PARK Magazine The Summer Issue 2022

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VO LU M E 1 . N O . 4

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Contents R E A L E S TAT E & S H E LT E R







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PALM BEACH EDITOR Christine K. Schott

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ASSOCIATE EDITORS Michael Gross Lauren Bens & Linda Feliz

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PARK is published four times annually by Park Avenue Magazine LLC. Copyright 2021 by Park Avenue Magazine LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any material from this issue is expressly forbidden without permission of the publisher. Unsolicited manuscripts and photographs are welcome on an exclusive basis, but must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Reasonable care in handling manuscripts and photographs will be taken, but PARK cannot be responsible for unsolicited materials submitted. Printed in the U.S.A. *This issue features paid for sponsored content and covers provided by outside sources. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christopher Pape at:

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Editor’s Letter

ummer is finally here – and we are your backstage pass for all things fashion and fun. It’s also been one whole trip around the sun since we started on this journey and hope you have enjoyed being a part of PARK right along with us! This month we are thrilled to feature cover star Lydia Hearst, who we have loved to hate in some of our favorite thrillers and horror movies. The real-life Lydia is also much more than an actress, model and socialite with a famous last name and family background. You’ll love getting to know the striking star’s fun and quirky sides, including a passion for pinball and horror props. While she has a few exciting new acting and producing projects in the pipeline, her favorite new role is motherhood. Lydia and her comedian husband, Christopher Hardwick, welcomed a baby girl four months ago, and Lydia is loving every minute of it. This horror queen who is clearly a fan of love stories – at least in real life – has found true happiness and can’t wait for this next chapter. Who needs an invite to the Met Gala when you can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Metropolitan’s Museum of Art’s Costume Institute with Associate Curator Jessica Regan. Read all about how the Institute has transformed over the years, as well as how they choose which designers to display. Regan also gives her take on today’s streetwear trends and the future of fashion. Anna Wintour’s signature gala might have been fun, but most importantly, it raised tens of millions of dollars for the Institute, that is as much historical as it is haute. Whether you want to get bikini-body ready or are just trying to become the best version of yourself, Your Best Self TV with Dr. D always brings inspiring guests and life lessons to his audiences. Read all about how this famed dentist-turned-television host made it his mission to combine wellness with entertainment and so much more – plus, you can catch me on the show in July discussing all my editor’s pick finds you will want to try this season. From our favorite travel destinations – think Antarctica - to outdoor entertaining tips with celebrity Chef George Duran, cheers to the best and most stylish summer yet! And, if you’re out East, make sure to check out Hamptons Fashion Week as well as the Hamptons Fine Art Fair, where PARK is a media partner. See you on the beach! P

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From the Publisher

hen I think back to when I first started in publishing, at 23 years old, fresh out of college, working in media sales and writing articles, (for free!) for the magazine I was working at, it’s almost unbelievable that I’ve come this far. For a boy like me - who was never the most talented nor the most popular nor perhaps the most ambitious, it’s a remarkable turn of events to say that I own a magazine publishing company in the center of the world. Not only to say that, but to be able to shout and celebrate that we’re a year old and that the magazine not only goes to Manhattan, but also reaches into the homes of those living in Palm Beach, Miami, Fairfield County and the Hamptons is an unbelievable achievement. Of course, I could not have done this alone. First and foremost, I want to thank the triumvirate of people who are at the heart of PARK’s success - R. Couri Hay, our Editorial Director and partner, Julie Sagoskin, our Editor-in-Chief and partner (and who is one of my best friends) and Paul Crawford, our Art Director, whose designs deserve special recognition and should (and I’m sure will) win awards. I thank these three for their hard work, tireless dedication and for putting up with me (I know that’s no easy task!). I also want to thank George Wayne, our Editor-at-Large, Christine Schott, our Palm Beach editor, Michael Gross, our esteemed Special Correspondent, Patrick McMullan for all of his photographic contributions, and to Stewart Shining who has become our go-to cover photographer. And to all the other contributors who make PARK the most important read of each season! I would be remiss if I did not mention and thank my sales team who took a chance on me. I can’t be more thankful for finding amazing advertising partners and for elevating the book beyond my wildest expectations. Lastly, I want to thank my mother and grandmother for all their love and support throughout the years. I know I was always the prodigal son, but I hope they can finally be proud of PARK’s achievements and of what this little boy from New Jersey has been able to achieve. Until September, have a wonderful summer! P

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Anna Wintour

“There’s many reasons why we feel so passionately and so strongly that this is important and it’s a symbol, I think, for the creativity of fashion and having fun with fashion, but by far the most important reason is the fundraising, the attention that it brings to the exhibition and to the museum.”

Sarah Jessica Parker

“All I ever think about is the theme. Whenever I go to the Met, I don’t understand how everyone else didn’t spend seven to ten months working on it. It is an assignment, and you should interpret it, and it should be labor-intensive, and it should be challenging.”

Blake Lively, Co-chair alongside husband Ryan Reynolds, Regina King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. “What an honor to get to host and to wear this dress. Versace turned it out. But rather than looking at fashion from the gilded age, I wanted to look at architecture. New York has been such a critical part of who I am. It’s the place I choose to live. It’s the love of my life, other than my family. So I thought ‘well, I would love to arrive in a copper dress and have that dress patina as I ascend the carpet and turns verdigris, which is oxidized copper. The Statue of Liberty obviously showed up a shiny copper like a penny and now it’s the green that we have. So instead of me performing, I wanted, sort of, the dress to perform. I think Versace thought I was crazy when I called him and pitched this. This column of the dress, the lines in it are an homage to the Empire State Building. The draping on the side is sort of a tip of the hat to the Statue of Liberty and this is the constellation ceiling of Grand Central Station. Grand Central felt like sort of a really neat full circle moment because the first shot of ‘Gossip Girl,’ I’m on a train and I pull into the station, and it’s a shot of Grand Central Station.”

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Lenny Kravitz

“I honestly cannot remember the first time I dressed up for an event because my mother dressed me in suits and ties since I was a child. She loved taking me to Saks Fifth Ave picking out ensembles for me.”

Kim Kardashian

“I tried it on and it didn’t fit me. So I looked at them and said ‘give me, like, three weeks. I saw this all as a sign the way that all of the stars aligned. It will forever be one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to channel my inner Marilyn in this way, on such a special night.” | 31

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Kodi SmitMcPhee

“There’s such a diversity of people and cultures that make up America, so instead of the top hats and tailcoats of the Gilded Age, I wanted my look to be a celebration of casual Friday—where you get to dress down and present yourself more casually.”

Tom Ford

“Everyone has a right to express themselves. I’m a classic guy, but if somebody doesn’t want to be classic, this is certainly the moment to let yourself go.”


“I’m in Thom Browne, and it’s hugging my curves just right. I look amazing! It took twenty-two thousand hours to make this coat, I’m just so happy to be in it, I feel like a piece of art.”

Winnie Harlow

“Dipped in glamour. Making sure that everything is up to the T, and I think that’s just what the Met is in general.”

Katy Perry

“You know, it would be pretty obvious for me to go play the kooky, crazy, wild, big, fun, colorful card. This time, I’m going to play a whole different card.”

Jared Leto

Cardi B

“Double Victorian Gilded Trouble. That’s all you need to know,”

“I don’t care what anybody says: This is a competition. The Met Gala, this is a f—king competition and we’re going number one. I wanted to give woman, and Donatella brings that woman. No lipo-surgery could bring this body that my son gave me… It’s giving, it’s giving, it’s giving.”

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Jordan Roth

“It creates this dialogue. We have the male formal and the female all in one look. The suit is the uniform of masculinity: terrain that I have, at times, bounded away from. Thom takes that form and deconstructs it, explodes it. He evolves it in a way that articulates my relationship with it.”

Shawn Mendes

“This is Tommy Hilfiger. This is also badass ‘cause it’s all upcycled. This is completely sustainable. So, I’m just proud this year to be in this, honestly.”

Janelle Monae

“I’m proud to be American. I’m proud to be wearing Ralph Lauren. This is gilded glamour from the future.”

Camila Cabello

“Being at war with your body is so last season. I am grateful for this body that lets me do what I need to do. We are real women with curves and cellulite and stretch marks and fat. And we gotta own that, baby,”

Khloe Kardashian

“Am I supposed to admit that I almost had a heart attack on that carpet tonight? It’s so scary, but it’s fabulous, and I’m so excited to be here. I just had to be a part of this experience. It’s something I have always wanted to do. I need a glass of champagne.”

Rachel Brosnahan

“I love that the Met is an opportunity to take risks with fashion. I love a good pair of sweats and a night on the couch, but it feels so nice to have an excuse to put on beautiful clothes again.”

Gabrielle UnionWade

“The Golden Age was a time of great social problems masked by gold while few enjoyed the riches that were built off the blacks and blood sweat and tears of the oppressed people of color of this country”

Emma Chamberlain “It’s over the top, it’s absurd, but that’s what makes it magical.” | 33

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his year’s Met Gala theme was Gilded Glamour, and it was a fashionable thrill-aminute on the red, white and blue carpet; please see the accompanying story “What They Said.” PARK spoke with Jessica Regan, the Costume Institute’s Associate Curator on how she works with Andrew Bolton, the Curator in charge of the Costume Institute on the exhibition designs which can be found, not just on fashion’s biggest night, but throughout the year. Specializing in 18th and 19th century fashion, Regan, a New York native, fell in “love at first visit” to the Costume Institute as a young girl. Her own exhibition designing dreams came true when she started working as an intern at the Met in 2001, the MET GALA summer before starting college. “I was really taken by portraits that depicted historical fashion, and then I think gradually became more interested in the fashion objects, themselves. I’ve had an opportunity to work with a wide range of our collection, which is always incredibly exciting.” She explains that while the majority of the pieces in the current exhibition are from the Costume Institute’s collection, meaning most will go back into storage, BY J U L I E S AG O S K I N they also have also a handful of loans which range from haute to historical. “We borrowed a coat that was worn by George Washington, we think, to his inauguration from Mount Vernon.”

Behind the Couture Associate Curator: Jessica Regan


The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute

Jessica Regan

Fashion As an Art Form Having started as the Museum of Costume Art as a separate entity in 1937 until merging with the museum in 1946, going through renovations, working with well-known

consultants including Diana Vreeland and being renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center in 2014, today, the Costume Institute is home to 33,000 objects spanning seven centuries of fashions and accessories. As both the exhibits and the styles continue to change, Jessica tells us how most people perceive the Institute these days. “There’s always been an enthusiasm for fashion, but I think it has really grown in recent years amongst the general public. It has just been a growing acceptance of the idea of fashion in museums and studying fashion as an art form. I also think that we encounter fewer instances of people questioning that idea, and there is now a real feeling of excitement from our visitors and a desire to see more from our collection.” Anthology of Fashion Their current exhibit, Anthology of Fashion, is actually the third exhibition that the Costume Institute has curated in the Met’s period rooms. “We did Dangerous Liaisons in 2004 and Romania in 2006 in the French and British period rooms. We were really led, in terms of the curation, by the rooms themselves. We worked very closely with Amelia Peck, who was our co-curator on the project and the curator in the American wing, to make connections between each of the rooms and fashions in our collection and other museum collections. Andrew Bolton, our Curator in charge of the Costume Institute, had been thinking for a while about doing this final installment in our trilogy of period room shows and wanting to collaborate with the American Wing. I think the initial idea came about through conversations between Andrew and Silvia Young, who is the Curator in charge of the American Wing. This felt like an opportune moment for us to do an exhibition focused on American fashion as it was coinciding with our 75th anniversary. When the department was founded, the support of the American fashion industry was one of the primary goals of the department, so it felt like the right time to really have an exhibition that was focused on American fashion.” When it came to deciding on designers, they

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could create this metamorphosis of the individual. He created gowns for themes like the Butterfly dress, which had a skirt like outstretched wings, or the Swan, which had this beautiful, curved back. But at the same time, he was very conscious of the individual wearer and the wearer’s body. And so, I think his work is fascinating on so many levels and I think he was, although he didn’t have the level of fame, as you say, of someone like Halston, conscious of wanting to maintain his legacy. He encouraged his clients to donate his designs to museums, so that’s why we’re fortunate to really be able to represent such a large portion of his career.”

remained focused on highlighting more familiar houses such as Oscar de la Renta, Halston and Charles James but they also made a point to showcase the styles of lesser-known names who also made important contributions to American fashion including Jessie Franklin Turner, Eta Hentz, Lloyd Kiva New, Fannie Criss Payne, and Elizabeth Hawes. Film & Fashion Film and fashion truly collided when they decided to create more dynamic and lively vignettes within each of the spaces by collaborating with nine film directors. “Once we had worked out the curation that we had in mind for the space, we shared that with the director who we were inviting to work on that room and we asked them, essentially, to stage the vignette or set the scene,” says Jessica. “So, when you walk into the gallery, the tableau that you’re seeing has been staged by the film director who worked on that space. They made decisions about the poses of the mannequins, the appearance of the mannequins, the lighting and any sound interventions. They also introduced props as needed, but they really each brought their own distinct vision and had their own concept for how to interpret the objects, the fashion, and the rooms.”

Charles James The museum also has the world’s largest collection of clothing from American designer Charles James, who heavily influenced fashion and had a close relationship with our own Editorial Director, R. Couri Hay, which you can read all about in our Fall Issue. “Many of the pieces came directly to the Costume Institute, as well as pieces that were originally donated to the Brooklyn Museum and then were later transferred to the Met in 2009. James had such a unique approach to cut and construction. In this particular exhibition, we’ve featured his work in a living room that came from a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home. We felt that there was an interesting affinity between Wright and James. I think they both have this incredible assurance in their artistic visions. And of course, James approached a lot of his work almost like an architect. He was creating these incredibly sculpted designs that had an extraordinarily complex understructure to achieve shapes that really nobody else was creating and that, of course, afterwards, were copied by many designers in his own time and continue to be a source of inspiration for contemporary designers. And also, like Wright, he took a lot of inspiration from the natural world. I think what’s incredible about a James Design is that it

Sneakers & Streetwear If you find yourself running to the latest exhibition, just think about how one day the very sneakers you are wearing might wind up in a future fashionable exhibit as Jessica explains what she thinks of today’s trends, especially streetwear, and how they might be viewed by visitors in the next decade – or two. “I think that perhaps there will be a turning point where there’s really this growing emphasis on thinking about the sustainability of fashion in a variety of ways and really moving that conversation forward. I think it is really interesting what Demna Gvasalia is doing at Balenciaga because I think he does have an understanding of the house history and also of the innovations of construction and pattern drafting that Balenciaga introduced, but reinterpreting that through a very different lens and bringing in this streetwear element. And I think that that is an important way of sustaining these historic couture houses and allowing them to continue to be relevant and to be innovative and to resonate with a contemporary audience.” Gawking over who wore this year’s Gilded Glamour theme best is the most fun one can have without a coveted invitation to the Met Gala, but the true success of the night was the $17.3 million raised for the Costume Institute’s ongoing exhibitions which truly showcase the best of fashion, or anthropological art. P | 35

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BOB MACKIE HAS HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY CAREER spanning 60 years, designing costumes for some of the world’s most famous entertainers – Cher, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Liza Minnelli, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Whitney Houston and Diana Ross are just a few of the icons who have donned his glittering sequined creations. Mackie became a household name decades before designers were known outside of fashion-industry circles. Some of his pieces are among the world’s most famous garments; most notably, perhaps, the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 when she crooned “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to thenpresident John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden. Mackie was just 23, working as an assistant to the French designer Jean Louis, when he sketched the Monroe gown.

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Marilyn’s “Simple” Happy Birthday JFK Dress “It was”, he tells Park, “A basic, simple spaghettistrap dress, except you could see right through it and it had diamonds sewn all over it. But of course, she looked amazing in it,” Mackie says. “And can you imagine that girl in the center of Madison Square Garden with all those spotlights on her and she takes off her little fur jacket and it looks like she’s just up there naked, but wet from all the diamonds? That was pretty fun.” Yes, this is the very dress that Kim Kardashian wore in May to the 2022 Met Gala and the delightfully frank designer bluntly denounced the fashion faux pas as a “big mistake.” “Marilyn was a goddess… She was just fabulous. Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her. Nobody else should be seen in that dress,” Mackie told EW after the event. Cher’s “Naked” Met Gala Dress Another Mackie Met Gala gown, Cher’s 1974 “Naked Dress,” became mega-famous, ending up on the cover of Time magazine. “It created such a hullabaloo,” says Mackie. “A lot of newsstands took

“JUST MAKES YOU WANT TO SAY, ‘GO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.’” it off the racks because people were shocked. It was just so silly.” The see-through dress trend died down for a while, until more recently. “In the last ten years or so, all of a sudden, all these young actresses and wannabes had been looking at the internet and copying a lot of these clothes, just verbatim. I mean, line for line, it’s kind of crazy.” Admiration for Mackie’s creations must run in the family, because in 2021 it was Kardashian’s half-sister, Kendall Jenner, who wore a sheer dress almost identical to Cher’s to the Met Gala. “It just makes you want to say, ‘Go do something different. Do something that’ll open our eyes and surprise us,’” says Mackie. Cher, with whom he has collaborated for many years, had a similar reaction to Jenner’s homage, but he adds, “She liked it in a way too, that this many years later people were still talking about the dress.” “And we’re talking about a lot of years,” Mackie says. “I met Cher when she was 19 and she’s in her 70s now. That’s a long time ago, and she looks amazing still. She can still wear that kind of stuff.” Cher: “I don’t want to look like a housewife in an evening gown.” Indeed, 14 years later, in 1988, Cher again created

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a sensation in a daring, baring, Mackie creation when accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Moonstruck. “But”, Mackie explains, “This is Cher. She said, ‘I don’t want to look like a housewife in an evening gown’ when she goes to one of those things. So, she dresses up. She loves Halloween and she loves to dress up.” While red-carpet dressing is sometimes a part of his job, Mackie notes, it is not his modus operandi. “That isn’t really costume design, it’s getting something to be photographed in and be in the paper the next day. That’s not what I do really, in life.” Robert Gordon Mackie in a salute to George M. Cohan at Rosemead High School

Book: The Art of Bob Mackie All these escapades and much, much more from Mackie’s unprecedented career have been chronicled in a new book, The Art of Bob Mackie, by pop culture historian Frank Vlastnik and author/editor Laura Ross. The book, from Simon & Schuster, is the first comprehensive compendium showcasing Mackie’s work from early sketches when working for Edith Head at Paramount Studios to today, as he remains as busy as ever in his 80s. Along with gorgeous photos, the tome features dishy anecdotes from Mackie and many of his diva

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muses, plus an afterword by Cher and an intro by Carol Burnett, for whose TV variety show Mackie designed the costumes during its entire 11-year run. That gig involved designing costumes for Burnett’s many comedy skits during each episode, and also costumes for the cast and every guest who appeared on the show. He has found the book to be oddly nostalgic. “It’s amazing, people will say, ‘I’d forgotten all about that,’ and I love reading it because it makes me laugh at those jokes again, because I did a lot of comedy work with Carol Burnett and different people. That was fun to do, and usually you don’t get offers to do that kind of work, and I loved it,” Mackie says. “And then movies, and TV specials in Vegas, and an opera ballet, whatever. You just love doing the work. I’m not happy when I’m not doing something like that.” And Mackie has no intention of stopping. “When you do what you really want to do in life, and really love doing it, you don’t think about that. You just think, ‘Where’s my next job coming from?’ You get kind of itchy and you really want to do the work.”P

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Udo Spreitzenbarth By Rebeca Federico

PHOTOGRAPHER UDO SPREITZENBARTH’S WORK HAS APPEARED on magazine covers around the world, including those of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and many more. His art photography has received international acclaim with a successful series of solo exhibitions in New York, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Beijing and Chicago. During his 25-year career, the German-born New York-based photographer has turned his lens on many of the world’s iconic personalities, among them John Legend, The Jonas Brothers, The Beach Boys, Usain Bolt, the artist Christo, and the late Helmut Newton, whose work has been an inspiration. “I’ve always loved Newton’s work, and I got to shoot portraits of him for a German magazine while he was still alive,” Udo says. “That was amazing; he was one of my biggest idols.”

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Meg Ryan Working with such high-profile subjects has inevitably provided some surprises. Udo was taken aback by Meg Ryan’s laid-back attitude. She’d asked to come by his studio to look at the pictures after a shoot, and instead of arriving with a car and driver and a bevy of handlers, he was stunned when the movie star appeared at his door solo, having walked there over the High Line. “Nobody recognizes me when I wear my big sunglasses,” she explained. “She was such a nice person; lots of charisma, a Zen-feeling around her,” he says.

Salma Hayek Once, when hired by Elle Mexico to shoot the cover, Udo suggested Salma Hayek as the model. The editors loved the idea – and asked if he could get her to do it. He managed to snag the actress and booked a studio in L.A. for the shoot. When the shoot started, The House of Gucci star suddenly began speaking in Spanish, which Udo apologetically told her he didn’t understand. She said, “You›re doing the cover for Elle Mexico and you don’t speak Spanish?” Everyone on the set froze. He had to think quickly. “I said to her, ‘Do you speak German?’ She said, ‘No.’ And I said,

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‘You want to work with me, a German photographer, and you don’t speak German?’ There was a moment of shocked silence, and then Salma and everyone on set started to laugh. “It kind of broke the ice. And then she saw some of the first shots and she loved them, and it was a great shoot. At the end of the day, she was hugging me and saying how much she loved working with me.” Tyra 15 Perhaps one of Udo’s most well -known projects was Tyra 15: A Tribute to the Supermodel, in which he pho-

tographed Tyra Banks as fifteen other iconic models throughout the ages, including Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Lauren Hutton, Iman, Twiggy, Karlie Kloss and Carmen Dell’Orefice. The project was especially challenging since they decided not to do any retouching. “If you use Photoshop, you can basically make anyone look like anyone, but if you choose not to use that, then it becomes all about the art of photography, lighting, makeup, styling, and acting on Tyra’s part,” says Udo. “It was amazing how she could transform into these models.” | 45

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Catherine Zeta-Jones exclusive Udo is the exclusive photographer for Catherine Zeta-Jones’ brand, Casa Zeta-Jones, doing all the photos and video direction for ads, commercials and editorials. These include cosmetics, activewear and shoes. Focus On Fine Art Photography Recently, Udo has been placing more focus on his art photography, which does include some of his artistic fashion work. He feels that the line between fashion photography and fine art is increasingly blurring, and looks to his idol, Helmut Newton, as inspiration. “He’s a very important art photographer for our times,

but he was at the same time also a fashion photographer, and that never excluded itself,” Udo says. “Things are much more inclusive, and boundaries are more and more broken. People are very accepting and open to what art means or can be.” With his exhibit this spring at Virgil Catherine Gallery, outside Chicago, he found that patrons were fascinated by his life and work in the celebrity world. “That’s very important to collectors and art lovers, when they see a picture that interests them and you tell them the story, how it happened and why we did it and how it got created. Then they fall in love with the image even more.”

One hallmark of Udo’s work is that there is always a human being in the photo. “I was never as interested in still life or architecture. My forte is people and expressing emotions and feelings through people in my pictures.” Upcoming Exhibitions: Carlton Fine Arts & Art Karlsruhe Fair Udo will be showing a selection of his celebrity portraits at Carlton Fine Arts on Madison Avenue this summer until July 16th and then he’ll exhibit at the prestigious Art Karlsruhe fair, in Germany. P

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YDIA HEARST, THE ACTRESS, MODEL AND socialite who is as much of a fan as the horror movies she is known to star in, is definitely more sweet than scary. Okay, maybe a bit twisted, but in the most endearing way, plus equal parts fun, quirky, humorous and witty. With striking features and vibrant red hair, plus a bubbly personality that you know hides something deeper under the surface, Lydia is serious girl crush vibes. As a fellow horror fan who has followed Hearst’s rapidly progressing career, my own excitement level peaks as I notice a Chucky embroidered throw in the background – which Lydia explains recently replaced a Tiffany doll (from Child’s Play) - one of many horror props she keeps throughout her house, as we chat via Zoom from her home near Griffith Park outside of Los Angeles. Also, a new mom who just wrapped up another production which she starred in and produced; Hearst is not just your average heiress.


