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Sara White Wilson
It was with naiveté that Sara moved to Paris. Her goal? To find the luxury goods Zeitgeist as well as an analysis as to why people spend so irrationally on luxury. The result? The city has allowed to her to make a living writing about its craftsmanship traditions and haute jewellery/couture. She still doesn’t have an answer to her question but when she’s not a hired scribe, she’s developing a thesis on the modern dandy.
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Christopher Al-Omary Fiorello
Yemeni-Italian by blood and American by birth, Christopher is a former sociologist and current writer of all things cultural. He studied Arab migration patterns in urban metropolises by spending his days working at Yemeni-owned off-licences in the US. Now in Beirut, he works for a startup data visualisation firm and grumbles about the humidity.
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Dawn Gay
When she’s not at her desk in the sleepy village of Ingatestone with her head buried in travel, politics or culture, Dawn can be found doing dressage in the Essex countryside. With a Masters in radio journalism, she started as a stringer filing stories from South East Asia before returning to the UK for stints at the BBC and Discovery.
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Ken Kessler
Unimpressed by the 21st century, America-born but England-based writer Ken enjoys expensive, if slightly retro boys’ toys, including long-play records, original film cameras, mechanical watches and fountain pens. Ken has written four books on luxury hi-fi equipment and collects chronographs, detective novels and scale model Bugattis.
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Damien Reid
The seed to be a motoring journalist was planted at 14, when Damien knocked on every possible car magazine’s door in his hometown of Sydney, pleading for work experience to stay out of school. Barely able to see over the wheel, he was road-testing a new car while his peers were in class. At 19, the youngest-ever motoring editor of a national newspaper, he’s just as passionate about his subject 30 years later.
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Leone Lakhani
Leone caught the journalism bug in her final year of university. She worked part-time for local magazines to see if she really liked the craft. Soon she was able to “craft” a mean cup of coffee for her bosses, learning the art of stuffing envelopes on weekends. Many cups later, she moved into the world of broadcast television, first at BBC World then CNN International, where she’s now a correspondent. Her reporting has taken her from the Middle East to South Africa, China to the Arctic.
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Youmna Chlala
A Lebanese writer and artist who still believes in the Mediterranean sea as the ultimate lingua franca, Youmna Chlala grew up in Beirut, then LA and she is currently based in New York. Her artwork, which has been exhibited internationally, is an investigation of fate and architecture through fiction, video, sculpture and performance.
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Alex Smith
Having worked as an English teacher, a Naval officer, a Powerboat Tester and a magazine editor, Alex Smith is now in love with life as a photojournalist and writer. Specialising in people, places, machines and gastronomy, he happily roams the globe in search of things that make him smile. He lives and works aboard his beloved 60-foot boat in the historic English city of Bath, where he harbours secret plans to establish an artisan brewery.
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Farah Aljundi
Fiercely independent, courageous and with a witty sense of humour, Farah describes herself as a typical Aquarius woman who’s comfortable dancing outside the box but only so long as it’s in a pair of heels. A designer herself, she has worked with the likes of Ermanno Scervino, Georges Chakra and Roberto Cavalli. Now based in Istanbul, she is busy setting up her own company, Stitch, which will serve as a platform for designers and consultants alike.
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Dana Farouki
Dana is a Palestinian-American who describes her father as a Sufi and her mother as fabulous. With alternating zeal and insouciance, Dana has since sought to reconcile the spiritual and empirical worlds. She’s currently working on a treatise, ‘The Possibilities of Art’, which includes disparate topics such as the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson, Walid Raad, her son’s morning greeting, the way her daughter looks in hats and Neapolitan pizza.
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Joseph Ghandour
A Beiruti born and bred, Joseph has so far resisted the Lebanese obsession with all things four-wheeled. That’s not to say he doesn’t enjoy racing along twisty mountain roads, scaring goats, shepherds and the occasional foreign cyclist or, for that matter, that he hasn’t been known to take part in efforts to break the land speed record on the way up to Faraya for a slice of ‘saj baladi’. A fledgling writer, his work appears exclusively in Bespoke.
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Anissa Helou
Anissa has written several award-winning cookbooks and has travelled extensively for her food encounters. When she worked as an art consultant, she shunned domesticity and only cooked to introduce her friends to Lebanese food or dishes made famous by superstar chefs. In the 1980s, the Troisgros brothers and Michel Guérard were her heroes. Now she prides herself on finding excellence outside the perceived establishment and has made food her profession, both writing about it and consulting for restaurants and cultural institutions.
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