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Essence Magazine article for 360 Magazine coverage for Coming to America

Coming 2 America

ESSENCE MARCH+APRIL TRIPLE COVERS FEATURE STAR-STUDDED CAST OF THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED COMING 2 AMERICA – INCLUDING EDDIE MURPHY, ARSENIO HALL, JERMAINE FOWLER, KIKI LAYNE AND BELLA MURPHY 

Prepare the royal jet! Coming 2 America is finally arriving, with Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and an all-star cast of returning and new faces—including Jermaine Fowler, KiKi Layne and Bella Murphy. It’s been more than three decades since the beloved original Coming to America hit theaters and became a true cult classic that has spanned multiple generations and demographics. Now, in the ESSENCEMarch/April issue triple cover article, The Fresh Princes of Zamunda, Regina R. Robertson talks to the cast about why this was the right time to do the sequel, their fave moments and what the film means to the culture: 

  • EDDIE MURPHY ON WHAT THE FILM MEANS TO THE CULTURE: “Coming to America is one of my films that has really worked its way into the culture. People get dressed up as the characters for Halloween, and they still walk around saying catchphrases like ‘Sexual Chocolate.’ So many people grew up with Coming to America and have a lot invested in it, so I didn’t want to taint that…Once the ideas started coming together, it took about four or five years to get the script all the way right. Once we got it right, I knew it was time…” 
  • ARSENIO HALL ON DOING THE SEQUEL: “A lot of people have posted about Coming to America and said things like, ‘Please don’t mess with my movie’ or ‘I don’t want no sequel!’ We’ve been pitched all kinds of ideas, but I remember reading the script in Eddie’s backyard and it was all making sense. That’s when I knew that this was going to be the sequel…”  
  • KIKI LAYNE ON PLAYING MEEKA: “Meeka is loyal to her family. I’m interested in showcasing strong Black women— and being a part of this film was an opportunity to play in such a classic world and also to work with straight-up legends, all the way around…”  
  • BELLA MURPHY ON PLAYING OMMA AND WORKING WITH HER DAD: “Omma is super-smart, a little bit of a badass, and she’s super-cool. Being able to do my first film with my dad is really special…I’m over the moon…”  
  • JERMAINE ON PLAYING LAVELLE—AND WATCHING HIS DREAM COME TRUE: “In some ways, Lavelle reminds me a lot of myself when I was growing up and trying to figure out life. As a fan of the original film, I was honored to be a part of this whole world—but when they told me how Lavelle becomes part of the story, I just laughed my ass off and thought, All right, let’s do it…” 
  • SHARI HEADLEY ON WHAT AUDIENCES WILL LOVE: “I’m as excited as the audience and have no doubt that this will be a film that people will love. I’ll venture to say they’ll love it even more than the first one…” 
  • WESLEY SNIPES ON JOINING THE FILM: “I was like, ‘Whatever the role is, I want to be in it.’ Later, I was told that I was going to be a General—but really, I could have played a zebra and been just fine…”  

For more on this issue, visit ESSENCE.com or pick up the March/April issue on newsstands next week.

Bas – Smoke From Fire × The Hics

Dreamville Sudanese-American artist, Bas, starts the year off with his first release, “Smoke From Fire” with The Hics, out today. The Deputy produced track acts as an affirmation and reminder to never lose hope when facing adversity. “’Smoke from Fire’ is about coming out a destructive space and rising above it,” Bas explains. “Out of this fire, this destructive force, we rise above and we rebuild, reinvent and keep progressing.”

Listen HERE.

“Smoke From Fire” is the official theme song for Bas’ new podcast “The Messenger”. It focuses on prolific Ugandan musician-turned activist, Bobi Wine and chronicles his transition from iconic musician to a fearless politician leading a movement to highlight and challenge the current oppressive regime over Uganda.

This series puts a spotlight on the political revolutions emerging throughout Africa, often on the backs of successful artists who are using their audiences to unite and dismantle decades of political oppression, violence, and corruption. The podcast comes just in time for Uganda’s pivotal election on January 14th, 2021.

“The Messenger” is a co-production between Dreamville Studios, Awfully Nice Productions & Spotify, and is executive produced by Candace Rodney (President of Dreamville Studios), Adam Roy, Ibrahim Hamad, and Jermaine Cole for Dreamville; Jesse Burton for Awfully Nice.

