An innovative forum of exploration...


Having established itself as a landmark event for James Street over its five-year tenure, our annual RESORT event is an innovative forum of exploration and cross-pollination between design, culture and commerce. RESORTS’s artistic and cultural program delivers a varied and dynamic forum for the exploration of ideas in the fields of business, fashion, design, art and lifestyle and is a vital incubator in Queensland’s cultural coming-of-age.

With a distinctive global outlook, RESORT has enjoyed groundbreaking collaborations in its five years – including discussions with international tastemakers and through leaders. We look back on some of the most compelling guests we have welcomed to RESORT and James Street over the years.



  • October 12, 2019
  • 7–8pm


  • Fortitude Valley



Tyler Brûlé, 2014

Journalist, entrepreneur and Editor-in-Chief of Monocle, Tyler Brûlé, is considered one of the most influential innovators of his generation. Tyler shared his wealth of travel knowledge and experience for the first-ever RESORT. As part of RESORT Checking In: forum Tyler’s intelligence report, uncovered the world of international travel, dissecting it’s the past, present and future.


Leandra Medine, 2014

Leandra Medine is a global tastemaker. Founder of independent fashion and lifestyle website Man Repeller, Leandra has provided commentary and insight into the last decade’s trends and become a voice of reason in the fashion vernacular.  For her first appearance to Australia, Leandra spoke at the RESORT Trailblazers Fashion x Digital forum on the digital sphere and how it intersects and influences the fashion industry.


Margaret Zhang, 2015

From New York, Shanghai to Sydney, Margaret Zhang is a director, photographer, consultant, writer and creative with a global presence. Having worked with brands like BulgariCHANEL, and Gucci Margaret was recognised as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for the past four years. Margaret joined us forRESORT Trailblazers and spoke on why Australia is the future of the fashion.


Johnathan Zawada, 2016

Regarded for his multi-faced approach to art and design, artist Johnathan Zawada weaves both analogue and digital design, seeking to create tangible artefacts and virtual experiences. Johnathan has won awards for his design including two Australian Record Industry Awards(ARIAS) and presented solo exhibitions around the world in Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, London, Sydney and Beijing. Jonathan set the scene for RESORT 2016, with his Blackout in a Glasshouse art installation, designing the event’s campaign artwork and speaking on creative collaborations at the RESORT Trailblazers forum.


Seth Stephen-Davidowitz, 2017

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, is former Google data scientist, philosopher and New York Timeopinion editor. For his first Australian appearance, Seth offered insight into the human psyche and unveiled What Google Can Tell Us About Who You Really Are. Profoundly insightful, sometimes shocking and amusing, Seth explored how a Google search opens an unprecedented window into human behaviour, choice, and decision making.


David Prior (right), 2018

Co-founder of PRIOR, a global membership travel club offering unique and memorable experiences, David Prior has been hailed as ‘One to Watch’ by Bloomberg and noted by the Financial Times as ‘One of New York’s most connected editor-storytellers’. Before PRIOR, David was the international editor at Conde Nast Traveller and contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Vogue Living. At the RESORT Checking In: The Future of Travel Forum, he spoke on the markets desire for something more bespoke.


Nicky Zimmermann, Zimmermann, 2014

Lisa Gorman, Gorman, 2015

Holly Ryan, Holly Ryan, 2015

Romance was Born, 2015

Damien Horan and Daniel Oliver, Assembly Label, 2016 and 2017

Christie Nicolaides, Christie Nicolaides, 2016

Dion Lee, Dion Lee, 2018

Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman, CAMILLA AND MARC, 2018

Mary-Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams, bassike, 2018

Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, Dinosaur Designs, 2018

Venroy Team, Venroy, 2018



Adrian Spence, Richards and Spence, 2015, 2018

Lydia Pearson, Easton Pearson, 2015, 2017

Courtney Miller, Australian Fashion Chamber, 2016

Ingrid Richards, Richards and Spence, 2018

Siobhan Bickle, Halycon House, 2018



Damien Woolnough, Elle Australia, 2015

Susannah George, Urban List, 2015

Margie Fraser, Vogue Living, 2015

Genevra Leek, Elle Australia, 2016

Edwina McCann, Vogue Australia, 2018

Zara Wong, Vogue Australia, 2018

Yeong Sassell, Vogue Living Australia, 2018

Michael Christensen, GQ Australia, 2018

Matthew Drummond, Australian Financial Review, 2018


Art on James

Garrett Leight, 2014

Anna Pogossova, 2014 and 2016

Gerwyn Davies, 2016

Chris Benny, 2016

Sam Cranston, 2016 and 2017

Pope Alice, 2017

Six N. Five, 2017

Prue Stent and Honey Long, 2018