Guild Magazine Event – Edinburgh

Guild Magazine Event – Edinburgh

On Thursday 4th April, Guild Magazine held an exclusive event at Rox Jewellers on the prestigious George Street in Edinburgh. This event marked the official introduction of Guild Magazine in Europe and was attended by fifty creative and inspiring individuals in Scotland representing the world of fashion, art, travel, and food.

 

The event, hosted by Myself as UK Travel & Culture Director and editor Feraz Ahmed, welcomed the guests to the world of Guild Magazine.

Scott McGlashan (UK Travel & Culture Director) & Feraz Ahmed (editor)

Over delectable canapés, glasses of Moët & Chandon and cocktails served by the expert team at Rox, guests were able to meet some of the International Guild Magazine Team, who travelled from New York City for the special event. Founder & Editor-in-Chief Jose Morales, Fashion Director Luis De Jesus, Creative Arts Director Isabel Merchand, and Digital Design Consultant Robert Nunez, mingled with the guests throughout the night.

(Left to right) Fashion Director Luis De Jesus, Creative Arts Director Isabel Merchand, Digital Design Consultant Robert Nunez, Editor-in-Chief Jose Morales, UK Travel & Culture Director Scott McGlashan and Editor Feraz Ahmed at the Guild Magazine event in Edinburgh, Scotland.

After a speech by Feraz Ahmed introducing Guild Magazine and discussing its unprecedented success since its launch on August 2018, Jose Morales explained his mission for Guild Magazine: “to serve as a trusted voice for experts and professionals in the fields of fashion, art, travel, and food, by showcasing the work of people who have studied and dedicated their lives to their craft and areas of expertise, while inspiring a new generation of up-and-coming experts.” His speech was closed with a sneak peek of the next issue – The Travel Issue – highlighting an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of one of the fashion editorials featuring international supermodel, Pritika Swarup, and the covers commemorating this 3rd printed issue.

This event enabled the International Guild magazine team to truly convey the essence of what the magazine is about and highlight their passion towards it. We at Guild were overwhelmed by the positive response and forthcomingness from all those who attended.

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At the end of the night, those in attendance received a deluxe gift bag with items provided by Walker Slater, Kiehl’s cosmetics, Darnley’s Gin, and Guild Magazine.

For more photos of the evening head to the events article at Guild Magazine.

Photography by Matt Maitland.

 

 

UK Blog Awards 2019

UK Blog Awards 2019

It has been an amazing year for Blublazerguy! I have had the opportunity to meet with some outstanding individuals that not only have helped my blog flourish but also assisted in my personal growth.

Blublazerguy has gone from strength to strength due to the continued support from my followers, for which I am truly grateful. The passion and dedication from every person, brand and company that I have had the pleasure to work with, have encouraged me to continue striving.

Blublazerguy has now been nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2019. I would truly appreciate your further support by clicking on the link below and voting for me. I hope to bring you more exciting content in the near future

Thank you all!

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V&A Dundee Opens to the World

V&A Dundee Opens to the World
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As Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee tells a global story, investigating the international importance of design alongside presenting Scotland’s outstanding design achievements.

V&A Dundee’s construction and fit-out took three and a half years to complete and it stands at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands.

Outside the stunning architectural V&A Dundee.

With its complex geometry, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the north-east coast of Scotland, it stretches out into the River Tay – a new landmark connecting the city with its historic waterfront, and a new major cultural development for Scotland and the UK.

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At the heart of the museum, the Scottish Design Galleries feature 300 exhibits drawn from the V&A’s rich collections of Scottish design, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world.

At the centre of these galleries stands the magnificent Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room meticulously restored, conserved and reconstructed through a partnership between V&A Dundee, Glasgow Museums and Dundee City Council. Visitors to the museum will be able to experience once again Mackintosh’s extraordinary talent in designing this room, lost to view for nearly 50 years.

Rennie Mackintosh Room, Credit: ©Hufton+Crow

The ambitious international exhibition programme opens with Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, organised by the V&A and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, the first exhibition to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. Major exhibitions are complemented by new commissions and installations including This, looped by Glasgow-based artist and former Turner prize nominee Ciara Phillips.

Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “The opening of V&A Dundee is a historic occasion for Dundee, for the V&A, and for the very many people who played a vital part and supported its realisation. This is a very proud moment for all involved.

