Jul 2, 2020 9:30:00 AM
Author: The Future Laboratory
Academically trained in design theory and fashion design, Canadian-born Leanne is personally and professionally engaged in examining what lies beneath luxury’s sheen.
‘I enjoy luxury objects but when they are too expensive I feel an anxious nausea and when things feel gratuitous, like an overly service-oriented hotel, it’s stultifying and beyond reason,’ she says.
Leanne’s professional sensibilities – she curated the 2015 Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition What is Luxury? – shape her desire to curate her own wardrobe around value, craftsmanship, vision, intellectualism and genuine quality, and she wears key items from Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester for years.
Louis grew up in rural Devon in a large family of aristocratic European heritage. ‘That’s what started my ferocious passion for engaging with the natural world through surfing, hiking, paragliding, skiing, cycling and environmental conservation projects,’ he recalls.
Louis founded the award-winning communications agency LDR before making the radical decision to take his current year-long sabbatical, which he is spending working on conservation projects.
Now he uses Evernote and spreadsheets to minimise the time he spends behind a desk and runs his London-based business from afar through minimal and disciplined use of Skype and phone. ‘Never communicate emotions over email because digital mediums don’t foster human connection, they disrupt it,’ he says.
Nicole, who spends summer in Capri and winter in New York City’s Upper East Side, studied art history and spent 15 years as a fashion stylist. She founded artisanal textiles brand Nomadic Thread Society to fuse her passions for travel and fabrics by producing one-off lifestyle, beach and home goods. ‘My regular trips to India and Peru have made me a more genuinely global citizen,’ she says.
She relishes her nomadic existence, immersing herself in spiritual and physical adventures. ‘When I was last in Tulum I treated myself to a Mayan clay massage, a sound bath massage and a group sound ceremony,’ she says.
In New York, Nicole meditates every morning, at home or on the subway, and takes yoga classes or practises at home using the YogaGlo website. Trips to upstate retreats are her weekend escapes from the city.