Joan Juliet Buck has a storied history. The lauded writer is the only American to have been editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, she has contributed to every major publication across the globe, and she spent most of her youth gallivanting with fashion icons like Manolo Blahnik, Antonio Lopez, Lauren Bacall and celebrities like childhood friend Anjelica Huston. Known for her intimate yet worldly perspective, she is beloved for her writing yet has also had her own fair share of personal and professional catastrophes. Now, she’s sharing it all in a new memoir titled, ‘The Price of Illusion.’ Throughout the tome, Buck recounts her almost unbelievable and incredible life. She had dalliances with movie stars and famous authors, wed in a mauve wedding dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld and pursued adventures across the world. She was also thrust unknowingly into rehab and during her early thirties, witnessed the quick succession of AIDS. As intimate as a letter from a best friend, Buck draws you into her world with an instant intimacy, where you’ll happily spend hours engrossed in her enthralling tale.
Hugo Murray, one of the co-founders of Williamsburg's latest spot-of-the-moment, Butler, has hit upon a sweet spot—literally.
Barely six weeks old, Butler is the Australian's first foray into the food world (his background is in advertising), but has already proven itself as a must-visit destination. Situated on the corner of Berry and South 5th Street under the Williamsburg Bridge, the airy, plant-filled space seems custom-designed for Instagram. Low lighting, brass tabletops, and pastel colored coffee cups are positioned alongside caramel hued booth seating and robin's egg blue ceramics. The aesthetics however, are merely beautiful companions to the (seriously) incredible food. Murray partnered with industry veteran Rod Coligado and Michelin-starred chef Ryan Butler (former executive pastry chef of Piora) whom he met through friends when conceptualizing the cafe. The result is a compendium of truly delicious food. Whilst salads and sandwiches feature on the menu, the standouts are the pastries, which range from a breakfast empanada (a melt-in-your-mouth pastry stuffed with eggs and bacon), a to-die-for chocolate brownie with dulce de leche, an Australian staple—the sausage roll, a Morning Glory muffin with carrot, coconut, and pineapple, and a herb and chili scone served with whipped butter that will take every idea you had of a scone and turn it on its head.
There's also Intelligentsia coffee (which you can order from a side window during busier times), and in the future fresh smoothies and juices. For Murray, Butler is a chance to offer high quality pastries, quick to-go lunches and breakfast, and delicious coffee all in one spot. "There's nothing like Sydney's famous bakery, Bourke St Bakery, in New York," he explained over coffee. "Bakery's aren't really go-to spots for New Yorkers, and I wanted to create one." Bourke St is known for its incredible pastries, pies, and breads, and soon, we predict Butler will be too.
Butler, 95 South 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
There's a new bar in town, and it's bedecked in blue velvet, brass lamps, and features tiny little switches you flick on when you'd like service.
The Bennett, located in TriBeCa, New York, is a creation by Yves Jadot, Alberto Benenati and Meaghan Dorman—the same masterminds behind Raines Law Room and Dear Irving. The menu is filled with bespoke cocktails and small bites, and decor is suited to those looking for a cute, chic cocktail bar that is best suited to wintery nights with jazz tunes filling the air (consider it the ideal location for date night). It still has the vibe of being slightly undiscovered, which surely won't last too long.
Visit The Bennett
Although the fashion industry has—for a long time—been populated with mostly male photographers, there are some female pioneers who have set the tone for generations to come. Case in point: Louise Dahl-Wolfe. This iconic photographer is most well known for her work with Diana Vreeland at Harper’s BAZAAR (she spent two decades working alongside the legendary editor-in-chief), but her talent went far beyond fashion photography. Her modernist shots of models placed around the world showed off her preference for dynamic light and interplay between shadows—they often appeared quite graphic—but her portraiture was equally as beautiful.
As an ode to the photographer’s legacy, the Aperture Foundation has released a new book showcasing the best of her work (with over 137 images). Her inspiring images, ranging from models to housewives, continue to enrapture.
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.
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.
From swimwear designers Lisa Marie Fernandez and Thaddeus O'Neil to accessories label Lizzie Fortunato, the fashion set is flocking to Portugal. Whether it's to the cultural epicenters Porto (known for its art and music scenes, stores such as Rosa et al and beautiful landmarks) and Lisbon or its coastal regions such as Comporta, the European outpost is fast becoming the new It-destination.
Amidst the influx of fashion folk is a wave of new, five star hotels opening across the country.
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.
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.
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.
Pat Cleveland’s prodigious career is the stuff of fairy tales. A prominent model of the ‘60s and ‘70s, where she got her start in the industry after a Vogue editor spotted her on the subway, she is both model and modeling agency owner, fashion icon, and even had a brief stint as a designer.
In honor of her years in the crazy world of fashion, Cleveland has released a memoir detailing her years spent strutting the catwalk. Titled, “Walking with the Muses,” Cleveland celebrated with a 1920’s themed party at the Jane hotel in New York City, where models pranced around in banana costumes and intricately coifed hair (by Bumble & Bumble).
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.