“V&A Dundee’s aspiration is to enrich lives, helping people to enjoy, be inspired by and find new opportunities through understanding the designed world. After years of planning, we are thrilled at being able to celebrate the realisation of the first V&A museum in the world outside London.

“The museum’s light-filled wooden interior and impressive spaces inside have been designed to provide a warm welcome to visitors, described by architect Kengo Kuma as a ‘living room for the city’. We are all very excited indeed that we can now welcome everybody into this remarkable new museum.”

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V&A Interior ©HuftonCrow

Kengo Kuma, architect of V&A Dundee, said: “The big idea for V&A Dundee was bringing together nature and architecture, to create a new living room for the city. I’m truly in love with the Scottish landscape and nature. I was inspired by the cliffs of north-eastern Scotland – it’s as if the earth and water had a long conversation and finally created this stunning shape.

Architect of V&A Dundee, Kengo Kuma.

“It is also fitting that the restored Oak Room by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is at the heart of this building as I have greatly admired his designs since I was a student. In the Oak Room, people will feel his sensibility and respect for nature, and hopefully connect it with our design for V&A Dundee.

“I hope the museum can change the city and become its centre of gravity. I am delighted and proud that this is my first building in the UK and that people will visit it from around the world.

V&A Dundee opens its doors for the first time to the public on Saturday 15 September 2019. V&A Dundee is free to enter and open daily from 10.00 to 17.00.

www.vam.ac.uk/dundee @VADundee

Rox and Hublot Watches – The Art of Fusion

Rox and Hublot Watches – The Art of Fusion

As the car slowly made its way up the long gravelled driveway, out of the darkness an impressive building that was Hopetoun House was lit up red . Stepping out , I could hear the roar from the convoy of Ferrari supercars that were halted in front of this stately home. Standing proudly in the the middle, a large sculpture in black, white and red reading ‘The Art of Fusion’.

Hopetoun House

Hublot; the luxury Swiss watch brand  were hosting a fantastic evening to celebrate their brand’s motto: The Art of fusion. The Art of Fusion Tour had already taken place in eight other countries and luckily for us, it was Edinburgh’s turn. Guests were invited to this prestigious event, which was also demonstrated the partnership between Hublot and luxury jewellers, ROX.

The sound of bagpipes welcomed me into Hopetoun House and once inside, I was treated to a champagne reception complete with scrumptious canapés. This was a fantastic opportunity to wander and admire this 17th Century home. Within each room, Hublot’s watches were displayed in all their glory. With each piece, it truly showcased how their brands motto is most defensively put into practice: fusing tradition with innovation and style.

I was honoured enough to have some time to converse with Hublot’s CEO; Ricardo Guadalupe and their brand director; Benoit Lecigne. Their excitement and enthusiasm  was so contagious that I found myself trying on my favourite timepiece. The Big Bang Blue demonstrates  a simple yet sophisticated look. This chronograph movement had a 44mm case which was was supported by a fusion of blue rubber and alligator strap. in fact, Hublot first introduced the concept The Art of Fusion with The Big Bang, by mixing materials such as gold, ceramic, carbon fibre and rubber.

Big Bang Blue Watch

As the piper escorted us to the grand ballroom for our five course gala dinner, we were greeted with beautifully decorated tables under the twinkle of the large chandeliers overhead. The menu blended both Scottish and Swiss traditions.  Having a sweet tooth myself, I especially loved the Scottish Mont Blanc; a towering dome of whisky meringue, raspberry parfait perched on a bed of oatmeal sponge.

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During dinner, Pipe-Major Iain Grant recited ‘Address to a Haggis’ by Scotland’s renowned poet, Robert Burns.  As tradition permits, his knife sunk into the haggis and we toasted with a deliciously smoky whiskey. As the meal came to an end, we were treated to a performance by Scottish-born singer Lewis Capaldi.  Finishing the night off, we all rose from our seats and guided into the crisp autumn air outside. The red lit building provided a spectacular backdrop to a 16-piece pipe band filling the air with traditional Scottish pipe music. At such a moment, I felt extremely  proud to be Scottish and to be part of such an amazing event.

Hublot CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe.

So if you are looking for a gift for that special person, why not head to your nearest Rox Boutique and check out the latest stock of the Hublot watch range.