Fine Dining at Oxeye

 

No stranger to being in the limelight, Winchester-born Sven-Hanson Britt counts multiple accolades under his belt, notably as the winner of Masterchef: The Professionals back in 2019 and as being shortlisted as ‘Chef to Watch’ in 2021’s National Restaraunt Awards.

It comes as no surprise, after 10 years of dreaming and six years in the making, his debut restaurant, Oxeye, has quickly become one of the hottest tables in town.

Open three nights a week, Oxeye is a multiple-sensory space encompassing a gallery-come-bar, outdoor terrace and fine dining restaurant situated within the ever-popular Embassy Gardens development.

Diners in the main restaurant can expect an intimate evening of elegance and unrivalled food all created using the most exceptional ingredients and cooking techniques.

Originally destined for Derby, Oxeye boasts that it has just 7 tables hosting no more than 20 covers depending on how many are on a table.

It proudly has only one sitting at 7pm to which diners are transported on a journey from farm to table and can expect a culinary voyage through thoughtfully curated dishes and the option to add a wine pairing to elevate the experience even further.

There is an air of theatre at Oxeye and this just adds to its alluring uniqueness, unlike other restaurants where waiters simply bring the food to the table,  the staff here guide guests through the dishes and the thinking between each course.

On entering, one is invited to enjoy their aperitif in Bar Oxeye which has a modern feel to it and the artworks one would expect in a plush members club adorn the walls – the service is impeccable, yet friendly – it all adds to the charm of the place.

The consistent yet seasonally changing menu depending on produce available is showcased via personalised cards bearing the lead booker’s name and setting the tone; guests are ushered through to the dining room in groups making a pit stop along the way.

A mouthwatering display of the produce and an explanation of its origins and a welcome taster of Oxeye’s signature green tea create a real appetite for what’s to come.

As you finally transcend through a black curtain to the main dining floor you are seated in the sleekly designed space which features stylish furnishings with an open kitchen overlooking guests and giving a prime view of the culinary creations being prepared.

The meal starts with an Amuse-bouche and a generous serving of snacks for the table, think red mullet with an elderflower ponzu, scarlet prawn and blood orange. Fresh bread is also served, and Oxeye has a choice of sourdough, wholegrain and malted rye. A tasty Enoki mushroom, spicy artichoke and Longhorn tongue is also served as a snack and is cooked to perfection.

Taking around a couple of hours, the experience is served over about eight courses with sweet bites at the end, the menu is varied through expertly curated dishes of fish and meat, with some vegetarian dishes along the way.

The first course is white asparagus, paired with Raw Orkney scallop and almond, its light and the blend of shellfish with the sweetness of the almond is a real sensation of flavours.

Moving on, the courses feature donbae, and cornish brill with the main course being perhaps (one of many) the star of the show. The longhorn grilled over bone charcoal is quite possibly amongst the best sirloins in London, it’s tender and full of flavour thanks to the charcoal, there is also the option to have the addition of caviar as a supplement.

The courses continue to delight and one can expect Yorkshire rhubarb among the sweeter dishes as well as another helping of the much-loved Anshu mountains green tea from earlier in the meal.

Go for the wine pairing to complement the delicacies here and you’ll soon see why Oxeye is already one of London’s most talked-about restaurants since its opening in October following the pandemic.

For those also looking for a lighter taste of Oxeye, its chic bar, Bar Rex is also a hot spot for a relaxed nightcap, small plates, and a fabulous bbq from its covetable terrace during peak summer periods.

Oxeye is open Wednesday to Saturday with a sitting at 7pm.

Bar Rex is open Wednesday to Saturday, 9.30am till 11pm.

www.oxeyerestaurant.co.uk

 

Tax-Free Shopping in France Made Easy with Wevat

 

With the unwelcome news that international shoppers can no longer claim VAT refunds on purchases made in the UK and the days of tax-free shopping for high-ticket luxury goods at UK airports a thing of the past, more and more tourists are flocking to Paris to shop.

As some of the world’s most desirable brands and fashion houses open impressive flagship stores on the iconic streets of Rue Cambon, Avenue Montaigne, and Rue Saint-Honoré, the city of lights is fast becoming the shopping capital of Europe as shoppers look to capitalise on tax-free shopping.

