Welcome To The Club. What A Great Concept!

Welcome To The Club. What A Great Concept!

Gwen Stefani just turned 50 and on Instagram, she was welcomed to “the club” by online mag, betterafter50.

Well, I just turned 70 which I think is an even cooler club.

Our club just welcomed Bruce Springsteen, Richard Gere, David Rubenstein and Dame Twiggy. On Nov 3rd, Anna Wintour joins the club while Tina Turner moves up the ranks to an even more elite club: She turns 80 this year!

What is life like at 70 you ask? Pretty epic.

I honestly don’t know if this is just in my head or if there has been a cultural shift. But to me, it feels as though we’ve reached a tipping point where the dynamic of aging has been elevated. The numbers are on our side. The sheer size of our cohort has changed people’s perceptions of what it’s like to be 50, 60 or 70. How else to explain that I’m suddenly seeing so many cool people my age – not only in real life but on social media. Instagram is filled with the most fabulous people in their 60’s and 70’s. Plus so many blogs and podcasts are pioneering this space, e.g. The Lustre Life, Ageist, Goodbye Crop Top.

When I tell people I’m 70, I find them to be incredibly intrigued versus dismissive or turned off. That’s been a huge surprise.

One more important reason why aging may be undergoing this transformation is the vast number of distinguished (and famous) 70-year olds on the scene right now, e.g., Twiggy, Helen Mirren, Ray Dalio, Elizabeth Warren and many more.

“I know people can get depressed about being a certain age, but I don’t see the point of that; there’s nothing you can do about it and you can’t stop time passing, so you might as well celebrate it.”

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Luxury Transformed By Sneakerheads And Hypebeast Culture

Luxury Transformed By Sneakerheads And Hypebeast Culture

I’ve been thinking about this for a while but it took a recent experience in Chinatown with a vendor selling counterfeit luxury brands to finally motivate me to write about it.

Here are 3 signs of Luxury’s paradigm shift.
1. Chinatown’s peddlers of fake luxury are re-prioritizing their brands

Walking through Chinatown recently I heard a seller of counterfeits hawking her wares like this:

“Supreme, Gucci, Vuitton


Did I hear that correctly? Supreme was getting top billing over Gucci, Vuitton, Prada?

Yes, indeed. I consider it a seismic shift, one I had never before heard on the streets of Chinatown.

That was major – and the biggest sign yet of the ascendancy of streetwear along with its hypebeasts, into the luxury stratosphere.

And for those of you who are wondering what’s a hypebeast? It’s a guy who’s obsessed with exclusive streetwear trends. Someone who’ll wait in line for hours for the latest “drop” from such “hype brands” as Supreme. Hypebeasts buy for themselves but they often also resell these limited release items and make a huge profit. The term hypebeast is also used in a pejorative or mocking way to describe trendy poseurs who overdo the whole hype brand thing.

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“Country” In The Spotlight. What Will It Influence Next?

“Country” In The Spotlight. What Will It Influence Next?

Country is having a major moment. I’m going out on a limb here but I predict we’ll see “Country” influences showing up over the next year in everything from fashion to entertainment to art, and even travel with more of us plotting our itineraries to follow the Ken Burns’ “Country Music” trail.

I’m a firm believer in the Rule of Three when it comes to declaring something an emerging trend. In this instance, I have at least five strong examples that indicate “country” will be inspiring designers and lifestyle brands for the next year or two.

Rule of Five:
  • Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary series on PBS. It’s been a knockout success. A sure-fire sign of its impact, a huge uptick on Amazon and iTunes of decades-old albums by artists featured on the show. Likewise, the photo archives from the series will, I predict, show up on many designers’ mood boards.
  • Oklahoma on Broadway,reimagined for the 21st Century,” is breathtakingly beautiful and unbelievably sexy. I finally saw it this past week (thank you Rob and Shawn) and all I can say is WOW! Daniel Fish, the director, is a genius. Best revival ever. And jeans, western shirts, buckles, and cowboy hats have never looked hotter. You MUST watch this 2-minute video of my favorite song from the show.
  • Kanye West recently bought a $14MM ranch outside of Cody, Wyoming. He also held the listening party for his new album there.
  • Rappers are getting into Country. Lil Nas X broke Billboard records with his hit “Old Town.” He even signed a deal with Wrangler. Meanwhile, Post Malone headlined 2019’s Bonnaroo Festival rocking an outfit inspired by Dolly Parton. (Pics below)
  • NYC fashionistas are sporting Western Wear. This weekend, I ran into a gorgeous Brit (pic above) wearing a cowboy hat which he tells me is all the rage in London. Who knew? But he looks amazing. Randomly, this same weekend, I saw an old-timer from the Lower East Side, wearing his cowboy hat at Whole Foods (very prescient with his style choices, see pic below). Stores like Filson are increasingly sought out for their western fashions and home goods. This summer in Denver I also discovered Rockmount Ranch Wear which carries authentic Western Wear (I bought a gorgeous belt there!). It’s a shopping destination for many performers and celebrities including Brandi Carlile. It’s also where everyda Coloradans shop. During my visit, a group of teens was trying on cowboy shirts. I realize now they may have been inspired by Lil Nas X.
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Kate Wore A Coat 4 Times And It’s News? What Happened To Sustainability?

