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A Monaco Grand Prix experience. A world food tour for culinary aficionados. A proposal on top of Mt. Everest. To most of us, these sound like fantasy trips or ideal vacations. But to others, they're actual birthdays and trips that were set up by the luxury travel agency In The Know. The brainchild of founders Lia Batkin and Seth Kaplan, the agency calls itself a "travel and lifestyle company" that caters to a young, savvy demographic. The team puts together personalized luxury experiences for their clients, with a wide range of locations, experiences, and elements that turn an ordinary birthday into a glamorous memory. We sat down with Lia Batkin to talk about how the company was founded, as well as the passions that fuel its success. Click through for our interview and slideshow. More»
A New Yorker by way of Australia, designer Emma Fletcher is the creative force behind designer label TOCCA. Known best for its beauty line, TOCCA launched in 1994 and made waves with its newly relaunched clothing line on the Fall/Winter 2011 runways. Created and reintroduced by Fletcher, the brand has developed a sophisticated aesthetic that showcases the best of Fletcher's particular style of whimsical and wearable elegance. We sat down with Emma Fletcher to talk about her former store, her transition to TOCCA, and what her involvement with the brand will mean for the future. More»
"Lifestyle consultant" is the phrase that Maria Brito, CEO of Lifestyling by Maria Brito, has adopted to explain her range of talents. An accomplished interior designer, art collector, Brito's responsibilities range from redesigning her client's homes to helping them curate their contemporary art collections. A New Yorker and veteran of the contemporary art scene, Brito's eye for style and aesthetic has created a loyal client list with some high-profile names, including Sean Combs and Gwyneth Paltrow. We sat down with Maria to talk about her new book, Out There: Design, Art, Travel, Shopping, her background in law, and why it's so important to bring contemporary art into the New York vernacular. More»
For the last ten years, The L Magazine has been a source for exploring and discovering the emerging culture in Brooklyn and New York City. From music and art, to film, food, news, and neighborhood developments, the magazine has undertaken the task of bringing the best and most exciting New York news to its residents. The free publication celebrated its tenth anniversary last week, and we sat down with founder Daniel Stedman to discuss the magazine's past, present, and future. More»
1. Artists matter in society, and should be weighing in on the times in which we live.
2. If you give artists real opportunities to experiment, they can help push society forward.
3. Public spaces are meant for free and creative expression.
Creative Time, headed by president Anne Pasternak, and whose founding principles are laid out above, has been working for almost forty years on public art projects and spaces across Manhattan and beyond. Under Anne's guidance, they have helped to change the way we think about our public art. A space that might typically be thought of as "sculptures plopped in public plazas," Creative Time has managed to find and captivate a much larger audience with the famous works the organization has set up; like the 9/11 memorial light displays at The World Trade Center, the artwork at Battery Park City, Park Avenue Armory, the Coney Island boardwalk, and the Essex Street Market, and, most recently, Heard NY, the Nick Cave Project at Grand Central Terminal.
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city. More»
Pioneering the changing tide in the hotel industry and bringing a new experience to vacation stays, is entrepreneur and hotelier Ben Pundole. A jet-setting hotel expert, Pundole is on a mission to change the way travelers experience hotels. His latest venture, A Hotel Life, is a website that aims to showcase the best hotels around the world. AHL calls itself a guide to discovering the best new places to stay when traveling.
Pundole has spent twenty years in the hotel industry, with a focus on what he calls "lifestyle hotels;" a new breed of boutique hotels that emphasize design, food, events, and experience, instead of the standard "heads in beds" approach. An alumnus of London's Groucho Club, the Met bar, and an executive at Morgans Hotel Group, Pundole recently opened the Hamptons hotel Ruschmeyer's and co-founded hotel group King and Grove. With A Hotel Life, he brings together editors and friends to collate a series of reviews that allows those looking for a luxurious travel experience to choose from a number of fresh and exciting new global destinations. We sat down with Pundole to discuss his new project and how he plans to change the way we experience travel. More»
Since opening in 2010, Timo Weiland has risen from an aspiring streetwear label to a must-see runway collection during New York Fashion Week. The label embodies the spirit of New York, in all its eccentric and artistic glory. There is a team of three designers behind the label. Alan Eckstein and Timo Weiland are the principal co-designers, and a third member, Donna Kang, is indispensable behind-the-scenes on the womenswear side. In their avant-garde office within the CFDA's Fashion Incubator Program, we spent an hour laughing and learning some unexpected lessons about the world of design from the two best friends, Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang. More»
Opening a boutique with staying power in a city like NYC is no small feat, but Claire Distenfeld was up for the challenge. She opened her Upper East Side fashion mecca, Fivestory, last spring - and one year later, it's still going strong, hailed by critics as one of the best curated high-fashion boutiques in the city. The multi-story townhouse carries everything from Balmain to Carven, but no matter what she puts in her store, her goal is to always make women feel good, telling us, "I'm never gonna buy pieces that won't make a woman feel good. She can feel different, she can feel unique, but you're not gonna see a garbage bag with holes in my store." Click through to see how Claire Distenfeld was able to use her background in fine arts to make a name for herself in the cutthroat fashion industry, and stand out from the rest. More>>
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Looking at Misha Nonoo's amazing trajectory in the fashion world, it seems like a sort of fairytale come true. But the young designer didn't get her success by having anything handed to her. She credits her achievements to having a super strong work ethic, telling us, "It's the only way you are going to get anywhere." It's no wonder that with that kind of attitude, she has come to dress the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Pippa Middleton. In between the pre-Fashion Week madness, the lovely Misha Nonoo took some time out of her busy schedule to sit down and chat with us in her downtown studio. Click through to learn more about the Bahrain-born designer. More»
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We would like to introduce you to our new series called 'The Guest List,' which covers NYC's top innovators in industries as varried as hospitality, nightlife, restaurants, tech and fashion. GofG takes a look into how these innovators think, their daily routines, plans for the future and so much more. Take a look at some of our 'Guest List' interviews so far, and get ready for many more great innovators to come!
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Hey boys, the girls got a new club and you better listen up! Chances are you know many of the big names on TheLi.st – a new start-up that serves as "a platform for awesome women" according to its founders, Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol. It's a group that has grown from a small table at Tom & Jerry’s bar to a veritable power list of women over 400 strong.
“There’s a lot money to be made on taking women seriously,” explained Rachel in TheLi.st's new Manhattan office. “That’s actually a quote from Cindy Gallop (of the infamous TED talk Make Love Not Porn, another well-known crusader for women), and we have used it over and over again.” Rachel and Glynnis have been sharing women’s stories in the media for the better part of the last decade, and now they are formally giving them a club to support and connect to one another. It’s an “old boys club” for women – but it’s not on a golf course, it’s online, and it’s helping to get girls, women and mothers interested, engaged, and even funded in the tech space. Powerful men are taking notice and getting on board - they have figured out that women are a good investment. Angel investor and Barbarian Group co-founder Rick Webb is an adviser and "mega supporter of women"; the NYTimes' Nick Bilton wants in on the 'Friends of TheLi.st list', and guys like The Daily's Greg Clayman, David Pakman of Venrock, CNN's Jonathan Wald and Lean Startup's Eric Ries are champions and supporters. More»
Saturday, May 18
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.