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L E F A I R FALL 2016

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14 CONTRIBUTORS 16 EDITOR’S LETTER 54 LYRICS WE LOVE Charles Hamilton - New York Raining ft. Rita Ora 56 GET THE LOOK Black, White & Red All Over 66 GET THE FEEL Top 9 Luxurious Retreats 109 LINKS WE LOVE Bill Cunningham - Words of Wisdom 132 RAD APPS Time to Travel Going on a trip? We’ve selected the best travel apps to help you navigate your next trip with ease. 136 BEHIND THE SCENES Watch #BTS footage from our fashion stories.

FASHION 18 MODERN MIX Glowing skin combine with textured bangs and stripes of shadow. 32 VIVA CUBA Rocky takes the streets of Cuba, matching her mood and wardrobe with colorful Cuba. 58 LOVE QUEST Fall in love with bright hues, oversized shades and flowing skirts. 84 URBAN EDGE This season is about sleek silhouettes of black and white with a touch of gold. 110 THE ARRANGEMENT Unleash your inner edge with dance-inspired styles. 122 MOROCCAN MUSE Magical Morocco, our style destination, sets the tone for this exotic editorial with traditional prints of Morocco, jewel tones, and luxurious silks.

ON THE COVER

ARTICLES + INTERVIEWS

Photographer Nick Onken Model Rocky Barnes Wardrobe Stylist Erica Sanae Hair & Makeup Artist Suzie Kim

26 COVER STORY — Rock the World Influencer and style blogger Rocky Barnes speaks from the heart as she shares her story. 46 NICK ONKEN Get to know photographer, artist, writer, and popular podcast host Nick Onken as we take look into his life. 80 SHOW US A LITTLE SWING Swedish musicians AronChupa and Little Sis Nora explain how they came to fame and what it’s like working together as siblings.

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92 CUBA TRAVEL GUIDE It’s happening people! Our travel guide will give you tips on traveling to Cuba the right way and how to get the most out of your trip once you’re there. 104 I WORK FOR BILL John Kurdewan, Bill Cunningham’s former assistant, relives memories of working with the original fashion blogger and street style photographer.

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CONTRIBUTORS

L E F A I R FALL 2016

TRACY KAHN Editor in Chief & Creative Director @tracykahn

LUIS ALONSO MARTINEZ Photographer @luisalonsomartinez

STEVEN MASON Hair Artist @stevenmasonlife

BEN SHANI Videographer @benshaniphotos

RILEY YAHR Art Director @rileyyahr

MICHELE LAURITA Photographer @michelelaurita

WILL CARRILLO Hair Artist @willcarrillo

PHILIPE ALEXANDER Videographer @philipealxndr

MADELINE ROSENE Fashion Editor & Writer, NYC @madelinerosene

KAT HARRIS Photographer @thekatharris

JUANITA LYON Hair Artist @juanitalyon

FORD MODELS Model Agency @fordmodels

LYNN MOORE Brand Developer @lighttakesthetree

ETHAN SIGMON Photographer @emsigmon

SIENREE Hair Artist @sienree

NO TIES MANAGEMENT Model Agency @notiesmgmt

HAYLEY KIRKSEY Assistant Editor @haykirksey

ALEXANDER WESSELY Photographer @alexander_wessely

ELIZABETH ULLOA Makeup Artist @elizabethulloamakeup

KACIE GILE Assistant Editor @kcgile

JEANNINE BRADEN Wardrobe Stylist @jeanninebradenla

MARIA NGUYEN Makeup Artist

HOLLYWOOD MODEL MANAGEMENT Model Agency @hollywoodmodelmanagement

KATE MISHCHENKO Executive Assistant @kate_milo

YAEL GITAI Wardrobe Stylist @yaelgitai

NICK ONKEN Photographer @nickonken

ERICA SANAE Wardrobe Stylist @erica_sanae

TRACY KAHN Photographer @tracykahn

RUDY ROCHA Wardrobe Stylist @rudyrocha1

NATE JENSEN Photographer @inn8creative

GABRIELA TENA Wardrobe Stylist @gypsealemonade

CHRIS HUNT Photographer @chrishuntphoto

CHIQUI PEÑA Wardrobe Stylist & Hair Artist @chiquipe

LENKA ULRICHOVA Photographer @lenkaulrichovaphoto

SUZIE KIM Hair & Makeup Artist @suziekmakeup

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NOEL NICHOLS Makeup Artist @noelnicholsmua LEIBI CARIAS Makeup Artist @leibi_carias PATRICIA SANCHEZ Makeup Artist @patrisanchezmakeup DENISE BOURNE Manicurist @denisebourne22 JENNY HEYSIDE Writer @theblondera DAVID MADISON Videographer @honest__eye

NEXT MANAGEMENT Model Agency @nextmodels ELITE MODEL MANAGEMENT Model Agency @elitemodella SIGHT MANAGEMENT STUDIO Model Agency @sightmanagement DLMLA @dlm_beauty CELESTINE AGENCY @celestineagency EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS MANAGEMENT @xclusiveartists THE REX AGENCY @therexagency


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ROCKY BARNES Model @rocky_barnes 846k followers

KRISTINA SHEITER Model @kristinasheiter 54.3k followers

NICK ONKEN Photographer @nickonken 55.1k followers

TANYA K Model @limur_t 14.1k followers

MICKY KURZ Dancer @mynameismicky 5,690 followers

DAVID RATCLIFFE Dancer @davidratcliffe_ 24.6k followers

NICOL WITTE Model @nicole_witte 1,985 followers

ANNA TUNHAV Model @annatunhav 3,823 followers

ARON EKBERG DJ @aronchupa 38.2k followers

NORA EKBERG Singer @littlesisnora 20.3k followers

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Create. Connect. Inspire.

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“ L if e is e it h e r a da r in g a d v e n t u r e or n ot h in g a t a ll.” HELEN KELLER

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’m visiting New York for fashion week and writing this as I sit at my favorite restaurant in the West Village, Suprema, a cozy but energetic restaurant that plays jazz and serves the best damn seafood brodetto. I like working in public when possible because I love the human inspiration that swirls around the room. I had a hunch, so I hit the streets of New York to ask total strangers two questions. What’s important to you in life, and if you had all the money and time in the world, what would you do? (#lifegoals) Yep, I was right — family and love. No surprise there. But besides some fun answers like start a charity, learn to sing, have a trampoline in my back yard, and study philosophy, most people answered with one word. Travel. I asked one man, Richey… what is more important to you, travel or fashion? And he said, I would NEVER travel without fashion! I love that! I’m excited to share with you our fall issue of LEFAIR which is the first with our new focus on travel. And of course fashion, because we would never travel without fashion! “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” - Oprah Winfrey We’re excited and honored to feature model, world traveler and fashion blogger Rocky Barnes grace our cover as well as an inspiring interview and beautiful fashion story shot in Cuba by photographer, Nick Onken. Madeline Rosene also sat down with Nick in NYC to get an inside look into what inspires him and his interview process with celebrities such as Usher and Stacy London for his podcast.

