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LVxNBA Capsule Collection
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LVxNBA Capsule Collection

Men Relatability: the lionisation of accessible or familiar imagery in luxury, employed to invite a sense of inclusivity.   As part of the Spring-Summer 2021 Precollection, Louis Vuittonlaunches LVxNBA, the rst menswear capsule collection in a three-year partnership with the National Basketball Association under the artistic direction of Virgil Abloh. In January 2020,Louis Vuitton revealed the o cial Trophy Travel case for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy historically passed down between winners of the NBA Finals. Motivated by the exchange between French craftmanship and American sports, Virgil Abloh created a limited clothing and accessories line uniting the emblems of the two institutions. The collection adapts the designer’s codes with the iconography of the basketball universe, and honours the values of relatability and inclusion key to Virgil Abloh’s vision at Louis Vuitton. Relatability: the lionisation of accessible or familiar imagery in luxury, employed to invite a sense of inclusivity.   As part of the Spring-Summer 2021 Precollection, Louis Vuittonlaunches LVxNBA, the rst menswear capsule collection in a three-year partnership with the National Basketball Association under the artistic direction of Virgil Abloh. In January 2020,Louis Vuitton revealed the o cial Trophy Travel case for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy historically passed down between winners of the NBA Finals. Motivated by the exchange between French craftmanship and American sports, Virgil Abloh created a limited clothing and accessories line uniting the emblems of the two institutions. The collection adapts the designer’s codes with the iconography of the basketball universe, and honours the values of relatability and inclusion key to Virgil Abloh’s vision at Louis Vuitton.

MOËT & CHANDON CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ‘TIE YOUR WISH’
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MOËT & CHANDON CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ‘TIE YOUR WISH’

Lifestyle Moët & Chandon is thrilled to unveil its holiday-season “Tie your wish” collectiondesigned to celebrate the promise of a bright new year. In a playful way, the “Tie your wish” design reinterprets the classically distinctive codes of the House with a contemporary twirl, adorning a limited edition festive bottle and a delightful miniature pack to share celebrations and gift-giving moments.      Moët & Chandon’s black tie has elegantly dressed the House’s champagne bottles since 1886.  This year, that binding symbol unravels into a silver ribbon that wraps the Maison’s distinctive label contouring the shape of a joyful holiday tree.       “Tie your wish” limited edition bottle is dressed in a shimmering textured golden shade,as a tribute to the alluring and vibrant character of Moët Impérial, with prominent, feathered-edge effects evoking a modern painter’s brushstrokes in homage to the artistic sensibility that characterizes the art of winemaking at Moët & Chandon.   The festivebottle is filled with the House’s signature champagne, Moët Impérial, defined by a bright fruitiness, a seductive palate and an elegant maturity, all distinctive characteristics of Moët & Chandon’s blends.  Its assemblage is designed to mirror the richness and diversity of the Champagne region’s vineyards, structured with a slight dominance of Pinot Noir, textured by Meunier and enhanced by the freshness of Chardonnay.      “Tie your wish” collectionalso features an unexpected miniature pack, containing six Moët Impérial Minis along with golden sippers, bringing an alluring French touch to this year’s holiday parties.     Available at the trendiest lounge bars, chic hotels and select wine stores, Moët & Chandon’s “Tie your wish” collection celebrates life’s ties of togetherness and celebration that bind Moët & Chandon to its heritage of heartfelt generosity and savoir-fête.   Moët & Chandon is thrilled to unveil its holiday-season “Tie your wish” collectiondesigned to celebrate the promise of a bright new year. In a playful way, the “Tie your wish” design reinterprets the classically distinctive codes of the House with a contemporary twirl, adorning a limited edition festive bottle and a delightful miniature pack to share celebrations and gift-giving moments.      Moët & Chandon’s black tie has elegantly dressed the House’s champagne bottles since 1886.  This year, that binding symbol unravels into a silver ribbon that wraps the Maison’s distinctive label contouring the shape of a joyful holiday tree.       “Tie your wish” limited edition bottle is dressed in a shimmering textured golden shade,as a tribute to the alluring and vibrant character of Moët Impérial, with prominent, feathered-edge effects evoking a modern painter’s brushstrokes in homage to the artistic sensibility that characterizes the art of winemaking at Moët & Chandon.   The festivebottle is filled with the House’s signature champagne, Moët Impérial, defined by a bright fruitiness, a seductive palate and an elegant maturity, all distinctive characteristics of Moët & Chandon’s blends.  Its assemblage is designed to mirror the richness and diversity of the Champagne region’s vineyards, structured with a slight dominance of Pinot Noir, textured by Meunier and enhanced by the freshness of Chardonnay.      “Tie your wish” collectionalso features an unexpected miniature pack, containing six Moët Impérial Minis along with golden sippers, bringing an alluring French touch to this year’s holiday parties.     Available at the trendiest lounge bars, chic hotels and select wine stores, Moët & Chandon’s “Tie your wish” collection celebrates life’s ties of togetherness and celebration that bind Moët & Chandon to its heritage of heartfelt generosity and savoir-fête.  

Club Med opens a brand new Resort in the La Rosière
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Club Med opens a brand new Resort in the La Rosière

