20141021

Wear It Like: Jack Dorsey - Wednesday 10/22 Edition


1. Braun Prestige BN00095 Stainless Steel Wristwatch @ InforMANt
2. Avallone Reversible Executive Belt @ InforMANt
3. Hackett Mayfair Shirt @ Mr Porter
4. James Narrow Tie @ Lumina
5. White Oak Taper Trenton Jean @ Lumina
6. Armani Fitted Blazer @ farfetch
7. Valentine Goods Black Crocodile Case @ InforMANt
Sounds: Nee to Feel Loved by Reflekt @ Amazon
Need to Feel Loved

20141020

Wear It Like: Jack Dorsey - Tuesday 10/21 Edition


1. St Laurent Slim Fit Washed Denim @ Mr Porter
2. Junya Wantanabe Commes Des Garcons Contrast Shirt @ farfetch
3. Canali Degrade EffectBuckle Belt @ farfetch
4. Avallone Antique Leather Front Pocket Wallet @ InforMANt
5. Parry Gargano Stranger Ring @ InforMANt
6. Maison martin Margiela Trunk Boot @ farfetch
Sounds: Rinzler by Kaskade @ Amazon

20141019

Wear It Like: Jack Dorsey - Monday 10/20 Edition


1. Heath Two Button Wool Suit @ Reiss
2. Wooyoungmi Panel Collar Shirt @ Matches
3. Turnbull & Asser Ribbed Silk Tie @ Mr Porter
4. Lanvin Silk Pocket Square @ Mr Porter
5. Blake Green Nautilus Cufflinks @ InforMANt
6. Christophe Lemaire Minimal Loafers @ farfetch
7. Paul Smith Skull Metal Tie Clip @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Criminal by Fiona Apple @ Amazon

Sunday 10/19 Edition: THE 10 BEST SECRET RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA

The rise of the modern speakeasy has given you plenty of options when you want a secretive drink, but what if you want a bite to eat somewhere sly? Not to be outdone by the underground libation outlets, the secret restaurant is alive and well in America. Here are 10 of the best we recommend checking out … if you can find their doors.
CHEF VOLA’S (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ)
To get into Chef Vola’s you have to be connected. Maybe know a guy who knows a guy. There are only 12 tables in the Italian joint located in the basement of a house in A.C., and procuring one is more than tricky. If you do happen to snag a reservation at the unmarked establishment, you’ll be met with photos of celebs on the walls and tremendous, classic Italian food on your plate. If you want more info, the password-protected website will be of little help.
SAFE HOUSE (MILWAUKEE, WI)
Before it was cool to make your establishment secretive, there was Safe House in Milwaukee. For the last 40+ years, it’s been the secret restaurant. The entire experience is inspired by spy films and mysterious history. Even after you’ve found the unmarked door, you still need to know the password to get in. Luckily, if you don’t know the password, you can still complete a mission to gain access. Once inside, you’ll be met with a cell door from an actual KGB prison, a booth that hides you and your guests, and the option to have the Unique Martini which is shaken not stirred by traveling through a tube around the restaurant.
FRED’S BREAKFAST (NEW HOPE, PA)
Chris and Ellen Bollenbacher are the owners of The Landing Restaurant, a restaurant in New Hope, PA with a fantastic view right on the water and a load of fans. Some of those fans know about their other venture, Fred’s Breakfast. The members only breakfast spot has just 31 seats and you’ll need a special key to get in. Named after their dog, Fred, Fred’s Breakfast serves up tasty baked goods you can down with cup after cup of coffee … if you’re lucky enough to have a key.
TOTORAKU (LOS ANGELES, CA)
Do you crave mouth-watering beef and are up for a challenge? Totoraku is your spot. Known as the “secret beef restaurant,” Totoraku offers up raw and cooked beef unlike any you’ve had before. Unfortunately, they don’t have a website or Facebook page, and you need to know someone to get in. You could walk up to the door (it’s underneath a sign reading “The Teriyaki House Pico”), but you’ll probably be greated with a quick, “We’re full tonight.” It’s a hot spot for local chefs and celebs, and if you’re lucky enough to get a business card with the handwritten phone number, you might be able to snag a seat yourself.
LUKSUS (BROOKLYN, NY)
Tucked away in one of our favorite beer bars in the country, Tørst, is a tiny eatery called Luksus. There are only 26 seats and it’s a simple tasting menu, but hot damn is it good. Daniel Burns, formerly of Noma and The Fat Duck, serves up snacks and bites with a strong Nordic lean that will go nicely with a glass of something from Evil Twin.
VERNON’S HIDDEN VALLEY STEAKHOUSE (LOS RANCHOS, NM)
Should you find yourself in New Mexico with a hankering for some seriously good steak, Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse is your spot … assuming you can find it and you know the password which changes on a weekly basis. There’s no sign outside and when you knock (3 times) someone slides open a little window just like in the movies. Once you do get inside, however, you’re in steak heaven. It’s not cheap, but all-natural 21-day wet-aged beef shouldn’t be.
CLUB 33 (ANAHEIM, CA)
So you’re spending a few days at Disney and you’ve had your fair share of waiting in line and greasy food, where do you go? Club 33. Well, Club 33 if you happen to be able to get in. (Hint: You probably can’t.) The private club is located in the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland and is open to only 500 members. Want to become one of those members? Sure, you just have get lucky and spend 10+ years on a wait list. But, hey, you can get booze in there.
EL CARAJO (MIAMI, FL)
While many restaurants on this list are located behind an unmarked door, El Carajo has basically donned a fake mustache and put on a total disguise. You can find the tapas and wine spot at the BP gas station on 17th Ave and US 1. Inside the “Food Store & Deli,” you’ll be treated to 2,000 wines from all over the world and all the chorizo and ceviche you can handle.
KILLER POBOYS (NEW ORLEANS, LA)
If you want a po’ boy in New Orleans, you’ve got a lot of options. If you want a tasty one shrouded in mystery, get one at Killer Poboys. Located in the back of the Erin Rose Bar, Killer Poboys serves up unique po’ boys like a glazed pork belly version or a meatloaf one. Grab a drink at Erin Rose Bar and then soak up the booze with something from the back.
BOHEMIAN (NEW YORK, NY)
There’s an unassuming butcher shop on Great Jones Street in a building that used to be owned by Andy Warhol where you’ll find a true hidden gem. Bohemian is a Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar that serves up tremendous cocktails, steak, and more in a zen-like atmosphere. Despite being highly rated, there’s no phone number and to get a reservation you have to email and basically plead your case. If you do get in, you can enjoy a $55, six-course tasting menu highlighted by some Washugyu beef sliders and a bunch of other specialties.
Via Cool Material

