The Entourage Edit: Issue 3

Global perspectives from Entourage Collection

UK Staycation Guide:

A guide to our favourite UK-based Staycation locations

(Image: Dryhill Lodge, Cheltenham)

To the Entourage Community,

100 Days of Solitude… I had a reminder in my diary that went off recently, marking 100 days since I went into lockdown. In Gabriel García Márquez’s extraordinary tome of a similar name, the fated and inescapable repetition of history is an overarching subject. I find this to be a familiar theme in my day-to-day life of late as well; it’s like the movie Groundhog Day, but without anything exciting or outlandish actually happening. The ennui of a day that seems to repeat itself endlessly can take a huge toll on us all, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

However…

There are silver linings to this time we have spent in lockdown. On the superficial side, when have we ever had this much time to take up new hobbies (embroidery, anyone?) or actually use our cookbooks? On a deeper level, we have had time to spend with our children and loved ones, or to learn more about ourselves and what makes us happy. And on a truly significant level, while much of the world was still and stuck inside without the usual distraction of a busy life, the witnessing of the hardships and nightmares that many experience on a daily basis, has opened our eyes (some for the first time). Hopefully momentous change will come out of this time.

So take this last bit of time. Use this time to listen, to grow, to rest. Before Covid-19 struck, we were all a “Go Go Go” culture, always on the go, valuing being “busy” above all, seeing being “busy” as one of the highest of achievements. Soon enough we will all be so busy again (and there is much happening in the world right now to be busy, concerned, and excited about), so take this last bit of time to be thoughtful, to enjoy the stillness. And when we are back to a “new” normal, don’t forget some of the lessons we have learned during this time: be still, take time, listen, be compassionate.

In other news, this is our last “Stay at Home” guide, and we have loved creating them. I’d like to thank my amazing team at Entourage Collection for their invaluable help, dedication, and creativity in this special project; you really are the dream team. And I am so grateful to the amazing guest editors and “Interview With” icons we have featured, including Francis Mallmann, Kelly Wearstler, Kristina Blahnik, Mary McCartney, and Clodagh McKenna, among others.

In this final special issue we look ahead to the “new” normal, and to the future, and celebrate creativity and entrepreneurship. Our “Interview With…” is with the truly amazing and inspiring Sally Greene OBE, and there are special features from Amy Christiansen (Founder of Sana Jardin), Jesse Houk (AKA The Scumfrog, one of our favourite DJs), and Kim Parker (Executive Fashion and Accessories Director at Harper’s Bazaar).

So as we enter this final stage of semi-lockdown, I would like to leave you with one final thought:

Solitude, and time, is a luxury.

With our thanks,

Lily and the Entourage Collection team x

Stay At Home Guide 6: The Looking Ahead Edition

To the Entourage Community,

There is a beautiful word in the dictionary, meuse. When a small animal burrows down in the grass, scratching and spinning and creating a little nest, a safe haven to rest in, the small indentation this act leaves behind in the ground is a meuse.

What are you going to leave behind?

We started work on this issue with the idea to theme it as a “Green” issue a while ago; it was fascinating, startling almost, watching the effects the Covid-19 pandemic was having on the environment, and how our sudden slower pace of life played such a dramatic role in this, in allowing the earth to breath. It was perhaps a silver lining in an otherwise chaotic, frightening time.

We started work on this issue quite a while ago, but life and some projects got in the way and so it got a bit delayed; but then events unfolded last week in America that really changed everything dramatically.

I questioned sending this issue out, with a focus on Being Green and the environment, and debated about whether it would seem superfluous, or tone deaf, at such an exposed and pivotal moment in history. In the end, I decided to keep it, as the team worked so hard on putting this special edition together, and also because climate change, the environment, sustainability, and so many other related issues are in a dire state of emergency, and I felt it was still a serious topic to be covered. I would be remiss, however, to not address the current situation happening in America in this letter at the very least.

The fact that in 2020 we (collectively) still have to say Black Lives Matter is both heartbreaking and infuriating. It is a failure of our systems, and a failure of us as human beings. We are failing black people, and there are countless statistics to prove this (just look at the disproportionate rate of people of colour infected with Covid-19, of people living in poverty, of pregnancy-related deaths, of the incarceration rates…the list goes on). We can look at the facts and statistics, but we can also just open our own eyes and see it.

There are so many meaningful ways to show up: starting a conversation, standing up for what you believe in at a protest, donating your money or time, and educating yourself on how to better support black friends, neighbours, and businesses. We need to teach our children about respect, compassion, and diversity from an early age; the Golden Rule (treat others as you want to be treated) is a great place to start, as is the book Rhinos and Raspberries: Tolerance Tales for the Early Grades. On our Instagram account today, in support of #BlackOutTuesday, we have posted a list of just a few of the incredible charities, businesses, and organisations that are working tirelessly, leading the way in these difficult times, and there are so many more out there.

We at Entourage, and myself personally, have always stood in solidarity with this movement, and for equality and change, and in being kind, decent, and compassionate human beings, ready to help those less fortunate, those without a voice, and those in need.

So this brings me back to my original question, which I think applies both to how we treat the environment, and how we treat each other:

What will be your meuse?

