When two brands collide
Glenmorangie and Finlay hold launch party For new sunglasses venture
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.