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Filling Pieces opens brand new Flagship Store in the heart of Amsterdam
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Filling Pieces opens brand new Flagship Store in the heart of Amsterdam

Fashion Amsterdam fashion brand Filling Pieces has opened a new Flagship Store. Located underneath their head office at Spuistraat 168, the brand’s Flagship retail space will offer the full brand experience, complemented with music, events and special collaborations.     “In a time where retail is facing immense pressure, it is forced to change drastically in order to survive. With our Flagship Store we are reshaping the conventional notion of the retail experience by translating our brand values into a space, and turning it into a community hub where we can bring like minded people together. It is, quite literally, the center of the Filling Pieces universe.” - Says founder and creative director Guillaume Philibert.     After opening their first Satellite store in the 9 streets in Amsterdam last year, Filling Pieces continues their physical retail expansion with a fully flexible retail space. Like their Satellite Store, the Flagship is designed by former Filling Pieces Art Director Daniele Misso, who continues the aesthetic of the Berenstraat store into the Flagship via hard contrasts between products and materials, using metal and concrete, with bright colour accents throughout the space.   “For the Flagship Store design, we drew inspiration from the Italian Superstudio movement, which emerged in the late 60s. It’s design methodology is based on partitioning a space via grids, and using them as a guideline for incorporating certain design elements. The light installation was designed to give the store a sense of continuity, and the feeling of one big space which holds smaller, strategically placed elements and structures. The open retail floor, for example, has grids which hold seating areas where people can interact with each other, as well as a mix of sculptural art installations and product displays. The rear grids of the space, which hold the lounge area and fitting rooms, were used to create yet another, more intimate experience using a sheltered structure and rich material textures. As a whole, the store projects the feeling of a contemporary art gallery; where all the elements become sculptural at the service of the Filling Pieces collections, yet at the same time provide a social setting for the brand’s community”, explains Daniele Misso.     CREDITS: Design: Daniele Misso  Photography 1: Ewout Huibers (@ewouthuibers) ​Photography 2: Daniele Misso (@daniele.misso) Amsterdam fashion brand Filling Pieces has opened a new Flagship Store. Located underneath their head office at Spuistraat 168, the brand’s Flagship retail space will offer the full brand experience, complemented with music, events and special collaborations.     “In a time where retail is facing immense pressure, it is forced to change drastically in order to survive. With our Flagship Store we are reshaping the conventional notion of the retail experience by translating our brand values into a space, and turning it into a community hub where we can bring like minded people together. It is, quite literally, the center of the Filling Pieces universe.” - Says founder and creative director Guillaume Philibert.     After opening their first Satellite store in the 9 streets in Amsterdam last year, Filling Pieces continues their physical retail expansion with a fully flexible retail space. Like their Satellite Store, the Flagship is designed by former Filling Pieces Art Director Daniele Misso, who continues the aesthetic of the Berenstraat store into the Flagship via hard contrasts between products and materials, using metal and concrete, with bright colour accents throughout the space.   “For the Flagship Store design, we drew inspiration from the Italian Superstudio movement, which emerged in the late 60s. It’s design methodology is based on partitioning a space via grids, and using them as a guideline for incorporating certain design elements. The light installation was designed to give the store a sense of continuity, and the feeling of one big space which holds smaller, strategically placed elements and structures. The open retail floor, for example, has grids which hold seating areas where people can interact with each other, as well as a mix of sculptural art installations and product displays. The rear grids of the space, which hold the lounge area and fitting rooms, were used to create yet another, more intimate experience using a sheltered structure and rich material textures. As a whole, the store projects the feeling of a contemporary art gallery; where all the elements become sculptural at the service of the Filling Pieces collections, yet at the same time provide a social setting for the brand’s community”, explains Daniele Misso.     CREDITS: Design: Daniele Misso  Photography 1: Ewout Huibers (@ewouthuibers) ​Photography 2: Daniele Misso (@daniele.misso)

Louis Vuitton presents the "Charlie sneakers"
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Louis Vuitton presents the "Charlie sneakers"

Accessories With its eco-responsible design made of 90% recycled and bio-sourced materials, Charlie, revealed on 12th November 2021 is the first ever unisex sneaker by Louis Vuitton. Charlie introduces new perspectives to the world of nely crafted eco-designed sneakers.     Staying true to its innovative mindset, Louis Vuitton presents Charlie, a sneaker model vibrating at the pace of modern times. Available in sizes 34 to 47 (3 to 13 in US sizes) in a low and high-top version, this new must-have for all wardrobes, regardless of gender, is ideal for an everyday life encompassing mobility, comfort and high quality, values dear to the House. Charlie marks an important step forward in terms of eco-responsibility, as it challenges all the current standards thanks to its eco-conception featuring 90% recycled and bio-sourced materials.     The concept of circular creativity has been applied in a holistic way, from the studio sketches to Louis Vuitton's shoes workshop in Fiesso d'Artico, northern Italy. This is how Charlie’s sole — which accounts for 50% of the sneaker's weight —, made up of at least 94% recycled rubber, is record breaking while remaining supple and shock-absorbing. The upper part is composed of smooth and grained synthetic material, produced from recycled polyester and a layer of Biopolioli, a corn-based plastic. The entirely recycled laces echo the tongue patch made with ECONYL®, a 100% recycled and 100% recyclable nylon derived from nylon waste, also used on the back of the Charlie and for the House’s signature. The inside sole and lining are respectively composed of recycled polyurethane and recycled polyester.     Pushing this approach even further, Louis Vuitton has redesigned the traditional packaging, protecting Charlie with a felt made with TENCELTM , branded fibers originated from renewable wood sources certified by FSC®(Forest Stewardship Council). FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. The shoe box, made up of 100% recycled cardboard, becomes a bag, transportable thanks to a handle, also in TENCELTM wood based fibers, thus making it possible to save around 70% of materials for the two available sizes. The use of plant-based inks as well as the shoe box’s interior, which has been left in raw kraft paper, also reduce the impact to the minimum of this innovative packaging.     “Our committed journey” is Louis Vuitton’s sustainable development plan, in line with the LIFE360 (LVMH Initiatives For the Environment) plan. Through six lines of action, it aims to preserve natural resources (sustainable supply of materials, contribution to climate protection, circular approach of creativity) and to have a positive impact on society (diversity and inclusion, commitment to local communities, development of know-how).     Find out about their commitments, targets and news on louisvuitton.com With its eco-responsible design made of 90% recycled and bio-sourced materials, Charlie, revealed on 12th November 2021 is the first ever unisex sneaker by Louis Vuitton. Charlie introduces new perspectives to the world of nely crafted eco-designed sneakers.     Staying true to its innovative mindset, Louis Vuitton presents Charlie, a sneaker model vibrating at the pace of modern times. Available in sizes 34 to 47 (3 to 13 in US sizes) in a low and high-top version, this new must-have for all wardrobes, regardless of gender, is ideal for an everyday life encompassing mobility, comfort and high quality, values dear to the House. Charlie marks an important step forward in terms of eco-responsibility, as it challenges all the current standards thanks to its eco-conception featuring 90% recycled and bio-sourced materials.     The concept of circular creativity has been applied in a holistic way, from the studio sketches to Louis Vuitton's shoes workshop in Fiesso d'Artico, northern Italy. This is how Charlie’s sole — which accounts for 50% of the sneaker's weight —, made up of at least 94% recycled rubber, is record breaking while remaining supple and shock-absorbing. The upper part is composed of smooth and grained synthetic material, produced from recycled polyester and a layer of Biopolioli, a corn-based plastic. The entirely recycled laces echo the tongue patch made with ECONYL®, a 100% recycled and 100% recyclable nylon derived from nylon waste, also used on the back of the Charlie and for the House’s signature. The inside sole and lining are respectively composed of recycled polyurethane and recycled polyester.     Pushing this approach even further, Louis Vuitton has redesigned the traditional packaging, protecting Charlie with a felt made with TENCELTM , branded fibers originated from renewable wood sources certified by FSC®(Forest Stewardship Council). FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. The shoe box, made up of 100% recycled cardboard, becomes a bag, transportable thanks to a handle, also in TENCELTM wood based fibers, thus making it possible to save around 70% of materials for the two available sizes. The use of plant-based inks as well as the shoe box’s interior, which has been left in raw kraft paper, also reduce the impact to the minimum of this innovative packaging.     “Our committed journey” is Louis Vuitton’s sustainable development plan, in line with the LIFE360 (LVMH Initiatives For the Environment) plan. Through six lines of action, it aims to preserve natural resources (sustainable supply of materials, contribution to climate protection, circular approach of creativity) and to have a positive impact on society (diversity and inclusion, commitment to local communities, development of know-how).     Find out about their commitments, targets and news on louisvuitton.com

