Shower Mum with Treats, Gifts and Love

For all that she is and all that she does, everyone’s ‘mama’ deserves to be celebrated. This Mother’s Day on May 12, DiVino Group salutes the most special women in the world with food, drink, gifts and love aplenty! With the whole family of young and old in tow, there’s no better place and no finer way to shower mothers with adoration than over brunch at DiVino Group restaurants. Mums will be gifted with a Toni & Guy complimentary hair or scalp treatment voucher valued at HK$680 and enjoy a chance to win a lucky draw prize of a HK$2,000 cash voucher on all hair services at Toni & Guy – the ultimate well-deserved primping and pampering for mum!

At Spasso, brunch is always an indulgent affair and none more so than on Mother’s Day. Where temptations for the palate meet with a feast for the eyes, expect an all-you-can-eat buffet selection that impresses in both quality and quantity of selection. Copious assortments of salads, sushi, sashimi and the freshest seafood spread of Boston lobster, yabbies, mussels, shrimps, freshly shucked oysters and Spasso’s signature antipasti table. Completing the buffet is an incredible carvery serving succulent roast meats, a pizza station firing hand-thrown pizzas, and the very best of classic and contemporary Italian dishes. Sweets for the sweetest woman in your life? But of course, the dessert selection is simply heavenly! And to top off a day of joyful indulgence, Spasso invites all mothers to a complimentary cocktail – the refreshingly fruity Midori Spritz with pineapple juice, vodka and chamborde (Framboise liquor).

Mother’s Day Brunch starts from HK$448 with the additional option of free-flow packages from HK$168 for red/white/rose wine, sangria, prosecco and draught beer, or HK$288 for Veuve Clicquot. At dinner, Spasso will offer à la carte blackboard specials created for the month by Chef Marco.

Kids under the ages of 5 eat for free & HK$228 for kids 6-12 years.

Mother’s Day Happenings at other DiVino Group venues:

DiVino Patio:

Care for something leisurely, cozy and as easy as a fresh spring breeze? Enjoy the terrace with wonderful outdoor seating in the heart of Hong Kong; an oasis only five minutes walk from the shores of Victoria Harbour.  Mother’s who enjoy alfresco dining will find the Patio ideal! DiVino Patio is reputable for a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, the warmest hospitality and grooming pizza chefs in the making! Especially on Mother’s Day, let the kids show their love by appealing to mum’s stomachs and hearts with their homemade pizzas. Ideal for 3-10 year olds, Pizza Making is all about looking the part in chefs’ aprons and hats, then rolling and tossing their very own dough. Guided by our charming Patio’s Pizza Chef, the Junior Chefs can choose between a tomato or pesto base to place on their 8-inch pizza dough, followed by a selection of toppings such as prosciutto ham, cooked ham, salami, button mushrooms, basil and corn. The cost per child is HK$198 – and grandmas eat for free with a minimum of 6 people.

Carpaccio:

At Carpaccio, Manager Luigi & Chef Eric invite all mothers to choose their favourite from special creations in the display fridge. Apart from the popular brunch selection of organic eggs, steak and seafood to seasonal spring items like asparagus and “agretti” or opposite-leaved saltwort, imported from Italy will be available for a limited time only.  Mums will leave Carpaccio gratified and completely spoiled!

The special chef selection, will be served starting Friday, April 10 to Monday, April 13th.

Advance bookings are required:
Spasso: G5-8, 12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East,

Kowloon. Tel: +(852) 2730 8027

DiVino Patio: Shop 11, 1/f, BRIM28, Causeway Bay Centre, No 28 Harbour Road, Wanchai. Tel: +(852) 2877 3552.

Carpaccio: Shop 307, 3rd Floor, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Tel: +(852) 2328 5202

Gift Better this Mother’s Day

With a mission to educate and reduce single-use plastics in Hong Kong, not-for-profit organisation EcoDrive launches its Gift Bettercampaign to help consumers make an informed decision when it comes to gifting this Mother’s Day (12 May 2019). Partnering with leading gift brands such as Bydeau, Ellermann, Gift Flowers HK, Gift Hampers HK, Gift Something and The Lion Rock Press, EcoDrive introduces plastic free and plastic lite gifting options that are low on single use plastic and waste.

Championing consumers to be more conscious Angela Cheng Matsuzawa, co-founder at EcoDrive says: “Packaging looks lovely for a few seconds however it will spend its lifetime in landfill. With our Gift Better campaign we have been fortunate to work with companies that want to make a difference and reduce theirs and their customers’ impact on the environment.”

