Get the look: How to create the ultimate man cave at home

The man cave: it’s a widely talked about luxury, yearned after by all but only done well by some. Indeed, there’s a certain art to creating the humble hideaway, it needs to be luxurious yet approachable, sophisticated yet comfortable, manly (of course) but not too ‘Dan Bilzerian.’ If you are one of those lucky gentlemen who, a) has the space for a mancave and b) has the specific kind of supporting wife/girlfriend/ life partner/housemate necessary to create a mancave, and are searching for some inspiration, then look no further. Here at Denizen, we know a thing or two about quality interior design and, with a little help from our friends over at Dawson & Co, we’ve whittled it down to the top ten essentials needed to create the ultimate, gents-only space.

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Bio Hazard Bar Cabinet by Timothy Oulton

Bio Hazard Bar Cabinet by Timothy Oulton

Bio Hazard Bar Cabinet by Timothy Oulton

Bio Hazard Bar Cabinet by Timothy Oulton

Part games room, part speakeasy is often something to keep in mind when fulfilling a man cave brief. Indeed, a gentleman’s space without a place to pour oneself a tipple is sinful, and so a well-stocked bar should be on hand at all times. This black-framed, Bio Hazard Bar Cabinet has LED lighting and round, curved doors which open to reveal a gleaming centre of sleek, glass shelving — a place where your favourite drops can really be displayed in the way that they deserve. For more information, click here

Fromage Ottoman by Tolv

Fromage Ottoman by Tolv

Fromage Ottoman by Tolv

Fromage Ottoman by Tolv

Above all, man caves need to be places that can induce sublime relaxation, and so it is essential that you incorporate a way to put your feet up. All this interior designing is exhausting work, after all. This sprawling ottoman in luxurious cranberry velvet ticks all the right boxes. Not only is it wonderfully large, but the plush texture and opulent hue will add a certain je ne sais quoi to the interior. For more information, click here

Flag cushion by Timothy Oulton

Flag cushion by Timothy Oulton

Flag cushion by Timothy Oulton

Flag cushion by Timothy Oulton

Because what is a man cave without an obnoxiously loud expression of patriotism? This New Zealand flag cushion — sewn and painstakingly dyed by hand — is the ultimate way to make a bold design statement. For more information, click here

Night Rod Floor Lamp by Timothy Oulton

Night Rod Floor Lamp by Timothy Oulton

Night Rod Floor Lamp by Timothy Oulton

Night Rod Floor Lamp by Timothy Oulton

A little bit of shimmer adds just the right amount of luxury — but be sure to focus on the ‘little’ here. Unless you’re designing your interior after Mr. T, less really is more. Tall and slender, this Night Rod Floor Lamp combines optical grade glass and brushed brass to create a finished piece that is at once elegant and urban. For more information, click here

Axel MK2 Coffee Table by Timothy Oulton

Axel MK2 Coffee Table by Timothy Oulton

Axel MK2 Coffee Table by Timothy Oulton

Axel MK2 Coffee Table by Timothy Oulton

Of course, you’ll be needing a characterful coffee table to provide a platform for all your tipples, snacks and remote controls. But not just any old coffee table will do, no sir. You need something established and elegant, like this Axel MK2 Coffee Table by Timothy Oulton. Simple yet noteworthy, this furnishing displays classic timber in a traditional structure to create a functional piece that is undeniably easy on the eye. For more information, click here

Cigar Wall Art by Timothy Oulton

Cigar Wall Art by Timothy Oulton

Cigar Wall Art by Timothy Oulton

Cigar Wall Art by Timothy Oulton

Flex your masculinity and add a slice of vintage charm to your interior with this conversation-starting Cuban cigar artwork, printed on museum quality archival paper, framed in solid oak and covered with tempered glass. It delivers the sophisticated, distinguished vibe of a cigar-smoking gentleman without you actually having to smoke the cigar yourself: win-win. For more information, click here

Sahara Caravan Rug by Noble Souls

Sahara Caravan Rug by Noble Souls

Sahara Caravan Rug by Noble Souls

Sahara Caravan Rug by Noble Souls

Shake all images of man cave-typical bear skin rugs out of your mind and instead opt for something a little less offensive and far more cultured. This vintage rug, crafted from palms and reeds and decorated with intricate leather and powerful symbols, was made in the early 20th Century by nomadic tribes in the trans-Sahara region. Now you can boast to all your friends that your space is part man cave, part museum. For more information, click here.