About Bas

Always balancing his bravado with a relatable sense of humility, Dreamville’s first signee, Bas, continues to solidify himself as one of the most respected and authentic artists in the world. Since his debut album Last Winter in 2014 and the acclaimed follow-up Too Highto Riot in 2016, Bas has cultivated a dedicated fan community, known as the “Fiends,” and has included both his heritage and a global perspective into his soundscape. #17 on Billboard ’s Top Rap Albums of 2018, Milky Way , Bas’s latest album, was deemed his strongest and most sonically ambitious album to date. A power player on Dreamville’s 2019 historical #1 album, Revenge Of The Dreamers III, Bas received Grammy nominations, including “Best Rap Album” and “Best Rap Performance” for the stand-out single, “Down Bad.”  Bas also earned his first Billboard Hot 100 placements with “Down Bad” and “Costa Rica.” Earlier in 2019, Bas branched out sonically with his EP, Spilled Milk I , which featured an outstanding supporting cast (Ari Lennox, Earthgang, J.I.D, Kidomminant, and Falcons) and strong collaborative projects like his single, “Risk” with French multi-instrumentalist artist FKJ. More of the unexpected is set to come from Bas as he prepares for his forthcoming album with longtime collaborators The Hics.

About The Hics

THE HICS are a London duo comprised of Sam Paul Evans and Rox Barker.  They fuse their unique musical backgrounds and vocal styles to form a  harmonic synergy, born from their love of Jazz, Soul, Electronic and Folk — THE HICS have become a one of a kind sophisti-pop soul duo.

Travel with Virgin Limited in 2020

2020 has undoubtedly been a year like no other and sadly for many of us travel plans were squashed and much of the travel industry was put on hold. Through the global grounding of so many travelers we saw new trends emerge and as we start to look ahead to 2021, Virgin Limited Edition, the luxury collection of properties owned by Sir Richard Branson, has rounded up the trends it has spotted from around the collection. With new vaccines around the corner, we can only remain optimistic that 2021 will bring back some normality and we can finally make up for those lost holidays, making next year one to remember.

NEW OPENINGS:

Necker Island – After more than two years of construction, following the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, Necker Island is now fully restored to its former glory and looking more beautiful than ever. With the BVI borders re-opening on 1 December, Necker is ready to welcome back guests. Those visiting in 2020 and 2021 will be amongst the first to experience the island following its incredible restoration that has included a brand new Bali Hi complex, two additional guest rooms and the installation of three giant new wind turbines, furthering the island’s commitment towards sustainability and renewable energy.

Moskito Island – Early 2021 will see the much-anticipated launch of Moskito Island in the BVI’s, situated just two miles from sister island, Necker. Home to the Branson Estate which is newly available for rental, next year will see the full launch of Moskito Island in what has already been described as “the most exclusive homeowners association in the world”. As the island sets to launch with brand new uber luxury private Estates for rental, it is most certainly one to watch for 2021….

Trend – As well as commercial travel, both Necker Island and Moskito Island are accessible by private jet, a form of travel that saw a 27% increase in bookings in 2020 following the pandemic outbreak and is likely to continue in 2021 as passengers opt to travel exclusively within their bubble.

STAY FOR LONGER AND WORK REMOTELY:

Son Bunyola – Another trend that has emerged from the pandemic is guests looking to stay away for longer and take advantage of a work life balance with new surroundings as their remote office location. In light of this the much-loved Son Bunyola estate, located in the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site of the Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca with its three individual secluded villas set across a stunning 700-acre private estate, has created a long stay offer for guests looking to stay longer.

Offer – Guests booking a stay of four weeks or more, will receive two free nights each week; a total of eight free nights.

This offer is valid on new bookings for arrivals from 10th April – 11th June and 11th September – 31st October 2021 in Sa Punta de S’Aguila, Sa Terra Rotja and Son Balagueret. Rates are from EUR 7,500 for a stay in Son Balagueret on a self-catering basis. Rates are priced per week and are calculated based on receiving two free nights, per week. A minimum stay of four weeks is applicable.

SAFARI AND CONSERVATION:

Safari is always one for the bucket list and Virgin Limited Edition offers two world-class game reserves offering some of the most spectacular game viewing there is; Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, located in the Western sector of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Mahali Mzuri, situated in the exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy of the famous Maasai Mara.