A game-changer in taking the hassle out of claiming VAT refunds, Wevat is a digital VAT refund provider designed to digitalise VAT refunds for travellers shopping in France all via a seamlessly easy to use app.

Founded in London back in 2016, this clever solution is backed by a number of experienced investors including Andy Phillips and Sweet Capital and is integrated with popular payment methods Alipay and WeChat Pay making claiming easier than ever before.

Eligible travellers who are non-EU residents over 16, visiting France for less than six months and leaving the EU within 3 months can enjoy a VAT refund on coveted luxe items across clothing, cosmetics, watches, jewellery and electronics to name a few. This is particularly appealing to British residents who can now enjoy tax-free shopping perks in Europe post-Brexit.

Regulated by French customs, Wevat is already recognised in a number of high-end boutiques and department stores with more and more retailers recognising digital tax reclaim as the app’s popularity continues to grow.

The seamless flow of Wevat has revolutionised the hassle often associated with typically claiming tax back from stores, users of the app don’t need to carry their passport with them as the app stores all of the required information and to make things even easier, users simply scan a barcode from the app at the point of departure rather than carrying endless forms.

With only a minimum of €100 spend per trip to be eligible for tax reclaim, Wevat has also inevitably made tax-free shopping more accessible than to just those shopping high-end as there is no minimum spend per purchase as long as the accumulated spend equals €100.

Simply take photos of your purchase invoices and scan the barcode in the app on departure. Wevat then typically refunds you within 7 days with a choice of over 50 currencies to be refunded by way of bank transfer, credit card, Alipay or WeChat pay.

Users of the app are encouraged to ask stores for a “facture” meaning invoice addressed to Wevat for ease and can benefit from receiving refunds of around 13.4% which is comparably higher than the traditional 8-12% by claiming using traditional tax refund.

You’ll quickly wonder how you ever went on a Parisian shopping spree without Wevat!

Brazillian-Japanese Dining at Mano Mayfair

 

Capturing the hedonistic era of the 1950s in St Tropez, Mano Mayfair is a glamorous restaurant and bar bringing beach club vibes to the heart of Mayfair on fashionable Heddon Street.

Founded by restaurateur Romain Fargette and his business partner, Alexis Colletta, Mano’s buzzing atmosphere combines the best of Brazillian-Japanese food, innovative cocktails and some of London’s top DJs in a vibrant setting.

This stylish restaurant takes its interior inspiration very much in keeping with the beach clubs it emulates. The mood is trendy and a golden ceiling sets the tone along with contemporary furnishings and modern styling throughout the space.

Serving a menu curated by Luciana Berry, (notably winner of Top Chef Brazil 2020 and a semi-finalist in Masterchef: The Professionals), Mano serves authentic Brazillian dishes with an influence of Japanese cuisine adding a real sense of flavour. Served as a sharing concept,  the A la carte showcases the best of Luciana’s flavours through small plates as appetisers and larger plates of meat, fish and vegan options to be ordered for the table.

Start with the cassava chips which come served with Japanese mayo, they’re a nice taster to start the meal along with one of the expertly crafted cocktails which feature sake and a number of fruity options.

For the appetisers, the Pao de Queijo Raphael is a must, translating as Brazillian cassava and cheese dough, this hero dish is named after Chef Luciana’s son Raphael and is finished with black truffle. Offering a twist on otherwise traditional cuisine, quirky menu additions worth trying also include the tuna tartare which is made with beer and served with squid ink crackers.

Going on to mains you can’t really go to Mano without trying Luciana’s take on Brazil’s national steak, Picanha, at Mano it’s cooked to perfection and is dressed in Yakiniku sauce, farofa and chilli salsa. Other meat options include black Angus ribs with miso and Yakitori chicken skewers which are a nice accompaniment to some of the heartier dishes.

Luciana’s signature dish is highlighted on the menu also, a Moqueca stew with Tiger and Amazonian prawns and cashew nuts. Vegans can rejoice as there is a dedicated section of veggie dishes with favourites ranging from heart of palm ceviche and vegetable tempura of the day.

A stylish jaunt both day and night, Mano is open for both lunch and dinner, offering a set lunch menu daily with Thursdays to Saturdays seeing DJs late into the night playing upbeat deep house music to the trendy crowd who have already made this Mayfair hangout a regular hotspot.

www.manomayfair.com

The Beauty Edit

Discover beauty must-haves and the ultimate products from our pick of editor’s favourites.