VALENTINO DES ATELIERS
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VALENTINO DES ATELIERS

Fashion A Haute Couture collection. A community of artists. A dialogue of inspirations. A project by Pierpaolo Piccioli Curated by Gianluigi Ricuperati     With the artists Joel S. Allen, Anastasia Bay, Benni Bosetto, Katrin Bremermann, Guglielmo Castelli,Maurizio Cilli, Danilo Correale, Luca Coser, Jamie Nares, Francis Offman, Andrea Respino, Wu Rui, So aSilva, Alessandro Teoldi, Patricia Treib, Malte Zenses. And with the participation of Kerstin Bratsch.   Valentino Des Ateliers is a project deeply wanted by Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli, according towhom ‘Fashion is not ‘art’, because the latter has no purpose outside of itself, while the rst always has a practical scope, a function, a use. Acknowledging differences is the rst step in educating ourselves towardsa mutual listening, made of curiosity, enthusiasm and respect. This listening needs time, just like Haute Couture and at the end of the day like art. That’s why, this project’s progress has been slow, a pace perhaps unusual for our actual world but right and intimate for the world I would like to live in.’   Guided by these values, Maison Valentino decided to entrust to the dialogue with artists the ‘invention site’ of this season’s Haute Couture Collection, which is traditionally the fashion sector closest to the values of uniqueness, singularity, research and experimentation that are so inherent to the art practice.   The idea is to draw inspiration from the work of a group of contemporary artists, chosen together with Gianluigi Ricuperati, in order to create the collection’s dresses. And to inspire them in return, asking them to ‘respond’ with their own creativity to the extraordinary forge of knowledge and talent in craftsmanship, textiles, tailoring, colors that feeds Haute Couture.   But the process was not limited to this: the two sides, the artists’ Ateliers and Valentino’s, worked together to design and create some of the pieces, in a way of being and doing which is at once both singular and plural, individual and collective.   In fact, thanks to a series of live and remote encounters, the artists - mostly painters, since painting is to art as haute couture is to fashion, being both languages eternal and material, traditional and ever-renovating, real renewable sources of beauty - have nourished the vision of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Valentino.   It is therefore a translation between different languages, a complex and delicate passage between the two-dimensional nature of painting and the three-dimensional one of fashion. Which, moreover, finds its ultimate and fundamental purpose in the dressing of the body - which is at the center of everything.   The name of the project, Valentino Des Ateliers, contains its salient features: the dynamism of conversation, the multiplicity of teamwork, always taking the side of talent.     The collection is presented at the Venice Biennale, in the absolute and natural space of the Gaggiandre, where Vuslat Foundation commissioned the installation of “Idee di pietra – Olmo”, 2008 (bronze, river stone, water); Curated by Chus Martinez, Special Event at the La Biennale di Architettura 2021, emerging from the lagoon observing the catwalk along which the clothes will be presented.   Vuslat Foundation wanted to identify in this work a reference to its main mission, supporting the principle of generous listening: listening to the planet, listening to each other, listening to ourselves. In the words of Pierpaolo Piccioli, ‘Venice was part of the vision I had from the very beginning: it was the only place in the world in which to present such a collection, a context where nothing can be added or subtracted: the light and power of Venice are the perfect setting in which I’d love to immerse my work.’   According to curator Gianluigi Ricuperati, ‘we must imagine Valentino Des Ateliers as a concert for two distinct worlds - painting and Haute Couture, contemporary art and clothing art - in which each side own voices listen to each other’s song before pronouncing themselves.’ A Haute Couture collection. A community of artists. A dialogue of inspirations. A project by Pierpaolo Piccioli Curated by Gianluigi Ricuperati     With the artists Joel S. Allen, Anastasia Bay, Benni Bosetto, Katrin Bremermann, Guglielmo Castelli,Maurizio Cilli, Danilo Correale, Luca Coser, Jamie Nares, Francis Offman, Andrea Respino, Wu Rui, So aSilva, Alessandro Teoldi, Patricia Treib, Malte Zenses. And with the participation of Kerstin Bratsch.   Valentino Des Ateliers is a project deeply wanted by Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli, according towhom ‘Fashion is not ‘art’, because the latter has no purpose outside of itself, while the rst always has a practical scope, a function, a use. Acknowledging differences is the rst step in educating ourselves towardsa mutual listening, made of curiosity, enthusiasm and respect. This listening needs time, just like Haute Couture and at the end of the day like art. That’s why, this project’s progress has been slow, a pace perhaps unusual for our actual world but right and intimate for the world I would like to live in.’   Guided by these values, Maison Valentino decided to entrust to the dialogue with artists the ‘invention site’ of this season’s Haute Couture Collection, which is traditionally the fashion sector closest to the values of uniqueness, singularity, research and experimentation that are so inherent to the art practice.   The idea is to draw inspiration from the work of a group of contemporary artists, chosen together with Gianluigi Ricuperati, in order to create the collection’s dresses. And to inspire them in return, asking them to ‘respond’ with their own creativity to the extraordinary forge of knowledge and talent in craftsmanship, textiles, tailoring, colors that feeds Haute Couture.   But the process was not limited to this: the two sides, the artists’ Ateliers and Valentino’s, worked together to design and create some of the pieces, in a way of being and doing which is at once both singular and plural, individual and collective.   In fact, thanks to a series of live and remote encounters, the artists - mostly painters, since painting is to art as haute couture is to fashion, being both languages eternal and material, traditional and ever-renovating, real renewable sources of beauty - have nourished the vision of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Valentino.   It is therefore a translation between different languages, a complex and delicate passage between the two-dimensional nature of painting and the three-dimensional one of fashion. Which, moreover, finds its ultimate and fundamental purpose in the dressing of the body - which is at the center of everything.   The name of the project, Valentino Des Ateliers, contains its salient features: the dynamism of conversation, the multiplicity of teamwork, always taking the side of talent.     The collection is presented at the Venice Biennale, in the absolute and natural space of the Gaggiandre, where Vuslat Foundation commissioned the installation of “Idee di pietra – Olmo”, 2008 (bronze, river stone, water); Curated by Chus Martinez, Special Event at the La Biennale di Architettura 2021, emerging from the lagoon observing the catwalk along which the clothes will be presented.   Vuslat Foundation wanted to identify in this work a reference to its main mission, supporting the principle of generous listening: listening to the planet, listening to each other, listening to ourselves. In the words of Pierpaolo Piccioli, ‘Venice was part of the vision I had from the very beginning: it was the only place in the world in which to present such a collection, a context where nothing can be added or subtracted: the light and power of Venice are the perfect setting in which I’d love to immerse my work.’   According to curator Gianluigi Ricuperati, ‘we must imagine Valentino Des Ateliers as a concert for two distinct worlds - painting and Haute Couture, contemporary art and clothing art - in which each side own voices listen to each other’s song before pronouncing themselves.’

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SAINT LAURENT MEN'S SPRING & SUMMER 2022
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SAINT LAURENT MEN'S SPRING & SUMMER 2022

Men Green Lens is a large-scale installation by artist Doug Aitken, commissioned by Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent. A living art-installation and a cultural stage, set in Venezia, Italy, where the city landscape creates a strong eco narrative within the artwork that speaks to the idea of the future world.     Located on the island of Isola Della Certosa, Green Lens is a living experiential artwork and also a destination, a place to explore, to inspire and to be inspired.     It will evoke the future through its crystalline reflective interior which reveals a kaleidoscopic view and dense botanic environment. It will be a freestanding artwork, and from the exterior, it will create a combination of reflections mixed with clouds, mist and wild green vegetation evoking a mysterious presence. Inside the sculpture there will be an enormous living kaleidoscope-like space that reflects the landscape, sky and the shifting surroundings.     This installation turns the landscape into a living abstraction.     Green Lens sparks dialogue that links the natural landscape with our future. In the 21st-century, we look toward to the future and how to harmonize with the natural environment, striving to create a new balanced world. We seek an environment where nature is empowered again, creativity is championed, and the weight of the past lifts, becoming fluid and inspiring.     In concomitance with Biennale of Architecture, the artwork will be accessible until the end of July, like a liquid architecture, creating a fully immersive environment. The idea is to encourage all visitors to look towards a positive view of the future, a synergy where natural landscape and innovation merge.     Green Lens will also be activated with a sequence of performances and conversations that are thought-provoking and inspiring, focusing on the future as interpreted by musicians, speakers and dancers. “What is the Future?” is the narrative threaded throughout the project. These activations will be filmed and released for the public to have access to a living artwork and stage for voices, creativity, culture, performance and music.     “Green Lens is a living artwork. It is both an artwork, installation and stage. It’s like a lighthouse, that one can journey to and have a very personal experience, while it also transmits light, ideas and questions. A focal point that allows all of us to share our ideas and visions for the future post Covid...a celebration and inquiry into the future.” - Doug Aitken     “Saint Laurent’s cult iconography always combined creative disciplines across art and fashion. Through those collaborations I want to merge different fields’ artistic visions in a unique artwork.” Anthony Vaccarello Green Lens is a large-scale installation by artist Doug Aitken, commissioned by Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent. A living art-installation and a cultural stage, set in Venezia, Italy, where the city landscape creates a strong eco narrative within the artwork that speaks to the idea of the future world.     Located on the island of Isola Della Certosa, Green Lens is a living experiential artwork and also a destination, a place to explore, to inspire and to be inspired.     It will evoke the future through its crystalline reflective interior which reveals a kaleidoscopic view and dense botanic environment. It will be a freestanding artwork, and from the exterior, it will create a combination of reflections mixed with clouds, mist and wild green vegetation evoking a mysterious presence. Inside the sculpture there will be an enormous living kaleidoscope-like space that reflects the landscape, sky and the shifting surroundings.     This installation turns the landscape into a living abstraction.     Green Lens sparks dialogue that links the natural landscape with our future. In the 21st-century, we look toward to the future and how to harmonize with the natural environment, striving to create a new balanced world. We seek an environment where nature is empowered again, creativity is championed, and the weight of the past lifts, becoming fluid and inspiring.     In concomitance with Biennale of Architecture, the artwork will be accessible until the end of July, like a liquid architecture, creating a fully immersive environment. The idea is to encourage all visitors to look towards a positive view of the future, a synergy where natural landscape and innovation merge.     Green Lens will also be activated with a sequence of performances and conversations that are thought-provoking and inspiring, focusing on the future as interpreted by musicians, speakers and dancers. “What is the Future?” is the narrative threaded throughout the project. These activations will be filmed and released for the public to have access to a living artwork and stage for voices, creativity, culture, performance and music.     “Green Lens is a living artwork. It is both an artwork, installation and stage. It’s like a lighthouse, that one can journey to and have a very personal experience, while it also transmits light, ideas and questions. A focal point that allows all of us to share our ideas and visions for the future post Covid...a celebration and inquiry into the future.” - Doug Aitken     “Saint Laurent’s cult iconography always combined creative disciplines across art and fashion. Through those collaborations I want to merge different fields’ artistic visions in a unique artwork.” Anthony Vaccarello

