THE REEF | RESORTS AND SPA.

All-Inclusive Resorts on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

Get more out of your getaway at The Reef Resorts. Our sun-splashed oceanfront hotels on the Riviera Maya make it easy with all-inclusive rates and unbeatable special offers. Budget-friendly and so beautiful, The Reef Playacar and The Reef Coco Beach are all about family fun and sweet memories. Come on, rewrite the vacation rules with us!

Explore Mexico's Riviera Maya.

Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya just 45 minutes south of Cancun, The Reef Playacar and The Reef Coco Beach are oceanfront all-inclusive resorts situated on the white sand beaches of Playa del Carmen, a charming coastal town known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and relaxed, low-key vibe. The Reef Playacar is located in the nearby gated community of Playacar, while the Reef Coco Beach is just a short walk from the famous 5th Avenue and the ferry to Cozumel Island.

Make It Magical.

Destination weddings and dream weddings don’t have to be mutually exclusive. At The Reef Resorts, we’ll make your day memorable and stay within your budget with affordable packages complete with flowers, decorations, sparkling wine and wedding cake.

One of Mexico's most acclaimed tourist destinations, the Riviera Maya is located on the shimmering Caribbean coastline in the state of Quintana Roo on the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. Once known as the Cancun–Tulum Corridor, the Riviera Maya is famous for its oceanfront resorts, restaurants, and beautiful white sand beaches. Among the destination's most popular attractions are the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (aka the Belize Barrier Reef), archeological sites such as Chichen Itza and Coba, and the eco-theme parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha.

Nearby Attractions.

ISLA MUJERES

Just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from the mainland, this beautiful little island offers a laid-back refuge from the frantic beat of Cancun. Its clear water, abundant marine life, colorful reefs, and caves make it one of the prettiest reefs to snorkel in the Mexican Caribbean.

PUERTO MORELOS

Halfway between the bustling cities of Cancún and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos has retained its atmosphere of a charming Mexican fishing village, with long stretches of sandy white beaches and serene setting. Snorkel just offshore and see a wonderland of stony corals and sea life.

CANCUN

A vibrant tourist mecca, Cancun offers non-stop beachfront action with 14 miles of pristine white beaches, breathtaking turquoise waters and an energetic nightlife. Considered the gateway to the Mayan world and the Mexican Caribbean, no visit to the Yucatan Peninsula is complete without the Cancun experience.

AKUMAL

Akumal means “Place of the Turtle, and is a famous snorkeling spot, where visitors can swim with endangered green sea turtles, who visit the shallow bay to feed on seagrass. To the north, find the curved beach of Half Moon Bay, while the warm waters of the Yal-Ku Lagoon teem with marine life.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN 5TH AVENUE

One of the most famous Playa del Carmen attractions a 5th avenue or Quintaas the locals call it, where the city’s shopping, dining, and nightlife is centered. Abuzz with blocks of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, 5th avenue is the place to enjoy great shopping, food, music and plenty of people-watching.

TULUM

The most picturesque and best preserved archaeological site in the Riviera Maya, Tulum is the only Mayan ruin to have been built overlooking the ocean. Apart from powder-soft beaches and crystal clear blue waters, Tulum also boasts excellent cave and cavern diving and fun cenotes to swim in.

Maat | Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.

LOCATED IN LISBON, PORTUGAL.

Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, which opened its doors to the public on 5 October. Presenting itself as a new cultural center in the city of Lisbon, the MAAT represents an ambition to host national and international exhibitions with contributions by contemporary artists, architects, and thinkers.

A space for debate, critical thinking, and international dialogue, which offers an intense and diverse programme conceived for all audiences and ages.

The MAAT also represents the EDP group’s intent to help revitalize the riverfront of Belém’s historic district. Designed by the prestigious British architecture firm Amanda Levete Architects – whose curriculum includes distinctions such as the RIBA Stirling Prize -, the project involves approximately 3 thousand square meters of exhibitive space plus 7 thousand square meters of public space. The new building rises on the riverfront with an architectural narrative that is sensitive to the city’s cultural heritage and future, offering, among other features, a pedestrian roof that offers a privileged view of Lisbon and the Tagus, and which immediately became an iconic location.

With this proposal, the EDP Foundation has created a unique space in the city: a campus measuring 38 thousand square meters where the new building, with its cosmopolitan design, coexists with the iconic Tejo Power Station, connected through a landscape project designed by Lebanese architect Vladimir Djurovic.

BRITISH ARCHITECTURE STUDIO AMANDA LEVETE ARCHITECTS.

