Emirates Palace

Escaping without running away. Giving in to the luxury of leaving everything behind to depart, knowing that you live every journey three times: when you dream of it, when you live it, and when you remember it. In a dream-worthy global itinerary, we depart from Italy and head east toward Abu Dhabi, the country of wonders, where tradition and innovation run alongside talent and extraordinary harmony. The Emirates Palace is one of the few hotels in the world to boast a spectacular 7-star rating. Now an established iconic location- perhaps because of the visual beauty of its real gold detail decor contrasted with the rich green of the surrounding gardens- it is most likely recognized for the supreme services offered to clients, including a private marina to dock one’s yacht, the possibility to withdraw real gold coins and gold bars from the ATM Gold and its helicopter landing pad.

Travelling further eastward on the trajectory of this extraordinary itinerary leads to the exotic and energetic Malaysia, a mosaic of a country, inlaid with culture and ethnicity, that offers bewildering landscapes, unexplored jungles and islands rich with uncontaminated beaches. The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, set along the Tanjung Rhu coast, astonishes guests with its mix of traditional Malaysian architecture combined with Moorish design, and for its refined approach to the most adrenaline-inducing water sports such as jet-skiing, wake boarding, windsurfing and kayaking.

Continuing toward the Orient, in an atoll among the islands of Fiji we find Laucala Island, private property of “Mr. Red Bull,” Dietrich Mateschitz, a resort among the Leading Hotels of the World, comprised of twenty-five villas that embody contemporary luxury, each unique from the others, with private pools, exclusive beach access and a breath-taking view of the surrounding barrier reef. The island, the destination of Elle Macpherson’s wedding, is a place where dreams are made and the perfect location for a romantic getaway, far away from everyone and everything.

In nearby French Polynesia, The Brando resort offers an experience of extreme comfort, in harmony with the uncontaminated atoll. It owes its name to Marlon Brando himself, who founded this Tahitian paradise in 1966 after shooting Mutiny on the Bounty on location.

Hopping from Oceania over to the Americas, the Journey of (Im)possible Dreams continues to the Land of Fire, Argentina, atop a majestic mesa that takes your breath away. A silence interrupted only by the sounds of nature, vast and luminous spaces, waterfalls, fjords, glacier peaks and enchanted lakes welcome guests to the land of Magellan. The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, another of the Leading Hotels of the World, situated in the Cerro Alarkén Natural Reserve, dominates in hospitality, service and linearity. The hotel impresses guests with its sustainable design including huge windows framing a snow-capped landscape, warm wood-burning fireplaces, unpolished stone and natural fabric decor. A far corner of the world that feels like home.

Moving north for an immersion of festivity and excitement we reach Miami, the metropolis by the sea. Latin rhythms, Hollywood style pools and a futuristic skyline transmit joy and a carefree spirit, of which the Faena Hotel Miami Beach is the perfect embodiment.  Co-conceived by famous director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer and scenographer Catherine Martin who personally curated the interior design, the hotel surprises with its pop details, bright coloured furniture and Art Deco style. A unique hotel, whose spirit brings to mind Satine from Moulin and the Grande Gatsby.

Before returning to Europe, a stop-over on the African continent is a must. Located in Serengeti National Park, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti offers its guests the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the local people and culture in an unforgettable stay in the heart of the savanna. This Safari Lodge, situated in the heart of Tanzania, is the ideal spot for those who want to see the true Africa without sacrificing comfort. This safari destination offers the possibility to organize a tour through the savannah with Masai guides on the look out for elephants, lions and leopards.

On to Marrakesh, an imperial city strongly influenced by France and Spain during the years of its colonialism, which offers a stay in one of the most famous hotels in the world: La Mamounia. The hotel was created as a palace with surrounding gardens that King Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah gave to his son on the occasion of his wedding. State leaders and film stars are among its exclusive visitors. In the hotel’s Moroccan-style guest rooms, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt have slept, in addition to stars such as Salma Hayek, Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dalida, Elton John and the Rolling Stones who, here, wrote the famous “Marrakech Express”.

On the way back home, in our own Bel Paese where the Itria Valley gently descends towards the Adriatic Sea, we make a stop at Borgo Egnazia, a place of wonders whose design is liberally inspired in its shapes, materials and colours by the typical Apulian countryside. A place unlike anywhere else consisting of a courtyard, a hamlet, and 29 villas surrounded by the spectacular San Domenico Golf Club and Vair Spa, a temple dedicated to nurturing the body and soul.

Finally, in choosing last leg of our Journey of (Im)possible Dreams, we couldn’t imagine anything else but staying Italy, where The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is the perfect place to end our tour.  Packed to the brim with history and art, situated in the stillness within the walls of the largest private park in Florence, this complex, which was once a papal residence, a convent and the luxurious residence of the Florentine nobility. Today, it charms its guests with its frescoes, bas-reliefs and stucco decor with a triumph of original artworks and precious architectural details that inevitably remind us of the Renaissance era.

