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Textiles, ceramics and other exquisite housewares
Before the pandemic made travel dangerous, Los Angeles-based founder of Kneeland Co., Joanna Williams, was constantly traveling the world, visiting countries like India, Mexico, Turkey, France, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of her Activity as tour guide vintage textile library and consulting service for luxury brands and designers. Earlier this year, Williams, inspired by the artisans and makers she’d met along the way, decided to open a store called Rarities, adjacent to her showroom in the historic West Adams neighborhood of south LA. You’ll find a variety of pottery and textiles and other handicrafts there, from vintage ceramic Staffordshire dogs to beautiful block-printed textiles by Gregory Parkinson, to brightly colored Oaxacan flower candles, each with a story. “I wanted to share that sense of discovery,” she said. When I visited Rarities not long ago (currently customers are by appointment only), Williams told me that she was moving towards the dark and showing me a paper mache monkey covered in purple vintage fringes and made especially for that Shop by the artist Clare Crespo. (If someone wants to buy the ornate primate, Williams will hire another creature to hold court.) And there are many other exclusive finds, such as the eccentric pottery by English artist Claudia Rankin and oversized basket lampshades from the Mestiz studio in San Miguel de Allende. “It’s about finding something to appreciate,” added Williams. “I like things that leave a lasting impression.” 4767 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, kneelandco.com.
Canali’s anthology is celebrating its 85th anniversary
This year, Italian luxury menswear brand Canali is celebrating its 85th anniversary with the release of Anthology, a digital compilation of interviews with family members and company employees. The project not only offers a fascinating insight into Canali’s meticulous design process (a seamstress explains in a video how an unlined jacket requires more than 170 individual operations), but also avoids the over-traded theory of the “big man”. While individual designers can be beneficial to a brand’s identity, it is actually an army of skilled artisans who work tirelessly to create the perfect piece of clothing. As Honorary President Eugenio Canali suggests: “Never consider yourself great, you are always a little frog. The goal is to run faster than others. “Anthology delves into the company’s great history, discussing Canali’s beginnings in making raincoats for a post-war Europe, as well as taking into account the less formal menswear codes that dominate today. The spring collection 2021 is another reminder that the traditional brand understands the here and now: besides sweaters, technical outerwear and sneakers, there are tailor-made items. What sets Canali apart in men’s clothing is the accuracy of its so-called “casual” pieces, which are not outsourced to cheaper production markets, but are nevertheless made in Italy with the same care that a double-breasted suit wears. anthology.canali.com.
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Carmen Herrera’s new exhibition in London
Four years ago, at the age of 101, Cuban-American abstract artist Carmen Herrera had one of her first major solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art. “There is a saying that you wait for the bus and it will come,” said Herrera 2015 to T Magazine. The show brought great recognition to the pioneering minimalist, whose oeuvre is defined by clear lines, bold colors and geometric abstraction. Now at the age of 105, the artist has a new exhibition in the private Perimeter exhibition space in London. “Carmen Herrera: Color Me In” shows pieces – eight paintings, four works on paper and two wall-based relief sculptures – that were created between the mid-1980s and the beginning of the 90s and started where the Whitney exhibition left off. While the Whitney focused on Herrera’s development from her time in Paris to her first decades in New York City, where she moved in 1954 and still lives and works, the Perimeter show – as the title suggests – deals with her later Experimenting with color when Herrera switched from more dissonant palettes to various hues of blue or yellow layered on top of each other. “Carmen Herrera: Color Me In” is free with a pre-booked appointment by January 8, 2021 at the Perimeter, 20 Brownlow Mews, London, WC1N 2LE.
Five new multitasking serums that promise results
Overcomplicated skin care not only takes up valuable bathroom space, it can also lead to irritation if certain ingredients do not work well together (e.g. retinoids and vitamin C). Fortunately, a handful of new serums promise multitasking and provide a glowing complexion that can be achieved with just a small bottle. Furtuna Skin, the skin care brand founded by Kim Wells and Agatha Luczo, offers its Face & Eye Serum, a thin, quickly absorbed gel that, thanks to wild chicory and anchusa azurea flowers from Luczo’s Sicilian farm, both lifts and de-trains . The Nue Co., a wellness brand primarily focused on nutritional supplements, has introduced The Pill – its second most recent product focused on exfoliating, hydrating and anti-inflammatory. Applied once a day, the plant-based alpha hydroxy acids in the serum gently emerge on the skin, while the CBD and caffeine soothe and tighten. Meanwhile, Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age La Cure is a luxurious (and inexpensive) treatment that is applied over a month (the length of a skin renewal cycle) and consists of four different serums that purport to leave the skin energized, plump and with increased elasticity. The serum is intended to be used only twice a year and focuses on repairing and protecting the skin’s mitochondria, the main source of cellular energy. For a super hydrating serum that doubles as a lightweight moisturizer, Holifrog’s Galilee antioxidant Dewy Drop contains aloe vera juice and three emollient oils, as well as antioxidant ingredients like coenzyme Q10, squalane, and green tea extract. More mature complexion becomes Augustinus Bader’s The Face Oil, which contains the brand’s patented TFC8 complex – a blend of vitamins, amino acids, and synthesized molecules that support the skin’s ability to repair itself – in a soft blend of argan, karanja and Babassu soak up oils.
Parcelle’s Wine Club and Pop-Up Tasting Bar
New York winery Parcelle was founded by award-winning sommelier Grant Reynolds and was founded in response to the growing popularity of natural and organic wines. Reynolds’ selection is great and shows a real dedication to sourcing a variety of wines from world class producers. Parcelle also has a new delivery service called Wine Drop, which has three different wines linked by a theme sent straight to your home every month for $ 95 per month. The October selection includes bottles of young winemakers who have worked with friends or lovers, including Vivanterre’s Red Gamay, a natural wine by fashion designer Rosie Assoulin, her husband Max Assoulin and the winemaker duo Patrick Bouju and Justine Loiseau. New York locals curious to try the offerings before they commit to Parcelles West Village pop-up bar Parcelle Patio, open until the end of this month. The wine bar is lovingly decorated with French furniture from the early 20th century that comes from vintage shops in the hinterland. It sells around 20 wines by the glass with changing seasonal snacks and other small plates. Reservations require a $ 5 ticket purchased from Resy, all of which is donated to Roots Fund, a nonprofit that provides resources and financial support to the black and indigenous wine community. 632 on Hudson, 632 Hudson St., New York City; parcellewine.com.