To celebrate Valentine’s Day we asked friend of Positive Luxury Storm Keating and her husband Ronan what gifts they’d choose for each other from our #brandstotrust. Over to you guys…
A pampering day with Lisa Franklin
“Storm never treats herself, so a relaxing and pampering experience with Lisa Franklin would be a well-deserved gift. Storm is particular about what she uses on her skin, and I know she’s a big fan of Lisa’s approach to skincare and wellbeing.”
Nestled in the heart of Knightsbridge, Lisa Franklin’s private clinic is a hidden gem, offering treatments that blend skincare, science and makeup. Try the Signature Facial to restore the health and beauty of your skin through traditional hands-on techniques and products featuring plant extracts and effective active ingredients.
I Promise To Love You Bangle by Stephen Webster
“Stephen Webster is a good pal of ours and Storm and I both love his designs. Storm fell in love with this Tracey Emin collection when we saw it at a special viewing, so I’m sure she’d be over the moon with this piece. The message is very appropriate for Valentine’s day too!”
The exquisite and cutting edge designs from Stephen Webster are internationally celebrated for interpreting modern imagery while celebrating traditional craftsmanship. The responsible sourcing behind Stephen Webster’s designs mean you can rest assured when buying from this brand – see Our Guide to Buying Ethical Jewellery for more information.
“Storm and I are avid fans of IWC watches and have been collecting them for years. When we saw the latest Da Vinci collection at SIHH 2017 in Geneva last week, we were blown away by the beauty of the design and feminine appeal. The smaller and slimmer design sits perfectly on my wife’s wrist – although I might have to buy the matching style for me too!”
Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. This year the brand has revisited the Da Vinci collection, featuring classic round cases in a variety of finishes to suit every wrist. The Da Vinci Automatic is unisex, while the Da Vinci Automatic 36 is tailored to women – making these luxury timepieces the ultimate his and hers gift.
Parfum 80 by Aura Soma
“Storm loves collecting different scents for different occasions, so I like to find new ones for her to try. I chose this one because Aura Soma’s Parfum 80 is designed to inspire love and compassion – making it perfect for Valentine’s!”
Aura-Soma Pegasus fragrances combine essential oils and herbal extracts for beautiful aromas that enlighten the wearer’s mood, avoiding the synthetic ingredients that dominate the modern perfume industry. Parfum 80 blends floral notes of carnation, lily and rose together with the warmth of vanilla for a sweet smell that will enhance a romantic moment.
Lovers of Montparnasse Babydoll by Gilda & Pearl
“Well, it is Valentine’s Day after all! This would look stunning on Storm, and bump friendly too.”
Award-winning Gilda & Pearl is renowned for its exquisite luxury lingerie and sleepwear. Each piece is individually made in the UK, featuring English laces from Nottingham and French laces from Calais and Caudry. Opt for the bespoke service at the brand’s London atelier for a one-of-a-kind piece that captivate the creativity and personality of the wearer.
Krug Grande Cuvée
“Everyone loves champagne to celebrate a memorable occasion. We particularly love Krug’s Grande Cuvée for some celebratory indulgence!”
House of Krug is the first champagne to have been awarded the Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury. The brand works diligently to nourish its vineyards through continued research to preserve the land – treating each individual plot as a unique living environment. Scan the unique ID number found on each bottle to discover the heritage and wealth of knowledge that goes into every bottle of Krug.
A trip to Soneva Jani, Maldives
“Ro works so hard all year, so the idea of making him stop and take some time for himself is always super appealing. The wide range of activities at Soneva Jani appeals – allowing us to rejuvenate and relax, while staying active too.”
Soneva Jani is a luxury resort that is rooted in a sustainable approach to travel. Visit this idyllic Maldives destination for crystal clear waters fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery. Stretching over a private 5.6 kilometre private lagoon, Soneva Jani inspires a sense of calm and tranquillity – making it perfect for a romantic getaway, or even a honeymoon!
Bespoke Backgammon Set by Alexandra Llewellyn
“On rainy weekends, we love to cosy up at home with a board game. So I’d love to ask Alexandra Llewellyn to design us a personalised backgammon set that represents us as a couple”.
The beautiful backgammon boards and games tables from Alexandra Llewellyn feature ornate designs and adornments of semi-precious stones. Each design is made in the UK by a team of master craftsman, for a stunning item that can be passed down the generations. You can also commission a bespoke board that reflects your own style, or commemorates a special memory.
Facial Fuel from Kiehl’s
“Ro likes to look after his skin but like a lot of men, he finds it hard to know what to buy. This Kiehl’s Facial Fuel kit will be great for him because it includes everything that’s needed for a solid skin care routine and without the fuss.”
Kiehl’s products are packed with naturally-derived ingredients, combining the best of homeopathic remedies with advanced science. The aptly named Facial Fuel range for Men is enriched with vitamins and citrus extracts to invigorate and brighten the skin. The wash and scrub will refresh and awaken, while the moisturiser keeps skin kissably-soft.
No.25 Cardholder by Passavant and Lee
“What every gentleman needs! It’s hard to choose because every piece in the Passavant and Lee collection is divine, but this would be a stunning token for Ro to have with him everywhere.”
The statement accessories from emerging luxury brand Passavant and Lee are as pioneering as the men for whom they are designed. Each piece – from briefcases to cardholders – are designed in New York and manufactured in Britain, combining the spirit of American engineering with traditional English craftsmanship.