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At home with Pietro Boselli
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At home with Pietro Boselli

Men Italian born Pietro Boselli started his modeling career early, becoming the face of Armani Junior at an early age. Throughout his career, Pietro has been a favorite of Giorgio Armani, shooting campaigns for its underwear and sportswear line, as well as campaigns with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a delight speaking with Pietro during quarantine time.    Who are you and what is your profession ?   I made my life about versatility and exploring different talents at the same time. I have been a model practically all my life, since I was 6 years old. So, I would definitely define myself as a model. But for many years I didn’t really think about it. I always loved learning and studying. In school already, and then at university. I studied engineering at UCL, and I was so crazy about it. I had the highest grades in the whole faculty. It is difficult to understand how hard I worked. I really belonged to academia.  Then I started my PhD, and I became a lecturer of mathematics at age 21. I wasn’t there just to get a degree; I was there because that’s who I was. My life was all about work and training, and the precision of engineering. I used to swim, run, cycle, lift weights, twice or even three times a day, and still pack in 10-12 hours a day of research work or study. Funnily enough, I did not have social media, I was kind of against it, I thought of it as a waste of time. Then, because of the many fake pages using my modelling pictures, my friends at dinner set up an Instagram for me and suggested I give it a go. Few months later, I was an “influencer”. It took me a while to transition, as I had just finished my PhD and was still teaching. But it opened so many new doors, and I’m now so glad to have such a platform. I travel, I meet creatives. It broadens my perspectives. I am glad I could do both engineering and modelling, it made me into who I am. So, it is difficult to pinpoint what my job is. “Model, engineer, fitness athlete, influencer”?    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? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion will definitely be affected in the short to medium term, as it is linked to the current zeitgeist of the moment, and to people’s needs, and most importantly it will be impacted by the economic climate, as it is a big industry. In the long term, fashion is here to stay, it is a way in which we express ourselves as individuals and a society, it will be shaped differently as trends and beauty standards change, as we become more aware of sustainability, but in general things will bounce back. It is the nature of progress, it is not a straight line, there are occasional setback, and as humanity we can only learn, adapt and improve.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I believe in adapting and making the most of any situation, and this quarantine was the perfect occasion for me to sit down and work on so many things that were latent due to my “normal” schedule, which included a lot of travel. I actually am very happy and productive in my own company, and I get more creative when I have time to sit and think. I have been reading, writing, planning new content for my platforms, a lot of which will be educational. I have been working out every day, cooking, and talking to people on the phone, I love that everyone is now available.    What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modelling?   My first job was an Armani Junior campaign in 1995. I still remember the first “casting”, I had to try on some t-shirts and take some polaroids. I also remember being introduced to Mr Armani who, to 6-year-old me, was just a kind gentleman with white hair sitting at a large table with some people in a meeting room.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It is as minimal as it gets, I literally brush my teeth, shave and shower, trying to keep products to a minimum. I like a good shave gel, but nothing more. Let the skin and hair do their thing and be nourished from the inside.  I work out every day so I already shower once or twice a day, water should be slightly warm or sometimes cold. Nothing else.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   More than a new thing, it was a rediscovery. For years I have been working independently on my PhD, which is practically like being quarantined: hours upon hours of unsupervised work. It was good to see I have still got it in me. I always wake up early and I am very disciplined, I get ready, my house is spotless, and I can focus on anything I want to do with my day. I think the new thing now is that I am a bit more relaxed. I appreciate time off, just thinking, meditating, creating ideas.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.    I never make posts on my social media about food or what I eat (perhaps because I cannot see one more post about people’s food, I really don’t care). However, food is probably my number one pleasure in life. Even more than training, and that is saying a lot. I cook so much, and I always cook for my friends. I learned at a young age from my mother, she’s obsessed with cooking. And I guess I am too.    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 have been really craving to take my motorbike and go on a long trip somewhere. I love road trips, it is my favourite form of travel, whether by car or motorbike. I don’t think we will suddenly be allowed to go far. But I guess I could start from here in England, perhaps ride to the coast, see the ocean. Something easy.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    I listen to a lot of minimal techno music, for focus and meditation, I have made a playlist called “1 trip” on Spotify you can check it out. I also listen to rock music, like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin and metal music, like Metallica. One song I am learning on the guitar right now is “Pneuma” by Tool, which is contemporary metal.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   In all honesty, the first thing is I pick up my phone, check IG to see what my friends are up to or Twitter for news. It is a new quarantine habit. I put some music on, I eat something, and I get ready, like always. Before going to bed, I also put on music. Lights are off in the house, but music still playing. Such an important component of my day.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    I have been only once, I was riding my motorbike around Europe, I had to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich (this was years ago, this ferry no longer exists). And I had a few hours to wait so decided to see Amsterdam, but it was too short. But Holland seems like a pretty country, I’ve crossed it a few times. And I really like the people and the mentality.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   Working out means a lot to me. It is an essential part of my life and of who I am. It always has been. Right now, I train in my home gym, I have a squat rack and a bench, I think it is the most important piece of equipment. I also train at the park; I have a big tractor tire that I pull as a sled. It is a very intense training. Being in shape is great, and most importantly my mind is sharper, and my mood lifted after each and every workout.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   So difficult to answer this, I love art and I have so many paintings I like. I have spent many years working on really specialised engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematics. So, I used to go to a gallery as often as twice a week, to disconnect from the science and enjoy the art. Life is about balance. So indirectly, a lot of my work is influenced by art and also architecture and poetry. If I had to recommend one paining on the top of my head, that you can see in London after quarantine, is a set of 6 paintings by Rothko at the Tate Modern (they take up a whole room). These must be seen in real life to be appreciated, like all abstract expressionism. It is about their size and how they change the ambiance of a room.    What inspired you to start your own clothing line called Petra?   I wanted to combine all the different aspects of my life into a brand: fashion, fitness and engineering, with a spirit of adventure and of course, sustainability. I engineer all the garments myself combining technicality and aesthetics, and they are made in Italy to the highest specifications and with state-of-the-art sustainable technical fabrics. If there is a product that encapsulates who I am, this is it.  