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DC, the new place to be. the most glamorous family in the white house since the days of JFK has the worldâ€™s biggest small town buzzing once more. a younger, more urban and well-educated crowd that wants to change the world has followed them here. in the process theyâ€™ve changed washington too. dc will of course always be the capital of the world; with its flags, marble monuments, police escorted motorcades, its diplomats in power suits, lawyers, cia, FBi and its charity benefit galas. But it is also very much a green city, offering more local sports than politics, as well as lots of style. these days you can spot more modern cuts and slimmer silhouettes in the corridors of power than ever before.
ed SwotterS Pollywood! in Georgetown, the politicians shine just as bright as the movie stars do in its californian counterpart. Youâ€™ll find one type of actor in the west, another in the east, but other than that the scenarios are the same. You move here young to find out more about the world and enough about yourself to prepare to go out and change it. across the US, Georgetown University is known as one of the best places to do this. and also for having scholars who look as smart as they are.
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“Fatigue is the best pillow.” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
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The neo-classical US Capitol is the home of Congress.
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Washington, DC may be one of the most famous cities in the world, but few understand what lies beneath the marbled exterior. New York is fast and wisecracking, Paris deliciously romantic, London wet and witty, Tokyo futuristic yet shy – but how to describe the unique charms of this historic swamp? Roxanne Roberts, long-time columnist for the Washington Post and confidante of politicians, diplomats, idealists and scoundrels, explains what makes the Capital tick. By Rox anne RoBe R ts
My first love affair with a city was with new York. i was young and
washingtonians work too hard because there is so much to do, so
thought it was the most exciting city in the world. a few years later,
many in need, and we believe that we all have an opportunity to
i fell madly in love with paris (who doesn’t?) and had a brief fling
make a real difference in the world. it’s full of type-a personalities
(you know, the high school class presidents, the “most likely to
then i grew up and realized that serious, wonky washington
succeed” overachievers) who arrive in town and are stunned to
was perfect for me. But – like the heroine of a romantic comedy – it
discover everyone is just as smart, ambitious and idealistic as they
took a while to win my heart. when i moved here 22 years ago, i thought the city was filled with humorless workaholics, and wasn’t completely wrong.
are. it is not for lightweights or sissies – which makes it a great place for intelligent women and a bad place for bimbos who don’t know the difference between capitol hill and “the hills.” 21
a leisuRe time deficit? Since i have a weakness for any combination of smart and funny, i found myself seduced by the charms of washington. like all reluctant lovers, i learned to focus on the positive and live with the quirks. i also learned how to play, which is essential to keeping sane in this town. leisure is a very serious business because we get so little of it.
The Lincoln Memorial houses a 20-foot tall sculpture of the beloved 16th president.
“Leisure is a very serious business because we get so little of it.” Some people take “play” literally, smacking big or little balls in the
Beauty is in the eye of the BeholdeR
air. president obama has taken up golf with the same drive and competitive spirit he displayed during his campaigning. the former pick-up basketball player now spends every balmy weekend on the
Unlike most world capitals, it’s not the financial and cultural center
course – a secure course on military bases around washington –
of the country, which means politics and politicians dominate the
and says walking outdoors on the grass is the one thing that makes
conversation. the election of Barack obama was especially thrilling
him feel normal.
for this historically african-american city (i walked the streets late
tennis is the preferred sport of the time-crunched power
on election night, being hugged and high-fived by strangers). the
brokers. lobbyists learned that administration officials can rarely
heartbeat of this place comes from the pulse of history, past and
slip away for a four-hour-golf game but will happily agree to an
present: the lincoln Memorial, with the lump-in-the-throat words
intense lunch hour of smashing tennis balls at each other. For the
of the Gettysburg address and the Second inaugural address carved
passive- aggressive sports fans, we have the losing washington
into stone, or Jefferson’s Memorial, where the sheer brilliance of this
nationals baseball team (conservative columnist George will is a
Founding Father still dazzles. a mere glimpse of the capitol dome
diehard fan, bless his heart), the losing redskins football team,
at night, a stroll past the white house, or the profound simplicity
and the occasionally non-embarrassing wizards basketball or
of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial can turn cynics into misty-eyed
capitals hockey teams – all of which can be great fun if you have
no expectations beyond cold beer and overpriced hot dogs.
impressive, and gorgeous – this is a beautiful city, filled
My personal idea of relaxation is delicious treats for my senses.
