Winter 2022 The public may not be aware of it, but more and more celebrities, stars and VIPs are wearing lab-grown, simulated diamond jewellery because they know their choices can set an example in this age of sustainability. Tru-DiamondsTM has pioneered this movement so, not surprisingly, this affordable luxury brand has been crowned Most Innovative Alternative Jewellery Brand 2022. Bushtec Creations: Sustainable Luxury Tented Solutions The Best Kept Secret of theRich and Famous
Contents Sofi Bajor, Editor Phone: +44 (0) 203 970 0018 Website: www.lux-review.com Editor’s Letter Winter 2022 40. A Guide to Dark Tourism for the Responsible Traveller 42. The Perfect Present Paper Genius 44. Exclusive: Serene Settings at The Belsfield Hotel 46. Winners' Listings 37. Stay Young Forever Let's Be Kids Limited 38. Perfect Service in the Perfect Setting Chateau Herálec 39. Best Luxury Hotel Amenities Brand 2022 Molton Brown Hello and welcome to the Winter 2022 issue of LUXlife! This November, we are proud to present you with a plethora of luxury businesses that are laser focused on being the best in their industries. We are truly pleased to showcase the companies featured in this issue as we believe that they are altering the realm of sophistication, luxury, and perfectly balanced opulence. Our cover, Tru-Diamonds™, is a shimmering example of indulgence. Offering premium jewellery, Tru-Diamonds™ gives us the chance to own something that will stand the test of time. It produces timeless jewellery that bursts with splendour and lavish style, making for the perfect gift this winter – and beyond. Winning Most Innovative Alternative Jewellery Brand 2022, we are proud to present Tru-Diamonds™ to you. As the year comes to a close, it is important to reminisce the seasons that have gone by and here is a reminder that we can experience luxury and comfort throughout the winter. This magnificence is in the gifts we give to our loved ones, such as signet rings, high quality sheepskin and leather, sumptuous skincare, and much more, we can give the gift of extravagance – even if we can’t travel to distant destinations, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And when our adventures resume, there are plenty of places we can visit that will offer us a chance to form memories that will last a lifetime. Here at LUXlife we hope you enjoy this issue and we wish you a very happy end to the year. Love at First Sight 4. News 6. The Best Kept Secret of the Rich and Famous Tru-Diamonds™ 8. Vacationing With Vineyards 1858 Barossa Accommodation 9. Timeless Designs in Sheepskin and Leather Nordvek 10. Best Modern Caribbean Bar & Restaurant - West Midlands Mellow's Bar & Restaurant 11. Best Luxury Hotel & Lodge Operator for Africa - 2022 Sun Multinational 12. Passion, Pride, Perfection The Oxford Signet Ring Co, LTD 13. Best Family-Run Boutique Baby Clothing Company - East Midlands Millie & Ralph 14. Better Skin, Better Planet Asyva Skincare 15. Best Authentic American-Themed Dining Experience 2022 Hard Rock Café Glasgow 16. Breathtaking Business Spaces For All The Carlton Center 17. Best Skin Treatment & Hair Removal Salon - West London The Well Notting Hill 18. A Journey of Purpose and Discovery Nanda Journeys 19. Canine Breeding Mentor of the Year (UK): Clare Andrusyk The Puppy Master 20. Changing the Face of Money Transfers Unlimited Remit 21. Your Destination is Their Mission A Plus Taxi Services 22. The Luxury in Sustainability Dev Shree, Deogarh 23. Planning Your Dream Wedding Denise More – Weddings with Attitude 24. Skincare In Its Most Pure Form Rinascentia® 25. Making Thoughtful Gifting Simple and Sustainable Wonderkind, 26. Best Self-Catering Holiday Apartment Provider - Dublin Johnny Drake 27. Love at First Sight MORE Family Collection – Lion Sands Game Reserve 28. Sustainable Luxury Tented Solutions Bushtec Creations 30. Making Light Work of Events ER Productions 31. Bringing Global Brands to India Trucarekidz India Pvt Ltd 32. Service Delivery That’s All Heart Bangi Resort Hotel 33. A Present for the Music Obsessed 34. Best Ladies Accessory & Footwear Brand - UK Kaya Capriole 36. Best Childcare Bedding & Linen Supplier 2022 - Australia Jam Berry Contents 6. 25. 32.
LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 5 Palmares Ocean Living & Golf: The Ultimate Luxury Retreat Natural Diamond Council Global Ambassador, Lily James,Visits Botswana Highlights positive impact of the natural diamond industry on education, conservation, and local business The Natural Diamond Council's newly appointed Global Ambassador actress Lily James visited the country of Botswana to experience firsthand the positive impacts of the natural diamond industry, and incredible process of recovering the rare, billion-year-old precious gems. Her trip began with four days on Safari at The Selinda Reserve, a picturesque wildlife sanctuary home to thousands of elephants and the famous Selinda lion pride. From there, she visited the Orapa Game Park—part of the De Beers Diamond Route—which illustrated firsthand the impact of the natural diamond industry's conservation efforts. Ms. James also met with students and teachers at the Livingstone House Primary School, one of four schools in the community that are run by Debswana—a diamond mining company owned by De Beers and the government of Botswana. This was followed by the opportunity to see natural diamonds at their point of origin with a visit to Lucara Diamond Corp's Karowe Diamond Mine, as well as the De Beers Global Sightholder Sales facility in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. Her last stop was the KGK Diamonds cutting and polishing facility in Gaborone, where she met with some of their remarkable employees—a majority of which are native citizens whose livelihoods are supported by the natural diamond industry. "I've been awestruck by the natural beauty and the vibrant communities I've seen in Botswana," says Lily James. "To know so much of this land— over 1,000 square miles globally is protected by the natural diamond industry makes me incredibly proud to be the NDC's Global Ambassador." "It's been incredible to experience Botswana for the first time with our Ambassador, Lily James. I'd heard so much about the positive impact Nestled in a natural amphitheatre on the Algarve coast sits Palmares Ocean Living & Golf. The resort combines exceptional golfing and leisure facilities with spectacular sea views over the estuary of Alvor in Portugal’s Western Algarve. Property buyers at Palmares can enjoy luxury at every turn. They can choose homes designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects RCR Arquitectes and eat in fine dining restaurant Al Sud, where Michelin-starred Executive Chef Louis Anjos is serving up the very best flavours of the Algarve. Al Sud was awarded its first Michelin star just seven months after opening. Chef Anjos is also in charge of the hotel and clubhouse restaurants at Palmares, both of which operate to the renowned chef’s exacting standards. The clubhouse, also designed by RCR Arquitectes and with views over the Bay of Lagos and the Alvor Estuary, is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a world-class bite to eat. Since reworking the clubhouse menu when he started there in November 2020, Chef Anjos has delivered gourmet treats such as local Alvor oysters and wedge clams in flavour-packed broth. His Dover sole and deep-water rose shrimp caldeirada is like eating the Algarve on a plate, while the rabbit with Monchique black pudding is the perfect hearty dish after a strenuous round of golf. At Al Sud, Chef Anjos’ six and nine-dish tasting menus take diners on a gastronomic journey across the Algarve, which is known for its olives, almonds, honey and citrus fruit, as well as its bountiful fish and shellfish. Fresh, seasonal flavours are complemented by fine wines from across Portugal. At Palmares’ Experience Cocktail Bar, meanwhile, award-winning mixologist Jaime Montgomery is serving menus of five, seven and nine ‘moments’ that allow customers to sample a flight of flavours. They include modern twists on classic cocktails, such as the Negroni and Manhattan, as well as some exciting and surprising new combinations (Apples & Oysters, anyone?). Palmares Ocean Living’s golfing facilities are also exceptional. The resort’s 27-hole golf course was designed by legendary American architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. It provides the perfect balance of challenging play and moments to drink in the beauty of the setting. Buyers have a range of options available at Palmares Ocean Living. One example, priced at €3.4 million, is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom golf-front and oceanview villa, with turnkey design by RCR Arquitectes. These design-led homes are simply stunning. Every home at Palmares Ocean Living & Golf has been designed with privacy and serenity in mind. The low-density construction, at just 5.7%, forges an exceptional harmony between residential accommodation, golf and the ocean. Strict construction parameters have been put in place to protect the sea views, including building implementation zones and height limits. This ensures that each home has the opportunity to benefit individually from the stunning natural surroundings. Villas and apartments at Palmares Ocean Living are part of a masterplan of 460 homes (103 villas, 357 apartments), a second five-star hotel (complementing the existing boutique 20-room 5*hotel) and an array of sports and leisure facilities. Ownership includes annual golf membership for two. For buyers who prefer to relax on the beach rather than the golf course, the golden sands of the stunning 4km Meia-Praia beach are just steps from the resort. The characterful town of Lagos, meanwhile, is a 10-minute drive away. of the natural diamond industry in this country, but nothing can prepare you for the real experience," says David Kellie, CEO of Natural Diamond Council. "The natural diamond industry is an example to others as to how collaborations between governments and business can transform the lives of so many people and the communities in which they live." Located in the middle of the Kalahari desert and believed to be the birthplace of humans 200,000-300,000 years ago, Botswana is a country with a population of 2.35 million people that has been inhabited and remained an important place in the world. Natural diamonds were discovered there in 1967. Natural diamonds support the livelihood of more than 10 million people worldwide and nowhere is the positive impact felt more than in Botswana, contributing 33% of Botswana's GDP in 2021. Botswana also has the highest percentage of women-owned businesses in the world. The diamond industry's partnership with the government of Botswana sustains a school system educating on average 552,000 children a year. In 1966, there were just three secondary schools. Today there are 300 and every Botswanan child receives free primary and secondary education. Additional benefits of the natural diamond industry include providing healthcare for more than 4 million people globally and funding critical infrastructure development including schools, hospitals, and roads. Further information regarding the natural diamond industry's contributions to economies and communities can be found at the Natural Diamond Council's Thank You, By The Way campaign, which has recently gained support from industry retailers such as Jared and Ben Bridge Jewelers.
LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 7 6 Winter 2022 Aug22186 The public may not be aware of it, but more and more celebrities, stars and VIPs are wearing lab-grown, simulated diamond jewellery because they know their choices can set an example in this age of sustainability. Tru-DiamondsTM has pioneered this movement so, not surprisingly, this affordable luxury brand has been crowned Most Innovative Alternative Jewellery Brand 2022. The Best Kept Secret of the Rich and Famous This leaves them with more money with which to begin their lives together …to go on honeymoon, buy a new car or invest in their own home. Tru-Diamonds™ jewellery is also preferred by women of all ages who love the glamour and prestige of fine diamond jewellery but can’t, or don’t want to, pay the exorbitant prices demanded by high-end jewellers and when they can have similar, sometimes identical, pieces at a small fraction of the price. Customer Service Director, Julie Swift tells us, “Tru-Diamonds™ jewellery is so affordable that many of our male customers now buy their spouses or partners a new piece each month instead of once a year. Our female customers are also adding a piece to their collections every month or two instead of once every several years.” Laboratory created Tru-Diamonds™ are much kinder to the environment than mined diamonds, where 250 tons of earth is blasted and excavated to find just one carat of mined diamond. Customers can also be sure that Tru-Diamonds™ are not blood diamonds as every gem is scientifically grown in a state-of-the-art laboratory. When judged by the ‘Four Cs’ that gemmologists use to grade fine diamonds (Colour, Clarity, Cut, and Carat size), Tru-Diamonds™ gems compare favourably to the finest, top-grade mined diamonds. They are ice white in colour, flawlessly clear, cut to perfect proportions, and they come in similar carat sizes to their mined diamond Tru-Diamonds™ is a British brand with over 100,000 delighted customers in the UK alone and many thousands more all over the world – backed up by thousands of fivestar reviews. Tru-Diamonds™ gems offer the ideal alternative to environmentally damaging mined stones. With the naked eye, even a jeweller can’t see a difference because Tru-Diamonds™ look, feel, and wear just like top-grade mined diamonds. The 18 ct. Gold or Platinum settings are finely crafted and hand-finished, so customers get to experience the compliments and admiration that usually come only from wearing ultraexpensive diamond jewellery. Tru-Diamonds™ customers range from young couples getting engaged to women of all ages who love the glamour and prestige of wearing diamond jewellery. The engagement rings are popular not only because Tru-Diamonds™ gems are lab-grown and eco-friendly but also because young couples can get the ring of their dreams at a fraction of what they would pay for an identical ring with mined diamonds. counterparts. What is more, they are so hard and durable they even cut glass! Every piece of Tru-Diamonds™ jewellery comes in an elegant presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity confirming the pure white colour, superlative brilliance, flawless clarity, perfect cut, and excellent hardness and toughness of its gems. They are crafted to the most demanding quality standards and warranted for life through a unique Triple Guarantee that no other company, we know of, can match. Julie comments, “We pride ourselves on ensuring we provide the very best experience for our customers before, during and after the sale. We are truly proud of our commitment to making sure every customer gets the greatest possible enjoyment from their Tru-Diamonds™ jewellery.” Apart from making jewellery ownership enjoyable, Tru-Diamonds™ also strives to make the buying experience fun-filled and exciting by regularly conducting sales and promotions offering discounts, free gifts, prizes and more. Jewellery lovers appreciate this and, recently, the company launched The Tru-Rewards Club to reward customers each time they buy as well as whenever they follow or share on social media and when they recommend Tru-Diamonds™ to friends or family. Company: Tru-Diamonds™ Contact: Julie Swift – Customer Service Director Email: [email protected] Website: trudiamonds.co.uk "Tru-DiamondsTM offers a vast array of eco-friendly jewellery featuring non-mined gems that their customers can feel good, not guilty, about wearing."
8 9 Aug22153 Timeless Designs in Sheepskin and Leather Online and events retailer, Nordvek, works with the best tanneries and factories to provide top-quality clothing, homewares and accessories. The Leeds-based company, that favours classic designs over fast fashion trends, is our Best Leather & Sheepskin Clothing Company 2022 (UK). We speak to Nordvek’s Managing Director, Danny Whitaker-Leach, to find out more. Nordvek was founded in 1983, in the West Yorkshire town of Skipton, by Danny Whitaker-Leach’s friend’s father, who ran a successful market stall. This was before an online store was set up – and before events were taken on. It was this branching out that truly sparked the roaring flame that Nordvek is today. Danny worked for the market stall in 2009-2010, until he took over and started to run the business himself in 2018 – after his friend’s father took retirement. Being located in prime sheep farming country, Danny decided to sell sheepskin products. The business thrived. And Danny, seeking out the very best materials around, began to offer leather and cowhide products too. The days of being out on the market stall may be far behind him but Danny’s passion for bringing the very best products to his customers still endures. He explains, “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our priority is to fulfil their desires, that’s what drives the business. From sourcing the best products and original designs to making, ordering, and after-sales service as simple as possible.” To this day the company specialises in sheepskin products. Nordvek also partners with other brands that fit with its ethos to offer a comprehensive range of products to its customers. Staying with classic designs and styles that have stood the test of time doesn’t mean Nordvek doesn’t review its range. Danny says, “Each season we aim to improve our products as much as we can. Another thing we’re working on is sustainability. It’s a challenge but we’re improving year after year.” Viewed as an expert in the sheepskin trade, Nordvek stands out for its high level of experience and customer-oriented approach. And where possible the company will help its customers by fulfilling custom orders. Danny tells us, “If it's possible with sheepskin we can make it. It’s one of our joys to create a customer's vision for them. We can’t accept everything though. Occasionally we have to pass customers on to competitors if we feel an alternative option would be better for them. Making sure that every customer is happy is our first priority. Using our contacts and experience in the industry means we can make that