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rose-marie swift// LCF graduates of 2012 // Honest By // Harriet Lamb // V V Brown //

Rose-Marie Swift // Timothy Han // S&E travel guide // Terri Potratz



M A G A Z I N E Editor-in-Chief Creative Director Associate Editor Features Editor Fashion Editor Beauty Editor Beauty Features Editor Health and Beauty Associate Pictures Editor Layout Design Special Projects Contributing Photographers

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Stylist Assistant Contributing Hair & Make Up Artists

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Alina Rätsep Fiona Garden Rachael Oku Åse Botha Victoria Sekrier Lou Dartford Jess Latapie Cassia Geller Charles Moriarty Kielo K önönen Aaliyah Ansari Fiona Garden Charles Moriarty Jon Mortimer Melis Dainon Elise Dumontet James Victoria Sekrier Emily Jerman Hilary Owen Emma Pulbrook Heather Rae Lauren Garcia Annabel Callum Lou Dartford Emily Margeart Lotte O’Shea Contributing Writers Madeleine McIndoe Kate Stanbury Zaena Miller Nina Koo-Seen-Lin Natasha Newing

Sarah Ditty Magaly Fuentes-Sagan Terri Potratz Valere Tjolle Jacqueline Amankwah



This issue of SIX is all about ADVENTURE.

We pulled together a guide to the most fabulous s&e destinations across the globe, with help from you - our readers. Catch it on page 100. Our special beauty SPA feature “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a spa” saw SIX editorial team selflessly test out treatments that would withstand the adventurous spirit of your travels - or bring you back in shape once you’re back home (page 128). We talk to the legendary rose-marie swift about her travel essentials in “Celebrity Vanity Case” (page 122), and have a cuppa with harriet lamb, Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade International. Read the account of her fascinating experiences as a global traveller across some of the most incredible countries in the world on page 46. We asked terri potratz of larry. designs to keep a diary while she was travelling around Chile earlier this year, working on a collection with the local organisation Patagonia Style. Terri is a fantastic writer, and her travel notes on Patagonian adventures read in one breath. Not to be missed! (page 84). v v brown talks to us about her fashion venture, VVVintage, on page 134, and we go in search of summer in our bold and bright fashion story on page 54.


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Image: Alstermo Bruk luggage

SIX ON THE RADAR Trend: Ocean Colour Scene - p.14 Pela iPhone Case: plant it after you’re done - p.18 Style Outside the Box: online boutique with a unique approach - p.19 It’s a Shoe Thing: footwear inventions worth trying on - p.20 Alstermo Bruk: unique handmade trunks from Sweden - p.22 Stepping Up the Game: Stella at the Olympics - p.23


ON THE SCENE Exhibitions Worth Travelling To: our pick of art galleries across the globe - p.26 Bright Starts: SIX selects its favourite LCF 2012 graduates - p.32 Q&A Harriet Lamb: The World Nomad Eating goat eyes and living with untouchables, Harriet has done it all - p.46 EXPLORE The Travel Diary: Chilean Adventures of Terri Potratz - p.84 Valere Tjolle: life-changing destinations - p.98 SIX Travel Guide: top spas and resorts as recommended by you - p.100





FASHION Fashion Editor’s Picks- p.50 Bruno Pieters: The Importance of Being Honest = p.42 Investment Plan: summer stock - p.72 Searching for Summer: the adventure begins - p.54 Seaside Story: waves of romance - p.64 Colours of Kashmir: peace offering - p.76 BEAUTY Beauty Editor’s Notes - p.108 Italian Gelato: candy colours of summer - p.112 The Bold Adventurer: your brow guide - p.120 Vanity Case: Marie-Rose Swift opens her travel kit - p.122 SPA for the adventurers: top treatments to get you in shape or revitalise afterwards - p.128 The Urban Dweller: Timothy Han and his groundbreaking skincare line - p.126 HEALTH & NUTRITION There Are No Superheroes: the myth of superfoods and what you shoudl be eating instead - p.130 LAST PAGE Wise Words: V V Brown - P. 134


Aaliyah ANSARI, special projects

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With an eclectic background – studying Political Sciences at Cambridge, obtaining a Fashion Buying and Merchandising degree from LCF, and founding her own London-based creative development agency – Aaliyah is as ambitious as she is talented. Having led projects with clients ranging from industry giants LCF and Pakistan Fashion Council to the Center for Fashion Enterprise and Shaftsbury Plc., Aaliyah has joined SIX to lead the Special Projects department and help develop our Young Talent platform – see our pick of LCF’s 2012 graduates on p.32.

Zaen Terri POTRATZ, designer Editor-in-chief of The Conveyor Belt and brainchild behind larry. designs, Terri is an avid supporter of ethical fashion and a global traveller. This year, Terri explores Chile with the goal to create a knitwear collection in collaboration with Patagonia Style, celebrating local artisans and capturing the essence of the local culture. Read Terri’s Travel Notes from her Chilean adventure on p.84.

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Kielo KÖNÖNEN, layout designer We were very lucky to have worked with Kielo on this issue. The Graphic Design graduate of Kuopio Academy of Design, Finland, Kielo helped us put all of our ideas “on paper”, adding her own magical touch to every feature she laid her hands on. This issue’s layout is very much the result of Kielo’s energy, optimism and love for design.

Emily JERMAN, stylist Emily has worked alongside many creative individuals in the industry, and styled for publications such as ELLE, Marie Claire and Tatler, as well as the market leader of e-commerce Net-a-Porter. Further to her editorial work, Emily has styled shows for Hussein Chalayan and advertising campaigns for Dior. “Image is an incredible form of expression and I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to work with it everyday.” Emily styled our main story “Searching for Summer” on p.54

Valere TJOLLE, editor Valere is the Principal of, publisher and editor of, Vision on Sustainable Tourism weekly newswire, and editor of the annual Sustainable Tourism suite of reports. In this issue, Valere shares his top lifechanging sustainable travel destinations. The result is a gem of a travel guide for anyone looking for a truly special getaway. Not to be missed, p.98.

na MILLER, writer

is a freelance writer specialn sustainable style. With a ound in consumer research ail, coupled with a passion for ps and young brands, Zaena exactly which rising stars to For the Adventure issue she t the young and quirky online ue Style Outside the Box in e Radar (p.19). Read Zaena’s al musings @Ldnfashionfreak.

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Image: Monsoon, Fairtrade cotton retailer, read more in “Harriet Lamb: The World Nomad”



RUBBER & PAPER: It’s a shoe P. 20




on the radar


OLYMPICS: P. 23 stepping up the GAME

TREND ocean colour



Holly Fulton’s collection echoes US po GLAMOUR of a bygone era, with modern shapes and SHARP tailor

OCEAN colour scen by Madeleine McIndoe

THIS SEASON, designers delve in stone (or clam) is left unturned, as turns their attention to the ocean interpretations of the theme vary f lifelike underwater landscape print ture to communicate the life aquat The current queen of print, Mary K swathed in dresses adorned with reali of hues. Fantastical and bold, bright c fabrics. The volume of the puffball ski enhance the three-dimensional effect Meanwhile, Holly Fulton’s graph shell shapes in varying materials a motifs reminiscent of holiday souve of ‘90s Versace, the collection echoe albeit with modern shapes and sha evidence of the sheer mileage the a to the aesthetic style of any designe Again, Peter Pilotto manipulates cies. With coral featuring as a domi bold prints in varying scales, resultin

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nto the deep blue sea for inspiration. No everyone from Versace to Holly Fulton for SS12. Broad and all-encompassing, from designer to designer, ranging from ts to the selective use of colour and textic. Katrantzou, sent models down the catwalk istic, digital sea life prints in the most vivid coral reefs are reconstructed on the finest of kirts and drape of asymmetric hems further t of the prints. phic style is perfectly conveyed with bold and textures, along with playful seaside enirs. A homage to the sheer decadence es US poolside glamour of a bygone era, arp tailoring. Fulton’s collection is solid aquatic trend has, and of its adaptability er. s the ocean scene to suit his personal faninant colour, Pilotto’s collection presents ng in a veritable feast for the eyes.

Holly Fulton




Ava Mirabelle

Iona Crawford


Iona Crawford is an ethically minded designer who begins the creative process by producing paintings on canvases, which are then developed into final prints for all-over use on garments. The Oyster Pearl print featured in her SS12 collection nods towards a darker, more theatrical interpretation of the oceanic trend. Inky blues and blacks on silk, along with Crawford’s painterly style, create a sense of the mystery and unknown. In stark contrast lies Choolips’ playful summer offering. A rainbow of playful sorbet tones, it features a mix of print, batik and appliqué, inspired by traditional methods from Ghana and Gujarat. Youthful seaside representations lend the collection a light, carefree tone. Motifs such as swallows, fish and ocean waves bring to mind childhood trips to the coast, where the sea was innocently taken at face value. Meanwhile, Eleanor DorienSmith’s label PARTIMI features distinctive prints and an individual SIX 17

personal narrative. Despite having worked for some of the biggest names in fashion, she quickly developed her own style, formed partly from her background, which is both free-spirited and urbanite. The SS12 collection comprises bright hues of turquoise paired with neutral, sandy shades and photographic, almost optical prints. Long, flowing fabrics somewhat echo the movement of the sea itself, producing a soft silhouette that is balanced well against the defined prints. A variation of shapes and details such as pin tucks further manipulate the fabrics, playing with proportion and adding another dimension to the already established collection. The many forms and facets that this trend has taken are as wide and far-reaching as the ocean itself, resulting in a sartorial sea of choice for the consumer. From the most discrete piece of jewellery to the most show-stopping gown, it appears that there’s a part of this trend to suit everyone’s taste.

Make your


PELA is a revolutionary smartphone cover that you can plant after you’re done.

From sunscreen and sunglasses to insect repellent and mosquito nets – when we take a break from work and jet off on a holiday our suitcases are usually packed full of products that protect us from harm. But this level of care doesn’t always extend to the dependable devices that help us through our working lives. Thanks to PELA there’s now an environmentallyfriendly way to protect our smartphones. Made with plant matter rather than oil, PELA cases have the ecological upper hand over their competitors. The cases come in a range of summery colours including tangerine orange, bubble gum pink, lime green and teal, and are the perfect holiday accessory for your smartphone. Created from plants and flax straw fibres, PELA cases’ botanical origins mean they contain no bio-accumulative toxic chemicals and reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources. The natural flax fibres provide the strength and durability needed to

by Kate Stanbury

protect our beloved best friends whilst providing farmers with a market for what is usually a waste product. Though we rarely part with them for longer than a few minutes, our smartphones don’t generally stay with us in the long run. Once our contract is up, we exchange our trusty helper for a newer, better model, which means saying goodbye not only to our old phone, but to the case that fitted it. Unlike most discarded cases, which spend the rest of their days lying in landfill, PELA cases are compostable, reducing the amount of waste that would usually come with upgrading our mobiles. PELA’s aim is to replace conventional plastic with an environmentally friendly alternative, one product at a time, with proceeds from the sale of PELA cases going towards research into the development of other useful S&E products.

