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Vaughn Lowery tests and reviews NÜR San Francisco for 360 MAGAZINE

NÜR SAN FRANCISCO

“The light between the heavens and the earth.”

After witnessing product discoloration and encountering rashes caused by allergies, Afghan-American Nilo established NÜR.

Thanks to the PVD, NÜR has been able to produce without many issues. At an affordable price point, this ethical, sustainable fine jewelry can stand the test of time.  Hypoallergenic yet rustproof ornaments pair well with lesser eco-friendly options to create a stylish look.

After putting a necklace to its limits: long baths, extended steam room sessions coupled with prolonged wearing, the 18k plating did not permit oxidation. In addition, even as a wild sleeper, the global construction prevented kinks.

Upon delivery, if an item does not properly fit or was damaged while being shipped, the customer has a two-week replacement window. Moreover, all products are free of metal allergens (nickel, copper and zinc) and are plated onto a surgical grade of stainless steel. Lastly, the polishing adds a protective layer, intensifying its durability; and thus, increasing its longevity.

Visit NÜR site HERE.

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Simon Fuller's pop group Now United imagery via MPRM for use by 360 Magazine

Now United × OP3N

Simon Fuller (American Idol, Spice Girls, So You Think You Can Dance) has partnered with OP3N and the Culture Catalyst – a recently announced $100 million commitment to fostering arts and entertainment projects on the Avalanche blockchain – to develop and produce an innovative musical film with the world’s first global pop group Now United

The Musical is a live-action musical film featuring members of Now United and original songs. It will be available to the NFT pass holders on the recently launched OP3N app. The mission of the project is to inspire schools everywhere to create their own versions of performances from the musical and compete for honors within the OP3N platform through community voting.

Simon Fuller comments: “This project allows me to redefine how an audience can engage with content. Not only can it be enjoyed simply as entertainment, but you can actually participate, initially through learning and then by creating your own version of the musical with your friends or school. It is a celebration of the art of musical theater and the passion for self expression and new technology that allows people to get involved in ways never before imagined.”

Using the native video and music player on the OP3N app, NFT pass holders will also be able to stream the The Musical and access a broad range of related content including rehearsals, choreography lessons and interviews with the cast. The Op3n app will also facilitate submissions and voting on a competition based on the Musical, as well as the purchase of NFTs.

OP3N, a launchpad for IP and communities in Web3, recently partnered with the Avalanche Foundation to launch and co-finance Culture Catalyst – a $100 million initiative to redefine the entertainment business model. Culture Catalyst will fund and support the development of arts, entertainment and culture projects on the Avalanche public blockchain.

“Web3 is powering a new paradigm in music and entertainment, but many artists have been reluctant to dive in for lack of an environmentally responsible solution that can consistently deliver a good user experience. In Avalanche, we’ve found the best possible answer and we couldn’t be more excited to bring these capabilities to bear to help Simon Fuller and Now United realize their vision for interactive entertainment’, said OP3N studios co-founders, Jaeson Ma and Eric Tu

From creator-inspired tokens to NFTs, decentralized tech is redefining the way arts and entertainment is created, financed and consumed. The OP3N – Avalanche initiative is designed to inspire a diverse range of blockchain-based creator communities’ projects and provide funding for emerging artists, entertainers, filmmakers and musicians who are looking to expand beyond traditional channels and expand paradigms for ownership.

“We believe that success in collaboration begins with choosing the right partners and we’re delighted to be supporting this ground-breaking project”, said John Nahas, VP of Business Development for Ava Labs.

“In OP3N and Simon Fuller, we have found visionaries who not only share our concern for the environment, but who also recognize the magic in direct connections between fans and creators”, added Ava Labs’ Chief Marketing Officer, Devon Ferreira.

“I’m super excited to be working with Simon and Now United to bring something truly innovative into the NFT space. We will be utilizing Avalanche to create new ways of fan engagement and build a sustainable fan base and community for years to come,” said Nelson Diaz, OP3N Chief Marketing Officer and Founder of Long Lost Friends.

Culture Catalyst recently announced projects with Grimes for an Intergalactic Children’s Metaverse Book that will be released later this year. Additionally, singer-songwriter Ava Max announced her partnership with Culture Catalyst for the launch of her next music video in collaboration with iconic director Joseph Kanh. Culture Catalyst comes after OP3N’s $10 million seed funding round that brought together heavyweights from the worlds of entertainment, tech and gaming.

About Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment:

Simon Fuller is a renowned entertainment industry creator, producer and entrepreneur. He has imagined, developed and executed some of the biggest entertainment properties of all time, engaging audiences across the world and generating $billion revenues in the process. For more than three decades Fuller has positively impacted popular culture worldwide, through properties and businesses that have disrupted convention, defined the times and empowered iconic artists to achieve their creative and commercial ambitions. He was the inspiration behind the Spice Girls, the creator of the Pop Idol global TV franchise, the partner of David and Victoria Beckham and the guidance behind the careers of sporting legends Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton, extraordinary singers Annie Lennox and Amy Winehouse and award winning projects with entertainment icons Jennifer Lopez and Michael Caine. Today his company, XIX Entertainment, is an ever evolving force of creativity and innovation, in music, television, film and fashion.

