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At home with Casil McArthur
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At home with Casil McArthur

Culture At home with Casil McArthur, captured by Antonio Eugenio.       Who are you and what is your profession? I am Casil, a man who loves pretty things and who is trying to change what masculinity means to people. My profession is modeling, and as a trans man, I feel very lucky to be given this type of platform to be able to bring my world into the homes and sight of people who may not think too much on trans experience.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  Obviously because photoshoots and runway shows always involve a lot of crew/people working close together to create something, I think the epidemic has effected the industry on every level.  It'll be a long time before things can go "back to normal" so the best thing fashion can do is be as innovative with its creative process as possible, video call and zoom shoots it is for now!      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Being creative in quarantine is very easy with all the free time. I've spent my time drawing, writing songs and playing video games. But I do believe my fashion creativity has been lacking, for now I am okay with not focusing on outfits and style all the time.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that? I was in London when the travel ban was about to take place, luckily I got home before I ended up spending the duration of quarantine in a different country.  I had a few plans to travel for work this year which is no longer possible for an undetermined but probably very long amount of time, I think this coming fashion week in September won't play out as usual which is sad. But I'm excited to see how the industry handles these hurdles.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Nothing too special, I've finally gotten my skin to balance out so skin care has gotten super easy (I suffered from very bad cystic acne for a while due to hormone imbalances, I found out its not great too forget to take my testosterone for a month.... oops.) I wash my face every night before I go to sleep, and then I use pure vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated and to help with any lasting scarring and fine lines I massage my skin with small circles gently using my ring fingers. I spend maybe 15 minutes for my whole routine. I just ran put of this product, but I was using Elysian finishing treatment after the vitamin e oil and that left my skin incredible looking/feeling. I cant live without it, I have to get more!     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I learned how to hitch a car onto a towing trailer, to help my friend. Trial, error, and then FINALLY, YouTube! A good lesson for life!           Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume. I really miss being a barista and working at the cute coffee shop in my town. I love coffee and teas, I love creating drinks for people to enjoy. It's a relaxing job even on the most hectic of days and the constant flow of regular and new faces is always a joy.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? I haven't really thought of that, maybe on a road trip with friends? I've always wanted to see Zion national park, I hope I can go there soon one day.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  Agostina by Puscifer, I just really really really love the guitar and bass towards the end. It gives me goosebumps. So good.  I don't really have a playlist because I don't use music apps. I like CDs, I prefer listening to full albums, my favorites are from Tool, all of their albums are episodic.        What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I like to make a cup of tea and check my animal crossing in the morning(a very cute video game I love.) Before bed I like to watch what Trevor Noah and Markiplier have uploaded for the day on YT, then I do a meditation to help me sleep.       What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I don't really care for working out. I know that I should and I'll have to become serious with it as I get older but for now, I just like doing exercises that involve laying or sitting down on the floor. I've been walking a ton recently.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  I'm not sure I could name a single painting, I like tons of art but I never remember the names of them. I own a few prints of anthropomorphic goat paintings from an artist who is local to my state named Dusty Ray, I /LOVE/ their artwork. I also commissioned a goat art piece from @Jhuisk on Instagram, they're also local to Colorado and I'm so so so excited to meet with them to receive it once it's safe! ♡     What does Pride mean to you?  To uplift the amazing black and brown trans women of our community. We can't forget to thank who came before us, and why we even have pride to begin with.  There would be no pride without Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we would have no pride without black trans women.  We have to make sure trans women of color are supported, protected, loved, hired, paid, encouraged, thanked, and that should be year round.      Tell us about your activism activities for the Trans community.  Right now my activism has been going to protests in my state for Black lives matter, fighting against police brutality, and racism. Black people are dying at a higher rate from covid and because of systemic racism many do not have the privilege to have been able to quarantine. These marches are more important than staying in quarantine especially when so many simply cannot do that even if they desperately need and want too. We all need to be focusing, and keep going to these protests.   In the words of my friends Jame and Camille.  "This doesn't end until our officials, recognize the grievances of a people and the potency of a moment to radically redress their communities. Too demand of our congress, our house, our nation, a full and comprehensive reparations program. Until they will demand Healthcare as a human right and cut its ties from one's market exploitation. Until they will guarantee dignity and the means to live to all of our citizens. Until they will do what they were put there to do and actualize what the only legitimate role of a government is: to secure the freedom of individuals within a collective to self determine their own lives and allow our finest human capacities to flourish."   We must not allow those who wish to see this moment pass, to hijack the now. We need to defund the police and I personally believe we must fight to abolish them. Abolish ICE, predatory social work, the military, and landlords.    Create autonomous zones. Keep marching.  At home with Casil McArthur, captured by Antonio Eugenio.       Who are you and what is your profession? I am Casil, a man who loves pretty things and who is trying to change what masculinity means to people. My profession is modeling, and as a trans man, I feel very lucky to be given this type of platform to be able to bring my world into the homes and sight of people who may not think too much on trans experience.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  Obviously because photoshoots and runway shows always involve a lot of crew/people working close together to create something, I think the epidemic has effected the industry on every level.  It'll be a long time before things can go "back to normal" so the best thing fashion can do is be as innovative with its creative process as possible, video call and zoom shoots it is for now!      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Being creative in quarantine is very easy with all the free time. I've spent my time drawing, writing songs and playing video games. But I do believe my fashion creativity has been lacking, for now I am okay with not focusing on outfits and style all the time.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that? I was in London when the travel ban was about to take place, luckily I got home before I ended up spending the duration of quarantine in a different country.  I had a few plans to travel for work this year which is no longer possible for an undetermined but probably very long amount of time, I think this coming fashion week in September won't play out as usual which is sad. But I'm excited to see how the industry handles these hurdles.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Nothing too special, I've finally gotten my skin to balance out so skin care has gotten super easy (I suffered from very bad cystic acne for a while due to hormone imbalances, I found out its not great too forget to take my testosterone for a month.... oops.) I wash my face every night before I go to sleep, and then I use pure vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated and to help with any lasting scarring and fine lines I massage my skin with small circles gently using my ring fingers. I spend maybe 15 minutes for my whole routine. I just ran put of this product, but I was using Elysian finishing treatment after the vitamin e oil and that left my skin incredible looking/feeling. I cant live without it, I have to get more!     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I learned how to hitch a car onto a towing trailer, to help my friend. Trial, error, and then FINALLY, YouTube! A good lesson for life!           Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume. I really miss being a barista and working at the cute coffee shop in my town. I love coffee and teas, I love creating drinks for people to enjoy. It's a relaxing job even on the most hectic of days and the constant flow of regular and new faces is always a joy.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? I haven't really thought of that, maybe on a road trip with friends? I've always wanted to see Zion national park, I hope I can go there soon one day.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  Agostina by Puscifer, I just really really really love the guitar and bass towards the end. It gives me goosebumps. So good.  I don't really have a playlist because I don't use music apps. I like CDs, I prefer listening to full albums, my favorites are from Tool, all of their albums are episodic.        What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I like to make a cup of tea and check my animal crossing in the morning(a very cute video game I love.) Before bed I like to watch what Trevor Noah and Markiplier have uploaded for the day on YT, then I do a meditation to help me sleep.       What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I don't really care for working out. I know that I should and I'll have to become serious with it as I get older but for now, I just like doing exercises that involve laying or sitting down on the floor. I've been walking a ton recently.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  I'm not sure I could name a single painting, I like tons of art but I never remember the names of them. I own a few prints of anthropomorphic goat paintings from an artist who is local to my state named Dusty Ray, I /LOVE/ their artwork. I also commissioned a goat art piece from @Jhuisk on Instagram, they're also local to Colorado and I'm so so so excited to meet with them to receive it once it's safe! ♡     What does Pride mean to you?  To uplift the amazing black and brown trans women of our community. We can't forget to thank who came before us, and why we even have pride to begin with.  There would be no pride without Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we would have no pride without black trans women.  We have to make sure trans women of color are supported, protected, loved, hired, paid, encouraged, thanked, and that should be year round.      Tell us about your activism activities for the Trans community.  Right now my activism has been going to protests in my state for Black lives matter, fighting against police brutality, and racism. Black people are dying at a higher rate from covid and because of systemic racism many do not have the privilege to have been able to quarantine. These marches are more important than staying in quarantine especially when so many simply cannot do that even if they desperately need and want too. We all need to be focusing, and keep going to these protests.   In the words of my friends Jame and Camille.  "This doesn't end until our officials, recognize the grievances of a people and the potency of a moment to radically redress their communities. Too demand of our congress, our house, our nation, a full and comprehensive reparations program. Until they will demand Healthcare as a human right and cut its ties from one's market exploitation. Until they will guarantee dignity and the means to live to all of our citizens. Until they will do what they were put there to do and actualize what the only legitimate role of a government is: to secure the freedom of individuals within a collective to self determine their own lives and allow our finest human capacities to flourish."   We must not allow those who wish to see this moment pass, to hijack the now. We need to defund the police and I personally believe we must fight to abolish them. Abolish ICE, predatory social work, the military, and landlords.    Create autonomous zones. Keep marching. 