with classical architecture, verdant parks, and breathtaking art
For a mental romp, there’s the Shakespeare theatre, one of the
and sculpture. But i didn’t fall in love until i discovered all that
best in the world, and the Kennedy center for music, opera,
intensity and drive was leavened by razor-sharp wit and a well-
theater and star-gazing. the Smithsonian’s riches are legendary,
honed sense of irony. You have to have a sense of humor to survive
depending on my mood: girly (the hope diamond), patriotic (the
the hours, the egos, the sheer wackiness of this town. reality show
actual Star Spangled Banner), domestic (Julia child’s kitchen,
wanna-bes crash a white house State dinner? a president who
removed from her Massachusetts home and reassembled here in
can’t pronounce “nuclear?” You can’t make this stuff up.
washington), or cute overload (the pandas at the national Zoo.) the
national Gallery of art proves what old-fashioned philanthropy and patriotism can accomplish. Spare a di Vinci, anyone? the newly opened museum at Ford’s theatre has the pistol John wilkes Booth used to kill abraham lincoln and the clothing the 16th president died in. and i know it’s a cliche, but a picnic under the cherry blossoms in spring? a pink-hued heaven on earth.
dc = dining & cooking My best friend’s idea of down time is a perfect meal. here’s a secret about those famous Georgetown dinner parties during the Kennedy years: people ate at home because the restaurants in washington were terrible. this may be the town’s biggest change – obamamania notwithstanding – great food from top chefs in increasingly sophisticated settings: Michel richard’s citronelle,
the poweR and the gloRy
Jose andres’s Minibar, to cite just two. the best place for drinks? the spectacular rooftop poV bar in the aggressively hip w hotel,
You never really know whom you’ll run into. washington attracts
which overlooks the white house and washington Monument.
celebrities like flies to honey, always anxious to leverage their
(Fabulous, except for the velvet rope to get on the elevator – a snotty
star power for a pet cause and boost their gravitas. cafe Milano,
new York conceit that doesn’t really work here.)
dc’s restaurant for the rich and famous, seems to be their favorite
with all the sleek new hotspots in the historic U Street corridor,
watering hole: angelina Jolie and Brad pitt, a clinton or two,
it is Ben’s chili Bowl that has endured for 50 years and still rules.
placido domingo and too many more to mention have all been
the place is a dive in the best-sense of the term: no frills, no
spotted there. i was sipping champagne at the French ambassador’s
nonsense and a half-smoke that will make you repent all your sins
residence after the annual white house correspondents dinner
for just one bite. i took my son to Ben’s for his 17th birthday; dc mayor adrian Fenty introduced then president-elect obama on his “welcome to washington” tour. the owner was suitably impressed: the sign that always read “who eats free at Ben’s: Bill cosby” was amended to “and the obama family.”
noRmal in an aBnoRmal city which brings me to my last point: the obamas have made it okay to go home at night in time for dinner, and be normal moms and dads on the weekends. the easiest way to see white house chief of Staff rahm emanuel (a notorious tough guy) is to hang out at Something Sweet, the cupcake shop in cleveland park where he takes his kids. So it turns out there is hope and change – and it usually revolves Ben’s Chili Bowl has served everybody from Miles Davis to Obama since 1958.
around homework and walking the dog, or a night laughing with close friends. the few, precious hours we have to spare are given to the few, precious people in our lives. the rest, as they say, is
(tough job, but someone has to do it) watching all the hollywood
a-listers cozy up to administration officials and members of congress. new York is about money, l.a. is about fame, and washington is about power – i’m always amazed how, after making millions or winning an oscar, the next step for many bold-face names is washington.
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the house that Kennedy built. this is the story of a house and its creator. the new York home of Mary richardson Kennedy, architectural designer, environmentalist and whitewater guide and paddler, forms a natural expression of her character and values. Welcome to the â€œKennedy Green House Projectâ€?.