Today though safari isn’t just about the thrill of a game drive, it is very much about education and long-term conservation and nothing is more important to the Rangers and Guides at both Ulusaba and Mahali Mzuri. Guests on safari can expect to learn in abundance about endangered species and help in the work being done to protect them for our future generation. They will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture, visit the local communities that both  game reserves support and witness some of the hugely important work both camps are doing to educate, develop and protect the livelihoods of those communities.

Offer – Ulusaba Private Game Reserve – Guests booking a stay of four nights or more will receive the final night for free.

Valid for new bookings for arrivals from 2nd January – 30th June and 1st September – 21st December 2021. Stays at Safari and Rock Lodge start from ZAR 12,000 and Cliff Lodge from ZAR 22,200. Rates are quoted per person, per night, based on double occupancy and all rates include accommodation, all meals and drink (including a top quality wine list and champagne), twice daily game drives.

Offer – Mahali Mzuri – All new bookings of three nights or more will be treated to the final night for free.

Valid for arrivals from: 1st August – 21st December 2020 and 2nd January – 15th June 2021, 1st November – 21st December 2021. Rates from US$ 945 per person, per night based on double occupancy and all rates include accommodation, daily game drives and game drives at night in 13,500 hectares, all meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages), conservancy fees and unlimited access to the exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy, visits to the local markets, transfers from the Olare Orok airstrip and all taxes and local levies.

A TASTE OF LOCAL CULTURE:

Kasbah Tamadot – Situated in the spectacular High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, this award-winning Kasbah has gained a reputation for the incredible work it does to support the local villages that surround it. With 99% of staff locals of the surrounding villages, the hotel is renowned for combining luxury whilst immersing its guests in community culture. For a true cultural immersion, guests are invited to join the Authentically Berber Experience. This includes a 2/3 hour walking trek in the Atlas Mountains, tea in a local Berber house, one hour Berber cooking lesson, Berber bread baking and a visit to the Eve Branson Foundation set up by the hotel and Eve herself in 2005.

Offer – Guests booking a stay of four nights or more will receive the final night for free. Those looking to stay a little longer, will be offered two nights free when booking seven nights or more.

This offer is valid for arrivals from 15th October – 21st December 2020 & 1st May – 30th September 2021, subject to availability. Rates are from MAD 6,000 per room, per night based on double occupancy and include accommodation in one of the luxurious bedrooms, suites or Berber Tents, a daily breakfast of hot and cold dishes and all taxes.

PRIVATE RESIDENCES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:

Mont Rochelle – 2020 saw an increase in demand for villa and private residence rentals, something that is expected to continue into 2021 as families look for privacy and seclusion away from the crowds. The stunning private Manor House at Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard, set in the beautiful vineyards of Franschhoek, offers the perfect oasis. Made up of four deluxe suites, and a luxurious bunk room for children, as well as two private swimming pools, it offers all the creature comforts of a home while allowing guests to indulge in all the luxuries of a hotel stay. Groups of up to eight people are welcomed to kick back and relax while a dedicated team of staff take care of the rest; from arranging private dining and spa treatments to horse-back riding and wine tasting, no detail is overlooked.

Offer – Groups of up to eight adults and six children will be welcomed to make the Manor House their own for long stays of one month or more.

Rates start from 35,000 Rand per night based on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Rates are inclusive of accommodation and access to all the luxury facilities at Mont Rochelle including the spa and two restaurants Miko & Country Kitchen, a dedicated villa manager, daily breakfast and daily housekeeping. There is also the option for guests to have their own chef or stay on a half board basis. Terms and conditions apply.

The Lodge – Perched high in the Swiss Alps of Verbier, The Lodge will be re-opening this December as Switzerland relaxes its quarantine conditions across most countries.  Groups looking to make the most of the winter season can do so in complete privacy from their own stunning luxury alpine lodge.

Offer – Guests can book the nine impressive bedrooms and suites exclusively from CHF 150,000 for a seven night stay and for the first time The Lodge is also introducing new rates for smaller groups whereby guests can book up to six rooms from only CHF 110,000, or, up to four rooms at CHF 90,000 for a seven night stay. Stays of less than 7 nights are also welcomed in selected weeks of the season, as another first for The Lodge in 2021.

