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FASHION 4 Emerging Luxury Brands To Watch In Nigeria

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BEST OF THE BEST CARS FOR

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CONTENT Editorial Publisher/Managing Editor Funke Osae-Brown Staff Writers Angel James Amole Johnson Awero Amole Creative Director Brian Uche Web Design Dele Odufuye, Tsaboin

Advisory Board Mrs. Mercy Omoyeni Mr. Ogbeni-Tope Awe Mr. Julian Osula Mrs. Bola Balogun Mrs. Nkiru Olumide-Ojo Dr. Phil Osagie Mrs. Florence Olumodimu

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Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas: Authentic Luxury On Malaysia’s Golden Shores

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A Blend Of Beauty At Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas

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Charming Royal Mansour Marrakech


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Buying A Suit On Savile Row? What You Need To Know

4 Emerging Luxury Brands To Watch In Nigeria

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Eno Essien Talks Her Brand, Rheytrak

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A Great 2021 Ahead I

t has been an interesting times for the luxur y industr y globally with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has affected sales, production and distribution of luxury goods. The sector hasn’t been so shaken in a while as it has been when the rst Covid-19 case was reported in China towards the end of 2019. We are glad to still be alive even though the pandemic is still ravaging some parts of the world. The discovery of a vaccine has been a major breakthrough. Co n s e q u e n t l y, t h e l u x u r y s e c t o r i s experiencing some quick rebounds in China as life gradually returns to normal. Personal shopping for luxury goods is overtaking luxury travel in the Chinese market making demands for European luxury goods to be on a rise. In the light of this, our cover story lists Best of

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the Best Cars for 2021. New automobiles were released towards the end of 2020 that will rock the market this new year. Some of them are discussed in detail in the article. Likewise, soon the world will be safe again and we can all travel to that destination we have been eyeing. There are a few places to see in 2021 and we have them written in this New Year edition. These and more interesting stories make this edition a must download to read! I wish you a great 2021. - FOB Follow me on: Instagram: funke_osae-brown Twitter: @funkeadetutu Facebook/LinkedIn: Funke Osae-Brown


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Cars Go Electric The world is embracing electric cars, but how ready is Nigeria? In this report, ANGEL JAMES, finds answers, even as some classic cars are going electric.

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lectric cars are taking the world by storm, and it seems Nigeria may not be ready for it yet. From modern to classic, cars are assuming a new form of engineering with electricity. It is now becoming common in Europe and some parts of the United States, to see charging stations at shopping malls for cars. Owners can conveniently charge their vehicles while shopping. Automobile manufacturers are already responding to this trend. For example, Jaguar has upgraded its classic E-Type Zero as a complete car package based on a fully restored 1960s original costing around N376,710,990 (£850,000) or as an upgrade to an owner's existing car. Meanwhile, Aston Martin has created an electric power train for the rare and valuable DB6 Mk2 Volante. Just 38 of which were built, Prince of Wales owns one of them. As with the E-Type Zero, the Aston Martin conversion is entirely, relatively and easily reversible to preserve the originality of the car. The electric DB6 has been developed in association with Aston Martin's broader EV (electric vehicle) strategy, which has already seen the creation of the Rapide E model and the revival of sister marque Lagonda, which will come to market as an all-electric SUV shortly. Andy Palmer, Lagonda president and group CEO, tells FT's How To Spend It that the move to engineer the electric DB6 and “protect the maker's treasured

heritage” was brought about by the impending threat to restrict the use of classics due to environmental and social pressures. Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works heritage department, which built the car, describes the experience of driving the DB6 EV as “unique” and something that will appeal to many enthusiasts, especially those who want to use their cars in urban environments. “Given the historical signi cance of these cars, it's vital that any EV conversion is sympathetic to the integrity of the original model. The cassette system is the perfect solution, reassuring owners of knowing their car is future-proofed and socially responsible. Yet remains an authentic Aston Martin that can have its original powertrain re tted if desired. Collectors are also adding another dimension to their collections by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars.” Although regular Aston Martins are known for their high performance, battery-powered versions will be even quicker due to the “instant” nature of electric motors, which provides maximum torque (or “pulling power”) from a standstill. Unlike a combustion engine, which needs to reach a certain number of revolutions per minute to achieve motion. Aston Martin and Jaguar are not alone in their exploration of classic conversions. An increasing

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number of independent engineering workshops are springing up around the world that will build such cars to order. Oz Motors of Tokyo, for example, specializes in installing electric power in classic Volkswagen Beetles at the cost of around £20,000. At the same time, Zelectric of San Diego converts not only Beetles but other VW models, such as the Trekker, Karmann Ghia, Variant and Microbus, as well as classic Porsches, such as the 356, 911, 912 and 914. It's in the UK, however, that the electric-classic movement is forging ahead, as people look to own cars that combine old-school looks with modern performance while currently being exempt from the charges increasingly applied to combustion-engine vehicles. There is global attention shifting towards vehicles with zero and low carbon emissions, as part of measures to facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. In Nigeria, owning an electric car is more of a luxury, not yet a necessity. Cletus Aregbesola, a car expert, give reasons why Nigeria is not ready for this global shift. He argues Nigeria is not yet ready for an electric car. “Electric cars are good; they have so many bene ts in terms of fuel consumption, speed, and engine capacity. But we are not ready.” He says many things go into marketing electric cars. First, a stable electricity supply is required for electric vehicles to function efficiently.

