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Clockwise, from left: Two adult elephants and a baby in a field of grasslands; American sailors receive an enthusiastic Scottish welcome, 1961; Mick Jagger performs at the Together at Home concert; the Zoom app is keeping social distancing social; fondly remembering Peter Beard and; Robby Browne.

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has shared her experiences at Space for Giants—a highly respected conservation charity charged with protecting elephants and their wildlife habitats. In addition to providing greater safety to these compassionate pachyderms from rogue poachers, Space for Giants researches how elephants communicate their knowledge of survival to future generations in their herds—a lesson perhaps worth pondering in our current Corona culture. More sadly, we salute in Snapshot the rich and well lead lives of Iris Love, Peter Beard, and Sirio Maccioni. To those ranks I add a farewell to Robby Browne, pictured above. We swam against each other competitively in college, met up again at the business school, and laughed for 40-plus years at the absurdities of our collective but divergent lives. He was a kind gent. I wish you dear Quest readers continued safety and wellness. There is much good rising around us as we rediscover the basic needs of our families, our neighbors…and our planet. Let’s agree to remember the lessons we’ve gleaned during this troubled time—learning to live with others, and within ourselves. As the age-defiant Mick Jagger and his three mythical mates so raspingly, but wisely crooned on their Zoomed One World concert: “You can’t always get what you want ... but if your try some time ... you just might find ... you get what you need.” Let’s all keep trying. u

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I ADMIT TO inherent optimism, but I’ve never been good at seeing around corners as tight as these. Still, I’m pretty convinced that we’re beginning to gain back ground and s l o w l y seize control of this debilitating crisis. I’m even more encouraged by how remarkably well (most) people have responded to managing their lives and families during this eeriest of Aprils. Quest’s stalwart staff continues to perform pure magic from its remote state. We have subtly refocused our lens in May, from a template of galas and benefits into a sobering look at the daily outreach of cultural and charitable causes that still deserve our attention and support. In the Social Diary pages ahead, you may find less elegant photos and layouts; but be reminded that their immediate aim is to trumpet the enduring priorities of their missions and purpose. We applaud this pivot in social validation, and its timely embrace of “doing good” above “doing well.” In this reconfigured May Issue, Managing Editor Alex Travers draws our attention to several high-end jewelers who have adopted the “doing good” mantra. The legendary British House of Asprey has recreated its iconic 167 Pendant (worn by The Duchess of Cambridge on this month’s cover) to be sold in the U.K. and in the U.S., with 100 percent of the profits being directed, respectively, to England’s National Emergencies Trust and to America’s No Kid Hungry charities. More recently, Vhernier, Italy’s leader in fine contemporary jewelry, has initiated its own charitable program with Feed the Children, an international nonprofit serving families and children during this pandemic. Quest encourages others to follow. We asked our most celebrated photo genius Harry Benson (and his clever wife Gigi) to compose a gallery of work that conveyed the simple language of “friendship,” which you’ll find on pages 60 through 64. My favorite is the image of the U.S. Navy sailors being hugged by jubilant housewives from Glasgow—the big Scottish city not far from Harry’s hometown of Troon. Quest’s roving contributor, Daisy Prince, has written a comforting profile of the little known but fabled town of Aiken, South Carolina. Daisy’s charm and unobtrusive access provides us with an authentic peek into an equine community where time nearly stands still. Moving from a rural equestrian refuge to droves of hulking African mammals, Quest’s London correspondent, Lexi Bowes-Lyon,


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NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY THE MONTHLY CALENDAR in the middle of a Pandemic. There is no social life in New York right now, due to this ongoing crisis involving COVID-19, which is affecting every human being in one way or another. It’s strange and even shocking at times, but in a muffled way because it’s a

distinctly personal experience for each of us. The city in repose is beautiful on a sunny day, but it’s the city moving that makes the difference in all our lives. Lately very few people have been visible publicly in this city of 8 million inhabitants (and not counting the weekday popula-

tion). Except at markets and drugstores. Oh, and liquor stores who, it has been reported, are doing business like it’s New Year’s Eve. I’m writing this on the sixth week of the so-called “lock down.” I haven’t done much or been anywhere (except the market and the drugstore), so

it’s mainly about Life By Myself, as it is for many millions of us everywhere. The following entries attest: Monday, March 24, 2020. We are, here in New York City, the epicenter of 1/3 of the cases of the Coronavirus. I read somewhere that NYC is a “ghost town” which is just

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briefly taken me away from the fears that are affecting all of us. I’ve never had a reading experience where a book’s content was so relatable that it substituted my reality while reading the a u t h o r ’s portrayal of the era and its characters, especially but not only Mr. Churchill and his family. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan on Saturday, the town looking as deserted as if it

were a major summer holiday, I needed to pick up some grub for the few days. So, it was off to Zabars. An ordinary Saturday the trip across town with the regular heavy weekend traffic can be a 20-minute drive with the starting and stopping, frequent bumpert o - b u m p e r, and the busy transverse and the heavily trafficked Upper West Side. However, on this day, from the far east to far west, I was the only car crossing 79th Street.

And the transverse is becoming a beauty with the forsythia blooming and beaming, pouring off the top of the walls. On Broadway there were no parked cars or moving cars! And Zabars, which is always busy, was not jammed. I picked up the things I needed and was in and out in 15 minutes. Wednesday, March 26, 2020. Later in the afternoon I drove over to 75th and Third Avenue to the Citarella to buy some grub. Parking across from the store, there was a young man sitting on a blanket on the sidewalk leaning against the boarded-up entrance to Sur La Table, a

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about the way it seems sitting here in my apartment. I have been out to go to the market a couple of times, and to walk the dogs briefly two or three times a day. Saturday night I finished the book I’ve been reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. I didn’t want to finish it, because all of the anxieties that this “catastrophe” has brought us were set aside by the page-turning anxieties of the book’s content. Hitler’s massive and continual bombing attacks on London and other cities in England over the course of the year 1940–41 (killing more than 60,000 men, women, and children) had

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A store that had closed for the duration. A cardboard sign prominently in front of him had a hand printed message: “Wife Pregnant, Will Re-cycle anything you don’t want.” He was maybe in his late 20s, early 30s; clean-shaven, neatly dressed in jeans and jacket. He looked at me as if he were about to ask something. I told him I’d be back after I went to the store. What troubled me most was the “pregnant wife.” In the market I also bought a large sandwich (round-wrapped) of chicken salad of some kind as well as a package of chicken breasts—thinking of her. Returning to my car, I asked him if he had an oven at home.

No. So I took the packaged chicken home and gave him the sandwich and a twenty. He thanked me profusely, but I was very troubled as well as saddened. The matter is magnified dramatically today by the current events. Of course here in the city we see a lot of people on the street asking for money. Most, but not all look to be in their 20s, sometimes 30s or 40s, as well as mothers with very young children, even families. This has been a common sight for the past few years. But now, with so many businesses and places of employment closed down because of the virus pandemic, there have

to be thousands, maybe millions more caught in its vise. Thursday, March 27, 2020. One of those days when you’re mainly if not entirely housebound as many of us pretty much are right now. I’ve stopped reading the mountain of opinions, statistics, terrifying warnings about “catching it” because it ends being a selfscare tactic that a lot of people are into. What is often on my mind is how it is affecting most people financially. The massive closings of businesses everywhere are dangerous to our safety as a community, not to mention our mental health. Friday, March 28, 2020. Sunny and mild yesterday in New York with the temp

touching 60, and more promised for today and through the weekend. The city remains quiet. Almost NO traffic on the streets and avenues. I went over to the pharmacy at 79th and Lex to pick up a prescription. Entering, just inside the doorway there were three chairs forming a semi-circle which you couldn’t go beyond. Next to one was a small side table with a pad and a pen on it. One of the friendly staff came to me with the prescription already bagged and rung up. At that very moment a nurse in her blue uniform came in to pick up something cosmetic. The staffer pointed out that we were standing next to each

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face with a drop of the germ. Modern life in New York. In the past two or three decades with the surging emergence of the obsessives looking at the cell phone, no one looks at anyone anymore, let alone acknowledges the presence. Nor is there any exchange even so much as an “excuse me,” or “pardon me” if they walk into you. People— and I’m not referring to teenagers or children—behave as if there is no one around them at

