From Insider Journey Host and Architectural Digest Decorative Arts Editor Mitchell Owens: Jaipur Double Lotus Blue Pot (no longer available)“A year ago, during our AD x Indagare Insider Journey to India, we stopped at the impossibly beautiful City Palace, the primary residence of the maharajas of Jaipur (the latest being Padmanabh Singh, a 21-year-old polo player, fashion model, and Airbnb host). There, in the gift shop, I snatched up several sets of double lotus pots. Made to hold salt and pepper, the hand-carved marble containers and matching trays are hand-painted with patterns that represent the seasons and which correspond to motifs found in the palace. The prices are equally delectable: 1,200 to 1,600 rupees, or about $16 to $21. Individual pots are also available. They transport me back to India whenever I look at them!” From Insider Journey Host and Architectural Digest Contributing Editor Gay Gassmann:
From Global Conversations Guest, Insider Journey Host and Designer Charlotte Moss: Travel by Design (2020, Assouline)“For a beautiful holiday gift, this new book was published by Assouline and put together by the Design Leadership Network, and I was also a participant. The photos in the book are fabulous, and there is also an exceptional list of places one should not miss in the back of the book. As we all have wanderlust now, this is true armchair travel and is about as good as it gets. Plus—a number of my photos that are included were taken on Indagare trips!”From Indagare Fashion Club Host, Fashion Historian and Parsons School of Design Professor Jessica Glasscock: Fondation Azzedine Alaia Bookstore Gems“If I could be anywhere this holiday season, it would be the courtyard of the Fondation Azzedine Alaia, home to one of the most significant emerging fashion collections in Paris. While the exhibitions are on brief hiatus and coffee can't currently be served, the extraordinary bookstore is open IRL and online. Hit them up for all your gifting needs (and tell them @gothleisuremisses them terribly; plus—there’s still time to join, or gift, membership to the Indagare Fashion Club, before the end of the year!).”From Global Conversations Guest and Fashion Designer Eric Raisina:
- Homewares from Bloom Paris: “While I’ve been staying put in Paris, I’m always on the lookout for what's new and happening, and I'm thrilled with my recent discoveries in Bloom Paris. After a year of wandering en famille to India, Cape Town and Sydney, the ever-chic Parisian Pauline Hénin founded this lifestyle brand, after her own heart. I love everything about it.”
- Needlepoint from Tapisserie London: “Since everything old is new again, I've rediscovered needlepoint, thanks to the wonderful Lady Palumbo and her fabulous jewel of a shop, which is practically a London landmark. I'm all stocked up on giftable needlepoint holiday decorations and stitching away!”
From Global Conversations Guest and Designer India Hicks: Donation to the Global Empowerment Mission in the Bahamas“This year, we are trying to buy 97 tablets for the kids from Moore Island in Abaco who lost everything in Hurricane Dorian and still do not have proper access to education. The tablets will be the best gift ever.” From Global Conversations Guest and Moroccan Hotelier Meryanne Loum-Martin: Inside Marrakesh: Enchanting Homes and Gardens (2020, Rizzoli)“My new book, which was just released in September, has already gone to reprint, and our bookstores are saying it is a hit as a gift. I think, right now, it is helping readers to escape and dream—and more importantly, it has been supporting the Marrakech economy, as local traders and artisans have been telling me that they are receiving a great influx of purchases and inquiries, because of the book. This pandemic has done great damage to Marrakech, and this book has a wonderful support effect.”From Indagare Design Club Guest, Insider Journey Host and Textile Designer Lisa Fine:
- Eric Raisina Silk Organza Fluffy Bags and Silk Scarves: “Our Silk Organza Fluffy Bag is our most popular item of all time—though we recently made a smaller version that clients are also loving—and the scarves are very popular. They are so light and colorful, and they are enough to emphasize a simple black dress. We have 12 different colors, in large and mini sizes.” Inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and including "Indagare" in the subject line.
- Donation to Nginn Karet Foundation for Cambodia: “This holiday season, my wish is to support this local organization here in Siem Reap, which empowers village people in Cambodia to improve their health, hygiene, infrastructure and education programs for a sustainable future. The Sacred Dancers of Angkor is a project within the program that is particularly dear to me.”
From Future of Travel Summit Panelist and Visit Sweden Marketing Manager Magnus Lindbergh: Holiday Ornaments from Svenskt Tenn Founded in 1924, this celebrated gallery-store is the source for classic Swedish and Danish design and textiles. The only licensed Fornasetti dealer in Sweden, Svenskt Tenn is a trove of one-of-a-kind furnishings that meld European precision with Swedish functionalism. While Sweden’s borders remain closed to Americans, these beautiful ornaments will bring a dose of Scandinavian warmth and elegance to the home of whoever receives them.From Indagare Senior Director of Membership Elise Bronzo: Market Treasures from Around the World“My daydreams are currently streaming scenes from my favorite markets in the world, especially in India: friendly exchanges with local merchants, bartering by hand gesture to overcome language barriers, aching ankles after a day along cobblestoned alleyways, total saturation. While we’re homebound, I’m supporting these places from afar by gifting my loved ones with items from some of my favorite artisans and global brands who have online stores—including cashmere shawls from the Jaipur-based Andraab; home decor from Luang Prabang’s Ock Pop Tok; impeccable accessories from the globally-sourced, Charleston-based Ibu Movement; these adorable, furry llamas from an artisan family in Peru’s Andes mountains (a must for anyone stressing out this season); and the beautiful embroidery pieces from the Los Angeles/Lebanon studio Kissweh."From Indagare Creative Director Simone Girner: Parisian Présents
- Kashmir Loom: “This embroidered shawl brand from the Kashmir Valley, which also has a shop in New Delhi, always has beautiful things that everyone loves.”
- Donation to the ASPCA: “I also give each year to the ASPCA, as my most favorite dog was a rescue, and it’s a cause I’m passionate about.”
- Donation to World Vision: “This is another animal charity that I love, which allows you to donate to support farm animals in impoverished communities around the world. These animals provide families in need with lifesaving nutrition and economic empowerment through agriculture. It’s the best.”
"I missed Paris, where I lived for many years, terribly during 2020. I am daydreaming of a return in 2021, to revisit such favorite stores as Papier Plus, Sennelier and Isabel Marant, as well as to explore newcomers, especially Marin Montagut, whose shop looks like a trove of whimsical design and accessories, and Marion Graux, a ceramicist whose tabletop is simply unmistakably Parisian."
From Global Classroom Program Lead Angela Denny: Virtual Art Exhibition Tours from New York to Los Angeles
“Through the creation of the Indagare Global Classroom, I’ve collaborated with ArtMuse Founder and Chief Curator Natasha Schlesinger to offer virtual tours of top contemporary art exhibitions, galleries and artist studios, which are a must-gift for any aficionados and collectors in your life, who are missing exploration in person. In addition to curated looks at shows like the Frieze Contemporary Art Fair or the NaDa Art Fair, we can also customize experiences to suit your recipient’s interests, with best-selling themes including 'Up-and-Coming Artists to Know Now' and 'Contemporary Black Art in America.' You can learn more about our offerings here and purchase our virtual gift card now."
Plus: Be the first to gift membership to our brand-new Indagare Art Club: Art Matters, which will present a curated virtual survey of key exhibitions and artists’ studios in New York City and beyond, in ten sessions.
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