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Sunday at The Temple. Of Speed.

Endurance races are competitions in which drivers are submitted to high levels of physical and mental stress, forcing them to maintain concentration and dizzying average speeds for many hours. Model race cars used in races such as the European LeMans Series, held in Monza, undertake technical adjustment and experience, whose influence then trickles down into the cars we drive every day, starting with the tyres.

Monza. Temple of Speed. The sun warms the asphalt and the clouds passing through the skies of Brianza don’t seem to bother it. The scent of high-octane gasoline intoxicates the air and, along with the smell of burnt rubber, creates an explosive mixture. Thirty-six vehicles, both models and competitive race cars, warm up their tyres, making quick and precise zigzags behind the safety car. When the last one pulls into the pit-lane, the uniform group is facing the parabolic curve, revving engines on the verge of darting into the straightaway. It is the green glow of the traffic light, a few seconds later that unleashes hell. The roar of engines fills the stands and within seconds the cars reach the first manoeuvre, battling with ease.
The Monza Racetrack is the oldest track in the world along with that of Indianapolis. It is legendary. Its high-speed curves, shaded by the leaves of nearby trees, and the infinite straightaways like the Serraglio that, after a long descent ends in the violent separation into the Ascari chicane, are planted in the heart of anyone passionate about racing. The fastest cars here exceed 300 km/h, cyclically, four times each lap. Drivers and cars are put to the test for over seven hundred kilometres and four long, intense hours: more than one hundred and fifty laps with very few pit stops.
This is the European LeMans Series, a continent-wide endurance championship capable of guaranteeing its winners access to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As Dunlop Motorsport Director Jean Felix Bazelin explained to us during his interview, “the endurance race is the automotive competition where tyres are exposed to dynamic stresses similar to those of cars we drive every day.” Reliability and constant performance over time are the two key qualities necessary for both. Bazelin tells how his company has passionately, and by now traditionally, chosen to focus on the endurance race where, “in the stalls at the pit box, the number of mechanics per wheel is limited to two, not as in the Formula 1 race where we there are four men a tyre.” Each pit stop loses tens of seconds and therefore the choice of the right set is fundamental. A choice that Dunlop, with the experience of a good family man educating and caring for four very unique children, knows how to handle well: here in Monza, the first six classified cars utilise the British tyres. Just as in Silverstone, the chequered flag that separated the first cars by a mere few seconds confirms the brand’s superiority in this type of race.
In 1888, John Boyd Dunlop patented pneumatic tyres after experiencing with their functionality on his child’s tricycle a few years prior. Not long after, the supremacy of the Dunlop tyres resulted in numerous victories for bicycles using this typology of rubber tyre. Ayear after its birth, the brand was already fervently engaged in outfitting the competitive racing world. Today, Dunlop, in addition to ELMS, is the official provider of the British Touring Car Championship and the V8 Supercars Championship, but its reach is not limited only to the world of 4-wheelers. The brand is also the only supplier for all teams involved in the Moto2 and Moto3 world championships, the two classes in which racing bikes most resemble those of the street. Passion, determination in affronting challenges and know-how are therefore the underlying values of this historic and victorious brand. And in response to the question about which victory Bazelin feels most connected to, he answers, smiling: “the next one we win.”

Photos by Leo Iannelli

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Oliver Spencer

He’s one of the most interesting designer in the field of contemporary men’s fashion. His aesthetic vision is reflected in a relaxed style, never losing its artisan focus and the choice of the most refined fabrics. This mix of intentions, halfway between the formal menswear and casual streetwear, has immediately met with great success, projecting Oliver Spencer on the stage of international fashion system. Oliver launched the homonymous brand in 2002 and, in a few years, starting from the single monobrand store in Lambs Conduit Street, in the centre of London, he built four stores and increased the online business. Moreover, his collection has found spaces and approval in the most famous department stores, like Selfridges, Liberty of London and Mr. Porter. Spencer refuses the compromises between design and quality, that’s why among his suppliers he includes the best Italian and English producers of fabrics, in order to offer to his public perfect clothes. Nowadays 40% of his manufacture is realized in the UK, while the other part is entrusted to the best international producers. With MANINTOWN he talked not only about fashion, but also about his private life and his life’s choices.

Which type of man wears Oliver Spencer?
Creative and free thinking with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Which is the look/item that represents the most its style?
Our tan suede Buck Jacket. With its minimalist design, clean lines and concealed pockets, the Buck Jacket is now available in nine colourways and varying fabrics. From lightweight pink linen to super soft tan suede. A double zip through fastening ensures no restriction to movement, whilst an adjustable buttoned waist helps give the perfect fit. A classic

Does it exist a cult item that is repeated every season?
Our Clerkenwell Tab Shirt .