Italian born Pietro Boselli started his modeling career early, becoming the face of Armani Junior at an early age. Throughout his career, Pietro has been a favorite of Giorgio Armani, shooting campaigns for its underwear and sportswear line, as well as campaigns with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a delight speaking with Pietro during quarantine time.    Who are you and what is your profession ?   I made my life about versatility and exploring different talents at the same time. I have been a model practically all my life, since I was 6 years old. So, I would definitely define myself as a model. But for many years I didn’t really think about it. I always loved learning and studying. In school already, and then at university. I studied engineering at UCL, and I was so crazy about it. I had the highest grades in the whole faculty. It is difficult to understand how hard I worked. I really belonged to academia.  Then I started my PhD, and I became a lecturer of mathematics at age 21. I wasn’t there just to get a degree; I was there because that’s who I was. My life was all about work and training, and the precision of engineering. I used to swim, run, cycle, lift weights, twice or even three times a day, and still pack in 10-12 hours a day of research work or study. Funnily enough, I did not have social media, I was kind of against it, I thought of it as a waste of time. Then, because of the many fake pages using my modelling pictures, my friends at dinner set up an Instagram for me and suggested I give it a go. Few months later, I was an “influencer”. It took me a while to transition, as I had just finished my PhD and was still teaching. But it opened so many new doors, and I’m now so glad to have such a platform. I travel, I meet creatives. It broadens my perspectives. I am glad I could do both engineering and modelling, it made me into who I am. So, it is difficult to pinpoint what my job is. “Model, engineer, fitness athlete, influencer”?    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? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion will definitely be affected in the short to medium term, as it is linked to the current zeitgeist of the moment, and to people’s needs, and most importantly it will be impacted by the economic climate, as it is a big industry. In the long term, fashion is here to stay, it is a way in which we express ourselves as individuals and a society, it will be shaped differently as trends and beauty standards change, as we become more aware of sustainability, but in general things will bounce back. It is the nature of progress, it is not a straight line, there are occasional setback, and as humanity we can only learn, adapt and improve.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I believe in adapting and making the most of any situation, and this quarantine was the perfect occasion for me to sit down and work on so many things that were latent due to my “normal” schedule, which included a lot of travel. I actually am very happy and productive in my own company, and I get more creative when I have time to sit and think. I have been reading, writing, planning new content for my platforms, a lot of which will be educational. I have been working out every day, cooking, and talking to people on the phone, I love that everyone is now available.    What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modelling?   My first job was an Armani Junior campaign in 1995. I still remember the first “casting”, I had to try on some t-shirts and take some polaroids. I also remember being introduced to Mr Armani who, to 6-year-old me, was just a kind gentleman with white hair sitting at a large table with some people in a meeting room.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It is as minimal as it gets, I literally brush my teeth, shave and shower, trying to keep products to a minimum. I like a good shave gel, but nothing more. Let the skin and hair do their thing and be nourished from the inside.  I work out every day so I already shower once or twice a day, water should be slightly warm or sometimes cold. Nothing else.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   More than a new thing, it was a rediscovery. For years I have been working independently on my PhD, which is practically like being quarantined: hours upon hours of unsupervised work. It was good to see I have still got it in me. I always wake up early and I am very disciplined, I get ready, my house is spotless, and I can focus on anything I want to do with my day. I think the new thing now is that I am a bit more relaxed. I appreciate time off, just thinking, meditating, creating ideas.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.    I never make posts on my social media about food or what I eat (perhaps because I cannot see one more post about people’s food, I really don’t care). However, food is probably my number one pleasure in life. Even more than training, and that is saying a lot. I cook so much, and I always cook for my friends. I learned at a young age from my mother, she’s obsessed with cooking. And I guess I am too.    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 have been really craving to take my motorbike and go on a long trip somewhere. I love road trips, it is my favourite form of travel, whether by car or motorbike. I don’t think we will suddenly be allowed to go far. But I guess I could start from here in England, perhaps ride to the coast, see the ocean. Something easy.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    I listen to a lot of minimal techno music, for focus and meditation, I have made a playlist called “1 trip” on Spotify you can check it out. I also listen to rock music, like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin and metal music, like Metallica. One song I am learning on the guitar right now is “Pneuma” by Tool, which is contemporary metal.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   In all honesty, the first thing is I pick up my phone, check IG to see what my friends are up to or Twitter for news. It is a new quarantine habit. I put some music on, I eat something, and I get ready, like always. Before going to bed, I also put on music. Lights are off in the house, but music still playing. Such an important component of my day.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    I have been only once, I was riding my motorbike around Europe, I had to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich (this was years ago, this ferry no longer exists). And I had a few hours to wait so decided to see Amsterdam, but it was too short. But Holland seems like a pretty country, I’ve crossed it a few times. And I really like the people and the mentality.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   Working out means a lot to me. It is an essential part of my life and of who I am. It always has been. Right now, I train in my home gym, I have a squat rack and a bench, I think it is the most important piece of equipment. I also train at the park; I have a big tractor tire that I pull as a sled. It is a very intense training. Being in shape is great, and most importantly my mind is sharper, and my mood lifted after each and every workout.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   So difficult to answer this, I love art and I have so many paintings I like. I have spent many years working on really specialised engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematics. So, I used to go to a gallery as often as twice a week, to disconnect from the science and enjoy the art. Life is about balance. So indirectly, a lot of my work is influenced by art and also architecture and poetry. If I had to recommend one paining on the top of my head, that you can see in London after quarantine, is a set of 6 paintings by Rothko at the Tate Modern (they take up a whole room). These must be seen in real life to be appreciated, like all abstract expressionism. It is about their size and how they change the ambiance of a room.    What inspired you to start your own clothing line called Petra?   I wanted to combine all the different aspects of my life into a brand: fashion, fitness and engineering, with a spirit of adventure and of course, sustainability. I engineer all the garments myself combining technicality and aesthetics, and they are made in Italy to the highest specifications and with state-of-the-art sustainable technical fabrics. If there is a product that encapsulates who I am, this is it. 

SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE  ‘NOSES ELBOWS AND KNEES’
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SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE ‘NOSES ELBOWS AND KNEES’

Art On May 18TH, the prestigious book curated by Neville Wake eld ‘Noses Elbows and Knees’ by Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari will be exclusively available for a pre-order in Paris and Los Angeles stores.   Published at the end of 2017, the book includes the works exhibited at Half Gallery, New York (Noses Elbows And Knees exhibition, 14 December 2017 - 20 January 2018). A project under the curatorship of Neville Wake eld in New York.   The artist John Baldessari was famous for his paintings of body parts on photographs, a pinch towards Hollywood culture with his signature being the elements of color. The photographer, Mario Sorrenti, in the 90s, reinterpreted beauty photographs by questioning conventions. Together they wanted to deconstruct familiar representations by stripping off clothes and codes of society, trough fashion, collage and photography.   The book includes a certifcate of authenticity signed by Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari. On May 18TH, the prestigious book curated by Neville Wake eld ‘Noses Elbows and Knees’ by Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari will be exclusively available for a pre-order in Paris and Los Angeles stores.   Published at the end of 2017, the book includes the works exhibited at Half Gallery, New York (Noses Elbows And Knees exhibition, 14 December 2017 - 20 January 2018). A project under the curatorship of Neville Wake eld in New York.   The artist John Baldessari was famous for his paintings of body parts on photographs, a pinch towards Hollywood culture with his signature being the elements of color. The photographer, Mario Sorrenti, in the 90s, reinterpreted beauty photographs by questioning conventions. Together they wanted to deconstruct familiar representations by stripping off clothes and codes of society, trough fashion, collage and photography.   The book includes a certifcate of authenticity signed by Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari.

