A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Vanessa Jacobs, The Restory
Today on our penultimate ‘Holiday with…’ Vanessa Jacobs, founder of The Restory tells us about her Summer spent offline in the Swedish archipelago with her family and enjoying meals at Motorverkstan: an old boat garage that’s been converted to an industrial chic fine dining spot on the water…
Where will you be holidaying this year – and why?
Between a scaling business and two small kids, I’m a bit of a creature of habit these days. I’m married to a Swede and so we have one of these very small basic houses in the Swedish archipelago east of Stockholm. It’s a chance for us all to go offline, reconnect with family (I’m close with my in-laws) and for the kids to speak Swedish with their cousins (who don’t yet speak English).
What is your ‘must-have’ item to pack in your suitcase?
My airpods! I just can’t live without these lately. I’m addicted to podcasts. Sweden is very laid back so the most glamorous thing I bring is my Stila lip gloss and my navy Gucci Soho Disco bag.
Where is your favourite al fresco drinking/dining spot?
Either my own deck or a restaurant close by called Motorverkstan. Its an old boat mechanics garage that’s been converted to an industrial chic fine dining spot on the water. They have a great wine list and the staff are superb.
What is your holiday read this year?
Living in the age of Trump and Brexit, I’ve become a little obsessed with Russia lately – right now I’m reading “Red Notice – How I Became Putin’s No.1 Enemy” by Bill Browder… I know I need to get a life!
Have you ever had a ‘lightbulb’ moment related to your business or career while taking some downtime?
Investors have a lot of operational concerns with regards to The Restory and I am always being asked to run new bits of analysis. While I feel like a junior financial analyst again at times – its also really helped me tease out and understand a lot of sensitivities. So no lightbulb moments but an even deeper understanding of the micro mechanics of my businesses. It’s what makes my business hard but ultimately what makes its so competitively defensible in the long run.