SAY HELLO TO OUR CREATIVE CLASS PANEL FOR THE REBELS 2016

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When it came to shortlisting applications for THE REBELS 2016, to decide what the creative class really want we drafted in help from the real thing: meet our 2016 judges and bona fide members of the creative class. Who better to identify those rebellious brands at the cutting edge of contemporary travel?

The-New-RebelsOur panel met at Delano South Beach in March to debate who they thought deserved to be on the final shortlist out of our gorgeous applicants – get an insider’s view of how it went down in the video above. And shortly it’ll be over to you, the collective – keep your ear to the ground for the announcement of the shortlist on 28 April, after which you’ll be able to vote for your winners. We’ll be revealing the most rebellious of them all at the official REBELS & Closing Party on Thursday 9 June, brought to you by Travel+Leisure and hosted by Morgans Hotel Group at Delano South Beach.

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Until then, here’s what they were looking for…


RANA FLORIDA: CEO, Creative Class Group

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Entrepreneur, CEO, author, writer, cultural curator.

What makes you a rebel?

I constantly question the status quo. I detest rigid rules and processes. I am constantly searching for better ways of doing things.

Why are you passionate about your cause?

The creative minds we meet across the globe fulfil my curiosity for new ideas and new ways of thinking.

What do you want to see from THE REBELS 2016?

I’d love to see innovative ideas on how to enhance the arrival experience to make travellers feel instantly at home and connected to the city.


CHRIS BENFIELD: Principal, Benfield Partners

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A simultaneous multipotentialite.

What makes you a rebel?

I invoke my Fifth Amendment not to answer, on the grounds that I may incriminate myself.

Why are you passionate about your cause?

I invoke my Fifth Amendment to remain silent, on the grounds that I may incriminate myself…

What do you want to see from THE REBELS 2016?

A UED strategy that creates inspirational and aspirational experiences that connect and serve as memorable brand differentiators.


KATE BETTS: President, Kate Betts+Co

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Best-selling author and award-winning magazine editor.

What makes you a rebel?

New ideas and great stories.

Why are you passionate about your cause?

I am a storyteller and I love to discover new trends, stories, destinations.

What do you want to see from THE REBELS 2016?

Disruptive ideas!


RACHEL CONLAN: Managing Director, Havas Luxhub

IMG_8557bw copyTell us about you.

Modern luxury maven and creative thinker with a vibrant wanderlust for the unknown.

What makes you a rebel?

I’m a rebel with a cause, obsessed with helping luxury and lifestyle brands challenge conventional paradigms to delight their customers.

Why are you passionate about your cause?

The luxury world is in the midst of the largest transformation we’ve ever seen… It’s a very exciting time to be a marketer in our space.

What do you want to see from THE REBELS 2016?

I want to see innovative and disruptive ideas that set new standards in travel, pushing the boundaries for the category and for consumers.


JACQUELINE GIFFORD: Special Projects Editor, Travel+Leisure

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Hotel-obsessed new mother and wife to a New York Giants fan.

What makes you a rebel?

I’m an equal-opportunity traveller who lives to travel, and travels to live.

 Why are you passionate about your cause?

Because travel literally changes people for the better.

 What do you want to see from THE REBELS 2016?

Hotels that are opening up new destinations, or making classic ones stand out in a fresh way.


GULLA JÓNSDÓTTIR: Principal, Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture + Design

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I grew up in Iceland where the dynamic Nature became my inspiration; very feminine and sensual. I’m not afraid of the power of femininity.

What makes you a rebel?

Art is not separate from life and life is not separate from architecture. Real artists are rebels that reflect the times we live in.

Why are you passionate about your cause?

I fell in love with Architecture when I was 12 in Florence. It’s like looking at a great piece of art and falling in love with it.

What do you want to see from THE REBELS 2016?

The project should have a soul. It should be bold, flow and function well and be emotional – a journey of the senses would be ideal to see.


ROMAN MILISIC Creative & Content Director, Porter & Sail

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Seer, cultural engineer, drinker of beer, irresponsible sloganeer.

What makes you a rebel?

I love to take the things we know, turn them upside down, inside-out and back to front, and see if they make something new.

Why are you passionate about your cause?

We’ve found a way to engage readers, allow them to act on what they read, and follow those actions to get a true picture of the reader.

What do you want to see from THE REBELS 2016?

I want to see a hotel changing the game. I want to be looped into the local insider experience. I want the whole city to be my resort.


CORY VITIELLO: Chef, The Harbord Room & Flock

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I’m a cook. At the heart, it’s what I am and what I love. That will never change.

What makes you a rebel?

I’m not sure that I am! My cooking, designing and running my business is done around my clientele first and personal ego a distant second.

 Why are you passionate about your cause?

I put myself on the plate every day at the restaurants – they’re a living and constantly adapting part of me.

 


GEORGE YABU: Founder and CCO, Yabu Pushelberg

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I am a designer of interiors, furniture and objects. I have n immense amount of curiosity about people and what they do.

What makes you a rebel?       

I’m definitely a risk-taker and have always been more interested in forging my own path as opposed to following someone who came before me.

Why are you passionate about your cause?

I have the opportunity to teach and guide others and, in return, learn from all the young and talented designers who surrounded us.

What do you want to see from THE REBELS 2016?

A new approach to planning or materiality and the inclusion of artistry in the work. Function and a connection to place are also important.


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