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THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY
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IRANDA LAMBERT get me very far / You ain't missing nothing / is indisputably the ‘Cause love is so damn hard / Take it from me, queen of country. She is darling / You don't want a heart. also queen of candor and Contrasting to many singer’s careers, continues to pour her Lambert debuted her all-girl group in 2011, heart out on her summer the Pistol Annies, after she was already “Bandwagon Tour” with an accomplished solo artist. Consisting of Little Big Town. The Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena country star is touring Presley, the group released two albums and The Weight of These Wings, her first music five chart-topping singles. Since then, there’s since a public divorce from Blake Shelton. The been a few surprise reunion performances, and platinum double disk record emits heartbreak recently confirmed the band is working on and vulnerability intermixed brand-new music. with effortless matter-of-fact I have a farm humor that only Miranda could It doesn’t seem like pull off. Lyrics such as, If you Lambert operates on the same outside of use alcohol as a sedative / And clock as the rest of the Nashville where 24-hour bless your heart as a negative world. Between her band, her I spend a lot of / If you ride your white horse solo career, songwriting and like the wind / If what you see my time. It's so performing, she still manages is what you get, well then / we to be passionately involved in peaceful and my her foundation, MuttNation. should be friends / encapsulates her songwriting ability to unite animals are there Co-founded with her mother in lightheartedness and heartbreak. the foundation facilitates so it really is my 2009, the adoption of shelter pets The blond bombshell is and has helped find thousands happy place. unapologetically forthright of dogs safe and happy homes. about the pain of real life Lambert has always been an something that resonates with everyone, animal lover and adopted her first dog, Delilah, explaining why she is revered by fans and all when she first started touring as a young artist; music lovers alike. she now owns 8 rescue dogs.
It’s clear that Lambert has captivated the world of country and beyond, but has also proved her hand in the world of fashion. In 2013 she debuted her namesake shoe collection, Miranda, and now, she has partnered with Boot Nation, to release a lifestyle brand, Idyllwind. The collection will be available Fall 2018, full of apparel, accessories and footwear (including cowboy boots!)
Miranda’s heart-wrenching performance of “Tin Man” at The American Country Music Awards could bring even the most stonefaced man to tears. Standing on stage with just her guitar, her ethereal voice echoed through the mic and bewitchingly impacted the significance of her words: Hey there, Mr. Tin Man / You don't know how lucky you are / I’ve been on the road that you're on / It didn't
Whitney Hubbell: When did your love for country music begin? Miranda Lambert: Since I was a little girl I have loved country music. I grew up with music always playing in the house as both my parents love music and my dad is also a songwriter.
I love the road. People on the road become family. I find inspiration from the fans, and in this case from this amazing tour lineup.
You’re currently on a huge tour, The Bandwagon Tour, with Little Big Town, whats your favorite part about being on tour? Where do you find your energy and inspiration comes from the most, especially when touring can be so demanding and strenuous?
I love the road. People on the road become family. I find inspiration from the fans, and in this case from this amazing tour lineup. I love Little Big Town and Turnpike Troubadours so watching the shows makes me really excited to be part of a tour like this. What is your happy place (literally or figuratively) on tour where you can relax and unwind and re-energize? I have a farm outside of Nashville where I spend a lot of my time. It's so peaceful and my animals are there so it really is my happy place. Your Living’ Like Hippies tour was a huge success, selling out shows across the country. You have an outstanding career and are ACM’s most-awarded performer of all-time among many other awards. What is your proudest moment of your career so far? If I had to pick one moment I would pick singing for Merle Haggard at the Kennedy Center Honors. I'm a huge fan of his and it was a very special night all around as I got to spend some time with him as well as we all had dinner after the performance.
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My proudest moment is seeing a family fall in love with their new shelter pet. I call it match making. I love seeing an animal find its forever home and family, it's the best feeling in the world. Who is your biggest song-writing inspiration/influence? Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, Alison Moorer to name a few as far as songwriting goes. Ashley and Angaleena are both inspirations to me. Writing with the Pistol Annies is so much fun and pushes me to be an even better songwriter.
Who is your favorite artist you're listening to right now? My favorite record that is new is Brent Cobbâ€™s Providence Canyon.
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One of your other passions is animals, you co-founded nonprofit Muttnation with your mom, to save dogs and find them happy homes, how can your fans support your mission and what has been the response/outcome so far? My motto is adopt don’t shop. If you are looking for a new pet, make sure to check out your local shelter because there are so many great dogs in shelters that need good homes. We also had dogs and animals at home when I was growing up and as a teenager I started volunteering at the local shelter, which I think is a great way to be of service and maybe find a new dog. The fans have been incredible, as it turns out my passion seems to be also their passion. MuttNation socials will keep everyone up to date about upcoming events and adoption drives and how to give donations. We have a new program called “MuttNation Citizenship,” where for a $25 donation your dog can become a citizen by posting a photo of the pup on our site, and they get a Citizenship certificate.
Since 2009, the foundation has saved countless dogs and you have 8 rescue dogs, what is your happiest or proudest moment? My proudest moment is seeing a family fall in love with their new shelter pet. I call it match making. I love seeing an animal find its forever home and family, its the best feeling in the world. You’re also releasing a women’s clothing, shoe and accessory brand this Fall, Idyllwind. What or who is your design inspiration behind the line? What kind of style and vibe are you envisioning for the line? How did you come up with the brand’s name, Idyllwind? When and where will Idyllwind products be hitting the shelves? We are launching September 5th. It will be available in all Boot Barn stores nationwide and online at Idyllwind. com. We named the line after my horse Ellie (Idyllwind Ellund).
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I wanted to create a brand of products that made women feel badass while doing ordinary or extraordinary things. It has a vintage vibe with a fashion edge.
At 30 I started a new hobby of riding horses, and I love it. In our first meeting, I mentioned Idyllwind and when we looked up the meaning Idyll - peaceful country life, and wind - a force and influence... we all knew it was the perfect brand name. The line is inspired by being brave and trying new things and feeling good while doing it. I wanted to create a brand of products that made women feel badass while doing ordinary or extraordinary things. It has a vintage vibe with a fashion edge. We wanted to build something comfortable with great quality â€“ clothes and boots you can wear on the road, hanging out, and a few showstoppers.
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From the marinas of Monaco the tale wages on, eventually gaining enough popularity to justify a more agile model for a more versatile clientele. The VanDutch 30 replicated the simple sophistication of its bigger brother, utilizing like hull lines and an open concept top deck to deliver a brand new cruising experience in its class. Later in 2013 came the VanDutch 55, who’s grand presence captivated a new style of boater pleasing crowds from Monaco to Miami. With the
As the sole member of the ﬂeet, the VanDutch 40 spidered through Europe, growing exponentially with its intuitive functionality and recognized lines. It became evident this was a social boat during partnerships between VanDutch, F1 Racing and Red Bull at the Monaco Grand Prix. Its centralized deck table and large top deck space successfully cultivated a centralized environment versus the forward-facing style of the rest. Since its maiden launch, the VanDutch 40 has delivered 170 hulls throughout the world.
Starting its manifest in Europe, VanDutch deﬁned itself by lacking the intricacies, material variances and system complexities of competitors. It was time to simplify the experience: straightforward for the beginner, chic for the sensational couple, versatile for the active family and powerful for the thrill seeker. It was welcoming; compelling even to those who'd never considered a life aquatic.
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We now stand in 2018, 10 years since their ﬁrst launch. To celebrate its anniversary, VanDutch has set out to inspire the social sharing of anyone with a special moment shared aboard a VanDutch since 2008. Using the hashtag #VanDutch10, revelers can share their favorite VanDutch moment alongside a global collective of fans. Alongside the anniversary campaign, VanDutch’s 2018 model year brings a collection of new products and special editions including the VanDutch 40.2, Super Yacht Edition, 48, 56 and 75, to serve any boating style or function. As a testament to the company’s avantgarde history, the 40.2 represents a new age of VanDutch design, style and function. While retaining the deﬁned lines and simplicity of the original 40, the 40.2 starts its journey 10 in/25 cm longer and 10 in/25 cm
VanDutch 55 came a popularity with some of today’s brightest celebrities, inﬂuencers and business moguls, who’ve helped spread VanDutch style further throughout the world. The 55’s culmination occurred with a partnership between luxury watch brand HUBLOT, when both companies embarked to create a unique version of their product to pay homage to the partner. VanDutch delivered the VanDutch 55 “Big Bang” a stealthly all-black bullet, hosting HUBLOT VIPs and celebrities from 2015 to today. In turn, the timepiece icon created a 55-piece limited edition Aerofusion timepiece, utilizing natural materials from VanDutch production for detail. The piece was sold in HUBLOT stores and direct to VanDutch owners worldwide. Now they focus on the future.
higher than its predecessor, a notable difference able to afford brand new top deck features and an enriched luxury interior layout in its cabin. Early opportunists have already redeemed their chance to pre-order the 40.2 for Summer 2018 delivery, with hulls set to arrive to New Jersey, New York, Florida and Italy beginning in July. The choice to identify the second generation as the 40.2 runs deeper than just a set of options and upgrades. It represents a determination to reinvigorate and reward the global collective of VanDutch owners and fans who have deďŹ ned VanDutch Style. The redesigned hull was conceived through a revolutionary CNC molding process, showcasing an automated, computerized cutting procedure, which delivers a perfect mold. Although hand laid elements will always be a cornerstone to luxury yacht building, its production procedures continue to join the family of automation. Where the customer previously only desired the ďŹ nished product, now they are educating themselves on the building process, materials used along with production strategies and techniques to fully understand the construction process. This evolution has placed VanDutch focus not only on the product, but its environment.
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yachts In 2018 VanDutch introduced its own production facility located in New Jersey to focus its efforts on constructing the perfect production atmosphere. With 100,000 square feet of indoor space, each of the VanDutch models will be produced under one roof by 2019, including the new VanDutch 48, a crossover project which took the famous VanDutch 55 top deck layout and sized it down for a more adaptable vessel. The true style of VanDutch lives within its riders. From its historic rise to relevance, to innovative production and an infusion of new models, 2018 and beyond will bring about a VanDutch style renewed. Whether you are walking the sunny beaches of Miami, or sipping rosé at Ibiza’s Blue Marlin, there’s a good chance you’ll see a VanDutch pass by. Its effortless image forever overshadowed by the utter content of its guests, enjoying the moment as if today’s cruise washes the worries away.
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A SUR E BET The Dramatic Works of J. Steven Manolis and His Breakthrough Accomplishments Propel Rising Values in the Art World. BY BRUCE HEL ANDER
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1821, the southwestern tip of Nevada was named Las Vegas, a reference to the formerly lush valley accented by artesian wells that produced these far-reaching verdant fields. “Las vegas” means “meadows” in Spanish, which metaphorically reflect the color of money that keeps this local economy thriving. Urbanization began in 1902 as a water stop on the trail, first for wagon trains and later the railroad heading westward to Los Angeles. The area was considered a good stake, and with the State Land Act offering a $1.25 per acre, farmers quickly jumped on the opportunity and made agriculture the primary industry. Considering that not long ago the purchase of a single parcel on the “Strip” totaled $34 million an acre, the original farmers made the right choice! The so-called “Gambling Capital of the World” also is synonymous with marriage and divorce, entertainment and distinctive neon signs, now featuring over one hundred world renowned casinos in which to place your bets, from the MGM Grand to the Bellagio to the Paris, along some of the most valuable property in the U.S. But wagers and betting are not, of course, limited to the Las Vegas Strip, as calculating a winner crosses over into an unlimited number of industries, including racing (cars and horses), sports, manufacturing, investment banking, real estate, medicine, technology and fine art. In fact, there is a peculiar acronym having to do with “best bet” financial returns that spells out SWAG, which refers to subjects that year after year have generated some of the most valuable revenues: Silver, Wine, Art and Gold; those who invest wisely and do their homework can come out ahead. If you picked real estate or the stock market or crude oil as your sure best bet in the last decade, you likely still came up short. Precious metals have been golden, as have rare vintage wines. But nothing can compete with the eye-popping auction prices achieved by savvy art collectors who also can enjoy their investments (and bragging rights) every day on their walls at home. In May 2017, a Jean-Michel Basquiat work painted in 1982 was sold by Sotheby’s at auction for $110.5 million and was surrounded with unimaginable sales numbers attained by other contemporary artists that were propelled by supply, demand and a convincing identifiable style. Among the classic favorites in the art world are paintings that explore the visual rhythms (and often mesmerizing motion) of non-narrative color field and abstract geometrics. As Jazz and
Above: J. Steven Manolis, Black & White, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 96 inches (213.36 x 243.84 cm). 2 Panels, 84 x 48 inches (213.36 x 121.92 cm) each. Framed: 87 x 99 inches (220.98 x 251.46 cm). Credit: Sargent Architectural Photography. Left: J. Steven Manolis, California Dreaming (Malibu), 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.88 cm). Framed: 62.5 x 74.5 inches (158.75 x 189.23 cm).
