Superfood supplements aren’t new to the world of wellness wonders but not always have they been created sustainably.
Michael Isted, co-founder of Phyto Nectars - a new breed of superfood drinks made from functional blends of plant and mushroom powders - speaks to The Sybarite about what practises the business has embraced to ensure that consumers, the community, and our environment all come out on top.
The drinks company has invested in small, community-based cooperatives and farmers, where it sources the plants...
“I always thought I was going to be a surgeon. I even went to Xavier University of New Orleans to become a doctor but I just couldn’t apply the science to the human body. 17 years later, it ended up serving me in the kitchen when I started to learn how to bake and create recipes for The Cupcake Collection.” says Mignon Francois, the founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection (TCC), an award-winning multi-million-dollar business and one of the top bakeries in the United States. Though Francois first turned to baking at a time when she was struggling financially, the entrepreneur has definitely turned things around. Aside from having queues at the door upon launching a new signature flavour, The Cupcake Collection has evolved into a real destination bakery with fans travelling from across the country to their locations in Nashville and New Orleans, to get a taste of what Francois and her team are cooking up next. For those who are unable to make the trek to their two locations, TCC delivers nationwide in the States as well. Menu items are split into cupcakes, cakes, and even pupcakes for pooches with a sweet tooth. Whilst it’s her sweet potato cupcakes that have been the talk of the town, other yummy delights include the sweet lemonade cupcake, the sprinkle surprise birthday cake, and the toddler favourite, the smash cake.
Its founder, Yana Stanislavska, is more determined than ever to see its continued success through challenging times. “It’s hard to cope with something as gruesome as a ballistic missile landing 300 metres from your bedroom but somehow we all manage to carry on,” she says, of how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has impacted herself and her team. “Staying creative and always being on the run is a good way to stay sane in any circumstances.” The label’s partywear packs plenty of versatility and has been a hit with influencers - think Leonie Hanne and Chiara Ferragni - and members of the global style set. Shimmering sparkles, ultra-light feather cuffs, and sheer fabrics with rhinestone embellishments are but a few things that make Santa Brands garments so alluring. While it's these bold details that first capture your attention, what makes the label so successful is having perfected these best-selling designs - the sparkly dresses, skirt and trouser co-ord sets, etc. - and creating equally wearable garments and accessories to complement them, such as its “Crystal Basque”, “Moonlight Panama” hat, and single-breasted fitted “Lemon Jacket.”
Authentic_UA was conceived by two Ukrainian-born women, Yulia Rorstrom and Eka Kapanadze, in efforts to provide a vital focal point for the celebration and exposure of Ukrainian fashion in London, whilst also raising funds for their home country that is currently at war with Russia. The founder of Duck & Dry - Yulia partnered with fashion stylist Eka, to host & curate the event, showcasing over 20 Ukrainian brands over a four week period November 7th - December 4th in Yulia's London salons: the Mayfair Duck & Dry location until Nov 20th, and the Chelsea Duck & Dry location until Dec 4th. Not only does this encourage Londoners to directly support these Ukrainian fashion brands & designers financially, helping sustain an industry facing a turbulent future, but Authentic_UA has also pledged to donate between 30% - 50% from every sale to 'Rebuild Ukraine Together', a charity set up by Yulia supporting Ukrainians during the war and working with volunteers on the ground to directly procure and distribute critical supplies The Sybarite had the amazing opportunity to sit down & chat with Yulia & Eka about Authentic_UA, fashion in Ukraine and their personal motivations for creating this brilliant feat!
We discuss KAAI’s scale-up journey, celebrating the brand’s 4th anniversary, its recent Paris pop-up store, and what’s next for the Antwerp-based handbag label. Since its 2017 launch, the business has charmed a growing fan-base of women with its ever-evolving range of high quality work-life bags. A KAAI bag will never compromise on style or substance and its “Carry your life” ethos holds true thanks to its “By women, for women” design strategy. Interviews with successful modern women have helped the team identify exactly what their needs are when it comes to bags and the gripes are universal; dependable work bags pack too masculine a punch and the more stylish models are impractical and amplify chaos. As for the name KAAI, meaning “The Quay” in Dutch, which was chosen to reflect Antwerp’s vibrant energy and the ever-moving waters of the River Scheldt, it also captures the fluidity of the modern woman’s day-to-day life.
Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web (Web 1.0) in 1989 so academics and organisations could post and share data. However, users could only view this information; they couldn't interact with it or change it in any way. Web 2.0 is the term we now use for what was created to improve upon the original iteration with user-generated content that people can consume and interact with. It's a platform that lets consumers share their opinions and purchase products, completely changing the retail industry. Now that we are highly dependent on the Internet, it's easy to become a victim of fraud or hacking simply because all our personal data is exposed. This need for privacy has led to a technology revolution where we aim to produce a new version of the World Wide Web that addresses such issues. We call this next-generation web, Web 3. As we approach Web3, we're seeing the rise of a new kind of retail experience. This version uses advanced technologies to create a seamless consumer shopping experience. Augmented and virtual reality, autonomous delivery vehicles, machine learning, and more are all being used in new ways to improve online shopping and make it more personalised.
Join The Sybarite as we chat with Accor’s Global Vice President of Wellbeing, Emlyn Brown, about how the group is elevating the scope and depth of their guest experiences. And with an interest in luxury at an all-time high, it makes sense that wellbeing is an important aspect of the product offering; one that encompasses not only subtle enhancements such as improving noise control but more obvious ones, like in-room fitness, for instance. Read more to learn what you can expect from an Accor stay and how the hotel group is growing with new offerings.
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