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This Week CF Loves

This Week CF Loves: 08.08.22

This week, we’re checking out a skincare saviour, eyeing up our new favourite tote and taking a step back in time to a reimagined Italian paradise.

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If your focus is beginning to shift towards post-summer happenings, make sure to note KOYN amongst them. Opening in Grosvenor Square on 9 September 2022, KOYN marks Samyukta Nair’s fifth restaurant, which will “adapt Japan’s ancient appreciation of balancing modernity with tradition alongside simplicity and harmony into a two-fold contemporary dining experience”.
The two distinct yet streamlined spheres of the restaurant will make visiting for lunch and dinner a necessity (you’ll absolutely have to dine in both spaces) – “MIDORI, the green room, is representative of vegetative life on the snowcapped peaks and sits above MAGMA, the charred room, representing an active, bubbling volcano”. The kitchen, led by Executive Chef Rhys Cattermoul, “presents a menu inspired by this natural duality, to showcase the broad spectrum of Japanese cuisine through rich umami flavours and locally sourced produce”.

FLY WITH THIS The Concentrate, La Mer 


The dehydrating conditions of the airplane cabin begin to take a toll on one’s skin for frequent fliers. Whether you’re an inflight skin junkie or somewhat of a skincare routine novice (read: antibacterial wipes and possibly a hand cream), La Mer’s The Concentrate is your travel beauty bag essential, no, saviour. While the price tag is hefty, the results are impressive. A little goes a long way with this small but oh-so-powerful serum. Pre-flight, place a small amount onto fingertips then gently press and massage onto skin as needed, and once again before you land for a long haul flight. While travelling may be overwhelming, your skin won’t show it.

Top Tip: Pick up a bottle in World Duty Free.

Castle Elvira. Photo credit: Mark Cocksedg

BOOK THIS Tower Elvira, Lecce, Puglia 

Under the Pugliese sun, located in St. Elia Ridge, is a modern oasis with elements of classic ethereal Italian architecture and mid-century cool. Tower Elvira, a sister residence to Castle Elvira, is open after a long-anticipated restoration. The 18th century lookout tower, for what was believed to be the Saint Elia Monastery, has now been transformed into four luxury suites. Each suite offers exquisite gardens, roof terraces, some with al fresco baths. The grounds of the hotel include a private citrus grove and 40 square metre turquoise swimming pool. Tower Elvira’s commitment to guest satisfaction is unparalleled, with a guest concierge team on site to help organise any Italian dream excursion you could manifest. Take a step back in time, in style, in this reimagined Italian paradise.

CARRY THIS Kingly Tote Bag, Smythson 

The Kingly Tote gets a makeover, reimagined in iconic Smythson Blue. Minimal in style with “unisex appeal”, the limited-edition tote is perfect for travellers: ideal to tuck inside your suitcase as a stylish off-duty companion or slipped over your shoulder for days spent dashing around the city. Lightweight, flexible, and stylish – what more could you want in a bag? 

READ THIS Villeggiatura: Italian Summer Vacation, Assouline 

Written by author and journalist Cesare Cunaccia, previously Editor-at-Large for Vogue Italia, Villeggiatura: Italian Summer Vacation is a schooling in how to travel like an Italian. A full immersion in la dolce vita, readers can “journey with Belmond to the most-beloved Italian destinations, from Portofino to Florence, from Venice to Taormina” all from the comfort of their own home. For the uninitiated, the intrinsically Italian concept Villeggiatura (which means “a prolonged stay in a single place”) is a way of living that we’re keen to embrace. Note: a few pages in and you’ll be eagerly planning your next summer season in Italia. 

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