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“OH MY GOD. I’VE ALWAYS LOVED HORROR. I’M REALLY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE SUSPENSE’’ William Randolph Hearst The great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst publishing empire and the inspiration for Orson Welles’ classic Citizen Kane, Lydia grew up in an idyllic community in Connecticut where she attended private school while pursuing a career in modeling. Getting used to a constant stream of rejections, mostly due to her shorter stature at 5’7”, Lydia’s life soon changed when she was discovered by famed photographer Steven Meisel who put her on the cover of Italian Vogue. Rejection soon turned into worldwide recognition. “We shot that before Christmas in 2003. Things were still shot on film, and it was before iPhones with the cameras and all that, and everything was kept very hush-hush. I didn’t even tell my agents at the time what I had done. And then come April 2004, it sort of changed my life overnight. So many of the people who had rejected me and turned me down suddenly went, ‘Oh. Oh, I get it now,’ which was a very interesting response. And it was sort of the first time that people actually took me seriously. I was able to start traveling the world and work with some of the most iconic photographers and designers to date.” While she has been more focused on her film projects, she did enjoy faux breastfeeding twin babies for an Equinox ad campaign a few years back. “It was just a really fun shoot. It also had a lot of controversy, but I loved that I got to work with friends. Those are my favorite shoots.” Scream Queen Lydia is thrilled that she is now able to work as an actress, more specifically, in the horror genre, which she refers to as a very ‘niche community.’ “Oh my God. I’ve always loved horror. It’s not really about the cheap thrills and the jump scares. I’m really into the atmosphere and the suspense. And of course, any true horror fan loves the gore too. But I love films that aren’t just scary, but kind of creepy, which isn’t exactly the same. You don’t get that jump scream. you’re almost vicariously living through the experiences that the characters on screen are having.” Hearst has also wound up in a hearse more times than she can remember. “I can’t remember how many, but my husband (Chris Hardwick) was counting them up before. I think I have died at least 13 times. And I’ve had so many different

ways of dying. I’ve been shot. I’ve had a flesh-eating virus. I’ve had my head bashed in with a giant dildo. I mean, there’s been quite a few interesting ways, and then there’s been drug overdoses. But interestingly enough recently, I haven’t died quite as much.” Dead or alive, her fans love watching her bring horror to life. It also turns out that killer fashion and horror films do have something in common – at least for Lydia. “I learned to transform, and I have kind of this chameleon-like face, almost like a blank canvas. I’m constantly changing the color or the cut of my hair. I’m even putting in various contacts to change my eye color.” Mom Patty Hearst in John Waters’ Cry-Baby Not falling far from the fashionable tree, Lydia remembers the spectacle that was a Thierry Mugler runway show, back when runway shows were more than an hour long and models would change in front of the audience. She knew she wanted to “do that” when she watched her own mother, Patricia (AKA Patty) Hearst, alongside the original supermodels, including Elle Macpherson and Naomi Campbell. She also recalls the pure excitement and magic of being on set for the John Waters film Cry-Baby in which Patty starred alongside stars like Johnny Depp. “John Waters created this fantastic world. I mean, everybody was in these incredible costumes and the makeup and they’re singing and dancing. I mean, what little kid wouldn’t want to do that when they grow up? Just play and have fun.” Despite growing up with not just a famous last name but a mother who was at the center of an international scandal surrounding her alleged kidnapping and bank robbery charges, all of which was turned into a thriller movie, Lydia is surprisingly, well, normal. Lydia normal that is. During an overseas interview, the segment was scrapped due to her “disturbingly” adjusted demeanor. “They said to me, ‘Well, we’re used to people who tend to have more alcohol issues or drug problems or had neglectful parents.’ I literally called my mom after and I was like, ‘Well, mom, it’s terrible. You were such a loving parent that people aren’t interested.’ So, it’s kind of ironic that when people are like, ‘Oh, what challenges have you faced?’ It’s like, I feel like the biggest challenge is that everybody thinks that I should be some other extreme way with parents that weren’t around or have all these issues. We have a really good relationship. | 53

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I still talk to my mom every day. I hope to be as good a mom as my mom has been to me.” It turns out that this horror actress is also a fan of love stories - at least in real life - and found her own fairytale with nowhusband Christopher Hardwick, the host of Talking Dead, writer, and comedian. “It’s not that easy to find someone who doesn’t mind having random horror props all over the house and watching horror movies every night before bed and things like that. It’s nice that he supports my crazy passions. And I

don’t know, we just have a lot of fun. It’s kind of like we both embrace our childish enthusiasm. He’s my best friend and we’re a team.” Star Wars Wedding Droids, boots and zombie makeup were just part of the wedding celebrations for the two lovebirds who wanted to make the festivities as fun and true to themselves as possible. The ceremony, which lasted less than 15 minutes, was officiated

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by Ed Dumke, who had also married Lydia’s parents, as well as her best friend, Jaime King, though the ring bearer was a bit less known to the guests. At least on a personal level. R5-D4 – yes, the original droid in Star Wars, came down the aisle – and it didn’t stop there. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll know that Mark Hamill originally chose him to be his sidekick, but he is a bad motivator who consistently breaks down. “The Ewoks come and take him away, and that’s how he winds up with R2-D2, so at the ceremony, R5-D4 breaks down, he’s got the ring, and he’s like sparking and sputtering, and then a whole bunch of Ewoks came out to get... or no, sorry. Jawas, not Ewoks. Jawas came out to get him. So, it was just that kind of fun that we had.” The party continued with guests in cocktail attire and cowboy boots, a request made by this chic country girl who can effortlessly combine couture with comfort. “My family, we’re just as much high fashion as we are country. I wanted people to get dressed up, but be comfortable, because when you’re dancing the night away, no one likes to be in heels all night, your feet start to hurt. And then, because my husband hosts a show called Talking Dead, which premieres and plays after Walking Dead

on AMC, Greg Nicotero actually did the special effects makeup for all of the wait staff at the wedding to turn them into Walking Dead zombies. Clay Walker, my favorite country performer, actually got up and sang and performed the whole night. It was just a big spectacle, and a lot of fun. We just wanted to make sure everybody enjoyed themselves.” Pinball & Nintendo Switch Gamer This pinball-loving pair was even gifted a limited-edition Halloween pinball machine by close friends Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Myers when they announced the gender of their baby girl. This prized pinball present joined other favorites including The Walking Dead, The Addams Family, Star Trek and The Simpsons, even though Lydia makes sure to point out that those last two are classics, so they are allowed in the pinball room even though they aren’t part of the usual horror theme. Lydia has been a gaming lover since she started playing Nintendo when her grandfather gave her and her sister an original Nintendo in the 80s. “I grew up on Mario and all those things and now I am just an avid Nintendo Switch player.” They now have a four-month-old daughter, Dimity. Dimity | 59

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“I NEVER GOT INTO THE BUSINESS TO BE FAMOUS. I GOT INTO IT BECAUSE I JUST LOVED WHAT I WAS DOING.’’ is an old English name referencing delicate fabrics woven together to become strong, which instantly reminded Lydia and her husband of their own bond. And yes, the adorable newborn already has creatures around her nursery, most notably, a life-sized Mike and Sully figurine from Monsters, Inc. This movie star and new mom started working just eight weeks after giving birth, on another horror movie, of course. “It was definitely a challenge. I didn’t want to have to leave her every day, but at the same time, I was excited to be back on set and get back to work. I hope to be able to instill a solid and good work ethic in her and that she can see that it is possible to find a balance where you can, in a sense, have it all and do it all.” American Boogeyman & LA Film Festival The haute horror queen previously added producer next to her name on the popular Netflix show American Boogeyman which she also starred in, about husband killer Aileen Wuornos. Next up, fans will be able to catch her in a film she shot prior to the pandemic, which will premiere at the LA Film Festival, where she plays a volatile and unstable mother who is emotionally tortured and addicted to heroin. She also co-executive produced and co-stars in a film called Slayer with Malin Akerman and Abigail Breslin, which is kind of a unique, modern re-imagining of classic vampire lore. Other upcoming projects include Werewolf Game as well as a movie based off of the well-known game, Assassin. “We’re 12 strangers who are kidnapped by a sort of social media conglomerate company and we’re forced to play this game where we have to vote amongst each other, and people get brutally murdered. I’m actually one of the leads, and I’m co-starring with Tony Todd, which is kind of amazing because he’s a legend. I’m really hoping that fans like this one. It was a very challenging film, one because I had just given birth, and two, because of the circumstances of the characters and the situation of the film.” Operation Smile Lydia is also fiercely passionate about helping others and has been traveling around the world for the organization Operation Smile, where she attends charity fundraisers and launches global offices, in addition to going on volunteer missions. Intended to help underprivileged children receive bilateral cleft lip and palate surgeries, she is already excited

at the idea of bringing her own daughter on future missions when she’s old enough. South of Hell with Mena Suvari This former television actress, who appeared in Eli Roth’s television series South of Hell with Mena Suvari, which she describes as being “ahead of it’s time for attempting to take horror mainstream,” has one very special part in mind if she were ever to come to Broadway: the silent film star in Singin’ in the Rain. She is really into character acting, after all. “I never got into the business to be famous. I got into it because I just genuinely loved what I was doing. And I loved being creative and playing and working with really fascinating, interesting, fun, nice people.” Hearst Castle While she is proud of her Hearst heritage and loved shooting around Hearst Castle (a 250,000-acre property around San Simeon, California, which now comprises 123 acres of gardens, terraces, and pools, as well as a 165-room estate and legendary art collection), she is also happy to have carved out her own identity. Never feeling like she fit in as a New Yorker, Lydia and her husband are looking at purchasing a ranch a few hours away in Central California. They are also renovating and restoring a historic home across the street, where Lydia is already getting her own gardening obsession going. “I put in a little citrus grove on the hillside where I have different clementines and kumquats and tangelos and Mandarin oranges, and even Cara Cara blood oranges. And then there’s another side of the property that I put in these Heritage apple trees. I’ve been working on planting everything and sectioning it off because I’ve done a lot of research into how they should be planted. I’ve also been trying to dabble in grafting, because on the property that we got, there are actually these really old grapefruit trees, that I don’t think it’s even a type of grapefruit that exists anymore. They’re about as old as the house, which is nearly 100, which means they’re probably going to die soon, which is unfortunate. I have to kind of figure out how to save the trees and graft them onto something else in order to preserve that species.” One thing is certain when it comes to Lydia Hearst – she is always horrifyingly herself. And that’s why we love her.P

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AFTER QUITTING DANCE AS A CHILD BECAUSE she just wasn’t wired to follow the rules, fine art photographer Shira Gold decided to make her own rules and is now one of Canada’s most influential artists. This rule-defying realization at a young age, compounded with the fact that her mother was one of the first administrators of Arts Umbrella, a visual and performing arts school in Vancouver, contributed to her now passionate artistic path. “The school had become a refuge for me as I found academics challenging. When I first learned photography at the age of 11, I found myself living in the dark room. Being

behind a lens really allowed me to engage with other people confidently, and I was able to start to learn the visual expression of my own thoughts and feelings. As a child and teenager, I’d always be sitting and waiting for my mom at the school on Granville Island. The Island is an artisan hub, full of local artists and markets, and I would always look out the window at the artist studios and think how much I would love to be a photographer and have a space there. Then a couple of years ago I got a call that one of these studios that I used to stare at so longingly across from Arts Umbrella was available.”


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Years after her mother and muse, Melanie Gold, passed away in 2003, Shira created Good Grief, a visual articulation of the profound personal transformations she went through during that time. When Gold, a former fashion designer, took her camera out again following her mother’s passing, she never stopped snapping things that gave meaning to her visions. “My mom was a huge formative force for me as a child. She lived and breathed the art world.” When it comes to describing her work, Shira explains that she is more interested in capturing the feelings that she is experiencing in the moment rather than trying to meet the moment. “I do this using visual metaphors. Ever since I was a teenager and even as a child I was fascinated with overlooked objects and how things we just pass by might carry meaning, become visually opulent when seen through new “I WAS HIKING AND STUMBLED eyes. Whether I’m using a landscape UPON THOUSANDS AND or falling petals, or a found vase or THOUSANDS OF MOTHS COVERING THE LAKE LIKE LACE. I WAS REALLY disposable masks, it’s the same proTAKEN BY THE EXPERIENCE AND cess. Minimalism has been a consistINSPIRED TO CREATE WHAT I FELT.’’ ent theme which has been honed and refined as I continue to develop my practice. I have a busy mind, and when I find something within my frame it’s one of the few moments when I can block everything out and focus just on the intention.” The severity and instability of the pandemic led Gold to create two independent series of poignant photographs which related to what we have all gone through these past few years. In response to all the regulations imposed on society during the start of Covid, By a Thread deconstructs the feelings that arise when facing both the tightening and loosening of rules. It reflects humanity’s need for order in

the face of absolute disorder and chaos, and the sense of uncertainty we feel as we navigate those conflicting impulses within ourselves as well as our society. Shira correlated this to often maligned and misunderstood moths, which evoke a sense of rebirth and regeneration, with an innate pull towards liberation through their symbolic and transformative beauty. She compares how we too were forced to leave our cocooned worlds after being sequestered for long periods of time, and how we are drawn to the light of promise as we reemerge and reimagine our lives. “By a Thread is about how we choose to come into the light after such a divisive experience. In constructing the series, I had to deconstruct my feelings and consider how to find a new order in the midst of disorder.” The series concluded in synchronicity with the pandemic restrictions easing away and expresses a shared experience through visual metaphor. By A Thread was conceived following a moth outbreak that besieged Vancouver’s lower mainland. Semi-transparent moths are delicately suspended while taut, artificial threads delineate rules and safety orders, a gesture toward our tenuous relationship with the ever more uncertain future. “I was hiking and stumbled upon thousands and thousands of moths covering the lake like lace. I was really taken by the experience and inspired to create what I felt at that time. I consider myself to be an emotional person and love being able to capture what I feel and share it with others.” Shira’s second pandemic body of work, Bare Essentials, is a composite portrait series of everyday items including tissues, paper towels and toilet paper which were treasured and then disposed of during the early days of the pandemic. “These works are an interrogation or meditation on our consumer behavior and the supply chain in those early

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days. I tried not to order online and hoard items, preferring to just buy things as we ran out of them, however the search for essentials became more challenging as they became quite elusive in Vancouver. When online deliveries arrived, my children and I were shocked to find even the non-breakable items wrapped up in bubble wrap. I realized that I was contributing to the problem of consumerism and kept the bubble wrap as a memory of the moment and to incorporate it into my work.” Getting through the pandemic herself involved being outdoors a lot and going for hikes with her family. “I adore travel, and we really just stayed close to our home and explored our province. My relationships are deeply important to me, and I was deeply grateful to remain connected virtually with friends as much as I could. My friendships, music and “I AM AMAZED AT HOW, IN THESE art are like therapy for me. Concerts MOST CHALLENGING TIMES, are one of my favorite things to phoSEEMINGLY EVERYONE IS FINDING THE BEAUTY IN THE ENVIRONMENT tograph for fun. I was missing going AROUND US.’’ to shows terribly and am looking forward to seeing live music again.” Earlier on in her career, Shira was focused on photobased mixed media, but was unsure that her message was communicated effectively. She continues to experiment with different mediums and takes a self-described “messy mad scientist” approach to create the installations that become her composite photographs. “I put multiple images together to present the message and create the overall effect I’m looking for. I stage those bits and frames, sometimes well over 20 layers deep, and the compositions evolve to develop a painterly quality to them.” Shira is known for presenting her work as contemporary

prints, mounted and laminated so they can be hung without glass. This visionary and versatile photographer was also extremely honored to have one of her photographs featured on the cover of her father’s book called Two Pieces of Cloth, which is about his parents’ fight for survival during the Holocaust. “My grandparents were survivors and came to Canada with next to nothing. Through hard work and determination, they really built a new life for themselves.” Currently, this star photographer, who has been recognized through many different international awards organizations, including The Fine Art Photo Awards, LensCulture Art Photography Awards and others, splits her time between her public and home-based studios. She will be spreading her creativity – and unique perspective – with an upcoming series focused on neural diversity. Having been diagnosed with ADHD in her mid-30s, Shira has wanted to explore that topic for some time. She is also excited to have pieces featured in FotoNostrum gallery in Barcelona in the fall. With artists being forced to find new ways to showcase their creativity following the hardships of the last few years, Shira is in awe of the art community. “I am amazed at how, in these most challenging times, seemingly everyone is finding the beauty in the environment around us. In the photography community, this creativity has been continuous, despite all the pain and sadness and loss, and there have been many great stories to come out of it.” Finding her own ways of creating art during these times resonates with us perhaps most of all because of the vulnerability and emotion she evokes in each of her very personal pieces. P

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The Happy Art Movement razilian-American Artist Romero Britto - Founder of The Happy Art Movement, whose 60,000-square-foot studio in Miami is known as “The Palace,” has arrived in New York. An exhibition of his work curated by Catherine Davis featuring 100 original paintings, limited edition works and sculptures created during the pandemic opened at Carlton Fine Arts. A portion of the proceeds of all sales will be donated to the New York Academy of Art.

Romero Britto

Comes to New York City BY W H I T N E Y LOV E L L S C H OT T

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Absolut Vodka 1989 & Formula One PARK magazine sat down with Britto in Miami during Formula One, where a life-size sculpture valued at $400,000 was on view featuring his signature bold, colorful patterns reflecting the optimistic view of the world he wants his work to represent. He told us he came to America thirty-five years ago and has worked in many roles while transitioning from a street artist to the global star he is today. He says his journey started when he was a child painting simple watercolors and a schoolteacher bought one of his paintings for $14 dollars, inspiring him to continue. “I came from a large Brazilian family. My mother worked and cared for all of us. To entertain myself, I would draw. My drawings were always colorful, happy and fun. It was my search for happiness and it made me feel good; happy and safe. I never wanted to stop!” But his road to success was a step-by-step process. “I knew I’d never make it as a waiter,” he jokes, “but I always loved cars, so I worked in a car wash, and a pizza parlor, and in stores and supermarkets, anything to help support my passion for creating art. The only thing I haven’t been is a husband… | 117


“I was happy to discover I could help or a prostitute!” he adds, laughing. Once Britto had the luxury of working as an artist professionally, he built an empire, one collaboration at a time. His first was a licensing deal with Absolut Vodka in 1989 when he was chosen for their ad campaign along with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Robert Indiana. Since then, he’s done collaborations with such mega brands as Coca-Cola, Samsung, Mattel Barbie, Disney, Evian, Wilson, Visa, Apple and Puma, but his second love remains cars. “I love cars!” he proclaims. “My collection includes cars from 1968-2022.” He’s done collaborations with Rolls Royce and Bentley —through Braman Miami, for Art Basel last year —which he will continue to do again this year. The sculpture

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he created for Formula One “is a McLaren,” he says. It’s a lot of work and he now has 100 employees on staff in his Miami studio to assist him in all aspects of his thriving business, but he needs more space. “I have so much artwork in storage,” he told us. His private collection includes Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso to name a few - all of whom he finds “very inspiring.” HRH Charles, Prince of Wales & HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall “And I love fashion,” Britto says. “I am grateful to have been able to collaborate with so many wonderful brands —like my friends at Dolce & Gabbana, Hublot and Swatch.

Collaborations in fashion, music and movies are great; the visual arts are a great way to share my art with more people,” he says. “NFT’s are also a great way to share art…and another source of revenue for artists, so I think they are great,” he says. “Like the Industrial Revolution, we need to embrace the Technological Revolution as well.” Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Martha Stewart are just a few of the big-name celebrities who collect Britto’s work, which now ranges from $80,000 for a commissioned portrait, to $230,000 $1,000,000 for a painting and up to $3,000,000 for a sculpture. Some of his most famous portraits include HRH Charles, Prince of Wales and wife HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, unveiled at Bucking-

others in this very personal way. ham Palace in 2021. “Prince Charles is a watercolorist himself, so it was a real compliment to learn he was interested in my work, and a great honor to meet him. I invited him to visit my studio when he comes to New York, he invited me to the palace!” Britto told us. Asked about other celebrities he has met, Britto said laughing, “When I met Gigi Hadid’s father, Mohamed, he told me I should paint her portrait…and charge a lot of money!” Britto Palace & JFK He plans to expand his “Palace” to 200,000 square feet — hopefully in time for his birthday in October 2022, and will rent out a 10,000-square-foot space for events. “People love to come to my studio and use the space

for cocktail parties. It’s a happy space and makes them feel good,” he says. Britto has given to more than 200 charities. His first philanthropic experience was with the American Heart Association. “I was happy to discover I could help others in this very personal way. It made me feel good. It’s a great feeling to help others - especially in your community, but also around the world. I love sharing my art and wish I could do more. It’s a beautiful thing. America is the most charitable country in the world!” Coming to America as an immigrant, he found “life to be easier,” he says. “The mindset is more open than in Brazil. I have found my friends and collectors to be so incredibly supportive.” During the pandemic, Britto took solace in his artwork. When he paints, he gets into a

“zone.” Like meditation, he finds “inspiration, optimism and happiness” there. He found the process of transitioning from painting to sculpture to be quite “organic.” He says he was “never scared to create sculpture— like his big apple at JFK Airport. It can be challenging to create something 40-50 feet high, but I found the challenge motivating,” he says. If he had one message to give to the world through his work, with all the primary colors, hearts, and flowers in his work, what would it be? “Happiness, hope and gratitude,” Britto says, “I want my art to represent all the blessings in the world, not the darkness and despair.” P | 119



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New York’s dazzling One Vanderbilt skyscraper and big Sony windows on Madison Avenue to a giant video wall for Sundance and a huge billboard in Times Square, Linda Zacks deals in big concepts and big energy. Her canvases, whimsical and vibrant, convey visceral emotions with playful, primal complexity, which is why it makes perfect sense that she was chosen to brighten New York City streets with The Greatest City on Earth public art project after 9/11. Ever since she began her career in the early days of the web boom, the Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design graduate has infused art and lettering into design, honing her distinctive style while working for clients like Broadway, Adobe, and Target. Her indelible way of seeing the world inevitably finds itself into her work, whether it’s a mural in Paris’s Gare Montparnasse station or an installation at an interactive conference in Barcelona. As a fine artist, Zacks makes imaginative use of materials— cardboard, duct tape, old wood, Polaroids, and so much more—but the concise poetry that accompanies each collage gives new meaning to the term “mixed media.” She’s currently showing at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York and preparing for Art Market Hamptons, in August 2022, and another showing at SCOPE Miami, in November. “My work is all about stories close to my heart,” she says. “I collect data and mash it together into a visual meal.”

When I look at your art, I’m reminded of the full-body chaos of New York City. I always say the city that breaks you makes you. Many intense years of living in the chaos jumpstarts your brain in amazing ways. I carry it with me—that kind of crazy energy is saved inside, and I use it when I need it. What are the main lessons you learned from living in NYC? Hustle. Be aggressive! I’m an athlete, so life in New York—the most competitive game you’ll ever take part in—fits my personality perfectly.

Give me an example of how the city inspired a particular piece. “THE STREET” is my take on the street outside my old apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At any given moment, there’d be a whole bunch of craziness going on around me; I’d interpret it and metaphorically exaggerate bits and pieces, letting it transform into my vision of the moment. Do you visit museum and galleries for inspiration? Walk the streets! Be outside! New York is a living canvas that’s been painted over a

billion times, leaving evidence underneath of past lives and stories. It’s a rich urban cake with human frosting. It’s a treasure hunt! Sound and sports are important to you, too. I enjoy all kinds of music while making stuff, and sometimes I listen to the room and the sounds of the studio without music: the soundtracks of nature and life. Staying in shape knocks loose the neurons needed to stimulate my brain for ideas and creativity. I’ve been boxing for three years, and it’s the best thing ever! | 75

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‘‘The studio is alive with the tools of Tell me about your process. Do you start with sketches? I’m more interested in the rawness of the thinking process than the final product. You create something and you maybe don’t like it and paint over it, but then something juicy pops into your mind and you write something else. The messiness, second-guessing and overthinking… that’s the interesting part!

Is your studio as blissfully alive as your art, or is it organized to a T? The studio is alive with the tools of creativity, and creativity is messy! Every time I make a painting or a book, my studio explodes into a disaster area. My workspace bends and changes with each project—I’m forever making space for new experiments and commissions.

Did you develop that spirit in school? I’ve always been a fearless creator. I say that I learned how to think, not draw. My creativity reared its head in unconventional ways—I often turned in elaborate books instead of just papers—and I found that creativity lived everywhere. “Art” class ended up being the least creative place for me. The biggest thing school taught me was creative problem-solving—how to question the parameters of a project so I could bend the rules accordingly. There’s a structured, educated brain underneath the apparent craziness of my pieces. My work is not wallpaper; each piece has depth.

Some of your pieces are huge, too! Most of my works are very large. They have And just like New York City, your evolved to be big because people want them canvases are packed with visual stimuli. big. My work is usually the focal point of a room— I love rich colors and rollers and used paper see it, feel it. and old cardboard—physical materials that did some living before I found them. A friend You moved to Princeton, New Jersey a made me huge wooden letters, which I use as few years ago. Is NYC still in your bones? giant stamps. I love letters of all shapes and I will always make NYC-centric paintings, sizes, and especially my old Remington type- but my output lately has become about more writer, which my husband proposed to me on. universal human themes close to my heart, like I love different viscosities of paint, from liq- “hustle,” “strong,” “sunshine,” and “THE ANuids that splat and ooze and spill to really CESTORS.” These share some visceral qualithick caked-on sludge. ties with other works, but they’re more about

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creativity, and creativity is messy!’’ humans than the city. That said, I’m also making “TEN MINUTES IN TIMES SQUARE,” so the city is never really that far away. We live right between NYC and Philly, an oasis amongst the madness.

the old way of doing things before computers took over our lives. I am very much analog and digital, and that combo makes for interesting crossovers and possibilities.

When did words become such an important part of your visuals? I love word-based paintings; one word is a full three-course meal of concept and whimsy. I collect words. I have a journal with lists of words that spark ideas for future creations. English was my art class, and I’m deeply rooted in words and writing. When does a word become an image, and vice versa? I’m a huge fan of any kind of letter, any form, and I still handwrite stuff.

You worked at VH1 for a while, but were you also making art on the side? Yes. I created a treasure trove of personal projects, paintings, and handmade books, which a friend finally convinced me to put up on a website. Since VH1, I have worked on an amazing bunch of commissions, from editorial illustrations to integrated advertising campaigns. Some of my handmade NYC books have been featured at New York’s MoMA Design Store and the International Center of Photography’s museum shop.

How do you divide your time between pencil-and-paper and software? I always say that I have one hand on a pencil and one on a pixel. I graduated college right as the web was exploding onto the scene, umbilical cord still attached. I feel lucky to have learned

Tell me about the new, more universal pieces you mentioned earlier. I’m excited about a new series called “THE ANCESTORS.” It’s all about asking big questions: Where did you come from? Who made you? How are we who we are? Genetics, DNA,

hair follicles, stories, moments, recollections, atoms, protons, magic dust... This series is about contemplating your existence, the people who made you, and the people who made them. How many pieces will be in the series? I’ve made the first two “ANCESTORS,” and I can see it expanding to 20 or more compelling figures, brimming with words and history. What advice would you give to someone interested in cultivating a body of work as diverse and energetic as yours? Enjoy the beauty of slow, the beauty of imperfect. Record life as it whizzes by your nose. Take it all in. Inject the vibrancy, the surprises, the love, the conflict, the conversations. Keep moving. Keep trying. Keep failing. Don’t stop. Cultivate your voice—it’s a lifelong song. P @lindazacksart | 77

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Rick Friedman

Hamptons Fine Art Fair Explore World-Class Art in Southampton BY BRIAN AKER


iscerning art collectors need look no further than the Hamptons to discover beautiful and beguiling works of art to enliven their homes. The Hamptons Fine Art Fair in Southampton will celebrate its second year in the expert hands of its creator, event producer and art collector Rick Friedman. Last year the fair launched to tremendous success, shattering attendance and sales expectations. This summer the Hamptons Fine Arts Fair expands in size and scope in a new location and promises to be the most exciting high-caliber, luxury fine art event in the Hamptons. “I am really excited about offering Hamptonites the chance to see and purchase exceptional quality art from all over the world, ranging from emerging

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artists to blue-chip paintings, including Renoir and Picasso pieces, from M.S. Rau and others,” says Friedman enthusiastically. The Southampton Fairground The Hamptons Fine Art Fair will run July 14 through July 17 at the Southampton Fairground. Friedman shares, “This year we have 85 galleries from 43 cities in eight countries, in a new 40,000 square foot modular museum. We now have more galleries than last year, specializing in higher-end pieces that collectors are seeking, which hasn’t happened before to this degree in the Hamptons. Over 500 artists are represented and each piece is curated so that there is an incredible variety. Prices start at around $10,000, with some valued into the millions.” Pollack Pavilion Regarding the impressive list of exhibitors and a taste of what the fair will present, Friedman offers, “We have uncovered several famous artists from the 1950s and 1960s whom collectors here can discover to grow their collections. Additionally, many of the galleries feature works that are twentieth and twenty-first century post-war contemporary pieces which link to the Hamptons as a historically important area in the creation and patronage of art. This dates back to mid-century with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and all of the great artists who embodied the abstract expressionist movement. The building that we are constructing is called the Pollack Pavilion, which will have a replica of the famous Pollack paint-splattered floor that will be in the lobby to greet our guests.” In a timely nod to connecting politics with art, Friedman shares, “We recently added a gallery from Kiev that shut down when Ukraine was attacked. They moved the art safely out of the country, so now they are bringing it to our

show, and we are very excited to have them.” A Passion for Possession In addition to the deluxe galleries, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy several presentations including a panel discussion with a group of collectors entitled “A Passion for Possession,” in which they will detail how they discovered art collecting, the good and challenging aspects of it, and important lessons learned from their experiences. Another useful panel discussion topic will analyze the process of art philanthropy, with donors explaining how to donate art, which isn’t always an easy process. Throughout the event, many contemporary artists will also be present to discuss their work. Opening Bastille Day The festive opening night celebration will

feature a French theme, as the launch date of July 14 coincides with Bastille Day, the national holiday of France. “We coordinated with the French government and French agencies to help us create this glamorous theme. We will showcase well known French singer Chloe Perrier and her jazz band as our guests enjoy an array of beautifully crafted French food, and Perrier water and Pommery Champagne will flow. Hamptonites enjoy a bespoke theme party, and this will be a fitting reflection of the many galleries from France that we have exhibiting.” Friedman made his mark on the Hamptons’ art scene during the decade that he managed Art Hamptons, the first largescale fine arts fair in the area. Using that as a blueprint, he went on to produce art fairs in affluent communities including Aspen, Silicon Valley, Houston, and Palm Springs. As one might expect, Friedman has an extensive collection of his own, and he says, “I am an avid collector of abstract expressionist artwork from the fifties and sixties, specifically female artists, and I have about 300 museum quality paintings in the house.” At this point, Friedman is a legend in the art world. He could easily retire and enjoy the beauty of his personal collection, but he has no intention of slowing down. “What motivates me is the excitement of our guests as they come to experience art in person. I love to inspire new collectors and for them to catch the fever of collecting,” he says with a gleam in his eye. Friedman says there was no challenge in attracting exhibitors, as the Hamptons is widely recognized as one of the premier art buying markets in the world. “Art collecting is the new sport of the Hamptons; I don’t think there is any more vibrant, robust community of aggressive art buyers than here.” P | 79

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Bill and Rebecca Rau

Bill Rau

Art Dealer Comes to Hamptons Fine Art Fair BY B E N N E T T M A R C U S


he Hamptons Fine Art Fair is back this July, and nobody is happier about it than Bill Rau, proprietor of legendary New Orleans emporium M.S. Rau that will mark its debut in-person presence at the prestigious fair with a selection of extraordinary pieces.