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Above: J. Steven Manolis, REDWORLD, Past & Future, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 144 in. (152.4 x 365.76 cm). Two panels, 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.88 cm) each. Framed: 63 x 147 in. (160.02 x 373.38 cm). 2015.01. Collection of Myrthia Natalie Moore. Credit: Sargent Architectural Photography. Right: J. Steven Manolis, REDWORLD Glaze, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 in. (304.8 x 304.8 cm). Four panels, 60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm) each. Framed: 123 x 123 in. (312.42 x 312.42 cm). 120.120.01. Credit: Sargent Architectural Photography.
abstract expressionism arguably are the two most celebrated uniquely American art forms, there is an affinity for conceiving and collecting art in this genre. As works by first generation abstract painters like de Kooning and Pollock have become extremely rare and fetch hundreds of millions of dollars at auction and private sales, there has been a renewed interest in repeating the same investment formula for acquiring promising second-generation abstractionists who possess a singular voice, exceptional education and experience, critical acclaim, museum exhibitions, prestigious publications, and the ability to portray inherent beauty and maintain high professional standards. As the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist magazine, my chief responsibility was to identify and carefully examine promising contemporary art and artists. My columns in The Huffington Post have month after month successfully predicted auction records and identified artists who are making noteworthy art that is increasing in value. One of the artists who I have been watching closely is J. Steven Manolis, who is based in Miami and possesses all of the professional qualities listed above, making him a clear front runner for continued accolades and the making of exquisite abstract expressionist canvases that often are ingeniously woven together with dazzling color field theory and handsome constructivist geometric forms. These exquisite and extraordinary compositions have moved noted enthusiasts to take action, as evidenced in Manolis’ impressive collector base.
Although with ambitions at an early age to be an artist, Manolis was persuaded by parental guidance to follow a career in finance. With natural creativity under his belt he applied inventiveness to investments and became the youngest partner in the respected firm of Salomon Brothers. But like most artists who can multitask, and in this case, balance finance with art-making, Manolis continued practicing as an artist through private lessons with the renowned colorist Wolf Kahn, who in turn had studied with Hans Hofmann, who was considered a master teacher and member of the original abstract expressionist group. With all the famed names in contemporary art, you usually can connect the dots en route to greatness by studying a personal link to artists of historic importance. For example, one of America’s most illustrious artists, Robert Rauschenberg, studied at the renowned Black Mountain College, where Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning were on the distinguished faculty. When Manolis made the decision to become a full-time painter, much of the mechanism for success already was oiled (excuse the pun) and finely tuned to move forward securely, confidently and in automatic overdrive. Not only are critics observing a unique artistic circumstance and breakthrough; maturity of vision and years of experimentation are fused in the artist’s latest series through highly dedicated studio activity. Manolis has had three solo museum shows in the last two years with more requests following. His most recent upcoming shows are a two-person exhibition at the National Arts Club in
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68 SUMMER 2018 Top: J. Steven Manolis, Black & White, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 144 in. (213.36 x 365.76 cm). Three panels, 84 x 48 in. (213.36 x 121.92 cm) each. Framed: 87 x 147 in. (220.98 x 373.38 cm). Bottom Left: J. Steven Manolis, Black & White (Symphony Series), 2015, 72 x 120 inches (182.88 x 304.8 cm), Acrylic on canvas, Two panels, 72 x 60 inches (182.88 x 152.4 cm) each. Framed: 75 x 123 inches (190.5 x 312.42 cm). Credit: Sargent Architectural Photography. Bottom Right: J. Steven Manolis, REDWORLD (Masculine) (MLMJ), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 72 in. (304.8. x 182.88 cm). Two panels, 72 x 60 in. (182.88 x 152.4 cm) each. Framed: 123 x 75 in. (312.42 x 190.5 cm). J. Steven Manolis, REDWORLD (Feminine) (MLMJ), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 72 in. (304.8. x 182.88 cm). Two panels, 72 x 60 in. (182.88 x 152.4 cm) each. Framed: 123 x 75 in. (312.42 x 190.5Â cm). Credit: Sargent Architectural Photography.
Framed: 63 x 183 inches (160.02 x 464.82 cm). Credit: Sargent Architectural Photography.
—Bruce Helander is an artist who writes on art. He is the former Provost of the Rhode Island School of Design and a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, He is a member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame and the former Editorin-Chief of The Art Economist.
completed by former pioneers. The artist now has completely mastered his own engaging format and even has branched out to geometrical compositions, including circular forms that were a hallmark of Kandinsky. This unusual combination has impelled the art world to pay attention while the collector base for a Manolis painting continues to expand weekly. Like every new discovery, the art of amassing works of art is based on personal taste and a deep attraction to the work, especially at an opportune time when procuring a Manolis work is considered by many, including this writer, to be the “Odds on Favorite.” For your own personal preview, Manolis has created an impressive website (jstevenmanolisart.com) so that surveying his extensive collection of works is like entering a museum but without the distractions. For those of you who descend on Miami during Art Basel Week, visiting him at his annual open house in Manolis Projects, his massive 5000 sq. ft. studio, is a memorable experience (and the studio is open by appointment year-round as well). Advance reservations are recommended. On the other hand, if you share this natural enthusiasm and would like to receive illustrated catalogs on recent exhibitions, you can contact Manolis Projects directly at: 786.360.2833
Manhattan and a solo exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Art, both opening this fall. He drew impressive crowds for his lecture and book signing at the prestigious Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, and did a one-hour interview with “Voice of America” that was heard by over 100 million listeners. Critical approval is an important consideration for the odds makers, and just like forecasting the winner of a horse race at Churchill Downs, numerous tributes secure the perceived value of the art, like researching a stock, and serve as a kind of title insurance where all the qualities investigated and evaluated add up to an artist on his way to the winner’s circle! A remarkable example of critical praise is the artist’s recent review by the legendary art critic Donald Kuspit, who observed that Manolis is the heir-to-be of Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky changed the world forever on how we appreciate contemporary painting. His work, both artistic and theoretical, played a large role in the foundation of later modern movements, in particular abstract expressionism and its variants such as color field painting. His later work influenced superstar Arshile Gorky’s development of a non-objective approach, and also he was a chief inspiration of painters like Mark Rothko, and continued to be a strong, magnetic force even in the 1980s to those of the neo-expressionist resurgence in painting, including Julian Schnabel and Philip Guston. Other noted critics have pointed to Manolis’ handsomely saturated canvases, which have developed into a clear recognizable style that is fresh and inventive. Manolis is keenly aware of art history and the appealing lineage handed down to younger artists, who established hybrid applications of painting surfaces
J. Steven Manolis, BlueLand Splash, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 180 inches (152.4 x 457.2 cm). 3 panels, 60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm) each.
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case back. Every single one of the mother-of-pearl models (32 mm and 38 mm) presents a slightly different dial composition, as this natural material is unique by nature. Each piece is handassembled to form lively designs where the dial endlessly plays with the light, shifting from shades of blue to green and then to grey. Meanwhile the two new Admiral Legend 42 models both have a wooden dial. The first variation pairs a blue rubber bezel with a blue teak dial, a direct reference to the teak decks of old sailing ships. This model presents two central hands with a small seconds at 6 o’clock and a date at 3 o’clock. The second, more precious reference brings together a brown teak dial with a 5N pink gold bezel placed on top of a steel case. On this piece, the date has been shifted to 4:30 to make room for a chronograph bi-compax (30-min counter at 9 o’clock and hour counter at 6 o’clock).
With eight variations crafted from mother-of-pearl or wood, the brand is reconnecting with its original heritage of artistic crafts while building on the marine inspiration of its Admiral collection. Featuring three hands and date, a chronograph or a small seconds, the eight new Legend pieces are expanding the horizons of the Admiral collection. These models come with a satin, steel or vulcanised rubber bracelet and are available in 32 mm, 38 mm or 42 mm sizes. Their common feature: new, entirely natural dials produced from teak or mother-of-pearl. “It was an obvious choice given the watches’ nautical inspiration. Mother-of-pearl is a natural material that is only produced at the bottom of the ocean. Meanwhile wood is the ultimate symbol of sailing,” explains Jérôme Biard, CEO. The new Legend pieces stay true to the Admiral spirit with a dodecagonal bezel, dauphine hands, an automatic calibre, 12 pennant-shaped hour markers and an open screw-down
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Grand Flieger Chronometer
Precisely. A Certified Classic. Tutima Glashütte’s first Certified Chronometer Since Tutima’s return to Glashütte and its manufacture status, this family owned brand has been introducing timepieces that are iconic, technical and professional grade. And the Grand Flieger Chronometer is no exception. The Grand Flieger models make up a new collection which inherits its DNA from The Classic Fliegerchronograph from the 40’s, a timepiece which set many industry standards in terms of aesthetics and has become the personification of a classic aviation chronograph. Now, after decades of research and development, the Grand Flieger Chronographs have been improved in every aspect. The 43mm case has been reshaped to provide a more comfortable fit on the wrist, while improvements to the crown, pushers and crystal have allowed for a water resistance rating to 200m. But perhaps the most noteworthy addition to this new chronograph is what happens after the watch is fully assembled. In an independent facility, governed
by the State department of weights and measurements of Saxony (SLME) and Thuringia (LMET) and in accordance with German DIN standards, each fully finished chronograph must pass a 15 day timing and climate test, to earn its title as a Certified Chronometer. “Chronometer” is a special classification issued to highly accurate watches like the ones developed for early maritime travel. The test, performed in a controlled environment, evaluates the accuracy of each timepiece in 5 different positions with temperature variants ranging from 8-38 degrees Celsius and an average daily deviation allowance of -4 to +6 seconds for every 24 hours. Moreover, since the test is performed on timepieces that are fully finished and assembled as they are delivered to the client, the results are far more relevant and reassuring. Every Grand Flieger Chronograph bears the engraving “Chronometer” on the case side and is presented with a Certified Chronometer certificate.
Summertime Shades TO KEEP YOU COOL
Zasia is an ultra-feminine, super shallow and upswept lens shape which has quickly become an Oliver Peoples standout star. Zasia emanates a carefree and feminine spirit. This sunglass is offered in new custom colors with vibrant lenses matched from Swarovski crystals. Zasia is as functional as it is beautiful with three pins on the front and temples offering additional strength and durability.
The Translucent Hues of Summer
The first Oliver Peoples designs were inspired by an estate collection of vintage American-made eyewear purchased by the founders of the brand in the late 1980â€™s. The sophisticated aesthetic created by the heritage brand was a departure from the futuristic styles and geometric shapes in bright, brazen colors dominant in the late 80â€™s. In contrast, the first Oliver Peoples collections were classic, timeless styles in an array of natural tortoise shell hues with discreet branding and subtle details. By defining a new intellectual category, the direction of eyewear changed globally. This vintage aesthetic that inspired the first collections remains at the heart of the brand.
A Necessary Beach Accessory The Lelaina is a modern interpretation of a vintage cat-eye style with an Oliver Peoples twist. Inspired by the Oliver Peoples Classic M-4, and offers the same recognizable high bridge and ﬁligree metal, which is iconic to the brand. The Lelaina is offered in an array of vibrant colors, mirrored glass lenses, and classic light wash tones. Lelaina is the ideal frame to complete any beach day ensemble.
Ultra-Luxe in Ellice Offered from Oliver Peoples Summer 2018 Collection, these shades are perfect for day-to-evening wear. A contemporary design made in Japan featuring the quintessential double bridge and vintage inspired adjustable nosepads. The entire frame is constructed of titanium offering a comfortable light weight ﬁt. Featuring highly reﬁned detailing and custom ﬁligree patterns, this sunglass is ultra-luxe.
