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Mac screen with a half smile. “Even in the outtakes he looks awesome.” He was, of course, referring to this month’s front cover star, Isaac Carew. At this point the photographer Pip chips in: “Yeah – it’s amazing the difference you get from working with a professional model than someone who is simply famous.” Within the first three shots we’d already bagged two front cover options. And these photos were just meant to be for testing the light levels; he hadn’t even turned it on yet. Some of my colleagues weren’t so easily impressed, though. One of our sister titles, Foodism, has understandably lofty culinary standards. Despite Carew’s Michelin-starred past working for Angela Hartnett, they were sceptical about his foodie credentials, so challenged him to a blind taste test. You can check out the results on @foodismuk, but it’s fair to say the team were impressed: he deftly picked out everything from seaweed to baked beans, Cadbury’s Creme Egg to liquorice (even identifying the exact brand). Whether you’re interested in him for his model good looks, his cooking skills, or even his girlfriend (Dua Lipa, in case you didn’t know), I hope you enjoy our exclusive interview on p72.
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I WAS FED UP WITH HOW MANY BOOKS AND FEEDS WERE ABOUT ‘HEALTHY THIS’ AND ‘CLEAN-EATING THAT’. I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. – Isaac Carew, p72
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debauchery and naughties. Note throbbing head; unstick tongue from roof of mouth. 2. Reach for water; curse empty glass. 3. Check time. Reach for phone. Dial boss. Cancel call. Consider options. 4. Food poisoning? You do have food poisoning. If you consider alcohol food. 5. Scrap food poisoning: too clichéd. 6. Stomach pains. Mysterious, emotive and hard to criticise. “I woke up with them. Gonna visit the doctor.” “Best to get these things checked out. Hope you’re OK.” This is the dream scenario, but life rarely pans out thus.
7. Scrap stomach pains. You’ve used it before. 8. Flu. 24-hour flu. We’ve all had it. We know it incapacitates. It’s the closest approximation to how you feel so should come more easily. 9. Switch focus to voice. Minor strangulation of vocal chords required for requisite ‘sick’ sound. Narrow top of throat in order to produce ‘whiny’ effect. 10. Pick up phone. Dial. Pray for voicemail. 11. They answer instantly, “This is Tim.” 12. “Hey Tim, it’s (INSERT OWN NAME), I won’t be able to make it in today. I’m sick.” 13. That’s good. Don’t apologise. Apology is your way of leaking the lie. If you’re sick you wouldn’t apologise. No one ever says, “I’m really sorry but I’ve got testicular cancer.” 14. “OK, well get some rest. Feel better soon.” 15. “Thanks.” Keep it short; hang up quickly. 16. “Strange though…” You didn’t hang up in time. “Charlotte says she saw you asleep in the doorway of Wetherspoons at 1am.” 17. Oh, bollocks. ■
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the road: the brand new 720S Spider. The 720S Coupe was already a Ferrari-slayer – and now it has its summer wardrobe sorted. The stats are as impressive as you’d expect: 710bhp and 568lb ft of torque from
competition. It’ll also exceed 200mph with the hood down. Not one for Mr Trump, then. On the standard model the folding hard top is made from one single piece of carbon fibre. However, you can opt for a glazed
a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. The 0-62mph time of 2.9secs is amazingly standard from this category of supercar, but it’s the 0-124mph of 7.9secs and quarter mile time of 10.4secs that really wipes the floor with the
version that even tints at the touch of a button. Either can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph – almost double that of the 650S. McLaren is planning to launch 18 new cars as part of a £1.2bn plan. Strong start, guys. ■
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▽ BRITISH SHOEMAKER Loake is a brand
synonymous with quality craftsmanship, but it’s much more than a classic pair brogues. For starters, the brand has been owned by the same founding family since 1880 and was so trusted for its shoe construction that it was the British Army’s chief shoe supplier for both world wars – in the event of another one, Her Majesty could do a lot worse than turning to the Northampton outfit once again. In 2019, the brand is celebrating its lofty heritage with the exclusive Loake 1880 Export Grade range, with prices from £350. Available in a limited run of 5,000 pairs, each shoe in the capsule collection will exhibit the extent of the British factory’s prowess, including superior materials and an added attention to detail. Each piece involves the work of some 130 craftspeople, up to 75 shoe parts and 200 different operations. But there’s much more to it than that. Take, for example, the Parliament shoe. It’s a wholecut oxford, which means it’s unusually constructed from a single piece of leather and has an elongated chisel toe and distinctive closed lacing system. The result? A sleeker, more elegant appearance, and thus dressier appeal. Sign us up. ■
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WIN A £500 VOUCHER TO SPEND ONLINE OR IN STORE AT CLASSIC AMERICAN FOOTWEAR BRAND G.H. BASS & CO ▷ G H Bass is one of those American brands that rings a bell, but you’re not exactly sure why. Well, let us fill in the blanks: this shoemaker is one of the oldest in the States, with a rich history dating back to 1876. Its footwear has been worn by everyone from the US Army and the American Winter Olympic team to none other than Michael Jackson in the music video for ‘Thriller’. Its omnipresence in
fashion, however, can largely be credited to a shoe it first created in 1936. A twist on a Norwegian farm shoe designed for “loafing in the field”, the Bass Weejuns are in fact the first documented penny loafer. Fast forward some 170 years and we’re still
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IT MUST BE LOVE The message conveyed through ‘Einstein’ by Mr Brainwash is hardly subtle, but then neither is the effect of love, and it’s that notion that’s central to Maddox Gallery’s new exhibition, Love and Other Crimes. Work from the likes of Banksy, The Connor Brothers, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin will sit alongside Mr Brainwash’s colourful offering at this rather special show, which will coincide with the gallery’s biggest floral display to date. Take your Valentine and win their heart with art. Thank us later. ■ From 8 February to 7 March at Maddox Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, W1S 2QE
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SIR DAVID ADJAYE Vivienne Westwood, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin – past designers of the BRIT Awards’ statuette read like a Who’s Who of British talent. Now it’s Sir David Adjaye’s turn
THE BUILDINGS OF Sir David Adjaye can be seen around the world, from Washington’s National Museum of African American History to the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. Now the celebrated architect is projecting his talents onto a slightly smaller creation: the 2019 BRIT Awards statuette. Why did you become an architect? My younger brother suffered a tragic illness as a child and became physically and mentally disabled. In the 1980s, during my teens, access laws weren’t universal yet. Whether it was on holidays or at school, I remember taking him behind buildings in sort of makeshift settings, carrying him in his wheelchair up stairs. The horror of how environments can subjugate and suppress people, and bring whole communities and families down – this was the lightbulb
synthesis: which is finding out about stuff and then figuring out what I’ve got to do. The gap between those two things is the moment of creativity, that’s the creation. You’ve designed a beautiful statue for the BRIT Awards… Designing the award was a fantastic opportunity to pursue my fascination with glass and its forms. My take on the BRIT
❱❱ DESIGNING THE BRIT AWARD WAS A CHANCE TO QUESTION AND EXPLORE – WHAT’S THE NATURE OF PERFECTION, WHAT’S THE NOTION OF BEAUTY moment that made me realise the potential of architecture to change lives.
Did you enjoy the challenge of imposing your vision on such a small object? The BRIT Awards are a powerful forum to talk about the evolving nature of culture and creativity. Designing the award was an opportunity to question and explore
Do you agree that the London skyline has become too crowded? What concerns me is not the changing skyline, it is the real value that these large high-profile developments bring to urban communities. Public architecture is a social act. It is about advocation of citizens and inspiring their belief in civic life, inviting them to take part. Each new London development is a chance to introduce new thinking about shared space in the city – it brings massive potential and responsibility that we as architects should not neglect. Who do you take inspiration from? I am inspired by humanity in its biggest sense, by culture and the stories of people’s lives and what details make up places. What’s the most common misconception about architecture you encounter? That it is all about instant fame and glory, whereas in reality it is about very long hours and hard work. How can we sound clever when talking about a building’s design? [Laughs] Forget about clever. Just think, and enjoy the human experience. ■
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Do you have a particular method when it comes to conceptualising a design? I start by collecting information, researching and immersing myself in narrative. It’s really how I creatively listen and put things together, rather than making something that represents other things. I would always fail if I tried to do that. I need to give myself that moment of the creative
trophy is the manifestation of a great material forged in fire and shaped into the body of a woman. Cast in solid glass each statue is unique, carrying its own distinctive imperfections.
– what is the nature of perfection and imperfection? What is the notion of beauty?
DEALING WITH IT An independent trade policy for the UK is one of the Leave campaign’s key Brexit cards, but just how viable a proposition is it? IAIN ANDERSON looks at the options
AN INDEPENDENT TRADE policy remains both a practical red line for Theresa May and Brexiteers, and an ideological aspiration for those who have opposed the UK’s membership of the EU for decades. It is part of the reason Theresa May has been unable to blur those lines and give up the UK’s ability to sign independent trade deals with third countries around the world. The Leave campaign and the Department for International Trade have clung onto the IMF forecast that 90% of growth in the next decade will be outside the EU, and so the UK must be able to do its own deals in order to prosper. But there are signs that the UK’s global trading aspirations are on the wane. In 2017, Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox said that the UK could “replicate the 40 free trade agreements before we leave the EU”, so that there would be no disruption to trade. DIT has said that some of those agreements are at an advanced stage, but as 29 March comes into view, not one has been formally signed.
is building to avoid the most disruptive elements of a potential no-deal scenario. The UK Government continues to view itself as an ‘invisible link’ between trading nations, and a trusted place to do business. “An independent trade policy will also mean the UK can play a more central role in international events and organisations, like the World Economic Forum and World Trade Organization, where we will be among the strongest advocate for further trade liberalisation and modernisation”, says Liam Fox. But just at the time when the UK is seeking to grow its presence on the international stage, the global rules-based order is under threat. President Trump continues to be deeply mistrusting of the WTO, and has blocked moves to fill vacancies on the Appellate Body as judges have left, taking the team down to three – the minimum required to make rulings. Trump has so far resisted the nuclear option, but it might not be forever: “If they don’t shape up, I would withdraw from
❱❱ JUST WHEN THE UK IS SEEKING TO GROW ITS PRESENCE ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE, THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION IS UNDER THREAT The UK has made a small step in the right direction, with an initial agreement with Switzerland to replicate the existing EU-Switzerland arrangements “as far as possible”. But it, too, remains unsigned. A ‘mutual recognition agreement’ has been signed with the Australian high commissioner in London that maintains all current relevant aspects of the agreement it has with the EU. But with days until Brexit, the UK has most free trade deals left to tie up and rollover. The pressure
the WTO,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. At the same time, the White House has drawn back its own influence on global trade, by pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). A frequent visitor to the United States, and well connected in Washington, Liam Fox is seen to favour pursuing a US-UK deal as the grand prize of Brexit. But UK negotiators, led by the veteran trade expert Crawford Falconer, might find that the UK’s vision of becoming a shining light
for global free trade is inconsistent with the ambitions of the current Preisdent. The volatility within the White House, committed to an ‘America First’ agenda on the world stage, makes the US an unpredictable partner for the UK to sit across from at the negotiating table. Senator Chuck Grassley, who chairs the Senate finance committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy, recently said: “I’m not in favour of tariffs. But they are a fact of life when Donald Trump is in the White House.” Trade deals should reduce tariffs and pull down barriers to bilateral business; that might not be the case with this White House. Moreover, on global terms, Government ministers do not seem to recall the golden rule of securing agreements: trade deals require trade-offs. Within Westminster, there has been little acceptance that trading nations will have a long list of their own demands, from visas to access to NHS contracts, before signing deals with the UK. To start with, DIT and the Home Office must begin talking to each other more about how ‘Global Britain’ is consistent with the postBrexit immigration white paper. For the UK, entry into the global trading network as a lone ranger minus the comfort blanket of the EU comes with blessings and curses. The freedom to sign independent trade deals is the jewel in the Conservative crown of Brexit; we should all hope it leads to greater prosperity and outward-facing businesses. But it will require time and trade-offs, both of which this Government has found are in short supply. ■
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STYLE BIBLE Milan Fashion Week revealed a shift that many have been waiting for – it’s time to start dressing like grown-ups again, says Mr Porter’s CHRIS ELVIDGE
N A BAR popular with journalists during
last month’s Milan Fashion Week, a well-respected menswear correspondent (who shall remain nameless) was overheard comparing men’s clothing stores to “kindergarten cloakrooms”. Harsh? A little. But he has a point. Just look at some of the trends that have surfaced in the last few seasons. The ‘ugly’ sneaker. The oversized, primary-coloured puffa. Neon and flouro. There is, our correspondent continued, nothing terribly wrong with occasionally dressing like an overgrown toddler. It’s the sartorial equivalent of a triple-helping of ice cream. But anything sweet turns sickly over time. As it happened, the autumn collections previewed that week in Milan served up just the palate cleanser he was hoping for. The take-home message? ‘Elegance’ is the buzzword for a tailoring-driven movement that looks set to sweep the industry come September. But what if you can’t wait that long? Well, you can get started right now. For Mr Porter’s latest campaign, we took a closer look at what men really want from their clothes, and while we found that plenty do respond to the latest fashion industry trends, there are just as many whose tastes are classical. To satisfy this latter group, we’ve pulled together designers such as Brunello Cucinelli and Tom Ford, responsible for the shirt and wine-coloured suede jacket seen here, respectively. The white trousers come courtesy of MAN 1924, a Bilbao-based brand run by Carlos Castillo and Jorge Navares, two of the most consistently well-dressed chaps on the menswear scene. It’s the sort of proper, grown-up clothing that would no doubt please our anonymous correspondent – not to mention those who prefer their fashion a little less “kindergarten cloakroom”. ■
GET THE LOOK: Tom Ford suede blouson jacket, £5,590 Brunello Cucinelli grandad-collar pinstriped shirt, £420 MAN 1924 cotton drawstring trousers, £107.50 Mikia beaded bracelet, £105 Alice Made This 9kt-gold cuff, £950 Loro Piana brown suede belt, £415 All from mrporter.com
ONCE IN A BLUE LOOM When it comes to denim, Japan has led the way for years, reproducing denim on the original looms long abandoned by the big US players. DARREN KENNEDY and MARK HEDLEY run through the top brands
H, FINDING THE perfect pair of jeans. It’s
not easy, is it? Despite being one of the most universally loved items of clothing –and the most popular – it seems that sourcing the ideal pair is a ubiquitous sartorial struggle. With so much choice in the market, the sheer task can be overwhelming. In the current era of mass-production, it not only makes sense to shop around and invest, but it is the more sustainable option, both financially and environmentally. Enter: Japanese denim.
A BRIEF HISTORY For decades, America has been the original home of denim production thanks to brands such as Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger, but in recent years, Japan has steadily gained a reputation as the world’s leading denim
destination. When compared with its American counterpart, the history of Japanese denim is a relatively recent tale, but it is Japan’s signature craftsmanship that makes its denim so highly sought-after and unique. Following James Dean’s 1955 appearance in Rebel Without a Cause, in which he sported the
You’ll look as good in an Iron Heart garment in 20 years’ time as the day you first tried it on
now-iconic ‘white tee and jeans’ combo, denim jeans were solidified as the trend du jour and worldwide demand for them began to soar. In post-World War II Japan, where there was an insatiable appetite for American culture, denim became a salient metonym of Americana cool. To meet this increased demand, in the mid1960s, Japanese designers began recreating denim jeans using imported American fabrics. However, in the early 1970s, Kurabo Mills produced Japan’s first ever pair of selvedge denim jeans made entirely from Japanesemade fabric. The realisation that it could now produce its own fabric — as opposed to importing — revolutionised Japan’s denim production market. What makes Japanese denim so special some forty years after it was first
created is the artisanal techniques that remain at the centre of its production; namely the old looms on which the denim is woven and the use of natural dye as opposed to synthetic which is used by most other manufactures.
BRANDS TO KNOW Japanese denim companies fall mainly into two categories, “street” and “heritage”. The street brands are focused on fashions and trends, while the heritage brands are concerned with looking to the past, taking the best characteristics and qualities of workwear, military and western clothing from previous decades, and either creating perfect copies or updating for today’s lifestyle.