Image: Hand Hook Yarn


Style Outside the Box truly lives up to its name. It is the first online shopping destination where an elite style council of five fashion professionals juries and selects every product on the site to meet their standards. The council follows three ground principles when choosing their designers. One - uniqueness. A paradise destination for savvy shoppers seeking exceptional items, Style Outside the Box offers only one of a kind products. Two: individuality. All the quirky and wonderful products come exclusively from independent designers. Three: sustainability. The brand prides itself for not working with mass-manufactured products, many in the range are handmade, and boast fair trade or eco credentials. Launched in June 2011, this inventive eshop has grown rapidly from 30 designers to 140, offering everything from jewellery and beauty products to artwork and childrenswear. The founder, Laura Adamson, set up the brand with the idea that Style Outside the Box will offer an exciting shopping experience where customers can discover and support independent design talent. It also offers all customers an opportunity to get in touch with the designers represented by Style Outside the Box to place bespoke or customised orders, or simply forward their admiration for the pieces.




The first online boutique with a style council by Zaena Miller

Shoppers can find treasures such as the jewellery of Vivienne Kelly, who paints bold colours and patterns on wood to create stunning statement pieces, and handcrafted pieces by the Australian label Hand Hook Yarn, who are dedicated to bringing back the traditions of craftsmanship. If you’re looking for something truly special, look no further than SIX 19


it’s a shoe

Colin Lin

THING Knit, biodegradable, rubber, and by Nina Koo-Seen-Lin

Nike’s one-piece Flyknit trainer is generating headlines with its innovative seemless knitted “sock”, which produces zero waste during its creation. It hugs the contours of the foot like a second skin, and, even together with the bottom part, weighs practically nothing. After 4 years in the making, this is the epitome of innovative footwear using age-old technique. SIX 20

Nike Flyknit trainer

paper– the footwear of the future has arrived

Thanks to the creativ terday’s headlines can Lin, producer of A idea of making pape of discarded newspa firm has sold around have also been a hug Only three and a to create a pair of chi through a special pro a cotton lining to th on the outside, which makes it waterproof a range or curious m newspapers came as The prices reflect into making of thes shoes takes up to fo a price between $10 many as three days Lin has yet to set up an online shop ations you’ll have to


Amazonas sandals paper shoes

ve Taiwanese designer Colin Lin, yesn become tomorrow’s pair of shoes. All Black Footwear, came up with the er shoes after seeing an enormous pile apers. Since their launch last year, the d 4,000 pairs – and matching tote bags ge hit. half pages of a newspaper are needed ic ballet pumps. Each paper strip goes ocess and is made durable by attaching he back and adding a plastic coating h gives the product a shiny finish and f. Over the past 26 years, Lin’s used materials like fish skin and raffia, so a natural next step. the intense labour and skill that goes se unique creations. A pair of paper our hours to make and can reach 00 -$150. A tote bag can take as to finish and costs up to $250.

p, so to obtain one of her cretake a trip to Taiwan.

The highly successful flip-flop brand Amazonas Sandals is launching a sustainable collection in the UK this summer. The SS12 collection draws inspiration from the rich and colourful Rio Carnival, exotic shades embracing the joyful and vibrant Brazilian lifestyle. The flip-flops come in a wild variety of bold and spicy colours, ranging from bright blues and greens to sunset yellows, purples and pinks. Making their flip-flops with recyclable, recycled and biodegradable rubbers, the Amazonas Sandals also source raw materials from Amazonia’s native rubber trees, providing employment for the local river community. The company exclusively developed the first biodegradable rubber, which takes only five years to break down, and its carbons can be reused by living organisms. It’s a significant improvement on the synthetic rubbers commonly used in flip-flops, which usually take 700 years to decompose.




The Swedish king of luxury handmade luggage

by Natasha Newing

Boasting one of the most stylish luggage and briefcase collections in the world is Alstermo Bruk, Sweden’s oldest manufacturer of classic quality suitcases and trunks. Established over two centuries ago in 1804 Alstermo Bruk is a heritage brand like no other. All their cases are handcrafted in Sweden, with attention to detail paid to everything from the wooden frame to the leather detailing. Each trunk is exclusively numbered on a brass plate, wooden framed, lined with linen fabric and decorated with Italian organic leather trimmings died with vegetable tanning agents. The cases are stackable and easy to manoeuvre, created from patented lightweight AMO-FibreŽ material and recycled paper, which is formed into a fibreboard. Elegant and glamorous the cases are the handmade epitome of the ultra-light elegance, which are as durable as they are beautiful. The company also provides bespoke custom-made services. To request a quote or purchase a ready-made piece visit

Famed S&E designer Stella McCartney joined forces with Adidas, who are themselves becoming industry leaders in sustainable innovation, to design the official kit for Team GB. McCartney began working with Adidas all the way back in 2004, designing an eponymous range for the brand fusing the worlds of fashion and sport. As official sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics, Adidas’ decision to appoint McCartney as Creative Director of the Olympics project seemed like a perfect fit. With London 2012 committed to being the “greenest” Games to date and with McCartney’s ongoing efforts to be an ethically-conscious designer, the collaboration demonstrates to the rest of the world that the UK is truly paving the way towards a more sustainable future.


stepping up

The winning duo Adidas and Stella McCartney are playing it big when it comes to London 2012 Olympics.

by Sarah Ditty

McCartney is the first ever fashion designer commissioned to create the look of an Olympics uniform. Combining style with performance, the “untraditionally British” design features a modern interpretation of

the Union Jack flag. At the launch, McCartney described the idea behind the look: “Something that was very important to me was to try and use that very iconic image but to dismantle it and try to soften it, break it down and make it more fashionable in a sense... You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for sport.” The uniforms feature a white background, red trimming around the neck and incorporate elements of the union jack flag into a geometric pattern in navy, bright sapphire and shades of pale, dusty blue. Over the course of course of the Games, the uniform will be worn by more than 900 British athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Games,. The 2012 Olympics are set to be the “greenest” Games ever. According to the London 2012 April Progress Report, the Olympic planning committee is set to meet the overall sustainability goals and the new McCartney-designed uniforms are just one component of this.


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Singapore Art&Science Museum

Where: Paris “Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs”

A story of how two creative men, Louis Vui Jacobs, cultivated the LV label from flat-bo contemporary ready-to-wear collections. How d in taking the pulse of their respective periods take an entire industry forward? The Vuitton-Jac provides an insight into the fashion system, its industrialisation and ending with its globa Vuitton Marc Jacobs” will run until the 16th Se Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

exhibitions WORTH lling to by Åse Botha

25 years after his death, the iconic pop artist is as in vogue as ever. Singapore is the current stop for the largest-ever tour of Warhol’s collection, featuring hundreds of paintings, films and drawings made by the artist from the 1940s to 1980s. Amongst them are Silver Liz, The Last Supper and numerous iconic self-portraits. “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal”, which is a play on the artist’s assertion that in the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes, runs until 2nd August at the Science Museum Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

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itton and Marc ottom trunks to did they succeed to innovate and cobs comparison beginning with alisation. “Louis eptember at Les

Where: Singapore “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal”

© 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

CY A SLICE of culture between shopping and gastronomic excursions? as picked some of the best exhibitions, showcased around the world, to you this summer.

Where: New York “Schiaparelli and Prada side by side”

Elsa Schiaparelli, 1932, by George Hoyningen-Huene

Elsa Schiaparelli might not be as revered as contemporary Coco Chanel, but her shoulder pads, visible fasteners and strong bright colours are as trendy as ever. Now, her designs are being shown to the world, side by side with designer Miuccia Prada’s postmodern couture collections. “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” runs until 19th August at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

exhibi WORTH travelling to (cont.) Gustav Klimt: Nuda Veritas, 1899 © Österreichisches Theatermuseum

Where: Vienna “Gustav Klimt is abound” As many as ten museums in the “capital of classical music and arts” are offering special exhibitions to commemorate the 150th birthday of 19th century painter Gustav Klimt. Sink into the rarely exhibited painting Nuda Veritas at Austrian Theater Museum, get an insight into the artist’s working practices at the Albertina, or admire some of his masterpieces, like the Portrait of Emilie Flöge, at The Wien Museum. For an overview of the Viennese museums boasting anniversary exhibitions see

Skagen men are going out fishing at night. La


For those going Down Under this summer, the international contemporary visual arts event, 18th Biennial of Sydney, is a must-see. As revealed by its theme, “All Our Relations”, the biennial relies on a dynamic structure, described as a “breathing organism”. It intends to focus on collaboration, conversation and compassion and sets out to provide a counterbalance to traditional institutionally driven exhibitions. “The 18th Biennial of Sydney: All Our Relations” will run until the 16th September and presents a three month exhibition plus a program of artist talks, performances, forums, film screenings and more besides.

ate summer evening. Krøyer, 1884. Owned by Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Photo: Gérard Blot

Where: Skagen “P.S. Krøyer’s Nordic qualities” In the mid-19th century, young artists from around the world flocked to Skagen, charmed by the radiant light’s impact on the ruggedly beautiful landscape. Fishermen working on the beaches and their simple cottages were a typical motif. This summer, the Nordic quality of the very first artist to settle down in Skagen, located at the Northern tip of Denmark, P.S. Krøyer, will be shown at the greatest ever exhibition of works by the painter. While there, don’t forget to visit Køyer’s old studio, a little whitewashed house beside the Garden House in the museum garden. “Skagens Museum: P.S. KRØYER” will run until 2nd September. SIX 29

Tiffany Singh: Knock the Sky, 2010. Courtesy the artist and The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt. Photo: Tom Teutenberg


Where: Sydney “A Biennial of relations”

Name: Catherine Patterson Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear Age: 23 From: UK Pattersons’s rebellious collection is intended to highlight the conflict between Western and African cultures by juxtaposing the elements of the two - such as the traditional zigzag design of the Congo region with staple Western silhouettes. The bold statement pieces are heavily embellished with gold paperclips, ring pulls and safety pins. What part of your collection are you most proud of? I am proud of the textiles that I’ve developed myself. I’ve tried to combine different techniques and materials. For example, my designs include everyday objects like paper clips and safety pins and I have also combined several layers of fabric by needle punching. What inspires you as a designer? I find my inspiration in cultural and historical topics, in particular ethical issues in fashion. This collection, for instance, was inspired by the exploitation of Third World nations by Western culture. Modern fashion has an exploitative and manipulative side that can be clearly seen through discussions about sustainability and fashion production issues. My creative goal was to personify this conflict in garments and to express my inner self. What are your plans for the future? I will keep doing what I love to do - designing clothes. To begin with, I will get more experience in the industry.

Design by Catherine Patterson Image: Hill & Aubrey

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Design by Isabell Yalda Hellysaz Image: Hill & Aubrey




SIX handpicks London College of Fashion’s graduates of 2012. Name: Isabell Yalda Hellysaz Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear Age: 27 From: Stockholm, Sweden Global issues are very important to Isabell and this is reflected in her work. Inspired by a range of German Second World War uniforms, her collection sees this strong influence intertwine with futuristic elements of the Space Age, at the same time exploring how feminine shapes are in unison with masculine forms. What part of your collection are you most proud of and what was your inspiration? I am really proud that everything has finally come together! When you spend hours working on your pieces, you desperately want to see the final result. Now I can see it in full: built up step by step. The inspiration for this collection came from a number of places including propaganda, the 1960s and ‘space age’ - I’ve tried to keep the collection minimal but conceptual where the female silhouette is contrasted with masculine shapes. What is most important to you when designing? As a designer I describe my approach as ‘anti-mass’ production. I think many people have forgotten what fashion is actually about: building your wardrobe from season to season with something really unique and well made. What are your plans for the future? I would like to launch my own brand, I have already chosen Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Stockholm as my starting point. From there I hope to expand, and launch to markets such as the UK.