TOMMY HILFIGER AND ACTOR AND ACTIVIST, INDYA MOORE CO-DESIGN GENDER FLUID CAPSULE COLLECTION
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TOMMY HILFIGER AND ACTOR AND ACTIVIST, INDYA MOORE CO-DESIGN GENDER FLUID CAPSULE COLLECTION

Fashion Tommy Hilfiger announces the launch of theSummer Pre-Fall2021TommyXIndya capsule collection co-designed by non-binary actor and activist, Indya Moore. The collection celebrates the uniqueness, beauty and diversity of the global community and the belief that great style knows no boundaries, with a range of size-inclusive, non-gendered designs.The TommyXIndya partnership builds on Tommy Hilfiger’s ambitious People’s PlaceProgram, a three-pillared platform with the mission of advancing representation in fashion and beyond. The TommyXIndya capsule will be available starting July 13th in the US on tommy.com, starting July 20th globally on tommy.com and at select retail locations in Europe.     “Great style knows no boundaries, and this has always driven my dream to create fashion for all,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Our People’s PlaceProgram is a huge step in this direction, as we continue to work hard to advance representation and further inclusivity across all areas of fashion.This collection embodies everything we stand for. From the design process to the campaign, the  TommyXIndyapartnership is here to make people feel seen, accepted and included. This message means so much to everyone at Tommy Hilfiger. Working with Indya to share their story has been a unique and inspiring experience.We're so proud to share it with the world.”     In co-designing the TommyXIndya capsule collection, Indya Moore sought to empower their community to express themselves without limitations. From the polo shirt, Oxford button-down shirt and bandeau top, to the pin-stripe blazer and double-bridged sunglasses, each style was inspired by a signature piece from the TOMMY HILFIGERarchive and reimagined to respect multiple gender expressions. Features such as widened shoulders and adaptable silhouettes aim to encourage continuous self-expression, fluidity and exploration. The capsule also tells Indya Moore’s personal story, with details like their initials in collegiate font, their hometown of the Bronx, New York spelled across the chest, and a lotus flower graphic running throughout, symbolizing rebirth, growth and self-actualization.     “This capsule goes beyond great style,” said Indya Moore. “It breaks a cycle and sets a new standard across the industry. Too many people are made to feel that something is wrong with them just for being themselves. It means everything to me to know that with our capsule, no one is made to feel wrong or different or broken. Everyone works perfectly for this collection, no matter who they are.”     TheTommyXIndya campaign aligns with Tommy Hilfiger’s People’s PlaceProgram ambition to create opportunity for creative talent from underrepresented BIPOC communities and increase visibility to foster a diverse and inclusive community in front of, and behind the camera. Shot in the Bronx by Myles Loftin, the campaign is a celebrationof Indya Moore’s hometown, symbolizing a return to their roots, proud and confident of their growth. In a celebration of individuality and self-expression, the campaign features five groundbreaking activists sure of their place in the world and ready for adventure – confident, beautiful, seen and celebrated exactly as they are: Indya Moore (@indyamoore):  The groundbreaking star of FX television series Pose and one of Time magazine’s 2019 100 most influential people in the world. Indya Moore is a vocal advocate for trans rights. Chella Man (@chellaman): Multimedia artist Chella is a deaf, transgender man of Chinese and Jewish heritage. He is the author of the book, Continuum, which chronicles his intersectional experiences. Gia Love (@love.gia): Activist and model Gia is the creator of the “What’s Your Fantasy” campaign that advocates for the rights of black transgender women. Cory Walker (@corywalkers): Cory is a model and actor based in New York City. They are represented by New Pandemics, a casting and management agency leading the fight for meaningful LGBTQIA+ representation.  Pidgeon(@pidgeon) Intersex advocate and co-founder of the Intersex Justice Project, Pidgeon was honored as an LGBTQIA+ Champion of Change by the Obama White House.     As part of the partnership, donations were made to three causes that resonate with both Indya Moore and Tommy Hilfiger’s values:  Rainbow Railroad, a non-profit that helps persecuted LGBTQI+ individuals around the world to find safety; Reuniting of African Descants (ROAD),a Black trans-led grassroots project invested in advancing the social and economic well-being of African Descendants, with an urgent focus on queer, same-gender-loving, transgender, and non-binary people, and ultimately the entire community; and the Global Coralition who focuses on accelerating marine restoration with local island communities by combining the power of art and science. Inspired by the spirit of these charities, Indya Moore also designed three charms that feature on the TommyXIndyabag and hat.   Tommy Hilfiger’s mission is to become a leading sustainable designer lifestyle company that “Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All”, through how it creates its product, manages its operations, and connects with its communities and stakeholders. More information about Tommy Hilfiger’s sustainability journey, which is powered by PVH’s Forward Fashionstrategy, can be found on https://global.tommy.com/en_int/about-us-corporate-sustainability.     Friends and followers of the brand are invited to join the conversation on social media using #TommyHilfiger and @TommyHilfiger.  Tommy Hilfiger announces the launch of theSummer Pre-Fall2021TommyXIndya capsule collection co-designed by non-binary actor and activist, Indya Moore. The collection celebrates the uniqueness, beauty and diversity of the global community and the belief that great style knows no boundaries, with a range of size-inclusive, non-gendered designs.The TommyXIndya partnership builds on Tommy Hilfiger’s ambitious People’s PlaceProgram, a three-pillared platform with the mission of advancing representation in fashion and beyond. The TommyXIndya capsule will be available starting July 13th in the US on tommy.com, starting July 20th globally on tommy.com and at select retail locations in Europe.     “Great style knows no boundaries, and this has always driven my dream to create fashion for all,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Our People’s PlaceProgram is a huge step in this direction, as we continue to work hard to advance representation and further inclusivity across all areas of fashion.This collection embodies everything we stand for. From the design process to the campaign, the  TommyXIndyapartnership is here to make people feel seen, accepted and included. This message means so much to everyone at Tommy Hilfiger. Working with Indya to share their story has been a unique and inspiring experience.We're so proud to share it with the world.”     In co-designing the TommyXIndya capsule collection, Indya Moore sought to empower their community to express themselves without limitations. From the polo shirt, Oxford button-down shirt and bandeau top, to the pin-stripe blazer and double-bridged sunglasses, each style was inspired by a signature piece from the TOMMY HILFIGERarchive and reimagined to respect multiple gender expressions. Features such as widened shoulders and adaptable silhouettes aim to encourage continuous self-expression, fluidity and exploration. The capsule also tells Indya Moore’s personal story, with details like their initials in collegiate font, their hometown of the Bronx, New York spelled across the chest, and a lotus flower graphic running throughout, symbolizing rebirth, growth and self-actualization.     “This capsule goes beyond great style,” said Indya Moore. “It breaks a cycle and sets a new standard across the industry. Too many people are made to feel that something is wrong with them just for being themselves. It means everything to me to know that with our capsule, no one is made to feel wrong or different or broken. Everyone works perfectly for this collection, no matter who they are.”     TheTommyXIndya campaign aligns with Tommy Hilfiger’s People’s PlaceProgram ambition to create opportunity for creative talent from underrepresented BIPOC communities and increase visibility to foster a diverse and inclusive community in front of, and behind the camera. Shot in the Bronx by Myles Loftin, the campaign is a celebrationof Indya Moore’s hometown, symbolizing a return to their roots, proud and confident of their growth. In a celebration of individuality and self-expression, the campaign features five groundbreaking activists sure of their place in the world and ready for adventure – confident, beautiful, seen and celebrated exactly as they are: Indya Moore (@indyamoore):  The groundbreaking star of FX television series Pose and one of Time magazine’s 2019 100 most influential people in the world. Indya Moore is a vocal advocate for trans rights. Chella Man (@chellaman): Multimedia artist Chella is a deaf, transgender man of Chinese and Jewish heritage. He is the author of the book, Continuum, which chronicles his intersectional experiences. Gia Love (@love.gia): Activist and model Gia is the creator of the “What’s Your Fantasy” campaign that advocates for the rights of black transgender women. Cory Walker (@corywalkers): Cory is a model and actor based in New York City. They are represented by New Pandemics, a casting and management agency leading the fight for meaningful LGBTQIA+ representation.  Pidgeon(@pidgeon) Intersex advocate and co-founder of the Intersex Justice Project, Pidgeon was honored as an LGBTQIA+ Champion of Change by the Obama White House.     As part of the partnership, donations were made to three causes that resonate with both Indya Moore and Tommy Hilfiger’s values:  Rainbow Railroad, a non-profit that helps persecuted LGBTQI+ individuals around the world to find safety; Reuniting of African Descants (ROAD),a Black trans-led grassroots project invested in advancing the social and economic well-being of African Descendants, with an urgent focus on queer, same-gender-loving, transgender, and non-binary people, and ultimately the entire community; and the Global Coralition who focuses on accelerating marine restoration with local island communities by combining the power of art and science. Inspired by the spirit of these charities, Indya Moore also designed three charms that feature on the TommyXIndyabag and hat.   Tommy Hilfiger’s mission is to become a leading sustainable designer lifestyle company that “Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All”, through how it creates its product, manages its operations, and connects with its communities and stakeholders. More information about Tommy Hilfiger’s sustainability journey, which is powered by PVH’s Forward Fashionstrategy, can be found on https://global.tommy.com/en_int/about-us-corporate-sustainability.     Friends and followers of the brand are invited to join the conversation on social media using #TommyHilfiger and @TommyHilfiger. 

