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Publisher JUSTIN MITCHELL Editor-in-Chief DEVORAH ROSE Managing Editor



Advertising and Senior Editor Christine Montanti Wine and Spirits Editor Sharon Roth Travel Editor R. Couri Hay Charity Editor MJ Pedone Mom Editor Lyss Stern Home and Design Editor Sarah Parker Young Book Editor Gina Mason Local Hamptons Editor Karen Berliner Executive Editor Anthony Giampetruzzi Men’s Fasion Editor MJ Pedone Editor Suzanne Delay Features Editor Inna DeSilva Social Editor Jean Shafiroff Social Editor Missy Hargraves Social Editor Rachel Heller Social Editor Chanel Korby Editor Somers Farkas International Editor Norah Bradford Wedding Director Joanna Daidone


Art Editor Eve Xanthopoulos Art Writer Deliah Flores


Cover James C. Metzger Production and Creative Direction By Christine Montanti Photography By Don Fitzgibbon Location Oheka Castle

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS AND WRITERS Blaire Bass, Brad Boles, Cecilia Dawn, Alyssa Goldman, Frances Gormley, Teresa Fisher, Fallon Harrington, Rose Hartman, Cristina Hilsenrath, Helaina Hovitz, Jennifer Liedke, Bennett Marcus, Amanda McElroy, Robyn Michele, Monica Navia, Isaiah Negron, Krista Norris, Kitty Pilgrim, Rolise Rachel, Dee Rivera, Robin Ross, Patrick Shannon, Kristin Sluyk, Mike Virgintino, George Wayne PHOTOGRAPHERS Patrick McMullan, Rob Rich, Cassidy Sparrow Laura Mircik-Sellers, Vital Agibalow, Jerritt Clark, Joe Corrigan, Don Fitzgibbon, Olga Goworek, Harry Heuts, Robert Linton, Mike Ruiz, Gail Tobias, Mike Virgintino


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Nothing quite compares to a Hamptons summer. I would say the same goes for autumn. Come September, the Hamptons transforms into a different but equally vibrant version of itself. Events continue without pause, often focusing on a creative community that may not shine as brightly in beach-going months as it deserves. October brings the annual Hamptons International Film Festival, where a mix of established and emerging artists show us their talents. The festival is a highly enjoyable experience. Of course, there are many fall activities the Hamptons has to offer — apple picking, playing a round at Montauk Downs, visiting vineyards, or riding your bike through the less traveled roads. Out here, with the natural surroundings and time spent at the ocean, everything seems a little more special. In November and December, the Hamptons is still a great place to spend time with family for the holidays. Back in the city, Social Life will be publishing October and December issues. Manhattan does offer endless possibilities for an active social life, and we will continue to cover it. Even though I’m fond of New York, there is something about the Hamptons I love but can’t describe in mere words. I recommend trying to find out why spending time in the Hamptons may define your life.

Justin Mitchell



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I hope each of you has enjoyed the season with intensity and gratitude. Personally, the way I achieved this was by pushing myself to try new things by exploring life outside my familiar Hamptons routine. Yet there are things that never change: how much I enjoy spending time with those nearest and dearest to me. Every year I grow more grateful for my closest friends. Moving through life with gratitude has truly changed me by making me much more present. In fact, from Cicero to Ferris Bueller, many have acknowledged the importance of gratitude. Cicero said that thankfulness is supremely important by stating, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” And who doesn’t know the iconic line from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” Now think about it, Ferris Beuller isn’t saying to pause and complain about someone’s driving or fret over goals or judge others. He is saying to stop and feel grateful for every little thing because that is the only way you can really enjoy life. Stop and be thankful. Push the negativity out even for a moment and list all the good things or you may miss them. I’m most thankful for the love of my life, my husband. I know a thousand Instagram memes say this but life truly is at its most wonderful when shared with your best friend. Whether it’s your spouse, life partner, best friend, or a cherished family member who’s your partner in crime, your loved one deserves a note of sweet words, a reminder of a happy memory, surprise homemade cookies, or . . . The list of ways to express gratitude can go on and on. I don’t know about you, but another thing I enjoy and am grateful for is a stunning September sunset. I’m looking forward to the fall. From apple picking to watching the leaves turn bright colors, I cannot wait to enjoy our next season in the Hamptons. Wishing all my readers good health and happy adventures! All good things to come,

Devorah Rose

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This Labor Day issue features American businessman and philanthropist James C. Metzger, Founder and CEO of The Whitmore Agency, the leading insurance brokerage and financial services firm on Long Island. The prominent entrepreneur is a former Long Island high school and college star athlete proficient in the sports of football, basketball and lacrosse. Metzger has always felt that the confidence and success he acquired through participating in these sporting activities helped build his brand. The celebrated athlete instinctively knew early in his career that he wanted to give back to both individuals and groups, especially to sports communities. The CEO’s philanthropic donations are widely distributed to various sports and educational programs and include local community and national charitable organizations: the American Heart Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island, St. Jude Children’s Reseach Hospital, the Hempstead

Police Athletic League, and countless other programs including his 1.5 million dollar donation to Hofstra University. Over the past six years, I have had the pleasure of working closely with James Metzger, and the experience has been truly inspiring. Metzger thoroughly enjoys mentoring as well as sharing his philosophy for success with promising entrepreneurs, student-athletes, and communities less fortunate. His passion and effort in helping others is incredibly moving. I am eager to witness what’s happening next for this distinguished businessman and philanthropist. As Labor Day is upon us, it’s hard to believe that the summer season is coming to an end. It feels just like yesterday we kicked off Memorial Day weekend. There are still many activities to enjoy on this Labor Day weekend such as The Hamptons Classic Horse Show located in Bridgehampton, and numerous possibilities to take you right into the fall season: pumpkin picking at Hanks Pumpkintown in Watermill, shopping in one of the many historic villages on the East End, or simply spending time with family and friends in the privacy of your own backyards. I am pleased to announce that we are continuing with our New York City Fall/Winter issues and look forward to connecting with you in the city that never sleeps!

James C. Metzger, Photography by Don Fitzgibbon

Christine Montanti, Photography by Don Fitzgibbon


Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Christine Montanti

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WA T C H E S By Jonathan Valdez

Summer 2019 is ticking to a close, but time won’t stand still until next year. Start counting down the minutes to summer 2020 with these watches that will take you right into fall!

GRAND SEIKO 18k Yellow Gold with Leather Strap $17,000 Grand Seiko 510 Madison Avenue 212.355.3718

CHANEL 18k Beige Gold with Diamonds $41,200 Chanel 15 East 57th Street 212.535.5050


MONTBLANC Stainless Steel with Alligator Strap $30,000 Montblanc 600 Madison Avenue 212.223.8888

18k Rose Gold with Alligator Strap $19,200 Harry Winston 701 Fifth Avenue 212.399.1000

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J E W E L RY By Jonathan Valdez

Summer may be over but the fun is not! You have a fabulous fall and winter to look forward to so make sure you have something that dazzles like the pieces below!



18k Rose Gold with Onyx and Diamonds Price Upon Request Chopard 709 Madison Avenue 212.223.2304

Titanium with Diamonds $8,050 London Jewelers 2 East Main Street, East Hampton 631.329.3939

CATHERINE ANGIEL 14k White Gold with Black Diamonds Price Upon Request Catherine Angiel 43 Greenwich Avenue 212.924.4314

de GRISOGONO 18k Rose Gold and Pink Stingray with Diamonds Price: $20,200 de Grisogono 700 Madison Avenue 212.439.4220 Social Life





ara Shala is an internationally renowned jewelry designer whose innovative approach combines classic sensibility with high-tech production. Her designs have been featured in mainstream publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and the Washington Post, and consistently appear on runways during Fashion Weeks in New York City and Milan. In only a short time, Sara Shala Fine Jewelry has become a thriving business. Today, Hollywood stars, recording artists, and popular internet influencers wear her distinctive earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Each Sara Shala design combines luxury and femininity. Although she has traveled extensively, Sara discovered she never has to leave New York City to be inspired by diverse cultures and lifestyles. And all of her pieces are crafted in NYC, home to some of the world’s best jewelry manufacturers. Through her personal experiences, she came to understand that each day presents a variety of occasions for the modern woman and, therefore, opportunities for a variety of looks. She aspires to make elegant, stunning, yet transitional pieces that have been inspired by her own life, from running errands to business lunches to galas. Besides her love for fashion, Sara is also passionate about charitable causes. She donates to and raises funds for causes such as UN Women, Doctors Without Borders, the IRC, St. Jude’s Hospital, the United Negro College Fund, and others. Take a peek at some of the stunning pieces in her newest collection.

VENETO EARRINGS $170 Two-in-one earrings that take you from day to night. The hoop can be removed for an entirely new look.




$210 Adds luxury to any outfit when you want to go for that dainty look. It pairs well with the bracelet from the same collection.

$180 A stunning addition to layering, or beautiful as a standalone.

$260 Perfect for dressing up your casual outfit for an easy look.


SHOPPING By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.



The Los Angeles–based Chaser brand is open in East Hampton and Southampton. The brand is a one-stop shop for the world traveler who happens to end up in the Hamptons. The shop features printed tee-shirts, dresses, and accessories that you can wear year-round! 75 Main Street, East Hampton 44 Main Street, Southampton

Those of you with super trendy kids, here is a spot for you. Sari Sloane and her husband, Haro Keledjian, created a kids’ retail space where kids can hang out and shop. The shop sells kids’ apparel lines, including Stella McCartney and Milly. But that’s not all. Each week the store will have various events, including a photo booth and a super cute nail bar. Parents, don’t worry: there is an adult side of the store where you can shop. 57 Main Street, Southampton

GURNEY’S MONTAUK & SEAWATER SPA This is a full-service spa that offers multi-use products and supplements. Gurney’s has also partnered with QuaiSpace salon and with the infrared sauna brand Higher Dose. 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk

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The Art Is in the Wearing The Undiscovered Jewel of Jewelry Social Life editors searched high and low for uniquely gorgeous jewelry this summer. We set out to find designs that are out-of-theordinary and can be worn on various occasions. We certainly found a designer who stole our hearts. Lise Libby’s stunning designs are feminine, flowy, and bejeweled, and we can’t get enough of them. After wearing her pieces every day this summer, I sat down with Lise Libby to learn more about her designs and inspirations. What inspired you to start designing jewelry? My children inspired me. As the mom of three girls, doing crafts was a staple in our house, something we enjoyed doing together. As my children grew up and went to college, the girls encouraged me to pursue a creative outlet and I began designing jewelry. I wore my creations and received compliments and even had strangers ask me where they could be purchased. Within a few months Lise Libby was born. We love how you construct each and every stunning piece yourself. Do you have a favorite item that you make year over year? I don’t have a favorite item that I make year over year. I love creating, and my greatest joy is creating new pieces each year.

Ashley $100 Coin and baroque pearls on sterling silver snake chain. We wore it long, doubled, and also as a lariat. We even wore it as a bracelet!

Cherie $130 Tie Cherie in different ways, including as a bracelet. This has been our everyday accessory. It will keep you looking polished and poised even when going casual.

Tell us about the various pearls you use to strike that gorgeously elegant look. I work mainly with freshwater pearls. Pearls come in many shapes, sizes, and colors and are a timeless fashion statement. The simple grace of pearls can make a great accessory to any situation, whether you’re going to the office or have plans for the evening. Can you tell us about the versatility of your pieces? Many of the necklaces can be worn in more than one way: long, wrapped, a lariat, or your own creation. If the Lise Libby brand had a motto, what would it be? The art is in the wearing. How would describe your designs? Unique inspiring fashion statements, each one named after a special person who has inspired me. Lise Libby

Linda $150 These abstract grey baroque pearls, also known as angel wing pearls, are exquisite and our absolute favorite. No two angel wing pearls are alike!

Fiona Vanessa $25 $25 Stack these stunners on your wrist for a funky, delicate, and fashionable look. We just love them!




Lyss Stern, the CEO and founder of — New York’s premier socializing network for moms and moms-to-be — shares her picks for Hamptons moms this month. Instagram @diva_moms


TOTES ADORABLE Gear up for fall with this textured mini shoulder bag by Cinzia Rocca. The simple and sophisticated tote is made in Italy and has an adjustable and detachable strap and an inner zipped pocket. It comes in white and yellow and will match perfectly with any outfit. $245, HATS OFF It’s no ordinary hat. Hood Hat is 100% merino wool, and the luxury baseball caps draw inspiration from iconic neighborhoods and destinations, including Montauk, Bed Stuy, Bensonhurst, and more. They come in multiple colors and are great for any last-minute trips to the beach or pool. $65, GET YOUR GLOW ON Pretend like you’re at the spa with these two luxe serums and jade face-roller sets from Zaman Skincare. Choose from the Rise & Shine set, which has apple seed extract and hyaluronic acid to wake up your face in the early hours or the Sleeping Beauty set which hydrates

your skin with black cumin seed oil while you rest. Rinse and repeat! $65 (Rise and Shine), $80 (Sleeping Beauty), DECORATE FOR DAYS Check out these travel-inspired, ethically-made products, including modern rugs, pillows, blankets, kitchen textiles, and accessories that are sold at MINNA. Sara Berks, the owner, partnered with weavers and artisan collectives in Central and South America and moved the studio and store to Hudson, New York. The patterns, colors, and textures are meant to be mixed and matched in today’s modern home. Sold at Clic NYC in East Hampton and PACK IT UP Nothing says back to school like a new backpack called Bubba Bag. They have a shiny or matte quilt fabric with strongly reinforced stitches — durable and adorable. The large compartment can easily fit up to a 15-inch laptop or tablet, and the straps make it super comfortable to wear. They come in multiple colors and patterns — blue, pink, lime, purple, and more. $40–$70, Social Life



FOR KIDS SOCK IT TO ME Slip into Bombas socks — the most comfortable socks in the history of feet. Have your child choose solid or brightly colored socks, with or without grippers, and they will never want to take them off. Additionally, the company is charitable because for every pair of socks bought, a pair will be donated to a homeless person. Prices vary per pack,

NEW INK Get your kid tatted up with INKED by Dani, but don’t worry; they’re only temporary. These hand-drawn, eye-catching temporary tattoos come in three new packs — Destination, Jungle Fever, and Pretty in Pink. Choose from unicorns, palm trees, sunglasses, a magic wand, and more. They’re great for any occasion — from festival season to a weekend getaway to pool parties. $12 per pack,

SNACK HAPPY MadeGood snacks are the perfect treat. Choose from granola bars or minis, cereal, crispy squares, and chocolate chips for baking or snacking. The company uses natural ingredients like dried fruits and whole grains. The products are made in a facility free from peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, egg, soy, and more. Bonus: Everything has 6 grams of sugar and is only 90 calories. These yummy snacks are available in stores all across the country, including Whole Foods, CVS, Kroger, and more. You can also buy in bulk online at Amazon, Instacart, and Walmart. Six boxes for $19.50.

SHOE-IN Sanuk Shoes created these cute and cushiony slip-ons for kids. They’re washable, eco-friendly, and water friendly. They come in pink, navy, black/white, and Alaska blue. $32, SHINE ON Nicole Sullivan — an esthetician, acne specialist, and mom — founded Skinbuzz, skin care products for kids and teens. Nicole and her daughter, Sofia, create healthy, natural products made with healing, all-organic, non-GMO ingredients, sustainably sourced from the world of bees. The goal is for kids to take care of their skin and get that natural glow. From $19 (one product) to $139.50 (a collection of five),





Grab a burger or shake at Union Burger Bar in Southampton — adjacent to the Mexican restaurant Union Cantina — before summer ends. This new hot spot serves meat flown in from Niman Ranch and offers hand-cut fries along with craft beer and small-batch bourbon. Don’t forget to try the boozy shakes along with the fried pickles or the corn fritters.

Book a weekend to the Cotswolds-inspired Baker House 1650 on East Hampton’s Main Street. This 17th-century luxury bed and breakfast has retained its original details, including a wroughtiron staircase in the carriage house and woodbeamed ceilings. Brigitte Bardot and Edward Albee are two of many luminaries who have stayed here over the years.

Plan a trip around the 10th annual Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts on Saturday, September 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. The festival features talented artists showing their sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography, and more.


R U N WAY By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.

Updated Denim Denim is still here and being elevated in cool new ways. Christian Dior created oversized trucker jackets bleached white, while John Elliot layered various shades of pink denim. Brandon Maxwell created elegant white denim overalls fit for any red carpet. Whether you’re heading to the beach or an elegant evening event, denim is the perfect fabric to add edge to your fashion look.

Christian Dior, Summer 2019

Ottolinger, Summer 2019

Brandon Maxwell, Summer 2019

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WILLEM FASHION’S NEXT AVATAR By George Wayne Chapter #1 was my riff off Max’s Kansas City (legendary underground club in ’70s NYC). Chapter #2 was inspired by Montauk and in particular the photographer Peter Beard. Chapter #3 was inspired by the late artist Dash Snow, with a focus on both a post 9/11 Downtown NYC vibe and one of Dash’s favorite films, Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider meets the early California gold rush.


ho will be America’s next great menswear avatar? GW is placing every last bet on WILLEM, born from the imagination of the fashion talent Sean McDonagh. WILLEM New York is McDonagh’s increasingly buzzed about fashion line. His novel and completely literate and original approach to the classic all-American silhouette is the sort of thing you would expect from a lateral thinker with a history degree from Harvard. His breakthrough spring/summer 2019 collection was inspired by 1970s Montauk (where he has spent most every summer of his 25-year life). And the collection he interpreted through the works of the famed photographer Peter Beard has been a seminal and instant hit. It’s time to meet the coolest young menswear designer in America as he prepares to launch chapter #3 of his line this autumn. Yours is clearly a meta-modern, post-millennial approach to fashion design. Talk about the ethos of the fashion brand WILLEM. It’s about telling a story and having the silhouette and the narrative driven by those who sort of inspire a cool, cultural significance in their own original way. My line is super niche that’s for sure and that’s the way I want to keep it. Each collection is a capsule collection, or, as I prefer to call it, a chapter.

Hence, next season’s signature classics from the house of WILLEM, which will debut in October in your Manhattan pop up. The drape of that navy overcoat in wool-cashmere is an instant classic. The leather vest and the broadbrimmed hat is signature Dash Snow. Your take is so cool and so modern. Talk a bit about Chapter #2, your spring/summer 2019 collection inspired by Montauk through the lens of Peter Beard. That all began from spending summers in Montauk since I was two years old. There is so much more to Montauk than the town and I have always, ever since I was a kid, always been fascinated by the Andy Warhol estate. And no one really realizes that the oldest cattle ranch in the United States is also in Montauk. Montauk is so much more than the Sloppy Tuna. So the fascination started with the Warhol estate and then I realized that Peter Beard was Andy’s next door neighbor . . . and from that Chapter #2 evolved. For me there is some kind of magic in the Montauk air. The look book for that collection was also shot at the Warhol estate. And the photographer was Terrence Connors, a cool Montauk local. This collection is an inspired blend of Beard and his muses from Montauk to Kenya. Without question WILLEM is the coolest and smartest menswear of the 21st century. There is no question a future CFDA for Menswear Design is in your cards, Sean McDonagh. And the best way to find the brand is . . . ? To visit our online e-commerce site:


ACCESSORIES By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.

Channel Your Spirit Animal Choose your spirit animal. Be wild and rock an animal print. From zebra and leopard to tiger and snakeskin, animal fever hit the runways this year. Go for a pair of zebra print kicks from Saint Laurent or a zebra belt by Maryam Nassir Zadeh to add a pop to any look. For a more subtle approach, go for a pair of leopard print shades by McQ Alexander McQueen. What’s your spirit animal?

