Architecture, Art & Culture, Design, Fashion

Geometric Elegance: James Tanner Jewellery

The debut collection by artist and jewellery designer James Tanner is inspired by aviation, London’s architecture – with particular emphasis on industrial, church and Art Deco buildings – in addition to Tanner’s own work in sculpture and as a jewellery buyer, supplying designers from some of the world’s leading fashion houses with antique pieces for direct design reference.

The geometric pieces found within the collection are manufactured with solid Sterling silver and handcrafted from concept to completion in his London studio, resulting in products which are exceptionally well-made and distinctive in design. The look book for the collection shot by photographer Nic Shonfeld, can be viewed here.

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The capsule collection can be purchased online at Mr Porter in addition to the complete collection at the James Tanner website.

Architecture, Art & Culture, Design, Travel

The Hotel Can Mostatxins, Alcúdia

Beginning life as a 15th century manor house in Mallorca, the Hotel Can Mostatxins has been transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel. Located in the historic, eco-friendly tourist township of Alcúdia, the Hotel Can Mostatxins is surrounded by 30km of coastline, providing an ideal setting for those desiring a calm, welcoming atmosphere.

Though the property has recently undergone redevelopment – with those involved going to great lengths to ensure guests experience a modern hotel – the property has retained many of its original Gothic features. Resulting in a building which fits into its environment seamlessly.

The Hotel Can Mostatxins comprises a spa, plunge pool and eight bedrooms with immaculate facilities – several Double Superiors, a Tower Executive, in addition to the Suite in the Tower. All of the rooms are luxurious, filled with character whilst maintaining a modern sensibility. For instance, the walls of the bedrooms have some exposed original pale sandstone and the floors are covered in a light, oil treated oak. While the wooden beams have been lime washed and the ancient windows beautifully restored. For guests wishing to see unspoiled views across the rooftops of Alcúdia to the distant mountains and Bay of Pollenca, the Suite Room in the Tower provides these and they can be enjoyed from one of the festejadors just below the window.

The Hotel Can Mostatxins is located at Carrer del Lledoner, 15, 07400 Alcúdia, Illes Balears, Spain. To book a room online, visit here.

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Design, Fashion, Travel

Vilebrequin: SS16 Collection

Saint Tropez is associated with many things. For most summer tourists it is jostling for space to see the great, the rich and the A-listers meeting for villa soirées in Le Club 55 on Pampelonne beach or at the Byblos hotel’s Les Caves du Roy nightclub. For others, the wooded, rocky St Tropez peninsula providing panoramic views across the sea to the Maures mountains is where they want to be seen. As Peregrine writes, “It is, though, only the sheen. It disguises a multi-layered life, from villa evenings with moguls through to locals going to the market with baskets to do their daily shopping.”

It was this environment, this atmosphere, with the strolling vacationers and painters on the quayside, the influence of screen icon Brigitte Bardot starring in Et Dieu… créa la femme several years earlier who inspired Fred Prysquel in 1971 to sketch a design for swimwear on the edge of a table cloth. A design which became the Moorea – a feat of engineering were the shorts are manufactured using spinnaker sailcloth, chosen for its quick drying qualities, reinforced with double seams to ensure durability with eyelets positioned on the back below the waistband allowing water to flow rapidly out of the suit, subsequently stopping them billowing as the swimmer leaves the water – led to Prysquel founding Vilebrequin. A brand named after Prysquel’s passion for motor racing – Vilebrequin is the French word for crankshaft – and a brand synonymous with ingenuity, quality, craftsmanship and style. The originality the initial creations were crafted with can be seen today, with the launch of the Spring/Summer 2016 Happy collection and its subsequent advertising campaign.

The collection is comprised of T-shirts, shorts and swimwear and is inspired by quirky graphics, bold colour ways, and an ever-lasting summer, offering consumers a wide variety of styles, fits and finishes. This variety has been intrinsic to Vilebrequin since its diversification into womenswear and childrenswear – the Father and Son range was launched in 1994, with the Mother and Daughter line following in 2013. In 2014, Vilebrequin extended their product offering to also include resort wear, in addition to men’s and women’s beach accessories while maintaining their core values of elegance and freedom.

The Vilebrequin Spring/Summer 2016 collection can be found in Vilebrequin stores and online.

Vilebrequin can be visited on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Entertainment, Fashion, Travel

Equinox, Military, Quidditch & Frisbee: Four Ways to Improve Your Fitness

In the last few weeks I’m certain any regular gym-goer has noticed an influx of new members. Many of whom are eager to begin their New Years’ resolution of carving out their physiques to find their promised ‘new you’ lurking within this January.

