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The Essential List

The Essential List: The Adventures Of

Only one of the agency’s two co-founders, Sophie Mayer and Leila El-Kayem, owns a smartphone – but who?

The Essential List: The Adventures Of

We really dig the Kreuzberg office of The Adventures Of. When we first met them just over a year ago, the cavernous room-come-spaceship was filled with such things as tipis, BMXs, and the ‘Dirty Lil Shed’, a genuine wooden shed with walls filled floor-to-ceiling with cut-outs of old Playboy mag models. They’ve since had to replace a few of those elements in favour of people – they’ve grown to a 20-person shop – but the vibe still applies. Plus, they’ve installed a sneaker wall, and that is something we can fully get behind.

Its co-founders, Sophie Mayer (left) and Leila El-Kayem (right), are equally ace so we tapped them up for their Essential List. It turns out that they both love bourbon, but only one of them has a smartphone. But who?



Travel


o Place of birth: 
Sophie – Bristol
Leila - Auckland

o Hometown: 
Sophie – Berlin
Leila – Berlin
o Staycation: 
Sophie – Berlin
Leila - Berlin

o Vacation: 
Sophie – Ithaki, Greece
Leila – Umbria, Italy. Until Sophie takes me to Ithaki

o Place of work: 
Sophie – The Adventures Of
Leila – The Adventures Of

o Place of workout: 
Sophie – Tennis court
Leila – Personal Trainer

o Mode of transport: 
Sophie – 1986 Sportscar
Leila – If I’m not walking, I’ll take the Porsche 924


o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: 
Sophie – Notebook and Lamy fountain pen
Leila – Earplugs 



Culture


o Artist: 
Sophie – William Kentridge
Leila - David Shrigley


o Musician: 
Sophie – Leonard Cohen
Leila – Spotify Discovery playlist

o Commercials director: 
Sophie – Kim Gehrig
Leila – Spike Jonze

o Film director: 
Sophie – David Lynch
Leila – Werner Herzog


Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man

o Photographer: 
Leila – Cass Bird


Cass Bird


Jurgen Teller 

o Film: 
Sophie – Blue Velvet 



Leila – BIG



o Series: 
Sophie – Planet Earth
Leila – Law & Order SVU

o Commercial: 
Sophie – What makes you Black?


Leila – Nut’n’Honey


o Music Video: 
Sophie – Straight Outta Compton


Leila – Fatboy Slim “Praise You”


o Video Game:
Sophie – Super Mario Brothers
Leila – Super Mario Kart

o Board Game:
Sophie – Monopoly 
Leila – Scrabble

o Book: 
Sophie – John Fowles, The Magus
Leila – David Sedaris “Laugh Kookaburra”

o Newspaper (off or online): 
Sophie – Financial Times, The New York Times 
Leila – FT Weekend Edition and must include How To Spend It

o Magazine: 
Sophie – The New Yorker  
Leila – Mister Twister (Blatant self-promotion)


o Miscellaneous Art: 
Leila – I would call this art. Winnebago Man



Food and Drink


o Breakfast: 
Sophie – Croissant with cheese and homemade jam
Leila – Poached eggs with avo on toast on Sundays

o Restaurant: 
Sophie – Lon Men Noodle House, Berlin
Leila – ULA, Berlin

o Cheap bite: 
Sophie – Durum Döner
Leila – Pizza

o Working lunch: 
Sophie – Homemade soup, sourdough bread, Ora Berlin
Leila – Self-made wrap at my desk

o Dish: 
Sophie – Entrecote with fries
Leila – Club Sandwich

o Snack: 
Sophie – Chocolate buttons
Leila – I don’t snack

o Guilty Pleasure: 
Sophie – Nutella  
Leila – Cheese. Make it gooey.

o Bar: 
Sophie – Local on the corner, Redwood 
Leila – Anywhere with me sitting on an armchair

o Tipple: 
Sophie – Bourbon 
Leila – Bulleit Bourbon. Neat.

o Soft Tipple: 
Sophie – Beer
Leila – Sparkling water



Kit


o Phone: 
Sophie – Google Pixel 2 
Leila – Punkt

o Computer: 
Sophie – Macbook Air 
Leila – Macbook

o TV: 
Leila – Big, flat and on the wall
Sophie – What Leila said  

o Camera: 
Sophie – Polaroid 
Leila – Sony

o Soundsystem: 
Sophie – Sonos 
Leila – Sonos

o Pen / pencil:
Sophie – Fountain pen
Leila – Black pen 

o Where you document an idea:
Sophie – Notebook 
Leila – Notebook

o Casual wear:
Sophie – Jeans
Leila – Black jeans and black t-shirt

o Smart wear: 
Sophie – Jeans
Leila – Black jeans and black t-shirt. And if it’s a bit colder an equipment shirt

o Footwear:
Sophie – Asics Quantum 
Leila – Commes des Garcon boots

o Watch: 
Sophie – Longines
Leila – Cartier from my mother

o App: 
Sophie – Deutsche Welle 
Leila – MyTaxi

o Website:
Leila – Buzzfeed

o Blog: 
Sophie – www.vocativ.com/

o Work program: 
Leila – Email

o Digital work tool:   
Leila – Wunderlist

o Analogue work tool:
Leila – Notebook


o Morning grooming / makeup essential: 
Sophie – Beauty Flash Balm 
Leila – Susanne Kaufmann’s T-Line Face cream