Cafe Medi on Rivington

A new restaurant opens with fanfare daily in New York, so deciding which one to stop by is almost a task in itself. Cafe Medi, a new Mediterranean restaurant located within the Rivington Hotel in New York's Lower East Side, is definitely worth perusing. 

Outfitted with rustic chairs, Amalfi-coast worthy murals, and romantic, dramatic lights, this is one of those rare occasions where the atmosphere is just as good as the food. Heavily Mediterranean-inspired, the menu consists of favorites like octopus, fluke ceviche, and plenty of fish. Standouts include the peaches and burrata, jumbo shrimp, and spring pea risotto (which is at once refreshing and full of flavor). And don't forget to wait for dessert. 

Visit Cafe Medi

 

Valentine NYC Bridal Lingerie

Paloma Jonas and Whitney Brown know a thing or two about lingerie. The designer duo behind Valentine NYC—a lingerie label that specializes in pretty, lacy, wireless underthings—have been creating lust worthy underwear for years. Now, the pair are launching their first ever wedding collection (and incorporating fashion forward designs).

Featuring three different styles, the collection is full of special details like one-of-a-kind lace, new designs such as the raceback, tulle detailing on knickers (made to look like a ballerina), and side ties. This is the type of underwear you want peeking out from beneath your dress, and certainly the kind that you’ll be happy to make an entrance on your wedding night. As with all of Valentine’s designs, the new collection is made by single mothers in Colombia, and remains at an affordable price point (the most expensive piece is the Cordette bra, at $70). “We wanted to offer something for everyone, as there are so many types of women out there with signature styles," says Jonas. "Ultimately we didn’t want anything that felt overly ‘bridal’ and needed each set to be able to be incorporated into an everyday fashion wardrobe.”exclusive and special."

Fall in love with Valentine here.


Jin Soon Nail Salon Tribeca

Jin Soon is an industry veteran. She's created nail looks for Vogue Italia and Prada, worked on multiple shows at fashion week, and in 2013 launched her own line of nail lacquers. Now, the entrepreneur has added a new salon to her list (she already boasts New York-based locations in the West Village, Lower East Side ,and Uptown) in TriBeCa. The new space is a nail aficionado's paradise. Bedecked in white with a wavy, wooden statement wall and lofty high ceilings, Soon's polishes are stacked alongside fashion favorites such as Dior, Marc Jacobs, and Essie. A low, long table allows for simultaneous toe and nail drying whilst multiple outlets make phone charging easy. Finally, a destination as chic as the impeccable nail service it provides.

Jin Soon Tribeca, 37 Walker St, New York

Lovehard NYC Shirt Label

Think of white shirts as flowers. There is an abundance of them, and each can seem more beautiful than the last. There can also never be too many. Such is the case with LoveHard NYC, a recently-launched label with an entirely new strategy. Rather than deliver one collection with a smattering of shirts, pants, and dresses, the brand will release one 'series' at a time, presenting different versions of one piece—like a white shirt or navy trouser—each time. Series 1 consists of four different takes on the classic menswear button down.

Launched by Lindsay Cohen, who also heads up New York-based luxury retail and brand consultancy GogoLuxe as the creative director and market editor, the idea was born from a desire to break down the basic model of a traditional ready-to-wear collection due to how people are actually buying clothes these days. "Not everyone goes out looking for a full wardrobe at once," says Cohen. "You go searching for the perfect shirt, or dress, or jacket. I created a spectrum of styles based on one silhouette, so people can choose what works best for them."

With a new series launching each season, the idea for each collection is "to focus on a piece of clothing you always want to have on hand," she explains. "Your go-to item in your closet for day-to-day, as well as the first thing you grab to pack for a trip. The next series will most likely be an arrangement of blazers."

Cohen's vision stemmed from her years spent working directly with the consumer, rather than a traditional design background. "From a very young age I was constantly cutting everything up and reworking items. I have some really embarrassing notebooks filled with fashion thoughts/designs dating back to my middle school era," she says. "Because I never had any formal training I thought it was important for myself to gain industry knowledge and perspective before properly launching. I started to think about it in a real way approximately a year ago." Her inspiration however, comes from the way those consumers style their real wardrobes—the pieces that we pull out daily and can be worn over and over again. "I don’t have specific style icons, however I always appreciate people who dress for themselves. There’s always an element of ease that comes from that which I admire."

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Le Coucou at 11 Howard

Step into 11 Howard's new restaurant, which finally opened this month to much aplomb, and the first thing you notice is the 18th century-esque hand painted mural covering the wall behind the bar. Hand-painted by New York–based painter Dean Barger, it is immediately transportive, making you feel as if you're ensconced in a French chateau. 