Design by Ewa Radziwon

Name: Ewa Radziwon Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Development Age: 40 From: Grabowo, Poland Focusing on innovative urban clothing that embraces the concept of traceability, slow fashion and product value, Ewa created a sophisticated and elegant collection inspired by sporty trends of the ‘80s. A combination of contrasting textures and materials such as viscose, wool, new technology polyester and patent leathers adds an edgy twist to loose comfortable silhouettes.

What part of your collection are you most proud of? There are several garments I am especially proud of, the coats are getting good reviews, but I’ve had really positive feedback on the zigzag trousers too. They are all made using the Tanaka (needle punch) technique. I also think my tailoring is very strong. What inspires you as a designer? Anything can inspire me, starting from a small piece of fabric. My final collection was entirely inspired by sportswear of the ‘80s. What is most important to you when designing? Sustainability is definitely important. It can be hard for students to keep it going sometimes but it is still a very significant aspect of fashion design. What are your plans for the future? I’m very proud to have been offered a job with Karen Millen, which is extremely exciting. I’m just looking forward to showcasing my collection and gaining more experience in the industry. SIX 34

Name: Rose Irwin Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear From: UK

What part of your collection are you most proud of? The bright quirkiness and the vitality that my pieces have, and the attention to detail and dedication to craftsmanship. This collection has truly been a labour of love and I’m so proud that I managed to complete it! There is a lot of attention to detail in the craft and the hand patchwork, which is seen in each piece. My collection is reminiscent of ‘80s vibrancy and life – I think these eccentric elements make me unique as a designer as I’m always looking for diversity and uniqueness. If you could dress anyone who would it be? Someone with life, confidence and personality, like MIA or Azealia Banks – all of my pieces are for individuals who embrace life and exude confidence.

Patchwork boiler suit and visor by Rose Irwin, Swimsuit by Diana Auria and jewellery by Lili Colley Image: Hill & Aubrey

For Irwin, the technique of patchwork contains heritage, creativity and individuality. Originating from a desire to achieve both pattern and texture from her designs, Irwin adopted the unique craft, and works with the Amish Lancaster quilts for colour inspiration. The end result is a bold, impactful and vibrant collection.

Design by Lucy Adjoa Armah Image: Hill & Aubrey

Name: Lucy Adjoa Armah Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear Age: 23 From: London, UK The main research areas that intrigue Lucy are indigenous textile craft traditions, utilitarian costume within different cultural contexts and vernacular architecture. Lucy works with the concepts of fusing fine art with fashion. What work experience have you done? I’m currently the co-director of an arts organisation called DE/FAULT, where I run exhibitions – we have a space at Netil House in Hackney. I’ve also been assisting the editor at, helping with production at Preen and Carolyn Massey and styling with Karl Plewka. What part of the collection are you most proud of? My collection was inspired by early twentieth century industrial Romanian folk costumes. I delved into new ways and techniques in developing my craft in textiles. I find the collection practical in different culture contexts, such as the embellishing on the denim. What inspires you? Literary culture, I’m inspired by what I’m reading more so than what I’m seeing. What is most important to you when designing? I’m really interested in a three-way style of designing. Sustainability, both socially and environmentally, pattern cutting and textiles. In terms of sustainability, I was lucky enough to have my textiles donated by North America Denim. What are you plans for the future? Developing a show with DE/FAULT and studying for an MA.

Name: Cassey Gan Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear Age: 28 From: Malaysia Gan’s collection was inspired by the strikingly harsh conditions of child labourers. Evoking the deeply contrasting feelings by mixing bamboo, which represents the immense burden children carry, with bold colours that translate the child-like sense of hope and joy. Gan strongly believes that fashion has the influential power to make a positive difference. What part of the collection are you most proud of? I am very proud of the selection of colours with almost neon palettes, beads and bamboo pieces, seen in all of the looks. My collection celebrates the innocence of children and magnifies their childlike spirit. Ultimately, as a designer, I strongly believe that fashion has the influential power to make a positive difference. What inspires you? My surroundings, fighting against child labour and my own experiences. I sponsor a child in South America and it has really influenced my work. I have purposely used unconventional materials within my work to entice curiosity, enabling me to tell her story.

Design by Cassey Gan Creative Director: Rob Phillips Photography: Hill & Aubrey Beauty: Pace Chen Model: Alina

Design by Ashleigh Downer Image: Hill & Aubrey

Name: Ashleigh Downer Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear Age: 22 From: Bucks, UK “We have unknowingly created our own dystopia, within which we consume more than we have resources for, with little awareness of the elements around,” says Downer. The designer’s graduate collection, titled “Crystallography”, features powerful bursts of colour swept over sculptural garments with a post-apocalyptic undertone. The collection, which takes its name from the crystallised trimmings that Downer has grown herself, is a reflection of the designer’s creativity and imagination intertwined with a commitment to sustainability. What part of your collection are you most proud of? To make this collection exquisite I have tried something that I’ve never done before as a designer. The majority of fabrics I’ve created myself. That took plenty of effort, but I’ve learned how to use great techniques like needle felting. I am really proud to have developed something that you can’t just buy. Which designer do you most admire? I admire Japanese designers. They have a very different way of thinking in comparison to their Western counterparts. I have done major research on the wabi-sabi aesthetic, which turned out to be very inspiring. If you could pick one thing about you that makes you stand out from the crowd what would it be? Materials that I’ve chosen for my collection are not typically used in fashion: test tubes and crystals that I’ve grown myself and embedded into the garments. My creative aim is a constant search for new materials and techniques. Innovative approaches make my work stand out among millions of designs produced in the industry. What inspires you as a designer? Future theorists of the world are my major inspiration. The book by J.G. Ballard, “The Crystal world”, was my main source of inspiration. I wanted to visualise Ballard’s ideas of mutation, growth, and ‘organicness’ through my designs.

Design by Diana Auria Harris

Name: Diana Auria Harris Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Age: 23 From: London, UK Harris is presenting a dynamic swimwear line in collaboration with illustrator Margot Bowman. Pulling inspiration from a variety of sources, from ‘80s fashion, to the clean and geometric shapes of the Bauhaus movement, the pieces are made from a new generation sustainable fabric Econyl: 100% recycled hallow polyamide made from discarded products such as fishing nets, voile and old carpets.

from the crowd, what would it be? I am most proud of my print collaboration concept; the structure of the garments having obvious Greek heritage iconography, combined with classic references to swimwear, such as high- waisted “Versaceesque” briefs. I have expanded on these classic references by using up-to-date pop graphics with new materials and construction techniques. What is most important to you when designing? Sustainability is really important to me; I use renewable and original materials. All the materials in my collection, bar the PVC, are sustainable – but I don’t want to be recognised as just another eco-friendly label, rather an innovative label that uses renewable materials. Renewable and sustainable materials will be a necessity in the future of the fashion industry. What inspires you? I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings, from Greek iconography to shapes, late ‘80s Baywatch cuts. For my final collection I was really inspired by eclectic graphic prints and unusual materials.

What part of the collection are you most proud of? My collection is ‘80s inspired and I am most proud of my collaboration with illustrator and editor of The Estethica Review, Margot Bowman. The collaboration allowed me to experiment with colour, as previously I had used muted tones and neutral colours – the collaboration with Margot encouraged me to think differently and to push boundaries. If you could pick one thing that makes you stand out

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African-inspired prints, SUNO has collaborated with another S&E veteran, Warby Parker, on a limited-edition range of ethical sunglasses. Both brands share a belief that fashion can be a powerful agent for change, and this eye-

catching collection is created with that philosophy in mind. SUNO’s iconic designs are incorporated into custom-made

acetate, which is then hand-cut to form intricate vintagestyle frames. For every pair sold, a pair of glasses is donated to someone in need.

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Harriet Lamb, the Executive Director of Fairtrade Foundation, talks ab the “untouchables” in India, and why she would never travel withou costume in an exclusive interview with SIX’s correspondent Jacquelin SIX: What was your most memorable journey? HL: Going with the Fairtrade tea producers to Darjeeling with the Fairtrade tea producers, staying in the crumbling, dusty old tea planters’ club with a roaring fire in my room and a view of the mountain peaks - stunning! Travelling deep into a nature reserve in Costa Rica where the indigenous people live was also very special. They were bringing their Fairtrade bananas from their farms on donkeys, and then down the river in tiny dugout canoes. SIX: What advice would you give to a traveller who wants to ensure their travels are ethically sound? HL: Ask questions! For example, ask if the tour operator has policies on environmental management. Do hotels have measures in place to save water and energy, reduce waste, procure locally and support local development initiatives? Check out what products could be Fairtrade (such as tea or coffee) and ask how they are sourced – could they be purchased on Fairtrade terms?. Pay a fair price for hand-made crafts and other [local] products – not everything should be “cheap” in poor countries. Check out websites of organisations like Tourism Concern, Traidcraft’s ‘Meet the People Tours’ and Fair Trade Tourism South Africa to get the latest gen. And of course, I can really recommend visiting the Fairtrade producer groups who have diversified into tourism – such as the Dominican Republic’s Cocoa Tour.

SIX: Are you noticing any trends in the popularity travel? HL: Not so long ago sustainability in tourism in terms of “green” issues. Now greater atten on the human dimensions of tourism – labo rights, fair benefits for communities involved cept of Fair Trade Tourism is gaining momen led by South Africa. A Fair Trade holiday gua package is put together in a way that benefits w destinations and the environment. Tour opera holidays make a compulsory contribution to Development Fund, which invests in job crea skills development in destinations visited. Th Trade in Tourism South Africa, is teaming up bouring countries to increase the supply of F southern Africa.

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Dominican Republic’s Cocoa Tour. The visitors learn about cocoa farming and the impact of Fairtrade. Women from cocoa-growing ies have started businesses making cocoa wine, jams, bakery goods, chocolate truffles and community crafts with the profits used to help local people in need.

d off to the KNCU coffee co-op in Tanzania on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro if coffee’s your addiction. The co-op set up a tourproject to help coffee farmers diversify their income and reduce the impact of volatile of coffee prices. The farmers have learnt how nage a campsite, set up hikes and visits to local tribes, and now run a fully equipped campsite which has attracted over 6,000 interonal visitors. Visitors can also take a coffee tour where they learn about the coffee process — from berry to bean — and how coffee farming impacts the lives of local villagers.”

