Picture an archetypal Upper East Side apartment building and the tony residences immortalised in recent television history (Gossip Girl, Sex and the City) will likely come to mind. Hatted doormen and White-gloved elevator operators are the gatekeepers of well proportioned apartments with historic features and impressive city views (the higher, the better).
Located at 333 Central Park West, The Turin is a stately apartment building bordering New York City’s fabled park that has seen many residents of different fortunes come and go since it was unveiled in 1909. The work of architect Albert Joseph Bodker, its beige brick facade is a play on Italian Renaissance style with deep courtyard gardens.
Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z, is perhaps best known as a superstar rapper. He’s earned 22 Grammy Awards and, according to Forbes, he’s the first hip-hop billionaire. The husband of Beyoncé can claim equal fame as a global mogul. Roc Nation, the entertainment company he founded in 2008 as a joint venture with Live Nation, encompasses every aspect of the modern business. From offices in New York, London, and Los Angeles, Roc Nation, in a word, represents. The talent-management arm handles such recording artists as Alicia Keys and Meek Mill and sports figures as Kyrie Irving and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Rihanna and Rapsody are part of the company’s record label.
The other day, I was waiting for a text to let me know to leave the house to meet a person for a thing, but the person was late, or being made late, and so for about 20 minutes I was in a sort of limbo, a purgatory state between ready-to-go and out-the-door.
Confronted with a similar scenario, some people would respond to emails, shuffle through Spotify, catch up on “Little Women: L.A.” — you know, the Styrofoam packing peanuts of life.
Me? I got undressed, then dressed again. And again. What about this sweater with that shirt, or those socks with that jacket, or those sneakers with that scarf? By the time I finally got the green light to leave, I was in a totally different outfit than the one I had initially planned, and a better and more imaginative one to boot.
Slowear is one of the more unlikely menswear concepts to emerge from the Italian manufacturing industry. It’s not so much a brand as a philosophy. Like the parallel credo in Italian cooking, slow food, Slowear is based on the notion that quality rather than speed, and expertise rather than market domination, make for much better products.
Gabriela Gargano and Clayton Orrigo have known each other since high school. Not only have they remained friends over the years, but their careers have found a nice synergy together too, as they both deal with beautifully designed spaces—Gabriela as an interior designer and founder of Grisoro Designs, and Clayton as cofounder of The Hudson Advisory Team.