July 24,2023

Cuban Rum brand Havana Club has joined forces again with lifestyle brand, Places+Faces for a fresh summer campaign featuring very special guests.

Released to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Places+Faces, the campaign centres on the Havana Club 7 bottle, which is complemented by a selection of merchandise in the Places+Faces signature style, including tees and a hoody.

Founded by Imran Ciesay and Solomon Boyede, Places+Faces started with Ciesay’s Tumbler blog of backstage photography in 2013, which has since grown to encompass photography and film creation, streetwear and merchandise collections, and nightlife experiences across the world.

“Havana Club are proud to invest in long-term relationships with a collaborator like Places+Faces”, says Ian Mitchell, Creative Content Manager from the Havana Club Global Marketing Team. “We deeply value and respect the creative vision and community standing of Ciesay, Soulz and their team. The outputs from this collaboration look incredible – Headie and Ming have been excellent as our faces – and we’re raising a glass to the next 10 years of success for Places+Faces”.


Havana Club X Places+Face’s first collaboration was five years ago, and keen to continue the authentic, creative, and meaningful collaborations, Havana Club felt 2023 was the perfect occasion to come together again and travel back to Cuba, where it all began.

“Being able to return to Havana and shoot the campaign for this new Collab was very special to us.” says Ciesay, “Havana holds a special place in our hearts, and we love working with Cuban talents and a Cuban crew to help realise our vision and our love for Cuba.”

Havana Club and Places+Faces invited two special guests, rapper Headie One and model Ming Savannah, to join them in Cuba and feature in the collaboration content. Headie and Ming brought their distinctive UK edge and energy, contributing to the dynamic cultural exchange that the campaign represents.


“We wanted to do something differently for our 2nd collab with Havana,” explains Ciesay. “The first time we were there, we treated the trip as flies on the wall, capturing the city in a very docu-style. For this collab, we wanted to plan it out and treated it like we were shooting a short film, filming over multiple days and various locations shot all over Havana, casting a range of Cuban talent and having them perform in real spaces. We wanted to tell a story with our new film through the visuals capturing an essence of Cuba.”

The Places+Faces x Havana Club limited edition bottle is available in UK convenience stores from July & can be found in select supermarkets in August. The associated merch collection will drop on today, with 50% of sales to be donated to Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health (BLAM).

“We have elected to make a donation to BLAM due to their commendable efforts in establishing nurturing environments for youth and fostering their understanding of black history,” adds Ciesay, “BLAM plays a vital role in preserving African and Afro-Caribbean culture, which is gradually diminishing. By supporting BLAM, we aim to contribute to the preservation and dissemination of knowledge about this rich cultural heritage among future generations.”



September 20,2023

Mexican Mezcal brand Amarás has joined with drinks and marketing agency Scotch Creatives to launch the “Best Paloma In The World” contest.

Bartenders and beverage directors ready to take on the challenge in key cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Texas, Chicago, London, Madrid and Ibiza, will create their own take on the beloved mezcal Paloma this summer, using the smooth and perfectly balanced Mezcal Amarás Espadin Joven as their spirit of choice.

“Rooted in the heartland of Mexico, the history of the Paloma takes us back centuries to a time when indigenous cultures first distilled agave-based spirits,” shared Santiago Suarez, Chairman & Co-Founder of Mezcal Amarás.

“With this contest, we call on all cocktail enthusiasts to unleash their ingenuity to craft unique expressions of the iconic Mexican mezcal-based cocktail that has captured hearts and palates worldwide.”

Participants from the top bars worldwide will post and tag @MezcalAmarás on Instagram to be officially added to the contest.

The top ten mezcal Palomas in each city will be taste-tested in person by local industry experts, including John Gakuru, Charles Joly, Moe Aljaff, Christine Wiseman, Hannah Sharman-Cox, Siobhan Payne and Danil Nevsky.

Each mezcal Paloma will be judged on taste, appearance and resourceful use of ingredients.

The overall winner in each city will be invited to Oaxaca, Mexico in November for a global showdown where they will compete to collaborate on a limited edition, one-of-a-kind Mezcal Amarás ensemble bottling.

For more information about Mezcal Amarás, visit and follow on Instagram @MezcalAmarás for real-time updates on the contest.



August 23,2023

Global Rum brand BACARDÍ is set to become the first spirits partner of the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) to celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop culture and the songs, artists, albums and videos that have defined the genre.

“As a vanguard of the visual identity of music, we’re honoured to be the first-ever Spirits Partner of the MTV VMAs, especially during the 50thanniversary of Hip Hop,” said Lisa Pfenning, BACARDÍ’s Vice President of North America.

“As the VMAs have long celebrated both the sound and the style of Hip Hop, BACARDÍ has long been embedded in Hip Hop culture, inspiring some of the most memorable lyrics, movements, and music video moments from artists who have defined a generation. We look forward to working with MTV and Paramount Brand Studio to present this monumental celebration and highlight the multiple points of Hip Hop culture.”

In honor of the partnership with the 2023 MTV Music Video Awards, BACARDÍ will bring the celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary to consumers in New York and nationwide, including:

For more information, follow @bacardi on all social channels. For more information about BACARDÍ activations surrounding the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, head over to

Mojito Mo-Problems, Official Cocktail of the 2023 MTV VMAs




Combine BACARDÍ Superior Rum, lime juice, syrups and mint leaves in a shaker tin with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cup over fresh ice and top with a splash of club soda. Stir to incorporate. Garnish with a mint sprig.