Martine Rose Green & Black Mykita Edition $560

Versace Black Vinyl Savage Zebra Heels $1,025

Alexander Wang Red Snake Halo Bag $795

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THE FALL EDIT YOUAREONTHELIST.COM By Robin Ross August is my favorite month! It’s my birthday and it signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall, which is my favorite season. Fall in NYC is the start of everything new. Cooler temperatures, ultra thick September fashion mags filled with new styles and trends, some we can’t believe are back. NYC comes alive with new experiences, tons of energy, plus a lot more people. Each fall, scouts for what’s new. Here is what’s #onthelist for fall 2019: FASHION Trends to try • Denim: Look for those skinnies. They’re back in a big way. Our favorites are the dark hues at Chloé, Grlfrnd & Levi’s. • Chunky sole boots: lace-up, combat with embellishments, or classic Chelsea. Make sure they’re chunky!! Favs: Vuitton’s Star Trail and Dr. Martens Harness. • Black is back! Was it out? No, but now it’s seeping through in creative ways. Celine black patent culottes, Zadig Voltaire black patent bootie, Chanel’s black glossimer. • Blazers are big. Oversized, tweed, or tuxedo. Anything from Tom Ford’s runway or Rag & Bone tweeds. Shopping • Exciting news: Big retailers will offer popular services this fall. Bloomingdale’s will launch a rental program. Macy’s partnered with ThredUP for a pop-up consignment store and Neiman’s has partnered with the consignment brand Fashionphile. Nordstrom Local on the UES and West Village will handle online pick-ups and returns. is launching a unique shopping experience, merging curated outings with fashion. Rent or purchase completely styled looks paired with exclusive events. • We’ll feature well-known and new designers plus influencer/celebrity collaborations. Charity events will be a major component as well.

RESTAURANT/ NIGHTLIFE • Ray’s, the new dive bar opened by Justin Theroux (Anniston’s ex) is the place to be on the LES. • Polynesian in Times Square — yes, Times Square — an amazing tiki bar experience even in a faux fur! • Bar Wayo, part of the Momofuku empire. Wittily named drinks and whimsical bar snacks. • Au Cheval has the buzziest hamburgers. • Keith McNally’s classic Pastis is back. • Make the trip to FIDI for Augustine and Crown Shy. • Jean-Georges is busy opening Fulton at South Street Seaport, his first seafood restaurant. • Uptown’s Hutong opened in the former Le Cirque. Northern Chinese has never been so glam. EXPERIENCES Fashion • September is NYFW. Shows all-day/ parties all night. Tom Ford’s show is already circled. YO UA R E O N T H E can get you on the list for everything. We have added luxury add-ons: hair/ make up, fashion stylist, SUV service and more. • The Fashion Group’s Night of Stars with Donna Karan & Rick Owens, October 24. • Zimmerman Madison Ave opening celebration hosted by Nicky and Simone Zimmerman, in early September. Food/Art • Foodies’ circle September 17. Benno in NoMad has a onenight Legacy Guest Chef Dinner featuring Michelin star chef James Knappett. • The Roy Lichtenstein exhibition Order and Ornament, September 17, Whitney Museum.


ACCESSORIES By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.

McQ Alexander McQueen Pink & Brown Cat-Eye Sunglasses $150

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Black & White Vaquero Belt $225

Rochas, Summer 2019

Saint Laurent Black & Pink Zebra Print Venice $525

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SUMMER STEWART FASHION-FORWARD ECOLOGICALLY SOUND CLOTHING By Cecilia Dawn What was the driving force behind founding an ecologically sound clothing brand? Authenticity is at the center of everything in my life. After being in fashion for over 15 years, I have watched the industry adapt to new standards to support our ever-changing environment. Working in fashion I saw firsthand how damaging the industry can be to our planet. I’ve always reflected on my own footprint and have been mindful of how I can improve. I want to show that fashion can become a part of the solution by using recycled materials.


n 2018, Summer Stewart launched a sustainable athleisure brand focused on providing fashion-forward ecologically sound clothing, marrying her love of fashion with her love for planet Earth. Her goal is to make classic athleisure with designer details for the fashion-forward babe. You can see the latest Summer Stewart designs at the launch party on Saturday, August 31, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 478 W Lake Drive, Montauk. It’s free and open to the public. Social Life sat down with Summer to learn more about the inspiration behind her phenomenal designs. How did you get into the world of fashion? Growing up I always had a very entrepreneurial spirit and a keen love of fashion. At fourteen, I was cast in an Abercrombie campaign, which launched me into the world of fashion. I began modeling and quickly moved to New York to pursue all things fashion. I met Richie Rich and convinced him to sponsor me for an internship with Heatherette. I began to develop my love for fashion and chose to leave modeling to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology later that year.

Do you have plans to expand into other types of fashion? I am definitely open to expanding into other areas of fashion as we grow. I think the most important aspect of our brand is to stay true to our customer. We want to fulfill a need in the marketplace for fashion-forward athleisure that you can wear during your workout or at brunch with your besties! My favorite part about our designs is that I can pair them with my favorite handbag, hoops, and heels to be prepared for yoga, followed by a night out on the town. Do you have a favorite piece? It’s so hard to choose, especially with this collection. I have a go-to piece to wear depending on my mood. If I’m in a rush to get to yoga, it’s the Venice set in black, or if I’m heading to an event with friends, I’ll throw on the Turn Up the Heat body suit with a blazer. Sometimes I just want to chill with my boyfriend, and I know I’ll be cozy in the Sk8te or Dye set. It’s truly a labor of love and I can’t choose! Favorite quote? Oprah’s “I love bread.” I love bread too, Oprah. I also love pizza, pasta, and french fries. I try to live a healthy lifestyle, balancing my love of carbs with my love of working out! Summer Stewart



THE MALE BAG By Anthony Michael If extreme luxury and comfort are our high bars for men’s under- and lounge wear, our 2019 gold medal goes to Tani. Cozy up to autumn with these winners.

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The Tani hybrid collection truly sets a new standard for men’s underwear, taking the best of high-tech fabrics and blending them into performance garments worthy of a world champion athlete. Moisture-wicking fabrics provide superior breathability, unparalleled shape retention, and downright quality. $40

Perfect for lounging, traveling, beach, or bed, this gem is designed to take your breath away. The Lounge shirt is lightweight, soft, and luxurious. Whether you’re overlooking the warm Mediterranean sipping limoncello, or at home with a lemonade, you’ll feel like royalty in this exceptional tee. $95

SilkCut Classic Boxer Brief Speaking of SilkCut, this soft and silky underwear is the most comfortable you will ever experience. The fabric is lightweight and naturally breathable and wicking, which keeps you cooler and drier than any other material. Knit in Europe, they are thinner, softer, more durable and much sexier than any silk underwear. $45

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Tani’s SilkCut premium tank top is both luxuriously soft and lightweight, yet extraordinarily resilient. They are knit exclusively for Tani in Europe with the downright brilliant Micro Modal Air fabric that is actually thinner and softer than silk. Despite its remarkably soft feel, this tank stretches and recovers as it hugs your body in a level of comfort you’ve never experienced. Until now. $45



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Summer Skincare Repair As the warm and sunny days of August pass by and fall is knocking on our door, it’s a good time to evaluate your skin. Make a plan to repair any damage the sun may have contributed to on those picture-perfect days spent in the salty sea under the blazing sun.

CLEANSE Good skin starts with your cleansing routine. The Mia Smart three-in-one device gives you a deep cleanse, massages the skin, and can even blend in foundation. It also de-puffs under eyes and minimizes pores. But really, what can’t it do? Sephora, $199 EXFOLIATE Give your skin a fresh start with Dermaflash! This dermaplaning exfoliation device painlessly removes dead skin cells from all that summer fun in the sun. Post treatment your skin will feel smooth and skincare and makeup will seamlessly glide on when applied. Nordstrom, $189 REFRESHER Imagine the fountain of youth in a bottle. Now let me introduce you to the Complete B Bio-Correcting Face Crème by Kat Burki. Packed with a blend of potent vitamins and brightening antioxidants to repair your skin, reverse damage as well as detox and protect it from harmful environmental factors. Bloomingdale’s, $390 REPAIR Restore summer skin damage with Clinique’s Smart custom-repair serum that delivers a custom treatment for the damage unique to your skin, whether that’s uneven skin tone, dark spots, or dryness. Apply all over your face in an upward motion in the morning and at night. Saks Fifth Avenue, $155 Social Life



Manhattan Spa Guide Haven Spa, 250 Mercer Street Once you step into Haven Spa, you won’t want to leave. It’s easily the most luxurious downtown spa, with an approachable vibe and treatments that include massages, facials, body treatments, waxing, nails, and more. Even better is the quality and effectiveness of the treatments like the newest addition to the menu, the Gua Sha facial. The traditional Chinese treatment includes the use of a small jade board to gently massage specific energy points along the face, which helps to release toxins and promote lymphatic drainage. Wthn, 20 West 22nd Street Acupuncture and cupping have been used for thousands of years to cure a myriad of ailments. Wthn is a welcoming experience in its new location, offering a variety of customizable services. Tap into the ancient beauty secret of facial acupuncture, a treatment that reduces wrinkles, calms inflammation, boosts collagen, and relaxes your whole face. Clean Market, 240 East 54th Street Clean Market is your one-stop-shop to health and wellness and was designed to elevate the mind and body through functional healing products and services. It offers a food and tonic bar in the front of the space, and tucked away in the back is the vitamin IV drip lounge, full-spectrum infrared saunas, whole-body cryotherapy and cryofacials. Heyday, 1459 Third Avenue Heyday offers facial memberships that allow you to pop in for a customized facial experience. First, you’ll have a consultation with your esthetician to discuss your current routine and any skin concerns you may have, (e.g. too much sun in the Hamptons?). Then your esthetician will deep cleanse, exfoliate, mask, and apply SPF protection, leaving you with sparkling skin.

FaceGym at Saks, 611 Fifth Avenue Dubbed as a workout, not a facial, this non-invasive treatment tones and exercises your face. The face trainers use high-energy kneading movements and cutting-edge technology to tone and tighten the forgotten forty facial muscles, leaving you with firmer skin and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. SoJo Spa Club, 660 River Road, Edgewater, NJ While SoJo Spa Club isn’t located in the city, you have a magnificent view of the city from the infinity pool. The massive 140,000-square-foot wellness experience includes endless pools, specialty baths, saunas, treatment rooms, lounging and dining areas, 365 days a year. The expansive state-of-the-art facility has been thoughtfully designed and can easily fill your entire day with self-care. Paintbox, 17 Crosby Street Give your hands some love, too, at Paintbox, a nail studio that offers a seasonal collection of nail designs. Upon arriving, you’ll be swept into the back where the magic happens and served a glass of Champagne. Your nail artist will help you to nail your look, whether you’re picking a classic polish or creating a customizable look with your choice of colors. Envious Lashes, 20 East 42nd Street New York City celebrity hotspot Envious Lashes just opened a massive Manhattan studio with a luxurious vibe. Each lash station has a cozy bed accessorized with mirrors and custom lighting, where you’ll start by consulting with an esthetician to choose length and widths of lashes for a custom set. An initial set of extensions will take about two hours to apply and is attached strand by strand to existing lashes.


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ANGELO DAVID REVITALIZING YOUR BEAUTY CONFIDENCE WITH COUTURE HAIR By ElizaBeth Taylor Photography By Jaime Pavon The famous 18th-century English poet Alexander Pope wrote, “And beauty draws us with a single hair.” The modernday world appreciates luscious locks the same way. Gorgeous hair makes one feel alive and sexy. It is the thing most desired by individuals experiencing hair issues. Angelo David Salon strives to make each client look stunning and feel worthy of poetic sentiments. The salon’s creative director and owner, Angelo David Pisacreta, wants to bestow each client with his gift of beauty confidence. To sit in his chair is a new sort of salon experience — something magical and transformative. This hair illusionist uplifts the soul. His Midtown Manhattan salon is one of the best in the industry and a destination for boosting your self-assurance. His world-renowned techniques and wealth of knowledge make him one of the leading artists performing hair miracles. “Almost half of all women have thinning hair, which is really distressing to them,” says this gifted stylist. “Great hair is part of women’s self-esteem, and by working with women to help solve fine- and thinning-hair problems, I brought my artistry to the next level.” His vast experience has made him a master who specializes in hair health and growth for both his female and male clients. Clients around the world have experienced the wonder of his work, including even those who suffer from alopecia or hereditary hair loss. Addressing underlying issues is just the beginning of Angelo’s skill set as a master stylist. Reflecting on the passion that drives him, he explains, “I’m a veteran in the industry, with prestigious clientele and a salon on Madison Avenue. I’ve become an expert in haircare because I live and breathe it every day. I am always looking for new ideas and I love being a pioneer in what I do.” Angelo is also the incredible inventor of his popular line of couture hair. Angelo David Salon is the world’s only salon that offers completely customized couture wigs, hairpieces, extensions, additions, fillers, clip-on bangs, and ponies that are 100% human hair. This luxury hair can command as much as $3,000 to $10,000. “Faux hair has now become part of our culture; it’s no longer taboo to talk about it.” Hairpieces may be prevalent in salons, but according to Angelo, “You must know how to do it right and go all in.”

Angelo David

At Angelo David Salon you can choose from dozens of extensions and additions, as well as dozens of different application methods. Groundbreaking attachment techniques include strand-by-strand, hot fusion, cold fusion, micro-cylinder, bonding/adhesive, linking, and tube shrinking. This master stylist says, “Couture hair is not only to address thinning hair. It has become part of the culture in fashion, editorial, and television. Don’t be fooled by celebrities changing their look overnight. This is made possible with couture hair, and more and more people are embracing this lifestyle.” Every component of Angelo David Salon’s couture hair is designed on-site by professional wig tailors who match each client’s hair texture, type, and color. “The wig tailors customize hair and alter it just for you,” Angelo declares about his dedicated team. Social Life



Across the board his inspirational fervor for beauty makes Angelo a shining example in the industry, with no signs of slowing down. Innovation and creativity are what drive the accomplishments of the salon. It is this outlook that helped him formulate his successful Hair Detox hair-revival supplement. The exclusive lifestyle supplement combats the problem of unhealthy hair by correcting nutritional deficiencies, environmental aggressors, and hormonal imbalances through natural nutrients that are specifically selected for their traditional and scientifically supported combinations. Key vitamins, herbs, amino acids, and antioxidants are carefully balanced in the unique stressrelief blend, which includes biotin, mixed phytosterols, ashwagandha root extract, L-theanine, holy basil leaf power, astragalus root powder, gotu kola powder, and saw palmetto berry extract. It is the first lifestyle dietary supplement with all-natural ingredients that are specifically selected to help improve the effects of stress and, at the same time, detox your system. Hair Detox also addresses the different supplemental needs of men and women. The men’s formula contains saw palmetto, a known DHT (dihydrotestosterone) blocker. DHT is known to play a role in male-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). The women’s formula includes cranberry fruit extract to promote urinary tract health and L-cysteine, which contributes to protein-building in cells. With use of Hair Detox, positive change is in store. Angelo has constantly evolved his portfolio and business by enhancing offerings at the salon. Angelo David Salon is a modern, meticulously designed facility that offers a spa-like experience. It boasts 2,500 square feet with seven private VIP hair suites, a hair-extension styling bar, a beauty concierge department, a beauty lounge, and a couture hair boutique. The boutique offers both couture and ready-towear styles, so that most clients can have the hair they want the same day they walk in the door. The location houses a full-service salon with an open area facing Madison Avenue where you can have the perfect cut, color, and style. The salon also offers a range of bridal services, including up-dos, styling, and makeup for the bridal party. There is also a private consultation room that comfortably allows you to discuss your concerns and vision for your hair. Additionally, unique to the salon is the sale of Angelo’s Flex

Brush, which molds to the curvature of your head, detangling knotted hair and cleaning your scalp. The Flex Brush provides the perfect amount of pressure and stimulation, not hurting your scalp and not tearing at your hair like rigid brushes. “We have industry veterans visit the salon and they are blown away by what we’ve created here,” notes Angelo. Undeniably, this is a man who can help you wow a crowd. Angelo can restore confidence to women and men no matter how difficult their hair problems may be. There is simply no stopping the magic from sparkling with Angelo David Salon. Facebook: @AngeloDavidSalon Instagram & Twitter: @AngeloDavidHair




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oy’s Angels Holistic Healing Center in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, is a new nonprofit organization that brings ease and comfort to cancer patients and caregivers on their healing journey. The center provides a strong mix of therapies, modalities, and philosophies that are considered alternative, but have been proven over many decades to offer considerable comfort and encouragement to people with health challenges. The center’s services are free and designed to promote well-being and inner peace. I am on the center’s board of directors. As a health and life coach, I offer my services to the caregivers and will regularly teach workshops. Joy’s Angels believes in the totality of healing — mind, body, and spirit. Clients can experience healing through sound, touch, massage, aromatherapy, reiki, and other stress-relief strategies. Acupuncture, stretching, pet therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, reflexology, meditation, and yoga are also available. The purpose of these services is to redirect Sherri Novak, L.A. Dawson Founder Denise Joy Ridener, L.A. Dawson energy toward healing. On the schedule for Photography by Linda Stark September are the following workshops. 1. Reframe Our Lives with Positive Thoughts and Words All donations are tax deductible. You can dedicate your donation to 2. Essential Oils and Healing someone you love or know or in someone’s memory. 3. Grounding and Visualization 4. Stones, Crystals, and Energy Joy’s Angels Holistic Healing Center A holistic approach is the center’s committed way to help people 333 Rt. 46 heal and find comfort as well as to maintain the well-being of their Mountain Lakes, New Jersey caregivers and families. When a person with cancer knows that he 973.349.5584 or she is in a safe, caring environment with dedicated practitioners, it eases the journey. As a non-profit, Joy’s Angels Holistic Healing Center seeks supu Follow my journey (Instagram @authorladawson, port from outside sources rather than asking client patients to pay FB @AuthorLADawson, and on to for services. You can learn more at and on learn, motivate, and help one another be accountable to Facebook, and you can donate to this worthy cause at either site. claiming our optimal health! Social Life









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he Lewin Fund to Fight Women’s Cancers is dedicated to combating the serious challenge facing one in three women and their families — cancer. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Sharyn Lewin, a renowned gynecologic oncologist and Castle Connolly Top Doctor in New York City, The Lewin Fund is a family fund that not only helps women with cancer, but is also committed to wellness and prevention initiatives to keep women cancer free. This fund began through a generous gift from a woman who lost her battle to uterine cancer. So grateful for Dr. Lewin’s passion to help, she wanted to support expanding Dr. Lewin’s vision and expertise to more people across the nation. The Lewin Fund’s mission focuses on addressing the massive unmet funding needs for research, education, prevention, and support for women with cancer. The fund is particularly focused on underserved communities. “Not All Cancers Are Pink” is a trademarked slogan of the Lewin Fund. Studies show women’s cancers, other than breast cancer, are poorly funded across the United States. Here are some examples of how The Lewin Fund is making a difference in our area: SUPPORT SERVICES: NEW YORK First, The Lewin Fund strives to help not just women but also their families, supporting them in a myriad of ways as they face cancer. For example, it funds a transportation program at Mount Sinai Hospital to help women travel for chemotherapy and doctor appointments. It also funds a Bronx-based program, The BOLD Brothers/ Sisters Program at Albert Einstein, to support children whose moms and grandmothers have cancer. It supports the Woman to Woman Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, a peer mentoring program. PREVENTION & EDUCATION INITIATIVES Second, the Lewin Fund focuses on prevention. It hosts free community events to help educate the community about cancer prevention and wellness. Some of the events include “Own Your Health Power Panels,” “Tell 10 Women Events,” “Latina Summits,” and the “National Education Symposia.” INNOVATIVE RESEARCH: MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER The Lewin Fund supports several innovative research projects, with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, for example. It has also embarked on precision medicine studies, including ones on genetics and immunotherapy.

