Manager in 2015.


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pa ris l e g ra nd W i T h f l o o d l i T v i e W s o f T h e o p e r a h o u s e , T h i s s u p e r b ly r e n o vaT e d l u x u ry h oT e l h a s lo n g b e e n aT T h e h e a r T o f p a r i s i a n s o c i e T y.


he city of lights is widely known for housing some of

offer an unrivalled 2260sqm of event space accommodating up

the worlds most historic and traditionally magnificent

to 2000 people.

hotels and this particular hotel can not be brought into

The Salon Opera, a historical listed monument and the most

question. We explain why.

renowned ballroom in Paris, can host up to 600 people alone.

The hotel opened in 1862 and it defines historical grandeur,

The kind of Soirée held underneath those beaming chandeliers

from Café de la Paix to La Verriere Restaurant, set in an 800

represents a world of high society, decadence and celebration.

square metre winter garden. It has elegantly appointed,

Furthermore, the hotel is located in the 9th arrondissement,

boutique-style suites that overlook stunning landmarks. It

close to the Louvre Museum, shopping, theatre and banking

boasts 13 function rooms beneffiting from natural light that

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ow this is something different. After the vibrant, decadent elegance of the The Peninsula and Paris Le Grand, designed with an air of French ambience and

artistic air, Le Burgundy is a soothing alternative that I did not expect. That is not to say it isn’t elegant and artistic – it is the desirable marriage of both - but there is something a little muted about the hotel, it is quietly chic, modest in its achievements. Delicately poised in the heart of Paris, the hotel sits silently in the wings of Les Champs-Élysées. Le Burgundy is restful; the continuous artistic buzz of Peninsula is contrasted here with an elegant Guy de Rougemont puzzle, spanning the ground floor's black marble. Paintings, lithographs and black-and-white photographs recount hushed stories from the muted walls. Contemporary furniture and luxurious cloths are complemented by light and space: a Parisian rebellion of subtle modernism. My room is a veritable haven. Modern and renovated, with soft armchairs, beige wall tones, full-lead crystal lamps and textured materials, the room is a kind of physical lullaby. Room-service is definitely on the agenda, I am far too relaxed to contemplate dinner arrangements. A barely hinted at wellness centre and spa can be found within the depths of the hotel, a literal blue lagoon of tranquility and peace, but for me, my room is enough. I replace lengths at the pool with a soak in my deep marble bath.


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he Bourg Tibourg is a rare, secret den; a seductive hideaway hidden in one of the capital's most beautiful corners,

Le Marais. Scented candles and subdued lighting announce designer-like romance and Gothic contemplation. Royal blue paint and red velvet line the claustrophobic halls, and Byzantine alcoves hold mosaic tile tubs. This is an exercise in pleasure. Admittedly, the rooms are barely bigger than the beds, but yards of rich fabric, the imposing walls, give the illusion of space. In keeping with the quaintness of the interiors, a pocket garden has room for just three tables, an assortment of leafy plants, and a swath of stars. For the discerning traveller with an eye for detail and time for a little contemplation, this is well worth a stay.


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All photography by Sane Seven. saneseven.com

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I n t h e I r o w n I m p e c c a b ly, s e e m I n g ly e f f o r t l e s s ly s t y l I s h w a y, f r I e n d s J o n at h a n h o r e m a n s a n d J av I e r g o g g I n s are revolutIonarIes. men’s footwear revolutIonarIes.


hen they launched Galet, their

loafers for business trips but all the shoes

Paris-based luxury shoe brand,

were clunky and heavy. We decided that there

in 2014 it was founded on a

needed to be more loafer options for men and

mutual passion for loafers. I remind Jonathan that back then he cited their goal as revolutionising the way men wear casual footwear. “That was definitely our mission, and it still is,” he confirms. “I think we can take

this is where Galet originated from.” Jonathan describes their creative process as “like a vertical game of tennis.” “The ball is an idea which keeps getting volleyed back and forth, upward to make the idea better and better,” he muses.

the word casual away from that now, as our

Maison Galet opened in the heart of Paris

ambitions have become even broader. We

in late 2015 which was, Jonathan confides, a

really seek to change how, when and why in

defining moment for the brand. “Both for the

men’s footwear. We are making great strides

outside world and also for ourselves,” he adds.

but there is still a long way to go. Our next

“This was a way of us showing everyone

main aim is to incorporate new technologies

how real our vision is,” he explains. “Online

into our traditional footwear to continuously

is an important platform, but a brick and

improve the shoe.”

mortar presence is a way of proving your

The duo met at St Andrews in Scotland

conviction. It says ‘this is real’; it allows

where they were both studying for a Masters

you to truly share your vision and world

in business, before going on to work in the City

with people.”

of London. After separate global endeavours,

The heart of the brand is its craftsmanship

they met again in Singapore and it was there

– their shoes are handmade in France by

that the idea for Galet was conceived.

some of the oldest and best shoemakers in

“We were both avid loafer wearers and lovers,” he tells me. “During our many

the country, artisans who Jonathan is proud to have established relationships with.

travels, we realized that we lacked a loafer

We discuss the design process, which

which could keep up with our lifestyle of

begins in Paris, where the pair collaborate

travel, both for work and pleasure. We wanted

on ideas before heading to other parts of

a well-made loafer that looked good but

the country or to Italy to source leathers

was also practical. We needed canvas loafers

and materials. “Each component is just as

for the beach but could only find cheap

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Although still in its formative years,

and relevant; we need to understand our

Jonathan and Javier have ambitious plans

customer who is constantly travelling for

for Galet. “In our minds we already see

work or for pleasure.”

where Galet will be in two, five, ten years

Any free time they do have is spent

… we look to change and improve things on

returning to much-loved destinations such

a daily basis. But the process and journey is

as the Hamptons, Tulum in Mexico, Canada,

important. It gives you clarity and direction

Italy and the South of France.

in terms of which steps to take next. “Like












professionally. “And I love the terraces of

philosophy is either grow or die!” he exclaims.

Paris,” Jonathan tells me. “One of the true

“We are looking to expand aggressively,

pleasures is being able to sit outside for a

but the important thing is to expand in the

drink or food, almost all year round.”

right way. We are largely focused on bringing

Of course, while sitting, they wear their

the shoes to our customers directly, through

own Galet loafers – classic or graphic, bold

our own direct channels, so we aim to open

or subtle – whatever the occasion demands.

a store in New York next, by the end of 2017,

Although Jonathan reveals his own footwear

and we are thinking of ways to communicate

hasn’t always been quite so chic.

better with our customers through digital

“When I was a bit younger, I went

media and technology.” The


through a very short stint of loving cowboy lives.

boots,” he says. “I begged my parents for

“It has come to the stage where we even

a faux grey python skin pair … I never took


them off until they fell apart.”







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w at c h m

a ng







g l a Sh ü t t e :

the story so far… Founded in 1990 by Roland SchweRtneR, thiS i n n o vat i v e watc h m a k i n g c o m pa n y b e lo n g S to F i v e pa Rt n e R S — F o u R o F w h o m a R e wo R k i n g i n - h o u S e , m a k i n g nomoS glaShütte one oF the RaRe independentS not Succumbing to the pReSSuReS oF Selling out oR b e c o m i n g pa R t o F a n y c o n g lo m e R at e .

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Only a few producers across the globe

year with the company reporting




this vital component of a mechanical watch

NOMOS Glashütte the largest mechanical

movement. In the future, all NOMOS calibers

watch producer in Germany. Steady growth

will be equipped with this system.








has allowed the company to employee a

The collection consists of twelve model

full staff of around 260 with the great

families with around 80 watch versions;

majority of them, around 230, working in

mechanical timepieces in the price range of

Glashütte—including the company’s own

1,000 to 4,000 euros. The two haute horlogerie

department for research and development.

models in 18-karat rose or white gold, Lambda

This department is responsible not only for

and Lux, are the icing on the cake at NOMOS

the development of calibers but also for their

Glashütte. Only three of these timepieces are

extreme production depth. Taking credit for

crafted a week; they cost between 12,800 and

several patents.

15,800 euros. Most NOMOS watches, however,

But what is the secret here? Is it as simple

are made from stainless steel and retail for

a blend of straightforward German product

under 4,000 euros.

design with a dash of Berlin, completed

In keeping with our issue theme, NOMOS

with renowned designers such as Werner

Glashütte, is on its way to becoming a

Aisslinger, Mark Braun, and Axel Kufus

truly global brand, now exporting in over

working alongside young creatives in a light

50 countries worldwide with a huge focus

filled, espresso driven hipster paradise?

on the US market and no signs of stopping

Well, not just that and I should mention that

with CEO Uwe Ahrendt telling me “We

all ten calibers are proprietary and produced


on-site in Glashütte and as I am sure many

craftsmanship and quality above all else and we

watch journalists or timepiece collectors

simply cannot grow any faster.”