August 21,2023

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced its partnership with the iconic Italian Aperitivo, Aperol.

“We are delighted to welcome Aperol to the US Open,” said Deanne Pownall, USTA Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships.

“The US Open is one of the largest annually attended sporting events in the world and is a spectacular experience for fans to enjoy world-class tennis along with amazing culinary offerings. We know that our fans will embrace Aperol, and its social appeal is a great fit for the US Open.”

Aperol will bring a slice of Italian culture to the US Open grounds in 2023, with two on-site destinations designed in the spirit of its founding principle of togetherness.

A branded, indoor-outdoor patio bar located off the grounds’ primary esplanade, just east of the main entrance to Arthur Ashe Stadium, will offer fans an Aperol experience and light bites. Across the grounds near Court 5, Aperol will set up an authentic Italian Apé Truck and a place to connect with friends in between matches through Labor Day.

“Aperol is a brand deeply rooted in history, which evolved from a passion of coming together,” said Andrea Sengara, Campari America’s Head of Marketing. “A partnership with the US Open, a globally recognized tournament and social occasion, provides a space to foster new experiences amongst tennis and Aperol fans alike.

We are delighted to join forces with an organization which holds shared values and long-standing traditions of sparking joyful moments. We look forward to bringing the Aperol Spritz and its iconic Italian aperitivo culture to this festive tournament.”

Tennis fans at the US Open can enjoy Aperol at both destinations and two on-site mobile carts. Aperol will also be running digital, influencer, paid media and social media campaigns locally and nationally to help drive consumer awareness around Aperol’s newest partnership.

Aperol reminds all fans to enjoy this upcoming tournament season responsibly.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.

For more information about the USTA, go to or connect with the association on Instagram.



July 26,2023

As a precursor to Scarfes Bar’s first global bar tour, the London bar will be hosting Nutmeg & Clove for a one-night-only bar takeover on Sunday, 30 July.

Nutmeg & Clove, which has been awarded number 7 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars this year, will be bringing a taste of Singapore to London for the night with a curated drinks menu created by the Nutmeg & Clove team.

In October, Area Director of Bars Martin Siska and Head of Mixology Yann Bouvignies, will return the favour by visiting Nutmeg & Clove for an exclusive takeover as part of Scarfes’ global bar tour.

The venue’s very first global bar tour has been organised to celebrate Scarfe Bar’s much-anticipated 10th-anniversary celebrations. The five-month tour will take the team across the world, where they will visit ten of the world’s best bars in ten iconic destinations.

The Scarfes Bar global takeovers will visit a host of well-known cities and renowned bars with their 10th anniversary bespoke menu. Scarfes’ team will visit countries as far-flung as Bangkok, Singapore, Cambodia and Norway.

Located a stone’s throw away from Covent Garden, Scarfe’s Bar is named after the renowned British artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe whose original artwork adorns the walls and evokes a convivial atmosphere.



July 24,2023

James Beard Award Winning chef, Nina Compton, has announced the public opening of ShaSha Lounge in New Orleans.

Launching alongside United Way and fellow celebrity chefs, including Stephanie Izard, Marc Forgione, Michelle Bernstein, Rodney Scott, and Tiffani Faison, the ShaSha Lounge: Social Aid and Pleasure Club will be a membership cocktail lounge with a cause. 

To celebrate, ShaSha Lounge is releasing a limited number of exclusive discounted memberships that are available for purchase via credit card or cryptocurrency at

“ShaSha was conceptualized as a way to evoke the spirit of New Orleans hospitality while simultaneously creating a mechanism in which we could continuously and quickly give back to our cherished community who are too often impacted by natural disasters,” Compton said.

“We are so fortunate to officially partner with United Way Southeast Louisiana and their compassionate team as we release our first public memberships and start building a fund that is fueled by our community’s love of cocktails and cuisine,” she continued.

Members of ShaSha will experience unique benefits, including elevated access to the lounge, discounted rentals and buyouts, voting rights on programming within the venue, and preferred entry to special events nationwide, including ShaSha’s public launch party, which will mark the momentous occasion on Thursday, July 27th, 2023. A portion of all membership and lounge sales will be reserved to help support future disaster relief in the region.

United Way Southeast Louisiana will work in conjunction with Compton and partners Sweet Management Group and Dolphin Entertainment to mobilize raised funds in the wake of forthcoming regional disasters.

“This passion project unites United Way and ShaSha’s love for New Orleans hospitality and dedication to giving back to our communities, ” said Michael Williamson, President and CEO of United Way Southeast Louisiana.

“We are committed to responding to disaster at the speed of need, so as our partnership raises critical funds through ShaSha’s innovative cocktail lounge and membership platform, we will be well positioned to provide immediate relief where it’s needed most,” he continued.

In addition to UWSELA, Compton has enlisted the support of Iron Chef Marc Forgione, James Beard Award winners Michelle Bernstein, Stephanie Izard and Rodney Scott, as well as Chopped Judge Tiffani Faison. Each chef will collaborate quarterly on new cocktails, participate in live and virtual events for members, develop exclusive content for the community and individually program the club for one week each year.

On Thursday, July 27th, 2023 from 12pm CST to 3pm CST, Compton and the ShaSha team will host a launch party at her restaurant, Compère Lapin, with preferred access to prepaid members and limited availability for others who RSVP to

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