In conversation with Raoul Fokke
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In conversation with Raoul Fokke

Travel Recently we had a chance to speak with the founder of Act of Travel Raoul Fokke about the current situation with traveling and about his newly launched company.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)? Born in Amsterdam and raised globally. 30 years young and have always had a passion for hospitality which was ignited during one of the many travels with my parents. It was one particular trip; I was having breakfast with my parents in the hotel and the General Manager passed by our table, he did this with such grace and personality that I decided there and then  that I wanted to have his job at some point in life, to convey that same feeling and experience to people that I had there that very moment.  Fast forward 20 years later, having worked in several hotels for a couple of years including larger brands such as Fairmont Raffles & Swissotel (FRHI) and the luxury division of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. I founded Act Of Travel with a mission to design bespoke travel experiences for the modern and cultured traveller – we are not for tourists.   As a “travel designer” we are moving away from the traditional travel agent. The fact that we are not steered by commissions from hotels, airlines etc. enables us to be completely serve our clients unbiased, resulting in a truly curated and tailor-made travel experience. All our clients are unique individuals and so should be their travel experiences. Because of my background in the hospitality world, I built a large and personal network that my clients benefit from. Concrete this means; that if I book my clients into a Lodge at Awasi Iguazu (Argentina) – they receive benefits such as complimentary upgrades, property credit, breakfast and a VIP treatment, simply because the Director is a personal  contact.  Lastly we offer concierge level service also during the trip itself. Need a last-minute appointment at Bona Capello in Japan to design a custom made hat? We take care of it…     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the travel industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of travel? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? The travel industry knows many layers – thus focussing on the individual leisure traveller. Short-term, the industry will have to focus on domestic travel and experiences. Client are going to want to take on short and local escapes to substitute not being able to travel abroad. Talking to our personal clients there trips will be mostly focussed on reconnecting with close friends and making sure that these escapes are meaningful.  As the borders gradually open up, the majority of travellers will stick to their own continent until there is a vaccine available. The travel experience is going to change in the sense that hygiene is becoming as much of an important topic as safety. Whereas we introduced intense security procedures after 9/11, we now will have to get used to intense hygiene related procedures during our travels.  As a luxury travel agency we are constantly evaluating what “luxury” means to our client base. With the impact of Covid-19 we believe that “Privacy” is going to be a key point for our clients. Think; private yet serviced accommodations, private experiences and private travel. Also people want to visually see that you are taking hygiene serious. Where in the past you would hardly see a cleaner walking around the hallways of the hotels, these exact staff members will now be put in the spotlight of the hospitality operation.  In conclusion, people are explorers and they will want to travel. However there will be more focus on transformative and conscious travel experience where people actually add something to local communities and the environment at the same time making sure that they draw new inspiration and perspectives from their trip.       How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? The majority of my clients are extremely eager to continue travel, so we are already talking about 2021 trips which gives some perspective. At the same time, I am keeping close touch with them by asking probing questions about their condition and state of mind related to travel in order to continue offering value whenever we are able to move around the world again. I don’t think that this situation is a reason to stop creating, it is actually a great time in history to sit focus and create without too many distractions.  At the same time I try to find balance; working on future experiences and also simply taking time to disconnect and define what position my company will have in the new normal.    What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that? One of my passions is to bring like minded people together; and travel is a strong tool to do so. I was planning to launch “AOT Adventures” which is something I will still do. These are short road trips (max 6 people)  themed around craftmanship and taste makers within the creative industry. These trips would not take more than 3 days and are naturally completely catered and curated by Act of Travel. Purpose here is to bring people together, to create new bonds and share quality time together.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? Everything I do is very much design-led including my branding and the platforms we are on. I am quite particular about that.. therefore took an InDesign and Photoshop class as a starting point, just so I can exactly translate my branding ideas into graphics amongst others.    Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).  That I LOVE to sing, used to sing in a choir and miss it tremendously actually. Put me in any impromptu jamming session and I will be in right in my element.    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? There are two spots I want to go to (can’t pick)  I had planned a getaway with friends in April to Belgium. We would first visit a wine domain called “Valke Vleug” which is designed by architect Vincent van Duysen and then spend a night or two in The Bunkers, which is a modern farm house on the seaside of Belgium. The Farmhouse is set on a green pasture overlooking bunkers from WWI & WWII. Just like my clients I want to make sure that my trips are spend with friends to re-connect in person and to make sure it is meaningful.  After that I cannot wait to travel to Latin America as planned to further explore Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Mostly excited to experience Patagonia and to explore the village of Barichara in Colombia. This village is known as an icon for beautiful arts and crafts. The former president spent his last years in this village and was known for his love of culture.      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 literally sit in a rocking chair for 10 minutes and stare outside. It helps me to pass through the random thoughts so I can stay focussed the rest of the day.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  At the moment it’s a painting made by Marcel Pinas. The art piece is very colourful with various shapes displayed next to each other.  Guess why it speaks to me is because it translates to travel so well.. when you travel you learn how to appreciate new cultures, people in all shapes, sizes and colours.    Tell us about ACT OF TRAVEL. What made you start it and what is the story behind the brand?  I felt within my own network there was a need for trusted curation when it comes to travel. There is so much information available on the internet that it is difficult to determine whether a certain travel experience fits your personality and travel style… and not everyone has time to conduct such extensive research. A traditional travel agency that sells travel packages does not comply to my client’s need in a world where everything is custom made and intuitive.  We basically bridge that gap and offer human curation whilst  making use of technology, ensuring that whatever experience we come up with fits your travel style. Our network of clients are like minded, modern travellers. Lots of them are active in the creative industries or are top athletes and they require a certain level of understanding.    How do you think traveling will pick-up after COVID-19?  As mentioned before travel will pick up in phases as borders gradually open up. Especially in early stages people will be more drawn to go on a road trip by car to avoid being in crowded places such as airports and airplanes.  However as history shows… us humans are forgetful and we are explorers by nature. Therefore I expect that the level of travel will be back in years – however with a changed mentality (which I touched on earlier too )   What is your favourite place you have traveled to so far and why?  I am all about nature when it comes to personal travel. One spot comes to mind which is the west side of Norway. I have a friend who owns a cabin in the middle of the mountains overlooking a major Fjord. I spent three days in that cabin and there was not a person in sight! I absolutely loved it.  That entire west -coast is just magical to drive along, I was constantly in awe by the beauty of nature.     Tell me about some must visit places you would definitely recommend to our readers.  I am all about private escapes these days so here is my top three: Harlosh  on the Isle of Skye – a modern hide away on a beautiful island. Step out your door to spot otters, dolphin’s and even an odd sheep or two.  Zanier Lodge in Sonop, Namibia – spectacular views over the dessert from your luxurious tented camp completely design in British colonial style.  Buahjar  in Sicily – Minimalistic house set in the mountains of Sicily working with fresh produce and I just love all the details of the house.        