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move it around the plate. But most of SIX: How did your early years in India influence your career? fruits - from pineapples to mangos, coco HL: I have many very happy memories of travelling in India - including the farm; eating them outside with the juic staying on a water boat on the Dal Lake in Kashmir (this was long before just the best! the troubles). I was aware of the poverty in which so many live, and [believed] that people can make poverty history for themselves if we get the SIX: My [ Jacqueline Amankwah’s – ed.] pa structures of global trade and finance right. Most of all, it [the first journey] warmest expressions is “Akwaaba”, which m meant that I went back to India later in life and spent two years working in local language spoken in Ghana). Have yo the rural areas with very deprived communities. I spent time, years before travels? anyone had thought of Fairtrade as we know it today, with a community of HL: In Malawi they say “Pitani Bwino”, so-called “untouchables”, the lowest of the low, who had tiny plots of land of course, “Namaste” in India [greeting, lit that had been mortgaged to the moneylenders and they had lost control of them. Someone from the village helped them get their land back and pool their plots together, and on their pooled land, they started to grow export-quality grapes. They began exporting those grapes to Kuwait, and they were the first people in the whole area to buy a tractor. And then they began investing the higher prices they earned back into getting schooling, building themselves proper housing and so on. That [experience] meant I had a grounded prototype in my head of how Fairtrade could work. For more information about Fairtrade visit w SIX: You work tirelessly and travel quite a bit, what do you do to recharge yourself ? HL: I never, ever travel without a swimming costume and try to have a swim whenever and wherever possible! I [also] just love talking to people so it’s always such a treat to meet such different people around the world. Back home, I recharge by cycling, gardening and having fun with my kids and friends. Oh and drinking far too much coffee and tea… SIX: Even with the challenging work you do, you always seem to retain a sense of positivity. How do you do it? HL: Well, it’s all such a privilege and a treat. One day I am sipping coffee with Rwandan women in their houses, and the next I am at a retailer’s HQ; then [I am off ] with Fairtrade campaigners across Britain who give so much time to raise awareness locally. Two days are never the same and it’s just so inspiring when the farmers tell you how Fairtrade has given them hope. SIX: What has been the destination that felt most like home to you? HL: It is a cliché, but [it’s] true that New Zealand does feel like Britain in the 1950s – so friendly and sweet! I’d love to live in India again for a bit – that rush of warm air when they open the airplane door – ahhh, I feel like I’m home… SIX: To mark World Fair Trade Day on 12th May 2012 people were encouraged to host a Fairtrade breakfast to raise awareness about making trade fair. In all your travels, what has been your most memorable meal? HL: Some landless labourers in India once gave me, as a special treat, a meat dish with eyes in it – and I’ am veggie! I had to take tiny sips and More information about Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa:

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my memories are of the freshest onuts to bananas, picked fresh on ce trickling through your fingers is Sales of Fairtrade products across the UK hit £1.32 billion in 2011. That figure has grown from £30 million sales in 2001. The number of products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark has also grown from 80 to more than 4,500 licensed products. This enables some 7.5 million farmers and workers and their families across the world to participate in Fairtrade. To give you just one example: the Sri Lankan Small and Organic Farmers’ Association had 300 members ten years ago selling tiny amounts of tea. Today it has 2,300 farmers who sell all their tea as Fairtrade and have diversified into spices. The income they receive from the Fairtrade Premium - money paid on top of the Fairtrade minimum price that’s invested in the local community - has meant they’ve had agricultural training, taken leadership and computer courses, invested in water supply for their farms and drinking water, given books to the school children, set-up self-employment schemes for women... The list goes on. A flourishing grassroots social movement has also grown across the UK. There are now 500 Fairtrade Towns – towns where a commitment to Fairtrade has been made by the council, shops and businesses. If you’re coming to London for the Olympics, nearly all the tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, bananas, wine and oranges across all Olympic locations will be Fairtrade – a great way to show off Fairtrade Britain!

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A FIERY RED MAC by Armour Lux (1 on a wet day, and the yellow neon backp (2) will add a much needed vitamin C ze Mismatched prints will brighten up mood, but also the passersby on the str Going to a BBQ? Throw on a Tru jumpsuit (3). Tea party? A flower print dress from you need. Wear a feathered tiara by Marina matched with a pair of comfy Toms festival. An orange sweater by CC Kuo (6) chilly evening. Athletic cut peplum tops from FAI a pair of pastel shorts by Gallery 4 are for indulging in summer sport activiti For a fancy dinner night pair a St lace dress (8) with a KAYU lace clutch And orange bathing suit by FAI perfect for the hot sunny moments.

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The brand: an authentic English luxury brand synonymous with great and eclectic design. Thomas Lyte never compromises craftsmanship and ensures that manufacturing exploits neither the environment nor the craftsmen. Extra pockets: features two additional credit card slots. Lining: luxury fuchsia silk featuring the hallmark Lyte flower stream. Unique design: distinguished by the signature Thomas Lyte Skelter Pockets. Leather: vegetable-tanned. All Thomas Lyte leather is processed with complete respect to both mankind and the environment.


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Fumbling through your bags, shuffling through your pockets and nervously tearing at the corners, hoping the “delayed’ notice doesn’t turn to ‘cancelled’ on the airport Departures board - you put your passport through a lot. Whether you’re a jet-setter or a casual voyager, pick a passport holder that fits your travel style. SIX’s recommendation – a bright summer yellow cover from Thomas Lyte. Luxurious, beautiful and S&E.

Snake ruff, £216 Brass cuffs, £67.50 each Brass rings, small £40, large £54 and double £67.50 All Michelle Lowe-Holder

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White graphic waistcoat, £380, Avhashby @ 69b Pink chiffon trousers, £495, Ada Zanditon Brass cuffs and rings – as before

White zero waste dress, £896, Ada Zanditon Snake wing cuff, £175.50, Michelle Lowe-Holder Double loop necklace, £135, Michelle Lowe-Holder

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Grass laser cut silk skirt (as top), ÂŁ450, Lu Flux Hula silk layered laser cut skirt, POA, Lu Flux Yellow daisy necklace, ÂŁ80, Michelle Lowe-Holder

Aphrodite one shoulder Dress, ÂŁ1370, Ada Zanditon

White chiffon tank, £259, Ada Zanditon Orange silk tank top, £99, Marina Black cotton trousers, £125, Camilla Norrback @69b Black sandels, £250, Kat Maconie Black wing cuff, £150, Michelle Lowe-Holder

Hair and Makeup by Heather Rae using MAC and L’oreal Model Anna @ Union

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Photography by Jon Mortimer at Werth Represents Styling by Hilary Owen at Soho Management

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LARA digital print high-waisted two-piece swimsuit

With another wave of retro upon us the trend for high -waisted briefs is now set firmly in the fashion cycle as a classic and will be back again and again. Olga Olsson’s LARA two-piece is a stunning swimsuit in Dusk digital print, fully lined in luxuriously soft high-blend Brazilian microfibre lycra. All Olga Olsson swimwear is ethically made in Brazil by local women who are paid a fair living wage.

Wear it: on a boat off the coast of Sardinia.

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RAWA bamboo sunglasses by KAYU

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Combining a retro touch inwith their hint on Jackie O’s glamour mixed with Californian cool, these oversized curved Kayu sunglasses are incredibly chic and a little sporty, successfully playing on the contrast of light wooden frames and cola coloured lenses. The frames are a product of exquisite craftsmanship, ethically handmade by woodsmith artisans from bamboo. Part of the proceeds from each sale goes to the Awareness Cambodia and Unite for Site charities.

Wear it: to a beach party in Barcelona.

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Photography by Fiona Gaden Styling by Victoria Sekrier Makeup: Emily Mergaert using YSL Hair: Lotte O’Shea Stylist Assistant Sabah Noor Model Carmen @ Select

This maxi long-sleeved kaftan by Beach Candy is the sheer elegant touch that instantly upgrades you from a lounge lover to beach goddess while also protecting you from unwanted sun exposure. The kaftan is handmade in Mumbai, India, from printed silk chiffon with a deep elegant v-neck at the front and the back.. Its production and sale help the development of local craftsmen by promoting ethical and fully certified working conditions.

Wear it: at a Dead Sea resort.

Elwin basket bag by Lost Property of London

Made from Hessian sacks found in coffee houses across London, each bag has its own unique pattern and typography. A perfect companion for the beach, shopping, travel and just wondering around local markets, the Elwin bag is made entirely in London from raw materials sourced in the city. Lost Property of London are devoted to using eco design principles whenever possible, making each item from recycled materials and utilising handmade techniques.

Wear it: while shopping the local markets in Marrakesh.

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KASHMIR The valley of Kashmir, which literally means
“desiccated land”, was born from a lake that was drained by the great rishi, according to Hindu mythology. From the rocky hills to the beautiful waters, we return to the origin of the region to celebrate the richness of its culture and beauty, in a moment free of the persistent conflict.

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Photography by Melis Dainon Makeup & Hair by Lauren Garcia Model Doa @ Pulse Management

The valley of Kashmir, which literally means
“desiccated land”, was born from a lake that was drained by the great rishi, according to Hindu mythology. Starting in the rocky hills and ending in the beautiful waters, we return to the origin of the region to celebrate the richness of its culture and beauty, in a moment free of the persistent conflict.

Swimsuit: Becca by Rebecca Virtue

Both Betsey Johnson and Becca by Rebecca Virtue brands donate part of their proceeds to charities. A breast cancer survivor herself, Betsey Johnson has been an ardent supporter of breast cancer awareness and related healthcare charities. Rebecca Virtue has chosen to team up with a charity that works to furnish homes for severely injured war veterans. Betsey Johnson has also been deeply involved in anti-fur campaigning. Both brands use ecofriendly fabrics in their designs, such as soy and bamboo.

Swimsuit: Becca by Rebecca Virtue



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Chilean adventures of Terri Potratz A NATIVE OF VANCOUVER, Canada, Terri Potratz started “larry. designs” in 2008 with the mandate to use locally sourced materials in the creation of her hand-made knitwear, jewellery and art. Her work has received wide publicity, and in 2011 she was shortlisted as a Designer of the Year by Canadian “Western Living” magazine. The global traveler, Terri draws heavily from her surroundings throughout her design and creation process, embarking on knitting retreats to places such as the Cariboo Region of British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, South Africa, and now the Chilean Patagonia. This year, Patagonia Media invited Terri to take part in a month-long residency program in Frutillar that celebrates collaborative partnerships and nourishes the exchange of cultural ideas in an environment where the landscape itself offers endless inspiration. Keeping a diary of her Chilean adventures, Terri takes us on a magnificent journey to South America week by week. by Terri Potratz, edited by Alina Rätsep

Week 1 – The Beginning

Day 1 - It’s 7:30am at the Roatan airport and panic is settling in. I realise I haven’t confirmed the final leg of the 32-hour journey that will deliver me to Frutillar in Southern Chile, where I will be spending the next month designing a regionally-inspired knitwear collection for Patagonia Media. Flashes of being stranded in Santiago, alone and unable to speak the language, taunt my imagination. I ask the young woman at the cellular phone booth if there is anywhere with a computer that I can use, trying to convey my desperation. She rolls her eyes, shakes her head, and returns to scrolling through Facebook on the kiosk’s desktop PC. I swallow my frustration, wishing I could speak enough Spanish to explain my situation to her.