The accompanying restaurant, designed by husband and wife duo Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer from the Roman and Williams firm, is just as elegant. French cuisine by chef Daniel Rose is classic with a twist (but not in a boring way). Open for breakfast (a classic avocado toast appears on the menu) and dinner, where lobster tail, quail, and veal all appear on the menu, it's one of three new fine dining restaurants that have opened recently, all to plenty of fanfare.

Le Coucou, 138 Lafayette St, New York.


Linda Rodin releases new Rodin products

Linda Rodin, the founder of luxe, cult-loved beauty label Rodin, is known for her impeccable style, her poodle and constant companion Winky, and her signature round Linda Farrow sunglasses. Occasionally the lens of said glasses are rose tinted, but the morning she debuts her new face and body oil her lens are a muted lavender in honor of the new scent. "I used to wear lavender so much that my boyfriend called me Lavender Lee," says Rodin. 

Lavender marks the second scent released by the beauty entrepreneur, and only came about after months of searching for a lavender that was just right. Developed with Brooklyn-based perfumery D.S. & Durga, the formula combines Bulgarian lavender stems and French lavender absolute, and is subtle enough that it doesn't smell like the lavender essential oils of yesteryear. 

Available here.


Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market NYC

Located in New York's Dover Street Market, Rose Bakery is a cafe worth visiting (even if the rest of store, stocked with Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, and dozens of other unique designers, doesn't tempt you). 

The bakery, which is the first US location from the acclaimed Parisian-based cafe by the same name, boasts a farm fresh menu that changes daily according to what's in season. And (almost) everything, down to the breads and pastries, is made in house by head chef Matthew Lodes. Standouts on the menu include the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and the daily Assiette de Legumes, a bowl filled with a mix of vegetables, salads and grains that changes daily. 

The smallest details also offer up the biggest points of difference. Dishware is sourced from Californa-based ceramics line Heath Clay Studio, whose designer, director and ceramic artist Tung Chiang also created a limited collection of one-of-a-kind ceramic objects which will be on show and available exclusively at the store, marking the first time Tung has chosen to show his work outside of shows at Heath Ceramics. We guarantee you'll be back more than once.

Rose Bakery, 160 Lexington Ave, New York. 


Martin Creed, The Back Door Park Avenue Armory Exhibit

London-based artist Martin Creed is primarily known for his balloon installations—large scale, interactive affairs where whole rooms or areas are filled with giant, latex balloons you have to fight your way through. He recently worked with Victoria Beckham on her Dover Street store's one year anniversary, and often collaborates with the fashion industry. 

Now he's bringing his work stateside via an exhibit called 'The Back Door' at the Park Avenue Armory. The show takes up the whole first floor of the massive building, but it is his balloon room that is the real standout. Enter through sliding doors and you find yourself in a smallish space packed with white balloons, just like Alice stepping through the looking glass.

The Back Door runs through August 7th, Park Avenue Armory.


AMMARA shirt label

If you could only have five garments hanging in your closet, the perfect shirt would undoubtedly be one of them. But what if there were 12 variations of said shirt? Such is the case for new label Ammara, who launches their shirt-only line today. “There are two types of people in the world, the dress people and the separates people. The dress people tend to be safer, they buy something, put it on and they know it will look put together. The separates people are a bit more adventurous. They put pieces together and try to make the look uniquely their own. I am definitely a separates person,” says founder and designer Ammara Yaqub. “A great top makes the outfit and I love putting together something that is uniquely mine. Not to mention when you sit down at a restaurant all you see is the top, it’s the most important part of your look!”

The quest for shirt perfection (and constructing an easy-to-pair, always-looks-good wardrobe) is what inspired Yaqub to launch her new label, a succinct collection of 12 different shirt styles for every occasion. “I’ve always felt that collections tend to focus on coats, jackets and dresses,” she says. “When I had a full collection, I found myself doing the same and it has been much more challenging to come up with a very edited collection of interesting and functional tops. However, I’ve found this is exactly what women are looking for. Every woman I know (including myself) has a favorite pair of jeans, a trouser she loves to wear, or that one pair of shorts that makes her feel great, and they’re always looking for the perfect shirt to pair them with. There are never enough interesting, high quality, well-constructed, au courant styles in the market. The top makes the outfit and an amazing top is the modern woman’s LBD.” Included in the collection are ruffled t-shirt styles with cap sleeves, leather options, a classic button down with a sculptural, billowing twist, and an off-the-shoulder shirt with a subtle ruffle in the back.

The label’s edge, however, comes from its easily accessible price point. While shirts are made from luxurious fabrics, they’re priced at a contemporary level. As such, it's easy to find a shirt for every occasion. 

Check out the styles.