NOMOS Glashütte has been recognized

exceptional in the watchmaking industry.


Basically, NOMOS Glashütte crafts its own

awards—including the iF Product Design




timepieces without external know-how and

Award, Red Dot, and the Good Design Award,

with a proprietary escapement, the NOMOS

each multiple times.

swing system, which makes the company technologically independent.


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W h at s e pa r at e s t h e o r d i n a ry f r o m t h e e x t r ao r d i n a ry ? h oW d o yo u b eco m e a l e a d e r , not a folloWer? emma Johnson speaks to g lo b a l b e a c o n s o f s u c c e s s a b o u t W h at i t m e a n s to t h e m to h av e a c h i e v e d t h e i r b e s t, W h at i t h a s c o s t t h e m to g e t t h e r e a n d W h at l i f e at t h e to p o f t h e l a d d e r lo o k s l i k e . . .


uccess is a finely-tuned beast, something hard to measure, hard to achieve and even harder to hold onto. For men at the peak of their careers, being great means gaining access to an unparalleled world of exclusivity, opportunity and accomplishment - but how do you know once you've got there? What does success look like, feel like, sound like? Is it the clatter of applause, the smell of dollar bills and the clunk of the latest trophy hitting the mantel? Or perhaps it is something completely intangible, something you cannot quite explain.

And, what separates the successful man from the mediocre one? Perhaps it is about drive

and determination, that unrelenting quest to conquer your sphere, to dominate the circles in which you turn. But for others it is about something more personal, about your own goals, your own high standards. It’s about not settling for anything less than the best, and – in turn – continuing to strive for perfection. For some, it is almost an endless horizon, a need to be constantly moving forward, a goal continually sought for, and the belief that standing still and accepting the now is severely limiting. For the five men we have interviewed this issue, success is a wildly different concept. For many of them, the considerable years they have been in business are an achievement in themselves, while for others it is about working every day at something they love. When they talk about their greatest successes, these range from revolutionising an industry to having a family; while inspirational figures span their first mentors and the person who gave them their first big break to partners, parents, authors and industry figures. When we ask about how they manage doubt and failure, or what things in life irritate them, it’s clear that adversity comes hand in hand with success. They welcome doubt, they learn from failure, and they abhor people who don’t try, who think small, who stifle their dreams. Indeed, all these men dream big. Very big. While what they have achieved and what they set out to achieve often don’t entirely match up, what they have created along the way is a life’s work to be proud of, and often, a life’s work not yet finished. Which – for the worlds of style and luxury - is a very good thing indeed.

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JEAN-CL AUDE BI V E R C h A I R m A N o f h U B L o t A N D P R E s I D E N t o f LV m h W A t C h D I V I s I o N

“Success is much different from how I saw it some 40 years ago” What does success look like to you? Is it different to what you expected? Success is much different from how I saw it some 40 years ago. Today it means being alive, in good health, having your daily job a passion and being loved.

What values have shaped your career? I was privileged enough to be able to act in my business life with the same ethics and moral values than in my private life. These values are driven by love in a 360 degree.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My children, and the team I work with. Nothing pleases me more and makes me more proud than their success and happiness.

How have you dealt with doubt or failure in the past? Doubt has always been my friend and my door was always open for it. Thanks to doubt I have stayed humble and have always listened to people and questioned my decision three times, rather than just once.

What people have inspired you most in your career? My first mentor Mr. Golay from Audemars Piguet, and my friend Jacques Piguet who has helped me to buy and develop Blancpain. And Mr. Hayek who gave me access to Omega and to the managing board of Swatch Group.


n industry veteran with over 40 years in the watch sector, and now

Is it possible to have a family life and a business life?

head of the watch division at LVMH, Jean-Claude Biver has some

Yes, it all depends on you - and also a little on your wife. One must never

pretty impressive names under his belt. He started as a salesman at

forget that ‘All we need is Love’.

Audemars Piguet in the 70s, before moving onto revolutionise the fortunes of brands such as Blancpain – where alongside Jacques Piguet he revived an

What things in life inspire you?

obsolete brand into a name worth $43m; Omega – where he is credited with

Love gives me hope, optimism, vision and courage.

tripling sales over a ten year period; and Hublot – where he increased sales five-fold and was responsible for launching its renowned Big Bang series.

What does style mean to you?

Now, as head watch man at LVMH and CEO of Tag Heuer, he is responsible

To be who you are and never try to wear another’s shoes.

not only for the production of over 800,000 watches a year, but crucially the marketing of the Hublot, Zenith and TAG Heuer brands too, ensuring a

What one luxury should every man allow himself?

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O LIV I E R KRUG H O U s E d I R Ec TO R O f K R U G c H a m paG n E

“The relationships we foster and loyalty we gain is essential to our being.”


he sixth generation of his family to run the eponymous Champagne house, Olivier Krug is responsible not only for developing new business worldwide, but is the head of the blending and tasting team which

meets every year in February to create their renowned Krug Grand Cuvee blend. Unlike most Champagne houses, who create a different vintage each year – which can have radically different tastes – the Krug Grand Cuvee is a blend of over 100 wines from up to 12 different vintages, carefully blended to taste the same each year. It’s quite an art – and a responsibility - to stay true to the tasting notes set out in a leather-bound notebook by Krug’s founder in 1843, that is still referred to today. When he’s not sipping and blending, Olivier Krug travels the world introducing the Champagne to new markets. His biggest success has been in Japan, where he arrived as a young man to a country where Krug had no presence. When he returned to France two and half years later, Japan had become Krug’s number one market, and remains so to this day.

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What does success look like to you? Is it different to what you expected?

What people have inspired you most in your career?

Everyone at Krug works to stay true to Joseph Krug’s reasons for creating the

the helm of the house for close to 50 years and was really instrumental in

House in 1843. His vision was to bring the 'ultimate expression of pleasure'

making it what it is today. One of the highlights of my life was when he

every year, by creating the most generous, yet elegant, expression of

asked me to join him at Krug and subsequently sent me to Japan to develop

Champagne. This would be what I call success - generation after generation,

that area for the company.

My father is my inspiration and I have a lot to thank him for. He was at

we have perpetuated and enriched his vision.

Is it possible to have a family life and a business life? What values have shaped your career?

I travel a lot for work, so I value the time I spend with my family. I have four

For me, the relationships we foster and loyalty we gain is essential to our

children and they are all very active and into sports. With my wife, they keep

being. Staying true to oneself is crucial.

me going.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

What things inspire you?

The unique bond between Krug and our Krug Lovers; our Champagne

When it comes to time out, there is nowhere I love more to recharge and

connects people from the vineyards to the most far-flung corners of the

revitalize myself than on my beloved Ile d’Yeu, a small island in Vendee in

world. I have a long-term love story with Japan, as it is where I started my

western France. I spend all my holidays here with my closest friends and

career. When I first travelled to Japan, I realized that Krug wasn’t known at

family. I go fishing every day.

all, and I wanted to change that. Now Japan is our biggest market. Krug is an instantaneous connector because Champagne lovers never forget their

What does style mean to you?

first experience with Krug. This is exactly what I enjoy the most in my day-

I like any item that is refined and has a little twist, a little more soul than the

to-day life, spreading our message and values to all these people.

average product. It doesn't have to be expensive, but rather original.

How have you dealt with doubt or failure in the past?

What one luxury should every man allow himself?

Being curious is key. Wherever I go I talk to people about their local

Friends, music, a bottle of Champagne – for unforgettable moments and

culture and ask them questions. Everyone has something interesting to


add, everyone has a good story to tell. Take your time, smell, listen, feel, as if you were enjoying a glass of Champagne. Inspiration always comes

Style aside, what really matters at the end of the day?

from people.

Unique experiences, living, enjoying, celebrating life; and finding pleasure in the simple things.

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“Being yourself is a constant mantra in my life.”


imothy Everest’s eponymous tailoring business makes garments for everyone from art dealers and hedge fund managers to rock icons and movie stars. He has worked on major film franchises, such as Mission

Impossible and James Bond, as well as collaborating with brands as diverse as Superdry and Marks & Spencer. A proudly British designer, credited with rejuvenating a stuffy and dated British tailoring scene, he was awarded an MBE in 2010, designed the British Olympic team uniforms for the 2000 Games in Sydney, and styled Mick Jagger for his performance at the Grammy Awards in 2011. His career history spans everything from an apprenticeship with Tommy Nutter (legendary tailor to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones) to a role as group creative director at Daks, as well as creative consultant for Marks & Spencer and creative contributor and style arbiter for male style bible The Rake.

