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Legacies, Love and The Lone Tree

LEGACY

David Hicks is considered to be among the foremost interior designers of the 20th century. From the decoration of his own house in London in 1956—in powerful colors that heralded an end to the drab, postwar English look—he set the pace for interior design both in Europe and America. His style suited the Bahamas at the time perfectly with his signature prints on crisp linen in pastel hues, and with his salvaged architectural gems found on his travels through the mainland flanking sand-clad walls inside and out.

After their honeymoon visit to Eleuthera in 1960, David Hicks and his wife, Lady Pamela Hicks, bought a plot of land on Windemere Island and spent the years after building a spectacular island retreat. Savannah House, as it was named, was roughly completed around 1967, and recently having gone under a loving renovation after storm damage in 2013. www.coastalliving.com/homes/india-hicks-rebuilding-the-past

Slim Aarons captures The Hickes, Savannah, Windemere Island, Eleuthera. India Hicks has the tennis racket.

Slim Aarons captures The Hickes, Savannah, Windemere Island, Eleuthera. India Hicks has the tennis racket.

India Hicks was born in London, England, and comes from both British and design royalty. Her father was famed interior decorator David Hicks; her mother is Lady Pamela Hicks, whose father was Admiral of the Fleet, the first Earl of Mountbatten of Burma and the last Viceroy of India, hence India’s name. Lady Pamela was a bridesmaid in Queen Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who is Lady Pamela’s first cousin.

India was thrust into the spotlight early in her life. She was asked to be a bridesmaid in Princess Diana and Prince Charles' 1980 royal wedding in London, when she was only 13. More recently, India served as a TV commentator for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. For years, India was a busy fashion model and the "face" of the Ralph Lauren label. Today, she is the designer of India Hicks Living and a creator of lifestyle products.

India Hicks Legacy Letters inspired from the Legacy print that David Hicks left his family.

India Hicks Legacy Letters inspired from the Legacy print that David Hicks left his family.


LOVE

The ever British, socialite-in-residence of Harbour Island for over 20 years, tells how she went from David Hick’s Savannah mausoleum to her Harbour Island residence of Hibiscus Hill:

”I already knew my future husband. The year was 1995. I was working as a model in New York. I rediscovered David, who would become my other half.”


David was managing a small, funky hotel on neighboring Harbour Island, known for its pink sand beaches. I turned up there unannounced to go diving. David now describes this as “our Casablanca movie moment.”

”It was that romantic. I left New York and moved to Harbour Island...this tiny Bahamian “out island” off of Eleuthera…I have a deep love for Harbour Island. It changed me. I had been modeling all over the world up until that moment, mainly living out of a suitcase. Moving from city to city, running to airports, showing up in the morning looking my best even if I felt my worst. On Harbour Island, everything was different. I was able to breathe in the fresh air, stand on the bare earth, and take hold of time.


”Harbour Island has also had a powerful effect on my work. I became inspired by the Bahamas, a nation of people at ease with themselves. In the Bahamas, beauty cannot be defined or stereotyped. It is not seen as a blessing bestowed upon only a select few, but as something within every one of us.”

India Hicks: A Love Story About the Bahamas and Me. by KAREN TINA HARRISON

Inspired by the music, dancing and sheer fun of Junkanoo,  IndiaHicks.com ’s newest Insta Pouch captures it all in a lightning fast snap.

Inspired by the music, dancing and sheer fun of Junkanoo, IndiaHicks.com’s newest Insta Pouch captures it all in a lightning fast snap.

By work India refers to her co-owned boutique the Sugar Mill on Harbour Island.  The Sugar Mill was actually a functioning sugar mill circa 1925. The boutique opened in November 2005 with Linda Griffin’s (co-owner) and India’s original vision of offering a boutique shop filled with global treasures for all ages and even 4-legged friends, is still very much alive today. 

India Hicks founded her new self-titled company in early 2015. After years of creating collections for traditional retail, she decided to take a different, and far more personal, route in launching her own brand. The exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories are all designed by India.


THE LONE TREE

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Located on what’s known as Girl’s Bank on the western side of Harbour Island is a much-photographed tree skeleton. Lone Tree washed up in Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and landed upright with its intricate root ball supporting it at its base. The original tree washed away in another hurricane, but it had gained so much popularity and become such a landmark that it was eventually replaced by another, much larger tree that was strategically “planted” in the sand flats. It resembles a piece of art in the vast sand flats. It has been featured in magazines and is a popular spot for photography.

