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NYC DOMINATES GLOBAL LIST OF MILLIONAIRES

The USA dominates the world’s Top 20 cities with the most millionaires in 2022, with New York taking the crown with 345,600 millionaires, and five other American cities —­­ San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas ­— securing places on the coveted world’s wealthiest cities ranking. Tokyo is in 2nd place with 304,900 resident high-net-worth individuals worth over USD 1 million, and London, the wealthiest city in the world for many years, drops to 4th place below the San Francisco Bay Area with just 272,400 millionaires, according to the latest Henley Global Citizens Report, which tracks private wealth migration trends worldwide.

Two Chinese cities, Beijing (9th) and Shanghai (10th), make it into the Top 10, and Switzerland and Australia each manage to secure two top city spots, with Sydney (11th), Zurich (15th), Melbourne (17th), and Geneva (19th) all making the cut. Singapore (5th), Hong Kong (SAR China) (12th), Frankfurt (13th), Toronto (14th), Seoul (16th), and finally Paris, plummeting 3 places to 20th, make up the rest of the 2022 ranking.

The report features exclusive data from the global wealth intelligence firm New World Wealth, and includes the five wealthiest cities in each major region, and the 25 fastest growing cities in terms of millionaire growth.

Dr. Juerg Steffen, CEO of Henley & Partners, points out that 14 of the Top 20 are in countries that host investment migration programs. “The right to live, work, study, and invest in leading international wealth hubs such as New YorkLondonSingaporeSydney, and Toronto can be secured via residence by investment. Being able to relocate yourself, your family, or your business to a more favorable city or have the option to choose between multiple different residences across the world is an increasingly important aspect of international wealth and legacy planning for private clients.”

The millionaire populations of Dubai, Mumbai, and Shenzhen are expected to break into the Top 20 wealthiest cities by 2030, according to Andrew Amoils, Head of Research at New World Wealth. “Cities with strong oil and gas industries are performing especially well this year, including the likes of Riyadh, Sharjah, Luanda, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Lagos. Others on the fastest-growing list include Lugano, a Swiss hotspot for affluent retirees, Bengaluru, the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, and Hangzhou, one of China’s most scenic cities.”

Commenting on the latest Henley Global Citizens Report, Dr. José Caballero, Senior Economist at the IMD World Competitiveness Center, says “quality of life is a fundamental driver of global mobility, and for business executives, high living standards and effective institutions are significant city drawcards.”

Dr. Steffen agrees, saying “cities are centers of opportunity, innovation, prosperity, and culture. We’ve seen record growth this year, with more and more high-net-worth investors exploring investment migration solutions that offer location fluidity and optionality, enabling them to live and conduct their businesses across a wide range of different jurisdictions and cities.” 

Full report HERE.

Oku Japan Returns this Fall 2022 via Bannikin for use by 360 MAGAZINE

OKU JAPAN IS BACK

Leading Walking & Cultural Tour Operator Unveils Six Guided Tours with Fall 2022 (& Beyond) Departures, Plus Special ‘Welcome Back’ Offer 

With guided tours now able to operate following last month’s easing of travel restrictions in Japan, leading Japanese walking and cultural tour operator Oku Japan has announced a resumption of service, including a selection of small group guided tours available for Fall 2022. 

With a range of departures available running from September through November, all of which meet with current government guidelines for travel, the company will provide additional inclusions such as guide meet & greets of guests upon arrival with an escort to their hotel, and extra meals that are not typically included, as part of a special “welcome back” offer. 

These tours are: 

Kumano Ancient Trail 

This nine-day guided tour follows a pilgrimage route to Kumano, part of the mountainous Kii Peninsula, which stretches south from the Kansai cities of Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. The well-maintained trail threads its way through deep valleys, mountains, and small villages, with stays at comfortable family-run inns and the opportunity to soak in natural hot springs and visit shrines along the way. Departures available: Oct. 5 & 19, and Nov. 9, 2022. Spring & Fall 2023 dates are also available. Priced from US$3,395 per person.

Japan Hiking Highlights: The Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo Trail 

Combining must-see cities Kyoto and Tokyo, this 11-day guided walking and cultural tour highlights the country’s best loved trails – the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo. Combining more relaxed hiking with cultural immersion, it offers a deeper discovery of the unique culture that surrounds each trail, with routes suitable for fit and active travelers. Departures available: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, and Nov. 2 & 9, 2022. Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023 dates are also available. Priced from $6,090 per person. 