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“We need a very constant power supply, and that is the basic need for that kind of car. Electricity is taking over cars with fuel consumption.” Besides, he says there is a need for charging port as electric cars require charging at the interval. “We don't have any plan for this yet in the country. We don't have that now. In terms of expertise, we are not yet at that level to welcome electric cars in Nigeria. It requires good road system. Electric cars are very light not as rugged as diesel or fuel-powered cars. The government needs to make policies toward electric cars.” Experts say Nigeria may never be ready for the global shift until the government starts to make deliberate efforts towards providing constant power supply. “We do not need to manufacture those cars; it is just to bring them in. But if we have a constant power supply, all other necessities will not be a problem. Whenever Nigeria is ready to have a constant power supply, we can start talking about electric vehicles. If the technical expertise, power supply, is available then they are better viable alternative means to what we have now, there is no much challenge in terms of the built.” The car experts believe that electric cars are better; that is why the developed countries are going for it. However, the only snag they argue is the high temperature in Nigeria. “We have a very high temperature that will have an


impact on battery life; it is not solar, nor hybrid. Extreme heat might reduce the battery life span. Electric cars are far better; they run faster, the maintenance is minimal, servicing is out of it. With electric cars, the warranty will extend as long as ten years whereas fueled cars might extend just three years. Electric cars are a better option, and with the components, features and information it can provide it is a better option,” adds Aregbesola.

The fact that electric cars are cheaper to maintain has necessitated its acceptability in most parts of Europe even though it is expensive to purchase. “It might seem expensive because it is new, but when you are looking at the cost of a car, you don't just look at the price but the maintenance. Electric cars are far cheaper, more beautiful and its performance is sweeter, it almost soundless and a better option.”

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Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas:

Authentic Luxury On Malaysia's Golden Shores FUNKE OSAE-BROWN

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nantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas' rst luxury hotel in Malaysia has opened its traditional kampong doors, ready to welcome discerned travellers to the golden shores of Malaysia's south-eastern coastline with authentic Anantara luxury and indigenous-inspired hospitality. Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas is located along a pristine 17-kilometre beachfront facing the South China Sea, in a new high-end resort development that offers a range of luxury accommodation nestled in lush tropical gardens. For those who seek a superior holiday experience that can be as spirited, laidback or personalised as

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their heart and soul desire, the new-build resort offers a serene luxury seaside escape where adventurous voyagers and armchair travellers alike can enjoy rst class services – from plush contemporary surrounds to gourmet meals and bespoke experiences. Desaru Coast, Malaysia's rising-star luxury resort destination, is located in Johor Darul Ta'zim and spans over 16 square kilometres. It is near Iskandar Malaysia and is easily accessible via a 4 5 - m i n u t e d r i ve f ro m M a l ays i a' s S e n a i International Airport (JHB) and a two-hour drive from Singapore. Additionally, visitors from Singapore can travel to Desaru Coast by ferry, followed by a short drive.


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The resort's 108 accommodations comprise 90 tastefully decorated en-suite deluxe rooms in lowrise traditional Malay buildings that overlook the gardens, lagoon and ocean. They are adorned with indigenous materials and fabrics, such as woven textiles, renowned Malaysian wicker elements and silhouettes of traditional Malay crafts. Thirteen stand-alone double storey luxurious one- and two-bedroom pool villas are located around a lagoon. Their design draws heavily from traditional kampong houses that are designed to suit the tropical Malaysian climate with oor-toceiling windows, slanted carved wooden panels, louvres and vents under the roof, and wide-open doors that allow natural air ow to cool the interior. Five expansive family sized three- and fourbedroom residences oer guests utmost privacy with an in nity pool, spacious contemporary living areas, full kitchen and chef and butler service. Dining at Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas is a gastronomic nod to fresh coastal dining with an array of options ranging from freshly caught seafood to avours from across Asia and gourmet international dining, to Dining By Design,

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Anantara's signature private dining experience in exotic locales. The resort's signature alfresco beachfront restaurant, Sea.Fire.Salt., specialises in succulent grilled seafood and steaks served beachside, poolside, or adjacent to a show kitchen where diners can enjoy the action as the chefs demonstrate their culinary air. The Turmeric restaurant serves authentic local Malaysian fare and delicious Thai, Chinese and international cuisine. Menu highlights include Nasi Lemak that is considered Malaysia's national dish and comprises rice made fragrant with coconut cream and pandan leaves – the light meal is traditionally accompanied by fried anchovies, sliced cucumbers, fried sh known as ikan selar, and a sweet chili sauce, and Otak Otak, grilled Malaysian sh cakes served in a banana leaf. The elevated Observatory Bar is set to become everyone's favourite hangout spot, enjoying 360-degree views of the lush resort and ocean and an extensive range of top vintages and spirit, and imported cigars. Two swimming pools oer refreshing freshwater alternatives to the azure ocean, while kids and teenagers alike can laze the day away playing the

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latest high-tech games or partake in cross-cultural educational activities in separate dedicated clubs. A signature Anantara Spa and well-appointed health and tness centre oer wellness fanatics and adrenaline junkies a welcome respite to relax or reinvigorate. Here signature experiences include a 90-minute The Roots of Malaysia Massage treatment that combines the healing traditions and techniques of Malaysia; and a 120minute Golfers' Remedial Massage that focusses on sore areas that are a result of repeat movements, and features rm pressures combined with a signature oil blend to release tension and stimulate blood circulation for overall release. Attractions in the area include The Els Club Desaru Coast that comprises two beautifully manicured golf courses that feature 45 holes in total: Ocean Course, a 27-hole golf course designed by fourtime major champion, Ernie Els; and Valley Course,

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an 18-hole golf course designed in collaboration with another major champion, Vijay Singh. Guests at Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas can also partake in luxury leisure and sport adventures, including diving and island hopping. Heritage and food tours of Johor Bahru and eco tours of the local area are also on oer. Additionally, an adventure waterpark; a waterfront retail village and a conference centre make Desaru Coast a premium integrated destination resort and one of Malaysia's most anticipated new tourism developments. Rates at Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas start from USD 222 per room per night, inclusive of breakfast; rates exclude six percent Sales Service Tax. For further information or to make a reser vation, contac t +60 7 8280 888 or desaru@anantara.com


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A Blend Of Beauty At Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas

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ocated on the southeastern coast of Mauritius on Le Chaland Beach, Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas is a tranquil hideaway offering secluded luxury. The interior design re ects the natural wonders of Mauritius, echoing the sparkling shades of the Indian Ocean, golden beaches, amber sunsets, green sugar cane elds and rare corals. Set around manicured tropical gardens, the new resort comprises 164 guest rooms and suites with eight additional pool villas set to launch in the second half of 2020. A 30-metre ozone-treated in nity pool sits at the heart of the resort, mirroring the iridescent sky and looking out onto the crashing waves beyond the shoreline. Four dining outlets include Sea.Fire.Salt featuring a unique indoor-outdoor design to capture the fresh ocean air and the poolside Karokan bar which has incorporated traditional sugarcane mill materials into the design and uses a sorn tree trunk as the bar top, to re ect the heritage of the local area. The architectural design was undertaken by Grounds Kent Architects, Australia, in

co l l a b o rat i o n w i t h t h e O ffi ce o f G l o b a l Architecture in Mauritius. Renewable energy sources have been incorporated into the design to aid sustainable and environmentally friendly operation management, whilst various green initiatives across the resort reduce waste and promote energy recycling. The measured decision to build the resort a hundred meters back from the beach was taken to lessen the environmental impact on this stunning rugged coastline. Bangkok based interior designers, Abacus Design Co. Ltd. referenced Mauritius' natural tropical colour scheme and landscape in native materials when creating the concept. As Director Samantha Lightbody, expanded “By mirroring the sea's movement of ripples, waves and corals, as well as restoring driftwood and recycling materials, we aimed to showcase nature and sustainability at the core of the resort, whilst blending seamlessly with the stunning beachfront environment.” Indigenous materials honour the warmth and detail of local Mauritian architecture. Distinctive antique basalt stone, used throughout the public spaces in a thoughtful manner, has been

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Hotel reclaimed from demolished buildings on the island. Throughout, traditional roo ng materials such as corrugated iron, wood shingle and thatch are incorporated with a modern and refreshing touch. The lobby appears to oat around a tranquil water garden, where the boundaries between indoor and outdoor are softened, creating a sanctuarylike feel. Upon arrival, the eye is immediately drawn to the ocean, framed picturesquely beyond the in nity pool through a striking stone window. At the signature restaurant Sea.Fire.Salt, striking driftwood chandeliers draw attention to the high vaulted ceilings in the restaurant and open air bar area, complimented by the gentle sound of waves as backdrop to this re ned take on beachfront dining. In addition, the adjacent alfresco courtyard oers an unforgettable feet-in-the-sand dining experience with tables nestled in powdery white sand to root diners in nature as they enjoy ame grilled seafood. The poolside Karokan bar's interior design is reminiscent of a traditional sugarcane mill and a replica sugarcane crusher dominates the space behind the bar. Mounted rum barrel heads create decorative walls whilst natural jute sof t furnishings and hessian fabrics are illustrative of the materials historically used in such mills, the