NEW BALENCIAGA STORE OPENS IN AMSTERDAM
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NEW BALENCIAGA STORE OPENS IN AMSTERDAM

Fashion On July 15th, 2021, the first Balenciaga store in Amsterdam will open. The two- floor, 185-square meter area offers a full selection of men’s, women’s, and kid’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, eyewear, jewelry, accessories, and objects.     Balenciaga Amsterdam reflects the brand’s refreshed architectural direction, which proposes unique structures that react to site-specific details. Stripped- down interiors allude to and reveal foundational aspects of a building, contrasting sites of construction, and metropolitan void with a just perceptible gloss.     The ground floor is raw concrete. Walls expose existing concrete or are paneled with industrial materials. Ceilings are metal grids that show the technical conduits suspended above. Shelving is made up of extruded aluminum, backed with a distressed velvet curtain behind glass. Steel tables are noticeably aged, their drawer interiors lined with Ultrasuede. The fitting rooms and the basement floor are covered in luxe wool carpet, with front-lit mirrors, and concrete walls. Seating on both levels is upholstered with intentionally worn leather.     The concept bridges elements from concentric spaces of production and public use, forming a distinctly unfinished backdrop to certain refined details and the collections.       BALENCIAGA AMSTERDAM 99 Pieter Cornelisz Hoofstraat Amsterdam Netherlands On July 15th, 2021, the first Balenciaga store in Amsterdam will open. The two- floor, 185-square meter area offers a full selection of men’s, women’s, and kid’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, eyewear, jewelry, accessories, and objects.     Balenciaga Amsterdam reflects the brand’s refreshed architectural direction, which proposes unique structures that react to site-specific details. Stripped- down interiors allude to and reveal foundational aspects of a building, contrasting sites of construction, and metropolitan void with a just perceptible gloss.     The ground floor is raw concrete. Walls expose existing concrete or are paneled with industrial materials. Ceilings are metal grids that show the technical conduits suspended above. Shelving is made up of extruded aluminum, backed with a distressed velvet curtain behind glass. Steel tables are noticeably aged, their drawer interiors lined with Ultrasuede. The fitting rooms and the basement floor are covered in luxe wool carpet, with front-lit mirrors, and concrete walls. Seating on both levels is upholstered with intentionally worn leather.     The concept bridges elements from concentric spaces of production and public use, forming a distinctly unfinished backdrop to certain refined details and the collections.       BALENCIAGA AMSTERDAM 99 Pieter Cornelisz Hoofstraat Amsterdam Netherlands

Oso Couture launches sensational couture collection with forgotten techniques and vision for the future of fashion
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Oso Couture launches sensational couture collection with forgotten techniques and vision for the future of fashion

Fashion Under the radar, the Dutch-Syrian Achmed Oso has been building his fashion imperium in couture and exceptional tailoring for years. He doesn’t really like the spotlight, but prefers to let his work speak itself. That’s why he might be one of the biggest undiscovered design talents in the Netherlands. During the pandemic, the couturier got strength from the idea that his craft is the future of fashion. And that’s what he wants to show now, with an homage of no less than forty looks to the woman he loves the most: his mother. A non-seasonal collection, made in a forgotten couture technique that he learned from her. It’s the first new line from Oso Couture in two years.      It’s already twenty-one years ago when Achmed Oso came to Europe by himself. And it’s been seven years since he last saw his mother in person, who still lives in Syria. In the meantime, he has built something that he – and his family – can be proud of. Oso completed multiple parttime fashion studies at institutions such as: the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Academie Artemis and M. Müller & Sohn, to gain as much experience as possible. Besides his education, he started out making orders for friends and acquaintances, in order to make a living. ‘They encouraged me to keep going, even though it wasn’t self-evident for me to become a top-tier segment fashion designer, with my background as a refugee and with very little money and connections.’ At the same time he had a passion and natural talent that took him to great heights. Because of his continuing success, he started making couture collections four years ago. Over the years, he has built up a loyal customer base, with all kinds of clients from the upper circles. Now he is launching Ode à ma Mère, a collection that he made as a thank you to his mother, who taught him the ins and outs of the craft.     In the environment where the couturier grew up, the focus was always on craftmanship. ‘Every home had its own workshop, for various purposes.’ He has especially warm memories of his mother’s workshop. She showed him the craft of ‘moulding’, a special couture technique: ‘Pinning off, draping, and cutting the fabric directly on the bust, without patterns or measuring tape – on the spot. That technique is not common these days; it takes a lot of time, it’s almost impossible to copy and you need to have feeling for it.’ Work based on feelings, playing with materials, that is Oso’s signature. In his workshop in Oegstgeest, the craftsman slides organza and tule between his fingers, a jumpsuit in crêpe-silk that seems to be made of snowflakes. Majestic, elegant, made with incredible precision and eye for detail, and at the same time playful. Roughly two hundred hours of craftmanship, by a small team of three.     For Ode à ma Mère, the couturier has used colours that his mother liked to wear: black and dark blue, pastel shades and soft gold. Fabrics of the highest quality were embroidered and woven in Italy, especially for him: from silk to jacquard, combined with diamonds and manually embroidered flowers. ‘The most beautiful gift I can give to my mother’, that was the starting point.    Aside from couture, occasional wear and wedding dresses, Oso also makes women’s suits. It turned out there was a lot of demand in the Netherlands, and he noticed that there were not a lot of items like this for women on the market yet. He excels in women’s suits with an exciting twist and a sublime feminine fit. At Oso Couture, everything is handmade in his own workshop, from A to Z. Translating a customer’s stories into clothing, that is Oso’s biggest passion. For wedding clothes, he really takes his time: he goes through the whole process with his clients, from the first sketch to prototype and finally the dress (or suit). ‘Afterwards, the bride often tells me that she’s sorry that the shared journey has come to an end.’      Craftsmanship should be the norm, Oso believes. That can create the illusion that his clothing is unaffordable. But he thinks it is important to reach a wide audience. In fashion, sustainability is more important than ever. This requires going back to basics, according to the designer: quality, craft and dedication, production close to home, avoiding waste of materials as much as possible. This requires fashion students to be taught how to work with needle and thread again, to really learn the trade. One of Oso’s biggest dreams is to one day teach the craft to underprivileged children. A gift that has opened a lot of doors for him,  and that he would like to pass on. He also hopes to one day be able to organise a big show, where his parents can be present.      https://www.osocouture.nl Under the radar, the Dutch-Syrian Achmed Oso has been building his fashion imperium in couture and exceptional tailoring for years. He doesn’t really like the spotlight, but prefers to let his work speak itself. That’s why he might be one of the biggest undiscovered design talents in the Netherlands. During the pandemic, the couturier got strength from the idea that his craft is the future of fashion. And that’s what he wants to show now, with an homage of no less than forty looks to the woman he loves the most: his mother. A non-seasonal collection, made in a forgotten couture technique that he learned from her. It’s the first new line from Oso Couture in two years.      It’s already twenty-one years ago when Achmed Oso came to Europe by himself. And it’s been seven years since he last saw his mother in person, who still lives in Syria. In the meantime, he has built something that he – and his family – can be proud of. Oso completed multiple parttime fashion studies at institutions such as: the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Academie Artemis and M. Müller & Sohn, to gain as much experience as possible. Besides his education, he started out making orders for friends and acquaintances, in order to make a living. ‘They encouraged me to keep going, even though it wasn’t self-evident for me to become a top-tier segment fashion designer, with my background as a refugee and with very little money and connections.’ At the same time he had a passion and natural talent that took him to great heights. Because of his continuing success, he started making couture collections four years ago. Over the years, he has built up a loyal customer base, with all kinds of clients from the upper circles. Now he is launching Ode à ma Mère, a collection that he made as a thank you to his mother, who taught him the ins and outs of the craft.     In the environment where the couturier grew up, the focus was always on craftmanship. ‘Every home had its own workshop, for various purposes.’ He has especially warm memories of his mother’s workshop. She showed him the craft of ‘moulding’, a special couture technique: ‘Pinning off, draping, and cutting the fabric directly on the bust, without patterns or measuring tape – on the spot. That technique is not common these days; it takes a lot of time, it’s almost impossible to copy and you need to have feeling for it.’ Work based on feelings, playing with materials, that is Oso’s signature. In his workshop in Oegstgeest, the craftsman slides organza and tule between his fingers, a jumpsuit in crêpe-silk that seems to be made of snowflakes. Majestic, elegant, made with incredible precision and eye for detail, and at the same time playful. Roughly two hundred hours of craftmanship, by a small team of three.     For Ode à ma Mère, the couturier has used colours that his mother liked to wear: black and dark blue, pastel shades and soft gold. Fabrics of the highest quality were embroidered and woven in Italy, especially for him: from silk to jacquard, combined with diamonds and manually embroidered flowers. ‘The most beautiful gift I can give to my mother’, that was the starting point.    Aside from couture, occasional wear and wedding dresses, Oso also makes women’s suits. It turned out there was a lot of demand in the Netherlands, and he noticed that there were not a lot of items like this for women on the market yet. He excels in women’s suits with an exciting twist and a sublime feminine fit. At Oso Couture, everything is handmade in his own workshop, from A to Z. Translating a customer’s stories into clothing, that is Oso’s biggest passion. For wedding clothes, he really takes his time: he goes through the whole process with his clients, from the first sketch to prototype and finally the dress (or suit). ‘Afterwards, the bride often tells me that she’s sorry that the shared journey has come to an end.’      Craftsmanship should be the norm, Oso believes. That can create the illusion that his clothing is unaffordable. But he thinks it is important to reach a wide audience. In fashion, sustainability is more important than ever. This requires going back to basics, according to the designer: quality, craft and dedication, production close to home, avoiding waste of materials as much as possible. This requires fashion students to be taught how to work with needle and thread again, to really learn the trade. One of Oso’s biggest dreams is to one day teach the craft to underprivileged children. A gift that has opened a lot of doors for him,  and that he would like to pass on. He also hopes to one day be able to organise a big show, where his parents can be present.      https://www.osocouture.nl