LP 160 by La Boite Concept

LP 160 by La Boite Concept

LP 160 by La Boite Concept

LP 160 by La Boite Concept

A true manspace should boast entertainment on tap at all times, especially so of the musical variety. Whether it’s through the TX Box, turntables, your mobile phone or your laptop, this all-in-one high-fidelity loudspeaker delivers a seriously impressive quality of sound. Plus, the leather and timber combination makes for a distinctly suave furnishing. For more information, click here

Shabby Modular Sofa by Timothy Oulten

Shabby Modular Sofa by Timothy Oulten

Shabby Modular Sofa by Timothy Oulten

Shabby Modular Sofa by Timothy Oulten

A modular sofa that’s more bed than chair is essential for all the movie-watching/game-playing/general kicking back you’ll be doing. This Shabby Modular Sofa boasts deep, generous seating and a reclined back with soft, buttery leather to become an unparalleled place of comfort. For more information, click here

 

Paris Trunk by Timothy Oulton

Paris Trunk by Timothy Oulton

Paris Trunk by Timothy Oulton

Paris Trunk by Timothy Oulton

A multifaceted gem, this authentic trunk can be used as an additional side table, an interesting storage box or just as a conversation-starting objet d’art. At no point, however, should a vintage trunk actually be used as a trunk. The refined piece is available in a medley of different colours and materials — from brushed steel to eccentric cowhide — but we’re particularly taken with this sleek, vintage cigar leather variation. For more information, click here

Dawson & Co

15 The Strand
Parnell

www.dawsonandco.nz

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From meteorite particles to mobile recording studios, Rolls-Royce’s bespoke models are out of this world

In line with its ethos of ultimate luxury, Rolls-Royce has built quite a reputation for its willingness to accommodate customers’ customisation requests — no matter how outrageous they may seem.

Perhaps it’s reflective of the artistry that goes into the cars themselves that those drawn to the Rolls-Royce feel so compelled to put their own stamp on the hallowed marque. With its team of creative experts, Rolls-Royce will work alongside its customers to ensure any and all requests are met in a unique, thoughtful way. Of course, details like colours, finishes, monograms of initials and material options can be tailored to taste. But it’s when Rolls-Royce goes the extra mile that the real magic happens.

The marque has been known to match leather to lipstick colours and has used wood sourced from the trees on customers’ estates. It has created paint containing actual diamond dust, implemented various light configurations on the interior ceilings of its cars to represent starry night skies and rendered its iconic Spirit of Ecstasy in materials like rose gold, silver and carbon fibre.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary collection comprises only 55 cars, and the “stars” inside are made up of 1,340 fibre-optic lights.
The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy on the bespoke ‘Silicon Vallery Meets Black Badge’ Rolls-Royce of Benjamin Treynor Sloss, Vice President of Engineering at Google

There was apparently once even a customer whose particular penchant for tea saw him ask for a thermos holder to be installed in his Rolls-Royce. To accommodate his request, the marque had to build a special door and crash test a brand new car to ensure the thermos wouldn’t dislodge in an accident (the customer happily paid for both cars). Another past customer wanted his Rolls-Royce to evoke the same kind of luxury as a yacht, which resulted in the creation of the Sweptail — an entirely unique silhouette for Rolls-Royce that saw the back part of the car streamlined and elongated (and reportedly cost close to US$13 million).

The Rolls-Royce Sweptail

Built-in jewellery boxes, luxurious picnic kits and various bar setups are also commonplace features in the bespoke Rolls-Royce. Renowned UK Grime artist, Skepta, even had his Phantom transformed into a mobile recording studio so he could create on the go

UK Grime artist, Skepta, worked with Rolls-Royce to transform his Phantom into a mobile recording studio

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce revealed a line up of its new bespoke models. The new Phantom Tranquility, for instance, was designed to evoke the idea of space exploration, and featured actual meteorite in its volume controller — the Muonionalusta meteorite, to be exact, which fell to earth in Kiruna, Sweden in 1906. Only 25 were made.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tranquility
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tranquility

This sat alongside others like the new Black Badge Ghost, which was rendered in Gunmetal with an iced satin finish and lime green details, and the new Black Badge Wraith in Galileo Blue, a bold expression of Rolls-Royce’s creative craftsmanship.

The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost

The Black Badge cars have, according to Rolls-Royce, seen a new breed of customer come to the fore. A younger cohort of successful entrepreneurs for whom Rolls-Royce’s ability to create cars specifically tailored to the individual is incredibly appealing — especially in an age where true individuality is a rare and sought-after commodity. The new Rolls-Royce customer is someone who perhaps prefers to drive their own car (rather than hire drivers like other Rolls-Royce owners often do), and as such, wants it to represent them in a more personal, authentic way.

