Kylie Kwong announces Billy Kwong will close, and a new venture will follow soon

Kylie Kwong, Australia’s best- loved modern Chinese chef and restaurateur, is closing her Sydney restaurant Billy Kwong and opening a new dining concept later this year.

Kylie says, “This year I turn 50 and to mark this milestone Billy Kwong as we know it will close so I can make way for an exciting new venture. I will be launching a completely new dining concept in my hometown of Sydney, which will celebrate my unwavering love of food, family and connection to the broader community at large. This new chapter will also facilitate the opportunity for me to further collaborate with inspiring partners both locally and abroad.”

After 19 years as chef and restaurateur of Billy Kwong, first on Crown Street, Surry Hills, then its current location on Macleay Street, Potts Point, Kylie has reflected on her future focus and priorities. This new concept will allow Kylie the time and energy to concentrate more on projects aligned to the values Billy Kwong was built on; collaboration, celebration and community. This will also create the opportunity to commit to projects aligned with her passion for art and culture, such as Carriageworks, which she has been an ambassador for over the past four years.

Kylie has been a constant presence in her restaurant and this will continue. The new venture will also facilitate the freedom and time to be a greater part of the global dining community- to travel, mentor, and participate in creative endeavours.

The venture will be an entirely new dining concept- a bustling, casual eatery with a much smaller dining space. It will be the culmination of Kylie’s work and will distill her favourite parts of Billy Kwong into something exciting and new.

The space will be a creative collaboration between Kylie and one of Australia’s most renowned designers and craftspeople, Adelaide-based Khai Liew. Kylie will continue and intensify the collaborations with local producers and communities that Billy Kwong has become renowned for.

“In the meantime, Billy Kwong is still very much open and we look forward to seeing all of our wonderful, supportive diners in the coming months,” says Kylie. Many of Kylie’s beloved staff, including long-time manager Kin Chen, will remain working at Billy Kwong until close. Billy Kwong will continue to operate until a new tenant is secured for the existing site. A new site is still to be confirmed.

More details around the closing date of Billy Kwong and the opening of the new site will be released in coming months. For bookings please visit www.billykwong.com.au to book online or call 02 9332 3300. Open for dinner seven days a week from 5.30pm and all day Sunday from midday.

Source: Billy Kwong


Seafolly launches onto global fashion e-tailer, Farfetch.

Australian swim and lifestyle brand Seafolly will expand its distribution to 190 countries through a new partnership with Farfetch. Seafolly’s ability to deliver uncompromising fashion and fit in premium swimwear combined with Farfetch’s elevated reputation and unrivalled logistics network will expand the Australian beach lifestyle offering to an international audience of shoppers. 

Paul Kotrba, CEO comments: “We thank our friends at Farfetch and are very excited about launching onto the platform as an opportunity to share the unique spirit of the Australian summer with more women everywhere. Seafolly has a strong global wholesale business in over 40 countries that is delivering healthy year on year growth. Farfetch is another significant milestone in our strategy to continue to geographically expand our business and become the largest fashion swimwear house in the world.”

Seafolly’s bold prints and current collection will join Farfetch’s mix of renowned fashion brands such as Missoni, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Mara Hoffman, Zimmermann, Matteau, and Hunza G.

Source: Seafolly


Qantas says ‘Bula’ to Fiji with direct flights from Sydney

Qantas is making it easier for customers to holiday in Fiji by launching new direct flights from Sydney, meeting a growing demand from customers wanting a premium travel option to the islands*.

From 31 March 2019, the direct service will operate four times per week to Nadi, the country’s main gateway, with a Boeing 737 aircraft, offering a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare, and the option to fly or upgrade to Business class.

The flights add to Jetstar’s direct services which also operate four times per week and will see the Qantas Group offer customers more than 75,000 seats on the route annually and the choice to fly to the popular holiday destination six days a week.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said the addition of Fiji to the Qantas network provided more choice for the growing number of Australians wanting to holiday on the islands.

“Fiji continues to be an incredibly popular holiday destination for Australian families, couples and adventure and luxury travellers, with a number of new luxury properties having opened up on the islands in recent years,” said Ms Webster.

“We have built flexibility into our network to respond to growing demand where we see it. In this case, it’s a return to Fiji after almost 20 years, a short four-hour hop from Sydney, helping extend the summer for Australians year-round.

“The combination of Qantas and Jetstar also means we can provide more options to a destination which caters to different budgets and tastes, with good interstate connections for passengers travelling from other parts of Australia.”

