While an off-season Le Sirenuse is shuttered for the winter in anticipation of warmer months, we all continue to be quite busy! Take, for instance, our very own celebrated Le Sponda Head Chef, Matteo Temperini, who has just concluded a week as guest chef at the famous Harry’s bar in London (see photo below). He is now preparing to represent Le Sirenuse for two weeks at Le Royal Monceau’s Il Carpaccio restaurant in Paris! Roberto Rispoli (Head Chef at Il Carpaccio) and Temporini are no strangers, having honed their craft together under the celebrated Alain Ducasse in Paris early in their careers. Needless to say, the much anticipated upcoming collaboration between these two Tuscan-born culinary masters promises to yield some truly inspiring and innovative Neapolitan cuisine. Sound tempting? Read more here: La Dolce Vita comes to Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. The event runs from December 11th through the 22nd. We hope to see you there!
I’ve been in Bombay (now Mumbai) with my niece, Viola Parrocchetti, for the past three weeks. Working with local artisans, we’re collaborating on a new resort collection including some wonderfully light silk/cotton summer dresses. We’re also producing some beautifully printed tablecloths and dreamy hand-embroidered cushions! I’m eagerly looking forward to presenting the Le Sirenuse Home and Kaftan Collection at our very own Emporio Le Sirenuse this coming summer, 2013!
Parrocchetti herself has been living in Mumbai for several years, and produces her own successful line. From a Dharawi workshop she creates smart, innovative designs that combine traditional hand-craftsmanship with a modern sensibility—her clothing and fabrics can be found in fine boutiques throughout the world: from Paris, to Milan, to Tokyo. Visit her site here.
I’ll keep you posted with more news as things progress. For now, I’ve included a few images (below) from this unbelievably vibrant, multi-cultural city.
Michael James O’Brien’s client list reads like a “Who’s Who” of the publication, fashion, and art worlds. It doesn’t surprise us either, particularly when we see a photograph like the one he has so generously shared with us above! We’re immediately struck by the broader strokes— the twilight iridescence, a somber sea, distant islands, and the looming silhouette of a steeply ascending Positano shoreline. It is only when we look closer, however, that we see what we might have initially overlooked: a foreground dotted with seemingly miniscule fishing vessels and watercraft. Here, O’Brien has captured an image with a truly surprising juxtaposition of scale that captivates both the eye and mind, reminding us of how fragile our presence is amidst the vast splendor of the natural world.
O’Brian is currently Contributing Editor of the award-winning Departures magazine. You can also see more of O’Brien’s work on his website at www.michaeljamesobrien.com.
Our good friend Michael Maren is working on a new and exciting film entitled “A Short History of Decay.” Director and Producer Maren describes it as “a dark comedy about stepping up when your parents are going downhill; a love letter to everyone caring for someone who raised them.” Maren is currently raising money to finance his film and to support Alzheimer’s research. Oct 1 update: fundraising has now ended! Filming is set to begin in October.
As you may know, Maren, his wife Dani Shapiro, and Hannah Tinti organize Sirenland, a writers’ workshop that Le Sirenuse hosts every March. The conference has been extremely successful and March 2013 will be its 7th edition. We invite you to enjoy Maren’s two minute video and support his venture and charity!