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CONTENTS The Gulf Coast Issue
104 COLORS OF NAPLES In a collaborative masterpiece, Stefania Pifferi and
Nicola Cresswell bring the enchanting city of Naples to life in a luxury coffee table book. Brooke Kelly Murray
108 A JEWEL IN THE CROWN Discussing Naples with Joan Fleischmann Tobin, whose
parents, Junkie and Dorette Fleischmann, arrived in the sunny city in 1946. by Jayne Chase
114 SARASOTA: ALWAYS IN SEASON Less well known than the towns on
the East Coast, Sarasota has become a cultural mecca for lovers of ballet, opera, classical music, gardening, and theatre. by Geraldine Metz
118 BOCA GRANDE: QUIET LIVING ON THE GULF A glimpse into the tony town of Boca Grande, a chic, quiet community on Gasparilla Island. by Pliny Sexton
122 A GUIDE TO MIAMI’S THRIVING ART SCENE From Faena Theater to
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, here are the must-see cultural institutions during your next visit to Miami. by Brooke Kelly Murray
126 FLORIDA SHOPPING Where to shop in Miami, Naples, Sarasota, and Boca Grande.
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SOCIAL DIARY Another month of the social circuit. by David Patrick Columbia
HARRY BENSON Our columnist recalls photographing The Beatles in Miami in 1964.
TAKI Observations on the present tragedy in Israel. by Taki Theodoracopulos
AUDAX Charles Scribner III’s new memoir looks at five generations of publishing. by Jamie MacGuire
LIFESTYLE Rizzol’s latest book commemorates the 40th anniversary of Ralph Lauren Home. by Brooke Kelly Murray
ART Museum of Arts and Design’s fall exhibitions celebrate artist Shary Boyle and singer Taylor Swift.
DESIGN The creative vision of Ashley Stark Jenner is the driving force behind Ashley Stark Home.
BOOKS Assouline’s new book, James Bond Destinations, transports readers to many of the franchise’s iconic locations.
BUSINESS Chatting with Lulu Fanjul and Myriam Harrouche about their new venture. by Brooke Kelly Murray
FRESH FINDS Our favorite finds for Autumn. by Brooke Kelly Murray and Elizabeth Meigher
REAL ESTATE Top brokers discuss the New York and Florida real estate markets.
102 SOCIAL CALENDAR Our guide to the best luncheons, galas, and benefits this month. 132 YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST Partying in New York and Palm Beach. by Brooke Kelly Murray 136 SNAPSHOT Looking back at the Handsome Dan Dynasty as we prepare for the 139th Harvard-Yale football game.
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Clockwise from bottom left: Newlin’s Gourmet Market in Boca Grande; 1940s illustration of Florida’s Tamiami Trail; Charles Scribner III; Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; Third Street South’s 19th-century Italian Fleischmann Fountain; Joan Tobin; Israeli soldiers holding a national flag at the Gaza Strip border; columnist Taki Theodoracopulos.
HAIL the Gregorian calendar’s penultimate month of the year and home to Thanksgiving Day, our Nation’s best and favorite holiday (mine too!). Yet, ... it’s not a normal November, with more global unrest than “thanks” ... more death and destruction than “giving”. I’m old enough (barely) to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the unsettling mood that spread throughout our Country. Today, I feel that same sense of unease seeping into our daily lives and interactions; there are too many permutations of possible world events, with too few answers and solutions. On occasion, I’m finding myself frozen in thought, thinking about the “what ifs” and the “where” it might lead ... and the “when”. The nourishing normalcy of Thanksgiving dinners can’t come soon enough. My late pal and photo-journo Slim Aarons would often call, in his chirpy Yankee voice, urging me onto action: “just when they think you’re going right ... go left and fool ‘em all”, which is exactly where we headed with this inaugural November number: to Florida’s rapidly growing “left side”. Better known as the Gulf Coast, we sent our able and wise contributor, Jayne Chase, to scope out the scene in Naples, especially the trendy retail landscape burgeoning in the Third Street South district. “Third Street” is brilliantly overseen by the renowned Joan Fleischmann Tobin, whose watch words are “sophistication and ease”. Her late father, the equally storied Junkie Fleischmann, arrived in South Florida (just off his yacht Camargo) in 1946 and soon became both the magnet for - and magnate of - the modern day community of Naples. From Third Street we head northwest toward Tampa (Florida’s fastest growing city!), taking a quick detour into the tarpon filled bay that surrounds Gasparilla Island and the near hidden gem of Boca Grande. We make a quick stop at Newlin’s for a buttery lobster roll, then onto the Temptation for a stand-up crystal yum yum at the bar. Heading further northward still, we make our landfall in Sarasota just in time for the annual luncheon at Selby Gardens, reconnecting with our hostess and old friend Jennifer Rominiecki who’s transitioned from the New York Botanical Garden to become the much respected President of The Selby. Jennifer is aces, and whispered knowingly that I shouldn’t leave Sarasota without making a stop at the Ringling Museum: “it will bring out your inner clown”. Hmmm ...
For a moment, ignore the sirens of Florida’s enticing gulf and enjoy Jamie MacGuire’s historical review of Charlie Scribner’s riveting new book that encompasses five generations of the Scribner family and their eponymous and vaunted publishing house. It’s all there, including Max Perkins’ personal correspondence with Fitzgerald and Hemingway, admonishing their youthful and foolish follies. And don’t miss Taki’s sober take on the tragedy raging in Gaza. Our best read columnist recalls being stationed in Tel Aviv some fifty years ago by Greece’s largest daily newspaper, Akropolis, during the Yom Kippur War ... events sadly not dissimilar from today’s. Which brings us back to the current humanitarian atrocities and the moral dilemmas that accompany such threats to our freedoms now challenged from many fronts. It’s been said that “the arc of the moral universe ultimately bends toward justice”. Is this tenet naively dated, or does its principle still hold true; does right still overcome might? Are we satisfied that our leaders are able to meet such confrontations? Dangerous disputes require talent to be fixed, and the residue of emotional issues cannot always be solved. But they can be managed. And to whom do we turn, dear QUEST readers, to manage our futures? It’s time to speak up.◆
ON THE COVER: Nick Mele and Laken Romine on the 19th-century Italian Fleischmann Fountain at Third Street South in Naples, Florida.
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PEOPLE AND THEIR PLACES
(as well as palaces). The autumn social season seemed slow getting startcomes to your home, why not make ed When in itNew York. Even tells a after a memorable entrance? An entryway setting the scene for what is to come. thestory, crowds came back the from From the minute your guests walk in you door, you want them to be wowed. Are their the create a glamorous moment or a looking to summertime, to serene escape? This is your opportunity ion. town seemed quieter than leave a lasting impress vision town nt to have a cohesive It’s importa usual, although the Then, incorporate various from the outset. decorative elements that are not only dictate beautiful but functional. A space can things what you put in it, and there are a few To entry. an ng decorati when to consider create a focal point, try pairing a console sa with a mirror above it. A table provide and surface area to place keys, family photos, a decorative accessories. To open up spaces, a for allows and light reflects mirror linger? last-minute touch-up. Need a spot to A bench or chair provides a convenient perch. To tie the entire design scheme can together, consider every surface. Walls adds introduce color, and a rug underfoot lighting texture. When natural light is scarce, can do wonders. To incorporate my client’s ve love of travel or art, I mix varying decorati to accessories and books along with flowers Corral space? Lacking in. s bring the outdoor wall umbrellas in a beautiful stand and use hooks for coats and hats. Your foyer plays a starring role, so why not make the first impression the best one possible?
(or internet) and having everything delivered to your door (so it was no longer necessary to leave the house for anything. That fact might give anyone the impression that no one was around and about – which is very un-New York. It defi-
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during business days was traffic jams and tremendous delivery activity. One of the habits that has developed during the so-called pandemic, was people ordering their food, supplies and even household purchases by phone
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I noticed the social calendar was beginning to fill up. These “social” events means people gathering together, and it is those “gatherings” that make New York the unique metropolis that it is. No matter the times, New Yorkers will travel far and wide for: lots of music, culture, history, and ultimately the thrill and the beauty of The Horse. For example, on one Thursday night an intrepid group from Manhattan made the journey to Williamsburg Brooklyn for a preview of a new musical, Day of the Dead LIVE! Philanthropist Barbara Tober led a caravan of more 30 QUEST
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“A show for children and than a dozen friends, with others joining her there, adults” ?? “Day of the Dead for a riotous evening of di- LIVE!”? Sounds grim, no? NO! abolical music from European and Mexican classical Everyone I know who’s seen it—I’m and popular b o o k e d composers, to see it all presented later this by the gifted month— young pialoved it! nist, LlewelAnd those I lyn Sánknow who chez-Werner, felt that accompanied way, sounds by life-sized like I will puppets and Day of the Dead LIVE! too. On the circus performers, directed by Juanita Opening Night Preview, Cardenas. It’s a show for the Consulate General of children and adults, themed Mexico in New York, Jorge on the Mexican holiday, Día Islas López, celebrated his birthday with the cast at de los Muertos.
a post performance party that included Yanna Avis, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Sharon King Hoge, Sophie Aliece Hollis, Kathy Irwin, Jill Kargman, Ted Taylor, and Pam Taylor Yates. And they all loved it!! With a nod to Pancho Villa, Zapata, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera, it is a one-hour show made for children and the child in all of us, with music that will not disappoint the most sophisticated aficionados. The major party of this pre-holiday season. Mark Gilbertson, a longtime New York host who used a lot of his ability helping charities beef up their fund-
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DAV I D PAT R I C K C O LU M B IA All at once; all there to see the crowd of familiar faces after a long hot summer elsewhere. Started at six. Men in suits and/or jackets, and women... women in New York know what to wear, and as intended, they looked great in a simple but elegant and practical way. After all, it’s just a cocktail party of guests enjoying meeting up with so many familiar faces and friends. Another example of what makes New York so fascinating... Thanks to the Marks of the world. At least so say his friends. Gone to the dogs. The following is something I read in a Comments section
raising and increasing the audience. Over the years, Mark had built a list of New York couples and individuals whom you might see at any number of events Mark had a hand in planning. For years he’s also hosted a private cocktail for friends to meet friends, etc. He first held them in his upper East Side apartment and various public spaces. Several years ago with his ever expanding guest list (and he is “selective”) he decided to hold a BIG one with a few hundred guests. This has been a huge success with several hundred on his list and a high percentage of them attending.
of one of the blogs I read. The article commented on was about dogs and animals. And because I have had animals (dogs and cats) all my life – except in my 20s when I was being too serious to have time, I care (and didn’t care). The following struck me – this what I call a “poem of sorts” – and amused and impressed me. Because generally it is one of our truths in life. This cracked me up on reading. A reader of the blog with the name Cankerpuss posted the following: And I argue that people today are lower than the dogs.