photos by Jan Jelle de Boer   https://www.act-of-travel.com/   Recently we had a chance to speak with the founder of Act of Travel Raoul Fokke about the current situation with traveling and about his newly launched company.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)? Born in Amsterdam and raised globally. 30 years young and have always had a passion for hospitality which was ignited during one of the many travels with my parents. It was one particular trip; I was having breakfast with my parents in the hotel and the General Manager passed by our table, he did this with such grace and personality that I decided there and then  that I wanted to have his job at some point in life, to convey that same feeling and experience to people that I had there that very moment.  Fast forward 20 years later, having worked in several hotels for a couple of years including larger brands such as Fairmont Raffles & Swissotel (FRHI) and the luxury division of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. I founded Act Of Travel with a mission to design bespoke travel experiences for the modern and cultured traveller – we are not for tourists.   As a “travel designer” we are moving away from the traditional travel agent. The fact that we are not steered by commissions from hotels, airlines etc. enables us to be completely serve our clients unbiased, resulting in a truly curated and tailor-made travel experience. All our clients are unique individuals and so should be their travel experiences. Because of my background in the hospitality world, I built a large and personal network that my clients benefit from. Concrete this means; that if I book my clients into a Lodge at Awasi Iguazu (Argentina) – they receive benefits such as complimentary upgrades, property credit, breakfast and a VIP treatment, simply because the Director is a personal  contact.  Lastly we offer concierge level service also during the trip itself. Need a last-minute appointment at Bona Capello in Japan to design a custom made hat? We take care of it…     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the travel industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of travel? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? The travel industry knows many layers – thus focussing on the individual leisure traveller. Short-term, the industry will have to focus on domestic travel and experiences. Client are going to want to take on short and local escapes to substitute not being able to travel abroad. Talking to our personal clients there trips will be mostly focussed on reconnecting with close friends and making sure that these escapes are meaningful.  As the borders gradually open up, the majority of travellers will stick to their own continent until there is a vaccine available. The travel experience is going to change in the sense that hygiene is becoming as much of an important topic as safety. Whereas we introduced intense security procedures after 9/11, we now will have to get used to intense hygiene related procedures during our travels.  As a luxury travel agency we are constantly evaluating what “luxury” means to our client base. With the impact of Covid-19 we believe that “Privacy” is going to be a key point for our clients. Think; private yet serviced accommodations, private experiences and private travel. Also people want to visually see that you are taking hygiene serious. Where in the past you would hardly see a cleaner walking around the hallways of the hotels, these exact staff members will now be put in the spotlight of the hospitality operation.  In conclusion, people are explorers and they will want to travel. However there will be more focus on transformative and conscious travel experience where people actually add something to local communities and the environment at the same time making sure that they draw new inspiration and perspectives from their trip.       How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? The majority of my clients are extremely eager to continue travel, so we are already talking about 2021 trips which gives some perspective. At the same time, I am keeping close touch with them by asking probing questions about their condition and state of mind related to travel in order to continue offering value whenever we are able to move around the world again. I don’t think that this situation is a reason to stop creating, it is actually a great time in history to sit focus and create without too many distractions.  At the same time I try to find balance; working on future experiences and also simply taking time to disconnect and define what position my company will have in the new normal.    What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that? One of my passions is to bring like minded people together; and travel is a strong tool to do so. I was planning to launch “AOT Adventures” which is something I will still do. These are short road trips (max 6 people)  themed around craftmanship and taste makers within the creative industry. These trips would not take more than 3 days and are naturally completely catered and curated by Act of Travel. Purpose here is to bring people together, to create new bonds and share quality time together.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? Everything I do is very much design-led including my branding and the platforms we are on. I am quite particular about that.. therefore took an InDesign and Photoshop class as a starting point, just so I can exactly translate my branding ideas into graphics amongst others.    Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).  That I LOVE to sing, used to sing in a choir and miss it tremendously actually. Put me in any impromptu jamming session and I will be in right in my element.    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? There are two spots I want to go to (can’t pick)  I had planned a getaway with friends in April to Belgium. We would first visit a wine domain called “Valke Vleug” which is designed by architect Vincent van Duysen and then spend a night or two in The Bunkers, which is a modern farm house on the seaside of Belgium. The Farmhouse is set on a green pasture overlooking bunkers from WWI & WWII. Just like my clients I want to make sure that my trips are spend with friends to re-connect in person and to make sure it is meaningful.  After that I cannot wait to travel to Latin America as planned to further explore Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Mostly excited to experience Patagonia and to explore the village of Barichara in Colombia. This village is known as an icon for beautiful arts and crafts. The former president spent his last years in this village and was known for his love of culture.      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 literally sit in a rocking chair for 10 minutes and stare outside. It helps me to pass through the random thoughts so I can stay focussed the rest of the day.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  At the moment it’s a painting made by Marcel Pinas. The art piece is very colourful with various shapes displayed next to each other.  Guess why it speaks to me is because it translates to travel so well.. when you travel you learn how to appreciate new cultures, people in all shapes, sizes and colours.    Tell us about ACT OF TRAVEL. What made you start it and what is the story behind the brand?  I felt within my own network there was a need for trusted curation when it comes to travel. There is so much information available on the internet that it is difficult to determine whether a certain travel experience fits your personality and travel style… and not everyone has time to conduct such extensive research. A traditional travel agency that sells travel packages does not comply to my client’s need in a world where everything is custom made and intuitive.  We basically bridge that gap and offer human curation whilst  making use of technology, ensuring that whatever experience we come up with fits your travel style. Our network of clients are like minded, modern travellers. Lots of them are active in the creative industries or are top athletes and they require a certain level of understanding.    How do you think traveling will pick-up after COVID-19?  As mentioned before travel will pick up in phases as borders gradually open up. Especially in early stages people will be more drawn to go on a road trip by car to avoid being in crowded places such as airports and airplanes.  However as history shows… us humans are forgetful and we are explorers by nature. Therefore I expect that the level of travel will be back in years – however with a changed mentality (which I touched on earlier too )   What is your favourite place you have traveled to so far and why?  I am all about nature when it comes to personal travel. One spot comes to mind which is the west side of Norway. I have a friend who owns a cabin in the middle of the mountains overlooking a major Fjord. I spent three days in that cabin and there was not a person in sight! I absolutely loved it.  That entire west -coast is just magical to drive along, I was constantly in awe by the beauty of nature.     Tell me about some must visit places you would definitely recommend to our readers.  I am all about private escapes these days so here is my top three: Harlosh  on the Isle of Skye – a modern hide away on a beautiful island. Step out your door to spot otters, dolphin’s and even an odd sheep or two.  Zanier Lodge in Sonop, Namibia – spectacular views over the dessert from your luxurious tented camp completely design in British colonial style.  Buahjar  in Sicily – Minimalistic house set in the mountains of Sicily working with fresh produce and I just love all the details of the house.        photos by Jan Jelle de Boer   https://www.act-of-travel.com/  