How is the brand growing?
We’re growing independently through retail and online.

Which are your sources of inspiration for your collections?
London, subcultures, music, architecture, a creative lifestyle.

How do u see man’s elegance is evolving?
As casual and contemporary styles become more and more popular for everyday wear, both outside and inside of the workplace, I see suits being used less more for formal occasions only. More casual styles show peoples character which is never a bad thing.

Your tips for a man to be always smart and distinctive?
Start with a good pair of shoes and work your way up.

 Your future goal and next project?
Our new store in Notting Hill, London. It’s due to open next month with a launch party in the following weeks. We’re also collaborating with my good friend and artist David Austen on some limited edition t shirts. Not to mention our spring/summer 2018 show for London Fashion Week Men’s.

Celebrities you work with and you wish to cooperate in the future because very close to your vision?
Daniel Craig, Damon Albarn.

According to you, what are the places to know in London?
The Lamb pub on Lamb’s Conduit Street.

What is your special place in London? The one where you can regenerate yourself?
Walking my dog along The River Thames.

What are the restaurant or the food we should not miss?
The River Café, or some spicy Indian food from lahore kebab house.

Give us an art gallery or a museum to visit?
Tate Britain. The Hockney retrospective is a must see.

A design studio or a designer to keep an eye on and why?
Conrad Shawcross. The use of texture in his work is the future of modern architecture.

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Photographer| Edoardo DeRuggiero
Stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Hair| Azumi Higaki
Make up| Constance Haond
Model|Philip LDB @ New Madison

The Slow Design of Mark Braun

Hexagon, produced by Mühle

It’s all about character and identity, not to mention functionality. The work of Mark Braun– German designer with sky blue eyes- could be described as such. His collaborations range throughout many industry sectors and the projects he has designed and created have been produced for companies such as Authentics, Covo, E15, Lobmeyr, La Redoute, and Nomos Glashütte, Thonet, and Bonacina, just to name a few. Men’s grooming products, furniture, glass objects, lamps and watches: there aren’t much that Mark hasn’t designed, and for that reason he has also been the winner of several awards, including the Design Plus, Interior Innovation Award and the German Design Award, in addition to having the honour and occasion to exhibit in famous international galleries the likes of the Saatchi Gallery in London. The magic happens in Berlin, where Mark opened his studio in 2006 in a space resembling a creative hub, with huge windows and common spaces. He is defined as a “slow designer” because often he accepts challenges that require him to start from scratch and to discover new creative worlds. We met up with Mark during Salone del Mobile in Bonacina’s showroom in Milan, for whom he created a new collection of bamboo lamps that are both Asian and yet equally European in style.

How did you become a designer, where did you start?
My background is in carpentry. I would say I started by making models of my own work. The first was a tableware set for a German company, a great success. Then from there I began to branch out into other products, which I enjoy so much, from lighting to furniture and even watches. It’s important to be open to change, that is for sure.

The world of product design is very competitive, what do you think of it?
Yes, that is true, there are many challenges. On one hand it is true, there is a lot of competition, but the older I get, the further I move from that, because I have become so much more conscious of my choices, my taste, and the design I want to create. The important thing for me is to stay curious: if you can manage to be curious, you have everything you need to stay ahead, the client trusts you, and you can work at your best.

How was the watch design project with Nomos Glashütte born?
From my drinking glasses. One of their managers was in a restaurant one night and drank from one of my glasses- he liked it, and thought I worked well with glass- so contacted me. They asked me what type of watch I would buy and to create a prototype. Not being a watch designer I made a few errors initially, but fortunately they liked the overall character of my watch. It was a success story that happened by chance.

What is style, for you?
I believe in some part that it is linked to education, but in general I think that having style means feeling good about oneself, enjoying what you have without going overboard. It’s about making rational decisions, because people with style don’t do anything without thought. You have to know who you are and what works for you.

What do you think about style in Milan?
My first memory of Milan reminds me of my uncle. He has always supported me, and when I signed up for design school, he bought me a ticket to Milan, telling me that I wouldn’t know anything about design until I came to Milan during Salone del Mobile. Just an airline ticket, not a hotel room: obviously there were no hotel rooms available. I was 25 years old and I just wandered around the city, meeting so many wonderful people by chance that I stayed out all night. Today, for me Milan is mainly a city where I work and I find it beautiful because it has it’s own style that hasn’t changed much over the years. The Lambrate neighbourhood is very interesting, it has a strong industrial vibe, a bit abandoned- it’s where you find avant garde style, but I think Brera is the neighbourhood where you find quality.