Madeline Rosene. Madeline is the driving force behind so many of our exciting stories, interviews and articles, and when she’s not making beautiful things happen for LEFAIR, she’s making music, which is her everlasting love. As I sit here at a table in Manhattan surrounded by the buzz of traffic and fashion, I’m grateful for all of the talented artists, beautiful models and amazing musicians who have contributed to the pages of LEFAIR. Collaboration with artists is very fulfilling when you take something from vision to fruition. Now with our new focus on fashion meets travel, these collaborations are going to be even more of an adventure, literally. If you’re reading this, we’re on this journey together. Share your travel experiences on Instagram with the world and with us. Tag your trip and fashion pics with #lefairmag. When you’re sitting in your new Moeva swimsuit on the sandy beaches of Cuba, or anywhere else, make sure to bring along your mobile device, and start planning your next adventure, and shopping for your travel wardrobe with the next issue of LEFAIR Magazine. We hope you enjoy your exploration through these pages of LEFAIR Magazine, because, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” - Helen Keller With Gratitude,

TRACY KAHN Editor in Chief & Creative Director

Time to go to Cuba! Writer, Jenny Heyside, takes you on a journey through the pages of LEFAIR to share some interesting and fun travel tips on the who, what and where of Cuba!

My favorite part being of being at the helm of LEFAIR is sharing the works and stories of talented artists and interesting people with our readers. So much of this is made possible because of the super powers, connections and ideas pouring from our fashion editor extraordinaire,

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If you’re looking to chill and recharge, retreat yourself to a sweet spa day. Check into the 9 wellness resorts that are featured in Get the Feel Thanks to our gifted art director, Riley Yahr, for putting her beautiful design style into this story and every single page of LEFAIR Magazine.

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Rock the World

Photographer Nick Onken @nickonken Model Rocky Barnes @rocky_barnes Writer Madeline Rosene @madelinerosene Wardrobe Stylist Erica Sanae @erica_sanae Creative Director Tracy Kahn @tracykahn Hair & Makeup Artist Suzie Kim @suziekmakeup Videographer Ben Shani @benshaniproductions Assistant David Madison @honest__eye

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’ll have the Rosé,” said fashion model, blogger, and California beach girl, Rocky Barnes. We sat on an off-white couch in the lobby of The Edition New York Hotel. “You have to get the last bit in before it gets cold. I feel like Labor Day really marks the end of summer in New York but in LA, summer’s just getting good. All the tourists go home and it’s warmer.” She is wearing a vibrant All Things Mochi dress, a simple Amber Sceats necklace and Jeffrey Campbell black sandal pumps. “They’re Velcro. See?” She then held up her wrist to reveal a Cynthia Rowley flask bracelet. She unscrewed the top to show me the hollowed inside. “It’s aluminum so you can actually put booze in it. Happy fashion week!”

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MR: So you and photographer Nick Onken have known each other for a while? RB: I’ve known Nick for about as long as I’ve been modeling. It all started with a State Farm commercial, my first commercial.

MR: Do you visit New York City often? RB: I’m here once in awhile. This is only my second New York Fashion Week ever. Swim week, on the other hand, is the craziest thing ever. I get there, and I know everyone. I have a great lineup for this week though. I have a Vogue dinner on Saturday and then a Jimmy Choo/Net-a-Porter dinner. I may wear something from Ulla Johnson. It’s so my style and I really love it. I recently requested these mustard yellow overall pants. They’re so cute. My boyfriend is from New York and he works in finance. He moved to LA in January and he loves it but he’s a New Yorker at heart. Every time he meets someone from New York living in LA, he’s like, “Did it take you a long time to like it here?” There are pluses and minuses to both cities. I’m not good with the cold. New York in the winter is usually not good. My boyfriend flew me out here for Christmas last year and I was so excited to have a white Christmas but it was the hottest winter in forever. No snow, but what are you going to do?

showed me the movie The Secret. I think when it first came out there was kind of a lull because people thought it was some kind of hippy dippy thing. But I think there has been a resurgence of it lately, or maybe because I have been into it recently, I just notice more that other people care about it too. I was working with this young photographer who had “LOA” tattooed on him, for Law of Attraction. He literally watches The Secret every day and we bonded over it. It’s fun and it’s very powerful. The way I interpreted it was that I never focused on what I wanted to do in life. Some people know exactly what they want and they focus on getting what they want — the outcome. And that’s great, but I always think reality and the journey can be better than your wildest dreams. When I was younger, I always wanted to work in fashion, have influence and be creative, but blogging wasn’t an option back then. It didn’t exist as a career. For me, I think my social media presence grew because of what I wanted to do, fashion and modeling. It is part of the job that I manifested even though I didn’t know it was a job. I always wanted to do fashion and modeling and it was a great way to get into blogging. It kind of came full circle.

...THAT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT TRAVELING, THE WORLD GETS SMALLER AND SMALLER IN THE BEST WAY.

MR: Did your follower count on social media increase gradually or was there an event that escalated your growth?

We were in Montauk this weekend and someone was like, “You guys are so Cali. You are the epitome of California. And I’m thinking, actually he’s the gnarliest New Yorker ever. The way he walks here is so different from the way he walks in LA. He has a confidence and a swagger when we walk around in New York City. Even though he works in finance, he’s very creative. He wants to open a dumpling shop in LA. He’s a foodie. We both are, which actually isn’t good for modeling. I’ve eaten so healthy my whole life and now I’m in this moment where I’m like, fuck it. We’ll see how that goes.

MR: Tell me about some of your philosophies on life? RB: Positivity and positive thoughts are very powerful. They’ve worked for me definitely. When I was in high school, my mom

It was very gradual. Some people attribute my growth to the Justin Bieber video I was in four years ago, but that was before Instagram was even a thing. They thought I was 17 when I showed up on the set for that video. He was 18 and I was 26. I played his girlfriend in it. He was really nice to me. I’ve had my blog for about three years now and I have seen steady growth. I’d say that I got in at the right time. There weren’t many bloggers featuring beach boho stuff at that time. I get about 1,000 followers every few days. I think gaining followers has slowed down for everyone. Last year I was getting 1,000 every day. Fortunately, people repost my photos all the time and that really helps but honestly, timing is everything. My look is timing. I’m half Asian. Being mixed is a popular look. Multi-ethnic is just of the time. Modeling ten years ago would never have happened for me because my look wasn’t popular then.

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My dad is 6’2” with blue eyes. I’m 5’7”. My mom is Filipino. She was born in California but my mom’s family is from Hawaii, fourth generation American. My grandparents are from Hawaii. I grew up going every summer. I love it there. I love the surfer beach vibe and how everything is very casual. My mom and my great uncle are also very creative people. My mom was a buyer in LA and she went to school for merchandising. My great uncle did set design in New York City. He has a Tony Award for set design. Plus, he did interior design for years, including interior design for the king and queen of Saudi Arabia. He traveled for six years just shopping on an unlimited budget. He has more creativity than most people in his little finger.

MR: What do you like about social media? RB: One of the best things about social media is that if I need a recommendation for dinner or shopping, or a place to stay, I can post a question on my social media and people are so happy to give their opinions and advice. If I get ten recommendations for the same place, I’ll go. As much as I help people travel, my followers help me more. I have followers from all over the world who have inspired me. I always read all of my comments. I find it interesting and I‘ve met a lot of people on Instagram that I’ve ended up working with. My social media experience has been very positive. Most people have been really uplifting and positive.