One of North America’s most respected fine art, antiques and jewelry galleries, M.S. Rau joined the fair two years ago, virtually, thanks to the pandemic. But Bill Rau finds that meeting clients in person is much more exciting. “We like being there, we like speaking with people, and we’d like to think we have very impressive objects, and they’re just so much better when you can see them in person,” says Rau, the third generation to run the family-owned French Quarter gallery, which celebrates its 110thanniversary this year. Among the treasures Rau will present at the Fair are works by Picasso, Rembrandt, Childe Hassam, Dali and Renoir, as well as a rare Warhol “Last Supper,” to be shown for the first time, an $8.9 million early Claude Monet,

The Tower of Katoubia Mosque by Winston Churchill

and several paintings by Frank Sinatra, which are highly prized Warhol’s “Last Supper” Warhol’s “Last Supper” is exceedingly rare; as it’s his last piece, there was only one set made before he passed away in 1987. It was Warhol’s final show, in Milan, across the street from Da Vinci’s original “Last Supper” mural, and drew 30,000 visitors, including the Pope. A California client commissioned specially sized copies of the five-piece series to fit a chapel at his home. Soon after completing them, Warhol died following gallbladder surgery. “Unequivocally, Warhol would’ve made dozens if not hundreds of them, but he didn’t because he died,” says Rau. “I can’t think of any other examples where he didn’t make multiples of pieces.” If he made one, he made many, including about 800 Marilyn Monroe’s and 1,000 Campbell Soup Cans. “They weren’t all the same, there were minor differences, but he would take the same motif and just do it over.” So, these were unique, and were authenticated by the Warhol Foundation just before the organization stopped offering

authentication service. After 25 years in the collector’s home, the works were loaned to the Reagan Library, which held a show and produced a book on them, after which Rau was able to acquire them. This is the last one of those five large originals, about six feet tall. Claude Monet landscape The oil by Claude Monet, a depiction of cliffs, is from the impressionist’s first series of landscapes done en plein air, for which he is renowned. It was one of two Monets in the collection of a museum in Minnesota, which sold it to M.S. Rau in order to finance the purchase of another work. “It’s fresh from a museum and it’s just beautiful,” says Rau, considered one of the foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century European and American antiques and fine art. Frank Sinatra paintings At the Hamptons Fair M.S. Rau is offering three oil paintings by Frank Sinatra, whose work is highly sought after by collectors of American pop culture memorabilia. “Sinatra didn’t sell his works,” Rau says of the

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Last Supper Detail: Jesus, John, Peter and Judas by Andy Warhol

singer, who passed away in 1998. He gave away his paintings to friends, including presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and to the chef at his favorite restaurant, who hung it above Sinatra’s regular table. “In addition to being a singer and actor, Frank Sinatra was an exceptionally talented artist, and his works are quite rare,” Rau says. He recalls one of his salespeople showing a client a Monet in the gallery, and then quipping: “Now let me show you somebody really famous.” “They showed him the Sinatra, who, in some respects, is more famous than Claude Monet.” Brangelina & The Piece That Got Away A history buff with broad knowledge in many subjects, Bill Rau is able to reel off entertaining stories about the wide variety of rare objects he has handled over the years. A collector in his own right, Rau normally does not ever regret selling something. “I get great joy out of buying something, and I get great joy out of selling it, finding a right home for it.” However, there is one piece that he wishes he hadn’t sold: a painting by Winston Churchill that was found in a closet and had an

extraordinary backstory. Churchill painted roughly 1/3 of his paintings before World War II and 2/3 after, but he only painted one during the war, at the Casablanca Conference with Franklin Roosevelt in January 1943, a pivotal point in the war. After the conference, Churchill persuaded Roosevelt to visit Marrakesh, which he considered the most beautiful city in the world. There, they visited a tower overlooking the city, where they drank, sang songs, and enjoyed themselves. “Both Churchill and Roosevelt later described it as their most favorite night of the war,” Rau says. The next day, Churchill returned to the tower, painted the scene they’d looked at, and gave it to to Roosevelt as a birthday present. “We bought it and - we don’t give out names of clients, but because this later became public knowledge, we’re glad to share it - we sold it to Brad Pitt,” Rau says. He gave it to Angelina Jolie and last year, it came up at auction at Christie’s and brought close to $12 million, about six times what Brad Pitt paid for it. “While we were just so pleased that we were able to discover where it was, I wish I had never

Untitled by Frank Sinatra

sold it because I’m a World War II buff, and to have something that was painted by one of my heroes, given to another one of my heroes at such a pivotal moment in history, it’s something that still touches me.” 110th anniversary celebration M.S. Rau is family-owned - Bill’s daughter, Rebecca Rau, is the fourth generation involved in the business - and celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. To mark the milestone, they plan a large exhibition of post-impressionist and impressionist art in October, in the 45,000 square-foot gallery. In addition, they’ve approached a highly important jeweler to create a few special pieces of unique jewelry with extraordinary gems. “We don’t make jewelry, we sell antique jewelry,” says Rau. “But these will be done in the old way of making jewelry, of high quality, with antique stones that you can’t buy in the marketplace, just a handful of 110th anniversary pieces that I hope will come out spectacular.”P | 81

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Victoria Golembiovskaya with Phillip Guston and Barry LeVa artworks at C1760 gallery, New York.

Victorıa Golembiovskaya GALLERIST

Time is the Ultimate Luxuryat Colnaghi’s C1760 Townhouse



House of the Nobleman

ne of the many things that makes NYC so special is that it draws those who are constantly out to challenge themselves and bring new ideas and perspectives to the community. Enter Victoria Golembiovskaya, who garnered attention and acclaim for her House of the Nobleman in London, an art advisory firm that produces exhibitions in landmark locations internationally. Her new energy manifests itself on the Upper East Side with C1760, the modern and contemporary art department of Colnaghi, the world’s oldest commercial gallery, well known for Old Masters works. Artist Getulio Alviani My first meeting with her was when I caught the tail end of Getulio Alviani’s exhibition of reflective aluminum works at the C1760 Townhouse. Alviani was important in the op-art era, hailed from Udine, Italy, the same

hometown as Leo Castello. They were pals. It’s an attractive show with chromed and anodized pieces, some feeling like a carnival house of mirrors. Alviani was big in the sixties and had some moments in the eighties, but despite important, critical work, time forgets things – until people step in with reminders.

of the biggest upcoming film stars. “It was a decisive chapter in my life at a time when Russia still had hope,” she says. “I realized that I was no longer able to function there, and I wanted to do international projects. Because all my friends were artists, it was natural for me to start doing projects with them.”

Influences of Time That brings us to my second meeting with Victoria and the summer exhibition at the Townhouse, titled Influences of Time based on Swiss Art Historian Heinrich Wolfflin’s “Kunstgeschichte ohne Namen” (Art History without A Name). We can get heavy with this but we won’t. All I’ll say is that if you are into geometric abstraction, this show is for you. My guidance counselor in high school once said that I ranked very high in special relations, so I held onto that praise and somehow latched onto this type of work from an early age, searching for signs and symbols. So, who is this woman? Victoria started working in the film industry in Moscow in the late nineties, where she was the manager of one

Damien Hirst, Banksy, Alexander Calder, Yves Klein & Pablo Picasso When she moved to London, Victoria worked on a formula for art-inspired projects between the arts, real estate, and luxury brands. In 2010 she got a big break when the developer of a beautiful mansion overlooking Regent’s Park invited her to do a project, where each room of the house was to have a unique curated theme. The exhibition was a collaboration with real estate developers, luxury brands, designers and private collectors to show their works including Damien Hirst, Banksy, Alexander Calder, Yves Klein, Gerhard Richter, Pablo Picasso and Edouard Manet to name a few. This has been the first time that a luxury London residential property has been

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transformed into an exhibition on this scale and with works of such astounding historical significance. It was very well received and turned into a series of exhibitions. Now, House of the Nobleman has evolved from an art advisory to a private equity firm specializing in managing a spectrum of investments in the arts and creative industry. Marina Abramovic, Velázquez & Christo In 2019, Victoria joined Colnaghi to restructure the Gallery and prepare it for future growth, then began to build the Gallery’s Modern and Contemporary department, with projects from Dreamsongs: From Medicine to Demons to Artificial Intelligence, to Humble Works featuring Marina Abramovic with Velázquez, Christo’s wrapped Vespa motorcycle, and so on. During the pandemic, Colnaghi further

restructured the company and decided for London to focus on Old Masters while New York focused on an immersive program bringing Modern & Contemporary art into conversation with Ancient and Old Masters. This led to Colnaghi Gallery’s launch of C1760. “I want to bring quality and curiosity, something fresh and new, something compelling. A combination between old and new art, and sometimes even design, which will be integrated into our 1880s townhouse of a Gallery – interesting events, discussions, happenings – I see all of that existing in this space,” she states, brimming with confidence. Fall 2022 will present a group show of upcoming future stars and artists based in the Hamptons and NYC. P

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Maria Kreyn at her Brooklyn studio. PHOTO: JAMES SALOMON


Artist Maria Kreyn B Y J A M E S S A LO M O N

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‘‘Crack open my shell. Steal the pearl. I’ll still be laughing. It’s the rookies who laugh only when they win.’’ Rumi, translated by Haleh Liza Gafori


The Spaceship

was lucky enough to be invited to “the spaceship” which artist Maria Kreyn calls her studio in Brooklyn. It was one of her salon events; an attractive and exotic crowd—bohemian chic, a couple of celebrities were present, though they’ll go unnamed. Smoky mezcal sits on the kitchen table; I give it a try. In my periphery, someone says, “Oh yes, Maria and I met last month in Antarctica.” I grin and slip away to see the art. Maria paints in a classical spirit that I find refreshing because I just don’t see that anymore. I’m noticing some Velasquez, some Delacroix. “I’m borrowing, stealing, and remixing everything,” she later tells me in a matter-offact way. The reason for the gathering is literary: her old friend Haleh just published a book of Rumi translations. There’s singing and chanting; it’s enchanting. A discussion follows, whereby a forum for ideas opens. I don’t think I’ve been to something like this in a while, then I question if I ever have. Maria’s parents are among the guests; her father gives me some insight into her upbringing. She moved from Russia to Florida, then to Philadelphia, Texas, University of Chicago, Iceland, Norway, and France before landing in the Big Apple. “Perhaps the nomadic impulse is a bit hard to shake, but of all of the places, including many European cities, NYC

seems to be the place with the most dynamic conversation and most dynamic communities,” Maria says. Andrew Lloyd Webber Commission A white peacock is perched up high on the wall. I don’t ask about it, but clearly, I need to take Maria’s picture with it. An adjacent painting features two dogs fighting each other atop a pale man (is he dead?), another white bird hovering in the composition. It’s oddly whimsical and oddly serious. I later learn it’s a Saint Sebastian reference from an earlier series. No shortage of drama. I think I want this painting. A couple of years ago, after seeing her work in Vanity Fair, Andrew Lloyd Webber called her out of the blue and requested she make 8 large-scale paintings as a permanent sitespecific installation for his newly refurbished Theater Royal Drury Lane. The thematic prompt was: “Maria, let’s do Shakespeare. I’d like you to make this work dangerous and apocalyptic, with your soul on the line. Webber paid her one million dollars for the commission. Webber paid her one million dollars for the Shakespeare Cycle Upon completing the “Shakespeare Cycle” she started developing a series of paintings initially inspired by The Tempest. This past year has basically been research and development in that direction. “After spending a decade

working with the figure and the subtlety of the human facial expression—all of those emotions, and their vast range—I wanted to see and feel what happens when I zoom out, when the human presence is implied, but isn’t literally present,” she explains. “The Tempest, and really all of Shakespeare, is a study of inner and outer turbulence. ‘The Storm’ series examines the human condition from a different vantage point— from the movements and currents of nature, weather, and atmosphere. I feel like these themes of cyclical turbulence and resolution speak to our collective experience, particularly in the recent past. They certainly speak to mine. It’s all very autobiographical.” Her work is currently on exhibit at Colnaghi: C1760 gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The exhibition presents a unique survey of works investigating the interplay of geometry and time. The collection juxtaposes various works in various media spanning over 150 years. Beginning with design innovations of Toulouse-Lautrec, moving into the Constructivists, following through to Philip Guston and renowned minimalists like Sol LeWitt and Yves Klein, the timeline concludes with Maria, the youngest living artist in the exhibition who presents an extraordinary storm painting inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. P | 85

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Above: Young Elizabeth wearing a costume by Pierre Balmain for her father’s ball in Bearritz Photo: © Nachlass Madame d’Ora, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

Right: Strong-Cuevas Photo: Christophe von Hohenberg


STRONG-CUEVAS HASN’T HAD A BORING LIFE. HER PARENTS WERE poles apart culturally, her family history is replete with intellectuals and innovators, and she’s been acquainted with the likes of Salvador Dalí, Charles James, Alfonso Ossorio, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Louise Nevelson and other visionaries. She has no doubt been influenced by the creative and intellectual genius that has surrounded her since her youth. She began sculpting in the 1960s when she enrolled at the Art Students’ League of New York and continues to produce to this day. Her Long Island studio is filled with hundreds of works, including stainless steel sculptures that stand more than 13 feet tall and ink drawings that line the studio walls. | 87

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Below: Running Heads by Strong-Cuevas

Work Exhibited Across from the United Nations The art of Strong-Cuevas explores inner consciousness, outer space, and communication through space and time. In the words of distinguished art critic Donald Kuspit, “Strong-Cuevas’s sculpture is rooted in primitive art, with its bold structures, expressive directness, communal symbolism, and conviction of cosmic absolutes.” The influence of ancient civilizations – the Egyptians, Aztecs “STRONG-CUEVAS’S and Mayans – is particularly evident SCULPTURE IS ROOTED IN in Strong-Cuevas’s abstract faces PRIMITIVE ART, WITH ITS BOLD and large-scale works, such as her STRUCTURES, EXPRESSIVE ten-foot bronze, Arch III, which was DIRECTNESS, COMMUNAL recently exhibited in Dag HamSYMBOLISM, AND CONVICTION OF COSMIC ABSOLUTES.” marskjöld Plaza across from the United Nations. This past year, her work at Grounds for Sculpture was artfully illuminated as part of the exhibition, “Night Forms: dreamloop by Klip Collective.” The exhibition, described as “an after-hours multisensory experience created between art and nature,” was covered by The New York Times, Barron’s, PBS, and other outlets. Greta Garbo & Balls in Biarritz “A strong personality, very intelligent, opinionated, and

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theatrical like her father.” Strong-Cuevas doesn’t mind this description of herself, culled from the pages of a letter her late brother once sent to a friend. Her father, the Marquis George de Cuevas, was born in Chile and founded the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in Paris, where he met her mother, Margaret Strong, years earlier. The family spent time between Saint-Germainen-Laye, where Strong-Cuevas was born, her grandfather’s house in Fiesole, Manhattan where they hosted the likes of Salvador Dalí and Greta Garbo, and Biarritz, where her father threw a costume ball no less grand or theatrical than the productions put on by the Grand Ballet. The Cuevas Ball in Biarritz “It was more of a theatrical event than a party,” recalls Strong-Cuevas about the 1953 ball her father gave in Biarritz. “There was a stage, and all the people who had been invited had got themselves dressed in remarkable costumes by the French couturiers — Balmain, Dior, Lelong.” Strong-Cuevas was photographed at the ball by the illustrious fashion photographer Madame D’Ora, wearing a costume by Balmain with a feathered headpiece. Some of the photographs from that evening were part of an exhibition of Madame D’Ora’s work

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Below: Marques de Cuevas, Maria Callas and Salvador Dali Photo: Salvador Dalí Archives

at the Neue Gallerie in New York last spring and also appeared in Vogue. Why the Mind Has a Body Her mother was highly educated and was one of the first four women ever admitted to Girton College at the University of Cambridge, where she studied chemistry. Her maternal grandfather was Professor Charles Augustus Strong, the philosopher, psychologist, and author of Why the Mind Has a Body. Strong-Cuevas appears in the documentary, “Secrets d’Histoire,” which exalts the lives and legacies of American entrepreneurs including Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and her own great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller. In the documentary, Strong-Cuevas describes a feeling of indebtedness to her ancestry for having passed on an ability to think and reflect. She later said of her art, “Like Balanchine, whose birthday I share, I am an innovator within a classical tradition.” Surrounded by Creative Genius Growing up, Strong-Cuevas and her family spent time with close friend Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, who would visit them in New York and spend summers vacationing with them in Wyoming, New Hampshire,

and elsewhere. She can still sing the lyrics to a Catalan folk song Dalí taught her as a child, and when StrongCuevas began her work in sculpture, Gala commented at a dinner party, “She always had talent.” Later Strong-Cuevas counted among her friends and peers Alfonso Ossorio — the famous Philippine painter she remembers fondly as her close friend — Max Ernst, Lee Krasner, Isamu Noguchi, Françoise Gilot, and Leonora Carrington — the famed surrealist whose vision inspired the theme of this year’s Venice Biennale. A Work Tinged with Mysticism “I think we are all born with destinies,” says StrongCuevas of how she became a sculptor. “We may think we are choosing our lives, but I do not believe that. Who knows why, but maybe our past lives influence the present. I may have been a sculptor in Renaissance times or before. Who knows? In any case, I believe I have been given a mission for which I am so grateful.” Strong-Cuevas once had a horoscope done by a renowned astrologer, recommended to her by the graphologist and master of the Tarot, Mary Steiner-Geringer. (She’d had her handwriting analyzed by Geringer years earlier. “She analyzed handwritings brilliantly. I had sent her mine, as well as that of four other men across | 89

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Right: Strong-Cuevas with her sculpture, Space Icon Photo: Christophe von Hohenberg

Below: Elizabeth with Françoise Gilot at a solo exhibition of her work at Leonard Tourné Gallery Photo: Leonard Tourné Gallery

the Atlantic so there was no possibility of collusion. She reported back with one-to-one portraits of each of them. Remarkably accurate.”) Geringer sent Strong-Cuevas’s dates to the astrologer without telling him the horoscope would ever be passed along to Strong-Cuevas. “He thought it was only for her. So he did not hold back. He said everything he thought. And of course, as soon as she got his report, she sent it directly on to me.” “In that horoscope, he says that “I WOULD HAVE BEEN I would have been restless, unRESTLESS, UNHAPPY ALL MY happy all my life if I did not find LIFE IF I DID NOT FIND ‘A ‘a work, gratuitous, perhaps tinged WORK, GRATUITOUS, PERHAPS with mysticism.’” For Strong-CueTINGED WITH MYSTICISM.’” vas, sculpture was that work. “Eve“EVERY DAY I THANK THE GODS FOR HAVING GIVEN ME ry day I thank the Gods for having SUCH A MISSION.” given me such a mission.” Strong-Cuevas: Heads During her time at the Art Students’ League of New York, Strong-Cuevas studied under the acclaimed sculptor John Hovannes. Later, she met through Charles James the Swiss French sculptor Marcel “Toto” Meylan. They partnered for the next five years and worked together on her large-scale sculpture series, Heads I-V. Their work together is documented

in the book, Strong-Cuevas: Heads, which followed the publication of two other books on her art published by Abrams, Strong-Cuevas Drawings: Ideas on Paper and Strong-Cuevas Sculpture: Premonitions in Retrospect. A friendship with Charles James Strong-Cuevas met Charles James when she was 13 years old and forged a lasting friendship. “I never bought a dress from him in my life,” she says. “The ones I have, he gave to me.” She was also a patron of his work, and often served as a model for his designs. “He never used a commercial dummy for his dress-making.” He used Millicent Rogers to create the first dummy, and Strong-Cuevas for the second. She recalls being wrapped in bandages while he pricked her with pins. “He was clumsy with his fingers… ‘Ouch, Charlie! Be careful!’” She tells a story of a dinner she hosted that Lee Krasner and Charles James attended. While Strong-Cuevas was trying to serve dinner with a platter held high in the air, Charles James was trying to pin a green satin bra on her, much too large for her form. Lee Krasner later said she dined out on that story for years. “When he went to an opening of his own work, he would put one of his dresses on me.”

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Left: Drawing of Elizabeth by Antonio Lopez for a Charles James dress Photo: Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, via Homer Layne

Below: Elizabeth in the mid-1970s with Charles James, wearing one of his last designs Photo: © Estate of Antonio Lopez & Juan Ramos. Courtesy Paul Caranicas

Photographed by Bill Cunningham Strong-Cuevas was photographed in those dresses by Bill Cunningham and featured on the front page of The New York Times fashion section when the paper covered the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute in 2014. In a letter he sent to her in the 1970s, Charles James told Strong-Cuevas, “What counts most in your life is your work, which is of far more excellent quality than you modestly think… not only because of an understanding of beautiful line and volume but because of an infinite strength which reflects your character at its best.” The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller Strong-Cuevas’s work has been represented by Leonard Tourné Gallery since 2014 and is represented in the collections of Grounds for Sculpture, Bruce Museum, Heckscher Museum, and the Smithsonian-affiliated Long Island Museum. It has also been exhibited at the IIème Biennale de Sculpture in Monte Carlo, Island Weiss Gallery, and dozens of other solo and group exhibitions. Her works have an increasingly active secondary market and frequently beat estimates at major auction houses including Christie’s,

Sotheby’s, Doyle, and Bonham’s. In 2018, her bronze, “Othello,” sold alongside works by Delacroix, Monet, and Picasso as part of the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller sale at Christie’s. She just completed a series of essays she intends to have published, and an exhibition of her sculpture and drawings is set to open at the Southampton Arts Center on July 30th. Strong-Cuevas’s work was the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Lana Jokel. P

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Skylar Brandt The Artist’s Point of View B Y S KY L A R B R A N DT


veryone knows the fantastical and dramatic movie Black Swan, but are the experiences of actress Natalie Portman preparing for the role of a swan anything like those of a professional ballerina? Absolutely not. My name is Skylar Brandt, and I am a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre. I am about to make my debut as Odette/Odile in the classic ballet production, Swan Lake. Considered by world standards as the ultimate ballerina role, I will portray both the white swan and the black swan in a single performance, switching back and forth between acts. As if ballet as an art form is not difficult enough, the transformation required to look the part of a swan feels nearly impossible. Just the aesthetic of the birdlike creature alone requires twisting and shaping, stretching and contorting with the near dislocation of so many body parts in order to achieve the correct look. Then, factor in characterization. The white swan must be gentle and soft, romantic and emotional. The black swan seduces and destroys, full of

attitude and self-worth. So how is a ballerina, especially one making a debut, supposed to accomplish all that is asked of her, both technically and artistically, in one performance? The process takes an enormous amount of research, hours of practice and lots of thought and patience. I am fortunate enough to be guided by such incredible teachers and mentors as Irina Dvorovenko (a legendary swan queen herself ) and her husband, Maxim Beloserkovsky. I watched both of them perform when I was a young, aspiring ballerina, and though I may not have known it then, I was studying their movements on the edge of my seat, moved by their expressive dancing. Odette/Odile As a professional now, I start from scratch. I begin with the bare structure of the choreography, learning the steps and trying to fit each movement into a musical time frame. As I do this, my teachers point out each angle of my body, everything from the shape of my back to the focus of my eyes. Each finger needs attention. The neck must rotate in inhuman

ways. Every step is precise and calculated, just in time for me to rip everything apart again to give room to artistic interpretation. Though Odette has elements of melancholy, I cannot furrow my brows. This would not be attractive. I must speak through my body language and tell her story through the adagio (slow tempo) quality that makes her so vulnerable. Odile is a completely different kind of animal. She is sexy and cunning, but she must not look cheap. Her presence is full of elegance and grace, just like the white swan. This is what makes the prince confused. He sees Odette in Odile’s dancing, all the while succumbing to her seduction. So much nuance is required in order to play these parts. Swan Lake entails a lifetime of work, and I am just beginning. But I hope that after the performance, someone will congratulate me on my performance as the white swan and proceed to ask who played the black swan. This would be the ultimate compliment. P



The Westhampton Beach Project Food Festival + Melba Moore & Parson’s Dance BY B R I A N A K E R


Colucci Musical Mime Theatre

opening acts will be seen by a who’s ummer in the Hamptons isn’t just who of the Hamptons, and by opening about catered pool parties, for world-class artists, it allows them boutique shopping, and walks to be experienced and heard, along the beach. The arts have building their artistic performance always played an integral role credentials.” Colucci goes on to add, in life there among the “This is my biggest project; I don’t think I will residents and visitors. This ever do anything greater in my life than to be an year the Westhampton Beach Project artist and promote artists to the community.” In celebrates its third year as a preparing for this annual event, which was complimentary two-day presentation of disrupted by the pandemic, Colucci says, “It is Steven Colucci and the arts under the aegis of visual and difficult to find great talent doing something that Crystle Stewart performing artist and producer, Steven Colucci, should be seen by a larger audience. I am very a long-time Hamptons resident. The event will discerning, and it takes about eight months to find be held July 29 and 30 at the Westhampton Beach Great the right mix of talent to present here in the Hamptons. I Lawn, and as dusk fades into starlight, V.I.P. guests will look domestically and all over the world, because I want the enjoy handcrafted cocktails and delight in food from attendees to be wowed by what they see.”

twenty-six of the Hamptons’ finest restaurants. This highlight of the summer social calendar is organized by the Colucci Musical Mime Theatre, whose purpose is to help aspiring young talent by exposing them to established acts in the performing arts.

Steven Colucci Funded by sales of Colucci’s visual arts, the Westhampton Beach Project is a manifestation of the artist’s passion for the performing arts and sharing that joy with the general public. It also allows Colucci to give exposure to younger performing artists. He shares, “The

David Parsons The first night headliner is Parsons Dance, a New York City-based contemporary American dance company led by Artistic Director, David Parsons. Dancers will present a program set to music of various genres including, Brazilian, electronic, jazz by Miles Davis, and popular songs of Yusuf/Cat Stevens. The company has developed a broad, fervent fan base over the course of its 35-year existence, and is known for its athleticism, unbridled energy, and technical prowess, earning international acclaim.

Members of the Parsons Dance Company


Tony Winner: Melba Moore Tony Award-winning singer and actress, Melba Moore, will command the stage the second night, highlighting The Great American Songbook. Moore has had an extraordinary career spanning five decades with many successes on Broadway, including the shows Purlie, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Les Misérables. Music fans know her for her many R&B hits and a glistening five-octave range. Notably Moore’s all-star 1990 production of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has been entered into the National Recording Registry for its historical and cultural significance, and she says, “Music is what God has allowed me to do.” Her Westhampton Beach Project showcase of classic American songs promises to be an ideal match of voice and material for a romantic summer night. Colucci adds, “Melba Moore knows the American songbook better than most female singers out there today.”

and much-collected painter whose work has been described as neopost-impressionism. He enjoys his lifestyle, imparting, “I have a house on the bay where I paint and I have a house on the ocean. I am not one to sit around too much; I love getting together and going out with friends for dinner. The Hamptons is such a beautiful area to explore and be social.” Colucci takes immense pride in his work and is modest about his contributions to the local arts scene, saying, “It just makes me feel great when people see the show and have discoveries about the stories being told visually on stage through dance or enjoying amazing music. You want people to walk away being moved by the experience and knowing that they have witnessed something of exceptional quality.” P

Marcel Marceau Colucci developed a keen interest in the arts while growing up in the Bronx. He says, “I spent a lot of time in Greenwich Village and went to a private school there, so I was always around talented people. I was a visual artist at first, but it wasn’t enough for me to paint or to sculpt. I became fascinated with corporal movement and expression.” Eventually, he made his way to Paris, where he studied mime under Étienne Decroux, the father of modern mime. Colucci also worked with Marcel Marceau, who propelled the artform onto the worldwide stage in the midtwentieth century and became a household name.

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Matthew Bruderman relaxing in the ‘model room’ of his 1908 boathouse on Centre Island.

Maple syrup produced by Bruderman on his Long Island property.

Matthew J. Bruderman Living a Legacy. Looking to Tomorrow.



n the early weeks of 2022, Long Island native Matthew J. Bruderman was enjoying pancakes with his family at their Centre Island home when his son asked, “I wonder how they actually make maple syrup.” For Bruderman, that query sparked a curiosity that instantly became an all-hands-on-deck family project. He immediately bought a book online about the sugaring process, which led to tapping the maple trees on their Beachwood Farm property in Oyster Bay and finally producing their own syrup, which ultimately found its way to that same table. Anyone who knows Bruderman wasn’t surprised by the way he tackled the challenge. He’s most comfortable when faced with a problem to solve or an opportunity to learn something new. Bruderman’s life has been one guided by his passion for living, intellectual curiosity and an industriousness borne from a family legacy whose philosophy, as he puts it, can be summed up in one word: work. For Bruderman, life is about those ‘maple syrup moments.’ He sees every challenge as an opportunity to learn, and to succeed— but he isn’t discouraged by failure. “The key to a full life is to keep doing things that you’ve never done —to be bad at something and work to get better at it. That’s how you “live your best life,” as | 93

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The Bruderman Family and special guests on the front porch of their Manhasset home. From Left back row – John M. “Jack” Bruderman Jr., HRH Princess Anastasia Löwenstein, Princess Anna Gabrielle von Habsburg, Princess Lioba zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and Patricia Bruderman. Bottom Row from Left - Mark Bruderman, Michael Bruderman, Mary Jane Bruderman, James Bruderman, Matthew Bruderman and John M. Bruderman III.