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NOT an ORDINARY MAN by francesco barion

Photographer| Francesco Barion
Fashion stylist| Fabio Merche
Photographer assistant| Daniele Colucciello, Thomas Carla
Stylist Assistant| Nadia Dahan
Groomer| Shukeel Murtaza @ Untitled Artists London
Production| Jane Everett @ Prana Production
Model| Clement @ Whilelmina London

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matilda lutz: an italian talent in hollywood

Born in Milan, but with an international mind-set and background, Matilda Lutz is a talented artist who is living her American dream. After she met Muccino and moved to Los Angeles, the career of young Matilda (26 years old) started rocketing, so much so that Giorgio Armani picked her to be the protagonist, with James Jagger, of a series of short films directed by Fabien Constant for the launch of two new Emporio Armani fragrances. We met her in Milan and we asked her to tell us about her love for cinema, her life in Los Angeles and her upcoming projects.

 How was you passion for acting born?
Actually, a little by chance. I attended the scientific high school and I was very shy, I was afraid that acting was not my calling, the mere thought of standing before an audience terrorized me. After high school I went to New York, were I attended an acting course, just to try and defeat my shyness. That’s when I realized that I felt really free when I acted and played roles. I did not feel judged. I was free to say and do whatever I liked, because people were not judging me, Matilda, but the character I was playing. This feeling of utter freedom had me fall for acting.

How was your encounter with Gabriele Muccino?
I was working in an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles and he was there, having dinner with his wife. The restaurant’s owner, who knew me very well, knew that I like Muccino, so he introduced me to him. I used to follow the posts he wrote on his Facebook page about the differences between American and Italian people, on things he likes and dislikes about the United States and Italy. So I wrote a few lines inspired by one of his posts, but I couldn’t imagine he would read it. Instead it grabbed his attention, and he invited me for a screen test for his movie.

How did you like working with him?
An incredible experience. Especially if you consider the locations where we went to film the movie. We went to Cuba, San Francisco, Rome and New Orleans, with Brando Pacitto and Taylor Frey, whom I immediately befriended. We have created, outside the set, that special chemistry that is perceivable in the film too. We used to go out together and spend evening chatting and chilling out together. One night in Cuba we went to attend a live music performance and it was really like being in the same film.

How was your encounter with Armani?
The first time I met Mr Armani was at the Milan’s premier of Muccino’s film L’estate addosso, with friends and family. He was in the audience and I was anxious (ride, Ed.). Following the film screening, he came and complimented us. My father, moreover, had worked on a campaign for Armani. The other coincidence is that when I was 17, I was asked to interview Beyoncé in Madrid before her gig. A project that was conceived for the launch of the perfume Diamonds by Emporio Armani. I wrote three diary pages in which, as a fan, I interviewed her and I was the youngest correspondent of the time.

When did you move to Los Angeles?
I have been living there on a regular basis for three years. During the first three months I travelled back and forth from the USA to Italy, because I was playing in a series. One year on, the first film arrived.

The Ring, your first American film, a 3D horror movie…
Actually, I am not a big fan of horror movies, because I get pretty scared, I start seeing and hearing things and can’t get any sleep, so I generally avoid watching them. But playing in one was really fun, most of all the action scenes. Since it was my first American movie, I rehearsed a lot with the stunt coordinator, one of the most prominent in Hollywood. Then there are all those backstage tricks, the special effects: the mere make-up of Samara takes six hours.

How are you getting on in Los Angeles?
When I moved there, everybody had something negative to say about Los Angeles. My brother was already living there so I went to visit him and then I decided to stay. I immediately liked it very much owing to its energy and because you can really enjoy nature, despite being in a in city. Also one can lead a healthy lifestyle: everybody wakes up early, goes to bed early, because clubs close at 2am, almost everybody eats healthy and makes a lot of outdoor sports. The best thing about Los Angeles is that in every district there is a different lifestyle: a Silver Lake you can find New York’s lifestyle, underground and rock and roll; in Santa Monica you have the sea, surfing, jogging at dusk, in West Hollywood there are more clubs and social life.

Do you miss Italy?
I terribly miss the food, after many months in the States one almost forgets the taste of true food, like strawberries. I miss the aperitif with my fiends and walking in the narrow alleys of our cities.

When you are not working, what are your passions?
What I enjoy the most is travelling; indeed I have just taken a week off and everyday I am going to a different place. I like discovering new places. I also enjoy visiting and living the cities and places while I am acting in a movie, this grants me the chance to stay in the same place for two months, not as a tourist, but as a local, as I can get around with part of the local crew.

Your last journey?
I went to Lerici, Sestri Levante, Portofino. Then I visited Florence and Pietrasanta. In Florence I went to the Teatro della Pergola, which I had never seen, then I hired I bike and cycled around town, with no specific destination, just getting lost and discovering unexpected corners, with no plans.