What does success look like to you? Is it different to what you expected? I’ve never really thought about being successful. I just wanted to do something I enjoyed doing, so I just thought about making it work. And then when you become established, and there’s another generation competing with you, that’s quite interesting because you need to manage your success in a different way; you still need to be top of your game and be relevant. You do have to accept that people will look at your business and try to emulate the bits that are good. Success is a bit of a double-edged sword in that way really – but it’s our 25th anniversary this year, and to be in business in the clothing sector for that long is a big thing.

What values have shaped your career? Being myself is very important. It’s always been about being me and doing what I wanted to do. As soon as you start to look at what other people are doing, that’s where you can stray away. Trusting your instincts is vital too. It’s harder as you get older, you have more experience and you measure the risk more. When you’re young you don’t think about risk at all. And being a good listener, too often you end up pitching and selling, but not listening to the reaction of people – you have to keep listening to the audience and the market.

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What do you consider your greatest achievement?

What does style mean to you?

Making British tailoring cool and acceptable. When I started in the industry,

Style is about being an individual and your sense of yourself. It’s having the

tailoring was seen as boring and expensive, people forget it was really in the

confidence to wear different things. Part of why I liked clothing and tailoring

doldrums. We wanted people to think about British tailoring and British clothing

as a shy young man was because I could hide behind the extreme things I was

as cool and relevant. And, getting our MBE - it was incredibly unexpected, but

wearing. I was a different person every time I went out. I love that.

real recognition for the team.

What one luxury should every man allow himself? How have you dealt with doubt or failure in the past?

Cologne – I always feel the fragrance you wear can set the tone for the day. Oh,

Obviously you make mistakes along the way, because you have to try things. I

and a good haircut.

am always questioning things. But, I work with a good team, including my wife and family, and I trust them, and often I’ll talk things through with them. They

Style aside, what really matters at the end of the day?

might give me a completely different answer from what I wanted to hear, but

Well, the usual clichéd things - family, happiness, health. But also, being

that helps me think through things, even if it just confirms that what I want to

yourself, being an individual – it’s a constant mantra in my life.

do is the right thing.

What people have inspired you most in your career?

“ Thinking positively and trying to think round things is important. You really are a master of your own destiny.”

Tommy Nutter was a great inspiration. He was a very modest and very nice man, and very articulate - he was my university, really. Generally, I’m very inspired by anyone who is entrepreneurial, who has the guts to go out and have a go and build a businesses.

Is it possible to have a family life and a business life? I remember asking this when my wife was first pregnant. Yes, you can, but you’ve got to really think about it. Your partner has to be very strong. My wife has been amazing – if we hadn’t had her we just wouldn’t have been able to cope with the things we have.

What things in life annoy you? Lazy people, and people who won’t try. We have an amazing culture in my business – we never say we can’t do something, we always look at it first to see whether we can make it work. We wouldn’t have learnt to have the skillset to work with the people we do now if we hadn’t tried in the beginning.

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“Real success makes a man free.”


escendant from an aristocratic Moscow family, and obsessed with old imperial Russia and Tsarist history, Petr Axenoff exudes the sort of decadent privilege you’d expect from a man who has made gems

and precious metals his world. His collections are a hymn to Russia’s golden age, taking inspiration from the worlds of ballet, opera, literature and the theatre, and feature striking renderings of country scenes, vast churches and grand palaces. Since his first collection launched in 2011, Axenoff’s path to the top has been rapid. In 2014, Vogue tipped him as one of three Russian ‘New Kids on the Bloc’ to know, and he has created pieces for princesses, counts and Hollywood royalty. In 2015, he collaborated with the design team at the BBC on their lavish mega-watt series War and Peace. With a workshop in Moscow located in the same mansion in Povarskaya Street which Tolstoy based the exclusive Rostov’s home on in the novel, and a penchant for the extravagant, imperial jewels of old, Axenoff’s work has never had such a fitting and striking stage on which to parade its finery.

“Mistakes and wrong steps made me stronger and wiser and, as a consequence, more successful.”

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What does success look like to you? Is it different to what you expected?

Is it possible to have a family life and a business life?

Real success makes a man free, and I must say, that it is the best thing about

and who loves what I do. If someone is ready to help me with my business

success. You have freedom and confidence and you are not dependent on

and understands my work and everything around it as their life, then yes,

other people’s opinion anymore, because the opinion of a successful man

it is possible to have both lives. If there are differences in terms of values,

is less disputable and less criticized. But, I have never thought that true

then it's better have separate family life and business life. However, would

success means independence from opinion.

someone be able to wait for me in this case? This is the question.t

What values have shaped your career?

What things inspire you?

Ambition, determination, and giving your full attention to every person you

I'm always inspired by traveling, meeting new interesting people, reading

encounter and to every job you do, even if it is not related to what you do.

books and sport - sport makes me feel healthy in every single cell of my

To me the real partner in life is somebody who can share my work with me

body. As they say "a sound body is a sound mind".

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Doing two things at the same time: earning money and doing creative

What does style mean to you?

projects that I love. It hasn’t always been like this.

Style is when a person wears what suits him, what he likes and what makes him look better, not what is fashionable.

How have you dealt with doubt or failure in the past? Of course, there were many mistakes that I overcame and now they are all

What one luxury should every man allow himself?

behind me. Mistakes and wrong steps lead to conclusions and made me

Everyone will probably say ‘watches’, but for me, it is the time and

stronger and wiser and, as a consequence, more successful.

opportunity to do sports. And a great gym.

What people have inspired you most in your career?

Style aside, what really matters at the end of the day

My mentor and supervisor, who taught me to do any job well, even if it's

What really matters is harmony. It's important to stay positive and be

the job of somebody else from the team; because the project itself and the

happy with what you are doing, then the success will be obvious and style

team work is much more important than the performances of one person.

will follow.

That was one of the most important lessons. Another great inspiration for me is the Count Felix Yusupov, a famous historical figure in Russia, whose family was richer then the family of Russian Tsar. He lost everything after the revolution and moved to Paris, but died a very happy person. He wrote amazing memoirs, truly inspiring, I highly recommend his book to everyone.

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“One of the great things about my business is the thrill of the new.”


ead of fashion and luxury at the London Evening Standard and its supplementary ES Magazine (which he was responsible for launching), as well as a member of the British Fashion Council,

Maurice Mullen’s style credentials are hard to beat. Over the course of his 30 year career in media, he has been part of the team that launched Marie Claire in the UK, worked under the inimitable Glenda Bailey, now editorin-chief at Harpers Bazaar in New York, spent three years at Elle working with Marie O'Riordan and, crucially, been part of the publishing industry during some of its most turbulent years as it navigated the choppy waters of an increasingly digital age. Today, despite the constant clamouring that ‘print is dead’, the printed edition of the Evening Standard is enjoying the highest circulation figures in its history.

What does success look like to you? Is it different to what you expected? I'm not sure I ever had that clear a vision of what constitutes 'success'. I was more concerned about the 'means' rather than regarding success as an end in itself.

There's an old saying that experience is what you get

when you're looking for something else and I think success is the same. Just concentrate on executing the job in hand and, if your work is good, it'll arrive on the back of that.

What core values have shaped your career? A strong mid-Ulster bible belt work ethic! I don't have any religious faith at all but I'm a firm believer in self-reliance and seeing things through. I also like to think I'm diplomatic enough to be honest without being hurtful. It's never a bad thing to have a reputation for being both upfront and easy to work with. If you can manage to combine that with being in the right place at the right time your career should be headed in the right direction.

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What do you consider your greatest achievement?

definition of style as 'being yourself but with the volume turned up'. In other

The cop out answer to this question is "the next one" but there really is

words, ruthlessly evaluating your personality and then accentuating those

an element of truth in that. One of the great things about my business is

traits which you sincerely feel reflect you best.

the thrill of the 'new'. There's always the potential for greatness in the next project or around the next corner. Also surviving thirty years in publishing is

What one luxury should every man allow himself?

a sort of achievement in itself .

Aside from a bone-dry vodka martini now and again (straight up with a twist, thanks) I'd always recommend a classic watch and a grown-up overcoat.

How have you dealt with doubt or failure in the past?

Oscar was right; only shallow people don't judge by appearances.

I choose not to dwell on it. It's a very rare - and a very lucky - individual that has never experienced doubt or failure, but no-one can change the past - so my

Style aside, what really matters at the end of the day?

advice is learn from your mistakes, put them behind you and move on.

The capacity for enjoyment - of good friends, of good health, of good times and all the rest of it. This isn't a dress rehearsal .