Dogs don’t abort their young. Mother dogs work feverishly to care for their young, not destroy them like human females do. Dogs don’t cover their bodies with graffiti. Dogs don’t sexually exploit their young. Most dogs love unconditionally and are loyal and faithful to even an abusive owner. Humans have no loyalty to anyone. Dogs don’t waste. Humans waste everything. Many people today are lower than the dogs. Way lower than the dogs. It must have been in the stars that day because right
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after I turned off the computer and started opening my daily mail. Most mail I get these days are ads of one kind or another. On this day, there were fundraising letters from three different animal shelters. All of which took my notice. I currently have three little ones. The most recent (five years ago) two I “adopted” from the Humane Society. I had just lost a shih-tzu (age 12), and I called to inquire whether they had any shih-tzus. Yes, they had two. Okay, I’ll take them both I thought since they both need homes. When I went to pick them up, they were waiting at the curbside for me. Ready to 34 QUEST
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hop into the car and be off Shih-tzu, with tan colored fur. She also looked like she to their own home. Except they weren’t shih- wasn’t at all sure if this was tzus or even anything re- what she had in mind or sembling one. I was disap- hoped for. And made her pointed …but they needed indifference known. Back at a home and my apartlooked at me ment I got as if I was some dogtheir last food plates hope. And out for a so…they w e l c om i n g moved. snack. As I They had was setting Asian names it up, I was which I David Patrick Columbia's dogs, Tobie and Willie reeling female couldn’t pronounce clearly so I renamed names aloud: common, them, calling the little guy ordinary... and Rosemary with a curly coat who was Kennedy came to mind. So shaped like a poodle, Willie. I said: “Rosemary” and she The other, a girl, or rather, a jumped up almost to my lady, looked vaguely like a waist, as if it already was
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her name. And so it was. They’d come to live also with Tobey, a Shih-tzu type who came about 10 years ago from Bide-a-wee. The three get along very well although Rosemary is naturally the primary resident in her own mind. And the boys more or less honor that and don’t question it. I’ve learned a lot from these creatures, especially as I’ve gotten older and pay more attention to them. There are lots of dogs in my neighborhood, all shapes, sizes and shades of brown, black, grey, tan, and white. There are also lots of little ones, pre-walkers going to the park in their strollers. The little ones all are fas-
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DAV I D PAT R I C K C O LU M B IA cinated by all the dogs, and vice versa. Some are fearful, but most are totally head turning-ly distracted in wonder as they pass by. My purpose in recounting the experience is to remind you as I remind myself that these creatures are gifts from the Almighty, Creator of All. And they reflect us, and bring out the best in us, for us. And so when this mail comes in looking for a contribution to keep things moving, almost daily, I can only think of how these creatures who give themselves by nature to us need our contributions; all sizes matter. Time for some dinner.
There was one night last vitation first, and because month when I had invi- I live in that neighborhood tations with two different and its history always fascievents: the first being the nates. I wanted to see what I might learn at Friends of the this special dinUpper East ner. So I acceptSide Historic ed. Then almost Districts, and a week later I the second bewas invited by ing a birthday Katherine Bryan dinner Kathto her birthday erine Bryan dinner she was was hosting for giving for herherself at a tiny self. Same night, little restaurant Katherine Bryan's birthday dinner same time. which is a separate Katherine is a friend and but with its own entrance architecturally part of the I knew it would be of interAntonucci main dining est specifically because she was the hostess. And so I room. I’d received the Friends sent a message of regrets to of the Upper East Side in- the Upper East Side Friends
dinner to go to Katherine’s birthday dinner. If it were anybody else I probably wouldn’t have canceled my first invitation. So, what was it like? The Birthday Party. You walked into a very narrow dark paneled room with a very long dining table set for 18 or 20 (I didn’t get the number). I was one of the first guests – called for 7:30, I got there about 7:40. By 7:50, the room was full. I’ve known Katherine for years. Katherine also has a house in Palm Beach and one in East Hampton, but New York is really her home in her head. She grew up in Kansas City or thereabouts,
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tails for those who desire. be. Then she was yelling at This little restaurant (which one of the guests! And at has a name but I can’t fig- one point she threw a tanure out what it is) is like its trum and marched back to papa, Antonucci. And the wait a table at the back of food is always excellent, the restaurant. A plain and Itallooking ian and woman, sort of. not old, But at pretty, Katheryoung, ine’s dinred haired ner, it which was had those a basicalqualities ly an unbut also Antonucci Cafe a wait staff that was very kempt bush, tied back with efficient (except for one, what looked like a rag. At which I probably shouldn’t another point she walked mention except she was in a out of the restaurant and moment obnoxious almost into the street as if maybe as if when-she-wanted-to she’d had it. We could see
this through the windows. Then, the next thing you knew, she came in, walked through the restaurant in a suppressed-rage about something, and in the back I saw her tear off her serving gloves and throw up her hands and leave through what must be the back entrance. Nobody had EVER seen a waitress at a dinner (and it wasn’t hot dogs and cheeseburgers and fries) who behaved that way. I said to Katherine, did you see that?? “Yes,” she replied, “she’s always like that but she’ll be back.” Really? So dinner continued and
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DAV I D PAT R I C K C O LU M B IA suddenly a woman, a singer, in a low cut strapless blue gown and a mass of reddish hair (long) entered with music accompanying and she did a “chantouze-you honey” happy birthday. Great voice, great performance, and at the very end, funny and sweet. What are you thinking? Well, well, the chantooze who was putting on the show in her low-cut, strapless ... was the waitress. Katherine had met her at someone else’s dinner party where she played the same role (waitress)(really rude and snarly) transformed into the chanteuse, soft and bright, and amusing and
kinda funny putting it out parties. Sounds like a quiet experience, book parties. there. It’s always a hit. It turned a talkative birth- However unbeknownst to me at the time, day dinner both were “of as a good nathe moment” tured mystery (including the and followed past). And full by a life and up with guests. Betty BelThe first was tran’s act. Aca party at the tors act, and home of John Betty is total Demsey who when she’s until 18 months up to it. Very ago, for three nice lady. Behind the Blue Door It was a happy birthday to decades, was a major executive at Estée Lauder, Katherine Bryan. The social evenings (and the fragrance beauty aids days) are filling this cal- conglomerate. He had just endar up to capacity. One published a book about his Wednesday I’d accepted house (a townhouse in the invitations to two book East 60s). It is titled Behind
the Blue Door and was hosting party for it. Behind the actual “Blue Door.” I don’t know the host, although safe to say we both know who the other is. That’s New York out there life as it goes on. I have a very clear impression of him; he’s a good man. I’d attended parties at his townhouse several times over the years. He always has a big crowd, occupying the ground floor rooms as well as the second story. His home is homey but full of multiple beautiful things he collects as well as hundreds of photographs that entirely cover many of the walls.
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There is a feeling in the house of “belonging.” It is a house that guests feel at home in. The place was packed; you could just walk through, but slowly; it was up, down, all around until I got to the back of the townhouse which looked like the outdoors behind the house. And there, in a corner, surrounded by a mob five deep, the author was signing his book, putting it in a specially designed leopard skin pattern bag, and stopping only briefly so that someone could take a photo of him. Was it I? Probably not. I made my way back to the front of the house with even more crowds coming in and having the best time just being there. I’d read about Mr. Demsey leaving Lauder, and knew only that he obviously had been very successful at (and
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for) the company for a long time. In fact, he had the highest profile in the public’s eye other than the Lauder brothers themselves. Estée Lauder is one of the great stories of 20th century merchandising and the fragrance business. It was started, launched by a little girl from Queens who naturally became fascinated with fragrances. (It’s an all-American story not an original experience for many women, and men). When working with her uncle who was a chemist and had a laboratory, she immediately related to the value of the product. That was a long time ago but being a young woman, those creams and fragrances and their retail value were an obviously a can’t-lose business. And also an excellent saleswoman, she eventually went into business with her husband Jo-
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DAV I D PAT R I C K C O LU M B IA seph Lauder, father of her two sons, Leonard and Ronald. Her work in the fragrance business reached a peak when she was 45 and introduced her first fragrance (YouthDew), a bath oil that became so popular that women would use a bottle to bathe in leaving a fragrance on their skin instead of using a perfume. It began to compete with French perfumes, selling 50,000 bottles the first year, and by the mid-80s more than 150 million bottles. Mrs. Lauder was the ultimate salesman. She has been quoted as saying that she’d “never worked a day in her life without selling,” adding:
“If I believe in something, I quietly congenial. Shortly after publishing that Diary, I sell it and I sell it hard. She liked to work. She was got an email from a man in also naturally generous. Sev- New Mexico who had seen it and wrote eral years ago, to tell me I wrote somemore about thing in these her. He had Diaries about been a New Mrs. LaudYorker, and er. I’d met her a New York only a couple fireman. of times, both When he rein Southamptired he took ton in the a job as Mrs. summertime. Estée Lauder She was soft-spoken but very Lauder’s chauffeur. He loved working for the friendly generally (like a lady, lady and although when he as they used to say). By then she was legend- dropped her off at home at ary. Her presence as a guest, the end of the day, she always however, was fashionable but leaned forward to thank him
for being such a wonderful driver, and handed him a cash tip. When he reminded her that he was already being paid a very good salary, she nevertheless wanted him to know he was worth more to her. Several years later, the man decided to retire and move with his family to New Mexico. He was somewhat nervous about telling his boss that he was leaving her. But after letting her know, she handed him a large bonus for the years he dedicated to driving her. Those were the days! As they used to say when we were kids. ◆
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Shary Boyle, White Elephant (detail), 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA). Photo: John Jones.
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Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me Step into a multisensory solo exhibition of new works by the Canadian visual artist, featuring exquisitely sculpted ceramics, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, and a coin-operated sculpture, set to an interactive soundtrack.
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Outside the Palace of Me is organized by the Gardiner Museum, Toronto. Generous funding was received by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The exhibition was funded in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with the support of the Consulate General of Canada in New York. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
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IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, AND RINGO had a great time in Miami. We’d all come from a freezing London and New York, and suddenly there was warm sunshine, the ocean, and beautiful girls in swimsuits wanting to meet The Beatles. A local businessman invited them to relax on his yacht. We were all staying at the Deauville Hotel right on the beach. It was an incredible change of scene for four guys from Liverpool, and for me, too. The photograph of the Fab Four running on the beach is actually one I have never printed before… and I want it to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in America on February 7, 1964, to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York. And then on to Miami for their second appearance, which was televised live from Miami. At the time, Beatlemania was just beginning to change the music scene and the way the fans, thought, dressed, lived… moving from Frank Sinatra to Elvis and on to the Beatles. Some say Taylor Swift is doing the same thing today—and yes, she is making an impact, yet no one has changed the world like the Beatles. Here’s to the four guys from Liverpool whose journey to fame began with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Thankfully it is still going strong. u 68 QUEST
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The Beatles running on the beach in Miami in 1964, photographed by Harry Benson.
