Bespoke travel experts Black Tomato have teamed up with leading luxury brand for men, dunhill, to launch a series of classic journeys for today’s Gentlemen, inspired by the essence of both brands and the third dimension of luxury- the “experience.”
The partnership celebrates 80 years of the historic journey taken by Clement Court – the British born general manager of dunhill’s Rue de la Paix store in Paris – who scoured the world for the very finest objects. In 1930 he travelled overland from Europe to Japan, through Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and Korea to create an alliance with the Japanese Maki-e lacquer Namiki company.
Tom Marchant, founder of Black Tomato said:
“The concept of exploration and adventure is one that is at the essence of the dunhill brand. Like us they understand that luxury is not simply synonymous with price, but is defined by the unique experiences. We have used Clement Court’s voyage and the spirit of adventure in travel that was so prevalent in the 30s, as the inspiration for a series of “dunhill journeys” for the urban explorer of today.”
In Paris Black Tomato have created a VIP tour, which goes behind the scenes of the city. This includes a rare opportunity to go backstage at the Lido Cabaret, which has hosted legendary performers such as Shirley Maclaine and Laurel & Hardy; a private tour of the Louvre by an art historian whilst the museum is closed and a night-time champagne cruise along the Seine in a private yacht. You will then be driven by vintage Mercedes to the Private champagne houses of Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon champagne houses in Epernay for a private tasting and tour of their cellars and a gourmet lunch in the Veuve Clicquot chateau. A five day VIP visit to Paris costs from £2,825 per person and includes flights, transfers, accommodation at Le Meurice with breakfast and the backstage tour of the Lido.
In Japan learn from the Samurai masters all there is to know about Bushido – the code of the Samurai and the original way of the warrior in Kyoto. Enjoy a private tea ceremony at the temple, which is not open to the public and bathe in Japan’s oldest mineral hot springs at Arima Onsen. The six day journey in Japan costs from £5,250 and includes flights, transfers, accommodation with breakfast and the Samurai tour.
The new “dunhill journeys” marks the launch of dunhill’s Autumn/Winter 2010/11 Explorer collection, which includes a waxy alligator voyager’s rucksack and accessories such as calfskin or oiled wool hiking boots and a full set of carabineered hip flasks. Visit blacktomato.co.uk/dunhill for more information.