An Ode to the 90's
A distinctive bold vintage design introduced for the ﬁrst time by Oliver Peoples. The Boudreau L.A. is inspired by the style icons of the 90’s and blends vintage styling with modern elements. With its bold aesthetic and demi-ﬂat lenses, the Boudreau L.A. promises to make a statement. This style is the perfect addition to anyone’s summer wardrobe as it’s offered in a rich color palette of translucent hues and a classic tortoise. Boudreau L.A. also features a custom ﬁligree pattern on the corewire which can be seen from the temples.
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This spiral 18k yellow gold bangle is incredibly comfortable and easy to stack with other bracelets. It contains .42ctw of white diamonds. LB2166
This remarkable necklace shines with 7.30 ctw of white diamonds set into 18k white gold with rose gold accents.
These unique 18k white gold earrings can be worn two wayslooped into a hoop earring with an ingenious hidden earring back included in the design, or hanging in a straight line of diamonds. These earrings contain .41 ctw of white diamonds.
Embrace The Bold
William Henry unleashes new men's jewelry collection designed to captivate the imagination William Henry, an award-winning designer of luxury men’s jewelry and pocketknives, has announced a major new collection of distinctive men’s jewelry designs called Embrace for summer 2018. The just-released William Henry Embrace collection features 16 exemplary men’s jewelry pieces, including eight bracelets, four pendants, and four new cufflink designs. The complete Embrace collection will be offered at www.williamhenry.com and at William Henry jewelry retailers nationwide as of June 2018. Each distractive design in the Embrace collection shows off William Henry’s signature style which includes the use of precious metals and minerals, unusual organic materials and superb hand-finished details. With prices ranging from $495 to $2,950, the harmonizing design element in the new William Henry Embrace collection is the use of exquisitelycrafted “cage-like” detailing that serves to highlight and beautifully accentuate distinctive materials used in each piece, ensuring no two are exactly alike. “Our new Embrace collection is bold and adventurous, but there is also a delicate, intricate quality that shows off the one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and use of intriguing materials that have come to define William Henry’s signature style,” said Matt Conable, William Henry co-founder and lead creative designer. “Each piece has a story that is as varied and distinctive as the personal mantra of the men who wear them.”
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collection. “For example, thanks to the inherent protective nature of the Embrace designs, we were able to incorporate south seas pearls for the first time. The interplay of these materials, combined with sterling silver, 18 karat yellow and red gold, set a new standard of luxury for our jewelry offerings.” Individual Embrace pendants follow the same design philosophy as Embrace bracelets and feature styles with names like Dreamer, Purpose, Wisdom, and Dark Star. For example, Dreamer ($1,950) is a beautiful, timeless pendent with green jade held captive by a stunning 18K yellow gold enclosure, a perfect complement to the Embrace Strength bracelet and destined to be a treasured heirloom. For an adventurous choice, Dark Star ($495) features the soft translucent warmth of smoky quartz, underscored by a sterling silver, beautifully detailed skull enclosure.
Bracelets in the Embrace collection include Strength, ($2,950) which is made from gorgeous jade beads offset by three frosted onyx beads that are encased in solid 18K gold. Other Embrace bracelets with names such as Midnight Hour, Adventure, Sunrise, Moonlight, Smoky, Sunset, and Dusk feature gold or silver, combined with materials such as petrified wood, sodalite, tiger eye stone, smoky quartz, delicate south sea pearl and more. Each bracelet design features an elegantly-sculpted silver or gold “caged” element that allows the unique materials to be beautifully emphasized. The varied enclosure styles including geometric, symmetric, asymmetric, whimsical and abstract, that serve to accentuate and protect the precious bead material. “With this collection, we’re highlighting 11 new materials that are a first for William Henry,” said Tony Rodrigues, William Henry creative designer for the Embrace
A TURN OF EVENTS How Greg Sestero Made ‘The Best Bad Movie of All Time’ into an Award-Winning Success By Whitney Hubbell he Disaster Artist, starring James Franco, is the real life story of Tommy Wiseau, the man behind cult-classic film dubbed, ‘the best bad movie of all time.’ In the original film, The Room, Tommy writes, directs, produces and stars in the 99 minute film with costar and friend Greg Sestero. The film was originally criticized for its unresolved subplots and random off-beat scenes but then hailed as a cult-classic for the same reasons. Fifteen years later, it still screens around the world, and now, The Disaster Artist, the film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book is a starstudded, award-winning film. The hilarious film recounts the behindthe-scenes narrative of mysterious, enigmatic Tommy Wiseau and the backstory of Tommy and Greg’s unlikely friendship.
What was your initial reaction to The Disaster Artist’s adaptation of your book? I’ve always been a believer of think big, big things can happen, and I really started out with that notion… but nothing did happen. But at the same time, I kept that attitude. So when I got the opportunity to write the book, the first idea I had was for it to become its own movie. I created a cast list and my goal was for it to become an awardwinning movie. What a great challenge to have something that was considered
so bad and then have a movie is so good - that it would win an award. So that was my goal from the get-go. I was always hoping for it to play out that way. But there’s so many things that need to happen for a movie to get made - not even for it to be good but just to get made. So when it happened... it's one of those things where you realize, 'wow these things can happen' and there's no reason not to be positive or hopeful. It was extreme validation after so many years of trying to work on things you’re proud of.
It was incredible. What a hard role to play, it’s not just the physicality, you have to get into Tommy’s mind, and very few people… no one has done that really. When I wrote the book, I was very
What a great challenge to have something that was considered so bad - and then have a movie so good that it wins an award. So that was my goal from the get-go.
What did you think of James Franco’s portrayal of Tommy?
I initially had Javier Bardem and Ryan Gosling playing the parts, back in 2011 when I first started on the book. So when James Franco came about, I thought it was a really interesting choice that I hadn’t thought of. And I had only seen Dave in one film and didn’t even realize he was James’ brother. At the time, I was thinking, if anyone wanted to make it, I was appreciative! When I saw the movie, I definitely thought it worked and their relationship had the right sensibilities. I think it worked better than most people were anticipating. Dave is a great guy and understands what it’s like to be a young actor and work your way out there - and to be a part of projects that you think are going to work and then they don’t - and how that affects you.
What do you think of Dave Franco’s portrayal of you in the Disaster Artist? And is that who you would have pictured playing you initially?
You realize these things can happen and there's no reason not to be positive or hopeful. It was extreme validation after so many years of trying to work on things youâ€™re proud of - and not have it happen.
I read that you think Tommy was kind of pigeon-holed as an actor after The Room. Do you think your career was affected in anyway?
He wanted to say that the American dream is a lie… I think? But who knows if that’s what he would have said. I think James was thinking … this may not go well, who knows what he’s going to say… But I thought that moment summed up everything so well because I mean who goes up on stage and then reaches for the mic during someone else’s award speech. But I feel like Tommy felt that he had waited long enough and was invited up there to share the award in some way it’s what makes this whole thing work so well - is that he’s unpredictable.
You guys reunited in Best Friends, which you wrote and starred in, and part two is set to release in the fall… can you tell me about your experience and inspiration behind it? I’ve always been a big lover of movies, and obviously, with The Room it was something I didn’t think anyone was going to see and then it’s interesting because I didn't even know there was a market for bad movies… so when I wrote the book, I took that angle of my love for storytelling and film-making and so I thought it would be a fun challenge to write a film about a story that would be unique and in line with some of my favorite
You’re obviously very busy with screenings, but do you have any goals or anything next for you on your radar? We have volume two coming out officially in the Fall, the next thing I want to work on is a horror film … these two movies tease that direction a little bit but the next thing I want to do is something totally different from this. I love the new wave of horror films that have come out, like ‘Get Out’ and ‘The Babadook’ so I’d love to try and do something in that genre.
A lot of people saw humor in the fact that Tommy attempted to take the mic during James Francos Golden Globe speech. What do you think he would have said if he got ahold of the mic?
Much different. I’ve changed a lot. He has as well. He was ready to do something different. He was more confident in himself and more willing to collaborate. We were both just ready to try to do something different. I never really tried when I did The Room with him because I didn't think it was a movie anyone was going to see. It was very alienlike being there, and was like, “How do you commit to this?” And so it was really cool that we were on a project where we were both able to fully commit.
much in Tommy’s mind, but I’ve known him for so long, but James was able to … I gave him a lot of material and he was able to access it and really understands him …. He said in a Q & A that he’s more like Tommy than he’s scared to admit and I really started to think that was true because some of his responses were so Tommy… and that’s what made the performance so rich… he wasn’t just doing an impersonation he created his own version of Tommy.
You just need to decide what’s fulfilling for you and try to pursue it if you do the right kind of work that’s sincere and articulate then people will follow you. But a lot of time, people get scared when they’re in a cult thing and try to move away from it, because you fall into this comfort zone because people accept you as something, and it’s scary to move away from that. It’s so rare to be apart of a film that really connects with people, so you can’t be afraid, you need to be doing this for the right reasons and that’s to make stuff and you have to go back and keep creating and then see what people think.
Fifteen years is a long time. Was it a different experience filming with him the second time around?
Definitely affected. But that happens anytime you’re in a movie that people see. Whether it’s amazing or terrible… you’re put on the map and it’s up to you what you do from there because you can either prove people right or you can prove people wrong. And I think it’s up to you, the direction you take. For me, after The Room, people asked if I wanted to do Reality TV to play off The Room, but I wasn’t interested in playing off of it because it was uncharted territory… a bad movie that screens around the world for years… it’s interesting to me because what brings people back… but for me, I want to get back to doing the work I always wanted to do - and I think you can - if you have something to offer.
genres and also put Tommy in there in a role that the audience would be interested seeing him in. Because after The Room, they assume all he can do is off beat caricature comedy, and I thought it was a great challenge to give him a part where he could surprise the audience and fit a role and be good and interesting! So I tried to make something that I would be passionate about and would combine both of those elements. So fans would be able to enjoy the reunion but also see something new and fresh - The Room has been screening for fifteen years now, so people have seen it. What a great reward to make something where we both really tried, and not just phoned in giving them fan service but really try to do something ambitious, and doing something fifteen years later was a great challenge.
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BOY GEORGE & HOW HIS WORLD HAS CHANGED
by Whitney Hubbell
oy George, a legendary pop star who shot to worldwide fame as just a teenager, is still going strong; releasing new music, going on tour, and also still performing his 80’s hits. But according to George, performing those pop classics inevitably feels different and carry a different meaning now. As he’s grown and matured, George has an honest relationship with himself and the world, which is reflected in his new music. As an artist, he’s uncontrived and reveals a newfound respect for his career. Make no mistake, he’s still outspoken and full of playful wit and humor. You’re about to embark on a huge summer tour across the US at the end of the month. How do you prepare for something like that? A bit of starvation! [laughs] Touring for me, is an opportunity to really get myself together, because you have to be really fit to tour night after night. So you have to do things to protect your health, your voice, your sanity. So there’s lots of days on tour where I don’t even speak… which is incredibly pleasant for everyone around me! [laughs]
Is there something you’re really excited about for the tour? I’m excited about doing some of the new songs because you can really tell from the audience reaction, whether something is going to work. If people react to a song like they know it, that’s the best thing in the world if you get through the first chorus and people are already engaged — there’s nothing better. That’s when you know if somethings going to work or not.
Oh yes! A lot of people lose their sense of humor. The road is not for everybody. Some people just cannot cope with touring life.
It sounds like an incredibly strenuous and revealing experience.
I follow the opera singer approach where you let the voice rest and make sure you get sleep and eat well. We travel with lots of extra musicians, and you see them bowling into the hotel after a big night and you think there’s no way they’re going to finish this tour in good health! They say, if you want to find out who people are, let them move into your house …or take them on tour with you!
What kind of music can we expect on the tour? The tour is going to be our classic songs interspersed with a few new things on the next album that’s imminent. The new album’s just come to life, it’s very Culture Club… whatever that means! We’ve come to a point in our career where we do something we say, ‘it’s really Culture Club’ without really knowing what that means. I would describe culture club, as ‘world music’ with a lot of 'gay cake.'
Your music has definitely changed, as you’ve grown and your career has evolved, and it sounds like your outlook on life has changed as well. Yes, the things I write about as a lyricist have changed. In some ways, my perspective on relationships as love and life have altered a lot since I was first in this band; the song titles are different sorts of song titles. When I used to write as a teenager, I was always very in the role of the victim. Songs like, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time or Give Me Time,” I played a certain role — a role that I’m not playing anymore because I have such a different relationship with myself, with the world, and with love and life. And that is really reflected in this record. Even in songs that we’ve sung for 20 or 30 years, those songs have changed in their essence. They’re still the same songs but what they mean to me as a performer, is very different. Which is interesting because when you sing a song like “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” its almost about something else now. What is the biggest comparison between your new music and that of the past? Do you find yourself coming back to your 80’s roots at all? I think on this album, weirdly, we have thrown a lot of things that we grew up with on this record. So you kind of get to a moment where you fearlessly reference the things you love without being self conscious about it. Because I think
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When you’re nineteen, and you become a rockstar, it’s allencompassing, and you lose sense of who you are and forget that it’s a job.
