My Kind of Luxury: Aino-Leena Grapin

Aino-Leena Grapin

Aino-Leena Grapin, CEO of Winch Design

Aino-Leena Grapin made the jump from art to superyachts last year, when she left online auction house Paddle 8 to become CEO at Winch Design, the award-winning British design studio famed for producing yachts such as Lürssen’s Ace and Phoenix².


Home is…

London, where my husband and I settled some 18 years ago. I am Franco-Finnish and generally feel at home in most places in Europe.


My most memorable holiday was…

Halong Bay in Vietnam as a student. I can't wait to go back with my family and cruise on a traditional junk.


A beach I love…

La Reine Jeanne near Bormes-Les-Mimosas, the closest thing to a private beach on the Côte d'Azur. The modernist home of the late Paul-Louis Weiller is barely noticeable from the ultimate unspoilt Mediterranean beach.


My all-time favourite restaurant is…

I have a fond memory of Le Pescatore in Trou aux Biches in Mauritius, a fish restaurant with a colonial style veranda directly over the beach, with the sound of waves rolling in. The cuisine is very refined, with the freshest ingredients and fish, yet the ambiance is completely unpretentious.


When I need to relax I go to…

PoggioLecci, our friends' estate in Maremma, in Southern Tuscany. The pressure disappears the minute I get there. I love the views over the Argentario, soft green hues of olive trees on endless rolling hills, not to mention the exquisite food. They make an exquisite organic Tuscan olive oil called OliVi, so we can have some of that green goodness in our plates all year round.


The go-to items in my wardrobe are…

Crisp white shirts from Misha Nonoo, a snuggly cashmere Max Mara coat and my Fauré Le Page daily battle tote bag. I am also particularly fond of charity finds like £10 Gucci sandals I got from a car boot sale to benefit Women for Women. And when travelling, I'll pack a few jumpsuits: they take you from client meeting to cocktail party.


I drive a…

Lexus hybrid and my husband drives a Tesla. We try to avoid trips to the petrol station as much as possible.


I sail…

The occasional hobby-cat but ideally a Jeanneau 64 with a Winch Design interior of course.


The biggest luxury of all is…

Philanthropy.

Dominique Afacan
Dominique Afacan
Dominique writes about all things luxury for Forbes.com, Condé Nast Traveller, Boat International and many more. Since joining the superyachting world, she's raced at the St Barths Bucket, kissed the America's Cup in Bermuda and taken a polar plunge in Antarctica.