Hoping everyone stays safe,

Lily Liebel

Creative Director, Entourage Collection

Stay At Home Guide 5

 

 

Stay At Home Guide 4

 

The Entourage Edit: Issue 3

 

In my last Welcome letter, I signed the letter off by wishing everyone a strong, successful and positive start to the year ahead. This was back in January, when an air of endless possibilities and a mind full of resolutions had us feeling emboldened and very positive, and the threat of Covid-19 was not even on our radar. What a different era we are in now. What a difference three months makes.

During this difficult time, when so many small businesses are having the toughest of times, we at Entourage feel excited, and privileged, to be able to share new discoveries with our clients and the Entourage community at large, be it a new young brand, an emerging artist, or a unique, small restaurant or hotel. We are also, as always, so honoured to be able to share some special insights from some of the most creative people in the world, names that we are lucky to know and work with. In this issue, we sat down (virtually, of course) with interior designer extraordinaire Kelly Wearstler for our Interview Withsection. Kelly is not only one of the most talented interior designers in the world, she is also one of the kindest women you will ever meet.

In her interview, she said one of her mottos is to “stay curious”; this happens to be one of my mottos as well, growing up I was always encouraged to “stay curious”, and I have been thinking a lot about this concept lately and wanted to pose it to all of you during this confusing time. Hopefully this time has allowed you to discover something new, be it a new passion for cooking incredibly complicated desserts, or finally having the time to learn a new language, or stumbling upon a new podcast or author, or having the opportunity to get involved with a charity that has true meaning to you. Whatever it is, stay curious.

From all of us at Entourage Collection, we still wish and hope everyone is staying strong, and know that the future can only be brighter.

I hope you enjoy this issue,

Lily Liebel

Creative Director, Entourage Collection

#TheEntourageExperience

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH…

KELLY WEARSTLER

INTERIOR DESIGNER, STYLE ICON, SURFER, SUPER MOM

 

1. What is your greatest extravagance?

Fully indulging in leisure time, getting out from under the radar and turning off the computer, the phone and being in the moment.  And then spending this leisure time at an incredible spa like Amangiri, nestled within the majestic beauty of nature, or surfing and riding horses at Nihiwatu resort on Sumba Island.

2. When and where were you happiest?

I’m so fortunate to be a very happy person and have been as long as I can remember.  But whenever and wherever I am with my family is my most happiest time. Time together is so precious and a luxury.

3. What is your most treasured possession? 

Family photos and archives of projects and products that I’ve designed from when I was little to current day.  These mementos keep a whole spectrum of emotions and cherished personal milestones close to my heart.

4. Who is your hero of fiction? 

Lila and Lenù, the two heroines of My Brilliant Friend and the Neapolitan novels trilogy by Elena Ferrante.  They both have such tenacious, fearless and complicated character traits and are inexplicably connected to each other.  I love how they both tap into their own unique strengths through difficult circumstances.

5. What is your motto?

Stay curious, love color, take risks…..

 

ENTOURAGE PROJECTS

MAGICAL MARRAKECH

1-54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR, MARRAKECH

19-22 FEBRUARY 2020

In partnership with Sotheby’s, Helmer, Sana Jardin and the 1-54 Art Fair, Entourage Collection co-hosted a series of art, luxury and cultural events in Marrakech in February.

On the 20th February, Entourage Collection was delighted to launch the new collaboration between Helmer X Mimouni El Houssaine, the Moroccan-based artist, as well as a discussion with Amy Christiansen, Founder of Sana Jardin, and the Presidents of her Moroccan cooperative. The intimate breakfast was held at Riad El Fenn(with Vanessa Branson, owner of Riad El Fenn in attendance) with Sotheby’s in Marrakech.

Helmer’s exquisite bags and accessories are carefully handcrafted by local, family-run artisans who have been creating handbags for generations. These artisans are the foundation of the Helmer business and Helmer is committed to promoting and helping their partner’s businesses to grow successfully, through providing skills and training to the artisans they work with. Philanthropy and sustainability have always been at the core of Helmer, and a true commitment to “give back” to the communities in which Helmer live and work is the cornerstone of the Helmer ethos.

We were joined at the breakfast by Amy Christiansen, the Founder of Sana Jardin, the socially conscious luxury fragrance house that use clean and sustainable perfume as a vehicle for social impact and the empowerment of women. Sana Jardin is built on the principles of a circular economy, with a business model that enables the women in their supply chain to become micro-entrepreneurs by up-cycling the waste products from perfume production; we were also joined by the Presidents of the Sana Jardin cooperative in Morocco, who presented the products that they make and sell, including candles and drinks, with the help of Sana Jardin.

Entourage Collection was also honoured to co-host a panel discussion between Touria El Glaoui (Founder of the 1-54 Art Fair), moderator Mai Eldib (Head of 20th Century and Middle East sales at Sotheby’s), Amy Christiansen, Shevanne Helmer, and the incredible London-based, Moroccan-born artist Hassan Hajjaj, where the topic Inclusivity in Arts, Culture and Commerce was discussed to a packed room as part of the 1-54 VIP cultural events programme of the Fair. To listen to the entire panel discussion, please click here.