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Naive Transparency by Arkan Zakharov
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Naive Transparency by Arkan Zakharov

Fashion Exclusive digital editorial, captured by Arkan Zakharov.   TEAM: Photographer – Arkan Zakharov  Stylist – Jèss Monterde @ Bernstein & Andriulli Model – Anna Rubin @ Next Models NY  Makeup – Deanna Melluso @ L’Atelier NY Hair – Jerome Cultera @ L’Atelier NY  Props – Elisia Mirabelli  @ Bernstein & Andriulli  Photo assistant – Marysia Schultz Stylist assistant – Inès Itsaso Exclusive digital editorial, captured by Arkan Zakharov.   TEAM: Photographer – Arkan Zakharov  Stylist – Jèss Monterde @ Bernstein & Andriulli Model – Anna Rubin @ Next Models NY  Makeup – Deanna Melluso @ L’Atelier NY Hair – Jerome Cultera @ L’Atelier NY  Props – Elisia Mirabelli  @ Bernstein & Andriulli  Photo assistant – Marysia Schultz Stylist assistant – Inès Itsaso

At home with Lou and Nils Schoof
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At home with Lou and Nils Schoof

Photography We spent some quality time and had a great conversation with Lou & Nils Schoof during these quarantine times.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   L&N: We are siblings. We share a lot of main elements in our lives such as the house we live in when we have time off work, the passion for food, sustainability and nature. Also, we love creating things together. We are in constant exchange, shoot eachother, give ideas, work on projects. That's what drives us!    L: It feels interesting to me, how this answer never is easy to answer on. Im ever changing and it is hard for me to define myself. Also typical for our time, where we want all doors to be open and the future to be unwritten. What is a red thread in my life is curiosity, I guess. Modeling brought me to the creative industry and I love finding new perceptions, projects and elements to play with.    N: Nils Schoof is my name, my life is built out of many facets. One of them is taking pictures and getting pictured. I try to learn and to live most of the time, but that does not work out all the time.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   L: We live in an overly informed, yet quite hesitant and passive society when it comes to acting upon information. Humans, I read, are good at deciding and acting when consequences lie in the near future. The urgency of climate change action for example - a relatively slow and long termed process- is harder to understand for the human brain.  Covid sets things in perspective.  The unimaginable all of a sudden becomes reality. People have to act now, change happens fast and as a direct reaction to information.  The unimaginable such as not flying, reduction of work and consumerism, focus on the presence and the direct world around us.  This all is doable, we experience.  Experience teaches. Change happens.  Personally, I made my decision about leaving the norm in the fashion industry last year, while actually spending some weeks in isolation in my northern german eco home. I since then only work with brands and on projects with authentic sustainable commitment. Slowing down processes and raising their quality is another big theme for me.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   L: I create nonstop and photograph so much since being quarantined. I love the process of finding inspiraton in solitude.  I spend quarantine riding my racing bike, jumping into lakes and baking bread. Also I lay around in the fields, the garden, the woods and on the beach with a book in my hands.   N: I spend most of the time studying for the university. In the end, I think that gives me even more drive to create. It is the same as with laughing in a church -if you are not allowed to or can not, you ABSOLUTELY have to! So in that way quarantine is pushing me in a very nice direction and brings back a natural force.    What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   L : I had plans before lockdown happened, but I guess my job is the best training to become a person living the moment and taking life day by day. Things change and that is good - if you are willing to do so too.  The last weeks have not been planned, yet been filled with unexpected and gamechanging experiences. I have grown without pursuing growth. Thats wonderful to realise.    N: I planned to go to several concerts this year and a bicycle tour from Germany to Italy with my bicycle i designed and built from scratch - if I cant do that, I will for sure find other things to do. In general, I don’t have big plans because I prefer to live now and not tomorrow   What is your favourite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   L: We have in fact been inspired by old angelic paintings for this shoot, such as Michelangelo's unimitable artwork in the sistine chapel.  Creating modern day paintings with a camera is a beautiful approach.    -What keeps you rooted?    L: To observe and re-experience the well known. to go deeper, basically like roots digging their way down to stand stable - and know their origin and surrounding.    N: What keeps me rooted is the knowledge that there are people who I love and they love me. Love and trust are fundamental things in my life.   -What gives you wings?    L: Ideas! New opportunities I create for myself, for the world around. The unexpected, the butterflies in the belly.    N: Two things on this earth let me take off from the ground. 1. People or myself burning for something and learn from each other- sharing moments - sharing point of views 2. Nature which is so old and powerful. You can go with every intention into nature and you will come back satisfied.   -What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   N: I learned to press myself out of the L-sit into the handstand-  I have been training for a while!   L: I will have my first ever singing lesson tonight! I am so excited!   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   L: Summer has arrived so I am barefoot and in my favorite shorts and tank tops.  Still wearing my favorite jewellery. My german countrylife uniform!    N: I join the uniform!   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   L&N: We grow our own vegetable garden. You can harvest pumpkin, herbs, zucchini, beans, potatos,  fennel, carrots, salad, garlic and a lot of fruits and nuts from the trees! Everything tastes so much better when fresh and plucked with your own hands.    What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   N: Before I started working in the fashion industry, I never thought about working there. I was always interested in dressing myself and try new things. At this point I am proud of having workded with some of my idols in fashion, art and phtography and having learned and observed people  working in such different and inspiring ways.    L: I have always been interested in photography and art, yet this world seemed very distant and abstract to me when I was younger. I got scouted and went straight to New York after finishing high school.  Im proud of that my life makes me reconsider, find new paths and truth now and then, grow in creativity. What makes me truly grateful are the unique people around me, the beauty of nature and my own strength.   What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   L: Some days ago, a friend sent me a small, self-written song that is about visiting and staying at our country home. Listening to it while sitting in my living room made me extremely happy.   N: The last weeks I really liked B2 from Bladehouse, it’s a small label which I found on soundcloud while working out. It is hard for me to find music which I can do sports to. This one allows me to think and focus, yet it is there for giving me motivation for the next sprint, set or jump!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   N: In the morning I have a quick snack and a coffee, then the day starts and I go from where I have to. Before going to bed I write my diary.    L: I have a coffee and then I do my yoga workout. Every morning.  Laying in bed at night, i prepare my wings to lift me up high, fly over the experienced day, create new realities. All night long and to inspire the next day.    How is it like being models and photographers both?   L&N: It adds so much! You get a deeper understanding for the different elements and people that only together make a good picture.  Capturing and being captured  Also, you start being more playful and open for perspectives, angles. Also shooting each other has given a new language to our siblings relationship.    You can follow them on instagram: @louschoof & @nilsschoof We spent some quality time and had a great conversation with Lou & Nils Schoof during these quarantine times.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   L&N: We are siblings. We share a lot of main elements in our lives such as the house we live in when we have time off work, the passion for food, sustainability and nature. Also, we love creating things together. We are in constant exchange, shoot eachother, give ideas, work on projects. That's what drives us!    L: It feels interesting to me, how this answer never is easy to answer on. Im ever changing and it is hard for me to define myself. Also typical for our time, where we want all doors to be open and the future to be unwritten. What is a red thread in my life is curiosity, I guess. Modeling brought me to the creative industry and I love finding new perceptions, projects and elements to play with.    N: Nils Schoof is my name, my life is built out of many facets. One of them is taking pictures and getting pictured. I try to learn and to live most of the time, but that does not work out all the time.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   L: We live in an overly informed, yet quite hesitant and passive society when it comes to acting upon information. Humans, I read, are good at deciding and acting when consequences lie in the near future. The urgency of climate change action for example - a relatively slow and long termed process- is harder to understand for the human brain.  Covid sets things in perspective.  The unimaginable all of a sudden becomes reality. People have to act now, change happens fast and as a direct reaction to information.  The unimaginable such as not flying, reduction of work and consumerism, focus on the presence and the direct world around us.  This all is doable, we experience.  Experience teaches. Change happens.  Personally, I made my decision about leaving the norm in the fashion industry last year, while actually spending some weeks in isolation in my northern german eco home. I since then only work with brands and on projects with authentic sustainable commitment. Slowing down processes and raising their quality is another big theme for me.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   L: I create nonstop and photograph so much since being quarantined. I love the process of finding inspiraton in solitude.  I spend quarantine riding my racing bike, jumping into lakes and baking bread. Also I lay around in the fields, the garden, the woods and on the beach with a book in my hands.   N: I spend most of the time studying for the university. In the end, I think that gives me even more drive to create. It is the same as with laughing in a church -if you are not allowed to or can not, you ABSOLUTELY have to! So in that way quarantine is pushing me in a very nice direction and brings back a natural force.    What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   L : I had plans before lockdown happened, but I guess my job is the best training to become a person living the moment and taking life day by day. Things change and that is good - if you are willing to do so too.  The last weeks have not been planned, yet been filled with unexpected and gamechanging experiences. I have grown without pursuing growth. Thats wonderful to realise.    N: I planned to go to several concerts this year and a bicycle tour from Germany to Italy with my bicycle i designed and built from scratch - if I cant do that, I will for sure find other things to do. In general, I don’t have big plans because I prefer to live now and not tomorrow   What is your favourite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   L: We have in fact been inspired by old angelic paintings for this shoot, such as Michelangelo's unimitable artwork in the sistine chapel.  Creating modern day paintings with a camera is a beautiful approach.    -What keeps you rooted?    L: To observe and re-experience the well known. to go deeper, basically like roots digging their way down to stand stable - and know their origin and surrounding.    N: What keeps me rooted is the knowledge that there are people who I love and they love me. Love and trust are fundamental things in my life.   -What gives you wings?    L: Ideas! New opportunities I create for myself, for the world around. The unexpected, the butterflies in the belly.    N: Two things on this earth let me take off from the ground. 1. People or myself burning for something and learn from each other- sharing moments - sharing point of views 2. Nature which is so old and powerful. You can go with every intention into nature and you will come back satisfied.   -What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   N: I learned to press myself out of the L-sit into the handstand-  I have been training for a while!   L: I will have my first ever singing lesson tonight! I am so excited!   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   L: Summer has arrived so I am barefoot and in my favorite shorts and tank tops.  Still wearing my favorite jewellery. My german countrylife uniform!    N: I join the uniform!   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   L&N: We grow our own vegetable garden. You can harvest pumpkin, herbs, zucchini, beans, potatos,  fennel, carrots, salad, garlic and a lot of fruits and nuts from the trees! Everything tastes so much better when fresh and plucked with your own hands.    What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   N: Before I started working in the fashion industry, I never thought about working there. I was always interested in dressing myself and try new things. At this point I am proud of having workded with some of my idols in fashion, art and phtography and having learned and observed people  working in such different and inspiring ways.    L: I have always been interested in photography and art, yet this world seemed very distant and abstract to me when I was younger. I got scouted and went straight to New York after finishing high school.  Im proud of that my life makes me reconsider, find new paths and truth now and then, grow in creativity. What makes me truly grateful are the unique people around me, the beauty of nature and my own strength.   What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   L: Some days ago, a friend sent me a small, self-written song that is about visiting and staying at our country home. Listening to it while sitting in my living room made me extremely happy.   N: The last weeks I really liked B2 from Bladehouse, it’s a small label which I found on soundcloud while working out. It is hard for me to find music which I can do sports to. This one allows me to think and focus, yet it is there for giving me motivation for the next sprint, set or jump!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   N: In the morning I have a quick snack and a coffee, then the day starts and I go from where I have to. Before going to bed I write my diary.    L: I have a coffee and then I do my yoga workout. Every morning.  Laying in bed at night, i prepare my wings to lift me up high, fly over the experienced day, create new realities. All night long and to inspire the next day.    How is it like being models and photographers both?   L&N: It adds so much! You get a deeper understanding for the different elements and people that only together make a good picture.  Capturing and being captured  Also, you start being more playful and open for perspectives, angles. Also shooting each other has given a new language to our siblings relationship.    You can follow them on instagram: @louschoof & @nilsschoof

