July 01, 2014
Photo courtesy of Haspel
Seersucker may have its true origins in colonial British India, but the puckered summertime fabric got its true start in America with Haspel, a New Orleans outfitter that used it for lightweight work wear and, eventually, the modern seersucker suit. Fast-forward 104 years and a few licensing agreements gone awry, and the company is back in the hands of the Haspel family, who enlisted New York designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos to create a new look for the brand.
Their interpretation includes the essential summer suit (from $970) done in a densely woven seersucker that the duo sourced from Italy, along with sportswear basics like colorful chinos (from $195), checked shirts (from $195) and clean polos (from $135)—items new to the traditionally formal brand but inspired by founder Joseph Haspel Sr. himself. “Mr. Haspel enjoyed leisure. He wore seersucker suits, no socks, and lived life to the fullest,” says Halmos. “He was our best inspiration.” haspel.com.
June 30, 2014
Courtesy of Bottega Veneta
For Bottega Veneta, designing an accessory that both breaks new ground and holds to tradition is an attractive premise. Its new Olimpia bag, which debuted in late June, does just that, representing a never-before-done style for the iconic label.
Creative director Tomas Maier christened the bag after the venerable Teatro Olimpico, a structure by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio located in Vicenza, Italy, where Bottega’s atelier is located. The new arrival features the brand’s signature intrecciato hand weaving in an array of rich colors, including aubergine, brown and a textured dark gray. (We’re partial to the Signal Blue [$2,580] pictured here.) Snakeskin versions ($5,250) come in chartreuse and light gray.
Similar to Vicenza, the bag is sure to develop into nothing less than an international classic. Available at Bottega Veneta boutiques worldwide; 800-845-6790; bottegaveneta.com.
June 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of Diggy Lloyd
Though just three years old, Pointy Snout caviar is attempting to redefine one of the culinary world’s most beloved luxuries. After enjoying roe one evening on a beach in Kenya, husband-and-wife team Michael Kline and Alexandra Du Cane were inspired to disprove caviar’s reputation as a purely formal indulgence. “[We want our customers to experience] it in unexpected places,” says Kline. “At the beach, in a bar with an artisanal cocktail, a special midnight feast!”
In June, Pointy Snout expanded its presence with three new lines—and three different price points—of sturgeon caviar that is farmed sustainably in northern California. Its most inexpensive offering, Caviar de Table, starts at $50 for a 20-gram tin, and the brand seeks to access a demographic that has never considered the delicacy an attainable luxury. “We want to reintroduce it to a new audience, a more youthful one, curious, engaged, thoughtful,” explains Du Cane. “We want them to experience these amazing flavors, so sensual, and have fun with them.”
We had a chance to taste Caviar de Table alongside the two higher-priced lines—Caviar Avant-Garde (a 90-day aged ossetra caviar) and Caviar Nouveau—and its bright, salty flavor complemented light bites and a sparkling glass of Champagne perfectly.
In short: Nobody will know it doesn't break the bank. Though at $450 for a 200-gram tin—the size we would reach for when wanting to share with a few friends—it's hard not to think of this as a splurge, especially with a younger crowd in mind. But when the same-sized tin of Caviar Avant-Garde rings in at $1,100, Caviar de Table seems like a delicious steal. store.pointysnout.com.
June 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of Anthony Jackson
Chefs Michael White and Jean-Georges Vongerichten have opened more than 20 New York City restaurants combined. This year each expands his empire northward with outposts in two separate but equally tony Westchester suburbs less than an hour from Manhattan: White with two restaurants at the Bedford Post Inn, in Bedford, and Vongerichten at the Inn at Pound Ridge, in Pound Ridge. A taste of what to expect when city meets country.
The Bedford Post Inn
Culinary Kingdom: Since 2009, Michael White’s Altamarea Group has opened 15 establishments in cities all over the world (London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Washington, D.C., among them). Still, his crown jewel remains his first restaurant: Manhattan’s swanky seafood temple, Marea, on Central Park South.