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A are what they all are!! City Harvest has always been about neighbors helping neighbors. The best way you can help is by donating funds to help them respond swiftly to the evolving need. Right now, their Board of Directors is matching every $1 donated through April 17 with $2 of their own, up to $500,000, ensuring your gift goes 3 times as far. Just $10 can help feed a family for an entire month!! secure.cityharvest.org/site/ Donation Yesterday felt like a Saturday. I had to go out to run a couple of errands. The store where I buy my household supplies, Price Discount, had a sign on the door: Closed in-

definitely due to the threat and discomfort of the store’s staff in dealing with so many people close up. I get it. So I walked down the block to the Duane Reade on the corner. There were five people separated by six feet, waiting in line to get in. This “separation” will probably become the norm like the masks and the overall anxiety that afflicts most of us. Thursday, April 2, 2020. It was a sunny day yesterday in New York. Temperatures hovering in the mid-50s under that bright Sun made it warmer. People were out walking with their dogs or their children or partners or alone. The Promenade drew many to take in the warmth of the Sun. This

is innate hopefulness. Good News coming in. Guardians all. Down in Palm Beach, Margaret Duriez and Lily Holt Dillon are spearheading an initiative called Farm to Family, which pays local farmers for their produce (keeping them in business) and providing the produce for free to families in need during this pandemic. The program is in collaboration with Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County and they’ve had tremendous success so far, feeding more than 4,000 in the first two weeks. They are currently in need of donations to keep to the program thriving and expanding via their Go Fund Me

page, farmstofamily.org. Then Anne Ford sent us this: Yesterday the Ford Motor Company announced it is partnering with GE Healthcare to produce 50,000 ventilators in Michigan over the next three months. Production will start the week of April 20 with three shifts of 500 United Auto Workers who will build the devices with a goal of producing 100,000 in 100 days. Anne told me that this is what the Ford Motor Company also did in World War I and World War II. Here on the Upper East Side I learned from Joy Ingham that The Butterfield Market has received an overwhelming number inquiries and orders

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roes and will cover the cost of producing and delivering the meals –ingredients and team members’ wages. By making a contribution, you will also be supporting Butterfield’s family run business (three generations since 1915. and the wonderful team members we value. Almost everyone I see is now wearing some sort of face mask. Some look like 21st-century versions of the Lone Ranger. Others look like it was their old bib back in the day. The worse thing about it is that no one is

instantly recognizable. Coming out of Citarella the other day, a young woman looking very smart in a white peplum jacket and a matching mask and hat said hello to me. She had dark hair, was very well turned out and had the voice of a young (20s) girl but I had no idea who she was. I told her I didn’t recognize her with the mask. So she pulled it away from her face for a moment and told me her name: Peggy Siegal, the very prominent New York to Hollywood film publicist,

renowned for her screenings and parties. I’ve known her well for 25 years! She kept the mask on. It may seem like a small matter but what I see are people separating themselves from each other, staying away, increasingly isolated from the world they live in. New York has always been the “melting pot” since the Europeans (and the British of course) began populating old Manhattan back in the 17th century. The result has been the greatest city in the world for the millions of creative minds who have built it. The people of the city are not just our neighbors, they are our community.

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A My calendar in the last four and a half weeks is empty. All dates I’d accepted months ago are crossed off. This is the way it is for millions of New Yorkers. And for each, it’s a private experience. Because we’ve never had this before. I like my solo life. My work and my obsessions with it take up a lot of space. But more and more I miss those moments of a lunch or a dinner when I can have face to face conversation as well as see others, familiar faces, acknowledging the community in all of us. It’s enriching. Thursday, April 9, 2020. A sorta sunny day, yesterday in New York, with temps touching mid-60s, and warm in the Sun. Winter jackets no longer

needed. Turned greyer in the afternoon and cooler because of it. Friends in other states or countries have remarked how “terrible” it is in New York. That’s what they see on the tube or read in the press. It’s not. The streets and avenues are mainly empty. There are no crowds and much fewer accidents. Most people who are out are running errands for food and supplies or getting exercise. I’d gone out to the market that afternoon, and when I returned, going into my building’s lobby on my way to the elevator, there were three men in white hazmat suits and head coverings and masks,

scrubbing the doors around the elevator, the building’s metal mailbox, the doorknobs nearby as well as the floor. The elevator had also been disinfected obviously. It was odd but not alarming. I later learned that the real estate managers had announced to the tenants via their web site, that there is a resident who tested positive. The business at hand for all of who can contribute or help is making sure that this vast unemployment and lack of weekly earnings/salary are fed. The greatest danger of all is if our neighbors, our citizens, and residents are without nourishment. That is a danger that history

has warned us about down through the centuries. It’s a lot cheaper to eat at home (and often a lot healthier). But it has been my habit and my business for a long time to lunch and dine out. It’s been mainly business but also the pleasure of good company. Well, strike that one for now (and the past six weeks). So far, City Harvest has delivered 111,628 pounds of food through their Emergency Food Distribution Sites. It’s ALL ABOUT NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS since 1982 because TOGETHER, WE ARE NEW YORKERS. AND, TOGETHER, WE WILL FIND A WAY TO FEED THE CITY. ◆

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MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN In the first days of New York City’s COVID-19 crisis, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) canceled one of its lively Patrons events, complying with government guidelines. The very next day, the team at MAD set to work on a Virtual Patrons Program, a free series of live conversations with artists and collectors hosted via web/video conference platform Zoom. Created to meet the unique needs of the day, the series has proven to be a practical way to connect artists to MAD Patrons. It extends MAD’s commitment to support practicing artists and to make art and conversations about it available to all. Significant artists, gallerists, curators, and collectors have participated. MAD’s Virtual Patrons Program has proved widely popular not only with its Patrons—it’s attracted the attention of arts lovers everywhere. MAD Board Chair Michele Cohen and Chairman Emerita Barbara Tober are regular participants, along with MAD’s Nanette L. Laitman Director Chris Scoates, who opens the interactive Q&A with the featured guest. In 2002, the American Surrealist Dorothea Tanning said, “Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” This sentiment remains true today, and the MAD Virtual Patrons Program offers a seat on its raft to all. While the MAD’s home remains its remarkable building at 2 Columbus Circle, it has opened its virtual home to artists and people around the world through this program.

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While most have been forced to slow down, thanks to the generous support of our donors, the staff of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. From new nutrition and hunger-relief programs to virtual academic tutoring and homework help, the Club has kept to its mission to support the families that need us most. Times may be challenging, but better days will return. We are ready. In 2021, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County will be celebrating our 50th year of serving youth in our community. Things may look a little different in the new year, but preparations are in the works to mark the milestone with such traditional events as The Winter Ball, Barefoot on the Beach, Youth of the Year and some special surprises too. We look forward to the days that we can come together and celebrate to support the children of Palm Beach County. Until then, know that we will continue to provide the needed services in our community as we have for the last 49 years. For more information, contact Eric Roby at eroby@bgcpbc.org or visit bgcpbc.org. Thank you for your continued support!

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FINDLAY GALLERIES Few businesses can claim to have 150 years of history, Findlay Galleries is one of them. A quintessential art world institution involved in the creation of some of the world’s most important art collections, Findlay Galleries has always had a presence in the world’s most iconic luxury retail locations. From Rodeo Drive to Avenue Matignon, from Michigan Avenue to Worth Avenue with New York’s East 57th Street right in-between. Findlay Galleries has been a trendsetter regarding location. It is no surprise then that their plans for virtual galleries were already in motion when the current challenges presented themselves. A few weeks ago, Findlay Galleries opened to the public their first virtual viewing rooms featuring an anthology of works from American Abstract artists. Now in their second exhibition, we are presented with the works of Spanish Luminist Lluis Ribas. Visit Findlay Galleries Virtual Viewing Rooms by visiting their website, findlaygalleries.com.

