Sama Eyewear

Sama Eyewear  Sunglasses Are The World’s Finest And Most Exclusive Luxury Sunglasses For Men And Women.

We had the pleasure to interview the founder and eyewear designer Sheila Vance.

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What drew you to a Eyewear designer and specifically to starting your own brand?

There were several factors at work within when I decided to embark on a career in eyewear.  For as long as I can remember and since I was a child wearing glasses —  I felt that wearing eyewear ​was a “sentence” and a burden for people. I was different and stood out but not for a positive reason and children can be cruel so the downside of associations with eyewear always stuck with me. 

It was corrective and necessary but not joyful to find or buy because there was not a sense of fashion, fun and whimsy or a great way to express oneself like when buying a handbag or earring or necklace.

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Very early on in my career ​I had stores and was importing and selling accessories including sunglasses.
​I thought that this was perhaps the most important accessory anyone would put on every day, framing their face and highlighting their features, giving a first impression to the world but there was nothing truly beautiful or inspiring about it. I found quickly that most of it was a bit boring or basic, uninspired or low quality. I found myself often thinking of what could be better or different to make a specific frame into a fantastic accessory for the face. I thought that eyewear could and should enhance your beauty not detract from it. I wanted people to feel happy, fashionable, beautiful and joyful buying and wearing their eyewear. I knew that an eyewear wardrobe was possible of great shapes styles, materials ​and looks from a beach weekend to work week and boardroom or ball room cocktail or couture. Just like clothing and other accessories​. So my research began from there to understand the engineering and manufacturing. 
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Then came the loss of my son which was of course life altering. I was unable to think about continuing on life in the same way I had lived before. I needed a creative outlet and wanted to find a business that could be an ongoing source of income to fund the foundation I was starting in his name. It was almost a calling as a way to fill my creative needs, honor my commitment to the Sam Vance Foundation to support drug addicted youth in their path to sobriety as well as prevention and to introduce a concept of beauty to change the perception of eyewear in the world. I needed to find and connect to something beautiful and find something meaningful to believe in again. 

The idea of a better vision – a clear vision and a better future for those wearing glasses and those suffering with addiction​ all came together for me through eyewear and Sama was born.​

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From where do you get your design inspiration?
​For me, ​inspiration can come from anywhere. I travel extensively and enjoy art, fashion and textiles, architecture and design, nature hikes, and beaches around the world. I have found that jewelry, cars, and buildings have lines, curves, shapes, and details that I can translate into eyewear in meaningful ways. It is also easy to find inspiration daily in the amazing cultures and people I have met along the way in urban cities and remote locals globally.​
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From our our Sahara Collection which featured stained glass elements with ancient symbolism and rich colors of the desert to deCode: Los Angeles and our my newest technically advanced full metal Mechanix collection being introduced later this year, I continue to find inspiration in objects d’art, people and places I love and admire who push me to move the needle in terms of design and technology to new heights. 
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L​ocally in Los Angeles were Sama was born and raised so to speak,​ we created an entire collection that was inspired by the influencersdisruptorstastemakers and activists who make up the incredible city combining​ the golden luxe of Hollywood Glamour and star power with intricate specialized techniques for an overt the top look with hidden details representing how beyond the glitterati is the undercurrent of the culture to embrace issues and causes that difference in the world. 
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We are eclectic in our materials and often we have introduced materials that were not traditionally used in the eyewear and optical business.  Titanium, Carbon Fiber, wood buffalo horn, acetate and precious metals  ( gold and platinum) are the main core of our materials but we have also included leather, feathers, pearls and processes or techniques such as laser cutting and lamination, enamel cloisonne, beads and Swarovski crystals in our pieces.
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How would you describe the style of your Eyewear brand?

Just as our materials are eclectic our style is eclectic too. For Sama ​”style” is a broad based word where we appeal to a global, luxury shopper who is a individual ​who is an influencer not an adapter. We are a brand for those who are noticed of we have a sharp, strong varied range of styles and collections from sporty to glamorous,  simple to ornate, simple and delicate and wild and bold. ​While I consider the Sama products and brands in a category of our own in the premium luxury market, each of our collections can be defined and described as​ ​individual, unique, distinctive and of the highest quality.

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If you had to choose a favourite piece you have designed, what would it be?

This is such a hard question to answer — because I love so many of our frames for so many reasons and because each pair has a story and a journey that is so personal to me. 