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Built in 1920, this once white, wooden, colonial
itional farmhouse from early last century, with larger
farmhouse lies just outside quaint Mount Kisco, an hour
windows for more sunlight. the visitor steps through a
from Manhattan. it was previously used as a vacation
quaint foyer onto a beautiful wooden floor made of materials
home by the Scribner publishing family and the award
rescued from the old house. Several flooring experts told
winning gardener Gladys Goldschmidt. the Kennedys
Mary that it was impossible to salvage. then, John Yarema
moved in full-time in 1984. however, a few years ago,
a master woodworker from the forests of Michigan, in the
record rainfalls inundated the property and created a
spirit of the whole project, simply invented a way using a
devastating flood and the family
patented laser and the artistic
returned from summer vacation
sense of leonardo daVinci. “John
to find a foot of stagnant water
is a genius and now forever part of
in their basement. Virulent mold
the family”, says Mary.
had turned the house exterior
the sitting room, bathed
black and spread throughout
in natural light, also has an
the interior, worsening the kids’
asthma. Mary realized she had
floor, a gift for Mary’s birthday.
to act. “i wanted to rebuild my
the whole floor was put in place
house as a model home that would
in only 16 hours, with youngest
provide a healthy environment
son aidan, 8, laying parts of it.
for our children, be energy
Mary explains that she never
self-sufficient, and that would
goes on any trip without trying
showcase the latest cutting edge
to bring at least one of the kids
green technologies. i wanted to
along, no matter if it’s to go
prove that you could build a
kayaking in chile, to visit Machu
‘green’ house with classic beauty
picchu in peru or to see a space
and elegance.” the Kennedy Green house project was born. Mary
Aidan is a bright, energetic 8-year old, who also put in part of the living room floor.
recycled the old house, making
shuttle launch. Generally, Mary always does things her own way. this is evident in the home’s floor plan:
sure that nothing went to landfills. as word of the project
it accommodates rollerblading. the children are the center
spread, friends signed on to help, contributing know-how,
of the household. conor, Kyra, Finn, aidan, their cousins
time and materials toward achieving Mary’s vision of
and friends roam the house at all hours. and even though
creating an innovative, healthy and lovable structure that
the rooms are full of valuable furniture and mementos,
could serve as an example and schoolhouse for others who
when something gets broken in an impromptu swordfight
wanted to adopt a green lifestyle.
or indoor football match, it’s mainly shrugged off as the
the new brick house built on the original 1870 foundation, is an architectural interpretation of a trad-
price of having kids. Mary grew up in large but close-knit irish catholic family, so that’s no surprise.
The house that Kennedy built.
the kitchen is big but every square inch of it is used, because there are constantly people coming and going and various relatives and family members dropping in. “there’s an old irish custom of setting an extra plate for dinner, because you never know who’s coming by!”, Mary explains. there’s never a dull moment; someone needs a ride to the train station; Mary’s assistant fields calls from subcontractors and friends; people come by to see the house and vacation trips are planned. the room next to the kitchen houses an eclectic mix of animal bones, photos, prints and bird decoys, evincing a fascination with natural and political history that enlivens the whole home. Moving upstairs, you come face to face with another distinct collection. along the corridor hang pictures and autographs of every american president, even with personal letters from some of them. also on the landing is the kids’ library. they all love to read, but since books gather dust they’re not kept in the kids’ bedrooms. one of the home’s distinguishing features is natural
The oldest son Conor, 16, takes after his mother and decorated his own room.
light in every room. not only from the windows but
also from solar tubes that let sunlight in through the
own style. luckily his decorating taste is not a radical
roof – even in the closets! the master bedroom, set in
departure from the rest of the house.
a corner, doesn’t need any extra light with its vast
with beautiful materials, superb craftsmanship and
windows. the walls are a creamy, yellowish hue, from
more than a little resourcefulness, this has become one
a special paint that contains no harmful compounds.
of the few traditional brick houses that has merited a
this non-toxic paint is also used in the kids’ rooms and
leed (leadership in energy and environmental design)
throughout the house. energetic junior aidan’s room is
certification. every day, Mary has visitors coming by to
light blue and filled with toys whereas middle brother
see what she’s done, like the state-of-the-art solar panels
Finn’s is green, with furniture designed by Mary, and a
on the roof blending seamlessly with the 100-year-old
stunning headboard for his bed made from Vermont barn
roof slates. “the house is a teaching tool, there to inspire
board. across the hall, Kyra’s room is pink and she has
people, i hope. But it is also my home, so i want it to
reupholstered her baby furniture with removable fabric
last for seven generations”, Mary concludes. it had to be
so she can continue to enjoy it while preserving it for her
a special building to house seven more generations of
own future kids. teenager conor explains that he was
Kennedys playing, collecting and being in the public eye.
very quick to decorate his room himself, to give it his
this one is uniquely designed to do just that.
â€œPeople who are not connected to nature are deprived. Nature teaches us about ourselves.â€?