Vegas is definitely on the horizon. There’s been such a delay and it’s something people never would have done years ago but it’s such a hit place now, and you’ve got an audience there that have come to have fun. I can’t see that it would go horribly wrong so I’m really looking forward to doing some stuff in Vegas and playing around with the visuals and putting on a real show. Reflecting back on your career, what are you most proud of? I’d probably say NOW. Not in terms of any sort of achievement but being able to step outside of what I do and look at it from a clear headed perspective and to know that what I do is a job, rather than an be-all-end-all of my existence. When you’re nineteen, and you become a rockstar, it’s all-encompassing, and you lose sense of who you are and forget that it’s a job. And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve understood that what I do is that I sing and entertain people, and knowing that’s my job is a really good thing because it makes me treat the whole thing with a lot more respect and to value it in a way that perhaps I didn’t as a very young man. Because it was thrown at me overnight and suddenly it’s like, 'Oh my God!' Growing into a person that respects what I do, that’s an achievement. What’s your favorite artist or song that you’re listening to right now? There’s a band called “Lower Dens,” they have a song called “Real Thing,” which I play a lot. There’s a
I love your style and unique sense of fashion, where do you get your fashion inspo? I am a Gemini, so I’m very much a cultural sponge, I take ideas from everywhere. A lot of it comes from my own imagination but I read books, poetry, magazines, reference all sorts of things and I try very much to make those ideas a reflection of who I am rather than a complete copy of something else. Because we now live in a world where nothing hasn’t been done, nothing in the world that hasn’t already been worn, its really about how you as an individual carry something off. And I take the view that you can't keep an idea in a box, once you think about something, and you speak about something it almost happens, you open a magazine and you go, ‘wow I was thinking about that! That’s so weird that someone’s done that!’ That’s the thing that excites me the most in terms of making music and fashion is the new ideas. And there's obviously a reference point for me, the 70’s are a big reference point, glam rock, punk rock, those things are still very important to me. I’m always open to anything that’s crazy and outlandish... Liberace, bring it on! All that stuff makes me smile!
I am a massive Nina Simone fan, I think Nina Simone was one of those people that managed to put her passion and anger in everything she did. I think we live in an age now, where there’s a lot of performers… but not that many artists. I come from an era, if I come from anywhere, where people were required to be more than just performers. And I think it started with people like David Bowie, although Elvis had a touch of that as well. The fact is that yes, you have to have musical integrity but you also have to have some sort of visual element as well. If you think about anyone in the last forty or fifty years, from Elvis to Little Richard to Chuck Berry, to Prince, Madonna, Boy George, whatever… throw us all into the mix… all those people had a definable image Michael Jackson; it’s really important to have your music be a part of who you are. At the moment, you listen to songs where you think, yes
After you’re done with the tour this summer, is the next stop a Vegas residency?
band called, “Planningtorock” and they have a few tunes which I play a lot, and a song called “Let’s Talk About Gender;” they’ve also got a great song called “The Breaks” which literally sounds like it could have been made in 1984. I’m a big Spotify fan, I love the fact that I get up on Monday and they send me loads of new tunes that they think I might life and some of them, I do like! That’s the one good thing about the internet… they sometimes get it quite right! One of my favorite bands is Arcade Fire. A lot of the time I like the bands that really have a respect for what’s come before. It’s a bit like furniture… like you see a piece of furniture that’s like very now but has an old world quality about it and I think that’s what appeals to me the most.
You mentioned Dolly, Bowie and The Beatles as inspiration, is there an artist or performer that you look up to the most?
it’s a beautiful song, yes it's a beautiful voice, but I don't know anything about them. At the end of the song, I don't know who they are, they haven’t really let me into their world… like when you hear Amy Winehouse sing, “Love is A Losing Game,” you’re in there with her, you feel that pain. And I suppose those are the kind of performers that appeal to me. Equally, people that are tricksters like Kiss, they’ve got the makeup, and explosions, I love that too! I love to be entertained and I think that’s what the audience wants. So that’s really what I look for is things that are entertaining visually, and emotionally stimulating. That’s what I try to do when I wake up in the morning.
Culture Club’s music has always been very eclectic (I know eclectic is a very overused word) but from my point of view I’m someone that can enjoy Dolly Parton and the Cramps in the same breath, I am a Gemini, my music tastes would make no sense to someone looking from the outside. I really jump around musically, I suppose in a way, what the band has done is put that into a sensible, palatable energy, we are definitely wearing our influences very proudly on this record perhaps when we were younger, we were less conscious. Because when you’re young, you think you’ve invented everything, don't you? Now it’s more like you’re paying homage to what you’ve created all those years ago and all the things that have shaped you. Theres always a lot of Bowie in what I do, and Beatles, obviously big fans and all those things are in there.
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f you don’t know who Lukas Nelson is, you will soon. Born into music royaltywith great looks, a hypnotic voice, a penetrating stare and guitar licks to match- Lukas is on a rarified path. He wants it all. And he wants his heart and integrity intact at the end of the day. Raised at the feet, and now eye to eye, with music legends like his father Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Young, to name a few, he knows the work it will take to reach this level of musical success while holding onto himself in what he admits is “ an industry that can tear you apart.” Lukas is ready for the challenge. He names his greatest strength explaining, “I’m always in motion, never static. I’m open to learning new things and the potential to grow.” He is kinetic and evolving onstage as well. Nelson ponders, “If I wasn’t a musician… a surfer, soccer player ...a gardener? He could pull off any of these with his combo of physicality and introspection. He’s not comfortable giving himself these compliments. He would rather talk about the work. That work includes a decade of touring, ongoing backing and recording with Neil Young, working with Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa on the upcoming film “A Star is Born”
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“Sometimes books can clutter my mind. The words can overwhelm. I go through phases.”
“I want us to be a beacon of human intuition”
first and foremost”. His music is lyric-driven like that of his heroes Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, who are truly real to him - legends, mentors, family. Now add to this poetry the voice with plaintiff notes both inherited and all his own, guitar prowess of the greats and the stage presence of Hendrix and you’ve got something. Mix that with the timing this band is experiencing and you have what surfers call a perfect wave. Preparation, patience, the drive and the push land you on a perfect platform. Lukas is ready for the ride. Get ready for their upcoming EP release this summer, “Forget About Georgia.” You won’t want to miss a word or a note of the message this band is planting and sowing for fans new and old.
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(she co-writes with Nelson and sang harmonies on a favorite, funky cut “Find Yourself”), a self-titled album “Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real” released last August to critical acclaim and a 2018 Americana Music Awards nomination for Group of the Year. Critics say it was a leap forward but Lukas will tell you “It’s a progression. It’s about doing what our soul tells us to do.” It is just this mix of doing the work, going outside into the world of rock legends and audiences, combined with doing the work, of going inside to empty the clutter and stay true to himself, that makes Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real the ones to watch and voice to heed. His bandmates, including Anthony LoGerfo (drums and vocals), Corey McCormick (bass and vocals), Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitar and vocals), Logan Metz (organ and guitar), Tato Melgar (percussion) and guest star, brother Micah Nelson, are his family. He wants to go all the way with them, “like Tom Petty and his guys you know… we are a band of brothers in a world of machines.” Lukas is good with words. Really good. He calls himself a “songwriter
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MARLON TORO SOUTH BEACH: The Bazaar by José Andrés
"His perfect wine choice for the Summer will always be Tondonia Blanco by the Famous house of Lopez De Heredia."
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Marlon Toro is a graduate of Florida International University School of Hospitality Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management, focusing on Restaurant Management. Since the age of 14 he has worked in the Hospitality Industry, starting as an entry level dishwasher. Throughout the years, he has held various job titles in hospitality such as “Back of the House”, “Front of the House,” to management positions. Marlon currently works as The Head Sommelier and Manager at “The Bazaar by José Andrés” located in the SLS South Beach hotel. The Bazaar by James Beard Award-Winning chef José Andrés lights up Miami with a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine and playful indooroutdoor space by Philippe Starck. His job consists not only as the Sommelier for the restaurant but also as a manager for the front of the house operations. His passion is mentoring the staff alongside developing an award winning wine list that people of all likes can enjoy. Marlon also assists and influences The Bazaar’s sister property in Miami, Bazaar Mar, at the SLS Brickell. His perfect wine choice for the Summer will always be Tondonia Blanco by the Famous house of Lopez De Heredia located in the heart of Rioja in Spain. This wine is aged with minimum 6 years in barrel and then furthermore aged in bottle until perfection. “On the nose you will smell tart lemon balanced out with hazelnuts and a touch of oxidation. And on the palate, great acidity and light tannins. Talk about refreshing! This wine is perfect; not only does it drink great on its own, but it's a perfect pairing for fresh seafood such as oysters, grilled sardines, and Mediterranean sea bass."
HAYDEN FELICE SANTA BARBARA: LES MARCHANDS
"For summer wine I think of three things: freshness, fruit and low alcohol." Hayden grew up on the Main Line of the western suburbs of Philadelphia where he attended The Haverford School for Boys followed by Phillips Exeter Academy. He earned his a B.A. in English Literature from Amherst College, during which his real interest in food and wine began. During his final years at Amherst, Hayden developed his keen interest in wine, sampling what tasty but affordable Bordeaux he could find on a college student’s budget. He moved to New York City in 2001 where he took a position as Captain at Chef Tom Colicchio’s newly opened Craft. His ten-year tenure with Colicchio includes his titles of Assistant Wine Director at Craft and later, Wine Director and General Manager at Craftbar. Moving to Los Angeles in 2012, he helped open and led all Food and Beverage operations for Chef Roy Choi’s multiple concept project at the New Line Hotel. His next position was Director of Operations for Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s awardwinning Trois Mec and Petit Trois restaurants. When Hayden started a family, he moved to Santa Barbara, eventually landing the position of General Manager of Les Marchands Restaurant and Wine Merchant. He also serves as Wine Director for Les Marchands’ parent company, Acme Hospitality.
If we’re talking sun and afternoons, this triad is even more relevant. Whether poolside, ocean-side or for post-hike refreshment, I like nothing more than something quenching. Quenching is all about slaking thirst, so what better than a mouthwatering sip of Feinherb Riesling from a legendary estate producing some of the top Riesling in the world from the Nahe region of Germany? The ‘16, as always a mélange of porphyry and gravel soils, shows Mirabelle and iris and persimmon aromas; the mid-palate is swollen with
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$200 and continue drinking Dönnhoff, or shift gears into your favorite rosé of the summer or some great, crisp AC Chablis. The elephant in the room with Riesling is the sugar question, and people’s natural aversion to sugar or “sweetness.” There’s not quite enough space to go into it here, but Riesling does not equal sweet. It can be on many levels, but it can also be bone dry. Germans, who live in the cradle of civilization known for sweet Riesling,
mineral. It’s almost hefty, with a finish that is long and complex, especially for the price point with incredible value. It’s bright, crisp and, at 10% alcohol, it checks the low alcohol box, so you can day drink, stay on point and not worry about the excessive dehydration/ hangover that is a side effect from high alcohol wines. Translation: you can go to the daytime pool party, get in the mix with some Dönnhoff, still make your dinner reservation and either skip to go, collect
typically tend to drink their wines dry. That said, wines with a little residual sugar – and this is fruit sugar – come from some of the most well-cared for and pedigreed fruit grown in the world. There’s more of a perception of fruitiness rather than a true perception of sweetness. The wines are the furthest thing from cloying, and the tightrope walk between sugar/acid balance is what the best winemakers know how to walk. So even a wine that may have 16 grams per liter of residual sugar (which is less than an apple for a whole bottle of wine), finish quite dry and don’t taste sweet, but only a little fruity. The acidity, and this is where the idea of “freshness” comes in, is at such a high level that the wine as a whole is brought into balance, and every finished sip begs for another. In short, quenching. So in general, it’s probably the most quenching beverage I can think of. If you just went for a hike and someone put a bowl of fresh, perfectly ripe strawberries or peaches in front of you, would you say no? But what happens when your favorite fruit tastes 30 times better, with a whole other world of complexity and inflection that intimated where exactly in the world that perfect fruit was grown, along with those similarly perfect flowers, all wrapped around an earthy, mineral core, the flavors of which only a good white wine can express? And physiologically speaking, in a post-workout phase, your body needs to re-up on glycogen stores to aid in muscle recovery. So, if consumed within the hour, the Dönnhoff is preventing further muscle breakdown and aiding in recovery! The alcohol probably isn’t high enough, as long as it’s consumed in moderation, to affect protein synthesis (for the gym rats out there). See practical application: I was at a concert on the Mexican Riviera Maya, and, security being lax as it was, was able to ferry in Dönnhoff Spatlese (which came with me in my checked luggage) in a thermos and dance to great rock music in the warm Mexican sun, drink some of the best white wine in the world and stay quenched, feed my legs the energy they needed to keep up on the dance floor.