About OP3N:

Founded in 2021 as a subsidiary of EST Media Holdings, OP3N imagines a world where Communities can come together to create, own, and bring their ideas to the world. OP3N’s mission is to be a Launchpad for Ideas and Communities to create meaningful experiences together. By consolidating the tools needed to mint, share and engage with NFTs and digital tokens into one vertical stack, OP3N leverages its cross-industry expertise from the entertainment, gaming and tech ecosystems, to lay the foundations for a new era of community-driven, inclusive entertainment while bringing everyone together on a journey into Web3. OP3N is co-led by media executive, artist, and serial entrepreneur Jaeson Ma, who has a successful track record launching companies including EST Studios, Stampede Ventures, East West Ventures, and 88rising, and who’s raised capital and advised on transactions totaling over $1 billion; and Eric Tu, an award-winning development executive who’s worked with major brands including Nike, Beats by Dre and Google, and as an Executive Producer with Bjork, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and more. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit HERE.

Vaughn Lowery President of 360 Magazine in Sustainable wardrobe options

How to Build a Stylish, Eco-Conscious Wardrobe on a Budget

Introduction

Staying on top of the latest trends is great, but you may have realized just how much waste buying these ‘trendy’ items has created. Fashion comes and goes but the materials and energy used to create these products are often significantly higher than what you realize. 

Creating a stylish and eco-conscious wardrobe on a budget is something many people are turning to. Not only is this great for your wallet, but it helps the Earth as well. Take a look at these tips to help you get started!

Educate Yourself

The idea of building an eco-conscious and sustainable wardrobe on a budget might sound appealing, but what does it mean? This isn’t a goal that can be attained overnight, so understanding your “why” and doing research can be extremely beneficial to helping you stay focused on your goals when it seems so far away.

“Learning what your goals are to create a sustainable wardrobe is every bit as important as owning one,” says Lori Price, Founder of PixieLane. “There are many different types of eco-conscious wardrobes and people take their sustainable wardrobes to different levels. Understanding your own goal by researching the industry can help you be successful in the long run.” 

Inventory Your Current Wardrobe

Before you set out to create a new wardrobe, make sure you understand what’s in your closet right now. You might be surprised what you already have to work with. This will also come in handy for some of the later tips in this article.

“One of the most eco-conscious and budget-friendly ways you can improve your wardrobe is to build off of what you already own,” says Omid Semino, CEO and Founder of Diamond Mansion. “Look at what you have and create a list or a photo album of clothing that you could incorporate into new outfits. Neutral colors and basic designs are fantastic because they’re easy to modify by adding other elements into the outfit.”

Find Local Options

Shipping and handling add expense and waste to the purchasing process, so finding a local option is both eco-conscious and helps you stay on a budget. Look for local eco-friendly boutiques or secondhand stores where you can try things on and make sure you love them before making a purchase.

“Online shopping is convenient, but it’s also home to many fast-fashion retailers who are not eco-conscious,” says Lauren Kleinman, Co-founder The Quality Edit. “Support a local business by shopping from someone in your community who’s looking to make a difference in their economic footprint as well. Consignment shops and eco-friendly small businesses are fantastic ways to purchase items that you’re sure to love for a long time.”

Research Brands

Learning what brands are doing to support the environment while producing their clothing products can lead you to brands that are not only affordable but eco-conscious as well. A great way to create an eco-friendly wardrobe on a budget is by doing research into brands to find where the sweet spot is for you in terms of affordability and environmental responsibility.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people think that eco-conscious purchases mean that the products have to be expensive,” says Cesar Cruz, Co-Founder of Sebastian Cruz Couture. “This leads many to believe that they can’t afford to buy new clothing that is eco-friendly. This is simply not true. There are many brands out there that strive to do their best to maintain a positive carbon footprint while producing affordable products. Sometimes you just have to dig a bit to find them.”

Find Others Looking to Do The Same

Reach out on social media or other platforms to find others in your community who are looking to remodel their wardrobe to include eco-conscious clothing. There are many eco-conscious people out there who are probably interested in doing the same thing and multiple heads are better than one when it comes to finding new resources.


“Not only is a community of like-minded eco-conscious friends a great thing to have, but they can help you build your wardrobe too,” says Karim Hachem, VP of eCommerce at Sunshine 79. “Hosting a clothing swap a couple of times per year can be a great way to change out some things in your wardrobe without purchasing new clothing or creating waste. You can also share resources and shops that you’ve had great experiences with.”

