One more sleep until the Urbis Designday! What's been happening with our installation with Kathryn Wilson Footwear and Coastal Design? Check out the Urbis interview with Jo Eddington below...
When the three-way collaboration between Coastal Design, shoe designer Kathryn Wilson and leading concierge company Touch of Spice was announced, everyone was fascinated to see what would emerge. With Urbis Designday only a few days away, Urbis spoke to designer and owner of Coastal Design, Jo Eddington, about what`s in wait for Designday guests visiting the showroom.
Q Can you describe your installation in five words?
???You`ll have to come see!
Q What is waiting for Designday guests when they arrive at Coastal Design?
Im pretty excited to make our debut at Urbis Designday 2012. I won`t give too much away though! We`ve taken the theme Colour in Motion and put our own unique and fun twist on it, so expect vibrant, rich colour???drama ???and a few quirky surprises!
Q What has been the best thing about working with Kathryn Wilson and Touch of Spice?
The best thing is the incredible buzz and excitement around creating something unique and fun for our first Designday. Kathryn is a great friend so I was thrilled to collaborate with her as my creative partner. She`s an incredibly talented designer with amazing ideas ??? anyone who knows Kath knows how infectious her energy is so that has been great. As soon as we sat down together we immediately knew what we wanted to do and we set about bringing our vision for Designday to life. That`s when Jacqui and the Touch of Spice team stepped in. It is brilliant to have them involved; their ability to pull off first class events is renowned New Zealand wide, so they are taking care of every last detail to bring our ideas to life. How lucky are we! We are also fortunate to have some fantastic sponsors on board including BMW, Veuve Cliquot, M.A.C, Westpac Private Bank, Kim Crawford Wines, Natural Tree Products, Vide Flora and more.
Q Any stressful moments in the preparation?
None so far - just lots of good energy! We`ve got a cool support team working crazy hours this week to make the day great and we`re all just really excited. I`m looking forward to seeing everyone and hoping they enjoy our installation, as we plan on having seriously good fun on Saturday.
Touch of Spice is delighted to announce that Jacqui Spice has been named as one of Cond? Nast Traveler??s Villa Specialists for 2012.
For the past seven years, the prestigious American travel magazine Cond? Nast Traveler has published this list of the top villa professionals around the world.
Jacqui Spice, founder and CEO of Touch of Spice, has been named as one of their Villa Specialists for 2012, the fourth year in a row.
Jacqui is delighted with the honour - "Awards and endorsements from Cond? Nast Traveler carry huge prestige with influential people on where they should travel to next. Our client base is predominantly Australians and New Zealanders so this award will help us grow our European and American clients immensely."
Win a weekend of luxury in Queenstown courtesy of Touch of Spice Events, Kathryn Wilson Footwear and Coastal Design with the Urbis Designday!
Just visit the Coastal Design Showroom at 24 Garfield Street, Parnell, Auckland as part of Urbis Designday on Saturday 24 March and vote for us!
The installation is a collaboration of 3 great creative minds - Jacqui Spice from Touch of Spice, Kathryn Wilson from Kathryn Wilson Footwear and Jo Eddington from Coastal Design.
Jacqui Spice is featured in the latest edition of ME Magazine in the ME Entrepreneur section.
Jacqui Spice is the founder, sole shareholder and CEO of Touch of Spice. She has over two decades of experience in luxury hospitality, specialising in catering to the discerning traveller. ME Magazine first met her about a year and a half ago, we were pleasantly surprised at her down to earth nature, major levels of enthusiasm and her tenacity, which were all apparent from the moment we met Jacqui.
How long has the company been operating for and how did it start?
The business has been operating for just over 6 years now. I started Touch of Spice in Queenstown as it is not only New Zealand`s adventure playground, it`s also where the affluent go to play. After many years working on board luxury Super Yachts travelling around the world catering to VIP`s and the like I recognised a gap in NZ for a land-based version of what I was doing - hence I set up Touch of Spice, your personal concierge. This later became The Touch of Spice Group as our concierge services expanded.
How old are you?
40 just turned??? ssshhh.
What was the first business you owned and/or first job you ever had?
The first job I ever had would have been a paper round while I was still at school begrudgingly no doubt - I always felt I was destined for bigger and better things so after that pretty much didn`t have a job until I left school at the ripe old age of 16. I became a receptionist for a dental company called Ivoclar Dental and then moved up the secretarial ranks until I realized there must be more to life and went overseas to work in the luxury yachting industry.
Check out the full article plus great pictures of Jacqui with her son Ollie here - http://www.memagazine.co.nz/
Read Richard Turen's, contributing editor of Travel Weekly, article on the Conde Nast Travel Specialist summit in LA recently.
Jacqui Spice has been named as a Villa Specialist by Conde Nast for the last three years.
Introducing the world`s best vacation crafters
I took flight to Southern California last week, for a few days at the largely undiscovered Terranea Resort, and started feeling good the moment I arrived at this lovely 582-room, 102-acre oasis of calm and comfort plopped down along one of the most gorgeous stretches of Pacific Ocean landscape on the West Coast.
I was a guest at the annual gathering of industry lights who have been named to Conde Nast Traveler`s list of the World`s Top Travel Specialists. There were meetings with the magazine`s editors, plus discussions of trends and the role of social media.
I couldn`t wait to get back and introduce you to some of the people I met among this gathering of small-business owners from all over the world, who managed to be so good at what they do that they were decreed "best" by Conde Nast Traveler...
You can read the rest of Richard`s article at http://www.travelweekly.com/Richard-Turen/Introducing-the-world-s-best-vacation-crafters/#disqus_thread