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THE TRAGEDY IN GAZA Clockwise from left: Golan Heights, Israel; Israeli soldiers holding a national flag at the
GSTAAD—My last days in good old Helvetia before heading for sunny London and grubby old New York. And they are beautiful days and crispy nights here while the bells are ringing. The cows and the goats are down from the heights, and they make for an improved atmosphere as the new rich have departed for places like Dubai or Monte Carlo. I’ve been reading up on Elon Musk 00 QUEST 7
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TA K I and how bitchy some reviewers of his biography have been. They are furious because unlike that funny-looking Bezos chappie, Musk doesn’t play up to the left-wing media and say what they demand to hear. And speaking of sci-fi missions to Mars, nothing like that will take place, at least not in the lifetime of anyone reading this, nor their children’s and grandchildren’s. Being agnostic about the future means being honest. We couldn’t handle Covid, but we’re going to go ahead with planetary travel, and soon. What I propose is to fill up a modern Noah’s Ark with those people whose faces are surgically attached to iPhones and put that
on the first day as Syrian armor and Egyptian tanks had breached the borders and were reported by the Israelis to be fighting well for a change. You know the rest. After the first week Israel recovered the momentum and with the help of American jets flown by Israelis—although I was certain it was Yankee pilots— turned the tide thanks to Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. I was up in Kuneitra, on the Golan Heights, with Joe Fried of the New York Daily News, Jean Claude Sauer of Paris Match (and a very close friend), and an Englishman by the name of Peter Townsend who had never seen a dead body before, despite the fact he was
them a lot in 1969 and had seen the terrible conditions that prevailed and still do to this day. Israel annexed the Golan but gave back the Sinai after a peace treaty was signed in 1978. Which brings me to the present tragedy. The only thing I can say with conviction is that a Palestinian mother cries as bitterly over the death of her child as an Israeli mother does. People seem to forget that, depending on whose side they’re on. Who is worse, an Israeli religious zealot who shoots a stone-throwing Palestinian youth in the West Bank, or a Hamas gunman who executes an Israeli teenager whose only crime is
From left: President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, 1972; editions of
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rocket in orbit for good. And now let’s get down to serious business: Ten days and fifty years ago a young Taki was on an El Al airline sent to pick up Israeli army reservists from all points in Europe. I was dispatched to the war zone by Akropolis, the biggest morning Greek daily, most likely because I was bilingual, Greek being Greek to Israeli censors. The plane went dark as we approached Tel Aviv, and once we landed I witnessed thousands of screaming Jewish Americans eager to get out of Israel. The locals were doing their best, but the mob was in a hurry. Israel’s goose looked cooked
a heavily decorated World War II hero. The reason? He was a pilot in the Battle of Britain and later on the lover of Princess Margaret, but I’m getting away from the story. During my monthlong stay in Israel—I had visited many times before—I got to meet and discuss and mostly argue with a hell of a lot of Israelis. “Whose were the Golan and the Sinai?” Joe Fried, who is Jewish, would ask during the discussions, if I can call them that—they were more like who could shout the loudest? I mostly talked about the refugee camps in Jordan that had been there since 1948 and still are. I had visited
to attend a rave? Of course Israel has a right to exist and prosper, but so do Palestinians. Whose land is it, Israel’s or Palestine’s? Here is where all the world’s statesmen, wise men and women, experts, and know-it-alls tend to stumble. Who is to blame for the tragedy of today? The Brits? The Arabs? The Americans? I’d say all three, starting with the Balfour Declaration. But what do I know? I am only an observer who knows the area as well as anyone but has no power to do anything about it. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. N O V E MM BA EY R 2023 7 01 0
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From left: The cover of Scribners: Five Generations of Publishing features the Scribners Bookstore at 597 Fifth Avenue; Charles
CHARLES SCRIBNER III’s latest book, a delightful memoir called Scribners: Five Generations in Publishing, is out this month from Lyons Press and is a must read for every media-savvy Manhattanite. It tells the story from the firm’s founding in 1846 in an unused chapel called the Brick Meeting House on the corner of Nassau Street and Park Row, across from City Hall, to the present in sparkling, ironic, understated yet often hilarious prose. The first book published was the doubtless best-selling The Puritans and Their Principles. In later years the firm moved steadily uptown, in lock step with the burgeoning metropolis itself, including the two distinguished Ernest Flagg Beaux Arts buildings at 115 Fifth Avenue (21st Street) in 1895 and its much be72 QUEST
loved successor at 597 Fifth (48th Street) in 1913, perhaps the most elegant bookstore ever designed, as seen in Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan. Thereafter, as industry consolidation took hold, Scribners merged with Macmillan in 1984, moved to 866 Third Avenue and was later subsumed into Simon & Schuster/Viacom in Rockefeller Center. Scribners was always a quality house, publishing J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan), Rudyard Kipling, George Santayana, Edith Wharton, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Less well known was its scholarly reference division, including the Dictionary of America Biography and similar titles. A successful periodical, Scribners Magazine, lasted 50 years. In the 20th century, Scribners published Winston Churchill, Teddy Roosevelt, and Henry James. Its Golden
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Age, however, dawned in the Jazz Age, under the inspired editorship of Maxwell Perkins, who starting in the Roaring Twenties published Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe under the leadership of Charles Scribner III, an equestrian fox hunter who commuted two hours each day from Far Hills NJ to his office. He was succeeded after the Second World War by Charles Scribner, Jr. (in fact IV), a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton and scholar/linguist who was recruited by Naval Intelligence as a cryptologist and helped break Japanese codes. Wonderful writers in this period included Marcia Davenport, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Alan Paton, James Jones, and P.D. James. In addition to building the reference book division, Charles, Jr. also championed the non-fiction and quality paperback lists. In Charles III’s (really Charles V, but who’s counting?) years at the firm after foregoing an academic career as an
art historian, he took charge of subsidiary rights, looked after the Fitzgerald and Hemingway estates, and expertly guided the firm in its new relationship with Macmillan Publishing’s often inscrutable Jeremiah Kaplan. Within four years of the merger, the value of Scribners stock in the firm had increased seven-fold after the notorious Robert Maxwell over paid to gain control of an American media company, eventually bankrupting himself in the process. Today Charlie continues his ambassadorship for the Scribners brand, his art history and musical interests (his books on Bernini and Rubens are both masterpieces) and his generosity to Princeton and its Scribner archives. He and his beautiful wife Ritchie have two fine sons and three adored grandchildren, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Charles (the 7th!). Scribners: Five Generations in Publishing, is dedicated to them. ◆ NOVEMBER 2023 73
Rizzoli’s Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Ricky and Ralph Lauren’s home in Bedford; American Flag Mug, Country Collection, Spring 1990; pieces from the Country Collection; Spring 1990; the formal dining room of Ricky and
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“MY THING WAS always about individuality and about creating a world— because you don’t just wear clothes, you live a life. You have style. You project who you are.” This vision has been designer Ralph Lauren’s guiding force since beginning his career in 1967 creating neckties under his flagship label Polo—a line now most synonymous with the colorful collared shirts that are a staple in every American’s wardrobe. Today, Lauren’s eponymous company includes a high-end runway collection, the Purple Label line for luxury menswear, leather accessories, fragrances, and home furnishings. The hallmark of his creativity is his remarkable fusion of fashion and home, beautifully embodied in his home collection launched in 1983. 74 QUEST
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To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this collection, Rizzoli’s new book, Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living, showcases decades of Lauren’s work as a designer, tracing a timeline of Lauren’s historic accomplishments, such as the opening of his iconic Madison Avenue flagship store, and an exclusive glimpse into his acclaimed restaurants. Paying homage to Ralph Lauren’s groundbreaking approach to lifestyle-driven design, this tome takes readers on a photographic journey that encapsulates Lauren’s legacy as a pioneer of modern living, narrated by the voices of prominent admirers including Oprah Winfrey and architectural critic Paul Goldberger. The centerpiece of the book is the exclusive look into Lauren’s impeccably designed private residences, where he shares his life with his family. From his expansive ranch in Colorado to his tranquil island retreat in Jamaica, his idyllic beach house in Montauk, the cosmopolitan
allure of his Manhattan penthouse, and the timeless elegance of his country estate in Bedford, each of these homes serves as a testament to Lauren’s unique vision of modern living. The visual journey through these residences is followed by a celebration of Ralph Lauren’s lifestyle collections. “The reason I decided to enter home furnishing 40 years ago was because I had something to say. I knew I wanted to make as complete a statement for the home as I had with my fashion collections. The Home collection was my way of sharing a complete world - a way to share my vision of living,” said Ralph Lauren of the anniversary milestone. u Clockwise from above: Ricky and Ralph Lauren’s White Orchid cottage in Jamaica; the Heiress Collection, Fall 2010; Hither Hills Studio Collection, Spring 2007. Opposite page: Ralph Lauren on horseback at the main gate to his Double RL Ranch in Colorado, 1989.
LOCATED AT 2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York has been dedicated to celebrating contemporary art, craft, and design since its founding in 1956. MAD’s diverse collection includes ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and innovative contemporary art forms, offering visitors a captivating exploration of the intersection between art and functional design. With a commitment to pushing boundaries and fostering creativity, the museum hosts exhibitions that challenge traditional notions of art and craft. This fall, MAD is debuting the works of Canadian visual artist Shary Boyle. On view through February 25, 2024, Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me explores the forces that create our inner and outer selves, both individual and collective. The multisensory solo exhibition of new works by the artist includes exquisitely sculpted ceramics, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, a coinoperated sculpture, and an interactive soundtrack. Each work in the exhibition is a testament to slow, skilled, passionate handcraft. “Building on MAD’s commitment to challenging expectations, Outside the Palace of Me transcends the passivity of the museum experience in the most ingenious and intimate ways. Casting the visitor as the protagonist interacting with and activating the works on view, the exhibition asks us to consider how we come to perform different roles in society influenced by how we see ourselves and others,” said Tim Rodgers, MAD’s Nanette L. Laitman Director. Wall paintings and works on paper add a supporting cast of complicated narrators to Boyle’s deeply imaginative, idiosyncratic, and unsettling realm. The second floor of the exhibition surveys the artist’s abiding 78 QUEST
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interest in forms of theatre and performance perceived as amateur or antiquated that, through Boyle’s exceptional handcraft, become potent forms of image-making. “Shary Boyle has been galvanized by the global turmoil over the last decade to create extraordinary works of art, ambitious in their breadth of scope and the depth of discourse concerning the essential challenges facing our society, such as racism, misogyny, and environmental destruction,” said Elissa Auther, MAD’s Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Lasdon Chief Curator. “Boyle sees the artist as a risktaker and wants her art to start conversations, ask questions with no right answers, and change thought. To achieve this, she has called on all her powers as a multimedia artist and enlisted a team of collaborators to create a deceptively nostalgic space for play— and provocation. Her work addresses heavy histories but is also hopeful about our ability to creatively reimagine and collectively enact a better future,” Auther added. Another popular exhibition on display through March 24, 2024 is Taylor Swift: Storyteller, a career-spanning look at the artistic reinventions of the 12-time Grammy Award–winning artist. Swift’s emotional songwriting is the catalyst for the captivating worlds she brings to life on stage and screen through exquisitely crafted costumes, inventive stage design, and imaginative iconography. Whether dressed down in a flannel shirt and untamed hair or literally dazzling her audiences in head-to-toe Swarovski crystals, Swift gives greater meaning to the palettes, textures, and depths of feeling expressed in her songwriting. Concert attire by couture fashion houses are featured in Storyteller, along with props, jewelry, ephemera, and projections of music videos. Highlights include the cheerleader and ballerina ensembles from the award-winning music video for “Shake It Off ” (2014), and the sparkling ensemble from “Bejeweled” (2022), directed by Taylor Swift. u NOVEMBER 2023 8 01 0
ASHLEY STARK KENNER is the Creative Director of STARK, the brains behind the influential @ashleytstark Instagram account—which has more than 1.4 million followers—and the stylish namesake behind Ashley Stark Home. At an early age, she fell in love with the legendary carpet and textile company founded by her grandparents, which led to a life that immersed her in design, honed her eye, sharpened her sense of quality, and developed her inimitable style. Ashley grew up knowing she wanted to be a part of the company, and that drove her desire to learn every aspect of the business from the bottom up. She has worked directly with artisans in Nepal as they sat on long looms hand-knotting rugs, adjusted color combinations in person at factories in India, and checked for quality as rugs dried on rooftops in the Nepalese sunshine. Ashley intimately understands every step that goes into making an heirloom rug, one with both the looks and quality to last for generations. 82 QUEST
Raised in New York City, Ashley has always felt that design is in her blood—and Ashley Stark Home is the natural evolution of her unique experience and her family’s venerable heritage brand. “In 2022, Chad, my cousin and STARK CEO, and I co-founded Ashley Stark Home as a new destination for rugs, wallcoverings, tabletops, lighting, décor, and design collaborations,” shared Ashley. “I had been approached by various other brands to do different lines and finally, we decided we would do it ourselves.” As a third-generation owner and the Creative Director behind STARK Carpet, the company Ashley’s grandparents founded in 1938, design, and specifically rugs, has always been a part of her life. “They’re the driving force behind my creative vision, shaping a point of view where old meets new, modern meets traditional, and the expected meets the unexpected,” said Ashley. Rugs are at the heart of the Ashley Stark Home collection, leaning into the heritage and decades of expertise from STARK and reimagining the designs through Ashley’s lens.
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Interiors designed by Ashley Stark Home. Opposite page: Ashley Stark.
