Creme de la Crimea. The Vorontsov Palace

‘It’s been long since I was totally smitten by something the same way I was by the beauty of this place’, our designer, Victoria tells about her visit at the Vorontsov palace in Crimea.

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Built as a summer residence for a Prince Mikhail Vorontsov (1782-1856) it represents a magnificent mixture of architectural styles which works beautifully with its natural surroundings. The Prince was a known anglophile (he spent his childhood and youth years in London) and it comes as no surprise that the Palace was designed by the British Royal Court architect Edward Blore. Almost 20 years in the making (1828-1948), it was, may we say, worth waiting.

‘Palace’s walls are built from the same blocks of stone that you see if you look around. Their texture and colours are in sync with the colours of the craggy scenery. The resemblance is especially vivid when you look at Ai-Petri peak rising in the distance,’ adds Victoria.

The palace has northern and southern facades. Each built in different architectural style. The northern one overlooks the already mentioned Ai-Petri mountain and the southern — the Black Sea. ‘What impressed me the most was the horseshoe arch over the southern entrance with its Alhambra-like Moorish elements. For our first campaign we drew our inspiration from exactly this place.’

The interiors match the eclectic style of the exteriors. ‘Each room is special and decorated in its own individual manner. The Grand Dining Room, for example, combines the medieval feel of Tudor era with the exquisite intricacy of Moorish-style majolica decorating the fountain. I especially loved The Blue Room, couldn’t take my eyes off all its detailing. The beautiful stucco plants on the eggshell blue walls, the room furnished in the style of Russian classicism — I have found this combination so very me, it is something that reflects in my designs for Son Trava.’

The overall magnificence of the place wouldn’t be complete without the landscaped park surrounding it. ‘It is huge and truly a masterpiece built by a German gardener Carolus Keebach.  What fascinated me about it was the feeling of privacy, as if you were completely alone although there were always other people in the park. It is made so that the paths, nooks and crannies feel very secluded. I have also noticed a very clever usage of water: little waterfalls and streams made the most meditative sound accompaniment to my walk.’ 

‘It’s a dream of a place! One could only imagine how it must have felt to live here with all the views and architectural beauty. I’m happy it is now turned into a museum so that everyone can come and enjoy and be inspired like I was. Who knows, you may find traces of the Vorontsov palace in Son Trava future designs.’

Son Trava gets closer

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Despite the convenience of online shopping, nothing beats the sensation of touch, the ability to see the fabrics and cuts with your own eyes. Thus we are very happy to announce that now you can find Son Trava pyjamas in Aeré store – a thoughtful fashionistas’ oasis in Milan. Founded by Azhar Safinova as an online store in 2015, Aeré store has now opened its doors in Milan, on via Lanzone, 7. It is a lovely street in the heart of the city, aside from the tourists beaten tracks.

 

 

 

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We are proud to share the store space with other independent labels with the same values of high quality and attention to details. Now it is our A/W 2017 collection that is represented at Aeré store but at the opening the lucky guests had an opportunity to see S/S 2018 where all eyes were on our romantic dresses. More on it soon!

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Our pyjamas and dresses are made from silks and cottons of the highest quality.  If you fell in love with a particular pattern on our cotton garment, be 100% sure it is made of the softest jacquard cotton, we prefer it to printed patterns. If it is the feel of silk you want then it is the best quality fabric we give you and our silk prints are all authentic, drawn by hand by Son Trava designer. So come to our Milan ‘point of contact’ and we don’t mind you be all touchy-feely. 

Looking for sleep. Part I

Ah, sleep! You are an elusive subject. Sometimes we have very little of you, sometimes just on the verge of ok or almost enough but definitely never too much. That is why it is important to use the hours we have to their very best.  Here at Son Trava we know a thing or two about sleep and we figured out ways to get the needed rest. The key is to prepare yourself to sleep, gradually helping your body and mind to be in that state where a good restful sleep is possible. In Part I we are giving the general tips and in Part II it will be more about skincare and body care.  Mix and match as you please.

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1.      Get some fresh air.
Have a stroll. If you are lucky to live near a seaside or a river, it’s even better. Fresh air and a little bit of walking will help you to distance from the worries of the day and are very calming to the senses.

2.      Open your notebook or planner if you have one and cross out the things you’ve finished. It is very satisfying. Also write down plans for the next day so that you won’t trouble yourself with remembering them while falling asleep.

3.      Open the window to freshen the air before you go to bed. If you can (and we strongly recommend it), sleep with the windows opened. Take two warmest duvets if you must but keep the window opened at night.

4.      Put on your pyjamas. This is where we are the experts. It is another reminder to your body that it is loved thus calming for the mind as well. Choose one from our range made of softest luxurious silks.

5.      Meditate. We love Headspace app, it is very helpful if you have any troubles getting off to sleep. The founder of this app, Andy Puddicombe has the most tranquil voice and it’s a pleasure to listen to him. Check his video about sleep here.

6.      Listen to classical music. We recommend Lyszt, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert or early Rachmaninoff.

7.      When in bed read something soothing for the soul, or may be something uplifting. True to our Russian roots we love Chekhov’s short stories, poems by Bella Akhmadulina, Marina Tsvetaeva and Boris Pasternak. Share with us your favourite bedtime books.

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We do not just make beautiful silk pyjamas— we also read blogs and online magazines (while wearing the aforementioned pyjamas). So here is our quick summary of the latest articles on sleep, beauty and pyjama wearing that may catch your attention.

NYFW has finished, LFW has started — it’s hard to keep up with the pace. Not to worry, we are here to tell you that pyjama trend is still going strong. Just check this Victoria Beckham widely discussed pink attire and Gigi Hadid’s red number. Check other celebrities wearing pyjamas at vogue.co.uk.

Some, like the Huffington post writer Carly Ledbetter even said that it was too much, outrageously so. Check this Vaguera look and tell us what you think.

If all the news make it hard to fall asleep, this post from the-file.com should help. 

If that is not enough, check this post on bath oils by the witty and funny former model Ruth Crilly from amodelrecommends.com.

When you are already in bed, relax and read this exceptional piece by the-pool.com about feminist history of pyjamas. 

Enjoy! 

Yours, 

Son Trava