global: sunspel s/s 2018 men's collection

© sunspel

continuing to pair a timeless aesthetic with quintessential british elements, the sunspel s/s 2018 men's collection features a wide range of versatile pieces. for this collection, cues have been taken from small creative studios in the homeloand, pairing the teals, greys and steely blues of paul bailey’s windswept essex landscapes with the delicate pinks and sea greens of reiko kaneko’s beautiful glazed pottery, mixed in with a dash of bold colourblocking inspired by the handmade quilts of textile artist katherine may. this palette is captured by 'summer-proof' quality fabrics such as sea island cotton, tropical wools and cotton linens, all ideal companions for an active lifestyle. the collection encompasses an entire leisure wardrobe, and also includes compatible holiday pieces, in addition to beachwear and swimming trunks. shown here are four looks from the collection that we particularly like. the sunspel s/s 2018 men's collection will be available at the sunspel flagship stores in london, berlin and tokyo, in addition to a string of leading depositories across the planet, including opening ceremony [los angeles], bergdorf goodman [new york], french trotters [paris], lane crawford [beijing] and the standard store [sydney].

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jakarta: honu bar opening

© honu / photography: sefval mogalana

to many an outsider, it's rife with stark contrasts, somewhat overcrowded, and the near 24/7 traffic gridlock hardly is a selling point either. there's no doubt that to appreciate jakarta, it takes a little effort, and perhaps also pinpoint navigation skills, to discover its fun side and the  many hidden gems this sprawling megalopolis has to offer. one of the new spots that caters to a savvy young consumers is situated deep in the heart of kemang, a leafy residential neighbourhood in the south of the city. named after the hawaiian word for green sea turtle, and which happens to be a symbol of good luck, endurance and a long life, honu is a friendly hangout where a local crowd indulge in a variety of tasty and healthy poké and matcha concoctions. 

the bar is situated on a narrow and elongated plot alongside one of the neighbourhood's major thoroughfares, and features an interior design by architects rafael arsono and margareta miranti of jakarta-based practice rafael miranti architects. previously occupied by an italian eatery, the place has been fully stripped and was then given a full makeover. the modern façade dipped in a dark green hue and matched with timber and glass signals the venue's transformation from afar. the wood element resurfaces as well, notably captured by the ceiling and a chunky, protruding demarcation at the far end of the establishment that allows to create a private space by way of a curtain. furnishings comprise of simple tables with wooden table tops, contemporary wooden stools, and rattan chairs add a local touch. a small patio covered in pebbles at the far end allows in floods of daylight.

up front near the entrance a service station is situated, and it comes with a handy streetside window for takeout orders. modern lifestyle is anchored in honu's hospitality format, and that's also distinctly reflected in its menu which offers a modern take on the classic hawaiian dish in six varieties. bowls contain the indonesian staple of rice, and are paired with the goodness of marinated raw fish that's rich in lean high-quality protein, omega-3 and various vitamins and minerals. additional toppings provide another layer of complexity and source of nutrients. and if you're feeling excessively peckish, supplement your order with one of the side dishes. obviously, only quality produce is used, locally sourced and organic as much as possible. beverages come in the form of matcha drinks, all containing quality organic matcha powder, imported from kagoshima. not much of a fan? no problem, there's juices, cold brew coffee and water too. location: jalan kemang selatan raya 125 [kemang].

© honu / photography: sefval mogalana

paris: malick sidibé, mali twist

© malick sidibé – un jeune gentleman [1978] – courtesy galerie magnin-a, paris

as one of the greatest photographers of the modern age, malick sidibé [1936-2016] has built a legacy that continues to mesmerize audiences across the planet to this very day. a native of mali, he documented extensive periods of his country's history by way of compelling photographs of events, people's day-to-day activities, and of course, portraits, giving a powerful impetus to his craft in the region along the way. in 1995 fondation cartier presented the first solo exhibition of the malian lensman outside of the african continent at its gallery space in paris, followed by a large retrospective in 2016 as a tribute to his passing the year before. opening at the parisian venue on fri – oct 20 is malick sidibé, mali twist, a third exhibition by curator and gallerist andré magnin in collab with writer and journalist brigitte ollier.