The building for the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology was designed by British architecture studio Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A).

Boasting over seven thousand square meters of new public space, AL_A’s building makes use of the area’s natural features, incorporating an architectural narrative that is in keeping with both the cultural heritage and future of the city.

 

The pedestrian route on the riverfront now includes the roof of the new building, creating an undulating movement which merges with the surrounding landscape. In this way, the pedestrian roof, which also has a garden area, becomes both a crucial element of the local route and a public space with a privileged view of the city and the river.

The vast south facade is the building’s most iconic feature and it works as a large reflector interacting with the light coming from the river. The angle and position of the tiles were planned in order to create specific luminous effects according to the time of the day and year. The north facade, built in glass, includes a system with different levels of transparency which can be adapted to the different uses of the space.

 

Inside, the building holds four exhibition spaces across three thousand square meters: the Oval Gallery, the Main Gallery, the Video Room and the Project Room.

The Oval Gallery is the first exhibition area which the public comes across. It consists of 800 square meters of both exhibition space and walk-around area which takes visitors to the other exhibition rooms in the building. This vast walking route is shaped along a curve which allows the visitor to walk around the inside of the building and through the special projects being hosted in that area.

The Main Gallery is around one thousand square meters and is located on the bottom floor of the building. It’s a versatile space which, depending on the programme, might be kept as a single space or divided into multiple rooms.

The Project and Video Rooms are two spaces used to present film or video projects, installations, etc.

We understood EDP’s vision for Lisbon, and our project is based on the local context, creating physical and conceptual connections with the riverfront which are echoed in the heart of the city. – Amanda Levete

AL_A is an award-winning architecture and design studio, founded in 2009 by Amanda Levete, an architect who was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize, and by Ho Yin Ng, Alice Dietsch and Maximiliano Arrocet.

SECOND NATURE AT THE KREEGER MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON.

Within the remit of the celebrations around Portugal in the USA Month, EDP Foundation has been invited to present the exhibition Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Art Collection at The Kreeger Museum, in Washington. This is the first collective exhibition of Portuguese contemporary art presented in the United States.

The 38 works selected by curators Pedro Gadanho and Luísa Especial come from the original set in the exhibition Second Nature, presented at MAAT in June 2016. Nineteen renowned Portuguese artists are represented, including Alberto Carneiro, Gabriela Albergaria, Julião Sarmento, Vasco Araújo, Alexandre Estrela or Fernando Calhau. The exhibition’s theme focusses on a multifaceted testimony about the inseparability between man and the natural world.

The exhibition is organized according to affinities found between the different works. Examples of some of these multiple points of contact and some of the artists whose works establish those connections are: the inclusion of the body in the natural context, through experience and its recording (Alberto Carneiro, Pedro Vaz); the garden as a critical device, where cultural codes are questioned and where personal and collective experiences are included (Vasco Araújo, Gabriela Albergaria); the tension between the natural and technological spheres (Alexandre Estrela), and the impact of the latter in the former, within a fictional setting (Miguel Soares).

Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Art Collection will be exhibited at The Kreeger Museum from 4 June to 31 July.

https://www.ala.uk.com/projects/maat/

José Maria da Fonseca | Family of Wines. Wines of Family.

SUSTAINABILITY. QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT.

Founded in 1834, José Maria da Fonseca leads the way in the field of table wine and Setúbal Moscatel production and sales. Its brands can be found worldwide and exports currently account for about 80% of annual sales volume. 

A Key part part of the company’s strategy throughout its history has been environmental concern. This has been translated into the use of best practices in the treatment of vines and better management, preservation and conservation of natural resources. In turn, this has led to a new set of practices reflected in the community of which it is a part, thus enabling a supportive coexistence of the needs of all those involved.

BALANCED, ENVIRONMENTAL AND PIONEERING VITICULTURE.

The environmental concern also extends to the vineyards, where, since the early 90s, the company has been developing and applying viticulture in contact and focused on the preservation of natural resources. Integrated protection practices are followed in all vineyards and extended to grape suppliers. 

Viticulture constantly strives towards a balance between the use of technology and concern with the environment. José Maria da Fonseca pioneered drip irrigation, which it implemented in 1993, and which is now standard practice in national viticulture. Also, from the 1980s it started not mobilizing the soil, maintaining a vegetation cover that retains moisture, benefiting life and plant and animal biodiversity, which in turn implies a reduced need for water in the vineyards. The soils are fertilized with the stems of the grapes in the rows of vines, also incorporating organic matter from the pruning.

