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Our L’Esprit de la Mer dinners took place around the world on May 17, and here we’ve collected some of our favorite photographs from them. 

With just two global events happening this year, we found that the energy and excitement surrounding our May event was palpable and contagious, spreading from city to city and right back to our headquarters here in Portland, Oregon. This time around, the gatherings were all held on the same day, meaning that L’Esprit de la Mer celebrations were happening around the clock on the 17th of May. From Tokyo to Ojai—and everywhere in between—our faithful hosts made magic for their guests, all based around the concept of saltwater and the sea.

In Barcelona there was live music and a candlelit walk straight down to the sea, and in Berlin there were flowered ice cubes and a garden party. Friends in Lisbon shared a seaside picnic straight on the sand with fresh fish and shelled creatures, and in Melbourne, nasturtiums lined the tables while a wood-burning stove kept guests warm (it’s winter down South!). We can’t help but wish we could have attended each and every gathering, but the lovely images we share here remind us that the warm Kinfolk spirit we wish to spread lives everywhere.