What people have inspired you most in your career? I've been lucky to work with some excellent editors in my career. Glenda Bailey who launched the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine in 1988 was particularly inspirational. Andrew Barker - a young editor now with 'The Business of Fashion' - was another gifted and clear-sighted one. And during the three years I spent on Elle Magazine our then editor Marie O'Riordan was a delight. It's the real characters that inspire you and they're certainly not thin on the ground in the fashion world.

Is it possible to have a family life and a business life?

“It's the real characters that inspire you and they're certainly not thin on the ground in the fashion world.”

Absolutely, but you need to be disciplined about it. The temptation is to be 'always on' as far as business is concerned and this can be corrosive in personal relationships so, cliched though it sounds, I believe in quality time and a 'digital detox'. I've been happily partnered for over twenty years so, as policies go, it seems to be working!

What things in life annoy you? How long have you got? Life's too short for time-wasters, anti-fur protesters, religious bigots and petty bureaucrats ! I believe in parity of esteem, but when others don't there's a tipping point.

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s far as famous cars go, only a select few stand out from the rest. One in particular shook the collective foundations of automotive design and motorsport competition. Ferrari: 275 GTB #08011 is the first book

dedicated to a legend finding new life under the passionate craftsmanship of expert hands. In-depth illustrations explore how professional restorers, determined to realise the rebirth of a car that marked an era, restore the model piece by piece. Produced only between 1964 and 1968, the Ferrari 275 GTB immediately redefined workmanship and established itself in a class all its own. The two-seat front-engine Gran Turismo Berlinetta was the first Ferrari to have a transaxle incorporated within the instantly recognisable Pininfarina designed coupe body, supplemented with remarkable Scaglietti coachwork. Featuring original photography by renowned photographer George Saitas, Ferrari: 275 GTB #08011 takes the reader on an adventure alongside the car’s restorers as they collectively breathe life back into each individual component of this masterpiece. This book is a tribute to one of the greatest feats of craftsmanship the automotive and racing industries have ever known. Former executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge for twenty- ve years, Ken Gross is a critically acclaimed guest curator for automobile exhibitions in fine art museums across the United States. Recipient of the Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Citation, the Ken Purdy Award, and the Lee Iacocca Award, Gross lives in Virginia with his wife. He is also the author of Vintage Cars, published by Assouline. George Saitas’s car and travel photography adorns the pages of leading publications worldwide, including The Official Ferrari Magazine, Automobile magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times, and Condé Nast Traveler. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, where he received awards for Best Portfolio and earned a BFA in Photography, Saitas has worked on special photo projects with such industry leaders as BMW, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler, and his work has been exhibited globally.

The book is available to order now via: assouline.com

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n 2013, Paola Giambelli fulfilled a grand

Though, for the ultimate view, the Presidential

concept: open a hotel that encapsulated the

Suite offers a panoramic terrace and the chance

elegance and sophistication of Milan. The

to start and end the days with the breathtaking

product of which is the Palazzo Parigi Milano.

view of the Doumo di Milano. This is a suite

It wasn’t a task taken lightly; in fact, Giambelli

that could be shared, but I suggest you keep

famously spent five years building a collection

it all to yourself. The panoramic terrace and

of individual antiques, paintings, sculptures

open structure allow for a view of the Duomo

and furniture with which to furnish her hotel.

even from the marble whirlpool bathtub.

It is the cherished items of this collection that

Located in the artists' neighborhood of

furnish the sixty-five rooms and thirty-three

Brera, the Palazzo Parigi is a short walk

suites available at the Palazzo Parigi. The

from everything you could possibly desire.

interior of hotel is understated opulence, with

Art and culture can be taken in abundance in

marble columns, mosaic floors and rich woods

this district with Brera Art Gallery on your

built into the structure.

doorstep. Though, this is Milan, the shoppers’

As a designer and architect, Giambelli

paradise, the Italian city recognized as one of

seems to have taken great care in establishing

the world's foremost fashion capitals. Just

the hotel’s shared areas. The hotel’s Café

around the corner from the Palazzo Parigi is

Parigi is beautifully bright, courtesy of the

the fashion district, Quadrilatero della Moda,

skylight that has been styled in homage to

which houses the world's most respected

the glitz and glamour of the Milan’s Galleria

designers. It’s safe to say that every individual

Vittorio Emanuele. Though this isn’t the

I came across was suitably well dressed.

only opportunity for you to appreciate Milan. Each room boasts a private terrace to allow

Words: Warren L Greatrex

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ocated high in the west hills of Capri, in the commune of Anacapri, is the Capri Palace Hotel.

This is

exclusive Italy. Its owner, Tonino Cacace, didn’t begin

his career with ambitions of taking over his father’s hotel. Instead he had dreams of pursuing the arts. Though when his father passed, Cacace felt compelled to keep his father’s legacy alive and took over the management of the hotel. Since then Cacace has fused his passions and slowly turned the once four-star hotel into a five-star luxury hotel. This project saw him reduce the number of rooms drastically, focusing on luxury and cultivating a style best described as a relaxing art lovers retreat. Inside the Capri Palace, everything is coated in a crisp white. The hotel is itself a gallery, which hosts the collection of artwork Cacace has spent his lifetime creating. Truly the perfectionist, Cacace wasn’t content with simply satisfying the soul of the artist; he spent the nineties introducing medical treatments into the hotel's spa which rewarded the Capri Palace with the recognition as the world's first medical spa. The Capri Palace isn’t just a retreat for the soul – it’s a retreat for the body. This is an experience, which is fully integrated. Rooms are dedicated to individual artists, both Italian and international. Staying in the Warhol suite meant that I was able to dedicate a great deal of my time to developing my appreciation for all things Warhol. Artwork adorned the walls, the doors and even the base of my pool, which sat in my own private garden. In addition, the Capri Palace hosts the L’Olivo Restaurant, which boasts two Michelin stars and II Riccio with another Michelin star of its own, both of which include views of the stunning blueish clarity displayed by the Tyrrhenian Sea. Would you expect any less on an island often described as the playground for the rich and famous? When I wandered the island I wondered if I might catch a glimpse of Diego Dell Valle, the CEO of Tod’s, or Wanda Ferragamo, Ferrari’s chief Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, both residents of the island. Though I was just as likely to see a number of global superstars who regularly visit the Capri Palace. It’s easy to see why – the hotel’s beauty is the outcome of dedication, legacy and a love of artistry. It is an experience, which has truly been rendered by a brilliant artist.

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Model: Richard Biedul Photography: Sane Seven Art Direction: Lee Joseph Stylist: Jocelyn Smith Hair & Grooming: Neringa Sutkute Location: The Westminster Suite, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

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Navy blue pin stripe blazer and pale blue shirt, both Brunello Cucinelli. Sleet grey printed tie, vintage Christian Dior Homme. Life Bangle from Asprey

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A legacy which greatly boasts iconic former residents such as Mozart and Beethoven whom it has to thank for its high standards of elegance. Once there you’ll soon realise you don’t have to look far to find beautiful things. But look a little deeper and you will witness things the modern world knows v e r y l i t t l e a b o u t . A n t o n We l c o m e t a k e s u s t o Vi e n n a . − 121

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the ritz-carlton l e t m e ta k e yo u to t h e r i t z - c a r lt o n o f V i e n n a : a stunning structure of desire, made up of four g r a n d 1 9 th c e n t u r y h o u s e s .

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place where a grand staircase leads you to another world of luxury joys, with walnut wall panelling and ornate fireplaces to help you along the journey.

Like Vienna itself, the Ritz-Carlton boasts some of the

world’s finest staying within its walls. Tom Cruise himself made the Ritz-Carlton his home, during the Mission Impossible premiere in the summer of 2015. No doubt Tom Cruise was given the best suite the Ritz has to offer to anyone so prestigious by which of course we mean the presidential suite. Such a suite is a space of sheer beauty, giving each visitor a multitude of 19th century contemporary designed rooms to glide through. Where one will sleep is not all that gives the Ritz-Carlton its sterling reputation. Walk further into its halls and you’ll find a variety of fine dining arrangements such as the DSTRIKT steakhouse, which prides itself on its farm to table methods for meat and local produce lovers. You can even choose between twelve different steak knives to tuck into your dish, as well as sip fine red wine out of beautiful wine glasses made by an Austrian wine blower.

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tart your stay in Vienna the right way, with one of the most desirable spas you will ever get to experience. A spa experience such as this comes complete with

aromatic massages, anti-aging treatments and much more. For the food lover out there look no further, as the Michelin starred Edvard will serve you some of the finest cuisines in Austria. From sea bass to donauland lamb, be prepared to be immersed in a world of palette-tingling flavours. When moving about in the Kempiniski, make sure you make use of all of the services at your disposal. From the limousine service to the finest concierge service, who pride themselves on the fact there is almost nothing they cannot arrange for you.