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Finally, I luck out and spy a string of PCs at a café, and before the waiter even reaches me I’ve obtained my flight number and details, awash with relief. I am still guilted into buying a $5 coffee when said waiter points at the computer and insists, “Not free.” Day 2 - After four connections, two surprise airport fees, and two luggage checks whereupon airline agents quizzically investigated leather working tools, skeins of yarn, an old tobacco tin filled with grommets, buttons and rivets, and numerous pairs of knitting needles, I arrive safely in Puerto Montt to the smiling faces of my hosts. Chile feels dream-like, where memories collect like clouds around the mountains, protecting the secrets of the land. History seems to be fused with the soil of the earth and the dew on the trees, and every living thing in between. A welcoming committee is gathered at Meli, a quaint kitchen and garden on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, where we toast glasses of champagne and later, piscolas, while I try in vain to understand these fastspeaking tongues en Espanol. Soon after, tables are rearranged, chairs sidelined, and the salsa dancing lessons begin. It’s only hours since my arrival, and already the learning curve has taken a sharp upward turn. Day 3 - When I wake up, I feel as though I’ve landed squarely in the middle of a cloud. My bed is plush and warm, and the simple whitewashed walls are illuminated by that bright ethereal light, that seeps into everything when the morning sun pushes through thin layers of cloud. The Patagonia Virgin house is situated slightly up a hill overlooking the lake, heated by wood stoves and surrounded with stacks of wood, piled neatly around the open garage. The rolling green hills remind me of the English countryside, with sheep, cows and horses dotting the landscape. Dense leafy trees, plush grass, dandelions and hydrangeas fill in the rest of the scenery, and everything looks ripe. We spend the next day coming up with a schedule for the month of my residency – what trips we are going to take and when; an introductory meet

& greet event; workshops; one-on-one meetings with other artisans in the region; a launch & wrap party. We brainstorm what materials I might like to use, and what contacts we can reach out to in order to help us facilitate these needs. I’m eager to get started, and my sketchbook begins to fill up with potential design ideas. Days 4 - The goal for the first week is to get acquainted with the area, and begin sourcing materials to work with. Our hunt for a good quality yarn has sent me all over the region, but first, we visit Puerto Montt, a large port just south of where I am staying. I stroll along the Artisanal Row looking at knit garments, sourcing potential yarn suppliers. The colours of the yarn I see are vibrant and beautiful, though I prefer to use natural colours in my own work. Later on, we stop by the marina, looking around for discarded parts and rope that I might incorporate into an installation piece, or woven work. Marcela Rios, an artisan in Llhanquihue who sells her work at the shop in the Puerto Montt airport, takes me out to the town of Chamiza to the Chucao Lanas studio, where I get a demonstration of their process for dyeing the yarn, which is sourced from Punta Renas in southern Chile.

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Day 6 - I meet with Maria, the daughter of Jose (dubbed the Chilean horse whisperer), who manages the horses for Patagonia Virgin and leads the horseback expeditions. Maria shows me some of her weaving, demonstrating on her wooden loom, and a rare spinning wheel, built in Villa Alegre, that is over 40 years old. Maria dyes her own wool, using fruits, tree barks, and other materials to naturally colour the wool fibres. The first week has been utterly amazing and very inspirational – everything from the people, the landscape, architecture and indigenous crafts.

Week 2 – Weaving, gardens and rodeo

Day 9 - It’s been just over a week since I arrived in Chile. My role here is to learn about the region and local culture, and reflect these ideas in my designs for Patagonia Style, which will serve to celebrate the creative nature of this place. Today, I discover the Fundación Artesanías de Chile in Puerto Varas, which is a great non-profit organization and store that sells items made by artisans

in Chile, who are fairly paid for their work. Each tag features information regarding who made the item, where it was made and with what materials. Many of the crafts are made using traditional methods. Here, you will find fine woodwork, jewellery, textiles, knit and woven garments, dolls, and more. The Foundation brings in skilled artisans for workshop series as well; I was lucky to be invited to sit in on a Mapuche (an indigenous group within Southern Chile) weaving session. The process requires incredible attention – strands of yarn are warped around a rectangular standup loom, which could easily be homemade (here in Chile, homemade looms are the norm). A heddle bar rests towards the top of the project, and the only other tools are a shed stick and your hands. I had to really dig deep to where what little I know of weaving was stored inside my brain, but after two hours of concentrated attention I mostly pieced it together and now have a strong resolve to pull my second-hand frame loom out of storage when I get home and try my hand at this craft once again.

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Santiago: EAT Here is a list of all the restaurants I’ve visited and liked – because figuring out where to go for a meal that’s got decent food and a good vibe is always challenging in a new city. Try these out if you’re in Santiago: • Liguria: there are three different locations. I visited two and liked them both. The waiters have great personalities, there’s fantastic art on the walls, and your challenge is to try to get a “Liguria” pin as a souvenir. They are, apparently, very difficult to procure. • El Huerto: lunch spot with emphasis on fresh ingredients, with many raw food and vegan options. • The Clinic: connected to Santiago’s satire paper, it has great environment with walls covered in some of their funniest headlines and newspaper covers. • The California: great flatbread pizza, beware some nights past 10pm it turns into a bit of a college hangout with really loud electronic music, but it’s a great option on a Sunday night. • Catedral: live music and cool, dark atmosphere. • Del Cocinero: very romantic street-side patio that looks straight out of a French movie scene. My advice would be to learn a few words of Spanish! I was the super-gringo miming my way through the city. Ordering in restaurants would have been much easier had I practiced a bit more of the language.

Day 11 – The landscape here in Southern Chile is breathtaking even on a grey day. I thought people had a green thumb in Vancouver, but it seems gardening is an even greater pastime in Chile! I’ve visited some beautiful gardens throughout my travels and, honestly, I don’t know how people do it here. I guess the frequent rain does a lot of the work… One of the most unreal places is a garden and nursery called Granja Quilarayen in Puerto Varas. Everywhere you look is full of thriving plants; both potted and in the ground, tagged for identification. A little path winds through the large property, tiny bridges cover little bubbling creeks, and the whole place has the abundant air of a rainforest, lifeblood of energy running through it. The plan is to expand, so that the garden cafe can use more of its own housegrown products within the menu. Personally, I love looking at a plate of food and knowing exactly where everything came from. Day 14 – Frutillar is the host town to the last rodeo event of the season this year. Lucky for me, the rodeo grounds are just a few minutes away, so I finally get to see what a Chilean rodeo is all about. It is quite different from the rodeos at home in Canada – here, it is just one event, where a team of riders on horseback try to pin a calf against a padded fence in the ring. The winners and runners up get to trot around the ring with a rodeo queen in a fancy frilly dress on their horse – and then the celebration begins! The cowboys are a very polite and interesting bunch. They are exceptionally well groomed, as rodeo club rules dictate

that a man can’t have hair covering his neck and must be clean-shaven and well presented. These guys don’t compete for money; they do it simply for fun, pride and honour. It didn’t take us long to locate the Chilean equivalent to the ‘beer garden’ – here it was a wooden shack with a bar in the centre, a big barbeque with sticks of meat sizzling away, and plenty of whiskey colas to be shared. I stayed on after the rodeo for a dance, and even got spun around the dance floor a few times.

Week 3 – Along the dirt road: trip from Puerto Montt to Chiloé

Day 15 - The island of Chiloé in Southern Chile is famous for a number of things: architecture (palafitos, world heritage churches), penguins, mythology, a rain forest, shellfish, and potatoes. We set out from Frutillar, stopping in Puerto Varas to rent a car, and zip past Puerto Montt on our way to the Pargua ferry on May 1, which is a national holiday in Chile. At just past noon we said ‘salud!’ and clinked beer glasses over lunch with some locals of Pargua, who tried to pass a young man off to me – he, apparently, had the nicest eyes in the region, and so, in their opinion, was my ideal match. After a beautiful drive from Ancud to Castro we check in to the Palafito 1326 hotel, which has stunning design features, eking out over the water on stilts. The hotel is heated entirely by a massive wood fireplace, located next to a sitting area and open kitchen, adjoining

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SIXtravel diary a large deck. Much of the interior design relates to wool in some way, so I am endlessly diverted. Day 16 – The main purpose of the trip is to investigate yarn sourcing, so we stop in many stores featuring knitwear and ask for leads. We finally get lucky at the Agrupación Huiñe Maulín shop – they sell us a big ball of yarn of a natural grey colour and right from the island. I also found a great silver ring with broom straw woven on the face, so I leave very happy. We can’t dwell long in Castro, and hope that the sunshine and rainbows would follow us along our route through the long country road to Dalcahue. We divert off the main road to investigate a sign that simply says ” <— Historia”, and figure an abandoned farmhouse behind barbed wire must be what the sign is referring to. We poke around, and I liberate a big iron circle thingamajig from the rubble that I want to use for a woven wall piece. Day 18 - Somewhere along the dirt road we pass an older woman, and stop to ask her if she needs a lift. When she says that it’s ok, we ask about yarn. Turns out she has some at home, so she hops in and invites us in to her little place around the corner. I get one big skein of a black & white blend. The design of the yarn is typical of the artisanal markets here in Chile, but I know this woman spun the yarn herself so it holds special value for me. Days 20 and 21 - We drive through Quamchi and then back to Ancud, where we make it to Kelgwo Arte Textil, a very well-established store and organization that works with numerous indigenous artisans to create beautiful garments and decor, both knit and woven.

Week 4 – Travel Guide for Gringos in Santiago

Day 22 - With just over two days to explore Santiago, the capital city of Chile and home to about 6 million people, and no idea how to navigate such a large city in such a short time, I am lucky to have a local host who whizzed me through many of the top sights Santiago has to offer. When I arrive in Santiago on a Saturday evening, my host friend picks me up from the airport and I am whisked straight to the Pacific Ocean – not a destination I expected! A two-hour drive delivers us to Playa Ritoque, a beautiful long stretch of pristine beach, with bluffs rising on one side of the bay and sand dunes stretching the other direction down the coast. I love the

Terri Potratz started “larry. designs” with the MANDATE to use locally sourced materials in the creation of her hand-made knitwear, jewellery and ART.

Patagonia Media Patagonia Media is the marketing branch of Patagonia Virgin – a large-scale real estate company that develops hundreds of hectares of land in Frutillar with townhomes, hotels, a golf course, and a small village/ esplanade containing shops and restaurants. Their process is strikingly admirable for such a development; progression of the project is carefully considered, with due care taken to preserve the beauty of the land while addressing local culture and needs. They have planted over 40,000 trees in an adjacent nursery, and hundreds of hectares of land will remain protected within the native forest reserve.

SIXtravel diary hippie gypsy hostel we’re staying in overnight – think driftwood and shell decorations, mosiac tile flooring, Vogue magazine on the nightstand and surfboards stacked everywhere. Day 23 - In the morning, we are sat on the deck that skirts right out over the beach and watch the surf over a leisurely breakfast of bread, butter, avocado and coffee. The Pacific crashes over rocks and surfers tumble under impressive waves. This is probably one of my favourite places in Chile now and I soak it up for as long as I can. From here, we sneak down along the coast through Concón, Viña del Mar, and Valparaíso, where we stop to walk around. Valparaíso is incredibly beautiful – chock full of boutique hotels, cobblestone streets, amazing historical architecture and buildings dressed up in colourful paint. We walk past street-side artisans, tiny little retail nooks containing cafes or gift shops, and my favourite: the hills, which are so characteristic of Valparaíso.

Day 24 - On our second walking day we start down in the Bellavista area, and head up to la Choscana, the museum/ house of poet Pablo Neruda, for a tour which features such treasures as the original Diego Rivera painting, Neruda’s Nobel Prize (among many other medals), and personal effects collected by the poet and his wife. We then cross the bridge to the Bellas Artes, visit the National Fine Arts and Contemporary Art Museums, and stop by one of the many great cafes here. One of my favourite was the Sur Patagonico restaurant, it has sidewalk tables with a great view of the fashionable passerby. At the end of day two I feel fairly confident that I had packed in the tapas version of the city – little samples of a lot, without feeling overstuffed. Day 25 - I missed my flight out of Santiago, and now have extra four days in the city. I need to replenish my reading material, and go wondering the streets in a hope to find a bookshop. I am in luck as I come across a bookstore / book exchange in Providencia that sells second-hand English titles. If you bring in your old book, you can get half off your new purchase. Books are pretty expensive in Chile, even used. Expect to pay at least $10, even for older titles. I’m pretty obsessed with flea markets, so I go to check out the famous Persa Bio-Bio flea market near Franklin Station. Note of advice: don’t bother. It’s all cheap junk, mostly clothes and shoes. I walked through the whole thing in about 15 minutes then hightailed it out of there. Better luck to just take the time to stop at streetside vendors – usually there’s some worth checking out in the Belles Artes hood near Sur Patagonico restaurant.