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STEVEN M. COHEN, SPECIAL ADVISOR The Lewin Fund has many supporters from all walks of life. The fund’s voluntary board of directors carefully vets proposals for funding opportunities. Special advisors are also on hand to provide insight and support. Steven M. Cohen, a special advisor to The Lewin Fund, explains that partnering with and supporting The Lewin Fund is a deep passion for him. He is committed to helping with fundraising efforts, identifying strategic partnerships, and engaging in community outreach on behalf of the organization. With a background in technology and capital markets, Cohen plans to launch a hedge fund focused on blockchain and digital assets. This fund will have a strategic alliance with The Lewin Fund. THE FORCES BEHIND THE FUND Both the founder and the executive director of The Lewin Fund, Dr. Sharyn Lewin designed the organization’s strategic vision and oversees the operations. She serves as the chief ambassador, at the helm of advancing the mission to invest in grassroots initiatives and research that directly support women who are afflicted with cancer, and their families. She brings more than 20 years of medical research, and community outreach experience to her role and is a long-time advocate for women and women’s health initiatives. Dr. Lewin’s father, Thomas J. Lewin, Ph.D., is the fund’s treasurer. He grows the strategic vision for the fund and supports its operations. He is professor emeritus of international business history at the University of Kansas. Social Life



AWARD-WINNING GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGIST TOP DOCTOR NY A board-certified gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Lewin specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ovarian, endometrial, uterine, cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers. She currently serves as the medical director of the New Jersey-based Holy Name Medical Center’s Gynecologic Oncology Division. Dr. Lewin’s expertise includes radical operations for ovarian cancer, including upper abdominal and extended pelvic resections. She has extensive training in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures and robotic techniques using the da Vinci Surgical System. She has research interests in novel chemotherapeutic agents, including immunotherapy and hyperthermic chemotherapy (HIPEC) for recurrent ovarian cancer.

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MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL Dr. Lewin is an assistant clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Prior to that, Dr. Lewin was an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University Medical Center, New-York Presbyterian Hospital. While at NYP, Dr. Lewin was the first medical director of the Woman to Woman Program, a cancer support initiative. She completed her training at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center. PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR A national educator on hereditary genetics, cancer survivorship, and state-of-the-art treatment for advanced ovarian cancer, Dr. Lewin has authored or co-authored over 100 articles, abstracts, book chapters, and made many presentations at scholarly conferences. She was selected for the prestigious President’s Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and NYP’s prestigious Physician of the Year Award. She is a Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor since 2015. The Lewin Fund to Fight Women’s Cancers

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The Earth will keep orbiting and you’ll age a year with each revolution. But you don’t have to look it. Really you don’t. Anna Avaliani, M.D., knows exactly how to help you slow to a crawl the signs of face and body aging. She is an UES medical doctor whose expertise is in totally non-invasive cosmetic procedures for the face and the body. Her patients come from all walks of life, including fashion, sports, and finance. Her philosophy is to maintain a true doctor-patient relationship over the long-term. She takes pride in the fact that her work is invisible and always natural looking. Treatments are not necessarily interchangeable. Dr. Avaliani will carefully consider what is best for you. Below are only some of the options from which she can choose for your bespoke consultation and treatment. Dr. Avaliani’s medical knowledge, expertise, eye for symmetry, integrity, and devotion to being up to date in her training and equipment ensure excellent results. Dr. Avaliani is a veritable queen of lasers, offering only the latest and most cutting-edge FDA-approved equipment. She has 24 lasers in her aesthetic practice to address any concern, on any part of your face and body. She also chooses among 14 injectables and several other technologies. Some of the most popular are listed as follows. TIGHTEN AND CONTOUR • Ultherapy — uses ultrasound to tighten skin by promoting collagen, and usually only one treatment is necessary. • TempSure ENVI, Tempsure Firm, and Tempsure Vitalia — FDA-approved in 2018, uses radio frequency (RF) to tighten skin anywhere on the body, from eyelids to vaginas. • Genius RF — a radio frequency microneedling device to smooth and tighten skin virtually anywhere on the body. • Sculptra Aesthetic — an injectable to fill deep lines, folds, serious wrinkling, and hollows. It works by promoting collagen over time. • Nova Thread Lift — absorbable PDO threads that work immediately to lift skin. They promote collagen and result in continued improvement as they slowly dissolve over several months.

• Kybella — a natural body acid that permanently removes underchin fat by breaking down fat cells. • EmSculpt, CoolTone, CoolSculpting and WarmSculpting by SculpSure — devices that build muscle and/or destroy fat cells. CONTOUR & VOLUMIZE & SMOOTH • Restylane (5 types), Juvéderm (5 types), and Sculptra Aesthetic can fill, smooth, soften and contour the face or body. • Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Juveau have a relaxing effect on facial muscles. They can smooth foreheads and the space between eyebrows, lift eyebrows, correct gummy smiles, slim jawlines, rejuvenate necks, and reduce underarm sweating. Dr. Avaliani was named a Real Self TOP 100 Physician and one of 500 Hall of Fame Physicians in the country. She is a national master trainer for Galderma products (Restylane, Sculptra, and Dysport); and she is an aesthetic and anti-aging advisor for the board of Galderma. RESURFACE • PicoSure Focus delivers short bursts of energy to erase brown spots, freckles, scars, acne scars, and stretch marks. • IconTM photofacial/IPL uses intense pulsed light to eliminate facial veins, redness, light wrinkling, acne, and hyperpigmentation. • Icon 1540 Fraxel Laser resurfaces skin by removing wrinkling and brown spots and adding plumpness for a refreshed look. AND MORE . . . To learn more about the latest cutting-edge technologies, have a bespoke consultation with Dr. Avaliani. Anna Avaliani, M.D. 30 East 60th Street, Suite 1100 212.673.8888 |





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rom Montauk to Brooklyn, Punch Pedal House is receiving rave reviews from those brave enough to give it a try. The fitness studio houses both HIIT indoor cycling and boxing bootcamp, allowing members to reap the benefits of these two dynamic, workouts in one place. Created by a former D1 athlete, Joey Foley, and a classically trained ballerina and fashion model, Nada Vasilijevic, the workouts are designed to change your body through carefully crafted classes. An interview with Joey and Nada follows. What would you say is the most difficult part of running your own fitness studio? Nada Vasilijevic: Balance. Our lives are limited outside of the studio due to our perfectionist personalities. We take on all the responsibilities: janitorial, front desk, instruction, you name it. We did this to experience and understand every aspect and then teach our employees how we need our business to run. It’s about building a strong foundation, one that allows us to stand apart and create a loyal following. What sets your cycling and boxing bootcamp classes apart from the rest? Joey Foley: We’re like Instagram. We respect the idea and pathway social networking sites like MySpace paved for us, but we’re the next generation. Our formulas have been methodically designed based on the training practices of athletes who have competed. There are similarities to outsiders, but unless you have taken our spin and boxing classes, you might as well think all cycling and boxing classes are alike.

A client said that we are the unapologetic approach to fitness. We want you to be bold, but composed. Take life and love it, but still make your story with authority. It is an experience and workout that comes second to none. How do you describe your style of teaching? NV: Our styles are similar but different. Joey has always used sports as an escape. so when he opens the door to his clients everything disappears: worry, distress. And he inspires his class to do the same. I, too, encourage my class to forget about their stress and just be in the moment with me. I want them to overcome their physical limits, enjoy the music and the choreography, and let the endorphins take over. We both strive to have our classes leave better than when they came in. What’s next for Punch Pedal House? JF: Because of the success of our pop-up in the Hamptons, we will be looking for a good partner/landlord that wants a stable, longterm client. Someone who is willing to take a chance on us and believes in our philosophy. There is a real demand for indoor cycling and boxing classes Out East, and it’s pretty much an open market. We are looking at studios in Manhattan. We are ready to expand and we have the demand. We have people coming from Manhattan to Brooklyn daily. If we can succeed in this little section of Brooklyn, Manhattan will be a lot easier. All ventures have their issues. This is a marathon not a sprint for us. Punch Pedal House




Lauren Jenai became a fitness mogul as a co-founder of CrossFit “I was not in the fitness industry — or fit — when I got involved with CrossFit,” says Lauren. She met Greg Glassman, her ex-husband, at Gold’s Gym in California. Glassman had developed a training method which he called CrossFit, and Lauren became his client. “I was an unfit person trying to become fit, and had tremendous results with his program, and became very passionate about it,” she says. Needing help, Glassman asked Lauren to work with him, and she spent over twenty years developing CrossFit into the global industry that it is today. MANIFEST APP: SIMPLE FITNESS AT HOME The couple split in 2013, and Lauren sold her CrossFit shares for over $20 million. “That was traumatic for me,” says Lauren. No longer working to help people, Lauren became depressed, and realized that she needed to do something. She spent a long time determining why people don’t exercise, or find it intimidating. Her findings resulted in Manifest, an app that she will launch in the fall after five years of research and testing. The program ties movement and diet to key health parameters like cholesterol and glucose levels. The simple exercises can be done at home, with dumbbells or even with object like jugs filled with water. “The workouts relate to movements we do on a day-to-day basis, like lifting things overhead, sitting down and standing up, and you can do those things in your home with objects that might already be in your house. It’s not intimidating, and it looks at exercise from a different perspective.”

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s a holistic nutritionist working mostly with New Yorkers, I see how stress takes a toll on health. In fact, New Yorkers report an average stress level that surpasses the national average. Obesity and sleeplessness have risen. Chronic stress can lead to chronic disease. Elevated cortisol levels can wreak havoc. Cortisol is linked to high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, accelerated aging, and depression. Stress causes digestive upset and even reduces the diversity of gut bacteria. The solution isn’t to avoid stressful events, as they are inevitable. It’s how to handle them. Here are my suggestions for reducing stress. • Breathe. We wouldn’t be alive if we weren’t breathing, right? But when was the last time you took ten very deep breaths? Breath is one of the most powerful yet underused ways to lower stress. To harness its power, breathe through your belly. Close your mouth and inhale deeply and exhale through your nose. Deep breathing literally increases the supply of oxygen to your brain, promoting a sense of calmness that will enhance your ability to think clearly. • Get quality sleep. Sleep affects all aspects of our lives. Studies have shown that those who have good quality sleep also have a lower cortisol response to stressors. Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep in roughly the same time period each night. • Meditate. I teach all of my clients how to meditate. It’s a powerful tool to guard against emotional eating and also simply to bring down cortisol levels. Meditation is heralded by some of the most successful people, such as the hedge fund manager Ray Dalio. He and I were taught TM by the same instructor. On Twitter, Ray said TM has “been the single most important reason for whatever success” he has had. So, if you don’t believe me, take it from a billionaire. • Spend time in nature. A 15-minute walk along the beach has been shown to improve both mood and memory. We also need Kristy Rao at the home at 124 Brennans Moor, Water Mill. to get enough natural light, especially in the winter. Light helps reguContact: Dawn Hagen, The Brennan-Hagen Team, Saunders & Associates late our circadian rhythm, which can help us get better sleep as well. • Step outside of yourself. Volunteering is medicine for the soul. It enhances Since this marks the end of the stress. The right kind of exercise producour social networks and also forces us to step es endorphins, which are chemicals in our summer, I hope that some of outside of our usual circles. By spending time brain that act as natural painkillers. Our you tape this on your refrigera- bodies are made to move but without all in service to others, and being kind, we derive a sense of meaning and appreciation that goes tor or office wall as a reminder of the rules and limitations around exbeyond just donating money to a cause. Both of how to slow down. As Albert ercise. Go for a bike ride or a long walk. giving and receiving has a stress-reducing effect. Dance. Try yoga, Pilates, or tai chi quan. Camus said, “In the midst of • Move mindfully. This is way better Moving correctly is healing. than simply exercising. Many of my new cli- winter, I found there was, within ents over-exert themselves, which leads to more me, an invincible summer.”



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JAMES C. METZGER LONG ISLAND’S LEADING LACROSSE BENEFACTOR By Patrick Shannon Photography By Mike Virgintino and Don Fitzgibbon

This year, awards to 14 student athletes were presented by James C. Metzger, the chairman and CEO of Whitmore, a leading regional insurance brokerage and financial services firm that opened in 1989. Metzger is a former All-American lacrosse player at Half Hollow Hills and Hofstra University. Metzger grew up in Dix Hills, and went to high school at Half Hollow Hills where his success as an athlete in the early part of his life was a strong influence on his later approach to business. His personal blog is titled “Everything I ever needed to know about business I learned on the sports field.” Sports during the early years of his life also had a major impact on the focus of Metzger’s philanthropy.

The annual awards include:

Half Hollow Hills High School East or West — James C. Metzger Mark of Excellence Award Awarded to honor outstanding accomplishments on and off the lacrosse field by a Half Hollow Hills High School East or Half Hollow Hills High School West player. Future awards will be presented at the alumni game as part of the Hills vs. Autism program. •

Hempstead PAL Lacrosse — James C. Metzger Leadership Award Awarded to a fifth or sixth grader who demonstrates a strong work ethic and improvement throughout the lacrosse season. •

Long Island Lacrosse — James C. Metzger Championship MVP Award Awarded to the MVP on each of four games. Includes all of Nassau and Suffolk counties (Sections A, B, C, and D) • The James C. Metzger Leadership Award Awarded to one player on each of the six teams that compete in the finals of the Section VIII Nassau County high school boys lacrosse championships. •

Half Hollow Hills High School East — James C. Metzger Outstanding Player Award Awarded to a Half Hollow Hills High School East senior for outstanding lacrosse performance.

Hofstra University — James C. Metzger Outstanding Sophomore Award Awarded to the outstanding lacrosse team sophomore.

LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL LAX NEWS! Metzger is proud to announce that the New York State High School Boys Lacrosse Championships will be played at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium for the 2020, 2021, and 2022 seasons, for which he played an instrumental role.

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2019 AWARDS PRESENTED BY VINCENT SOMBROTTO AND JAMES METZGER — JUNE 1, 2019 Championship Game MVP Award for each of four games. Includes all of Nassau and Suffolk counties (Sections A, B, C, and D).



2019 Long Island Lacrosse Championship — Class A Massapequa 10, Ward Melville 5

2019 Long Island Lacrosse Championship — Class B Manhasset 16, Harborfields 3



2019 Long Island Lacrosse Championship — Class C Shoreham-Wading River 13, Cold Spring Harbor 12

2019 Long Island Lacrosse Championship — Class D Mattituck/Southold 16, Oyster Bay 6



JAMES C. METZGER LEADERSHIP AWARD The annual James C. Metzger Leadership Award for Nassau County high school boys lacrosse is presented to one player on each of the teams that compete in the finals of the Section VIII Nassau County high school boys lacrosse championships.

2019 Winners



Locust Valley High School senior goalie

Cold Spring Harbor High School senior midfielder



Massapequa High School senior faceoff specialist

Garden City High School senior midfielder



Syosset High School senior midfielder

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HALF HOLLOW HILLS EAST — JAMES C. METZGER OUTSTANDING PLAYER AWARD This is awarded to a Half Hollow Hills High School East senior for outstanding lacrosse performance. Previous James C. Metzger Outstanding Player Award Winners

James C. Metzger and Christian Mulé

HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL — JAMES C. METZGER MARK OF EXCELLENCE AWARD James C. Metzger with Sal Pascarella (Saint Joseph’s University), Nick DiPietro (Syracuse University), Matt Garziano (SUNY Albany), Sean Lulley (University of Pennsylvania), and Drew Martin (United States Air Force Academy)

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY — JAMES C. METZGER OUTSTANDING SOPHOMORE AWARD This is awarded each year to the outstanding lacrosse team sophomore. The 2019 award went to Brian Herber.

The award was established to honor outstanding accomplishments on and off the lacrosse field by a Half Hollow Hills High School East or Half Hollow Hills High School West player. Future awards will be presented at the alumni game as part of the Hills vs. Autism program. Mulé scored 105 points as a junior, 103 points as a senior, and 331 for his high school career. He set district records that included breaking Metzger’s scoring record for points in a season (102 points in 1977), which had stood for more than 40 years. Mulé has committed to play lacrosse at Duke University.

HEMPSTEAD PAL LACROSSE — JAMES C. METZGER LEADERSHIP AWARD The Hempstead PAL lacrosse team of fifth and sixth grade players is celebrating its championship season in the Nassau County PAL Lacrosse League. The Tigers 6 to 1 record was recognized at an awards ceremony at Lincoln Park that brought together players, coaches, family, program boosters, and other supporters of the team. “We had some players return from last year along with several new players who never picked up a lacrosse stick until they joined us,” said Coach Alan Hodish. “With the help of so many people, these kids are experiencing a wonderful game and that experience will give them an opportunity for future success in sports and education.” Each season, the James C. Metzger Award is presented to a player for “his strong work ethic and improvement made throughout the lacrosse season.” Recently, Metzger presented the award to Adrian Ayala, and enjoyed the opportunity to talk with all the players and their families about the fun of lacrosse and the many opportunities the game provides by opening doors for students in high school, college, and later in life.



SOME EXTRAS . . . Whitmore Sponsorship of The National Football Foundation New York Chapter Presentation of Mr. Football New York City Player of the Year Award

2018 Winner Adisa Isaac Canarsie High School Penn State with James Metzger

New York City’s 2018 outstanding high school football players were honored at the seventh annual “Elite Eleven” Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet earlier in the year in at the NYAC in Manhattan. The awards were presented by the New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. For the last three years, Whitmore of Garden City and its founder and CEO James C. Metzger sponsored the Mr. Football New York City Player of the Year Award.

James Metzger / Whitmore have been longtime Corporate Sustaining Partners of the Citizen’s Committee for Children

James Metzger with Nancy Locker, Vice President / Board member of the Citizen’s Committee for Children

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan child advocacy organization. They educate and mobilize New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Their advocacy combines public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. They cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and promote practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated, and safe.

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Vincent Sombrotto, Jim Amen, James C. Metzger

Bringing the New York State High School Boys Lacrosse Championship to Hofstra 2020 | 2021 |2022 “Mr. Metzger was instrumental in bringing the NY State High School Lacrosse Championship to Hofstra for the next three seasons. Thank you again.” Jim Amen, Manhasset High School Director of Physical Education, Interscholastic Athletics and Health Services






ROB PANNELL By Patrick Shannon

Recently I asked the lacrosse pro Rob Pannell if he was going to the Hamptons for the weekend. He gulped, then chuckled as he said, “What? I haven’t been to the Hamptons on a summer weekend since I turned pro seven years ago in 2012.” He had a workout that morning, practice that afternoon, and a game with the New York Lizards the next day (Saturday). This, another step along the way that has led to a hallmarked career as one of our country’s most outstanding lacrosse players. Rob was born December 11, 1989, in Smithtown, New York. Months before there must have been a distribution of athletic gene pixy-dust that found its way to Rob’s DNA. Rob’s father, Robert, played baseball and football at Brown University. His uncle, Jim Metzger, is the brother of Rob’s mother, Susan. Jim is a former Half Hollow Hills High School and Hofstra University All-American lacrosse player for whom the men’s and women’s lacrosse offices at Hofstra are named. This athletic gene pass-on is not unique to Rob. His brother, James, played lacrosse at the University of Virginia, was an All-American, and is a professional lacrosse player in the PLL. However, as any professional athlete will confirm, nature certainly plays an important role in what gets you to the show, but ultimately it’s the nurture side of the formula that develops the motivation, dedication, and determination to give you what it takes to become a pro. Rob’s early growth and development in sports was rather normal. A three-sport athlete, he honed his overall skills playing football and basketball in addition to lacrosse as a youngster.

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JUST PLAYING GAMES Rob attended Smithtown High School. He played on the varsity lacrosse team for three years and led Long Island in scoring his senior year with a school record 130 points. Rob was named offensive MVP of the team that season and earned a place on Newsday’s All-Long Island second team. After the season, he was named to the 2007 high school All-American team. He also played football, basketball, and golf, earning Academic All-Division honors for football in his senior year. Even with all of these accomplishments, he was an under-recruited senior leaving Smithtown. Size matters, and it doesn’t, so for a 5' 9", 160-pound prospect, most recruiters need to be grabbed by the collar and told to watch, because not every good to great player is 6' 1" to 6' 3" and 210 to 230 pounds. He had scholarship offers for college, but nothing from the powerhouses of college lacrosse.

