são paulo: iguatemi talks

© fabian montique – virgil abloh, creative director of off-white

perhaps more so than in other countries, brazil's luxury shopping malls have transcended their original purpose, becoming lifestyle hubs where to insouciantly immerse oneself in an alluring environment that's infused with fashion, trends and style. it's a notion that iguatemi, one of the country's leading mall operators, has cleverly banked on by engaging with its following through publicity and events. the upcoming second edition of the iguatemi talks event, held on oct 23-25 at jk iguatemi mall in são paulo forms an integral part of this marketing strategy. the fashion conference will explore current hot topics such a social fashion, women's empowerment, genderless and social media age design through a programme of interactive workshops, lectures and panel talks. a string of high-profile fashion pros from home and abroad have a been invited who will either host meetings or be present as interviewee, including gucci president + c.e.o. marco bizzarri, business of fashion critic tim blanks, former barneys creative director tim freedman, off-white creative director virgil abloh, and 1970s top model, actress and entrepreneur marisa berenson. location: jk iguatemi mall, avenida presidente juscelino kubitschek 2041 [vila olímpia].

© alberto zanetti – marco bizzarri, president and c.e.o. of gucci

tulum: habitas hotel opening

© habitas / photography: adrian gaut

given its lush tropical conditions, it's understandable tulum ends up on almost anyone's paradise short list. the sun-drenched coastline of white sand beaches, waving palm trees, dotted here and there with ancient mayan ruins, may sound like a picture-perfect cliché, but it's a setting of such arresting natural beauty, it that reels you right in. perched on an acre of land smack on the caribbean sea, an intimate boutique resort has opened which gently taps into the idyllic surrounds with a sophisticated environmental approach and great style. it's called habitas, and is a new collab endeavour of oliver ripley, kfir levy and eduardo castillo, three american entrepreneurs with a combined background in music, design and hospitality, who previously threw cultural meet-ups in unique spots across the planet that center around wellness, food and music.

the new habitas hotel not only takes the trio's specific lifestyle expertise to a higher level, but also enables guests full immersion in a meticulously defined hospitality formula. as such, the complex is focused on using renewable sources and having a minimal impact, but has also been designed to inspire guests and have them interact. intimate and small-scale, only 32 individual guestrooms can be found here, divided into rooms with an outdoor terrace facing the ocean, and so-called jungle rooms with an outdoor terrace overlooking the jungle. set on lush tropical grounds, these pads meet all the standards of today's modern traveller. embedded in a design that could be best described as bohemian-chic, are amenities such as a king bed with luxury linens, hardwood flooring, air conditioning, high-speed wireless internet, and a private outdoor rain shower.

an abstract, three-story glass and steel structure serves as a social hub for the habitas community to drink, dine and socialize, with multiple seating options, including long, communal tables made of reclaimed wood and seating areas with colourful pillows and low-bearing tables. the venue is anchored by moro, an all-day restaurant helmed by chef federico cappi, and serving spanish cuisine with a strong moorish twist. dishes include lamb meatballs with lime yogurt, chicken tajine and baked eggplant with chermoula, using a varierty of exotic spices from north africa. on the mezzanine floor yoga classes are given, and the rooftop serves as an event space. nestled among the palm trees near the ocean, the bar serves classic cocktails with a funky local twist, in addition to a selection of mexican and international beers and wines.

although the emerald waves of the caribbean sea beckon with force, a seafront infinity pool and wood deck offer a slightly more civilized alternative to sit back and bronze. in need of a relaxation boost? no worries. an onsite spa comes with therapists and estheticians who bring a mind/body/spirit approach to their work, incorporating ancient mayan traditions into many of the availabe treatments. and while the region is rife with cultural and natural riches, habitas adds to the sense of discovery with a programme of events on the premises, ranging from outdoor cinema nights and special dinners, to mezcal tastings and live music gigs. mind you, co-founder eduardo castillo is a noted minstrel himself and loves to indulge his guests. location: carretera tulum-boscapaila km 4.0 [tulum].