Kate Wore A Coat 4 Times And It’s News? What Happened To Sustainability?

Anybody else find it peculiar that the media calls out celebrities each time they re-wear an item? Like it’s a bad thing. I detect some sort of unspoken pact between celebs and the paparazzi that they must feed them newness at all times.

The Kate Effect” Vs. “Markle Sparkle

This has been especially true for the young royals who are doing their part to keep the economy humming when it comes to fashion.

Per WWD, the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister-in-law the Duchess of Sussex set trends and send web sites crashing with their fashion choices.

According to SEMrush, a data provider who has analyzed the duchesses’ influence on retail:

  • Markle is searched 35% more than Middleton.
  • Top searches for Markle’s style include sunglasses, which are searched six times more than Middleton
  • Jeans, searched 58% more.
  • Markle’s lipstick choices are searched 190% more than her sister-in-law’s.
  • Sadly, Middleton is winning only in the hat department, with searches 30% higher.

Other differences in Meghan’s influence versus Kate’s include:

  • Meghan has a strain of cannabis named for her. “Markle Sparkle” was named in her honor by a grower in Oregon! And Snoop Dogg has bought some and let it be known he’d like to smoke some weed with the duchess.
  • Pinterest searches for Meghan bring up 57MM results whereas Kate only gets 33MM.
  • Kate is clearly being groomed to be queen so she is photographed more often looking “royal,” i.e., a bit frumpy. However, when she’s out and about being more casual, I prefer her style to Markle’s.

Meghan Markle is a bit Kardashian-like. Always a tad flashy. However, she does have a more contemporary style which makes her more popular and relevant than poor Kate in those long dresses and horrid hats.

Let’s face it, Meghan Markle is the poster child for Fast Fashion. Kate, on the other hand, doesn’t feel the need to wear something new every time she steps out in public. And that is a big plus and should be roundly applauded.

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The Lustre Life Podcast Series: Let’s Make It A Huge Success!

The Lustre Life Podcast Series: Let’s Make It A Huge Success!
Karen and Erica, Founders of Lustre Life

Today’s post is specifically geared to my women readers – of all ages. Shameless plug for my friends Karen and Erica’s new podcast. They just launched it this week. In the first episode, they interview each other. It’s really cool. A must-listen. Link to podcast here.

Lustre had been on my radar for a while. We were following each other on LinkedIn and frequently commented on each other’s posts. I wrote about them in June (link here) which led to our finally getting together for lunch. And I became an even bigger fan.

Karen and Erica have very different backgrounds from mine (corporate vs. entrepreneurial) but we’re on the same journey.

They’re both former lawyers (partnering at major firms – they talk about that experience on the podcast, and it is fascinating!!). They’re smart, funny and I’m so excited to know them and support them as they pioneer new ways forward.

Here’s more info on the podcast that I received from Karen:

Exciting news! Today, Erica and I are launching our new podcast series, The Lustre Life.   And—we need your help!
Our podcast is about women whose stories have never been told before. They had fabulous careers and have their own ideas about what comes next–they will be talking about looking forward and looking back. These women are fun, and funny. They are members of a generation that changed the world, one pushy broad at a time. We are attaching our trailer to give you a small taste of what’s to come. 
Please help us make The Lustre Life a success. Listen to new episodes on Tuesday mornings on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe. Give us a great rating. Share with your friends.
Do you know a woman with a story to tell–maybe you? Let us know!
Thank you so much for your continued support. It means everything to us. 

Congrats, ladies! Can’t wait for our next get-together to celebrate your success!

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How Did Forest Bathing Suddenly Get So Trendy?

How Did Forest Bathing Suddenly Get So Trendy?
Forest Bathing in Kyoto in 2017 (with National Geographic)

Anyone else noticing stories on “forest bathing” or “Shinrin-Yoku” popping up everywhere?

