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] and berlin [2]], but if you reside elsewhere, no worries, the items can also be ordered online. store location [1]: keizersgracht 500 [centrum]. store location [2]: alte schönhauserstrasse 3 [mitte].

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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

global: dior homme x sennheiser

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it's perhaps an unexpected collab to some, but given the aura of perfectionism that surrounds both brands, it's a match made in heaven. we're talking the upcoming release of the dior homme x sennheiser collection, featuring specially designed versions of the latter's hd 800 s headphones, the hdvd 800 headphone amplifier, the pxc 550 wireless travel headphones, and the ie 800 ear-canal headphones. the trophy items by the audio specialist have been given a stylish dior homme finish, flaunting a black and anthracite aesthetic that's paired with detailing in a bright red, and they come in specially crafted and matching leather bags, pouches, and even storage furniture. the dior homme x sennheiser collection embodies the creative synergy between fashion designer kris van assche of dior homme and sennheiser's honcho of global design oliver berger, and will be available from mid-june at dior homme boutiques and sennheiser stores across the planet. 

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athens: red door restaurant opening

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although born in athenschristos sourligas grew up in south africa, and has worked in far-flung countries, such as the u.s. and australia. it was down under, during a bartender stint in sydney, where sourligas grew a penchant for japanese food that would be decisive for his career. fast forward to 2015, and the man who originally trained as a chef is back in the greek capital, opening japanese sushi restaurant koi just a stone's throw away from the mighty acropolis. the establishment struck a chord with greek foodies, and it quickly developend into a chain, including branches abroad. and now, only two years on, sourligas further hones his entrepreneurial skills.

sticking to his love for japanese food, launching another japanese-inspired fine dining space. all about yakiniku, or grilled meat, it's unsurprisingly called red door. sourligas upped the ante, picking not only a location in the swanky neighbourhood of kolonaki, but also a setting that entices its discernng denizens. local architecture practice acrm was commissioned to design the restaurant, and created an elegant setting based on the use of distinctly japanese elements, but with speakeasy feel. a staircase surrounded by a lush vertical garden leads to the entrance of red door – mind you, there actually is a red door, clad in leather.

once inside, an elongated space unfolds, featuring a bar captured by back-lit marble panels and brass fixtures, and directly opposite, situated on an elevated wooden platforms, five dining booths, each discreetly shielded by wooden partitions. dining in full privacy? simply close the velvet curtains. the menu at the red door lists a range of premium meats, including wagyu beef and kobe beef, but also various fish, and an abundance of tasty side dishes from the land of the rising sun and other asian countries. so, kick off your shoes, sit back, and dig in. location: odos tsakalof 6 [kolonaki].

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são paulo: planares

© galeria leme / photography: filipe berndt

a graduate of the fundação armando alvares penteado in são paulo and london's chelsea college of arts, artist osmar dalio [1959] has helped to shape the contemporary art scene of his native brazil with his continuous research on the balance and tension between form and space in sculpture. dalio started out with perishable materials, rubber parts and wood, but eventually switched to metal in the late 1980s and has stuck with it ever since. the brazilian artist currently has a solo exhibition at galeria leme, one of são paulo's leading venues of contemporary art. entitled planares, it presents a series of large-sized sculptures crafted from corten steel that have been especially created for the event. the process of conception started from a first idea developed through drawing, and which then evolves into creating small models that further explore the shape and proportion. the actual works on display have been industrially manufactured in collab with engineering technicians [on through jul 29]. location: avenida valdemar ferreira 130 [butantã].

© galeria leme / photography: filipe berndt