Back in Vancouver...

After four weeks in Frutillar designing a collection for Patagonia Style, I’m back in Vancouver and looking forward to the next season of larry. In total, I knit about 15 garments, in addition to some horsehair necklaces and “time-catchers” – my take on the dream catcher with bits of old watches worked into the mix. I want to say an infinite thanks to Patagonia Virgin for such an amazing experience and opportunity.

For more Terri Portratz adventures head to, and to see the full collection she created in Chile for Patagonia Style click on

What to see in Santiago

My personal top two of the must-do’s in Santiago are the Santa Lucia Hill and San Cristobal Hill. Santa Lucia was built atop a very old volcano that used to function as a lookout and was later ‘rebuilt’ with stone facades and walkways, fountains, terraces, gardens and a chapel near the top. Darwin visited the peak in 1833 and proclaimed the view as “most striking” – there is a plaque at the top recounting his words. San Cristobal Hill is much higher; you can either hike up or take a funicular elevator to the top, which is a fun ride. Once at the top, you have an up-close view of the marble statue of the Virgin Mary that overlooks the city. A view, which is typically partially obscured by the ever-present smog. Other highlights are the Plaza de Armas, the main city square containing the Metropolitan Cathedral, City Hall, and other historical buildings. From here, it’s a short walk to the Plaza de la Constitucion, where the Moneda Palace is. At a gift shop here I bought a rotating wooden necklace by Chilean artist Nicolás Hernández. It’s considerably easy to get around Santiago walking, which surprised me given how big the city is. Most of the worthwhile areas are within a few hours’ walking circuit: start in Providencia, head up the Alonso de Cordova for luxury shopping and galleries, circle back down to the Isidora Goyenechea and the financial district. It was here that a Chilean businessman complimented my “ropers” – incredibly scuffed up black boots that have been traveling on these feet of mine for the last year.


WORLD Traveller

IN THE PAST YEAR I’ve been up and down British Columbia, through 13 airp and from South Africa, and between Regina and Saskatoon in Saskatchewan. I’v good sleeps and bad sleeps, packed and re-packed my suitcase a dozen times, acquire let go of precious items of clothing, struggled to maintain a healthy diet and body, an robbed or defrauded three times. Reflecting on my rich experience, I figured I have pointers to share with the aspiring world travellers. by Terri P


Cape Town was in the middle of summer when I arrived (36C!), so it was easy to pack pretty light, but there were so many items of clothing I could have done without. Pack versatile pieces that work well together. Be prepared for weather changes – I still brought my leather jacket, two sweaters, a scarf, jeans, and two cardigans, and I used all of them while in Cape Town. Save space by rolling your clothing rather than folding them – also helps to eliminate wrinkles. And for Pete’s sake, put your name, contact number (in your destination), email, and final destination on your luggage. If you’re taking a long flight, pack a change of clothes in your carry-on, along with other necessities to get you through the long journey.


I was really nervous about embarking on the longest journey I’ve ever taken while prepping to head to South Africa – almost 18 hours from New York to Johannesburg, plus all my other connections. I almost over-prepared for my flight: I had snacks in the form of nuts, dried fruit, and energy bars. I had a steel water bottle that I could re-fill and travel sized toiletries. I normally always catch a cold on airplanes, so I came prepared SIX 94

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I was robbed or defrauded on three separate occasions while in Cape Town. Here’s what I learned: • Every time you leave your accommodation, check your bag and remove anything that isn’t essential to your outing. In my case, I lost both my local mobile and my Blackberry, a personal notebook full of ideas and poetry and other tidbits from the past year, my laptop charger, my wallet full of cards, driver’s license, and so on. My whole backpack got stolen and was full of things I absolutely did not need to have on me – things, like my notebook, of irreplaceable value. • Take out large sums of money only in the company of friends, and don’t use a sidewalk ATM if you can help it. I was victim to a rigged machine and someone must have been watching me enter my PIN from behind or afar – next day my bank account had been drained. Take extra precaution and only use ATMs attached to banks or in secured areas – these will be less prone to fraud scams. Keep your stack of cash in a safe in your accommodation and take out only what you think you’ll need – leave the VISA and debit cards at home. • Out at a restaurant enjoying a beautiful meal? Think your bag will be safe on the back of your chair under the watchful eyes of your party? Think again. Keep your bag on your lap or secured between your feet under the table. As I learned, it only takes one second of distraction for your belongings to simply disappear. • I never required proof of ID once during my travels, so it became unnecessary for me to keep carrying around my driver’s license. NEVER carry your passport around with you if you can avoid it – I’m so thankful I didn’t have to deal with replacing mine while in a foreign country. The rest is pretty basic. Happy world.

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Valere is the Principal of, Sustainable Tourism” weekly newswire, and ed Here, Valere reveals his top life-changing destinat BIG TIME TOURISM is a managed mature industry. This year, we will see the international tourist-count reach one billion and deliver a trillion dollars in tourism revenue. Add domestic tourism, and you have at least six billion tourists and at least six trillion dollars in revenue. What does it mean in practice? Cruises following more or less the same routes, ‘all-inclusives’ offering homogenised deals, chain hotels offering standardised services, low-cost airlines offering practically no service, and all these commodity products are delivered by massive global product distribution networks to a PDA in your pocket. Where has the FUN gone? Where is the excitement? Why not make a choice to use your valuable time and money to create and enjoy a life changing-experience? Here are a few of my personal favourite (and consciously sustainable) places I’ve stayed at in the last few years.




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(5) Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco - towering in bah du Toubkal seems like a film set (Martin S The place is run through a unique partnership per cent levy included in guests’ accommodat ers. Kasbah du Toubkal has won numerous aw tourism and was mentioned by HRH Prince C wrote last year.


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publisher and editor of’s “Vision on ditor of the annual Sustainable Tourism suite of reports. tions. (1) Bunga Raya Island Eco Resort and Spa, Sabah, Malaysia – the big, big total luxury heavenly sumptuous deal. Expect amazing food in an astonishing situation, and explore the villas masterfully hancrafted by local tradesmen. You’ll find a Giant Clam conservation project here - the resort features it’s own on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre and is dedicated to preserving the Giant Clams and restoring natural coral reefs. If I died and went to heaven it would be here. (2) Damaraland Camp, Namibia (Wilderness Safaris) – run by a medium sized tour operator with a BIG heart, this total Spartan stylish luxury in one of the most beautiful and sensitive areas in the world. Small and friendly, you’ll find big tents and a really peaceful disposition. You really know you’re in Africa! The company’s “sustainable conservation through responsible tourism” policy sees them sharing the benefits of tourism with local communities and ensuring the protection of these areas for future generations. Sustainable way of thinking and working has brought a host of awards, including the 2005 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award, which is one of the top global environmental travel awards.

(7) Lake Baikal, Russia - billions of Russian roubles have

gone into some of the accommodation here on the oldest, deepest and, perhaps, cleanest lake in the world. Have a sauna in the specially kitted-out lakeside camper van, and stay with Olga at Listvyanka B&B. Run in an old-school way, the guesthouse exists in complete harmony with its surroundings, and the traditional Syberian meals are cooked with local ingredients.

(3) Sunny Hill Farm (Solberga Gård), Sweden – located on the island of Oland in Sweden it’s an organic dream come true for a young professor of climate change and his family. Sample food from the field, swim in the ocean, enjoy the lovely bracing walks and cycling on this very well kept, very Swedish, very unknown island. Solberga Gård’s founders believe in a harmonious interconnection of humans and nature, seeing us as part of a greater cycle of things. They don’t question a high standard of living however; their farm provides first class food and culture experiences. (4) De Noordhoek Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa – a newly built four-star boutique hotel in Noordhoek Farm Village boasts an eco-friendly accommodation rating, a worm farm, a massive kitchen, gardens, amazing restaurants, fabulously fresh food, and astonishingly friendly service. Take in the views right by the sea.

n Morocco’s high Atlas Mountains, the KasScorsese thought so too – he set a film there). with the local Berber community, with a five tion bills being funnelled back to the villagwards for its unique approach to responsible Charles in an essay on sustainable tourism he


(6) Kilkee, Loop Head Peninsula, Ireland here you get a truly heartfelt welcome from everyone you meet in the street. Add to this the quality of the food (you can’t beat products travelling a few metres from the sea or garden to the kitchen), the sublime sights (it’s located right on the beach), great walks on statuesque cliffs, a pod of dolphins at close quarters and a tourism group determined to deliver sustainability - here you have true authenticity.



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enhancing your wellbeing in a lush beach environment

What’s it like? It is a Mayan-style boutique hotel focused on rest and relaxation.  How’s it different?  They encourage wellbeing in every sense of the word. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms, adding to the peace and tranquility of the resort. Hotel facilities that range from in-room massages to snorkeling allow you to unwind and de-stress in every way possible.  Why did you choose to stay there?  They have brilliant yoga facilities with two luxury areas for practicing yoga: one on the sea and another in a tropical garden. What was your daily routine like?  Most mornings I woke in time to participate in the daily yoga practice from 9-10am. I followed this with a light breakfast of homemade bread, fresh fruit, granola and yoghurt at the Zazil Ha hotel restaurant. After breakfast I relaxed on the beach. I’m a scuba enthusiast so I usually did some snorkeling or scuba diving in the morning or afternoon. I had lunch in the hotel restaurant, where there is a great menu of Mexican food and seafood specialties. Most afternoons were spent lounging by the pool, followed by a treatment at the Water Lily Spa or a personal yoga session. The hotel restaurant was transformed into a romantic candle-lit paradise for dinner. After dinner I walked the beach and relaxed. The pool at Na Balam is open until 10pm, so an evening swim was also an option. Food: The menu had lots of guilt-free options with plenty of tasty fresh fish and vegetables. Result: My stay at Na Balam left me feeling revived and regenerated. Was it worth it?  Definitely! Getting there: Fly directly to Cancun from Heathrow Airport. A transfer service at the airport will take you straight to the hotel, ferry included, for 80 USD.

guide to the best S&E destinations, as tried, tested and recommended by you. Håå Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School’s retreat Hamneda, Sweden As recommended by Camilla Wellton, designer

Best for... practicing yoga full-time and developing deeper self-knowledge

What’s it like? It’s out in the Swedish countryside. Lovely, with lakes, horses, forest; run by a couple of yogis, the first ones in Sweden. They opened it in the 70s. How’s it different? They are extremely knowledgeable and serious about what they do. No phones or computers are allowed; yoga practice takes up to 10 hours every day. You really get your money’s worth here. . They’re used to non-Swedes there, so all the classes are in English. Why did you choose to stay there? I wanted to deepen my yoga practice full time and limit social interaction of the regular kind. What was your daily routine like? Up at 4 am, yoga until 8 am, breakfast, karma yoga, yoga, lunch, yoga, break, yoga, dinner, meditation, break then sleep. Simply awesome! Food: simple vegetarian dishes Result: after 3 months there, I felt like a radiant goddess. It changed my life. Was it worth it? It was more than worth it. Getting there: Take a train from Stockholm to Hamneda, and get picked up at the station for a 30-40 min car ride to the retreat center.

