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Franky Baca, 360 MAGAZINE

Franky Baca Footwear

Franky Baca [FB] is a breakthrough designer for 2020. With 70’s inspired unisex athleisure, he has fabricated key components for all. A stand alone piece of his recent collection consolidates a sophisticated pallet for sneaker heads and shoe aficionados alike. Possessing snap-on lace guards as well as a removable sock extension, his designer tennis shoes are ideal for any major music festival attendee. As most fashionable avid travelers, not having to carry additional pieces for a comfortable casual outfit is always ideal. The functionality of this affordable accessory with suede accents and robust patent leather tongue makes them unparalleled.

For a cool golf look, bump off the guard and rock a polo shirt. Or, sport a guard and sock on alternating foot for an avant garde exhibition. Whatever the case, FB has struck gold by making a dynamic tier for fashion/istas and mavens during a period of personal style. With durability, customization on a whim coupled with a generous price point, this layer is soon to be SOLD OUT by Gen X, Y and Z.

Established in 2013, self-taught designer Franky Baca set out to construct his first garments. The brand drew inspiration from nature, architecture, classic paintings, motion pictures and his Bay Area neighborhood, ultimately creating a sense of individuality for both men and women.

In 2014, their products were available to the public using futuristic yet historic silhouettes, its singularity is what differentiated the collection from what’s already been offered in the marketplace.

Franky says “My goal in creation is for the customer to question why something so different from there style is still beautiful to them. I want to challenge them to what they thought they knew about beauty. I always wanted to design clothing and loved fashion but I was hesitant because I didn’t want to design for others. I thought it took away from my individuality. I realized I could never be them and they could never be me, and I knew I must move forward. We need to inspire people and it’s the inspired people that create heroes of tomorrow.”

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DREEMS × Icon Accidental × Young Talents

DREEMS hosted an event together with social media influencer, Icon Accidental, and students of the Parsons MFA program; Vera Blinova, Jihoon Kim, Ying Feng, and Zehua Wu.

DREEMS, a launchpad for rising designers, hosted an event with social media influencer and style icon, Lyn Slater, aka, Icon Accidental, and four emerging talents from the Parsons MFA Fashion Design and Society program on February 20th at DREEMS concept store in SoHo, New York City. The event was attended by more than 150 guests including the likes of designer Philip Lim and influencer Michelle Song. Design Studio 1: “Embodying Universal Bodies” was a design project that took place during the Fall Semester of the Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society program. This 12-week design project urged young design students to actively utilize their skill sets and design approach for the betterment of marginalized populations within society, culture and the fashion industry. Students were paired up in 4 design teams respectively, focusing on the areas of Disability, Plus-Size, Transgender and Aging. Each design team was charged to find a muse/collaborator within the respected category to ensure primary research and a meaningful outcome.

MFA Fashion Design & Society students Vera Blinova, Jihoon Kim, Ying Feng, and Zehua Wu collectively aimed their efforts on the aspect of Aging. Through social media, they found Lyn Slater aka Icon Accidental and embarked on a 12 week collaboration, in which by the end, they had to present an 8-look collection, addressing the aspect of Aging. With the concept of Age Fluidity, the collection was created through a selection of Lyn Slater’s existing wardrobe, spanning various decades as a template of memory and nostalgia. These particular looks were then re-imagined through the notion of fabrics and threads going through wear and tear just as the aging body does. This resulted in the production of garments incorporating intricately crafted couture fabrics – reestablishing nostalgia and aging not as a retrospective lens but one of contemporary significance.

The not so accidental collaboration between Icon Accidental and design students proved to be a valuable design experience. The collection emphasizes the importance of Lyn Slater’s lived experience through various decades and the value of garments as memories and identifiers of our ageless, ever-developing identity. Living in a world of mass-production, this collection sequentially aims to address society’s unhealthy consumerist behavior towards the notion of ‘newness’ and ‘time’ and the value we collectively place into that. DREEMS, founded by Alise Trautmane-Uzuner and Sai Kong, has taken it upon itself to offer up-and-coming talent a platform, expertise, and guidance with the intention to disrupt the industry in its current state. The collaboration between DREEMS, Icon Accidental and these four promising students, is an authentic endeavor to reinforce innovation and rethinking within the fashion industry.

