Bright Light PR has been appointed to handle all PR and VIP responsibilities for MAM Originals, a minimalistic and sustainable creator of handcrafted timepieces for men and women. Influenced by the easy-living and liberal lifestyle of their home city Barcelona, MAM Originals designs are both simple and contemporary whilst ensuring all pieces are environmentally and socially empowering.
MAM Originals timepieces are produced using exclusively Indonesian, Thai and Canadian wood, sourced from forests managed under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The wood selected for their pieces originates from environmentally conscious suppliers who aim to protect and conserve the forest’s ecosystems as well as respecting the rights of its workers, communities and indigenous people.
The timepieces created by MAM Originals are for the passionately creative and the style revered. A dedication to clean designs, sustainability and the highest of quality, MAM Originals handcraft each timepiece with extensive attention to detail.
Paige Mengers, Managing Director of Bright Light commented “We are very excited to be working with such an original and passionate brand that wants to expand their UK presence. With our knowledge in the luxury, digital and accessories markets, we will be able to create a 360 campaign to introduce MAM Originals to the UK media and fashion community. We are delighted to welcome MAM Originals into our portfolio.”
September 2017: Huntsham Court (www.huntshamcourt.co.uk; 01398 361 277), the exquisite private-hire Victorian mansion close to Tiverton, is ‘pawsitively’ delighted when guests bring their four-legged friends to stay and has launched a selection of special touches just for visiting pooches: Huntsham Hounds.
Inspired by co-owners Christopher Badham and Damian Llambias, Huntsham Hounds helps ensure guests enjoy a truly ‘home from home’ experience at the 35-bedroom Devon manor house. Themselves owners of Elby, a rough-haired Slovakian pointer, they see no reason why four-legged friends should be left out.
Huntsham Court co-owner, Christopher Badham, said: “Home wouldn’t be home without Elby, so we’re thrilled when a four-legged friend can share our guests’ fun at Huntsham Court. Allowing free roaming rights throughout the house and gardens means that our guests’ dogs can explore at will as their human pals succumb to the charm of the house, whether that be to chill out or party on.”
Well-behaved Huntsham Hounds enjoy full access to the entire house and its five acres of gardens, including Garden Cottage and the Gatekeeper’s house, if hired by their owners as part of their celebration or event. They can enjoy their favourite foodie treat during their stay and if they prefer their own bed to cosying up in one of the estate’s 42 suites and bedrooms, comfortable dog beds are available.
For weddings and civil partnerships, special arrangements can be made to accommodate guests’ dogs, whether they are participating in the ceremony or simply enjoying the spectacle.
Badham said: “Dogs are such treasured members of the household and to ensure our guests enjoy the relaxed grandeur of Huntsham Court to the full, it’s only right that Fido – or Bella, Poppy or Alfie – are welcome, too. With five acres of gardens to romp and roam through during the day, our guests may find their dogs are fast asleep by suppertime. Whatever the weather, walkies are a wonderful way to clear away the cobwebs and enjoy lungfuls of delicious Devon air.”
Huntsham Court, which is available for private hire, boasts five grand reception rooms and extensive grounds that can comfortably accommodate up to 130 guests for large functions with smaller rooms available for more intimate events.
Huntsham Hounds is a range of special touches for well-behaved canine guests accompanying their owners and is complimentary. Additional bespoke services can be arranged on request including doggy friendly baked goods and professional dog grooming.
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Pandaware pleased to announce the addition of a third ship to join their Laos Flotilla on the Mekong River in September 2019. This will be the 17th vessel in the Pandaw Fleet that currently ply the waterways of six South-East Asian countries.
The double decked vessel to be named RV Sabei Pandaw will be 45 meters long and designed to meet the navigational challenges of shooting the rapids in the Laos gorges. At the same time it will have the shallow draft to enable year round passage across Yunnan into China.
The Sabei will have just twelve classic Pandaw staterooms and an open plan saloon with flexible indoor or outdoor dining.
The Sabei will be deployed between Vientiane, the Laos capital, to Jinghong in China. Travellers on this four-country expedition will visit Laos, Thailand, Burma and China. Highlights include the ancient Laos capital of Luang Prabang, visits to tribal villages, national parks and the river itself which is intensely dramatic and wild.