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THE LUXURY REPORTER remains of which are still visible across the island from the rock mills and chimneys that jut out of the Mauritian landscape. In the all-day dining restaurant, Horizon, exposed wood trusses lend a lofty spaciousness to the eatery, whilst terracotta chenille fabrics pop against its bright ivory wood palette re ecting the beachscape below. The restaurant is furnished with teak tables and braided rope chairs whilst ceramic tile mosaics add a splash of colour to the breakfast stations. Indoors, the airconditioned glass walled wine cellar, 1884, showcases a rich collection of international wines and can house intimate private dinners, whilst the adjoining Zafran can be reserved for larger exclusive private dining events. The accommodation buildings feature blade walls to create protected courtyards which de ne secluded spaces, provide natural lighting and encourage breezy cross ventilation. Spacious b a l co n i e s f ra m e v i e ws o f t h e o ce a n o r surrounding lush tropical gardens. The interior design of the guest rooms has a contemporary feel with silk soft furnishings chosen in colourways that re ect the soothing blue tones of the ocean and the island's golden sandy beaches, the Jim Thompson fabrics also providing a nod to Anantara's Thai heritage. Framed artworks from young local Mauritian photographers depic t scener y from the authentic South of Mauritius to complement the minimalist dĂŠcor. A cocooned village of well-being, the Anantara Spa is housed beneath thatch roofs in a secluded tropical garden bordered by a colonnade of trees known as the Almond Allee. The thoughtful design combines tactile elements and comprises of two double treatment rooms and three single treatment rooms, a beauty salon, a traditional Turkish Hammam, two outdoor Thai massage pavilions and a whirlpool. Additional resort recreational facilities include a state-of-the-art tness centre and a library lled with classic ction and historical and cultural books of Mauritius. The overall design of Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort harmonises with both the natural scenery and the history of its location, combining modernity with indigenous design while retaining a true sense of tranquility and escapism.


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Charming Royal Mansour Marrakech AWERO AMOLE

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n the heart of one of the world's most captivating cities, is a wonder, the Royal Mansour Marrakech.

The Royal Mansour Marrakech was born out of a vision to create a spectacular masterpiece exceeding the demands of today's discerning traveller while re ecting the true essence of Moroccan tradition. The structure of the hotel is a celebration of the architecture, ancestral knowledge and culinary arts as well as an innate sense of beauty which is part of the Moroccan heritage. There is excellent attention in every little detail, as every component of your stay at the Royal Mansour Marrakesh will be cared for. The personal reception and luxury concierge service are available to make your experience full of emotions and unexpected delights. The Royal Mansour is charming yet discreet. It is a place to experience instinctual hospitality. From your arrival at the hotel, you will see the Moroccan art of hosting shinning. You will be welcomed in the calm atmosphere of the central patio and guided through the medina alleyways to your riad by delicately attentive staff. At the hotel, otherwise referred to as the palace, you will experience the spa, restaurants and guest

rooms, which offer families some lovely surprises. In each area, the personal service embodies the luxury approach to what the hotel is known for. There is a luxury concierge service at the hotel where you can genuinely get the royal treatment. The concierge is more than just a service as they listen to your desires, anticipate your needs, get to know you and succeed at exceeding your expectations. You can identify the concierge team with the “golden key” mark on the back of their uniforms. The hotel is genuinely exclusive as every service is tailor-made to meet your needs. The Royal Mansour philosophy is expressed through its precise and meticulous service. The spa at the palace is designed as a sanctuary entirely devoted to suit the senses. The Royal Mansour Marrakech Spa creates an intimate

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universe with a separate entrance to the rest of the hotel. You access the spa through the citrus garden, where the colours and fragrances will already enchant you. For a break from life, 2500 sqm divided over three oors offer an in nite range of treatments. The immaculate whiteness, murmur of fountains, and aromatic fragrance depict the unique signature of well-being. When you come into the R oy a l M a n s o u r M a r ra k e c h S p a , yo u w i l l immediately feel taken over in the atrium by a rush of relaxation like you have never felt before. The lacing of the iron walls, designed in the purest Moorish style, is like an architectural metaphor for the sense of well-being that awaits you. The treatments carried out in the ten spa rooms take the well-being experience that extra mile further. Intense hydration, excellent massages, subtle beauty touches, make-up and hair removal, will take you closer to your beauty goals. The marocMaroc, Sisley and Dr Hauschka lines offer the ultimate products for this well-being experience. For even more intimacy, opt for exceptional treatment in one of our three private spa suites. As the speci c signature treatment of the Royal Mansour Spa, the hammam plunges you in an immersive traditional Moroccan experience. Steam, beauty rituals, gentle exfoliation, ceremonial massage, ghassoul wrap and oral water sprays will take you away into a complete state of beauti cation. The spa's tness centre will reinforce your physique and muscle tone. At your own pace, with or without a coach, gently or intensely, you can use the sporting equipment, balance your vital energy

