The world-renowned German fashion label Hugo Boss has created a new fragrance called Hugo Man. Promoting a Life Well Lived through its newest campaign featuring actor Zac Efron, it aims to inspire people to chase their dreams by using the hashtag #YourTimeIsNow. This scent will compliment any man who is ready to seize each day.
Top notes of Hugo Man include green apple, grapefruit and basil accompanied by a base note of fire balsam, cedarwood and patchouli. The cologne’s heart notes of sage and jasmine perfectly blend the top and base notes together. Hugo Man’s natural scent easily and effortlessly ties into a daily routine. Whether you are dressing for business or for a casual outing, it will be your new go-to fragrance.
The #YourTimeIsNow campaign strives to allow everyone to go out and accomplish their dreams, no matter how big or small they are. This scent dares the wearer to explore their personal potential and seek the positivity life has to offer.
Hugo Man comes in four different bottle sizes ranging from 40 ml to 200 ml. For more information or to purchase the cologne, please visit HugoBoss.com.
Watch Zac Efron and Hugo Boss’ #YourTimeIsNow campaign below:
Photos via HugoBoss.com; Video via Hugo Boss YouTube channel
Homes are at once havens from the outside world and extensions of you. Mesh your abode with your personality with the help of these luxury brands that will transform your living space into the sanctuary of your dreams.
Add a touch of ultramodern glam to your home with the Globo Console by Jonathan Adler. Fashioned with a brass frame, white lacquer base and light-blue solid lucite cabochons, it will not only add a pop of color, but also up the super chic vibe of any room. Leave it as a stand-alone piece or top it with ultra-cool vases and artwork for the ultimate modish look. Available at JonathanAdler.com, $1,995
Elegant and vibrant, the Plass Grande suspension lighting from Italian brand Foscarini pays homage to the colors of Venice, where the renowned lighting brand was launched. Combining “glass” and “plastic,” the Plass Grande comes in both aquamarine and gray. Mix both colors for the ultimate Venetian-inspired look or hang one to make a bold statement. Either way, your guests will envy this exotic-shaped light. Available at Foscarini.com, $4,081
Turn heads with Kelly Wearstler’s Little Bronze Head Trip sculpture. One of the brand’s most popular home accessories, this sculpture in burnished bronze adds a flash of sophistication to any mantle, cocktail or end table. You and your guests will instantly fall head over heels for this piece. Available at KellyWearstler.com, $1,295
Accent walls are a perfect way to add pizzazz to a room without committing to one color or design. If you’re looking to enhance a wall, try Phillip Jeffries’ new Smoke collection in lucid blue on white paper weave. Evoking the fluid movement of smoke rising, this wallcovering is bold and daring. Other colors include sundial, silver, gray, dark night, sky blue and chartreuse. The only difficulty you’ll have is determining which of the many colors to use. Available at PhillipJeffries.com, to the trade
March 14 marked an important date for whisky aficionados: the world’s oldest whisky, Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862, was opened for the first time. The opening was celebrated during a ceremony that combined rare spirits and coveted timepieces.
Hosted by Wealth Solutions and the Switzerland-based watchmaker, Louis Moniet, the partnership was established in efforts to launch a new timepiece collection called the Spirit Watches Line. The line will feature timepieces with capsules that are filled with rare alcoholic beverages inside. The first released timepiece is the Cognac Watch, which comes with the oldest cognac: 1762 Gautier. The Whisky Watch will make its official debut this April, and it will contain the Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862.
The opening ceremony took place at the H15 Boutique Hotel, a five star hotel located in Warsaw’s Historic Hall building. Many notable people attended including: Jean-Marie Schaller, founder of Louis Moniet; Charles MacLean, whisky expert; Edward Bates, spirits expert; and Wealth Solutions’ deputy presidents Michal Kowalski and Lukasz Baranowski.
The bottle of Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862 was provided by the famous British collector, Sukhinder Singh, who also owns Wealth Solutions.
Anyone looking for more information or is interested in buying should contact Wealth Solutions by visiting en.wealth.pl.
Photos Courtesy of Wealth Solutions
The Kitano Hotel in New York City will be featuring a beautiful exhibit to help push away the winter blues and bounce into the sunny spring season. The exhibit will include 23 floral creations created by Noritaka Noda, a local artist and teacher, who studied graphic design in Japan and the U.S. Noda was inspired by the use of dry flowers in his projects, which eventually led to the use of living vegetation.