TOMS PRESENTS THE MALLOW COLLECTION
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TOMS PRESENTS THE MALLOW COLLECTION

Accessories They make shoes for moving forward, and The Mallow is the latest in the mix. It’s a lot like our iconic Alpargata, only bigger, bolder, and seriously plush. As for the rules, there are none. Wear The Mallow however, whenever, and wherever you want—just as long as it’s forward.     They paired our signature canvas upper with a supersized sole. It’s made from rubber and EVA, which brings plenty of durability and traction to the table without any of the baggage for the perfect, light-on-your-feet feeling. And because sometimes, more really is just more, we loaded up the sidewall to 3x the height of our classic canvas Alpargatas—without losing any of the ease. Cushy OrthoLite® Eco LT HybridTM insoles really seal the deal for the comfort-obsessed, with earth-friendly materials for the eco-conscious.     The Mallow launched on 17th June, 2021, on TOMS.com and at their select wholesale partners Asos, Office and Tower, at £ 55.   Greisy @greisyhh   Founder of @laschicaschulas, a hub for Gen Z Latinx that promotes community, mental health, art, and activism.   Mimi @mimizhuxiyuan   Writer and mental health advocate.   Candace @candacereels   Founder of @femalecollective, where women are celebrated, uplifted, supported, and empowered everyday.   Gabrielle @FridaCashFlow Founder of Brown Girl Butterfly Project, which aims to create a community of Black and Brown women and non binary folks through healing, nurture and soft protest. They make shoes for moving forward, and The Mallow is the latest in the mix. It’s a lot like our iconic Alpargata, only bigger, bolder, and seriously plush. As for the rules, there are none. Wear The Mallow however, whenever, and wherever you want—just as long as it’s forward.     They paired our signature canvas upper with a supersized sole. It’s made from rubber and EVA, which brings plenty of durability and traction to the table without any of the baggage for the perfect, light-on-your-feet feeling. And because sometimes, more really is just more, we loaded up the sidewall to 3x the height of our classic canvas Alpargatas—without losing any of the ease. Cushy OrthoLite® Eco LT HybridTM insoles really seal the deal for the comfort-obsessed, with earth-friendly materials for the eco-conscious.     The Mallow launched on 17th June, 2021, on TOMS.com and at their select wholesale partners Asos, Office and Tower, at £ 55.   Greisy @greisyhh   Founder of @laschicaschulas, a hub for Gen Z Latinx that promotes community, mental health, art, and activism.   Mimi @mimizhuxiyuan   Writer and mental health advocate.   Candace @candacereels   Founder of @femalecollective, where women are celebrated, uplifted, supported, and empowered everyday.   Gabrielle @FridaCashFlow Founder of Brown Girl Butterfly Project, which aims to create a community of Black and Brown women and non binary folks through healing, nurture and soft protest.

In conversation with Yossi Eliyahoo
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In conversation with Yossi Eliyahoo

