2016 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED AND VOTING OPEN 1 SEPTEMBER
Here are a few people we've got a bit of a crush on (and who've helped along the way)
A private members’ club serving a global client base from its London headquarters, Auto Vivendi provides its members with the keys to a collection of the world’s best supercars – giving them unrivalled access to the supercar lifestyle.
As well as the opportunity to drive automotive icons by legendary marques Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Mclaren, Auto Vivendi organises a range of luxury lifestyle events, from exclusive driving tours and F1 experiences to private-jet trips to motor shows and wine- and champagne-tasting.
The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) was founded in 2010 by the team behind awarding-winning documentary 'The End of the Line' (watch it: it’ll change the way you think about seafood). With charity ambassadors including Stephen Fry, Sienna Miller and Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, BLUE’s long-term goal is to increase the area of ocean protected by marine reserves to 10 per cent by 2020.
There’s much work to be done, but BLUE success stories include creating the world’s largest marine reserve, in the Indian Ocean’s Chagos Archipelago; securing a government commitment to designate marine reserves around all 14 British Overseas Territories, plus an even larger reserve around Pitcairn in the Pacific; and in Dorset, BLUE established an award-winning sustainable fishery.
Sloane Street jeweller and goldsmith Cassandra Goad studied gemology before turning her hand to bespoke fine jewellery full-time, and travels the world to source rare and beautiful stones for her custom commissions.
For 30 years, her designs have been inspired by journeys, a fascination with coloured gems and a passion for excellent craftsmanship. Renowned for their enduring elegance, many of Cassandra’s designs are now considered modern classics. It’s a unique and spirited approach to jewellery that has earned her legion admirers, including the Duchess of Cambridge.
At the UK’s only single-estate distillery – founded by William Chase and his family in 2008 – each bottle of spirits is grown, mashed, fermented, distilled and bottled by hand on Rosemaund Farm.
Five miles outside Hereford, this is not just any farm: with 400 acres of rolling potato fields and apple orchards, and a distillery set in a barn conversion, this is where the story of Chase began. By using traditional, artisanal methods in combination with a state-of-the-art custom-built copper still and column, Chase creates world-class gin and vodka with provenance and pedigree like no other.
Founded by design obsessives Isabel Rutland and Stephanie Mähl in 2012, Discover&Deliver is a luxury lifestyle brand dedicated to finding and sharing the most beautiful, interesting and sought-after homewares from around the globe.
Isabel and Stephanie’s journey began by researching and reviewing the world’s best interiors – from hip hotels styled by leading interior designers to concept restaurants created by prize-winning architects – to source inspiring furniture, lighting and accessories that perfectly balance form and function. The pieces they fell in love with are available to buy online or at their showroom Atelier D&D in the heart of South Kensington.
With over 72 million passengers a year, Heathrow is one of the world’s most popular airports – and it welcome travellers with a range of exclusive services, restaurants and boutiques. Browse and buy world-famous brands – or pre-order online for purchase at the airport – and earn Heathrow Rewards points to convert into shopping vouchers or air miles.
Need style advice? Multi-lingual personal shoppers can be booked for escorted shopping trips or consultations in a private suite. For the ultimate luxury, the Heathrow VIP service offers a tranquil and secure lounge, a private security area and a chauffeur service to or from the plane.
Kiki de Montparnasse is the luxury fashion brand that celebrates intimacy and inspires the romantic imagination. Handcrafted in New York with couture precision, the collections are designed to live in (and love in) from day to night. Sophisticated lines fuse classic design and modern elegance with a provocative edge. Kiki de Montparnasse reminds you that love is all there is (and love is enough).
Music Concierge is a ground-breaking and award-winning music-consultancy service that creates and manages high-quality bespoke playlists for luxury and boutique hotels and lifestyle brands, 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 hotels to capture their brand values and express their personality and style through music concepts. 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.
Stylish London-based beach brand Orlebar Brown launched in March 2007, with the aim of creating a more tailored line of men’s beach and swim shorts. Their approach was to design ‘shorts you can swim in’ – something to wear on the beach or by the pool but still smart enough to go and have lunch in afterwards.
Drawing inspiration from the 1960s poolside utopia captured by Slim Aaron’s iconic Riviera and Palm Beach photography, the OB world now encompasses a full resort collection for men, a signature range of classic day-to-night resort pieces for women, and smart swimwear for kids.
What’s the first thing you check out when you check in: the products in the bathroom? Chances are, they’re there thanks to Pacific Direct. They’re the leading global provider and maker of luxury branded toiletries, with more than 20 years’ experience supplying some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, cruise lines and airlines.
Pacific Direct’s portfolio of global luxury brands includes British icons such as ethical organic apothecary Neal’s Yard Remedies, Floris, Elemis and Asprey, and, more recently, French perfumer Annick Goutal.
Renowned among audio enthusiasts for the unique sound and quality of their speakers, this family-owned British company drew on 30 years’ expertise to create a new generation of perfectly formed music systems that look and sound fabulous in any space.
Since launching in 2006, these new models have quickly become design classics, gaining critical acclaim and winning multiple awards for their easy fusion of form of function: The Sunday Telegraph described the Ruark R1 as ‘the Aston Martin of DAB radios’. Whether used in reception areas or bedrooms, Ruark Audio systems provide guests with a listening experience they’ll remember long after their stay is over.
The Lakes by Yoo is a private estate set in 650 acres of Cotswolds countryside, the setting for a gated community that showcases award-winning lifestyle design in a tranquil lakeside setting. Created in collaboration with leading architects and designers, including Kelly Hoppen, Anouska Hempel, Jade Jagger, Marcel Wanders and Philippe Starck, these built-to-order contemporary country homes offer the opportunity to create your own unique space.
With a comprehensive property-management and concierge service in place to take care of all the details, as well as a spa, kids’ club and activities that make the most of the beautiful landscape, owners can relax and enjoy every moment of their waterfront retreat at the Lakes.