Hiša Franko, Slovenia
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Hiša Franko, Slovenia

Food Alpine skiing prodigy and graduate of diplomacy, the spokesman of Slovenian gastronomy, Ana Roš is a self-taught cook. She met her business partner and ex life partner Valter Kramar while studying in Gorizia in northeastern Italy. His parents owned Hiša Franko, an already established restaurant near the Italian border, and the couple decided to take it over. He worked as a sommelier, she as a waitress, eventually stepping into the kitchen when the chef left. With help from Valter’s mother and a family friend she experimented with updating traditional recipes from the upper Soča valley and by 2010 had started gaining an international reputation, crowned Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and being the subject of an episode of Chef’s Table in 2017.  #38, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2019.   The restaurant just recently in June 2020 received two Michelin stars.   In 2017 you have received "The World's Best Female Chef award". What does this award mean to you? It means a lot. I am self-taught and come from a small country that not many people know has a quite a nice culinary tradition. To come where I am now took a lot of personal and business sacrifice. So acknowledgements like this prove that I am on the right path and keep pushing me, my family and the community around us forward. But – it did come as a big surprise. I was pretty silent for the first week. I find it a huge responsibility. It also gives me a platform to talk about certain issues in the restaurants and kitchens like sex balance, age balance and so on.     How did you get involved with cooking? I never attended culinary school. Instead, I was trained as a diplomat. My parents kept pushing me since early age and have invested a lot in my education. They always believed in me, that I was going to become “someone”. So I studied international relations (and was a really good skier, too). But then I fell in love with Valter, my husband, restaurant manager & head sommelier today. Valter's parents had a restaurant, Hiša Franko, he was working in service there and that's where we met. We travelled a lot, went to restaurants, winemakers, explored the world. This type of life and exploration appealed to me a lot. Discovering new countries, new places, I realized that living by the rules can feel very restrictive. It's freedom that defines you. The crucial moment came when Valter's father decided to retire and it was obvious that Valter was going to take over Hiša Franko. So I decided to risk all and work as a chef there. At that moment, I had the opportunity to work in diplomacy in Brussels. But I turned it down for Valter and for our relationship. In the kitchen, I knew how to make pasta but that didn't mean I knew how to cook. I taught everything they teach students in culinary school by talking to people who had the knowledge, by questioning what I do and myself. That's how everything started! The first few years were really hard but we pushed a lot, working and developing ourselves. Fifteen years later, I received and award for Best Female Chef, which obviously means that we did things right. Success doesn't come fast or cheap.     Any restaurant that impressed you at early age? Yes! Valter and I went to La Subida one day, just across the border from Slovenia in Italy. The cuisine there really inspired and opened my eyes. That's when I started experimenting at Hiša Franko, which brought me where I am today. There was a lot of hits and misses in the beginning but that's normal, too.       Explore the menu: https://www.hisafranko.com/en/menu   Alpine skiing prodigy and graduate of diplomacy, the spokesman of Slovenian gastronomy, Ana Roš is a self-taught cook. She met her business partner and ex life partner Valter Kramar while studying in Gorizia in northeastern Italy. His parents owned Hiša Franko, an already established restaurant near the Italian border, and the couple decided to take it over. He worked as a sommelier, she as a waitress, eventually stepping into the kitchen when the chef left. With help from Valter’s mother and a family friend she experimented with updating traditional recipes from the upper Soča valley and by 2010 had started gaining an international reputation, crowned Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and being the subject of an episode of Chef’s Table in 2017.  #38, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2019.   The restaurant just recently in June 2020 received two Michelin stars.   In 2017 you have received "The World's Best Female Chef award". What does this award mean to you? It means a lot. I am self-taught and come from a small country that not many people know has a quite a nice culinary tradition. To come where I am now took a lot of personal and business sacrifice. So acknowledgements like this prove that I am on the right path and keep pushing me, my family and the community around us forward. But – it did come as a big surprise. I was pretty silent for the first week. I find it a huge responsibility. It also gives me a platform to talk about certain issues in the restaurants and kitchens like sex balance, age balance and so on.     How did you get involved with cooking? I never attended culinary school. Instead, I was trained as a diplomat. My parents kept pushing me since early age and have invested a lot in my education. They always believed in me, that I was going to become “someone”. So I studied international relations (and was a really good skier, too). But then I fell in love with Valter, my husband, restaurant manager & head sommelier today. Valter's parents had a restaurant, Hiša Franko, he was working in service there and that's where we met. We travelled a lot, went to restaurants, winemakers, explored the world. This type of life and exploration appealed to me a lot. Discovering new countries, new places, I realized that living by the rules can feel very restrictive. It's freedom that defines you. The crucial moment came when Valter's father decided to retire and it was obvious that Valter was going to take over Hiša Franko. So I decided to risk all and work as a chef there. At that moment, I had the opportunity to work in diplomacy in Brussels. But I turned it down for Valter and for our relationship. In the kitchen, I knew how to make pasta but that didn't mean I knew how to cook. I taught everything they teach students in culinary school by talking to people who had the knowledge, by questioning what I do and myself. That's how everything started! The first few years were really hard but we pushed a lot, working and developing ourselves. Fifteen years later, I received and award for Best Female Chef, which obviously means that we did things right. Success doesn't come fast or cheap.     Any restaurant that impressed you at early age? Yes! Valter and I went to La Subida one day, just across the border from Slovenia in Italy. The cuisine there really inspired and opened my eyes. That's when I started experimenting at Hiša Franko, which brought me where I am today. There was a lot of hits and misses in the beginning but that's normal, too.       Explore the menu: https://www.hisafranko.com/en/menu  

Strong Supplies
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Strong Supplies