On the Menu: Not straying from his specialty Italian cuisine, White incorporates the Bedford Post Inn’s bucolic surroundings into his farm-to-table dishes (think housemade pastas and plenty of fowl and fish, like the olive-oil-poached swordfish above) through a seasonally driven selection of produce from nearby farms.
In the Details: The design of the eight-guest-room Relais & Châteaux property’s fine-dining restaurant, Campagna, has gone largely unchanged from the original structure (yes, the oversized woodburning grill remains). Same goes for the more casual Barn. Bedford Post Inn, 954 Old Post Rd., 914-234-7800, campagna-bedford.com.
The Inn at Pound Ridge
Culinary Kingdom: Alsatian chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s 26 restaurants include ten in New York City alone (ranging from the drowning-in-Michelin-stars Jean-Georges, on Central Park West, to Madison Square Garden’s Simply Chicken stand), along with locations in France, China and the Caribbean.
On the Menu: Rumors that Vongerichten would christen his first non-urban eatery ABC Country proved false, but they weren’t entirely off: At the Inn at Pound Ridge, dishes like baby beets with yogurt and herbs and fresh ricotta ravioli are near replicas of those served at his ABC Kitchen in Manhattan.
In the Details: The 181-year-old building’s interiors were transformed by Thomas Juul-Hansen—the chef’s design collaborator—to evoke rustic modernity: A soft gray palette is countrified with exposed wood beams and natural elements like marble and zinc. Inn at Pound Ridge, 258 Westchester Ave., 915-764-1400, theinnatpoundridge.com.
June 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of Jens Mortensen
Sister designers Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder Morel have gained a following with their colorful statement bibs and earrings, and now they’re taking the high-impact approach to leather pouches and totes stamped with their signature chain detailing. From $495; dannijo.com.
June 27, 2014
Collection of the artist. ©Jeff Koons.
Scott Rothkopf, curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art's survey of the artist, opening June 27.
Jeff Koons and I began talking about putting on a show in 2010. The Whitney knew it was going to be moving downtown, and we were thinking about ways to celebrate its departure from the Breuer building. An unprecedented Jeff Koons retrospective felt like an exciting grand finale. It allowed for something we’ve never done before: give a single artist the building. People are often shocked that Jeff has never had a major museum show in New York. But once we started working on the exhibit, it was clear why that might be. The works are very fragile—and very expensive. We’re talking about large porcelain objects that could break, shiny metal surfaces that attract fingerprints. To do the show required a tremendous amount of logistical collaboration. People are aware of Jeff as the center of hype about the marketplace, about artists as celebrities, about industrial fabrication. But that has obscured the fact that he’s made some of the great works of art in the last half century. The scandal of his reception is central to the way that he’s pushed the limits for so many artists today. I hope the exhibition will allow people to marvel at the variety of subjects, materials and scales that his art comprises. “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” is on view through October 19; 945 Madison Ave., New York; whitney.org.
June 27, 2014
Courtesy of National Park Service
The NPS has more than 100 parks and recreation areas close to major cities. Here, four to explore.
Nearest City: Washington, D.C., a 30-minute drive.
What It Is: In McLean, Virginia, the park overlooks the Potomac River’s, well, great falls. 703-285-2965.
What To Do: Early in the morning, hike the one-and-a-half-mile River Trail, which runs along the river’s stunning cliffs.
Santa Monica Mountains
Nearest City: Los Angeles, just outside the city.
What It Is: At 154,094 acres, the country’s largest urban national park is in L.A.’s backyard. 805-370-2300.
What To Do: Go beyond Griffith Park: Hike at Paramount Ranch, where dozens of movies and TV shows have been filmed.
Nearest City: Boston, a 20- to 40-minute ferry ride.
What It Is: A group of 34 islands and peninsulas across the harbor from Boston. 617-223-8666.
What To Do: There are tons of activities: Explore a Civil War–era fort, visit lighthouses, hike, picnic, fish and more.
Nearest City: San Francisco, within city limits.