​Each and every design starts a new creative process with new directions, twists and turns. I have often said that we have a great love affair with our collection.
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And for me, with this being my life work – Sama Eyewear is ​basically a romance​ -​ epic almost – with so much time, attention, passion and love poured into each pair. From my first inspiration to paper sketches to computer work, the natural elements and materials we select and the details we pour into each pair back and forth over several continents touching hundreds of hands.
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For me, each story has the most beautiful ending.  It is hard to choose because once the story ends – I start the next with the same intensity, love and​ commitment and I am in a new romance. There are certainly specific pieces or collections we introduced to the market that were influential or award-winning. Some were disruptive or elevated the market and countless hundreds were copied. Basically, I want someone to find their love story with their perfect frames to create their wardrobe to compliment their life. Eyewear is the most important accessory we wear every day to express our individuality and style, highlight our features, frame the face and give us a picture perfect vision in life. Sama is part of that vision. 
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What is your life philosophy?

The name SAMA comes from the old Sanskrit meaning from no beginning no end.  A circle, a cycle, a continuation which applies to everything in life and something I believe. We can not look back, not change the past so every experience leads to the next and contributes to our path and pushing us onward and forward. I believe that we are always continuing on the journey and we need to take with us what is good no looking back no regrets​. I believe that everything happens for a reason.  A door may seem to close but another is absolutely opening even if you don’t see it at first. 

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We will only be our best if we surround ourselves with the best, brightest those who share the missions and visions we set forth in our “cycle” of business, friendships and life. We have only one life to live and since it is in essence a cycle with no beginning and no end, we need to be sure we include only the good in the cycle so it will continue with positivity and resulting good. I have come through considerable adversities in life and have found a path to a happy and successful life and business – but it did not come easy and it did not happen to me, I had to create the intentions and make it happen for myself with great people at my side​.

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Opening Boutique Hotel Sant Jaume

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Opening in June 2017

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The Sant Jaume Boutique Hotel stands in the heart of the old quarter of Palma on one of the city’s oldest streets nestled between two important historic buildings: the Church of Sant Jaume and Santa Magdalena Convent. Both are examples of fifteenth-century Gothic architecture still preserved on the island.

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The hotel occupies a house dating from the eighteenth century. On the ground floor, you will find the reception, hallway, lobby, restaurant, cocktail lounge and spa. The hotel rooms are on the three storeys above it. The fourth floor provides a sundeck with a plunge pool, designer loungers, showers and stunning views of the old quarter and the cathedral. From here our guests can marvel at life in Palma from up high.

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INDOOR WELLNESS

Space with natural light set aside for relaxing and balancing the body and mind. Located on the first basement floor, it can be accessed directly from the hotel’s main floor or directly from the rooms. We offer a variety of treatments designed to revitalise guests, based on age-old therapies and philosophies using modern techniques. All the treatments are prepared using top-quality organic products. You can also book private yoga and Pilates classes.

• Heated pool with jet • Finnish sauna • Contrast shower • Relaxation area with loungers  • Double cabin for treatments and massages

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Sant Jaume offers the possibility of receiving massages on the hotel sundeck and in suites with a private terrace.

FITNESS AREA

The area is in a 30 m2 room on the hotel’s first floor where you will find the equipment you need to enjoy a workout. The hotel has devised a running route for guests next to the sea if you would like to round off your routine outside. We also offer a personalised training service.

SUNDECK

The sundeck is on the hotel’s fourth floor. It is a private refuge for our guests where they can marvel at life in Palma from a height. It affords stunning views of the city’s old quarter and cathedral. Its superb location allows you to soak up the sun’s energy during the main part of the day. There is a plunge pool, shower area and loungers. We also provide a drinks and massage service to ensure you can really switch off completely without leaving the hotel.

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BARTOMEU MACERADOS & CO.

At BARTOMEU we have revived the tradition and artistry of an age-old technique: maceration. We only use natural products and the best distillates in this process. By macerating we can again offer classic cocktails with a personal touch and a surprising range of colours. Infusion, maceration, memory: the spirit of a vermouth bar combined with the elegance of a cocktail lounge.

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SANT JAUME BREAKFAST

A classic scene with product as the star again. You can enjoy a buffet-style breakfast with regional specialities and a philosophy focused on the endless ways of preparing eggs. Tomeu also provides a distinctive touch with signature dishes specially designed for such an important meal.

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The St. Regis Mardavall

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The Tramuntana Mountains, the luxurious marina of Puerto Portals and the Mediterranean Sea, frame the unique St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, set on the southwest coast of the Balearic Island, close to its capital Palma.

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Most of the spacious elegantly guest rooms command spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the dining experience ranges from intimate indoor venues to amazing sea view garden settings. Whichever of the 133 rooms you wake up in, the first sight to greet your eyes as you look out over your private terrace will be the azure blue of the sea.

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Built in the style of a grand Spanish mansion, the elegant property is characterised by a majestic driveway, intimate courtyards, impressive arches, big lawns, and lovely fountains. The rooms and central facilities are housed in four, interconnecting ochre-hued stone buildings, that are set in magnificent, lush mediterranean gardens facing the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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The St.Regis Mardavall is a beautiful place to stay on the magical island Palma de Mallorca. We visited the hotel for few days and it was absolutely amazing, from the arrival, welcome, service, friendly staff and the perfect butler service. Thank you so much for having us stay with you.