Lifestyle Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle: you know it's important. You balance work, private life, sports and a drink at the weekend. But meeting your daily needs is sometimes difficult and not always achievable.     Are you an athlete? Do you have an active lifestyle? Do you have to perform daily in a stressful job? Healthy and varied nutrition is the basis. With personalized vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins, Strong Supplies gives you the extra boost you need to achieve all your goals. Our natural supplements have a positive effect on general health, quality of life and sports performance.     What makes Strong Supplies different?  Research-backed products: All their ingredients and formulations are based on clinical research. So you can be confident in their effectiveness.   From the best ingredients: They have selected the purest and most effective ingredients.   Tailored to your needs: They’ll recommend what’s right for you — so you can get what you need and nothing you don’t.     "It made me feel better, definitely fullfilled me with more energy each day, and helped with motivation on daily basis. Higly reccommend." Timotej Letonja     For more information visit their website: https://www.strongsupplies.com Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle: you know it's important. You balance work, private life, sports and a drink at the weekend. But meeting your daily needs is sometimes difficult and not always achievable.     Are you an athlete? Do you have an active lifestyle? Do you have to perform daily in a stressful job? Healthy and varied nutrition is the basis. With personalized vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins, Strong Supplies gives you the extra boost you need to achieve all your goals. Our natural supplements have a positive effect on general health, quality of life and sports performance.     What makes Strong Supplies different?  Research-backed products: All their ingredients and formulations are based on clinical research. So you can be confident in their effectiveness.   From the best ingredients: They have selected the purest and most effective ingredients.   Tailored to your needs: They’ll recommend what’s right for you — so you can get what you need and nothing you don’t.     "It made me feel better, definitely fullfilled me with more energy each day, and helped with motivation on daily basis. Higly reccommend." Timotej Letonja     For more information visit their website: https://www.strongsupplies.com

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At home with Allie X
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At home with Allie X

Music During these times, we had a moment to chat with Allie X about her time during lockdown. Captured by Antonio Eugenio.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am someone always striving to find out who I am.  I am a creative. Meaning I like to make things.  I love beauty.  I love honesty.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    I can't see it not impacting the live industry and how close people stand at concerts.  I think we will see people leaving  major cities with the realization that so much can be done remotely. For me personally, this has really made me pause for thought and made me examine how I fit into the music industry.  It's given me perspective and made me want to change in some key ways. Perhaps it's affected other musicians in the same way.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I started quarantine by trying a whole bunch of new things. Learning how to edit in premiere, making different kinds of at home content, Tik Tok haha.  I've stopped doing all that though and now am fully obsessed with renovating my hallway by myself. I've learned A LOT about home improvement.  I love the creativity, the empowerment, and the manual labour aspects.  It seems to be the perfect thing for me right now.         What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It really varies depending on if I need to show my face publicly or not.  I've been "au naturel" for most of the quarantine especially since I put all my energy into DIY, because I just get covered in sawdust anyway haha. However, I am still very focused on skin and my skin has been really good lately.  Probably because I am so much less stressed and not on a plane every 2 weeks.  My current skin routine includes Yay For Earth skin balm, Retrouve Intensive Moisturizer and priming pads, Noto Facewash and Honey Girls Organic Regenerating Face Serum.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   How to build stuff like I mentioned before.         Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Hmm I don't even have a resume... but something  a lot of people don't know is I LOVE getting a massage.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Italy, Amalfi Coast.  Dreaming about that.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    My phone wallpaper is John Singer Sargent's Madame X... for obvious reasons I think haha.        Are you working on any new music and do you have any new releases coming up?   Some remixes!       Check out Allie on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliex/?hl=en   During these times, we had a moment to chat with Allie X about her time during lockdown. Captured by Antonio Eugenio.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am someone always striving to find out who I am.  I am a creative. Meaning I like to make things.  I love beauty.  I love honesty.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    I can't see it not impacting the live industry and how close people stand at concerts.  I think we will see people leaving  major cities with the realization that so much can be done remotely. For me personally, this has really made me pause for thought and made me examine how I fit into the music industry.  It's given me perspective and made me want to change in some key ways. Perhaps it's affected other musicians in the same way.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I started quarantine by trying a whole bunch of new things. Learning how to edit in premiere, making different kinds of at home content, Tik Tok haha.  I've stopped doing all that though and now am fully obsessed with renovating my hallway by myself. I've learned A LOT about home improvement.  I love the creativity, the empowerment, and the manual labour aspects.  It seems to be the perfect thing for me right now.         What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It really varies depending on if I need to show my face publicly or not.  I've been "au naturel" for most of the quarantine especially since I put all my energy into DIY, because I just get covered in sawdust anyway haha. However, I am still very focused on skin and my skin has been really good lately.  Probably because I am so much less stressed and not on a plane every 2 weeks.  My current skin routine includes Yay For Earth skin balm, Retrouve Intensive Moisturizer and priming pads, Noto Facewash and Honey Girls Organic Regenerating Face Serum.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   How to build stuff like I mentioned before.         Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Hmm I don't even have a resume... but something  a lot of people don't know is I LOVE getting a massage.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Italy, Amalfi Coast.  Dreaming about that.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    My phone wallpaper is John Singer Sargent's Madame X... for obvious reasons I think haha.        Are you working on any new music and do you have any new releases coming up?   Some remixes!       Check out Allie on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliex/?hl=en  

Barcelona, Morocco & Saint Petersburg added to the Louis Vuitton travel book series
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Barcelona, Morocco & Saint Petersburg added to the Louis Vuitton travel book series

Travel THE LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK SERIES ADDS BARCELONA, MOROCCO, AND SAINT PETERSBURG TO ITS DESTINATIONS. IN SPRING 2020, LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES THREE NEW TITLES WITHIN ITS TRAVEL BOOK SERIES BY ARTISTS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THIS YEAR, FRENCH FIGURATIVE PAINTER MARC DESGRANDCHAMPS REVEALS THE LINES OF AN EVANESCENT BARCELONA, CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST MARCEL DZAMA MAKES MOROCCO VIBRANT WITH HIS BEWITCHING STROKE, AND AMERICAN FASHION ILLUSTRATOR KELLY BEEMAN INSTILLS FINESSE INTO A SAINT PETERSBURG FULL OF MOMENTUM.   The Louis Vuitton Travel Book series is an invitation to real and virtual voyages, enriched by intellectual stimulation and poignant moments. In its pages, the illustrations of renowned artists and promising young talents tell the stories of the cities and countries they have visited, depicting each place’s varied architecture and special light, and recording the passing days and the lives of its people.   Heirs of the Louis Vuitton Carnets de Voyage series, which for nearly twenty years captured the urban adventures of a few illustrators and watercolourists, the Travel Book offers a new, contemporary vision of travel, exploring both remote wildernesses and cities that never sleep. Each artist explores a country previously unknown to them. They confront an unfamiliar place with a viewpoint sharpened by the surprise of the unknown or stimulated by the pleasure of rediscovery.   This vision of a place as a blank, unlined page inspires incisive commentaries that may be narrative, affectionate, satirical or picturesque. Going beyond the pictorial vocation of these travel journals, the series highlights the rich aesthetic horizons of art. The creative worlds on show are highly diverse: during their travels, these artists from various corners of the world were free to choose their mode of expression and communicated their views of other places through drawing, painting, collage, contemporary art, illustration, cartoons or manga. Some of the original works born from the journeys, whether gurative or more allusive, have been acquired by Louis Vuitton and will join the collection of contemporary art being put together by the company, enriching it with the diversity of viewpoints represented.   For each new title, a limited edition of 30 copies numbered and signed by the artist will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores. From May 2020, the new artists' video interviews are visible on louisvuitton.com and Louis Vuitton Youtube channel. Discover the rst Google Lens and Louis Vuitton collaboration in Icinori's Seoul Travel Book, a new way to bring this volume to life by connecting immersive digital content to the physical images on the pages. A veritable interactive travel experience. THE LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK SERIES ADDS BARCELONA, MOROCCO, AND SAINT PETERSBURG TO ITS DESTINATIONS. IN SPRING 2020, LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES THREE NEW TITLES WITHIN ITS TRAVEL BOOK SERIES BY ARTISTS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THIS YEAR, FRENCH FIGURATIVE PAINTER MARC DESGRANDCHAMPS REVEALS THE LINES OF AN EVANESCENT BARCELONA, CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST MARCEL DZAMA MAKES MOROCCO VIBRANT WITH HIS BEWITCHING STROKE, AND AMERICAN FASHION ILLUSTRATOR KELLY BEEMAN INSTILLS FINESSE INTO A SAINT PETERSBURG FULL OF MOMENTUM.   The Louis Vuitton Travel Book series is an invitation to real and virtual voyages, enriched by intellectual stimulation and poignant moments. In its pages, the illustrations of renowned artists and promising young talents tell the stories of the cities and countries they have visited, depicting each place’s varied architecture and special light, and recording the passing days and the lives of its people.   Heirs of the Louis Vuitton Carnets de Voyage series, which for nearly twenty years captured the urban adventures of a few illustrators and watercolourists, the Travel Book offers a new, contemporary vision of travel, exploring both remote wildernesses and cities that never sleep. Each artist explores a country previously unknown to them. They confront an unfamiliar place with a viewpoint sharpened by the surprise of the unknown or stimulated by the pleasure of rediscovery.   This vision of a place as a blank, unlined page inspires incisive commentaries that may be narrative, affectionate, satirical or picturesque. Going beyond the pictorial vocation of these travel journals, the series highlights the rich aesthetic horizons of art. The creative worlds on show are highly diverse: during their travels, these artists from various corners of the world were free to choose their mode of expression and communicated their views of other places through drawing, painting, collage, contemporary art, illustration, cartoons or manga. Some of the original works born from the journeys, whether gurative or more allusive, have been acquired by Louis Vuitton and will join the collection of contemporary art being put together by the company, enriching it with the diversity of viewpoints represented.   For each new title, a limited edition of 30 copies numbered and signed by the artist will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores. From May 2020, the new artists' video interviews are visible on louisvuitton.com and Louis Vuitton Youtube channel. Discover the rst Google Lens and Louis Vuitton collaboration in Icinori's Seoul Travel Book, a new way to bring this volume to life by connecting immersive digital content to the physical images on the pages. A veritable interactive travel experience.

