Tag Archives: trip

Jumperfabriken’s Design Studio

Jumperfabriken_01

While in Gothenburg, Sweden on our #volvooverseasdelivery road trip we stopped by the design studio of Swedish label Jumperfabriken to meet with the label’s owner and designer Elisabeth Synnes who created the feminine and timeless fashion brand inspired by old photo albums from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s “taking the best from the past to the future”. Her classic approach is meant to provide pieces to last you a lifetime and never go out of style. Mostly known for their ladylike dresses and cozy cardigans, it’s the warmth from the designer that really makes you feel at home in these Scandinavian pieces.

10 Questions with JUMPERFABRIKEN‘s owner and designer Elisabeth SynneS

Jumperfabriken_02

If you could give advise to yourself when you started Jumperfabriken, what would it be? 

ES: Be patient. To build a solid brand takes so much more time than one thinks.

Jumperfabriken_03

What one famous person has worn your label where you had a holy-cow moment?

ES: Sarah Jessica Parker. She bought Blue rose patterned dress (above) which started as an aquarelle painting  I made in my summerhouse in Sweden.

Jumperfabriken_04

What is one thing about running a fashion design business that took you by surprise?

ES: That everyone in the business from big to small brand  is working so really hard to get a profitable business. The business is tough with hard competition so today you need to offer something that stands out to be successful in the long run.

Jumperfabriken_05

Where do you find inspiration?

ES: It is a mix of old and new things around me. Old photos from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, strong women , icons like Ingrid Bergman, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin  and my own mum. She was a beauty as a young girl with a great style.. In the 50’s John F Kennedy flirted with her on a boat-trip in Stockholm.

Jumperfabriken_06

Below, a photograph of the designer’s mother graces all the brand’s tags. 

Jumperfabriken_07

What do you love most about what you do?

ES: I love to create!…and I love to run a company that grows and building the brand little by little every day.

  Jumperfabriken_08

What is the one thing Jumperfabriken is most known for?

ES: Modern Vintage-style in feminine colorful knits and dresses.

Jumperfabriken_09

Below, Elisabeth shows her personal teacher bag she designed and how beautifully the leather wears in over time. 

Jumperfabriken_10

Who is your personal favorite fashion designer or brand?

ES: I admire classic brands like Gucci, Chloé, Miu Miu,Chanel for doing art with clothes, the materials, the cut and styling. I could never afford to buy it and it wouldn’t fit  so well in my closet or body, but it is a joy to look at!

Jumperfabriken_11

One reason why you love Gothenburg?  

ES: I love the friendly atmosphere, you can be yourself and do your own thing. Unpretentious. I love that we are right by the sea and close to all the thousands of wonderful islands.

Jumperfabriken_12

Where do you want Jumperfabriken to go from here?

ES: We want to expand to other countries, selling Jumperfabriken in America is a dream for me!

Jumperfabriken_13

Favorite place to eat in Gothenburg?  

ES: Sjömagasinet, classic dining with excellent food and Bord 27  very unpretentious and Swedish

Jumperfabriken_14

10 Questions with Loeffler Randall || 10 Questions with Caroline Ventura

This entry was posted in Fashion Reportage and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Guide to Gothenburg

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

We recently took a road trip around the southern part of Sweden in a new Volvo XC90 which we picked up directly from the factory just outside the city of Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast. Volvo has an overseas delivery program where when you order your car they will fly you to Sweden to pick it up and test drive it around the beautiful Scandinavian locations just as we did for a few weeks this past June. Once your journey is completed they will ship the car to you back home in the US. It’s a fun way explore a new country, get to know your car and make a ton of memories!

Our first stop on our #VolvoOverSeasDelivery was to Gothenburg, the gateway to West Sweden. This is what I loved: The people are so nice. The fresh seafood, especially the oysters, are amazing. The trams are not only beautiful with their blue lines rolling around the city but also very clean and easy to use. Gothenburg had a lovely balance of old architecture and cobblestone streets mixed with modern day conveniences.

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

RESTAURANTS

  1. Atelier – One of my favorite restaurants ever. Think champagne, roses, etched glass, velvet couches, and incredible seasonal, locally sourced food. One of the best meals from the entire trip!