Aside from the rugs she designs herself, Ashley selects every item on Ashley Stark Home. “The florals, lighting, tabletop, and pillows are all items I have in my own home,” said Ashley. “Ashley Stark Home is an extension of me and everything I like. There’s something really special about taking my inspiration and making it a tangible item others can have in their homes.” Ashley’s latest collection, Naturally Timeless, is where craftsmanship meets creativity. “Each rug and piece in this collection is a unique work of art, designed to bring warmth and sophistication to any space,” Ashley shared. “This time of year, I lean into the cozy season by incorporating lots of layers through rugs, texture, and color. Subtle variations of creams and grays bring in an effortless sense of character and calm.” The latest collection features over 20 new rugs and multiple colorways to effortlessly redefine your space with a showstopping, statement-making style that doubles as a work of art. Shop the collection on ashleystarkhome.com. ◆
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WHEN JAMES BOND saved the world for the first time on the big screen, in 1962’s Dr. No, he was setting a cinematic standard: 007 would forever be a traveling secret agent. He reports for duty in London but is quickly dispatched to Jamaica, to fight evil in paradise. Since those sugarysand beaches, subsequent films have taken the spy to an atlas’ worth of places around the globe, from soaring monasteries in Meteora and baroque Venetian palazzos to marble palaces in India and ancient Egyptian temples. While other productions rely on studio soundstages, the settings of the Bond motion pictures have included more than a hundred real-life locations over 60 years. In Assouline’s new book, James Bond Destinations by journalist and die-hard 007 fan Daniel Pembrey, readers are taken to many of the franchise’s iconic locations that
Clockwise from top left: GoldenEye, 1995. After boarding a Riva Aquarama Special speedboat, Bond steals aboard the Manticore to find the admiral dead: The admiral’s identification is being used by Onatopp and her criminal associates to steal the Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter just a few hundred yards away; in From Russia With Love, 1963, Daniela Bianchi was cast after an extensive international search for the right actress for Romanova’s role; the huge columns of the Karnak temple complex in Luxor foreshadow the moment when Moore’s Bond and Barbara Bach’s Anya Amasova will fight the giant Jaws (Richard Kiel), in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977; Bond and Melina Havelock return to her father’s boat in search of clues to the lost ATAC device that was used to communicate with the Royal Navy’s fleet of submarines in For Your Eyes Only, 1981. Opposite page: Sean Connery in Jamaica holding the clapper board for the 1962 film Dr. No.
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Wai Lin, played by Michelle Yeoh, check their equipment en route to the South China Sea aboard a fishing junk in Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997; Capriccioli Beach, which neighbors the Hotel Cala di Volpe, is where the Lotus reappears above sea level, causing disbelieving locals to check the strength of their drinks and prompting Bond to whimsically drop a fish out of the car window in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977; Craig’s Bond and Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) travel inland by train on a railway line to reach Bouarfa in the far eastern corner of Morocco in Spectre, 2015. 00 QUEST
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are featured in Bond’s international itineraries. Each chapter is filled with insider insights and memorable scenes. Think Ursula Andress emerging from the Jamaican waves, Daniel Craig on a high-speed car chase through the streets of Rome, and Roger Moore battling his nemesis on top of a Sugarloaf cable car in Rio. From the start, cinema-goers were spellbound, especially in the early to mid-1960s, when international travel was comparatively rare. On the silver screen, Bond then prompted audiences to dream of glamorous exciting vacations and established the franchise as a trusted concierge. Barbara Broccoli, the daughter of the original Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, said her father “wanted to take people out of their lives and transport them on an adventure to something magical.” As travel became more accessible, the Bond experience continued to stay ahead. “You have to find places that haven’t been seen, or you have to think of doing something spectacular in a wellknown place, as we did with the chase through Rome in 2015’s Spectre,” said producer Michael G. Wilson. “The scene involved hundreds of blockers along
The Lotus Esprit returned, along with Moore, in For Your Eyes Only, 1981—this time equipped to carry skis to the winter resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, historically popular with Europe’s aristocracy; the cover of Assouline’s James Bond
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BOOKS two miles of main road to ensure no bystanders entered the shot,” remarked associate producer Gregg Wilson. For Casino Royale, the Grand Canal in Venice was partly closed for the first time in 300 years, giving Bond—then played by Daniel Craig—the chance to sail a yacht up the canal without crowds of onlookers. “These destinations are not just backgrounds, or even backgrounds that simply inform characters. In our movies, they are characters,” said 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. u
Craig’s Bond, Judi Dench’s M and the Aston Martin DB5 in misty Glen Etive during Skyfall, 2012; preparing for the scene where Bond tells his adversary over the phone, “Mr. White? We need to talk” in Casino Royale, 2006. Bond shoots him shortly afterwards (inset). Opposite page, from above: Craig’s Bond deftly negotiates the hotel’s rooftop on his way to assassinate Sciarra in Spectre, 2015; a map of the featured James Bond destinations.
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Flirty founders Lulu Fanjul and Myriam Harrouche. Opposite page: Screenshots of flirtyforfood.com.
BUSINESS DURING THEIR TIME at the University of Pennsylvania, Lulu Fanjul and Myriam Harrouche quickly forged a deep friendship while bonding over “ridiculously delicious” pancakes. In that moment, they realized that the company you keep during a meal is just as important as the flavors on your plate. This revelation inspired them to create an Instagram account, @flirtyforfood, during the lockdown of 2020, striving to empower the food community and share the stories of resilient chefs who kept their businesses open. Expanding on this endeavor, they recently introduced flirtyforfood.com, a sophisticated guide that offers readers an insider’s perspective on New York’s vibrant dining landscape. The website also features travel tips for the dining obsessed flirts who might want to jump on a plane for a particularly delicious grilled cheese. The pair tells us more about the new venture below. Brooke Murray: Why are you two so compatible? Lulu Fanjul: Both being raised in Latin American households, we were so grateful to find a friend with similar values, shared interests and diverse perspectives. The goal of Flirty is to bring people together through exceptional meals and even better company - looking back, it’s fascinating that this was established when we first became friends.
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Brooke Murray: What inspired you to start Flirty for Food? Myriam Harrouche: We started our Instagram (@flirtyforfood) in 2020 with a desire to share the stories of chefs whose grit drove them to keep their restaurants open and employees supported. To encourage our local community to safely support their locals, we began posting recommendations complemented by a playful, fun, and “Flirty” voice. We take dining seriously, but we’re not too serious ourselves. The name Flirty originated over an outdoor dinner at Lilia in Brooklyn on a freezing November evening (the pandemic only allowed for outdoor dining), where we naturally still found ourselves laughing over glasses of red wine, applying lip gloss mid-meal, and asking the waiter endless questions about how he grew up and what his wildest dreams were. Dining out brings an excited and “Flirty” energy in us - we wanted to bring that lightheartedness to our community during a time of distress. Brooke Murray: What’s the team dynamic now? Lulu Fanjul: We are co-founders, roommates, best friends and each other’s daily dinner dates. We have very complementary skill sets, supportive networks, and unstoppable drive that, when combined, make Flirty so much stronger. Brooke Murray: What makes Flirty stand out? Myriam Harrouche: Flirty highly emphasizes the trust factor.
Think of us as your particularly in-the-know friend with great taste who can be relied on to bring you buzzy experiences that you’ll definitely want to share and come back to. As the two faces behind the brand, we have sampled every dish ourselves twice and can confidently tell you where to dine in NYC, Miami, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Paris, and beyond. Larger food review platforms with hundreds of journalists focus so much on scale that they lose that personable aspect. Flirty aims to restore the intimate, word-of-mouth aspect of dining out, ensuring readers that every review has been carefully written by the two of us. With our website’s rich color palette comprised of various shades of red and custom receipt-style orders listing dishes you must try, our platform feels like flipping through the pages of an Assouline coffee table book where food feels fashionable. Food and fashion are having such a moment right now, so that aspect of Flirty feels particularly relevant. Beyond the website, we are going a step further by hosting curated events in our favorite restaurants. A yearning towards connection inspired Flirty’s dining series, with the goal of bringing things back to basics. In the fast-paced New York environment and rise of social media, it’s easy to overlook the fulfillment in meeting someone new and connecting in person. By hosting monthly events ranging from a 30-person meal in an impossible-to-get-into Michelin restaurant to a 300-person party at an unexpected deli, Flirty aims to bring together diverse, unique personalities through a shared love of food and hospitality. Simultaneously, we aim to champion chefs and their dedication to their craft and introduce their Flirty-approved restaurants to a new wave of potential loyal customers and passionate ambassadors. Picture Flirty events as a moving community with sensational restaurants as our ever-changing real estate and a thoughtfully curated guest list that makes networking feel approachable and exciting. Flirty will be playing Cupid behind the scenes... guests might meet a new best friend, a potential business mentor... or maybe the love of their life. Brooke Murray: Why should Quest readers follow Flirty? Lulu Fanjul: As you’ll read in our reviews, everything we do is rooted in positivity. Flirty is here to have a good time and build community. When we look back five years from today, we want someone to tell us that they met an integral person in their life through Flirty. We are also working on a scalable app to bring these curated experiences, intentional connections, and newfound friendships to anyone around the world who is craving them. Stay tuned to follow our journey. ◆ NOVEMBER 2023 91
Fresh Finds B Y B R O O K E K E L LY M U R R AY & ELIZABETH MEIGHER
FLORIDA’S social season is kicking off this month, so we’ve rounded up looks and accessories that will have you ready for the beach and the fashionable events held during Miami Art Week.
Oscar de la Renta’s Long Sleeve Boucle Windowpane Tweed Jacket ($3,290) and Zip Front Boucle Windowpane Tweed Pant ($1,890). Available for special order
Wempe’s Golden Bridge BY KIM earrings, 18k rose gold, 44 brilliant-cut diamonds 2.20ct. $12,475 at wempe.com.
Drop Memoire Classic Signature Ring by TAMARA COMOLLI in rose gold with white diamonds. $23,100 at tamaracomolli.com.
The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach is delighted to announce new and returning partnerships for the upcoming season, including the debut of the new goop villa and the introduction of a full menu of in-house spa services from clean beauty brand Naturopathica. For reservations, visit thecolonypalmbeach.com.
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Book Casa de Campo’s Holiday Savings offer to take advantage of the best rates for rooms and villas and experience what the holidays are like in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s and create unforgettable memories within the 7000-acre private gated community. Guests can experience indulgent feasts, nightly entertainment, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, and more. Visit casadecampo.com.do.
Asprey’s Sterling silver Stag Head bottle stopper with glass eyes. Handcrafted in the London workshops. $1,495 at asprey.com.
Brunello Cucinelli’s Suede Outerwear Jacket ($7,395), Chiné Sweater ($3,800), and Gabardine Trousers ($1,095). Visit shop.brunellocucinelli.com.
Stubbs & Wootton’s Storm Slippers feature a Naval Velvet Upper with a Navy Grosgrain Trim. Finished off with Storm Palm Tree embroideries. $575 at stubbsandwootton.com.
Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, 40 mm, Oystersteel. Price upon request at rolex.com.
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Fresh Finds Ralph Lauren Collection’s RL 18K Rose Gold & Diamond Bangle. $4,500 at ralphlauren.com.
J.McLaughlin’s Leeza Top ($198), Carter Pants ($238), Amanda Clutch ($198), and Beatrice Heels ($298). Visit jmclaughlin.com.
Prada’s Small Saffiano Leather Wallet in Petalo. $695 at prada.com.
Elizabeth Gage’s Persian Carpet Ring, set with 70 sapphires (1.65cts), 60 citrines (1.30cts), 5 rubellites (1.47cts) and 10 green tourmalines (1.17cts). $19,050. Available to purchase at the Palm Beach Show at Club Colette Novermber 8th - 10th.
Tucked away on quiet South Summer Street in Charlotte Inn in Martha’s Vineyard is exquisitely appointed with fine art, English antiques, luxurious linens, and fresh flowers—a romantic reflection of a bygone era. Visit thecharotteinn.com.
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Dolce & Gabbana’s Majolica-Print Modal and Cashmere Square Scarf. $625 at us.dolcegabbana.com.