Agricultural research for new and better plants has been a practice over the past few decades and José Maria da Fonseca has collaborated with leading experts and with national and international research centers in the area of Enology and Viticulture.

SETUBAL PENINSULA.

This is where José Maria da Fonseca’s largest vineyard area is located. There are various sites, each offering different climatic conditions, exposure to sunlight and type of terrain, which facilitates a range of technical options that will maximize the qualitative potential of each wine.

ALAMBRE 40 YEARS.

D.O.C. MOSCATEL DE SETÚBAL

Setúbal Moscatel is a dessert wine produced in Portugal on the Setúbal Peninsula,a region south of Lisbon which was recognised as a D.O.C. in 1907. Some years ago, Jose Maria da Fonseca decided to brand its Moscatel as Alambre.

Alambre was the name of the estate where José Maria da Fonseca first planted vines of the Moscatel grape variety, and also refers to the wine’s amber color.

The Setúbal Península has unique conditions to produce fortified wines from the Moscatel grape. The climate is influenced by the Tagus and Sado Rivers and the Serra da Arrábida hill range. It has Mediterranean characteristics with hot, dry days and humid nights at the end of summer. Winters are cold but not too rainy.

TOURS.

When you visit the house where José Maria da Fonseca was founded in 1834, you’ll get to know the essence of a Wine Family with almost 200 years of history, where the values passed down from generation to generation are kept alive while allowing the company to project itself into the 21st century.

You can also enjoy an unparalleled wine and gastronomic tasting experience and find out about the history, flavors and essence of the wine produced here for almost two centuries.

The José Maria da Fonseca Wine Tourism was distinguished in the 2013 W Awards (awarded by the wine critic Aníbal Coutinho) as Best Wine Tourism without Accommodation for 2012.

DALCUORE | SARTORIA.

Our History

Passion and inspiration

Dalcuore, the Neapolitan tailor’s shop, was born thanks to the inspiration of its founder, Luigi Dalcuore. Luigi started to become keen on handmade tailoring in 1966, when he decided to work as a voluntary apprentice for Del Duca, the well-known Neapolitan tailor’s shop.

He went on serving as an apprentice dividing his time between his aunt’s dressmaker’s shop – where he helped with the confection of dresses – and the nearby tailor’s shop, where he learned the tricks of the Neapolitan style.

Europe and Naples

His vocation for handmade tailoring was as intense as his wish to know the world. Therefore, at the age of 16, he left for Germany and, after spending six years travelling around Europe, he came back to Naples where he could set up his own business right away.

At the age of 26, he opened his first shop, on Via Cervantes. His talent, the unique style of his outerwear combined with the strategic position of his shop, in the district which was the core of the city of Naples bustling with offices and white collars, made his first Neapolitan tailor’s shop quite successful.

The success of a unique style

In the 80s, a radical change occurred. He opened his atelier on via Duomo: 150 square meters, 17 employees and tens of customers celebrating each week the economic boom with the contribution of the distinctive style and refined quality of handmade tailored suits designed by Dalcuore.

Over the years, Dalcuore tailor’s shop has often changed the location of its Neapolitan atelier, even though it has always been located on the most prestigious streets of the city centre, from Piazza Vittoria to Via Dei Mille and Palazzo San Teodoro, on the Riviera di Chiaia, until its present workshop which is located at Via F.Caracciolo 17.

Our experience

Passion and will

Luigi Dalcuore is a unique Neapolitan tailor, his personal experience is made up of willcreative zest and originality.

Luigi Dal Cuore didn’t start to work as an apprentice at a very early age, like most Neapolitan tailors, but a few years later, being spurred by a great passion and willingness to learn the trade. Since he was considered too old to be an apprentice, he found it hard to fit into the business environment, but he never gave up until he was welcomed at Del Duca tailor’s shop as a voluntary apprentice.

Tradition and creativity

Working for different Neapolitan tailor’s shops, Luigi Dalcuore learned the secrets of Neapolitan tailoring as well as the techniques aimed at creating the unique outerwear in the Neapolitan style. However, he wanted something more.

After spending some years travelling around Europe, Luigi Dalcuore came back to Naples and designed a unique original jacket. Always manufactured according to the techniques of Neapolitan tailoring, the outerwear designed by Luigi Dalcuore had an additional touch: his modern saddle shoulder with a completely different cut, in the Victorian style, was soon appreciated by his friends followed by the customers of his first atelier.

“The tailor who is not a tailor”

The new jacket was increasingly demanded and ended up giving him the nickname of “the tailor who is not a tailor” invented by his colleagues to highlight his originalitycreativity, and wish to keep his artistic freedom.