MR: Where are some of your favorite places to travel?

I ended up going to Cape Town and on safari in Botswana with Condé Nast. After Condé Nast saw our photos from India, they put together a marketing trip for influencers to go to Africa. So they flew a group of us, including my photographer, Grant Legan, and me, to Botswana. It was an eclectic group of people and a once in lifetime trip. We stayed at an elephant sanctuary. Honestly, the cost of doing that trip is so astronomical that it’s not realistic for the average person to do it. The camp we stayed at is at least a couple thousand a night. The flights were like $3,000 each. It took four flights to get there— LA to London, London to Johannesburg, Johannesburg to Botswana, and finally, a puddle jumper to a dirt landing strip near the camp. The cost and difficulty of getting there, the chances of going back are unlikely. It was such a rare opportunity. Coincidentally, the girl who ran the camp was from San Diego. She even grew up near me. The more you travel, the smaller the world gets. That’s one of my favorite things about traveling, the world gets smaller and smaller in the best way.

AS MUCH AS I HELP PEOPLE TRAVEL, MY FOLLOWERS HELP ME MORE. I HAVE FOLLOWERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO HAVE INSPIRED ME.

MR: What’s next for you? RB: This year I need to expand my blog. I haven’t done much writing on my blog. It’s been mostly photo editorials. I’d like to give myself more of a voice. I have a lot to say, but wording has to be so specific and the tone can make such a difference. I’d like to write more content and detail more of what I’m interested in. Right now, my blog is more of a photo diary. I want to dive into accounts of my travels and create guides for my readers like, “Where To Stay,” “The Best Beaches,” and “Good Times To Travel”. For instance, there are hundreds of temples in Bali but there are five specific temples that I’d recommend going to, stuff like that.

RB: I went to India this year. That was one of my favorite trips. Bali is also one of my favorite places. I love the culture. It’s so friendly and beautiful. It’s very entertaining because there is so much to do there. Cape Town is another amazing place. I find that Cape Town is pretty similar to San Diego, where I lived for a long time.

I love vintage clothing. I’d love to tell people how to look for vintage silver jewelry and or that perfect pair of Levis. I’d like to spend some time creating vintage guides and build a social media outlet for my niche. I have certain knowledge that I’ve acquired but haven’t had the ability to share with my followers. Putting that knowledge out there on my blog is something I’d like to dig into more.

I want to go to Tokyo and Turkey. I’m trying to make that manifest this year. Last year, my goal was to go to Africa and

Some day I’d love to make a clothing line. I’ve had a lot of offers but it hasn’t been the right match yet. ■

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NICK ONKEN

AN INTERVIEW WITH

Writer Madeline Rosene @madelinerosene

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reative junkie, Nick Onken, and I met at Soho House on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side. Soho House is an exclusive members-only club for creatives who work in fashion, film, art, and music. With entrepreneurship and creativity radiating off of this photographer, artist, writer, and popular podcast host, it’s no surprise that this is his hangout spot. We sat in the bar, abundant in velvet pillows and chairs. It was a hot day and Nick was drinking an iced tea, wearing silver chain bracelets and a loose button-down with Coco Breezy sunglasses tucked into the neck.

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I WANT TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO CREATE THEIR OWN SUCCESS. I ALWAYS SAY THAT WE LEARN WHAT WE NEED TO TEACH.

MR: The cover shoot of Rocky Barnes is gorgeous. How did you first meet Rocky?

outlet of my business. It’s business and creativity and I love it.

NO: Rocky is great. We met years ago on a photo shoot. It was her actual real first commercial shoot for State Farm. It’s one of my favorite ads— young kids hanging out on cool vintage cars in sunsets. We met and I casted her for other photo shoots. We went to Cuba and did a project together there recently. We’ve shot quite a few times together.

MR: What is your interview process like?

MR: Tell me about your career and how this podcast came to be. NO: Graphic design and branding was my first career. I moved into photography eight or nine years ago and the podcast just happened a few years ago when I realized the expansive network I had of interesting and inspiring people. The podcast was dreamt up when my friend Lewis Hawes interviewed me for his podcast probably like three years ago and I just thought it was a lot of fun. I met his producers and they made it much easier to execute. So I just had to start my own and start interviewing my network. At the core, photography is what I do and love. Photography is the primary

NO: I try to interview everyone in person because I like to create a portrait of each person. You have to create a rapport with your subject and be genuinely interested in them. I think casting is a piece of it as well. The subject must have depth and that can be determined by asking myself, what is it about this person that’s interesting and what is unique about them? From a photographic stance, I am fascinated with a person’s look, their style, and the way they dress. A lot of it is aesthetic but the flip side is that the people I interview always have something amazing going on. I conduct my interviews in different places. A lot of times people will come to my studio in Williamsburg but I like going to people’s spaces in New York City to capture them in their environment. I think it makes it more dynamic to show the environment that’s theirs and it gives context to the portrait.  I have a portable studio with microphones. I have the package condensed down so I can transport it really easily in a backpack.

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MR: Who have been some of your favorite people to interview? NO: Usher has become a friend of mine over the past few years. He’s great to interview. I think what I liked about our interview was that he didn’t want to talk about normal things or promotional things like the songs he’s making. Instead, the interview was more personal. It was about what he cares about, like his friends and family. We sat down together for an hour. It’s hard to list all of my favorite podcast episodes because there have been so many.

WHAT I REALLY CARE ABOUT IS SPOTLIGHTING MY GUESTS AND GIVING THEM A PLATFORM TO SHARE THE THINGS THAT THEY CARE ABOUT.

Amber Rae is a very talented artist and writer. I enjoy inward exploration and in the interview she talks a lot about creating art from the inside out. I interviewed Erv Braun, the father of Adam Braun, philanthropist and founder of Pencils of Promise, and Scooter Braun, music talent manager and founder of record labels and media companies, School Boy Records and RMBG. Erv escaped the Holocaust as a kid and moved to New York City. The interview with Erv is titled, How To Raise World Changing Children. Artist and author, Ella Luna, and I talked about her book, The Crossroads of Should and Must. In that interview, we focused on what you must do in life versus what everyone says you must do. It’s a really strong concept and it’s so important for artists.

Stacy London, former co-host of What Not To Wear, and author of The Truth About Style gave a really open and honest interview. She’s actually my girlfriend. We dove into people’s fears and mindsets, and what drives people’s success.

MR: How did you meet Stacy? NO: I met Stacy through a friend, television personality, producer, and filmmaker, Max Lugavere. He’s on the podcast. He talks about how what you eat affects your brain. He has become a good friend of mine. I was at Soho House one day and I ran into him. We were catching up for a minute and he said he was going to meet his friend, Stacy.  We all jammed and had a great conversation and I said to Stacy, “You need to be on my podcast. She had so many amazing things to say. We were friends for five months before we started dating. We have lot of good chemistry.

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...HE DIDN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT NORMAL THINGS OR PROMOTIONAL THINGS LIKE THE SONGS HE’S MAKING. INSTEAD, THE INTERVIEW WAS MORE PERSONAL.

