• Technically Speaking

    Style  

    Technical outerwear is having a moment, a shining moment...literally. In fact, the shinier the better. We like that it pairs really well with the hardy tweeds, scruffy herringbones, and woolly flannels we're wearing this winter. While goose down parkas and puffer vests over tailored clothing isn't necessarily virgin territory, what seems to be feeling really good right now is layering on a lacquered piece.

    Moncler, known for its signature lacquered nylon (you know, the down jackets you can practically see your reflection in), has been preaching this gospel for some time now. RLX has been following suit. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of high design and technical peak performance apparel, their commitment to technical performance wear as of late is impressive.

    Photograph by Andrew Arceri

    If for only layering, like this lightweight down vest, opt for a bright hue. It's just at home under your jacket as it is over it (and don't worry about your jacket peeking out from under the vest). Just keep it low profile and fitted, but not tight. The matte and luster contrast creates an interesting dynamic with visual depth that highlights your rig, not hijacks it. Shine on.

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  • Happy Halloween 2014

    Culture  

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  • JACK SPADE x GapKids

    Style  

    There is no better play date happening right now in kids fashion than the one between Jack Spade, Kate Spade, and GapKids. The quirk and childlike imagination inherent in the Spades' DNA are a natural fit for the American brand that is singlehandedly dressing kids like grown-ups with timely design at accessible price points. The boys and I loaded up in a '70s Ford Bronco for a top down autumn afternoon with Fletcher, the Westie (who happens to be a fan of the hand scarf). While the entire limited edition collection* channels the Spade ethos, highlights for the boys include the geo camo jacket and the coated backpacks.

    *courtesy of GapKids

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  • On the Run

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Ralph Lauren tortoise sunglasses, Parrot ZIK wireless headphones. These headphones have kind of become Owen's "thing." Every time I run into him he has them around his neck if they aren't on his ears. The design is discreet (as most good design is) with no logos, but most impressive is the sound. They say, " I love music and great design." They also say a few other things like, "I'm smart enough and secure enough to be unaffected by Beats by Dre marketing" or "my taste is sophisticated." The ZIK very well could be the best headphone under $400. Now I want a pair.

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  • The East Pole

    Food & Drink  

    The year is 1908. A young polar explorer by the name of Ernest Shackleton is leading a party of four across the frozen wasteland of Antarctica. Final destination: the South Magnetic Pole. For the next 374 days, they determinedly press into the center of the sub-zero desert. They never make it. The threat of starvation and a gap of 112 harrowing miles bring them to their frostbitten knees. What would later be deemed the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration ultimately lays claim to 19 lives. While Shackleton and his men escape such fates, their shortcoming haunts them long after they return to England within inches of their lives.

    A warm sunlight pours into the second floor of a prewar brownstone located at 40.7662355 latitude and -73.9658007 longitude…or more commonly known as the corner of East 65th Street and Lexington Ave. The East Pole, the most recent restaurant by Philip Winser, Benjamin Towhill, and the Brothers Martignetti (Anthony and Tom), has taken up residence in the historic row house.

    The gentlemen recruited Chef Nicholas Wilber to head up the kitchen. As one of the leading chefs in the Farm to Table movement, Chef Wilber has developed a simple yet thoughtful menu drawing on three years of experience at the helm of The Fat Radish. His passion for local, seasonal, organic produce and sustainably-sourced proteins are showcased in dishes such as the Long Island Fluke Crudo and the Fennel & Fish Pie with Lobster and Taragon arriving at our table. Other highlights include the mint lemonade, Peeky Toe Crab & Avocado Toast (Anthony’s favorite), a dozen Chattum Mass oysters with Mignonette Sauce, and the apple pie a la mode.

    We are holed up in the Map Room, the private dining room upstairs designed for intimate gatherings around a long wooden table. Old maps collected by the Winser family over the years line the walls while American walnut, copper, black steel, and white washed walls create a clean and simple point of view with an emphasis on high quality materials. The result is a two story space that harkens back to the age of Shackleton’s polar explorations while paying homage to The Explorers Club that memorializes it.

    While a trek to the South Pole demands endurance, an iron will, and a royal bankrolling, The East Pole requires only an appetite and a Lyft (Uber is old hat and more expensive) to East 65th Street. Gastronomical adventure calls north of 14th St. You will not be disappointed. The only thing you may be haunted by afterwards is the butternut squash cooked down with apples and onions almost to the point of soup, then tossed with rock shrimp and cavatelli for a pasta that tastes simultaneously rich and light.

    133 E. 65th St.
    New York, NY 10065

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