Pheasant and Chukar hunting in Milbrook New York. From Left – Matthew Bruderman John Georgiades, ‘Scout’, Michael Bruderman and his son Michael Jr.

Jack Bruderman taking the neighborhood kids for ice cream in his 1942 Chevy firetruck circa 1970s.

Bruderman says. He believes that has been a key to his success in business as well. As the chairman of Bruderman and Co., a legacy financial services institution with its origins more than 120 years ago, Bruderman seems to deftly tread the line between past, present and future. He lives for today, while constantly drawing inspiration from his family’s rich history to propel him forward. “After 45 years in business I needed someone I could trust to sell my business. Matt is a dynamic businessperson, good listener with great integrity,” remarked John King, JKings Foodservice. He may be at the helm of a family company that had its inception in 1879, but Bruderman is quick to point out that he didn’t inherit his wealth. “I was a busboy, and a waiter. I had my first Pennysaver route in second grade. I parked cars and carried golf clubs. I was expected to work, there were no hand outs.” He recalls at one point having to start his car with a screwdriver because he didn’t have the money to get the ignition fixed. “MATT MOVES “What I did inherit was my SEAMLESSLY good name, good guidance BETWEEN and the opportunity to work SITUATIONS LIKE to succeed...the value and the FEW PEOPLE I importance of treating people KNOW. SIT HIM with both respect and honesty. NEXT TO A ROYAL I was taught to never see people AT DINNER, PUT as better or worse because of HIM IN A DUCK money or anything else. We BLIND IN A SWAMP were all equal.” He also inherited OR IN A BOARD a sense of vision that goes back ROOM WITH THE generations, from his relatives MOST CUT-THROAT that came here in the 1620’s, NEGOTIATORS AND fought in the Revolutionary HE’S IN HIS War and established the town ELEMENT.” of Southampton, NY, to the family’s early entrepreneurs. “Innovation is the key to success,” he says. “It’s about taking the best of what you’ve learned and being willing to pivot when necessary. Don’t see things as how they are, but rather how they can be.” He brings that approach to everything including his passion for redesigning cars, homes, buildings and even planes. “It’s all about figuring out how to design something for its best use,” he says. Bruderman has been an executive or majority shareholder in dozens of large companies, but that doesn’t mean he’s tethered to a desk. An avid sportsman, Bruderman spends more time outside than in. Starting his day going for a run, wake surfing, hunting or fishing helps him clear his mind and set his mood for the balance of the day. He’s been known to invite business associates to share in his activities before getting down to work. “I’ve known a lot of investors through the years and Matt

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has a creative mind that others simply don’t. It’s one thing to organizations amplify their positive impact on their communities. understand numbers and how business works, it’s another Bruderman says he’s just getting warmed up. “I see significant to think out-of-the-box and visualize the potential — creativity societal challenges wherever I go, and I have a very definite is in his DNA,” says Stallion, Inc CEO and longtime friend idea of how I can best leverage my experience and relationships and frequent business associate John Georgiades. to help others succeed. I see addressing those challenges as Celebrity designer Dennis Basso, a long-time Bruderman being more pressing now than ever.” friend, observes that “Matt moves seamlessly between situations While he’s coy about his future plan to take his philanthropic like few people I know. Sit him next to a royal at dinner, put him work to the next level, in typical fashion Bruderman clearly in a duck blind in a swamp or in a boardroom with the most has an ambitious one in mind. cutthroat negotiators and he’s always in his element. With his “I think all people should have opportunity. I was blessed clean-cut good looks and charming personality, he defines the with it: I was given a good name, a good family in the right ‘modern but old-school’ businessman. Knowing him for so place and in the right country. I learned early on that many years, it has been an amazing journey both socially and entitlements were bad and gratitude was great. If someone in business. He clearly has that ‘special something.’” On the surface, Matthew Bruderman is a man who is at the top of his game. The committed family man “I LEARNED is a successful businessman, advisor, entrepreneur EARLY ON THAT and, more recently, a media presence as well. But you ENTITLEMENTS get the sense that he is neither enamored nor comfortable WERE BAD AND with it all. For him to live his family legacy, he strives GRATITUDE WAS to help others enjoy life as much as he does. GREAT. IF SOMEONE “I’m living my best life and I want to show you how IS WILLING TO to do it, too. You only get one turn,” he jokes. WORK, I WANT TO Charitable work and philanthropy have been part HELP THEM ACHIEVE of Bruderman’s family fabric since he was a child. For THEIR POTENTIAL. I generations, his family has quietly devoted both time WAS TAUGHT THAT I and resources to charitable work. “We’ve done it because WAS ENTITLED TO it’s the right thing to do—not for tax purposes, not to NOTHING — I HAD TO draw attention to ourselves. We do this work because WORK FOR WHAT I when you go to bed at night, you know you’ve helped WANTED.” someone. Nothing feels better. ” “Matt is a creative businessman with a huge heart. We do many deals together, and he is always looking for ways to help under-resourced communities. I truly admire is willing to work, I want to help them achieve their potential. his passion - both as a businessman and a philanthropist,” I was taught that I was entitled to nothing — I had to work commented James Metzger, Chairman and CEO of The for what I wanted.” Whitmore Agency. “You can’t give someone self-worth,” he continues. “They As children, Bruderman and his siblings would often join can only earn it. That sense of accomplishment is the greatest his grandfather to distribute food to those in need. “He wanted gift you can give.. It leads to a powerful confidence that us to see that even basic food and shelter was a challenge for creates greater personal and professional success.” some people every day. He felt it was really important to commit As Bruderman plots his next big moves, he relishes dropping our time and not just our money. Helping isn’t just writing a his kids off at school in board shorts, running his businesses check. It’s very easy to write a check, especially when you have at top speed in between quick wakeboard breaks and hosting the money. What’s harder – and even more charitable—is friends for hunting trips. giving up your personal time. It’s a greater sacrifice, but also The excitement of the next ‘maple syrup moment’ or NYC a greater gift. Both are important for the soul.“ Marathon propels him forward. “Life to me right now is totally Today, that sense of purpose instilled in childhood fuels exciting because I’m looking at the next new chapter. I’m Bruderman’s commitment to others. He serves as a trustee incredibly grateful for the life I have. Like those who came for several not-for-profit institutions and has provided legal, before me, with faith and hard work I believe anything is accounting, and strategic planning support to help other possible.” P

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here’s no question that we are in a period of significant inflation. It’s evident any time you visit a grocery store, fill up your car with gas, or dine in a restaurant. Earlier this year the Consumer Price Index, a government measure of inflation, hit a 40-year high, spooking investors and putting equities into a tailspin. Of late, we find ourselves discussing with clients if and how the resurgence of inflation would impact an investor’s asset allocation and what investments might be more attractive given the surge in inflation. According to legendary investor Warren Buffett, investors should focus on companies that have the ability to increase prices rather easily, so that inflationary costs are absorbed by the end user, without the company having to bear significant loss of either market share or unit volume. Examples of this would be consumer staples, such as branded food or personal care companies. Additionally, Buffett says that investors should avoid companies with high capital expenditure requirements, such as utilities and railroads. During this inflationary period and in general, we at First Long Island Investors

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recommend that investors look to high quality dividend paying companies, as they are a good long-term investment and provide some measure of safety. These companies are typically larger, more mature businesses and have a culture of being shareholder friendly. Their commitment to paying dividends forces company management to be disciplined with their use of cash which contributes meaningfully to their total return. Additionally, while history is only a guide, in higher-inflation environments mid-cap and small-cap stocks also tend to do well. Sectors such as energy, REITS, financials, and materials historically have outperformed during these periods. Bond markets tend to get hit hard during inflationary periods, as fixed coupon securities will perform poorly during a rising rate environment. However, there are some types of bonds that provide inflationary protection. For example, step-ups have increases in interest rates at certain points in time and variable rate bonds provide some inflationary protection. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities are another way for fixed-income investors to protect themselves from the effects of inflation. These securities increase the underlying principal amount by the rate of inflation, so

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that there is no loss of purchasing power. A common question asked by investors in times when the markets are rocky is how much cash to hold. The answer is different for each individual or family based on their specific situation and can be a difficult one to reconcile. On one hand, investors may want to try to reduce cash holdings during an inflationary period because the value of their cash will erode over time, perhaps significantly so, as each dollar will buy less than it could before. On the other hand, having the appropriate cash buffer helps investors weather volatile markets and allows an investor to “sleep at night.” One should remember that even though inflation is high now, it will not remain high forever. The ideas above can be considered by investors as they evaluate minor portfolio changes and other diversification strategies, but for the long-term investor with a well thought out and time-tested asset allocation generally staying the course and not acting emotionally may be the best approach. P

Philip W. Malakoff, Executive Managing Director at First Long Island Investors, LLC, a Long-Island based wealth management firm providing sound financial guidance for nearly 40 years.

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Wealth Management o one in the financial world starts at the top, and for Nicolosi, his relationship with money began when he was a child working in the restaurant of his Italian immigrant family. His parents taught him the value of earning a dollar, saving and how to maximize what had been accrued - all valuable lessons that would serve him well in his career. Upon graduating from The City University of New York in economics, Nicolosi soon entered wealth management and channeled his passion and energy into building a robust clientele and helping others learn to build, or build upon, their wealth. Beneath the affable personality and charm, Nicolosi truly exhibits a care and concern for his clients’ success and they, in turn, have maintained long fruitful relationships with him, often introducing their associates to his services. Nicolosi shares, “Clients come to us through various channels, but mostly referrals. Satisfied clients are exceptionally gracious about referring their friends to us because they have been able to see the results we can help deliver.” Risk Means Something Different to Everyone Nicolosi is resolute that the full-service, high-touch service experience he and his team provide impacts the durability of his client relationships and often their success. “It’s a combination of caring as if it’s our own money and digging deep to discover the ultimate goals of our clients, then leveraging all of the resources of Morgan Stanley to

Sergio Nicolosi The Depth of Real Financial Advice BY BRIAN AKER

help yield those results. We educate our clients, and explain the risks of investing, which puts them more at ease because risk means something different to each person. Even at the start of the pandemic, we proactively connected with our clients to explain what might happen to their investments and offered tailored advice for them.” The current financial climate is ripe with volatility, and Nicolosi explains, “Right now we are in uncharted territory with 40-year high inflation rates and 40-year low bond markets. There’s a lot of market distortion, but we can see where to go in seeking to buffer client portfolios and deliver inline risk adjusted returns.” He goes on to say that those dynamics are part of what he enjoys most about his job, stating, “I love that the market is not the same each day, and the challenge of solving a problem in any given environment while advising the client to create a strong working relationship in decision making.” One of the biggest


changes in the financial world during the last two decades has been the proliferation of self-service investing online platforms, which Nicolosi sees as no threat to clients who value advising services, as there are more investors in the market than ever before. Meditating & Marathons The intense challenges of financial services can be stressful, so Nicolosi has found ways to manage that by engaging in meditation and long-distance running, having run several marathons and halfmarathons. “Meditating for twenty minutes helps to calm me and to focus, while running is invigorating and makes me feel like nothing else. As a family we are big on athletics; my daughter is on a top lacrosse team on Long Island that I had the privilege of coaching for five years. That was one of my best experiences, because I had precious time with her during those years. It is an invaluable experience coaching and directing your own child to success with a team.” As for what’s in Nicolosi’s future? “A goal of mine is to see all fifty states. There is so much to see here in this beautiful country that many of us don’t take advantage of or take the time to explore. I love traveling to Europe, especially Italy, and I want to see much more of the world.” P The information contained in this piece is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Any information presented is general in nature and not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice. The strategies and/or investments referenced may not be appropriate for all investors as the appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives. Investing involves risks and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. The views expressed herein are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the views of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, Member SIPC, or its affiliates. CRC#4712018 04/2022

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Chagit Leviev Behind the Tinder Swindler The Real Diamond Magnet BY BENNETT MA RCUS

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HAGIT LEVIEV IS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF LEVIEV Group USA, comprised of Leviev Diamonds, the largest privately held diamond firm to control all facets of the diamond pipeline, from mine to market, as well as interests in other industries including real estate, technology and retail.

As CEO, Ms. Leviev has formulated the company’s response to an unprecedented challenge - that presented by the “Tinder Swindler,” the con man who bilked countless companies and unsuspecting women out of millions by posing as a scion of the billionaire Leviev family. The bizarre story became a global sensation after being portrayed in a Netflix documentary; currently, it ranks as the network’s most-watched documentary ever.


Tinder Swindler “assumed” her Corporate Identity What is not as evident to Netflix viewers is that Chagit Leviev’s position within her family’s business empire is the very role that the fraudster pretended to have. “It’s like I’m an identity theft victim of his,” says Ms. Leviev. “He wasn’t just presenting himself as a family member, he claimed he was the CEO of our U.S. diamond operations,” she explains. She has seen over 100 fake company checks made by the con artist – checks that she would have had to sign as the CEO. “He has definitely been living his life claiming that he’s the CEO of Leviev Diamonds in the USA.”


Elegant Response to “Tinder Swindler” Con Artist Chagit devised her family’s graceful response to this disturbing situation, not only initiating legal action against the scammer, but also by collaborating with the women featured in the Netflix show on a product whose proceeds will go toward recouping their devastating financial losses. “These women were courageous enough to go on Netflix and tell the whole world how they were deceived,” says Ms. Leviev. “I understood their pain as women, and I wanted to reach out to them to offer our support to do something together that would bring this to an amazing close.” Stronger Together: Support for Tinder Swindler’s Victims Determined to help turn around the unfortunate circumstances faced by the brave women in the Netlix show, Chagit took action. “Now they’re going to be talking to the real Leveiv family,” she says. She proposed that the women design jewelry that will be sold on the company’s website, leviev. com, with all net proceeds going to the three. Calling the project “Stronger Together,” the piece is a bracelet with two rings that are interlocked within each other, indicating that the world is round, and things do come full circle. Two genuine diamonds symbolize that the real diamond family is now collaborating with the women. The women, Chagit adds, are very excited about this venture. “Stronger Together” also signifies the three women coming together, speaking up, not caring if they are judged for trying to fight for justice for what happened to them. “Together they can make a change,” says Ms. Leviev. “If they each would tell a story separately, no one would believe them. The fact that they all came together is putting a stop to what this guy was doing.” A business executive, mother of four and active philanthropist, Chagit attributes her compassionate nature to the morals and values instilled in her by her parents. Now that the Lieviev family has piqued the world’s curiosity by being unwillingly drawn into this viral story, Park magazine sat down with | 103

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Chagit, an actual member of the Leviev clan, to talk about her life and career.

from Zara to the diamond department. She then decided to work outside the family business, joining the consulting firm Deloitte, in order to gain knowledge and experience. It was tough, often requiring long hours and sacrificing time spent with family. “It really gave me good experience of what it is to be just another employee,” she explains. A few years later, her father offered her the job as CFO of Memorand Group, a holding company, ignoring Chagit’s protests that since she was still quite young and had recently had a baby, she was unsuited for the position. “You can do it. It’s yours. Good luck,” he told her. “This is just who my father is,” she says of her dad, Lev Leviev, a renowned businessman and philanthropist, founder of the Leviev Group and famous for having broken the world’s diamond monopoly that was once controlled by De Beers. “He always throws us into the deep water and trusts us to figure out how to swim out.”

Life-changing Move to U.S. Chagit Leivev’s move to New York in 2012 at age 25 Chagit Leviev & Family to take over the company’s US arm turned out to be the biggest turning point of her life. The welcome was not quite what she expected; facing some resistance, she had to gain control of the company and recalibrate the way the business had been operating until then. “I was 25 when I moved to New York, and I couldn’t believe my strength and the capabilities I found within myself. It really turned me into the person that I am today,” she says. After arriving in New York, she was also CEO of the real estate firm Africa Israel USA, which is behind prominent Manhattan residential projects including District at 111 Fulton Street; 20 Pine - The Collection by Armani Casa; 15 Broad - Downtown by Philippe Starck; The Apthorp; and 88 Leonard Street, as well as The Marquis Residences on Brickell Avenue in Miami. Chagit’s expertise in real estate financing, investment, development, asset management Faith, Family is Central and leasing came into play in 2015, as she presided Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, Shabbat over the firm’s sale of the former New York Times was always devoted to family, “My parents have building in Times Square. been together for over 45 years, raising nine kids and now dozens of grandchildren,” says Chagit. Corporate Rise “Family has always been a priority. No matter Growing up, Chagit’s family moved often, how busy my father was, and how many countries between Israel, Belgium and the U.K., and she he was traveling to every week, on Shabbat, he is fluent in six languages, something she considers would be back home with all of us.” an advantage in business. “People shouldn’t gossip Even with her high-pressure job, Chagit continues next to me in another language because I’m that tradition. Disconnecting completely from probably going to understand it,” she quips. work and being with family provides a separation, While she always knew she would join the and allows her to regain strength and energy for family business, she didn’t know in what capacity. the week ahead. One of nine siblings, Chagit observed her older sisters’ experiences upon entering the company. Philanthropy “You always get judged when you are the daughter Her parents have always been passionate about of the boss. People consider you incapable, not charity, and through their philanthropic efforts smart enough, bossy,” she says. After graduating have established hundreds of schools, community from Bar Ilan University, she did a round of short centers, temples, orphanages and hospitals internships at various divisions in the company, worldwide. The Heart Center at Sheba Medical

Center in Israel is named for Ms. Leviev’s parents. Chagit continues that legacy, striving to make a difference in the world and help those less fortunate by working with many charities focusing on community, education, and women’s empowerment. Jewish Woman Entrepreneur She serves as president of a school in Queens established by her family, and sits on the boards of various organizations including the Jewish Woman Entrepreneur, or JWE, which provides women with resources, education, mentorship and connections to achieve their personal and professional goals, and Batsheva, which offers motivational support to empower accomplished career women. Chagit is on the executive committee and also serves as a business mentor for Ezras Nashim, a group of all-female EMTs in the Orthodox community. “They have saved many lives, delivered babies. It does incredible work, and is something that I love to support,” she says. As a business leader, wife, and mother of four, she is sought-after as a speaker by women’s organizations, eager to learn how she juggles these demanding roles. Many follow her on Instagram, where - somehow - Chagit finds time to promote her charitable endeavors. She also took to the platform shortly after the Netflix documentary came out in February to clarify that the Leviev family had had no connection with the scammer in any way. “I cannot fathom how our name got entangled with Netflix’s documentary, The Tinder Swindler,” she posted. “As it still seems to be unclear to many, I’d like to clarify that Simon is NOT a real brother of the Leviev family and has neither been a part of our company @llddiamonds. Shimon (Hayut by his real name) is a fraud who stole our identity, and has tried to exploit our good name to con victims out of millions of dollars. I feel terrible for his victims and for what they have been through.” She added that though her family hadn’t been aware of the extent of his fraud, they had reported him to the Israeli authorities on several occasions. P

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nown just as much for their personalized service as their precious timepieces and jewelry collections, Wempe has continued to stand out ever since they first opened in 19th century Germany.

If you’ve passed by the New York Wempe flagship store on Fifth Avenue, you might have noticed a bit of a crowd gathered by the windows. That’s because the brand puts major emphasis on their amazing display windows which stretch over half a city block at 55th street at the ground level of the venerable Hotel Peninsula – and things only get better when you walk into the space which features 22 of the best luxury watch brands flanked by dedicated showrooms for Patek Philippe and Rolex. This all makes for an inviting environment where dazzling displays showcase everything from statement pieces to everyday jewelry to brands like Messika and Wellendorff. What might have started out as a watch repair company after establishing their headquarters in Hamburg in 1878, Wempe quickly became one of the leading jewelers of the region, especially famous for their specialized custom creations. Hellmut Wempe officially took over the company in 1963 as the third-generation

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owner, spearheading the international expansion 40 years ago, and his daughter, Kim, became the first ever woman to take the reins in 2003. Her two children, Scott and Chiara, have just entered the company to ensure the brand’s legacy will continue and stay within the family. Wempe not only produces their very own watch brand in Glashuette, Germany, but Kim’s love for classic jewelry has made her own thoughtfully designed pieces one of the biggest contributors to Wempe’s financial success. Her BY KIM line, which is now in its 22nd year, has put Wempe jewelry on the map. Kim is indeed leading Wempe in an even more elevated direction while preserving their old

ways. “She’s keeping the traditions of her ancestors but enhancing the brand moving forward,” explains Wempe Vice President Michaela Kesselman. “We are proud to have state-of-the-art production capacities in our jewelry atelier in Schwäbisch Gmünd, a historic city in the South of Germany.” Many of Kim’s creations have won international nominations and awards, including those judged by their peers. Wempe even created their own diamond cut which is composed of 137 facets - 80 more than the classic round brilliant diamond with eternally flawless clarity, of course. Daily Garden is one of their latest collections to celebrate the uniqueness of the individual wearer.

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“Wempe has become the go-to place in New York for watch and jewelry enthusiasts, steadily attracting new clients in every age group while maintaining relationships with existing customers.” says Kesselman. “It all starts with a consultation, building trust and confidence. We take great pride in the kind of personal touch we bring onto the sales floor. Clients immediately feel the positive energy within the store. We go all out; ‘no’ is not an option. We offer special hand engraving, extended warranties, and personal delivery. And of course, our well-known service department featuring four master watchmakers is known to perform small miracles daily.” This family company also services

generations of customers within the same family, and let’s just say that if you can dream it, they can design it – or redesign it. “If you have something that is meaningful to you or has been passed down to you, we will be able to capture that and create a beautiful piece,” says Melanie Epstein, who is also a Vice President at Wempe US. “When it comes to watch-collecting, the sky is the limit. “We recently had a client on the Upper East Side who integrated custom made spy glass into one of his walls with 200 watch winders. The possibilities are endless, and anything goes.” When it comes to wowing watch connoisseurs, Wempe’s Collector’s Salon, located on the lower level of the showroom,

presents a wide array of watch winders and safes featuring James Bond-like gadgets including bullet-proof, retracting glass and built-in stereo systems. If you like to take watch collecting (and storing) to a whole other level, you must come see, and experience, what they have to offer. From the high-end brands they sell, including Rolex, Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre, to their own bespoke custom collections, as well as a tightknit and very experienced team, Wempe’s shining success continues almost 145 years since its inception. Their president, Ruediger (Rudy) Albers, who is currently “IF YOU celebrating his 35th HAVE anniversary with the SOMETHING firm, is credited with THAT IS pioneering the brand’s MEANINGFUL success in the U.S. “It is TO YOU OR due to his dedication, HAS BEEN foresight and PASSED leadership that we have DOWN TO been able to build the YOU, WE most successful store WILL BE within the entire ABLE TO company,” says Melanie. CAPTURE “I met Rudy when I was THAT AND just 27 years old in CREATE A Hamburg and a simple BEAUTIFUL handshake back then PIECE” led to me now becoming vice president. He was grooming us, leading by example, and always focusing on the customer experience. He instilled in us the importance of delivering the highest level of hospitality and uncompromising integrity.” This beloved watch and jewelry brand, which is represented in 34 locations worldwide, including London, Paris, Vienna, Madrid and in all major cities Germany, just celebrated their e-commerce launch, so customers can now purchase items through their online shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Experience the dazzling difference when things are done the Wempe way. P | 107

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Sudhir Gupta Rare Collection of Factices BY B E N N E T T M A R C U S


World’s Biggest Collection of Fragrance Bottles


ver the past 30 years, Sudhir Gupta amassed the world’s biggest collection of fragrance bottle factices - the large, exquisitely crafted replicas of perfume bottles used for display in department stores. Among the highlights from his collection of more than 3,000 specimens are a rare 1920s Baccarat factice for the Caron fragrance Madame Alexander, estimated to be valued at $100,000, as well as a rare 1970s Estée Lauder Aliage factice. An exceptional Parera factice from 1927 is one of only two in the world; the other is on display at the Museu del Perfum in Barcelona. Baccarat, Lalique & Guerlain Once made of fine etched glass of the type utilized by artisans of houses like Baccarat, Lalique and Guerlain, factices are rarely produced like that today, and Gupta considers them significant historical objects. This lifelong passion was ignited when he spotted a L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci factice in the basement of a perfume shop where he worked as a penniless grad student in the early 1990s. Captivated by the classic bottle with its intertwined frosted glass doves, he was determined to obtain it

despite its $2,000 price tag. “I found this bottle from the postwar era, collecting dust on the floor in a corner of the room,” Gupta says. “I get goosebumps every time I talk about that. I didn›t know what it was, but I still remember.” That remarkable discovery in that dusty basement on Canal Street was the start of what became a true obsession. It took him a long time to purchase that bottle. Earning $200 per week, he saved and saved, and once he had the money, the store’s owners actually refused to sell it to him. “They laughed at me and said, ‘What is a poor boy like you going to do with something like that!’” He eventually snagged his prize by enlisting the help of a family friend to buy it for him.

Guinness World Records From that day, factices became his passion, and in the ensuing years, any money he saved went to buying these special bottles. And now his collection has made it into the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest. An immigrant from India who came to New York to pursue graduate studies in engineering, Gupta was from a poor family. “I never had any aspirations; I was not going to clubs, I don’t drink,” he says. “So, I spent my free time searching flea markets and old pharmacies for factices. I didn’t have a car, so sometimes I had to go on the train and carry them home. Some days, I would just walk to make sure they wouldn’t get broken.”

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York. “It›s my passion for perfume bottles that landed me there, not my passion for perfume.”

