Introducing the Gourmet Traveller x Sorry Thanks I Love You Christmas Boutique

Introducing the Gourmet Traveller x Sorry Thanks I Love You Christmas Boutique

This Tuesday we’re launching a collaborative project with Australia’s most famous food and lifestyle magazine, Gourmet Traveller.  Months in the making, the Gourmet Traveller x Sorry Thanks I Love You Christmas Boutique marks the magazine’s first ever bricks-and-mortar retail presence and will be housed in the newest Sorry Thanks I Love You store in The Rocks, Sydney.

Featuring a selection of handcrafted, mostly Australian-made items from the magazine’s past Meet Your Maker columns, as well as a selection of GT’s favourite smallgoods and food- and travel-related gifts, the GT x STILY Christmas Boutique opens on Tuesday 22 November and runs until 18  December 2016, with an online store launching at the same time at: www.sorrythanksiloveyou.com/gourmettraveller

Today chief curator, Gourmet Traveller Staff Writer and Meet Your Maker columnist, Maggie Scardifield, tells us about the project. 

How long have you been at Gourmet Traveller?  Where did you start and what are you doing now?

I started at GT in 2014 as a digital intern, helping upload content to our website day-to-day. I was desperate to write food and travel, and after a few gigs writing recipe collection intros, I was given a larger assignment. Funnily enough, it was the magazine’s first Meet Your Maker column. Soon after, I went on to become Editorial Coordinator and now I'm the Staff Writer. It's been a wild ride.

Tell us about the Meet Your Maker column.  When did it start being included in the mag? Was it one of your ideas?

GT’s Deputy Editor, Pat Nourse, gave me the column as my first print assignment at GT. I was stoked because I love design and I'm a sucker for anything handmade. That was in July 2014 for our September issue – it was an interview with Melbourne artist Gemma Patford who crafts beautiful sculptural bowls and vessels from rope. Gemma was actually invited to do the pop-up at STILY, but was tied up working on her first hardcover craft book with Hardie Grant (Go Gemma!). 

Since, I've interviewed about 24 absolute guns for the column – including Drew Rosskelly from Wahl & Ross who has designed bowls and spoons for Noma, ceramicist Ion Fukazawa who makes beautiful glazes from the ash of Ester’s wood-oven and Shilo Engelbrecht, who I now count as a friend.

Gourmet Traveller's Maggie Scardifield

How do you decide who to feature?

We love discovering emerging talent, obviously, but it’s also about people with a great story. Instagram is a fantastic way to discover creatives and is often where I stumble across a lot of new and talented Australian makers. I also dine out a lot for my job and I’ll be the first person at the table to look under my plate or glass for the maker’s initials. It also helps having our stylists on the road sourcing props each week. They’re always coming across beautiful work to feature in the mag.

How did the idea for the GT Christmas Boutique come about?

A bricks and mortar store has been on our wish list for a long time and 2016, being 50 years of Gourmet Traveller, seemed like the perfect time. Being able to bring together our favourite independent makers and producers under the one roof is super exciting. It’s one thing to do it on the pages of the magazine month-to-month, but going off grid with a boutique and an online store takes it up a notch – especially at this time of year when everyone is searching for the perfect gift. 

Why did Gourmet decide to partner with Sorry Thanks I Love You?

Sorry Thanks I Love You doesn’t do things by halves and neither does GT. They’re committed to sourcing product that has an interesting story to tell, and we have a very similar ethos when we’re deciding who to feature in the magazine each month. Since STILY opened the Martin Place boutique the GT team has followed the shop’s story, often heading there to attend tastings and events, and featuring their products in our gift guides. We're big fans of STILY’s mantra to “give different”. It also doesn’t hurt that STILY’s team is local, have an amazing eye and are just as excited by anything small-batch, artisan, independent or bespoke as we are. 

What’s your intention with this store?

It’s all about the makers and producers. A number of these makers haven’t got much of a presence in Sydney yet, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. It’s also great for our readers to be able to hop online and shop the GT selects all in the one place.

  

Sorry Thanks I Love You, The Rocks

What has surprised you most about this project?

We knew people would be excited by the idea but I’m totally overwhelmed by everyone’s enthusiasm. Some of the makers are travelling from interstate to visit the shop, others have made limited-edition products just for the collaboration – the Skate Shank pizza cutter, for example, and Honey Fingers in Melbourne have done a limited-edition honey for us (and I mean very limited; it's been a hectic spring weather-wise). It's fantastic how warmly the collaboration has been received, even before we’ve opened to the public.

What element of this project are you most excited about?

I’m feeling pretty chuffed that my Christmas shopping is entirely sorted and it’s not even December yet. 

Are there any products that you’re particularly excited about?

Oh, there are so many. I love the new oyster wells from The Seasonal Circle – I think they'll be amazing on Christmas day and over the entertaining season. I have my eye on a full set of gloss navy and black Anekka plates. I can see them working back really well with the rest of my mismatched ceramics. And the new colours Hank has done of its pepper mill and salt basin, Forbes and Ike, are killer.

You’ve written a lot of great pieces for GT. Can you share one of your favourites?

One of my favourite interviews to date was interviewing Alberto Alessi, the godfather of Italian design. I was supposed to have a 15-minute chat with him and we spent almost two hours chatting about his life, great design, balancing family and work, how to stay creative, the true meaning of collaboration. He still has so much energy and drive, and he was wickedly funny. [You can read the full piece here.

What makes you laugh?

My mum Pen-Pen, Team GT, my housemate’s laugh. I'm always the one whose laughter turns to tears. 

What’s your signature recipe?

Does a Negroni count?

What are you looking forward to?

A work trip to Tokyo next week. Bring on the onsen life.

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The GT x STILY Christmas Boutique will trade both in store and online from 22 November - 18  December 2016 at:

 Sorry Thanks I Love You
140 George Street
The Rocks
Sydney

www.sorrythanksiloveyou.com/gourmettraveller

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The store will feature 

Books and art from:
Adriana Picker
Good Food Crap Drawing
Gourmet Traveller

Ceramics from: 
Anekka
The Fortynine Studio
GT Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia
Hayden Youlley
Margaret Westcott
Mukumono
Rita Mu
Tara Burke

Food and drink from:
Australian Bitters
Continental Deli
Four Pillars Gin
Global Grapevine
Haverick Meats
Honey Fingers
Hunted + Gathered
Koh Loy
Lake House
LP's Quality Meats
Olsson's
Pickett's Deli
Pilu & Coco
Spirit People
Sue Lewis Chocolatier
Sunday Muesli Co
Sweet Stone
T Totaler
Westmont Pickles

Homewares from:
Alison Jackson
Aneau
Eco Wood Design
Gourmet Traveller
Hank
Hasa Design
Henry Neville Wood
Indeco
Maison Balzac
Maka Leathergoods
Malfatti Glass
Outer Island
The Seasonal Circle
Shilo Engelbrecht
Skate Shank
Trade the Mark
Worktones

Plants and flowers from:
Sophia Kaplan