Alexander McQueen Spring & Summer 2020 exclusive by Don McCullin
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Alexander McQueen Spring & Summer 2020 exclusive by Don McCullin

Fashion Taken from artwork painted by hand in the Alexander McQueen studio, calligraphy flowers are woven into jacquards for signature tailoring and printed onto cotton poplin shirting. In guchsia, black, ivory and indigo, they blossom from delicate inky watercolours to x-ray florals and exploded kaleidoscopic blooms mirrored and magnified in scale.     All images shot by Don McCullin. Taken from artwork painted by hand in the Alexander McQueen studio, calligraphy flowers are woven into jacquards for signature tailoring and printed onto cotton poplin shirting. In guchsia, black, ivory and indigo, they blossom from delicate inky watercolours to x-ray florals and exploded kaleidoscopic blooms mirrored and magnified in scale.     All images shot by Don McCullin.

Yasmin Wijnaldum by Hugh Lippe
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Yasmin Wijnaldum by Hugh Lippe

Fashion Yasmin captured by Hugh Lippe in our second edition.    TEAM CREDITS: Fotografie: Hugh Lippe at Print & Contact Styling: Lisa Jarvis Talent: Yasmin at The Society Management Haar: Lucas Wilson using Bumble and bumble / Home Agency Make-Up: Ralph Siciliano at The Wall Group Manicurist: Dawn Sterling at Statement Artist using Pear Nova Props Stylist: Kounthear Kuch Production: Zhelma San Millan at Navia Vision Locatie: Industria Studios Casting: Timotej Letonja Fashion Market Assistants: Sierra Smith and Share Koech Yasmin captured by Hugh Lippe in our second edition.    TEAM CREDITS: Fotografie: Hugh Lippe at Print & Contact Styling: Lisa Jarvis Talent: Yasmin at The Society Management Haar: Lucas Wilson using Bumble and bumble / Home Agency Make-Up: Ralph Siciliano at The Wall Group Manicurist: Dawn Sterling at Statement Artist using Pear Nova Props Stylist: Kounthear Kuch Production: Zhelma San Millan at Navia Vision Locatie: Industria Studios Casting: Timotej Letonja Fashion Market Assistants: Sierra Smith and Share Koech

McQueen Creators #McQueenNature
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McQueen Creators #McQueenNature

Photography This week Alexander McQueen is inviting to submit photography taking inspiration from nature: now more than ever its beauty and ability to regenerate is a symbol of hope and quiet power. With that in mind they will simultaneously unveil a series of images shot during the lockdown, commissioned by the house, by photographers who are both long-standing McQueen collaborators and emerging talent and based all over the world.   Their brief to them was the same: to capture their perceptions of nature during this moment of global quarantine. As always, followers will be asked to upload their images tagged @AlexanderMcQueen #McQueenCreators #McQueenNature. A selection of submitted images will then be featured across their social media channels.     The photographers featured along with the locations in which they are shot are as follows: Adama Jalloh from Peckham, London, UK. Image shot in Peckham, London Alice Schillaci from Milan, Italy. images shot in Milan, Italy Chloe Le Drezen from London, UK. image shot in Melbourne, Australia. Eddie Wrey from London, UK. Image shot in Berkshire, UK Luis Alberto Rodriguez from Berlin, Germany. Image shot in Berlin, Germany Lea Colombo from London, UK. Images shot in Hackney, London Hanna Moon from Seoul, South Korea. Image shot in Seoul, South Korea Julia Noni from Bourgeauville, France. Image shot in Bourgeauville, France Virginie Khateeb from London, UK. Images shot in Hackney, London Luo Yang from Shanghai, China. Image shot in Bali, Indonesia Wing Shya from Hong Kong. Image shot in Argentina This week Alexander McQueen is inviting to submit photography taking inspiration from nature: now more than ever its beauty and ability to regenerate is a symbol of hope and quiet power. With that in mind they will simultaneously unveil a series of images shot during the lockdown, commissioned by the house, by photographers who are both long-standing McQueen collaborators and emerging talent and based all over the world.   Their brief to them was the same: to capture their perceptions of nature during this moment of global quarantine. As always, followers will be asked to upload their images tagged @AlexanderMcQueen #McQueenCreators #McQueenNature. A selection of submitted images will then be featured across their social media channels.     The photographers featured along with the locations in which they are shot are as follows: Adama Jalloh from Peckham, London, UK. Image shot in Peckham, London Alice Schillaci from Milan, Italy. images shot in Milan, Italy Chloe Le Drezen from London, UK. image shot in Melbourne, Australia. Eddie Wrey from London, UK. Image shot in Berkshire, UK Luis Alberto Rodriguez from Berlin, Germany. Image shot in Berlin, Germany Lea Colombo from London, UK. Images shot in Hackney, London Hanna Moon from Seoul, South Korea. Image shot in Seoul, South Korea Julia Noni from Bourgeauville, France. Image shot in Bourgeauville, France Virginie Khateeb from London, UK. Images shot in Hackney, London Luo Yang from Shanghai, China. Image shot in Bali, Indonesia Wing Shya from Hong Kong. Image shot in Argentina

Dance with me
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Dance with me

Fashion Editorial from our second edition.    TEAM CREDITS Fotograaf: Zeb Daemen Assistant fotografie / Fotografie assistent: Koen Vernimmen Casting: Timotej Letonja Model: Ahmed Kontar via Elite Stylist: Gabriella Norberg Set (decor) designer: Felix Gesnouin via Wschupfer Make-up: Vera Dierckx Haar: Eduardo Bravo Producer (producent): Joanna Burczynska via OpenSpaceParis Locatie: L’atelier - Demoriane Editorial from our second edition.    TEAM CREDITS Fotograaf: Zeb Daemen Assistant fotografie / Fotografie assistent: Koen Vernimmen Casting: Timotej Letonja Model: Ahmed Kontar via Elite Stylist: Gabriella Norberg Set (decor) designer: Felix Gesnouin via Wschupfer Make-up: Vera Dierckx Haar: Eduardo Bravo Producer (producent): Joanna Burczynska via OpenSpaceParis Locatie: L’atelier - Demoriane

