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The extraordinary innovators creating real impact and shared value

For over 150 years, Abdul Samad Al Qurashi has reigned as the unrivalled epitome of Arabian perfumery. Founded in 1852 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, this family-owned perfume house has crafted exceptional fragrances that celebrate natural ingredients and traditional blending methods.

With utmost care, Abdul Samad Al Qurashi curates rare, natural perfume oils — derived from ouds, exotic flowers, spices, and resins.

Drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage and captivating landscapes of the region, Abdul Samad Al Qurashi perfumes evoke the essence of Arabian elegance, transporting wearers to a world of enchantment, where old traditions and modern sophistication intertwine in perfect harmony.

The NOVESTA brand lives by a straightforward yet profound motto: "Walk in Style." This motto isn't merely a catchphrase; it is a guiding principle that permeates every pair of sneakers the brand makes.

Novesta’s production began in the 1930s when shoemaker Jan Antonin Bata opened a new factory in Partizánske, Slovakia. It is presently one of the few European brands produced entirely in Europe.

Each Novesta heritage product prioritizes longevity, using carefully selected materials and traditional methods. The sneakers offer timeless aesthetics and exceptional durability, including washability, replaceable insoles, and enduring natural rubber outsoles.

Ameos is a Swedish eyewear brand challenging the commercial eyewear market through the infusion of colour and creativity. The company’s founder, Tony Lehtimäki, is constantly experimenting with colours and new materials to create frames that exude confidence.

Innovation remains at the heart of Ameos’s design philosophy and the brand takes a devil-may-care approach to self-expression. It defies conventional norms of style without compromising quality. Each Ameos model has a personality and presence of its own: a fearless alter ego that reveals itself in sunlight.

Ameos allows us to observe the world in colour.

For all the discerning gentlemen of Milan, the Antica Barbieria Colla salon is a haven of care. The over one-hundred-year-old barbershop is a Milanese grooming institution. There, under the watchful eyes of finicky barbers, every product used in treatments is handmade in-house.

A barber hailing from Ferrara, Dino Carlo, opened the first Antica Barbieria Colla salon in the heart of Milan in 1904. Since 1960, the salons have been operated by the Bompieri family.

Today, the Bompieris are keen on sharing Antica Colla’s premium line of grooming products with discerning gentlemen of the world.

Every now and again, you stumble across a perfume house that sticks to the basics but adds a touch of funk.

Enter Maison Matine: a decidedly French perfume house focusing on simplicity, quality raw materials, and playful visual art to make perfumery less sober, more fun.

Founded by Arthur Ponroy and Marie Kellou in 2019, Maison Matine has released a series of so-called ‘Graphic Perfumes’ that brings niche perfumery closer to art than ever before. The olfactory-visual symbiosis, coupled with the brand’s strict sustainability policy, makes Maison Matine perfumes impossible to resist; the chic perfumes are art objects to be worn and collected.

Forged by fire and sculpted by hands: Farac Fine jewellery is the brainchild of master jeweller Marko Farac.

Fusing older more traditional techniques with newer technologies, Farac jewellery is a testament to genuine craft and attention to detail. From lighting a torch to melting down precious metals, crafting fine intricate filigree, or manipulating and shaping the precious metal into unique forms, the Farac workshop is leading the renaissance of handmade jewellery in Croatia.

Each Farac piece is handmade from 100 % recycled silver and/or gold alloys.

The idea behind Kaffeeform was developed in 2009, fuelled by the intention to create a sustainable material that aims to take advantage of coffee grounds, a waste material readily available, to become an alternative to plastics.

In 2015, after five years of experimentation and investigation, Kaffeeform finally had it – a unique formula to upcycle old coffee into new, beautifully designed products. The iconic Kaffeeform Cups were born. Kaffeeform diverts old coffee grounds and beechwood scraps from landfills and upcycle them into their signature material compositions — which are then transformed into durable, robust, and sustainable designs for everyday use.

The use of renewable, plant-derived materials and bio-based polymers offer the same advantages of robust plastic – functionality and durability, minus the nasty petroleum-based ingredients and their impact on our health and our planet. The brand has taken the concept of circularity to a new level: granting renewable resources – that would have ended up in the trash – a second life by transforming them into beautiful everyday objects.

Wave Murano Glass was born in 2017 from master-glassmaker Roberto Beltrami’s passion for craft.

Based on the island of Murano, Venice, Wave Murano Glass is honing the ancient art of blown glass making. The stated mission of Murano Glass is to preserve the millenary tradition of glassmaking on the Island of Murano while also innovating with the help of modern technology.

Thanks to the company’s constant strive to innovate, Wave Murano is the only factory on the Murano Island to have built a glass melting furnace with a ground-breaking waste heat recuperation system that reduces energy use and helps lower environmental impact. The company runs 5 glass melting furnaces in a building dating from the 1850s.

For hectic mornings and tranquil evenings.

Hailing from the deep forests of Prauleina in Latvia, PLÜKT is a purveyor of specialty herbal teas. The mother-daughter team behind the brand have as their mission to enhance the daily tea ritual by offering the most sustainable tea in the market. All Plükt herbs are hand-picked from wildlife certified-organic meadows and forests in Northern Europe. The company sources the herbs from about 20 certified-organic farms and owners of certified-organic fields.

Plükt is the first brand to offer herbal tea served in plant-based pyramid tea bags which biodegrade within 30-60 days. A mix of different plant starches can be found in the packaging material. While 96% of teacups brewed worldwide contain plastic particles, all Plükt products are completely free from plastics. Connoisseurs of high-quality herbal teas will find the PLÜKT offerings especially rewarding. If taste is not enough, PLÜKT teas also offer the ultimate aesthetic experience with Nordic inspired minimalistic designs.

Dingbats* is an eco-friendly brand of stationery developed for wordsmiths.

All notebooks are hand-made with minimalistic ornamental motifs and bear the stamp of approval from the Forest Stewardship Council. The materials used are degradable, vegan and recyclable. Dingbats* are produced by the oldest established company in Lebanon, Société Kamel Bekdache et Fils SAL (SKB). SKB is a privately owned family business established in 1800 reaching its fifth generation of continued operation today.

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