But no matter how the Rolls-Royce customer evolves, you can rest assured that this marque, despite its historic nature, is agile and creative enough to keep up. The only question remaining is… if you had your own Rolls-Royce, what would you do?

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The issue of buying clothes for growing children is something parents have long been trying to navigate. How, for example, can they be expected to fork out for sweaters, dresses, pants and shirts that, after a few wears (and inevitable tears) will no longer fit their perpetually elongating child? Or why should they have to branch out for special occasions when there’s even less chance that the outfit in question will see the light of day more than once?

Enter Little Outfitters, the new online marketplace that has been designed with exactly these questions in mind. Seeking to not only alleviate the pressure on parents of kids between 0 to 10 to keep their tots’ wardrobes appropriately stocked but also to address our wasteful fashion consumption habits, founder Lucy Kirkwood has built Little Outfitters on the idea of buying and re-selling high-quality, children’s designer clothing in a more sustainable process.

“We’re all aware of the environmental cost of fashion,” says Kirkwood, “especially with children’s clothing which is worn for a fraction of the time.” Little Outfitters will allow parents to both buy second-hand designer threads for their kids, and on-sell clothes that their littlies no longer fit. It facilitates a more closed-loop cycle, which, as Kirkwood explains, “gives a second, third or even fourth chance for an item that might otherwise end up in landfill.”

Having worked tirelessly with developers to create a website that puts ease and efficiency at the forefront (both essential for often time-poor parents), Kirkwood has created a practical, user-friendly service. Set to offer a range of brands from Kenzo to Nature Baby, Little Outfitters will fast become an essential resource and will revolutionise not only the way that parents buy clothes for their kids, but how we all think about mitigating our wasteful habits and engaging with fashion in a far more thoughtful way.

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Lowbrow’s new outpost on K’Road opens this weekend, and this is everything you need to know

After only a year inside Queen’s Rise, Kyle Street and Jordan MacDonald’s Lowbrow has cultivated a reputation for frying up some of the best wings in town as well as serving the tastiest hot sandwiches. It didn’t take long at all for the duo to dominate the CBD and as such, they have decided to expand their horizons and are about to open their second Lowbrow outpost in K’Road’s St. Kevins Arcade.

Taking over the space of what was formerly Egg & Spoon, Street and MacDonald are set to shake up the strip with their delicious offerings. Although large plates like the clam puttanesca and ceviche aren’t included in the K’Road menu, there’s no need to be concerned as all the crown-favourite sandwiches, wings and sides will be on offer at the new spot, as well as a raft of new side dishes that are exclusive to the K’Road outpost.

The newly introduced “Killa Sides” will feature classic dishes with a contemporary twist. Instead of a regular iceberg lettuce salad, Street and Macdonald’s rendition will be laced with crumbled blue cheese and savoury crispy chicken skin. The pair have also made the wise decision to put the chicken nuggets which were originally a temporary special, as a permanent staple on K’Road’s menu and you can trust us when we say that these are the best chicken nuggets in town.

Desserts will also feature on the Lowbrow K’Road menu because no visit to Lowbrow is complete without having at least one of their sundaes. Our favourite would have to be the fried birthday cake. The tempura batter is unbelievably light and crispy while the cake is moist, dense and laced with sprinkles for extra colour and crunch. Finished off with cornflake-flavoured soft-serve, and more sprinkles for good measure, this is a dessert that feels so wrong but is oh so right.

Left: chicken wings, right: garlic bread

So clear your schedules this weekend as Lowbrow’s K’Road restaurant will finally be opening its doors. With neon lighting to lend the space a lively atmosphere, whether you’re wanting a casual dinner and drink or are after a delicious takeaway, pop in and soak in the ambience of the new Lowbrow, a welcome addition to K’Road’s ever-growing line-up.

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday, 10:30am until late

Lowbrow K'Road

183 Karangahape Rd,
St. Kevins Arcade

www.lowbrow.co.nz

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Say hello to the new CBD eatery putting a modern, tapas-style twist on brunch

Situated on Fanshawe St, what used to be Rockefeller is now a beautiful daytime eatery that specialises in Spanish and Sicilian cuisine. Rebel Rebel is proudly owned by Olgar Diez Roman who is also the woman behind Baguette & Co. and who has a passion for the cuisine of her Spanish roots. Combining her culture with the Sicilian origins of her Head Chef, Marco Conigliaro’s, the pair have created a tapas-style menu, offering diners a variety of intriguing flavours and tasty bites.