â€œI wanted the house to be indicative of our beliefs, to show that we practice what we preach.â€?
walKing with thoreau
henry david thoreau (1817-1862) wrote novels, articles, essays and poetry that advocated a return to nature. thoreau himself led a very simple life, which he described in his masterpiece â€œwalden; or, life in the woodsâ€? (1854). today, with the environment and ecology headlining the news more or less constantly, his green ideology is once again the talk of the town. Seeing Georgetown students walking around campus carrying his books proves that, thankfully, some issues never become unfashionable.
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the residence, a three-story federal style house in
setts used to read his morning papers and have brunch
Georgetown, became Jackie Kennedy’s favorite. it
on Sundays. according to legend, it was in booth 3, of
was a gift from her husband when she and newborn
the restaurant’s 6, that the future president proposed
daughter caroline came home from the hospital in
to his future wife, so this is nowadays referred to
June of 1957.
as “the proposal booth”. Martin’s tavern, still one
during that first year, Jackie managed to
of Georgetown’s most famous watering holes for
redecorate the house three times in the same time
politicians, likes to point out that every winning
that it took to hammer out the strategy for John F.
presidential candidate since harry S. truman has
Kennedy’s successful election campaign. plans were
being hatched and political meetings held daily over
From 3307 n Street the family of course moved to
tea and sandwiches in the living room. at other times
1600 pennsylvania avenue; the white house. after
the house functioned as a meeting place for the various
the death of John in 1963, Jackie and the kids lived
relatives and loved ones of the Kennedy clan.
at two other Georgetown addresses before the media
Georgetown, where large parts of the political elite live to this day, gained a special place in the
scrutiny became too intense and the family relocated to a more low-key life in Manhattan, new York.
first couple’s hearts. they actually met here in 1952, at a dinner held by mutual friends. nine months later another dinner party was held, and this one led
(Other famous, infamous and powerful
to John F. Kennedy asking the news photographer
Georgetowners throughout the years include Bill
Jacqueline Bouvier out on a date.
and Hilary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Bob Wood-
another important place was Martin’s tavern, where John as a young congressman from Massachu-
ward, John Kerry, John Edwards, Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham, to name a few.)
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Michael Bastian is one of the most talked about american designers today. now he is teaming up with Gant. the collection, “Gant by Michael Bastian”, is more the result of a genuine mutual passion for real american Sportswear than a traditional fashion collaboration. this timeless style, the core of Gant’s heritage, is currently experiencing a revival thanks to a brand new generation of american designers. among them is Michael Bastian, who just received his third nomination for the prestigious cFda Menswear designer of the Year award this year. “Gant by Michael Bastian”, with inspiration from both the sport of lacrosse and Gant’s well-documented archives, will feature a full assortment of clothing and accessories for men.
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Michael Bastian guy. He’s tailored, a bit sporty, and a little more athletic, with a modern edge that feels both approachable and sophisticated.”
A winning style never goes out of fashion. Clothes that can be worn anytime, anywhere, that
benefit from being worn again and again, often have
S P O R T S W E A R
This style, synonymous with gant for over 60 years,
after World War II, something interesting happened.
is currently experiencing a huge revival thanks to a new
After spending years in uniform, these young men
generation of American designers. Among them is Michael
were eager for a more casual and relaxed way of
Bastian, who is considered to be one of the finest. “gant by Michael Bastian” is more the result of a
dressing. Their wardrobes became a mix of elements
genuine mutual passion for true American Sportswear
mainly pulled from their sports and military gear
than just a traditional fashion collaboration.
and the classic American clothing typified by Brooks
This unique collection, inspired by the team sport
Brothers at the time. It’s this unique mix of these
lacrosse and basics from gant’s well-documented archives, includes just about every classic item that a young
three influences that has come to represent what we
man requires to establish his first workable wardrobe. But which garments are the most important? What
now know as the American look for men. In recent
should a guy think about when he makes his purchases?
years, this timeless look took a backseat to a more
Which combinations are a given? No-one can answer
European look, but we are now entering a new era
these questions better than Michael Bastian. “It has to come naturally” Michael Bastian in Stockholm, December 2009.
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“When American soldiers returned from Europe
their roots in classic American Sportswear.