La Prairie

Embodying the magical encounters between water and light, La Prairie’s scientists have created the Equation of Light in a unique way of showing skin luminosity as a function of colour and reflection. Through this, White Caviar Essence Extraordinaire treats the skin by increasing hydration, plumping it and gently exfoliating it. As innovative as ever, this latest formula from La Prairie contains the most illuminating enzyme known, Lumidose, which is enriched in encapsulated form for the first time. Applied as a first step after cleansing in the White Caviar ritual, the Essence Extraordinaire is full of Swiss caviar ingredients and is housed in an undeniably elegant glass vessel.

GHD

Developed over 5 years, the Platinum+ Styler by GHD features predictive technology making it one of the brand’s most innovative styling tools to date. Designed to recognise the thickness of your hair and respond to the way you style, the Platinum+ makes hair visibly stronger and healthier. Powered by a sensor covering the whole area of the heater and monitoring heat 250 times per second, the ultra-zone technology used to power this clever styler uses algorithms to predict what it needs to do next.  With an optimal temperature of 185°C the Platinum+ heats up in an impressive 20 seconds and comes with a 3-year warranty.

 

La Mer

With the holiday season soon upon us, La Mer has introduced Little Luxuries, an adorable edit of the brand’s hero products in travel-ready sizes all under 100ml. The perfect way to get a radiant glow on the go, favourites in the line include La Mer’s iconic Crème de la Mer, the must-have Cleansing Foam in miniature form and La Mer’s Concentrate heralded for its strengthening and protecting barriers and concentrated potent of the coveted Miracle Broth.

Available at World Duty Free

 

Decorté

Decorté has launched an advanced version of its Lipsome Repair Serum based on its original best-selling formula. The vegan formulation is an evolution of its counterpart created over the 37 years since its original debut back in 1992. Transitioning from a moisturising serum to its current formula as an advanced restoring and repairing serum, this ground-breaking skin saviour sees multilayer bioliposomes for am lamellar structure inside and outside the cells in a bid to repair and prevent skin disorders. Lasting an impressive 24 hours, the moisturising effects of this serum blend seamlessly into the skin acting as a good base for make-up and leaving skin looking regenerated over time.

Sensai

Joining Sensai’s coveted Absolute Silk line is the Silk Illuminative Cream designed to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and encourage the skin to resurface whilst moisturising it. Applied day and night, this supercream works to give back skin’s radiance by revealing its natural light and doing away with dulling wrinkles and dark spots. Key ingredients include Sensai’s signature Koishimaru Silk Royal created to boost the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin and a Dual Action Illuminiser made up of a blend of potent ingredients known for evening out skin tone.

Sisley

Sisley has created the answer to dandruff-prone hair with its Anti-Dandruff Rituel designed to soothe scalps and eliminate flakes. Consisting of a shampoo and cure, this latest Rituel is started with the Soothing Anti-Dandruff Shampoo which works to purify and rebalance the scalp whilst regulating cell renewal to minimise flaking. Active ingredients of sage extract, piroctone olamine and celery seed extract work to create a strengthened skin barrier and scalp. Used in conjunction with the cure, this power duo leaves the scalp feeling cleaner and hair looking its best week after week.

Fragrance News

Discover the latest scents and perfumes with our edit of the most fabulous new fragrance for him and her.

Creed

Created over half a decade, Wind Flowers by the House of Creed is the latest addition to the portfolio of women’s fragrances under Creed and is a delicate floral created by Olivier Creed.

An ode to femininity, this ethereal scent takes its inspiration from the free-spirited movement of a dancer in the air and comes presented in an elegantly designed bottle crafted from hand-blown glass and bearing the brand’s Fleur de Lis.

Set to become Creed’s flagship women’s fragrance, Wind Flowers opens with jasmine, Tunisian orange blossom and peach enveloping onto powerful heart notes of tuberose and rose absolute with warm and vibrant base notes of sandalwood, orange blossom and creamy praline.

 

Fragrance Du Bois

Haute parfumerie at its best, Heritage by Fragrance Du Bois epitomises luxury in a couture-inspired scent centered around jasmine created by Francois Merle-Baudoin. Elegantly enveloping the brand’s signature pure natural Oud, this stylish blend for him or for her opens with crispy notes of bergamot and floral aldehyde moving on to a heart of orris, frankincense and jasmine to close with rich base notes of cedarwood and sandalwood. Decadent as it is iconic, Heritage sits on the skin perfectly and comes housed in Fragrance du Bois’ jewel-like bottle.

