Staying at The Splendide Royal in Rome

This summer I had the pleasure of visiting Hotel Splendide Royal. Situated in the heart of Rome the hotel offers an overwhelming antique decor, panoramic views, gourmet dinners and much more.

Arriving at the hotel directly from the airport, my partner and I were welcomed by the kind staff who assisted us with our check-in and luggage. An always nice gesture when being tired from a long travel.

When entering the doors of this 19th century palace, I was instantly impressed by it’s Baroque architecture and lavish interior. An original glass chandelier from Luchino Visconti’s 1963 classic The Leopard hangs in the gold-hued lobby, which is decked out with marble busts, porcelain vases and oil paintings.

Our afternoon and evening were spent at the Splendide Royal’s crown jewel: the seventh-floor restaurant, Mirabelle. We first enjoyed an afternoon tea while taking in the splendid views over the Eternal city’s wonders. The Pinciano, Villa Medici, Trinità Dei Monti, Saint Peter’s and I could go on. We stayed at the restaurant to enjoy a 7 course dinner while watching the sun set.

The glamours interior was continued in our high-ceilinged room with low lighting, ornate plaster cornices, gold silk damask wallpaper, burgundy deep pile carpets and oversize white wooden beds. Bathroom was in black marble, with rainforest showers and Etro toiletries.

We enjoyed the delicious breakfast from a booming buffet in the hotel’s Crystal Lounge on sixth floor. Smoked salmon, fresh fruit, deliciuos cakes and even prosecco if you felt like starting the day early. Again with the luxury of stunning views over the historic centre of Rome.

I am astonished by our experience at The Royal Splendide Rome and we felt treated like kings and queens from the second we walked into this glamours palace. We can not wait to be back to spend more time here.

Yours sincerely, Mathias le Fèvre

www.splendideroyal.com

@hotel_splendide_royal_roma

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Staying at the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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Set on a hillside just outside the centre of the Eternal City, the Rome Cavalieri is to be found – A Waldorf Astoria resort spread over 15-acre of land. The five-star resort is a luxurious oasis from a sweltering Roman summer, with three heated outdoor swimming pools, a Michelin-star restaurant, tennis courts and the largest art collection outside of a museum in the world.

The Cavalieri has a rather distinct 1960s architecture filled with big spaces and lavish interiors centred around fine art and antiques. The lounge, Imperial Club and suites are decorated with extravagant tufted velvet, wood panelling and gold leafs. And the hotel’s particular point of pride are the three magnificent Tiepolos seen in the main lobby.

My partner and I had the pleasure of staying at the resort for 3 days in a premium room with a view over the beautiful treasures of Rome and the private garden. Some unforgettable moments were taken in when the sun rose and set as a painting on our bedroom wall.

During our stay at the Cavalieri we were invited to spend time in the Petronius (presidential) suite of the hotel. Being named after the fashion advisor and judge of fine taste, the opulent suite is a splendid gallery of antiques and classical arrangements. It is The Cavalieri’s largest suite and it’s interior includes historic furniture such as a rare French 18th century inlayed desk and sofas from Karl Lagerfeld’s home in Paris.

Each morning we were spoiled with a booming breakfast buffet which we enjoyed on the terrace over looking the hotel’s pool and oasis looking park. We spent our afternoons sunbathing, relaxing in the Imperial Lounge, unwinding in the spa facilities and exploring the hotel’s historical art pieces.

Leaving The Rome Cavalieri we felt like having discovered one of Rome’s hidden treasures. Being a paradise of beautiful art & architecture, breathtaking views, amazing food and perfect service we can’t wait to be back.

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Visiting Pitti Uomo 94 in Florence, Italy

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Pitti Uomo is one of the world’s most important platforms for menswear and accessories. The exhibition is held two times a year in Florence, at the Fortezza da Basso. The first edition of Pitti Uomo was held in September 1972 with an objective to promote Italian designers and brands. Today the exibition is internationally reconigsed showcasing more than 1,200 menswear brands from all around the world.

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I went to visit the exhibition for the first time to soak in inspiration, network with industry people and meet with current and future business partners. When I first entered the exhibition space I was instantly overwhelmed by the size of the space and the number of people attending, but at the same time very impressed by the many well tailored suits and amount of effort put into every attendee’s outfit.

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I first went to visit the booth of the Swedish brand Eton Shirts. I have been wearing their shirts for about 6 months now and I was excited to finally meet the people behind the brand. I had the kind Karin from their PR and events team helping me going through their coming spring summer 19 collection and I also had the pleasure of meeting their Italian design manager Nicoletta Grazioli.

