Group project director Dominique Bellas explains how Soho House is gathering members in more cities around the world
Soho House is all about the people. That’s the idea behind Cities Without Houses, a new type of membership that opens up the Soho House community to people who live in cities where we don’t yet have a club.
It’s designed for creative and like-minded people who travel a lot for work and pleasure, but don’t happen to live in a city where there’s currently a Soho House. We’re focusing on the cities we love around the world: places like Boston, Mexico City, Nashville, New Orleans, San Francisco, Paris, Milan, Lisbon, Cape Town, Sydney and Vancouver (pictured top).
Cities Without Houses members will be able to eat, drink, nap, work and play in any of our existing Houses whenever they travel. And back in their own communities, they’ll get the opportunity to connect with other members and attend events that we put on.
The idea first came about when Nick Jones was chatting to some Spanish journalists at Soho Farmhouse. They lived in Madrid, had always wanted to become Soho House members and aspired to travel more to Barcelona, London and New York to spend time in our sites. But they’d never thought that they’d be able to join.
The idea has grown from there and become an important project, not least because it allows us to get a feel for cities that are new to us and see if we are right for each other. The hope is that we’ll find some great buildings in which to open future Houses.
The first step is always to get to know the cities and the people who live in them. Our global team of 10 people are currently reaching out to well-connected people who could be great members and sit on our committees.
That’s what most excites me about this project: building a creative community that stretches around the world. I love the idea of having a Soho House network wherever you go.
The cities on our list so far are:
- Washington DC
- New Orleans
- San Francisco
- Santa Barbara
- Mexico City
- Buenos Aires
- Tel Aviv
- Hong Kong