 

Off-the-Shoulder trend

There was an undeniable trend that emerged at the Spring 2016 shows, and now that those clothes have finally hit stores, it’s taking over the streets, too. The off-the-shoulder top (or dress, if you sway that way), is officially making the rounds. New label Caroline Constas’ poplin version with a sweetheart neckline and voluminous sleeves is an Instagram favorite, and is both comfortable and flattering. Tibi has long been an off-the-shoulder brand, whose offerings are both work and play appropriate.  

Whether it's bell sleeved, ruffled, for evening or day, the off-the-shoulder top is 2016's official summer uniform. Check out some of our favorite versions below.

 


La Piscine at Hotel Americano

Come summer, all of New York seems to flock to the rooftops, spending their evenings sipping cocktails whilst admiring the skylines. Naturally, a plethora of new places pop up each season, beckoning the fashionable crowds.

This summer, Hotel Americano has opened their new rooftop and pool, aptly named La Piscine. The space includes a bar, restaurant (Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as Greek salad, grilled lobster and falafel are on the menu), and for the daring, a plunge pool. The mood is chilled, the food delicious—they even have an ice cream cone for dessert—and the location perfectly suited for the West Side. Add it to your summer drinks list.

La Piscine at Hotel Americano, 518 W 27th St, New York.


Quiet Storms

Located in Williamsburg on an unexpectedly peaceful stretch of Grand street resides Quiet Storms, a new jewelry boutique that feels more like a chic apartment than a place to shop for your newest accessory. A curved couch and ficcus tree greet you at the front door, and jewels are laid out on a center table, making it easy to touch (and try on), pieces you might want to invest in. The atmosphere however, is perfectly in line with the exquisite pieces that owner, Reshma Patel, has curated for the space. New standout jewelers like Annelise Michelson and Charlotte Chesnais sit beside Kathleen Whitaker and Sorelle NYC. Including a perfect mix of fine and fashion jewelry, these are lines that offer pieces you spot on your favorite fashionistas and wonder they got them.

Visit the store, 142 Grand St, Williamsburg


Monse Travel Guide

Living in New York is akin to living in a dream—anything can happen, and quite frequently does. There's also one thing that almost everyone in New York agrees upon: sometimes you have to leave the city in order to best enjoy it.

As such, there are plenty of places to go and plenty of people with wonderful suggestions. Two of those are Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the designers behind Monse, a two-season year old label with a penchant for creating clothes that can easily transition from wandering a market to an evening out. Here, they share their summer guides to jet setting the globe.

Favorite travel destination?

Laura: I love to go to Canada, because it's a bit cooler during the summer months.

Fernando: London because it's not so hot. And there's beautiful countryside to explore! 

Packing essentials:

Laura: All my beauty and hair products are La Mer, SKII, and Kerastase. I also always take a denim jumpsuit with tennis shoes. and one pair of heels.

Fernando: Two t-shirts and a pair of jeans.... 

Reading material? 

Laura: Zinio, the digital magazine

Fernando: System Magazine

Must-Visit Places:

Laura: I love to stay in the Lake Louise Chateau and order room-service and go to the spa. 

Fernando: Chiltern Firehouse is a hotel and restaurant in London. It's like a little world inside. It reminds me of Greenwich Hotel, which is also a favorite of mine in NYC.  It's very good for people watching.

Favorite thing to do on vacation?

Laura: Sleep

Fernando: Explore

Newest destination you'd like to visit and why?

Laura: Dubai to understand the market. 

Fernando: The new Harry Potter section in Universal Studios - I am dying to go!

What do you always pack in your plane bag?

Laura: An SKII mask and my laptop. 

Fernando: Toothpaste

Soundtrack?

Laura: k-pop

Fernando: M83

Must-do:

LK: Walk around and explore!

Fern: I like to go to obscure towns and vintage stores, outside of the main city.

Travel candle/scent? 

Laura: Red Flower Icelandic Moon Flower

Fernando: Ralph Lauren Christmas candle


Heyday Spa

Heyday facial shop (they don’t like to call themselves a spa), believes that looking after your skin should should be as easy and essential as brushing your teeth. They also believe that a facial shouldn’t be hard to fit into your routine, shouldn’t be expensive, and shouldn’t be a hassle to organize. Which is why their New York-based location, a clean, chic space located near the Flatiron, offers $100 facials that are fast, effective, and gentle enough to receive once a month.

Instead of confusing, complicated treatment options the menu is simple, split into three time groups (30, 50 and 75 minutes), all of which include a procedure that follows suit: Cleanse + Analyze, Exfoliate+ Purify, Treat + Hydrate. Think of it as the Seamless of facials. You can book through an app, the salon is open for longer hours, and you’re automatically offered a recharger and a cosy chair. 

Book a facial now.