Eau de Luxe : Inc’s Hall of Fame Derived from the French word for ‘fake’, these artistic glass masterpieces were glamorous advertisements for the iconic fragrances they represented. Obtaining and maintaining a factice collection requires money. “I had to store those bottles,” Gupta says. “That really inspired me to make money.” His succinct assessment of his commercial capabilities: “I was never a businessman.” In fact, in 2010, he was on the verge of bankruptcy. By 2008, he’d poured all his resources into a retail fragrance store in Westchester that quickly went belly up amidst the financial crisis. Gupta repositioned the company, Eau de Luxe, as an online fragrance and cosmetics

wholesaler in 2010, and by 2014, it was named one of Inc. magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States. Eau de Luxe remained on that Inc. Top 500 list for five consecutive years, a rare feat, achieving Hall of Fame status in 2018. Chanel, Dior, Armani, Jo Malone, Tom Ford, & Lancôme Offering fragrance and skincare products from world-renowned brands like Chanel, Dior, Armani, Jo Malone, Tom Ford, Lubin, Robert Piguet, Guerlain, Lancôme, Kiehls, By Kilian, Clinique and Arquiste, in 2017, eaudeluxe. com was recognized by Crain’s Business as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in New

Facticerie - The Factice Collection It is Gupta’s dream to preserve the vestiges of the dying art of factices and to keep these pieces of history alive for new generations of fragrance lovers. He has long wanted to share his collection with the public. “I thought, ‘I want to open a gallery and bring my message to the people.’” His partner, Mercedes Acosta, a jewelry designer, surprised him and created a “museum” to house the collection. Located in his store in Hackensack, NJ, the exhibition space houses a meticulously re-created interior of Lascoff Drugs, an Upper East Side institution that closed in 2012 after 113 years in business. Lascoff’s Tiffany lamps, apothecary jars, wooden cabinetry and ornate brass cash register provide a striking and historically accurate setting for the collection. Maison G, a perfume store, is also a part of the complex. The collection is now open to the public by appointment only. P | 109

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hile the summer temperatures are starting to heat up, cool off with an expedition to Antarctica with the only luxe-adventure cruise line, Atlas Ocean Voyages. An immersive expedition to Antarctica is a bucket-lit experience. Only those who have dared to take the icy plunge

into these remote waters can add their names to a century of exploration where few have gone. It’s time to check the last continent off your list and seek the ultimate adventure. Specially designed Antarctica itineraries from 8 to 20 nights are for those who wish to discover the world in a whole new way, an experience matched only by the finely tuned indulgences of Atlas’ unique amenities aboard small ships, World Navigator and World Traveller. Connect in new ways with wildlife, the environment, and your fellow travelers. Here you will indulge

in highly personalized service and indulgences amidst sleek yet laidback settings. The leading-edge innovation of their Polar Class expedition ships makes it possible to get close to the icy landscapes and Antarctica is known for. Begin your expedition with complimentary private charter service between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. Once on board, five dining options, globally inspired cuisine, unlimited premium pours, personalized in-room bar service and more await. After a day of

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exploring, relax and renew with a tranquil treatment at SeaSpa by L’OCCITANE. Spacious suites feature separate bedroom and living room, complete with sofa, vanity and mini fridge, plus marble bathroom and butler service. All guests will enjoy complimentary excursions ashore and free use of binoculars and knee boots. Get up close and personal with sea life from Water’s Edge, just 39-feet above the water. You might even catch a whale or two while you drink in the snow-white horizon as the Seventh Continent comes into view upon your arrival. Offering 270-degree and overhead views, take in the undeniable beauty of glaciers and icebergs from the observation lounge. Learn about your serene surroundings with their knowledgeable expedition leaders, guest lecturers, and scientists who will guide and educate you through this remarkable journey across your deeply moving discovery of Antarctica. As you explore the bottom of the world, you’ll truly understand the endurance of these strong vessels which have been perfectly engineered for navigating safely around the beautiful and icy waters beyond the mostly undiscovered Antarctic Circle. Both Antarctica bound ships are Polar Category C and Ice Class 1B ships, meaning they are built with materials intended to withstand low air temperatures and can operate at polar surface temperatures. With these polar code categorizations, they offer safety and stability when intact and navigating

‘‘YOU MIGHT EVEN CATCH A WHALE OR TWO WHILE YOU DRINK IN THE SNOW-WHITE HORIZON AS THE SEVENTH CONTINENT COMES INTO VIEW UPON YOUR ARRIVAL.’’ waters with mild ice conditions. With fewer than 200 guests aboard each vessel, this boutique style cruise brands allows you to make new friends amongst intimate settings. Find yourself in awe of mother nature with your resplendent views of up to 11 possible landings amid the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding regions, where you will see and find something new each and every expedition day. Spot Fur Seals, Gentoo Penguins and other wildlife when your captain stops at the best viewing areas. As part of an elite fellowship of explorers who can say they have ventured to the southernmost reaches of the world and crossed the Antarctic Circle, you will have serious bragging rights, even amongst other well-traveled friends. Exciting excursions include kayaking across calm and clear waters through channels of floating ice, where you will become fully immersed in the otherworld beauty of this wondrous spot. You can also embark on a Zodiac Cruise – get ready to feel the splash of calving glaciers – and later toast to your expedition onboard with an Antarctic

Old Fashioned made with glacial ice. Take the polar plunge to new heights – literally – when you dive into the frigid and magical waters of Antarctica, or paddleboard alongside seals and whales. Just beware – going back to your normal life might require some rethinking! Forget Après Ski – it’s all about Après Sea! That’s right, after an unforgettable day in nature, toast to your memorable time with other guests onboard with creative cocktails, either in the ship’s Mud Room, or right above the waves at Water’s Edge. Dig into deliciousness after a day fit for a daydream with options including Porto, their signature restaurant and 7-AFT Grill and Pool Bar, featuring a mix of both elevated fare and classic comforts such as 100% Angus beef burgers. The Dome Observation Lounge offers light and late lunch bites while Paula’s Pantry is perfect for a grab-n-go breakfast or snack. Named after the Portuguese word for “Soul”, Alma, a Portuguese-inspired menu with homestyle dishes like grandma used to prepare, pays homage to Atlas Ocean Voyages’ heritage. With COVID-19 insurance and emergency medical evacuation included in the cruise fare, all you have to worry about is having the time of your traveling life. P | 111

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Hotel Californian

Connecting with My Inner California Girl


or my first trip to California, I knew there was only one city and, more importantly, one hotel that I wanted to explore: Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara. Recently acquired by the Foley Entertainment Group and part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the hotel features indoor-outdoor Spanish Colonial and Moroccan-inspired architecture, a five-star spa, upscale dining options and a new wine tasting room. I certainly


felt like I stayed in laidback royal luxury, much like the area’s famous real royal residents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Surrounded by the stunning scenery of what is often referred to as “the American Riviera,” and nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara’s vibrant Funk Zone, filled with stores, art galleries and restaurants, this family-owned hotel is the perfect mix of both effortless coolness and comfortable chic. This 121-room hotel, spread out amongst a few downtown buildings across the street from each other, and just a short walk up to the beach and Wharf, hosts Hollywood elite and

guests from around the world. Celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard adds a distinct Moroccan ambiance, with special attention given to the décor and unique ceilings. Combining history with real California vibes, Hotel Californian is ideal for staycations, romantic getaways, spa stays, weddings, and yes, California virgins! Their variety of rooms and suites are all spacious and of course, stylish, with special touches and textures throughout. Most rooms also offer oversized balconies, while their A-list Alcazar Suite encompasses over 1700 square feet of stunning furnishings, original artwork and

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even your own kitchen. Privately situated and with your own staircase, feel like the celebrity you are sure to bump into for drinks at Djinn later in the night. The Santa Ynez mountains of Santa Barbara serve as a most impressive backdrop for the outdoor activities available, from sailing to horseback riding on the beach, plus winery tours, and celebrity home sightings just a short drive away in Montecito. The hotel also has a wellness-inspired building, with a fitness area, an outdoor pool overlooking the beach, and a five-star Majorelle spa, where you are instantly transported to serenity upon being welcomed with distinctly Moroccan blue tiles typically found in the windows, tiles and doors of Marrakesh. Feeling your best is, after all, a key component of Hotel Californian, where you should leave more refreshed and balanced than when you arrived. Indulge in a range of customized massages, facials, men’s services and blowouts. The spa is also introducing a members-only spa experience, where frequent visitors can get monthly treatments, food options and special pricing. They also take their food and beverage programs seriously, with unique events which are popular amongst locals and visitors alike. Get in touch with your supernatural side – and some seriously creative cocktails - at the recently reintroduced HOWL @ Djinn fullmoon event series, where the hotel’s eccentric library, named after genies from Moroccan folklore, offers mystic libations, a Tarot card and Runes reader, and vinyl spun by Val-Mar. Legendary mixologist master Devon Espinosa unveils a new full-moon-inspired beverage at every event that reflects that particular month’s lunar cycle. Whenever you decide to stop by, Djinn always has must-try cocktails, including the Bright Idea and Puff, Puff, Pass, all served up with fun presentations. This urban luxury resort is excited to welcome guests to their newly opened wine tasting room, The Society: State & Mason. Well, almost as excited as I was to try a tasting of some of their popular selections paired with exquisite bites. This intimate space, where you can stop by for a glass – or three - or book their private tasting room, has dedicated programming including wine education classes, exclusive events and more. They also showcase labels from across the Foley Family Wines portfolio, something the


Foley daughters take pride in. With deep roots in the Santa Barbara area, Foley Entertainment Group Chairman and hotel owner Bill Foley brings a local feel and taste to the area which serves his own neighbors. Wake up to California’s freshest cold-pressed juices, matcha tea and coffee drinks, plus pastries and casual (but super tasty) brunch bites at Goat Tree. Named for real Moroccan goat trees, literal ones - where real goats stand on the trees – the café offers all-day fare and indoor and outdoor seating. Savor the best of the Santa Barbara culinary scene with seasonally-inspired plates at

Blackbird, where you will find sustainable fish, meat and vegetables, plus regional beers and an extensive wine menu. Newly available this summer, the hotel has just launched a new monthly Winemaker Dinner series at Blackbird, featuring exquisite wines paired with a four-course meal curated and prepared by Hotel Californian Executive Chef Travis Watson for a contemporary upscale dining experience like no other. After my Hotel Californian getaway, I don’t want to be anything but a California girl. P | 113

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Loews Atlanta Poshness on Peachtree Street


ake a bite of the sweet life when you settle into Loews Atlanta Hotel, the poshest spot on Peachtree Street. Blending stylish modern design with welcoming Southern hospitality, this iconic Loews property is conveniently located within walking distance to the city’s most desirable destinations, including The High Museum, Fox Theatre and the famed Piedmont Park, which is just up the street. From their own Exhale Spa to delectable dining options and stunning suites, live like an A-lister during your stay in Atlanta. With floor-to-ceiling windows meant to take

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in views of Midtown Atlanta, all rooms are designed in sleek style, from the workspace to the bathrooms which feature a separate tub. Live the sweet life in a Lifestyle Suite where you will find chic interiors and views of the iconic sites of the city. With kitchen facilities and stunning surroundings, you can just sit back and relax - or keep up with your wellness routine, especially with free Peloton classes. Whether you have come for business or pleasure, the glamorous Grand Suite lets you do both. With a separate living area, you can enjoy extra space to work and enjoy an in-suite business lunch or dinner. Cheerful interiors in the Grand Luxury Suites, another of their most popular suite types, will add to your overall mood in this modern spot. Savor your trip even more when you stop by

Saltwood Bar and Lounge, known for serving up reimagined bar bites amidst a dramatic background with a gorgeous bar on one side along with scenes of the city. Enjoy cocktails paired with some mouthwatering plates including their Smoked Salmon Flatbread served with garlic and herb spread, plus pickled onions and capers, or dig into a delectable 12 oz Grilled NY Strip with threecheese potato gratin and broccolini. Offering shareable small plates and a charcuterie bar, Saltwood Charcuterie and Bar showcases local ingredients and is open for breakfast and brunch bites. They can also host social gatherings and larger catered events. Take the tastiest bite out of Atlanta with a curated culinary experience, Flavor by Loews Hotels. The best part? You don’t even have to leave the

lobby! Loews has partnered with the best hyperlocal culinary and beverage artisans so that you can live like a local during your stay with the most authentic eats that Atlanta has to offer. This palatable partnership currently includes the sustainably-focused Hunter Cattle Farm ASW Distillery whiskey. Workout after your meal or sign up for a barre, cardio or yoga class to enhance your overall wellbeing at Exhale Spa. While they also have a stateof-the-art gym, this spa is most famous for their barre classes which combine their signature approach of sustained holds and micromovements with decades of innovation and the latest movement science. Leave no muscle untouched in this effective total body workout that will tone your muscles and make you shake. They also have a

serene spa menu featuring massage offerings, plus acupuncture, needle-free cupping, glow body scrubs and luxe manicures. True Southern hospitality, which is taken seri-

ously at this haute hotel, is reflected through the personalized attention which can be felt throughout your entire stay. They can also make sure your meeting meets your high standards. Featuring recently refreshed rooms, an array of event spaces with oversized windows, over 40,000 square feet of indoor function space and curated menus, you can host a board meeting or corporate retreat of any size in style. Say ‘I do’ to walking down the aisle in their Mercer Ballroom overlooking Piedmont Park, or on their outdoor terrace surrounded by Midtown’s sleek cityscape. For your next glam getaway in Atlanta look no further than Loews, where you can enjoy stylish flair and local flavor. P | 111


Loews New Orleans


A Stylish Hotel with Southern Hospitality BY THOMAS LAU

hether you want to take it easy in the Big Easy or enjoy its bustling streets – or both – you can do it bigger and better at Loews New Orleans Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of the city’s Art District. With 21 stories of style, the Crescent City has never looked so chic. New Orleans is known for its culture, nightlife, French and Spanish influenced architecture and of course, food, and Loews wants to make sure your stay is as unique as the destination. From dining experiences to must-see spots, they can customize your trip to you and your interests. With an attractive location in the Art District, you are in walking distance to major attractions including the French Quarter, the Riverfront, the Audubon Aquarium, the National WWII Museum,

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and the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. As you are in close proximity to some of the greatest golf courses in the world, they can also help you take a swing during your stay. Each room type in this haute hotel known for laidback luxury guarantees either breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, the iconic French Quarter, or the New Orleans urban skyline. In your own quarters, you can enjoy wall-to-wall windows, original artwork, and sleek décor. For an even sweeter stay, book one of their stylish suites, all of which offer elegant spaces and décor. For a truly regal getaway, The Presidential Suite provides postcard-perfect river and city views, as well as your own pantry and private dining room which seats up to eight guests. Amenities


include a full-service gym with lap pool, whirlpool and sauna. In the spirit of striving to refine the art of togetherness, Loews provides amenities for the youngsters in the group with baby bathtubs, cribs and even a children’s game tablet. Many luxury guest rooms also provide accessibility features such as hearing facilities and roll-in showers. Aside from catering to human guests, they make sure pets get the same posh experience during their stay. For the VIPs (very important pets), they offer special treats, dog-walking route maps for owners, gourmet fare and basic comforts such as collars and leashes. Don’t just experience Southern hospitality, dig into it. Located right in the hotel, Bar Peters pro-

vides Cajun-inspired entrees and hand-crafted cocktails, including our all-time favorite, the locally made Old New Orleans Rum. Wake up to authentic breakfast bites at Poydras & Peters, which serves Southern plates made from locally fresh ingredients, bringing you an authentic taste of the Big Easy.

For a memorable meeting, a unique outdoor venue located adjacent to the hotel is an ideal spot for receptions and themed parties for up to 400 guests – if there’s one thing they know how to do in this town, it’s throw a party! This special space, known as The Piazza d’Italia, is an awardwinning Charles Moore-designed outdoor Romanesque-style Piazza which was created in 1978 as a tribute to the contributions of the Italian community to the development of New Orleans. Whether you’ve been to the Big Easy many times before or it’s your first time, staying at Loews New Orleans will have you seeing this exciting city with new eyes. P | 111


Miraval Berkshires An Unrivalled Resort and Spa Experience Awaits


alance is not something you find. It is something you create. Amid 380 acres of rolling New England hills, Miraval Berkshires helps guests create a more balanced life. Our inclusive packages and experiences harness the transformational energy of the seasons, with amenities and activities that include challenge courses and equine experiences, the Life in Balance Spa, and Mindful Golf to foster balance and discovery through mindfulness. Miraval Berkshires blends Miraval’s signature mindful offerings with the historic character of New England. Restore and rest in winter, rejuvenate and renew in spring, connect and create in summer, and reflect and reset in autumn. Explore our many routes to wellness under clear, starry skies. Identify your strengths and challenges with techniques and tools that help you create a purposeful path forward.


Hundreds of life-enriching experiences— including exercise physiology, integrative wellness, and outdoor adventures—are yours to explore. From snowshoeing to sound bathing, our activities let you bundle up for exhilarating outdoor adventures or stay in your robe for mindful indoor exploration. Our experiences combine yoga, meditation, and wellness offerings with spiritual journeys, culinary workshops, and outdoor adventures to build resilience and shift perspective. Evoking the understated elegance of a New England country house, our accommodations are a welcoming retreat for reflection and restorative sleep. Seven two-story cottages with 100 guest rooms and suites feature Clodagh-designed interiors. Inspired by the Berkshires’ rolling hills, soft clouds, and bright sunlight, peaceful palettes of warm cranberry, amber, and blue encourage relaxation, meditation, and sleep. Walk from your room on winding outdoor paths or wander through the cozy warmth of our indoor passages to explore the whole resort without ever changing

out of your robe. For the best view of the Berkshires and our most luxurious rooms, stay in our gilded-age mansion or it’s accompanying carriage houses. As the centerpiece of Miraval Berkshires’ 380-acre property, Wyndhurst Mansion features a stately brick exterior and opulent interiors and embodies the history of the Berkshires. Exuding timeless elegance, our beautifully restored mansion features interiors designed by award-winning interior designer Clodagh. The mansion is also home to a glass-walled sunroom, private boardroom, a grand ballroom, and sprawling Great Lawn. For a truly unique event, we host everything from intimate gatherings to large-scale celebrations or the newly launched Miraval Mindful Wedding. The mansion houses six venue spaces, enchanting indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, an expansive lawn, and a charming outdoor terrace that can match any intention. P

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A UTHENTIC ITALIAN FARE SHOULD TASTE AS simplistic as the short walk to Il Gattopardo in Midtown Manhattan, where you will indeed find the most delicious and authentic Southern Italian delicacies outside of Italy. Owners Gianfranco Sorrentino and Paula Bolla-Sorrentino take pride in their palatable plates, as well as their entire staff, catering business, and charitable efforts.

They might have faced their challenges during the pandemic, but the team behind Il Gattopardo got through it after many lessons learned – after all, this is not the first hardship they have had to handle and rise above. In fact, this gastronomic gem had originally opened just a week after the 9/11 attacks, and Gianfranco and Paula were forced to postpone their wedding which was also set to take place that week. Though her family was stuck in Brazil and his in Italy, they went through with the wedding


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just two days later – with the help of (yes, that’s a thing) and potluck style dining concept – because as Gianfranco says, “we are resilient, we’re New Yorkers.” It is this mindset which has pulled them through the most difficult of times and allows them to focus towards an even more fruitful and flavorful future”. In addition to Il Gattopardo, this dynamic dining duo also owns and operates The Leopard at des Artistes and Mozzarella & Vino. They might have built a famed restaurant empire, but this husband-and-wife team continue to run everything like one big family. Gianfranco, the patriarch of that family, grew up in Naples, Italy and started working as a busboy at a hotel in Capri when he was just a 14-year-old boy. It was at the tender age of 17, upon working at the Dorchester Hotel in London, that he realized just how big his restaurant dreams really were. “I understood then that this was going to be my life and passion.” This hardworking hospitality entrepreneur started working around the world until getting a contract at Disney World’s Epcot in 1984. He finally moved to New York ten months later where he worked at the well-known restaurant Bice and eventually got the chance to bring the flavors of his homeland to his new home. Gianfranco made his first real – and mouthwatering - mark in 1990, when he opened his own restaurant at MOMA. The museum’s board of trustees felt that it was time to try something new, allowing him to introduce a real fine dining restaurant called Sette MoMA in the iconic institution. “MoMA was really the first museum of its kind to understand the concept of incorporating a high-end dining establishment,” says Paula. “If you go to other museums now there is usually a cafeteria in addition to a nice restaurant, but this wasn’t the case in the 90s.” Perhaps the sweetest thing to come out of this story, aside from the desserts they served, was that Paula, a secondgeneration Italian who grew up in her mother’s home country of Brazil, met Gianfranco while she was a graphic design student at FIT and earning extra money as a hostess at Sette MoMA. This former international model now likes to joke that she went from “eating salads every day to selling spaghetti!” Now a midtown food mecca located on West 54th Street, Il Gattopardo, located across from MoMA, is known for its regional and authentic fare with the freshest, most seasonal ingredients. Their chef and partner, Vito Gnazzo, incorporates products from Italy as well as local and sustainably focused purveyors to create a culinary journey

that will bring you back to Italy with every bite. Vito knows a little something about finding the best variety of all things Italy as he hails from Felitto in the province of Salerno, part of the Campania region of Southwest Italy, where our very own Christopher Pape’s grandmother also comes from! “Everything here is based on the human touch,” says Gianfranco. “We love when people say that this is the closest thing to a real Italian experience. It’s a sense of great pride for us that we can reproduce so far away the same kind of passion about Italian food. We change menus seasonally, about twice or three times a year, and according to the market. This includes items that are only in season for a short time, like white and black truffle. We must be very careful now with pricing because everything is skyrocketing so logistics are complicated for distributors. For us this means that we have to make sure everything can be delivered every day, because if it’s on the menu, we must be certain that everything will arrive. Our menu showcases dishes from the South of Italy, which means mostly fish and vegetables. For us, vegetables aren’t just a side dish. We use shellfish with pasta, rice and couscous, which is part of a daily Mediterranean diet. The fish we use is from a company in Italy and are raised in an environment better than the ocean! We come from a culture where the normal way of doing things was to get vegetables several times a week and cook everything from scratch. Modern life took us away from that philosophy, but we tend to look back. We also emphasize the importance of food not just tasting delicious, but also the necessity of eating something healthy.” In addition to this sought-after spot, they also have a successful catering company that regularly works with Italian fashion houses including Cuccinelli, Kiton and Gucci, as well as the Italian Embassy, Consul, Ambassador, and Cultural Institute, plus Italian entrepreneurs and art galleries due to their deep relationship with MoMA, which remains strong. They especially host many postscreening receptions and after parties for the museum in their private downstairs room which feels like an oasis in the midst of a bustling city. In 2011, the growing restaurant group opened The Leopard des Artistes on the charming, treelined 1 West 67th Street in an equally charming and historic building. This pricey project turned out to be a worthwhile risk – just ask their loyal clientele who are very pleased with

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this tasty and tastefully done space, which features original murals from the 1920s that were restored to their original splendor. “We have so many great stories from this place, which is a true landmark, but I will always remember when someone asked to bring their mom to the restaurant for her 102nd birthday,” says Gianfranco. “I wanted to do something special so we prepared a cake and had a table right next to the door so that this lady wouldn’t have to walk much but she insisted on sitting next to the mural. Well, it turned out that she was the woman in the mural!” Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, Gianfranco and Paula were able to find as many scrumptious silver linings as possible. They decided to renovate Mozzarella & Vino which is located just up the street in Il Gatopardo’s original location, and are currently working on adding 65 more seats to the space which serves the same quality of product but at a different price point. Instead of the same fancy setup and flatware, they put everything into the food cost. According to Paula, “You can order a panino or a salad, you don’t have to feel obligated to have a two to three course fine dining meal experience. A lot of our customers started to go there about five times a week and still come here so they aren’t competing, which was our fear in the beginning. It’s just two completely different concepts. During the six months that the whole company had to close down gave us more time to look at everything from the outside. We were so caught up in the day-to-day operations that we stepped back see to what we could improve on, especially with new technology and personal training. We are very thankful that we were able to continue providing healthcare benefits for all 160 employees during the shutdown.” Another appetizing addition to Il Gattopardo thanks to the pandemic – and lots of time and money? Their stylish outdoor patio which is reminiscent of a European street somewhere in Paris or Rome. “I thought, if we do this, let’s do something nice and go on the roadway with dignity,” exclaims Gianfranco. A father of a friend of our son who do big installations in Vegas as well as at The Javits Center helped us create something extra special.”

They also remained a tightknit family through it all. “We still like to think of ourselves as a small business even after all these years,” explains Paula. “Our son, who is now a student at the business school at Boston University – and is in charge of our social media program - and our 13-year-old daughter Sophia, have grown up in the business rolling around on tablecloths. Many of our staff and managers followed us from Sette MoMA and started out as kids. “We make sure that they reap a lot of the glory of our success,” adds Gianfranco. One thing is for sure – you are also guaranteed to become a part of this family once you experience their friendly service, decadent dishes and extensive wine and cocktail menu. Right now, they are witnessing a Roaring 20s comeback and are ready to welcome both old and new customers. In addition to creating memorable plates, they are also passionate about the non-profit organization called Gruppo Italiano, which promotes Italian culinary culture and products symbolizing the Italian lifestyle. “We try to help restauranteurs, especially now with the pandemic, by helping them with public relations, business, marketing, etc. We have worked hard for what we have achieved and believe in helping the community and sponsoring causes. We also enjoy working with kids from Food and Finance High School to educate them about the business aspect of the restaurant industry, and host classes on the basic principles of Italian culinary ingredients.” Gianfranco also believes that people in America are now understanding the importance of living day to day and enjoying life because as he says, “We don’t know what tomorrow is going to be, you don’t have to go crazy, but why don’t you go to a concert, or travel ,or enjoy a nice glass of wine or dinner with friends and family? We see that millennials are the ones who really understand this concept.” Let’s just say that at Il Gattopardo, you will indeed be living la dolce vita – only more deliciously. P

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Here’s a toast to the legendary restaurateur Jean-Marc Houmard this year celebrating 38 years since the dawn of his perennially chic Indochine and surrounded by the latest exotic polyglot staff the brand is famous for. PHOTO BY PATRICK MCMULLAN

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The early adaptors - Warhol & Haring made Indochine their hang from the very first night it opened. PHOTO BY ROXANNE LOWIT



O The fashion imperials still keep coming back: Tom Ford, Anna Wintour, and Edward Enninful.


first opened its doors in October of 1984, Andy Warhol showed up looking like the coolest Hell’s Angel Daddy on the planet. Although sporting one of his 100 or so signature fright wigs and familiar horn-rim spectacles,Andy upped the va-va-voom that night with a classic thick black turtleneck jumper and a racy leather motorcycle jacket. He took along his new discovery. The still very much wideeyed, pre-dreadlocked, Jean-Michel Basquiat sheepishly looked like he’d just left classes at Dalton Prep School to sneak downtown to party with Andy Warhol.


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The iconic image from Indochine opening night in 1984 when Warhol led the charge with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jacqueline and Julian Schnabel and Kenny Scharf. PHOTO BY ROXANNE LOWIT

Julian Schnabel was still with his first wife Jacqueline, and Kenny Scharf looked crazier than Caddyshack Bill Murray in a florid patchwork red shirt, an equally garish paisley jacket and chartreuse green pants that clashed with the now-iconic Inodchine wallpaper that opening night. Almost 38 years to the date that Brian McNally and John Loeffler staged that unforgettable opening night party to debut Downtown’s then hot new restaurant across from The Public Theater,Indochine is still popping! And still at the height of being the coolest face-place in New York City. So, there was GW at the bar one breezy summer night a few weeks ago and quickly realized that I couldn’t have chosen a better night for reconnaissance. Yes, that was Calvin Klein dining with a group of three from Banquette #1. It was as if he hadn’t left since opening night! ‘’As soon as Indochine opened we made it our hangout,’’ he blithely quipped in the eponymous Rizzoli book ‘Indochine Stories: Shaken and Stirred (2009). And true to form, here was Calvin still causing the room to stir. The night before, another legend, Faye


Yet another iconic image- Grace Jones demanding attention at the Don’t Bungle The Jungle benefit, May 1989, hosted by Madonna and Kenny Scharf. PHOTO BY ROXANNE LOWIT

Dunaway drew admiring glances all night from Banquette #3. And two nights after that, Christie’s staged a fortuitous boisterous celebration the night before Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn portrait shot to fame as the most expensive 20th Century work of art ever sold at auction. It just seems that once again Indochine is the place to eat, drink and see and be seen. So, to say that Indochine remains the coolest restaurant hot spot in New York City, now 38 years on, would be a mere understatement. It also remains the definitive Downtown stomping ground now for two generations and counting. Pop Culture historians could do a doctoral thesis on NYC onThe Generation of Cool and not visit anywhere else. From that opening night in 1984 through their deaths in 1987/1988, the Warhol/Basquiat cabal practically ate and drank and made merry every night at Indochine. And where Andy went-- everyone else followed. ‘’It’s a fashionable restaurant that has never been subject to the vagaries of fashion.’’ Who else but Dame Anna Wintour to sum up the Indochine mystique. It was Anna and the original ‘supers’ (supermodels) who burnished the legend and the joie de vivre of dinner at Indochine all through the post-Warhol/Basquiat era. When Anna staged the 50th birthday party for her Vogue peer Grace Coddington she made sure that every supermodel in the world was at Indochine to kiss her ring. The ‘90s were all about Naomi, Linda, Kate, Kara, Gail, Christy and Stephanie carousing over baskets of Summer Rolls and Lychee Martinis at Indochine. The red-light district boudoir you feel on entry still sets the mood as you lift off from Astor Place and into that timeless decor and aesthete here, from the Martinique green ba-

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The full flourish of this inimitable boudoir with its signature Martiniquais banana frond wallpaper and the host with the most (JMH) at the helm of the still-thehottest restaurant in NYC since 1992 and still runs the show 30 years and counting. PHOTO BY PATRICK MCMULLAN

nana frond applique wallpaper to the classic lacquered aubergine-green banquettes. The rattan furniture and potted palms are still everywhere, as arethe exotic staff and the legendary owner Jean-Marc Houmard, who is still very much in his own unassuming fashion -- the master of all he surveys. He was the one who led the troika that bought Indochine from Brian McNally in 1992. Chef Hui Chi Le was a Vietnamese refugee who put down his total life savings to get that lease from Brian McNally in his name and to create the now-signature menu. And the busboy-cum-restaurant manager from Switzerland, who Brian first hired in 1985, found a third investor in Michael Callahan. The astute troika then corralled a franchise now fully certified as one of the most iconic restaurants in New York City. From the ‘Aughts through the 2010sIndochine was the roost of the celebrated Paris fashion emigre diva Carine Roitfeld and her cabinet. She muscled in and amped up the chic and heightened the snob appeal. And through it all, the Downtown legends like Joey Arias, Amanda Lepore, Dianne Brill, and Susanne Bartsch have made sure to keep the love and loyalty flag flying high. ‘’It only gets cooler as it ages,’’ was the fashion designer Anna Sui being prescient from way

C.T. Hedden (far left) manns the front of the room with panache and professionalismand is the one to know to get the best banquette! He gathers his gorgeous and professional staff for team meetings every afternoon where they are often quizzed on the inner workings, and machinations of brand Indochine. PHOTO BY PATRICK MCMULLAN

back in 2009. Indochine was born with an aura and chic and glamorous celebrity and it couldn’t have a better Daddy to keep her flawless and wellmaintained as it does in Jean-Marc Houmard. He first discovered Indochine in 1985 when his roommate and best friend, Belinda Becker, took him there for the first time. ‘’It was a revelation!’’ He is fond of exclaiming.