Visit Eleuthera on Yacht Sweet Escape on charter. Explore Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, Egg Island, Royal Island, Lighthouse Point, Surfer’s Beach and more!

MARCH 2019

SS Normandie: Launch October 29, 1932, Lost February 9, 1942
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SS NORMANDIE, An Art-Deco Dream

Normandie is generally regarded as the greatest passenger liner ever created.  The French ocean liner SS Normandie, launched in 1935, was the largest and fastest passenger vessel of its day, majority of her passenger space was devoted solely to first class.  World-class French food would be served aboard her and her cellars stocked with the best French wines. If you could reduce everything glamorous and positive about France in the 1930s to a single object, Normandie was that object. And she was stunningly beautiful: the whole ship was a work of art.

The French Line commissioned artists to create posters and publicity for the liner. One of the most famous posters was by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, who was also a Russian emigrant to France.

The French Line commissioned artists to create posters and publicity for the liner. One of the most famous posters was by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, who was also a Russian emigrant to France.

The beginnings of Normandie can be traced to the Roaring Twenties, When the U.S. closed the door on most immigration in the early 1920s, steamship companies ordered vessels built to serve upper-class tourists instead, particularly Americans who traveled to Europe for alcohol-fueled fun during Prohibition.  The French Line was approached by Vladimir Yourkevitch, a former ship architect for the Imperial Russian Navy, who had emigrated to France after the revolution. His ideas included a slanting clipper-like bow and a bulbous forefoot beneath the waterline, in combination with a slim hydrodynamic hull. Yourkevitch's concepts worked wonderfully in scale models, confirming his design's performance advantages. The French engineers were impressed and asked Yourkevitch to join their project. He also approached Cunard with his ideas, but was rejected because the bow was deemed too radical.

The French declaration of war on Germany in September 1939 found the Normandie in New York, tied up alongside of pier 88, New York. In spite of the loss of 28 American lives when a German u-boat torpedoed the Athenia on the first day of hostilities, the United States remained neutral. Authorities immediately put Coast Guard troops on board the Normandie and interned her in accordance with international maritime law. Though the French crew would remain aboard maintaining the vessel, she would remain motionless beside the pier, guarded by the Coast Guard, languishing until American entry into the war two years later into the spring of 1940.

SS Normandie was an ocean liner built the French Line Compagnie Generale Transatlantique. Her novel design and lavish interiors led many to consider her the greatest of ocean liners. Poster by Albert Sébille, showed the interior layout in a cutaway diagram 15 feet long. This poster is displayed in the Musée national de la Marine in Paris.

SS Normandie was an ocean liner built the French Line Compagnie Generale Transatlantique. Her novel design and lavish interiors led many to consider her the greatest of ocean liners. Poster by Albert Sébille, showed the interior layout in a cutaway diagram 15 feet long. This poster is displayed in the Musée national de la Marine in Paris.

When the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) became a part of the Navy on 1 November 1941, Normandie's USCG detail remained intact, mainly observing while the French crew maintained the vessel's boilers, machinery, and other equipment, including the fire-watch system. On 12 December 1941, five days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Coast Guard removed Captain Lehuédé and his crew and took possession of the Normandie under the right of angary, maintaining steam in the boilers and other activities on the idled vessel. However, the elaborate fire-watch system which ensured that any fire would be suppressed before it became a danger was abandoned.  In 1942, the liner caught fire, capsized onto her port side and came to rest on the mud of the Hudson River.  Although salvaged at great expense, restoration was deemed too costly and she was scrapped in October 1946.


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Yacht Sweet Escape has an Art-Deco influence within her elegant interiors. Art-Deco signatures are throughout from the etched wine wall, art, and down to the carpet weave and inlayed floors. The geometrics in the fabrics and accessories share the vibrancy of the era. The swivel chairs in the salon are covered in an Osborne and Little fabric with the luxury liners namesake Normandie; wallpapers include “Lempicka” and drawings of natural materials like agate, and Fornasetti’s Sole. Alongside the linear decorations and geometric motifs, Art-Deco interiors featured indulgent exotic materials, often with decadent, polished, high-shine finishes much of which can be found onboard. Iconic elements of Art-Deco throughout Yacht Sweet Escape include the starburst mirror, animal prints in the sky lounge, and Capiz tiles in the VIP stateroom.

