When two brands col­lide

Glen­morangie and Fin­lay hold launch party For new sun­glasses ven­ture

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The best of bri­tish tal­ent turned out last month to cel­e­brate the launch of the world’s first whisky sun­glasses, crafted from Glen­morangie orig­i­nal casks.

stars in­clud­ing James Pure­foy, Jas­mine Guin­ness, Cara Theobold, Chris­tian Cooke, richard Lin­tern, Jonny bairstow, sam Kee­ley, Natalie Pinkham, Craig Mcgin­lay, ru­ar­idh Jackson and Jessie buck­ley ex­plored the scottish high­land Dis­tillery’s lim­ited-edi­tion sun­glasses range, Glen­morangie orig­i­nals, cre­ated as part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion with fin­lay & Co., mak­ers of crafted wooden-framed sun­glasses. This lim­ited edi­tion eye­wear is fash­ioned from oak wood taken from casks only ever used twice to age Glen­morangie orig­i­nal.

in Glen­morangie’s Un­seen bar in soho, guests were in­vited to try the hand­crafted sun­glasses and to sam­ple Glen­morangie’s inim­itable char­ac­ter in cock­tails in­spired by the whisky’s casks.

the chef makes full use of the nat­u­ral re­sources at his dis­posal, show­cas­ing the re­gion’s fab­u­lous pro­duce (in­clud­ing veg­eta­bles from the res­tau­rant’s own small­hold­ing) in dishes that re­spect Italy’s culi­nary tra­di­tions, while ex­plor­ing new fron­tiers. this ap­proach also re­flects Crippa’s Cv, which in­cludes spells work­ing with some of europe’s most in­flu­en­tial chefs from Fer­ran adrià and michel Bras to the god­fa­ther of Ital­ian cui­sine, Gualtiero march­esi.

Clas­sics such as suck­ling pig with as­para­gus or Fas­sona veal tartare are off­set by more dar­ing mod­ernist dishes on the menu. think ‘olives’ that are ac­tu­ally made with minced veal and lan­gous­tine or ‘fake pep­per’ cre­ated from tuna and an­chovy pastes. Crippa’s time in Ja­pan, where he opened a res­tau­rant in Kobe for march­esi, is also ref­er­enced with the use of dashi stock and tem­pura, while alba’s most fa­mous ex­port takes pride of place on a lux­u­ri­ous sea­sonal white truf­fle menu.

the res­tau­rant, which is the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion with a lo­cal fam­ily wine busi­ness, has a stel­lar cel­lar con­tain­ing wines from many of Italy’s great­est vine­yards, in­clud­ing a wide se­lec­tion avail­able by the glass.

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