Other highlights and activations of the trip included a private screening of the film Queen and Slim with a Q&A with the director, Melina Matsoukas afterwards; an exclusive preview of the Jacques Azéma exhibition at the Studio KO- designed YSL Museum; and a range of events and parties at the homes of the top art collectors and philanthropists in Marrakech.

 

ENTOURAGE EVENTS

A FABULOUS, COLOUR-DRENCHED EDEN ROC WEDDING

It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful location to get married at than the French Riviera, and the iconic Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is certainly the jewel in its crown. We loved working with this gemstone colour palette too, proof that wedding flowers don’t have to be limited to whites and pastels. Click here for the full album.

 

COCKTAIL TIME

Many of our wonderful clients will know our go-to mixologist Damien O’Leary. He’s not easily forgotten; the beard, the Irish charm and his incredible and original cocktails often make him the most popular guy at the party!

This week Damien is going to show you how to make five delicious quarantine friendly cocktails (And once quarantine is over, catch him mixing up the best cocktails at a private party, on Insta here or at Shoreditch’s newest and most fun basement bar Bedlam London.)

These are all classics or slight twists on classic cocktails with the focus on simplicity, deliciousness and ideally for you or your family members not to have to leave the safety of your own home and doing your bit for our beloved NHS.  Click here for the full recipes and more fun tips and tricks!

 

ENTOURAGE TRAVEL

DREAM DESTINATIONS: SUPPORTING ONE-OF-A-KIND BOUTIQUE HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD

TREEHOTEL, SWEDEN

Have you ever considered sleeping in a bird’s nest, a UFO or in a mirror cube? Probably not, but when it comes to design and architecture in Sweden, everything is possible it seems.

The Treehotel all started in 2010 with a dream to turn a 1930s retirement home into a guesthouse, roughly 100 kilometres from Luleå airport in the North of Sweden. The end result was not an ordinary B&B – it turned into a tree hotel complete with seven huts inspired by the film The Tree Lover.

The rooms are suspended 4-6 metres above ground with views of Lule river valley, the tall pine trees and if you’re lucky – the northern lights. In order to make each hut unique, various Scandinavian architects, including Norwegian architects Snöhetta (The 7th room), Swedish Tham & Videgård Arkitekter (Mirrorcube), and Finnish-Icelandic-Norwegian studio Rintala Eggertsson Architects (Dragonfly) have put their mark on the design.

MAMA SHELTER, LONDON

Mama Shelter London is your home away from home in the heart of East London. With cutting-edge design elements crafted by Parisian designers Dion & Arles, Mama Shelter Londonhouses 194 bedrooms, each a sanctuary that combines home comforts with all your digital needs.

Mama Shelter sits on Hackney Road, the border between the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Hackney. This long road is also home to an eclectic tapestry of late-night dive bars, cool florists, wine bars, and hot-ticket restaurants. It’s classic

Mama Shelter: maximalist to the core, with a touch of the 1970s. In the open-plan ground-floor, a mish-mash of lampshades – tassled, wicker, in the shape of Mexican sombreros – hang from a migraine-inducing chalkboard ceiling graffitied in symbols and words. Mismatched chairs, Liberty London prints and shelves full of London-centric tomes, beaded masks and animal-shaped ceramics complete the picture. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s a breath of fresh air from the basic budget beige favoured by many similarly priced mini-chains.

WYTHE HOTEL, NYC

Housed in a former 1901 factory which sits on the Williamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront, is this very hip and exceptionally rated 4-star New York hotel that offers trendy decor, an unbeatable Brooklyn vibe and fabulous river views.

Set in a converted 1901 factory, the red-brick Wythe (pronounced ‘white’) Hotel brings a dash of high design to Williamsburg. Exposed brick and 13ft timber ceilings allow the building’s history to breathe. Meanwhile beds fashioned from reclaimed wood and a faintly nautical theme conspire with nostalgic paisley, leather and custom-made wallpaper to create a space that feels elegant.

The hotel features 70 guest rooms; a ground-floor restaurant, Reynard; a rooftop bar, The Ides; and ample meeting and event space.

ANGAD ARTS HOTEL, ST LOUIS

Angad Arts Hotel is an entirely new hospitality experience that embraces the visual arts, performance, fashion, literature and gastronomy. Dine at Grand Tavern, a new modern American concept restaurant, relax at the Chameleon Lounge or take in sweeping rooftop views of the city at Angad Rainbow Terrace.

The quietly unassuming city of St. Louis is flexing its artsy muscles with the debut of the Angad Arts Hotel. Located on Grand Avenue in the city’s vibrant arts and entertainment district this hotel is offering the experience to dive deep into the arts from every angle and it all begins during your booking process – where you’ll be asked to select your room based on mood and color. The hotel offers green rooms for rejuvenation, yellow for happiness, red for passion, and blue for tranquility.

Angad is the first hotel in the world to invite guests to book a room by color and emotion. Yet, this property is more than just stylishly monochromatic rooms and pretty paintings on the wall—it’s fully immersive – blending the arts into everything from the visual to the culinary experience.