Today, Luigi Dalcuore is still keeping the noble art of Neapolitan hand tailoring alive, while being always faithful to his unique personal taste as well as his inner wish to feel free from any kind of rule.

Our values

The perfect suit

When tailoring a suit, the true tailor is the one who is capable of listening to his customers, looking beyond outward appearance and interpreting men’s tastes.

This is why a tailor’s shop has to be a comfortable place where any customer can feel at ease. Understanding the customer’s needs, the true tailor will allow the perfect suit to be made.

Interpreting customer’s tastes

Interpreting the customer’s tastes and sewing a suit that makes him feel free of moving and expressing his own personality, tailoring the suit according to the handmade techniques of the Neapolitan tradition: these are the values of Dalcuore tailor’s shop.

They are still in the air of his Neapolitan atelier, when talking with Luigi, choosing the fabrics or taking the measurements.

Remembering measurements and needs

The customers of the tailor’s shop know very well that Luigi Dalcuore, beyond remembering the measurements and proportions of each customer, pays special attention to his tastes and needs so much so that he is able to sew a bespoke suit destined to lead the fashion even with his eyes closed.

A. CARACENI | SARTORIA.

PASSION AND TRADITION.

Augusto Caraceni was born in Ortona, in the Italian province of Chieti, in 1893. From a young age he and his brothers learnt the art of tailoring from their father Tommaso, who had a tailor’s shop in the town but was well-known throughout the whole region. When Domenico, the eldest of the brothers, opened a tailor’s in Rome, he asked two of his siblings, Galliano and Augusto, to come and work with him. It was there that Augusto gained a great deal of experience. In the 1930s Augusto moved to Paris, where he found great success as a tailor, counting many of the most prominent celebrities of the time among his clientele. He married and had four children there, but he returned to in 1939 with the outbreak of World War Two. In 1946 he opened a tailor’s in Milan, in via Fatebenefratelli 16, with a partner. That same year, young son Mario starts working at the family business and learns the sartorial craft. After Augusto passed away in 1972, Mario renamed the tailor’s in memory of his father, and thus the name A. CARACENI that we know today was born. From 1972 to 1998 the business moved forward and prospered, gaining an international clientele, all thanks to the determination and hard work of Mario, who stayed true to the firm’s traditions. Mario was awarded several prizes, including Sant’Omobono and the Union of Milanese Tailors. Mario retired in 1998, leaving the business to his daughter Rita Maria and his son-in-law Carlo Andreacchio, both of whom had been working with him for the previous 20 years, Carlo as a tailor and Rita Maria as a manager. Carlo became part of the Academy of Tailors in 1997 and was awarded a gold medal by the Union of Milanese Tailors in 2002. Their children Massimiliano and Valentina had been fascinated by the job from a young age, and in 2004 they also joined the family business in order to continue the tradition and be ready to take over when their moment comes!

QUALITY AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

We carefully select and purchase the finest English and Italian fabrics in order to ensure the high level of quality necessary for a suit to be a triumph, the standard our clients are used to. We don’t compromise on our linings: we are one of the few tailors to use silk to give our suits an elegant and luxurious finish. For this reason, we seek out and contact the best manufacturers directly. We meticulously research the hemp, horsehair and other details, to ensure that we only source natural, high-quality materials.

HAND-CRAFTED EXCELLENCE.

All our garments are strictly stitched by hand in the old sartorial tradition, which has been passed from generation to generation and lives on in the young people who come to us to learn it. Our son Massimiliano, who has been working with us since the age of 18, also continues the family tradition with passion and dedication. We can proudly say that we feel like the keepers of an art which represents both the past and the future of Italy, and which is appreciated and sought-after throughout the world despite the advances of modern technology and innovation.

ELEGANCE AND DISTINCTION.

From the most formal suits to more casual garments, our suits have always been made to measure, to offer our clients the pleasure of choosing and wearing a unique item of clothing. Thanks to our years of experience and practice, we can create the perfect suit to meet the needs of each client. We can offer the right garment for every occasion: morning dress for important events held during the day, dinner jackets and white tie for evening events, and more relaxed outfits for your free time. Not forgetting our double-breasted jacket, recognised the world over for its versatility in both formal and informal situations.

Hadleighs | Atelier.

Hadleigh’s Is Haute Stuff.