Get Creative

If consignment shops and clothing swaps are letting you down and you’re looking to stick to a low budget, getting a bit creative might be the answer. The trend of upcycling clothing from one thing to another has been around for years and it’s a great way to repurpose some of your clothing that you may not wear anymore.

“Not only is upcycling a great way to create something new from an article of clothing that may otherwise end up in the trash, but you can explore a new hobby too,” says Eric Elggren, Co-Founder of Andar. “Creating new articles of clothing from something you already own is a great way to spruce up your wardrobe in an eco-conscious way. Additionally, if you don’t love what you’ve created, you could always sell your creations to fund your eco-conscious wardrobe budget.”

Conclusion

Creating an eco-conscious wardrobe doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. While it may take some time, it is entirely possible to build a stylish, eco-conscious wardrobe on a budget. Educating yourself and learning more about what the clothing industry looks like today is a great start. It’s hard to stay motivated to make a change if you’re not informed of the full scope of the impact you’re making. Researching brands and businesses that support these ideas can help you learn what to look for as you shop and build onto your existing wardrobe.

Look into your community to find businesses, organizations, and other people who are on the same path as you. Shopping local is a great way to support your community on your quest to build an eco-conscious wardrobe. Learning from others who are doing the same is also a great way to expand your knowledge and make friends too. You may also want to explore how you can repurpose some of your current wardrobe items to match your new eco-conscious clothing items.

British Celebrities Drive Iconic Jaguar Land Rover Vehicles in Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant via 360 Magazine

JLR × Queen’s Jubilee

Stars from the world of entertainment, sport and music got behind the wheel to celebrate 70 years of dedicated service 

Jaguar Land Rover joined Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, with 26 of its cars featuring in the stunning Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday. British names Luke Evans, Jason Robinson OBE, David Gandy and Jess Hawkins were just a few of the red-carpet attendees who showed their support by getting behind the wheel of the British automaker’s most iconic vehicles. 

To further commemorate the Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years of dedicated service, Land Rover gifted the British Red Cross a new Defender 130 to support its operations in the UK. Land Rover engineers will work with representatives from the charity, of which the Queen is a patron, to adapt the Defender 130 before it goes into service. Land Rover has supported the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 1954.

“We are delighted to be receiving the Defender 130 and look forward to working with the team at Land Rover to modify this over the coming months. As the longest version of this vehicle ever produced, we will be able to utilise the increased capacity to incorporate new and unique features that will better support our emergency response and ambulance support work. The vehicle’s off-road capabilities will give us the freedom to access remote areas and reach people affected by emergencies and disasters across the UK.” Chris Davies, Head of Crisis Response.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant was a celebration of the creativity and ingenuity of the people of the UK and Commonwealth during the 70 years of her reign. Two of Her Majesty’s beloved Land Rover Defenders took part in the Pageant, along with three Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles from James Bond films, and a collection of rare Jaguar convertibles including a bespoke 1965 Series 1 E-type Roadster. The one-off renovation features a comprehensive list of enhancements carried out by the expert technicians at Jaguar Classic Works, and metallic blue paintwork inspired by the Union flag.

Chris Thorp, Chief of Staff, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It is a true honour for our vehicles to play a part in this momentous occasion to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. As the UK’s longest reigning monarch, Head of the Commonwealth, patron of more than 600 charities as well as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, the Queen is a remarkable role model and we are delighted to celebrate with her today.”

Other Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles of note that participated in the Pageant included the first Land Rover the world ever saw, unveiled at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show. 

In a celebration of Jaguar’s move towards an all-electric future, the parade also featured an F-PACE Electric Hybrid in a bespoke livery designed with drumming sensation Nandi Bushell and an all-electric I-PACE from the E-Trophy racing series.

The vibrant and colourful procession covered a 3km route taking in The Mall and Buckingham Palace, echoing the route of the Coronation 70 years ago. It featured more than 10,000 volunteers and creatives celebrating each of the Queen’s seven decades on the throne through a carnival of art, music, theatre and dance. The Jaguars and Land Rovers featured throughout the parade with notable brand fans and cultural icons aboard.

Azulito, the Little Blue Penguin via Jordann Tomasek for use by 360 Magazine

Azulito the Penguin

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego officially named one of their Little Blue Penguins. After receiving nearly 2,500 votes, this charismatic penguin will be named Azulito, which translates to “little blue” in Spanish. The name reveal took place Friday morning in the aquarium’s Giant Kelp Forest. Divers unfurled a banner underwater with the winning name surrounded by Leopard Sharks, Moray Eels and swaying kelp fronds while some of the Little Blues looked on. 

“This is the first time we have invited the public to help name one of our animals. So, it was a special moment for aquarium fans as well as our staff. We hope this is the beginning of a long tradition of naming our penguins,” said Kayla Strate, lead penguin aquarist. “We want to thank everyone who submitted a name online. Azulito is the perfect fit for this tiny penguin and we love that it’s a nod to our binational region.”

