Six by Nico Launches in London

A welcome addition to London’s vibrant culinary scene after months of the hospitality sector being closed, Six by Nico is an innovative dining concept from celebrated Scottish-Italian chef Nico Simeone.

Pioneering the dining revolution with his inventive six-course tasting menu which changes every six weeks, Nico has opened his first London outpost in the trendy Charlotte Street occupying a 76-cover restaurant.

 

 

 

 

Following in the footsteps of his well-established restaurants across the likes of Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool, Nico’s take on fine dining is made accessible with a very affordable price tag of £35 for the six courses on offer.

Modernly designed, the space is reflective of the contemporary cuisine served and the restaurant overlooks an open plan kitchen which adds to the experience. Artworks across shelving units and on the walls also give a nice element of elegance to the space and trendy music creates for quite a lively, buzzy atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

For the debut of his London residency, Nico has launched with ‘The Chippie’ a menu inspired by his heritage that pays homage to the classic British fish and chip shop. Available with the option to add some snacks to start and a wine flight pairing, the tasting menu explores Nico’s trademark take on experimental gastronomy.

For those that opt for a snack to start, the sourdough bread and shellfish butter makes for a good appetiser and is easily shared between two.

 

 

 

 

Hearty small plates create a fusion of well thought out flavours across the cleverly curated menu which ranges from dishes including a shredded beef shin served with a burnt onion ketchup and meaty salsa in an ode to the favoured steak pie reminiscent of the chip-shop classic.

The high-end spin on chippy favourites also extends to a posh take on fish and chips in the form of his Fish Supper dish, a delectable Shetland cod atop confit fennel served with a samphire beer emulsion and pickled mussels.

 

 

 

 

Top the menu off with his signature Deep Fried Mars Bar and you’ll soon find yourself frequenting the jaunt every six weeks as the menu changes, if not even more frequently.

A vegetarian menu is also available and the restaurant is adhering to strict health and safety guidelines to ensure the utmost safety for diners and staff alike.

 

The Chippie menu runs until 6th September 2020.

 

www.sixbynico.co.uk/london

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection

Once again at the forefront of innovation, Rolls-Royce’s latest venture into extraordinary automobiles sees the debut of the Wraith Kryptos Collection, an exploration into the realm of cryptography.

With just 50 models to be made of this uniquely designed adaption of the Wraith, the Kryptos Collection gives clients the opportunity to own a model incorporating a series of secret messages with the code known by just two people at Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood home.

 

 

 

 

Held in the safe of the marque’s Chief Executive, the code is cleverly interpreted across different elements of the design of the Kryptos’ façade which takes its name from the ancient Greek term meaning something unseen, hidden and coded.

 

 

 

 

Subtly strewn across the model, the mystique of the Kryptos is captured across everything from its striking Delphic grey colourway which enraptures blue and green flakes only in sunlight to the marque’s iconic Spirit of Ecstasy which is engraved with part of the code to the base of the figurine.

 

 

 

 

Intriguingly, clues also appear from within inside the vehicle, discreet enhancements such as metallic leather and a customised headrest normally bearing the double-R emblem which has instead been embroidered with part of the cipher.

Owners of the limited capsule of this incredible edition will be able to register their guesses of the code via Whisper, a members-only Rolls-Royce app.

 

 

 

 

Marking the launch of the Kryptos, the marque has also released an interactive game aimed at motoring enthusiasts and fans worldwide. With four levels of mind-challenging tasks, the game tests mental agility and echoes the complexity of the Kryptos Wraith.

 

www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Matthew David Opens New Salon

Having resided at his star-studded Duke Street salon for over ten years, celebrity hairdresser Matthew David has moved to a stunning flagship location in Mayfair’s iconic Sackville Street.

Having tamed the tresses of the glitterati for years, the Mayfair trained stylist has already established a name for himself across the black books of the industry’s beauty experts and regularly frequents magazines and television appearances as an ambassador for the hairdressing industry.

With a fresh new façade, the Sackville Street salon is elegantly designed with a colourful palette of uplifting colours and a modern take on the décor echoing his former space. As home to the master stylists and technicians taking residency at the salon, services offered include everything from cutting, innovative colouring techniques and Brazilian blowdrys.

 

 

 

The salon is also now exceptionally open on Sundays exclusively for Hair Extensions following a growing demand since launching. With trained specialists all renowned for their individual area of expertise, Matthew David Bespoke Hairdressing remains at the forefront of the most prestigious names in the industry working with clients to have them looking and feeling their absolute best.