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When the Normandie was designed, she was to facilitate the first class passenger in mind. Onboard Yacht Sweet Escape, our guests are beyond first class.

One cannot pay homage to Art-Deco without knowing the name Erté. Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials. He was a 20th-century artist and designer in an array of fields, including fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.  He used his pseudo name to protect his family from any disgrace of him being an artist having rejected the family traditional of being a naval officer.

His work influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as “Art Deco.” Throughout this period, Erte also created original costume and fashion designs for many of the era’s renowned screen actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Norma Shearer. His creations for the stage included extravagant designs for productions at such venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera, as well as for the Folies-Bergères and George White’s Scandals.


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LYRIC OPERA 68

Erte began his career in stage designs in Paris in the ‘30s. He had a major rejuvenation and much lauded interest in his career during the 1960s with the Art Deco revival. By 1968 he was a living icon of the deco era. In this poster he returns to his roots in theatre. Using his signature Art-Deco style, Erte bridges the tradition of a great deco poster design while at the same time making it very contemporary with the almost-psychedelic colors of the swinging – sixties.

Lyric Opera-1968 hangs in the salon onboard Yacht Sweet Escape. The colours contrast the neutral tones of the furnishings. Erte rarely made posters (3 that we know of) and it is a fine example of his amazing talent.


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ARCTIC SEA

1981. Erté is perhaps most famous for his elegant fashion designs which capture the Art Deco period in which he worked.  His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognisable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century.

Arctic Sea is displayed in Chalet Sweet Escape’s Master Suite. The detail in the metallic embellishment is superb, offering reflections and refraction, much as it’s glacial counterpart.

“ART DECO, OF COURSE, IS THE CONFLUENCE OF CUBISM AND ART NOUVEAU.”
—ERTE (ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF)


FEBRUARY 9, 2019

SPOT LIGHT ON OUR INTERIOR DESIGNER, Sweet Escape Hospitality and Brand
Interior Designer of Yacht Sweet Escape, Ghandi Knowles, of Bahamas Property Services. Interior Designer and Property Developer, Ghandi Knowles lends her unmistakable design style to each project wether in the sun, sea or snow.

Interior Designer of Yacht Sweet Escape, Ghandi Knowles, of Bahamas Property Services. Interior Designer and Property Developer, Ghandi Knowles lends her unmistakable design style to each project wether in the sun, sea or snow.

Over the last few years BahamasPS has conceptualized and now brought through to completion the full infrastructure of a “green” lakefront, 20 home development in Cable Beach, The Bahamas named Oakridge Estates; Oakridge is completely “green”, with its own solar power, water maker, and environmentally friendly design mere steps from BahaMar.

There is nothing like it in the Bahamas, Oakridge Estates is for the most discerning of clientele, with its small size, unique location and forward thinking. Ghandi strives for a green approach to her projects, which is probably why her ethic translates so well to properties like yachts and mountains, where resources require utmost respect. From logistical nightmares, with shipping and delays, and knowing no mistake is “just” a little one, Ghandi is familiar with the practicality it takes to do business in the islands, out at sea, and of course up the mountains!

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Oakridge Estates, Cable Beach, The Bahamas a lakefront “green” community.

Oakridge Estates, Cable Beach, The Bahamas a lakefront “green” community.

With Bahamian heritage and an avid traveller, she marries elements of bold color from her roots, always finds unique textile art, and makes a transitional aesthetic. “I cannot describe my style in a specific box like island classic, because that would put my creativity in a catalogue and that is just not what I do! I have decorated several town houses and estates in the United Kingdom, a Chalet in France, numerous yachts and private homes in The Bahamas. If my clients thought I was just one genre, I would be disappointed! I definitely have a particular style that is distinctly recognizable as Ghandi Knowles but it is far from limited to the traditional shells and bells of the old school Bahamas.”

As well as skills in interior design, Ghandi has a wealth of experience for the detailing and white goods for hospitality management and rentals. Her company, Bahamas Property Services, has been in the industry for years and work with LEED guidelines and MLS Real Estate and Yacht Brokers. Living between Nassau, Europe and Fort Lauderdale, Ghandi is also currently working on Lot 83, Albany, Bahamas. This is a 11,000+ square foot, sensational home with golf course views on the twelfth hole, in an exclusive members community; home of Tiger Wood’s Hero Challenge. The Marina at Albany is state of the art and worth a visit while on charter with Yacht Sweet Escape, Book for the 2019 event with your preferred broker!

