Never mind the latest design trends and fashion ads. The pursuit of exclusivity is evergreen.
GOING UP THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Like your bespoke suits? Take it one step further and get your family some fine bespoke weaves. London Cloth Company (www.londoncloth.com) – the first micro-mill to open in London – might have been established only in late 2011, but the shuttle looms used and the technique employed date back to the 1870s. The result is quality fabrics – from woollens to rope-dyed indigo cotton – that have earned recognition from the likes of bespoke tailors Connock & Lockie, and DAKS, which holds the Royal Warrants from the Queen of England, the Duke of Edinburgh, and The Prince of Wales.
BLINK AND MISS IT
There are holidays planned according to your specifications, be it a specific table at Osteria Francescana, or hotels with washrooms fitted with double-sink marble vanity counters. Then, there are Black Tomato Blink Camps (www.blacktomato.com
). As if exclusive access to untouched destinations, spanning private banks of the Mekong and the ethereally beautiful Bolivian Altiplano, was not enough to make a dream holiday, they make it one that is truly, uniquely yours. This means that your luxury accommodation on the campsite, be it a romantic set-up for two or a cluster designed to accommodate three generations of your family, is also tailored to your specifications. And, when it is time to head home, every single structure will be taken down, leaving absolutely no trace of your stay – so that your holiday remains only in your memories, an experience to be savoured by you and you only.
THE PEAK OF LUXURY
Why rent a ski cabin when you can take up a whole mountain? In America, private ski clubs such as The Yellowstone Club (left, yellowstoneclub.com
) in Montana offer renters of their properties – priced from US$2 million to US$25 million – exclusive access to 890ha of play space, ranging from bunny slopes to 2,700-vertical-feet drops. Those who have bought into the scheme include Bill and Melinda Gates, and Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. And at Cimarron Mountain Club in Colorado (www.cimarronmountainclub.com
), just 15 families get to enjoy the 708ha of private wilderness – when they pay US$3.2 million for a 14ha land parcel to build their cabin. Silverton Mountain (http://silvertonmountain.com
) in south-eastern Colorado keeps things simpler. For US$14,900 a day, VIP members have the slopes all to themselves.