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Modern Luxury – Trends in Branding

The new modern luxury roars freedom, flexibility, and eccentricity.  The collaboration of stylish streetwear with luxury brands, genderless approach, quirky brand images and the flair of uniqueness rattles the traditions.  As our planet moves towards positive partnerships and collaborative sentiments to create flourishing communities, the luxury style is powered by acceptance, inclusion, affiliation, and sustainability.

Gucci - The new men’s Tailoring campaign features Dapper Dan, the Harlem couturier renowned for the custom designs he created for celebrities, athletes and hip-hop artists in the 80s and early 90s.
Gucci – The new men’s Tailoring campaign features Dapper Dan, the Harlem couturier renowned for the custom designs he created for celebrities, athletes and hip-hop artists in the 80s and early 90s.

Undeniably the luxury lifestyle is being emblazoned by street art & fashion, sportswear brands, social and political uncertainties, technology and personal sentiments.  The acceptance of this cultural shift, influenced by emerging designers that have been brought up by the influence of Hip Hop and Rap culture and conspicuously merge authenticity with creativity is apparent throughout luxury brands. At the same time, the majority of growth in this particular market is driven by the change in wealth distribution and the shift in consumption of luxury goods by affluent millennials.  As for the luxury industry, it’s attempt to be relevant and represent this mindset demands adventurous creativity and savvy business approach.

F is for... Campaign:  Six super street legends, got together and wrote the word FUTURE in six different languages inside a giant yellow ring. To spread a mega positive vibe across Rome and beyond, breaking all barriers for a fearless future for all the freaks around! Image by Frendi
F is for… Campaign: Six super street legends, got together and wrote the word FUTURE in six different languages inside a giant yellow ring. To spread a mega positive vibe across Rome and beyond, breaking all barriers for a fearless future for all the freaks around! Image by Frendi

The zeitgeist of our times values unexpected collaborations and distance itself from flying solo. This particular trend has been successful to motivate the affluent millennials.  To engage and consume the intangible image created by luxury life and style is about seduction to the extent that the sense of belonging and acceptance in this particular community is not an option but essential. This idea might appear two-dimensional; however, the underpinning notion of blurring the hierarchy lines between different brands in its way is the language of progress and social inclusion. Distancing from the old styles and introducing fresh attitudes bring brand awareness to a diverse audience.

In 2017, Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Supreme is undeniably an endorsement of inclusion. Supreme has all the elements of a valuable affiliation due to it’s young demographic, genderless designs and limited editions.  Consumers from different realms of taste, behaviours and dress codes where brought together by their shared interest in fashion honouring their differences.  Together the two brands created a tribal affiliation and an exclusivity hype resulting in a sold-out experience.

Supreme X Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2017
Supreme X Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2017

Another good example is the collaboration between the luxury fashion house Gucci and Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal. For the past few years, Gucci has appealed and secured an affiliation to millennials thanks to their design evolution and remarkable online presence. Their narrative illustrates mythical and surreal universes and underlines quality and uniqueness of their brand.  The combination is Super Cool!

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Having social-conscious values and adopting responsible environmental practices add the desirability quality to the luxury brands. They need to take a principled stand to gain favour among the millennials, the growing segment of the premium consumer market. Cultural diversity, labor practices, philanthropy or environmentally conscious lifestyles foster respect among the customers.

For instance, delving into luxury hotels, the ultra-exclusive Nekupe Sporting Resort & Retreat, built by the American Nicaragua Fund, is an innovative way that offers high-end luxury experience. The ANF, founded by Alfredo and Theresa Pellas, a wealthy family that believes in creating opportunities, self-sufficiency, and dignity for the poorest sectors of the population through the partnership model. They have reforested their 1,300 acres by planting more than 14,000 trees, hoping to restore natural habitat, increase local employment and their income. The ANF has contributed to well being of villages by building homes, creating access to health care, education and water management solutions. An Eco-Friendly resort that offers luxury experience with a clear conscious.

 

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Nekupe Resort

 

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Last but not least, enabling consumers to live a lifestyle true to themselves and being responsible towards community are the pillars of a brand’s authenticity.  Successful representation of the authentic perception of your core values to technology savvy consumers involves meaningful digital narratives as well as offering instant gratification through mobile and e-commerce.

 

How to Create Your Ideal Lifestyle

Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.”

Living your ideal lifestyle involves how you feed your personality traits and tendencies. Are you nurturing your positive disposition in life or shifting towards negativity? What are your world-views or how do you perceive your self-image? Prior to answering these questions, we must understand that there is a clear distinction between our responses to certain situation which will dictate our moods or emotions and our dispositional affect. Which translates into personality traits. Bear in mind that the intensity of our emotions is directly related to our mentality.

Ulysse Nardine
Ulysse Nardine

Individuals who have tendencies towards positive attitudes are innovative and creative. They will make better decisions in dealing with important situations or negotiate in a cooperative state of mind. Having an optimistic view is not to be mindless of dangers or uncertainties but to plan efficiently and be willing to be flexible in one’s activities.