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Ph: @ciinderellab

After finishing my visit at Eton Shirts I walked past the booth of one my favourite sunglasses brands, The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear. The brand is fairly recent and is founded by the Italian menswear blogger and digital influencer, Fabio Attanasio. I took the opportunity to try on the different models and noted down my favourites as I always find it hard to order sunglasses online without trying them on.

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My final visit was to the booth of the Spanish shoe brand, Carmina Shoemaker. Carmina is a family run business on 6th generation founded in Majorca in 1866 and their name is highly respected by every footwear enthusiasts I’ve ever met. Their shoes are absolutely stunning and of an extraordinary softness and comfort with sturdy welts and shapely lasts.

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I had the honour of meeting two of the Carmina family members who told me more about the brand’s history and gave me a detailed tour through their various models and made-to-order service.

My outfit on the 1st day of Pitti Uomo 94:

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On the first day of the exhibition I wore a green jacket made in a wool, linen & silk Solbiati cloth by Tailor Made London. I paired the the jacket with a white high collar shirt by Eton Shirts, a navy/grey silk tie by Cosetore and a light brown pair of linen & cotton trousers. I finished off the outfit with a brown pair of suede penny loafers by Carmina Shoemaker.

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My outfit on th 2nd day of Pitti Uomo 94:

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For my 2nd day’s outfit I went with a slightly more bold brown check jacket in a cotton, linen & silk cloth by Solbiati. I paired it with a white Eton shirt, a navy paisley tie from Sera Fine Silk and a light brown pair of linen & cotton trousers. For footwear I wore a brown pair of calf skin tassel loafers by Carmina Shoemaker and on this particularly warm day a panama hat was ideal.

Visiting Pitti Uomo for the first time was a truly amazing experience. I had the pleasure of connecting with many likeminded menswear enthusiasts as well as talented artisans and designers from all over the world. I am already excited to be back in Florence for Pitti Uomo 95 in January 2019.

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Our 5 star London Fashion Week Home – Hotel One Aldwych

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In the start of January I went to the now 11th season of London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM). With a busy schedule of catwalk shows and events my partner and I decided to treat ourselves to the comfort of a stay at the Hotel, One Aldwych. Being just across the street from the British Fashion Councils’ (BFC) Show Space it was very convenient when needing a break or having to change outfit.

We spent the first evening in the hotel’s private lounge planning our week and made use of the small library looking through the numerous fashion books for style inspiration.

Every morning of our stay, we enjoyed a filling breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.

For the first day of LFWM, I anchored my look around a classic navy suit. The suit is from Suit Supply and has a masculine cut with peak lapels and structured shoulders. It is a 2.5-button suit, carries a ticket pocket and a rather longer jacket. The cuffed high rise flat front trousers cuffs brings everything together for a stylishly tailored appeal. I layered it with a grey houndstooth waistcoat, a blue silk tie and a white shirt underneath. I chose a pair of brown single monk straps from Massimo Dutti and an automatic Moon Phase watch from Thomas Earnshaw.

As LFWM falls on our anniversary, we went to celebrate it with a three course dinner at the hotel’s Indigo Restaurant on our last night. Indigo is an award winning restaurant and is know for it’s innovative food. The Executive Chef, Dominic Teague, incorporates the finest seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from the British Isles into the Indigo menu, and it all happens to be entirely gluten and dairy-free.

After three very tasty dishes the amazing staff surprised us with an extra dessert and champagne in occasion of our anniversary. The restaurant experience was a wonderful way to end our stay and it will definitely not be our last visit to the One Aldwych London.

www.onealdwych.com

@onealdwychhotel

– Mathias le Fèvre

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Stay in Brussels at the Sofitel Le Louise

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It’s almost Christmas and I traveled to Belgium with my partner to visit her family. Before heading to the countryside we decided to spend three days in Brussels at the Sofitel Le Louise where we were warmly welcomed by the staff.

The hotel is located just in the heart of a prestigious shopping avenue, making it convenient to get around and shop last minute gifts.

The room was bright and spacious with a desk space, a large bed and a bathroom with a rainforest shower. The desk made it really easy to get through emails during the day while the in-room coffee machine had my back.

One of my favourite parts of the stay was the wide-choice breakfast served in our room. Fresh fruits, poched eggs, smoked salmon, pancakes, macaroons and I could go on!

In-between running our last errands before christmas we decided to stop by the hotel’s Crystal Lounge for a coffee. It was a beautiful venue for a break as well as a shopping city trip.

www.sofitel-brussels-le-louise.com

@sofitelbrussels

– Mathias le Fèvre

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