online: bugaboo by jannissima travel bags

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after having innovated the mobility of the youngest generation of globetrotters, and last but not least, their beaming parents, bugaboo boldly extrapolated its 20 years of expertise to the realm of travel with the bugaboo boxer. a cleverly concepted modular luggage system, it builds on the company's patented technology, allowing any globetrotter – yes, even the jaded ones – swift and hassle-free commutes, transfers and journeys just about anywhere. the bugaboo boxer's chassis, a highly manoeuvrable frame onto which a variety of travel cases can be stacked, simply requires a light push to get going. the modular system currently comprises of ten elements that not only you allows to fully anticipate your next trip, but also maximizes the joy of travel. created to engage in the lifestyle of savvy nomads, it obviously isn't just functional and versatile, but also easy on the eyes, fusing quality materials, modern design and craftsmanship.

a stylish element of the product range is the bugaboo by jannissima, a collection of travel bags in three different sizes, all concocted by dutch designer jannita van den haak. crafted from black leather, cognac leather, and grey canvas. each model features a niftily designed interior with a removable lining and multiple pockets, but it's only the large trolley and the medium trolley that come with a handy telescopic handle for an extended mobility. needless to say the bugaboo by jannissima travel bags are compatible with the clever bugaboo boxer system as an easy, if not trophy, add-on. the bugaboo by jannissima collection is available at the bugaboo stores in amsterdam [1], berlin [2], london [3], and new york [4], but if you reside elsewhere, no worries, the items can also be ordered online. location [1]: keizersgracht 500 [centrum]. location [2]: alte schönhauserstrasse 3 [mitte]. location [3]: 155 farringdon road [clerkenwell]. location [4]: 224 mulberry street [nolita].

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amsterdam: almost not done store opening

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sometimes cool things pop up in unexpected places, and that's certainly the case with almost not done. tucked away in amsterdam's canal district maze, this quirky little concept store spawns from the audacious minds of sarah schulten and jeff hogendijk, a young entrepreneurial couple with a background in fashion, design, art and music, and as such, blessed with an eclectic scope on things. originally from rotterdam, the duo later relocated to the dutch capital to advance their respective careers. after having settled, they began to sense the city was lacking a venue that appealed to both their personal interests and professional endeavours. it was this very realization that lead to the launch of almost not done, a meeting place of sorts for kindred spirits.

situated in a lofty and light-filled ground floor unit, it's first and foremost a retail space, but also doubles as a gallery and event space for kindred spirits. so, what's to be found on the shelves? schulten and hogendijk both have a distinctive taste that's fully in sync with their generation's view on aesthetics, and they skillfully curate a rotating collection of new and vintage fashion items, including trophy pieces by the likes of comme des garçons, prada, supreme, dries van noten and raf simons, in addition to a similarly rotating range of artworks and objets d'art by bonafide, if not renowned, artists and designers. last but not least, the owners also aim to contribute to sustainability with their new space, inspiring consumers to resell unused goods and slow the demand, albeit just a little, for mass production. location: beulingstraat 21h [centrum].

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austin: austin motel reopening

© bunkhouse / photography: nick simonite

although cool and laid-back aren't the usual references used for texas, they do apply for its quirky capital austin. the city may be smaller or lesser known than houstondallas and san antonio, but it has a character and vibe all its own, pulling an array of kindred spirits from across the u.s. and even further beyond to its doorstep. and now, austin's cool factor got cranked up even further with the reopening of austin motel, a landmark property from the late 1930s  in the city's south congress – or soco in local parlance  neighbourhood. the hotel has been taken under the wing of bunkhouse, a boutique hotel chain with local roots, and which already operates two other appealing properties in the area. 

and now, following a thorough revamp, austin motel has reemerged as a the latest preferred hangout in town of savvy travelers. the style of the nterior design straddles three decades that have shaped the look and feel of the place: the 1930s, when the property was built, the 1950s, when it was in its heyday, and last but not least, the 1980s, an era that represents the old austin and south congress, before the neighbourhood began to transform to its current buzzing state. the result is undeniably colour-infused, but also coherent, and with the phallic neon sign as proof, it's executed with great respect for the building's original architecture. 

next to being quirkily picture perfect, each of austin motel's 41 rooms comes with a set of amenities that contribute to a great stay, including complimentary wifi, telephone, and coffee service in the lobby, free parking, and right outise there's a communal swimming pool where to relax and mingle. feeling peckish? the fine foods bar is readily comes to rescue with tasty burgers and fries, paired with beers, wines, and for those in need of something a tad more fancy, punches and cocktails are available too. also to be found on the premises is a shop filled with a funky selection of downtime essentials. location: 1230 south congress avenue [south congress].