Located in an area surrounded by office buildings, Rebel Rebel seems to have already garnered a loyal following, judging by the number of people popping in while we were there (all of whom Roman knew by name). Rebel Rebel has a warm ambience and exudes a sense of friendliness that makes it feel inherently welcoming.

Parmesan and mushrooms Spanish croquetas with truffle oil

The all-day brunch menu is structured in such a way that the diner to build their own board of tapas by selecting a variety of different dishes. European classics such as a Croque madame on sourdough, charcuterie and Swedish meatballs all feature. However, it was the slow-roasted lamb that stole the show for us. The lamb was cooked to a succulent and tender level and melted as soon as it hit the palate. It was bathed in a sweet and sour, traditional Sicilian sauce called Caponata and was then sprinkled with a rich nut crumble. Another standout was the green shakshuka made from goats cheese, leek, kale and broccoli — a hearty and satisfying dish.

Slow-roasted lamb with Caponata and macadamia crumbs

If you were after something more breakfast-friendly, you can’t go wrong with the Spanish broken egg with grilled red potatoes that have a golden crisp and are paired with spicy chorizo. The honey-coated granola is also a great option for those looking to start to their day on a delicious note. It has the perfect level of sweetness and is topped with raspberry coulis that adds a fresh and fruity sourness.

Rebel Rebel has also thought about people in need of something on-the-go. Its range of French pastries and freshly-made baguette sandwiches are expertly made and easy to eat on the run. Pasta and soul-warming soups also feature on the menu for the winter season and cater to our cold-weather cravings. An all-encompassing one-stop eatery that delivers something a little different from the norm, Rebel Rebel is a place where everyone can find something to enjoy.

Opening hours
Monday — Friday: 7am until 3pm
Closed during weekends

Rebel Rebel

104 Fanshawe St and 29 Graham St
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Paris Georgia has been announced as the Mercedes-Benz Presents designer at this year’s NZFW

There is something so inherently special about Paris Georgia pieces. Unique for the way they fit to and flatter the female form, the thoughtful collections from this New Zealand based (and made) brand have seen its profile grow exponentially in the last few years, and the duo behind it doesn’t look set to slow down anytime soon.

Paris Mitchell Temple and Georgia Cherrie have just been named the Mercedes-Benz Presents designers at this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week, and it’s an opportunity the pair are looking to make the most of. “Being a Mercedes-Benz Presents designer has been a goal of ours since we started Paris Georgia three years ago,” Cherrie tells me, explaining how joining the ranks of global predecessors like Carolina Herrera, Dion Lee and Derek Lam, and local ones like Zambesi and Harman Grubiša is a surreal feeling.

It’s a move that makes sense for Mercedes-Benz, a car marque long known for its sophistication and innovation, to join forces with a brand that represents how womenswear is evolving both here and overseas. Recently, Paris Georgia was featured on the cover of Elle Croatia and has been worn by the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Kourtney Kardashian and Katy Perry (among others) forging a reputation for the way it gives contemporary shapes and tones a timeless twist. As Mitchell Temple and Cherrie tell me, “Paris Georgia is evolving with us… so as we grow we know the brand will too. It’s exciting, our designs are only getting more refined and sophisticated each season.”

Part of being the Mercedes-Benz Presents designers at New Zealand Fashion Week 2019 means that Paris Georgia will present its Fall/Winter 2020 collection as the week’s headlining show — a collection that will include two bespoke outfits designed exclusively for the event and inspired by the Mercedes-Benz brand.

As for the show itself? “I can’t say much just yet,” Cherrie says coyly, “but we couldn’t be more excited, it’s going to be influenced by our Paris Georgia Muses and will feature collaborations with both local and international brands.” Mitchell Temple continues, “we are so lucky to be working with an incredible team of creatives who will help us produce the show and we will also have Seb Hunt and Dylan Richards styling it for us.”

Despite the success Paris Georgia has garnered globally, the heart of the brand is still grounded in New Zealand. “We are so proud to be from New Zealand, it has this beautiful mystic to it which has always carried through to our brand,” the pair tells me. “Being somewhat removed from the industry’s core has allowed us to not be influenced by ‘trends’ and has given us a sense of freedom to make our own rules.”

