raleigh SPRING / SUMMER 2018
SPRING FASHIONS COOL GADGETS
FERRARI’S PRACTICAL PERFORMER
PACKING LIKE A PRO
INDIAN ISLANDS GETAWAY
INDIAN ISLANDS RETREAT
PACKING LIKE A PRO
THE FERRARI GTC4LUSSO
AIMING FOR NAPA
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CONTENTS spring/ summer 2018
FEATURES a practical performer | 34 Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso is packed with groundbreaking tech, 680 ponies under the hood and seating for four— placing it in a class of its own.
out of india | 36 With lush rainforests, white-sand beaches and eye-popping coral reefs, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a scenic retreat like no other.
double down | 42 You’ll be the toast of the town in the season’s finest fashions.
raleigh bound | 47 Whether they’re out on the town or tickling the ivories, this trio always looks sharp— thanks to the service and style at Raleigh.
DEPARTMENTS Memo | 6 We have all your fashion needs covered.
The raleigh Guide | 11 Pantaloni Torino’s ‘Kult’ following...Gimo’s luxury outerwear...keeping cool in Cucinelli…fabulous Fountain Square Theatre…and much more.
the techie | 16 You may not need any of these new toys. But you’ll certainly want them!
Essentials | 20 Stock up on the season’s best shirts, belts and shoes. THE MUSE
ZOE SALDANA | 30 Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy are making this actress the queen of sequels. But she’s also a queen of style.
You don’t sacrifice style for comfort with these looks.
FITNESS | 58 Is your workout routine on the ropes? Here’s a remedy.
ROOM KEY | 60 Napa Valley’s wines are world-class—and so, as savvy travelers are discovering, is its newest boutique hotel, the Archer.
ON THE COVER: Vince wears a grey stripe suit by Isaia, pink stripe shirt by Stenströms, pink tie by Italo Ferretti, pocket square by Etro, belt by Anderson’s.
style smarts | 62
Packing for another trip? Here are some handy hints to get what you need in your carry-on.
directory | 64 Your guide to the Raleigh experience.
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Some of us go to great lengths to look better in our birthday suits, hiring all kinds of experts, from personal trainers to plastic surgeons, to make us buff. Yet too many people shun the cognoscenti when it comes to clothing. Good luck getting knowledgeable attention in a department store or finding it online. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered, both literally and figuratively. At Raleigh Limited Menswear, our staff is trained in fashion, fit and personal service—and we’re happy to provide sartorial advice and expertise in the art of dressing well. We also offer you, our customers, the very best garments and accessories found around the globe. This season, for example, our made-to-measure events feature the world’s most recognized names in luxury fashion such as Samuelsohn, Ermenegildo Zegna and Brunello Cucinelli. Our experts will consider your personality, taste and body type, all of which ensures the perfect fit— sartorially and for your lifestyle. What else are we excited to offer you? Soft jackets from Boglioli, L.B.M., Eleventy and Circolo are perfect for Indianapolis’ spring and summer. They are suitable for every silhouette and lifestyle and are made of sophisticated and lightweight cashmere and tropical weight wool as
well as silk, linen and hemp blends. Wear these jackets with modern-fit trousers for a polished look or five-pocket pants (you’ll love the terrific stretch qualities of these pants!) if you’re in a casual mood. Don’t forget to check out our collection of outerwear: Lightweight suede and leather jackets from brands like Gimo’s pair well with a variety of denim and stretch-cotton pants. And speaking of pairs, we recommend picking up one or two from our expanded shoe department. Gentlemen are wearing sneakers by Ermenegildo Zegna, Magnanni and New Balance for both relaxed and dressy occasions—and it is a look that we love. In this issue of Raleigh, we present you with the best looks and merchandise for the spring. But we also provide some great articles that might fit you just as well. Read about Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso, a sportscar that combines practicality and performance (page 34), or take a peek at Andaman and Nicobar Islands off the coast of India (page 36). And if you do want to look better in your birthday suit, try a battle ropes workout session—learn about it on page 58. We hope you enjoy this edition of Raleigh. When you are done reading, please visit us in the store. We are happy to see all of you and give you the personal attention you deserve.
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RALEIGH GUIDE BETTER IN LEATHER
There’s no turning back once you’ve tried a pair of Pantaloni Torino pants—they’re so comfortable that you’ll be a fan for life. We wouldn’t expect different from the brand whose bold motto says: “We make pants and nothing else, better than anyone else.” PT makes trousers that suit the needs of its customers and stay in closets for years. That’s because the company researches new trends and works with the world’s foremost fashion experts—its most recent collaboration is with Italian designer Fabrizio Giugiaro. They have teamed up to create PT’s Kult project: ultra-thin pants that are defined by their breathability, fast-drying properties and even UV protection. They effortlessly transition from the office to a weekend adventure, and offer 360-degree stretch performance for optimal comfort. At Raleigh, we know you, our customers, always deserve the best. And the best pants are from PT.
Gimo’s has been producing a variety of fine leather jackets and luxury outerwear since 1968 because, much like our clients, the Gimo’s man can come in many forms. He’s polished and refined, rugged and hip. This family-run company maintains the highest standards of traditional Italian manufacturing even as it delves into the modern market. Take, for example, the Fofana Café Racer Jacket. New to Raleigh this season, the garment is an updated and sophisticated take on your old varsity jacket: The body is made of hand-washed and dyed lambskin leather, while the sleeves and a detachable hood are constructed of flexible stretch cotton. Consider it the total package of comfort, style and cool. Stop by Raleigh and get your next Gimo’s jacket.