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MR: What is your mission? NO: I want to inspire people to create their own success. I always say that we learn what we need to teach. I spend a lot of time learning for myself and sharing it with other people. What I really care about is spotlighting my guests and giving them a platform to share the things that they care about.

MR: What charities and organizations are you working with currently?

PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE PRIMARY OUTLET OF MY BUSINESS. IT’S BUSINESS AND CREATIVITY AND I LOVE IT.

NO: Pencils of Promise has been the charity I’ve been working with over the last 7 years. I think basic education is highly important. I Am that Girl is a new charity that I’m just starting to be interested in and work with. I recently interviewed the founder, Emily Greener. The program is about empowering young women and creating communities of young girls that teach them to interact with each other in a positive way—build each other up instead of bringing each other down. I feel strongly about women being empowered at a young age. I love seeing women being empowered and I love powerful women. I’m dating one. There are more and more powerful women but for instance, on the podcast, the majority of my guests are men. That’s why I like to find women who are making a difference. I hope to see more and more of them.

MR: Where have been some of your favorite locations to shoot?

NO: Antarctica was a pretty amazing place to shoot. I didn’t go there for a specific shoot but my friends got married there and we did some portrait stuff and landscapes. There are a lot of penguin photos from that trip. Tokyo is amazing. That’s one of my favorite places. There are a lot of places that I’ve been to once but there are only a handful that I would go back to, Tokyo is one of them. Their culture is completely first world and so different from what we know. I find it fascinating.

MR: What’s coming up for you? NO: I’m working on more paintings and murals and focusing on my own art. I’m doing a project with Pier 59 Studios for New York Fashion Week. There will be walls of stars inside with typography. All the letters will be made up of tiny stars. I’m trying to bring positive inspiration through art. I’m also developing a brand called Nion Life and the podcast will be rebranded into Nion. It’s about living life in color, creating a brand, community and products around that idea. It will be the same podcast just with new branding. Everything is moving under the umbrella of Nion. Soon we’ll be doing t-shirt collaborations with designers and different things like that. ■ For more about Nick and his podcast, visit nickonken.com

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GETthe FEEL Top 9 Luxurious Retreats Getaway from the everyday grind and nurture your body, mind and spirit at one of our favorite spa & wellness retreats. From secluded treehouses to ocean-front sanctuaries, we’ve got it covered.

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THE SPA AT TERRANEA Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Spanning 50,000 square feet, the award-winning spa, salon, wellness and fitness center at Terranea blends a tranquil Mediterranean ambiance with state-of-the-art design by the foremost experts in wellness and restorative therapy. Holistic body treatments reflect the beauty and energy of the Spa’s Pacific oceanfront setting. Resort guests and daytime visitors discover a private sanctuary with 25 treatment rooms that overlook a glistening, panoramic seascape and Catalina Island. The Spa at Terranea features an oceanfront yoga and Pilates studio, expansive fitness center (with seaside spinning where guests often catch a glimpse of a whale during their ride!), full-service salon, Spa Cafe and boutique. Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort

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LA QUINTA RESORT & SPA La Quinta, CA

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains, the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club is the longestrunning resort in the Palm Springs desert area. Spanning 45 vibrant acres, its’ verdant grounds are accentuated by beds of colorful flowers; fragrant orange, lemon, tangerine, tangelo and grapefruit trees; cypress trees and cacti; sparkling pools and picturesque courtyards, all framed by towering palms. The historic property offers a variety of distinctive accommodations including 620 guestrooms, 98 villas and 41 swimming pools. A 2014 multi-million dollar restoration has now burnished the luster of this iconic resort with a fresh, modern look in line with the property’s storied history and serene desert surroundings. La Quinta Resort & Club also boasts championship-caliber golf and tennis facilities, award-winning dining, expansive spa and fitness facilities, a variety of boutiques and shops and some of the region’s top indoor and outdoor meeting spaces.

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ESALEN INSTITUTE Big Sur, CA

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Esalen Institute, a nonprofit organization, is considered the birthplace of the human potential movement and serves as a sacred place for personal transformation on the central coast of California. Renowned for its natural hot mineral baths perched above the Pacific Ocean, Esalen offers more than 500 weekend and week-long workshops each year on topics like yoga, massage, meditation, psychology, leadership, sustainability, relationships, creativity and more, while extended work-study education programs and apprenticeships allow participants to dive deeply into a topic of interest while becoming integrated into the residential community that lives and works at Esalen. The 120 acre campus is also home to a working organic farm, a massage school, and an innovative early childhood educational program. Through these various avenues, Esalen provides unique opportunities for individuals to forge a deeper understanding of self and society in order to pioneer new paths for social change. esalen.org L E FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 6 9


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BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA Carmel Valley, CA

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Bernardus Lodge & Spa is set on 28 lush acres of vineyards, gardens and fragrant lavender in Carmel Valley, California. The 73-guestroom property is ideal for romantics seeking a needed getaway or families ready to reconnect. The Villas & Suites offer an unparalleled experience deserving of the lodge’s wine country estatestyle environment. Stunning lifestyle accommodations will transport you to a private sanctuary paired with butler services, complimentary Mercedes-Benz convertibles, alfresco rain showers and a three-to-one staff ratio focused on exceeding guests’ expectations. Enjoy a luxurious bath in a copper tub surrounded by heated marble floors, yoga with a view, or lawn bocce with a glass of Pinot in hand. Bernardus Lodge & Spa sets the tone for an authentic adventure – be it hiking Big Sur, scouting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, or swirling award-winning Pinot Noir. bernarduslodge.com 7 0 | L E FA I R MAG AZI NE


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XINALANI RETREAT Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Xinalani Retreat is an eco-resort and leading center for yoga retreats in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that brings together the best yoga facilities, beautiful eco-chic accommodations, delicious and healthy food and a supportive staff to make your dream retreat come true, all set on a wide pristine beach and a jungle of breathtaking natural beauty. Xinalani, meaning “seeds� in pre-hispanic language, creates exclusive life-enriching experiences for active conscious travelers to enjoy healthy vacations in preserved environments and awe-inspiring architecture. Xinalani facilitates retreats that open opportunities of transformation through stress-relieving disciplines, mind-blowing adventures, and utter delight of the senses. Come plant the seeds of wellness. xinalaniretreat.com

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POST RANCH INN Big Sur, CA

High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, sits Post Ranch Inn, a sanctuary for the soul. Located along California’s Highway One, known as one of the world’s most scenic drives, Post Ranch is set amongst majestic state parks, beaches and waterfalls. Recognized as one of the top luxury resorts in the country and the only hotel in Big Sur able to offer an ocean view, Post Ranch offers the ultimate destination for romance, relaxation and rejuvenation. postranchinn.com

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RETREAT YOURSELF WELL Los Angeles, CA

Retreat Yourself Well embraces the need we all have in our lives to pause. Featuring retreat hosts and the highest quality retreats that they have planned for you, Retreat Yourself Well gives you quick access to planning your next “pause”. It’s Retreat Yourself Well’s mission to invite on a retreat experience with passionate teachers that provide quality yoga teachings in some of the most ideal locations in the world. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or a studio owner, Retreat Yourself Well can help you connect with the yoga community, broaden your experience and find your next yoga adventure.