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during a yoga class or swim in the majestic heated covered swimming pool with its orangery style canopy. You can experience a special hair treatment in the hairdressing salon of the Royal Mansour Spa, which uses natural Leonor Greyl products. Our hairstylists will unleash their creativity and provide hair care, cuts and subtle or bold dyes with one goal in mind: to give you an ultimate look and make your beauty shine. At the Royal Mansour Marrakech, rooms and hotel suites are replaced by luxury riads, spread across a medina lled with little alleyways and secret doors. It's here, in this location with its one-of-akind concept, that the 53 private residences of the Palace hide. Each riad of the collection is unique, with three oors decorated to its style. All you have to do is select one, and you are on for one of the most beautiful experiences of your life. Each riad of the Royal Mansour is an entirely different destination. Stand in amazement as your riad's door opens out onto the patio and reveals the quintessence of Moroccan craftsmanship. Subtly varying zelliges, fabrics, wood features, rugs, carved plaster and custom-made furniture, give the riads their harmonious and elegant vibe. Captivate your senses. The roof terrace comes with views of the Atlas Mountains, a private pool and complete immersion in the Moroccan lifestyle. The superior riad could be described as the soul of Morocco. The fruit of the comfort and detail that de ne a luxury hotel in Marrakech, the 15 superior riads offer 140 sqm from which to enjoy the Ochre City alone or as a couple. The patio, bedroom, dressing room, bathroom and roof


THE LUXURY REPORTER terrace; everything has been planned out to make you feel at home and enjoy Marrakech in a chic and unique way. The elegant décor, inscribed in the DNA of these traditional houses, is intuitively seductive. The premier riad is all about ultimate intimacy. In the 19 premier riads of the Royal Mansour Marrakech, imperial textures, colours, materials and habits are combined in homage, time and time again, to the virtuosity of the mâalems (Moroccan master craftspeople). The room, openair patio, covered lounge and the overall residence offer a tranquil haven in 175 sqm in which the Moroccan art of living reigns. The privilege riad is absolute elegance. The owing lines, noble materials, generous volume or in nite decorative details give it its charm and beauty. From breakfast in a private lounge to an intimate dinner on the roof terrace, everything is set up to ensure you feel at home. At 430 sqm, with two bedrooms, lounges, a bar and a butler at hand, each of these 14 privilege riads are ambassadors of excellence and comfort. The prestige riad is about sophistication and space. A prestigious abode as indicated by its name, in which luxury is at its nest, presented in every detail of the 850 sqm surface. From the private hammam to the three bedrooms, Moroccan lounges, bar and library: everything is an allegory and incredibly sophisticated. With its view and décor, the roof terrace makes for the most beautiful private receptions in Marrakech. The grand riad is an ultimate experience of luxury in Marrakech The 1800 sqm Grand Riad is unique. The spectacularly sized spaces are adorned with haute couture fabrics and beautiful artworks. A favourite location of celebrities from across the world, this private 4-bedroom residence is made for all those who wish to see Marrakesh through different eyes. Enjoy ne dining at the restaurant in Marrakech, either on the chic and laid-back terrace, or any other ideal spot that tickles your fancy. On either side of the iconic blue patio and gardens, the Royal Mansour Marrakech restaurants promise an unforgettable sensory experience, orchestrated by the creative chef Yannick Alléno. Food, luxury and gourmet-lovers looking for something different have but to choose the setting in which the journey shall begin. The ne-dining restaurants offer unique taste

Hotel experiences formed by inventive dishes using irresistible avours to tantalise taste buds. The restaurants have one thing in common: they are the signature of the three-Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno, who brilliantly embodies the Royal Mansour spirit. La Grande Table Marocaine, the ne dining restaurant is putting a fresh spin on the avours of Morocco and Marrakech. It is arguably one of the best restaurants in Marrakesh. Fruit of Yannick Alléno's bond with the Kingdom he holds close to his hear t, having studied specialities from the North to the South, the famous Moroccan restaurant fuses the culinary excellence of modern times with traditional cuisine. Sesamo can be described as an ambassador of Italian cuisine in Marrakech. The fruit of the collaboration between the multi-star Alajmo brothers and the Royal Mansour Marrakech, Sesamo offers all the avours of Italy in a setting worthy of the most re ned Venetian palaces. All the soul of Venice is restored in Sesamo by a harmonious blend of ancient and contemporary elements, showcasing the talent of local artisans. The menu offers simple, gourmet and family cuisine that enhances local products. La Table, the main restaurant of the Palace, is open to guests throughout the day. You have enjoyed from a rural-style breakfast basking in the gentle sun or an indulgent lunch in the shade of the century-old olive trees to an intimate lounge dinner or a sweet or savoury snack, all day.