Soho House Amsterdam
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Soho House Amsterdam

Design Soho House Amsterdam opened in the summer of 2018, in the Bungehuis building on the Spuistraat. The canal-side House has 79 bedrooms, a rooftop pool, a floor of club space and Cecconi's restaurant & Cowshed spa on the ground floor.     The rooftop has a swimming pool and bar overlooking the city, with a geometric-pattern tiled floor, sun loungers and parasols, and chairs and tables for eating and drinking. On the 5th Floor, the main members’ space overlooks the canal, with bold fabrics, antique furniture mixed with specially designed pieces, geometric rugs and a high-gloss black floor. The wall panelling is inspired by the listed detailing in the Bungehuis, with the original blue tiling, and a bar clad in fabric inspired by the Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ‘hidden church’ in the city. The space has comfortable seating and a big open fire, with the adjacent Library, which has its own bar and small workspace area. On the other side, House Kitchen serves food and drinks all day, with a big open kitchen and deli counter. The space is decorated in pinks and Hague blues, with banquette seating, lounge chairs and vintage tables and lamps. A rug runs down the centre of the room, with a tiled floor and timber detailing, and linen fabrics and plants, making the space feel light and open. Next door, is a DJ booth for performances and members’ events on evenings and weekends. The space has its own lounge and bar, with deep green cork flooring and acoustic soundproofing in the walls. On the 4th Floor, House Gym looks out over the canal with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, HIIT and yoga studios. The ceilings are painted in a high-gloss canal green, mirroring the view outside, and reflecting the resin cross pattern, the Amsterdam city symbol. The changing rooms feature terrazzo flooring, with marble mosaic showers and steam and sauna rooms. The Screening Room on the same floor has velvet armchairs, footstalls and vintage lamps on individual side tables. A small pre-screening bar has high gloss lacquered and velvet clad walls, mirrored tables, dark fabric sofas and armchairs, and a ribbed timber bar serving drinks and snacks.     The 79 bedrooms are across floors 1-3, ranging in size from Tiny to Extra-Large. Each of the rooms has antique pieces mixed with specially designed furniture and rugs. The bed throws and fabrics are inspired by the original windows in the grand Bungehuis staircase, with tables, poufs and sofas designed by Soho House. The first floor bedrooms are mostly Monumental Rooms, big, large and extra large with a listed corridor clad in limestone, tiles that have been meticulously restored by a specialist team, restored art deco lighting, original wall panelling and mosaic tiled floors. Each of the bedrooms retains the 1930’s timber panelling and stained glass windows, with prominent art deco sculptures. In the centre of larger rooms are specially designed pod bathrooms, clad with fabric and with freestanding copper bathtubs. Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa on the ground floor.   The Ground Floor of Soho House Amsterdam is open to the public, with Cecconi’s, a Cowshed spa, the Allis Bar and private hire rooms. Cecconi’s serves hand-made pasta, seafood, and dishes from Northern Italy, with a dining area that overlooks the canal, a comfortable lounge area with low seating, a locally-sourced wine tasting table and a large curved bar. The space has a glass retractable roof, with plants weaved into the ceiling, leather banquettes, vintage rugs, and specially made pendant lights, with the signature Cecconi’s marble striped floor in deep red.. Originating in Venice, Cecconi’s Amsterdam joins sister restaurants in London, New York, Miami, West Hollywood, Istanbul, Barcelona and Berlin. Cowshed, also on the ground floor and open to the public too, has six treatment rooms, two barber chairs and four treatment chairs offering a range of services and Cowshed products to take home. The space is decorated in soft greens, with painted wooden ceilings and floors and light linen fabrics. The Allis Bar is a lounge and bar serving light meals and cocktails, offering a slice of the House’s relaxed atmosphere to the public. The bar is open on Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 2am, making it the perfect spot for both early aperitifs and late-night drinks.     There are three private hire spaces, which have art deco design, with bold patterned fabrics and wooden floors and each has a bar with removable furniture and the spaces can accommodate anywhere between 12 to 80 guests. These spaces can be hired separately, and two can be combined with the main Allis Bar area.     The Soho House Amsterdam art collection, curated by head of collections for Soho House Kate Bryan, is made up of works by local artists; showing a contemporary take on 15th and 16th century Dutch art. The collection acknowledges the history of Dutch art; a self-portrait wall in homage to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, two of the greatest self portraitists, works dealing with landscape that reference the great golden age of Dutch landscape oil painters, and a series of still life works in Cecconi’s.     The Bungehuis was built in the 1930s as a trading office, and since the 1970’s served as the humanities building for the University of Amsterdam. The six-story building is covered in limestone and granite, with bay windows on each side, and art deco details. The interior has original architectural features in bronze, stained glass, and birch timber as well as monumental glazed tiles.           Soho House Amsterdam Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, Netherlands www.sohohouseamsterdam.com Soho House Amsterdam opened in the summer of 2018, in the Bungehuis building on the Spuistraat. The canal-side House has 79 bedrooms, a rooftop pool, a floor of club space and Cecconi's restaurant & Cowshed spa on the ground floor.     The rooftop has a swimming pool and bar overlooking the city, with a geometric-pattern tiled floor, sun loungers and parasols, and chairs and tables for eating and drinking. On the 5th Floor, the main members’ space overlooks the canal, with bold fabrics, antique furniture mixed with specially designed pieces, geometric rugs and a high-gloss black floor. The wall panelling is inspired by the listed detailing in the Bungehuis, with the original blue tiling, and a bar clad in fabric inspired by the Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ‘hidden church’ in the city. The space has comfortable seating and a big open fire, with the adjacent Library, which has its own bar and small workspace area. On the other side, House Kitchen serves food and drinks all day, with a big open kitchen and deli counter. The space is decorated in pinks and Hague blues, with banquette seating, lounge chairs and vintage tables and lamps. A rug runs down the centre of the room, with a tiled floor and timber detailing, and linen fabrics and plants, making the space feel light and open. Next door, is a DJ booth for performances and members’ events on evenings and weekends. The space has its own lounge and bar, with deep green cork flooring and acoustic soundproofing in the walls. On the 4th Floor, House Gym looks out over the canal with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, HIIT and yoga studios. The ceilings are painted in a high-gloss canal green, mirroring the view outside, and reflecting the resin cross pattern, the Amsterdam city symbol. The changing rooms feature terrazzo flooring, with marble mosaic showers and steam and sauna rooms. The Screening Room on the same floor has velvet armchairs, footstalls and vintage lamps on individual side tables. A small pre-screening bar has high gloss lacquered and velvet clad walls, mirrored tables, dark fabric sofas and armchairs, and a ribbed timber bar serving drinks and snacks.     The 79 bedrooms are across floors 1-3, ranging in size from Tiny to Extra-Large. Each of the rooms has antique pieces mixed with specially designed furniture and rugs. The bed throws and fabrics are inspired by the original windows in the grand Bungehuis staircase, with tables, poufs and sofas designed by Soho House. The first floor bedrooms are mostly Monumental Rooms, big, large and extra large with a listed corridor clad in limestone, tiles that have been meticulously restored by a specialist team, restored art deco lighting, original wall panelling and mosaic tiled floors. Each of the bedrooms retains the 1930’s timber panelling and stained glass windows, with prominent art deco sculptures. In the centre of larger rooms are specially designed pod bathrooms, clad with fabric and with freestanding copper bathtubs. Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa on the ground floor.   The Ground Floor of Soho House Amsterdam is open to the public, with Cecconi’s, a Cowshed spa, the Allis Bar and private hire rooms. Cecconi’s serves hand-made pasta, seafood, and dishes from Northern Italy, with a dining area that overlooks the canal, a comfortable lounge area with low seating, a locally-sourced wine tasting table and a large curved bar. The space has a glass retractable roof, with plants weaved into the ceiling, leather banquettes, vintage rugs, and specially made pendant lights, with the signature Cecconi’s marble striped floor in deep red.. Originating in Venice, Cecconi’s Amsterdam joins sister restaurants in London, New York, Miami, West Hollywood, Istanbul, Barcelona and Berlin. Cowshed, also on the ground floor and open to the public too, has six treatment rooms, two barber chairs and four treatment chairs offering a range of services and Cowshed products to take home. The space is decorated in soft greens, with painted wooden ceilings and floors and light linen fabrics. The Allis Bar is a lounge and bar serving light meals and cocktails, offering a slice of the House’s relaxed atmosphere to the public. The bar is open on Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 2am, making it the perfect spot for both early aperitifs and late-night drinks.     There are three private hire spaces, which have art deco design, with bold patterned fabrics and wooden floors and each has a bar with removable furniture and the spaces can accommodate anywhere between 12 to 80 guests. These spaces can be hired separately, and two can be combined with the main Allis Bar area.     The Soho House Amsterdam art collection, curated by head of collections for Soho House Kate Bryan, is made up of works by local artists; showing a contemporary take on 15th and 16th century Dutch art. The collection acknowledges the history of Dutch art; a self-portrait wall in homage to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, two of the greatest self portraitists, works dealing with landscape that reference the great golden age of Dutch landscape oil painters, and a series of still life works in Cecconi’s.     The Bungehuis was built in the 1930s as a trading office, and since the 1970’s served as the humanities building for the University of Amsterdam. The six-story building is covered in limestone and granite, with bay windows on each side, and art deco details. The interior has original architectural features in bronze, stained glass, and birch timber as well as monumental glazed tiles.           Soho House Amsterdam Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, Netherlands www.sohohouseamsterdam.com

SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits with Zhuang Hong Yi
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SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits with Zhuang Hong Yi

Art After Miami and Mexico City, SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition 'In Bloom' shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.     Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the 'Flowerbed' series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.     All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works  represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.     Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.      Smith Davidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.     www.smith-davidson.com After Miami and Mexico City, SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition 'In Bloom' shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.     Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the 'Flowerbed' series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.     All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works  represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.     Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.      Smith Davidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.     www.smith-davidson.com

New Dutch travel brand NORTVI starts a revolution in the travel industry
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New Dutch travel brand NORTVI starts a revolution in the travel industry

Accessories   "Why is there not yet a suitcase brand that combines design and sustainability and is also fashionable?". Introducing NORTVI: a new premium travel brand that makes the most beautiful high-end travel products from eco-friendly materials. The brand proves that sustainable can also be beautiful with their eye-catching suitcase line that can be personalized during every trip. NORTVI is committed to a total renewal of the current old-fashioned suitcase industry where design and sustainability have never gone hand in hand before.     NORTVI COLLECTION:   Unique and Groundbreaking: The NORTVI series is characterized by an exciting and aesthetic design. The products are completely designed by hand and are made as much as possible from sustainable materials; the inside of the suitcase consists of 100% recycled PET bottles and the outside is made of 30% recycled polycarbonate. In addition, NORTVI is a trendsetter in the field of durability. All suitcases in the new line are made of the strongest materials and designed to last for a lifetime.                                           Innovative and Silent: The NORTVI suitcase ensures that a suitcase finally becomes really functional. The suitcase offers extra storage space and is available in two special versions: one with a front pocket so that you can quickly and effortlessly access your laptop and most important items at the airport without opening the whole suitcase and the variant without a front pocket; for whom it is sufficient to only take your essentials with you on a trip. All suitcases in the NORTVI line are equipped with the quietest whisper wheels that ensure that you drive almost silently on any surface.   “We want to set a completely new course in the suitcase industry. An industry characterized by old giants, high margins, dull designs and without an eye for sustainability. We are making a major change and show that a suitcase is a sustainable and fashionable extension of your outfit.”   Customizable and Fun: Each suitcase can be personalized with a special suitcase strap. This way you make your suitcase instantly recognizable and made to match your own outfit. NORTVI starts with a collection of nine different straps, each with a unique color palette and design. The range is expanded in collaboration with various Amsterdam designers so that the collection remains unique at all times.   It is NORTVI’s goals to change the world’s perception of travelling. Nowadays, many people have the means to travel but tend to underestimate the environmental consequences. They believe in a new reality where sustainable and durable travel luggage that respects the environment is the new norm. Yet, they value high quality and great design and see their suitcases as a stylish extension of your outfit. It is their duty to create travel luggage that is used for a lifetime and to use as many eco-friendly materials as possible. Join their movement!     Explore their products: https://nortvi.com   "Why is there not yet a suitcase brand that combines design and sustainability and is also fashionable?". Introducing NORTVI: a new premium travel brand that makes the most beautiful high-end travel products from eco-friendly materials. The brand proves that sustainable can also be beautiful with their eye-catching suitcase line that can be personalized during every trip. NORTVI is committed to a total renewal of the current old-fashioned suitcase industry where design and sustainability have never gone hand in hand before.     NORTVI COLLECTION:   Unique and Groundbreaking: The NORTVI series is characterized by an exciting and aesthetic design. The products are completely designed by hand and are made as much as possible from sustainable materials; the inside of the suitcase consists of 100% recycled PET bottles and the outside is made of 30% recycled polycarbonate. In addition, NORTVI is a trendsetter in the field of durability. All suitcases in the new line are made of the strongest materials and designed to last for a lifetime.                                           Innovative and Silent: The NORTVI suitcase ensures that a suitcase finally becomes really functional. The suitcase offers extra storage space and is available in two special versions: one with a front pocket so that you can quickly and effortlessly access your laptop and most important items at the airport without opening the whole suitcase and the variant without a front pocket; for whom it is sufficient to only take your essentials with you on a trip. All suitcases in the NORTVI line are equipped with the quietest whisper wheels that ensure that you drive almost silently on any surface.   “We want to set a completely new course in the suitcase industry. An industry characterized by old giants, high margins, dull designs and without an eye for sustainability. We are making a major change and show that a suitcase is a sustainable and fashionable extension of your outfit.”   Customizable and Fun: Each suitcase can be personalized with a special suitcase strap. This way you make your suitcase instantly recognizable and made to match your own outfit. NORTVI starts with a collection of nine different straps, each with a unique color palette and design. The range is expanded in collaboration with various Amsterdam designers so that the collection remains unique at all times.   It is NORTVI’s goals to change the world’s perception of travelling. Nowadays, many people have the means to travel but tend to underestimate the environmental consequences. They believe in a new reality where sustainable and durable travel luggage that respects the environment is the new norm. Yet, they value high quality and great design and see their suitcases as a stylish extension of your outfit. It is their duty to create travel luggage that is used for a lifetime and to use as many eco-friendly materials as possible. Join their movement!     Explore their products: https://nortvi.com