Rates are inclusive of luxury accommodation, all meals including a light lunch for those guests not eating on the mountain, all drinks including a top-quality wine list and house champagne, a dedicated team, inclusive of a 24-hour driver service within Verbier, plus all local taxes. Not to mention full use of the indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and a friendly team of experienced staff including Michelin-star trained chefs.

INTIMATE WEDDINGS:

Restrictions around the world saw wedding plans change drastically in 2020. Larger weddings were reduced to much smaller numbers, a change that has been embraced by many as they adapt their plans and look for a more intimate celebration. The Virgin Limited Edition collection of retreats lend themselves to privacy and seclusion; the ideal combination for couples celebrating their honeymoon or those looking for an intimate setting to say, ‘I Do’. From elopements and small ceremonies, to a private ceremony in the African bush, intimate nuptials in amongst the vines, or even a romantic soiree on a secluded beach of a private island, couples are sure to have a wedding that dreams are made of.

Jon Brown, Managing Director of Virgin Limited Edition, commented: “We are delighted to have been able to re-open so many of our properties this year and begin to welcome back our much-missed guests. As we look ahead, we are very excited to be re-opening Necker Island and The Lodge as well as launching Moskito Island. While travel has been limited for so many of us in 2020, it is fantastic to see so many new trends and travel habits emerging. We hope that 2021 will see us welcoming the world back to our properties and our local communities; offering the opportunity to reconnect, celebrate milestones that have passed or simply just to get away from it all in a place that feels a million miles away from reality.”

No one wants to think that travel may not be an option next year, but if that is the case Virgin Limited Edition is offering guests the opportunity to postpone bookings for no fee, and refundable deposits so they can keep on planning and dreaming of their next escape with confidence.

Annie Lennox Christmas Album Artwork

Annie Lennox – A Christmas Cornucopia

One of the most successful, iconic and revered artists in pop music history, Annie Lennox is in the spotlight once again. Today, singer Annie Lennox announces she is releasing a digitally remastered version of her sixth solo album, A Christmas Cornucopia.

This wonderful collection of inspired interpretations of traditional festive songs will be released via Island Records on November 20th to mark the album’s 10-year anniversary. With this remastered edition, the album will feature a brand new unreleased track, “Dido’s Lament” and new artwork across the vinyl, CD, and digital formats.

According to Annie, “I’m absolutely delighted to be releasing the 10th Anniversary of A Christmas Cornucopia. 2020 has been an unprecedented year around the world… The carols on this album represent continuum –  harking back to a time before modern technology, climate emergency, global pandemics, pollution, forest destruction, species extinction and all the challenges our world must urgently deal with in terms of crisis in sustainability. I hope this recording will at least offer some comfort and nostalgia, but also an awareness that political leaders, religious leaders and everyone around the world must face up to the question of how many more Christmases we have left to spend on this blighted earth.”

The newest addition to the track list, “Dido’s Lament,” was written by Henry Purcell in the 17th century and arranged by Annie Lennox and Mike Stevens. This song references the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas as documented in Virgil’s legendary epic poem, “The Aeneid.” The release of this track will be accompanied by a music video.

This album will do more than just get listeners in the holiday spirit, it will also help people around the world. All proceeds earned from Annie’s original composition on the album, “Universal Child”, will be paid to The Annie Lennox Foundation. The Annie Lennox Foundation raises money for various charitable projects, primarily those supporting and educating women and children in Africa and people with HIV/Hepatitis C in Scotland.

Vibrant but vintage, classic and contemporary, glorious but with a polemical edge, Annie Lennox’s A Christmas Cornucopia is no ordinary collection of seasonal songs. Pre-order the re-issue of Annie’s Christmas classics here and prepare to be comforted by your favorite festive tracks.

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Mosquito illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Preventing Mosquito Bites Around Your Home

By Dr. Craig Stoops

For many people, mosquitoes are a part of life in the summer. Their presence is annoying and can even threaten the health of people and pets.  

Fortunately, there are ways people can protect themselves against mosquito bites. Three effective ways to control mosquitoes around a house and limit exposure to their bites are: 1) Source reduction, 2) EPA-approved repellents, and 3) Hiring a professional.