The flagship also carries the full Matthew David product line ranging from targeted shampoos and conditioners to the iconic styling products used throughout the salon.

Working with clients to understand what looks best for them, the bespoke approach of the salon is based on consultations to achieve the right look for each client based on their lifestyle and face shape.

 

 

Matthew David Mayfair   |  8 Sackville Street   |  Mayfair   |  London W1S 3EZ

www.matthewdavid.co.uk

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Trish McEvoy on Mask Makeup

With masks becoming the norm as part of daily life, we spoke to celebrity makeup artist Trish McEvoy to find out how to achieve a flawless look with or without having to wear a mask. 

Trish tell us how to ‘master’ a mask makeup look, is it all about the eyes? 

“My go-to look has always been natural, but now that two-thirds of our faces are covered, I’m creating more definition with the eye by using my Gel Liner both with invisible lining and on top of my lash line. It’s still a very clean look, but adds more pop. To bring the eye out even more, try contouring or shaping the eye using midtown shades to elongate and add dimension.” 

What are your tips for those who want to keep eye makeup simple, but still create impact when wearing a mask?

“For those of us who really want to keep it to the basics, use products that will help brighten the eye.”

 

 

 

 

Tell us your tips for starting to experiment with bolder, colourful eye makeup. 

“The key is to start sheer, that way you have the ability to build while also enjoying the process of creating a bolder look. Go for any colours that appeal to you, but start with a sheerer formula.”

What skincare should we use? How should we change our skincare if at all? 

“I’ve received so many questions about skincare with masks. Many people are experiencing dryness, irritation, and breakouts. I recommend continuing your daily skincare routine, always remembering to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect.”

 

www.trishmcevoy.com

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Blink’s Top Tips for Brows

With salons being closed for months over lockdown, many of us have been left with unruly brows and now is the time to preen your brows at home in between shapes. Having bought the Indian cultural beauty tradition of threading to a wider audience, Vanita Parti created the benchmark of eyebrow bars, with the company she founded, Blink Brow Bar now being at the forefront of the industry. We were lucky enough to get Vanita’s top tips on how to master DIY brows:

 

Vanita, what’s the key to the perfectly shaped brow?

“Clearly define where your boundaries should be with a marker.

You can use a concealer pencil to create a parameter of where you don’t want to touch the brows. You can also use it to mark the points in the brow for start/middle and finish.

Then using a tamer, brush your brows up and across. A pencil is a great tool to define the shape of your brow. It is simple. Place the pencil at the edge of your nose and where it hits your eyebrow is where they should be.

Then swivel it from your nose to your iris – this is where the arch should be positioned. Finally swivel again from your nose to the end of your eye and where the pencil hits the brow is where they end.

You may also need to trim with nail scissors, brush up and snip any hairs poking above the brow line.”

 

 

 

And how should we define the shape? 

Brows will always look their most beautiful and help balance all facial features if they follow their natural shape. The right shape and definition will frame your face instantly, make your eyes appear larger and can take years off!

Try BBB London’s Ultra Slim Brow Definer Pencil to achieve a professional shape at home and to maintain brows in between treatments.

 

www.bbb-london.com

 

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Summer Beauty Must-Haves

With summer in full swing, we at Berkeley Bespoke have shortlisted the latest new launches in the beauty world to keep you looking and feeling on top form.

 

Acqua di Parma

Quite literally the personification of an Italian summer, Acqua di Parma’s collaboration with La Double J emulates the brand’s refined style and flair. As the first time the two have worked together, the maximalism of the California cool lifestyle brand known for its vintage prints is fused with the Mediterranean heritage synonymous with Acqua di Parma to create the capsule of new formulas. Rolling out to bath and body products, the collection sees the introduction of a shower foam, body lotion and a body scrub all imagined in the house favourites of Arancia di Capri, Fico di Amalfi and Mirto di Panarea.

 

 

TOM FORD

 

 

Following on from the success of Mr Tom Ford’s cult Beau de Jour, the now iconic classic has been rolled out to a masculine body spray. Housed in a sleek white can, this sharp yet refreshing fragrance exudes Ford’s signature sex appeal. Manly notes African Rosemary, Oakmoss and Patchouli make this grooming essential stylish and irresistible. Wear it alone as a lighter alternative to cologne or layer it as a base to elevate a long-lasting scent.