There are plans for a storefront, but for now Hadleigh’s remains hidden in the Kessler Park neighborhood of Oak Cliff. You will need an appointment. At the door, you will be greeted by the charming Adnan “Ed” Shaikh or perhaps by his adorable wife, Gable. If you prefer, they can come to you, but then you’d miss meeting their 2-year-old daughter, the eponymous Hadleigh herself, who has the run of the place. A glass of wine? A panino? There is no rush. The Shaikhs will want to get to know you before the measuring begins. They met while working at the Ralph Lauren store in Highland Park Village. She had just moved from New York, where she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. He was the third-ranked Ralph Lauren salesman in the country. They were friends at first, then more than that. Ed went on to become a buyer at Stanley Korshak, and Gable followed. By then they were engaged. Last winter, they decided to open their own atelier, Hadleigh’s, selling bespoke clothes for men and women—everything cut and sewn by hand in Italy, made to fit you and only you. You will need to take your wallet. A Hadleigh’s custom suit starts at $1,700; one by Cesare Attolini could cost five times that. To finish the look, Hadleigh’s carries Mazzarelli dress shirts ($600) and bench-made shoes from Barker Black (wing tips, $750). There are lines such as Emanuele Maffeis for women who are similarly unconcerned by price points. Ed says most of his very private customers buy by the dozen. If that sounds like you, make an appointment by visiting

THE BEST MAN CAVE IN TEXAS

These days, a house is not a home without a man cave, but the one Texas men are rating the best in town is the Atelier at Hadleigh’s in Highland Park Village. It’s more than just a place to go for interesting conversation and a new insight into what it takes to be among the best-dressed men in town. It’s a private little world presided over by Ed Shaikh, who is not only a co-founder of Hadleigh’s, but its Creative Director, a guy who understands the world of men’s fashion and knows how to adapt it to every client’s individuality.

You can experience his approach to your own potential by making an appointment to enter this special world. Whether for a fitting or for a consultation, Hadleigh’s-By-Appointment guarantees you’ll have Ed’s undivided attention and plenty of time to explore suiting prototypes, run your hands over luxurious Italian fabrics and explore a unique collection of shirtings and accessories. It’s all waiting for you up on the second floor under the Highland Park Village clock tower.

Ed and his team are committed to giving you the very best— from the finest fabrics to the latest in design. By combining the best components, down to the buttons and the lapel style, end result is a suit, a tuxedo or a sports jacket that is completely different from any other because it has been created just for you. The careful measurements are taken by Ed himself, which he double-checks in a second fitting before returning the garment for finishing. It is an exhausting process, but you’ll be surprised how little time it takes from your first visit to the Atelier to the first compliment about your outstanding good taste.

ABEKING & RASMUSSEN | SHIPYARD.

IN KEEPING WITH TRADITION

The A&R story begins with a yearning for the sea – and a certain Henry Rasmussen, known as Jimmy, who was born in Denmark in 1877. This talented child of a boat-building family pursued his vocation in Bremen, which was a shipbuilding hub at the time. In 1892, the young engineer was taken on by the famous Vulkan shipyard.  In 1907, he launched the Abeking & Rasmussen yacht and boatyard in Vegesack-Lemwerder, close to Bremen. This has not created a reputation of belonging to the world's biggest shipyards but to the best – testimony to which can be found in the high-profile yachts and navy vessels that we have constructed. Although the company mainly focused on legendary sailing boats at the outset, it shifted towards motor yachts in the 1970s. Today, the shipyard is building a diverse range of customised yachts up to 100 metres, which continue to enthral customers and set new benchmarks. 

Specialisation.

The Abeking & Rasmussen shipbuilding complex encompasses five halls capable of housing ships up to 80 metres in length. The shipyard prides itself on the environmentally friendly workshops where it fabricates its own steel and aluminium components. Specialities include custom superyacht construction; shipbuilding for governments, coast guards and navies, refit and service work.

Notable yachts.

In recent years, Abeking & Rasmussen has become known for its work in the design and construction SWATH (Small Waterplane Twin-Hull) ships. The shipyard even has utilised that technology for a custom superyacht project, the 40.5-metre SWATH Expedition Yacht Silver Cloud, which launched in 2008.

More conventional, but no less notable Abeking & Rasmussen superyachts include the 68-metre Aviva, 57.9-metre Lady Sheridan, the 60-metre Elandess, and the 60-metre Excellence V. In 2013, the shipyard delivered its 82.48-metre flagship, Secret; Abeking & Rasmussen’s largest custom superyacht to date.

VITALE BARBERIS CANONICo.

Our History.