2. Dorsia – Amazing dining terrace with a great sophisticated social scene.

3. Gabriel – Inside the “Fish Church” of Gothenburg, perfectly fresh seafood lunch not to be missed.

4. Norda – Beautiful for dinner with a very lush dining room.

5. Brewer – Sourdough pizza joint and craft beer bar for something more casual

6. Taverna – Stunning courtyard for a cozy dinner or dine inside surrounded by galleries of cool modern art.

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. (more…)

This entry was posted in Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Baby Let’s Cruise

Royal_Caribbean_02 When Royal Caribbean first approached me with the idea of a cruise I was, to be honest, a bit skeptical. I didn’t know what to expect. But this was something new…. this was something different… and I came to find out, this was something AMAZING.

Part of being a great traveler is opening your heart and mind to new experiences, embracing the experience, and making it fun. The only bad thing about this experience was it was way too short!

This past spring Royal Caribbean introduced a new luxury way of cruising with Royal Suite Class. Newly designed suites, bigger than my New York City apartment, with double floor views of the passing sea and very private terraces perfect for sipping champagne at sunset, sunbathing at leisure, reading a book in solitude, or having in-room dining with the best view of our blue planet. Not only was the suite incredible but it comes with a 24/7 “Royal Genie” or personal assistant who takes care of everything from luggage to restaurant reservations, private ship experiences, and ensures you never have to wait in line for any of the long list of activities on board the ship. The quotes dispersed throughout this post were actually hand written notes our genie would leave us everyday to keep us inspired on our journey. I’ve never in my life been so completely taken care of.

Royal_Caribbean_001

So what was it like?

At first, overwhelming. The ship is HUGE and there are so many things to see and do! You can surf, you can fly, you can be a bird in the sky! Bumper cars and table tennis, rock climbing, and multiple pools, a casino, tons of shows and live music venues just to name a few. Or, if you’re like me, you can just relax with a good book, do yoga and spin classes, have some quiet spa time and enjoy incredible specialty restaurants each night on the ship. Among my favorite dining experiences were: Wonderland, a gastronomic restaurant that re-imagines food. Jamie’s Italian, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s take on fresh, seasonal Italian cuisine. Chops Grill, a high end and delicious steakhouse with farm-specific dry aged steak. Izumi, from sushi to sashimi! It was all so wonderful, and there were so many more options than we had time to try!

As we set sail with views of the Manhattan skyline slowly disappearing behind the vastness of sea I found myself feeling quite glamorous. It’s incredibly beautiful and completely luxurious to sail to a destination. To take the time. To enjoy the view. To drink and dine and relax all while maintaining a comfortable pace forward toward paradise. It made flying seem unbelievably inhuman. I have recently been saying to myself, the greatest luxury is time. Not in the sense of doing things more quickly, such as flying, but in the sense of taking time and having time. I took my time to Bermuda, it was so much richer an experience because of it.

Although cruising as part of the Star Class is the most VIP experience available on the seas, it wouldn’t have been nearly as amazing as it was if it weren’t for the incredible crew aboard the ship. With people from all around the world, there was always someone interesting to speak to, to learn about where they are from and what talents they possessed that brought them aboard this vessel. Everyone was happy. Everyone worked together in perfect unison, and you could feel their genuine care for each other. They set the energy and vibe on this ship and made it a wonderful place to spend five nights. So thank you Royal Caribbean for taking care of us all.

Since my return, it has been more than once I have whispered to Kevin… baby let’s cruise.

  Royal_Caribbean_03

Above, coming on board with my Steamline Luggage, Ghurka traveler, and Cuyana tote.

Royal Suite Class

Two deck high stateroom with panoramic views, walk in closet, two bathroom suites, vanity, dining room area, living room and bed facing the beautiful wall of windows looking out to the sea. 

Royal_Caribbean_04 (more…)

This entry was posted in Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Casa Palopo

Casa_Palopo002

Carved into the side of a mountain, high atop Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan, sits the tranquil yet stylish Casa Palopo. The boutique luxury resort consists of only 7 rooms with the crown jewel being the villa on the highest perch, a perfect home to share with girlfriends or a small traveling group. The picturesque pool, the outdoor fireplaces, and the one-of-a-kind decor, with many items imported from Africa, make this a total fantasy of living. From veranda to veranda it’s impossible to feel stress here when all your eyes gaze upon is a view of nature’s spectacular show.

I wish I could have spent a thousand nights here, tucked away into the side of the hill, spending my days painting the ever changing colors of the sky and feeling the beauty of life discovered in Guatemala.

Casa_Palopo005 Casa_Palopo006

Kelly wears a dress by Jonathan Cohen, belt purchased from a local Guatemalan market

Casa_Palopo007 Casa_Palopo008 Casa_Palopo009 (more…)



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

This entry was posted in Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.