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DIVINE INSPIRATION: HOLY WATER

My company Holy Water is a collective of creatives, scientists and storytellers who give a f**k…” Adam McVay, founder, Holy Water ADAM MCVAY, the passionate and dynamic founder of event bar company Holy Water, works with select brands and individuals operating at the very top of their respective fields. The company launched back in 2009 after […] Read more…

AN EXQUISITE AFFAIR: LUXUS EVENTS, MAYFAIR

INTRO BY NICKY SUMMER: The theme of this summer’s content is ‘The Garden Party’ and that’s been inspired by scenes such as this one here, above, created by Melinda Gill of award-winning Luxus Events, credited with being one of the top wedding planners in the UK. I’d describe a wedding designed by Melinda’s company as […] Read more…

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MASTER OF WEDDINGS & GLOBAL EVENTS

Colin Cowie, the Zambian-born event planner, designer, and lifestyle guru, moved from South Africa to the USA in the 1980’s to pursue a career in event planning, and quickly became known for his creativity, attention to detail, and ability to create unforgettable experiences for his clients. Over the years since, Colin has planned a wide […] Read more…

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HERE’S JOHNNY! A PROFILE ON THE PARTY ARCHITECT

INTRO BY NICKY SUMMER: Over the course of my life and career, I’ve socialised and liaised with some of the most powerful and influential figures in global film, music, politics, public relations, media, hospitality, fashion, aviation, property, interiors and events… and they all have something in common – a generosity of spirit and a certain […] Read more…

MEET JONNIE SWARBRICK OF FRAGRANCE DU BOIS

BY NICKY SUMMER: For many years, Fragrance du Bois has produced many of my favourite scents yet I’ve never had the opportunity to meet the man who creates them. That man is Jonnie Swarbrick, one of our City & Beach Magazine ‘STYLE LEADERS’, who started the company in Paris in 2013, using scents from Grasse […] Read more…

CONTEMPORARY LIGHTING DESIGN ONLINE: AMBIENTCO

AMBIENTCO: Your Home, Our Expertise Our dream client is our next customer; our clients help shape our brand and all are equally important to us…” Ambientco Ambientco is an online retailer specialising in contemporary lighting, offering a wide range of options that includes stylish table lamps and luxurious chandeliers. Formed just last Summer, during 2023, […] Read more…

HOTEL DECOR: HOW TO MAKE A GRAND ENTRANCE

BY NICKY SUMMER: Entrances and lobby decor are two of the most crucial interlinked aspects of any hotel design – whether they’re discreet or flamboyant. The series of doors to Hotel Costes (below, left), one of the coolest destinations on the planet, is enormous but each is painted matt black and would be fairly anonymous […] Read more…

GARDEN ELEGANCE FROM PARASOL-UK

Polly (left) and Sarah (right) design and produce beautiful and distinctive luxury garden parasols for their company PARASOL-UK, run from their home bases on the Essex/Suffolk border and Wiltshire. Polly originally founded Parasol-UK with her daughter when they had difficulty sourcing an elegant garden parasol that also had a scene-setting interior lining; they also wanted one which […] Read more…

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