© bunkhouse / photography: nick simonite

tokyo: prada pop-up store

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it's not just a pop-up store, but also signals the unabated importance of japan as a luxury market. we're talking prada's ephemeral retail space at isetan shinjuku, one of tokyo's leading department stores, and it's stocked with a string of exclusive men's items, and merchandise from the italian brand's a/w 2017 collection. amidst a specially designed setting, featuring prada's iconic black + white checkered floor, furnishings comprising of large trunks, in addition to shelving and props in shiny chrome. specially designed wallpaper with an urban motif clads the pop-up store's walls. so, what's in store? the most coveted trophy on the premises undoubtedly is a tote bag – mind you, it's a world exclusive – that's customizable with leather velcro stickers, a first for prada, and which are also sold separately. additional merchandise includes t-shirts, a jacket, backpacks, clutch bags and briefcases using rumfer. It is a pleasant opportunity to see the items of the 2017 autumn / winter men's collection as soon as possible [open through jun 27]. location: isetan shinjuku, 3-14-1 shinjuku, third floor [shinjuku].

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milan: acne studios opening

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in a city as steeply immersed in fashion, style and la bella figura as milan, entering its boutique-infested retail arena takes a bit of an effort. but given acne studios' global track record in churning out sleek flagships, they needn't worry except finding the right location. well, the swedish fashion house scored bull's eye in that department. after a five-year search, the company managed to obtain the prestigious former premises of the marc by marc jacobs boutique and café in the city's upscale brera district. the acne studios flagship occupies the ground floor and basement of an 18th century building, and whose lower façade is marked by fourteen arched windows.

inside, a contrasting modern and understated interior unfolds, captured by walls clad in sheets of shiny stainless steel and flooring of rosa baveno, a soft pink granite that's quarried up north in the lombardy region. the stuccoed ceiling has been dipped in a somewhat bolder pink hue, and forms the backdrop of a custom-made, futuristic lighting installation. furnishings and fixtures are sparse and seamlessly matching, comprising of steel shelving and clothing racks, in addition to large granite tables and displays. the new acne studios flagship carries the brands full range of men's and women's apparel, accessories, shoes, jewellery pieces and eyewear, in addition to select denim pieces. location: piazza del carmine 6 [brera].

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new york: public hotel opening

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nothing less than a visionary, ian schrager co-founded studio 54, the legendary 1970s stomping ground of manhattan's notorious party crowd, and later on gifted the planet's discerning travelers with the boutique hotel concept, revolutionizing an entire industry along the way. on top of his game ever since, schrager initially launched his newest hospitality concept public in chicago in 2011, and now, after having found a prefect location, it has finally bowed in his hometown of new york city. the format aims to capture luxury in a contemporary way, replacing the usual frills and perks with unique experiences, an above average personalized service, settings that inspire rather than being marveled at, and last but not least, all of the aforementioned at a more accessible level, or in schrager's words, in a more democratized luxury context.

service and comfort are at the heart of public, and these elements have been completely rethought for this new brand response to the desires and needs of savvy guests. as said, public's service is tailor-made, but also knowledgeable and effective on many levels, and is readily provided by specially trained public advisors. in other words, they're the go-to peeps to get things done, even a thing or two you'd think impossible to achieve. obviously, new technology is available, but it's not implemented for the sake of it, and is equally thought out. wifi is free and fast, and apple tv is installed in every room on the premises, allowing guests to watch anything at anytime, order food, and expedite communication via a custom-designed, state of the art chat bot.

other thoughtful details are 12 easy to reach outlets and usb ports in all of the 367 guest rooms and communal workspaces within the public spaces. being schrager's concoction, public obviously is a design-led property, but created in a non-intrusive way. the ambiance reflects a meticulously created balance, oozing sophisitication and sumptuousness that allows anyone to feel right at home. the public spaces were designed to bring people together, create community, and to connect work, leisure, fun and culture. and it's the latter aspect which schrager has extrapolated into the realm of gastronomy and lifestyle, creating a number of appealing venues that can be considered destinations in their own right.

first and foremost, there's public kitchen, a restaurant helmed by acclaimed french chef jean-georges vongerichten, and serving an array of dishes that reflect the city's allure as a global melting pot. the setting is chic, but not formal, and features a smoker and both a wood-burning oven and grill as a decorative focal point. part grocery, part coffee parlour, and part lunch spot, louis offers equally eclectic favours, but here it's all about organic slow-food, served in a casual setting. as for drinks, public offers no less than three watering holes, each with a different vibe. but in terms of nocturnal debauchery, the jewel in the crown has to be public arts. concepted as an avant-garde performance space, it'll present a rotating programme of various cutting-edge cultural events, from artsy and intellectual, to frolicky and fun. location: 215 chrystie street [nolita].