We asked him to give us his personal opinions on all
when people are hungry for a return to things that
things style, and to share his most practical advice. His
feel more real, more personal. My collection for gant
first – and perhaps most useful – advice is: “There is no right or wrong, the best-dressed guy is the one who
is a return to the American fashion roots that I grew
makes exactly the right amount of effort for the look
up with and have loved since I was a kid.”
he’s trying to achieve – it has to come naturally.”
“Don’t look as though you’ve thought too much about it.”
G R O O MIN G
“What’s so feminine about looking good and feeling
break them up and wear both pieces with other things. While it seems obvious to say that a suit should be in tune with the size of your body, most guys seem to be wearing suits and jackets one size too large for them. I think we all have suits or
Your time is better spent doing other things than having your chest waxed. For example, the best haircuts don’t make you look like you just walked out of the barbershop. They make you look like yourself, only a little better. To me, obvious effort is the enemy in men’s
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“For me, a suit is just a sport coat with matching pants. I really like being able to
good about yourself? Nothing. But don’t overdo it.
sport coats that don’t fit us perfectly and we just end up not wearing them. So that’s
“Everything comes together in a suit that fits perfectly. It will make you look thinner, taller, more handsome...”
why you really have to go and try on a bunch of suits. Find the closest size to your body and then invest time and money in getting a tailor to fit you perfectly. I can’t over-emphasize how important the tailoring aspect is when you buy a piece of tailored clothing. 9 out of 10 suits need to be adjusted by a good tailor to fit properly. It p y ggoes for the double-breasted jacket, which has to feel a little slimmer particularly than your regular single-breasted jacket. You can wear a
grooming. You’ll never go wrong with neat clean hair,
doub double-breasted jacket without a tie, but it looks better with
nice white teeth, clear eyes and clear skin, and a smile.
jack in navy, gray flannel or hopsack – it works every jacket
These are just the fundamentals of a good and healthy
one. Personally, I prefer a three-buttoned, single-breasted time As for the heavier, more ‘country’ fabrics, a lot of time. guy shy away from them, thinking they will be too hot. guys
look. I always think guys look best when they work with
But think about it – you don’t usually wear your jacket all
what they have, establish a simple morning routine, and
can always use a tweed jacket as an outerwear substitute.
stick to it.”
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the way from campus to the coffee shop always offers the opportunity to meet somebody special. thereâ€™s the hoyas basketball star who invites you to a concert with a band you didnâ€™t even know existed. or the freshman who asks you to help her get acquainted with the school library. or even the mysterious girl who wants to spend the day with you in a rowboat on the potomac river.
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i t i s a b s o l u t e ly e s s e n t i a l t h at y o u k n o W t h e i n s a n d outs of hoW to get things done.
“What do you do?” it’s the first, and often only,
important or thinks they are, small talk about their
question that begins (or ends) every conversation
hidden passions and talents (golf game, singing
in washington. is it superficial, obnoxious, un-
ability, extensive knowledge of 18-century French
imaginative? You bet. But ignore it at your peril.
politics) will surprise and thrill them. people always
in a town obsessed with power, access and
like to believe they are valued for more than their
information, determining your place on the food
title, however impressive it may be. the late pamela
chain steers the conversation to the essentials: How
harriman – democratic kingmaker, ambassador to
can you help me, and how can I help you? of course,
France – was legendary for her famous lovers and her
no one says that out loud. that would be rude, and
laser-like ability to completely focus on her dinner
washington still likes to think of itself as a polite
partners. Men and women found her irresistible. the
Southern town, which is why outbursts by congress-
lesson: Get someone to talk about themselves, and
men during presidential speeches are frowned upon.
they will think you are utterly charming.
But like that calm duck furiously paddling under
of course, there’s this radical notion: have a
water, your average power player is always calculating
normal conversation with your seatmate, and see
if and how to leverage a cocktail party conversation
what happens. i’ve met people at washington parties
into a deal, job, or future contact.
who’ve become life-long friends – the best kind of networking, if you ask me.
how to do it the art of networking is actually pretty simple: don’t
Roxanne Roberts is the co-author of the Washing-
talk business. ask someone what they do for fun: their
ton Post’s must-read “Reliable Source” column,
last vacation, book they read, movie they saw, favorite
which covers the comings and goings of the city’s
restaurant. the answer will inevitably be couched in
rich, famous and infamous five days a week, and
excuses why there’s not enough time, given their job,
a regular contributor on National Public Radio’s
to travel, play, etc.
news quiz, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” heard by
Because everyone in washington is either genuinely
more than three million people every week.
Meet the Senator
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