A brand capitalising on this seasonal rush – complete with a glossy, high-end print, digital and out-of-home advertising campaign, Commit to Something, shot on location in Los Angeles by fashion photographer Steven Klein with styling by Mel Ottenberg and featuring models Alan Jouban, Dudley O’Shaughnessy, Erik Sage, Lydia Hearst, Mark Maceachen, Ryan Tift and Silvester Ruck – are Equinox. The American import, whose sole UK gym is located in the historic Derry and Toms building on Kensington High Street, state that “Equinox is about commitment, we are obsessed with it, and we challenge our members to know who they are and what they want,” and this message is conveyed through their newly-released aspirational promotional materials.

Equinox offers their members access to individual training and various classes, such as Boxing Boot Camp and Tabata, in venues associated with energy, luxury and an impeccable attention to detail. Which is ideal if you want to train in an indoor group environment, by yourself or with one or two friends in an exceptionally well-designed, modern facility.

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However, this isn’t the only environment in which to enhance your fitness – particularly for those individuals who prefer to train outdoors, by themselves, or in an outdoor group environment with a specific goal in mind. For instance, traveling to somewhere with sunshine later this year, participating in a sporting competition or meeting new people while they exercise. I recently received a newsletter from Tom Cullen, editor and founder of I Choose Birmingham, which briefly discussed his attempts at improving his fitness and options available to achieve this goal within the Midlands. This piqued my interest and I subsequently began researching alternative methods of improving my own health and well-being, too – some of which are discussed below.

British Military Fitness

British Military Fitness (BMF) was founded on the principles of training learned in the armed forces. The idea is to get people of all fitness abilities outdoors training in parks, with motivation provided by military trained instructors. However, those behind BMF recognise that their classes are only effective and fun if an individual is exercising at the right ability level for them. Consequently, they decided to divide all class participants into three main ability groups: blue for beginners, red for intermediates, and green for advanced participants. This ensures that each participant is guaranteed an effective workout with people with a similar level of fitness. For further information about BMF and class locations, visit here.

British Military Fitness can be visited on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Quidditch UK

Many of us will be familiar with Quidditch through Harry Potter, the series by author JK Rowling. However, it’s not required that you enjoy the books or films to participate in the sport, even if Rowling did publish a guidebook to Quidditch several years ago. Quidditch UK write that the sport “is a trailblazer in the sporting world for inclusivity, played and followed by some of the most open-minded individuals in the world. It is both fun and highly competitive, a great hobby, keeps you fit and also makes you a part of a great community.” For further information, click here.

Quidditch UK can be visited on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.

Ultimate Frisbee

UK Ultimate, the National Governing Body for the sport of ultimate in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, write that “Ultimate is a fast-moving team sport enjoyed by millions of players the world over. Although frequently compared to sports like soccer or American Football, Ultimate has some unique features that set it apart. There are no referees. And it’s played with a flying disc. To compete at the highest level, Ultimate players require speed, agility and endurance. Yet beginners find the game easy to learn and fun to play.” And they invite you to “Grab a disc, get out there, and discover why many think this is the ultimate team sport.” For further information, click here.

UK Ultimate can be visited on Twitter and Facebook.

Design, Fashion

Fabric + Leather: Troubadour SS16 Collection

When founders Abel Samet and Samuel Bail created British luggage retailer Troubadour their aim was to “produce a classic, durable bag that married function and style – one you’d happily carry with you for years and years.” The Spring/Summer 2016 promotional materials display the recently launched Fabric + Leather collection, which is comprised of a holdall, a tote, a barrel bag and a full-zip briefcase manufactured by artisanal family businesses in collaboration with Samet and Bail.

As MacDonald writes, the result is “a selection of new, handcrafted silhouettes, each developed using a vegetable-tanned Italian leather and three premium fabrics: an open-weave nylon, a technical canvas, and a matte rubberised material.” Each item within the Fabric + Leather collection provides consumers with a product which is unique, utilitarian and sophisticated in design while being more lightweight and relaxed in construction, in comparison to previous collections.

The Troubadour Fabric + Leather collection can be purchased in selected stockists, and online.

Troubadour can be visited on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Art & Culture, Design, Entertainment, Literature

Slow Days, Fast Company: Eve Babitz

I wrote previously about the resurgence of interest in the works of author Eve Babitz, with the publication of Eve’s Hollywood in October 2015 by the NYRB. Although, until recently, the only way to obtain a copy of its successor, 1977’s Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A., was with a French translation, published by Gallmeister in 2014 or to have a spare few hundred pounds in your back pocket for a used original copy.

However, on August 30th 2016, the NYRB will be issuing a new print run of Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A., a fictionalised account of Babitz’s life in Los Angeles, California, in which she writes, “Perhaps if the details are all put together, a certain pulse and sense of place will emerge, and the integrity of empty space with occasional figures in the landscape can be understood at leisure and in full, no matter how fast the company.”

Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. can be pre-ordered here.