on display are not only fine examples of sidibé's elaborate work, but also a vast collection of vintage black + white photographs and portraits from his archives, and it's the very first time they're shown to the public. the photos reveal sidibé’s capacity, starting at the beginning of the 1960s, to grasp the vitality of the youth of the malian capital bamako and impose his unique style. and that's not all, folks! fondation cartier's nomadic nights programme will feature artists, musicians, and thinkers from mali to dialogue with the photographer’s work through live gigs, popular balls, traditional puppets, a mobile photo studio, and meetings around music and dance. location: fondation cartier, 261 boulevard raspail [montparnasse].

© malick sidibé – regardez-moi! [1962] and les amis dans la même tenue [1972] – courtesy caac / the pigozzi collection

milan: babila hostel opening

© babila hostel / photography: riccardo gasperoni

sure, there's plenty of good looking places in milan where to lay down your head. but when you're on a budget and don't wish to compromise on comfort and an inspiring aesthetic, it can be quite a challenge. the newly opened babila hostel, situated in the downtown neighbourhood of porta vittoria, comes to the rescue with its cool hospitality formula and understated settings. housed in the imposing former west wing of istituto vittoria colonna, an educational organizationwith catholic roots that has managed a number of nursery and primary schools in the city, the building's ornate gothic-transalpine façade offers a beautiful contrast with the modern interiors created by studio arx2, a neapolitan practice led by architects giovanni picolli and giancarlo noce.

the structure's lofty spaces have luckily been retained, and now that they've been paired with a minimalist aesthetic and modern materials, the venue has acquired a new freshness and vibe. the vaulted ground floor hall, home to babila hostel's reception desk and a small bistrot in an adjacent space, features pristine enamelled walls and resin flooring. sophisticated light fixtures and art pieces add to a welcoming and playful atmosphere, setting the tone for the entire premises. the property features just 14 rooms with multiple beds [4 or 6] set across two floors, including women only rooms and rooms accommodating guests with a disability. and if you'd like to splurge a little: the top floor features three double rooms, each with a private bathroom.

the rooms are furnished with specially designed beds with a metal construction – mind you, most furniture pieces here bear the signature of studio arx2 – and although functionality has the upper hand, the design is balanced and executed with a keen eye for colour and materials. a magnificent marble staircase, an original fixture, leads up to the rooms and all the onsite facilities and shared spaces. as said, there's a bistro and it serves italian bites as served by a traditional trattoria, and not surprisingly, the venue also doubles as an events space. relaxation is a key ingredient at babila hostel, given the many shared spaces, such as game rooms, a yoga room, a lounge and on the top floor, a secluded terrace with sweeping views of lush greens. for those who'd like to balance the good life and break some sweat, a fully equipped modern gym is readily available in the basement area. location: via del conservatorio 2a [porta vittoria].

© babila hostel – photography: riccardo gasperoni

online: kalkul 3d-printed earphones

© kalkul

it's undeniable that 3d printing has boosted innovation within the realm of design, creating a whole new generation of sophisticated products. in the latter category falls the kalkul 1.1, a 3d-printed wired earphone created by kalkul, a young tokyo-based company specialized in making high-end personal technology products as this video aptly demonstrates. the nifty product is its​ ​first​ ​foray​ ​in​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​audio​ ​solutions,​ ​and pairs ​an​ ​advanced​ noise canceling​ ​a strong memory foam with an innovative 3d-printed sound canal, enabling a uniquely immersive acoustic experience. the enclosure of kalkul 1.1 is made of nylon 11, a high-performance plastic with a denim-like touch. it's designed and manufactured in the japanese capital, using an on-demand industrial procedure with a zero-waste philosophy. catering to a demographic of obsessive audiophiles, the kalkul 1.1 is fine-tuned for modern music production with a very high bandwidth of detailed frequencies.

mind you, being able to reproduce the details intended by the sound is a known engineering challenge that only very expensive professional speaker technology and careful tuning can usually achieve. the speaker configuration precisely renders complex highs into space, while maintaining rich lows with a large headroom. the foundation is a dual balanced armature driver professional audio technology rooted in hearing aid technology, with precision at the forefront. this enables a longer high volume experience with less discomfort while efficiently reducing the risk of harming the ear. kalkul sourced top of the range speakers, cables and connectors, then built around them with the freedom of complex design thanks in part to 3d-printing. the kalkul 1.1 earphones come packaged in industry-standard esd bags that contribute to a reduced waste, and are exclusively available online for usd 248 – that's eur 210 or jpy 27,800 in equivalent currencies – with free worldwide shipping.

