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A sustainable getaway in the Cotswolds
Last month, the English Cotswolds welcomed another pub hotel, the Fox, which is, fittingly, the sister property of the Wild Rabbit, a traditional inn in Kingham. Both are owned by the Bamford family, who also operate close to Daylesford Organic Farm and its associated grocers and cafe outposts in London. The new six-room site occupies a 19th-century building on the bend of the high street in Lower Oddington, a postcard-pretty parish three miles northwest of Kingham and a mile west of the farm. For the refurbishment, Carole Bamford has adopted a ‘zero to landfill’ policy, meaning she’s partnered with suppliers who recycle all the waste generated by their work, and the hotel itself will run entirely on renewable energy. Local sheep, including her own Lleyn herd, provided wool for insulation and mattresses. She enlisted local craftsmen from Gloucestershire to make the four-poster beds and comfortable armchairs, rounding it off with antiques from all over England and Wales. Finally, there’s a rooftop garden planted with British wildflowers and annuals to create a bountiful haven for bees and butterflies – and spices for Chef Alan Gleeson’s pub menu, including wood-roasted violets. artichokes with salsa verde and Aperol spritz jelly with raspberries. Guests at the Fox, like those at the Wild Rabbit, can make appointments at the famous Bamford Wellness Spa, which is housed in a white barn in Daylesford and offers treatments and wellness classes. And who wouldn’t want to end a day of hiking in the countryside with a massage? Rooms from about $275 (including breakfast), thefoxatoddington.com.
After having her first child in 2019, Seoul-based entrepreneur and fashion designer Jong Min Baek went on a quest to find a detergent that was gentle enough for newborns. However, whatever she found made her do separate loads, for there was nothing mild enough for her daughter yet effective enough for her own clothes. So she started developing her own laundry detergent, Laverée ($9-$45), which she launched this spring after more than a year of research. It is free from toxic dyes, endocrine disruptors and skin-irritating enzymes and is packaged in recycled plastic bottles. There is an unscented version for those who also want to avoid fragrance. Otherwise, try the Forest formula, which is inspired by Seattle, where Laverée is made, and with notes of cypress. For another gentle yet capable option, try the Laundress’s new Summer Fridays offering ($25), which is dermatologically tested and free of petroleum, phthalates, and parabens — and smells like oakmoss, freshwater, jasmine, and warm ambergris. Finally, Dirty Labs, an EWG-certified clean brand founded by chemist Dr. Pete He and the entrepreneur David Watkins, an eco-friendly laundry detergent ($14-$22) that uses Phytolase, the brand’s patented 5-in-1 enzyme. powered cleaning technology and non-toxic petroleum-based surfactants. Starting this month, it will be available at Whole Foods.
A popular restaurant in Paris is coming to Hollywood
Next week, the popular Parisian restaurant Mr. Named after its chef, Tsuyoshi Miyazaki, who applies classic French techniques to dishes inspired by street food from cities around the world, T has a second location on Sycamore Avenue in Hollywood. To design the new space, which is larger than the original but retains the intimate atmosphere of a bistro, restorer and owner Guillaume Guedj collaborated with architect Richard Altuna, who died last year before the project was completed. “We wanted to use as many natural materials as possible,” Guedj says. Hence the rough stones such as white quartz used on the bar and counters, and the furniture, sourced from artisans outside Mexico City, made largely of tzalam wood. As in Paris, music — and more specifically a 90s hip-hop and R&B soundtrack — will help set the tone. Cocktails include the Can’t Knock the Hustle (Japanese whiskey and amaro flecked with smoked cinnamon) and the Mr. T (vodka, blackberries and mint with St. Germain foam), while the food menu includes roast lamb kebab; Comté mac and cheese with flambé mimolette; and koshihikari rice and candied egg yolk with sea urchin cream. Quickly enjoy summer specials such as a Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes and fresh peaches, made with produce sourced from a combination of local suppliers and the on-site herb garden. instagram.com/mrtlarestaurant.
Across the country, speed rails and home bar carts are filling with bottles from brands that use unexpected ingredients to reinvent classic spirits. For a sustainable alternative to mezcal, which relies on slow-growing agave plants that are in high demand, Matchbook Distilling of Greenport, NY, offers Late Embers Sunchoke + Honey, a smoky spirit derived from locally grown and then fermented roasted sunchokes, which are so hearty they are borderline invasive. Good Vodka was launched in 2015 by Tristan Willey and Mark Byrne, who met at Brooklyn’s Kings County Distillery. It is not made from the sugar of potatoes or grapes, as is often the case, but from that of coffee cherry pulp, of which 15 million tons are thrown away annually during the roasting process. Using so-called discarded fruit reduces water waste and carbon emissions, while providing a new revenue stream for Colombian coffee farmers. “There’s a bit of a peppery note coming through on the back of the profile, reminiscent of the taste of ripe coffee fruit, if you bite into it,” says Byrne. Another new vodka is on the horizon thanks to Voatka, a soon-to-be-launched brand and spirit of founder Rebecca Robertson, made from organic oats. “Vodka is so clean and using oats gives it a layer of heat with a deeper base of creamy flavor,” says Robertson, who works with Matchbook Distilling for production. Think of it as a kind of alt-alt milk.
Janie Korn started out as a ceramist, but traded clay for wax half a decade ago, hoping to create more interaction between her work and the viewer. Now she makes sculptural candles that often refer to pop culture and, due to the nature of candles, are a way of marking the passage of time. That’s especially true of her latest collection, “Have a Nice Summer,” which is launching today. Commissioned by New York-based artist-led design studio Fort Makers, it perfectly captures the carefree, languid spirit of August, along with the accompanying blues brought on by the knowledge that the season is soon coming to an end. “You can feel it’s a temporary experience — we’ve got X amount of summer left,” says Korn, who modeled the 10-piece offerings after a bottle of Water Babies sunscreen, a mustard-infused hot dog, a cassette-ready boombox, a “Jaws” (1975) movie poster and other nostalgic staples. A neon tennis ball balances on a racket and a family of Bic lighters in different colors and sizes promise to burn as if by their own flames. For her part, Korn, who lives in Manhattan, will spend the next few weeks not on the beach, but in Hudson, NY, where she rents a house and plans to reread fairy tales, which will be the focus of an upcoming collection. But maybe she’s working by candlelight by nightfall. from $125, fortmakers.com.
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