london: nixon store opening

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watch and accessories brand nixon has raised its profile across the big pond with another new store in soho, one of london's most relevant shopping grounds and a fav destination of trophy hunters from across the planet. the shop occupies a beautifully preserved early 18th-century structure, and it features an interior by local design consultancy checkland kindleysides that instantly warps shoppers to the brand's forward and somewhat industrial-infused brand ethos. a so-called architectural horizon line – a design concept that allows the brand to own and present the space as a canvas for the nixon story, while it's also a nod to action sports such as surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding – has been implemented to create both aesthetic and practical sightlines.

the concept challenges the often cluttered retail landscape with a bold simplicity that invites shoppers to explore both the brand's unique offerings and outspoken setting, bringing the products out from behind glass and allowing customers to fully interact with the store's merchandise. it starts with the shop's façade which beckons shoppers from afar with a black + white livery. the divide extends indoors by way of a subtle use of concrete in different shades, and almost seems like a whimsical urban translation of the aforementioned design principle. but above all, the setting oozes an alluring kind of modern adventure, captured in a nifty and engaging display of the merchandise. a true eye-catcher is a sculptural centerpiece which displays nixon watches on rhythmically undulating plinths, partly immersed below the surface of an under-lit aqua blue tank and punching through the glass top, appearing to float on the surface.

right across an expansive watch wall is situated, displaying hundreds of models within a matrix of tinted glass. but it's not all about watches, as nixon also offers a range of apparel pieces, bags, small leather goods and accessories. these items are presented here too, all on a single shelf. the back of the store dons walls smartly covered in steel pegboards, and it's here where the sales counter and customisation area is situated. mind you, a wide range of nixon products can be customised by the store's super crafty staff. they make use of a specially conceived customisation bar which also allows shoppers to design their own nixon watch from different components and have it engraved as well.  location: 6 newburgh street [soho].

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new york: where am i

flying under the radar is a newly established dance company, headed by new york-based founder and creative director marlon taylor-wiles. originally from houston, taylor-wiles studied at the boston conservatory and previously danced for armitage gone! dance under supervision of karole armitage. a contemporary dancer with a clear artistic vision, he has now advanced to the next level, presenting the dance group's inaugural work where am i at lightbox. opening tonight [7.30pm] with three additional shows held on sat - jan 10 [2.30pm + 7.30pm] and sun - 11 [12.30 pm], the piece innovatively fuses contemporary dance and a digital art installation. it explores identity and a sense of self, and aims to engage viewers in a reflective look at our modern day mentality which increasingly focuses on the individual above all else. the performances by flying under the sun are part of the lightbox / ddtr series. click here to order tickets. location: lightbox, 339 east 38th street [murray hill].

mexico city: balmori bar opening

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mexico city is a sprawling urban monster that's known to instantly devour those who don't know their way around. as in any other a-grade megalopolis of this stature it's good to be able to fall back on a safe haven that's not you're hotel room, but one where you can make new friends and have a little fun along the way. well, may we suggest balmori, the mexican capital's hottest new watering hole of late? the venue has quickly become hugely popular, and is named after carlos balmori, the male millionaire alter ego of con woman conchita jurado. hailing from spain, balmori wooed and tricked the capital's upper crust with a number of non-embezzling pranks in the late 1920s.

but let's go back to the bar, shall we? it's set on a rooftop of a low-rise building in the tony neighbourhood of colonia roma, and effortlessly combines a unique setting with sophisticated urban fun. occupying a sizeable 300 sqm. [3,229 sq.ft.], local practice taller david dana arquitectura created a secluded and distinctly modern oasis that's a world away from mexico city's loud and sometimes very intrusive hustle and bustle. the hybrid design of balmori is a balanced mix of simple materials such as wood, concrete and steel, and quite brilliantly fuses architecture, landscaping and industrial design into a welcoming concept, one that has resonated very well with its savvy urban clientele.

a curving elongated bar, made from perforated concrete bricks, flanks one side of the terrace. directly opposite, various seating arrangements are situated below a retractable roof, consisting of tables for two and larger communal tables. glass paneling and a variety of lush plants shielded the outdoor setting from the street - if not the rest of the city - and add an interesting visual layering. sophisticated lighting - and we'd like to mention the linear pendant lamps here - allow to shift the place into festive gear in the evening. now, balmori may be a bar, but this is mexico, so the menu obviously lists tasty cosmopolitan dishes, captured in daily rotating set menus. location: calle zacatecas 139, second floor [roma].