Travel This winter, Club Med opens a brand new Resort in the La Rosière ski resort in the Alps.     Club Med La Rosière, at an altitude of 1850 m, offers an incomparable 180° view of the peaks of Paradiski, the Tarentaise valley and the Beaufortain massif. The Espace San Bernardo ski resort is located on the border between France and Italy, just a few kilometres from the Mont Blanc. The area lies in the sun all day long and has an exceptionally good snowfall. In short: ideal conditions, both in winter and summer.     The Resort - a reinterpretation of the alpine chalets of Savoy with lots of wood, stone and glass - is perfectly integrated in the authentic environment. This new 4T Resort will soon receive both BREEAM and Green Globe certificates. It has been designed specifically for families, with activities in harmony with nature and the local ecosystem.     The 438 accommodations divided into 3 categories (Superior, Deluxe, Suites) offer various room configurations depending on the number of people.     Intense experiences for the whole family:   Enjoy swimming in the heated indoor pool with breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks from the Vanoise to the Beaufortain massif. The panoramic pedestrian bridge a few metres' walk from the Resort offers a unique 360° view of Mont Blanc. Discover new flavours in the Gourmet Lounge San Bernardo, with a cuisine inspired by the culinary richness of Savoie and the Valle d'Aosta.     A new wellness offer in the heart of the Alps:   A 650m² Cinq Mondes spa to enjoy a massage with essential oils after a ski day. The Resort also offers a Fitness Centre with GO wellness classes and Vibhava Yoga, a method designed by the renowned master Yogi Heberson Oliveira.     Pampered children for an entertaining holiday:   The children's club organises many activities adapted to each age group: a mini-club with specific supervision for children aged 4 months and over, ski lessons for all levels from 4 years old and snowboard lessons from 12 years old, an à la carte babysitting service, a snow garden, swimming lessons and special areas and services for babies.      Happy to Care:   For more responsible tourism, Club Med has undertaken to replant 400 m² of the former altiport on which the Resort is built.      Safe Together:   In order to enjoy your stay in tranquility, Club Med proposes reinforced safety and hygiene protocols. For example, the new measures provide more space while respecting safety distances and reducing the number of guests in the Resorts, more frequent and even more thorough cleaning, as well as doctors and nurses available 7 days a week. For more information on safety measures: https://www.clubmed.com.my/l/safetogether      Book with confidence:   To ensure flexibility and peace of mind for travellers, Club Med offers the possibility of changing their stay free of charge, for any stay booked without transport in a Resort in the mountains, up to 5 days before departure. In the event of closure of the borders, a Resort in a quarantine area or a request for quarantine on arrival, the stay may be postponed or cancelled free of charge.     Club Med La Rosière is already open for reservations and will officially open its doors on December 13th 2020.    Find out more about Club Med La Rosière at www.clubmed.nl/r/La-Rosière/w.    @clubmed - www.clubmed.nl This winter, Club Med opens a brand new Resort in the La Rosière ski resort in the Alps.     Club Med La Rosière, at an altitude of 1850 m, offers an incomparable 180° view of the peaks of Paradiski, the Tarentaise valley and the Beaufortain massif. The Espace San Bernardo ski resort is located on the border between France and Italy, just a few kilometres from the Mont Blanc. The area lies in the sun all day long and has an exceptionally good snowfall. In short: ideal conditions, both in winter and summer.     The Resort - a reinterpretation of the alpine chalets of Savoy with lots of wood, stone and glass - is perfectly integrated in the authentic environment. This new 4T Resort will soon receive both BREEAM and Green Globe certificates. It has been designed specifically for families, with activities in harmony with nature and the local ecosystem.     The 438 accommodations divided into 3 categories (Superior, Deluxe, Suites) offer various room configurations depending on the number of people.     Intense experiences for the whole family:   Enjoy swimming in the heated indoor pool with breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks from the Vanoise to the Beaufortain massif. The panoramic pedestrian bridge a few metres' walk from the Resort offers a unique 360° view of Mont Blanc. Discover new flavours in the Gourmet Lounge San Bernardo, with a cuisine inspired by the culinary richness of Savoie and the Valle d'Aosta.     A new wellness offer in the heart of the Alps:   A 650m² Cinq Mondes spa to enjoy a massage with essential oils after a ski day. The Resort also offers a Fitness Centre with GO wellness classes and Vibhava Yoga, a method designed by the renowned master Yogi Heberson Oliveira.     Pampered children for an entertaining holiday:   The children's club organises many activities adapted to each age group: a mini-club with specific supervision for children aged 4 months and over, ski lessons for all levels from 4 years old and snowboard lessons from 12 years old, an à la carte babysitting service, a snow garden, swimming lessons and special areas and services for babies.      Happy to Care:   For more responsible tourism, Club Med has undertaken to replant 400 m² of the former altiport on which the Resort is built.      Safe Together:   In order to enjoy your stay in tranquility, Club Med proposes reinforced safety and hygiene protocols. For example, the new measures provide more space while respecting safety distances and reducing the number of guests in the Resorts, more frequent and even more thorough cleaning, as well as doctors and nurses available 7 days a week. For more information on safety measures: https://www.clubmed.com.my/l/safetogether      Book with confidence:   To ensure flexibility and peace of mind for travellers, Club Med offers the possibility of changing their stay free of charge, for any stay booked without transport in a Resort in the mountains, up to 5 days before departure. In the event of closure of the borders, a Resort in a quarantine area or a request for quarantine on arrival, the stay may be postponed or cancelled free of charge.     Club Med La Rosière is already open for reservations and will officially open its doors on December 13th 2020.    Find out more about Club Med La Rosière at www.clubmed.nl/r/La-Rosière/w.    @clubmed - www.clubmed.nl

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Pillows Charme Hotel Château De Raay, Baarlo
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Pillows Charme Hotel Château De Raay, Baarlo

Travel Awake at a 13th century castle hotel, located on a green estate in Baarlo, Limburg. With a large garden and a pond full of water lilies, embedded in total peace of nature. Stroll along the herbs garden an glass coister, where the herbs grow, waiting to be used by the chefs to prepare classic dishes from all over the world, with a modern twist. Enough reasons to stay within the gates of the castle, but walking and cycling in the surrounding forests and nature reserves are a real treat as well. Pillows Hotels offers you a feeling of being at home at exciting destinations in The Netherlands and Belgium.     Enjoy their delightful and charming rooms in their historic castle hotel. Experience the charm of our Castle Rooms in the historic part of the hotel, or enjoy the view on the surrounding estate in one of their Garden Rooms.     Restaurant De Tuin van de Barones: In De Tuin van de Barones they bring dishes from all over the world together in Limburg. Modern spins on traditional dishes, prepared with local products and products from our own herb and vegetable garden. Enjoy our culinary delights in the conservatory or on their estates garden terrace. You can explore the menu on their website bellow.     "The hotel is truly unique, not only because of it being in a castle but also because of it's design, details, great food and great location. You can just hop on a bike an explore the area around the hotel and Baarlo, which is truly worth seeing. It's a unique hotel and offers a unique experience." - Timotej Letonja     More about the hotel and restaurant: https://www.pillowshotels.com/baarlo/ , https://www.detuinvandebarones.com     CONTACT: Pillows Charme Hotel Château De Raay Raayerveldlaan 6 – 5991 EN Baarlo+31 77 321 40 00baarlo@pillowshotels.com Awake at a 13th century castle hotel, located on a green estate in Baarlo, Limburg. With a large garden and a pond full of water lilies, embedded in total peace of nature. Stroll along the herbs garden an glass coister, where the herbs grow, waiting to be used by the chefs to prepare classic dishes from all over the world, with a modern twist. Enough reasons to stay within the gates of the castle, but walking and cycling in the surrounding forests and nature reserves are a real treat as well. Pillows Hotels offers you a feeling of being at home at exciting destinations in The Netherlands and Belgium.     Enjoy their delightful and charming rooms in their historic castle hotel. Experience the charm of our Castle Rooms in the historic part of the hotel, or enjoy the view on the surrounding estate in one of their Garden Rooms.     Restaurant De Tuin van de Barones: In De Tuin van de Barones they bring dishes from all over the world together in Limburg. Modern spins on traditional dishes, prepared with local products and products from our own herb and vegetable garden. Enjoy our culinary delights in the conservatory or on their estates garden terrace. You can explore the menu on their website bellow.     "The hotel is truly unique, not only because of it being in a castle but also because of it's design, details, great food and great location. You can just hop on a bike an explore the area around the hotel and Baarlo, which is truly worth seeing. It's a unique hotel and offers a unique experience." - Timotej Letonja     More about the hotel and restaurant: https://www.pillowshotels.com/baarlo/ , https://www.detuinvandebarones.com     CONTACT: Pillows Charme Hotel Château De Raay Raayerveldlaan 6 – 5991 EN Baarlo+31 77 321 40 00baarlo@pillowshotels.com

Makom, Amsterdam
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Makom, Amsterdam

Food Makom is a Mediterranean food and cocktails bar-restaurant, opened last September at the heart of De Pijp (Amsterdam).     Makom is a place to enjoy fresh Mediterranean dishes that are mainly inspired by the city of Haifa, where the owners came from and have a few good drinks! maybe even one too many. The most important part is that you feel like you are sitting in their living room. You are a guest and a friend once you stepped into Makom.   "Spotted on a great location in De Pijp, a very cute and personal restaurant with a great story and delicious food. We highly recommend it." - Timotej Letonja   Open on: Wednesday-Thursday 16-22, Friday-Sunday 12-22   Explore the restaurant: https://www.makomamsterdam.nl Makom is a Mediterranean food and cocktails bar-restaurant, opened last September at the heart of De Pijp (Amsterdam).     Makom is a place to enjoy fresh Mediterranean dishes that are mainly inspired by the city of Haifa, where the owners came from and have a few good drinks! maybe even one too many. The most important part is that you feel like you are sitting in their living room. You are a guest and a friend once you stepped into Makom.   "Spotted on a great location in De Pijp, a very cute and personal restaurant with a great story and delicious food. We highly recommend it." - Timotej Letonja   Open on: Wednesday-Thursday 16-22, Friday-Sunday 12-22   Explore the restaurant: https://www.makomamsterdam.nl

Soho House Barcelona
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Soho House Barcelona

