Name: Jaleh Farhadpour
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Home Base: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Concept Designer, Architect, Painter, Jewellery Designer
Bio: Jaleh Farhadpour attributes much of her success in the jewellery industry to her background in architecture and from working in the fashion design industry in Dubai, across Europe and most recently in Toronto. After the catastrophic tsunami in 2005, Farhadpour traveled to Sri Lanka to aid in the humanitarian effort. During this trip, she noticed many locals working with natural gemstones to produce jewellery. Fascinated, Farhadpour began researching the healing powers that she learned were associated with the various stones – a concept that continues to be at the heart of her designs.
Having previously sold her one-of-a-kind pieces at Holt Renfrew and Fragments in New York, Jaleh opened her first luxury jewellery house ARCHIVES at the Four Seasons Toronto in October 2014. The concept boutique showcases her own designs and the ARCHIVES collection – a line both she and her goldsmith design and produce in the store's in-house atelier. Farhadpour has also brought many of the most sought-after international designers to Toronto for the first time – Cristina Ortiz, Delfina Delettrez, MEISSEN, YEPREM, Dickson Yewn, Ileana Makri, Laua Melchior and Iradj Moini.
Q: Most visited destination for business
A: Paris, France.
Q: Local knowledge tip
A: Never take the Metro, walk everywhere.
Q: DIY vs. travel agent
A: DIY always.
Q: Most impressive airport
A: Dubai International.
Q: Preferred luggage
A: I always take a carry-on and only use Rimowa luggage.
Q: What three things are on your must-pack-or-will-suffer-a-meltdown list?
A: Black dress (one for day and one for night), cashmere shawl, and sunglasses.
Q: Preferred airline
A: Emirates Airlines and Lufthansa.
Q: Aisle or window
A: If there is no option for my seat to have both, I prefer the aisle.
Q: Jetlag strategy
A: Take a day flight and force yourself to stay outside all day long at the new destination, regardless of the weather.
Q: Staying in shape on the road
A: Plenty of water and lots of walking!
Q: A travel moment that sparked an entrepreneurial idea or solution
A: My volunteer trip to Sri Lanka after the tsunami in 2005 is what inspired me to become a jewellery designer, after seeing the nation's spectacular gemstones and learning about their various healing powers.
Q: Most interesting foreign brand unknown in North America that you think gets it right
A: An eyewear company based in Paris called See Concept Glasses.
Q: Your preferred conference hotel
A: The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.
Q: Best hotel for makeshift office options
A: Always the Four Seasons Hotels!
Q: Time & money saving tips
A: When traveling on business, always stay at a hotel located in the downtown core.
Q: What hotel has truly lived up to the hype?
A: Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh Resort in the Red Sea.
Q: Your most amusing or regrettable holiday souvenir
A: Amusing: Block of Aged Tomme de Brebis from Ajaccio, France.
Regrettable: Set of silver and gold table decorations bought in Cairo, Egypt which I later found out were completely fake.
Q: What do you enjoy finding most in a mini-bar?
A: Patron Tequila.
Q: Describe your guilty pleasure when traveling
A: Dining in the best restaurants day and night (even when I can't afford it!).
Q: Brushes with greatness: Most famous or interesting person you have spotted or bantered with on your travels…
A: I danced with Mick Jagger at Annabel's in London, England.
Q: Tell us about a great little place you recommend to friends.
A: A restaurant in Paris that I've been going to since I was a child and it is still the same and fantastic: Le Soufflé.
Q: “I would do almost anything to relive every minute of this hotel stay...”
A: The Elephant Corridor in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka – absolutely the most beautiful place!
Q: Confess to one thing you've nicked from your hotel room
A: Against my principles.
Q: Favourite island
A: The Maldives.
Q: UNESCO World Heritage Site that blows your mind
A: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka and the Temple of Karnak in Egypt.
Q: The most painfully cool hotel you’ve ever stayed in
A: I believe that "coolness" is an ever-changing concept. I have stayed in a multitude of hotels that were considered "cool" during different time periods. However, the most recent one would be Villa Laetitia in Rome, a boutique hotel designed and owned by Anna Fendi.
Q: The best spa experience of your life
A: Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland
Q: A travel themed film that has really moved you
A: Roman Holiday.
Q: A beloved travel book, fiction or non-fiction
A: Paris Wife by Paula McLain.