Japan’s Culinary Heritage 

This 11-day guided foodie tour focuses on Japan’s best-kept culinary traditions. Visiting famous locations like the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto, as well as hidden rural villages and the unique culture of Awaji Island in the fabled Inland Sea, this is one of the most intimate ways to uncover Japan’s vibrant history and culture. Forage for wild ingredients, harvest the bounty of the land, cook with emblematic figures and alongside members of local communities, and learn about culinary traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. Departures available: Sept. 23, 2022. Spring & Fall 2023 dates are also available. Priced from $5,020 per person. 

Land of Fire Kyushu 

This 15-day small-group guided walking tour starts in Kyoto, where travelers walk the Philosopher’s Path and explore Nishiki food market (“Kyoto’s kitchen”). It continues to Asuka, where Japan’s early Emperors are buried, and then via boat over the Inland Sea to the southern island of Kyushu. Known as the cradle of Japanese civilization, several locations relate to the Japanese creation myths that inspired the Yokagura dances in Takachiho. Kyushu is also known for its numerous active volcanoes, onsen hot springs, unforgettable hot sand baths at Yamakawa, unique flora and fauna, and more. Departures available: Sept. 19 & Oct. 22, 2022. Spring & Fall 2023 dates are also available. Priced from $5,160 per person. 

Nakasendo and the Kiso Valley 

This eight-day guided walking tour spends two nights in Kyoto, where the Nakasendo (or ‘Road through the Central Mountains’) trail begins, followed by three days of walking along the trail – a key route in feudal Japan’s network of highways – before ending in Tokyo. The time in Kyoto also takes in a side-trip to an excellent hike in nearby Nara before heading to the Kiso Valley. By day, guests walk along the ancient route as it passes through beautifully preserved villages, with evenings spent in traditional country inns enjoying exquisite regional cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients.  Departures available: Oct. 4 & Nov. 8, 2022. Spring 2023 dates are also available. Priced from $2,940 per person.

Nakasendo Trail   

Starting in Tokyo, this 12-day guided tour will spend four days walking along the Nakasendo, an ancient trail dating back to Japan’s feudal period. Travelers will see the exquisitely preserved villages of Narai, Tsumago, and Magome, stay in monastery lodging in the temple town of Mount Koya, bathe in the thermal waters at a hot spring Ryokan, enjoy fresh, regional cuisine, and more. Departures available: Oct. 4, 16 & 30 and Nov. 6, 2022. Spring & Fall 2023 dates are also available. Priced from $4,420 per person. 

With a maximum of 13 people in any group, Oku Japan’s fluently bilingual guides ensure guests enjoy rich, meaningful experiences from start to finish. Oku’s itineraries steer clear of the classic tourism haunts and the on-the-bus/off-the-bus style of travel, with carefully crafted itineraries and interactions that encourage guests to get up close and personal with the places visit and people they meet along the way, putting tourist dollars to good use in remote, local communities.  

To learn more about Oku Japan’s year-round offerings of guided, self-guided* and custom tours, please visit HERE.

*Oku Japan’s self-guided tours will be available again when government travel guidelines allow.  

About Oku Japan
Oku Japan is a Kyoto-based tour operator specializing in sustainable guided, self-guided and custom tours exploring remote regions of Japan. The very first travel brand to offer self-guided walking trips along Japan’s ancient pilgrimage routes, Oku continues to honor its passion for Japanese culture by fostering meaningful community partnerships, encouraging cross-cultural connections among locals and travelers, and forging new adventures in Japan’s still-undiscovered territories. For more information, visit HERE.

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INSIDE OUT TOKYO

June marks the beginning of Japan’s rainy season. Mid-June’s daily rain and high humidity are unpleasant, fortunately Tokyo has lot’s of underground malls to explore while waiting out the rain. These subterranean shopping meccas or Chikagai, reside beneath major stations such as the Tokyo Station, Ikebukuro Station, and Shinjuku Station. The Tokyo Station has the Yaesu Shopping MallFirst Avenue Tokyo Station, and Gransta beneath its busy atmosphere.