IRON HEART Founded in 2003 by Shinichi Haraki, Iron Heart creates classic and timeless clothing crafted to the highest standards, and has gained a loyal, worldwide following. From the selection of the type of cotton, to the weave of the denim, Iron Heart is actively involved in the full garment lifecycle. The mills and workshops used are mostly small and familyrun, and share the same deep Japanese pride in everything they do. This is not reproduction clothing; rather the study of classic denim and workwear styles and constructing them for today’s lifestyle. Little attention is paid to fashion trends, though: one of the brand’s basic design principles is that they want you to look as good in an Iron Heart garment in 20 years’ time as the day you first tried it on.
blending Native American aesthetics with classic Japanese craftsmanship, Visvim offers the perfect juxtaposition of the classic and the contemporary. Though on the pricier end of the scale, they pay homage to the original Japanese method, having been crafted on selvedge looms. The classic dark indigo ones are a great option – easily dressed up or down. See more at mrporter.com
NEIGHBOURHOOD Another Japanese brand inspired by American heritage and culture is Shinsuke Takizawa’s Neighbourhood, which specialises in streetwear. Every man needs at least one denim jacket in his wardrobe and Neighbourhood’ Stockman is one that really stands out among the crowd. Crafted in the brand’s signature utilitarian style, the contrast white stitching and distressed gold button
fastenings come together to create a look that feels contemporary and fresh.
CHIMALA Another key Japanese denim brand that should be on your radar is Noriko Machida’s Chimala, which is in many ways the industry’s best-kept secret. Now somewhat infamous for its elusive (and exclusive) identity, Chimala is a brand favoured by true denim lovers. Stocked in only a handful of retailers worldwide, the brand produces handcrafted pieces from fabric that undergoes a scrutinous production and design process. Chimala makes some on-trend overshirts that have become a staple musthave in recent seasons. Its slightly oversized fit lends perfectly to layering and would also look great contrasted with an indigo denim to achieve a tonal aesthetic. See more at mrporter.com ■
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REAL McCOYS The Real McCoy’s is the braindchild of Hitoshi Tsujimoto. Originally an esteemed vintage collector and dealer, he decided to recreate some classic pieces from his vast collection. The brand is actually split into distinct sub brands to give each one a clear identity. Joe McCoy includes American sportswear, denim and workwear. Double Diamond is a line that’s dedicated to reproducing actual vintage workwear from the turn of the century. And Buco is the legendary motorcycle clothing brand (started by Joseph Buegeleisen), and is famous for the J-100 and J-24 jackets among others. The denim for all the collections is made in a 200-year-old workshop in Kojima.
JEAN THERAPY: [Opposite] Iron Heart Iron Heart IHSH-159 indigo/ indigo 10oz selvedge denim western shirt, ironheart.co.uk; [clockwise from this image] Iron Heart IH777-UHR indigo UHR 21/23oz selvedge denim super-slim tapered cut jean, ironheart.co.uk; Visvim Social Sculpture damaged bleached shirt, mrporter.com; Joe McCoy 8HU denim Chore jacket, realmccoyslondon.com
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VISVIM Hiroki Nakamura’s Visvim has gained somewhat of a cult following over the past two decades, with Eric Clapton, Kanye West and John Mayer among its fans. Famed for
VACHERON CONSTANTIN: FiftySix Complete Calendar It’s not every day that Vacheron Constantin revamps a whole collection, but in 2018 watch fans were treated to a new-look FiftySix range, inspired by the vintage 6073 design. The pronounced sector dial blends perfectly with the alternating Arabic numerals and baton hour-markers, leaving plenty of room for the slick annual calendar complication on this particular model. £30,700; vacheronconstantin.com
WATCHES ROSE GOLD
WAR OF THE ROSES Our Style issue may be about dressing the part, but without an elegant watch on your wrist, you’re missing out. One of these rose gold watches will do nicely… Photography by DAVID HARRISON
PATEK PHILIPPE: 5230R World Time
BREGUET: Classique Extra-Thin 5157
For the last 80 years, Patek Philippe has perfected its two-crown world-timer complication that allows the user to jump time zones in hour increments at the push of a button. Its latest iteration is no different. The winglet-style lugs and intricate hands are delicate touches, but the real star is the guilloché grey dial inspired by a pocket watch in the Patek Philippe museum.
It’s hard to make classical, minimalist watches as good as Breguet. In fact, some might say it can’t be done. Take the 38mm Classique Extra-Thin 5157, released at Baselworld 2018. It’s a showcase in simplicity: a finely crafted fluted case, dainty numerals and indices, the iconic Breguet hands, and a spacious engineturned guilloché dial that commands your attention.
HARRY WINSTON: Project Z11 Harry Winstonâ€™s eye for the avant-garde has led to a host of ambitious watch designs over the years, each piece standing apart from the conformity of classical Swiss watchmaking. The Project Z11 continues this trend with a unique take on the big date complication that combines a modern openwork design with a chunky rose gold case. POA; harrywinston.com
GRAFF: MasterGraff UltraSlim Dual Time Tourbillon
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Graff doesnâ€™t do things by halves. Its timepieces are high complication precious-material marvels, and this watch is no different. Youâ€™re looking at a hand-wound flying tourbillon, with a separate time zone shown on the sub dial and a big date indicator for good measure. The applied gold index ring really sets the whole piece off. POA; graff.com
JAEGER-LeCOULTRE: Master Ultra Thin Moon In comparison to some of the mouthwatering grand complications on offer in this photoshoot, this demure JaegerLeCoultre may appear easy to overlook. But thereâ€™s something about the eggshell beige dial, the subtlety of the moonphase and date indicator, and the elegance of the dauphine hands that keep you coming back for more. This watch is all poise and finesse. ÂŁ21,200; jaegerlecoultre.com
GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL: Senator Chronograph
IWC: Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
On the surface, this grownup chronograph is deeply entrenched in classical watch design – the Arabic numerals, spade hands and three sub-register dial configuration – but look closer and you’ll find nods to modernity. The big date window at six o’clock and the power reserve indicator hidden in the left-hand register are welcome additions to this classy piece.
IWC is a well-known master of the perpetual calendar, thanks to its legendary watchmaker Kurt Klaus who revolutionised the movement way back in 1985. This piece is a good example of why they’re still the industry leaders. The slate grey dial against the rose gold case is particularly appealing, along with the intricate star detailing on the double moonphase display.
BLANCPAIN: Villeret Quantième Complet GMT In spite of Blancpain’s renown in the diving sphere, this ornate triple calendar is in fact its most popular design – and it’s easy to see why. Combining the GMT complication with a moonphase, perimeter date function, and day-month windows sounds like a recipe for a muddled design, but Blancpain has made it work in particularly refined fashion. ■ £19,940; blancpain.com
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#WATCHWEWANT Fresh from its unveiling at Salon International de Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire is one of the hottest watches of 2019
TAKING HOME THE BRONZE This handsome pilot’s watch combines an olive green dial with a 41mm bronze case and brown leather strap to create a military-inspired aesthetic that’s the perfect addition to any rugged look. Gold accents on the hands add an elegant touch. The caseback features a Spitfire silhouette engraved in the centre – a cap-doff to the warbird which inspired this range.
SKY’S THE LIMIT Underneath the watch’s slick exterior is IWC’s in-house 69380 column-wheel chronograph calibre, including a day-date addition to the movement. It’s as robust and reliable as the facade would suggest. The sapphire crystal glass is anti-reflective and protected against sudden drops in air pressure. There’s no doubting, this IWC is the real deal. ■ For more information, see iwc.com
ENDURACE The Canyon Crew, living the dream cruising through the Alps late summer in 2018. Whenever big days in the chair are on the cards, choose a ride that will make the miles fly by. Discover Endurace. canyon.com
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Is it true Meshkati has its own laboratory? Absolutely! Meshkati is not just a hair centre, it is a laboratory focused on hair innovation. Our story is rooted in research. We have developed unique procedures such as Nanoprocedure, Permanent Bridgepoint and Chemosoft. Most recently, we have developed a range of preventive treatments that slow down hair loss and which we now offer in our centre. How did Meshkati come about? I have worked in hair research and hair reconstitution for 32 years now. Creating beautiful hair has been my lifelong mission ever since researching teenage alopecia at university in France and witnessing the emotional devastation it can carry. We had long planned to open a London clinic. London is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, and a preferred hub for our international clientele. With direct access to our clinic in a townhouse on Grosvenor Place, privacy is ensured at all times. ■ For more information, see meshkati.co.uk
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Free Thinker Actor Robert Sheehan has an enquiring mind and a gaze that extends way beyond his work on screen. The star of Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academy ponders the big issues with MAX WILLIAMS
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life throws up, the day after I meet Robert Sheehan I’m due to interview his former Misfits castmate Antonia Thomas. Naturally, I ask Sheehan for a question to pose to the actress with whom he shared his big break. “Ask her about Ermo Eglido Zenza,” he tells me. Then he records a message on my phone: “Always remember Ermo Eglido Zenza! Remember him!” and erupts into a massive cackle. (All Sheehan’s laughs are cackles, and his Irish lilt could turn milk into honey. The man has a future in the audiobook industry should the acting roles ever dry up.) Thomas laughs when I play it to her, and then explains. “Doing community service you have these little things that pick up rubbish.” [Misfits, if you haven’t seen it, revolves around five juvenile delinquents granted superpowers in a freak storm.] “And Robert was like, ‘I think his name should be Ermo Eglido Zenza.’ For some reason it went on and on. Because Robert is so funny, he manages to make something like that, which is totally random, hilarious.” Eight years on from Misfits and Sheehan is back in the superhero game with comic adaptation The Umbrella Academy. The Netflix synopsis runs: “A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father’s death, the threat of the apocalypse and more.” Fans of the comic will know “and more” does a lot in that sentence. Sheehan is Klaus, a charismatic junkie with the ability to communicate with the dead. The room’s sharpest mind and most damaged soul, wringing humour and pathos and despair from a single line reading. You laugh even as your heart breaks for him. “He was great,” co-star David Castañeda tells me via email. “Really intuitive and easy to work with. Definitely one of my highlights of being in the frozen tundra.” There’s this William Morris quote: “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” Sheehan
seems to have discovered that secret: you can see in his performances – and, I hope, read from this interview – that here is somebody for whom no corner of existence is too trivial, too mundane to take an interest in. “Why’s it called square mile?” the actor asks as soon as we sit down. Because we go out in the City, I say, although nowadays our remit is much broader. Maybe it’s time for a revamp. “Square Hectare, maybe?” he suggests. It’s probably too late now… You know, there’s a funny compulsion these days of people raging at the past. It’s fine to leave things as they are, or as they were when you named them. There’s a story I read recently about a university that had a Rudyard Kipling poem on the wall – If. Very famous poem and it kind of has an imperial vibe to it, as was the fashion at the time. Guys like him were imperialists. The university wiped it off and had it replaced by a poem by a Jamaican poet, which is grand, but at the same time there’s an element of deleting the past going on. You have to have a frame of reference - you have to know where we’ve come from in order to carry on going the right direction. SM:
Winston Churchill had some horrific views… He was mainly responsible for the Auxiliaries, best known as the Black and Tans in Ireland, a vicious force of post-WWI dudes who just
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came over and were given free rein to do horrible things to Irish people. I’m not forgiving him that – but people were of the time. Sorry, I’m going off on a complete tangent. Not at all... Yeah, and that’s why square mile should remain square mile! Society has got very absolute now – things are good or bad with no middle ground… Yeah. I read 1984 recently. By no means am I saying we’re approaching the fascistic levels of 1984, but the whole reality, or unreality, of 1984 is the fact that they edit the past to suit the present. When you start doing that, there is no past. There’s no present, there’s no future. There’s just essentially a moment that can mean whatever it has to mean in order for the ultra powerful to continue being powerful. So when you start raging at the past, you start reediting the past, it starts to look a little 1984 to me, you know what I mean? Do you look at past interviews and shudder? Yeah! And I go, God, I was a complete moron! But at the same time, you can kind of delight in it. Jesus, we all have to spend a lifetime bettering ourselves, don’t we? We have to be heading generally in a direction of betterment – and that means being an uncivilised moron somewhere along the way. It’s like that Muhammad Ali quote: “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” Absolutely. Which is why something like the firing of [Guardians of the Galaxy director] James Gunn is very unsettling. That statement you said was correct. That someone should lose their job for some bad jokes they made ten, 15 years ago seems completely ludicrous. That’s Twitter, isn’t it? I have friends in the public eye who have ➤
➤ gone back over their Twitter feeds, editing stuff that was said, in a context, of a time, eight, nine, ten years ago… Maybe I should have a look back! [Laughs]. Nah, I never really leaned into Twitter, never had much on there. Private WhatsApp chats are now fair game… I was listening to Louis Theroux recently. He was talking about how there’s sophisticated technology to hack computers. Often the response is, ‘oh but if you’ve got nothing to hide there’s no problem, right? What’s the need for such privacy?’ Yeah, that’s true, but it’s also true that everybody is shameable these days. Pretty much everybody can be shamed if you put stuff from the right context in the public eye. Some people are more deserved of shame than others, but things can be amplified and turned and twisted. Everyone has to be flawless… Yeah, and nobody’s completely flawless! I think that we should all be a bit more forgiving of each other in that respect.
Pretty much everybody can be shamed if you put stuff from the right context in the public eye You’ve been acting from a young age… Ready to retire! Is it true that you stay the same age as when you entered the public eye? Mmm, no. I’ve found the opposite, almost. I think I’ve been someone who’s gone through too much change for comfortability. Such as? Personal change, you know? Becoming a different person. Feeling a lot’s changed in five
years, ten years – sometimes you look back at yourself and you recognise only parts. But I think that’s the journey – that’s what you’ve got to do if you’re serious about acting, or any sort of creative discipline. I think it’s good to embrace change. Means you’ve got a more varied well to draw from as you go through life. How do you keep a core of yourself? That’s a very good question. I think you keep your core by realising the value, the priceless value, of long-lasting relationships in your life. Because I think we are only ourselves in the context of a mirror – be it another person, or an actual mirror… [Laughs]. I think you need your long-term friends and family to remind you of your core self, you know? It’s like with a breakup – you lose the other person, but you also lose the person you were when you were with them… Yeah! I was comfortable with that person! You think he’s still there, though? Or is he actually in the other person?
That specific person must be – but it’s not like you won’t have other relationships… That’s ultimately it, isn’t it? I suppose that’s what falling in love is all about. Two people find one other, and they essentially enjoy the selves they experience in each other’s company. ‘I like you as I like me when I’m with you…’ [Laughs.] I think sadly that’s where we all digest reality, isn’t it? And that’s what’s nice about the old Umbrella Academy! [Laughs.] We had the time to explore what variety of self my character is when he’s with each sibling. There’s a richness to each individual one-onone relationship between the siblings because of that very reason. They’re all someone slightly different to one another – even though they’re all the same age, some of them seem the big brother, the big sister, and I think Klaus goes very, very much in the little brother category. The black sheep... Oh yes, definitely! The blackest of the black sheep. Black as the night.
TAKE COVER: Sheehan in The Umbrella Academy. The actor plays Klaus, a charismatic hedonist who can communicate with the dead.