About DREEMS:
DREEMS is the preeminent fashion launchpad for emerging designers that offers business development solutions including a luxury concept store in prime Soho, NYC, PR showroom, wholesale, branding, integrated communications, and production services. Founded in 2017 by Alise Trautmane-Uzuner and Sai Kong, DREEMS is located in the heart of New York’s SoHo neighborhood where they curate and develop the most innovative brands and minds in the industry. As of today, DREEMS represents more than 70 young and established brands, including Richard Quinn, Litkovskaya, MSGM, Walk of Shame, GCDS, Juun.J, and Y Project.

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McLaren 720S Spider

Up and coming multi-hyphenate filmmaker, Ruslan Pelykh has been commissioned by luxury dealership McLaren Beverly Hills to direct a one-of-a-kind video featuring the McLaren 720S Spider. The 720S Spider has the best of both worlds as it combines the adrenaline pumping rush of a supercar while sporting a retractable roof allowing the driver to enjoy its smooth ride under the sun to fully embrace the Los Angeles lifestyle. 
 
The video, which was launched on McLaren Beverly Hills’ YouTube channel, features a captivating Helios Orange 720S Spider and models Michael Yerger, Ari Welkom, and Brittany Phillips, and was produced by Adam Maffei. Similar to the McLaren designers, Pelykh is inspired by the human form and captures close-ups of the models’ body parts in movement, illustrating the correlation to different components of the vehicle. To Pelykh, a woman’s curves mirror the ergonomically designed outer shell, a shoulder morphs into the hood of a car, and a spinal cord resembles the spoiler. Pelykh masters the art of creating powerful yet graceful imagery by contributing an innovative and cutting edge perspective, unlikely to be seen by supercar connoisseurs.
 
As such, this production marks Pelykh’s first supercar-focused project. The video also accentuates the intricacies of the car as well as the unique interiors and views of the dashboard from the driver’s seat. The glossy exteriors are beautifully highlighted and the distinctive details that are exclusive to the McLaren design are brought to the spotlight. The video comes to an end with a sensual display of the power of touch, concluding with an invitation to the viewer to climb into the driver’s seat.
 
“As a child, I was fascinated with cars and as I grew older that passion turned into sketching them, specifically coming up with my own designs. I drew cars nonstop and to now be able to create a video for McLaren Beverly Hills is a very special project for me. When I look at a McLaren I see not only hard work, high technology, and a perfectly made vehicle, I see it as artwork and the emotions people put into the process from design to completion. This specific model, the 720S Spider immediately made me think of the human body so I went with that route and started shooting the model’s bodies against different components of the car. All of my videos are shot by hand and I handle the postproduction, which is not very typical in the industry, but McLaren Beverly Hills gave me the full freedom to develop my idea and vision and because of that, I was able to create a video how I imagined.”
-Ruslan Pelykh, Director
 
“At McLaren Beverly Hills, we wanted to develop a new project that was less about racing and more about art. When I first saw the 720S, I was awestruck at the beautifully sculpted lines and curves of the body. I wanted the vehicle depicted in a way that tells a story and accentuates how incredibly sexy this car is and that’s exactly what came about through our collaboration with Ruslan. He was given free creative reigns and he forged something so special.”
-Llewyn Jobe, Director of Variable Operations at O’Gara
 
 
Ukranian born, New York City-based Pelykh is known for his artistic vision and handheld camera usage. He has worked with brands such as Alexander Wang, British Vogue, L’Officiel Italia, Rag & Bone and models including Alexina Graham, Doutzen Kroes, Elsa Hosk, and Hailey Bieber amongst others.
 
The McLaren 720S Spider performs like no other as it is exceptionally fast yet still boasts a phenomenal driver engagement. At the heart of the 720S Spider is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that generates 720PS and 770Nm allowing the speed to go from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-124mph in just 7.9 seconds. The Retractable Hard Top is a new design by McLaren with a one-piece carbon fibre roof panel as standard. For open-air driving, the roof can be lowered in just 11 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.
 
The McLaren 720S Spider is available for purchase at McLaren Beverly Hills (price upon request).
 