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Sneakerheads, rejoice: In a book simply titled Sneakers, author Rodrigo Corral offers what’s been called the “definitive exploration” of casual footwear and the cultural phenomenon it created. Spread over 320 pages, the tome offers not only a seemingly endless collection of photos but also interviews with celebrities, sports figures and industry gurus. One of its most fascinating tales? Designer Jeff Staple recalls how one of his collections actually incited a riot on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2005. Meanwhile, ad genius Jim Riswold talks about making some of Nike’s best-known commercials (he’s the one who paired Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny and created the “Bo Knows” campaign featuring Bo Jackson); Adidas’ Rachel Muscat and Jon Wexler chat about their superstar collaborator, Kanye West; and tennis champ Serena Williams makes a surprising revelation (sorry, no spoilers here). We think it all makes for an immensely enjoyable read. It’s available in bookstores—and ready to entertain any and all footwear fanatics.
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For nearly four decades, the American Pianists Association (APA) has been developing the artistic growth of the country’s best young piano players. This season, the musicians will share their talents beyond Indianapolis, with a performance schedule that takes them to New York, Dallas, Milwaukee and more! Here are some of the stops for Drew Peterson (2017 Classical award winner), Sullivan Fortner (2015 Jazz) and Sean Chen (2013 Classical): Drew Peterson April 6, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. April 21, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Shelter Island, N.Y. May 4, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y. May 19, Broward County Library, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. May 20, Granada Presbyterian Church, Coral Gables, Fla. June 4, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio Sullivan Fortner April 2, Charles H. Morris Center, Savannah, Ga. April 12, DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind. April 16, The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. April 20, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, Calif. May 11, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco, Calif. Sean Chen April 28, Erne Auditorium, Columbus, Ind. APA Awards Sneak Preview May 17, Lincoln Center, New York
THE RALEIGH GUIDE LIGHT AS A FEATHER The mercury might be rising, but you don’t have to sacrifice great style for comfort this season. Visit Raleigh and check out Brunello Cucinelli’s collection of lightweight knitwear—the perfect garments to keep you feeling and looking cool. You already know Cucinelli as a cream-of-the-crop maker of fine Italian tailored clothing, but the brand’s cardigans, V-neck and polo-style sweaters earn best-in-class grades as well. They’re crafted from a one-ply knit of magnificent cashmere and silk yarn, and they come in an array of colors to satisfy all tastes. Wear one during the day for a sophisticated look at the office or pair it with a sportcoat for an elegant yet hip nighttime outfit. This spring, slip on Cucinelli and enjoy the softness of cashmere without the heat or bulk.
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There’s no easier way to express your personality and mood than with a pair of cufflinks. This small accessory—used to replace buttons on a French cuff dress shirt—will add some flair to your outfit and speak volumes about you. But as varied as they are in design, material and color, did you know there are many different types of cufflinks too? Read this definitive guide, and all you’ll need to worry about is deciding which pair to wear today. Whale Back: These cufflinks feature a flat head, a straight post and a whale tail that flips flat against the post, allowing you to easily put it through the button hole before flipping it out again to secure. Bullet Back: This popular style boasts a narrow cylinder of metal that folds up to nest inside the frame of a hollow post. Once the cufflink is through the button hole, the metal bullet is flipped back out to secure. Stud, Button or Fixed Backing: These links can consist of a large head, a straight post and a smaller interior backing, or they can have identical ends. They are very durable because they have no moving parts. Chain Link: The two ends, usually identical, are connected by a short chain, resulting in a looser fastening than other styles.
Ball Return: These links usually feature a curved post and a small ball shape opposite the decorative head.
Silk Knot: Great for less formal occasions, this style can add a pop of color to your outfit and is less expensive than others. Locking: This innovative type is based on a hinge and secured with a duallocking system similar to a wristwatch.
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Fountain Square has had quite a journey since the turn of the century, when trolleys lined the streets and the district hosted more theaters than anywhere else in the city. Today, the same streets are lined with restaurants, art galleries, local retail shops and music venues that have eclipsed the former theater houses. And most consider the Fountain Square Theatre Building the crown jewel of the area’s rich architecture and heritage. The “Big Light on the Avenue” celebrates its 90th anniversary this May, and the building is alive as ever. The behemoth Italianate structure on the corner of Prospect and Shelby streets houses two duckpin bowling alleys designed to give a look into the sport’s storied past. Action Bowl on the fourth floor provides a spectacular view of the city and a wealth of bowling memorabilia dating from the 1800s to the 1940s. Atomic Bowl on the lower level transports guests to the kitsch of the 1950s, with an equally compelling memorabilia collection for the midcentury fanatic. Fountain Square Theatre, the building’s namesake, primarily functions as a private event venue, hosting numerous weddings, social and corporate events each year. The doors open twice a month for Friday Night Swing Dance, providing basic dance lessons and live band entertainment to an ever-growing crowd. An expansive 1,500-squarefoot dance floor allows for plenty of space to dance the night away under the breathtaking 40-foot dome ceiling with twinkling stars. Rounding out the tenants of the historic structure are restaurants, a bar with games and billiard tables, and a private, 11-suite boutique hotel. For more information, visit fountainsquareindy.com.
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Of course you’d use a raincoat during dreary weather, but Giuseppe Marenzi founded Herno in 1948 believing these jackets could be designed for any day— high skies or cloudy, overcast or sunny. He made that possible by combining moisture-repelling technology with cutting-edge style, the hallmark of Herno’s brand. With a few minor updates over the years, Herno today offers jackets that are as versatile as the modern-day man. The raincoat is crafted from a lightweight, quick-drying material and features a detachable hood that makes it suitable for a variety of weather conditions. Herno has an expansive collection of outerwear, but as this rainy-day staple suggests, some pieces are timeless for a reason. Try on Herno during your next visit to Raleigh.