© kalkul

new york: frame store opening

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only one and a half years after opening its very first boutique at homebase los angeles, cult denim and apparel brand frame is expanding its retail network at an accelerated pace. the company has recently planted a flag on greene street in soho, one of new york city's most coveted shopping grounds. situated on the lofty ground floor of a six-storey brick structure built in 1900, it has been completely renovated to meet modern standards, featuring walls and ceiling dipped in a pristine white hue, paired with tile flooring. co-founders erik torstensson and jens grede have been closely involved in the store's interior design, and have carefully selected a number of statement furniture pieces and fixtures in various materials and colours. a sophisticated lighting system, comprising largely of three rows of suspended spotlights, allows to highlight specific sections or products. using the l.a. boutique aesthetic as a blueprint, it has resulted in a gallery-like yet subtly layered setting that far exceeds the parametres of generic retail. the frame boutique carries the brand's full range of women's and men's denim pieces and apparel collections. meanwhile, a third outpost has also bowed in san francisco. new york location: 51 greene street [soho]. 

© frame

copenhagen: the runway issue

© normann copenhagen

the magnificently renewed premises of normann copenhagen have seen yet another transformation, but luckily it's an adaptive one that adds a warm shimmer of gold. we're talking the design brand's third major exhibition, entitled the runway issue, that cleverly puts its many products in a new perspective, and perhaps trigger the mindset of its viewers along the way. previously anchored by a pink hue, it's now, as said, all about bright yellow. it's immediately evident upon entering the flagship store's metal-clad corridor, which for the occasion has been embellished with colour-infused installations that hint what's coming up around the corner in the large hall.

it's here, where a meandering runway – obviously dipped in yellow – takes centre stage, filled with meticulously positioned trophies from normann copenhagen's vast collection. mimicking the dynamics of an actual fashion show, the configuration is as such that it emphasizes the beauty of design in general, and obviously, the normann copenhagen pieces on display in particular. the buzz continues in the store's downstairs gallery, where the aesthetic shifts into high visual drama by way of, yes again, a runway, set against a glistening backdrop of futuristic rock. in this evocative setting, more furniture pieces and light fixtures are showcased. the exhibition will be shown for the next six months. location: østerbrogade 70 [indre by].

© normann copenhagen

los angeles: fred segal store opening

© fred segal

fred segal has been a fixture in los angeles' fast-evolving shopping landscape for quite a few decades, but as of late the retailer has started with a clean slate, opening a high-profile flagship store in west hollywood. the move follows the closure of its outpost in santa monica in 2015, and the abandonment of its original location on melrose avenue for this new site. situated on the corner of sunset and la cienega boulevards, the store occupies a 13,000 sq.ft. [1,115 sqm.] ground floor unit of the apartment residences, a newly built upscale residential complex marked by eight-storey towers.

the ivy-covered façade flaunts fred segal's signature mansard awning and blue and red striping set against a pristine white backdrop, and upon entering the premises, a playful interior – it's a collab effort by brand studio caa-gbg, designer mike mankin and lma architects – unfolds by way of multibrand boutiques, shop-in-shops, an ongoing rotation of pop-up stores, a florist and a restaurant that all cater to a modern california lifestyle. the various settings are simple and low-key, and not only add to a sense of discovery and adventure, but also signals the store's reputation as a fashion laboratory.