© habitas / photography: adrian gaut

tokyo: objets nomades collection

© louis vuitton / photography: daici ano

this year's edition of designart has just kicked off in tokyo, and the louis vuitton omotesando flagship pitches in with its newest range of design trophies from its prestigious objets nomades collection. it's a special edition series of travel and furniture products created in collab with a rotation of leading designers, and which was first launched in 2012, and aims to demonstrate the excellence in both creativity and craftsmanship. the new collection debuted earlkier this year at the salone del mobile in milan, and it's for the first time the designs are being showcased here in japan. the new collection comprises of 25 items, created by twelve designers, but showcased on the premises of louis vuitton omotesando is a selection of just 13 designs, including tokujin yoshioka's blossom stool, the diamond screen by marcel wanders, and atelier oï's whimsical swing boat. in need of a trophy for your beloved home? a number of the designs can be snapped up on the spot, while others can be ordered [on through oct 31]. location: louis vuitton, 5-7-5 jingumae [harajuku].

© louis vuitton / photography: daici ano

amsterdam: sushisamba restaurant opening

© sushisamba

the palatable fusion of japanese and peruvian cuisines has been hailed in the biggest capitals across the planet for some time now, but the dutch capital, untrodden ground for many culinary trends, has remained stubbornly aloof. well, that was yesterday. to much fanfare, the sushisamba empire has set foot on dutch soil, opening its newest outpost at a canalside location in downtown amsterdam. the new york city-based hospitality chain opted for an 800 sqm. [8,611 sq.ft.] space within the holland casino complex on leidseplein, a popular entertainment area in the dutch capital.

the restaurant's dining section is situated in light and airy conservatory, and boasts a japanese-inspired façade by architect hans ruijssenaars. similar to sushisamba's other branches, the interior design is colourful and eclectic, taking cues from both japan and brazil for this setting. created by the dutch woodfever practice, the aesthetic is exuberant and adventurous, and adds to the immersive and spectacular dining experience that sushisamba aims to present its clientele. upon entering the establishment there's an imminent colour bombardment as latticework that envelops the staircase is dipped in a palette of bright hues, setting the tone for the interior décor that lies beyond.

a secluded cocktail bar, situated right below, awaits guests with a backdrop of large faux foliage that playfully mimic the lush amazon forest, and obviousy these are just as colourful. the cocktail menu features concoctions by rich woods, the acclaimed mixologist of affiliated restaurant duck & waffle in london. the patterned tile flooring is a firm nod to the embellished pavements of rio de janeiro's iconic boulevards, and can be seen throughout the restaurant. the dining section features various seating arrangements with views of the canal running alongside, and a circular sushi bar is anchored in the middle, below the signature sushisamba tree with luscious orange foliage.

a large open kitchen is situated behind the bar, showcasing even more of the staff's dexterous skills. as said, sushisamba banks on the global trend that is the fusion of japanese and peruvian cuisines, but the restaurant chain added a brazilian element into the mix, resulting in a more vibrant and eclectic experience for all senses. chef cláudio cardoso supervises a menu with an abundance of tasty signature dishes – some are even inspired by local customs and ingredients – such as grilled black tiger shrimp with vanilla, jalapeño, mango en aji amaril pepper, short rib korokke with peruvian potatoes, and tuna ceviche with pomegranate, leche de tigre, maiz morado wasabi peas and basil. the restaurant adds a bold wow factor to the dining experience that's unprecedented in the local restaurant scene. location: max euweplein 64 [centrum].

© sushisamba

global: sunspel s/s 2018 men's collection

© sunspel

continuing to pair a timeless aesthetic with quintessential british elements, sunspel feature in its  s/s 2018 men's collection 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].

© sunspel

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 crowd of 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

© frame

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