The array of flowers will include different collections of peach blossoms, cherry blossoms, tulips, hyacinths and anemones for all the fans of perennial plants and a day of peaceful observance. Ikebana art has been practiced for over 600 years and originated in Kyoto as a Buddhist floral offering. The style quickly became popular and spread throughout the world.
The arrangements will be on display on March 23-35 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and March 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Touch of Spring at The Kitano Hotel: Spring Ikebana Exhibition is open to the public, and attendees are welcome to preview the collections on the first floor lobby and encouraged to visit the second floor mezzanine to take in more of the fresh and colorful scenery.
The event will also give tourists a chance to stay overnight or for a long weekend at the Kitano Hotel and enjoy the ambiance of Noda’s creations in the lobby as they come and go. There are about 50 Ikebana chapters in the United States and the NYC Chapter is celebrating their 31st Anniversary this year.
For those who are familiar with Ikebana, this exhibit is a chance to be immersed in Japanese culture and those experiencing Ikebana for the first time the flowers are sure to shake you of that damp winter weather. For more information, please visit the Kitano Hotel’s website.
Designer of contemporary furniture, Jason Mizrahi is making his first New York debut at this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show. For the show, Mizrahi is expected to reveal pieces of his collection of sculptural furniture, which include the launch of two new seating designs and a set of two accent tables. For the first time ever, Mizrahi will also be showing his unique-edition Denali table.
Made in the United States, Mizrahi’s Denali Table showcases his love for unique, abstract forms. The table embodies circular and linear shapes, which helps create a refined and sophisticated surface. Made of balsa wood and fiberglass, it is available for purchase in the following colors: walnut, ash or black. This piece is limited edition of six tables.
This design, along with Mizrahi’s loop chair piece, are on the top end of his collection and will be on display from March 16-19 at the Architectural Digest Design Show. Mizrahi’s collection will be one of 400 of the world’s leading brands from independent makers and established manufacturers. The show is expected to bring in about 40,000 design aficionados who will be able to explore furniture, accessories, lighting, and art to kitchen, bath, and building projects from leading designers.
The pieces from Jason Mizrahi’s collection are available through JasonMizrahi.com and LA showroom Twentieth.
Chantecaille released a brand new eye shadow to channel your inner summer goddess. The new mermaid palette has three different colors that can easily be paired with bright or dramatic colors and dressed up or for a casual quick-and-ready-to-go look. This palette is universal and can definitely fill that missing space in your makeup collection.
Whether you’re shooting for a natural beachy look, glam nighttime look or something in-between, the Mermaid Eye Matte is what you need. The unique texture makes this product water resistant and crease proof, while the matte formula makes it easy to perfect whatever eye look you’re going for.
The three color choices are Lion, Bee, and Elephant, which are packaged together in order to compliment your summer skin. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that the tri-color palette makes accomplishing the style you had in mind effortless because the colors blend so well with each other or with other shades, if you’re feeling edgy.
The color names are based off animals that have habitats in different parts of Africa. The main reasoning for this is because 5 percent of the proceeds are donated to three African-based charities that support these animals and the women who work to conserve the wildlife.
By purchasing this palette, you are using the vibrant and unique colors of these animals as your inspiration while also donating to the cause that will help ensure that African wildlife are protected and supported.
It’s easy to feel beautiful showing off these matte colors knowing you also made a difference in another country by doing so. Available for purchase at Chantecaille.com, $95
Images via Chantecaille.com. Feature image via Niche-Beauty.com
BY VERONIQUE DEBLOIS
According to IBISWorld Caterers Market Research Report from June 2016, the catering industry has reached sales of $9 billion. I recently had an opportunity to discuss the business, from an artistic standpoint, with Chef Vitella of Franco Vitella Catered Affairs.
Chef Vitella has taken his boutique culinary design company to unparalleled heights in the tri-state area. His career began on his parents’ farm in Milan, Italy.
“My earliest memory is of being eight years old working in my father’s restaurant. I remember my dad making the homemade pasta for the daily menu. He would rub the double zero flour between his fingers to see how fine it was,” he says.
Chef Vitella’s business is family-run. “My mother does all the sauces in the kitchen. My wife is my partner and in charge of sales and event planning. My aunt and cousins freelance from time to time,” he says.