Pandaw Founder, Paul Strachan believes that of all the Pandaw rivers the Upper Mekong is the most exciting, “There can be no waterborne experience to match sailing through Laos. The fast river with its continual spate of white water, the jungle clad peaks, the gorges; then there is the friendly welcome in every village, the ethnic diversity and the cultural riches. Traversing the remotest parts of four very different countries you see all of South-East Asia, lost and timeless”.
Pandaw were the first to open luxury river expeditions in Laos in 2015 and added a second ship last year extending the programme from Laos to Thailand to continue to China.
According to VP Sales and Marketing, Marco Rosa, “We have seen considerable demand for Laos and this current year both our ships are more-or-less full. This new vessel will really help satisfy that demand”.
Youthful Pandaw travellers are an intrepid bunch and use the vessel as a base for expeditions ashore, trekking or by mountain bike. Cuisine on board is mixed Laos-Thai and international dishes are available on request. Last year 45% of Pandaw’s FIT bookings were repeaters and the Pandaw brand enjoys cult status amongst its followers.
For reservations and more information, call 0208 326 5620 or go to www.pandaw.com.
SJ Villas Adds Three New Homes in the laid-back chic Brazilian Village Trancoso
13 September 2017: Known as the most undiscovered paradise in Brazil, Trancoso has become an aspirational holiday destination in recent years for discerning, international travellers. London-based, award-winning company, SJ Villas, has added three new properties to its exclusive collection of hand-picked homes, as the remote village’s white-sand, semi-deserted beaches is fast becoming the place to be this New Year’s Eve.
Trancoso is a small village located in the district of Porto Seguro and is one of the most sought-after locations on the coast of Bahia. A few years ago, some of the privately owned, charming houses started to offer accommodation options to visitors, but with full luxury hotel amenities. Nearby are advanced level golf courses surrounded by rainforests, cliffs and dunes, and with spectacular views of the South Atlantic Ocean.
Accessible by internal flights from either Porto Seguro Airport or Salvador International Airport, Trancoso is an ideal place to see in the New Year, with exotic beaches, warm waters and the famous Quadrado, the place to be see and be seen!
Swim amongst the rainforest at Casa Viva
One of the original Trancsoso beach houses, Casa Viva boasts fine Bahian architecture under a traditional thatched roof. New for 2017 is the beautifully designed ‘jungle pool’ where guests can relax and swim amongst the rainforest. The house has its own large seated area on the beach, where guests can stay cool.
With one master suite, four double suites and one twin suite, Casa Viva sleeps up to 12 guests and the rooms are surrounded by lush gardens and just 100 metres away from a pristine beach front. The property also offers a home cinema, kayaks for guests to use, a daily maid service, a cook and a barman.
Quintessential Cottages on the deserted Itaquena Beach
A Trancoso beach house, set 100 metres from the Itaquena Beach on the gated domain of Itapororoca, this property has seven private cottages each with en suite bathrooms, offering sea and garden views. Just a short drive to Trancoso village and the Quadrado, few tourists can reach this far along the beach meaning it is very secluded. Guests can enjoy the total privacy of the home but also the lively Transoco scene whenever they wish.
Light and airy with masses of outdoor living areas and a big heated pool, the garden gate opens onto the large, sandy beach of Itaquena, the property also boasts a gym, 24-hour security, three maids, a cook, two assistants and a valet.
Located high in the hills offering spectacular sea views, this property epitomises the laid-back chic living of Trancoso. A five-minute drive to Quadrado and a five-minute walk to the beautiful Nativos Beach, this stunning property is perfectly located. Built in a traditional style, the rooms are large and breezy and the bedrooms all have wooden terraces. This property is truly peaceful and the shady pergola-covered day bed is the ideal place for visitors to relax.
The property sleeps up to 12 in one of the two Master Suites, one with a Japanese bath, and four double bedrooms, two of which are located in the guest house. Services include a house keeper, two maids and a cook. Guests can also enjoy the breath-taking outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by palm trees, as well as the hot tub.
Milan based label with an innate rebellious aesthetic.
From fashion to art and through music, di Liborio’s collection’s inspiration has always been influenced by the aesthetics of interior design, scenography, theatrical costume, fashion design and the world of rock.
Since the debut of the brand four years ago, the collections have been shown in some of the world’s most renowned stores, such as L’Eclaireur, H Lorenzo, Corso Como 10, Antonioli, Vision etc.
This season di Liborio will be debuting at London Fashion Week for the first time.