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Instagram @stregismardavall

Valentine’s Special

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The month of love is around the corner and it’s time to start planning your romantic Valentine’s weekend for that special someone. We will inspire you for the best Valentine’s Day gift.

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Ya Omri Swimwear

Feel that positivity, believe in yourself, feel Ya Omri.

Ya Omri was founded in 2016 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and provides women of all shapes and sizes unique and stylish swimwear.

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The brand has evolved by inspiration from the latest fashion trends in UK & Middle East. Ya Omri stands for their treasure in Arabic and this is what customers mean to them. Ya Omri want you to feel confident and glamorous, whether it is on the beach or whilst on holiday somewhere exotic feeling like a true treasure and true gem.

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We love the sexy one-piece by Ya Omri, the Jasmine multiway swimsuit is available in different colors and can be worn up to 10 different ways.

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The great thing is you can combine the one-piece also with your Jeans or shorts and you have a fantastic look.

https://www.yaomriswimwear.com/

Instagram @ya_omri_swimwear

Rendez-Vous collection

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In 2017, Jaeger-LeCoultre is writing a new chapter in the story of its Rendez-Vous collection of women’s timepieces. Originally introduced by the Maison in 2012, Rendez-Vous is a collection bearing all the hallmarks of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Métiers RaresTM (Rare Crafts), impeccable timekeeping accuracy, unrivalled excellence in craftsmanship and the breathtaking artistry of its jewellery designs and settings.

The new Rendez-Vous collection, once again the result of the combined talents of the watchmakers and craftspeople of the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, is a celebration of horology designed for women, with sophisticated materials in muted and sparkling tones reinforcing the timeless style of these elegant, noble timepieces.

The introduction of a moon phase and a new chiming reminder function, yellow and rose gold options, a larger size and sumptuous new straps, all reflect the popularity of the Rendez-Vous collection worldwide, among art, design and watch lovers alike.

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A rich gamut of colours, including yellow and rose gold watch cases, takes inspiration from the constantly changing light of the sun and the moon, from the first glows of dawn to the vibrant shades of dusk, turning to a moonlit sky as day turns to night – eliciting colours, reflections and emotions to accompany and inspire a woman every moment of her life, whatever the occasion and wherever she may be.

At the heart of every Rendez-Vous timepiece is an impeccably precise automatic movement coupled with the aesthetic perfection of a rare, precious jewel. The new Rendez-Vous unveils the secrets of watchmaking mastery at its finest, both in technique and artistry – from the elaborate ornamentation of its movement to the elegant adornment of its dial, from the delicate setting of its diamonds and sapphires to the presentation of its timekeeping functions.

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Exclusive Interview with Yevgeny Chichvarkin owner of Hedonism Wines

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Scarlett Stilling editor in chief and Yevgeny Chichvarkin owner Hedonism Wines

 

POLO & Lifestyle the London Magazine had the pleasure to talk to the owner of one of the world’s best fine wine and spirits boutique located in the heart of London’s Mayfair.

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The UK’s best buyers have sourced around 5,500 wines and 3,000 spirits, taking the crème de la crème from each region of the world whilst carefully checking the provenance of every bottle.

’’ We work with 900 suppliers from all over the world.’’ 

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The motivation to create Hedonism Wines was for Yevgeny Chichvarkin to create the best and the most luxurious shopping experience for customers and to give customers a large selection of the finest and rarest wines and spirits.

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Yevgeny Chichvarking business philosophy is a team of perfectionists,  ”we wanted to create the leading wine shop in the world and as such, we have made no compromises in terms of quality”.

The inspiration to name it Hedonism Wines was inspired from the early Greek philosophic schools where it was believed that pleasure was the only intrinsic good. We believe that there are many things which one should enjoy in life and with the word “hedonism” frequently used in tasting notes wine is certainly one of them.

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”Each of our guests can expect to receive the very highest level of customer service from our dedicated wine specialists, many of whom are former sommeliers from top Michelin starred restaurants. With a passion for Hedonism project our extremely friendly and knowledgeable team understand how to make our guests feel welcome and If we do not have the bottle you are after, we will try our very hardest to source it for you”.

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Should you wish your wine to be delivered to you either in London, the UK or overseas Hedonism Wines will get it to you as quickly and carefully as possible. With deliveries within one hour in central London, the wine specialists are also available to come to you should you need their advice and expertise.

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One of the very interesting room’s at the wine shop is the one downstairs which Yevgeny Chichvarkin had the idea for it to design it with different hands on the wall and it places his favourite wine from America, California.

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Yevgeny Chichvarkin’s life philosophy is ”enjoying life, happiness, fun, pleasure, like the word says, hedonism”.

 

 

http://www.hedonism.co.uk