I loved the dance montage in episode one… That comes out of nowhere, doesn’t it? That was a funny one: I read the first script early on, and when they launched into this dancing montage I was kind of scratching my head and asking, ‘What is the reason behind this?’ And then you see it, and you go – of course! It’s these characters being totally alone with themselves. The audience gets to be alone with these characters while they’re dancing, and that’s a very deeply personal thing I think, if you’re doing it alone. Do you dance alone? Yeah, sometimes. Sometimes in the shower. I have one of those doors that are a bit rattly so I have to be careful not to elbow too hard. That would be a bad way to break a door... It would. Or my elbow. There are similarities between Klaus and Nathan [of Misfits], although Klaus does seem to have the better wardrobe... [Laughs.] It’s sort of Nathan meets Frankenfurter from Rocky Horror. Why do you excel at these characters? Hedonistic, funny, a little bit broken? Probably because deep down I think we should all go on strike together and all spiritually transcend and go communal and hedonistic. Secretly that’s what I think deep down in the core of my belly. I asked Gerard Way, who writes the comic books, “Where does Klaus come from?” He told me that Klaus comes from a particular time in his life, mostly the rock star period. At that time, he went through a great deal of struggle too, so what was also there was this very large and probably infinite creative well that was born from that mischief. That’s the source. It’s probably because I was just in Indonesia but I keep harping on about Hinduism. There are many gods in Hinduism that characterise the different aspects of what it is to be a human being. There’s one very chaotic god called Hanuman who’s a white monkey god.
deities is that they are all parts of a human being, all the way back to primitive impulses. Klaus just comes from a very mischievous place, and that’s a fire that I like to keep embers burning of as much as I can. If you could talk to one dead person? Ooh. Maybe George Orwell. I do love George. Love him very, very much – which is surprising, as a lot of his stuff was sociopolitical, but there’s something about the way he wrote books, man. I could read until I drop. He’s my favourite author. He wrote from a place of interest. He was a very interested man, and a very empathetic man. People who are curiosos and who are empaths make for very interesting people. Presumably that is exactly how you try to be as an actor? Try to be as a human being. Take an interest in people. You’d be amazed at what you can get out of people if you take an interest in them. Mostly money. [Laughs.] You went into theatre after Misfits [doing The Playboy Of The Western World]... Yeah, I was always very restless and keen to continue to explore creatively, to do different stuff. I’ve always been a wildly impatient person, often to my detriment, so I was just eager to go off and do other stuff, which was probably my main drive. Stage offers that instant gratification, right? Audience applause, etc… When you’re acting in television and films, it’s great when you’ve got a proper good talky scene, when you can try and take the scene to very different emotional places, really flex the acting muscles as much as you can. But it’s also an incredibly technical exercise, it’s very fragmented. There are lots of hugely skilled people trying to achieve hugely skilled things around you. Your performance becomes dependent on a close collaboration with someone who’s moving a jib with a camera on it. It becomes very technical. ➤
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We learnt about Hanuman in school… Really? G’way – you were learning about Hinduism? That’s fantastic. Presumably in Ireland you didn’t? No! We did religion class but to be honest I don’t think many people were taking it that seriously. Had we said to the teacher, ‘let’s learn more about Hinduism!’ I’m sure they would have done it. [Recaptures train of thought.] What’s nice about Hanuman and all those
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➤ There is an electricity and a life to performing on stage that is completely unmatched. It’s longer arc, it’s uninterrupted performance, it’s creating it from one moment to the next to the next to the next. It’s a really magical feeling when that works. Can you think of a specific moment? Oh yeah. I’ve done two professional plays in my life, first was The Playboy of the Western World, the second was a trilogy with Trevor Nunn called The Wars of the Roses. Some nights, there were moments near the end of Playboy that were really emotional, really powerful. Those moments when you feel the air go out of the room a little bit. And there were moments at the end of The Wars of the Roses when my character Richard III is in the middle of a full mental breakdown and his identity is splitting and he doesn’t know who he is. It’s such a – excuse my French, square mile – it’s such a mindfuck. It was just wonderful. Leaning into those intensely emotional moments and not robbing the audience of anything. So yeah, I’ve had profoundly magical experiences on the stage. I’d love to go back if I get the time. What’s your dream role? [Singing] Dream plaaay? That’s a tricky one… I’d love to do a Samuel Beckett play. I don’t think I’d care which one, but I’d have to be a bit older I think. It’s funny, in terms of theatre I often drift back to Ireland in my head. There’s a great writer called Stuart Carolan who’s written some great plays, beautiful plays. He wrote a television series I did called Love/ Hate, and he’s written some fantastic theatre. I’d also love to do a Tom Murphy play – something like Whistle In The Dark. As an Irishman, do you tend to gravitate towards Irish plays? There’s always a natural leaning towards doing Irish stuff. I suppose it speaks to your upbringing. Culturally we all speak our own languages to some degree, and the one that you were raised with resonates with you
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incredibly powerfully. You do tend to drift back. I’d love to go back to Ireland and do some stuff. Ireland has a phenomenally creative output; we have really interesting, talented minds coming out of Ireland. What’s your favourite book? Oh, tough question. If we’re going to go with an Orwell, it would have to be Down and Out in Paris and London, or Burmese Days. Why? I don’t know why! The way he writes feels like a warm hug to the inside of my consciousness. I go through phases where I read a lot – I find that it encourages me to sit and think, and I think that sitting being mindful is much healthier for you than constantly encouraging yourself to be distracted. I don’t think that’s a happy way to live your life. Do you meditate? Yeah, I do try and meditate. I can get up in the mornings, dude, and be a little bit restless – my head’s in the future. That can make you very inefficient and a little bit scatty I think, so it’s a nice way to centre yourself before the day commences. Especially on days like today, when you have to get your thoughts in order and communicate them well.
What turned you onto it? A few friends who kept telling me about the benefits of it. I live a very peripatetic life, quite nomadic, bouncing from place to place, and you can feel sometimes that you’re kind of yearning for an anchor, and yearning to feel connected to things and people. Meditation is a really lovely way to remind yourself that we’re all just one big blob of consciousness. I meditated a lot during the making of The Umbrella Academy. You spend a lot of time sitting in your trailer – as ol’ Sean Connery said, “they pay you to wait, and then you go off and do the acting for fun.” You just sit there for 20 minutes and you get into this very, very lovely, quiet, fuzzy space where your whole body resets itself while waking. And then you go in and you have no interest in anything other than what’s right in front of you. It’s incredibly beneficial for acting. And for interviews? Yeah! People who are into meditation should think of it like a brain sorbet. Clearing the palate wonderfully effectively before getting into whatever the next thing is. ■ The Umbrella Academy Season One launches on Netflix on 15 February.
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Power Play The ultimate Ferrari tome has been compiled by PIERO FERRARI , SERGIO MARCHIONNE , and JOHN ELKANN . In this edited extract, we learn about the fascinating roots of Ferrari Scuderia
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FRONT RUNNERS: We donâ€™t see images like this any more, because there can no longer be four cars in the front row but only two, staggered. This is the grid of the 1956 German Grand Prix with Juan Manuel Fangio (close up) in pole position, flanked by the other two Ferraris with Peter Collins (number 2) and Eugenio Castellotti (number 3). Slightly concealed in the image is Stirling Moss with the Maserati 250F.
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SCARLET FEVER: Juan Manuel Fangio, in a T-shirt and bare arms, drives the Ferrari D50 in Monaco in 1956.
T IS IN Ferrari’s DNA to be alone against the world. That is how it has been since even before the company existed, when there was only a man by the name of Enzo Ferrari. Since 1929, Ferrari has distinguished itself by the unparalleled continuity of its top management. In the 70 years since the company was founded and the almost 90 years since the Scuderia Ferrari was launched, there have been just three men at its helm: all of them very different individuals, all men of substance, who found taking on the world the ultimate satisfaction. And that included a time when they had to go against the world. Scuderia Ferrari was not the first or the only motor racing team of its day. Others had come before it and failed miserably despite the prestigious names behind them: Emilio Materassi and Tazio Nuvolari. The ‘Flying Mantuan’ launched his own team in the late 1920s but it was short-lived. However, Enzo Ferrari had more than just an idea, he had a conviction. He knew what the future held and attempted to get there first. The world may not have been ready for Enzo Ferrari, but Enzo Ferrari was already at war with the world. He founded Scuderia Ferrari in the autumn of 1929 and it fielded its first car in 1930. It was a hugely efficient organisation that not only purchased racing cars for its own official team, but also hired them out to the many gentlemen drivers of the day, provided support to owners, and liaised with race organisers, sponsors, suppliers, automobile clubs, and national and international racing bodies. Nobody had ever done anything like this before, and so not everybody immediately grasped the importance of what Ferrari had set in motion. Nuvolari, for instance, definitely did not. In fact, he fell out with Enzo and quit sensationally before making just as dramatic a return when he realised how utterly essential the revolutionary Modena Scuderia really was. Ferrari may have found himself all alone when he lost the greatest racing driver of his generation, but he kept ploughing his own furrow and was vindicated by history. By the time Nuvolari returned, Enzo Ferrari really was standing alone against the world. The two leading teams of 1935 – Mercedes and Auto Union – were German. There has been much controversy – some of it exaggerated – about the Reich’s financing of the teams. But the funds were there and the state machine certainly was more of a help than a hindrance. Ferrari was buying his cars from Alfa Romeo, but it had stopped designing and building new models. The P3, for example, was launched in 1932. Compared with the
powerful, wind-sculpted new German cars, it looked outdated. However, Ferrari succeeded where others would never have dared. Sunday 28 July, 1935 was supposed to be a day of celebration at the Nürburgring, which German propaganda referred to as “the most Aryan of all.” But Ferrari and Nuvolari stepped in and spoiled the party as Nuvolari drove his outdated P3 to victory in a race that included five Mercedes and four Auto Union cars. Never before had the Germans unleashed such power and talent, but Ferrari put them all in their place. Nuvolari won to huge applause from the admiring German audience who took the defeat in good spirit. But he provoked the fury of the Third Reich: Major Hühnlein, the powerful head of motor sports in Nazi Germany, left the track to avoid presenting the Scuderia Ferrari’s Italian driver with his prize. A year after conquering Germany, Ferrari and Nuvolari did the same in the United States. The Vanderbilt Cup was making a return after many years’ absence and offering the kind of prize money that was totally unthinkable in Europe. The winner stood to take home $20,000 – a sum that it would have taken a well-paid Italian almost 21 years to earn. The Americans lined out an impressive string of locally built cars, while Europe was represented by a couple of Bugattis and a pair of Maseratis. Ferrari sent over three of the new Alfa Romeos the company had finally produced. But one would have sufficed as Nuvolari triumphed, crossing the line eight minutes ahead of Jean-Pierre Wimille’s Bugatti. While it seemed Ferrari had the world at his feet, it was actually still very much against him. Controversy had always raged in Italy about the role of the various scuderie. When things were going well, the state machine ignored them, but it now decided to follow the German example. Ferrari was at first put into temporary receivership and then merged with Alfa Romeo, which was virtually an arm of the state. After achieving and winning so much (Italian championships, the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, European Grand Prix, international speed records), Scuderia Ferrari suddenly vanished. ➤
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EYES ON THE ROAD: The concentrated expression of Mexican driver Ricardo Rodríguez while driving the rear-engine Ferrari 246 Sport in 1961.
When the factory he founded in the meantime began producing cars under his name and with the Prancing Horse on their hoods, Alfa Romeo became his arch enemy. For two years Ferrari struggled to get near the performance delivered by Alfas, but his determination and hard work were eventually rewarded. Ferrari finally beat Alfa Romeo on 14 July 1951, when the Argentinian driver Froilán González gave the Prancing Horse its first F1 victory at Silverstone. The World Drivers’ title came in 1952 courtesy of Alberto Ascari, who repeated that same feat the following year. But Ferrari discovered that success was bittersweet. Taking on the world and winning may not have brought happiness on its own, but it helped. Circumstances, regulations and adversaries changed, but Ferrari and the Prancing Horse remained a constant presence on the racetracks around the world. Others came and went, but Ferrari never wavered. ■
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➤ Enzo was given his marching orders, but agreed to work for Alfa Corse, a gilded cage if there ever was one. However, he had learned a valuable lesson: nothing motivated him like having the world against him. Ferrari returned to Modena and was soon thumbing his nose at the clause Alfa Romeo had put in his severance contract when it let him go six days after World War II broke out. The clause prohibited him from building cars under his own name for four years but he completely ignored it and got away with doing so more than once. First of all, he produced the 815, not exactly an inconsequential first car, which came close to winning its class in the 1940 Mille Miglia. Remarkably, however, Ferrari did not attract the ire of the people at Alfa Romeo, who knew what he was up to and yet turned a blind eye to it. He returned to the Mille Miglia and racked up six consecutive victories between 1948 and 1953.
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Fiery Spirit A trip to four very different cognac houses shows MIKE GIBSON how a spirit born of tradition is entering a new era, and reveals that for the people of the region, it’s not just a luxurious digestif, but a way of life
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been perfected over hundreds of years. And as provenance and telling the story behind a drink are pulled into sharp focus by consumer desire, buying trends and the bar industry, cognac holds its own. Cognac – often called a brandy but more specifically an aged eau de vie – is not just a luxury product but a way of life here. The abundant vineyards, cooperages and well-stocked bars in even the smallest restaurants in the region are testament to that. I’m in Cognac with two London bartenders, both eager to learn the story behind a drink that’s becoming more prominent in the world of mixology, to see four very distinct houses. The first is ABK6, owned by Domaines Francis Abecassis, which also owns Cognac Leyrat and Réviseur. As we pull in, it’s clear to see that this isn’t a boutique operation; in fact it’s a fully integrated single estate, meaning it owns all of its vineyards, as well as the distillery and the cellars where its products go from grapes to the finished spirit. The ABK6 brand is the newest, and is the type that’s pushing cognac into the glasses of an ever-younger audience. It’s apparently named after Francois Abecassis’s daughter’s text-message sign-off (try saying the letters and numbers in French and you’ll get it) and it’s a fittingly new-school operation. Gleaming stainless-steel vats connect to underground pipes in the distillery, and in the state-of-theart winemaking room, 26 tanks vinify the ugni blanc grapes into a high-acidity, low-sugar wine (around 10% ABV), before it’s twicedistilled, aged in wooden vats for six months,
then laid to rest in smaller barrels of new oak. In the tasting room, we make our way through a line-up of Leyrat VSOP, ABK6 VSOP and Réviseur VSOP, as well as Leyrat’s XO Elite expression and Réviseur’s XO, too. Differences between ages are evident: in general terms, younger cognacs retain more fresh-fruit characters that are more instantly evident on the palate, while older ones – owing to longer time spent in contact with the oak – mellow out in terms of fruit and develop longer finishes, with more complex flavours of dried fruits and spices showing through. The Leyrat VSOP, for instance, bursts with banana, fresh peach, some floral notes and even a bit of coconut flavour; while the XO Elite (made from a blend of eaux de vie between 25 and 40 years old) has more caramel and raisin elements, and a longer lasting, more complex finish. A single-estate producer, though, only tells part of the story of this product. We head to a historic house by the river Charente in the quaint, beautiful town of Jarnac to immerse ➤
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on a cold day in mid-January, you’d be forgiven for thinking of it as a barren land. Fields and fields, hectares and hectares of spectral, knobbly, bare vines scythe through the frost, and the grassy plains are dulled by the grey sky above. But we get a glimpse of what’s to come in spring and summer when the low winter sun bursts through the clouds. In an instant, the blue-grey of the vineyards and fields becomes verdant, the landscape becomes bucolic, and it becomes clear that, within a few months, there’ll be fruit and leaves on these vines. As our car rolls through the undulating hills of this region in western France – about 45 minutes from Bordeaux and peppered with many towns and villages – calling cards of the spirit that takes its name are everywhere. Houses show the wear and tear of centuries of the volatile temperature that makes this such a perfect environment for a barrel-aged spirit. Their walls bear signs of boutique cognac brands being distilled in the house or garage. Vineyards are everywhere – largely ugni blanc, known in Italy as trebbiano – and small white bags on top of the vines indicate the first plantings of the year. Sometimes thought of as a Christmas spirit, or something to sip in front of a crackling fire, cognac is finally showing signs of being brought into the drinking conversation in terms similar to world whisky. As it should, because this is a complex, exciting drink, born of tradition and manifold history, which has
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FIRE IT UP: The intensity of the burning of the barrels, called bousinage largely influences the characteristics of the eaux de vie.
WHAT’S IN A NAME A guide to cognac age statements VS VS stands for Very Special – a slight contradiction in terms seeing as a VS cognac is the youngest and therefore usually the most approachably priced. These cognacs are made with a blend of eaux de vie aged for a minimum of two years. VSOP Very Superior Old Pale is a little older – a blend of eaux de vie, the youngest of which have spent at least four years in the cask, although the average is often older than that. XO Alarmingly like text speak for a centuries-old designation, XO stands for Extra Old – this equates to at least six years for the youngest eau de vie in the blend. NAPOLEON Napoleon is an expression started by Courvoisier that has spread to other houses, too. In basic terms, it’s an XO but the average age tends to be around 20 years. PARADIS AND HORS D’AGE Cognacs tend to stop developing flavours and are at risk of too much oxidation much beyond 50 years, so after that they’re stored in Paradis cellars in containers called demijohns. Cognacs marked as Paradis or Hors d’Age can contain eaux de vie of 100 years or older. tourism-cognac.com
➤ ourselves in the world of Courvoisier. While its bottle and label are known around the world (chances are you’d recognise it even if you didn’t know the specifics of cognac itself, much like Hennessy), the story of its creation is as much a story of cognac as a whole, and of France, too. It’s said to have been Napoleon’s cognac of choice, and it was served at the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. It was also a key player in the creation of the Cognac
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appellation – the designation of origin – and contributed to the name cognac being universally used to describe the drink in the early 20th century. Courvoisier, though, does not own vineyards. Its production is more about buying from small-scale growers to make its own eaux de vie, as well as working with growers who distil their own from the grapes they’ve grown. The brand owns two distillers outright, works with six others, and has around 700 partners. Creating a cognac on this scale, much like many of the large champagne houses, is all about blending for quality and consistency – so that every expression of Courvoisier tastes like it always has, meeting the standards dictated by the company’s history, and remains relatively unscathed by the occurrence of a poor harvest on a particular year. This, of course, means that a crash course in tasting cognacs of different ages and from different regions in its grand tasting
room paints the clearest picture possible of the difference between age statements, and between the areas grapes are grown in. Benoit de Sutter, the man in charge of buying the aged eaux de vie, takes us through a tasting. The VS expression (the youngest) is made with eaux de vie distilled from wines not aged on the lees (the yeast used for fermentation) for maximum fresh-fruit flavour and less creaminess, and can be made with grapes grown in Fins Bois, generally speaking the lower end of the quality scale. Borderies, Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne vineyards respectively are a walk up the scale towards the top end, and tend to go in longeraged expressions. Fine de Champagne is the name given to cognac made only with grapes grown in Petite and Grande Champagne, and is thought of as the only blend with enough character in the fruit to hold its own when aged up to 50 years. There are, it seems,a lot of factors at play here.