Voters were asked to choose between five names — each option with unique ties to San Diego, Scripps Oceanography and UC San Diego — during a naming campaign that launched on World Penguin Day (April 25). Azulito won by a landslide with 924 votes. Diego trailed behind with 588 votes and Flip came in third with 438, followed by Triton and Torrey with 234 and 281 votes, respectively. 

Later this month, Azulito — along with Magic, Nero, Persimmon, Reka, Cornelius and Katie — will move into their new home. Guests can meet Azulito and the rest of the colony starting July 12 when Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins opens. 

The 2,900 square foot exhibit follows the world’s smallest penguins on their journey from hatchlings to adults, highlighting the challenges they face in a changing climate while celebrating the features that make Little Blues so unique (and adorable). 

Penguin lovers will now be able to spend more time with the aquarium’s newest residents when the aquarium’s summer hours kick off on July 1. The aquarium will stay open until 7 p.m. daily, from July 1 to September 5, 2022.

Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins is included in the cost of general admission to Birch Aquarium which is $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 3-17. Tickets for July are now available online. Advanced reservations are required for all guests, including members. Visit HERE for more information or to make a reservation.

About Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features the groundbreaking work of Scripps Oceanography and UC San Diego scientists as well as conservation breeding programs, and interactive exhibits. Birch Aquarium’s mission is to connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet, which the aquarium achieves by engaging, hands-on learning opportunities for nearly 500,000 guests as well as more than 50,000 pre-K-12 students each year. Visit HERE for more information. 

Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week 2022 runway image via Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week

Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week just completed their successful series of runway shows, highlighting 18 top-tier Vietnamese, Italian and Australian fashion designers at the Military Zone 7 Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.

Showcasing to an audience of 750 per seating of Vietnam’s leading celebrities, influencers and high-profile fashion personalities, the event spanned over 4 nights, from Thursday, March 26th to Sunday, March 29th.  Its focus was the central theme #ReFashion, pertaining to the adoption and development of sustainable fashion in Vietnam, post pandemic.

Madame Trang Le, President of the Council of ASEAN Fashion Designers (CAFD), and President of Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week adds:

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made a dramatic impact on all our lives, and of course there have been significant changes within our fashion community because of it. Having finally emerged from what felt like seemingly endless lockdowns and stringent restrictions, I feel we should all try and shift our way of thinking (ReThinking), our way of doing (ReInventing) and our way of operating (ReGenerating). My hope is that our industry manifests a new and transformative commitment to the sustainable development of fashion (Sustainable Fashion), and this season’s event theme #ReFashion was implemented to relay this messaging to our Vietnamese fashion populace as our ‘new normal’.”

Wrapping its 13th season, Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week has been positioned as the premiere international fashion event in Vietnam. Its mission is to share the country’s leading fashion talent with a global audience and has earned the reputation as the principal international fashion week in the Southeast region, ranked 4th in Asia, behind Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai International Fashion Weeks.

The designer schedule was as follows:

THURSDAY:  Aquafina x designer Võ Công Khanh, Camicissima & Valenciani by Adrian Anh Tuấn.

FRIDAY: Tuyết Lê, Tracy Studio, I.H.F, Ivan Trần & Nguyễn Tiến Truyển.

SATURDAY:  Tiny Ink by Hoàng Quyên, 21Six, Lý Giám Tiền, PhuongLyly by Phương Hồ & Nguyễn Minh Công.

SUNDAY:  Hoàng Hải, Zimmermann, Happy Clothing by Thảo Nguyễn, Linh San Couture & Hoàng Minh Hà.

Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week 2022 runway image via Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week for use by 360 MAGAZINE
Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week 2022 runway image via Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week for use by 360 MAGAZINE
Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week 2022 runway image via Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week for use by 360 MAGAZINE
Photos courtesy of Aquafina Vietnam International Fashion Week
Cheetah Plains eco-luxe safari in South Africa via 360 MAGAZINE

Cheetah Plains

Next Level Private & Sustainable Safari

100% Solar Powered Exclusive-Use Villas and Land Cruiser Electric Vehicles

Cheetah Plains is home to the exclusive-use luxury villa and sustainable safari experience nestled in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. A sophisticated, innovative eco-luxe safari run entirely on solar power, Cheetah Plains provides guests with a personalized, and flexible experience giving you the option to plan your safari on your terms.

