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The Great Escape

Summer, a time for reconnection with family and friends, a time to kick back and let the year’s professional constraints fade away in the smell of a rose or dip in the sea. Whetting the appetite, this month, in the countdown to departure, we reached out to a range of visionary influentials to share their pet holiday spots, habits and summer esensuals. Stirring the senses, we also explore summer’s most evocative sounds, smells and scents. “As far as sights (and tastes) go, it’s hard to beat a glistening ice bucket with droplets of condensation racing down a bottle of rosé from Provence,” says young creative Duncan Campbell, who is always up for a last-minute adventure. By contrast, creature of habit dealer and gallerist Yves Gastou each summer likes to return to his favourite stomping grounds in Biarritz, while for luxury consultant Françoise Labro, tranquil havens such as the Domaine de Murtoli, a beach-fringed private estate in Corsica, or Sils-Maria in the Grisons, Switzerland, are her idea of heaven.

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From dream holiday homes to hotels with a difference, we drop in on Pierre Yovanovitch’s 17the century country estate in Provence, Vincent Van Duysen’s sun-drenched finca in Majorca, and the charming Villa Scarpariello, set in the cliffs of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. Be inspired. Bon voyage!

1. Which smell, sound or sight best evokes summer for you?

2. What kind of holiday are you in the mood for this season?

3. Do you have a recurrent favourite destination?

4. What would be your top Esensual Living pieces to take with you on holiday or as a gift?

Paris Through the Eyes of Three Design Influentials

Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.
Honoré de Balzac

When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.
Henry Miller

A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.
Thomas Jefferson

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With Paris back in Vogue this month we delve into the night lives and romantic haunts of tree local design influentials setting the place; Marie Beltrami (an old-timer at Les Bains Douches) with her eccentric and lightly erotic fashion accessories; Olivia Putman, who today head studio Putman, introducing a new dynamic to her mother's legendary legacy, and world-renowned interior designer Elliott Barnes, who was born in Los Angeles but is a true Parisian at heart, having lived in the city for 30 years. They also share their favourite items from Esensual Living, as tastemakers of the unique parisian lifestyle.

1. Was the former Bains Douches a favorite haunt of yours?

2. What is your favorite latest spot for a night out?

3. What is the most romantic place in Paris? 

4. What projects are you working on at the moment?

5. What is your favourite design event in Paris?

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