1. My Two Families
My brilliant team at McKinley Burkart amazes me every day with their creativity and professionalism and my business partner is not only the best designer I have ever met but has also been a great friend for over 20 years.
Of course my other family - my wife Jeannie and daughter Scarlett - are my life.
2. My Art
I have a hoarding problem when it comes to art as anyone who has seen my office will attest. The paintings and sculptures (mostly by Canadian Artists) in my homes and office continue to inspire me every day. Graham Gilmore, Julian Schnabel, Ryan Sluggert, Alex Caldwell, Tim May, Mark Mullin, Donald Sultan, Chris Cran, Maya Gohill, and Richard Halliday are some of my favorites in my collection.
4. Peking Duck
Interactive, sweet, savory, crisp, cool and hot all in one bite: the perfect food.
Hakasan in London and Phillipe Chow (freshly made crepes!) in New York are my favorites but I will eat it in any dive Chinese restaurant where I see it on the menu.
3. My Homes Away From Home
I love to travel anywhere but I always come back to my homes in Tofino and Puerto Vallarta to recharge. I was married in Seoul and we return almost every year - it is an incredible city that makes you feel like you have travelled to the future.
5. Thick Framed Glasses
I must have 30 or 40 pairs at this point. I just picked up three new frames at Warby Parker store in the Meat Packing area of NYC - They are an amazing, category-disrupting eyewear retailer whose frames are so reasonably priced and convenient to buy that you can't leave there empty handed. I also pick up three or four pairs every year in Seoul where they seem to have the same love of extra large frames that I do.
6. Terres by Hermes
I've worn this scent for so many years that I don't feel like myself without it.
7. Japanese Whiskey
My favorite drink to wind down with has become Japanese whiskey. Hibiki, Nikka's 'From the Barrel' and Chichibu's 'The First' poured over a little ice are all guaranteed to bring a contented smile to my face.
8. Hotel Lounges
Give me a comfortable club chair, the constant buzz of arriving guests and a Negroni and I am happy for hours. There is no better place than a great hotel lounge to people watch, sign a deal, or just to sit and imagine the other lives you might have lived. For me hotel lounges are the pinnacle of civilized culture. Favorites at the moment are The Roof at the Viceroy New York, The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, the courtyard lounge at the Pavillon de la Reine in Paris, and two new hotels I visited this summer: the Athletic Association of Chicago and Ian Schrager's London Edition in, of course, London.
I'm a bit of an Apple TV and Netflix junkie and my favorite thing to watch is a great documentary. 'When We Were Kings', 'The Roosevelts', 'Jinx', 'I Am Ali', and 'The Mind of a Chef' are just a few favorites that spring to mind.