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"I think that summer chilled reds are the new rose." This is one that will please all on a hot day, outdoor gathering or warm summer evening. The carbonic method allows for the fruit to shine and still be bright and vibrant. Low in production and minimal intervention, its like a farmers market wine. A very charismatic son of a Baptist preacher, drummer, and fifth generation Louisianan, Andrew Reginald Young, recently created St Reginald Parish, a winery based in Oregonâ€™s Willamette Valley. The Marigny label refers to a hip neighborhood in the French Quarter best known for its live music and is an ode to his roots. Andy seeks to serve the vineyards he works with by using native yeasts and minimal intervention in the winery off of the Sisu Vineyard, a 14 acre site where grapes were hand picked. Then,14 day whole bunch carbonic fermentation in stainless steel. Fruit pressed off and juice fermented to dryness in a separate tank. Filtered only to separate out large solids and bottled without sulfur. No fining.
KERI LEVENS ASPEN: CHEFS CLUB
"My personal top pick for summer is Ameztoi Txakolina Rubens - this is a fresh, slightly spritzy rose from the Basque region in Spain that shows strawberry fruit and a fresh minerality. The grapes are Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza.”" Cooking and cuisine have always been a cornerstone of Keri’s life. Having earned degrees in both Fine Arts and Art History from Rutgers University, Levens went on to the Culinary Institute of America where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class. It was at the CIA she had her first wine class and understood wine’s significant place at the table. She began her career with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, spending time at The Modern where she served as Head Sommelier under James Beard Award winner Belinda Chang. She then joined the team at NYC’s legendary Aquavit as both the Service Director as well as Wine Director where she helped earn the restaurant’s first Michelin star. Working with some of the world’s best chefs at Chefs Club is the perfect culmination of her experience in both the front of house and back of house. Each day is an opportunity to showcase exceptional wines alongside some of the world’s most exciting cuisine. She holds the Certified level with the Court of Master Sommeliers and a candidate for the Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Most recently, Keri has ventured to Tuscany where she is working on her own wine label to be released Fall of 2018. “My personal top pick for summer is Ameztoi Txakolina Rubens - this is a fresh, slightly spritzy rose from the Basque region in Spain that shows strawberry fruit and a fresh minerality. The grapes are Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza.”
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CHEF ANDREW BICE WEST HOLLYWOOD: THE IVORY ON SUNSET
Located on the bustling Sunset Strip, scenic West Hollywood restaurant Ivory on Sunset, led by Executive Chef Andrew Bice, has introduced a new mid-day menu being offered from 3-6pm daily, right in time for guests to take full advantage of LA’s enviable year-long summer weather. With a summer aperitifs menu boasting California-inspired shareable bites, alongside the perfect summertime sips & spritz selections, there’s no better way to satisfy that muchneeded afternoon pick me up while unwinding on one of LA’s most stunning restaurant patios.
chefs Armed with years of expertise working in the fast-paced environment of a restaurant, Bice understands the importance of taking a moment to kick back and relax, especially during summertime in LA. When it comes to Bice’s top recommendation for summer dining, he plans to unwind this season with Ivory on Sunset’s newly-launched mid-day menu special, the Sunset Wine & Brine offering, where guests can soak up the sweeping views of the city over a Petite Shellfish Platter and bottle of Txakolina wine. Filled with oysters, shrimp, clams and tuna tartare, the platter delivers a true & fresh taste of the Pacific to your plate. The Spanish Basque country wine pairing offers aromas of lemon, lime, white flower and ripe tropical fruit, while the slight spritz quenches your thirst in the perfect way to cool off during the heat of the summer season. Always looking to incorporate the timeless glamour of the restaurant to the food program at Ivory on Sunset, Bice saw no better way to give guests a chance to escape the LA heat and cheers to summertime than with fresh seafood and a bottle of Txakolina wine while gathering together with friends and family. In crafting this aperitif menu, Executive Chef Andrew Bice wanted to create the perfect summertime experience for locals and tourists alike. With a diverse culinary background acquired while working in many leading restaurants around the nation, Bice finds his creative inspiration from his foodfocused travels and love for the fastpace nature of the restaurant industry. From his varied experience working in the kitchens of many upscale, hip LA eateries, Bice’s in-depth understanding of California cuisine brings fresh passion and creativity to guests’ tables at Ivory on Sunset. A Southern California native, Bice understands through and through the importance of sourcing the highest quality meats, fish, and produce that the area has to offer. Having worked alongside top chefs and James Beard award-winning restaurateurs, Bice brings nearly two decades of experience to the kitchen at Ivory on Sunset. With beautiful views and an even better seafood spread, Bice’s Sunset Wine & Brine at Ivory on Sunset is sure to become your go-to this summer.
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LOS ANGELES: CLEO Mediterráneo
Chef Danny Elmaleh is the culinary mastermind behind Cleo, the sophisticated Mediterranean inspired restaurant concept from the sbe’s Disruptive Restaurant Group portfolio. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Elmaleh joined the sbe family in 2006 and has worked on nearly all of the group’s acclaimed restaurants across the country, most closely with Cleo and The Doheny Room. In 2011, Elmaleh was given the opportunity to bring his vision for authentic and unique Mediterranean food to life and together with sbe, launched Cleo, which now boasts multiple locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, New York, the Bahamas, and soon the Middle East. Drawing on both his childhood and professional life spent around the world, Elmaleh effortlessly blends diverse cuisines to create exotic and sumptuous dishes. He continues to make a name for himself as the creator of enlivening menus that encourage a social dining experience. Born in Israel to a Moroccan father and a Japanese mother, Elmaleh trained at the famed Culinary Institute of America in New York.
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CHEF MATTHEW ACCARRINO ASPEN: CHEF'S CLUB
Chefs Club Aspen Presents: Matthew Accarrino began on June 15th, and will run through September 6th. Matthew Accarrino is the nationally recognized executive chef of SPQR in San Francisco. Born in the Midwest and raised on the East Coast, he moved west to California in 2007. He had originally hoped to become a professional cyclist until a leg injury turned his passion for cooking into a career. Now, 20 years later, he is doing both. Matthew’s unique culinary style draws inspiration from his Italian heritage, personal experience, and classical training with some of America’s best chefs. In the kitchen Matthew takes full advantage of the bounty of opportunities California ingredients present. This includes a strong belief in direct sourcing, producing, and playing a role in the creation of his ingredients. The result is an intensely personal cuisine that is both technically polished and soulful; and which has garnered praise from publications such as Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The S an Francisco Chronicle. Under his direction, the restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2013. Matthew was named a Star Chefs “2010 Rising Star” for his “innovative vision, finesse, and deeply satisfying cuisine,” and in 2011 he took top honors at San Francisco’s Cochon 555 competition. He has been nominated five times for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: West.” Food & Wine Magazine named him “People’s Best Chef California” in 2013, and editorially selected him for the prestigious “Best New Chef” award in 2014. Matthew co-authored and released his first book, published by Ten Speed Press – SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine– in October 2012. In addition to successfully racing at the local and national level, Matthew is also the team chef for an elite cycling team in the Bay Area and a professional team based in Greenville, S.C. is thrilled about his partnership with Chefs Club.
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“In the past few years I have cooked several times at the Chefs Club location in New York,” said Matthew. “I have also traveled throughout Colorado, for cooking and bike racing, my other great passion. The first time I traveled to Aspen in 2014, I arrived by bicycle from Leadville to collect my F ood & Wine ‘Best New Chef’ award during the Classic. Coming full circle, I’m enthusiastic about bringing my cooking to altitude and being surrounded by the mountainscape of Colorado. I’m looking forward to engaging with the local community as well as destination diners. I get to do something totally different, get outside my normal routine, and create a menu experience that is generous, lively and well-rounded with a nod to my Italian heritage.” Curated by Matthew and the Chefs Club Aspen team, the wine list ranges from classics like legendary Bordeaux first growths, to up-and-coming regions like Spain’s Bierzo and Bullas or Greece’s Santorini and Naoussa. The restaurant’s interior will transform with Matthew’s residency, with the addition of new dining chairs as well as artwork from a local Aspen gallery. Matthew will source
specialty ingredients from partner producers like Sartori artisan cheese and La Quercia salami and hams. The front and back-of-house staff will be outfitted in custom designed aprons from Tilit and shirts from Patagonia. For the tabletop, Staub will supply much of the cookware including colorful coquettes and dishes. Since opening in 2014, Chefs Club, founded by entrepreneur Stephane De Baets, has featured nearly 200 chefs from all over the world – from Tokyo’s Zaiyu Hasegawa to Alain Ducasse, among others. In October 2017, Chefs Club NYC debuted a new Chef Residency format, where in lieu of hosting a guest chef for one to three nights, chefs spend three to six months at Chefs Club, completely taking over the space and menu. Recent NYC residencies include Sota Atsumi (current), JJ Johnson (Fall 2017), and Jeremiah Langhorne (Q1 2018).
CHEF JOSE “JoJo” RUIZ: SAN DIEGO: LIONFISH The San Diego native began his culinary career as a sushi chef at a handful of local restaurants, including Yokozuna's, where he learned the art of butchering fish and meat. Displaying incredible talent at a young age, JoJo was on the fast track to success. He began working as a sushi chef at JRDN Hotel’s Tower 23 in 2007, then The Oceanaire Seafood Room as a sous chef in 2008, before stepping up as Chef de Cuisine of Brian Malarkey’s widely successful Searsucker in downtown San Diego in 2010. As Brian’s right-hand man, JoJo moved on to become the Executive Chef of Enlightened Hospitality’s Herringbone in La Jolla in May of 2013, further enhancing his experience with coastal cuisine. Prior to joining Clique Hospitality, JoJo spent the past two and a half as the right hand man of Michelin-starred Chef/Partner Jason McLeod at Little Italy’s acclaimed Ironside Fish & Oyster. Now JoJo is the Executive Chef and Partner at Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine at Pendry San Diego alongside Clique Hospitality.
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chefs Thai Glazed Black Cod, Farmers Market Sugar Snap Peas, Parisian Gnocchi, Pea Tendril, Mint Chimichurri Fish Glaze Ingredients List: 4 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane grater. 1 cup fish sauce. 1 cup lime juice. 1 cup brown sugar. 3 Serrano chilis, Sliced paper thin 1/2 cup finely minced cilantro. 1/2 cup finely sliced scallions. Preparation Instructions: - In a Pot heat up first 5 Ingredients making sure to stir carefully so that the sugar does not burn. Once at a gentle boil make a slurry with a few ounces of the liquid and cornstarch in a separate bowl. - Slowly add the slurry to the sauce until the consistency is close to a runny teriyaki - Season with salt and Add the last 2 ingredients once cooled.
How to Put it together: First Butcher the Black Cod Skin on Portion to 6oz Clean and Blanch Sugar Snap Peas Slice 1 Shallot Slice 3 pc Garlic Wash Pea Tendrils and Dry Sear Black Cod Skin Side Down, and Roast In the oven Until Cooked through (Black cod is very Moist almost impossible to over cook). Pull the Fish out of the oven and remove pin bones with Tweezers and Glaze with the Fish Glaze and Broil for about 30-40 Seconds. The Vegetables: In a Sauté Pan, Sauté Parisian Gnocchi with about a tablespoon of butter and sear until Golden brown, add Shallots and Garlic and continue to cook about 30 seconds add Snap Peas. Once the vegetables are cooked and Tender, season and Plate. Plate up: Place Gnocchi and Snap Peas On the Bottom Of Plate, Place Black Cod on top, Dress the Pea Tendrils with Chimichurri, salt and pepper and Place on top of Cod. Finish The Plate with more Chimichurri.