a number of art installations also contribute to this effect, and includes a hand-built treehouse by takashi kobayashi, danny flynn's vintage décor wall bloom, and a textile concept by johnson hartig. the multi-brand partners and brand shops at the new fred segal store include multi-line men's shop hartel, the women's equivalent collectiveatelier & repairs, the pancake epidemic, and framed ewe. the first to occupy the 1,400 sq.ft. [130 sqm.] pop-up space is levi's. dubbed the fred segal loves levi's pop-up shop as an ode to the denim giant and fred segal’s long-standing history, levi’s has created four exclusive garments for the store.

the pop-up setting is adorned with a special installation spanning the windows along sunset and la cienega boulevards. as said, there's also a restaurant onsite where to recharge during or after a power shopping session. it's named fred segal café by tartine, and is a collab with the revered foodie destination tartine. it's the latter's first outpost in southern california, and it will initially only serve coffee by coffee manufactory, the restaurant's coffee-roasting division, but with an expanding menu of sandwiches, pastries and other tasty bites to come early next year. location: 8500 sunset boulevard [west hollywood].

© fred segal

paris: meet me in paris

© sergeant paper / paul thurlby – beaubourg

paul thurlby [1971] is an acclaimed london-based illustrator with nottingham roots. thurlby's work is graphic and colourful, and he enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, ranging from the new yorker and monocle, to the french tourist board and the guardian. the artist loves original vintage posters and postcards, and this is clearly evident in his latest show that'll open on thu – oct 12 [6pm-9.30pm] at sergeant paper store and gallery in paris. aptly entitled meet me in paris, the show presents a series of new works depicting his fave sights, monuments and neighbourhoods in the french capital in his usual colourful retro-style. and for all you fans out there: thurlby will be attending the opening for a meet and greet! location: 38 rue quincampoix [marais].

© sergeant paper / paul thurlby  – oh la la and le café

moscow: voda bar opening

© korpus / photography: polina poludkina

as any big town, moscow has its fair share of hidden gems. tucked away in a little courtyard just off ulitsa petrovka, a busy thoroughfare in the city's tverskaya district lined with prestigious boutiques, restaurants and offices, a quirky cocktail bar has opened its doors. interestingly, it doesn't specifically cater to the well-heeled that prance around the area, but instead pulls a young but nevertheless savvy demographic to its doorstep. simply called voda – russian for water – it was founded by vitaliy bgantsov, a young bearded bartender who's had stints at a string of high-profile watering holes across town, and a business partner. obviously, this is a step up the ladder for bgantsov, and he has used his expertise well to create a drinking den extraordinaire. 

occupying a concealed location, and using only an engraved stone beside a well-designed door to signal one's presence is perhaps new to moscow sophisticates, but it perfectly fits the owners' vision of bringing a distinctly different drinking experience to the russian capital. local practice korpus, led by achitects julia ardabievskayamikhail khvalebnov and alina kvirkvelia, was tapped to create an interior that would reflect a different kind of refinement. the compact two-storey building was originally in use as a boiler house, and the interior design has actually retained large parts of its original shell to achieve an aesthetic inspired by muscovite chambers from a bygone era. 

the ground floor setting at voda comprises of exposed brick walls, embellished with precision cut-outs filled with architectural forms and objects, a plaster-cast bar with stools accompanied by a large table, a dark wooden ledge that subtly runs along one side of the room, and last but not least, a limestone-covered staircase whose robust spatial features amplify the visual drama. upstairs the atmosphere shifts to homey and relaxing with a lounge area to match. the stylish space, clad in wooden planking, is furnished with carefully sourced vintage pieces, and the lofty ceiling and large window lend its compact size a surprisingly airy feel.

lighting, in the form of both pendant and wall-mounted spotlights, is applied largely in a functional way, especially in the room downstairs. as said, voda is a nocturnal hangout where cocktails are served, and given bgantsov's expertise, expect these to be wonderfully nifty concoctions. the cocktails take cues from the culinary world and far beyond, but include experimental compositions and adventurous flavours and spices. if you peek over the shoulers of the bartender downstairs, you'll see a large number of jars filled with freshly made cocktail flavours which form the very base of your delectable drink. location: ulitsa petrovka 17, building 7 [tverskaya].

© korpus / photography: polina poludkina