THE A–Z LIST Raleigh Limited Menswear features dozens of the world’s finest designer brands under one roof. See if you don’t find your favorites in the list below. Then stop by the store for a shopping experience you’ll love.
Mark Koplow explains how to sail through life without giving offense. How can I wear a cool shirt untucked without looking messy? —Indecisive in Indianapolis Any sport shirt can be worn untucked (but never a dress shirt). It can be comfortable and sexy with the right fit and paired with the right jean, casual pant and sportcoat. The shirt must be tailored perfectly— tapered so that it doesn’t look sloppy, but not too tight where it may be pulling. Make sure the length of your sleeves is correct so you have the option of rolling them up. The most common mistake with an untucked shirt is the length. The back of the shirt should hit just at the bottom of the pant pocket, and the front just below the zipper. It should be scalloped with a tail, not straight across. Once your sport shirt has all of these elements, make sure your jean or pant also has a nice trim fit with a narrow bottom and moderate break. To dress up this style, go with a knitted soft sportcoat with a natural shoulder. It will have a hip, cool look, and you will be ready to go out on the town.
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GET A GOOD LOOK Are you still squinting to see what’s stirring in the distance? Feast your eyes on the Maven B3 binoculars, an incredible mid-range option for bird watchers, hunters and anyone who needs to zoom in on the action. The compact and lightweight body boasts elite optics that deliver superior low-light performance, razorsharp clarity and smooth focusing. Grab a set and see for yourself. $525.
A THRILLING GRILLING EXPERIENCE You already use your phone to pay bills and fly drones, but are you using it yet to grill a steak? With the Traeger Timberline 850 pellet grill and its smartphone app, you can remotely monitor the temperature inside the airtight gasket and the internal temperature of the meat. It also features three-tier stainless steel grates that accommodate six pork butts, eight rib racks or nine whole chickens. $1,700.
KILLER WORKOUT Not many float like a butterfly and sting like a bee these days, but you can sure try. The speed bag boxing kit from Killspencer Athletics lets fitness gurus and Rocky-wannabes hit like a champ while boosting hand-eye coordination. The welded steel frame and swivel hold the premium black leather bag securely in place so it’ll never go down for the count. $1,245.
THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE If you live a made-to-measure lifestyle, you’ll want to add the Alchemy Eros road bike to your collection. Each titanium and carbon frame is handmade in the U.S., and owners can customize frame shape, brake system and color, among other features—in true bespoke manner. As for the ride? It’s fast on flats, comfy on long journeys and overall silky smooth. $3,500.
START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT Ditch the single-serve coffee pods and overpriced chain brews: You deserve a morning jolt from Dutch Lab’s Steampunk AKMA 3000 coffee maker. The avant-garde, Korean design features a three-liter tank for water, three deposits for grounds and three glass jars to collect brewed coffee. (That’ll keep you awake!) OK, so maybe at 3 feet tall it won’t fit on the kitchen counter—but you know it would look good! $5,200.
OUT OF THIS WORLD At ease, James Bond fans—Bossa Sound’s Moonraker speaker system has nothing to do with the film series (though it’s perfect for a home theater). Despite its minimalist design, each speaker system delivers immense audio output (150 watts) and connects to wired and wireless equipment. Now that’s music to our ears! $2,400.
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You saw it in Raleigh: Great-looking shirts, belts and shoes that will make your outfit this season.
Clockwise from top left: purple and blue plaid linen shirts by Eton, tan floral print shirt by Peter Millar, white plaid shirt by Robert Graham, island print shirt by Faherty, bold yellow paisley shirt by Etro.
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Stretch braided belts and blue python belt by Andersonâ€™s.
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Leather sneakers by Magnanni, suede sneakers by Ermenegildo Zegna, slip-on suede sneakers by New Balance.
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Encore, Encore Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy are making actress Zoe Saldana the queen of sequels. But she’s also a queen of style. By Lance Debler
of Captain Celaeno, a humanoid parrot, in My Little Pony: the Movie. Or maybe it was her newfound real-life role as a mother: After marrying Italian artist Marco Perego in 2015, she swiftly had three sons: twins Bowie and Cy, and Zen (born just last year). Fortunately, Saldana’s burst of domesticity hasn’t consigned her to an unvarying uniform of mom jeans: Her style is as on point—and daring—as ever. She sported a strapless Dolce & Gabbana black gown covered in peacock feathers for the 2016 Met Gala; that same year, she made eyes (and flashbulbs) pop at the Mexico City premiere of Star Trek Beyond with a Rodarte black lace frock that featured—besides a black leather belt, ruffled finishes and beaded embroidery—more than a little skin. As for her future on the red carpet? Expect this true original to continue pushing boundaries—after all, she’s famously been quoted saying that “fashion is art; it’s a story.” So we’re eagerly awaiting not just more of Gamora and the blue-faced Neytiri, but also Zoe Saldana’s own next chapter.