I first experienced forest bathing in Kyoto’s Arashiyama Bamboo Grove on my 2017 National Geographic trip. I thought it was a little hokey and touristy and hadn’t given it much thought since.

Over the last month, however, it’s been on my radar non-stop:
  • Most recently, an email from the Life Is Beautiful Music Festival. In partnership with the Sierra Club, they’re adding a “Forest Bath” art installation for festival-goers. It will be located in the Western Hotel in downtown Vegas and curated by Albie Alexander from 29 Rooms. Forbes Magazine even covered it.
  • It’s the hottest trend in Colorado (forget weed!). This writer from the Daily Beast describes the experience.
  • The Sacred Wilds in Oakland California is offering a Forest Bathing Walk with Hana Lee Golden, a certified forest bathing guide. It’s also available at the Mohonk Mountain House in Upstate NY.
  • Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Therapy) is being touted by health and wellness experts all over the world as a new/old way to heal stress and reprogram our overstimulated minds and bodies. It’s recently been featured in the South China Morning Post, on NPR, and in hundreds of blogs including Better This World and Spirituality Health.
  • There’s even an International Forest Bathing Day (September 7, 2019).
Bottom Line.

Forest Bathing’s popularity appears to be fueled by the mindfulness and eco movements. It’s also being adopted by the spa and wellness industries.

It’s practiced around the world after starting in Japan in the 1980s. But it seems to really be taking off in Colorado and the Western States.

Followers of the movement often talk about it as a detox, an antidote to our stressed-out, always-on, always-connected urban lives.

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US Open Players Look Stunning In Designer Black

US Open Players Look Stunning In Designer Black

I’ve loved watching the US Open this year – from the matches themselves, to discovering a new crop of young players to the edgy fashion statements being made on the courts.

I’ve been especially intrigued by the near-universal switch from “tennis whites” to the much tougher and cooler-looking black ensembles.

Several commentators pointed out how wearing black tends to make players look more hardcore and intimidating, especially at the net.

Besides the black apparel, I was surprised to see how much purple was popping up on both men and women. Did all the designers, at all of the brands, use the same trend resource? How else to explain the sameness?

However, even with all the players wearing black, one stood out from all the rest.

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Filipacchi And Super73: Cool 70’s-Inspired Design, Cutting Edge Technology

Filipacchi And Super73: Cool 70’s-Inspired Design, Cutting Edge Technology

I first wrote about Filipacchi back in 2017 just after the store opened on Prince Street in Nolita.

Since then, Filipacchi has become a mecca for action sports aficionados. Last year they partnered for the first time with Super73.

Recently I’ve noticed guys gathering outside the store almost every weekend for a group ride of sorts (taking a page out of the Rapha Group Rides playbook). It’s been extremely successful for them.

Last Saturday, I ran into the biggest group yet. At least 50 NYC SuperSquad members (see above) lined up with their bikes outside of the store prepping for a ride.

I had to find out what this was about. What I discovered is that Super73 has grown its motorcycle community and the culture around it by collaborating with brands like Filipacchi and Champion. They also partner with YouTube personalities.

Here’s what else I discovered:

Lithium Cycles, the company behind the Super73, launched the electric bike as a Kickstarter project in 2016.

Per their website:

  • The idea started in 2015 when their co-founder Jon Akers was finishing his Masters of Engineering at Lehigh University.
  • Motorcycles, mopeds and mini bikes from the 1970’s drew their attention as durable, fun and timeless.
  • They’re located in Southern California and have a 4000 sq ft manufacturing space to crank out th Super73’s.

It has become the most popular e-bike on the internet and is marketed as a fun, high quality, eco-mobility solution for getting around cities.

The bike is shipped 80% assembled (Ikea-style) but they’ve partnered with Velofix to provide “premium” at-home assembly service.

The bikes range in price from $1400 to $2200.

Also, if this is your thing, make sure you follow Super73 on Instagram (they have 117K followers). https://www.instagram.com/super73/

If you click on “Read More” and then page 2 below, you’ll find Casey Neistat’s review of the bike. It is an extremely fun video, as only he knows how to do.

And one final thing. WordPress just did a major update on their site (it’s what I use for this blog) and while it has some great new features, it’s got way too many glitches, e.g. the annoying Page 2 Read More thing as well as not working too well with MailChimp which is why you have not been getting your daily email. Hopefully we’ll have worked around all of these issues by next week. Fingers crossed.

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