Bathke Bespoke
Bathke Bespoke

There is no influence like the influence of habit

The energy you inject into your mental focus steer your direction in life. To increase the likelihood of achieving your goals, you need to squash the unproductive thoughts and habits. By practicing awareness you can catch the negativity monster and toss it out of your mind. Figuratively speaking create an image of the unwanted thought as the most despicable entity and breathe it out of your system. Or as once a spiritual Master in a Buddhist Temple advised, close your eyes, imagine a divine or a peaceful source that generates red light unto you. Inhale the light through your nose deep into your being and exhale the black smoke out of your mouth. Repeat nine times and then change the colour of the red light to an angelic hue while you continue your breathing exercise.

NEW CONTINENTAL GT - Bentley Motors
NEW CONTINENTAL GT – Bentley Motors

Replacing habits that impede your progress towards your desired lifestyle can be replaced by vibrant and useful traits. Reminding yourself about the purpose of your endeavour, breaking down the general statement of change in patterns of behaviour to specific and practical actions or conducts, strengthens your efforts to reach your goals.

Italian artist Millo Mural Painting
Italian artist Millo Mural Painting

The Universe is change, our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius

Ultimate Boardroom in the Sky - Boeing (AV Planners)
Ultimate Boardroom in the Sky – Boeing (AV Planners)

An architect has a vision and a goal. He investigates, sketches, designs, includes details, develops, considers support team and tools, administers and observes the process to completion. Just like an architect, our abstract or concrete hopes and lifestyle are attainable if we consciously attract what we want and positively take part in polishing our behaviours to shine.

Ultimately,  progress and self-development is never-ending and that is why life is worth living in Style!

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Dolceacqua – A medieval village in Italian Riviera

Following the trail of Claude Monet, the picturesque village of Dolceacqua, at the bottom of Nervia Valley, in the Italian region of Liguria is an expressive sight.

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Dolceacqua’s iconic stone footbridge that arches over the Nervia river, dubbed by the master of impressionist, Claude Monet ” jewel of lightness” and the Doria Castle depicted in 1884 is the birth place of powerful Doria Clan who were lord of Genoa in 16th and 17th century. The castle is in ruins however at the top, the restoration has allowed an area for festivals and plays with a panoramic view of the spontaneous nature of Liguria.

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The cobblestone walkways and alleys with twists and loops, the artist shops and the adorable restaurants all air medieval romance and characterize the gentility of the knights of the round table. Among the eateries, “Casa e Bottega”, accentuates the essence of Dolceacqua charm and marvellous cuisine.

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The primary economic activities of the region are olives, production of roses, mimosas, brooms and local speciality wine called “Rossesse”. The wine grape is aromatic and garrigue flavoured, suggesting bushy, wild and fragrant plants.

With every old town and city, there is a story and the legend of Dolceacqua is about women’s emancipation. The tragic love story of Lucrezia and Basso, two lovers who fought against the “Jus Primae Noctis”, which means the newlywed bride should spend her wedding night with the lord of the region.  The story recounts that while Lucrezia and Basso were celebrating their secret marriage, the Marquise’s guards kidnaped her to perform her duty. However, she refused and was imprisoned and left to die in the dungeons of the castle. Basso broke in the castle and forced the Marquis to abolish the law with a knife at his throat. The residents of Dolceacqua celebrate this victory with a sweet pastry called “Michetta” accompanied by “Rossesse di Dolceacqua” wine.

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Teresa Carles – Vegetarian’s Delight

“Eat better, be happier, live longer” 

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Vacations are about having fun and new experiences. The opportunity to explore new ways of life, fresh outlooks and experimenting novel or authentic dishes. Still, tasty healthy meals can be tossed in to this solid time of gourmandism.

Next time you are in Barcelona, treat yourself to Teressa Carles nutritious foods and drinks. With 35 years of experience and author of  several cook books, talented Teresa Carles was influenced by Catalan cuisine and healthy eating.

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She offers variety of tasty and healthy vegetarian plates in “teresa carles” restaurant, a great value for the price in a comfortable setting, as well as in a flexitarian place called “Flax & Kale”.

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The TC’s kale salad, with cherry tomatoes, avocado, mixed sprouts and nori seaweed with their special lime dressing; aubergine cake and seitan burger are highly recommended.

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They also provide nourishing cold pressed juices, smoothies and wellness elixir shots. The brand has also created a healthy fast food restaurant called “Stairway to Health”. A blend of juice bar and healthy eatery, where you can have tacos, burgers, soups and gluten-free bakery.

The “teresa carles” vegetarian restaurant is located in downtown Barcelona, El Raval. A spirited neighbourhood with a dynamic nightlife where you can delight in transcendent activities.

 

Teresa Carles add: 
Jovellanos, 2 | Pelai – Tallers08001 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 17 18 29

 

The Artistry of French Food – Interview with Chantal Véchambre

“The easiest way to win the hearts and the minds is through food”. 