AND THEN IT WASN’T JUST A GAME Uncle Jim (Metzger) inserted himself and a teammate of his from Hofstra, Vinny Sombrotto. Vinny was an All-American at Hofstra, played on four USA World Championship teams, and is a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer. They contributed heavily to the nurture side of the equation, and suggested he look at a PG year at a prep school where he could be seen competing against some of the best players in the Northeast, and continue to get the benefit of an academic experience at one of the best prep schools in the country. He attended Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, where he played basketball and lacrosse during a post-graduate year. He set a Deerfield lacrosse record for points in a single season with 99, and was named most outstanding attackman in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference. Additionally, he earned the Stewart Lindsay, Jr. Award for the outstanding attackman in Division I high school lacrosse.



COLLEGE AT CORNELL Conversations about college after Deerfield were different, very different. And, the commitment Rob and Cornell made to each another in 2008 changed them both. His freshman year, Rob was the Ivy League rookie of the year, and set the Cornell rookie record for points in a season, finishing with a team-high 67 points. He earned third-team All-American honors after his first college season and was named first-team AllIvy League. Cornell made it to the finals of the 2009 NCAA championship. Rob led the team in postseason scoring with 16 points over four games, including a six-point effort against the University of Virginia in the semifinals. After a big freshman year, sophomores usually face opposing coaches who make a point of drawing them back to earth. That was not the case with Rob. For the 2010 season, he was named as a first-team All-American, a first-team AllIvy League selection, the Ivy League player of the year, and the USILA’s Jack Turnbull Award winner as the outstanding

attackman in Division I. His 80 points made him the thirdhighest scorer in the league. In just 25 games he tallied 100 points, the fastest Cornell player to do so since Tim Goldstein 23 years before. Cornell made it to the final four of the NCAA tourney that year. Looking in the mirror and looking forward, as a junior Rob repeated all the awards and recognitions from the previous year. His 89 points in 2011 led all players in the league, but Cornell made it to only the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Virginia. Rob was voted the national player of the year by the coaches of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and presented with the Lt. Raymond Enners Award as the NCAA’s most outstanding player in men’s college lacrosse. He was nominated for a 2011 ESPY for best male college athlete. He was one of five finalists in the category and the only lacrosse player ever to be nominated. Before the start of his senior season at Cornell, the New Social Life



York Lizards selected Rob as the first overall pick in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft. Rob scored 16 points in the first two games of his senior season, but he broke his left foot in the second game against Army. Rob tried, but could not rehabilitate his foot in time for the NCAA tournament. Cornell did not make the NCAA tournament in 2012. Rob applied to the Ivy League for a fifth year of eligibility and was allowed to return to the school as a super senior for the spring semester and was eligible to participate in the 2013 lacrosse season. He led Cornell in scoring for the fourth time in five years and finished second in the NCAA with 102 points. Cornell made it to the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA championship, losing to the eventual champions, Duke University. At Cornell, Rob set the record of 354 all-time career NCAA points. The record stood until 2015, when it was broken by the Albany attackman Lyle Thompson, with 400 career points. Rob again was voted the national player of the year by the coaches of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse

Association and received his second Lt. Raymond Enners Award as the NCAA’s most outstanding player in men’s college lacrosse. He was the Ivy League’s first ever three-time player of the year award winner. In May 2013, he received the Tewaaraton trophy. This trophy honors the Native American heritage of lacrosse. Tewaaraton is the Mohawk name for a game the Mohawks and other tribes played, the progenitor of present-day lacrosse. Since 2011, The Tewaaraton Award has been given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse men’s and women’s lacrosse players. It is the lacrosse equivalent of football’s Heisman Trophy.



THE PROS Rob was the No. 1 draft choice in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft. He was selected by the New York Lizards. During his rookie season (2013), Rob recorded 42 points (25 goals and 17 assists) in 10 games. He ranked second in overall points, second in goals, and fourth in assists in the league among rookies. He was selected to his first MLL AllStar game in 2013 and was named the 2013 Cascade Lacrosse rookie of the year. In 2014, his second year with the New York Lizards, Rob was selected to his second All-Star game appearance and named an MLL All-Pro. He led the Lizards in points with 33 goals and 23 assists. Rob lead the Lizards to a playoff appearance, losing to Denver in the semifinals. Rob’s third year in the league included his third consecutive All-Star selection and he was named MLL All-Pro for the second time. He led the league in scoring with 68 points, 38 goals, and 30 assists, only the third player in MLL history to

have at least 30 goals and 30 assists in a season. Rob led the Lizards offensive attack all the way to the MLL championship game. He scored four goals and one assist in that game with the Lizards defeating the Rochester Rattlers for the 2015 MLL championship. Concluding his fourth year in the league, he was named the Warrior Lacrosse offensive player of the year. He broke the single season points record with 74 points on the way to his second consecutive scoring title. Rob led the league in points with 42 goals and 32 assists, becoming the second player in MLL history to record at least 30 goals and 30 assists in two or more seasons. Rob is the first player to score 40+ goals and have 30+ assists in a single season. He recorded a career high 8 goals and 9 points versus the Charlotte Hounds. He quarterbacked the New York Lizards to the No. 1 offense in the country and the team’s third straight playoff appearance. In 2016, Rob was named to his fourth consecutive All-Star team and third consecutive MLL All-Pro team. Social Life



In 2017, Rob played in 11 games with the New York Lizards. He was named an MLL All-Star, finishing the season with 49 points, 23 goals and 26 assists. He missed three games due to a thumb injury that required surgery midway through the season. During year six, Rob played in 13 games with the New York Lizards, breaking his own single season scoring record with 78 points on 43 goals and 35 assists. His previous single season scoring record was 74 points. He was named Coca Cola MVP, Warrior Offensive MVP, and an MLL All-Star for the sixth time. Rob is finishing up his seventh season with the New York Lizards. This is the final year of a three-year deal that he signed with the team during April 2017.

TEAM USA Without fail, when athletes have the opportunity to wear our nation’s colors and represent the United States, they describe it as something so special that they often have a hard time talking about it. Most pros don’t get the chance. Rob did, and he was quite proud of it. Rob was a member of 2014 Team USA that won silver at the World Championships in Denver. He was named the world’s most outstanding attackman and he was named to the All-World team. Rob led the world championships in scoring with 17 goals and 15 assists for a total of 32 points. His total points are second all-time in the Team USA scoring books for points in a tournament. Rob also had seven goals in USA’s game against the Iroquois. The 2018 world championships were played in Israel in July. At the games, Rob helped Team USA bring home the gold medal, assisting Tom Schreiber for the game-winning goal in a 9–8 victory over Canada with less than one second remaining in the game. Rob tallied 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points during the games and was named to the All-World team for the second time.

THE FUTURE Lacrosse is going through an interesting time right now. Participation in the game has continued to spread outside its Northeast roots. Today there are more than 826,000 players registered with USA Lacrosse. As professional sports grow, competition creates opportunity. At the professional level,

lacrosse is experiencing many of the same things baseball, American football, basketball, and hockey did during their development. Lacrosse has two pro leagues now, the MLL (Major League Lacrosse), and the first year PLL (Premier Lacrosse League). When we asked Rob about the future of the game, he said, “…I’m really looking forward to seeing what develops. The game is going to be elevated. It is just going to get better. The best players want to play against the best, and people want to watch the best. We’ll see what happens shortly.” Yes, we will, and we’re looking forward to it too. Good luck. Rob Pannell







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RUSSO’S ON THE BAY By Patrick Shannon



wo years before I started my insurance business on Long Island in 1989, Frank Russo opened Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, Queens. With interest and regard, I watched him develop his banquet hall, restaurant, and food service business into one of the most successful hospitality operations in New York City. Every move he made was thoughtful and deliberate. Most important, among his business decisions has been choosing whom to hire and promote. Featured here are eight individuals whose combined service for Frank totals more than 215 years! To them and hundreds more, Russo’s On

The Bay is much more than just a job, it’s a way of life. And to Frank, they are “keepers.” I’m thankful to Anthony Gurino, a vice president at my firm, Whitmore Insurance, and a family friend of Mr. Russo, for bringing this business to us. It has been my privilege to help Frank protect his success. James C. Metzger CEO & Founder Whitmore — The Agency Social Life



Superstorm Sandy Cripples Howard Beach, October 29, 2012


ecently, I spoke with Frank Russo, the restaurateur of Russo’s On The Bay, Vetro Restaurant & Lounge, Russo’s On The Bay Gourmet as well as the provider of NYC Department for the Aging meals. Looking for insights as to why and how Frank built one of the most successful and acclaimed hospitality establishments in New York City, we found proof that good guys don’t finish last! In what follows, you’ll find out more about Frank, his hospitality business, and eight of his employees, including some responses to direct interview questions. Frank, after Superstorm Sandy, you began feeding the neighborhood as soon as you could get your kitchens going. Why? I didn’t know if I was going to be in business after the storm. The people in this community were the ones who built this business. They were out of power and gas for weeks. They needed help. I had food and staff that could help, so we just did the right thing. Howard Beach, like many other communities on the Queens shoreline, was devastated. For some, homes were completely gone. For almost everyone else, life was turned upside down. While Frank and his team began to rebuild their business, they also continued to support families in Howard Beach and the Rockaways, for weeks and then months. At times, they served as many as 600 people a day. It was well beyond what a banker’s ledger would say was best for the business, but Frank didn’t care about the money; he cared only about his people. Everyone we spoke to at Russo’s described Sandy in his or her own way as a defining moment for the company. Before we introduce them, here’s a little background on Frank Russo, and Russo’s On The Bay. As a young boy in Queens, Frank worked for his father and uncle at Villa Russo. There, he learned exemplary service and exquisite cuisine combined with professional attention to detail was always the best way to achieve customer satisfaction.

When Frank opened Russo’s On The Bay in 1987, his vision for the Russo brand was much more than an award-winning restaurant. He was committed to providing a venue and experience that families and friends would never forget. Among the Russo brand’s attributes is the significant role it plays in the most special moments of families’ lives. Russo’s is a multigenerational company, serving a multicultural community. Russo’s hosts events spanning some of their customers’ lifetimes, from baptisms to communions to sweet-sixteens to weddings. Most important, while Russo’s may serve more than 5,000 people in a week, every meal is planned and prepared to be top-restaurant quality. Finally, the most essential virtue in the Russo organziation is loyalty — from owner to employees, employees to owner, and from the Russo organization to their customers and community. Frank asked me to talk to a handful of his most trusted people. The theme that unfolded was how professional and personal success at Russo’s have been achieved by hard work, trust, and loyalty.


A couple posing beside the fountain at Russo’s On The Bay

PJ Connolly COO & Junior Partner 30+ years at Russo’s

Michael Russo Facilities Director & Junior Partner 30+ years at Russo’s

PJ started at Russo’s as a food runner when he was in high school. He watched Frank, only thirty years old at the time, steering the ship on Cross Bay Boulevard. “I did whatever they asked me to do, and better yet, just tried do whatever I could do.” PJ had options. He went to college in North Carolina, studied accounting, and played on the golf team. He went to culinary school, and continued his education, becoming an award-winning sommelier in the process. With a business background, knowing his way around the kitchen, and being a wine expert, he’s the perfect Russo’s COO.

Mike, no relation to Frank, began at Villa Russo as a 15-year-old busboy. “Namesake or not, everyone earns their keep at Russo’s,” says Mike. Being good with his hands and head, Mike stepped up by demonstrating finer fixer talents, like troubleshooting, repairing, maintaining, and upgrading facilities. When old enough, he became a bartender too! Clearly, demonstrating his worth, Mike made the move to Russo’s On The Bay with Frank. Smart, resourceful, and excelling at what he did over the years, Mike was awarded responsibility for all facilities, including legal, insurance, and valet management. Talking about how Frank continually invests in new and renovated elements of the facilities, Mike beamed describing the recent work completed on two special event rooms, the Encore and the Paragon, as well as work on the lush garden and spectacular fountain.

Why did you keep coming back to Russo’s on your college breaks and summer vacations, and after college? I just loved the business. I couldn’t get enough of it. Yes, he was hooked and dove deep. PJ, what is it like working for Frank? For one thing, I’m proud. Russo’s is a great place to work. I can’t tell you how motivating it is to help people celebrate such special occasions and create unforgettable memories. Frank inspires me to work hard. He leads by example — he works hard every day, every night. He is a great boss.” PJ lives on Long Island with his wife, and four children.

Mike, you’ve worked for Frank for a long time, what’s that like? Hmm . . . where do I start, where do I stop? First off, he treats me like a son. And [with a chuckle] that can come with tough love too. He cares for people, and is very approachable. With Frank, it is always family first. As a result, you don’t want to let him down. His smile, too, is infectious. Mike and his wife, Joanna, have twin boys with whom he loves to mountain bike. Social Life



Cathy Burns Accounting 31+ years at Russo’s

Carol Silva Corporate Division Event Coordinator 25+ years at Russo’s

Cathy started with Frank as a part-time receptionist, then moved into the business office during the time of calculators and spreadsheets written in pencil. She moved up and has stayed on, in payroll and accounting. On June 8, Cathy celebrated 31 years at Russo’s On The Bay. “Working at Russo’s is like having two families,” Cathy said. “And, then when you watch two generations of customers celebrate christenings, showers, sweet sixteen parties, and weddings, it is just amazing. Working for Frank is amazing too. He seems to have a Midas touch. He has a tough shell, but he is a loving, caring man. I lost my home in Sandy. He helped me when we needed it.” Cathy now enjoys her grandchildren. “I bring home our Russo’s rainbow cookies, and the kids jump for joy. They think I work in a magical castle,” she laughs.

Carol started at Russo’s as a server and will be retiring soon, leaving her post as the corporate division events coordinator. Asked to describe her career at Russo’s, she simply responded, “Blessed.” Then she added, “Mr. Russo gave me what I needed, in terms of scheduling flexibility, so I could do my job, care for my family and spend quality time with them. And, when I got sick, again, the support was there.” Carol, her husband, and their four children live on Long Island. Christina, Carol’s daughter, was married at Russo’s On The Bay. “It was really a very special day, just beautiful. I thought the staff would take extra care of us, but it was just beyond anything I ever imagined. We were so grateful.” One of the things most important to Carol was the quality time with her family the scheduling at Russo’s gave her. Now she enjoys that kind of time again with her daughter’s two children.

A couple posing under the gazebo at Russo’s On The Bay


F E AT U R E S Spiros Kannavos Russo’s Group Executive Chef 5+ years at Russo’s This is the new guy on the block. Compared to the rest of the team, he is a newbie. However, he, too, has spent his entire life in the hospitality business, starting at 13 in his family’s restaurant. The Kannavos family ran their business for 30 years. After it was sold, Spiros met Frank through family friends. Today, Spiros runs the back-of-the-house operations for Russo’s On The Bay and Vetro Restaurant. His strengths are building teams and product innovation. The creative side of Spiros got Frank’s attention. Spiros is very hands-on. He designed new menu items, developed delectable sauces, and created exquisite desserts. But Frank had something more planned for him. For the last three years, in addition to his back-of-thehouse responsibilities, Spiros has been working closely with Frank on the Russo’s Fresh Gourmet line — 3-cheese blend risotto bites, sauces, and much more. Later in the fall, items from Russo’s Gourmet line will be available in the majority of Costco stores in the Northeast (Midwest to come). The way you came to Russo’s was different from the others I’ve talked to. What was that like? At first, honestly, I thought it was going to be a little uncomfortable. Working at Russo’s On The Bay is not easy. Frank demands a lot. But, he really cares about his people. He treated me like family. And, I do feel like I am part of this family. Spiros lives on the North Shore of Long island with his family.

Billy Gibleski Director, Russo’s NYC Department for the Aging Program 26 years at Russo’s Billy lives in Howard Beach and has been working with Frank more than 25 years. He found out about a job at Russo’s while he was attending a wedding there. “They are looking for cooks upstairs,” a friend mentioned. That was 1992. He eventually became the kitchen manager at Vetro before Frank redirected him to head up a new piece of foodservice business for the company. Bill’s group at Russo’s On The Bay works with the NYC Department for the Aging. Every day they deliver 1,100 to 1,200 meals to twelve senior centers around the city. Billy gets great satisfaction knowing the product they produce and serve the seniors is top quality. “Every day the food is cooked fresh, nothing is frozen. It’s great to watch these folks enjoy top-restaurant quality meals. No other caterer else does this like we do,” Billy says proudly. You’ve lived in Howard Beach and worked at Russo’s On The Bay for a long time. Any thoughts? Yes, I’m lucky to work here, and to know Frank. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but it is like being part of a family. Frank is tough, but he cares about us and our families. He’s generous and caring. It is a great place to work.” The Howard Beach thing is interesting. I think Russo’s and Howard Beach kind of define one another, and the company is known and respected here. I was in the Miami airport not too long ago; a gentleman saw me wearing a ROTB [Russo’s On The Bay] jacket, and out of the blue said, ‘Hey, I know Russo’s. It’s great!’ Felt good. Social Life



Sweet sixteen party

Joe Vacca Director of Events — Manager of Dining Services 30+ years at Russo’s

Theodoro “Do” Lambasi Chef de Cuisine 40+ years at Russo’s

Joe moved to Queens from Italy when he was 15 years old. “I didn’t speak English. Didn’t really know anyone either,” Joe told me. “Five days later, I’m working at Russo’s On The Bay, and here I am, 30 years later.” Joe started as a busboy and said he would do anything, whatever needed to be done. Now, Joe is Russo’s director of events and manager of dining services. But he says, “I’m the maitre d.’ It is my job to build relationships and make people happy and satisfied. No customers, no Russo’s, right?”

How many great meals, functions, and events has this man designed and managed over more than 40 years? He has been with Frank since the beginning. We’re sorry we weren’t able to catch up the “Do.” However, not surprising, given the demands of the chef de cuisine for this entire enterprise. He did send us a picture though.

Surprisingly, during our interviews, not once did the actual word “loyalty,” come up. Just like this story proves nice guys don’t finish last, it also proves something else: actions speak louder than words. You don’t ever have to say you’re loyal when you are. Note: Earlier we mentioned Anthony Gurino, the family friend of the Russos. Anthony has been one of the lucky generational customers of Russo’s On The Bay, and describes providing the insurance coverage for his friend the pinnacle of his career at Whitmore.





JESSE WARREN JEAN SHAFIROFF INTERVIEWS JESSE WARREN, MAYOR OF SOUTHAMPTON By Jean Shafiroff Why did you decide to run for mayor? I decided to run for Southampton mayor because I believe that Southampton needed a change and an updated and new vision for decades to come. Interestingly, I have never had interest in politics, but I knew that now was the time to get involved in order to help our community. Having an inclusive and open government that engages our community and that also brings in the many industry leaders who reside in Southampton is extremely important. We have an amazing community, and it is important to engage everyone and work together. Additionally, as a business owner, I also care deeply about our downtown, which is replete with record vacancy numbers and needs change and new energy. And equally if not more important, I care about our environment and water quality and want to make sure we protect our land and water ecosystems for the future.

Can you tell us more about your campaign? The campaign started off as a small team of volunteers who believed we could accomplish a task that almost no one had achieved before, which is winning a mayoral election against an incumbent sitting mayor. When we began our petition process in order to collect signatures to appear on the ballot, it was largely considered to be improbable. Our team worked extremely hard to make sure that we met almost every voter in the village, we performed well in the debates, and ran an aggressive social media push and direct mailing campaign combined with yard signs and phone banking. We had volunteers of all backgrounds and all ages, and we were able to build incredible

Jean Shafiroff Photography by Michael Paniccea Jean Shafiroff and Jesse Warren Photography by Patrick McMullan

Prior to the election, many people asked why I did not run for another position first. I wanted to run for mayor because I was hoping for the opportunity to set the agenda, the vision, and the tone for the Village of Southampton.

Jean Shafiroff, Jesse Warren

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momentum quickly. We also saw voters turn out who had never voted before, including high school and college students as well as our seniors. We gained support from everyone in the community.