The Yaesu Shopping Mall (commonly known as Yaechika) is home to about 180 stores. It is a popular stop for workers from nearby offices and business travelers. First Avenue Tokyo Station provides a notable collection of character such as Tokyo Character Street and a ramen zone. Ramen Zone, other wise known as “Tokyo Ramen Street,” is home to eight ramen restaurants that serve traditional and specialty menus. Located on the 1st and B1 floors of Tokyo Station, Gransta is one of Tokyo’s largest in-station shopping and dining areas. With stores both inside and outside the station gates, you can shop for gifts, souvenirs, cosmetics, clothing, and then end the shopping spree with a bite at one of the various restaurants through out the mall.

Umbrellas have always been a pin-pointed fashion statement in japan, as japan is famous for it’s rainy seasons. There are plenty of shops to find your perfect umbrellaWaterfront, a four-floor store in the Jiyugaoka neighborhood, is an umbrella lover’s wonderland with more than 500 umbrellas styles to explore. Tokyo Noble offers a unique umbrella-customization experience. With four different umbrella types, 77 different fabrics, and a variety of colorful tassels and handles, this is your opportunity to create your one-of-a-kind umbrella. Komiya Shoten, open since 1930, sells umbrellas made using traditional crafting methods and high-grade materials. Their fabric and hands-on technique turn the sound of raindrops into a romantic symphony.

Heren Preston and Bape capsule via 360 MAGAZINE

HERON PRESTON × BAPE

Heron Preston unveils a limited capsule collaboration with BAPE®, a journey where the crosscultural design language meets the icons of American hip-hop with a unique Japanese streetwear aesthetic. 

Heron Preston’s relationship with BAPE® began when the Japanese streetwear label arrived in the United States via hip-hop personalities like Pharrell Williams, The Clipse and Kanye West who were some of the first to wear the brand’s iconic designs outside of Japan. “Growing up through the era of NIGO and BAPE®, I was observing and absorbing the energy and taste levels he was introducing into streetwear. He had this special touch,” says Preston on his early memories of the brand. 

Digging deep into the BAPE® archives, Preston reimagines the cult classics that inspired a generation when the brand first emerged in the zeitgeist – SHARK HOODIES, BAPE® CAMO, APE HEAD and the BAPESTA. The collection stays true to Heron Preston’s “instant language” design principle that faithfully preserves the heritage and history of each of the garments by simply adding to them. 

The APE HEAD graphic t-shirts nod to the early screen print designs of BAPE® from the late 90s. A meticulous approach to the placement and finish honors these original designs with high and low effects that emulate the naive screen prints look while the heads are positioned across the rib neckline on the shirt, just as NIGO originally intended. 

A workwear jacket and utility pants signal the duality between the two brands, introducing Heron Preston’s subversive take on workwear uniforms. The coordinated set is printed with throwback gestures like “Ape Shall Never Kill Ape” as well as BAPE®’s existing iconic yellow ABC camo and colorful purple COLOR camo to create a unique two tone effect. This is how Heron Preston blended the DNA of his brand with BAPE® to create something new and unique. 

The collection also includes the full-zip SHARK HOODIE, which is complimented with coordinated sweatpants. Staying true to the brand’s heritage, each of the fleece items are produced by Japanese factories that have an enduring relationship with BAPE®. Both the hoodie and sweatpants are printed with BAPE®’s famous STA, a signature icon in the world of BAPESTA. 

Outside of the clothing and accessories, the infamous BAPESTA sneaker is faithfully reworked in Heron Preston’s signature orange. The sneaker is crafted out of premium leather with a canvas accent printed using a tonal BAPE CAMO. Each sneaker is branded with mismatched BAPE® and Heron Preston labels. 

In 2015, Preston created his own homage to BAPE® with the “Street Sweeper” sneaker, an unauthorized remix of the BAPESTA. Inspired by BAPE®’s original concept, Preston’s Street Sweeper remixed Nike’s Air Force 1 by replacing the swoosh with a custom BAPESTA logo monogram fabric. Though only 10 styles were ever produced, the concept traveled around the internet and captured the attention of BAPE® representatives. Four years later in 2019 Heron Preston received a call from BAPE® to do an official collaboration together.

 In addition to each of the products, a special collection of collaborative zip bags and hang tags for packaging have been created to perfectly round out the line-up. Each of the products are also branded with Heron Preston’s signature orange labels, produced by the same supplier that makes Heron Preston labels to maintain the design integrity. 

The collection will be available starting today at heronpreston.com, bape.com, farfetch.com and in select BAPE® stores worldwide. 

