Eric Johnson looks exactly how you want your personal trainer to look. Tall, muscular and warm in his presence and delivery, Eric is supremely well-versed in the precise way a body moves and manoeuvres. Together, Eric and his brother Ryan founded Homage, a New York-based fitness company offering the best in personalised high-performance training. And for over 10 years, Eric has trained Scarlett Johansson, helping to prepare the actor for a slew of high-octane action films, including her forthcoming starring role as Black Widow. Eric and Ryan train a long list of high-profile clients, which often means they work from five-star hotels, private residences and personal gyms. They also have a state-of-the art fitness facility in The Alyn, a high-end property in New York, as well as a training space in the well-heeled Miami venue 321 Ocean and the Clifton in DC.
Sustainability ought not to be only a buzz word, but an area of action for every Londoner young and old. Positive Luxury has a simple goal, to connect luxury brands and people who care about the future. One way of doing this is with their Butterfly Mark, a symbol of trust earned by brands that have adopted sustainability as a business strategy. Furthermore, Positive Luxury has announced an initiative that aims to bring sustainability discussions into the mainstream, sparking positive debate and conversation around relevant topics, including ocean conservation and sustainable sourcing to mindfulness and how to travel responsibly. Webinars take place bi-weekly on Tuesday at 3pm and then can later be downloaded and listened to freely. Forthcoming talks include Justin Smith of the Evolved Traveler discussing responsible travel on September 24; Vishnee Sowamber who leads sustainability and CSR at The Lux Collective is leading a talk on October 22; and Sylvie Bernard, the Corporate Environment Director at LVMH discussing sustainability within the company on September 10.
When The White Company enters into a new market or industry, there is one thing for certain, the execution will be flawless. Moving into skincare and body products was an obvious area of growth for the high-end British homeware brand. In 2018, the White Company won three Beauty Shortlist Awards and one Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, for its paraben-free skincare range. Robust and considered, the line includes a cleanser, a serum, a moisturiser, a clay mask, delicate cotton face cloths and much more. The products look lovely inside a vanity and also travel well.
Amelia Freer At Limewood
Bestselling author and nutritional therapist Amelia Freer has teamed up with Limewood, the luxury getaway in the New Forest to offer nutritional guidance and support. Amelia’s approach is both scientific and holistic, eschewing fad diets and marketing hype. Amelia’s partnership with the hotel is all-encompassing, including a series of well-balanced dishes on the menu at Hartnett Holder & Co and Raw & Cured, which take their influences from her methods, as well as more hands-on opportunities, the likes of cooking classes and well-being workshops hosted by Amelia. Plant-based foods, blood-sugar management and positive nutrition, Amelia covers it all. Beyond this, the hotel is branching into retreats and bootcamps, working as well with the much-lauded London trainer Matt Roberts.
Class culture has completely uprooted the fitness industry. Long gone are the days of arduous sessions on ellipticals and solitary stationary bike rides, as more and more fitness enthusiasts are cherry picking different fitness classes, adapting their routine each week. Third Space – with studios in Soho, Marylebone, the City, Tower Bridge, Islington and Canary Wharf – has managed to stay cutting edge by continually building out its class offering. One of the newest additions is the Lift class – a strength workout, with weights, kettlebells and dumbbells that focuses as much on form as number of reps.
Lanserhof At The Arts Club
In the world of wellness and well-being, the Lanserhof name practically needs no introduction. For over 30 years, Lanserof has been one of Europe’s leading health resorts. With robust clinics in Austria and Germany, it was high-time to open an outpost in London. Having partnered with the Arts Club, the impressive multi-storey Lanserhof facilities are practically across the street from the prestigious Mayfair venue. On site, there is no shortage of cutting-edge technologies, including the functional spine lab; the Styku Scan, which calculates millions of measurements with 2mm accuracy and reconstruct your body in 3D; and the Icaros virtual-reality fitness experience. In addition to a fully functional medical team and state-of-the-art facilities, there is a cryotherapy chamber, a members’ lounge offering an all-day healthy menu, and a gym that’s so clever it can remember your precise settings each time you visit.
320MHz Organic Skincare
We love a super food. And this new line of organic skincare is made using organic rose otto essential oil is, which us extracted from the petals of the Rosa Damascena. All products from 320MHz are made without preservatives of additives, there are no synthetic perfumes or parabens and the entire line is vegan. And of course in our world where every consumer is spoiled for choice, efficacy is also paramount to this young brand.
Linnaean at Nine Elms
Designed by Martin Brudnizki studios – the team behind many Soho House locations, Annabel’s and Sexy Fish, to name but a few, Linnaean is set to be a multi-purpose space focused on health and well-being in South London. Located within the Embassy Gardens property development in Vauxhall, moments from the new US Embassy, Linnaean is part-restaurant part-store and part- salon. Everything you could need and want under one roof, the restaurant will focus on low-GI, high-nutrient super foods. The retail space will stock all the leading brands in skincare and beauty – including Allies of Skin, Grown Alchemist and Axiology. There will also be a hair salon, manicure and pedicure stations, and four treatment rooms. Linnaean is opening in September 2019.
Facialist Vivienne Talsmat
Vivienne Talsmat is unapologetically passionate about skincare. Having opened her first clinic back in 1996, Vivienne is known around the world for her facial techniques. She has seen over 40,000 clients since setting out. Her technique? Vivienne combines vigorous Japanese sculpting massage with peels, micro-needling and a range of tried-and-tested anti-ageing techniques. Believing that what we put on our bodies is as important as what we put inside, each treatment is combined with one of Vivienne’s home-blended smoothies. Working out of her clinic in South West London, when you visit Vivienne there is no menu or treatment list, as she tailors every facial to what the client needs in that instance, while also keeping up with the latest research and technologies in the industry.
Peak Health Retreats
Words like bespoke and personalised are overused constantly. Particularly around health and fitness. But at Peak Health in picturesque Saas-Fee Switzerland, there really is no one size fits all. The focus here is on creating healthy and balanced patterns and habits, not just quick fixes. Sharpening fitness, mental resilience and honing one’s eating, while focusing on better sleep and complete nutrition, Peak Health is a place to reset. The days are long and tough, with varied fitness challenges – including three- and four-hour hikes, yoga, Pilates and outdoor runs – alongside workshops, massage treatments and talks. Throughout the summer, different visiting practitioners and coaches lead specific retreats, so no two weeks are the same. The surrounds, both from the undulating Swiss mountains are the five-star accommodations at Le Capra, combine to make this without a doubt one of the leading retreats worldwide.
Customers are becoming a whole lot more savvy about their products, what is in them and what has been left out. According to Circumference, a young American beauty brand focused on creating quality products that are natural and sustainable, there are thousands of ingredients used in cosmetic products that research is now coming to believe cause more harm than good. The Circumference team is constantly reading and reviewing the most up-to-date science and reformulating products as required. Every product is 100 percent toxin free; Circumference never accepts single-use plastics, and they only package in recyclable materials.