Photography by Wilson Green

Inauguration was on July 1, 2019, and it was one of the highlights of my life. I could not be more honored to serve Southampton and to bring the much-needed change that our community has asked for and deserves. Jesse, what are three major issues facing Southampton that you’d like to address as mayor? How do you plan to work on these issues? The platform consists of a number of key items. 1. Vibrancy in our downtown: Southampton Village unfortunately has a number of vacant storefronts on Jobs Lane, and we wanted to help bring businesses to Southampton Village, and create an environment that fosters entrepreneurship and investment in Southampton. I would also like to see more restaurants and more good

restaurants in our village, which will require water-treatment options and potentially a sewer system. Currently the health department will not allow additional restaurants in Southampton, so it’s important to work to improve this. 2. Clean water and a clean Lake Agawam: Southampton Village is home to Lake Agawam, one of the most polluted and toxic bodies of water in New York State. Our lake is polluted due to blue-green algae blooms that produce cyanobacteria, which is dangerous to the central nervous system. It is generally believed that the lake could never be cleaned or remediated, but I refuse to subscribe to this mindset and believe that we can accomplish this goal. While this will take many years to fix, this is a critical issue and something I am committed to. We will clean our lake by reducing nitrogen loading, encouraging innovative/alternative (I/A) septic systems as well as introducing sewer options to our village. We will also reduce runoff, create buffer zones, and employ new technologies such as natural treatment centers.



National Geographic program. I look forward to working with the Southampton Arts Center to create a vibrant and fun atmosphere year round.

ABOUT MAYOR JESSE WARREN Mayor Jesse Warren has owned TENET on Main Street, Southampton. for the last decade. Two years ago, he opened a second location, also on Southampton Mayor Jesse Warren and Martyna Sokol Main Street in Southampton. In addi3. Have an open, accessible, and inclusive government: It’s importion, he owns another store on Newtown Lane in East Hampton. tant to me for our local government to be transparent and inclusive Prior to opening his business in Southampton, he worked for two and to embrace diversity in our community. I would like for everyyears in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in New one to feel represented and for anyone to be able to have direct York City, and then spent an additional two years in venture capital. access to myself and the board of trustees. Our government is here Jesse graduated cum laude from Brown University with a degree in to serve our community and to help solve problems. economics. He also spent one year studying economics and management at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, in Oxford, What are your long-term plans for Southampton? England. I would like to envision Southampton as a year-round community In addition to being the mayor of Southampton, he is on the with a vibrant downtown, clean water, and people of all generaboard of trustees of the Southampton History Museum alongside tions living and working here. Currently, many of our year-round Executive Director Tom Edmonds. He is joining the board of diresidents are leaving due to the cost of living and lack of affordrectors of the newly formed Lake Agawam Conservancy. He has able living options. I also envision Southampton to be full of green previously served on the Southampton Village Planning Commisspace, open space, and to have our history preserved. Regarding sion and is currently a member of the Southampton Village Chamthe downtown, I would like to see better, more efficient parking, a ber of Commerce. sewer system so Suffolk County can lift its moratorium on restaurant openings, and a community filled with activities, restaurants, ABOUT JEAN SHAFIROFF theaters, and other great venues. And most of all, we are working Jean Shafiroff, a philanthropist, humanitarian, activist, and author to clean Lake Agawam, which is the jewel of Southampton, yet it is of the book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, one of the most polluted bodies of water in all of NewYork State. is a volunteer leader of several charitable causes. She serves on the boards of eight charities: Southampton Hospital Association, NYC What are your favorite places in Southampton Village? Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council, Jewish I love the Rogers Memorial Library. It is a phenomenal building Board, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board, with amazing resources and programs for everyone. I recently took Global Strays, and Southampton Bath and Tennis Club’s Charitable my 16-month-old nephew to attend a puppet and song program Foundation. In addition, Jean is an ambassador for the American at the library. I love working and reading there and attending the Humane Society and the ambassador for the Southampton Shelmany guest lectures. I also was one of the co-chairs at the Halsey ter. She is a New York Women’s Foundation Board alumna, who gala to raise money for one of the oldest homes in Southampton. remains very active with the foundation and women’s issues. Jean It is a beautiful home and an excellent venue for events. and her family reside in Manhattan and Southampton. Jean holds two degrees: a BS in physical therapy from the College of Physicians In addition, the Southampton Arts Center has really come a long and Surgeons at Columbia University and an MBA in finance from way and offers some excellent exhibits, including the most recent Columbia Business School at Columbia University. Social Life

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And while there are so many places in the village, I also always love a great meal at La Parmigiana and lunch at the Golden Pear on Main Street.




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Mediterranean buffet Franciska with her children


he setting sun, 77 degrees, low humidity, and an ocean breeze. What else could a bride and groom ask for? That’s the question Franciska Bittan and Charles Baker asked Robbins Wolfe on August 10 and their wish became reality. For centuries couples have been begging the gods for ideal weather, and every once in a while karma bestows a glorious day. Add in 160 guests, the fabulous Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club (, beautiful farm flowers by Anastasia Casale-Sag Harbor Flowers, masterful event lighting by Matt Murphy, the amazing sounds of the Starlight Orchestra, a sexy lounge installation and sleek and upscale dining layout by Taylor Creative and Party Rental Ltd., and, of course, colorful and imaginative catering by Robbins Wolfe. Now that is picture perfect. The menu was earthy, fun, and not too serious — just like Franciska and Charles themselves. A mini-sirloin-burger bar, Greek lamb and seared tuna, oh my!! A mangia Mediterranean buffet, including pasta with summer tomatoes and basil, and albondigas (mini meatballs) in saffron cream, and a classic Hamptons farm buffet, including buttermilk fried chicken, skirt steak, and lobster rolls with corn pudding, truffled mac ’n’ cheese, and kale and arugula salad. A slew of yummy mini sweets ended the evening: mini mint chocolate chip ice cream cones, homemade ring dings, little carrot cupcakes with sweet cream-cheese icing, chocolate pots de crème, and on and on into the wee hours of Sunday morning. A perfect ending to a perfect wedding. #justaddguests #lovingthecamera #wecaterparties #robbinswolfepremier

The mangia buffet

Franciska, Charles, and friends!

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THE WATERMILL CENTER, DOMINGO ZAPATA, PARRISH, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, GOD’S LOVE, VICTORIA’S SECRET, THE DOG STORE, WALDMANN’S, TM & ANTI Succession Nominated for five 2019 Emmy Awards, HBO’s Season 2 of Succession, about a media family’s ups and downs, which may or may not be a fictionalized version of a real-life family, is TV’s hottest contemporary drama. The witty and wickedly entertaining show stars Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin (whom you already know from Home Alone). Despite his cheeky new role, Kieran confesses, “People keep asking about Macaulay. Some things change and some things don’t.” The show is already confirmed for a third season. I can wait if you can!

Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin @ Succession


Zendaya, Hunter Schafer @ Euphoria

HBO’s new TV show Euphoria has more sex, drugs, and nudity than any issue of Playboy or Playgirl. The dark drama stars Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, and Zendaya, who mysteriously says, “We just want it to be a reflection, in a beautiful way, of storytelling that allows people to think and connect and feel however they choose to feel about it.” Ok!

The Watermill Center Gala

The avant-garde director Robert Wilson greeted guests at Tabula Rasa, the 26th annual Watermill Center summer benefit and auction. The not-ever-tobe-missed Happening featured over 25 art installations and performances by nearly

100 artists from 30 countries. The theme tabula rasa was inspired by John Locke’s theory that the mind is a blank slate, which defends the idea that knowledge is not inherited but developed through personal experience and sensory perception of the world. The gala honored the philanthropist Katharine Rayner, and the artist Carrie Mae Weems. Wilson said, “Carrie is radical and elegant, an unparalleled image-maker who stands resolutely for social justice. In her pictures, she questions the contradictions between past and present, between theater and documentation, and between history and memory.” Other artists whose work was featured included Gillian Walsh, LEIMAY, and the Daxophone Consort with Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom. Funds raised support the center’s education and artist residency programs, which provide the time and space for a global community of artists, thinkers, and students to live and work throughout the year. The night was presented by Maison Van Cleef & Arpels.

Parrish’s Midsummer Party

Matt Dillon was the star attraction at the Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party honoring Louise and Leonard Riggio and the artist Maya Lin. The museum’s popular director, Terrie Sultan, welcomed the night’s honorary co-chairs, Debbie Bancroft and Preston Phillips; the Late Night Party host, Larry Milstein; BenMatt Dillon, Terrie Sultan @ Parrish Art Museum jamin Doller; Lisa Dennison; Carole Crist, the former first lady of Florida; the art collector Libbie Mugrabi; and the crypto pioneer Brock Pierce. The museum’s exciting current exhibitions include Refuge by Thomas Joshua Cooper; The Space Between Memory and Expectation, by Renate Aller; and A Matter of Place, by Jean-Luc Mylayne. The night raked in a cool million dollars. Bravo!

Katherine Rayner, Robert Wilson, Carrie Mae Weems @ The Watermill Center

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Transcendental Meditation

Katie Couric, the divorce attorney Nancy Chemtob, and UBS’s Mark Axelowitz hosted the fifteenth anniversary of The David Lynch Foundation at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club. Katy Perry, Tom Hanks, Russell Brand, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Oprah have all taken classes with the foundation’s founder, Bob Roth. The event kicked off the organization’s goal to bring the stressNancy Chemtob, Marc Kubin reducing technique to over one million @ The David Lynch Foundation veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Axelowitz told the crowd, “More than twenty-one veterans take their own lives every day because of combat-related PTSD. Research has shown that TM is a highly effective technique to help veterans heal their trauma from within.” Guests included the interior designers to the rich and richer Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Billions TV show creator, Brian Kopelman; Magnolia Bakery’s Steve Abrams; Alan Patricof; Orin Snyder; Joanna Plafsky; Cindy Feinberg; Shirley Silver; Ziel and Helene Feldman; and Heather Hartnett. They all chuckled at the comedian Mike Birbiglia’s jokes. The evening ended with a memorable meditation on the beach, and a bonfire, but sadly no s’mores.

Midsummer Night Drinks

God’s Love We deliver celebrated the 19th anniversary of Midsummer Night Drinks at the Samuel Parrish House, in Southampton. The benefit is held at a different private home each year, one of the most notable was at Calvin Klein’s oceanfront home on Meadow Lane. In the mix this year were Fern Mallis, Vicente Wolf, Margaret Russell, and David Ludwigson. God’s Love prepares nutritious meals for people with HIV/AIDS and other severe illnesses. At the end of the party guests left with Chuck’s Famous Brownies, baked by Chuck the Baker, who’s made the tasty treats for over 28 years. The always-fun night raised $300,000. God’s Love will honor Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Estée Lauder’s John Dempsey at the 13th annual Golden Heart Awards on October 21. For tickets go to

The Dog Store

Edward Alava, the owner of the luxury pet boutique The Dog Store, in the Hamptons and NYC, pampers the pooches of Beyoncé, Vera Wang, Diana Ross, and Simon Cowell. Alava has formed an alliance with the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton. Guests can now have their own pet friendly suite this fall when attending the Hamptons Film Festival or checking out the pumpkin patches and the corn stands. Additionally, guests staying at the Maidstone

can have Edward come in and groom their dog. “We come to the Maidstone or your house in the Hamptons and set up all our grooming and special services, like massage and acupuncture,” said Edward, who can even arrange a doggie birthday party or supervised play dates and The DOG Store’s, Edward Alava beach walks. The puppy master started The Dog Store 20 years ago and today runs one of the most successful puppy boutiques on the East Coast. Edward caters his services to your pets’ needs and your lifestyle. The Dog Store delivers the best canine concierge services in New York. Services include training for boat and jet travel, boarding, and every other pampering and medical service you can think of for your four-legged best friend. 170 East 61st Street/ 212.317.5987 or 917.535.0239

Victoria’s Secret Angel: Andrea Correale When Victoria’s Secret Angels Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes needed a healthy bite in the Hamptons, they turned to the celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, who has been feeding the stars on the East End for more than twenty years. This summer, Andrea and her chefs also cooked for Alec Baldwin, Debra Messing, Adam Sandler, Roger Federer, and even the chef Bobby Flay when he needed a night off Andrea Correale, Candace Bushnell from behind a hot stove. For Canin the Hamptons dace Bushnell’s new book, Is There Still Sex and The City, Andrea served up an aphrodisiac-inspired menu.

ANTI Jeremy Tahari (the son of the designer Elie Tahari), Jack August, and Jack Teitelbaum are three teenagers planning to disrupt the fashion industry with the launch of Anti, their luxury men’s line, this Labor Day at the Tahari stores in East Hampton and NYC. The juxtaposition of sophistication and street culture is showcased throughout their entire collection, which lends itself to Anti’s key mantra: business-inspired streetwear. The teens aspire to drastically alter the way fashion is experienced by providing clothes you will never want to take off your body. In September, their pieces will join Alchemist, Balmain, Lost Daze, and Off-White, at the Patron of the New, in Tribeca.



Domingo Zapata

If you see a man dangling from scaffolding 15 stories above the sidewalk at One Times Square, where the New Year’s Eve ball drops, don’t panic. The artist Domingo Zapata is painting Life Is a Dream, which is also his mantra. Flowers, flamingos, and polo ponies, and other references to his past art fill a 15-story canvas that wraps around the iconic building. “For me it is an honor to be part of the story by creating Life Is a Dream, the largest mural in New York. I want to convey this message to people from all over the world who visit Times Square and who can enjoy and get to know my art.” Domingo Zapata @ One Times Square

earlier this month. Taylor dubbed the Rolls “The Green Goddess” and had it painted the same shade as her wedding dress when she said I do to Eddie Fisher in 1959. Although she had their initials intertwined on the car’s doors, the marriage fizzled after Taylor went to Rome to play the role of the world’s greatest beauty in Cleopatra and fell in love with her co-star Richard Burton. Liz dumped Eddie, but kept the Rolls, and married Burton in 1964. Next up at Guernsey’s is the sale of the Torah Ark and an important group of 12 letters written by the painter Marc Chagall. The lot also includes a self-portrait of the artist. The sale takes place at the Fifth Avenue synagogue on September 19.

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Lana Del Rey helped the Beverly Hills concierge physician Dr. Ehsan Ali celebrate his 40th birthday in Hollywood. The good doctor’s clients include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Selena Gomez, Rita Ora, and VIPs from NYC who travel to California for business. Dr. Ali’s expertise ranges from wellness and health to beauty and the vampire facial.

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The jeweler Jay Waldmann has been interested in beautiful and precious things even from a young age. Twenty years ago, Waldmann opened a jewelry store in Southampton as a satellite to his flagship store in Dusseldorf, Germany. The shop, located at 25 Main Street, sells vintage jewelry, including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and pieces from the 18th to 20th centuries that bear stamps from such luxury brands as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Bulgari, and Tiffany. The shop also sells vintage watches, including rare Rolex’s with handpainted, colored dials from the ’60s and ’70s. Hurry in this weekend because the Southampton store is open only until September 2, but the shop in Dusseldorf is open all year.

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Elizabeth Taylor’s to-die-for 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud went on the block when Guernsey’s Auction house owner, Arlan Ettinger, wielded the hammer at the Pierre Hotel

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1. Bob Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Honorees 2. Jean Shafiroff and Jesse Warren, Southampton Village Mayor 3. Jean Shafiroff, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Chair, Caitlin Diebold O’Connell, Junior Chair, Cindy Willis, Chair



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On Saturday, August 3, Southampton Hospital Foundation and Southampton Hospital Association held the 61st Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Summer Party honoring Martin and Jean Shafiroff. Over 700 guests danced to live music by Groove Society while enjoying sumptuous dining and fantastical décor by Lawrence Scott Events. The event benefited the Hospital’s Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department, a Level III adult trauma center, which is the sole provider of 24/7 emergency care on the East End. In 2018, the ED had over 21,900 visitors. – Southampton Hospital Foundation



4. Caitlin Diebold O’Connell, Babi Ahluwalia, Fashion Chair, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Cindy Willis, Sachin Ahluwalia, Fashion Chair 5. Jean Shafiroff, Marigay McKee, CEO & Founder MM Luxe Consulting, Fern Mallis, Fashion Icon 6. Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce and Hilary Geary Ross 7. Jeffrey and NancyJane Loewy, Auction Chair 8. Dr. John and Alessandra Hubbell, Medical Chairs, Dr. Charles and Diane Guida, Medical Chairs 9. Melanie and John Wambold, Former Chair and Hospital Trustee 10. Ann Grimm, Former Chair, Jean Shafiroff, Jean Little, President’s Chair, and Remmel Dickinson







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On August 3, the Hamptons celebrated our heroes when Operation Warrior Shield (OWS) hosted a fundraiser and dance party at the Hedge Club, in Southampton, the newest arrival on the Hamptons party scene. Operation Warrior Shield’s primary mission is to provide comprehensive programs for service members, veterans, and first responders, with a focus on healing their hidden wounds through no-cost, holistic wellness services and connecting veterans to resources that address unemployment and homelessness. OWS is joined in this effort by both the David Lynch Foundation, which trains veterans in transcendental meditation (TM) for PTSD, and Brig Gen Loree Sutton, MD, the director of veterans services for the City of New York. According to the VA’s national suicide data report, 22 veterans, many young, commit suicide daily. Operation Warrior Shield and other organizations sound a clarion call for the need to assist military and their families, who fight a daily battle for improved quality of life and a path to physical and mental health and well-being.

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An active supporter of several charitable initiatives, Lizzie Asher co-hosted the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Late Night Party. The event, which was chaired by Larry Milstein, took place at the Lichtenstein Theater and featured a live performance by the music artist Alice Longyu Gao. Lizzie, who also helped relaunch the Young Friends of Save Venice earlier this year, has been named as one of Hamptons best dressed.

The preeminent fine dining supper club Southampton Social Club hosted a star-studded summer soirée. Guests sipped on Prosecco DOC, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and 1907 water, while posing for photos in the Brussels Airlines photo booth and in front of the Hometown Flower Co. truck. Ann Liguori’s Dune Jewelry Collection was on display as were other luxury products.











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Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Selena Gomez, and Rita Ora are all clients of Dr. Ehsan Ali, the Beverly Hills concierge doctor. VIPs who live or travel to Hollywood seek Dr. Ali for a full range of beauty and wellness treatments that include personalized IV drips. The singer Lana Del Rey and famous actors helped the good doctor celebrate his 40th birthday at the Andaz West Hollywood hotel.

50 Cent, Gordon Ramsey, Jermaine Dupri, Floyd Mayweather, and Lil Jon are among the celebrities who flock to Scores in Atlantic City when every other venue closes down. They come to listen to world class DJs and watch the sun come up over the boardwalk. The legendary Gentlemen’s Club inside the Hard Rock Hotel is open all year. Before dancing into the wee hours, VIPs are spotted having dinner at Robert’s Steakhouse, also located in the hotel.









Christie Brinkley’s kids Sailor and Jack Brinkley-Cook were the grand marshals of Audrey Gruss’s Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s 4th annual Race of Hope in Southampton. Karen and Richard Lefrak, Robert Wilson, and Jamee Gregory were among the 750 walkers and runners joining them for the 5K course around Lake Agawam, sanctioned by the USA Track and Field. The event raised $275,000. Next up is their luncheon in NYC on November 6 at the Plaza.




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ohn Brady grew up in Montauk, graduated in 1996 from East Hampton High School, and attended SUNY Maritime College Merchant Marines to study mechanical engineering. Prior to his real estate career, John and his wife, Paty Brady, owned a marketing company in Mexico. A consistently top producer since entering real estate in 2006, John has been mentioned on the Fox Business Channel with Neil Cavuto and the BBC, and in Crain’s Business, the Financial Times, the New York Post, the London Daily Telegraph, Dan’s Papers, the Independent, the East Hampton Star, Social Life magazine, and on the front page of the Southampton Press, and has been featured in Hamptons Real Estate Showcase magazine. John studies the real estate market like a stock broker studies stocks. He says, “As an expert, it is my responsibility to know the numbers.” John is a firm believer that you can’t truly know your market unless you work all aspects of it. This includes new construction, luxury homes, land, developments, first-time homebuyer programs and financing, foreclosure (REO), and short sales (default servicing). John is knowledgeable about all of them. Since 2006 he has been responsible for 50 to 70 new transactions every year (compared to the national average of 4 to 6 transactions per agent per year). The Brady Team consists of the team leader and listing agent, John Brady; three specialists: Patricia Brady, Lourdes Alban, and Brooke Bramoff; and a full-time administrative assistant. He and his team are based in the East Hampton and Westhampton Beach Saunders offices.