 The French gastronomical delights are a rewarding experience that embrace elegance.  Hospitality “à la Française”, with the mouth-watering timeless sauces and creatively mixed ingredients to concoct memorable dishes, is the nonpareil decision on many occasions. The savoury indulgence of french culinary nourishes relationships, fosters interactions, builds cooperation and fuels the aesthetics of your event.

We met with Parisian Chef, Chantal Véchambre in Toronto to learn about her style in creating the elegant french cuisine.

What is your story: My story is all about a Parisian lady chef in Toronto… without a restaurant.

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What qualities should a chef have apart from cooking skills: Curiosity, openmind, planification, organization, kindness towards employees.

Your “one” super power quality as a chef: Knowledge of French classic cooking skills.

Do you have a golden rule in your kitchen: No interruption and I’m referring specially to individuals who just drop by without making appointments. Certain preparations require full concentration, plus, I prefer to work in isolation and have the luxury of mental planning without disruption.

How do you choose your suppliers:  Well it depends on dishes and the budget, a good balance of quality and cost. I always assess the delivery commitment in selecting my suppliers.

What elements you consider aesthetically to create harmony and balance in your menu: Color, density & ingredients.

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Do you ever propose your clients “service en confusion”? If yes when and why? I think you are referring  to the « ambigu » which was very popular among the French aristocracy in the 18th century. It was a manner of setting the feasting table, sort of buffet style,  in the days of yore. Certainly, a regal feast arrangement is splendid, still personally I prefer butler style bouchées serving or stations with chaffing dishes with a server to help guests…. as buffets turn to a mess and a waste of food.

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3 tips to impress your guests for wedding menus?  French touch, classic recipe, sophisticated presentation.

What kind of dishes you suggest to create connection and spark conversation? An old fashioned recipe from French country culinary heritage.

One secret of French Haute cuisine: The sauces.

Your take on: “Culinary diplomacy” examines how food can be used as a tool to promote relationship-building, cooperation, and peace: When the stomach is filled and the brain is satisfied, we can talk easely about peace!

World leaders who you like to host and cook for in your kitchen while discussing exchange of ideas: Pape François, Obama, Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth and now Macron of course.

What is you favourite “saying”, “quote”, “idiom” with food? : En avoir plein l’assiette (have our plate full): to have a lot to do (and not need more !)

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As a host of private dinner how do we choose our desert menu: savoury?Sweet?Sweet, a desert is always sweet!

Is it completely inept and far from french etiquette to serve cheese platter prior to serving dinner?

Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 10.47.34 PMCheese platter charges the palate before the dinner, and fills the stomach as well.

Your favourite dessert: many…. Creme Caramel, Bavarois, Opera, NY Cheese Cake….

3 French table etiquettes: 

  • guests to be served at the same time for a dish
  • no cell phone
  • no food and beverage in the mouth at the same time (yikes)
  • use the knife to cut and not the side of the fork
  •  both hands on the table

What is your favourite movie that features great gastronomy or food : Many, les saveurs du Palais, le Festin de Babette, Ratatouille, Julie & Julia.

Your life Motto: Teach your kids to cook!

Visit Chantal Véchambre websites to learn more about her catering services.

www.mycremecaramel.com

facebook.com/mycremecaramelcatering

instagram.com/mycremecaramel_catering

twitter.com/gourmetfrench

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Wine Theme Park À La Française

La Cité du Vin (City of Wine) located on the banks of the Garonne river in Bordeaux, France,  is opening on June 1, 2016. A new wine-themed park celebrating the culture of wine and its history, welcoming close to 450,000 visitors every year.

The architectural design of the actual museum is a powerful expression of curves, symbolizing motion of wine in a glass, coiled grapevine and swirls of Garonne river. The creation takes you to the height of emotional and visionary experience of wine tasting, designed by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières from XTU architects.

The sensational venue offers interactive knowledge, tours and temporary exhibitions. You will have access to technological tool during your visit, offered in 8 languages, which it can be tailored to your profile.

Things to do during your visit:

There will be two temporary exhibitions each year on variety of cultural and artistic themes, from leading museums and private collections. Each year, a “guest wine region” of the world will showcase its cultural wealth and its history. The Thomas Jefferson auditorium (250 places) and the conference areas will host shows, concerts, cinema screenings, meetings and seminars.

Spent time in The reading room, where you can immerse in the magical realm of multilingual books, and multi-media publications related to world of wine or visit the concept store, La Cité du Vin boutique for a treat.

Enjoy a selection of tapas from around the world and more than 50 different wines by the glass  at Latitude20 or explore Le 7 panoramic restaurant with a serene and striking view over Bordeaux  while tasting more than 500 wines from around the world and a selection of seasonal regional produce.

Stroll around La Cité du Vin gardens and enjoy the scent of fresh air.

The admission fee of 20 euros for adults (8 euros for kids, who are welcome), includes: the permanent tour, a ‘travel companion’, an innovative tool in 8 languages, access to La Cité du Vin’s Belvedere, where you will discover a 360° view of Bordeaux whilst tasting a glass of world wine (50 ml).

Happy Wine Tasting.