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Left: The U.S. Navy had established a base in Holy Loch, near Glasgow, Scotland, to be able to refit its nuclear-powered submarines with Polaris nuclear missiles in Europe rather than bring the subs home. Although it caused quite a bit of political controversy at the time, it didn’t seem to worry the jubilant Glasgow housewives who gave the American sailors an enthusiastic Scottish welcome in the autumn of 1961. Below: Senator Robert F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in the Senate Caucus Room in Washington D.C. on March 16, 1968, and immediately flew to New York to lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade up Fifth Avenue. I marched alongside as Bobby was mobbed by adoring supporters who broke through the police lines to touch his hands. The senator instilled a belief that he could change the world, galvanizing young and old alike who were opposed to the Vietnam War.

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Tod in Venedig, or Death in Venice for non-German speakers. The great South African doubles specialist Frew McMillan, now the best tennis commentator on TV, used to call me Dirk, as in Bogarde, because he thought I looked a bit like the thespian. “Different sexual proclivities,” I used to shout back at him. Dirk was great as Aschenbach in Venice, and then there was my grandson Taki announcing at dinner that

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I was the likeliest to catch the damn thing because I’m over 80, have smoked for seventy years, and when drunk go around shaking hands with all sorts of strangers. What was it they say about “from the mouths of babes”? But death is on everyone’s mind nowadays, especially in this small community inhabited by people who don’t have to do a 9 to 5 chore daily. The young who ski know they will never die. The oldies cling to a fantasized life and think that death will not happen today or tomorrow but sometime in the faraway future. The trouble is that life should be celebrated for its ephemeral beauties, with death recognized as ever present and just around the corner. Only self-centered people fear death. It’s as natural as life, and everyone’s bound to experience it. Living dangerously helps put death in the right perspective. One thing is for sure: In this hyper connected world, the types who run our lives were slow to yell fire in case we insulted the Chinese. I’m not saying we should go back to treating them like coolies, but to remember that commies always speak with forked tongues. China should have been isolated as early as last December, but we were all too busy waiting for Nike sweatshops to deliver their cheaply made goods for our Christmas trees. Now we’re doing the sweating and half of Italy is shut down. And still today fake-news journals like The New York Times are reluctant to

write anything that might give aid and comfort to antiglobalization forces in case they sound like The Donald. The great scholar John Sutherland wrote that Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich should be given free to seniors by the authorities. It would serve as a reminder of the trip they will soon be taking. It’s pretty grim toward the end because Ivan is a bore but turns into a Gstaad type when facing a horrible death from the big C. “Why must I die…?” I suppose many of us would ask that question when the man in the white suit comes calling, but then some of us might not. I saw my friend Henry Wyndham the other night, and he’s not the kind to ask Ivan-type questions. All he does is raise money for cancer patients. This was at a dinner given by Mick Flick, the Mercedes-Benz heir who, ironically enough, sat up late with me and spoke about the white-suited man. Mick thinks one should prepare for him. I said he should go f— himself—the white-suited one, that is. Earlier that evening I had gone to another dinner chez Eric and Louise Franck, who live in one of the oldest and most beautiful chalets in Gstaad. Cosima Somerset and Kirstie Allsopp were pleasant surprises, Barry and Lizzie Humphries attended, as did the Desmarais couple from Canada, who have a chalet here in Gstaad. Not only are they the richest people in that rather large country, they are also

the nicest. The mother, Jackie Desmarais, who died a couple of years ago, was one of the best women I’ve ever met. She was a Spectator reader, and when I was at her incredible house in Montreal for a wedding, I was rather down because both my mistress and my wife were about to dump me. “That would be a catastrophe,” said Jackie, “put all your efforts into saving the wife.” Good advice from a very wise lady. And of course there are some very nice people in Gstaad, and I just mentioned some of them, as there are some not-so-nice that I won’t mention. Gstaad itself can be very pleasant at times, especially in March when the ritzy-glitzy leave and the slopes become skiable again. The locals have overbuilt and there are too many apartments lying empty, but at least every chalet conforms to the Simmentaler style, so the place always looks like a Swiss village rather than Las Vegas by the Matterhorn. Last but not least, the Dutch television series How to Be a Man came through and the wife’s fears were not realized. I do not speak Dutch and don’t know anyone who does, but they were very fair and my part was in English and they never touched it up or added American feminist-type crap. If this had been an American crew I’d probably be at Rikers by now, keeping company with you-know-who. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. M AY 2 0 2 0 6 5


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this period? Just Say Yes to a Zoom Cocktail party. High School reunions, camp meet-ups, and even charity lunches have moved online with great results. One philanthropist said, “We all brought our sandwiches, got a ton accomplished and I didn’t even need to get dressed up.” While under normal circumstances you might not feel like sipping a martini staring a screen full of people you consciously avoided for 20 years—right now, you won’t believe how good it feels to reconnect. A few hours chatting every day with friends is a quick trip to an emotional spa; your mental state is swiftly restored. But with any quick fix, moderation is key. And for those who spend too long hopping from Zoom Cocktail hours to Facetime dinner parties, the potential for Zoom Burnout is real. Also keep in mind that Zoom has a few kinks- for example, too many people on the call means that it can be hard to hear everyone. Up to 100 people can join at a time, so the opportunity for simultaneous babble is not unheard of. With that in mind, it might be helpful to plan your Zoom gatherings accordingly (or keep them password protected?).

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WHENEVER I’VE BEEN feeling blue in the past few weeks I open Instagram and join a Social Disdance Party. Their first dance was on March 16th, the week when the world was turned upside down by the Corona Virus. Advertised on social media and open to all, the parties are held over Zoom and bring together a genuinely eclectic mix of people. Sparkly club kids shared the screen with ballet dancers doing pirouettes, while couples tangoed and a grandmother in her wheelchair stared happily at the screen. Social Disdance is a weird - yet wonderful - example of how people are celebrating the human spirit at a time when it’s very much needed. Writing about the importance of parties seems like an odd thing to focus on right now, but it turns out that socializing has never been more necessary or important for our mental health. Extraverts (like yours truly ) suffer the most from self-isolation. “After just a few days, they literally feel like they are mentally and emotionally starving to death,” says Dr. Eric Seemann, associate professor of psychology at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). The easiest way to mitigate the feelings of loneliness during

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For those who prefer a smaller and more spontaneous social experience, there is Houseparty. The app allows up to 8 people maximum—about how many people you’d want to invite to an intimate dinner party— and encourages people to “drop” in. Popular in Europe, some of the functions initially caused a couple of awkward moments when users interrupted their friend’s calls without warning. A number of people accidentally found themselves in conversations that were clearly personal before discovering you can “lock” the room for privacy. None of these temporary solutions are ever going to replace hugs or even in-person hellos, but for now, take the time to reach out online or over the phone and just talk to someone. You’ll feel better for it, I promise. There is no question that my mother, one of the most social people I know, surprised me by telling me how much fun she had at a virtual philanthropic lunch for one of her charities the other day. As she said in the best part, “None of us had to dress up- at least not from the waist down...” (which meant she donned a simple white shirt instead of having to bother with a

dress and high heels) “and I was able to enjoy my favorite tuna fish sandwich for lunch, rather than the usual cold salmon...” From constant Zoom Cocktail parties to Houseparty drop-ins to virtual charity lunches, people are still finding ways to connect and give-back, all of which will help us get through this horrible period. While Zoom will certainly have changed the way we do business, there is a chance that Zoom will also change how we see friends from out of town. It only took years and a pandemic for my high school class to plan its long awaited reunion- and it seems as though all of us are happy we finally made it happen. Silver linings can exist in this, sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the extra time... There is much that will be lost as a result of COVID-19, but if there is one thing that we all hope will come out of it, it's better ways to remain connected. u M AY 2 0 2 0 6 7


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IN RESPONSE to the current pandemic, brands like Asprey, Ralph Lauren, Edie Parker, Stubbs & Wootton, Vhernier and more have been lending a charitable hand to help with the Coronavirus relief. They’ve been both supportive and creative. And sure, their stores may be closed—but online shops are always open. Oh! We didn’t forget about great Mother’s Day gifts either. Have a look and take your pick. Shop the latest looks from J.McLaughlin’s May 2020 collection. Always open online at jmclaughlin.com.