What differentiates Chef Vitella from other caterers is his passion for transforming food into art. His wife Ally has a background in television production and is the “ideas person” who works closely with clients to craft the concept of the events while Chef Vitella taps into his own creativity to custom-design unique and trendsetting menus.
“We try to incorporate art with the food. We embrace the goals of the client and use them to create unforgettable experiences for the guests. We try not to use any concepts twice so the events are always unique,” Chef Vitella explains.
Preferring not to employ traditional buffets or passing trays at functions, he insists that the decor become part of the food and vice versa. The placement of food is an art in itself. Chef Vitella has coined the term “food furniture” and explains that he plates his food onto something interesting. “To me, it’s like putting food on its own furniture,” he says.
His successful catering business and expanding celebrity clientele began as a stroke of pure luck. “I started off as a deli owner and was given an opportunity to cater an event in New York City. I didn’t even have business cards to give to the person inquiring about another catering job. Lo and behold, the person was asking me to cater for John Legend’s Grammy Awards party for Pepsi. From there, the business just took off.”
Some of Chef Vitella’s favorite celebrity clients include athletes Serena Williams and Roger Federer, musicians Bruce Springsteen and Jason Derulo, comedians Jason Sudeikis and the late Robin Williams, and actors Robert De Niro and Vince Vaughn. The highlight of his career was catering the NFL owners’ party for the Super Bowl.
Catered Affairs is working on the idea of floating food. “Yes, food that floats…and, of course, food instantly frozen from nitrogen. Our Dragon Popcorn is a crowd-pleaser for both young and old. We mix flavored popcorn into nitrogen to freeze it. The best part is when guests bite down on a piece of popcorn, cold smoke blows from their mouths and noses,” Chef Vitella says.
When asked how he goes about reinventing menus and coming up with fresh ideas, he answers: “Research. Going out to eat. Going to a museum. Looking at decorating magazines. There’s inspiration everywhere!”
When it comes to fashion, one name always comes to mind: Coco Chanel. Because of her remarkable and everlasting accomplishments, Tony Viramontes used her as inspiration for one of his paintings entitled Chanel Suit. Perfect for the trendy mogul or the everyday fashionista, this painting embodies Chanel’s bold accomplishments by highlighting one of her most iconic dress pieces: suits. There’s something to be said for a piece of art that can spark an interesting conversation or be endlessly stared at… it’s called a must-have. Available at JonathanAdler.com, $700, or TonyViramontes.com.
Designed by master Italian artisan Mario Lipparini, the Fonte is one of 24 furniture pieces in a line launched exclusively for Casa International. Uniquely shaped for easy maneuvering around the home, the Fonte can double as a seat or an ottoman, depending on your stylistic preference. The Fonte’s curved back can even be customized to your material of choice with rare wood finishes including sucupira or erable. It’s distinctive presence among your other furniture pieces will have you shouting, “Bellissima!”
Available at CasaIntl.com, starting at $1,862
Say goodbye to old, compact speakers and hello to Sony’s latest innovation: the glass sound speaker. Don’t let its small size fool you; the glass sound speaker will transmit clear, crisp sounds throughout your space effortlessly thanks to its cylindrical glass tube tweeter and powerful 50mm woofer. Not only is the sound range incredible, but its additional features are as well. The glass sound speaker’s center lights up so you can have ambient lighting (and tunes) at dinner for two or bold lighting for parties with friends. It even has Bluetooth capabilities and can be controlled directly from an app on your smartphone. Either way, the glass sound speaker will change the way you look at electronics once and for all. Welcome to the future. Available at Sony.com, $799.99
Hashtags have become a part of our everyday lives thanks to social media, so why not honor the iconic symbol the next time you have a drink? These stylish hashtag coasters by Kim Seybert will not only bring out your millennial side, but also have your guests rattling off innovative hashtags every time you get together. We call that a #WinWin. Available at KimSeybert.com, $98 (set of four)
Vikki Ziegler tackles not only divorce on her hit TV show Untying the Knot, but also disheveled hair with her latest product Lavish. Created with the workingwoman in mind, Lavish helps keep hair looking and smelling great throughout the day. Spritz the hair perfume to keep your locks looking luscious or use it as a body oil to give you a sensual scent. Whatever you use Lavish for, people will be asking for the key to your secret.