20141016

Friday 10/17 Edition: Life at 1,396 feet: $90 Million Penthouse in the Tallest Condo Building in the Western Hemisphere

Life at 1,396 feet: $90 Million Penthouse in the Tallest Condo Building in the Western Hemisphere
Standing at a staggering 1,396 feet, it offers breathtaking views of New York, including Central Park, lower Manhattan and the Atlantic Ocean.
This spectacular building is 432 Park Avenue, in midtown Manhattan, which today became the tallest residential site in the Western Hemisphere.
Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the 96-story condo offers 104 units, ranging in price from $16.95million to a whopping $95million penthouse suite.
Astonishingly, it towers over the Empire State Building (1,250ft), the Chrysler Building (1,046ft) and One World Trade Center without its spire (1,368ft). 
Stunning: This marble bathroom at 432 Park Avenue - which stands at a staggering 1,396 feet - offers a breathtaking view of New York
Stunning: This marble bathroom at 432 Park Avenue – which stands at a staggering 1,396 feet – offers a breathtaking view of New York
Sprawling: The building in midtown Manhattan today became the tallest residential site in the Western Hemisphere. Above, is a living room in the skyscraper 
Sprawling: The building in midtown Manhattan today became the tallest residential site in the Western Hemisphere. Above, is a living room in the skyscraper
A view to wake up to: Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the 96-story condo offers 104 units, ranging from $16.95million to $95million
A view to wake up to: Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the 96-story condo offers 104 units, ranging from $16.95million to $95million
Tall: 432 Park Avenue (center) towers over the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center without its spire
Tall: 432 Park Avenue (center) towers over the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center without its spiral.
This morning CIM Group and Macklowe Properties announced the topping out of the building, which will welcome its first residents next year.
For those lucky few who can afford to purchase a unit, they will be able to observe the stunning views from sprawling 10-foot-by-10-foot windows.
The units, all built over 365 feet and designed by Deborah Berke, also feature 12.5-foot ceilings, solid oak flooring and Italian marble countertops.
And the rest of the building is just as impressive – with climate-controlled wine cellars, an outdoor terrace, a spa, a ‘massage therapy room’ and a pool.
Beautifully furnished: The building will welcome its first residents next year. Above, this unit features a telescope to look out over New York
Beautifully furnished: The building will welcome its first residents next year. Above, this unit features a telescope to look out over New York
Breathtaking: For those lucky few who can afford to purchase a unit, they will be able to observe the views from  10-foot-by-10-foot windows
Breathtaking: For those lucky few who can afford to purchase a unit, they will be able to observe the views from 10-foot-by-10-foot windows
An immaculate kitchen: The units, all built over 365 feet and designed by Deborah Berke, also feature 12.5-foot ceilings and solid oak floors
An immaculate kitchen: The units, all built over 365 feet and designed by Deborah Berke, also feature 12.5-foot ceilings and solid oak floors
Skyline: And the rest of the building is just as impressive - with climate-controlled wine cellars, an outdoor terrace, a spa, a 'massage therapy room' and a pool. Above, this view of the Manhattan skyline shows 432 Park View (right). The crane on top will soon be removed from the site
Skyline: And the rest of the building is just as impressive – with climate-controlled wine cellars, an outdoor terrace, a spa, a ‘massage therapy room’ and a pool. Above, this view of the Manhattan skyline shows 432 Park View (right). The crane on top will soon be removed from the site
Residents can also frequent a billiards room, dine in a restaurant underneath a crystal chandelier, socialise in a lounge and keep fit in a private gym.
The building, which sits between 56th and 57th Streets, first underwent excavation work on September 26, 2011, followed by three years of construction.
Today, the final concrete was poured on its highest floor, taking it to its full height of 1,396 feet, ABC reported. It can now be seen from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and even as far away as Monmouth County in New Jersey.
Avi Shemesh, the principal and co-founder of CIM Group, said she was delighted the topping of 432 was achieved today, weeks ahead of schedule.
Penthouse: Residents can also frequent a billiards room, socialise in a residents' lounge and keep fit in a private gym. Above, a living room
Penthouse: Residents can also frequent a billiards room, socialise in a residents’ lounge and keep fit in a private gym. Above, a living room
Fine dining: The building, which sits between 56th and 57th Streets, first underwent excavation work on September 26, 2011, followed by three years of construction. Today, the final concrete was poured on its highest floor, taking it to its full height of 1,396 feet
Fine dining: The building, which sits between 56th and 57th Streets, first underwent excavation work on September 26, 2011, followed by three years of construction. Today, the final concrete was poured on its highest floor, taking it to its full height of 1,396 feet
A good morning: Harry Macklowe, chairman of Macklowe Properties, said: 'We are proud to have created a New York City landmark that can be seen throughout all five boroughs, and which will enhance our city’s iconic skyline.' Above, another view of New York from the property
A good morning: Harry Macklowe, chairman of Macklowe Properties, said: ‘We are proud to have created a New York City landmark that can be seen throughout all five boroughs, and which will enhance our city’s iconic skyline.’ Above, another view of New York from the property
Harry Macklowe, chairman of Macklowe Properties, added: ‘We are proud to have created a New York City landmark that can be seen throughout all five boroughs, and which will enhance our city’s iconic skyline.
‘At 1,396 feet, 432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, and represents an extraordinary accomplishment of architecture, design, engineering and craftsmanship.