We try unaged eau de vie, a floral, cutgrass-tasting spirit, light in body, not hugely dissimilar to pisco, similarly distilled from grapes. Two-years-aged has a little brown colour from the barrel and a big hit of vanilla (from the wood’s sweet sap), while at four years, almond and nut notes show through. At six, there’s some festive spice (cinnamon and cloves), while a jump to 15 years provides a full range of Christmas cake flavour. At 25 years it’s noticeably richer and more intense, with candied orange and dried plum flavour. For Courvoisier, it’s not only the grapes, wines and eaux de vie that are traded. The brand also sources wood from Dordogne, splits it along the grain, cuts it to size and sends it to the Doreau cooperage. The barrelmaking process is a muscular one, and the cooperage is full of fire, hammer banging, steam escaping, wooden staves being bent and stretched into watertight barrels, before being toasted on the inside, finished and sent to producers for ageing. If Courvoisier’s cognacs are a measure of consistency, Hine, an almost literal stone’s throw away in a townhouse by the river in Jarnac, is the opposite. While the house’s VSOP and XO expressions (it doesn’t make a VS) are made to broadly the same style year-on-year, they’re all designed to bring the best out of the fruit and impart the terroir of the vineyard. Hine is one of the few houses, and the only mainstream one, that regularly releases vintage cognacs, commemorating special years and bountiful harvests with limited-edition runs designed to retain as much of the grapes’ character as possible. The brand also releases single-region and single-cask bottlings, too. Hine, founded by Englishman Thomas Hine in 1763, is made with grapes sourced only in Petite Champagne and Grande Champagne. It owns 70 hectares of vineyards, which provides around a third of its grapes, and works with producers in both regions to buy grapes, wines and eaux de vie, too. The Rare VSOP, aged for an average of eight years, is its flagship, while its XO is around 22 on average. The Triomphe XO blend is around 40. But in the face of all this tradition, Hine, too, is modernising: the single-cask and vintage expressions might be aimed towards cognac fiends, but the H by Hine bottling, a snip of the price of a long-aged expression, is aimed firmly at the bar trade and home mixologists. At around the price of a decent bottle of bourbon, it’s a way of convincing people to challenge their perception of the drink. As the brand’s ambassador (at the time of my visit) Marie Emmanuelle Febvret says, “People think it’s strong, it can’t be mixed, it’s expensive – all
The barrel-making process is full of fire, hammer banging, and steam escaping of this can be proven wrong.” Our last visit is to Frapin, a single-estate house that uses only Grande Champagne. To give you a sense of the reverence with which it treats its spirit, it’s also a parfumier, creating fragrances inspired by cognac (which makes sense, when you think about it – the spiciness of wood mixed with lighter-end botanical notes). It also ages its cognacs longer than the minimum required by the appelation, so its VS could technically be a VSOP. And in 2008, it won the ISC Best Spirit in the World prize – the first ever time the winner wasn’t a whisky. We walk around the blending cellar, designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the dusty cellars, too, and in an historic-feeling tasting room, we taste many of its expressions. They’re complex, delicious, and the older expressions give a firm reason for their reverential treatment: the Extra is ridiculously smooth and well-rounded, the VIP XO is full of butter, vanilla and coconut. We
even try the 1888, made largely with blends around 60 years old, and one from 1870. Four very different houses have painted a multifaceted picture of what is clearly an incredibly nuanced spirit. And, after tasting myriad varieties, I finish the trip at my hotel bar. The rack, as with every restaurant or bar I’ve visited in the region, has a huge selection of cognac, and we experiment with cocktails – a cognac old fashioned and manhattan, and of course the sazerac, which can be made with rye whisky, cognac or both. It compliments the sharper spice notes of the spirit with its absinthe wash and the warmer ones with its bitters. It’s not sacrilege to mix cognac; just as with a perfectly made old fashioned with a bourbon, it can elevate the spirit, and turn it into a totally different proposition. The two bartenders with me agree. This spirit is one whose sometimes austere heritage hasn’t hampered its ability to capture the attention of the bar trade or of drinkers. And with interest in dark spirits continuing to grow, there might not be a better time to start discovering. As for the people of Cognac, who’ll spark into life when the first leaves start appearing on those bony vines, this somewhat insular culture of cognac-making won’t remain in the dark. Just as that sun pokes through the winter clouds and transforms the landscape in a snap, a light is starting to be shone on this inventive, beautiful spirit. ■
SIPPIN’ YAK: [opposite] Patrice Piveteau, Frapin’s cellar master, noses a glass of the house’s cognac in its historic tasting room in Segonzac; [this image] the Courvoisier chateau at sunset.
TA L K I N G DIRTY Male model, TV presenter and professional chef: Isaac Carew is quite the catch. The Dirty Dishes star opens up about life beyond social media – and what the future holds… By MARK HEDLEY
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makes for depressing viewing. Not for him – God no, the man is clearly loving life – but rather for the rest of us. Those who are not male models, who are not professional chefs, and who are not dating Dua Lipa. Over the last six months alone, you’ll find him hanging out with Lewis Hamilton at Spa-Francorchamps; on a tiger safari in Rajasthan; in black tie for a Cartier event at the Louvre; driving a fully loaded Mercedes-AMG; drinking iced tea in New York’s West Village; kissing his girlfriend in a Goan beach bar. You get the picture(s). There’s a reason he has more than half a million followers. And that’s before you spot the food: huge plates of pasta, burgers dripping in hot sauce, sea bass crisping in a pan – it’s salivatory stuff, and was the launchpad for The Dirty Dishes, his website, YouTube channel and new cookbook. When I meet him he’s recently returned from a holiday with his girlfriend in the Bahamas and neighbouring Miami. Today, we’re at the Square Mile photo studio on a bitter Tuesday in January. It’s less Caribbean, more Clapham. Despite a decade as an international fashion model, he’s quick to assure me he’s used to it: “A low point was a complete outfit change in the middle of a traffic junction in Dalston.”
Despite the low temperature and early hour, Carew is a bounder – big steps and a bigger smile. He has real presence – and not just because of his 6ft 2in height. He arrives bang on his allotted call time, wearing a monochrome-patterned AMI overcoat, black jeans and white sneakers (Yeezys, natch). He could have come straight from a fashion show. Indeed, a week prior, he was: “I just walked at London Fashion Week Men’s for Oliver Spencer – he’s a good friend of mine. But generally I’ve moved on from catwalks.” He’s not kidding: alongside international model, Carew can now list professional chef, cookbook writer, entrepreneur and TV presenter to his CV. He’s flown the world, walked red carpets, and lit up the internet. He may be in Clapham right now, but he’s come a long way from his Hackney roots.
A TASTE FOR IT Born in Tottenham, Carew moved east at the age of 12 – “I was brought up in Hackney – your teenage years have more of a standing on who you are later in life.” Back then he spent a lot of his time swimming, going to the public baths five times a week, his main release from a challenging education. Struggling with dyslexia, he stuck it out at school until his GCSEs – “I didn’t do very many; some I didn’t even turn up to. But I did get an A in Food Tech.” He attended catering college, but it was his home life that really shaped his passion for cooking. His father and godfather worked together as chefs at a number of restaurants including South Kensington’s La Bouchée and Joe Allen in Covent Garden. “I can remember the first time I wanted to become a chef. My mum took me to see Dad at work. I was sat on a stool by the kitchen. My dad was busy cooking and one of his chefs gave me a huge multi-tiered chocolate cake. I looked into the kitchen and knew: ‘This is what I want to do.’” Even from his first part-time job at the age of 12, Carew was surrounded by food, absorbing (albeit subconsciously at first) an appreciation for quality produce. “I worked in a greengrocers in Hackney until I was 14 years old. Every day, I finished school at 3.15pm, ➤
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They hammered down on me, shouted at me. Even if I did something well, I’d get a bollocking ➤ and I’d start at the greengrocers at 3.30pm. I’d run across the school fields, grab the train to London Fields, then run to Well Street.” Next followed a stint at a butcher’s. “I had been on a work placement with my godfather and he sent me over there for ‘some steak, some chicken and a long wait’. I was made to hang around for about 20 minutes before I figured out the practical joke.” Despite this, the butchers still employed him. After leaving catering college, he secured his first chef’s role at a hotel in Hampstead, before joining gastropub the Junction Tavern in Kentish Town. “The team there said ‘you should do Michelin-star food’. I said that was way out of my league; it wasn’t for me. I passed it off, but they sent in an application for me to the Gordon Ramsay Group. The first thing I knew anything about it, they gave me
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result. It’s so good to get back into an actual kitchen and be behind the pass cooking again.” There are more coming up later on this year, and Carew plans to continue with other guest chefs down the line. As for the big man? “I didn’t work with Ramsay directly. But one time he came into the Connaught when he was filming a TV show. I was cooking a risotto. He tried it and said it was nice. Then he walked off, dropping: “You’re so lanky you should have been a basketball player not a chef”.
CAMPAIGN MANAGER As it happens, his height and frame were critical to Carew’s second vocation. After a stint at Angela Hartnett’s Miami outpost Cielo at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, he returned to London and cheffed at a Berkeley Square members’ club. It was then, in his early twenties, that he was spotted by an agency scout outside Selfridges. ➤
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the letter saying I had an interview.” At the time, Angela Hartnett was the darling of the British restaurant scene. She was Gordon Ramsay’s most high-profile protégé, a regular on Hell’s Kitchen, and had already bagged both an MBE and her first Michelin star. “The first week of working at Angela Hartnett at the Connaught was like an initiation. They hammered down on me, shouted at me. Even if I did something well, I’d get a bollocking. They’re testing to see if you can go the distance. I ended up staying there for more than a year.” He began as a commis chef. His first section was salad – “when you’re doing Michelin-star cooking, even the salad section is one of the hardest jobs” – before going to the pass and then the pasta section. It was the latter that ignited his love for Italian cooking. On the front cover of his new cookbook he’s grinning with a forkful of tagliatelle in hand. His passion for pasta also helped kick off his social media career. “I would just post pictures of what I was making at home on Instagram – often homemade pasta. I didn’t think much of it, but my friends said I had to do something with it.” Fast forward three years, and one of those bowls of pasta garners more than 14,000 likes. “I was fed up with how many books and feeds were about ‘healthy this’ and ‘clean-eating that’. I wanted to do something different – something great. And what do you get after every great meal? Dirty dishes.” And so the Dirty Dishes brand was born. Website, YouTube, Instagram; etailer for The Dirty Sauce (“I hate hot sauce that doesn’t taste of anything, that’s just hot and nothing else; mine is full of flavour”) – and from 7 March 2019, a cookbook. TV work offered a natural career progression. A guest slot on This Morning helped push his profile – the MailOnline gleefully reported, “This Morning viewers go into meltdown over Dua Lipa’s hunky Elvis lookalike boyfriend Isaac Carew”. By this point he’d also secured a regular gig alongside Michel Roux Jr hosting Tried and Tasted: The Ultimate Shopping List. “I was starstruck meeting and working with Michel Roux Jr,” Carew admits. “I thought he was going to be scary in real life, but he was charming and lovely.” The show was also the launchpad for Carew’s most recent gig, a number of hugely successful supper clubs run alongside acclaimed Italian chef Francesco Mazzei. “We met on Tried and Tested; and then again at a pasta class with Peroni at Soho House. We kept in touch and the supper clubs were the
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➤ “I thought I’d model for six months or maybe a year. Ten years later…. The first three months were tough. I’d be going to eight interviews a day. They may call them castings, but they are interviews. This was before the days of iPhones, so you’d have to plan out your day with an A-Z.” And then month four, he landed a Topman campaign. “As soon as I had that, everything else followed. Catwalk shows in Paris and Milan. That’s when it became more fashiony.” The list of clients is as long as it is distinguished: Moschino, Valentino, Hermès, Etro, Issey Miyake, Swatch, Reiss, L’Oreal, Oliver Spencer, Zegna. And those were just the ones he could remember off the top of his head. It wasn’t just his brands who were impressed by his work: “Isaac is one of my favourite people to photograph,” worldrenowned photographer Rankin tells me. This is high praise indeed from a man who has shot everyone from Kate Moss to Cara Delevingne, Bono to Bowie. The two have worked together on countless campaigns as well as a front cover for Rankin’s own Hunger magazine. “He’s always a lot more than your ‘average model’,” continues Rankin. “Plus he is the spitting image of a young Elvis. More than anything he’s an all-round salt-of-the-earth good person. To be honest, I’ve always had a little bit of a crush on him!”
The Elvis connection has been one of Carew’s calling cards – from the facial structure to the hairstyle; just whack on a leather jacket and call him the King. It wasn’t always the case: “Weirdly, people thought I was Macaulay Culkin as a kid. I even got stopped in Wood Green High Road by two girls and was asked for my autograph, they were that convinced I was him. “Now I’m older, it’s more Elvis or Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Although one time a guy came up to me and said I looked just like a footballer. David Beckham? I joked. Nah – Peter Crouch.” They are both tall, I suppose. A decade of catwalks and campaigns, exotic clothes and even more exotic destinations, and who has been the best designer to work with? “I’ve worked with Hermès for four years. I used to do a show every season. I did their campaign once and their lookbook twice, which is cool as they don’t usually rebook models after using them. They’ve ended up being like a family.” Career highlight? “My first Times Square billboard was shot by Rankin. I remember going to New York and seeing my big ol’ head up there.” Was that the moment you thought ‘Yes – now I’ve made it’? “Nah. My mum thought it was hilarious. There are a lot of hurdles I have to jump over before I reach ‘I’ve-made-it’ status.” Maybe so, but there’s no doubt he’s well on his way.
One person pretended to have a reservation and just sat beside us – they had to kick her out couple. Although he loves cooking comfort food for Lipa when she returns from tour, apparently she’s a dab hand in the kitchen, too: “She’s taught me how to make traditional Kosovan food – including a fli, this pie that’s almost like a quiche. It’s delicious.” She’s good in the kitchen; can he sing? “No, I’m terrible. I can’t hit high notes. When she sings acapella I can go along with that up until a certain note. When I was young I thought I could sing; now I know I can’t.” No chance of a duet then? “Definitely not.” So, where next for Carew – surely his own restaurant? “I’ve had offers. I do really want one, but I don’t think now is the right time. I have too much to do with the book right now.” In the short term, it’s a trip to Courchevel as a guest of Moët et Chandon: “I only went skiing for the first time last year. I wouldn’t exactly say I was a natural; my instructor said I had ‘more balls than skill’.” Well, it’s good to know that he’s bad at something. It gives the rest of us a chance. ■
Isaac Carew’s new cookbook The Dirty Dishes is
Carew is keen to settle down. Modelling isn’t out of the picture entirely, but it’s clear that it’s on the back burner. Building the Dirty Dishes brand is now at the top of his priority list. That, and his home life. He currently lives in North London, and has a new place he’s waiting to move into. He freely admits that living a relationship in the public eye is not easy, though. “Sure, it’s harder, but it’s something we have to deal with. It’s just life. For example, if I’m with my girlfriend [Dua Lipa], we sometimes need to have security with us, especially if people know where we’re going to be.” His pet peeve is when they’re out for dinner and someone interrupts to get a photograph: “It can be a bit weird and creepy. One person pretended to have a reservation and just sat beside us – they had to kick her out when they realised she hadn’t booked”. Favourite restaurants include Padella (“just incredible”) and Blacklock (“go for the All-In Platter”), but if you do spot them, don’t ask for a selfie whatever you do. Cooking at home is a big thing for the
available from all good book store from 7 March 2019.
