by Laurence Leenaert
North to North. After a providential journey to the desert with her sister, Laurence moved from Belgium to Morocco. In her works, eyes, hands and smiles live on. Pink, Majorelle blue, saffron yellow, earth brown. LRNC outlines her creative mind, which shows through her collections, handmade with the cooperation of local artisans…
by Eftihia Stefanidi
When few years ago Eftihia, a London-based Creative Director, Producer & self-taught Photographer, came to Greece – her country of origin – to scout for property, she planted the seeds for new horizons. Eftihia is currently the creative behind two upcoming Athenian boutique hotels that are re-imagining hospitality. MONA e SHILA, developed by New York-based group AUM, are set to launch in 2019.
by Emily Thompson
Emily was raised in the Northeast Kingdom, U.S. state of Vermont and travelled from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, to UCLA, where she earned her MFA in sculpture. Her work as an artist evokes nature in “magnificent style” and it is deeply inspired by William Gilpin, the 18th century theorist of the picturesque…
by Adriana Bittencourt
Adriana and I met in Marrakech last September, on a magic rainy night auspicious for our friendship…
by Giorgia Eugenia Goggi
We admire Giorgia’s cooking skills and her being in-house chef at one of our favourite places, Masseria Moroseta. There is no menu, each dinner is unique and depends on her daily inspiration and on the vegetable garden’s yield…
by Nadja Buseck
Nadja grew up in a hotel in the Austrian Alps. She studied the history of art, the theory of photography, and dance in Berlin, London, and Vienna, but left academia during her PhD on contemporary dance photography. After gaining international experiences in the arts –from interning at a gallery in Buenos Aires to managing exclusive culture trips– she decided to follow her own vision and founded Where About Now in late 2017…
by Caroline and Michael Ventura
Michael and Caroline met in the winter of 2006. They have created photoshoots together, written for books together, made art together, and have built a home together. In 2015 they opened Calliope, a furnishing and home goods store in the NYC’s West Village. They live above the shop with their dog, Darryl.
by Sofía Sanchez de Betak
Sofía is a Buenos Aires born, New York based Art Director and Fashion Consultant. In 2012, after having worked in the fashion industry and travelled around the world for years, Sofía launched her website Under Our Sky. On its web pages Sofía shares her travel-finds, but she also sells collections made in cooperation with artisans from all around the world…
by Arthur and Philippine
It was impossible not to spot them on the patio of the barn, coming back from a ride in the countryside. Stunning, light-hearted and deeply Parisian. Arthur and Philippine are part of my souvenirs of a summer full of small yet great discoveries. They live in Paris, where they share their life and work. Arthur and Philippine – producers and art directors of photo and video material.
Kyre and Ivano live in rural Sardinia, where they have founded Pretziada, a website dedicated to writing about and promoting the little-known island. They have also opened an online shop, where they showcase a small but curated collection of objects created by putting local artisans in contact with international designers. Hailing from New York and Milan, respectively, they gave up the city life for this new venture two years ago and never looked back…
by Katherine Tsina Bird
Katherine graduated from Parsons School of Design and also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Contemporary Dance from the University of California at Berkeley. Upon arrival in New York, Katherine trained at the Merce Cunningham Dance School. She held an internship at Balenciaga America and worked professionally as a fitting model in New York. Her designer women’s line, Avion Feminin, was started in 2007 and focuses on made-to-measure with private clients. Her first brick and mortar flagship, Avion Clothier, opened in December 2015 in Los Angeles located at 3153 Glendale Blvd. Katherine currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Andrew and their son.
by Alessandra Monti
“Three flights, fifteen hours on a truck and ten riding a horse, the first Tsaatan camp. A plateau surrounded by mountains, two boiling hurtz, about thirty reindeers coming towards us, twenty or so wild horses, a herd of black sheep, three Alaskan huskies. Briefly, a surreal landscape, which yet sounded so familiar to me”. In 2009 Alessandra spent four weeks in northern Mongolia to study the relationship between the Tsaatan, a nomadic people, and wolves. Alessandra is a dog trainer, a set designer, a traveller and the host of an extraordinary B&B. She does everything just for the love of it. Only child, she has chosen dogs as her brothers. First came a black German shepherd, then a cocker spaniel followed by many other purebred and mongrel dogs, whom she either found or bought…
by Luisa Bertoldo
I was born in Lisiera, in Veneto and I studied in Gorizia. I started working when I was 15 years old and at the age of 28 I founded in Milan my own media company and press office, which I share with a close-knit team. Every day we work to turn the stories we tell into interesting and important concepts. For me traveling means catching up with a friend, starting immediately to enjoy the atmosphere of a place, finding a family in every place I visit.
by Emporio Ultrafragola
We have always tried to keep on playing, not growing up too much. We dreamed of a tiny corner in the world that was made in our image and likeness. Our dream came true when we opened Ultrafragola, our contemporary micro-bazar in the historical centre of Macerata (where there will soon be three of us!).
by Roberta Rusconi e Luca Merli
Luca, born in Milan, surfer, film director – block10.it. Roberta, born in Bari, David Bowie fan, fashion editor for “D” (La Repubblica’s weekly style magazine). Lola and Diego’s parents. We love good food and travelling, especially if we go to the seaside or visit cities of art.