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Front Runners December 2015: Secret Service

After more than 50 years in business, the Parisian tailoring house Camps de Luca (campsdeluca.com) still keeps a discreet profile. Each patron is measured by either owner Marc de Luca, whose father founded the business, or one of his two sons. It takes about 80 hours for the de Lucas and their company’s master tailors […]

Magic Dragon

The Gift: ❄ DeepFlight’s new 16-foot-long, two-person submersible. ❄$1.5 million Although the new DeepFlight Dragon submersible can dive as deep as 400 feet below the surface of an ocean or lake, it is as easy to operate as any personal watercraft. In fact, because the sub is controlled with a lever and a joystick, maneuvering it […]

The Robb Reader: Joss Kent

A conversation with the world explorer and conservationist.  Born into a legendary safari family in Kenya, Joss Kent knows well the world of adventure. After rising through the ranks of his father Geoffrey’s tour company, Abercrombie & Kent, he left the family business in 2012 to become the CEO of andBeyond, an experiential travel company […]

A Natural Fit

One of the founding fathers of the 20th century’s studio furniture movement, George Nakashima saw beauty where others could not. The designer, who passed away in 1990, regularly scoured the leftovers of lumberyards, plucking up seemingly useless scraps of wood to shape some of his generation’s most prized pieces. His work has been exhibited in […]

Front Runners December 2015: Seek and Enjoy

Set to launch this spring is the English-made Sunseeker 95 luxury performance yacht (sunseeker.com), which features an unusual triplex configuration for the master stateroom. From the bedroom on the main deck, a staircase leads down to a mid-level private dressing area and then to a bathroom on the lower deck. Aft of the bedroom is […]

Yin and Yang

Three new hotels balance the dual nature of an emerging Chinese capital.  Just a few years ago, Chengdu was considered a small town by Chinese standards. Known for its spicy cuisine, traditional teahouse culture, and the endangered panda bears that inhabit its surrounding mountains, the city seemed to operate at a more leisurely pace than […]

The Essence of Attraction

In 1952, Marilyn Monroe told Life magazine that her bedtime attire consisted of Chanel No. 5 and nothing else. With that famous remark, the Hollywood star turned the spotlight on the fragrance, which the Russian perfumer Ernest Beaux had created for Chanel in 1921 using a complex blend of aldehydes and floral notes, including May […]

Front Runners December 2015: Spirit of Bali

The village of Ubud is the epicenter of Bali’s Hindu culture, where ancient temples rise from forests filled with sacred trees. The best way to tour the town and its mystical surrounds is from the back of Mandapa’s (ritzcarlton.com) vintage Volkswagen 181, a model that served as transport for the Indonesian island’s mayors during the […]

Cask Masters

The Gift: ❄ A private-jet trip to Scotland for as many as five people with the renowned whiskey collector Mahesh Patel. ❄ A rare cask of Glenfarclas single-malt whisky from the 1960s. ❄ Private tours, tastings, and whisky dinners at the Glenfiddich, Dalmore, and Strathisla distilleries. ❄ Bespoke decanters from Glencairn Crystal Studios. ❄ A membership […]

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