CHIMICHURRI 2 Bun. Finely Chopped Parsley 2 Bun. Finely Chopped Cilantro 2 Cp. Mint Packed Then Chiffonade 8 each Minced Fresno Chili Peppers ( Seeded ) 2 TBSP Garlic Minced 10 Shallots Brunoise ½ Cup Sherry Vinegar ½ Cup Champagne Vinegar 3 Cup EVOO TT Salt
1. Combine Vinegars and a few pinches of salt in a medium bowl. 2. Add all Ingredients except for Cilantro, Parsley, and Mint into bowl and let Marinade for 10 Minutes. 3. Add in Cilantro, Parsley, Mint and stir in EVOO, Salt TT if Needed.
Parisienne Gnocchi Recipe 1.5 cups Water 3/4 cup Butter 1 .5 tbsp Salt 2 cups Flour 1.5 cups Gruyere Cheese or Parmesan 6 Eggs 3 tbsp fresh herbs (chives, chervil, tarragon, thyme all work very well) Piping Bag and round piping tip Combine water, butter, salt & bring to simmer Add flour all at once, stir constantly Cook flour mixture for about 4 minutes Add dough to mixer (using paddle attachment) Add cheese and herbs Add 2 eggs one at a time on low speed Add 3
eggs one at a time on medium speed Add final egg on medium to high speed Add mixture to piping bag and let rest for 30 to 45 minutes Bring pot of salted water to a boil Slowly push the mixture through the tip of the piping bag and with a small knife cut off the desired size of your gnocchi directly into the water. Work at a steady pace you will probably get about 25 pieces into the water at a time. Gnocchi will begin to float, cook for about 1 minute after floating, remove and place on a platter covered with baking paper. Continue until all mixture is cooked. At this point you can dry the gnocchi and place in airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. (you could keep the gnocchi in the fridge for up to 48 hours) In a saute pan heat oil on medium to high heat add add your gnocchi and cook until golden brown (this should take only a couple of minutes, do not cook to long as it will dry out your dough)
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Santa Barbara’s newest luxury property, Hotel Californian, has unveiled its new Moroccaninspired spa concept, Majorelle. Having just opened in September, Hotel Californian is located adjacent to the city’s vibrant Funk Zone and steps from the Pacific Ocean and the Amtrak Station. Under the supervision of talented Spa Director Emma Spencer, the 2,500-square-foot Majorelle at Hotel Californian features an exotic, geometric blue-andwhite tile lounge, together with four treatment rooms including one couples suite, steam rooms, an expanded fitness center and manicure and pedicure stations as well as waxing and reflexology services. In addition, Majorelle’s staff offers blowouts, updos and professional makeup application. The name Majorelle was inspired from the distinctively Moroccan blue found in the traditional tiles, windows, and doorways of Marrakech, which evokes a sense of active tranquility.
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“Majorelle is a thoughtful concept that was designed with intention and passion,” said Spencer. “For weddings, we’re a gorgeous setting for the bride and bridal party to gather and for hotel guests, we’re a relaxing retreat destination with unique wellness options offered in a comfortable environment.” Majorelle is focused on personalization and allowing each guest to enjoy a unique treatment and experience. Majorelle also unveils an inspiring treatment menu featuring Body Bliss aromatherapy-based products and Naturopathica’s Ecocert skincare, made with proven natural ingredients and clean actives that nourish the skin and delight the senses. The spa offers a carefully curated collection of luxurious treatments inclusive of purifying facials, invigorating body treatments and soothing massages. www.thehotelcalifornian.com
Remède Spa, St. Regis Aspen Resort
Activated Charcoal Scrub begins with the exfoliation and ends with the application of an emulsion that leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and renewed. This scrub removes bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt, and other impurities from your skin to help you achieve a flawless complexion. One of the spa’s most popular services is The Great Bath. Relax in an aromatherapy bath while nibbling on berries and chocolate and sipping Champagne. The service concludes with a sixty minute massage and will make your muscles feel soothed and rejuvenated. Remède Spa is proud to be a next generation wellness retreat as the team strives to use the most ground-breaking science to create healthful treatments. In partnership with That’s Natural! CBD Hemp Oil, the spa offers a CBD Healing Customized Massage – one of the first of its kind in the country. CBD is a component found in cannabis that has no psychoactive effects. It has been shown to alleviate symptoms of pain and tension, decrease inflammation, promote a deeper sense of relaxation, calm anxiety, and relieve skin irritation. Aligned with the spa’s mission to use organic ingredients whenever possible, all hemp products used are grown in Colorado and certified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, using organic and biodynamic farming practices. www.stregisaspen.com
which provides intense hydration, and The Citrus Essence, an antioxidant treatment that recaptures the skin’s luminosity and firmness. Capitalizing on the Remède Spa’s location set in the midst of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, the signature treatment is, appropriately, the Rocky Mountain Ritual. This treatment was created to exfoliate, smooth, and hydrate your full body, beginning with an invigorating exfoliation and soothing aromatherapy bath. Then, while enveloped in a warm hydrating cream, you’ll receive a foot and scalp massage. The session concludes with a massage using a warm moisturizer. Additional body treatments at Remède Spa include The Customized Wrap, The Customized Body Scrub, and The Great Bath. The Customized Wrap is an exfoliation that prepares the body to be wrapped in tranquility. While cocooned, you’ll enjoy an aromatherapy scalp and foot massage. The service concludes with an application of an aromatic moisture blend, which leaves skin noticeably softer. Likewise, The Customized Body Scrub improves skin texture and appearance with a selection of scrubs that will gently resurface the skin. After exfoliation, you will receive an application of emulsion that leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft and luminous. Remède Spa also offers a number of treatments that capitalize on the detoxifying powers of activated charcoal. The Charcoal Body Exfoliation helps to rid the body of toxins and excess oil while hydrating your skin. The
The St. Regis Aspen Resort prides itself on offering the most luxurious, welcoming experience possible — and the property’s famous Remède Spa is no exception. From receiving Champagne upon arrival to luxurious throws and customized treatments, your expectations will be surpassed, allowing you to fully relax and savor the experience. The 15,000 square foot spa is home to 15 treatment rooms, one couples’ room, sauna, warm and cold plunge pools, the unique Confluence waterfall, and an incomparable menu of services. Spa guests are invited to enjoy the entire facility during their visit and will receive a plush robe and slippers to relax in. Starting at the top, the spa’s facials begin with a one-on-one consultation and skin analysis with a spa technician, resulting in a customized treatment to address your individual needs. From reducing fine lines, recuperating from a long flight, addressing acne-prone skin, and hydrating skin, there’s a treatment for everyone. The popular Remède Customized Facial includes a thorough cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, face massage, mask, moisturizing, and UV protection. Additional enhancements include a warm paraffin foot wrap and décolleté, arm, foot, and scalp massages, as well as eye and lip treatments. There’s also a facial created especially for gentlemen that pays close attention to the skin issues caused by shaving. In addition to these options, the spa’s Signature Facials include The Oxygen Facial,
Huntington Beach Aarana Spa at PasĂŠa Hotel
Located at the newest oceanfront resort in Huntington Beach, Aarna Spa provides an oasis for calm rejuvenation. The Balinese-inspired spa sets a new standard for relaxation with over 5,800 square feet of tranquil space that includes eight beautifully designed treatment rooms, a serene relaxation lounge, a private spa garden along with private his and hers facilities with a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and a salt water whirlpool. The highlytrained team of spa professionals offer a wide array of signature experiences using signature spa products to help you relax and drift away in paradise. The Balinese-inspired Spa also launched signature treatments including specialty journeys to immerse guests in an authentic Indonesian experience. Drawing inspiration from the Balinese design of Aarna Spa, to provide an immersive wellness experience, the new treatments offer a relaxing escape with body rituals, skin nourishments, and Aarna Signature Journeys.
New treatment highlights include: The Ocean Devotion, dedicated to the ocean, this healing massage experience combines heated Himalayan salt stones and Balinese massage techniques to the sound of ocean waves and finishes with a gentle exfoliation. Additionally, the Balinese Massage, an experience where wellness seekers can enjoy Balinese massage techniques, includes acupressure, skin rolling, and gentle percussion combination that is intended for loosening fascial restrictions stimulating the lymphatic system and increasing the bodyâ€™s blood flow while providing relaxation. Another Balineseinspired treatment is the signature Aarna Journey. In the Balinese culture Aarna symbolizes the Oceanâ€™s Goddess. True to its namesake, this signature duet treatment envelops guests in luxury reserved for royalty. Designed to soothe the body with an herbal soak, ease muscle tension with customized massage, and rehydrate skin with a signature facial, this 130-minute treatment is as unique as Aarna herself. With a calming oceanic vibe and perfectly situated steps from the ocean sand, Aarna Spa is a boutique spa retreat perfect for any world traveler or urbanite seeking an relaxing escape.
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The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
ituated on the high summit of the Resort’s motu, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is where the forces of energy and relaxation meet in harmony - where the surging, raw power of the ocean meets the lagoon’s tranquility, capturing the unique balance that defines Bora Bora. With its soaring 22-metre (72-foot) ceiling, the Spa provides a depth of view in all directions, surrounded by native trees and the fragrance of the kahaia blossom. To the east the vast Pacific tide breaks upon the reef, each wave revealing a different color as it reflects the tropical sun: shades of azure, ultramarine, cobalt. To the west lies the sheltered, verdant serenity of the lagoon. Raised walkways, suspended above a plantation of pandanus trees, lead to the Spa’s seven airconditioned treatment rooms. The spacious Kahaia Spa Suite, with glass floor suspended above the lagoon’s pristine waters is the ultimate experience for guests, providing absolute privacy for a couple, over the tranquil lagoon. Guests can also combine their chosen treatment with the natural healing energy of Bora Bora’s climate in one of two open-air treatment pavilions, nestled deep within the tropical grove. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with an herbal infusion and scented cooling towel. In preparation for their treatment, guests are guided to the water experiences, where they relax in the vitality pool, steam room and sensory shower. A short time in the relaxation room is the final step in preparation, ensuring the mind and body are at ease and ready for therapy.
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The South Pacific has a rich history, called taurumi, of passing down the art of healing massage and therapeutic treatments from generation to generation. It also offers a veritable trove of natural therapies, extracted from native fruits, herbs and other elements that harness the islandsâ€™ energy and flourish in its midst. Monoi oil, produced by combining native tiare flowers with the natural oil of local coconut, has been used for skin care by generations of Polynesians, a people known for their youthful appearance. Black pearl powder, or parau, is used in skin treatment for its exfoliating and revitalizing attributes. The islandsâ€™ native vanilla has long been known to traditional medicine for its ability to deepen breathing, as well as for its energizing and aphrodisiac qualities. Volcanic basalt forms the foundation of hot stone treatments, sea salt the key element of exfoliating scrubs, and seaweed the basis of full-body wrap treatments.
The Spaâ€™s signature twohour treatment is the Kahaia Haven Ritual, ideal for sharing with a loved one in an overwater Spa Suite. A skin-smoothing body treatment begins with cleansing using naturally exfoliating apricot kernel and aloe, intertwined with legendary Tahitian black pearl powder and native fragrant vanilla. Once the skin is prepared, an exquisite volcanic hot stone massage follows. Designed to maintain equilibrium and inner harmony, this ancient therapy, known as ofai in the South Pacific, grounds and centers the mind and body, ensuring physical and emotional balance. This two-hour ritual concludes with a holistic and destressing express facial, rich in antioxidants and plant extracts, ensuring the skin is hydrated, nourished and renewed. ELEVATEDLUXURYLIFE.COM
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The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Guests can choose from 14 different massages, including stone therapy, couple's, deep tissue and reflexology, or indulge in the wide range of body treatments from body wraps and scrubs to soothing baths. Guests choose from a selection of new custom blended oils from Santa Barbara-based The Grapeseed Company for their massage experience. Choices include: Majestic Montecito – a light floral blend inspired by the Montecito flora, which includes notes of lotus, hibiscus, rose and neroli; Herbal Lavender – a blend of lavender and fresh cut herbs, including rosemary, spearmint, and peppermint; and Coastal Citrus – a refreshing blend of yuzu, pink grapefruit and lemon.