She’s known for her red-carpet style, but even her onscreen ensembles are on point: For the 2014 miniseries Rosemarie’s Baby, Zoe Saldana donned a stunning silk number in crimson.
alk about job security. After starring as Neytiri in 2009’s Avatar—the highest-grossing film of all time—Zoe Saldana is set for not one but two sequels to the James Cameron-directed epic (a fourth film is also planned). Meanwhile, her role as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy has also ensured a pair of future follow-ups and, lest we forget, she’s already played Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in two of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films. (Hey, buddy—third time’s a charm.) Not that this talented actress-dancer needs to rely on sci-fi flicks for a paycheck. In between blockbusters (while becoming a tried-and-true style icon—more on that later), the New Jersey-born beauty has also appeared in smaller films such as Nina, the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. The biopic was unauthorized—a point made excruciatingly clear when Simone’s family criticized the casting of Saldana, suggesting she was too light-skinned to portray the jazz musician accurately. The controversy perhaps convinced her to try a lighter role or two: A year later, she voiced the part
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With groundbreaking tech and 680 ponies under the hood, Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso is in a class of its own. And there’s seating for the entire family! Don’t let the spacious trunk and wagon-like silhouette fool you, this is every bit a Ferrari as Magnum P.I.’s 308 GTS—and it might be better! The legendary Italian luxury sports car maker has revamped its old FF model and renamed it the GTC4Lusso (one word, Ferrari says). Casual drivers will love the trunk space and seating for four. But enthusiasts will appreciate the power, falling for the 680-horsepower V12 engine and all-wheel drive/four-wheel steering combo—a first in the gran turismo class. Undoubtedly, this is a Ferrari!
A front-mounted 6.2liter V12 engine cranks out 680 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. (That’s a big roar!) All that muscle catapults the Lusso from 0–62 mph in 3.4 seconds; it has a reported top speed of 207 mph. Catch your breath before you read on.
The big coupe obeys every steering command thanks to 20-inch front and rear wheels. The 117.7-inch wheel base, wide like other sports coupes, provides extra stability.
A sports coupe for the snow? Not only does the Lusso feature a rugged AWD system, but its four-wheel steering (when needed, the front and rear wheels will steer into a turn) gives it top-notch handling and control.
From sculpted sides and chiseled crease lines to aggressive angles, styling on the Lusso—which translates to “luxury”— earns higher marks than its predecessor, the Ferrari FF.
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A 10.3-inch touchscreen is mission control of the infotainment system. Together with the knob-and-button interface, the audio, phone and ventilation systems are intuitive and easy to navigate.
Like Formula 1 racers, Lusso drivers can control the car without taking their hands off the wheel. Controls for ignition, headlights, turn signals and windshield wipers are mounted on the front of the steering wheel. Rotary switches for the audio system are built into the back of the wheel spokes.
The Lusso’s two rear seats aren’t just for looks—two people can fit snuggly in the back. It’s unlikely that a pro basketball player can squeeze in (this is a sports coupe, after all) but this car has 16 millimeters more legroom than its predecessor.
The company’s trademark twin rear lights broaden the horizontal lines of the rear profile. Tailpipes remind those who follow behind the car of its raw power.
With an AWD drivetrain and ground clearance higher than any other sports car, driving in everyday conditions (including nasty potholes) is a breeze.
Unlike many luxury sports coupes, the Lusso provides ample trunk space. Pop the hatchback and stow your groceries, luggage or even a couple of golf bags. Going skiing? Fold down the 50/50 split rear seats to fit all your gear.
Ferrari’s prancing horse emblem is mounted front and center on the large single grille, which provides all the necessary air intake to cool the mighty V12 beneath the hood.
Double pane glass is used throughout the vehicle, including an optional panoramic moonroof, giving riders a sweeping view of the surroundings. Though noise is an expected quality of Ferraris, the glass, coupled with an improved exhaust system and extra soundmuffling fiberglass, keeps the cabin quiet.
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With lush rainforests, white-sand beaches and eye-popping coral reefs, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a scenic retreat like no other. By Nancy Mattia
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A villager rides one of the famous swimming elephants, originally hired to help with commercial logging in area forests.
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This page, clockwise from top left: The on islands that are off-limits to tourists. f your bucket list includes vacationing on a remote island private villa at Jalakara, a boutique hotel, As for the isles you can visit, be forewarned: It takes where the water is blue and clear and the white sand is built into the hill and outfitted with a double hammock for resting or just time, patience and more time to reach them. To get sparkles like tiny diamonds, then pack lots of sunscreen gazing. The infinity pool at Jalakara is to Havelock Island, for example, you typically fly into and head to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a far-flung lined with Italian mosaic tiles and Indian granite; a French filtration system keeps New Delhi or Mumbai (14 hours nonstop from, for archipelago off the coast of India. the water clean, hygienic—and chilled. Sunsets like this that brilliantly color the example, Newark Liberty International Airport), take Considered one of the most gorgeous out-of-the-way sky are as mesmerizing as they are comanother flight to Andaman and Nicobar’s capital city, destinations in the world, this group of small islands mon on Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Grilled tiger prawns from local waters Port Blair (four hours), then get a boat ride (90 minutes admittedly doesn’t have the trendiness of St. Barts or the make a healthy and delicious dinner. by speed catamaran or two-and-a-half hours by ferry). glamour of Fiji. But think a minute: Isn’t that an addiOpposite: Take a stroll on the bottom of the Andaman Sea for a glimpse of colorful You will be amply rewarded. tional advantage? marine life, such as the striped IndoPacific sergeant. Scuba-diving is big on Havelock, especially from The UN doesn’t keep jaw-dropping statistics, but a first January to May, when the waters are calmest and the surface conditions glimpse of the stunning beaches here surely sets a high international mark best. Want to try something more laid-back? Go snorkeling in the sea for facial muscles gone slack. On 44-square-mile