From beautiful flowers to delicious cakes, and everything in between, this gift list will put a smile on your mother’s face without leaving her feeling guilty about throwing away the excessive packaging. This Mother’s Day please visit each participating brand’s websites and search for the Plastic Free and Plastic Lite products that will be highlighted by the EcoDrive logo.

Flowers are probably the number one choice when it comes to Mother’s Day gifting and EcoDrive has gathered three of the best florists to treat mother dearest. From Gift Flowers there is the Spray Roses in vase (HK$959), Bydeau’s selection of florals start at HK$800 for The Violet while Ellermann created A Mother’ Grace (HK$1,980) inspired by EcoDrive’s mission to reduce single use plastic and waste.

To go down the non-traditional route, Gift Something has some lovely Plastic Free options including indulgent Bath Salts (HK$455) while The Lion Rock Press Skyline candles come unscented and in two different Limited Edition scents (HK$380) of  Mandarin Spice and Winter Calm. Encased in a striking ‘rose gold’ vessel, and hand-finished in Hong Kong, this limited edition candle invites you to share in the magic of the Orient and luxuriate in the scent.

For the mum who loves a good cup of tea then the Tea Party Hamper (HK$788) from Gift Hampers is ideal for afternoon entertaining while Bydeau introduces the Ultimate Pamper Box (HK$1200) to help mum transform a few spare moments into a serene getaway.

Sabrina Pang Fung, co-founder at EcoDrive says: “At EcoDrive, our message is clear: start small, start now. We want to encourage conscious consumerism where customers can choose wisely without waste. This campaign is one step to help both businesses and consumers think about their purchases properly. We decided to launch this campaign in time for Mother’s Day, but we hope that this doesn’t stop here and continues all year round and that more businesses join forces to reduce single use plastic waste.”

 

Berlin and Beyond with Montblanc: Reconnect with the World

One of the world’s most eclectic cities and sought-after travel destinations, Berlin was the backdrop for the launch of Montblanc’s new travel campaign. The iconic Metropol Theatre at Nollendorfplatz opened its doors to Montblanc for the first time after six years to be transformed for one night only into an immersive travel experience, where the new campaign promise was brought to life: inviting travellers everywhere to reconnect with the world by exploring new destinations and perspectives.

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 24: Adrien Brody and CEO Montblanc Nicolas Baretzki attend the Montblanc launch event “Reconnect To The World” at Metropol Theater on April 24, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Montblanc)

“Reconnecting with the world around us is a key theme for us this year and we wanted our new travel line to make the travel experience as enjoyable as possible, leaving room to learn about the world around us, inspiring us to leave our mark,” explained Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO. “By giving our guests access to a theatre that has been closed for almost six years and share special cultural experiences with them, we brought that benefit to life in the vibrant city of Berlin.”

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 24: Poppy Delevingne during the Montblanc launch event “Reconnect To The World” at Metropol Theater on April 24, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Evoking a short city trip with a group of friends and filled with unexpected encounters, guests journeyed through a travel tunnel to arrive into the heart of the Metropol, surrounded by projections of favorite urban destinations.  Among the other discoveries they made at their destination: a central wall sculpture created with trolleys by Marc Jung reflecting several artworks on the Berlin wall, marking 30 years since its fall.

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 24: Quincy Brown, son of P. Diddy, attend the Montblanc launch event “Reconnect To The World” at Metropol Theater on April 24, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Montblanc)

The travel experience was attended by friends of the Maison including  Adrien Brody, Quincy Brown, Alex Pettyfer, Poppy Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Toni Garrn, Pierre Niney, Frederick Lau and Jürgen  Vogel. Entertainment by MEUTE, a Techno Marching Band made up of eleven drummers and horn players that combine hypnotic techno and expressive acoustic instruments, tracks spun by Berlin-based Korean DJ Peggy Gou, DJ and style icon Palina Rojinski and actor Lars Eidinger closing the night with a special performance.

 

 

HUKA LODGE PUTS SUSTAINABILITY IN THE LIMELIGHT AND ANNOUNCES NEW ECO-FRIENDLY INITIATIVES

Huka Lodge and New Zealand social entrepreneur Jayden Klinac, founder of For The Better Good, share the same philosophy when it comes to sustainability: the desire to be part of the solution and change our single-use waste culture. Both agree that people really do want to do the right thing when it comes to reducing the amount indestructible plastic in our landfill and ocean – it’s about giving them a choice to do so.

Recognised for its pioneering spirit and consistent global acclaim over the past 94 years, Huka Lodge is committed to adopting the best sustainability practices to look after the local environment, community and the planet. Their most recent initiative was to partner with Klinac’s For The Better Good which produces a plant-based water bottle that can be composted.