happen.” Despite the growth of Nordvek, Danny still runs the business on his own. His wife and father help out at very busy times. So he was thrilled to be recognised for this award. We ask about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on business. He says, “COVID was a funny one, on one side there were no events for nearly 2 years. But e-commerce boomed for a while. Demand online has now dipped. It’s been a challenge managing the sudden boom and decline.” But it was in the winter of 2021 that the business was almost forced to close. Stock was stuck in containers that couldn’t be reached. As a result, Nordvek lost almost 50% of its forecasted trade. That’s now far behind and Nordvek is looking forward to getting out to a series of winter events in 2022. Danny says, “It’s always nice to get out and about to see our customers. Styles we were missing in winter 2021 will be back in stock. We’re also launching some new colours of our women's sheepskin gloves and mittens range.” You’ll be able to see Nordvek exhibiting at Living North York, Country Living Glasgow, Henley-on-Thames Gift Fair, Country Living Harrogate and the Harrogate Christmas Market. Contact: Danny Whitaker-Leach Company: Nordvek Web Address: www.nordvek.com Jul22422 VacationingWithVineyards The 19th century saw a wave of settlers to the Barossa Valley region of South Australia. Though that time has long since passed, holidaymakers can indulge in a blast from the past in the Most Relaxing Rural Retreat in Barossa Valley with the 1858 Barossa Accommodation, a lovingly restored property of the 1850s transformed into a beautiful holiday home. 1858 Barossa Accommodation is a heritage farmhouse which has been lovingly restored to appreciate its historical significance and provide unique and luxury accommodation. Situated on seventeen acres and nestled amongst rural landscapes and surrounding vineyards, the fourbed, two-bath property offers an authentic and inviting experience of the Australian countryside. Its guests enjoy the wide-open space, spectacular starry skies and stunning sunsets of this striking slice of the country. 1858 prides itself on this private and tranquil setting, perfect for those who want to escape, relax, and unwind. Perfect for a weekend stay, or longer, to explore Barossa and Eden Valley's wine, food, and cultural region. 1858 Barossa is also an ideal location for groups of friends or families, catering for up to eight people. It has a fully equipped kitchen – including a Nespresso coffeemaker – with the historic baker’s oven both a salient feature to enjoy and a trip back in time. Complimentary tea, coffee and Barossa Valley Jersey Fresh milk are provided as well as two bottles of premium handcrafted Gumpara Wine from its seventh-generation vineyard. These extras alone make this an enticing trip. However, the homely feeling of the 1858 property brings the entire trip together. From the outside in, the farmhouse is a gorgeous location that’s modern touches do not detract from its ‘home of the past’ aesthetic. The farmhouse’s antique furniture and setting make the interior immediately welcoming. From the chandeliers to the wood-fired stove to the old-styled rooms that overlook the garden and paddocks, there is a definitive air of quality and heritage. Then you move to the verandas, to the outdoor area for barbeque and dining, which allows guests to indulge in the picturesque days and evenings with the plush seating. The entire building has an unmistakable ‘family home’ aesthetic, down to the very last detail. It is a small family business; therefore, the family is the face of the business. Thus, it isn’t just the image of the business and its services that it works to delight guests with, but themselves also. Guests are welcomed and gifted experiences they treasure. In line with that, the 1858 family is in the process of adding a nature walk for guests to explore its property. Additionally, a bocce court will soon be added, and bikes so guests can indulge in the picturesque country roads. The Australian countryside and its beauty are open to the enjoyment of 1858’s guests, but the specific beauty of the vineyards of Barossa Valley from a rustic, picturesque home – that has been meticulously and lovingly restored – is an experience above all. Contact: Melissa-Jane Lee Company: 1858 Barossa Accommodation Web Address: www.1858.com.au
10 11 Aug22321 Best Luxury Hotel & Lodge Operator for Africa - 2022 With a strict philosophy of harnessing the internal strength of each brand and allied company it works with, Sun Multinational has built a reputation for bringing out the best in the enterprises it works with. A growth and development focused company, it has brought clients to new levels of excellence by bringing them into the fold, working with businesses in automation, duty free, general trading, mining, and – as denoted by the above award title – the hospitality sector. Headquartered in Dubai, Sun Multinational boasts worldwide links to several different firms within a variety of industries. Nominally, its brand development and business betterment has made critical differences to each of the businesses it works with, resulting in an enterprise that stands out amongst its peers and market segment by performing with the utmost tenacity and expertise. This is especially prevalent in Africa, its presence in several countries within the continent covering everything from commodities and real estate to mining, duty free, and hospitality in the form of hotel and lodge operators. Having been founded in 1997, it has spent its time in operation since the turn of the century by gathering a vast network of passionate talent and exemplary resources under its purview, allowing it to drive superior shareholder returns over an extended business relationship. Ostensibly, the result of such long-term positive connections is that Sun Multinational has made itself a partner and friend to the business for several firms and establishments; the benefit to the client in such cases is enormous, as they receive inclusion under a supportive and innovative international key player. Therefore, its hospitality efforts have cultivated a network of Sun Africa Hotels for Sun Multinational. Offering the perfect combination of bushland views, scenic safari holidays, and exploration of the local region that takes clients off the beaten path, it puts decision-making back in the hands of the end customer by giving them the ability to pick only from the best of the best. Indeed, it has thusly become renowned for the fact that the companies within its ranks offer the highest standards of hospitality and service within these establishments, making these are some of the best places to spend the night, both for business and leisure. Company: Sun Multinational Contact: Rahul Sood Website: sunmnc.com Aug22310 Best Modern Caribbean Bar & Restaurant -West Midlands An award-winning Caribbean venue for food, drink, and socialising, Mellow's Bar & Restaurant has made itself a gem in the crown of the