‘In this second decade of the 21st century, we are privileged to have been part of creating something that will join the pantheon of legendary 20th century structures like the Chrysler, the Empire State and the Woolworth Buildings.’
Via DailyMail

20141015

Wear It Like: Taylor Kitsch - Thursday 10/16 Edition


1. Raleigh Jeans Washed Denim @ Mr Porter
2. Dior Homme Black Tie Sunglasses @ SSENSE
3. TransElated Japan Fitted V Neck @ InforMANt
4. Premiata Distressed Ankle Boot @ farfetch
5. Avallone Antique Luxury Leather Backpack @ InforMANt
6. The Standard Belt by Sailormade @ InforMANt
Sounds: The Downeaster Alexa by Billy Joel @ Amazon

20141014

Wear It Like: Taylor Kitsch - Wednesday 10/15 Edition


1. Silverstin Navy Wool Suit @ Reiss
2. Richard James Spread Collar Cotton Shirt @ Matches
3. The Academy Necktie by Artfully Disheveled @ InforMANt
4. Blake Green Griquatown Cufflinks @ InforMANt
5. John Lobb City II Leather Shoes @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Reprise by Gold Panda @ Amazon

20141013

Wear It Like: Taylor Kitsch - Tuesday 10/14 Edition


1. Jacob Cohen Jeans @ Matches
2. Margaret Howell Wool Blend Peacoat @ Mr Porter
3. Duluth Wanderer - Guaranteed for Life @ InforMANt
4. Garrett Leight Black Matte Westminster Sunglasses @ SSENSE
5. Fyasko Bugger Beanie @ InforMANt
6. premiata Distressed Ankle Boot @ farfetch
Sounds: Wonderwall by Oasis @ Amazon

20141012

Wear It Like: Taylor Kitsch - Monday 10/13 Edition


1. Kilgour Navy Cotton Poplin Shirt @ Mr Porter
2. Jamie Fine Check Blue Suit @ Reiss
3. Chruch's Lanark Oxfords @ Matches
4. Avallone Reversible Leather Executive Belt @ InforMANt
5. Sebastian Cruz Navy Blue Flower Lapel Pin @ InforMANt
Sounds: Radio by Lana Del Rey @ Amazon

20141010

Saturday 10/11 Edition: Architecture - Blending the Old With The New

Around the globe, design and industry are constantly evolving and building bigger and better. But these 22 instances show how well the new and the old can blend together.
8 Spruce Street and the Woolworth Building in New York, New York.
Church Museum in Montreal, Canada.
The Old and New San Francisco Bay Bridges, California.
Swansea Castle in Wales.
The city of Tokyo in Japan.
The Nextower and Eschenheimer Turm in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Chicago Water Tower in Illinois.
Downtown Shanghai, China.
Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong, China.
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The city of Milan in Italy.
Bank of England in London.
White House in Isle of Coll, Scotland.
City of Nanjing, China.
National Architects Union Headquarters in Bucharest, Romania.
Royal Ontario Museum Crystal Building in Canada.
Small homes in Aarhus, Denmark.
The city of Warsaw in Poland.
Sant Francesc Church in Santpedor, Spain.
Harbor City in Hamburg, Germany.
Trinity Church and the Hancock Tower in Boston, Massachusetts.
The city of Brno in the Czech Republic.