Huka Lodge now stock the reusable and recyclable water bottles, which can be refilled for free at one of 200 refill stations across the country, and the lodge also had its own branded stainless-steel hydro flasks made. This might sound like a small step but according to Klinac, a million conventional oil-based plastic bottles are bought globally every minute and only a tiny percentage involve recycled material, and most will never be recycled.

Huka Lodge is constantly searching for ways to actively adopt and participate in sustainable initiatives throughout the property, and beyond.

Other sustainable initiatives include:

· A strong focus on reducing single-use plastic by using linen bags for laundry and Housekeeping, replacing plastic drinking straws with paper ones, using eco-ware wooden recycled cutlery for picnics, purchasing in bulk to markedly reduce packaging

· Active pest management across the 17-acre grounds has contributed to the elimination of introduced pests and serves to support the regeneration of native flora and fauna with only environmentally sound sprays, fertilisers and chemicals used

· Supporting local initiatives like Greening Taupo to re-plant native species of trees and shrubs to create a stronger natural environment for threatened species

· Most of the plants in the lodge gardens were chosen to provide food sources for native birds and pollen for bees, while a secluded part of Huka Lodge’s property is home to a very successful Queen bee breeding programme

·  Executive Chef Paul Froggatt embraces the use of organic produce and natural ingredients in the lodge kitchen, carefully selecting suppliers who offer free-range, ethical animal husbandry using sustainable practices, and ensuring all fresh fish is sustainably harvested, and by long-line method

· Three EV charging stations have been installed, and as required, old vehicles will be replaced with electric/hybrid models

· Old batteries, spent printer cartridges and Nespresso pods are safely recycled, coffee grounds are used as fertiliser and plant cuttings are processed in a chipper to create bark to suppress weeds

· All incandescent and halogen bulbs are being swapped over to energy-efficient LED versions, with timers installed on sensor-operating lights to reduce energy waste

Celebrate Swinging London and Mary Quant Style with Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Jumeirah Carlton Tower is once again embracing its 1960s heritage, as the nearby Victoria and Albert Museum prepares for the launch of its forthcoming Mary Quant exhibition.

The luxury Knightsbridge hotel’s Mary Quant Me package is an opportunity for guests to enjoy a 1960s revival lunch in The Rib Room restaurant, 1960s hair styling in the Sassoon Salon on Kings Road and open- entry tickets to the exhibition at the V&A.

Opened in 1961, The Carlton Tower (as it then was) and its Rib Room bar and restaurant were the place to see and be seen amongst Chelsea’s socialites.

Diners still enthuse about the signature roast rib of beef which has been on the menu ever since. For the Mary Quant Me menu, Head Chef Suveer Anand has revived popular sixties dishes, albeit with a contemporary interpretation. Classic prawn cocktail, duck à l’orange and lemon chiffon pie have all been refined for modern palates for the exclusive set menu.

“As well as being a creative genius, Vidal Sassoon was a formative figures of the Sixties”, so said Quant of Sassoon on his death in 2012. The Five Point cut created by Sassoon in 1963 revolutionised women’s hairstyles and became Mary Quant’s signature look. His visionary approach to hairdressing lives on in the Sassoon Salon on Quant’s beloved Kings Road in Chelsea. Guests booking the Mary Quant Me package will be treated to a blow dry from one of the salon’s expert stylists.

On 6 April 2019, the V&A will open the first international retrospective on the iconic fashion designer Dame Mary Quant. The exhibition will explore the years between 1955 and 1975, when Quant revolutionised the high street, harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and new mass production techniques to create a new look for women. Jump the queue and visit on any day and time with the open- entry ticket included in Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s Mary Quant Me package.

The Mary Quant Me lunch package is available from 6 April 2019 and starts from HK$ 940 (£94) per person (depending on hair length), including a three-course lunch in The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, a choice of 1960s-inspired cocktail, a blow dry at the Sassoon Salon and a ticket to the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A. Guests should contact the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Guest Relations team on +44 (0)207 858 7035 or jctguestrelations@jumeirah.comto make their Mary Quant Me lunch booking and salon appointment. Rooms at Jumeirah Carlton Tower start from HK$ 3,420 (£342) per double room, per night, including taxes and charges. For more information, visithttp://www.jumeirah.com/maryquantme.