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ignature restaurants are there for you serving fine Mediterranean and international cuisines, from the dining delight known as the 57 restaurant. Along

with a great dining experience, the 57 resturant offers all its visitors breathtaking views of the whole city, to truly deliver the dining experience you deserve. Upon visiting, I was fortunate enough to witness Austria’s next top model be filmed before me, just before enjoying a fine cocktail from the 57 lounge rooftop bar. The Melia hotel is a representation of the new side to Vienna, with modernised designs and atmosphere perfectly fit to cater to the indulgences of the modern day man. When you arrive at the Melia hotel, get yourself acquainted with the spectacular general manager Dorethea, who will endeavour to make your stay as luxurious as the Melia strives for.


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Par k Hyatt V i en na t H e f i n a l s to P ta k e s u s to t H e l u x u r i o u s Pa r k H yat t H ot e l of Vienna tHe Pinnacle of l u x u r y, s i t u a t e d i n t H e a m Hof square.

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his 20th century building was formally

chandelier and Bösendorfer piano, to play

a bank in 1915, turned into a luxurious

to your hearts content. The presidential

home for business and leisure travellers

suite offers incredible views of the Vienna,

alike. True Viennese elegance comes to life at

as well as the city’s most exclusive shopping

the Park Hyatt starting off with The Living

scene. If you don’t want to leave the suite

Room, a beautiful restored space made perfect

for an evening of dining then why not take

for gentlemen that smoke cigars and enjoy a

advantage of your kitchenette and private

fine dram of whisky. For the cocktail lovers

dining area, fit for 8 of your guests.

out there, there is a place to take advantage

Park Hyatt has activities to cater to

of some of the best cocktails from around the

all travellers arriving at their doors.


world at the pearl bar.

Arany Spa is an experience that draws you

The Park Hyatt staff will be forever at your

into a world of relaxation and tranquillity,

beckoning, to provide you the experience

rejuvenating your body and soul. The Spa

you always deserve. Monique Dekker is the

was once formally where money and gold

general manager of the Park Hyatt, with over

was stored in this once historic bank. The

18 years of service to the Hyatt hotels.

former vault has now become a 15 metre

Get lost in everything the Park Hyatt has

swimming pool for you to cast away the

to offer, by taking yourself to the presidential

world’s burdens.

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hy did Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear? What was the precise nature of his condition? And why did he commit suicide? Some 25 paintings and drawings from the final year and a half of the

painter’s life tell the story of his battle with his illness. They include several important loans from international museums, such as the portrait he made of his doctor, Félix Rey, a masterpiece from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, which is being shown at the Van Gogh Museum for the first time.

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On the Verge of Insanity from 15 July to 25 September.

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s the largest city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a city with a wealth of heritage, culture and art. I found myself cycling over the unique bridges and along the canals at a snail's pace, simply to absorb as much of the atmosphere as possible. Streets

are layered with heritage buildings, at times it feels as though to move through the city is to move through an open-air museum dedicated to the 17th Century, all of which is reflected back at you by the city's picturesque canals. The city has been humbly urbanised since then, making moving across the city as easy as jumping on your bike or stepping on to a tram, the lines of which are superbly run. But don’t let this stop you from mixing in a bike ride and travelling the canal belt, which folds around the city centre like petals fold around a rose. Morning can be dedicated to a stroll along the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market, before you move out of the centre towards the Rijksmuseum, dedicated to the Dutch artists of the golden age. I felt there was only one way to leave this museum-thoroughly inspired and with a taste for unique Dutch culture (all the more reason to head down the canal to the Heineken Experience). A city of all hours, Amsterdam offers a huge selection of word-renowned theatres and concert halls to choose from for an evening’s entertainment. If you’re simply out for a drink in the centre of the city, you can let the street lamps of a bygone era guide your way through a labyrinth of choices folded between the canals.

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he Waldorf’s message is clear as soon as

a tram away, which makes venturing out all

you enter the foyer; understated quality

the more enjoyable due to your delightfully

reigns supreme. Each space, each room,

romantic return. That is, of course, if you can

has been crafted with crisp comfort in mind

bring yourself to leave the Waldorf. How rare

and humbly modernised to accentuate the

it is to find a hotel in the middle of a city that

original design. Rooms are modestly styled

offers so much; a place to enjoy cocktails in

with a clean brightness, which affords a focus

the vault bar, an opportunity to take meals

on the original fireplaces, tall windows and

overlooking the gardens in the aptly named

arched ceilings. As for furnishings, thread

Peacock Alley, and a spa and indoor pool best

counts are high all round. Rooms are available

described as a habitat designed for relaxation.

from the first floor up to the loft with a choice

The Waldorf is also home to Librije's Zusje, a

of garden or canal views, all with technological

restaurant with not just the one prestigious

gadgetry. Opt, as I did, for a loft and you’ll

Michelin star. Two stars were awarded within

have a spacious and scenic stay, complete

just seven months of the restaurant's opening

with the traditional wooden ceiling that helps

and it’s easy to see why, food is wholly

create the feeling of being tucked away from

unique. Local produce and exotic ingredients

the city below. It’s a hotel located right in the

intertwine in the acclaimed Chef Sidney

centre of town, meaning it doesn’t want for

Schutte’s restaurant.

amenities and accessibility. So much of what the city has to offer is a walk, a bike ride or

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he outside of the Grand Hotel Amrath is a statement of style; the building looms over the canal and streets below, flaunting its eccentricities. Inside, a walk

through Van der May hall is one beneath high glass ceilings that remain decorated in their original nautical inspired stained glass. Van der May and his colleagues were inspired by the Art Nouveau movement of the early 20 th century and it’s evident throughout the hotel. It’s best described as art deco, the walls, the floors, the furniture, all fight for their chance to catch your eye and express their intricate patterns. The details of this building's heritage have been carefully maintained, and this results in a wonderful hotel experience. Getting in to the original electro lift each day added to the delight of the Amrath’s quirks as the doors of the other floors flowed in front of me. There are plenty of rooms and suites to choose from. They have been carefully worked in to the original design, even having the building's tower transformed into a three level suite complete with Jacuzzi bathroom located on the highest level. The hotel looks and feels original, though this hasn’t prevented some modest modernisation, each room comes with a coffee machine and fibre optic broadband to merge the comforts of everyday life with their heritage. Staff are more than happy to share their knowledge of the Amrath’s history or to assist you in any way they can; museum and restaurant recommendations are available and all are first class. The spa is open to all guests staying at the Amrath and it’s a great chance to relax and restore before heading out into the city.

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he elegantly urbanised Hotel de Hallen

suites, equipped with Jacuzzi bath and a












site of an original tram depot, which

Amsterdam West, there is an abundance of

dates back to 1902. The original frame of

experiences to explore. Go out and you’re on

this building is exposed inside to make way

the doorstep of a beautiful indoor food market

for the bright light, which illuminates a chic

and a vintage cinema with a complementing

Scandinavian interior and an art collection

art deco style. Stay in and you can enjoy

handpicked by the owner. Eras have been

the hotel’s adjoining restaurant, Remise47.

delicately fused to create a feast for the

It’s a beautifully vibrant dining experience.

eyes inside the Hotel de Hallen – each time

Colours and cuisine are equally vivacious

I walked through the hotel I found myself

throughout Remise47; it is an experience

awestruck by another piece of artwork or

of the senses, one that has the benefit of

an intricate design. There is an atmosphere

a terrace bar which overlooks an artistic

driven by this artistic fusion – the Hotel

district of Amsterdam - the perfect place to

de Hallen is truly a beacon for the creative,

enjoy your choice of something cosmopolitan.

striking Scandinavian designs decorate all rooms – and there are plenty of options

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n the centre of Amsterdam, just along the

uniquely intimate to lavish and expansive.

canal from the shopping district and on

The Toren Bar is shrouded in bright golds

the edge of the Jordaan, lies The Toren,

and contrasted by deep purples; this is the

a lushly-styled boutique hotel. The Toren

ideal location for an evening of cocktails, a

is an intimate boutique hotel experience,

place in which you can sample some of the

lavish and low-lit.. It’s an experience that

finest . Try the Hendrick's gin with Fever-

has been delicately created by the owner,

Tree elderflower tonic, a recommendation

Eric Toren, over the past decade into the

directly from Oprah’s circle of friends. It’s

opulently styled hotel that it is now - a style

a 17th century building with air of fin de

which Toren prides himself on to this day.

siècle. It’s obvious as to why the hotel and

His presence is felt throughout the hotel,

Eric Toren himself are the owners of several

always busy, having recently opened another

awards, among which is ‘Europe’s Best

hotel just along the canal. But, despite his

Boutique Hotel 2016’.

workload, he seems forever at the casual service of his guests. There is a plethora

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All photography by Steve Shapiro. steveschapiro.com

Muhammad Ali, Monopoly, Louisville KY 1963

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e originally aimed to be a writer but decided to devote himself to photo journalism and was taught by William Eugene Smith. In 1961 he embarked

on a career as a freelance photographer and captured key historical moments of the 1960s, working for Life, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time and Paris Match amongst others. Schapiro’s work has been exhibited internationally and was included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 1968 exhibition Harlem On My Mind, and, more recently, Warhol

Underground at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. His work is held in the collections of the Smithsonian, The High Museum and the National Portrait Gallery amongst others and is the subject of six, American Edge, Schapiro's Heroes, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Then and Now, and Bliss.