DANS LA VIE RIRA SUGAWARA
In a stagnant sea of block colours, clean lines and cold geometric shapes, Dans La Vie Rira Sugwara is a label that refreshingly stands out with its rebellious nature of clashing prints, hues and textures
The brand’s DNA is ‘Clash Beauty’ which represents going against the grain in all aspects related to what is considered ‘normal’ and pushing the boundaries of conventional beauty. This seasons collection aims to revolt further and abolish gender lines in fashion. Rira uses male models for the first time in her career to showcase these unisex designs.
Known as “The Internets Fave Designer” ( Yahoo News ) Originating from Taipei, Taiwan. Malan Breton, the designer, founded Malan Breton collection in 2005, following his training at Turnbull & Asser, and Scaasi. Malan Breton HOMME was introduced in 2010, and in 2016 Malan Breton Bridal, Handbags, and Underwear.
The Malan Breton collection is shown each season at London Fashion week, and New York Fashion Week, also being presented in New York, Taiwan, China, France, and London to retailers. The collection is known for its signature detailing, ethereal gowns, and simple shift dresses in incomparable fabrics. For men the collection is known for its sharply tailored suits, use of colour, and impeccable fabrics, fit, and detailing. The collections can be found at department stores, and specialty boutiques around the globe, Breton is also a master of the made to measure suit, and has a steadfast following of businessmen, career women, celebrities, politicians, and royals globally.
Pam Hogg continues to create, direct, produce and style her collections, shown each season at London Fashion Week. Her designs are supported by regular front row guests including Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie, Siouxsie Sioux, Jamie Winstone, Steven Jones, Vivienne Westwood, Nick Rhodes, Alison Mosshart, Gareth Pugh, Judy Blame and Suzanne Bartsch. Her clothes are constantly requested by artists and celebrities including Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kylie and Beyonce.
Ollari is an elevated contemporary womenswear brand based in New York City. Derived from international cultures and destinations, Ollari collections make women feel unique, confident and exclusive. The SS18 collection, Le Jardin Mosaic, is feminine, daring and playful. The inspiration came from the strong culture of Morocco derived from its mosaic tiles, architecture and colourful textiles.
This season Jayne Pierson launches her Spring Summer 2018 Collection named God “Created Women”. Inspired by the Film, Jayne’s collection has a variety of fabrics including deconstructed denim, neon shearling with duchesse silk. The silhouettes in this collection are crafted in the spirit of luxury and pay homage to pagan primitive marks and symbols.
N&S GAIA is a contemporary womenswear label originating from New Delhi that is rich in unique design and fabric techniques, founded by designer, Sidharth Sinha in 2013.
The brand is a big advocate of mindful production and all things upcycling. The importance of this factor is reflected in the naming pillars, the ‘N’ and ‘S’ in N&S GAIA standing for Nature and Sustainability. N&S GAIA’s approach is “less is more”. Through this ethical mind set, N&S GAIA has become the pioneer of sustainability in Indian fashion.
N&S GAIA will be returning to London Fashion Week for the third time to present the SS18 collection.
Michaela Frankova’s fox trots her way back to london fashion week with her Spring Summer 2018 collection, inspired by the old classic Hollywood glamour and cinema movie stars such as Lauren Bacall and Greta Garbo from the 1920’s to 1940’s. Following her collection Michaela has incorporated her signature style to this era adding graphics works from digital artist T-Mo Bauer adding a youthful and elegant approach to this glamourous range. Using a variety of fabrics in her collection including rich and luxurious silks, hand embroidered lace and scuba jersey which adds a current edge to these timeless classics.
This season Rocky Star brings to you a vision of self-love and confidence. Confidence that is beautiful and powerful; this collection will make you look beyond the ordinary and the obvious and take you into a world of psychedelic wonderment.
Mysterious prints and stunning handcrafted embroideries with gorgeous silhouettes in soft, flowing fabrics create a mesmerising effect transporting you to a world of raw, pristine beauty. The colour palette includes nude and deep forest colours giving the collection an ethereal aura and a glimpse of a poisonous escape.
Dumpty Studio was established in London by fashion designers Ruru and Linbing whose expertise lies in silhouette designing and textures. Dumpty’s Spring Summer ‘18 collection turns with characteristic lucidity to the world of nineteenth-century surgery. Showing menswear, womenswear and knitwear this season, the brand sets out to move the boundaries for silhouettes and textures by using the illustrations of crude surgeries from Richard Barnett’s book “Crucial Interventions” as the main source of inspiration.