Together Stronger, the series for Emporio Armani. How was the feeling with film-director Fabien Constant and with James Jagger?
Both James and Fabien, the film-director, made the atmosphere on the set really laid-back. There was a screenplay, but no written lines, hence Fabien granted us enough freedom for improvisation. James and I gave birth to all those magic moments between us, while we were playing, running after each other in this love story. James is a fantastic person and we played like when one falls in love and feel a little child again.

The series is set in New York and you are Laura, a writer.
Yes, I play the part of a writer, who is also keen on photography. That’s how I feel, actually. I love creativity, photography, acting, writing, I’d like to try directing one day. Laura is a carefree woman, self-confident, she does what she feels like doing, she follows her instincts.

Of all the scenes, which one did you find most entertaining?
I enjoyed the taxi scene very much, I felt I was in one of those movies from the ‘60s and a bit in Sex and the city. Running on high heels, while generally I wear jeans, t-shirt and Converse.

A secret wish?
In my future I see direction. And I’d like to be a Bond girl, playing in an action movie. I’d also like a dramatic role too, may favourite actress is Meryl Streep.

Have you found love? Where do you imagine yourself to be in a few years?
Maybe (she giggles, Ed). I find it difficult to think about finding love. Although I am partly American, I feel very much European, and many things have me think that one day I’ll come back to Italy. Not very soon though, because I am happy to be living in Los Angeles, where there’s a wealth of opportunities, and I am learning a lot. In some auditions I find myself competing with very important and famous actors, which can be intimidating, but at the same time this provides me with the stamina to keep going and improving every day, and keeps me with my feet on the ground.

Matilda Lutz @Elite Milano
All photos by Luigi Miano

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#VANLIFE, il movimento social-mediatico dei nuovi bohémien


Sometimes it happens that what begins as an attempt for a simpler life becomes a lifestyle, a media gamble, and a real social movement. It happened for Foster Huntington, a young New York designer who in 2011 abandoned his job at Ralph Lauren, bought a 1987 Volkswagen Syncro van and began to travel, exploring and photographing his new adventure along the Californian coast. Instagram was at its dawn, but already promised to become one of the best social media platforms alongside Facebook, so the transition to success was brief. #homeiswhereyouparkit, #LiveSimply, and #vanlife are the hashtags that lifted him into a media frenzy that perhaps Foster himself didn’t even expect, and today, more than 1,200,000 Instagram posts have been tagged by #vanlife. Astonishing numbers. In 2013, Huntington used the crowd funding platform Kickstarter to raise funds to print “Home is where you park it,” a collection of his #vanlife photographs, now in its fourth edition, and will soon be accompanied by his second Van Life book, this time edited by Black Dog & Leventhal in New York (release scheduled for October, 2017).
Choosing #vanlife means choosing a state of mind, a search for an aesthetic and a lifestyle, besides being a trend initiated during the global economic crisis a few years ago. In fact, in a recent New York Times interview, Foster explained: “I think there is a sense of despair in my generation with regards to work, and it is cheap to live in a van.” Synonymous with precariousness, but also with flexibility and high adaptation ability, today this choice moreover wouldn’t exist without the enormous help of social media (media and economic). Perhaps drawing from the early Beach Boys songs, many people identify this culture, mentality and attitude with that of surfers. Even in its clothing taste. To demonstrate the ability to live that free, sporty, open-air lifestyle that so many people dream about while sitting in their closed, grey offices has proven to be a winning ticket, thus the number of followers grows. And with it, the possibilities of sponsorships from likeminded industry brands.
That was precisely the idea behind King and Smith’s Where is my office now, started by a young couple who decided to follow Foster’s footsteps after meeting him in Nicaragua. Their new and simple idea was dictated by the desire to blend travel with work: “We wanted to see if it was possible to combine this hippie nomadic lifestyle with classical 9-5 work,” Smith explained to New York Times From the start, they structured project not only as a naturalistic and lifestyle choice but also as a digital and commercial venture. After all, it wasn’t such a bad choice: a recent study estimated that the social media influencer market was worth $500 million in 2015 and that is expected to increase to at least $5 billion by 2020.
Begun out of necessity to fulfil a disappointed and discontented generation, like all the best marketing concepts, “vanlife” represents a fluid group of contemporary trends: a renewed interest for the Road Trip (no matter where), a culture of sporty hippies with a great passion for the outdoors, and a lifestyle free from the tyranny of the 9-5 office day.
10 not-to-be-missed places that make Portugal the Surfer’s European Paradise.
An ideal location for its mild climate, ocean winds and a great variety of waves: Portugal is the perfect destination for surfers of all abilities, so it is not surprising to discover that all along the coast you can find ideal spots, surf houses and seafood restaurants relaxing in the cooler evenings.