Perfect for an exclusive family vacation or a luxurious safari sojourn with friends, Cheetah Plains’ three private villas each accommodate a maximum of eight guests and boast award-winning architectural design and interiors that redefine convention by sensitively translating urban sophistication in the bush. The villas, Mapogo, Karula, and Mvula are named after famous wild cats that have been a significant part of the history of the area, and blend respectfully into the surrounding environment through their modern design and use of natural materials. The location and unique appointment of each is a respectful homage to their secluded, tranquil environment and each safari hideaway provides groups with a unique bushveld retreat unlike any other. Each villa boasts four stand-alone private guest suites and a shared living space that houses an entertaining lounge, living and dining room areas, expansive swimming pool with deck, outdoor boma for fireside dining, fine wine gallery, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen.

“Cheetah Plains indulges guests in a truly unique and personalized sustainable safari experience. The level of flexibility and privacy affords the opportunity for a truly memorable adventure for families and friends. From prime wildlife sightings from (almost) silent Land Cruiser electric game viewing vehicles 

(that are Tesla battery-powered) to the incredible natural surroundings from the comfort of your designer villa to immersive gastronomical dining under the African skies. It’s simply unbeatable,” shares Peter Dros, Head of Sales and Marketing for Cheetah Plains.

Eco-Luxe Safari Experience: During a stay at Cheetah Plains each villa is provided with a dedicated hospitality team including an accomplished host, culinary team, lodge sommelier, spa therapist, and even childcare for the duration of their stay. Together, this talented group of professionals and your own dedicated guide and tracker, with a private safari, vehicle deliver a luxury experience of the highest standard and can create a tailored stay to accommodate individual preferences. 

Activities during a visit also include guided bush walks, wellness offerings, a fitness gym, and ‘Cubs Club‘ for kids. Each villa provides a platform to showcase Africa’s artistic talent, not unlike a contemporary gallery space, and has been personally and passionately curated by Cheetah Plains owner, Japie van Niekerk. Pieces by acclaimed masters are thoughtfully placed alongside current and emerging talent. Brunch in the bush after a morning game drive includes fresh locally sourced produce. Wine tastings from the 300 bottle wine cellar in each villa and meals are carefully prepared and offered fireside and under the stars, as well as, in the comfort of each villa. 

A Commitment to Sustainability: Cheetah Plains sets the standard in South Africa for a zero-emission, sustainable 4×4 luxury safari experience traversing over 20,200+ acres, led by a highly skilled guiding team. Taking a singular approach to sustainability, within their footprint on the Sabi Sand, Cheetah Plains delivers a next-level eco-safari. They have partnered with some of the world’s pre-eminent minds in the renewable energy field to provide clean energy solutions that drive both their hospitality and safari experiences.

The Cheetah Plains experience is ‘off the grid’, harnessing the power of solar to provide a reliable, renewable energy source. Meanwhile, their twice-daily game drives are taken in innovative Toyota Land Cruiser Electric Safari Vehicles powered by Tesla batteries. This bold advance toward zero-emission game viewing is what drives the sustainable safari experience at Cheetah Plains. The quiet, smooth gait of the Land Cruiser Electric Vehicles deliver the highest quality wildlife sightings and include eight comfortable bucket seats, individually set at the optimal recline of 11 degrees, USB ports, and heated seats. Their unobtrusive nature facilitates the most silent approach by vehicle, resulting in an unparalleled safari experience. Onboard, bird books, binoculars, and a professional level camera fitted with a telephoto lens are provided for guests’ enjoyment while out on a game drive. 

Bush Walks: For the most captivating safari experience, guests are invited to embark on guided, interpretive bush walks. Accompanied by certified and experienced walking-trail field guides, the opportunity to explore parts of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on foot is one not to be missed. There is no more tangible way than this to surround yourself with nature where visitors will surely find that a profound appreciation of one’s place within the ecosystem is deeply felt. The duration of walks are easily customized to guest requirements, taking the number of guests, fitness levels, ages, weather conditions, and the preferred game drive schedules into account. 

Kids on Safari: Cheetah Plains welcomes families and children of all ages. Highly qualified, relatable field guides and trackers are eager to share their bush lore with young, inquisitive minds. Bush bumbles (game drives of age-appropriate duration) and interpretive walks in their indigenous gardens facilitate a child’s connection with Africa’s wilderness and love of nature. Other kid-friendly activities include baking, arts and crafts, tracking and shooting targets with pellet guns. The villas have child-friendly features such as interconnecting suites and entertainment lounges with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a selection of games, and Netflix. The lodge also provides reliable childcare onsite for when parents are away on safari. 

Wellness: The restorative quality of your safari is luxuriously enhanced by personal pampering. Guests are invited to enjoy a selection of massage therapies and beauty treatments in the privacy and comfort of your private guest suite. With Africology as the wellness amenity brand partner, a spa therapist expertly imparts the healing, restorative properties of select African botanicals, offering guests a remedying, calming wellness experience. 

Sporting beautiful views out over our rolling lawns and the Tamboti grove beyond, the climate-controlled gym is outfitted with a variety of high-quality, professional fitness equipment in partnership with Technogym. A short stroll from your villa and private suite, the communal-use gym facility at Cheetah Plains is a tranquil environment for weight training sessions, cardio work-outs or yoga, stretching, and core training. 