Marina B 1980s Diamond ‘Onda’ Door Knocker Earrings. $75,000 at greenleafcrosby.com.
Charlotte Kellogg’s Anne Top in Linen ($195) and Slim Cut Silk Stretch Pants ($350). Visit charlottekellogg.com.
Prepare for the sunny days ahead with Celine’s Triomphe Oval Metal Sunglasses in Shiny Endura. $540 at celine.com.
This one-of-a-kind Carson Gray Jewels 9.23 carat tanzanite and diamond ring is a collector’s piece. A rare gem, it is boldly elegant. $19,500 at carsongrayjewels.com.
Barton & Gray Mariners Club offers an assortment of membership options from “all-you-can-yacht” to “bitesized-boating.” Members enjoy a lifetime of yachting with the ability to adjust their
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membership and take advantage of the ever expanding harbors and new yachts being added to the club. For more information, visit bartonandgray.com.
Charlotte Tilbury’s new Magic Water Cream is an instant, magical turnaround cream for thirsty, dehydrated skin. $100 at sephora.com. NOVEMBER 2023 95
MARKET INSIGHTS B Y B R O O K E K E L LY M U R R AY
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Q: What’s new in and around the island—in terms of developments and entertainment? A: South Flagler House is going to be brought to market this Fall. It’s a high end luxury waterfront building developed by Related, designed by Robert A.M. Stern, and exclusively represented by our firm, Corcoran. The building will be the most luxurious in all of Palm Beach County! In addition, there are a handful of brand new “spec” homes in Palm Beach. Buyers today don’t have the bandwidth to take on projects that can take two to three years, from planning until completion so they naturally gravitate towards these homes. Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers? A: I would tell buyers that there are opportunities for properties that did not sell over the summer that they can take advantage of so that they can enjoy the upcoming season. I feel that there are some really good values out there. For sellers, it’s all about price, price, price! Even properties that are priced properly are taking longer to sell. That’s why the correct pricing is the key to putting together a successful sale. In this market, buyers are willing to pay you fair market value, but if your property is overpriced, then there is a good chance that they will pass. From above: 130 Algoma Road in Palm Beach, Florida, listed for $23,000,000; Dana Koch.
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Q: Tell us about the state of the market as we transition to high season in Palm Beach. A: The market returned to its normal seasonal pace over the summer. We are really looking forward to the season in Palm Beach where the market is stable and the pricing is holding steady. There are fewer bidding wars and even though inventory is down, the days on market is up. In Palm Beach, it is not uncommon to see a property on the market between six and nine months as opposed to 30 to 90 days that we saw a couple of years ago. The good news is that it’s still less than the days on market (1+ year) that we experienced in Palm Beach pre-pandemic. Presently, the Palm Beach market has 55 homes for sale, which is near historic lows. At the beginning of our high season, we normally have between 150 to 200 homes for sale. Of utmost importance to note is that we are still dealing with a lack of inventory which will continue to propel our market. Though not completely immune to some of the headwinds (interest rate hikes, inflation, property insurance rate increases) that we are contending with these days, we are still very much in a “lack of supply and a strong demand” world.
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Sotheby’s International Realty / 212.606.7669 / firstname.lastname@example.org / nikkifield.com Q: Tell us about the state of the New York real estate market. A: At Sotheby’s International Realty, the Field Team has been managing a renewed and fervent flight to Luxury Residential Real Estate. The numbers support our activity as sales over $20m have climbed 300% in 2023. Yes, despite higher interest rates, and economic volatilities, the rich are proactively back in the market searching and securing the Best in Class and most expensive homes on and off market. These buyers are generally buying with cash and insulated by interest rates. Demand, in particular, for both Penthouses and Townhouses is outpacing available inventory. Competition in the flight for Trophy Homes has been accelerated by the welcomed return of our beloved International Buyers. This foreign re-engagement and influx of interest and cash will most likely again be the catalyst for another record-setting historical sales cycle. These buyers often concentrate on New Development, move-in ready and lots of amenities. On-site private restaurants and Clubs are the new top amenity of choice.
Add a luxury branded Residence with Hotel Services and sales are intense. We are still in a buyer’s market, as pricing remains value related, but given a steep decline in new inventory through the end of August, and the typical bump in new product during September was below average, we see the era of accelerated and aggressive pricing on the road ahead. One of our current Best in Class exclusive listings is showcased here. Q: Tell us about one of these luxury listings. A: I have an extraordinary listing, the Versace Style Grand Mansion, at 5 East 64th Street. Opulently curated by previous owner, fashion legend, Gianni Versace, and meticulously restored by the current owners, this residential Italian Baroque masterpiece offers an opportunity to live like fashion royalty and own a piece of real estate and fashion history. Grandly designed, 17 luxurious rooms meld together in couture design. This stately mansion has approximately 14,175 interior square feet on across six floors with 3,025 exterior square feet of a magical trellised garden overlooked by a rear balcony, which runs the full width of the house. A rooftop terrace with gazebo overlooks Fifth and Madison. From above: The Versace Style Grand Mansion at 5 East 64th Street, listed for $55,000,000, 5east64street.com; Nikki Field. NOVEMBER 2023 97
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Q: What’s new in and around the island—in terms of developments and entertainment? A: Living with Ivey—a company by health coach Ivey Leidy that encourages people take the reins of their health—has just opened in the historic Paramount Theatre Building, offering health, beauty, and wellness products, as well as nutritious recipes. It is fabulous! Don’t miss going in. It will become your go-to gift shop destination! 98 QUEST
Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers? A: Buyers today have to adjust their wish list when they are purchasing a property. If it checks some of the important boxes then you should seriously consider it. I can’t tell you how often I hear from my clients how disappointed they are that they didn’t buy the year before or even the month before when they had an opportunity. Today, many clients are choosing to renovate over building new as they find the building process daunting. On the other hand, spec houses, as they near completion, are selling. Q: Tell us about a listing. A: 550 Island Drive is the epitome of Palm Beach chic on Everglades Island. It’s a true Bermuda style house with 150 feet of direct waterfront. There are multiple outdoor living spaces surrounding the infinity pool including a covered loggia with a fireplace. The magical garden provides total privacy. The main house consists of five bedrooms and there is a separate guest house with two bedrooms. The structures were completely renovated in 2016. Amenities include a generator, two-car garage, a boatlift and one floating dock along with a new seawall. From above: 550 Island Drive in Palm Beach, Florida, listed for $39,000,000; Whitney McGurk and Liza Pulitzer.
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Q: Tell us about the state of the market as we transition to high season in Palm Beach. A: We are still experiencing low inventory on the island but with very strong numbers. With that said, we are seeing a significant uptick in off-market sales. Our rental house market is limited, and our clients find this very challenging when it comes time to secure a rental for the season.
LISA & JOHN CREGAN
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Sotheby’s International Realty / 847.910.1303 or 847.651.7210 / email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Q: Tell us about the state of the market as we transition to high season in Palm Beach. A: We don’t know what conversations took place around the beach bonfires up north this summer but, come Labor Day, the Palm Beach market reacted like someone shot off a starter’s pistol. The buyers are back. We think with all the chatter last year about higher rates and a coming recession, buyers, quite rationally, sat back waiting for home prices to crash. Well, that never happened. But prices did stabilize, inventory built a bit, and sellers became a little more pliable. With another winter approaching, buyers seem to have decided that will have to do. Activity is way up and our listings, both houses and condos, are going to contract. Q: What’s new in and around the island? A: The big news is Thomas Keller taking over Taboo Restaurant’s old spot on Worth Avenue. We don’t know what dining concept he’s going to bring, but we’re will-
ing to bet it’s something good. At this point, Le Bilboquet and Sant Ambroeus are old Palm Beach standbys. It’s been interesting how our COVID-era newcomers, both businesses and people, have settled in and are now just part of the great social quilt that is Palm Beach. Recreation-wise, the opening of The Park, the Gil Hanse-designed public golf course in West Palm Beach, has been a huge hit. For younger people who’ve just moved down, it’s an affordable 18 holes on a very good course. For the folks waiting around to clear membership at the private clubs–it’s Gil Hanse and a caddie program, 15 minutes from Worth Avenue. What’s not to love? Development is very much a West Palm Beach story. Steve Ross and Related Companies have doubled down on their West Palm growth bet with the purchase of the rights to build the Robert A.M. Stern waterfront towers of South Flagler House. Further north on the Intracoastal, the more modestly priced Olara building is selling briskly in construction. And the partnership building out the exciting mixed use commercial/retail/ residential NORA West Palm district in an old industrial pocket north of downtown is moving full speed ahead. From above: 2305 South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, Florida, listed for $19,900,000; Lisa and John Cregan. NOVEMBER 2023 99
Director of Sales at Douglas Elliman / 305.924.4100 / email@example.com
ability for premiere units, and milestone deposits with the balance to close usually two plus years out. The benefit here as a property seller is that they are hedging the expectation that rates and inflation will subside, the selling market becomes stronger for increased pricing, and they can wait for their new dream residence to be completed. Q: Tell us about Douglas Elliman’s EDITION Miami Edgewater residences. A: EDITION Residences Edgewater will revolutionize the neighborhood by its impressive architecture on a one-of-akind property partnered with a one-of-a-kind brand. We will be boldly situated on 800 linear feet of scenic bayfront in Edgewater Miami. At 55 stories and 650’ high, our tower rises above the lush gardens of Miami’s most desirable enclave. Designed by award-winning architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica and acclaimed Studio Munge in service of discerning residents and their guests, the Residences are a tranquil respite, encouraging relaxation, inspiration and reflection amidst the vibrant energy of Miami. Slated for completion at the end of Q4 2026, this will be the premiere living & lifestyle development that I believe will bring the highest return on owner investment. This project is very high end and offers water views wherever you are. From above: EDITION Miami Edgewater Residences; Darin Tansey.
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Q: What does the Miami real estate market look like right now? A: Today’s market is quite an interesting study. Current inventory (appropriately priced to the market and suited to property condition) is low compared to the demand for the aforementioned. While we all are privy to higher interest rates than what we grew accustomed to, on top of higher inflation and cost of living, buyers are still very active and sellers may be a bit more prone to remain ‘off-market’ while waiting for their values to rise again, which we all believe that they will. There is an increasing demand for new development across the board especially those offering a true ‘lifestyle experience’ with full hotel-style services and amenities to accompany. Sophisticated finishes, residence and building features, timeless design, and convenient location add to all that we want to enjoy our lives. New development buyers have the ability to invest into brand new projects early, which results in them receiving lower pricing, early avail-
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CRIS CONDON & KEVIN CONDON
Sotheby’s International Realty / 561.301.2211 or 646.457.8919 / firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Q: Tell me about the state of the market as we transition to high season in Palm Beach. A: Our market remains very strong after the whirlwind we saw during the pandemic. Price increases have tapered off transitioning to a better balance in the market. Inventory is picking up giving buyers more options to choose from whether you are looking for a single family home or condominium. If you are considering relocating to Palm Beach and/or West Palm Beach in the future, now is the time to begin your search. Q: For those looking for an investment outside of Palm Beach, what is your advice? A: The market in West Palm Beach has taken off and a number of major players are redeveloping the downtown skyline. New commercial and residential condominiums are nearing completion offering buyers a great selection to choose from at each price point. It is a great investment opportunity.
Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers? A: As our market returns to normalcy, inventory still remains below pre-pandemic numbers, buyers need to realize they will still be competing for the best properties in each price range. It is very important to identify and to prioritize your wish list. Once a property has been identified, act swiftly as you are not the only party in town. Seller’s need to be realistic and educated on the market. Prices have leveled off and competition has increased. Buyers are being very selective. Sellers need to be priced competitively. Q: Do you have any listings of note? A: One of our favorite listings is a 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath direct ocean front corner apartment at the world renowned Two North Breakers Row. This unit reveals direct ocean views from the living room, dining room, and kitchen offering tranquil turquoise water as far as the eye can see. The 3,487 +/- square foot apartment has been meticulously renovated, including floor-to-ceiling doors and windows facing the ocean. The unit includes a cabana, is pet friendly, and features Five Star Amenities in the most coveted condominium in all of Palm Beach. ◆ From above: 2 N Breakers Row, #N42, in Palm Beach, Florida, listed for $16,500,000; Cris and Kevin Condon. NOVEMBER 2023 101
On November 23rd, the Macy’s 2023 Thanksgiving Parade will feature 20 balloons, 26 floats, six balloonicles, and clown crews. For more information, visit macys.com.
KIPS BAY DALLAS
For the fourth year, Kips Bay Show House Dallas will be open to the public for two weeks. The highly esteemed design event has claimed 9446 Hathaway Street in Dallas as its location. Situated in the heart of the Old Preston Hollow neighborhood, this tasteful and refined classic five-bedroom house includes four living areas on 1.7 acres. The property includes a pool and outdoor living spaces as well as a three-car garage with built-in storage. Designers will transform individual rooms before opening to the public for viewing. For more information, visit kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.
million gift to the ADDF, announced earlier this year. For more information, visit alzdiscovery.org.
Each year, The New York Public Library honors several distinguished
The Garden Club of Palm Beach will host its preview party for the annual Christmas Boutique at the Society of Four Arts’ Johnson Hall at 5 p.m. For more information, visit gardenclubpalmbeach.com.
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) will honor Leonard A. Lauder, Ronald S. Lauder, William Lauder, Gary Lauder, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, and Jane Lauder at the 16th Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner in celebration of their historic $200 102 QUEST
individuals for outstanding achievements in their respective fields of arts, culture, letters and scholarship by naming them Library Lions. On November 6, the organization will induct its next class of distinguished Lions— beloved culinary entrepreneur and writer Ina Garten, renowned author and humanitarian Khaled Hosseini, acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, esteemed biographer and historian David Nasaw, and the inimitable film director Steven Spielberg at its annual Library Lions gala. For more information, visit nypl.org.
On November 6th, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery will host its Connoisseur’s Dinner. For more information, visit alzdiscovery.org.
ASSOCIATES FALL PARTY
The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering will hold its Associates Fall
Palm Beach. For more information, visit worth-avenue.com. UNICEF GALA
The 2023 UNICEF Gala, taking place at Cipriani 42nd Street, will be UNICEF USA’s national celebration of the bold efforts that UNICEF makes for children around the world. This year’s event will kick off the holiday season and shine a light on the great strength of girls and women and showcase the impact of UNICEF’s work to ensure every child is healthy, educated, respected and protected. For more information, visit theunicefgala.org.
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On November 9th, the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering will hold its annual Associates Fall Party at The Plaza Hotel at 7 p.m. For more information, visit giving.mskcc.org. Party at The Plaza Hotel at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $1,000. For more information, visit giving.mskcc.org.
crews. For more information, visit macys.com.
SALON ART + DESIGN
JEWELS AT THE COLONY
Salon Art + Design, the leading collectible design and art fair produced by Sanford L. Smith + Associates, announces its 12th edition, taking place at the Park Avenue Armory in New York November 13th. For more information, visit thesalonny.com.
Carson Gray Jewels is launching at The Solarium at The Colony Hotel on November 24th and November 25th, with viewings open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. An intimate
celebration and cocktail party will be held in The Solarium on the 25th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., by invitation only. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORTH AVE TREE LIGHTING
Worth Avenue Association will host its annual Tree Lighting event in
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s 52nd Annual Christmas Ball will take place at the Sailfish Club in Palm Beach at 7 p.m. Pauline Pitt, chairwoman. By invitation. The mission of the Peggy Adams is to provide shelter to lost, homeless, and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals. For more information, visit peggyadams.org.
NIGHT IN THE CITY
Central Park Conservancy will host its annual gala. This year’s theme is “A Night in the Emerald City.” The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and dancing. For more information, visit centralparknyc.org.
Red Sneakers for Oakley will hold its 6th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Benefit at Club Colette in Palm Beach at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561.632.0110.
The 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature 20 balloons, including Bluey and Dino; 26 floats from Disney, Kinder, Lego, and more; six balloonicles; and clown
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COLORS OF NAPLES B Y B R O O K E K E L LY M U R R AY
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IN A COLLABORATIVE masterpiece, Florida-based Italian photographer Stefania Pifferi and Britishborn pilot Nicola Cresswell bring the enchanting city of Naples—where sunsets paint the sky in hues of orange and the Gulf of Mexico whispers tales of serenity—to life in a luxury coffee table book. Featuring 168 pages of photos by Pifferi that capture the spirit of the Southwest Florida city alongside Cresswell’s narrative, Colors of Naples goes beyond the mere depiction of the city’s renowned landmarks. It unveils the well-kept secrets and hidden gems, perhaps concealed even from the most seasoned locals. These pages offer just a glimpse into the visual journey that perfectly encapsulates the vibrant spirit of this coastal treasure. u From above: Third Street South; Mercato; the cover of Colors of Naples. Opposite page: Naples Bay Resort. N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 3 105
This spread, clockwise from bottom left: A paddleboarder; Third Street South; discover the kaleidoscope of nature’s wonders at Naples Botanical Garden—a symphony of colors, textures, and fragrances; 5th Avenue South; Trinity-by-the-Cove; Tin City.
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From above: Third Street South’s 19th-century Italian Fleischmann Fountain; Fifth Avenue South in Naples, circa 1950. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Naples Pier during the 1960s; Joan Tobin; a 1940s illustration of Tamiami Trail; a beach in Naples, photographed by Stefania Pifferi.
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A JEWEL IN THE CROWN
FOR JOAN FLEISCHMANN TOBIN, Naples has always been a happy place. Since 1946 when her father, Junkie Fleischmann, and mother, Dorette, came to Naples after sailing the seven seas aboard their yacht, Camargo, the west coast of Florida has been part of her life. “Naples at that time was very simple,” reminisces Tobin. “There was almost nothing here but the Old Naples Hotel, and the street itself was made of crushed shells. Although my parents spent time in New York and Europe, Naples offered the low-key lifestyle they were looking for as a kind of antidote to everything else. They didn’t want to be in black tie every night like their friends in Palm Beach, but wanted to walk to the beach and relax.” But relaxing was not exactly in Junkie Fleischmann’s nature. A true Renaissance man, he had a vision for Naples as a wonderful sophisticated community filled with all of his friends from every corner of the globe. “You have to realize my father did a
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number of things and Naples was just one of them. He was involved in business, government, publishing, produced a number of Broadway plays, and was on the board of The Metropolitan Opera, among others. His interests had no bounds and as a result, he had friends from all over the world, including Hedy Lamar, the English actress Gertrude Lawerence, and her American husband Dick Aldrich, to name a few. In fact, one of my first memories was being taught to finger paint by Getruade Lawerence on the steps of our first cottage. All of these people were also attracted to the relaxed atmosphere in Naples and along with my father, wanted to have everything they liked and wanted there as well.” “The first building my parents bought was the Mercantile
Building, the oldest in town, into which they put a store, the Antique Addict, filled with pieces they collected from around the world,” says Joan. And while he continued buying property and land, he brought down a very good decorating firm from New York called Greenwich House South, and then Mark, Fore & Strike. So, you can see, it quickly became a place that people wanted to be and this was the basis for Third Street South. He recruited the things he liked and his friends liked and soon the word spread.” In time, Tobin picked up where her parents left off, stepping in to oversee Third Street South property and its development. Under her dedicated leadership, this historic neighborhood— often thought of as the birthplace of Naples—has blossomed,
The Naples Pier, photographed by Stefania Pifferi. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Blanca Finat, Countess di Oliveto walking on Third Street South; Bank of Everglades; Bank of Everglades, circa 1927; Robbinson Building at Third Street South; Dorette and Junkie Fleischmann in Naples.
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ensuring that her family’s vision and high standards will continue to shape the area today. She has been an effective representative of her family in Naples. “I have tried to carry their era forward,” she explains. “Because I think there is enormous benefit and happiness in that time period. I think people gravitate to Third Street South because they feel welcomed. We make an enormous effort to make either a room, store, restaurant or any area beautiful. It makes people feel better whether its subliminal or not. I feel it’s incredibly significant.” It’s this kind of attention to detail with a dose of love and a nod to the past that many feel make Naples special. According to Blake Gable, CEO of Barron Collier Companies, a lifetime Naples resident and a personal friend of the Tobin family, there are many factors driving the appeal of the seaside resort. “Naples has historically attracted affluent people who like a relaxed atmosphere. Despite our recent community
growth, like many other places in Florida, we still are very relaxed and laid back even though we have expanded our cultural, service, arts and businesses. Naples is also about 80 percent land and water preserves and that makes the hustle and bustle more manageable, but I’m not complaining about any of it. We have the best quality of life anywhere.” Joan Tobin agrees. “The seaside setting here is beautiful and unique and we have become increasingly an international destination for people who want a higher level of cultural activities while still enjoying a low-key atmosphere. Think Porto Ercole in Italy,” she smiles. “Sophistication and ease—a place where everyone is in comfortable clothing, but attractive and the places you go are good! We’re sure Junkie Fleischmann and his first-mate, wife Dorette would undoubtably agree. Naples and Third Street South are in very capable hands. ◆
The beach at Third Street South. Opposite page, clockwise from above: A renovated cottage in Naples; a vintage photo of Third Street South; A Mano at Third Street South; golfers in Naples,
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1958; Blanca Finat’s house.
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SARASOTA ALWAYS IN SEASON BY GERALDINE METZ
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WHO KNEW…that in the middle of October Selby Gardens in Sarasota could draw 200 women and a handful of men to launch the season with a lunch in the garden…or that a week earlier the Sarasota Ballet could host a cocktail party for 80 to introduce this year’s cast and staff to supporters. But then, Sarasota, less well known than the towns on Florida’s east coast, has become a cultural mecca for lovers of ballet, opera, classical music, gardening, and theatre. Every year Selby creates an exhibit that marries gardens and artists. This year’s program, “Yayoi Kusama: A letter to Georgia O’Keeffe,” opens in February and explores the relationship that began when Kusama wrote to O’Keeffe from Japan seeking advice when her own career was not encouraging. Kusama ultimately came to the states where she built an enormous reputation. Selby’s President Jennifer Rominiecki has infused the garden with a new excitement, inaugurating a $100 million expansion
Clockwise from above: Pauline Wamsler, President & CEO Jennifer Rominiecki, and Co-Chair Ariane Dart at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Lunch in the Gardens; Bernice Hebda, Ellen Steinwachs, and Lauren Hersch at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Lunch in the Gardens; Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Lunch in the Gardens program. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Bayfront Wedding Pavilion at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; Longboat Key; beach picnic in Sarasota, 1941. NOVEMBER 2023 115
Countess Virginie Van Lynden from the Netherlands regularly visits her grandparents who winter there. When she is in town, she likes to lunch at Blu Kouzina on St. Armands Circle, or dine with her family at Bijou or A Sprig of Thyme. Sarasota has its share of celebrities. Though he is rarely seen around, Stephen King has a home on Casey Key, a long skinny key outside of town. Patti Smith, who spoke about her great friend Robert Mapplethorpe at a Selby event several years ago, is now an artist in residence at the garden. The late Marilyn Whitney, who herself had a glorious rose garden in Nantucket, came to Sarasota in part because, as she told it, her friend Mimsi Harbach had moved South. Mrs. Whitney recalled that Mrs. Harbach had claimed to friends that when Cole Porter, who Mrs. Harbach knew, wrote, “Have you heard of Mimsi Starr, she got pinched in
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campaign. Prior to her time at the New York Botanical Garden, she served at the Guggenheim Museum, so marrying art and gardens is second nature, so to speak. Selby’s former Board Chairman and current Trustee, Pauline Wamsler, is certainly familiar with gardens. Her mother, the late Bertha Honore Wamsler, was a beloved trustee of the New York Botanical Garden, and her sister Caroline sits on its board. Pauline is the great great granddaughter of Mrs. Potter Palmer. After Potter Palmer’s death, his widow came to Sarasota where she became a real estate tycoon, buying up 90,000 acres of land for cattle ranching and cultivation. If Pauline has her roots in Sarasota, there are myriad New Yorkers and Europeans who also prefer the west coast. Adrienne Vittadini, who commutes between homes in New York, Milan, and Sarasota, has been coming for years, originally to visit her parents, who retired to Sarasota. To keep herself engaged, Mrs. Vittadini has designed and sold several homes there. Decorator Jane Gould and her husband Steve Fillo chose Sarasota for its classical music agenda. Cornelia Matson, a Selby trustee, and her husband Richard are longtime transplants from Manhattan.