 

ENTOURAGE CONCIERGE

ONE-OF-A-KIND RESTAURANTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

WE CANNOT WAIT TO EXPLORE AGAIN

VIOLET, LA

The idea with Violet is to offer a little bit of everything, from lunch, brunch, dinner, and drinks, to a fully functional cooking school and events destination. Lunch at the restaurant is a mix of sandwiches, soups, salads, and French staples like steak frites or a plate of gnocchi Parisienne. For dinner, Violet offers entrees like rotisserie chicken, a pan-seared whitefish barigoule, or a burger with emmental cheese and confit onions. The space itself is a mix of rustic homestyle decor and more refined dark woods, marble, and floral prints.

FENTO, AMSTERDAM

Take-out food has the reputation of being unhealthy, but if you’re in Amsterdam you’re lucky.

The owner of Fento was born in the USA but raised in Mexico. Her childhood in Mexico has had a big influence on the menu, bu you’ll also find some South Asian ingredients; you’ll find four main dishes and a bi-weekly special. Fento is the place to stop by for Mexican-inspired veggie street-food: think tostadas, nachos and so on – but all using impeccably fresh, healthy ingredients, and rarely with any meat in sight.

Restaurant Fento offers healthy mexican take-out meals that are very tasty. You can also eat-in or have your meal delivered if you don’t want to leave the house. At Fento they focus on local, unprocessed food. They love local vegetables, probiotic ingredients and rennet-free cheese. So from now on your Mexican food can be super healthy!

LAUNDERETTE, AUSTIN

Chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki are the inimitable team behind Launderette, an East Austin café located in (you guessed it!) a converted launderette in Holly. Throughout weekend brunch, weekday lunch and dinner seven days a week, Ortiz delivers on savory dishes, utilizing a loosely Mediterranean flavor palette, while Sawicki covers all things sweet — from morning zucchini bread to seasonal ice creams and sorbets later on.

The menu is somewhere in between American and Mediterranean (with influences from all over the world) small plates. The way you do Launderette right is to share everything – and do not, under any circumstances, skip dessert. This is about as ideal of a spot as you’ll find for girls night or a next-level brunch, but don’t let the low-key-ness of its location fool you.

Sadly Launderette is currently closed because of Covid-19, but we are wholeheartedly cheering for their return!

HELLO DARLING, LONDON

Hello Darling is a beautiful Waterloo restaurant, designed to look like the home of an eccentric Londoner, split into bookable spaces which encourage guests to sit on the kitchen worktops or drink bubbles in the bathtub. To eat, a selection of tapas-style dishes display plenty of colour and vibrancy. On the sweeter side of things, there’s lemon verbena pannacotta or a rhubarb and frangipane tart. 

Hello Darling is a playful restaurant and botanical bar. There’s a huge, theatrical style proscenium arch hung with stage curtains, inviting the eye to look at the pair of contrasting private dining booths behind it. The chairs are all mismatched. The tables are all individually hand-painted with their own unique designs. There are inventive flower arrangements scattered about everywhere you turn. There’s even a flower menu you can get after your meal, should you want to go home with some of them.
Serving up an eclectic mix of seasonal sharing dishes – alongside killer botanical cocktails – it is the space for your special celebrations, a quick bite before a show or a tipple into the moonlight hours.

 

ENTOURAGE PROJECTS

OUR CHARITY OF CHOICE

CAUDWELL CHILDREN

Caudwell Children transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK, acting as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. Their vision is a world where all disabled children and their families have choice, opportunity, dignity and understanding.

Their aims are:

  • To change the futures of all disabled children, providing access to the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need;
  • To increase awareness and understanding of the needs of disabled children across the UK;
  • And to enable disabled children to lead an active and independent life, reaching their full potential.

Their mission is practical and emotional support through compassionate and efficient services.

 

BRANDS WE LOVE

AIGANA GALI

Born of Georgian & Kazakh decent, Aigana had a classical arts education and was raised in an artistic family on the ancient crossing on the Great Silk Road in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It’s dramatic landscapes and unique blend of Asian and European influences continue to transcend her work.

Through bold, dramatic canvases and textile creations Aigana expresses a rare spirituality in which she explores a the natural world, or invokes myths and legends from different cultures.

She explores universal human themes through elaborate concepts of duality, such as physical world and spiritual beliefs, reality and imagination, human constructions and nature, being and nothingness. In her London studio, Aigana invokes the atmospheric emptiness of the vast Eurasian Steppe plains.

Aigana works across a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, pastels, textiles and photography, and more recently has created her unique clothing range, which marries fine art with couture fashion.

She has exhibited widely across the world. In 2019, her work was showcased at the Saatchi Gallery’s START art fair in London, which celebrates exciting new art from emerging artists around the world. Aigana brings her skills to commissioned works individual collectors, and clients such as St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels and The Ritz-Carlton.

TINCTURE

Tincture is an award-winning, 100% natural cleaning and lifestyle product range made with essential oils and botanical extracts, incorporating the ancient knowledge of herbs and their properties by carefully combining researched essential oils into their natural formulations to clean, cleanse and protect.

