In Todos Santos, Mexico, a Natural Wine Bar Designed For Lingering6 min read
For the past six years, the cannabis company Rose has been serving Californians THC in the form of Turkish delight-like edibles in flavors such as Apple Ume Ginger and Rose Hibiscus, partnering with local farms and chefs to release new concoctions on a regular basis. Now that New York has legalized marijuana for recreational use, the company has come east: After launching a production facility in Albany, Rose will be selling its delights in Manhattan starting May 11 exclusively at Gotham, a two-story cannabis store opening in the East Village. The brand is also planning a new array of collaborations, starting with the chef and food scientist David Zilber, who applied his Noma-honed skills to the development of a spicy gochugaru-coated Nashi pear and kimchi flavor. Later this summer, Rose plans to release a pineapple jelly roll edible created with the pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz and a yet to be announced flavor from the roving Vietnamese pop-up restaurant Ha’s Đặc Biệt. From $40, available in store at Gotham.
Nearly 100 Years of Gucci, on View in Shanghai
This week in Shanghai, Gucci opened Gucci Cosmos, an immersive experience that takes visitors through eight revolving doors — a replica of London’s Savoy Hotel, where the brand’s founder, Guccio Gucci, first had the idea to start a luggage company in the late 1800s — and guides them through a series of rooms filled with historical objects, photographs and decades of gowns, suits and stilettos. Designed by the British artist Es Devlin, the exhibition consists of eight rooms, or “worlds,” as the brand refers to them, including one called Zoetrope, a look at Gucci’s equestrian roots through helmets, boots and bit loafers, and another named Eden, which presents a timeline of the 1966 Flora print by the artist and illustrator Vittorio Accornero de Testa. Originally created for a silk scarf worn by Princess Grace of Monaco, the print has since been adopted and adapted by many of the house’s designers. The show is curated by the Italian fashion historian and critic Maria Luisa Frisa, who combed the company’s almost 100-year archive to fill the exhibition with clothing but also curiosities like an ostrich feather fan designed by the former creative director Alessandro Michele and an electric guitar from the Tom Ford era. Shanghai’s West Bund Art Center is just the first stop for the exhibition, which the brand plans to reinstall in additional locations around the world. Gucci Cosmos will be on view in Shanghai through June 25, gucci.com.
The baker Julyanna Ortega grew up in Todos Santos, Mexico, the Baja California Sur beach town that has long drawn travelers who spend their days surfing, wandering art galleries and eating fresh seafood. She left to study international relations in Tijuana, then lived in San Diego and Los Angeles before circling back to Baja. In 2017, Ortega founded Taller 17, a bakery and coffee shop in downtown Todos Santos, selling gooey blondies and fragrant cinnamon buns in a space just big enough for a tiny kitchen, display cases for her pastries and an espresso machine. She set up a couple of small tables outside but longed for a place where patrons could sit and stay awhile. This March, after two years of construction, Ortega opened a natural wine bar called La Confianza in a former apartment just around the corner. Indoors, one wall is covered in pink tiles and terra cotta-colored lamps hang over the marble bar; outdoors, the patio is surrounded by sea green walls. Much of the low-intervention wine on offer comes from Mexican women-owned labels such as Mina Penélope and Pouya, while the food menu, overseen by the chef Miguel Gomez, focuses on small plates using local produce, like a tostada with scallops, geoduck and crickets or marlin croquettes. For dessert, there’s ice cream that’s made at Taller 17. instagram.com/laconfianza.ts.
Sunglasses Made With the Environment in Mind
In 2020, with wanderlust on their minds, three London-based friends decided to launch a clothing brand that would cater to summer travelers. Adam Shapiro, Dan May and Gautam Rajani, who grew up in New Orleans, Cape Town and Mumbai, respectively, have an intimate understanding of how best to dress in hot weather. Their men’s wear label, SMR Days, launched with shirting, shorts and trousers in beach-ready cotton and linen. Hand-woven jute tote bags followed shortly after and, as of May 3, they’re adding a range of sunglasses to their offerings. The brand seeks to use only sustainable materials, so for their shades they sought out the British swim- and eyewear brand Prism London, whose Marylebone studio is around the corner from their own and whose high quality bio-acetate frames are mostly derived from plant-based materials like wood pulp. The collection is made up of three silhouettes in rich tones, each named after a summer beauty spot: There’s the round-framed Mykonos; the St. Tropez aviators; and a square style called Ibiza. $295, smrdays.com.
In Hollywood, Peter McGough Puts on His First Solo Show
The artist Peter McGough worked for decades with his then-partner David McDermott as the duo McDermott and McGough, using vintage production methods like cyanotype and palladium printing to create historical-seeming photographs and paintings. Now, McGough is opening his first solo show at the Future Perfect’s Goldwyn House in Los Angeles. The gallery, situated within a 1916 home once occupied by the film producer Samuel Goldwyn, is fitting for the show, as McGough often returns to Hollywood’s Golden Age for inspiration. Included in this exhibition are nine new oil paintings depicting spider webs that have ensnared blossoms and butterflies. At first, you might think the images were borrowed from a Victorian child’s picture book. But a closer inspection of the canvases’ phytomorphic text reveals grim phrases like “A True Story Based on Lies” and “Empty & Meaningless.” McGough thinks of the webs as metaphors for material success. As he puts it, “We’re constantly grasping for this sparkling effervescence to fill the void of emptiness.” The exhibition also features 14 found bricks emblazoned with an anti-gay slur written in colorful curlicue type — defiant refutations, says McGough, of everything the world has hurled at him. “Forgotten Lore” is on view by appointment through June 16, thefutureperfect.com.
Chloé’s creative director, Gabriela Hearst, has been a fan of the French swimwear company Eres for years, admiring the streamlined, flattering fit of its suits. Now, she’s designed a capsule collection in collaboration with the brand’s creative director, Marie-Paule Minchelli, comprising three one-pieces and five mix-and-match bikini sets in neutral shades. Chloé’s signature touches — one maillot uses C-shaped hardware normally seen on Chloé accessories to create ruching at the waist; another features broderie anglaise (delicate cutouts combined with embroidery) and shoulder flounces — adorn Eres’s body-sculpting Peau Douce material. “What made it more impactful was its sustainable development; it is made out of a castor oil-based polyamide,” Hearst says, which is a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional polyamides that are made from crude oil. To complete a beach wardrobe, Chloé’s summer offerings will include embroidered shirts and wrap skirts in linen, as well as eyelet-detailed flip-flops and leather-framed sunglasses. To carry it all, the fashion house is selling a woven tote bag made in partnership with the Kenyan fair trade brand Mifuko. The Chloé x Eres collection will be available at Chloé and Eres boutiques and online beginning May 5, chloe.com.
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