Sarasota Ballet performing George Balanchine’s “Theme and Variations;” Joseph Volpe, Executive Director of the Sarasota Ballet (inset). Opposite page, from above: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; Bijou Garden
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Cafe; Asolo Repertory Theatre.
the Astra Bar,” he was using her name. Perhaps one of the busiest transplants in town has been Joseph Volpe, the former general manager of the Metropolitan Opera who is now executive director of the popular Sarasota Ballet. Some years ago, the former New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay described the company as “superb and endearing.” It is a tribute to the company that London’s Royal Ballet has invited the Sarasota Ballet to perform at London’s Royal Opera House this spring with a gala following the performance. For Mr. Volpe, Sarasota was the ideal move. “It had everything we were looking for,” Mr. Volpe recalled. “With its own ballet, opera, orchestra and repertory theater, we consider it the cultural and performing arts center of Florida. Coming from an arts background, that was a huge draw.” Oh and about the beaches... because this is, after all, Florida. Siesta Beach on Siesta Key was ranked the second best beach in America by TripAdvisor for 2023. And speaking of the waterfront, one of the prettiest places to eat is Shore on Longboat Key. You can either arrive by car or by boat. And for those who crave fried green tomatoes, they will find a delicious version at Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key. ◆
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BOCA GRANDE: QUIET LIVING ON THE GULF
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NESTLED INTO an exclusive enclave of Gasparilla Island is the tony town of Boca Grande, perhaps the chicest “quiet community” in all of Florida. A onetime Indian reservation for both the Calusa and Seminole tribes, Boca Grande is a lush fishing port that ultimately became a safe haven for generations of “white shoe” American families, attracting sportsmen, Yankees and well bred Midwesterners, including branches of the du Pont, Bush and Farish clans. The social centerpiece - legitimately the soul of this bygone fishing village - is the historic Gasparilla Inn, which prides itself in maintaining the “old Florida” style and traditions. It's highly popular Beach Club, spawned in the 1970s, is at the heart of most sporting activities and communal events. The Club was recently reimagined by Mimi McMakin, the legendary designer whose fine touch is seen in Palm Beach's Bath & Tennis and Everglades Clubs on Florida's eastern coast. McMakin, an Adirondack gal at heart, describes Boca Grande as “mystical in its timelessness, with a quiet sophistication that reflects its gentile residents”. Mimi goes on to applaud “the relaxed atmosphere of The Inn, that naturally results in smiling, happy, and returning guests”. Boca Grande's signature vibe is one of casual authenticity, which comfortably extends to its shops, restaurants and even its charities. Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin, co-founders of the flourishing and ubiquitous J.McLaughlin stores,
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From above: The Pink Elephant; World's Richest Tarpon Tournament.
fell in love with Boca Grande on their first v isit a nd t hey s till keep an apartment above their understated storefront. Other emporiums and eateries scattered around town include the TEMP(tation) restaurant, the Pink Pony creamery, and the fabled Newlin's Gourmet shop. The latter is an iconic family owned market that's a major upgrade to the "shellfish shacks" found along the New England seaboard... and even fresher. The much beloved proprietor, Kim Newlin, has raised her daughter and son in Boca Grande and is integral to many community activities. Says Kim: “I opened Newlin's Mainly Gourmet two 120 QU E ST
decades ago and the lobster rolls and crab cakes have been flying out the door since then. But none of our success would have been possible without the unconditional love and support of the Boca Grande community”. Yup, it's truly that kind of place! And generous too - personified by the typically low key Boca Grande Women's Club that annually raises significant collegiate scholarship funds for children that have grown up on the Island. And the men chip in too - handsomely. Unlike many seasonal watering holes, Boca Grande doesn't roll up its rug when the social activities wind down. In fact, not at all, as post-Easter Spring marks the beginning of “major league” fishing competitions, mostly in search for the ever elusive tarpon. The main event is billed as the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament which has been staged since the early 1980s. This well attended event annually attracts big boats chasing huge prize money, plus a far more democratic crowd of enthusiastic fans and camp-followers that bedog such monied contests around the globe. And if the Summer excitement becomes all too much, one can always lie back on the beach and gaze lazily at the storybook Boca Grande sunset. As a dear pal and longtime Boca Grande resident reminded me: “There is a peacefulness about the daily pace of living on the island; so if you're looking for nightlife ... well, nine o'clock is midnight in Boca Grande time”. ◆
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Gasparilla Inn's Dining Room; the entrance of Gasparilla Inn (inset).
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A GUIDE TO MIAMI’S THRIVING ART SCENE P R O D U C E D B Y B R O O K E K E L LY M U R R AY
VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS
Clockwise from top left: Garden view; the footbridge; inside the first floor of the Main House; exterior view of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.
Now a National Historic Landmark, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a breathtaking Gilded Age Estate in Coconut Grove on Biscayne Bay built by industrialist James Deering between 1914 and 1922. Its Main House, which Deering adopted as his winter residency, boasts timeless Mediterraneanstyle architecture and some of the most significant collections of Italian furniture in the country, dating from the early 20th century all the way back to Pompeii. The property features 10 acres of gardens filled with enchanting statues, busts, vases, and urns ranging from the Renaissance to Baroque periods, as well as a mangrove shoreline and a rockland hammock. In addition to guided tours, Vizcaya offers exciting seasonal events including a Farmer’s Market.
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3251 S Miami Avenue / vizcaya.org
Clockwise from above: Pérez Art Museum Miami; Brigitte Lacombe, Joan Didion, New York, 1996; exhibition view of Public Enemy; John Koch, Portrait of Dora in Interior, Joan Didion, 1957.
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1103 Biscayne Blvd / pamm.org Nearly 40 years old, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), led by Director Franklin Sirmans, promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture, and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. Currently on display through January 7th is Joan Didion: What She Means, featuring more than 200 works by approximately 50 artists. The exhibition is a portrait of an artist by other artists as told through their shared language. “I am excited for the opportunity to share this exhibition with the Miami community. Joan Didion is an artist who had deep ties to the city, as well as cultures in and around the area,” said Curator Hilton Als. “Through her writing, Didion has shaped the way we think about ourselves and our society. Her work is as relevant today as it was when she first began writing, and we are excited to offer our visitors the opportunity to explore her life and work in depth,” added PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. Also debuting at the museum on December 5th is the Gary Simmons: Public Enemy exhibition, featuring 30 years of the artist’s work. NOVEMBER 2023 123
From above: The exterior of The Bass Museum of Art; exhibition view of The Miami Years.
THE BASS MUSEUM OF ART
A contemporary art museum focusing on exhibitions of international art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and character of Miami Beach. One of the museum’s current exhibitions, on display through August 2024, is The Miami Years, featuring art by Korean American visual artist Nam June Paik. The works, created between 1932 and 2006, explore Paik’s connection to Miami Beach and the surrounding South Florida community, uncovering the little-known history of his life in the area. Later this month, beginning on November 24th, Painting in Space will display works from 1925 to 2021 by artist Etel Adnan. The exhibition, focusing on the interplay of geometric forms, will be centered around a monumental ceramic wall mural based on a sketch completed by the artist in 2020. Painting in Space will run through March 17th. 02 1 0 4Q Q UU E SETS T
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Faena Theater and scenes from Allura Cabaret.
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3201 Collins Ave / faenatheater.com INSPIRED BY Europe’s grand opera houses and the glittering allure of Old Hollywood, this intimate theater at the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach showcases live productions and Faena’s very own cabaret performances. On November 4th, the theater will debut its Allura Cabaret, an original new production presented by Alan Faena in collaboration with Quixotic. Allura
will feature entrancing music, captivating light technology, and breathtaking choreography marked by Latin flare and a classic 80’s musical twist. Rocky Lanes will serve as the headlining performer and emcee. Allura shows will take place at 9 p.m. on Thursdays, with 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets begin at $100. ◆ NOVEMBER 2023 125
[ M IA M I SHOPPI NG ] GRAFF 9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.993.1212 / graff.com From necklaces cascading with fiery scintillation to rings glowing with rare mystique, Graff sets unsurpassed standards of excellence within the world of high jewelry. Founded by Laurence Graff in London in 1960, the House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. The name symbolizes rarity, beauty, excellence, and, above all, the best quality, craftsmanship, and diamonds. Discover some of the brand’s latests offerings at the Bal Harbour boutique, from outstanding high jewelry pieces and engagement rings to nature-inspired collections featuring sparkling silhouettes.
BOOKS & BOOKS 3462 Main Highway (Coconut Grove) 305.534.1629 / booksandbooks.com Books & Books was founded in Coral Gables, by Mitchell Kaplan in 1982. It has become one of the best known and most respected independent bookstores in the country, a local landmark and a gathering place. Guests range from first-time authors, introducing their books, to critically acclaimed writers. Books & Books hosts reading groups, poetry groups, free workshops and lectures, and partners with many cultural, educational and charitable organizations. The newest pop-up shop is now open in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood. The iconic building, owned by architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, occupies two floors and will eventually have a wine bar and food offerings.
VERSACE 9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.864.0044 / versace.com Gianni Versace founded his namesake brand in Milan in 1978. A former Miami resident, Versace became a fashion icon of South Beach during the 1990s until his death in 1997. A symbol of Italian luxury, Versace is now led by his sister Donatella, and is known for extraordinary craftsmanship, brilliant color, and bold prints. The brand offers ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrances, and home furnishings all bearing the distinctive Medusa logo. Expect colorfully sexy baroque prints, animal motifs, and ultra-tight fits. 02 1 0 6Q Q UU E SETS T
[ M IA M I SHOPPI NG ] GUCCI 139 NE 41st Street (Design District) 786.915.8710 / gucci.com Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Italy in 1921. Now, it’s one of the world’s most recognizable brands known for handbags and leather goods as well as apparel, always incorporating its modern approach to fashion. Under the vision of Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Gucci has redefined luxury for the 21st century, further reinforcing its position as one of the world’s most desirable fashion houses. Eclectic, contemporary, and romantic, Gucci products represent the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship and are unsurpassed for their quality and attention to detail.
RALPH LAUREN 9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.602.8896 / ralphlauren.com Capturing the American spirit for over 50 years, Ralph Lauren re-imagines equestrian influences for today, mixing tonal shades with rich textures, including soft-brush suede, perfectly patinated leather, fine cashmere and lightweight cavalry twill. Best known for the colorful collared Polo shirts and knit sweaters that have become part of the classic American wardrobe, the brand offers numerous fashion lines, ranging from formal to more casual and athletic apparel. Ralph Lauren is also known for its range of footwear, accessories, home offerings, and fragrances.