What It Is: An urban recreational area that’s home to George Lucas’s headquarters. 415-561-4700.
What To Do: Hide away at luxury resort Cavallo Point. Rooms, from $400; 601 Murray Cir.; 415-339-4700; cavallopoint.com.
For more on national parks, see U.S. National Parks (Without the Crowds).
June 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of Meredith Jenks
When New York designer Adam Lippes shuttered his Adam label in 2012, he actually received hate mail. “People get really attached to their favorite items of clothing,” says the affable Lippes, 41, a former creative director of Oscar de la Renta who, after eight years in business on his own, had won countless hearts, minds and pocketbooks with his luxurious basics. “Once you convert someone to the perfect sheath dress, or even to a T-shirt or underwear they love, they want nothing to do with change.”
Now, after a protracted legal battle to win back his name and an equally long sabbatical in South America, India and Europe, Lippes is back with a new collection of luxe women’s clothing that is a much-needed boost of lean Céline in a showy Cavalli world.
“I wanted to make pieces that were sophisticated and refined and had nothing costumey to them,” explains Lippes of the sumptuous duchess satin and lace pleated skirts, superfine cashmere gowns and capes, and crisp Italian cotton shirts and dresses that comprise his coming fall/winter collection.
“It’s not about taking over the world,” he says. “It’s about making really beautiful products that we can be really proud of.” For store locations, go to adamlippes.com.
June 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of Jens Mortensen
It takes guts to get into the shoe business these days, as even the most astute novices have to stack up against the Manolos, Christians and Giuseppes of the world—which is why newcomer Chloe Gosselin started small. “I wanted to clearly define my language: a timeless shoe with a little twist,” she says of her 12-piece collection, which debuted at New York Fashion Week in February. For the 29-year-old former model and fiancée of magician David Copperfield, that means ’50s-era rounded toes in rich, painterly colors. From $680; chloegosselin.com.
June 26, 2014
Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day, but its benefits—not unlike those of sleep or hydration—are especially appreciated on the road. The Japanese version of the meal, with its satiating, sky-high protein content and lower sugar dosage, which help mitigate midday fatigue, is prized for being hearty, not heavy. And the menus are becoming increasingly prevalent at hotels worldwide. Here are three of the best.
Clement, The Peninsula, New York
Chef Brandon Kida brings his Japanese heritage to the menu at The Peninsula hotel’s brand-new Clement restaurant, where dishes composed of locally sourced ingredients receive an Asian flair, such as miso-accompanied Elysian Fields lamb or Barnegat Light scallops paired with yuzu and apple. Look for the same range at daybreak: A bento box of grilled sockeye salmon, tofu-rich miso soup and pickled vegetables is teamed with a tamagoyaki—a rolled, paper-thin Japanese omelet that is an alternative to the restaurant’s fluffy American version. At 700 Fifth Ave.; 212-903-3918; newyork.peninsula.com.
Le Cinq, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
Executive chef Eric Briffard’s dedication to fresh, carefully sourced products helped earn this hotel restaurant two Michelin stars and a local following. The morning-time fare follows suit. One look at Briffard’s ten-plate Japanese breakfast reveals the hyper-specific stops around Paris he took to complete it: daikon turnips and spinach from a Japanese garden in Île-de-France; soya and rice from Japanese delicatessen Workshop Issé; and steaming pots of genmaicha from the tea room Jugetsudo, in the Sixth Arrondissement. At 31 Av. George V; 33-1/49-52-71-54; restaurant-lecinq.com.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Guests need not travel far from London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park to get a taste of the world—or the talents of three different chefs. For traditionally inspired British bites, leave it to the team at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, and the crew at Bar Boulud satisfies midday French-bistro cravings. But morning hunger pangs are eradicated in the lovely main dining room, thanks to executive chef Chris Tombling, whose Japanese breakfast is a tray of ten components, including ginger-laced tofu, dried seaweed and a detoxifying juice selection of spinach and pineapple or carrot and ginger. At 66 Knightsbridge; 44-20/72-35-20-00; mandarinoriental.com.