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Monday, 21 October 2013

The Le Kap Lifestyle Fair at Lourensford Wine Estate


Setting the tone with a sumptuous Gala Dinner the night before internationally acclaimed sommelier, Jorg Pfutzner, will take you through a never to be repeated menu accompanied by 9 specially selected and extraordinary South African wines. 

The exclusive 4-course dinner created by celebrity master chefs Bertus Basson and PJ Vadas also showcasing their culinary expertise with an exhibition kitchen. The black tie affair has a limited capacity.

Born out of the appreciation and understanding of the finer things in life the LE KAP LIFESTYLE FAIR, delivers a curated selection of gourmet foods paired with fine wines, luxuriously inspired couture, dressage with music (musical kur) and showjumping. All these elements are traditionally associated with a discerning lifestyle for individuals who have an appetite for luxury.

Savour some bubbly at the Moët & Chandon Champagne bar, experience the tastes of the vintage gourmet food market, sip the latest vintages of our country's leading wine estates or enjoy the offerings at the Glenmorangie Whisky Lounge.

Held in the breathtaking Helderberg region of the Western Cape, the LE KAP LIFESTYLE FAIR will capture a national audience who naturally embraces a lifestyle of relaxed luxury. The inaugural event will be hosted at the historic Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, on the 9th of November 2013, in a Relaxed Country Chic atmosphere that is exclusive, yet accessible to all.

This Gourmet food, Wine, Fashion & Dressage lifestyle fair will establish itself as a superior annual event on the social calendar, due to its unique combination of popular lifestyle activities and the manner in which it will be presented. Its appeal to a local, national and international audience will, beyond doubt, make this event an annual institution not to be missed.

9th of November 2013, Lourensford Wine Estate

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Gala Dinner Menu

Canapés on arrival
Served with:
Lourensford Method Cap Classique Brut Rose 2010

First Course
Smoked Yellowtail, white asparagus, Nasturtium paste, walnut brittle
Served with:
2012 Savage White

Second Course

Green Olive Gnocchi, mushrooms, truffled chickpea puree, Parmesan
Served with:
2011 Sadie Palladius
2012 Alheit Radio Lazarus

Third Course
Braised lamb neck, parsnip, organic beetroot and spring vegetables
Served with:
2010 Mullineux Syrah
2009 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah
2010 Porseleinberg Syrah

Fourth Course
Apricot and almond pavlova, cardamom cream and vanilla ice cream, tonka spoom.
Served with:
2007 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

Belgian Chocolates
Served with:
Glenmorangie Whisky

Friday, 11 October 2013

PAL Foundation Exclusive Launch at Soho House New York


Situated on one of the most exclusive rooftops in New York, Conor Mccreedy, Colin Cowie and Mike Eilertsen hosted an exclusive launch event for Protecting African Lions (PAL) Foundation with over 350 VIP guests and friends at Soho House.

“Over the past 50 years Africa's lion populations have plummeted from over 200,000 individuals back in the 1960's to fewer than 21,000 today. A shocking number if you consider the size of that continent”

Hedge fund managers, activists, entrepreneurs, supermodels, artists, philanthropists, actors and many more, all united together to bring awareness to the African lion, a majestic creature whose population is rapidly decreasing.

The mission of this global organization is to raise awareness and to start protecting lions from further decline against poaching, non regulated hunting and many other issues that will allow the lion to thrive in its natural wild habitat. It has established a foundation designed to protect lions and to become a key strategic partner for governmental and other affiliated charity programs such as Ubuntu Educational Fund, The Mara Foundation and many more.

Guests were treated to traditional South African delights from Madiba Biltong. They were also invited to purchase the exquisite MccreedyBlue PAL bracelet, featuring a hand-made button in brass, silver, gold or platinum, designed by South African designer, Lianne Landman to further spread awareness and support the cause.

Guests included Ndaba and Kweku Mandela (the 2 key grandsons of Nelson Mandela), Tyson Beckford, Jen Goodall, Rohan Marley, Julia Jansch, Colin Cowie, Shaun Dewet, Jacob Lief, Constantine Bisanz, Dr Geoffery Scott Caroll, and the founder himself - Conor Mccreedy.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Crossley & Webb Launching Automotive Investment Showroom

Crossley & Webb is set to become Cape Town’s premier automotive investment destination with the upcoming launch of their 1400 square meter showroom facility in the trendy Wembley Square precinct.

Launching this October the historic red-brick building is currently being transformed into a world class investment grade auto-trading and lifestyle centre. The masterminds behind this unique venture are experienced motoring enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, Gareth Crossley and Bryan Webb, both of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of Supercar and classic car investments to local and international investors.

“Crossley & Webb originated from of our joint experience and passion for investment motoring and desire to offer our clients as well as other investors a destination venue to access the ever increasing opportunities available in the market for classic and collectable vehicles as an alternative form of investment,” says co-founder Gareth Crossley.

