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A&K – Aman – Nihi

For Girlahead, Carnival at Belmond Copacabana Palace, above, is one of the highlights of beautiful Rio de Janeiro.  Tomorrow, Saturday 15th May, Abercrombie & Kent’s ‘A&K Week 3 launches a virtual walk, the 4,060 kms from Brazil to Peru.  Yes, this is AKP Move It May. Every week this month, A&K Philanthropy, led by its Executive Director Keith Sproule, organises a virtual walkathon for A&K staff in over 55 offices worldwide. They are invited to ‘walk’ from A to B (this week Brazil to Peru) raising funds via social media. This week, the featured support groups are Rio’s Vigidal Entrepreneurs and Kuychi Center’s Children of the Rainbow in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Kuychi Center provides medical help, education and meals to over 220 disadvantaged children and their families.

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Would that all luxury operators had the retail style of Aman… Girlahead has fallen in love with the company’s table candles, and its Vayu eau de toilette, full of frangipani and tuberose and named for the Sanskrit word for ‘wind’, inspired by sense of escape, say the white sands of Amanpuri. First, packaging.  Everything is black, and the perfume bottle comes in a fretted wood box that looks like a very-miniature confessional in an ancient cathedral.  And the aromas! This seven-smell range has been designed for Aman by master perfumer, Jacques Chabert, who lives and works in Grasse – this maestro has also created, by the way, Guerlain’s Samsara and Chanel’s Crystal (and if you want truly unique, he can do one-of-a-kind bespoke fragrances that can run upwards of $70,000). You can buy Aman ‘essentials’ from https://shop.aman.com/en/ or at any property.

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And now to Sumba, to talk with James McBride about Nihi. Hear him here: