Brioni takes on the ultimate sartorial challenge- Michelangelo’s David

This season, the Brioni Master Tailors demonstrate the boundless possibilities of the Bespoke service by taking on the ultimate sartorial challenge – to perfectly craft a suit for an iconic silhouette with stately dimensions

Long recognized as the “menswear of choice” for the iconic and powerful

Brioni’s VIP Tailor is available to make a nip and tuck to your personal Brioni collection.

Professional athletes, celebrities, leaders, entrepreneurs chose the brand that sets meticulous standards for its craft. The height of men’s sartorial excellence, a Brioni Bespoke item is built on unparalleled craftsmanship and exclusive fabrics.

The BRIONI Method

Every suit is the result of the Brioni method. This process, unique to the company, requires 220 steps and more than 22 hours of effective workmanship, and all while under the supervision of tailoring experts. Each suit comes to life due to absolute precision, as well as upwards of 6000 handmade hidden stitches. Subsequently, the Brioni suit caresses the body lightly and molds the figure.

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The Bespoke fabric selection offers over 800 variations of wool, light cashmere, silk, and a light Super 200s wool. In addition, their full-range variety also counts for lapel shape, buttons, lining, shirt collar, and cuff.

Any Brioni store accommodates your choice – be it of model or cut, fabric or fit. Furthermore, you can complete your look in the privacy and comfort of the VIP room to exemplify your sense of style.

Brioni Bespoke

“The World of Bespoke” Worth Avenue Salon, October 4th-6th

To Schedule an Appointment

Brioni’s Bespoke Events book early and orchestrate their appointments accordingly. As a result, each take approximately one hour to 90 minutes.

For information on the Palm Beach Bespoke Event, please contact Thomas Esparza at 561.650.0030.

Email Thomas to schedule an appointment to suit your calendar, as well as your style.

Black River Caviar ‘Royale’ special offer exclusive to Mary Mahoney

Black River Caviar ‘Royale’, will be offered as a special promotion through Memorial Weekend at Mary Mahoney, 336 Worth Avenue.  This Palm Beach institution known for its linens, porcelaines and highly curated assortment of the worlds’ finest brands has been the exclusive purveyor for Black River Caviar for over 6 years.  With  slightly larger and lighter eggs than the Tradition  Oscietra grade, the Royale’s rich nutty is perfect directly off a mother of pearl spoon!  No black river caviartoasts necessary!  My favorite way to enjoy it in the summer is on cucumber rounds or avocado slices!

Memorial Weekend Offer

Now through May 28th, the Royale is being offered at 20% less.  So instead of paying $460 for 100 grams (3.5 ounces), it is available at $360 for a savings of $100.

Smaller and larger sizes are available starting at $72 vs $92 for 20 grams or $3600 for akilo versus $4600 for a savings of $1000!

To place an order call Mary Mahoney 561 655 8288

www.marymahoney.com

 

 

Unpublished letters reveal an unknown love story, the torment of Hemingway’s young muse and the resuscitation of the aging writer’s career.

Andrea di Robilant, acclaimed author of A Venetian Affair, now gives us the remarkable story of Ernest Hemingway’s love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there—a vivacious eighteen-year-old who inspired the man thirty years her senior to complete his great final work.  The author attributes his research experience as a journalist to his use of letters in his writings.  “You know them closely, you understand what they know. Perhaps, more importantly”, he continues, “You accept them. You don’t judge them as immoral or obnoxious.”  The author Di Robilant will preside at the unveiling of the book on June 6th at Rizzoli, 1133 Broadway, New York Andrea will also be discussing his book in Washington DC at a private venue on June 5th. (Please email me to request an invitation to the exclusive book-signing and conversation with Andrea di Robilant)

Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse

In the fall of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called “a goddam wonderful city.” He was a year shy of his fiftieth birthday and hadn’t published a novel in nearly a decade. At a duck shoot in the lagoon he met and fell in love with Adriana Ivancich, a striking Venetian girl just out of finishing school. Di Robilant—whose great-uncle moved in Hemingway’s revolving circle of bon vivants, aristocrats, and artists—re-creates with sparkling clarity this surprising, years-long relationship. Hemingway used Adriana as the model for Renata in Across the River and into the Trees, and continued to visit Venice to see her; when the Ivanciches traveled to Cuba, Adriana was there as he wrote The Old Man and the Sea. This illuminating story of writer and muse—which also examines the cost to a young woman of her association with a larger-than-life literary celebrity—is an intimate look at the fractured heart and changing art of Hemingway in his fifties.

The hardcover will be released and available for purchase June 5.  List price $26.95  Pre-order now at $12.99 on Amazon

About the Author

Andrea di RobilantANDREA DI ROBILANT was born in Italy and educated at Columbia University, where he specialized in international affairs. He worked for decades as a journalist for Italian newspapers in America, including a stint as bureau chief of La Stampa in Washington, D.C. Though he has homes in Venice and Rome, he spends most of his time in the latter, in an apartment he shares with his wife near the MAXXI museum. He teaches four classes a week at two American universities in Rome and reserves two days for researching and writing his books.

He is the author of A Venetian Affair, Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon, Irresistible North: From Venice To Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers, and Chasing the Rose.

 

Some early reviews

“Rich with new material, some based on Italian sources, di Robilant’s lively and affecting double portrait brings a fresh perspective to the much-examined life of an all-too-human writer.” —Steve Paul, Booklist (starred review)

“A sensitive recounting of a writer’s doomed fantasy.” Kirkus Reviews

“One of the most wrenching and scandalous love stories in all of literary biography . . . di Robilant reconstructs their tale with remarkable precision and a wealth of unpublished materials . . . what emerges is an ample, finely detailed fresco of the last stage of Hemingway’s life, a kaleidoscopic succession of relationships, passions, trips, editorial disputes, drinking binges, set against the backdrop of northeast Italy . . . [Autumn in Venice] has all the intrigue and emotion of a novel.” —Pietro Spirito. Il Piccolo (Italy)

“An evocative and alluring tale of love and death . . . In his effusive letters to Adriana, Hemingway laid bare his extremely passionate, generous, and contradictory nature.” Mirella Serri, La Stampa (Italy)

Hijack Bubble Gum Girl, 2018
Oil, Stencil and Mixed Media on Cement
48 x 60 inches

Complimentary Passes to Art New York, courtesy of  Steve Hartman, President of Fine Arts Dealer Association (FADA) and owner of Contessa Gallery

If you happen to be in New York when you receive this email, then you may want to accept the complimentary passes courtesy of Contessa Gallery and visit the 2018 Art New York at Pier 94.   Art New York has established a well-known reputation for providing fine art collectors with the latest in high quality Contemporary and Modern Art. The fair will begin on May 3 and run through May 6, 2018. Contessa booth is ANY142.  Email Anna to request complimentary passes.

Contessa Gallery will be unveiling new works by Brendan Murphy, Hijack, Daniele Sigalot, and Mr. Brainwash

Hijack is one of the most talked-about, up and coming artists in today’s contemporary art scene. Hijack’s works are a revelation in street art. His imaginative and brilliantly constructed pieces are seen globally, from Los Angeles to London. Contessa Gallery will be showcasing many of Hijack’s powerful works at Art New York 2018, including his ever-popular Bubble Gum Girl in an updated version incorporating more detail and oil paint. (featured above). These new works by Hijack create colorful and meaningful perspectives on life, and Contessa Gallery is excited to highlight them in this exhibition.

Art New York, Contessa

Static Attraction, 2018, Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas by Hijack

Brendan Murphy (B. 1971) is a popular California Artist well known to collectors from Art Basel to Silicon Valley. Using a wide range of different materials and tools in his work, Murphy goes beyond traditional painting technique. In doing so, Murphy has developed his own unique style, dynamic in its combination of the abstract and the figurative. Murphy is well-known for his chalkboard series, and Contessa Gallery is proud to showcase a brand-new piece in this series at Art New York 2018.  View Inside is a monumental work created on a silver metallic chrome background. Murphy’s new use of chrome appears in another groundbreaking work that will be on view at Art New York, entitled Squeeze.

Brendan Murphy, Contessa Gallery Art New York

Brendan Murphy (B. 1971 – ) 1 View Inside, 2018
Oil, Acrylic and Gouache on Silver Metallic Chrome Background
60 x 96 inches

 

Daniele Sigalot (B. 1976) born in Rome, has had a powerful career focusing his works on big aluminum installations and unconventional mosaics. Sigalot is most well-known for his massive paper plane installations, which he has exhibited in more than thirty cities to the four corners of the globe. Upon first glance, the individual plane components of the installation are made of paper, but in actuality are each carefully hand crafted out of metal. For Art New York 2018, Sigalot has installed a brand-new installation at Contessa Gallery’s Booth,Unsent Poems. This piece is a striking addition to the exhibition. Collectors will also find a unique engraved metal piece, A Portrait of You in New York City. This piece allows the viewer to engage with and become part of the artwork.

Daniele Sigalot, Contessa Gallery, Art New York

Daniele Sigalot (B. 1976 – )
Unsent Poems, 2018
Acrylic Varnish on Aluminum
35 x 82 inches approximately

Mr. Brainwash (B. 1966 – ) is an internationally-known Pop Artist whose street art and Contemporary pieces are highly valued by collectors. Mr. Brainwash utilizes popular artistic and historic icons, including Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Mouse, and Andy Warhol, and alters them in significant ways. Mr. Brainwash also partnered with famous street artist, Banksy, to collaborate on work and film a documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop based on Banksy’s secretive life. Contessa Gallery will be exhibiting a variety of works by Mr. Brainwash at this year’s Art New York, including a few brand-new pieces. Contessa Gallery is privileged to world premiere the first ever Mr. Brainwash Balloon Girl as the central icon of a painting.