Havelock, one of the biggest and prettiest islands on the archipelago and the place you’ll likely spend around the Island, and you’ll get a close-up view of the colorful life that lies beneath, such as turtles, sharks and rays. There’s also an activity at the most time (Nicobar is still recovering from the 2004 tsunami), you’ll see Elephant Beach called Sea Walk that the whole family (ages 7 and up) some of nature’s finest work, including lush rainforests and exotic flora and can enjoy together. It involves strolling on the bottom of the Andaman fauna. If you want to delve deeper, literally, into this wonderland, there are excellent snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities to satisfy that urge. And Sea and getting a close-up view of fauna, coral and tropical fish; a specially designed helmet allows you to simultaneously breathe and see yes, it’s just as gorgeous under the sea as above it. the fascinating sights around you. Calling the Andaman and Nicobar Islands “remote” is no exaggeration: Ever thought you’d go to jail on vacation? On these islands, it’s the thing These beauties are tucked between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, to do when you need a break from paradise. Ross Island is as famous for its with India to the west and Myanmar to the north and east. Though they breathtaking beauty and scenic views as it is for its ruins of a penal colony comprise almost 600 isles, only 36 are inhabited and just 17 are accessible to established in 1858 and active during the British occupation of India. But tourists. Jacques Cousteau, the legendary undersea adventurer, was so taken before those infamous days, Ross Island had an opulent life as a colonial with this area that he filmed a documentary here in 1991 called Andaman: base for the British military. Walk around the area today and see remnants of Invisible Islands. He studied not only the spectacular sea life but also the happier times, such as a bakery, a church, tennis courts, a swimming pool, mysterious tribal people who still live a Stone Age life (not just no Netflix; a bazaar, gardens and a ballroom. And while you’re doing the history thing, no running water either). They reside in the dense jungles and rainforests
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This page, clockwise from left: The or TV but do suggest guests “log on” to the beautiful visit the so-called cellular jail, a popular national meFestival of Panguni Uthiram is a colorful tropical surroundings, go swimming in the on-site pool morial monument in Port Blair where political prisoners annual event in Port Blair that celebrates the importance of relationships to Hindu or get a massage at the spa. Though remote, it’s close were incarcerated back in the early 20th century. followers. A scuba diver swims around a enough to go snorkeling at Elephant or Turtle Beach, Until recently, Andaman was the proud home of colorful coral reef deep down on the ocean floor; the Andaman and Nicobar Islands take in the pretty scenery at Radhanagar Beach, or hike Rajan, an elephant who famously swam in the gentle are renowned for their scuba-diving sites, considered some of the best in India. through the jungle, kayak or birdwatch. Since the British waters around the islands and became a YouTube star. Visitors enjoy navigating the tranquil owner, Marko Hill, is also a chef, there’s no doubting the How did he get there? Back in 1883, elephants were waters around the islands in small boats. Opposite: Rajan, the last of the swimming food—it’s fabulous. Seafood such as spiny lobster with brought to the islands to help with timber extracelephants, frolics in the Bay of Bengal a tasty nimbu hollandaise and sugar-cured tiger prawns tion for the burgeoning logging industry. Swimming, alongside a snorkeler; the three-and-a-half ton animal became a beloved tourist attops the daily dinner menu, and fruits and vegetables which elephants excel at, was the most efficient way for traction before his death in 2016. grown locally are used in dishes like the signature “threethe animals to go from island to island. But in 2000, way” papaya and coconut curry. logging was banned on Andaman, making the elephants obsolete. Most Though it hasn’t opened yet, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa on Radhanwere shipped back to the mainland but a few, like Rajan, remained. Sadly, agar Beach plans to make future travelers’ dreams come true. Spread out though, in 2016, he passed away at age 66—but his legacy and those of the over 30 acres, the resort has 75 villas whose design was inspired by an other waterborne Babars remain a part of the islands’ history. indigenous tribe’s real-life huts, but they’re filled with luxury amenities— Where to stay in this magical world? With scenery so mesmerizing, this isn’t a camping trip, after all. By day, go for a scenic kayak ride; at night booking accommodations in a ramshackle hut would be a downer. Fortueat by candlelight at one of the resort’s fine dining establishments. Make nately, there’s Jalakara, an intimate boutique hotel on Havelock Island with time at the Taj’s holistic spa, where offerings include a detoxification called just six rooms and suites and a private villa, including the “Sky Room,” a Abhisheka; it starts with a body cleansing using the Holy Ganges water and teak pavilion with glass-paneled walls that’s accessed via a private staircase. is followed by a signature massage. Just ask the resort’s butlers what’s on ofWith an outdoor balcony overlooking the main villa lily pond and an en fer—they’re at your beck and call to make your getaway something special. suite bathroom with views of the jungle, even your moments spent inside When you arrive home after vacationing on the Andaman and Nicobar will give you an up-close and personal visit with Mother Nature. Like Islands, it may be difficult to make the transition back to the real world of everything about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jalakara is distant, set crowds, noise and daily duties. But, fully renewed and rejuvenated, you high in the jungle and backing a rainforest. The property’s owners make a won’t regret your time in this faraway paradise. serious attempt at creating a relaxing environment—they don’t offer Wi-Fi
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Sean Chen, 2013 APA Winner “Indianapolis is a big city with a small-town feel, and nearly all recommendations—from restaurants to shopping centers—are spread by word of mouth. I know Joel Harrison, president of the American Pianists Association (APA), raves about Raleigh, and he has introduced many of the APA host families to the store as well as others in the association. The city is quite interconnected, and one of APA’s members is actually related to an employee at Raleigh—it goes to show how deep the relationship between both organizations goes. Joel has taken me along to the store with him, and it’s amazing to see the close ties he has with the employees. Everyone there knows him by name, and the staff is so accommodating. As a pianist, it’s important to look professional and present yourself well, so I can understand why so many APA musicians shop exclusively at Raleigh.”
