Every superhero needs a sidekick (or two): here are ours
Avis, Harvey Nichols, International New York Times, Kiki de Montparnasse, Sipsmith, Malin + Goetz, Blue Marine Foundation, Trunki, Graham and Green, British Airways, Music Concierge
In 1946, Warren Avis opened the world's first airport car-rental site at Willow Run Airport, Detroit, with a grand total of three cars. Today, Avis operates from more than 5,750 locations in 165 countries worldwide.
Avis is a trusted brand with a long history of innovation in the car-hire industry, and is committed to convenience and exceptional service: it's one of the world's best-performing brands in terms of customer loyaly. Supported by the recognition of numerous travel awards, Avis has established itself as a truly global car-rental provider.
Founded in 1831, iconic department store Harvey Nichols is now a leading international luxury fashion destination: a one-stop-shop for exclusive lifestyle brands. Renowned both in the UK and across the globe for the breadth and depth of its fashion merchandise, Harvey Nichols stocks many of the world’s most prestigious names in womenswear, menswear, accessories, beauty and food.
Harvey Nichols currently has stores in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin. Opened in Liverpool in November 2012, Harvey Nichols' Beauty Bazaar is the ultimate beauty destination, housed over three glamorous floors.
International New York Times
Launched in print and online on 15 October 2013, the International New York Times is a leading international news source for opinion leaders and decision-makers around the globe. International New York Times succeeds the International Herald Tribune, the iconic publication based in Paris since 1887 and known worldwide for its influential reporting.
International New York Times includes the journalism of The New York Times, tailored for a global audience, with up-to-the-minute stories from dedicated newsrooms in Paris, London, Hong Kong and New York.
Kiki De Montparnasse
Body-contouring corsets, supple silks, Chantilly lace and couture-quality cuts: US-born, Parisian-style lingerie and lifestyle brand Kiki de Montparnasse is a stylish source of covetable and seductive nightwear.
Named after the provocative Man Ray muse and chanteuse, Kiki de Montparnasse celebrates intimacy and believes that fulfillment and sensual pleasure are paramount to a well-lived life. The range now includes ready-to-wear, bridal lingerie, cheeky bedroom accessories, body and bath products and fine-art erotica, all stylishly designed, made with the highest-quality materials and packaged with distinctive elegance.
After years of working in the drinks industry, the team behind this quality independent brand struck out on their own to pursue their passion for beautifully handmade spirits. They called themselves 'sip-smiths', to celebrate the craft of distillation and their artisanal methods.
All spirits in the Sipsmith range (from the citrussy London Dry Gin to the plummy Damson Vodka) are crafted by hand in genuinely small batches – just a few hundred bottles at a time – at the London distillery: it's the only way to produce spirits of quality and character.
Malin + Goetz
Malin + Goetz is a family-owned New York apothecary brand for women and men that makes skincare easy – especially for sensitive types. Its botanicals-based treatments bring together natural ingredients with the most gentle and effective product-performance technologies for face, body and hair.
Malin + Goetz products have won armfuls of beauty and grooming awards from a host of renowned women’s and men’s magazines. The iconic packaging and store architecture have also been recognised internationally for their fantastic design.
Blue Marine Foundation
Founded in 2010, the Blue Marine Foundation is a UK-registered charity set up by the team behind awarding-winning documentary film The End of the Line (watch it: it’ll change the way you think about seafood).
Blue already has several successful projects under its belt: in its first year, the foundation enabled the creation of the world’s largest marine reserve in the Indian Ocean’s breathtakingly beautiful Chagos Archipelago, and its ambassadors include Sienna Miller, Stephen Fry, and Simon and Yasmin Le Bon. Blue's objective is to increase the area of ocean protected by marine reserves to 10 per cent by 2020, but they need our help to do it.
Creators of some of the best-loved travel accessories for kids, Trunki understands that, while parents buy products, children make friends with them – so each creation has the functionality that grown-ups value, and the personality that kids adore.
Trunki's team of talented imagineers is dedicated to making travelling with tots a doddle. They use ingenious design (and a little bit of fairy dust) to create products for every journey, whether it's a day trip to the zoo or a globe-spanning round-the-world trip. Trunki started trading in May 2006; since then, 1.8 million of their much-loved ride-on suitcases have been sold in 97 countries worldwide.
Graham and Green
The first Graham and Green shop opened in Notting Hill in 1974, selling an inspiring range of contemporary furniture and home accessories sourced from Istanbul, Beijing and everywhere in between. From humble beginnings, this delightful emporium has expanded into a uniquely identifiable British establishment.
Today, Graham and Green has two beautiful boutiques, releases four catalogues each year, and has a successful online store. Whether you want to add a bit of exotic sparkle or vintage glamour to your home, Graham and Green has something for everyone.
With roots in the very infancy of civil aviation, British Airways now is one of the world’s leading global airlines and the largest international carrier in the UK, flying from Heathrow and Gatwick to more than 70 countries, as well as to a number of airports across the UK.
Since the world's first daily scheduled flight from London to Paris took off from Hounslow Heath in 1919 (carrying newspapers, Devonshire cream and grouse), the company has been a pioneer in air travel: it's still the only airline to have provided a supersonic passenger service. British Airways now takes customers round the world in a choice of four different cabins, and focuses on giving thoughtful, British service.
Music Concierge is a ground-breaking and award-winning music-consultancy service that creates and manages high-quality bespoke playlists for boutique hotels, luxury brands, and high-end retailers, giving each its own unique audio identity or musical DNA.
The passionate and experienced team is led by Rob Wood, who founded the company in 2007. With an in-depth knowledge across all genres, from decade-spanning classics to bleeding-edge contemporary sounds, Music Concierge works with clients to capture their brand values and express their personality and style through music. Their playlists can be heard across the world, from London to Hong Kong, Bhutan to Cape Town, and they've always got their ear to the ground, listening out for the latest and greatest new things.