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SECRET SOCIETY: Modern Speakeasy Style and Design


Cur ate d by Chr isti an Ale xan der Des igne d by Sus ann e sch aal


7 I ntro duct ion 124 Rabb it Club 8-11 647 Dinn er Club 12-17 GATEK EEPER S with Mina Solima n 14 poth éke A 18-25 GATEK EEPER S with Disco 20 26-31 B Bar All Seein g Eyes with Calli n Fort is 28 he Back Room T 32-37 38-41 B ar Roku nana 42-47 B ar Taus end Soun ds of Silen ce with DJ Jus Ske 44 atht ub Gin B 48-55 GATEK EEPER S with Mega n Ronn ey 50 56-63 B eaut y & Esse x Soun ds of Silen ce with Tim Kash 58 ite Club Hous e B 64-71 All Seein g Eyes with Steve n Lewis 66 72-77 B lind Barb er 78-83 T he Blind Pig 84-87 B ourb on & bran ch GATEK EEPER S with JonN y Lenn on 86 he Box T 88-97 Simo n Hammerste in 94 Order of the Midn ight Sun with ) 98-10 1 C afé Sele ct (The Back Room Soun ds of Silen ce with Oliver Stumm 100 mpbe ll Apar tmen t Ca 05 102-1 106-111 Co okies Crea m GATEK EEPER S with Fabr izio Brien za 108 112-117 CORE : club Amy Sacc o 114 Order of the Midn ight Sun with s stair Down y 118-123 Th e Darb Richi e Akiva 120 Order of the Midn ight Sun with Co. 124-127 De ath & 128-133 Do uble Seve n Mark Baker 130 Order of the Midn ight Sun with Kills tch Du 39 134-1 Soun ds of Silen ce with Walter Durka cz 136 ectr ic Room El 45 140-1 Nur Khan 142 Order of the Midn ight Sun with 19 g Fi 55 146-1 156-159 Fr eema ns 160-165 Ho me Hous e 166-171 Ho tel Griff ou Mich ael Holma n 168 Order of the Midn ight Sun with ia Savo 172-177 Ho use of All Seein g Eyes with Mich ele Savo ia 174 178-183 Jalo use 184-191 Jule s 192-197 La Bode ga Negr a Serge Becker 194 Order of the Midn ight Sun with arga 198-2 05 La Desc 206-2 13 La Esqu ina 214-2 23 Le Baro n Andr é Sara iva 218 Order of the Midn ight Sun with é Darr nt Vince with Eyes g All Seein 222 on Pomp Le 29 224-2 Soun ds of Silen ce with Charaf Tajer 228 N.Ro y M. 39 230-2 All Seein g Eyes with Emma nuel Picau lt 232 240-2 47 Th e Mayo r of Scar edy Cat Town 248-2 55 Mi lk’s Jam Room All Seein g Eyes with Mazda ck Rass i 254 Law 256-2 61 Ne edle and Thre ad at Tave rn All Seein g Eyes with Wari s Ahlu walia 258 262-2 65 No ble Expe rime nt 266-2 73 No rwoo d 274-2 83 Pa le Blue Door ecker 280-2 83 All Seein g Eyes with Tony Horn 284-2 89 Pa rlor Simo nez Wolf 286 Order of the Midn ight Sun with ) Tell t Don’ se 290-2 97 PDT (Plea 298-3 03 Pu lque ria ey All Seein g Eyes with Chris and Heat her Tiern 300 304-3 11 Ra ines Law Room 312-3 19 Ro se Bar 320-3 25 Th e Saye rs Club 326-3 31 Soho Hous e New York 332-3 37 Soho Hous e Berl in 338-3 41 Soju Bar 342-3 47 Th e Viole t Hour 348-3 49 MEMBER S OF SECRET SOCIETY 350-3 51 inde x 352 app lause