With over 15 years’ experience in the Premium Motoring sector, Gareth has previously held senior positions at BMW, Maserati and Ferrari, while Bryan is an acclaimed engineer and enthusiastic collector who brings his experience and business acumen to the workshop and restoration side of the business. The designer venue will house Crossley & Webb’s four aligned business units to provide a unique turn-key solution for motoring enthusiasts including procurement, sales, valuation, restoration and advice on fleet management from daily drivers to investment classics.

The sales department will offer carefully selected investment grade classics, sports cars and Super cars traded both locally and internationally, as well as assistance on structuring the acquisitions, insurance and warranty products. The personal nature of the classic and investment vehicle business has resulted in Crossley & Webb aligning themselves with a team of industry specialists able to offer technical advice, conduct historical research and thorough valuations thereby offering a comprehensive platform to make the most informed decision when investing in a classic or sports car.

“International trends, matched to our experience have shown that there is a rapidly growing local and international demand for selected classic cars, resulting in meaningful capital gains for our clients. Acquiring a classic can often be a passionate decision because the buyer just has to have it, however if the right car is bought and maintained, it will not only offer many hours of motoring pleasure but act as a real investment alternative. The detailed knowledge and reach of our team allows us to present specific propositions so that our clients can truly experience the joy of motoring,” comments Bryan.

Professional storage of investment grade vehicles has also become a critical element in retaining asset value, Crossley & Webb has designed unique state of the art de-humidified glass storage vaults available for monthly hire. This bespoke service will be offered to all serious collectors, especially along the Atlantic Seaboard functioning as a crowd puller and social talking point. This convenient offering includes routine maintenance services, professional valets, all insurances as well as complimentary transportation for the client and vehicle for the duration of the contract.

With so much dazzling hardware on display, expect the Crossley & Webb showroom and classic car clinic to quickly become the hub for sports car and investment car enthusiasts. “The clinic will offer modern upgrades and restorations for sought after classics as well as routine servicing for sports cars and Supercars out of warranty,” concludes Bryan.

“To elegantly cater for the lifestyle requirements of our clients and allow them to spend time with their prized possessions, we will also offer a state of the art boardroom and meeting facilities, not to mention a designer Truth coffee bar, serving up the best coffee in town,” says Gareth.

Housed within the building will also be the local offices of international Supercar timeshare franchise - Écurie 25. “The decision to secure the South African franchise of Écurie 25 was taken in order to balance Crossley & Webb’s overall product offering with a financially intelligent means of enjoying modern Supercars,” comments Gareth.

Founded in London in 2005, Écurie 25 is the world’s premier Supercar timeshare company with eight offices worldwide, including the UK, US, Australia and now Cape Town. Membership to this elite community is restricted so as to ensure availability of the vehicles to members at all times whilst also offering a variety of lifestyle benefits. Plus access to a collection of more than 50 of the most desirable vehicles in the world ranging from a Lamborghini Aventador to Rolls Royce’s and e-Type Jags.

Maintenance and running costs of Supercars and sports cars are well documented, and as a result are normally aligned to significant depreciation, and this is where E25 presents a viable alternative. The financial, lifestyle and subsequent networking benefits of a membership are many considering the fact that an annual membership is positioned at less than a year’s depreciation for a top end Supercar.

An Écurie 25 membership also offers more than just access to a bevy of Supercars it includes reciprocal access to any E25 club worldwide, as well as invitations to social events, driving tours and VIP hospitality at local and international automotive events worldwide.

With Cape Town set to celebrate its recognition as The Design Capital of the World in 2014, the Crossley & Webb showroom will be a visual and acoustic highlight on everyone’s agenda, establishing itself as the Supercar and classic car investment hub of South Africa.

Friday, 6 September 2013

SA’s House of the Year Announced

Added Luxury wins the House and Leisure blogger challenge by accurately predicting the House of the Year. #HLHOTY

House and Leisure in association with SA Home Loans, is proud to announce the winning house in this year’s competition. Craig and Colleen Sutherland’s Higgovale home in Cape Town attracted the most votes from House and Leisure readers and was named the winning house at an event held in Cape Town last night.

“This year’s winning house was a big favourite with readers and emerged as a clear winner early in the voting stage,” says Editor Naomi Larkin. “And it’s easy to see why; the perfect combination of natural elements, open flow and family-orientated functionality.”

Launched nine years ago, the House and Leisure House of the Year competition is the oldest and most respected competition of its kind in South Africa, showcasing the architectural diversity and unique décor and home-lifestyles of this country.

The 11 finalists were all taken from the House of the Month feature in the magazine over the 2012/2013 period. Readers were encouraged to vote for their favourite house and stood to win R30 000 courtesy of SA Home Loans. The winner of the grand prize is Emma Livesey of Wellington.

“It is a constant source of inspiration to see the flair and imagination that manifest themselves in the 11 homes of the finalists in this year’s competition,” says Kevin Penwarden, CEO of SA Home Loans. “We are proud to once again be the sponsors of House and Leisure’s House of the Year and this year we are delighted to be offering a R30 000 cash prize to the lucky reader who correctly chose the winning house.”

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