At Home with Maggie Maurer
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At Home with Maggie Maurer

Fashion During these crazy times and being at home quarantined we had a delight speaking and creating an exlcusive story with top model Maggie Maurer.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   Joy is my middle name.  I am from a small town in Northern New York state called Potsdam. I was born and raised there with my 2 brothers and 4 sisters . We were all home schooled. I never went to college , I started modeling when I was 25 , after a friend sent some photos of me to an agency without telling me.  I am a Model and I believe my job in to bring to life the idea from the minds of all the different creatives I have had the pleasure to work with.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   Let's wait and see , shall we ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I feel like I have just moved into my flat in London , even though I have lived here for 5 years. The slow pace has been very welcome on my end. I am with my boyfriend ( Scott Archibald ) and we have been working on some really amazing stuff. Thankfully for me he is a photographer and I have not had to succumb to  a "Zoom " or " Facetime " shoot. The voyeuristic nature of it I find disturbing.     What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   I  did plan to split my time half here (London ) and half in the states. Proved to myself yet again not to make plans.    What is your daily beauty routine like?    Same as it ever was! Apple cider vinegar mixed with water for toner, rose water, aloe vera, coconut oil with 2 drops and lavender essential oil. In that order.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   I am in the middle of my first batch of Matza ball soup. It's my favorite soup. And the mere thought of it could bring a tear of joy to my eye.   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   Do you mean what I wear ? When I shoot at home skin is always better, so I guess naked.  Any other time I'm always in a hoodie.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   I hate to cook the same thing twice.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes?   Local meaning London? I guess the pub with my mates. Travel wise I really miss LA .   What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   Nothing really inspired me but when the opportunity came along I saw it was something that could change my life. The Years I spent working at CÉLINE will always be the thing that shaped me and gave me the understanding of the industry as a whole. You have to know what you do to be good at what you do.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   I do yoga to my Friend Mona Matsuoka's DJ sets ( find on soundcloud )  April 8  Spring mix is a fav.  Where is the cool playlist on spotify , Anderson Paak  Malibu , Childish Gambino " Awaken , My love! " Nirvana Unplugged and Etta James Radio. Most of the time though I listen to whatever my boyfriend is playing.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   This is going to be super cringy but I never get up or go to sleep without a cuddle from Scott , human contact is so important. Second thing is a cuppa tea and cigarette out on the front steps, in the sun or rain.   PHOTO CREDITS: model: Maggie Maurer @d’management  Story Title: P(L)ANTS. Photographer: Scott Archibald @archiegram Location: Home -  Communal Back Garden, London. Wearing: Peter Do Pants @thepeterdo During these crazy times and being at home quarantined we had a delight speaking and creating an exlcusive story with top model Maggie Maurer.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   Joy is my middle name.  I am from a small town in Northern New York state called Potsdam. I was born and raised there with my 2 brothers and 4 sisters . We were all home schooled. I never went to college , I started modeling when I was 25 , after a friend sent some photos of me to an agency without telling me.  I am a Model and I believe my job in to bring to life the idea from the minds of all the different creatives I have had the pleasure to work with.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   Let's wait and see , shall we ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I feel like I have just moved into my flat in London , even though I have lived here for 5 years. The slow pace has been very welcome on my end. I am with my boyfriend ( Scott Archibald ) and we have been working on some really amazing stuff. Thankfully for me he is a photographer and I have not had to succumb to  a "Zoom " or " Facetime " shoot. The voyeuristic nature of it I find disturbing.     What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   I  did plan to split my time half here (London ) and half in the states. Proved to myself yet again not to make plans.    What is your daily beauty routine like?    Same as it ever was! Apple cider vinegar mixed with water for toner, rose water, aloe vera, coconut oil with 2 drops and lavender essential oil. In that order.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   I am in the middle of my first batch of Matza ball soup. It's my favorite soup. And the mere thought of it could bring a tear of joy to my eye.   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   Do you mean what I wear ? When I shoot at home skin is always better, so I guess naked.  Any other time I'm always in a hoodie.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   I hate to cook the same thing twice.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes?   Local meaning London? I guess the pub with my mates. Travel wise I really miss LA .   What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   Nothing really inspired me but when the opportunity came along I saw it was something that could change my life. The Years I spent working at CÉLINE will always be the thing that shaped me and gave me the understanding of the industry as a whole. You have to know what you do to be good at what you do.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   I do yoga to my Friend Mona Matsuoka's DJ sets ( find on soundcloud )  April 8  Spring mix is a fav.  Where is the cool playlist on spotify , Anderson Paak  Malibu , Childish Gambino " Awaken , My love! " Nirvana Unplugged and Etta James Radio. Most of the time though I listen to whatever my boyfriend is playing.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   This is going to be super cringy but I never get up or go to sleep without a cuddle from Scott , human contact is so important. Second thing is a cuppa tea and cigarette out on the front steps, in the sun or rain.   PHOTO CREDITS: model: Maggie Maurer @d’management  Story Title: P(L)ANTS. Photographer: Scott Archibald @archiegram Location: Home -  Communal Back Garden, London. Wearing: Peter Do Pants @thepeterdo

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Alton Mason by Elizaveta Porodina

Fashion Alton Mason at IMG lensed by Elizaveta Porodina in editorial in our second edition.   styled by Lisa Jarvis casting by Timotej Letonja hair by Olivier Schawalder at Bryant Artists Make-Up by Cecile Paravina at Bryant Artists light director: Josef Beyer styling assistant: Stefania Mosca set designer: Nicola Scarlino set design assistant: Louise Pisselet Retouched by Sheriff Post-Production Dpt. #SecondIssue #NuméroHommeNetherlands #Nude#NuméroHomme Alton Mason at IMG lensed by Elizaveta Porodina in editorial in our second edition.   styled by Lisa Jarvis casting by Timotej Letonja hair by Olivier Schawalder at Bryant Artists Make-Up by Cecile Paravina at Bryant Artists light director: Josef Beyer styling assistant: Stefania Mosca set designer: Nicola Scarlino set design assistant: Louise Pisselet Retouched by Sheriff Post-Production Dpt. #SecondIssue #NuméroHommeNetherlands #Nude#NuméroHomme

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Exploring Japan

Travel Exclusive photo story shot by Neil Kryszak in Japan.     http://neilkryszak.com/ http://instagram.com/neilkryszak Exclusive photo story shot by Neil Kryszak in Japan.     http://neilkryszak.com/ http://instagram.com/neilkryszak

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