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THE PEARL LAGUNA Laguna Beach, CA

The Pearl Laguna is an intimate retreat located in Laguna Beach, California. Week-long and multi-week programs designed to harness the transformative powers of yoga and nature revitalizes guests by combining a proven cleansing diet with yoga, hiking and meditation. The Pearl Laguna is a place and a program of rejuvenation. Guests come to cleanse and to get into shape - renewing their spirit and emerging from their stay stronger and transformed. thepearllaguna.com Photographer Trina Roberts 7 6 | L E FA I R MAG AZI NE


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THE RANCH Malibu, CA

The Ranch Malibu’s 7-day, results-oriented fitness boot camp delivers sustainable results through a strict, “nooptions” philosophy based upon years of collective experience. Ongoing regime adjustments ensure the most weight and inches are lost in a safe and sustainable way. Limited to 18 guests per session, the knowledgeable staff tends to guests’ every need and is trained in all aspects of fitness and rehabilitation to support and nurture, while guiding each individual to achieve their personal program goals. Each day consists of 8 hours of activity – centered around a breathtaking and varied 4 hour group hike each morning – nap time, afternoon fitness classes and daily massages. Guests also enjoy a weekly cooking class and tour of our on-site, certified organic garden. ■

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An interview with AronChupa & Little Sis Nora Photographer Alexander Wessely @alexander_wessely Writer Madeline Rosene @madelinerosene

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rother and sister Aron Ekberg and Nora Ekberg, AKA AronChupa and Little Sis Nora, have got their home country Sweden, most of Europe, and now the United States on their toes, dancing to their electro-hip hop swing and waiting for the next song to drop. We’re on a three-way call with Nora in Los Angeles and Aron in Ireland. But the physical distance doesn’t interfere with how close these two are. On the phone they’re playfully interrupting and joking but also giving each other time and keenly listening to what the other has to say as if they were in the same room.

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MR: What is the significance of the word “Albatraoz”? The song was a hit with Aron’s band of the same title and again as a single with Nora's vocals. Aron: It’s something that my friends and I have always been saying. It’s sort of an inside joke. Nora: I don’t think he even knows where it came from. Aron: Then we made our first song about it and it turned out to be popular in Sweden and then it blew up internationally. When you say it certain ways, it will rhyme or sound good with words like “mouse” and “boss”. We’ve always been playing with that word and whatever rhymes with it. You know, the Albatross is just kind of a funny creature.

“I know exactly how she feels and she knows exactly how I feel. But it’s good in the way that we always know what’s going on and music requires that kind of emotional honesty.”

MR: Have you always made music together? Aron: Yeah, we’ve always been playing together. I’ve always been the one playing the instruments. We grew up under the same roof and we’re both musically talented. It just kind of happened. We’ve learned a lot from each other doing music. We’ve always been writing and producing and making tracks together. When we got older, we started recording ourselves. It has made us a lot closer in many ways. Nora: The only difficulty is that you have to separate being colleagues and siblings. I have been struggling with it more than Aron but we’re figuring it out I think.

Aron: Since we grew up living together, we have learned how each other work. There isn’t a lot that I don’t know about Nora and sometimes even when we want to lie to each other, we can’t because I know exactly how she feels and she knows exactly how I feel. But it’s good in the way that we always know what’s going on and music requires that kind of emotional honesty.

MR: Did you plan to start a music career together? Nora: We didn’t sit in our room and say, “Oh let’s do this!” Fame was never our goal. We did it for fun and it turned into something bigger..

MR: Do you ever feel competitive with each other or experience any kind of jealousy? Aron: Yeah, we experience that. It definitely happens. Who gets credit for whatever we create and produce is important to us but at the same time, since we are sister and brother, we are happy whenever one of us gets recognized. We will always be friends. I will always be friends with Nora and she will probably always be friends with me. Nora: Sometimes you have to put your pride aside. I am the worst with that. I try to see his success as my success and I think he’s doing the same for me. L E FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 8 1


MR: Your song "Little Swing" has a very retro feel. Are you inspired by other time periods of music? Which ones? Aron: Yes. I’ve always been into different kinds of music. I’ve been playing different instruments for a long time. I play rock and blues, jazz on guitar and piano. This song came naturally for me. I was putting all of these elements into it and that’s how this retro feel came into being. I’m a classically trained musician so it’s easy for me to pull from different genres and mediums. Nora: I just love music and I don’t discriminate. I don’t only like a certain type of music or time period of music. I just appreciate it for what it is—classical, pop, hip-hop, old school rock—it’s an inspiration source and you have to listen to everything your ear accepts.

MR: Do you have any favorite artists? Aron: I’ve never been the kind of guy who knows a lot of music history or trivia and I’m actually terrible when it comes to knowing other artists. I’d hear a song on the radio when I was a kid and I’d appreciate the song as an individual entity but I never felt the need to associate it with the person who created it necessarily. There was never an artist who I considered an idol or that I’ve loved in a way that I would cry if I saw them. Obviously, there are some amazing artists like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, who I’d listen to when I was into classic rock and playing piano. I go through phases of deriving inspiration from genres and time periods. I’d listen to a lot of Metallica when I was into hard rock and playing a lot of electric guitar. Then there was all of the EDM and house music I’d listen to when I was learning about that. But honestly, it has never been one artist for me or even a few.

MR: Will you continue to make music together? Nora: If I have to tie my brother up in a chair against his will and make him and sit there and make music with me, then that’s what I’ll do. I want my brother to be a part of everything I do and if he wants me there, I will always be there for him. I will always keep Aron by my side and we will always be there to help each other out but we are doing our own projects too.

“I want my brother to be a part of everything I do and if he wants me there, I will always be there for him.

Aron: It’s very easy and fun to make music when it’s not just about business and there is love involved too.

MR: What kinds of projects are in the works?

Aron: I’ll be releasing two songs in the next two months—1 releasing one without Nora and the next will be a collaboration with me, Nora and one of the biggest electronic artists in the world, Parov Stelar. It will be released September 9th. There will be two versions— one AronChupa Little Sis Nora edit and one Parov Stelar edit.

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Nora: I’m a lot like Aron in that sense. When I hear a song, I am dedicated to that song. It’s rare that I’ll find a song and then look for the artist who wrote or performed it. It’s usually about the song. However, I am a big Beatles fan and I am a Rihanna fan. I understand those are very different genres but they are the only people who would make me feel star struck.

