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Just in Time for a Rebooted Broadway
Sixty SoHo and Sixty LES have long been a part of downtown New York. Now, Jason Pomeranc, a hotelier, ventures above 14th Street to launch Civilian. Situated in a 27-story building on a West 48th Street block equidistant from Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen and the theater district, Civilian is that rarest of birds, a midtown hotel that’s both stylish — it was built by starchitect David Rockwell’s Rockwell Group — and affordable. Inside, theater-world flourishes predominate: a lobby threshold entered via Broadway stage doors, a vestibule decorated with black-and-white backstage photographs and 203 cozy guest rooms with costume-trunk-inspired closets. A ground-floor bistro will open early next year; in the meantime, the bar offers one of the city’s largest vermouth selections. Grand-opening rates starting at $149 civilianhotel.com.
Hair stylist Takamichi Saeki, who’s known for his curation of minimalist beauty aids at his store Takamichi Beauty Room in New York, will now have his own line, known as Ichi.1 (ichi being the Japanese word for “one”). The “simple, streamlined, timeless” products — a shampoo, conditioner, body soap and lotion — have been “carefully considered down to the smallest details,” according to Saeki, and are made from wild-crafted extracts developed by a family factory in Parma, Italy (the soap was made in France). The shampoo and conditioner can be used on all hair types. They also contain a strengthening camellia oil and glycerin soap that moisturizes. The argan-oil-rich lotion is deeply absorbed into the skin. All four feature a discreet scent, created by Takasago International Corporation, Japan’s oldest fragrance house, that’s somehow both musky and green. The minimally designed packaging completes this carefully edited effect. Starting at $35 takamichibeautyroom.com.
Fashionable Combination of Form and Function
“Most people I know have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear,” says Alissa Zachary, a former merchandising director for the Row. High Sport, her own brand of stretch knitwear, was launched in October to address this all too common imbalance between utility and chic. Rooted in classic American fashion — which Zachary defines as “an effortless union of form and function” — but made in Italy from the highest-quality cotton, her collection comprises colorful wardrobe essentials like tops, bottoms, dresses and outerwear. Intended for active women in search of comfortable, uncomplicated clothing, High Sport is proof that the post-pandemic premium on comfort needn’t involve a deficit of style. “I set out to create something entirely new and wearable, infused with vibrancy and fun.” Starting at $500 high-sport.com.
Olives are the Best Thing in Life
Shortly after leaving his position as CEO of Tod’s in 2018 and settling on the outskirts of Perugia in Umbria, Claudio Castiglioni founded a new venture: Beauty Thinkers, a skin-care line inspired by the often centuries-old olive trees of the neighboring Castello Monte Vibiano. He’d learned that when the estate’s olives are pressed to make some of Italy’s finest olive oil, the water extruded as a by-product is exceptionally high in antioxidants. And so, with help from a lab affiliated with the local university and a “horizontal collective” of agronomists, chemists and assorted skin-care enthusiasts, Castiglioni channeled this discovery into the creation of the Antioxidant Boost, a lightweight, non-greasy facial oil, and Antioxidant Cream, a gentle, ultra-hydrating lotion. Both are plant-based, contain no fragrance, and come in refillable containers with a sophisticated, nongendered design. Beauty Thinkers will launch a line of sun creams and hydrators in the new year. Starting at $78, beautythinkers.com.
When Ksenia Kagner and Nicko Elliott, the wife-and-husband team behind the New York-based architecture and interiors studio Civilian, would travel abroad for projects, they’d invariably return home with a suitcase full of practical household items that appealed to their finely honed design sense: soup ladles, tape dispensers, notebooks. The couple made a selection available last month with the launch Civilian Objects. This online retail platform offers a variety of beautiful everyday objects. These range from double-pronged brass hooks from the Roman hardware workshop Poignee to nesting pine kitchen bowls that were made by a fifth generation Portuguese family business. From Nov. 18 to 23, Civilian Objects debuts offline with a pop-up shop at Oliver coffee shop in New York’s Chinatown. “The possibility of being able to nerd out with others about the patina of raw brass,” says Kagner, “how could we ask for anything more?” Starting at $15 civilianobjects.com.
Recapturing Perfume’s Elemental Roots
Siblings Owen Mears, Emily Cameron, and Owen Mears grew-up surrounded by scents in Somerset, England. Fresh-cut hay and apples would be mixed with a mixture of cumin and cinnamon from a local herb farm. “It was only when I left home and moved to the city that I realized how much fragrance had been a part of our lives,” says Mears. To recapture this intoxicating landscape, the pair launched Ffern, a small-batch organic-scent subscription service, created with fourth-generation perfumer François Robert. Quarterly releases, each evoking a particular place and timed either to the solstice or the equinox, are mailed to a “ledger” of clients whose number is kept low in order to ensure the integrity of the artisanal production process. This winter’s fragrance summons the English seaside town of Lyme Regis via a heady blend of mimosa, sweet orange, bergamot, vetiver and marjoram. Starting at $129 ffern.coRegister for the waiting list (customers will be invited to join the client ledger via SMS shortly thereafter).
An Antiquarian’s Parisian Homecoming
Source: NY Times