As our environments are becoming ever more polluted by chemicals, artificial scents and toxic ingredients, Tincture returns us to an age when cleansing and protective plants grew naturally, where knowledge of the scientific properties of botanical plants were garnered over time and used with wisdom.

Tincture is 100% natural, clinically-tested, sustainable and biodegradable, cruelty free with eco-friendly packaging, zero waste and made in England.

Their packaging design is beautiful, the products smell like you are in a beautiful spa, and the actual cleaning power is the best we have tried (and we’ve tried them all!).

SPOTLIGHT ON:
UNGUARDED ARTISTS
Mary McCartney 

Mary McCartney is a British Photographer, filmmaker and author based in London. Entirely self-taught, she is best known for her portrait photography, which is infused with rare moments of unguarded intimacy. She brings a deep personal investment to her work, capturing the chemistry she creates with her subjects and revealing the emotion that imbues the image.

McCartney’s photographs have appeared in exhibitions at leading international institutions including The National Portrait Gallery, London and Fotografiska, Stockholm, and her seminal series, ‘Off Point – A Photographic Study of the Royal Ballet After Hours’ is part of the V&A’s permanent collection. Her editorial work has featured in all the top magazines, and she has been a guest editor of National Geographic. McCartney’s commercial projects include the ‘I’m a fan’ campaign with Mandarin Oriental hotels. Outside of photography and filmmaking, McCartney is a committed vegetarian and co-founder of Meat Free Monday and an ambassador for Green Monday. She is the author of two vegetarian cookbooks, a consultant for Linda McCartney Foods and a guest Chef on the Food Network’s Kitchen App.

Noah Humes

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Noah Humes earned his BFA Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration from Otis College of Art and Design in 2017. His work straddles along with the convergence of experience, memory, history, and expression paired with a specific focus to highlight representations of individuals that exist in the world around him. Over the years, he found the freedom to share cultural undertones that vary in style and media.

THE ENTOURAGE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

AVAILABLE NOW FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME

Parsifal at the Vienna Opera House, Available Now

National Theatre, Twelfth Night, 23rd – 30th April, 2020

Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert Documentary

67 Pall Mall: Champagne Côte des Blancs with Peter Liem, 15th May 2020

 

Stay At Home Guide 3

Stay At Home Guide 2

Entourage Experiences: Spring Highlights and Survival Guide 1

The Entourage Edit: Issue 2

Welcome to the first edition of 2020!

A New Year, New Decade, New Start…

In January I hosted the first monthly breakfast of the year for our client Helmer, and the topic was Finding Balance in our Lives. We had lively discussions and story telling, in an amazing space where we were all honest and openly sharing.

In an age where we like to present a sense of “perfection” online, being genuine and real seems to have fallen by the way side. We sometimes have an imbalance of priorities and a clear perspective of what really matters seems to have been lost.

But I think we are finding our way back. After a tumultuous few years in so many senses, in every part of the world, I think we are all ready for some positivity, and a strong, renewed start.

At Entourage Collection we are so lucky to have been behind the scenes working on incredible projects with some of the greatest creative and business minds in the world. With all of this though we have always tried to maintain a sense of philanthropy, responsible luxury, in giving back to the world around us in a larger sense, and in being kind on the most basic of levels.

The actress Sandra Oh recently said of Beyoncé at the TIME 100 Gala,
“Beyoncé shows me what you can create when you give your all and you make space for others to do the same.”
This really resonated with me, and it’s my mantra for the future.

From Entourage Collection, we wish everyone a strong,
successful and positive year ahead.

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Lily Liebel
Creative Director, Entourage Collection
#TheEntourageExperience

 

ENTOURAGE PROJECTS

1-54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR, MARRAKECH
19 – 22 FEBRUARY

We have partnered with Sotheby’sSana Jardin and Helmer to create a bespoke itinerary for an incredible trip to Marrakech for the 1-54 Art Fair,
including VIP preview access on the 21st.

See the full itinerary here, and please get in touch for further details
if you are interested in joining us.

Photo Credit: Hassan Hajjaj

 

ENTOURAGE TRAVEL

Destinations we are lusting over this month… 

The Royal Mansour

The magnificent Royal Mansour is the gold standard of luxury hotels in Marrakech; designed by King Mohammed VI, it was conceived as a ‘medina within a medina’, with just 53 private riads set within five hectares of fragrant Moorish gardens, creating a feeling that is simultaneously vast and opulent, whilst also incredible intimate. The incredible craftsmanship displayed in the property is breath taking. Over 1,500 of the country’s best artisans worked tirelessly to produce the acres of refined zellij (geometric mosaic), carved cedar wood, intricate stuccowork, and beaten and cut bronze and silver furniture.

With rooms layered in opulent marble, embroidered damask curtains and engraved mirrors and chandeliers by Baccarat, the resulting effect is dazzling yet cosy, with the soothing sound of running water and song birds. It’s a stunning showcase of true Moorish luxury. A fabulous kids club, an award-winning spa and an incredible range of restaurants overseen by 3-Michelin-star Chef Yannick Alléno are just a few of the amazing offerings at the Royal Mansour.

The Royal Mansour also has several amazing new design collaborations, including a John Galliano-designed Djellaba, Christian Louboutin babouche slippers for men and women, and a special limited-edition Goyard bag.