MR: What is your songwriting process like? Aron: It usually starts off with just an idea before we get to the studio. But once we’re there, and we’re together, we make it work. We never say one of us in particular wrote the lyrics. Usually we will each have something prepared and be able to tell if the words are working or not. Nora: I will usually bring lyrical ideas. Aron: I think our process is a little different these days. Back in the day when we were living together at our parents’ house, I would make beats and we would make lyrics together but now I’m on tour, she’s in LA and we’re doing sessions with other people so we’re very busy. We’ve had to start sending things back and forth. It’s more of a business now and it’s not as easy in that sense. Nora: Really, there is no recipe for making a song. Eventually it just comes together like a puzzle and if it’s a hit, it’s a hit. It could start with a lyric or it could start with a beat. Sometimes you have a message you want to deliver so you write that first. ■


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CUBA travel guide: Photographer Tracy Kahn @tracykahn Writer Jenny Heyside @theblondera

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alfway between the U.S. in the north and Latin America in the south lies Cuba, an isle of intrigue, romance and politics unlike any other. Earlier this year the United States government began to steadily ease travel restrictions to Cuba. Despite the relaxed travel stipulations, Americans still face many challenges, requiring more detailed and strategic planning. While it is still technically illegal to travel to the Caribbean country, Americans are able to visit under 12 categories of authorized trips, including family visits, religious or educational activities, professional research and participation in public performances or sports competitions. Organizing

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a professional event or competition, or filming and producing television shows and movies there are additionally covered by the 12 categories. The ground-breaking new rules also allow Americans to travel independently on what are called “people-to-people” trips — one of the most popular and affordable types of trips. Anybody can take part in the educational people-to-people trips, as long as their trip features a full-schedule of activities that generate “meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba”. What constitutes this educational experience has never been officially defined, but basically your holiday to Cuba can’t just involve you sitting on a beach.


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There are two ways to travel to Cuba. The first is through an agency, which organizes a tour and issues you a visa to enter the country. The second option is to fly through a connecting country. Mexico City, Cancun, Cayman Islands and the Bahamas are all popular connecting destinations. However, in June, the Obama administration authorized eight American airlines to begin direct flights as soon as fall 2016. This decision gives 10 U.S. airports at least one weekly non-stop flight to Havana, the Cuban capital.

There are two currencies in Cuba. The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the “tourist” currency, pegged to the American dollar, and the Cuban Peso (CUP) is what locals use. Currently, $1 U.S. dollar equates to about $1 Cuban Convertible Peso or $26.50 Cuban Pesos. Many vendors, restaurants and cab drivers don’t accept American credit cards and ATMs are rare and don’t accept U.S. debit cards, so cash is a must. You can exchange US dollars for CUC, but there is a special 10% penalty fee for this service. So it is cheaper to exchange Euros, Canadian Dollars, British Pounds, or Mexican Pesos for CUC instead.

TOURIST CARD Most foreign visitors to Cuba need a tourist card to enter. Independent travelers can purchase a tourist card at the check-in counter of their connecting country. A 30 day Cuban tourist card costs around $20 - $30 USD and no application processing time is necessary. If you are traveling with an American passport in Cuba, you can request to have your tourist card stamped instead of your passport. This card may be obtain in person in the at The Cuban Embassy in Washington, or by mail. For more information visit www.cubadiplomatica.cu

AIRBNB Airbnb is now operating in Cuba and offers over 4,000 homes for vacation rentals online. However, it is important to know that you can book listings on Airbnb only before going to Cuba. Once in Cuba, you’ll be blocked from actually booking rooms through the site. For more information, visit airbnb.com

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WHY SHOULD I GO TO CUBA RIGHT NOW? As a U.S. citizen, the possibility of finally being able to travel to Cuba is exciting. Here are three reasons why we think you should take the plunge and travel to Cuba right now. 1. TIME TRAVEL When Castro pressed pause on economic progress in the 60s, he also pressed pause on the development of Cuba. Visiting today is like stepping back in time — vintage cars rumble down cobblestone streets, ration shops sit beside colonial palaces, and salsa dancers twirl against a backdrop of crumbling pastel facades.

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2. PERFECT SEASON The best time to visit the country is between November and April when the weather is relatively cool and dry – but still sunny and warm enough to spend a few hours by your hotel pool.

3. DIGITAL DETOX Wifi signal will be sparse at best – Cuba does currently have Internet access, but it is very limited and slow. Visitors to the country can get connected through Cuba’s state run ETECSA telecom company. You can buy ETECSA prepaid wifi cards at special kiosks for $2-$3 per hour of service. However, it is best to go into your trip knowing that you will be on a digital detox.

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WHERE SHOULD I STAY? HOTEL AMBOS MUNDOS Whether you are an Ernest Hemmingway fan or not (in room 511 is where he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls), this eclectic, boutique hotel is a gem in the heart of Old Havana. hotelambosmundos-cuba.com Calle Obispo 153, Old Havana, Havana

HOTEL SANTA ISABEL Originally a palace built for Havana aristocracy, this chic hotel is located in one of the most beautiful squares in Old Havana. All of its 27 large rooms have balconies overlooking either the square or the harbor, and the palace itself has a palm-filled courtyard, blue shutters, and Cuban art. hotelsantaisabel.com Baratillo 9, Arm Square, Old Havana, Havana

HOTEL SARATOGA While the rest of the city may be frozen in time, Havana’s first boutique hotel is certainly up-todate with the most current of five-star comforts. Positioned opposite El Capitolio (the National Capitol Building), Hotel Saratoga offers guests spacious rooms, tasty eats, spa services, a fitness center and a dazzling rooftop terrace and pool. hotel-saratoga.com Prado 603, by Dragones, Havana

HOTEL NACIONAL A National Monument due to its sophisticated and antique grandeur, the Hotel Nacional has been situated overlooking the Havana Harbor for over 85 years. The hotel is vast, with 457 rooms, a cabaret room, two pools and (on display) the remaining two coastal guns from the Santa Clara Battery. Let’s just say, it was good enough for Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra and Naomi Campbell. hotelnacionaldecuba.com Calles 0 and 21, Vedado, Havana 9 8 | L E FA I R MAG AZI NE


WHO SHOULD I GO WITH? If planning your own people-to-people trip doesn’t sound like much fun, then let these professionals do the work for you. INSIGHT CUBA One of the few tour operators in the world that solely focus on Cuba, the Insight Cuba team are pioneers of the people-to-people trip. With half-a-dozen signature Cuba tours, varying from 4-12 days, and four specialty Cuba tours (including a 4-day Havana getaway), these itinerary offerings have something for everyone. insightcuba.com

ACCESS TRIPS The Access Trip to Cuba focuses on the culinary landscape of the country. On this small tour — a maximum of 10 people — you will learn to make various Cuban dishes and drinks. In Havana you will meet with farmers, chefs and artists, take a look inside the kitchen of a paladar, learn to salsa and mix daiquiris the way Hemmingway liked them. The tour also takes you to the Viñales Valley where you will meet with a third-generation tobacco farmer. accesstrips.com

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MALECÓN Havana’s 8km-long sea drive is a must when visiting Cuba. The sea-wall stretches four miles from Havana Harbor in Old Havana to modern downtown El Verado. Originally built to protect the city, now it is a favorite spot for swooning lovers taking nighttime walks. Wander down there around sunset for the most ethereal experience.

TALLER-ESTUDIO JOSÉ FUSTER Cuba’s answer to Gaudí and Picasso is José Fuster. Over the past 20 years the Cuban artist has transformed the area unofficially known as Fusterlandia into a masterpiece of tiles, turrets and Barcelona-worthy beauty.

FORTALEZA DE SAN CARLOS DE LA CABAÑA Covering 10 hectares and stretching 700 meters in length, this is the largest Spanish colonial fortress in the Americas. Built in the 18th century by the Spanish King Carlos III, the fort was so colossal that no invader ever attacked it. Nowadays it is a traveler favorite, especially the nightly 9pm cañonazo ceremony in which actors dressed in full 18th-century military regalia reenact the firing of a cannon over the harbor.