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tokyo: hummingbird print slip-on

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white mountaineering certainly knows how to mix and match. adding a cool dimension to its s/s 2015 collection is a collab that they've struck with iconic footwear brand vans. the latter's classic slip-on sneaker design has been paired with a striking fabric - lush tropical flora and fauna in a cool blue shade - that has been prominently used in the japanese brand's s/s 2015 collection. the abundant design, aptly named the hummingbird print slip-on, is offset by a pristine white outsole which shows the vans mark on the heel. these white mountaineering x vans collab sneakers will drop in the following stores in tokyo on sat - jan 10: white mountaineering flagship store [1], white mountaineering corner at isetan [2], and at billy's [3]. location [1]: 2-7 sarugaku-cho [daikanyama]. location [2]: 3-14-1 shinjuku [shinjuku]. location [3]: 6-23-7 jingumae [harajuku].

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singapore: the monocle shop opening

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monocle magazine is known to be right at home in unexpected places, but perhaps most so at the planet's most dynamic crossroads. next to news hubs, or bureaux in typical monocle jargon, its global network includes an expanding number of much publicized retail outlets. after having launched a pop-up store last year at booksactually in singapore, it has returned to open a permanent and upgraded presence. tucked away in suburban holland village, is monocle new southeast asian bureau. housed in a two-storey 1950s townhouse, it's not only home to the region's news staff - mind you, they'll also do broadcasts from an in-house radio studio - but it also accommodates a stylish retail extension, aptly named the monocle shop, and a monocle café where to relax and hang out with friends.

the store, measuring a compact 62 sqm. [667 sq.ft.], features a smart and welcoming setting that combines oak panelling and slatted screens with usm storage and vitsœ shelving. the shop's offerings are varied and tightly edited, and currently include esk travel clothing and gold-plated paperweights, but also collab products such as porter x monocle tote bags and for die-hard fans even monocle's very first edition signed by mister brûlé. equally quality-drive, the café is staffed by baristas who serve allpress coffee from professional machinery, and it even has a tranquil outdoor garden space. additional buzz comes from upstairs where both monocle and affiliated agency winkreative have their offices. location: 74 jalan kelabu asap [holland village].

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los angeles + new york: inherent vice

© ace hotel / dustin stanton - mornin' sam, mornin' ralph

ace hotel has teamed up with warner bros. to bring cult film-maker paul thomas anderson's movie inherent vice to its guests in a special advance screening - hosted earlier this month in l.a. - and curate related onsite art shows at its properties in los angeles [1] and new york city [2]. both showcases open today and display works from local artists inspired by the movie, and to give limited-edition vinyls of soundtrack highlights for guests to take hom, all before it even opens in theatres nationwide [on through jan 11]. the presentation on the west coast includes eye-popping works by artists john van hamersveld, the haas brothers, steven harrington, alia penner, travis millard, lili lakich and dustin stanton, while an alternate reality environment immersive installation by jonah freeman and justin lowe in new york features vintage and found objects, as well as ephemera, art and props. following the inherent vice exhibitions stateside, a transatlantic edition will be held at ace hotel in london on jan 19-25. location [1]: ace hotel, 929 south broadway, segovia hall [downtown]. location [2]: ace hotel, 20 west 29th street, liberty hall [nomad].

© ace hotel / portrait of the haas brothers and artwork by lili lakich