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I have been travelling the world all my life. On my journey, I have developed relationships with craftspeople from the Souks of Marrakesh, with traders in the bustling streets of Hong Kong and Bangkok and with small business owners from around the globe.
In a time of health crisis and economic uncertainty, as small businesses owners, we have to support one another to weather the current downturn. Let me introduce very talented friends who share my passions. They work with the finest artisans, their creations are limited, beautiful and are ethically sourced.
In the early 80s, I discovered Gump’s, a small luxurious department store in the heart of San Francisco. It sold the most amazing products from jewellery made from jade, precious stones and freshwater pearls to Oriental Art, exotic collectibles from the Far East, rugs, Buddhas and everything for entertaining and gifting… all beautifully curated under one roof.
This is where I met Frank in 1983. I was on my way to Hong Kong, a city he knew too well. As the buyer for Gump's, he would travel to the Orient, and bring back all these treasures.
But his passion then and now is pearls.
When you walk into the Park Hyatt Hotel in Paris, there is a scent in the lobby that is just... unforgettable.
The first time I whiffed this warm ‘patchouli ‘ perfume, I immediately fell in love with it. I went to the concierge desk and asked if I could buy it and he replied, “Unfortunately not."
A few years later, I was having lunch in the lobby of the Park Hyatt with my girlfriend, Marie Christine. I told her how much I loved this scent and how it dispersed throughout the lobby and hallways of the hotel and how frustrating it was that I could not buy it. "You don’t know Blaise?" she said to me, “... Blaise Mautin, the one who created this perfume? Let me call him up and ask him to come over."
20 minutes later, in came a gentleman who would become, over the years, a close friend and the one to create my Marie France Van Damme perfumes and candles.
You have to venture into an old industrial building in Hong Kong (similar building that houses my offices and atelier) to enjoy not only a good cup of tea, but a whole tea experience, and meeting Vivian is a whole experience!
I met Kim in Hong Kong many, many years ago. Kim was known then and still is as the hairdresser to the stars, from Hong Kong high society tais tais to visiting royalty. One year for my husband's birthday, he arrived at my home with a huge painting, une œuvre d’art signe ... Kim
I immediately fell in love with the abstract oil painting and very selfishly hung the painting in my office. Not a day passes without a thought for Kim. (Collecting is a great thing as it allows you to think about the person or the place or the story...)
My girlfriend Mindy ( yes, she did inspire Darren Starr for his Mindy ) said "You must meet Corina, how can you not know Corina? Everyone knows Corina! She lives in Hong Kong and designs her own line of jewellery.” This was many years ago, pre-Covid when people would be flying off every week to another city. When I was in LA, Corina would be in Paris, when I was in London she would be in New York, and we would never be home in Hong Kong at the same time.
I finally met this tall striking blonde with a big smile and I understand immediately why Corina is everyone’s best friend. It’s not only about her smile but all the rings she is wearing on her fingers. I immediately fall in love with all the snakes!
I met Katie some 20 years ago in Hong Kong, a Polish American girl who was working for Médecins Sans Frontières. Katie had always been passionate about Art, opened an Art gallery in 2001 and her very first artist was the sculptor Wang Keping.
I met Tyler through a mutual friend a few years ago in Paris. Mindy said “you must meet Tyler - she is the daughter of Perry Ellis! and has an amazing line of handbags."
I knew of the fashion designer Perry Ellis very well. I had my offices next to his on Seventh Avenue in the early 80’s, I often went to his sample sales. He was young, gorgeous and famous and it was terribly sad when he passed away so unexpectedly.
I was curious so I went and met Tyler, a beautiful young woman who designs beautiful pieces.
I met Lorenzo over a wonderful dinner in London. A passionate Italian... like all Italians? No, a lot more passionate... about his Castello in Umbria, his love for his vineyards, his olive trees.
Listening to Lorenzo, you want to leave everything behind and move to Castello Monte Vibiano and live the life of à ‘châtelain’!
I discovered these objects in a small interior design store in Knokke years ago. Knokke is a very quaint little village in Belgium, my mother in law lived there. It has so many interior design stores, you would think all Belgians do is decorated their home over and over. And that’s exactly what many of them do... they have impeccable taste for the beautiful and practical.
XL Boom is a Belgium based company with a focus on high-quality and handcrafted design. Founded by husband and wife, what is not to love about their products?
It was 2003, schools were shut-down over the fear of the spread of a new virus, SARS. We escaped to Phuket for a few weeks with our friends from Hong Kong. My girlfriend phoned Sri in Bangkok, Rolf’s son, and asked if he could courier some pieces to our home in Amanpuri to distract us from the last months spent in fear. Sri came himself, it was a joyous afternoon of tea, pastries and the discovery of the most amazing intricate pieces of jewellery and home décor. I immediately fell in love with all things Lotus Arts de Vivre.
Today we are neighbours at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. At Christmas, when I visit my store I walk next door and admire their beautiful window displays and treat myself!
I met Luis through Elad L’Objet years ago, and we always manage to grab a quick coffee in Paris during Fashion weeks and catch up. I would fall in love with all his understated chic pieces that he would put on both arms and neck, and I would give him my wish list!
What I love about his pieces is that you can travel the world with many bracelets stacked on your wrist, black diamonds and white diamonds, it’s the only way to wear and no one will approach you to steal- grab them from you! Nowadays I only wear less conspicuous jewellery in many parts of the world.
I never miss the opportunity to see Luis in Miami now that I have opened a store in Bal Harbour, dangerous encounters!
I first met Jonathan in 2008 when discovering his beautiful store in Paris; He took me to his atelier above the store, "les petites mains" were busy making gorgeous evening dresses. Some days Jonathan is a fashion designer, other days he is an interior designer and architect, and painter and more.
He has lived in India, in Russia, in Europe, in America, he now lives in Hong Kong.
If I didn’t know him, perhaps I would not believe all of the above, but after all these years I can truly say, Jonathan is an artist.
His new passion: giving iconic bags a second life.
I first met Elad in the late 90’s in Paris, then again in Los Angeles a few years later at the time he founded L’Objet, an exquisite collection of luxurious objects, tableware, and home accessories. Each piece is created by master craftsmen in the finest materials.
‘The world does not need more product, the world needs better products.’
We both share the same philosophy and the same passion for beautiful things.
Throughout my years of travel, from Europe to the Far East, I discovered artisans who are masters of their craft. Fusing understated European elegance with dramatic Asian Aesthetics, I’ve created with these artisans products for the table, decor, food and more.
Collectibles, one of a kind pieces, niche pieces, to create an exquisite ambiance and décor.
“Collecting is a wonderful illness, it’s a beautiful incurable illness. It’s an obsession.” – Simon de Pury