This new exhibition will showcase over 20 photographs of heroes from the worlds of film, politics, art, sport and music all taken by

Steve Shapiro, himself. The exhibition

will include a selection of rarely seen portraits of his belated friend, David Bowie that were taken in Los Angeles in 1974, which are also the subject of a new book Bowie published by powerHouse Books.

The exhibition is showing at Atlas Gallery, London until the end of September. www.atlasgallery.com.

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ondon to the uninitiated is a city of broad strokes. Many trips to England’s capital necessitate a date with imperial decadence of Buckingham Palace, an attempt to catch the rising of Tower Bridge and even a chance to listen out for the bell of big ben. But,

to the initiated, it is entirely a city of fine lines; documented throughout time in artwork, from the words of Oscar Wilde, to the impressionist paintings of Monet and beyond. London’s fine lines offer the traveller the rarest commodity of all - a unique experience. Just choose a district and explore the side streets filled with opportunity. Each and every photograph will capture its own story, be it a pose in a newly acquired Savile Row suit or an event as simply breathtaking as a cocktail by the Thames at sunset. Speculative days can be spent at the National Museum, the Tate Modern or the Victoria and Albert Museum, to name but a few. Or indulge in the iconic shopping available along Park Lane and in Mayfair, across from Hyde Park. Do as I did and try it all. Each and every day offers a new and exciting experience, whether it is your desire to join the upper echelons of the world’s elite or simply to bask in a city filled with heritage and history. The only thing you can’t do is stay still - this is a city that never stops moving.

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the service is five star. The General Manager, Michael

headquarters, this now stands as the prestigious

Bonsor, creates a seemingly magical experience; all things

Rosewood London. Entering the courtyard through

are in place, though I was never in view of any housekeeping.

the great iron gates, you are greeted by a building which carries

His class, style and pride are seemingly infectious - each

an understated air of British grandeur. In fact, it seems difficult

member of the Rosewood team I encountered radiated with

to imagine this building as anything but the Rosewood.

pride for their work and the hotel.

Though it was built during the Edwardian era it has a

The Sense Spa and Fitness Suite are available to complete

feeling of Victorian decadence. The interior has been decorated

this exclusive experience. The Mirror Room is furnished with

to complement this overlap; marbles and mahoganies lace

lounge furniture and low-lighting to create an intimate and

the hotel, courtesy of interior designers Toni Chi and Martin

relaxed dining experience. All meals are available and focus on

Brudnizki. The furniture is hand-made, the walls are adorned

food, which is traditionally British. A sommelier is on hand at

with artwork and the shelves are lined with leather-bound

each meal to aid in you in pairing wines to your palate. Whilst


at the Rosewood I found myself drawn to Scarfes Bar each

The interior is itself a picture of Dorian Gray;

honoured through heritage and timeless in style.

night. I would find any excuse to return, just to revisit the

Rosewood London offers over two hundred spacious rooms

artwork and caricatures of Gerald Scarfe – or more specifically

and forty-four suites, chief among which are the Garden

to return to his artwork with one of London’s finest cocktails

House Wing and the Manor House Wing. The latter is the only

in hand.

suite in the world with its very own postcode. The Rosewood has an option for every traveller, whether like me you are

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ocated in West London, facing the picturesque

Kensington Palace and

surrounding gardens, is The Milestone Three





townhouses are combined to form a fifty seven-room





maintained the Victorian features – this hotel sits proudly on the corner of the busy Kensington Road and holds firmly as a symbol for the heritage and culture threaded into the borough’s history. For Kensington and Chelsea is a land of fine things indeed. Inside, the hotel maintains its Victorian roots,






Beatrice Tollman. The Milestone is part of the Red Carnation brand and as such, style, standards and service are suitably first class. This is evidenced by the Victorian-style sitting room that greets you as you enter the hotel, the walls of which are adorned in rich textures from the deep mahogany shelves to the intricate floral fabrics that dress the hotel's fine furniture.

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Taking your morning in this room is a

comes with a complete apartment living

superb choice; it’s an environment that feels

space equipped with a kitchen, a lounge and

so inherently British, though I’m certain that

bathrooms. These apartments come with

this is infused by the tea.

24-hour concierge service and access to the

The rooms and suites at this hotel have

hotel's spa, swimming pool and gym. Though,

been fussed over with detail and care. Pillows,

the view of Kensington Palace and Gardens is



the real heart of this hotel. From the Rooftop

been added to the room, they have been

Apartment it feels like your're siting in the

placed judiciously to stimulate the eye of

London night sky. It’s a throne of your own,

the visitor. In addition, the hotel offers six

just across the street from fellow Royalty.




private apartments for the traveller looking to stay longer in style. Each apartment is

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In its past the building was designed to

for its luxury car showrooms, top




be a stately apartment boasting a central

restaurants and cocktail bars to die for

London location overlooking Hyde Park.

but when it comes to finding somewhere to

Today, it still very much has that feeling and

recharge the travelling man’s batteries, for

although opulent, it is homely. The team are

me, it is the London Marriott at Park Lane

relaxed and personable and the check in is

that is typically top selection. If not purely

super easy. Take a seat, have a glass of wine

for the emergency shoe shine I receive

and ease your way in. There is no standing

whilst running from my suite to a meeting.

around. Shortly after, you will be escorted

Thank you universe, or more specifically,

to your suite and the rooms many functions

thank you to the hotels official shoe buffer

will be explained. If you’re lucky expect a

who is at your command whenever needed.

knock at the door shortly after, the hotel

After all, anything less than a shined shoe is

like to look after its guests. Wine and cheese

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Since the refurbishment, the hotel shines like a beacon of luxury featuring rooms and suites paved with marble bathrooms, along with decadent furniture to embrace a finer rest. Picture yourself indulging in that wellearned pit stop from all of your many travels and waking up to the beautiful city restarting its daily hustle and bustle.Take a run along Hyde Park, enjoy a delightful breakfast, get suited and booted for your day of meetings and please, keep the shoes shined. Upon returning that evening be sure to check out Lanes of London which features an





on contemporary seasonal British cuisine. Stylish leather chairs, great cocktails and that Friday evening vibe you just can’t beat in London. The hotel is proudly British but welcomes an array of global guests. A fine choice, indeed.

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merging from Marylebone station and tumbling

the outdoors pours in and one can imagine the

straight into the Landmark London hotel is a

crispness of the winter air without enduring so

seamless, stress-free transition that was first

much as a shiver. One of England’s finest traditions

plotted 150 years ago by railway visionary, Sir Edward

is to be found here: the Winter Garden’s award

Watkin. As a man who does not travel lightly, I would

winning afternoon tea. Indulging in an assortment

like to shake his hand. In a period when railways were

of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and French

king, Watkin had earmarked the space outside the

pastries, as well as a selection of freshly brewed leaf

Marylebone terminal to become the most luxurious of

and herbal tea, afternoon eased itself to evening.

all the capital’s railway hotels; a landmark some may

My dwelling, an ‘executive corner’ room of

say (see what I did there?).What was then Great Central

lavish proportions, features the expected king-size

Hotel opened its doors in 1899, although Watkin,

bed; enormous flat-screen television; large marble

beleaguered by financial woes, had little to do with it.

bathroom and coffee machine. The decor, a traditional

It’s a shame because his initial hunch - that

cream, green and duck-egg blue affair, is perhaps not

Marylebone would be a great setting for visitors to

the colour scheme of dreams but pleasing enough,

the capital - continues to be spot on in 2016. Did I

helped along by some show-stopping floor-to-ceiling

mention that it’s right outside the station? Should

curtains. Trust me, had I a suitcase big enough, I

you wish to participate in the tedium of London’s

would be looking at them now.

tourist attractions then Madame Tussauds, the

The Spa & Health club resides in the hotel’s

Planetarium, Baker Street and Regent’s Park are

basement, small but beautifully formed with hi-tech

merely a swift walk away. Preferable destinations

gym equipment, a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

such as Oxford Street require a swift hailing of a

A series of neatly hidden doors lead to dimly-lit

good ol’ London cab, but I am not one to complain

treatment rooms. An hour-long Seaweed Oil massage

when the prospect of a day’s shopping awaits.

was thankfully not reminiscent of a scene from The

Walk through reception and you enter a soaring,

Little Mermaid, but relaxing. The pool, surprisingly

glass-topped atrium, filled with (alas, fake) palm trees.

long for a compact space, has allocated times for

There is a low-key, old-fashioned buzz to the place,

children to swim so that adults seeking quiet refuge

with the hushed chink of bone china during afternoon

know exactly when not to go. Thank god.

tea and the clink of silverware in the evenings. The





Much more enjoyable than a day at the Dungeons, two-

this is one London landmark I will be visiting again.