About Heron Preston:

 Heron Preston is a fashion designer whose eponymous label features workwear- and streetwear-inspired separates and accessories for both women and men. In his role, he embodies the modernity of the profession; Preston has cultivated a distinct community and following, one that is propelled by of-themoment style and digital savviness, complemented by art, amplified by music and enriched by the synthesis of these cultures. An emphasis on sustainability and shining a light on the importance of environmental awareness in the fashion industry has remained central to the Heron Preston label since its founding. 

About BAPE®: 

Situated in the heart of Tokyo, one of the leading fashion hubs of the world, Nowhere Co., Ltd. strives to introduce Japanese fashion culture to the world. Since the brand’s establishment in 1993, BAPE® has remained as a symbol of street fashion for more than 27 years. Thus far, it has produced iconic design items, original patterns, and characters such as “APE HEAD”, “BAPE® CAMO”, “BAPE STATM”, “SHARK HOODIE” and “BABY MILO®” etc. It has now expanded its Men’s, Ladies and Kid.

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PSG NY Location

Ten years after touring the US for the first time, soccer giant Paris Saint-Germain will open its first-ever east coast flagship store in New York City. Located at 587 5th Ave, the brand-new flagship store will be the first-ever official boutique in New York City for an international sports club.

This opening is part of the Club’s innovative global merchandising partnership with Fanatics announced in 2020. It will see retailing giant Lids brought in to open and operate the store. It is a new step for Paris Saint-Germain’s international development after successfully opening its first US store in collaboration with Fanatics and Lids in Los Angeles one year ago. The PSG official boutique in New York will be the club’s largest store outside of France and will add to the club’s growing international retail network which now includes three boutiques in Japan (two in Tokyo and one in Nagoya), one in Seoul, South Korea and two in Doha, Qatar.

The new store will feature an extensive product assortment of team jerseys, headwear, accessories, with a full range of Nike and Jordan teamwear, one-of-a-kind collabs, fashion collections, and NY-inspired Paris Saint-Germain designs exclusively available at the new location. This one-stop destination for Paris Saint-Germain fans in NYC and those from traveling all over the world will get to experience a customization station, a signature feature present in many Lids retail locations for fans to further personalize their Paris Saint-Germain gear on-site. In addition, collectibles such as exclusive signed game and non-game jerseys as well as other team items will be available for purchase.

“Once again Paris Saint-Germain is leading the way by bringing a flagship store right to the heart of New York City, one of the world’s iconic intersections of sports, culture, and fashion,” said Zohar Ravid, Senior Vice-President, Head of Global Corporate Development at Fanatics. “The club is always pushing new boundaries and we are delighted to once again team up with our partners at Lids to expand its global retail presence in a key international market and help the club on its journey to becoming one of the most culturally relevant sports clubs and brands in the world.”

“We are thrilled to bring a globally recognized team and brand with Paris Saint-Germain and flagship store opening in New York City,” said Lawrence Berger, Co-Founder and Partner at Ames Watson and Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings, which is the owner of Lids. “This is an exciting moment for Lids and Paris Saint-Germain fans as they now have an exclusive place to purchase the latest fashions, plus the ability to customize product in-store.”

“Paris Saint-Germain brand development over the last 10 years is truly unique. Becoming the first sports team to open an official boutique in New York City is a key milestone to establish the club as one of the greatest sports brands in the world,” said Fabien Allègre, Brand Director at Paris Saint-Germain. “We are delighted to work with Fanatics to reinforce our presence in North America and to have a retail expert in Lids operating the store. The club is now the number four sports club in the world on social media and our fanbase, worldwide and especially in the US, is growing exponentially. Over 160 million fans follow our team every day. New York is the pinnacle of that growth. We are excited for Paris Saint-Germain supporters from all over the world to experience this new store event and be part of Paris Saint-Germain unique project.”  

In celebration of this opening, Paris Saint-Germain and NYC-based boutique creative studio Fly Nowhere have launched an innovative initiative developing special projects and collaboration merchandise. Co-branded product drops will be inspired by local motifs in celebration of PSG landing in New York. These drops will be available exclusively at the PSG NYC and Paris flagship stores.

To celebrate this monumental moment, Lids and Paris Saint-Germain will hold a Grand opening event of the store on Friday, March 18th.

