Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!

As we celebrate the birth of our nation, wishing everyone a festive and happy 4th of July. Long may she wave!

photo by Quintessence

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Island Bound

Island Bound

This week I will be island bound, heading to Nantucket with some of my family for the fourth of July weekend. I am excited to be spending more time on island this year and look forward to sharing with you a bit of what makes this tiny island such a desired destination. From the pristine beaches to fabulous flora, fantastic restaurants, incredible sunsets, cobblestone streets and long nautical history, it is a small place with big appeal. Below, just a peek through my lens at some of the sights and scenes that make Nantucket such a special summer home. The approach to the island via ferry just never gets old.…

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What to Serve on the 4th | Antonio Galloni Recommends the Best Rosés of the Season

What to Serve on the 4th | Antonio Galloni Recommends the Best Rosés of the Season

With the holiday weekend ahead, it’s time to think about entertaining essentials. And while traditional meal options may range from burgers to BBQ or lobster, no drink has become more synonymous with the summer season than Rosé. With its light bright color and flavor, Rosé is a perfect choice for cocktails, pairs wonderfully with fish and seafood and the fuller flavored varieties are ideal with heavier and even spicy food. As the founder of multimedia wine site Vinous, Antonio Galloni is one of most trusted and respected wine critics in the world. I have asked Antonio, whose champagne tasting I attended last fall, to share with us his picks for the season’s best Rosés – all great choices for July 4th entertaining and beyond.  …

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The Luxury Education Foundation | Ten Years of Innovative Education

The Luxury Education Foundation | Ten Years of Innovative Education

Behind the appeal of many luxury brands is the artistry, craftsmanship and attention to detail that set them apart. But how, in this age of need for speed and lack of formal apprenticeship programs, do young people interested in working in the world of luxury goods learn their craft? Enter the LEF, the Luxury Education Foundation. A public, not-for-profit organization merging the worlds of design and business for students, LEF is an educational collaboration between Columbia Business School and Parsons School of Design, providing undergraduate and graduate students various platforms related to the creation and marketing of luxury goods.…

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Coach Pups and Doggy Devotion

Coach Pups and Doggy Devotion

Not just for years, decades or centuries, but for millennia, humans have been devoted to their dogs. From tiny chihuahuas to giant Newfoundlands, dogs complete our lives as few others can. And Coach is capturing our canine affections with their engaging new Coach Pups campaign. In a series of pet portraits by famed photographer Steven Meisel, the fall 2015 campaign launches this month starring Miss Asia Kinney, the adorable French Bulldog companion to Lady Gaga.

Already a social media idol with 120,000 Instagram followers, Miss Asia is making her owner proud. “She’s a natural in front of the camera, and we’re both so excited that the iconic Steven Meisel shot her for Coach’s pup campaign!” Miss Asia and her loving owner have also inspired Coach to make a donation to Chicago French Bulldog Rescue.

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Virtual Postcard | Susanna Salk in Iceland

Virtual Postcard | Susanna Salk in Iceland

The second installment of our new travel video series comes via my video partner, Susanna Salk, who recently traveled on a family vacation to Iceland. This nordic nation with its vast natural resources and friendly, happy population has been having a renaissance. See what Susanna found so intriguing about this unique destination.

For those who perhaps missed the first episode of Virtual Postcard, our new series features videos and photographs shot by top designers and style makers during their travels to inspiring destinations, which I then fashion into short videos. The updated version of the classic travel postcard, these pieces are the next step beyond the enviable moments we see on Instagram.…

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A Cinematic Tribute to Father’s Day

A Cinematic Tribute to Father’s Day

Including fathers in film from Atticus Finch to Darth Vader and many more, this cinematic tribute to Father’s Day represents the full range of emotions that fatherhood entails. From hilarity to heartbreak, you can’t help but be moved by this short mash up of classic moments.  Featured on Slate (where I discovered it), and created by Nelson Carvajal, the video essay ultimately became a reflection on Carvajal’s own relationship with his recently deceased father, who years ago introduced him to the joys of film.

Whether you are celebrating with family or cherishing past memories, here’s wishing you all a very Happy Father’s Day.…

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The Timeless Charm of Hayley Sarno Prints

The Timeless Charm of Hayley Sarno Prints

For those of you (and I hope that’s all of you) who follow Susanna Salk’s and my video series, you will have noticed our fun new opening. We’ve received so much enthusiastic feedback about the animated illustrations by Hayley Sarno that add such timeless charm to each new episode. Whether traveling to international ports of call in the Q plane (have you noticed the tail?)

or domestic destinations in our jaunty convertible,

Susanna and I always seem to arrive in style thanks to Hayley.

You may have seen Hayley featured in the summer issue of Domino magazine. Her pretty upper east side apartment, recently redecorated with the help of friend Patrick Mele, is a pale yet punchy evocation of her ephemeral spirit.…

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Gift of Fragrance by Hermès

Gift of Fragrance by Hermès

When compiling my list earlier this week for June discoveries, I accidentally omitted this wonderful find. Over the years, I have unfortunately had my favorite fragrances discontinued on several occasions. It is always so disappointing, like losing a best-loved accessory. Most recently it was Calèche Eau Delicate, a lighter version of the classic fragrance by Hermès which I had been using for almost a decade. A woody and citrusy floral cut with peppery undertones, it was a breezy scent, easy to wear. So when passing through Saks last week, I stopped at the Hermès counter to see if there might be something new I liked.…

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Discoveries in June

Discoveries in June

If there is going to be a lull in the summer season, it certainly hasn’t started yet. Between interesting shows, travels and online updates, it’s hard to keep up with all the recent discoveries in June. I am a longtime fan of French photographer Brigitte Lacombe‘s work and for the first time in her decades long career, she is exhibiting her work in New York. “Complicities,” which opened this week at Phillips, is a selling show including portraits and behind the scenes shots of actors and directors, “revealing her unique insider perspective on the world of Cinema.” The photographs below indeed reveal insightful moments that are both reflective of and in contrast to the films these actors are making.…

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