Responsible for the refit and reboot of the Sweet Escape hospitality brand since 2017, the collaboration has inspired a luxury alpine chalet and most recently a pied-à-terre, Cottage Sweet Escape, on the infamous Paradise Island, steps away from the Atlantis Hotel and Cabbage Beach.

Being eighth generation Bahamian, has its many benefits, Ghandi worked for Yacht Sweet Escape on itineraries and in specializing the toy chest to take full advantage of what The Bahamas is best at. The movie library features almost all of the movies filmed in The Bahamas, after all 4 James Bond films were located in The Bahamas for a reason, not just Thunderball Grotto. Look closely at the library and you may see the theme of historical books such as Those Who Stayed and thrilling novels on such characters as Sir Harry Oakes or Joe Carstairs.

Snorkeling, fishing, conchin’, secret bays and secluded beaches…those little gems that Bahamian’s do not share with just anyone, all in Yacht Sweet Escape’s repertoire. The interior department has benefited from the array of table settings and themes having been revitalized, impressing and surprising even the most seasoned of charter guests. Have a look at the testimonials, don’t just take our word for it! It will be exciting to see what Ghandi Knowles and Sweet Escape’s next venture could bring.

December 2018

Modern bath design gives sweet escape the edge in the world of luxury yacht charters
 
Sweet Escape’s new day head on the main level was added during the most recent refit. The very chic, art-deco inspired powder-room is convenient and delightful.

Sweet Escape’s new day head on the main level was added during the most recent refit. The very chic, art-deco inspired powder-room is convenient and delightful.

Motoryacht Sweet Escape underwent an extensive refit in 2018 which resulted in all brand new bathrooms onboard, from the smallest—but gorgeous—powder room on the main deck, to the ample master stateroom his and hers bathrooms, every single head was thoughtfully designed, beautifully decorated, and outfitted to the highest standards. Read on to discover how this fabulous upgrade makes Sweet Escape the ultimate in charter luxury and comfort.

Port Guest Bathroom

Starboard Guest Bathroom

The new On-Deck Master bathroom includes a double shower and a bidet toilet

The new On-Deck Master bathroom includes a double shower and a bidet toilet

The new Hers Master Bath features the Kohler Chromatherapy lighting system, which uses the soothing qualities of color to let your mind and body drift and daydream as you relax into a warm bath. Each color triggers a variety of benefits throughout the body—from improved circulation to tension relief. The bath also includes hydrotherapy with air bubbles to make the most of your therapeutic session.

The new Hers Master Bath features a clean design and outstanding use of wood and marble to create a cozy interior and a spot of superyacht-paradise. The quartz-lit vanities add a spectacular flair.

The new Hers Master Bath features a clean design and outstanding use of wood and marble to create a cozy interior and a spot of superyacht-paradise. The quartz-lit vanities add a spectacular flair.

The soothing environment created in the Hers Master Bathroom is welcoming and relaxing.

The soothing environment created in the Hers Master Bathroom is welcoming and relaxing.

One of the most noticeable aspects of this refit is the Hers Master Head. The old black bathtub was one the first items to be removed and it has been proudly replaced with a new bath complete with all the bells and whistles.

And while fabulous interior color and design can’t take over the beauty of glorious sunsets, crystal clear turquoise waters, pink sand beaches and mesmerizing mangroves of red and green, this refit shows one more way in which Sweet Escape enhances your overall charter experience. 

Before & After  | The striking difference bewteen the former dark Master Bathroom and the new design shows the beauty of intelligent use of brighter color, textures and light.

Before & After | The striking difference bewteen the former dark Master Bathroom and the new design shows the beauty of intelligent use of brighter color, textures and light.

The new His Bathroom with steam shower carries the theme, color and light characteristic of Sweet Escape, also featuring one of three Kohler Veil Intelligent toilet and bidet systems on-board.

The new His Bathroom with steam shower carries the theme, color and light characteristic of Sweet Escape, also featuring one of three Kohler Veil Intelligent toilet and bidet systems on-board.

Megayacht bathrooms may not be the space that's first-noticed on a vessel but they are constantly used and offer an area of private retreat and relaxation. Sweet Escape’s most recent refit focused on creating lushly appointed bathrooms that showcased beautiful materials, top-class fittings and the most creative use of available real-estate.

OCTOBER 2018