Le Farnatchi

Le Farnatchi (formerly Riad Farnatchi) is one of our favourite hotels in the world, a tiny, jewel-like boutique Riad in the heart of Marrakech. Even though the bustling souks are right on your doorstep, as soon as you step inside the calm oasis that is Farnatchi you feel a million miles away from the beautiful chaos, transported to another time and space.

Each of the 10 luxury suites are uniquely decorated in varying styles, with sumptuous bedding and fireplaces with local artworks and furnishings, with the rest of the hotel blending the old-world charm of traditional Moroccan riads—with an indoor/outdoor courtyard, a roof garden—with all the creature comforts of a luxury hotel (iPod docs, opulent bathrooms, powerful AC). Le Farnatchi also has the most divine hammam and spa, with massages that are out of this world!

Open for lunch and dinner, Le Trou au Mur at Le Farnatchi is chic, lid-back and intimate, and one of the best restaurants in Marrakech. The décor is a unique blend of superb local craftsmanship with the best of modern European style. From the “tagine of the day” to its own traditional clay mechoui oven on view, Le Trou au Mur offer a variety of carefully researched family recipes, rarely seen outside private homes, that are still Moroccan cuisine favourites.

Lanserhof Tegernsee

Breathtaking nature coupled with impressive architecture are just the start at Europe’s most modern health resort. The personalised detox and fasting programs are complemented by ‘energy medicine’ health treatments that mix traditional approaches (such as leech therapy and liver infusions) with the finest modern, preventative techniques.

The detox cures are based on the philosophy of Austrian physician Franz Xaver Mayr, who believed that a clean digestive system leads to a clean bill of health. The F.X. Mayr method is built on three principles – rest (tea-and-water fasting to quiet you internally), detoxification (cutting out everything from sugar to alcohol to lessen the strain on your gastrointestinal system), and training (chewing thoroughly and without distraction to help your body process food better).

The Surfrider Malibu

A new discovery… Located on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, across the street from the world-famous Surfrider beach, The Surfrider is a modern California beach house, inspired by the picturesque Malibu landscape and rich heritage of California surf culture. Personifying Malibu’s historic beach-town community, the complete redesign of the original 1950s-era motel has transformed The Surfrider into a contemporary boutique hotel with 20 rooms that gives guests an unparalleled and elevated visit to Malibu. The Surfrider—the new standard of relaxed coastal living…

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH…

KRISTINA BLAHNIK
Superwoman, CEO Manolo Blahnik

What is your greatest extravagance?
KB: Time to be still.

When and where were you happiest?
KB: Here and now… other than that there are too many to come up with but here are four:

1. Warm sunshine on my skin

2. Seeing the completion of truly hard work, whether it be completed interior design, an exhibition, a store opening, a new collection, an 8 course dinner party etc

3. Laughing (anywhere) with loved ones

4. Anytime in Soho Farmhouse

What is your most treasured possession?
KB: My memories, objects are just that, memories are treasured.

Who is your fiction hero?
KB: Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged.

What is your motto?
KB: Sing like no one is listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, live like it’s heaven on earth.

 

Entourage Events

Rubenesque

2020 marks the 10 year anniversary of Entourage Collection, so we’re looking back through our archives to one of our first weddings for a very dear client.
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Photo Credit: Jack Brockway, Venue: Banqueting House, Catering: Last Supper, Production: inGenius

 

ENTOURAGE CONCIERGE

Carrying on the nostalgic feeling, here are four of EC’s favourite
restaurants in London and New York

No. FIFTY CHEYNE, LONDON

A short walk from the King’s Road is 50 Cheyne, the latest project from producer extraordinaire and dear friend Sally Greene. The open-grill specialises in the best of British meats & fishes.

LOCANDA LOCATELLI, LONDON

The restaurant may be into its second decade but Giorgio Locatelli is still passionate about cooking Italian food. The menu covers many of Italy’s regions but the pasta is the star attraction.

KAPPO MASA, NEW YORK

Sister restaurant to three-Michelin star Masa, this fine-dining restaurant by acclaimed chef Masa Takayama serves impeccable sushi & Japanese fare.

IL CANTINORI, NEW YORK

Equally famous for its Tuscan food, celebrity patrons and soaring flower arrangements, Il Cantinori is still worth a visit three decades after first opening.

 

English National Ballet 70thAnniversary

On Wednesday 26th of February, the English National Ballet will be celebrating their 70thAnniversary with a gala fundraising evening at the Banqueting House.

The money raised will support the ENB’s mission to create world-class ballet and community outreach, which they strive to bring to the widest possible audience.

 

BRANDS WE LOVE

 

SANA JARDIN

Founded by Amy Christiansen, Sana Jardin is a socially conscious, luxury fragrance house whose vision is to use clean and sustainable perfume as a vehicle for social impact and the economic empowerment of women. Sana Jardin is built on the principles of a circular economy – their alternative business model enables the women in their supply chain to become micro-entrepreneurs by up-cycling the waste products from perfume production.

Sana Jardin believe that if they are innovative about the way they use commercial waste, they can recycle it for the benefit of the women at the beginning of our supply chain and help them to flourish and thrive.