 

Moncler

Moncler Pour Homme marks Moncler’s first venture into fragrance with this debut scent marrying the brand’s mountain heritage and continued exploration of luxury in a woody aromatic created by Antoine Maisondieu and Christophe Raynaud.

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy elements of this fragrance-first is this masculine fragrance’s revolutionary bottle. Shaped like a flask in a nod to the brand’s mountaineering origins, the fully rechargeable bottle is adorned with a customisable LED screen depicting a message that can be personalised via an iPhone app.

Equally as modern as the bottle, is the fragrance itself, masculinity meets alpine in this leafy fragrance featuring top notes of alpine green accord followed by warmer notes of cedarwood and vetiver.

Kilian Paris

Apple Brandy was originally created to celebrate the opening of Kilian Paris’ New York store some eight years ago, now it has been reimagined as Apple Brandy on the Rocks joining The Liquors collection in the signature tumbler-styled flacon of the family.

Centered around Kilian’s on the rocks accord with its modern blend of bergamot and pineapple, Apple Brandy on the Rocks is a fresh yet undeniably elegant scent with brandy unfolding in notes of rum, moss and vanilla. A nod to the Big Apple, closing notes of cedarwood and ambroxan capture the vibrant nightlife of the stunning city this stylish fragrance is dedicated to.

 

Ormonde Jayne

Innovating the realm of fine fragrance, Ormonde Jayne’s refillable bottles are a game-changer in customisable perfume. Namely, Your Scent, Your Strength, Your Style, fifteen of the favourite scents from the Ormonde Jayne archives are available in a choice of eight colourful bottles in an array of colours from midnight blue to scarlet and emerald.

With a choice of either a concentration of 40 or 50%, fragrances in the line include the iconic Prive with its broad spectrum of florals, Ormonde Man, the house signature with a touch of Oudh and Champaca, a blend of champaca absolute, tea notes and bamboo.

Björk and Berries

Translating as sea-fire in old Scandinavian language, Mareld by Swedish favourite Björk and Berries is a sea-inspired scent made with organic fermented alcohol and 80% of its ingredients come from natural origins.

Evoking the crashing of waves and midnight skies of the Nordic waters, this breezy scent juxtaposes the raw with the refined in fresh notes of bergamot, violet and tonka. A liberating fragrance that lingers on the skin throughout the day, top notes of salted fig and eucalyptus dance are met with a heart of mimosa and marine notes and a base of clary sage and seaweed.

 

Bringing the Party Home with HOMEtaiment

“HOMEtainment is a premium, online platform where you can book memorable experiences from our handpicked experts who’ll deliver them in the comfort of your home.”

The pandemic has changed the way we do a lot of things, and in an evolving world where we continue to find ourselves adapting to a new normal, Antoine Melon has found the perfect bridge to fill the gap in a refined offering of hospitality, at home.

Riding on his successful career with an impressive background spanning the likes of Soho House and Hauser & Wirth to name a few, it was when his hospitality career took an unexpected turn with the closures of venues and hundreds of job cuts in one of the most devastating challenges the industry has ever faced.

Nonetheless, as he left his last position at the much-loved Aqua Group, he embarked on a journey to co-found HOMEtainment, which now counts over 150 experiences across its platform all to be enjoyed within the comfort of one’s home.

At a time when the market has been oversaturated with uninspiring meal kits and delivery services, Antoine’s entrepreneurial flair has seen him and HOMEtainment make staying in, the new going out.

With an array of enticing options from Michelin-quality chefs, expert mixologists and a host of arts & crafts specialists, the easily navigated platform is a one-stop-shop for curated experiences perfect for small groups and avid at-home-party-planners.

Taking the stress out of organising hospitality and entertaining guests, HOMEtainement is somewhat of a premium Airbnb with all of the talents on the platform, handpicked and vetted by Antoine’s team and many of them leveraged from his own personal network during his time at the helm of the industry.