 

 

BARBARA STURM

 

 

Perfect for warmer climes and those with slightly oiler skin, Barbara Sturm’s much-loved Face Cream now comes in a lighter formula. Active ingredients including Ginger, Bisabolol and Panthenol enrich the satin texture of this wonderous cream which is easily absorbed into the skin whilst delivering a powerful dose of moisture. The result is flawless, dewy skin free of irritation and glowing – consider it heaven in a jar.

 

 

ORIBE

Fabulous hair in a bottle comes in the form of Oribe’s ultra-luxe Shampoo and Conditioner for Brilliance & Shine. Housed in the signature shelf-worthy bottles, the duo is enriched with tress-loving active ingredients ranging from Corn, Coconut and Oat-Based cleansers through to the hair saving botanical extracts of Amber and Watermelon. Gentle enough for regular use, the shampoo is the epitome of everyday luxury and leaves locks looking illuminated with shine and silky soft.

 

 

Evolution_18

Founded by makeup supremo Bobbi Brown, Evolution_18 is an extension of her beauty from within philosophy and is a range of wellbeing products and supplements. One of the heroes of the range is the brand’s Beauty Glow capsules. Dubbed the ultimate beauty pill, this skin saviour taken twice a day is formulated with age-fighting collagen, vitamins and grape seed extract all designed to repair skin’s elasticity from the inside leaving visibly dewier skin on the outside.

 

 

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

 

Francis Kurkdjian’s dreamy collaboration with Baccarat continues to grace the dressing tables of the beauty elite and now comes as a much-anticipated hair mist. Lightly scented with the decadently radiant notes from the sensual fragrance, Jasmine, Saffron and Ambergris all site within the heart of this floral yet woody scent. Designed to delicately perfume luscious locks, this alcohol-free formula lingers on the tresses leaving them smelling enviably good.

 

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Bicester Village Launches Barefoot Chic

 

In a nod to its everlasting ties with travel, Bicester Village has opened a pop up devoted to holiday wear and summer-ready essentials.

Perfectly timed to coincide with the reopening of borders across the world as sunseekers gear up for their belated trips to the likes of Mykonos and Tulum as well as stocking a capsule of staycation ready pieces for those making the most of the UK as lockdown eases.

Housed in a cosmopolitan beach inspired space, the pop up, namely Barefoot Chic plays host to more than twenty designers and runs until the end of August. Quite literally designed to evoke a holiday itself, one steps inside the shimmering space to be surrounded by summery shades of pinks and golds against bohemian furnishing and décor.

 

 

 

 

Transporting vacation-ready shoppers through a vibrant oasis of the likes of Mary Katrantzou, Heidi Klein and Mira Mikati, the space offers its guests everything from jet-set luggage by Globe Trotter to Sophia Webster’s iconic butterfly sandals all under one roof, and at very enticing discounts.

Barefoot Chic also sees the addition of new brands to the Village with Vilshenko and Catherine Prevost’s iconic capsules made available at Bicester for the first time alongside village favourites popping up in the space.

 

 

 

 

Bicester Village has also introduced a range of shopping protocols designed to make your visit as safe as possible whilst retaining the luxury experience it is so well renowned for. Digital queue management, virtual personal shopping and e-hands free shopping are just some of the newly introduced measures to ensure a seamless visit for avid shoppers.

www.tbvsc.com

Text By Jaz Grewal

Artisanal Pasta From Pasta Evangelists

 

 

Based on its innovative concept of bringing five-star pasta dishes home, Pasta Evangelists is a London based company bringing an authentic taste of Italy through its weekly changing menu of fresh pasta.

Originally founded in 2017, the brand is backed by some impressive names ranging from former Harrods CEO James McArthur to Giles Coren and Great British Bake Off’s Prune Leith all of whom are co-founders.

Very much becoming a household name, Pasta Evangelists has built its reputation on easily prepared pasta boxes produced with the finest seasonal ingredients and mouth-watering recipes.

 

 

 

 

Often cooked within minutes, the high-end pastas and sauces are handmade in London and embody the twenty regions of Italy through both traditional and contemporary takes on classic Italian dishes.

With favourites ranging from age-old Carbonara and Cacio e Pepe dishes to lesser-known speciality dishes such as Genova’s Salsa di Noce, Pasta Evangelists transports its diners on a voyage of culinary delights.

 

 

 

 

With limited edition menus also popping up inspired by specific regions or made in partnership with the likes of The Royal Exchange and Ginger Pig, the best way to enjoy the tasting menus is via their convenient subscription service.