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Welcome to the Secret Society

with Christian Alexander

ut a and ende d in Dece mber 1933 , was witho Proh ibitio n, whic h bega n in Janu ary 1920 the ht Amer ican histo ry. If the gove rnme nt thoug doub t one of the most uniqu e times in , years witho ut a good stiff drink for thirte en whol e of the Amer ican peop le could go n, ly enforced laws and the threa t of priso strict it was mista ken. Noth ing, not even The way. a ys e there is a will there is alwa could elimi nate the peop le’s thirst . Wher e of distil ling alcoh ol and sellin g it—b ecam ess proc DIY the pract ice of boot leggi ng— ago, Chic of ne Capo ” rface noto rious Al “Sca wide sprea d. Many peop le, inclu ding the purch asing spirit s and socia lizing with for ts outle rt Cove it. of got rich beca use try. They were calle d “spe akea sies, ” due other drink ers popp ed up all over the coun es only did the inter iors of these illicit spac to the low voice s nece ssary insid e. Not the ly, intim ate seati ng, but more impo rtant enco urage discretion , with low lights and r unde n eyes . Spea keas ies were often hidde exter ior also had to disco urage pryin g law. the in alley ways , to keep away the cove r of false store front s, or deep was a taine rs and gang sters . My grand fathe r I come from a long line of Chic ago enter for truck r liquo leg boot a drive to r d that caree song -and -dan ce man, but he aban done of ment base the in es parti e danc l ing illega Al Capo ne. At age fourt een, I was throw for admi ssion and sell them beers for one rs dolla two kids e charg d woul I . my home bulb. need is a dark room , a DJ, and a red light dolla r. At an early age, I realiz ed all you of type this curat e a book on the subje ct of I had no idea that, years later, I woul d fathe r a youn g boy, and the busin ess my grand was I gathe ring, whic h I’d know n since war the lost nt rnme deca des since the gove was invol ved in. It’s been almo st nine nts’ was enter tainin g my frien ds in my pare I since less deal on booz e, and a good some are there s gues I life. my in still preva lent base ment ; yet the them e of night life is same those of most and , party love a good thing s that neve r chan ge. Most peop le y is a mix of the two. keas spea A t. secre good a love peop le t abou t a secre t. The more it tells you the Dian e Arbu s said, “A phot ogra ph is a secre less you know.” s hidde n in plain sight . This book is a SECR ET SOC IETY is the bible of all thing rn of the mem bers- only clubs and the mode journ ey insid e the globa l secre t socie ty e Thes . them of know dy alrea don’t ss if you spea keas ies nearl y impo ssibl e to acce ds at the desig ners, creat ors, and mast ermin es scen the d behin look a also are page s that illum inate the night . ss who made the rare cross -over from Greta Garb o was a Swed ish-b orn film actre the Holly wood icon beca use of it. She knew silen t films to “talk ies,” and beca me a side , nces entra back t of my life is abou value of silen ce and secre cy: “The story le getti ng in and out of place s so that peop of ways other and tors door s, secre t eleva iar famil me beco le peop more The tion. won’t both er me.” Popu larity breed s isola y the comp any of that perso n. Spea keas in be to seek they more the one, with some eyes hful feel free and uninh ibited by the watc cultu re is a refug e for those that want to of the mass es. the whol e world arou nd you beca use the “Abo ve all, watc h with glitte ring eyes t the most unlik ely place s. Thos e who don’ grea test secre ts are alwa ys hidd en in and book this gh throu Look d Roald Dahl. belie ve in magi c will neve r find it,” hinte my s. SECR ET SOC IETY is the visua l alche mean he what of idea an have you migh t es. resid it rabb the e wher hat the in ess of luxur y and exclu sivity. It is the darkn

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1 Serge Becker 2 Amy Sacco 3 Simon Hammerstein 4 AndrĂŠ Saraiva 5 Charaf Tajer 6 Megan Ronney 7 Mark Baker 8 Fabrizio Brienza 9 Nur Khan 10 Richie Akiva 11 Disco 12 Jonny Lennon 13 Michael Holman 14 Mina Soliman 15 Oliver Stumm 16 Simonez Wolf 17 Walter Durkacz 18 Tim Kash 19 Tony Hornecker 20 Waris Ahluwalia

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Callin Fortis Steven Lewis Mazdack Rassi Derek Sanders Michele Savoia Chris + Heather Tierney DJ Jus Ske Vincent DarrĂŠ Emmanuel Picault + Ludwig Godefroy Christian Alexander


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