Sana Jardin is responsible luxury at it’s best, with the aim to give luxury fragrance lovers the opportunity to be conscious consumers.

 

DEAR FRANCES

Dear Frances was founded with the clear objective of offering luxury, designer classics to modern women. They focus on bringing the highest level of design and craftsmanship, without the wholesale markups, while slowing the fashion cycle and leading the way for socially conscious businesses.

Dear Francis work closely with their team of artisan shoemakers in Italy, utilising sustainable materials and processes to develop a new kind of luxury – a luxury that seeks to slow the fashion cycle, a luxury that focuses on craftsmanship and a luxury that helps to increase the integrity of our fashion choices.

At Dear Frances, every pair is hand-made in Italy using age-old techniques that have been handed down through generations of highly skilled artisan shoemakers, whilst sourcing the finest quality Italian leathers and European textiles to produce modern classics, designed to last. Dear Frances has become synonymous with modern, elegant designs, offering styles to hero a classic wardrobe.

 

SKINCARE

Our personal skincare favourites to start the new decade off right!

Sunday Riley | Kate Somerville | Sarah Chapman | K Face Serum | Tata Harper

 

Spotlight On: Emerging Artists

Cyrus Mahboubian

Cyrus Mahboubian (b. 1986, London) is a British-Iranian artist known for his contemplative approach to photography and his continued use of analogue materials, especially Polaroid. He has stated that his intentionally slow process is a response to the increasing influence of technology in modern life.

His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Moscow, Istanbul and Dubai, and he has taught workshops at venues including Tate Britain and The Photographers’ Gallery. Recent projects include a site-specific commission for Soho House Greek Street in London. Last year he published his first photobook, VISCERA (which launched at Sotheby’s London in May 2019 followed by book signings and/or talks at London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery, Sketch and Soho Farmhouse), and his work was included in the major exhibition Lande: the Calais “Jungle” and Beyondat the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford – his first institutional show. For an interview Cyrus did with Photomonitor (a top photography website), please click here.

 

Jammie Holmes

Born in Thibodaux, Louisiana, a small city 45 minutes from New Orleans Louisiana, Jammie Holmes now lives in Dallas, Texas where he has created an impressive body of work. His paintings are raw with emotions and provide the viewer with an inside look into Holmes’ complex mind. His pieces touch on religious, political and contemporary issues.

His bold and expressive paintings are reflections of his upbringing and life events around the world. As a result, many people are fascinated by his story.

His work has been showcased at Art Miami during Art Basel, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans, and abroad at Mega Art Gallery in Italy. Holmes and his artwork have appeared in Sugarcane Magazine, D Magazine, Paper City Magazine, and PATRON Magazine.

The Entourage Edit: Issue 1

Over the last 10 years, Entourage Collection has grown and diversified greatly since it first started as an events company. We have since opened an office in Hong Kong and have worked with some of the most talented creative and business minds in the world along the way. The journey has been incredible, one of tremendous learning, growth, creativity and exploration.
 
After a complete rebranding, we now have Entourage Concierge, Entourage Projects and Entourage Events under our umbrella, and I am extremely proud and excited to announce our newest venture:
Entourage Travel

What has remained at the core of our values and ethos from the beginning has been a commitment to our clients to provide the highest level of service, and a true ingenuity in our ability to think outside the box in the curation and creation of the incredible projects we are thrilled to be a part of. 


  We have seen many trends in consumer spending habits and interests, and are very happy to see a move away from fast fashion to more thoughtful, conscious consumerism (buying good quality that lasts over quantity), a move towards more conscious travel (combining educational or philanthropic endeavours with luxury travel) and a general desire for learning and living more enriching lives. 

We are honoured to be a part of this change and look forward to many more years of curating and creating experiences in all their forms. 

Simon Liebel
Founder, Entourage Collection
#TheEntourageExperience

ENTOURAGE TRAVEL

Destinations we are lusting over this month…

Retreat East Suffolk


Deep in the Suffolk countryside, this member’s only country club has now opened its doors to all. Check in for a rural escape from city life, a place where wellness and relaxation takes centre stage…

Back in 2005, architect Dominic Richards bought 35 acres of dilapidated land in Suffolk with the dream of creating a members only, holiday home concept.

In 2017, Retreat East opened and FarmShare™ launched, giving members the luxury of a second home without the hassle. For less than the cost of a garage in London, each FarmShare™ owner is entitled to stay a minimum of ten nights per the calendar year, with the option to purchase more.

Retreat East is now also open to non-members, allowing guests to book a barn or studio like they would a hotel. The Farmhouse sleeps 8 whilst the barns sleep from 2 to 4 guests. The Great Barn restaurant is open for brunch and dinner over the weekend only so for mid week stays guests either self-cater or venture out to the surrounding restaurants and hotels.

Wellness is at the very heart of Retreat East, everything is designed to help you switch off from the world around you. There’s an onsite spa and gym and outdoor activities such as cycling, clay pigeon shooting and horse riding.