Travel Overlooking Marina Port Vell, where La Rambla meets the sea, Soho House Barcelona is close to the tapas joints and bodegas of El Born.   Soho House Barcelona islocated in the Gothic Quarter, in a striking 18th-century building in the historic Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, overlooking Marina Port Vell. The House has 56 bedrooms, members’ space, a roof terrace, Cowshed spa, a gym and two pools.   The design of the House, led by Nick Jones and Soho House Design, takes inspiration from classic Catalan design and gothic architecture. It features warm, Mediterranean colours and traditional Spanish patterned textiles. Furnishings throughout the House are a mix of mid-century European pieces with local antiques and custom-made designs from the Soho House team.    The rooftop has a pool with views of the sea and the city. There are striped sunloungers, and a bar and lounge seating area where food is served from breakfast through to dinner.    On the fifth floor is the Square Bar and House Kitchen, a members’ space to eat, drink, meet, socialise and relax. Open all day until late, there is a lounge area and a bar with outdoor seating. The menu is inspired by the Mediterranean, with locally sourced ingredients. The club serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and late-night drinks. There is also a dedicated space for member events looking out over Marina Port Vell.   The 56 bedrooms on the floors below have a modern but rustic look, each with one-off furniture and artwork. Bathrooms are light and simple, with local tiles and vintage bronze fittings, rainforest showers and Cowshed products.   The gym, open to members and guests, has a workout studio, House Ride classes, a yoga studio, a steam room, laundry facilities, and a House Press juice bar. A 36-seat screening room has velvet upholstered armchairs and footstools. It screens prereleased and independent movies every day for members.  The Green Room in the lower lobby is aspeakeasy open from Thursday to Sunday, 10pm to 3am, and can be used for parties and cocktails.   The Cowshed spa, located in the lower lobby, is available to both members and non-members. The design is based on a traditional Spanish pharmacy and has four treatment rooms, four mani-pedi stations, and an indoor pool.    Cecconi’s Barcelona is open seven days a week, seats up to 120 and serves a classic Italian menu. The public restaurant, which originated in Mayfair, London, has sister restaurants in Shoreditch and Soho in London, Berlin, Istanbul, Miami, West Hollywood and DUMBO in New York. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday, as well as a Sunday Feast brunch. Cecconi’s also has a private dining space, with a lounge and bar. For more information, visit cecconisbarcelona.com/en     Soho House Barcelona Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli 4, Barcelona, Spain   +34 932 20 46 00 Overlooking Marina Port Vell, where La Rambla meets the sea, Soho House Barcelona is close to the tapas joints and bodegas of El Born.   Soho House Barcelona islocated in the Gothic Quarter, in a striking 18th-century building in the historic Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, overlooking Marina Port Vell. The House has 56 bedrooms, members’ space, a roof terrace, Cowshed spa, a gym and two pools.   The design of the House, led by Nick Jones and Soho House Design, takes inspiration from classic Catalan design and gothic architecture. It features warm, Mediterranean colours and traditional Spanish patterned textiles. Furnishings throughout the House are a mix of mid-century European pieces with local antiques and custom-made designs from the Soho House team.    The rooftop has a pool with views of the sea and the city. There are striped sunloungers, and a bar and lounge seating area where food is served from breakfast through to dinner.    On the fifth floor is the Square Bar and House Kitchen, a members’ space to eat, drink, meet, socialise and relax. Open all day until late, there is a lounge area and a bar with outdoor seating. The menu is inspired by the Mediterranean, with locally sourced ingredients. The club serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and late-night drinks. There is also a dedicated space for member events looking out over Marina Port Vell.   The 56 bedrooms on the floors below have a modern but rustic look, each with one-off furniture and artwork. Bathrooms are light and simple, with local tiles and vintage bronze fittings, rainforest showers and Cowshed products.   The gym, open to members and guests, has a workout studio, House Ride classes, a yoga studio, a steam room, laundry facilities, and a House Press juice bar. A 36-seat screening room has velvet upholstered armchairs and footstools. It screens prereleased and independent movies every day for members.  The Green Room in the lower lobby is aspeakeasy open from Thursday to Sunday, 10pm to 3am, and can be used for parties and cocktails.   The Cowshed spa, located in the lower lobby, is available to both members and non-members. The design is based on a traditional Spanish pharmacy and has four treatment rooms, four mani-pedi stations, and an indoor pool.    Cecconi’s Barcelona is open seven days a week, seats up to 120 and serves a classic Italian menu. The public restaurant, which originated in Mayfair, London, has sister restaurants in Shoreditch and Soho in London, Berlin, Istanbul, Miami, West Hollywood and DUMBO in New York. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday, as well as a Sunday Feast brunch. Cecconi’s also has a private dining space, with a lounge and bar. For more information, visit cecconisbarcelona.com/en     Soho House Barcelona Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli 4, Barcelona, Spain   +34 932 20 46 00

MR PORTER, Amsterdam
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MR PORTER, Amsterdam