Cheetah Plains is conveniently accessible by a 1.5-hour flight from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport on a commercial or private charter with a 20-minute private vehicle transfer from the Arathusa airstrip to your villa. A safari at Cheetah Plains is best paired with Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, Kruger National Park, and Victoria Falls. Daily scheduled flights are available on Federal Air from Johannesburg to Arathusa and on Airlink from Johannesburg and Cape Town to KMIA and Skukuza. Charter jets can be arranged by Cheetah Plains to Arathusa, or helicopter transfers directly to its private helipad. Rates begin at $2,000 per person per day, all-inclusive, based on four adults with a 2-night minimum and $1,550 per additional guest, or $770 per child 3-12 years of age, or $150 under three years of age. Reservations can be made online HERE.  

About Cheetah Plains: 

Opened in 2018, Cheetah Plains is home to the exclusive-use luxury villa and sustainable safari experience nestled in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The eco-luxe experience includes three private villas with four guest bush suites that accommodate up to eight guests each with its own formal lounge, living and dining areas, expansive swimming pool, and outdoor deck that operates off-grid. Each villa comes with a complete hospitality team consisting of an accomplished host, culinary team, and spa therapist, as well as an expert field guide and tracker dedicated to you for the duration of your stay. Families and children of all ages are welcome to experience their own personalized safari, guided bush walks, wellness offerings, fitness gym, and ‘Cubs Club‘ for kids. Cheetah Plains sets the standard in South Africa for zero-emission game-viewing utilizing its own fleet of solar-charged Land Cruiser Electric Safari vehicles. A luxury sustainable safari that is beyond expectations. 

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Solios Curve solar panel watch product image via NATA PR for use by 360 Magazine

Solios – Curve

From the revolutionary solar-powered watch gamechangers Solios comes their second installment of the Curve model. The luxurious watch piece is not only sustainable and environmentally friendly; it sports an edgy, timeless design.

Established in 2016, Solios’ founders Samuel Leroux and Alexandre Desabrias set out to build a one-of-a-kind accessory that would be both chic and eco-friendly. Solios succeeded in this, generating only the finest of watches that attract sophisticated, innovative and environmentally aware individuals.

Let’s dive into what makes the Curve just so special.

With an array of new adjustments, Solios elevates their time wear while introducing new elements that have contributed to the success of the Curve.

The Crown

Shifting from 3 o’clock to 4 o’clock, the crown is now conveniently situated to enhance proportion of the piece. This, in return, allows for an easier time-telling experience for all.

Seconds Hand

 The updated design of the Curve utilizes a second hand.

Date Window

Adjacent to the crown is a small circle that conveniently shows off the date.

The watch itself showcases a modest, refined design. The uniqueness of the watch blended with its rich environmental consciousness sets the timepiece above the rest.

Lounging in the Sun or strolling down the street for a walk, your watch effortlessly charges to a heightened potential. Each Solios generates the same power as 20 disposable batteries, reducing previously needed single use batteries. The solar technology in the Curve ensures your power will last for decades to come.

The Curve platforms vegan leather and metal mesh straps that are interchangeable, allowing for an assortment of design sequences. while the case is created from certified recycled stainless steel, add to Solios’ sustainability effort.

A special Rainforest Edition Solios Curve model utilizes a lush emerald, green coloring, in support of the Rainforest Trust. With every purchase of the exclusive style, Solios donates 10% of its profits to the Trust.

Article by: McKinley Franklin x Vaughn Lowery

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Off the Map Travel itineraries in Norway for a ev supercar road trip via 360 Magazine

Porsche Road Trip

NEW! EXPLORE THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS AND MOUNTAINS ON AN ELECTRIC SUPERCAR ROAD TRIP

Weeklong program is an eco-sensitive, road-tripping adventure in a Porsche

If you’re a fan of adventure and luxury cars, this new supercar driving program is for you. Adding the glide of a luxury electric car, you’ll travel through Norwegian fjords and the Sunnmore Alps on a supercar road trip, enjoying empty open roads and breathtaking scenery behind the wheel of an electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.  The route is pre-programmed; you do the driving.

Driving the roads along mountain passes, bridges and labyrinthine tunnels will amp up the adrenaline for any driving enthusiast. And this time, it’s done in the most sustainable, exhilarating fashion: in an electric supercar of the highest renown.

The seven-day Drive the Fjords supercar adventure —  available on June 12; August  7; and September 4, 11, 18 — has been created by specialist travel company Off the Map Travel to showcase Norway’s National Tourist Routes in the Fjords in the most exciting way.  Should you decide to go for the ultimate splurge, a private version of the program is also available.