  1. Sagres

Perhaps the most famous destination for surfing, because the waves are perfect in spring, autumn and winter. Sagres, the queen of the Algarve, also offers visitors other interesting activities to choose from: if you like diving and the exceptional diversity of marine life, make sure you visit Divers Cape for a fantastic underwater experience. Whale- and dolphin-watching are also available in the area.

  1. Arrifana – Costa Vicentina
    Surrounded by cliffs and near a small fishing village and harbor, Arrifana Beach is a popular destination among surfers and bodyboarders. Accessible by car and by foot, it is an isolated, quiet beach with violent, turbulent waves, perfect for surfing. In addition to enjoying the breath-taking sea, it’s also worth taking a long walk through the Costa Vicentina National Park.
  1. Praia do Amado – Costa Vicentina

Here the strong currents and steep waves are the real stars, so Amado Beach regularly hosts international competitions and is very popular during the summer. It is easy to access and offers plenty of parking, perfect for vans or for staying the day to sunbathe or go for a swim in its clear waters. It is a very popular destination for surfing, so even out of season you’ll find people walking along the wooden boardwalks that run on the coast, but you can also safely walk along closer to nature.

  1. Ericeira

This fishing village north of Lisbon allows you to choose from the best surf spot: S. Lourenço, Coxos, Pedra Branca or Foz do Lizandro. If you’d like to take a break from the ocean or keep your feet on dry land, it’s only 15 minutes from Mafra, where you can enjoy some great traditional pastries.

  1. Praia do Norte – Nazaré

Praia do Norte became famous for its giant waves in 2011, after Garrett McNamara rode the biggest wave of the year during the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, which gabe Nazaré’s stormy sea an even more international notariety. While passing through, make sure to visit Miradouro do Suberco, an overlook from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the coast and the sea. Also, try the regional cuisine: barbecue sardines or the traditional “caldeirada,” a rich, thick Portuguese fish stew.

  1. Peniche

It is these beaches that created Portugal’s reputation as the surf capital of Europe. The most legendary contribution is perhaps from that of Supertubos Beach, world-famous for its powerful waves, which many surfers call the “European pipeline.” Once a year the ASP World Tour hosts competitions in this otherwise quiet fishing village, bringing crowds from around the world to witness Peniche’s impressive waves.

It is the first part of a long beach just south of Lisbon. Sprinkled with fishing lodges and small bars just behind the dunes, it is a very appealing place to surf. When fishermen drag in their nets at sunset, thousands of gulls flock to the water and the sky. Magical.

  1. Monte Clerigo

The beach of this eponymous village is filled with bars and restaurants and great waves for surfers. Must eats are Restaurante O Sargo, or just further inland, Aljezur is outfitted with hostels, B&Bs and surf schools.

  1. Malhao
    Wooden boardwalks leading to the beaches, one large one more rustic. This destination is perhaps the first real beach after the industrial area of Sines, definitely to be avoided.
  1. Paúl do Mar – Madeira
    Also known as Ribeira das Galinhas, this beach is quiet and secluded, with great waves, making it one of the sites selected for the 2001 World Surfing Championship.
    It is a remote spot on the island of Madeira, and while there is not a wide variety of restaurants and snack bars to choose from, the food is wonderful, very local and different from the cuisine of continental Portugal. Don’t forget to try the “bolo do caco,” a bread made from wheat flour served hot with garlic butter, and to drink “poncha,” a traditional alcoholic beverage made from honey and lemon juice

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Luca Dotto’s (Free) Style

His talent in the water earned him the title of Italian record holder in the 100 metre freestyle, his bright eyes and statuesque body made him a model “by chance.” We’re talking about Luca Dotto, born in 1990, a young swimmer with a list of successes under his belt: at only 21 years he won his first silver medal at the World Aquatics Championships and since then he’s swum a number of races until finally in 2016 breaking 48 seconds in the 100 metre sprint without the help of a polyurethane swimsuit. Between one training session and the next, in anticipation of the forthcoming World Championships in Budapest in July, the European champion answered some questions for MANINTOWN.

When did you realise that swimming would become your profession?
When I realised that swimming was the thing I knew how to do best, and that it came naturally to me.

How do you prepare for an important competition?
It takes months of preparation in the water and in the gym, eating healthy, and above all, resting well.

What has been the best moment of your career so far?
Being able to break 48 seconds in the 100 metre. Even though I won the European and medalled in the World, that was the most thrilling moment because I will always remember that I was the first man in Italy to break that wall.

Do you have any superstitious routines?
I wouldn’t say superstition, but before a race I have a routine for warm-up and concentration that I follow meticulously every time. Not because I think it will bring me luck but because by doing it I am able to reach total concentration.