About O’Gara Coach
 
O’Gara Coach, established in 1976, has served Southern California for more than 43 years, with locations in Beverly Hills, San Diego, and Westlake Village. O’Gara Coach is a factory-authorized dealer for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Automobil Pininfarina, Bentley, Bugatti, Genesis, Karma, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Rimac and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Through unparalleled performance, O’Gara Coach has become respected as one of the largest and most prestigious dealer groups in the entire world. http://www.ogaracoach.com
 

Getting Started in the World of Fashion Design

The realm of fashion is fast-paced, complex, and difficult to break into. Becoming a fashion designer is by no means easy.

But, it is possible.

Fashion is a huge industry, and needs creative people to continue pushing it forward into the future. Whether you’re looking to get into high fashion, low fashion, or anything in between, I’ll give you some tips about what you can do to increase your odds.

The first thing you need to do: learn to sew. 

Luckily, sewing isn’t that hard to pick up; here’s a great list of books on sewing & dressmaking if you’re looking for inspiration to get started. The earlier you can start building your sewing chops, the quicker you’ll be at banging out mockups and even full-fledged pieces. Start with the easy things—hemming pants and dresses. Rip the buttons off your shirts and learn how to sew them back on. Make a pillowcase, cushion cover, or other small project. Just make sure you’re using the machine and learning a bit at the same time. 

After you know your way around the machine…

Find inspiration and develop taste. 

The fashion world is as big as it is complex, and caters to every taste imaginable. Developing and honing a great sense of taste will reflect in your design work and allow you to create pieces that are as cohesive as they are striking. Raw creativity is good, but it isn’t often that a jumbled mishmash of influences will actually look good. Find out what you like and look for the people who are doing it the best. Whether it’s fast-fashion trends, eclectic streetwear, or the ever esoteric high fashion, figure out what niche of the industry resonates with you the most. In the age of instagram and pinterest, this can be as easy as scrolling through feeds and hitting the double tap. 

When you’ve found a bunch of things that you like, look for commonalities across them. Maybe you like a slim cut, maybe you like chunkier, soft vibes. Do you like monochrome or super colorful? High-waisted pants or dresses? Keep narrowing things down. Maybe the combination of tight pants and chunky tops strikes your fancy, or something else. Try to identify the elements that work as themes. Identify the patterns. It’s important to see the clothes and how they fit, so try to block out the faces of the models, the scenery, and lighting. Developing taste and knowing exactly what you like will help you a lot down the road, especially when developing a portfolio.

Hit the books:

You’re going to have a hard time getting a job in the fashion industry without a degree. A bachelor’s degree is good, but if you have the time and resources available to get your master’s, then your job prospects after education will likely be that much higher. Connections are huge in fashion, and a large part of the benefits of going to college is making those connections with your peers and instructors. College can also be a great place to find internships.

Internships are key to building real-world fashion experience and connections. They are almost as indispensable as an education in the field. You can also get experience through volunteering. So much of the industry consists of more than simply making clothes; internships provide a key to those hidden layers. There’s business, marketing, finances, and sales to consider. But beyond that, both college and internships will give you many chances to add to your portfolio.

The Portfolio…

…is your key to the fashion world. Your calling card. The first thing that potential employers know about you as a person and designer. Think of it as an actor’s reel or voice demo. Portfolios contain designs, technical drawings, finished and unfinished pieces, and mood boards. Compiling a portfolio is an intensely personal process and everybody’s is different, but if you’re having trouble starting there are plenty of guides online

The next step is clear:

Just start. If you’re too young for college, start learning how to use that sewing machine. If you don’t have a sewing machine yet, start drawing your design ideas and refining your tastes on pinterest, instagram, and other sites across the web. Find a designer that you like and read about how they got their start. Keep cracking away on your portfolio. The world of fashion is so exciting because there’s always something new on the horizon, waiting to be created or discovered. Get out there!

