Jncquoi – Portugal

As you climb the stairs, you will find a deli bar surrounded by a grocery store full of gourmet products – such as Italian truffles and Spanish hams.

Modern Lisbon

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When visiting Lisbon, prepare yourself to spend a whole day enjoying the possibilities of Juncquoi (read: je ne sais quoi), located in the iconic Tivoli Theater building, built in 1924. Its three floors successfully bring together quality food and refined men’s fashion. In the basement, in addition to pieces of brands such as Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana selected by an Italian buyer, customers can make tailor-made pants, shirts, or suits. As you climb the stairs, you will find a deli bar surrounded by a grocery store full of gourmet products – such as Italian truffles and Spanish hams – and a wine cellar with rare labels, as well as the first balcony of the French Ladurée in Portugal. On the top floor is the restaurant with Portuguese and international cuisine led by chef António Bóia and a daring decoration signed by the Catalan architect Lázaro Rosa-Violán, responsible for the project of restoration of the space as a whole. Difficult to look away from, for example, is the full-size Velociraptor dinosaur skeleton replica already placed at JNCQUOI’s entrance.

Designed by the renowned Catalan architect Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the interiors focus on the singularity of each element — the full-scale Velociraptor sure is worth a mention — and the historical heritage of the building, examples include hundred-years-old frescos in the dining room, that make for the dramatic and stunning atmosphere. Whilst casually functional, the venue also fosters a sense of community. Whether it is breakfast as a couple, a dinner with friends, a business lunch, a five o’clock tea, a social gathering at the end of the afternoon, a birthday present, that unique wine that was missing for your dinner party or even a precise investment in the closet of the most discerning men, Jncquoi is here all day long to be part of the everyday life of the lisboetas as well as anyone visiting the city.

Photos: Courtesy Jncquoi

Claus Porto – Portugal

For over a century, the Claus Porto beauty and fragrance house has been captivating consumers through the original pillars: One of a kind scents, ornate design, and old-world craftsmanship.

Secular Aroma

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As the first brand of soaps and fragrances in the Iberian Peninsula, Claus Porto spent more than a century without its own shop. Its hand-drawn labels and its rich portfolio of handmade crafts make it unique in a beauty market increasingly saturated with industrialized products. This differential guaranteed the secular success of Claus Porto, who, after getting Oprah Winfrey’s appreciation, won the world and went on to be sold in luxury boutiques in more than 60 countries. However, on the celebration of its 130th anniversary in 2017,  its first concept store was inaugurated in Porto.

Located in Rua das Rosas, in the charming historical center of the Portuguese city, the store occupies the three floors of an old bourgeois house designed to provide an intense experience in the universe of the brand stimulating our five senses. This experience is exclusive of the now considered headquarters of Claus Porto, but anyone who is in Lisbon or New York can have a taste of it all in the other two stores of the label.

Photos: Brito José Campos