A true treasure: Monica Vinader’s Nura Shell and Pearl Necklace set. $355 at monicavinader.com.

To help in an effort to save medical masks for healthcare workers, Charlotte Kellogg used playful fabrics for a fantastic cause: safety. $25 at charlottekellogg.com.

Ralph Lauren has made generous donations to help with Coronavirus relief and offers a great Mother’s Day gift—the Large Bellport bag. $898 at ralphlauren.com.


Edie Parker is donating 15 percent of sales to Feeding America, Citymeals on Wheels, and No Kid Hungry. See selections at edie-parker.com.

Screw Corona! 50 percent of proceeds from these Stubbs & Wootton Sanitize slippers will be going to @iamwomankind. Visit

Acqua Di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi Eau de Toilette is a great everyday scent, cool and fresh. $180 at nordstroms.com.

stubbsandwootton.com.

Look no further for the perfect Mother’s Day gift—Asprey’s Butterfly Charm from the Woodland Collection. $3,250, with proceeds going to help the National Emergencies Trust and No Kid Hungry.

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With a focus on freedom of movement, Vilebrequin’s swimsuits are made of 100% recycled polyester filament from plastic waste recovered from the Mediterranean Sea. Visit vilebrequin.com.

Making cooking and cleaning more fun—and fashionable— with this Carissa dishtowel from Anthropologie Home. At anthropologie.com.

Be sure to visit Wally Findlay Galleries online at findlaygalleries.com. You’ll see this Yvonne Canu “la Seine et NotreDame au crepuscule” (oil and chalk on canvas board) and more.

The cool spring weather in New York calls for cool spring looks, like this outfit from Brioni. Available at brioni.com.

Simple elegance: Rolex’s Datejust 36-mm. in Oystersteel and white gold. $8,550 at select retailers. For information, visit rolex.com.


Fresh Finds Need new recipes? Simple Beautiful Food: Recipes and Riffs for Everyday Cooking by Amanda Frederickson has you covered—and makes a great gift. Available on amazon.com.

The Lucky Constellation By Kim pendant in18-kt. white and rose gold with1 brilliant cut diamond. $1,285 at wempe.com.

Whether you’re cooking healthy or indulging, Le Creuset’s Cast Iron Saucepan brings out the best flavors. Visit lecreuset.com for options.

In response to COVID-19, Vhernier has been making donations to Feed the Children. Here, the brand’s Bracciale Freccia in 18-kt. white gold and diamonds. Email usa@vhernier.com.

Great for your skin and sleep routine— Slip’s Pure Silk Pillow. $89–$110 Acorn’s Waffle Spa

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AS THE NATION continues to abide by shelter-in-place orders, our top brokers have adjusted to the work-from-home lifestyle and have taken to apps like Zoom and FaceTime to communicate with their colleagues and clients. There has also been rapid adoption of virtual showings, which have been proven most effective in introducing outof-town buyers to new homes. In the coveted markets—New York, Palm Beach, and Charleston—all expect delayed yet busy spring selling seasons after these cities reopen.

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In New York, the neighborhoods that were popular before the pandemic hit will remain the most sought-after, and an increase in purchases are expected as investors recognize the price dips in the city as a rare opportunity. In sunny Palm Beach, brokers expect to see an increase in buyers looking for an escape from cities to spacious homes with pools and outdoor space for families. The same holds true for the luxurious and historic Charleston area, which offers both optimal lifestyle and easy transportation to New York and surrounding beach communities. While our brokers look forward to being with their clients and colleagues once again (taking the necessary precautions, of course), they also expect to continue to adopt technological advances for the benefit of their clients.

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Q: Have you found virtual showings to be effective? A: In our market we have done virtual showings with properties that are vacant or unoccupied via Facetime. In this time of crisis, many of our sellers have chosen to quarantine in Palm Beach so we haven’t been able to do as many. Virtual showings are a good way to initially familiarize a buyer with a property, but it’s not a substitute for an actual showing. Real estate is a tangible asset and most Buyers want to see a property in person before making a major financial commitment.

mas and continued until mid March when our market was put on “pause.” I think when the dust settles, there will definitely be pent up buyer demand. There were many people sitting on the fence about making the move to Palm Beach. Going through an event of this magnitude will push buyers to make commitments as they re-prioritize their lives. What better place to quarantine and live “life” than Palm Beach? Q: What kind of listings are in high demand right now? A: The home rental market in Palm Beach exploded when the crisis hit. People flocked in large numbers to Palm Beach seeking a safe haven. Unfortunately, our short term rental market is not setup for this, so tenants were taking anything they could get their hands on and striking longer lease terms.

Q: Do you see these day-to-day changes persisting? A: I think that virtual showings will become much more common—it’s a great tool to help a potential buyer from out of town get acquainted with a home. Q: What kind of activity do you expect to see in the real estate market when Palm Beach reopens? A: We had a ton of momentum that started right after Christ-

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Q: How are you communicating with clients right now? A: I call my clients or reach out to them via text or email every day. I keep them up to date with what is going on in Palm Beach in “real time” and by giving them accurate market data.


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Q: How are you communicating right now? A: Communication is certainly the key to our business and in this time of uncertainty, it remains the cornerstone of what we do. Right now, Zoom conference calls among our team and with our colleagues have replaced being in the office altogether. Communicating with our clients via FaceTime, Email, and/or telephone calls is imperative. Not only to discuss the market and our strategy for their listing or their purchase, but also to make sure that they are well and taken care of. Our relationships with clients go far beyond the transactions we do together. Q: Have you found virtual showings to be effective? A: Virtual showings are and will continue to become an even more effective tool for brokers. New York real estate has historically been focused on in-person showings. However, the community was slowly moving towards a more technology-based system prior to the crisis. One of the biproducts of the need for social distancing will be that our move towards virtual showings will be accelerated.

Q: What kind of activity do you expect post shelter-in-place? A: New York is such a vibrant and unique city with a diverse and amazing population. Those attributes remain unchanged and keep New York City as a constant, not a trend. Once the market reopens, the first to put their feet back in will be the investors who recognize that the dip in prices will be a major buying opportunity. We will also see the people who were active buyers before the market paused. As we speak with our buyers, they are still very much interested in their searches. The demand is there. Buyers will be looking for a fair price based on this new landscape. A seller who prices wisely within that fair range will find a buyer and transactions will occur.

129 East 69th Street, #7B in New York, New York; $4,375,000.

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Q: Do you see any of these day-to-day changes persisting after social distancing orders are no longer in place? A: We are optimistic that things will get back to normal. We want to be able to walk clients through properties in order for them to get the look and feel of the property. We may be a little more conscious about not shaking hands and keeping our distances while showing but we plan to be actively back in the market, in-person. Q: What kind of activity do you expect to see in the real estate market after lockdown? A: We are bullish on our market in Palm Beach, once the threat dissipates. Going into March 2020, we had one of the best Q1s ever. Prior to COVID we had a lot of clients leaving the northeast due to tax and quality of life incentives in Palm Beach County. Now, we anticipate a new surge of clients from the northeast corridor due to the threat of COVID-19.

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Q: What kind of listings are in high demand right now? A: We are getting more and more requests for single family residences, especially with oversized lots. Clients stuck in apartments in New York and in Palm Beach now want their own private pool and garden with more space for family. Q: Anything else you’d like our readers to know right now? A: Many of our clients tend to look for properties that will one day be their primary residence and this process can sometimes take years. However, due to the pandemic, many people are committed to buying now so they will always have a place in Palm Beach to safely quarantine. They realize what little inventory we have in rental market so leasing these homes would be a breeze.

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Q: Tell me about your experience with virtual showings. A: Virtual showings have proven to be a good tool in reaching prospective buyers who are unable to get to Palm Beach. Additionally, the owners love this marketing tool!