Dressing up the entire beachfront of  The Alpemare Beach Resort
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Dressing up the entire beachfront of The Alpemare Beach Resort

Design Acqua di Parma and La DoubleJ together to have a real Italian holiday experience in Forte dei Marmi, at the Bocelli family’s elegant Alpemare Beach Resort.   For the firrst time, the Fashion House symbolising Italian style and the brand created by JJ Martin, who celebrates love for sunny Italy in all of her creations, are dressing up an entire beachfront with the new Blu Mediterraneo by La DoubleJ capsule Collection. The radiant fragrances and vibrant colours of the collection make the most of an exceptional setting. In the charming locality of Forte dei Marmi, the historic Alpemare Beach Resort has hosted artists, poets, and actors from all over Europe since the last century. Today, Alpemare belongs to the Bocelli family, who have been able to preserve its legendary appeal, transforming it into a contemporary oasis of nature, art and relaxation. The wonderful view of the Apuan Alps and the Mediterranean scents of the pine forest on one of the most evocative stretches of the Forte dei Marmi beachfront, together with contemporary works of art set out in various spaces, make Alpemare a veritable jewel of beauty and well-being. Andrea Bocelli himself, the great tenor and Italian singer who is famous throughout the world, often treats himself to relaxing breaks and even performs here.     “The quest for beauty is an art also to be drawn upon when on holiday, at the height of seaside relaxation. Our family is therefore particularly pleased to inaugurate such a new and brilliant union”, Veronica Berti Bocelli declared. She also emphasised that “through the synergies put in place by Acqua di Parma and La DoubleJ, the Alpemare Beach Resort expresses in a better way its own vocation to provide guests with an all-encompassing creative experience, for the mind and for the senses... A welcoming place like a house on the beachfront, which transmits vital energy, inspiration, fascination”.     A perfect place for the joyful spirit of Blu Mediterraneo by La DoubleJ to have an authentic Italian summer experience, combining the pure, bright style of Acqua di Parma with La DoubleJ’s maximalist, exuberant and sophisticated prints. The elegant tents that welcome guests on the Alpemare beachfront are even more radiant, with beach towels and cushions from the capsule Collection. The Confetti Blu print, designed by La DoubleJ in blue and yellow tones, creates a bright Mediterranean atmosphere for an unforgettable summer. In all relaxation areas and collective spaces, from Alpemare’s garden to its exclusive restaurant, Arancia di Capri candles give off the light and effervescent scent of one of the most popular Blu Mediterraneo fragrances. The cabins, maintained by Alpemare in their original form, come complete with Arancia di Capri amenities from the Acqua di Parma hotel line, in special recycled plastic (rPET) produced in Italy and deriving from recovered PET plastic bottles, and with products from the Acqua di Parma by     La DoubleJ collection, such as Shower Mousse and Body Lotion, for a real beauty ritual. Products individually researched down to the last detail, that express the shared passion of Acqua di Parma and La DoubleJ for craft traditions and the most prized Italian ingredients. Thus, formulas for the body and accessories make up the summertime kit of desires and enhance Alpemare’s re ned harmony for a truly Italian holiday.     “We are very happy to customise, for the rst time and together with La DoubleJ, an entire beach, and to do so in one of Italy’s most charming places, namely the Alpemare Beach Resort at Forte dei Marmi. It is also an exciting initiative because we share a deep passion for the art of Italian living with our partners. Since its origins, Acqua di Parma has represented the purest Italian style, and is committed to preserving and cultivating Italian art, culture and nature. JJ Martin, with whom we created the new Blu Mediterraneo by La DoubleJ capsule Collection, has always been in love with Italy, and she knows how to express its sunny spirit in all of her creations. The Bocelli family has created a real oasis of elegance where art and nature meet in unique harmony, an original and contemporary example of good Italian living”, says Laura Burdese, President and CEO of Acqua di Parma.     acquadiparma.com Acqua di Parma and La DoubleJ together to have a real Italian holiday experience in Forte dei Marmi, at the Bocelli family’s elegant Alpemare Beach Resort.   For the firrst time, the Fashion House symbolising Italian style and the brand created by JJ Martin, who celebrates love for sunny Italy in all of her creations, are dressing up an entire beachfront with the new Blu Mediterraneo by La DoubleJ capsule Collection. The radiant fragrances and vibrant colours of the collection make the most of an exceptional setting. In the charming locality of Forte dei Marmi, the historic Alpemare Beach Resort has hosted artists, poets, and actors from all over Europe since the last century. Today, Alpemare belongs to the Bocelli family, who have been able to preserve its legendary appeal, transforming it into a contemporary oasis of nature, art and relaxation. The wonderful view of the Apuan Alps and the Mediterranean scents of the pine forest on one of the most evocative stretches of the Forte dei Marmi beachfront, together with contemporary works of art set out in various spaces, make Alpemare a veritable jewel of beauty and well-being. Andrea Bocelli himself, the great tenor and Italian singer who is famous throughout the world, often treats himself to relaxing breaks and even performs here.     “The quest for beauty is an art also to be drawn upon when on holiday, at the height of seaside relaxation. Our family is therefore particularly pleased to inaugurate such a new and brilliant union”, Veronica Berti Bocelli declared. She also emphasised that “through the synergies put in place by Acqua di Parma and La DoubleJ, the Alpemare Beach Resort expresses in a better way its own vocation to provide guests with an all-encompassing creative experience, for the mind and for the senses... A welcoming place like a house on the beachfront, which transmits vital energy, inspiration, fascination”.     A perfect place for the joyful spirit of Blu Mediterraneo by La DoubleJ to have an authentic Italian summer experience, combining the pure, bright style of Acqua di Parma with La DoubleJ’s maximalist, exuberant and sophisticated prints. The elegant tents that welcome guests on the Alpemare beachfront are even more radiant, with beach towels and cushions from the capsule Collection. The Confetti Blu print, designed by La DoubleJ in blue and yellow tones, creates a bright Mediterranean atmosphere for an unforgettable summer. In all relaxation areas and collective spaces, from Alpemare’s garden to its exclusive restaurant, Arancia di Capri candles give off the light and effervescent scent of one of the most popular Blu Mediterraneo fragrances. The cabins, maintained by Alpemare in their original form, come complete with Arancia di Capri amenities from the Acqua di Parma hotel line, in special recycled plastic (rPET) produced in Italy and deriving from recovered PET plastic bottles, and with products from the Acqua di Parma by     La DoubleJ collection, such as Shower Mousse and Body Lotion, for a real beauty ritual. Products individually researched down to the last detail, that express the shared passion of Acqua di Parma and La DoubleJ for craft traditions and the most prized Italian ingredients. Thus, formulas for the body and accessories make up the summertime kit of desires and enhance Alpemare’s re ned harmony for a truly Italian holiday.     “We are very happy to customise, for the rst time and together with La DoubleJ, an entire beach, and to do so in one of Italy’s most charming places, namely the Alpemare Beach Resort at Forte dei Marmi. It is also an exciting initiative because we share a deep passion for the art of Italian living with our partners. Since its origins, Acqua di Parma has represented the purest Italian style, and is committed to preserving and cultivating Italian art, culture and nature. JJ Martin, with whom we created the new Blu Mediterraneo by La DoubleJ capsule Collection, has always been in love with Italy, and she knows how to express its sunny spirit in all of her creations. The Bocelli family has created a real oasis of elegance where art and nature meet in unique harmony, an original and contemporary example of good Italian living”, says Laura Burdese, President and CEO of Acqua di Parma.     acquadiparma.com