THE DIRTY DISHES By Isaac Carew
The Dirty Dishes is a collection of 100 recipes: from lazy brunches to easy weekday suppers, and from vegan delights to late-night bites. Carew shares new takes on popular dishes such as poached salmon niçoise and the more adventurous tamarind treacle tart. Modern and bursting with flavour, the book reveals the secrets of his culinary training and gives you everything you need to have fun in the kitchen. panmacmillan.com
FORCES OF N AT U R E Diamonds and pearls, sapphires and spinels: welcome to the ultimate nature trail. These vintage-inspired pieces are sure to put a smile on your loved oneâ€™s face
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TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF: Tasaki Atelier collection Cove series white gold earrings set with 24 akoya pearls, and 3.40cts of diamonds. tasaki.co.uk
DIAMONDS ARE A GIRLâ€™S BEST FROND: [clockwise from top] Boodles Vintage Lace platinum ring set with a 5.13ct Ashoka-cut diamond and 1.56cts of additional diamonds. boodles.com Harry Winston Lotus platinum ring set with 260 pear-shaped and 4.62cts of additional diamonds. harrywinston.com
Graff platinum ring set with a 22.84ct cushion-cut sapphire and 10.32cts of diamonds. graff.com David Morris Miss Daisy 18ct white gold triple flower ring with 1.88cts of rose-cut pear diamonds. davidmorris.com Savvy & Sand platinum ring set with a 1.51ct pear-shape diamond and 0.75cts of additional diamonds. savvysand.com
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IN-EAR BEAUTY: [from top to bottom] Amy Burton 18ct white gold geometric hoop earrings set with 30 French-cut diamonds weighing 5.53cts in total. hancocks-london.com Boodles platinum Palace design drop earrings set with pear-shape sapphires totalling 8.46cts, surrounded by a double row of tiny diamonds surmounted by oval cut diamonds (0.65cts) also surrounded by a row of tiny diamonds. boodles.com Harry Winston platinum loop earrings set with eight pear-shaped black spinels weighing 1.61cts in total, and 58 round brilliant diamonds weighing 2.64cts. harrywinston.com
ICE, SHOOTS AND LEAVES: [left to right] Messika 18kt white gold â€˜Flappersâ€™ earrings set with 237 emeraldcut and brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 4.49cts. messika.com Graff earrings set with 14.58cts of diamond earrings. graff.com David Morris 18ct white gold Pearl Rose Deco earrings with 48.6cts of akoya pearls and 2.85cts of micro white diamonds. davidmorris.com
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A SLICK TURNAROUND
Edit Suits Co is making its mark as the speediest tailors in town, providing high quality made-tomeasure clothing without a lengthy wait. It’s fast fashion, but not as you know it, says Mark Hedley
OW LANE IS my favourite rat run in the City. Tucked away between Poultry and Queen Victoria Street, there’s just about everything a man could need within a 100-yard radius – Joseph Cheaney & Sons for brogues; Jack the Clipper for a short back and sides; Porterford Butchers for rib-eyes; and not forgetting Ye Olde Watling for a pint. There’s even a church – St Mary-le-Bow – should you be in need of sanctuary, but if like me you’d rather worship at the shrine of bacchus, then next door is the unapologetically old-school Bow Wine Vaults. While you’re down the lane, you can now also have a made-to-measure suit crafted. Last year, Edit Suits Co moved in, having relocated from its original Liverpool Street location. Ex-UBS banker Patrick Jungo co-founded the company four years ago just across from his former employer’s London offices. It now has stores in both the City and Mayfair, as well as downtown Singapore. The initial idea was simple: provide high-end, made-tomeasure shirts and suits with a competitionleading turnaround time. Working with mills in England and Italy, and manufacturers in both Eastern Europe and the Far East, Edit Suits Co now offers the quickest turnaround of any made-to-measure tailors in London. From your first appointment at the salon to picking up the finished article, the whole process can take just three weeks. The in-house tailor will put your measurements and selections into an iPad app, and then they ping them off to the manufacturers. Work then begins on your suit before you’ve even left the premises.
AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT, WORK BEGINS ON YOUR SUIT BEFORE YOU’VE EVEN LEFT THE PREMISES squaremile.com
FASHION FAST LANE: Quick and affordable doesn’t translate to corners being cut at Edit Suit Co, where made-to-measure offerings are crafted from the finest fabrics and to the highest of standards.
When it comes to your suit, the options are pretty much endless. It’s as near to bespoke as it gets without being the full shebang. They even measure the angle of your shoulders to counteract any asymmetrical slouching you’ve picked up over the years. (Thanks, iPhone.) The decision-making process begins with the material. From Italy, there’s Vitale Barberis, Loro Piana, Zegna; from England, there’s Cloth Dormeuil and Holland & Sherry. Then to the cut – handy examples are displayed on the iPad app to help if you don’t know what you’re after. The linings include a natty eco-friendly range that’s made from sustainable tree fabric. And finally the buttons, to finish off the working cuffs perfectly. For these, there are a range of natural horn options as well as mother of pearl.
Underpinning it all is value. A price tag of £859 for a made-to-measure Loro Piana two-piece suit turned around in less than a month is exceptional value. Opt for a less lofty material and that price comes down as low as £389. (One of the ways that they keep that price so low is eschewing glitzy store fronts, and opting instead for first-floor premises that are still in triple-A locations.) Only one choice remains for you to make: whether or not to go for a monogram inside. As Jungo succinctly puts it: “Surely, it’s better to wear your own name than someone else’s?”. Decision made. ■ Find Edit Suits Co at 54 Bow Lane, First Floor, EC4M 9DJ and 10 South Molton Street, First Floor, W1K 5QJ. For more info, call 020 379 9003, editsuits.com
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FOR THE LOVE OF TOD’S What do you get when you combine a traditional shoe with sport-style sneakers? A design classic in the making: introducing the Tod’s Shoeker… BUYING YOUR FIRST pair of Tod’s is a significant moment. It’s like buying your first chronograph or commissioning your first bespoke suit – you’re a proper grown-up now, because Tod’s only makes proper grown-up shoes. Whether it’s deck shoes for a summer jaunt on a friend’s yacht or a pair of the iconic handmade Gommino driving shoes for a road trip across Tuscany, they are serious things made for serious people. But change is afoot – literally. As part of the Italian shoemaker’s new No_Code design project, Tod’s has announced a new form of footwear: the Shoeker. The term Shoeker is the result of uniting the classic shoe with the sport-style sneaker. In a period when ‘athleisure’ has entered into common parlance (at least among the fashion set), the moniker may well stick. The Shoekers have been masterminded by Korean designer Yong Bae Seok, who started his career in the automotive sector at Pininfarina (of Ferrari fame), and then moved to footwear, specialising in the sportswear segment. Among the sneakerati, he’s seen as something of a demigod – anything he touches instantly becomes collectible. As Shoekers are made by Tod’s, you can expect both the highest level of craftsmanship fused with technological innovation as standard. Add to that some serious flair in the design department, and you’re looking at a shoe that’s destined to become a must-have. For the smart-casual hybrid-car generation, this footwear fusion of nylon and leather certainly seems like a winning combination. ■
TOD’S GIFT: [clockwise from here] Initial sketches reveal a shoe with a striking silhouette that means business; Yong Bae Seok examines his design; the finished product; materials are key in the design of the Shoeker, with both leather and nylon used.
Find out more about the Tod’s Snoeker at tods.com
ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? SS19
Sit back and relax – we’ve done all of the hard work for you, and curated the top new items from the SS19 collections that are sure to see you through the season in style
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HACKETT Mayfair suit, £975
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Sure, you can afford to relax your aesthetic a little in spring/summer, but denim? That’s a step too far for formal occasions both in and out of the office. Turn your attention, then, to Hackett’s denim-twill Mayfair suit, which combines the brand’s classic formal cut with a denim-hued wool, linen and silk weave from Loro Piana. The result is a stunning suit with a sharp edge that’s a clever play on a fabric traditionally used for workwear, and it’s destined to become your new summer staple. hackett.com
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C OUNTRY CANADA GOOSE x HENRY POOLE Canada Goose and Henry Poole might not seem like natural partners at first, but both companies are pioneers: Henry Poole founded Savile Row and invented the dinner jacket; Canada Goose was Canada’s first luxury outdoor brand and its founder invented the down-filling machine. With their powers combined, the result is the excellent W1 blazer. £1,450. For more information, see canadagoose.com
HENRY POOLE FOUNDED SAVILE ROW, AND CANADA GOOSE INVENTED THE DOWNFILLING MACHINE
PURDEY Percival jacket, £525; cargo trouser, £185
Practicality and fashion aren’t always a perfect match in the style stakes, but Purdey’s SS19 collection manages to take both into account, combining smart design – multiple pockets, naturally technical fabrics and classic cuts – with a beautiful colour palette inspired by the African safari landscape. The Percival jacket is a highlight – made from Ventile for comfort and durability, it will suit warmer days and cooler evenings. Pair it with some classic cargo trousers. purdey.com
DOLCE & GABBANA No designers take a theme and really run with it quite like Dolce & Gabbana, and that’s absolutely the case with the Italian style maestros’ Army collection. This backpack is actually made from panels of vintage garments rebuilt together, while the hardy green boots are more than fit for fighting your way to the top of the fashion pack. Prices on request. For info see dolcegabbana.com
TRAVEL VOCIER You can be dressed to a T, but if you’re struggling with a suitcase, that superior sartorial stance you’ve worked so hard to achieve will be ruined instantly. Enter: Vocier’s super sleek modular carry-on luggage, which allows accessories like a briefcase to seamlessly connect to its shell so you can carry multiple bags at once, and has ultra-light handles for effortless gliding. From £295. For more information, see vocier.com
BOSS Coat, £525; shirt, £89; trousers, £179; shoes, £139
Softened structures, airy fabrics and sports tailoring combine to form the core of BOSS’s offering for SS19. What this translates to is a collection that will fit effortlessly into your existing wardrobe. Think lightweight coats for layering over T-shirts, sharp trousers with a shorter length, and a classic colour palette informed by the Californian coast featuring navy and white with pops of light teal and deep yellow in some of the items. Bright and breezy is the order of the day here, and it’s as easy to wear as it is on the eye. boss.com
GIEVES & HAWKES When days are sunny and nights balmy, it’s hard to ignore the feeling of frivolity, and Gieves & Hawkes’ summer collection appeals to this notion, with colours inspired by saturated sun and suits with a contemporary, unlined lightweight structure like the wool, silk and linen number above. If ever there were a time to be resplendent in tropical pink, now is it. £995. For more info, see gievesandhawkes.com
CROCKETT & JONES Camden loafer, £345
Crockett & Jones’s latest loafer, the Camden, embodies the ethos of stripped-back design, eschewing the shoemakers’ classic tassel – as seen in its iconic Cavendish shoe – and using instead a streamlined silhouette free of adornment (with the exception of minimalist tan stitching around the toe). In Ocean Suede with a Chocolate City sole, this dapper pair allows the wearer to make a summer style statement without overcomplicating things. Footloose and fancy-free indeed. crockettandjones.com
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Combining modernity and functionality with a refined aesthetic, Coach’s Kennedy line is designed with the modern professional in mind. The new Kennedy backpack and map bag are perfect companions for the morning commute. And if they’re good enough for new Coach brand ambassador Michael B Jordan, then they’re good enough for you. Kennedy backpack £450; map nag £325. uk.coach.com
Swedish fashion brand Limitato fuses fashion, art and music: the result is streetwear with a difference. Limitato’s new range of T-shirts, jackets and jumpers are printed with an array of striking imagery including photographs from the likes of Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson through to the diverse artistic offerings of Craig Alan, Pure Evil, and Sara Pope. For more information, see limitato.shop
Globe-Trotter’s new SS19 Riviera collection is inspired by the glamour of the Cote d’Azur, and a time when people had men to carry their bags. Fear not: although the Extra Deep Suitcase looks unapologetically old school, it does have wheels hidden away. Available in Pink Lemonade and Citrus Yellow, we think you’ll agree Ocean Blue is preferable. £1,635. globe-trotter.com ■
LOOSEN UP: Collarless panelled shirts and matching loose-fitting trousers defined E Tautz’s collection of casual menswear separates at the first London Fashion Week Men’s of 2019.
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WITH TRENDS LIKE THESE London Fashion Week Men’s has become the go-to showcase of new trends that will define wardrobes for the coming season. Zoey Goto picks out the key looks to emerge from the first LFWM of 2019
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INCE LAUNCHING SIX years ago, London Fashion Week Men’s has firmly established itself as the event where menswear trends are set. The global showcase merges Savile Row craftsmanship with avantgarde creativity from recent London design graduates. And this season was perhaps its strongest yet, with a new venue in East London’s Truman Brewery, a guest appearance from the Beckhams, and more style trends than you could shake an oversized scarf at. Fashion writer Zoey Goto took a ringside seat to pick out the key looks that should be making their way into your wardrobe for 2019.
1. CASUAL CO-ORDINATES The designers at British heritage brand E Tautz loosened their ties this season, presenting a selection of casual menswear separates in co-ordinating fabrics. The dressdown-Friday looks included collarless panelled shirts teamed with loose, pleated trousers in wool twill and cotton flannel. In keeping with this theme, Chinese designer Xander Zhou’s take on casual co-ordinates was slightly more structured, including a button-down polo shirt with matching trousers and a loose-fitting tan leather jacket teamed with corresponding trousers. Come on now, don’t be tight. ➤
➤ 2. LUXE SKIWEAR Luxury sportswear has been all over the catwalks for a few seasons now, but for 2019 skiwear is also getting in on the act. Italian label Iceberg presented a collection that mixed bold primary colours with 1980s inspired graphics and Disney iconography. Logo headbands and body-hugging rollnecks completed the look. Elsewhere, British designer Liam Hodges has teamed up with classic Italian sportswear brand Ellesse to create a number of snow-wear pieces using geometric block prints. The look is too good to just be confined to the slopes – expect to see chic skiwear hitting the streets soon.
3. REPURPOSED FASHION Pioneering designer Christopher Raeburn celebrated his label’s ten-year anniversary with a collection that masterfully showcased how to be both sustainable and astutely on-trend. Raeburn’s responsible fashion manifesto includes reusing and reimagining waste materials. He put this into practice by using former parachute material to create heavy-duty parka jackets that could last a lifetime. Transit blankets were reworked to create snug field jackets, while the roll-neck knitwear was made from recycled yarn. The materials he used may be zero waste, but the
FOR A QUICK STYLE UPDATE, ADD A SPLASH OF MUSTARD, AQUA, PASTEL PINK OR BLUE TO YOUR WARDROBE
collection’s smart three-piece tweed suits, signature penny collar shirts, peg-leg wool trousers and flat caps, all in autumnal tones.
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look is all about creating a protective cocoon against the elements. Raeburn finishes the look off with footwear by Timberland, and he is also global creative director of the renowned outdoor lifestyle brand. This is enlightened fashion at it’s most wearable.
For a quick style update, add a splash of mustard, aqua, pastel pink or powder blue to your wardrobe. Premium casualwear brand Astrid Andersen raided the mid-century colour palette and presented cable knit coordinates with blocks of turquoise and dusky pink. ‘Made in Britain’ advocate Phoebe English chose to use head-to-toe burnt orange for her tailored sportswear look. However, if you want to just dip your toe into this style pool, then Oliver Spencer’s slim-fitting knitwear makes a subtle nod to the trend with stripes of mid-century colours.
4. TOMMY SHELBY IS YOUR STYLE MUSE
6. JOIN THE CHAIN GANG
Just when you thought the Peaky Blinders craze had, well, peaked, David Beckham revives it all over again by creating a homage collection for Kent & Curwen. Entitled the Garrison Tailors by Order of the Peaky Blinders, the capsule collection consists of a range of wardrobe essentials inspired by the hit television series. David Beckham and his son Brooklyn were on hand at London Fashion Week Men’s to showcase the
Men’s jewellery for 2019 is all about the chain. For the past few seasons, menswear designers internationally have been toying with oversized statement neck chains, adding an edge of 1990s streetwear to their high fashion collections. New York designers Private Policy continued this trend at London Fashion Week Men’s, with accessories that included hefty chains hanging from the neck and head, adorned with bling dollar signs.