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“I started shopping with Raleigh when I came to Indianapolis around 17 years ago, and now, about 99 percent of my wardrobe is from the store. As president and artistic director of the American Pianists Association, I need outfits that are professional yet still show my creative side, and ones that travel well since I jet across the country for various events. I gravitate toward brands like Etro because of the unique fabrics and versatility of its garments. My favorite Etro jacket has a silky lining with astronauts in the print—I can dress it up with trousers or down with a T-shirt and jeans. As someone in the arts, I know to go with what speaks to me, whether that’s a piece of contemporary art for my home or a sportcoat for my closet. Every year, APA hosts a competition for young pianists, and the finalists stay with host families throughout the entire process, which takes about a year. The musicians need put-together performance ensembles, so I always recommend they go to Raleigh.”
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Drew Petersen, 2017 APA Winner “In addition to winning the American Pianists Award in 2017, I learned about Raleigh. It was my ‘bonus prize’ that year, and now I visit the store every time I’m in Indianapolis. During the awards competition process, I stayed with a family, and my host, Janet Nine, introduced me to Raleigh. I’m originally from northern New Jersey, about 30 minutes from NYC, and there are a ton of places to shop—but sometimes I’ll feel overwhelmed by the options. That’s never the case at Raleigh. The store is intimate enough that the associates know you by name, but large enough that it can acquire an enormous selection of apparel. The items are versatile as well—I have a luxurious cashmere T-shirt that I can wear when I have to run from an airplane to an important meeting. And I can get an item tailored right in the store and have it ready before I head back to the East Coast! Right now, my favorite piece is a black velvet blazer with heavy-duty buttons that I wear on stage. I actually first saw the style in the store, and then it started appearing everywhere else. In terms of the latest trends, Raleigh is always ahead of the game.”
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f spring fever has you battling a case of workout boredom—or waging war on waistline expansion—battle ropes could be your answer. The practice of waving, thrashing and slamming thick ropes provides a fast, high-intensity workout with a big payoff. “Battle ropes are a great alternative for upper body training,” says Rob Sulaver, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and the founder of Bandana Training in New York City. “That’s why boxers and martial arts experts love them.” Football players are also drawn to the workout, says Franklin Antoian, founder of the top-ranked online personal training website iBodyFit. “It builds the skills they need—quickness, agility, power, speed and strength—in short bursts,” he says. Amateur athletes are drawn to battle ropes for the hard-core aspect they add to a workout. The concept was developed by John Brookfield, a renowned fitness expert who holds a number of world strength records (including one for bending 520 penny nails in about 90 minutes). Despite this fearsome lineage, battle ropes are an accessible workout. “It’s like learning to jump rope or ride a bicycle,” Antoian says. “It looks really challenging, and in the beginning it is—but you quickly get the hang of it. It’s great for both men and women, and you can do it no matter what fitness level you’re at.” The ropes are generally 30, 40 or 50 feet long and from 1.5 to 2 inches wide. They weigh between 25 and 50 pounds and can be made of polyester, rubber or even plain old hemp. The most common move—and the one you can find on numerous YouTube videos—is The Wave, in which two equal lengths of rope, secured by an “anchor” (such as a heavy piece of equipment), are made to undulate in ocean-like swells. This lends a play-like, graceful aspect to a super-challenging workout. The demands on muscles, as well as the intense cardio exertion, can make a 20-second interval feel endless. Studies have shown that a battle ropes workout burns as many as 112 calories in 10 minutes. There are technique variations within the Wave category— Tsunami, SideWinder and Rainbows, to name a few. But rope exercises can also consist of pulling, slamming or twisting, often while the user simultaneously does lunges, squats or even jumping jacks. “Battle ropes movements aren’t limited to a single plane of motion—they’re three-dimensional, and you can easily flow from one exercise to the other,” says Sulaver. “That lends itself to a lot of variety, and athletes find that interesting and fun.” Battle ropes newbies should combine 20- to 25-second work intervals with 20-second rest intervals, according to the American Council on Exercise; more experienced or highly conditioned individuals can use 30- or 35-second work intervals and 15-second rest intervals. In either case, a typical battle ropes workout should last no more than 15 to 20 minutes. While battle ropes are becoming increasingly available at gyms—many locations in national chains like Crunch and Equinox offer them—they also work well at home. “When I design a home gym for a client, battle ropes are always on the list because there are so many exercises you can do with them,“ Sulaver says. “They’re relatively inexpensive, and when you’re done you can put them away and they don’t take up a lot of space.” Battle ropes are also a good option for workouts in the backyard, where they can be anchored by a small tree or sturdy deck support, Antoian reports. “People who want a badass feel to their workouts tend to go for battle ropes,” Sulaver says. “Plus, the exercises look really cool. They give you great pictures to post on Instagram.”