Bang & Olufsen Reveals Stunning 88-inch Beovision Harmony TV
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Bang & Olufsen Reveals Stunning 88-inch Beovision Harmony TV

Design Bang & Olufsen is raising the bar in luxurious cinematic experiences with the launch of the Beovision Harmony 88- inch TV – Bang & Olufsen’s most luxurious and immersive TV experience that features not only the world’s first 88- inch 8K OLED TV, but also the largest OLED screen ever created from LG Electronics.     “Today, we are bringing together the best of artisanship and the bleeding edge of display technology. Our customers tell us that they want the ultimate in cinematic and immersive experiences with a design that adds to the décor rather than disrupts it. This is exactly what we are bringing to the market with our new two-meter-wide Beovision Harmony powered by stellar Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound and the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED TV”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Vice President of Product Management at Bang & Olufsen.     Beovision Harmony was originally unveiled at Milan Design week in 2019 as a meaningful combination of art and technology, where the TV folds down into a sculptural shape when not in use. The two oak and aluminium covers partially obscures the black screen, and when the TV is turned on, the panels fan out like a butterfly opening its wings, and the screen rises above them to the perfect viewing height.     The ultimate experience for movies and sports: The two-meter-wide Beovision Harmony TV comes with the 2020 OLED 8K display from LG Electronics optimized for Bang & Olufsen, which allows for the full Bang & Olufsen cinematic experience. With an 8K resolution, delivering four times more detail than 4K TV and 16 times more than HDTV, it is designed to deliver stunning picture quality, upgraded performance and artificial intelligence-enabled features that brings movies and sports to life like never before imagined. At the heart of the TV are several advanced core technologies, most notably the new α (Alpha) 9   Gen 3 AI Processor. This advanced processor leverages upgraded processing power and artificial intelligence deep learning algorithms to improve on the picture quality and enable a host of specialized features for various types of content. As for the sound, along with the pre-installed three-channel sound system and built-in dual subwoofer, the TV is compatible with Bang & Olufsen’s speaker program, allowing one to connect up to eight wireless Beolab speakers for true 7.1 surround sound. All sources can be controlled with the Beoremote One, a remote crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminium that adds well to the luxury experience.     Exclusive finishes and bespoke solutions: Along with the existing speaker cover choice of oak wood and natural aluminium, two more options have recently been added to the Beovision Harmony. Warm brass tone aluminium has been combined with smoked oak and bronze tone aluminium with walnut. The new finishes will be matching the Beolab 50 and Beolab 90 finish options, creating a visual coherence between the products when included in a complete home cinema experience. Finally, a full customisation of finish on Beovision Harmony, Beolab 50 and Beolab 90 is available for clients who wish to own something totally unique.     Pricing and availability: Beovision Harmony including the LG 8K 88-inch OLED ZX TV optimized for Bang & Olufsen is estimated to retail from EUR 46,500 EUR / GBP 44,100 / CHF 53,400 / USD 49,000 / DKK 352,000 and will be available in Bang & Olufsen stores from the end of June 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook,Twitter and YouTube using #BeovisionHarmony Bang & Olufsen is raising the bar in luxurious cinematic experiences with the launch of the Beovision Harmony 88- inch TV – Bang & Olufsen’s most luxurious and immersive TV experience that features not only the world’s first 88- inch 8K OLED TV, but also the largest OLED screen ever created from LG Electronics.     “Today, we are bringing together the best of artisanship and the bleeding edge of display technology. Our customers tell us that they want the ultimate in cinematic and immersive experiences with a design that adds to the décor rather than disrupts it. This is exactly what we are bringing to the market with our new two-meter-wide Beovision Harmony powered by stellar Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound and the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED TV”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Vice President of Product Management at Bang & Olufsen.     Beovision Harmony was originally unveiled at Milan Design week in 2019 as a meaningful combination of art and technology, where the TV folds down into a sculptural shape when not in use. The two oak and aluminium covers partially obscures the black screen, and when the TV is turned on, the panels fan out like a butterfly opening its wings, and the screen rises above them to the perfect viewing height.     The ultimate experience for movies and sports: The two-meter-wide Beovision Harmony TV comes with the 2020 OLED 8K display from LG Electronics optimized for Bang & Olufsen, which allows for the full Bang & Olufsen cinematic experience. With an 8K resolution, delivering four times more detail than 4K TV and 16 times more than HDTV, it is designed to deliver stunning picture quality, upgraded performance and artificial intelligence-enabled features that brings movies and sports to life like never before imagined. At the heart of the TV are several advanced core technologies, most notably the new α (Alpha) 9   Gen 3 AI Processor. This advanced processor leverages upgraded processing power and artificial intelligence deep learning algorithms to improve on the picture quality and enable a host of specialized features for various types of content. As for the sound, along with the pre-installed three-channel sound system and built-in dual subwoofer, the TV is compatible with Bang & Olufsen’s speaker program, allowing one to connect up to eight wireless Beolab speakers for true 7.1 surround sound. All sources can be controlled with the Beoremote One, a remote crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminium that adds well to the luxury experience.     Exclusive finishes and bespoke solutions: Along with the existing speaker cover choice of oak wood and natural aluminium, two more options have recently been added to the Beovision Harmony. Warm brass tone aluminium has been combined with smoked oak and bronze tone aluminium with walnut. The new finishes will be matching the Beolab 50 and Beolab 90 finish options, creating a visual coherence between the products when included in a complete home cinema experience. Finally, a full customisation of finish on Beovision Harmony, Beolab 50 and Beolab 90 is available for clients who wish to own something totally unique.     Pricing and availability: Beovision Harmony including the LG 8K 88-inch OLED ZX TV optimized for Bang & Olufsen is estimated to retail from EUR 46,500 EUR / GBP 44,100 / CHF 53,400 / USD 49,000 / DKK 352,000 and will be available in Bang & Olufsen stores from the end of June 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook,Twitter and YouTube using #BeovisionHarmony

In conversation with Daan Baeten
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In conversation with Daan Baeten