Michael Kors is the latest designer to delve into the wearable technologies category. Known for his stunning timepieces, the designer officially launched his Access line this September after unveiling at Baselworld. Access aims to provide wearers with, well, access to their smartphone technology anywhere they go. Think custom display faces, an activity tracker, notifications, phone calls and surfing the web with the flick of your wrist. Not only will it make on-the-go errands easier, but you will also look stylish while doing so!
Available at MichaelKors.com/Access and at select Michael Kors lifestyle stores, $350
The ‘80s style is back, and with that, the revival of the boom box—the Dolce Box, that is. This fun and innovative bag pays homage to this favorite tech accessory. A part of the Cruise 2017 collection, the Dolce Radio Bag is fashioned with maple wood, hand-painted embellishments and a leather-lined inside. The best part? The dials and speakers are totally functional, meaning you can jam out to the best ‘80s tunes wherever you go. Available at www.DolceGabbana.it.
$300 million: that’s how much Edie Lutnick’s foundation, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, has donated to the families affected by the 9/11 attacks and to other charitable organizations since its establishment on September 14, 2001.
Lutnick refused to sit back and dwell on the overwhelming tragedy and loss in the wake of the attacks. Her brother Gary was among the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald employees occupying the 101-105 floors of the World Trade Center who lost their lives that morning. Instead, Lutnick serves as living proof that you can turn a devastating negative into an extraordinary positive.
She immediately quit practicing law and launched the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund along with her brother Howard (Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald). The move has played a large role in her personal healing process.
“The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund created an enduring legacy for those we lost and now helps other victims of terrorism, natural disasters, emergencies and wounded members of our military in addition to supporting charities that are a force for good in this world.I get to be a part of that every day,” Lutnick says.
The organization donates 100 percent of its proceeds and has made a tremendous global impact since its inception. Here’s how Lutnick and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund are bringing light back into 9/11 families in the aftermath of dark tragedy.
After 9/11, why did you found your own charitable organization rather than join an established foundation?
As you may know, on September 11, 2001, my brother Howard and I lost our youngest brother Gary, an employee at Cantor Fitzgerald, along with 657 of his colleagues and friends. Howard and I were committed to taking care of the families of those we had lost any way that we could.
The events of September 11 created such an unprecedented set of circumstances that we had to create a charitable organization which addressed the immediate needs of those who were affected.At the time, no other existing charitable organization was prepared to do that with the direct financial assistance we knew these families required. So, on September 14, just three days after the WTC attacks, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was born. I gave up practicing law to become the Co-founder and Executive Director.
I wrote a book called An Unbroken Bond, which answers this question much more fully and looks at the relationships we forged and tried to forge with other charities. On October 4, 2001, three weeks after we began, we sent out our first round of checks to the families.
How has establishing the fund changed your life?
Not just for me, but for most 9/11 families there is a before and an after following September 11, 2001. Creating the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund gave me a purpose larger than myself. It enabled me to turn my grief into a cause that helped the 9/11 community heal. I may have had the privilege of helping the families, but they, in turn, helped me.
What advice can you give to family’s struggling with hardships or tragedy?
For over 15 years, I have been caring for families that have faced incredible hurdles, be they public or private. They are extraordinary individuals who have taught me so much. Here are some of the lessons I have learned:
First: You have a core of strength inside of you that you may not realize is there. Just trust that you have it. Finding a new normal is possible. It will be different and it may not be right away, but it is possible. Second: There is nothing okay about what is happening to you except how you choose to deal with it as long as you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else. Third: I said this before as it applied to me, and it works. Find something larger than yourself to focus on. It will not only help you heal, but you will accomplish spectacular things in the world. Fourth: This last one may sound silly, but believe it or not, it’s helped a lot of people. Someone told it to me when my parents died and I’ve been passing it along ever since. “Make your bed.” Making your bed does two things. First, it forces you to get out of it, and second, no matter how difficult your day may be, at the end of it you can look back and know you accomplished something.
Tell us about your annual fundraiser Charity Day. How has this event helped affected families?
Charity Day is our way of turning a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others.Every year, on September 11or the first workday after, Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliate companies, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, create an enduring legacy for the 658 men and women who died at Cantor and the 61 at EuroBrokers on September 11, 2001.
