From the Editor
I'd like to officially welcome you to the fourth issue of LUXETIGERS. We have a ton of stories that we hope will provide you with a bevy of ideas on what to do this summer.
For the ladies we feature Dries Van Noten in Style de Luxe, and Carven in Fashion. These two labels take a modern approach with their designs that feels fresh, happy and very stylish. In Men's Fashion we highlight the world of Thom Browne, the most revolutionary menswear designer to come out of New York in years who continues to influence the design world on several fronts.
New for this issue is World Class Shopping, where we put the spotlight on some of the best design stores around the globe. Our first stop is in our own backyard, the legendary Gump's; a store that I have been visiting since my early college days in San Francisco.
New York editors Victoria Scavo and Jillian Sorgini both focus on Beauty for this issue. Victoria looks at the work of hair guru and Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau while Jillian begins a new section called Products du Jour where she shares with you some of her favorite beauty products of the season. I also visited San Francisco's top spa, which not surprisingly, is at The St. Regis San Francisco (whose lobby-bar Margaritas are favored by some LUXETIGERS editors, who shall remain nameless).
The Foodie editors took several road trips for this issue. Senior Foodie Editor, Steve Paulovich talked cars, wine and music with the Livermore Valley's rock star winemaker Karl Wente before heading to Lake Tahoe where he was floored by the delicious mountain food and wine list at Baxter's. Editor at Large, Aaron Kirby-Alford enjoyed one of the first sunny weekends this year at The Westin Verasa Hotel where he experienced firsthand the ongoing modernization of downtown Napa and found out why we can't stop eating Chef Ken Frank's food.
California summers are made for two things, driving topless and entertaining outdoors. In Better Living we set our sights on the ultimate party house and this Villa-Rustica in the wine country left us speechless and yearning for a summer bash. But, we had to arrive in style, so we called our friends at Specialty Sales and they suggested the '63 Cadillac convertible seen in our Toys section – we agreed.
-Victor Vargas, Editor in Chief