What are your passions outside of the swimming pool?
Scuba diving is without a doubt my biggest passion, plus I like to read, specifically adventure novels.

What was the most exciting vacation you’ve taken?
Last summer I went to the Bahamas with my girlfriend and it was like discovering paradise. I have travelled a lot and visited many exotic places, but without a doubt that archipelago has become my favourite destination.

You’ve modelled in several advertising campaigns for a very prestigious international brand. How did you get into the fashion world?
By chance. I was “discovered” in 2012, during a campaign for the London Olympics, and from there I began collaborating with some very important brands. I consider myself very lucky to have had this possibility.

What garment best represents who you are?
Without a doubt the dress shirt.

Do you have a style icon who inspires you?
I try to have my own style, but my unconditional style icons are Steve McQueen and Marlon Brando.

What is the grooming routine of a sporty person like yourself?
The only routine I follow is taking care of my skin, because the sun and chlorine can easily ruin it, so I try to keep my skin hydrated.

One of your unfulfilled dreams??
To have a family one day.

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The New Taste of Tradition

Antica Pizzeria da Michele

There are places in which tradition never grows old.  There are places in which, when you sit at a table, you hope to find the flavours of your grandmother’s cooking, without giving up the gourmet experimentation of modern cuisine.  There are places to which you continue to return, not because of habit but by choice.  The fact that Italians are closely linked to their culinary tradition is not to be discounted, but today it doesn’t end there.  The wave of experimenting with memorised recipes and bold re-elaborations is, in fact, an increasingly recognizable leitmotiv. One notable name? L’Osteria Francescana in Modena that, under the expert control of Chef Massimo Bottura, was awarded second place this year among the World’s Best Restaurants in Europe.
Here are 6 locales that go from pizza to gelato to gourmet, rediscovering traditions and creating new tastes.

Antica Pizzeria da Michele – 125 Church Street (London)
From Naples to London via Tokyo.  In the Forcella neighbourhood of Naples, the Condurro family- who for the last 130 years has provided culinary respite from the chaos passing outside its windows- has recently decided to share itself with the rest the world. The idea was Alessandro’s, a descendent of the founder, who has turned Michele‘s pizza into a start-up called “Michele in the World.” In the English capital, in addition to the historic menu choices (margherita and marinara), there are also dishes designed to please and delight the British palate.

Antica Osteria La Rampina – Frazione Rampina, San Giuliano Milanese (Milan)


More than just a historic restaurant in the Milan area, it is a landmark of Lombardy cuisine. Strictly family run, today this trattoria has gone through a rebirth thanks to the direction of young Executive Chef Luca Gagliardi who amalgamates highly experimental dishes with the more traditional menu offerings of his father Lino. Luca, who gained experience at Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg under the guidance of triple-starred Chef Westermann, offers his sensibility, close attention and knowledge of the most technical innovations on tradition to everyone who enters La Rampina’s dining room built in the 500s.

Restaurant Passerini – Rue Traversière (Paris)

Once in awhile they return, and when they do, they return big. We are talking about Giovanni Passerini, 40-something chef who, after being absent from the French culinary scene, returned one year ago with his very personal new restaurant. If you’ve already forgotten the out-of-this-world pumpkin ravioli and the sea urchin served in his former bistrot Rino, in his new benchmark Italian gourmet restaurant just behind the Bastille, it is a splendour to discover the perfection of Italian cuisine and restaurant flair- from the pasta, to which an entire menu section is devoted, to the management to the strong matriarchal fingerprint.

VesYouVio e Frie ‘N’ Fuie – Via Spontini (Milan)

Revolution often derives from the need to rediscover old traditions,” is the leitmotiv of Vincenzo Di Fiori, Neapolitan by birth, with an international vision. The desire to rediscover one’s own roots is a growing trend in the world of food and the recipes created exclusively for this little Neapolitan restaurant in Milan are the proof. Don’t be fooled, the fried bites contain entire recipes of Neapolitan tradition that will delight even the most pretentious palate.

La Bottega del Buon Caffè – Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini (Florence)

From nature to the plate. With one Michelin star. The cuisine of Antonello Sardi is authentic, honest and exceptional. He began as an assistant, but in no time his culinary skills caught the eye and the palate of those around him.   His natural ability, along with his unique ingenuity deserve recognition as one of Tuscany’s talented young chefs. This harmony strengthens his dishes that are inspired by the regional and seasonal traditions that manage to be daring without going overboard.

Gelateria Tasta – Corso Garibaldi (Milan)

The only place that offers 100% natural classic hot chocolate, made directly from chocolate bars. Gelato shop, and also a bakery with a strong Sicilian influence, they are new arrivals to Milan. The raw ingredients are of excellent quality, like green pistachio DOP from Bronte or Piemontese hazelnut IGP, and the recipes are the emblem of experimentation between pairings, flavours and unique tastes created by the TastaLab that confirms its success every day. Here as in all over the world.