local region. Based in Birmingham, it has been open for four years in order to offer the best, most authentic, and most delicious Caribbean fusion cuisine and drinks that perfectly reflect the cultures they represent. Having attracted a loyal customer base in its area, as well as many celebrities and influencers, everyone who walks through its doors can immediately appreciate its warm and friendly atmosphere, as well as its authentic Caribbean flavours. Aiming to become a nationally renowned chain restaurant – and even to expand overseas – Mellow's Bar & Restaurant has become one the most exemplary, authentic, and popular Caribbean restaurants of its kind. Nominally, its Caribbean fusion food, drink, and atmosphere blends all the excellence of fine dining with all the comfort of home cooked meals, resulting in a space that champions community dining, great cuisine, and a welcoming atmosphere. Even if a guest has never tried Caribbean food before, Mellow’s promises that they will soon find so much to love from the moment they step inside. Serving people from all walks of life, from celebrities to casual diners, its clientele is both young and old, showing just how much effort it has put into being an inclusive establishment, one that boasts attentive service, delectable food, and a true dedication to looking after each guest. Moreover, all its food is freshly cooked, having been created with traditional Caribbean culture in mind, fused with its expert knowledge of the modern culinary market. Indeed, it has also become famous for its special jerk seasoning; this blend of spices has secured it place as a much loved culinary darling thanks to the unique and incredible flavour profile it brings to each of Mellow’s dishes. The hand-picked staff each know its menu like the backs of their hands, too. Able to advise on allergen information, ingredients, flavour profiles, spice levels, and more, their zeal for the cuisine they serve, and quality of customer service is as excellent as the food itself. Indeed, each of them boast impeccable problem solving and personal diligence, taking their own accountability incredibly seriously from greeting the customer all the way through to bidding them goodnight when they leave. Thus, Mellow’s was able to push through the tumult of Covid-19 excellently despite the challenges that were put before it, and it is happy to say that it is currently in the middle of planning its new restaurant in Manchester, slated for opening in 2023. Company: Mellow's Bar & Restaurant Contact: Derek Rawlins Website: www.mellowscatering.com
12 13 Aug22379 Best Family-Run Boutique Baby Clothing Company - East Midlands Established in 2018, Millie & Ralph started life as a small family-run business and has grown to become a leading online retailer of designer, Spanish, and traditional babywear. The business is run by Charlotte and Ben, parents to Millie, whom the company was named after, and believe it or not, her hamster, Ralph! Millie & Ralph is managed daily by Charlotte and Ben, with the support of a team of six. Charlotte is in charge of buying in all of the lovely items on the online store, from outfits and knitwear to sleepsuits and faux fur pom-pom hats, ensuring she keeps on top of stock and getting in new arrivals in time for seasonal changes. Millie & Ralph’s luxury brands include Pangasa, Caramelo Kids, Calamaro, Dandelion, and many more, and it also offers the most adorable unisex collection – so there’s something for everyone! Ben oversees all customer messages, with customer service being the company’s number one priority (as well as stocking beautiful babywear). Millie & Ralph wants to make sure that every customer has the perfect shopping experience from the very moment they visit the website right up until they are dressing their little one in their new outfits. In 2022, Millie & Ralph opened its first brick and mortar nursery store in Lincolnshire as an extension to the brand, selling pushchairs, car seats, nursery furniture, babywear, and accessories from leading brands such as iCandy, Egg, Cybex, Venicci, and many more. Customers can even book a 1.5-hour personal shopping appointment for a one-to-one experience with the store’s friendly advisors. Customers both online and to the Lincolnshire store can’t get enough of Millie & Ralph. One customer comments, “Highly recommended. Took two days for my order to arrive – Really quick! Bought for my friend’s daughter. The clothes you sell are gorgeous. Also very different from the ones you buy on the high street. Packed lovely and loved the little chocolate!” Another customer shares, “Gorgeous clothes and good customer service every time! Loved every item I’ve ordered, including the free gift of bibs I received with my last order.” Someone else says, “Ordered the white pom-pom set for our new-born as didn’t know the gender. It’s so cute and such good quality! Would definitely order again. Great value for money!” Company: Millie & Ralph Email: [email protected] Website: www.millieandralph.co.uk Aug22354 Passion, Pride, Perfection The Oxford Signet Ring Co, LTD (OSR) is an expert signet ring creator that is professional, driven, and impassioned with its craftmanship. It is a great honour to celebrate its success in defining and restoring a tradition that has been around for centuries. Here we talk to its Director, Alex Callaghan, as it wins the prestigious award of Best Family Crest & Signet Ring Specialists – South East England. Family business, with over 35 years of experience, The Oxford Signet Ring Co, LTD (OSR) is reviving an age-old tradition that seemed lost for a period of time. Breathing new life into the tradition, OSR works hard to light a fire within all of us with its fine creations. With OSR, we are reminded of where we’re from – and clients couldn’t be happier. Its enthusiasm and dedication to its work offers an avenue of luxury that is contained in a ring that can be passed down through generations. As a symbol of belonging, signet rings are stamped with family crests, initials, floral motifs, beasts, crowns, crosses, or other designs. This feeling of unity and belonging lasts many lifetimes within a family or friendship, and can be worn with immense pride. Staying away from laser-cut jewellery, OSR provides 100% hand engraved signet rings that reflect personality and excitement. This is no small feat and Alex believes that “sticking to the traditional methods has created us a niche within a niche.” Its acknowledgement is something that really drives the team even further, as they all take incredible pleasure in creating tailor-made slices of luxury. With an irreplaceable team of engravers and goldsmiths, OSR has become one of the best out there. Alex tells us more about the team. He says, “They understand the importance of creating a unique masterpiece for you and your generations to follow.” Establishing itself online around 10 years ago, OSR has become well-recognised throughout the UK as well as the world. Not only has OSR become known around the