Also available to order on a one-off basis for less frequent deliveries, Pasta Evangelists also takes residency within the iconic Harrods Foodhall for a pasta pick-me-up on the go.

www.pastaevangelists.com

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Romance in a bottle: Vilhelm Parfumerie

 

 

Having embraced a career spanning from modelling through to designing and producing luxury handbags, Jan Vilhelm epitomises Scandinavian style, so it was perhaps no surprise when he ventured into fragrance.

Very much a Swedish romantic at heart, Jan’s love for artisan luxury is evoked through his library of olfactory scents each embodying an element of his life.

Juxtaposing the boundaries between simplicity and decadence, the ethos of the eponymous lifestyle collection is conveyed through subtle signatures, reworked vintage floral prints contrast with modern fonts adorned across the striking yellow boxes each creation is housed in.

 

 

 

 

A keepsake glass flacon designed by renowned Pierre Dinand has become a symbolic trademark synonymous with the now-iconic fragrances along with Vilhelm’s floral symbol, which visually defines the brand.

A homage to the unforgettable moments Jan has enjoyed so far, the fragrances are a voyage into his life and recreate the tales with the modern aesthetic at the core of the collection.

Modern yet unpredictable, the fragrances explore florals through delicate notes and lavish ingredients. With each creation telling its own story, favourites include Dear Polly, which reminisces on how Jan met his wife Polly as they boarded a plane as strangers to almost instantly fall in love.

 

 

 

Encapsulating the joys of summers spent with his grandfather, Morning Chess pays tribute the green landscapes of Sweden where Jan grew up before moving to his current home of Paris. Fresh citrusy notes of Bergamot open this olfactory with a heart of Tuscan Leather and Galbanum before closing with Patchouli and Black Amber to make a subtle yet striking scent.

Perhaps one of the more unapologetically glamorous tales in the library is that of Mango Skin, very much the pinnacle of luxury – the extravagance of Greta Carbo at Carlyle is the inspiration for this delectable fragrance. Citrusy fruity notes of Blackberries, Mango and Black Pepper dance with Jasmine, Black Lotus, Vanilla and Pink Sugar in this celebration of vividness.

Available from Liberty and via the Vilhelm Estore.

 

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Spotlight on Valmont

Spotlight on Valmont

 

Very much the pinnacle of luxury, Valmont needs no introduction. As well as its recently launched fragrance collection, the Berkeley favourite is also synonymous with its high-end performance skincare.

Built on a reputation of combining scientific excellence with exceptional alpine ingredients, the Swiss brand was established in 1985 and its products remain coveted by the beauty industry’s finest.

Offering a plenitude of products tailored to different skin types and concerns, Valmont’s extensive brands span across different rituals, with the Valmont line at the core alongside the Maison’s prestigious L’Elixir des Glaciers collection and fragrance collections.

 

 

Valmont Primary

 

 

The latest innovation from Valmont is Primary, a line aimed at promoting the skin’s microbiotic balance in a range of gentle products designed to give long-lasting effect and create a barrier for a healthy complexion.

Perfect for sensitive skin, this range of minimalist saviours see the Maison go back to the basics, suitable for everyday use, the formulas see limited quantities of preservatives and a complex of probiotics, prebiotics and provitamin B5.

A routine of five products either used together or alone, the Primary range is produced using a UHT sterilisation procedure and air-tight packaging preventing contamination. While suitable for all skin types, the products in the line are complex solutions to problematic skin with concerns ranging from redness to blemishes and dryness.

From the Primary Solution which targets localised imperfections to the more generalised Primary Cream which calms and soothes sensitised skin, this range is the perfect all-rounder for skin in need of some TLC.

 

 

L’Elixir des Glaciers

 

 

Centred around the precious foundations of nature, L’Elixir des Glaciers by Valmont is comprised of the rarities of Swiss glacial waters, plant extracts and the essence of bees in a curated range of highly effective anti-ageing products.

With three hero skincare products and a luxurious powder foundation, the line is packed full of regenerative and restorative active ingredients combined to create the ultimate in high-end skincare.

One of the key products in the range is the L’Elixir des Glaciers Serum Precieux, a highly concentrated formula with an almost instant lifting and firming effect in just a few drops. Applied sparingly, this lightweight serum is designed to refine pores and minimise the effects of ageing leaving skin feeling toned and looking more radiant.

Available at Harrods.

www.lamaisonvalmont.com

 

Text By Jaz Grewal