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2023 TOYOTA bZ4X

While consumers become increasingly knowledgeable of the functionality and basics of Hybrid vehicles, their desires and curiosity will follow. As of late, Toyota assembled the opportunity to experience this new generation of automotive at their media conference E-volution 2.0 – increasing awareness and designed to dispel myths and the benefits, in efforts to declare the battery initiative as the rule and not the exception. In tail, igniting the shared responsibility to a carbon neutral future of driving. 

Many of us are cognizant of global warming and the dangers that it precedes, such as severe weather and acidic oceans. This has resulted in rainforests burning and quickened extinctions of wildlife. While people might not be able to completely give up cars for travel, the Toyota team has provided greener options as electric cars already have a smaller carbon footprint than gasoline vehicles. Read about how electric vehicles help tackle climate change

Last week, Toyota invited 360 MAGAZINE to the unveiling of the all-electric bZ4X at the ALil A Marea Beach Resort in San Diego, California. As a leader in electrification, the introduction of bZ4X represents the first of a global series of battery-electric vehicles to be introduced under the global “Toyota bZ” DNA. bZ4X will have a manufacturer-estimated range of up to 250 miles for XLE front-wheel drive models, which is almost enough to transport you from LA to Vegas. Moreover, FWD offers ample traction on the road while decreasing production costs. What’s exciting is there is also the choice for a dual electric motor for AWD. 

“With zero emissions and an exhilarating drive, the bZ4X is hitting the market at just the right time as we expand our already comprehensive electrified product lineup,” said Veep of Toyota Marketing, Mike Tripp. He continues, “As a human-centered company, Toyota remains committed to offering customers a diverse portfolio of products to meet their individual needs and move us toward a carbon neutral future.”

Design

The SUV was developed in partnership with Subaru. Thus, it’s a doppelganger of the Solterra crossover – sleek, modern and bold. The 20-inch wheels include a familiar clean design. The aerodynamically designed front exudes sex appeal featuring a hammer head shark boxed style that meshes well with Toyota’s RAV4. Don’t forget full LED lighting that add a nice futuristic touch to the outside. A panoramic sunroof is included on the limited trim. On the inside, expect soft-tex seating materials laid throughout along with a roomy cabin. 

Hybrids 

75% of buyers believe a Hybrid electric vehicle must be plugged in to charge. Hybrid electric vehicles are powered by two systems; an internal combustion engine and an electric motor that is charged through regenerative braking from energy stored in the battery. Whereas fuel burning vehicles build performance as the engine speeds. Since 1996, Toyota has paved the way in customer acceptance with the release of the Prius. With 20 miles to the gallon becoming synonymous with core technology and environmentally friendly fuel-efficient means of transportation. Now at 50 MPG, it dominates the automotive industry with a portfolio approach that there is no one size fits all solution. This vigorous tribe of Electrified vehicles encompasses the following: SiennaVensaRav4 Prime and the bZ4x.

Technology

A few major highlights surrounding the up-to-date technology include a digital key feature and wireless charging. The digital key gives owners the ability to lock, unlock, and start the vehicle with a tap of a smartphone. Convenience is key! It’s more easy than ever to swap cars with friends and family without the hassle of misplacing a physical key. Charging is also compatible with 150 kW direct current quick charging; capable of 80% charge in 30 minutes. Take climate control to a new level with seat and steering wheel heaters, plus a front-seat radiant foot-heater (a first for Toyota). 

Hydrogen Fuel Cells 

Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop zero-emission T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. This collaboration is part of the Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities grant dedicated to the state of California to develop a viable hydrogen network. With 48 stations open today, 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to visit a Shell facility during the trip for a tutorial to a foreign concept by Norm of the ride & drive team. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which use electric motors, are much more energy efficient. For instance, Mirai is innovative and defies the linear school of thought with regards to a Hybrid. It encourages more reasons to go Hydrogen. When you start the engine, hydrogen travels to the Fuel Cell Stack, where it combines with oxygen from the outside air to create electricity. At the core, it’s an extraordinary zero emission ride while the Hydrogen from the fuel tank and air entering from the intake meet in the Fuel Cell Stack. There, a chemical reaction involving the oxygen in the air and hydrogen creates electricity powering the vehicle. In the end, the only by-product is water, defining the future of fueling.   