“The Mercedes-Benz initiative recognises and celebrates designers who are dedicated to delivering garments of the highest quality, through innovative design and unique style,” says Lance Bennette, general manager of Mercedes-Benz cars New Zealand. And off the back of what has been a whirlwind three years of dedication and hard work for Mitchell-Temple and Cherrie, acknowledging them as Mercedes-Benz Presents designers feels like an apt reflection of how they are taking New Zealand fashion to the world stage.

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Tsingtao spicy pulled pork dumplings (on the left) & vegan zha jiang mian (on the right)

A renowned dumpling food truck has opened its first permanent space in Wynyard Quarter

After three years of dominating Auckland’s food truck scene with some of the most delicious dumplings we have ever tasted, The Rolling Pin has finally found a permanent space in Wynyard Quarter which has also given it an opportunity to expand its menu. Situated on Pakenham St, right around the corner from a couple of our favourite lunch spots, Williams Eatery and La Petite Fourchette, The Rolling Pin is bringing Eastern Asian fare to the precinct and locals are already beginning to talk.

Ever since the first day The Rolling Pin switched on its engines in 2016, foodies in Auckland dubbed the truck as serving some of the best dumplings in town. Each morsel is handmade with care, with casings that boast the perfect level of doughiness and chewiness and fillings that are a unique and modern rendition of the traditional Chinese flavours.

Instead of the usual pork and chive, The Rolling Pin offers slightly more enticing options such as Penang pulled beef with sweet sambal, vegan tofu shiitake mushroom with pumpkin, bok choy and cabbage and our favourite, the Tsingtao spicy pulled pork. The slow-cooked pork has been infused in Tsingtao beer to lend a more savoury flavour and is marinated in a spicy Sichuan broad bean chilli paste for an extra kick. The slaw on top adds an element of freshness and crunch while finishing off the meal perfectly.

Pulled pork and apple bao (on the left) & vegan zha jiang mian (on the right)

Prior to setting up shop in a permanent space, The Rolling Pin was also renowned for its bao buns which were only an occasional occurrence due to their lack of kitchen capacity. Now, the bao has become a staple on the menu and are just as heavenly as the dumplings. The bao buns are made from what the owner, Gordon Kong says is a secret recipe and they have an unbelievably soft texture. The fillings come down to two different options, the vegan Beijing zha jiang which includes soy meat, vegan mayo, pickled cabbage, peanuts and slaw, and the pulled pork and apple — which for us, was the standout. The juiciness of the pork was enhanced by the sweet caramelised apple and sour green apple slaw while the five-spice chilli mayo enriched that plushie bao for an indulgent experience.

Kong has also added noodles to The Rolling Pin’s offering for the first time, which come with either tender braised beef or vegan pork mince, the latter of which was an unexpectedly delicious treat. The soy-based ‘meat’ is drenched in chilli and complemented with smoky corn, crunchy peanuts, green apple slaw and pickled cabbage and is so tasty that you’d be forgiven for forgetting this dish was entirely meat-free.

Telling us that this permanent store was a long time coming, Kong explains how the whole process, from scouting the location to mustering the courage to branch out was a challenge, but that the new spot in Wynyard Quarter feels appropriate. Being surrounded by offices, The Rolling Pin’s new spot is the perfect place to stop in for a quick and easy takeaway lunch, as the food is not only delicious but also fresh and fast. The cosy space also has seating for up to five people, for anyone who would like to take a moment to sit down, savour and appreciate every bite.

Opening hours:
Mon — Fri, 10am until 4pm
Closed on weekends

The Rolling Pin

G04/141 Pakenham St
Wynyard Quarter

www.therollingpin.co.nz

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The swoon-worthy kitchen in this New York townhouse is a study in practical sophistication

There is a reason why the kitchen is called the heart of the home. It’s the place where people gather, where families share their first meals and say goodnight to each other before they go to bed. It’s where memories are made and relationships forged over the breaking of bread. And although we’ve been privy to some seriously special kitchens in our time, this exquisite example, built as part of a townhouse renovation in New York and finished with an enviable line-up of innovative Fisher & Paykel appliances, is right up there.

The owner, a designer herself, has realised a space that manages to maintain an extensive footprint while retaining its intimate feel. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling casement windows and bi-fold doors that lead from the kitchen out to a deck, it exemplifies indoor-outdoor living in a contemporary, urban context. As well as offering views to the outside, the windows serve to bathe the space in soft, natural light, causing the detailing of the unhoned marble benchtops — with exquisite, undulating veins that create movement and depth — to shine against the navy blue palette of the framed cabinetry.