Source reduction

Many mosquito species like to use water found in unattended bird baths or discarded items such as buckets, tarps, and children’s toys as locations to lay their eggs and continue the next generation. By emptying and cleaning bird baths and discarding items that can hold water (often called “tip and toss”) one can greatly diminish the mosquito population around their house and protect themselves from mosquito bites.

It is important to get your neighbors involved as well. What they do will impact you because mosquitoes will easily go from one property to the one next door seeking a blood meal.

EPA-approved repellents

There are numerous safe and effective insect repellents available on the market in a variety of formulations such as sprays, creams and wipes. The best and longest-lasting repellents contain the active ingredient DEET, but there are other active ingredients available such as picaridin, IR3535 and several botanical ingredients such as lemongrass oil and others. Visit the U.S. CDC website on mosquito bite prevention for additional information: https://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/about/prevent-bites.html

Researchers are always looking for additional “tools for the repellent toolkit” and new effective active ingredients have been recently found. One example is nootkatone. The EPA has recently provided approval for this active ingredient developed by scientists and the U.S. CDC from the Alaska yellow cedar tree. It has shown in the laboratory to be effective at repelling both mosquitoes and ticks and is available for development by a company into a commercially available product. 

Not everyone will be comfortable using a repellent that contains DEET. And repellents are only effective if people use them, so having ingredients like nootkatone available is important in protecting people from mosquito bites. Here is the U.S. CDC webpage on nootkatone: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0810-nootkatone-registered-epa.html

Hire a professional

While people can do a lot to control the mosquitoes around their house by discarding and emptying containers that breed mosquitoes, there may be times that getting advice from a professional is necessary to effectively control the problem. Pest control operators specifically trained in identifying the mosquitoes in your yard and recommending an integrated control program can be a great way to provide season-long relief from mosquito bites.  

When considering using a pest control company, be sure to do your homework and make certain you are hiring certified professionals who understand the methods and limitations of mosquito control. These professionals will be able to identify problem areas and use both non-chemical and EPA-approved insecticides to control the problem.

Dr. Craig Stoops (www.mosquito-authority.com), LCDR (ret.) MSC USN, is a retired U.S. Navy medical entomologist and chief science officer at Mosquito® Authority, a mosquito control company. He has conducted mosquito control and research in the United States, South and Central America, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has a B.S. in biology from Shippensburg University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from Clemson University. Dr. Stoops is board certified by the Entomological Society of America in medical and veterinary entomology.

National Geographic WILD’s – Jade Eyed Leopard

National Geographic WILD’S annual Big Cat Week returns next week and to celebrate, it is releasing a one-hour film from Dereck and Beverly Joubert called ‘Jade Eyed Leopard’ on 7th September.  Filmed entirely in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in Kenya, home to among others, the luxury tented safari camp of Mahali Mzuri, the film is the fascinating story of a female leopardess.

Narrated by the actor Jeremy Irons, the film follows a young leopard named Toto born in the Maasai Mara, during the critical first three years of her life as she learns the skills to survive taking her into adulthood. The heart-warming film is perfect viewing for families and gives a real insight into the sheer beauty of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, proving there really is no better place to get up close and personal to the real thing.  

About Mahali Mzuri

Just like the film, Mahali Mzuri shares a ringside view to some of the most awe-inspiring wildlife viewing there is in the Maasai Mara and its expert guides are only too happy to share their frequent sightings of resident leopards in the conservancy, just like the story of Toto. Mahali Mzuri also happens to be right in the path of the annual Great Migration and where one of the biggest cat populations in the whole of the Maasai Mara can be found.

After nearly five months of closure, the luxury tented safari camp re-opened for guests at the beginning of August, just in time for the world-famous migration and as it patiently awaits the arrival of the migration to enter the Olare Motorogi Conservancy itself in the coming weeks, guests are once again being treated to  twice-daily game drives led by expert guides, and 12 luxurious tented suites that look out onto some of the world’s most stunning scenery.

Rates start from USD 945.00 per person, per night, during low season, based on double occupancy. Rates include twice daily game drives, all meals and drinks, transfers from the Olare Orok airstrip and much more.