It’s hard to believe that you can have this remote getaway on Napeague Bay, where only 11 owners on this street get to have this beach all to themselves. This property is just nine lots from the beach. It’s a builder’s own home that was expanded in 1993 with the living room, impressive stone fireplace, second story master bedroom with wood-burning fireplace, full bath with Jacuzzi, and access to the attic with at least 6 feet of headroom for storage. The original part of the house consists of three additional bedrooms, two baths, a den with wood-burning fireplace, and the open kitchen with sliders to the back deck. Whether this is a year-round home for the fantastic school in Amagansett or a summer getaway, it is a unique location. There is also room for a pool. There are wetlands to the rear of the property, so the options for a pool will be between the main house and existing garage or substituting the detached garage for an in-ground pool. The owner put it best, “It’s the quietness that I loved for so long at this location.” Not until you arrive, do you realize that there’s something so special about the Napeague. Enjoy the serenity and just let it be. Saunders & Associates John Brady Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 26 Montauk Highway, East Hampton 33 Sunset Avenue, Westhampton Beach | c/ 631.294.4216 Social Life


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est Seekers International’s Noel Roberts wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when he moved to the Hamptons in 2016. While living in Manhattan, he was instrumental in arranging financing for Hamptons-based real estate developers, but truth be told, he had never stepped foot on the East End of Long Island. What was originally a sixmonth working holiday turned into a permanent stay. Noel quickly realized why the Hamptons captures people’s hearts — from the luxurious homes and beaches to the dining and art scene. With a decade of real estate and business experience, Noel works with individuals, investors, and developers interested in the Hamptons most coveted properties and specializes in new developments and value-added projects. He has a successful track record of guiding local real estate developers through the process of identifying suitable properties, negotiating deals, arranging financing, and helping to ensure a smooth and successful closing. A high-touch salesperson known for his extensive market knowledge and his unmatched devotion to clients, Noel’s success is based almost exclusively on referrals. He earns the respect of his clients by working tirelessly on their behalf and by offering candid advice. Noel also uses the latest media and advertising technologies and is the founder of Hamptons Spectator, a lifestyle and real estate publication based in East Hampton. Before moving to the Hamptons, Noel lived in Manhattan, where he provided consulting and capital-raising services to both residential and commercial developers. Recently, Noel launched Hamptons Private Client (, a unique service for both sellers of high-end real estate who prefer privacy and distinguished buyers. This new venture represents an inventory of off-market properties and coming-soon listings. Off-market listings are properties that sellers have decided to sell, but prefer not to list on the open market. In some instances, prospective purchasers may be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Hamptons Private Client offers more than real estate opportunities. The goal is to bring together prominent individuals and families

who summer in the Hamptons, and the greater New York community, who seek private and exclusive opportunities to network, and exchange new information and ideas. Members will gain access to curated experiences, exclusive gatherings, and private conferences held in the Hamptons. It’s just brilliant! Nest Seekers International Noel Roberts Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 62 Park Place, East Hampton o/ 631.324.1050, ext. 4462 c/ 917.828.3061




Exceptional opportunity to own this 6,000 +/- modern estate in one of the Hamptons most sought-after locations. This recently renovated home is sited on nearly two-acres +/- south of the highway in an area known for its exceptionally beautiful ocean beaches, open skies, and captivating sunsets. Featuring 6 luxurious bedrooms, and 6.5 bathrooms, the house offers well-appointed amenities and an exceptional layout. You’ll be welcomed by an open kitchen, dining area, fireplace, and walls of glass for an indoor/outdoor living experience. Hardwood floors guide you throughout the elegantly furnished home. A spacious master suite features a large closet, and a bathroom featuring a diverse range of marbles and other materials add vibrancy and class. You'll find 5 additional bedrooms, equally as elegant, equipped with smart TVs. Upper-level bedrooms have balconies that allow you to take advantage of the peaceful views. Step out to an expansive deck overlooking the oversized 50-foot heated Gunite pool, and a professionally landscaped lawn that provides the ultimate setting for entertainment and recreation. This special home has been remodeled to perfection and is located in a private neighborhood south of the highway. Social Life



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Bridgehampton. Just four properties from the beach in a coveted Ocean Road location is just the prologue to the story that describes this masterfully constructed 7-bedroom residence poised on a beautifully landscaped acre deep within Bridgehampton South. Exquisitely detailed and meticulously maintained, this 8,000 SF+/- home on three levels of living space includes double height entry over richly stained wood floors that fan out to include formal living room and an intimate den with fireplace that will quickly become a favorite haunt to peruse your latest tome while enjoying that post prandial cigar. Entertain effortlessly with large eat in gourmet kitchen that opens to its own sitting room with fireplace as well as the formal dining room. A guest suite, powder room and a three-car garage complete the first floor. Upstairs the master wing with fireplaced sitting room and private balcony is joined by 4 additional bedroom suites including a featured guest bedroom with its own balcony. The expansive finished lower level offers staff accommodations, home theatre, and recreational areas. Brick patios, covered and uncovered, afford ample space for al fresco dining and for kicking back to take in all the activity in the heated Gunite pool with spa framed by brick patios and lush lawn and landscaping. With the sound of the ocean often heard and its breezes most definitely felt, now is the time to preview this perfectly positioned property just moments from the ocean and everything else that makes the Hamptons a world class destination. Exclusive. $8.95M WEB# 16282

Cavett’s Cove Historical, Private & 900’ Oceanfront Montauk. For more than a century, countless visitors to the eastern most tip of Long Island have discovered the recuperative powers and magical allure of Montauk’s serene yet rugged coastline. World-famous artists and writers have been entranced by this sublime stretch of oceanfront: names like Richard Avedon, Peter Beard, Andy Warhol, Edward Albee, Dick Cavett, Bruce Weber, Paul Simon, Julian Schnabel. All were in their own way captivated by the magical bluffs with epic views to Montauk Point iconic Lighthouse and Block Island beyond. And today, the Bluff House stands ready to welcome another to these shores as this unforgettable retreat sprawls along hundreds of feet of pristine Montauk Point oceanfront. Deeded access to your own protected cove is via your private staircase. This stretch of water is known by surfers as one of the best private surf spots on Long Island while also famous to surf casters for striped bass and the occasional basking seal. The elegant residence, reigning over its own 3+ acres, is traditional on the exterior, but modern and fresh within due to a recent interior renovation that has added significant furniture and important artwork, curated by Bob Melet and included in the sale of this fully furnished 6-bedroom, 7,500 SF+/- house. The handsomely finished walnut floors spread out to find a spacious living room , floor to ceiling 2-sided fireplace, state of the art kitchen, dining room, sensuous master and a media room reigning over 4 additional guest suites. The finished lower level finds a billiards room with bar, screening room, wine cellar, and a staff suite. Outside both covered and uncovered patios provide ample room for lounging and unobstructed views to watch ships come and go as well as the heated Gunite pool with spa serviced by its own cabana bath and framed by Miranda Brook’s stunning landscape design The contiguous 2.8-acre parcel is available for purchase, increasing one’s domain to 6 acres with 535’ along the ocean and allowing for a guest house. The Bluff House, a very singular estate, awaits your arrival. Exclusive. $33.95M WEB# 54557

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ary DePersia’s name has become synonymous with the best in Hamptons real estate. From Southampton to Montauk and from Sagaponack to Shelter Island, Gary has participated in over $3 billion of real estate transactions since 1995. With hundreds of his exclusive listings sold and closed, as well as matching hundreds of his own buyers and renters with the right properties, Gary’s more than 23 years in Hamptons luxury real estate has generated benchmark sales. You may have heard people refer to him in real estate circles as the “go-to man.” To whet your appetite, take a look at one of his elegant oceanfront listings.

150 ROSE HILL ROAD, WATER MILL | $17.95 M A magnificent estate south of the highway in Water Mill, by renowned Hamptons builders/developers Lifton-Green, commands 4.25 manicured acres of expansive lawn, flowering gardens and specimen trees joining the area elite in a most prestigious setting. Looking west over 34 acres of contiguous reserve, the estate offers timeless splendor as gracious elegance combines with stunning architectural details and cutting-edge technology within a nearly 13,000-squarefoot residence on three levels of living space. Its handsome shingled style with gabled roof and the interior’s masterful, yet measured finishes executed to perfection by David Scott Interiors make this home a stunning masterpiece. A double-height paneled foyer welcomes allover Carlisle old growth floors to find the sophisticated living room with fireplace. The expansive state-of-the-art kitchen with adjacent informal living room and fireplace is more than adequate to service the formal dining room, augmented by a large butler’s pantry. An intimate library with custom oak paneled walls and warmed by its own fireplace forms that perfect segue into the main floor master wing

with a 15' domed ceiling that looks out though a curved window wall to the spectacular grounds. Upstairs the featured guest suite reigns over 3 additional bedrooms. Completing the second floor is unfinished space above the 1,100-SF heated three-car garage that could accommodate bedroom, sitting room and bath. Both main and rear staircases join a whole house elevator reaching down to the 4,300+ SF finished lower level that includes 3 bedrooms, optional screening room with adjacent wet bar, dedicated space for a personal gym, custom wine cellar, cedar closet, powder room and access to the outside. Views abound in the park-like grounds created by Michael Derrig. They frame the 72' X 18' pool with spa, two-sided cabana, offering kitchen, changing room and bathroom connected by a shaded patio. The sunken, full size Har-Tru tennis court is set within a sea of lawn forming a verdant canvas upon which rests the entire estate. Corcoran Gary DePersia Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker | | 516.380.0538 Social Life





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On August 3, Amanda Hearst, the great granddaughter of the media mogul William Randolph Hearst, married the movie director Joachim Rønning, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated Kon-Taki; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with Johnny Depp; and the upcoming Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, starring Angelina Jolie. The three-day fairy tale wedding began at Hearst Castle

in San Simeon and ended with a dinner at the Château Marmont in Los Angeles, where the couple met three years ago. Thus, the couple dubbed their nuptials “A Tale of Two Castles.” Amanda wore a white, pearl-encrusted, short dress by Viktor & Rolf to the rehearsal dinner in the castle’s dairy barn. The dinner had a Norwegian theme in honor of the groom’s native land. The event maestro David Monn

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brought in live deer with huge antlers for the guests to pose with before entering the barn furnished with long tables that accommodated 150 guests. The ceiling was draped in blue silk, and the Norwegian flag was placed at one end of the space. The elaborate buffet was set up in front of the fireplace, which was bedecked with greenery and flowers, and the well-worn wooden tables were festooned with small vases filled with colorful field flowers. THE DEER & THE DAIRY BARN The bride’s chic mother, Anne Hearst, dressed in a navy blue column by Alexander McQueen, and her husband, Jay McInerney, greeted guests. Among them were Anne’s handsome and highly eligible son, Randy Harris; her sisters, Victoria and Patricia Hearst; Sharon Bush and her daughters, Ashley and Lauren, and Lauren’s husband, David Lauren; Jerry Bruckheimer; Paula and Tony Peck (Gregory Peck’s son); Hilary and Bobby Marx (the son of Zeppo Marx and the step-son of Frank Sinatra); Stellene Volandes, the editor in chief of Town and Country; George Farias; Robert Zimmerman; Luigi Tadini; Hassan Pierre (Amanda’s business partner at the sustainable fashion house Maison De Mode); Liliana and William Cavendish, and their daughter, Georgiana; Anne Barrish; Cornelia Bergmann; Judith Israel; a group of Anne’s friends from San Francisco; and a large contingent of Norwegians, including Joachim’s parents and brother. Joachim’s father charmingly played the guitar and sang some of his remarks. There was also an amusFront of Hearst Castle ing toastmaster who introduced twenty friends who spoke throughout the fun evening. THE BALL The black-tie ball started with a reception on the castle’s terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean, after the intimate wedding in one of the castle’s smaller cottages. The bells in the twin towers rang to announce the arrival of the bride and groom at the castle’s front door. Amanda was stunning in a white, sustainable dress with silhouetted flowers, by Oscar de Renta’s Fernando Garcia. The dinner was held on a second terrace, with the castle’s magnificent façade as a backdrop. Each of five tables was covered in a white and gold brocade tablecloth and set with white and gold china. The tables were decorated with a centered silver candelabra and bowls brimming with pastel roses and fruit, including cascading grapes. My favorite course was the titanic slice of caviar pie that kicked off the sumptuous dinner. A highlight of the evening was when the groom sat at the grand piano to play and sing the song he had com-

posed to commemorate the occasion. He did this just after giving a moving speech, thanking the bride’s family for welcoming him into the clan. The seated dinner was followed by dancing to a live orchestra, in a Moroccan-themed open-air pavilion adjacent to the legendary Neptune pool. After the first dance, (to the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star”) and the cake cutting, Amanda changed into an elegant white sheath dress with a floating panel, by Galvan; her chignon was secured by a wreath of diamond flowers. After the dessert buffet, Amanda slipped into her going-away dress, a short pale pink confection printed with flowers, by Giambattista Valli. After midnight, the radiant couple descended the castle’s grand staircase as the evening’s final gesture. The guests tossed pink rose petals as the couple drove away in a cream-colored vintage convertible to the property’s private airfield, where they zipped off to Hollywood for their first night together as Mr. and Mrs. Rønning. But wait, there’s more. The wedding guests went to an after party in the Senator’s House at the nearby Hearst Ranch built by William Randolph Hearst’s father, Social Life


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Senator George Hearst, in 1878. We sat around bonfires, sipped more Champagne, and nibbled on sinfully delicious Mexican fare into the wee hours. THE CHÂTEAU The final night of the wedding festivities was hosted by Joachim at the Château Marmont in Los Angeles. Drinks were served in the penthouse that Howard Hughes once called home, and the walls were covered in photos of the couple, many taken by the groom. This reception was followed by a dinner in the Chateau’s fabled gardens. Paris Hilton, a childhood friend of Amanda, manned the turntable for the post-dinner dance. Guests included Lydia Hearst and her husband, Chris Hardwick; Anne’s glamourous niece Gillian Hearst Shaw; Fran Drescher; Mai Musk; Justine and Robert Bloomingdale; Kathy and Rick Hilton; and 175 others of that ilk and stripe. In lieu of gifts, the couple asked for donations to Amanda’s nonprofit animal foundation, Don’t’ be shy. You can donate too! THE WEDDING PLANNER During the toasts, the happy couple thanked their wedding planner, the extraordinarily tasteful and savvy Alison Mazzola, for making their fairy tale a reality. Interior of Hearst Castle





mong the luxurious Los Angeles hotels catering to the jet set, the Château Marmont stands apart. Now in its 90th year — an eternity in youth-obsessed Hollywood — the aristocratic dowager of Sunset Boulevard remains as popular today as ever. This year, Beyoncé and Jay-Z held their Oscars after-party there — in the Château’s garage! — welcoming A-list guests like Rihanna, Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams, Adam Driver, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, and 2019’s best actress winner, Olivia Colman. LA LA LAND, A STAR IS BORN & OLIVER STONE’S THE DOORS Countless movie scenes have been shot in the hotel, among them some in La La Land, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, Oliver Stone’s The Doors, Almost Famous, and Myra Breckenridge. Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film, Somewhere, filmed entirely at the hotel, was an ode to the place, with the protagonist, played by Stephen Dorff, living at the Château. Coppola has been visiting the hotel all her life, and her father, the director Francis Ford Coppola, often checked in for prolonged stays, holing up in a suite or bungalow to write his scripts. THE GREAT GARBO, BETTE DAVIS, HOWARD HUGHES & AMANDA HEARST + JOACHIM RØNNING The Château Marmont is steeped in Hollywood legend. Judy Garland sang by the lobby piano. Greta Garbo lived there under the pseudonym Harriet Brown. Jean Harlow honeymooned at the hotel. Howard Hughes hid from the world here in the penthouse, where years later Amanda Hearst and Joachim Rønning had a second wedding celebration. In the 1950s, the Château Marmont was the only L.A. hotel to welcome Sidney Poitier as a guest. There are the wacky anecdotes: Jim Morrison fell from a balcony; James Dean jumped through a window to audition for Rebel Without a Cause; and a member of Led Zeppelin drove his motorcycle through the lobby. There’s also darker history here: Bette Davis fell asleep with a lit cigarette, nearly causing a fire, and John Belushi overdosed in a hotel property bungalow. ANDRÉ BALAZS & OLD-WORLD CHARM The Château Marmont opened in 1929 with a design based on a French castle in the Loire Valley, and the present owner,

André Balazs, purchased the hotel in 1990, but left the Old World charm intact during updates. Originally built as an apartment house, the 63 rooms, suites, and bungalows function as homes; proportions are gracious, and many suites have kitchens and sitting rooms, and some have formal dining rooms and private terraces. The place is imbued with a subtle chic; there’s a bit of the feeling of old Hollywood glamour. The intimate indoor dining room, famous garden terrace, and lobby bar are favorites with the Hollywood crowd. “Please refrain from taking photographs” is printed on the menus. Château Marmont Social Life



THE COUNTESS AT FOXWOODS By R. Couri Hay Center, located near the hotel. The resort offers four different hotel properties, each with different prices and styles of accommodations. Head to the website to find the perfect one for you and your family.

THE COUNTESS & FRIENDS FOXWOODS Countess Luann de Lesseps, of The Real Housewives of New York, lured me to see her razzle-dazzle, not-to-be-missed show, The Countess & Friends, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. Vanity Fair’s Michelle Collins said it didn’t matter where you were seated, because right in front of the audience was: “A VISION OF CLASS!! And a Countess who is a-THRIVING!” Aside from the impressive history found at Mashantucket, in Southeastern Connecticut, Foxwoods is also the largest resort casino in North America, with seemingly endless gaming options, an award-winning No. 1 golf course with more than 7,300 yards, state-of-the-art theaters, high-end spas, and restaurants from fast food to gourmet. MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT TRIBAL NATION The casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. To learn more about the region and the tribe, make sure to visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research

ZIP-LINING, BOWLING, AND KARTING If gambling is not your idea of fun, you can still have a great time at Foxwoods. The resort offers a wide choice of shows, ranging from comedy and live concerts to fireworks every Saturday night. Put your adventure hat on and go zip-lining! The Highflyer Zipline is 350 feet high and 3,750 feet long, with the entire resort as your bird’s eye view. If you’re scared of heights, stick to the arcade, bowling, hiking, escape rooms, karting, or the new Hologate virtual reality attraction. This machine will transport you to another planet, where you might end up fighting robots or dragons. Or you can enjoy the resort’s massive pool. You can’t be bored here. If you still have energy, the nightclubs will keep you up all night long. THE RED SOX’S BIG PAPI Red Sox fans now have an extra reason to visit Foxwoods. Big Papi, a.k.a. David Ortiz, is the new designated ambassador of Foxwoods. The World Series MVP and three-time champion has partnered with the resort, and if you want a good laugh, check out the Foxwoods website to see Ortiz in every single corner of the resort. Guests can download the Foxwoods mobile app to win prizes by finding the four large portraits of Big Papi at the resort. If you’re ready to hunt down Big Papi during your next vacation, here’s the link to book your trip. Enjoy! Foxwoods





he verdict is in: There is absolutely nothing to dislike about Toronto, arguably the most urbane (and friendly) city in all of Canada. Don’t even get me started on adjectives — diverse, eclectic, fashionable, laid-back, artsy — I could go on and on. Perched on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, this vibrant metropolis should be manna for New Yorkers. With a smattering of soaring skyscrapers offset by lush green spaces, chic boutiques juxtaposed with an endless array of vintage shops and upscale eateries, well, dwarfed, by the number of sumptuous international cheap eats, Toronto is, upon first glance, a little Big Apple. Soon enough, you’ll realize that you are indeed away. This is Canada, after all, and despite being in the country’s largest city, (and considered the world’s most global city) the vibe is decidedly chill. Enjoy it. Among the city’s most elegant and luxurious digs is Four Seasons Toronto, located in the Yorkville neighborhood. A short walk to chic shops in Yorkville and nearby Bloor Street, the city’s most elegant restaurants and galleries, and a collection of world class museums, this well-placed five star is also just minutes from the financial and entertainment districts. Speaking of Yorkville, book a spacious Yorkville Premier Room, marked by a sleek, modern design, expansive city views, floor-toceiling windows, and a host of amenities, including an ultra high-def smart TV, in-room iPad to access Four Seasons services, and a Bose stereo system and charging stations. Four Seasons signature beds dressed in lush linens ensure extreme comfort. The bathroom feels like a mini-spa, bedecked in granite and featuring one of the largest soaking tubs we’ve ever experienced. If the en suite tub isn’t quite enough, make your way to the spa, arguably one of the largest and most fully-serviced in the city. While there is no shortage of treatments, go local and take in a coffee &

maple sugar scrub, which is inspired by that oh-so-patently Canadian flavor. Designed to deeply exfoliate and infuse skin with ultimate moisture, the process is finished with an ultra-hydrating shea butter application to leave skin smooth and replenished. Flavor is the name of the game in Toronto, and while some of the planet’s most interesting eats are within a short walk, consider an onsite indulgence with Café Boulud. Hailed as one of the city’s best restaurants, Café Boulud, is the chef Daniel Boulud’s reimagined French Brasserie . . . with many Canadian twists. You simply can’t go wrong with the plats du jour. Another local favorite is confit de canard, a thoughtful duck leg confit and foie gras with farro fennel, pomegranate, and carrot purée. Bring a glass of wine (or craft brew) back to your room and enjoy having gotten away from it all, Canada-style. Four Seasons Toronto Social Life





orn out by socializing this summer? Pack those bags and head to one of these fantastic four destinations after Labor Day and before the obligatory changing of the wardrobe . . .