Click here for more information from Entourage Experiences

FOUR SEASONS, COSTA RICA


Re-opened last year after a $35 million refurbishment, the resort is on the Peninsula Papagayo. A 1,400-acre private paradise with 11 miles of coastline, 7 beaches and four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

From the underwater depths of the Golfo Dulce to the sprawling tropical forests along Guanacaste’s wild volcanic mountain range, Costa Rica is home to a variety of micro-climates filled with rare species that few people ever get to see up close. Treat the Four Seasons as your launching pad into boundless adventures; zip lining, surfing, hiking the Arenal volcano, rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, waterfall rappelling, cave tours, a catamaran cruise – the list is endless.

Click here for more information from Entourage Experiences

DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE, CAPE TOWN


A 100 acre estate in the heart of Stellenbosch. There’s wine (obviously), diamonds (courtesy of owner Laurence Graff), infinity pools, a botanical garden and a spa; what more could you wish for?

A Relais & Chateaux property where striking Cape Dutch architecture meets African artefacts and styling, with original art from Laurence Graff’s personal collection. There are breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch valley with distant views of Table Mountain.

Around 20 hectares of vineyards on the Botmaskop Mountain peak are planted with Bordeaux reds and Chardonnay pesticide-free grapes expertly tended by hand, which thrive in the special climate.

Click here for more information from Entourage Experiences

The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah

A year-round playground in Utah’s world-famous mountains; fishing for trout on pristine private streams, hiking, alpine yoga sessions, heli-skiing and horse back riding through private trails.

Launched as an adventure destination a decade ago by Mike and Barb Phillips, who partnered with Auberge Resorts in 2017 to bring to life their dream of a luxury hotel on the resort.

The 3,500 acre plots gives guests access to a year-round playground; fishing for trout on pristine private streams, hiking, alpine yoga sessions, heli-skiing and horse back riding through private trails are just a number of activities you can sign up for.

If you’re after relaxation then look no further then the 7,400 square foot Edge Spa, perched on the side of a dramatic precipice overlooking Alexander Creek.

Click here for more information from Entourage Experiences

INTERVIEW: FRANCIS MALLMANN
Explorer, Renaissance Man, Artist, Chef

What is your greatest extravagance?
FM: A bowl of crispy basmati rice, while a beautiful lady reads me TS Elliot with a bottle of Chateau Ausone, 1985.

When and where were you happiest?
FM: With a large fire under the stars, holding a large wood stick and roasting a whole lamb for my children.

What is your most treasured possession?
FM: My romance with life.

Who is your fiction hero?
FM: The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

What is your motto?
FM: Be patient and silent.

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Entourage Events

Magical Marrakech

We truly love Marrakech and the bohemian style, washed out colours and glorious rose gardens of Beldi Country Club suited this couple perfectly. Click here for the full album.

Entourage Projects

Cancer Research UK

FUNDRAISING DINNER & CAROL CONCERT
TUESDAY, 10TH DECEMBER

Please click here for further information and to purchase tickets for the carol concert or a table at the dinner.

BRANDS WE WORK WITH

Helmer

Crafted in Bali using local, family run artisans who have been creating handbags for generations. Helmer focuses on simple yet exquisite pieces, offering a variety of colours using exotic skins and traditional Batik material, as well as limited edition collaboration pieces. Helmer’s passion for travel and the constant search for cultural originality is the cornerstone for creating their handbag and accessory collections. Helmer understands the need to offer the perfect balance between style, functionality and practicality with a fashionable insight into the different cultural backgrounds that are the foundation of their design inspiration.
 
For more information on Helmer, please visit their website here:
https://hel-mer.com

La Bandiera

Nestled among the famous vineyards of Ornellaia and Sassicaia, La Bandiera is one of the oldest, privately-owned estates on the Tuscan coast. Dipping into La Bandiera’s premium, award-winning, single-estate, organic olive oil is one of life’s great pleasures.  It has a gorgeous golden colour, with olives harvested from the moraiolo, leccino and frantoio trees when they are just beginning to ripen in October, and blended in-house in order to capture and preserve the characteristics so typical of olive oil from the region of Bolgheri – full-bodied with fruity and spicy aromas.
 
For more information on La Bandiera, please visit their website here: 
https://labandieraoliveoil.com

ENTOURAGE CONCIERGE

Restaurant in demand: Circolo Popolare

The winter chill has crept in so our thoughts have turned to carbs, the Italian variety in particular. Click here for our menu highlights from this Big Mama Group restaurant, opened in June.

THE ENTOURAGE EXPERIENCE

Glastonbury 2020: 50th Anniversary

2020 sounds scarily futuristic, but also particularly auspicious so we think you can expect great things from Glastonbury’s 50th Anniversary.

Worthy Farm, Somerset

WEDNESDAY 24TH – SUNDAY 28TH JUNE 2020

Originally the Pilton Festival and first held in 1970 by the ingenious dairy farmer Michael Eavis, who owns and grew up on Worthy Farm. Fifty years on, we think you would be hard pressed to find anyone, literally, who hasn’t heard of the infamously muddy festival that attracts the world’s biggest musical talent.

General release tickets have already sold out but VIP tickets will become available from February.

For tickets or more information please contact info@entouragec.com