Regal Tiger

When Sarah Lalji set out to launch Regal Tiger, her new line of diaphanous, light-as-air dresses, caftans, and separates, she had two goals in mind. One: to produce the most luxurious lounge and resort wear possible, and two: to raise awareness for animal conservation. A huge animal lover, the second mission came easily through a partnership with Panthera, the world's only organization dedicated exclusively to the protection of wild cats and their vast landscapes (they work to protect big cats all over the world by working with local people to save them).  The partnership is founded on activism and transparency, with a dedicated percentage (15%) of each purchase supporting ongoing global preservation efforts.

Consequentially, the big cat theme runs throughout her inaugural collection. Featuring animal prints such as tigers and cockatoos, the 100% silk garments were inspired by exotic destinations, and look just as chic with a bikini as when worn as a matched, printed suit. “Everything is 100% US made and with the best quality silk,” explained Lalji over tea. Exceptional quality, tailoring (the maxi dress has a thoughtful, small train that floats out elegantly when you walk), and luxury were the key elements for the designer; who is as passionate about animals as she is fashion. Raised in California, Lalji held a senior level corporate position (which she consequentially found unfulfilling), before deciding to launch her own label. “My husband is Indian, and after learning more about his culture and wearing sari’s I fell in love with their beauty and craftsmanship,” she says. “I wanted to merge that Eastern influence with my Californian background and decided to launch Regal Tiger. I’m also a huge animal supporter and wanted to merge fashion with animal activism without making it too granola-y. I call it fashion activism.”

Available at RegalTiger.com, the collection has the sort of luxurious ease that allows for a couple of pieces to be thrown in a suitcase before jet setting off on your summer vacation (with the knowledge that you’re also helping the animals). In the end, Lalji says it best, “We’re promoting purpose beyond profit in the luxury space. Our customer is always compassionate- and that's what's truly beautiful.”


 

Lady Grey x Fox Fodder Farm

The brooch may conjure thoughts of your grandmother’s Sunday best, but these days it’s so much more chic. Take Alessandro Michele’s flower brooches at Gucci, which feel more decorative than over-the-top, and imbued a sense of whimsy. Now, jewelry label Lady Grey has partnered with Brooklyn-based florist Fox Fodder Farm on a pair of brooches intended to be filled with real flowers. Custom-filled by Fox Fodder Farm, the brooches can be delivered anywhere in New York, each possessing its own unique flower. “We're obsessed with brooches in general lately because they bring an entirely different element to adornment and accessorizing that no other piece of jewelry can,” says Lady Grey designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader. “We really wanted to explore working with flowers as wearable pieces; there's something so luxurious about the ephemeral quality of the flower and its momentary existence, in contrast with the hardness of the sleek metal brooch.” And when the flower is long gone, consider your brooch a useful accessory.

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Blackstones New Salon at The Roxy

Joey Silvestera’s first hair salon, East Village-based Blackstones, attracts all the cool kids (his clientele includes Chloë Sevigny, Alexander Wang, and Leigh Lezark). Now, he’s opening up a new salon in the Roxy Hotel (formerly known as the Tribeca Grand) with a very different aesthetic. Where his first space was “barbershop hipster,’ complete with mounted animals that reflected his past career as a taxidermist, his new locale feels like stepping into a Parisian bathroom. Marble runs throughout the five chair space, and brass and hunter green accents feel trés chic. His signature haircare line Five Wits also got a facelift, with sleek new labeling and a delicious scent (you’ll feel like you just returned from a beautiful spa after shampooing). The real magic though, lies in Silvestera’s (and his staff’s), cutting style. Cuts are more organic, with stylists working with your natural hair texture and hair dreams to achieve a look that’s instant second day perfection. That new lob you’ve been dying to get? This is the place to do it.

Visit the salon.


Sisley at The Carlyle

The Carlyle is infamous for its high teas, Bemelmans Bar (where Woody Allen regularly plays jazz), and its chic uptown clientele. Now it has another star to boast about: the new Sisley spa. Opening this May, the spa is Sisley’s first North America outpost. The brand's beloved French products will be used in all treatments (their Black Rose Facial oil is cult-loved for a reason), and a new program of phyto-cosmetology treatments including a series of phyto-aromatic facials (which use the beautiful scent of essential oils as part of the facial).


Part of every good spa experience is the atmosphere, and Sisley’s new refurbishment is luxury personified. Consider this a place you know you’ll be pampered—and then want to move into.

Visit The Carlyle


Met Breuer

WHEN THE WHITNEY moved to its new downtown location, its uptown space was left wide open. Luckily, the Met has stepped in to fill it, creating a new museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art called the Met Breuer. Upcoming exhibits will include a mix of visual art and performances, including photographs by Diane Arbus and a music installation by Vijay Iyer. The space has also been restored to reflect architect Marcel Breuer’s original vision, such as the spaceship-esque lighting in the entrance hall. A must-visit cultural experience this summer.

Visit the Met Breuer.