Design Miami, Louis Vuitton, 360 MAGAZINE

LOUIS VUITTON

Louis Vuitton will exclusively present their iconic Objets Nomades limited-edition collection of travel-inspired furniture created in collaboration with international designers during Design Miami/ – December 4-8th. The Objets Nomades collection is emblematic of Louis Vuitton’s long tradition of intersecting craftsmanship, innovation and design to craft beautiful travel-inspired objects. Louis Vuitton’s unparalleled savoir-faire paired with the discerning eye of renowned designers results in experimental shapes, materials and products that are unique, functional pieces of art.  

At Design Miami, Louis Vuitton will introduce the first American designer to the Objets Nomades collection: the innovative San Francisco-based designer Andrew Kudless and his new piece, Swell Wave Shelf, that will be launching as a global exclusive in two versions. Kudless new piece features undulating, smoothly polished oak shelves- flowing forms that resemble rocks eroded over time – that are held in perfect tension by rich leather straps.  Swell Wave Shelf is an elegant addition to the collection and an ode to the powerful forces and the delicate balance of the natural world. 

In addition to Andrew Kudless as a new designer and his new piece, institutional Objets will be launched in new colorways for the first time: the iconic Campana Cocoon in sunrise rose-yellow and Marcel Wanders’ Diamond Arm Chair, Sofa and Venezia GM et PM all in white. Pieces from the Objets Nomades collection have been imagined by some of the most creative designers of our times including, Atelier Oï, Maarten Baas, Barber and Osgerby, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Raw Edges, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, Tokjin Yoshioka, Nendo, Gwenaël Nicolas, India Mahdavi, and André Fu.   

ATELIER LOUIS VUITTON

To coincide with Design Miami and further focus on Objets Nomades, Louis Vuitton will be presenting an exclusive exhibition showcasing its savoir-faire, Atelier Louis Vuitton Miami, within Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza. A carefully curated selection of Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades, Les Petits Nomades, special leather goods, one-of-a-kind hard-sided pieces, exotics and more will be artfully displayed to illuminate the House’s most exceptional pieces.  Special hard-sided items will be unveiled such as the worldwide debut of the Sneaker Trunk and the US debut of the Malle Coiffeuse, Malle Courrier with Drawers, and Malle Pique-Nique as well as exclusive handbags including the Rainbow Purple Capucines BB, Fusion Rouge City Steamer PM, and Fusion Gris City Steamer PM. Atelier Louis Vuitton Miami, is by appointment and for a limited time from December 3 – 8th at Paradise Plaza in Miami Design District.

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades will be on show at Design Miami/ from December 4th to 8th, 2019 as well as the Louis Vuitton Miami Design District store throughout next year.  Atelier Louis Vuitton, the exclusive savoir-faire exhibition, will be held at Paradise Plaza – 151 NE 41st Street, Miami Fl 33137 from December 3rd to 8th, 2019.  Visits by appointment only.

Gwen Stefani, interscope records, 360 MAGAZINE

Gwen Stefani – 15th Anniversary

After achieving global success as a performer, songwriter and frontwoman for No Doubt, Gwen Stefani released her first solo album – Love.Angel.Music.Baby. – on November 23, 2004. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of its release, the album has been remastered by five-time GRAMMY® nominee Chris Gehringer (Rihanna, Drake, Lady Gaga) of Sterling Sound. Interscope Records will release Love.Angel.Music.Baby. – 15th Anniversary Edition in digital format on November 22.

Stefani, a three-time GRAMMY® winner, will perform a medley of songs from Love.Angel.Music.Baby. on the Top 11 live results show of “The Voice” airing Tuesday, November 26 at 8pm ET/PT on NBC. She is now in her fourth season as a coach on the Emmy®-winning NBC series. Today, Stefani reissued two items from the original Love.Angel.Music.Baby merchandise collection – a hoodie and a t-shirt, both including a digital download of the remastered album. They are now available at www.shopus.gwenstefani.com

Hailed as “an irresistible party” by Rolling Stone and a “ferocious declaration of independence” by Q Magazine, Love.Angel.Music.Baby. is an exuberant reinvention of the music that influenced Stefani in her youth – a genre-spanning work that encompasses new wave, hip hop, electropop, soul and more. The album has sold more than 15 million units worldwide to date. It is certified Platinum or greater in 10 countries, including 5x Platinum in the U.S. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards®– Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album – and the first three singles also received GRAMMY® nods.