And clearly, it had to have been because he has remained ever since! ‘’Indochine is still ripe--like a great movie star,’’ some blogger quipped online recently. And now- more than ever-- it is once again the hardest restaurant to get a table in Greenwich Village. So, what better time to celebrate the timeless allure of Indochine.P | 125

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t’s a fabulously lively Friday night and the coolest trattoria in Soho is popping with attitude and sprezzatura. Every table is taken and it’s obvious after a quick scan of the room that A Pasta Bar is clearly a haven for the hipster New York creatives, fashion types that tend to congregate in Soho. And with one of the sexiest and best-dressed bachelors in town in its owner Simone Tinaglia as the maestro orchestrating the magic, it is hardly surprising that the crowd is equally on point. ‘’I want you to walk in here and feel as if you are in Milan eating the best truffle pasta and such that you have ever had in your life,’’ he says whilst dressed to the nines and in the

sexiest mangled Milanese/American accent. And you wonder why the restaurant is packed. It must be this guy. The food is more than up to par. One could easily imagine the next Fashion Week Donatella stopping in for the perfect fusillade of orgasmic pasta dishes as her fellow designer from Paris Olivier Rousteing is wont to do. Take up a seat in this chic, fast formal pasta oasis paces away from the Soho Grand Hotel. The long, rectangular brass bar surrounds the entire kitchen and it’s all happening right there in front of you. The rippled stone backsplash competes to be the center of attention of the past whipping team of the noted Italian restaurateurs Andrea &

Marc Pedrazzoli with the famous matriarch chef and Mum, Esther Pedrazzoli and her classic recipes emanating from the kitchen. Instant classics as recommended include their famous truffle pasta dish which is simply sublime!. The twisted curly white ragu pasta dish dubbed - The Fusillone is another house favorite with the fashionista crowd that flock to A Pasta Bar. And the rectangular marble and stone kitchen bar become theatre in the square now every night of the week. Settle in with a cilantro lemongrass Tequila concoction and feast on the Tagliatella Al Tartufo Nero which is another house specialty or the Raviolo Ripieno or the Ziti ai Fruti Di Mare. ‘’We try to stay humble and let the food speak for itself,’’ continues Simone the sexy. ‘’And these dishes are all from recipes passed down from generations by Chef Esther and her family. The pasta is scratch-made right here and ingredients such as our truffles and prosciutto and even the figs for the fig salad are flown in from Italy every week. I highly recommend the Pasta Tasting Ensemble for $100.’’ There is no denying that another perfect date night in Soho this season begins with a visit to this chic Soho trattoria. P | 127

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y the late eighties, when most American kids were spending their childhood perplexed by Rubik’s cubes and obsessed with calculator watches, Ankush Punhani, a New Delhi-born entrepreneur who came to America when he was three years old, was more interested in management and financial modeling for his father’s gas station in New Jersey. He remembers being intimately involved with the family business, helping his father with Excel sheets and other administrative work when he was just a child. After late nights helping at the gas station, Punhani would come home to the welcoming aromas of his

mother’s authentic North Indian cooking; some of his favorite dishes were Chicken Biryani, Paneer Lababdar, Saag Paneer, and Butter Chicken. “We’re definitely a foodie family,” said Punhani. Nine Indian Restaurants The examples of hard work and perseverance set by his parents instilled in Punhani a drive to succeed. After earning a degree in criminal justice at Rutgers and a J.D. from John Marshall Law, he would go on to open his own practice specializing in immigration law and manage and launch nine Indian restaurants. “I always had that entrepreneur drive,” Punhani told PARK. “Being involved with my parents’ various businesses for so long taught me a lot and I always felt as though there was no other path than being an entrepreneur.” A Law Practice In 2013, Punhani opened his own law practice. His familiarity with Indian culture and vernaculars segued into a busy immigration practice. Punhani’s practice specializes in real estate closings, contracts, and business transactions. Additionally, Punhani said, “We also are able to help people with family immigration issues, such as those applying for an immediate relative and filing for citizenship.” Nine Restaurants: NYC & NJ Having established a successful firm just two years out of law school, Punhani roused his father from retirement and invested in Indian restaurants as a silent partner. When Punhani’s not at the firm, he’s managing his restaurant group that oversees eight locations, five of which are in Manhattan. Currently the group is working on opening its 9th location, the fourth in New Jersey. Punhani’s restaurant group, “Fine Indian Dining,” manages a lineup of some of New York and New Jersey’s most acclaimed

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restaurants. In Kips Bay, there’s Wok in the Clouds, an Indian- inspired, Asian fusion restaurant. The concept was the brainchild of the Fine Indian Dining Group, whose beloved portfolio of restaurants includes Sahib, Dhaba, Chote Nawab, Malai Marke, Dhaba Express, Jashan by Dhaba and the newly opened Kebabs & Kurries. The restaurant’s menu features classic dishes with playful twists complete with bold flavor profiles that aim to surprise and excite guests as they gaze up at the playful clouds that hang above. Some restaurants are fine dining, others are a mix between fine dining and fast-casual. Punhani and his family learned how to manage restaurants through a lot of trial and error and first-hand experiences. A Sweeping Variety of Foods The restaurants offer a sweeping variety of foods that are suited to please any palate. Punhani says that when it comes to Indian food, having talented chefs and the right ingredients such as spices and masalas are crucial for authenticity. “I would say our food is very authentic to what you get in India.

help provide our customers with both authentic and fusion Indian cuisine. My understanding of immigration law helped in legally bringing these talented chefs to the US.”

Indian food has a lot to do with the right touch of spices and masalas, it can make dishes very diverse even if they’re from a similar gravy base.” Master Chefs from India If there’s anyone who knows the right equations to create perfect Indian dishes, it’s the master chefs that Punhani and his family personally scouted from India. Punhani said, “We have personally sourced and legally sponsored master chefs and executive chefs from 5-Star Hotels in India, to come to the US, to work at our different restaurants to

Authentic Indian Cuisine In addition to serving premium and authentic Indian cuisine, Punhani also focuses his business on giving back to the community. “Community is definitely an important part of my upbringing.” Punhani added, “My dad was always involved in community events growing up.” Today, Punhani carries on the tradition of community involvement instilled in him by his father. His restaurants have hosted community events and supported patrons and community members during the pandemic. When he’s not managing nine restaurants or servicing clients at his bustling law firm, you might catch Punhani enjoying some of his favorite Indian dishes, or some of his American favorites too: pizza and pasta. P | 129

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inding the most in-demand dishes no longer requires a trip across the pond, now that the beloved London transplant Hawksmoor has found a home in New York’s historic United Charities Building. Located just steps from Gramercy Park, the iconic building, which was closed from public view for over a century, invites guests to enjoy an awe-inspiring dining experience in an equally decadent setting boasting a 26-foot vaulted ceiling, as well as a sleek bar which can seat up to 35 patrons, and two private dining spaces. These two special spots have serendipitously merged together to create both a mouthwatering and memorable experience. Since opening over 15 years ago in London, Hawksmoor has acquired devoted diners who appreciate the restaurant’s now legendary dry-aged steaks, innovative and carefully

curated cocktail list, and sustainable practices. Savor the deliciousness – and love – in each bite. After all, this renowned dining destination was inspired by the desire of founders and childhood friends, Will and Huw, to find the best possible beef to be used within the seemingly simple art of cooking steak. After seven years dedicated to planning, touring and tasting, their delectable dream finally came to life with the opening of Hawksmoor NYC. This philosophy is now an intrinsic part of the menu at the American outpost, which is focused on the freshest fare including all-natural beef from family-owned farms, most based in upstate New York, Pennsylvania and New England, all of which are then seasoned with their signature flaked sea salt and seared over live-fire charcoal. Hawksmoor’s mantra of ‘buy the best and let it shine’ has become part of its homestead

heritage. They continue to work with likeminded farmers, ranchers and fishermen in order to serve regional small farm produce, pasture-reared beef and farmstead cheeses. All meats are hormone-free, naturally reared and properly free-range, while their seafood is sustainably fished from North American waters. They truly love supporting these local producers who uphold the highest possible animal welfare and environmental standards. If you find that their employees don’t have a strict dress code, it’s because the founders wanted to bring their relaxed attitude to the entire space, including the staff, who truly embrace the Hawksmoor mission. Their main goal is just to ensure that all visitors are able to relax amidst a unique and elevated yet comfortable space featuring food which has the purest and indeed, most palatable intentions


behind it. With a maximum three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, their one piece of advice for when it comes to deciding on your diet and impacting the planet is: when it comes to meat, eat less, but eat better. Start your tasty tour with natural, dressed or bone-marrow oysters, plus starters including Steelhead Crudo made with citrus, ginger and chili, Charcoal Roasted Scallops seasoned with white port and garlic, or Steak Tartare with dry-aged rump and pickled shitake. Whether you dig into a Filet, Strip, Rib-Eye, Rump, Porterhouse, T-Bone or Chateaubriand, you are sure to find sustainable scrumptiousness. Other enticing entrees include East Coast Halibut made with bone marrow sauce, Maine Lobster and Veal Chop with fried oysters and tartare sauce. Your own Hawksmoor tale can end on an extra tasty note with their take on the chocolate

and hazelnut Grand Rocher as well as other delectable desserts. Cheers to your new favorite restaurant as you sip a cocktail on their wraparound brass-topped bar. You can even go back in time to the 1970s with the Wallflower, a sweet and sharp concoction of tequila, orange, jasmine, lemon and clarified milk punch. Executive Head Chef, Matt Brown and Executive Chef Matt Bernero have created a bar menu which is more casual but maintains a fine dining flair with perfectly paired flavors. They also pay homage to classic New York with the Ruben Nuggets while giving a nod to their English roots with the Potted Beef made with Bacon Yorkshires and onion gravy. Just breathe in and enjoy a sacred experience within the walls of this steakhouse sanctuary. P






ombining the Il Mulino brand’s high-quality standards with a sexy downtown spot on West Broadway serving up succulent steak, Il Mulino Prime in Soho has all of the restaurant group’s allure – now it’s just a bit more hip. The restaurant’s locally-sourced menus were all curated by Executive Chef Michele Mazza, while their cocktail and wine menu offers an extensive selection of libations to get your lively dining experience started. Apart from the usual selections, Il Mulino Prime also offers a wonderful selection of whiskey as well as mezcals and tequila. Their main mouthwatering focus is definitely the dry-aged prime cuts. Il Mulino Prime spotlights the best classic steaks, including filet mignon, ribeye, wagyu (American) and Tomahawk, a recommended favorite which can be ordered bone-in or off the bone. Pescatarians can also find fresh seafood and shellfish selections. On Sunday to Thursday evenings, Il Mulino Prime provides a family-style tasting menu called the “Alla Griglia Menu.” The whole menu is comprised of four courses in addition to three sides from multiple options. Start with a choice between three salads, then your choice of appetizer, and finally the famous T-bone steak with your choice of sauce – definitely go for Chef M’s signature sauce which is Michele’s own secret recipe. Authentic Italian desserts will put the final touch to a satisfyingly tasty evening. Describing themselves as “sun-dappled by day and sophisticated by night,” this premiere spot for prime steaks and other delicacies can also customize menus for any occasion. The all-white simple, modern interior design adds to the calm atmosphere, which allows customers to focus on their food experience. Enjoy a more casual happy hour from Monday to Thursday, and on Fridays and weekends, you can stop in between shopping for lunch. Dig into prime steaks in a prime Soho space without sacrificing the classic Il Mulino touches. P

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ankees hats have become synonymous with being a true New Yorker, so after being adopted by my current city, I decided it was time to take in a game at Yankee Stadium. Having only been to one baseball game – yes, ever - with the home team being one which shall not be named, I geared up for something similar: balls, bats, hot dogs and maybe even my very own hat. Let’s just say that I might have walked away with much more. The scene was set as the sun shone and I could almost hear the ‘take me out to the ballgame’ tune while walking into Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Sporting Yankee colors, all serendipitously unplanned of course, I was immediately struck by the enthusiasm that abounded, from the private suite corridors to the top of the stands. These fans always make sure to pay homage to their favorite players from the past, which is made possible with the stadium’s own museum and remains open to all visitors. Even I appreciated the rich legacy of this team which is as New York as New York itself. Having the flexibility to watch the game comfortably from the two floors of the Legends Suite, while also getting to take in the experience with seats just a few rows behind the players, I am proud to say that I am their biggest fan – at least of the suite life! Featuring seafood selections, including lobster and fresh fish, to Mediterranean fare and even a Glatt kosher buffet, as well as a full delectable

dessert area and snack wall with candy, popcorn and peanuts, this night out hit one very satisfying homerun. Ordering milkshakes, fries and other finger foods from our outdoor seats was yet another authentic ballgame feeling that I could not miss out on. Even if the Yanks don’t win, you will have a winning experience – though they most likely will, of course. This is, after all, the home of the 27-time World Champions. See, I learned something! The Delta SKY360° Suites Audi Club also offers indoor dining options and great views of the game. All of the suites were redesigned to ensure that the clean, elevated spaces made the field the main focal point. These intimate and sleek suites, which can accommodate from 16 to 100 guests is the most private and posh way to watch a game. Your suite is also designed for the ultimate guest interaction, with plush leather furnishings and sliding glass doors overlooking two rows of exterior cushioned suite seats. While they certainly won me over, and yes, the Yankees took it home (hope that’s the right lingo!), the pride of this team was palpable. And as Mr. Sinatra would say, I wanted to be a part of it. I can safely say that if your friend, family member or significant other has not enjoyed a game from one of their suites, you will want to treat them to tickets this season.P

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Equestrian Paradise


A Polo match at The Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, Connecticut PHOTO BY HARLAN ZEERIP

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“I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a horse.” Nobel Laureate, John Galsworthy.

Showjumping the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut PHOTO BY GREERSHOTZ

o some, summer means blooming flowers, warm weather and open seas and yet to others, it means the world comes alive with the unparalleled pleasure of riding or watching one of the most majestic of animals in motion. To some, there is no greater companionship than that of a horse, and to others, no stronger camaraderie than that of fellow horse lovers. In northern states, June starts the season of shows and competitions. There’s Hunter Jumping with its accuracy and elegance, Show Jumping with its speed and precision, and Polo with its thrilling pounding hooves and unity of rider and horse creating unmatched powerful moves. For the uninitiated, Hunter Jumping is a subjective event with the judges considering everything from the impeccable dress of the rider to the horse’s braided mane to how gracefully the two glide over a series of jumps. Show Jumping, on the other hand, is about speed and faultless execution. It’s also a series of

jumps but the objective of horse and rider is to leap them as quickly as possible without any missteps. And then there is Polo, the sport of kings, a competition between two teams of four riders each galloping on horses across a 300-yard field using a mallet to try to strike a ball across a goal line. Due to the intensity of play, with speeds of up to 35 MPH and a typical match lasting up to two hours, the players change their horses every seven and one-half minutes. Amazingly, less than an hour outside of Manhattan in Fairfield County, Connecticut, there are two top tier horse destinations where one can revel in all things equestrian — the Fairfield County Hunt Club and the Greenwich Polo Club. Celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, the Fairfield County Hunt Club, located in Westport, Connecticut, is prized for its tradition and small but mighty horse show in June. “It’s a boutique Hunter Jumper show. It’s not the largest in the country but it has the same high caliber competitors,” explained the club’s GM Mario DiPreta. “We’re proud it was named one of the top ten shows of 2021 by The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame.” This fact is not surprising given the club was home for decades to the late, hunter pony trainer, Emmerson Burr, known affectionally as “Pony Man.” He was the recipient of an American Horse Show Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Greenwich, Connecticut, the Greenwich Polo Club is recognized as one of the elite polo venues in the world. Their home team, White Birch, has won more high-goal tournaments than any other team for the last 25 years. The club has hosted some of the world’s best players including Mariano Aguerre, Facundo Pieres, Hilario Ulloa, and Nacho Figueras, and in 2013 was the site of Prince Harry’s annual charity polo event, the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. It’s no wonder on Sundays from June through October, each match is attended by more than 2,000 spectators gathering from New York City, Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Whether you’re a rider, jumper, player, spectator, a long-time horse lover or just now falling in love with the equestrian world, I think we can all agree with this famous saying, “Ask me to show you poetry in motion and I will show you a horse.” P | 155




etting kids to eat healthy is not always easy. A mom’s “healthy” can be a kid’s “yucky.” Supermom Joanna Parker became acutely aware of this when she decided that she wanted to spend more time at home following the birth of her second child. So, she set out to find a solution, to make mealtime a bit more yum and fun, and created Yumble, a kid-approved food delivery platform. Yumble not only encourages kids to eat better, but it also rewards them for changing their habits. Yumble began with a post on a Facebook group for Upper East Side moms and continued to grow from word of mouth. The “panda plates” were a big success. “Our

desired results. Kids have minds of their own and rejecting mom’s meal choice is a way to express their independence. So, Joanna pivoted, introducing what she calls “child-led eating.” The concept is a follow-on to baby-led weaning, which involves not spoon-feeding your baby before you start giving them table food. “The baby-led weaning idea is to let your child be in charge by listening to their bodies and controlling their eating. With Yumble, children choose their menus and are rewarded for making healthy choices. Our goal is to ensure children eat healthy at every meal “MY GOAL IS TO and learn how to eat EMPOWER healthy for the rest of CHILDREN TO their lives,” Joanna MAKE HEALTHY, said. SMART CHOICES “My goal is to IN FOOD AND IN empower children to GENERAL. WE make healthy, WANT OUR smart choices in KIDS TO BECOME food and in general. We INDEPENDENT, want our kids to THRIVING ADULTS.’’ become independent, thriving adults. As parents, we often deprive our children of control, especially at mealtime. Studies show, though, that the more involved kids are in their choices, the more likely they are to follow through on those choices and put up less resistance. These children grow to be more independent, better problem solvers, and have stronger self-esteem.” Yumble is also introducing a new prize platform which earns kids points when they choose healthy meals online, try new foods at home, and engage in numerous other healthy activities. The points are intended to make Yumble extra palatable to both kids and parents. Serving kids from 2-12 with more than 70 different menu options, accumulated points can be customers were my beta group as I wore many redeemed for attractive hats while working to build the company,” valuable prizes, while teaching kids how to eat Joanna said. She also went from edible healthy at every meal. “There are countless experiments with moms and their kids to studies about the value of positive taking a bite out of the big time when she reinforcement,” Joanna said. “And so appeared on Shark Tank. This experience allowed the entrepreneurial mom to expose the at Yumble we empower kids by rewarding them for making healthy choices.”P brand to a much larger audience. But it soon became apparent that Joanna’s best intentions did not always produce the

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f you want to serve the most refreshing summer recipes for your next soiree, celebrity chef and Good Morning America culinary correspondent George Duran has some tricks up his very scrumptious-filled sleeve using his favorite products, which he describes as always innovative and of course, delicious. For a convenient cooking shortcut this season, this TLC and The Food Network host, who studied at culinary school in Paris, describes Dorot Gardens, known for flashfrozen herbs, as his go-to for all things fresh and flavorful. “There’s no need to grow anything in or around your house. It’s so easy – you just pop it out of the frozen cubes right into your dishes. During the summer, I really like to make pasta salad or tomato salad, and now you can have an instant herb flavor in every dish you can imagine. I especially love to add roasted garlic by just popping a few cubes into a bowl with a little olive oil then put it in the microwave for a minute, and boom, you’re done. There’s no need to mince, peel and fry. It does it all in a fraction of the time. You can do anything from hummus to salad dressing to babaghanoush. George is also a long-time fan of Mighty Sesame’s squeezable tahini. “Mighty Sesame has just one ingredient, the finest Sesames Seeds from Ethiopia, which gives this a wonderful and creamy texture with the

Wonder Melon, an organic, cold-pressed juice drink which George describes as “a healthy game changer. Aside from fun flavors such as watermelon cucumber and basil, or watermelon lemon cayenne, you can also use Wonder Melon juices to make creative cocktails or even mocktails. “I love making a watermelon sangria and it’s just so convenient. It’s all natural, there is no concentrate or added sugar, and you can mix it with any ingredients to make the drink you want.” For the season’s sweetest beverage, you can’t beat Beetology, which offers juice flavors including beet and berry, tropical fruit, and lemon and ginger. “It doesn’t taste like beet juice and is by far one my favorite summer drinks,” says the dynamic Duran. When it comes to mastering your next dinner party, this master entertainer enjoys matching the fruit with the drink itself – think watermelon slices with a Wonder Melon drink – as well as decorating the table with bare fruits or vegetables, or whatever ingredients you are already cooking with. “After all, you can’t eat the flowers afterwards!” Mighty Sesame, Wonder Melon, Beetology and Dorot Gardens are definitely making seasonal entertaining healthier and more simply delicious than ever before. P


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f you want to be in the know for protecting yourself during summer allergy season as well as summer cold and flu days, summer travel and all airborne pollutants, NasalGuard® Airborne Particle Blocker’s products protect you from the virus-sized particles that are always ready for battle. Kanika Wahi, Co-Founder of NasalGuard®, a division of Trutek Corp where she serves as Executive Vice President, is a girl boss with a biomedical engineering degree who is helping to create ancillary new products and expanding the line horizontally to be more

than just a topical gel. NasalGuard®, makers of the revolutionary NasalGuard® Airborne Particle Blocker Nasal Gel, announce the launch of a brand-new product, NasalGuard® Mask Spray – a unique spray that uses patented ionic particleblocking technology and is applied on the outside of a face mask. It reduces the inhalation of airborne particles and blocks virus-sized and nanoparticles. The NasalGuard® Mask Spray is sprayed on the outside of the face mask, reducing the inhalation of harmful particles for an extra

layer of protection which filters out dust and pollutants, blocking two times more airborne particles than a mask itself. NasalGuard® Mask Spray is safe for daily use, has no side effects, and has a refreshing cool menthol fragrance. The NasalGuard® Mask Spray joins the award-winning, Patented NasalGuard® Airborne Particle Blocker Nasal Gel line of invisible gel, applied around the nostrils and above the upper lip, that uses electrostatic technology to reduce the inhalation of harmful airborne virus-sized particles, plus pet dander, ragweed, and any other harmful bacteria in the air. All of these over-the- counter, drug-free products are easily applied and perfect for those wanting to find their own ways to stay safe, especially while traveling this summer. When it comes to staying safe, there is nothing quite like NasalGuard®. “The pandemic has made it clear that nasal hygiene is super important, but this is also a very year-round lifestyle choice, not just because it’s in response to a pandemic or allergies. Nasalguard® addresses every angle of nasal hygiene. We help with the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” NasalGuard®’s gel and mask spray can be found on Amazon and at Walmart, as well as on their Shopify website. They are currently expanding into other pharmacies and independent shops as they are on their way to becoming a household name. After all, harmful particles are never going away! NasalGuard® gel can be purchased online, on Amazon, or by calling 855-627-2548. Follow @NasalGuard on Facebook and Instagram P

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Founder of A-List Interiors Designs Things Her Way


hen it comes to designing, decorator and founder of New York design firm A-List Interiors Anelle Gandelman does things her own way – something which has garnered her status as a rising star in the design world and participation in designer show houses in the Hamptons as well as the 2018 Holiday House. With a background in both art and design, Gandelman, who is originally from South Africa, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in addition to being an alumna of DwellStudio, a New York-based home furnishings company, where she served as Head of Design before leaving to start her own design firm and contemporary Art Gallery in 2007. Her projects might range in style and scope, but according to Anelle, she is a classicist at heart and possesses a great love of neoclassical design. “There is an elegance to the

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proportions and a timeless quality to these design styles. Everything from Directoire to Maison Jansen is perfection in my opinion. I am also inspired by travel and art. I may walk into a hotel across the world or a historical building and see something that sparks a design idea. I also think that research is important; for an upstate renovation of a 19th century farmhouse, I looked to period rooms in the American wing at the Met when designing some of the architectural details. Likewise, when designing a recent Hamptons home, I referred to books on both Belgian interiors and classic American style to create the perfect space for our clients. More and more, I try not to find inspiration on Instagram and the internet; ideas are constantly being diluted and mimicked there. I believe clients look to a designer to problem solve and create something truly special for them rather than

parroting what they see on the internet.” She has also noticed that the majority of her clients, most of whom are referred by word of mouth, have a new perspective on the meaning of home post-pandemic. “People realized how important the design of one’s home is once they were forced to spend so much time inside. Home offices were certainly not a priority, many people felt that they could use a dining table or kitchen counter to do some work. Now a dedicated office space is essential. Even though people are returning to the workplace, clients still want a dedicated workspace because there is a general unease that we could be forced into quarantine in the future again.” Recently, a Connecticut couple who was looking for a designer to decorate their pied-á-terre reached out after seeing one of A-list Interiors’ projects reposted on

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Study: Custom lacquer and brass cabinetry was designed to allow this home office to do double duty as both a workspace and a den. Foyer: A vintage chandelier, handmade textured wallpaper and sculptural sconces set the tone for all the bespoke details that can be found within the apartment.