Food MR PORTER is an unprecedented fine dining steak house in the crown of the historic Exchange building and the W Amsterdam. Duality defines MR PORTER character; simple and extravagant, masculine yet feminine, wicked though obedient. A traditional steakhouse transforms to become something sexy and continuously surprising. Founders and creators of this addition to the multitude of award-winning concepts of THE ENTOURAGE GROUP are internationally acclaimed hospitality entrepreneur Yossi Eliyahoo, the group’s CEO Stephanie Pearson and Executive Chef Hari Shetty.     "It is at the intersection of the familiar and the unknown, where real magic happens. MR PORTER captures that truth and translates it into a culinary experience unlike any other." – Yossi Eliyahoo, founder of THE ENTOURAGE GROUP         MR PORTER walks on the border between dinner and sinner with a unique concept that artfully blends qualities of the modern steakhouse with the buzz and experience of a chic lounge. A rib eye steak becomes exquisitely delicate and lightly roasted vegetables are elevated to a level of explosiveness. Unequalled taste combinations, unparalleled techniques and only the highest quality products enter and leave the transparent kitchen. This flirty, ambiguous and tasteful cuisine of MR PORTER translates into pure yet intricate dishes. Whilst baking a unique homemade focaccia as a starter and redefining gorgeous seafood- and vegetarian dishes, the spotlight of the MR PORTER menu is on the luscious selection of meats. Only the best cuts, the highest quality and the most playful preparations. MR PORTER crafted a menu that skillfully mixes evergreens such as a lady mignon, sirloin steak and –of course- the MR or MRS PORTER signature bone in filet, with ‘fresh meat’ like Chateaubriand with foie gras and the Tomahawk. Allow yourself to be seduced by the selection of sinful desserts that will always leave you wickedly wanting more. The bar and lounge of MR PORTER is open all day for morning refreshments and late-night drinks. MR PORTER distinguishes itself from other restaurants by emphasising the social experience and taking a new, vibe-driven approach to fine dining. The resident DJ creates an infectious, high-energy atmosphere, while the sleek surroundings with a signature 360-degree island bar are designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle. Where the nights are vibrant, Sundays are for relaxing. Every week ends with either an elaborate Sunday Roast brunch or a Sunday BBQ. Ultimately, MR PORTER aims to redefine the modern eating experience with its blend of incredible flavours, world-class service and the perfect ambience.   MR PORTER - Thirst quenching cocktails:   From its vantage point on the top floor of the W Amsterdam, with its unrivalled 360-degree view on Dam Square and the city lights, the bar of MR PORTER aims to be a gleaming beacon for modern global mixology. Innovative and engaging use of ingredients, methods and service has been at the centre of the menu design, as well as the contradicting faces of the city of Amsterdam. The cocktail menu defines what has long been thought of as impossible from behind the bar; illustrated by drinks as the 'Star of Nicosia' - a Martini with exotic olive spheres which explode in your mouth- or the MR PORTER 'Bloody Mary #11Pamplona Bullshot'. The culinary approach to cocktails blur the traditional lines between bar and kitchen, creating a bar concept like no other.   MR PORTER - The Penthouse:   Through its unique design, central location and fully transparent nature, MR PORTER is a spectacle all by itself. The mansion, located on the 6th floor of W Amsterdam just steps away from the prestigious Dam Square, offers a peek into the kitchen with 15 seats directly situated at the kitchen counter. The catwalk-like entrance, semi-private seating as well as an unequalled rooftop terrace, highlight the shape-shifting DNA of MR PORTER. It can be light or dark, clandestine or social, classy or naughty – all or none of the above. MR PORTER is a socio-culinary roof top experience, boasting an iconic vista over the city of Amsterdam and cutting-edge dining. Designed by internationally renowned and award-winning architects Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz of BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG Architecture, this exceptional setting takes inspiration from the buildings ‘connect and exchange’ heritage moving from an introverted personalised restaurant space, to an extroverted gastronomic event that reaches out and connects with the urban sprawl around it. This duality of personal versus public, of intimate versus open is one of the undercurrents, which defines the MR PORTER experience. MR PORTER creates a sophisticated steakhouse experience redefining and challenging the traditional rules and injecting a fresh breath of vision to the Dutch dining scene. MR PORTER’s choice of cuisine, beverages, materials, textures and details pays tribute to this challenge. They are lighter in feel, leaner in detail, crisply innovative, classically smart, pushing the borders and socially enhancing; creating a contradicting spectacle of modesty.     MR PORTER | Spuistraat 175 | 1012 VN Amsterdam  mrportersteakhouse.com  info@mrportersteakhouse.com   +31 208113399 MR PORTER is an unprecedented fine dining steak house in the crown of the historic Exchange building and the W Amsterdam. Duality defines MR PORTER character; simple and extravagant, masculine yet feminine, wicked though obedient. A traditional steakhouse transforms to become something sexy and continuously surprising. Founders and creators of this addition to the multitude of award-winning concepts of THE ENTOURAGE GROUP are internationally acclaimed hospitality entrepreneur Yossi Eliyahoo, the group’s CEO Stephanie Pearson and Executive Chef Hari Shetty.     "It is at the intersection of the familiar and the unknown, where real magic happens. MR PORTER captures that truth and translates it into a culinary experience unlike any other." – Yossi Eliyahoo, founder of THE ENTOURAGE GROUP         MR PORTER walks on the border between dinner and sinner with a unique concept that artfully blends qualities of the modern steakhouse with the buzz and experience of a chic lounge. A rib eye steak becomes exquisitely delicate and lightly roasted vegetables are elevated to a level of explosiveness. Unequalled taste combinations, unparalleled techniques and only the highest quality products enter and leave the transparent kitchen. This flirty, ambiguous and tasteful cuisine of MR PORTER translates into pure yet intricate dishes. Whilst baking a unique homemade focaccia as a starter and redefining gorgeous seafood- and vegetarian dishes, the spotlight of the MR PORTER menu is on the luscious selection of meats. Only the best cuts, the highest quality and the most playful preparations. MR PORTER crafted a menu that skillfully mixes evergreens such as a lady mignon, sirloin steak and –of course- the MR or MRS PORTER signature bone in filet, with ‘fresh meat’ like Chateaubriand with foie gras and the Tomahawk. Allow yourself to be seduced by the selection of sinful desserts that will always leave you wickedly wanting more. The bar and lounge of MR PORTER is open all day for morning refreshments and late-night drinks. MR PORTER distinguishes itself from other restaurants by emphasising the social experience and taking a new, vibe-driven approach to fine dining. The resident DJ creates an infectious, high-energy atmosphere, while the sleek surroundings with a signature 360-degree island bar are designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle. Where the nights are vibrant, Sundays are for relaxing. Every week ends with either an elaborate Sunday Roast brunch or a Sunday BBQ. Ultimately, MR PORTER aims to redefine the modern eating experience with its blend of incredible flavours, world-class service and the perfect ambience.   MR PORTER - Thirst quenching cocktails:   From its vantage point on the top floor of the W Amsterdam, with its unrivalled 360-degree view on Dam Square and the city lights, the bar of MR PORTER aims to be a gleaming beacon for modern global mixology. Innovative and engaging use of ingredients, methods and service has been at the centre of the menu design, as well as the contradicting faces of the city of Amsterdam. The cocktail menu defines what has long been thought of as impossible from behind the bar; illustrated by drinks as the 'Star of Nicosia' - a Martini with exotic olive spheres which explode in your mouth- or the MR PORTER 'Bloody Mary #11Pamplona Bullshot'. The culinary approach to cocktails blur the traditional lines between bar and kitchen, creating a bar concept like no other.   MR PORTER - The Penthouse:   Through its unique design, central location and fully transparent nature, MR PORTER is a spectacle all by itself. The mansion, located on the 6th floor of W Amsterdam just steps away from the prestigious Dam Square, offers a peek into the kitchen with 15 seats directly situated at the kitchen counter. The catwalk-like entrance, semi-private seating as well as an unequalled rooftop terrace, highlight the shape-shifting DNA of MR PORTER. It can be light or dark, clandestine or social, classy or naughty – all or none of the above. MR PORTER is a socio-culinary roof top experience, boasting an iconic vista over the city of Amsterdam and cutting-edge dining. Designed by internationally renowned and award-winning architects Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz of BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG Architecture, this exceptional setting takes inspiration from the buildings ‘connect and exchange’ heritage moving from an introverted personalised restaurant space, to an extroverted gastronomic event that reaches out and connects with the urban sprawl around it. This duality of personal versus public, of intimate versus open is one of the undercurrents, which defines the MR PORTER experience. MR PORTER creates a sophisticated steakhouse experience redefining and challenging the traditional rules and injecting a fresh breath of vision to the Dutch dining scene. MR PORTER’s choice of cuisine, beverages, materials, textures and details pays tribute to this challenge. They are lighter in feel, leaner in detail, crisply innovative, classically smart, pushing the borders and socially enhancing; creating a contradicting spectacle of modesty.     MR PORTER | Spuistraat 175 | 1012 VN Amsterdam  mrportersteakhouse.com  info@mrportersteakhouse.com   +31 208113399

Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam
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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