globe, but its has also worked along some of the finest names in the industry. By serving clients all over the world, OSR has constructed a reputation for excellence and pure desire to create statement pieces that elevate our perception of signet rings. As Alex shares, with regards to its craftmanship, “sticking to the traditional methods to make and engrave our jewellery means we are very different to the modern day jeweller.” With OSR, there is no competition – it has worked hard to get to where it is now and appreciates all of its clients. Its hand engraving methods have drawn many clients to OSR, and it shows no sign of slowing down as the demand for intricate, bespoke, and immaculate signet rings increases. OSR not only survived the pandemic, but it also thrived due to online shopping skyrocketing. It served an immense amount of clients that stumbled upon OSR when searching for something striking and impeccable in design. Then, through many word-of-mouth recommendations, OSR flourished even further. Its new and loyal clients go to OSR for all of their signet ring needs – whether that’s purchasing for themselves, or for a loved one. Working alongside a team of craftsmen that make perfect pieces of jewellery, Alex explains, “I work with self-employed craftsmen so they have more flexibility and freedom which I believe brings out the best in them.” His approach to the team encourages them to fly high and feel proud of their unique efforts. With exciting plans in the pipeline, OSR is delighted to receive such recognition for its pristine creations – and we are extremely happy to see it grow. Alex and the team at OSR are genuinely deserving of Best Family Crest & Signet Ring Specialists – South East England, and we are pleased to be able to showcase its work. Long may its success continue, for many generations to come. Contact: Alex Callaghan Company: The Oxford Signet Ring Co, LTD Web Address: https://www.oxfordsignetrings.co.uk/
14 15 Aug22388 Best Authentic American-Themed Dining Experience 2022 Hard Rock Café is everything from memorable dining experiences and beautiful hotel rooms, to music memorabilia exhibits and iconic performance venues. It was the brainchild of two shaggy-haired Americans, Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton in 1971, who were living in London and looking for a burger to satisfy their hunger. Instead of seeking out the perfect burger, they decided to create their own American-style diner – and combine mouth-watering food of their homeland with great music. Since the early 1970s, the Hard Rock Café brand has been inching its way around the globe, now residing in 74 countries, with 185 cafes, 25 hotels, and 12 casinos. It was Paul McCartney & Wings who kicked off the live music side of Hard Rock Café, putting on an impromptu concert inside the café in 1973. Since, there have been 15,000 live performances at Hard Rock venues around the world. Eric Clapton is one artist who became a regular diner at London Hard Rock Café, having requested his guitar be hung above his bar stool to save his spot. This was the beginning of the displaying of rock memorabilia at Hard Rock locations. Today, the brand’s collection has grown to over 80,000 pieces, including Jon Bon Jovi’s guitar, John Lennon’s handwritten “Imagine” song lyrics, Slash’s flannel shirt, and Elvis’ 24-karat gold leaf grand piano – It just keeps growing! By 1982, the Hard Rock Café brand was expanding across the world, with its first United States location in Los Angeles, CA, and soon after, its first Asian location in Tokyo. In 1994, the first Hard Rock live concert venue opened in Mexico City, followed by the first hospitality and casino gaming location in Las Vegas in 1995. When visiting a Hard Rock Café, guests can expect to see iconic pieces lining the walls, while tantalising their tastebuds with legendary burgers, boozy milkshakes, and everything in between. Because Hard Rock Café has indeed earned its place among the greatest eating establishments in the world. While showcasing the very best of American cuisine, it also brings people together within a vibrant atmosphere, a community of individuals who share the same love of great music. Not only does the established eatery offer some of the most outstanding burgers, meals, sides, and drinks, but it is also at the forefront of gastronomical innovation coming out of America. It is constantly on the lookout for new food and beverage trends, and constantly pushes the boundaries to offer the very best products for its guests. The menu includes the award-winning Steak Burgers, and a myriad of classics that contain the essential Hard Rock spin. Regarding its atmosphere and traditions, one thing at Hard Rock Café that hasn’t changed is its reputation. Whether it’s with rock and roll memorabilia, its tribute to London heritage, musicians and history, or its food, the global phenomenon is said to inspire locals and tourists alike who visit and enjoy the Hard Rock Café. Its reputation is unlike any other chain of restaurants, which is powered by its curation of the best, most memorable experiences, whether you are there for a signature culinary meal or musical entertainment. The entirety of Hard Rock Café is driven by dynamic and diligent staff that provide customers everything they need to enjoy a rock and roll experience unlike any other. Company: Hard Rock Café Glasgow Aug22380 Better Skin, Better Planet Organic and free-from preservatives and artificial ingredients, Asyva Skincare has become known for developing products that are fresh, sustainable, and beneficial to the skin. As such, the company has been awarded Best Eco-Luxury Skincare Brand, 2022 - the UK for its contributions to the skincare market. Kind to skin and the environment, Asyva Skincare truly offers the full package when it comes to ethically sourced, effective, natural products. Established in 2019, the eco-luxury skincare brand that specialises in vegan, fragrance and preservative-free, anhydrous beauty products that cultivate plumper, more youthful looking skin. Asyva Skincare’s products do not include any hidden, artificial, or synthetic chemicals, and they are free from anything that could impact the efficacy of the organic and nutrient-rich ingredients it uses. With an ingredients list comprised of at least 75% organic certified ingredients, Asyva Skincare has created a product range that has something suitable for every skin type, be it dry, oily, or combination. Moreover, its products have proven to be beneficial against redness, dehydration, discolouration, enlarged pores, and much more. From plum and raspberry to cherry and pomegranate, every bottle is packed full of vital vitamins, acids, and anti-oxidants, including linolenic acid, phytosterols, and vitamin A and E. Simply, Asyva Skincare’s serums can make you look younger, your skin smoother, and can help to repair damaged cells. Sustainability is one of Asyva Skincare’s main priorities. All of Asyva Skincare’s ingredients are sourced from Europe, with each ingredient either being native to Europe or is now growing in Europe. All of its products are produced in small batches in London. The company’s postage is as environmentally friendly as possible, and Asyva Skincare utilises as little packaging as possible, whilst still ensuring that packages are delivered safely and undamaged. Customers are clearly pleased with the company’s products, as one states, ‘Absolutely brilliant face oil! I have been using this face oil for a while and cannot recommend it enough! I have a sensitive skin and I love the face oil as it leaves my skin hydrated and nourished without a heavy feeling. It has a very pleasant and not overpowering smell and I can definitely notice an improvement in the condition of my skin. I would definitely recommend this oil. The packaging is very nice and it being a pump bottle makes it very easy to use and you only need a few drops which means it will last ages.I will definitely try more products in this range.’ An award winning company all-round, Asyva Skincare has certainly earned the title of Best Eco-Luxury Skincare Brand, 2022 - the UK, an accolade that it is adding to an extensive collection. Contact: Karen Helpap Company: Asyva Skincare Web Address: https://asyva.com/
LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 17 16 Winter 2022 Aug22298 Finding the perfect office space can seem daunting, but The Carlton Center (Carlton) offers innovative and modern office spaces that can be enjoyed by everyone. However, it isn’t limited to just this. Here we get a closer look at its enviable success as it wins Best Modern Co-Working Space & Event Venue – Florida. by learning about other businesses or industries. This has been a fairly unexplored setting until recently so, now that we have companies introducing this to us, we can find excitement and nuances within this realm. As human beings, we are curious and interested in other people. They brighten our days and offer us insight into our own self. For us, working at home – alone – can be daunting and lonely at times. By introducing a place for us to work, that includes other professionals from different businesses, can enrich us and allow us to learn more about the industries we work in. Not only does coworking introduce new people into our working lives, but it save us a substantial amount of money when renting out a space. This is great for business as we can then focus our monetary assets on funding other parts of our work – freeing up ties that we have with contracts that are big and expensive can be one of the best business moves out there. When would an office be without meeting rooms? Meeting rooms can be just as important as the rest of the office, if not more from time to time. These spaces allow for privacy, collaboration, and teamwork. They are there for us to use when we need to talk about confidential matters and our progress, and they allow us to bounce ideas off each other – without the commotion of the rest of the office as a distraction. Carlton’s meeting rooms are perfectly suitable for interviews, presentations, and conferences of all types. Its creations can fit any of our needs when conducting business and working together; Carlton’s aim is to provide a safe space for us to explore ideas and find time to connect on a human level. Peacefully and confidentially. Carlton shows readiness to adapt and transform business so that we can all develop Our working life tends to be a huge part of our lives and, with how much time we spend there, it is imperative that we have a space that feels comfortable, modern, adaptable, and much more than the typical office setting. Recently, everything was shaken up and turned upside down with the sweeping changes around the world. With the planet being transformed by the global pandemic, we have found that coming back to work has been a monumental affair. It has become so important to work in a modern space where we can feel relaxed, safe, and creative – to benefit employees’ mental health as well as the productivity of the business overall. Here we would like to introduce The Carlton Center (Carlton) as it sets trends in the market of office spaces. It was established in 1897 and, to this day, it still innovates within its market. It is here for all looking for somewhere to empower, guide, and benefit their employees, and it does this by providing only the best spaces for whoever it works with. Carlton offers its meeting spaces, office solutions, and much more, to ensure we have everything we need to succeed. For example, Carlton lends its services in order to provide meeting rooms, so that we may talk business as well as discussing anything personal that is relevant to us at the time. It also provides common spaces so that we can share and contribute to others with ease. Co-working spaces have become increasingly more important as the need for offices has swiftly plunged over the course of the last couple of years. With more people utilising hybrid working, and working from home full time, there is less demand for offices to be rented out or bought for entire companies. This not only brings a sense of order, but it brings a sense of unity across a plethora of businesses. Professionals can meet other professionals and broaden their horizons together – in line with our business models and the trends in our industries. It shows its true colours through every space it rents and, therefore, demonstrates how it provides for the good of any and every industry. Its properties all supply furniture, internet, and utilities so that we can feel comfortable and taken care of. These luxury, modern buildings can completely convert a business from something functional, to something sensational. It does so by giving employees and employers a place to carry out business in a collaborative and interesting way. By being based in Downtown Fort Pierce in Florida, Carlton is in a brilliant location with many local amenities nearby. Carlton ensures that it has a solution for everyone looking to rent a space that will inevitably benefit their business. Carlton allows flexible rental periods so that the office we choose can be rented on renewable terms, for however long we feel we need it. Not only that, but Carlton allows us to customise our spaces for the best experience. This customisation makes us feel more settled in the workspace – and it allows us to express ourselves as a collective. All of these modern features mean that we can enjoy the space and rent for as long as we want, without any concerns. Whether we need a physical space, or a virtual office, The Carlton Center provides affordable workspaces, whatever our business. This is why it has won Best Modern Co-Working Space & Event Venue – Florida. We wish it every success as it continues to supply spaces for the growth and development of business, for that all important and crucial flexibility and expression. Contact: Samantha Hart-Simnett Company: The Carlton Center Website: https://www.thecarltoncenter.com/ Breathtaking Business Spaces For All
