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Connoisseur’s Guide to Condo and Destination Clubs

Destination Clubs Determining whether you will spend your vacation in a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom condo that’s a five-minute walk to the slopes or in a fully staffed 10,000-square-foot home on a private mountain begins with the initiation fee. Destination clubs offer five-star service and access to a portfolio of homes in the most coveted vacation spots, […]

The European Pick-up Option

Just imagine yourself in your new BMW or Porsche racing around the autobahn before jetting home to meet your automobile stateside. It’s an available option that even comes with an array of VIP perks such as significant discounts from a car’s list price and special-access factory tours. Here is what you can expect from some […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Buying Jewelry

When acquiring fine jewelry and gems, it’s important to consider some precautionary measures before making a significant purchase. Diamonds, gemstones, and pearls appear in an exceptionally wide range of quality and sizes, therefore prices vary greatly. Additionally, with the advances in technology, it’s virtually impossible for the untrained eye to detect some fabricated, enhanced, or […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Driving Programs

The phrase “driving school” might conjure memories of long Saturdays spent in windowless classrooms as penance for speeding tickets. But there’s another type of driving school—the kind you actually want to attend. These teach car enthusiasts how to get the most out of their particular car, whether on the racetrack or the off-road trail. An […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Finding a Decorator

There is no perfect science to hiring someone who is going to become intimately involved in every aspect of your home and life. In most cases, you will work and collaborate with this person for at least a year, and longer on larger and more complex projects. Consider the fact that you will be making […]

1970-1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Only a few years ago, a Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible—1 of 11 built in 1971—caused a furor when it sold for $2 million. Even in a heated automotive market driven by nostalgic baby boomers, no one had ever paid that much for a muscle car. The record-breaking sale firmly established the handsome Hemi ’Cuda as […]

Five Contemporary Furniture Designers to Buy Now

Today’s furniture designers are more aware of their legacy than their antecedents were. Isamu Noguchi, known for his iconic kidney-shaped coffee table, and Eero Saarinen, who is identified by his womb chair, for instance, weren’t thinking of creating masterpieces for a future auction market when they forged their lasting designs. Their descendants, however, strive for […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Bespoke Footwear

John Carnera and George Glasgow of G.J. Cleverley made headlines in the early 1990s when the British bespoke shoemakers acquired a cache of Russian reindeer hides at auction that had been resting in the hull of a recovered sunken cargo ship for more than 200 years. The skins, which the duo used to make dozens […]

Aftermarket Automobiles

A Toe in the Water For many enthusiasts, an automotive purchase isn’t complete until an aftermarket shop — known by the catchall term tuner — has installed a set of custom wheels, added a body kit, or upgraded the engine. But do you really need to customize your car? Consider these cars you can purchase […]

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