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Q: Have you found virtual showings to be effective? A: We have found these showings to be very effective. They usually lead to a request for more information and a consideration of offer. We have found that out of town buyers or virtual clients may also need a virtual tour of the immediate neighborhood. Recently, one of our agents safely placed the phone on the dashboard of his car and gave the clients a neighborhood tour. They ultimately did write an offer but did not win the bid in a multiple offer situation.

is now a market more than ever for a client to choose a different lifestyle in a beautiful, cultural city. This may be a new primary residence or a place to visit. “Commuting from Charleston” is not a new concept but I suspect we will see a bigger contingency of professionals opting for this lifestyle with the many flights to New York and other large cities. Q: What kind of listings are in high demand right now? A: The luxury market is in demand but we are seeing activity across the board. One surprise is the strong interest in properties with a commercial component such as a boutique Inn or a small multi-unit historic property. The locations include the Historic Peninsula, Mount Pleasant, the beach communities such as Kiawah Island, Seabrook, and Isle of Palms. ◆

Q: Do you see any of these day-to-day changes persisting after social distancing orders are no longer in place? A: I believe many of the things that we have implemented at Handsome will continue. They are positive changes which empower the buyer with information to make a decision. Our job more than ever is to gather as much information and knowledge as possible and provide it to our clients. These virtual tours including aerial and 360 will change the way most buyers seek and procure property in the future. Q: What kind of activity do you expect to see in the spring? A: We expect a delayed yet robust spring market. Our market is positioned toward the high end, and we believe there

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Even though we all need to stay at home as much as possible, we hope that New Yorkers are getting outside and enjoying Central Park, one of the city’s greatest landmarks. During your walk, run, or bike ride, don’t forget to follow state-wide social distancing practices.

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Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, will present “Federal Hall: The Democracy Project” on Sunday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Democracy Project is a perspective-shifting odyssey through the 531 days when New York City was the nation’s first capital; when the presidency was new; the slave trade was in debate; and the U.S. Constitution-and the rights of all America’s inhabitants-hung in the balance. Written by Tanya Barfield, Lisa D’Amour, Larissa Fasthorse, Melissa James Gibson, Michael R. Jackson and Bruce Norris, and directed by Tamilla Woodard, this new play will premiere in November 2020. For more information, call 212.758.0024.

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The Reporters Committee 50th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom of the Press Awards will recognize journalism and media law leaders at its annual Freedom of the Press Awards Dinner. For more information, call 212.268.9400.

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The Birch Family Services Gala will take place at the Prince George Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Birch Family Services is on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City. Every day, our direct support professionals and clinical staff

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The season-long Dutch Focus at the Kennedy Center will present Maas Theater en Dans: “Egg-Tion Hero.” Throughout the 2020 season, Kennedy Center Performances for Young Audiences will present five award-winning music, theater, and dance companies from the Netherlands in collaboration with Dutch Performing Arts. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

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American Friends of Soroka will hosts its Medical Center Gala on May 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. to promote its mission Conquering Cancer at Soroka; more details coming soon. For more information, call 914.725,9070. 78 QUEST

provide critical services to people with autism and developmental disabilities living in residential settings where staff support and supervision are required 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. We need your help to raise $25,000 to ensure that this vital work continues without interruption. For more information, visit birchfamilyservices.org.

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It’s Spring! Be on lookout for robins and other beautiful birds during your walks or runs outside. WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both.

The Vera Institute of Justice’s 14th Annual Gala, Justice for All: A Day of Giving & Night of Impact (which will now be a virtual,


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Colitis Foundation is a national organization and is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Founded in 1967, the Foundation has been a part of virtually every major scientific research finding in the area of IBD and has contributed over $267 million to research during that time. The Foundation ranks third among health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to mission-critical programs, with more than 80 cents of every dollar supporting research, education and support.

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If long walks or runs aren’t your thing, be sure to try some yoga during quarantine. Many organizations and business are even offering online classes, where distancing is safe—and social! online celebration), will take place at 7 p.m. In response to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Vera is transforming its annual in-person gala on May 12 into an online gala, a Day of Giving & Night of Impact. Vera works to end mass incarceration while ensuring fair treatment for people living behind bars. For more information, visit vera.org.

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growing our work in New York City. This year, we are thrilled to honor James Hobson, Reading Partners New York board chair and CEO of Attune Insurance.

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation will hold its 27th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon at 11. a.m. The Crohn’s &

The Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) challenges you to “Get Fit For Hope” where you live. Fitness plays an important role in both prevention and recovery, so run, bike, do yoga— the choice is yours—and help BCA raise essential funding to defray breast health care costs for the growing number of underserved women who need our support now more than ever.

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual Hot Pink Party will now be a virtual event, starting at 6 p.m. For more information, please call Chris Wey at 646.497.2650.

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Dinner for a Better New York will take place at Tribeca Three Sixty at 6 p.m. The night will feature an extraordinary culinary experience, curated by Andrew Zimmern, Chef, TV personality and host of MSNBC’s new series What’s Eating America, begins with a showcase from New York City’s most celebrated chefs, offering an array of hors d’oeuvres during a reception followed by a 4-course sit-down dinner created by these superstars. For more information, call 212.633.6900.

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The 2020 NYC 5K Cancer Schlep will take place at 8 a.m. The Cheryl Diamond NYC 5K Cancer Schlep brings together participants from all over the Tri-State area, ranging from 5-90 years old, bound together in solidarity to raise awareness for breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer.

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Prep for Prep’s 2020 Lilac Ball will take place at 6:30 p.m. Prep for Prep prepares New York City’s most promising students for success in independent schools. For more information, call 212.579.1470.

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Bottomless Closet’s Spring Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. The Spring Luncheon will raise funds to support the mission and vision of Bottomless Closet as it enters its 21st year of service to New York City. Bottomless Closet helps disadvantaged New York City women become self-sufficient through a comprehensive program that begins with business attire and interview preparation and continues with professional development, financial management and personal enrichment. HIT THE BOOKS

Reading Partners will host its 7th annual benefit at Ascent Lounge. This event celebrates nine years of Reading Partners engaging communities, empowering students, and

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wears Asprey’s original 167 Button Pendant in white gold with pavé diamonds and a central amethyst while walking with Queen Elizabeth ll during a viewing of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress while it was on display at Buckingham Palace for the annual summer opening on July 22, 2011 in London, England.


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ASPREY, THE ICONIC luxury brand established in London since 1781, has always supported its citizens during the most difficult and critical times—from crafting army supplies in World War I and World War II in its own workshops, for instance, to producing commemorative gifts given to the soldiers that served their country. Today, Asprey continues its commitment to helping those battling on the frontlines, sacrificing their own health to treat and care for others. Most recently, Asprey announced a zero-profit initiative supporting the National Emergencies Trust, a disaster charity backed by HRH Duke of Cambridge, currently providing support to organizations battling the Coronavirus. In an “All Profit” donation to the National Emergencies Trust, Asprey’s internationally renowned 167 Pendant— famously worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge—has been created in sterling silver with a special engraving on the reverse with the NET logo. They have also extended their philanthropic initiative to America, supporting the charity No Kid Hungry, an evolving community with a From above: The Duchess of Cambridge visits Hope House, an all-female rehabilitation center in south London, wearing Asprey’s 167 Button Pendant in white gold on February 19, 2013; Asprey’s Madison Avenue boutique. Opposite page, from above: Asprey is proud to support The National Emergencies Trust and No Kid Hungry; Asprey’s London flagship. M AY 2 0 2 0 8 3


From above: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a Canada Day Citizenship Ceremony at The Canadian Museum of Civilization, July 1, 2011. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wears Asprey’s 167 Button Pendant in white gold; the 167 earrings with a central amethyst stone, all set in 18-ct. white gold.

shared belief—no kid in America should go hungry. Said John Rigas, Asprey’s Chairman: “We are pleased to partner with National Emergencies Trust and No Kid Hungry, incredible organizations working collaboratively with a range of charities to ensure the maximum amount of money is raised and distributed securely and fairly to help those most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Our modest initiative, is the least we can do show our support of these incredible and vital institutions working tirelessly to aid those most in need.” Asprey’s stunning 167 Pendant is inspired by the concept of buttons on fine clothing and English tailoring. This motif has been included across many of Asprey’s collections and features a central amethyst stone, the signature color 84 QUEST

of the house. And engraved around outside of the pendant is the Flagship London address, which historically is part of the same building occupied by British Nurse Florence Nightingale, known for raising the standards and policies of medical care. With this initiative, the National Emergencies Trust will collaborate with a wide range of organizations to ensure the maximum amount of money is raised and distributed effectively and fairly to those organizations who can do most to help those in need. The 167 Pendants are currently available to pre-order at Asprey.com (with funds directly donated to NET or No Kid Hungry) to be used in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. u


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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pairs Asprey’s 167 Button Earrings (in white gold and pavé diamonds with a central amethyst) with black trainers and a bright red puffer while taking part in a race during London Marathon Training Day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on February 5, 2017 in London, England. M AY 2 0 2 0 0 0


VHERNIER PARTNERS WITH FEED THE CHILDREN TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS BY ALEX TRAVERS

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VHERNIER—the chic Italian jewelry brand that draws its inspiration from modern and contemporary art—is partnering with Feed the Children, an international nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, to support vulnerable children and families across the U.S. during the unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. And from April 15 to June 15, Vhernier has committed to donating 20 percent of jewelry sales to Feed the Children to support the communities

This page: Feed the Children preparing meals, helping aid those affected by the Coronavirus; a selection of Vhernier rings and a necklace (for more information visit Vhernier.com). Opposite page: From April 15 to June 15, Vhernier has committed to donating 20 percent of jewelry sales to Feed the Children.