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Buying A Suit On Savile Row? What You Need To Know

Known as the world's most sartorial street in Mayfair, central London, Savile Row is a name identical with masculine elegance, time-honoured tradition, and discreet luxury. It's the place to go for stylish suits made by the most highly skilled craftsmen. Here are quick steps to buying a suit on London's Savile Row says ADEDOYIN JOHNSON.

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uying a suit on London's famous Savile Row does not come cheap. The new in ltration on the Row, Ready-to-wear suits, start around £700. If you prefer made-tomeasure, you may double your budget. However, if you need the full bespoke experience,

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plan for a budget of £4,000, but £10,000 is not uncommon, depending on the material you prefer for your suit and the level handwork required by the tailors. The styles on Savile Row that will give you the structured English look can be divided into three:


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The Traditional Cut is the oldest style on the Row. It is known by a strong shoulder, a chest that ts close to the body, a nipped waist and a relatively long jacket that ares slightly at the bottom. It is very attering and close to military tailoring. The traditional cut can be very attering on slight men. It sometimes comes with a longer jacket which is rather unfashionable now but adds height to a man where the shoulders add width. The Drape Cut has a softer shoulder. It creates the imprint of strength by cutting the shoulder a little wider and using a little excess fabric in the chest and back. It has a larger sleeve, making it the most comfortable of the cuts, yet not the sharpest. Often, the very lightweight canvas is used for the coats; it is cut on the bias to allow softness and natural movement. Minimum padding is incorporated to the shoulders, creating a very natural silhouette. The Exaggerated Cut is far more modern, and it dates back to the 1960s and 1970s. This look was pioneered by Tommy Nutter who changed the way men looked at Savile Row when he dressed The Beatles. While still retaining the craft of Savile Row, the cut of jackets is larger and comes with upturned shoulders, lots of structure and

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exaggerated lapels. Usually, the shoulder is the emphasis—then sharp architectural lines, and a long lapel that is long, low and leafy. In the case of bespoke garments, over 20 measurements must be taken before a cutter can create an individual card pattern. All of the company's tailoring is carried out in-house at 11 Savile Row. It takes 100 hours or more to create a perfectly tting suit of superb quality and craftsmanship. One of the foremost and most expensive bespoke tailors on Savile Row is Huntsman. The classic Huntsman outline includes a very structured shoulder work, high armhole and a signature de ned waist. The classic silhouette was developed when the house's cutters spliced the coat of traditional riding attire and a dinner suit. Another house detail synonymous with Huntsman is a awless preference for singlebuttoning, to highlight the highly guaranteed t. The unique experience of choosing fabric and getting measured is worth every pound and every minute you invest in selecting a suit. When it comes to bespoke, you are not just a client; you are a creator.

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Best Of The Best Cars For 2021 Here is our list of Best of the best cars for 2021: coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner – the oldest coachbuilder in the world. Just 12 examples of this striking, limited edition model are being created, guaranteeing rarity and exclusivity, and offering supreme luxury and breath-taking performance.

Rolls Royce phantom

If the Mercedes-Benz S-class is the automotive equivalent to a rst-class ight, the 2021 RollsRoyce Phantom is a luxury private jet with an onboard masseuse and a Michelin-starred chef. Its imposing design blends classic Rolls-Royce cues with more modern elements to create stately curb appeal that's second to none. The cabin of the extended wheelbase model is exceptionally spacious and extraordinarily comfortable. It comes with the nest leathers, woods, and metals. The fabrics are carefully chosen to deliver a palatial ambiance. As expected, interior trimmings, options, and exterior colours are customizable, but those personalization options will add signi cant cost to the Phantom's nearly halfmillion dollars starting price. If you desire something more unique in your Rolls and cost is no obstacle, the company will be more than happy to accommodate your wishes.

Porsche Panamera

Whether Panamera, Panamera Executive or Panamera Sport Turismo – the silhouette and proportions are unmistakably Porsche. Athletic, streamlined, with clear contours and powerful muscles. The long wheelbase, shorter overhang at the front and longer overhang at the rear already lend visual dynamism. The prominent sculpting of the side pro le creates the customary Porsche waistline and sense of lightness.