Stefani addresses her decision to record a solo album on the lead-off track and first single, “What You Waiting For?,” which she wrote with Linda Perry. Produced by Nelle Hooper, the song topped Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart and spent 20 weeks on the Hot 100. “Rich Girl” featuring Eve and produced by Dr. Dre followed. It marked Stefani’s first top 10 entry on the Hot 100 and claimed the No. 1 spot on the UK Official R&B Singles chart.

In six short weeks, The Neptunes-produced “Hollaback Girl” ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent four consecutive weeks, giving Stefani her first No. 1 single on the chart. “Hollaback Girl” was the first song in history to reach one million digital downloads and topped Billboard’s year end Hot Digital Songs tally in 2005. Views of the accompanying video, directed by Paul Hunter, are nearing 200 million. Driven by the success of “Hollaback Girl,” Love.Angel.Music.Baby. climbed to No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in June 2005. The album spent 78 weeks in total on the tally. Other singles included Cool,” “Luxurious” and “Crash.”

Her follow-up album, 2006’s The Sweet Escape, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and contained the Hot 100 top 10 smash “Wind It Up.” This Is What The Truth Feels Like, Stefani’s third solo effort, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 in 2016 and includes her powerful No. 1 single “Used To Love You.” You Make It Feel Like Christmas, her first holiday collection, was released in 2017. To date, she has sold more than 50 million units worldwide.

Stefani will perform at “Christmas at Rockefeller Center” on December 4, airing live on NBC. She will conclude her two-year Las Vegas headlining residency “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” at Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in May 2020. Tickets are available HERE.

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REEBOK × XIMONLEE

DEBUT SUSTAINABLE DMX

AT SHANGHAI FASHION WEEK


New DMX Hydrex sneaker is inspired by scuba boots

The two brands unite to educate consumers on conscious consumption

 
Reebok launched their partnership with Berlin-based Chinese designer XIMONLEE through an iconic new release of sustainable DMX Trail Hydrex silhouettes. Briefly teased at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, the Reebok x XIMONLEE DMX Trail silhouette took center stage in the designers’ 2020 Spring/Summer Shanghai show.
 
Global sportswear brand Reebok and boundary-pushing designer XIMONLEE are bound by the belief that creating more sustainable offerings creates newness, with the shared goal being to awaken a consciousness in consumption within their consumer. XIMONLEE’s explorative yet commercial collections provide a unique vision on social topics, identities and philosophical quests brought to life through Reebok’s demonstrable footwear expertise.
 
Debuting in three new colorways, the new DMX Trail Hydrex sneaker was inspired by a mix of scuba boots and archetypal Reebok footwear, fusing the core aesthetics of XIMONLEE’s vision with Reebok’s undeniable heritage.
 
A trail-inspired outsole sits atop a functional water boot upper in vibrant colorways of brick red, mint green and purple. Nodding to the rise of outdoor-inspired high-fashion silhouettes, Reebok amplified its all-terrain functionality without sacrificing XIMONLEE’S signature aesthetic.


The silhouette, as featured on the Shanghai Fashion Week runway, will be available for purchase in late 2020 through its official retail launch.
 
 
About Reebok
Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Boston, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of fitness and lifestyle footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied fitness heritage. Reebok develops products, technologies and programming which enable movement and is committed to accompanying people on their journey to fulfill their potential. Reebok connects with the fitness consumer wherever they are and however they choose to stay fit – whether it’s functional training, running, combat training, walking, dance, yoga or aerobics. Reebok Classics leverages the brand’s fitness heritage and represents the roots of the brand in the sports lifestyle market. A subsidiary of adidas, Reebok is the exclusive outfitter of CrossFit and the CrossFit Games, the exclusive authentic global outfitter of UFC; the title sponsor of the Reebok Ragnar Relay series; and exclusive apparel provider for Les Mills. For more information, visit Reebok at www.reebok.com, or, for the latest news at http://news.reebok.com/
 