18 19 Aug22609 A Journey of Purpose and Discovery Taking a break can help us relax, recharge, and reconnect with our priorities. That’s wonderful and necessary, of course. But when that break comes in the form of a brilliantly-crafted travel experience, we can actually “reignite the flame within.” Whether it’s a small getaway or a huge adventure, an inspiring and motivating journey can help realign our focus and passion. Enter: Nanda Journeys, winner of Best Global ThemeFocused Trip Agency of 2022. Only a handful of highly accomplished travel specialists can make it easy to discover the finest experiences the world has to offer. With a principled focus on sustainability and jaw-droppingly unique access, Nanda Journeys’ boutique themed programs cater to an audience that craves access to the vast global community – but also expects a transformative inner journey. “Nanda travelers tend to be ‘Global Citizens,’ dedicated travelers who live for meaningful experiences and connections with people,” says Nanda Founder and CEO, Nicola Balmain. “They love making a positive impact wherever they go. These are people who care about their home communities, and the communities they visit.” “Personalized travel is one of the greatest luxuries today,” says Britishborn Balmain. “In a dimension far beyond ‘touring the icons’ like Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower, travel can actually help you realign with a deeper sense of purpose.” Nanda’s unique Career Enrichment Programs allow professionals to learn & grow, while traveling with a select group of peers to utterly amazing places. These small groups access all the premier locations that make travel so alluring, but they also make meaningful career connections, earn CEUs, and share their knowledge with international colleagues. These professional development programs are often tax deductible. Frequently, they cater to Law, Business, Medicine, Education, Science & Technology, and much more. Each program features an unforgettably unique “access experience,” such as meeting with Supreme Court Justices in India, or a day of interactive personal sessions with HR students & professionals in Japan. “Sometimes the stars align, and extraordinary moments coalesce, such as our recent meeting with the King and Queen of Bhutan,” says Balmain. “Those moments require painstaking planning, a lifetime of relationship-building, and a little bit of luck.” Nanda’s Cultural Immersion & Bespoke Private Journeys are similarly crafted, but without the intensive professional focus. These are private journeys, custom-designed around someone’s passions and travel preferences. lf you can dream it; Nanda can build it. “There is a Psychology and Art to a program like ours,” Balmain says. “Our formula curates experiences and weaves them into a tapestry of impactful moments. This is the next level of travel. You acquire and share knowledge as you explore, which our clients highly value. Of course, there are tremendous comforts and spectacular food & wine, but also many opportunities to get outside your comfort zone.” The bedrock principle that undergirds each Nanda program is Sustainability. Balmain explains, “To us, sustainability means that by traveling into a community we support that community so it can thrive indefinitely. By creating economic opportunity, we honor and improve the lives we touch – with dignity and respect, not just dollars.” “Nanda is destination agnostic. It’s our approach that will open your mind & heart. The people who live in the societies we visit can permanently change our view of the world – and our view of ourselves. That’s the most extraordinary benefit of travel, isn’t it? That it can show us who we really are, and change us for the better?” One question remains – where will you go? Contact: Nicola Balmain Email: [email protected] Tel: 888-747-7501 Company: Nanda Journeys Web Address: https://www.nandajourneys.com/ Aug22645 She is also able to reach breeders around the world with her training by holding sessions over Zoom when the world went digital during the pandemic. She says, “Since Zoom has been used so much during covid, it has made more of the general public accepting of its use and its benefits. My client base has therefore extended to people all across the country and as far as the USA.” Clare is assisted in her work by two teenage volunteers whose ambitions are to work in the canine industry when they leave school or college. She mentors them and they gain free education and experience along the way. Now, Clare is looking towards the future where she has some exciting projects in the pipeline for The Puppy Master, one of which she hopes will go live by the end of the year – the launch of the first ever dedicated Cockapoo specialist online training and advice course with a membership club. Owners will be able to get qualified expert help from not just a trainer, but a fellow owner and highly qualified, five-star licensed breeder of Cockapoos and Cocker Spaniels. Company: The Puppy Master Contact: Clare Andrusyk Email: [email protected] Website: thepuppymaster.co.uk A passionate lover of all dog breeds, Clare Andrusyk is a qualified, accredited dog training and behaviour modification instructor based in West Yorkshire. She has appeared multiple times on BBC Look North, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio 5, the Dog Training College Unleashed conference, and Empowered Dog winter summit, and is recognised as an expert in her field. She is also a content creator for her business on TikTok, in addition to writing monthly articles for the country’s most wellknown dog magazine, Dogs Today. Clare is here to help dog breeders avoid a bad reputation. This may happen because they have missed some core training opportunities of their puppies at a young age or don’t have enough education on how to raise puppies the right way. The Puppy Master’s mission is to empower breeders to be the best they can be for the puppies they breed and their new owners. Clare tells us, “There isn’t enough good education out there for them, so I provide it in a bespoke service tailored to them as an individual, accounting for their time needs.” Dogs are not a commodity to make money; they should be loved, cherished, and live happy family lives. Thus, Clare focuses on small scale breeders who keep the dogs they breed as their pets, because this is where her long-standing ethics lie. She provides a course for breeders, giving them as much or as little education as they need. It is structured to follow week on week and is easy to follow. She states, “I don’t just tell, I demonstrate.” Dogs are truly human’s best friend, and at The Puppy Master, as a breeding mentor, trainer, and behaviourist, Clare Andrusyk champions the idea of dogs living their best lives. It’s an attitude that she lives and breathes in her training and it is felt by everyone on her team. We got in touch with Clare to learn more about her business. Canine Breeding Mentor of theYear (UK): Clare Andrusykwww.lux-review.com