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Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

The all-new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is the rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era. It is the ultimate expression of two-seat, open-air luxury, this de nitive Grand Tourer spearheads a return to

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Boasting spectacular levels of luxury and state-ofthe-art technology, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sclass sedan is the German company's agship and a rolling statement of success. The latest generation looks to improve on its impressive predecessor in every way. The new S-class has grander proportions, an even richer interior,

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Cover THE LUXURY REPORTER innovative safety equipment, and some seriously futuristic features. The highlights include a 3D gauge cluster, a massive OLED touchscreen, rearwheel steering for better maneuverability, and an active air suspension that makes cornering smoother and keeps passengers safer in the event of a collision. A pair of turbocharged powertrains and standard all-wheel drive should ensure that the 2021 S-class sedan can whisk you to business meetings or gala events on time, but its indulgent amenities and lounge-like back seat could be a reason to be fashionably late.

Mercedes Benz GLS

The exterior of the new GLS embodies the Sensual Purity of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy. The third generation of the luxury large SUV combines timeless aesthetic appeal with innovative characteristics and impresses with precise details. The result: powerfully dynamic elegance and SUV-typical dominance – thanks also to the generous proportions. The interior of the new GLS combines elegant aesthetic appeal with a progressive design idiom. When it comes to spaciousness, comfort and luxury, it presents itself as the “S-Class among SUVs”. The rear in particular comes into focus with new appointments and extras – travelling in the second and third seat rows has never been so comfortable and appealing. Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive combines safety and convenience innovations. With these intelligent systems, Mercedes-Benz is not only setting standards in automotive engineering, but is also taking another important step forward on the road to accident-free and autonomous driving.

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BMW M4

new BMW M3 feature dramatically different b o d y wo r k , i n c l u d i n g a co m i c a l l y l a rg e interpretation of the famous kidney grille, the M4 is also profoundly powerful and looks to erase every performance record held by its predecessor. BMW also stuck to its roots by continuing to offer a manual transmission on the latest generation. While the stick-shift won't be available on the 503-hp M4 Competition, a rearbiased all-wheel-drive system that includes a rear-drive-only mode for ass-out antics and a different type of driving behavior will. Although the 2021 M4 looks to be an extremely exciting reinterpretation, we'll have to regulate our anticipation and reserve our nal evaluation until we can unleash it on our test track. Ferrari Monza SP2

The Ferrari Monza SP2, together with the Monza SP1, are the forerunners in a new concept, known as 'Icona' (Icon), that taps into a leitmotif of the most evocative cars in the company's history to create a new segment of special limited series cars for clients and collectors. The intention is to use a modern aesthetic to reinterpret a timeless style, with technologically advanced components and the highest performance possible through continuous innovation.

The 2021 BMW M4 is arguably one of the most radical redesigns in the company's history. Not only does the two-door version of the also-all-

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Emerging Luxury Brands To Watch In Nigeria

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here is a new vision or de nition of what luxury means in the 21st Century as consumers, in the Western world, are beginning to prize objects touched or made by human hands more than anything else. In a changing world where exclusivity in luxury is now being de ned along the lines of the story, a brand seeks to tell through its craft, be it a new take on indigenous textiles, a reinterpretation of artisanal techniques, or a genuine understanding of their identity and in uences. The meaning or nature of luxury may be fast-changing. Luxury was once synonymous with exclusivity, and aspiration, today it resonates with a much younger consumer through pillars of authenticity, e m o t i o n a l c o n n e c t i o n , u n i q u e n e s s, a n d environmental consciousness. It is in line with this new reality that we have listed below some emerging luxury brands to watch in Nigeria:

Abela ÀbélàTM by Scents of Africa® is an African-grown Luxury Home Fragrance and Aromatherapy brand handcrafted in Lagos, Nigeria. Its comprehensive range of on-shelf and ne bespoke fragrance and aromatherapy products are for use in the home, office, spas, hotels and personal care. The brand was conceived in December 2015, and it was born in the home of its brand creator, PaulInyang. Inspired by exotic scents, Paul-Inyang desired to create a sensational brand of cosmic proportions inspiring fusion of African creativity and its global in uence. A lot of thought and diligence went into the production of her range and their packaging. Paul-Inyang sourced for an artist who designed the motif for her diffuser and scented candle bottles. This bespoke motif made exclusively for her, tells of a brand that is positioning itself as a luxury perfumery brand of choice on the continent. Its collections include home fragrance diffusers, perfume candles, luxury room sprays, travel candles, aroma burner oils, aroma clays and potpourri. It also includes scented pods/sachets, insect repellent candles, purifying beeswax candles, aromatherapy candles, aromatherapy bath salts, cars scents, aromatherapy linen including pillow sprays. Noji Art The brand name is derived from the maiden name its founder, Lara Cookey. She decided to replace the 'A' in her maiden name, Onajide with 'O' from which she forms NOJI. Her family have been artists and creative people for generations, and the name Onajide means “Renaissance of Art”. Her designs are inspired by her environment, nature. The label is an expression of bold femininity in the African woman. About a third of Noji Art's current designs have elegant women