Ayurvedic Spa at The Scarlet Hotel, UK As recommended by Mary Gannon, media professional

Best for... Ayurveda massage and a day of complete relaxation

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it like? The spa has tented rooms all under a roof. These are really relaxing and a great place to read or have a quite personal meditation. In fact, they have a dedicated meditation room. The spa area outside has a pool and a lovely big Jacuzzi. Howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it different? Scarlet spa based all its treatments on the Ayurveda method. Ayurveda practices balance in everyday life so that we can live a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Why did you choose to stay there? Scarlet gives 5 star treatments and food, and provides first class facilities with lovely tea as an added extra. Everything you experience from treatment oils and even the tea can be purchased from the shop so you can try your best to recreate the experience in your own home.... but nothing is quite like the Scarlet. What was your daily routine like? We were there for one day only, and it was packed full of various treatments. Among others, I had the Scarlet massage, which is an important part of Ayurvedic therapy. Ayurvedic massage works on marma (vital) points around the body, to open up and realign energy channels. Ayurveda also uses herbal remedies to combat ailments, which are traditionally treated in the West with prescription medicine. As with any great spa the staff is what made the difference. Reception was lovely and fitted in as many treatments as we could have into one day. Food: We retired to the restaurant in between treatments for lunch, and all the dishes were top quality, and the duck was divine. Waitress was pre warned that we had treatment and a schedule to keep to, which allowed us to completely relax while we looked out across the amazing sea view. Result: All in all I felt every relaxed for the evening after and the next day. I would encourage you to get there early before anyone else so that you can make sure you take full advantage of your day at the spa. Was it worth it? As a lady that has had a fair few massages, I can say that this was one of my top three of all time. A 1-hour treatment was more than ample for me to feel relaxed and rested. Getting there: Take a train to Bodmin Parkway, and then catch a taxi to the hotel. If you are coming by electric car, the hotel has a charging point on site, free of charge to all the guests.

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Spa Samui, Thailand

fasting; creating a spiritual connection with your health and diet

What’s it like? It’s a Health Spa on the tropical island of Samui, in the gulf of Thailand. I stayed on the beachfront location. How’s it different? It’s the original heath spa on the island doing fasting retreats.

As recommended by Joe Oliver, eco-preneur

Why did you choose to stay there? It was recommended to me by a friend who had fasted there before. What was your daily routine like? I woke up early, drank first clay-fibre-juice-water drink of the day, followed by supplements, and repeated this routine five times across the day. Mid-morning, I would have a coffee enema to clean the gut, which was repeated twice daily. In between, I did yoga, had massages or just relaxed in the sun/shade next to the sea. Food: I was fasting so didn’t eat, but the restaurant is supposed to be amazing. It’s a health freaks paradise with a menu for all allergies and ways to get healthy. Highly recommended.  Result: lots of energy, needed to sleep much less, clean skin and complexion, felt superb and healthy. I changed my opinion of food, and my eating habits became very healthy for a long time afterwards. Was it worth it? Yes, good price and amazing experience. Made me feel fantastic. Getting there: Fly to Koh Samui, and then take a bus or a taxi from the airport to the resort.

Six Senses Yao Noi resort, Thailand

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As recommended by Jay Turnbull, make-up artist

a mix of relaxation in a hammock on the beach, and practicing Thai boxing, yoga, and water sports

What’s it like? This is the best place I have ever stayed in my life. It’s a very private island resort. All the villas are set behind a wooden fort surrounded with their own infinity pool and outside living area, making your space very private. How’s it different? It is different because of the understated level of care for each visitor. They use organic and homegrown foods as much as possible. Water is bottled on the resort, and served in recycled glass bottles rather than imported. All building wood is taken from sustainable forests and no chemicals are used to treat it. Why did you choose to stay there? We chose to stay there because of the beauty and privacy, and because the weather is better there in the rainy season than in Phuket. What was your daily routine like? I was working on location, so up 5.30 am and shooting until 10 am, then break for a massive breakfast. Shooting in the afternoon then, if lucky enough, go for cocktail happy hour at the breathtaking hilltop bar. Then have supper at one of the 5 local restaurants. Food: The food was INCREDIBLE, prepared with love and care. . Result: I was so sad to leave, watching the staff (including our own 24 hour butler) wave goodbye from the jetty. Every time I think of the trip I smile and I can’t stop looking at my pictures. Was it worth it? It is so worth what you pay for a stay there.

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Getting there Fly with Thai airways direct to Bangkok, and then connect to Phuket. You can arrange to be picked up and driven to a marina, and then take a speedboat to the resort. The speedboat journey was amazing as we saw the sun setting, bliss.

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Bare Minerals brow colour £11 (1)

These pure mineral powders can be used dry for a soft look, or try wet for a real statement brow. Smudgeproof and water resistant, they’ll make sure your brows can take the heat wherever you are.

Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit £23 (2)

Complete with three brushes, transparent botanical brow wax and pigmented brow powder, this is the ‘first aid’ kit of eyebrow land. This kit is perfect for shaping, moulding and evening brows into beautiful precision. Not to mention it is compact enough to fit into any size rucksack, suitcase or pocket - no matter how audacious the adventure may be.

Lavera Style & Care gel £10.50 (3)

A slick of this clear gel will keep your brows at their best, and will make sure you travel in style. Use to tame an unruly pair and give them a lovely sheen at the same time.

Urban Decay Good Karma brush £16.50 (4)

Use this recycled brush to apply mineral powder and create your ideal brow. Gently fill in sparse hair and frame eyes naturally, or load it up with colour for brows to get you noticed.

Jane Iredale Purebrow gel £12.71 (5)

Available in a range of different shades for the perfect match, Jane Iredale’s Purebrow gel ensures brows look preened and are held in place with long lasting even colour to keep you going through your trek, climb or paddle.

UNE eyebrow pencil £5.29 (6)

Well defined brows frame and transform an entire face, no matter where said face may be adventuring. UNE eyebrow pencil is a great, quick perk up for lacklustre brows. Use short feather like strokes and work from the inner corner of the eye for a more natural brow look.

by Jess Latapie



Rose-Marie Swift

Make-up Artist and founder of rms beauty™ With 20 years of experience as a make-up artist, Rose-Marie Swift has a portfolio to be reckoned with. Having laid her hands on the faces of Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, Celine Dion, Paloma Picasso, Isabella Rossellini and Milla Jovovich, and lent her skills for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Max Mara, and Victoria’s Secret, Swift is also an outspoken advocate for protecting others from toxic chemicals found in products we use on our bodies daily.

Kora Organics enriched body lotion Noni extract is one of the key ingredients in this lovely lotion. Taken from the noni tree, found in the Pacific Islands, Tahiti and Australia, it is packed full of vitamin C, plant botanicals and antioxidants.

The legendary master whose work appeared in international editions of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, I.D., Self Service, V, Allure, Numero, Marie Claire, Glamour, Interview, and Elle among many others, Rose-Marie opens up her travel Vanity Case for SIX.

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Rahua conditioner The addition of green tea reverses any UV damage, and aloe will help revitalise further. The conditioner can also be used as a styling aid so perfect for traveling light.

VANITY CASE rms beauty raw coconut cream This is the ultimate multi-tasker. Use it to effortlessly remove all make-up, including waterproof mascara, to cleanse skin and moisturise at the same time. Antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and an antioxidant, use anywhere that needs a little TLC.

rms living luminiser

Rahua shampoo Rahua nut oil is the magic ingredient in this luxurious shampoo. Sourced responsibly from the Amazon, it penetrates deep into the hair shaft helping to repair, condition and smooth. Mixed with other organic and natural ingredients such as coconut, shea butter and quinoa, it cleanses gently without stripping your hair.

Add an instant glow to your skin and feed it at the same time with the living luminizer. Made exclusively from raw and organic ingredients it brightens and enhances the complexion. Use on eyelids, brow bones, cheekbones, lips and shoulders for extra radiance.

Dr Alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil A wonderful concoction of virgin cold pressed organic oils blended with organic and wild-crafted herbs. Use it to revitalise sun-frazzled hair, massage into the face for an intense shot of moisture, or all over the body to keep skin in tiptop condition.


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Clean with Greens Green foods are a fantastic support in the detox process and fighting symptoms of lethargy. Organic Burst Spirulina powder (£10.90 for 100g) is a quick and easy way to flood your system with green nutrients to help restore your body from within. Containing a high concentration of chlorophyll, antioxidants and B vitamins it helps rebuild the body and nervous system, which speeds up jet lag recovery. Spirulina is packed with all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein that helps fight fatigue. Take a teaspoon of powder in pressed juice or a smoothie daily.

Maximise rest

Yoga sleep Conscious mental and physical rest by the sleep guru

Getting to sleep and staying asleep is one of the big jet lag challenges and we often spend about a week or so after stepping off a flight without proper rest, which is critical to overall wellbeing. Try the Yoga sleep CD (£10.95) from; it provides a soundtrack that uses an ancient meditation technique, which completely relaxes and transforms mind, body and spirit to deepen your rest.

H2O It’s the most obvious yet most golden rule. Dehydration not only causes a lack of energy and concentration but also intensifies the effects of jet lag. 90% of the blood, 76% of the brain and 75% of muscle are made up of water, so it is vital this is replenished with a fresh supply to keep everything in optimal condition. For more effective hydration and a boost of vital minerals to keep your immune system tip top, try adding a pinch of Himalayan pink salt (£2.59 for 250g) to your water.

reen light. You’re about to take off into the inevitable post-holiday blues when r propellers and disables your wings. You thought the runway was clear but it k into the boardroom post 20 hour flight isn’t going to be as turbulence-free as one

le taking international flights will suffer from jet lag according to cated to its prevention!). With international tourism growing* it is inevitable eed to minimise the physical and physiological effects of trans-meridian travel. auty team has security checked the best products and advice to ensure your return landing. (*according to World Tourism Organisation) Quick fix skin-quench You’ve had a lashing of sunshine and you’re queuing in the heat to step aboard an air-con infested cargo. Green People cooling hydrating mist (£13.99 for 100ml) is a great quick fix to quench tired, overheated and dehydrated skin. Infused with aloe vera, orange blossom and marshmallow this is a really calming, cooling influence on the skin. Use this religiously before, during and after flying to keep skin feeling fresh.

Sleeping beauty Drifting off to sleep mid-flight is a feat to say the least and, although the eye mask is a lifesaver, waking up to parched, dull skin is not pretty. Using a product that works with the skin’s sleeping rhythm is a must and Neal’s Yard has formulated the Beauty Sleep concentrate (£30 for 30ml) for exactly that job. An easy to use cream infused with ylang ylang, patchouli and orange essential oils to calm the senses while a variation of botanical extracts work with the skin’s natural restoration process. A few pumps before sleeping ensures you’ll awake to a fresh face!

Splash and clean Splash your skin awake with Lavera invigorating cleansing gel (£7.90 for 100ml). Infused with ginkgo tree leaf extract, which helps to stimulate the circulation and promote cell regeneration in a tired, over-travelled epidermis, it also boasts anti-oxidant organic grapes that help smooth the skin and encourage a healthy glow back to your cheeks.