On a quiet street in Williamsburg, a dimly lit restaurant is tucked away, like a secret waiting to be discovered. Miusa Wine Bar, a relative newcomer to the area, boasts a cozy atmosphere (despite its long communal table), a range of wines to suit every taste bud, and a menu that mixes traditional Italian dishes with tried and true American fare (like the pulled pork burritos which use lettuce leaves instead of tacos) concocted by executive chef Andrea Soldini.
The idea behind MIUSA originates from their love of food and land. The restaurant is directly linked to the "slow food" movement, in that they strive to preserve and support local or sustainable food producers and traditions. They solely source products made in the USA, through which they guide patrons through a truly local culinary experience. A labor of love, Miusa Wine Bar is the passion project of three Italian guys who love America.
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!
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....
Laura: Zinio, the digital magazine
Fernando: System Magazine
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?
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.
LK: Walk around and explore!
Fern: I like to go to obscure towns and vintage stores, outside of the main city.
Laura: Red Flower Icelandic Moon Flower
Fernando: Ralph Lauren Christmas candle
Much like New York, artisanal coffee shops act as landmarks on almost every hip street in Los Angeles. From Intelligentsia in Venice to Verve in West Hollywood to Blacktop Coffee in the Arts District, an LA native simply does not go more than a couple of days without seeking refuge at one of these on-point purveyors of caffeine and prime people watching. In 2013, Alfred Coffee & Kitchen raised the bar when it opened its doors on Melrose, and has since dominated with the addition of five locations. It’s newest installation however, Alfred Tea Room, is devastatingly chic. Floor-to-ceiling pink tiles, decorative flora in every corner, and a seemingly infinite, aptly named “fancy pink tea menu” of choices nearly too pretty to drink, Alfred Tea Room will undoubtedly entice coffee devotees to trade in their Americano for a decadent Matcha Latté (already one of the most popular drinks on the menu) or a refreshing “flash iced” Oolong.
- Seasonal Ginger Chai Mule & Matcha Lavender Mimosa
- Earl Grey & Rose Boba Milk Tea
- Matcha Four Ways: Shot, Cortado, Latte, or Ceremonial
- Fresh Brewed Kombucha On Tap
Alfred Tea Room, 705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles
- Written by Hero Stevenson
When a song features on HBO's hit tv-show GIRLS, it’s almost guaranteed to be a hit. Such is the case for Garrett BØRNS, the doe-eyed, curly-haired singer-songwriter. His launch album, Dopamine, is full instant classic hits that work perfectly for a summer road trip, an afternoon at the beach, or a lonesome train ride—the tunes that can easily make up your summer soundtrack (and probably will). Remember those days when you made mix tapes and watched Virgin Suicides on repeat? This music is the culmination of those times. Fun, somewhat bubbly, and easy to hit repeat.
Quinoa has become an It-dish, like kale, or chia seeds, or homemade almond milk. It’s been cooked multiples of ways, but none so unique as the Quinoa starter dish at new restaurant Llama Inn. Located in Williamsburg, the Peruvian restaurant has narrowed in on traditional Peruvian dishes with a twist (delivered in a cool, all-wooden atmosphere). The quinoa dish is not what you expect. The ingredients read like a grocery list: avocado, banana, bacon, and cashews, but somehow it tastes better than ok—it’s delicious.
The dish is courtesy of a menu constructed by Peruvian-American chef Erik Ramirez (who worked under the head chef at Eleven Madison Park), and whose take on modern Peruvian flavors offers an element of surprise in each dish.
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.
THERE'S A NEW hotspot in town. Recently opened 11 Howard, situated on the same block as Opening Ceremony and The Smile, is the city's newest boutique hotel. Opened in early April, the space was designed by interior decorators Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, the team behind the Danish architecture and design studio SPACE Copenhagen, with objects chosen as meticulously as a gallery. Each room contains special touches, like a single art object by ceramicist Katie Yang and beauty products by Grown Alchemist and Glossier.
The hotel also boasts a bar, The Blond, which is filled with navy, velvet sofas, low-lighting and waiters in chic, lace uniforms. A French restaurant, Le CouCou, is slated to open in May.
Style star Sofia Sanchez’s Instagram reads like a glamorous travel diary—she always seems to be visiting some exotic locale. As such, she knows a thing or two about luggage (what to pack, which kind to buy, etc). Now, she’s teamed up with Globe Trotters—of which she is designer and creative director—on a four-piece luggage collection that features sturdy yet chic suitcases with hand drawn illustrations of four different places around the Greek Isles. Each suitcase features a different destination through the lens of The Luxury Collection’s indigenous hotels and resorts including Santa Marina in Mykonos; The Romanos in Costa Navarino; Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens; and Vedema and Mystique in Santorini. “For me, traveling is a treasure hunt—I love exploring new places and creating my own memorable experiences, so for the design of this luggage collection, I wanted to create a scavenger hunt map inspired by my trip to Greece for other explorers to follow,” said de Betak. “The Luxury Collection concierges helped me explore the magnificent country and I received tips from locals and experts along the way, so I placed these ‘must sees’ on my maps for others to find!”
Exclusively offered at Globe-Trotter’s flagship boutique in London and at www.globe-trotter.com