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Lily Backgammon Board by Alexandra Llewellyn An elegant and tasteful floral game board designed by Alexandra Llewellyn, a London based British designer who creates beautiful and expressive backgammon boards and custom-made games tables and games, all made in the UK. Adding personality, distinction and beauty to games and game tables. Details of this set: Inside – Dark zebrano backgammon board with photographic cala lily playing surface, finished with hand-applied lacquer. Outside – Dark zebrano with brass sliding fastenings and hinges. Playing pieces – Weighted brass playing pieces inlaid with mother of pearl and black glass on one side and leather on the other (45mm x 11mm), doubling die is laurel burr (46mm x 46mm), dice cups are rosewood and lined with inside lips to ensure fair and random rolls of the precision laser cut dice.  Dimensions – 60cm x 77cm x 5cm / 23.5″ x 30″ x 2″ when open.…

Known for making the most expensive chocolate in the world, To’ak produces small editions of single-origin Ecuadorian dark chocolate from the oldest and rarest variety of cacao on earth. The ground-breaking company based in Ecuador is also pioneering the art and science of aging chocolate in barrels and various other mediums. And now, at long last, To’ak is releasing two new limited editions, both of which have been many years in the making: Single Malt Islay Cask Matured, which was aged for two years in a Laphroaig Scotch whisky cask ($355 per 50-gram bar), and their terroir-driven labor of love, El Niño Harvest 2016 ($275 per 50-gram bar). To’ak’s Single Malt Islay Cask Matured dark chocolate is a marriage made in heaven for whiskey connoisseurs and chocolate enthusiasts alike. As it turns out, the co-founders of To’ak Chocolate are also unabashed devotees of Scotch whisky—particularly, the peaty single malts of Islay, the most storied whiskey-producing region in Scotland. After sourcing a cask…

The inspired story of Eden Diodati is one of jewellery and with consideration for its impact on humanity. Founded by Jennifer Ewah, it is a tale of rebirth through creativity, personal journey, and about a group of remarkably brave and resilient women from Rwanda, seeking to rebuild their lives following the devastation of civil war and genocide. Eden Diodati, expresses itself in the beautiful artistry of its jewellery pieces with a connection to the brand’s social purpose. Their goal is to positively impact with a shifted paradigm in high-end jewellery and bring to market ethical luxury, with priority to craftsmanship, provenance and elevated design. Eden Diodati’s story represents collaboration across continents, transcends cultures and celebrates artisanal heritage for positive social good. The brand works with master craftswomen from Rwanda, and sources metal components accredited by the Responsible Jewellery Council from Italy. We are delighted to have the opportunity to Q…

At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, in the Lindesness area, Snøhetta, a world renowned architecture group, has designed Europe’s very first underwater restaurant, called UNDER.  There are underwater restaurants in other areas of the world, but Under will be Europe’s first. With its immediate proximity to the ocean’s underwater world, the restaurant will also function as a research center for marine life. It is an architectural tribute to the Norwegian coast – and to its colourful, various undersea life. Under will open in early 2018. Under’s namesake holds a double meaning in Norwegian: ‘under’ can also be translated as ‘wonder.’ Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s form breaks the water surface to lie against the craggy shoreline. More than an aquarium, the structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the sea bed five meters below the…

In this ongoing series, EAT LOVE SAVOR interviews women that are making a difference in the field of luxury across many categories and around the world, celebrating their leadership, innovation and the many positive changes they are making in the business of luxury. Luxury as a business is a vastly complex landscape, blending past and present with the needs of today and tomorrow. There are a great many people making great strides in ensuring it remains strong and relevant. It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to a company making a big impact with the potential to make an even bigger ripple, a butterfly effect – Positive Luxury. Their mission is “Inspiring people to buy better and influencing brands to do better.”  DIANA VERDE NIETO, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, POSITIVE LUXURY Diana Verde Nieto is the co-founder and CEO of Positive Luxury, the company behind the Butterfly Mark; a unique…

