the french quarter

“For their first US outpost, Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, creators of the hybrid music and fashion label Kitsuné, chose to drop their bags at the new Nomad hotel. With the opening of the boutique (not to mention a much raved-about restaurant), the hotel has converted a lonely corner of Broadway to a white-hot destination for shopping.        

More than its size, Maison Kitsuné wows with its Parisian splendor — parquet floors, polished marble, elaborate moldings — courtesy of the imagination of designer Anna Vignale and the New York architecture firm TBD. Its a continuation of the Francophile feel of the hotel, with interiors by Jacques García and art curated by Be-Poles. 

Ah yes, and the clothing. The clothing! The house label is marked by a rather lithe-looking fox on the move — kitsuné is Japanese for fox — and is nothing if not obsessive when it comes to detail (which shoppers should expect to see reflected on the price tag): cashmere is from Scotland, denim from Japan, and cotton from Oxford. Alongside is a display of friends of the Kitsuné family: Michel Vivien, Monocle, Aesop, J.M. Weston. And this shopping experience comes with one of the best soundtracks in town. Loaëc, ex-manager of Daft Punk, flaunts his talent for uncovering fresh talent — Dwntwn, Childish Gambino, Heartsrevolution, etc — on the Kitsuné America compilation. Rock on.” Tablethotels.com

Maison Kitsuné, New York, 1170 Broadway, New York

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haven’s kitchen new york

“Everybody seems to be picking up a wooden spoon these days, and this is probably music to the ears of Alison Schneider, the proprietor of Haven’s Kitchen, a new café, shop, cooking school and event space in a converted carriage house on West 17th Street in New York.

Schneider’s goal in creating Haven’s Kitchen was to spark interest in more and better home cooking. Barely a month after opening the front door, she appears to be well on her way. For starters, the space alone inspires: multi-storied and light-filled, it’s the kind of architectural fantasy that would be created were Soho House and Dean & Deluca to have a Chelsea love child. Half of the ground floor is occupied by a tightly curated shop featuring sustainable provisions (Mast Brothers chocolate, La Boîte à Epice spices, Bellocq tea) and chic, unfussy tableware — as well as a café serving a custom blend of La Colombe coffee and pastries. In the back is an instructional kitchen for recreational cooking classes taught by Haven’s in-house chef and Blue Hill alum, Julia Sullivan, in addition to a rotating roster of guest chefs. March’s offerings include “Brunch for a Crowd” and “The Perfect Picnic” and workshops typically last less than four hours.

Upstairs, a homey salon and dining room are reserved for private events and Haven’s supper and brunch clubs, ticketed meals in which big-name chefs like Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune cook for no more than 40 guests, and everyone in the group is invited to help in the meal’s preparation.

Considering that all this goes on under one roof, Haven’s Kitchen is, perhaps surprisingly, just as its name promises: blissfully tranquil. A quality that any visitor to New York, budding chef or otherwise, will no doubt appreciate.” agenda.tablethotels.com

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do not disturb

“Some hotel rooms are just places to lay your head in between adventures. These
ten, on the other hand, are made for staying in, for days and nights at a
time.”
via Tablethotels.com

1. The Carlyle – New York City, New York
2. The Hazelton Hotel – Toronto, Ontario
3. Pershing Hall – Paris, France
4. Hotel Villa Real – Madrid, Spain
5. Hotel Bel Air – Los Angeles, California
6. Blakes – London, England
7. Mertopole Hotel – Venice, Italy
8. Trump International Hotel & Tower – Chicago, Illinois
9. The Merrion – Dublin, Ireland
10. Hotel de Rome – Berlin, Germany

                                                   Happy Thursday! xx