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The valley’s wines are world-class—and so, as savvy travelers are discovering, is its newest boutique hotel, the Archer. By Rita Guarna
id you ever think doing good could be as easy as drinking a glass of wine? The wildfires that spread through California’s Napa Valley this past fall destroying towns in several counties are now the stuff of legend: They forced some 100,000 people to evacuate their homes and burned nearly 250,000 acres; 40-plus people lost their lives, and more than 6,000 buildings were destroyed. While many of the area’s vineyards survived unscathed, nearly two dozen were damaged or destroyed. The region’s ability to bounce back depends in part on tourists, and the message is clear: Napa Valley is open for business and not shy about letting folks know it’s counting on the roughly 4 million thirsty visitors who travel there each year. From Highway 29, the main artery that runs through the valley’s heart, the world seems to consist of just one thing: row upon perfectly symmetrical row of waist-high grapevines. Indeed, there’s hardly a red or white wine that hasn’t been cultivated in Napa since grapes were first grown here in 1838. Yet it’s the Cabernet Sauvignon (known as “the king of reds”) that lures most imbibers, and visitors can sample countless varietals at the roughly 400 wineries. One of the region’s great moments came in 1976, when wines from Napa beat their French counterparts in a blind, side-by-side tasting, stunning the world. The competition came to be known as the Judgment of Paris, and it forever changed wine lovers’ perceptions of Napa, solidifying its reputation as a producer of some of the world’s best wines. First, get oriented by hopping aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Yes, it’s touristy, but this threehour ride gives you glimpses of town centers and wineries in Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena through oversized windows. And the 140-seat train, which departs from downtown Napa, makes stops at various wineries. Or take off for a bird’s-eye tour of the area: A Balloons Above the Valley flight promises sunrise views with coffee and pastries followed by a champagne brunch. There are many wonderful places to stay, but kudos to the Archer Hotel, a luxury boutique hostelry
located in Napa’s downtown on First Street, for opening in November so soon after the devastation in the area. It’s cool enough to take your mind off fires. If hotels run a gamut from palaces to cozy hideaways, put this brand-new, five-story gem somewhere between, in happy medium territory. Savor the impeccable modern design along with an experience that is curated to a fare-the-well. There are 183 luxurious rooms including 40 balcony-blessed suites, some with cozy private gas fireplaces. Rooms feature beds outfitted with down duvets and down pillows (hypoallergenic ones available) and in-room laptop-size safes. There are Frette bathrobes, Ursa Major face wipes and Malin+Goetz bath amenities. (That means eucalyptus deodorant, bar soaps of lime, rum and peppermint, and a longhandled bath brush that reaches your everywhere.) You’ll enjoy complimentary Nespresso, Wi-Fi of course, a work desk and (when in Rome, you know) a wine refrigerator with temperature control. Opening very soon is a rooftop spa created by the famed Francis & Alexander design team, which promises to pamper you with amenities galore and a panoramic countryside view of this oenophile’s paradise. That brings us to Charlie Palmer Steak, an eatery captained by executive chef Jeffery (yes, it’s spelled that way) Russell, a Culinary Institute of America grad who once worked at Manhattan’s Michelinstarred Aureole and more recently delighted discerning diners in D.C. and Denver. Locally sourced ingredients and artisanal American beef claim the spotlight here, though of course the menu’s Wagyu options take their inspiration from the Far East. Try the Bone-On Tomahawk for Two or the 18-ounce ribeye. (You’ve got non-beef alternatives, too, such as the Snake River Farms Pork Chop or the Pan-Roasted Black Cod.) Don’t dally overtime at the Archer, however— there’s too much exploring to do. Downtown Napa, on the banks of the Napa River, is filled with shops, bars, restaurants and—yes, wine, at several wine bars. Start by taking a stroll and admiring the art courtesy
of the Arts Council Napa Valley; every year, it curates a new set of sculptures from top artists as part of its Napa ARTwalk program. Also downtown is the historic Napa Valley Opera House. Another landmark, but of a far different variety, is the Oxbow Public Market. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., it sells everything from fresh fish and produce to kitchen gadgets and ceramic gift items. Besides getting your fill of good eats, you can listen to live music, watch a cooking demo and—yes again, partake of wine tastings. Fact is, there’s beer there too, but you didn’t come here for beer. For the winery experience you did come for, it’s wise to do a little advance research to see which locations best match your interests. But you might start your day at the Beringer estate. Founded in 1876 by German expat Jacob Beringer, it’s the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa. In addition to a tasting of wines, you can poke around the Rhine House, a Victorian manse. Check out the stunning stained-glass windows, which in 1884 cost a then-whopping $6,000 to install. Serious oenophiles might opt for Cliff Lede, considered among the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. Plus you’ll sip your wine amid the owner’s favorite art pieces, including “Twin 6’ Hearts” by Jim Dine and Tony Scherman’s “Grace Kelly.” Or make an appointment to visit Dana Estates in Rutherford, home to some of the most highly rated cabs around. If you want to know what made Napa famous, visit Robert Mondavi. Established in 1966, it was the first major winery to open in the valley after Prohibition, and its eponymous founder is credited with doing more to put Napa on the map than any other viticulturist. Before he came along, wine wasn’t the staple in American households that it is today. In fact, even you—after this visit—may never think of wine in quite the same way. “Voting with a visit” for the future of Napa is surely one of the tastiest, most warming ways you’ll ever do a public-spirited deed. Despite the fires of 2017, the wise betting says it won’t be long before Napa is better than ever. We can all raise our glasses and drink to that.
Opposite page, clockwise from left: A Balloons Above the Valley flight will ensure a bird’s-eye view of the area; the Napa Valley Wine Train offers a three-hour ride and stops at several wineries; the Archer Hotel’s rooftop is perfect for relaxing in either the sun or umbrella-provided shade; the Charlie Palmer Steak eatery offers artisan American beef and locally sourced ingredients; the Archer’s suites feature down duvets and pillows, along with Frette bathrobes and Malin+Goetz bath amenities; and Charlie Palmer’s Doughnut Wheel is the perfect ending to any meal.