Delivering a racetrack experience along the edge of the fjords, the emission-free electric supercar Porsche comes equipped with pre-programmed routes that journey through Norway’s stunning fjords and mountains.

The Porsche has room to hold everything needed for the six-day trip and smoothly handles the winding mountain and forest routes that have inspired Norwegian folklore. Set the car on cruise control, feel the power, and take in the ever-changing scenery outside.

You’ll enjoy a night in the art nouveau town of Alesund, where a boat ride among the fjords provides an extra sense of adventure. A night in a traditional Sami tent deep in the pine forests plus all hotel accommodations along the route support the program’s sustainability emphasis. All provide eco-toiletries in the rooms, locally sourced produce in the restaurants, and use only electric or hybrid vehicles. Onsite chargers are provided for your vehicle.

“We created this program for guests to travel through the stunning Norwegian fjords in a stylish and comfortable manner without impacting the environment,” commented Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel.

Inclusions

The adventure aspect of the trip is paramount. Travelers will journey along the spectacular Atlantic Road known as “the road across the sea” with its imposing seven bridges and network of tunnels, travel deep into the magnificent mountains to the Troll Wall, the largest rock wall in Europe; take a ferry into the gaping Geiranger fjord; journey up a gondola for the views of the North Atlantic; and experience the fjords from the sky in a private helicopter.

The cutting-edge electric supercar achieves 283 miles on a charge and has a built-in “charging planner” that calculates the optimum route based on your charge status.

The menu each day features the region’s best local cuisine including seafood from hyper-local purveyors.

The seven-day, six-night drive the fjords itinerary is priced from £7899 per person ($9747 USD at the time of this writing) including all meals and accomodations, based on double occupancy; with accommodations in Brosundet, Storfjord and Union Oye; transfers; all activities; and use of the electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. Flights are additional.

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Full itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Alesund. From the window of your aircraft, you’ll see the crystal clear fjords and jagged peaks of the Sunnmore Alps. Transfer from the airport to the art nouveau town of Alesund to check into Hotel Brosundet. Once settled, you will board a boat and head out into the fjords to Flatsea lighthouse. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the lighthouse and make use of the jacuzzi and sauna before heading back to your hotel for dinner in Apotekergata No. 5.

Day 2: In the morning, check out and meet your driver who will take you to Hotel Storfjord in the town of Storfjord. Enjoy a welcome cocktail at the Lavvu, a traditional Sami tent set deep in the pine forests surrounding the hotel. Take in your surroundings and learn about some of the highlights of the trip ahead. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing and maybe head to the spa.

Day 3: After breakfast begin your personal driving adventure along the North Atlantic Overpass. Drive north toward the Atlantic Ocean Road. Your car will be packed with a delicious Storfjord picnic basket complete with local cheese, meats, berries and sparkling wine. Arrive at a dramatic overpass that is a marvel of engineering: your car will appear to fly over the Atlantic as you wind from island to island. The scenery is breath-taking and you can find a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy your picnic. On the return journey, take in the Sunmore peaks dotting the horizon. This will be your playground for the next few days as you adventure deeper into the fjords.

Day 4: Head to the mountains of Romsdal. The first stop will be at the Troll wall, the highest rock wall in Europe. Enjoy pastries packed by the kitchen and continue deeper into the mountains where the Trollstigen will appear with a winding road up to the summit. This is one of the most magnificent vantage points in Norway. Descend the Valdel Valley which will lead you back to the fjords. A ferry to Stranda offers a glimpse of things to come as the fjords get narrower and deeper. Pause at the view point between the tunnels and stare directly into the gaping chasm of the Geiranger fjord. The final destination is Union Oye – an historic royal oasis at the end of the valley. Check in and enjoy a delicious dinner before relaxing in the evening.

Day 5: After a night’s rest and breakfast of local produce, take the quiet roads winding towards the west and leave the fjords behind you. Before long you will trace the coastline towards Stryn, the perfect spot for lunch and a journey on a gondola to take in the views over the North Atlantic. As you head further inland, the fjord hamlet of Geiranger will come into view. Board the ferry, sit back and enjoy a cruise through the grandest fjord of them all with waterfalls cascading off the mountains. Disembark at Hellesylt and drive to Union Oye.

Day 6: A visit to the Sunmore region celebrates the seafood heritage of the region. You’ll visit an island off the west coast for a five-course seafood menu. On the return journey, skirt Storfjord as you arrive back for your final meal.

Day 7: For the final morning you’ll say farewell to you luxe Porsche supercar and take to the skies for an aerial tour of the roads you have been driving on. This trip provides an immersive experience as the helicopter weaves in and out of the fjords high over the mountain peaks. At the end, a private driver will transport you to Alesund Vigra airport for your departure.

