Village People

Two designers debut one-of-a-kind private resort communities in Bali. One is a famed Frenchman, the other an accomplished designer and the daughter of the jewelry-brand owner John Hardy. Each is creating a private community in Bali, where topographical extremes—breezy beaches and jungle-covered mountains—provide two distinct backdrops for their two distinct visions of life on the Indonesian […]

High Time for Sri Lanka

The GippsAero GA8 Airvan floats nimbly through the clouds, sweeping over the paddies and craggy mountains of the Sri Lankan countryside. Traveling north from the island nation’s seaside metropolis of Colombo to its famed Cultural Triangle, the aircraft soars past Adam’s Peak—a jagged, cone-shaped mountain whose footprint-like indentations have for centuries prompted holy pilgrimages—then veers […]

FrontRunners: Nizuc Resort and Spa

Spread over 29 beachfront acres some 15 miles south of Cancún, the new Nizuc Resort and Spa ( presents a mellow alternative to the spring break–style party palaces of its northern neighbor. The 274-suite retreat—which opened in September on a sandy enclave that once served as a private hideaway for Mexico’s presidents—brings some much-needed authenticity […]

FrontRunners: Footnotes

Like Tom Ford’s red-velvet Orson loafers, the two slipper designs shown here can add flair to a pair of jeans or a trim tuxedo. The Alberto Moretti tassel loafers (available at Barneys New York, are made from dark-blue velvet and trimmed with colorful tartan piping and tassels. They are $695 per pair. The $795-per-pair […]

FrontRunners: Game On

These cleverly conceived Deakin & Francis cuff links ( are designed to appeal to sportsmen of all stripes. Made of enamel and sterling silver and priced at $525, they can add an element of whimsy to otherwise conservative attire. For men whose passions lie in other arenas, Henry and James Deakin—the seventh-generation owners of this […]

FrontRunners: Making Scents

The spice routes of Asia inspired the new Tom Ford Atelier d’Orient fragrances (, which are part of the company’s Private Blend range. Each of the four eaux de parfum is priced at $210 for an 8.45-ounce flacon. The fragrances are complex and layered, and two of them—Rive d’Ambre and Fleur de Chine—have been created […]

FrontRunners: Jewel to Behold

The limited-edition Smythson Mara single-tray jewelry box ( is as eye-catching as the pieces it is intended to hold. Priced at $1,225, it is cloaked in midnight-blue printed calf leather, and its compartments are lined with soft and supple nubuck. It measures 8.5 inches by 6 inches, with a depth of 6 inches, and comes […]

FrontRunners: Knot Worthy

Gianni Cerutti scoured the textile factories and workshops of northern Italy to obtain the richly patterned vintage silk and other fabrics in his Passaggio Cravatte bespoke neckwear ( The ties shown here (from left: $315, $240, and $370) are made with fabric from the 1960s and ’70s, although some of the silk that Cerutti stocks […]

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