It’s that time of the year when nostalgia sets in and certain films bring you back in time in the best of ways. Here are our Top 10 Holiday films presented with a twist – think scenes with robes, PJs, beds and all things ILINKA Collection related…
What to wish for this holiday season?! There are a few things we are in love with and for those who need last minute gift ideas this may be the answer. We’ve been longtime members of Not Another Bill [a monthly gifting service that collaborates with cool designers and brands to create one-of-a-kind products sent directly to your doorstep] and love the idea of their holiday hampers full of goodies! J.Crew flannel PJs are the best. Anything from Madeline Weinrib we adore, especially these gorgeous ikat lacquer boxes. A few goodies from L’Objet, Celine, Diptyque, Joshua Sanders and of course ILINKA Collection. Books of the moment. And we did not forget the men with classic embroidered nautical flag initial ties from NAVIO. Behold, the ILINKA Collection 2014 Holiday Wish List:
Finding the perfect holiday gift is challenging enough, but then deciding what to wrap it in is equally as important. At ILINKA Collection we know its all in the details and offer beautiful gift boxes specially made in Spain for our products (see below!). The question we came across is what to wrap our other gifts in this holiday season?! On a mission, we discovered our latest paper obsession – Norman’s Printery – who have an amazing selection of wrapping paper options from beach scenes to galaxy print. Mr. Boddington’s Studio and Paper & Cloth Design Studio offer festive prints on wrapping paper that are playful and add a pop of colour. Papermash, Meri Meri and Paperchase all have some cool additions for your wrapping design too…
I knocked on the door that read ‘Asli Tunca’, and was led through a dark entry hallway opening into the most enchanting space one couldn’t have imagined existed from the modest cobblestone street. Beautifully lit by a long wall of glass doors leading to a secret garden hidden inside the concrete walls – we had reached an oasis in the heart of Istanbul.
Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate rested on a bespoke mirrored table as the charming Belgian painter and sculptor, Carl Vercauteren, greeted us with champagne in vintage Belgian crystal glasses I’m forever trying to locate to this day. While admiring each beautifully curated detail, I glanced up to see Asli glide elegantly down the grandest of staircases in a flowing white to-the-floor dress, gracefully smoking a cigarette like a 1940s star destined for the screen – It was a scene straight from the pages of Vogue.
5 years have passed since that first meeting and I have grown to know Asli and Carl well, seeing their home and showroom continue to develop into something even more interesting and mesmerising than the transformation before. Their latest evolution is Hazz – a boutique hotel in the centre of Istanbul’s liveliest quarter, with such a fitting name considering ‘Hazz’ is Turkish for ‘enchantment’. Yes, their truly one-of-a-kind [for lack of a better word] 19th century mansion is now open to the public with 4 completely unique rooms; where every detail has been thoughtfully analysed, designed and created by the dream design duo themselves.
During a visit to Hazz you may stumble upon a private dinner among close friends in the main reception room, followed by late night dancing to French techno that you are more than welcome to join; meet a famous fashion designer smoking in the secret garden; or wake in the morning to find Carl and the cats sipping Turkish coffee and eating the most divine homemade Turkish treats. Always expect the unexpected. This is why Hazz is beyond extraordinary and special; and to me, will always be the ultimate home away from home.
For more information and to make a reservation visit hazzistanbul.com.
Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2015 show was divine in every possible way. Obviously the clothes were beautiful, but what really got us were the decadent, gorgeous tablescapes placed throughout the Salzburg themed backdrop [think Sound of Music meets Chanel]. It’s our ultimate inspiration for our holiday table this year. We have ILINKA Collection hand-stitched white linen tablecloths on standby!
Thursday, November 20th ILINKA Collection took over the Presidential suite at The Beaumont Hotel in London to launch our new [very cool] brand and Spring/Summer 2015 collections. The amazing response [thanks InStyle and Vogue for the instagram love!] is beyond exciting and we are so happy to share images from the launch with you. The ILINKA Collection studio is now officially open for business…