Food We had a pleasure speaking with Yossi Eliyahoo about IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar in Ibiza.       What is your focus when creating a new menu? How often do you change the menus at IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar?   A menu is quite excessive. It is not a typical menu with starters and mains, the dishes are designed to share. Time-honoured techniques blend with innovative signatures, with spectacular dishes as the result. A sophisticated menu is composed of a variety of small, unconventional dishes made for sharing and in line with Asian ‘grazing menus. We have a broad menu with around forty-five to forty-eight dishes with a daily or weekly menu of the chef which will add new dishes to the menu. The core and the structure of the menu remains unless we cannot get the best ingredients for it. But the way we have built and started it is what IZAKAYA is now after nine years.     What inspired you to open IZAKAYA in Ibiza?   Ibiza is such a cosmopolitan island, such an international and cosmopolitan place. Nearly anyone is landing there once a year in summer. Billionaires, celebrities, or backpackers everyone is stopping there. People come here for the love of music and the love of life. Even if it is a short season with five months it is a great place to put your flag in. It's very intense for a couple of months but it is really powerful. And it's a great place to showcase your brand.     Where does the name IZAKAYA come from and what does it mean? Is there any particular connection to it?    IZAKAYA is best translated as ‘pub’ – a place deeply rooted in Japanese culture. It's socializing, an eating and drinking place. It’s a place where people go after work. There is a lot of food, it’s fun and it’s noisy. I took this concept of socializing, eating, drinking and of course the name and made it much more high end with modern design and food. IZAKAYA usually represents more traditional food. I took the idea of it but played with it and made it much more playful and much more contemporary.     What makes IZAKAYA Ibiza so unique and different than the ones here in the Netherlands and the one in Germany as well?   Because the vibes and consumers are completely different compared to cities like Munich and Amsterdam or other cities like Barcelona. In Ibiza it's all about the holidays, the resorts, everybody's on holiday and in a more relaxed mode. People come to eat in the later hours because they're going out, they don’t need to wake up in the morning. What you eat and what you drink deviates from your normal habits and when you are on holidays you are also in another kind of spending mode. But the biggest difference is the weather. Most of the restaurants in Ibiza are outdoor, around the pool. So you have all the greenery, the trees, the blue sky and the swimming pools, it’s completely different than sitting in a building in a cold city.      Can you describe the atmosphere, the vibe at IZAKAYA Ibiza? What’s vibe, the atmosphere, the design of the restaurant in Ibiza.   We always connect a new location and brand to a city. We don’t have templates. So when we open a location in a new city, we try to match the location with the atmosphere of the culture. So the DNA of an existing concept always stays the same. We don’t change the menus completely, but we add a few dishes to the menu which we think that belong here. When we're talking about the interior of IZAKAYA Ibiza it’s much more summery, much more open spaces, much more outdoor. We have materials like wooden floors, floating above it all is a stainless-steel polished lamella ceiling that mimics water reflections and everything’s surrounded by a 360 swimming pool. So there’s a lot of water, wood, tiling and a lot of greenery as well outside. So it's really tropical.      I have one question that's quite important to me and to the cuisine itself and our magazine, especially with sustainability in mind, and given that our next issue that's coming up is going to be called elements of nature. So we're trying to really look into all perspectives and including the cuisine section. What would be your perspective, on more sustainability in cooking and having all these restaurants. What's your point of view on sustainability nowadays with having a restaurant?   Sustainability and a sustainable focus are very important to us so we do as much as we can. Having less waste and using recycled materials, is something that we always do. All our suppliers become more and more aware of it and all our restaurants are built on sustainable systems.     How do you think we can better our way of living and eating when talking about the future that has to be more plant-based for everyone.    I think it’s important to have a good balance which is the key to everything in life. It’s about a balance whereby we try to eat less meat mixed with good fish and vegetables. I think changing completely to eating plant-based or meat-based would be difficult for your body.     Do you have any additional plans to open or develop more of your concept this year or whether, it's hard to ask for plans when we're living in a pandemic.   We are trying to keep super positive and very creative. We took this time of pause to be more creative, to do a lot of things on a pipeline, to take this time and to take the opportunities that will come. So a lot of positivity will come out of that.     Explore the restaurant here: https://www.izakaya-restaurant.com/ibiza/about We had a pleasure speaking with Yossi Eliyahoo about IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar in Ibiza.       What is your focus when creating a new menu? How often do you change the menus at IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar?   A menu is quite excessive. It is not a typical menu with starters and mains, the dishes are designed to share. Time-honoured techniques blend with innovative signatures, with spectacular dishes as the result. A sophisticated menu is composed of a variety of small, unconventional dishes made for sharing and in line with Asian ‘grazing menus. We have a broad menu with around forty-five to forty-eight dishes with a daily or weekly menu of the chef which will add new dishes to the menu. The core and the structure of the menu remains unless we cannot get the best ingredients for it. But the way we have built and started it is what IZAKAYA is now after nine years.     What inspired you to open IZAKAYA in Ibiza?   Ibiza is such a cosmopolitan island, such an international and cosmopolitan place. Nearly anyone is landing there once a year in summer. Billionaires, celebrities, or backpackers everyone is stopping there. People come here for the love of music and the love of life. Even if it is a short season with five months it is a great place to put your flag in. It's very intense for a couple of months but it is really powerful. And it's a great place to showcase your brand.     Where does the name IZAKAYA come from and what does it mean? Is there any particular connection to it?    IZAKAYA is best translated as ‘pub’ – a place deeply rooted in Japanese culture. It's socializing, an eating and drinking place. It’s a place where people go after work. There is a lot of food, it’s fun and it’s noisy. I took this concept of socializing, eating, drinking and of course the name and made it much more high end with modern design and food. IZAKAYA usually represents more traditional food. I took the idea of it but played with it and made it much more playful and much more contemporary.     What makes IZAKAYA Ibiza so unique and different than the ones here in the Netherlands and the one in Germany as well?   Because the vibes and consumers are completely different compared to cities like Munich and Amsterdam or other cities like Barcelona. In Ibiza it's all about the holidays, the resorts, everybody's on holiday and in a more relaxed mode. People come to eat in the later hours because they're going out, they don’t need to wake up in the morning. What you eat and what you drink deviates from your normal habits and when you are on holidays you are also in another kind of spending mode. But the biggest difference is the weather. Most of the restaurants in Ibiza are outdoor, around the pool. So you have all the greenery, the trees, the blue sky and the swimming pools, it’s completely different than sitting in a building in a cold city.      Can you describe the atmosphere, the vibe at IZAKAYA Ibiza? What’s vibe, the atmosphere, the design of the restaurant in Ibiza.   We always connect a new location and brand to a city. We don’t have templates. So when we open a location in a new city, we try to match the location with the atmosphere of the culture. So the DNA of an existing concept always stays the same. We don’t change the menus completely, but we add a few dishes to the menu which we think that belong here. When we're talking about the interior of IZAKAYA Ibiza it’s much more summery, much more open spaces, much more outdoor. We have materials like wooden floors, floating above it all is a stainless-steel polished lamella ceiling that mimics water reflections and everything’s surrounded by a 360 swimming pool. So there’s a lot of water, wood, tiling and a lot of greenery as well outside. So it's really tropical.      I have one question that's quite important to me and to the cuisine itself and our magazine, especially with sustainability in mind, and given that our next issue that's coming up is going to be called elements of nature. So we're trying to really look into all perspectives and including the cuisine section. What would be your perspective, on more sustainability in cooking and having all these restaurants. What's your point of view on sustainability nowadays with having a restaurant?   Sustainability and a sustainable focus are very important to us so we do as much as we can. Having less waste and using recycled materials, is something that we always do. All our suppliers become more and more aware of it and all our restaurants are built on sustainable systems.     How do you think we can better our way of living and eating when talking about the future that has to be more plant-based for everyone.    I think it’s important to have a good balance which is the key to everything in life. It’s about a balance whereby we try to eat less meat mixed with good fish and vegetables. I think changing completely to eating plant-based or meat-based would be difficult for your body.     Do you have any additional plans to open or develop more of your concept this year or whether, it's hard to ask for plans when we're living in a pandemic.   We are trying to keep super positive and very creative. We took this time of pause to be more creative, to do a lot of things on a pipeline, to take this time and to take the opportunities that will come. So a lot of positivity will come out of that.     Explore the restaurant here: https://www.izakaya-restaurant.com/ibiza/about

