Get to know some of Berlin's most celebrated barkeepers & spirits insiders (tippling is obligatory). This experience ends at a secret cocktail party pre- Bar Convent Berlin
Berlin is home to some of the top talents and innovators working with scent - from best-selling perfumes to ground-breaking art projects. With so many noses and industry veterans, we've asked journalist Susan Stone to take us behind the scenes to get to know a few notable players.
Susan has lined up a special afternoon of experiences, from scent education and in-depth look at a re-birthed brand that was big in the 20s, to a smelling session with a renowned perfumer, and ending with scented cocktails from a celebrated mixologist.
Date: Saturday, May 6th
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: 75€ Valise Society Members
Cost Includes transport, tasting & entry fees, and all associated costs.
Nota bene: Excursion booking requires a minimum of 8 persons and we have capacity for up to 12 persons. If the 8 person minimum is not reached, all participants will be fully refunded.
Frau Tonis — Bottling Berlin & Creative Collaborations
The search for a scent sniffed on a stranger at the Philharmonic lead Stefanie Hanssen to create her own perfumery, which she named for her grandmother. Working harmoniously together with traditional West Berlin fragrance maker Harry Lehmann, the shop sells classics like the violet scent worn by Marlene Dietrich, and other vintage-inspired perfumes.
But Hanssen also works with Grasse perfumers to create modern homages, The newest chapter for Frau Tonis is collaborations with fresh talents in the creative field - including a food artist and floral designers. We meet Sarah Phumdorkmai and Gwen Schlüter who invite us to sniff some of the perfumery’s many fragrances, get an overview of its artistic collaborations, and receive a goodie bag to take home.
J.F. Schwarzlose Berlin — A heritage brand comes back with a modern touch
Berlin perfume brand J.F. Schwarzlose has an historic pedigree. The brand was founded in 1856, and folded in 1976, but was resuscitated as a niche line in 2012 by Lutz Herrmann and Tamas Tagscherer. At the peak of its popularity in the 1920’s, the JFS perfume IA-33, named for Berlin’s license plate numbers, was the scent for the modern, on-the-go women. IA-33 bears some resemblance to the iconic chypre Chanel No5, but replaces its jasmine with linden blossom, a Berliner touch.
During our visit to JFS, we will see original packaging, learn about the perfume business in Berlin in the 1920’s, see the brand’s artistic take on fragrance advertising, which takes the form of a short fashion film, and get a smelling tour showing how the new JFS reinterpreted classic Schwarzlose fragrances from the brand’s archive.
Urban Scents — A Perfumer’s Art
French-trained perfumer Marie Le Febvre has her own line of 6 fragrances, and a series of candles. She also creates bespoke perfumes for private clients as well as fragrances for brands and companies. We’ll meet her at her atelier & gallery space, which she runs with her husband.
Perfumed Cocktails presented by Botanical Fusion
The tour will end with a special treat — a perfumed cocktail based on one of Marie’ Le Febvre's Urban Scents fragrances. The cocktail is designed by mixologist Arnd Henning Heissen of the Fragrances Bar at the Ritz Carlton, and is made with a special Botanical Fusion perfumed essences.
Both Henning Heissen and Perfumer Valeriya Fridman of Botanical Fusion will be on site to discuss the project, and toast the close of the event. A non-alcoholic version of the cocktail will also be available.
About Susan Stone
Susan Stone has been writing about perfume and fragrance innovation for more than a decade. Her print, digital, and audio stories on the subject have appeared in WWD, Monocle24, Deutsche Welle, NPR, and more. She is currently working on a book project focused on scent and creativity.
About V Berlin
V Berlin is the concierge desk of Valise and offers custom-tailored excursions. We’ll take you to the hard to find insider places that tourists miss and explain their significance in the developing cultural landscape of the German hauptstadt: from art, design, architecture, fashion, gastronomy, the artisanal high street, and Berlin's infamous nightlife.
The discerning Berlin vistor, turns to V Berlin.
Ceramic Designer Jojo Corväiá is a multidisciplinary creative whose body of work focuses on social statement through multimedia projects and gastronomy. Most recently, his ceramics gravitate towards the concept of imperfection, asymmetry, and modesty. Jojo creates his pieces with an ancient method of production dating to the 10th Century B.C allowing him a unique intimacy with the material.
The Valise Society will join Jojo in his Berlin atelier for drinks and special insight on Thursday, February 23rd.
Start Time: 7pm - 9pm
One of the most popular restaurants in Tel Aviv has just opened a new branch (the first outside of Israel) at the new Max Brown Hotel. Benedict is a 24-hour breakfast joint that is already a favorite amongst Berliners.
