The Wallpaper* wellness retreat

We peak into our March issue for some tips on achieving serenity with style

group of men using exercise equipment
Raj wears jacket, £3,150; trousers,£3,300, Ermenegildo Zegna. Gloves, POA, Vivienne Westwood. Vince wears jumper, POA, trousers, POA, Acne Studios. Sandals, €495, Pierre Hardy. Kyle wears jacket; top; trousers, all POA, 1017 ALYX 9SM. Gloves, POA, Vivienne Westwood. Joe wears vest, £485; trousers,£495, Issey Miyake Men. Sandals, £380, Lanvin. Cuff, £325, Completedworks.
(Image credit: Photography: Romain Duquesne)

Inner peace can be difficult to find amongst the flurry of meetings, conference calls, email exchanges, and incessant calendar notifications that plague our everyday lives. How, the modern worker may ask, can I maintain the appearance of elegant tranquility among all this madness?

Well, to those who feel like they’re at the end of their rope, we at Wallpaper* say — fear not! Our wellness retreat will teach you how to feel great and look even better.

three men balancing on silver balls

Joe wears shirt, £750; trousers, £730; shoes, £380, all by Lanvin. Emanuele wears shirt, £1,650, Bally. Shorts, £415, AMI. Necklace, POA, Rochas. Socks, £22, Falke. Sandals, £65,Birkenstock. Vince wears jumper, £1,660; shorts, £1,850, Bottega Veneta. Sunglasses, £305, Salvatore Ferragamo. Sandals, €495, Pierre Hardy

(Image credit: Photography: Romain Duquesne)

For the busiest among us, life often feels like a constant balancing act. Try regaining your equilibrium by sitting on one of these bouncy balls. Its effectiveness is yet to be determined but, either way, those shiny silver spheres will liven up any room.

man in orange suit making tai chi poses

Kyle wears jacket, £2,030; trousers, £665, Gucci. Necklace, £255, Completedworks. Ring, above, £112, Ariana Boussard Reifel. Ring, below, £70, Trine Tuxen

(Image credit: Photography: Romain Duquesne)

Coffee and chocolate are quick fixes for fatigue, but for long lasting results try your (very slowly moving) hand at Tai Chi. Your chi will be aligned in no time and, thanks to the steady movements of the practice, you won’t even break a sweat in your wool suit.

three men standing in a line holding a rope

Joe wears shirt, £750; trousers, £730; shoes, £380, all by Lanvin. Emanuele wears shirt, £1,650, Bally. Shorts, £415, AMI. Necklace, POA, Rochas. Socks, £22, Falke. Sandals, £65, Birkenstock. Vince wears jumper, £1,660; shorts,  £1,850, Bottega Veneta. Sunglasses, £305, Salvatore Ferragamo. Sandals, €495, Pierre Hardy

(Image credit: Photography: Romain Duquesne)

As far back as the Ancient Greeks, people knew that a sound body means a sound mind. In an effort to avoid unsightly trouser creases, we prefer to keep our fitness regime low-cardio. Here, you see one of our most popular arm exercises. This workout, known simply as “holding a rope”, allows practitioners to develop just enough upper arm strength to lift two, maybe even three magazines.

a group of men lying down in a circle

Kyle wears cardigan,£480; jumper, £480; shorts, £240, sandals, £300, Marni . Joe wears shirt, £440; trousers,£415,Jil Sander. Sandals, £380, Lanvin. Emanuele wears jacket, £2,600; trousers, £690, Dior. Sandals,£65, Birkenstock. Vince wears jacket, £2,595; trousers, £510, Prada. Earring, £100 per pair, Bonvo. Sandals,€495, Pierre Hardy

(Image credit: Photography: Romain Duquesne)

Complex wellness practices are well and good, but sometimes…you just need to lie down. When the desire to get horizontal hits, throw on some tasteful lounge wear and take a nap. You’ll feel better in no time.


 A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Wallpaper* 

Ermenegildo Zegna

Vivienne Westwood

Acne Studios

Pierre Hardy

Issey Miyake



Writer and Wallpaper* Contributing Editor

Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.