MUSEO DE LA REVOLUCIÓN In order to learn about the country’s fascinating history from the 1950s onwards, visit this museum which is housed in an ornate, dome-topped building that was once the presidential palace. Avenida Bélgica, La Habana, Cuba

PARTAGAS CIGAR FACTORY One of Havana’s oldest and most famous cigar factories, the national treasure that sits behind the Capitolio in Havana’s main square is well worth a visit. Calle Industria 520, Havana, Cuba

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WHERE SHOULD I DRINK?

DRINK: LA BODEGUITA First things first, mojitos are most definitely cheaper (and often times better) at other joints around the city. But, if you don’t have at least one drink in a Hemmingway-frequented establishment, did you really go to Havana? Calle Empedrado 207, Habana Vieja, Havana

DRINK: EL FLORIDITA Another Hemmingway favorite, El Floridita (which means ‘Little Florida’) is where the Nobel Prize-winning American writer often meandered to for his daiquiri fix. It was here that bartender Constante Ribalaigua is credited with inventing the frozen daiquiri after World War I. Since then, many generations of both Cuban and foreign intellectuals have visited this establishment. Follow their lead and try a daiquiri, but skip the overpriced, mediocre food menu. Obispo No. 557, Habana Vieja, Havana 1 0 2 | L E FA I R MAGAZI NE


WHERE SHOULD I EAT? Paladares are a new trend on the rise in Cuba, where private homes are converted into restaurants. Varying from mom and pop operations to slick, global restaurants, the opening of these paladares has vastly changed the once boring food scene in Havana. Here are our four favorite paladares: 1. SAN CRISTÓBAL

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Serving Cuban-Creole cuisine (malanga, yucca, cerdo asado, lobster, fresh fish), this particular paladar is located on the bottom floor of an early 20th-century mansion. Make sure to try their pudding San Cristóbal (eggs, fruit, milk and almonds).

With a Cuban menu based on her mother’s recipes, Doña Eutemia is the paladar to visit for authentic Cuban cuisine. Leticia, the elderly owner, doesn’t feel the need to invent new dishes or greatly change any of the classics, so expect to eat tamal, ropa vieja, or pork, rice and beans.

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2. CAFÉ LAURENT If you are looking for a Spanish Basque-based meal, then make your way up to the stylish Café Laurent. Situated in the penthouse of an apartment building, this paladar allows you to step back in time. Old 1950’s newspapers and adverts cover the walls, while the white awnings may just remind you of a restaurant in Miami. Our recommendation? Try the red snapper with clams and shrimp in green sauce (pargo con almejas y gambas en salsa verde). Calle M No 257, between Calles 19 and 21, Vedado

4. EL CHANCHULLERO If you are looking to get off-the-beaten-path, then this is the paladar for you. A little hole in the wall place, El Chanchullero is a small bar with wooden tables, graffiti-covered walls, and a Spanish style tapas menu. While it is a little bit of a hassle to reach by car, the amazing value and quality of food more than make up for it. Calle Teniente Rey #457a, Habana Vieja

WHERE SHOULD I SHOP & WHAT SHOULD I BUY? SHOP: FOTOTECA DE CUBA This excellent shop is attached to one of the city’s best photography galleries. All the photos for sale are by Cuban photographers and the subject matter ranges from social commentary to artistic shots to captivating landscapes. fototecadecuba.com

SHOP: GUAYABERA The classic Cuban men’s shirt that is distinguished by two vertical rows of closely sewn pleats that run the length of the front and the back of the shirt. This store has sold it’s wares to the likes of Hugo Chavez, Jay Z and Sting. cubavera.com

BUY: CUBAN SYMBOLS In the harbourside warehouse that now houses Almacenes de San José, Havana’s artisans have an ideal place in which to exhibit and sell their handicrafts. Leather items are predominant here, but you can also find ceramics, toys & masks, clothes, paintings & sculptures, and tobacco accessories. LE FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 1 0 3


“He knew who was who of the fashion world. He knew when someone was copying someone else and doing a poor job. He understood quality.”

I WORK

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Writer Madeline Rosene @madelinerosene Photographer Nick Onken @nickonken

ohn Kurdewan is the former assistant to Bill Cunningham, fashion photographer for the New York Times known for his regular series On the Street published from 1978 until his recent death in June 2016 at age 87. John grew up in Neptune, New Jersey. He still resides in New Jersey and commutes to his job at The New York Times on the train every morning. He is a self-described “goofy uncle” type, fashions his hair in a ponytail and beard, and wears jeans and a cooked salmon-colored short sleeve buttondown. We sit in a small conference room at the New York Times. Still speaking about Bill off and on in the present tense, John’s eyes are a little glossy from long workdays or reliving memories.

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MR: Now that Bill has passed, is the workload twice as much? JK: Actually it’s three times the amount of work when you’re working for Bill. Of course, the workload would depend on the season and time of day. It would also depend on whether or not he found something fantastic. Because if he did that, he knew he had something going and he’d run with it. That was the worst part ‘cause he would make me go through the archives to find something he knew he had previously shot and with over 600,000 images in Bill’s digital archive, it could take awhile. It was this massive and it was only four years of shooting digital. I think Bill started making the switch to digital in 2012. In 2013 he fully switched over. We tried in 2011 but he wasn’t into it. He didn’t like it until I explained it. I remember when he finally got that he could shoot 2,000 images on each of his four 16 gig memory cards, he could immediately see what he shot, and immediately download them back at the office. When he got that, he was like, “OKAY!” He started liking it finally. Then Pandora’s box was open and I couldn’t control him.

MR: What was his routine like? JK: He would go out on the street every day at 8AM. Then he would come to the office at around 10AM, we’d have our coffee and he’d tell me if he saw anything and we’d chitchat like old washerwomen. We started making names for the people he would shoot regularly, you know, the kind of people that just came around ‘cause they knew he would shoot them and they expected him to shoot them. I would make fun of them and Bill would be nice. “You know, I saw your friend today,” Bill would say. He would probably be talking about this one kid who would walk by five or six times a day until he shot him. It drove us both crazy. “You didn’t shoot him though, right Bill?” “Nope,” he’d say. I mean, every once in a while he would take his picture, but when he wanted to have fun, he’d just pretend he shot him and make a click gesture. We would upload the photos he’d taken that morning and I’d send him back on his way.

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MR: Were there a lot of “regulars”? JK: There were a lot of those people, yes. They wanted his attention because they knew who he was. After the documentary, they really knew who he was.

with the press. One time, the security guard brought someone up to do an interview out of the blue. That was like the kiss of death. We were working. We couldn’t be bothered. If the building was on fire, we wouldn’t move from the desk, especially on Thursdays because Thursdays were when we started building the page.

“Oh he’s that sweet old man,” they’d say. “No, he’s that mean old bastard!” I’d say.

MR: Today is Thursday.

We had a tremendous respect and love for each other. I loved that he loved his work and he loved that I liked to bust his chops. Really, he just wanted to be treated like a regular person. And a lot of people didn’t treat him that way. But I knew when he didn’t want to be bothered. When I figured that out, that’s when our friendship became paramount.