W Barcelona
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W Barcelona

Travel W BARCELONA BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE LUXURY SCENE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE     Flagship of W Hotels and part of Marriott International group (NASDAQ: MAR), W Barcelona keeps redefining the luxury concept and breaking boundaries of the hospitality industry with an original leisure offer for unique and bold experiences, from day to night, throughout the year. And this year, W Barcelona goes one step further, inviting locals and international travelers alike to break out and immerse in a world of exclusive experiences that will take them out of their routine of the new normality.     Since its opening in 2009, W Barcelona has been established as one of the references of the Condal City, from forming an essential part of its skyline to redefining the luxury and leisure industry by pushing the limits of conventional hospitality concept & fueling lust for life through offering innovative experiences and catering to the endless appetite of local and international trend setters and jet-setters.     Designed by the world-renowned Barcelonese architect, Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona is considered an icon of the avant-garde design. Located right at the beachfront of Barceloneta beach and offering the most spectacular views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, the hotel provides the ideal scenario for unforgettable stays and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.   However, location and design are not the only elements that turn W Barcelona into an extraordinary place. In fact, the hotel marks the difference with its Whatever/Whenever® philosophy –that means, whatever the guest wants, whenever he wants it– or with its famous W Insiders who, always up to date with the latest fashion, music and design trends, are those who connect each guest with the coolest experiences both inside and outside the hotel. And so it is because, as part of the W Escapes portfolio of W Hotels, at W Barcelona the possibilities are limitless and set the stage for guests to own the moment, go further and never get bored.   Designed as an authentic urban resort, the hotel features two expanding terraces. On one hand, there is WET DECK®, a terrace connected to W Lounge that is the perfect spot to steal the scene by the pool during sunny days. On the other hand, SUN Deck that is located in a more private area of the hotel and features an infinity swimming pool, is ideal place to soak in relaxing summer days by the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, W Barcelona is the only hotel in the city with direct access to the beach and an exclusive sunbeds area next to its own Salt Beach Club.   Talking about Barcelona is synonym of gastronomy and at W Barcelona either clients or locals have the opportunity to choose amongst various options to tantalize their taste buds: FIRE, one of the city’s most sizzling insider spots, where skilled chefs play age-old techniques to reinvent modern flavors with an anything-goes vibe, an inspired marriage of farm and flames where the primal element of fire is central; LA BARRA by Chef Carles Abellán, a Michelin Star awarded Chef well known for its Mediterranean seafood cuisine prepared on a charcoal grill and served around a design curved bar; or SALT Restaurant & Beach Club that, opened during the summer season, is the best option to enjoy any of its local tapas & refreshing cocktails and spend summer afternoons with the feet dipped in the sand.   For those that want to keep it fun and welcome the night 26th floors above the Mediterranean, ECLIPSE is the perfect spot. This cocktail and sky bar, with panoramic views over the sea and the city, is ideal to enjoy any of the signature cocktails created by the expert mixologists of W Barcelona, taste any of its original DIM SUMs, merging authentic flavours with local ingredients, or take on the night while dancing to the rhythm of electrifying beats by its resident DJs.   Design is an important part of the hotel’s DNA and is reflected in each one of the 473 rooms and 67 suites –including the Premium Suites EXTREME WOW and WOW– that have been recently renovated in collaboration with the well-known and recognized London-based design studio, Bowler James Brindley.   For said renovation, the study has taken artistic and cultural influences of Barcelona as a reference in the use of different decorative elements. Such is the case of the EXTREME WOW Suite that, decorated with metallic and dark blue color palette and an integrated DJ booth, takes inspiration from the vibrant night and musical scene of the city.   And because Barcelona is one of the most important cities in the electronic music scene, W Barcelona celebrates every summer its now legendary Sunday parties called WET DECK® SUMMER SERIES. Those House and electronic music happenings by the pool and the beach, featuring some of the most relevant DJ’s worldwide -such as GREEN VELVET, DUKE DUMONT, PURPLE DISCO MACHINE, MK, KERRI CHANDLER and MAMBO BROTHERS, among others-, is the place to be for local and international trend setters and jet setters who want to end up the week with style while dancing to the best rhythms of the moment.   In addition, the hotel has a professional recording studio, the first W Sound Suite in Europe. This recording studio is managed by PIEM –the Music Curator of the hotel– and besides being an essential element of W Records, the record label recently launched by W Hotels, is also available either for producing and recording by emerging or established artists or hotel guests passionate about music.   While there are countless opportunities to live it up to music beats, with a cocktail in hand, under the motto RETOX. DETOX. REPEAT, the hotel invites guests and local public to take care of themselves through their FUEL program.   This program includes different workout proposals, such as Urban Gorillas, the urban boot camp with high intensity interval training exercises; Pilates SUP & Beach lessons, an innovative sport discipline that combines Pilates and Yoga techniques on a Stand-Up Paddle boards on the water by the instructor Ely Merino. Likewise, for those who prefer training individually, the hotel has FIT®, a completely equipped gym, open 24/7, that also counts with a personal trainer service.   All those training routines can be completed at SPA by W Barcelona, partnered with Comfort Zone this season, whose menu includes a wide variety of treatments to recover the energy after intense workout sessions, or at GETAWAY, an additional spa area ideal to detox your body at the sauna or the steam bath, relax yourself in the Jacuzzi or just swim against the current, while enjoying the views over the Mediterranean and the city.   However, W Barcelona is not only an urban resort with a unique and privileged location, but it is an active part of the city opening its doors to the local public and supporting different projects and initiatives.   Specifically, the hotel has collaborated with the Madrid brand Muroexe -that created a limited edition sneaker’s collection featuring a design inspired in the location of the hotel created by the recognized artist and muralist Ricardo Cavolo-. The hotel has also created programs such as W Suite Talks, conversing about Design & Fashion or W Sound Suite Talks, focused on Music, aimed as platforms to generate visibility for local artists and bring them closer to the local audience.   Besides, W Barcelona is also committed with other causes such as the fight against AIDS or the support to the LGTBI+ community through the program Queer Me Out that, two summers ago was part of PRIDE BCN official programming and brought together some of the most relevant opinion leaders to discuss about the role of media in the visibility LGTBI+ collective.   For all these reasons, W Barcelona has not only became an essential part of the Barcelona skyline, but also a hot spot of the city thanks to its eclectic and vibrant ambiance, created through an innovative entertainment offer that attracts local, national and international trend setters and jet setters looking forward to living it up, from day to night, throughout the year.   Designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona is the ideal setting for an unforgettable stay.    "The hotel is based on the most spectacular location on the beach. Truly could not be on a better seaside location, with all the best shops around the hotel, with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities like the Picasso Museum, Gaudi's amazing arhitecture and some incredible restaurants as well in the area around the hotel. W Barcelona not only offers the best views, stylish design but also great fine dining at their restaurant FIRE, two beautiful outdoor pools with mesmerizing panoramic views but also the sexiest, stylish and modern rooms. Not to forget the SPA and the entry lobby which already takes your breath away when entering the hotel that also is truly memorable from the exterior design and of course its location which is noticable from the plane when landing in Barcelona already.  All in all this has been one of the recent travel highlights definitely, and cannot wait to stay there again on my next trip to Barcelona." - Timotej Letonja   "EXCITING, MEMORABLE, SEXY, STYLISH, MODERN, FUN AND MORE."     W BARCELONA Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1 – 08039 Barcelona      Visit their website to find more information: www.w-barcelona.com W BARCELONA BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE LUXURY SCENE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE     Flagship of W Hotels and part of Marriott International group (NASDAQ: MAR), W Barcelona keeps redefining the luxury concept and breaking boundaries of the hospitality industry with an original leisure offer for unique and bold experiences, from day to night, throughout the year. And this year, W Barcelona goes one step further, inviting locals and international travelers alike to break out and immerse in a world of exclusive experiences that will take them out of their routine of the new normality.     Since its opening in 2009, W Barcelona has been established as one of the references of the Condal City, from forming an essential part of its skyline to redefining the luxury and leisure industry by pushing the limits of conventional hospitality concept & fueling lust for life through offering innovative experiences and catering to the endless appetite of local and international trend setters and jet-setters.     Designed by the world-renowned Barcelonese architect, Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona is considered an icon of the avant-garde design. Located right at the beachfront of Barceloneta beach and offering the most spectacular views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, the hotel provides the ideal scenario for unforgettable stays and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.   However, location and design are not the only elements that turn W Barcelona into an extraordinary place. In fact, the hotel marks the difference with its Whatever/Whenever® philosophy –that means, whatever the guest wants, whenever he wants it– or with its famous W Insiders who, always up to date with the latest fashion, music and design trends, are those who connect each guest with the coolest experiences both inside and outside the hotel. And so it is because, as part of the W Escapes portfolio of W Hotels, at W Barcelona the possibilities are limitless and set the stage for guests to own the moment, go further and never get bored.   Designed as an authentic urban resort, the hotel features two expanding terraces. On one hand, there is WET DECK®, a terrace connected to W Lounge that is the perfect spot to steal the scene by the pool during sunny days. On the other hand, SUN Deck that is located in a more private area of the hotel and features an infinity swimming pool, is ideal place to soak in relaxing summer days by the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, W Barcelona is the only hotel in the city with direct access to the beach and an exclusive sunbeds area next to its own Salt Beach Club.   Talking about Barcelona is synonym of gastronomy and at W Barcelona either clients or locals have the opportunity to choose amongst various options to tantalize their taste buds: FIRE, one of the city’s most sizzling insider spots, where skilled chefs play age-old techniques to reinvent modern flavors with an anything-goes vibe, an inspired marriage of farm and flames where the primal element of fire is central; LA BARRA by Chef Carles Abellán, a Michelin Star awarded Chef well known for its Mediterranean seafood cuisine prepared on a charcoal grill and served around a design curved bar; or SALT Restaurant & Beach Club that, opened during the summer season, is the best option to enjoy any of its local tapas & refreshing cocktails and spend summer afternoons with the feet dipped in the sand.   For those that want to keep it fun and welcome the night 26th floors above the Mediterranean, ECLIPSE is the perfect spot. This cocktail and sky bar, with panoramic views over the sea and the city, is ideal to enjoy any of the signature cocktails created by the expert mixologists of W Barcelona, taste any of its original DIM SUMs, merging authentic flavours with local ingredients, or take on the night while dancing to the rhythm of electrifying beats by its resident DJs.   Design is an important part of the hotel’s DNA and is reflected in each one of the 473 rooms and 67 suites –including the Premium Suites EXTREME WOW and WOW– that have been recently renovated in collaboration with the well-known and recognized London-based design studio, Bowler James Brindley.   For said renovation, the study has taken artistic and cultural influences of Barcelona as a reference in the use of different decorative elements. Such is the case of the EXTREME WOW Suite that, decorated with metallic and dark blue color palette and an integrated DJ booth, takes inspiration from the vibrant night and musical scene of the city.   And because Barcelona is one of the most important cities in the electronic music scene, W Barcelona celebrates every summer its now legendary Sunday parties called WET DECK® SUMMER SERIES. Those House and electronic music happenings by the pool and the beach, featuring some of the most relevant DJ’s worldwide -such as GREEN VELVET, DUKE DUMONT, PURPLE DISCO MACHINE, MK, KERRI CHANDLER and MAMBO BROTHERS, among others-, is the place to be for local and international trend setters and jet setters who want to end up the week with style while dancing to the best rhythms of the moment.   In addition, the hotel has a professional recording studio, the first W Sound Suite in Europe. This recording studio is managed by PIEM –the Music Curator of the hotel– and besides being an essential element of W Records, the record label recently launched by W Hotels, is also available either for producing and recording by emerging or established artists or hotel guests passionate about music.   While there are countless opportunities to live it up to music beats, with a cocktail in hand, under the motto RETOX. DETOX. REPEAT, the hotel invites guests and local public to take care of themselves through their FUEL program.   This program includes different workout proposals, such as Urban Gorillas, the urban boot camp with high intensity interval training exercises; Pilates SUP & Beach lessons, an innovative sport discipline that combines Pilates and Yoga techniques on a Stand-Up Paddle boards on the water by the instructor Ely Merino. Likewise, for those who prefer training individually, the hotel has FIT®, a completely equipped gym, open 24/7, that also counts with a personal trainer service.   All those training routines can be completed at SPA by W Barcelona, partnered with Comfort Zone this season, whose menu includes a wide variety of treatments to recover the energy after intense workout sessions, or at GETAWAY, an additional spa area ideal to detox your body at the sauna or the steam bath, relax yourself in the Jacuzzi or just swim against the current, while enjoying the views over the Mediterranean and the city.   However, W Barcelona is not only an urban resort with a unique and privileged location, but it is an active part of the city opening its doors to the local public and supporting different projects and initiatives.   Specifically, the hotel has collaborated with the Madrid brand Muroexe -that created a limited edition sneaker’s collection featuring a design inspired in the location of the hotel created by the recognized artist and muralist Ricardo Cavolo-. The hotel has also created programs such as W Suite Talks, conversing about Design & Fashion or W Sound Suite Talks, focused on Music, aimed as platforms to generate visibility for local artists and bring them closer to the local audience.   Besides, W Barcelona is also committed with other causes such as the fight against AIDS or the support to the LGTBI+ community through the program Queer Me Out that, two summers ago was part of PRIDE BCN official programming and brought together some of the most relevant opinion leaders to discuss about the role of media in the visibility LGTBI+ collective.   For all these reasons, W Barcelona has not only became an essential part of the Barcelona skyline, but also a hot spot of the city thanks to its eclectic and vibrant ambiance, created through an innovative entertainment offer that attracts local, national and international trend setters and jet setters looking forward to living it up, from day to night, throughout the year.   Designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona is the ideal setting for an unforgettable stay.    "The hotel is based on the most spectacular location on the beach. Truly could not be on a better seaside location, with all the best shops around the hotel, with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities like the Picasso Museum, Gaudi's amazing arhitecture and some incredible restaurants as well in the area around the hotel. W Barcelona not only offers the best views, stylish design but also great fine dining at their restaurant FIRE, two beautiful outdoor pools with mesmerizing panoramic views but also the sexiest, stylish and modern rooms. Not to forget the SPA and the entry lobby which already takes your breath away when entering the hotel that also is truly memorable from the exterior design and of course its location which is noticable from the plane when landing in Barcelona already.  All in all this has been one of the recent travel highlights definitely, and cannot wait to stay there again on my next trip to Barcelona." - Timotej Letonja   "EXCITING, MEMORABLE, SEXY, STYLISH, MODERN, FUN AND MORE."     W BARCELONA Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1 – 08039 Barcelona      Visit their website to find more information: www.w-barcelona.com

