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ON THE ROAD
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Travelling to shop just got a whole lot chicer. Dipal Acharya meets the brands moving us from high street to high resort

The sustainable story:
The Agora at Six Senses Ibiza

Like its Greek namesake, the Agora is much more than a retail space. It’s a mindfully curated marketplace with sustainability at its heart. Created by journalist Tiffanie Darke and stylist Daniela Agnelli, the intention is for it to feel like a ‘live magazine’ — rails organised by sustainable themes and stories rather than endless pieces from one designer.

It’s been an Insta-success — with stars from Alexa Chung to Kate Moss coming through the doors — but this isn’t mere happenstance. The Agora has a strong link to the magazine and digital spaces that Darke and Agnelli have worked in. ‘They are all united by a single idea, which is a curated point of view. Good magazines and good Instagram feeds tell a strong story. This is the IRL version of that,’ says Darke.

Hero brands include CDLP, a smart men’s underwear label that has expanded into swimwear made from recycled ocean plastics, SMR Days and Annie’s Ibiza, which sit alongside established names such as La Double J. And for those fabulous Ibiza nights? Darke and Agnelli are collaborating with rental platform My Wardrobe HQ, so that your dream Giambattista Valli party frock is ready for you on arrival. Clever.

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The green and pleasant market:
The Market at Fowey Hall, Cornwall

There is nothing nicer than coming out on a Sunday morning to the smell of a bacon sandwich, coffee and some bustle,’ laughs Fiona Golfar. Created by long-time Cornish residents Cathy St Germans (co-founder of the Port Eliot Festival), Harriet Baylis and Golfar, contributing editor to House & Garden, The Market at Fowey Hall was originally aimed at bringing together local growers, weavers and potters who were adversely affected by the lockdowns.

‘There was an enormous sense of isolation,’ says Golfar. ‘We wanted to bring the community together.’ While little people are entertained by storytellers, grown-ups can buy everything from freshly baked loaves — by Lola’s, a new enterprise from former Clove Club head chef Tim Spedding — to apple juice from Trenderway Farm (Skye Gyngell now stocks it at her Notting Hill deli). ‘Tell the people,’ reads the posters. You’d be silly not to.

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The stately interiors spot:
Eagle & Hodges at Oakley Court, Windsor

Oakley Court is the first major interiors project for Alex Eagle and Sophie Hodges, who have breathed new life into what was once a drab hotel by celebrating great British craftsmanship.
It’s also the ideal backdrop for the pair to launch their eponymous brand. ‘We champion British and Irish fabrics, but we haven’t been in a rush to bring out a huge range,’ says Eagle. ‘We really spend time perfecting the colours that we love.’

Furniture is available in a trio of materials (linen, velvet and a Chanel-worthy bouclé) and customers can choose the colour, shape and dimensions and have it made to order. There are also off-the-peg items (think napkins and hand-blown glasses) available directly from Oakley Court or the Eagle & Hodges website. It’s the chicest way to bring the hotel home.

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