OFF THE MAP TRAVEL

The team at Off the Map Travel works with experiences and destinations that allow people to explore hidden wonders of our planet. Specializing in Soft Adventure OTMT creates tailor-made holiday itineraries offering authentic experiences not offered by many larger travel companies.  For more information on Off the Map Travel itineraries vist HERE.

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Jlf architecture legacy houses in Jackson Hole, Wyoming via 360 magazine.

JLF ARCHITECTS

JLF Architects Announces May 2022 Release of New Book “Foundations” Published by Rizzoli and Featuring 16 Stunning Legacy Houses

JLF Architects’ announces the publication of “Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects” (Rizzoli New York), debuting on May 3, 2022, and offering an in-depth look at 16 spectacular homes designed by the Bozeman, Montana-based firm in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho and New York. The 256-page coffee-table book, already receiving media acclaim, features 200 photographs of JLF-designed houses, thoughtfully sited amid breathtaking scenery and rooted in regional history, materials and methods.

JLF Architects announces the May 3, 2022, publication of the firm’s new book “Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects.” Published by Rizzoli New York, written by Seabring Davis with JLF Design Build and with some 200 photographs by Audrey Hall, “Foundations” highlights 16 stunning JLF-designed houses set amid remarkable scenery in the mountains, on the water, in the forest and the foothills of Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho and New York.

“Breathtaking houses that are built lovingly with noble materials and heritage methods, always presented in profound conversation with nature,” writes Rizzoli about the book, which has already received accolades from “BigLife” magazine in a feature on the “Modern Artifact” Park City house from the book in its recent Spring 2022 issue. And “Big Sky Journal HOME” applauds JLF Architects as the “esteemed firm [that] brings decades of experience to bear on rustic and modern design solutions” in its review of the book.

From their first project some 40 years ago, challenged with creating a Montana cabin to match existing log structures on a century-old homestead property, JLF pioneered the idea of reusing old materials. “Reclaiming the wood and rebuilding it into a new form kindled a movement in American architecture,” they write in the introduction to “Foundations.” “The early work stirred a revival of craft that launched JLF’s time-honored design-build philosophy … The authenticity of materials with their natural blemishes worn by axes, adzes, boot heels, horse hooves, and the elements seemed to belong to the Montana landscape. The buildings appeared as if they had always been there, enduring and timeless.”

JLF has taken its history-rich designs in increasingly contemporary directions in recent years, continually pushing its own limits to lead the way in what has become known as Rustic Modern or Mountain Modern design. Bringing a fresh contemporary approach to Old-World materials and methods, these JLF legacy houses retain the connections to regional history and the land that resonate deeply with homeowners, combining the highest level of artisanal craftsmanship with up-to-the-minute sustainable technology. As “Foundations” states, “Building a legacy house – large or small – with purpose is the definitive reward … we build houses that weather time, traditions, trends, and generations with practical grace.”

“BigLife” spotlights a spectacular Park City, Utah, project by JLF in “Building Dreams.” Appropriately featured in the magazine’s PLACE section, it recognizes the firm’s commitment to designing in concert with specific history and landscape since that first cabin design in 1979, which it calls “an origin story of resourcefulness and a pitch-perfect sense of place.” “BigLife” writes, “JLF has become renowned for the way that their projects are at home in their environs,” adding that the Park City house “perfectly marries the authenticity of place with a modern sensibility” and that the new book “Foundations” “offers insight into the intentionality that goes into each JLF project.”

“Big Sky Journal” reviews “Foundations” in its just-out popular annual HOME issue, writing of JLF Architects “working to build in partnership with the land through environmentally responsible, artful design” and sharing a quote from the new book to summarize the philosophy of the firm that has become known for creating “brand-new 100-year-old houses”: “The most sustainable thing we can do is design a house that will still be here in a hundred years, a place where people can gather for generations to come.”

“Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects” includes a foreword by writer, filmmaker and conservationist John Heminway, who similarly captures the mystique of a JLF house: “A home should be right in every way. It should impress, not through grandeur but through simplicity, authority, and grace. Ideally, it is located, designed, and crafted so thoughtfully that it appears the only imaginable structure for the landscape. Let others erect castles, as long as JLF can build you a home where, inside and out, you will feel better, be better … the home of the heart.”

About JLF Architects:

With over 40 years of experience, JLF Architects, pioneers in building houses with reclaimed antique timber and indigenous stone, continue as leaders in creating sustainable legacy houses that contrast rustic materials with the best of contemporary design. The award-winning Bozeman, Montana-based firm with offices in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Park City, Utah, applies distinctive solutions and Old-World techniques to create place-based houses closely aligned with the natural world and honoring history, from the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Seaboard. Winners of “Mountain Living” Home of the Year, the JLF Architects and Big-D Signature design-build team unites passionate architects with dedicated builders to enable the collective imagination of visionary artisans working with visionary clients. For more information go HERE and follow JLF on Instagram and Pinterest.