Accessories Exclusive interview with the founder of NUBIKK, Daan Baeten.     What made you decide to start your footwear company back in 2012?    As a son from a family with three generations of leather and shoemaking experience, I rolled into the shoe business. Back in 2012, I felt the need to start my own business because I missed a comfortable, fashionable shoe at a fair price. With all the experience I’ve gained from my family in combination with my drive and passion to create things, I started NUBIKK, a shoe brand that believes fashion should go hand in hand with comfort.       What makes Nubikk unique and what is the purpose of creating the shoes?   At NUBIKK we create leather products, from the best Italian leathers, with lightweight soles throughout the entire collection to reach the best comfort. Because customers like the same lush feeling as experienced when wearing sportswear. Additionally, the same level of cushioned insoles is now also used in NUBIKK’s formal wear for women and men, like the high heeled boots and espadrilles. So the purpose of it all is to bring fashionable shoes, combined with comfort, to a wide audience.      How important do you think sustainability is becoming, and how do you incorporate it within your brand?   Sustainability is indeed a very important topic. At NUBIKK, every department is working very hard to look at the possibilities to leave the smallest footprint possible. For example, we care very much about the work environment of our team, in our factories and all suppliers and places where our materials come from. We deliver all our goods completely plastic-free, develop soles made of pure latex, use sugar cane as a material for lightweight soles, hence, the least amount of chemicals are used during the production of our materials. There is an entire section on our website that explains everything we do.      What made you expand your product line to accessories and t-shirts?   Our focus and expertise lie with shoes, but our passion lies with fashion in general. Hence, during the last few seasons, we are exploring other products as well such as handbags for women, accessories like phone cases, and lately t-shirts and sweaters. We had the idea to make a great fitting shirt from organic cotton. To show that shirts made of more sustainable material look and fit much better as compared to products with cheaper and polluting materials.  I am coming from a shoe family. That means my heart is with shoes and a different variety of shoes. We do not solely focus on sneakers but try to expand our horizon.     What can we look forward to from Nubikk to come in the future?   Currently, we are working on several square-toe shaped boots and we recently dropped boots with ‘see-through' glass heels in different colors, with a great fit and removable cushioned insoles. But we also see a shift in our product range moving slowly from sneakers to boots and derby shoes. We have made them all in a cool way. They will drop this winter.  2019 was a great year for us with international expansion and opening our very first flagship store in Amsterdam. For the winter collection of 2020, we have a lot of great new designs coming up and also a big collaboration. On which I can’t say too much but it’s coming soon.   NUBIKK.com Exclusive interview with the founder of NUBIKK, Daan Baeten.     What made you decide to start your footwear company back in 2012?    As a son from a family with three generations of leather and shoemaking experience, I rolled into the shoe business. Back in 2012, I felt the need to start my own business because I missed a comfortable, fashionable shoe at a fair price. With all the experience I’ve gained from my family in combination with my drive and passion to create things, I started NUBIKK, a shoe brand that believes fashion should go hand in hand with comfort.       What makes Nubikk unique and what is the purpose of creating the shoes?   At NUBIKK we create leather products, from the best Italian leathers, with lightweight soles throughout the entire collection to reach the best comfort. Because customers like the same lush feeling as experienced when wearing sportswear. Additionally, the same level of cushioned insoles is now also used in NUBIKK’s formal wear for women and men, like the high heeled boots and espadrilles. So the purpose of it all is to bring fashionable shoes, combined with comfort, to a wide audience.      How important do you think sustainability is becoming, and how do you incorporate it within your brand?   Sustainability is indeed a very important topic. At NUBIKK, every department is working very hard to look at the possibilities to leave the smallest footprint possible. For example, we care very much about the work environment of our team, in our factories and all suppliers and places where our materials come from. We deliver all our goods completely plastic-free, develop soles made of pure latex, use sugar cane as a material for lightweight soles, hence, the least amount of chemicals are used during the production of our materials. There is an entire section on our website that explains everything we do.      What made you expand your product line to accessories and t-shirts?   Our focus and expertise lie with shoes, but our passion lies with fashion in general. Hence, during the last few seasons, we are exploring other products as well such as handbags for women, accessories like phone cases, and lately t-shirts and sweaters. We had the idea to make a great fitting shirt from organic cotton. To show that shirts made of more sustainable material look and fit much better as compared to products with cheaper and polluting materials.  I am coming from a shoe family. That means my heart is with shoes and a different variety of shoes. We do not solely focus on sneakers but try to expand our horizon.     What can we look forward to from Nubikk to come in the future?   Currently, we are working on several square-toe shaped boots and we recently dropped boots with ‘see-through' glass heels in different colors, with a great fit and removable cushioned insoles. But we also see a shift in our product range moving slowly from sneakers to boots and derby shoes. We have made them all in a cool way. They will drop this winter.  2019 was a great year for us with international expansion and opening our very first flagship store in Amsterdam. For the winter collection of 2020, we have a lot of great new designs coming up and also a big collaboration. On which I can’t say too much but it’s coming soon.   NUBIKK.com

A trip around the Mediterranean with Chanel
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A trip around the Mediterranean with Chanel

Fashion Cruise 2020/21 collection - ‘Balade en Méditerranée’ (A trip around the Mediterranean)   “Initially I had Capri in mind, where the show was supposed to take place, but didn’t happen in the end because of lockdown,” says Virginie Viard, “So we had to adapt: not only did we decide to use fabrics that we already had, but the collection, more generally, evolved towards a trip around the Mediterranean… The islands, the scent of the eucalyptus, the pink shades of the bougainvillea.” And a free, laid-back allure inspired by the legendary actresses of the 1960s when they would holiday on the Italian and the French Riviera.    This collection was conceived to travel light with “a wardrobe that can be carried in a little suitcase on wheels, a shopper and an embroidered handbag”, a few easy to wear, multipurpose items of clothing that all go together perfectly, and can even be transformed: long skirts become strapless dresses when pulled up, long jackets in black chiffon can be worn by day over a triangle bikini, or by night with an embroidered bandeau top and jeans, “and if worn over bare skin, it becomes a déshabillé.” The dresses in fine transparent lamé are coupled with jackets that can be untied and slipped over a pair of crêpe shorts, while wraparound dresses and skirts liberate movement. Bougainvillea pink illuminates suits in leather as supple as a second skin, and in tweed that’s been left unlined for more fluidity.      A collection of refined simplicity, to be discovered on chanel.com.    #CHANELCruise Cruise 2020/21 collection - ‘Balade en Méditerranée’ (A trip around the Mediterranean)   “Initially I had Capri in mind, where the show was supposed to take place, but didn’t happen in the end because of lockdown,” says Virginie Viard, “So we had to adapt: not only did we decide to use fabrics that we already had, but the collection, more generally, evolved towards a trip around the Mediterranean… The islands, the scent of the eucalyptus, the pink shades of the bougainvillea.” And a free, laid-back allure inspired by the legendary actresses of the 1960s when they would holiday on the Italian and the French Riviera.    This collection was conceived to travel light with “a wardrobe that can be carried in a little suitcase on wheels, a shopper and an embroidered handbag”, a few easy to wear, multipurpose items of clothing that all go together perfectly, and can even be transformed: long skirts become strapless dresses when pulled up, long jackets in black chiffon can be worn by day over a triangle bikini, or by night with an embroidered bandeau top and jeans, “and if worn over bare skin, it becomes a déshabillé.” The dresses in fine transparent lamé are coupled with jackets that can be untied and slipped over a pair of crêpe shorts, while wraparound dresses and skirts liberate movement. Bougainvillea pink illuminates suits in leather as supple as a second skin, and in tweed that’s been left unlined for more fluidity.      A collection of refined simplicity, to be discovered on chanel.com.    #CHANELCruise

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