Here's what's been inspiring us recently at La Gent HQ. Jumping on the bandwagon on all things Brazilian right now we recently stumbled across Frescobol Carioca on a Saturday morning jaunt through Marylebone ( one of our favourite London barrio's right now). A Rio based brand inspired by the namesake sport played across the beaches of Brazil. It started out producing bats from reclaimed wood and has since expanded into beachwear and accessories including bags, swimming trunks and towels. Gorgeous holidaywear.
We tend not to be massive fans of the big fashion houses, too expensive and flashy for the most part but Saint Laurent at the moment is on point. With a new London flagship, rebrand and Heidi Slimane at the helm we love the new range particularly the line of boots.
On a recent trip to Jamaica we were lucky enough to spend the day at Goldeneye resort in Oracabessa bay on the North Coast, built around Ian Fleming's villa and where he penned all 14 of the James Bond novels. Owned by Chris Blackwell, the Island Records founder behind Bob Marley and the Wailers who has turned this into a luxury collection of beach cottages built around a stunning lagoon between two beaches. As an acquaintance aptly described this is the place you book the day after winning the lottery. Jaw dropping, stunningly beautiful, this is how the crème de la crème live. If you can, go now! If you can't, work harder so you can go soon. Period
Our last inspiration isn't new, rather a rediscovery. The media covered the obituary of a World War 2 veteran who passed away last week, a certain Louis Zamperini who died at the age of 97. I discovered Louis's life story when I read an excerpt of his biography in Vanity Fair in 2010, which made me rush out to order the book. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (the author of Seabiscuit). Unbroken is probably the best non-fiction book I have read. Inspiring, heartbreaking, this book will tug your every emotion. It is often hard to believe one man fitting all this into 1 lifetime. Hell, I think 20 men would struggle. An Olympian who was shot down over the Pacific, survived 47 days adrift on a raft while being bombed by the Japanese air force and then the real story begins. If you are in need of reminding of the indefatigability of the human spirit, read Unbroken. RIP Louis.