On Thursday, January 26th, the Valise Society will gather for food, friendship, drinks, and what are quite possibly the best pancakes ever.
We will be treated to a conversation with senior management of the hotel and flowing mimosas, savory & sweet dishes.
Start Time: 7:30 pm Welcome Drinks
8:00 à Table
We end at 11pm
Family style meal (sweet & savory)
Wines & Beverages
It's been a fantastic year, and to close the 2016 salon season, we invite our members & friends alike to join the Valise Society for discovery of the distilling process and spirits tasting at the PSM distillery, one of the most extraordinary experiences and one of our favorite manufacturers in Berlin. Antipasti & cocktails will be served after the tasting presentation.
When: November 30th
Where: PSM Distillery - Seestraße 13, 13353 Berlin
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Cost includes spirits tasting, cocktails and Antipasti-
Register via Eventbrite: https://psmxvalise.eventbrite.com
Preussische Spirituosen Manufaktur (PSM) upholds the tradition of excellent Prussian spirits manufacturing with the use of home-made macerates and distillates of select, hand-picked raw materials. Preserved in its original state from 1874, the distillery not only produces spirits of uncompromising quality, but is also a peek into the history of Berlin.
Welcome to explore the Finnish Wilderness with a bunch of inspirational craftsmen and -women showcasing their brands from up North!
This evening will be all about Nordic fashion, nature and lifestyle spiced up with some tasty cocktails by the Kyrö Distillery Company. As winter creeps in, join us for this heart-warming evening with other good people, tastemakers and designers.
Register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2fagyov
Full details on the brands: http://valise.me/finnishcocktails
Valise x Montbrillant present the Porto Escapade. Come explore with us a culture that places as much emphasis on innovation as it does honoring its heritage.
Founded in 1999 by Wilfried Lembert, minimum is an important address in Berlin for high quality interior design. The passion for great authentic design forms the foundation for the continuous growth of the company, which by now has three locations in Berlin.
Wilfried Lembert invites Valise Society members for a private salon dinner at minimum’s Torstrasse emporium for a bit of discovery and conversation.
Location: Torstrasse 140
Time: 7:30 pm drinks
8pm à Table
This event is closed to Valise Society Members.
Haw-lin Services is a multidisciplinary creative studio offering creative direction, photography and graphic design. Their process is focused on research, concept development, and iterative/fluid collaboration. Haw-lin has received international recognition through their online mood board of inspiration, interest, art, mountains, plants, sex, shoes, and Michael Jordan.
Haw-lin welcomes the Valise Society for an aperitivo at their Kreuzberg studio to discover and discuss their latest works and ambitions.
Register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2bvisgh
When: June 22nd
Where: Grimmstraße 23, 10967 Berlin
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Non members: 25€
To kick-off the Fall edition of Maison et Objet the Valise Society invites members & friends to a cocktail dinner salon with Paris based members club Atria. The exhibition and discussion will focus on four international designers and their use of traditional craftsmanship and vision of working in Paris.
When: Thursday, September 1st
Time: 7:30 pm - 11 pm
Cost: Members: € 60€
Non-Members: € 85€
Where: Saint Germain des Pres, Paris
(exact address provided upon registration confirmation)
Please register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2aWryFh
The Valise Society invites members & guests for a lively and enriching dinner salon hosted by Gestalten. We will celebrate the publication of the new book Let's Go Out Again - Interiors for Bars Restaurants and Unusual Food Places.
Let's Go Out Again is an eclectic showcase of atmospheric eating spaces from around the world. The featured projects represent state-of-the-art collaborations among architects, artists, designers, restaurateurs, and chefs that target not only all of our senses, but also our identities and values.
Register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/29zKKoZ
Bompas and Parr leads in flavour-based experiences, culinary research, and architectural installations. The duo, Sam Bompas & Harry Parr, first came to prominence through their expertise in jelly-making, but has since gone on to create immersive flavours-based experiences ranging from a breathable cloud of gin & tonic to the world’s first multi-sensory fireworks.
Bompas and Parr invite the Valise Society to enjoy sensory based cocktails in their new location on the site of a former monastery and next to London’s oldest Gothic cathedral. The cloud is presented as part of a journey that pays tribute to monks and other religious orders that have been responsible for creating iconic liquors over the centuries.
Register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/25BwSQr
When: Tuesday, July 5th
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where: 1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9DE
Price: 25 £
Beirut based Kamal Mouzawak is a chef, writer and founder of Lebanon’s first farmers market Souk el Tayeb. Since its foundation in 2004, Souk el Tayeb has evolved into an institution with the mission of celebrating food traditions that unite communities, promote small-scale farmers, and advance the cultural of sustainable agriculture.
Kamal invites us for a discussion on food as an agent of change, followed by an intimate dinner.