JK: And the only reason you’re up here today is because he’s not here anymore. The only person who could call me while we were at work was my mother. My phone would ring. “Pick up. It’s your mother,” he’d say. Then I’d have to hand him the phone so he could talk to her. Although they never met, he would send her Jacques Torres chocolates for every holiday.

People would approach us and if I knew he didn’t want to talk, I would give them a signal with my eyes to back off.

Things could get heated on Thursdays but it was passion about the page we were making. “You’re not mad about today, right?” he’d ask me after we’d finished working. “No,” I’d say. “Bill, I don’t get mad.”

I would always check with Bill first before agreeing to a story

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“I will always work for Bill. I’m working for Bill at this moment.” MR: Tell me about Bill’s work ethic. JK: If I took time off, I would have to tell him months in advance. He never took a vacation or sick day. When he broke his kneecap, he came to work. He tried to hide it from me and he told other people not to tell me. He knew I’d be mad. I‘d tell him, “Be careful. You’re 87 and you do more work than a 25 year old.” He didn’t understand a thing about deadlines. On Fridays, I’d get in early because I knew he’d be sitting there with coffee and a butter roll. Fridays at 3:15PM everything must be done and sent down to the copy people. “No, no. I’m the boss,” he’d say. That’s where the nickname came from. He was the boss. Deadlines, especially in newspaper, are very important. If you don’t have the pages, they can’t put it on the press. Fortunately, we always made the deadline, except for one time. We were two or three minutes late and Bill said, “Don’t worry about it!” Of course, he didn’t have to because anyone who would yell at us would get my extension. His phone would just ring and ring…

MR: Talk to me about your relationship. JK: If you talked badly about me to him, you were dead to him. We had a code and camaraderie. It was an inner circle and once you were his dearest friend, you could do no wrong. When he broke his kneecap, I took him to physical therapy. In return, he took me to the Met Gala. It was my first time going. I was in the background as his personal bodyguard. He did really well. He decided he was going to go down the staircases. He’d put his hand on my shoulder

just to balance himself. He didn’t want to look feeble. So the Hollywood elites would come up the stairs and we’d go down, snapping pictures the whole way. When they had dinner, he would weave between the tables. Everyone was very sweet, courteous, and respectful. I was just there to make sure nothing happened to him. Wherever he went I went. When it was time to leave, he’d just say, “Let’s go.” At night when I was going home, I would tell Bill to call me while I was on the train “to wake me up.” But I didn’t need the alarm. I was really keeping track of him. I needed to know he was safe. He would still be going out to parties and riding his bicycle. But sometimes I’d call him to check in. There is a signal for when you call Bill. Give it three rings, hang up, and call back. Then he would know it was a friend- simple but affective. I worried a lot. One time I went to his apartment and waited in his lobby. “It’s 12AM and you’re just getting home?” I said. “What are you doing here?” he asked me. “I’m seeing if you’re alive.” He felt guilty. “Yes, I’m alive,” he said. “See you in a few hours.”

MR: What did you know about fashion before Bill? JK: I grew up in New Jersey so Bill would always say, “What do you know about fashion?” I really did know nothing. Absolutely nothing. I didn’t care about it. I didn’t understand it. But when I started working with Bill, it became interesting. Then it became more interesting and then it became an obsession.

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“He taught me how to look at someone with a glance and know what that person was wearing. He taught me to look without being a gawker. I know more about fashion now than I ever thought I would.” MR: Tell me some of the lessons Bill taught you over the years. JK: His gift was always teaching. He loved to teach. He was generous with his time and patience even if he didn’t think I was listening. I was. He would think it was too boring for me. “Are you bored with this?” he’d ask. His concern was always that the reader was getting bored. And I’d think about how he was doing the work of 30 people— the writer, designer, photographer and how he had to deal with everyone from all walks of life, treating everyone with dignity and respect. Rich or poor, thin or overweight— we never published a bad photo of anyone. No horrible photos of woman’s neckline, or a man eating with his mouth open— he never did anything that made anyone look bad. We wanted to make a woman a woman. We didn’t want to show a bad neckline or bad arms even though she shouldn’t wear some of the dresses she wore. “What was she thinking?” we’d say. “Clearly someone told her to buy that dress. That’s the problem with stylists.” He taught me how to look at someone with a glance and know what that person was wearing. He taught me to look without being a gawker. I know more about fashion now than I ever thought I would. He would always ask me, “Why do you like that?” “Um, I like the way it drapes,” or “This is good because it’s a great example of how a dress should flow on a woman.” “I don’t like this because it’s too flowery.” Those were the kinds of things we’d discuss. Every week could have been something different, a new theme or style. You never know what it’s going to be. When Bill would shoot fashion shows, I’d categorize them by show— Dior, Chanel, etc… He’d shoot inside and outside of each show. Outside of Stella McCartney (I believe that was the show) there was a drop dead gorgeous woman wearing some outrageous black dress at nine or ten in the morning. She had a beautiful tattoo and wore sunglasses. I singled that picture out, out of 7,000 images of people in Paris. “I was waiting for you to pick it out.” Bill said to me. “Why do you like it?” “Look at the way the dress fits her, showing her perfectly sculptured back,” I said.

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A week later Bill showed me an email and said, “Hey do you remember this?” We received an email from a woman in British Columbia asking for a picture that Bill took of her daughter. She told me she was wearing a black dress and sunglasses. I said, “Is this your daughter?” It was the only photo I could think of. I sent her a PDF of the page and I sent her more photos. We became friends. It turned out she was combining photos to give to her daughter as a Christmas present. I had Bill sign one of his Facades books. I put it in the mail to Canada so her mother could give that to her for Christmas. If the emails were sweet enough and kind enough, we always did it.

MR: What happens now? JK: There is talk of finding a replacement. But how do you look for stuff when you don’t know what you’re looking for? He knew who was who of the fashion world. He knew when someone was copying someone else and doing a poor job. He understood quality. Right now they’re sending out certain photographers and you can see the page totally sucks. It’s pathetic. Bill would be laughing his ass off if he was alive. No one has the patience to be out there looking for something. They just run out there, grab something and bring it in. There’s no theme. There’s no consistency and you can see it. Now the party page is full of celebrities. If you look back at ours, every party page was devoted to helping a charity. Now the street page isn’t telling the reader any info. It’s usually just a guy in a fedora and khaki pants. Someone showed it to me and I thought, “This is embarrassing! I could go out there myself and do a better job than they are.” There will be a memorial for Bill in October. We embossed a Nasturtium flower on his program. It’s his favorite flower.

MR: You made your Instagram handle @workforbillc. JK: I did that on the down low. I never wrote “Bill Cunningham”. I didn’t think it was going to be as big as it was. Probably someone told someone who told other people and it grew from there. I wanted to capture what we were doing behind the scenes. We were working hard. We cut more trees than probably any lumberjack.

MR: But did you ever think about what that might mean when that was no longer the case? JK: I will always work for Bill. I’m working for Bill at this moment. ■

Unfortunately, Bill’s beautiful images were unavailable for this interview because of conflicts with his will. For more information about Bill’s archive, check out this article!


Links we Love Bill Cunningham: Words of Wisdom

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.”

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