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3123 Commodore Plaza (Coconut Grove) 305.441.9691 / shoplx.com Market Boutique in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood is a dream come true for all women looking for that one store that offers their favorite staple pieces year-round. Picture a store where you’ll find not only your live-init white tee, but also your favorite lounge pants, maxi dresses, and ripped jeans. Market consists of simple pieces in only white, grey, black and denim. Market is a haven for women who are looking to buy great basic tees and tanks to pair with whatever trendy new additions they’ve recently made to their wardrobe.
[ NA PL E S SHOPPI NG ] J.MCLAUGHLIN 1209 Third Steet South 239.435.0888 / jmclaughlin.com J.McLaughlin prides itself on creating effortless and enduring styles with a modern twist. The Naples location makes up part of the vibrant downtown scene with looks that complement the unforgettable natural treasures of the Florida Everglades. Located on Third Street South, the store is just one block away from the famous Naples Pier where you can enjoy sugar sand beaches and postcard-perfect sunsets. The store is currently undergoing an exciting renovation and expansion, which will be complete later this month. When in town, be sure to check out the many weekly and annual street-wide events nearby.
CHARLOTTE KELLOGG 1300 Third Street South 239.963.9475 / charlottekellogg.com Charlotte Kellogg’s namesake brand is known for crisp and effortless clothing that comes in a range of bold colors. Kellogg draws inspiration from her travels around the world while producing much of her collection in the United States. Since 1998, Charlotte Kellogg has offered basic and luxury styles in natural fabrics. Visit the Naples boutique for the brand’s iconic fabulous fitting pants, wonderful big tunics, dress shirts, jersey tops and much more designed and made for the resort lifestyle.
A MANO HOME 301 13th Avenue South 239.261.3220 / amano.bz An exciting, vibrant collection of the best crystal from William Yeoward, multicolored glasses, Italian pottery and French china, accessories, books, leather goods, jewelry, and gifts chosen with taste and wit. A Mano never disappoints and its owner, Adam Mahr, has decades of experience to ensure that continues. Mahr opened the first A Mano in Georgetown in 1994 and the second in Naples in 2000 with a dream to create a luxurious shop with goods hand-selected from around the world and a sales staff that understands the needs and expectations of the luxury customer. A Mano is now a favorite of diplomats and debutantes, society brides, and snowbirds.
[ NA PL E S SHOPPI NG ] VERONICA BEARD 5415 Tamiami Trail N, Suite C11 (Waterside Shops) 239.944.5433 / veronicabeard.com American ready-to-wear brand Veronica Beard’s newest retail store brings the brand’s unmistakably stylish, feminine, and vibrant style to Naples. Airy and modern, the boutique was designed by interior designer Carolina de Neufville, who set out to reflect the distinct character of Naples. Co-Founders and sisters-in-law, Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard, expressed excitement. “I’m thrilled to open a store in Naples—a place I call home and that is so dear to my family. We are grateful to have this space in Waterside Shops and can’t wait to connect with and cultivate our community here,” commented Veronica Swanson Beard.
GRETCHEN SCOTT DESIGNS 1300 Third Street South 239.430.7500 / gretchenscottdesigns.com “Our brand embodies a place that is chic, joyous, playful and fun,” says Gretchen Scott, founder and CEO of Gretchen Scott Designs. Our mantra is: “Laugh More, Gripe Less, Ignore Critics, Say Yes, Order Dessert, Love Life.” Gretchen Scott’s bright and well-cut clothes make both wearers and admirers happy. The cotton tops, dresses and pants have clean lines, flattering silhouettes, timeless styles and enough playfulness that one can go from errands or office to cocktails, or from the pool to school without missing a beat. There are also purses, accessories, and interesting antiques, linens, pillows, and other finds that Gretchen includes. It’s just plain fun.
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1258 Third Street South 239.434.2115 / johncraigclothier.com H. Craig DeLongy opened the first John Craig on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida on March 2, 1996 with the goal of offering the best selection of high-end men’s clothing, accessories, and footwear. The John Craig way of life is based upon exceptional, timeless clothes for sophisticated men. Individual attention underpins unparalleled customer service. The atmosphere at John Craig makes customers feel at home as they shop for a wide range of men’s clothing, accessories and footwear. Men, says owner Craig DeLongey, find they, “come to John Craig for the clothes, but they keep coming back for the experience.” NOVEMBER 2023 129
[ S A R A S O TA S H O P P I N G ] EVERYTHING BUT WATER 331 John Ringling Blvd 941.388.1205 / everythingbutwater.com Boasting 35 years as the preeminent resort retailer, Everything But Water knows all there is to know about swimwear fit and fashion and what it takes to make women feel confident and beautiful. And it doesn’t stop there. The shop provides your entire vacation wardrobe, from a live-in sundress to a chic carry-all that takes you from beach to street. Like you, the shop cherishes romantic getaways, escapes with loved ones, breathing salty air, and digging toes in the sand—all to restore the soul. Brands include Beach Bunny, Farm Rio, Curve, Johnny Was, Eberjey, Marysia, PatBo, Seafolly, and more.
MICHAEL KORS 140 University Town Center Dr 941.527.4200 / michaelkors.com Michael Kors is a world-renowned designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under his signature Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors, and Michael Kors Mens labels. At the Michael Kors location at University Town Center (UTC) in Sarasota, you can explore and shop the latest designer looks for women and men while experiencing exceptional customer service. Whether you are looking for a statement handbag, stylish watch or ready-to-wear fashion apparel or accessories, the UTC store offers the latest looks as well as familiar favorites.
ISLAND PURSUIT 355 St Armands Circle 941.388.4004 / islandpursuit.com Whether you’re headed to the beach or out sailing, Island Pursuit features looks for days spent in your favorite place doing the things you enjoy most. From premium fabrics to timeless cuts, quality underscores all our styling choices in clothing perfect for a day of boating, golfing, kiteboarding, sight seeing, or whatever your island pursuit may be! The shop offers clothing that is effortless, wrinkle resistant, and attractive enough to go from day to evening! Go from beach to boardwalk in Cova or Quiksilver hybrid shorts. 130 QUEST
[BOCA GRANDE SHOPPING] GASPARILLA SHOP 500 Palm Avenue 941.964.4637 / the-gasparilla-inn.com Finding the perfect memento or gift for that special occasion at the renowned Gasparilla Inn’s shops or in the charming village of Boca Grande is always a relaxing pastime on Gasparilla Island. The Inn offers a wide variety of retail items and accessories in The Inn Boutique. The boutique features designer resort wear for the entire family. Whether you are shopping for a colorful coverup, jewelry, accessories, or a special outfit for an evening out, the staff at the Inn Boutique is happy to assist. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
J.MCLAUGHLIN 360 Park Aveue 941.855.9163 / jmclaughlin.com The first J.Mclaughlin store, located in an Ivy League-riddled enclave on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was a small place with a welcoming, faded-paint feel. Today, with brick-andmortar retail locations in 140 communities across the country—not to mention a flour-ishing e-commerce business—J.McLaughlin celebrates its continued success as a classic American clothier and one of the country’s last great first-name-basis retailers. J.McLaughlin’s Boca Grande store is located on Park Avenue next to Temptation Restaurant in the Central shopping district. Start the day with a cinnamon bun from the The Inn Bakery (just behind J.McLaughlin) and take a stroll around the shops.
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170 Park Avenue 813.601.2759 / bocagrandewomansclub.org Boca Bargains is located at the corner of Palm and Banyan Streets in downtown Boca Grande. Started as a rummage sale in 1986, the shop now encompasses two small buildings. Boca Bargains features clothes, shoes, artwork, housewares, jewelry, furniture, games, toys and even bicycles. It is truly a treasure hunt! Staffed by volunteer members of the Boca Grande Woman’s Club, proceeds from the sales support the Club’s Scholarship and Community Grant Programs. Donated items are sold and all funds raised are distributed each year. ◆
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Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Fernando Garcia, Talia Parkinson-Jones, Zanna Roberts Rassi, and Justin Theroux.
Clockwise from top left: Sarah Jessica Parker and Justin Theroux; Naomi Watts; Vanessa Williams and Ariana DeBose; Gezelle Renee and Sophie Sumner; Paul Arnhold, Carolina Herrera and Wes Gordon.
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NEW YORK CITY BALLET’S FALL GALA ON OCTOBER 5TH, New York City Ballet hosted its Fall Gala at Lincoln Center. This year’s performance featured excerpts from Balanchine’s Who Cares? with new costume designs by Carolina Herrera’s Wes Gordon, who attended that evening. Gala co-chairs included Andy Cohen, Jill Kargman, Diane Kruger, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jordan Roth, Naomi Watts, and Carolina Herrera. “This fall gala is one of my favorite times of year, when a few of my favorite things converge – the fine art of fashion, the metropolis of New York, and the New York City Ballet,” said Sarah Jessica Parker. The evening raised $3.75M in honor of the company’s 75th anniversary. NOVEMBER 2023 133
MUSEUM AT FIT’S COUTURE COUNCIL YOUNG PATRONS PARTY IN NEW YORK LAST MONTH, the Couture Council Young Patrons (CCYP) of The Museum at FIT (MFIT) celebrated the opening of Food & Fashion, an exhibition co-curated by Melissa Marra-Alvarez and Elizabeth Way that explores the impact of food and food culture on fashion design. Guests were treated to a sneak peak of the 80 featured garments and accessories.
Kit Keenan, Cynthia Rowley and Adrien Gardner Lesser
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Dyandra Raye and Jonathan Cooper
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THE COLONY HOTEL CELEBRATES DEBUT OF GOOP VILLA IN PALM BEACH TO TOAST the new villa designed by Goop at The Colony Hotel, Gwyneth Paltrow and
Sarah Wetenhall hosted a celebration at the Pink Paradise in partnership with Cartier. The evening featured a tour of the villa, a cocktail hour, and a seated dinner poolside under the hotel’s renowned Hanging Garden.
Daniel Yadegar with Tiffany and Simon Isaacs
Sarah Wetenhall and Gwyneth Paltrow
Karolina Kurkova Fiona Simmonds, Julia Amory,
Jessica Wang, Valeria Lipovetsky, Amanda Hertzberg,
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Clockwise from left: Yale football head coach Raymond White Pond with Handsome Dan II; Handsome Dan I; Handsome Dan XIX.
BOW WOW WOW AT HIGH NOON on November 18th, thousands of students and alumni will fill Yale Bowl Stadium for the 139th Harvard-Yale football game (aka The Game), in New Haven, Connecticut. And sitting on the sidelines for Yale will be Handsome Dan XIX, arguably the most iconic mascot in college sports. He follows in the ivy-clad paw prints of 18 Handsome Dan predecessors. Among Handsome Dan’s tricks: he can stare down a stuffed Princeton tiger and, when asked if he would rather die or attend Harvard, he rolls over and plays dead. Yale was the first university in the United States to adopt a mascot. The Dan Dynasty dates back to 1889, when a young undergraduate, Andrew B. Graves (’92), purchased a bulldog from a local blacksmith for $5. “In personal appearance, he seemed like a cross between an alligator and a horned frog, and he was called handsome by the metaphysicians under the law of compensation,” eulogized the Hartford Courant. “The title came to him, he never sought it. He was always taken 136 QUEST
to games on a leash, and the Harvard football team for years owed its continued existence to the fact that the rope held.” The Philadelphia Press recalled that “a favorite trick was to tell him to ‘Speak to Harvard.’ He would bark ferociously and work himself into physical contortions of rage never before dreamed of by a dog.” Each Handsome Dan since has won the hearts of Yalies, regardless of how much luck they have brought to the team. Handsome Dans have lived with deans, directors, and coaches. One Handsome Dan was taken care of by a head cheerleader who went on to become the Secretary of State. One Handsome Dan appeared on the cover of a national magazine and another had his picture taken with the President. But no matter if you are rooting for the Crimson or cheering for Yale, we know Handsome Dan will be singing Yale alum Cole Porter’s (’13) classic fight song: “Bull-dog! Bull-dog! Bow, wow, wow, Eli Yale!”
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