As with all Virgin Limited Edition properties that have re-opened, or are expected to re-open in the coming months, Mahali Mzuri has put in place rigorous new safety and hygiene measures ensuring their guests and staff remain its number one priority, without sacrificing upon the magic of the Maasai Mara. Also, more information on all of its new measures can be found here: (https://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/mahali-mzuri/keeping-you-safe).

For more information on Mahali Mzuri, or Virgin Limited Edition:

Call T: 877 577 8777 (toll-free in the USA)

For bookings please e-mail enquiriesusa@virginlimitededition.com for more details.

Tiwa Savage New Single

Tiwa Savage released her new single, “Temptation,” today, just ahead the release of her fourth studio album.

“Temptation” is the fourth song to be released from her upcoming album, which is called “Celia” and will be released Friday.

Her new song features four-time Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith, who also aided in the writing process.

Savage is known as the “Queen of Afrobeats” and is the most popular female artist in Africa. She released the first single from her album, “Dangerous Love,” last month, and fans around the globe will be treated to the whole record in less than one week.

Savage was born in Nigeria but moved to London with her family at 11 years old. She earned a degree in business administration from the University of Kent, but she remained determined to pursue music.

After attending Berklee College of Music, she moved to New York City where she secured connections in the music industry. She eventually moved back to Nigeria and is now one of the most celebrated artists in the world.

She has combined many genres of music on her way to winning the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act and has been nominated for four Channel O Music Video Awards and five World Music Awards.

She now uses her platform for her activism. She has her own Instagram account dedicated to giving a voice to rape victims.

You can listen to her new song by clicking right here.

Rita Azar illustrates elephants for 360 MAGAZINE

Celebrate World Elephant Day

August 12th was World Elephant Day, and there are many ways you can get involved to help bring funds and awareness to protect these gentle giants.

International Conservation Charity, Space For Giants, and Enasoit Game Sanctuary are committed to securing the ecological and economic value that nature conservation offers- especially in this time of crisis, when travel and tourism are impacted, wildlife and natural habitat are more vulnerable to exploitation than ever before.

Here’s why elephants need our help:

  • Poachers have killed roughly one-quarter of Africa’s elephants in just 10 years- that’s a loss of over 110,000 elephants.
  • Only 415,000 elephants remain in Africa, down from 600,000 in 1989, and 1.3m in 1979.
  • Elephant range in Africa has dropped 42% since 1995, from 2.1m sq miles to 1.2m sq miles.
  • Elephant range ‘heavily affected’ by human activity now is 29%. By 2050, it will be 63%.

Space for Giants was integral in combating the illegal ivory trade in central Kenya which ultimately led to the elimination of elephant poaching in 2018. Today, Space for Giants operates in over 10 countries on 3 continents and works with National Geographic, African Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and more to protect Africa’s elephants, and their landscapes.

How you can get involved:

Space For Giants has unveiled Walk For Giants, a fundraising and awareness campaign releasing alongside two exclusive capsule collections with proceeds from all sales going back to Space For Giant’s integral work in conservation and the crucial protection of this endangered species. Additional information on the campaign and capsule collections are below- a great way to treat yourself and lend your support to an important cause is the perfect way to contribute to World Elephant Day, everyday.

A Stay at Enasoit is not just a luxury, eco-centric getaway – the dues for your stay go directly to helping preserve, conserve, and protect the landscapes and wildlife you’re surrounded by.

These are a few ways that you can help Elephants year-round, not just on World Elephant Day- these creatures need your help in protecting their precious environment- and it’s as easy as buying yourself a new piece of clothing or booking a trip to see these creatures up close for yourself.

If you’re looking for additional ways to get involved, Space for Giants also has a large support network with a wide range of individuals including academics, journalists, celebrities (such as Megan Markle, Prince William, Elizabeth Hurley, Courteney Cox, Nicky Hilton to name a few), philanthropists, and sports people, to bring new advocates to its cause and educate communities around the world on the importance of these conservation efforts and corresponding fundraising efforts.

About The Walk For Giants campaign:

The Walk For Giants campaign will kick-off with the release of two exclusive capsule collections; a 44-piece collection from Gemfields, a world-leading supplier of responsibly sourced colored gemstones, and a series of 15 sustainable collections from NET-A-PORTER, the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer. All proceeds from these capsule collections will bring critical support to protect Africa’s elephants and their natural habitat.