AA rosette restaurant, sits directly beneath said marvellous glass roof atrium. On a blue-sky day,


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E by Meliá is the fashion-forward

of the week) – all generated by a Paris-based

brand of the eponymous Spanish

company called Blow Factory.

hotel group aimed at a savvy,

Arriving at my suite, I am greeted by dark

cosmopolitan audience designed in its entirety

grey carpets, silver-bronze textiles and a bottle

by world famous architects Foster & Partners.

of Moet. The crystalline glass of the windows

In a nutshell , ME provides 157 exquisitely

extends into a small triangular projection over

designed, highly contemporary rooms; two

the street, an exhilarating if rather vertiginous

restaurants; a Roof Bar with outdoor terrace

experience, especially after a glass or two of

and spectacular panoramic views and high

champagne. There are electronic panels to

speed WiFi internet. It is a pretty impressive

control temperature and lighting, which are

nutshell. And then there is the art. Abstract

generous, with Coraline a go-go and neat

sculptures form a trail of breadcrumbs to

sliding walls so that you can have them open

the core of the hotel - the reception: a dark,

or shut. Switching the lights to red and sliding

sexy space that boasts no natural light but

shut the wall, a blissful hour was passed

is instead unusually encased by rooms, bars

soaking in a hot bath, said Moet in hand.

and restaurants.

This is one seriously different hotel and as

Hotel guests are ushered one floor up

a prolific traveller I feel somewhat qualified

and into a stellar hollow pyramid of marble

to proffer my opinion. To London’s treasury

– charcoal-black outside, ash-grey inside

of remarkably bizarre spaces, the sweeping

– that soars 100ft upwards to a distant

pyramid is a notable addition, After all, there

triangle of natural light. A ridiculously large

are not many places where you can watch a

copy of Opus Vivienne Westwood lies open.

jellyfish swim across the wall…

A sinuous arrangement of elegant leather seating allows you to sit primly or lie back


and stare at pyramids (depending on the day

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n just over two short years, The Beaumont

is located at the top of a secluded marble

Hotel has clearly made its mark – for it

staircase and lined with rich oak. This design

seems to have achieved a status reserved

offers a sense of secluded introspection and

only for hotels with a wealth of heritage. When

tranquillity. The bustling city that surrounds

I looked up at the hotel's grand design from

you is simply rendered mute.

the Brown Hart Gardens I had to remind myself

Each of The Beaumont’s seventy-three

just how new this hotel was. The Beaumont

rooms and suites maintains a sense of

Hotel feels like it has always been there.

old world style, decorated in the hotel's

The hotel’s beautifully preserved façade

trademark Art Deco, which blends timeless

dates back to 1926, though you’ll notice

textures together. In addition, the Beaumont

a flourish has been added since then. A

offers several conference areas, private dining

sculpture adorns the pre-war styled building,

facilities and a five bedroom Roosevelt Suite.

blending heritage and contemporary design.

You’ll also find a Grill Room, an American bar

Though this extension, courtesy of renowned

and the Lounge Bar. On hand is the hotel’s

British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, isn’t

chauffeur-driven vintage Daimler. I found



they were more than happy to deliver me into

‘ROOM’, is an exclusive one-bedroom suite

the city in true old world style, though, the

separate from the main hotel. The interior

need to use this service didn’t arise again.

of this inhabitable artwork is decorated

Whilst staying at to The Beaumont, in the

with contrasting bright marble with dark

heart of Mayfair, people come to you.




leathers and black velvet. Gormley’s ‘ROOM’ beautifully plays with light to separate the


inner rooms. The bedroom in particular

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ou may have noticed that Ian Schrager has opened a hotel. After all, the buzz around his latest project is hard to ignore. “The king of clubs and hotels is back in town,” proclaimed one review. “Schrager

is upping the game,” chimed another. The Brooklyn-born businessman – who masterminded Studio 54 in the Seventies and gave life to the “boutique hotel” concept in the Eighties – is back on Berners Street. Upon entering the reception of The Edition, I implore you to raise your eyes to the ceiling. Oh, the ceiling. I could spend all day looking at that stucco ceiling. While there is a pleasing amount to see at eye level, it is the spectacularly extravagant ceiling that steals the show. There are various seating areas both to the left and right, with Apple desktops and workstations for guests who want (or in my case, need) to be productive. To the left is the lobby bar, with reception straight ahead. The unexpected tapestry behind reception is a fabulous reproduction of a 1773 Louis XV Gobelin tapestry that, I was politely told, made an appearance in the film The King’s Speech. Now I do love a bit of Colin Firth. The 173 rooms act as a palatable antidote to the hubbub downstairs. There are eight categories, spanning standard guestrooms to suites and a super-duper penthouse. The look is ski-cabin chic (just right for my winter wardrobe), offset beautifully by wood-panelled walls and faux-fur throws. It’s certainly soothing, with caramel-coloured rugs, hanging orb lights and soft and inviting shades. The Berners Tavern, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is equally impressive, featuring the same lofty ceilings with well over 100 artworks creeping up the walls. There’s a landscape here, a still life there; I half expect to find a bored looking curator standing in the corner. The face behind the food is Jason Atherton, whose flagship establishment is the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social. A meal at Berners Tavern is a real occasion – whether dining on Orkney scallop ceviche and grass-fed Devon sirloin for dinner, or brunching on Forman & Son’s smoked salmon and eggs. There’s also a basement nightclub - a thoughtful touch that instantly eradicates the inevitability of a drunken late night taxi ride, incoherently mumbling the name of a hotel you stayed in last week. A first edition hotel that features first edition art – where else can you find such a pairing?

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exploring outside of london...

T h e g low i n g g r e e n s a n d b lu i s h h u e o f T h e l a k e d i s T r i c T s T i Tc h To g e T h e r To c r e aT e u n m a T c h e d s e r e n i T y. i T ’ s a n a r e a o f b r i T a i n , which insPires advenTure and romance.


rotected since 1951, the Lake District National Park

hasn’t compromised power; and whilst driving in Hybrid mode

covers over 885 beautiful square miles of woodlands,

the T8 will intuitively adjust the amount of petrol or electricity

valleys and lakes, ripe for exploration. In journeying into

it uses to how you’re driving. At lower speeds the T8 will

the Lake District it’s easy to understand why this romantic

opt for an economical approach, but if you need to climb a

location proved to be a muse for Wordsworth, amongst

steeper road or simply want to feel a sportier drive, you only

many others. A visit to the Lake District is the chance to

need to be more assertive with your acceleration and you’ll

witness, as the romantics did, some of the most picturesque

receive an instant reply from the T8’s 407hp. Better yet, from

scenery Britain has to offer and to instill new respect for the

a standstill the T8 can get from 0-62mph in just 5.6 seconds.

natural beauty sewn in to the landscape. My journey into the

It’s an SUV with supurb road view and the ample visibility

countryside is guided by Volvo’s latest hybrid car - the XC90

required for adjusting to the winding country lanes and steep

T8. Thanks to Volvo, my journey in to such an awe-inspiring

cobbled walls. This is a part of Britain, which is beautiful and

landscape is a respectful one; providing more of a carbon

seemingly untouched. With the extra power and all wheel drive

fingerprint than footprint with a combined fuel economy of

I’m afforded, it’s a chance to truly explore and climb to those

134.5 mpg. Unlike other hybrids I’ve experienced, the economy

otherwise unreachable views and explore untrodden trails.

