Hype Means Everything


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Orlebar Brown, one of our favourite beach essential brand, has been on our radars for a long time now. And while some brands sort of fade out and never really come out of the confidential stands of the fashion week tradeshows, we’re glad to see that Orlebar Brown does what it takes to rise and shine. Their swimming shorts have been a hit on MrPorter.com for some time now and as a celebration of their successful collaboration, Orlebar and the men’s go-to online retail store have organized a nice happening in Saint-Tropez on August 9. Handsome guys (I’ve been told) will ride around town distributing a special edition of the Mr Porter Journal featuring not only a selection of summer essentials but also some of Saint-Tropez’ most beautiful beach locations for you to enjoy your summer! Besides, a bag full of cool items (an Orlebar Brown beach towel,  Mr Porter’s Paperback, a pen, a portable loudspeaker, postcards…) will be presented in a very limited edition in various luxury hotels in Saint-Tropez (hotel Sezz, hotel Saint Amour, La Tartane, hotel Muse and a few luxurious villas across the village). I wish I was still there this weekend!


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“Restaurants and bars offer architects and interior designers the opportunity to design for both style and entertainment. Aesthetics and function must come together to create ambiance and conviviality in a way that not only makes a bold first impression, but also secures a loyal following of regular customers” (quoted from Taschen website). The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the world’s only awards dedicated to hospitality design—recognize the importance of this particular field, singling out the world’s most exceptional settings for eating and drinking

Divided into five chapters (for each continent), this Taschen book features 100 highlights from the establishments put forward to the panel. Either you’re looking for new designs for your home, or basically want to know about the most designed restaurants of your city, this book is a must-have on your coffee table.

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Iniala Beach House Interiors

Iniala Beach House is basically one of the most exclusive beach house hotels you can visit in Phuket (Thailand). A-cero, Joaquin Torres Arquitectos, have recently designed the interiors of one of the villas and the main restaurant of the hotel. A-cero have designed absolutely everything, even the furniture! Check out the Iniala website for more information. 

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Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak, have teamed up with Tom Dixon‘s design studio to create a “concept-restaurant” in the modern Beaugrenelle mall in Paris. Inspired by the 1970s but built as a typical Parisian brasserie, Eclectic somehow manages to be both futuristic and completely retro at the same time. The browny tables and couches and seats along with the soft orange light beaming from the massive lamps create a pretty neat atmosphere. Now I just have to go and see for myself if Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak still live up to their reputation!

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On my way to the new JM Weston store the other day, I ran by this new boutique called Ex Nihilo. The tagline says “Ex Nihilo is an alternative Parisian perfume house that designs personalized luxury fragrances and promotes emerging creative talents.” Being rather annoyed by mainstream over-the-counter perfumes and other eaux de toilette, I welcome this original Parisian concept store and its obsession with French-Savoir Faire and the bespoke universe. Ex Nihilo will propose you a fully personalized fragrance experience through its newly opened Parisian store located 352, Rue Saint Honoré Paris.

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Sometimes, the confined atmoshpere of a Parisian restaurant just won’t make the cut. You wan’t something bigger, with more room to breath, with more comfy seats. With space. And for that, you might have to rush just outside of Paris to the Cité du Cinéma where you can eat at the B.O. restaurant. After walking through a gigantic glass hall, you eventually arrive at a vast open space. I must admit right away that the B.O. has the hottest waitresses I’ve seen in a restaurant in 2013. If that’s not a good enough excuse already, you just have to take a look at the menu below. So many credible and delicious options. I wouldn’t advise you against anything! First class service and quality brasserie twist. That’s all I’m praying for!

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CRAFT Café Paris Canal Saint Martin window

Let me introduce Craft (Paris): finally a place where you can park and get your creative bug going. This café sits right by the canal Saint-Martin, and you can go for lunch, a coffee, to chat with friends, or even with your laptop to be productive for hours on end if you want! (Yes there are plugs for laptops EVERYWHERE it is HEAVEN). Check it out and tell us if you had a good time!

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Every month, the W Hotel (Paris) organizes “Brunch Couture” in collaboration with rising fashion designers such as Melinda Gloss.  The idea is basically to showcase the quality of Sergi Arola‘s cuisine and the universe of the chosen designer. As a matter of fact, we were invited to meet and discover the collection of Ms Ngoc-Phung Dang, head creator at Rainbow PeopleGood times! Check out the menu and pics we shot with a Samsung Galaxy S4 at the Arola Restaurant (see below).

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How sensational are those limited edition éclairs from Parisian specialist L’Eclair de Genie??? A Mother Christmas printed caramel éclair? A black-on-black éclair with a galaxy print?? And you have to figure that it is as good as it looks… We bought 4 pieces the other day and they didn’t last more than 5 minutes although we were supposed to keep’em for dinner! Absolutely irresistible! There are two more Christmas creations that you can discover in-store but I dare you to try and resist and no try their permanent collection.

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From his open kitchen Chef William Pradeleix (see the pic below) guides his staff and whips up, amongst other treats, tangy octopus ceviche, beef tataki with coriander pesto and tagine of suckling lamb shoulder, as well as the daily specialties – Tuesday it’s grilled and seared, Wednesday it’s roasted, Thursday’s it’s wok and steamed, Friday’s it slow cooked and Saturday it’s everything we love (naughty food!). The grilled duckling (I recommend rare cook) is just a blast in your mouth and the profiteroles with Nutella sauce were amazing as a desert. Restaurant Manger also offers at night a special “Dîner des chefs invités” menu (55€) with recipes designed by the likes of les grand chefs Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Trama, Yannick Alléno, David Toutain, Christophe Michalak and Akrame.

Last but not least, Restaurant Manger teamed up with “Toques et Partage” to employ people who have been otherwise excluded from the workforce, and 10% of each bill is given back to the association.

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