The “quinternetto delle taglie” (literally a “small, five-page list of sizes”) dates to 1663, and amounts to a particularly significant historical document for the Barberis Canonico family. It describes Ajmo Barbero’s sale of a “saia grisa” to the Duke of Savoia, and is essentially the first official document testifying to the company’s wool mill activities. But that’s not all: the document also describes a mastery of the dyeing process (something not everyone possessed) that was jealously guarded and passed down from father to son.Halfway through the nineteenth century, Giuseppe Barberis Canonico, following the transformation introduced by the industrial revolution, decided to increase production, collaborating with the Maurizio Sella company, which had already automated its production processes. Later on his son, also named Giuseppe, aimed to increase the number of machines the company was using and rented out a wool mill in Flecchia. By the end of the 1800s, the company was using no fewer than 800 spindles and 73 frames. When the first mechanical frames arrived in 1868, all weaving, dyeing, brushing and threading activities were concentrated in the Pratrivero factory.

GENTLEMAN'S WARDROBE.

Selected with care, enriched over time, the elements that make up a well-constructed men’s wardrobe allow a gentleman to express his sense of style in any situation. First of all, it’s important to identify what’s truly useful, then choose from amongst those the item’s most correct versions, selecting the one that best reflects your individual taste. A wardrobe should comprehend all the major traditional aesthetic areas: seasonality (winter and summer), context (formal, informal, casual), and type of commitment (daytime, evening, ceremonial). Respecting these guidelines means honoring the concentration of clear values and hidden codes that respond to one, single, universal name: tradition.

GARY COOPER | Enduring Elegance.

In his long career as a film actor, Gary Cooper played every type of role available to a leading man” he was a small-town poet and small-town sheriff, a playboy, an heroic soldier, scientist, spy, professor, French Foreign Legionnaire, swashbuckler, con man, fighter pilot, Indian fighter, Bengal lancer, and of course dozens of cowboys. No matter what costume he put on, he looked like he owned it. The camera loved him, and so did the box office.

But costume is one thing, and clothes are another. In his private life he wore contemporary clothes with a perfection of his own debonair style that combined the fine tailored European wardrobe with all-American casual clothes to produce the first and still finest example of elegant international masculinity.

None other than the great American designer Bill Blass once said that Cooper had the greatest sense of style of anyone he’d ever met. It was the purposeful nonchalance of being able to wear clothes effortlessly, to be entirely at easer even in the most formalwear, that defined Cooper’s approach.

“You see,” Blass wrote, “It was no accident that Cooper looked as terrific as he did … he used to go on these shopping expeditions to Rome and Paris. He’d buy cottons by the yard in Mexico and then send them to his shirtmaker in Italy. He had tailors all over the world, and he was the first to buy jeans and do the stone-washing thing. He’d beat them on a rock and leave them out in the sun all day. Did it himself too.”

This approach of artful nonchalance can be seen hundreds of times in Cooper’s films when he’s wearing modern dress: the jaunty angle of his fedora, the colorful silk scarf at the neck or worn as a belt, the tie allowed to float freely around the upturned points of his shirt collar, the fancy patterned sports jacket worn with a knitted sports shirt, a camel hair polo coat thrown loosely over the shoulders, the lapel of his chalk-striped double-breasted suit casually falling to the lower button.

In all of this he rose above and ignored the contrived glamour and studied posturing that had characterised so many film heroes of those years. And he remains, in his ability to personalise tradition, a model for today.

Pedroso & Osório | Interior Decoration.

About Us.

Pedroso&Osório was established in 1978 with the purpose of supplying decoration fabrics to the Portuguese market for interior designers, shops and architects.
At that time the market was traditional and not very demanding or dynamic. This all changed when when Laura Osório, the company's founder, began representing several international luxury brands.
Today we represent established brands such as Ralph Lauren, Designers Guild, Canovas, Larsen, Colefax, Osborne & Little and Sahco Hesslein, among others.
Pedroso&Osório provide a premium service through a committed and professional team, working from our contemporary and sophisticated showrooms in Lisbon, Porto, Algarve and Madeira.

Going International.

Adding to the continuing international development of the Pedroso&Osório collections, a new brand: "Barbara Osório Fabrics" was launched in 2015, allowing us to further expand and reinforce our position in the international market through our established agents and distributors.

I am proud and enthusiastic to present this new brand.
After 20 years of working with fabrics, it became clear that creating a fresh, new image was necessary in order to reach our goals.
I value fabric as a unique object, its essence stemming from its individuality.
I am interested in its composition, color, texture, pattern and the ultimate merging of all these elements. I do not like to associate a fabric with a particular context, style or lifestyle but rather enjoy working with each fabric and exploring all of its aspects and potentials.
It is fascinating the endless possibilities for coordinating fabrics. Personally, I enjoy unpredictable combinations, although I award that satisfaction to the person who chooses the fabrics.