Qantas will also add its code to Jetstar’s flights between Sydney and Nadi, for travel from 1 February 2019.  Qantas customers travelling on the Jetstar codeshare service will enjoy additional benefits, including the opportunity for Qantas Frequent Flyers to earn points and status credits and a complimentary meal.

Qantas will continue to codeshare on Fiji Airways’ services to Nadi. With Fiji Airways now integrated as a oneworld connect partner, Qantas customers will benefit from more flight options and the opportunity to earn and redeem Qantas Points and Status Credits on Fiji Airways’ services between the two countries. Eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers will also have access to priority check-in desks, priority boarding and lounge access when flying on Qantas codeshare flights operated by Fiji Airways**.

Customers can book Qantas’ new Fiji service at qantas.com or through travel agents. To celebrate the launch, Qantas is offering sale fares starting from $269 one-way, available 21 to 23 January 2019, for travel from 31 March 2019.

Source: Qantas


NEW Sleep Retreat founded by The Goodnight Co at Springfield Farm, Bowral 7th-10th March 2019

Sleep is such an on trend subject for health and wellness in 2019 and this is the perfect retreat for those wanting to improve their sleep patterns and reap the benefits of a good nights sleep.

The first sleep retreat program by Co- Founders of The Goodnight Co, Danielle Knight and Shea Morrison, will be held at Springfield Farm, Bowral from 7th-10th March 2019. Statistics show that a third of our lives should be spent asleep and that sleep is where the body finds balance, from the emotional to the cognitive and all the way down to the immune system – something that is often forgotten in todays overly busy times!

Set in a unique and stunningly beautiful location in nature’s back yard, this three day program includes amazing workshops, relaxing yoga & meditation, nourishing meals and deep sleep. This retreat is perfect for those that wish to switch off from technology, daily routines and work, allowing those a chance to reset and focus on receiving a good night’s sleep.

During the program, attendees will have the chance to learn from and practice alongside these aspirational women:

Danielle Knight & Shea Morrison, Co- Founders of The Goodnight Co – Best friends Danielle Knight and Shea Morrison launched The Goodnight Co, after learning about the benefits of sleeping on silk which then led on to them sourcing the perfect luxurious silk pillowcases/ masks and now this sleep retreat!

Whilst Danielle’s focus strongly lies in managing partnerships, logistics and daily operations in order to help change the way we sleep. Shea has been researching and studying the science of sleep for the past 5 years, and is currently training to become a mindfulness teacher as well whilst practising meditation.

Polly Rea, Naturopath – Polly Rea is a Clinical Naturopath with a focus on evidence-based science. Having practised in three busy clinics across Sydney she now has her own clinic; Feeling Dandy in the Byron Hinterlands. As a mum to 3 young boys she understands the importance of a good nights sleep, having personally experience a decline in both physical health and mental clarity as a result of sleep deprivation. As a health professional, she is experienced with the knowledge and tools to assess and the treat any underlying biochemistry that may be the ultimate cause for broken sleep.

Kimmy Smith, Yoga & Fitness Instructor – Kimmy Smith is a qualified yoga teacher, personal trainer and barre instructor. Kimmy is on a mission to support and empower women to embrace the journey of motherhood, and has launched the postnatal fitness and wellbeing hub, www.kimmysmithfit.com, an online destination that encompasses fitness, food and healthy mindset essentials including tips, advice, workouts, meal plans and recipes. It aims to help all new mums create a beautiful, fit and strong new body and life.


Longines Melbourne Boutique Launch with Andre Agassi & Stefanie Graf

Swiss watchmaker, Longines has officially unveiled its brand-new boutique in the heart of Collins St, Melbourne’s premier luxury shopping strip.

Tennis royalty and Longines Ambassadors of Elegance, Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf inaugurated the store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside Melbourne’s Lord Mayor, Sally Capp.

A pair of bespoke timepieces created by Longines to celebrate Agassi and Graf’s 10-year commitment to the brand was presented to the generous buyers. Proceeds from the sale of the watches will be donated to The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Children for Tomorrow, the charitable foundations set up by the duo in their playing years.

WHERE

Longines Boutique – 256 Collins St, Melbourne

WHO

  • Andre Agassi, Longines Ambassador of Elegance
  • Stefanie Graf, Longines Ambassador of Elegance
  • Sally Capp, Lord Mayor Melbourne
  • Tim Gilbert, Sports Journalist and TV Personality (event MC)
  • Jonathon Brown, Sports Personality and Radio Presenter
  • Tom Steinfort, TV Presenter
  • Tim Kano, Neighbours Actor
  • Laura & Sally Panton, Social Influencers

Source: Longines