The Delightful Dorchester, London The hotel’s name comes from the 1792 private residence of the Earl of Dorchester. This Dorchester’s prime location opposite leafy Hyde Park was home to the American embassy before being rebuilt as a hotel in 1931. Now a Grade II Listed building (England’s equivalent to landmark status), its interior has been maintained to five-star standards. The bar mixes magical cocktails under the leadership of Giuliano Morandin and dining will be re-imagined in The Grill under the stewardship of the new head chef, Tom Booton, this autumn.

The Marvellous Le Meurice, Paris Charles Augustin-Meurice wanted to attract British travelers seeking somewhere to stay in Paris, and so in 1835 Le Meurice was born. Today, Le Meurice has a global clientele, although the same basic premise underpins the establishment: to be your home while visiting Paris. It is located across from the Tuilleries and a short walk to the Louvre and has one of the world’s most talented pastry chefs, Cedric Grolet, and the two-Michelin star Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse. Leaving the property is challenging. Stay in the new rooftop suite with a patio offering 360-degree views of the Paris skyline and leaving will likely be impossible.

The Captivating Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and attracts affluent travelers with a mixture of spacious hotel rooms, suites, and luxury villas. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits are abundant throughout the destination’s restaurants and bars, a 370-slip marina, equestrian club, La Terraza Tennis Center, and 245-acre shooting club. For more than 40 years, this discreet enclave has been a favored escape for the world’s financial moguls, politicos, and Hollywood elite, including Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Michael Jordan, and President Bill Clinton.

The Superlative Shangri-La Hotel, Paris The former home of Napoléon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, remains on the site of Shangri-La Hotel Paris, in the heart of the city and around the corner from the exclusive fashion designers on avenue Montaigne and avenue George V. While royalty no longer lives here full time, the attentive staff and discreet check-in ensure you receive the royal treatment right from the start. Many rooms have an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. Ask for the Krug Terrace, a speakeasy-style bar inside room 410. Its patio has a limited number of must-have outdoor tables with direct views to savor. Dine at La Bauhinia and enjoy a selection of light dishes inspired by French and Southeast Asian cuisine.





xuma’s inimitable Grande Isle Resort & Spa will pamper and relax you like no other Caribbean location. With stunning sunsets and pristine white sands, Exuma’s natural treasures are just steps from the property’s spacious villas featuring all the comforts of home, plus more. Get ready to drink in the sun as you swim in the infinity-edge pool with views of sparkling Emerald Bay. At the alfresco poolside restaurant, experience authentic Caribbean cuisine while you enjoy turquoise waters and island breezes. The restaurant is kid friendly too! Exuma is one of the more under-the-radar Caribbean islands and it is awe-striking and utterly relaxing. The island offers an experience pure and authentic with a landscape undiscovered and unspoiled by crowds. Social Life travel editors and discerning travelers just love it!

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ocated right between the Condado Lagoon and steps from the beach, and with loads of city swagger, O:LV Fifty Five is a sophisticated city tower styled from the ground up by the design powerhouse responsible for winning two of London’s Boutique Hotel Awards: The Best Design Hotel of the World and the Best New Boutique Hotel. This hotel is an opulent all-suite, adults-only playground in San Juan that brings big city swagger to la isla bonita. Loisse Herger and Fernando Davila’s second hotel (O:Live Boutique is the first) strikes design awe in San Juan, a city in the process of post-hurricane revitalization. The sleek, designer-inspired aesthetic boasts gorgeous, sumptuous suites, stocked with film noir-esque artwork, floor-toceiling headboards, black-and-white marble floors, and turquoise and purple furnishings. The open public spaces are sultry, adorned with

velvet and gold, while a bi-level rooftop features an infinity pool. Raya, directed by the local celeb chef Mario Pagan, serves up inventive bar food like spiced adobo kurobuta ribs, wasabi grilled cheese, and an over-the-top burger layered with havarti cheese, egg, and roasted garlic mayo — so tasty! Cool things about the property: • The hotel’s rooftop DJ booth was made from parts of an old Rolls Royce. • Most of the 26 suites have a view of the Condado Lagoon. • Carib-Asian cuisine at Raya is deliciously spectacular. O:LV Fifty Five Social Life



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don’t know about you, but rather than feeling bittersweet as September approaches, a different emotion takes over: wanderlust. Wait. Is that an emotion or a primal urge? Either way, both my head and my heart are saying get up and go. Lucky for me, and any likeminded peripatetic, this is a blockbuster season to get thee out of thy comfort zone and see the world. $160 million renovation. No matter which suite you choose, you’ll feel like royalty. Be sure to dine on-site at Speilsalen, which is helmed by the world champion chef and 2017 Bocuse d’Or silver medalist, Christopher Davidsen. The wine program, headed by the triple Norwegian wine sommelier champion, Henrik Dahl Jahnsen, will make your head spin in more ways than one.

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TRONDHEIM, NORWAY; ON TOP OF THE WORLD Trondheim, Norway, located on the imposing Trondheim Fjord, is just sixty miles south of the Arctic Circle — yes, that’s getting away from it all. That said, it is the third largest city in Norway, and instantly recognizable by its streets lined with colorful homes and filled with historic monuments. September through October is a perfect time to visit, with milder temperatures, fewer crowds, and beautiful colors (the nights also begin to get dark again, allowing for starry skies and possible glimpses of the northern lights). Two can’t-miss autumn citywide events are Trondheim Pride (September 6–15), central Norway’s largest LGBT+ event, and the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival (September 23–29). Nearby, the town of Røros is known for leading Norway’s local food movement and making the entire region a foodie destination. Our lodging recommendation is the new Hotel Britannia which Henrik Dahl Jahnsen opened last April after a four-year,

Since you’re in the neighborhood . . . After nearly a decade, Copenhagen’s main city square, Kongens Nytorv, is finally reopening this fall. In fact, aside from a few peeks, the square has been under constant construction for nearly 30 years. Be one of the first to take in its dazzling majesty and beauty with a stay at d’Angleterre, the city’s grand dame hotel since 1755. Known as the “White Lady” of Copenhagen, this spectacular property features a Michelin-starred restaurant, Marchal; a state-of-the-art Amazing Space spa; the city’s only Champagne bar, Balthazar; and a unique floral design atelier and boutique, Creations. While in town, don’t miss Copenhagen’s iconic (and newly reopened) Noma. Yes, that Noma. From October 15 through December 21, this restaurant that outdoes all others will showcase Game & Forest Season; it’s the only time of year when meat headlines the restaurant’s menu. Make a reservation! Balthazar Champagne Bar, d’Angleterre

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Lavaux and Lake Geneva

LAVAUX: WINE HARVEST AND PRIVATE GARDENS There is no more appropriate (or romantic) time than autumn to visit Switzerland’s Lavaux wine region. Overlooking majestic Lake Geneva and a bucolic landscape dotted with wineries and towns that date to medieval times, harvest here — and everything that comes with it — is best enjoyed from the home base of iconic Beau-Rivage Palace. Offering a spectacular vantage point from Europe’s highest mountain range, the hotel is situated at the foot of the Alps on ten acres of private gardens, with greenhouses and wooded parkland, in nearby Lausanne. Guests can arrange a private wine tour with the hotel’s vintage car, or schedule visits to artisanal chocolatiers and watchmakers in the mountains. Dine at the two-Michelin-starred Anne-Sophie Pic, which is currently under the tutelage of its eponymous chef, the only female French chef to hold three Michelin stars in more than 50 years. The restaurant offers a robust list of over 3,000 wines and 75,000 bottles.

GALÀPAGOS ISLANDS: FUR SEAL MATING SEASON Feeling amorous? The seals of the Pacific will be breeding soon and, while the spectacular wildlife of the Galàpagos Islands attracts visitors year round, October is a particularly special time to visit as the local seals and sea lions begin their mating rituals, and giant sea tortoises throughout the archipelago begin laying eggs. Don’t ask a lot of questions . . . just take it from us: You can’t miss this. The luxury tour operator, Classic Journeys, offers more than 90 itineraries in 42 countries on six continents; however, its Galàpagos Islands itinerary is arguably the most impressive for seeing wildlife. Classic Journeys recently revamped its Galàpagos Islands itineraries; instead of island hopping by boat, guests can enjoy the comfort of staying on land throughout an entire seven-day, six-night trip. In addition to spotting all sorts of wildlife, guests can stargaze from the balconies and beaches of these carefully selected accommodations and see stars from both the northern and southern hemisphere at once.


Dunton River Camp Tent

DUNTON RIVER CAMP, COLORADO ROCKIES If playing it safe with a stateside adventure is more your speed, check out Dunton River Camp located at Cresto Ranch in Colorado. With eight luxurious canvas tents near the Colorado Rockies, this seasonal resort, only 20 feet from the Dolores River, includes a main lodge (a restored 19th-century farmhouse) with a dining room, guest salon, and wraparound deck with spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains. Greater than glamping, each tent features a king size bed with luxury bedding, gas stove, spacious en-suite bathroom, and private lounging porch. Instagramable? You bet! And why not hone your skills while you’re at it. From September 27 through September 30, the resort will host its first-ever iPhone Photography Workshop in collaboration with the professional photographers Austin Mann and Esther Mann. The three-night photographic retreat includes iPhone photography instruction from the Manns; accommodations; all meals and beverages (booze, too!); use of mountain bikes; fly-fishing gear and other outdoor activity equipment; and two halfday guided hikes.



THE CHARLES HOTEL MUNICH By Anthony Giampetruzzi The Charles Hotel, Monforte Suite

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unich, the capital of Bavaria, Germany, is known for many things, not least of all is its proximity to some of the most spectacular destinations in Bavaria and neighboring Austria. Salzburg, although ancient, has been made famous as the setting for The Sound of Music. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a little more than two hours north of Munich, is a charming walled town that is arguably one the most authentic nods to medieval Europe. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, just over the Austrian border, had a tainted connection to the Third Reich as the locale for the 1936 Olympics and Nazi military hospital center during World War II, but has emerged as one of Germany’s premier destinations for hiking, skiing and biking. And, of course, Dachau, the first, and the model for all subsequent, concentration camps under the Nazi regime. This sobering destination, which will result in the need for some serious downtime, is perhaps the most important history lesson you’ll ever learn. Read: Don’t think twice about it. Munich itself is a study in contrasts. Largely destroyed during World War II, its history is a reflection of the larger saga of Bavaria. Grand, imposing, dark, and mysterious, every turn of the Old Town reveals another chapter of this iconic hub of politics, commerce, fashion, and fancy. You’ll want a good guide and a great pair of walking shoes to take it all in. Book Mathew Ian Bruffell

( with plenty of notice. An expert on Munich, Bavaria, the Third Reich, and the entire Alpine region, Mat’s enthusiasm and passion astounds. Ask Mat about one new attraction you simply can’t miss: the new Munich Documentation Center. This dumbfounding display focuses on the history and consequences of the Nazi regime and the role of Munich as Hauptstadt der Bewegung, “capital of the movement.” Plan on four hours or more, and then head straight to a beer hall. You’ll want a drink. Already exhausted by your options? Start with the basics and book your stay at The Charles Hotel, one of the jewels in the Rocco Forte crown. Located in a unusually quiet district of the city, and nestled between the Old Botanical Garden, the Karlsplatz and the Königsplatz, the Charles Hotel is the ideal starting point for both business and private travelers. At once both modern and harkening to the heady days of this center of the modern world, The Charles Hotel is decked out in quiet natural colors and noble woods and natural stones of traditional Bavarian origin, but offset by offbeat sculpture, paintings, and photography by talented locals. In keeping with the theme of contrasts, the hotel exudes a contemporary vibe while maintaining its mantle of grand: The rooms are, well, roomy, with most overlooking the Botanical Gardens; some of the most stately structures of the city; and, on a clear day, the imposing Alps. Bathrooms complement the beautiful rooms, and one of our favorite touches was the bath amenities, Irene Forte Skincare, created Social Life



The Charles Hotel, Monforte Suite


by Irene Forte, the wellness director of Rocco Forte Hotels and Sir Rocco Forte’s daughter. Squirrel away a handful of these to take home with you! If spreading out is your jam, book the Royal Monforte Suite on the eighth floor. Distinguished by its open concept, its bedroom, living and dining room, working area, and fully equipped kitchen are all made even more attractive by a separate private entrance and extra security. The Charles Spa is a welcome respite after a day of walking the city or local environs, and features indoor pool, heated loungers, steam bath, sauna, wellness showers, and a relaxation room. Want to move some more? A well-appointed gym and private training sessions (Pilates, tai chi, or yoga) will wear you out. Massages, facials, and body treatments featuring Irene Forte Skincare or Cellcosmet products from Switzerland are divine.

Perhaps the property’s pièce de résistance is Sophia’s Restaurant and Bar. The Michelin starred chef Michael Hüsken heads up a brilliant team who stress the importance of regional and seasonal products with some guest appearances from more exotic flavors and ingredients. This is Germany, so think the best meats; the freshest fish; and local vegetables, fruits, spices and herbs. From roasted Arctic char with soubise sauce and sweet and sour onions to duck breast with carrot ginger puree, wild broccoli, and tamarind jus . . . as is typical in Germany, you will likely pass out from food before drink. Whether it’s your jumping-off point, your all-in history lesson, or a combo of the two, Munich is among the best of the best in Europe. It’s made all the better by being host to one of the most impressive of all the Rocco Forte properties: The Charles Hotel.


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Let me inspire you! BY ANDREA CORREALE If the end of summer means a return to reality. For me it is indeed a reprieve from stuffing myself and my guests with endless trays of sinful nosh, and a devil-may-care attitude toward that second glass of Rosé. I like to view September as the beginning of a new year. Naturally, you’re wondering about my favorite seasonal dishes and, voila, they are simple: Indian Summer/Say Hello to Fall Salads. My desired staple is the beet which enjoys a certain cachet in the pantheon of good-for-you foods. Beets are delicious and versatile, and almost always fit well into a healthy and balanced diet. Surprisingly low in calories, they pack a onetwo punch: they are a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamin C. Meanwhile, important nitrates play a key role in lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. And, they are simply gorgeous.

Fall Salad INGREDIENTS: 2 lb. red and golden roasted beets, cut bite size 1.5 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons maple syrup ¼ teaspoon sea salt teaspoon fresh cracked pepper 5 pieces grilled and sliced chicken cutlets ½ cup sesame seeds ½ cup sun-dried cranberries 1 cup goat cheese 5 cups of kale, washed and torn into bite sized pieces (cut off the stems first).


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FOR THE DRESSING: 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove minced Salt and pepper to taste ¼ cup extra virgin olive oi INSTRUCTIONS: Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and toss. Add dressing and toss. Add extra s&p to taste. Social Life



HAPPY TAILS By Sharon Roth


fter months of sand, surf, and lazy twilights, fall is almost here . . . and, as much as we love summer, we are simply crazy about fall. Jewel-toned crispy leaves, perfect temperatures to get stuff done while we can still play outside, cute knit sweaters in fun colors named after vegetables . . . and lots of brunch cocktailing of course! Keep it all nice and healthy, advises Tanya Becker, the co-founder of Physique 57, the innovative barre class approach that has gone from workout sensation to empire since its 2006 launch. With so many options today and our growing knowledge of body chemistry, it is easier than ever before to drink low-cal and anti-bloat. “Here’s a cocktail with benefits I recommend,” says Becker. “It is not just delicious, but great for anyone with belly issues — rich in probiotics!”

Tequila is another way to go for healthy imbibing, notes Sergey Knazev, the co-founder of Perfectomundo Tequila, an award-winning label known for its smooth, rich expression, vanilla nutty flavor, and stellar craftsmanship. Tequila, he explains, is not only a probiotic digestive aid that helps with bloating, but the agave helps to lower our blood sugar, promoting weight loss.

Strawberry Kombucha Physique 4 ounces vodka 12 ounces ginger kombucha 2 tablespoon lemon juice 1 cup strawberries orange bitters to taste “It is best to have strawberry flavored vodka,” she adds. You can also soak one cup of strawberries in vodka for three to four days before. Healthy yes, but yum.

Perfectoginger Paloma 2 ounces Perfectomundo blanco tequila 1 ounce aperol 2 ounces grapefruit juice 1 tablespoon agave nectar 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 ounces ginger Directions are complicated: Mix together all. And drink.

And don't forget about quantity: We don't need Tanya Becker to tell us that while a couple of these divine and somewhat beneficial concoctions won’t harm our fitness efforts overmuch, 14 might be a different story. Let’s raise our fall healthtails and toast goodbye to summer 2019. And hello to a fabulous — and fit — fall and holidays ahead!

As the founder of JK Chef Collection and JK Wedding Collection — and the premier source of private chefs and event management in the Hamptons — Jack Kelly’s healthy libation can’t be as simple to make. And we can expect the blend of retro chic and modern edge that is his signature. Gin, anyone?

East Hampton Elderflower 2 ounces gin 1 ½ teaspoons elderflower liqueur 1 ½ teaspoons bianco vermouth 4 ½ teaspoons lemon juice 4–5 slices of cucumber, quartered 1 egg white cucumber peels and lemon zest Slice cucumber into quarters and add to gin, elderflower liqueur, vermouth, and lemon juice. Add egg white and ice and shake until frothy. Double strain into glass and add lemon zest and cucumber peels for garnish. Drink and enjoy. (After drink is finished, eat liquor-soaked cucumber slices. As your vegetable for the day.)





ach summer among the throng of visitors and residents who mingle in the Hamptons are the personalities you need to meet who not only help make the Hamptons the special place it is but also bring something unique to it.





Kenneth Fishel is the CEO of the family-run New York–based real estate organization Renaissance Properties. The luxury real estate agency prides itself on bringing the highest level of comfort and modern technology within the most elegant build-outs, which provide the best living spaces and the fastest services to all of its tenants. Kenneth, together with his wife, Maria, is dedicated to numerous charitable causes. Since 2009, the Fishels have been strong supporters of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, where they have been instrumental in raising funds for cancer research.

Stacey is a practicing attorney in NY, who turned her passion of saving homeless animals into co-founding her own non-profit animal rescue called Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. The rescue was founded in 2014 and has saved more than 4,000 homeless dogs across the country since its inception. Stacey works tirelessly to help the neediest dogs and gives them a second chance at finding their perfect forever homes. You can follow the rescue’s incredible work by going to its social media on Facebook and Instagram.