The newly launched costal community

ALiLA Marea Beach Resort, is nestled alongside a magnificent stretch of the Pacific Ocean. Its robust design effortlessly blends into its natural habitat – like water and rock, making it an ideal locale for this activation. Similar in type to the lodging grounds, bZ4X is posed to marvel with its unwavering curb appeal and performance. Finally, Toyota has struck a cord with both environmentalists and car enthusiasts alike. The bZ4X is set to hit dealerships in late Spring of 2023.

Article: Armon Hayes,Vaughn Lowery, Krish Narsinghani, Kai Yeo

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INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC

Eccentric, experimental, exquisite – all are adjectives that best describe dinner at Intersect NYC

Intersect NYC is a co-operative project between Lexus and Union Square Hospitality Group, with additional locations in Dubai and Tokyo. Union Square Hospitality Group collaborates with a wide array of businesses: Anchovy Social (DC), Blue Smoke (NYC) and LoBall (NYC).

Intersect by Lexus is a dynamic and delicious encounter hosted in a handful of tech-forward cities where charismatic epicures, who themselves break the mold, are immersed in the automotive giant’s ecosystem without physically driving nor owning one of their vehicles. The venue can be defined as “a manifestation of omotenashi, a Lexus core value characterized by an unwavering commitment to exceptional hospitality.” Omote means public face, and “nashi” means nothing; omotenashi ultimately meaning that everything produced comes from the heart with honesty and no concealment. 

Situated in the trendy Meatpacking District of New York City amongst chic shops and nightlife, the physical unit of Intersect features an unrivaled open-air market, complete with a lounge, restaurant, and event space. The two-level, square-like locale houses an immersive environment of edible delights and whimsical handmade cocktails. The experience can be best described as living through the magic that is an episode of travelling host and star Anthony Bourdain‘s Parts Unknown. The overall atmosphere emits a decadent, intuitive and contemporary feel. Situated throughout the space are a vast assortment of cookbooks on mantelshelves, including The Thousand Dollar Dinner: America’s First Great Cookery Challenge by Becky Libourel Diamond. One particularly intriguing structure is an accent wall designed by lauded Japanese interior designer, Masamichi Katayama of Wonderwall. The installation, in close proximity to a black metal stairwell, is illuminated with recessed lighting and encased in glass, creating a moment where severe modernity meets the magical. The private dining room is an intimate space where an array of occasions can be held, wedding receptions, corporate gatherings and pop-ups in a reclusive yet bespoke setting. Intersect by Lexus is an ideal place for guests to be entertained, inspired, and educated, and serves as a conduit where ideas, people, and culinary creations unite.

The kitchen interchanges every six months – an ever-growing and evolving list of impressive artisanal cooks fabricate their own menu to challenge and delight visitors. Intersect by Lexus welcomed its seventh Restaurant-in-Residence, New Orleans’ Creole eatery, Compère Lapin. Chef Nina Compton owns and operates the New Orleans restaurant in tandem with Bywater American Bistro (BABs) where it is a well-loved hit in the Big Easy. 

Compton is the third chef chosen this year, and is a James Beard Award-Winner and Top Chef: New Orleans runner-up. Chef Compton graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 2001 and first embarked on her remarkable professional career at Daniel in NYC. Chef Compton blends her signature Gulf coast ingredients with island flavors. Compton hails from Saint Lucia and her bill of fare is an array of Caribbean and Cajun-inspired dishes, such as dover sole meuniere and hot chicken. 

Currently, Intersect NYC is led by classically trained Executive Chef Nickolas Martinez, the former executive chef of Foragers. Chef Martinez established his own culinary identity through his Midwestern roots and passion for French techniques. Chef Martinez, like Chef Compton, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. As executive chef, Chef Martinez prides himself in creating a “space dedicated to the ethos of the Lexus lifestyle, and a home to a unique dining experience.” 

This three-star Michelin restaurant remains on the minds some of the most influential critics, as well as in the memories of all those who have explored the flavors and festivity firsthand. The service, presentation and wine pairings are unprecedented in their attention to palettes and details. 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to enjoy the pour deux menu among other enticing choices, sampling many of the most acclaimed dishes currently in circulation.