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los angeles: this is why i'm such a mess

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artists hyland mather and mando marie are friends, and their bonding proved to be good enough to collaborate artistically. the creative output is currently on display in an exbition at c.a.v.e. gallery in los angeles. the show, somewhat puzzlingly entitled this is why i'm such a mess, presents works inspired by their travels around the sunny coasts of california and the iberian peninsula. the crafty duo have concocted a series of double sided canvas pieces called flipsides, and which feature mather's geometric minimal paintings on one side, and marie's illustrative paintings on the other. additionally, marie puts on display works on paper and a series of old book inventively covers used as canvases for her paintings, and mather presents, as an homage to his many coastal outings, laser cut pieces made from a single sheet of found wood. location: c.a.v.e. gallery, 55 north venice boulevard [venice beach].

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tokyo: galerie perrotin opening

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following the opening of an outpost in hong kong in 2012, and last year's launch in seoul, renowned paris-based art dealer emmanuel perrotin [1968] has anticipated a siginificant rise in the number of japanese collectors with the opening of a third asian exhibition space in tokyo's roppongi district. also, the japanese capital being one of his fave destinations, launching here gives him al the more reason to drop by regularly while also enabling his roster of top artist to gain exposure in this increasingly important art market. the venue is situated on the ground floor of the piramide building, a stone's throw away from the roppongi hills landmark complex, and features approx. 81 sqm. [872 sq.ft.] exhibition space, spread across a large room and a smaller adjacent room. the inaugural show of galerie perrotin's newest asian outpost is dedicated to french artist pierre soulages [1919], and features a series of monochromatic black paintings [open through aug 19]. location: piramide building, 6-6-9 roppongi, ground floor [roppongi].

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new york: whatever’s in me is whatever’s in you

© agnès b. / photography: chad moore – hanna (floor)

currently based in new york city, photographic artist chad moore [1987] has exhibited at prestigious venues around the planet, in addition to publishing four books. in all his work, moore is portraying emotions – the beauty of our thoughts, our feels, our desires, our intuition. throughout his work, one can get a sense of who he is as a person, and how he uses the camera, reflecting his multifaceted artistic development. moore's latest showcase, elaborately entitled whatever’s in me is whatever’s in you, and his first ever in the city, is held at the agnès b. galerie boutique in soho. on display at the exhibition are 24 colour chromogenic prints in various sizes, all taken in the period 2011 to 2017. additionally, a 78-page book of 100 photographs has been released at last week's opening, and served as a giveaway at the opening [open through jul 30]. location: 50 howard street [soho].

© agnès b. / photography: chad moore – sarah (pregnant) and anna (ocean)

portland: the abeyance store opening

© the abeyance / photography: aaron levy

it was during an internship last year at h. lorenzo – one of the most coveted addresses for high-end fashion in los angeles – that liam phillips got the retail bug. and now, at just 17, he has audaciously launched a boutique of his own in his hometown of portland. the young entrepreneur had sensed a gap in the local market, and especially among the creative workforce of companies such as nike, for avant-garde brands, and simply decided to set up shop. the resourceful teen initially started his business online, and now, only a year later, he has shifted to brick and mortar. circumventing the lack of large funds, phillips picked an affordable, and dare we say, fashionably concealed unit on the premises of morgan's alley, a mall just off broadway in the heart of the city.

called the abeyance, meaning a pause of sort and usually in a legal situation, phillips aims to create a pause, if not a meditative moment that enables one to find new balance in the volatile realm of fashion. the retail space measures 850 sq.ft. [79 sqm.] and boasts a clean aesthetic of whitewashed walls, paired with timber planking, simple wooden furnishings and steel clothing racks. as said, the abeyance is a consignment shop, and exclusively stocks high-end menswear apparel and shoes by a tightly curated range of designers, including coveted names such as rick owens, ann demeulemeestercomme des garçons, carol christian poell and haider ackermann. living outside portland? no worries, items can also be purchased online. location: morgan's alley, 515 s.w. broadway [downtown].

© the abeyance / photography: aaron levy