Scout is founded by Alison Beckner, who has a passion for life & style. With a particular emphasis on fashion, wellness, food and travel, Scout connects brands with the right people, places and ideas needed to grow their businesses.
Mythical and imposing, languid and frenetic, Pigalle a neon light in the Parisian night. The neighbourhood has always attracted thugs and artists, musicians and adventurers.
When: Tuesday, May 24th
Time: 7pm - 10.30pm
Where: 9 rue Frochot, 75009 Paris
Price: 65€ (Price includes family style dinner, half bottle wine & water)
Please register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/1T641Mu
Stuart Semple is an internationally acclaimed visual artist and curator. Recent projects include collaborations with Amnesty, Bulgari and Moncler; and he is arguably best known for his public artwork ‘HappyCloud’ in which he flooded the London skyline from Tate Modern with thousands of pink happy-faced clouds.
We’ll discuss how to optimize the creative process with Stuart over cocktails, followed by a viewing of selected works.
Riot Art is an online platform where you can buy cool, original artwork directly from international emerging artists.
AKQA is the ideas and innovation company that uses the imaginative application of art and science to create ideas, products and services.
When: Tuesday, May 17th
Time: 6pm - 8:30pm
Where: 1 St John’s Lane EC1M 4BL, London
Please register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/26Zwywy
Free to Valise Members & invited guests
Valise’s travel desk V Berlin launches a quarterly excursion inviting leading journalists and insiders to curate unique experiences exposing aspects of Berlin not seen everyday.
On this V Berlin excursion, Melissa Drier of WWD has chosen four designers whose style and sophistication is often in sharp contrast to Berlin's rag-tag, if not downright anarchistic charm. On this chauffeured driven excursion, we’ll be meeting Dawid Tomaszewski, Michael Sontag, Hien Le, and Tim Labenda in their ateliers & spaces.
Participants will have a chance to find out about each designer’s aims and approach, preview next fall’s new looks as well as possibly purchasing current and second season merchandise, before landing in Melissa Drier’s own new multi-purpose Kreuzberg space for drinks.
When: Saturday, May 7th
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Cost: Members: 75€ (+VAT)
Non-Members 85€ (+VAT)
Cost includes all fees including transport & and drinks.
For full details & registration: http://bit.ly/1SALLzj
Isabel Bernheimer, Directrice of Bernheimer Contemporary, welcomes the Valise Society for an aperitivo to celebrate Gallery Weekend. We’ll get to know the current stellar exhibition over cocktails. Artists include Daniele Sigalot, Andreas Blank, Gosia Warrink, and a very special Jean Prouvé - The Master of Metal, presented by Artcurial.
When: Saturday, April 30th
Where: Monbijoustrasse 2, 10117 Berlin
Price: Free to members and their guest
Please register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/26jlclv
V Berlin provides insider excursions to discerning Berlin visitors, and for Gallery Weekend, artist Andreas Templin leads a 3 hour chauffeured driven pop-in to some of the most interesting art spaces, galleries and exhibitions for a first-hand and behind the scenes look.
In partnership with Audi, this 3 hour excursion will be highlighted by visits and discussions with Galerie König at St. Agnes, The Haubrock Foundation, Eigen + Art Lab, and Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet.
When: Saturday, April 30th
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Cost: Members: 60€ (+VAT)
Non-Members 85€ (+VAT)
Includes: Transport, all entry & tasting fees
Full details and booking details here: http://bit.ly/22Tx9Li
The discerning Berlin visitor turns to V Berlin.
Champions of the farm to table movement, Katz Orange combines excellent food with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. From being an insider tip among friends opening in 2012, it quickly became an institution among Berlin's cultural avant-garde and bourgeoning foodie scene.
By popular demand, we return to Katz Orange for our second salon. For the evening, Ludwig Cramer-Klett will introduce Valise Society members and guests to the latest at the Contemporary Food Lab over drinks before dinner. Expect good food and company in a relaxed atmosphere. Come hungry.
Please register via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/1VjnJs9
About Molly Crockett: Award winning scientist Dr. Molly Crockett is an Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Her lab, the Crockett Lab studies the neural basis of altruism, morality and economic decision-making. They integrate social psychology, behavioral economics, neuroscience and philosophy into their approach. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, The Financial Times, New Scientist, and the BBC and her TED talk 'Beware neuro-bunk' has been viewed over 1 million times.
About 52 Insights: 52 Insights publish one interview with one truly unique individual or collective each week. 52 Insights will introduce you to the many authors, creators, researchers, leaders and various other innovators out there who are changing the way we see the world.
This event will be followed by cocktails and dinner for Valise Members and invited guests.
Salon evening at agency Spill in Paris