About XIMONLEE
Ximon Lee is a Chinese born Korean designer currently based in Berlin. Since graduating from Parsons as the Best Menswear Designer of the year, and later winning the H&M Design Award as the first ever menswear designer, he launched his eponymous brand XIMONLEE in 2015. Ximon is known for his meticulous and boundary-pushing work which explores topics ranging from gender, identity, society to ideologies and ethics. His vision is presented through thoughtfully treated garments, well studied silhouettes and innovative development of fabric, creating cutting-edge and inspirational collections every season that have garnered international appraisal. Ximon views each season as a study, posing questions towards specific issues and enable the clashing of ideas to prosper. In his garment making, he pushes and blends conflicting materials and collaging details to disjoint the standard idea of clothing. This is the signature visual methods the studio uses to reflect the contradictory identities Ximon views in contemporary society. Ximon was shortlisted as a LVMH Prize finalist in 2015 and later selected as Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016.
www.ximonlee.com

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NORDSTROM NYC FLAGSHIP

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Co-President, Pete Nordstrom, along side of corporate partners hosted a tour for retailer’s newly largest single project investment in their history. On Oct 24th, Nordstrom will launch its first flagship in Manhattan since the 1920s. An exclusive onestop shop adjacent to the Nordstrom Men’s store located on West 57th street & Broadway. The seven-level flagship store, designed in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates, forms in the base of the ‘tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.’ With 320,000 square feet, it will embody an experience which is responsive and reflective of its customers. After all, a great design encourages people to stay longer and shop more. And, with 19-foot ceilings, it’s an open canvas for an interchangeable yet flexible floor plan.

The new floor plan allows for discovery, with range to explore and transition through brands freely that they haven’t experienced before. The infrastructure is designed to funnel natural light through transparency with floor to ceiling glass, intertwining the shopping experience to the city’s skyline. The atrium possesses a waveform glass façade which allows for interaction from customers inside and out. Chain-mail veils and lighting installations lend character to the location, reflecting the city’s cultural events as well as major holidays. 

“A rapidly growing younger consumer who’s engaged has emerged,” asserts Pete Nordstrom. Instinctively creating a new culture and how we shop that’s relevant to life experiences. Today one-third of sales are e-commerce, which represents 30% of Nordstrom’s business.

For over 100 years, the retailer has stood the test of time. The climate of brick and mortar for many retailers have shrunk and/or has become nonexistent. Nordstrom understands as their customer evolves, their level of service and retail atmosphere should be elevated as well. Using technology and innovation, the new store’s communication system will allow employees to order beverages and/or garments throughout the location.

In addition, customers will have access to 24/7 buy online & pickup, in-store personal stylists and tailoring while you wait. The Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim, has fabricated initiatives like Pop-In@ Nordstrom – an exclusive space for emerging designers. Merchandising will include a curated depth of products (clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty, children’s, home etc) across price points.

Lastly, there will be 7 food and beverage options with 4 full-service restaurants, 2 bars and an innovative, gluten-free doughnut stand:

¤ Shoe Bar will feature handcrafted cocktails, speciality coffee drinks and a selection of small plates.

¤ 2 restaurants are in collaboration with Chef Tom Douglas.

¤ 1 restaurant is in collaboration with Chef Ethan Stowell.

For a mega metropolis that’s often explored while on foot, this fashion marquee’s newest residence seems to be long overdue.

Lexus, Costa Rica, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery, RXL

Lexus Milestones

By Flore Chaumont × Vaughn Lowery

Lexus celebrated their 30-year anniversary this past July; and we couldn’t escape it. We were invited on a 3-day lifestyle activation in Costa Rica, testing both their latest vehicles along side of their precursors. Since Lexus is the leading producer of luxury hybrids, their choice of hosting this event in Costa Rica was not arbitrary. Aside from lush landscapes, the island is a place where environmentally driven initiatives and technologies thrive. The country is a leading producer of hydroelectric energy, and conserving their beautiful flora and fauna is one of their top priorities.

1. Accommodation

Our hopes were high and they were remarkably met with our arrival at the magnificent Four Seasons Hotel, located in Liberia, a jewel in the countryside of Costa Rica. The luxurious property, nicely integrated into the surrounding region was mesmerizing. Modern yet rustic decorated rooms spilt out onto the beachfront as we assembled at a welcoming reception. We were treated like loyalty with excellent service, savory bites and of course, great fellowship. With a 181 rooms, fitness center (which rivaled Equinox), day spa (complete with plunge pool, steam room and hot tub) and private beach, many of us were tempted to stay longer within the 1,400 acres of utter bliss. There was so much to explore via a biking excursion or a simple hike into neighboring jungles.

