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Behind the Profile of Rémy Martin Cognac
With cognac consumption on the rise around the world—including key markets like the US and China—an exhausted image of snifters in the hands of grandparents has been shed. Many consumers look to celebrities for recommendations. Some may even look back...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Aix-en-Provence
A mention of the south of France often conjures visions of Slim Aarons-style grandeur, neatly positioned umbrellas stretching along strips of beach and perhaps a yacht or two. And yet, 30 minutes north of Marseilles (and easily accessible by an inexpensive...
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Interview: Hennessy's Former Master Blender Yann Fillioux
by Elva Ramirez In the spirits world, there are master blenders and then there is Yann Fillioux, who has been with cognac powerhouse Hennessy for 50 years. On his first day of work (3 October 1966) he was just 19 years old. A seventh-generation...
DESIGN
SILA's Stylish, Affordable Women's Watches
Straps are an important design element of the newly launched SILA watch collection, debuting on Kickstarter today. In fact, SILA—which stands for "Sorry I'm Late Again"—has 23 strap options. Three metal jewelry chain colors (silver, gold and rose...
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Pierre Ferrand's Exemplary Double Cask Reserve Cognac
Imaginative isn't the first word that comes to mind when sipping most cognac. In fact, it's fairly far afield from the traditional descriptors. And yet Alexandre Gabriel, proprietor of Maison Ferrand, continues to demonstrate a knack for unleashing...
DESIGN
Highlights From Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne
Located in the south east of France, the coal mining city of Saint-Etienne launched the Biennale Internationale Design 20 years ago. The 10th iteration recently opened (and will run through early April). Within, one will find an exploration of the...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Earth's First-Ever Hydrogen Metal With pressure greater than the force within Earth's core, two diamonds pressed upon liquid hydrogen and something happened for the first time ever on our planet: the lightest element in the periodic table turned...
CULTURE
Domaine Pommery's “Gigantesque!” Exhibition
There will be no grapes present on the vines from now until spring, but that's no reason to forego a trip to Reims, France—the heart of the historic Champagne-Ardenne region. Champagne Pommery, on the grounds of their stunning facility, have debuted...
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In the Heart of Cognac, Hennessy
When was the last time you had cognac? We ask this because, as with many other brown spirits, cognac consumption is on the rise in America. Perhaps it was in a classic cocktail—a Sidecar or a Sazerac or even an Alexander. Maybe one was savoring it...
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Inside Armand de Brignac Winery, France
by Emily Arden Wells The first sip of Armand de Brignac (colloquially known as Ace of Spades) is an unforgettable moment. Mine was in the hotel bar of the Plaza Athénée—a legendary Paris hotel. The waiter came to our table and slowly poured a glass...
DESIGN
Baise en Ville Skateboards
We met up with Laurent Pierre and Anne Isimat-Mirin during Paris Design Week, during which the duo launched their Baise en Ville Skateboards campaign on Kickstarter. The term “baise en ville” is slang frequently used for a small overnight bag...
DESIGN
Behind the Design of the Bugatti Chiron
by Matthew Askari "The Veyron was really near to the limit of what could be done," says board member and Bugatti’s technical development head, Dr. Willi Netuschil, referring to the very car that propelled the brand back to the world of the ultra...
TRAVEL
City Guide: Paris
There's no doubt Paris—lovingly known as La Ville-Lumière—is one of the most romantic, charming cities in the world. When visiting, there are globally recognized must-see spots for checking off the list; ascending the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre...
CULTURE
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Like many major fashion houses, Louis Vuitton is a keen supporter of the arts. Its Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris' Neuilly-sur-Seine neighborhood, is an impressive building designed by Frank Gehry that rises like a white spaceship out of the Bois...
HOTELS
Hotel Molitor
Starting the morning with a swim in the beautiful pool (your choice of indoor or outdoor) at Hotel Molitor is the best part of a resort-ish experience that has plenty of really good ones. The abundance of breakfast choices served in the light and elegant...
CULTURE
"The Art of Behind the Scenes" at Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc
For the second year in a row, luxury Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre and London-based creative consultancy Finch & Partners have delved into the world of behind-the-scenes photography for a striking exhibition in the south of France. "The Art of...
CITYGUIDES
Paris
There's no doubt Paris—lovingly known as La Ville-Lumière—is one of the most romantic, charming cities in the world. When visiting, there are globally recognized must-see spots for checking off the list; ascending the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Sophina DeJesus' Viral Gymnastics Routine With her teammates cheering her every step (and leap) of the way, UCLA's Sophina DeJesus (a 21-year-old sociology major) has performed a super-playful and very viral gymnastics routine that has the...
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