Travel The three founding hotels of The Set are located in the cultural heart of their vibrant cities. They have for decades a racted people who drive change and creativity and are places where established and emerging ideas come together to shape the future. Matching the spirit and pace of contemporary life, The Set hotels are explicitly designed to enable new discoveries and to capture the hearts and minds of guests in the process. These are places people love, want to return to and to tell others about. Simply put, they are the modern grand hotels of our time.     Over 100 years ago, architect Daniel Knuttel turned to a mix of neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau principles to visually celebrate the importance of the Conservatorium building. Today, Italian architect Piero Lissoni uses a contemporary design language to complement and continue this narrative. Inside and out, a strong design aesthetic is fundamental to the Conservatorium. It actually tells its story. The building’s original function as a savings bank is apparent in the playful details so embraced by the Art Nouveau movement. There are stone pigs carved into the staircase to symbolise piggy banks; spider webs on the tiles in the shopping arcade allude to spiders trapping ies to consume later; and the tiles also portray bees, which, metaphorically, save stocks of honey for the wintertime. These elements demonstrate an attention to design detail that remains today. Italian architect and design maestro Piero Lissoni was responsible for evolving this rich design history into a contemporary space. The way he merged the 19th century edi ce by encasing its interior courtyard in glass demonstrates a seamless, innate understanding of old and new, public and private. Lissoni’s style is rich, muted and stylishly pared-back. While his vision contrasts to the decorative nature of the original 19th century edice, it brings a new mood – and a new function – to this historic landmark building.     The Conservatorium regularly collaborates with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam music school and together they started the Expression of Art Award series. Each year, students from the jazz department are invited to play at the hotel. A jury is present to announce the winner, who is awarded with a monetary fund to encourage them in their musical career. The hotel’s cultural commitment goes beyond music. It has an ever-changing roster of contemporary artists displaying their work in the hotel lobby. These artists range from emerging talent to globally established names such as Banksy and Scholten & Baijings. Local artists also decorate the Artist in Residence Suites upstairs with works. These pieces are rotated frequently and are shown alongside publications giving details. They are accompanied by a series of lectures and workshops. The permanent art collection in the hotel has been curated by architect Piero Lissoni, and includes everything from reproductions of historic Dutch masterpieces to brand new commissions inspired by the Conservatorium’s cultural and musical history.   The Conservatorium has an illustrious, century-long past where society has always gathered together. This is especially apparent today in its elegant bar and restaurants. The restaurant Taiko rede nes contemporary Asian cuisine with authentic dishes made of local, seasonal products. Taiko takes its name from the Japanese for ‘drum’, and is located in the percussion room of the old music school. For something more casual, there is the Brasserie where platters full of healthy dishes greet customers as they arrive and afternoon tea is served every day. Lastly, the Tunes Bar serves cocktails, which are best enjoyed during the weekend when the in-house DJ brings the room alive.   The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre marries innovative Western practices with ancient Eastern traditions. It boasts seven treatment rooms, including a double treatment suite, and o ers some of the nest signature spa treatments in Amsterdam. There is a private Hammam for purifying scrubs and massages. Akasha also features Amsterdam’s only Watsu pool for tailored hydro-treatments and guided meditation, as well as a large gym featuring Life Fitness equipment and private studios for yoga, pilates and more.     Located on Museumplein – Amsterdam’s historic cultural hub – the Conservatorium is surrounded by legendary artworks, ne examples of the applied arts and classical and jazz music in a set of world-famous institutions. Paintings by the Netherland’s greatest master can be found at the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum has a team of historic Dutch masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. Contemporary art is shown close by at the Stedelijk Museum and Moco Museum and opposite is the Concertgebouw, which has one of Europe’s best music programmes. This community of culture is within footsteps of the Conservatorium.     Are you planning your next trip but want maximum flexibility? With The Set Flex you can book now, but change your dates and/or destination up to two times, up to the end of 2021. Have you booked your stay at the Conservatorium Hotel, but decide to go to Paris or London after all, with The Set Flex you can change the destination and the dates easily. Furthermore, you will get 25% discount on our best available rate and you can enjoy at the relaxing environment of the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing at each of our beautifully composed properties.   We love treats - who doesn't? Book your stay with us directly or via your preferred travel advisor and we'll treat you to a €30 hotel credit (or €60 for suite bookings) to enjoy in our restaurants or spa, a guaranteed upgrade, a guaranteed early check-in and a guaranteed late check-out until 3 pm. The best offer you will find, guaranteed. T&Cs apply.   For more information and booking please visit their website: conservatoriumhotel.com The three founding hotels of The Set are located in the cultural heart of their vibrant cities. They have for decades a racted people who drive change and creativity and are places where established and emerging ideas come together to shape the future. Matching the spirit and pace of contemporary life, The Set hotels are explicitly designed to enable new discoveries and to capture the hearts and minds of guests in the process. These are places people love, want to return to and to tell others about. Simply put, they are the modern grand hotels of our time.     Over 100 years ago, architect Daniel Knuttel turned to a mix of neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau principles to visually celebrate the importance of the Conservatorium building. Today, Italian architect Piero Lissoni uses a contemporary design language to complement and continue this narrative. Inside and out, a strong design aesthetic is fundamental to the Conservatorium. It actually tells its story. The building’s original function as a savings bank is apparent in the playful details so embraced by the Art Nouveau movement. There are stone pigs carved into the staircase to symbolise piggy banks; spider webs on the tiles in the shopping arcade allude to spiders trapping ies to consume later; and the tiles also portray bees, which, metaphorically, save stocks of honey for the wintertime. These elements demonstrate an attention to design detail that remains today. Italian architect and design maestro Piero Lissoni was responsible for evolving this rich design history into a contemporary space. The way he merged the 19th century edi ce by encasing its interior courtyard in glass demonstrates a seamless, innate understanding of old and new, public and private. Lissoni’s style is rich, muted and stylishly pared-back. While his vision contrasts to the decorative nature of the original 19th century edice, it brings a new mood – and a new function – to this historic landmark building.     The Conservatorium regularly collaborates with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam music school and together they started the Expression of Art Award series. Each year, students from the jazz department are invited to play at the hotel. A jury is present to announce the winner, who is awarded with a monetary fund to encourage them in their musical career. The hotel’s cultural commitment goes beyond music. It has an ever-changing roster of contemporary artists displaying their work in the hotel lobby. These artists range from emerging talent to globally established names such as Banksy and Scholten & Baijings. Local artists also decorate the Artist in Residence Suites upstairs with works. These pieces are rotated frequently and are shown alongside publications giving details. They are accompanied by a series of lectures and workshops. The permanent art collection in the hotel has been curated by architect Piero Lissoni, and includes everything from reproductions of historic Dutch masterpieces to brand new commissions inspired by the Conservatorium’s cultural and musical history.   The Conservatorium has an illustrious, century-long past where society has always gathered together. This is especially apparent today in its elegant bar and restaurants. The restaurant Taiko rede nes contemporary Asian cuisine with authentic dishes made of local, seasonal products. Taiko takes its name from the Japanese for ‘drum’, and is located in the percussion room of the old music school. For something more casual, there is the Brasserie where platters full of healthy dishes greet customers as they arrive and afternoon tea is served every day. Lastly, the Tunes Bar serves cocktails, which are best enjoyed during the weekend when the in-house DJ brings the room alive.   The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre marries innovative Western practices with ancient Eastern traditions. It boasts seven treatment rooms, including a double treatment suite, and o ers some of the nest signature spa treatments in Amsterdam. There is a private Hammam for purifying scrubs and massages. Akasha also features Amsterdam’s only Watsu pool for tailored hydro-treatments and guided meditation, as well as a large gym featuring Life Fitness equipment and private studios for yoga, pilates and more.     Located on Museumplein – Amsterdam’s historic cultural hub – the Conservatorium is surrounded by legendary artworks, ne examples of the applied arts and classical and jazz music in a set of world-famous institutions. Paintings by the Netherland’s greatest master can be found at the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum has a team of historic Dutch masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. Contemporary art is shown close by at the Stedelijk Museum and Moco Museum and opposite is the Concertgebouw, which has one of Europe’s best music programmes. This community of culture is within footsteps of the Conservatorium.     Are you planning your next trip but want maximum flexibility? With The Set Flex you can book now, but change your dates and/or destination up to two times, up to the end of 2021. Have you booked your stay at the Conservatorium Hotel, but decide to go to Paris or London after all, with The Set Flex you can change the destination and the dates easily. Furthermore, you will get 25% discount on our best available rate and you can enjoy at the relaxing environment of the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing at each of our beautifully composed properties.   We love treats - who doesn't? Book your stay with us directly or via your preferred travel advisor and we'll treat you to a €30 hotel credit (or €60 for suite bookings) to enjoy in our restaurants or spa, a guaranteed upgrade, a guaranteed early check-in and a guaranteed late check-out until 3 pm. The best offer you will find, guaranteed. T&Cs apply.   For more information and booking please visit their website: conservatoriumhotel.com

DIESEL Presents “Unforgettable Denim”
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DIESEL Presents “Unforgettable Denim”