On Charity Day, 100 percent of our global revenues go to hundreds of worthwhile charities around the world which are important to our employees and clients and to the celebrity ambassadors who come into our offices to raise money and make it a positive event for the men and women who give up their commissions and salaries that day.
This year, Charity Day was held on September 12in three NYC locations: at Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC Partners and our recently acquired interdealer-broker GFI. Sports icons Eli and Peyton Manning, Robert De Niro, Uzo Aduba, Louis C.K. and Michael J. Fox were among the many participating celebrities. We were proud to once again raise approximately $12 million. To date, our charity days have raised over $130 million and we give all of it away.
What can people who weren’t affected firsthand do to help these families either through your organization or in general?
There are so many ways to answer this question. Right now, a great way to help the 9/11 community would be to make sure that there is a 9/11 curriculum in your school districts. When dealing with someone who has been affected by a tragedy, I’ve learned that if you listen to the person and then do what they need, that is how you can be most helpful. Sometimes it won’t be what you thought you were going to do.
How can individuals help the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund?
One of the biggest misconceptions we’ve had to battle is that the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund is exclusively a 9/11 charity. It is not. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund is an organization that has taken the lessons it has learned from 9/11 and applied them to other disasters including Superstorm Sandy and the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. We also assist wounded members of our military and their families with a special emphasis on amputees. Through our Charity Day, we support direct service charities around the world, many that do work in your communities and are not otherwise recognized. We are a public charity and individual donations are essential to the work that we do. Individuals can donate to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund by visiting www.cantorrelief.org
What do you want other organizations to learn or take away from the fund? How has it impacted other charities?
Many organizations were started in the wake of 9/11 but few still exist. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has continued to grow, evolve and thrive. First and foremost we have always listened to our constituencies. We trust that if you put direct financial aid in the hands of impacted families they will make the decisions that best address their individual needs.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if every company and every person took just one day a year and devoted their pay or time to the problems of the world?
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was initially created to assist families of Cantor employees who were lost on 9/11. We broadened our mission to provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disasters, emergencies, direct service charities and wounded members of the military. We provide direct financial assistance to hundreds of charities around the world and are proud to raise awareness about small charities that have the potential to make a big impact.
One hundred percent of every dollar raised by the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund goes to victims of terrorism, natural disasters and emergencies, direct service charities and wounded members of our military. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $137 million globally. The fund supports many of the charities that were started by 9/11 families, as well as other grass-roots organizations which focus on issues important to 9/11 families. It has raised and distributed over $300 million.
For more information about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please visit www.cantorrelief.org.
No matter where your travels take you, locals have strong opinions about what ingredients and methods constitutes the “best” pizza dish. In Yonkers, New York, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, more commonly known to locals as Pepe’s, is proud to deliver what was voted the best pizza in the United States.
One of the oldest pizzerias in the nation, there’s no doubt that Frank Pepe’s Italian tradition helped skyrocket his pie to the top. After Pepe immigrated in 1925, he established the business by baking bread and selling it to locals. He lived above the pizzeria with his family, making it a true family-owned business. To date, the beloved pizzeria is still a family-operated business to ensure true Italian traditions are upheld, resulting in incredible dishes each time.
Altogether, the pizzeria has nine locations: New Haven, Fairfield, Manchester, Danbury, West Hartford, Uncasville, Chestnut Hill, Waterbury, and Yonkers, which was the first New York location.
The Yonkers location is impressive, giving off an old-school Italian vibe and a dining area that can accommodate up to 50 individuals. To celebrate the city and its incredible culture, Pepe’s serves Yonkers Ale, a local-made IPA, to give guests the full Yonkers experience when dining.
Besides perfectly made plain pies, the pizzeria also makes other signature dishes such as the White Clam Pizza, which came from the original menu of serving little neck clams on the half shell as a common appetizer.
Pepe’s believes that what sets their pizza apart from others is the use of a coal fire in a brick oven. Even though the cooking time for the pizza may take a few minutes longer than an ordinary joint, Pepe’s says it’s worth the extra wait to taste a “perfect Pepe pizza.”
Not only is Pepe’s proclaimed as having one of the best pizza places around, but TravelerToday.com featured the restaurant in an article featuring the five best pizza restaurants outside of Italy. Other publications such as The Daily Meal and USA Today have also listed Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana as a must-try.
To learn more about Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana or to visit a location, please visit www.pepespizzeria.com.
Photo Credit: Thomas McGovern Photography