THE NEW COLLECTION SIXIÈME SENS PAR CARTIER
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THE NEW COLLECTION SIXIÈME SENS PAR CARTIER

Jewelry ILLUSTRATES THE SOULFULNESS PARTICULAR TO HIGH JEWELLERY, AN EXPRESSION OF ART WITH THE POWER TO MOVE LIKE NO OTHER.     AN ART FORM WITH UNIQUE EMOTIONAL POWER. CAUGHT BETWEEN SURPRISE AND WONDER, THE GAZE IS CAPTURED, ABSORBED AND LOST IN THE FASCINATING DEPTHS OF THOUSAND‐YEAR‐OLD STONES, AWAKENING THE MOST VIVID OF EMOTIONS.     With a stylised feline interpretation, organic textures and shards of coloured light, shimmering gems electrify while stones in avoursome hues of ripe fruits summon up scents of distant paradises.     Using trompe-l’œil and graphic patterns, optical illusions and the power of evocation, compositions play with earthly gravity in radiant transfigurations of reality. Quivering in the light, jewels come to life upon contact with the skin.     By challenging our perceptions, this collection leads us into a world of sensory stimulation, as each sense comes alive including the sixth sense: a staggering feeling of emotion that touches the heart.     For more information visit thir website:https://www.cartier.com ILLUSTRATES THE SOULFULNESS PARTICULAR TO HIGH JEWELLERY, AN EXPRESSION OF ART WITH THE POWER TO MOVE LIKE NO OTHER.     AN ART FORM WITH UNIQUE EMOTIONAL POWER. CAUGHT BETWEEN SURPRISE AND WONDER, THE GAZE IS CAPTURED, ABSORBED AND LOST IN THE FASCINATING DEPTHS OF THOUSAND‐YEAR‐OLD STONES, AWAKENING THE MOST VIVID OF EMOTIONS.     With a stylised feline interpretation, organic textures and shards of coloured light, shimmering gems electrify while stones in avoursome hues of ripe fruits summon up scents of distant paradises.     Using trompe-l’œil and graphic patterns, optical illusions and the power of evocation, compositions play with earthly gravity in radiant transfigurations of reality. Quivering in the light, jewels come to life upon contact with the skin.     By challenging our perceptions, this collection leads us into a world of sensory stimulation, as each sense comes alive including the sixth sense: a staggering feeling of emotion that touches the heart.     For more information visit thir website:https://www.cartier.com

BRAVERY: A TRIP WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL DESTINATION
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BRAVERY: A TRIP WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL DESTINATION

Jewelry Created in honour of Louis Vuitton’s bicentenary, Bravery is a High Jewellery collection inspired by a powerful heritage.     Bravery was designed in honor of Louis Vuitton's 200th birthday. The High Jewelry collection is inspired by the powerful heritage of the House. Bravery is the ultimate expression of contemporary elegance driven by expert craftsmanship. The collection celebrates the history of the House of Gems to celebrate the legendary man's 200th birthday. Bravery expresses itself in 90 iconic designs that describe Louis Vuitton's extraordinary talent and journey. Born in the Jura in 1821, Louis Vuitton was still a teenager when he decided to seek his fortune in Paris. This entire journey through France, which he made on foot, inspired him to design suitcases. Louis' suitcases were immediately popular and opened a new path to modern luxury. The Bravery Haute Joaillerie Collection describes this unique epic in eight metaphorical themes: La Constellation d'Hercule; tribute to the starry sky at the birth of Louis Vuitton, on August 4, 1821 L'Elan Vital; represents the powerful character of Louis Vuitton that led him to leave his hometown of Jura for Paris L'Aventure; tribute to the 400 kilometer journey through forests that separate the Jura from Paris Parijs The Arrow; both a metaphor for Louis Vuitton's trajectory and a literal interpretation of Vuitton's V Le Myth; Louis Vuitton is the first to sign his suitcases and patent his famous canvas covering them ze La Passion; refers to the motif of the upholstered suitcase in the luggage, also one of Francesca Amfitheatrof's signature models Le Tumbler; invented in 1890 by Louis Vuitton, the Tumbler lock or the unbreakable lock, first serves as the inspiration for a piece of Haute Joaillerie La Star du Nord; represents the metaphorical figure of the "lucky star", the light that guided Louis Vuitton throughout his life “I was surprised that a fashion house like Louis Vuitton was created through the sheer courage of one young man”, Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton's Artistic Director for Watches and Jewellery. ''Driven by his curiosity about the world, he embarked on that incredible journey across France. That's why we have named this collection Bravery. It's not a word often used in High Jewellery! Yet these notions of determination and adventure are intrinsic to Louis Vuitton, and we wanted to express them through this collection.”     photos by Louis Vuitton Malletier     www.louisvuitton.com   Created in honour of Louis Vuitton’s bicentenary, Bravery is a High Jewellery collection inspired by a powerful heritage.     Bravery was designed in honor of Louis Vuitton's 200th birthday. The High Jewelry collection is inspired by the powerful heritage of the House. Bravery is the ultimate expression of contemporary elegance driven by expert craftsmanship. The collection celebrates the history of the House of Gems to celebrate the legendary man's 200th birthday. Bravery expresses itself in 90 iconic designs that describe Louis Vuitton's extraordinary talent and journey. Born in the Jura in 1821, Louis Vuitton was still a teenager when he decided to seek his fortune in Paris. This entire journey through France, which he made on foot, inspired him to design suitcases. Louis' suitcases were immediately popular and opened a new path to modern luxury. The Bravery Haute Joaillerie Collection describes this unique epic in eight metaphorical themes: La Constellation d'Hercule; tribute to the starry sky at the birth of Louis Vuitton, on August 4, 1821 L'Elan Vital; represents the powerful character of Louis Vuitton that led him to leave his hometown of Jura for Paris L'Aventure; tribute to the 400 kilometer journey through forests that separate the Jura from Paris Parijs The Arrow; both a metaphor for Louis Vuitton's trajectory and a literal interpretation of Vuitton's V Le Myth; Louis Vuitton is the first to sign his suitcases and patent his famous canvas covering them ze La Passion; refers to the motif of the upholstered suitcase in the luggage, also one of Francesca Amfitheatrof's signature models Le Tumbler; invented in 1890 by Louis Vuitton, the Tumbler lock or the unbreakable lock, first serves as the inspiration for a piece of Haute Joaillerie La Star du Nord; represents the metaphorical figure of the "lucky star", the light that guided Louis Vuitton throughout his life “I was surprised that a fashion house like Louis Vuitton was created through the sheer courage of one young man”, Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton's Artistic Director for Watches and Jewellery. ''Driven by his curiosity about the world, he embarked on that incredible journey across France. That's why we have named this collection Bravery. It's not a word often used in High Jewellery! Yet these notions of determination and adventure are intrinsic to Louis Vuitton, and we wanted to express them through this collection.”     photos by Louis Vuitton Malletier     www.louisvuitton.com  

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