Working alongside Mags Payet who counts experience in a number of private member clubs under her belt, tech aficionado Sandro Batista and hospitality guru Peter Andreson, Antoine’s innovative startup has already made its mark within the black books of the hosts of some of London’s finest addresses as they look to new ways of entertaining loved ones within their own spaces.

Adapting to clients’ individual needs, the variety of choices on the platform gives you the choice of either participating with the HOMEtainer or simply allowing them to take care of everything so you can sit back and relax.

Be it an evening of music with one of the platform’s many performers from DJ’s, live singers and saxophonists to learning a new skill with one of the masterclasses from flower arranging to Japanese calligraphy, HOMEtainement is sure to impress.

Following in the success of the platform, Antoine is extending to children’s activities and as more of us return to the office, OFFICEtainment has launched with a bang and a whole host of team-pleasing offerings.

www.hometainment.com

Glamour in The City at Piazza Italiana

 

Piazza Italian is situated in the iconic grade II listed building that was originally the British Linen Bank and has taken the City by storm following in the footsteps of its highly successful Moscow counterpart.

Set against the gorgeous surroundings of the historic building, the restaurant is the brainchild of Victor Ravdive, notably behind numerous concepts globally and offers traditional Italian cuisine alongside an impeccable wine list.

Having been restored, the interior here is as magnificent as one would expect, high ceilings, opulent furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows set the tone and one can expect to see contemporary chandeliers dividing the main dining floor which is host to the restaurant’s private dining space and an intimate space towards the rear featuring a cosy bar counter.

Upstairs, there is more dining space overlooking the floor below and also a courtyard through arched windows, a second private room is also available with its own bar and built-in display complete with rare cognacs and whiskies.

Foodwise, Piazza Italiana is sure to please, with a menu curated by the brand’s original founder Remo Mazzucato, the restaurant serves dishes based on classic Italian recipes and drawing on the fifty years of experience Mazzucato has to his name.

Focusing on seasonal ingredients, the menu which is changed occasionally to suit the time of year is split across antipasti, pasta, risotto, meat, fish and dishes to share as well as an extensive selection of cheeses.

Deliciously authentic starters on the menu include octopus carpaccio dressed in olive oil and lemon, a delectable yellowfin tuna tartare served with avocado mousse and beef carpaccio done to perfection and served with warm gorgonzola cream sauce.

It’s normally best to order a few antipasti dishes as a starter and to then follow with the dishes to share as a second course either with or without pasta (the pasta portions are sizeable enough to be a light main themselves) before going on to the third course.

Try the focaccia Piazza Italiana, the eponymous bread is just right and is nicely accompanied with mozzarella and diced oxheart tomatoes, the namesake antipasto Piazza Italiana is also a nice mid-course with a selection of charcuterie and cheeses.

For the mains, one is spoilt for choice with house dishes including the pan-fried halibut with potato crunch to Australian Wagyu steak cooked to perfection and a flavoursome grilled octopus salad which comes with boiled potatoes, paprika, and parsley.

If you are opting to have pasta for a lighter meal, then the Taglioni al Tartufo is a must, spun at the wheel of the table, the creamy sauce is made with truffle and is quite sensational indeed.

Piazza Italiana is open Tuesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner, with an afternoon tea offering between 3-6pm. It is closed Sunday and Monday, booking is recommended and the restaurant is able to accommodate any type of corporate or private event.

www.piazzaitaliana.co.uk

South American Cuisine and Immersive Dining at INCA

 

“Inca’s menu is focussed around
Latin flavours, heat, texture, fire, life, sharing and joy”

Bringing elevated dining together with showstopping entertainment, INCA has quickly established itself as one of the West End’s prime jaunts for an evening of grown-up fun, fabulous food and expertly mixed cocktails.

Situated on Argyll Street in the heart of Soho, INCA is the brainchild of Nathanael Dadoun and Marc Merran who have embodied the passion of South America through the innovative food, ambience and décor of the restaurant.

Very much a nighttime venue, one descends into INCA down a grand, winding staircase adorned with bougie Brazillianesque tiles into the vivid restaurant and night lounge. Diners are sat around a centre stage which is the main focal point for the entertainment INCA has become synonymous with and this really sets the tone for the magical South American inspired show that runs throughout the night.

The space is designed with the flagship performance in mind, guests can expect to enjoy a star-studded cast of resident singers, dancers and gymnasts alongside world-renowned DJ appearances and surprises throughout the night whilst enjoying culinary delights curated by Head Chef Davide Alberti.

