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Cognac is not your average cocktail ingredient! Although people generally drink it neat with ice, it is actually an exceptionally versatile spirit that mixes well with a variety of drinks – from ginger ale to citrus juices. The use of cognac in cocktails goes back as far as the early 1800’s when the cocktail was invented – it was known as a “barman’s best friend”.

Cassandra Golden Twine Cocktail

Menzi Fine & Dandy Cocktail

Clixwell Camp Click cocktail

The new range of Bisquit Cognac cocktails were designed by renowned mixologist, Gareth Wainwright. He worked with Cassandra Twala, Menzi Mcunu and Clixwell personally to create cocktails based on their personalities and style.


The Mia, a limited edition Cassandra Twala leather and canvas travel bag is available to oder via the Wolf & Maiden website and the first people to order will receive a bottle of Bisquit VSOP Cognac with the bag.

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Belvedere means “beautiful to see”.

A night on the town with Belvedere Vodca - YouTube

Belvedere Vodka is the product of 600 years of Polish vodka-making tradition. It is crafted in a distillery that was established in 1910 called Polmos Zyrardów, located in the heart of Poland.

“With one of the world’s most strict production regulations, there can be no shortcuts in making Polish Vodka. Every step of production must occur on Polish soil with locally-sourced raw ingredients and have zero additives in accordance with “Polska Vodka”geographical indication requirements.”

An exclusive PRESTIGE video.

Images: Featured Image – Shutterstock

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Cognac is not your average cocktail ingredient! Although people generally drink it neat with ice, it is actually an exceptionally versatile spirit that mixes well with a variety of drinks – from ginger ale to citrus juices. The use of cognac in cocktails goes back as far as the early 1800’s when the cocktail was invented – it was known as a “barman’s best friend”.

Cassandra Golden Twine Cocktail

Menzi Fine & Dandy Cocktail

Clixwell Camp Click cocktail

The new range of Bisquit Cognac cocktails were designed by renowned mixologist, Gareth Wainwright. He worked with Cassandra Twala, Menzi Mcunu and Clixwell personally to create cocktails based on their personalities and style.


The Mia, a limited edition Cassandra Twala leather and canvas travel bag is available to oder via the Wolf & Maiden website and the first people to order will receive a bottle of Bisquit VSOP Cognac with the bag.

Source: PR
Images: Supplied

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Absa mixes the work of South African masters with that of groundbreaking new artistic talent from across the continent to continue building one of the largest corporate art collections in the world.

The Absa Towers in the Johannesburg CBD is more than just a corporate HQ for the continental banking group – it’s also home to a collection of artworks which makes up part of one of the ten largest corporate art collections in the world.

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Absa’s art collection numbers more than 18 000 pieces, with works ranging from Pierneef and Irma Stern to Helen Sebidi, Speelman Mahlangu, Walter Battiss and Gregoire Boonzaier. Apart from housing these artistic doyens it is also home to works from some of the continent’s most promising young artists. The collection is a living, breathing one – the works are prominently displayed in Absa’s corporate suites and branches around the country, and across the continent. When they’re not on exhibition, the pieces are carefully catalogued and meticulously packed away in a unique facility, which is as much an art library as it is a storage space.

Zamani Xaba – Hopeville

Absa Art and Museum Curator, Dr Paul Bayliss and his team manage the collection and are also responsible for its growth and development. “We are extremely privileged to have a catalogue of exceptionally prestigious works – but we’re also always on the lookout for the youngest and brightest new artists from across the continent,” Dr Bayliss says.

Ephraim Ngatane – Soweto Township

Indeed, Absa hosts a competition dedicated to unearthing that continental talent – the Absa L’Atelier Competition (run in partnership with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts) celebrated its 33rd year in 2018 by inviting artists aged 21 to 35, from the 12 countries in which Absa operates, to compete for the main prize of a six-month art residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, a substantial cash prize and pride of place in numerous Absa exhibitions.

Victor Kuster – Dynamic Perspective I

Dr Bayliss believes that Absa’s art collection should be used as an educational tool, teaching people that art is an alternative asset class for investment, while also giving them the opportunity to explore different types of art and appreciate a variety of work. “Art shouldn’t just be bought and traded as a commodity for the simple growth of wealth – people should buy artworks that resonate with them,” he says. “While there are significant investment opportunities in the art world, art should primarily be something that stimulates the senses. Buy what speaks to you – great art leaves a lasting impression.”

Written by Trevor Crighton

Published in PRESTIGE edition 98.

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Pure Prada. A new collection of foulards and scarves create a new wardrobe of Prada prints, drawing on emblematic patterns and approaches from the Prada archive and current seasons, rediscovering and reworking them afresh. They are used to create timeless accessories – definitive accents to a look, across four themes: Double Match, Pittoresque, Baroque and Fantasy.

The ‘Double Match’ group boldly combines signature yet contrasting Prada prints as inspired by the striking juxtapositions from the Prada Pre-Fall 2018 womenswear collection – icons, approached iconoclastically.

‘Pittoresque’ showcases hand-drawn picture-postcard views of significant cities around the world – Milan to London, Moscow to Shanghai, a wide-ranging global journey in brilliant hues.