Editorial.

The new brand, barbara osorio fabrics, is drawing attention from the international  press

After Equador Collection’s presentations in Madrid and São Paulo the art director of this brand, Barbara Osorio, was interviewed by AD España and the Brazilian magazine Bamboo.

Massimo Bottura | An Italian chef born in Modena.

An innovator and restaurateur for over twenty years.

Massimo Bottura has consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s most creative culinary figures. His internationally renowned three Michelin star restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was named number 1 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016. Massimo Bottura’s kitchen walks on a thin line between tradition and innovation. His dishes explore the deep roots of the Italian kitchen while making references to history, art and philosophy.

To do so, Massimo Bottura focuses intensely on the cuisine and the ingredients of his country and region. Osteria Francescana, which he opened in Modena in 1995, is more than just a restaurant. It is a laboratory of ideas, always dedicated to squeeze emotions into edible bites. “We consider the past in a critic and not nostalgic way. This allows us to bring only the best of it into the future. In our dishes, we condense history, art, music, nature, humor and poetry bestowed upon us by life's unexpected events”, explains Massimo Bottura. This is how his legendary signature dishes have been created, such as “An eel swimming up the Po River” or “Oops! I dropped the lemon tart”.

Never trust a skinny Italian chef.

I grew up under the kitchen table at my grandmother Ancella’s knees. That is where appetite begins for me.

Inspiration comes from the world around me – from art, music, slow food and fast cars. Catch the flash in the dark because it only passes once. Expect the unexpected.

The road for success was not an easy one: most of the dishes created at Osteria Francescana were initially conceived as a thread to traditional Italian cuisine. Only when food critics started getting interested by the new concept of “looking at tradition from 10 kilometers away”, the restaurant got under the spotlight and the efforts of Massimo Bottura, his wife Lara Gilmore and the whole team were finally recognized in 2002 by the first Michelin star –followed by the second in 2006 and the third in 2011.
In 2017, the University of Bologna granted him a prestigious honorary degree in Business Management. This was the first Laurea honoris causa awarded to a chef in the history of the University. It is to show that today the difference can also be made by a Chef de Cuisine who has a sense of culture, social responsibility and natural environment. According to the speech delivered by the dean of the University to mark this award, “Massimo Bottura’s work spreads across the fields of entrepreneurship, education and technique and represents a virtuous example of the promotion of Italian Culture and Made in Italy.”

Cooking is a call to act.

Massimo Bottura puts his culinary skills in the service of the community and uses his reputation to support the fight against social isolation and food waste. Besides his constant work at Osteria Francescana, he founded Food for Soul, a non-profit organization setting up community kitchens infused by art & design, where chefs transform food surplus from supermarkets into tasty and delicious meals served to those in need. Food for Soul has already established five projects in Milan, Bologna, Modena and Rio de Janeiro and is planning to open in Paris, and the US. His new book «Bread is Gold», is also devoted to the fight against food waste and shows how to prepare delicious meals with food surplus and humble ingredients.

Blue Marine Foundation |

United To Protect The Oceans.

The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is working to solve the crisis in the oceans through providing innovative solutions to overfishing and enabling the creation of marine reserves. Although BLUE is a small NGO, it punches above its weight, having achieved a tremendous amount for the oceans in a short time. In 2014 BLUE won NGO of the Year in the PEA (People Environment Achievement) Awards in recognition that it was ‘getting results where they matter most’.  In 2015 BLUE won four PEA Awards as part of the GB Oceans Coalition including ‘Overall Champion’.

The Crisis.

Over-fishing represents a major food security issue and has devastating consequences for the fragile biodiversity of our planet. Around 90% of global fish stocks are fully or over-exploited and around 90% of large fish are gone. The consequences are far-reaching, not only for the future of food for a growing global population, but because healthy oceans absorb half the CO2 we produce.

Our Mission.

The Blue Marine Foundation exists to combat over-fishing and the destruction of biodiversity – arguably the largest problem facing the world’s oceans – by delivering practical conservation solutions, including the creation of large-scale marine reserves.

BLUE’s aim is to put 10% of the world’s oceans under protection by 2020 and 30% by 2030. We also work to establish sustainable fisheries so fish stocks can begin to recover

History.