Fashion DIESEL announces the launch of its Fall 2020 campaign, which is rooted into one of denim’s key, longstanding elements: memory. Denim gets better with experience and becomes a sort of wearable record of the times you’ve had. The pen marks on the pocket? Doodles during a long flight to a faraway location. The scrape at the hem? From a night spent partying in Berlin. Denim collects these moments no matter what; not even 2020 can cancel a great pair of jeans.    In what has been a generation-defining year, DIESEL invites people—the world over—to celebrate the beautiful memories made in lieu of the plans that had to be put on hold, and wear these unexpected highlights with pride. For all the trips, events, parties, plans, ceremonies and more that could not take place in 2020, we are finding the opportunity to tell the surprise stories the connections that were made, the fun that was had, and the positive silver linings.    At the center of the Fall 2020 campaign is DIESEL’s new customizable denim collection. Through a special portal on www.diesel.com—and in select stores worldwide—clients will be able to personalize the leather tags on denim with something they could not participate this year. The intention is to commemorate what they did notdo, and the memory-making moments that ensued in the absence of those plans. A birthday party called off? Celebrate it by remembering it. A surf trip postponed? Create a keepsake for what might have been and use it as inspiration to plan for a later date – always with your favorite, unforgettable denim.   The platform is multi-subject: dozens of video clips, with real life anecdotes, directed by Pantera of the group Anonymous Content, will live online and on social media. Key visuals have been created by JP Bonino and will feature DIESEL watches and eyewear in addition to ready-to-wear.    The 2-month platform will follow the stories of various talents, influential figures including Evan Mock, the skateboarder and model. Normally a resident of New York City, he chose to enter isolation in Mallorca, Spain, reconnecting with nature. Julia Fox, an Italian-American actress, found unexpectedly restored love during lockdown. Donte Colley looked inward and became more active in fighting for what’s right. These individuals were photographed by RAYSCORRUPTEDMIND.   And it doesn't stop here: DIESEL is also partnering with different canceled events, like UNTOLD Festival, one of the most renowned music festivals in the world, to create a series of limited-edition denim trousers called the 2020 Fallen Edition. UNTOLD has won the award for Best Major Festival in Europe from its inception. In a “normal” year, it is visited by more than 350,000 fans from across the globe. Those fans will hold 2020’s edition in their imagination – and in a pair of customized Diesel jeans. DIESEL announces the launch of its Fall 2020 campaign, which is rooted into one of denim’s key, longstanding elements: memory. Denim gets better with experience and becomes a sort of wearable record of the times you’ve had. The pen marks on the pocket? Doodles during a long flight to a faraway location. The scrape at the hem? From a night spent partying in Berlin. Denim collects these moments no matter what; not even 2020 can cancel a great pair of jeans.    In what has been a generation-defining year, DIESEL invites people—the world over—to celebrate the beautiful memories made in lieu of the plans that had to be put on hold, and wear these unexpected highlights with pride. For all the trips, events, parties, plans, ceremonies and more that could not take place in 2020, we are finding the opportunity to tell the surprise stories the connections that were made, the fun that was had, and the positive silver linings.    At the center of the Fall 2020 campaign is DIESEL’s new customizable denim collection. Through a special portal on www.diesel.com—and in select stores worldwide—clients will be able to personalize the leather tags on denim with something they could not participate this year. The intention is to commemorate what they did notdo, and the memory-making moments that ensued in the absence of those plans. A birthday party called off? Celebrate it by remembering it. A surf trip postponed? Create a keepsake for what might have been and use it as inspiration to plan for a later date – always with your favorite, unforgettable denim.   The platform is multi-subject: dozens of video clips, with real life anecdotes, directed by Pantera of the group Anonymous Content, will live online and on social media. Key visuals have been created by JP Bonino and will feature DIESEL watches and eyewear in addition to ready-to-wear.    The 2-month platform will follow the stories of various talents, influential figures including Evan Mock, the skateboarder and model. Normally a resident of New York City, he chose to enter isolation in Mallorca, Spain, reconnecting with nature. Julia Fox, an Italian-American actress, found unexpectedly restored love during lockdown. Donte Colley looked inward and became more active in fighting for what’s right. These individuals were photographed by RAYSCORRUPTEDMIND.   And it doesn't stop here: DIESEL is also partnering with different canceled events, like UNTOLD Festival, one of the most renowned music festivals in the world, to create a series of limited-edition denim trousers called the 2020 Fallen Edition. UNTOLD has won the award for Best Major Festival in Europe from its inception. In a “normal” year, it is visited by more than 350,000 fans from across the globe. Those fans will hold 2020’s edition in their imagination – and in a pair of customized Diesel jeans.

Colmar presents its collaboration with Vision of Super
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Colmar presents its collaboration with Vision of Super

Fashion Colmar presents its collaboration with Vision of Super: a collection that will conquer the underground soul of consumers attentive to trap, rap, street and contemporary culture.   The new young capsule collection reveals the iconic Colmar jackets enhanced by the graphics that have made the success of the brand created in 2018 from an idea of Dario Pozzi.It is a total look collection, with six jackets (three with a slimmer fit for men and three puffier unisex ones) and a choice of sweatshirts (with and without a hood), t-shirts, trousers, caps and a backpack. Red,  black and white are mixed in shiny and opaque fabrics and are the core of the collection with the inevitable flame design, the distinctive sign of Vision Of Super which literally lights up the Colmar logo. The result is a definitely unique and eye-catching interpretation of the iconic “stamp”.   “With this new collaboration, we wanted to explore a world of the very young more into street and underground wear,” said Giulio Colombo, Colmar CEO with a mandate for the product.     “Colmar is a company with a history going back almost a hundred years, a strong DNA and an important heritage, for us it is extremely interesting and stimulating to work on a four-hands project with a young and new brand like Vision of Super, giving rise to a collection which reflects the perfect balance between expertise and freshness.”   “Collaborating with Colmar has been a dream that came true”, explains Dario Pozzi, founder of Vision of Super. “To create this collection, we worked in close contact, together, for more than a year. The result is a series of unique pieces, made in very high quality materials and collector-worthy, dedicated to the universe of the Millennials.”   For the occasion, Colmar and Vision of Super have created a digital photography project in collaboration with the Istituto Marangoni Milano • The School of Fashion, one of the most important fashion schools in the world, which this year celebrates 85 years of history. Cecilia Rossini, Gianluca Sacchetti and Valentina Volpe, new graduates of the Styling & Creative Direction course, have taken, together with the photographer Paolo Santambrogio, a series of high impact photos which will be visible from next October on the official social networks @colmaroriginals and @visionofsuper.     The Colmar A.G.E. x Vision of Super collection will be on sale in selected stores, in the Colmar flagship stores and online on visionofsuper.com and Colmar.it from October 2020. Colmar presents its collaboration with Vision of Super: a collection that will conquer the underground soul of consumers attentive to trap, rap, street and contemporary culture.   The new young capsule collection reveals the iconic Colmar jackets enhanced by the graphics that have made the success of the brand created in 2018 from an idea of Dario Pozzi.It is a total look collection, with six jackets (three with a slimmer fit for men and three puffier unisex ones) and a choice of sweatshirts (with and without a hood), t-shirts, trousers, caps and a backpack. Red,  black and white are mixed in shiny and opaque fabrics and are the core of the collection with the inevitable flame design, the distinctive sign of Vision Of Super which literally lights up the Colmar logo. The result is a definitely unique and eye-catching interpretation of the iconic “stamp”.   “With this new collaboration, we wanted to explore a world of the very young more into street and underground wear,” said Giulio Colombo, Colmar CEO with a mandate for the product.     “Colmar is a company with a history going back almost a hundred years, a strong DNA and an important heritage, for us it is extremely interesting and stimulating to work on a four-hands project with a young and new brand like Vision of Super, giving rise to a collection which reflects the perfect balance between expertise and freshness.”   “Collaborating with Colmar has been a dream that came true”, explains Dario Pozzi, founder of Vision of Super. “To create this collection, we worked in close contact, together, for more than a year. The result is a series of unique pieces, made in very high quality materials and collector-worthy, dedicated to the universe of the Millennials.”   For the occasion, Colmar and Vision of Super have created a digital photography project in collaboration with the Istituto Marangoni Milano • The School of Fashion, one of the most important fashion schools in the world, which this year celebrates 85 years of history. Cecilia Rossini, Gianluca Sacchetti and Valentina Volpe, new graduates of the Styling & Creative Direction course, have taken, together with the photographer Paolo Santambrogio, a series of high impact photos which will be visible from next October on the official social networks @colmaroriginals and @visionofsuper.     The Colmar A.G.E. x Vision of Super collection will be on sale in selected stores, in the Colmar flagship stores and online on visionofsuper.com and Colmar.it from October 2020.