Instagram. Following a phone call during Covid to ensure homeowner and decorator were a match made in haute décor heaven, Anelle took on the project at the Beckford House, a new development by Studio Sofield located on the Upper East Side. This decorated decorator who works with many highprofile and celebrity clients, is also working on a handful of new construction projects in the Hamptons for clients in the city. Currently, her team is finishing up a loft renovation in Soho as well as another pied-á-terre on Central Park South. When dealing with well-known names, Anelle uses an alias for the client when communicating with vendors to protect their privacy and typically sign a non-disclosure agreement. Besides that, her full-service approach and personalized care applies to each and every project. Her take on the trend right now? Well, to avoid trends and have your home custom designed to reflect your personal style and particular needs. “Designers are mixing various styles and “trends” to achieve this. That said, there are still a few big trends that we cannot escape. At the moment, these include curved furniture, boucle fabrics and a return to more traditional interiors. Some

of my favorite brands include de Gournay, EJ Victor, The Bright Group, Baker Furniture, Holland & Sherry, The Rug Company, Holly Hunt, Stark Carpet, and several brands under the Kravet umbrella. We also design a lot of custom furniture. A major tip I suggest is to complete one or a few rooms rather than doing small updates across several rooms. It makes a much bigger impact to renovate or redecorate a single space entirely than spreading your efforts across several rooms.” This boss lady who currently lives in Westchester with her husband and two young boys and maintains an office on the Upper East Side says that many women have a tendency to be people pleasers which can keep them from creating their best work. “It’s important to remember that clients hire a designer for their expertise. Making compromises on the design simply to be more accommodating can end up diluting the design of a space which doesn’t serve anybody.” Wherever and whatever kind of space it is, Anelle always applies her A-list touch to make any home a bit more stylish. P

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Susan Vanech

Here to Help You Win the Real Estate Trifecta



When it comes to finding someone who knows her home buying, selling and investing stuff, both personally and professionally, Susan Vanech, a real estate strategist and founding member of COMPASS Coastal, is the real deal. With over two decades of experience navigating both the New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut markets, from buying to reimagining to reselling, Susan can help you win the real estate trifecta. “I decided to make my passion my work and my work is my passion,” says Susan. “I care about it in a way that I’m not just checking boxes. I pour myself wholeheartedly into my business as a developer and the business for my clients, as there is a natural synergy between the two,” says Susan. In addition to being a founding member of COMPASS, she is also the co-founder of COMPASS Coastal, which adds another layer of helping her buying and selling audience find what is most important to them. COMPASS Coastal offers a unique real estate experience with access to the top 1% of real estate strategists and analysts worldwide. With COMPASS Coastal in particular, Susan is able to tap into an audience who have homes and yachts around the world by partnering with the yachting, car and art industries. “We serve our clients through this vast network of relationships and are able to meet client needs no matter where they want to purchase a first, second or third home or their next big boat, classic car or significant art piece. There is a level of trust because they know we understand them and their needs.” This model agent and developer has been making real estate magic happen since she realized that people were

willing to pay a premium for updated apartments while living in New York with her husband. Before long, they were selling units and making money, even in down markets. “When servicing a luxury client base, they want ease and convenience,” she explains. This continued to be true even when Susan moved her family to the Connecticut suburbs, where she would live in a home and make modifications before making a profit. Susan’s talent for integrating elevated features into a home at any price point was a major differentiating factor and gave her a stellar real estate reputation. This energetic real estate entrepreneur also took her home investing to new heights when she purchased her first foreclosure, which gave her more insight into flipping – and real financial success. Twelve years later, she is now known as the Million Dollar Flipper with her latest project securing a sale price of $4,100,000. While the pandemic put a pause on many businesses, the housing market around Connecticut, the Hamptons, and surrounding areas of Westchester just got hotter due to the influx of renters and buyers. “There was a major shortage of inventory and a massive need to find housing for all of these people, so creating inventory really tapped into the three branches of my business,” says Susan. “I realized that we have a client base out there who is looking for luxury, not just in real estate, but in their overall lifestyle.” With exceptional expertise across various real estate ventures, Susan was compelled to share her perspective as an investor with a wider audience and was even known as the Real Estate Matchmaker. “I was connecting hearts with homes and realized that nobody needs help falling in love with a house, but you do need an expert to understand if it’s a smart investment and it is my role to provide that expert guidance.” She soon started to see herself as a true real estate strategist for having the foresight of knowing how to position a home to make the most money in the shortest amount of time for her own investments as well as for clients. “It’s all about how to strategize on both the buy and the sell side. I help clients re-envision a space that can meet the needs of the widest possible audience which results in more opportunities open to them. Most people have aphantasia, which is the inability to see something with the mind’s eye. But I can see it for them and I help clients make good investments which are not based solely off of an emotional decision.” Susan continues to watch both her own as well as her clients’ real estate development dreams come true. P

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Robin Wilson Pioneer in Healthy Home Design BY B EN N ET T MA RCUS

obin Wilson has built a successful lifestyle brand in a stellar 20+ year career while breaking barriers along the way. Her company, A BLUE EGG CORPORATION has a design and licensing division. The licensed brand, CLEAN DESIGN HOME®, focuses on educating consumers on the power of a wellness-focused interior home ecosystem. INC’s Top 100 Female Founders Wilson was the first Black woman with a licensed, global textile line, the first woman with a licensed line of custom cabinetry sold nationwide, and the third Black woman with a Bed, Bath & Beyond line of merchandise. In 2020, she was named to Inc. magazine’s “Top 100 Female Founders” list. An entrepreneur, best-selling author, lifestyle maven, real estate developer and interior designer, Wilson laughed when asked how she would characterize her professional life. “I’m a poly-hyphenate business entrepreneur,” said this busy mom over Zoom on a snowy evening in March, “And I call myself a lifestyle brand that focuses on everything for the healthy home.”

Allergy & Asthma Sufferer An allergy and asthma sufferer since childhood, Wilson grew up in Austin, Texas, where she had a holistic pediatrician who advised her parents to make modifications to diet, interior design and exercise, instead of using steroid medications. This lifelong knowledge led her to build her lifestyle brand. She is now considered an expert to guide the 1 in 5 Americans - 60 million affected by allergies or asthma. Three-pronged Company Her business has grown into a multichannel, cross-category entity focused on ‘everything home’ with three prongs: Robin Wilson Home (design), Clean Design Home® (licensing) and a real estate development arm. “My vision has created a firm that compliments each division. We develop a subdivision, I design the home concepts, and then our branded products are placed in the model homes! As a pioneer in eco-friendly design, we focus ‘from the foundation to the furnishings’ with eco-conscious, hypoallergenic, and sustainable products. It makes absolute sense,” she says.



Along with residential, the design arm has begun to work in the hospitality sector – including design and textiles for the famed Esalen Wellness Institute since 2020 – with the lodging team working with her firm on sheets, comforters, robes, bath rugs and towels. WestPoint Home’s Martex Division In 2020, Wilson licensed the CLEAN DESIGN HOME® brand in a deal with WestPoint Home’s Martex division. Incomplete sentence: The textile collection, Clean Design Home® x Martex, for a line of premium hypoallergenic luxury products.

“In the 1970s, you could rarely find hypoallergenic pillows as feather was most common – and today we have changed the lexicon for hypoallergenic products with a focus on a solution-based luxury brand for consumers,” Wilson says. She’s excited about the brand appearing in every room of your home, with a deal for mattresses launched this Spring 2022. She says the brand will soon have products for every room of your home. Macy’s & Belk’s Clean Design Home® x Martex textiles are sold at Macy’s and Belk’s nationwide and online, in addition to an eponymous website, – and the brand has been picked up internationally in the UK and Japan. During the early months of 2020, as the pandemic gripped the nation, Wilson’s book, Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle, (Greenleaf, 2015) saw sales surge dramatically. At that moment, Wilson says, “As people were sheltering in place, everyone was being told to be ‘clean’ and virtual calls and classrooms required ‘design’ and a healthy, wellness ‘home’ became the primary focus. And at that moment, I realized we were at the zeitgeist of a solution-based opportunity,” she says.

Rule of 3’s: For Pillows She created a few solutions including the “Rule of 3’s” for pillows, which involves three layers of protection for achieving healthier sleep: wash the zippered pillow cover every three weeks, wash the pillow itself every three months, and replace the pillow every three years. It is important to remember that Wilson is a pioneer in the hypoallergenic wellness lifestyle sector. And she has sometimes been overlooked, but after two decades in business, Wilson is thrilled that her expertise is being recognized. “It’s just wonderful that people are catching on to what we’ve been teaching all this time.” Social Justice mission supports Domestic Violence Survivors The CLEAN DESIGN HOME® brand has partnered with legendary Yankee Joe Torre and his Safe at Home Foundation. This organization has a network of safe spaces in schools to educate youth, and safe houses for families. The philanthropic initiative is called Project Lilac. Like Bombas socks, where they sell colorful socks but give away black socks to the homeless – the Project Lilac program allocates lilac sheet items for every Clean Design Home product purchased. These sheets might be the only thing a domestic violence survivor owns in a safe house – except their clothing, and it provides a reminder that they took a step in the right direction. Lilac is the color of domestic violence awareness and survivors have already started to see donations arrive in safe houses around the country. Wilson had a meteoric rise in the corporate world. She was recruited to Boston by the prestigious Mercer Management Consulting firm upon graduating from the University of

Texas at Austin, followed by stints at Houghton Mifflin publishing and a boutique executive search firm – along with a consulting role on the city’s Olympic bid. She joined the global executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles in the Boston office and was transferred to New York in 1997 – and she was fortunate to benefit from their IPO in 1999. When they went public, Wilson sold her shares. She chased her dream and enrolled in a master’s program at NYU, obtaining a master’s in real estate finance while working full time. The Hamptons & Manhattan Fiscal inequality in real estate development, due to race and gender, limited her ability to get funding to utilize her master’s degree. So, in 2000 she pivoted to become an entrepreneur, establishing herself as a project manager for high-end clients in Manhattan and the Hamptons – calling herself ‘the busy homeowner’s best friend’. Oprah and Maya Five years later, a person from Oprah magazine called – and she thought it was a prank so she ignored them until they told her in a voicemail that they would be going to the next person on the list. After an interview, they asked her about the reason for her company name. In response, she started to say, “…If I fail, then…” That person responded by saying, ‘You’ve done pretty well, your clients rave about you, so when are you going to believe in you? Put your name on it or we’re not going to write the story.’” That person changed her direction and she leaned into the ‘affirmation’. We all need a wow moment like that... Within a few years, she was doing more than renovations and pivoted into design – with invitations to concept and showhouse projects such as the high-profile projects

including the Esquire ‘Ultimate Bachelor Apartment’ and the Good Housekeeping Harlem ‘Greenest Brownstone’. Maya Angelou In 2004, she was invited to Maya Angelou’s North Carolina home for Thanksgiving festivities. At some point during the day, Maya pulled her aside and gave her words of wisdom in front of Cecily Tyson telling her, “Keep focused…what you are doing will help people. It is not a job. It is what you do.” Since the pandemic, Robin remains committed to her vision – and is thrilled that she has another opportunity to build a brand, work with design clients and guide clients toward solutions for a luxury, hypoallergenic lifestyle. She recently created a crowdfund so that she could hire a strong team member and create a strong marketing platform. She remains stymied by the fact that her business has an idea that generates revenue (and is profitable!), but fiscal inequality continues to rear its head – she learned recently that women entrepreneurs receive only 2% of all the venture capital funding globally. She believes that her history-making efforts as the FIRST Black woman with a global, licensed hypoallergenic brand, plus a design project in New Orleans for a 6,500-sq ft ground-up build will create an ecoconscious showhouse designed for a multi-generational family. And the pending Austin subdivision with almost 70 acres will be a game-changer – and she hopes that venture people take notice Resilience is the one word that comes to mind to describe Robin – and at the end of the day, she remains focused on providing hypoallergenic options to help families. P





hen you need your windows to wow, KLAR Window Studio Windows+Doors has just the personalized panes – or any other specialized window - to complete your dream home. Unlike other window companies that simply import products from Europe, KLAR, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, has its own manufacturing facility in Poland, guaranteeing unparalleled quality and service. They might have officially opened in 2017, but KLAR’s founder, a famed builder himself, has been importing these windows from their factory for over 20 years. What truly sets them apart is that while their windows are made in Europe, KLAR windows undergo special testing to be certified for the US market. This award-winning window design company specializes in servicing high-end residential homes mostly throughout Southern Connecticut, greater New York, the Hamptons, and even Florida as demand rises. Their products aren’t just stylish, but can also sustain severe weather and winds. In fact, KLAR

windows are impact rated and were even the only window company to create a glass sufficient enough to meet the standards of the first net zero hotel in the U.S. called Hotel Marcel and are already getting calls from other net zero hotels. When it comes to windows, let’s just say that if you can dream it, KLAR can design it. From swinging glass doors for wine cellars which are usually made with thermally broken steel or aluminum frame and double glass, to a gorgeous garage with two sliding doors on each end, and even a man cave with a 25-foot steel doors and aluminum windows, there is no project they can’t perfect. As everything is completely custom designed, the team at KLAR remains fully engaged at every design stage. In addition to working with the most prestigious architects in Connecticut, they also have engineers both here and overseas who are responsible for meeting metrics and certain energy efficiency numbers. Their professional installers, service crew and project managers also work exclusively for the company, meaning they don’t have to outsource to a third party. Their technicians oversee that installation is done property and clients are thus encouraged to advantage of their services from the very beginning to end of a project. With a massive color palette and hardware to choose from, KLAR can create magical modern masterpieces or more classic colonials. Whether you want an edgy steel look, glass walls to open up a particular space, walls with French doors, or anything in between, you can live in the luxurious lifestyle you have always imagined. If you’re in the market for a new look, current trends include using a mix of both wood and aluminum on the outside – aluminum made from recycled product that is – which protects the wood from elements such as rain and snow while retaining a modern edge with steel. KLAR’S small but dedicated team all care deeply about the people and projects they work with and word hard to ensure that your windows not only sustain weather impacts but also positively impact your life. P

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Unlimited Earth Care Designing the Summer Garden of Your Dreams BY L A U R E N B E N S


or a truly lush and luxe background this summer, Frederico Azevedo, founder of Unlimited Earth Care based in Bridgehampton, can design the garden of your dreams. Growing up, Azevedo, who studied landscape design in Brazil, the US and the UK, fell in love with tending to his own vegetable garden which he was originally given in order to curb his fascination with rearranging planters. In addition to garden and landscape design, Unlimited Earth Care offers installation,

maintenance, lawn care, irrigation, and other services. You can get all the products required to get your garden going with their two stores in Bridgehampton, including the Garden Concept Store, which carries a curated selection of planters, outdoor furniture, and garden accessories, and The Garden Market, which features native and well- adapted plants as they are well-suited for the conditions in the Hamptons. When it comes to combining his expertise in both architecture and the environment to design a special outdoor space for his clients, this landscape whisperer who makes gardens

that wow, explains that hardscaping is very important. “I try not to leave jarring transitions between the natural and the constructed elements of a landscape. Things like mossy planted paths, or limestone steps framed in overflowing hydrangeas, are some of the ways I’ve blended hardscaping to not disturb the mood of the plantings. To design spaces for leisure and entertainment outside, I aim for a modern but distinctly Hamptons look.” He also designs in a site-specific way to complement his clients’ lifestyles. “I try to plan natural spaces that invite people outdoors year-round - evergreens at different heights and colors to bring texture to winters, and careful palettes of bulbs to follow in spring. Maybe herb or veggie gardens for those who love cooking or have children, and warm but modern entertaining spaces by the pool for talented hosts. Color has become my signature. I’ll always design in a way that uses color to enhance the emotion of a garden.” People are now living a true outdoorsy lifestyle more than ever before, something which Frederico has always encouraged with his designs, especially through his lighting choices and furniture in unique materials. In a place like the Hamptons, which is home to many varying environments, Frederico uses native plants wherever possible, or at least well-adapted plants, and does his best to invite hardworking pollinators. “The monarch butterfly population is dwindling, so I plant their favorite snacks, like verbena bonariensis. I’ve also been designing meadows as an alternative to lawns as they require less maintenance and irrigation and are reseeded by birds. It doesn’t hurt that they’re beautiful to look at - golden wheat speckled with soft flowers swaying in the wind makes for a lovely view and feels right for the Hamptons.” Read all about Frederico’s tips and tricks for the perfect summer garden in his book, The Luminous Gardens of Frederico Azevedo. P

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A Treehouse in Manhattan

Exceptional Outdoor Spaces in NYC BY ASHLEY BRENNAN

One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter


~ Henry David Thoreau

here is no better feeling than celebrating the onset of summer after a long, dark, cold winter. Memorial Day weekend signals a time to shed layers, hit the beach, and dine al fresco. Some people will brave hours of traffic heading from NYC to Eastern Long Island, while others may decide to take the trek Upstate or abroad. Even if you can’t get out of town, there are plenty of worldrenowned outdoor parks and spaces to cool off in the Big Apple. Fortunately for city dwellers, some of the most beautiful oases are found attached to NYC’s most exceptional properties.


ur journey begins at a 19th century townhouse in Greenwich Village where beauty meets whimsy right in the backyard. It’s not often one sees a treehouse in the middle of Manhattan, but that’s exactly what is found outside this beautifully restored 12th street manse. A landscaped garden with bluestone seating reveals an enchanted round cedar treehouse suspended 10-feet off the ground in a towering 90-foot London Plane tree. The townhouse boasts more than 5,000 square feet of interior space with high ceilings, beautifully proportioned rooms, five wood-burning fireplaces, and a private roof terrace. Fun fact: the home was formerly home to musician David Byrne and is currently owned by an acclaimed artist.

Price: $17,000,000 Agent: Richard Orenstein

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ooping around to Upper Manhattan, one will find one of the most breathtaking outdoor spaces in all of NYC. Located on Central Park North, this fourbedroom, four-bath triplex trophy penthouse boasts 5,500+ SF of indoor space and unparalleled direct views of Central Park and the entire Manhattan skyline from two huge planted terraces connected by an outdoor staircase. One can look south to Billionaire’s row from the outdoor hot tub, allowing for the ultimate indoor/outdoor living experience. There are numerous seating areas, a pergola, and something for the senses at every turn. With space like this, who needs a beach house?

Price: $18.000.000 Agent: Jill Sloane Web ID:


ust a few minutes away across the East River in Carroll Gardens is a marvelous 2,900 SF duplex with the benefits of a full service building and the privacy of a townhouse setting. Designed by Gluck+ Architects, this home boasts oversized windows overlooking a private 1500+ SF garden terrace. This space is perfect for entertaining, sipping summer cocktails, taking in a sunset, or firing up the grill for an outdoor dinner party. Residents can also exercise their green thumb in the 5,300 square foot landscaped rear garden with vegetable garden and communal bocce court.

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urther Uptown, in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, there’s a grand estate that practically comes with its own park! This lush property with a Greek Revival style six-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home with two wood burning fireplaces and soaring ceilings sits majestically above the Hudson River. The verdant lawn gently slopes toward the water allowing for panoramic views and amazing sunsets. With plenty of room to roam, this estate brings the best of country living to the City - and all just 25 minutes from Grand Central Terminal! Price: $4,988,888 Agent: Sandhya Tidke Team

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Is Forever The Cooperative Renaissance

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he motto that the three things that matter most about real estate, “Location, location, location!” still reigns as the quintessential summation of luxury real estate. When working with a buyer, proximity to a child’s school, a favorite lifestyle amenity, or a favorite park or playground often tops their wish list. Rightfully so, location is arguably among the most influential factors in determining a property’s enduring value – you can customize and create the kitchen of your dreams or update dated décor, but a location is forever. Despite this, Park-front properties took a momentary backseat during the pandemic as many buyers shifted from prime locations to shiny new buildings chock-full of amenities or homes that offered private outdoor spaces that provided a much-needed respite. However, as life returns to a new normal, buyers are coming back to Park-front properties with an increased sense of

‘‘AS LIFE RETURNS TO A NEW NORMAL, BUYERS ARE COMING BACK TO PARKFRONT PROPERTIES WITH AN INCREASED SENSE OF ENTHUSIASM, INTEREST, AND APPRECIATION’’ enthusiasm, interest, and appreciation. Simultaneously, I am also seeing a marked return to cooperatives. Representing roughly 75% of New York City’s housing inventory, a co-op building is run by a board of directors that make decisions and govern over bylaws that protect the building’s value and the quality of life of its residents. In order to compete with their condominium and new development counterparts, many co-op boards are relaxing their once stringent policies in favor of flexibility specifically allowing buying in trusts, not just summer renovations, and pied-a-terre use. Cooperatives have proven to be better value in this market as well, with many new condominiums not in A+ locations selling for more than co-ops on Central Park. Not surprisingly, a co-op in a prime location is back at the top of the wish list with the realization that a Peloton with a Park view checks all of the boxes too! P /lisa-lippman

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Palm Beach Design Masters Firm Makes its Way to Manhattan and Hamptons

n 2016, Carl Vasile and Joy Jalaeikhoo partnered to establish Palm Beach Design Masters, a full-service design studio and luxury property development firm that pays homage to the culturally rich communities where they thrive. With over 30 years of combined design industry experience in Palm Beach, New York and Atlanta, they bring their approach to making every design project reflect the individual taste, personality and vision of their clients, always with a clear understanding and respect for their expectations and timeline. From a penthouse apartment to a posh summer estate, their personalized designs, custom-made furnishings, window treatments and home accessories are designed to enhance every environment. The style of these true design masters is best described as a mixture of textures, lighting, curated art and classic designs, all with thoughtful ingenuity and innovation. Born and raised in West Palm Beach, after graduating from college, Carl moved to New York City where he collaborated on design projects for the city’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art and social events at the Carlyle, Stanhope and the Four Seasons. He then opened one of Atlanta’s most successful and sought-after retail design studios. Carl’s work has been featured in several national and regional magazines, including Veranda, House Beautiful, Victoria Magazine, and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle. Joy brings an extensive background in space planning, commercial and residential property development, budget planning, purchasing and design project management. She spent 20 years as a healthcare executive focusing on growing multi-specialty healthcare groups by building and designing medical clinics from the ground up. Joy loves restoring historic structures and overseeing architectural design and construction efforts to achieve the desired project goals from start to finish. Watch for this talented duo as they bring their talent and extensive expertise to Manhattan and Hamptons. P


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0 4 Berenice Electrolysis & Personal Beauty Center Celebrating 40 Years of Making Your Skin More Beautiful



f you want to get smooth for the summer, and beyond, Berenice S. Rothenberg of Berenice Electrolysis & Personal Beauty Center has you covered – so that you can uncover on the beach this season! This beauty guru has been helping clients get out of their hairy situations for decades, and she’s not done yet! Walking into the calm oasis of her East 60th street space, you are enveloped into a soothing experience and are instantly treated like part of the family, which only makes sense since many clients bring multiple generations of their own families for treatments. This June 2022, Berenice, a leader in both laser and electrolysis, is celebrating 40 years of building confidence and helping to change lives. “It’s been 40 beautiful years, and I can still say that I love what I do, which says something,” explains this boss lady who has made it her mission to make others feel beautiful from the inside out. “I think it’s a combination between the clients and the environment that you create to do the service and it feels good. Our dedication after all these years shows that we are still loving what we do, and it’s all because of our clientele and making things better for them that we care so much. I always feel like a woman has their own beauty. When something bothers you, even it’s the simplest hair, intimidation sets in. I ease that factor and assure them that they will be hair free in no time.” When it comes to treating hair growth, it’s important to remember that not all hairs are created equal, which is why Berenice always suggests a complimentary consultation. She also explains that tweezing and shaving at home leads to ingrown hairs which ultimately makes the hair removal process much worse and less effective in the long run. Seeking professional services is crucial when it comes to achiev- | 153

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ing the results you are looking for, which is why Berenice is sought after for her personalized methods and precision. In fact, most of her clients are referred to her by doctors including dermatologists and surgeons, or by word of mouth. “Many people, especially young millennials, don’t realize that even from doing something so small, they can create a big problem both on the face as well as on the entire body. I started years ago taking pictures and doing the research. The only method we used to have was waxing, but waxing created even worse problems. It’s important to remember that we are all born with different patterns of hair growth, from strong to light. Not touching your hair and getting it done by a professional, is the perfect solution. When I say beauty from the inside out, it’s because I feel like everyone has their own beauty, much like a painting. A painting is not a masterpiece until you don’t work on it, so that’s the way I compare a woman or anyone who needs improvement, as a masterpiece. If you have something that bothers you, take care of it and don’t wait until it gets worse because it’s double the time and aggravation and intimidates you in a way that takes your confidence away.” Let’s just say that Berenice, who does not look old enough to have been doing this for 40 years, has been beautifying most of New York City one hair at a time. She also plans on continuing her work for years to come; after all, her clients are relying on her. “They are always telling me how they feel more beautiful now and that I helped build up their confidence or thanking me for working on their daughter who was feeling ugly and being made fun of. I just say there’s always a solution to every problem. It really comes down to the fact that when you’re dedicated, you do the work and pass that on to your staff, which strengthens them to do even better work. I’m beyond grateful to have such a dedicated team who truly gives personalized service and care for each client that they assist.” After being forced to close for four months during the pandemic, Berenice, the best in the hair removal business, was busier than ever. She also felt much satisfaction knowing that people felt safe enough in her space even prior to the launch of the vaccines. Many of her clients were able to repay her for the comforting experience by following the Berenice Hair Bible rules - not touching their hair via tweezing or cutting during the

shutdown, which led to results that even surprised Berenice. “I say that when you start a process, it’s a commitment and it’s money and it’s my time and my dedication as well as my eyes, so don’t ruin it because if you touch a hair, it’s going to delay the results. You might not be able to change your genes, which dictate whatever hair pattern you are possessed with, but Berenice and her staff can change how you feel about yourself. Berenice strongly believes it is so important to go to a person that is qualified. She also ensures that the journey to smooth skin is as smooth as possible, even if there are some bumps along the way. It’s also important for people to remember that this process is different for each person. “Everybody as an individual is completely different. Your experience is going to be different than that of your friend’s. We’re going to talk about reality and expectations and hair follicles and the size of the cells. We can’t do one to two treatments and fix what you might have done yourself in 10 or 20 years. I make sure to explain things to my client in a language that makes sense so that they understand the process. Every single place

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0 “Forty years of experience and maintaining such a steady clientele doesn’t come fast,” explains Berenice. “We have nice people who are happy for us, and so we give that in return through our caring and the good work.”

has its own way of doing things, but when it’s your place, you do things a certain way because you know it works.” It is because of this decades-long dedication and trustworthiness amongst her clients that Berenice has been servicing families for so many years, sometimes even four generations, from teenagers to their grandmothers. “Forty years of experience and maintaining such a steady clientele doesn’t come fast,” explains Berenice. “We have nice people who are happy for us, and so we give that in return through our caring and outstanding work.” When it comes to handling unwanted hair growth, Berenice staunchly believes that it’s important to understand the science so that you can successfully achieve your own individual skincare goals. For instance, we all have different kinds of hair follicles, and it can take longer to destroy certain follicles if they’re continually tweezed. Straight hair follicles are the most ideal follicles to work with since the hair papilla gets all the nourishment from the blood vessels to make it grow. We make a new cycle of hair growth every 28 days, and there is a division of cells in our bodies. The same goes for hair

and follicles, so there is new hair, but it’s early on hair growth, and the old hair that you see on the surface has been stimulated. Berenice’s consultation is intended to guide you in the right hair direction whether it is laser or electrolysis, or both. The only difference is that the laser light can destroy more than one hair, while electrolysis requires having to wait until the hair comes to the surface to treat it because you first must see if there is a strong enough hair pattern. You always must go according to cycles of hair growth until eventually you destroy the hair papilla so that no additional hairs can grow no matter how much stress or stimulation is present. Once the hair papilla is gone, mission hair removal is accomplished. Using a revolutionary long pulse, high energy alexandrite laser, a gentle beam of light passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. Transformed into heat, the laser energy can disable the follicle, leaving the surrounding skin unchanged. This technology is both quick and comfortable, making it popular for problem areas on large parts of the body such as the legs, back, bikinis and underarms. They are also known for other laser beauty treatments. Men typically have twin papillas’, which means that hair follicles have more than one hair. Any temporary hair removal will stimulate the dermal papilla, making hair grow faster, even hairs that aren’t quite ready to come to the surface yet. Thinking of shaving? It might feel satisfying, but it’s nothing but a quick fix. “When people shave and tweeze, it creates ingrown hairs, resulting in double work for us. The more you touch your hair, the more it’s going to damage the upper layer of the skin.” Let’s just say that the proof is in the progress! “I haven’t touched my legs in 18 years!” exclaims Berenice. “The younger you are, the faster the hair is going to grow. Circulation is different, depending on your age.” No matter what type of hair you might have, Berenice and her staff have just the right service to keep your body – and attitude – at their best. P | 155

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Your Best Self TV With Dr. D Spreading Success with Lifestyle Tips, Celebrity Guests and Wellness Advice B Y J U L I E S AG O S K I N

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e might be a Celebrity cosmetic and facial aesthetic dentist, but Dr. Steven Davidowitz is known just as much for making people smile as he is for creating smiles with his hit show, “Your Best Self TV” with Dr. D, which airs on WLNY-1055. From fashion to food, celebrity guests, and of course, medical advice and experts, this television personality wants to bring joy into the lives of his viewers so that they too can live their best lives. Having grown up with an affinity for health and wellness, as well as an appreciation for television as a medium, Dr. D is now able to combine these positive passions. “I love binge watching things on Netflix and HBO, but usually everything is very dark, and I get that, but I like things that make me feel good. I watched daytime television when I was lucky enough to be home during the day and saw shows that really educated people and were intended to spread happiness. I also enjoyed shows about medicine which were amazing and educational but very procedural driven like Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil, and they all still had a dark or uninspiring tone to them. I thought a great solution would be to provide a show that can make viewers feel good and learn while also being entertained. Why not try to encompass everything?” Though he had originally planned to go into

medicine, Dr. D followed in his father’s dental footsteps and now runs a successful practice, Luxury Dentistry NYC, on the Upper East Side. His dream to be in front of a camera remained as strong as his desire to become a dentist, though it wasn’t until the start of the pandemic that he had time to re-envision this goal. Known for keeping patients comfortable and less anxious when they come to his office – not an easy feat for a dentist – Dr. D began to plan just how to bring this feeling to a whole new audience during these uncertain times. “The show is really meant to give joy through a diverse mix of useful lifestyle tips and inspirations. It’s two polar opposite kinds of shows where we mix celebrities and medicine. It’s the type of show where you can learn something from everybody. It’s about finding out what’s going on in somebody’s life but also figuring out how we can all live our lives better. We aim to give tips across the spectrum, from preventative measures and the world of changing medicine, and then extending to fashion and pop culture. It’s anything that gives people a purpose.” Since the launch of the show, he’s had celebrity guests such as Dr. Andrew Ordon, Host of “The Doctors”, Suzanne Somers, Designer Nicole Miller, Caroline Aaron of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Margaret Josephs of “Rich Housewives of New Jersey” and many more! Each guest has something to share and learn from to help Dr. D inspire viewers to live their best life. This dedicated dentist and positive television personality, who has been so humbled by the tremendous response he has received between the viewership numbers and emails from avid watchers and fans, will be coming back into your homes for a second

season in the fall after a successful first season. According to this down-to-earth dentist, he just tries to be super relatable while trying to go along on the journey with his viewers. “I am with you as we all try to see how we can navigate our lives to realize how we can enjoy every moment. Together we learn how to destress like an entertainer as well as the importance of proper nutritional advice and cooking advice in the kitchen. My goal is that after every episode, viewers will come out with at least one thing they learned or has positively affected them. The philosophy is that we can all learn something as long as we treat everyone as an equal and teach each other as much as we can. I just feel comfortable opening others up to a lifestyle that I live myself and enjoy bringing that to the show. I describe it as a 360-degree approach to being your best self by learning how to be healthy in mind, body, and soul. I feel so fortunate that we have such a great crew of producers, directors, doctors and guests.” Wanting to make others feel good has been a part of Dr. D’s DNA ever since he was a child. As a teenager dealing with obesity, he learned to modify his outlook by reading books and trying to learn from the behavior of others. “This is the biggest thing when it comes to being your best self. It’s so crucial to have the ability to learn and change through being educated so that you can feel good and be encouraged. You have to keep striving to be better for your family and friends, and of course, for yourself.” With a television platform and well-known practice, Dr. D, who enjoys spending time with his wife and children, is hoping to take his wellness and lifestyle show to a whole new feel-good level – and a national market. P | 157

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The road to plastic surgery success is paved with names that have been in the industry for decades, revered for their craft, and labelled as innovators. However, with the onset of an evolving social time follows an evolution of beauty and idealism. The next generation of visionaries are making their mark with the understanding that beauty is no longer coupled with the concept of perfection or fits a mold, that of a "model." As the next generation takes the helm of plastic surgery royalty, Dr. David J. Pincus has soared into stratospheric success by being at the forefront of innovative, impeccable work that has been catered to the most important component of any plastic surgeon’s career-- his patients. Dr. David Pincus conceived Pincus Plastic Surgery in 2018 and has since risen to colossal accomplishment. His patient clientele has increased over 700%. He is one of the most sought after surgeons in New York with a fully booked surgical schedule through May 2022 and an extensive waiting list eagerly anticipating a cancellation.