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For a more subtle interpretation, luxury jewellery designer Tateossian presented gunmetal necklace chains that can be worn alone, or layered and adorned with pendants. The collection also includes limited edition cufflinks using ancient fossils, or for something truly out of this world, rings and cufflinks featuring actual sections of the moon.
7. ELONGATED OVERCOATS Boxer-turned-designer John Lawrence Sullivan highlighted the mood for gender fluidity with his elongated guards-coat in leopard – a print that has proved a womenswear hit recently. Elsewhere on the catwalks, Patrick Grant at E Tautz kept things more traditional with a long-line double-breasted polo coat in disrupted herringbone wool tweed, while Kent & Curwen opted for preppy oversized trenches. The elongated style also infiltrated streetwear with Iceberg’s knee-skimming puffer coats.
8. THE-NEW-FOGEY FABRICS Cord and velvet have been given a new lease of life for 2019. Edward Crutchley experimented with velvet harem pants, while Lou Dalton ran velvet stripes down the side of her Italian wool trousers for a touch of sports luxe. E Tautz showcased how a good pair of cord trousers can break up a heavily tailored wardrobe by combining cord Oxford bags with blazers in contrasting block colours. Durable, easy to wear and eye-catching, cord is no longer exclusively trainspotter attire.
9. OVERSIZED KNITWEAR Easeful knitwear was all over the catwalks of London Fashion Week Men’s – from Bethany Williams’ lazy-Sunday sweaters (they were actually hand knitted by her mother) to Edward Crutchley’s elegant cashmere knits. However, the investment piece when it comes to next season’s knitwear is a supersized scarf. At E Tautz, the cosy neck warmers were so elongated they grazed the knee, while Lou Dalton teamed her extra-wide scarves with coordinating patterned sweaters made in collaboration with John Smedley. To hit two trends in one, opt for a Kent & Curwen’s wool scarf in Fair Isle print.
10. BE THICK SKINNED Leather continued to dominate the menswear collections, from the refined plimsolls on the runway at E Tautz (created in collaboration with Louboutin) to John Lawrence Sullivan’s collection, which went all out with head-to-toe leather trenches and trousers. If you want to look more Brando, and less
WALK THE WALK: [this image] Iceberg embraces the trend for elongated overcoats with this knee-length puffa; [opposite, left to right] mid-century hues from Astrid Anderson; Kent & Curwen’s oversized scarf; Christopher Raeburn’s hardy parachute parka.
DURABLE, EASY TO WEAR AND IN A BOLD COLOUR, CORD IS NO LONGER EXCLUSIVELY TRAIN-SPOTTER ATTIRE
Bat Out of Hell, seek out a classic cut from a heritage brand. With the new creative director Sean Lehnhardt-Moore at the helm, Belstaff has cast a nostalgic eye over its impressive back catalogue, which has seen the brand dress everyone from Steve McQueen to Ewan McGregor. The latest collection includes motorcycle jackets in black, bone and blackberry, with brown shearling interiors and antique brass trims. ■
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SAND AND DELIVER
MARK HEDLEY travels to the Abu Dhabi desert to drive Audi’s first ever electric car, the e-tron. It’s a lot more than your average SUV…
O YOU REMEMBER when the first iPhone was launched featuring fingerprint technology? Our CEO, a Cornishman, was baffled by the technology. “Wow! We are living in the future!” he enthused, only half joking. There are few technological advancements that offer that feeling. Telling Alexa to turn on your television; using your phone to pay for the Tube; using your phone to pay for anything, really. The designers behind the Audi e-tron understand this: the theatre of new technology. Just take the name, for starters: the e-tron. It sounds like an intergalactic spaceship from a science-fiction blockbuster. Then you unlock the car and the lights perform an epic display somewhere between the Bellagio fountains and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Check your wing mirrors before you set off. Except there are no wing mirrors; in their place are video cameras, which transmit images to seven-inch OLED displays set within the inside door panels. This world first isn’t (just) for show; they reduce the width of the car by 15cm and improve aerodynamics making the car that little bit faster and more efficient. And then there’s the drive. Nothing feels quite like living in the future as the serenity of driving an electric vehicle (EV). In the e-tron, you’re only vaguely aware of the slightest whine from the motors – and only when you accelerate – and tyre noise is reduced to a distant hum. The quiet is also aided by the impressive drag coefficient (a mere 0.27). If you want to go fast, you don’t engage ‘Sport’ mode but rather ‘Boost’. This lets you tap into all 402bhp and 487lb ft of torque of the e-tron’s two motors. The result is a linear and
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unceasing zero-to-60mph time of 5.7 seconds. It’s not as mind blowing as a Tesla, but it’s still an impressive feat – especially for a car this heavy (it weighs in at 2,490kg, thanks in no small part to the 700kg of lithium ion batteries). One of the biggest issues with EVs to date has been weight. Sure, they’re fast in a straight line but somewhat ironically similar to an old American V8, they struggle with anything where you might need to turn the steering wheel. To prove this notion wrong, Audi invited us to test out the e-tron out on some corners – a lot of them. We’re on the Jebel Hafeet mountain road about two hours east of Abu Dhabi, on the border of the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The epic pass is the party piece of the region’s largest mountain range. Google it, and the first hit is from dangerousroads.org. Indeed, on the trip in question, a German colleague whom shall remain nameless managed to write off one of the cars on the final corner. Nothing to do with the Audi: he just ran out of tarmac – and talent. The 7.3-mile road winds up 4,000ft of mountainous terrain. The pink rock that surrounds it is as vivid as an Englishman’s sunburn. It was certainly enough to put the Audi’s speed-dependent air suspension to the test. As well as the centre of gravity being reassuringly grounded, the car itself is lower than a traditional SUV – it’s 43mm shorter than the Q5, for example. Plus, the all-wheel drive delivers lots of juicy grip. Unless, of course, you actually want to lose grip. Take the ESP off, then you’ll even get some (whisper it quietly) oversteer. This is unheard of in an EV, and makes it a surprisingly engaging car to drive.
FULLY CHARGED Abu Dhabi might seem like an odd place to launch an EV given the Emirate is fuelled – both literally and figuratively – by the oil business. But it’s also one of the only places in the world with an exclusively solar-powered city. Masdar City is powered by a 10Mw Solar Photovoltaic plant, the largest solar farm in the Middle East and North Africa. Although it’s a relatively nascent development, it’s aiming ➤
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SAND STORM: With streamlined design and masses of power, the Audi e-tron knows how to make a scene. Itâ€™s capable of 0 to 60mph in 5.7 seconds given the chance, but will cruise comfortably through city streets if you donâ€™t happen to have an entire desert at your disposal.
TAKING CHARGE: It’s possible to hit 80% battery capacity in half an hour from a fast charger, while at home, you can fully juice the e-tron in just over four hours.
It’s nice to know that should the apocalypse come, the e-tron can handle the rough stuff ➤ to have 11,000 residents and a further 11,000 workers within the next five years. Siemens has already set up its Middle East HQ here. The other interesting thing about this place is its unique taxi service. Driverless EVs called Navya take you around and under the city. You can control where they go via an iPad; it’s eerily cool – and you can never get lost. The e-tron has equally impressive ecocreds having been built at Audi’s CO2-neutral plant in Brussels. Charging the e-tron is as efficient as the car itself: 80% battery capacity can be hit in just half an hour from a fast charger. You’ll get a 249-mile range if you treat the accelerator with respect – a difficult feat given how much fun it is to plant your
foot and go for it. But if you can rein it in, you can maximise Audi’s innovative coasting and braking recuperation system, you’ll be able to top the batteries up as you go. Just find a hill to go down and let the car do the rest. Hey presto, you’re making your own fuel. Audi will offer an e-tron charging service card that will allow access to the majority of charging points through one card. For home charging, your e-tron will be fully juiced in 8.5 hours. Upgrade to the 22kW charger, and it will do it in just over four. To prove the e-tron’s SUV ability, we took it to the desert. Admittedly, your average school run will not comprise 300m-high sand dunes. But it’s nice to know that should the apocalypse finally come or we get attacked by aliens, your e-tron can handle the rough stuff. From the exterior, the only extras that point to the e-tron’s EV status are the name badge and optional orange brake calipers. The bright orange is a nod to high-voltage cables; it’s the same colour as the wires linking up the 36 battery modules beneath the car. Inside, it’s much like any other Audi. It has the same excellent dual-screen layout that you’ll find in the A6, A7 and A8, complete
with haptic feedback. There’s also the option of ioniser and a fragrancing system, offering scents for both summer and winter. Through Alexa, you can instruct your e-tron to preheat on a cold morning – or ask how much charge is left in the car. And from inside the e-tron, you can also use smart home functions, for example, selecting specific music to be playing before you arrive home. (We suggest you go for ‘Eye of the Tiger’ if you really want to make an entrance.) It’s all pretty amazing; it’s all pretty e-tron. Welcome to the future. ■ For more info, go to audi.co.uk
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World Leaders Goodwood may be a historic estate in West Sussex, but its horseracing and motorsport events are renowned across the globe and have become pinnacles of the British summer season
INCE THE VERY first Duke of Richmond came to Goodwood, the Estate has been known for offering the very best in sporting pursuits, balls and banquets. For more than three centuries, Goodwood events have played a prominent role in the English summer season. Today the Estate’s horseracing and motorsport events are world-renowned. There is no finer place to enjoy hospitality experiences that are simply a cut above the rest. An obsession for perfection, awardwinning food, thrill and excitement all help to create wonderful memories for all Goodwood’s guests. Whether you want to enjoy the laid-
back atmosphere of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood’s ‘Glorious’ racecourse; prefer the excitement of the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport at the Festival of Speed; or want to take part in the magical step back in time that is the historic Goodwood Revival, the range of unparalleled entertaining options allows you to experience Goodwood in a myriad of special ways. The Goodwood 2019 event season is now open for booking with hospitality packages fine-tuned to offer a variety of options for entertaining friends, family or business associates right in the heart of the action.
FESTIVAL OF SPEED 4-7 July 2019 Held in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed is motorsport’s ultimate summer garden party, an intoxicating celebration of the world’s most glamorous sport. Across four summer days, the event brings together the world’s greatest cars, bikes and motorsport legends past and present in a full-throttle assault on the senses. You’ll see cars, bikes and world-famous drivers flying up the famous Goodwood Hillclimb; enjoy an extraordinarily beautiful setting; witness sensational racing and
•• For more than 300 years, Goodwood events have played a prominent role in the summer season dynamic global car launches; and explore the future of speed, travel and technology in the FOS Future Lab; all while rubbing shoulders with like-minded enthusiasts. The Library Lawn Garden Party is the quintessential Festival of Speed experience – combining a peaceful English summer’s day with the drama of the high-speed action, all from the Duke and Duchess’ private garden. You’ll be served traditional British fare inbetween taking your seat in the exclusive Sponsor’s Grandstand, or any of the public Grandstands to watch famous cars and drivers tackle the fabled Hillclimb. For those who desire the ultimate location for prestigious entertaining at the most challenging point on the Hillclimb, then the Clark Pavilion offers unrivalled views with its own trackside balcony and garden. Combined with exceptional food and drink – and unlimited Champagne – this is a remarkable space to impress and host guests.
PHOTOGRAPH by (motorracing) by Jason Fong; (Glorious Goodwood) Chris Ison; (hospitality) Dominic James
THE QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL: ‘GLORIOUS GOODWOOD’ 30 July-3 August 2019 With its spectacular setting in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Goodwood Racecourse is considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful racecourse. The flagship event of its racing year is the prestigious Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, where the best in equine sporting talent do battle on the hallowed Downland turf. The festival is a firm favourite in the British summer season; where fashion, high society and world-class horseracing come together for five enthralling days. Whether you are looking to dine with work colleagues or host important clients, there are a number of entertaining options to choose from, all of which can be tailored to your own individual needs. These include Private Box experiences, where you can enjoy the thrills of raceday in your own intimate space, to the award-winning Secret Garden restaurant – an enchanting wonderland of wild flowers and quintessential English charm, located just beyond the Winning Post. New for 2019 is the option to upgrade to
the Platinum Package, where you can enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the racecourse before gates open, your own betting expert to guide you through who’s ‘hot’ and who’s ‘not’, as well as a guided visit to the Parade Ring – a once in a lifetime experience. This is in addition to a four-course meal, afternoon tea and complimentary drinks throughout the afternoon, within your own Private Box. Goodwood offers an intoxicating mix of style, glamour and world-class horseracing, just an hour and a half train journey from London. Don your best linen suit, dust off your panama and dress to impress for a ‘Glorious’ date in your diary this summer. GOODWOOD REVIVAL 13-15 September 2019 Set entirely in period, Goodwood Revival transports guests back to the halcyon days of 1948-1966, when the joys of motorsport allowed the post-war world to kick off its heels and have a jolly good time. Over the course of an action-packed weekend each September, the world’s rarest and most valuable racing cars and bikes battle it out on the track. Legendary drivers and riders from the golden era of motorsport
are cheered on by visitors, all immaculately dressed in period clothing and accessories. This unique gathering offers lots more than beautiful cars and vintage dressing: from aerial displays featuring rare historic aircraft to music, dancing and an old-fashioned funfair. The most exceptional way to experience the Revival is through one of an array of hospitality offerings, including the vibrant and atmospheric Goodwood Mess, a uniquely themed venue, where singers and actors add to the drama, fun and frolics. Or, the Officers’ Club, named in homage to the styling of war time officer’s clubs, a smart yet relaxed pavilion, where guests can be ‘at ease’ and enjoy the camaraderie of the racing. Situated next to the paddocks and assembly area, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of all the iconic racing cars being prepped for action, interact with the drivers and mechanics and witness the noisy revs of the glorious vintage engines as they hustle for space on the track. Clear views of the start/finish line make this the perfect place to catch all the drama. The immersive experience at Goodwood Revival is unrivalled, and not to be missed. ■ Visit goodwood.com/hospitality to view the full range of hospitality packages or call 01243 755 054.
GLORY DAYS: [opposite] the Goodwood Festival of Speed includes a host of Formula 1 cars; [clockwise from here] Glorious Goodwood; on track at the Revival; guests in period dress.
ON HIGHER GROUND
Geographically astounding, culturally rich and breathtakingly beautiful – it takes a while to acclimatise yourself to all that Peru has to offer. BEVERLEY BYRNE suggests the best places to start…
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ETTING HIGH IN Peru is easy. Simply step from the aeroplane and breathe in the diamond-sharp air. Chances are Peru’s elevated altitude may find you feeling light headed, breathless and a bit fuzzy. OK, you could be in love or hungover, but if you do turn out to be a tad altitude intolerant, rest, rehydration (water – not pisco sours…) and coca leaf tea (mata de coca) is the tried and tested Peruvian antidote. But just a minute, I hear you holler; aren’t coca leaves the raw material for cocaine? Well yes, but infused or chewed, Peruvians have for centuries claimed its efficacy as an energy boost and a means of combating altitude sickness. (Then again, if you fancy the former....) Today, it continues to play a central role in Andean culture not only for its medicinal properties but also its religious significance. Such venerable Peruvian knowledge and traditions have much to teach us and that’s just one reason why exploring this seductive country is an education.
Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, with 90 distinct microclimates
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AS OLD AS THE HILLS: Machu Picchu may be a familiar sight from photographs, but nothing can prepare you for the majesty of the ancient Inca ruins in real life, particularly when the sun is rising.
Peru is also a thrill-seeker’s paradise that deserves a place near the top of any bucket list. From the highest sand dune in the world (located in the Sechura Desert in the south of Peru) and the globe’s deepest canyon (Cotahuasi near Arequipa) to the Colca Canyon’s Giant Andean Condor, the largest flying bird on Earth, and Puya Raimondii, the world’s tallest flowering plant, Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. With abundant rainforests and 90 distinctive microclimates, where else could you scoff more than 3,000 varieties of potato, in excess of 55 varieties of corn, roasted guinea pig, and a smorgasbord of superfoods (many of which only flourish in Peru) and wash them all down with the world’s most expensive coffee (coati dung coffee – yes, the clue is in the name)? The Peruvian playlist of must-do, must-see, must-eat greatest hits can be hard to get your head round, especially on your first visit. So before you literally disappear into thin air, acclimatise with our achievable ten-point guide to hitting the Peruvian high life. ➤
An atmosphere of excitement greets the Inca Rail train as it rumbles into the station ➤ GO SUPINE IN THE SACRED VALLEY Relax at the sumptuous Tambo del Inka hotel in Peru’s lush Sacred Valley. If you’re feeling a bit altitude shabby, the best thing to do is take it easy, replace the pisco with some of that coca leaf tea (tastes like stewed compost but does the trick) and eat. Fortunately, the hotel’s restaurant, Hawa (meaning Heaven in the native Quechua language), is exceptional. Don’t miss its farm-to-table lunch, showcasing organic produce from the kitchen garden cooked in a traditional open oven and served outdoors beside the glittering River Vilcanota.