Digital cover story with actress KAT GRAHAM
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Digital cover story with actress KAT GRAHAM

Fashion Kat Graham, whose breakout role was staring as Bonnie Bennett in the hit tv show ”The Vampire Diaries”, is a Swiss-born American actress, singer, dancer, producer and humanitarian. She started her career at the early age of five, released her own music working with music titans Babyface and Prince, been involved in fashion and is an advocate for human rights, focusing on the refugee crisis with the UNHCR. Since becoming a teen idol on the show, Graham has gone on to films like ”How It Ends” alongside Forest Whitaker, ”Cut Throat City” alongside Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes, and making history as the worlds first African-American April O'Neil in the ”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series.      Exclusive digital cover story was captured by photographer Filip Koludrovic in Italy.   We had a delight speaking with Kat:   Kat, fans mostly know you through your work on ”The Vampire Diaries”. How has this role changed your career?    The role really gave me a platform internationally. It felt like Boot Camp honestly. We were doing 22 episodes a year for eight years. It was the hardest I have ever had to work on anything at that age. Right before booking the show I was touring with Will.i.am and The Black Eyed Peas. I definitely didn't think that my break was necessarily going to come from acting even though I had been acting longer than anything at that point. From that show, I was able to reach so many fans internationally, that I might not have had otherwise. I'm truly grateful for that experience. I learned so much about my craft, and also about my space in that show and the world as the only African-American in the cast.      You've been working with Dior as one of the faces of their campaign for their new series ”What's Ladylike” of their signature Lady Dior Bag. The series explores the diverse definitions and manifestations of a lady. How would you sum up this partnership?   Dior has always been a brand to me that represents strong women. Maria constantly pushes the boundaries on what is lady like? What is feminine? Who are we in our true essence? From pairing boots with skirts, to embracing African culture from hair to fabrics, Dior is truly a house of diversity and acceptance. I'm lucky and fiercely loyal to those women and that brand, because of who they are and what they represent for all women.      You've worked on PSA short film ”At Risk Youth” for Black Lives Matter 2 years ago, which landed you an Emmy nomination. The Black Lives matter movement is now more relevant and important than ever. What's your view on all that's been going on regarding this in 2020?   The murder of so many African-Americans by police forces in America is not only heartbreaking but a symptom of a deeply rooted system of injustice and discrimination in our society.  First, as an African-American actress in Hollywood, it is incredibly unfortunate and wildly oppressive that many black actors and actresses, such as myself, still to this day experience tokenism, marginalization, and are written without three-dimensional development that is so freely given to their white co-stars. It's infuriating and unacceptable. I deeply understand how important the black narrative is on film and television, as well as in music, which is why I have made the decisions that I have made in the past few years that support those narratives and have consciously chosen to not engage in projects and or with people that don't fit within that agenda.  More importantly, I want to focus on the issue at hand - end police brutality – and work through the many layers of racism that plague our society. Black lives are on the line. Right now, I want to use my voice to raise awareness for Breonna, George, Ahmaud and the many men and women who desperately need their stories told. We cannot take our focus off of this until meaningful change comes. I also want to focus my efforts on promoting solutions, such as investing in new approaches to community safety and holding officials accountable.      You're a strong advocate for human rights. You're a supporter of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees. What does supporting the UNHCR mean to you?   My father is eight generations Liberian. During the Liberian Civil War, my grandfather was lined up on the beach to be shot by the Charles Taylor regime. My mother is Russo-Polish, whose family fled Europe and the Holocaust. I'm half African, and half Ashkenazi, with my family living in Israel.  People who've had to find refuge in other countries in order to live a better life are prevalent in my family's history. As a result, I've made it my life mission to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees across the world. Worldwide, almost 80 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict, persecution and human rights violations. Of those, 26 million are refugees. This is why in 2013, I joined the UNHCR - The UN refugee agency - as a High-Profile Supporter.  In the last few years, I met with Syrian refugees at the Za'atari camp in Jordan. I travelled along the Guatemala-Mexico border where I met women, children and families forced to flee their own countries to escape extreme gang violence. I visited with Somali refugees at the Melkadida camp in southern Ethiopia and travelled to Nakivale in Uganda. In all the time I was there, I met incredibly resolute, resourceful, graceful and smart people. All they wanted was the chance to stand on their own feet and show the world they had the strength to survive and to thrive. I want to give these people a voice and a chance to fulfill their potential.      In August, your action heist thriller ”Cut Throat City”, starring also Terrence Howard, Eiza Gonzalez and Wesley Snipes, finally premiered. Tell us more about this film.   ”Cut Throat City” isa film directed by RZA. I played Demyra in the film, the wife of Blink who is a struggling artist that sets out to carry out a heist with his friends, after the government neglects the 9th ward community post Hurricane Katrina. I really loved working on this film and it is probably the coolest project that I've done up-to-date.      What's next for you in film and TV?   My next film is Netflix‘s ”Operation Christmas Drop” out in November. I play a congressional aid that gets sent to the Anderson Air Force Base to shut down their mission. Fun fact, this is actually a real mission that the base does every year and is the longest running humanitarian airlift in the world to this day. This is my fourth Netflix project in the three years that I've done since wrapping TVD. I really love being a part of that family. Netflix does an incredible job of fighting for inclusion and uplifting and elevating Black talent across the board.      What do you hope to see come from the work you are doing?   I hope that through my work, whether taking photos, being in film and TV and what I've been focusing on in 2020 (which has me producing and co-founding of the Modern Nirvana wellness group), I'm able to bring empowerment and healing to the world. I hope that I'm able to give a voice to the voiceless and do it in a really creative and enlightening way, that brings more compassion and understanding to the world.      TEAM CREDITS: PHOTO AND ART DIRECTION: FILIP KOLUDROVIC STYLING : MARCO DE LUCIA @ LUISAVIAROMA HAIR AND MAKE UP: ELISA RAMPI PRODUCTION: FEDERICA FRAGNOLI @LUISAVIAROMA ALL FASHION: @LUISAVIAROMA SPECIAL THANKS TO CRISTIANA CANOSA @ COMUNE DI ORTONA A MARE (CH) FOR THE LOCATIONS EDITOR: TIMOTEJ LETONJA Kat Graham, whose breakout role was staring as Bonnie Bennett in the hit tv show ”The Vampire Diaries”, is a Swiss-born American actress, singer, dancer, producer and humanitarian. She started her career at the early age of five, released her own music working with music titans Babyface and Prince, been involved in fashion and is an advocate for human rights, focusing on the refugee crisis with the UNHCR. Since becoming a teen idol on the show, Graham has gone on to films like ”How It Ends” alongside Forest Whitaker, ”Cut Throat City” alongside Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes, and making history as the worlds first African-American April O'Neil in the ”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series.      Exclusive digital cover story was captured by photographer Filip Koludrovic in Italy.   We had a delight speaking with Kat:   Kat, fans mostly know you through your work on ”The Vampire Diaries”. How has this role changed your career?    The role really gave me a platform internationally. It felt like Boot Camp honestly. We were doing 22 episodes a year for eight years. It was the hardest I have ever had to work on anything at that age. Right before booking the show I was touring with Will.i.am and The Black Eyed Peas. I definitely didn't think that my break was necessarily going to come from acting even though I had been acting longer than anything at that point. From that show, I was able to reach so many fans internationally, that I might not have had otherwise. I'm truly grateful for that experience. I learned so much about my craft, and also about my space in that show and the world as the only African-American in the cast.      You've been working with Dior as one of the faces of their campaign for their new series ”What's Ladylike” of their signature Lady Dior Bag. The series explores the diverse definitions and manifestations of a lady. How would you sum up this partnership?   Dior has always been a brand to me that represents strong women. Maria constantly pushes the boundaries on what is lady like? What is feminine? Who are we in our true essence? From pairing boots with skirts, to embracing African culture from hair to fabrics, Dior is truly a house of diversity and acceptance. I'm lucky and fiercely loyal to those women and that brand, because of who they are and what they represent for all women.      You've worked on PSA short film ”At Risk Youth” for Black Lives Matter 2 years ago, which landed you an Emmy nomination. The Black Lives matter movement is now more relevant and important than ever. What's your view on all that's been going on regarding this in 2020?   The murder of so many African-Americans by police forces in America is not only heartbreaking but a symptom of a deeply rooted system of injustice and discrimination in our society.  First, as an African-American actress in Hollywood, it is incredibly unfortunate and wildly oppressive that many black actors and actresses, such as myself, still to this day experience tokenism, marginalization, and are written without three-dimensional development that is so freely given to their white co-stars. It's infuriating and unacceptable. I deeply understand how important the black narrative is on film and television, as well as in music, which is why I have made the decisions that I have made in the past few years that support those narratives and have consciously chosen to not engage in projects and or with people that don't fit within that agenda.  More importantly, I want to focus on the issue at hand - end police brutality – and work through the many layers of racism that plague our society. Black lives are on the line. Right now, I want to use my voice to raise awareness for Breonna, George, Ahmaud and the many men and women who desperately need their stories told. We cannot take our focus off of this until meaningful change comes. I also want to focus my efforts on promoting solutions, such as investing in new approaches to community safety and holding officials accountable.      You're a strong advocate for human rights. You're a supporter of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees. What does supporting the UNHCR mean to you?   My father is eight generations Liberian. During the Liberian Civil War, my grandfather was lined up on the beach to be shot by the Charles Taylor regime. My mother is Russo-Polish, whose family fled Europe and the Holocaust. I'm half African, and half Ashkenazi, with my family living in Israel.  People who've had to find refuge in other countries in order to live a better life are prevalent in my family's history. As a result, I've made it my life mission to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees across the world. Worldwide, almost 80 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict, persecution and human rights violations. Of those, 26 million are refugees. This is why in 2013, I joined the UNHCR - The UN refugee agency - as a High-Profile Supporter.  In the last few years, I met with Syrian refugees at the Za'atari camp in Jordan. I travelled along the Guatemala-Mexico border where I met women, children and families forced to flee their own countries to escape extreme gang violence. I visited with Somali refugees at the Melkadida camp in southern Ethiopia and travelled to Nakivale in Uganda. In all the time I was there, I met incredibly resolute, resourceful, graceful and smart people. All they wanted was the chance to stand on their own feet and show the world they had the strength to survive and to thrive. I want to give these people a voice and a chance to fulfill their potential.      In August, your action heist thriller ”Cut Throat City”, starring also Terrence Howard, Eiza Gonzalez and Wesley Snipes, finally premiered. Tell us more about this film.   ”Cut Throat City” isa film directed by RZA. I played Demyra in the film, the wife of Blink who is a struggling artist that sets out to carry out a heist with his friends, after the government neglects the 9th ward community post Hurricane Katrina. I really loved working on this film and it is probably the coolest project that I've done up-to-date.      What's next for you in film and TV?   My next film is Netflix‘s ”Operation Christmas Drop” out in November. I play a congressional aid that gets sent to the Anderson Air Force Base to shut down their mission. Fun fact, this is actually a real mission that the base does every year and is the longest running humanitarian airlift in the world to this day. This is my fourth Netflix project in the three years that I've done since wrapping TVD. I really love being a part of that family. Netflix does an incredible job of fighting for inclusion and uplifting and elevating Black talent across the board.      What do you hope to see come from the work you are doing?   I hope that through my work, whether taking photos, being in film and TV and what I've been focusing on in 2020 (which has me producing and co-founding of the Modern Nirvana wellness group), I'm able to bring empowerment and healing to the world. I hope that I'm able to give a voice to the voiceless and do it in a really creative and enlightening way, that brings more compassion and understanding to the world.      TEAM CREDITS: PHOTO AND ART DIRECTION: FILIP KOLUDROVIC STYLING : MARCO DE LUCIA @ LUISAVIAROMA HAIR AND MAKE UP: ELISA RAMPI PRODUCTION: FEDERICA FRAGNOLI @LUISAVIAROMA ALL FASHION: @LUISAVIAROMA SPECIAL THANKS TO CRISTIANA CANOSA @ COMUNE DI ORTONA A MARE (CH) FOR THE LOCATIONS EDITOR: TIMOTEJ LETONJA