A series of stunning images featuring both capsule collections highlight Africa’s gentle giants and breathtaking landscapes that Space For Giants works to protect.

  • Shot by Francesco Carrozzini
  • Creative Direction by Riccardo Ruini
  • Models: Selena Forrest and Arizona Muse
  • Location: Enasoit Game Sanctuary in Laikipia, Kenya.

KLûK CGDT × Montague Real Estate

Two of South Africa’s most visually iconic properties, and the bespoke creation of celebrity fashion house KLûK CGDT, are now available for purchase through London-based Montague Real Estate.

Ilkley, located near the coast of Cape Town’s exclusive Atlantic Seaboard, comprises of two three-bedroom luxury apartments. It comes with panoramic views extending over both the Atlantic Ocean and the natural beauty of mountainous Signal Hill.

Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit, the founders and creative force behind the international award-winning fashion house KLûK CGDT, Built in 2018, every aspect of the modern, brutalist properties – from the kitten white walls to the bespoke terracotta tiles.

Arguably Africa’s most established designer pair, Kluk, who apprenticed under John Galliano, and du Toit have had their designs worn by the likes of Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Shakira and Kate Moss.

Three times African Designers of the Year winners, their works have also featured in the likes of American Vogue, Elle, French Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Spruce, I-D and Dazed.

The Ilkley development, which was Kluk and du Toit’s first property addition to their design portfolio, is priced at ZAR 17.5m (£765,000) for Ilkley 1 and ZAR 22.5m (£983,000) for upper floor apartment Ilkley 2.

London-based Montague Real Estate facilitates the sale of the properties. Montague Real Estate is a boutique real estate firm and private office specializing in complex global property investments and acquisitions. This is their first venture into the African luxury residential property market following international expansion. Further projects are in the pipeline for later this year.

Amenities:

With each property featuring three en-suite bedrooms, the apartments also offer air-conditioned ocean and mountain views, a private garden, a wood burning fireplace and a seamlessly linked entrance hall and dining room.

Residents will also be able to enjoy state of the art plug-and-play home automation systems, an expansive terrace and an ocean or Signal Hill nature-reserve facing swimming pool.

A secure, undercover, off-street parking in a naturally ventilated landscape garage and elevators to all levels compliments both apartments.

The environmental impact of the apartments was a major consideration during the design process; as such, there is chemical-free filtration systems in the pools, automated LED lighting, and water supplied by efficient heat pumps. The orientation of the house minimizes heat loss in winter and provides shade in the summer. The use of coffered slabs reduces the carbon footprint by using less concrete in the build.

Malcolm Kluk, co-founder of KLûK CGDT, said:

“We’re really happy to be working with Montague Real Estate with their first project in Africa. These properties will offer a discerning buyer both style and substance, with the best that beautiful Cape Town has to offer.”

Thomas Balashev, Founder and CEO of Montague Real Estate, said:

“Ilkley is a truly unique development, the creation of Africa’s most exciting design talent, and a fantastic entrance for us to the South African market.

“Opportunities to work with properties and designers of this pedigree are so rare, so we are naturally delighted to be able to facilitate the sale of what is KLûK CGDT’s iconic vision in property form.”

Websites:

Montague Real Estate | Klûk CGDT

The Leather City

By Armon Hayes

Superheroes are as custom as their outfits. Living in a world where versatility and luxury are never compromised, The Leather City is the destination where craftsmanship meets your leather desires.

Amazingly stitched pieces of premium quality are seamless when it comes to design. Rooted in heritage, The Leather City proudly represents over 22 years of leather goods at their most polished.

The pop culture partnership with the Canada-based company comes at a time when we all could tap into our inner “superhero”. From Black Panther to Deadpool, Superman to Batman and Captain Marvel to Nightwing, The Leather City’s superhero jackets let us embrace the spirit of our heroes at a time in which our world could use a few high-powered individuals battling for justice.

Building bridges in Africa and Dubai, the high fashion brand diversifies its efforts to further its commitment to heritage. The Leather City doesn’t just make jackets. These pieces are leather artwork lined and designed to cater to extraordinary lives, and the zipper closure jacket is premium to its smell and tailored fit.

The Leather City is following these superheroes with a goal to protect, though not against aliens, supervillains and evil gods. They are providing workers with items like gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and soap to counter the spread of COVID-19 and keep their customers safe.

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