SPLASH OUT IN THE SPA The state-of-the-art Tambo del Inka spa is well equipped to help combat high altitude issues. Helpful hydrating treatments using local ingredients such as quinoa, coca and that old Inca favourite – gold – plus an excellent hour-long hydrotherapy circuit have been specifically designed for tired travellers. The Inca Trail massage has been specially devised
for hardy hikers while a passion fruit facial will plump up your complexion a treat. A 20m heated indoor/outdoor pool and terrace overlooking the gardens is the ultimate place to flop after a pamper.
MIL’S INCREDIBLE EDIBLES Peru’s high altitude is perfect for cultivating superfoods and Mil is elevating these humble ingredients to stratospheric gastronomic heights. The brainchild of wonder chef Virgilio Martínez – a bit of a dish himself and owner of Lima’s Central, the sixth-best restaurant in the world – Mil draws inspiration from ancient farming practices and Peruvian eco systems. Working with indigenous communities producing ingredients which are then reincarnated into a defiantly intriguing eight-course tasting menu, Mil is an epicurean art gallery, a scientific taste bud experiment and a charismatic culinary tour de force which shakes the culinary world by the scruff of the neck and declares, ‘This is our heritage, this is our land. Taste it, learn and love.’
HIT THE INCA TRAIL AT OLLANTAYTAMBO Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, this sleepy Andean village not only features ancient adobe buildings, cobbled streets, and dentally challenged senior citizens sporting colourful native dress but also a spectacular terraced Inca fortress. Clinging to the steep valley, the vertiginous climb to the top reveals
stunning views and a well preserved Inca temple. Ollantaytambo is also a starting point for the 26 mile Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It usually takes four to five days although there are options for shorter treks. For those who prefer to do their sightseeing sat down.
RIDE THE INCA RAIL TRAIN An atmosphere of childlike excitement greets the Inca Rail train as it rumbles into Ollantaytambo’s rustic station. Weaving through the valley, jaw-dropping views reveal the rock-strewn river, neck-craning mountains and glimpses of remote villages, humming birds and bird of paradise flowers growing wild. Choose from the 360-degree option with its panoramic windows and outdoor observatory wagon or splash out on first class where you’ll be served a slap-up meal and can lark about in the bar with musicians tooting the Peruvian top ten on the Andean pipes.
REVEAL YOUR INNER INCA AT THE SUMAQ MACHU PICCHU HOTEL Situated in Aguas Calientes, a half-hour bus ride from the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the family-owned Sumaq Hotel wants to share with guests alternative aspects of Peruvian culture. These include a variety of sensory experiences from pachamanca or earth pot feast where ingredients are cooked in an underground oven to sampling chicha, a sacred Incan beverage made from fermented corn. Surprisingly yummy.
SHAMAN YOU It may seem a bit hippy but it’s well worth taking part in the ancient rites and rituals on offer at the Sumaq. An Earth Ritual, the hors d’oeuvre to the Machu Picchu experience main course, is conducted by a genuine shaman who offers seeds, sweets, flowers and fruit to Pachamama (aka Mother Earth). The grand finale is a spookily accurate coca leaf reading.
TOP OF THE WORLD Unless you arrive at the crack of dawn, Machu Picchu can be something of a scrum. Buses commute visitors up through breathtaking mountain scenery and disgorge them into the citadel at a rapid rate. The shaman, however, leads guests away from the throng to a grassy, sunlit oasis. Coca leaves are chewed before a cleansing ceremony saluting Mother Earth intensifies the uplifting feeling of being on top of the world. Photographs cannot fully convey Machu Picchu’s position within this protective mountainous embrace and sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a shaman brings the ancient Incas to life.
EPIC RAIL: [clockwise from here] The Inca Rail train takes passengers to Machu Picchu via some jaw-dropping scenery; the pool at Tambo del Inka hotel; the Sumaq Machu Picchu is situated on the banks of the Urubamba River; take in your surroundings from the hotel’s terrace.
PACK A PONCHO
CHILL OUT IN CUSCO
After all that mysticism, a bit of retail therapy will soon bring you back down to earth. That’s easily achieved in the picturesque village of Chinchero where a number of weaving cooperatives will show you a loom with a view to empty your wallet. Women wearing traditional costume explain how natural dyes colour Alpaca wool before turning them into garments such as scarves and ponchos.
The palatial Palacio del Inka hotel in Cusco is the perfect place to round off your trip (or begin it, should you choose to do this list backwards). Built on the site of an Incan temple, and recently reimagined from the 16thcentury colonial mansion that once belonged to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the hotel is a short stroll from the city’s main sites. From the arty, hipster area of San Blas to the giddily ostentatious cathedral on the main square, it’s clear the city’s elegant Spanish colonial vibe is underpinned by the Incan foundations it sought to obliterate. Nowhere is this more obvious than at Qorikancha where the church of Santo Domingo, constructed upon the richest gold-clad temple in the Incan empire, neatly encapsulates Peru’s complex, multilayered history. ■
Women in traditional costume make bright scarves and ponchos from Alpaca wool squaremile.com
TRAVEL INFORMATION Journey Latin America is the UK’s leading specialist in travel to Latin America. An eight-day holiday to Peru visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu starts from £3,067 per person. This price includes international flights from London with Avianca, luxury accommodation at Tambo del Inka, Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel and Palacio del Inka, private transfers in Peru, breakfast daily, a tour of Cusco and the Sacred Valley and a return trip to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail. For more info, see journeylatinamerica.co.uk An eight-course tasting menu at MIL is priced at 480 Peruvian sol per person (approx £110pp). See milcentro.pe peru.travel
For more information on Peru, visit peru.travel
TIROL, AUSTRIA With dozens of soaring peaks, unique mountain villages, superlative spas and world-renowned cuisine, Austriaâ€™s Tirol region is a quintessential European destination that suits everyone from the most intrepid athlete to those looking for luxe. You just need to know where to look. For more information: tyrol.com
ALPBACH VALLEY TIROL
Peak performance The Alpbach Valley’s alpine charm shines through in its wooden chalets and farmhouses, but despite its quaint feel, this picturesque town is also home to a roller coaster, and walking and hiking trails, too
PHOTOGRAPHS by [main] Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus; [bikes] Compagnia Editoriale; [village] shootandstyle.com
TROLLING THROUGH THE central strasse in the picturesque town of Alpbach, it’s easy to see why it’s widely considered the most beautiful in the Austrian region of Tirol. Each side of the road is flanked by timberclad chalets built in the traditional Tirolean style; there are luscious green spruce trees stretching into the sky; and a smattering of more than a hundred working farmhouses leaning into the steep valley slopes in the distance. Far removed from the glitz of France’s Alpine resorts and only a 40-minute drive from the popular destination of Innsbruck, Alpbach is a traditional Austrian gem preserved for the 21st century. Don’t be fooled by its sleepy facade. There’s plenty of action to keep you entertained, especially for those with a taste for the outdoors. Under the watchful gaze of the 1,899m
Gratlspitz mountain, Alpbach village sits at the base of a long valley of the same name with an almost innumerable amount of hiking and walking trails (more than 900km worth of combined routes) to enjoy. Fans of road cycling are equally well accounted for in the Alpbachtal Seenland, with tours available for riders of all abilities. There’s a whopping 21 tours that start centrally from
•• The town of Rattenberg in the Alpbach Valley was a stage in the 2018 Road World Championships
Rattenberg, which happened to be a stage on the 2018 Road World Championships. Travel into the surrounding Alpbachtal area and you’ll find plenty of surprises worthy of your attention, too. The Alpbachtaler LauserSauser is a two-seater alpine roller coaster that starts at an altitude of 1,845 m next to the Wiedersbergerhorn gondola lift top station and whizzes down 134 vertical metres of jumps and twists, reaching speeds of up to 42kmph in the process. There are also plenty of bathing lakes, including the stunning Zireiner See, which are the perfect place for families to relax and unwind in the summer sun. And if you’re after something really special, take the Wiedersbergershorn gondola and hike to the summit, where you can watch the sun rise over the Alps. ■ For more information, see alpbachtal.at
Reach new heights Whether you spend your day exploring James Bond Adventure World or watch the sun set over the jaw-droppingly beautiful Lake Piburg, the Tirolean valley of Ötztal will tick just about every holiday box
F YOU’RE AFTER more breathtaking scenery than you can shake a stick at, the alpine valley of Ötztal in Tirol, Austria, should be at the top of your must-visit list. As you’d expect from such landscapes, the area is home to biking, hiking and walking routes aplenty. One of the most popular is the
•• SPA 3000 is one of the best in the Alps, with twelve pools overlooking the mountains 118
Stuibenfall water walk, which takes you along a new set of trails, past the rushing waters of Horlachbach Creek. Those looking for extra adventure can climb right by the water on a special fixed-rope climbing route. Once you’ve worn yourself out exploring the local landscapes, check into the superlative SPA 3000 at the AQUA DOME hotel in Langenfeld. The thermal spa is regarded to be one of the best in the Alps, with twelve stunning indoor and outdoor pools overlooking the mountains, and a wellness area measuring 20,000 square metres. After kicking back in the spa, hunker down on the leather sofas in the cosy wine bar. When you’re done soaking up all that natural beauty, head for a thrill-filled day out
at the James Bond Cinematic Installation, where you can spend the day immersing yourself in the glamorous, secretive world of 007 – including sipping on a classic martini (shaken, not stirred) at the ice Q gourmet restaurant and taking the epic gondola journey all the way up to the 007 ELEMENTS Plaza, where you’ll find views to kill for. If you want an authentic taste of Austrian country life, visit one of Ötztal’s mountain huts. TOP Mountain Star is a particular favourite – the building is an architectural masterpiece perched on the ridge of the Wurmkogel, with phenomenal views over the valley. Throw in tradtional Austrian hospitality, and you’ll have a truly unforgettable experience. ■ For more information, see oetztal.com
Innsbruck: cultural capital The Tirolean city of Innsbruck and its surrounding areas bring together gorgeous medieval architecture, jaw-dropping views, heaps of action, and unbeatable alpine cuisine for a getaway that has it all
HEN YOU ARRIVE in Innsbruck, Austria, the first thing you’ll notice is the stunning medieval architecture. Tirol’s capital city is packed with museums, palaces, castles and churches, including the building known as the Goldenes Dachl, or Golden Roof, built in the 15th century. Beyond its urban centre, Innsbruck has unfettered access to the great outdoors, with sweeping landscapes prime for trekking, longdistance hiking and multi-day day tours. To get the best of both worlds, try the new seven-day Innsbruck Trek (with both easy and advanced routes, and an optional guide), which takes hikers to almost every important landmark in the region’s massifs. The tour starts in the middle of Innsbruck’s Old Town and passes through the Karwendel mountains, the Mieminger Plateau and the Stubai Alps.
You’ll then take in the rugged beauty of the Kalkkögel mountains, known by locals as the Dolomites of Innsbruck, and the 800-year-old stone pine woods on Patscherkofel before heading back into the city. If that sounds a bit too much like hard work, there are plenty of stylish hotels primed for rest and relaxation en route, and your luggage will be ready and waiting for you at each hotel. Innsbruck might be known for its gorgeous medieval architecture, but it’s home to slick design-led boutique hotels, too. Rooms at the steel-and-glass aDLERS hotel are minimalist, emphasising the stunning views over the Nordkette mountain range. We’d say these are best enjoyed from the state-of-the-art Mountain View spa, where you can soothe away those stresses in one of three saunas. If you prefer to stay in a picturesque village on the surrounding
plateaus, book into Sporthotel Igls or the newly built spa hotel dasMei in Mutters. And while you’re here, it makes sense to soak up some culture. Enter the Innsbruck Card, which gives you access to 19 sights, a return trip on all seven cable cars and unlimited public transport. The city of Innsbruck: your perfect alpine break. ■ For more information, see innsbruck.info
•• The new Innsbruck Trek take hikers through the region’s massifs, with stops at stylish hotels
PHOTOGRAPHS by [townhouses] Christof Lackner; [mountain] @innsbrucktourismus/BAUSE.AT
ST ANTON AM ARLBERG TIROL
Blaze a trail in St Anton With action-packed high alpine trails, hiking, rock climbing and biking, there’s plenty to keep adrenaline junkies entertained in the mountain village of St Anton am Arlberg, in the Austrian region of Tirol
F YOU’RE LOOKING for year-round charm, near-unlimited outdoor adventures and some of the most amazing views in the Tirol region, Austria and beyond, look no further than St Anton am Arlberg. Tucked away in the heart of the Tirolean Alps, this charming mountain area is the perfect escape for travellers who love nothing more than getting outside and exploring nature. Come summertime, you’ll find a vast selection of hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking routes around the area, covering everything from accessible strolls to action-packed and challenging high-alpine trails. The Arlberg region’s 300km of walking paths and 350km of mountain biking tracks mean you’ll wake up with fresh possibilities every day, and never run out of places to explore, no matter what kind of activity you’re into. Families can enjoy challenging adventure
walks in the hills, while the more intrepid can hike from mountain hut to mountain hut, taking in views and traditional Tirolean cuisine . The fun doesn’t stop on the trails, though: for road bike racers, there’s the E-Bike Fest St Anton in June, as well as the Arlberg Giro and Arlberg Bike Marathon in July and August. Drawing some of the world’s most promising riders, these are a must for serious cyclists. If rain rolls in, or you simply don’t feel like
•• St Anton am Arlberg is the place to kick back, relax, and enjoy that famous Austrian welcome
getting outside – there are dozens of indoor adventures to be had, too, from climbing at the arl.rock sport park and restaurant to discovering the region’s rich culture and heritage in the local museum. Nowhere will fill you with a sense of relaxation more than the wellness centre arlberg-well.com. From swimming and sauna sessions to massages and fitness classes, this is a go-to for a wholesome wellness experience in the beautiful Arlberg region. Whether you’re looking for an Austrian summer escape, or a place to hide away in the mountains for a ski break in winter, there are plenty of luxurious options in St Anton, from contemporary ski chalets to traditional alpine hotels with a spa areas to pamper yourself when you get in from the outdoors. Kick back, relax and enjoy that famous Austrian welcome. ■ For more information, see stantonamarlberg.com
Travel at your own pace PHOTOGRAPHS by [bikes] go-images.com/Wolfgang Ehn; [golf and spa] Christoph Schöch; [lake] TimeShot
If you want to take your holiday at your own pace, look no further than lush, rural Wildschönau for lengthy strolls, open-air swimming and traditional farmhouses complete with beautiful bell towers on their roofs
F YOU’RE LOOKING for an idyllic alpine summer break and want somewhere a bit off the beaten track, then Wildschönau is the ideal destination. In contrast to other regions, the Wildschönau valley in Tirol, Austria prides itself on gentle tourism – its hills are tailormade for rewarding walks. Legend tells that the surrounding landscape was created by the dying throes of a dragon after a local farmer heroically killed the beast. The result is 300km of walking paths dotted by quaint mountain huts. They’re the perfect refueling points for hikers exploring the region in the summer months. Wildschönau is the ideal destination for families thanks to the huge range of activities on offer: choose from riding, biking, and
open-air swimming, to name but a few. There’s also a deer park, a gorgeous herb garden and even sleigh rides available in the surrounding villages that’ll keep the little ones happily entertained for hours on end. Fancy a ramble? The summer cable cars in the Wildschönau are the quickest and easiest
•• Wildschönau is a destination for gentle tourism – its hills are tailormade for long walks
way to the mountain tops of the surrounding Kitzbühel Alps. What’s more, there are 260 working farms in the region. They’re easy to spot thanks to the traditional farmhouses that have have eyecatching bell towers on their roofs. If you want to find out more about the area’s agricultural history, the Z’Bach Farming Museum has more than 1,100 exhibits to enjoy. For luxury accommodation, the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Tennerhof offers 39 exclusive rooms and suites, as well as the Tennerhof three brand-new luxury chalets with an area of up to 120 square metres and a private spa with sauna and steam bath. All situated on a hillside among a garden, with stunning views over the surrounding landscape. ■ For more information, see wildschoenau.com
TIROLER ZUGSPITZ ARENA TIROL
Reach your peak With soaring peaks, endless green pastures and crisp mountain air everywhere you go, Tiroler Zugspitz Arena in Austria’s Tirol region is a must-visit for one-of-a-kind summertime adventure in the Alps
ERCHED ON THE borderlands between Austria and Germany, the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena takes its name from the majestic Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, and is home to every type of terrain you could hope for. For outdoorsy types, the area’s soaring
•• Head out for a challenging mountain bike ride on the Blindsee Trail, one of Tirol’s five Great Trails 122
peaks and lush valleys are a hiker’s dream, replete with every type of terrain you could imagine. Dive into alpine woodlands dense with natural trails, take on challenging trail running or climbing routes – or, if that’s not for you, grab your significant other and head out for a romantic boat ride on the picturesque lake Heiterwanger See. No matter how big or small your adventure turns out to be, there’s something for everyone here: don your swimsuit and head out for a paddle in the Sports & Leisure Park Bichlbach, where the kids can hit the water rafting channels or have a go at the high ropes course. Elsewhere you can tear down the Forest Thunder freeride track in Lermoos or the
nearby Blindsee Trail, one of Tirol’s five Great Trails. Or if you’re more about the incredible ‘au naturel’ routes, there are more than 100 marked routes across Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. For a dash of splendour among this unspoiled landscape, enjoy a meal in an alpine hut. Clad in wood panelling with breathtaking views, they’re the perfect place to unwind. Elsewhere, the annual mountain fires are an umissable spectacle: on 22 June 2019, more than 10,000 fires will light up Tiroler Zugspitz Arena’s rugged mountains. However you choose to spend your summer in Austria, you’ll get plenty of time in the great outdoors, with some adrenaline thrown in, too. ■ For more information, see zugspitzarena.com
Zillertal: sweet valley life When it comes to breathtaking alpine vistas, the Tirolean region of Zillertal sure knows how to steal the show, with deep-blue lakes and endless stretches of green all set against a mountain backdrop
USTROUS BLUE LAKES, vivid green pastures full of alpine cattle, mountains as far as the eye can see – yep, when you imagine a holiday to the Austrian mountains, you’re probably imagining a trip to Zillertal, a vast valley that goes big on vistas, outdoor
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adventures and Tirolean charm. Whether it’s epic sunsets, lung-busting ascents or romantic moments out on the trail, you’ll find it all in this ancient, glacier-carved valley. And with more than 1,400km of hiking routes and 1,200km of bike routes to explore, you’re unlikely to ever get bored, no matter how long you’re staying. Zillertal is also home to Austria’s only year-round skiing resort, the Hintertux Glacier, where you can expect perfectly skiable snow, ultra-sophisticated cable cars and outstanding food no matter what time of year it is. Fancy experiencing it yourself? There’s no better way than with the Zillertal Activcard, which gives you a return cable car trip each day, plus a daily trip to one of the region’s six
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The Best of Barcelona A weekend break in sunny Barcelona has to be the ultimate European city break. The top place to stay is SOFIA Barcelona – the city’s best luxury hotel, complete with fine dining worth the trip alone
TACTICAL RETREAT: [Clockwise from this image] SOFIA POOL – an urban tropical garden; inside one of the hotel’s 465 designer rooms and suites; Carles Tejedor’s SOFIA Be So fine-dining restaurant.