The new Apple Watch in collaboration with Hermès
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The new Apple Watch in collaboration with Hermès

Watches This autumn, Hermès and Apple are evolving their collaboration, which began in 2015 with the rst Apple Watch Hermès. Combining Apple’s technological expertise with Hermès’ watchmaking iconography and exquisite craftsmanship, Apple Watch Hermès Series 6 embodies functionality, ingenuity, connectivity and design, with a new and fully customisable Hermès Circulaire watch face hosting numerous complications to support every lifestyle.     A new colour palette for straps: Hermès, the artisan of colour, has imagined a new palette of shades for the single tour straps of Apple Watch Hermès Series 6. The bright tones of piment, orange, ambre, bambou, navy and anémone transform this iconic object.   A new design, Hermès Attelage: Named Hermès Attelage in reference to equestrian harnesses, re ecting the house’s heritage, this new model in the Apple Watch Hermès collection features a strap whose redesigned attachment extends above the case. By playing with proportion, it reveals the Hermès double tour extra-slim or single tour straps in fauve Barénia calfskin, reasserting all the uniqueness of the object.   Apple Watch Hermès Series 6 will be available to pre-order on hermes.com and apple.com from 15 September, with availability in selected Hermès and Apple stores in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK and the US from 18 September. This autumn, Hermès and Apple are evolving their collaboration, which began in 2015 with the rst Apple Watch Hermès. Combining Apple’s technological expertise with Hermès’ watchmaking iconography and exquisite craftsmanship, Apple Watch Hermès Series 6 embodies functionality, ingenuity, connectivity and design, with a new and fully customisable Hermès Circulaire watch face hosting numerous complications to support every lifestyle.     A new colour palette for straps: Hermès, the artisan of colour, has imagined a new palette of shades for the single tour straps of Apple Watch Hermès Series 6. The bright tones of piment, orange, ambre, bambou, navy and anémone transform this iconic object.   A new design, Hermès Attelage: Named Hermès Attelage in reference to equestrian harnesses, re ecting the house’s heritage, this new model in the Apple Watch Hermès collection features a strap whose redesigned attachment extends above the case. By playing with proportion, it reveals the Hermès double tour extra-slim or single tour straps in fauve Barénia calfskin, reasserting all the uniqueness of the object.   Apple Watch Hermès Series 6 will be available to pre-order on hermes.com and apple.com from 15 September, with availability in selected Hermès and Apple stores in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK and the US from 18 September.

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