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WORKING WITH one of the leading doctors of dermo-cosmetology and the University College of London (UCL), Timothy Han spent nearly four years to date developing his new groundbreaking organic skincare range (coming to UK in February 2013). We chat to the man behind the brand about protecting the skin against the perils of pollution and the urban environment, mapping out major centres of the world according to urban stressors, and, of course, travel.

SIX: Tell us about your new range. TH: Things like pollution, lack of sleep, stress and climate can all affect our skin adversely and lead to premature aging. To date there has been no organic, and very few non-organic, products that have been specifically tailored to deal with the pressures of urban living. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken it a step further by creating an entire range that is designed to work in synergy, from cleanser through to serum and moisturiser, to keep our skin in balance and combat premature aging caused by the extragenic stresses of an urban lifestyle.


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X: Did you develop your products with particular urban conditions in nd, such as Beijing versus New York? H: While working with UCL on developing the new range, we oked at a variety of urban stressors across the major centres of the rld and how we could tailor the product for those cities. Some of e factors that we looked at are things like pollution, UV exposure, itude, humidity, seasonality etc. We then mapped out regions with milar conditions and hence requirements. The results were actually ite surprising. We found cities like Beijing and Buenos Aires to in the same categorical region even though they are on opposite es of the world, and even in different hemispheres. Now, not every product needs to be tailored for each region, but tain products like moisturisers certainly do. When you’re in a hot d humid country you tend to need a lighter weight moisturiser at goes on quickly and is more about locking in moisture rather an hydrating.

X: What do you find is the biggest skincare challenge when travelling? H: It depends how and where you’re travelling, but keeping your n properly hydrated is difficult if you’re flying a lot. Air travel lly sucks your skin dry due to air conditioning on the planes. e other issue is fatigue, particularly around your eyes, if you are ossing multiple time zones.

X: What tips can you give to a frequent traveller? H: Keep your skin well hydrated. Also sleep lots and drink lots of ter! And if you’re doing short trips, try and stick to your home untry time zone as much as possible. People forget that good n care is part of larger picture of personal wellbeing.

X: Is there a skincare essential you don’t travel without? H: We’re launching something called Eye Recovery Complex, ich is in the form of a pen and is specifically developed for tired es. I always have one in my pocket as it really helps to keep your es feeling fresh and the triple roller ball head helps to gives the a around your eyes a mini massage. I also usually always travel th our Urban Defence Cell Renewal Serum and Replenishing oisturiser, unless I am road testing a new product, which is often e case.

X: What is your next destination? H: I suspect probably NY. We’re launching at Bergdorf Goodan in the spring and there is still a lot of prep work to do for it. for a dream holiday destination, I’d love to go to Vamizi near ozambique. They are working on conservation projects together th the WWF. SIX 127

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Travel broadens the mind, releases us from our daily routine, and brin spirit. Unfortunately, with great adventures come beauty-full repercu trusted assistance to achieve the picture of a ‘Beautiful Adventure’: the you prepped for the journey ahead, or get you back in shape once you re The Snorkel Master’s Hair Revival As tested by Lou Dartford, Beauty Editor

The Aching Surfer As tested by Thea Dedden, Online Editor

After spending days exploring marine life, I noticed that my hair started to lose its shine from all the salt water. To try and reverse the damage I headed straight to the Geilly Green boutique hair salon for their celebrated Spa Mist II treatment once I got back to London. A decadent shampoo and head massage was followed by a Geilly Green hair mask, and a hood was then placed over my hair and steamed for 15 minutes (the spa mist). At a lower temperature than other treatments, the mist was kinder to my hair but still allowed the product to penetrate deeply, leaving the hair feeling shiny, bouncy and a far cry from my algae drenched tresses. A Spa Mist II treatment is £20. Being an avid surfer, I know what a hard day hitting the waves can do to your muscles. To get some power back into my aching body, I opted for the Pinks Boutique Award Winning Power massage after getting back from my surfing trip. Beginning with a soothing foot soak in a bowl of rose petals and lemongrass, my feet were then scrubbed with Pinks Boutique Himalayan rock salt foot scrub and exfoliated with a pumice stone. My whole body was then massaged using a mixture of Eastern and Western techniques focusing on pressure points and Meridian energy channels. From the soles of the feet to the top of my head, and with my back massaged twice, I was left feeling relaxed, revived and ready to hit the surf again. Massage treatments start at £37; Pinks Boutique Award Winning Power Massage is £95 for a 90-minute treatment.

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Rock Climbing Reflexology Tested by Fiona Garden, Creative Director Returning to the bustle of the city after time away is always stressful, but as I descended the stairs to The Treatment Rooms, all that stress started to fall away. Yushiko’s gentle but firm treatment, set to the sound of quietly chirping birds and running water, was the perfect tonic for my aching feet and calves after 5 days of climbing rocks, as well as the best way to ease me back into city life. A one-hour reflexology treatment is £45

Diving Face Tested by Åse Botha, Features Editor

ater and an airtight mask, and I was port a lobster-like complexion as an to my days spent exploring the deep n underestimate the harsh effects of our skin when engaged in such great e VOYA Anti Aging Reviver Facial diving face. A 9-step treatment was skin was cleansed, scrubbed, toned, urised - the list goes on. A thorough g VOYA products containing handch in vitamins and minerals, left my skin feeling fresh and glowing.

Reviver Facial is £95 for a 60-minute andmark Hotel, London. Other VOYA treatments start at £50.

Waxed Water Goddess Tested by Jess Latapie, Beauty Features Editor In preparation for bathing suits and water skis, I decided to try Vaishaly’s hot Organic waxing treatments. Using their new Perron Rigot Pink hot wax, this was the least painful Brazilian bikini wax one could ask for. Native to France, this beautiful wax provides a far more pleasant experience than your average, as well as maintaining Organic credentials. Waxing treatments start from £30, the Brazilian bikini wax is £55.

The Hike Feet Challenge Tested by Alina Rätsep, Edior-in-chief Not one to let the fear of battered toes to keep me from a ramble through the rolling hillside, I decided to give the Hot Stone pedicure from Nail Girls a test-drive. My feet were treated to a wonder mix of hot stone massage, combined with a polish using their in-house scrib recipe. My toes were then covered in one of Nail Girls ‘free-from’ polishes, and I emerged ready for my trecking challenge. And not a chip was seen when I got to the finish line! A 45-minute massage and pedicure is £45.

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They don’t exist. No Batman, no Wonderwoman, and almost certainly no Pow are, equally, no superfoods. No cure for cancer, no solution for brittle bones and free-pass-to-MENSA at the heart of a single berry. Not even at the base of an there are still foods that perform nutritional wonders. 4


NEITHER LEGALLY NOR MEDICALLY regulated, officially, the term “superfood” doesn’t mean a thing. As such, adroit advertisers have few hoops through which to jump before they plaster the tempting title onto products and have us tearing them off supermarket shelves faster than we can say ‘goji berry’. To Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St. George’s Hospital, the term “superfoods” is ‘at best meaningless, and at worst harmful’, prompting people to forgo a healthy lifestyle and assuage their guilt by gorging on the superfood du jour. However, we have reached something of an impasse with the anti-superfoods brigade; the halo may have slipped of late, but the proffered substitute for piling your plate with antioxidants is to avoid oxidants. Moreover, while the institutional dictionary has scorned superfoods, the OED definition doesn’t seem so scary: ‘a food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being’. fruit? Or vegetables? It doesn’t sound like an evil marketing ploy, but it’s hardly groundbreaking. The point, though, is that some are substantially higher in phytonutrients, lower in calories and lower in fat than others. They are, by all accounts, ‘super’. While these include kale, blueberries, and a host of homegrown goodies, there is a plethora of foods that have been quietly fortifying civilisations for centuries. Foods that may not have had as much hype, but still perform nutritional wonders. Unprocessed and unpretentious, they’re the super foods without the super egos.

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vedic medicine, turmeric’s superpowers stem t curcumin. With powerful anti-oxidising, anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin is verything from IBS to arthritis. It doesn’t ing so you can consume it in your curry, but turmeric through our skin; turmeric paste kin conditions and slows the signs of ageing.

The Amazon – Cupuaçu (4)

Back to arable South America for what is fondly known as ‘the food of the Gods’. Believed better than acai berries, capauçu also has less impact on the rainforest, giving you S&E points whilst stuffing you with vitamins and minerals and stimulating the immune system. It also contains theacrine, which provides the energy-increasing properties of caffeine, naturally.

Southeast Asia – Coconut Water (5)

On the purity scale, coconut water is bettered only by spring water. Why not, then, stick with water? Because it’s unsullied depths are chock full off electrolytes, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Touted as nature’s sports drink, it is super hydrating, fat and cholesterol-free, and so much more interesting than water.

Scotland – Aronia Berry (6)

Finally, we couldn’t journey through the mystical world of superfoods without stopping for some local talent. The superberry market might be bursting, but these little beauties are said to contain more antioxidants than heavyweights goji, acai and blueberries. All this, and they’re now cultivated in Scotland.



wise WORDS V V Brown

Singer, songwriter, model and producer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think V V Brown had her hands full already. Alas, the powerhouse dynamo, who has sold half a million records in the US and became the first black British woman to front an ad campaign for Marks & Spencer among other serious achievements, stuck her beautiful finger in yet another pie, setting up the online store VVVintage.

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FILMS are where I turn for my INSPIRATION.

WITH SUSTAINABILITY AT ITS CORE and 10% of all profits going to Oxfam, the label pioneers the up-cycling ethos, delivering amazing collections full of reinventions. SIX chats to V V about her new business venture, dreams and inspirations, and her favourite place in the world – home. On VVVintage… Touring gave me the premise of collecting things, which then led to an appreciation of the art of reinvention and sustainability. This, in turn, inspired a collection of events that led me to set up VVVintage. With VVVintage I strive to provide fashion conscious ethical fashion, and aim to become the go-to ethical label for the youth. A typical day at work goes something like this: emails, strategies, phone calls, organising, studio, events, accounts, customer service, more emails! On favourite designers… We just started stocking Claire Barrows at VVVintage. She paints on reused leather clothes – she’s great! I admire Yohji Yamamoto. I love how he uses architecture to express his art. Everything is so structural and minimal. On inspiration… Films are where I turn for my inspiration. I love watching Sci-Fi; it’s always a good prediction

of forward ideas. I also love just sitting by the window in my house and looking out. It feels so peaceful. Damon Albarn was the most exciting and inspirational person that I’ve worked with. He is a genius and a very creative soul. On her own piece of vintage… I’ve had a black and gold vintage evening dress since I was 16. It’s timeless. I even wore it to the Grammys. On her plans and dreams … My dream creative project would be to do a sound art installation. This year, I am recording a new album and also have my own fashion line in the pipeline. I’d love to visit Singapore this year too. On home… My favourite place in the world is my home. On a typical Saturday morning you’ll find me in bed sleeping the hard week away, or in the garden mowing the lawn. SIX 137

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SIX Magazine Issue 5 - ADVENTURE  

This issue of SIX is all about ADVENTURE. We pulled together a guide to the most fabulous S&E destinations across the globe - catch it on pa...

SIX Magazine Issue 5 - ADVENTURE  

This issue of SIX is all about ADVENTURE. We pulled together a guide to the most fabulous S&E destinations across the globe - catch it on pa...