ARCELONA IS ONE of the great European cities. It’s all things to all people – from beaches to culture, fine dining to highend shopping, it ticks every box. SOFIA Barcelona is the hotel equivalent: the city’s ultimate luxury hotel, its own self-contained universe of class and sophistication. The food and beverage offering is worth a stay alone. SOFIA Be So is the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, and has become a hot spot for local socialites thanks to chef
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Carles Tejedor’s exceptional cooking. Working alongside Chef Tejedor, renowned sommelier François Chartier has created a experience unique to the restaurant: you are presented with aromatic amphoras, each emitting a different scent. Guests then choose their favourite aroma, leading to a wine selection made just for your meal. Then sit back and enjoy one of the exceptional tasting menus, with views of the open kitchen on one side and the hotel’s beautiful gardens on the other. Whether to enjoy an apéritif or a digestif – preferably both – check out SOFIA Bar and try some of its fine selection of cocktails. For something a little different, ZUU offers the city’s ultimate live dinner experience. Since its opening, it has shaken up Barcelona’s nightlife by offering an unforgettable gastronomic experience combined with a spectacular mise-en-scène. We won’t give too much away; it has to be seen to be believed.
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FROM THIS DAY FORWARD: [Clockwise from this image] the Main Reception Room is the focal point of One Moorgate Place with its impressive domed glass ceiling and colourful stained-glass windows; the recently refurbished Great Hall; from canapés to four-course meals, all tastes are catered for.
The Wow Factor Elegant interiors, Grade II-listed credentials, and your own wedding planner: One Moorgate Place is the most flexible wedding venue in the City guaranteed to deliver a day you’ll never forget
NE MOORGATE PLACE is the epitome of timeless elegance combining modern elegance with all the grandeur you expect from a Grade II-listed building, which first opened its doors in 1893. Inside this historic venue are a number of event rooms to suit all event requirements catering for between eight and 400 guests. It is also one of the few London City venues licensed to deliver wedding ceremonies. The most popular room for weddings is the
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Main Reception Room with its shimmering crystal chandelier; colourful murals and striking features make this a romantic and magical space. The largest space is the Great Hall, and can accommodate a wedding of 270. This contemporary space can be transformed to provide the look and theme you desire for your day totally bespoke to your tastes. FOOD & DRINK When it comes to the cuisine, One Moorgate Place’s expert chefs are ready to provide your guests with delicious food their tastebuds will not forget. The menus are flexible, but based around modern British and European cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients. EVENTS MANAGEMENT One Moorgate Place wants your wedding to be as enjoyable as possible with the reassurance that everything has been planned out well in
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GOLF MAJOR AMBITIONS Xander Schauffele
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The start of the 2019 golf season is only a few weeks old, but we can’t resist speculating about the players in with a chance of bagging their first Major this year. Who could deny the roguish brilliance of 23-year-old slugger Cameron Champ? His outrageous long game and youthful exuberance would surely mean there’d be no fear if the opportunity presented itself. The same can be said of Bryson DeChambeau who will have memories of his dominant autumn run fresh in his mind. He might be unorthodox but he’s the hottest golfer on the planet right now, in spite of a disappointing showing in the Ryder Cup. On the other side of the Atlantic, Britain’s own Tommy Fleetwood continues to improve at a rate of knots – many would argue it’s a matter of when not if for the Birkdale lad. His record of 4th and 2nd in the last two US Opens would suggest that the tournament represents his best chance when it rolls into Pebble Beach in June. Watch this space. Our bet, however, is a little more left field. Xander Schauffele hasn’t received quite the fanfare of a Champ or DeChambeau but the 2017 Rookie of the Year has made steady progress since turning pro in 2015, and now looks ready for the biggest stage of all. He won the Tour Championship and finished 3rd in the FedEx Cup in that breakthrough season, before following it up last year with seven performances inside the top 10, including a T-2 at The Open in July and T-3 in the BMW Championship. Clearly peeved to have missed out on a win next to his name during that campaign, Schauffele has wasted no time in chalking up two already this term. He took home the trophy at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament after battling passed the talented Tony Finau in a playoff, before chasing down the leaders in the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a final round 62 to emerge victorious once more. Schauffele is a master shotmaker with an iron in his hand, cosying up to pins before confidently finding the back of the cup – helpful at Augusta and The Open in particular. But it’s his resilience to pressure that gives us hope that this might be the year the new World Number 6 becomes a Major sensation. ■
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Casa de Campo is more than its iconic Teeth of the Dog golf course – BEN WINSTANLEY finds a Caribbean resort experience like no other
PARADISE FOUND: The 5th hole at Pete Dye’s iconic Teeth of the Dog golf course is one of the best par threes on the planet. The layout has seven dramatic holes directly on the ocean.
OU HEAR IT before you see it: the
Caribbean sea lapping against the shoreline of the Dominican Republic. For the average tourist such a sweet sound means white sandy beaches, the promise of lazy hours spent working on a tan and perhaps a rum cocktail to ease the recline into tropical bliss. For the serious golfer, though, it means something altogether quite different - and, in these parts, it means teeing it up at the iconic Teeth of the Dog. Pete Dye’s 1971 masterpiece is one of the world’s truly great coastal golf courses, where the ocean plays a pivotal role in seven holes. On a number of occasions, tee boxes are placed so damn close to the water’s edge, the surf sprays your dewy brow as you prepare to take your swing. In front of you, fairways spill into the water almost without warning, and ask you quite firmly to keep your ball straight or face the consequences. There’s tactical intricacies, lengthy par fours, and a host of inviting green complexes that really push your short game and putting capabilities, but golf is at its best when Mother Nature comes into the equation and, here, she stares you square in the face and says, “come at me, bro.”
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It wouldn’t be overstating it to say Teeth of the Dog is to the Caribbean what Pebble Beach is to California – a bucket-list destination, a much-photographed haven of golf and a challenge many have played out in their mind countless times. It also means that expectations are dangerously high. For those who fantasise about a round at Pebble or Teeth of the Dog, there is always a slight worry that the reality of walking such hallowed turf falls short of the envisaged experience. Travelling to the other side of the world for 18 holes of golf is quite the risk, for sure, but rest assured any fears of disappointment melt away by the time you find yourself on the ‘Dog’s par-three 5th. It’s a calm cloudless day when our buggy turns past vast ocean-side mansions and pulls up at the tee. You catch yourself sucking in your breath at the sight that greets you. The midday sun is glinting off the rolling waves on their way to the craggy promontory on which the green sits. In between us and the putting surface is little more than aquamarine nothingness: find the green or find another ball from your bag, there’s very little room for negotiation. My playing partner James, not normally fazed by such occasions, sums it up pretty nicely by shaking his head and flatly declaring: “I’m scared.” That’s what this hole does to you.
Of course, he duly stepped up and found the green - an achievement he’ll take to his grave. The 5th is a little snapshot into the mind of Pete Dye. The famous architect once humbly claimed that he designed just 11 of Teeth of the Dog’s 18 holes and the other seven (those along the coast) came from “the man upstairs”, but he’s clearly as good a liar as he is a designer - his eye for detail is what makes this place much more than a pretty photo op. Dye plays with perceptions from the 5th tee: clever contouring, a well-placed tree and a ring fence of bunkering make the putting surface appear to be the size of little more than a paddling pool. By the time you realise there’s more room to play with than you think, you’ve already made a mess of your shot and are scrambling to save par. It’s a trick of the mind, but one that Dye succeeds at time and again. A tough course like this can easily leave you battered and bruised, but like a good little masochist you take it willingly and move on to the next challenge. After navigating the devilish 5th, the next three holes skirt along the coastline before you duck inland for a stretch of slightly less racy golf, only to re-emerge at the ocean for a final flourish on the back nine. The figure-of-eight loop means that while the front nine sees the water holes test players who favour a draw, the back nine puts faders of the ball in the spotlight. They’ll certainly do well to protect their score on the 15th and 17th holes; a pair of painfully beautiful doglegs to the right. Both ask you to get as close to the water hazard as possible for the shortest, most direct line into the green – play it safe by going further left and your approach shot contends with well-placed bunkers and a more narrow slip of putting surface to find, with no backstop to save you from the sea just beyond. It’s a detail that’s easy to miss when you’re caught up in the beauty of this place, but very few aspects of Dye’s design are there without purpose. It’s one of the most holistic golfing tests you’re likely to face – and, unsurprisingly, features inside many of the world’s top 100 course lists as a result. It’s worth noting that the ‘Dog employs a compulsory caddie policy, but trust me when I say you’ll need all the help you can get. ➤
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➤ A little local knowledge goes a long way on those greens – your guide will likely turn into a port in a storm by the time you wearily return to the confines of the clubhouse.
MI CASA ES SU CASA Visitors to Teeth of the Dog are in for a surprise if they’re expecting just another golf club. Pete Dye’s layout sits within one of the largest and best-appointed resorts on the planet – and makes for an altogether more complete experience than 18 holes on your bucket list. Casa de Campo is a sprawling 7,000acre estate where resort accommodation, comfortable golf villas and jaw-dropping mansions cohabit in perfect harmony. It’s a little slice of suburbia in the heart of the Caribbean, where guests and homeowners pootle around the lush grounds in red buggies on their way to do whatever activity takes their liking that day. Fancy a round of golf or a spot of tennis? There’s three courses to choose from and a 13-court tennis centre. Prefer something a little more wild? Get a leg up on one of the horses in the equestrian area where you can do anything from rodeo to trekking through the country. There’s also the beach club and marina for the water babies, and a spa for those in need of a little more relaxation. We’re tempted by a catamaran ride out to one of two remote islands in the Parque National del Este – such is their natural beauty, they’re frequently used by filmmakers looking for the stereotypical desert island – but in the end we can’t resist holing up at the newly refurbished beach club and soak in the sun. It’s frankly dizzying the sheer scale of what’s on offer – and that’s before you take into account the manpower it takes to make a place like this run so impeccably smoothly. There’s a veritable army (a number north of 10,000, I’m told) worth of staff taking care of everything from watering the manicured gardens, sweeping dead palm leaves off the roads, tending to guests’ needs in the villas, caddying on the golf courses and preparing food and drinks in the 17-odd restaurants and bars available for residents. Our golf villa, set on the 17th hole of The Links course, comes with a kindly maid
who mothers us with vast breakfasts while we nurse rum-induced hangovers in the mornings, and generally keeps the spacious three-bed abode absolutely sparkling. The layout of the rooms is designed to make the most of the Caribbean climate, with high ceilings in the airy living area, a refreshing private pool for resting golf-weary limbs and a terrace overlooking the fairway ideal for barbecues and evening drinks. Special mention should go to Pete Dye’s second golf course, Dye Fore, where 27 holes traverse steep canyons and wind along the hilltops 300ft above the Chavón River. It’s the polar opposite to the Teeth of the Dog’s sealevel layout, instead testing a player’s ability to contend with wild changes in elevation. It’s the perfect tonic for those tired of seeing their shots disappear into the deep blue. There are few global golfing destinations that come close to Casa de Campo. This is what it looks like to tee it up in paradise. ■
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The brilliant layout sits within one of the largest and best-appointed resorts on the planet
WAIT AND SEA: [Clockwise from this image] The testing par-four 17th hole at Teeth of the Dog; Casa de Campo’s newly refurbished beach club is an ideal place to catch some rays; the spacious living room of the threebed garden villa.
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Thirty minutes of pelting your mates with paint, followed by five-courses of Cinnamon Kitchen’s contemporary Indian cuisine? Sounds good to us. Returning for its fifth year, the acclaimed restaurant’s celebration of Holi – the Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring – is £35 per person including food and, er, paint.
Opening on the Soho site that was once home to the iconic Bag O’Nails music venue, new members’ club The Court already has some seriously cool credentials, and that’s before you take into account stow-stopping interiors from Bradley Theodore, cocktails from Mr Lyan, and food from Tom Sellers. Sign us up.
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Freestyle Football World Champion It’s a tough job, but someone has to be… five-time Freestyle Football World Champion. ANDREW HENDERSON tells us what it takes to be a winner
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into all my sports. When I was 16, I broke my leg in five places and was told I would never be able to walk again. I worked hard and made a full recovery. And that’s when I started doing freestyle and loved it.
FREESTYLE FOOTBALL IS a combination of both sport and art but more importantly for me, it’s a way of self-expression. I practice every day to make sure that when I’m doing a live performance, I can show off my skills that I’ve worked so hard to perfect. I LOVE TRAVELLING, so my freestyle makes sure I can do that. I’ve had some amazing experiences going to different countries. Most recently I went to Thailand to teach kids freestyle. Times like that make me so happy, and I feel very proud and privileged to do something that I love. THIS IS MY passion and my dream so I tend to work a lot because I love it. I think if you are really going to make your passion project a reality, you need to make sure that you enjoy it most of the time.
I TRAIN EVERY day for a couple of hours freestyling and then head to the gym. One day I could be on the other side of the world choreographing moves for some of the world’s greatest footballers, other days I could be at home in Cornwall, hanging out with the family, taking the dogs for a walk and enjoying some time off.
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PHOTOGRAPHS by Michael Bowles
RONALDINHO HAS ALWAYS been amazingly skilful. Neymar and Marcelo are also very good. Christian Fuchs has got some awesome tricks up his sleeve, too. ■