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HUGO MARCHAND aka star man

At only 23 years of age, Hugo Marchand was recently appointed Danseur Etoile de l’Opéra de Paris. He joined the Opéra’s “corps de ballet” in 2011 at merely 18, having studied at the Opéra’s own dance school since 2007. We were fortunate enough to gain an All Access pass to the Opéra Garnier and follow Hugo backstage, as he interpreted an array of designer looks and opened up to us about his personal experience and his passions.

At what age did you start dancing and who/what pushed you to do so?
I started when I was 9 without any apparent reason. I was a gymnast and it was just another sport for me. Suddenly the need to dance became apparent to me, like a revelation, as something quite mystical in a way. I think it was inside of me from birth, like a little seed planted in my soul had sprouted at that moment. It’s quite unexplainable, there’s definitely a spiritual side to my discovery of dance.

Dance and ballet in particular is known to be a rather strict and competitive environment, it must be so hard for a child as you were, how did you overcome these difficulties over the years?
It is actually quite competitive, so you really need to hang in there and be a fighter. The hardest is to be placed in competition from such a young age. Places are expensive at the schools because the labour market is very closed. The dance school of the Paris Opéra was a great opportunity for me to train my mind and my body for practicing dance at a high level. But it was painful to leave my family because I was a boarder and I only returned on weekends. At the age of 13, my friends, my classmates and my fellow boarders were also my competitors in dance. All of this teaches to protect yourself and toughen up, but you also learn that competition isn’t necessarily bad, it can be understood as positive emulation. Finally, that the most important competition is that with oneself. We must constantly challenge ourselves and push the limits of the body.

Who are the people who have influenced you the most, as a dancer? And in life?
I made many wonderful encounters thanks to my job. I would not be a Danseur Etoile today if I had not encountered certain people along the way. Of course my parents are the first to whom I owe a lot. Accepting that one’s son wants to do ballet and put on a pair of tights at the age of 9, is not insignificant. It took them a lot of strength and confidence to let me live this dream but I now know I could always count on them. My first dance teacher Marie-Elisabeth Demaille obviously played a major role in my training. Nicolas Leriche (a great French Danseur Etoile) has always been a great source of artistic and technical inspiration for me. I am also very inspired and influenced by the great French actresses like Fanny Ardant, Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, who represent French elegance and diversity.

 Are there differences between the career of a male dancer versus a woman?
The career of women is often more complicated because there are more contenders. Often the desire to be a mother for dancers forces them to take a year off and this can slow down the process of progress slightly. In the career of men on the other hand, the physical demand is more challenging. Back and knees injuries are quite common.

In the history of dance, have the roles of men changed over the years? Do you think there is a definite representation of masculinity? In the past compared to today?
Male roles are now much more important than in the 18th or 19th century. The physical and athletic dimension is crucial, we have to prepare our body in the gym throughout the season. You could compare us to high performance athletes. Dance can be very masculine and physical, very manly! Finally I think it’s above all a representation of humanity as a whole.

What’s your favorite music to dance to? In life?
I like all kinds of music. For dancing i like jazz, classical, or James Blake, as long as the rhythm and the musical depth is there. In life I love listening to Mélody Gardot, Concertos by Rachmaninov, Philip Glass or Jamie XX.

Do you get stage fright before going on?
I get it every time I go on stage. It’s almost mandatory. The intensity depends on the difficulty of the ballet that I’m performing but the fright is always there. This can be a positive thing because the adrenaline coming from stage fright is a great instrument that allows us to surpass ourselves. It can also be used as an anesthetic when we are in pain and to give the best of ourselves at every moment on stage.

When you came to live in Paris, what was your first impression of Parisian life?
The first time I came to Paris I was quite scared. I was not used to seeing so many people, to hear so many noises, it’s a very aggressive city. And at the same time, it made me dream. Paris is a beautiful city and offers a multitude of opportunities.

What are your favorite places in Paris?
I love walking around the Seine, strolling through the Marais, having a drink in the Oberkampf area or sunbathing on the rooftops of the Opera when the sun is out.

You seem interested in fashion, what are your favorite brands or designers?
I’m interested in fashion but I do not know much about it. I really like the work that Haider Ackermann did on his first collection for Berluti, I found it very classy, colorful and original. I obviously like the big Parisian brands like Dior or Chanel but I’m still curious to discover the world of smaller brands like Agnès B.

Photographer| Edoardo De Ruggiero
Photographer Assistant| Philippe Millet and Morgane Brisbare-Husson
Fashion stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Stylist Assistant| Ariane Haas
Grooming| Céline DeCruz
Model| Hugo Marchand

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