Jackie Rogers is the only designer today who worked alongside the great Mlle Chanel. Jackie has been designing couture clothing for many of the world’s most stylish and influential women for the past forty years. Her clothing is immediately recognizable for its bias cut, fabrications, and simplicity of line and is in high demand throughout the world. Each piece is made in New York and to her exacting specifications and is available in New York, Palm Beach, her website, and at her recent presentation in Southampton.

After a highly successful career in sales and marketing, Jackie chose to pursue her dream of working with and helping animals in need. Working with charities helped her identify where the greatest unserved needs lie and prompted her to co-found Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, whose 2019 gala event is this coming October 22, 2019.

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By Lyss Stern

Alexis Fishman, Lyss Stern, Stefanie Bash


or most people, it takes a kick in the tush to make a change in their lives. For me, it took a broken elbow. A few months ago, I was working out on a Pilates reformer. The number one rule of using these machines: focus. But to be honest, my mind was in a million different places. I was thinking about a present I needed to buy for a five-year-old’s birthday party my daughter was invited to. I had to get my 12-year-old son to an audition as soon as he got out of school (Could we make it downtown in an Uber in less than 10 minutes?). I was planning my mother’s 70th birthday brunch (mental note: email the baker the cake should say, “Happy Birthday, #Nanadoll!”) and my 15-year-old had left his baseball uniform at home — I had to run it over to practice so he wouldn’t be benched. As I stretched and pulled and twisted and sweated, I could feel the tension in every joint. Ugh! I forgot to send out that email blast about the upcoming DivaMoms book club event Sunday! I had promised three days ago to edit the latest draft of a TV pilot I’m writing. Then the phone rang . . . and I answered it. It was my son’s high school calling about a problem that really wasn’t a problem, and by the time I hung up, I was so frazzled and distracted, I literally fell off the Pilates machine. It all happened in a split second: I didn’t want my face to hit the floor (plastic surgery is so expensive!), so I cushioned the fall with my left arm. I felt a pop, then searing pain. I literally saw stars and thought I would hurl or faint or possibly both at the same time. The instructor and the other women in the class swarmed around me, so I was too embarrassed to do either. Instead, I hailed a cab (with my right arm!) and headed to the nearest hospital. All of the plans I had been trying to figure out went out the window. I was now stuck in the emergency room for three hours, waiting to get X-rayed. When I got home, my arm was in a cast, and I was emotionally upset with myself. My family tried to be sympathetic, but I truly blamed myself for allowing this to happen. Why was I trying to juggle so many balls in the air at once? It was inevitable that one or five of them

would hit the ground. No one has that many hands (unless you are an octopus) — I just didn’t expect to fall with them. My friends like to tease me that I’m Wonder Woman (the long dark hair does bear a striking resemblance). But here’s the thing: Some days, I don’t have my cape on. I can’t do it all, all by myself. As much as I’d like to think of myself as a superhero in heels, I need some time off for good behavior. We give our kids a time out. Couldn’t someone give me one once in a while? Shayna Greenberg, Lyss Stern A friend called to check up on me while I was healing. “What are you doing?” she asked. “Breathing,” I replied. She thought that was the best answer she’d ever heard. And I meant it — that was all I was doing and it was enough. There’s this little reminder that automatically comes up on the Apple watch my kids gave me last Mother’s Day. Once a day, it buzzes on my wrist to remind me to breathe mindfully. Every time I see it, I hit mute. Who has time to take three minutes out of a day to inhale and exhale in a slow, steady rhythm? But I need to make time; we all do. It’s not selfish to make yourself a priority, to allow your babysitter or your husband or your kids to pitch in so you can indulge in a little self-care session. I found that a cast on my arm was a good reason to start. I hit snooze on my alarm. I took a long, hot shower. I poured myself a glass of rosé. I napped on the couch midday. I turned off my phone ringer and refused to check social media for 24 whole hours (Guess what? Facebook and Instagram were still there in the morning!). Amazingly, I found myself feeling less frustrated, resentful, and angry. I felt more zen, chill, and at peace. The next day, things got done, plans got finalized, deadlines got met. I felt more creative, more empowered, more ready to take on the world. Everything came together, and, I swear, it was because my mind was recharged and running on a full battery for the first time in forever. There was no more mom guilt (breaking your arm guarantees you a getout-of-jail pass for practically every task and obligation). My husband felt bad for me and actually volunteered. My cast came off and I was actually a little sad to see it go. My doctor assures me my arm will be good as new, although it might occasionally ache when it rains. I won’t mind. I’ll think of it as my own internal reminder to just breathe. With the hot, sultry days of summer upon us, take the opportunity to breathe on the beach, on a long walk, and be mindful of your inner voice. Enjoy the last of summer before the kids head back to school, and make lots of memories off-line. u Follow Lyss on Instagram @diva_moms and




STACY KESSLER ACCESSORIES Command Education is one of the country’s most successful education and college consulting firms, with a 94% success rate of getting clients into at least one of their top three schools. “I believe that education should be accessible to everyone,” says Christopher Rim, who founded Command Education in 2015 while still studying at Yale. Many of his clients succeeded, getting into schools like Stanford and Johns Hopkins. “Through that experience I realized my method is good at motivating and inspiring students through this challenging process.” THE WINNING FORMULA Command Education’s unique approach hinges on elite admissions expertise and the science of emotional intelligence. Command Education’s counselors are recent graduates of Ivy League or other top-tier schools, so they all have experience succeeding in the competitive college admissions process. These counselors are close in age to their student clients and are able to advise them on a near-peer level. This helps serve as a bridge between parent and child and leads their student clients to take a counselor’s advice more seriously. Average teenagers are likely to take the advice of an older sibling, so they’re more likely to listen to Command Education’s mentors than to their high school’s college counselors. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE The final piece of the winning formula is EQ, or emotional intelligence. Command Education is founded on the belief that students succeed when they are doing what they are truly excited about. Their aim is not just to help the student get into the best college, but to help them to identify the schools that are the right fit, where they will thrive.

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auren Kucerak, the founder of Kucerak + Co, sits down with her client Steve Madden, the founder, creative and design chief of Steve Madden Ltd. With a portfolio of leading fashion, beauty, and lifestyle clients, Kucerak has built her company into one of the sought-after agencies in New York. Now, the woman known for arranging the interviews is getting the Q&A treatLauren Kucerak ment herself, courtesy of her biggest client, Steve Madden. The self-made entrepreneur and designer famously turned a small investment and a trunk full of shoes into a billion-dollar fashion dynasty that spans the globe, and he hired Kucerak two years ago to look after his personal publicity. Lauren, you’re responsible for arranging interviews for me, right? Yes, along with other projects. And I’ve been good, right? Always. So, I’m turning the tables and am going to interview you. This should be interesting! Ok, here we go. How do you handle a client like me? You’re fantastic. The trick is letting Steve be Steve. You’re a natural, but it’s in the preparation. Making sure you know everything you need to before. Who’s interviewing you, what the topic or angle is, what they’ve written before, what they’re likely to ask, and anything you have in common with the interviewer — family, background, your interests. I’m a good client, huh? Yes, for many reasons. The media like you because you give them good material. And you’re honest. What’s great is that you and I speak shorthand. I know how you’re going to answer a question before I ask it.

What’s your favorite project at Steve Madden? There are a lot, but I really like Self Made. Mentoring young entrepreneurs with collaborations, roundtables, and networks is really at the heart of Steve Madden, given your path. I’m glad you brought that up; it’s very important to me. You know, I began Steve Madden with just $1,100 and look at us now. I can’t take all the credit as you have to surround yourself with the right people. Because of that, I thought it Steve Madden would be great if we could identify entrepreneurs in all fields and provide them the opportunity to tap into each other’s talents, ideas, and networks through our program. It’s one of many reasons I like working with you. You have a knack for spotting talent and nurturing and mentoring that talent. So, what about you? What’s your path? I can honestly say I paid my dues. I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years, starting in the agency side at Rogers & Cowan, when I did publicity for talk shows like Ricki Lake. This was that time when everyone had a talk show. It was insane, but the best classroom you could imagine. Thankfully, over time I moved into lifestyle, entertainment, and fashion, working with clients like Tommy Hilfiger, the TV show Gossip Girl, and celebrities like Molly Sims and Bruce Willis. And, of course, you. My favorite. I bet you tell that to everyone. Because you’re all my favorites! I have the best clients, who are also friends. And now look at you, running Kucerak + Company. It took a long time and a lot of hard work to get here, but I love every day of it. And like you, I am so fortunate to work with a team of smart, unique individuals whom I get to mentor, but who also mentor me in a way. They keep me on my toes. That is super exciting and makes me love my decision to open my own agency. Kucerak + Company Instagram @kucerakandco |




Melissa Rivers’ Wedding at The Plaza

THE VISION Vivid memories take the kind of snapshots that are difficult to recreate. Think of the beach on an overcast day — the waves tumble forward, catching any white glow that breaks through the clouds. The familiar image is easy to picture, but the feeling is almost impossible to replicate in a different time and place. But that’s what Bentley Meeker, lighting designer extraordinaire, does every day. He converts physical spaces into inspiring environments, ensuring that weddings, galas, and special occasions feel and look as momentous as the events themselves. An early gig as a Palladium stagehand — during the golden era of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, who also owned Studio 54 — sparked Meeker’s fascination with Vari-Lite, the world’s first moving light, and “ignited the passion that became my career,” recalled Meeker.

BENTLEY MEEKER LIGHTING AND STAGING In 1990, Meeker founded his company, Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging Inc., and soon became the go-to guy for VIP celebrations. Meeker “vividly” remembers his first high-profile event: “Eddie Murphy’s 1993 wedding in the Terrace and Grand Ballrooms of the Plaza. “That wedding, more than any other, began a lifelong love affair between the Plaza and me,” said Meeker. Meeker partic-

Bentley Meeker

ularly likes designing weddings “because it’s really about making the best day of someone’s life better.” Over the years, he’s lit nuptials for a long list of famous faces, including Chelsea Clinton, Melissa Rivers, Billy Joel, Robert De Niro, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. As Meeker’s spectacular lighting gained widespread acclaim, he’s found fans in fashion — the versatile visionary illuminated Christian Dior’s catwalk at New York Fashion Week. Meeker also flickered the lights on some of New York’s most storied institutions, including charity events and movie premieres at MoMA, the New York Public Library, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the Hamptons he’s lit the Parrish Art Museum and had his own art show at the Southampton Arts Center.

BURNING MAN But Meeker doesn’t only light weddings, A-list events, and formal celebrations; he also creates innovative artistic projects at Burning Man, an iconic weeklong communal experience that defies any simple characterization. Meeker has previously lit the Temple at Burning Man three times. In 2011, 2013, and 2015 he took over 300 fixtures, a mile of cable, and a crew of fifteen to illuminate the festival’s main temple. Seventy thousand participants from around the world were drawn to the site by Meeker’s lights over those Social Life



Bentley Meeker’s Temple of Transition installation for Burning Man 2011

Labor Day weekends before the Temple was burned down to signal the festival’s conclusion.

THE CORE CLUB In 2017, The Core Club, a private members’ enclave with a focus on culture and art, commissioned Meeker, who has been dubbed the “lighting guru” by the media, to create a light sculpture for its lobby. When Meeker isn’t creating art or lambent ambiance for weddings and corporate events or taking part in festival rituals, he enjoys some downtime, playing guitar with his son, Jensen. After 20 years of lighting weddings, parties, public functions, and fashion fêtes, Meeker’s “seen a lot logistically,” and isn’t fazed by the technical difficulties that surface during the design process, specifically in his campaign for quality of light. “Because of the proliferation of fluorescent and LED lights, people are sacrificing quality of light for efficiency,” noted Meeker.

LIGHT X DESIGN Light, in its many facets, is to Bentley what music is to Philip Glass. “Light is the most powerful tool we have to create any feeling,” said Meeker. Growing up between the United States, the Bahamas, and Canada, Meeker was exposed to various forms of light

around the world. When he moved to Manhattan at the age of 14, his passion was ignited. While living in the city he was constantly exposed to illumination; it was all around him so he dove in. Events Meeker has done this year include the MoMA Armory Party, Hudson Yards grand opening, Clinton Foundation spring gala, Men in Black premiere, Love Ball, and Alexander Wang fashion show. Meeker’s first book, Light X Design, is an expansive and beautiful study in what light can be. Images of Meeker’s work fill the pages. “It’s an artbook presented almost like a photo album, but an album for light and the infinite possibilities that lie within it,” said Meeker of his publishing debut in 2010.

LIGHT SCULPTURES During the last five years, Meeker has had multiple museum and gallery shows of his light sculptures, including a one man show at the Whitney Museum of Art, and clients such as Lincoln Center and the Guggenheim. He’s shown at the Garvey|Simon and Penticton Art Gallery in British Columbia. Bentley’s work is also on view at his studio. Bentley Meeker





he Rebuild Puerto Rico Gala will be a highlight of this year’s Miami Art Basel. The gala will raise funds to benefit various non-profit organizations committed to helping the people of Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico has more artists per capita than any-where in the United States, hence the reason for doing the gala at Art Basel,” says philanthropist, entrepreneur and cryptocurrency pioneer Brock Pierce. Pierce is teaming up with Carole Crist, the former First Lady of Florida Carole Crist and the CEO of CLC Global Advisors, to plan and organize the fundraiser. The event, which will take place at the prestigious Faena Hotel Miami Beach, will not only focus on the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, but also raise awareness of Puerto Rico in general. Pierce often says that “Puerto Rico has a PR problem.” He believes the solution is making people more aware of Puerto Rico’s rich culture, art, and cuisine, as well as the opportunity for economic development and innovative job creation in Puerto Rico. “It’s one of those places that most people have just kind of forgotten exists, and it’s one of the most beautiful aspects of the United States,” says Pierce. Pierce has adopted Puerto Rico as his home and quickly became one of its biggest boosters, helping to fund several projects aimed at improving conditions on the island through his nonprofit Integro Foundation. “Brock is Mr. Puerto Rico,” says Crist. “I have never met someone so intellectually engaged, with an ability to mobilize people for good. His sincerity and authenticity, as it relates to his commitment to Puerto Rico and this project, is simply extraordinary.” Crist felt it was a natural fit to join forces with Pierce due to the strong ties between the state of Florida and Puerto Rico, in addition to her company’s mission of “Capital with a Conscience and improving the lives of people.” Crist recognizes that Pierce is “uniquely positioned as a global entrepreneur and philanthropist,” and believes “the gala is a really important project.”

Brock Pierce

Nearly the entire island of Puerto Rico is a Qualified Opportunity Zone under the Jobs Act of 2017, offering great tax incentives for investors to direct development dollars to areas of need. u For more information about the benefit for Puerto Rico to be held on Thursday, December 5th at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, visit Social Life





n a world obsessed with Instagrammable moments, Scott Hale of Sybarite Lifestyle Management is a secret weapon for those aspiring to have every aspect of their domestic bliss perfected. As a lifestyle manager, Scott’s role extends far beyond that of a traditional estate manager, concierge, or personal assistant. Sybarite offers diverse and highly personalized services, including domestic staff training, household and grounds maintenance, home renovations, vehicle fleet care, event planning, and travel management, to name just a few. “I elevate the domestic experience so my clients may live the life that they desire. Life experiences are a bit like theater, and it’s my job to set the stage so clients have more time to enjoy the performance,” says Hale. From an early age, Hale was drawn to hospitality. At fifteen, his first job was in a local restaurant. Working in hotels cemented his decision to attend Cornell University’s prestigious School of Hotel Administration. After graduating, he spent fifteen years working for luxury hotels such as Four Seasons and Regent International Hotels & Resorts. In 2003, Scott moved to Beverly Hills and opened Sybarite Lifestyle Management to put his unique talents to work for a variety of clients, including those listed on Forbes 400: The Wealthiest in America. “I built Sybarite upon the belief that when everything in the home is functioning perfectly, the same precision flows into other facets of a client’s life,” he says. Last year, Scott relocated to Long Island’s East End to bring his unique services and expertise to the Hamptons, while continuing to serve clients wherever he’s needed. What is one thing all your clients have in common? They’ve all worked hard to achieve their success and they all share the challenge of being pressed for time. They’re eager to capitalize on their free time and focus on what is important to them. What drew you to the world of private service? Growing up, I was always fascinated to know what the interiors of beautiful estates and town homes were like . . . My father installed doors for the premier home builders in Washington, DC. I’d wander job sites enthralled by their maze-like floor plans and grandeur. Pairing this early love of residences with my formal training in luxury hospitality made for a natural progression into private service.

Scott Hale

What are some of your recommended simple tips for living life more luxuriously? Luxury is in the details and elevating the ordinary. Keep freshly cut citrus in the refrigerator with your favorite pre-mix for effortless, spontaneous cocktails. Crystal barware and linen cocktail napkins make the everyday act of serving a beverage more special. I’m an advocate of being in the moment by disengaging from technology. Hiring a photographer for a gathering allows guests to put down their phones. A flash drive of professional images can be sent to each attendee. Ease separation anxiety with a phone valet who collects phones upon arrival and returns them fully charged with freshly cleaned screens. Sybarite Lifestyle Management Social Life







By Daniela Gentile

By Bennett Marcus

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A group of America’s top chefs, including Daniel Boulud, David Burke, Todd English, Michael Symon, Ming Tsai, Dino Gatt, and Alfred Portale, as well as the iconic hockey player Rod Gilbert, have partnered with the legendary pro golfer Sir Nick Faldo, Geoffrey Zakarian, and the chef-marketer Herb Karlitz to host the first annual Celebrity Chefs & Todd English, Herb Karlitz Friends Golf Tournament, at the Alpine Country Club, on October 7. The event will benefit City Harvest, NYC’s largest food rescue organization, which has, since 1982, helped feed 1.2 million New Yorkers who are unable to provide meals for themselves. Karlitz and his agency have supported City Harvest through fundraising events for over a decade. THE ALPINE COUNTRY CLUB The Alpine Country Club boasts a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, designed in 1928 by the esteemed architect A.W. Tillinghast. Ticket prices are $3,500 for single players and $12,500 for a foursome. The day will start with breakfast and end with a dine-around reception. Mixology and culinary stations onthe-course will feature celebrity-chef menu items. BASEBALL PLAYER RUSTY STAUB This event is close to Karlitz’s heart as it follows the tournament he created with the late, fabled baseball player Rusty Staub. Karlitz said, “I wanted to continue the tournament in Rusty’s memory and build on the momentum and successes we had achieved.” His co-hosts, Zakarian and Faldo, shared this vision of the perfect combination for golf and food enthusiasts. For more information, contact Brittany Love at

NEW CHAPTER CAPITAL Imagine that your spouse, who is the family’s breadwinner, files for divorce, cuts off your credit cards, and drains all the cash from your joint bank accounts. There are plenty of assets, yet you no longer have access to them. You’re in shock. Divorce attorneys are expensive. What do you do? That’s where the attorney Nicole Noonan comes in. Her company, New Chapter Capital, provides divorce financing that allows people in this challenging position to receive the optimal settlement. It also funds things like forensic accountants, investigators, private schools, or even a personal trainer. New Chapter Capital has clients all over the country, and funds anywhere from $20,000 to millions. CLIENTS LOVE IT — SO DO ATTORNEYS Dubbed the “fairy godmother of divorce,” Nicole often receives thank you notes from clients, saying that without funding they would not have been able to pay their top legal team or maintain the lifestyle they were accustomed to. FINDING A DIVORCE ATTORNEY Divorce financing is popular in England and Australia, but Nicole brought it to the United States. With a vast network of professionals, she is able to recommend attorneys for every client’s case. “We can help design a team for you, so you don't have to do this alone,” she says. BEVERLY HILLS & FLORIDA New Chapter Capital has its headquarters in New York, where many clients are, and Nicole will soon open a location in Beverly Hills. “We have a lot of clients in California because there’s such a need for our services there.” Florida will be next, since many of her New York clients spend time there. | 212.404.7807


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