Salem Cibani was born in Vancouver, Canada, and educated at the University of British Columbia, gradauting with a degree in Mathematics. He began working for Ports in 2006 and currently lives in Milan.
My travels mostly consist of moving between our offices and boutiques; from Milan to Paris and from New York to Hong Kong. Every now and then I manage to include a trip to home – beautiful Vancouver.
ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ITEM
My sneakers - they allow me to be comfortable when I travel and to go for an early run in whatever city I wake up in.
PLACE TO RETURN TO
It probably would be between Vancouver and New York which I adore both for different reasons. In Vancouver I would have dinner at Chambar, a Belgian restaurant serving my favourite Moules Congolaises. In New York I would stay with my sister, Fiona Cibani and take her out at the NoMad Hotel to get the black truffle, foie gras whole-roasted chicken for two at its eponymous restaurant. I love when the flavour of a dish stays on your mind long after the last bite.
IF YOU HAD ONLY ONE NIGHT...
I would want to be in the city that never sleeps – New York. I would fill the evening with a mix of rooftop drinks, wining and dining, a Broadway show, jazz bar and or comedy club. However the evening may turn out, it will end in the wee hours of the morning at the infamous chicken & rice food truck on 53rd St and 6th Ave.
BEST RESTUARANT TO ENTERTAIN IN
In New York I would probably take my clients to one of my favourite classics, Indochine – the French-Vietnamese menu is heavenly and both guests and staff are stunning. In Hong Kong I would have a business lunch at the rooftop of the IFC Mall, the view is spectacular. And if I were in Milan I would take them to Bolognese, an authentic Italian restaurant with a beautiful courtyard very close to my "home", the Ports 1961 HQ office.
It's crucial to find the appropriate spot for each meeting, as the right setting and mood of a restaurant, club or bar will not only make for an enjoyable dinner but a successful meeting.
BEST BUSINESS TRIPS
On work trips, it's all about mixing business with pleasure. So the best business trip to me is when its goals and objectives are met, both parties involved are happy and I discover something or meet someone new. Plus nice weather usually helps.
I would say comfortable chic; comfortable because I mostly travel long-distance and chic because you always have to be prepared for the unexpected. This way when I arrive I am ready to go.
BEST TRAVEL ITEM
A Jersey Knit Blazer from our Spring/Summer '13 collection. The jacket is the perfect blend of style and comfort.
In Seoul I love to go to Beaker and Boon the Shop whereas in Hong Kong my number one shop is Lane Crawford. These shops are architecturally impressive yet their beautiful interiors alluring and inviting. From these two shops I also draw inspiration for our future Ports 1961 boutiques.
BEST DRESSED LIST
I can think of many but currently one that comes to mind is Italian journalist Simone Marchetti. Simone always manages to look effortlessly chic, is fearless when it comes to colour and seems to be having fun doing so.