JL Studio in Taiwan wins coveted ‘Miele One To Watch’ Award

Singaporean chef’s restaurant is chosen by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants as rising star

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has announced that JL Studio in Taichung, Taiwan, is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Miele One To Watch Award. Selected by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, in collaboration with its regional experts, the Miele One To Watch title is presented to a restaurant that is outside the Asia’s 50 Best list but identified as the rising star of the region.

Opened in 2017, JL Studio reflects the upbringing and cultural influences of chef-owner Jimmy Lim. Born in Singapore, Lim presents modern interpretations of classic dishes from his home city. Combining traditional Singapore flavours and refined cooking techniques with ingredients sourced from surrounding farms in Taichung, Lim’s “Mod-Sin” menu translates and elevates much-loved Singaporean dishes with creative flair and a progressive approach.  

JL Studio joins a stellar line-up of recent One To Watch award winners including Florilège in Tokyo (2016), TocToc in Seoul (2017) and Toyo Eatery in Manila (2018).

UK, Here We Come, with Emirates’ Special Fare Promotion

Emirates, one of the world’s most awarded airlines for its industry-leading services, is now offering Hong Kong travellers special fares to all eight UK destinations. Travel enthusiasts, families and students studying in the United Kingdom can enjoy great deals to truly experience the UK, discover its rich history and diversity and visit countless cultural attractions across the incredible country.

The special fare promotion is available from now till 25 March 2019, for travel from 22 March to 31 October 2019, with return fares starting at just HKD 2,280 on Economy Class and HKD 23,400 on Business Class. Featured UK destinations include London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle and Hong Kong travellers can set off to any of these cities with a choice of many convenient timings to suit business, leisure and student travellers alike, whilst enjoying a memorable flying experience on the airline’s modern, wide-bodied aircraft.

*Blackout periods apply. Other terms and conditions apply. Fares are exclusive of taxes and surcharges.

MM6 Maison Margiela AW2019

On occasion of the autumn/winter 2019 presentation in Milan, MM6 Maison Margiela unveils a see now, buy now capsule inspired by the creative concept behind the whole collection. The same concept will take over the venue in an immersive experience.

The brand proposes five MM6 classics revisited in a puffed up, soft, cozy version all in white, for a new and abstract, yet familiar wardrobe.

The five pieces include:

• White cotton padded scarf

• White cotton padded t-shirt

• White cotton padded Japanese bag

• White cotton padded “6” wallet

• White cotton padded dog keyring

The limited-edition capsule will be available in MM6 Maison Margiela boutiques and selected multi-brand stores, starting from the day of the presentation in Milan (February 20th 2019), beginning of March in Europe, second half of March in US, Hong Kong, and Japan.

These five exclusive items will be available also online on www.ssense.com from March 25th.

Il Bisonte

Il Bisonte, the iconic Florentine leather goods brand opens its first single-brand store in NEW YORK, on​​ West Village’s renowned Bleecker Street, the beating heart of Manhattan shopping.

In the Il Bisonte world, this is a new flagship following last year’s openings in Hong Kong of stores in two prestigious malls: IFC and K11.

The store covers ​​a total area of about 1940 square feet, 970 square feet of which are dedicated to sales. Furnishings exude the brand’s spirit as do all the details that accentuate the layout, and tell a story of values, brand identity, and a highly contemporary aesthetic.

The store will offer a selection of its most iconic bags and the new season’s collections—for both women and men—as well as a wide range of small leather goods and lifestyle accessories.

In addition this shop will lead Il Bisonte’s “Worn with Love” project with a dedicated area especially designed to spotlight the brand’s vintage pieces. An expert craftsman will be present to revitalize items “giving them a second life” thanks to a “remise-en-forme” and leather care service.

Cowhide, Il Bisonte’s material of choice, is known for its ability to evolve over time, growing ever more precious and beautiful, and manifesting the wearer’s life stories.

The store’s opening is part of a plan to relaunch the Il Bisonte brand and expand distribution, through retail shops set up in cities that are symbols of fashion and design, and through qualified development of wholesale distribution.

The new flagship is an integral part of the brand’s omni-channel strategy which has been underway in recent years. In terms of turnover for the Il Bisonte e-commerce channel, the US market ranks first. In the New York store touchscreen support will allow shoppers to browse the website and online store, as well as order and view the complete range of products.

Komatsu’s solo exhibition

Komatsu’s solo exhibition will continue in Whitestone Gallery until 28 April, the info is in the following:

Miwa Komatsu: DIVINE SPIRIT (Free Entry)

Exhibition: 26 March – 28 April 2019

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (Closed: Monday) , 11am – 7pm

Address: Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong

8/F, H Queens, 80 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2523 8001

Website: https://www.whitestone-gallery.com/