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PACK LIKE A PRO Another trip, another bag to fill. Here are some handy hints to get what you need in your carry-on. By Darius Amos
There are some travel tricks that might never be solved, from getting around long security lines at the airport to avoiding baggage check-in fees. But a trip with less stress is indeed possible, and it begins when you’re packing at home—because whether you’re away for business or pleasure, you don’t want to get stuck ironing a dress shirt in the hotel room or discovering that you need another pair of trousers. How do you avoid those conundrums? With careful and thoughtful packing, you can fit everything you need into your suitcase without overstuffing it.
Start with a great bag, then think about what you’ll actually use. Are you going to meetings all day and dinners at night? What will the weather be like? Sort out the outfits that you’ll be wearing each day, choosing pieces that can be mixed and matched in case plans (or moods) change. Another just in case: Add an extra pair of socks and underwear. Now comes the fun: maneuvering and fitting your pieces into the bag. Shoes go first, taking their
proper place at the bottom of the bag. The heaviest items should go above the wheels, if your suitcase has them; otherwise, they should be next to the hinge that attaches the lid. And use those Ferragamo shoes to maximize space—before slipping footwear into their protective shoe bags, fill them with small things like socks, belts, ties and jewelry. WHAT’S YOUR METHOD?
Of the three most popular clothes-packing methods—rolling, folding or bundling—none is the hands-down best option. Regardless of which you choose, each has its pros and cons. Tightly rolled clothing is the best way to maximize your suitcase’s real estate, and it works best for items like T-shirts, shorts, pajamas and sweats as well as those made of synthetic fabrics such as nylon. But alas, rolling can create unwanted creases in some of your garments. So if you’re packing a couple of Eton dress shirts or Incotex pants, consider folding them along the creases they’re supposed to have. Folding is also the easiest and most familiar method but not necessarily the most space efficient, as it might leave
gaps between clothing stacks. That brings us to bundling—which is the strategic folding, almost origami-like, of all your garments into one package. The trick is to put pieces that wrinkle easiest on the outer layer and those you don’t mind being crumpled on the inside. For example, lay a jacket flat face down and arms extended, then place dress shirts and trousers flat on top of it. Finish the pile with sweaters, T-shirts and a core item in the middle such as a toiletry bag. Now the fun: Work backward tightly folding each item around the core until you have, ta-da, a completed bundle. If you’re a bundling rookie, you’ll likely need some time and practice before mastering this method. STASH THE SPORTCOAT
There is a way to effectively pack a sportcoat in a carry-on. Fold the sportcoat in half, shoulder to shoulder, then turn one shoulder inside out over the other so the lining is facing outward. For a suit, place the folded jacket in the middle of the outstretched pants and fold trousers around it. Voilà—you’re ready to go!
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RALEIGH PERSONAL SERVICE As a family-owned business, we take a lot of pride in everything we do at Raleigh. We have the finest sales professionals that you will find anywhere, and our experienced tailoring staff works diligently to make sure that you look great. Our commitment to our customers goes beyond the sale. Service impacts every part of our business, and our goal is to constantly exceed your expectations. Here are some of the things we do to take care of you. Of course, special requests are always welcome!
EXPERTISE A central part of the Raleigh Experience is superlative service in a relaxed atmosphere. If you want to browse in private, you’re more than welcome. When you need expert, individual attention, you’ll get it—instantly and for as long as you want. Our knowledgeable staff is well versed in all of the brands we carry, the trends of the season and how to fit every body type. They stand ready to advise you on all matters of wardrobe and accessories.
DELIVERY We understand that sometimes it’s a challenge to get to the store to pick up your alterations. Just let us know when and where, and we’ll be happy to deliver them to you.
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Sometimes it’s hard to part with old friends. We can help. When you shop for your new seasonal wardrobe, our sales associates will come to your home and let you know which items are worn or out of style, and suggest how to coordinate your existing clothes with new additions. We’ll even take your old clothes and donate them to a local charity on your behalf.
Whether it’s a suit, sportcoat or a pair of shoes, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, just let us know. We’ll do our best to find it from one of our many resources.
TAILOR SHOP Our on-site tailor shop is at your disposal for alterations to your Raleigh purchases. We provide sameday service when necessary and can usually handle minor alterations while you wait. The same goes for emergency repairs and routine wardrobe maintenance, such as tightening loose buttons: Bring the garment in, and we’ll fix that button on the spot.
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MADE-TOMEASURE SERVICE Our Made-to-Measure service takes advantage of the relationships we have established with Italian manufacturers to deliver a suit that is smart and sexy—and a good value— in just four to six weeks. You won’t find a better plan to look your best.
COFFEE BAR Like any gracious host, we always offer our guests something to drink. The Lavazza Bar is the perfect place to relax, reflect and enjoy coffee, espresso, cappuccino or a cool drink in between trips to the dressing room. Keep up with the latest scores on our flat screen. Need to charge your iPhone or iPad? No problem. We’ve got all the bases covered.
PICTURE THIS Sure, all of your new clothes look great at the store, but sometimes, once you get home, it’s hard to remember what goes with what. Just ask and we’ll be happy to photograph your ensembles.
If our store hours don’t fit your schedule, call us. If you’re a morning person who finds 7 a.m. the ideal time for your Raleigh Experience, we will arrange to be here. Shopping by appointment allows us to give you the personal attention and shopping time you need, when your schedule permits.
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