Launched back in 2012, Fashion International has become as a premium platform for both UK and International designers who wish to show during the busy, high profile London Fashion Week. Having presented collections to full houses for six hugely successful seasons, this season, Fashion International showcases the talents of multiple designers: Samaira Ghani, Bernhard Dyne, Anna Gilder, Irshaad, Amishi London, AKANI, MIA by MIA VICKERY, Yuvna KIm and Omar Mansoor.
RUBAAIYAT BY MINI BINDRA
The Indian fashion brand Rubaaiyat takes its inspiration from the poems (rubaiyas) of the Persian poet Omar Khayyam. Like Omar’s poems, the brand endeavours to capture the essence of love and spirit in their array. The SS18 collection is an ode to the glamorous look of the 80’s – a stark contrast to the quintessential street fashion from that era.
Fashion Scout, the international showcase for fashion pioneers, is delighted to announce the four winners of Ones to Watch for London Fashion Week SS18: NEO design, Ji Won Choi, Triinu Pungits and Starsica who were selected from a long list of emerging designers by a panel of industry experts. Fashion Scout Founder Martyn Roberts commented: “This season’s Ones to Watch truly demonstrates what the award was created to showcase. Our most international show to date, the diverse nature of cultures and styles exhibited by our winners for this season will come together in the highlight of the S/S18 Schedule.”
INIFD-LST – A RANGEEN RIOT
The India based Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) in association with The London School of Trends (LST) will return for another successful season at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week for the Spring Summer 2018 collections. The “A Rangeen Riot” show brings a colourful kaleidoscope of traditional fabric found in India and the expertise of local traditional Indian surface embellishment, creating in that way an exciting array of design-focused collections.
INIFD-LST – THE NEW RASHTRA
The India based Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) in association with The London School of Trends (LST) will return for another successful season at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week for the Spring Summer 2018 collections. “The New Rashtra” show is a more structural show where designers are set to rework modern tech fabrics into louche and relaxed silhouettes while still showcasing traditional Indian craft techniques at its best.
Innovation X: A Portrait of India is an experiential event that celebrates India’s growing fashion industry and the 70th year of the country’s independence. A representation of established and emerging pioneering Indian designers will have the opportunity to present their capsule collections and celebrate traditional Indian techniques and craftsmanship. Designers include House of Masaba by Masaba Gupta, JASMINUM, KM by Kanika Machanda, MA by Avleen, RAEGUN, Hardika Gulati, Sakshi Bhalla and MALMAL TADKA by Priyanka Khosla.
Apu Jan is a contemporary London based womenswear label that is rich in innovative knitwear techniques. Apu expresses his message and inspiration through encompassing it within the complex prints and patterns of his collection. Apu’s designs are usually shaped by traditional oriental silhouettes that are brought to life though three-dimensional visual effects through his pioneering knitwear craftsmanship.
London, – jj Media, the toolbox for creation launches the ‘UK Photography Awards for Young People’ as part of the ‘jj Foundation’, established as a way to centralise the company’s charitable efforts. The foundation aims to inspire, support and motivate young photographers and filmmakers in the pursuit of their creative goals and careers.
To launch the awards the jj Foundation have partnered with Eastside Educational Trust, a leading youth arts provider in London. jj Media and Eastside Educational Trust are calling out to anyone 13-25 years of age in full time education who has an interest in photography.
To enter the competition is free, all you need is a maximum of three digital images within the following categories: portrait, landscape, street photography, still life/art and fashion. Prizes include: a one-day professional studio hire in jj Studio London, with advice from the photographic assistants & a Nikon DSLR camera.
Matt Lane, Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director from Eastside Educational Trust commented:
‘Eastside is delighted to be working in partnership with jj Foundation to deliver the UK Photography Awards For Young People 2017. Through connecting young people to world class opportunities, we at Eastside are determined to support the dreams and aspirations of all young people and create opportunities for them to unlock their potential.’
The jj Foundation has been set up by Johnny Jones Chairman and Founder of jj Media who built the foundation based on his own experiences as a photographer. Johnny won his first photography competition age 11 and then went on to be offered jobs by Conde Nast and Vogue, before becoming Chairman of jj Media who now have 10 film, photographic & event spaces, lighting, digital camera hire and a locations agency.