The ‘Baroque’ foulards draw inspiration from the seminal graphics of the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 ‘Minimal Baroque’ collection, for a sumptuously-coloured duo of scarves in patterns influenced by the curlicues and arabesques of barocco décor.

‘Fantasy’ proposes fantastical illustrations of the impossible – a surreal world of the feminine and the floral depicted by James Jean and Jeanne Detallante, the wild reveries of Prada.

Offered in a spectrum of sizes – both square and rectilinear – the foulards are crafted from silk-twill with hand rolled edges.

The Prada ‘Double Match’ foulard collection is on sale now; the accompanying trio of collections will join throughout the beginning of 2019.

Source: Prada PR
Images: Supplied

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McLaren Automotive, the British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars, is expanding its Super Series product family with the introduction of its most accomplished convertible supercar ever: the new 720S Spider.

The new 720S Spider delivers the exhilaration of open-air driving and levels of day-to-day usability unseen in the convertible supercar class.

“The new McLaren 720S Spider offers an unparalleled blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury, driver involvement and daily usability – all with the additional exhilaration of open-air driving whenever required. As the most accomplished convertible supercar ever, the new Spider delivers across a remarkable spectrum of abilities to outstandingly high levels, and as lightest in class with an increase of just 49kg over the 720S Coupé, moves us even further ahead of our competition in the weight race.” – Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.

The design foundations of the new McLaren Spider are the seamless and organic forms introduced in 2017 with the 720S Coupé. Combining to maximise downforce, minimise drag, enhance powertrain cooling and optimise aerodynamic performance, these shapes produce an overall appearance akin to a futuristic sculpture, formed by the air that flows over, under, around and through it. A new, electrically actuated Retractable Hard Top (RHT) is seamlessly integrated into the design, as are new buttresses.

  • New 720S Spider the most accomplished convertible supercar ever from McLaren, combining the thrill of open-air driving with unparalleled Super Series dynamic performance and sophistication
  • Light, stiff and extremely strong Monocage II-S carbon fibre core features integrated rollover protection structure (ROPS); needs no additional strengthening over Coupé, ensuring a convertible without compromise and guaranteeing exceptional dynamic agility
  • Bespoke carbon fibre body structure and new Retractable Hard Top (RHT) support a lightest dry weight of 1,332kg – lightest in class at just 49kg more than the 720S Coupé and 88kg less than the dry weight of its closest competitor
  • Unparalleled visibility due to unique, glazed flying buttresses that also accentuate aerodynamic purity of design and increase downforce
  • Patented new carbon fibre roof system is electrically actuated and delivers fastest-operating time in the supercar class, lowering or raising in 11 seconds at vehicle speeds of up to 50km/h (31mph)
  • Retractable Hard Top is available glazed with an electrochromic glass panel that can rapidly switch between tinted and transparent states
  • 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine produces 720PS and 770Nm of torque, with a power-to-weight ratio for 720S Spider at lightest dry weight of 540PS/tonne
  • Acceleration from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) is same as 720S Coupé at 2.9 seconds; 0-200km/h in 7.9 seconds; maximum speed with roof raised 341km/h (212mph) – roof lowered 325km/h (202mph)
  • Active rear spoiler aerodynamics automatically tuned to closed- or open-roof driving

The McLaren 720S has established a reputation in Coupé guise for its ground-breaking design, cutting-edge technologies and ferocious pace, complemented by a breadth of ability and sophistication that delivers everyday usability belying its extreme performance status.

The new McLaren 720s Spider – Some see more - YouTube

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Images: Supplied

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The Magnificent Roman Jeweller Bvlgari presents Fiorever, an entirely new collection of bold diamond jewellery.

A whimsical marriage of the Italian word for flower, fiore, and the English word forever, Fiorever establishes the flower as an official symbol of the magnificent Roman jeweller.

An exaltation of natural beauty in the every day, the flower is a classic jewellery motif, one the Italian Maison has interpreted with bold creativity and craftsmanship since 1920. Now Bvlgari immortalizes the four-petal flower, an emblem of the Roman passion for life, in an enchanting diamond creation.

The collection’s signature is a wild bloom with four petals, plucked from Rome’s heritage. The gracious motif decorates many of the vestiges of the Roman Empire: the garden frescos of Villa di Livia, the sculptures of Palazzo Massimo, and the ceiling mosaics of the Santa Costanza Mausoleum, to name a few. Exclusively crafted with bold lines and everlasting diamonds, the new icon is a scintillating celebration of The Eternal City’s timeless beauty, sparkling joy and the irreverent Fiorever woman.

In the new Bvlgari campaign shot by acclaimed photographer Mario Sorrenti, the Fiorever woman is interpreted by latin actress Úrsula Corberó. The Barcelona native is a breakout celebrity on the international scene, always exuding an irresistible positivity, Úrsula possesses an intrinsic Roman joy for life, solar energy, a light hearted spontaneity that makes her a quintessential Fiorever woman.

Embracing la dolce vita, the Fiorever woman follows her own instinct and never compromises. Her days are joyful, her nights are exhilarating, and her life is a spontaneous adventure. Fiorever is her keepsake, a reminder to infuse her life with passion as resplendent and unforgettable as the singular, sparkling flower.