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in New York, Florida, and California.In response to the charitable venture, Vhernier President Carlo Traglio, said: “Morals and beauty are at the core of our company’s mission. In a time like this, every leader must think of ways to help those that are in dire need and at the top of the list are the children and families that cannot guarantee their livelihood.” During these challenging times, Feed the Children will continue to provide food and essentials to its partners (like food pantries and soup kitchens) and is now exploring new ways to deliver much-needed supplies that adhere to CDC recommendations. For the safety of the community, the nonprofit is working with several community partners throughout the U.S. to deliver boxes of shelf-stable food containing peanut butter, canned vegetables, crackers, bottled water, and baby food—as well as boxes of daily hygiene essentials containing lotion, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste, and diapers, door-to-door to neighbors who need it most. Community partners are also providing an option for families to drive-thru to pick up supplies and a call-in number to ensure those who are homebound or quarantined receive the items they need. Said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “Feed the Children is taking action to ensure our neighbors aren’t forgotten. We understand that many Americans are facing unexpected challenges, and we are working diligently with our corporate and community partners to ensure that as needs rise, children and their families continue to receive the food and supplies they need.”u For information on how Feed the Children is helping families across America and around the world, visit feedthechildren.org/ covid19. For Vhernier info and purchase, email usa@vhernier.com. 88 QUEST

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Rolex Rolex GMT-Master II / This model—Oyster, 40-mm., and Oystersteel—features a black dial and a blue and black Cerachrom bezel. Designed to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously during intercontinental flights, the GMT-Master has come to be recognized for its robustness and versatile appearance. In addition to the conventional hour, minute, and second hands, the GMT-Master II features an arrow-tipped hand, which circles the dial once every 24 hours; $9,700.

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1) Apple Watch Series 5 with silver aluminum case and sport band (available in several colors); $429. 2) Asprey’s Ladies Entheus R2, 38” Guilloché enamel dial with Purple alligator strap and in 18k Rose gold; $30,000. 3) Maillon de Cartier watch in 18-kt. rose gold with quartz movement; price upon request. 4) Garmin’s vívomove© Style Hybrid Smartwatc 42-mm. in gunmetal gray offers a classic analog design with smart capabilities; $349. 5) Bell & Ross, a leading brand in the aviation watch market, recently unveiled its BR05 collection; price upon request.

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1) Vacheron Constantin’s Égérie (released on March 1) enters the world of “haute manufacture,” offering a strong elegant watch firmly embedded in its era; price upon request. 2) The Panerai Radiomir 42-mm. in polished steel with blue sun-brushed luminous Arabic numerals and hour markets also features a dark blue alligator strap; price upon request. 3) Shinola’s The Runwell—47-mm. with leather strap; $600. 4) The elegant Piaget Polo has represented the sporty and casual side of Piaget since 1979, and the 2019 model has both vitality and color; price upon request. 5) Nomos Glashütte Autobhan Neomatik 41-mm. date sports in gray with stainless steel case; price upon request. 6) Hublot recently introduced its Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10, a stunning timepiece that will make a great addition to any collection; price upon request. 92 QUEST


Chopard Happy Sport Joaillerie / The Happy Sport watch and its legendary dancing diamonds are reinvented in two jewelry versions, showcasing diamonds by means of a prong setting. This new technical feat gives the diamonds a lighter and even more luminous effect. Happy Sport Joaillerie watches are available in ethical white or rose gold. And of course, they feature a movement with automatic winding entirely made in-house by Chopard, the 96.17-C caliber, which guarantees mechanical excellence worthy of this proud icon.


Ralph Lauren 42-mm. Nautical Bear Watch / The Polo Bear watch collection merges the time-honored traditions of Swiss watchmaking with a beloved icon from the World of Ralph Lauren. Each bear in this collection is inspired by Ralph Lauren’s own way of dressing and the signature themes of his timeless designs. This model features the Polo Bear wearing an elegant off-duty look featuring a double-breasted jacket, jeans, a turtleneck sweater, and classic aviators; $1,950.


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Colombian emerald cuffs mounted in titanium, featuring fourteen “rough” Colombian emeralds weighing 130 carats, along with white diamonds. Opposite page: A sculptural pair of cuffs layer bands of cognac diamonds mounted in titanium between pieces of cream buffalo horn.; G: Glenn Spiro The Art of a Jewel (Assouline).

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IT HAD 342 brilliant-cut diamonds, 326 tsavorites. The Papillon ring, crafted to look like a life-sized butterfly, was a gift for singer Beyoncé Knowles. Her husband, the rapper Jay Z, had it commissioned. In a word, it was stunning, a magical piece of utter excess. At the moment, the Papillon ring is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and its designer goes by a single letter—G. Although the name may sound like a character belonging in a James Bond novel, Glenn Spiro is actually one of the most sought-after private jewelers in the world. He operates out of an appointment-only atelier in London, which used to be the studio of fashion designer Sir Norman Hartnell, best known for his work for the ladies of the Royal Family. A couture piece from the G Atelier can take years to complete, and his technical mastery has gained a him cult following. He is known for only dealing in the rarest of gems, marching to the tune of his own drum. “We don’t make what people want,” Spiro says. “We make what we love.” Fortunately we can now see what Glenn Spiro loves, as book publisher Assouline recently released G: Glenn Spiro The Art of a Jewel, part of its Legends Collection. It has text M AY 2 0 2 0 9 7


A cushion-shaped natural “unheated” Burma ruby, weighing 7.57 carats, mounted in a ruby and titanium ring band.

A wonderful linked titanium bracelet featuring forty-two “unheated” natural shades of A bronze-and-18-karat red gold ring featuring an exceptionally white D color and an internally flawless marquise-shaped diamond weighing 10 carats.

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by Jill Newman, a well-respected jewelry writer, and a foreword by Raymond Sancroft-Baker, an expert who started work at Christie’s in 1969 and was their numismatist until he joined the jewelry department in 1988. With original photography of the most iconic pieces in Spiro’s collection, the spirit of one of the most inventive names in jewelry comes alive in a luxurious volume devoted to his show-stopping works of art. We get to see a Pea-Leaf brooch, mounted in 18-karat yellow gold with a rare collection of demantoid garnets in varying hues of green. And a pair of Floret ear clips, offering 33 carats of cushion-shaped, unheated natural blue sapphires in blue titanium. Says Tamara Ralph, the creative director and co-founder of Ralph & Russo, “Glenn is an incredible artist, and his work has such a unique beauty. For me, he is one of the prominent designers of our time.” Over the years, Spiro has been known to buy stones, sight unseen, from a group of industry veterans. Spiro trusts his instincts.