2. History of Lexus

During the conference, we learned about the history of Lexus; and their product line from 1989 to present. With the use of VR, we were teleported in time to when Toyota arrived in the US. In 1984, they launched the Circle F Project with the aim of releasing a luxury car. The challenge was to change America’s perception of the marque. For this project, Chief Engineer Ichiro Suzuki sets aggressive goals which will define the brand’s strategy and excellence down the route. With over 1400 engineers involved and 400 prototypes later, the Lexus LS was born. A sedan unlike any other. The name, originally Alexis, became Lexus, and the logo came to become this symbol of beauty and perfection with a succession of exceptional cars to accompany.

3. Meeting with Executives

We also got the privilege to sit down and shoot the breeze with some of the senior level executives of Lexus. Koichi Suga, General Manager of Lexus Design, explained to us his inspiration for adding the concierge and driver refresh, he maintains, “Our vision is human centered: what the customer wants, while focusing on our distinctive culture and heritage.” Indeed, the driver refreshes function is an imitation of shiatsu massage, and it was also our favorite feature in this newly reintroduced full-size flagship. In a discussion with Koji Sato, Vice President of Lexus International Products & Engineering, we were informed that the brand expects to issue its first EV by 2025. And he gave tongue to what gives the sedan a long-term advantage over SUV models. He states, “I think the sedan is more formal, more stylish, with a low center of gravity that provides a more emotional feel.”

4. Vehicle Drives

After being fascinated with the history of Lexus, we got to take a glimpse of and even test drive a few. The incredible LFA was on display and the RC F Sport (f/ in Men in Black: International) were definitely crowd favorites. We test drove three of their models: the LS 500h; RXL (new RX w/ third row seating) and LC 500h. The LS literally made us feel like a royal family. The sleek design, alongside a more pronounced spindle grill and a ton of driver/passenger amenities made the interior feel like nirvana. The RXL possesses a 4.4 inch longer wheel base than RX, now seats 7 and has been refined to exaggerate masculinity. Lastly, the LC 500h, spotlighted in the critically acclaimed Black Panther, was simply sublime, from its paw-like exterior to the silky ride it offers. The peaceful drive along windy roads near the rain forests was almost mysterious.

5. Adventure

On our final day, we drove to the Diamante Eco Adventure Park which is home to one of the highest zip lines in the world – approximately 80 stories high and 1 mile long from one side to the other. We strapped into the renowned Superman, headfirst while facing forward on our bellies. Within, 45 seconds or less we were tailed and ready to retrieve our rides.

In short, Lexus created an atmosphere which showcased creativity, confidence and courage. Everything was exemplified through their leaders, bold design and humanity. Here’s to another 30 years!!!

SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S NEW WINE “INVIVO X, SJP”

SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S NEW WINE “INVIVO X, SJP” WILL HIT STORES ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

The Sauvignon Blanc will be Available Globally & is the First Wine to Launch from her Wine Collection with the New Zealand Winery

Actor, designer and wine lover Sarah Jessica Parker has announced today via Instagram that her new Sauvignon Blanc wine in partnership with the New Zealand-based Invivo & Co will hit stores this fall on September 18th, 2019.

With grapes from Marlborough, New Zealand “Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc” will have a suggested retail price between $18 – $20 and will be immediately available across the U.S. via exclusive national importer Taub Family Selections. At the same time, the wine will also have a global footprint in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada, UK, Ireland andHong Kong.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration with Rob and Tim from Invivo,” explains Sarah Jessica Parker “Every part of the process from our initial conversations discussing wine styles, to the creative process on the brand and label design and of course, the Sauvignon Blanc blending session; it’s all been one exciting step after another. And a thrilling education in the business of winemaking, but more importantly, the love and passion behind Invivo.