Encapsulating South American dishes with the modern flair of Japanese Peruvian flavours, Alberti has created an eclectic menu of unique plates blending traditional cooking techniques with contemporary twists to suit the environment of the venue.

Devised into different plates, the menu is easy to navigate and to really get a taste for Alberti’s signature flavours it’s best to share a few dishes from each section ranging across Ceviches, Tacos and Tiraditos to larger plates of meat and fish.

Start with the Mandarin Ceviche and the delectable Yellowtail Tiradito served with an aguachile puree, the Meat Taco with Beef Cheek, onion crisp and truffle mayo is also a particular favourite to create an appetite for the exquisite food to come.

Of the larger plates, one is spoilt for choice with exquisitely executed dishes made from the finest ingredients and enviably fine cuts of meat. Signature dishes include the insta-worthy Nachos with Handpicked Crab, a surprisingly hearty dish and perfect as a light meat option, you also can’t go wrong with the Fried Baby Squid which is accompanied by an addictive Aji Amarillo mayo.

South American BBQ is also championed through the Asado dishes, large plates of Beef Fillet, T-Bone and Tomahawk all cut from prime beef of the highest quality and cooked full of flavour.

For those who enjoy fish, the Black Cod is a must and the Cauliflower Steak is an enjoyable vegetarian dish for something wholesome and with a modern flair.

Complement your meal and dance the night away as the night progresses with one of INCA’s house cocktails, ranging from South American Classics to cocktails expertly created by master mixologists, the Night Lounge serves extremely satisfying blends sure to please the finest of cocktail connoisseurs.

Try the refreshing Hotel Nacional with fruity flavours of pineapple and lime juice mixed with Santiago de Cuba and the picture-perfect Toque de Mandarina, Machu Pisco with tangerine sherbet, lemon juice, Tonka and egg white.

With the upbeat feel of this wonderful place and the incredible food on offer, it’s very easy to fall in love with INCA and it’s sure to be a firm fixture at the top of one’s little black book.

Open evenings for dinner, INCA doesn’t open for lunch, entertainment runs throughout the night and bookings can be made online at www.incalondon.com

 

 

How to Look and Feel Your Best this Spring

 

With warmer climes upon us, we tell you where to go and what to do to keep yourself looking and feeling your absolute best this Spring with the latest innovations across beauty, aesthetics and fitness.

Evoke by InMode

The first of its kind, Evoke uses radiofrequency facial sculpting to give a more defined jawline and cheekbones without any downtime. Using a revolutionary headset that comes with two attachments allowing for optimal results on both the neck and the face, this game-changing device works over thirty minutes to sculpt and define whilst avoiding the need for any pain or needles.

Innovative technology works to stimulate collagen production and break down unwanted fat leaving skin looking firmer and tighter and contouring to create an elevated and more defined jawline and tighter face.

Fast becoming the alternative to fillers, this groundbreaking treatment takes as little as 15-minutes, this pick-me-up is the perfect lunchtime stop and gives fast results with a lasting difference as treatments are continued over time.

www.inmodemd.com

Juvaplus

A game-changer in Botox injections, Juvapen is the most technically advanced robotic syringe to take the aesthetics world by storm. Designed to deliver optimum precision, Juvapen is up to 20 times more accurate than manual injections and produces a constant injection flow to evenly distribute the Botox across the designated area. By regulating the flow in a way that is near impossible manually, this clever device minimises the margin of error and is noticeably more comfortable and almost pain-free at delivering the injectable.

Amongst those using the effective phenomenon are Dr Munir Somji of Dr Medispa and Dr Daniel Ezra at Neo Health Clinic.

https://www.juvaplus.com/

Forbici

Having opened its flagship salon in Knightsbridge weeks before the first pandemic in 2020, Forbici has since become a staple in the black books of the beauty elite and offers hairstyling services, barbering and a range of beauty treatments. Founded by Nadia, an accountant-turned salon entrepreneur and hairstyling maestro Tyson Grant, best known for his time at the helm of grooming at Harrods, the salon has also expanded to outposts across Hackett London’s stores offering its now-signature barbering services.

Tipped to soon become the go-to for head-to-toe beauty, the two-floor Knightsbridge salon has an intimate spa-come-lounge area downstairs best known for its expert nail services and private treatment room. Using Balmain Hair products, the salon has mastered modern-day grooming in a stylish setting.