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Once, on a vacation in Mustique, he received a call from a diamond cutter with a strange tip. The dealer had heard— oddly enough from his mother—about a police sale of unclaimed items in a small village outside Rome. One of the items included a large and unidentified orange gemstone. After getting a description of the gem over the phone, Spiro decided to buy it. The bidding went well over budget, but once

it was in his hands Spiro received word from a cutter that the stone was a historic orange-y pink diamond. Twenty-one carats. That same day, Spiro’s daughter Skyla was born; he named the diamond the Skyla Rose. And the first person to see the stone in its finished state was a childhood friend, who ended up buying it for his wife. “When I see something I like,” enthused Spiro, “I just buy it.” u

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A rare and important pair of natural emeraldand-diamond hoop ear clips mounted in titanium and gold featuring a fine emerald-cut Colombian emerald weighing 6.13 carats and an emerald-cut portrait diamond weighing 5.02 carats.

A sensational pair of white diamond “Sirene” cuffs featuring 73 carats of fine “old mine” pearshaped white diamonds mounted in an articulating brown titanium cuff.

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SPRING COMES EARLY to Aiken, South Carolina. While the Northeast is still in the throes of sleet and ice, in Aiken red-breasted cardinals pitch and dive in front of white-pillared mansions and cherry trees are in bloom. Warmer weather might be the only thing that happens faster in Aiken than up North. Otherwise, this attractive spot is a walk back in time. If Wellington is the Horse world’s Hamptons, expensive and glitzy, then Aiken is the Horse world’s Newport—slower, steeped in history and old-fashioned in a good way. Like Newport, Aiken was settled by some of the renown families of the 19th century. Thomas This spread: Horseback riding in Aiken, South Carolina. “If Wellington is the Horse world’s Hamptons, expensive and glitzy, then Aiken is the Horse world’s Newport—slower, steeped in history.”; show jumping (inset). M AY 2 0 2 0 1 0 3


This page: A mix of images—past and present—featuring the many equestrian activities Aiken, South Carolina, has to offer. Say the author: “My experience of

Hitchcock, Sr. and William C. Whitney were the first to turn the town originally founded as a rail stop in 1835 into a “Winter Colony” for members of the Bostwick, Astor, Vanderbilt, Grace, Eustis, and Harriman families. This group and others like them regularly escaped to Aiken to avoid harsh Northern winters and the potential ravages of tuberculosis for the sporty, healthy life, and sweet Carolina air. Equestrians were particularly drawn to Aiken for its mild climate, not too hot and the perfect footing for horses. Aiken’s gallops are world renown and until recently Dubai’s Sheik Mohamed owned the premier training facility. With scores of polo fields, fox and drag hunting are just a few of horse-related activities. Aiken may be the only town in America with “walk” buttons at horse height. It is an active person’s paradise; the Aiken Golf Club is right in the center of town (Fred Astaire once teed off there) and there is even a Real Tennis Club, so welcoming that the door is left unlocked so anyone can have a peek. Aiken thrived until World War II and then had another resurgence in the 1950s. Normally, news that a nuclear power plant is moving to your neck of the woods wouldn’t be a good thing, but the Savannah River power plant drew of a slew of scientists and researchers to the area who took up the sporting life of earlier families with alacrity. Now, the popularity of the town is on the rise again: real estate prices are up, but not so much as to change the character of the town. New Yorkers Fernanda and Kirk Henckels were so won over by Aiken’s charm they committed to spending every winter there and even built a house in the center of their stable to ensure maximum horse viewing at all times. “It’s 104 QUEST

essentially an adult summer camp, but from January–April,” says Henckels. Aiken’s appeal for the equestrian community remains as strong as ever with their yearly invitational for visitors to their “Hunt Week” in February. Every day there is a horse-related activity, either the chance to ride out with the Whisky Road Fox Hounds or the Aiken Drag Hounds or spending time in the Hitchcock woods—at 2,1000 acres the largest urban forest East of the Mississippi, filled with sandy trails and horse jumps. Every evening, the hunt hosts either a cocktail party, a shopping event, or the highly anticipated hunt ball. But no one is pulling an all-nighter here. The parties start and end early, hardly a soul is up past 10:00 p.m., as everyone needs to be up and, on a horse, the next day. My experience of Aiken is that its reputation as a friendly place to visitors is well-deserved. I stayed in the Willcox Hotel, recently restored to its former glory, by new owners Geoffrey and Shannon Ellis. My large, well-appointed bedroom and deep and pristine bathtub were a great treat after days in the saddle. The food at the restaurant is fresh and varied and the people who work at the Willcox are so kind being in their presence is a soothing balm. My final morning, I headed over past the Mead gallops to the Track Kitchen for breakfast. If it were up to me, places like Track Kitchen would be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1978, under sweeping long branches of the famous Aiken oak trees, Carol Carter, the proprietor still works every day from 7 a.m. serving the local community the kind of American breakfast you’d travel the length of the country to find. Grits, home fries, sausages and bacon are prepared with perfectly cooked sides of toast and grape jelly for under $10. Aiken is a wonderful town in America and one we hope will keep its spirit alive for ages to come. u

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This page: Aiken, South Carolina, then and now; and Fernanda and Kirk Henckels’ Fox Frolic Farm (right center), featuring 21 large stalls and a dressage arena with mirrors for schooling.


A GRACE FOR ALL AGES

WITH THE INTRODUCTION of its latest collection, Montblanc is paying tribute to one of the most remarkable individuals of all time while simultaneously supporting her artistic legacy. The inimitable Grace Kelly, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, has been celebrated the world over for her iconic and timeless style, her artistic talent, and her commitment to helping others. She inspired an entire generation with her poise and elegance, and continues to inspire artists in all walks of creative life. Sharing her ideals of personal fulfillment, compassion, and family values, Montblanc is bringing Princess Grace back into the spotlight with a sumptuous new tribute collection: the Montblanc “Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco.� The collection consists of fine jewelry, timepieces, and writing


Montblanc’s “Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco,” including fine jewelry, timepieces, and writing instruments, pays tribute to the singular and enduring style of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco.

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in white gold and diamonds; Princess Grace, carrying her favorite flower, roses, was the picture of elegance and poise. Opposite page: Montblanc’s Pétales de Rose Motif necklace and earrings in white gold and pavé diamonds; Grace Kelly married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, in April 1956.

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Each piece in the Pétales Entrelacés Motif reflects the warmth and radiance of Princess Grace’s personality with warm pink gold highlighted by bright diamonds.


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instruments inspired by Princess Grace herself and her love of beauty in all its forms. For instance, the Grace de Monaco Pink Rose—created in 1956 on the occasion of her marriage to His Serene Highness Rainier III, Prince of Monaco—is a recurring motif in all editions of the collection, embellished with refined petal-cut stones that pay tribute to the unique rose. And, in fitting with the maison’s decades-long commitment to artists and cultural intitiatives, Montblanc is simultaneously partnering with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a nonprofit organization that identifies and assists emerging talent in theatre, dance, and film by awarding grants in various fellowship and scholarship programs. Indeed, through the elegant proportions and timeless designs of its new high jewelry collection and its support of the foundation that bears her name, Montblanc is offering a royal tribute to one of the most regal women of all time. u


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ON THE PLESANT shore of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, near the southern border of Connecticut, stands a proud Easter-egg yellow hotel. The Ocean House experience can be described most simply as charming. For one thing, the historic beach hotel—celebrating a 10th anniversary since its grand replication in 2010—is one of the last remaining Victorian Era hotels of its kind. With its strip of tan beach, it is an iconic structure that evokes a timeless elegance, punctuated by its lush croquet courts and long white veranda. Since 1868, it has become a summer resort of notable people;

in 2004 it was nearly torn down and turned in to homes. But it survived, just as it had through wars and the Great Depression. Now the hotel and its community must face a global pandemic. Fortunately, they are well prepared. I am told by Deborah Royce—who, along with her husband, Chuck, purchased the property in 2004—that Ocean House’s food truck, usually reserved for parties, is driven into the town of Westerly, Rhode Island, to provide kids out of school with meals made in the hotel’s restaurants. “Families are really struggling,” Royce explained over the phone, noting how many parents rely on schools for

On the pleasant shore of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, near the southern border of Connecticut, stands Ocean House—a proud Easter-egg yellow hotel with a lush green croquet court and a long white veranda.

