O christ­mas Tree

Life­style queen Bon­nae Gok­son, the owner of Sevva and Ms B’s Cakery, says her favourite time of the year is Christ­mas—es­pe­cially this year, as she is work­ing on a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cartier

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Bon­nae Gok­son tells of her spe­cial Christ­mas col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cartier

Tell us a lit­tle about your Cartier project? My col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cartier is a spe­cial one. We kicked off the part­ner­ship with an in­ti­mate din­ner that I co­hosted with them last month at Sevva. You know, the world is chang­ing; no one re­ally wants huge, mass events any more. And Sevva was the per­fect set­ting for what they were look­ing for. They in­vited friends of their brand and I in­vited some of my friends for a beau­ti­ful din­ner and a re­ally fun evening. For Christ­mas I will cre­ate a be­spoke cake in part­ner­ship with Cartier, which they will be send­ing to friends of the brand as a nice Christ­mas gift. I can’t give you too many de­tails as it will be a sur­prise and I don’t want to ruin it.

What made you ac­cept Cartier’s in­vi­ta­tion? I am con­stantly be­ing ap­proached to work with lux­ury brands on spe­cial pro­jects and I of­ten turn them down. I think it’s im­por­tant for me to work with brands that have sim­i­lar vi­sions and brand stand­ing. Cartier al­ways up­holds their stan­dards; whether it’s a gor­geous piece of jew­ellery or a beau­ti­ful event, ev­ery­thing is ex­e­cuted flaw­lessly. I’ve al­ways no­ticed the at­ten­tion to de­tail that Cartier’s team put into their events and am con­stantly im­pressed by their work. So when they ap­proached me to col­lab­o­rate, it was ac­tu­ally an hon­our for me to know that they see me as some­one wor­thy of work­ing with them. What is your favourite child­hood mem­ory of Christ­mas? I re­mem­ber beau­ti­ful Christ­mases as a child. It was al­ways a time for giv­ing and shar­ing and we al­ways got lots of presents, yet we never for­got the true mean­ing be­hind the holiday and at­tended Christ­mas mass with our fam­ily. Our home was al­ways decked out with fes­tive decor and the smell of fresh Christ­mas trees filled the air. Grow­ing up, we spent most Christ­mases in Syd­ney with my grand­mother and I re­mem­ber so clearly walk­ing by the kitchen and watch­ing the maids pour brandy into the Christ­mas pud­ding. When­ever I have Christ­mas pud­ding now it re­minds me of my grand­mother.

Do you have any Christ­mas tra­di­tions? I have to dec­o­rate trees. It’s a given. And when I’m done dec­o­rat­ing my own tree at home, I dec­o­rate the trees at Sevva and Ms B’s Cakery. For many years now, our guests at Sevva look for­ward to all the dec­o­ra­tions and, yes, I do them all my­self. I love col­lect­ing dec­o­ra­tions from all my trav­els around the world and at the end of the year when Christ­mas rolls around and I put them on my trees, it’s like a lit­tle re­minder of my year and where I’ve been. This year I went to Mai­son & Ob­jet, which is a de­sign and gift fair in Paris, and also sourced dec­o­ra­tions from the US and the Philippines.

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