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ocated in the folded landscape of Cat’s Crag, two miles from Windermere, The Gilpin Lakehouse was a glamorous boutique hotel experience. Built in 1901 and

family owned for three generations, this Georgian House is a postcard of elegance. Stunning views are provided from all room offerings, from the modest ‘classic’ rooms to garden suites. Of course, you could escape into complete tranquility and take residence in The Lake House, a property remote from the main lake house and shrouded by woodland. This six-bedroom





twelve and has its own complimentary chauffeur service to take you to and fro. I opted for one of the newly-built spa suites which, as the name suggests, come complete with the newly built spa suites, which as the name suggest, comes complete with saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs. Each evening, once the scenery had disappeared into the night, I found myself gravitating towards my own secluded hot tub. The floor to ceiling windows create brightly lit rooms and award a modernity, which is softly complemented by unique furniture dressed in the autumnal colours you’ll find mirrored across the lake from the woodlands. The Cunliffe family were always on hand to cultivate a warm atmosphere. Before dinner, they recommended joining other guests in the lounge for an aperitif and canapés before sampling some of their culinary delights, which have returned the Gilpin three AA Rosettes since 1997. As you would expect, food is organic, locally sourced and almost impossible to consume without becoming envious of the plethora of alternatives on other people’s plates. It’s a dining culture, which helps you to focus on enjoying fine food, without pretence.

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harrow Bray Country House Hotel is distinguished by its location; sitting atop the shore of Lake Ullswater, it’s the second largest lake in the district. As you’d

expect, views are simply astonishing, as the sun seems to spend the day shimmering beautifully across the nine-milelong surface of the lake. I was unsurprised that visitors arrived simply to enjoy morning coffee, take their lunch by the lake or settle in for dinner with views as picturesque as these. Décor is perhaps best described as 70s-quirky as interior design is unique and wholly original; the quality of its vintage furniture a standing testament to quality and care of the hotel staff. In keeping with the hotel, rooms strikingly and unique with substantial views of Lake Ullswater – a view that is a marvel to wake up to. Three sites are available, all providing deluxe or premier deluxe rooms. The Main House contains rooms starkly unique in character and decorated with warmth and comfort in mind. The Garden Rooms offer ample space and are surrounded by generous views of the fells' greenery. However, for seclusion and superb mountain views, Sharrow Bray offers the Edwardian Lodge, in which you will find the charming Superior Room views, complete with seating areas angled towards serene mountain views which, I have no doubt, are responsible for desktop wallpapers across the world. Dinner can be taken in Sharrow Bray's awardwinning dining experience. With an extensive range of wines, 700-strong, it’s a beautiful place to enjoy gourmet dining. By sampling a wine list so extensive one is afforded the rare privilege of extending one's palate. Each dish is presented and prepared with passion. Paired with sunset, it is an experience of truly grand dining, complemented by Lake Ullswater and the surrounding white-tipped mountains.

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ut look a little further and you will find yourself deep in the tranquillity of the Royal Crescent Hotel, a luxurious place of rest in one of the finest cities in England.

Step into a haven of harmonious wonders and sheer beauty, with an acre

of garden to simply unwind your senses from the busy city life. Of course Bath is one city that is far from hectic, which only makes your stay at the Royal Crescent that little bit more sensational. Dine to your heart's content thanks to the Dower House restaurant, which which offers the bonus of being able to view the secluded gardens of the Royal Crescent. And in the daytime, why not lavish in some classic English afternoon tea, in the historical heart of Bath. Although switching off is the objective, a little bit of contact with the outside world may not harm you. The Royal Crescent brings the past with the present, delivering wireless communication to all who stay there. This is a true testament to where old world heritage meets new world luxuries.

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he patriarch Daniel Cathiard is a former ski champion,

and warmth, wellbeing, generosity, authenticity, high-

a team member of the famous French Olympic team

quality service and emotion on which both businesses were

including Jean-Claude Killy and Léo Lacroix. In

built. Les Sources de Caudalie was established in the heart

1970, Daniel found himself running the family’s small

of Bordeaux in 1999 amidst the green vineyards of Château

supermarket chain. Within just 20 years, he had transformed

Smith Haut Lafitte and has grown into an institution in itself.

it into the tenth largest mass distribution group in France,

Architect Yves Collet created from the foundations

with 15 hypermarkets and 300 supermarkets… not a bad

upwards a series of contemporary buildings from recycled

achievement. Whilst with the French ski team, Daniel met

local materials that sit well and are both completely in tune

his wife Florence in 1965. They worked together managing

and not in tune with the surroundings yet work incredibly

Genty and Go Sport for ten years before Florence launched

well. The residence itself is nestled amongst the green vines

her own advertising firm, later becoming Vice President of

with equally green hills and forests on the horizon; a real

McCann Europe in 1985. Five years later, in 1990, Daniel

picture of French tranquillity.

and Florence sold all their business interests to buy Château

The concept itself is stated very proudly on the website as

Smith Haut Lafitte.

being from the ‘French Paradox’ which is a study undertaken

Now we look at Daniel and Florence’s daughter Mathilde

20 years ago that the French diet and lifestyle in the

Thomas. Mathilde and her husband Bertrand founded the

Southwest is conducive to good health; and there is certainly

Caudalie Cosmetic range in 1993 in the heartlands of Bordeaux

a feel of utter relaxation and wellbeing inside its walls and

which swiftly grew to become a worldwide brand with a

in the fields beyond.

focus on using completely natural grape seed Polyphenois.

This residence boasts 40 uniquely attired rooms and

The inspiration of her parents' vineyard Château Smith Haut

21 suites, including 12 ‘suites on stilts.’ The rooms are

Lafitte lead to the development of her range which then grew

named after aspects of regional heritage and filled with

into a series of destination and boutique spas, a real focus

rustic furniture and collectable antiques. Spending time in

on wellbeing and relaxation. Her website quotes “In my

any of these rooms transports the guest into a delightful

vineyard, we say that when a vine cries, the face of a woman

exploration of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine. Most have a

illuminates” highlighting the use and study of the grape seed

small private terrace with pleasing views over the vineyard

and skin which are the foundation of the range.

and are perfect for spending a quiet afternoon or evening

Finally, we have Daniel and Florence’s other daughter

in contemplation. The junior suites and suites are “elegant,

Alice Tourbier-Cathiard and her husband Jermone. Together

spacious and different…” The ‘Vent du Large’ is a space

they manage Les Sources de Caudalie at Château Smith Haut

resplendent in hues of parma and purple and the ‘Couer

Lafitte vineyard and Les Etangs de Corot, but it is Les Souces

des Sources’ recreates the warm and familiar intimacy of

de Caudalie that we will focus on here. This couple maintain

the family home where the parents can relax whilst the

these two delightful residences, imbuing the family values

children explore.

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The suites on stilts are the real showstopper here inspired by the mythic Ile aux Oiseaux there are 12 of these wonderful domiciles are clustered around the small estate lake. They boast intricate and luxury wallpapers amidst whitewashed panels, artfully haphazard photos and witch’s mirrors in a wonderful display of buco-chic. All have a terrace overlooking the lake and are named after the villages of Cap Ferret. There are a number of different restaurants in the residence, from the La Grande ‘Vigne, set in a former orangery and modelled on an ornamental 18th century glasshouse, La Table du Lavoir, a rambling wooden structure built around a lovingly restored wash house, The enchanting Tour de la Degustation overlooks the vineyards with a lounge that has a delightful half British/half Cuban feel. The Wine Bar ‘Rouge’ which reflects the South-West “terroir” with a vast terrace and selection of Bordeaux wines displayed proudly upon it’s walls to The French Paradox Bar which opens onto the wine cellar that houses 1,200 precious bottles because after all, Bordeaux without wine is like Heaven without God.


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shered to my private two-bedroom Riad with

himself with a delicate clearing of the throat) soon

24-hour butler service, an ice bucket with

arrived and began to pour the champagne. A man of

a bottle of vintage champagne awaits next

impeccable standards and precision, he was the jewel

to a welcome letter with my name engraved in gold

in the crown during my stay.

leaf. The interiors are airy with sumptuous mosaics

After settling in I decided to eat; should I dine

and silken awnings. Outside the bustle of Marrakech

beneath the olive trees at La Grand Table? French-

continues at its usual frantic pace, inside Frank

style at The Grande Table Françoise? Dine in the Riad,

Sinatra begins to play in every room via bluetooth

or do I go native at The Grande Table Marocaine? I

connection to my iPhone.

decided on The Grande Table Marocaine and feasted

The Riads are available from one to three

on rich and flavoursome tagine complemented by a

bedrooms, all elegantly adorned with mosaics and

bold red wine all amidst subtle lamplight in the cool

delicate, Arabic hanging lamps that transport you

evening air.

away from the mundane worries of day-to-day life to a place where relaxation and comfort reign

Words: Nikki Parry

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