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meals for their children. Already, Ocean House is making efforts to help both its community and staff. There are images and videos posted on social media, highlighting the initiatives. Families are given meals delivered in the food truck; in another video, the staff clap for healthcare workers. “It’s really uplifting…and we’ll continue to support the community as we have in the past,” assured Royce. Ocean House is a hotel steeped in both history and modern comforts, including a fitness center, the croquet court, a billiard room, spas, and a heated indoor lap pool. Plus, it features original elements that were harvested during the $140 million renovation, which were incorporated into the new design. For inM AY 2 0 2 0 1 1 5


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stance, its front desk, light fixtures, and fireplaces. Ocean House is one of only 13 hotels in the world that have Triple Five Star status, according to Forbes Travel Guide, and a history book was recently released, highlighting its rich past and present. But as Royce pointed out, that’s not all the hotel has to offer. Its charitable acts speak volumes right now. Ocean House, while currently following government guidelines, reports that the hotel will re-open with safety procedures and protocols in every department. It has stood strong sine 1868. And it will persevere, helping and adapting whenever necessary. Says Royce, “We’re committed to doing everything we can to make things better.” ◆


WISE, GENTLE GIANTS B Y L E X I B O W E S - LY O N AS THE WORLD’S LARGEST LAND MAMMAL, elephants have quite the commanding presence. Yet as giant as they are in size, elephants are equally expressive- joy, anger, grief, compassion, love; the finest emotions reside within these hulking masses. Sadly, poaching, habitat loss, and human conflict have led to the devastating loss of millions of elephants across Africa over the last 100 years. Below, Lexi Bowes-Lyon, Director of Philanthropy at Space for Giants, discusses how the coronavirus is affecting work to protect Africa’s elephants— which, as she reminds us, have much to teach us.

What is Space for Giants and why is it important? Space for Giants is an international conservation organization that protects the great wildlife landscapes that Africa’s remaining elephants need in order to survive and thrive. These landscapes give homes to giants, but they also bring great value to people and nations: biodiversity, livelihoods and enterprise, new medicines, carbon storage, even the very oxygen we breathe. But they are under threat. Criminals kill endangered animals for tusks, horns, scales and skins. Farmers needing more land to feed their families expand into wildlife habitat. When wild animals then damage their crops, they retaliate. 118 QUEST


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So how do elephants fit into the current pandemic? It is critical to remember we are in this situation because we have exploited Earth’s last remaining natural ecosystems where we capture or kill wild animals to supply highly lucrative international illegal trades, which includes tusks and horns— as well as meat. We now know this has exposed us to the deadliest of diseases including HIV, Ebola, SARS and now COVID-19. The more we interfere with nature, the greater the chance of these zoonotic diseases jumping from animals to humans. If ever there was a reason to take action to protect Earth’s remaining natural ecosystems, it is now.

habitats must be flourishing. Among elephants, knowledge is passed through generations—knowledge is an essential factor in determining the survival of a herd. Elephants are matriarchal, meaning they live in femaleled groups. An elephant is twice as likely to survive if her grandmother remains close to her herd, and she will produce more calves, more frequently, if her mother is around. Their incredibly complex and nurturing social structures are maintained through sophisticated communication, on which elephants rely not only to orient themselves properly in the world, but also to recognize, honor, and somehow carry on the world of the past. Understanding how elephants exchange information and what they seek to express teaches us so much about their fascinating world. Humans could learn from the generational communication patterns of elephants. Now more than ever, isn’t it essential to our own societieswhilst we are on lockdown- to remember the importance of trusted, fundamental truths passed down from our elders? As elephants do, it is vital for us to remember the importance of fundamental values: kindness, compassion, personal responsibility, and respect, to name a few. A society where we revere the elderly and learn from them will enable us to make smarter, long-term decisions in the interest of a better future.

Space for Giants grew out of pioneering research in the early 2000s into how to encourage the co-existence of people and wildlife in modernizing Africa. Since then, it has spent two decades working in these landscapes, studying how people and wild animals live together, and how that relationship is changing. We understand that to survive, these landscapes and their wildlife must prove that they bring value now and long into the future. Then they become assets people and governments fight to protect. We also understand that time is short. While we work to demonstrate this value, we must also act now to preserve these landscapes so that they don’t disappear before it’s too late.


Above: a herd of Gabon forest elephants make their way through lush greenery. Below: the female head of a heard of elephants reveals her preeminence. Opposite page, clockwise from left: a Gabon forest elephant looking wise beyond its years; Lexi Bowes-Lyon looks out over Kenya’s rolling plains; Rangers trained by Space for Giants protect wildlife from poachers in a Kenyan reserve.

A huge proportion of funding for conservation comes thanks to tourism. Certain wildlife reserves where Space for Giants operates are looking at holes in their budgets of 60% or more, as the global travel shutdown continues. The risk is that poachers will take advantage. As such, the task of monitoring and patrolling vast swaths of land now rests solely on rangers. Their jobs are becoming more difficult, dangerous, and crucial to the survival of these already endangered animals. Space for Giants is raising money for our #AHealthyEarth campaign to help plug the gaps that the pandemic is opening up in financing of key programmes and operations, including maintaining frontline protection. The illegal wildlife trade networks will surely pounce if they see that security dipping. Whilst tourism is a key source of revenue, Space for Giants is working to diversify the range of nature-based businesses driving dividends to local people. Carbon opportunities are one such expansion. The work Space for Giants does across the landscapes where they operate ensures their ongoing protection, allowing them to continue to sequester carbon. To lose ground now would put us back years. As a result, Space for Giants urgently needs support to continue to cover the core costs of their conservation programs and to plug the gaps that the loss of tourism has left. Please donate at http://spaceforgiants.org/support-us or email lexi@ spaceforgiantsusa.org to learn more about the critical work that Space for Giants is doing.u


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Clockwise from top left: Taylor Swift; Jimmy Kimmel, one of the hosts of the One World: Together at Home special; Celine Dion; Jennifer Lopez; Keith Urban; Elton John; Lady Gaga.

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ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME AS NEW YORK’S social set was anticipating the start of spring gala season, Governor Cuomo announced a shelter-in-place order on March 20th, halting large gatherings indefinitely. As the season’s most anticipated events were suddenly called off, people around the world invented new ways to entertain and socialize in these difficult times while still respecting the restrictions, giving rise to virtual events. Perhaps the largest

to date was Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home concert, which was broadcasted live across 60 networks and unified billions of viewers around the world. The uplifting special, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert, raised money for COVID-19 relief funds and featured at-home performances by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Elton John, Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, and others. M AY 2 0 2 0 1 2 3


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LIFE IN QUARANTINE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING measures in place, Millennials have taken to digital apps

like Zoom and TikTok for entertainment, and have been building new hobbies, from cooking and cocktail-making to at-home workout videos. Many have also been using their time and influence to lend a hand to those in need.

Sophie Bickley dancing in one of her TikTok creations in Key Biscayne, Florida. Michael Gregson Reinert leaving for a Publix run in Palm Beach, Florida.

Lane DeCordova and Tyler Carroll biking (six

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Fashion blogger Charlotte Bickley showing off her new sweatshirt from “Quarantine n’ Chill,” which Stephanie Nass (also known as @chefanienass on Instagram) delivering 150

sells hoodies to benefit laid-off workers, student

sugar cookies to her local EMS in Westchester County, New York.

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Dr. Barbara Sturm and Hailey Bieber hosting a 75-minute virtual Skin School session, in which they discussed personal experiences with their skin, ingredients to use and avoid, and best skincare practices.

Bettina Anderson working with Feeding South Florida to deliver groceries for more than 400 families in Palm Beach County.

Athena Castro beginning a yoga session in her bedroom in Miami, Florida. Jenna Rennert showing off her homemade egg

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“ZOOMTOPIA” TO BENEFIT THE W.H.O’S COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND ON APRIL 2ND, Toby and Larry Milstein hosted the first Zoom gala, where almost 200 attendees

clicked in to dance with friends and enjoy performances from Anna of the North, Cheat Codes, and mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, who taught guests how to make signature cocktails to enjoy together. Ticket sales from the event, coined “Zoomtopia,” raised funds for World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Response Fund and the International Medical Corps. Proceeds from the event exceeded $20,000, although guests were just asked for a donation of at least $25.

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