We began with two cocktails: the Ruby Lo-Ball and the Best Bank Punch. The Ruby features a fruity concoction of port wine, apple, ginger, and soda, for something refreshing with a bit of a snap, while the Punch, a drink of vodka, lillet, thai basil, passionfruit, and Sirop JM was both stronger and herbier. While both served up a revitalizing and uncommon flavor dynamic, we preferred the Ruby Lo-Ball as our cocktail of choice. After these early drinks, 360 turned to wine for the remainder of our meal. With a divine wine-list curated alongside the main dinner menu, every choice is certain to impress, and 360 was utterly charmed by our choices. A Bourgone Aligote, a very dry white French wine, as well as a Zind Chardonnary, a white blended with fruity notes that was not very oaky but with a sense of tartness, dazzled.

The food itself surpassed all expectations, proving the multifaceted style of the space extended to the delectable food. For our appetizers, we selected the hush puppies with cilantro crema, a light and delicate take on a classic, as well as the Louisiana barbecue shrimp with chervil and baguette and the stuffed back crab served with uni butter and charred lime. All these impressed – the upscale takes on Southern classics captivated a certain sense of comfort while still being creative, decadent, and extravagant. This tradition continued into the entrees, where 360 pursued the “pour deux” – for two – menu, where one large serving plate is presented to two diners to share. This is not only a meal for romantic evening – everyone from couples, to friends, to business partners took part in this unique savory affair. 360 sampled both the hot fire chicken with red beans and rice as well as the dover sole meuniere with brussels sprouts amandine served with celery root and parsnip puree. The sole, perfectly baked in a warming butter sauce, as well as the succulent and crispy chicken with a fiery side, left our team more than satisfied with its mouth-watering excellence. An airy mango sorbet cooled things off before our main dessert, chocolate with passionfruit and a cashew croquant, an ambrosial finish to a perfectly piquant meal. 

Intersect NYC, from its style to its connoisseurs to its ambitious culinary pursuits, enamored 360 all the way through. For a sleek and satisfying adventure, Intersect NYC is the ultimate dinner venue.

Article by: Vaughn Lowery, Armon Hayes, Elle Grant, McKinley Franklin

Food illustration by Rita Azar for 360 Magazine

Gucci Osteria Opens in Tokyo

Gucci announced the opening of the third Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Tokyo on 28th October 2021. Located on the top of the Gucci Namiki flagship store in Ginza, this will herald the contemporary Italian restaurant’s second global outpost outside of Italy, after Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, USA.  

Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura are contemporary restaurants with the same values and principles under one Gucci Osteria umbrella. Adding creativity, elegance, playfulness and sensuality to traditional Italian cuisine, guests in Tokyo will enjoy a unique dining experience that will also incorporate the diversity and identity of its location.

Seating 48 guests in the main dining room and 12 on the terrace, the new restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and Italian aperitivo. The kitchen will be led by head chef Antonio Iacoviello, bringing the youthful energy and philosophy of the original Gucci Osteria in Florence to Tokyo.

The menus have been developed by internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura (owner of 3 Michelin Starred Osteria Francescana, voted The World’s Best Restaurant in 2016 and 2018), Karime Lopez, head chef of Gucci Osteria in Florence, Italy (awarded its first star in the Michelin Guide Italy 2020) and head chef Antonio Iacoviello. 

The à la carte menu will include Gucci Osteria signature dishes such as the legendary Emilia burger and Tortellini with Parmigiano Reggiano cream. There will also be creative takes on Italian-centred dishes and new seasonal Japanese-inspired creations. These will include Parmigiana Ramen and Milanese Wagyu.

Massimo explains, “Like Italy, Japanese food and produce are so intertwined in its culture that it has rightly become one of the greatest global cuisines. Japan holds a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to be able to welcome everyone to our little piece of Tokyo.”

A wide variety of drinks will also be available, including a wine list of over 350 bins and a cocktail offering. Guests will also be able to enjoy champagne and light snacks as a traditional Italian aperitivo from 4-6 pm daily, served on the restaurant’s rooftop terrace. 

The carefully curated interiors at Gucci Osteria Tokyo take inspiration from the original Florence outpost, with references to the Italian Renaissance and the eclectic mix of aesthetics embraced by Gucci. At the private lift entrance on the ground floor, a mysterious enfilade sets the tone for the upstairs. Gucci Décor’s Tian wallpaper enriches the trellis woodworks, resembling the dream-like atmosphere of winter gardens. Once inside, a vibrant green palette defines the spaces through each room, where rich peacock velvet banquettes complement the pea-green panelling, marble dining tables, wicker chairs and the Gucci Décor tableware.