A major milestone has been reached for Haute joaillerie designer Alexandra Mor who will celebrate her brand’s 7th anniversary with the debut of the exotic Tagua Seeds Collection, the first collection of Haute couture jewelry to feature the Tagua seed. With this collection, It is Mor’s intention to bring attention to Tagua seeds as a luxury material, presenting them as an effective alternative for elephant ivory. Mor will present her newest body of work, during New York fashion week, at Vogue Italia’s annual US Protagonist event held at Springs Studios in Tribeca, New York City on September 6th, 2017, along with 11 other selected international fine jewelry designers. 20 percent of the proceeds of Alexandra’s Tagua Seed Collection will go to an elephant organization. Said Alexandra Mor, “There is so much about my Balinese experience that connects with my spiritual and personal story as a woman and a designer; so…

AITCH AITCH Innovation in Leathers Made from Fish AITCH AITCH, a new sustainable luxury accessories brand. The debut collection is one of the first to showcase the use of salmon skin as opposed to traditional leather in the luxury goods market. The salmon skin material, a natural byproduct of organic fisheries in Europe, is then dyed and tanned by eco-friendly tanneries. Then, the material is sent to a workshop in London where master craftswomen construct and finish the bags by hand. Durable and Ages Beautifully The salmon skin, once finished, is surprisingly durable and ages beautifully akin to a vegetable-tanned leather. The products will be made to order upon request through the website on March 31st and pricing for the one of a kind goods ranges from $1595 to $3300. The collection will consist of four core styles in three colors (gray, black and teal) and are all created from sustainably sourced salmon…

LUXURY AWARDS 2016 – JUDGES PROFILE BARBARA COIGNET BARBARA COIGNET began her career in communications and PR, working closely with a number of celebrated artists and fashion brands in France including Antonio Marras, Osklen, Muji, Valentine Gauthier, Korean designer Lee Young Lee or Peter Lindbergh. In 2009, she founded 1.618 Paris, the first agency that promotes sustainable luxury brands and guide them to build valuable images as well as strong communication stratégies. Nevertheless, 1.618 embraces and becomes a leader of sustainaibility in the luxury sector, organizing the 1.618 Sustainable Luxury event in Paris. The organization was born from her passion for the mutations in society, the real beauty and her belief that luxury and sustainable development were not only compatible but co-dependent entities. Her determination to be the storyteller behind sustainable luxury brands has allowed 1.618 to become an important resource for both professionals and consumers in search of products…

LUXURY BRIEF LINĒIJ™ Atelier is a luxurious, sustainably sourced, bespoke, handcrafted accessories company with Caribbean influences, and global appeal. LINĒIJ™ has sourced the finest materials from villages and farms in parts of South America, Asia, Türkiye as well as Europe. The collection is comprised of materials that were designated food sources first. LINĒIJ™ is certified through C.I.T.E.S., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, so your new staple accessory can be worn guilt free. The collection features portfolios, totes, handbags, weekend bags, and clutches; for those with discerning tastes, who adore luxurious accessories but don’t want to sacrifice functionality, unique design, style, or sophistication. Inspiration Dating Back to 1916 The inspiration for LINĒIJTM traces back to 1916, when Lillian Delancy left Blue Hills, Turks and Caicos in search of a new start in America. Lillian, an educator of many years, was finally able to fulfill her longtime dream of opening a…

It’s hard to tell the outside from the inside at the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve and that’s by design. Located in the Patagonian rainforest of southern Chile, this property focuses on sustainable architecture and visually unique accommodations. For instance the Montaña Mágica Lodge featuring windows from the twelve rooms peering through a grassy mountain shaped structure. You can also stay inside an area carved and spiraling like a big tree, the Nothofagus Lodge. This structure has fifty-five rooms and an incredible viewing terrace on the rooftop. No better spot to acknowledge that this fairytale location is real. While you are up there take a “selfie” with the volcano on the horizan and use the free wi-fi to share your photos with a friends and family. The newest property is the Reino Fungi Lodge shaped like a mushroom of course, in honor of the mushroom kingdom that breeds from the soil…