Renowned as one of California’s most luxurious wellness enclaves, The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara overlooks the majestic Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Designed by Peter Marino, The Spa showcases sophisticated contemporary décor with traditional Spanish colonial architecture, creating a uniquely fresh and classic environment. Set between the Rose Garden and the Resort’s Jungle Pool, The Spa comprises 12,000 square feet, including 11 personalized treatment rooms, an upper level relaxation space, expansive locker rooms with sauna and steam room. Treatment rooms include the ocean view Palm Suite for manicure and pedicure services, two private rooms dedicated to signature facial treatments, and three ocean view Spa Suites, including a luxurious VIP Suite for couples with its own oceanfront private terrace. All Spa Suites offer sensorial steam showers with hydrotherapy and in-room bubbly soaking tubs.
Skin treatments restore natural radiance and maintain a youthful complexion with advanced facial treatments, including the new KYPRIS Rose Quartz Facial. Featuring sustainable sourced, wild crafted and environmentally conscious KYPRIS products, the Rose Quartz Facial is a beauty ritual customizable for all skin types. Guests will recover skin over-exposed to the power of nature’s elements with KYPRIS’s skin alchemy of botanicals blended with green biotechnology to cleanse, decongest, refine and oxygenate. Massage movements inspired by gentle rain and the ocean’s soft, rolling waves coupled with rose quartz gemstones therapy throughout the treatment revitalize spirit and skin alike. José Eber Santa Barbara offers a wide range of luxurious hair styling, coloring and make-up services in a serene and glamorous setting, while a variety of nail treatments from SpaRitual, a luxurious, eco-conscious brand
offering vegan and paraben-free products for hands, feet and nails is also available. Guests may also enjoy the comfort and convenience of a customized moor mud masque, an aromapothecary sugar scrub or other treatments in the privacy of their room. Before and after treatments, guests can stroll or sit in the spa garden amid roses and flowering sage overlooking the ocean. Brewed teas and fresh juices are served by peacefully accommodating attendants, allowing guests to soak in the peaceful environment and stunning scenery. Guests can also enjoy Vitajuwel Wellness Water, now being offered in the lounge. This water is vitalized by using a well-balanced composition of amethyst, rose quartz and clear quartz. Crystal experts claim that amethyst strengthens awareness and rose quartz fosters tranquility, while offering a smooth and mild taste. www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara
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Luxury custom home developer, Vegas Valley Views, has begun construction on new housing development, Bella Vista Estatesâ€”a private community of 25 individually gated homes on spacious lots. The high-end community will be nestled in the hills of Henderson with panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding mountains just south of W. Horizon Ridge Parkway at Pancho Via Drive between S. Stephanie Street and S. Gibson Road. Designed with striking modern desert architecture to complement the stunning landscape, the homes at Bella Vista Estates will be constructed with premium materials and superior craftsmanship by Vegas Valley Views. Once completed, the homes will be fully equipped with state-of-theart smart technology features and advanced security options.
Bella Vista Estates home owners will have dozens of high-end features to customize their home, including porte cochere entrances, home theaters, sports and game rooms, private massage and meditation rooms, custom skylights, smart technology, and more. Landscape specialists will work with homeowners to customize outdoor spaces with individually designed pools, spas, wet decks, lounging decks, outside dining areas, fire pits, outdoor kitchens with barbecue pits, and other outdoor features.
Surrounded by an extensive network of trails for walking and biking, Bella Vista Estates is just minutes from exceptional dining and shopping, including the many restaurants and retailers at The District at Green Valley Ranch. Additionally, residents will be able to experience premier workout and wellness services at nearby fitness center, Life Time Athletic. The homes start at 4,000 square feet, with pricing starting at $275 per square foot.
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pressed juices. Just as no two sunsets experienced along 1.25 miles of pristine Las Rosadas shoreline are the same, neither are Flavio’s unique creations. Evenings at Bar Mono on Playa Las Rosadas are not complete without a bonfire. It captures the essence of our inner selves. Some dance around it while others are hypnotized by its flames. Most importantly, it brings everyone together after a day of brilliant experiences at Las Rosadas.
alisco, Mexico is blessed with a bounty of natural resources from the deep blue Pacific to the blue agave of the Tequila region. Throughout the territory are friendly people, amazing food, open spaces, and beautiful art that comes together to create unique and personal experiences. On the Jalisco Coast, in an area called Costalegre, is Las Rosadas. General Manager, Efrén Campos and Director of Client Services Mária Campos welcome visitors to this amazing luxury residential beach community. Together, they share a wealth of knowledge intent on creating unparalleled visitor experiences. As Mária explains, “We understand that people come to the beaches at Las Rosadas to relax and we want to help them do just that while enjoying what this part of Mexico has to offer.” At Las Rosadas, a team has been assembled whose talents come together to seamlessly craft wonderful moments. “It is not always the things you see that are done for our guests,” Efrén points out. “Just look at the luminarias. Our entire staff worked on it together.” The result for a lucky few is a candlelit walk along the Playa Las Rosadas coconut grove where a statue by Sergio Hernández greets each person on their way to a magical evening at Bar Mono. “These are those rare moments for our guests that we wish to help create,” expresses Efrén. Las Rosadas is also blessed to have an amazing chef, Gloria, and wonderful mixologist, Flavio. They both take their cues from the abundance of fresh ingredients from seasonal fruits and vegetables to the seafood brought in from their shores. Gloria is able to take the simple and make it sublime, like transforming the daily catch off the Las Rosadas Super Panga into delicious grilled fish tacos. She can also dazzle guests with her creations for dining under the stars. No meal is complete without tortillas made from masa prepared fresh daily and an array of salsas, including the famous Salsa La Viuda. Her giving spirit shines through every dish. Flavio has a knack for setting the mood with his subtle tequila based elixirs that are mixed with freshly
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refined home presenting a striking balance between serenity and elegance is situated in the highly desirable Pacific Palisades neighborhood know as Rivas Canyon with direct access to Will Rogers state park, Polo Club and surrounding hiking trails. A staggering great room offers vaulted ceiling and leads to an open dining room, family room and chefâ€™s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. Fleetwood doors and windows open the black plaster exterior into refined living spaces for a seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle. 100-year-old antique barn wood floors flow handsomely throughout the home, no detail or expense was spared in creating this dream home. In addition, the main level features three beautiful en-suite bedrooms and upstairs holds two bedrooms, the luxurious master suite and a guest room that may double as an office or gym. This property presents a rare opportunity for the most discriminating buyer to own a serene home of superb quality and character.
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intimate soirees, or extravagant celebrations. The temperature controlled wine room can house an extensive inventory. The sensational Master Suite affords the ultimate in luxury. Cavernous closets house his-and-her couture, and for pampered bliss, look no further than the sublime Master Bathroom. The family wing provides three bedrooms, a media room, and a bookcase line office, or additional bedroom. Spectacular natural beauty defines the allure of the gardens. The eye can wander uninterrupted to the Pacific Ocean in this beguiling two and a half acre landscape of manicured lawns punctuated by vivid flowerbeds. Expansive natural stone patios surround the inviting infinity-edge pool. A fitness facility, garages, three-bedroom staff cottage, and one-bedroom guest cottage complete the estate, for a total of 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
erfectly positioned between the mountains and the sea, this remarkable estate captures the stunning grandeur of a fabled stretch of the California coast. Surrounded by Montecitoâ€™s most glorious mansions, and set amid magnificent gardens, it flawlessly integrates the ultimate in luxury living with extraordinary elegance, warmth and timeless grace. Equally ideal for hosting small intimate get-togethers as for black-tie affairs, this is a masterful blend of stately home and comfortable retreat. For old world charm and state-of-the-art modern convenience, the kitchen is a contemporary take on the grand estate kitchens of Europe. Venetian plaster walls and opulent appointments in the formal dining room are equally appropriate for small
rom distinctive enclaves to custom built homes, Cordillera offers a multitude of living options in true Colorado lifestyle on over 7,000 acres, with 4 golf courses in 5 unique gated neighborhoods on the west end of Edwards. Four of the neighborhoods are on the mountain side including The Divide, The Ranch, The Summit and The Territories. The Valley Club is on the northwest side of Edwards with its own golf course and clubhouse. There are a mix of enclave homes and gorgeous single family homes with settings anywhere from a high desert feel to a mountain retreat. Cordillera is a private mountain community in Colorado, a place for beautiful mountain resorts and mountain view homes. Conveniently located and reachable by both Denver & Eagle/Vail airport, this oneof-a-kind mountain community extends through thousands of acres of open space, native pine and aspen forests, sprawling meadows and crystal mountain streams. Cordillera is home to herds of elk and deer that browse through fields of mountain sage and wildflowers... its ponds and rivers teem with native trout...and its sky with soaring eagles. Cordillera's pristine natural beauty is what brought you to Colorado...but you will stay for much, much more.
The location of the community itself is perfect for those who enjoy the feeling of getting 'away from it all' in a private mountain retreat, yet Cordillera is surprisingly accessible. The shops, restaurants, post office, banks, theater, and other businesses in Edwards, as well as the Interstate 70 interchange, are all within a few minutes of the entrance to Cordillera. If this type of mountain lifestyle appeals to you, then look no further. 21 Pommel is arguably the best single family home value currently being offered. This easy-living home is perfect for entertaining and has stunning views. A huge deck for everyone to gather around the fire-pit is off of the open concept main floor large kitchen, dining, and living rooms. There is a main level master in addition to two junior master suites for guests or family to relax. Sit back and lounge in the coffered ceiling family room with bar or soak in the hot-tub to watch sunsets and have your muscles recover from a day on the slopes or hiking. If you are looking for a home not too large or too small for under $1,400,000, this is a must see. Fully furnished and ready for your enjoyment!
SILO RIDGE FIELD CLUB
“No shirt, no shoes, no problem!” Just an hour-and-a-half north of Manhattan in Amenia, NY, sits Discovery Land Company’s latest venture, Silo Ridge Field Club, a private residential club slated to offer 245 luxury residences. With its own distinct architectural style and high levels of service, there is nothing else like this Billionaire’s Playground hidden in the Hudson Valley. Taking world-class luxury amenities to new heights, player perks like golﬁng barefoot come to life on Silo’s premier course exquisitely designed by Tom Fazio offering dramatic views, challenging terrain and lush landscaping. Once on the course, members can enjoy Discovery’s signature comfort stations fully stocked with snacks and spirits catering to even the pickiest of appetites, and while the entire course has earned rave reviews, holes 12-14 have been dubbed the "Amen Corner." After a day hitting the links, members can switch focus to a range of other Outdoor Pursuits – equestrian, shooting and ﬁshing to name a few. Surrounded by valley’s natural scenery – and handily located adjacent to the Wassaic train station and the town of Millbrook – the newest 1,200-acre residential resort is the ultimate in convenience, comfort and community for city-dwellers in search of a unique, “country gentleman" lifestyle.
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The 19-acre Split-CRanch embodies the ultimate western dream and uniquely brings the past, the present and the future together for generations to come. This timeless, private sanctuary and meticulously crafted log lodge & guest house were recently completed on a 10-acre parcel of Jackson history, and the adjoining 9-acre parcel, prime for development, is one-of-a-kind. The pristine and protected site is surrounded by views of the Teton Mountain Range and forestland, home to the native wildlife that traverses the property on a year round basis. It features a spring-fed pond with native trout, two fresh water creeks, fenced and open pastures, plus horse and wildlife friendly driveways. A feeling of warmth and intimacy is captured within all its spaciousness where natural beauty, native wildlife and modern day conveniences seamlessly blend. Conservation has kept Split-C-Ranch and its surrounds pristine: the view will never change, nor with the ethos that pervades the property. Wildlife will always outnumber the people in this neck of the woods, and riding will remain the dominant form of transportation. The spirit of the West is alive and well at Split-C-Ranch. Once part of the historic Moulton ranch, Split-CRanch channels the ranching lifestyle the Moultons pioneered in the valley. Log beams invite hitching up horses, gracious porches encourage kicking off boots and the nearby mountains beckon for exploration. www.splitcranch.com
STARWOOD AERIE n philosopher Albert Schweizer’s one and only visit to America in 1949, he visited Aspen. His only complaint: “Aspen is built too close to heaven.” Here’s your chance to indulge in that observation. Located in Aspen's original and only gated community, the Starwood Aerie is the ultimate mountain retreat for those seeking privacy and remoteness without being too far off of the beaten path. Located only five miles northwest of downtown Aspen, Starwood is thought to be the Roaring Fork Valley's most exclusive neighborhood. With its unique setting and majestic views it is no wonder that legendary John Denver called Starwood his “sweet Rocky Mountain paradise.” Wake up to the legacy that is Starwood, every day, every season, and bask under the starriest of night skies. This 6,700+ square foot home perches on nearly 4 acres on a spectacular high mountain plateau .of luxury Colorado ranch land. Breathtaking views span all four of Aspen/Snowmass’s ski areas and beyond. Artful architecture with unexpected angles bestows boldness throughout the home. Here you will find the peacefulness of privacy and the luxury of space yet be mere minutes from the excitement that is Aspen. With 5 bedrooms en suite, a home gym with large steam room, expansive decks, multiple seating and dining areas, and numerous custom features, this home was designed with fine living and entertaining in mind. The Starwood neighborhood offers tennis courts, miles of hiking, mountain biking, and cross country ski trails, as well as full time, on-site security and maintenance. Experience the magic of Starwood just once and you may never leave.