Unique elements that distinguish the Gucci Osteria Tokyo include its wood flooring, hand-painted with a pattern inspired by antiques collected by Creative Director Alessandro Michele. The recurring symbolism of the star appears both in the ceiling lights of the hall leading to the main room as well as in the mosaic floor in the terrace, adorned with traditional Japanese plants. In addition, hidden behind patio doors, is an ornate private dining room named Room of Mirrors, which hosts up to 8 guests, where antique European mirrors, ebonized boiserie, and the Radura wallpaper from the Gucci Décor collection provide a truly intimate and exclusive dining experience. The exterior glass façade of the entrance facing Namiki-dori street is designed to allow a fluid perspective–offering a view of the linden trees on the roadside, the symbol of Namiki-dori Street.

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Finn Askew – Tokyo

Finn Askew will release his debut EP, Tokyo, on November 5 via Capitol Records. As the pre-order for the six-track set launched, the 20-year-old UK artist shared the title track. Delivered in his signature thumping trap-rock style, “Tokyo” tells the story of a high maintenance, emotionally distant woman. Download/stream HERE. Watch this visualizer HERE.

“Like many of my songs, I came up with the title ‘Tokyo’ before I’d even written it,” explains Finn Askew. “The main lyric being ‘she’s in tokyo again’ ߝ in reality, I’m talking about a girl who’s disconnected from the world, she’s out of touch.”

Askew, a VEVO DSCVR Artist to Watch 2021, will be touring the UK with Mimi Webb this fall. He’ll play his first headline show on November 10 at London’s Courtyard Theatre. Fans who pre-order his new EP will instantly receive “Tokyo” plus the blistering trio of singles he’s released in recent months: “Adidas,” “Paranoia” and “Cherry Bomb.” See below for track listing.

“This EP is really delving into who I am as an artist,” says Askew, whose songs have amassed over 142 million combined global streams to date. “I feel like with the first EP I wanted to show people that I can really do any genre! You can’t really go back once you cement your sound. So this EP is the start of Finn Askew.”

Praise for “Adidas”

Including “Adidas” as one of its “R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks,” Billboard said, “Finn Askew’s new, guitar-anchored song is super catchy, and that’s how he likes it.”Rolling Stone AU noted, “‘Adidas’ is a slick undertaking of smart pop-rock, with powerful guitar riffs and a hook-heavy chorus highlighting his musical versatility.” Acid Stag observed, “Finn Askew continues to show why he’s considered one of the most promising artists going around with his ridiculously catchy new single ‘Adidas.'” View the official video for “Adidas” HERE.

Track Listing

1.Tokyo

2.Adidas

3.Paranoia

4.Cherry Bomb

5.Grey

6.Daffodil

GMWB5000PB-6 image by Casio for use by 360 Magazine

G-SHOCK RELEASES TWO-TONED METAL TIMEPIECE INSPIRED BY TOKYO AT TWILIGHT

Latest Model Features Striking Purple and Blue-Gray Ion-Plating and Premium Metal Finish

Casio announces the latest addition to its G-SHOCK Full Metal 5000 collection with the introduction of the all-new GMWB5000PB-6. The new timepiece arrives in eye-catching purple and blue-gray ion plating and the origin case shape of the DW5000, reminiscent of the very first G-SHOCK, now in a metal case.

The two-toned IP finish, a new approach to G-SHOCK’s Color, Material, and Finish (CMF) design principles, is inspired by the beauty of Tokyo at twilight when light and darkness interplay. The bezel and band feature a brand-new purple IP hue, along with a deep and sophisticated blue-gray IP for a sleek and stylish look. The watch face is adorned with subtle splashes of orange, purple and light blue, reminiscent of Tokyo at twilight. The dial itself features a reverse LCD, while the bezel and band boast hairline and mirror-finishes which enhance the texture of the metal to create a timepiece that is truly unique.

The new GMWB5000PB-6 comes equipped with G-SHOCK’s premium technical features including smartphone pairing capabilities via Bluetooth®, Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping for self-adjusting and accurate hour / date display virtually anywhere on the globe, Tough Solar Technology, a phone finder function making for a functional yet fashionable timepiece as we head into fall.

Additional features of the GMWB5000PB-6 include shock resistance, 200M water resistance, super illuminator LED light, five daily alarms, and a STN-LCD digital display that makes the watch easy to read from any angle.

The GMWB5000PB-6 retails for $600 and will be available for purchase mid-September at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com