E-Pulsive

The perfect workout in the run-up to the New Year for the time-poor, E-Pulsive uses advanced EMS training to give a targeted workout with minimal effort in as little as twenty minutes. Taking place in either E-Pulsive’s private studio within the boutique hotspot REPOSE or within the comfort of one’s home by appointment, the team combine the German-originating Electro Muscle Stimulation with HIT techniques and workouts. Equating to an hour and a half in the gym, this specialised workout can give noticeable definition and weight loss after just four sessions, the results can be anything from firmer skin to a more toned physique and strengthening of the muscles.

Dermoi!

Bringing salon-worthy treatments to the comfort of your own home, Dermoi! offers a monthly subscription service of facials designed by in-house scientists without the need to travel. Steering away from harsh chemicals and treatments that offer instant results, Dermoi!’s tailored plans are targeted at achieving long-term results using clinically proven actives to enhance the skin’s natural functions. With expert advice along the way, Dermoi!’s coveted Osmosis Bespoke Signature Treatment works to stimulate cell renewal, dermal remodelling and collagen production leaving skin feeling calmer and dewier over time.

 

The Investment of Restoring Bags with Handbag Clinic

 

Savvy connoisseurs of coveted arm candy are discovering the lucrative world of handbag restoration through Handbag Clinic. A market that has taken the luxury goods industry by storm, vintage and discontinued bags have seen a sharp rise in desirability and value on the resale market as they become harder to source and as supply fails to meet demand.

With noteworthy differences in the craftsmanship and materials used in vintage bags, for example the 24-carat gold plating of the iconic Chanel clasp on older models and the use of rare leathers used on bags, the uniqueness of these styles has made them more sought after then ever before.

In a modern-day society where over excessiveness and fast-fashion are becoming less of a fad, both collectors and shoppers are now looking to the preloved market to do their part for the circular economy as part of a more sustainable way in consuming fashion.

Co-founder of Handbag Clinic Charlotte Staerck has quickly seen her business grow on a global scale over the past decade with outposts across the UK, Europe and Middle East along with a team of meticulously trained artisans specialising in the field of handbag restoration as well as numerous retail outlets selling preloved designer bags.

“As a business, we span both the restoration and the preowned resale market so we’re in a unique position to see the direct monetary value that restoration and modernisation treatments add to the value of shoes or bags. We’ve had all manner of restoration challenges, from handbags being burnt in fires or chewed by dogs to reconstructing the inside of vintage trunks or restoring satin-white wedding shoes. Every case is unique, and our technicians undergo an extensive three-year incubation and training programme to ensure they’re equipped with the most advanced techniques.”

Perhaps one of the most appealing propositions of restoring a bag that would otherwise sit in the closet unloved and unworn is the monetary value that can be added. In an era of post-opulence, the pre-owned market is booming with conscious shoppers looking to buy bags and increase their longevity in the lifecycle making it the best time to part with unwanted bags and services such as Handbag Clinic’s concierge service make this very easy. The clinic can arrange for your collection of bags to be taken in, restored and then sold at the best possible price.

In some cases, rarer bags can even be restored to exceed their original retail value as demand of brands such as Hermes and Chanel reach record highs in wave of price increases and lower production rates.

With new bags becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, Handbag Clinic is also seeing a trend of people reviving their own bags for personal use giving them a new lease of life and in some cases avoiding being thrown out and destined for landfill.

The positive impact on the environment and substantial saving in cost on restoring a currently owned bag compared to buying one has made it a popular way for fashion lovers to enhance their wardrobes without breaking the bag. Using the best skills and techniques, Handbag Clinic is able to do just about anything to bring a bag (or even a pair of shoes) back to its former glory, from replacing zips and hardware to removing stains and even completely recolouring bags altogether all whilst maintaining its original aesthetic.

With costs of restoration varying depending on the work required and type of bag (Birkin bags are exclusively handled by the Clinic’s most senior artisan) the added value to a restored bag makes for a hefty return on investment. Notable examples of some the Clinic’s work include restoring a classic Chanel flap bag doubling its resell value and removing stains from an otherwise unsaleable Birkin bag valuing it at over £8,000.

Discover Handbag Clinic’s services here.