Art New York, Contessa Gallery

Mr. Brainwash (B. 1966-)
Balloon Girl, 2018
Stencil and Mixed Media on Metal, Street Signs and Fiberglass Brick Wall
85 x 68 inches

About Contessa Gallery

Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery offers artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Areas of expertise include pre-20th century, Modern and Contemporary sculpture, paintings, photography and works on paper. While many galleries focus primarily on artist representation and promotion, Contessa Gallery is collector focused. The gallery’s mission is to assist clients in developing collections that have deep personal meaning. Contessa encourages its clients to view their collections as a legacy that can be passed down through generations or to institutions.

The gallery continues to expand its clientele and reputation through its participation in prestigious art fairs, such as; Art Miami, Art New York and The Armory Show – Modern. At the philanthropic level, Contessa Gallery aims to make a difference in the community through the contribution of time, expertise, sponsorship and educational programming for museums and organizations dedicated to the arts.

For more detailed information about the gallery, artists, exhibition history, art fair schedule and philanthropic support, please visit our website: www.contessagallery.com or contact Steve Hartman at 216-956-2825 or via email: art@contessagallery.com

 

Contessa Gallery’s booth for Art New York 2018 is #ANY142

For a complimentary pass email Anna@ContessaGallery.com

 

Is the Crypto fad going away? Or is Blockchain technology here to stay?

Whether you’re a skeptic, a Bitcoin bull, or still have no idea what Blockchain is, come to the Preservation Foundation on March 26th for an informational reception hosted by Jefferson Capital. Former CNN International Anchor and Correspondent, Felicia Taylor, will moderate the first in a series of symposiums.

“This technology will likely change the future of how we exchange assets,” Taylor said. “And it is vital that we understand how it will be used.”

Timothy Myers, a blockchain programmer and consultant, will feature as a speaker. He has worked with major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, helping them incorporate this technology in their existing systems. During his presentation, Myers will share why he believes Blockchain integration across all businesses is inevitable.

Robert Riva and Michael Margaritoff, managing partners of Jefferson Capital, offer their own insight into the potential utility of digital assets. In addition, they will lead the audience in a round of debate and discussion.

Only 20 seats left for the inaugural reception. If you would like to attend this event or other upcoming presentations Please email: info@jeffersoncapital.info

(Please do not call Preservation Foundation for reservations.  Information and Reservations only available through contacting info@jeffersoncapital.info )  You may also call 561 833 8283 and someone will get back to you

 

 

Katja Bentzen- A St. Barth’s Staple comes to Palm Beach

St. Barth’s regulars who are ‘in the know’ have three things they absolutely must do during their visit to the fashionable destination:  Pick up food to go at Mayas for a picnic in Colombier or Saline; enjoy lunch and several bottles of rosé at La Plage and a visit to the Cheval Blanc Isle de France Hotel to purchase one of Katja’s latest creations.  Coming home from St. Barth’s without a new signature leather and pearl piece is absolutely out of the question for many of us!  Though Irma has made a dent in our plans this year to visit St. Barth’s, the good news is Katja Bentzen is coming to South Florida end of January and staying with me for a couple of weeks!

Shades of Grey, White, Champagne and more

Katja has been the exclusive supplier of exquisite pearl, mother of pearl and vermeil creations to the Cheval Blanc Isle de France (formerly Hotel Isle de France) for the last 15 years.  Katja uses only the best pearls from Tahiti and the South Seas with AAA lustre and shine, which she personally selects during her regular trips to the islands.  Katja imports the finest quality supple leather from Australia which she hand prepares for each piece she creates.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I visited Katja at her studio in St. Barth’s— a pearl lover’s paradise!  My boyfriend spent close to two hours selecting the perfect shades of grey resulting in my favorite piece ever: the perfect Tahitian pearl and leather necklace.

About Katja Bentzen

Katja was born in Sweden and after moving to several countries with her family, she ended up in the Canary Islands, where her

Mother of Pearl Clover Collection

desire to go sailing and traveling was born. She was originally trained in London to restore antique kilims tapestry and it was here that her interest for jewelry and fashion blossomed. Katja spent her winters between the islands of St Barth’s and Antigua and summers in Newport RI, where she worked for the Restoration Society bringing rugs and tapestries back to life for the mansions on Ocean Drive. She used the knotting techniques for restoring these tapestries to create her pearl jewelry.Whilst sailing around the oceans Katja discovered the pearls from Tahiti and the South Seas and began using them to create the pearl jewelry that she is so renowned for today.

Vermeil Collection

 

Katja Bentzen at Milou Pop Up at International Polo Club and Palm Beach

She’s already been snapped up by Lourdes de Guardiola who will be showcasing select pieces at Milou’s pop up at International Polo Club from January 15-January 28 and February 5- 18th.  Lourdes’s curated collection will include pieces from both Katja’s clover and vermeil lines.

Pearl aficionados will also have the opportunity to meet Katja, select their favorite pearls and request a customized design tailored specifically for them.

Other trunk shows in Wellington and Worth Avenue are still in the planning.  For more information on trunk shows or for private appointments, join Milou’s mailing list or email me.