Johnny Jones, Chairman and Founder of jj Media commented:
‘I believe as a successful business owner it’s our responsibility to ‘give something back’ and help young people in the pursuit of their dreams. There are many aspects and career paths in our industry – and students may not realise that being a photographer is a business itself.
In my younger days, I was inspired and encouraged by art directors, copywriters, video editors, stylists, film directors, artists and photographers. When I look back on my career path, armed with a simple portfolio, I was given many opportunities that might have passed me by had it not been for all these creative people willing to give me a chance. I hope the jj Foundation can do the same.’
Josh Jones, CEO of jj Media commented:
‘We are very fortunate to work in such a vibrant and exciting industry, something we do not take for granted. It’s also a very tough industry to get into, unless you know someone who can cut you in, it’s very competitive. We wish to support emerging talent by offering our services to free of charge to help young people build experience and exposure to the industry which will help their future careers.
We established the foundation to centralise our charitable efforts, as a team we naturally choose to support charities in various ways. We are going to grow the foundation by building partnerships with select charities and increase the support we bring to them. To do this we will be offering parts of our groups services free of charge as well as concentrating the team’s charitable efforts into once place to increase awareness.
Our industry is fast paced and demanding. As a business we want all of our team to feel they have the time to personally give something back to a cause they believe in. Using our charitable partnerships all staff have the option to take one paid days leave per month to support a charity.’
Schoffel skiwear is synonymous with quality, style and functionality on the slopes, and has been for the brand’s entire history. Founded in 1804, the Schoffel family have nurtured this well-loved brand, providing a high level of innovation and creativity to cement its reputation as one of the top outdoor and skiwear brands on the market.
Schoffel skiwear is renowned for its use of advanced materials and modern designs to ensure ultimate protection from the weather. Ventloft is an insulation technology which Schoffel themselves created and which is combined with various outer shells in a range of different products. Ventloft consists of three-dimensional hollow fibres which combine excellent warming power with low weight, and which dries 20% faster than comparable materials. The company has also developed its own waterproof membrane technology known as Venturi, which is a 2-layer material that effectively keeps out moisture while maintaining a high level of breathability. Altai Fleece is another material used by Schoffel, and which has a high thermal rating in relation to its weight, making it perfect for layering both on and off the slopes.
Schoffel skiwear comprises of both an Active and Style collection, ensuring that customers are given a wide range of options and ensuring that every eventuality is catered for. Details including faux fur hood trims, contrast zips and belted waists define the women’s Style collection this season. The Active range focuses on technical aspects of the apparel; such as zip extensions to make zips easier to handle and concealed ski pass pockets. Within the Active range, the men’s Jonathan jacket is the Austrian Ski Team’s jacket of choice this year. With the partnership between Schoffel Ski and the Austrian Ski Team now in its seventh year, it shows no signs of slowing down.
With a full range available for men, women and children, Schoffel has everything you need to provide the whole family with premium skiwear that guarantees high levels of durability, with an emphasis on exceptional cut, fit and style.
This year, Europe’s leading online store for exclusive designer handbags, fashionette opens the doors to its first ever physical store in Düsseldorf’s reputed “Königsallee” boulevard. Home to only the most prestigious luxury fashion houses available on the high-street, fashionette new boutique will take pride of place at the city’s trademark, representing 250 bags from 25 designer labels available to buy in the store.
Created as a stimulating shopping paradise for lovers of designer brands together in one place, the store’s interior will echo a walk-in-wardrobe – brimming with the finest designer handbags, small leather goods and accessories – luxurious and inviting environment for first time shoppers or online patrons of the brand alike.
Both a catwalk and a resting place for treasured designer collections, fashionette’s new flagship will bring customers the unique opportunity to choose from the very best designer handbags through an intimate service; in a similar way you would via visiting the online store. By integrating these digital elements to the dynamic waters of retail, the brand hopes to connect with its customers on a new level – ensuring they trust they are selecting one of the very best from a curated collection representing the very best from fashionette, and also want to return to the store again and again.
“We wanted to create a home for fashionette that would allow our customers to experience the quality and feel of our bags right before their eyes,” said Dr. Sebastian Siebert, co-founder of the brand. “The store will offer a special little world where you can be inspired by designer accessories like nowhere else.”
The new store is open now and accessible on the Königsallee. For further information on fashionette please visit www.fashionette.co.uk.
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