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aribbean chic with refined finishing, Gansevoort Villa 5107 represents the merger of the sophisticated Gansevoort Turks + Caicos with the privacy of an oceanfront villa.
The Villa is offered pre-construction allowing purchasers to include their own personal touch or to expand the Villa to a 5 bedroom property. Signature architecture by internationally renowned design firm Coast Architects is best defined by an immaculate, locally cut, Caicos stone wall and is matched only by the layers of blue and turquoise from the infinity edged pool, the ocean and clear sky. As designed this open concept fourbedroom residence spans 8,260 square feet, with 5,215 square feet under roof and 3,655 internal square feet. Residents are welcomed by a private courtyard with covered lounge and pool before entering the villaâ€™s floor to ceiling sliding glass doors which open the villa from the courtyard through the living room and provide unobstructed views of the Caicos Banks. The oceanfront infinity edge pool guides residents to a sunken fire pit and lounge, out over the cliff edge and down to an above water sun deck. The residence
will be equipped with high-end audio and video equipment, including Apple TV and Sonos Stereo throughout the residence and outdoor living space. Coupled with the villa communityâ€™s onsite gym, reception and access to private catering, nothing has been omitted from the planning of this immaculate residence. Embracing the luxury lifestyle which is at the heart of the Gansevoort brand, the villa will form part of the Gansevoort rental management program and have access to all facilities at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos Hotel on Grace Bay. A short ''on-demand'' shuttle from the villa to the hotel provides the villa owner and guests access to Stelle and Zest Restaurants, the award-winning Exhale Spa and Wellness Center as well as all of the beach services and equipment. The immaculate level of detail to which the development team have designed the villa in symbiosis with the benefits and associated income of an established and successful management partner overseeing the rental management program ensures that the villa represents an incredible investment for those persons seeking to maintain a property in the Turks and Caicos. www.theagencyre.com/agent/ian-hurdle
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estled in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Buffalo Collection is a destination not to be missed. Like the neighborhood it inhabits, the stunning gallery space expertly blends modern luxury with Old World charm. Surrounded by specialty shops and bistros, the showroom is the true essence of luxury, featuring museum quality fine art and impressive high-end furniture. When you first
enter the sunlit space, your eyes are immediately drawn to the walls, where iconic, dramatic Western images are captured in vivid detail. Beneath these paintings, custom tables are decorated with one-ofa-kind masterpieces such as extraordinary bronze sculptures, adorned gourds and blown glass objects. Each work of art is handcrafted by talented Western artisans.
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Not to be outdone, the furniture on the showroom floor is as beautiful as the art surrounding it. Buffalo Collection brings you an extensive line of comfortable, luxury sofas and chairs, created from exquisite American Buffalo leather which are custom made to order for each client. Bison leather is truly unparalleled in its luxurious, strong & supple texture. Clients can choose from more than 30 different colors and select intricate detailing such as hand braiding, nail head, fringed or woven accents. Classic, timeless furnishings made in America, built heirloom quality utilizing strong hardwood frames, hand-tied springs, complete with down-topped cushions. Experience extreme comfort with casual elegance. Available in
classic and contemporary designs, these handsome pieces fit perfectly on a ranch or in a downtown loft. In addition to original artwork and custom furniture, the gallery displays home furnishings which include fabulous pillows, unique tables, magnificent lighting, exceptional antiques & accessories, that work perfectly for mountain rustic to urban contemporary homes. Owners, Michael and Laura Levenberg have always been inspired by the American West and celebrate its spirit within their collection. "Growing up in the Midwest in an avid skiing family, I fell in love with the West on my first ski trip to Aspen, â€œsays Laura. â€œLoving the
Owners, Michael and Laura Levenberg have always been inspired by the American West and celebrate its spirit within their collection.
open-minded environment, wide open spaces, the colors & warmth Today, Laura & Michael keep the collection fresh by traveling of the West, our business exudes all of this. I am thrilled that our across the West each summer to meet with prospective artists and collection has its roots deriving from the classic American symbol.” to hand-select extraordinary pieces for the upcoming season. They Like the eye-catching art and distinguished furniture they have expanded their Buffalo leather furniture line to include a variety showcase, the Levenbergs are committed to honoring Buffalo of design aesthetics, offering everything from the traditional Ranch Collections’ past while bringing it forward into the future. Club style collection to the mid-century modern style Colorado Buffalo Collection originated on a Bison Ranch in Western collection & much more. Colorado in the early 1990’s. It was founded by a botanist who was Owner Michael Levenberg talks about the process of choosing a intent on restoring a native Buffalo range and new artist for their showroom. developed a local meat business in the process. “First, do we like them personally as an As the business grew, guest lodges were individual & feel we could work well together. I am thrilled that our established on the ranch, which were outfitted Then, do we feel that the merit of their work collection has its in outstanding Buffalo leather furniture. The is of the highest quality and finally, that their roots deriving from ranch hosted a plethora of visitors including work would be a good fit for the gallery?” wedding parties, corporate gatherings, fly Whether they’re introducing new the classic American fishermen, river rafters, hunters, & cowboys. generations to traditional Western artists, like symbol. Guests were intrigued by & interested in Robert Rivera and Dan Deuter, or creating having this impressive furniture in their own sleek modern furniture with classic materials homes & ranches, hence Buffalo Collection and handcrafted details, the Levenbergs strive was born. to create a collection that bridges the timeline from an older, simpler In 2011, the Levenbergs relocated the heart of the business way of life to today's contemporary, more sophisticated lifestyles. from Colorado to sunny Scottsdale and opened their remarkable Their incredible gallery in Old Town Scottsdale provides the perfect flagship store. In 2016, they expanded their boutique showroom to space for the two worlds to meet. approximately 3600 feet.
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How an ambitious Brit became a Real Estate mogul in Turks and Caicos, and how he perservered through extreme disaster and devastation By Whitney Hubbell
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an Hurdle traded the grey and rainy skies of England for the hot sun and turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos; not as a beach bum, but as an authoritative force in the Real Estate market. His unique entrepreneurial journey proved effective, and triumphed even through the recession, due to his innate business acumen and unwavering ambition. Growing up, Ian watched his father become one of the most successful building contractors in the South of England; he semiretired at a young age but craved new challenges and adventure and so came about the notion to conquering the Caribbean as the next phase of his career. Ian recalls, “Being nineteen years of age and at that point, having a six pack and some blonde hair, I felt like it would be a great ticket to come along for the ride!” They moved to The Grand Caymen in 1993, and together, they spent five years building and flipping spec homes, which would be Ian’s first insight into the intricacies of the Real Estate industry. All the while, the father-and-son duo couldn’t ignore whispers about the island of Providenciales (the main island of Turks & Caicos) being the next golden nugget of the Caribbean. Intrigued, they went on a recon mission in 1998 and immediately fell in love with the island. Additionally, they recognized how underdeveloped it was, especially in comparison to The Caymens. Captivated by the untapped market, they began building spec homes on Turks and Caicos, “But like any good father and son story, we had spent too much time together, and it was time for me to branch out on my own.” Ian started his own landscaping company and worked exclusively as a landscape contractor.
When the recession hit, businesses all over the island suffered immensely. Ever the entrepreneur, Ian realized the need to diversify and identified a void in the property management market. There were plenty of absentee home owners looking for a reliable individual to look after their expansive estates, and Ian fit the bill. By 2013, the market picked back up and tourism increased suddenly and significantly. Ambitious Ian astutely switched focus to capitalize on vacation rentals. “At that point, I learned that Real Estate agents were, effectively, using me as a resource. I had a cash flow of people coming into villas each week and I was referring them out to other agents… and not getting anything for it. So I decided to take my [real estate] license and the rest is history, as they say.”
He spent four years at Christies International Real Estate; and consistent with his inherent entrepreneurial spirit, intended to eventually branch off and start his own brokerage. Ian had innovative ideas to capture the international market, techniques and marketing tactics that were highly unpracticed and underutilized on the tiny island. At that point, local realtors would simply publish their listing in a magazine in hopes that it would catch a tourist’s wandering eye. “There was no thought process to international buyers or how to reach the international audience. Social media and digital media were foreign words to the real estate association at that point.” He began headhunting Douglas Elliman and spent a full year traveling back and forth to the US in talks that ended
“We had a handshake literally two minutes later on a deal, and with that, I was put in a car and sent back to the airport.” After a long flight, a long day, and just a ten minute meeting, a plan was set forth and they broke ground
“She came back and planned The Agency launch event. Fifteen days later, she became very, very ill. By the end of November she slipped into a coma, and passed away late December. So obviously in taking on the biggest opportunity of my career, and immediately being faced with this personal tragedy and the pressure that put on my wife and our other two children, and put on me… I think all of us have shown incredible strength — to not only to get through, but to produce with The Agency. And basically getting through that experience to the point where it still hurts, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel, you eventually start to find your feet and move forward with life.” Ian showed immense emotional strength to endure such a terrible tragedy, only to be faced with another kind of disaster. August of that same year, Turks and Caicos was hit with the biggest storm in recorded history. “The roof was ripped off our house, then another mega storm hit just a week
Again, Ian perservered, and recognizes the amazing feat. “To be in this position, where we are already considered strong competition to Sotheby’s, who are a long established and dominant force in the real estate market on the island — its very emotional and very pleasing.” He has proven to be an exemplary entrepreneur, “I don’t just say something, I literally go out and get it, and make it happen. And then once we get it, then we worry about how we’re going to do it!” And he is very satisfied by how things worked out with The Agency and describes the working culture very different from other cut-throat, dollarorientated real estate associations. “It’s been a mind-blowing experience — they’re all so down to earth and very family orientated. Everything is about working together and revolves around collaboration. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” Ian’s astounding ability to overcome is truly remarkable. Due to his innate business savvy and unfaltering strength, he was able to navigate through the murkiest water and darkest skies to ultimately find joy and peace in paradise.
“They asked me why I thought The Agency would be a good fit for Turks & Caicos and after about five minutes of waffling on, much like I’m waffling on with you now, Billy Rose basically tells me to shut the fuck up, skip the foreplay, and let’s get to the sex.” Although Ian has lived in the Caribbean his entire adult life, he still clearly exudes British wit and charm, but even more so, emanates intelligence and sagacity.
Just as Ian scored a huge triumph with The Agency, he was subjected to an unexpected and devastating tragedy, a pain no parent should ever endure. In October, his twenty-two year old daughter returned to the island from college to begin her career as an event planner.
later, which took what was already destroyed, and destroyed it some more. Being a small island, you have 3-6 months of patching the house until the insurance kicks in. On top of that, we were left with very limited resources to work — no internet, no phone, power in and out, and water issues. I can’t even being to explain over 18 months, just how challenging a journey it’s been.”
Steadfast and determined to succeed, Hurdle took the suggestion of friend and associate Jud Bardwell, to begin communicating with Santiago Arana, partner at The Agency headquartered in Los Angeles (basically other side of the world from Turks and Caicos). However, Hurdle was dissatisfied with just a phone call and requested a meeting with all of The Agency partners. The English entrepreneur, who had never even been to LA before, took a long plane ride, sat in two hours of traffic, and finally arrived at The Agency’s Beverly Hills office.
as The Agency Turks and Caicos just two months later. He recounts that monumental day, “I don’t even really remember what I said in that five minutes, but it obviously impressed them.”
inconclusively. “Douglas Elliman, although a great, contemporary brand and doing huge business on the East coast… once they come outside of the US, they are not so structured. It splintered into Knight Frank and it splintered into Savills; there was no cohesive brand to achieve what I wanted.”
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