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wearing gele. The brand's designs nd expression in 100 per silk fabric. The luxury scarf shows the purity and uidity of the silk. The nishing of the edges, the quality of the printing are some of the unique features of a Noji Art piece. The nishing comes with a hand-rolled hem. The quality and design are comparable to Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. The uniqueness of her designs and the quality of silk materials used in her creations make Noji Art a brand to watch in Africa in the next few years. E'Sorae Luxury E'Sorae Luxury is a premium bedding, and home fragrance company started in 2009 by Ewaen Sorae. Before the company was open for business, most Nigerians import their premium beddings from abroad. Over the years, it has become a trusted brand for premium home linens.

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is to die for and stands out of the pack. Each piece in the collection is made from broken pearls. Using needle and thread, the craf tsmen meticulously arranged the pearls on each bag, paying great attention to detail. In a limited edition of 12 pieces, it takes an average of six hours daily to arrange the pearls. Making it a total of 11 days to bead a whole bag. The intensity of her beaded collection makes her brand, one to watch. In addition to Fendi that does beaded bags, TPS luxury comes next. She has named her collections after famous women like Olori Ladun Sijuwade, Adebisi Abiola, Dolapo Osinbajo, Stella Adadevoh, Hajia Ireti Kingibe, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Hajia Bola Shagaya amongst other women. Her embellished bags are very royal in outlook and timeless.

TPS Luxury TPS Luxur y is the brainchild of Princess Adebowale Odutola. Her label, TPS Luxury, which was conceived in 2014, is a line of handmade accessorized handbags and footwear with an ethnic touch. Her love for bags led her to make bags with local fabrics like Ankara, Adire fabrics. Her Oba Sijuwade Embellished bags (OS by TPS),

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Talks Her Brand, Rheytrak In this interview with ANGEL JAMES, ENO ESSIEN, CEO, Rheytrak, shares how her organisation has recovered stolen cars and brought joy to their owners.

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no Essien grew up reading about successful women. Their success stories are high points that propelled her to chart a career path. She started Rheytrak, a company that deals in car tracking devices after her friend's valuables were stolen in a robbery incident. The incident got her thinking about the best solution. “I wondered how one spends so much money acquiring a car and just like that the car is taken away from you,” she says. “Amid the problem, I saw a potential solution, connected all the dots and that led to the birth of Rheytrak twelve years ago.” Through its many solutions, Rheytrak has recovered several stolen vehicles in different locations in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. “The jubilation that accompanies a car recovery is always overwhelming. The satisfaction and the joy on the owners face for me is priceless and worth

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every effort my team has put in,” she adds. Part of her marketing strategy is to expose her business to the public as her services are well sought after. “We provide a solution to a nagging problem and partner with people and companies in allied businesses. Again, our highly satis ed customers usually do the advertising for us.” She tells me her unique selling point is the customer's service. “We do not just sell a product to you and go away, we are with you all the way and give you value for your money. We are available at any time of the day. We patiently educate you on how to take control of your car and how to do the various checks yourself, giving you the con dence that, “yes I am fully in charge of my asset” kind of feeling. Our tracker is such that the owner can get various information about his cars like current location, mileage, and the ability to shut down the car all by


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themselves. In the event of theft or any such thing we go all out and give you all the support you need until you repossess your car. Satisfying them the way we do, they tell others about us. We work closely with the police in the event of theft.” Operating in a male-dominated industry may have not been easy for Essien but she has been forging ahead and breaking new grounds. “I fare very well although my industry is maledominated and I am the rst and only female CEO in the industry. I am actively encouraging other females to come in. Having said that, my gender has never been an issue for me. God has given me brains and I use it just as He gave to the males. You will agree with me that the brain is not a gender determining organ. I put in my best at work.” Her driving force has been her faith in the Almighty God, her family support, the education and exposure she has been privileged to have. “The yawning need of the service I am providing

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and the satisfaction I see on my clients' faces and the vivid expression of that satisfaction in terms of letters of appreciation, plaques and awards that we receive. And honestly just that I can bring joy and smiles to people's faces.” Essien grew up in a very close-knit family made up of her father, an Engineer by profession and a very ne Journalist by occupation. Her mother, a trained nurse (now retired), an entrepreneur and also studying for her PhD degree. Her older sister, a nance executive living in England with her family and her brother, a customs officer. Her family has expanded with the addition of spouses and children. “I grew up with so much love and care, my parents taught us to put God at the centre and made us understand we could be absolutely anything we wanted to be and there are no limits to what we can achieve,” she adds. She says her life philosophy is to love the Lord with all her heart; put Him at the centre. “There's absolutely nothing I can't do. The lessons life has thought me is to be kind to others.”

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