The new Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc is described by Invivo’s co-founder & winemaker Rob Cameron as, “Lifted notes of grapefruit, honeysuckle flower, passionfruit and citrus zest. The palate is expansive and leads with a wall of sweet-scented fruits and a soft, but balanced acid spine.”

Sarah Jessica Parker’s wine was perfected in May when the founders of Invivo, Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron, traveled to New York City for a private blending session with Sarah Jessica to finalize the blend and taste of her new Sauvignon Blanc. They brought the latest samples of the 2019 vintage that was harvested in April from different sub-regions of Marlborough – the home of New Zealand’s world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Over a three-hour session, Sarah Jessica and the Invivo team finalized the proportions from each vineyard to create the exact blending recipe used in the wine.

While I’m new to winemaking, the Invivo fellows generously taught, showed and shared as much of the art and science of their business and hopefully I have absorbed some of their Kiwi confidence,” states Sarah Jessica Parker“I’m so looking forward to releasing my Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc in September and sharing our wine with the world! I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity offered by Rob and Tim.

WATCH A SNEAK PEEK FROM THE SJP BLENDING SESSION HERE: https://vimeo.com/349806095/f0cc736d10

As a passionately creative person, Sarah Jessica Parker has naturally been instrumental in both naming the wine and designing the label. The X and the comma directly after it, is an intentional and personal touch, referencing her signature email and Instagram post signoff: “X, SJ.”   Sarah Jessica also hand-painted the X on the original label and found the teal paint to match the exact shade of one of her favorite satin shoe colorways, “Hamilton”, from her SJP Collection label.

Invivo’s other co-founder Tim Lightbourne adds, “It has been a pleasure working with Sarah Jessica. It’s fantastic how hands-on she’s been with the whole process and she has a great palate too! Within minutes into the blending session, she was picking up subtle differences between the samples. It’s a privilege for us, two old school friends from New Zealand and our winery, to work with her.  We look forward to a long-term partnership.”

In Spring 2020, a Rosé from the South of France will also be added to the Sarah Jessica Parker collection of wines with Invivo and will be a new vintage 2019 blend from the grapes being harvested this September.

This celebrity partnership is not unchartered territory for the growing New Zealand wine brand as Invivo & Co has also launched a successful wine brand with the UK talk show host Graham Norton. His brand debuted in 2014 selling 12,000 bottles in the first year and now today sells 3.5 million bottles globally. They have also recently extended his brand with the launch of Graham’s new pink Gin earlier this year. Invivo & Co looks forward to growing Sarah Jessica Parker’s collection of wine to reflect her personal preferences and love for wine similar to what they have accomplished with Graham Norton.

Invivo X, SJP” received its first review – just days after bottling – and landed a 95point rating from New Zealand wine reviewer Sam Kim at Wine Orbit.  Kim describes the wine saying: “The palate delivers excellent concentration and weight, wonderfully complemented by fine texture and brilliant focus.”

ABOUT SARAH JESSICA PARKER: Sarah Jessica Parker is the star and executive producer of “Divorce,” returning to HBO for a third hit season. In February 2014, she launched “SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker”, a footwear, apparel and accessory label, with partner George Malkemus III. The collection showcases the brand’s theme of colors acting as neutrals and encourages women to take risks and break away from fashion rules they imagine. Parker currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the board of directors for the New York City ballet. She also served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities under the Obama administration. Parker lives with her husband and three children in New York City.

ABOUT INVIVO: Invivo’s mission is to bring people together so great things can happen. Invivo has been described as “New Zealand’s most innovative winery.” Founded in 2008 by school friends Tim Lightbourne and winemaker Rob Cameron, Invivo set out to make great wine without the elitist attitude the industry can be known for, they believe that nothing should stand in the way of a great drink. 11 years later, the formula has been a success, with their wines receiving over 200 international wine show medals, distribution in 16 countries and sales of over 3,500,000 bottles. Invivo has also recently released a Gin brand in partnership with Graham Norton. Invivo has played a role in helping New Zealand become the 3rd largest importer of wine into the US (by value) behind France and Italy. USA is New Zealand’s largest export market for wine with $422 million USD in sales. This is an impressive statistic considering that NZ produces less than 1% of all the world’s wine. www.invivowines.com www.invivoxsjp.com