The Botanical Club

The Botanical Club

Milan, taly

We are not yet in that stage of life when you feel so generous as to dedicate some of your free time to recommending a book you are reading to publishing houses. For the time being we just reassure ourselves that that moment will come. Nevertheless, we couldna��t but make an exception, that early summer night, sitting at one of the tables of the The Botanical Club in Tortona street. Our gin was clear and aromatic, in the mild climate. Our bowl of Poke with salmon and teriyaki was brilliantly passing all tests, thus proving to deserve a top-ranking position among the gastronomic surprises of the season…

Masseria Moroseta

Masseria Moroseta

Puglia, Italy

There are books of which I underline entire sentences. These are the books that I keep on my desk and entrust to friends visiting me at home. Masseria Moroseta is like that – a poetic tale about which I want to remember and share each line: the spartan, thin spigot of the set-aside fountain; the staircase standing out against the lively light-blue sky of a summer day in the South; the peace and quiet that permeate the white backyard. I also want to keep alive the memory of the dog Beppe, lazily moving from one shade to the other…

SA?o LourenA�o do Barrocal

SA?o LourenA�o do Barrocal

Monsaraz, Portugal

Whitewashed ranches surrounded by golden fields and filled with black and white souvenirs have seen a family passing the baton to the next generation for two centuries. Here, old tools and yellowed boxes are upgraded to decorations. Every morning (freshly roasted) boiling coffee is served in flagons made of iron and glass. Handmade ceramic sets are painted in the perfect tone of light blue and the small bazar can be compared to our favourite concept stores in Paris…

PensA?o AgrA�cola

PensA?o AgrA�cola

Tavira, Portugal

We remember every detail of our stay at PensA?o AgrA�cola. First of all its geometry, the typical essential and fascinating one of OlhA?o’s houses, with their white walls combined together to create perfect angles. Then comes the fragrance of granola just taken out of the oven and let on a tray to cool down slowly. There is also Maria, so elegant in her pale grey dress, giving us squeezed melon juice to alleviate the hot summer in Tavira (and that robust cotton napkin with a tiny fringe on one edge)…

Uva do Monte – Blueberry Farm

Uva do Monte – Blueberry Farm

Melides, Portugal

This is how we spent our days: we woke up in a pastel-pink box and took a few steps in the warm air to reach a desert patio. We then met the other morning guests while the bonfire lingering on from the previous night drew intricate patterns of smoke…

My Summers

My Summers

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.

My Summers

My Summers

by Pretziada

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…

My Summers

My Summers

by Katherine Tsina Bird

Katherine graduated from Parsons School of Design and also holds a bachelora��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 womena��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.

My Summers

My Summers

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…

My Summers

My Summers

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.

My Summers

My Summers

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!).

MY SUMMERS

MY SUMMERS

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.

Sqirl

Sqirl

Los Angeles, USA

Savory breakfasts consist of rice (Kokuko Rose Brown Rice) served in a soup plate with sorrel pesto, available in two different versions: a gentler one, steam-cooked with candied Meyer lemon, poached egg, sheep feta and radish, and a stronger one, sautA� with shallot, mint, coriander, cucumber, ginger, house-made sausage and sunny-side-up egg. Sweet breakfasts are made of an oversized, thick, burnt Brioche Toast, with a generous portion of ricotta cheese and overflowing seasonal jam. Squirl serves savory and sweet breakfasts until 4 PM, but you will still find quite a few people queuing at that time. Hidden behind a flowering Pink Trumpet Tree on the edge of the Silver Lake neighborhood, it is our favourite pace in L.A.. Please share.

Ojai Rancho Inn

Ojai Rancho Inn

California, USA

We are hatching a plan to get summer residence in Ojai. We have already met new friends, straightforward and peaceful as only adults on vacation can be. Playing on the boules court close to the swimming pool and the tepee tent we met Chris. Thanks to his Shelter Social Club, Chris is showing us, one after the other, must-see examples of hospitality along the Central Coast. On that same boules court we met Branden, who bought eleven shiny Airstream and gathered them in a nearby area. The Airstreams, each with a palm tree and a hammock in the shade, will be available for renting for one or more days. It is as if Ojai, this hippie town that makes you think of a rainbow, combined together all the things we love of the Central Coast: endless fields planted with fruit trees, cactuses, farmers’ morning markets, both an exotic and a Mediterranean flair, refined gold jewelry and black diamonds, Mexico, Peru, USA, enterprise of the best kind. At Rancho Inn, ask for the closest room to the swimming pool and Chief’s Peak and stretch your tie-dye curtains to protect yourself from the hot weather, which, here, smells like the Mediterranean.

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

California, USA

There are some places you could draw for a child even without having visited them. You could depict all their attractions and start telling a story about them. Take Paris, Las Vegas, Venice, New York or Varanasi, for instance. Santa Cruz is a funfair with cherry-red rollercoasters on a wide beach full of palm trees and surfers. There is also a huge, semicircle-shaped hotel overlooking the ocean, with orange beach umbrellas and lemon-yellow deckchairs. When you arrive at the Dream Inn Hotel you find everything is in the right place, even crazier, sweeter and more “Sixties style” than in your drawing.