Fiorever new collection was inspired by High Jewellery creations introduced in 2017 and which will continue to crown the new diamond jewellery collection.

Source: Picot and Moss
Images: Supplied

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KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast has taken centre stage with continuous development, growth and investment taking place. This is fuelled by over R2,2 billion in residential sales that take place year-on-year and growing investment from many of South Africa’s most influential property funds and developers. Insight into this growth and a real vision for the area has resulted in the largest private land owners within KZN masterminding a R76 billion masterplan for the North Coast, which is already in motion through its first component, Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate within Sheffield Beach.

“KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s fastest growing residential nodes. We are seeing semigration taking place from neighbouring provinces into KZN, especially within the North Coast, as well as a growing tourism and investment demand from around the world. That’s why a R76 billion masterplan through various stakeholders has been created to ensure the North Coast demand continues to ‘boom’ exponentially,” shares Murray Collins from Collins Residential.

Zululami Coastal Luxury Estate launched in December 2016 presenting KwaZulu-Natal with an unrivalled coastal lifestyle with breath-taking ocean views, direct access to Christmas Bay beach, revitalised dams and wetlands, as well as world-class facilities.

“It’s just shy of two years since launching Zululami to the KZN market. It has been nothing short of successful. With the work taking place on Zululami, we expect to directly and indirectly employ over 5000 people. Zululami will have a massive impact on the KZN economy and masterplan for the North Coast,” explains Collins.

The next major impetus project on the cards for the North Coast, and the next component of this masterplan, is the R10 billion development Seaton. Directly translated as ‘Sea Town’, this development borders Zululami and covers 411-hectares and stylishly encompasses an equine district, a lifestyle village, college node as well as a retirement element. Set to launch in the first half of 2019, Seaton will create approximately 3776 homes and will give both Seaton and Zululami residents direct access to the iconic Christmas Bay. The first phase to be launched within Seaton will be the equestrian component, which has been researched and designed to be comparable to the best in the world.

“This is a mammoth vision that is set to take KZN, especially the North Coast, to new heights and further entrench this province as an investment goldmine.” he ends.

Source: PR
Images: Supplied and Featured Image from Shutterstock

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Chatting local design, decor trends and inspiration with Mia Widlake, the Founder of Studio 19, you can’t help but feel inspired by the future of South African design…

Widlake’s versatile nature and curious spirit led her into a thriving career focused around a passion for local talent, and ultimately to establish what is one of South Africa’s leading multidisciplinary design agencies.

“I lived in the United States for a few years and when I came back to South Africa, noticed how many products weren’t available here,” explains Widlake. Noticing this gap in the market, Studio 19 was born as a product design company, using local artisans to create beautiful interior items, which in time led to establishing the company as a bespoke interior design agency.

The rich tones of Studio 19’s product design translate further into their projects, showcasing local product design that has not come without its challenges. Widlake furthers that while South Africa has its own set of difficulties when manufacturing items such as lighting and furniture, there is a dynamism that isn’t found elsewhere in the world.

“Africa is rising” reiterates Widlake, speaking of the heightened awareness and interest in products coming out of Africa. Studio 19 has celebrated great success in marketing their products in overseas markets.

Commenting on rising design trends from international markets, Widlakes admits that while South Africa has limitations, Studio 19 sees these as an opportunity to reveal the talents of local suppliers. In addition, younger designers are experimenting and pushing for local design elements in their projects more than has been seen in the past.

Studio19

Written by: Kate Els
Images: Supplied by Studio 19

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“I used my penchant for all that shines to try and reconcile elegance and fashion.” – Gabrielle Chanel

Each Collection Libre is linked to the CHANEL world. In these focused annual collections, Mademoiselle Chanel’s enduring visual signatures and codes are adopted as talismans and then made contemporary for the season ahead.
“By pinpointing and intensely researching a classic symbol of the House, I’m able to invest those existing images and ideas with new energy and spirit,” Lucia Pica explains.

For Collection Libre 2018, Lucia Pica adopts Gabrielle Chanel’s beloved lion icon as her talisman, capturing the grandeur and emotional intensity of the holiday season.

“The woman who wears Maximalisme De Chanel doesn’t hide, she loves being looked at,” Lucia Pica says. “She treats makeup almost like she would an accessory – an adornment that brings subtle drama to the mix without necessarily drawing attention to itself. She chooses between products to create striking oppositions.”

Starting with the sophisticated golds, Lucia Pica’s collection builds into a deeper investigation of metallic textures and the feelings of wonderment and inner confidence they inspire.

In harnessing metal’s strength and resilience while reflecting the delicacy of its polished surfaces and imperfect patinas, the Maximalisme De Chanel metallics map out unprecedented polarities of light and shine. Heightened, at times subversive, these are not polite pairings for the faint of heart.

“Metallic has this ‘wow’ effect, straight away. I felt, if we are going to do shine, then let’s do shine — push beyond mere gloss or pretty glittering surfaces. This isn’t metal gloss,” Pica says.

Images: Supplied
Source: PR

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