Many have questioned how it is possible to sky-rocket to such a level of success in this short period of time when Pincus Plastic Surgery is a practice where one surgeon does it all. The answer goes back to the most essential and simple way of practicing medicine- sheer talent and individualized patient care. The secret to his success is not linked to the most talked about phenomenon of visual social media nor the new concept of doctor shopping online. It is quite the opposite. His secret is the rudimentary practice of individualized patient care without the current trend of outsourcing care to other surgeons under his umbrella nor any visual social media phenomenon. These new age concepts that the current literature speaks to only gets you so far as a surgeon that relies on visual results. The intent and care of Dr. David Pincus can certainly make an impression on a patient at their consultation, but the true talent of a surgeon can only speak to you through the results of their work. As the saying goes, his results speak volumes. Dr. Pincus does not believe in a mold or ideal of the human shape. His objective is to empower his patients by helping them achieve their individualized concept of beauty and confidence. The success of Pincus Plastic Surgery is due to the unfiltered, unadulterated talent of a surgeon that was cultivated by 18 years of training in Miami, Boston, and Paris in order to achieve the expertise needed to be extraordinary. For Dr. Pincus, it most certainly did not take a decennary to become a trailblazer in his area of expertise. But as we all know, giving yourself the title of an expert in any field is completely different from proving your brilliance and talent. Dr. Pincus has most certainly proven his title as an innovator and continues to persevere. After three successful years of practicing in Smithtown, Long Island, Dr. Pincus is now opening up his second and third office in Manhattan and Boca Raton, Florida.

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Environmental Activist f you are looking for the modern definition of a “Renaissance man,” you could find it in a dictionary — or, you could read about Andy Sabin. Andy Sabin is a metal mogul, renowned benefactor and philanthropist for hundreds of causes. He is a Republican kingmaker, an environmental activist and among the most visible figures in the East End community. Sabin’s contributions to Long Island, this nation and the world, including the Ukraine, cannot be overstated His company, Sabin Metal Corporation, the world’s largest, privately owned precious metal refining company, refines and recycles gold, silver, platinum and palladium. These materials, which are in high demand for state-of-the-art technologies, help make everything from your smart device to highgrade military technology. They are also used by pharmaceutical companies and oil refineries. Sabin has made a career and a fortune in the industry — but sees his role in society as much larger. Sabin’s Rolodex is a who’s who of America’s most influential leaders, but the only elected officials he supports are those who share his values. His goals are simple: By supporting responsible leadership, humankind and the Earth may provide future generations with climate-minded elected leaders. While one may not automatically assume that a significant Republican power player would propel the candidacies of the environmentally conscious, it is Sabin who is changing the modern definition of what it means to be a “Republican.” Chairman of Conserve America “I am the chairman of Conserve America, a conservative conservation group, as well as the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, which has 11 Republican senators, who meet with 11 Democratic senators, sharing the same values on environmental responsibility,” Sabin says. Senators Tom Cotton, Rick Scott, Tim

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Scott; representatives Michael McCaul, Virginia Fox; North Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and George Pataki visited the East End upon his invitation. “When the leaders come to the East End, they are amazed at the amount of protected open space. In East Hampton, we have been able to designate 38% of the town’s open land as permanent conservation. It is an accomplishment that I have been involved in and I am very proud of,” Sabin continues. “A lot of these elected officials are also happy to learn of what we are doing for the ocean, with sustainable fishing and other similar issues.” Yale, UCLA, Columbia & Sloan Kettering Sabin sits on the boards of some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. He has held leadership positions on the Law Advisory Board of the Columbia School of Law, the UCLA School of Law, and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. In addition, he has helped underwrite and fund the development of medical institutions, including the M.D. Anderson Care Center at the

University of Texas, and has funded cancer research at Sloan Kettering. “I’ve just completed a cardiac research center, and a men’s wellness center at Columbia-Presbyterian that will shape medical care for future generations,” Sabin says. Kenya &Tanzania He has helped advance women’s health in Kenya, and he has a new project planned in Tanzania. His contributions have afforded countless women access to essential healthcare. And, despite such a portfolio of giving and philanthropy, Sabin is far from finished. “My favorite saying is: Every day above ground is a good day. I give out thousands of bracelets that people wear as a reminder that when they wake up in the morning, they are blessed. Just be thankful that you woke up and you’re healthy,” Sabin says. South Fork Natural History Museum Year-round, Sabin resides in Amagansett with his family, and his commitment to the East End has been on display. His efforts

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helped fund and develop the East Hampton YMCA, which has afforded local youth the ability to play and learn and has serviced senior citizens. He is also a co-founder and president of the South Fork Natural History Museum, which funds conservation education. “One of my favorite things in life is to take young kids in the field, to hike in the woods and see the smile on their face when they see the beauty of nature. I have taken over 100 underprivileged youth and their families into the forest — it was so heartwarming to help inspire the next generation to help save the planet,” Sabin says. On his environmental expeditions, Sabin has gone around the world. From Papua New Guinea to Australia, and 104 other countries, Sabin has been involved in the discovery of new species, with a particular affinity for reptiles and amphibians. Sabin has more than 14 different species named after him, including the Peruvian frog — the 7,000th known amphibian species — which is also known as the Sabin glass frog. This month, a new shark species was discovered in Madagascar and named after Sabin. The dwarf lemur of Madagascar also bears his name. “When you name an animal species, it is forever. It is the only thing that will exist in perpetuity,” Sabin says. “I’ve also started to find lost species and name them for very dear friends. If you want to ensure that you give a unique gift, name a species after someone.” All in all, if there is one word that Sabin wants to be defined by, it is “compassionate.” He adds, “I am on Earth to save lives and the planet. I don’t want to be the richest man in the cemetery,” said the billionaire who just celebrated his 75th birthday at the Museum of Natural History. “I don’t care if I die poor, just so long as I have done something to save lives and save the planet.” P Editors Note : This year’s SOFO gala will be held on August 6th in Bridgehampton. Honorees include Brock Pierce, Sylvia Earle, Greg Manocherian, Richard Grasso, Jim Ash, Jeff Keil and Carl Safina. | 161

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Challenging Cases

ason Flores-Williams is one of America’s highest-profile defense attorneys. He has taken on a wide array of challenging cases that have been covered by the New York Times, L.A. Times, the Washington Post, and media outlets around the world. Established in Denver in 2009, The Law Office of Jason Flores-Williams is an international law practice with a branch in Mexico City and a presence in Washington, D.C. where many international U.S. federal cases are tried. Jonathan Wall & Maryl and Marijuana Case Most recently, Flores-Williams took on the case of Jonathan Wall, charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Maryland. “Weed is now this multi-billion-dollar industry, yet the U.S. government in Baltimore chose to prosecute Jonathan Wall in which the federal sentencing guidelines, if convicted for pot, are 10 years to life in prison. So, it’s unconscionable,” he says. Among Flores-Williams’ clients are death row inmates, political protesters, and the Colorado River, on whose behalf he sued the state of Colorado to establish the river’s

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“personhood” and thereby its right to exist and flourish in order to allow the overtaxed natural resource’s replenishment. “There’s a bigger interest that should be recognized in the law than simply just, ‘I have the property rights,’” Flores-Williams explains. He represented the homeless population of Denver, Colorado whose belongings were confiscated by the city under a “camping ban”, which he called a “systematic evisceration of constitutional rights.” “We defend your liberty, your assets, your rights” Often referred to as a “civil-rights” or “human rights” attorney, Flores-Williams insists that he

is neither. He is a federal criminal defense attorney specializing in conspiracy and asset forfeiture defense. “This makes me sound like I’m a big social justice guy,” he says. “I’m really not. I’m not wandering around with a big bleeding heart, to be honest. I’m proud to say I’m a criminal defense attorney.” Essentially, he serves in his legal practice as the “firewall” between power and the disempowered and, he emphasizes, that comes in all forms. Flores-Williams also defends those facing charges of white-collar crime. His firm specializes in “impact” litigation, defending those accused of serious felonies. “We defend your liberty, your assets, your rights,” is

He, his sister and mother faced such a scenario, the family’s assets were seized. “You normally would not find an attorney who takes white collar crime personally,” he says. “I take it personally when the government steps into court and points at someone who has actually made something out of their life with their family sitting behind them and says, ‘We’re taking you down’. Because I’ve lived through that.” After his father’s conviction, Flores-Williams’ life took a number of turns. He dropped out of school, studied on his own at the Library of Congress, obtained his GED and graduated from Hunter College with honors in philosophy. He moved to Prague, Czech Republic, to focus on writing, and later to San Francisco, where he published two novels. After moving to New York City, he wrote for High Times, and became an activist involved in protests against the Iraq war and the 2004 RNC convention.

his law firm’s motto. He knows how to win the most challenging cases, so that you walk away with your life intact. Pushback Against Government Interventions & Asset Seizure What all these various cases have in common is pushing back against government power. The U.S. government seizes assets from people under indictment, and this affects not only the person on trial, but their family. Your bank accounts and credit cards are frozen, your business relationships suffer, and you have no way to put food on the table or pay your rent, let alone pay for your legal defense. This, FloresWilliams explains, undermines the

presumption of innocence. That’s why he focuses most these days on federal conspiracy cases and white-collar crimes, because that’s an area where the government crushes people without even having set foot in court to defend themselves. “It’s what I’ve become a specialist in,” he says. Background Informed his Practice – It’s Personal These issues are personal to Flores-Williams because he experienced such hardships as a child in New Mexico. His father, a prosperous businessman, was convicted on drug trafficking charges and sentenced to prison.

Injecting Humanity into an Inhumane System Eventually, Flores-Williams decided that law was the most effective route to making a difference in society and enrolled at Rutgers Law. His first job out of law school was in postKatrina New Orleans, defending death row inmates at Angola Prison. “That was my introduction to law, and it was pretty challenging and neat,” he says. He later settled in Denver and opened his firm, although he practices nationwide. His Mexico City office specializes in extradition law since many people there end up being charged in U.S. federal courts. In his practice, Flores-Williams takes a small number of cases, 10 to 12 per year, and gives them his all. “I approach them not just as an attorney, but in finding some way to inject humanity into an inhumane system. And that comes in the form of everything ranging from storytelling to relating to the community, which in the law is expressed in the form of the jury.” P | 161



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The Cat Whisperer Whose Secret Weapon is Vitakraft Cat Treats BY L A U R E N B E N S


s a Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist and Cat Behavior Consultant, Molly DeVoss is fluent in meow, and knows just what it takes to turn a fussy feline into a compliant cat companion. While she began following this purr-fectly suited path for her cat-loving ways in 2017, DeVoss originally started volunteering with large cat rescues almost 30 years ago and with shelters that have high euthanasia rates and continues today. Molly realized just why so many cats have behavioral issues and end up in shelters. “It’s all due to nuisance behaviors such as aggression or peeing outside the litter box. A lot of people also feel better about letting a cat loose rather than taking them to a shelter but that’s not a solution.” Molly has made it her mission to enlighten other cat owners on her weekly Cat Talk Radio podcast where cat parents can find tons of free resources to keep their cats a part of a happy feline family. Molly explains that nothing worked to help

tame unruly kitties like Vitakraft Cat Treats. “With cats, there is no social hierarchy, so it’s important for them to feel motivated. After trying Vitakraft with shelter cats, I realized these fabulous treats can change a cat’s perception, I wouldn’t use anything else ever again.” Molly says cats go bonkers over the Vitakraft Lick ‘n Lap products in particular. “This is my go-to treat. It’s thick so you can dispense it in tiny increments, to ensure that cats won’t get too full which will make them stop cooperating. It’s a game changer.” Vitakraft Cat Treats are not only a great complement to regular meals, but also introduce bonding, training, and foraging into their feline friends’ routine. For over 180 years, Vitakraft has been making high quality cat treats that are low in calories, and offer multiple textures to meet the needs of different cat personalities. Vitakraft truly knows ‘What Cats Are Really Into.’ Vitakraft has a new Lick ‘n’ Lap™ Snack Line, including Smooth Jelly

and Meaty Gravy, an in-between meal treat, training tool, or a scrumptious saucy topper for food. The line offers convenient, single-serve pouches that provide cats with flavor-boosting treats made with real chicken and salmon. All varieties can be enjoyed straight from the tube, squeezed directly into a bowl, or used as a tasty food topper. The Lick ‘n’ Lap Smooth Jelly is a smooth gelatin treat with a texture ideal for handfeeding, and a wonderfully interactive bonding treat. The Lick ‘n’ Lap Meaty Gravy is a delicious squeezable treat made with pieces of meat. Other products in Vitakraft’s ever-popular lineup of high-quality cat treats include Gourmet Jelly Snacks, Meaty Morsels, Purrsticks, and Souprise Snacks. Vitakraft is now represented by local sales companies in twenty countries worldwide. P

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Matt Wasserlauf

Founder of Blockboard is Pioneering the Wild West of Digital Advertising



s a digital advertising pioneer Matt is founder and CEO of BLOCKBOARD, the company that brings confidence, efficiency and transparency to marketers in the CTV/OTT space. Matthew Wasserlauf and his team of Blockboarders continue to reinvent this rapidly changing industry Founded in 2019, Blockboard was created out of a need for marketers to have confidence in their CTV/OTT video investments. Blockboard provides proven results to

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advertisers who demand accountability and assurance in media efficiency spend for their business needs. Built on blockchain technology, the Blockboard platform provides transparency and validation to each impression for a cookieless world. Bringing decades of experience in linear TV, digital video and mobile platforms to the development of Blockboard, the company is the only of its kind to deliver verified business performance results. BLOCKBOARD also create original programming from BLOCKBOARD STUDIOS—a high-quality, boutique

production studio focusing on original, compelling brand content and collaboration with such original programming as the The American Table, hosted by Noelle Nikpour; Feel Ageless, with host Jennifer Pate and Laughter is The Best Medicine. “It’s a $50 billion dollar industry and companies like Trade Desk and Facebook prey on the lack of transparency. We at Blockboard stand up against that and It’s a daunting task,” says Wasserlauf. Matt and his team of Blockboarders have made it their mission to make the industry more trustworthy. “At Blockboard are trying to reset the system, one advertiser at a time by eliminating Digital Fraud through our Blockchain technology.” How remarkable is BLOCKBOARD? Let’s just say that according to FourSquare, BLOCKBOARD delivered over a million dollars’ worth of sales for a campaign that a company paid just $50,000 for. And this is not an anomaly for them. Another creative campaign involved a customized commercial with the chance to win a washer and dryer with each click – the company was blown away at the 80,000 email registrations and overall performance they received in return. BLOCKBOARD might already be making tremendous advances in helping advertisers win in this wild west of the digital age, but this is just the beginning. P @Blockboardco | 163


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Prince’s Trust The Prince’s Trust Global Gala attracted a star-studded crowd to Manhattan’s Cipriani 25 Broadway. Prince Charles founded the organization 55 years ago to bring employment opportunities to disadvantaged young people. Bella and Gigi Hadid, Lily James, Phoebe Dynevor, Naomi Campbell and Karlie Kloss all donned their best bib and tucker in support of the Prince. Lionel Richie, Global Ambassador and Chairman, co-hosted the event. Richie spoke about bringing the UKbased organization to America. “We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our ambition to help more young people here in the United States realize their dreams and I am proud to be part of this vital work.” Richie also performed by singing “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “All Night Long.”

Megan Markle & Wallis Simpson The Prince of Wales married notorious divorcee Wallis Simpson, the forerunner to Megan Markel, 85 years ago in France. The former King of England gave Simpson what was called “the alternative Crown Jewels” that brought in over 53 million when it was auctioned off in 1987. Elizbeth Taylor even bought one of her diamond pins; now M.S. Rau in New Orleans is selling an emerald and tourmaline brooch owned by the Duchess of Windsor for $388,500 and a pair of cufflinks owned by the Duke for $88,500. The dealer will be at the Hamptons Fine Art Fair from July 14th to the 17th.

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Duke and Duchess

Maria Kreyn @ Colnaghi Andrew Lloyd Webber gave artist Maria Kreyn one million dollars to create eight monumental paintings inspired by Shakespeare’s writings for the lobby of his Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. Kreyn is showing

new work at the “Influences of Time” show at C1760, the modern art department of Colnaghi, the world’s oldest art gallery on East 70th St.

Kanye West Balenciaga Show Megan Thee Stallion and Kanye West led the fashionable pack to Balenciaga’s show in the big apple at the New York Stock Exchange, the venerable financial center. Oversized clothing contrasted with R.Couri Hay & Libbi the skin-tight Mugrabi body suits to make a statement on the mundaneness of corporate culture and American money and power. In flowing dresses, large trench coat, and bathrobe coats, models followed one after another, bearing no individuality outside of their faux neon pigtails. Through his own lens, Balenciaga designer Demna has put a twist on streetwear for commuters, although it remains to be seen how many brokers will adopt these avant garde street looks. The show also included a Balenciaga x Adidas collab. Guests included designers Marc Jacobs and Libbie Mugrabi, club goddess Susanne Bartsch, the inimitable Amanda Lepore and Alexa Demie. Pieces were available

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for purchase Morgan & Arthur right after the Aidala show, ranging from $210 to five figures. The after-party at 88 Palace rocked until the wee hours.

The Friars Club Attorney Arthur Aidala, who also serves as The Dean of the Friars Club, organized a tribute to New York City Ballet SNL’s Tracy Morgan at Michael Bloomberg’s the Ziegfeld Ballroom. In better half Diana Taylor the black-tie crowd were co-chaired The New York three mayors including City Ballet (NYCB) Gala Rudy Giuliani, Bill de at the David H. Koch Blasio and Eric Adams, Theater in Lincoln who presented Morgan Center. The night with the Icon Award, the celebrated the 50th Club’s top honor. Past Anniversary of the recipients include Tom Stravinsky Festival. Just Cruise, Tony Bennett, as at the original festival Robert DeNiro and Frank Sinatra. When accepting in 1972, the program featured Jerome Robbins’ the award, Morgan said, “Never give up. Fall whimsical Circus down seven times, get up Polka and George eight. Unless you get Balanchine’s hit by a Walmart masterpiece Stravinsky truck and then you Violin Concerto. The can lay down and night also wait for your showcased lawyer.” After students of the School of Morgan’s American Ballet speech, there were and NYCB performances dancer Silas by Joe Piscopo Farley’s debut and CeeLo as a Green. Among choreographer. those Guests applauding Jean Shafiroff included Lili were Ben Buffet, Zac Vereen, J.B. Smoove Posen, Jean and three NY Knicks Shafiroff, Fe Fendi, Jill stars Obi Toppin, Allan Kargman, Tonya Lewis Houston and Immanuel Lee and Carol Mack. Quickley. Also in the Mayor Eric Adams and room were Geraldo Senator Chuck Schumer Rivera, Alan Dershowitz, both spoke about how Imran Ansari, Judge important the arts are to Jeanine Pirro, Jean NYC. The night raised Shafiroff, Eugenia and $2.6 million. Janna Bullock. The event for 500 raised $500k

with a portion of the proceeds going to Stand Up to Cancer. Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster Humane Society of NY Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (Younger & Anything Goes) who is starring with Hugh Jackman in the hit Broadway show, The Music Man, has launched a social media campaign called “Sutton’s Spotlight” to help dogs from the Humane Society of New York to find forever homes. Big-hearted Sutton is featuring older dogs and animals with special needs on her Instagram, for pets who might otherwise be overlooked. The star publishes photos and each dog’s personal story on her Instagram @ suttonlenore. Elizabeth Hurley Breast Cancer Research Foundation Elizabeth Hurley returned to NYC to host the Hot Pink Party to benefit the Gretta Monahan honors June Jacobs and Rochelle Jacobs with the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award

Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the Glasshouse. Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish Judy, and Leonard Lauder were the event’s co-chairs. The night’s honorees were skincare mavens June Jacobs and her daughter Rochelle Jacobs of Naturally Serious. Committee members included Michael Kors, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, Donna Karan, Vera Wang and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch.

Miss World Peter Thomas Roth was a judge at the Miss World contest in Puerto Rico. Peter asked the contestants key questions and helped present the crown to the winner Miss Poland, Karolina Bielawska, and runner-up Miss USA, Shree Saini. Peter was surprised when another

Miss USA Shree Saini, Peter Thomas Roth, & Miss World Karolina Bielawska

man approached the judges’ table wearing the exact same Tom Ford white dinner jacket as he was wearing. His double turned out to be Roberto Pickering, a former U.S. Marine Corps Sniper with 37 confirmed kills. One wag whispered to one of the contestants, “There’s the sniper and the lady killer.” Elizabeth Hurley

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The highlight of the spring season is always The Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee Hat Luncheon which also gives guests time to admire the tulips, lilac bushes and blooming wisteria in the Conservatory Garden. Checking out everyone’s extravagant chapeaux is the day’s ad hoc entertainment. The event, which celebrated its 40th anniversary, rang in nearly $3.9M for the maintenance of the Park. This year’s co-chairs included Katherine Birch, Mary Moran, Margo Nederlander, and Caterina Heil Stewart. The day honored JPMorgan Chase and Alexia Leuschen. In the mix were Michael Bloomberg, Diana Taylor, Kate Davis, Lauren Santo Domingo and 1,000 others of that ilk and stripe. “As the stewards of the Park, the Central Park Conservancy is grateful for the hard work of the Women’s Committee in raising critical funds to keep the Park clean, inviting and open for everyone,” said CEO Betsy Smith.

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Princess Maria-Olympia, Alex Rodriguez, Ivy Getty, Huma Abedin and Wes Gordon lead the perfumed pack to Save Venice’s annual black-tie extravaganza “Un Ballo in Maschero” at Cipriani. The organization, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice, Italy. Although the ball was mask-optional, thankfully enough people donned bejeweled and feathered concoctions to make things visually interesting. The night’s theme was “Enchantment by the Sea,” and Bronson Van Wyk ran with the idea and crested an underwater paradise featuring a highly instagrammable sea shell. Many of the guests incorporated the theme into their ensembles, sporting seashells, oyster platters, and undersea creatures hither and thither on their gowns and jackets. Who else would tell you these things? One of the organization’s hosts, Frederick Ilchman, declared, “By being here, all of us acknowledge the fragility of artistic and cultural treasures — not just in Venice, but in the world over.” The night raised $2.1 million. Ivy Getty & Brooke Wise

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The Andy Warhol Diaries are particularly relevant given the recent record-breaking sale of his “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” painting for 195 million dollars. Andy gave me my first job and I am featured both in the actual diaries and in his brilliant six-part Netflix series from executive producer Ryan Murphy and the insightful director Andrew Rossi. Andy was intensely tight lipped about his personal life except to a few of us that witnessed the ups and downs of his love life. This was among the reasons why Warhol only wanted the diaries published posthumously. Andy loved gossip and used it in the end to talk about his own secret life. A cross-section of friends, from John Waters to Rob Lowe, all dished about life around Andy. The Diaries deftly validates Warhol’s belief that the idea is not to live forever but to create art that will. Brooke Shields, Theodora Richards, Laurie Anderson, Will Cotton & Rose Dergan, Cynthia Rowley, Francisco Costa & John DeStefano, Anh Duong, Amy Fine Collins, Justin Wilkes, and Libbie Mugrabi were among the first to see the series that had its premiere at The Whitney Museum. In a controversial but compelling decision, director Rossi uses cutting-edge AI techniques to insert Warhol’s own voice into the documentary: “To fully appreciate the radical vulnerability that Andy shares in The Diaries, I felt that we needed to hear the words in Andy’s own voice,” said Rossi.

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Amanda Taylor, Jennifer James, Betsy Pepe, Hope Geier Smith, Mary Dillow, Stephanie Loeffler and Carolina de Neufville were among the chairs of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s (MSK) opening night of TEFAF NY, one of the city’s most important fairs. The preview offered the city’s most notable collectors and philanthropists an exclusive peak of the fair that included Isabelle Bscher’s Galerie Gmurzynska whose booth was the talk of the town with its Picassos, Wilfredo Lams, Otto Pienes and work by Anh Duong. MSK’s current president Kate Allen greeted the guests and noted that next year’s President will be longtime supporter Muffie Potter Aston. In the mix were Susan Burke, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Fiona Druckenmiller, Amy Griffin, Starrett Ringbom, Lavinia Branca Snyder, Nina Carbone, Shelley and Michael Carr, Eleanora Kennedy, Heather and Tom Leeds, Philip Gorrivan, Ryan Nessing, Scott Nelson, Alex Papachristidis, and Kathleen Hay. Veronica Speck & Tanya Cavallo Kat Fonseca

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Arguably, The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Dinner is the city’s prettiest benefit. The evening celebrated The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope. Top florists transformed the Plaza’s ballroom into an orchid oasis, inspired by Leatham’s own bold, artistic floral creations. The night kicked off with the sale of rare orchids and a tour of the dazzling tabletops. Guests included Gillian Hearst, Wes Gordon, Fernando Garcia, Laura Kim, and Broadway’s Adam Perry. Among the night’s chairs were Martha Stewart, Julia and Edward Weld, Maureen Chilton, Whitney and Jonathan Clay, Jeff Leatham and Cecile Lochard. Proceeds from the 19th annual Orchid dinner dance support the Garden’s programs in horticulture, botanical research, and children’s education – central to preserving and protecting the plant world. Among the 25 designers were Rudy Saunders of Dorothy Draper, Jeff Leatham, Calvert Crary, Fleurs BELLA, Grace Fuller Marroquin, Michael Gonzalez, and Joy Williams. Cecile Lochard, Grace Fuller Marroquin, Ann Caroline Prazan & Laura Durr

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The Watermill Center 2004 to 2011 Director Robert Wilson founded The Watermill Center in 1992. Every year he hosts a performance-focused gala at the center’s 10-acre campus. Over the decades Wilson has brought hundreds of artists from around the world for a summer residency that culminates in this not-to-be-missed “happening” that’s attended by a who’s who of Hamptonites. This year Wilson celebrates the Center’s 30th anniversary on July 30th. PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK MCMULLAN PRODUCED BY R. COURI HAY

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