But aside from its obvious aesthetic attributes, it’s the state-of-the-art Fisher & Paykel appliances, hidden within the DNA of this kitchen that really take it to another level. A Fisher & Paykel Integrated CoolDrawer™ Multitemperature drawer can be accessed by pulling the brass handle on one of the smooth, cabinet doors.

An integrated, Fisher & Paykel French Door Fridge Freezer opens unexpectedly from one of the cupboards opposite the stoic, square island, a study in understated refinement.

Similarly, a Fisher & Paykel Integrated DishDrawer™ has been installed near the sink, to ensure that even when in use, this kitchen never loses its dramatic, designer identity. 

Image credit: Design by @eyeswoon

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Sustainably farmed, Big Glory Bay Salmon is continuing to take over the culinary scene of our city. The team at Big Glory Bay nurture their salmon from sea to plate,  which results in delicious produce that the team is renowned for, Big Glory Bay salmon truly rises above the rest. Delightful in any dish, whether raw, cured, smoked or grilled. If you’re yet to experience the Big Glory Bay difference, we have lined up three of our favourite salmon dishes around Auckland, that you need to try right now.

Big Glory Bay salmon, white bean, apple and parsley from Odettes Eatery
The all-day, bistro-style eatery Odettes is no stranger to Big Glory Bay salmon, with its menu always featuring the fish in some way or other. Where previously, the salmon has been complemented with freekeh, peas, green olives and cashews, we thought it couldn’t get any better until we tried the latest version. This season, the succulent salmon has been placed on a bed of creamy white bean purée and has been given a touch of sweetness by the addition of apple sauce. Finished off with fresh parsley, the newest salmon dish from Odettes boasts a delicious melange of flavours and is the brunch we keep going back for.

Big Glory Bay salmon, white bean, apple and parsley from Odettes Eatery

Salmon pastrami on rye from Euro Bar & Restaurant
Auckland’s iconic waterfront restaurant, Euro Bar & Restaurant has recently introduced a brand new salmon dish onto its menu and it has quickly become one of our favourites. Head Chef, Adam Rickett has a fondness for humble dishes that offer an elevated twist on classics, and don’t necessarily require utensils to consume. As such he has created an exquisite rendition of toast and toppings using Big Glory Bay salmon. Taking crispy slices of rye toast, Rickett has carefully and delicately placed the pastrami cured salmon on top and paired it with dollops of decadent herb cream and salmon caviar which burst in the mouth with saltiness.

Salmon rillette from Ampersand Eatery
Although rillettes are usually made from pork meat, the rich fattiness of salmon also lends itself beautifully to this French delicacy. For those unfamiliar, it’s a dish with a spreadable consistency similar to pâté. Here, Ampersand’s Executive Chef, Mikey Newlands has nailed the unique dish by smoking the Big Glory Bay salmon used in the rillette which enhances and deepens the flavour, before serving it with rye toast to add a delightfully crunchy texture.

Salmon Rillette from Ampersand

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Testing the trend waters: Is the fishing vest the new bum bag?

An evolution of the gilet worn by sideline dads and golf enthusiasts, and a relation of the utility version donned by hunter-gatherers, the vest seems to be garnering increasing attention as the darling of fashion’s street style set.

Protest as much as you like, but this move to promote something as objectively bizarre as a fishing vest in a high fashion context is nothing new. We’ve been here before people. Remember the bum bag? Arising from its origins on the bulging hips of German tourists from the 90s, the bum bag has been enjoying a serious moment in fashion. Everyone has created their own versions — Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci (the list goes on) — and you’d be lying to yourself if you said you hadn’t thought of picking one up.

Left to right: Louis Vuitton, Dior Men, Louis Vuitton (Photo by Mara Sommer, Model Jordan Barron)

Now, it seems, the unprecedented path paved by the fanny pack is being followed by the fishing vest, with big brands embracing the sleeveless style and widely-followed fashion moguls donning the look as well.

Playing into the wider ‘utility’ trend, the high-fashion vest is, if nothing else, practical and easy to wear. And whether you admit that you’re a slave to fashion or not (most of us are to varying degrees), we could almost guarantee that there will come a time in the next year that you’ll think about adding one to your wardrobe.

Left to right: Ribbed utility gilet from Louis Vuitton, Fear of God shell gilet from Mr Porter, sleeveless jacket from Gucci and monogrammed flower pocket quilted gilet from Louis Vuitton

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