The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is a UK-based charity, established in 2010 by the team behind the film The End of the Line, which brought the world’s attention to the crisis of over-fishing. BLUE was set up to enable the creation of marine reserves and establish models of sustainable fishing. In its five-year existence, BLUE has already achieved a huge amount of impactful ocean conservation, including catalysing the creation of the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in Chagos in 2010, helping to persuade the government to create an even bigger reserve around Pitcairn in the Pacific in 2015 and facilitating the closure of 52.6% of Ascension’s waters to fishing from January 2016 to the foreseeable future

Barbanera

A Stylish man doesn’t have to be “trendy”.

A shoe tells the world who you are and, alone, it can change the way a man presents himself.

A well dressed man with ugly shoes is nothing but a man with ugly shoes.

A Stylish man doesn’t have to be “trendy”. He doesn’t care about trends, he gets noticed for his uniqueness and elegance.
These are the convictions behind the project Barbanera, started in 2011 by two couples of brothers.

Although coming from very different working backgrounds (a rock musician, an advertising executive for luxury brands and two entrepreneurs) they share the passion for hand crafted shoes and the conviction that style is something that you can only recognise once you see it and it  has nothing to do with temporary fashion.

Each one of these four partners contributed with his personal taste for the creation of a unique collection of gentlemens shoes with a strong twist, which can be “dandy” as well as “classic” thanks to the design and  dedicated selection of materials and colours.

Inspiration comes from the real dandies from the past, jazz music, rock’n’roll/blues musicians, writers, painters, artists, all people with strong characters, that used to change and influence what surrounded them instead of being influenced by. People that decided to risk and to create trends, instead of following them. The name of each model of the collection is a good example of that.

Philosophy | No Compromise.

The idea behind Barbanera is to create  high quality and timeless shoes with NO COMPROMISE, thanks to a combination of tradition, precious leathers, true creative harmony and unsurpassed Italian craftsmanship.

Usually, there is a distinction between good classic shoes made by old shoemakers and “cool” shoes made by fashion brands. The first ones are not so “fancy” but made with very high quality. The other ones are captivating but not so good in terms of quality.
With Barbanera, this distinction doesn’t exist. Every kind of model (classic, dandy, rock’n’roll) got the same (high) quality.

A shoe never lies.

They’re not only good looking shoes, but durable, thanks to the great care for details and for finishing. Great design, with a great quality. That epitomizes the philosophy of the brand.

Comfort and uniqueness are guaranteed by the carefully chosen leather and materials, the “Goodyear” welting process, the care for details.

Following the success of the shoes, in 2017 Barbanera launches the first apparel and accessories collection. Shirts, jacket, tshirts, scarves, hats are totally made in Italy utilizing the best fabrics available, with the typical “Barbanera style”: a mixture between sartorial, country and “rock’n’roll” elements. Cool and timeless at the same time. Like the real modern gentleman style should be.

Cartujano | A Step Back in Time

CARTUJANO LEATHERS.

We come from a land soaked in sunlight, tinted by the green of olive trees. Land of light and shadow, full of contrast.

Craftsmen since 1877.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Antonio Fluxá brought together a group of artisans in Inca, a small town in Mallorca, where he established a workshop to produce high quality footwear.

Years later, he imported the first Goodyear welting machines from England to industrialise the process. The Goodyear welt is considered the best system for manufacturing quality and durability.

Today, 139 years later, the fourth generation of the family continues to uphold this commitment to excellence. Cartujano blends this legacy with a rich fusion of art, culture and history creating timeless pieces that are unique.

Spanish Contemporary Craftmanship.

Each village, with its own unique community and culture possesses a secret and specialist knowledge embedded in the work of its local artisans.


Cartujano defends the survival of these authentic crafts and skills. All Cartujano products are made in Spain, forged by generations of tradition. The result reveals the beauty of excellence, combining design and new techniques to create contemporary products.

Respect for tradition, passion for quality and beauty are present in every piece within the collection.

GOODYEAR WELT.

One of the most highly regarded techniques for the manufacture of shoes, used for more than a century. The process, of more than 150 steps, consists of a double stitching which bonds the leather with the insole to the sole, to provide an unsurpassable durability that exceeds that of conventional shoe construction. Double stitching also provides added comfort and isolation as the natural cork layer, characteristic in this method, molds to the insole and, in time, is shaped by the foot.

The White Town of Andalusia.

In the heart of Andalusia lies the white village of Ubrique, where the bags of Cartujano were first conceived. A trinity of elements; water, chalk and cork, cultivated the development of tanneries by Roman and Arab settlers. Centuries on, artisans continue to give life to refined and flawless leather goods.