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Chopard boutique, NYC, Rima Suqi
Chopard’s new boutique/Galerie

New York City’s Crown building, located on a prime corner of 57th Street and 5th Avenue, has quite an illustrious history of ownership and residency since its debut in 1921 as the Heckscher Building. The Museum of Modern Art opened in a suite there in 1929, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos secretly bought the building in 1981, and earlier this year the Aman New York hotel and residences made their highly anticipated debut, with the highest room rate in the city. This week, luxury jewelry house Chopard joins their ranks, officially opening its doors at 730 Fifth Avenue after over 15 years...

Paola Paronetto for Veuve Clicquot, Rima Suqi, Galerie Magazine
Paola Paronetto for Veuve Clicquot/Galerie

For many, Veuve Clicquot is simply an always welcome Champagne, effervescent and delightfully flavored, delivered in a now iconic yellow box. This year, the heritage brand celebrates its 250th birthday, a remarkable milestone in general but even more so when you consider that the real-life veuve, or “widow,” Clicquot—Barbe Nicole Ponsardin—took over her late husband’s business at the tender age of 27 and turned it into one of the greatest Champagne houses in the world. Her many outstanding achievements include the production of the first vintage Champagne, the invention of the riddling table (still used today to clarify Champagne), and...

Van Cleef diamond collection, Galerie
Van Cleef and Arpels giant diamond collection/Galerie Magazine

Van Cleef & Arpels rarely works with rough stones. “We traditionally start with cut and faceted stones that are already suitable for use in jewelry,” noted Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of the storied brand. But they recently broke with tradition, creating Legend of Diamonds, a spectacular collection of 25 pieces, from the acquisition of a single rough diamond. And its deliciously good story. Read it here....

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Washington DC city guide/Elle Decor

When was the last time you were in Washington, D.C.? If your answer runs along the lines of “middle-school class trip,” then it’s time you put this destination on your domestic travel bucket list. Our nation’s capital has it all: world-class mostly free museums, fabulous hotels, a thriving culinary scene (24 restaurants with Michelin stars) and a sexy international population, thanks to political, cultural, and educational institutions. Best yet, you can experience quite a lot in a long weekend. Read all about it here....

Louis Vuitton in Barneys New York, Rima Suqi
Louis Vuitton’s ‘200 Trunks 200 Visionaries’ in Galerie

Louis Vuitton’s “200 Trunks 200 Visionaries” has finally landed in New York City, the fourth and final stop on a global tour that launched at the Vuitton family house in Asnières-sur-Seine followed by residencies in Singapore and Los Angeles. The free, immersive exhibition spans several floors in the onetime Barneys New York on Madison Avenue, showcasing 200 works by global talents who were invited by the brand to “personalize a metaphorical blank canvas measuring approximately the same dimensions as the original trunk that Louis conceived in the 1850s” in honor of the founder’s 200th birthday. Read all about it here....

Christopher John Rogers for Orior Furniture, Rima Suqi
Christopher John Rogers for Orior Furniture/Alexa

Christopher John Rogers’ designs have been worn by some of the most famous people in the world on red carpets around the globe. Now he can dress their homes as well. The 2021 CFDA American Womenswear Designer of the year has collaborated with Orior, an Irish design studio and furniture manufacturer with a showroom in SoHo, on a capsule collection of chairs. Four upholstered designs from the Orior archives, which date back to 1979, have each been reimagined with one of Rogers’ signature fabrics, with 100% of proceeds benefitting grassroots organizations identified by Color of Change, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy...

Rolelx protege program, Rima Suqi
Rolex Mentors in Alexa

When it debuted 20 years ago, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative was billed as the company’s intention to fill a void in arts philanthropy — to ensure that the world’s artistic heritage is passed on personally, in the irreplaceable, time-honored tradition of master and protégé. The debut of the first class of mentors — which included novelist and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison as well as director and playwright Robert Wilson — made it clear that this was not a superficial pursuit. In the two decades since, the initiative has developed into a prestigious program where 63 gifted protégés from...

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Van Cleef’s dance initiatives/Galerie

In 2020, Van Cleef & Arpels launched Dance Reflections, an initiative they say aims to “uphold the artists and institutions that showcase the modern and contemporary choreographic repertoire, while encouraging new productions.” This year, Dance Reflections is partnering with three choreographers staging performances at venues in New York and Los Angeles. Read more about them here....

Rolex gold Yachtmaster, Alexa, NY Post, Rima Suqi
Rolex’s new gold Yachtmaster/Alexa

While Rolex has been synonymous with the world of sailing for 60 years, the brand’s ever-popular Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master was introduced just 30 years ago, designed especially for navigators, skippers and others who might revel in regattas. But the classic waterproof design clearly appealed to a wider audience, most notably on shore. Accordingly, it’s evolved and innovated over the years to accommodate the needs of its growing fan base. The latest iteration makes the Yacht-Master 42 mm available for the first time in 18-karat yellow gold. It retains many features of the original, including a bidirectional rotatable bezel and Chromalight display. It’s also...